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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX

November 20, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org

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BASEBALL:

MLB:

BBA--RANGERS-BELTRE RETIRES

Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits. The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement released by the Rangers, saying it is time for the “next chapter of my life.” Beltre was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on baseball’s career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. He played 2,759 games at third base — only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson had more. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 630 words, with photos.

BBM--ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIBES

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The minor league baseball team that moved from Helena, Montana, to Colorado Springs has a new name — the Rocky Mountain Vibes. Team officials announced the mascot would be a s’more with his hair on fire named Toasty Vibes. Colorado Springs lost its Triple-A Sky Sox baseball team to San Antonio, Texas, and gained the Rookie level team from the Pioneer League, which led to the re-naming. SENT: 110 words.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--OILERS-HITCHCOCK HIRED

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers fired coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday and replaced him with former Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock with hopes of reviving a team languishing in sixth place in the Pacific Division. McLellan was in his fourth season behind the Oilers’ bench. The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid on its roster. SENT: 280 words, with photos.

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--COWBOYS-IMPROVING LINE

FRISCO, Texas — Zack Martin has played through a knee injury for a Dallas offensive line already missing fellow Pro Bowler Travis Frederick. With a veteran boost from Xavier Su’a-Filo, the unit is starting to live up to the reputation as one of the league’s best. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m. CT.

COLLEGE:

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

For the third straight week, the top four in the College Football Rankings is likely to be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The same four teams on top in three consecutive selection committee rankings would be a first for the CFP. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with analysis and photos. Rankings released Tuesday night.

HIGH SCHOOL:

HIGH SCHOOL/PLAYOFFS:

— FBH--CLASS 1A SIX-MAN PLAYOFFS

— FBH--CLASS 2A PLAYOFFS

— FBH--CLASS 3A PLAYOFFS

— FBH--CLASS 4A PLAYOFFS

— FBH--CLASS 5A PLAYOFFS

— FBH--CLASS 6A PLAYOFFS

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BASKETBALL:

BKC--T25-LIPSCOMB-TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU goes for its fourth win in a row to start the season. The Horned Frogs host Lipscomb. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.

BKC--TEXAS A&M-WASHINGTON

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Washington looks for a better result against the SEC this time when it faces Texas A&M on Tuesday night in the Vancouver Shootout. The Huskies lost at Auburn earlier this season. The Aggies are trying to snap a three-game losing streak. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 10:30 p.m. CST.

BKC--HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The third-place game and the championship of the Hall of Fame classic features Nebraska, Missouri State, Southern California and Texas Tech. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game 1 starts 6 p.m.; Game 2 starts 8:30 p.m. CST.

BKC--TEXAS-ARLINGTON-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana Hoosiers try to rebound from their first loss of the season Tuesday when Texas-Arlington visits Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have already won three home games this season. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts 6 p.m. CST.

BKC--MARIST-STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Marist plays Stephen F. Austin at William R. Johnson Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--MAINE-NORTH TEXAS

Maine plays North Texas at UNT Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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