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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 12 am, TX

September 25, 2018

Good morning! 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. Ken Miller is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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TORONTO — Brian McCann and Josh Reddick hit back-to-back home runs, Dallas Keuchel pitched five innings to snap a three-start winless streak and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3, moving one step closer to their second straight AL West title. Houston began the day with a magic number of three to clinch the division. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 750 words, photos.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 750 words, photos.




FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott has the fewest throws of at least 15 yards down the field among quarterbacks who have played all three games this season. It isn’t really news to the leader of the Dallas Cowboys. “I don’t think we’ve just attacked that area enough, simple as that,” Prescott said after a 24-13 loss to Seattle on Sunday. “I don’t necessarily say they’re taking it away as much as we haven’t tried them enough. You can put it on me. I guess I just need to push the ball down the field more.” Whether it’s play-calling, blocking or a group of receivers looking woefully ill-equipped to replace the All-Pro version of Dez Bryant, the Cowboys’ passing game is broken — even when Ezekiel Elliott has his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 730 words, photos.


HOUSTON — After losing three close games to fall to 0-3 for the first time since 2008, the Houston Texans are pondering all the little things they did wrong that contributed to the defeats. They’ve had a few turnovers but possibly more detrimental to their success than that has been the constant smaller mistakes that have kept the team from running the way it should. As usual, coach Bill O’Brien shouldered the blame for their latest loss, a 27-22 defeat to the Giants which gave them their first win this season. Though he said it was his fault, he refused to go into details about what he’s trying to do better. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 590 words, photos.



AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns have won two big games in front of raucous home crowds not seen at Royal-Memorial Stadium in years. With postgame chants of “Texas Fight!” and the strains of “Eyes of Texas” still echoing in their ears, the Longhorns returned to the Top 25 at No. 18. Now they have to go do it on the road and the first stop is a daunting one. Texas (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) plays Saturday at Kansas State (2-2, 0-1), where the Longhorns are 0-5 since their last win there in 2002. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan’s first month with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been serene, though the All-Star guard acquired in the offseason from Toronto has been warned about provoking “angry Pop.” ″That hurts me,” Popovich said playfully. “I just, just ... It hurts me. Our relationship is not starting off well, I guess. I guess I have more work to do than I thought.” Welcome to the kinder, gentler Spurs? Hardly. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 700 words, photos.


HOUSTON — Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta didn’t waste any time telling Carmelo Anthony why he wanted him on his team. “I’ll tell you exactly what I told him,” Fertitta said. ”‘We couldn’t win a championship without you last year. And if we win a championship with you this year you’re going to be the guy that got us over there. So, it’s all up to you.’” Anthony, who joined the Rockets this offseason after one disappointing season in Oklahoma City, chuckled when asked about that phone call. He was vacationing in South Africa with his family when the phone rang, and Fertitta delivered the message. “He put a lot of pressure on me,” Anthony said. “I’m not even going to lie.” By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 730 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Parker is excited about finishing his impressive NBA career with the Hornets after 17 seasons with the Spurs. Kemba Walker said he wants to stay in Charlotte, too. The two point guards are at vastly different stages of their careers, but both share the same goal — to make Charlotte a perennial playoff team. Parker expects no less. He’s already told his new teammates, “Don’t mess with my playoff streak.” The 36-year-old Parker has never missed the playoffs, winning four NBA championships along the way. Walker has become a two-time All-Star despite playing on a Hornets team that hasn’t won a playoff series since Parker’s rookie season in 2001-02. Walker, 28, will become a highly sought after free agent next season but said emphatically that he has no desire to join a so-called super team. By Steve Reed. SENT: 650 words, photos.


TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard spoke publicly in his first appearance as a Toronto Raptor and said he is physically ready to play. Leonard joined the Raptors in a summertime blockbuster trade with the San Antonio Spurs. How long he stays in Toronto is unclear but the former NBA Finals MVP and two-time defensive player of the year who was limited to nine games last season because of a right quadriceps injury insists he is ready to go as the team gets ready for training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia. Sharing a podium with Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who pulled the trigger on the trade that included acquiring forward Danny Green and losing DeMar DeRozan, Leonard addressed the biggest question about him: His health. “Right now I’m feeling great, ready to play basketball.” Leonard said. “Throughout the summer I worked on my body. Took it step-by-step, just getting fully healthy, getting ready to make this extra step this season.” By Ian Harrison. SENT: 650 words, photos.






AUSTIN, Texas — Texas junior guard Andrew Jones is a limited participant in practice as he continues to regain strength following his diagnosis with leukemia, coach Shaka Smart said. Although Jones would probably like to play this season, Smart wasn’t ready to say if he will be able to get on the court in a game. Jones is a full-time student. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 280 words, photos.



The Women’s Final Four will have a familiar feel to it for the next few years. The NCAA has chosen San Antonio, Minneapolis, Dallas and Cleveland to host the event from 2021 through 2024. All four cities have hosted before. The next two sites were determined a few years ago, with Tampa Bay hosting in 2019 and New Orleans in 2020. San Antonio will hold it in 2021, followed by Minneapolis, Dallas and Cleveland. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 520 words.


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