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

October 5, 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. David Warren is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--COYOTES-STARS

DALLAS — Devin Shore, Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg scored less than two minutes apart in the second period and the Dallas Stars made Jim Montgomery a winner in his NHL coaching debut, beating the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--ALDS--INDIANS-ASTROS PREVIEW

HOUSTON — This postseason may be best remembered for its bullpen openers. Just not in the AL Division Series between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians. Relief pitchers are covering entire games for other championship contenders this October, but the Astros and Indians are ready to roll old school, starting with Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber facing off in Game 1 on Friday. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 950 words, photos.

With:

— BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS ROSTERS

FOOTBALL:

NFL

FBN--TEXANS-CLOWNEY

HOUSTON — Jadeveon Clowney pounced on a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown on Sunday against the Colts. On the next drive he shoved a lineman out of his path and tossed Andrew Luck to the ground for a 9-yard loss to force a punt. This is what the Houston Texans envisioned when they selected the defensive end with the first overall pick in the 2014 draft. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 820 words, photos

FBN--COWBOYS-COMINANT D-LAW

FRISCO, Texas — As DeMarcus Lawrence prepares to share the field with J.J. Watt for the first time in the regular season, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli figures it’s time to say his best defensive end shares the elite company of the Houston Texans star. Lawrence leads the NFL in sacks early in the season for the second straight year, and has 20 sacks over 20 games since the start of last season. It’s not quite the territory of Watt, who had 20½ sacks in a season twice while earning All-Pro honors four straight years starting in 2012. But it’s at least proving another thing Marinelli believes. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--COWBOYS-TEXANS REVIEW CAPSULE

College

FBC--BIG 12-CELLAR DWELLERS

Before the season, Kansas State and Iowa State seemed like they had a somewhat reasonable chance to compete for a spot in the Big 12 title game. The Wildcats even got two first-place votes in the preseason poll, same as West Virginia. The punchless Wildcats and Cyclones are already in danger of falling out of the league race. Iowa State (1-3, 0-2 Big 12) and K-State (2-3, 0-2) entered October at the bottom of the conference standings with Kansas. It’s no surprise that Jayhawks (2-3, 0-2) are in the conference cellar. But the Cyclones and Wildcats have failed to live up to expectations, particularly on offense, and their schedules only get tougher over the next few weeks. The Cyclones face No. 25 Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1) on Saturday, while Kansas State hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) in a game it can’t afford to let slip away. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 660 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--TULSA-HOUSTON — SENT: 150 words.

— FBC--T25-TEXAS-OKLAHOMA PREVIEW CAPSULE

— FBC--T25-KENTUCKY-TEXAS A&M PREVIEW CAPSULE

— FBC--T25-SMU-UCF PREVIEW CAPSULE

— FBC--SEC-SANKEY — The Southeastern Conference has extended Commissioner Greg Sankey’s contract through 2023. SENT: 100 words.

— FBC--FOOTBALL PLAYER-MURDER CONVICTION — A former college football player has been convicted of killing a North Texas man from whom he was trying to steal marijuana. SENT: 130 words.

High School

— FBH--SORTED H.S. SCORES

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