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

August 9, 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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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yovani Gallardo and Joey Gallo both remain on a roll for the Texas Rangers. Gallo homered twice and drove in four runs, Gallardo won his fourth straight start and the Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners 11-7. SENT: 720 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Bartolo Colon still has another lofty goal after becoming the top winning pitcher from Latin America. “This year is almost getting close to the end. But there is one thing that I will look for, is Juan Marichal has more innings than me,” Colon said through a translator. “For the Dominicans, I want to beat him also.” But there likely won’t be enough time left in his 21st big league season for the 45-year-old Texas Rangers right-hander to do that. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 550 words, photos.




KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes II wants to get out of the huddle without any issues, call the right protections and limit his mistakes, all while leading the Chiefs to a couple of touchdowns when he plays the first quarter of their preseason opener against Houston on Thursday night. If something doesn’t work according to plan? The former Texas Tech star will be in coach Andy Reid’s ear to stay out there. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 420 words, photos. Moved on national sports news services.




NBA fans will get a smorgasbord of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, the All-Star laden lineup of the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the up-and-coming Boston Celtics as part of the league’s national television schedule. The NBA released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all are prominently featured. James Harden and the Rockets will appear three times on national television in the opening week of the season, while Lakers, Warriors and Celtics will be featured twice. By Steve Reed. SENT: 470 words, photos.


— BKN--MAVERICKS-HARRIS — Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract. SENT: 150 words.



ARLINGTON, Texas — Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points, Jonquel Jones added 17 and the hot-shooting Connecticut Sun eased by the Dallas Wings 101-92 to extend their winning streak to five straight games and clinch a playoff berth. SENT: 210 words.


PGA Tour


ST. LOUIS — Craig Bowden of Bloomington, Indiana, fits players for golf shafts. Omar Uresti, whose home club is Onion Creek in Austin, Texas, where he teaches a few kids and partakes in the occasional skins game with the members, teaches a lesson or two. Both used to play this game against the world’s best, but now find themselves in a different place — having recently turned 50 and in the hopes of returning to a time when the thrill of competing was the reason they got out of bed in the morning. Maybe, just maybe, they can kick-start their resurgence at the PGA Championship this week. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 680 words, photos.




AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ thriving capital city may finally become a major league sports town. It will just take moving a bedrock franchise of Major League Soccer out of its home turf to do it. Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew , has been pushing for months to move his team to Austin, the largest city in the country without a major professional sports franchise. While the league front office has supported Precourt’s desire to look around for a new city, picking up and relocating from Ohio to uber-hip Austin hasn’t been easy. It hasn’t been a slam-dunk deal in Austin and the state of Ohio is suing to block the move. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 780 words, photos.


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