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

January 4, 2019

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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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BASKETBALL:

NBA:

BKN--MAVERICKS-CELTICS

BOSTON _ The Dallas Mavericks on Friday night visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--SMU-TULANE

SMU plays Tulane at Devlin Fieldhouse. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--SEC THIS WEEK _ By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 460 words, with photos.

COLLEGE/WOMEN:

BKW--BAYLOR-BEATING No. 1

WACO, Texas _ All-America forward Kalani Brown can only imagine how far Baylor could go by always playing with the same kind of energy that the Lady Bears had in ending 11-time national champion UConn’s 126-game regular-season winning streak. After their first win over a top-ranked team, they try to turn their attention to Big 12 play and trying to sustain that energy. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.

With:

_ BKW--T25-UCONN’S STREAK SNAPPED. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--COLTS-TEXANS PREVIEW

HOUSTON _ Saturday’s wild-card game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts is a matchup that seemed improbable early this season after Houston dropped its first three games and the Colts limped out to a 1-5 start. But instead of letting their tough starts lead to disappointing years, these teams which both finished 4-12 last season, turned things around to lead the AFC South and charge into the postseason. By Kristie Rieken. 800 words. Photos.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-COWBOYS PREVIEW

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Dallas’ Dak Prescott shared similar tracks early in their careers as NFL quarterbacks. The difference is postseason pedigree, with the pair’s first playoff meeting set for the wild-card round Saturday night. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

FBN--NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

Half of the NFC playoff field is back from last year, including the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who wobbled and hobbled into the postseason party as the sixth and final seed after a season-long slog. A look at all six teams’ strenghts and weaknesses heading into the playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,580 words, with photos.

FBN--AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

For the first time in a decade, the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but by Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ second-year sensation. A look at all six teams’ strengths and weaknesses heading into the playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,430 words, with photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--FCS-CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

FRISCO, Texas _ Before North Dakota State made Fargo to Frisco an annual trip, Eastern Washington won the first FCS title game played in North Texas in 2010. The two meet for this season’s title, with the Bison going for their seventh championship in eight years. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words.

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HOCKEY:

NHL:

HKN--CAPITALS-STARS

DALLAS _ Washington visits the Stars a night after Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal in a 5-2 loss at St. Louis. Dallas is looking for its third win in the finale of a four-game homestand. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.

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