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

December 21, 2018

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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BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN--SPURS-TIMBERWOLVES

SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs play Minnesota with San Antonio coming off a stretch of six wins in seven games, the last four of those victories by at least 25 points each. The Timberwolves have lost 10 straight in South Texas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.

BKN--ROCKET’S-PAUL’S HAMSTRING

MIAMI _ Different leg. Same problem. Chris Paul has another hamstring issue to deal with, and the Houston Rockets are bracing for another stint without their All-Star point guard. Paul will have an MRI in Houston on Friday to determine the severity of the strain in his left hamstring, one that he hurt during the second quarter of the Rockets’ 101-99 loss in Miami. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 620 words, with photos.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--PROVIDENCE-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas (7-3) hosts Providence (9-3)Providence plays Texas at Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.

BKC--OREGON-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas _ Up-and-down Baylor is home against Pac-12 team Oregon. The Bears had a big road win at Pac-12 team Arizona last weekend, then returned home and lost to Stephen F. Austin. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BKC--NEBRASKA-OMAHA-RICE

Nebraska-Omaha plays Rice at Tudor Fieldhouse. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--HOWARD PAYNE-LAMAR

Howard Payne plays Lamar at Montagne Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--TEXAS-ARLINGTON-CAL POLY

Texas-Arlington plays Cal Poly at Robert A. Mott Gymnasium. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--ABILENE CHRISTIAN-SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ST

Abilene Christian plays Southeast Missouri State at Show Me Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--ARLINGTON BAPTIST-STEPHEN F AUSTIN

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

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FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-THURSDAY NIGHTS

Thursday night football is here to stay, even if it’s gone for the rest of 2018. In past years, some _ make that many _ would have said “good riddance.” That would be misguided this year. First off, Fox’s presentation generally was strong and on target. Indeed, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who has been Fox’s lead analyst for 17 years, might have had his best season. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,140 words, with photos.

COLLEGE:

FBC--T25-ARMED SERVICES BOWL

FORT WORTH, Texas _ No. 22 Army has another win over Navy, and now the Black Knights try to reach 11 wins for the first time. They play Houston on Saturday in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words.

FBC--SKIPPING BOWLS-BONUSES

Dave Doeren’s contract with North Carolina State calls for him to receive a $50,000 bonus if the Wolfpack beat Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl. N.C. State’s best players on either side of the ball (receiver Kelvin Harmon and linebacker Germaine Pratt) will not play. At least 20 players are planning to skip their teams’ bowl games and focus instead on getting ready for the NFL. Houston coach Major Applewhite would earn a $25,000 bonus if the Cougars beat Army in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday in Fort Worth. UH won’t have star defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who missed four games with a knee injury and decided after the regular-season finale that it’s best for him to skip the bowl. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, with photo.

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_ FBC--SKIPPING BOWLS-BONUSES

FOOTBALL:

HIGH SCHOOL:

FBH--AP PLAYER OF YEAR

DALLAS _ Longview quarterback Haynes King has been voted the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors high school player of the year. King is the seventh straight quarterback and 10th overall in 12 seasons to win the award. He was named Friday in voting by a panel of eight sports writers and editors who cover Texas high school football. There are two Heisman Trophy winners among the Texas APSE players of the year. Johnny Manziel won the Texas award in 2010 at Kerrville Tivy before becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman with Texas A&M in 2012. Kyler Murray, the 2014 Texas winner with Allen, won the Heisman at Oklahoma this season. SENT: 230 words.

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_ FBH--PLAYER OF YEAR-WINNERS

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BASEBALL:

BBA--RANGERS-A’S-RAYS TRADE

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has been traded to the Oakland Athletics in a three-team deal that included Tampa Bay and netted Texas four players. In the deal Friday, the Rangers acquired right-hander Yoel Espinal and left-handers Kyle Bird and Brock Burke from Tampa Bay, and infielder Eli White from Oakland. Texas also got international slot compensation from the A’s. SENT: 120 words.

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GYMNASTICS:

GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

DETROIT _ An independent special counsel Friday accused Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar. Special counsel Bill Forsyth released a report that accuses the school of fighting the release of certain relevant documents and releasing others that were “irrelevant.” School officials didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment. Hundreds of women and girls, mostly gymnasts, accused Nassar of molesting them under the guise of treatment during his time working for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trained Olympians. He received long prison terms after pleading guilty to child pornography possession and sexual abuse charges. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 590 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.

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