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_ BKW--UCONN-GORDON TRANSFER _ UConn sophomore Lexi Gordon is leaving the program. The 6-foot wing from Texas has scored just 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while seeing limited action in 30 games for the top-ranked Huskies. SENT: 140 words.
FRISCO, Texas _ Dallas safety Jeff Heath figures there’s a world outside his locker room where people seek comfort in their jobs. The Cowboys are about to get a test of the notion that they’re never supposed to get comfortable in their line of work. “I think the coaches do a good job kind of keeping us sharp, keeping us on edge,” Heath said. “You just have to understand that comes with this game.” Before the four-game winning streak that propelled them to sole possession of first in the NFC East, the Cowboys (7-5) were on the verge of losing touch with the playoff race early for the second straight year. Two games ago, Dallas trailed Washington by a game with the Redskins visiting on Thanksgiving. Now it’s the Cowboys with that one-game lead, this time over Philadelphia with the defending champion Eagles (6-6) coming in Sunday. Once the chaser, now the chased. No difference, says quarterback Dak Prescott. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 680 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas _ Dak Prescott and the Cowboys saved their season with a win in Philadelphia a month ago. Now Carson Wentz and the defending champion Eagles are trying to do the same in Texas against first-place Dallas on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 870 words, photos for weekend use.
_ FBN--EAGLES-COWBOYS PREVIEW CAPSULE
HOUSTON _ Lamar Miller was searching for ways to improve this off-season after what he calls a disappointing 2017 campaign. It was then that the Houston Texans running back decided to take the advice of two former Miami Hurricane running backs with a combined 25 years of NFL experience. Edgerrin James, a four-time Pro Bowler who spent 11 years in the NFL, and Frank Gore, a 35-year-old who made the Pro Bowl five times and is in his 14th season, shared their secret for NFL longevity: weight loss. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 950 words, photos.
HOUSTON _ The Houston Texans are in a much different place now than the first time they faced the Indianapolis Colts this season when they were 0-3 and desperate for a win. Ka’imi Fairbairn made a field goal as time expired in overtime to lead the Texans to a 37-34 victory in that game and they haven’t lost since, reeling off a franchise-record nine straight wins entering Sunday’s rematch. The Texans (9-3) can clinch the AFC South with a win against Indianapolis (6-6) and a loss by the Titans. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1000 words, photos for weekend use.
_ FBN--COLTS-TEXANS PREVIEW CAPSULE
ATLANTA _ Sitting beside Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Dabo Swinney at a gathering of the College Football Playoff coaches, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly referred to his team as “the new kids on the block.” The description fit. Saban has guided No. 1 Alabama, the defending champion, to its fifth straight playoff. Swinney and Clemson are making their fourth straight appearance. Riley’s Oklahoma team is in the playoff for the third time in four years. The Fighting Irish are newcomers, but the playoff is an old dream for one of college football’s most familiar names. “It’s something we certainly look toward each and every year,” Kelly said Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame. Finally, Kelly has his chance when No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) plays No. 2 Clemson (13-0) in the Cotton Bowl. Alabama (13-0) will play No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) in the Orange Bowl. By Charles Odum. SENT: 470 words, photos.
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_ BBA--ASTROS-CHIRINOS _ Former Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos and the Astros have finalized a $5.75 million, one-year contract, giving catching-thin Houston another option behind the plate. SENT: 130 words, photos.
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