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

September 4, 2018

Good afternoon! 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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ARLINGTON, Texas — A matchup of lefty starters when Andrew Heaney (8-8) pitches for the Angels and Mike Minor (10-7) goes for the Rangers. Heaney, 0-3 with a 10.38 in three previous starts at Texas, threw six scoreless innings in a win Thursday at AL West-leading Houston. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.


HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitches for Houston on Tuesday night as the Astros try for their fourth straight when in the second of three games against the Minnesota Twins. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.





FRISCO, Texas — Brett Maher’s strong training camp helped the Cowboys reach the stunning conclusion that Dan Bailey’s recent struggles and hefty contract were enough to dump the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history. The first regular-season attempt of Maher’s career will come with second-guessers ready to pounce. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


BERKELEY, Calif. — Jason Witten followed longtime Dallas Cowboys teammate Tony Romo from the playing field to a high-profile broadcast position. Witten is the lead analyst on ESPN’s new ‘Monday Night Football’ crew with play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore and on-field analyst Booger McFarland that debuts next week. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.



The first regular season AP Top 25 is released after a long weekend during which most of the top teams won and Auburn registered the biggest victory. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.


The worst part of college football’s week one overreactions, as compared to the NFL’s, is that they linger. Texas, Michigan, Miami and Florida State fans will be seething their team’s opening losses for weeks because victories against lesser opponents won’t ease the pain. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.




INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar will make its debut at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas and return to Laguna Seca, California, as part of its 2019 schedule. The 17-race schedule released Tuesday drops the oval track in Phoenix and the road course in Sonoma, California. Both COTA and Laguna Seca are road courses. COTA, in Austin, replaces Phoenix in March as the second race on the schedule. The road course opened in 2011, hosts a Formula One race and, at 4.048 miles, becomes the second-longest circuit on IndyCar’s schedule behind Road America in Wisconsin. SENT: 340 words, with photos.




Kerry Perry resigned under pressure as USA Gymnastics president Tuesday, the move coming days after the U.S. Olympic Committee questioned her ability to lead a path forward for an organization rocked by scandal. Perry spent nine months on the job and repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes who felt she was mishandling the fallout from the tumult surrounding disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar. Perry, a former communications executive with no background in gymnastics, became president of USA Gymnastics last December. By Will Graves. SENT: 730 words, with photos.




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