Here is the latest Texas sports news from The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers kept pace in the AL wild-card chase by beating Houston 7-3 last night. Texas handed the Astros their team-record 108th loss of the season. Texas completed a three-game sweep and finished 17-2 with 11 straight wins against their instate rival.

HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Johnson and Bobby Boswell scored to help the Houston Dynamo beat Trinidad's W Connection FC 2-0 last night in Group 1 of the CONCACAF (KAHN'-kuh-kaf) Champions League. Houston improved to 2-0-1 with seven points to move into first place in the group. W Connection finished group play at 0-3-1 for one point.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus has been fined $15,000 for a hit on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco. Mercilus was fined for a play where his helmet hit the chin of Flacco. Mercilus was given a penalty for roughing the passer on the play. Mercilus plans to appeal the fine.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — No. 10 Texas A&M needed someone to step up following the graduation of several key receivers. The Aggies found their man in Malcome Kennedy. He is flourishing in his third season and has become a favorite target of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL').