Monday Sports Update – Rangers Take Series From Astros

(Houston, TX) — Robinson Chirinos doubled home two runs in the top of the 10th inning as the Rangers outlasted the Astros 3-1 at Minute Maid Park. Chirinos also homered for Texas, which took the final two games of the three-game series, both in extra innings. Starter Bartolo Colon took a perfect game into the eighth inning before allowing a leadoff walk, a double and a game-tying sac-fly to Yuli Gurriel.

Rangers Visit Rays

(St. Petersburg, FL) — The Rangers hit the road to open a three-game set against the Rays tonight. Texas will send Martin Perez to the hill. Tampa counters with Blake Snell. First pitch is tonight at 6:05 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.

MLB American League
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Boston Red Sox 3, Baltimore Orioles 1
Oakland Athletics 2, Seattle Mariners 1
Texas Rangers 3, Houston Astros 1 (10 INN)
New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (G1) (PPD)
New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (G2) (PPD)
Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians (PPD)
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins (PPD)
Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals (PPD)

MLB National League
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Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Miami Marlins 3
New York Mets 3, Milwaukee Brewers 2
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Cincinnati Reds 2
Colorado Rockies 6, Washington Nationals 5
San Diego Padres 10, San Francisco Giants 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs (PPD)

MLB Interleague
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Philadelphia Phillies 10, Tampa Bay Rays 4

Rockets Hold Off T’wolves In Game One

(Houston, TX) — James Harden went off for 44 points as the Rockets held off the Timberwolves 104-101 in their playoff opener at the Toyota Center. He was 15-of-26 from the field, including 7-of-12 from three. Clint Capela added 24 points and 12 rebounds for top-seeded Houston, which will also host Game Two of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday.

Thunder Cruise Past Jazz In Game One

(Oklahoma City, OK) — Paul George led the way with 36 points as the Thunder edged the Jazz 116-108 in Game One of their first round playoff series in Oklahoma City. George drilled an OKC postseason record eight three-pointers to pace the Thunder. Russell Westbrook added 29 ponits, 13 rebounds, and eight assists as they took a 1-0 series lead. Carmelo Anthony scored 15 in the winning effort. Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell notched a team-high 27 points and 10 rebounds in his playoff debut. The Jazz will look to even the series in Wednesday’s Game Two.

NBA Playoffs
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Boston Celtics 113, Milwaukee Bucks 107 (OT)
(Celtics lead best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal, 1-0)

Indiana Pacers 98, Cleveland Cavaliers 80
(Pacers lead best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal, 1-0)

Oklahoma City Thunder 116, Utah Jazz 108
(Thunder lead best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 1-0)

Houston Rockets 104, Minnesota Timberwolves 101
(Rockets lead best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 1-0)

Cowboys Cut Dez

(Frisco, TX) — Dez Bryant is no longer a Dallas Cowboy after being cut on Friday afternoon. Bryant was due 12-and-a-half-million dollars this fall and was deemed expendable by the front office. In an interview with NFL Network, Bryant says his release is “personal” and he would like to join a team in the NFC East. Bryant leaves Dallas after eight seasons and is the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions.

Cowboys Continue Offseason Program, Prep For Draft

(Frisco, TX) — The voluntary offseason workout program continues for the Dallas Cowboys. Players are currently undergoing strength and conditioning along with rehab at the team’s facility. The Cowboys’ front office is busy scouting and meeting with players. The 2018 NFL Draft kicks off next Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Mavericks Win Coin Flip

(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks won a coin flip with the Hawks on Friday after each finished with the league’s fourth-worst record. Dallas now owns the third overall position and their pick could fall anywhere between one and six in NBA draft lottery next month. The actual draft is June 21st in New York.

Larson Leads As Food City 500 Postponed

(Bristol, TN) — The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is being suspended due to inclement weather. A steady rainfall forced the stoppage of the race on lap 205 of the scheduled 500. Kyle Larson was leading the pack at the time of the postponement. Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, and Ricky Stenhouse Junior round out the top five. The race will resume at 1:00 p.m. today.

NHL Playoff Roundup

(Undated) — The Penguins cruised past the Flyers 5-1 Sunday in the NHL playoffs. Sidney Crosby finished with a goal and three assists to lead the way. The Blue Jackets nipped the Capitals 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. The Wild dropped the Jets 6-2 to get their first win in the series and Vegas beat the Kings 3-2 to take a 3-0 lead in that series.

NHL Playoffs
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Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Philadelphia Flyers 1
(Penguins lead best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal tied, 2-1)

Minnesota Wild 6, Winnipeg Jets 2
(Jets lead best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 2-1)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Washington Capitals 4 (OT)
(Blue Jackets lead best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal, 2-0)

Vegas Golden Knights 3, Los Angeles Kings 2
(Golden Knights lead best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 3-0)

RBC Heritage (at Hilton Head, SC)

1. Satoshi Kodaira -12
76. Ryan Palmer +6

Patriots’ Day In Boston, Red Sox PPD

(Boston, MA) — It’s Patriots’ Day in Beantown. That means the traditional running of the Boston Marathon and normally early baseball at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were scheduled to play the Orioles in the finale of their four-game series at 11:05 a.m. Eastern, but the game has been postponed. This is the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Stars’ Hitchcock Retires

(Dallas, TX) — Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock is retiring. After returning to the Stars for one last season, Hitchcock announced Friday that he’ll no longer coach in the NHL. Hitchcock coached Dallas from 1995-through-2002 and guided them to the first and only Stanley Cup victory in 1999. He was a head coach for 22 seasons in the NHL, also coaching the Flyers, Blues, and Blue Jackets.

UT Looking For Contractor To Expand Stadium

(Austin, TX) — The University of Texas is looking to hire an engineering firm to upgrade and expand Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The home of the Longhorns is the eighth-largest stadium in the nation, with a seating capacity of more than 100-thousand. Now the university wants to add more seats, this time on the stadium’s south end, where the “Godzillatron” TV screen is installed. UT plans to ask for proposals on May 16th. Construction on the 140-million-dollar project could start by next year.

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