(West Palm Beach, FL) — The Astros are apologizing for the sign-stealing scandal as spring training gets going in West Palm Beach. Team owner Jim Crane and the players addressed the sign-stealing transgression on Thursday. Shortstop Alex Bregman said “I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me.” He went on to say that he’s learned from the mistakes of the past and is looking forward to regain the trust of fans. All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said the team “feels bad about what happened in 2017,” while teammate Carlos Correa admitted that the sign-stealing operation gave the team an advantage on the field.
Woodward Says Little About Astros’ Apologies
(Surprise, AZ) — Rangers’ pitchers and catchers are working out in spring training in Surprise, Arizona. Manager Chris Woodward, who was the Dodgers’ third base coach in 2017 when they lost to Houston in the World Series, did not want to comment on the Astros’ spring training apologies over electronically stealing signs. “It hurt to hear some of the things that came out,” Woodward said. Cactus League play will begin next Saturday against the Brewers at Surprise Stadium.
Kuchar Leads Genesis Invitational
(Pacific Palisades, CA) — Matt Kuchar is atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Genesis Invitational. He carded a seven-under 64 Thursday at Riviera Country Club, good for a three-shot lead over five others. Tiger Woods started out hot before cooling off on the back nine and finishing with a two-under 69. That puts him in a tie for 17th. Ryan Palmer finished even for the day and is in a tie for 42nd
Oklahoma City Thunder 123, New Orleans Pelicans 118
Boston Celtics 141, LA Clippers 133 (2 OT)
NBA All-Star Weekend Tips Off Tonight
(Chicago, IL) — NBA All-Star Weekend begins tonight in Chicago. The All-Star Celebrity Game airs tonight on ESPN, with the Rising Stars Game on TNT. All-Star Saturday Night features the Skills Challenge, 3-Point and Slam Dunk contest. The All-Star Game itself is Sunday on TNT with Team LeBron taking on Team Giannis .
Doncic Will Start In NBA All-Star Game
(Chicago, IL) — While the Mavericks take a break, Luka Doncic is bound for Chicago to play for Team LeBron in the NBA All-Star Game Sunday. He becomes just the third Maverick to start in the All-Star Game, joining Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. The Mavericks do not play again until next Friday at the Orlando Magic.
Stars Shine Brightly Over Toronto
(Toronto, Ontario) — Tyler Seguin halted a 17-game goal drought on a third period power play in the Stars’ 3-2 win over the over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Dennis Gurianov and Radek Faksa also lit the lamp for Dallas. Ben Bishop logged 27 saves as the Stars won their third straight and are 5-1-and-1 in their last seven games. The Stars will play tomorrow night at Montreal.
New Jersey Devils 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
Philadelphia Flyers 6, Florida Panthers 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Edmonton Oilers 1
Buffalo Sabres 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (OT)
Ottawa Senators 3, Arizona Coyotes 2
New York Rangers 4, Minnesota Wild 3 (SO)
Nashville Predators 5, New York Islanders 0
Washington Capitals 3, Colorado Avalanche 2
Calgary Flames 6, Anaheim Ducks 0
Vegas Golden Knights 6, St. Louis Blues 5 (OT)
Logano, Byron Win Daytona 500 Qualifying Races
(Daytona Beach, FL) — Joey Logano and William Byron won the dual qualifying races last night, setting the field for Sunday’s Daytona 500. The duo will start in row two. Starting in row one will be pole winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and teammate Alex Bowman, who earned the front row spot in time trials. President Trump will attend Sunday’s race.
Roughnecks Play Battlehawks Sunday
(Houston, TX) — The Houston Roughnecks will be home Sunday against the St. Louis Battlehawks in their second XFL game. Houston beat the LA Wildcats 37-17 in their opener.
Top-25 College Basketball (Coaches’ Poll)
#18 Oregon Ducks 68, #15 Colorado Buffaloes 60
Indiana Hoosiers 89, #17 Iowa Hawkeyes 77
Number-One Baylor Will Host Number-14 West Virginia Tomorrow
(Waco, TX) — Number-one Baylor will host 14th-ranked West Virginia in a showdown tomorrow afternoon in Waco. The Bears will be seeking their 22nd straight victory. The Mountaineers are coming off a home loss Wednesday to third-ranked Kansas.
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In other college basketball, No. 3 West Texas A&M defeated Tarleton 83-73. The Lady buffs lost their game in overtime 52-49. Conference USA-leader North Texas defeated Charlotte 82-72 in Denton. The Mean Green are 11-and-2 in league play, 17-and-9 overall and will host Old Dominion tomorrow afternoon. Texas-Arlington knocked off Arkansas State 77-67 at home in Sun Belt action. Tomorrow, Texas Tech will be at Oklahoma State, TCU will try to snap a six-game slide when it hosts Kansas State, SMU will host number-19 Houston, Little Rock is at Texas-Arlington, while Texas will play at Iowa State and A&M will host Georgia. West Texas A&M Buffs will host Dallas Baptist, the lady Buffs will take on Texas Women’s University.