Friday Sports Update – Baseball Icon Frank Robinson Dies At 83

(Undated) — Baseball icon Frank Robinson is dead at the age of 83. The Hall of Famer passed away yesterday after battling bone cancer. Robinson became the first African-American manager in the majors in 1975 with Cleveland. As a player, he’s the only one in history to win the MVP in both leagues. Robinson ranks 10th all-time with 586 home runs.

George, Westbrook Lift Thunder Over Grizzlies

(Oklahoma City, OK) — Paul George scored 27 points to lift the Thunder past the Grizzlies 117-95 in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook posted his eighth straight triple-double and 21st of the season with 15 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Jerami Grant had 20 points in the win. OKC has won back-to-back games and nine of 10. Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 27 for the Grizz while Mike Conley added 15. Bruno Caboclo added 16 off the bench. The loss snaps Memphis’ brief two-game winning streak.

Blazers Turn Away Spurs

(Portland, OR) — CJ McCollum scored 30 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers to a 127-118 victory over the Spurs in Portland. Damian Lillard contributed 24 points, nine assists and five steals to the win. Rodney Hood added 14 points in his Blazers’ debut. Portland improved to 23-and-8 at home and 33-and-21 overall. DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 35 points for San Antonio. Rudy Gay hit 5-of-6 from three and finished with 25 points in defeat. The Spurs have lost the first three games on their five-game road trip before the All-Star break.

NBA
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Orlando Magic 122, Minnesota Timberwolves 112
Indiana Pacers 116, LA Clippers 92
Toronto Raptors 119, Atlanta Hawks 101
Oklahoma City Thunder 117, Memphis Grizzlies 95
Los Angeles Lakers 129, Boston Celtics 128
Portland Trail Blazers 127, San Antonio Spurs 118

Mavs Hosting Bucks Tonight

(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks will host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Dallas is 5-and-2 in its last seven games. The Mavs shook up their roster before the trade deadline. They shipped their second-leading scorer Harrison Barnes to the Kings last night in a cost-saving trade. Dallas acquired Kristaps Kristaps Porzingis in a seven-player blockbuster last week with the Knicks. Porzingis will not play this season as he rehabs from knee surgery last year.

Rockets Home Tomorrow Against Thunder

(Houston, TX) — The Rockets are home tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston wrapped up a four-game trip by winning the last three. The Rockets are coming off a 127-101 win Wednesday in Sacramento. James Harden has scored at least 30 points in 28-consecutive games. LeBron James picked Harden seventh for his team from the pool of starters for the NBA All-Star Game on February 17th in Charlotte.

Stars Fall In Overtime

(Nashville, TN) — The Stars lost 3-2 in overtime to the Predators in Nashville. That snapped Dallas’ season-best five-game winning streak. Miro Heiskanen and Taylor Fedun scored third period goals for the Stars. Dallas had its season-high five-game winning streak snapped. The Stars will continue this five-game trip tomorrow at Arizona.

NHL
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Florida Panthers 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (OT)
Washington Capitals 4, Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (SO)
New York Islanders 2, New Jersey Devils 1 (SO)
Carolina Hurricanes 6, Buffalo Sabres 5 (OT)
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Detroit Red Wings 3
St. Louis Blues 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (OT)
Montreal Canadiens 5, Winnipeg Jets 2
Ottawa Senators 4, Anaheim Ducks 0
Edmonton Oilers 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Nashville Predators 3, Dallas Stars 2 (OT)
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (OT)
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Arizona Coyotes 2
San Jose Sharks 5, Calgary Flames 2

PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (at Pebble Beach, CA)
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T1. Brian Gay (-7)
T1. Scott Langley (-7)
T3. Six others tied (-6)
T9. Johnson Wagner (-5)
T54. Ryan Palmer (-2)

Pence Coming Home, Signs With Rangers

(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers signed outfielder Hunter Pence to a minor league contract with a major league spring training invitation. The 35-year-old outfielder is a 12-year big league veteran and a three-time All-Star selection. Injuries limited Pence to 97 games last season with the Giants, hitting .226 with four home runs. Pence played at Arlington High and UT-Arlington before being picked in the second round in the 2004 draft by the Astros.

Cowboys Add Polk To Staff

(Frisco, TX) — Carlos Polk is replacing Doug Colman as a special teams assistant coach. Polk played linebacker for seven years in the NFL, including with the Cowboys in 2008. He has been a special teams assistant with the Chargers and Buccaneers.

Two-Sport Star Murray Attending NFL Combine

(Undated) — Two-sport star Kyler Murray will attend the NFL Combine later this month. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner entered his name in the NFL Draft last month. Murray was the eighth pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the A’s and is under contract with them. Spring training starts next week. Murry hasn’t declared which sport he’ll play professionally.

College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
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#4 Gonzaga Bulldogs 92, San Francisco Dons 62
#12 Houston Cougars 77, UCF Knights 68
#20 Iowa Hawkeyes 77, Indiana Hoosiers 72
#23 Cincinnati Bearcats 69, Memphis Tigers 64

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) — In area college hoops action, SMU lost 67-66 to South Florida at Moody Coliseum, North Texas beat Marshall 78-51 for its 20th victory and UT-Arlington clubbed Coastal Carolina 74-54. Tomorrow, Baylor will host Big 12 front-runner Kansas State, TCU will be at Iowa State, Texas is going to West Virginia, Oklahoma will host Texas Tech, Western Kentucky will be at North Texas, Texas-Arlington will host Appalachian State and Texas A&M is at Missouri. Sunday, SMU will host UCF.

West Texas A&M Basketball

(Canyon, Texas) – The #22 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M saw their underclassmen score 61 combined points on Thursday night as they started fast and rolled past the Western New Mexico Mustangs, 87-37 in Lone Star Conference action at the First United Bank Center in Canyon.

(Canyon, Texas) – Qua Grant scored 16 points with 13 rebounds for his first career double-double as #7 West Texas A&M rolled past Western New Mexico 104-81 to open their four-game home stand on Thursday night. The Buffs have now won seven straight games overall and 19 straight in the FUBC.

 

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