Friday Sports Update – Rangers & Astros Open Second Half Play Tonight

(Arlington, TX) — The second half of the baseball season is here. The Rangers open up a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians tonight in Arlington. Texas comes out of the break last in the AL West at 41-and-56, 22 games behind first-place Houston. Martin Perez will get the ball tonight for the Rangers. The Indians will counter with Trevor Bauer.

Astros Open Series In Anaheim Tonight

(Anaheim, CA) — The second half of the baseball season is here. The Astros open up a three-game series against the Angels tonight in Anaheim. Dallas Keuchel will get the ball for the ‘Stros. He will be followed in the rotation by Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr., Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton.

Astros Five Up In AL West

(Anaheim, CA) — The Astros lead AL West coming out of the All-Star break. Houston sits at 64-and-35, five games up on 58-and-39 Seattle. Oakland is eight games back, while the Angels are 14 out.

MLB National League
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Chicago Cubs 9, St. Louis Cardinals 6

WNBA
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Atlanta Dream 82, New York Liberty 68
Dallas Wings 90, Washington Mystics 81
Las Vegas Aces 85, Phoenix Mercury 82

Kisner Holds One Shot Lead At Open Championship

(Carnoustie, Scotland) — Kevin Kisner is atop the leaderboard after the first day of The Open Championship. The American carded a five-under 66 in Thursday’s first round at Carnoustie Golf Links. Erik van Rooyen, Tony Finau and Zander Lombard are all one shot back in second. Three others are at three-under par. Tiger Woods opened with an even-par 71.

‘Melo Traded To Hawks; Expected To Be Waived

(Undated) — The Rockets are keeping an eye on the status of 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony after he was traded to Atlanta last night. ESPN reports the Oklahoma City Thunder have dealt ‘Melo to the Hawks, who are expected to waive him and let him hit the free agent market. The Rockets are considered to be the front-runner to sign Anthony, with the Miami Heat also reportedly in the running.

Mavs Re-Sign Ferrell

(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks are bringing back guard Yogi Ferrell. The Dallas Morning News reports the Mavs have reached a two-year, 5.3-million-dollar contract with the 25-year-old. Ferrell averaged 10.2 points, three rebounds and 2.5 assists while playing in all 82 games for the Mavs last season.

NFL, Union Agree To Put Anthem Policy On Hold

(Undated) — The NFL is putting its new national anthem policy on hold. The NFL and players union released a joint statement saying that league and team policies regarding conduct during the anthem will not be issued or enforced for several weeks as part of a standstill agreement. The two sides say they will continue their dialogue as they work through the anthem issue. The NFL approved a new policy in May requiring players and team personnel on the sidelines to stand during the anthem. Some players have used the anthem as an opportunity to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

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