Friday Sports Update – Rangers Split With A’s

(Oakland, CA) — Shin-Soo Choo smacked a two-run homer in the ninth inning as the Rangers doubled up the Athletics 6-3 in Oakland. Rougned Odor and Drew Robinson singled in runs in a four-run second inning to put Texas in command. Martin Perez allowed three runs over five-and-a-third innings to pick up the win as the Rangers earned a split of the four-game series.

Rangers Host Blue Jays

(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers return home today to open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Texas will send Matt Moore to the mound, while the Blue Jays counter with Marco Estrada. The Rangers are 3-and-5 on the season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. from Globe Life Park. Our pregame begins this evening at 6:30 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.

Astros Host Padres

(Houston, TX) — The Astros seek their sixth straight win as they host the San Diego Padres tonight. Lance McCullers Junior gets the start for Houston, while San Diego counters with Luis Perdomo. The ‘Stros are 6-and-1 on the season as they chase their second straight World Series title. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

MLB National League
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New York Mets 8, Washington Nationals 2
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Miami Marlins 0
Colorado Rockies 3, San Diego Padres 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Cincinnati Reds 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Chicago Cubs 8, Milwaukee Brewers 0

MLB American League
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Boston Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay Rays 2 (12 INN)
Texas Rangers 6, Oakland Athletics 3
Minnesota Twins 4, Seattle Mariners 2
Detroit Tigers 9, Chicago White Sox 7 (10 INN)
Baltimore Orioles 5, New York Yankees 2

Rockets Hold Off Trail Blazers

(Houston, TX) — The Rockets led by as many as 24 and held on for a 96-94 win over the Trail Blazers at the Toyota Center. Chris Paul paced Houston with 27 points, while James Harden added 24 and seven assists. Portland outscored Houston 50-to-30 in the second half to make things interesting. At 64-and-15, the Rockets have clinched the top seed in the West. They’ll host Oklahoma City tomorrow.

NBA
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Indiana Pacers 126, Golden State Warriors 106
Brooklyn Nets 119, Milwaukee Bucks 111
Houston Rockets 96, Portland Trail Blazers 94
Cleveland Cavaliers 119, Washington Wizards 115
Utah Jazz 117, LA Clippers 95
Denver Nuggets 100, Minnesota Timberwolves 96

Mavericks Visit Pistons

(Detroit, MI) — The Mavericks hit the road tonight to visit the Detroit Pistons. At 24-and-55, Dallas will not be going to the postseason and has just three games left this season, including tonight. The Mavs visit the 76ers on Sunday and host the Suns to close the season on Tuesday. Tip-off tonight in Detroit is at 6 p.m.

Mavericks’ Nowitzki Out For Season

(Dallas, TX) — Longtime Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will miss the final three games of the regular season. He had ankle surgery on Thursday and is out for the rest of the season. The 39-year-old big man ends his 20th season in Dallas averaging 12 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He has not decided if he’ll return next season. J.J. Barea will also miss the rest of the season with a left oblique strain.

Stars Visit Ducks Tonight

(Anaheim, CA) — The Stars have two games left before the regular season ends. Dallas visits Anaheim tonight and Los Angeles on Saturday to close out the season. The Stars are 41-31-and-8 and have been eliminated from postseason contention. The Puck drops at 9 p.m.

NHL
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New York Islanders 2, New York Rangers 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (OT)
Nashville Predators 4, Washington Capitals 3
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3
New Jersey Devils 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Florida Panthers 3, Boston Bruins 2
Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 3
Winnipeg Jets 2, Calgary Flames 1
Edmonton Oilers 4, Vegas Golden Knights 3
Vancouver Canucks 4, Arizona Coyotes 3 (OT)
San Jose Sharks 4, Colorado Avalanche 2
Los Angeles Kings 5, Minnesota Wild 4 (OT)

Spieth Leads Masters By Two Shots, Woods At Plus-One

(Augusta, GA) — Jordan Spieth is atop the leaderboard after the first round of The Masters. He shot a six-under 66 on Thursday at Augusta National, two shots clear of Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar. Rory McIlroy is among seven golfers three shots off the pace at minus-three. Phil Mickelson is at two-under. Playing his first Masters in three years, 14-time major champion Tiger Woods opened with a one-over 73. He’s a four-time Masters winner, but his last green jacket was in 2005. Defending champ Sergio Garcia had five balls roll off the green into the water on the 15th hole, shooting an eight-over 13 on that one hole. He finished his round at nine-over 81.

McGregor Arrested In New York

(New York, NY) — UFC star Conor McGregor is expected to face assault charges following a rowdy scene at a pre-fight press conference for “UFC 223.” McGregor turned himself into NYPD on Thursday. According to witnesses, McGregor and his entourage threw chairs and a guard rail, potentially injuring another fighter.

NASCAR Lands In Texas

(Fort Worth, TX) — NASCAR lands in Fort Worth this weekend for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. The race kicks off on Sunday. The Xfinity race starts on Saturday and qualifying gets going today.

Cowboys Sign DE Ealy

(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys are shoring up their pass rush through free agency. Dallas has agreed to a one-year deal with Kony Ealy. Over 62 career games, Ealy has 15 sacks for the Panthers and Jets. He was a second-round pick by Carolina in 2014.

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