(Houston, TX) — Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 15 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Rockets lost 120-105 to the Clippers in Houston. James Harden scored 16 points, but was 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Jeff Green scored 17 off the bench. The Rockets play tomorrow night at Charlotte and return home Sunday against Orlando. Houston leads the Southern Division with a 39-and-22 record.
Denver Nuggets 114, Charlotte Hornets 112
LA Clippers 120, Houston Rockets 105
Philadelphia 76ers 125, Sacramento Kings 108
Toronto Raptors 121, Golden State Warriors 113
Mavs Will Host Grizzles Tonight
(Dallas, TX) — The Mavs will face the Memphis Grizzlies tonight in Dallas. The Mavs are coming off a 127-123 overtime victory Wednesday over the Pelicans with Luka Doncic setting the franchise record with his 22nd triple-double. The Mavs remain home Sunday to host the Pacers.
>>Predators Shut Out Stars
(Nashville, TN) — The Predators shut out the Stars 2-0 in Nashville. The Stars, who have lost four straight, failed to find the net on four power plays. They will meet the Preds again tomorrow night in Dallas.
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1
New York Rangers 6, Washington Capitals 5 (OT)
Boston Bruins 2, Florida Panthers 1 (OT)
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Montreal Canadiens 0
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Buffalo Sabres 2
Ottawa Senators 4, New York Islanders 3
Nashville Predators 2, Dallas Stars 0
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Edmonton Oilers 3
Minnesota Wild 3, San Jose Sharks 2
Los Angeles Kings 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (so)
Every Leads After One Round At Arnold Palmer Invitational
(Orlando, FL) — Matt Every holds a one-shot lead after the first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. Every shot seven-under par 65 Thursday at Bay Hill. Rory McIlroy is one stroke behind at minus-six. Talor Gooch and Scottie Scheffler are tied for third at five-under. Tiger Woods is not playing in this tournament due to back stiffness.
NASCAR At Phoenix Raceway Sunday
(Avondale, AZ) — NASCAR makes its way through the desert this weekend. Phoenix Raceway will host the FanShield 500 Sunday afternoon in Avondale. It’s the fourth event of the season. NASCAR returns to Phoenix in November for the Cup Series Championship.
Minor Sharp As Rangers Divide Split-Squad Games
(Undated) — Rangers’ left-hander Mike Minor threw three hitless innings, but a Texas split squad lost an 11-9 slugfest to the Diamondbacks in Cactus League play at Surprise Stadium. The two teams combined to score 12 runs in the final two innings. Joey Gallo and Adolis Garcia homered in defeat. Six Texas pitchers combined on a three-hit 5-0 shutout of the Cubs in Mesa. The Rangers will play the Padres tonight in Peoria. Our next Texas Rangers pre-season broadcasts are Saturday afternoon at 2 against the Brewers and Sunday afternoon at 3 against the Dodgers.
MLB Cactus League
Cleveland Indians 7, San Francisco Giants 1
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Cincinnati Reds 4
Texas Rangers (ss) 5, Chicago Cubs 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 11, Texas Rangers (ss) 9
Oakland Athletics 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Chicago White Sox 7, Colorado Rockies (ss) 6
Colorado Rockies (ss) 9, Kansas City Royals 1
San Diego Padres 3, Seattle Mariners 0
James Sharp In Astros’ Spring Training Win
(Fort Myers, FL) — Josh James allowed one hit over three innings as the Astros shut out the Red Sox 5-0 in a Grapefruit League game in Fort Myers. Bryan Abreu struck out four in two innings. Kyle Tucker went 3-for-3 with a homer, double and two RBI for Houston. The Astros will play the Mets today.
MLB Grapefruit League
Tampa Bay Rays 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
New York Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals (ss) 7
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3
Detroit Tigers 15, New York Yankees 11
Houston Astros 5, Boston Red Sox 0
Minnesota Twins 3, Baltimore Orioles 3
St. Louis Cardinals (ss) 11, Washington Nationals 0
Roughnecks Host Dragons Tomorrow
(Houston, TX) — The Houston Roughnecks will host the Seattle Dragons tomorrow afternoon. The Roughnecks are 4-and-0, the only undefeated XFL team. Quarterback P.J. Walker has thrown for 987 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Top-25 College Basketball (Coaches’ Poll)
#5 San Diego State Aztecs 73, Air Force Falcons 60
#13 Oregon Ducks 90, California Golden Bears 56
#19 Ohio State Buckeyes 71, #23 Illinois Fighting Illini 63
UConn Huskies 77, #21 Houston Cougars 71
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In college basketball tomorrow, number-one Kansas will be at Texas Tech, number-four Baylor will play at West Virginia, SMU will play at South Florida, Texas will host Oklahoma State, the Frogs are home against Oklahoma and Texas A&M will play Arkansas in College Station. In the Lone Star Conference Tournament, the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs beat St. Edwards 70-46 yesterday, they advance to play Lubbock Christian Saturday at 12Noon. The WT Men will take on Texas A&M-Commerce in the tournament this evening at 6 in Frisco.
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