Thursday Sports Update – Rockets Advance In NBA Playoffs

Rockets Oust Jazz, Advance In Playoffs

(Houston, TX) — James Harden scored a game-high 26 points as the Rockets defeated the Jazz 100-93 in Houston to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Clint Capela contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds to the win as the Rockets eliminated Utah in five games. Eric Gordon, who had 15 points, also guarded Utah star Donovan Mitchell, who was 4-for-22 from the field and missed all nine of his three-point attempts and finished with 12 points. The Rockets will face the winner of the Warriors and Clippers series in the Western Conference semifinals.

NBA Playoffs
Houston Rockets 100, Utah Jazz 93
(Rockets win best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 4-1)

LA Clippers 129, Golden State Warriors 121
(Warriors lead best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 3-2)

Hurricanes Eliminate Capitals, Second Round Begins Tonight

(Washington, DC) — The Hurricanes are moving on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Brock McGinn scored in the second overtime as Carolina ousted the defending champion Capitals 4-3 in Game Seven of their first-round series to advance. The second round starts tonight, with the Bruins at home against the Blue Jackets and the Stars visiting the Blues.

Stars Will Open Series On Road Tonight

(Dallas, TX) — The Stars will open the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight in St. Louis. Game Two will be Saturday at the Gateway City before shifting to Dallas on Monday. Dallas advanced with a 2-1 overtime win over Nashville in Game Six on Monday. The Blues beat Winnipeg in a six-game series that concluded with a 3-2 victory on Saturday in St. Louis. The Stars and Blues were the lower seeds in the first round.

A’s Walk Off Rangers

(Oakland, CA) — Nomar Mazara belted two solo homers for Texas, but it was not enough as the A’s won 6-5 on a walk off to sweep the series. Logan Forsythe also homered in defeat. The Rangers went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Chris Martin took the loss as Texas dropped to 2-and-7 on the road.

Rangers Continue Trip With Series In Seattle

(Seattle, WA) — The Rangers will open a four-game series with the Mariners tonight in Seattle. Left-hander Taylor Hearn is the Texas probable for the opener and will make his big league debut. The Mariners will counter with Marco Gonzales. Shelby Miller, Mike Minor and Lance Lynn are the Texas probables in order for the final three games in Seattle. Our pregame coverage begins tonight at 8:30 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.

Astros, Verlander Top Twins

(Houston, TX) — Justin Verlander allowed four hits and one run over eight innings in the Astros’ 5-1 win over the Twins in Houston. Verlander struck out eight, walked none and is 4-and-0. Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick blasted two-run homers, while Carlos Correa hit a solo shot. The Astros have won two in a row and are 3-and-3 in their last six.

MLB National League
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Milwaukee Brewers 2
Colorado Rockies 9, Washington Nationals 5
Atlanta Braves 3, Cincinnati Reds 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Philadelphia Phillies 6, New York Mets 0
Chicago Cubs 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 6

MLB American League
Kansas City Royals 10, Tampa Bay Rays 2
Oakland Athletics 6, Texas Rangers 5
Baltimore Orioles 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Boston Red Sox 11, Detroit Tigers 4
Houston Astros 7, Minnesota Twins 1
New York Yankees 6, Los Angeles Angels 5

MLB Interleague
Cleveland Indians 6, Miami Marlins 2
San Diego Padres 1, Seattle Mariners 0
San Francisco Giants 4, Toronto Blue Jays 0

Potts Powers Sod Poodles with Go-Ahead Blast

Springfield, Missouri – Hudson Potts crushed a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to propel the Sod Poodles to a 4-2 win at Hammons Field against the Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.The Sod Poodles go for a series win in Springfield on Thursday night as they wrap up the four-game series against the Cardinals. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Right-hander Emmanuel Ramirez makes the start for Amarillo while the Cardinals counter with righty Anthony Shew.

NFL Draft Kicks Off Tonight In Nashville

(Nashville, TN) — The NFL Draft begins tonight in Nashville. The first round takes place tonight, with rounds two and three tomorrow and four through seven wrapping things up on Saturday. The Cardinals have the first pick with speculation they’ll take quarterback Kyler Murray. The 49ers, Jets, Raiders and Buccaneers round out the top-five selections.

Cowboys Won’t Have Pick Tonight

(Nashville, TN) — The NFL three-day draft will start tonight in Nashville, but the Cowboys are one of five teams without a first-round pick. Dallas dealt its top pick to the Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper last season. Unless they make a trade to move up, the Cowboys will wait until 57 players come off the board before they make a selection.

Texans Preparing For NFL Draft

(Nashville, TN) — The Texans will draft 23rd overall in the first round of the NFL draft, which begins tonight. Houston has two second-round picks, 54th and 55th overall. The Texans’ pressing need is the offensive line to provide better protection for quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was sacked 62 times last season.

FC Dallas Will Play San Jose Next

(Frisco, TX) — FC Dallas will host San Jose on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Stadium. Dallas is coming off a 2-1 win over Atlanta United. Dallas is fourth in the West with 16 points in eight games.

Lady Bears Going To Meet Trump

(Waco, TX) — Baylor’s national championship women’s basketball team has accepted a White House invitation. The Lady Bears will meet with President Donald Trump on Monday in Washington D.C. This is the third White House visit for the Lady Bears, who visited with Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama after winning previous national titles.

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