Thursday Sports Update – Sod Poodles Begin Play Tonight On The Road

Sod Poodles Open Inagural Season On The Road Tonight

(Austin, Texas) – House representatives John Smithee (R-Amarillo) and Four Price (R-Amarillo) and Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) Wednesday introduced resolutions respectively to welcome the Amarillo Sod Poodles Baseball team prior to their historic inaugural home opener and celebrate the return of affiliated, professional baseball to Amarillo for the first time in 37 years.The Sod Poodles open their inaugural season tonight on the road at the Corpus Christi Hooks. The Sod Poodles will host their inaugural home opener at HODGETOWN on Monday, April 8 against the Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics). First pitch for the home opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Rangers Get A Minor Victory

(Arlington, TX) — Mike Minor allowed five hits and struck out seven over seven innings as the Rangers shut out the Astros 4-0 in Arlington. Nomar Mazara homered and drove in two runs. Hunter Pence and Ronald Guzman drove in the other Texas runs. The Rangers are 4-and-2 to start the season. The will play the Angels tonight in Anaheim for their first road game. Edinson Volquez is scheduled to start for Texas.

Astros Home Opener On Friday Is Sold Out

(Houston, TX) — The Houston Astros’ home opener is this Friday at Minute Maid Park, as the home team faces the Oakland Athletics. The seats are sold out, but the Astros are making a few hundred SRO tickets available. The Opening Day Street Fest is before the game from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring live music and food trucks. Pregame ceremonies, starting at 6:30, will honor George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who were huge Astros fans. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

MLB National League
Milwaukee Brewers 1, Cincinnati Reds 0
Washington Nationals 9, Philadelphia Phillies 8
San Diego Padres 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
New York Mets 6, Miami Marlins 4
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (10 INN)
Atlanta Braves 6, Chicago Cubs 4
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, San Francisco Giants 3

MLB American League
Chicago White Sox 8, Cleveland Indians 3
Minnesota Twins 7, Kansas City Royals 6
Detroit Tigers 2, New York Yankees 1
Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 3
Texas Rangers 4, Houston Astros 0
Boston Red Sox 6, Oakland Athletics 3

MLB Interleague
Colorado Rockies 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0 (11 INN)

>>Rockets Thump Clippers

(Los Angeles, CA) — James Harden scored 31 points and Chris Paul 29 in the Rockets’ 135-103 triumph over the Clippers in Los Angeles. Clint Capela contributed 24 points and 15 rebounds to the victory. It was Houston’s fourth straight win. The Rockets are home tomorrow night against the Knicks and Sunday against the Suns. Houston holds a half-game lead over Portland for the Western Conference third seed.

>>Timberwolves End Mavericks Two-Game Streak

(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks’ modest two-game winning streak came to a half with a 110-108 loss to the Timberwolves in Dallas. Luka Doncic had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas. Dwight Powell scored 25 points in defeat. The Mavs will host Memphis tomorrow night.

>>Nuggets Blow Out Spurs

(Denver, CO) — Nikola Jokic scored 20 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists as the Nuggets shut down the Spurs 113-85 in Denver. Monte Morris and Malik Beasley added 19 points each off the Denver bench. The Nuggets are a game-and-a-half behind the Warriors in the West with four games left. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected just 63 seconds into the game. LaMarcus Aldridge and Lonnie Walker the Fourth scored 16 each for the Spurs, who have traded wins and losses in their last seven.

Orlando Magic 114, New York Knicks 100
Chicago Bulls 115, Washington Wizards 114
Indiana Pacers 108, Detroit Pistons 89
Toronto Raptors 115, Brooklyn Nets 105
Boston Celtics 112, Miami Heat 102
Atlanta Hawks 130, Philadelphia 76ers 122
Charlotte Hornets 115, New Orleans Pelicans 109
Minnesota Timberwolves 110, Dallas Mavericks 108
Denver Nuggets 113, San Antonio Spurs 85
Portland Trail Blazers 116, Memphis Grizzlies 89
Utah Jazz 118, Phoenix Suns 97
Houston Rockets 135, LA Clippers 103

>>Playoff-Bound Stars Face Blackhawks Tomorrow

(Chicago, IL) — The Dallas Stars have earned a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They have two regular season games remaining, tomorrow against the Blackhawks in Chicago and a home game Saturday against the Wild. Dallas punched its playoff ticket with a 6-2 over the Flyers on Tuesday. They have 91 points.

Ottawa Senators 4, New York Rangers 1
Chicago Blackhawks 4, St. Louis Blues 3 (SO)
Anaheim Ducks 3, Calgary Flames 1

>>Kraft Attorneys Challenge Florida Police Investigation

(West Palm Beach, FL) — Attorneys for Patriots owner Robert Kraft are challenging the police investigation into his solicitation case in Florida. They argue the cameras that recorded alleged paid sex acts inside a day spa violated constitutional privacy protections.

>>Legendary Soccer Player Pele Hospitalized

(Paris) — Brazil soccer legend Pele is in the hospital. The 78-year-old was reportedly admitted to a Paris hospital late Tuesday s a precaution after he fell ill with a high fever. Pele is the only player to win three World Cups and is one of the greatest players in history.

>>Longhorns In NIT Title Game Tonight

(New York, NY) — Texas will meet Lipscomb tonight in the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Longhorns are 20-and-16 after beating TCU 58-44 in the semifinals. Lipscomb is 29-and-7 and went 14-and-2 in the Atlantic Sun conference.

>>Lady Bears Seeking Third National Title

(Tampa, FL) — Number-one ranked Baylor will try to win its third national women’s basketball championship. The Lady Bears will meet Oregon in the NCAA semifinals tomorrow night in Tampa. Baylor is 35-and-1. The Lady Bears have won their first four games in the tournament by at least 25 points. Notre Dame and UConn round out the Final Four.

>>Texas Tech Draws Michigan State In Final Four

(Lubbock, TX) — Texas Tech is bound for Minneapolis and its first Final Four appearance in school history. The Red Raiders will meet Michigan State in a semifinal game Saturday. Tech is led by Lubbock-native Jarrett Culver. The winner will face the Auburn and Virginia winner in the national championship game on Monday. Tech defeated number-one seed Gonzaga 75-69 in Anaheim to win the West Regional.

>>TCU Women Bow Out IN WNIT Semifinals

(Tucson, AZ) — The TCU women lost 59-53 to Arizona in a WNIT semifinal game in Tucson. Amy Okonkwo had a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds for TCU. Jordan Moore added 11 points and 10 boards. TCU ends the season with a 24-and-11 record.


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