(Surprise, AZ) — Rangers pitchers and catchers report today and will hold their first spring training workout tomorrow in Surprise, Arizona. The full squad is scheduled to be in camp Sunday. Cactus League play will begin February 21st against the Royals at Surprise Stadium.
Astros Open Spring Training Today
(West Palm Beach, FL) — After a winter of discontent that included firing of manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow over the sign-stealing transgression, the Astros will open spring training today with pitchers and catchers reporting to West Palm Beach, Florida. The first full-squad workout will be Sunday under manager Dusty Baker. The Astros’ initial Grapefruit League game will be February 22nd against the Nationals.
MLB Contemplating Major Playoff Format Change
(Undated) — MLB is contemplating a major change to its playoff format. Multiple reports say an expanded playoff field from 10 teams to 14 is being considered. It would feature three division winners and four wild card teams, with the best team in each league receiving a bye into the division series. A change can’t happen until 2022 at the earliest due to the league’s TV contracts.
Mavericks’ Rally Falls Short Against Jazz
(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks fell behind by 23 points early, out scored the Jazz by 17 points in the last two quarters, but lost 123-119 in Dallas. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavs with 33 points, while Kristaps Porzingis scored 28. The Mavs are 3-and-3 in their last six. The Mavs remain at home tomorrow night to face the Sacramento Kings in their final game before the All-Star break.
Orlando Magic 135, Atlanta Hawks 126
Brooklyn Nets 106, Indiana Pacers 105
Charlotte Hornets 87, Detroit Pistons 76
Toronto Raptors 137, Minnesota Timberwolves 126
Milwaukee Bucks 123, Sacramento Kings 111
Denver Nuggets 127, San Antonio Spurs 120
Los Angeles Lakers 125, Phoenix Suns 100
Miami Heat 113, Golden State Warriors 101
Rockets Will Host Celtics Tonight
(Houston, TX) — The Rockets will host the Celtics tonight in their final game before the All-Star break. Eric Gordon and Bruno Caboclo have leg injuries and will be held out. Houston has lost two straight after a four-game winning streak. Rockets guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook are among the 44 finalists for Team USA to play in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 3
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Florida Panthers 1
Arizona Coyotes 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (OT)
Vancouver Canucks 6, Nashville Predators 2
Calgary Flames 6, San Jose Sharks 2
Stars Home Tonight Against Carolina
(Dallas, TX) — The Stars are back on their home ice tonight against Carolina. Dallas is coming off a 3-2 overtime win Saturday at St. Louis. The Stars are 3-1-and-1 in their last five. They will open a three-game Canadian trip Thursday in Toronto.
Lee To Play In 2020
(Undated) — Sean Lee has decided to play in 2020 and declare for free agency in March, multiple-outlets report. The 33-year-old linebacker logged 86 tackles, had one interception and one sack last season for the Cowboys after being setback by injuries in 2017-and-18.
>Texans Hire Rumph As Assistant, Bring Back Crennel
(Houston, TX) — The Texans have hired Chris Rumph to be their outside linebacker coach. He had coached the outside linebackers and was the co-defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee. Houston is bringing back defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel as their associate head coach.
Chargers Move On From QB Rivers
(Los Angeles, CA) — Quarterback Philip Rivers will not be a Los Angeles Charger next season. The team announced Monday that the 38-year-old signal-caller will be entering free agency and won’t return to the Bolts. Rivers has been with the Chargers since being drafted in the first round in 2006. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Top-25 College Basketball (Coaches’ Poll)
#1 Baylor Bears 52, Texas Longhorns 45
#7 Duke Blue Devils 70, #8 Florida State Seminoles 65
Number-One Baylor Tops Longhorns On Road
(Austin, TX) — Number-one Baylor topped Texas 52-45 in Austin. MaCio Teague led the Bears with 11 points and eight rebounds. Baylor won its 21st consecutive game. The Bears will host number-14th West Virginia in a showdown Saturday in Waco.
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In other college basketball, number-24 Texas Tech demolished TCU 88-42 in Lubbock. The Red Raiders scored 45 points in the first half, three more than the Frogs had the entire game. TCU lost its sixth straight to drop to 13-and-11. Tomorrow, SMU will play UConn at Moody Coliseum, while Texas A&M will host Florida. Thursday, The West Texas A&M Buffs and Lady Buffs host Tarleton., North Texas, which leads Conference USA with a 10-and-2 record, will host Charlotte, while Arkansas State will be at Texas-Arlington. Saturday, Texas Tech will be at Oklahoma State.