Wednesday Sports Update – Dirk Nowitzki Announces Retirement
(Dallas, TX) — In a Dirk Nowitzki lovefest he scored a team-high 30 points to lead the Mavericks to a 120-109 win over the Suns in his final home game in Dallas. After the game, the future Hall of Famer confirmed he is retiring. The 40-year-old German has spent all 21 of his seasons with Dallas. The sellout American Airlines Center crowd cheered Dirk from the beginning and every time he touched the ball. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said he plans to play Nowitzki tonight against the Spurs in the season finale in San Antonio.
Thunder Nail Rockets With Buzzer Beater
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Paul George hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Thunder to a 112-111 win over the Rockets in Oklahoma City. That loss could cost the Rockets a third-seed in the postseason. James Harden led Houston with 39 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul scored 24 points in defeat. Clint Capela contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Detroit Pistons 100, Memphis Grizzlies 93
Boston Celtics 116, Washington Wizards 110
Charlotte Hornets 124, Cleveland Cavaliers 97
Miami Heat 122, Philadelphia 76ers 99
New York Knicks 96, Chicago Bulls 86
Toronto Raptors 120, Minnesota Timberwolves 100
Golden State Warriors 112, New Orleans Pelicans 103
Dallas Mavericks 120, Phoenix Suns 109
Utah Jazz 118, Denver Nuggets 108
Oklahoma City Thunder 112, Houston Rockets 111
Portland Trail Blazers 104, Los Angeles Lakers 101
Magic Johnson Leaves Lakers
(Los Angeles, CA) — Magic Johnson is leaving as Lakers’ President of Basketball Operations. He made the impromptu announcement hours before last night’s season finale against the Blazers. Johnson was instrumental in bringing LeBron James to LA, but the team missed the playoffs at 37-and-45. He says Luke Walton’s job status will be determined by owner Jeanie Buss.
Stars Open Playoffs Tonight In Nashville
(Nashville, TN) — The Stars will meet the Predators tonight in the opener of a best-of-seven first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first two games will be in Nashville. They will play Saturday in Music City before the series shifts to Dallas Monday for Game Three. The Stars finished with 93 points to secure the top Western Conference Wild Card spot. The Predators won the Central Division with 100 points.
Rangers Fall On Walk-Off Homer
(Phoenix, AZ) — Rangers closer José Leclerc yielded a two-run, pinch-hit walk-off home run to Jarrod Dyson as the Diamondbacks rallied to win 5-4 in Phoenix. Elvis Andrus had two hits and two RBI in defeat. Rangers starter Mike Minor yielded two runs on five hits over seven innings in a no-decision. Texas has lost four straight. Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn will start tonight against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Lynn is replacing Edinson Volquez in the rotation. Volquez was placed on the injured list with an elbow injury. Lynn is 5-and-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 11 outings against Arizona. Left-hander Robbie Ray will start for the D’Backs. Our pregame coverage begins tonight at 8 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.
Astros Rally To Defeat Yankees
(Houston, TX) — George Springer doubled home two runs in a three-run eighth inning as the Astros rallied to beat the Yankees 6-3 in Houston. Jose Altuve drove in a pair of Houston runs with a homer and sacrifice fly. Héctor Rondón picked up the win in relief, while Roberto Osuna logged his fourth save with a spotless ninth. The Astros won their fifth in a row.
MLB National League
Cincinnati Reds 14, Miami Marlins 0
Washington Nationals 10, Philadelphia Phillies 6 (10 INN)
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Atlanta Braves 7, Colorado Rockies 1
San Francisco Giants 7, San Diego Padres 2
MLB American League
Cleveland Indians 8, Detroit Tigers 2
Toronto Blue Jays 7, Boston Red Sox 5
Tampa Bay Rays 10, Chicago White Sox 5
Oakland Athletics 13, Baltimore Orioles 2
Houston Astros 6, New York Yankees 3
Seattle Mariners 6, Kansas City Royals 3
Minnesota Twins 14, New York Mets 8
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Texas Rangers 4
Los Angeles Angels 11, Milwaukee Brewers 8
Sod Poodles Win First-Ever Home At HODGETOWN
AMARILLO, Texas – Sod Poodles’ clean-up batter Brad Zunica led the home team to their first win ever at HODGETOWN with a two-home run, five RBI night, marking the team’s second win of 2019. Amarillo won by a final score of 8-2. The Sod Poodles wasted no time opening up the scoring in Tuesday’s game when first basemen Zunica hit his fourth home run of the season to give Amarillo the early 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Sod Poodles and RockHounds finish up their three-game series tonight at HODGETOWN. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Cowboys’ Preseason Opponents Released
(Undated) — The Cowboys will open their preseason at San Francisco. They will face the Rams on August 17th in Honolulu. The Cowboys will play their final two preseason games at home against the Texans and Buccaneers. Dates except for the game in Hawaii have not been released. America’s Team will hold training again in Oxnard, California.
Dixon Staying At TCU
(Fort Worth, TX) — TCU head basketball coach Jamie Dixon announced on Twitter he is staying after getting overtures from UCLA. He says he committed to rebuilding the TCU program. He has led the Frogs to a 68-and-41 record in three seasons. UCLA hired Cincinnati’s Mike Cronin to be its head coach.
19 Million Watched NCAA Men’s Championship Game
(Undated) — CBS is celebrating a ratings winner in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game. An estimated 19 million people watched most of the game with the audience surging to more than 23 million during the overtime period. Top-seeded Virginia defeated Texas Tech to claim its first crown. The numbers for CBS were 23 percent higher than last year’s, which was shown on three cable channels. However, the number was 15 percent lower than the last time CBS showed the title game, which was in 2017.