Wednesday Sports Update – Spurs Top Mavericks
(Dallas, TX) — DeMar DeRozan poured in 33 points as the Spurs defeated the Mavericks 112-105 in Dallas. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 28 points and Derrick White 23 to the San Antonio victory. The Spurs won their sixth straight to improve to 39-and-29. Jalen Brunson led Dallas with 34 points. Dwight Powell scored 20 points in defeat. The Mavericks have dropped six in-a-row and 11 of their last 12 to slip to 27-and-40.
Philadelphia 76ers 106, Cleveland Cavaliers 99
Indiana Pacers 103, New York Knicks 98
San Antonio Spurs 112, Dallas Mavericks 105
Los Angeles Lakers 123, Chicago Bulls 107
Milwaukee Bucks 130, New Orleans Pelicans 113
Portland Trail Blazers 125, LA Clippers 104
Denver Nuggets 133, Minnesota Timberwolves 107
Rockets Hosting Warriors Tonight
(Houston, TX) — The Rockets will try to extend their winning streak to 10 games tonight when they host the Warriors. Golden State eliminated Houston in a seven-game series last year in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors have lost six of their last 10 and will be without Kevin Durant because of an ankle injury. Our broadcast begins tonight at 8 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.
Stars Shine Brightly Over Buffalo
(Buffalo, NY) — Ben Bishop logged 35 saves as the Stars shut out the Sabres 2-0 in Buffalo. Roope Hintz scored both Dallas goals in the second period. Dallas, which is 5-and-1 in its last six, has 77 points, which tops the NHL West Wild Card standings. The Stars will play tomorrow night against the Wild in Minnesota, which has 74 points.
Columbus Blue Jackets 7, Boston Bruins 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Washington Capitals 3
Dallas Stars 2, Buffalo Sabres 0
Montreal Canadiens 3, Detroit Red Wings 1
San Jose Sharks 5, Winnipeg Jets 4
Arizona Coyotes 3, St. Louis Blues 1
Calgary Flames 9, New Jersey Devils 4
Anaheim Ducks 3, Nashville Predators 2
Rangers Rained Out
(Surprise, AZ) — The Rangers’ game with the Diamondbacks was rained out. After the storms cleared, Mike Minor pitched five simulated innings to minor league hitters on the Nolan Ryan Field. Also, closer Jose Leclerc threw two scoreless innings. The Rangers are idle today, but will play a split-squad doubleheader tomorrow against the Royals in Surprise and the Cubs in Mesa.
MLB Suspends Astros Pitcher Martes
(West Palm Beach, FL) — Major League Baseball suspended Astros’ pitcher Francis Martes 80 games without pay. The 23-year-old right-hander tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Martes underwent Tommy John surgery last August and it was doubtful he would pitch this year.
Astros, Verlander Lose To Nationals
(West Palm Beach, FL) — Justin Verlander yielded three homers and four runs in five innings in the Astros’ 5-3 loss to the Nationals in West Palm Beach. Verlander walked one and struck out six. George Springer went 0-for-3, his average dipping to .160 in Grapefruit League play, but he drew two walks. The Astros will start Gerrit Cole today against the Mets.
MLB Grapefruit League
Miami Marlins 8, New York Mets 1
Minnesota Twins 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Atlanta Braves 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Detroit Tigers 4, Boston Red Sox 3
Tampa Bay Rays 2, Toronto Blue Jays 1
Washington Nationals 5, Houston Astros 3
New York Yankees 8, Baltimore Orioles 7
MLB Cactus League
Chicago White Sox (ss) at Kansas City Royals (PPD)
Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox (ss) (PPD)
San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds (PPD)
Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks (PPD)
Oakland Athletics at San Diego Padres (PPD)
San Francisco Giants 4, Milwaukee Brewers 2 (F/5)
Cincinnati Reds 12, Chicago Cubs 3
Cole Beasley On His Way To Buffalo
(Undated) — Cole Beasley’s time with the Cowboys is over. The slot receiver is going to join the Bills with NFL Network reporting the four-year-deal is worth 29-million dollars. Beasley tweeted his appreciation to Cowboys fans and the Jones family for giving him a chance in the NFL. Beasley was an undrafted free agent out of Southern Methodist University and briefly considered retirement before joining Dallas in 2012.
Browns Acquire Beckham Jr. From Giants
(Berea, OH) — The Odell Beckham Jr. era in New York is over. Multiple reports say the Browns have agreed to acquire the star wide receiver from the Giants in exchange for a first and third-round pick this year and safety Jabrill Peppers. Beckham was a three-time Pro Bowler during his tenure in New York and one of the most high-profile players in the NFL.
Reports: RB Bell To Sign With Jets
(Florham Park, NJ) — Free-agent running back Le’Veon Bell is taking his talents to the Big Apple. Multiple reports say he’s agreed to a four-year, 52.5-million-dollar deal with the Jets. Bell sat out all of last season rather than sign a one-year franchise tender with the Steelers. Trades and signings will become official today with the start of the new league year.
#1 Gonzaga Upset By Saint Mary’s
(Las Vegas, NV) — Top-ranked Gonzaga will need an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after getting upset 60-47 by Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference championship in Las Vegas. The Gaels earned an automatic berth in the Big Dance. Northern Kentucky, Fairleigh Dickinson, Northeastern and North Dakota State also earned NCAA bids Tuesday.
Culver Named AP Big 12 Player Of The Year
Fort Worth, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is the AP Big 12 player of the year after helping lead his hometown Red Raiders to a share of the regular season conference title. Chris Beard was named coach of the year after his third season with the seventh-ranked Red Raiders. Kansas junior guard Dedric Lawson, the league’s top scorer and rebounder, and Kansas State senior guard Barry Brown Jr. joined Culver as unanimous first-team picks. Lawson was also the top newcomer.
TCU Will Play Today In Big 12 Tourney
(Kansas City, MO) — TCU will tip off the Big 12 tournament tomorrow against Oklahoma State in Kansas City at the Sprint Center. If the eighth-seeded Horned Frogs win they will play either Kansas State or Texas Tech tomorrow. Fourth-seeded Baylor will play Iowa State and Texas will face Kansas in games tomorrow. Texas Tech is seeded second.
Texas A&M Firing Basketball Coach
(Nashville, TN) — Several outlets report Texas A&M is firing head basketball coach Billy Kennedy after the Aggies are eliminated from the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Aggies take a 13-and-17 record into their first-round SEC game tonight against Vanderbilt. Kennedy has posted a 110-115 record in eight seasons, including two Sweet Sixteen appearances, with Texas A&M.
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In other area college basketball action, SMU will tangle with Tulsa in the opening round of the AAC tournament tomorrow in Memphis. Tenth-seeded North Texas will face Florida International in the opening round today of the Conference-USA Tournament in Frisco. UT-Arlington is seeded-second in the Sun Belt Conference tournament and has drawn a bye into the semifinals on Saturday in New Orleans.