(Amarillo, TX) — The Amarillo Sod Poodles, Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, unveiled their new identity program Tuesday at a press conference. The team name was selected after fans suggested more than 3,000 different names in a month-long name-the-team contest. The Sod Poodles, a pioneer’s nickname for the “Prairie Dogs”, was chosen due to its Texas pioneer ties, appeal to kids, marketability, and representing the fun of Minor League Baseball. The Poodles first home game is Monday, April 8th against the Midland Rock Hounds.
Cowboys Facing Another Road Test
(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys will return to the practice field today to begin preparing for a Sunday road game in Atlanta. The Cowboys are coming off a 27-20 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia. Dallas is 4-and-5, the same record as the Falcons. After the Atlanta contest, the Cowboys will return home for a Thanksgiving showdown with NFC East-leader Washington.
Texans Facing Redskins This Week
(Houston, TX) — After a bye week, the Texans return to action Sunday playing the Redskins in Washington. Houston has won its last six games after starting 0-and-3. The 6-and-3 mark tops the AFC South. Washington leads the NFC East with a 6-and-3 record. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has thrown for 2,389 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but has been sacked 30 times.
Rams, Chiefs Game Moved From Mexico City To LA
(Los Angeles, CA) — The Rams and Chiefs will play Monday night in Los Angeles instead of Mexico City. The NFL has decided to move the game to the LA Coliseum due to poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca. Soccer games and concerts helped tear up the field. ESPN reports players were considering not playing if the NFL kept the game in Mexico City.
Stars Will Face Bruins On Friday
(Dallas, TX) — The Stars are back on their home ice Friday night when they entertain the Boston Bruins. Dallas lost 2-to-1 in overtime on November 5th in Boston. The Stars are 9-7-and-2 after going 1-2-and-2 in their last five games. Dallas lost 2-1 to Columbus on Monday at home. The Stars remain at home Sunday to host the Islanders.
Florida Panthers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1
New York Islanders 5, Vancouver Canucks 2
New Jersey Devils 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Detroit Red Wings 6, Arizona Coyotes 1
Buffalo Sabres 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Washington Capitals 5, Minnesota Wild 2
Edmonton Oilers 6, Montreal Canadiens 2
San Jose Sharks 5, Nashville Predators 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Los Angeles Kings 1
Rockets Win In Denver
(Denver, CO) — The Rockets beat the Nuggets 109-99 in Denver. Clint Capela led Houston with a game-high 24 points. James Harden contributed 22 points and 11 boards to the win. Chris Paul added 21 points as all five Houston starters finished in double figures. The Rockets have won five of six to improve to 6-and-7 overall. They return home tomorrow night to host the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Cleveland Cavaliers 113, Charlotte Hornets 89
Houston Rockets 109, Denver Nuggets 99
Golden State Warriors 110, Atlanta Hawks 103
Mavericks Home Tonight Against Jazz
(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks will face the Utah Jazz tonight in Dallas. The Mavs improved to 5-and-8 after a 103-98 victory Monday in Chicago for their first road win. DeAndre Jordan is averaging 13.7 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the NBA.
Verlander Candidate For Cy Young Award
(Undated) — Justin Verlander is among the three finalists for the American League Cy Young Award, which will be announced tonight. Verlander went 16-and-9 with a 2.52 ERA for the Astros last season. He led the AL with 290 strikeouts and topped the majors with 0.90 walks and hits per innings pitched. Blake Snell of the Rays and Corey Kluber of the Indians are the other finalists.
Spence, Garcia Mega Fight Confirmed
(Los Angeles, CA) — Unbeaten boxers Errol Spence Junior and Mikey Garcia will meet on March 16th at AT&T Stadium in a welterweight title bout. Premier Boxing Champions and Fox announced the fight in Los Angeles yesterday with both fighters present. Garcia is moving up two weight divisions to challenge the 147-pound IBF champion Spence. Garcia has won belts in four lighter weight divisions. Spence is from DeSoto, a Dallas suburb, is 24-and-0 with 21 knockouts. The bout will headline the first Fox PPV card.
College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches’ Poll)
#6 Tennessee Volunteers 66, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 53
College Basketball Round Up
(Undated) — In area college basketball last night, Texas Tech downed SE Louisiana 59-40 in Lubbock. Tonight, SMU will host Western Carolina and North Texas will entertain Texas A&M Commerce in Denton. Tomorrow, TCU will host Fresno State and Texas A&M will play at ranked Gonzaga in Spokane.
Top-10 Unchanged In CFP Rankings
(Undated) — Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan remain the top-four in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. The entire top-10 did not change, with Georgia still number-five and Oklahoma sixth. LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State round out the top-10. The top-four will meet in the national semifinals after the regular season.
College Football Round Up
(Undated) — In gridiron action this week: Tomorrow, North Texas will host Florida Atlantic in a C-USA tilt. On Saturday, TCU will be at Baylor, Texas Tech will go to Kansas State, Iowa State will be at Texas, UAB will travel to Texas A&M and SMU will host Memphis.