Wednesday's news and notes from the Texas Rangers organization... -- LHP Martin Perez (elbow nerve inflammation) threw four innings of a simulated game on Wednesday and appears headed for his first rehab appearance Monday. Perez is not eligible to return from the 60-day DL until the end of this month. -- RHP Chris Martin (knee) also threw a live batting practice session Wednesday. Martin is eligible to return from the 10-day DL as early as Friday. Manager Jeff Banister indicated Martin is "close." -- Rangers first-round selection RHP Cole Winn was named the Baseball America High School Pitcher of the Year. -- The Rangers have begun their summer reading program with libraries in 25 different DFW municipalities. Broadcasters Eric Nadel, Emily Jones and pitcher Chris Martin are serving as honorary chairs and will make several appearances to read at local libraries. Summer Reading Club members are eligible for discounted tickets to the August 17 game against the Los Angeles Angels. More Rangers news With Shin-Soo Choo's value on the rise, there might be a suitable trade partner out there for the Rangers
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — With a single goal, Luis Suarez settled the fate of four teams in the group stage of the World Cup. It also put host Russia into the next round while eliminating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time. It’s a beautiful moment and we want to enjoy it,” Suarez said. “We still haven’t hit our stride so we need to tweak some things.” Uruguay and Russia both have six points from their opening two matches, putting them into the round of 16 with a match to go. Besides scoring, Suarez led his team with a hard-working performance. And he has that enormous capacity to score goals,” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. You don’t see 10-0 games at the World Cup anymore. That is a cardinal rule for us.” “That was a huge blow to us and I’m proud of how my players came back from it,” Pizzi said. “All my players are available for all the matches,” Pizzi said.
Another recently joined the prestigious Biletnikoff Award winner list while becoming the Sooners' first ever player to win the honor. Shep finished a great career from 2012-15 as the second-leading receiver in OU history with his 3,482 yards on 233 receptions, amounting to a 14.94 yards per catch average. He posted his most productive season as a senior when he racked up 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns on 86 catches on his way to being a Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist and First Team All-American. Shepard ranks third in touchdowns (26) and 100-yard games (12) and is one of only three Sooners to post a 200-yard game—Ryan Broyles and Manuel Johnson are the others. The speedy wide out exploded as a senior, racking up a program single-season record 17 touchdown catches on his way to winning the program’s first-ever Biletnikoff Award. Westbrook finished his brief two-year career fourth in school history with nine 100-yard receiving games, seventh with 2,267 receiving yards, tied for seventh with 21 touchdown catches and 12th with 126 career receptions. Clayton defined explosive during the first few years of the Bob Stoops era. He also ranks third all time in receiving yards (3,241) and catches (221). That local star is the former Norman High School product Broyles, who set the all-time receptions record with his 317th catch back in a 2011 game at Kansas. As for Broyles, he still leads all other Sooners by more than 1,110 receiving yards with his 4,586 career mark, which also ranks third among FBS receivers all time.
Finding a replacement for Bob Stoops was never difficult for Oklahoma. Stoops abruptly stepped down from his post as Oklahoma’s coach last June, but his successor, Lincoln Riley, was already in Norman, Okla. University of Oklahoma President David Boren didn’t need to be sold on Riley as the Sooners’ next football coach. Riley impressed Boren way before he took over the program in June 2017, according to The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel. “[Riley’s] known that I’ve always had my eye on him as a possible head coach someday,” Boren told The Oklahoman. “I didn’t know it would come so soon. [Riley] has the same values, the same manner, look you straight in the eye and tell you the truth, just like Bob Stoops. He won 12 games in his first season and produced a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback. Riley might be on his way to a national championship in Year 2 — like Stoops — at the pace he has set for himself. It will not be easy living up to Stoops’ legacy, but Riley is doing a fine job so far of trying. Visit NewsOK.com for more of Boren’s comments on the transition from Stoops to Riley.
Thunder Buddies – Game over (season over) in Game 6 – The Jazz finally put away the Thunder in a final minute that was indicative of the Thunder's season. Berry Tramel and Erik Horne discuss the Thunder's elimination, Billy Donovan's future, the Russell Westbrook fan incidents, Paul George's shocking no-show, what to do with Carmelo Anthony and what's next for Sam Presti. Thunder Buddies – The peaks and valleys of the Thunder's wild Game 5 win – How about that? Russell Westbrook and Paul George carried the offense. The defense got an Alex Abrines boost. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel discuss the biggest comeback in Thunder history. Thunder Buddies — Jazz walks the walk in Game 4 — In an intense, hot-tempered game, Utah had the cooler heads on the court, blowing out the Thunder to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Thunder Buddies – Jazz play the Thunder in Game 3 – Ricky Rubio schooled Russell Westbrook. The Jazz were powered by its second-half defense and a tremendous home crowd. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Dawson discuss the Thunder's collapse in Salt Lake City.
Lots of people love Bamba, but most of them agree he's going to need a few years to grow into a big-time player. Jackson appears to be the pick that they would take [if] both of those players [are] there at No. I think he will be a better pro than at least a couple of players selected before him. Sefko: There are people out there who think he's the better of the two Dukies [Carter and Marvin Bagley] who will go in the lottery. Assuming [DeAndre] Ayton, Doncic, Bagley, JJJ all gone, what are your thoughts of picking between [Michael Porter Jr.] and [Mo] Bamba? Sefko: Yes to all of that. This team needs offense. The Mavericks were terrible offensively last year. And Wendell Carter is a great option, too. Again, if Porter's back checks out, I'm inclined to go with him because this team needs a dynamic offensive player more than it needs a great defender.
I know you guys are fielding a lot of questions about Irving's suspension, but can you guys explain why the Cowboys lead the league in suspensions? From 2014-2017, 17 Cowboys have missed a total of 108 games due to suspensions. Bryan: The one thing I’ve learned over my years in the NFL is when you have the players in the building -- there never appear to be any problems. Some players make good decisions, some make poor ones. These players are no different than you or I. David: No two players are the same, and the circumstances are different for each of those suspensions. The Cowboys have been bad at that in the past and it has come back to bite them. Do you feel that this team can have no receivers over 1,000 yards and still make it to the postseason? If they don’t do those things well, quite honestly, it won’t matter. This offense needs to flow through its running game and Dak Prescott’s ability to spread the ball around, rather than fixating on a single receiver.
OSU football: Argyle (Texas) OL Preston Wilson becomes Oklahoma State’s third offensive line commitment in four days
A 6-foot-4, 274-pound prospect, Wilson is the third lineman to commit to Josh Henson and OSU in four days. He joins Joe Michalski (Overland Park, Kansas) and Cole Birmingham (Katy, Texas). "I am close with coach Henson, the offensive line coach," Wilson told 247Sports. "We talk often. Things that he likes about me are I am very versatile and can play any position on the offensive line. He likes my speed and aggressiveness, also the fact that I can bend and move. Another thing is he likes that I am smart with the game and understand situations on the field and could make calls on the field at center." Wilson chose OSU from 30 offers, according to 247Sports. Other offers included Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, Duke, Northwestern, Texas Tech, Utah and Vanderbilt. • CB Demarco Jones, Tulsa (Booker T. Washington)