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4-run 8th caps Rangers’ come-from-behind win

4-run 8th caps Rangers’ come-from-behind win

Texas rallied from an early five-run deficit to win with a four-run rally in the eighth inning. They're never out of a game. Profar starts a triple play 00:52 Aug. 16th, 2018 Jurado allowed six runs in six innings, but none after the second. He allowed five straight singles to open the game, leading to a five-run inning, and then gave up a leadoff homer to Kole Calhoun in the second. He did give up the home run to Calhoun on a ball that seemed elevated, but he did continue to get better as the game progressed." Mazara, Banister on win 01:26 Aug. 16th, 2018 Matt Moore earned the win with two scoreless innings. "His stuff was sharp," Banister said. With two runs having already scored to tie the game, Odor came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth. However, after the replay review, the call was overturned and the go-ahead run scored on the play. The right-hander went 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA in his first two starts for the Rangers.
Ohio State investigation of Urban Meyer set to be completed Sunday

Ohio State investigation of Urban Meyer set to be completed Sunday

USA TODAY Sports The investigation probing Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is on target to be completed on Sunday and the findings will be presented to the school’s board of trustees next week, the school announced Friday evening. Meyer was put on paid leave amid questions that arose over his handling of domestic violence allegations made against since-fired assistant coach Zach Smith. The school had previously announced that the independent working group – selected to examine how those within the athletic department handled the accusations made by Smith’s then-wife in 2015 – would have its investigation completed by Sunday. “Following receipt, the working group will share the report with the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week,” the school said in the statement. "The most important thing is to get the right information so that we can make the best decisions going forward," Drake told on WOSU in his first public comments about the investigation. Courtney Smith, Zach Smith's ex-wife, said she was abused on multiple occasions and those within Ohio State's athletic department had knowledge of a 2015 incident. Zach Smith was not arrested for that alleged incident. Smith, a receivers coach and longtime assistant under Meyer, was fired last month after his court summons for trespassing was made public as part of Courtney Smith's application for a protection order. Both Courtney and Zach Smith have been interviewed by investigators. Contributing: Scott Gleeson, Kevin Allen
Game-by-game predictions for Oklahoma in 2018: What will be Sooners’ toughest test?

Game-by-game predictions for Oklahoma in 2018: What will be Sooners’ toughest test?

Or can the Sooners run the table in the Big 12 again like they did in 2016? With Josh Rosen in the NFL, UCLA has a wide-open quarterback competition this fall with less-promising prospects than Kyler Murray or Austin Kendall. Score prediction: Oklahoma 45, UCLA 31 Sept. 15: Oklahoma at Iowa State Oklahoma won't have to wait long for a chance to avenge its lone conference loss from a season ago. Score prediction: Oklahoma 34, Iowa State 27 Sept. 22: Oklahoma vs. Army It's been a while since the Sooners have had to prepare for a triple-option team, but that's exactly what they'll do later on this fall when Army comes to Norman. This will be the most unique game Oklahoma plays all year, and it's possible Riley tries to counter Army's ball-control offense with a running game of his own. Score prediction: Oklahoma 35, Texas 31 Oct. 20: Oklahoma at TCU The Sooners will have a bye week before facing off against the Horned Frogs, and they may need it. Score prediction: TCU 41, Oklahoma 37 Oct. 27: Oklahoma vs. Kansas State Oklahoma needed a dramatic touchdown by Rodney Anderson to defeat the Wildcats a year ago, but it's hard to see similar struggles in 2018. Score prediction: Oklahoma 41, Kansas State 20 Nov. 3: Oklahoma at Texas Tech Two years ago, Lubbock saw one of the most prolific offensive games in the history of college football. This year will be a different story — both Oklahoma and Texas Tech's defenses have improved, while the Red Raiders' offense has question marks — but look for a similar result. If WVU is fighting for a Big 12 title, it will give the Sooners all they want and more in this matchup.
5 players with game-changing skills in AL West

5 players with game-changing skills in AL West

From cannon arms to wipeout pitches, here's a look at the most game-changing tools for each team: Angels: Shohei Ohtani's power Why it matters: Ohtani is one of the few left-handed hitters in the Angels' lineup, so his power bat has become a dangerous weapon against opposing right-handed pitchers. All 12 of Ohtani's home runs this season have come against righties, and most of them have traveled quite far. 8th, 2018 Astros: Jose Altuve's bat-to-ball skills Why it matters: No player in baseball has a better ability to put the bat on the ball than Altuve, a three-time AL batting champion and six-time All-Star whose streak of four consecutive seasons of at least 200 hits is in jeopardy because of a right knee injury that's put him out of action for two weeks. Altuve's 10 consecutive hits 01:36 May 27th, 2018 Athletics: Matt Chapman's throwing arm Why it matters: Chapman's elite arm is perhaps the best in baseball, and the A's benefit from this weapon on a nightly basis. The strength of his arm allows Chapman to play deeper than any other third baseman in the Majors, which helps him get to more balls than any other player at the hot corner. Chapman's remarkable throw 00:08 Jul. 31st, 2018 Mariners: Edwin Diaz's wipeout slider Why it matters: The 24-year-old right-hander has an electric arm and one of the top fastballs in the Majors, but it's been the development of his putaway pitch, the nasty slider, that has elevated him into one of the elite closers in the game this season and the runaway leader in saves in the AL. Diaz typically sets hitters up with his upper-90s fastball, then closes them out with a wicked slider that has racked up a 55.3 percent whiff rate, the fourth-highest percentage among the 152 relievers who've generated at least 100 swings from the pitch this year. 16th, 2018 Rangers: Joey Gallo's power Why it matters: The Rangers are looking to the future, and their strength is their young offensive talent. Gallo is not only among the league leaders in home runs, but he also leads the Majors -- going into this week -- with 16 home runs of 110-plus mph exit velocity and 13 that traveled with a projected distance of 420 feet or greater.
Marlins’ Jose Ureña suspended six games for plunking Ronald Acuña Jr.

Marlins’ Jose Ureña suspended six games for plunking Ronald Acuña Jr.

The 2017 World Series teams are struggling with injuries and depth. Can they make it back to the postseason? USA TODAY Sports Major League Baseball has suspended Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Ureña six games for hitting rookie phenom Ronald Acuña with his first pitch of the game Wednesday night, Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.. Ureña was also fined an undisclosed amount. Acuña had hit a leadoff home run in each of his three previous games when he stepped to the plate against the Marlins right-hander in the bottom of the first inning. Ureña threw a 97 mph fastball directly at Acuña, hitting him on the left elbow. After both benches emptied, Ureña and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected. Acuña remained in the game momentarily, but exited in the top of the second inning. In addition, Braves first base coach Eric Young has received a one-game suspension and a fine for his actions during the incident. Since the Marlins have an off day, Ureña's suspension is scheduled to take effect on Friday, unless he files an appeal.
OSU football: After leaving mark on special teams, Malcolm Rodriguez is poised to start — and produce — at safety

OSU football: After leaving mark on special teams, Malcolm Rodriguez is poised to start — and produce — at safety

STILLWATER — In Oklahoma State’s first scrimmage last weekend, Malcolm Rodriguez read Taylor Cornelius and put himself in position to capitalize on an overthrow with an interception. And he makes plays. “Malcolm makes plays to set other people up to make plays,” Edison-McGruder said. Entering his second season, Rodriguez is having an important camp at a position of need for the Cowboys. He’s penciled in as OSU’s starter at the strong safety (“rover”) position in Jim Knowles’ 4-2-5 defense, where he’ll likely appear alongside Edison-McGruder and sophomore Thabo Mwaniki as the three safeties. “I think he'll surprise people the way he plays football. When OSU traveled to Lubbock, Texas, however, for its first Big 12 road game of the season, Rodriguez made the trip. Hammerschmidt had asked Rodriguez if he wanted to forego his redshirt and play. That includes three-tackle games in wins over Iowa State and Virginia Tech. “He's a tough guy and he's smart,” Hammerschmidt said.
‘Fixing’ Delino DeShields, explaining Cole Hamels’ Chicago success, and the issue of kids playing baseball year-round

‘Fixing’ Delino DeShields, explaining Cole Hamels’ Chicago success, and the issue of kids playing baseball year-round

He did not pitch well this year, was moved to the bullpen at Down East and has been out since early July with a shoulder issue. But I'm pretty confident in this: The guy works hard; he's studious about the game. #EvanHelpUS The Rangers now have the foundation in position players in place, how do they rebuild the pitching staff in next two years? For this rebuild to produce a pitching staff with a long shelf life, I don't think you can expect real long-term results until 2021. ME: If the Cowboys don't make the playoffs this year, I don't think Jason Garrett returns. Any free agent pitchers that might be a good fit for next season? As for pitching, here's what I would like to see the Rangers do: Pursue any under-30 non-tender free agents who could be signed or controlled for more than one year. I think cost-efficient two-year deals for some of these guys. He's played outfield some in the majors. Right now, he's incredibly valuable as a guy who can play all four infield positions (he is the only player in the majors to play at least nine games at all four spots).
NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

Bovada's 2018-19 NBA MVP odds were released, and there's a few head-scratchers on the list. First, let's keep in mind that these odds are to get you to place a bet more than anything. They want you to see something, and tempt you to throw your money at it. That being said, John Wall comes in tied for 14th, while Bradley Beal doesn't show up on the list. Now, let's look at who else was on the list over Beal. Just thinking out loud here, but that seems like maybe a bit of a stretch right? Porzingis may not play at all for the Knicks this coming season, and Cousins is expected to miss months before making his debut in Golden State. So, yeah. 2018-2019 - NBA MVP - Odds to Win LeBron James 10/3 Anthony Davis 4/1 Giannis Antetokounmpo 9/2 James Harden 11/2 Kevin Durant 9/1 Kawhi Leonard 11/1 Russell Westbrook 14/1 Stephen Curry 15/1 Joel Embiid 16/1 Kyrie Irving 16/1 Ben Simmons 35/1 Damian Lillard 45/1 Karl-Anthony Towns 50/1 DeMar DeRozan 80/1 John Wall 80/1 Donovan Mitchell 85/1 Jimmy Butler 100/1 Nikola Jokic 100/1 Victor Oladipo 100/1 Chris Paul 100/1 LaMarcus Aldridge 125/1 Paul George 125/1 DeMarcus Cousins 150/1 Gordon Hayward 150/1 Jayson Tatum 175/1 Blake Griffin 225/1 Devin Booker 275/1 Kristaps Porzingis 275/1 Kyle Lowry 325/1 Lonzo Ball 450/1 NBC Sports Washington is on Apple News. Favorite us!

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