ANAHEIM -- Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara left Friday night's 7-6 loss to the Angels still experiencing tightness in his left quad muscle, a problem that has been bothering him for over a week. It is one of a number of signs the Rangers may be running out of gas as they go down the stretch and start to fade in the American League Wild Card race. The loss was the Rangers' seventh in the last nine games and they are five games behind the Twins for the second spot with 15 to play. Carlos Gomez is still out with a sprained right ankle and Rougned Odor, hitting .143 in his last 24 games, is dealing with an ankle issue. The Rangers went to check on him during a third inning at-bat. "Everybody is playing with something. You just have to keep playing." Choo hit a two-run home run in the sixth to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead. "I don't know if we are running out of gas but we have some guys out there with lower leg injuries and it may look that way," Banister said. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006.
Bengals can easily escape Andy Dalton’s contract after the season. Andy Dalton‘s job is safe, according to a head coach whose job isn’t. Answer: Whatever the Bengals want to happen with Dalton. His Kaepernick-style, year-to-year contract has only one year left of unallocated signing bonus money, making the cap hit associated with unloading him only $2.3 million in 2018. Keeping him would cost $13.9 million in cash, a figure that currently is creeping toward the bottom of the starting-quarterback pay scale. Which may be fitting, since Dalton is currently creeping toward the bottom of the starting quarterback barrel. Through two games in 2017, Dalton has five turnovers, no touchdowns, fewer than 200 yards passing per game, and a passer rating of 47.2. That puts him behind every NFL quarterback other than Scott-Freakin’-Tolzien. It eventually should put Dalton behind A.J. McCarron, and it could in time put Dalton out on the street.
1 RB Noah Cain to See OU on Back-to-Back Weekends. Noah Cain Game Clips Noah Cain Game Clips 2:41 Loading x player version 2.5.8 playback state -1 Noah Cain Game Clips 2:41 Start video Large play-pause toggle Share X Twitter Facebook / Small (320x180) Medium (480x270) Large (640x360) Learn More This video is not available. x This video is not available. x This video is geo-restricted. Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. This video is not available on your platform. This video is not available for this device, browser, or operating system. x Noah Cain, a 5-foot-11, 207-pound running back from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy was in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend when the Oklahoma Sooners took down the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-16. He ran for 1,683 yards and 22 touchdowns for more than eight yards per carry. 2015: Cain made his varsity debut as a freshman and did not disappoint, rushing for 1,058 yards and ten touchdowns on 9.4 yards per carry.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have enjoyed some of the game’s best floor generals in their short history. As the Thunder await Westbrook’s signature on his super max contract they are all too familiar with how important he is to the franchise. And, this isn’t just because Westbrook is a super star or franchise player. Ball movement and pace dominate NBA courts and floor generals are the key to success. Yet, the Oklahoma City Thunder realized the importance of the point guard position right from the start of their franchise beginning. Recognizing the point guard was an integral ingredient to a NBA championship team Sam Presti made it a priorty. Russell Westbrook has been the man at point guard since 2008, but the Thunder have been able to add key point guards in addition to Westbrook over the years. He will be a solid floor general to backup Russell Westbrook this season. The pairing of Westbrook and Felton will give the Thunder one of the best point guard rotations they have put together in years. As the season draw near, Thunderous Intentions takes a look at the top five point guards in Thunder history.
OSU football: Player to watch, prediction and pick for Oklahoma State-Pittsburgh. A look -- with some projections -- for Oklahoma State’s final regular-season nonconference game until Sept. 1, 2018 (looking at you, Missouri State) … Player to watch That means he had more than James Washington -- two more. He had 46 yards receiving last week, and Pittsburgh has struggled mightily to cover running backs in the pass game this year. And those adjustments -- combined with the attention James Washington will surely get after he had nearly 300 yards receiving against Pittsburgh last year -- could open things up for McCleskey to have a big game. Prediction Cowboy fans have been spoiled in the first two games of this year. Oklahoma State led Tulsa 21-0 after one. So it has a 38-0 advantage in opening quarters this season. Though OSU has been solid on the road in the past two seasons, going 8-2, it has not always been easy. Oklahoma State averaged 6.2 points per game in the first quarter of its five road games last season. Pick Oklahoma State’s players look the same as they did in August: Cool, confident and unfazed.
Jets' O-line faces challenge of trying to slow Raiders' Mack. "There's a lot of challenges with him," Jets offensive coordinator John Morton acknowledged Thursday. He can rush the passer, stop the run. Shell will likely see lots of Mack on Sunday in Oakland, which should be quite the test for the young right tackle who's expected to make his fifth NFL start. "It's not just about the tackles," Morton said. "I personally think he's probably the best defensive player in the league right now," Williams said. We just have to do our jobs and make sure we're aware of where he is and try to slow him down a little bit for us to make some plays." New York gave up just one sack last week in the season-opening loss at Buffalo , but the Jets couldn't get the run game going. We've got to block our guys and make it possible so the other guys can make plays. If the guys aren't getting any yards, we're not doing our job.
Craig Carton resigns from WFAN show amid Ponzi scheme charges. Acerbic radio sports host Craig Carton resigned Wednesday from WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” morning show days after he was arrested and charged with running a ticket-sale Ponzi scheme. “For 10 years I’ve had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job,” Carton said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. “WFAN has accepted Craig Carton’s resignation,” CBS Radio said in a statement. “We appreciate all of his contributions over the last decade and wish him and his family well during this next phase.” The statement said the station will begin a search for Carton’s replacement immediately. Federal authorities arrested Carton last week, saying in papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court that he tried to raise millions of dollars in 2016 to pay gambling debts to casinos and others. Authorities said Carton falsely told investors that he and others could score big profits by selling large blocks of tickets to acts including Katy Perry, Adele, Justin Bieber and Barbra Streisand. Carton, 48, of Manhattan, remains free on $500,000 bail. Carton hosted the morning show for a decade with former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason.