OKLAHOMA CITY — Playing in its home away from home, No. 17 Baylor to capture the Big 12 tournament championship Saturday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. “I think we have a shot to host,” Moore said. I would have liked to get two wins heading into the OU game.” The Lady Bears reached their first Big 12 tournament championship game after winning the tiebreaker in Pool B after beating Oklahoma State and losing to Texas Tech on Friday. We certainly competed well against a good team and put ourselves in good position for the postseason.” Pitching in her third straight game of the tournament, Baylor ace Gia Rodoni (22-11) scattered eight hits and four walks while allowing four earned runs. “Gia was a warrior this weekend for us,” Moore said. It’s good to get that kind of weekend out of Gia and now she’ll have this week to recover before regionals.” The Sooners struck first as Pendley drilled a two-run double in the first inning before Baylor answered with a third-inning run when Taylor Ellis singled and scored on Shelby Friudenberg’s single. Pendley earned the tournament’s most outstanding player award after going 6-for-9 with two homers and nine RBIs in three games. The Lady Bears cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 5-4 with a three-run sixth. Rodoni, Walker and Kettler made the all-tournament team for Baylor.
WINNIPEG -- It's the taste of the Stanley Cup Playoffs that explains the impact defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is having on the Winnipeg Jets. Byfuglien had a goal and an assist and made his 6-foot-5, 260-pound presence felt in every zone in a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Bell MTS Place on Saturday. "I just think he's missed that taste for playoffs and now he realizes what it is and how hard it is." He did not play in the playoffs in six of the next seven seasons, the exception when the Jets were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round in 2015. "It was just overall doing the right things, starting the game as a team, moving our feet and keeping it simple," Byfuglien said. "I just got across the (blue) line and (you want to) get shots to the net early and one happened to go in." Byfuglien also made a key play to help the Jets go ahead 2-0 when Patrik Laine scored a power-play goal at 6:49 of the first. At 9:54 of the second period, it was Byfuglien's power-play wrist shot from the point that Scheifele deflected for a 4-1 lead. The Golden Knights took a few runs at the big defenseman but often bounced off him, including forward Alex Tuch in the third period. If everyone's doing their job and everyone's tight on their guy and tight on their gaps … we just didn't give them much room."
On deck Sunday's pitching matchup RANGERS STARTER LHP MATT MOORE (1-4, 7.71) has allowed 20 hits and 15 runs in 9 2/3 innings for his last two starts. LOVES TO FACE: Josh Reddick is 1 for 7 lifetime against Moore. HOUSTON STARTER LHP DALLAS KEUCHEL (2-5, 3.53) gave up one run in eight innings during a win at Oakland on Tuesday. In his last five starts, Keuchel has given up five walks in 36 innings. Keuchel is 4-5 with a 4.27 ERA for his last nine starts against the Rangers. LOVES TO FACE: Rougned Odor is hitting .083 with 10 strikeouts in 36 career at-bats against Keuchel. HATES TO FACE: Nomar Mazara and Ryan Rua are both 7 for 22 lifetime against Keuchel. Next five Day Opp. Time at Hou.
The Golden State Warriors are the defending champs. The Houston Rockets are the best team in the league, with the second most wins of any non-Warriors team in the last five years. They had the two of the five most efficient offenses in NBA history. The Rockets set an all-time record for 3-pointers, while the Warriors were the league's best shooting team both inside the paint and out. And they've been the two best defensive teams in the playoffs, holding their four opponents to at least five points per 100 possessions under their regular season marks. Both rosters have star power and versatility. And only one will advance to The Finals. Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for the Western Conference finals, with links to let you dive in and explore more. Game 1 is Monday (9 p.m. ET on TNT).
MLB betting line: The Astros opened as -248 favorites (wager $248 to win $100); the total is at 7.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.9-1.1, Astros. MLB picks on every game. The Rangers are also coming off a series win over the Detroit Tigers at home, with each victory decided by one run. Why the Astros Can Pay on the MLB Lines The Astros have won eight of their past 11 meetings with the Rangers, going 4-3 in the first seven this season despite losing the past two. At Arizona, Verlander allowed only one earned run and three hits in six innings with three walks and eight strikeouts, but it was not enough in a 3-1 loss. Meanwhile, Hamels has gone 0-1 in two starts against Houston with a 3.86 ERA, but he has been better on the road this year overall, with a 1-1 mark and 3.22 ERA in four outings. MLB Betting Trends Texas is 2-4 in its past six games. Texas is 3-8 in its past 11 games against Houston. All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark.
Oklahoma nearly conquered an epic, five-hour baseball game. Cade Cavalli’s two-out, solo home run to left field gave the Sooners a 4-3 lead in the top of the 14th, but UCF’s late charge — a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and Mika’s base hit — squished what would’ve been a critical non-conference road victory. Until then, Cavalli was in rare position to earn both the game-winning hit and pitching victory, after moving from first base to the mound in place of Devon Perez with two runners on base and no outs in the 14th inning. OU fell to 0-3 in its last three games decided by three runs or less. Friday marked the most innings OU (31-19) played in one game since it won 12-9 in 18 innings at Oklahoma State in 2014. He struck out six batters. Just two of the Sooners’ runs were produced by hits. Freshman Tyler Hardman reached base on a two-out error in the fourth inning, allowing Steele Walker and Kyler Murray to score and tie the Knights at 2-2. That score remained for the next eight innings, until Cavalli’s home run. The series continues at 4 p.m. Saturday.
NORMAN – The Oklahoma rowing team landed 25 student-athletes on the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 Team, the conference announced Thursday. First team members consist of student-athletes who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. Seniors Rubie Hays and Louise Kuehster, and sophomores Amy Pasque and Rachel Williams headline the OU selections, each earning a 4.00 GPA. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all criteria except percent of participation are also eligible. Linguistics Piedmont, Okla. Nina Chism Jr.. Health and Exercise Science Edmond, Okla. Emily Coffman Sr. Mathmatics Southborough, Mass. Morgan Danker Jr. Public Relations Norman, Okla. Rubie Hays Sr. Elementary Education Austin, Texas Kalie Heffernan Jr. Aerospace Engineering Vashon Island, Wash. Cara Hoelzl Sr. Management Wilton, Conn. Andreja Kekic Jr. Biochemistry Piran, Slovenia Louise Kuehster Sr. Chemical Engineering Castle Brock, Colo. Abby Lange Jr. Chemical Biosciences Edmond, Okla. Madeleine Lange Jr. Classics - Latin Edmond Okla. Louisa McNaughton So. Chemical Biosciences Norman, Okla. Melissa Patten Sr.
It doesn’t take a ton to work the Boston sports media into a lather, so the notion that David Price’s case of carpal tunnel syndrome might be related to his enthusiasm for playing video games had a predictable effect. After taking heavy criticism — not least because his injury caused him to miss a start against the archrival Yankees — Price denied Thursday that his pitching-hand woes were the result of too much Fortnite, but nonetheless said he would stop playing the game in the Red Sox clubhouse. “If that was the cause of the problem, then it started back in 1997 when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old,” Price said (via masslive.com). “I’ve always played video games. “It’s kind of my generation. The 11th-year veteran said he underwent MRI exams on his elbow, shoulder and forearm, and that doctors indicated his throwing arm was in “pristine” condition. But while Price promised that he will be “pitching the rest of the year,” he also said he “won’t be playing [Fortnite] at the field.” “It’s already caused enough noise,” Price said. “That’s not the issue. It didn’t help that the left-hander hasn’t lived up to the seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December 2015, with a 2017 season marred by elbow and forearm injuries as well as contentious incidents with the media. So that’s the video game generation,” he said, adding that since he joined the Red Sox, he’s played “the least amount of video games I’ve ever played being in Major League Baseball.” Noting that some players for the Brewers recently engaged in a Fortnite battle while using their stadium’s center field scoreboard as a giant video monitor, Price said, “I know a lot of teams, a lot of guys are really into it.