Rangers to honor Beltre with 3K-themed night. The pregame ceremony will begin at 6:20 p.m. CT, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. There will be a proclamation from the city of Arlington, as well as an award from his home country of the Dominican Republic. Beltre will also be honored with several presentations and videos from the Rangers, former players and Hall of Famers, as well as a highlight video featuring narration from legendary broadcaster Bob Costas. These baseballs will be used in pregame batting practice as well, so anyone who arrives early can have a chance to grab one. Fans in attendance will be receiving commemorative baseball cards for Beltre's 3,000th hit as well. Limited edition Adrian Beltre 3K caps are available through a special ticket offer for Friday and Saturday's games. Fans who purchase their tickets for either game via www.texasrangers.com/beltre3k will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for the hat. For fans who have already purchased tickets, 500 caps will be available at the Texas Rangers Foundation kiosk (located on the third-base concourse by Section 14) for a $15 donation to the foundation. Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.
Sooners with 11 straight wins since last Ohio State matchup. Arkansas plays TCU this week. The Sooners won their 10th Big 12 title last season without losing in league play, but were 1-2 in nonconference games after a three-touchdown home loss to Ohio State. Senior quarterback Baker Mayfield was 19-of-20 passing for 329 yards and three TDs playing a half in a season-opening 56-7 win over UTEP. TCU’s defensive front seven vs. Arkansas running backs. ... Peyton Bender’s 364 yards and four TD passing were the best debut ever for a Kansas QB. ... Jesse Ertz had three TD passes of at least 55 yards in Kansas State’s opener, a first under coach Bill Snyder. The Jaguars beat a Power Five team (at Mississippi State) and a Top 25 team (No. Oklahoma State had 640 total yards and 59 points against Tulsa. Grier was the Big 12 leader the first week with 423 total yards against Virginia Tech, completing 31 of 53 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns while running for 52 yards in a tough loss.
Comeback falls short as Rangers settle for split. ATLANTA -- Throughout the early portion of his career, Cole Hamels frequently helped the Phillies make a push toward the postseason with a strong start against the Braves. With just their third loss in the past nine games, the Rangers fell two games behind the Twins, who are currently positioned to claim the AL's second Wild Card spot. After being outscored, 12-8, in the first game of the twin bill, the Braves turned to Julio Teheran, who matched a career high with five walks, but limited the Rangers to three earned runs over five innings. Costly mistakes: Hamels issued a four-pitch walk to Nick Markakis to begin the bottom of the second, then hit Kurt Suzuki with a two-strike curveball. The Rangers' veteran pitcher fueled the eruption by fielding Teheran's bunt and sailing his throw to second into center field. Suzuki scored on the play and the Braves followed with three consecutive hits, including Freeman's double off the left-center field wall. Julio's fortunate fifth: Delino DeShields opened the top of fifth with a sinking liner that a diving Markakis caught in right field. Mazara delivered a one-out single and scored on Carlos Gomez's double off the center field wall. Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Rangers on Wednesday.
OSU football: Oklahoma State’s strange trip to South Alabama just part of doing business. STILLWATER — In Mike Gundy’s time as Oklahoma State football coach, the Cowboys have traveled to some exotic locations for road games. They’ve won a Thursday night game in Boca Raton, Florida. Mobile, Alabama, joins the list Friday when OSU plays at South Alabama, but Gundy said Monday it’s just the price the Cowboys pay for additional home games in return. “Right now, we’re in the two-for-one business,” Gundy said. OSU’s road trip to Central Michigan in 2014 preceded two Chippewa games at Boone Pickens Stadium, the second of which is in 2022. The benefit of the contract for programs not from a power conference is obvious. South Alabama gets a home game on ESPN2 against a top-notch program. What Oklahoma State gets out of the game is a little less apparent. Oklahoma State will pay South Alabama a $625,000 guarantee for the meeting between the two teams next year in Stillwater.
Alabama: Still good In at least one very noticeable aspect, the college football season has started the same way it did last year—with No. In the first-ever season-opening game between a top-ranked team and a team ranked as high as No. 3, Alabama was dominant and dangerous against Florida State, winning 24-7. Gators and Aggies slip, Vols survive There were mixed results in the SEC’s other high-profile matchups. Florida’s top returning receiver and running back were among 10 Gators suspended for the game, and the results was just 192 total yards of offense. Other notable performances: Mississippi State and LSU were lights out Saturday. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock set school records with 521 yards and seven touchdown passes in a 72-43 win over Missouri State (FCS). Kentucky was out-gained at Southern Mississippi, 364 to 254, but won 24-17. The other SEC results: Arkansas 49, Florida A&M 7; Auburn 41, Georgia Southern 7; Georgia 31, Appalachian State 10; Mississippi 47, South Alabama 27 This week Biggest game: #12 Auburn at #5 Clemson Auburn gave Clemson quite the scare last season, and they have a good chance at toppling the defending champs on Saturday night. Keep an eye on: Georgia at Notre Dame; TCU at Arkansas; South Carolina at Missouri; Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech Georgia lost starting quarterback Jacob Eason to injury but fans are excited about freshman Jake Fromm.
Big Picture: Cowboys, Giants Each Have Question Marks Entering Opener. Two of their three regular-season losses last season came against division rival New York, which held the league’s fifth-ranked scoring offense (26.3 points per game) to a combined 27 points. The offense does return key skill players in the passing game along with rookie additions Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown. All three missed time in training camp due to injury, however, and the defense will also rely on Justin Durant and a debuting Jaylon Smith to replace starting middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens for a few weeks. First-round pick Taco Charlton appeared to get more comfortable in Rod Marinelli’s scheme throughout preseason. New York Giants The Giants won 11 games last year, including the season opener at AT&T Stadium, to make the playoffs for the first time since their 2011 Super Bowl season. The Giants added two more weapons in the passing game this offseason: veteran receiver Brandon Marshall and first-round pick Evan Engram, a downfield threat at the tight end spot. He and the offense undoubtedly will look to finish more drives this season after ranking 26th in points per game (19.4). Conversely, New York’s defense was one of the most productive units in the league last season, allowing the second-fewest points per game (17.8). Defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul are back to face Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, and the defensive line added another run-stopping talent in the first round (former Alabama standout Dalvin Tomlinson).
Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: 2019 four-star wide receiver Trejan Bridges commits to Oklahoma
Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: 2019 four-star wide receiver Trejan Bridges commits to Oklahoma. Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners landed another big-name recruit Tuesday as 2019 four-star recruit Trejan Bridges from Hebron High School in Carrollton, TX announced on Twitter that he plans on taking his talents to Norman. 28 wide receiver in the class of 2019 and the No. 159 player overall (247Composite). As a sophomore at Hebron, Bridges hauled in 50 catches for 766 yards and 9 touchdowns. If defensive backs play off of him, he can burn them on a curl or a crossing route. If defenders try to press up on him, he has the ability to blow by them. Error loading player: No playable sources found Loading 00:00 / 03:47 Sophmore Year Regular Season Highlights 48 Play The Texas wideout is OU’s fourth commitment to an already stacked 2019 recruiting class. The Sooners are ranked ninth in the 2019 247Composite rankings before Bridges committed, and that ranking is sure to climb once he is factored in. Bridges also has offers from Oregon, Tennessee, Baylor, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Arkansas, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Utah and Washington State.
He’s not a five-star recruit, nor has he thrown a pass at the collegiate level and he certainly doesn’t look like Cam Newton with his helmet on. Once Blackman replaced Francois, Florida State went with a ground attack to close out the game, so all FSU fans saw from him is that he can successfully hand off the ball to Cam Akers, another true freshman. Blackman is just nine months removed from leading Glades Central High School to the Class 4A Regional Semifinals. Standing at 6’5”, seeing over the line will not be a problem for Blackman, but his weight draws some concerns. Blackman will face much of that same pressure with the offensive line still not fully capable of protecting the quarterback. His high school highlights show him throwing deep, accurate passes for scores and his senior season, the three-star recruit threw for over 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning him an All-State selection. Even though Jacques Patrick earned the starting position at running back, Cam Akers led the team with 10 carries for 30 yards. Against any defense that is not Alabama, the Akers/Patrick combination should prove deadly on the ground. Blackman steps into the shoes of a former Heisman candidate with the pressure of taking the Seminoles to their first ever College Football Playoff weighing on his shoulders. Florida State’s season was turned upside down with one awkward tackle, thrusting a true freshman into the spotlight, but that’s just the thrill of college football.