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Rangers consider using ‘opener’ in San Diego

Rangers consider using ‘opener’ in San Diego

But on Thursday, the Rangers announced that right-hander Connor Sadzeck would start the game with Mendez following him in relief. On Saturday, right-hander Ariel Jurado is scheduled to start, but the Rangers could do what they did in Oakland last weekend, starting reliever Jeffrey Springs before going to Jurado in the fourth inning. While Springs went an efficient three scoreless innings, Jurado recorded just two outs and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks. "We have entertained the thought [of starting Connor] Sadzeck," Banister said. Left-hander Mike Minor is scheduled to start that one, as he comes off a solid outing against the Angels on Monday, when he gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in a victory. In his second career start and first since 2016, Sampson gave up one run on two hits over five innings. Defensive uptick With 2 1/2 weeks remaining in the season, Banister said he has seen enough from his defense to say it is better than it was a year ago. "We still need to improve," Banister said. "To be a championship team in Major League Baseball you need to be in the top portion of teams on defense." There are 16 games remaining.
Mystics’ season ends with a loss in the WNBA Finals, but it feels like the start of something

Mystics’ season ends with a loss in the WNBA Finals, but it feels like the start of something

“Our team took a look at that,” Thibault said, “and said, ‘Hell, no.’ ” No, the Mystics didn’t get to play the most significant home game in franchise history at its downtown digs, because Capital One Arena is undergoing renovations, or in their new home across the Anacostia River that opens next season. The Storm had its three-game sweep, 98-82, and so the Storm has its third WNBA championship. “I didn’t even know her favorite beer,” Delle Donne said, with Toliver at her side. But clearly, these players and this team were worth watching. And she was the best player on the court Wednesday — 30 points and eight rebounds, burying four of her five three-pointers, a few at the moments when it seemed as if the Mystics might come back. Maybe Stewart wasn’t the best player. Delle Donne’s first few games at Capital One Arena? When the final horn sounded and the Storm players started jumping on each other, Toliver stood up from the bench, and Delle Donne rose right next to her. Wednesday night in the Washington burbs wasn’t how they wanted to play or what they wanted to feel. But maybe, in a year or three, they will look back at it more as a starting point rather than the all-too-swift end to the 2018 season.
OU football: Shane Beamer, future head coach, could be difference maker for Sooners as assistant

OU football: Shane Beamer, future head coach, could be difference maker for Sooners as assistant

The Beamers have always been tight-knit. Frank and Cheryl instilled in their two kids at a young age core values such as family, faith and football on Saturdays. “Shane always wanted to be a coach. “He’s made us very proud, not only as a coach, but as a person,” Cheryl said. After walking on at Virginia Tech and playing for his dad, he knew he wanted to step out of his father’s shadow in Blacksburg — the town he grew up in and his father became the face of. “If anything, maybe I’ve gone a little bit the other way, just not wanting to get pigeonholed as just a special teams guy because of my last name.” Shane left Georgia Tech to become a graduate assistant at Tennessee after one season. “He was a very bright guy that had a feel for special teams, which obviously Frank was very well-known for, but also knew offense and defense. “I do think he’d like to be a head coach,” Frank said. “He’s a guy that you can absolutely trust that’s going to be doing the right thing and representing this place the right way.” Beamer was on the phone no more than 10 minutes. “Of course, I feel like his ultimate goal is be a head coach one day,” Emily said.
Cole Beasley: Social media critics are full of poop; no loss of confidence on Cowboys

Cole Beasley: Social media critics are full of poop; no loss of confidence on Cowboys

And he while still defends his teammates every now and then his advice to avoid what is said on social media because it’s a bunch of poop. It’s something he found out yet again after the Cowboys’ 16-8 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the season opener last Sunday that featured a disappointing effort on offense. We have to focus on what we do and get better.” Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Current Time 0:00 / Duration 0:34 Dak Prescott says offense can be fixed Advertisement Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said he liked the fight of his offense and feels good about fixing the issues that hurt them in the season opener. 04:10 Panthers postgame press conference NFL Carolina Panthers | 04:10 02:55 Season Overs to Bet On for Fantasy Football Stadium - NFL | 02:55 00:59 This Day in History: Marcus Mariota's record-setting debut NFL Tennessee Titans | 00:59 07:38 TBT: Greatest special teams season of all time? NFL Kansas City Chiefs | 07:38 02:04 Seahawks vs. Bears | Week 2 preview NFL Chicago Bears | 02:04 02:14 Lions vs. 49ers | Week 2 preview NFL San Francisco 49ers | 02:14 01:52 Raiders vs. Broncos | Week 2 preview NFL Oakland Raiders | 01:52 01:52 Cardinals vs. Rams | Week 2 Preview NFL Arizona Cardinals | 01:52 02:04 Eagles vs. Plays were there to be made. “There is no loss in confidence in all,” Beasley said. “Watching the tape there were plays out there to be made. We will clean those things up and get better.” Beasley said the Cowboys are firmly behind quarterback Dak Prescott and no one is hitting the panic button. We saw plays out there that could have been made.
Fantasy football Week 2 player rankings

Fantasy football Week 2 player rankings

Week 1 of the NFL season featured no shortage of intrigue for fantasy owners. Saints running back Alvin Kamara staked his early claim to be the most valuable fantasy player of the season, while a top-tier tight end was a no-show in a big win by the Kansas City Chiefs. Here's how we're setting the board for Week 2. … Tyrod Taylor can do damage against a suddenly very questionable Saints defense. [T.J. Yeldon and Phillip Lindsay are your top waiver priorities for Week 2] Running back Alvin Kamara takes the top spot in PPR formats, and could well remain there until Mark Ingram returns in four weeks. … Dalvin Cook’s usage last week was very encouraging for his owners. … Leonard Fournette’s health bears close monitoring after leaving Week 1 with a reported hamstring injury. ... George Kittle could have had a much bigger day, and moves into top five until we get more clarity on the TE middle class, which had a brutal Week 1. If Leonard Fournette isn't at 100 percent, the Jags may not have many other ways to threaten the Patriots. Even against the Browns, the Saints get demoted to the prove-it zone.
Oklahoma State-South Alabama football: How to watch, stream, listen, predictions

Oklahoma State-South Alabama football: How to watch, stream, listen, predictions

STILLWATER, Okla. (KOKH) — Oklahoma State football will battle South Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 8, for its second game of the 2018 season. Oklahoma State posted 732 yards of total offense in the Week 1 victory, including 100-plus yard games on the ground from both Justice Hill and LD Brown. Quarterback Taylor Cornelius threw for 300 yards and completed 25-of-35 passing attempts. He recorded five touchdowns and one interception in his 2018 debut. This is the second meeting between Oklahoma State and South Alabama. The Cowboys won their first meeting with the Jaguars in 2017 by a score of 44-7. Oklahoma State heads into this contest as a 33-point favorite. How to stream Oklahoma State vs. South Alabama online Oklahoma State vs. South Alabama can be streamed, where available, on Fox Sports Go with a cable or satellite subscription. How to listen to Oklahoma State vs. South Alabama on the radio Oklahoma State and South Alabama can be heard via radio on the Cowboy Radio Network — 96.1 FM in Oklahoma City and 1170 AM in Tulsa. Oklahoma State Twitter accounts to follow Oklahoma State vs. South Alabama predictions Myron Patton: Oklahoma State 37, South Alabama 20 Curtis Fitzpatrick: Oklahoma State 49, South Alabama 21 Jim Traber: Oklahoma State 42, South Alabama 17
Jerry Jones says health permitting, Randy Gregory good for Week 2

Jerry Jones says health permitting, Randy Gregory good for Week 2

Sunday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter followed up a report from two weeks ago stating that some time during the month of August, Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory had run afoul of the league’s requirements for his reinstation from a one-year ban for violating their substance abuse policies. That seems to be news to the Dallas Cowboys, who continue to claim they have not been made aware by the league that any punishment is forthcoming. On his weekly Tuesday radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan, owner Jerry Jones once again reiterated they have no indication Gregory will need to miss Sunday’s home opener against the rival New York Giants. Jerry Jones says that, as far as he’s aware, the only reason Randy Gregory would miss Sunday’s game against New York would be health-related. He had collided helmets with teammate DeMarcus Lawrence and suffered a concussion. He also seems to have tweaked his knee but the coaching staff is indicating he should play. Jones was not available for comment after Sunday’s loss and many took that, and a closed door meeting with executive VP Stephen Jones to be about the state of the team. The elder Jones says he avoided the media to avoid discussing Gregory’s status. Why didn't Jerry Jones talk after Sunday's game? — Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 11, 2018 Gregory’s play Sunday was his first action since the end of the 2016 season, where he played the final two games after being suspended the first 14.
OU Football: Sooners running backs prepared to embrace challenge following loss of Rodney Anderson

OU Football: Sooners running backs prepared to embrace challenge following loss of Rodney Anderson

Riley feels much more comfortable this season with his stocked running backs room following Rodney Anderson’s season-ending knee injury. Get unlimited access to everything crimson and cream. Sign up now. You hate to lose a guy like Rodney of course. Still feel confident in our run game and our backs. “You put some different guys in there and you go play. Even before the injury, I didn’t feel different when Rodney was in there opposed to Trey Sermon or Marcelias,” Riley said. “Yeah, they all have things where maybe this guy does these a little bit better, that guy does these a little better, but we still just run our offense and do what we expect to do. The sophomore understands now that he needs to take a vocal role. Sermon has three career starts — all early in 2017 — with 826 career rushing yards on 137 carries.

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