Worth noting from the Texas Rangers' minor-league system on Monday: TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK (34-42): Had 14 hits, two by LF Willie Calhoun, during a 7-1 win against Omaha (Kansas City). DOUBLE-A FRISCO (3-3, 27-49): Had a scheduled off day. HIGH A DOWN EAST (2-3, 37-38): Got 12 outs on strikeouts in a 5-1 win against Potomac (Washington). LHP Yohander Mendez, in his first appearance since being demoted from the majors because of a rules violation, allowed one run with three hits and nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Altman has four homers in his last 17 at-bats. LOW A HICKORY (2-3, 32-41): Scored in the 11th inning on a single by CF Bubba Thompson for a 4-3 win against Augusta (San Francisco). Thompson, the 26th overall pick in the 2017 draft, had three hits after going hitless in his previous 26 at-bats. Terry leads the Northwest League in homers with four in 33 at-bats. RHP Ryan Dease allowed only four hits in seven innings. SS Jayce Easley reached base four times in five plate appearances, drove in two runs, scored two runs and stole two bases.
In addition to replacing its shortstop, left fielder and two-thirds of its weekend rotation in 2019, the Oklahoma State baseball team will need a new first-base coach. West Virginia announced Tuesday it has hired OSU volunteer assistant coach Mark Ginther as an assistant coach on Randy Mazey's staff. Ginther, an OSU infielder from 2009-12, had been on the Cowboys' staff in some capacity since completing his professional career in 2012, serving as a volunteer student coach, graduate manager and player development coordinator before three seasons as volunteer assistant coach. In that role, Ginther replaced Steve Sabins, who he joins on the West Virginia staff. A Jenks High School product, Ginther ranks in the top 10 in OSU history in doubles and at-bats. He was a three-time MLB draftee, playing 62 games in the Diamondbacks' system in 2012. Sad to see him go but excited for him to get this opportunity and know he’ll do great things in the coaching world! See ya back in Stilly next spring! #P4Lhttps://t.co/UjPhsCK5qW — Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) June 26, 2018
Expectations for LeBron a week before free agency The free agency of LeBron James is the biggest question on everybody's mind this summer. Is he going to stay in Cleveland, or will he choose to explore elsewhere and sign with the Lakers, or maybe team up with his friend Chris Paul in Houston. While James hasn't decided yet whether to pick up his player option, sources close to the situation tell ESPN that he has no intention of hearing elaborate pitch meetings from teams. James might meet or speak with a club official or owner at some point, but the elaborate presentations that have become common in NBA free agency over the years are unnecessary after 15 seasons in the league Should James become a free agent, league sources believe he and his agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini have enough understanding of the stakes and NBA landscape to handle the process without much fanfare. He's won three titles, brought a championship to Cleveland, and established himself as one of the greatest players ever. At this point the decision he makes for his career will be his own personal choice. James will likely approach the teams he's interested in and talk to them about what he desires. At this point, free agency is less about chasing after James and more about letting James decide where he wants to play next, because nobody is going to say no to him. If you ask James Harden about James chances of joining the Rockets, he says something similar. How will he announce his decision this time?
Here are some highlights. How many plays are in the playbook, and do those number of plays in the offense's game plan vary week-to-week depending on your opponent? Kellen Moore: "It can be a light week where there are 70-80 plays, or it could be a week in which you have 100-plus plays. Sometimes there is some overlap depending on how their defense plays and what you're looking to attack based off your own personnel. Running plays and passing plays? KM: "For the most part, the installation of the playbook is organized by play styles. Whatever the situation, those things are installed specifically for those days of practice. "The thing is, if you spend all your time trying to learn everything at once, you're never going to learn much. Use each day to learn what is installed that day. You spend only 2 hours-or-so on the field, but you spend much more time in the classroom.
Games that will be crucial to the Sooners' playoff hopes 1:30 Loading This video is not available. There was an error loading the video. This video is not available on your platform. Andrews was a three-time All Big-12 selection after catching 112 passes for 1,765 yards and 22 touchdowns during his career. Twenty-two of Alexander’s 112 catches ended up as touchdowns (19.6). Alexander finished with four catches for 104 yards in that game. Gresham, a top 12 receiver all-time at OU, finished with 1,629 yards and 26 touchdowns on 111 catches. For his career, Alexander caught 104 passes for 1,591 yards at 15.6 yards per catch and six touchdowns. 2 – Steve Zabel Zabel is one of the greatest athletes to ever play at OU and was a rare two-way player, doing his time playing both tight end and defensive end and even punting a few times. Despite playing in the run oriented wishbone, Jackson finished his career with 68 catches for 1,609 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 23.7 yards per catch.
England's 6-1 victory over Panama made it two wins from two at the World Cup, with eight goals scored - five by Harry Kane. Is this England's best start to a World Cup? Twelve years later they became only the fifth team to score five goals before half-time in a World Cup match, and the first since Germany thrashed hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals in 2014. Was this England's biggest World Cup win? At Mexico '86 - before Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' intervened, Bobby Robson's side scored three times without reply twice - against Poland in the group stage and Paraguay in the last 16. Could England be on course for their most World Cup goals? The only time they have scored more was when they won the competition in 1966, scoring 11 goals including four in the final against West Germany. But they have not been as prolific of late - they scored as many goals against Panama on Sunday as they had in their previous seven World Cup matches combined. Pretty high - he is only the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match. Lineker remains England's highest World Cup scorer - his 10 goals leaving him five clear of Hurst and Kane.
Sunday’s pitching matchup: Numbers say Bartolo Colon has good chance to keep Rangers’ win streak alive
On deck: Sunday's pitching matchup RANGERS STARTER RHP BARTOLO COLON (4-4, 4.91) has made it past the fifth inning once in his last four starts. He has a 9.87 ERA in those starts. Colon's control recently has slightly slipped. In his last six starts, Colon has allowed 2.48 walks per nine innings. According to brooksbaseball.net, opponents are hitting only .170 against the curveball. HATES TO FACE: Hitters who put the first pitch in play. Next five Sun. at Min. Bartolo Colon (4-4) Jose Berrios (7-5) Mon. Cole Hamels (4-6) Joey Lucchesi (3-3) Tue.
“Their personalities are pretty much the same,” she said. “They're kind of low key. I've even asked them, ‘Do y'all get excited about anything? Show me some excitement. '” But whether Justice and Dax Hill's calm demeanors end up on the same college football team remains to be seen. Oklahoma State, where Justice stars as the Cowboys' running back, is among the six schools Dax — a five-star safety at Tulsa's Booker T. Washington — is considering. If Dax chooses to go to OSU, his brother won't have anything to do with that decision. The program itself, not the familial connections, has put the Cowboys in his top six. “That's really just how I feel about the university,” Dax said. “It don't matter who's committed there or who's already there.” Dax's other choices are Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson and Alabama, where he took an official visit last weekend that his mother said went “very, very well.” Tia added that Dax, 247Sports' top-ranked player in Oklahoma, will likely not take official visits to the two in-state schools, given he has already spent plenty of time around the programs.