Sooners Celebrate 2017 at Championship Banquet. OU set an NCAA record team score of 198.375 during the Super Six Finals, as five Sooners combined for 12 All-America honors. The Sooners posted a 33-0 record, the first undefeated season in program history, and secured an unprecedented sixth-straight Big 12 title and an eighth consecutive NCAA Regional crown. Capps not only excelled on the competition floor, but earned a 4.0 in the classroom and was named an NCAA Acaemic All-American. Maggie Nichols was awarded the Kelly Garrison Award, given to the most valuable athlete on the competition floor. Catour competed in every meet and hit 100 percent of her routines on both balance beam and bars, receiving high scores of 9.925 on bars and 9.95 on beam. Lehrmann was named a National Champion on bars with a 9.95, earning her All-American status. Showers suffered a season-ended injury in preseason, but made it her mission to contribute in ways other than on the competition equipment. McKenzie Wofford (bars), Nichols (VT, BB, UB, FX), Capps (beam), Lehrmann (bars) each received a 10.0 Award, given to all athletes who score at least one perfect 10 during the season. Most Outstanding Athlete: Chayse Capps Kelly Garrison Award (MVP): Maggie Nichols OU Commitment Award: Stefani Catour NCAA Tournament MVP: Nicole Lehrmann Bonomo Spirit Award: Bre Showers 10.0 Award: Chayse Capps, Nicole Lehrmann, Maggie Nichols, McKenzie Wofford Most Consistent Gymnast: Stefani Catour, Brenna Dowell, AJ Jackson, Charity Jones
Angels leap into playoff race with deals for Upton, Phillips. The Angels acquired outfielder Justin Upton from Detroit and infielder Brandon Phillips from Atlanta on Thursday, adding two veterans with seven combined All-Star selections to their lineup. Los Angeles addressed the two biggest problem areas in their lineup with fairly low-risk moves that could lead to big rewards. Los Angeles trails Minnesota (70-63) in the race for the second AL wild card spot, and the Yankees (71-62) are just 2 1/2 games ahead. The Angels have showed remarkable resilience and grit while going 20-11 since July 28, leading Eppler and owner Arte Moreno to decide to go wholeheartedly after the club’s second playoff appearance since 2009. After staying fairly inactive at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Angels swooped into the market on the final day for trades to be consummated in order for the players to be eligible for the postseason. The Angels were eager to add a middle-of-the-order hitter to a lineup sitting 12th in the league in runs (584) and 15th in OPS (.713) ”What I’m excited about is being back into playoff contention and trying to help the Angels get to where they want to go,” Upton said. ”I think I can be a piece that helps that.” Left field has been a problematic spot for the Angels for several years, with oft-injured Josh Hamilton leading a long list of players who couldn’t produce at the position. ”The dream is to get a (World Series) ring, and that’s what I have a chance of really doing right now,” Phillips said. ”I hope that I can help the team out.” — More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Jerry Jones called Dez Bryant and donated $1 million to Harvey relief during Cowboys telethon. The Dallas Cowboys were still at AT&T Stadium on Thursday night even though their preseason game against the Houston Texans was canceled, and they were there for a good cause. As the Texans went home to Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the Cowboys donated apparel and took phone calls during a telethon to raise money for the Salvation Army to help people affected by Harvey. The telethon streamed live on social media from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT, per USA TODAY Sports. Update: One of the callers was Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant answered. Jones proceeded to place a donation for $1 million. Bryant called it a “blessing.” Those who called 844-790-5687 during that time could have had the chance to speak with Dak Prescott, Bryant, other players, coaches, executives, ownership or even former Cowboys. Before they got on the phones, the Cowboys helped deliver about 30,000 pieces of team apparel. Texans GM Rick Smith said of the Cowboys efforts via USA TODAY Sports: “I can’t say enough about how cooperative, how impressed I’ve just been with the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization,” Texans general manger Rick Smith said Wednesday, after the teams chose to cancel their game so Houston’s players could return home. “The way that they have cooperated with us and helped us — I can’t extend more gratitude to the Joneses and the Cowboys organization and how much we appreciate that.” Additionally, the Texans’ J.J. Watt raised more than $10 million for Harvey relief.
Beltre strains hamstring on play at third. Drew Robinson moved to third in Beltre's absence, with Joey Gallo shifting into left field and Mike Napoli entering to take over first base. Beltre was 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting, ending his seven-game hitting streak. Beltre did not play his first game in 2017 until May 29 due to a calf injury, but he has not missed a game since June 9. He was batting .392 over his previous 20 games entering Thursday, and .364 in his last 35 contests. He's been a major force in the Rangers' lineup in August, with 30 runs driven in this month. That's the most RBIs in a month for a Texas player since Josh Hamilton pushed across 32 in May 2012. Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Oklahoma mailbag: Running backs, Kyler Murray’s role, defensive line impact. In today’s edition, we touch on the Sooners’ running back situation, Kyler Murray’s future, the defensive line, and freshman linebacker Kenneth Murray. @Ouedwards I don’t think the UTEP game will show much for future. Also, I don’t expect Murray to play anywhere other than quarterback this season. Oklahoma didn’t have that issue last season and the entire offensive line returns. Murray came to Oklahoma to be a quarterback. Neville Gallimore missed about a week with an injury but is healthy now. Last season, they registered 68 in 13 games. Larry Wilmeth from Facebook Kenneth Murray showed a lot of potential in the spring game. The coaches need a barometer for how far behind he is because of the injury.
Cuts Unlike year's past, the Cowboys actually have a decent amount of back-end depth on their roster, especially at positions like wide receiver and on the defensive line. In each of the team's first four preseason games, a different player has started at that position. As long as the team has the three All-Pro players on the roster (Smith, Frederick, and Martin), this will continue to be one of the strongest positional units in the entire NFL. However, the success of not only the defensive line but the defense will likely rely on DeMarcus Lawrence and Maliek Collins, as those are their two primary pass-rushers. Rookie Chidobe Awuzie finally returned to practice this week after missing the past three preseason games due to an injured hamstring. Xavier Woods There's a chance the Cowboys keep five safeties, but because I decided to go long at cornerback, this is one of the spots the team may have to cut back on. The first is by stashing high-upside guys who need more seasoning, just like the Cowboys did last year with tight end Rico Gathers. That's why a player like Jameill Showers is ideal for the practice squad as he can play many positions, including scout team quarterback. P/PK Sam Irwin-Hill Andy Jones has had a nice preseason, but there just isn't a spot on the roster for another wide receiver. Specialist Sam Irwin-Hill did it all for the Cowboys this preseason, but with Dan Bailey and Chris Jones on the roster, there just wasn't a spot available.
Major League Baseball announced on Monday that the upcoming Houston Astros home series vs. the Texas Rangers has been relocated to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, home of the Rays. He had to manage his way through the game." Pinder has change for home run: Pinder's second home run came off a changeup from Hamels in the third inning. This was only the third time Hamels has given up a home run on a changeup and the first time since the All-Star break. Rangers: Right-hander A.J. ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols crushed his 610th career home run to become the all-time leader among foreign-born players as the Angels raced past the Rangers, 10-1, to even the four-game series between the American League West rivals on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. Cowart pads the lead: Cowart entered Tuesday with only three hits in his last 32 at-bats, but he showed signs of breaking out of his extended slump with two hits against the Rangers. "I hit some balls hard in Seattle and unfortunately they didn't fall for hits," Cowart said. Just getting better pitches to hit, swinging at the right ones and doing damage with them when I get them." Cashner is 4-2 with a 2.38 ERA over his last seven starts, logging quality starts in six of the outings.. Angels: The Angels will send left-hander Andrew Heaney to the mound on Wednesday night as they continue their four-game set with the Rangers at 7:07 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium.
OKC Thunder Roster Fill-In Project: second chance youngster – Shabazz Muhammad. With NBA free agent lists dwindling should OKC Thunder give youngster Shabazz Muhammad a fresh start and second chance under a new regime? In this article TI looks at the the prospect of giving youngster Shabazz Muhammad a shot to change his fortunes with a new squad. Current Roster Situation: Without doubt the OKC Thunder ranked among the top performers of the offseason. Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton. If a better fit exists you can be sure Presti will make the move. Entering the day the OKC Thunder have 16 guaranteed contracts on the roster. Heading into that camp additional players will be brought in to compete for the final roster spots. With a view to filling the majority of team needs let’s look at some NBA Free Agents who fit a specific need. Next up TI looks at Shabazz Muhammad .