Thursday Sports Update – Sod Poodles Fall To Drillers 18-9

(Amarillo, Tx) – The Sod Poodles fell to the Tulsa Drillers 18-9 in front of 5,809 in the final game at HODGETOWN in game two of the Texas League Championship Series. Despite taking an 8-3 lead after the first inning, the Drillers continued an offensive ride that could not be stopped, plating 15 more runs in all but two innings on 15 hits, including a Tulsa professional baseball-high nine home runs. The series will now head to Tulsa with the series tied at 1-1. The Sod Poodles continue the Texas League Championship Series in Tulsa Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Rangers Outslug Rays.

(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers scored seven runs in the first inning, but needed three more in the seventh to top the Rays 10-9 in Arlington. Rougned Odor hit a three-run homer in the seventh to put Texas on top for good. Danny Santana drove in two and scored two runs. Rookie reliever Ian Gibaut worked two scoreless innings to pick up the victory.

Allard Starts Tonight For Rangers

(Arlington, TX) — Rookie left-hander Kolby Allard will start tonight for the Rangers as they close out the series with the Rays at Globe Lieft Park. Allard is 4-and-0 in six starts with Texas. Tampa Bay will counter with left-hander Brendan McKay. The Rangers remain at home this weekend for a series with Oakland. Our pregame coverage begins this evening at 7 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.

A’s Beat Astros

(Houston, TX) — George Springer and Martin Maldonado homered, but it was not enough for the Astros, who lost 5-3 to the Oakland A’s in Houston. Josh James took the loss, retiring none of the four batters he faced in the sixth and all scored. The Astros have lost two straight to the A’s.

Verlander Starts Tonight For Astros

(Houston, TX) — Justin Verlander starts tonight for the Astros as they wrap up the series with the A’s at Minute Maid Park. Verlander is 30 strikeouts shy to become the 18th pitcher to reach 3,000. Homer Bailey will start for Oakland. The Astros go on the road tomorrow, opening a weekend series in Kansas City.

MLB National League
Atlanta Braves 3, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Milwaukee Brewers 7, Miami Marlins 5
New York Mets 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Colorado Rockies 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, San Francisco Giants 3
San Diego Padres 4, Chicago Cubs 0

MLB American League
New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (PPD)
Toronto Blue Jays 8, Boston Red Sox 0
Texas Rangers 10, Tampa Bay Rays 9
Cleveland Indians 4, Los Angeles Angels 3
Oakland Athletics 5, Houston Astros 3
Kansas City Royals 8, Chicago White Sox 6

MLB Interleague
Baltimore Orioles 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Washington Nationals 6, Minnesota Twins 2
Seattle Mariners 5, Cincinnati Reds 3

Cowboys Preparing For Redskins

(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys are back on the practice field today to prepare for their Sunday game with the division-rival Redskins in Washington. Defensive end Tyrone Crawford missed practice with a sore hip. Wide receiver Tavon Austin was held with concussion-like symptoms. Safeties Darian Thompson and Donovan Wilson are practicing after sitting out the opening victory over the Giants with ankle injuries. Join us this evening at 6 at Teddy Jack’s – 5080 S. Coulter for the Dallas Cowboys Huddle. Come join Tim Butler and David Lovejoy to talk Cowboys football.

Texans Preparing For Jags

(Houston, TX) — The Texans returned to the practice field as they prepare for a Sunday game with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their home opener. Houston fell 30-28 to the Saints on a last-second field goal on Monday night. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was a limited participant in practice because of a rib injury.

Bucs, Panthers Kick Off NLF Week Two

(Charlotte, NC) — NFL Week Two kicks off tonight in Charlotte as the Panthers host the Buccaneers in an NFC South matchup. Both teams are looking for their first win of the season. Tampa Bay lost 31-17 at home to the 49ers on Sunday, while Carolina came up short in a 30-27 home loss to the Rams. The Bucs and Panthers split their two meetings last season.

Report: Justify Failed Drug Test Before 2018 Kentucky Derby

(Undated) — Triple Crown winner Justify is coming under scrutiny for a failed drug test. The New York Times reports the colt tested positive for a banned substance a month before the 2018 Kentucky Derby, but the California Horse Racing Board dismissed the case after Justify went on to win the Triple Crown that year. Trainer Bob Baffert will issue a statement today.

Stars Open Training Camp Tomorrow

(Frisco, TX) — The Stars open training camp tomorrow. The Stars will play their initial preseason game on Monday against the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center.

FC Dallas Hosts Chicago Fire

(Frisco, TX) — FC Dallas will host the Chicago Fire on Saturday for their first September game after the FIFA International break. Dallas and Portland both have 43 points, while the LA Galaxy has 42 as the three battle for the final MLS Western playoff berths.

SMU Aiming For First 3-and-0 Start In 35 Years

(Dallas, TX) — In 1984, a gallon of gas cost one-dollar and 10-cents and a movie ticket put you out two-dollars and 50-cents. The Tigers beat the Padres in the World Series, the Raiders won the Super Bowl and the Bulls drafted Michael Jordan with the third overall pick. SMU opened the football season with wins over Louisville, North Texas State and TCU. That was also the last time the Mustangs began the season 3-and-0, a feat they will try to duplicate Saturday when they host Texas State.

College Football Roundup

(Undated) — In other college football action Saturday, number-13 Texas will be at Rice, TCU will play at Purdue, and number-15 Texas A&M hosts Lamar. North Texas will play at Cal, while Texas Tech plays its first road game at Arizona. Baylor has the week off. West Texas A&M will be in Liberty, Missouri to take on William Jewell.

Jerry Jones Reacts To Death Of T. Boone Pickens

(Frisco, TX) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is mourning the death of T. Boone Pickens. The billionaire businessman and philanthropist passed away in Dallas Wednesday at the age of 91. Jones says Pickens “was a personal friend” of his and called him “inspirational.” He added that Pickens had a love for competing that was “unmatched.” Pickens was known for his involvement in the energy sector and trying to get the U.S. off foreign oil. He was also known for his involvement in Oklahoma State University athletics.