(Frisco, TX) — Ezekiel Elliott is back in Dallas and could be practicing today with the Cowboys. The Pro Bowl running back has been a preseason holdout as he is seeking a contract extension. Elliott arrived at DFW Airport last night with his agent Rocky Arceneaux, who said they are very, very close to finalizing a deal or they wouldn’t be there. Elliott has been in Cabo working out and said he is ready to play. There are reports the Cowboys will hold a press conference today to announce the deal. The Cowboys will open the season Sunday against the Giants at home.
Cowboys Make Collins Highest Paid Right Tackle
(Frisco, TX) – The Cowboys are making La’el Collins the highest paid right tackle in the NFL. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed the contract extension. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Collins will receive a five-year, 50-million-dollar extension, with 35-million guaranteed, the top guaranteed contract in NFL history for a right tackle. Collins has started 46-of-47 games he’s played for the Cowboys, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2015 out of LSU.
Yankees Cruise Past Rangers
(Bronx, NY) — James Paxton allowed one single and struck out a dozen over seven scoreless innings as the Yankees demolished the Rangers 10-1 in New York. Texas opener Edinson Volquez gave up two runs in the first to absorb the loss. Ariel Jurado was roughed up for five runs in four-plus innings. Scott Heineman homered in the ninth as the Rangers avoided a shutout. Texas dropped to 28-and-43 on the road.
Rangers, Yankees Meet Again Tonight
(Bronx, NY) — The Rangers and Yankees will conclude their three-game series tonight in the Bronx. Lance Lynn will start for Texas as he seeks his 14th win. Our pregame coverage begins this afternoon at 5 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC. The Rangers will continue this trip with a four-game series beginning tomorrow in Baltimore.
Brewers Beat Astros, Greinke; Springer Hurt
(Milwaukee, WI) — Zach Greinke suffered his first loss in six starts for the Astros, who fell 4-2 to the Brewers in Milwaukee. Greinke yielded four runs over six innings. Alex Bregman homered in defeat. Houston center fielder George Springer was carted off the field in the fifth after colliding with the wall making a catch. Manager A.J. Hinch said Springer is day-to-day. Houston is 9-and-3 in its last 12 games.
Miley Will Start Tomorrow For Astros
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Astros will start left-hander Wade Miley tomorrow night as they open a four-game series with the Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Miley is 13-and-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 28 starts.
MLB National League
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Cincinnati Reds 2
Miami Marlins 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (10 INN)
Washington Nationals 11, New York Mets 10
St. Louis Cardinals 1, San Francisco Giants 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 2, San Diego Padres 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Colorado Rockies 3
MLB American League
Baltimore Orioles 4, Tampa Bay Rays 2 (G1)
New York Yankees 10, Texas Rangers 1
Tampa Bay Rays 2, Baltimore Orioles 0 (G2)
Chicago White Sox 6, Cleveland Indians 5
Minnesota Twins 6, Boston Red Sox 5
Kansas City Royals 6, Detroit Tigers 5
Oakland Athletics 7, Los Angeles Angels 5
Atlanta Braves 7, Toronto Blue Jays 2
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Houston Astros 2
Chicago Cubs 6, Seattle Mariners 1
Sod Poodles Begin Playoffs Tonight at HODGETOWN
The Amarillo Sod Poodles begin the Texas League South Division playoffs tonight at 7:05 at HODGETOWN against the Midland RockHounds. Tonight is “Blue Out” Night, fans are encouraged to wear blue and will receive a blue rally towel courtesy of Amarillo National Bank.
The Texas League has revealed its list of specialty award winners in an announcement made by Texas League President Tim Purpura on Wednesday. In its first year in the Texas League, the Amarillo Sod Poodles claimed a pair of awards for its brand-new, state-of-the-art Hodgetown ballpark, taking the Best Visiting Clubhouse and Best Umpire Locker Room. In addition, Amarillo’s Home 2 Suites By Hilton won the title of Best Visiting Team Hotel.
Serena Cruises Into U.S. Open Semifinals, Federer Loses
(Flushing Meadows, NY) — Serena Williams is into the U.S. Open semifinals. She breezed past 18th-seeded Qiang Wang of China 6-1, 6-love in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Roger Federer blew a two-sets-to-one lead and lost in five to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the men’s quarters.
FC Dallas Will Host Chicago Next
(Frisco, TX) — FC Dallas will welcome the Chicago Fire to Toyota Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Dallas has climbed into the MLS West sixth slot with 43 points, tied with Real Salt Lake. The top seven qualify for the playoffs.
Wings Facing Sun On Road Tonight
(Uncasville, CT) — The Dallas Wings will play the Connecticut Sun tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Wings close out the season on the road Friday, playing the Mystics in Washington. The Wings are last in the WNBA West with a 10-and-21 record and have lost 13-of-15 away games.
Top-Seven Unchanged In Coaches’ Poll
(Undated) — The top-seven are unchanged in this week’s Top-25 college football Coaches’ Poll. Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU and Michigan still hold those spots. Notre Dame moved up one spot to eighth, Texas one spot to ninth and Florida fell two spots to 10th.
College Football Roundup
(Undated) — Texas and Texas A&M will be in headline college gridiron matches on Saturday. The ninth-ranked Longhorns will welcome sixth-ranked LSU to Austin. The number-11 Aggies will play at top-ranked and defending national champion Clemson. Also on Saturday, Baylor will face UTSA in Waco, while UTEP will play Texas Tech in Lubbock. SMU and North Texas will meet Saturday in Dallas after both opened with victories. West Texas A&M will open the new on-campus Buffalo Stadium Saturday evening at 6 against Azusa Pacific.