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Texas Rangers third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa throws to first for the out after fielding a ground ball by Houston Astros' Alex Bregman during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Valdez, Tucker lead Astros to 2-1 win over Rangers

Sep. 17, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Framber Valdez tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in 6 1/3 solid innings, Kyle Tucker homered and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Thursday night. Tucker gave the Astros a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer to right in the second that just made it over the wall. Tucker said he...

Rangers TV broadcaster Nitkowski tests positive for COVID-19

Sep. 17, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers television broadcaster C.J. Nitkowski tested positive for COVID-19, and the team used a simulcast of its radio network's call on the regional cable telecast for Thursday night's series finale in Houston. The Rangers said they received notification Thursday of the...

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks to pass as he is pursued by Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (98), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Baltimore, MD. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

QBs Jackson and Watson set to star as Ravens visit Texans

Sep. 17, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson was torn when asked if he enjoys matchups such as Sunday’s against the Houston Texans and fellow talented and mobile quarterback Deshaun Watson. “That’s a great quarterback we’re going against (so) I say no, because of how dynamic...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Baylor's new head football coach Dave Aranda addresses the media during an NCAA college football news conference in Waco, Texas.   Aranda will make his delayed debut as Baylor's coach in a quickly arranged and unexpected reunion of old Southwest Conference rivals. Baylor and Houston open this pandemic-altered season Saturday, Sept. 19,  with their first meeting since the SWC’s final season in 1995.  (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP, File)

Aranda delayed Baylor debut in unexpected SWC reunion vs UH

Sep. 17, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — Dave Aranda will make his delayed debut as Baylor's coach in a quickly arranged and unexpected reunion of old Southwest Conference rivals. Baylor and Houston open their pandemic-altered seasons Saturday with their first meeting since the SWC’s final season in 1995. It comes only a...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) looks to fend off Texas defensive back Montrell Estell during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas. Oklahoma State plays Tulsa this week. The game was initially scheduled Sept. 12, but was postponed five days before that to allow the virus-affected Golden Hurricane more time to prepare for the season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Big 12 has 2 games this week, 1 delayed and 1 just scheduled

Sep. 17, 2020 2:55 AM EDT

There are two unexpected games in the Big 12 on Saturday, which was initially scheduled as an open date for all 10 teams between the opening of the pandemic-delayed season last weekend and the start of conference games Sept. 26. THE GAMES — Baylor vs. Houston. The former Southwest Conference rivals are...

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson, right, celebrates with catcher Jeff Mathis after a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Houston. The Rangers won 1-0. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Gibson throws 4-hitter as Rangers edge Astros 1-0

Sep. 16, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kyle Gibson threw a four-hitter and Joey Gallo hit a ground-rule RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Texas Rangers over the Houston Astros 1-0 on Wednesday night. It was the first career shutout for the 32-year-old Gibson and third complete game — his previous...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James celebrates after making a 3-point shot during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron James makes All-NBA team for record 16th time

Sep. 16, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James now stands alone in All-NBA recognition history, getting there unanimously. James was revealed Wednesday as an All-NBA player for a record 16th time, breaking the mark he shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. He was a first-team pick on all...

Houston Astros' Alex Bregman watches his two-run single against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Springer and Maldonado homer, Astros beat Rangers 4-1

Sep. 15, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer and Martín Maldonado homered, Alex Bregman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and the Houston Astros got a needed 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. The Astros, who are two games ahead of Seattle for second place in the AL West with the...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa reacts after fouling a pitch off his leg during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Houston. Correa left the game after the injury. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Astros' Correa fouls ball of ankle, X-rays negative

Sep. 15, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has a bone bruise in his left ankle after fouling a pitch off of it on Tuesday night. Houston manager Dusty Baker said X-rays were negative and the team should know more about Correa's status on Wednesday. Correa was batting with one out in the sixth inning...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

For television executives, return of football is good news

Sep. 15, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pro football has probably never been more important to television executives than this year, and its return has them ready to do a happy dance in the end zone. A schedule of opening week games brought viewers back to their sets, led by a Hall of Fame caliber matchup between Tom Brady, a new...