HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Rockets spent almost no time celebrating their first-round playoff series win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. For the top-seeded Rockets, it simply moved them a little closer toward their goal of bringing the franchise its first title in more than two decades.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a go-ahead single in the fifth inning and the Texas bullpen protected the lead to give the Rangers a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Four Texas relievers worked 4 1/3 hitless innings to stop Oakland's four-game winning streak.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Saquon Barkley is the best player in this year's draft. Yet he might not go in the first handful of picks Thursday night. Blame the desperation to find quarterbacks in great part for the possibility that the Penn State All-America running back could fall well below where his talent warrants.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - There's more mystery to the NFL draft beginning Thursday than most. Even the prospects recognize it. Four quarterbacks are expected to be chosen in the top half-dozen or so spots. Many of the players projected as top 10 picks tossed footballs with youngsters Wednesday and participated in modified drills. They also discussed having no clue what occurs next. The Browns pick first, followed by the Giants, Jets and Cleveland again. Wyoming's Josh Allen says it "seems nobody knows what's going on."
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones sat side by side chatting. They then grabbed shovels at a junior high school to dedicate a new field. The two sure seemed chummy. Then again this was for a worthy cause. So any and all past animosities over suspensions and lawsuits and contract extensions were buried.
HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched seven sharp innings, AL MVP Jose Altuve hit his first home run of the season and the Houston Astros beat the Angels 5-2 and ended Los Angeles' road winning streak at a team record-tying 11 in a row. Albert Pujols connected off Verlander for his 619th career homer. Pujols now has 2,994 hits. Alex Bregman hit a three-run double and Jake Marisnick homered as Houston avoided a three-game sweep. The Angels had also won 11 straight road games in 1988.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the disabled list again with another leg issue. The Rangers put the 39-year-old Beltre on the 10-day DL on Tuesday. That was a day after he pulled up on his way to first base when reaching on his 3,075th career hit in a loss to Oakland. This is the fifth time since joining the Rangers in 2011 that he has gone on the DL with leg issues. He missed the first 51 games last season before getting his 3,000th career hit.
AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Jordan Spieth suspects he could be on the cusp of a banner year. That's why he's trying to strike the right balance of fun and focus when he teams up with good friend Ryan Palmer in New Orleans this weekend for the Zurich Classic. Spieth will try to capitalize on momentum he's gained with top-three finishes at the Houston Open and the Masters. This is the second year of the two-player team format at the Zurich, where the field includes defending champions Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt.
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