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Rangers Lose To A's PDF Print E-mail
News - Rangers
Written by Art Garcia for The Sports Xchange   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 07:21

DFW_3181-1ARLINGTON, Texas -- One start does not turn a season around for Sonny Gray.

But it could be a start.

Gray showed flashes of his old self, Josh Reddick drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Rangers 6-3 Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

"You have to remind him who Sonny Gray is," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Sonny Gray is one of the best pitchers in the American League."

The A's (46-55) evened the three-game series at a game apiece against the American League West leaders. Texas (58-43) had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Gray remained undefeated in Texas after another strong start against the Rangers. The righty went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits, striking out a season-high eight.

"That's the pitcher who I want to be," Gray said. "That's the pitcher who I've been my whole career, not only in the big leagues, but my whole life, and I don't know what it's been this year."

Gray improved to 5-9 on the season and 8-3 lifetime against Texas, including 6-0 in Arlington. Something about this park agrees with Gray.

"This is a place where I've always liked throwing," he said. "I feel good out there on the mound. I feel really loose."

The A's backed their starter with three long balls. Reddick had

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Federer Out Remainder Of Season PDF Print E-mail
News - Tennis
Written by The Sports Xchange   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 07:16

DFW_9296-1Tennis star Roger Federer is pulling out of the Olympics and will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Federer announced Tuesday on his Facebook page that his left knee needs "extensive rehabilitation" and doctors advised him to sit out the rest of the season.

"Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year," Federer wrote. "The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover. It is tough to miss the rest of the year.

"However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains intact.

"I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017."

Federer, who turns 35 next month, was planning to play for Switzerland in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro prior to Tuesday's announcement.

He has dealt with back and knee injuries this season and doesn't have a tour title.

Federer will miss the U.S. Open for the first time since 1999. He has won the event five times.

 
Gregory Suspension May Be Longer Than Cowboys Thought PDF Print E-mail
News - Cowboys
Written by The Sports Xchange   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 07:05

cowboys starDallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is reportedly facing a longer suspension due to another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to multiple reports.

Gregory reportedly would miss the first 10 games of this season due to his latest violation. He was previously handed a four-game suspension earlier this offseason.

According to ESPN, Gregory checked into an undisclosed treatment center. It is unclear when Gregory will report to training camp.

It isn't yet known whether Gregory's latest violation was for a failed test or a missed test. A missed test is treated the same as a failed test.

The Cowboys will be slim at defensive end without Gregory. They chose not to re-sign controversial Greg Hardy, while DeMarcus Lawrence (team-high eight sacks last season) will missed the first four games due to a suspension for violating the substance abuse policy.

Also, Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain will miss 10 games for violating the substance abuse policy.

Gregory entered the league's substance abuse program after testing positive for marijuana at the 2015 NFL scouting combine. The Cowboys selected him late in the second round with the 60th overall pick.

He played in 12 games last season as a rookie and didn't record a sack.

 
Rangers Beat A's PDF Print E-mail
News - Rangers
Written by Art Garcia for The Sports Xchange   
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 07:32

DFW_3195-1ARLINGTON, Texas -- With the game on the line, there is no one the Texas Rangers would rather have at the plate than Adrian Beltre.

The possible future Hall of Famer showed why again Monday night.

Beltre drilled a two-run walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth, lifting the Rangers to a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park.

"He leads this ballclub on the field," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "This is what he does. You can see the determination in his face. He knows what's at stake. Two special at-bats tonight, none bigger than the last one. It's just incredible and never stops impressing anybody."

Texas (58-42) extended its winning streak to three games in the opener of a seven-game homestand. The Rangers also upped their lead in the division to 3 1/2 game with Houston's loss to the New York Yankees.

Beltre's second homer of the game sailed into the A's bullpen off closer Ryan Madson. The Rangers rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat their American League West rivals for the fourth straight time.

Beltre's ninth career walk-off home run put the finishing touches on a 4-for-5 performance that

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Rangers Edge Royals PDF Print E-mail
News - Rangers
Written by Alan Eskew, The Sports Xchange   
Monday, 25 July 2016 07:35

rangers logoKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals like to claim they have the best bullpen in the majors, but on Sunday the Texas Rangers had a better one.

A.J. Griffin and four Texas relievers held the Kansas City Royals to seven hits as the Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon.

Griffin left after five innings and four hits, allowing a run on a Kendrys Morales homer. Rangers relievers Alex Claudio, Keone Kela, Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson held the Royals to one hit the final four innings. Claudio (2-1) claimed the victory.

"It was awesome," Dyson said to have the bullpen lined up perfectly. "Claudio pitched his butt off. Keone pitched well. Diek pitched well. The defense did their part and the offense came through."

While Dyson collected his 20th save, he gave up singles to Morales, his third hit, and Salvador Perez before retiring pinch hitter Christian Colon to end the game.

"There was a little excitement, a little drama at the end," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "That's a very nice way to end this road trip."

Delino DeShields led off the Rangers seventh with a go-ahead homer run off Luke Hochevar (2-3).

"You're never expecting home runs, especially with our pitchers," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Did I

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Vegas Wins RBC Canadian Open PDF Print E-mail
News - Golf
Written by Jay Betsill   
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 07:24

Jhonattan Vegas fired an 8-under 64 en route to a 1-stroke victory at the RBC Canadian Open.

The 29-year-old rallied from five shots down when the day began to capture the prestigious event. His 64 included birdies on the final three holes at Glen Abbey for his second career PGA Tour victory.

Vegas' win also earned him a spot in next week's PGA Championship, in next year's Masters and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

"That's the fortunate breaks that sometimes you need to be a champion on the PGA Tour,'' Vegas said. "It's a great feeling. I mean, last week, I had a six-shot lead going into the weekend and lost by three. I was five back starting today and won by one. It's a crazy sport."

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson was among a group of three players who were tied for second, one shot behind Vegas.

"I played really nicely. I feel like I'm hitting the ball really well," Johnson said. "I'm really looking forward to going into next week. I think the game is in really good shape."

Canadian amateur Jared du Toit, who garnered most of the headlines throughout the week, ha a top-10 finish as he tied for ninth at 9 under after a final round 71.

Defending champion and No. 1 player in the world Jason Day had a 67 to tie for 14th at 7 under.

Other notables in the field include Brandt Snedeker (T5, -10), Matt Kuchar (T9, -9), Jim Furyk (13, -8), Danny Lee (T32, -4), Ryan Palmer (T43, -2) and Ernie Els (T65, +2).

Next up is the season's final major, the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 07:30
 
FC Dallas Play To A Draw PDF Print E-mail
News - FC Dallas
Written by The Sports Xchange   
Sunday, 24 July 2016 03:41

DFW_9425-1COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Substitute midfielder Victor Ulloa scored the equalizing goal in the 82nd minute to pull visiting FC Dallas into a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday in a battle between the top two teams in MLS.

Ulloa entered the match in the 80th minute and was an immediate and deciding factor as he rifled a shot from just outside the penalty area off the outstretched hand of Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard and into the upper-right corner of the net.

The draw allowed FC Dallas (12-6-5, 41 points) to steal the victory away from Colorado and remain three points ahead of the Rapids in the Supporters Shield race and the Western Conference table.

Colorado (10-2-8, 38 points) still hasn't lost an MLS match since early April and is unbeaten in 15 straight league contests. Ulloa's goal was only the fifth allowed by the Rapids at home in MLS play this season.

The Rapids grabbed all the momentum late in the first half when forward Marlon Hairston picked the pocket of FC Dallas defenseman Atiba Harris in the 44th minute and roared into the box, shifted his way across the goal mouth from left to right and past FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz and punched the ball into the net for the only goal of the first half.

A minute later, Howard denied an equalizing goal when he reached out with his left hand to swat away a header by FC Dallas' Walker Zimmerman after a pinpoint corner kick by Mauro Diaz.

The start of the match was delayed 57 minutes because of lightning in the area around the stadium.

 
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