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Rangers Beat Red Sox PDF Print E-mail
News - Rangers
Written by Anthony Andro, The Sports Xchange   
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:25

DFW_0163-1ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers made sure starter Martin Perez had an easy path to winning his sixth-straight decision Sunday.

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The Rangers scored three runs off Boston's Clay Buchholz before he retired a batter as they eased their way to a 6-2 victory over the Red Sox.

The win moved Texas 22 games over the .500 mark for the first time since the 2011 season, and it's now 11-0-1 in its last 12 series. The struggling Sox are 9-13 this month and Buchholz did little the help them early.

Texas opened the first with four-straight singles off Buchholz (3-8), with Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre each collecting RBI with their hits. Rougned Odor brought in another run with a bloop single as the Rangers had five hits inning.

That was plenty of support for lefty Martin Perez (7-4), who won his sixth-straight decision after allowing one run in six innings. That run came in the sixth as the Red Sox cut the Texas lead to 3-1 on the first career homer from Bryce Brentz.

Perez knew he had a margin for error Sunday because of a Texas offense that produced 37 hits in the series.

"You've got support, and you know the guys behind you do their job," Perez said. "You just have to go out there and give the quick inning and get out of their quick so they can make guys uncomfortable. I think I moved the ball around the zone really good and we got the win."

Perez struggled with his command, throwing just 58 of his 98 pitches for strikes. But he didn't let the

Hurley Wins Quicken Loans National PDF Print E-mail
News - Golf
Written by Jay Betsill   
Monday, 27 June 2016 07:51

Sports and its combination of drama, suspense and the unknown ending has been called the best reality TV, but Sunday at the Quicken Loans National provided a script worthy of a Hollywood hit.

The star: Champion Billy Hurley III, spent five years in the U.S. Navy before turning professional. He would capture his first PGA Tour win at the event that is closest to his home in Annapolis and almost a year to the date that he spoke at his press conference during this event to make a public plea for help that his father was missing. Although there were clues to his whereabouts in places such as Texas and Minnesota, his father would never return home, taking his own life near his home by the Potomac River.

The setting: Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. One of the most iconic and treasured courses on the PGA Tour. Ranked as the second longest course on Tour behind only Torrey , Congressional is a Par 71 that measures 7,569 yards. It has hosted hosted five major championships and is the site of this prestigious tour event every other year.

The supporting players: Tiger Woods, the biggest star in golf and one of the most recognizable faces in the world, who has been sidelined by numerous injuries, but was on hand as he hosts the annual event that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and supports the military.

Ernie Els, winner of the U.S. Open when it was played at Congressional in 1997, playing with Hurley III in the final pairing of the day. Els, was looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 2012 The Open Championship and was in the midst of a magical weekend that included a slam dunk shot from 157 yards out in the middle of the 12th fairway during Saturday's round.

Vijay Singh, the 53 year-old who once unseated Tiger Woods from the No. 1 ranking in the world, was looking to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history.

Jon Rahm, a 21 year-old who was a week removed from being the low amateur at the U.S. Open at Oakmont, was playing in his first PGA Tour event as a professional. For his first tournament as a pro, Rahm finished in a tie for third with a check for $400, 200 and and by virtue of the Open Qualifying Series, he now has a spot in the Open Championship at Royal Troon.

The finale: Hurley III was playing in his 104th PGA Tour event with no wins to show for it and had received one of the event's two sponsor's exemptions to even get into the Quicken Loans National (the other went to Rahm) field. Playing alongside Els and with Singh breathing down his neck to try and make history, Hurley holed out from 35 yards out in the fairway for birdie on the 15th and followed that up with a 27-foot birdie putt on the No. 16 to seal the deal on the $1,242,000 first-place prize and a spot in the upcoming British Open as well as next year's Masters and other prestigious events including the Players Championship, the Memorial Tournament and the Dean and DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth.

"This is definitely the one," Hurley III said. "Being so close to home, close to the academy, close to where I grew up and being a part of the event on the PGA Tour that does the absolute most to honor our military here at Quicken Loans National, you couldn't script a better one for me to win for my first Tour win."

In winning Tiger's tournament, Hurley III held off the two members of the World Golf Hall of Fame including his playing partner for the final round, Els.

"It was special to play with Ernie today," Hurley III said. "Ernie's always been really nice to me, especially the last couple of years. He's a great champion, great player, great person and he was really gracious in playing the last three-four holes when I was going to win and he wasn't ... Ernie said to me after I holed the last putt, 'I think your dad is looking down and he's really proud of you."

The critics: Peter Kostis of CBS Sports. "I've already called this the story of the year. I don't really care what happens the rest of the year," Kostis said in the post-round interview with Hurley III. "From my perspective, this is the story of the year. What you've had to overcome personally and professionally, you served your country for five years and you do it in your hometown basically, all I can say is congratulations and well-earned."

Rangers Rout Red Sox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anthony Andro, The Sports Xchange   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 07:52

CEY160603253_Mariners_AT_RangersARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers made short work of American League ERA leader Steven Wright and the Boston Red Sox Saturday night.

Texas tagged Wright (8-5) for a career high eight runs as the Rangers knocked off the Red Sox 10-3.

Wright was gone in the fifth inning as the Rangers scored five times on three hits as Boston committed two errors behind Wright in addition to a passed ball.

The miscues proved costly as Texas turned a one-run lead into an 8-2 advantage with all eight runs coming against Wright, who came into the game having won his last five decisions.

"As an offense and really as a team we continue to grind on teams," said Texas centerfielder Ian Desmond, who sparked a three-run fourth inning with a solo homer off Wright for the first Texas run. "Today we put eight up on a guy who has a chance to win a Cy Young. That only helps us and builds our confidence. It's taxing on their pitching staff. It's taxing on their defense. It really only helps us out."

Desmond's homer and a two-run single from Mitch Moreland gave Texas a 3-1 lead in the fourth.

After the Red Sox cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth, the Rangers exploded in the

FC Dallas Shuts Out Real Salt Lake PDF Print E-mail
News - FC Dallas
Written by The Sports Xchange   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 07:42

DFW_9932-1Midfielder Kellyn Acosta and forward Fabian Castillo scored goals in each half to lift FC Dallas to a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.

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Dallas (9-5-4) moved within a point of the Colorado Rapids for first place in the Western Conference. The club also extended its home unbeaten streak to 14 games.

Salt Lake (8-5-3) rested the bulk of its regular starters with a key U.S. Open Cup match against Seattle Sounders ahead on Tuesday. Playing so many fresh faces took a toll offensively. Dallas outshot RSL 12-4 and held Real without a shot on goal.

Dallas got on the board in the 18th minute. Michael Barrios set the scoring play in motion when he tracked down a long ball off a quick restart and slipped behind the RSL back line. Jeff Attinella popped off his line to intercept Barrios and the forward flicked it over to Acosta on the other side of Attinella. Acosta got behind the Salt Lake goalkeeper and blasted the ball home.

Castillo added a second goal for Dallas in the 58th minute. Mauro Diaz sent a bicycle pass up to the speedy forward and he blasted the ball inside the right post just after crossing inside the box.

Dallas improved to 12-1-2 all time at home against Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer play.

Red Sox Stun Rangers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anthony Andro, The Sports Xchange   
Saturday, 25 June 2016 08:25

DFW_3311-1ARLINGTON, Texas -- The last at-bat win is starting to catch on with the Boston Red Sox.

For the second consecutive game, the Red Sox worked final at-bat magic, rallying for four runs with two outs in the ninth inning to stun the Texas Rangers 8-7.

The Red Sox trailed 6-0 after starter David Price struggled and were down 7-4 heading to the ninth.

But pinch-hitter Sandy Leon doubled with two outs to make it a one-run game. The Rangers brought in Matt Bush (2-1) to face Mookie Betts, and Betts hit a two-run homer to center to tie the score.

After Dustin Pedroia walked, Xander Bogaerts moved him to third with a single. Bush then uncorked a wild pitch to allow Pedroia to score the winning run.

It was the home run that kept the Red Sox afloat, as the Betts blast was the third two-run shot of the game for the Red Sox. Betts said he might have cried if his ball didn't leave the park because he felt like he hit it good enough.

"That's a huge win," he said. "We've been struggling a little while, scoring some runs, and took some L's. But having a win like that can give us a kick start to a nice little streak."

Koji Uehara struck out the side for his second save and made a winner of Heath Hembree (4-0), the fourth of five Boston pitchers. Texas had 16 hits, but none after the fifth inning.

The Red Sox, who had four wins in their last 10 games, carried some

Wings Fall To Fever PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Sports Xchange   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 07:34

dallas wingsIndiana center Erlana Larkins scored a career-high 19 points, and guard Briann January made two key late free throws as the Fever held on for a 92-87 victory at Dallas on Saturday night, ending the Wings' four-game winning streak.

Indiana led by as many as 14 points late in the third quarter, but Dallas got within 81-76 with 5:05 to play. The Fever (6-9) scored the next four points and still held a nine-point lead with 1:56 left before the Wings (7-8) closed within 90-87.

January made two free throws with 7.1 seconds left to give Indiana its final margin.

Dallas guard Odyssey Sims missed a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left.

The Fever shot 49.2 percent and had balanced scoring. Forward Tamika Catchings, guard Erica Wheeler and January each scored 15 points and guard Tiffany Mitchell came off the bench to score 12.

Larkins, in her seventh WNBA season, scored 14 of her 19 points in the first half.

Forward Karima Christmas led Dallas with 21 points and 12 rebounds, her third double-double of the season. Sims had 18 points and forward Glory Johnson had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Catchings, a 15-year pro who played at nearby Duncanville High School, was playing in the Dallas area for the first time in her WNBA career.

Wings Win 4th Straight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Sports Xchange   
Friday, 24 June 2016 07:38

dallas wingsPlenette Pierson scored 21 points, including six in overtime, as the Dallas Wings garnered their fourth straight win and pulled to .500 on the season with a 97-90 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Thursday.

San Antonio trailed 16 points at the half and by six points late in the game before a jumper by the Stars' Jayne Appel-Marinelli with 14.5 seconds to play tied the game at 83-83 and sent it into overtime.

Dallas scored the first six points of the overtime period and led 93-86 after a Pierson banked jumper with 2:14 to play. But San Antonio refused to back down, cutting the lead to 93-90 at the 1:06 mark when Kayla Alexander rebounded her own miss and scored on a layup.

The Wings' Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims then iced the game with a pair of free throws each in the final 10 seconds.

Diggins and Simms added 19 points apiece for Dallas (7-7), while Karima Christmas hit for 17 points and Glory Johnson scored 11 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Kayla McBride and Dearica Hamby led the Stars (2-11) with 18 points each. Alexander had 13 points and Moriah Jefferson and Monique Curry added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Stars clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter. Two Jefferson free throws with 5.6 seconds to play in the period got San Antonio to within 66-61, and the Stars scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to assume a 69-61 lead.

The Wings knotted the game at 69-69 on a Diggins 3-pointer with 7:34 to play and retook the lead on a pair of Diggins free throws 30 seconds later. Sims hit a jumper with 4:59 to play to put Dallas up by six points but San Antonio answered continually down the stretch.


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