Thursday, May 19
Altuve, Rasmus, Castro lead Astros to 5-3 win over White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Altuve had three hits and two runs batted in, Colby Rasmus and Jason Castro each had a solo home run and the Houston Astros beat Chicago 5-3 Wednesday night despite the White Sox turning their second triple play of the season.
Altuve went 3 for 4 with a walk and Castro went 2 for 3 with a walk.
Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Chicago, which has dropped a season-high four straight and six of seven overall.
Doug Fister (4-3) allowed three runs on nine hits in six and one third innings to get the win. Luke Gregerson, who had blown three of his last four save chances, got the final three outs for his ninth save.
Mat Latos (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season.
The White Sox turned a 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple play in the eighth inning.
Khris Davis smacks another homer and A's sweep Rangers 8-1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in two games, Danny Valencia drove in two and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with an 8-1 win Wednesday.
Marcus Semien had two hits and drove in two runs for the As, who have won four straight and five of six overall. Yonder Alfonso, Tyler Landendorf and Coco Crisp also drove in runs.
Rich Hill (6-3) won for the first time at home, and his third straight, after giving up a run on three hits over his six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Davis hit a solo home run in the sixth, a day after hitting three homers, including a walk-off grand slam. He leads the majors with nine home runs and 20 RBIs in May.
Martin Perez (1-4) gave up four runs on eight hits over seven innings.
Tolleson replaced by Dyson as Rangers closer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Right-hander Shawn Tolleson will not be closing games for Texas for awhile, Rangers manager Jeff Banister revealed before Wednesday's series finale with the Oakland Athletics. He was replaced by righthander Sam Dyson.
Tolleson, who enters play tied with A's Ryan Madson and Seattle's Cishek for the AL lead with 11 saves, suffered his fourth blown save Tuesday night, allowing a walkoff grand slam to Khris Davis.
The Rangers had taken the lead on a two-run homer by Ian Desmond in the top of the ninth, pinning Madson with his first blown save of the season.
The Rangers have lost six times in walkoff fashion, the most in the majors and matching their total from last year.
Dyson has saved two games in the Rangers' last three wins.
Sims leads Wings to second road win; 87-77 over Mystics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 22 points, Karima Christmas had 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Dallas Wings beat the Washington Mystics 87-77 Wednesday night.
Washington got within 74-71 with 3:44 left but Dallas scored on its next three possessions for an 81-73 lead. Christmas and Sims sealed it by combining to make 6 of 6 free throws down the stretch.
Erin Phillips made three of Dallas' eight 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. The Wings (2-1), who are ranked No. 7 in the AP WNBA power poll, also got 10 points from rookie Aerial Powers.
Skylar Diggins missed her third straight game while recovering from an ACL tear suffered last season.
Dallas gained some momentum at the end of the third quarter when Jordan Hooper hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left and Powers stole the inbound pass and made a layup to extend its lead to 67-55.
Tayler Hill went 11 of 15 from the free-throw line and had 20 points for Washington (0-2). Emma Meesseman added 19 points with seven rebounds for the eighth-ranked Mystics.
Cowboys sign 1st-round pick RB Elliott to $25M, 4-year deal
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott has signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys that includes a $16 million signing bonus and is worth nearly $25 million overall for the Ohio State running back who was the fourth overall draft pick.
Also on Wednesday, the Cowboys signed cornerback Anthony Brown from Purdue, safety Kavon Frazier from Central Michigan and running back Darius Jackson from Eastern Michigan. Dallas took those players in the sixth round of last month's draft.
Elliott is only the third running back the Cowboys have taken with a top-20 pick in franchise history. The other two are Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith, the NFL's career rushing leader.
In his three seasons at Ohio State, Elliott ran for 3,961 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Rookie Howard signs $6.1 million, 4-year deal with Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie cornerback Xavien Howard has signed a $6.1 million, four-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, who took him in the second round of the draft last month.
Howard was a two-year starter at Baylor and is expected to contend for a starting job this season in a secondary that has undergone an overhaul.
The Dolphins moved up four spots and gave the Baltimore Ravens a fourth-round choice to select Howard.
BAYLOR-SEX ASSAULT INVESTIGATIONS
Report: Police records show more violent incidents at Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) — An ESPN examination of Waco police records over a five-year period has found more allegations of violent incidents involving Baylor football players who were not charged and appeared to face little or no discipline from the team even though coaches and administrators knew about the allegations.
The report, published Wednesday, also found some documents were shielded from public view by officers.
The network obtained a database of assault cases reported to Waco police and matched them against football rosters from 2011 to 2015.
The newly revealed cases involved domestic violence allegations, fights and a 4-year-old sexual assault case that hasn't been closed even though no charges have been filed.
Officials at the university declined comment on specific cases, but said they are saddened any time a Baylor student acts in a way that's inconsistent with the school's mission.