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Nelson Cruz launched two more home runs, then hit a walk-off single on Sunday

Between April 11-15, Mariners OF/DH Nelson Cruz homered in five consecutive games, including a two-home run game against the Dodgers. He entered Sunday’s game against the Rangers on a seven-game hitting streak, but hadn’t homered in two games. He changed that in a hurry.

Cruz belted a solo home run to left center in the first inning against Rangers starter Ross Detwiler, following a leadoff home run from Austin Jackson. Cruz homered again in the bottom of the third, a three-run shot to left field also off of Detwiler. With the game tied 10-10 in the bottom of the ninth, Cruz walked the Mariners off with an RBI single to left field off of Neftali Feliz. Cruz has a .354/.404/.854 triple-slash line with eight home runs and 14 RBI in 52 plate appearances across 12 games.

Here’s video of the walk off single:

Cruz, 34, signed a four-year, $57 million contract with the Mariners in December. With the Orioles in 2014, Cruz led the league with 40 home runs and also knocked in 108 runs.

Seattle’s King Felix dominates Rangers

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws to a Texas Rangers batter during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Seattle

Mariners 3, Rangers 1

SEATTLE – There came another key juncture in another Rangers game Saturday when it became evident the Rangers sure could use an effective left-handed reliever.

That’s all well and good, but until the offense starts to function, lefty relievers are nothing more a luxury item. They need runs. Actually start with hits.

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Mavs’ past comes back to haunt them

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HOUSTON – Bathed in red, the inside of Toyota Center was unmistakably raucous Rocket, but the deeper thoughts of long-suffering fans occasionally bubbled forth.

Houston has playoff fever, to be sure, but Saturday night it was tinged with anxiety.

The Rockets’ utter lack of playoff success during the past 17 seasons has resulted in an understandable inferiority complex, so fans were understandably extra giddy late in the fourth quarter – and relieved – when a pair of former Mavericks helped lead Houston to the 118-108 victory.

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Plano West football star arrested on charges he fled from police

Soso Jamabo, 18, was arrested Sunday on charges of drinking and fleeing police while driving a vehicle. (Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office)

A Plano West High School football player who was one of the most sought-after college recruits nationwide was arrested early Sunday on charges of drinking alcohol and fleeing police in a vehicle, records show.

oso Jamabo, whose legal name is Sotonye Josiah Jamabo, was booked into the Kaufman County Jail around 1:30 a.m., online booking records show.

Jamabo, 18, was held on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, minor consumption of alcohol, minor in possession of alcohol, speeding, driving without possessing a driver’s license and disregarding a stop sign. He remained jailed Sunday morning.

Details about the police allegations weren’t immediately available. Kemp police, who arrested Jamabo, didn’t immediately respond to a request for information.

It’s unclear whether Jamabo has an attorney.

Plano West running back Soso Jamabo announces that he will play for UCLA as family members watch during national signing day at Plano West High School in Plano, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Jamabo was one of the most sought-after football prospects in the nation for the Class of 2015, ranked No. 22 overall by Rivals.com.

The 6-2, 200-pound running back was named USA Today first-team all-American following his senior season, in which he rushed for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns.

The five-star recruit made national news during his recruiting process, when a joke he told on WFAA — saying his college choice had narrowed to University of Phoenix and ITT Tech – went viral. He picked UCLA over a host of other offers, including Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M.

He was also a starter on the Plano West basketball team, which won the Class 6A state title in March.

PBT Extra: Houston, Dallas simply do not like each other

From Pro Basketball Talk

Houston and Dallas both went after Dwight Howard. Chandler Parsons bolted Houston for Dallas, then called downtown Houston dirty. Mark Cuban and Daryl Morey snipe at each other through the media.

This is a rivalry, and it makes for an entertaining 2/7 series between the Rockets and Mavericks. On the court, there are questions about how much Rajon Rondo and James Harden can give. But the secret may be if Dallas can control their defensive boards.

Jenna Corrado and I talk about a Western Conference series that will be more interesting than these seeds normally put together. I’ll take Houston, but it will not be easy.

Josh Hamilton filed for a divorce from his wife in February

As if things weren’t complicated enough for Josh Hamilton already, Naheed Rajwani of the Dallas Morning News reports that he and his wife, Katie, are in the process of getting a divorce.

Hamilton filed for divorce in late February, which is right around the time when word leaked about his offseason drug relapse. The petition cites “conflict” as the reason for the split:

“The marriage has become insupportable because of the discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation,” the petition states.

Hamilton and his wife have been married since 2004 and have four children. Katie’s father, Michael Dean Chadwick, is a faith-based motivational speaker and helped Hamilton with his addiction problems in the early 2000s.

Hamilton’s future with the Angels remains in question and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported earlier today that the two sides are discussing a number of scenarios to resolve the dispute over his situation. Among the possibilities are a buyout or a trade.

Gallardo, Rangers relievers shut down Mariners in 3-1 win

SEATTLE — Yovani Gallardo pitched to his strength against the Seattle Mariners: his defense.

Gallardo induced 11 ground-ball outs, including three double plays, in his six scoreless innings to help the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 3-1 Friday night.

“We have a good defense. We have some guys back there who can play good defense,” said Gallardo (2-1). “They’re going to do everything they can to get one out or turn the double play.”

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Charlie Strong, Kevin Sumlin want to renew Texas-Texas A&M rivalry

Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin both have a desire to renew the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry on the football field after taking the last three years off.

The schools first played against each other in football in 1894 and competed every year from 1915-2011, but they took a break after A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012. At the time, reps from both sides did not seem too concerned about not playing the game. Now things have changed.

“Now, moving into Year 4 and listening to our former students and our alumni base and knowing a lot of Texas alums, it’s important that we play again,” Sumlin said via ESPN.com. “I think it will happen somewhere down the road. The tough part for both parties, when we moved, was scheduling. The first two years we scrambled just to get anybody to play, and the SEC hadn’t solidified their schedule until last year. We were at the mercy of whoever would play us.”

Sumlin says that now they’ve figured out their scheduling in the new conference, he thinks the series will resume again.

Strong, who just completed his first season as head coach of the Longhorns, would like to play the series, too.

“That game is so much a part of this state,” said Strong. “Over 100 years, we’ve played that game. Why stop it now because we’re in different conferences? At some point, when it’s right for everybody with the different schedules, I would love to play Texas A&M again.”

It’s understandable why after moving to a more difficult conference A&M did not want to have another tough non-conference team on their schedule, but both sides probably have changed their viewpoints thanks in part to the playoff. With the playoff system, teams with one loss still have a chance of making the national championship game. That combined with the pride factor among both fanbases probably are the biggest reasons for the change. The only issue is because of scheduling, it might take a few years before they’re able to get the game going again.

 

Dallas Cowboys Honored For Helping Reintegrate Criminals Back Into NFL

From: The Onion

DALLAS—Praising the organization for their refusal to turn their backs on those with a troubled past, the ACLU honored the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday for their ongoing efforts to reintegrate criminals back into the NFL. “We would like to recognize the Dallas Cowboys for their long history of providing an avenue to ex-convicts who are simply seeking a second chance at life as a professional football player,” said ACLU spokesman Carl Holmes, adding that, for over three decades, the team has helped those facing the stigma and legal constraints of a recent felony conviction find paying work as linebackers, offensive linemen, and wide receivers. “Too often, these men have been abandoned by society and left with nowhere to turn, but Jerry Jones and his organization have shown they are willing to take the lead and be that beacon of hope for them. The Cowboys have never been afraid to help those with a criminal history move on from their past mistakes and get back onto the field, and that is truly something special.” Holmes added that, without a group like the Cowboys, it is likely that many of the convicted felons would tragically end up either back in prison, dead, or on the Oakland Raiders.

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