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Friday’s Sports Update Plus Don’t Forget To Vote For Your Favorite Ranger!


After participating in the Leonard basketball camp as a team, the Prairiland Patriots boys basketball team has been offered an at-large bid to the state qualifier summer tournament.

Texas A&M University-Commerce has finished in 22nd place in the NCAA Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, as released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics on Thursday. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA Championships. A maximum of 100 points per sport is issued for a school winning a national championship. A&M’s football team won the national championship back in December. The Lions recorded points in nine of the 14 sports offered at A&M-Commerce. The 22nd place finish is the best in school history.

The World Cup continues today from Russia with three games on the schedule. Egypt plays Uruguay. Morocco and Iran face each other while Portugal and Spain close out the day.

After a night off the Rangers are back home for a brief three-game homestand with the Colorado Rockies. Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks bring you all the action on 1490 AM and 96.3 FM KPLT. Pregame at 6:30. First pitch at 7:05. A reminder…All-Star voting continues. You can vote here:

Longtime Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder would like to see football coach Mike Gundy aim higher in recruiting. Appearing on the Pistols Firing podcast earlier this week, Holder praised Gundy’s success but said he wants the coach “to do a little more in recruiting.” Gundy, a former Oklahoma State quarterback, is the school’s career coaching wins leader with a 114-53 record in 13 seasons.

The Houston Texans have signed inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney to a five-year, $50 million contract extension, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday. The deal includes $21 million guaranteed, the source said.

Christian Hackenberg’s release from the Oakland Raiders just three weeks after the team acquired him was more an indictment of the NFL system than it was of the third-year quarterback, coach Jon Gruden said Thursday.
“Everybody is an expert out there on Hackenberg and thinks he can’t play,” Gruden said as the Raiders wrapped up a three-day mandatory minicamp. “It’s unfortunate, this whole collective [bargaining agreement]. How do you develop a quarterback? I don’t know how you do it.”

Maryland’s athletic department is conducting an external review into the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, executive athletic director Damon Evans said Thursday in a brief but emotional news conference that also included coach DJ Durkin, who struggled to hold back tears as he spoke about McNair. McNair, of Randallstown, Maryland, was hospitalized May 29 after an organized team workout and died this Wednesday. According to a GoFundMe page created on behalf of his mother, Tonya Wilson, McNair was airlifted to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he received a liver transplant and was “fighting for his life.”

The Minnesota Twins optioned Miguel Sano to their Single-A affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday in hopes the move helps the former All-Star third baseman get back on track. Manager Paul Molitor made the announcement after Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Tigers, one in which Sano was not in the lineup.