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Rangers Limp Into Break Plus North Lamar Softball Standout Honored Again


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Paris – For the second time since the season finished, North Lamar Pantherette Junior softball pitcher, Reagan Richardson is a 1st team All-State selection.  This time by the Texas Sports Writers Association.  Incoming senior Catcher, Bailee Nickerson, was a 3rd team selection.  Earlier in the year, Richardson was also named 1st team All State by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.  Nickerson and Richardson led the Pantherette softball to the State Championship game last month.


The All-Star break couldn’t come soon enough for the Texas Rangers as they drop their first half finale to the Twins 15-5.  Jurickson Profar went yard in the loss [AUDIO].  The Rangers pitching, however, couldn’t get the job done, giving up five runs in the fifth inning and seven runs in the seventh.  Texas still goes into the All-Star break with the best record in the American League at 54-36 and lead Houston by 5.5 games in the AL West.  The Rangers resume play on Friday when they visit the Chicago Cubs.


Across the pond, Wimbledon concluded over the weekend and Serena Williams wins her 22nd Grand Slam Singles title, pulling her even with Steffi Graf for the 2nd most Grand Slam titles in the modern era, which began in 1968. Margaret Court has the most with 24.  Serena and her sister Venus also won their 6th women’s double’s title at Wimbledon.  And Andy Murray defeats Milos Raonic in straight sets to capture the Men’s Singles Title.


In the Euro Championships, the French went in to the championship match as heavy favorites, but it would be Portugal coming out on top 1-0, thanks to an Eder goal in the 109′.  France launched 18 shots with seven on goal, including three hitting posts. Portugal took nine shots with three on goal on their way to winning their first major European tournament.


And UFC 200 was highlighted by a trio of victories as Daniel Cormier, Brock Lesner and Amanda Nunez all win their matches.  Lesner, who’s been in WWE in recent years, won his first bout since 2011.  UFC 200 will be the last event under the control of CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, who sold the company for $4 billion dollars.