The Prairiland 14 and Under, Division II, All-Star baseball team won their District in late June to advance to their respective state tournament. Their victories included Commerce, Mt. Vernon and a pair of wins over Fannin County, including an 8-2 win in the title game. The Prairiland team joined ten other East Texas District Champions and picked up wins over DeKalb, Gladewater, and Hemphill before falling to Malakoff in the Finals.
The Texas Rangers spoil a lead last night, 9-7, suffering a four game sweep at the hands of Baltimore. The scoring was paced by Mike Napoli’s 3-run blast in the 5th inning [AUDIO]. Adrian Beltre added two more hits to bring his career total to 2,985, 15 away from the historic landmark of 3,000. The Rangers fall to 45-50 on the season and sit four and a half games out of the Wildcard and 18 games behind the AL West leading Houston Astros. Texas visits Tampa Bay for a weekend series. First pitch tonight [on KPLT 1490am and 96.3fm] is set for 6:05.
Reports out of the NFL say Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Jaylon Smith, is progressively healing from a knee injury he suffered in his final college game at Notre Dame on New Year’s day, 2016. The injury caused structural damage, which has since healed, as well as nerve damage. Reports are that Smith’s nerve could be fully regenerated in 6-9 months, though Smith and the Cowboys plan on him playing in 2017. Dallas also re-signed linebacker, Justin Durant.
Former All-Pro Running Back, O.J. Simpson, was granted parole after spending nine years in prison for robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas Hotel. Simpson, now 70-years old, was sentenced to 33 years in 2008 and will be released in October. The Juice is known for not only his talent on the football field but also for his infamous acquittal in the 1994 murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
And The Tour de France will come to a close this weekend. Today riders will complete stage 19 from Embrun through Salon-De-Provence. The ride will conclude on Sunday.