Spot starter Blake Bass threw three tremendous innings and the Frisco RoughRiders bats unloaded on Northwest Arkansas in a 7-1 win over the Naturals Thursday night. Bass allowed a pair of singles to start the first inning but finished by retiring the final eight men he faced. Reliever Yoel Espinal also contributed four strong innings from the pen. The Riders opened the game up with a four-run fourth inning, capped by a two-run double from Josh Altmann. In his Double-A debut, Leody Taveras went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a walk.
As suspected the New Orleans Pelicans took Zion Williamson with the number one pick in the draft. Dallas drafted Deividas Sirvydis with the 37th pick but traded him to Detroit for Isaiah Roby who was selected 45th. Roby is a power forward from Nebraska. The first three picks, however, went as expected. The New Orleans Pelicans selected Zion Williamson, one of the most exciting prospects to enter the league since LeBron James, with the No. 1 overall pick. Up next, the Memphis Grizzlies took Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick, and the New York Knicks followed that up by taking RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick. After those three, though, there were all sorts of chaos. First, there were a number of trades leading up to the draft. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, New Orleans has traded its No. 4 pick, which it acquired from the Lakers in the Anthony Davis deal, to the Hawks for the eighth, 17th and 35th pick in this year’s draft. The New Orleans Pelicans have also picked up the 2019-20 team option on Jahlil Okafor. Okafor — who was drafted third by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015 and spent time playing with the Brooklyn Nets, signed with the Pelicans during the summer of 2018.
The Rangers earned a split of their four-game series with Cleveland after a 4-2 victory Thursday afternoon. Elvis Andrus homered and had an RBI triple to back another impressive home start by Mike Minor. Texas will host the Chicago White Sox tonight on 1490 AM and 96.3 FM KPLT. Pregame is at 6:30 with the first pitch at 7:05.
Goals either side of half-time saw the United States beat Sweden 2-0 to win Group F at the Women’s World Cup on Thursday night, setting up a round-of-16 match with Spain. The U.S., looking for a bit of revenge after losing to Sweden in the 2016 Olympics, got off to a perfect start when Lindsey Horan poked home from close range in the third minute after Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick skipped past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. The US will battle Spain on Monday.
Former Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters is transferring to Illinois. Peters announced the decision on Instagram and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Illinois. Because he has graduated from Michigan, Peters will be eligible to play immediately and could factor in to the quarterback race for the Illini.