The Frisco RoughRiders and Whataburger have teamed up to stage Whataburger Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, August 9 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. The event comes one day after the restaurant celebrates its 69th anniversary. The Night includes giving out free Whataburger Pez dispensers to the first 1,500 fans and staging various Whataburger-themed contests during the game, highlighted by the fan-favorite Whataburger Horse Race. Plus, the night concludes with Whataburger coupons upon exit.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s time with the Texas Rangers appears to be coming to an end. The club will designate the 13-year veteran for assignment Friday. Cabrera is batting .235 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs for the Rangers this season, and on the field, Texas topped Seattle 9–7. Texas is off today.
The Houston Astros acquired Zach Greinke in a blockbuster trade deadline deal yesterday. Greinke joins Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in Houston’s rotation.
Pro Football Hall of Fame middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti, an undersized overachiever who helped lead the Miami Dolphins to the NFL’s only perfect season, has died at the age of 78. A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Buoniconti played guard on offense and linebacker on defense for Notre Dame. But at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, he was small for an NFL linebacker. Buoniconti was taken in the 13th round by the Boston Patriots of the upstart AFL and played for them from 1962 to 1968. He made the AFL All-Star Game six times and had 24 career interceptions for the Patriots, including three in a single game in 1968.
The NFL Hall of Fame preseason game is tonight. It will be the Falcons vs the Broncos. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm on NBC.
The 2019 Hall of Fame class includes: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law, New York Jets center Kevin Mawae, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt and Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson . A ceremony will be held on Saturday night.
Michael Thomas has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Saints on a five-year, $100-million extension that includes $61 million guaranteed and makes him the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver. Thomas is now tied to the Saints for the next six years, through the 2024 season. Thomas is set to make $1.148 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. He did not report for the start of Saints training camp as he sought a new deal.