Danny Santana hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs as the slumping Texas Rangers routed the Oakland Athletics 11-3 on Thursday night. Game 2 is tonight at 9:07 pm.
New York Yankees’ infielder Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement Thursday in a statement released through the team. The five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove shortstop finished his career with a .290 batting average with 225 home runs, 1,391 hits, 762 runs, and 780 RBIs with the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Colorado Rockies. Of his home runs, 223 came as a shortstop, which ranks seventh all-time at the position.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott was not on the plane to Los Angeles with the majority of Dallas Cowboys’ teammates and coaches for the start of training camp in Oxnard, California on Thursday. That does not yet mean Elliott will be a no-show for training camp. Players have to be at the team’s River Ridge Residence Inn set up by this morning in time for physicals and a conditioning test before they are considered late for camp and subject to a fine.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas has not reported to New Orleans Saints’ training camp as the two sides continue to negotiate a long-term contract extension. Saints veterans were scheduled to report to camp Thursday, with the first practice scheduled for Friday. Thomas, who is due to make $1.148 million in the final year of his rookie contract, is subject to a maximum fine of $40,000 per day for missing camp.
The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has agreed to a deal in which she pleads guilty to facilitation to first-degree murder and receives a 30-year prison sentence. Sherra Wright entered the plea Thursday during a hearing in Shelby County Criminal Court in Tennessee. Judge Lee Coffee said Sherra Wright would be eligible for parole once she served 30% of her sentence, which would be around nine years. Lorenzen Wright’s body was found in a swampy field in Memphis in July 2010.