The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS—Victor Martinez had three hits and James McCann homered for the Detroit Tigers as they finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with an 8-5 win at Target Field on Thursday afternoon. McCann's three-run blast gave Detroit a 6-0 lead in the third inning and Martinez added on with a two-run double in the sixth inning that ended up providing Detroit with some important insurance.
Five Notre Dame football players were arrested Friday night after an Indiana State Police trooper reported finding a loaded handgun and marijuana in the car. According to the police report, senior safety Max Redfield, redshirt freshman cornerback Ashton White, freshman wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, sophomore running back Dexter Williams and sophomore linebacker Te'von Coney were each charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. In addition, Redfield, Stepherson and Williams were charged with possession of a handgun without a license, a misdemeanor.
The NBA has reportedly chosen New Orleans to replace Charlotte for the 2017 All-Star Game. A source told the Associated Press on Friday of the league's decision on the condition of anonymity. The NBA last month announced it was pulling the 2017 marquee midseason event out of Charlotte in response to the league's objection to North Carolina House Bill 2, a state law that mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—If you were looking for clarity from the Denver Broncos' muddled quarterback position, you didn't find it Thursday in the 22-0 win over Chicago. On a night where the defense showed off the quality of its depth by not allowing the Bears to run a play from inside the Denver 40-yard line and the special teams contributed a touchdown via a Bennie Fowler punt block recovered by Zaire Anderson, the offense was inconsistent, driving to just one touchdown while settling for four field-goal attempts, two of which Brandon McManus connected.
The New York Yankees unconditionally released Alex Rodriguez on Saturday, ending his 12 years with the team and possibly a major league career after 22 seasons. Rodriguez had a memorable finale with the Yankees on Friday night, getting an RBI double in his first at-bat and walking off the field as a third baseman to a standing ovation and embraces from his teammates during the 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his ribs suffered in the preseason opener. Wentz, who could miss the rest of the preseason games, was injured during Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Eagles announced Saturday.
The Big 12 plans to interview 17 schools about possible expansion into the league. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will conduct video conferences with the schools that have contacted the league about being considered as expansion candidates. The schools that will make their presentations to the Big 12 include Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, South Florida, UCF, UConn, Memphis, Colorado State, Boise State, Tulane, Temple, East Carolina, SMU, New Mexico and Northern Illinois, according to ESPN sources.
Following the 22-0 preseason win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak would not commit on his starting quarterback for next week. Mark Sanchez made an opening argument for the job, throwing for 99 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter for the defending Super Bowl champions. He finished 10 of 13 for 99 yards with one interception. Sanchez's quarterback competitor, Trevor Siemian, completed seven of 12 passes for 88 yards. Rookie Paxton Lynch went 6-of-7 passing with 74 yards in his first NFL appearance.
Nebraska's summer offseason featured the talk of confidence, excitement and hunger you normally hear, especially for a program beginning the second season of a new coaching staff and offensive and defensive systems. The 2015 season ended on a high note, with a thrashing of UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl, but Nebraska still finished 6-7, with the loses by a combined 31 points, and four coming on the game's final play. By comparison, Nebraska had five games it lost by at least 31 points under previous coach Bo Pelini.
MINNEAPOLIS — George Springer had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Chris Devenski pitched five shoutout innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 10-2 victory over the Minnesota...