Sports Headlines - May 5

Rangers trounce Angels on the road, get the three-game sweep

The Texas Rangers pounded the Los Angeles Angels in LA on Sunday with a season high 14 runs, beating the home team 14-3.

Prince Fielder was fighting his way out of a slump and brought in a pair of RBI doubles to end a drought of 39 at-bats without an extra-base hit.

The Rangers went up 5-2 after just two innings and Fielder’s identical doubles.

Yu Darvish worked into the seventh inning to earn his first victory in almost a month. The righty shrugged off a couple first-inning homers and pitched a gem from then on. He only allowed three runs, seven hits and no walks with nine strikeouts.

The Rangers onslaught of hits and runs forced Angels Starter Tyler Skaggs to come in the middle of the 3rd inning, the shortest of his 19 big league starts.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went one for three  with a sac-fly ball and a walk after being dropped to ninth in the batting order for the first time since 2010.

Weekend full of game sevens sees Thunder advance, Mavs fall

The Pacers successfully held off the Hawks on Saturday, keeping the NO. 1 seeds’ hopes alive for a shot at the conference and league title.  And the Nets managed to eek out a win over the Toronto Raptors yesterday
104-103 in Toronto after a last-second block from Paul Pierce. The Nets will move on and play the No. 2 seed Heat whom they swept during the regular season.

The Mavericks unfortunately suffered the losing end of a game 7 on Sunday, getting leveled by a San Antonio Spurs team that seems to have found that extra gear everyone talks about.
The Spurs won 119 to 96 and led by as many as 31 in the game. They will face the Portland Trailblazers next.

And the Thunder got a huge win on Saturday in their game 7 against a Zach Randolph-less Memphis Grizzlies team. Randolph was suspended for game 7 after throwing a punch on Steven Adams during game 6.

Kevin Durant seemed to find his hot hand again. The eventual MVP went 5 for 5 from beyond the arc and scoring 33 points. The Thunder will play the Clippers tonight in Oklahoma City after LA beat Golden State in THEIR game 7 126-121.


Scott O'Brien