Morning Headlines for April 7, 2011
No. 17 Baylor swept No. 24 Texas Tech Softball yesterday winning Game 1 5 to 1 and Game 2 10 to 1. Texas Tech falls to 36-6 overall and 1-5 in the Big 12 at 9th place. Baylor improves to 30-6 overall and 4-2 in the conference. Texas Tech will travel to Iowa State for a two game series starting tomorrow.
Texas Tech Baseball hosts No. 5 Texas A&M for a three game series starting Friday night. Texas Tech is 19-11 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12 at 5th place. Texas A&M enters at 22-7 overall and 7-2 in the Big 12 tied with Texas for 1st place.
Texas Tech senior hurdler Omo Osaghae’s strong start to his season has earned him recognition being named to the watch list for the Bowerman Award, the highest individual track & field honor at the collegiate level.
The Bowerman Award is collegiate track and field’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, and is awarded to the top male and top female athlete in the country each season.
The No. 3 Red Raiders and No. 13 Lady Raiders will travel to Austin, Texas, this weekend for the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays held at Mike A. Myers Stadium starting today. The Red Raiders maintained its No. 3 ranking by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association while the women are No. 13 this week.
The Texas Rangers remained undefeated after beating the Seattle Mariners yesterday 7-3. The defending AL champs are 6-0 for the first time since 1996. Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland hit an RBI double off Felix Hernandez in the seventh to put the Rangers in front. CJ Wilson got hist first win of the season on the mound.
Edinson Volquez (1-0) overcame another lousy beginning. Houston scored four times in the first, its biggest inning of the season. The Astros then fell apart losing 12-4, committing a season-high five errors that helped the Reds catch up and pull away. Houston is the only National League team without a victory this season.
The San Antonio Spurs clinched No. 1 seed in the West after beating the Sacramento Kings 124-92 last night. Manu Ginobili scored 25 points for the Spurs, who became the first time this season to reach the 60 win mark. Tyreke Evans had 16 points to lead the Kings in scoring.
J.R. Smith scored seven of his 23 points in the final three minutes to help lift the Denver Nuggets to a 104-96 win over the Dallas Mavericks last night. The short-handed Mavs tied the game at 94 with 2:51 left before the Nuggets late spurt. The Dallas loss was their fourth in a row.
Chris Paul had 28 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets clinched a playoff spot with a 101-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Kevin Martin scored 21 for Houston, which is now on the brink of elimination. Luis Scola added 16 points, including a jumper that had Houston as close as 95-93 with a minute left before the Hornets pulled away with six free throws.
Luke Donald captured the family friendly par-3 at Augusta National, which is good news and not-so-good news for the young Englishman.
The winner of that event has never captured the year’s first major. Four of the last five have missed the cut.
Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson enters his favorite tournament on a roll. The defending champion shot 16-under-par over the weekend to win the Houston Open. Lefty can join Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer as the only players with at least four green jackets and also can become just the fourth player to win the Masters in consecutive years.
Four-time Masters winner and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods will be chasing his first title in more than a year. The former No. 1 has slipped to seventh in the world rankings.
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus again will be honorary starters early this morning at Augusta National.