HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 47 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Clippers 102-93 in a wild game that saw Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers ejected in the fourth quarter. Rivers was then given two technical fouls and ejected to the delight of son Austin Rivers, the Houston guard who laughed and signaled for the officials to T-up his father.
(AP) - If slugger Alex Bregman is selected the American League’s Most Valuable Player, the Houston Astros will become the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Justin Verlander took Cy Young honors, and Yordan Álvarez was picked as the AL’s top rookie.
NEW YORK (AP) - Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has been awarded his second AL Cy Young Award, and Jacob deGrom has won the NL prize for the second straight year. Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011, when he was also named MVP, and has since been a three-time runner-up. DeGrom is the 11th player to win the prize in consecutive seasons
HOUSTON (AP) - Fresh off a bitter Game 7 loss in their bid for another title, and tarnished by an executive’s clubhouse rant at female reporters and the failed attempt to smear the journalist who wrote about it, the Houston Astros are now embroiled in a new scandal. There are allegations that include on-the-record comments from a former player that the Astros turned to technology to devise a sign-stealing scheme during their run to the 2017 World Series championship.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Wiggins kept up his early season surge with 30 points on 12-for-23 shooting, and the Minnesota Timberwolves handed the San Antonio Spurs their third straight loss, 129-114. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, giving Minnesota’s maximum-contract duo a third consecutive game with 25-plus points apiece. DeMar DeRozan had 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points for San Antonio, but the Spurs finished just 3 for 17 from 3-point range.
(AP) - The Los Angeles Rams' high-flying offense hasn't recovered from its Super Bowl crash. The Rams have not scored a touchdown in 19 drives and they're averaging 7.8 fewer points per game than last season. Sean McVay's innovative ideas that helped turn the Rams into NFC champions in just his second season seem to have run dry.
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, TJ Holyfield had 21 points on 9-of-10 field goals and No. 11 Texas Tech beat Houston Baptist 103-74. The Red Raiders had four players score in double figures while shooting 60% overall from the field. Jalon Gates had 21 points with five 3-pointers to lead Houston Baptist. Ian DuBose added 20 points.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored twice, including an empty-net goal, and the resurgent Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1. Calgary native Justin Dowling's first NHL goal was the winner for Dallas, which is 8-1-1 after stumbling to a 1-7-1 start this season.
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