Posted: Jul 25, 2012 2:30 AM
Updated: Jul 25, 2012 2:30 AM
Aviles' RBI single in 9th lifts Red Sox over Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Mike Aviles blooped a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Tuesday night, ending a four-game losing streak.
Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla (4-0) escaped a first-and-third jam in the eighth. He hit Adrian Beltre in the helmet with a pitch, leaving the Texas star with a bruise on his head.
Rangers closer Joe Nathan issued a pair of two-out walks in the ninth and Aviles singled just beyond the reach of shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Reds pick up 6th straight win, rally past Astros
HOUSTON (AP) Drew Stubbs hit a go-ahead homer as the Cincinnati Reds rallied for three runs in the ninth inning against Francisco Cordero and beat the Houston Astros 4-2 Tuesday night, tying their longest winning streak of the year at six.
The NL Central-leading Reds sent Houston to its eighth straight loss.
Cordero got his first save chance since being acquired in a trade with Toronto last week. Stubbs hit a two-run homer for a 3-2 lead and Xavier Paul added an RBI single.
During the game, the last-place Astros announced they had traded pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh.
Rockets getting C Omer Asik
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have a true center again.
The Rockets announced Tuesday that Turkish big man Omer Asik is headed to Houston after the Chicago Bulls decided not to match their three-year, $25 million offer sheet.
The 7-foot Asik averaged 3.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and one block in 66 games last season. He helped Turkey earn the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA world championship. Turkey didn't qualify for the 2012 OIympics in London.
The Rockets have needed a solid big man since Yao Ming retired last summer, his career derailed by foot injuries. Houston has reportedly been in the mix to land Orlando All-Star Dwight Howard, but so far, the Magic seem content to keep him.
Bryant's attorney: Cowboys WR not guilty of crime
DALLAS (AP) Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's attorney says Bryant and his mother can work out any differences through counseling.
Authorities say Angela Bryant called 911 after a July 14 incident in which her son hit her with a hat and grabbed her shirt, causing it to tear. Dez Bryant was arrested two days later. His mother has told authorities she doesn't want to pursue the case.
Dallas prosecutors are currently considering a misdemeanor family violence case against Dez Bryant.
Dez and Angela Bryant attended a Tuesday press conference held by attorney Royce West, but did not speak. West said his client was not guilty of anything criminal and that both Dez and Angela Bryant love each other.
The NFL and the Cowboys have declined to comment.
Texans sign draft pick Brooks
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have signed third-round draft pick Brandon Brooks.
The 6-foot-5, 346-pound guard is the eighth and final draft pick to sign a contract with Houston heading into the start of training camp on Saturday.
Brooks the 76th overall pick out of Miami (Ohio). He started 41 of 45 games for the Redhawks on the offensive line.
Brooks was named to the Mid-American Conference second team for three seasons. He shifted to right guard in 2011 and recorded 10 blocks that resulted in touchdowns and a career-high 90 knockdowns. The Redhawks' offense averaged 372.9 yards per game last season.
Former TCU players sentenced to probation
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Three former TCU football players who were among more than a dozen students arrested during a drug sting have been sentenced to probation on marijuana delivery charges.
Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for Tarrant County prosecutors, says 21-year-old D.J. Yendrey pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to three years of probation. Yendrey, who is listed as David Yendry in court records, was fined $300 on each charge.
Tanner Brock and Tyler Horn, both 21, pleaded guilty to the same charges last month. Brock received four years' probation and was fined $1,200. Horn was sentenced to three years' probation and was fined $300.
McDonald says the convictions will be cleared from their records if they complete probation. The three were arrested in February after a six-month investigation by Fort Worth police.
BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS
Holgorsen back in Big 12, says WVU good fit
DALLAS (AP) West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is no stranger to the Big 12.
While the Mountaineers are league newcomers, Holgorsen was a Big 12 assistant coach for nine of 11 seasons before becoming their coach. He was at Texas Tech for eight seasons and spent a year as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator.
Holgorsen says West Virginia is a lot like Big 12 schools: There is a football culture, a passionate fan base to fill the stadium and a team used to winning.
New Kansas coach Charlie Weis also spoke during the second day of Big 12 media days Tuesday. Weis says more troubling than the Jayhawks' 10 losses last season were how badly they lost so often. They lost by at least 30 points six times.