Athletics’ Slugger Davis Gets $33.5M Extension – Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis has signed a two-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season, the team announced Thursday. The A’s did not disclose financial terms, but sources told ESPN that the deal is for $33.5 million. Davis, 31, is batting .260 with a major-league-leading 10 home runs this season. He also has 20 RBIs. Davis led the majors with 48 home runs last season. He has belted 143 homers since joining Oakland before the 2016 season, the most in the majors over that span. His three seasons with at least 40 home runs are tied with Mark McGwire and Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for the most in A’s history.
Chicago White Sox 7 – Detroit Tigers 9
Highlights: Nicholas Castellanos had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Detroit Tigers ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-7 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Grayson Greiner had a career-high three hits and two RBI for the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera, playing on his 36th birthday, also drove in a pair of runs as Detroit set season highs for runs and hits (14). With the score tied at 7, Greiner led off the eighth with a single and moved up when Carson Fulmer (0-1) hit both JaCoby Jones and Josh Harrison with pitches. Castellanos and Cabrera put the Tigers ahead with back-to-back sacrifice flies. Drew VerHagen (1-0) picked up the win after recording the last out of the eighth inning. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his ninth save in nine attempts. Neither starter was involved in the decision. Detroit’s Tyson Ross pitched six-plus innings, allowing five runs, two earned,n seven hits. Ivan Nova gave up six runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Legendary Chicago Broadcaster Chet Coppock Dies At Age 70 – Long-time Chicago sportscaster Chet Coppock has died from injuries he suffered in a car accident in South Carolina, his family confirmed Thursday. Coppock’s daughter Lyndsey confirmed the news on her Facebook page, saying the legendary broadcaster had been involved in a car accident last week, and died from his injuries on Wednesday night. “His passing is untimely, unexpected, and painfully sad, but all we can do at this time is remember how lucky we were to have such a unique and creative trailblazer help shape into the adults we know he was so incredibly proud of,” his daughter said in the post. Coppock was a staple on Chicago radio and television for decades, hosting the famous show “Coppock on Sports” on WMAQ Radio and pioneering sports talk radio in the city. He also hosted pre and post-game shows for Notre Dame football and basketball, authored five books, and was a strong supporter of numerous charitable endeavors, including the Easter Seals and March of Dimes. Coppock also worked for several area sports teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks. “His passion for the city of Chicago and its sports teams was unrivalled and always on full display through his larger-than-life personality,” Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough said in a statement. “Those who had the pleasure to work with Chet were truly fortunate.” Memorial services are pending, according to the family.
Coughlin Critical Of Ramsey, Smith No-Shows – Tom Coughlin is not happy that cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith are skipping the first part of the Jaguars’ voluntary offseason conditioning program. The Jaguars’ executive vice president of football operations called out the two players during his four-minute speech at the team’s annual state of the franchise presentation Thursday. He didn’t mention either by name, but they are the only two players on the roster who are not at the workouts. “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance, and quite frankly, our players should be here building the concept of team, working hard side by side, constructing our bond of togetherness, formulating our collective priorities and goals,” Coughlin said. “Success in the NFL demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team. “It’s not about rights and privileges. It’s about obligations and responsibility, and the question is: Can we count on you?” It’s not a surprise that Ramsey isn’t in attendance because he didn’t participate last year, choosing to remain in Nashville, Tennessee, and work out at his father’s training facility. But Smith’s absence was a surprise because he had attended the voluntary offseason program every year since he was drafted in 2014, and the team had no indication that he wasn’t planning to attend.
- New York Mets 2 – Philadelphia Phillies 3
- St. Louis Cardinals 6 – Milwaukee Brewers 3
- Kansas City Royals 4 – Chicago White Sox 3 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Cincinnati Reds 2 – Los Angeles Dodgers 3
- Boston Red Sox 3 – New York Yankees 5
- Cleveland Indians 1 – Seattle Mariners 0
- Pittsburgh Pirates 3 – Detroit Tigers 2
- San Francisco Giants 6 – Washington Nationals 9
- Baltimore Orioles 1 – Tampa Bay Rays 8
- Chicago Cubs 6 – Miami Marlins 0 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Arizona Diamondbacks 3 – Atlanta Hawks 2
- Toronto Blue Jays 1 – Minnesota Twins 4
- Los Angeles Angels 4 – Texas Rangers 5
- Houston Astros 1 – Oakland Athletics 2
East 1st Round:
- Indiana Pacers 91 – Boston Celtics 99 (BOS leads 2-0)
- Detroit Pistons 99 – Milwaukee Bucks 120 (MIL leads 2-0)
West 1st Round:
- Utah Jazz 98 – Houston Rockets 118 (HOU leads 2-0)
East 1st Round:
- Boston Bruins 6 – Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (Series tied 2-2)
Western 1st Round:
- Nashville Predators 1 – Dallas Stars 5 (Series tied 2-2)
- Calgary Flames 2 – Colorado Avalanche 3 (COL leads 3-1)