Texas Rangers hit bottom (of league) after Astros sweep
The Rangers lost for the 10th time in 11 games after being swept by Houston, dropping 18 of their last 21. At 38-53, their .418 winning percentage on Wednesday was the worst in the majors — just behind Arizona and Houston.
Yu Darvish (8-5), who had thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings while winning his last three home starts, gave up a season-high 10 hits and six runs.
Azinger — Swing changes making Woods worse
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Paul Azinger believes that a plan by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him.
Azinger said Thursday on a conference call for ESPN that Woods has made major changes to his swing in a quest to improve. He says the result is that “Tiger has actually gotten a little bit worse.”
Azinger is a former PGA champion and Ryder Cup captain who will be in the booth for ESPN at the British Open next week. It will be the first major championship appearance by Woods this year. The 14-time major champion was out three months after back surgery.
Woods has changed his swing four times with three coaches. He has said over the years that he’s always trying to get better.
No players taken in NFL’s supplemental draft
NEW YORK (AP) — None of the four eligible players were taken in the NFL’s supplemental draft Thursday.
League spokesman Michael Signora says in an email that all four players — New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead — went undrafted and are now free agents.
The supplemental draft allows qualified underclassmen who did not request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance at entering the NFL. Teams submit picks and are awarded players if their bid — for which round they would take that player — is highest. Teams then lose the corresponding pick in next year’s draft.