(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Ohio State survives early scare.  NFL preseason ends.  Hopkins, Texans agree to extension.  NBA fines Lakers for tampering.  Tigers trade Verlander, Upton.

>>Ohio State Pulls Away From Indiana

(Bloomington, IN)  —  The second-ranked team in college football survived an early scare in its first game of the year.  Ohio State pulled away in the second half for a 49-21 road win at Indiana.  The Buckeyes scored the game’s final 29 points after the Hoosiers took a 21-20 lead late in the third quarter.

>>NFL Preseason Ends

(Undated)  —  The 2017 NFL preseason is in the books.  All 32 teams played their final exhibition games last night.  The regular season kicks off with the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting the Chiefs next Thursday.

>>Hopkins, Texans Agree To Extension

(Houston, TX)  —  DeAndre Hopkins is receiving the most guaranteed money for a wide receiver in NFL history.  Hopkins and the Texans have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth a reported 81-million-dollars, 49 of which is guaranteed.  The 25-year-old had 78 catches for 954 yards and four touchdowns last season.

>>NBA Fines Lakers $500,000 For Tampering

(New York, NY)  —  The NBA is fining the Lakers 500-thousand-dollars for tampering.  The penalty stems from communication between the Lakers and representatives for Paul George, who was under contract with the Pacers at the time.  The four-time All-Star was traded to the Thunder earlier this offseason.

>>Astros Get Verlander From Tigers

(Houston, TX)  —  The Astros are adding a big arm for the stretch run.  Houston acquired pitcher Justin Verlander from the Tigers last night.  The 34-year-old Verlander is 10-and-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 28 starts this season.  Meanwhile, the Tigers also traded slugger Justin Upton to the Angels earlier Thursday.



MLB National League
Cincinnati Reds 7, New York Mets 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 8, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Miami Marlins 2
Chicago Cubs 6, Atlanta Braves 2
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Washington Nationals 3
St. Louis Cardinals 5, San Francisco Giants 2

MLB American League
Houston Astros 5, Texas Rangers 1  (at St. Petersburg, FL)
Minnesota Twins 5, Chicago White Sox 4
New York Yankees 6, Boston Red Sox 2
Toronto Blue Jays 11, Baltimore Orioles 8

MLB Interleague
No Games Scheduled

NFL Preseason
Buffalo Bills 27, Detroit Lions 17
New York Jets 16, Philadelphia Eagles 10
Indianapolis Colts 7, Cincinnati Bengals 6
Green Bay Packers 24, Los Angeles Rams 10
Jacksonville Jaguars 13, Atlanta Falcons 7
Washington Redskins 13, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
New York Giants 40, New England Patriots 38
Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Carolina Panthers 14
Cleveland Browns 25, Chicago Bears 0
Baltimore Ravens 14, New Orleans Saints 13
Miami Dolphins 30, Minnesota Vikings 9
Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans  (Cancelled)
Kansas City Chiefs 30, Tennessee Titans 6
Denver Broncos 30, Arizona Cardinals 2
San Francisco 49ers 23, Los Angeles Chargers 13
Seattle Seahawks 17, Oakland Raiders 13

(End of preseason)

NCAA College Football  (Top-25 Coaches’ Poll)
#2 Ohio State Buckeyes 49, Indiana Hoosiers 21
#11 Oklahoma State Cowboys 59, Tulsa Golden Hurricane 24

No Games Scheduled


>>FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE  (All times are Eastern)

MLB National League
2:20 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs
7:05 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:10 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins
8:10 p.m. – Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers
8:40 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies
10:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
10:15 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants

MLB American League
1:10 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
7:05 p.m. – Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
7:05 p.m. – Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
7:10 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
8:05 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
8:10 p.m. – Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
8:10 p.m. – Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox
10:10 p.m. – Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

MLB Interleague
No Games Scheduled

NCAA College Football  (Top-25 Coaches’ Poll)
8:00 p.m. – #7 Washington Huskies at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
9:00 p.m. – #10 Wisconsin Badgers host Utah State Aggies

7:00 p.m. – Seattle Storm at Washington Mystics
7:30 p.m. – San Antonio Stars at New York Liberty
8:00 p.m. – Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx
10:00 p.m. – Connecticut Sun at Phoenix Mercury
10:30 p.m. – Atlanta Dream at Los Angeles Sparks

Dell Technologies Championship  (at Norton, MA)