Judge orders Armstrong to answer doping questions
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping.
That could possibly even include information about his ex-wife and attorneys.
Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings is seeking the information in its lawsuit to recover $3 million in bonuses it paid Armstrong from 1999 to 2001. A judge previously refused to dismiss the case.
The company is trying to prove a yearslong conspiracy and cover-up by Armstrong to commit fraud. It wants to know when several of Armstrong's personal and business associates — including ex-wife Kristin Armstrong, team officials, the cyclist's lawyers and International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid — first learned of his doping.
Armstrong's attorneys say Acceptance is engaged in a "fishing expedition" intended to "make a spectacle of Armstrong's doping."
Rangers beat A's 5-1 for sole possession of 1st
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Martin Perez allowed one run in seven innings to win his sixth straight start and Mitch Moreland homered to move the Texas Rangers back into sole possession of first place in the AL West with a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
After falling into a tie for first with the A's when they lost the series opener, the Rangers bounced back behind another strong performance from Perez and are assured of leaving Oakland for the final time in the regular season with at least a share of the division lead.
Bartolo Colon allowed three unearned runs in the fifth inning following his own error and missed an opportunity to become first pitcher to reach 20 career wins against Texas. Colon is winless in five starts since July 26 with a DL stint in the middle of that stretch.
Twins beat Astros 9-6 in 12 innings
HOUSTON (AP) — Clete Thomas scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 12th inning and Darin Mastroianni added a two-run double, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 9-6 on Tuesday night.
Thomas reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on Josmil Pinto's double. Kevin Chapman then uncorked a wild pitch with pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit at the plate.
Mastroianni provided a couple of insurance runs when he doubled with two down as Minnesota recovered after Glen Perkins blew a save opportunity in the ninth.
Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe homered for Minnesota, which has won three in a row. Plouffe had four hits and Mastroianni went 3 for 6 with three RBIs.
Brandon Barnes had three hits and five RBIs for the Astros, including a tying three-run homer off Perkins with two out in the ninth.
Cowboys sign veteran Waters to help at guard
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have signed veteran guard Brian Waters to bolster a position plagued by injuries since the start of training camp.
The team reported on its website that Waters signed a one-year deal Tuesday night. He will get $1.5 million in base salary.
Waters signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie fullback 14 years ago out of North Texas before going on to a 10-year career as a lineman with Kansas City. The Dallas-area high school product played for New England in 2011 and was out of football last year.
Both of last year's starters, Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau, have battled injuries. Livings is on injured reserve. Ron Leary, who has never taken a regular-season snap, is the other viable option.
Cushing signs extension with Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has signed a six-year contract extension.
A person familiar with negotiations confirmed the deal Tuesday night. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not made an announcement.
The deal is reportedly worth more than $55 million.
Cushing was in the last year of the deal he signed as a rookie in 2009. The 26-year-old linebacker returned to the field this summer after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 of last season.
Cushing, who was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009, has had more than 110 tackles in the two seasons when he played each game.
Cowboys acquire DE Rayford from Colts
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have acquired defensive end Caesar Rayford from the Indianapolis Colts.
In the deal announced Tuesday, the Cowboys sent an undisclosed draft pick to Indianapolis.
The 27-year-old Rayford, a veteran of the Arena and Canadian leagues, signed with the Colts in May. He had five sacks and 11 tackles in the preseason.
Rayford was undrafted out of Washington. After six sacks in 31 games for the Huskies from 2005-07, Rayford played in the CFL for two seasons after that and then had 22½ sacks in three AFL seasons.
TEXAS TECH-MAYFIELD'S DEBUT
Mayfield accounts for 5 TDs in first start
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — There's a new gun-slinging quarterback at Texas Tech.
Baker Mayfield, the Big 12's offensive player of the week as a true freshman walk-on, appeared poised in his first start and led the Red Raiders to 41-23 win at SMU.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Mayfield was "reckless" with the ball against the Mustangs. He twice recovered his own third-quarter fumbles and came close to throwing a couple of interceptions. He completed 43 of 60 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns.
Kingsbury said Mayfield got better as the game went on. In the fourth quarter, he passed for 175 yards and two TDs.
Kingsbury on Monday would not say if Mayfield would start the home opener against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night but there's little reason to think otherwise.
FOOTBALL PLAYER KILLED
Sheriff: High school gridder's shooting accidental
MONTAGUE, Texas (AP) — A sheriff says the fatal shooting of a North Texas high school football player appears to have been accidental.
Montague (mahn-TAYG') County Sheriff Paul Cunningham says the death of 18-year-old Nathan Maki was "a tragic accident."
The 18-year-old senior fullback and linebacker for Denton Guyer High School was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a pickup truck Saturday night in a field close to Bowie, Texas. He died later at Bowie Memorial Hospital.
Cunningham said Maki, a 17-year-old boy were camping with two 18-year-old women and planned to do some dove hunting Sunday when the boy accidentally shot Maki. The girls fled, and the boy was arrested for underage possession of alcohol.
Denton Guyer won the Class 4A Division I state championship last season.