The Carolina Panthers survived a late surge from the New Orleans Saints, but ultimately defeated their division rivals 23-20 at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night. New Orleans tallied more total yards than Carolina by the end of the night (371 to 223), but two crucial turnovers cost the Saints the game. Panthers all-star linebacker Luke Kuechly was carted off the field late in the second half to become evaluated for a concussion. For a full recap of Thursday night’s game, click here: tx.ag/ipsxJQm
On Thursday, it was announced Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won his second American League MVP award, edging out Boston’s Mookie Betts and Houston’s Jose Altuve. In his five seasons since entering the league, Trout has placed second or better in the MVP voting ranks. Cubs all-star third baseman Kris Bryant won the award for the National League, collecting more votes than Los Angeles’ Corey Seager and Washington’s Daniel Murphy. Bryant’s first time winning the award was the icing on the cake to a spectacular season for the young slugger in which he hit 39 homers and drove in 102 runs for Chicago.
The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees in exchange for prospect pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. Houston will also receive $5.5 million of the $17 million McCann is owed for each of the next two seasons. The Astros weren’t done on Thursday as they also signed free agent outfielder Josh Reddick to a four-year, $52 million deal, reported Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.
The Houston Rockets routed the Portland Trail Blazers 126-109 at Toyota Center on Thursday. Rockets guard James Harden finished with 26 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds to collect his third triple-double of the season. For a recap of Thursday’s game, click here: tx.ag/e7htXYy
The Dallas Mavericks host the Memphis Grizzlies starting at 7:30 p.m. CT on Friday night. Grizzlies and former Mavs forward Chandler Parsons will be returning to the American Airlines Center for the first time since agreeing to sign with Memphis in the offseason. Parsons anticipates loud boos from the home crowd, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. Dallas, who enters Friday’s game on a three-game losing streak, will once again be without forward Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) and guard Devin Harris (toe). Guards Deron Williams and J.J. Barea both left Wednesday’s game early due to calf strains. Barea’s injury is expected to sideline him for about six weeks. For a full preview of Friday night’s game, click here: tx.ag/NZ6VJWh
The San Antonio Spurs are on the road in Los Angeles where they’ll take on a young and improved Lakers squad starting at 9:30 p.m. CT on Friday night. The Spurs are looking to win their fifth straight game after surviving a late Kings rally in Sacremento on Wednesday. Los Angeles has won three of its last four games and looks like a completely different team after finishing with the western conference’s worst record last season. For a full preview of Friday’s game, click here: tx.ag/ddCmGQ6
The Texas A&M men’s basketball team hosts the USC Trojans starting at 6 p.m. CT. Both teams enter Friday’s contest undefeated and are each looking for their third win of the young season. For a full preview of Friday night’s game at Reed Arena, click here: tx.ag/8ujv15D
The 25th-ranked Texas A&M football team hosts the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday as the Aggies look to bounce back from their back-to-back disappointing losses to Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Kickoff begins at 11 a.m. CT and the game will be televised on ESPNU. For a full preview of Saturday’s matchup, click here: tx.ag/xlbgXsu