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10th-ranked Bears sweep series from Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Behind another efficient hitting night, the 10th-ranked Baylor volleyball team swept Kansas State, 25-22, 25-17, 25-15, on Sunday night.

The Bears (7-3 overall, 2-0 in Big 12) terminated their attacks at a .398 rate in taking down the Wildcats for the second straight day. Before playing Baylor, K-State (9-4, 0-2) had won eight straight matches.

Yossiana Pressley tagged 13 kills to top the Bears and Avery Skinner had 10. The Bears also served with precision, dropping down six aces to K-State’s none. Skinner and Hannah Sedwick had two aces apiece.

Baylor is back on its home court Friday and Saturday, hosting Texas Tech.

Baylor soccer upends No. 8 TCU, 2-1

FORT WORTH — Taylor Moon and Elizabeth Kooiman scored goals as the Baylor soccer team pulled off a 2-1 win over No. 8 TCU on Sunday afternoon.

Moon scored 13 minutes into the game on an assist from Maddie Algya before Kooiman gave the Bears a 2-0 lead four minutes into the second half.

TCU (8-2, 1-1) scored its only goal with less than seven minutes remaining on a Grace Collins penalty kick. Baylor goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt had a big day as she collected seven saves.

Baylor (6-2-3, 2-0) will return to Betty Lou Mays Field for its Big 12 home opener against Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday.

A’s edge Astros on walk-off hit in 9th

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Canha hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics again beat Houston with their final swing, edging the AL West-leading Astros 4-3 Sunday.

The A’s swept the three-game series to move up in the playoff chase. They began the day four games behind AL wild card co-leaders Boston and New York by four games, with Toronto and Seattle also in the mix.

Alex Bregman homered for the Astros, whose magic number to clinch the division stayed at 2.

A day after Starling Marte hit a game-ending double to beat Houston 2-1 — with Elvis Andrus breaking his leg as he scored his winning run — the A’s again struck in the ninth.

Sean Murphy led off with a single against Ryne Stanek (3-5) and Vimael Machin’s bunt popped past diving first baseman Yuli Gurriel for a hit, a passed ball moved both runners up.

Marte popped out and Matt Olson was intentionally walked before Ryan Pressly replaced Stanek. Canha, who had an RBI single in the seventh, hit Pressly’s first pitch off the wall in left-center.

99-loss Rangers beat 106-loss Orioles

BALTIMORE — Andy Ibáñez hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers avoided their 100th loss for at least a day by beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 Sunday for a four-game split.

Adolis García had two hits and drove in a run for Texas. He set a club rookie record with 256 total bases.

The Rangers finished 24-57 on the road, their lowest winning percentage away from home since they were 22-59 in 1973.

“We’ve had our struggles and we’ve had some tough road trips, obviously,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “If we’re going to contend over the course of the season, we have to play better on the road.”

Anthony Santander and Pedro Severino homered for the Orioles, who went 4-3 against the Rangers and won their first season series against them since 2017. Baltimore dropped to an AL-worst 50-106, competing with Arizona for the top pick in next year’s amateur draft, and is 176-364 over the last four seasons.

Rangers reliever Jharel Cotton (2-0) allowed one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. After Severino hit a two-run homer off Kolby Allard in the ninth and walked Jahmai Jones with two outs, Joe Barlow struck our Ryan McKenna for his ninth save in 10 chances.

SMU’s Dykes apologizes to TCU over postgame flag scuffle

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — SMU coach Sonny Dykes reiterated his respect for TCU and apologized for any attempt by his players to plant a flag at midfield after a brief scuffle broke out following the Mustangs’ 42-34 victory at the home of the Horned Frogs.

Video showed SMU receiver Rashee Rice running to midfield with a flag displaying the Dallas school’s “D” logo before he was ushered away from the TCU logo by opposing players after Saturday’s game ended.

A short time later, Mustangs defensive back Brandon Crossley tried unsuccessfully to plant the flag before tossing it. TCU players then pulled the flag off the pole, and a player angrily threw the pole at the ground.

“I think our guys tried to plant the flag at the middle of the field,” Dykes said. “If they did, they shouldn’t have. I’ll talk to them about that. There’s nobody in the world that has more respect for TCU or for (coach) Gary Patterson ... than I do. I apologize for that.”

Rice made headlines the week of the game by saying he thought TCU was afraid to play SMU. The Dallas-Fort Worth rivals didn’t play last year because of COVID-19 issues with the Horned Frogs. The schools tried unsuccessfully to reschedule that game.

Georgia Southern fires coach after 1-3 start

Georgia Southern fired coach Chad Lunsford on Sunday after the Eagles got off to 1-3 start with no victories against major college football opponents.

Lunsford was 28-21 since taking over at Georgia Southern during the 2017 season. He took the Eagles to three bowl games.

Georgia Southern opened this season with a victory against FCS Gardner-Webb before losing three straight to FAU, Arkansas and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Cornerbacks coach Kevin Whitley will serve as the interim head coach. The former Eagles player is in his third season on staff.

The Eagles host Arkansas State on Saturday.

Georgia Southern is the third FBS school to make a coaching change this month, joining Connecticut and Southern California.

Staff and wire reports

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