Sports Shorts, Aug. 13, 2015

Defending champion Rory McIlroy returns to defend his PGA Championship title.

Football scrimmages begin Friday

Teams from across Southeast Texas braving the heat since Aug. 3 will finally get to face someone with a different helmet and jersey Friday, Aug. 14, when teams can begin scrimmaging.

Schedule for Friday, Aug. 14, including an estimated varsity start time: Silsbee at Lumberton (9 a.m.); Bridge City at Buna (5 p.m.); West Hardin/Hull-Daisetta at Anahuac (5:30 p.m.); East Chambers at Liberty (6 p.m.); Hardin at Kelly (6 p.m.); Evadale at Hemphill (6 p.m.); Kirbyville at Newton (6 p.m.); Vidor at Orangefield (6 p.m.); Kountze/San Augustine at Colmesneil (6 p.m.); West Sabine at Warren (6 p.m.); Woodville at Corrigan-Camden (7 p.m.); Hamshire-Fannett at Barbers Hill (7 p.m.); Cleveland at Hardin-Jefferson (7 p.m.); LC-M at PN-G (7 p.m.); and Nederland at WO-S (7 p.m.).

West End Little League eliminated

The magical season of the West End Little League Junior All-Stars has come to an end. After starting the Southwest Regional Tournament in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, by beating Colorado 12-5 and Oklahoma 24-3, WELL dropped two straight, losing to Weslaco (Texas) 11-10 and Jackson Parish (Louisiana), 15-9.

Texas West, or Weslaco Little League, won the Southwest Regional by blanking Louisiana 10-0 and will head to the 2015 Little League Junior World Series held Aug. 20-30 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Golf

Shane Lowry, 28, of Ireland shot a bogey-free fourth round to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 9 and totaled an 11-under 269 to win his first ever tournament on the PGA Tour. With the win, Lowry earned $1.5 million and became a full member of the PGA Tour.

Lowry shot rounds of 70-66-67-66 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Finishing second was Bubba Watson with a 271 followed by Justin Rose and Jim Furyk tying for third with a 273. Jordan Spieth tied for 10th with Rickie Fowler with a 276.

Up next is the PGA Championship on Aug. 13-16 at Whistling Straits-Straits Course in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy returns to defend his PGA Championship title after winning last year in dramatic fashion by shooting 16-under. McIlroy has been out of action since injuring his ankle July 4 while playing soccer with friends.

Vegas odds have Spieth as the favorite at 6/1. Other noteworthy golfers with odds to win the PGA Championships are Jason Day (12/1), McIlroy (12/1), Dustin Johnson (15/1), Tiger Woods (30/1) and Phil Mickelson (35/1).

Texans host 49ers on Saturday, Aug. 15

The Houston Texans will play their first preseason game of the year Saturday, Aug. 15, when they host the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium at 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest.

No word yet on which quarterback will start, Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer.

“No, it’s preseason,” said second year head coach Bill O’Brien. “Still in training camp you know, and still got a lot of things to install between now and Saturday, seriously, I mean we have two-minute situations, backed up, goal line situations still, two-point plays. I mean we have so many things that we’re not … regardless of who starts the game, both guys will play, all three guys will play in the game. Do not read too much into who’s starting that game. I’ll tell you that.”

Cowboys travel to San Diego

The Dallas Cowboys will open up the preseason on the road Thursday, Aug. 13, against the San Diego Chargers at 9 p.m. The game will be shown live, locally on KBTV FOX 4.

Houston Astros return home Friday

The Houston Astros will return home to Minute Maid Park on Friday, Aug. 14, to host 10 straight home games, beginning with a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers.

First pitch for Aug. 14 is 7:10 p.m., and the first 10,000 fans will receive a commemorative National League Championship T-shirt from the 2005 season. Other promotional games are Aug. 15 vs. Detroit (6:10 p.m.) with the first 10,000 fans receiving NLCS 2005 season tumblers; and Aug. 18 vs. Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m.), “Nurses Appreciation Night,” where nurses can buy special $35 tickets on astros.com and receive a free Astros scrub.

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