Midwest Sports Headlines: 5/16/2019


May 16th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a deal with defensive back Amani Hooker, their fourth-round draft selection. Hooker was the No. 116 draft pick overall out of Iowa. He was the Big 10 Defensive Back of the Year last season, and he played 36 games with six interceptions, 3 ½ tackles for loss and a sack over three years with the Hawkeyes. His deal makes him the third of the Titans’ draft picks to agree to terms, leaving the team’s top three draft picks still unsigned.

NEW YORK (AP) — Two people with direct knowledge of the deal say the New York Jets have agreed to trade linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round draft pick. The deal is pending a physical, according to the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the move. It also comes on the same day the team fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and installed coach Adam Gase as the acting GM.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns running back Kareem Hunt knows only his actions will help him outrun a violent past. Hunt spoke for the first time since Cleveland signed him in February after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs late last season when video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman during an argument. Hunt says he’s changed and hopes he can earn back the trust of teammates and fans. He says he’s grateful to get a second chance with the Browns, his hometown team.

ATLANTA (AP) — Austin Riley made quite a splash in his big league debut, homering off Michael Wacha to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Mike Soroka turned in another strong start with three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, but this night belonged to the 22-year-old Riley. He was called up from Triple-A before the game and homered in the second at-bat of what the Braves hope will be a long career.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ronald Guzman and Willie Calhoun each hit a two-run homer, and the Texas Rangers cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Shin-Soo Choo added a solo shot in the ninth inning and Nomar Mazara matched a career high with four hits as the Rangers snapped a five-game skid.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — For a minor-league team that plays its home games in flood-ravaged Iowa on the swollen banks of the Mississippi River, the season so far has presented some unusual challenges. The Quad Cities River Bandits have been forced to lug their equipment everywhere they go because they don’t yet have lockers. Worse than that, the players sometimes don’t even know where they’ll be playing the next day. The River Bandits will play 40 of their first 43 games away from their home in Davenport.