Three of the DFW area pro teams were in action on Thursday. Here is how they fared in those contests.
MLB — SPRING TRAINING
Texas Rangers (4-4, Cactus League)
Last Game: Rangers 7, Milwaukee Brewers 4
A three-run fourth inning helped the Rangers break open a one-run game as singles from Mark Mathias, Ezequiel Duran, and Josh H. Smith moved runners around the bases. The Brewers were back within one after the fifth inning, but the Rangers scored a run in each of the eighth and ninth innings to get the win.
Noteworthy: Dane Dunning started the game for the Rangers and pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out five.
Next Up: San Francisco Giants (7-4) at Rangers, 2:05 p.m. CT Friday.
Dallas Mavericks (33-31, Second in Southwest Division, Sixth in Western Conference)
Last Game: Mavericks 133, Philadelphia 76ers 126
The Mavericks used a big third quarter to seize control of a close game and get a win over one of the best teams in the East. Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic both scored over 40 as Dallas moved to 2-2 on its current homestand.
Noteworthy: Dallas beats Philadelphia for just the fourth time in the last 12 meetings. The home team has now won 11 of the last 14 in the series.
Next Up: Phoenix Suns (34-29) at Mavericks, 12 p.m. CT Sunday.
Dallas Stars (33-16-13, First in Central Division, First in Western Conference)
Last Game: Stars 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2
The Stars scored three times in the third period to beat Chicago and move into first place in the Western Conference. Roope Hintz scored three goals — two in the first period — while Dallas outshot Chicago by 15 and converted on two of its three power play opportunities.
Noteworthy: Hintz is now second on the team with 29 goals this season. Only Jason Robertson (35 goals) has more.
Next Up: Colorado Avalanche (34-20-5) at Stars, 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday.