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  • 3 months Rangers finish road trip on a positive as Ariel Jurado gets the win with a big assist from Delino DeShields Dallasnews -Sports
    ANAHEIM, Calif. - In tonight's edition of I Watched This Game So You Could Get Some Sleep, the Rangers finished off their road trip with a 3-0 win over Los Angeles.They won twice on the road trip - the two occasions when they didn't allow any runs. Teams generally have pretty good win-loss records when they don't allow any runs. But needing to post a shutout for a win, well, that's a hard way to go through life.Here's stuff that mattered:Pitching behind an opener and without having to face Mike Trout, Ariel Jurado got a soul-soothing win with six shutout ... more
  • 3 months 3 position groups to watch in the preseason finale, Jerry Jones sets no deadline on Ezekiel Elliott talks and more — Your Cowboys Catch-Up Dallasnews -Sports
    August 29, 2019Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.Next preseason gameTampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys — 7 p.m., Thursday, August 29, Ch. 11 (Dallas)Today's top stories-- Sink or swim: Can Jerry Jones end 23-year absence from Super Bowl or will Cowboys fall short once again?-- Film room: 5 newcomers who will make the biggest impact for Cowboys, including a rookie who looks like a steal-- 3 position groups to watch in the Cowboys' preseason finale: See which players are trying to survive the final roster cut-- Jerry Jones sets no ... more
  • 3 months Sink or swim: Can Jerry Jones end 23-year absence from Super Bowl or will Cowboys fall short once again? Dallasnews -Sports
    Editor's note: The following story is a part of the 2019 Cowboys/NFL preview section, which will be included in print editions of The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, Sept. 5.Jerry Jones embraces life in a way few can match.Whether it's upping the value of the Cowboys to astronomical heights or downing a Johnnie Walker Blue, the architect behind the world's most valuable sports franchise is constantly on the move. One of his newest possessions, the Bravo Eugenia, will be docked in South Florida for Super Bowl LIV.It won't mean nearly as much if his most-prized possession is unable to make ... more
  • 3 months It’s been a ‘long time’ since the Cowboys made a deep postseason run. Do they have the roster to do so this year? Dallasnews -Sports
    Editor's note: The following story is a part of the 2019 Cowboys/NFL preview section, which will be included in print editions of The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, Sept. 5.Their competition is merely trying to shed a hangover, as in the Super Bowl case. Or at least that's what the Philadelphia Eagles are hoping is their biggest problem. For the Cowboys, it's a bad dream that has overstayed for an entire generation -- the kind of thing one loses track of as the years pass. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones demonstrated this in August during the press conference to ... more
  • 3 months Rangers pitcher Brock Burke’s former roommate Blake Bivens’ family killed in triple homicide Dallasnews -Sports
    His first 10 days in the majors have been filled mostly with one-of-a-kind memories including six shutout innings his debut.On Tuesday, though, Brock Burke's world was rocked.The Rangers pitcher, who spent the first five years of his professional career in the Tampa Bay system, was shaken by news of a terrible tragedy suffered by his former roommate. Burke had lived parts of three seasons with Tampa Bay prospect Blake Bivens, whose wife, 14-month-old-son and mother-in-law were shot dead in rural Virginia. Bivens' brother-in-law was arrested in connection with the shootings.Burke and Bivens were both drafted out of high school in ... more
  • 3 months After dominant, record-setting season vs. Rangers, Mike Trout gives team a break by sitting out final meeting of the year Dallasnews -Sports
    ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Angels took mercy on Rangers pitchers Wednesday night. Mike Trout did not start the final game of the season series between the two teams.He's done enough for one year.Just consider his final at-bat on Tuesday night the punctuation mark on a historic year of clubbing Rangers' pitching. In that at-bat, Trout turned a 96 mph fastball from Rafael Montero into a 442-foot drive that left the bat at 114 mph. It was his 11th homer against the Rangers this year, setting a record for the most an opponent has ever hit against Texas in a single ... more
  • 3 months Cowboys have ‘all the confidence in the world’ in K Brett Maher heading into season Dallasnews -Sports
    The Cowboys must make their cut to 53 players this weekend.Dan Bailey was the most surprising transaction at this time last year. The Cowboys released the veteran kicker in favor of an unproven but less expensive Brett Maher.Maher was 29 of 36 on his field goal attempts for the Cowboys last season and missed one of his 33 extra point attempts. He's been inconsistent in this camp and is 5-of-7 in the preseason, with misses from 35 and 52 yards.But Stephen Jones said the kicker has nothing to worry about this weekend."Just have all the confidence in the world in ... more
  • 3 months Film room: 5 newcomers who will make the biggest impact for Cowboys, including a rookie who looks like a steal Dallasnews -Sports
    Editor's note: The following story is a part of the 2019 Cowboys/NFL preview section, which will be included in print editions of The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, Sept. 5.After reaching the divisional round of the playoffs last season, the Dallas Cowboys are thinking Super Bowl this year. Nevertheless, Lombardi Trophies aren't hoisted on the back of preseason optimism.If the Cowboys want to realize their dream of a sixth Super Bowl victory, they need to be vastly improved over last year's team. Given that they were one of the youngest in the league last year, there's reason to believe the ... more
  • 3 months Former Texas Tech QB, ex-UNT offensive coordinator Graham Harrell says this is the key to succeeding offensively  Dallasnews -Sports
    LOS ANGELES -- Graham Harrell knows the importance of a great offensive line. Harrell led the FBS in yards passing behind a veteran front five in his redshirt senior season at Texas Tech in 2008."I could sit there, pat the ball, do whatever I wanted," Harrell said. "It made my job a lot easier."Now he's preparing for his first game as the offensive coordinator at Southern California. Harrell expects the same kind of protection from a reconfigured line in the first season running the Air Raid spread offense."Dominate up front," Harrell said recently. "We always expect that, and that's what ... more
  • 3 months Cowboys QB Cooper Rush has (hopefully) just one last chance to show off what he can do before taking his spot on sideline Dallasnews -Sports
    FRISCO -- Cooper Rush will play his final game of the year Thursday.Or so the Cowboys hope.The reserve quarterback is expected to start the preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. As likely more than 30 Cowboys teammates skip this exhibition, the evening offers Rush the chance to cap an offseason during which he's cemented himself as quarterback Dak Prescott's primary backup for 2019.Prescott can wear a ball cap, eat sunflower seeds and joke on the sideline.Not Rush. All four preseason games matter to him, given backup quarterbacks tend not to see meaningful regular-season action barring an ... more
  • 3 months 3 position groups to watch in the Cowboys’ preseason finale: See which players are trying to survive the final roster cut Dallasnews -Sports
    FRISCO -- Thursday night is the last chance for players on the bubble to make an impression or for players who have a lead on a job to secure it with a solid performance. The Cowboys conclude their preseason with what might be considered a meaningless game against the Buccaneers. In truth, the game means something for so many players because it's a last chance to make the 53-man roster or showcase themselves for another team if they get released on Saturday, cut down day in the NFL. We look at three positions where the competition is tight and who ... more
  • 3 months Outside the Box: Multiple Messis, Bury expelled, and more Dallasnews -Sports
    Yesterday was the day that Bury FC's 125-year stay in the English Football League ended as they became the first team in 100 years to be expelled from the Football League. The photo above shows volunteers - including fans of their rivals - cleaning Bury's Gigg Lane in preparation for what appeared to be their first match of the season. It wasn't to be, and we'll get to why a little later.Lionel Messi hit the headlines this week by signing for a Norweigian fourth-tier team. IK Junkeren secured the signing of Daniel Are Knutsen, who has legally changed his name ... more
  • 3 months Will Nomar Mazara and Hunter Pence be on the Rangers’ 25-man roster next season? Dallasnews -Sports
    On the latest edition of #EvanHelpUs...ME: Expect Ronald Guzman to be a certainty. The Rangers are expected to activate Jeffrey Springs from the IL and will probably recall Locke St. John and/or Kyle Bird. Joe Palumbo will be activated from the IL when his blistered thumb heals. They might add a catcher, though, they really don't have room on the 40-man roster and Isiah Kiner-Falefa can be an emergency catcher.The question will be whether the Rangers call up either of two promising relievers: Joe Barlow or Demarcus Evans. Neither is on the 40-man roster at the moment, but both will ... more
  • 3 months This is the difference between TCU fighting for bowl eligibility or being a Big 12 contender Dallasnews -Sports
    Chuck Carlton, college beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about Big 12 and Texas A&M football in a live chat Wednesday. Here are some highlights.Q: It seems like most don't know what to expect from Texas Tech this season. Do you think they will take a step back or be about the same team they were last season?Carlton: Yeah, there's probably less certainty about Texas Tech than most Big 12 schools. Don't see the Red Raiders taking a step back in Matt Wells' first year. If sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman stays healthy, the floor for ... more
  • 3 months 3 takeaways from Texas coordinators’ availability: QB Roschon Johnson having fun at RB; physicality not an issue defensively Dallasnews -Sports
    Both defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and offensive coordinator Tim Beck met with the media Wednesday to preview the Longhorns’ season opener against Louisiana Tech.Here are three takeaways:1. Roschon Johnson “having fun” at RBSenior center Zach Shackelford said third-team quarterback Roschon Johnson stood up in front of the team after he got his red stripe removed from his helmet, which is used to reward newcomers for their hard work. What he said caught his teammates’ attention.“He was like ‘I’ll do anything for you guys. I’ll play any position, just put me on the field. I want to play, I want to ... more
  • 3 months FCD’s Ricardo Pepi and Nico Carrera called into US U17 4 Nationas team Dallasnews -Sports
    FC Dallas Homegrown striker Ricardo Pepi and FCD Academy center back Nicolas Carrera have been called into the US U17 23-player roster for the 4 Nations Tournament in Assen, Netherlands, from September 5th to the 9th. The USA will face Mexico, Netherlands and Denmark at the competition, which will serve as the team's final official international matches before the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. Jonathan Tomkinson formerly of Solar SC and currently with Norwich City was also named to the team. The 2019 U17s World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 26th to November 17th. The ... more
  • 3 months Jerry Jones sets no deadline on Cowboys’ contract talks with Ezekiel Elliott, who he wants fresh for the long haul Dallasnews -Sports
    Jerry Jones is not setting a deadline on the Dallas Cowboys' negotiations with running back Ezekiel Elliott regarding a new contract.The team is finished with preseason practices and plays its final exhibition Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington. Once the 53-man roster is finalized this weekend, all focus will be on the Sept. 8 opener against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.Will Elliott, whose holdout continues, be in uniform for Week 1?"We have to be prepared to play without any given player," Jones said Wednesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "That's just a given. That's ... more
  • 3 months Scouting Wings-Sky: Will Kristine Anigwe continue to get more playing time for Dallas? Dallasnews -Sports
    Dallas Wings at Chicago SkyWhen: 7 p.m. ThursdayStoryline to watch: Arike Ogunbowale hasn't just been making a Rookie of the Year case in August, she's been elevating herself among some of the WNBA's best. She's leading the WNBA in scoring for the month, averaging 23.2 points per game. Ogunbowale is averaging 17 points per game on the season, a mark only Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker reached in their rookie seasons. Both won Rookie of the Year in their respective rookie seasons. She's coming off a 29-point game where she nearly led the Wings to a comeback win over the ... more
  • 3 months Current holdout Ezekiel Elliott wins Cowboys’ 2018 offensive MVP award Dallasnews -Sports
    Four current Cowboys players and one legend were honored at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday during the 2019 Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon benefiting the Courage House at Happy Hill Farm in Granbury.Running back Ezekiel Elliott received the MVP for the Cowboys offense. A highlight video of Elliott was shown as the Pro Bowl running back was not on-hand for an acceptance speech as his holdout continues.Cornerback Byron Jones, who made his first Pro Bowl last season, received the award for Defensive MVP. Long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur, who is entering his 15th NFL season and has snapped cleanly on every long snap since joining ... more
  • 3 months Bryan Acosta called into Honduran National Team for two friendlies Dallasnews -Sports
    FC Dallas midfielder Bryan Acosta has been called into the latest Honduran National team. Acosta has made 39 appearances for Honduras National Team. Honduras is scheduled to play against Puerto Rico on September 5th and Chile on September 10th in Honduras in this window. ... more
  • 3 months Pomykal, Cannon, and Gonzalez called into US Men’s National Team Dallasnews -Sports
    The FC Dallas trio of Paxton Pomykal, Reggie Cannon, and Jesse Gonzalez has been named to the 26 man roster for the US Men's National Team for the upcoming matches against Mexico and Uruguay.These are the first of many call-ups expected from the FC Dallas organization over the next few weeks as the US U23s (the Olympic team), U20s, U17s, and U16s all have camps and games. Players like Brandon Servania (U23s), Bryan Reynolds (U20s), and Ricardo Pepi (U17s) - as well as players from North Texas SC and the FCD Academy like Nico Carrera (U17s) and Jonathan Gomez (U16s) ... more
  • 3 months Cowboys musings: Why the defense should be better in 2019; what record does Dallas need to repeat as NFC East champs? Dallasnews -Sports
    Jean-Jacques Taylor, host of JaM Session 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays on 103.3 KESN-FM, answered your questions about the Dallas Cowboys in a live chat recently. Here are some of the highlights.Question: Will the Cowboys defense be better or worse in 2019 than it was in 2018?JJT: The Cowboys' defense should be even better than last year when they tied for 5th in run defense (94.6), 6th in the league in points allowed (20.3) and 7th in yards allowed (329.3). That's because their best players are still ascending and they have a layer of guys like Maliek Collins, Chido Awuzie, Anthony ... more
  • 3 months Dynamo fans ejected from Toyota Stadium Sunday, clubs and fans respond Dallasnews -Sports
    While the Houston Dynamo caused few problems for FC Dallas on the pitch on Sunday night, Toyota Stadium security had their hands full with several incidents that culminated in the mass removal of the visiting supporters' section with around 15 minutes of the game left to play.This was the scene as security staff, as well as Frisco PD officers, requested that Dynamo fans retreat to their chartered buses which were parked a short distance from the east gate, close to the section. This is highly unusual, typically away fans are held in the stadium to allow home fans to disperse.There ... more
  • 3 months Despite 6 Cowboys making ESPN’s 2019 Top 100, QB Dak Prescott is once again omitted from a national list Dallasnews -Sports
    The time for endless speculation and preseason football has almost come to an end.With the start to the NFL season just around the corner, ESPN released its list of the best 100 players of the 2019 season.Six Cowboys made the list. No team had more than seven players (New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs) and only two teams had zero representatives (Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans).The players were chosen by ESPN's experts rating players based on how good they will be in the 2019 season "in comparison to their peers." Quarterback Dak Prescott did not make the list after ... more
  • 3 months Texas A&M’s brutal schedule may set the Aggies up for their finest football season in 80 years Dallasnews -Sports
    Just in time for the 80th anniversary of Texas A&M's finest football season, the Aggies stand a fairly reasonable chance to make a run at history again.All they have to do is survive their hardest schedule, like, ever.The season shapes up so tough, in fact, here's predicting A&M could lose two regular-season games and still wind up with an invitation to the College Football Playoff.First, let's look at the bark on that schedule: Even if you harbor a valid prejudice against preseason polls, it's fair to say that Clemson (1), Alabama (2), Georgia (3) and LSU (6) would rank near ... more
  • 3 months TCU’s Gary Patterson defends retirement of Colts QB Andrew Luck, calls critics ‘short-sighted’ Dallasnews -Sports
    FORT WORTH -- TCU football head coach Gary Patterson made it clear Tuesday afternoon that Andrew Luck has his support. Patterson, speaking at his first weekly press conference of the season, came to the defense of the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback and No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, who abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday evening. Luck's career had recently been met with a slew of injuries -- including shoulder issues that forced him to miss the entire 2017 season -- before he decided to hang up his cleats for good. "You have to respect ... more
  • 3 months Mavs player profile: How Delon Wright could be a perfect compliment to Luka Doncic in 2019-20 Dallasnews -Sports
    Delon WrightPosition: Point guardAge: 27Size: 6-5, 183 poundsExperience: 5th yearContract: In the first season of his three-year, $29 million contract that pays $9.5 million for 2019-202018-19 recap: Despite missing the chance to participate in a championship run after the Toronto Raptors dealt him to the Grizzlies mid-season, Wright made good on his time in Memphis, where he averaged 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 26 games (11 starts). His season averages of 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists were career-best marks. The Mavericks were perhaps most aware of his strong finish, as two of his three triple-doubles ... more
  • 3 months 5 things for SMU fans to know about Arkansas State, including the coaching situation  Dallasnews -Sports
    As SMU football prepares to kick off its 2019 season Saturday against Arkansas State, here are five things for Mustangs fans to know about the team's Week 1 opponent.The coaching situation Arkansas State will be without head coach Blake Anderson Saturday, who is currently on a personal leave of absence. Anderson's wife, Wendy, died on Aug. 19 after a battle with breast cancer. Anderson's absence leaves first-year defensive coordinator David Duggan as the team's interim head coach heading into Saturday's season-opener. A return date for Anderson has not yet been announced. Anderson has served as the team's head coach since ... more
  • 3 months 5 things SMU fans need to know about Arkansas State, including the coaching situation Dallasnews -Sports
    As SMU prepares to kick off its 2019 season Saturday against Arkansas State, here are five things Mustangs fans need to know about the team's Week 1 opponent.The coaching situationArkansas State will be without head coach Blake Anderson, who is currently on a personal leave of absence. Anderson's wife, Wendy, died Aug. 19 after a battle with breast cancer. Anderson's absence leaves first-year defensive coordinator David Duggan as the team's interim head coach. A return date for Anderson has not yet been announced. Anderson has served as the team's head coach since 2014 and has posted an overall 39-25 record ... more
  • 3 months Film room: 5 predictions for Cowboys’ roster cuts, including final WR decisions and practice squad players Dallasnews -Sports
    Even though the Dallas Cowboys' fourth and final preseason game is on the horizon, all eyes are on the NFL's Aug. 31 deadline for teams to reduce their rosters from 90 to 53 players.Even though the cut to 53 is always difficult, the Cowboys' depth at meaningful positions will make it an even more painstaking process, as they will likely cut quality players who can make an impact on gameday.With that in mind, let's dive into some bold predictions for the Cowboys' cuts:Keep 6 WRs: Devin Smith,Cedrick Wilson win last 2 spotsWith the first four spots already determined -- Amari ... more
  • 3 months Thursday’s TV/Radio listings (August 29) Dallasnews -Sports
    Event Time TV **MLB** Oakland at Kansas City noon AT&T Tampa Bay at Houston 1:00 AT&T Chi. Cubs at NY Mets 6:00 MLB Seattle at Rangers 7:00 FSSW LA Dodgers at Arizona 9:00 MLB **Bowling World Championships** Women's ... more
  • 3 months 5 things for TCU fans to know about Arkansas-Pine Bluff, including an explosive tailback  Dallasnews -Sports
    Just three days remain until TCU football gets the 2019 regular season rolling as the Horned Frogs prepare to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff under the lights at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU head coach Gary Patterson, of course, isn't overlooking the latest FCS opponent to partake in the Frogs' annual "warmup game.""You better get ready to play," Patterson said Tuesday ahead of the matchup. "This is about us. How do you play? How do you do things? If you don’t prepare then you become the nail, not the hammer, and people get hurt."As the countdown to kickoff enters the home stretch, ... more
  • 3 months 10 questions facing the Dallas Stars this season: What can they do with the money freed by Martin Hanzal? Dallasnews -Sports
    Ahead of Dallas Stars training camp opening on Sept. 13, The News is examining 10 questions facing the team this season. This is the second installment.9. What can the Stars do with themoney freed by Martin Hanzal?Martin Hanzal's career in a Stars uniform has been underwhelming since he signed a three-year contract with a $4.75 million cap hit two summers ago. But he may not be done giving to the Stars. Or, more accurately, his contract may not be gone giving to the Stars.When the season starts, Hanzal is expected to go on long-term injured reserve since his chronic back ... more
  • 3 months 5 things Texas Tech fans need to know about Montana State: Returning experience, turnover luck and more Dallasnews -Sports
    Here are five things Texas Tech fans need to know about the Red Raiders' Week 1 opponent: Montana State.Returning starters Roster continuity is a strength for the Bobcats as they return 14 starters from last year's team that went 8-5 and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs. Jeff Choate enters his fourth full season as head coach and is coming off his first winning season in Bozeman and his first postseason berth.Week 1 tests teams, and the ones that have experienced trials together usually fare the best in the chaos of a season opener. Montana State at quarterback ... more
  • 3 months 5 things Texas Tech fans need to know about Montana State Dallasnews -Sports
    Here are five things Texas Tech fans should know about the Red Raiders Week 1 opponent: Montana State. Returning starters Roster continuity is a strength for the Bobcats as they return 14 starters from last year's team that went 8-5 and made the second round of the FCS Playoff. Jeff Choate enters his fourth full season as the Bobcats head coach and is coming off his first winning season in Bozeman and his first postseason berth. Week 1 tests teams and the ones who have experienced trials together usually fare the best in the chaos of a season opener. Montana ... more
  • 3 months 5 things Baylor fans need to know about Stephen F. Austin, including its new head coach with a championship pedigree Dallasnews -Sports
    Here are five things Baylor fans should know about Week 1 opponent, Stephen F. Austin. A new head coachLast December, Stephen F. Austin revealed Colby Carthel as its new head coach. Carthel found success at the helm of Texas A&M Commerce's program. He led the Lions to a 49-15 record in five seasons, three Lone Star Conference championships and an NCAA Division II Football National Championship in his final season there. “When you are preparing for your first opponent and it's a coaching change, which also happened last year, it’s really kind of twice the work," Rhule said. "You have ... more
  • 3 months Jake Spavital says returning to Kyle Field to coach against Texas A&M will be ‘a surreal moment’ Dallasnews -Sports
    There's no resentment from Jake Spavital in returning to a place from which he was once let go.Spavital makes his head coaching debut Thursday with Texas State and is excited to return to Kyle Field, where he patrolled the sidelines on from 2013-15 as Texas A&M's offensive coordinator, a stint that helped propel his career as a rising star in the profession."It's kind of a surreal moment," Spavital told reporters at his press conference Tuesday. "That's where I got my opportunity to call plays for the first time. From where I was then to where I am now, I've made ... more
  • 3 months A strong outing from Mike Minor comes undone as Rangers lose to Angels, 5-2 Dallasnews -Sports
    ANAHEIM, Calif. — In tonight's edition of I Watched This Game Because It Lasted Past Your Bedtime following the Rangers' 5-2 loss to Los Angeles...Mike Minor was really good. Until he wasn't.Minor carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning Tuesday before coming undone after a couple of close pitches. Kole Calhoun knocked him on his heels with a two-run double and, after manager Chris Woodward left him in the game, pinch hitter Brian Goodwin snuck a single through the middle of the infield to score two more."God, he was good today," Woodward said. "It was really unfortunate the way it ... more
  • 3 months Our Week 1 college football expert picks: Predictions for Oklahoma-Houston, Oregon-Auburn, Texas-La Tech and more Dallasnews -Sports
    College football season is back. And so is the Dallas Morning News' weekly college football expert picks feature.Each week, our panel of nine college football experts, spanning from SportsDay's college football writers and editors to local radio/TV personalities, will predict 20 games, both straight and against the spread. This week's picks can be found below:Note: You may be wondering why so many local schools are omitted from this week's picks. Local teams like North Texas, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech are not included because they open their seasons against non-FBS opponents and therefore, do not have readily available betting lines. ... more
  • 3 months Rangers GM Jon Daniels breaks down the team’s future at second base, how to evaluate a 16-year-old prospect Dallasnews -Sports
    Rangers GM Jon Daniels joined the Ben and Skin show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] recently to talk about the team with the end of the season on the horizon. Here are some of the highlights:On the signing of 16-year-old Bayron Lora and how to judge a teenager's talent and chance of success in the MLB: "I'm not sure...if you lined all of us up, everyone that you guys work with and everybody here at the office, and all of us were 15-16 years old you'd get a pretty good gauge of like who had a pretty good chance of ... more
  • 3 months As Cowboys defense continues to improve, DE DeMarcus Lawrence embraces the pressure to perform Dallasnews -Sports
    FRISCO - Cowboys star defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence recognizes how deep the defensive line is thanks to the additions of veterans Robert Quinn and Kerry Hyder to the improvement of Dorance Armstrong and Taco Charlton and the draft selection of the rising Joe Jackson.Of course Lawrence starts alongside a talented group with Tyrone Crawford, Maliek Collins and Antwaun Woods. So does that take some pressure off the Cowboys sack leader?"I don't want no pressure off me," Lawrence said after Tuesday's final training camp practice at The Star. "They ain't pay me for nothing. Keep the pressure on. I'm going to ... more
  • 3 months Cowboys notebook: Randall Cobb takes snaps at QB; team has confidence in Tony Pollard with Ezekiel Elliott’s absence Dallasnews -Sports
    Wide receiver Randall Cobb was a quarterback in college before switching to wide receiver full-time in his sophomore season at Kentucky. In his freshman season, Cobb went 52 for 99 for 542 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. In three seasons he completed 50.8 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and five interceptions.In the NFL, he's attempted just two passes, the last time in 2017 when he completed a 10-yard pass for the Packers. But Cobb lined up as a quarterback in the shotgun during Tuesday's practice, only to handoff to running back Tony Pollard. Cobb also took ... more
  • 3 months No shortage of power: Rangers’ plethora of power relievers bodes well for future bullpen  Dallasnews -Sports
    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shawn Kelley, about to complete his 12th full season as a major league pitcher, looked around for a moment after the question was asked Monday.The question: Evaluate the young relievers who have poured through the ranks to recently join the Rangers bullpen. It was enough to shake an old guy's sense of job security."Their sliders are harder than my fastball," Kelley said with a laugh. "There is a lot of electric stuff out there. There is no shortage of that in the minor leagues. But these guys are getting opportunities to pitch up here. Those opportunities matter. ... more
  • 3 months Here’s why Texas QB Sam Ehlinger is ‘the most important’ player in the Big 12 Dallasnews -Sports
    AUSTIN — As scores of college teams named their starting quarterbacks during preseason camps, Texas watched the drama unfold from afar.Sam Ehlinger's play last season eliminated any and all suspense.For Texas, it's more than having an entrenched junior starter, one getting Heisman attention. It's all that work and drive that went into Ehlinger claiming the No. 1 spot."When a guy is established as that guy sometimes you can see that person getting a little lazy or whatever," senior receiver Collin Johnson said Tuesday. "But here, that's not the case with the Sam. Sam always plays with a chip on his ... more
  • 3 months As Cowboys’ preseason clock ticks down, Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout is about to face its true test Dallasnews -Sports
    FRISCO A narrative has taken hold that Ezekiel Elliott won't miss any regular season games.An assumption persists that the league's leading rusher has made his point and now it's time for both sides to lock arms, break out in a brief rendition of Kumbaya and get this done. Before exploring this theory further, let's ask one, small question.Why?The idea that both sides will put aside their differences and resolve the holdout in the next few days is based on sheer optimism, not sound negotiating strategy. It's grounded in an emotional need to tie up loose ends before the season starts, ... more
  • 3 months FC Dallas releases statement after asking Houston Dynamo fans to leave Toyota Stadium Dallasnews -Sports
    FCD released a statement after visiting Houston Dynamo supporters were asked to leave the stadium prior to the conclusion of Sunday's match.A video posted on social media showed Dynamo fans being asked to leave by security staff, while a man not in uniform told the traveling supporters they would go to jail if they didn't comply. Another showed a fan in that section throw an object out of the section toward a group of fans outside the supporter section."During the FC Dallas/Houston Dynamo match on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Toyota Stadium there were a number of incidents involving fans ... more
  • 3 months FC Dallas notebook: Reto Ziegler spearheads a new team quirk; club has a chance to continue its playoff push Dallasnews -Sports
    Reto Ziegler fired his penalty kick into the net for FC Dallas' first goal Sunday and a new song echoed around Toyota Stadium. Rather than the typical post-goal song, it was a track from French rapper MHD. Later, forward Zdenek Ondrasek got on the scoresheet prompting Europop to play from the speakers. Ultimately, fans got to hear a number of different goal songs in FCD's 5-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo.It's a new quirk for FCD, with Ziegler spearheading an effort for each player to pick their own song to play after scoring a goal - not unlike a baseball ... more
  • 3 months Pro Football Focus gives Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson highest grade of all NFL rookies through three preseason games Dallasnews -Sports
    A lot of questions were asked of the Dallas Cowboys after the organization elected to pass on taking a safety with their second-round pick in the NFL draft this offseason.As it turns out, the Cowboys may have found a steal in the sixth round instead in the form of Texas A&M product Donovan Wilson.With Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath, Kavon Frazier and offseason addition George Iloka (among others) already on the roster, it looked like a tough climb would sit between the 213th overall pick and a spot on the Cowboys' 53-man roster.But three weeks into the preseason, Wilson has looked ... more
  • 3 months Takeaways from Gary Patterson’s Week 1 presser: TCU has a starter, but this QB battle isn’t over Dallasnews -Sports
    FORT WORTH -- The wait for TCU to name its Week 1 starting quarterback technically reached its end Tuesday as head coach Gary Patterson took the podium for his first weekly press conference of the 2019 season.Emphasis on the word "technically." While Patterson announced that Kansas State graduate transfer Alex Delton will be the one taking the snaps when the Horned Frogs' offense first hits the field Saturday night against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, TCU's season opener is effectively shaping up to be the latest audition in what has become a battle between Delton and true freshman Max Duggan. Patterson said both ... more
  • 3 months Buzz Williams announces first staff as Texas A&M’s head basketball coach Dallasnews -Sports
    Buzz Williams has completed his first staff at Texas A&M.The Aggies announced a 16-member staff Tuesday afternoon, over four months after Williams was hired. Williams brings all three of his assistants from Virginia Tech -- Jamie McNeilly, Devin Johnson and Lyle Wolf. McNeilly is tabbed as associate head coach, having served with Williams for 11 years dating back to his tenure at Marquette. McNeilly played for Williams at New Orleans as a senior in 2006-07, and his nephew, Cashius McNeilly, signed with the Aggies in April.Both Johnson and Wolf have served under Williams since his days at Marquette, following him ... more
  • 3 months Source: SMU tight end Corey Rau enters transfer portal Dallasnews -Sports
    SMU tight end Corey Rau has entered the transfer portal, per a source. The junior, who has appeared in six games for the Mustangs, will have two years of eligibility remaining.Rau is from Katy, Texas, and has been at SMU since 2016, when he redshirted. He did not have any receptions during his time with the Mustangs.He was once a highly-rated prospect, and ESPN's No. 24 TE in the nation out of high school. He had offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Purdue and Iowa State, among others.SMU was set to announce its depth chart on Tuesday. It is unclear if ... more
  • 3 months An important trend has started at SMU, but will Sonny Dykes and Co. bear the fruits of it this season? Dallasnews -Sports
    SMU will charter about 80 players and many more staff on a flight Friday morning to Memphis. Then it'll make the hour-long drive into Jonesboro, Ark., for the first game of the season.But, head coach Sonny Dykes joked, the Mustangs might need to drive all the way back to Dallas on Friday night to pick up a couple of players.That's because they're still waiting on the NCAA to rule on several waiver requests -- all of which they've been assured will reach a resolution by midnight on Friday night."We have a pretty good idea of how one or two of ... more
  • 3 months Cowboys training camp live updates: La’el Collins sits out practice as Dallas prepares for 4th preseason game Dallasnews -Sports
    The Cowboys are finishing up training camp as they prepare for their fourth preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. La'el Collins is sitting out practice, but is expected to ready for Week 1 against the New York Giants.Follow along with our reporters for the latest from practice. ... more
  • 3 months 3 takeaways from Texas’ player availability, including a new meaning for Malcolm Roach’s No. 32 Dallasnews -Sports
    Austin -- Texas players met with the media for their first Tuesday availability of the season to discuss lessons learned from last year's season opener, Sam Ehlinger's larger role as a captain and more.Here are three takeaways:1. Malcolm Roach's jersey takes on new meaningSenior defensive end Malcolm Roach has worn the same number throughout his entire Longhorn career: 32, a special number in the Texas program."It's always meant something big to me because I knew a lot of greats before me wore that number,” Roach said. “Cedric Benson, also guys like Jonathan Gray.”Roach added: "There's stories I hear about Jonathan ... more
  • 3 months Former SMU & USMNT midfielder Colin Clark passes away aged 35 Dallasnews -Sports
    Former SMU midfielder Colin Clark has passed away aged 35 after suffering a heart attack on Monday. Clark played under Schellas Hyndman from 2002-04, a team mate of former FC Dallas players Ramon Nunez and Ugo Ihemelu. He scored nine goals for the Mustangs, and appeared in the round of 16 at the 2004 NCAA Div.1 Tournament.Clark played in Major League Soccer for nine seasons, making 147 appearances in all competitions as he recorded 15 goals and 15 assists with the Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, and Houston Dynamo. He also appeared in the 2011 MLS Cup as his Dynamo side ... more
  • 3 months Ex-Cowboys player charged with illegally possessing firearms Dallasnews -Sports
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, and Seattle Seahawks has been charged with illegally possessing firearms.The U.S. attorney's office said Monday in announcing the charges against 40-year-old Saousoalii Siavii Jr. that he was twice stunned with a Taser after he resisted arrest when he was taken into custody in August.The confrontation began after Siavii was spotted exiting a vehicle reported stolen. Prosecutors say he fought off officers in the Kansas City suburb of Independence before being restrained. Siavii was in possession of a gun, ammunition, methamphetamine and marijuana.The criminal complaint says ... more
  • 3 months Five-star basketball recruit schedules official visit with Texas Tech Dallasnews -Sports
    Two weeks ago five-star combo guard Nimari Burnett announced his top five schools: Alabama, Louisville, Oregon, Michigan, and Texas Tech. The senior grew up in Chicago but now attends Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif. Burnett (6-3, 190 pounds) will visit Texas Tech the weekend of October 19, as first reported by Evan Daniels of 247 Sports. The visit to Lubbock will be the final of his five official visits and will take place the same weekend Texas Tech football hosts Iowa State. Texas Tech burst onto the scene with Burnett in early August when the Red Raiders hired Ulric Maligi ... more
  • 3 months TCU RB Sewo Olonilua will sit out first half of team’s season opener, Gary Patterson says Dallasnews -Sports
    FORT WORTH -- TCU running back Sewo Olonilua will sit out during the first half of the team's 2019 season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, head coach Gary Patterson announced Tuesday. Olonilua, who is entering his senior season with the Horned Frogs, was arrested on felony drug charges in May in Huntsville. "He will not play the first half of this ballgame because of things that have gone on previously," Patterson said.Olonilua, who hails from Kingwood, has been a regular participant in practice for TCU this summer, though Patterson announced at the start of August that discipline would eventually come for ... more
  • 3 months Alex Delton named TCU’s Week 1 starting QB, true freshman Max Duggan to also see playing time Dallasnews -Sports
    FORT WORTH -- TCU football head coach Gary Patterson officially named Alex Delton as the Horned Frogs' starting quarterback for the team's season-opener on Saturday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Patterson said true freshman Max Duggan will also see playing time in the first quarter.Delton, a graduate transfer from Kansas State, was part of a quarterback competition that featured as many as six different players before Patterson narrowed the race down to Delton and Duggan earlier in August. Delton appeared in seven games in each of the past two seasons at Kansas State. In four seasons with the Wildcats, he accumulated 1,202 ... more
  • 3 months All-Globe Life Park Team: Adrian Beltre, Pudge Rodriguez headline commemorative Texas Rangers roster  Dallasnews -Sports
    It's almost time to close the curtains on the Globe Life Park Era of Texas Rangers baseball. To help commemorate this monumental time in the organization's history, The Dallas Morning News/SportsDayDFW and the Rangers teamed up to allow fans to select the team that best represents The Ballpark Era from 1994 through the 2019 season.The 24-player roster was selected in online fan voting conducted by The News in July with candidates limited to Rangers who played from 1994 to the present time. Two players were selected at each position with six outfielders being picked. On the pitching side, two right-handed ... more
  • 3 months Texas A&M prediction: How sharp will Aggies be in season opener vs. Texas State? Dallasnews -Sports
    Texas A&M vs. Texas StateWhen: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kyle Field in College StationRecords: Texas A&M (0-0, 0-0 SEC); Texas State (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)Last meeting: Texas A&M defeated Texas State 44-31 on Sept. 22, 2005, in College StationTV: SEC NetworkWhat's on the line?A&M has the chance to go out and showcase strides in many areas from Year 1 to Year 2 under Jimbo Fisher. How will Kellen Mond fare after another offseason under Fisher, which has raised hype and expectations? Will the Aggies establish a firm running game? How much has the secondary improved? Is the front seven able ... more
  • 3 months Wednesday’s TV/Radio listings (August 28) Dallasnews -Sports
    Event Time TV MLB St. Louis at Milwaukee 1:00 MLB NY Yankees at Seattle 4:00 MLB Tampa Bay at Houston 7:00 AT&T Minnesota at Chi. White Sox 7:00 MLB Rangers at LA Angels 9:00 FSSW LA Dodgers at San Diego 10:00 MLB Golf ... more
  • 3 months Mavs player profile: After his worst season in the NBA, can Courtney Lee be an efficient contributor off the bench? Dallasnews -Sports
    Courtney Lee Position: Shooting guardAge: 33Size: 6-5, 215 poundsExperience: 12th seasonContract: In the final season of his contract that pays $12.8 million for 2019-202018-19 recap: Perhaps it was a sign of age, or perhaps the Knicks’ infrequent reliance on his production played a role. Either way, Lee averaging four points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game ranked as career lows for the veteran, as did his shooting 41.1% from the field and 29.1% from three. Lee played in just 12 games for the Knicks before he was included in the Jan. 31 trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to the ... more
  • 3 months Can the Cowboys defensive line really be as dominant as it was against the Texans? Dallasnews -Sports
    Kristi Scales, the sideline reporter for the Dallas Cowboys radio network, answered your questions about the team in a live chat Monday. Check out some of the answers below.Who do you think will be the next Cowboy to sign a contract extension?A couple of weeks ago, my answer to this question would have been Dak Prescott. But with the season opener drawing nigh, I will go with Zeke Elliott because now there is a shorter time frame to get Zeke signed before the regular season opener on September 8.Is the Dallas D-Line that good or was the Texans O-Line (and ... more
  • 3 months 10 questions facing the Stars this season: Which prospects can make an impact in training camp? Dallasnews -Sports
    Ahead of Stars training camp opening on Sept. 13, the News is examining 10 questions facing the Stars this season. This is the first installment.10. Which prospects can make an impact?For the most part, the Stars roster is littered with veterans and few openings for young players to crack the roster, make the lineup or capture an impactful role. It's part of the deal when your Stanley Cup window is open and you decide to go for it with free-agent signings over the summer.At minimum, 11 spots for forwards appear to be occupied (Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, Joe ... more
  • 3 months Ezekiel Elliott said he wanted to be in Dallas for life before holdout, 53-man roster projection 2.0 and more — Your Cowboys Catch-Up Dallasnews -Sports
  • 3 months Shortage of tight ends, desire to limit Jason Witten’s workload leaves Cowboys in a tough spot at the position Dallasnews -Sports
    A flurry of injuries at tight end --and the club's refusal to add more to veteran Jason Witten's plate to compensate --has put the Cowboys in a bind.What does Dallas intend to do against Tampa Bay on Thursday night?"Just try our best,'' Garrett said."We don't have a lot of guys available to us right now. Over the last week or so we've been creatively using personnel groups to get through practice. We'll just keep doing that."The thing we don't want to do is compromise (Witten's) reps and all of a sudden he's taking more reps in practice. We're going to ... more
  • 3 months Rangers rookie pitcher Brock Burke shares how he felt before his MLB debut, who has the best chicken sandwich  Dallasnews -Sports
    Rangers rookie Brock Burke joined the GBAG Nation on 105.3 The Fan [KRLKD-FM} to discuss his MLB debut, and why so many pitchers might be getting blisters. Here are some of the highlights:On when he started feeling comfortable in his first start: "After that first inning. It was a quick inning and everything was hitting me so quick. I walked back into the dugout and sat down, it was like, 'wow I don't even remember what happened.' It all just happened so quick and my whole dream came true. And after I was able to sit there and take it ... more
  • 3 months Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones returns to practice after being removed from PUP list, on target for Week 1 return Dallasnews -Sports
    FRISCO -- Byron Jones didn't do much.But the Pro Bowl corner was back on the practice field with his teammates for the first time this offseason after undergoing surgery on his hip."He's going to slowly get back into it and see where he is,'' head coach Jason Garrett said. "He's been working really well on the side but it's time for him to get going again.''Jones was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Monday, one week after defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford were activated. He went through some individual drills. He'll practice again Tuesday but ... more
  • 3 months 5 takeaways from Lincoln Riley’s Week 1 press conference: All eyes are on D’Eriq King Dallasnews -Sports
    Here are five takeaways from Lincoln Riley's weekly press conference that takes a look back at fall camp and previews the season opener against Houston.Oklahoma knows that D’Eriq King will be a problemLincoln Riley opened his press conference on Monday by praising Houston quarterback D’Eriq King. You don’t have to look past his statline to see why — King dominated the AAC last season with both his arm and his legs.He threw for 2,982 yards and 36 touchdowns to just six interceptions while completing 63.5 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 674 yards and 14 more touchdowns in ... more
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