<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 27 Aug 2016 03:13:23 -0500Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:13:23 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Must-See Sports: Pitch Breaks Camera, Odor 'Confrontation']]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:56:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/broken-camera.jpg

Must-see moments from this week in sports include an Indians player cracking up the Rangers dugout, a little leaguer breaking a camera and an MLB pitcher makes a routine grounder extremely difficult.

Friday

Odor's Reputation Precedes Him

The Indians' Jason Kipnis got a good laugh from Rougned Odor and the Rangers' dugout by pretending to be scared when Odor slid into second base Thursday night. Kipnis obviously remembers how Odor handled a similar situation.

Juuuuust A Bit Outside

The pitcher from Mexico tried to corner a pitch in the Little League World Series international semifinal game against South Korea and missed.

Pitcher Fields Ball Backward, Between Legs

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer got a little turned around on a groundball comebacker against the Orioles Thursday night. He appeared to have time to turn back around, but he seemed determined to make the play as difficult as possible.

Mesh Point Confusion

That moment when you're not sure if you should keep or hand off, so you do both. Either that, or Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott didn't have a good enough handle on the snap to comfortably hand off the ball.

Flip Phones Coming Back?

Step 1: Sign a $140 million contract. Step 2: Wait for AT&T to force you to accept a new flip phone because yours is 7 years old. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck says "it's a comfort thing."


Thursday

Precocious Dunker Victimizes Peer

High schooler Jordyn Adams threw down a vicious tomahawk dunk that has gone viral on social media. Someone should check on the poor victim.

Little Rookie Copies Vets

This looks like something you'd see on Animal Planet. Cardinals veterans Matt Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha reacted to Jamie Garcia drawing a walk with finger goggles and rookie Luke Weaver felt compelled to join in.

Soccer Pros v. 40 Kids

If you ever wondered how a pair of professional soccer players would fair against a team of dozens of children, here you go. Bleacher Report UK set up the match between two Bayern Munich players and 40 New York kids.

Football Play Re-Enacted Using Legos

Somebody's ready for some football. A fan recreated the crazy final play of last year's Michigan-Michigan State game using legos.


Wednesday

Reds OF Makes Insane Diving Catch

Ranger Carlos Beltran — and the rest of America, except those in Cincinnati — probably though Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton had no chance at his hit into the gap Tuesday. Hamilton hit 22mph, according to Fangraphs, and covered a lot of ground to make that diving catch.

Elaborate Soccer Heading Trick Success

The Syracuse men’s soccer team blew up after pulling off an elaborate trick in the locker room Monday. That's an impressive trick no matter how many times they practiced it.

Coach Tells Son He Loves Him During Mound Visit

After Oregon pitcher Isaiah let a runner reach base during a Little League World Series game, his coach — and dad — Joel Jensen went to the mound to tell him he loved him. Man, the allergens are in the air today.

Kobe Stares Down Amateur Paparazzo

Aug. 23 was proclaimed to be Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, but someone forgot to tell an opportunistic restaurant patron that every day is Kobe Bryant day. Bryant was eating with his family when he noticed someone recording him from a few tables away, so he stared until they stopped.

Oh, It's A Deep Burn

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas issued the burn to Washington cornerback Josh Norman after Norman told The Denver Post he shut down Thomas in the Super Bowl. Norman was right, but Thomas obviously got the last laugh.


Tuesday

QB Screams As He Throws INT

No, that was not a girl screaming. That was Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer, who knew his pass was going to be intercepted by Patriots defensive back Cyrus Jones right after he threw it.

Red Sox Rookie's Amazing Catch

Andrew Benintendi's bat is making the Red Sox look smart for calling him up. During Monday's game, though, his glove was on display when he robbed Steven Souza Jr. of a home run.

NBA Player Catches Giant Fish

Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler caught a 350-pound goliath grouper on a fishing trip Sunday.

Little League Team Borrows Bolt's Celebration

Usain Bolt would be proud of the Little League World Series team from South Korea. The kids celebrated Jungtaek Ru's home run with Bolt's familiar move during Monday's rout of Canada.

49ers Design Play on Sideline, Throw TD

Former Colleyville Heritage quarterback Christian Ponder hadn't been with the 49ers long when he made it onto the field during their preseason game against the Broncos. In fact, they drew up the above play on the sideline minutes before executing it.

Bittersweet Grand Slam

Hitting a grand slam Sunday was a great moment for Independent league outfielder Brandon Thomas. That is, until he realized that the ball smashed the windshield of his truck.


Monday

Reliever Hits First HR After Father's Death

This might be the baseball moment of the year. During Friday's game, the first since his father died, Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen recorded two outs on the mound and then hit his first major league home run. Afterward, he pointed to the sky on the way to the the dugout, where he was met with high fives and hugs.

Quite a Catch

The degree of difficulty was high for Albuquerque outfielder Raimel Tapia, who tumbed over the fence to rob Fresno's Chan Jong Moon.

Golf Déjà Vu

In the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Scott Brown made an impressive hole-in-one on the course’s third hole. On Sunday, Brown made another hole-in-one...also on the third hole of the Wyndham Championship.

Impressive Tennis Ball Kick

Tennis player Andy Murray could have a future as a soccer player. He showed off his skills with a near missed of the umpire's head on a one-timer kick during the Cincinnati Masters Sunday.

Father-Daughter Chugging Contest

The apple didn't fall far from the tree as a man and his daughter share a drink during Saturday's game in Colorado.



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<![CDATA[Crews at The Star Prepare for Frisco's Quadruple Header]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/The+Star+in+Frisco.jpg

The first game to ever be played at The Star in Frisco will happen Saturday morning.

Doors at the Cowboys' new training facility will officially open at 8 a.m., thirty minutes before the start of the first game.

But it won't be the Cowboys taking the field.

It’ll be hundreds of Frisco high schoolers.

Members of the Centennial High School Marching Band rehearsed one final time Friday before they step onto the field at The Star.

“It’s very exciting because we are, we will be the first generation on that field,” said senior Deborah Bartruff.

The band will play from the stands and take the field for a brief half-time performance alongside Frisco High School’s Marching Band. Kickoff for their game is at 8:30 p.m.

“Once they go into the facility tomorrow, I think they'll really get an understanding how nice it is and how lucky they are,” said Band Director Andy Rein.

Crews at The Star could be seen Friday making last-minute preparations for Saturday’s games.

Eight high school football teams in Frisco will play in a quadruple header.

The unusual opportunity is made possible through a partnership between Frisco ISD and the Dallas Cowboys.

Moving forward, The Star is where Friday night football in Frisco will be played.

Frisco police say 41 officers have been assigned to Saturday’s games. Most will be directing traffic in and out of the stadium.

Parking lots open at 7:30 a.m.

Doors open at 8 a.m.

Kick-off for the first game -- Reedy vs. Independence -- is at 9 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Cousin Fatally Shot]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:48:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Aldridge0825.JPG

A woman was shot to death while pushing a child in a stroller on Chicago's South Side, police said Friday, and family identified the victim as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

The 32-year-old woman, whom family identified as Nykea Aldridge, was apparently the unintended victim of a gang shooting, police said. She was walking around 3:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Calumet when two males approached another male and opened fire, police said.

Several hours after his cousin was shot, Wade sent out a tweet about the killing.

Pastor Jolinda Wade, Dwyane's mother, identified Aldridge as her niece. Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones confirmed Aldridge is Dwyane's cousin.

"This is one particular time our family wished we didn't have to be speaking to the media about anything," Jolinda Wade said. "(I) just sat up on a panel yesterday, (with ESPN wesbite) The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that we would be the ones ... actually living and experiencing it."

Aldridge was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where she was pronounced dead. A relative took custody of the child, police said.

Jones said Aldridge is a mother of four and had just had a baby. Jones said she and her family had recently relocated to the neighborhood and she was on her way to register her kids at school when she was shot. 

It was not immediately clear which school Aldridge was going to, but the shooting happened close to Dulles School, which was partially blocked off as police analyzed the scene. 

"She loved God, loved her family," Jones said. "Just like everyone else, just wanted a better life, to live a better life. This is tragic because now it struck home with us. Something has to be done. This has got to stop."

Wade called the killing senseless and said the Wade and Morris families were in a "sensitive, grieving place."

"She wasn't bothering anybody, just going to register her kids in school — and bullets that fly around have no name decided to find its way to her head," she said.

Wade said this is the second child her sister, Aldridge's mother, has lost to gun violence. 

Wade asked for prayers and said she will continue to be proactive in the community.

"We're still going to help and empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head," she said. "And all of our young people out there, senselessly shooting each other."

Two men are being questioned as persons of interest and an investigation is ongoing, police said.

Dwyane Wade decided to join his hometown bulls this summer, and has been a longtime supporter of the South Side, where his foundation has been active. In November, after Chicago police released video of Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting on the South Side, Wade wrote the teenager’s name on his shoes for an NBA game, along with the hashtag "#justice."



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<![CDATA[An Unique Visit to Duncanville for IndyCar's Pagenaud ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:33:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney_Indycar_Interview_1200x675_752171587581.jpg IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud checks out the high school football scene for the first time.]]> <![CDATA[Doctors to Evaluate Head Injuries During Frisco ISD Games]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/helmet+safety.jpg

Helmet safety and concussions have been in the spotlight in recent years and now there's a new defensive strategy on the football fields in Frisco.

Saturday, all eight Frisco ISD football teams will play their first game in the Ford Center at The Star and on the sidelines will be a team of neuropsychologists.

They're part of Baylor Scott & White's Brain Injury Program, a concussion assessment and management program that will be available at The Star.

In a move no other North Texas district offers, a neuropsychologist will be on the field at every Frisco ISD football game at the district's three stadiums this season. They will work with athletic trainers to determine if a child who is hurt during the game should be taken out and if he should go to the hospital.

"If they're not going to be back in the game, we need to make sure, number one, that they're safe to not go to the hospital. That's where the neuropsychologist can assist, as well to look for those acute signs that would indicate a more significant injury that would warrant transport to the hospital," said Dr. Mark Burisa, Director of Neuropsychology at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation.

They'll also be there to guide parents through the next steps if their child does suffer a head injury.

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment recommends the following tips for parents and coaches this football season.

Know Your Helmet

There are no concussion-proof helmets. Advertising or other media claims that a particular helmet is anti-concussion or concussion-proof are not supported by research and can be misleading and dangerous.

Proper fit is very important. Helmets should not be too tight or too loose. If there is considerable room for your child’s head to move, there is a greater risk of injury.

Look for the logo on the back of the helmet that reads, “Meets NOCSAE Standard.” NOCSAE standards are adopted by regulatory bodies for sports such as the NCAA, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NFL, USA Football and Pop Warner.

A study found that there is no significant difference in the effectiveness or performance of helmets for concussion protection by make or model - as long as they have been certified as meeting the NOCSAE standard.

Do not alter, change or remove padding or other components of the helmet. Because the original components were tested as part of one helmet to meet NOCSAE standards, removing or altering these components may mean the helmet does not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury.



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<![CDATA[8 TWU Athletes Hospitalized for Exercise-Induced Injury]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:45:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/twu-statement-rhabdo_1200x675_752051267761.jpg

Following an annual fitness test, eight volleyball players from Texas Woman's University were hospitalized last weekend for a rare, but serious, exercise-induced medical condition.

In statements released earlier in the week, TWU said six of the eight athletes have been treated and released from the hospital and that the remaining two are continuing to show improvement and should be released soon.

The athletes, all women, were sent to the hospital last weekend after showing symptoms of exertional rhabdomyolysis, or exercise-induced rhabdo, for short.

School officials said the team was undergoing annual fitness tests Aug. 16-18 and that the first student was hospitalized on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The fitness test involved exercises familiar to the team, but this year's structure was different, school officials said. In the past, the team was requried to perform as many reps of an exercise as possible within a given time period. This year, the team was required to do a certain number of reps within a given time period.

In the days after the annual assessment, the team had a light scrimmage and two-a-days workouts that consisted of fitness coaching, condition, weight sessions and full stretching.

The first student noted delayed pain associated with the condition on Saturday and was evaluated by team trainers who recommended further examination.  The student-athlete was hospitalized that day; seven others followed on Sunday.

Briley Cole, a junior at TWU and member of the volleyball team recovering from rhabdo, said they were sore after the workout but that delayed soreness was the tip that something was different.

After being hospitalized, the diagnosis of exertional rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo, was confirmed.

According to the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health, rhabdo is caused by a skeletal muscle injury that results in the release of broken-down, dead muscle tissue into the circulatory system. It is a relatively uncommon condition but can have very serious consequences, including renal failure and death, if not recognized and managed appropriately.

The Denton County Health Department said the cases were localized to the team and that the symptoms and risk factors were consistent among the patients.

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), the university is not releasing any personal information about the athletes.

Dr. Michael Auvenshine, the team's doctor and a doctor of family and sports medicine with USMD Hospital, said none of the students suffered any longterm effects or kidney damage from rhabdo and that all will be back on the court, though the timetable will vary based on recovery time.

As a result of the diagnosis, TWU "is undergoing a 360-degree investigation involving internal and external experts who are exploring all possibilities, including athletics practice, physical conditioning, nutrition and hydration. The university is committed to being as transparent as federal privacy and medical privacy laws allow, while respecting the privacy and wishes of students."

Cole said that while being hospitalized wasn't how she planned to spend the week before class begins, some positive bonding time with teammates did come from spending so many hours together recovering.

School officials said the team plans to start their season on-time, Sept. 2.

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<![CDATA[Newy Visits Pot Store Visited by Ezekiel Elliott]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/herban-legends-interview-visit-ns_1200x675_751972931857.jpg NBC 5's Newy Scruggs, in Seattle to cover the Cowboys game against the Seahawks, visits the Herban Legends pot store visited the day before by running back Ezekiel Elliott.]]> <![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher on Restricted List Following DWI Arrest]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:34:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jeffress-mug.jpg

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels placed Jeremy Jeffress on the restricted list Friday, saying the pitcher was unable to perform after spending the night in jail after being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The 28-year-old was booked into the jail at 5:13 a.m. His bond was set at $500.

The Rangers released a statement earlier in the day saying they are "aware of the situation involving Jeremy Jeffress that took place early this morning" and are "in the process of the gathering information."

Friday afternoon, Daniels sat before the media and discussed what he knew about the incident, but admitted there was still much to get their hands around.

Daniels said Jeffress' being put on the restrictive list was because he didn't sleep and would physically be unable to perform Friday night. He added that it was not a suspension related to an allegation of drug use or the arrest, and said that Jeffress would likely be back on the active roster Saturday.

Jeffress was suspended for 50 games in 2007 after testing positive for drugs — reportedly for marijuana — after being given a warning for his first offense. He was suspended for 100 games in 2009 for a third failed test.

If Jeffress fails another drug test, he faces a lifetime ban. Daniels said Friday afternoon he wasn't sure if alcohol was on the list of drugs considered by Major League Baseball.

Jeffress and catcher Jonathan Lucroy were traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Rangers before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. He last pitched for the Rangers on Tuesday where he gave up one hit and one run in one inning of work in a 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys RB Elliott Visits Marijuana Shop in Seattle: TMZ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:03:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-elliott-herban-legends.jpg

While in Seattle for a preseason game against the Seahawks, Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott stopped into a recreational marijuana shop, according to TMZ.

TMZ reported that Elliott did not buy anything in the store near downtown Seattle Thursday.

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After Thursday's game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told The Dallas Morning News that he was aware of Elliott's visit.

"It's just not good. That's a part of just really getting the big picture here," he said. "In general, while it may not be wrong, it's just not good."

Even though marijuana is legal in Seattle, its use is still illegal in the NFL. Players who test positive for the drug face fines and suspensions.

The Cowboys have dealt with their share of drug-related suspensions already this year, losing defensive end Demarcus Lawrence for four games, linebacker Rolando McClain for 10 games and defensive end Randy Gregory for at least 10 games.



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<![CDATA[Trinity Christian Football Faces New Challenges]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:01:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trinity-Christian-Academy.jpg

“Friday Night Lights” has a new meaning for students at Trinity Christian Academy. The football team has moved from 6-man to 11-man, opening them up to a brand new division.

“We know that there will be some technical differences,” said head coach Joe Hamstra. “Some of the players will be in different positions, the plays will be different, and the entire game will be a little more aggressive but we are ready,” said Hamstra.”

Some of the students have been attending TCA since they were in pre-k. The student body has grown in size, and when their academic department expanded, athletics followed.

“I’ve been waiting for a long time, and this is exciting,” said Audrey Wortham, a junior at TCA and member of the cheerleading squad. “Our school can hang with the big dogs. Even though we’re a private school, we can still play competitive sports like the rest of the state,” she said.

Even though football is king in Texas, and the students love the game, their inspiration and drive comes from a different place.

“The Lord has given us gifts and talents, and I think its cool to show people that the Lord has given us the strength and energy to raise to those expectations,” said Wortham.

Nathan Chesney, who is a senior and a safety on the field, agrees.

“I’ve been waiting four years for this,” he said. “We set the scoring record last year of 115 points with 6-man, and with 11-man we’re going to have the same determination. In fact, being a Christian gives us that reason to go out there and do our best. We’re not out there for ourselves, we’re out there for each other and God’s glory,” said Chesney.

Kick off for the TCA Eagles is Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. against Irving Highlands.



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Athletes Begin Inaugural Season]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:13:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Young_Mens_leadership_Academy.jpg For football athletes at Fort Worth's Young Men's Leadership Academy, challenges in the classroom are the training round for the fight on the field.]]> <![CDATA[Frisco ISD Football Tickets Resold Online for a Premium]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:20:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ford+center+at+the+star1.jpg

All eight Frisco ISD football teams will play in a quadruple header at The Star on Saturday. While tickets to the games at the Dallas Cowboys new practice facility are sold out, they are still available online, for a price.

In some cases tickets are being resold for more than 10-times the $12 face value.

"Seven tickets for $143.62," laughed Traycie Schwalbe, as she scanned StubHub for tickets Thursday. "I'm thinking, 'Are we going to a Taylor Swift concert?' That's crazy!"

Schwalbe said she wanted to go to Saturday's Wakeland High School game to support her two oldest children's alma mater.

"I want to see as many families go as possible," Schwalbe said. "There are lots of friendships that are made through these games."

The Dallas Cowboys said Frisco students and staff were offered advanced sale tickets at the end of May, before sales opened to the public. Frisco ISD spokesman Chris Moore told NBC 5 the district knew the games would sell out and warned students, but said "it's unfortunate" so many tickets were being sold well above face value.

"Everyone should be able to enjoy it without paying an extra premium," Schwalbe said. "Wow! These are people taking seats from other parents and students that really want to go and see it, selling them just to make a profit."

Frisco ISD said it will likely evaluate the ticket selling process for future games. The district has 18 other football games at The Star this football season.



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<![CDATA[Tiny Fort Worth Football Team Ready for 5A Debut]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:15:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/young+mens+leadership+academy+football.jpg

Although they will be playing in Division 5A, only 27 players will take the field Friday night when the Wildcats from Fort Worth's Young Men's Leadership Academy play the team's first varsity football game.

"We're going to try our best to do the best that we can," said 16-year-old junior Jason Cheeves, who will play both defensive end and wide receiver for the Wildcats.ma

The Wildcats will take on Chisholm Trail, which will have 55 players on the field Friday night.

"We're not going to have as many kids as a lot of other people have, but you can only have 11 on the field at once so we have 11," said Wildcats head coach Joseph Heath. "We'll go up there and we'll give it our best shot, and we'll play hard and let the chips fall where they may."

The Young Men's Leadership Academy — a Fort Worth Independent School District school of choice — doesn't yet have a senior class, and only about 120 boys are enrolled in grades 9 through 11.

But because the school is part of the Fort Worth ISD, the University Interscholastic League rules have the Wildcats playing in Division 5A, where many teams can field twice as many players.

"The UIL has a stipulation that if you do not have an attendance zone, which we do not, then you go into the classification of the largest school in your school district. And in Fort Worth, that's Paschal," explained Heath. "So, we were originally placed in 6A even though we have the numbers of a small 3A school. We got opted into the Fort Worth district in 5A which helps some."

Many of the Wildcats will play both offense and defense.

"We try our best to make every tackle, force fumbles, turnovers so we can shock the rest of the big schools and say why are we in the league, it's no joke," Cheeves said. "We really want to be out here for Fort Worth football."

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chisholm Trail in the Eagle Mountain–Saginaw Independent School District.

"I know it's gonna be challenging. I accept that challenge and do the best I can," starting quarterback Bryan Cottingim said.

One of the challenges for the Wildcats is the conditions in which they practice.

"It's the micro and macro," explained Heath. "We don't have a big weight room. Our locker room is under construction."

The list of issues  also includes mismatched practice uniforms and an uneven practice field.

"There are some parts that are a little wavy, but we have lines on it," Heath said. "And if we ever play anywhere that has a dip in it, it will be to our advantage."

All of that, Heath says, is the micro.

"Those are the small things," he said. "When it comes to it, those things don't make a difference on Friday night.”

What does make a difference is much bigger. It's the heart in his players; their belief that they are already winners.

"We are together as a team. We're brothers," said Cottingim."We have the type of chemistry that I believe we can be one of the top schools,  not just in the district, but in the nation."

"They made a commitment when they came here to better themselves in education. And when they play sports, they made a dedication to the football field or the basketball court, and I'm proud of them for that," said Heath. "One of the main focuses of the leadership academy is competition and these kids are focused, laser focused all the time on their studies, their test scores. They'll be ready to play."



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<![CDATA[Elliott Impresses During NFL Debut in Seattle]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:33:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-595693146.jpg

How fired up was Ezekiel Elliott to make his NFL debut? Well, after his first career carry that went for three whole yards, "Zeke" bounced up and talked trash to the Seattle Seahawks defense.

Elliott had a strong debut, rushing for 48 yards on seven carries for an average of 6.9 yards. He showed his workhorse ability with consecutive runs of 9, 13, 9 and 8 yards.

Perhaps his most memorable carry is when he bounced off Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor for a few extra yards. Chancellor is one the biggest, hardest hitting safeties in the NFL and Elliott let the veteran hear about the collision immediately after.

Elliott has been very active in the passing game during practices, but didn't get a target in his debut. However, he did pick up a nice block on the play where Tony Romo injured his back.

It was just a taste, but we saw glimpses of why the Cowboys took the former Ohio State running back with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft. Elliott only played in the first quarter during the team's first two drives.



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<![CDATA[Kenny Hill Named TCU's Starting Quarterback]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:24:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kenny+hill+tcu+qb.jpg

Kenny Hill is the starting quarterback for Texas Christian University's season opener against South Dakota State, as announced by head coach Gary Patterson on Thursday.

The decision was seemingly made several days prior, but Patterson just shared the news with the media.

Hill transferred to TCU from Texas A&M after beginning the 2014 season as the Aggies' starting quarterback. Ultimately, Hill's mobility won him the TCU job over the other quarterback fighting for the starting spot, Foster Sawyer.

"It's what he came here for," said Patterson. "You know, Kenny has a lot to prove. But as I told him, our job is just to win. It's not to put up big numbers, not to do anything else."

Patterson allowed co-offensive coordinators Sonny Combie and Doug Meacham to make the quarterback call after working closely with all the signal callers.

"I still believe you got to have two [quarterbacks]. Foster is out of [the] mix, but right now that's how we'll go forward," Patterson said.

Hill is a Southlake Carroll Senior High School graduate and the son of former Texas Rangers pitcher Ken Hill.



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<![CDATA[High School Football Kicks Off in North Texas]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:04:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Footballs-GettyImages-137251340.jpg All eight of Frisco's high school teams are set to play each other at the Dallas Cowboys' new Ford Center on Saturday. NBC 5's Pat Doney previews all of the big games in North Texas this weekend.

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<![CDATA[TMS Hosts Firestone 600 IndyCar Race This Weekend]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:22:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PD-TMSgossage-082516_1200x675_751275075740.jpg The Firestone 600 IndyCar Series race was interrupted by storms at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this summer, and is due to be completed this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Rangers Hope OF Carlos Gomez Can Spark Offense]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carlos+gomez+rangers.jpg

Desperate for someone to spark a stagnant offense, newly signed outfielder Carlos Gomez will suit up and start for the Texas Rangers on Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians.

The 30-year-old was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros on Aug. 10, released eight days later and then signed to a minor league contract with the Rangers on Aug. 20.

Gomez will play left field for Texas against the Indians.

Gomez is a two-time All-Star and played a big part during Houston's postseason push in 2015 after the Astros traded for him late in the season. The Rangers were reportedly in on those same trade options, but lost out to Houston.

Gomez has struggled in 2016. In 85 games in Houston, he batted .210 with five home runs.

Not only are the Rangers looking for offensive help, but they're piecing together an outfield that will be without Shin-Soo Choo for potentially the rest of the season. Texas placed Choo on the disabled list after a wild pitch broke his left forearm.



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<![CDATA[Not a Misprint, Yu Darvish Hits a Home Run]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:12:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/173*120/Darvish+Mariners.jpg

Yu Darvish is used to making Texas Rangers franchise history due to his incredible arm strength and skill-set.

However, this time he's in the record books for one swing of the bat.

In the team's final inter-league game of the season, Darvish stepped to the plate in Cincinnati and smashed a fifth inning home run to opposite field.

He's the second Texas pitcher to hit a home run, and the first to do it since Bobby Witt in 1997.

Darvish's smash was not of the lucky, cheap variety. His home run ball traveled 410-feet to the opposite field. At the time, it snapped a 3-all tie and gave the Rangers a lead.

The Rangers ace gave up a pair of runs following his homer, which allowed Cincinnati to eventually tie the game up. Darvish didn't get the win, but his team did 6-5.



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<![CDATA[New Name for White Sox Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:47:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/us+cellular+field+GettyImages-520000826.jpg

Chicago White Sox fans will have a new corporate name attached to their home stadium next season, as the team has sold naming rights for their ballpark to Guaranteed Rate, the team announced Wednesday.

The stadium, currently known as U.S. Cellular Field, will become Guaranteed Rate Field on Nov. 1 as part of a new 13-year contract that the White Sox signed with the mortgage company, according to a statement released by the club.

"We view this partnership as an opportunity to connect a successful Chicago business with a historic baseball franchise, and we look forward to growing this important relationship over the coming years as millions of fans enjoy White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field," chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in the statement. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority approved the name change during a board meeting, the statement said. Financial terms of the deal between the White Sox and Guaranteed Rate were not disclosed.

The White Sox retained an option under the team’s lease for the ballpark, which could extend the deal an additional year through 2030.

"We are incredibly excited and honored to be part of the White Sox family," president & CEO of Guaranteed Rate Victor Ciardelli said. "It really is a dream come true to have the Guaranteed Rate name on a hometown Chicago ballpark."

"We love this city and its baseball fans, and couldn’t be happier to partner with an iconic team and a legendary owner in Jerry Reinsdorf," Ciardelli added. "We look forward to many great years of White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field."



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Resting Scandrick Because of Sore Groin]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:54:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457968300.jpg

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is expected to have the night off during the Cowboys third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night. 

Scandrick is dealing with a sore groin. 

From all accounts, it does not appear to be serious, but the Cowboys are resting him just as a precaution. 

Scandrick tore his ACL and MCL at training camp last year and he missed all of the 2015 season. 

The 29-year-old says he expects to be ready for the season opener September 11 against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.



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<![CDATA[What to Look For During Cowboys 3rd Preseason Game]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:21:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5893964261.jpg

The Cowboys face the Seahawks on Thursday during the "dress rehearsal game."

This third preseason game allows starters to play most of the first half, if not into the third quarter.

Considering the result has no bearing on the actual regular season, there's a lot on the line; jobs, starting positions and key rookies debuting.

Here's a list of things to look out for on Thursday:

Ezekiel Elliott will play a professional football game for the first time.

We've seen flashes of his talent at practice, but we'll learn a lot as he'll face one of the league's best defenses in a game. I don't expect Zeke to get a lot of run considering he's healthy after a hamstring tweak early in camp and the team will rely heavily on the rookie during the regular season. The Cowboys will be without Dez Bryant who is sitting out with a concussion, so we won't get to see the entire first-team offense play together until the regular season opener. However, we will get a taste of how the Cowboys will use Elliott both as a runner and a pass-catcher.

Is Dak Prescott for real?

One former NFL general manager says the Cowboys rookie is a Russell Wilson clone, which is ironic because the two quarterbacks will showcase their skills on the same field Thursday night. Prescott has tallied six total touchdowns in two preseason games. If you didn't know any better, you might think that Prescott was the top overall pick in the NFL draft because he's miles ahead of the other rookie quarterbacks through two weeks of preseason games. The Cowboys have to be drooling at the idea that Prescott could grow into a Wilson clone, because Tony Romo can't play forever. For the first time since No. 9 was a youngster over a decade ago, the Cowboys have an inexperienced quarterback with serious skills and potential. It would be wise for Jason Garrett to give him one series against the Seahawks' top defensive unit.

The No-Name defensive line needs to make a statement.

Rod Marinelli's defensive line project is still ongoing, and probably won't get fixed this season. During the first two preseason games, this group of young, unsung heroes have actually put some pressure on the quarterback. As Garrett likes to say, QB pressure goes beyond sacks and effecting the quarterback can be just as effective. This group has looked OK, but a strong showing against a polished offense like Seattle's will give this unit confidence going into the regular season. Guys to look out for include Ryan Russell, Benson Mayowa and Mike McAdoo.



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<![CDATA[LA Dubs 8/24 'Kobe Bryant Day']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:53:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-Day-8-24-LA.jpg

Will Kobe Bryant go into the Hall of Fame wearing the No. 8 or the No. 24?

Los Angeles City Council members decided not to pick one or the other and instead opted to honor Bryant's early years donning the no. 8 en route to three NBA titles and also the no. 24, which collected two NBA championships, simultaneously.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, which can be abbreviated as "8/24," will be "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles when Councilman Jose Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Curren Price introduce a resolution at Wednesday's LA City Council meeting.

Bryant is having a busy week, as the 37-year-old rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, revealing a $100 million venture capital firm that bears his name.

Then, Tuesday, Aug. 23 is Bryant's 38th birthday.

On Wednesday, the "Black Mamba" will get a belated birthday present of sorts when he is honored by the City of Angels for his contributions on the court, as well as his philanthropic efforts off the court. Bryant has championed the fight against homelessness as well as the created a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need. Over the course of his public life, Bryant has been involved in numerous charitable causes and regularly volunteered to help "Make-a-Wish" for sick kids.

"Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant's 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and 'Kobe Bryant Day' is the City of Los Angeles' way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles," Huizar said in a statement. "For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe's incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we'll gather to say, 'Thank you, Mamba.'"

Bryant expects to be present at LA City Hall on Wednesday morning.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Release 2016 Preseason Schedule]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:24:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5230078361.jpg

It won't be long before the Dallas Mavericks hit the hardwood in preparations for the 2016-2017 season. 

The Mavericks tip off the regular season on the road Oct. 26 against former Euless Trinity and Texas standout Myles Turner and the Indiana Pacers. 

But before they tip-off the regular season the Dallas Mavericks must get through the preseason. 

Wednesday the Mavericks released their preseason schedule, all times listed below are central.

  • Sat. Oct. 1 at New Orleans 7 p.m., Shreveport, La. CenturyLink Center
  • Mon. Oct. 3 Charlotte 7:30 p.m., Dallas American Airlines Center
  • Sat. Oct. 8 at Milwaukee 7:30 p.m., Madison, Wis. Kohl Center
  • Tues. Oct. 11 Oklahoma City 7:30 p.m., Dallas American Airlines Center
  • Fri. Oct. 14 at Phoenix 9 p.m., Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena
  • Wed. Oct. 19 Houston 7:30 p.m. Dallas American Airlines Center
  • Fri. Oct. 21 at Denver 8 p.m., Denver Pepsi Center



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<![CDATA[Olympian Madison Kocian Arrives Home in North Texas]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:35:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/madison-kocian-dfw.jpg

Olympic gold medalist and North Texan Madison Kocian is arriving home from the Rio Olympic Games Wednesday.

"Really thankful to have the support back here," Kocian said. "I know everyone was cheering for me at home, so you know everything was very crazy, but I'm happy to come home and finally sleep in bed after five weeks, so I'm very excited."

After arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport just after noon Wednesday, the Olympian took several minutes to chat with the media before posing with family, friends, teammates and young fans inside the terminal.

To younger gymnasts hoping to follow in her footsteps, she offered this advice, "never give up, you know there's tough days and injuries here and there so, I think that's the main message just to keep believing in themselves and never give up."

Kocian, 19, didn't take a direct flight home from the games -- she, and her teammates, stopped first in New York for an appearance Tuesday on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.'

The Final Five joined Fallon, actor Donald Glover and in a game -- a giant version of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Kocian, who trained at WOGA in Plano, where gold medalists Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin trained, plans to attend UCLA.

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<![CDATA[Back From Rio, Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Apologizes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:58:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/feigen-lochte-conger-bentz.jpg

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the incident in Rio de Janeiro last week that involved Feigen, Ryan Lochte and two of their teammates.

In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help Lochte.

The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil, Lochte had already left. Feigen eventually paid almost $11,000 to a sports foundation and was allowed to leave Brazil.

Feigen also said he was given an option to pay a fine rather than wait the month in Brazil for the investigation to conclude, but the amount first suggested was the equivalent of $31,250 and 15 days of community service.

When Feigen and his attorneys rejected that offer as unreasonable, the prosecutor increased the proposed fine to the equivalent of $46,875, he said. The smaller agreement was eventually reached.



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<![CDATA[Why Holland's Start Tuesday Night was Important]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:43:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594429096.jpg

This was one of the most important starts in Derek Holland’s career, just as important as all those postseason and World Series starts.

The Rangers lefty returned from the disabled list Tuesday night in Cincinnati after missing time with left shoulder inflammation.  So what could you expect from Holland, the good or the bad?

Actually, Holland looked good in his first start since landing on the D.L. in June. The first hitter he faced, speedy Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton, lined a shot back to the mound, which Holland caught thanks to a quick reaction. Nice way to get the nerves in check.

After that he was on cruise control with his stuff and his pitch management. Holland’s fastball averaged in the low 90’s but he was able to change speeds effectively with his off-speed stuff, making his fastball look more intimidating. The movement on his pitches was impressive, with his stuff moving breaking low in the zone instead of hanging over the plate, an issue that has haunted Holland over the years.

The only negative was issuing the leadoff walk in the sixth that would later cost him as Joey Votto eventually cashed in with the RBI single. Holland worked out of the inning allowing only the one run. He finished with six innings in the books, allowing four hits with five strikeouts in the 3-0 loss to the Reds. Sure it was a loss, but the outing Holland turned in was nothing but positive for the Rangers.

Now one major concern when talking about Holland didn’t really involve health, at least not at first. It was consistency. In fact, inconsistency could possibly best explain Holland’s career in a Rangers uniform. He was a young lefty with “ace” written all over him. But there was the feeling that Holland didn’t take things seriously. How many talks do you remember seeing former manager Ron Washington give to Holland, both on the mound and in the dugout?

It seemed like Holland was turning the page and ready to become the dominant lefty everyone felt he could be. But then the injury issues started creeping up. He missed part of the 2014 season after tearing his knee playing with his dog. Then in 2015, Holland suffered a shoulder injury at the beginning of the season. He worked his way back just in time for the Rangers postseason run, but could never really get on track.

Its déjà vu for Holland as he now finds himself in the same situation this season with the Rangers on another postseason run and a trip to the World Series within site, which brings us back to Tuesday night against the Reds. The Rangers staff is currently Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish. That’s about it. Martin Perez and A.J. Griffin have struggled following suite. The fifth spot has be a revolving door all season long.

Texas desperately needs Holland to come back strong and provide some solid pitching behind both Hamels and Darvish because, frankly, the Rangers haven’t gotten that all season. It’s hard to win in the playoffs with just two pitchers. Not impossible, but very hard.

But there’s more incentive for Holland to finish up strong. The Rangers hold an option on him for next season, at a salary of $11 million. You wonder if they are willing to roll the dice and pick up that option on a pitcher who’s fought injuries the past three seasons, along with the inconsistency.

Holland will now have to put on a show from here on out. Tuesday night was a step in the right direction.



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<![CDATA[Dominate Your Fantasy League with RotoWorld]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:22:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/233*120/fantasyfootball.jpg

Time to dominate your fantasy football league.

Each week I'll post my weekly conversation with Josh Norris who will co-host the new CSN show Real Fantasy.  It will air Friday and Saturday's on CSN affiliate's and several NBC stations.

Take a listen to my segment on NBC Sports Radio's The Newy Scruggs Show.



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<![CDATA[New Dallas Maverick Barnes Is At A Tipping Point]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:12:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593251362.jpg

NBA TV’s Stu Jackson has been a NBA coach, general manager, NBA executive and served on the USA Basketball  Board of Directors.  I had Jackson on my NBC Sports Radio show to discuss what’s next for Harrison Barnes who will join the Mavericks this fall after signing a max contract in July.  Here's what Stu had to say:

Harrison, right now, is at a real tipping point in terms of how people will remember him as a player.

 Up to this point, he’s had a great deal of success, he’s been a world champion. Played a significant role on a very good team. Arguably, one of the two best teams in the NBA over the past couple of years.

 Now he moves to the Dallas Mavericks where his role, and I can’t stress that enough, his role is gonna significantly change. He is now going to be the alpha or beta dog and not necessarily, you know, someone that is in the starting rotation. The Mavericks will rely on him and count on him at a level that he hasn’t seen at Golden State and rightfully so.  He is a young player, he still has young legs and a lot of growth and development left to go.

 And how he is going to be remember will really be seen in how he develops over these next couple of three years as a Dallas Maverick.

Here is a link to the interview on the Newy Scruggs Show. 



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<![CDATA['Final Five' Set to Tour US]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:20:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16236682575231.jpg

The Final Five are taking New York City by storm. 

The gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the Empire State Building Tuesday morning as they begin a whirlwind media tour after their incredible accomplishments in Rio. 

Their Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will officially start on Sept.15, in Spokane, Washington and end on Nov. 13 in Boston. They will visit 36 U.S. cities and showcase gymnasts from 2012 and 2016, according to Kellogg's.

Hometown hero and breakout star Laurie Hernandez, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took in the view of the city from 86 floors above the ground. And it provided another first for Old Bridge, New Jersey resident Hernandez: being able to take in the view from the observatory of the Empire State Building. It's all making for a surreal experience, she said. 

"I used to have someone pinch me beforehand just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Hernandez told NBC 4 New York. 

Biles called Hernandez a "perfect fit to the team" in Rio.

"She's always making all of us laugh," she told NBC 4. "I think she has a very similar personality to me. We roomed the whole time to Rio. We just love her to death." 

Since getting back Monday, Hernandez has been able to see her parents for a bit, and she's now looking forward to reuniting with her siblings.

In the meantime, the team is hoping to "rest and eat and chill," said Douglas, who was also on the 2012 Fierce Five.  

Raisman, also a two-time Olympian, said "it's been a blur" since the team arrived in New York and that the intense public focus and being followed by papparrazzi has been "crazy" and "surreal." 

"There's just so much, you just never expect it," she said. "Laurie lives like 45 minutes from here, I don't know if she's ever experienced the craziness of New York like this. I don't think any of the girls have right after the Olympics, except me and Gabby." 

"Everything has been go, go, go, we haven't had time to sit down and think about it," added Biles. 

One thing on top of the women's New York agenda? Finding some great pizza. 

"Gabby will probably find us the best pizza because she's gotten pizza multiple times here, so she's probably our best best," said Raisman. 

As for the native Hernandez's pick? 

"It's all pretty good!" she said diplomatically. 

The team will later appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 



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<![CDATA[Rangers Put Hamilton on Unconditional Release Waivers]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:38:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Josh+Hamilton+crutches.jpg

Josh Hamilton's most recent run with the Texas Rangers may be over. The team activated the one-time slugger from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and placed him on unconditional release waivers.

According to MLB.com, "waivers are granted only after all the other Major League Clubs have been given an opportunity to claim the player and none has done so. With unconditional release waivers, once permission is granted the player is a free agent."

Hamilton started the year on the 15-day DL rehabbing an off-season surgery to his left knee. During his first rehab assignment in Frisco Hamilton continued to feel pain. He was moved to the 60-day DL and underwent another surgery to repair a torn ACL and cartilage damage.

Hamilton is now rehabbing that most recent knee operation.

“We plan to monitor Josh’s progress as he continues his rehab process and is medically cleared this winter,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels.  “Given the rules in place, releasing him before the end of this month allows us to keep the door open to extending the relationship in the future.”

By releasing Hamilton before the end of the month, the Rangers can re-sign him to a minor league contract and have him with the major league club before May 15 of next season. If they had waited longer, Hamilton would not be eligible to return to the Rangers until after May 15.

Hamilton is still owed $28.4 million for next season. The Los Angeles Angels are responsible for $26.4 million with the Rangers on the hook for $2 million. If the Rangers do re-sign Hamilton to a minor league contract for the major league minimum, they still won't owe him anything more that it's current financial commitment.

The Rangers also announced that LHP Derek Holland (shoulder inflammation) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and will make his first major league start since June 20 Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

RHP Shawn Tolleson has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and placed on the 60-day disabled list. That move will accommodate Holland on the 40-man roster. RHP Nick Martinez was optioned to Round Rock on Monday to accommodate Holland on the active roster.



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