<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News]]>Copyright 2017http://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-usMon, 23 Jan 2017 07:06:57 -0600Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:06:57 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Newy, Pat Break Down Super Bowl LI]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:59:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BSB_Super_Bowl_1200x675_860444227919.jpg NBC 5 Sports' Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney break down Super Bowl LI featuring the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in Houston.]]> <![CDATA[Super Falcons: Atlanta Routs Packers 44-21 for NFC Title]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:38:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17022810967664.jpg

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for a dominant playoff performance, and the Atlanta Falcons ignored all those ghosts from the last half-century.

Next up: Super Bowl 51.

Ryan threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns in another MVP-worthy showing, while Jones shook off a toe injury to haul in nine catches for 180 yards and two scores, leading the Falcons to a 44-21 blowout of the storied Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship Sunday.

Atlanta (13-5) will face either New England or Pittsburgh in the Feb. 5 title game in Houston. It will be only the second Super Bowl appearance in the Falcons' 51-year history, the first coming 18 years ago with a team known as the "Dirty Birds."

They have never won an NFL championship.

If Ryan and the league's highest-scoring offense keep playing like this, the AFC winner will sure have its hands full in the Lone Star State. The Falcons led 24-0 at halftime against the Packers (12-6), perhaps the league's hottest team, and essentially put the game away on their second offensive snap of the second half, a play that showed every one of Jones' remarkable skills .

He blazed down the middle of the field, shook off LaDarius Gunter's attempt to grab him on a cut toward the sideline, hauled in the pass from Ryan, broke Gunter's diving attempt at tackle, and defiantly knocked away Damarious Randall's with a brutal stiff-arm on the way to a 73-yard touchdown.

Not bad, considering he took it easy much of the week because of his sore left foot.

"I didn't practice that much throughout the week," Jones said, "but today I came out and gave it all I had."

In the final game at the Georgia Dome, Ryan sparked more delirious chants of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" as he carved up an injury-plagued Packers secondary that had no way of stopping a team that averaged nearly 34 points a game during the regular season and romped to a 36-20 victory against Seattle's Legion of Boom last week.

For good measure, Ryan also ran for a touchdown. 

"We played great," he said. "We did exactly what we've been doing all year and it feels really good." 

The Packers, riding an eight-game winning streak and coming off a thrilling upset of the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys , got a taste of what they'd be in for on Atlanta's very first possession.

Driving 80 yards in 13 plays, the Falcons converted three third downs, the last when Ryan scrambled away from pressure and flipped a shovel pass to Mohamed Sanu for a 2-yard score.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers came right back, moving quickly down the field in what was expected to be a back-and-forth shootout. Top receiver Jordy Nelson hauled in a 27-yard pass after missing the victory at Dallas with a rib injury.

But, on third-and-4 at the Atlanta 23, the Falcons hurried Rodgers into an incompletion. Mason Crosby, who hit two field goals longer that 50 yards in the closing minutes against the Cowboys, pushed a 41-yard attempt right of the upright to snap a playoff-record streak of 23 straight field goals.

The Falcons drove the other way, settling for Matt Bryant's 28-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead. Then, with Green Bay poised to make a game of it, Atlanta's much-maligned defense — one of the lowest ranked in the NFL — came through a momentum-swinging play. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski was breaking tackles and rumbling toward the end zone when Jalen Collins stripped the ball from behind and fell on it just across the goal line for a touchback.

On the ensuing possession, Ryan hooked up with Jones three times for 56 yards. Ryan finished it off with some surprisingly nimble running skills, faking out one defender with a pump fake before diving into the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. It was Matty Ice's first rushing touchdown since Week 1 of the 2012 season and sparked an uncharacteristic outburst from the normally even-tempered quarterback.

Ryan gave the ball a thunderous spike and let out a scream that made it clear he wanted this game more than anything in his career. The guy who had a 1-4 record in the playoffs over his first eight seasons has finally earned his spot on the biggest stage of them all. 

"We'll be ready to go for sure," Ryan said. "I'm just proud of the way that we competed and just really excited for two weeks from now." 

DON'T FORGET THE DEFENSE
Atlanta's defense, an afterthought compared to the other side of the line, kept the Packers out of the end zone until the game was essentially locked up.

Rodgers finished 27 of 45 for 287 yards and three TDs, but he also threw an interception, was sacked twice and faced a relentless Falcons rush.

The Falcons finished with a 493-367 edge in total yards.

DOME FINALE
What a send-off for the Georgia Dome, the Falcons' home since 1992, which will be torn down and replaced next season by $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

With the home team comfortably ahead, the raucous crowd of more than 71,000 basically partied through the whole second half, bouncing along to rap music that turned the stadium with the big top-like roof into the world's largest dance club.

The intensity of the celebration was understandable, given the Falcons' largely forgettable history and the heartache doled out by all of Atlanta's pro sports teams. The Braves, way back in 1995, are still the city's only team to capture a big league championship.

Now, the Falcons are one win away from adding another title to that barren trophy case.



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<![CDATA[Doney: Where Will Romo Play in 2017?]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:44:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630768608.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney breaks down the Cowboys options this offseason with veteran quarterback Tony Romo.

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 3]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:43:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS+logo.jpg Mansfield Timberview guard Chennedy Carter and head coach Kit Martin are in studio as Carter receives her Last Week's MVP bobblehead.]]> <![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 2]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:40:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_2_1200x675_859971651720.jpg This week's Inside Story focuses on the Flower Mound basketball program, plus more highlights from area games.]]> <![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 1]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:38:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_1_1200x675_859974211755.jpg Highlights include this week's Chasing The Ring matchup between Skyline and Jesuit, plus a double-overtime thriller between Garland Lakeview Centennial and South Garland.]]> <![CDATA[Andrus Focused on 2017 Season for Rangers]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:34:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-613173202.jpg Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is ready to turn the page from last year and focus in on the 2017 season.

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<![CDATA[Banister Asked Interesting Question During Rangers Fan Fest]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:22:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/513413444.jpg Manager Jeff Banister was asked an interesting question by a Rangers fan during Fan Fest and Banister explains his answer.

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<![CDATA[Rangers GM Jon Daniels Discusses Offseason Moves]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:14:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Daniels_Offseason_1200x675_859887684001.jpg Rangers general manager Jon Daniels talks about the moves made during the offseason and how he feels about the team going into spring training.]]> <![CDATA[Beltre Excited About The Upcoming Rangers Season]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:48:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-589935546.jpg NBC 5's David Watkins talks with Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre about the 2017 season and playing in the World Baseball Classic.

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<![CDATA[Tyson Ross Excited To Be With The Rangers ]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:41:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Tyson_Ross_1200x675_859487811668.jpg NBC 5's David Watkins talks with new Rangers pitcher Tyson Ross about the upcoming season at the 2017 Rangers Awards Dinner.]]> <![CDATA[Doney: Why the Mavs Could Still Make the Playoffs]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:36:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg Though the Dallas Mavericks are toward the bottom of the NBA standings more than halfway through the season, they still could surprise people and make the playoffs. NBC 5's Pat Doney explains.

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<![CDATA['Celebrity Apprentice' Star Ricky Williams Stopped By Police]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:35:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rickywilliamsprofile.jpg

"Celebrity Apprentice" cast member Ricky Williams, a former NFL running back, says he was racially profiled and the victim of an illegal police search walking near his hotel in Tyler, Texas, earlier this month.

Williams said he was in town for an awards banquet when the incident occurred. Williams discussed the altercation during a radio interview with The Dudley & Bob + Matt Show on KLBJFM.

One of the officers even commented that the former Miami Dolphin "looked like Ricky Williams." Williams can be heard on the police video that captured the incident saying "I am Ricky Williams."

You can hear the entire radio interview here.

"We got to the hotel and there were four hours before an event so I decided to go for a walk. Right outside of the hotel there's a little wooded area so I started walking over there," Williams said. "There's houses not too far away and I heard a dog barking and I realized in that moment I'm a black man and I'm walking in the South and and there's a dog barking. I turn and head back toward the hotel and a police car pulls up toward me and I thought 'ok'"

Williams said the four officers questioned him and searched his pockets after asking him what he was doing in the area. Williams was not handcuffed during the incident, but detained and questioned for several minutes.

Williams said he started getting upset as the questioning continued.

"They said calm down. I said you don't know what it's like to be a black man. This is not the first time cops have harassed me when I haven't done anything," Williams said.

Tyler police released the following statement to KLTV.com regarding  the incident.

"On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tyler Police received a call from a resident in the 8200 block of Yale in reference to a suspicious person behind his fence line in his backyard. The caller stated that his dog was barking in his backyard as if someone was back there. The caller then observed a black male, wearing all black, crouched down behind his wire fence in a green belt area that backed up to the Courtyard Marriott.

"The homeowner made verbal contact with the subject who asked the owner if he was looking for his dog. The subject then continued a short distance to the north climbing over the fence into the Colonial Hills Baptist Church rear parking lot. After the subject left the area the homeowner called the police.

"While checking the area police contacted a construction worker with Saltgrass Steak House and were advised that a person matching the description had been seen in the area. The worker stated that the person picked up a tape measure and was going to walk off with it. He told the subject that the property did not belong to him and it was returned.

"Around 4 p.m. officers located a subject matching the description provided by the caller just north of the Courtyard Marriott. Officers conducted a short investigation in reference to the suspicious person call. During the course of the interview, officers identified the individual as Ricky Williams. After obtaining all of the necessary information officers completed the contact with Mr. Williams. No further action was taken by officers."

Williams did not indicate if he would pursue legal action against the police department.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Fire Chief Installs Packers Smoke Alarm As Bet Payoff]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:59:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/packers-smoke-alarm.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue's chief paid off a bet by installing a Green Bay Packers smoke alarm Friday.

Chief David Coatney and Green Bay Metro Fire Chief Dave Litton placed a bet on Sunday's Divisional playoff match-up between the Cowboys and Packers.

Because the Cowboys lost, Coatney had to install the smoke alarm featuring the Packers' logo at the Dallas Fire-Rescue Administration building.

New York-based The Buff Project donated the team-branded smoke alarms to fire stations in Dallas, Green Bay and 48 other departments to promote fire safety.



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<![CDATA[Rangers SS Elvis Andrus Announes Fiancé's Pregnancy]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:10:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elvis-baby-thumb.jpg

The Texas Rangers might have found their shortstop for the 2040 season.

Current Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus announced on Instagram Thursday night that he and his fiancé, Cori Febles, are expecting their first child — a boy.

"Today I woke up without knowing that my biggest dream came true," he said in the caption. "I have no words to explain how excited and anxious I am to see my boy."

Andrus proposed to Febles at Reunion Tower in December and posted an image on Instagram.



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<![CDATA[Condition Forces NFL LB From North Texas to Retire at 24]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:13:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-497290276.jpg

A 24-year-old All-Pro linebacker from North Texas will reportedly announce his retirement from the NFL due to a congenital neck condition.

According to NFL.com, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr will announce his retirement Friday due to an injury. The Baltimore Sun reported the injury was actually the congenital condition.

Orr was a standout out DeSoto High School and a Class 5A All-State selection in 2008.

The 3-star recruit then went on to play for the University of North Texas from 2010 through 2013. He was a two-time all-conference selection for the Mean Green and finished his career third on the school's all-time list with 365.

The Ravens signed Orr as an undrafted free agent before the 2014 season. He played mostly special teams until being named a starter at linebacker before the 2016 season.

Orr finished 2016 with 132 tackles, 3 interceptions and 5 passes defended and was voted second-team All-Pro.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Alabama EDGE Tim Williams]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:09:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tim+Williams.jpg

Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
Ht. 6'4", Wt. 252, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington

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Tim Williams was Louisiana's top-rated player in his class out of high school in Baton Rouge in 2012. The 4-star defender went across the border to Tuscaloosa, committing to Alabama. He was mainly a rotational player during his first two years from Baton Rouge, earning 1.5 sacks in 19 games.

Williams became a starter in his junior season and he opened some eyes with his production. In 2015, he notched 10.5 sacks and 12.5 TFL. He returned for his senior season and put up similar production, finishing with 8.5 sacks, 15.5 TFL and 12 QB hurries on his way to a second-team All-America selection.

Strengths

• Burst - Quick first step
• Speed to Power - Good bull rush
• Strength - Surprisingly stout lower body
• Hands - Quick, violent puncher
• Bend - Flexible around edge
• Pass Rush - Compliments with spin, swat/swim
• Run Support - Strong anchor, stacks well
• Balance - Good body control

Weaknesses

• Spontaneity - Can predetermine rush
• Weight - Might need to bulk up for some schemes
• Off-Field - Multiple red flags

Verdict: First Round

Williams split time as a stand-up outside linebacker and a defensive end with his hand in the dirt for the Crimson Tide and that versatility will translate to the NFL. If you're looking for a pass rusher, Williams is in the discussion for the best one in this draft not named Myles Garrett. His combination of burst, strength and hand usage give him the traits to be selected in the first round of the draft.

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The Cowboys need a terror off the edge and Williams fits the bill. The team might be gun shy on edge rushers with character concerns after Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory, but his talent is definitely worthy of their first pick. If he checks out off the field, he could provide the team with a Bruce Irvin-like defender.



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<![CDATA[TCU Freshman Point Guard Jaylen Fisher Living up to the Hype]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:04:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jaylen+Fisher+.jpg Jaylen Fisher was the highest-rated basketball recruit in TCU history, and is already impressing in his freshman season.

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<![CDATA[Raiders File Papers to Move From Oakland to Las Vegas ]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:05:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/las-vegas-raiders.jpg

"Raider Nation," your team is gearing up to say goodbye.

The Oakland Raiders on Thursday officially submitted paperwork to relocate to Nevada, according to Steve Sisolak, the Clark County Commission Chairman.

The relocation effort still needs approval from 24 of the league's 32 owners. Those votes are expected to be cast at some point in late March during owners meetings.

Sisolak's relocation announcement was punctuated with enthusiasm. "It is official!" he tweeted. He followed up with an official statement, which read, "Today, we moved one step closer to having an NFL team to call our own. This is very exciting for Las Vegas."

The relocation move, on the other hand, surely feels like a gut punch for fans of the East Bay franchise. While Raiders officials and Nevada politicians ramped up moving talks, dedicated supporters flashed "Stay in Oakland" signs and "Las Vegas: If You Build It, We Won't Come" banners in hopes of keeping the "Silver and Black" cemented in Oakland.

Despite pressure from fans, Raiders owner Mark Davis has remained steadfast in his plans to pack up and head for "Sin City." Those efforts received a boost in October when Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval approved a bill to construct a $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas.

Nevada plans to raise $750 million from a hotel tax to fund the stadium with billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson contributing $650 million and the Raiders and NFL kicking in $500 million.

The Oakland City Council in December countered that action by approving a financial and development plan to build a $1.3 billion stadium at the Coliseum site in hopes of preventing an exodus. A group of investors — highlighted by former San Francisco 49ers and Raiders safety Ronnie Lott — helped make that plan become a reality by pledging $400 million to the potential stadium's construction. Despite Thursday's official relocation announcement, the group will not throw in the towel just yetl.

"Oakland is a top-10 media market," a spokesperson representing the collective said. "It's got the land available. It's got a solid investment team. It's got two NFL stars behind the proposal. We think that beats Vegas every time. We are in this to win. We think when the final call of this game is made, Oakland is going to be the spot that the NFL chooses."

The Bay Area Council, a public policy organization that pushes for a robust economic enviroment, echoed a similar sentiment in its official statement.

"The Bay Area, millions of stalwart fans and the business community are not giving up on keeping the Raiders here where they belong," Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the group, penned. "We continue to believe that a deal can be reached to build a modern stadium complex that the Raiders deserve and that benefits Oakland. We urge the Raiders, the NFL and Oakland to work together to find an agreement that can benefit everyone and avoid the disruption and pain of a costly move. Relocating a franchise with the deep roots and storied history that the Raiders have here in the Bay Area would be a disaster for the community."



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Tennessee EDGE Derek Barnett]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:10:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DerekBarnett.jpg

Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
Ht. 6'3", Wt. 265, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M
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Derek Barnett has always been productive on the football field. The 4-star recruit was an all-state selection as a senior and a two-time Tennessee Mr. Football. He committed to the Volunteers and made an impact immediately as the first true freshman to start on the defensive line in school history.

Barnett finished his freshman season with 20.5 TFL and 10 sacks, which — along with Myles Garrett — Jadeveon Clowey's SEC freshman sack record of 8. He added 10 sacks and 12.5 TFL as a sophomore and capped his college career with 13 sacks, 19 TFL and 16 QB hurries as a junior. In the Music City Bowl, he recorded his 33rd career sack, which broke Reggie White's school record of 32.

Strengths

• Strength - Excellent bull rush, anchor
• Hands - Quick, heavy, violent
• Motor - Relentless lots of effort production
• Burst - Flashes plus burst
• Snap Anticipation - Often first off ball
• Versatility - Effective on edge, inside
• Coverage - Comfortable in zone and even man
• Production - 33 sacks, 52 TFL in 3 years in SEC

Weaknesses

• Athleticism - Lacks elite trait
• Technique - No consistent counter move
• Stiff - Mediocre bend, agility
• Offside - You'll have to live with a few penalties

Verdict: First Round

Barnett's worthy of a first-round pick because his floor appears to be a quality strongside defensive end, but I don't think he has the upside of some of the other edge rushers in this draft. He does flash the tools to develop into a consistently disruptive defensive lineman. He also has the strength and hand usage to be an effective 3-technique in sub packages and could even grow into that role full time.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is the type of quality defensive line coach that can help Barnett grow into effective front-four defender. Barnett would provide the Cowboys with top run defense on the edge and backfield disruption from the inside. His lack of elite athleticism could push him down boards, but he would be a nice fit in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fan Alters Super Bowl Tattoo]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:36:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sb51-tattoo_1200x675_858106947969.jpg Cowboys fan Jordan Garnett, who famously portended a Cowboys Super Bowl LI win with a tattoo on his arm, isn't giving up on his team.]]> <![CDATA[Newy Scruggs, Clarence Hill Discuss Cowboys' Future]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:09:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630768608.jpg

So what's next for the Cowboys after losing to the Green Bay Packers?

Longtime Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and I debated some of the issues on my show on NBC Sports Radio Wednesday:

Where does Tony Romo go in a trade or do the Cowboys release him? Should he be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor?

Is Jason Pierre-Paul the right player to help the Dallas pass rush in 2017?

Will Jaylon Smith be a difference maker for the front seven?

Take a listen here.



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<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs on 'Pudge' Rodriguez in the Hall of Fame]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:01:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy+scruggs+rangers+logo.jpg NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs discusses Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez's election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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<![CDATA[FC Dallas Player Injured in Crash Motivated to Return]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:54:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ryan+Hollingshead.jpg

Nearly two weeks ago, FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead thought his playing career was over.

"When I first had gotten hit and landed, I thought I was paralyzed," said Hollingshead.

On Jan. 6, Hollingshead was struck by a car while helping a stranded driver on the President George Bush Turnpike. The road was icy and the impact launched Hollingshead 30 feet into the air.

Hollingshead is now back home and is expected to fully heal in six to eight weeks. He has three broken vertebrae in his neck as a result of the crash.

"I was laying there on the ground for about 10 seconds without being able to move," said Hollingshead. "In that time, I thought that was it. I'm done playing soccer. Taylor (Hollinghead's wife) is going to have to take care of me for the rest of my life. I'm paralyzed."

Hollingshead said his five month old son, Henry, is extra motivation to heal quickly.

"Doctors won't let me hold him because I can't bear any weight. I can't bend over, so when he's down on the ground playing on the mat, I can't really look at him. I can't get into his face or try to make him laugh or smile. That kills me," said Hollingshead. "I have to be able to run. I have to be able to move. We are grateful my career will continue and that's a blessing."



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<![CDATA[Rodgers' Father Opens Up About Family's Rift With NFL Star]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:11:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631769054.jpg

Aaron Rodgers’ rift with his family has been making headlines since his brother’s appearance on “The Bachelorette” last year, but little has been said about the unusual family dynamic from Rodgers’ father – until now.

In an interview with the New York Times, Ed Rodgers said the family is still learning how to deal with the star quarterback’s rise to fame.

“One in the news is enough for us,” he said, adding, “Fame can change things.”

The Rodgers family patriarch confirmed in the interview that the family hasn’t spoken to Aaron Rodgers since the end of 2014, a short time after the Green Bay Packers star first began dating actress Olivia Munn.

Jordan Rodgers first revealed his troubled relationship with his brother on the dating show in July, saying he and his brother Luke don’t speak to Aaron.

"It's something we don't really talk about a whole lot," Luke Rodgers told ‘Bachelorette’ JoJo Fletcher. "It pains both of us like not to have that relationship. We miss our brother."

It was an issue that lingered heavily over the “hometown date” episode, with two empty chairs sitting at the Rodgers’ family dinner table, presumably for Aaron and Munn. 

"I miss my brother a lot, especially in moments like this because my family means so much," Jordan said in the episode.

At the time, Aaron Rodgers declined to talk about the family dynamic publicly.

"As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm just--I'm not going to speak on those things," he said.

Ed Rodgers told the Times that while "airing public laundry is not what I would have chosen,” he wasn’t upset that it happened.

“It’s good to have it all come out,” he said.

It’s a sentiment echoed by Jordan Rodgers as well, as he told E! News in an exclusive interview that he hadn’t seen “The Bachelorette” before he became a contestant and wasn’t sure what to expect.

"Family things are always tough, and they're always tough to address, let alone on a TV show,” he said. “But I knew I made a commitment to go on there and be honest with JoJo and make sure that she knew everything because we didn't have any time off-camera and we were going to get to a proposal. So you have to be honest, you have to trust she believes in the person you are.”



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Stanford DL Solomon Thomas]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:28:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SolomonThomas.jpg

Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford
Ht. 6'3", Wt. 275, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Kansas St., Arizona, North Carolina
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Solomon Thomas was born in Chicago and lived in Australia for several years, but he settled in North Texas before graduating high school. The 5-star recruit out of Coppell High School committed to Stanford after being named to the 2013 USA Today All-USA team as a senior.

Thomas started relatively slowly for the Cardinal, redshirtting in 2014 and totaling 39 tackles, 10.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks in 2015. He burst onto the national scene in 2016 with 62 tackles, 15 TFL and 8 sacks, earning All-America honors and the Morris Trophy — given to the Pac-12's best offensive or defensive lineman. He announced plans to enter the 2017 Draft after terrorizing North Carolina in the Sun Bowl.

Strengths

• Strength - Excellent bull rush, anchor
• Feet - Quick, exceptional burst
• Hands - Heavy, violent hand fighter
• Arms - Uses length to stay clean
• Speed - Closes quickly, effective in stunts
• Bend - Decent for size
• Pass Rush - Array of moves
• Instincts - Good snap anticipation, nose for ball
• Versatility - Can man be effective anywhere on D-line
• Motor - Relentless until whistle

Weaknesses

• Tweener - Stout for edge, slim for interior
• Balance - On the ground a bit much

Verdict: First Round

Thomas, much like Alabama's Jonathan Allen, is a disruptor that can line up anywhere, but is most effective inside. His burst is elite between the tackles, yet he also shows the strength to anchor against double teams — even at 275. If he can add 10-15 more pounds, he can be the next in the line of "undersized" defensive linemen in the mold of Geno Atkins or Aaron Donald.

The Cowboys need to address the lack of pressure their defensive line applies, and Thomas is exactly what they need. The Coppell product has the athletic traits and polish to upgrade pretty much any position along the team's defensive front from Day 1. The only problem is they might have to move up to get him.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Sign Dillon Gee to Minor League Contract]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:27:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/Royals+Dillon+Gee.jpg

Add another veteran pitcher to the mix.

The Rangers have signed right-hander Dillon Gee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Gee is a local product, born in Cleburne and played collegiate baseball at UT Arlington.

"We were looking for a place to go out and win a job, and this was one of the better ones," said Gee. “It’s a good fit. Having the opportunity to stay at home and play; that definitely helps the situation. I grew up watching the Rangers so I’ve always dreamed about playing for this organization.”

Gee was 8-9 with the Kansas City Royals last season, splitting time between the starting rotation and the bullpen. He had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery at the end of last season, but expects to be ready for spring training.

“I feel fantastic,” said Gee. “I’m just really looking forward to going out there and competing in spring training and try to get another gig.”

Gee made a name for himself with the New York Mets. He ended his rookie season with a 13-6 record in 2011 and was the opening day starter in 2014.

Gee was also hit with the injury bug during his time in New York. After being placed on the disabled list during the 2015 season, the Mets called up Mansfield native Noah Syndergaard to take his spot. The Mets also flirted with the idea of using a six-man rotation once Gee was healthy. However, after one bad start, the team announced plans to use Gee out of the bullpen, a move that frustrated the righty. He was later designated for assignment and became a free agent after the season. Gee then signed a minor league deal with the Royals.

“This game is a challenge,” added Gee. “You just got to fight your way through it. It was kind of an abrupt ending there in New York, but it is what it is. I found a job with the Royals last year and pitched fairly well.”

Now Gee gets another chance, this time with the Rangers. He will likely battle for the fifth spot in the rotation, along with A.J. Griffin, Nick Martinez and Rule 5 draft pick Mike Hauschild.

The Rangers recently agreed to a deal with another veteran right handed, Tyson Ross, but the signing isn’t officially yet because Ross has not had his physical. Ross is also coming back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and may not be available at the start of the season.



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<![CDATA[Jamaican Bobsled Team Crowdfunds for Coach]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:55:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jamaican+Bobsled+Team.jpg

The Jamaican bobsled team is back for the Olympics. A little strapped for cash, sure, but back nonetheless.

The climatologically challenged team is attempting to crowdfund a salary for a head coach for the next Olympic games in 2018 in PyeongChang, according to a GoFundMe page posted by the team's social media director.

(Correct - the team does not have a coach but does have someone to run its social presence. Kathleen Pulito, a volunteer from upstate New York, reports to Devon Harris, a member of the original team portrayed in the movie "Cool Runnings.")

"We have a really good shot at our women's team bringing home some hardware to Jamaica," Pulito told NBC 4 New York. "People don't quite see value in our brand just yet."

The perennial underdogs' biggest hope is Jazmine Fenlator, who competed for the United States in the 2014 Games before switching to her father's home country. 

Even so, the crowdfunding campaign is off to a slow start, having raised $1,100 of a $60,000 goal. But Pulito said her goal is to get a brand or two interested in the underdog story and go from there.

"Once one good sponsor hops on board, they kind of all jump on board," she said.



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<![CDATA[Beamer among 3 New Playoff Selection Committee Members]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:18:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/56328808.jpg

Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Robert Morris University President Chris Howard have been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

The three new members will begin three-year terms next season.

College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock also announced in a statement Tuesday that Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt will return next season as the committee chairman and his term will run through February 2018.

Beamer, Smith and Howard replace Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.

Alvarez and Rice completed three-year terms this past season. Carr resigned from the committee during last season, his first on the panel, because of health issues.



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<![CDATA[Josh Hamilton Signs Minor League Deal with Texas]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:07:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-492307716.jpg

Slugger Josh Hamilton is getting another shot with the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers said Tuesday they have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training for the oft-injured 2010 AL MVP.

The 35-year-old Hamilton had his best years in Texas as a five-time All-Star, including trips to the World Series in 2010-11.

Hamilton was released in August, closing the books on a $125 million, five-year deal signed with the Los Angeles Angels in free agency after the 2012 season.

The Angels traded Hamilton back to Texas after two injury-plagued years. The outfielder played just 50 games in two more seasons with the Rangers, missing all of last year with a left knee injury that required surgery.

The Rangers also signed right-hander Dillon Gee to a minor league deal. He pitched for Kansas City last season and had thoracic outlet surgery in October



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<![CDATA[Rangers' Diekman to Miss Half of 2017 Due to Ulcerative Colitis]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:13:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/519447474.jpg

Texas Rangers reliever Jake Diekman is expected to miss at least half the season after upcoming surgery to treat colitis, a digestive condition.

Diekman, the top left-hander in the Texas bullpen, has battled the condition throughout his career.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday the team was aware of the possible surgery and absence before agreeing with Diekman last week on a $2.55 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.

The surgery is planned for Jan. 25. Diekman had a flare-up with his condition, which affects the intestines and colon, during the holidays.

The 29-year-old Diekman was 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA and four saves last season for the AL West champions. He came to Texas along with ace Cole Hamels in a deal with Philadelphia at the trading deadline in 2015.



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<![CDATA[Hamilton Working to Play First Base with Rangers ]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:06:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-492324242.jpg

Switching positions is never easy in baseball. The adjustments may seem minor in theory, but being able to successfully make the change is a whole new ballgame.

That’s the change Josh Hamilton is trying to make.

After being released in the offseason by the Rangers, the 2010 American League MVP was brought back on a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. Now, he will be making the switch from the outfield to first base.

“I’m excited about it because I’ve wanted to play first for years,” said Hamilton. “To have the opportunity to be more involved in the game because you are there is exciting to me. It’s something new because I haven’t done it in so many years.”

Hamilton is basically just excited to be able to play. Since returning to the Rangers in 2015, he’s missed the majority of the time with various injuries, including all of last season due to multiple surgeries on his left knee. He was cleared to resume baseball activities in December and has been putting in work since.

“I think it’s a prove yourself thing,” added Hamilton. “There’s no guarantees, which I’ve always found that I like. It just pushes you and drives you to be better and to get to where personally you feel like you want to be as a player.”

There are adjustments to be made moving from the outfield to first base, including learning the footwork around the bag and how to pick errant throws out of the dirt. Judgement and reaction times are completely different since the ball gets to you quicker off the bat. These are some of the things Hamilton will continue to work on as spring training gets closer, especially since he said the last time he played first was during Legion ball in 1999. Hamilton did add that he’s work at the position in the past during batting practices and planted the seed with general manager Jon Daniels.

“I’ve kind of been hinting at it for a couple of years,” said Hamilton. “If I’m in the outfield, I’m going to go all out, I’m going to run into walls. That’s just the way I’m made. That’s just the way I play the game. If I don’t play it that way, I’m not going to enjoy it. I did mention it in passing here and there with JD and just think about ultimately what’s the biggest thing that they can want from me.”

The other challenge Hamilton faces is earning a roster spot on the team. He’ll have the opportunity in spring training, but nothing is guaranteed. The spot is open after Gold Glove winner Mitch Moreland signed with the Red Sox during the offseason. The Rangers also have prospect Joey Gallo in the wings, who made a position shift from third to first last season in the minors. Plus, the Rangers are rumored to have interest in free agents Mike Napoli and Mark Trumbo, who like Hamilton fit under the first base/designated hitter category.

However, Hamilton is open to the challenge of fighting to make the team and feels like he still has a lot left in the tank.

“The first thing that comes to my mind was 2007 with the Reds; I had to make the team,” said Hamilton. “Remembering how much work I put in to make that happen, remembering how much fun it was because every day mattered. That mentality I feel like is back and I can take that into this spring training.”

If successful, it’s just another chapter in the story of Josh Hamilton. But there is still one thing missing from that story.

“The ultimate goal is to win the World Series.”



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<![CDATA[Spurs' Duncan Gets Slam Duncan O's Breakfast Cereal]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:53:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tim-Duncan-H-E-B-Os-16x9.jpg

Spurs superstar Tim Duncan has his own breakfast cereal.

For a limited time H-E-B grocery stores is selling Slam Duncan O's, a honey nut oat cereal where the Os are the hoops and the chocolaty puffs are the basketballs.

"We wanted to commemorate his legacy as one of the most beloved Spurs’ players of all time," H-E-B said on their webpage. "we’ve made it so that everyone can make a slam dunk, just like Tim."

To ensure all customers are able to spend a morning with the power forward, purchases are limited to six boxes per customer.

Each 11 ounce box retails for $2.98 and are available online for shipping within Texas.



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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About End of Cowboys Season]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:49:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630562810.jpg Pat Doney gives us five things to know about the end of the Cowboys season.

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<![CDATA[Dak Prescott's Favorite Food? Just Ask His Great-Aunt]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:53:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lucy+Dosher+dak+prescott+aunt.jpg

Lucy Dosher wasn't always a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.

But she has always been a huge Dak Prescott fan.

Dosher is Prescott's great-aunt. She lived most of her life just 15 miles away from where her great-nephew grew up in Haughton, Louisiana. Now, she lives in Arlington, just a few miles from where he is the quarterback for America's Team.

"He's still the same little boy that used to come to my back door," Dosher recalled. "He would come in the back door and say, 'Aunt Sis, do you have any olives?' And he would eat the whole can."

Prescott's jerseys may have changed over the years, but that one thing apparently stays the same.

Anytime family gets together, Dosher always sends Prescott a can of olives.

When he was still playing for Mississippi State, his fourth-cousin, 12-year-old Ross Dosher, had the honors of hand-delivering the goods.

"I handed him a can of olives, that was my moment of glory with him, my moment with Dak," Ross said, laughing. There's even a blurry photo of the two to prove it.

Dosher remembers going to Prescott's middle school and high school games, the potential clear even then.

"We didn't anticipate he would become famous, we just knew he was a good football player," she said. "I'm proud of him, I love him, and I wish he would come see me."

Lucy turns 97 years old on Wednesday – might be a good time for a visit.



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