<![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, 27 Mar 2017 02:15:25 -0500Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:15:25 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Playing Operation With UFC's Miocic and Dos Santos]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:59:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ufc_operation_game_1200x675_905976899766.jpg

On May 13th, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos will fight for the title in Dallas. But in the NBC 5 studio with Pat Doney, the two warriors battled outside the octagon, playing a very popular game. 

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<![CDATA[Raptors beat Mavericks, Raptors Clinch Playoff Spot ]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:29:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630277806.jpg

DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka scored 18 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors clinched a playoff berth after their fifth straight victory, 94-86 over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

The Raptors, who came back from 15-point deficits to win each of their last two games, made it a little easier on themselves Saturday. Toronto scored the game's first seven points and never trailed in dealing the Mavericks' playoff hopes a damaging blow.

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points for Dallas, which missed 18 of its first 22 3-pointers and finished just 7 of 28 from behind the arc.

Patrick Patterson added 14 points for Toronto, including a perfect 4 for 4 on 3-pointers.

The Mavericks fell four games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the West.

Toronto led by as many as 16 points in the first half and by 15 early in the fourth quarter before a 10-0 Dallas run made things more interesting.

Dorian Finney-Smith's free throws with 7:57 to go brought the Mavs within 79-74, the closest they had been since 7-2 early in the game. But Ibaka made consecutive jumpers to restore a nine-point lead, and Dallas got no closer than six after that.

The Raptors had their biggest lead at 42-26 in the first half. Barnes scored Dallas' last 11 points of the half to help cut into the lead, but Toronto led 54-44 at the break.

J.J. Barea's long 3 at the third-quarter buzzer again brought Dallas within 10 at 74-64.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Coach Dwane Casey said he was hopeful that guard Kyle Lowry would return from wrist surgery before the end of the regular season. "I know he's doing a lot of conditioning, a lot of work to keep his body in shape," Casey said. "Just let him rehab, let him do his thing and trust our medical people." Lowry has missed the last 16 games. . Toronto was also without starting forward DeMarre Carroll due to a sore lower back. P.J. Tucker started in his place.

Mavericks: Seth Curry with 11 points and Yogi Ferrell with 10 were the only other Mavs in double figures. . Nerlens Noel started his second game in a row at center for the Mavericks, who have gone to a big lineup. They've moved Dirk Nowitzki to power forward, Barnes to small forward and Curry to point guard.

STREAK IN JEOPARDY

The Mavericks took their 41st loss of the season. Their next loss will end the NBA's second-longest streak of .500 or better seasons -- currently at 16 seasons. Their last sub-.500 season was 1999-00, when they finished 40-42 and Mark Cuban became owner of the team in January 2000.

San Antonio has the longest streak of .500 or better seasons with 20, including this season.

ABOUT THURSDAY NIGHT

Cuban couldn't resist giving his opinion on Barea's ejection from the Mavericks' victory over the Clippers on Thursday night. Barea was called for a flagrant 2 foul for pushing Blake Griffin, a player with a 10-inch height advantage over Barea.

"I just feel bad for Blake," Cuban said. "It's hard to come back from a knockout like that. We sent flowers to his family, condolences. I can only guess that he's going to be drinking through a straw for a long, long time."

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Orlando on Monday. The Magic have beaten the Raptors in two of three meetings this season.

Mavericks: Host Oklahoma City on Monday to end a four-game homestand. Dallas plays seven of its final nine on the road.



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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 4]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:24:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+IHSS+Logo.jpg

The Inside High School Sports Plays of the Year from both the football and basketball season. 

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 3]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:23:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+IHSS+Logo.jpg

Garland Lakeview Centennial guard Zhaire Smith is in studio to accept his Best Dunker of the Year bobblehead. 

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 2]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:23:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+IHSS+Logo.jpg

This week's Inside Story takes a closer look at spring football practice at Grand Prairie, plus Michael Florek from the Dallas Morning News is in studio with an early look at the 2017 football season. 

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 1]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:23:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+IHSS+Logo.jpg

Keller guard R.J. Nembhard and head coach Randall Durant are in studio as Nembhard receives his Player of the Year bobblehead. 

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<![CDATA[Rangers Go with Darvish to Start on Opening Day]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:38:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645625010.jpg

It was an obvious decision.

Manager Jeff Banister revealed the news during spring training that pitcher Yu Darvish will be the Opening Day starter for the Rangers when they face the defending American League champion Cleveland Indians on April 3 in Arlington. Darvish will be the ninth different Opening Day starter for the Rangers in the past nine seasons.

 “We feel like we’ve got one of the best pitchers in baseball leading off the rotation for us,” said Banister. “I think that not only physically he’s in a great place but mentally and emotionally. He’s in a great spot. He knows what he means to this club.”

The news did not surprise anyone, expected for maybe a few that thought Cole Hamels might get the nod. Hamels was last year’s Opening Day starter and had a good showing in the win over the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park.

However, there’s no question that Darvish is the ace of the staff and when healthy, one of the more dominant pitchers in the game. He missed all of 2015 with Tommy John surgery and made 17 starts last season, finishing the year with a 7-5 record and had 132 strikeouts in 100 innings.

The key for Darvish during spring training this year was to regain control of his arsenal. He’s also been working on a split-finger pitch during the spring, which only makes him more dangerous.

But returning to form isn’t the only reason this year is huge for Darvish. He’s set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Darvish enters his fifth year with the Rangers and has really been a No. 1 caliber pitcher during his entire career in Arlington.  The Rangers don’t do a lot of talking about contract negotiations but bringing him back may be high on the priority list.

“There’s a good relationship between the organization and the player there,” said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. “I hold Yu in high regard as a person and a player.”

The Rangers have a unique advantage of having a pair of aces to deal out during the season with both Darvish and Hamels. Lefty Martin Perez has looked good during spring training, locking down the No. 3 spot in the rotation. A.J. Griffin is expected to be as the No. 4 starter with the Rangers contemplating starting the season with a four-man rotation until Andrew Cashner returns from a biceps injury.

But on Opening Day, all eyes will be on Darvish as he takes the mound to start the 2017 season. The Indians will count with Coppell native and 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in what could be a very entertaining matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 next Monday night.



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<![CDATA[Is Bill Murray a Good Luck Charm? Xavier Fans Hope So]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:41:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657091926.png

Bill Murray is having quite the year. It's always a good time to be the iconic 66-year-old 'Ghostbusters' actor, but it turns out that this is a pretty good time to be a fan of his favorite sports teams, too.

The Chicago-area native was front and center for his beloved Cubs’ first World Series victory in 108 years – singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game;" appearing on 'Saturday Night Live' with team members; calling for Mayor Emanuel to cancel school; and even making one fan’s dream come true

He crashed postgame interviews, victory celebrations and even a White House press briefing, all for the love of his Cubbies. Now Murray has his sights set on March Madness, and his support of bracket-busting Xavier University has led some to speculate that perhaps there’s a little something more to his diehard fandom.

The Musketeers came into the NCAA tournament as the 11 seed in the West Region, but those long odds didn’t stop them from winning three major upsets in a row. After taking out six-seed Maryland and three-seed Florida State in the first two rounds, Xavier toppled two-seed Arizona on Friday to head to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008.

In the stands to see it happen was, of course, Bill Murray, whose son is an assistant coach of the Xavier men's basketball team. While the proud father's reaction to Xavier's shocking exit from the 2016 NCAA tournament quickly went viral, this year has so far been a very different story.

A notoriously raucous sports fan, Murray's hair-tousling joy could put a smile on just about anyone's face – and it did not go unnoticed.

"Entourage" actor Jerry Ferrara even tweeted that "tons of credit" goes to Murray, while sidelined Bulls star Dwyane Wade himself was in awe of Murray’s "power."

That power even led some fans to change their allegiance—or hope that Murray could lend them a helping hand.

Whether there’s some sort of magic to Murray's support remains to be seen, as Xavier is set to face their toughest test yet. The Musketeers take on one-seed Gonzaga Saturday evening, with both teams looking to secure a trip to their first-ever Final Four.



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<![CDATA[Miocic, Dos Santos Discuss UFC 211 in Dallas]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:26:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ufc_miocic_dos_santos_1200x675_905976899767.jpg

With UFC 211 coming to Dallas on May 13th, NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos about their upcoming fight at the American Airlines Center.

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<![CDATA[Tony Romo Likes Tweet About Heading to Houston]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:44:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Herm-Romo.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs recently tweeted video of former pro football player and coach turned analyst Herm Edwards saying he thinks Tony Romo is headed to Houston.

Now Newy tweeting isn't news, but what is interesting is who liked that tweet.

Among the five likes, is the official Twitter account of Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

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That's right No. 9 liked the tweet. Of course, that doesn't amount to Romo confirming anything.

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However we find it interesting since Romo has been quiet on Twitter since his last post on March 9 thanking everyone for their support.

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The Dallas Cowboys have been mum about Romo's future as well.

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So Romo Watch continues and so does our watch of possible "Twitter tells."

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<![CDATA[TCU Alum Jake Arrieta Hits Longest HR by Pitcher]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:56:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618893422.jpg

The legend of Jake Arrieta grew a bit more when he hit the longest home run by a pitcher ever measured Thursday.

In his first at bat in nearly four months, no less.

In the third inning of Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago Cubs — and former TCU — starting pitcher sent a 1-2 pitch from Zack Greinke 465 feet into the stands.

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Arrieta's home run was the longest pitcher-hit home run ever recorded by Statcast — Major League Baseball's analytic tool — and only 16 home runs hit by position players in 2016 went farther.

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The Plano native hit two home runs in each of the last two regular seasons for the Cubs and added a postseason shot off Madison Bumgarner in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Arrieta is also a pretty good pitcher, winning the 2015 National League Cy Young Award and giving up the fewest hits per nine innings of any NL pitcher in each of the last two seasons.



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<![CDATA[5K Canceled; No Refund for Runners]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:55:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/firefly-run-responds.jpg

The Firefly Run is held across the U.S. It's a 5k race and it was supposed to be making its way to Plano Saturday night, but runners recently learned its not happening after all.

A North Texas runner got a letter in the mail saying the race "will not take place due to unforeseen circumstances."

The organizers also mailed a package which included a shirt, LED's, and sponsor items to the participants in case they wanted to run on their own.

As you can imagine people who signed up for this 5k want their money back, but according to the organizers, their registration is non-refundable.

Bobbi Grimes-Davis says she didn't receive anything in the mail and found out the event was canceled on Facebook.

The woman who posted said that she received a letter in early February about the cancellation.

"With me registering two weeks after that, it's just really odd," says Grimes-Davis.

We checked the firefly run's registration page online — and the event has now been changed to a "virtual race."

We then reached out to the organizers of the run:

"I'm not sure what can be done...Participants sign a waiver understanding there are no refunds in the event of a cancellation. However, we offered full refunds through Daily Deal purchases...There was a major issue with both the venue and important organizations that led us to cancel the event and make it into a virtual run. We had to purchase participant items at the beginning of the year so we are needing to pay back for those items; hence why in our waiver we have to put no refunds."

The organizer says they've put this run on for seven years in a row with no cancellations.

The NBC 5 Responds team has found it's not uncommon for races to be called off. Unfortunately for the consumer, a non-refundable registration fee isn't uncommon either.

But Grimes-Davis, who's been training for the 5k, says a heads up would have been nice.

"Just the lack of information and response. I've heard nothing from these people at all."

So if you're signing up for a race, here are Sam's Solutions:

• Check the fine print. Find out what happens to your registration fee in the even of a cancellation
• You may also want to purchase race insurance if offered
• And always check to make sure event has proper permits from the host city

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    <![CDATA[Herm Offers Advice, Warnings to Dak, Zeke]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:33:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HERM_ON_ZEKE_WEB_1200x675_904932931958.jpg

     Former pro football player and coach turned analyst Herm Edwards had some advice, and some warnings, for Dallas Cowboys players Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott.

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    <![CDATA[Barkley on Zeke Elliott: 'This Fool Down Here in Dallas']]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:12:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Charles-Barkley-Ezekiel-Elliott.jpg

    Hall of Fame basketball player Charles Barkley is going off on Cowboys All Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott after he was caught on video pulling down a female’s shirt, exposing her breast during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Avenue in Dallas.

    The NFL star was on top of a rooftop of a Dallas when the video was shot.

    Barkley told the Jim Rome Show (a show I proudly filled in for when Romey was on vacation when I worked in Los Angeles), “This fool down here in Dallas…man, you know this kids is so great at football. He already has this domestic thing at Ohio State. Now he’s pulling down girls shirts at Mardi Gras. Dude-this is professional football. This ain’t Ohio State. Grow up and be a man. It just drives me crazy when I see some of this stuff these kids do.”

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    <![CDATA[Herm Thinks Romo is Headed to Houston]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:34:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HERM_ON_ROMO_WEB_1200x675_904933443636.jpg

    Former pro football player and coach turned analyst Herm Edwards had some very nice things to say about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and where he thinks he's headed in the NFL.

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    <![CDATA[White House Announces New England Patriots' Visit]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:11:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/what-ap.jpg

    It's official: the White House has announced when the New England Patriots are visiting after the team's historic comeback Super Bowl win.

    The Patriots will meet President Donald Trump on April 19, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Thursday.

    A number of star players have already stated they won't be visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., including Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, LaGarrette Blount and Dont'a Hightower.

    Before the team's Super Bowl win against the Atlanta Falcons, Bennett announced that he wouldn't go to the White House if the Patriots won.

    "America was built on inclusiveness not exclusiveness," he tweeted.

    Blount's announcement was made on "The Rich Eisen Show" after the Pats' win.

    "I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that," Blount said.

    Running back James White said he was considering skipping the event, but would make a decision after the team was invited.

    Star quarterback Tom Brady previously said his teammates are allowed to skip their trip to the White House, but added that they're missing "a great experience."

    Brady missed his team's 2015 White House trip during the Obama administration, but said his absence "never was a political thing."

    Trump has frequently mentioned his friendships with Brady, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, including on the eve of Election Night during a visit to New Hampshire.



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    <![CDATA[NFL to Develop Player Training Video for Celebrations]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:11:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-619305294_master.jpg

    The National Football League wants to show players how they should celebrate touchdowns during a game.

    The league is preparing a training video to show players which types of celebrations are allowed.

    Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, said on Twitter Wednesday that the league is developing an educational training video, with the goal of giving the players “clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations.”

    Vincent, a former player, clarifies that the videos are not new celebrations rules but they are for "clarity and consistency for both the official and the player."

    But not everyone is happy about the idea.

    Former Cowboys player Martellus Bennett ripped NFL in a Twitter rant on Thursday.

    He said the NFL wants the players to be robots and not individuals and compared the way NFL promotes logos to the way NBA promotes players.

    Along with the training videos, the committee is also exploring ways to take dangerous hits out of the games.

    "We'll communicate this to our coaches and players with video examples of flagrant hits that may result in ejection or suspension," Vincent announced in a series of tweets.



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    <![CDATA[Johnny Manziel, Sean Payton Discuss Return to Football]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:31:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/manziel-payton.jpg

    Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel met with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton met the week before the Super Bowl and discussed Manziel's return to football, according to a report.

    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted Thursday morning that a source told him about the meeting.

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    Payton, the former offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, could consider taking a flier on Manziel as a backup with the upside to succeed the 38-year-old Drew Brees.

    The 24-year-old Heisman Trophy-winner from Texas A&M has been a free agent since he was released by the Cleveland Browns March 11, 2016. The Tyler native was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    Manziel appeared in 15 games, starting 8, for the Browns, who selected him 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He's passed for 1,675 yards and 7 touchdowns against 7 interceptions.



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    <![CDATA[USA Dominates Puerto Rico to Win First WBC Title]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:38:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*127/AP_17082181722984.jpg

    America's pastime is back in the hands of the United States.

    Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer and Marcus Stroman threw six shutout innings as the United States dominated Puerto Rico, 8-0, to win their first ever World Baseball Classic Title.

    It was a patriotic night at Dodger Stadium as the Americans outplayed the undefeated Puerto Ricans in every facet of the game, avenging a 6-5 loss in the quarterfinals last Friday in San Diego.

    "We were prepared since we've already played them once," said Pittsburgh Pirates' outfielder Andrew McCutchen. "They got us the last time, we made mistakes in that game, but today, no mistakes were made. That's something we keyed on and we were able to do it. We made history today."

    Kinsler got the scoring started for the United States when the Detroit Tigers second baseman teed off on a four-seam fastball from Seth Lugo in the third inning to give the Stars and Stripes and early 2-0 lead.

    Earlier in the day, Kinsler sounded off on how Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries play the game, telling The New York Times, "I hope kids watching the World Baseball Classic can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico or the Dominican plays. That's not taking anything away from them. That just wasn't the way we were raised."

    The United States didn't give Puerto Rico a chance to celebrate on Wednesday night as Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman had a no-hitter through six innings.

    "I love pitching in these moments," said Stroman. "I love the atmosphere. I feel like the bigger the game, the more I'm able to get up, the more effective I am. I truly try to pride myself on being a big-game pitcher. This was probably one of the biggest if not the biggest game I've ever pitched in."

    Stroman is of Puerto Rican descent, but ironically, opted to play for the United States over Puerto Rico in the WBC tournament. His mother, who is Puerto Rican, was harassed on social media earlier in the week for her son's decision to pitch for Team USA. 

    "It definitely added a little fuel to the fire," said Stroman, who was named MVP of the tournament. "This is our first win. We've had a few early exits in the past. So each and every guy came into this with one goal, and that was to win it. I love these guys. It was an unbelievable experience, and I'll be back in four years to defend the title." 

    Angel Pagan broke up the no-hitter with a double down the left field line to leadoff the top of the seventh. It was one of only three hits Puerto Rico would have on the night.

    Andrew McCutcheon was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Brandon Crawford had a pair of RBI of his own as the U.S. hoisted the WBC trophy for the first time in it's fourth installment.

    "It was a fun and great experience," said Crawford after the game. "Just to be on this team and around all these guys. They're All-Stars, Gold Glovers, Silver Sluggers, all that on this team. It was a lot of fun for me just to be a part of it, but the winning makes it even better."

    The Americans relished their victory underneath a downpour of confetti on the field. Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer carried a bald eagle statue on the stage for the trophy celebration and acknowledged the team had their sights set on winning it all before the tournament began.

    "We wanted to get the U.S. back on top of the baseball world," he said. "We did that."

    Lugo, a New York Mets minor league pitcher, took the loss for Puerto Rico, allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in four innings. Entering the game, Lugo was 2-0 in the tournament, but Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games.

    Before the game, Puerto Rico had printed up t-shirts that read "WBC Champions," and reportedly had plans for a return flight to San Juan and a parade pre-scheduled.

    That preemptive arrogance irked Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

    "Do you want the truth? Before the game, we got a note that there were championship shirts made, a flight, and a parade, and it wasn't for us," said Jones. "That didn't sit well with us."

    Most of the 51,565 fans in attendance chanted "USA! USA! USA!" as they draped themselves in American Flags. After the game, United States' manager Jim Leyland said this would be the last time he would put on a baseball uniform and dedicated the game to our country's military

    "This is for the men and women who serve our country."



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    <![CDATA[The Development And Success Of UT Dallas Baseball]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:30:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UTD+Baseball+Hat.jpg

    “Individuals play the game but teams win championships.”

    Every day there’s a quote just like this posted on the dugout wall at UT Dallas, courtesy of head coach Shane Shewmake. A two-time American Southwest Conference East Coach of the Year, Shewmake is 401-249 in 13 seasons, which is about how long the baseball program has been in existence. He was hired in April of that year and had to put together a team by August.

    “Number one, we didn’t have a field to begin with,” said Shewmake. "It was an old intramural field so getting the field ready was number one on the list. I spent a lot of time watching high school and junior college games. When you are starting something new, players are a little hesitant but we were able to find the right group that got this thing rolling in the right direction.”

    Fast forward to today, UT Dallas is in the midst of one of its best seasons in program history. The Comets are ranked No. 11 in the NCAA Division III poll with a 18-4 record.

    “It’s been an interesting journey,” added Shewmake.

    UT Dallas lost 14 seniors from last year’s team that finished with a 24-20 record but was able to reload this season. Among the new faces in the dugout is junior first baseman Barry Casey. The Southlake native transferred from Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant and leads the team with a .433 batting average with five home runs and is tied for the team lead with 34 RBI. The move to the Division III school in Richardson has been a perfect fit for Casey, both on the field and in the classroom.

    “It’s been a blast,” said Casey. “I’m really excited to get my degree but also play baseball here. It’s been a blessing.”

    Another junior college transfer, Conner Scruggs, is also making an impression during his first year at UT Dallas. The third baseman from Garland Naaman Forest and Eastfield Junior College in Mesquite has a .395 batting average with 32 hits and 22 RBI.

    “It’s been a great season,” said Scruggs. “We’ve been hitting the ball and pitching well. We’ve just been playing our game.”

    One of the few seniors on this year’s team is centerfielder Josh Covey, who has spent the entire duration of his college career at UT Dallas. Covey is putting up some impressive numbers this season for the Comets at the leadoff spot with a .411 batting average and three home runs. A native of Tomball, Texas, Covey has seen how the program has grown.

    “It’s come a long way since my freshman year,” said Covey. “Obviously, the coaches are really good at recruiting but the recruiting classes are getting better and better each year. It’s great to see the program growing and it’s great to see guys want to come here and play so it’s wonderful.”

    UT Dallas has the weekend off but continue to stay locked into the game mentality with afternoon intrasquad scrimmages. The Comets are back on the field in Richardson for a weekend series against McMurry University starting on March 31. UT Dallas is 8-0 this season at home.

    All the pieces have fallen into place for UT Dallas this season as they look to win their first ASG Conference title in school history. It would be another successful milestone for a young program that continues to grow and develop into becoming one of the premier Division III college baseball teams in the nation.  

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    <![CDATA[UT Dallas Baseball Enters National Poll In NCAA Division III]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:10:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UTD+Casey.jpg

    UT Dallas first baseman Barry Casey and centerfielder Josh Covey talk about the success the Comets have had this season and the development of the baseball program at the school. 

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    <![CDATA[Building The Baseball Program at UT Dallas]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:29:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UTD+Shewmake.jpg

    UT Dallas did not have a baseball program until 2002. Head coach Shane Shewmake discusses building the baseball program from scratch after arriving that year. 

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    <![CDATA[Fire at Tech's Practice Facility Near Jones AT&T Stadium]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:50:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/tt+fire.gif

    Texas Tech University says nobody was injured in a fire Wednesday afternoon at the school's new sports performance center.

    The fire started at about 5:30 p.m., and thick black smoke could be seen for miles from the Lubbock campus while firefighters contained the flames.

    Campus officials said workers had been welding on the roof of the facility, which is under construction near the Jones AT&T Stadium, when a piece of hot metal landed on rubber roofing material below and ignited.

    The extent of the damage and an estimate on the losses from the fire have not been released.



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    <![CDATA[Globetrotter Guests on Class' Famed Handshake Line]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:18:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+Harlem+Globetrotter+Handshake+THUMB.jpg

    North Carolina grade school teacher Barry White Jr. greets each member of his 5th grade class with a personalized handshake every morning. Video of White delivering these handshakes went viral earlier this year. Today, the teacher had another surprise for his students when Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin showed up to deliver the handshakes. McClurkin has played with the Harlem Globetrotters for six seasons, and in addition to delivering the famous handshakes, he also offered the students some sage advice: listen to your teachers.

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    <![CDATA[Blond Ambition: Puerto Rico Baseball Team, Fans Dye Hair]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:22:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-655812566.jpg The Puerto Rican national baseball team is showing their unity at the World Baseball Classic through blond bonding. Players are sporting bleach-blond locks, inspiring fans to dye their own hair. What began as a joke among team members has turned in to a phenomenon that is causing a shortage of hair dye at beauty supply stores and pharmacies across the island.

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    <![CDATA[Breaking Down Various Mock Drafts for Cowboys]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:41:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys+Helmet+Field.jpg

    With various mock drafts floating around, NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs breaks down some of the predictions of what the Cowboys will do in the first round. 



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    <![CDATA[New Ice Rink Gives Mansfield a Place to Skate]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:53:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Timothy+LeDuc+Ashley+Cain.jpg

    The construction of a new StarCenter facility is underway in Mansfield after a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday. 

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    The Dallas Stars and the City of Mansfield have teamed up to bring a two-sheet ice rink to the area, providing a facility for ice skating and hockey programs. The rink has the ability to host youth and adult hockey leagues, tournaments, figure skating lessons and public skating. 

    "The construction of the StarCenter in Mansfield is a testament to the growth and success of hockey in the North Texas region," said Jason Farris, Dallas Stars Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

    The StarCenter in Mansfield will become the eighth location in the area. 



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