<![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-usThu, 29 Sep 2016 14:23:29 -0500Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:23:29 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ryder Cup: Heckler Sinks Putt McIlroy Missed]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:13:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-611393266.jpg

The Ryder Cup is known for rowdy galleries. A vocal heckler walked the walk after talking the talk during the practice round on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan took multiple cracks at a 12-foot putt on No. 8 and missed every time. David Johnson, of Mayville, North Dakota, let them know about it, saying he could make the putt. Henrik Stenson pulled Johnson from the gallery and Justin Rose laid a $100 bill right next to the ball, daring Johnson to make it.

After wisecracking that the putter he was handed was too short, Johnson muttered, "home soil, right?" Then he drilled the putt, eliciting a roar from the crowd. Johnson pumped his arms wildly and earned high fives from the entire Euro foursome as they exited the green.

"Has the Ryder Cup started already?" McIlroy tweeted while linking the video.

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<![CDATA[Soccer Concussions Increasing Dramatically: Study]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:40:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC-soccer-concussions.jpg

A study conducted by the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio found the rate of reported concussions and head injuries in soccer increased by nearly 15 times in 2014 compared to when the study began in 1990.

Zachary Bares, a junior at Century High School in Bismarck, North Dakota, has played soccer all of his life and, over time, he's had a number of concussions.

"I got kicked and fell backwards on the back of my head and I guess I was dizzy through out the game but I thought I was just dehydrated and not feeling very well," Bares said.

A concussion is caused by a hit to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth and hit the skull.

Minor brain injuries are becoming more prevalent in high school sports. Athletic trainer Dean Chumley said he deals with a concussion injury about once a week.

"I need to keep my eyes on the athlete. See if they're stumbling around, that's a red flag. See if they're dizzy, that's a red flag. If there's the out in left field look that pretty much gives me an indicator that something is going on inside of their head," Chumley said.

Bares, to make playing soccer safer, now wears a helmet.

"My coaches talked to me and they decided that it would be best for me to wear a helmet and its best for me because it protects you when you're playing the game," Bares said.

Athletes that feel like they've had a concussion should be evaluated immediately rather than risking their long-term health.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Bryant Avoids Team, Bad News on Injured Knee]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:13:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610469078.jpg

Dez Bryant missed medical appointments and team meetings over two days away from the Dallas Cowboys this week as the star receiver tried to avoid bad news about his injured right knee.

Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant missed an MRI on Monday and a team meeting Tuesday before finally getting the exam Wednesday. The MRI revealed a hairline fracture in a bone in his right knee, which he injured in last Sunday's win over Chicago.

It's possible Bryant won't miss Sunday's game at San Francisco because the Cowboys have had similar scenarios with injury in the past. But he was expected to miss practice for the second straight day Thursday.

"It stems from someone who is very passionate about what he does and he did not handle this the right way," Garrett said. "He expressed that to me. He expressed that to other coaches and teammates. You can understand why he did what he did, given the passion that he has for the game and for this football team and where he thought he was. I'm not excusing any behavior that he has."

Garrett said Bryant was reacting to the initial diagnosis Sunday night after the 31-17 win against the Bears. He injured the knee on a catch on the second play of the game but came back and caught rookie quarterback Dak Prescott's first career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Bryant missed seven games last season, the first five after breaking his right foot in the opener. The foot wasn't the same all season, and he also battled ankle and knee injuries. The Cowboys opted to sit him the final two games when they were out of contention on the way to a 4-12 finish.

Garrett said there were "repercussions" but didn't specify whether there was a fine for Bryant, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract before last season.

"Dez understands he has a responsibility to be here," Garrett said. "He was completely well-intended. He's a driven guy and his response to this was not the right one. It was an understandable response given his personality and everything he puts into this."

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<![CDATA[Ray Rice in Dallas to Discuss Domestic Abuse]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:45:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ray+rice+dallas+forum.jpg

When you think about the kind of person who would speak at a forum on domestic violence, Ray Rice might not come to mind. But that's exactly what the former NFL star was doing in Dallas Wednesday.

Rice served on a panel discussing solutions to end domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses, two years after he made headlines around the world when video of the Super Bowl winner knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious was made public.

"My worst night was on video. I'm in situation where I have nothing to hide and I'm in a situation where I can be fully transparent," Rice said.

The event was hosted by the Big XII conference, which is still reeling from the Baylor University sexual assault scandal.

Rice's participation raised some eyebrows, but he said his experience and what he has learned from it need to be shared with athletes across the country.

"I want to help as many people as I can – as many kids as I can – to, number one, understand what domestic violence. Number two, never commit the act. I think that my message can go a long way," he said.

Seated on stage next to Rice was Brenda Tracy. In 1998 Tracy brought charges against two collegiate football players, accusing them of rape. The district attorney did not prosecute the case. While the optics of an abuse victim sitting next to an abuser was odd, she said Rice, who continues to take full responsibility for his actions, should be a part of the conversation.

"We have to kind of get into his mind and his mindset so we can figure out how we help these men and how you stop this," Tracy said. "I go to a campus and I talk about my experience and I humanize the issue and people are affected. So, I would imagine that people are also affected by his story too."

Since leaving the NFL, Rice has gone across the country, sharing his message with high school and college athletes. Paige Flink, CEO of the Family Place – an advocacy and support organization for victims of family violence – says Rice can be an asset in the fight to end domestic abuse.

"If his motives are good and there's something that he can say to a young man that someone else couldn't, I think that's important," Flink said. "He was held accountable. He lost his career because of his behavior. He needs to be able to say, 'I did it. I paid the price, and now here's how you cannot be me.'"

Rice said speaking publicly is also helping him prepare for the day he has to tell his young son and daughter what he did to their mother.

"A value I think I can really add is realness, everything I've been through," Rice said.

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<![CDATA[Ray Rice Speaks at Anti-Domestic Violence Forum]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:48:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ray+rice+dallas+forum.jpg Former NFL running back Ray Rice spoke at a forum on preventing domestic violence, hosted by the Big 12 Conference in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Emotional Scenes at Jose Fernandez Funeral Procession]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:15:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092816+jose+fernandez+memorial+3.jpg

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<![CDATA[Tim Tebow Homers in First Instructional League At-Bat]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:45:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tebow-home-run-0928.jpg

Tim Tebow didn't waste time making an impact in his first professional baseball game Wednesday.

USA Today reports that the former Jets backup and current Mets instructional league player hit a home run during his first at-bat against minor leaguers for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Video tweeted by a reporter for WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, shows Tebow smacking the ball over the center field wall as fans erupt in cheers.

Tebow, who has also been working as an analyst for ESPN's SEC Network, signed an instructional league contract with the Mets after working out for several MLB teams earlier this summer. 

The former quarterback, who won the Heisman Trophy while playing at the University of Florida in 2007 and played a central role in national title-winning seasons in 2006 and 2008, failed to find lasting success under center in the NFL.

But he decided to take up baseball, a sport he hadn't played since high school, earlier this summer in a final attempt to play professional sports. 

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<![CDATA[Consistency the Key for the Mean Green]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:58:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610198598.jpg

Consistency. That’s what the football program at North Texas is working towards.

They took a step closer on Saturday, coming back from a 17-0 deficit in the first quarter to beat Rice 42-35 in double-overtime on the road in Houston. The Mean Green is now 2-2 on the season, doubling their win total of a season ago and is now tied with Southern Miss for the top spot in the Conference USA West Division.

“The more you win, the more confident you get and the more momentum you get,” said Mean Green head coach Seth Littrell. “Not everything went perfect. We’re still not starting as fast as I would like. But the thing I did like is the way they battled back. They stayed together and kept on grinding it out.”

Freshman quarterback Mason Fine had the best game of his young career, throwing for 224 yards and a touchdown.  The offense showed its quick-strike capability, with three touchdown drives in 2:34 or less. Fine hit wide receiver Kenny Buyers for a 75-yard scoring strike, and running back Jeffrey Wilson busted out a 75-yard touchdown run.  The 42 points were the most the Mean Green scored in a game since 2014. The players seem to be responding to the new system put in place by Littrell and the coaching staff.

“It’s great for that reason that they are buying into what we are talking about and that’s something we stress,” said Littrell. “Keep continuing to play, don’t blink, don’t look at the scoreboard, it has nothing to do with that. We’ll figure out if we won the game after the fourth quarter. It’s huge.”

Their next two C-USA games are in the friendly confines of Apogee Stadium in Denton, starting Saturday with Middle Tennessee.  The Blue Raiders are off to their best start since 2013 at 3-1 and lead the East Division. North Texas leads the series 8-6 and have a 4-3 edge at home going back to 2001. However, Middle Tennessee won the last meeting in Murfreesboro last season.

“We still have a long way to go in all three phases,” added Littrell. “We still got to just continue to work.”

Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Saturday in Denton.

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<![CDATA[TCU Ready for Revenge in Matchup with Sooners]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/recut-MO-TCUIntro-6p-092716_1200x675_774430787951.jpg The 21st-ranked TCU Horned Frogs look to move to 4-1 on the season when they take on the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday afternoon. Head coach Gary Patterson has a bone to pick heading into the game.]]> <![CDATA[SMU Marching Band Members, Students Kneel During Anthem]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:57:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/GettyImages-609996238.jpg

An image of an SMU marching band member is igniting more conversation about race and the right to protest our national anthem.

In all, five band members took a knee as they played The Star-Spangled Banner before last Friday's football game against TCU at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The action was part of a protest that's gaining traction across the country.

About 40 fellow SMU students knelt on the sidelines to show their support, too

Student Naomi Samuel helped organize the protest and said the reaction has been mixed, and includes everything from congratulations to insults – both on campus and on social media.

The kneeling movement began earlier this month when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt before an NFL preseason game, protesting the oppression of African Americans.

Several other NFL players have joined the protest in recent weeks, and athletes at North Texas schools have been among those taking part, including the DeSoto High School volleyball team.

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<![CDATA[Nastia Liukin Talks Future of USA Women's Gymnastics]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:18:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nastia-liukin7.jpg Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Nastia Liukin joined NBC 5 live in studio to talk about the future of Team USA women's gymnastics after the hiring of her father, Valeri Luikin, as coach.

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<![CDATA[Pat Smith Talks Life With Emmitt, Her Past and New Book]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:44:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pat+Smith.jpg Pat Smith, the wife of Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith, sat down with NBC 5's Meredith Land to talk about her life with Emmitt, her emotionally abusive past and her new book.

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<![CDATA[TCU Backup Player Earns Big 12 Honor]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:44:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/2009-tcu-helmet.jpg

No KaVontae Turpin...no problem.

The Horned Frogs still keep coming up with great special teams play.

The Big 12 Conference has announced TCU's Desmon White as its Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Friday's 33-3 win at SMU.

Filling in for an injured Turpin, White had a career long 31-yard punt return on his first attempt. He totaled three returns for a career-best 74 yards (24.7 average).

White added a career-high six receptions for 49 yards to give him 123 all-purpose yards on the night.

White, a junior from DeSoto, is 12th nationally in punt returns with a 17.2 average, making TCU the only school in the country with two players in the top 12.

Turpin leads the nation at 28.8 yards.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Wear No. 16 for Jose]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:31:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16270851118909.jpg

No one on the Miami Marlins will ever wear Jose Fernandez’s No. 16 again, owner Jeffrey Loria announced Monday, a day after the star pitcher was killed in a boating accident.

But that will only take effect after Monday night, when Marlins players honored Fernandez by each wearing his jersey number during their game against the Mets, in which he had been scheduled to start.

And second baseman Dee Gordon started the game with an almost unbelievable tribute to his teammate, slamming the third pitch out of the park for a lead-off home run. 

Gordon was overcome as he touched home, hugging his teammates as he walked back to the dugout.

Fernandez and two others were found dead on Sunday morning when the boat they were on, which authorities have said appeared to be traveling very fast, crashed on a jetty off Miami Beach.

That day, the Marlins held an emotional press conference where the players and coaching staff fought back tears remembering the 24-year-old ace. The team also painted his No. 16 on the pitcher's mound and placed flowers alongside the rubber.

Fernandez dazzled on the mound for Miami in his brief career and the team will recognize his achievements in Monday's game.

The Marlins canceled Sunday's game against the Braves following Fernandez's death. Barring a need for that contest in the playoff race, Miami will only play 161 games this season.

The Marlins' gesture to have every player don Fernandez's number is reminiscent of the league's annual remembrance of Jackie Robinson. Every season, every player on every team wears his No. 42 for one day in April.

Fernandez will likely go down in history as the last Marlins player to wear No. 16, besides the players wearing it in his memory. While the team has not announced the plan officially, Monday's gesture points in that direction.

The game Monday night also included a moment of silence.

It's the first time in Marlins history that an active player has died. It is a rare event in sports and one that has no playbook. Miami could opt to hold more tributes for Fernandez next season as well, including at the 2017 All-Star Game.

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<![CDATA[Former Cowboys DE Greg Hardy Arrested on Drug Charge: Police]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:27:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Greg-Hardy-mug-shot.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy faces a felony drug charge after he was arrested Sunday night in Richardson, police say.

Hardy, who is an NFL free agent after playing for the Cowboys in 2015, allegedly had 0.7 grams of cocaine in a wallet in his car. It was discovered after a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal, a police affidavit states.

Hardy was stopped about 11:22 p.m. after turning onto Midway Drive from the 300 block of North Glenville Drive. The officer gave Hardy a verbal warning for the traffic violation but asked for his consent to search his 2010 white Dodge Challenger, the police report says.

He told the officer that he didn't know what the substance was and said he believed he got it while he was at a party Saturday night, according to police. Hardy said he passed his wallet around at the party because he was paying for everybody, and he said that must have been when someone put the substance in his wallet.

Hardy was booked into the Richardson City Jail, where he remained Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $5,000.

Hardy spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, before joining the Cowboys in 2015.

Hardy hasn't garnered much attention in free agency since he and the Cowboys parted ways after the 2015 season. He recorded six sacks in 12 games while playing for Dallas.

The defensive end made news stemming from a 2014 arrest for assaulting an ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. The charges were eventually expunged from Hardy's record.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Preseason: 5 to Know]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:47:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney-mavs-5-to-know-092616_1200x675_773442115784.jpg The Mavericks' preseason starts Oct. 1 -- here are five things you need to know about the 2016-17 season.]]> <![CDATA[North Texan Returns to Coaching After Battling MS]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:38:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Coach+Harrell+092516.jpg

Within a span of just a few years, North Texan Sam Harrell went from fighting for state football titles to fighting for his livelihood.

"It went really fast," he said. "From 2005 to 2010, I went from 'you can’t tell anything, but you have it' to 'now you can't even walk.'"

In 2004, Harrell’s Ennis High School Lions had grown into a powerhouse. Their spread attack was virtually unstoppable, powering them to 4A state championships in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

But in 2005, Harrell’s coaching future — and his life — drastically changed with a doctor’s visit when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a condition where the immune system attacks the central nervous system and disrupts communication between the brain and body.

"He said, 'You aren’t going to coach much longer.' It was a blow," he said. "The only people I knew had MS were in wheelchairs. I wasn’t showing any signs. It took about a year for it to start showing up."

The Diagnosis

It started with a limp. Then it progressed to the point where Harrell used a golf cart when coaching. By the third year, it was obvious something was wrong.

"We told the boys. I told assistant coaches," he said. "I knew I couldn’t do it anymore."

By 2010, MS had taken a toll on the 55-year-old Harrell. He was forced to retire from coaching. His son Graham, the highly-decorated former Texas Tech quarterback, said his father had trouble simply moving between his chair and bed.

"He had always been the patriarch of the family. Seeing him in that kind of shape, it took a toll on the family," Graham said. "They weren’t giving him any hope of improving."

Harrell and his family went to Green Bay to see Graham, who was with the Packers at the time. A woman with the team met him with a wheelchair in the parking lot and wheeled him into the stadium.

"It was not fun," he said. "There was no way I could walk through a stadium or parking lot."

But when Harrell went back to Green Bay to see Graham the next year, the same woman — whom Harrell calls "Green Bay Sherry" — was shocked when she saw him.

"I come walking in there, seeing that lady, she couldn’t believe it," he said. "She said, 'Last year we had to get in in a wheelchair and now you're walking everywhere.'"


Between visits to Green Bay, Harrell's health and hope were quickly waning. He was reaching the point of desperation when a friend told him about a new stem cell procedure — that has not been approved by the FDA — for MS patients being performed in Panama.

"What do I have to lose?" he recalled thinking. "I was going to give it a shot."

Until he saw how much the procedure cost. Harrell knew he couldn't afford the treatment, but it turned out that he didn't have to.

"The people of Ennis were so great. The coaches too," he said. "They set up a fund for me."

Harrell went to the Stem Cell Institute in Panama, where doctors injected stem cells harvested from donated umbilical cords into his body. The treatment is designed to prevent further damage to neurons and even repair them.

Harrell underwent the procedure twice and saw no improvement.

"It’s not a guarantee to work," he said. "A lot of people don’t get better. They’re open about it -- [a] 60 percent chance of working."

The third time turned out to be the charm. Or as Harrell said, "A blessing from God."

First he could lift his leg. Then he could keep himself from falling. Then he could walk to the mailbox.

"Now I can do what I love," he thought.

Returning to Football

Now, Harrell walks without a limp. He also jumps rope, runs stairs and even went back to "work."

Harrell returns as the offensive coordinator at Fort Worth Christian School. In 2015, he helped lead the Cardinals to their first state championship in more than 20 years.

"That was really a fun night," Harrell said. "I was just so thankful. To be in that moment was truly unbelievable."

He's back to feeling healthy and, just as importantly, happy.

"I hear people say, 'Retire and do what you love.' I say that’s what I’m doing," he said. "I love football. I’ll probably die on this field or some other field, and I’ll have a big smile on my face when I do."

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Open Stadium Club Restaurant at AT&T Stadium]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:59:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/204*120/cowboys-stadium-club-render.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys and Legends Hospitality opened the doors to a restaurant inside AT&T Stadium.

A grand opening event for the 19,000 square foot restaurant was held at 11 a.m. Monday.

"Stadium Club at Texas Stadium was always a fan favorite, and we're excited to welcome guests to a revamped version that will offer a game day atmosphere any day of the week for all occasions," Cowboys executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones said.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Dallas Cowboys alumni attended the grand opening. Visitors are welcome to stay to watch the Monday night game.

The restaurant will be open to the public seven days a week for lunch and dinner. During Cowboys home games, the restaurant will only be open to Stadium Club members.

For more information on Stadium Club, visit attstadium.com/stadiumclub or call 817-892-4000.

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<![CDATA[Elena Delle Donne Opens Up in Video]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:11:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514542562.jpg

Chicago Sky superstar Elena Delle Donne is well-known for her exploits on the court and her status as the defending WNBA MVP, but what you may not know is the story of how her bond with her sister resurrected her basketball career.

In a new video released by Gatorade, Delle Donne recounts the story of how she walked away from the UConn women’s basketball team to take care of her sister Lizzie, who has cerebral palsy and is blind and deaf.

"Lizzie has always been my strength, but going away to play college basketball meant that I had to say goodbye, and I just wasn't ready," she said. "Everybody thinks I came home to take care of her, but she was the one helping me."

She took a year off from basketball, but ultimately decided to come back to the sport and became a star at the University of Delaware. In the video, she describes how her sister’s love of the wind helped give her a new perspective on life.

"If you close your eyes, and you can't hear anything, and the wind comes across your face and blows your hair, it makes you feel a certain joy. To her, it's just pure joy and it's incredible to watch something that simple make her so happy," Delle Donne shared.

"I'll step outside after a rough practice, feel the wind, and it's like, 'Oh. There you are Liz,'" she added. "Liz has taught me so much. You don't focus on what you don't have - you celebrate what you do." 

Delle Donne has gone through other obstacles in her career as well, including contracting Lyme disease during her sophomore season. Eventually she overcame those challenges and was drafted by the Sky with the second overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.

Unfortunately for Delle Donne, she has more adversity to go through now, as she’s dealing with recovery following thumb surgery earlier this month. The star forward is hoping to return to the court during the WNBA playoffs, but her timetable for recovery is unknown at this point.

Even with that latest setback, Delle Donne proves in the video that she is willing to take on any challenge, and going through adversity is something she’s become very adept at in her career.

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<![CDATA[British Open Organizers Pay Tribute to Arnold Palmer]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:58:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arnold-Palmer.jpg

Organizers of the British Open paid tribute to Arnold Palmer on Monday for his "immeasurable" contribution to golf's oldest major, a tournament that he won twice in the early 1960s and helped bring to international prominence. 

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient, called Palmer "a true gentleman, one of the greatest ever to play the game and a truly iconic figure in sport." 

Palmer, who died Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87, won seven majors, including the British Open in 1961 and '62. He last played the Open in 1995, 35 years after his first appearance. 

"His contribution to The Open Championship was, and remains, immeasurable," Slumbers said in a statement. "He will be missed and forever remembered by all at The R&A and throughout the world of golf as a charismatic and global champion of our game." 

Palmer first played the British Open in 1960, finishing runner-up in what he later called one of the biggest disappointments of his career. But his appearance invigorated the British Open, which Americans had been ignoring for years. 

"Without question Arnold's participation in The Open Championship in the early 1960s was the catalyst to truly internationalize golf," European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. "The fact he was loved and recognized by everyone across the globe, whether they be fans of golf or not, is testament to his charismatic legacy that will live on." 

Palmer was made an honorary member of The European Tour in 1995. 

"In this week of the playing of the 41st Ryder Cup in particular, we remember fondly his time as a six-time Ryder Cup player and two-time captain," Pelley said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time."

<![CDATA[Wylie to Honor Olympic Medalist]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:38:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592610488.jpg

The City of Wylie and the Wylie Independent School District are set to honor taekwondo bronze medalist Jackie Galloway.

Officials will declare Sept. 26 Jackie Galloway Day in honor of the Wylie High School graduate.

Wylie community will then line the streets of downtown to honor Galloway during the homecoming parade at 6:30 p.m.

Galloway will be available to sign autographs and pose for photos afterward.

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<![CDATA[Jose Fernandez Remembered by MLB Teams]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:49:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/187*120/GettyImages-610389982.jpg

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<![CDATA[5 Things To Know: Cowboys Win Over Bears]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:41:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610477444.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney give us the 5 Things to Know about the Cowboys win over the Bears Sunday night on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Blue Star Breakdown: Elliott's Big Game Sunday Night]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:38:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Blue_Star_Blog_Elliott_Talk_1200x675_773043267781.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and the Original 88 Drew Pearson discuss running back Ezekiel Elliott's big game in the Cowboys win over the Bears.]]>