<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News, Analysis, and Scores for the Giants, Jets. Patriots, Huskies, Knicks and More]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:45:56 -0500 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:45:56 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Banged Up Shoulder Could Limit Dez Bryant]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:41:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/4554420961.jpg

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant came away from his 10-catch performance in Sunday’s win over the Titans with a banged up shoulder, an injury that could keep him limited in practice this week.

Dez is a very, very tough individual,” head coach Jason Garrett said this week, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. “He’s physically tough and he’s mentally tough. We went to him a number of different times in the game, and over and over and over again he made the plays. Made plays to keep drives alive. He made big plays. Scored the touchdown down in close. Again very productive once he came back.

“Anticipate taking his injury day by day. Hopefully he’ll be ready to do something Wednesday in practice. And then we’ll have a good week of preparation for St. Louis.”

Bryant posted a touchdown and 103 receiving yards in the 26-10 victory on Sunday, numbers that are all the more impressive considering that the Titans double-covered the 2013 Pro Bowler all game.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Likes Romo in Role of Game Manager]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:36:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/453706640.jpg

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be more than happy if Tony Romo continues to play the role of game manager, as he did in Sunday’s victory over the Titans.

Romo went 19 for 29 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown, as the Cowboys rode their running game to the 26-10 win in Nashville. DeMarco Murray went for 167 yards on 29 carries, and backups Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle added another 53, a dominant performance that took a good deal of pressure of Romo’s shoulders.

“I’m probably the one that’s standing right behind Tony and saying, ‘Yes, we like seeing that,’” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, via ESPN Dallas. “When you can have that balance--and that’s a word that’s overused, balance, and the other day we had more of a lean to the run – we’ll take it. That offensive line played lights out for us, but when you can have more of a balance, which means that you’re not sitting there with a highway show of passes for Romo, then I think we’re seeing you have a better chance for your defense to be more effective, play less plays, better field position. All of it works together.

“So the way that we played Romo the other day fits me just fine and fits him just fine. It’s called winning, and that’s what we’re here for.”

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<![CDATA[Ring of Honor Would be "Proudest Moment" for Woodson]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:16:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/darren-woodson1.25.12.jpg

Darren Woodson won’t play coy when asked about the prospect of being inducted into the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.

The Cowboys all-time leading tackler recently told the team’s official website that he thinks about the honor “all the time” and that being inducted would represent the greatest honor of his professional life.

You talk about your proudest moments,” Woodson said. “My proudest moments were my babies, my kids that I’ve had, my three kids. But, as far as sports are concerned, that would be my proudest moment.”

Woodson’s resume certainly reads like that of a Rong of Honor member. He was a part of all three Super Bowl winning teams in the early 90s, was named All-Pro three times and played his entire, 13-year career with Dallas.

“I gave them all I had, all I needed to give and all I had at the same time, and I think my career speaks for itself,” Woodson said. “Hopefully, one day the Jones family will put me up in that Ring of Honor--would love to be there.”

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<![CDATA[Garrett Applauds Cowboys' Physicality in Win]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:03:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455442130.jpg

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett applauded his team’s physicality in the victory over the Titans in Nashville on Sunday, a game that saw Dallas post 220 yards rushing and control the ball for over 40 minutes.

“Rushing for over 200 yards in the National Football League is a hard thing to do and you certainly embrace any of those games. There’s no guarantee you can play like this,” Garrett told the team’s website. “If you decide that this is the way we want to play, it’s hard to guarantee you’re going to be able to do that week in and week out.”

Obviously, as Garrett points out, it’s not as though Dallas will be able to dominate the ball to the degree they did against the Titans week in and week out. But that kind of performance is what the team aspires to.

“It all follows with a plan we’ve had really for a couple or three years to be able to do this and be this kind of a football team--a physical team that controls the line of scrimmage and can run the ball, early in the middle and at the end of games,” Garrett said.

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<![CDATA[Spencer Getting Closer to Return]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:51:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/anthony-spencer-jerry-jones.jpg

Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is getting closer to returning to the lineup and will participate in some football activities this week in practice, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

In some form, he’ll do some football,” Garrett told the team’s website. “But he’s really worked hard, he looks good. But again, we have to be mindful about where he came from and just take it day by day and see how he handles the work.”

Exactly a year ago yesterday, Spencer played in his first and last game of the 2013 season, recording two tackles in a 17-16 loss to the Chiefs. Dallas shut him down after that game and he underwent microfracture surgery on his knee.

Since Dallas opted against placing him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, Spencer is eligible to return as soon as he’s ready.

“We’ll start slowly, (he’ll) certainly be on the side, maybe a little bit of individual work and see how he responds to the work and see if we can progress from day to day,” Garrett said.

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<![CDATA[Young Being Tossed Around as Replacement]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:06:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/young-retirement-04.jpg

If you're a Texas Tech football fan like myself, you know what it's like to have an inexperienced, galvanizing former player take over an entire program/franchise and try to liven things up a bit.

So far for the Red Raiders, the results have been mixed, but positivity is still running rampant through Lubbock despite their subpar start to the 2014 season.

This winter, when the Texas Rangers look to replace departed manager Ron Washington in what they hope is a huge bounce-back season, there's one name being tossed around out there that wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, except for the fact that it would.

Michael Young, the Rangers' all-time leader in just about every category, had a bitter split from the team following the 2012 season but came back at the beginning of 2014 to retire as a Ranger and have a public make-up with general manager Jon Daniels.

Young is the consumate professional on the field — always was. Off the field, he had his spats, but he never let the negativity go between the lines and always was a leader for the team on the field and in the clubhouse.

Now, national columnist Richard Justice is one of many folks suggesting the Rangers look Young's way in their off-season managerial search. I'm not so sure Young is what the Rangers need as a team expected to be back in the upper echelon of the league when they have a healthy roster next season, but he would be a galvanizing force and make the fanbase happy, for the most part.

It wouldn't be unprecedented. Guys like Brad Ausmus and Mike Matheny recently got managerial jobs with no prior coaching experience, so Young could be the next in line.

It'll be interesting to see what happens, but I think it's definitely safe to say Young will be up for consideration this winter. How seriously is the key question.



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<![CDATA[Breakdown: Road to 100 Losses]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/454736990.jpg

There are 13 games remaining in this awful, awful Texas Rangers season. There are no more off-days. Just 13 games in 13 days — six on the road against the AL West's top two teams and then seven at home against the same Oakland A's and the also-awful Houston Astros.

The Rangers currently sit at 57-92 heading into a three-game set in Oakland beginning Tuesday, meaning they have a little wiggle room — seven losses, to be exact — to avoid a 100-loss season, something they haven't done since their first two seasons in Arlington (1972 and 1973).

So let's take a look at the final four series of the season and try to predict what will happen and project a loss total for the 2014 season for a team that entered this year on the heels of four straight 90-win seasons.

Three games at Oakland: The A's are floundering. And since Aug. 9, their record is actually one game worse than the Rangers' and the worst mark in baseball over that five-week span. But still, expect the A's to take two of these games, losing only Derek Holland's start on Wednesday.

Total: 58-94.

Three games at Los Angeles: The Angels have absolutely owned the Rangers this year, but now that they have clinched a playoff spot and could very well clinch a division title very soon, the Angels could lose a bit of their edge before they hit October.

Total: 59-96.

Three games at home against Houston: The Astros have locked up the Silver Boot and have all but assured themselves of not finishing last in the AL West. So kudos to them. Both of these teams are now playing for interim managers, and in one final stand at home, expect a series win for the Rangers here.

Total: 61-97.

Four games at home against Oakland: Needing a series split to avoid 100 losses, the Rangers will do better than that and try to spoil the season for their fiercest AL West rival by winning three of four and sending Rangers fans home happy for the final time this year. Can February get here soon enough?

Final record: 64-98.



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<![CDATA[Murray Off to Fastest Start in Team History]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:35:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455442014.jpg

DeMarco Murray is off and running.

I mean really running. In fact, through two weeks of the NFL season he’s the most productive running back.

Two fumbles aside, Murray has been the “bell cow” that head coach Jason Garrett forecast during training camp. He’s broken tackles. He’s made defenders missed. By sheer effort and extra oomph, he’s turned three-yard runs into five-yard gains.

In doing so, he’s off to the best start by a Cowboys’ running back in the franchise’s 55-year history. Yep, better than Tony Dorsett. And even better than Emmitt Smith.

Murray leads the NFL in rushing with 285 yards, a good 44 yards ahead of the Texans’ Arian Foster. His two touchdowns trail only the Saints’ Mark Ingram (3) and he leads the league with a whopping 35 percent of his carries resulting in a first down. To be fair, his two fumbles are also a league-high.

With 118 against the 49ers and another 167 at Tennessee, Murray is on pace for 2,280 yards. Only two games in, of course, that kind of prediction is unrealistic.

But it is a reality that Murray’s 285-yard, two-game start has bested anything authored by the Cowboys’ two Hall of Fame runners.

Dorsett’s best start was in ’81 when he amassed 261 the first two games, then followed it up with another 162 in Week 3 en route to 1,646 yards. On his way to a club-record 1,773 yards in ’95, Smith started with 277 yards over the first two games and bolstered it with 150 in Week 3.

Where Murray finishes remains a tantalizing mystery. But his start is already unprecedented.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Tepesch Needing Strong Finish]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:26:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/203*120/452046722.jpg

Nick Tepesch has had a roller-coaster year for the Texas Rangers.

It started in spring training, when the Rangers wanted desperately for Tepesch to win a rotation spot heading into the season. That didn't happen because Tepesch was so bad he was sent to minor-league camp before spring training even wrapped.

So Tepesch went to Triple-A Round Rock and excelled, to the tune of a sub-2.00 ERA prior to a call-up in May.

Since his call-up, Tepesch has been up and down. He's had some great starts and some duds — what you'd expect from a decent pitching prospect who is still trying to figure out how to pitch to big-league hitters.

But Tepesch now has over 100 innings this season and needs to start figuring things out if he wants to be in the Rangers' Opening Day rotation plans for 2015 along with Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, most likely Colby Lewis and then fill in the blank.

His last time out, Tepesch worked just 4 2/3 innings and allowed 10 hits. He only gave up three runs, which seems like bad logic given the hits allowed in so few innings, but he wasn't good.

When he opens a road series in Oakland on Tuesday, he'll need another outing that goes six or seven innings. It'd be good for his confidence, and for the Rangers' confidence in him.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Piling Up Losses, Rookies]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:23:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bxmk86jIUAA33mc.jpg

As the Rangers headed west this week for their last road trip of the season, they engaged their rookies in an annual rite of baseball: Initiation.

For years they, ahem, persuade their newcomers to dress up on the flight. And this year the scene was particularly scary.

But no, it wasn’t the player dressed as a nurse. Or the guy in the diaper. Or the French maid’s costume. Not the Leprechaun. Or even all the garish wigs. Nope, it’s not the quality of outfits worn by Rangers’ rookies.

It’s the quantity.

In a normal season Major League Baseball teams will have 5-10 rookies, even after September call-ups. But the Rangers? Would you believe 18? The injuries have taken a toll on the Rangers’ success, but also opened a lot of doors of opportunity for young players.

In case you haven’t been paying attention to this nightmarish season, that’s a third as many rookies as they have wins. In Oakland this week they could start a lineup of all rookies tonight, and do it with a totally separate rookie lineup tomorrow.

Yikes.

The bad news: The Rangers almost ran out of costume ideas.

The good news: Even in a disaster of a season, they’re still managing to smile.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Choice Out, Smolinski Set to Return]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:17:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/451878896.jpg

The Texas Rangers will almost certainly not see Michael Choice in a game again this year after he left Sunday's win over Atlanta with a strained hamstring after an RBI double. With only 13 games remaining, the chances of Choice coming back look pretty meager.

But it's OK, because on Tuesday, the Rangers will activate rookie outfielder Jake Smolinski from the disabled list to step in for Choice as a full-time outfielder for the season's final two weeks.

Smolinski was one of the season's better stories, which says a lot about how bad this season has been in Arlington.

The 25-year-old made his big-league debut and caught fire from the get-go for the Rangers. In his 11 games prior to hitting the disabled list with a fractured foot, Smolinski hit .389 with a .450 on-base percentage, three doubles and five RBIs. He also made a few highlight-reel catches in left field, drawing several comparisons to former Ranger great Rusty Greer.

In a season that was completely lost many moons ago, Smolinski is a guy the Rangers would like to see finish 2014 on a positive note.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Hope to Continue Spoiler Role]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:08:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/495481801.jpg

Remember back earlier this month when Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said something along the lines of the Rangers really wanting to play spoiler to other teams down the stretch when it became abundantly clear the Rangers were not going to playing October baseball this year?

Well, they started doing just that over the weekend with their improbable sweep of the visiting Atlanta Braves — the Rangers' first three-game sweep since April.

That sweep, of course, came on the road in Oakland's O.co Coliseum against the A's, where the Rangers will begin a three-game road series against those same A's on Tuesday night.

The A's are 11-22 since Aug. 9, which makes them baseball's worst team since that date. They currently sit just one game up on Kansas City for the top AL Wild Card spot and three games up on Seattle for the final playoff spot in the American League.

So the Rangers have a big opportunity this week. The Mariners are playing the first-place Angels, so they might not win anyway, but if they do, and the Rangers can take some games from the A's, they'll move the A's closer to the brink of an October-free season, something that was not even being considered a month ago.

Of course, after they play the A's, they travel to Anaheim to play the Angels and then return home for another four-game series with Oakland to close out the season. The Rangers have nothing to play for but pride, and the opportunity to stick a fork in someone else.



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<![CDATA[A's On Verge of Awful Collapse]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:57:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/455076270_8.jpg

If the Texas Rangers and their fans can take solace in anything about this awful, awful season, it's the fact the knife in their back the past two seasons is suffering a pretty horrific ending to the 2014 regular season.

The Oakland A's are by no means out of the playoff hunt. In fact, if the season ended today, they would host the one-game AL Wild Card playoff. But just last month, the playoff picture looked drastically different, and much sweeter for the A's.

Five weeks ago, the A's had the best record in baseball and a four-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. That was just after the MLB trade deadline, when it appeared the A's had fired the warning shot to top all warning shots by acquiring three starting pitchers, including Boston Red Sox's ace and World Series-tested lefty Jon Lester. In the process, they dealt away slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes — seen by A's fans as a bit of a two-trick power pony, at the plate and with his arm in the field. But he didn't quite fit into the "A's way" and he was far from a sabermetrician's dream.

But things haven't worked out well for the A's, who have the worst record in baseball since Aug. 9. Yes, their 11-22 mark is one game worse than even your Texas Rangers. That's pretty remarkable to think about.

Since then, the Angels have been baseball's hottest team and are now the first team to have clinched a playoff berth and are right on the brink of clinching the AL West. Meanwhile, the A's are fighting for their lives to hold on to a wild card spot, trying to fend off their AL West bunkmates, the Seattle Mariners.

Would you rather have the Rangers in the mix, as well? Sure. But since that obviously isn't happening this year, you have to admit, this is pretty riveting theater to watch.



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<![CDATA[Scandrick Return Will Bolster Surprising Defense]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/222*120/Giants-Cowboys021.jpg

When the season began a couple of weeks ago, it could have easily been argued the Dallas Cowboys were playing without their best defensive player, with all apologies to newly signed defensive tackle Henry Melton.

Of course, Sean Lee is awesome, but he's also injury prone and is out for the season after tearing up his knee in OTAs back in the spring. So that left Orlando Scandrick, who was suspended for four games for his admitted use of Molly on an off-season vacation.

Surprisingly, the Cowboys' defense has been serviceable through two games, and was downright good in Sunday's win over the Titans, thanks in large part to the surprising performance of supremely talented and gifted noted head case Rolando McClain in Lee's place.

So when Scandrick returns on Sunday after being reinstated by the league after two games out after a new drug agreement was agreed to, it can do nothing but help a unit that was expected to be far and away the league's worst this season.

Scandrick should step right into the Cowboys secondary along with the likes of Barry Church and Brandon Carr and help make the Cowboys' surprising front seven even better. Last season, the cornerback had 64 tackles, a forced fumble and two interceptions in what was a historically bad defensive season for the Cowboys under Monte Kiffin.

Now, the Cowboys have Rod Marinelli running the defense, and Scandrick's return will give him an extra weapon in his arsenal and make the Cowboys' defense better still.



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<![CDATA[On Deck: Rams]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:08:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-at-rams-2014.jpg

On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Cowboys game during the 2014 season.

The Opponent: After an embarrassing season-opening loss to Minnesota, the Rams returned last week to get a somewhat unlikely road victory in Tampa, beating the Bucs 19-17. Quarterback Austin Davis (who?) was efficient in his first start since replacing the injured Shaun Hill, who replaced Sam Bradford. Davis was 22-for-29, albeit for just 235 yards and no touchdowns.

Past Meetings: The Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams had some epic playoff showdowns back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but since the Rams moved to St. Louis, the Cowboys have dominated the series to the tune of 4-2 with the last two meetings ending in lopsided Cowboys wins. As a whole, the Cowboys are 16-15 against the Rams franchise.

Key Matchup: Rams front seven vs. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray — The Rams defense was hyped up coming into the season, and their young talent gave folks good reason to feel excited about the unit. In Week 1, the Vikings ran wild on them. Now, they face Murray, who has owned the Rams over the course of his career, running for 428 yards and two touchdowns in his two career games against them.

Who's Hot: The aforementioned Murray has been spectacular through two games, outside of a fumble apiece in each of the two games. He's showing that, if healthy, the Cowboys can lean on him and let a struggling Tony Romo be more of a bus driver. Rolando McClain has been a revelation for the Cowboys' defense, making it somewhat respectable through two games as the leader of the pack at middle linebacker.

Zac Stacy led the offensive "charge" for the Rams on Sunday, as they scored just one touchdown and four field goals. He rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Who's Not: Tony Romo is still struggling to find his groove and still looks to be far from 100 percent with his multiple off-season back surgeries. After his awful Week 1 performance, which included three interceptions, Romo bounced back to have an efficient, non-spectacular outing on Sunday. He passed for 176 yards and a score and didn't turn the ball over.

Kenny Britt was being counted on to be a go-to receiver for the Rams after he showed a ton of potential in Tennessee, but so far, things haven't gone too well for him. On Sunday in the Rams' win, he caught just one pass for 17 yards.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Cruises to Basketball World Cup Without Parsons]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:59:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_rockets_trailblazers.jpg

As it prepared for the FIBA World Cup, the U.S. National Basketball Team crafted its roster for a championship matchup with tall, talented Spain.

That meant the exclusion of Mavericks’ small forward Chandler Parsons. And in the end, it wouldn’t have mattered either way.

Sending a loud, clear message that the U.S. is again lapping the world on the hardwood, the Americans avoided Spain and cruised to the championship. While Spain – led by the Gasol brothers – were upset by Spain, a U.S. team without LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin barely broke a sweat.

The U.S. won every game by at least 21 points and smothered Serbia in the title game by 37. There was a time when the world was catching up to the U.S. It’s now safe to say America has re-established its dominance. It has all the sudden won 63 consecutive international games and will be the overwhelming favorite at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Parsons, acquired by the Mavs over the summer, seemed to be a perfect fit for the Americans with his outside shooting and versatility. But the U.S. went without a bigger roster in preparation for a potential matchup with the Spaniards.

So instead of flying home with a gold medal today, Parsons will be at American Airlines Center preparing for training camp.

Let’s call it a win-win.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA["Not a Child Abuser": Adrian Peterson Apologizes]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:10:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_adrian_peterson1.jpg

Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings two days after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son, and the star running back said Monday he is not a child abuser and wants "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child."

Peterson, considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched for Sunday's 30-7 home loss to the New England Patriots. He had not commented publicly since news broke on Friday that he had lashed the boy with the switch earlier this summer, causing an unspecified injuries.

"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser," Peterson said in a nearly 500-word statement issued through his agency and posted to his Twitter feed. "I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.

"No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day."

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said they had decided to bring back Peterson for practices and Sunday's game at New Orleans "after significant thought, discussion and consideration." The Wilfs said they want to let the legal process play out before making any more definitive decisions on Peterson's future with the only NFL team he has ever played for.

"To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child," the Wilfs said. "At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing."

Peterson faces an initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he will try to delay the arraignment until next week after Hardin returns from a vacation out of the country.

Corporal punishment is legal in Texas and non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible. But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. A blow that leaves a bruise, welt or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The guidelines also say use of an instrument "is cause for concern."

Hardin said Peterson used a switch because that was the way he was brought up by his parents in Palestine, Texas, and the NFL star agreed.

"I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen," Peterson said. "I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate."

The Vikings decided not to play Peterson against the Patriots, moving swiftly after a week in which the NFL came under heavy scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

The Vikings clearly see Peterson's case as different from the 2011 case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking his girlfriend. Cook was initially suspended by the team before being reinstated with pay. But the Vikings barred him from all team activities, including games, while the legal process unfolded.

Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.

The NFL is looking into Peterson's case, and if convicted he could face a minimum six-game suspension under the league's new tougher domestic abuse policy that was implemented after Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he botched Rice's initial punishment.

The Vikings' decision to reinstate Peterson comes on the same day the NFL announced that three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the league. Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault."

"I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct," Peterson said. "Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person."

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<![CDATA[Radisson Suspends Minnesota Vikings Sponsorship]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:51:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/adrian-peterson-indicted_1200x675_328790083813.jpg

The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas.

In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children."

Radisson says it's suspending its limited sponsorship of the Vikings "while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."

Radisson's sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences.

Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The running back says he was using a form of discipline his father used on him as a boy.

A Vikings spokesman says the team has "respectfully honored" Radisson's request.

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<![CDATA[Tony Romo Plays Bus Driver]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455442100.jpg

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo didn’t exactly light up the box score on Sunday, as he went 19 for 29 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown, but the team didn’t need him to--a refreshing departure from the team’s usual formula for winning.

Rather than leaning on Romo, as they have countless times in the past, Dallas leaned on the ground game to carry them to the win in Nashville. In all, Dallas rushed for 220 yards. DeMarco Murray had 167 of those yards, and freed Romo up to simply drive the bus.

That’s just fine with Romo.

“There will be games where I’ve got to play at a high level for us to win and there will be games where we’ll have the opportunity to do what we did and run the ball and do things,” Romo said. “You’ve got a back like DeMarco Murray and a line that can pound in the running game, it gives you a chance.”

This doesn’t mean Romo didn’t play a significant role in the win, of course. On the crucial, third quarter scoring drive, Romo threw nine passes, including the touchdown strike to Dez Bryant.

“I thought Tony did a nice job for us,” Garrett said. “We blended the run and pass really well. We want to be able to play downhill football and move the chains, control the line of scrimmage. I think we were able to do that and the entire offense did a nice job.”

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<![CDATA[Bryant Makes Impact Despite Double-Teams]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:37:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455452948.jpg

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant broke into a smile when he was asked about the bracket coverage the Titans used all game on Sunday in an attempt to slow the Pro Bowler down.

Sign of respect,” Bryant said, per ESPN Dallas. “There’s nothing else to that.”

Bryant found a way around the constant double-teams, ending the day with 10 catches, 103 yards and a touchdown, but admits that he could stand to work on beating this brand of coverage in practice--not an easy task, by his own admission.

“I’m going to have to go to practice and work on it,” Bryant said. “I am. I don’t think you really can [beat that coverage], but in my mind, I can beat anything.”

This isn’t to say Bryant minds the attention. With the defense worried about No. 88, running back DeMarco Murray ran all over the Titans to the tune of 167 yards and a score on 29 carries on Sunday. Moving forward, Bryant knows the roles may be reversed, with defenses preoccupied by Murray allowing Bryant to run wild.

“DeMarco is turning straight beast mode, man, straight beast mode,” Bryant said. “I know he’s going to keep doing that. When he runs the ball like that, all the running backs, it just makes our jobs that much easier.”

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<![CDATA[Henry Melton Plays Difference-Maker]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:08:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455451602.jpg

Henry Melton, the prized signing of the Dallas Cowboys’ offseason, is beginning to get back into the swing of things.

Melton missed all but three games last year with a torn ACL and all of the preseason with a groin issue. He played 25 snaps in the opener, but his first start as a Cowboy came in Sunday’s victory over the Titans in Tennessee, and he announced his presence on a couple of plays.

First, he had a hand in taking down Tennessee’s Jake Locker, splitting credit for the sack with Kyle Wilber. Then he had a hand, literally, in the biggest defensive play of the day, as he tipped a fourth quarter pass from Locker into the air, allowing Rolando McClain to intercept it. This effectively put the kibosh on a Titans comeback bid.

I'm still trying to get my rhythm out there,” Melton said, per ESPN Dalas. “I'm improving and my wind is getting better.”

In all, Locker was sacked only twice. But he was hurried and hit by Dallas defenders early and often.

“Even when I wasn't in the game, I felt like we were getting a lot of push, making [Locker] uncomfortable,” Melton said. “We've still got a ways to go as a rush front, but I thought we did some great things.”

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<![CDATA[Rolando McClain Robbed of Pick-Six]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:54:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rolando-mcclain9.15.jpg

Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain had a big day against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but it could have been bigger.

In the fourth quarter, with the Titans mounting a comeback bid, McClain made an acrobatic interception on a ball tipped at the line by fellow first-year Cowboy Henry Melton. After the pick, he ran the ball back for what would have been a touchdown--but the referees had blown the play dead as an incomplete pass.

The crew reviewed the play and awarded McClain his interception, but since the play had been blown dead, he didn’t get his touchdown. Head coach Jason Garrett was visibly livid on the sideline, and for good reason. After the game he called the botched call “excruciating” but praised the work of the defense in snuffing out Tennessee’s momentum.

“When you make a play on the ball, it’s going to make a difference in the game,” Garrett said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t officiated correctly. It should have been a touchdown, obviously. They blew the whistle too quickly. But I thought our defense responded well to get the ball there.”

Aside from the pick, McClain led the Cowboys with seven tackles and recorded a sack.

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<![CDATA[DeMarco Murray Joins Elite Company ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:39:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-titans9.14.14.jpg

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray joined some elite company in the team’s win over the Titans in Nashville on Sunday.

With 167 yards rushing, Murray became just the third running back in Cowboys history to begin a season with two consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, joining Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith. Last week in the season opening loss to the 49ers, Murray went for 118.

Like I said before, I’m not worried about those stats,” Murray said after the 26-10 victory, “I’m just worried about wins and losses.”

Arguably the only blemish on Murray’s day was an early fumble, his second in as many weeks, after which head coach Jason Garrett told him to “hold onto the damn ball.” Murray took that advice and, excuse the pun, ran with it.  

“I can’t let that happen. I’ve just got to revert what I’m used to doing and holding it with the hand I’m comfortable in,” Murray said. “I can’t let that happen, and I’ll get to work on that.”

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<![CDATA[Lewis Continues Promising Stretch]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:20:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers090914.jpg

Colby Lewis was once again good on Sunday. He wasn't dominant by any means, but he was very, very effective.

In fact, over the past month — possibly more — Lewis has been the Rangers' best starting pitcher, Derek Holland's recent return notwithstanding.

On Sunday, Lewis went seven innings, which is becoming the norm for Lewis lately, and allowed just one run as the Rangers blew out the Braves to complete a three-game sweep — something they hadn't done since April.

It's definitely helped Lewis that he has had insane run support recently. For some reason, the Rangers' offense likes to come to life when Lewis is on the mound, but give him credit for pitching well and focusing in situations that could actually be too comfortable.

The win was Lewis' 10th of the year. One more will give him the club lead over Yu Darvish, who hasn't pitched in a month. He has an ERA of 5.12, which has slowly dwindled over the past month or so. And for the price Lewis will command this winter in free agency, he'll be an easy decision to re-sign as a No. 4, or even better, No. 5 starter for the 2015 season.

Lewis is battle-tested and has a fierce competitive grit, and he's showing he still has the stuff to eat up innings and keep his team in games. And for a No. 4 or No. 5 starter, that's all you want.



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<![CDATA[On Deck: Athletics]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:02:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-at-athletics-2014.jpg

On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Rangers series during the 2014 season. 

The Opponent: Since being the best team in baseball at the MLB trade deadline and making what appeared to be pennant-clinching moves by acquiring some stud starting pitching, the A's have fallen off the wagon and are now fighting for a wild card spot.

Past 2014 Meetings: Buoyed by an early-season sweep, the Rangers are 5-7 against the A's this year with seven games remaining against them this month.

Pitching Matchups: Tuesday — Nick Tepesch (4-7, 4.47 ERA) vs. Scott Kazmir (14-8, 3.32); Wednesday — Derek Holland (1-0, 0.86) vs. Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.41); Thursday — Nick Martinez (3-11, 4.93) vs. Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.18).

What's Hot: A couple of part-timers — Luis Sardinas and J.P. Arencibia — are both swinging the bat well right now, as is regular stud Adrian Beltre. Beltre is hitting .300 with a homer over his last six games. Holland has been red-hot since making his debut a couple of weeks ago and allowed just one run over seven innings in his last outing.

Want to know what's killing the A's during this dreadful stretch that has now lasted more than a month? Here's a good example: Eric Sogard, yes, the glasses-wearing, light-hitting Eric Sogard is the A's top hitter over the past week among all regulars, and he's batting .286 in that time. Samardzija is coming off an outing that saw him toss seven shutout innings. Kazmir allowed one run over eight innings in his last outing.

What's Not: You have to wonder if Robbie Ross is ever going to get it right again. The dominant reliever turned failed starter is now a failed reliever. In his last outing, he worked an inning and allowed four runs on four hits and two walks. While getting regular playing time, Michael Choice is hitting just .167 in his last six games and left Sunday's win with an injury after an RBI double.

As great as the A's starting pitching has been recently, they're having the same problem the Rangers have had all year. Offensive anchor Josh Donaldson is hitting .258 over the last week and the once-scorching Brandon Moss is batting .188 in that time.

Familiar Faces: Choice, the former Athletic, and Craig Gentry, the former Ranger who was dealt for Choice, are both injured and likely won't play in the series. We used to be able to say the Rangers' manager was a longtime coach for the A's, but we can't say that anymore. The A's acquired Geovany Soto a few weeks back for cash considerations to provide catching depth, but he isn't starting for Oakland.



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<![CDATA[South Oak Cliff Preparing for a Long Season]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:12:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/South+Oak+Cliff.jpg South Oak Cliff head coach Emmett Jones feels he has something special with this year's Golden Bears team and he's preparing his team for what he hopes to be a long post-season.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Break Out the Brooms]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:44:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/4554517941.jpg

I’d have been less surprised to see a September snowstorm in Arlington over the weekend than I was this:

A Rangers’ sweep of the playoff-contending Braves.

It will do nothing to lessen the pain of a nightmare season, but out of nowhere – and just a week after their manager abruptly quit – the Rangers gave hope of avoiding a 100-loss season by winning three straight games. At 57-92, the Rangers have only 13 games remaining. To avoid only the third 100-loss season in franchise history they have to go 6-7.

See, there is still drama in September.

Nobody saw this sweep coming. The Braves are chasing the Pirates for a Wild Card in the National League but, just like that, Colby Lewis pitched and Luis Sardinas hit and the Rangers closed out the weekend sweep with Sunday’s 10-3 romp.

It was just Texas’ second sweep of the season, and its first since beating the A’s three straight way back in April.

“We haven’t had a lot of positive to lay our hats on,” interim manager Tim Bogar told reporters after the game, “so this was a big deal for us.”

Led by an outburst from Sardinas, Michael Choice and Leonys Martin, on Sunday the Rangers matched their season high with 18 hits and scored their most runs since Aug. 29.

In a horrible hurricane of a season, last weekend proved a brief respite in the eye of the storm.
 

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Can Thank D for 1-1 Start]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:30:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455451602.jpg

Call it the triumph of low expectations. Or more appropriately, call the Cowboys a decent defense.

Over the summer owner Jerry Jones promised the Cowboys’ defense would be better in 2014 merely because “it can’t get any worse.” Nonetheless, without DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick we all cringed that last season’s 415 yards per game could indeed get worse.

But through the 1-1 start made possible by Sunday’s 26-10 win in Tennessee, Rod Marinelli’s unit has been shockingly average. Which, according to pre-season doom-‘n-gloom, makes them way above average.

Against the Titans Henry Melton tipped a pass at the line and cornerbacks Morris Claiborne, Sterling Moore and Brandon Carr all broke up passes. And middle linebacker Rolando McClain – Lee’s replacement – was all over the field and sealed the deal with an acrobatic interception in the fourth quarter.

The results? The Cowboys have lopped a full 100 yards off their average from last season. In two games they’ve only allowed five of 21 drives to cover 50+ yards. And through two weeks they’re ranked 13th, up from last year’s 32nd.

“We all know the challenges that our defense has,” Jones said after Sunday’s win in Nashville. “They can be good players and good athletes, but they still have to get in there and play together. Our coaches are doing that. Guys are into it. They know the challenge. I heard some of them talking before the game, ‘We’re right there, guys. We’re close. We’re right there.’ The team is coming together.”

So far, so good. At least, so far not so bad.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Golfer Wins Trip to Space After Hole-in-One]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:13:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455429326.jpg

An English golfer scored a trip into space by sinking a rare hole-in-one at a tournament on Sunday.

Andy Sullivan made the shot at the 163-yard, 15th hole at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, The Associated Press reported.

XCOR Aerospace, an Amsterdam-based company that sponsored the tournament, offered a 100,000-euro ($129,238) seat aboard a commercial flight into space to the first player to make an ace on the 15th hole, according to Golf.com.

The reward was aimed at promoting the company's space trips, which are set to open to the public beginning in late 2015.

"I'm not sure yet,” Sullivan said when asked if he would take the trip, Golf.com reported. "I'll see what the missus says."

Sullivan finished third at the KLM Open, two shots behind winner Paul Casey.



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<![CDATA[Three Phases: Cowboys-Titans]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:35:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455452934.jpg

Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.

Offense: A

There was a first-quarter fumble by DeMarco Murray and a few bad throws from Tony Romo, but other than that, what can you say negative about the Cowboys' offense on Sunday? Murray was a beast, as he was fed the ball in a seemingly conscious effort to lean on the running game. Speaking of beasts, Dez Bryant played a pretty big second fiddle to Murray in Nashville, catching 10 balls for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Defense: A

Once again, the Cowboys' front seven was surprisingly effective, but this time it came in a dominant win. The old adage "a fresh defense is a good defense" rang true on Sunday, as the Titans had just 19 minutes of possession, and when the Cowboys were on defense, things generally went well. Once again, middle linebacker Rolando McClain was all over the field. He also had one of the more acrobatic interceptions you'll see from a middle linebacker that basically ended any remote threat the Titans had. He finished with five tackles, two assists, a sack and an interception.

Special teams: A

Why not make it three As? Dan Bailey was 4-for-4 on field goals, including two 48-yard field goals and a 51-yarder. Punter Chris Jones also had a great day, averaging 55 yards per punt with one inside the 20-yard line.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys 26, Titans 10: Whitt Watch Top 10]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:31:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455442114.jpg

10. Way premature to say the defense is “fixed” under new coordinator Rod Marinelli, but the Titans got only 13 first downs on 12 drives. Once upon a time (better known as Nov. 10, 2003) the Cowboys surrendered an NFL-record 40 first downs to the Saints.

9. Dan Bailey is more automatic than any kicker in Cowboys’ history. Today he nailed field goals from 48, 44, 51 and 48 yards. And they were all straight-down-the-middle swishes. Nothing but net. Bailey’s made 62 of his last 66 field goals. In other words, he’s more reliable than even Dirk Nowitzki at the free-throw line. Amazing. He’s made 26 straight, needing two more to break Chris Boniol’s franchise record.

8. With his second fumble in as many weeks, he started out as Duh-Marco Murray. But wow did he run hard today, amassing 167 yards on a career-high 29 carries. Through two games that’s 51 carries and 285 yards. So yeah Jason Garrett, so far he is the “bell cow” you projected. Murray’s start — 285 yards — is the best after two games in Cowboys’ history. Yep, even better than any jump from the gate by Tony Dorsett or Emmitt Smith.

7. So this week it's Titans fans turn to complain about too many visiting fans in the stands, huh? "Let's go Cowboys!" rang loud and clear.

6. In related good news, Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III dislocated his ankle and the Giants fell to 0-2 after committing four turnovers, allowing a punt return for a touchdown and losing to the Cardinals’ backup quarterback. At home. Ouch.

5. Blue jerseys? No worries. Including last year’s Thanksgiving victory over Raiders, Cowboys now have a two-game winning streak in their traditional blues.

4. Tony Romo authored a win and threw no interceptions, but clearly he’s struggling in 2014. With his mobility. With his zip. With his accuracy. With his everything. And he’s lost a step, or two. Looks more like Tony Slomo. But, hey, be happy. You could be rooting for Jake Locker. Right?

3. Dez Bryant had 10 catches, but even with his athleticism and propensity for highlight grabs it’s going to be difficult to top linebacker Rolando McClain’s bobbling, juggling, falling, grabbing, re-grabbing interception in the fourth quarter. Sure it should’ve been a touchdown. But it was the Cowboys’ catch of the year. So far. After a tip at the line by Henry Melton, McClain basically caught an end-over-end kickoff — one-handed and after caroms off his chest, arm and helmet.

2. Last week the Titans looked great and the Cowboys pathetic. Today the script was totally flipped. Welcome to the NFL, where last week has little or no impact on this week. It’s why football is so frustrating. So entertaining. And so must-watch.

1. Murray was great and Bailey was automatic and the secondary was decent, but the game’s biggest moment was a defensive play by … Jason Witten. With their lead down to 16-10, the Cowboys faced a 2nd-and-4 at the Titans’ 33. For some reason the play call was a screen to the relatively immobile tight end. Romo’s pass was high, glancing off Witten’s hand and into the arms of Titans’ safety Bernard Pollard. But just as Pollard began to tuck the ball away in stride en route to a 62-yard touchdown that would’ve given Tennessee the lead and all the momentum, Witten stretched out and poked the ball free with his right arm for an incompletion. Eight plays later Romo hit Bryant with a touchdown for a 23-10 lead. Ballgame.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Run Over Titans, 26-10]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:24:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys2titans9.14.14.jpg

Propelled by a dominant run game, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Titans in Nashville on Sunday, 26-10.

DeMarco Murray led the way for the Cowboys, bouncing back from an early fumble to go for 167 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. Murray’s second quarter touchdown was set up by Barry Church’s interception of Jake Locker and, after a first quarter Dan Bailey field goal, gave Dallas an early 10-0 lead.  

Bailey added field goals of 44 and 51 yards late in the second quarter to extend the Cowboys lead to 16-0 going into the half.

The Titans showed some life after intermission, getting on the board with a 47-yard Ryan Succop field goal on their first drive. On their next possession, Locker hit tight end Delanie Walker on a 61-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 16-10. Walker finished with 142 yards and the touchdown on 10 catches, a career day for the former 49er.

The Cowboys answered after the Walker touchdown--and effectively snuffed out the comeback attempt--with a 12-play, 80-yard drive, capped by a three-yard touchdown from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant. Bryant led Dallas in receiving with 103 yards and the touchdown on 10 receptions.

Bailey hit a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter to go 4-4 on the day and extend the Cowboys lead to 26-10, which would stand as the final.

After a somewhat shaky first half, Romo finished strong, going 19-29 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked four times, three in the first half, but bounced back nicely each time.  

At 1-1, the Cowboys will face the Rams in St. Louis next week.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Lead Titans at Half, 16-0]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:23:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-titans9.14.14.jpg

After a half of football in Nashville, the Dallas Cowboys lead the Tennessee Titans 16-0.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, coming off an 118-yard performance against the 49ers in the opener, has absolutely had his way with the Titans’ defense, going for 115 yards and the game’s only touchdown on 17 carries. The only blemish on Murray’s first half performance was a fumble lost by Dallas, Murray’s second fumble of the year.

Murray’s second quarter touchdown was set up by Barry Church’s interception of Jake Locker.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey has field goals of 48, 44 and 51 yards.

Neither quarterback has had a great first half. Tony Romo is 10-16 for 94 yards, and has missed some good looks. He has also been sacked three times. Locker’s day, on the other hand, has made Romo’s look great.

Locker finished the half 4-12 for 26 yards and the interception.

Tennessee will receiver the kickoff in the second half.

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