<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usSat, 25 Jun 2016 00:14:14 -0500Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:14:14 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Must-See Sports Moments of the Week]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:38:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john-daly-mouth.jpg

Must-see moments from this week in sports include a golf shot out of a man's mouth, a trick dunk gone wrong and a trick shot battle.

Friday

Tee Shot on 18th Mouth: For some reason, people continue to let John Daly hit golf balls out of their mouhts. The latest "victim" is a casino chairman, who sets up in what appears to be a neighborhood.

'A' for Effort: Tyrell Clary, an Alabama community college basketball player, shows off for some children by attempting to dunk over seven of them. The kids had to be impressed that he almost cleared all of them.

Trick Shot Challenge: What is it, trick shot day? Retired Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo challenges current Brazilian soccer star Neymar to a trick shot battle.

Trick Shot Challenge Accepted: Neymar accepted Ronaldo's challenge and won.


Thursday

Smashed Potatoes: A pierogi race is odd enough, but the fact that it was "Legends of Wrestling Night" at PNC Park in Pittsburgh took it to a new level. One pierogi gets a Stone Cold Stunner while another gets an elbow from Big Poppa Pump.

Baseball Ready: Apparently Lehigh Valley IronPigs catcher Andrew Knapp and his pitcher weren't on the same page Wednesday night. That, or he called for a fastball to the chest.

Kid Tests NFL Player: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is one of the tougher pound-for-pound players in the NFL, but that didn't deter a kid at a football camp from letting him now of his affinity for a rival team. Smith looked like he wanted to respond so badly...

Team Effort: Dodgers' 2B Chase Utley made a pretty athletic play just to get a glove on a foul ball in Wednesday's game against the Nationals, but 1B Adrian Gonzalez' heads up play turned it into the combo catch of the day.

Walk-Off Home Run: Dodgers' fans got a second treat Wednesday night on Yasiel Puig's "little league" home run. It's likely the only time this season you'll see a home run on a ground ball up the middle.


Wednesday

Messi's Insane Kick: Follow soccer, don't follow soccer, it doesn't matter. Even though it was against the US Men's National Team, you have to appreciate Lionel Messi's free kick that put Argentina up 2-0 Tuesday.

Bow Down to Messi: Messi's free kick was too much for one Argentina fan, who had to run on the field and meet his hero. The fan ended up with a hug, a signed jersey and probably an arrest.

Go Jump in a Lake: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, no doubt disappointed about his team's 1-1 draw with Iceland, let a reporter know he wanted no part of his questions.

World's Fastest Pit Stop: How quickly can you change a tire? If it takes longer than 2 seconds, the Williams Formula 1 pit crew isn't impressed. They changed one in 1.92 seconds at the Grand Prix of Europe.

Hidden Ball Trick: Cincinnati Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez snagged a grounder off the bat of Adrian Beltre in Tuesday's game against the Rangers and then lost it. In his glove.

Clean Hair, Don't Care: What is going on here? Oh, just one Arizona baseball player giving another a shampoo and rinse in the dugout during their game against Oklahoma State Tuesday. This angered the baseball gods, who punished the Wildcats with a 1-0 loss.


Tuesday

Sister Act: Nothing says baseball like sunshine, beer, nuns and selfies. One of a group of "nuns" who attended Monday's Diamondbacks-Phillies game in Philadelphia captures herself sipping a Miller Lite with her iPhone.

Nothing says baseball like nuns, dancing and the Phlillie Phanatic...

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Oklahoma State's and Arizona's baseball teams had to find a way to pass the time during the rain delay that postponed the start of their College World Series game Monday. A few Cowboys' players made good use of a few water bottles.

Cat-Like Ball Girl: No one would have minded if the Pittsburgh Pirates ball girl had let the foul ball go when it took a funny hop during Monday's game against the Giants. Since it seemed like no trouble for her to reach out and snag it with her bare hand, though...

Odell Gilmore: Is there anything New York Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham can't do? When he's not catching footballs with three fingers or showing off his arm strength, Beckham hits running home runs at a charity softball game in upstate New York.


Monday

Touching Moment: Maybe because they clinched the title on Father's Day. After being a part of his first NBA Championship, Cavs guard J.R. Smith broke down remembering his parents.

Or...: Kevin Love, also celebrating his first NBA Championship, went a different route, paying homage to Stone Cold Steve Austin.

'Worth the Wait': While Nike hasn't been waiting as long as Cleveland to celebrate a championship, but they were undoubtedly happy that their face of basketball, LeBron James, beat surging Under Armour's, Steph Curry.

2 Ryans, 1 Bike: Rob and Rex Ryan ride a tandem bike. What more do you need to know?

Father's Day Lesson: Catching a foul ball is one of the best things that can happen to a kid at a baseball game. A dad a Sunday's Rockies-Marlins game showed his son something that might be even better...

Second Chance: Speaking of foul balls, missing a chance at catching a foul ball has to be one of the most frustrating things that can happen at a baseball game because you never know when you'll get another opportunity. After having one bounce out of his hands at Sunday's Mariners-Red Sox game, a lucky fan only had to wait a few innings.

Own Goal? No: A Sporting Kansas City player tried to pass the ball to his goalie during Sunday's match against FC Dallas, but instead kicked it into his own goal. Despite the ball being more than a foot across the line, the refs missed it. The sports gods atoned, though, as FC Dallas scored less than a minute later anyway.



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<![CDATA[Texas Shows Interest In DBU's Heefner]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:52:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Big+12+Baseball.jpg

You don’t turn down Texas.

That’s the dilemma that Dallas Baptist head baseball coach Dan Heefner may soon find himself in.

Reports out of Austin are the Longhorns have talked to Heefner about taking over their baseball program. Right now, no deal is in place. The question is “should there be?”

There’s no doubt that Heefner can help turn things around for the Longhorns just like he did for Dallas Baptist. The Patriots have made four straight NCAA tournament appearances under Heefner, and numerous players have been taken in the MLB Draft.

On the other hand, the Longhorns have struggled recently. They’ve missed the NCAA tournament three of the last five years, finishing with a 25-32 record this season. Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history, stepped down as head coach and will now take a position within the athletic department.

So would Heefner be interested?

The name “Texas Longhorns” is enough to make it interesting. The history behind that name brings in talent. It also brings pressure to win and win now. Texas expects to be playing for a national championship in all sports, including baseball.

Something else to think about, would Heefner leave the comforts of Dallas Baptist to follow in the shadow of the man with five College World Series titles (two with Texas)? Remember, Garrido will still be around, possibly in the same building as the baseball office. Sometimes changes lead to awkward moments.

Heefner has turned down opportunities before, saying no to Baylor last year. This time around, the facilities, money, recruiting, Big 12 conference, Longhorn Network, etc… could be too much to say no to this time around.

Stay tuned.

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<![CDATA[Gymnastics Olympic Trials Inspire North TX Athletes]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:47:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Champions+Gymnastics.jpg

The 2016 United States Olympic gymnastics trials, which helps determine the men's and women's team for the Rio Games, is inspiring young North Texas athletes to dream big.

"These guys are the future Olympians right here, right now," said Texas Champions Gymnastics coach Logan Doughty. "We have some great gymnastics here in North Texas."

Doughty is in charge of the boy's program at the Plano-based gym.

"Some of our boys are here four to five days a week, three to four hours at a time," said Doughty.

Doughty has 12 boys on his team who compete locally and nationally. He's produced several state champions.

"It's my goal and it's my life," said gymnast Nolan Crowder. "My goal is to be in the 2024 Olympics."

Nolan, 11, started gymnastics six years ago. He dedicates four hours a day at the gym.

"It takes a lot of practice. If you break it down into little parts, it's easy," said Crowder, who spent Friday evening watching the Olympic trials after practice. "I want to learn from them. I want to win a gold medal one day."



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Re-Sign Jordie Benn]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:58:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456384318.jpg Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract.

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<![CDATA[Stars Select Tufte in 1st Round of 2016 Draft]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:39:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102852912.jpg

The Dallas Stars used the 25th pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on left wing Riley Tufte.

He was named "Mr. Hockey" for the state of Minnesota. Tufte went to Blaine High School. He is 6'5" tall and weighs 211 pounds.

This is the scouting report for him from Hockey News:

“It’s impossible not to compare Tufte to Florida’s Nick Bjugstad. Both are towering centers that played for Blaine High School before heading off to college. But there’s also some Blake Wheeler in Tufte, who dominated the Minnesota high school ranks to the tune of three points per game.

“He also played for Fargo in the USHL this season and was challenged quite a bit more. His skating and size had one scout call him the best raw prospect out of Minnesota in a long time, but Tufte will need time to hone his game.

“He’ll do so at the University of Minnesota-Duluth next season and is expected to play top-six minutes right away.”



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<![CDATA[Are The Rangers Ready For Retractable Roof?]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:47:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/538721348.jpg

It’s hot in Texas in late June.  This is not a surprise.

“I was out yesterday with my kids at Six Flags, and all I could think about is how to get to the shade to get out of this heat,” Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson said.

“Everybody knows how hot it gets here,” Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said.  “You kind of get used to it, but you never get used to it.”

That could change with the new proposed Texas Rangers stadium in Arlington, which would include, much to Rangers players’ delight, a retractable roof.

“A roof, it would be nice,” Andrus said with a smile.  “To be able to play in a nice temperature every day, I think the pitchers and everybody would appreciate it.  But we have no roof yet, so we have to go out there and be smart and be prepared and ready for every game.”

And being smart includes having a game plan to handle the heat.

“A lot of hydration,” Wilson said.  “Plus, changing undershirts and jerseys throughout the game.  But most of it is hydration.”



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<![CDATA[Pat Doney, Jared Sandler Discuss Red-Hot Rangers]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:34:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pat+doney+jared+sandler.jpg NBC 5 Sports' Pat Doney talks with Jared Sandler, the Texas Rangers' Radio Network pre and postgame host, about the red-hot Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Griffin Ready for Opportunity]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:08:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524665350.jpg

When Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin was given the opportunity to pitch in the Texas starting rotation the first four weeks of the season, he capitalized.  The 28-year old right-hander was 3-0 in six starts with a 2.94 ERA.

But a shoulder tightness landed Griffin on the disabled list in early May, which has become a frustratingly familiar destination for the pitcher in his short MLB career.  Griffin missed the entire 2014 and 2015 seasons because of injuries.

“It was tough,” Griffin said.  “But it’s just one of those things.  You have to overcome that and be mentally strong.”

Now, Griffin is ready to make his return to the mound, and it’s coming at the perfect time for the Rangers.  Texas has three starting pitchers on the disabled list (Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, and Colby Lewis), and would benefit greatly if it was able to now get a repeat of what they saw from Griffin at the beginning of the season.

“It’s tough, but we have some good ballplayers here and we’ll pick them up,” Griffin said of the injured Rangers.  “Any time you get to pitch in a ballgame, it’s a good deal.  I try to take those opportunities when I get them.”

Griffin will make his first start back from the disabled list Saturday night at 8:20 p.m. vs. the Boston Red Sox in Globe Life Park.



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<![CDATA[Is LaDainian Tomlinson A Pro Football Hall of Famer This Year?]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:08:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-24-19h37m33s148.png

The Pro Football Hall of Fame game will be here before you know, and the 2016 class will be inducted. Brett Favre and Tony Dungy headline a class that doesn't include a running back.

The 2017 class will likely have one. His name will likely be LaDainian Tomlinson. The TCU legend is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the very first time and he should make it in his first try.

"When guys like you mention it, that's when I think about it. I try not to think about it too much, because you know I figure we're still in June and we still got until December or January before I find out," says Tomlinson. "So, I just take it one day at a time. Now, I'm sure as it gets closer then I'll think about it a little bit more."

Why? If you played fantasy football during the 21st century's first decade, you know why. He was the best non-quarterback, offensive player in the game for a significant stretch. He knows he's going in, he just doesn't know when. But, when that day comes, he'll be thrilled.

"It's the highest honor an individual player can obtain, is going into the hall of fame," says Tomlinson. "But I'll tell you right now, no one wakes up in the morning as a kid and dreams of going to the hall of fame. It's such a, should I say, I wouldn't say impossible, but it's such a hard feat to obtain that it's really hard to imagine going into a hall of fame and really being remembered forever."

Here's a run down of Tomlinson's impressive numbers:

  • 5th in rushing yards
  • 7th in total yards from scrimmage
  • 3rd in total touchdowns
  • 4th in running back receptions
  • 5X Pro Bowler
  • 4X First-Team All-Pro
  • 2X NFL rushing leader and the 2006 NFL MVP

That's just a list of his career achievements. He also holds a handful of NFL records:

  • 31 - single season touchdown leader
  • 31 - single season rushing touchdown leader
  • Most games with 2+ rushing touchdowns with 38
  • Most games with 3+ rushing touchdowns with 13
  • Most consecutive games with a touchdown with 18
  • Most consecutive games with multiple touchdowns with 8
  • Most consecutive seasons with 1,500+ yards from scrimmage with 8
  • Fastest player to gain 13,000, 14,000 and 15,000 yards from scrimmage

"Having some place that your grand kids, your great grand kids to go to one day and say 'hey that was my grandfather, that was my great grandfather,' and know the things that I've accomplished. That's pretty awesome."

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Players Talk New Ballpark]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:03:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new-rangers-ballpark-rendering.jpg The Texas Rangers plan to build a new stadium with a retractable roof, and several players say they are ready for a chance to cool-down once their home field is in the shade.

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<![CDATA[Shaq Is US Sports Envoy to Cuba]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508873874.jpg

Months after President Obama's historic trip to Cuba, 15-time NBA all-star Shaquille O'Neal will visit the island nation.

The State Department announced Friday that O'Neal will be part of a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy to promote sports to the Cuban youth for four days starting this weekend.

The retired NBA star will be joined by Dallas Mavericks Assistant Coach Kaleb Canales to lead basketball camps for youth and demonstrate how sports can serve as a means of developing academic, leadership, and teamwork skills, according to a State Department news release. He is expected to visit historically significant cultural sites in Havana and further promote positive ties between the United States and Cuban people.

O'Neal played in the NBA for 19 seasons and retired following the 2011 season. He played for the Miami Heat from 2004 to 2008, winning his fourth championship, after many years with the LA Lakers and Orlando Magic.



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<![CDATA[Stars Sign Jordie Benn to New 3-Year Deal]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:59:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456384318.jpg

(Dallas Stars) - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract.

Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Benn, 28, finished the 2015-16 season with 12 points (3-9=12) in 64 regular-season games. His three goals on the season tied a career-high. The blueliner finished third on the team with 94 blocked shots. He played one game during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering four penalty minutes and two blocked shots.

In 244 career regular-season games, all with Dallas, he has earned 56 points (9-47=56). In parts of five seasons, he has accumulated 327 hits and 369 blocks. The defenseman has made two Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances, recording three assists (0-3=3) in seven games.

"Jordie has earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff, and he's taken advantage of every opportunity put in front of him during his career," said Nill. "His ability to play in a variety of roles make him valuable to our defensive depth and flexibility, and we're happy to have him locked up for the next three seasons."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2011.



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<![CDATA[Stadium Club to Open at AT&T Stadium]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:07:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/204*120/cowboys-stadium-club-render.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys will open a familiar restaurant with an updated look inside AT&T Stadium this fall.

In a news release Friday, the team said the Stadium Club, a restaurant that combines first-class dining with the comfort of a sports bar, will begin serving daily lunch and dinner in the fall.

“We’re thrilled to bring our fans the ultimate Dallas Cowboys dining experience right inside our team’s home at AT&T Stadium,” said Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones. “The Stadium Club will not only provide great dining experience, but it will also offer a game day atmosphere, that can only be captured at the stadium, every day of the week.”

The 19,000 square-foot restaurant is located immediately inside the doors at Entrance A, adjacent to the Pro Shop, and can seat 650 guests.

For longtime fans, the Stadium Club is a familiar name going back to Texas Stadium in Irving.

"Like the “hole in the roof,” that made the transformation from Texas Stadium to the retractable roof at AT&T Stadium, the Stadium Club is a name that has historic origins from the Cowboys former home. The Stadium Club at Texas Stadium was a popular dining and gathering place on game days, while the new Stadium Club at AT&T Stadium will be a destination for members on game days and the general public throughout the week. The inspiration for the new Stadium Club was a direct result of fans requesting an upscale and up-to-date version of its Texas Stadium predecessor as an AT&T Stadium gathering place.

Leading the kitchen will be Chef Anthony Van Camp, who said the heart of the kitchen will be the wood-fired grill and pizza oven.

"The menu will highlight classic fare with a sophisticated touch and a focus on local and seasonal ingredients all while remaining true to our Texas roots," Van Camp said.

During game days, the restaurant will be open to season ticket and suite holders only.

The Cowboys have not said specifically when the restaurant will open.



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<![CDATA[Frisco's Brinson Anxious to Shed Prospect Label]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:12:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lewis-brinson.jpg

Before the Nomar Mazaras of the world start producing for the Rangers, outfielder Lewis Brinson was already a top prospect.

Now, he may be the top guy in a loaded farm system. The Frisco RoughRiders Double-A outfielder is an exciting player, but he's anxious to shed the prospect label.

"My goal is to be off those prospects lists, which means I'm in the big leagues, helping the big club win," he said. "That removes me from all prospects lists."

Brinson, a first round pick out of high school for the Rangers in 2012, has progressed nicely through the system. The 22-year-old is considered a five-tool prospect, though those tools are still developing.

"I know I have the tools to be an all-star one day in the big leagues," he said. "That's what I strive for each and every day."

RoughRiders manager Jo Mikulik said patience is the key with Brinson.

"With that special talent, I think it'll take just a little bit longer," he said. "Some move faster than others."

Brinson will return to the Rangers spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, to rehab from a shoulder injury for a few weeks before returning to Frisco. A strong second half will force the Rangers to consider a call-up if they need an outfielder.

In 52 games this season, Brinson is averaging .218 with seven home runs, 30 runs batted in and eight stolen bases.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Consider Hammons a "First Round Talent"]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:20:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-506171592.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks waited more than four hours to make a selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. When they did pick, they went big. 

The Mavs selected seven-foot center A.J. Hammons out of Purdue with the 46th pick. 

"His overall skill set, body type, length, it all projects well to the NBA and to our team in particular," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We really felt Hammons was a first round talent without question because of his skill."

Dallas wasn't alone in that assessment.  Hammons was widely considered to be a first-round pick based on his ability, but questions about his work ethic made him available to Dallas when it was on the clock midway through the second round.

"Over the last few years he's trimmed down a lot which tells me he has been motivated," Carlisle said.  "He fits a void we have on our roster, which is a big guy that can score on the block and that can consistently shoot from mid-range."

Hammons averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in his senior season at Purdue.



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<![CDATA[Gabby Douglas Wants To Repeat In Rio]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:04:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/m+Gabby-Douglas_NUP_172060_0629.jpg

One of the toughest Olympic sports in which to repeat as a gold medalist is gymnastics. Gabby Douglas is going to Rio to attempt something we haven’t seen since 1968—repeat as Olympic champion in the all-around event.

Vera Caslavska of Czechoslovakia did it in 1968. In 1980, Nadia Comaneci of Romania came close, but received a silver medal after winning gold in 1976 in Montreal.

Douglas was a surprise gold medal winner in 2012. She was 16 and weighed 94 pounds. Four years later she’s matured and is taller as well.

Gymnastics is a teenager's sport. At 20, Gabby is now a woman.

She's training again and understands she will not be the best U.S. gymnast going to Rio – that is Simone Biles, who is the favorite to win Gold in the women's all-around.

The New York Times did an excellent feature on Gabby’s road to try and qualify for Team USA and try and defend her Olympic title. 



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<![CDATA[Dallas Wings Survive Against The San Antonio Stars]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:22:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052116+Dallas+Wings+UTA.jpg

The Dallas Wings needed overtime to beat the last place San Antonio Stars 97-90 Thursday night at College Park Center in Arlington.  

It's the Wings fourth win in a row, and the team improved to 7-7 on the season. 

Plenette Pierson had a season high 21 points to lead all scorers. Odyssey Sims and Skylar Diggins each poured in 19 points.  

The Wings will welcome former Duncanville standout Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever to town Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.  

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<![CDATA[Mavericks NBA Draft Trade? "You Never Know with Mark"]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:16:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/522358972.jpg

As the Dallas Mavericks prepare for the 2016 NBA Draft, they will do so without a single pick in the first round.

Dallas traded its pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the Rajon Rondo trade of 2014. But even with the team’s first pick slated 46th overall, the mentality stays the same, according to Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson.

"It doesn't change it much," Nelson said. "Every draft we treat like we have a lottery pick and a late second and everything in-between."

With five teams holding multiple picks in the first round, there is also the potential for Dallas to make a trade.

"You never know with Mark (Cuban)'s history of deal making. You never know when you might find yourself in the middle of the first round," Nelson said.



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<![CDATA[Lazy River Opens at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:50:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/roughriders+lazy+river.jpg The Frisco RoughRiders debuted a lazy river attraction at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

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<![CDATA[Dirk's Future Looks Good in Dallas]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:57:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donnie-nelson-062316.jpg Unable to comment about players in free agency, Dallas Mavericks general manager and president of operations Donnie Nelson would only say that Dallas likes Germans when asked about the team's future with Dirk Nowitzki.

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<![CDATA[Senator Sues Dez Bryant Over Rental Home Damage]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:11:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dez-lead.gif

A Texas state senator has sued Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant, claiming that he caused more than $60,000 in damages to his DeSoto rental home.

The lawsuit filed by Sen. Royce West described Bryant's treatment of the home in the 1200 block of Regents Park Court from September 2013 through January as "negligent and abusive."

West stated a walk-through of the 6,400-square-foot home "revealed irreparable damage to carpeting, flooring, windows, shutters, and blinds; the presence of animal feces, trash, debris, and personal property inside the residence; and distinct and pervasive odors throughout."

The lease Bryant signed Aug. 31, 2013, stated that pets were not permitted on the property, according to the lawsuit.

West's attorneys stated that Bryant asked to terminate the lease in January. West asked Bryant to appear at the walk-through of the home in February, but Bryant did not show up. The lawsuit stated that the house was "littered with trash and feces, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting."

Attorneys for West stated that reparations to the home included painting, landscape and removal of carpet. He also claims he had to replace ceiling fans, lighting, windows, doors and the home security system.

West said he sent photographs taken at the walk-through and repair invoices to Bryant in April, requesting reimbursement, but that Bryant did not respond. The lawsuit states that West tried to collect again in May, and was told that Bryant would sue if he made further attempts.

NBC 5 has reached out to the Dallas Cowboys for a comment from Bryant and are awaiting a response.

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Benn Finishes 3rd In MVP Vote]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:28:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-521651188.jpg

Chicago's Patrick Kane won the Hart Trophy for the 2015-16 NHL season. Stars captain Jamie Benn finished third in the voting behind Kane and Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby.

The Hart Trophy goes to the MVP of the NHL.

Benn was named to the NHL First All-Star Team on Wednesday night, marking the third consecutive season that Benn has received All-Star honors. Voting for the All-Star Team was conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

Benn was named First All-Star Team in 2013-14.

The captain led the Stars with 89 points (41-48=89) in 82 regular-season games, which led the team and was second in the League.  He also tied for second in the NHL in power play goals (17) and ranked third in goals (41), posting new career highs in each category. Benn appeared in all 82 games during the regular season, marking the second consecutive season and the third time in his career that he's appeared in all 82 contests.

The Stars won the Central Division title last year and finished with the most points in the Western Conference.  The Stars beat Minnesota in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before losing in seven games in Dallas to St. Louis. 



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<![CDATA[Could TCU's Kenny Hill Win The Heisman Trophy?]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:25:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kenny+hill+tcu+qb.jpg

Every summer we come up with a Heisman Trophy list.  It’s a media thing we do, wondering who will be named the best player in college football.

The hot names for this fall will be Christian McCaffery of Stanford.  The running back was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year.  Clemson’s all everything QB DeShaun Watson almost led the Tigers to the national championship. He was sensational in the title game loss to Alabama.

But what about the underdogs? Guys who will fly under the radar and possibily put together an outstanding season to get invited to New York.  It happened with Johnny Manziel and James Winston.

Pro Football Focus thinks TCU QB Kenny Hill is one of the top seven players who we should keep tabs on. Hill could be TCU's second winner of the Heisman following Davey O'Brien.

Here’s what they said about him:

"Hill sat out last year after transferring from Texas A&M, but there are reasons to be bullish on his 2016 season with the Horned Frogs. For starters, he earned the No. 21 passing grade in the country two seasons ago in just eight games, even out-ranking eventual No. 1 pick Jameis Winston, who played nearly twice as many snaps for Florida State. Hill was one of the most accurate QBs in the country that year, and he’ll be replacing a former Heisman contender in Trevone Boykin who excelled in TCU’s offense in 2015, ranking seventh in overall quarterback grades and fourth in adjusted completion percentage on deep balls."

BTW, the top player PFF listed as the dark horse candidate for the Heisman—Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.

"Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson are deservedly getting a love of love in offseason Heisman polls, but it was Mayfield who earned the best passing grade among returning Power-5 QBs last year. A whopping 21 percent of his pass attempts traveled 20 or more yards downfield, but he still led the nation in adjusted completion percentage among returning QBs on those throws. (Translation: Expect some huge passing totals from Rudolph in 2016.) His biggest barrier to entry in the Heisman race will have to do with the Cowboys’ success this season, but their schedule is manageable, and he’ll have an opportunity to go head-to-head with Mayfield and the Sooners the last week of the season in a Heisman showcase game."



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<![CDATA[Tryon Smith Makes Top Ten NFL Moves]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:33:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyron-smith-camp722.jpg

I am a big fan of the website Pro Football Focus.

Writer Mike Renner came up with his list of the NFL’s 10 most unstoppable moves.  The only Dallas Cowboys player to make the list was left tackle Tyron Smith.

Smith’s cut blocking came in at number 7.  Here’s Renner’s thoughts:

"Smith is an absolute freak of nature for an offensive tackle. His athleticism suggests he should be lining up on the opposite side of the ball, and the Cowboys use that to their advantage. They frequently run outside zone away from Smith, giving him the task of chasing down backside linebackers and defensive tackles, which he does with ease. Smith’s +26.5 cumulative run-blocking grade was the highest among all tackles last season."

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<![CDATA[Colby Lewis to Miss Two Months with Muscle Strain]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:07:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/536238214.jpg

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis will miss up to two months with a Grade 2 strained right lat muscle.

Lewis lost his first game of the year Tuesday to a very bad Cincinnati Reds club.

Lewis is 6-1 in his 15 starts for the first place Rangers. His ERA is 3.21. Lewis has pitched 98 innings this season.

Lewis won't throw for four weeks and will then have another MRI to determine if he can begin a throwing program. The process of rebuilding his arm strength could take another four weeks.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels called the injury news a "kick in the gut."

"These are kind of nagging soft-tissue injuries that, if you go too quick, they happen again," Daniels added. "There's really no accelerating this kind of injury. You have to give it time."

No word yet on who will take Lewis' spot in the Rangers' rotation.

Lefty Derek Holland was placed on the 15-day DL earlier Wednesday with left shoulder inflammation. A third member of the Rangers rotation, Yu Darvish, could be out until the All-Star Break with tightness in his right shoulder.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Handling Success Like a Team That Expects It]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:41:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-530299386.jpg

Part of what makes great teams great, no matter the sport, is handling success.  It's easy for a player or team to get out of focus when everyone is telling them how great they are.

The Texas Rangers are having a very successful season.  They're 46-26 overall, and they've won 24 of the last 31 games.  Needless to say they're hot.

Nomar Mazara is the hands down rookie of the year so far.  Ian Desmond is in the American League MVP conversation.  Cole Hamels looks like an All-Star who could put himself in the Cy Young race.  More importantly, the Rangers are running away with the American League West division up 9-and-a-half games, and they own the AL's best record by five games.

There's a lot to be excited about, as a team and personally for a lot of these players.  However, manager Jeff Banister has his team focused on the task at hand which is impacting the way they handle success.

"They've got a goal in mind and they're nowhere close to it. That's the greatest thing for me as a manager. I'm sure these guys are aware of where they are in the standings, but they don't look at it," said Banister. "They don't dwell on it. I'm sure they understand what the separation is between the clubs, but they'll tell you it's just June."

Perhaps the most cliche saying in sports is "one day at a time." The reason it's said so much is because it works. 

"They really don't look forward and they don't look back, they stay in the moment. I know everyone that everyone gets tired of hearing that, but we're going to keep telling you that because it's the truth," said Banister

"I think we kind of expect it. We expect going out there and winning," said Mitch Moreland. "When you look at it that way, we're just doing what we think we're capable of. We've continued to do that everyday, we come in and play hard everyday because we have a great team in here. When you're able to do that, and keep that attitude and that goal from day one you're going to put yourself in a good position."

The Rangers aren't even halfway through the season.  There's a long ways to go, but they have the right attitude.  It's an attitude that will serve them well in 2016, because it appears more success is coming.



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<![CDATA[Hamels' Value to Rangers Goes Beyond Pitching Production]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:30:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519143268.jpg

When the Texas Rangers traded for Cole Hamels in late July, their record was 50-51. The team was hanging tough in a weak A.L. West and the division was there for the taking.

Hamels gave the team a big shot in the arm thanks to his big arm, which resulted in A.L. West pennant and a playoff birth. The Rangers went 38-23 after the Hamels trade in 2015.

How valuable is this guy? The Rangers overall are 84-49 since Hamels joined the team, a winning percentage of 63.2%. Few teams are anywhere close to that, other than the Chicago Cubs.

Hamels is a pro's pro. You know exactly what you're going to get with him every start. He eats up a lot of innings and keeps the Rangers in every game he starts. The bullpen almost gets the night off when it's Hamels turn to pitch.

He went 7-1 with the Rangers in 2015.

He's 7-1 with the Rangers in 2016, and his earned run average is nearly down an entire run.

Hamels is dialed in right now, and manager Jeff Banister has a good reason why.

"It's obviously the fastball command and the cutter command, those two things. When he's throwing the fastball in the strike zone, everything else plays off of that. The change-up is dynamic, the breaking ball is swing and miss but it's fastball command. It starts with that because he can't throw the change-up with the effectiveness that he does without getting the fastball in the strike zone."



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<![CDATA[Rangers Ready for a Rare Day Off]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:17:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-167235676.jpg

It's time for a break, and a well-deserved one.  But maybe, the Rangers don't want it.

Texas has an off day on Thursday after catching fire, winning 20-of-the-last 25 games. That run also included a 7-game winning streak.

The off day concludes a stretch where the Rangers played 20-days-in-a-row and will play 17-straight coming out of the break.  After Thursday, the next day off is the All-Star Break, which gives you an idea of how fast the season is moving.

How excited are the Rangers about the one-day break? Very.

"Ugh, it's going to be amazing," said reliever Jake Diekamn. "And then we have like 17 after this off day. So one day off in like 40 days. Yeah, tomorrow I'm not going to do anything."

"I think the break will be nice," said Mitch Moreland. "We've had a pretty good run over this stretch, and we've fed off each other and Banny's done a nice job giving everyone some breaks here and there. But the off-day will be well deserved."

"We all are [looking forward to a break]. It's been grueling, but it's what we do," said Jeff Banister. "They've had great energy, even last night they were still giving everything that they've had. Knowing they have a day off tomorrow to recharge, spend about 24 hours, I'm sure a lot of them will take a nap for awhile."



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<![CDATA[Von Miller Plays the Waiting Game with Broncos]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:31:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Von+Miller-++%284%29.jpg

DeSoto native and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller is just playing the contract waiting game.

He’s said he will not play for the Denver Broncos under the one-year franchise tag. At his football camp in Colorado he told USA Today, “I just think, where we’re at right now, everything has been said. Everything is already in the books right now.”

“It’s just a time for waiting right now. I want all the focus to be on the kids today,” he added.

Miller skipped the Broncos' offseason program. NBC 5 Sports recently caught up with him at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas at Oakland Raiders wide receiver and Dallas native Michael Crabtree’s youth football camp.

Denver has until July 15 to get Miller a long-term deal and if the two sides can’t agree, Miller will have two choices: play under the franchise tag, or sit out all or part of the season.

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