<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News, Analysis, and Scores for the Giants, Jets. Patriots, Huskies, Knicks and More]]> Copyright 2015 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 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:50:33 -0600 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:50:33 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Devon Still: 'No Evidence' of Cancer in Daughter, 5]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:06:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/487634272.jpg

A lot of pro football was played on Thanksgiving, but last week's biggest win was earned a day earlier by the 5-year-old daughter of former NFL player Devon Still, according to "TODAY."

Doctors found "no evidence of disease" in Leah Still almost a year and a half after she was diagnosed with cancer, the 26-year-old former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle announced Wednesday on Instagram.

"Thanks for all the support and prayers!" reads the caption accompanying an image of the words "Thank you," in cursive. "Just got the phone call that her scans showed NED (no evidence of disease)!"

Since June 2014, when doctors diagnosed Leah with Stage-4 neuroblastoma and gave her a 50/50 chance to survive, it's been a roller-coaster of emotions for everyone involved.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Could Make New Play for Texas Rangers]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:05:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Possible-Rangers-Stadium-location-in-Dallas.jpg

With eight years left on the Texas Rangers' lease at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Dallas boosters are considering possible locations for a downtown Dallas retractable roof stadium to lure the team away.

"It's come up again, and there's probably five or six different locations that it could happen that are serious locations for that kind of development," said John Crawford, with the business group Downtown Dallas Inc.

Locations mentioned by various sources include a former Reunion Arena parking lot owned by the city of Dallas beside the Dallas Convention Center surrounded by downtown freeways currently receiving expansion.

The parking lot is close to Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail and Trinity Rail Express passenger service which are not available at the Arlington stadium.

Crawford said 130,000 downtown workers and 45,000 full-time downtown residents would also be adjacent to a downtown ballpark.

"You would see more people focusing in on this area to attend the Rangers than where it is now," Crawford said.

Another site mentioned is a Dallas City Service Center on Canton Street in Deep Ellum beside Interstate 30. Several small city buildings and vehicle maintenance operations would have to relocate to make way for a stadium on the site. Several private developments are underway nearby in Deep Ellum, including a 17-story residential high rise under construction two blocks away.

Conner Farrall, who works at the Deep Ellum Postal and Grocery business across Main Street from the construction site, said baseball would be good for the area.

"It would bring a ton of people. It would be very positive. And that's what we need around here is more people," he said.

Crawford said another possible location is an abandoned state jail on Commerce Street near the Trinity River, along with large parking lots around it on Riverfront Boulevard.

"I think it's a horrible idea," said Rangers fan Camille Rodriquez.

Rodriquez, who was shopping at the Globe Life Park fan shop Monday, said she prefers the current Arlington location.

"I live in Fort Worth. If they were in Dallas, I wouldn't go. It's just too far," she said.

Dallas has tried to lure the Rangers away from Arlington before and failed. Crawford said he is reluctant to try again unless the team indicates it is interested in moving.

"We kind of think maybe the timing could be right for the Rangers to take a look at this, seriously take a look at it," he said.

In response to a request for comment, Rangers team spokesman John Blake provided the following statement by email:

"The Rangers lease at Globe Life Park in Arlington runs through the 2023 season. The franchise has had a long and productive partnership in Arlington and at present, this issue is not our focus. We want to build on our success from 2015, both on and off the field."

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings released the following statement Monday:

"The Texas Rangers have a long-term deal that keeps them in their beautiful stadium for several more years. Arlington has been a great home for them. At this time, no specific locations in Dallas are being seriously considered for construction of a Major League Baseball stadium."

Dallas City Hall currently has many other big pressing needs, including nearly $1 billion in street repair needs and perhaps $3 billion in unfunded police and fire pension liability. A retractable roof baseball stadium could cost $1 billion, and Crawford, with Downtown Dallas Inc., agreed the city should never be expected to pay such a price alone.

"We can't do everything," Crawford said. "We've got to make a decision about where we want to place our money to get the best return on our investment."

Arlington city leaders have said they will fight any effort to lure the Rangers away.

This story is getting plenty of reaction on the NBC DFW Facebook page. Join the conversation and let us know what you think.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Feeling Good About Cassel's Second Stint as Starter]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:33:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/matt-cassel11.15.15.jpg

Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel went an uninspiring 0-4 as the team’s starter earlier in the year.

But after he was thrust back into that role by Tony Romo’s second broken collarbone of the season on Thanksgiving Day, owner Jerry Jones trumpeted confidence in Cassel, saying he believes the former Bill will be better this time around, thanks to the experience he’s had in the offense--a benefit he didn’t have in his first stint as starter.

“I thought Matt, had he had the benefit of the offseason and had he had the benefit of training camp, he’d be the first to tell you and everybody else--coach (Jason) Garrett, everybody--that we would have had more success,” Jones said, per the team’s official website. “Now he’s gotten the benefit of being here all this time and playing in the games and he will be able to do more. We’ll be able to do more with our offense.

“We were very fortunate that he was available to us when Tony went down.”

<![CDATA[DeMarco Murray Admits Frustration in Philly]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:20:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/489368462.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys weren’t the only NFC East team to have a rough Thanksgiving Day. The Philadelphia Eagles were blown out by the Detroit Lions 45-14 on Thursday, for their third consecutive loss.

It’s frustrating,” said former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who went for 30 yards on 14 carries against the Lions, per Reuben Frank of CSN Philly. “I’ve never been a part of anything like this.”

11 games into the season, Frank held up Murray’s 2014 next to his 2015 in a recent piece, and the difference is predictably stark--for instance, the 2014 AP Offensive Player of the Year has just one 100-yard rushing performance this year for the Eagles. At this point last year, he had only failed to reach the 100-yard mark once.

“We’re not doing what we’re supposed to do on the field and it’s hurtful, it’s painful to sit back and play the way we’ve played the last two weeks and all you can do is learn from it and try to work hard and bust your tail and try to go from there,” Murray said. “At the end of the day, we’ve got to continue to get better. We know where we’re at. Nobody’s playing at a high level. When you lose like this, it’s all 11 guys, all three phases of the game not doing what they’re supposed to do. It’s up to the players to continue to go out there and fight.”

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<![CDATA[Beltre Still Among League's Best]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:08:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/208*120/GettyImages-491323186.jpg

Adrian Beltre will be 37 years old before the 2016 season is a week old, and yes, his body is slowly beginning to break down, but the 18-year MLB veteran continues to be one of the best third basemen in all of baseball, and it isn't just DFW folks are recognize that fact.

ESPN's Buster Olney went ahead and called Beltre a future Hall of Famer recently, which for some reason, is still actually one of those popular baseball debates out there, even though it shouldn't be. He then ranked Beltre as the seventh-best third baseman in all of baseball with all things considered — bat and glove.

Beltre signed with Texas prior to the 2011 season and put up a huge season that year before repeating his success in 2012. In 2013, he failed to reach 100 RBIs for the first time as a Ranger, but did hit 30 homers for the third time in three seasons in Arlington.

Then, in 2014, injuries and his battered body began to rear its ugly head, and he had just 19 homers and 77 RBIs, but he did hit .324 with an .879 OPS. In 2015, Beltre started off horribly and it appeared he might just be done as he was really bad over the first month. Then he suffered a torn ligament in his thumb that forced him to miss a month before he came back — probably sooner than he should have and played through the pain the rest of the season. He ended up batting .287 with a .788 OPS, 19 homers and 83 RBIs thanks to a huge tear down the stretch in which he had more than one RBI per game over the last 40-something games of the regular season.

Beltre was named a finalist for the AL Gold Glove, along with Manny Machado and Evan Longoria. Machado won the award, but Beltre had a strong case as he and Colorado's Nolan Arenado were tied in defensive runs saved among MLB third basemen with Beltre having played more than 100 fewer innings because of his injury.

Beltre is a four-time Gold Glove winner, including his first two years in Texas, and while his aging body might lead many to think he's declined in the field, he really hasn't.

He's basically an ageless wonder and he is a future Hall of Famer, and we should all cherish our time watching him play here locally for however much longer it is we have to do so.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Stands By Cowboys' Handling of Romo]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:57:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/461342082.jpg

When Tony Romo returned to action from a fractured collarbone against the Dolphins a little over a week ago, the Dallas Cowboys and Romo himself were well aware that the collarbone would be at risk for a few weeks. But everyone involved seemingly believed that the potential reward--Romo coming back and leading the team on an improbable playoff run--outweighed that risk.

Of course, on Thursday, Romo’s collarbone was re-injured. He suffered a hairline fracture in the third quarter of the loss to the Panthers, and will miss the rest of the season.

But owner Jerry Jones stands by his and the Cowboys’ handling of their All-Pro quarterback.

I don’t think push is the word for it,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan on Friday, via the team’s official website. “We felt the risk was worth the potential for having him be the impact he can be and really having a fairytale turnaround and doing something that was special. And to me, that’s what we’re about, that’s what sports is about. You shouldn’t ever quit trying to do something extraordinary.

“The dream was if Tony could have come in and been the catalyst and had the results we had the week before in Miami against a great team, a really great team--Carolina is so impressive--if we could have done that, it could have been the beginning of something special. Now you’ve got to try for that and that’s what we’re here for, to try and do and be a part of a story like that.”

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Loss Spoiled LeBron James' Thanksgiving ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:46:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lebron-james-cowboys-fixing.jpg

Thanksgiving 2015 took a sharp left turn for Dallas Cowboys fans around 3:30 PM on Thursday.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw the first of two pick-sixes on the third offensive snap of the game and, by halftime, the undefeated Panthers had the game well in hand at 23-3. They ended up winning 33-14, but the final score wasn’t close to the worst thing that happened to the Cowboys on Thursday.

They also lost Romo for the season--you know, the quarterback without whom the team went a cool 0-7 earlier this year.

From a football standpoint, it was a bad, bad Thanksgiving for Cowboys fans, a group that includes Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. James told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com that his Thanksgiving with his teammates in Charlotte was essentially spoiled because "my family wasn't here and the Cowboys got (blown) out."

We've never identified with LeBron James more.

<![CDATA[Don't Tell Sean Lee the Season is Already Lost]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:35:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sean-lee9.23.15.jpg

From the outside looking in, the Dallas Cowboys’ season is about over.

A blowout loss to the Panthers on Thanksgiving Day sent the team to 3-8 on the year and the cellar of the miserable NFC East. They also lost their quarterback, Tony Romo, for the season during that game, to a re-fractured collarbone. Romo had returned just five days before to beat the Dolphins, and end the seven-game losing streak the team went on in his absence.

Suffice to say, things aren’t looking great for Dallas.

But the men in the locker room aren’t ready to cash out just yet, according to veteran linebacker Sean Lee.

"If you're not motivated to find a way to win, you need to get off the team," Lee said, per the Dallas Morning News. "We need to make a move now. We have no more room for errors. We have to find a way to win games, get on a run if we want to save the season. We can't have performances like this. There are no excuses. We haven't played winning football, and we have to start doing that now or we're not going to be in the playoffs at all."

<![CDATA[Potential Target: Justin Upton]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:30:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-490200132.jpg

In an ongoing series, we'll take a look at possible free-agent and trade targets for the Texas Rangers this winter.

Target: Justin Upton, OF

2015 stats: .251 batting average, .336 on-base percentage, .454 slugging percentage, 26 doubles, 26 home runs, 81 RBIs, 19 stolen bases

The Rangers need some help in left field, and that can't be debated. They have Josh Hamilton under contract, with the Los Angeles Angels actually paying every cent of his $20 million-plus salary for 2016, so isn't that fun? The only bad thing about that is that Hamilton can't be counted on to stay healthy. When he is healthy, which will most likely be for no more than 100 games, he's incredibly streaky. So, is he a usable player in left? Of course he is. But the Rangers need help there, and not just a spare helper like Ryan Strausborger, I mean a real helper.

Upton would be shooting for the moon and would relegate Hamilton to fourth outfielder status, but seeing the Rangers pay $15-$20 million a year for Upton is hard to envision at this time, even with Hamilton being literally free.

He's a good player, but he hasn't lived up to his hype over the past few years as one of the best young outfielders in the game, and now, he's 28 years old.

The Rangers might sniff around at Upton, but don't expect them to make a real serious run.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Need Holland To Rebound From Rocky Season]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:18:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/488369402.jpg

Though he flashed brilliance in between, Derek Holland’s start and finish to 2015 were disastrous. Now he faces an offseason intent on staying healthy, meshing with a new pitching coach and finding consistency.

"I definitely wanted to take a few days off to get away from it," the Rangers’ lefty said recently on KRLD-FM. "Just the way the season ended, I was very upset with it. I didn't do my job and that's really what I felt upset about, and it really bothered the crap out of me. I felt like it was a letdown for myself. I was very disappointed in that, but at the end of the day, it did fuel the fire and I'm looking forward to this next season."

Holland was on the mound for the Rangers’ home opener way back in April, but not for long. He lasted one inning before leaving with stiffness in his shoulder that would eventually shut him down for almost four months. When he came back in August, he dazzled. At least for a moment.

On Aug. 30 he pitched perhaps the Rangers’ most dominant game of the season – a complete-game shutout of the Orioles in which he allowed only three singles and struck out 11 with no walks.

The Rangers counted on Holland to close out the ALDS against the Blue Jays, but in Game 4 at home he coughed up three homers and six runs in two lousy innings. He didn’t pitch again as Toronto beat Texas in five games.

Holland next season will be working with new pitching coach Doug Brocail. It will be a tough transition, since former coach Mike Maddux was a huge influence on his development.

"To see Mike go, yeah, it stinks pretty bad," Holland said. "But at the same time, it’s a business and now we have a new guy. I’m looking forward to meeting him and working with him."

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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Dez's 2015 Season Has Deteriorated Into Full Debacle]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:14:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4870436001.jpg

Since the day he signed that $70 million contract on July 15 Dez Bryant has been stealing money.

After establishing himself as one of the best receivers in the NFL last season, most tabbed him for another Pro Bowl season of 80+ catches, 10+ touchdowns and lots of defensive attention. Instead, his personal season – hard as it is to believe – has been even more disappointing than his 3-8 team’s nightmare.

The timeline of Bryant’s season has included injury, another injury, sideline rant, touchdown catches (all two of them), monkey, locker-room outburst, dropped passes and, most revolting, hubris over hustle. For a captain, team leader and one of the passionate and talented players in the league, his actions early in the Thanksgiving loss to the Panthers were inexcusable.

Leaders don’t put their individual agendas over team goals. Leaders don’t allow emotions to lead to shirked responsibility. And, no, leaders do not quit.

On the Cowboys’ first possession Tony Romo was picked off by Panthers’ safety Kurt Coleman at Dallas’ 36. As he zigged and zagged his way across the field and would-be Dallas tacklers, we all screamed “Somebody tackle him!” But that “somebody” wasn’t going to be Bryant.

Because the Cowboys’ $70 million receiver had given up on the play and turned his focus and energy to exchanging facemask-to-facemask verbal barbs with Carolina cornerback Josh Norman. Yep, instead of hustling back to track down Coleman and perhaps save his team four points, Bryant made the selfish, inexplicable decision that it was better to trash-talk for his pride than tackle for his team.

I’m obviously not saying Bryant’s play helped decide the game. The Panthers were clearly the better the team. But it just further evidenced that how everything has spiraled out of control for this Cowboys’ season.

And from his hamstring troubles in training camp to the broken foot to a season in which he’s had more drops than touchdowns, Bryant is certainly as culpable as any Cowboy. I’m hearing his critics already chirping “see what happens now that Dez got paid!” And, until he proves otherwise, it’s a difficult point to debate.

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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Alberto Having Good Winter]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:21:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/GettyImages-475191358.jpg

Hanser Alberto isn't going to be starting for the Texas Rangers any time soon unless something really bad happens (see, Adrian Beltre's back seizing up in the playoffs). But he's a really nice guy to have on your 25-man roster, and he'll be looking to solidify a spot there in 2016 as the Rangers' fifth infielder after a solid 2015.

To get ready for that, Alberto is playing in the Dominican winter league, and he's doing a pretty great job of it.

Alberto is hitting a league-leading .348 and is sixth in the league in OPS with an .833 mark — high considering he has just one home run.

The book on Alberto has never revolved around his production at the plate, but he is known as a tremendous defensive player and even earned the equivalent of the gold glove for all of the minor leagues in 2014 at second base.

Alberto can obviously play second, he can play shortstop and he can play third base, making him a prime candidate for fifth infielder status after the Rangers jettisoned veteran Adam Rosales to make room for the younger Alberto in 2015. He's no lock for the job in 2016, but a strong winter can only help his chances going into the spring, at least from a confidence standpoint.

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<![CDATA[Don't Look Now, But Mavs Facing Old Friend Rondo]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:59:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/470578958.jpg

Another week, another villain.

As the Mavs continue their surprisingly success season tonight in Sacramento they’ll face another player who recently sabotaged them. Does the name Rajon Rondo ring a bell?

No offense to the unprecedented about-face perpetrated by DeAndre Jordan, but remember, Rondo actually quit on the team – in the playoffs.

I was as excited as anyone when the Mavs traded for Rondo last December. But from the start it was an awkward fit. Rondo’s nature was to walk the ball up the court while head coach Rick Carlisle prefers organic offense out of up-tempo. The Mavs didn’t have enough shooters to surround Rondo, so defenses left him open. He clashed with Carlisle, getting suspended for one game. In the end, he cared so little that he got a time violation for meandering in the backcourt in Game 2 of the playoff series with Houston. After a ridiculous foul a few minutes he was benched, banished and not welcomed back to the Mavs.

The Mavs were 26-20 with Rondo, and 24-12 without him.

There was no excuse for how he played, or acted. I know he didn’t ask to come to Dallas, but he’s still a professional. He quit on the Mavs, blatantly.

With more freedom, Rondo is flourishing with the Kings, averaging 12 points, seven rebounds and a league-leading 11 assists for the 6-12 Kings.

We’re going to boo Jordan for what he didn’t do. But we also shouldn’t forget to despise Rondo for what he did.

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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[2015 Rangers Positional Review: Seventh-Inning Man]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:52:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/491880726.jpg

With the Rangers' surprising season in the books, let's take a look at the season on a position-by-position basis.

2015 Seventh-Inning Relief

The guy: Jake Diekman

With one stroke of Jon Daniels' genius back in July, the Texas Rangers acquired starting pitcher Cole Hamels for a hefty package of Rangers prospects and veteran lefty Matt Harrison, who improbably returned to a big-league mound after an unprecedented spinal fusion for a pitcher.

What Daniels got back was a frontline starter in Hamels, who is controllable for years to come, along with a little throw-in piece of a lefty reliever who could throw heat but didn't exactly know where it was going.

His name was Jake Diekman, and he was expected to contribute in the Rangers' pen, and mainly just provide another lefty.

What Diekman actually did was much more than that.

In 36 2/3 innings with the Phillies this year, he had a 5.15 ERA. In his 21 2/3 regular-season innings with Texas, he posted a 2.08 ERA with 20 strikeouts. In the postseason, he allowed one run on two hits in six innings of work — showing he could pitch in the seventh, give the Rangers two innings, pitch in the eighth — whatever they needed, pretty much.

You have to wonder about what's to come for the hard-throwing lefty, but his history suggests it won't be 2015 Phillies bad, and even if it's not 2015 Rangers awesome, it's likely going to be pretty good.

Overall, we'll give this slot an A.

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<![CDATA[Shut Down Dez? Absolutely Not]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:03:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/496337222.jpg

When Tony Romo was helped off the field on Thanksgiving Day with what was later to be revealed as yet another break in his left clavicle, the Dallas Cowboys' season came to an unofficial official end — putting to rest all the talk of Romo leading the Cowboys back from the dead after a 2-7 start.

With Romo out for the rest of the year, and the Cowboys sitting at 3-8, the chances of them making the postseason with Matt Cassel at the helm, even with the NFC East being so terrible, are pretty much zilch.

So why not take Dez Bryant, who clearly isn't 100 percent healthy from his broken foot he was probably rushed back from, let him marinate for the rest of the season, rest and get fully healthy for 2016? That's been suggested by more than one person in the past few days, and on the surface it isn't a terrible theory.

But here's the deal: It'd be an awful idea.

First off, Bryant wouldn't go for it. He's too competitive and loves playing football too much. Secondly, you have to remember Bryant wasn't a part of any Cowboys' offseason activities or most of training camp because he was holding out. Could that have contributed to his injury in the first place? Possibly. The last thing he needs is a layoff beginning now until OTAs in the spring. Bryant needs to play, albeit with possibly some restraint to be sure he's careful doing it.

If the Cowboys wanted to give Bryant a week off, I'd even be cool with that, but he needs to play this year and play hard (as he mostly always does). Resting him for the rest of the year wouldn't be good for him in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Three Phases: Cowboys-Panthers]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:07:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/187*120/romo+again+injured.jpg

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

Offense: F

Sure, Tony Romo got injured again in this game and is now out for the season, but the offense was terrible before Romo went down, and a lot of it was on Tony. It wasn't a great surprise, as it was Romo's second game back from an eight-week absence and he was on a short week of preparation, but Romo was awful. He threw three interceptions, two of which came back for six points, and just looked lost before being lost for the season.

Defense: C

It's hard to lay a ton of blame on the defense when the offense was putting it in such bad position, but they weren't good either. In fact, everyone's favorite lightning rod, Greg Hardy, didn't even record a stat against his former team.

Special teams: B

What do you say here? Dan Bailey was perfect on two field goal tries, and Chris Jones continued his solid season of punting. The return game wasn't a detriment or a plus.

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<![CDATA['Dear Basketball': Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:26:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-Madison-Square-Garden.jpg

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to retire after this season.

The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last.

There's no more wondering now.

After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant's career is officially winding down.

"This season is all I have left to give," Bryant said in what he called a letter entitled "Dear Basketball."

Bryant said in an interview on Sirius XM Radio just last week that "if something changes," he would come back and play next season. Only a few days later, that's apparently no longer an option.

"My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it's time to say goodbye," Bryant wrote in the post. "And that's OK. I'm ready to let you go. I want you to know now. So we both can savor every moment we have left together. The good and the bad. We have given each other all that we have."

Bryant ranks third on the NBA's career scoring list, and only 13 players in league history played on more championship teams. Bryant helped the Lakers to titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

This season has been a struggle for the five-time champion, whose young and rebuilding Lakers are mired at the bottom of the Western Conference standings while he's shooting a career-worst 32 percent. Injuries have dogged him in recent years as well, limiting him to 41 of a possible 164 games in the previous two seasons. And even this season, back issues have kept him from playing as much as he would like.

"It's tough to see one of the absolute greatest competitors go through this," Miami guard Dwyane Wade told The Associated Press on Sunday, prior to Bryant making his announcement. "You can put a team around a guy to help a guy, especially late in his career. They're just not in position right now to do that. He's won five championships, so no one feels bad for him from that standpoint. But from a standpoint of seeing one of this era's greatest players go out in a rebuilding process, it's tough."

The Lakers have 66 games remaining after Sunday and it will likely turn into a adoration tour of sorts for Bryant, who has already gotten long ovations from normally hostile fans on road trips this season, particularly in places like New York and Miami where crowds sensed that they might be seeing him as an opponent for the final time.

The Lakers' next road game is, perhaps not coincidentally given the timing of Bryant's announcement, on Tuesday in Philadelphia -- his hometown.

"Philly is where I grew up," Bryant told AP in an interview in Miami earlier this month. "It's always a different emotion there than anywhere else."

Bryant came into the NBA straight out of high school, won the dunk contest at All-Star weekend as a rookie, played in the All-Star game for the first time the following year and a star was fast born. The 81 points he scored against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006, are second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in NBA history, and he's the only player to spend 20 consecutive seasons with the same team.

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Segment 4]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:57:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_4_1200x675_575766083782.jpg November 28, 2015: Flower Mound Marcus tight end joins NBC 5's David Watkins to break down this week's 3 To C top plays.]]> <![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Segment 3]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:55:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_3_1200x675_575765059962.jpg November 28, 2015: Flower Mound Marcus tight end Kaden Smith and head coach Gerry Stanford are in studio as Smith accepts his Best Hands Award bobblehead. Well, kinda.]]> <![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Segment 2]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:52:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_2_1200x675_575765571908.jpg November 28, 2015: More playoff highlights between Terrell vs. Lancaster, Frisco Lone Star vs. Marshall, Abilene Cooper vs. Aledo, Kennedale vs. Argyle, and Grapevine Faith Christian vs. Fort Worth Christian.]]> <![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Segment 1]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:49:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_1_1200x675_575765059957.jpg November 28, 2015: Playoff action continues with the Game of the Week between Allen and Arlington Martin, plus Rowlett vs. Humble Atascosita, North Mesquite vs. Austin Westlake, Denton Guyer vs. San Angelo Central, Rockwall vs. Spring and a special Thanksgiving for Sunset High players.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Tom Brady Dresses Up for Turkey Day Surprise]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:47:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tom+Brady+102915.jpg

Looks like the New England Patriots' star quarterback couldn't resist having a little bit of fun on Thanksgiving.

Tom Brady posted a funny video of him hiding in a pile of leaves in a turkey costume, and then popping out to surprise his young children.

We can't decide what's more precious: his children's reactions or the fact that Brady goes "gobble gobble." 

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<![CDATA[A's Pitcher Hosts Syrian Refugees]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:09:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/DSC_15321.jpg

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his activist girlfriend Eireann Dolan, both natives of Illinois, hosted 17 Syrian refugee families for a Thanksgiving meal in Chicago on Wednesday night with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a special guest.

The idea of whether to accept Syrian refugees has become controversial as of late, as some critics fear that terrorists could slip in as desperate families seek safe shelter from their war-torn homeland.

But the couple shunned those worries, and instead decided to act how they think all Americans should.

“Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially calling it home,” Dolan wrote on Instagram. “We thought we'd officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving.”

Her photo shows women in hijabs and a young boy wearing a Cubs baseball cap seated around a festive table, dotted with Pepsi, flowers and cranberry sauce.

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A’s spokesman Ken Pries told NBC Bay Area on Friday the power couple hosted the dinner on Wednesday and have no personal connection with the refugees. The city of Chicago and the mayor helped put them in contact with the group, he said.

“It was obviously a very nice gesture," he said.

The couple has made nice gestures before.

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The A’s kicked off LGBT Pride Night in June, which sparked some homophobic reaction, such as season ticket holders indicating they wanted to sell their tickets.

Dolan, who said she has two “super gay” moms, and Doolittle offered to buy any unwanted tickets up to $3,000, and donate the tickets to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.

Photo Credit: Walter Mitchell, City of Chicago
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<![CDATA[Newy, Pat on Cowboys' Loss to Carolina]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:57:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/scruggs-doney-cowboys-panthers_1200x675_575116355503.jpg NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and NBC 5 Anchor Pat Doney weigh in on the Cowboys' Thanksgiving loss to the Carolina Panthers and Tony Romo's injury.]]> <![CDATA[Great-Grandma, 102, Plays Baseball]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:33:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/102-year-old-grandma-baseball.gif

“Keep your eye on the ball.”

A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years.

The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro.

But she’s not satisfied with acting as batting coach. Putting aside her walker, the great-grandmother steps up to the imaginary plate with a blue, plastic bat in hand.

One, two, three swings at bright yellow wiffle balls and Sellaro strikes out. But for her family, the misses don’t detract from her baseball chops and a love of the game that helped inspire two of her great-grandsons to become Major League Baseball players.

"I taught them everything they know," Sellaro says.

Kyle and Bradley Zimmer, La Jolla High School graduates, were both first-round draft picks out of the University of San Francisco. Kyle now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and Bradley plays center field for the Cleveland Indians.

But long before they were playing in the big leagues, their training began in a quiet La Jolla cul-de-sac. Sellaro was there dealing out advice “since the first time we picked up a bat, I think,” said Bradley.

“I think that was about two days after we started walking,” quipped Kyle. "It’s been a long time."

Back then, the Zimmers and their friends would keep the wiffle balls within easy reach. However, as they grew, the balls soon started flying across streets, over fences and into neighbor’s yards.

“We've had to extend the home run line,” said Eric Zimmer, the players’ dad. “It used to be the curb, and then it was the sidewalk, then it was the neighbor’s roof.”

The annual Thanksgiving game has become less competitive with fewer rules, but their favorite part remains the same.

“Anytime you can say you have a grandma who's 102 years old and showing you how to hit a wiffle ball in the backyard, it's pretty special,” said Bradley. “So having her down here has been awesome. It's something that we really cherish and look forward to every year."

Sellaro used to travel long distances to watch her great-grandsons play, but as traveling becomes harder, she shows her support by watching their games on TV or online.

In person, though, the batting coach instincts kick back in.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” she says, pointing at Kyle. “And that goes for you, too.”

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<![CDATA[Newy on Romo's Thanksgiving Day Game Injury]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:32:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/187*120/romo+again+injured.jpg Tony Romo remained on his back after being sacked, almost motionless for a short time while looking up at the stadium's closed roof above him. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback knew that he had likely re-injured his left collarbone. His already-shortened season might be done, along with the team's faint playoff chances.

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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About Cowboys Loss to Panthers]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:45:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_5_things_1200x675_574986819700.jpg NBC 5 Sports Anchor Pat Doney explains the five things you need to know about the Cowboys loss to the Panthers on Thanksgiving Day.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys Fans Brave the Weather to Tailgate]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:58:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tailagaters.jpg It wasn't the outcome they were hoping for, but Cowboys fans were tailgating at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day, ready for some football fun.

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<![CDATA[Brett Favre’s Number Retired]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:37:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-56396130+%281%29.jpg

The Chicago Bears will head into a hostile Lambeau Field Thursday night to face the Green Bay Packers, and even though they won’t have to face Brett Favre, the legendary quarterback’s presence will still be a big part of the evening.

That’s because the Packers are retiring Favre’s jersey at halftime of the Thanksgiving showdown.

The honor has been a long time coming for Favre, who spent the vast majority of his Hall of Fame-caliber career wearing the green and gold, and it’s especially appropriate that he is receiving the distinction during a game against a Bears team that he routinely tortured in his NFL career.

In 36 career starts against the Bears, Favre racked up a 23-13 record and some incredible passing numbers. He threw for 8606 yards in those 36 games, tossing 60 touchdowns and rushing for three more against Chicago during his career. Those 60 touchdowns are the most he threw against any team, and even though he did throw 42 interceptions against the Bears (also the most he’s thrown against any team), he still represented the Bears’ ultimate nemesis during his time in Green Bay.

The list of Favre’s best games against the Bears is a long one, but there are a few that certainly stand out.

Few will forget the masterful performance he had at Soldier Field in a November 1995 game, where he threw five touchdowns and racked up 336 passing yards despite playing the game with a severely sprained ankle.

A 2002 tilt against the Bears in Champaign was another Favre classic as he threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in an emphatic 34-21 victory.

Unfortunately for Chicago, Favre’s replacement in Green Bay hasn’t been an easier opponent, as Aaron Rodgers holds a 12-3 record and throws for an average of 242.5 yards per game against the Bears in his career. Oh, and he’s thrown 34 touchdowns and just eight interceptions too.