<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 22 Aug 2017 14:15:41 -0500Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:15:41 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[President Trump Got His Own Super Bowl LI Ring]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:08:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_PATS_RING_TRUMP_2_082217-150342869686900001.jpg

The New England Patriots gave President Donald Trump his own ring from Super Bowl LI, a gift from longtime friend, owner Robert Kraft.

<![CDATA[Aikman, Smith Discuss Elliott Suspension]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:23:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6305613941.jpg

The Cowboys face the possibility of starting out the 2017 season without last year’s league leading rusher.

Ezekiel Elliott is currently appealing a six-game suspension from the NFL due to his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident last year in Ohio with an ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, Elliott’s legal team says the women made threats to ruin his career.

Elliott was also allegedly involved in an altercation at a Dallas bar prior to the start of training camp. The NFL has since closed that investigation and stated it would only resume if new information arises from the incident.

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith was asked if he’s talked to Elliott about all of the offseason issues involving the current Cowboys running back.

"I'm not going to discuss the personal matters between Zeke and myself," Smith said. "He needs to have a place of trust and if that's within me, I'm going to try and keep it that way. I think very highly of the young man."

There is a chance that Elliott could possibly see the suspension fall from six games to four. No matter how many games the suspension is, the Cowboys still face the tall task of replacing him to start the season. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris got a fair share of carries in Saturday’s preseason win over the Colts in front of the home crowd in Arlington. Rod Smith has also looked good during training camp and preseason action.

Troy Aikman, another Hall of Famer, feels the Elliott situation is a concern but is also showing faith that the Cowboys can overcome the obstacle of being without their star running back.

“With that offensive line and the running backs they have, I'd expect them to still have success running the football,” Aikman said. “There's been some other distractions with the suspensions and things of that nature but I do think this will still be a solid team and come out of the gates and play well. I expect them to have another great year."

Elliott has been involved with various off-the-field incidents since the Cowboys selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Many are hoping this suspension could be a wake-up call.

 “I think Ezekiel knows what he needs to do,” Aikman said. “I think you’ve got to be careful and can’t put yourself in certain situations where you become vulnerable. You get put in a position where something bad can potentially occur but all these guys know that. These guys are grown men. They’ve lived in an era of social media. You know, or at least got to anticipate, every action is going to be videoed. If he didn’t know that already I’m sure someone’s got his attention.”

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<![CDATA[Ring Honor Walk Unveiled at The Star in Frisco]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:08:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ring_Honor_082117.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys unveiled the Ring of Honor Walk presented by Dr Pepper at The Star in Frisco.

<![CDATA[Don't Doubt Cowboys Cornerback Orlando Scandrick]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:48:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630227004.jpg

Orlando Scandrick keeps it real.

The Cowboys cornerback doesn’t lack motivation. The proof was after Monday morning’s training camp walk-through at The Star in Frisco when he spit hot fire while surrounded by cameras and microphones.

The topic – never doubt him.

“I feel like all of you all sitting here does,” Scandrick told reporters after practice. “At some point and time, everybody in this circle doubted me. This world revolves around people wanting to see others, you know, kind of fail, so they can have something to talk about. That’s what drives television, that’s what drives news, so for me, I’m just trying to focus. I’m in a good place mentally.”

Scandrick is focused and back on the field after dealing with various injuries during the last two years. He missed the 2015 season with a knee injury suffered during training camp and missed four straight games last year with hamstring and foot issues.

The calendar now reads 2017 and all of the injury issues appear to be in the rear-view mirror.

“Confidence-wise, I’m back,” Scandrick said. “I’m in a good place mentally. I’m in a good place physically. It’s exciting. When you know you can do something but you are not able to physically able to do it because things are restricting you, that’s the hardest thing. There’s nothing restricting me now. I’m fully healthy. I understand I’ve missed about 20 games over the last two years but 16 of them, there was nothing I can do about it.”

The 30-year old has had a good showing during training camp and will be relied upon heavily once the games become meaningful. The Cowboys went the route of youth in the draft this season, drafting cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, along with safety Xavier Woods. The Cowboys also have third-year safety Byron Jones in the secondary.

With the youth movement, Scandrick is ready to lead but not ready to give up his roster spot.

“I come to work every day and tell them I’m not going to give anybody my job,” Scandrick said. “I’m fully expecting to play another four to five years. It’s going to be my locker for a little bit.”

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<![CDATA[12,000 Cowboys Fans Compete for 'Star' Parking]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:12:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fans-at-The-Star-in-Frisco-082117.jpg

The solar eclipse, and even back to school, couldn't keep people away from training camp Monday -- the first time ever that fans can watch the Dallas Cowboys practice at their new facility in Frisco, 'The Star.'

During six home practices, 12,000 fans will line-up to enter the Ford Center and watch America's Team practice. Tickets are free, but they're already sold out -- many fans said they ordered their tickets two months ago.

The only obstacle for ticket holders? Parking, where spots at The Star are free on a first come, first serve basis.

“Just pull up. The staff is right there to help you. You just let them know you're here for the event, they'll tell you go park to the top. No worries, no issues. Don't have to show anything, just park,” said Cedrick Smith, who waited outside for a couple hours. “Nothing else I could think of that'd be worth all this sweat, so it's absolutely worth it."

On Monday afternoon, parking seemed to be going smoothly.

“I thought it was gonna be backed up. We actually left a lot earlier for that reason, but parking was easy,” said Rickey Ragle.

Many fans planned ahead, showing up when lots opened at 11 a.m., including to home-schooled high school students playing hooky with their mother Tara Keller.

“Yes it's our first day of school,” she said laughing. “Where else would we be?” Keller said. “We wanted to make sure we got up closer. If we’re gonna skip school, we might as well be."

After parking, fans next line up in Tostitos Championship Plaza where the doors to the Ford Center open early.

For those cutting it close to the first pass, there's extra parking at Dr. Pepper Ballpark and Toyota Stadium. Air-conditioned shuttles should be on hand to give fans a lift.

The Cowboys practice at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, then 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 24.

For a look at the full practice schedule, click here.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Unveil Ring of Honor Walk in Frisco]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:37:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/Pearson+ROH+Crop.png

Training camp for the Cowboys has now officially moved from Oxnard, California to Frisco, Texas. Of course, practices will be inside at The Star due to the summer heat.

However, when fans walk up to The Star, they will notice more than just the new facility. They will also see a little bit of history. The Cowboys unveiled their Ring of Honor Walk Monday morning, with monuments and mural honoring the 21 members of the Ring of Honor, including Cowboys icons Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and the Original 88, Drew Pearson.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Smith. “There’s something there to hopefully inspire this current team and many future Cowboys teams to do something that is transformative. Don’t live for the now, live for what you can possibly be in the future. Start for today and build for your plans of tomorrow and leave a legacy for when the game is over. Make your mark.”

Seeing the monuments and having the Cowboys greats around the facility is a positive for the current Cowboys players.

“It’s a chance for us young guys to be around people who have put so much effort and so much of their life into this sport, into this game and kind of learn from them,” said safety Byron Jones. “I’m going to ask them questions.”

Jerry Jones spares no expense, never does. The newly elected Hall of Famer wasted no time Monday morning during the unveiling ceremony thanking the Ring of Honor members for everything they’ve brought to the organization.

“It was the best of what brought five Super Bowls to the Dallas Cowboys over the years,” Jones said.

He also added some humor into his ceremonial speech, bringing up the awesomely emotional draft pick announcement made by Pearson during the second round of this year’s NFL Draft. The Cowboys selected cornerback Chidobe Awuzie with that pick.

“Drew Pearson, we were all so elevated at the draft when you stood up there and put it on those Philadelphia Eagles,” Jones said.

Jones would praise the members of this exclusive club, including Captain America himself, Roger Staubach.

“No one has been more supportive over the years when we became involved with the Dallas Cowboys family,” Jones said. “When you go to the Hall of Fame today, when you go to Canton, the most commonly asked question and the player they want to see the most is Roger Staubach.”

16 of the 21 Ring of Honor members were in attendance, including former safety Darren Woodson, who explained how much being a part of the Cowboys organization has meant to him.

“They are honoring me as an individual but at the same time the relationships I’ve gained through being here with the Dallas Cowboys, there are so many in this organization, not just football players, people in this organization that’s meant so much to me and helped me get to the point I’m at right now,” said Woodson.

The Ring of Honor mural representing the members was unveiled on the east and west sides of the plaza. Monday offered a celebration of both the past, present and future of the Cowboys. Later that afternoon, the first training camp practice at The Star took place in front of an estimated 12-thousand fans.

“It’s the dog days of camp,” added Byron Jones. “It is going to be nice having a little crowd out there. You have to understand, this is Cowboys football. If fans can come to our practice every day, they will be here every day.”

Cowboys Ring of Honor Members:

Bob Lily

Don Meredith

Don Perkins

Chuck Howley

Mel Renfro

Roger Staubach

Lee Roy Jordan

Tom Landry

Tony Dorsett

Randy White

Bob Hayes

Tex Schramm

Cliff Harris

Rayfield Wright

Troy Aikman

Michael Irvin

Emmitt Smith

Charles Haley

Drew Pearson

Larry Allen

Darren Woodson

<![CDATA[Cowboys Excited to Return to the Star in Frisco]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:51:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Training_Camp_5p_82117.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have returned from Oxnard to continue training camp at The Star in Frisco.

<![CDATA[Baseball Teams Schedule Games to Coincide With Solar Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:55:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/minorleaguebase.jpg

Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities are heading to ballparks to watch the solar eclipse as teams look to cash in with game-day viewing parties.

Minor league teams from Oregon to South Carolina have scheduled games Monday to coincide with the total eclipse as it streaks across the United States.

In Nebraska, the Lincoln Saltdogs will wear special eclipse jerseys and stop their game to watch the full eclipse at 1:02 p.m. The team says it has sold tickets to buyers from as far away as the United Kingdom and Germany.

Other teams hosting events include the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Idaho Falls Chukars, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Nashville Sounds, Greenville Drive, Columbia Fireflies and Charleston RiverDogs.

No big league games are scheduled to coincide with the eclipse.

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<![CDATA[America Still in Turmoil a Year After Kaepernick's Protest]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:31:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kaepernickfeuerherd.jpg

What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife.

Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick demonstrated outside the Los Angeles Rams' Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, part of calls for boycotts of the upcoming NFL season. Film director Spike Lee is promoting a rally on his behalf.

On the opposing end of a wide range of opinions, some fans say Kaepernick shouldn't have sat or kneeled during the national anthem, while others argue the quarterback's lack of a job is more about his talent.

The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback has been unemployed since March, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team. At least three NFL clubs have openly discussed the idea of signing him, but the embattled quarterback has yet to sign a contract with training camps well underway.

Just weeks away from the regular season, he has become a symbol of the clash of celebrity, sports and social issues as more people —including players, fans, politicians, team owners and pundits — invoke his name to debate thorny issues of patriotism and race. Other prominent NFL players have sat out or demonstrated during anthems this preseason, one saying his decision was bolstered by a recent white supremacists' rally in Virginia that turned deadly.

"There's a lot going on inside people's hearts right now," said Dan Rascher, a sports business professor at the University of San Francisco. "This may have been a catalyst for that even though it's not about Colin Kaepernick, but about our country and who we are."

Other players who joined Kaepernick in protest are still employed. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins pledged to continue his protests this season, tight end Martellus Bennett signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers and linebacker Brandon Marshall stayed with the Denver Broncos even as he lost two endorsements for kneeling during the anthem.

Still, some fans say they believe Kaepernick has been passed up as punishment for his actions, which initially went unnoticed until the third preseason game last year.

The chorus gets louder every time a quarterback vacancy is filled on an NFL team, such as when the Miami Dolphins brought 34-year-old quarterback Jay Cutler out of a short-lived retirement to lead its franchise. Cutler was out of work — like Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and others — and planned to work as a television analyst before the Dolphins reunited him with coach Adam Gase.

"Either some owners and/or the NFL are punishing him for speaking out, or they've decided that it's best for business to sweep these valid issues under the rug in order not to upset fans who, in our opinion, don't have a valid reason to be upset about Colin Kaepernick being on their team," said Tim Clark, who is organizing boycotts of all 32 teams for the NFL's regular season opener.

Color of Change, an online civil rights organization, flooded Baltimore Ravens headquarters with telephone calls when the team didn't quickly sign him as it openly considered options to react to an injury. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network, which demonstrated over the weekend, says it will boycott the Rams and Chargers games at Memorial Coliseum. A change.org petition calling for a season-long boycott of the NFL has collected more than 170,000 signatures.

"We understand the NFL is very important to you. We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick's protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch," the petition said.

Elie Mystal, an editor at the "Above the Law" legal commentary website, agreed with the proposed boycotts.

"Kaepernick doesn't have a job because he spoke out about race," Mystal said. "That's the thing you're not allowed to do in our sporting culture and most of our popular culture, unless you're so over-the-top talented that they need you for winning."

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the anthem while Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist during Saturday's game between the two teams.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Martellus Bennett's brother, sat during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the second straight week on Friday. He was joined by two teammates standing by him. Bennett said the death of a young woman protesting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, underscored his decision.

"First of all, I want people to understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American, but I don't love segregation," he said. "I don't love riots. I don't love oppression. I don't love gender slander."

Some fans say Kaepernick has not been signed because he's had an inconsistent career. He played in the 2013 Super Bowl but faded in the seasons leading up to the protests, winning just three games in his last 19 starts.

He had two seasons where he was the starting quarterback for all 16 of his team's games, including the 2014 season that ended with San Francisco missing the playoffs. He suffered from a shoulder injury for half of 2015 and began the 2016 season as a backup, then started 11 games. The 49ers finished in last place for the second season in a row.

"Do these people (complaining) about Kaepernick going unsigned not understand that he sucks, and he's a liability/distraction?" tweeted Joe Patterson, a business management major at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Henry Schafer, executive vice president of Q Scores Marketing Evaluations, said Kaepernick's popularity has plummeted.

"He's very polarizing and much more in the consciences of the general population as well as sports fans and, creating, I would think, a pretty big dilemma for the NFL teams as to where he's going to go," Schafer said.

The fallout wasn't all negative: Kaepernick inspired a movement as high school athletes across the country kneeled during the anthem. Kaepernick had the 17th highest jersey sale in May and came in 39th in all merchandise from May through July 31. He's the only player in the top 50 in sales without a job.

Kaepernick, who is white and African-American, took a stand that was unpopular among many whites, which is what boxing great Muhammad Ali did when he refused to be drafted into military during the Vietnam war.

Ali was convicted of draft evasion, which was later overturned, banned from boxing and stripped of his heavyweight title.

It's uncertain how history will treat Kaepernick. But just as Ali was linked to the "black power" movement, Kaepernick has become linked with the Black Lives Matter movement, says Soyica Diggs Colbert, a Georgetown University professor who is writing a book on black movements.

"When we think about how Black Lives Matter as a political movement gets woven into sports," Kaepernick's certainly the key figure in that conversation, she said.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Butch Dill]]>
<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Segment 4]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:52:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NINSIWKH170819-04_1200x675_1028321347690.jpg

Information about a very special basketball tournament in Grapevine plus a look at the best plays from last season in the Plays of the Week. 

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Segment 3]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:52:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NINSIWKH170819-03_1200x675_1028323907601.jpg

Pat Doney talks high school football with Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson, Rockwall head coach Rodney Webb and Lancaster head coach Chris Gilbert. 

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Segment 2]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:53:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+IHSS+Logo.jpg

Southlake head coach Hal Wasson, Rockwall head coach Rodney Webb and Lancaster head coach Chris Gilbert talk with Pat Doney about the upcoming season. 

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports: Segment 1]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:53:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NINSIWKH170819-01_1200x675_1028322371706.jpg

With the high school football season just a couple of weeks away, a recap of the three area teams that won the state title last year. 

<![CDATA[Mavs Center Noel Switches Agents in Search of Max Deal]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:05:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-mavericks-nerlens-noel.jpg

So Nerlens Noel fired his agent and will sign with Dan Fegan.

Big whoop.

He still isn’t going to get a max deal from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban this summer. Cuban would be foolish to pay the 23-year old more than he has to. 

No other NBA clubs tried to sign the restricted 6-11 center.

He has a one year qualifying offer of $5.8 milliion on the table but it’s not to his liking so he switched agents.

“We’re in a holding pattern,” is what Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle told me back in July on NBC Sports Radio when I brought up the contract talks between Dallas and Noel. The NBA salary cap didn’t go up has high as many previously projected, so the summer of 2017 was not a bonanza some players hoped for.

Noel is upset and wants his money but is a deal worth $12 million or $13 million a year worth passing on? With Noel’s injury history, he might want to jump on that. The Mavs and other NBA teams understand he has an injury history. 

We’re talking about a guy who averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. That doesn’t scream “Max Contract” if you ask me. By the way, the “max” is almost $25 million a year. 

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<![CDATA[Cardinals, St. Louis Group in Spat Over 'Rally Cat' Custody]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:52:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17222136197280.jpg

A custody battle is brewing in St. Louis over the now-famous cat that darted across the field during a Cardinals game against Kansas City. 

The feral feline who interrupted the Aug. 9 game while the bases were loaded, won the hearts of Cardinal fans when catcher Yadier Molina hit a home run on the next pitch after the delay, helping St. Louis win 8-5. The cat was credited with inspiring the grand slam, and dubbed "Rally Cat."

A grounds crew worker eventually caught the feisty feline, then lost it when he put the cat down to get treatment for bites.

The Cardinals released a statement hoping that the cat would be found so the team could “properly care for it.” A day later, the cat was found by the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach (STLFCO), the animal organization that is currently caring for the feline.

Now, the ownership of the animal is in dispute, with the shelter and Watermon exchanging catty comments on social media. 

In a Facebook post Wednesday updating fans on Rally Cat's health status, the STLFCO said it had received "thousands of inquiries" about adopting the cat. The next day, Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the center promised to give the cat to the team after a 10-day quarantine ends Monday.

The STLFCO fired back hours later, writing in a Facebook post that they made no such promise to Watermon and noting that making false statements goes against "The Cardinal Way."

"We have neither the PR staff nor the skilled volunteers to engage in a media dialog with Mr Watermon's old-school PR tactics, so this note will be all we have to say on his position," the statement read.

It goes on to say that the group contacted Watermon earlier in the week and "just now got a voicemail reply from him. Our Board Member team consists of non-paid volunteers who have full time jobs outside of STLFCO. Due to our many commitments and complex schedules, we told the Cardinals we'd be delighted to meet later this month, the first time the entire group can meet with them to discuss the situation."

Watermon responded to the STLFCO in an email to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, saying, "It is personally hurtful to me, irresponsible and, frankly, childish," Watermon wrote. "There is no need for the organization to personally attack me for doing my job."

Meanwhile, the team is planning a Rally Cat Appreciation Night at Busch Stadium on Sept. 10. Feral Cat Outreach said it hoped the cat will be well enough to attend the ceremony. But as the spat plays out, it remains to be seen whether the guest of honor will make an appearance.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[$70.3M High School Stadium Tops Everything Else in the US]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:49:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/katy-legacy-stadium.jpg

Texas is holding its claim to having the biggest, and most expensive, high school stadiums in the country.

The Katy Independent School District, outside Houston, unveiled its megastadium with an equally extravagant dedication ceremony Thursday.

The price tag: $70.3 million.

School district officials said the stadium can hold a crowd of 77,000 when it hosts its first game on Aug. 31.

Voters approved a bond project to build Legacy Stadium in 2014, KPRC reported, with the original cost set last year at $58 million. District officials said the price jumped to $70 million due to construction costs.

Katy ISD said the stadium will also host fine arts events, extracurricular activities and other district events.

A few hours' drive north will be McKinney ISD's new stadium, which is expected to top $69.9 million when it opens in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Oakland Raiders' Sean Smith Charged With Assault: DA]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:35:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sean-smith-us.jpg

Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Smith allegedly beat his sister's boyfriend in Old Town Pasadena on July 4, prosecutors said. He's also accused of stomping on the victim's head in the alleged attack.

Smith faces one felony count each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, the District Attorney's Office said. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 29.

If convicted, Smith faces up to seven years in state prison, prosecutors said.

Smith was booked on Thursday and released after posting bail, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The case remains under investigation.

The Oakland Raiders have yet to return calls seeking comment. The team is scheduled to play a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum.

No other information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Bay Area staff]]>
<![CDATA[FC Dallas, FC Dallas Special Olympics Team Hit the Field]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:39:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FC_DALLAS_SPECIAL_OLYMPICS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1027043907865.jpg

FC Dallas' Special Olympics Team practiced with the MLS team Thursday. It was the first combined practice of the season for both clubs and it was a chance for players to learn from one another.

<![CDATA[Olympians Share Their Most Embarrassing School Memories]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:23:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+EMBARRASSING+SCHOOL+THUMB2.jpg

From bad school pictures to awkward first day wardrobes, Team USA members can now look back on some of their most embarrassing school moments and laugh.

<![CDATA[Wesleyan Football Readies for First Season]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:15:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wesleyan_Football_Readies_for_First_Season.jpg

Texas Wesleyan University, without a football team since 1941, is ready to return to the gridiron.

<![CDATA[Watch: Photographer Hit in Groin After Ceremonial 1st Pitch]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:06:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520535618.jpg

The ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park missed its target Wednesday night and gave a nearby photographer something to remember.

Red Sox fan Jordan Leandre’s pitch went off course and struck photographer Tony Capobianco in the groin.

The photographer took the hit in stride and had a laugh about it on Twitter that night.

Leandre was also in good humor after the humiliating pitch seen all over the world.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Carter Alum Turns Out for 30 for 30 Screening]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:57:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JESSIE_ARMSTEAD_ON_CARTER_30_FOR_30_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1026385987680.jpg

The 1988 Dallas Carter football team will have their story told in ESPN’s 30 for 30 film “What Carter Lost” that will air Aug. 24 and Carter alum and NFL linebacker Jessie Armstead shares his thoughts on the film.

<![CDATA[Texas Wesleyan Rams Set to Kick Off Season]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:52:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JOE_PRUD_HOMME_ON_TX_WESLEYAN_FOOTBALL_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1026406467918.jpg

The Texas Wesleyan Rams football team will kick off the season Sept. 2 against McPherson College in the program’s first game in 76 years. Head Coach Joe Prud’homme talks about preparing for the season.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Five Things to Know: Norv Turner Visits Camp]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:40:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/norv+turner+jason+garrett.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney has Five Things You Need to Know from Cowboys Camp, including a visit from former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who has advice for Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

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<![CDATA[NFL Releases Statement Accusing NFLPA of 'Shameful' Tactics]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:04:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ezekiel_Elliott_altercation_6p_71817.jpg

Just hours after the NFL announced Harold Henderson would hear Ezekiel Elliott's appeal, the NFL released a shocking statement regarding reports that the NFLPA was spreading derogatory information about Ms. Tiffany Thompson, the woman who previously accused Elliott of physical violence.

Last week, Elliott, whose case was dropped for a lack of evidence, was suspended six game by the NFL. Yesterday, Elliott and the NFLPA - the National Football League's Player Association - announced they would appeal, a normal response to controversial suspensions.

The NFL then announced Harold Henderson - a member of the NFL/NFLPA Player Care Foundation, who infamously reduced Greg Hardy's suspension from 10 to 4 games - would be hearing Elliott's appeals case. Many saw this as a sign that Zeke's suspension would likely be reduced, something many have argued is only fair - saying the NFL has no right punish Elliott, if the law could not - a highly debated premise.

The NFL said the reports of the NFLPA spreading negative news to about the victim, Ms. Thompson, are a common practice of the accused, but added: "These tactics are shameful. Efforts to shame and blame victims are often what prevent people from coming forward." 


The NFLPA responded with a statement claiming the NFL was incorrect in their accusations, adding: "The League office has a history of being exposed for its lack of credibility. This is another example... They should be ashamed for stooping to new lows."


The controversy further ingratiates the NFL in the ongoing cultural debates about gender violence and victim-blaming.

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<![CDATA[Athletes Rebuke President Trump After Press Conference]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:51:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-2864047.jpg

After days of politically charged protests and violence in Charlottesville — and a response that garnered significant condemnation from both political parties — President Donald Trump released a more wholesome statement on Monday.

Then, Tuesday afternoon, after consulting advisers on infrastructure reform, Trump held another press conference, hoping to get back to his political agenda. He took questions from the media, resulting in a combative Q-&-A exchange.

Trump argued there was "blame on both sides," on the Charlottesville protest and repeated his sentiment that most notable news outlets peddled fake news.

The president has received criticism from media pundits, Democratic politicians, celebrities and even some of his own advisers for his collective responses to the racism and violence displayed in Charlottesville.

At least four members of Trump's manufacturing council have resigned, and the CEO of Wal-Mart released a statement saying Trump's original response did not go far enough. 

Now, retired and current NBA stars are taking to Twitter, voicing their displeasure with the leadership of this country.

Retired point guard Steve Nash, who played for the Dallas Mavericks from 1998-2004, tweeted: Donald Trump's ability "to defend white supremacists... sums the man up."


Current NBA superstar LeBron James, a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, tweeted "Donald Trump just made [hate] fashionable again."  


James has mocked Trump on Twitter before, though most athletes typically avoid politics to avoid polarizing their brand.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Five to Know: Prescott Discusses Elliott Suspension ]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:47:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys+Tuesday+Pic.JPG

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott discusses the NFL's suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott. NBC 5's Pat Doney has that and more in Tuesday's Five Things to Know from Oxnard, California.

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<![CDATA[Bad Month Continues for Lucky Whitehead]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:58:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/218*120/usa-lucky-whitehead.jpg

The past 30 days have not been so “lucky” for former Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead.

During that span, he lost his dog, was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and released by the Cowboys because of the crime he didn’t commit.

Now he has a broken foot.

Whitehead was claimed by the New York Jets on waivers, but the chances of making the team took a hit after he broke his foot during Monday’s practice. Lucky just can’t catch a break.

Before the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, Whitehead was the talk of Cowboys training camp. However, it wasn’t a good thing. His name and information was used by a criminal in Virginia, which resulted in a warrant for failing to appear in court. He was cut by the Cowboys after the warrant went public and before authorities realized the case of mistaken identity. Whitehead said he wasn’t in Virginia at the time of the crime but the Cowboys didn’t believe him.

Chances were Whitehead was on the bubble anyways concerning his position on the field after the Cowboys selected speedy wide receiver/kick returner Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft. The drama didn’t help, even if it wasn’t all his fault.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said no decision has been made on whether Whitehead needs surgery but that the wideout will be out for an extended period of time.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott Appeals NFL Suspension]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:57:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/usa-ezekiel-elliott.jpg

It was expected and became official Tuesday afternoon.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has filed an appeal for his six-game NFL suspension. Once filed, the league has 10 business days to schedule a hearing. The appeal would be heard by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or somebody appointed by Goodell.

Ellliott was suspended last week for violating the league’s personal conduct policy involving an alleged domestic violence incident in July 2016. The NFL cited “substantial and persuasive evidence” that Elliott used physical force against a woman over multiple days in Columbus, Ohio. Elliott was never arrested and charged.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Our union has appealed the NFL’s six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott. We will represent Ezekiel, as we do all players, to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.”

Elliott and his representatives vowed to fight the suspension, releasing a statement on Friday, stating, “The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence.”

The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

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<![CDATA[New College Football Award Named After Jason Witten]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:55:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630560562.jpg

If you name an award after Jason Witten, you know it is big time.

The Cowboys have announced that All-Pro tight end’s name will be connected to the inaugural “Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year” award for college football leadership.

“The award will recognize the College Football Bowl Subdivision player who has demonstrated a record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field,” according to a statement released by the Cowboys. “It will honor the type of exemplary character and commitment to community, family and teammates demonstrated by Jason Witten, the 10-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Dallas Cowboys and the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.”

Football programs will submit their nominees and three finalists will be selected in November. The winner will be announced by a panel of former players and coaches, as well as representatives of the college football media world in December. The presentation of the award will take place at the first “Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Banquet” in February.

“I am proud to be associated with the Collegiate Man of the Year,” said Witten in the statement. “It is my hope that this honor will encourage and inspire the next generation of student-athletes to not only perform at a high level on the field, but to use the platform to make a positive impact on campus and in the community.”

The winner will also receive a $10-thousand contribution in his name to the school’s athletic scholarship fund. The contribution will be made by Witten’s SCORE Foundation.

"There is no more appropriate person in our sport—at any level--to have his name associated with an award that represents character, dignity, service to others and responsibility than Jason Witten,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. “This award will honor the standard that Jason has set for leadership, both on and off the field, and it will serve as an inspiration to football players for generations to come."

Albertsons and Tom Thumb, in a close partnership with Witten and his foundation over the last decade, will be the presenting sponsor of the award.

Witten played college ball at Tennessee, compiling 797 yards and seven touchdowns over 36 games. During his freshman season, he saw time as a defensive end before making the switch to tight end. The Cowboys drafted Witten in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Witten currently sits just 17 yards behind Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin’s franchise record for career receiving yards. He also needs to play in just two more games to set a new Cowboys record for games played. Witten also is just five catches behind Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown for No. 6 in NFL history.

Witten signed a four-year contract extension with the Cowboys in March.

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<![CDATA[North Texas in Running to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:59:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630556720.jpg

The FIFA World Cup could be coming to North Texas.

The United Bid Committee of the United State, Mexico and Canada has officially started its outreach for cities who are interested in being host cities for the 2026 FIF World Cup.

A total of 49 stadiums located in or around 44 cities will be considered, which include AT&T Stadium and the Cotton Bowl in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. AT&T Stadium has a 105,000 seating capacity, while the Cotton Bowl holds 92,100. Each city is asked to declare its interest to take part in the bidding process by September 5. 

After cities declare their interest, the United Bid Committee will review the submissions and issue a shortlist of potential sites by late September. The committee will then provide more details and conduct meetings to discuss any questions as the candidate cities prepare for their final bid, which is due in January.

“We are honored that the 2026 United Bid Committee has included both AT&T Stadium and Cotton Bowl Stadium as potential host sites for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission.  “This is a great opportunity to extend the legacy from Dallas hosting in 1994 and to place Dallas on an international stage for the world’s most prestigious tournament.  Hosting the World Cup again would have a great impact on our community and future development of soccer as we have great partners to work with here locally to position Dallas as an Official Host City Candidate in the bid to bring the World Cup to the USA, Mexico, and Canada.”

NRG Stadium in Houston and the Alamo Dome in San Antonio are also on the list.

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<![CDATA[Today in History: Former NBA Ref Tim Donaghy Pleads Guilty]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:52:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/donaghy.jpg

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleads guilty to felony gambling
On August 15, 2007, Tim Donaghy plead guilty to two felonies for betting on NBA games - some of which, he refereed - and secretly advising professional gamblers.

Donaghy later announced he was receiving help for gambling addiction, which his lawyer said is what led to his criminal actions.

NBA conspiracy theorists have long believed Donaghy's claims that games in the early- and mid-2000s were fixed by referees, with the encouragement of the NBA's league office.

These theories garner the most attention in the playoffs, when teams shoot significantly more free throws than their opponents - see the game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals, or the Mavs' 2006 finals appearance.

Despite these conspiracy, nothing of merit has ever shown the NBA to be influencing games.

More skeptical observers believe, if NBA referees were involved in illegal gambling operations, they would be more concerned with the over/under than the winner.

The NBA has vehemently denied any and all allegations of this being a widespread issue.

Donaghy, who was an NBA referee for over a decade, was released from prison in 2009.

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<![CDATA[5 Drugs Found in Tiger Woods' System After Fla. Arrest]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:14:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tiger_Woods_to_Enter_DUI_Offender_Program.jpg

Golf legend Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system — including painkillers, a sleeping aid and the active ingredient in marijuana — during his Memorial Day arrest on suspicion of drunken driving near his south Florida home, a newly released toxicology report shows.

Woods had the active incredients of opioids Vicodin and Dilaudid in his system. He also tested positive for the chemicals active in Xanax and Ambien and marijuana, according to the report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, first reported by ESPN.

Police did not say whether Woods had a prescription for the medication, including medical marijuana, which is legal in the state of Florida.

Woods was arrested May 29 after police in Jupiter found him asleep at the wheel of his car at an intersection near his home. He failed a field sobriety test and was unable to tell officers where he was at the time, but blew a 0.00 on a breathalyzer after being arrested.

One of the best golfers to ever play the sport, Woods told police he was taking several drugs after his fourth back surgery earlier this year. He later entered a clinic to deal with prescription drug dependency.

"As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications. Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance," Woods said in a statement obtained by NBC News.

“I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I've made significant progress. I remain grateful for the amazing support that I continue to receive and for the family and friends that are assisting me."

Last week, Woods entered a guilty plea to a charge of reckless driving and will enter a first-time DUI offender program that could result in the case being wiped off his record if he completes all requirements.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Discusses Frank Broyles Impact]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:36:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-broyles-impact-dctv_1200x675_1025050179808.jpg

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones talks about the impact of Frank Broyles, his former head coach at the University of Arkansas, who died at the age of 92 Monday.