<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - ]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usTue, 18 Sep 2018 18:50:35 -0500Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:50:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jerry Jones on Winning, Dak Running and Brad Sham]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:02:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jerry_Jones_Shan_RJ_Tuesday_Sept_18.jpg

During one of his weekly radio addresses, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks to NBC 5 partner 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ about the team's first win, Randy Gregory, Dak's running and Brad Sham's 40 years. Recorded Sept. 18, 2018.

<![CDATA[Stephen Jones on Beating Giants, Strong D]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:02:52 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stephen_Jones_GBag_Monday_Sept_17.jpg

During a weekly radio appearance on NBC 5 partner 105.3 The Fan's G-Bag Nation at noon Mondays, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones talked about the team's Week 2 win over the New York Giants highlighting their solid defensive play and the ground effort by Dak Prescott. Recorded: Sept. 17, 2018.

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<![CDATA[Electronics Taken From TCU Locker Room During Practice: PD]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:57:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TCU+Thefts+surveillance+091818.jpg

Police at TCU are asking for help identifying a person of interest after several electronics were taken out of the Horned Frog locker room during football practice on Sept. 11.

The TCU Police Department said after it reviewed security video from just outside the locker room, detectives saw a man they wanted to identify.

The video shows a man just inside a set of double doors, apparently talking on a cell phone, around 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Police ask if anyone recognizes the person in the video to contact Detective McCormack with the TCU Police Department at 817-257-7050.

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<![CDATA[Nashville Sounds To Be Rangers New Triple-A Club]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:40:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sounders-rangers-whitebg2.jpg

The Texas Rangers and Triple-A Nashville Sounds announced Tuesday they've agreed to a four-year Player Development Contract through the 2022 season.

The news comes after the Rangers current Triple-A team, the Round Rock Express, announced their intent to seek a new contract with a new major league club next season and beyond. The Express, principally owned by Nolan Ryan, are expected to sign a deal with the Astros, where Ryan is employed in the front office and where his son Reid is president of baseball operations.

A formal announcement between the Rangers and Sounds will be made Thursday at 1 p.m. at First Tennessee Park in Nashville.

“The Texas Rangers are very pleased to enter into this four-year player development contract with the Nashville Sounds,” said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. “Led by Frank Ward and Adam Nuse, the Sounds are one of Minor League Baseball’s top organizations.

“The Sounds have received incredible fan support as the franchise finished fourth in Minor League Baseball in overall attendance with over 600,000 fans attending games at beautiful First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville in 2018. For a number of reasons, this became a very attractive location for our Triple-A club and we look forward to a productive relationship with the Sounds," said Davis.

The Sounds become just the third Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in the last 37 years. Texas was affiliated with Oklahoma City from 1983-2010 and completed an eight-year affiliation with Round Rock in 2018. The Sounds, who were affiliated with Oakland from 2015-18, play at First Tennessee Park, which opened in 2015.

“The Nashville Sounds front office has a great reputation of taking care of its players, and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity,” said Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “I think our players and development staff will enjoy playing and working in an environment with first-class facilities and an exciting game atmosphere.”

In 2018, the Rangers had the following affiliations: Round Rock Express (Triple-A); Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A); Down East Wood Ducks (Class A-Advanced); Hickory Crawdads (Class A); Spokane Indians (Class A Short Season); AZL Rangers (Rookie League) and DSL Rangers 1 and 2 (Foreign Rookie).

With the deal with Nashville on the horizon, the Rangers' only open development contracts are for the Class A Short Season league.

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<![CDATA[Nolan's Round Rock Express Ends Affiliation With Rangers]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:39:17 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/round-rock-express-generic.jpg

Nolan Ryan's Round Rock Express is ditching the Texas Rangers and will likely return to being a farm team for the Houston Astros.

On Monday, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers announced they had notified both Minor and Major League Baseball that they intended to seek a new Professional Development Contract next season and beyond.

"The relationship that we've developed, both professionally and personally, with the Texas Rangers over the last eight years has truly been an honor for our organization," Express President Chris Almendarez said.

The Express followed that statment up with a couple of tweets, one thanking the Rangers and another hinting at an announcement coming on Thursday.


While the Express have not said officially who they'll partner with - it's not a stretch to guess it'll be the Houston Astros.

For 10 seasons, before being the Rangers affiliate, the Express were the Astros Triple-A (2005-2010) and Double-A (2000-2004) affiliate.

What's more, the Express are principally owned by Astros/Rangers great Nolan Ryan and Don Sanders. Express CEO Reese Ryan is the brother of Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan -- both are Nolan's sons and Nolan currently has a position in the Astros front office.

It wasn't until after Nolan Ryan had an ownership stake in the Texas Rangers (2010) that the Rangers switched their Triple-A affiliation from the Oklahoma City RedHawks to the Round Rock Express beginning in the 2011 season.

So where do the Rangers go from here? According to a report in The Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are down to only two locations to partner with in 2019 and 2020 -- Fresno and Nashville.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers announced an upcoming deal with the Sounds.


In 2018, the Rangers had the following affiliations: Round Rock Express (Triple-A); Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A); Down East Wood Ducks (Class A-Advanced); Hickory Crawdads (Class A); Spokane Indians (Class A Short Season); AZL Rangers (Rookie League) and DSL Rangers 1 and 2 (Foreign Rookie).

Only the Rangers 2019 and 2020 Triple-A and Class A Short Season contracts are TBD.

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<![CDATA[Dak Prescott Surprises High School Football Players]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:42:38 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/dak_surprises_high+schoolers_.jpg

A football team in Frisco was surprised Monday when Dak Prescott showed up to their practice.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback took over coaching duties and ran drills with the Rangers at Frisco Lone Star High School in tandem with NFL's Play Football youth initiative and Campbell's Chunky Soup.

Dak wanted to honor Coach Jeff Rayburn for the "hard work he demonstrates on-and-off the field for this team, family and community every day," according to a Campbell's company representative.

A video on Twitter showed Dak opening the doors of a weight room and the crowd shouting in excitement.


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<![CDATA[Vote for Big Game Friday Night]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 21:58:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20171028+Football+Generic.jpg
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<![CDATA[Brice Butler Returns to Dallas Cowboys]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:04:23 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brice-butler-cowboys.jpg

The Cowboys have re-signed veteran receiver Brice Butler, who had left Dallas in free agency last spring but was released by the Arizona Cardinals before the season.

Dallas released rookie safety Tyree Robinson on Tuesday to make room on its roster for Butler.

Butler in April signed a two-year deal with Arizona after playing in 36 games for Dallas the past three seasons. He was listed as the No. 2 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald for much of the Cardinals' camp, but was also slowed by a foot injury and part of the final cuts to get their roster to 53 players.

In 61 games over five NFL seasons, Butler has 73 catches for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns. He was picked by Oakland in the seventh round of the 2013 draft and spent two seasons with the Raiders before going to Dallas.

Dallas also released defensive tackle Aziz Shittu from the practice squad, and signed defensive tackle Adolphus Washington to the practice squad.

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<![CDATA[JJT: 5 Reasons Why the Cowboys Never Considered Josh Gordon]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:18:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/usatsi_10521278_138566172_lowres.jpg

The Cowboys never seriously considered adding Josh Gordon, for any price, to their roster. They never had a formal meeting about him or watched video of him this season to see how he’d fit into their offense.

Here’s why:

• The Cowboys have to use considerable resources - time, money and energy - trying to make sure talented defensive linemen Randy Gregory and David Irving don’t run afoul of the NFL rules and regulations, so they can play for Dallas. The Cowboys didn’t want to add another player who required that kind of commitment because it would take away from the time they’ve already allotted to keep Gregory and Irving on the roster.

• If the Cowboys were to add a player such as Gordon, they’d prefer to do it in the offseason when front office has time to indoctrinate the player into their program and structure to give him the best chance to succeed. Even if they added a player in the season, they’d prefer to give him a few weeks to get used to the team’s structure.

• Gordon hasn’t been a productive player since 2013, when he caught 87 passes for 1,687 yards and nine touchdowns. The Cowboys weren’t convinced that would change.

• Gordon played college football at Baylor, so the Cowboys had quite a few conversations about him when he was eligible for the draft. They spoke with former Baylor coach Art Briles six times about Gordon, so they feel comfortable with who he is as a player and person.

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<![CDATA[Students to Memorialize Football Player Who Died at Practice]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:34:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLM_VO_SUMMER+CREEK+MIDDLE+SCHOOL_2018-09-18-04-33-06.jpg

Almost a month since 13-year-old Kyrell McBride-Johnson died after collapsing at football practice at Summer Creek Middle School his teammates are plan to honor his memory.

At Tuesday night's game, players, coaches and students plan to take a moment to memorialize the teenager.

After a moment of silence, his mother will be presented with a framed jersey, football and American flag. Students in the audience will also wear shirts meant to honor McBride-Johnson.

The team will play Mansfield ISD’s Howard Middle School at North Crowley High School.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has not released a cause of death.

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<![CDATA[Glasnow Limits Rangers to 2 Infield Singles in Rays' Win]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:19:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tyler-Glasnow-Rays-Getty-091718.jpg

Tyler Glasnow allowed two infield singles in six innings for his first win since Tampa Bay traded Chris Archer to get the right-hander, and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Monday night.

Ji-Man Choi connected for his 10th homer, a solo shot, and drove in two runs to help the Rays improve to a major league-best 21-5 since Aug. 19. Tampa Bay started the day seven games behind Oakland for the second American League wild-card spot.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa barely beat out a chopper to shortstop for the first Texas hit with two outs in the fifth. Nomar Mazara reached in the sixth on a high bouncer in front of the mound that was first ruled an error by Glasnow.

Adam Kolarek, Jose Alvarado and Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless inning apiece to wrap up the second two-hit shutout of the Rangers in a week. Eight Los Angeles Angels pitchers pulled the trick on Texas last Tuesday. Romo got his 22nd save in 29 chances.

It was the fourth big league win in 26 starts over two seasons for Glasnow (2-6). The 25-year-old, who came from Pittsburgh at the trading deadline, struck out six, walked two and hit a batter.

Leading 2-0 with two on in the sixth, Glasnow finished his outing by getting Adrian Beltre on a flyout. Glasgow got some help the batter before allowing his first hit when center fielder Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping catch on a liner by Ronald Guzman.

Adrian Sampson (0-2) lost his second straight start following one relief appearance since the last-place Rangers called him up from the minors. The right-hander allowed six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Round Rock is ending an eight-year run as the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Nashville and San Antonio, which is moving up from Double-A next year, are the leading candidates to replace Round Rock. The team in suburban Austin, owned in part by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, is expected to become Houston's Triple-A team. Ryan is working as a consultant for the Astros, whose president is son Reid Ryan.

Rangers: LF Joey Gallo was scratched from the lineup about three hours before the game because of a sore right little toe. Manager Jeff Banister said Gallo recently fouled a ball off that toe. Willie Calhoun started in left field and batted sixth, where Gallo was slotted.

Rays LHP Blake Snell (19-5, 2.03 ERA) tries to become the first 20-game winner in the majors this season in the second game of a three-game series. David Price had a club-record 20 wins when he was the AL Cy Young winner in 2012. RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-5, 6.67) goes for Texas.

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<![CDATA[UNT's 'Fake' Fair Catch Was Amazing, Just as Practiced]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:23:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Keegan+Brewer+UNT+091718.jpg

A magical moment on the football field Saturday added an exclamation point to the buzz surrounding University of North Texas football.

Redshirt sophomore Keegan Brewer returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown, extending an early lead as the Mean Green trounced Arkansas 44-17 at Razorback Stadium. It was the way the play came about, that made it special.

On Monday, Brewer's day began just like any other UNT student.

"I had geology," Brewer said.

But his weekend was unlike any other college student-athlete in recent history.

The play Saturday began innocently enough. Brewer, the UNT punt returner, camped under a first-quarter Arkansas punt -- one he might usually wave for a fair catch, but not this one.

"As soon as I caught it, there was one guy directly in front of me, and one guy to my left," he recalled.

Those players were Arkansas special teamers, who thought the play was dead.

"It was kind of like a hopefully he doesn't hit me situation," Brewer said. "As soon as they both started walking off, that's when I knew this play could actually work."

Ninety yards later, Brewer was in the end zone and UNT had a 14-0 lead.

The play in question, a fake fair catch, goes by the name "Peter Pan." Special teams coordinator Marty Biagi drew it up in the offseason.

"They practiced it and practiced it," Biagi said. He said something in the game film indicated to him that the Arkansas game would be a good time to use the trick play.

"That's the best part," he said of its success. "Seeing a guy looking like Peter Pan, flying away. I'm happy for him and everybody."

The touchdown return blew up immediately on social media. Major sports networks showed the play over and over.

"The reaction has really outblown anything that I thought it would be," Brewer said. "I thought, cool touchdown. That's all I thought, but it's clearly bigger than anything I thought it would be."

There's excitement in Mean Green country. The team is 3-0, and folks can't stop talking about that play -- one which would seem like a play fans will never see again.

"I'm a special teams coordinator," winked Biagi. "You never know."

For Brewer, if it is "once in a lifetime" -- that's okay.

"It was excitement more than anything that it actually worked," he said.

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<![CDATA[Grapevine's Alan Bowman Next Big Arm at Texas Tech]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:17:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alan-Bowman-Texas-Tech-Getty-091518.jpg

Alan Bowman looks to be next in line on the list of prolific passers who have come through Texas Tech.

The true freshman sits No. 2 on the national passing chart this week after throwing for 605 yards and five touchdowns in the Red Raiders' 63-49 win over Houston on Saturday. Bowman's total was the highest nationally since former Tech and current Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 734 yards against Oklahoma in 2016.

Bowman broke the Big 12 freshman record of 598 yards set by Mahomes against Baylor in 2014, and his five TDs were most by a Tech quarterback since Nic Shimonek's six against Arizona State last season.

Bowman completed 43 of 59 passes, with 13 of them to Antoine Wesley, who set a school record with 261 receiving yards.

A three-star recruit from Grapevine, Texas, Bowman is proving to be a perfect fit in the "Air Raid" offense that Kliff Kingsbury learned when he played for Mike Leach at Tech.

Bowman lost the preseason competition to McLane Carter, but hasn't come out since Carter was injured in the first quarter of the opener.

He averages 386.7 yards per game to rank second to Gardner Minshew, who's passing for 401 yards per game for Leach at Washington State. Bowman has completed 70.7 percent of his passes (94 of 133) and has eight touchdowns against no interceptions.

Darrell Henderson of Memphis turned in the top rushing performance of the week, going for 233 yards on 14 carries against Georgia State. That outing came after he ran for 212 yards on 13 carries the previous week.

The only other 200-yard game over the weekend belonged to Navy's Malcolm Perry, who had 223 yards on 19 runs against Lehigh.

Freshman receiver Daniel George couldn't have envisioned starting his Penn State career the way he did. In his first appearance, he caught a 95-yard touchdown from backup quarterback Sean Clifford in the fourth quarter against Kent State. It was the longest play from scrimmage in program history by 3 yards.

TCU's Darius Anderson broke the nation's longest run when he went 93 yards for a touchdown against Ohio State. Not only was it the longest rushing play in Horned Frogs' history, it was the longest play from scrimmage ever allowed by the Buckeyes.

Washington State's Travell Harris became the fourth player this season to return a kickoff 100 yards when he did it against Eastern Washington. Others who have done it are Utah State's Savon Scarver, Appalachian State's Darrynton Evans and Ohio's DL Knock. Fourteen players had 100-yard returns last season.

Davidson set a Football Championship Subdivision record with 964 total yards in a 91-61 win over Guilford on Thursday. A caveat: Guilford is a Division III team that was playing two levels up.

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<![CDATA[JJT's 10 Thoughts on the Cowboys' Win Over Giants]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:25:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-cowboys-locker.jpg

The Cowboys beat the New York Giants 20-13 on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium to reach .500 and avoid the dreaded 0-2 start. After all, since 2002 only 11 percent of teams that start 0-2 have made the playoffs.

Here are Cowboys’ Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor’s 10 thoughts on the win.

• The Cowboys pass rush was relentless. It recorded six sacks by six different players and it had sacks from all three levels of the defense: line, linebackers and secondary. The Cowboys also hit Eli Manning eight times, including two each by Taco Charlton and DeMarcus Lawrence.

• New York Giants coach Pat Shurmer did a terrific job of getting the ball to Saquon Barkley, his best offensive player. Barkley caught eight passes for only 32 yards in the first half, but the Giants kept giving him opportunities with the ball in space. He finished with 14 catches for 80 yards and a long of 18. He carried 11 times for 28 yards.

• Odell Beckham Jr., who signed a five-year, $95 million extension last month, caught four passes for 51 yards and no impact. Nine passes were directed his way, and he had a long of 17. Byron Jones and Chido Awuzie did a nice job on him.

• Brett Maher, who missed his only field goal attempt in the Cowboys’ loss to Carolina, made his first attempt - a 37-yarder in the first quarter. Yes, it was an important kick whether anyone wants to publicly admit it. He added a 29-yard kick in the third quarter.

• Damien Wilson, probably the least-respected starter on the team, had a nice game with three tackles, a sack and forced fumble and a pass deflection. He doesn’t get a lot of attention but he does a lot of things well in addition to being a core special teams player.

• Rico Gathers was active for the first time in his career, and the Cowboys tried to get him the ball. But quarterback Dak Prescott missed him twice, including once in the end zone for a potential touchdown that would’ve pushed the lead to 17-0. The Cowboys need play-makers and they think Gathers can make plays, so they’re putting him on the field and giving him a chance.

• Kavon Frazier, normally a core special teams player, has delivered with the playing time he’s getting with Xavier Woods sidelined by a hamstring. He’s always been a hard hitter, but the Cowboys blitzed him and he rewarded them with a sack in addition to his usual physical presence.

• Scott Linehan came out aggressively and the Cowboys gained 136 yards on their first 10 plays. Dak Prescott ran a read option, completed a 64-yards touchdown pass to Tavon Austin, who also had a 15-yard reverse. The Cowboys scored 10 points on their first two possessions, but couldn’t get another touchdown drive to separate.

• Leighton Vander Esch played 28 snaps and recorded seven tackles. He was active and when Sean Lee left the game with cramps, the defense didn’t fall apart. It was a nice step for him.

• Jaylon Smith had a team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss. But he was part of the season Saquon Barkley gained just 28 yards on 11 carries with a long of 10. He says he’s all the way back from the horrific knee injury he suffered in his last game at Notre Dame in his third season with Dallas.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Beat Giants on Sunday Night Football]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:53:33 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+and+Dennis+091618.jpg

The Cowboys get their first win of the season over the New York Giants.  NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and former Cowboys defensive back Dennis Thurman break down the victory.

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<![CDATA[JJT's Instant Analysis: Giants at Cowboys]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:54:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ezekiel-Elliott-Getty-091618.jpg

Here's NBC 5 Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor's instant analysis of the Cowboys' 20-13 win over the New York Giants Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys avoid the dreaded 0-2 start, which is often the kiss of death when it comes to making the playoffs. The Cowboys started fast on offense and allowed their defense to keep the Giants in check after they grabbed an early lead with six sacks and an overall stellar defensive effort.

Leading 13-3 in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys embarked on a 14-play, 82-yard drive with 8:23.They converted to third-down conversions and one fourth-down conversion on the drive that culminated with Ezekiel Elliott diving into the end zone at the end of a six-yard run.

Dak Prescott showed how he can be a winning quarterback for the Cowboys with his performance Sunday against the Giants. He wasn’t spectacular by any means but he was good enough and his decision-making was superb. He passed for only 160 yards, but he connected on a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin that let the Giants know Dallas would attack deep. He also ran the zone read to perfection, gaining a career-high 46 yards on six carries and helping the Cowboys control the game. He also protected the ball and did not have a turnover.

The Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times. It’s their second-highest sack total ever against Manning. In December 2008, they sacked him eight times in a 20-8 win.

The Cowboys head to Seattle with few questions about their defense that has been outstanding the first two games and with fewer questions about their offense, though much work remains. It was better, but they still didn’t get 300 yards in total offense.

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<![CDATA[Mejia's Slam Lifts Padres to Win Over Rangers]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 20:53:27 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Rookie Francisco Mejia is quickly giving the downtrodden San Diego Padres a hopeful glimpse of the future.

The 22-year-old hit his first grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and the rebuilding Padres rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep in a matchup of last-place teams.

It was the first walkoff for Mejia, who was promoted from Triple-A on Sept. 4. The prized catching prospect has hit three homers since then.

Mejia was obtained from Cleveland for closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber on July 19. He is part of the third wave of young talent that has come up since late in the 2016 season, when the Padres turned from a failed win-now approach to rebuilding via the farm system.

"It's a really special moment," Mejia said through a translator. "Especially for my career. It's great."

The switch-hitter, batting right-handed, turned on the first pitch he saw from reliever Jeffrey Springs and drove it to left field.

He said he was "looking for a pitch up in the zone, especially with the shadows out there. I wanted to look for a good pitch there and get a good swing on it."

Mejia was doused with a cooler of ice water at the plate and the celebration extended into the clubhouse.

Asked what he'll remember most about the homer, he said it would be "the energy, the moment coming into the clubhouse and having everyone waiting for me there."

Manager Andy Green said Mejia "seems at home with this group of guys. He showed up and everybody welcomed him and brought him into the family, and everybody has enjoyed him. When you're new to a club you want to come through quick because it makes you feel like a part of it. Clearly he did that in a big way for us today."

Green watched the winning shot from his office after being ejected in the top of the ninth.

"I do feel comfortable," Mejia said. "I think the home runs, those are always going to come. That's just part of the game. But I do feel comfortable being here and being a part of this team."

Ownership expected the Padres to be better this year than their finish of 71-91 last year, but the Padres are one loss away from matching last year's win total. They've lost at least 90 games for the third straight season and the fourth time in eight years.

The Rangers were two outs away from a 3-2 win and a three-game sweep before rookie Franmil Reyes hit a bloop single to right off rookie reliever Jeffrey Springs (0-1) and made way for pinch-runner Travis Jankowski. Freddy Galvis then doubled to left to bring in Jankowski with the tying run.

Pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis walked as Galvis took third on a ball four-wild pitch. Cory Spangenberg walked to load the bases and bring up Mejia, who homered to left on the first pitch he saw.

"Things unraveled a little bit just with the walks, but I've got to hand it to him," Banister said about Springs. "The guy's never been in that situation before. I put him in that situation and I thought he showed a grit throughout the course of an inning."

Green was ejected in the top of the ninth after Robinson Chirinos appeared to hit the ball off the knob of his bat into fair territory. Padres reliever Trey Wingenter fielded the ball and threw to first. After the umps huddled and then went to a video review that lasted four minutes, 50 seconds, Green was ejected for arguing and Chirinos was awarded first on a hit-by-pitch.

"I was pretty adamant telling them it's not a reviewable call, it's on the field," Green said. "You have to fix the call on the field. It has to be a fair ball or a hit batter. It can't be a foul ball. I'm not quite sure how we arrived where we arrived."

The Rangers loaded the bases but failed to score.

Kirby Yates (5-3) got the last two outs of the ninth for the win.

The Padres had runners on first and third with no outs in the eighth and failed to score.

Rangers starter Mike Minor allowed two runs and four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He also doubled. Minor's only big mistake was allowing Hunter Renfroe's homer with two outs in the first, his 23rd.

Willie Calhoun homered with one out in the second, his second, and Jurickson Profar hit a leadoff shot in the third, his 18th. Both were off Padres rookie Jacob Nix, who also allowed Robinson Chirinos' RBI single in the sixth.

Nix allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 5.06) is scheduled to make his second start with Texas when it opens a three-game home series against Tampa Bay on Monday night. The Rays will counter with RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-6, 4.48).

Padres: RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-3, 6.07) is scheduled to go in the opener of a three-game home series against San Francisco on Monday night, his third start since returning from 1 1/2 months on the disabled list. He's 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings since being reinstated. The Giants will counter with LHP Andrew Suarez (6-11, 4.33).

<![CDATA[AP Top 10 HS Football -- How They Fared]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 20:30:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Generic+HS+Football+upright.jpg

Results for the teams ranked in The Associated Press Texas high school football poll.

Class 6A
1. Allen (3-0) beat Coppell 21-0.
2. Lake Travis (2-0) beat Austin Bowie 42-21.
3. Galena Park North Shore (3-0) beat Spring Westfield 35-3.
4. Converse Judson (2-0) at Harlingen, ccd.
5. Cypress Fairbanks (3-0) beat Houston Northbrook 70-0.
6. Longview (3-0) beat Tyler 41-13.
7. Duncanville (3-0) beat Evangel Christian Academy, La. 48-13.
8. Southlake Carroll (3-0) beat Odessa Permian 24-20.
9. Katy (1-1) idle.
10. Austin Westlake (2-1) beat Austin Akins 67-0.

Class 5A
1. Aledo (3-0) beat Burleson Centennial 63-16.
2. Dallas Highland Park (3-0) beat Frisco Lone Star 10-7.
3. Denton Ryan (2-0) idle.
4. Frisco Lone Star (2-1) lost to Dallas Highland Park 10-7.
5. Lufkin (2-1) beat Monterrey Tech, Mexico 68-0.
6. College Station (2-0) beat Huntsville 20-7.
7. Fort Bend Marshall (3-0) beat Houston Milby 46-0.
8. A&M Consolidated (2-0) idle.
9. Manvel (2-1) beat Houston Sharpstown 67-0.
10. Angleton (2-0) beat Clear Brook 49-23.

Class 4A
1. Carthage (3-0) beat Marshall 35-32.
2. Argyle (3-0) beat Tyler Chapel Hill 66-14.
3. Texarkana Pleasant Grove (3-0) beat Atlanta 49-35.
4. Waco La Vega (1-2) lost to Austin LBJ 20-17.
5. Gilmer (2-1) lost to Paris 27-21.
6. Stephenville (2-1) beat Abilene Wylie 41-28.
7. Midlothian Heritage (3-0) beat Decatur 56-21.
8. West Orange-Stark (1-2) lost to Newton 21-7.
9. Melissa (3-0) beat Whitehouse 27-23.
10. Liberty Hill (2-1) beat Manor 38-12.

Class 3A
1. Newton (3-0) beat West Orange-Stark 21-7.
2. Brock (2-1) lost to Argyle Liberty Christian 21-0.
3. Canadian (3-0) beat Perryton 32-10.
4. Goliad (3-0) beat George West 47-13.
5. Gunter (3-0) beat Whitesboro 21-10.
6. Lexington (2-1) lost to Rockdale 29-27.
7. Childress (3-0) beat Panhandle 47-34.
8. Rockdale (2-1) beat Lexington 29-27.
9. New London West Rusk (3-0) beat Big Sandy Harmony (Gilmer) 28-24.
10. Yoakum (2-1) beat Gonzales 33-14.

Class 2A
1. Mart (2-1) lost to Franklin 21-0.
2. Mason (3-0) beat Sonora 27-0.
3. Shiner (3-0) beat Burton 63-31.
4. Wellington (3-0) beat Abernathy 28-6.
5. Muenster (3-0) beat Pottsboro 39-34.
6. Refugio (2-1) beat Aransas Pass 21-6.
7. De Leon (2-1) lost to Dublin 46-23.
8. San Augustine (1-1) lost to Garrison 48-39.
9. Burton (1-2) lost to Shiner 63-31.
10. New Deal (3-0) beat Slaton 19-13.

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<![CDATA[Marchers Outside AT&T Stadium Protest Police Shootings]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:03:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ATT+Stadium+protest+091618+%282%29.jpg

Demonstrators marched outside AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys hosted the Giants Sunday night, rolling two caskets to protest the police shooting deaths of Botham Jean in Dallas and O'Shae Terry in Arlington.

Terry was shot by an Arlington police officer Sept. 1 after he attempted to flee during a traffic stop and Jean was shot Sept. 6 by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger who said she mistook him for a burglar after she mistakenly entered Jean's apartment.

Lee Merritt, who represented the families of both men, demanded that the Dallas Police Department identify and discipline officers who leaked information a search warrant return about Botham Jean's shooting to the media. The search warrant indicated officers found marijuana, but it's unclear who it belonged to.

Merritt said the protest was also to draw attention to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' policy on players protesting during the national anthem.

"We come with an invitation to Jerry Jones, to Dak Prescott, to the entire Cowboys organization to join us in the fight for justice. To ensure these tragedies do not continue to befall our community," Rev. Michael Waters said.

"Let us know that you're not just concerned with making money off of black bodies, but you're concerned about the safety of all black bodies," pastor Frederick Haynes said. "Because, guess what? We are Americans as well."

Demonstrators also called for the Dallas Police Department to fire Guyger and for the officer to face a murder charge. Guyger is currently on administrative leave and faces a manslaughter charge in Jean's death.

"It was murder because if the roles had been reversed and Botham had come into her apartment and killed her, he would be in jail right now and charged with capital murder," Haynes said. "We are saying there is not justice at all if there is not justice for all."

Fans looked on as the group of around 100 demonstrators walked around AT&T Stadium with the two coffins. Demonstrators walked quietly and carried signs that said "Black Lives Matter."

Some fans said they were confused by the demonstrations. Some expressed support.

"Racism has been a problem in this country way too long, it's time we did something about it," said Nathan Barrett who was attending the game. His friend, Jacob Gragg, took off his hat as the caskets went by.

At least one fan could be heard saying, "No politics" as the group went by.

Others told NBC 5 they did not want to be quoted by name, but insisted the demonstration wasn't appropriate after Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull died in the line of duty. 

"I was married to a police officer for 20 years. We respect police officers, the good ones. But there are some problems and we have to draw attention to it," said demonstrator Leattress Anderson.

Police in Arlington did not try to stop the pastor's group from protesting. Officers on bicycles rode alongside protesters and helped stopped traffic as the group approached the stadium.

Arlington police said officers made nine arrests after a separate group of protesters blocked traffic on Collins Street and Randoll Mill Drive.

Police said that group would not move despite repeated warnings from officers.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[UIL Committee Proposes Mandatory Concussion Reporting for 6A]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:08:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CarrollTrinity_AL028.jpg

The UIL medical advisory committee passed a motion Sunday that would require mandatory concussion reporting from all Texas Class 6A schools to boost data collection in its statewide concussion registry.

The committee plans to present the motion in October to the UIL legislative council, which will vote on implementation during the 2019-20 school year.

The UIL partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center, dubbed “ConTex 2,” aims to track individual instances of concussions at UIL events across the state. The project currently doesn't require schools to report suspected or diagnosed student-athlete head injuries.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

Photo Credit: Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News]]>
<![CDATA[What to Expect From Giants-Cowboys Tonight]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:49:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ATT-Stadium-Roof-night.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants meet in an early-season NFC East showdown. Both teams lost in Week 1 and will try to avoid starting 0-2 on Sunday Night Football. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor have a preview.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Fans Hopeful Ahead of First Home Game]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:34:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys+tailgate+091618.jpg

Tailgating Cowboys fans were cautiously optimistic before Dallas' second regular season game, against the Giants, following the team's 16-8 loss at Carolina in Week 1.

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<![CDATA[Gary Patterson on TCU Loss to Ohio State]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:03:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web-newy-tcu-091618.jpg

Fourth-ranked Ohio State overcame the adversity of Urban Meyer's absence and its toughest test so far -- and is still undefeated for the return of the suspended coach. Trailing No. 15 TCU and with star defender Nick Bosa in the locker room because of an apparent left groin injury, the Buckeyes scored three touchdowns in a four-minute span in third quarter -- including a 28-yard interception return by big defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones -- in a 40-28 victory Saturday night.

<![CDATA[Video Vault: Flashback to 1997 Cowboys Gear]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:44:46 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-cowboys-gear-1997.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys brand game was strong -- the strongest in the NFL -- after their 1993 Super Bowl win. But it was a different story in 1997.

<![CDATA[North Texas Stuns Arkansas in Rout]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 22:19:49 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT+Mason+Fine+090118.jpg

Mason Fine threw for 281 yards and a touchdown to lead North Texas to its first win over a Southeastern Conference opponent in more than 40 years with a 44-17 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

Fine completed 24 of 45 passes and also rushed for a score for the Mean Green, which won for the first time in 10 games against the Razorbacks and is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1989.

North Texas improved to 5-37 in its history against the SEC with the win, with two of those victories coming via forfeits after losses to Mississippi State in 1976 and 1977. The Mean Green's last on-the-field win over an SEC team was a 21-14 victory at Tennessee in 1975.

"I don't think it's an upset," North Texas coach Seth Littrell said. "We're very confident as a football team."

The defeat is Arkansas' second straight against a non-Power 5 conference team, following last week's defeat at Colorado State.

Cole Kelley started at quarterback for the Razorbacks (1-2) but was replaced by freshman Connor Noland in the third quarter after throwing his fourth interception of the game. Kelley finished 16-of-35 passing for 185 yards, and he, Noland and freshman John Stephen Jones combined to throw six interceptions in the loss.

"Disappointed," Morris said. "We took a punch today, especially in the first half ... I think they scored 17 points in 16 plays in the first half and just stunned us right there. We never could rally back."

North Texas entered the game averaging 457.5 yards passing per game, tops in the country. The Conference-USA member Mean Green didn't reach its average through the air on Saturday, but it outgained Arkansas 376-336 in total yardage.

Already ahead 7-0 in the first quarter, Keegan Brewer put North Texas up by two scores with a 90-yard punt return that started with a bit of cool and trickery.

After a 27-yard punt by Arkansas' Blake Johnson, Brewer calmly caught the ball and walked slowly between Razorbacks defenders Nate Dalton and Grant Morgan. Brewer then sprinted down the left sideline for the touchdown, leaving many in Razorback Stadium wondering if he had called for a fair catch.

An official review showed that he hadn't - with the touchdown staying on the board and the rout well on its way in Fayetteville.

"One of them actually asked me, `Why didn't they blow the whistle,"' Brewer said. "I didn't say anything ... And as soon as he passed me, I knew it was go time."

These are dark days at Arkansas, which is mired in its worst six-year stretch in more than 70 years. In addition to the immediate concern about whether the Razorbacks can win another game this season - with Tulsa the only non-SEC game remaining on the schedule - Morris is once again left looking for one quarterback to take command of the offense.

North Texas is at Liberty next week.

The Razorbacks travel to No. 7 Auburn.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Ehlinger 2 Touchdown Passes Lead Texas Over No. 22 USC]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 23:44:51 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sam-Ehlinger-Texas-Getty-091518.jpg

Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns, Anthony Wheeler returned a blocked field goal 46 yards for a score and Texas beat No. 22 Southern California 37-14 on Saturday night to give second-year coach Tom Herman his biggest win in burnt orange.

Texas, which had started 1-2 in four of the previous five seasons, trailed 14-3 in the first quarter before shutting down freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels and scoring 34 unanswered points.

The win could be a huge boost for a Texas (2-1) program that desperately needs one after eight years without a Big 12 title and a run of bad seasons. Herman is 9-7 with the Longhorns and got this win in front of an energized school-record crowd of 103,507 that stayed to the end and kept up deafening chants of "Texas Fight!"

Ehlinger threw touchdown strikes of 47 yards to Lil'Jordan Humphrey and 27 yards to Joshua Moore. Wheeler's scoop and score came in the third quarter after Texas blocked a 50-yard field goal attempt. The touchdown put the Longhorns up 30-14.

Daniels passed for 322 yards, but the Trojans (1-2) were held to minus-5 yards rushing.

USC: The Trojans will have to regroup to keep their season together. Daniels was sharp in spots and led USC to a pair of first-quarter touchdowns after not finding the end zone against Stanford a week earlier. Personal fouls kept a couple of Texas scoring drives alive -- linebacker Porter Gustin was ejected for targeting -- and short punts led directly to two Texas scores.

Texas: The Longhorns will expect to earn some respect with this win. Texas fought back from the early deficit, the defense dominated the Trojans' running game and kept up the pressure late. Ehlinger was efficient, playing his first game this season without a turnover. USC hasn't come close to living up to its preseason expectations, but it's still a traditional power and Texas pushed the Trojans around. Texas also got program win No. 900, joining Ohio State and Michigan as the only programs to reach that number.

The Trojans will fall out of the rankings after their second straight loss. Texas may need to beat No. 15 TCU next week before they can get back in as voters still might be shy about the Longhorns after their season-opening loss to Maryland and recent history.

USC returns to Pac-12 play Friday night at home against Washington State.

Texas hosts No. 15 TCU next Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Photo Credit: Tim Warner/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[No. 4 Ohio State Holds Off No. 15 TCU After Quick TDs]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:06:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Parris-Campbell-Ohio-State-091518.jpg

Big defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones returned an interception thrown right at him 28 yards for one of No. 4 Ohio State's three touchdowns in a four-minute span of the third quarter in a 40-28 victory over No. 15 TCU on Saturday night.

The Buckeyes (3-0), in their last game without suspended coach Urban Meyer on the sideline, finally went ahead to stay with that spurt that started Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw a short pass that Parris Campbell turned into a 63-yard touchdown.

Ohio State still trailed 21-19 after a 2-point try failed, but TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson was under pressure on the ensuing third down when he tried to shovel a pass to his running back -- but instead it went to Jones, the 286-pound tackle who rumbled to the end zone. The next drive for the Horned Frogs (2-1) ended with a blocked punt, and two plays later Haskins threw a 24-yard TD to K.J. Hill.

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 10-0 lead after All-America defensive end Nick Bosa's strip-sack in the end zone, a fumble that was recovered by Davon Hamilton for a touchdown.

But Bosa left the game with an apparent left groin injury when rushing after Robinson early in the third quarter. Bosa could be seen pointing at his groin area when sitting on the turf after the play, and went to the locker room with Ohio State down.

By time Bosa got back on the sideline in street clothes late in the third quarter, the Buckeyes were leading for good.

Darius Anderson had two rushing TDs for TCU, including a school record 93-yard sprint that was the longest play from scrimmage ever against the Buckeyes. Anderson added a 16-yard score when he dived to the left pylon to make it 21-13 before Ohio State's quick scoring spurt.

The game was played at the NFL home of the Dallas Cowboys, about 20 miles from the TCU campus -- and where they Buckeyes won the national championship four seasons ago. That was after Ohio State jumped past Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU into the fourth and final playoff spot for the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes went undefeated without Meyer, who completed his three-game suspension for mismanaging domestic-abuse allegations and other misconduct by former assistant Zach Smith. Ohio State and Haskins, the sophomore quarterback starting his third game, passed their biggest tests. Haskins (24 of 38 for 344 yards and two TDs) was able to withstand the pressure by defensive end Ben Banogu and the Frogs.

TCU: The Horned Frogs overcame some early mistakes, including a holding call that wiped out a touchdown run before a missed field. Except for Robinson's bad throw that Ohio State capitalized on and a late interception, TCU's sophomore quarterback was solid. He finished 24 of 40 for 308 yards and a touchdown.

Ohio State is back home Saturday to play Tulane in its final game outside of Big Ten play.

TCU opens Big 12 play at Texas next Saturday.

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Hosts Annual Tennis Tournament in Dallas]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 22:34:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+celebrity+tennis+091518.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki hosted his annual Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic at SMU Saturday. Guests included Andy Roddick and current and former Mavericks.

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<![CDATA[Bowman Throws for 605 Yards as Texas Tech Tops Houston]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:24:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alan-Bowman-Texas-Tech-Getty-091518.jpg

Alan Bowman has a long list of prolific Texas Tech quarterbacks to chase on the career charts.

The true freshman quickly accomplished something one of his predecessors -- coach Kliff Kingsbury -- never did: a 600-yard game.

Bowman threw for 605 yards with five touchdowns -- three to Antoine Wesley who set a school record with 261 yards receiving -- and the Red Raiders beat Houston 63-49 on Saturday.

Bowman finished 43-of-59 passing for the fifth 600-yard game in Texas Tech history, and the Big 12 single-game record for a freshman. Wesley had 13 catches, his last a 33-yard TD with a defender grabbing on to him near the end zone with less than four minutes left.

Since replacing an injured McLane Carter in the first quarter of the season opener, Bowman has thrown for 1,160 yards and eight touchdowns without an interception.

"That was a nice step in the right direction," said Kingsbury, second at Texas Tech in career yards passing. "But I've said it all along, there's an expectation at Texas Tech that started a long time ago that we're going to play really good at quarterback and play really good on offense."

Ta'Zhawn Henry, another true freshman for the Red Raiders (2-1), had three of his four rushing touchdowns after halftime. His 19-yard TD run with 10:49 left in the third quarter broke a 35-all tie, putting Tech ahead to stay before he added a 13-yard scoring run about three minutes later. Henry carried 24 times for 111 yards.

D'Eriq King was 30-of-51 passing for 431 yards and five touchdowns for Houston (2-1). The junior quarterback has 12 passing TDs already this season. He also ran for a score, his fourth rushing TD this season. The passing yards and six total touchdowns were career highs.

The offensive showcase came with two former Big 12 quarterbacks on opposing sidelines -- Kingsbury and Houston coach Major Applewhite, who played at Texas.

"You can't expect to win any games giving up 63 points, so we've got to tackle better," Applewhite said. "It's one thing to tell them what kind of game it is. You've got to get them prepared to play that type of game."

Marquez Stevenson had nine catches for 177 yards, including TDs of 57 and 79 yards for the Cougars. Keith Corbin had seven catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

T.J. Vasher caught two TD passes for Tech, which was coming off a 77-0 home win over Lamar the previous week. Ja'Deion High had seven catches for 120 yards.

Houston: New offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has got the playmakers needed for the big-play offense. The Cougars had 635 total yards, and through three games are averaging 46.3 points and 581 yards per game.

Texas Tech: For all that offseason talk about how much better the Red Raiders would be with all the returning starters and other experienced players, there has to be concerns about stopping teams going into Big 12 play. Forget that shutout they had against FCS team Lamar. They have given up 96 points and 1,181 total yards in their two games against FBS teams.

600 CLUB
While Kingsbury is second to Graham Harrell in career yards passing for Texas Tech with 12,429, his best single-game total was 510 yards. That's now 15th on the school's list. The other 600-yard games belong to Kansas City Chiefs starter Patrick Mahomes (734 yards two years ago), B.J. Symons (661 in 2003), Harrell (646 in 2007) and Cody Hodges (643 in 2005).

All six of Houston's scoring drives took less than two minutes. The Cougars now have 15 such drives through three games. They had 18 drives under two minutes all of last season.

Houston: The Cougars are home Saturday against Texas Southern before an open date and then American Athletic Conference play.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders hit the road to play Oklahoma State in their Big 12 Conference opener next Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Cornelius Leads No. 24 Oklahoma St. Past No. 17 Boise St.]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 19:29:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Taylor-Cornelius-Oklahoma-State-Getty-091518.jpg

Taylor Cornelius ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to help No. 24 Oklahoma State beat No. 17 Boise State 44-21 on Saturday.

Cornelius, a fifth-year senior who waited his turn behind Mason Rudolph, passed for 243 yards and ran for 41. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Cornelius played well and found a rhythm in his first career start against a ranked opponent.

"I think he's comfortable when he's running the ball some," Gundy said. "He gets into the flow of the game, right? Like a 3-point shooter in basketball -- hits a couple threes, he gets hot, and you give it to him and he starts hitting a few more."

Justice Hill ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Tylan Wallace had five catches for 105 yards for the Cowboys (3-0). It was one of the most important non-conference wins in Gundy's 14-year tenure.

Boise State's Brett Rypien passed for 380 yards and three touchdowns, but was sacked seven times and pressured throughout the day. Defensive end Jordan Brailford had three sacks, defensive end Jarrell Owens had two and linebacker Devin Harper had 1.5.

"Their D-line, I thought, did a good job," Rypien said. "You don't want to get into third-and-long against that defense."

Oklahoma State held the Broncos (2-1) to 34 yards rushing on 31 attempts.

A blocked punt by Oklahoma State's Amen Ogbongbemiga led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Cornelius that gave the Cowboys a 14-7 lead. Oklahoma State led 17-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Oklahoma State's Jarrick Bernard blocked another punt, and Za'Carrius Green scored on the return to push the Cowboys' lead to 34-14.

Rypien's 5-yard touchdown pass to Chase Blakley on fourth down cut Oklahoma State lead to 34-21 late in the third quarter, but the Cowboys maintained control. Cornelius closed the scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run on which several of his teammates ganged up and pushed him over the goal line.

Boise State: Rypien can only take the Broncos so far if he doesn't have time to throw. His quick release saved him from disaster numerous times, but the Cowboys still got to him too often and his running game was no help.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys usually have to depend on their offense to win games, but they showed they can change the game on defense and special teams, too.

Oklahoma State handled a ranked non-conference opponent with a strong reputation and should make a significant leap in the Top 25 . Boise State shouldn't fall too much with a road loss to a ranked Big 12 team.

Boise State plays at Wyoming on Sept. 29.

Oklahoma State hosts Texas Tech on Sept. 22.

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<![CDATA[Murray and No. 5 Oklahoma Hold Off Iowa State]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:15:17 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kyler-Murray-Oklahoma-Getty-091518.jpg

Kyler Murray threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Oklahoma held off Iowa State 37-27 on Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Marquise Brown had 191 yards receiving and a TD for the Sooners (3-0, 1-0 Big 12), who extended the nation's longest road winning streak to 17 games while avenging a stunning home loss to the Cyclones a year ago.

Iowa State (0-2, 0-1) didn't make it easy for the Sooners, rallying from a 14-point deficit to make it 34-27 late in the third quarter. But the Sooners killed nearly eight minutes on a drive that ended with a 42-yard field goal from Austin Siebert with 2:51 left, and Parnell Motley's interception with 1:11 to go sealed.

"Iowa State's a good team. You give them any room, they're going to capitalize on it. They're a tough out," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said.

Backup Zeb Noland threw for a career-high 360 yards and a pair of long touchdown passes to Hakeem Butler for the Cyclones (0-2, 0-1), who were without starting quarterback Kyle Kempt (knee).

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said Kempt will also miss next week's game.

"I thought we settled in," Campbell said. "I thought we played much better in the second half than the first half."

Oklahoma: Murray, who also ran for a team-high 77 yards, breezed through his first start on the road against a conference opponent -- and he and Brown looked like one of the most dangerous duos in the country. "That kid is really special," Campbell said of Murray. But the Sooners have to be a bit concerned about their defense, which had no answer for the 6-foot-6 Butler.

Iowa State: The Cyclones offense showed some life after a dismal showing last week in a 13-3 loss to Iowa -- led by Butler's 174 yards receiving. But what should be troubling for the rest of the Big 12 is that this was a pretty good defense that Murray and the Sooners carved up. Oklahoma gained 519 yards against the Cyclones, who allowed just 20.9 points a game in 2017.

Oklahoma hosts Army next week in its final non-conference game.

Akron visits Iowa State next Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Chirinos' 3 RBIs Lead Rangers Past Padres]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 23:54:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run double during a five-run sixth inning to help the Texas Rangers beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Saturday night.

San Diego led 3-1 prior to the big inning. The Padres fell to 59-90, losing 90 games for the third straight season.

The Rangers sent 10 to the plate in the sixth mostly against the bullpen after a solid five-inning start by Eric Lauer. The left-hander was charged with two runs, including one in the sixth after allowing Elvis Andrus' leadoff single.

After Trey Wingenter walked Adrian Beltre, Jose Castillo (2-3) allowed a single to Jurickson Profar, RBI doubles to Chirinos and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and a run-scoring single to Shin-Soo Choo.

The Rangers had a reliever open the game for the second straight night, with lefty Alex Claudio getting the nod. Claudio gave way to Ariel Jurado after an inning. Things didn't immediately go as well as the previous game, when four Rangers blanked the Padres.

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer off Jurado (3-5) for a 3-1 lead in the third. Hosmer smacked the outside pitch the opposite way off the second deck of the Western Metal Building in left field. Before Hosmer's 17th homer and fourth in seven games, Wil Myers walked and Franmil Reyes singled.

The Padres didn't score again against Jurado as he went four innings and surrendered six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It was the third consecutive outing that a reliever pitched before Jurado, and for the first time, the rookie right-hander earned a victory.

After Jurado exited, Martin Perez worked two innings, with Connor Sadzeck and Jose Leclerc each pitching a frame, with Leclerc notching his 11th save.

Joey Gallo hit his team-high 39th home run for Texas and his third on the road trip for a 1-0 lead in the first.

Rangers: RHP Chris Martin (upper-respiratory) wasn't available Saturday and his condition will be updated Sunday.

Rangers LHP Mike Minor (12-7, 4.19) gets the start as Texas wraps its nine-game road trip. Minor has gone 3-1 in his last four starts while pitching to a 1.96 ERA. The last time he faced the Padres, Minor took a perfect game into the seventh inning before Hosmer's single. Padres RHP Jacob Nix (2-3, 6.00) makes his first start against the Rangers and the seventh of his career.

<![CDATA[Mond Accounts for 3 TDs as Texas A&M Handles ULM]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 23:51:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas-AM-logo.jpg

Kellen Mond ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third to give Texas A&M a 48-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night.

Mond had a 7-yard scoring run in the second quarter and the Aggies returned a blocked field-goal attempt for a touchdown to build a 24-10 halftime lead.

Mond scrambled nine yards and hopped into the end zone untouched for his second score midway through the third quarter to extend the lead to 21 points. He connected with Jace Sternberger on a 20-yard touchdown pass that made it 41-10 with about eight minutes left.

Trayveon Williams had 128 yards rushing and Texas A&M (2-1) bounced back after losing to No. 2 Clemson 28-26 last week.

"We took a next step forward, and got a little better in some areas," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "But we've got to continue to grow."

Mond, who threw for a career-high 430 yards last week, finished with 210 yards passing and 67 yards rushing.

Caleb Evans threw for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Louisiana-Monroe (2-1).

"We just really didn't do enough offensively," Louisiana-Monroe coach Matt Viator said. "Defensively, I thought we hung in there, but we just kept giving them the ball back soon or later."

Though his team finished with just five penalties for 55 yards, Fisher was said that's an area the Aggies need to clean up.

"We can't have those penalties against the people that we're getting ready to play," he said. "They were critical penalties. Any penalty is too many. We've got to get that fixed."

The Aggies took a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Williams on their first possession. He had five carries for 49 yards to power the drive.

Louisiana-Monroe added a field goal before Mond's first touchdown, where he pulled two defenders with him into the end zone, pushed the lead to 14-3 early in the second quarter.

ULM used a 44-yard reception by Marcus Green to move deep into Texas A&M territory but the Warhawks came away empty-handed when Daylon Mack blocked a field-goal attempt and Tyrel Dodson returned it 78 yards for a touchdown which pushed the lead to 24-3. Mack's block sent it right into Dodson's hands and he was able to dash down the field untouched.

Evans then orchestrated another long drive for Louisiana-Monroe which featured a 34-yard completion. The Warhawks got within 24-10 at halftime when he capped that drive with a 2-yard TD pass to R.J. Turner with four seconds left in the second quarter.

Louisiana-Monroe: Evans moved the ball well at times, but had trouble finishing drives and the Warhawks will need him to be more consistent as conference play begins next week.

Texas A&M: The Aggies looked good for the most part on Saturday night, but will have to eliminate penalties and other mental errors if they hope to compete with No. 1 Alabama next week.

Louisiana-Monroe: The Warhawks open Sun Belt play next Saturday when they host Troy.

Texas A&M: The Aggies play their Southeastern Conference opener when they visit the Crimson Tide next Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Shea Patterson Throws 3 TDs, No. 19 Michigan Beats SMU]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 19:56:35 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SMU-logo.jpg

Jim Harbaugh likes a lot about his team and yet he also sees room for improvement, heading into the Big Ten season.

Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes to Donovan Peoples-Jones to help No. 19 Michigan pull away and beat SMU 45-20 on Saturday.

"We're getting closer to being good -- really good," Harbaugh said. "We're still not quite there yet."

The Wolverines (2-1) open the conference season at home next week against Nebraska (0-2) hoping to take a step toward winning their first Big Ten title since 2004.

To end the drought, Michigan will have to start and finish much better than it did against SMU

The Wolverines didn't score until Ben Mason converted a fourth down with a 1-yard TD run midway through the second quarter.

The Mustangs (0-3) responded with Ben Hicks' 50-yard pass to James Proche to tie it.

Michigan took control over the last 2:34 of the first half. Patterson threw a tie-breaking, 35-yard TD pass to Peoples-Jones, and Josh Metellus returned an interception 73 yards for a score as time expired.

Patterson threw 7- and 41-yard TD passes to Peoples-Jones in the third, giving the Wolverines a 35-13 lead.

His three TD receptions matched the total scored by Michigan receivers last season.

"I'm more happy about the win," Peoples-Jones said.

Patterson was 14 of 18 for 237 yards with three TDs threw an interception.

Michigan's Chris Evans ran for 85 yards on 18 carries before leaving the field with a strain or a cramp, Harbaugh said. Karan Higdon participated in pregame warmups, but was held out of the game with an apparent injury.

"Didn't feel like he could go," Harbaugh said.

Hicks started and was 7 of 16 for 113 yards with a TD and an interception, which was returned for a TD and led to him being replaced.

"That's three consecutive games at that position that we gave up defensive touchdowns," coach Sonny Dykes said.

SMU freshman William Brown had an extended opportunity to play in the second half, completing 11 of 17 passes for 82 yards and two TDs before leaving the game after getting hit so hard his helmet came off.

SMU: The Mustangs should feel good about their performance relative to their first two games in which they lost by a combined score of 88-35 to No. 16 TCU and North Texas. They're the only team in the country to play two Top 20 teams out of conference over the first three weeks of the season.

North Texas beat Arkansas 44-17 Saturday.

"We're an 0-3 football team, but look who we lost to," Dykes said. "I think you guys see what North Texas is doing to Arkansas right now."

Michigan: The Wolverines should be humbled by their performance coming off a confidence-boosting 49-3 win over Western Michigan. They had 13 penalties for 137 yards and struggled on both sides of the ball at times against an overmatched opponent.

Michigan was called for 14 penalties for 107 yards in its first two games.

"Penalties are hurting us," Harbaugh acknowledged. "And that's something we need to clean up and get better at."

After the Wolverines converted a fourth-and-1 at midfield late in the second quarter, Dykes was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct to give them another 15 yards. On the next snap, Patterson threw his first of three TDs to Peoples-Jones.

"I wasn't happy with the spot, at all," Dykes said. "Shouldn't have gotten the flag. I've been doing this a long time and I know what warrants a flag and what doesn't and I shouldn't have gotten the flag. Still it was a mistake on my part."

Michigan's Zach Gentry, a 6-foot-8, 262-pound tight end, had career highs with four catches and 95 yards receiving.

"What a great, big target he is," Harbaugh said.

Proche, who lived in Detroit for a few years, had 11 receptions for 166 yards and two TDs.

"Me and my uncle talked about playing in the Big House," he said. "He's a Michigan fan. Well, he's an SMU fan now. But it's a dream come true."

Michigan may stay about where it is in the poll, winning with a lackluster showing.

SMU: Hosts the Navy Midshipmen next week in its American Athletic Conference opener.

Michigan: Hosts the Cornhuskers next week in the Big Ten opener. The Wolverines will be without linebacker Khaleke Hudson for the first half after he was ejected for targeting against SMU.

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<![CDATA[Harris 3 TDs in First Start as Duke Beats Baylor]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 20:54:30 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Baylor-logo.jpg

Duke overcame all the distractions and an extended trip to Texas because of a massive storm and is off to a 3-0 start for the second year in a row.

Quentin Harris threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, filling in for injured Daniels Jones, and the Blue Devils jumped out to a 23-0 halftime lead on way to a 40-27 win at Baylor on Saturday while their home state of North Carolina was being inundated with rain from Tropical Storm Florence.

The Blue Devils had traveled to Texas on Thursday, a day earlier than usual to get out before Florence made landfall along the Carolina coast as a hurricane.

"I told them at the hotel I had admiration for them. It's been incredibly smooth," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "I told them we're leaving at 7 o'clock in the morning (Thursday) at the last minute, we loaded up the bus at 5:45 and not a single person was late. What does that tell you about this team?"

Duke was flying home Saturday night, though it was still possible they might have to land somewhere other than Durham and bus back to campus.

T.J. Rahming caught two of Harris' TD passes (28 and 7 yards) and Johnathan Lloyd had a 66-yard TD catch. Harris, a fourth-year junior who was 12-of-30 passing, started because Jones fractured a clavicle last week and is out indefinitely. Jones had started 27 straight games for the Blue Devils.

"I thought I had a couple balls I probably could have been more accurate on," Harris said. "Definitely want to get the completion percentage up. But at the end of the day, it's a team game. My individual stats don't matter. As long as we come out on top, I'm happy as I can be."

JaMycal Hasty returned a blocked punt for a 33-yard touchdown for Baylor (2-1), the first time a Bears player had done that since Braelon Davis against North Texas in 2004.

The early deficit proved too much to overcome for Baylor, which was playing its first non-conference home game against a Power Five conference team since Sept. 12, 2008, against Washington State.

"We're obviously disappointed in not just the outcome, but the way we played in the first half," Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. "They made the plays they needed to make at crucial times and we didn't do that. ... We had opportunities with things we've done at a high level, from kicking field goals, making extra points, we just weren't able to do that today."

Baylor outgained Duke 400-399 in total yards, but the Blue Devils took full advantage of Baylor's two turnovers.

Deon Jackson scored on a 31-yard fumble return in the first quarter, and Leonard Johnson put the game away with a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown with less than four minutes left.

"The D-line got a great rush, got the quarterback out of the pocket and he was rushing the throw," Johnson said.

Charlie Brewer threw for 175 yards and rushed for two touchdowns for Baylor. Jalan McClendon added 95 yards through the air, including a 25-yard TD to Tyquan Thompson, and was the leading rusher for the Bears with 51 yards. But McClendon had the pick that Johnson returned for the score.

Duke: The Blue Devils have consecutive 3-0 starts for the first time since 1987-88. They played nearly mistake-free football, other than the blocked punt Baylor returned for a touchdown. Duke also didn't have a penalty.

Baylor: This represented a step up in competition for the Bears, and they didn't appear to be ready for it. They squandered both scoring chances in the first half with a missed field goal of 44 yards and a blocked one from 47 yards out. Baylor didn't reach the red zone until the second half.

Baylor's defense forced three 3-and-outs in a row to start the third quarter, which led to its first offensive touchdown drive and the blocked punt for a touchdown. That put the Bears within 23-13 and momentum on their side, but Duke answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

"That was big for us," Harris said. "I was really proud of the drive we put together there. ... That really helped stretch the lead and stretch the game in our favor."

Duke: Returns home to meet N.C. Central next Saturday.

Baylor: Opens Big 12 play at home against Kansas.

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<![CDATA[Gonzalez Gets 4th Shutout in FC Dallas' Draw With Crew]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:32:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fc+dallas+logo.jpg

Zack Steffen saved Tesho Akindele's chip shot in the 92nd minute and the Columbus Crew played to a scoreless draw with FC Dallas on Saturday night.

Steffen finished with two saves in his ninth shutout of the season. The Crew (12-8-8) extended their unbeaten streak to three games.

Jesse Gonzalez made a leaping effort to stop Federico Higuain's shot in the 26th minute for his only save. Gonzalez recorded his fourth shutout of the season for FC Dallas (14-6-8) and his first since June 29.

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 1]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:08:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grant+Tisdale+Allen+quarterback+091518.jpg

Allen extends its regular season winning streak to 57 games with a win over Coppell, Highland Park's backup kicker and starting defensive back drills a game-winning field goal to beat Frisco Lone Star and other highlights from around North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 2]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:10:38 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ennis+head+football+coach+Sam+Harrell+091518.jpg

Ennis head football coach Sam Harrell is back on the sidelines after a battle with multiple sclerosis. Plus, more highlights from Week 3 in North Texas high school football.

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 3]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:14:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jaquarion+Turner+South+Garland+running+back+091518.jpg

The MVP Bobblehead Winner for Week 2 might have had an even better game in Week 3. South Garland running back Jaquarion Turner won the award for racking up 302 total yards a week ago -- but this week he topped the performance by scoring seven touchdowns.

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