<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - ]]>Copyright 2018https://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.comen-usMon, 22 Jan 2018 00:50:26 -0600Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:50:26 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mustang Wrangler of Fort Worth Credits FWSSR For His Passion]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:00:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/MUSTANG+WRANGLER.jpg

Jonathan Weisiger -- or "J-Dub" as his friends and family call him -- was 5-years-old the first time he went to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. And during that visit, everything clicked.

"I just remember the cowboys, the cowgirls, the bucking horses, the cattle -- every aspect," said Weisiger, who is now 40. "I thought, yeah, these are my people. This is what I'm gonna do."

He's worked with horses ever since. And now when he goes to the FWSSR, he's the one riding them and putting on a show for the crowds -- a truly "wild" show.

"One hundred and twenty days ago, she was ready to kick my head off, jump the fence and find a greener pasture," said Weisiger. 

"She" is a mare named Orangustang. And 120 days ago, she was still a wild horse roaming federal lands in Oregon.

You'd never guess it, though, watching her gallop, trot and do tricks inside the John Justin Arena at the FWSSR, with Weisiger riding her like they'd been friends for years.

One might call it the J-Dub way.

"More than anything, they're just scared," said Weisiger. "They're just full of fear and you just work to earn their trust and let them know, 'look, I got a good deal for you.'"

About 10 years ago, he was introduced to a group called the Mustang Heritage Foundation, which pairs mustangs that have been rounded up by the federal government with human trainers, in hopes that they can be domesticated and ultimately adopted.

To help with that process and raise awareness for their cause, the foundation puts on a kind of spectacular and competition all in one each year the FWSSR called "Mustang Magic."

"Like anything else, you like to see something come from some where and make this great transformation in less than 100 days," said Kali Sublett, the foundation's executive director. "It's pretty amazing."

Weisiger was all too eager to sign up -- and quickly discovered he had a knack for training mustangs. Along the way, he learned that they had a knack for training him, as well. And that's why he continues to do it.

"They're good little horses," said Weisger. 

While he lives for the energy from the crowd when he performs with the horses, the real moment of satisfaction comes when his mustangs find forever homes.

Immediately following Mustang Magic on Saturday night, Orangustang got hers.  


<![CDATA[Patriots, Eagles Advance to Super Bowl LII]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:00:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eagles26.jpg

The Philadelphia Eagles will battle the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Eagles beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship game while the Patriots topped the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship.

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<![CDATA[Patriots Battle Back, Earn Trip to Super Bowl LII]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:26:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/patswin1.jpg

Tom Brady and the Patriots were down 10 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter but battled back to win the AFC Championship and earn a trip to Super Bowl LII.

<![CDATA[FC Dallas Adds More Players During 2018 MLS SuperDraft]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:18:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/toyota+stadium+frisco+fc+dallas.jpg

FC Dallas added two more players to the organization this weekend in the final rounds of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

They selected defender Amer Sasivarevic at No. 57 and midfielder Noah at No. 80 in the last two rounds held on Sunday.

The 23-year old Sasivarevic appeared in 50 matches for Grand Canyon University from 2014 to 2017. He had five career assists and played a big role for the Antelopes defense, which had a goals-against average of 1.95 during his senior year.

Franke scored six goals with 14 assists during his college career at Creighton. The 22-year old is a former Orlando City U-23 player and split time between midfield and defender during his time at Creighton.

FC Dallas begins preseason training tomorrow afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Fan Fest Takes Over Globe Life Park]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:50:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Fan_Fest_10P.jpg

Texas Rangers fans poured into Globe Life Park on Saturday for the team's annual Fan Fest. NBC 5 photojournalist Noah Bullard talked to the fans who are excited for the 2018 season.

<![CDATA[A Trip to the Super Bowl Is on the Line Sunday]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:17:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_SUPER_BOWL_PREDICTION_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1140447811848.jpg

Sunday we will know who will play in the Super Bowl. NBC 5’s Sports Director Newy Scruggs gives us his prediction on who will play in Super Bowl LII.

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 4]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:23:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_4_2018_01_20_18_30_08.jpg

Lancaster takes on Midlothian in a big 10-5A matchup while Lewisville and Flower Mound battle for the top spot in 5-6A, plus the plays of the week.

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 3]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:20:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_3_2018_01_20_18_30_08.jpg

South Garland guard Tyrese Maxey and head coach Dominique Parker are in studio as Maxey receives his MVP bobblehead.

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 2]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:23:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_2_2018_01_20_18_30_08.jpg

The Inside Story explains how the U.S. Under 19 National Team spent Thursday playing football with some very special kids.

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 1]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:23:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_Segment_1_2018_01_20_18_30_08.jpg

Highlights from the basketball court, including the Game of the Week between Prosper and Little Elm.

<![CDATA[Rangers Not Intimidated by World Champion Astros]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:05:02 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elvis_rangers_astros_rivalry_1200x675_1141651011827.jpg

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus explains how the team is not intimidated being in the same division as the world champion Houston Astros and talks more about the rivalry between the two teams. 

<![CDATA[Arlington Martin Wins on Unbelievable Shot]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:33:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington_martin_game_winner_1200x675_1141638211822.jpg

Tatum Henderson makes the incredible game-winning shot as Arlington Martin beats Arlington Lamar 56-53 in overtime. 

<![CDATA[Rangers' Diekman Reflects Back on His Past Year]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:14:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/diekman_a_year_later_1200x675_1141295683730.jpg

Rangers reliever Jake Diekman missed most of the 2017 season after having surgery to remove his colon. He explains what the past year was like and which New Orleans Saints player provided a little inspiration.


<![CDATA[Rangers Embrace Being the A.L. West Underdog]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:06:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_banister_where_we_want_to_be_1200x675_1141293635551.jpg

Being in the same division with the defending World Series champion Houston Astros and much improved Los Angeles Angels, Rangers manager Jeff Banister explains how the team embraces being the underdog. 

<![CDATA[FC Dallas Adds Four Players in 2018 MLS SuperDraft]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:04:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/toyota+stadium+frisco+fc+dallas.jpg

FC Dallas made additions to the organization on Friday, courtesy of the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

It was an early start to the day for the club, who traded $200,000 of General Allocation Money to the Montreal Impact for the No. 4 pick, which was used to select forward Francis Atuahene from Michigan. The 21-year old native of Ghana played three seasons with the Wolverines, scoring 24 goals and 11 assists in 49 matches.

“My game is a very, very fast-paced style,” Atuahene said in a press release from FC Dallas. “I make a lot of runs and get up and down the field. I am always cutting and trying to make moves in the final third. That is something FC Dallas fans are going to like. I’m going to bring that exciting game of mine to the team. Just work hard every day and adapt to the system.”

FC Dallas a second born player from Ghana at No. 11 with the selection of Ewa Twumasi. The 20-year old played at Wake Forest and scored 16 goals with 11 assists in two seasons.

“I didn’t expect to have him available at No. 11,” said FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja. “It was a luxury to get him. He can complement well with the players we have and [Francis and Ema] can help each other. They developed together when they were young. They will feel more familiar being close to one another. Those things are positives for FC Dallas.”

Both Atuahene and Twumasi are Generation adidas players from the Right to Dream Academy in West Africa.

With the No. 29 selection in the MLS SuperDraft, FCD selected former SMU forward Marco Cichero. The 22-year old scored 22 goals with 17 assists in 51 matches with the Mustangs.

The club also added midfielder Chris Lema at No. 24. A four-year starter at Georgetown, the 21-year old scored five goals and had 12 assists for the Hoyas.

The third and fourth rounds will be held via conference call on Sunday, January 21. FC Dallas holds the No. 57 and 80 overall selections.

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<![CDATA[Darvish Still Available, Are the Rangers Interested?]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:06:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/AP_17306138178100.jpg

There is less than a month before pitchers and catchers put on the Rangers uniform and report for spring training to Surprise, Arizona. No doubt, there are plenty of questions surrounding the team going into the season.

One question currently on the table- is Yu Darvish returning to Arlington?

It didn’t seem likely a few months ago when the righty was pitching in the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers but here we are. The 31-year old is a free agent and still on the market. He didn’t exactly rule out a return to the mound to The Globe when he was traded at last year’s trade deadline.

Money talks but will the price be right for the Rangers?

Most teams around the league seem to be looking to trim payroll rather than increase it, which may explain why many consider the offseason boring this time around. Darvish might be looking for something in the six-year, $160-million dollar range. The thought process of possible back-loaded contracts apparently doesn’t seem to be high on the priority list for teams such as the Rangers.

However, that’s not ruling out a reunion between the organization and its former ace. Darvish still lives in North Texas and is apparently working out at Highland Park.

One team that is considered the front-runner for Darvish is the “evil empire” themselves, the New York Yankees. However, the whole payroll thing is an issue, even with the Bronx Bombers.  The Yankees have no plans to blow past the luxury-tax threshold this year and are shopping outfielder Jacob Ellsbury and his heavy contract. If they find someone willing to take it, that might free up some space to put Darvish in the famous pinstripes.

The Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs are also in the mix. Twins general manager Thad Levine was with Texas when Darvish arrived in the Lone Star State in 2012. The familiarity could play a part in maybe a move to the Twin Cities.

Of course, the asking price could come down and things get really interesting after that. The Rangers likely won’t offer anything more than four years and the price tag of $25 million a year just isn’t happening.  The team has also made moves in the offseason to fill out the pitching staff but they did lose lefty Martin Perez for the start of the season due to elbow surgery on his non-throwing arm after a farming mishap. That could open a door or two.

Another twist to this, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has maintained a good relationship with Darvish and both sides even got together for dinner recently.  Crazier things have happened.

The hot stove could still be heating up even with spring training right around the corner. File this under the “to be continued” category.

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<![CDATA[Spence Ready for First Title Fight as Champion]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:58:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/spence_thoughts_on_title_defense_1200x675_1133136451872.jpg

It’s a big weekend for DeSoto native Errol Spence Jr. The IBF welterweight champion will make his first title defense on Saturday in the first high-profile boxing match of the year.

Spence will take on former two-division finalist Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 27-year old Spence had one of the most impressive wins of 2017 by beating Kell Brook in Round 11 of their title fight in England.  He goes into this title fight at 22-0 with 19 knockouts.

“I don’t feel any pressure at all,” Spence said. “I don’t think the pressure can amount to going overseas for my first title fight and fighting the champion in his hometown. If there is any pressure, I enjoy it. It makes me work harder and keeps me focused.”

The 33-year old Peterson has won titles at 140 and 147 pounds, He relinquished the WBA 147-pound title for a shot at Spence.

“It’s a statement fight,” Spence said. “Lamont Peterson has a name. He’s been in there with a lot of great fighters. It’s a statement fight for me to know that I can show everybody that I am the best welterweight in the division. “

The two are familiar with each other in the ring. When Spence was an amateur, he sparred with Peterson. Now, both will meet under the bright lights in New York with the world welterweight title on the line.

“This is what you work for,” Spence added.

<![CDATA[Halladay Had Morphine in System When His Plane Crashed]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:25:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/roy+halladay+accidente++007.jpg

All-star Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay had traces of morphine and other drugs in his system when his experimental plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico in November, toxicology results showed.

The Pasco County, Florida coroner said Friday that test results found traces of three drugs in his blood at the time of the 40-year-old's death. Morphine, amphetamine, and a generic form of Ambien, a drug used to treat insomnia, were detected.

Halladay died in November when his two-seater ICON A5 amphibious plane nose-dived into shallow water off New Port Richey, Florida, which is near Tampa. The plane flipped over after hitting the water.

Witnesses told authorities the plane was climbing, diving, and flying close to the water surface shortly before impact.

Halladay died on impact. The coroner ruled the cause of death as blunt trauma.

Halladay, known as "Doc," pitched four seasons with the Phillies before retiring after injuries cut short his 2013 season. He won the 2010 National League Cy Young Award and pitched a perfect game while winning 21 games in his first season with the Phillies. He went on to pitch a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 divisional series.

He started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, before he was traded to the Phillies ahead of the 2010 season.

Halladay picked up flying after retiring from Major League Baseball. He had about 700 hours of flight time after getting his license in 2013. He started flying the aircraft, which has wings that can be folded and a body that can float, a month before the crash.

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<![CDATA[Emmitt Smith Makes His Super Bowl Pick]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:53:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/emmitt_smith_super_bowl_pick_1200x675_1141074499737.jpg

Hall of Fame running back and Cowboys great Emmitt Smith makes his Super Bowl pick. 

<![CDATA[Roger Staubach Reflects on the Hail Mary]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:44:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/staubach_mail_mary_memory_1200x675_1141050435983.jpg

Hall of Fame quarterback and Cowboys great Roger Staubach reflects more on the Hail Mary pass and gives his Super Bowl prediction. 

<![CDATA[Jets WR Threatened to Sexually Assault Cop's Wife: Police]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:15:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/robby-anderson-diptych.jpg

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson allegedly threatened to sexually assault a South Florida police officer's wife early Friday after authorities said he was caught driving a Jaguar more than 100 mph.

Anderson, 24, also accused the arresting officer of trying to "ruin his fun" after the stop on North Flamingo Road in Sunrise about 2:15 a.m. on Friday, according to a police report. 

According to the report, the officer clocked Anderson's Jaguar going 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer wrote in the report that the vehicle was all over the road, ran two stop lights and refused to stop when he began to pursue the car with lights and sirens on. 

Once the officer finally got the vehicle to stop, Anderson declined to answer any questions and asked for a lawyer, according to the report. The cop and another officer then detained the man and tried to put him in the car, but Anderson reportedly refused to obey their commands.

According to the report, Anderson threatened the officer's wife and his family once he was in the patrol car. He also allegedly bragged about how much money he had.

Anderson was arrested on multiple charges including resisting an officer without violence, fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, disobeying a red light and failure to drive in a single lane, records showed. He was booked into Broward County jail on $7,000 bond and was released Friday afternoon.

In a statement, a Jets spokesperson said the team was aware of the situation.

"This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment," the spokesperson said.

Attorney information for Anderson wasn't immediately available. But about 45 minutes before the arrest he tweeted, "I’m flaming right na man I swear."

It's the second arrest for Anderson in South Florida in the past year. He was charged with resisting an officer with violence after an alleged confrontation with a Miami police officer outside the Rolling Loud Music Festival in May.

A graduate of South Plantation High School, Anderson played college football at Temple before he was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He finished the 2017 season as the team's leading wide receiver, with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Sign 3 to Minor Deals With Spring Invites]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:41:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-rangers-spring-cap-generic.jpg

The Rangers have signed three more players to minor league contracts that include invitations to major league spring training.

Texas announced Thursday that it has signed catcher Curt Casali and re-signed outfielder Jose Cardona and right-hander Tayler Scott. The trio is among 21 non-roster invitees to major league spring training with the Rangers.

Casali has appeared in the majors each of the past four seasons with Tampa Bay, hitting .199 over 161 games. The 31-year-old catcher has thrown out 26 of 85 attempted base stealers, or 31 percent, in his major league games. He spent most of last season at Triple-A Durham.

The 23-year-old Cardona, entering his eight season in the Rangers organization, and Scott are going to major league spring training for the first time.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Says Mavs to Accept Bitcoin Next Season: CNBC]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:21:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Tickets_Are_Very_Affordable_1200x675_1074351171629.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Monday Mavs fans will be able to buy tickets next season using cryptocurrency, according to a report by CNBC.

CNBC reports a Twitter user asked Cuban when they would be able to buy basketball tickets usign bitcoin and that he replied "next season."

The account for the user who asked the question, @13ac0n_, has apparently since been deleted.

According to CoinDesk, Cuban, who they reported has made investments in cryptocurrency, said they'd be adding the crypto payment ability to accept BTC and Eth and possibly some other crypto currencies.

<![CDATA[Mansfield Team Rallies for Competition Funding]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:37:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mansfield-dynasty-step-team.jpg

Time is running out for a group of talented young ladies from Mansfield to raise the funds needed to be a part of a national step competition.

We first introduced you the Lake Ridge High School “Dynasty Step Team" back in October.

The 43 young ladies, without a doubt, demand your attention when they're on stage during their powerful step routines. For the past two years, at every local competition, they have come out on top.

But, the team's coach says they may not be able to make it to their dream competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, in March.

The ladies have only received about $300 in donations. They need at least $10,000 for all 43 girls to make the trip.

The ladies want the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the country. If you want to help them step up to nationals for the first time, checks may be made payable to:

Lake Ridge HS Dynasty Step Team
101 North Day Miar Road
Mansfield, TX 76063

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