<![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-usWed, 18 Jul 2018 11:42:48 -0500Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:42:48 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Yep, Cowboys Are Still The World's Most Valuable Franchise]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:33:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Cowboys+Logo.jpg

In case you weren't aware, the Dallas Cowboys are essentially printing money.

For the third straight year, America's Team tops Forbes' list of the world's most valuable sports franchises. The Cowboys' value comes out to $4.8 billion, according to the list, with Forbes noting they have the highest revenue ($840 million) and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ($350 million) of any franchise.

CLICK HERE for more from our media partners The Dallas Morning News on the world's most valuable sports franchises.

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<![CDATA[Top Sports: American League Wins MLB All-Star Game]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:24:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ASGAP_18199149980986.jpg Click to see dramatic game action photos from professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball and more.

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<![CDATA[Earl Thomas Could Still Be in Play for the Cowboys]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:51:41 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul+and+JJT+071718.jpg

Earl Thomas is still out there, hoping to either get a new deal with the Seahawks or move on to a new team. NBC 5’s Paul Jones and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor take a look at the latest moves in the saga in Seattle.

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<![CDATA[What to Expect From Randy Gregory This Season]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:38:33 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul+and+JJT+071718.jpg

The NFL granted Randy Gregory his conditional reinstatement to the league Tuesday. The Cowboys defensive lineman had been serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance of Abuse Policy. NBC 5’s Paul Jones and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor break down the development.

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<![CDATA[Texas Goes From Compliant to Committed, Winning With Herman]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:58:47 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tom+Herman+Texas+Football+071718.jpg

Texas has gone from compliant to committed under coach Tom Herman, and is winning again.

When Herman appeared at Big 12 media days for the first time last summer, the Longhorns were coming off three consecutive losing seasons and he had yet to coach a game in Austin.

"We had a lot of compliant guys, 'yes sir' and nod your head and do what you're asked to do," Herman said Tuesday in his return to the media days. "But I don't know that really deep down (they) believed in their core that the way that we're doing things is the only way that you can win championships."

The Longhorns didn't win a championship in Herman's first season, but they finished 7-6 after a 33-16 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

"Without a doubt in my mind, the belief in that locker room is there," Herman said of the change.

While Big 12 preseason favorite Oklahoma has been to the College Football Playoff twice in the last three years, Texas is still the league's last national champion -- 13 seasons ago with quarterback Vince Young.

Only Oklahoma, West Virginia and TCU were picked ahead of the Longhorns in the preseason media poll. The Sooners and West Virginia play the day after Thanksgiving in Morgantown, a regular season finale that would be a preview of the Big 12 championship the following week if the preseason predictions pan out.

"Don't know, never done it, and not going to think about it," Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said when asked about possibility playing Oklahoma in consecutive weeks. "We've got to play Tennessee. That's our first game."

Texas and West Virginia are the only Big 12 teams with two non-conference games against Power Five teams. The Longhorns open at Maryland and also host USC, while WVU plays the Volunteers on the opening weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, and later goes to North Carolina State.

The Mountaineers are going into their seventh Big 12 season, and are 27-27 in conference games since moving from the Big East.

With preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year Will Grier at quarterback and top receiver David Sills V also back, West Virginia is now considered one of the league's favorites. Holgorsen knows that will lead to plenty of questions about handling expectations.

"We welcome expectations. Heck, you want `em to talk about you," Holgorsen said. "I don't care where you're picked. Doesn't matter, there's pressure everywhere, pressure to live up to the expectations or pressure to create expectations, and I think our guys are old. I think our coaching staff has tremendous continuity, been around."

Grier, the former Florida quarterback, threw for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns at WVU before breaking the middle finger on his throwing hand when diving for the end zone in the 11th game last season. Sills had 60 catches for 980 yards and a nation-best 18 touchdowns.

Bill Snyder is going into his 27th season overall at Kansas State, and the 10th since his return after a three-year "retirement." He will turn 79 in October.

"Am I surprised he's still coaching? No, I'm not," said Mike Gundy, the former Oklahoma State quarterback going into his 14th season as the Cowboys coach. "I will be surprised when he's not coaching. ... The everyday operation or game-day approach with his team is very similar to what it was when I competed against him as a player in 1989."

Going into only his second season, Herman believes the culture he has tried to establish is already "fully ingrained" in the current players.

Herman, the offensive coordinator for Ohio State's national championship team four years ago before two seasons as Houston's head coach, expressed excitement about retaining all his staff, as well as the addition of a top recruiting class. There was also very limited roster attrition, and the Longhorns have two older quarterbacks with experience in Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele.

"We had a tremendous amount of growth last season," Herman said. "Although our record was not up to the championship expectations that we have at the University of Texas. I think that anybody that has watched us play, anybody that's been around our program, understands that we're playing harder, we're playing more physical, we're playing more cohesive than our program has in quite some time."

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<![CDATA[Cambage Scores WNBA-Record 53 Points for Wings in Win]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:23:24 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-wings-logo.jpg

Elizabeth Cambage scored 53 points to set a WNBA record Tuesday, leading the Dallas Wings to a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty.

The 6-foot-8 Australian reached 50 points on a three-point play with 2:19 remaining and broke Riquna Williams' WNBA record of 51 points, set Sept. 8, 2013, on an open 3-pointer from the top of the key.

"It's pretty big," Cambage said. "I've had big numbers in China, I've had big numbers in Australia, and I've heard a lot of people say I could never have big numbers here in the WNBA. So I guess this game is for y'all."

Cambage was 17 of 22 from the field with 10 rebounds and five blocks for her ninth double-double of the season. She made 15 of 16 free throws and outscored the Liberty's starting lineup by 10 points.

Glory Johnson and Allisha Gray each added 13 points for Dallas (13-9), which won its first home game against New York since 2016.

Dallas coach Fred Williams was ejected with 1:44 remaining in the third quarter. New York took its first lead, 70-69, on the next possession, but Dallas opened the fourth quarter on a 12-3 run and cruised from there.

Kia Nurse scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and Tina Charles added 19 for New York. The Liberty (7-15) had won their previous two games.

Cambage had 28 points in the first half to send the Wings to a 57-44 lead. She added five points in the third quarter and broke her previous high of 37 points on a three-point play with 7:29 remaining. She finished 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Cambage returned to the Dallas franchise after sitting out the past four years. She was drafted by Tulsa with the second pick in 2011 behind Maya Moore.

Moore is third in the WNBA for most points in a game, scoring 48 in a double-overtime game in 2014. Phoenix's Diana Taurasi had 47 points in a three-OT game in 2006.

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<![CDATA[SMU Offering New 'Value Concessions' Pricing at Ford Stadium]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:58:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smubeer.jpg

SMU has announced a new menu of reduced-price concessions at select stands in Ford Stadium this fall - it is part of an effort to enhance the gameday experience.

The "Value Concessions" stands will offer $2 sodas and waters, $3 hot dogs and $5 beers.

"We appreciate our concessionaire, Aramark, partnering with us to diversify our menu and provide a great experience for all fans who attend a football game at Ford Stadium," said SMU A.D. Rick Hart. "Dallas offers a variety of sports and entertainment options; and we must continually evaluate and adapt our approach to gamedays."

Aside from the value menu, higher-end food and beverage options will be available at other stands and food trucks in and around the stadium.

The Mustangs open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 at North Texas, before returning to the Hilltop for a Friday night match-up with Metroplex rival TCU on Sept. 7.

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<![CDATA[Play Ball! DC Hosts MLB All-Star Week]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:02:09 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1280-GettyImages-5777357441.jpg

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<![CDATA[Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Nats?]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:46:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-153947724-%281%29.jpg

You've probably been to at least a few games, eaten a curly-W-shaped pretzel or two, and maybe even debated whether Teddy's first Presidents Race win cursed the team. 

But how well do you really know the Washington Nationals? Even if you're a diehard fan, there are a few questions here that might have you scratching your head.Test your knowledge on everything from Nats history to the Presidents race -- and see if there will be a curly W in your books or if you're just going to strike out.

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<![CDATA[Terrell Owens Attempting a Return to Professional Football ]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:45:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/to-cu-hands.jpg

Terrell Owens is planning to make a return to professional football at the age of 44 - in Canada - according to Nick Shook of NFL.com.

Owens has reportedly activated a clause that will force the Edmonton Eskimos, the Canadian Football League team that holds his rights, to either offer him a contract or release him from their control within 10 days, according to TSN.

Owens' agent, Jason Staroszik, told TSN's David William Naylor that the former Cowboys standout still believes he has some football left.


Owens has been making headlines all summer, as he awaits his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August - a ceremony he will not be attending.

He made the unprecedented decision not to attend the ceremony back in June, choosing to celebrate on his own at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Owens has not played football professionally since he suited up for the Indoor Football League in 2011, last appearing in an NFL game as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back at US Presidents at All-Star Games in DC]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:52:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/historic-GettyImages-50539575.jpg

On a hot sticky July day in Washington 81 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his way to the tiny ballpark two miles northeast of the White House, escaping a political storm of his own making.

On his heels over his unpopular plan to "pack" the U.S. Supreme Court with extra justices to overcome a court that had stymied some of his New Deal legislation, FDR found campaign-style adoration at the 1937 All-Star Game. Before the game, American League and National League stars lined a parade route on the field as the grinning president rode past, waving his hat to the fans from the back seat of a convertible. Later, he threw out the first pitch from his presidential box.

That afternoon marked the first time Washington hosted the All-Star Game, and it would do so again in 1956, 1962, and 1969, with presidents playing a central role in three of the four games. Next week, the Midsummer Classic returns to DC for the first time in nearly a half-century. The White House has not yet said whether President Trump will throw out the first pitch on July 17. If so, he'd be continuing a summer tradition started by FDR, who died a year before Trump was born in 1946.

Whether Trump shows up or not, next month's All-Star Game will be the hottest ticket of the summer, just as it was eight decades ago. In 1937, the Washington Post society editor called the All-Star Game "the most thrilling event of the summer social season." Celebrities filled Griffith Stadium, including Cabinet secretaries, military leaders, members of Congress, and the 42-year-old FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Fans without connections could buy $1.65 seats from scalpers for $20 ($345 in today's dollars).

But FDR's battle with Congress over his court-packing plan almost cost senators a chance to watch the game. While the House adjourned for the day so members could attend, Senate Majority Leader Joseph T. Robinson, D-Ark., announced that the Senate would meet to take up a compromise version of FDR's court-packing proposal.

As Robinson saw it, there was no justification for suspending Senate action "in order that members may have an opportunity of attending a baseball game." He wound up relenting, at least halfway - scheduling a morning session and adjourning at 1 p.m., giving senators time to make it up to the ballpark at Georgia Avenue NW for the afternoon game.

FDR, who had won a landslide re-election the previous November but was under attack for a court-packing plan unpopular with both parties, got a respite at the ballpark. The president, who suffered from polio, once told Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith, "If I didn't have to hobble up those steps in front of all these people, I'd be out at the ballpark every day."

When the Nationals host the All-Star Game, they will do so as legitimate World Series contenders. That was not the case for the Senators in 1937, when their best baseball was in the rearview mirror. The team had won its final pennant in FDR's first year in office, 1933. At the All-Star Break in 1937, Washington was mired in sixth place in the eight-team American League, and they would draw just 398,000 fans that season - attendance tamped down by the Great Depression and bad baseball.

New Yorkers ran the show in Washington that summer. Because they had won the previous year's pennants, New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy and New York Giants manager Bill Terry were in charge of the All-Star teams. McCarthy didn't mind playing favorites, starting five Yankees in the AL lineup, including a young Joe DiMaggio and an aging Lou Gehrig. As Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich described it: "A neat packing job by manager Joe McCarthy with President Franklin D. Roosevelt looking on - perhaps wistfully."

The National League lineup, meanwhile, boasted an astonishing seven players who were hitting .349 or higher at the break - led by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ducky Medwick (.404), who wound up winning the last Triple Crown in NL history that season.

It was against this backdrop that the host team was relegated to an afterthought at its own ballpark. McCarthy kept all three Senators - second baseman Buddy Myer, and the pitcher-catcher brother duo of Wes and Rick Ferrell - on the bench the entire game, putting a bigger emphasis on winning the game than mollifying the local fans.

The pitching matchup that afternoon pitted colorful St. Louis Cardinals righthander Dizzy Dean for the NL against Lefty Gomez of the Yankees, who was making his fourth start in just the fifth All-Star Game in history. But Dean was almost a no-show, declaring initially he wasn't going to play because he was "tired of having people tell me what to do."

He wound up showing up at the last minute by plane (in an era when most travel was by railroad), and hundreds of fans greeted him. Dean told reporters:

"Shucks, you fellers ought to have known Ol' Diz would never take a run-out like that. I just didn't like the idea of that long train ride and I figured if I stalled around long enough the only way they could get me here would be by airplane. So I got my airplane ride and here I am."

The two pitchers matched scoreless innings until the bottom of the third, when the American League took a 2-0 lead behind a single by DiMaggio and a home run by Gehrig, who waved his cap to FDR as he crossed the plate.

But the most significant play came when the next batter, Cleveland Indians outfielder Earl Averill, lined a ball up the middle, breaking Dean's toe. Dean was just 27 but the injury essentially ended his run as an elite pitcher. Later that season, he tried to come back too soon, and wound up altering his mechanics and ruining his arm.

The American League never trailed after Gehrig's homer, coasting to an 8-3 victory, its fourth in five years.

On the Curly W Live Podcast this week, Nationals Principal Owner Ted Lerner, 92, recalled attending the game as a 12-year-old boy.

"I was an usher at the game, and the injury to Dizzy Dean was probably the most important event of that day, since he was a sensational pitcher, and lost his effectiveness after that game," Lerner said.

It would be nearly 20 years before Washington hosted the All-Star Game again, and the Senators saw barely more action than the first time. At the 1956 All-Star break the team was in seventh place, with the Yankees once again in first, and AL manager Casey Stengel limited Washington to just one at-bat in the Midsummer Classic - a popup by Roy Sievers in the ninth inning.

While local fans again didn't have many local favorites to root for that afternoon, they were treated to a home run display by four future Hall-of-Famers. Willie Mays and Stan Musial homered for the NL, and Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle went deep for the AL (although Mantle struck out in his other three at-bats).

The real star of the game, however, was Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer, who made several defensive gems for the NL, while picking up three hits, helping his league win in a rout, 7-3.

This time there was no presidential first pitch, as Dwight D. Eisenhower was recovering from surgery, although he did announce that day he was running for re-election. Povich, the Post columnist, panned the moved: "The first error of the 1956 All-Star festivities is committed by Mr. Eisenhower. On a day when the nation is baseball minded, Ike's announcement that he will stand for reelection could wind up among the Sally League results" - a nickname for a low-level minor league.

The president watched the game with his doctors in Gettysburg, Pa., pulling for Washington's league. White House press secretary James Hagerty told reporters, "He and I rooted for the wrong team."

Five years later the Senators moved to Minnesota to become the Twins, and the American League immediately awarded an expansion team to DC, also called the Senators, to take their place. The new Senators hosted an All-Star Game in just their second season, 1962, in the new $24 million federally-funded DC Stadium.

At an All-Star luncheon the day before the game, Vice President Lyndon Johnson quipped, "I am among those who have prayed for the Washington baseball club - if the Supreme Court doesn't mind."

Like FDR a quarter-century earlier, President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch. He also greeted an old friend from the campaign trail: Stan Musial, the 41-year-old Cardinals outfielder playing in his 22nd All-Star Game. During the 1960 election, Musial had campaigned for JFK and served on a "National Sportsmen for Kennedy Committee" along with Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio and athletes from other sports.

Now, as the young president and old ballplayer shook hands, Kennedy told everyone what a great job Musial had done campaigning for him. Musial reminded Kennedy, who was just 3 1/2 years his senior, of their conversation when they first met during the campaign. JFK had said: "They tell me you're too old to play ball and I'm too young to run for president. I have a hunch we'll fool 'em." At the ballpark that afternoon, the young president mused, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the old man got a hit?"

Kennedy got his wish. Entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning, Musial singled, and was replaced by pinch-runner Maury Wills, who stole second and went on to score the first run of game. Then in the eighth inning, with the National League leading 2-1, Wills used his aggressiveness to manufacture an insurance run.

Sitting in the president's box that afternoon was American League President Joe Cronin, who had led Washington to its final pennant as a 26-year-old player-manager in 1933. Now he summoned New York Mets manager Casey Stengel, who was coaching first base for the NL, to meet Kennedy. But the normally loquacious Stengel only had time for a quick hello.

"Hi Mr. President. It's nice to meet you. I'd stay a little longer only I'm not working for myself today," Stengel said, as JFK laughed.

The NL held on for a 3-1 victory, and Wills, a DC native who went on to set the single-season stolen base record that season (since broken), won the game's MVP award. The new Senators were so bad - they would finish 10th in the 10-team American League - that none saw any action in the game. (That year was the final season of MLB's short-lived run of playing two All-Star Games, and Washington Senators pitcher Dave Stenhouse started the second one, held at Wrigley Field, a few weeks later.)

The All-Star Game returned to Washington just seven years later, in 1969, as MLB commemorated the centennial of pro baseball. The ballpark had recently been renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, following RFK's assassination on the presidential campaign trail the previous year.

It was a time of big change for the national pastime, which had suffered from lagging fan interest and anemic offense in recent years, epitomized by the "Year of the Pitcher" in 1968, when the leagues' players hit a combined .237.

To inject more offense into the sport, MLB lowered the pitching mound. Each league added two teams (including the Montreal Expos, who would later become the Nationals) and split into two divisions. And new baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, a Washington native who had earned a $1 a day working the scoreboard at old Griffith Stadium as a teenager, showed a flair for marketing by creating a couple of days of activities to celebrate the centennial in DC.

On the Monday night of All-Star week, MLB hosted an Oscars-style dinner, with 2,200 people in attendance, to honor the All-Time All-Star Team. Babe Ruth was named the best player ever, and former Washington Senator Walter Johnson was named greatest right-handed pitcher. Ted Williams, the Senators rookie manager, lost out to Joe DiMaggio as the best living player and blew off the dinner. His wife accepted his award as greatest living leftfielder.

The next afternoon, a few hours before the scheduled All-Star Game, President Richard Nixon hosted a White House event with 400 baseball VIPs, including Hall-of-Famers, All-Stars, and sportswriters. Nixon told the crowd: "I just want you to know that I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would have liked to have ended up as a sportswriter."

Then the dignitaries made their way to RFK Stadium. Kuhn, the commissioner, held a pre-game100th birthday party in three tents on the fields of the National Armory, across the street from the ballpark. A drenching summer storm soaked the VIPs in attendance, and soon after led to the first postponement in All-Star Game history. But Kuhn wasn't discouraged.

"The whole thing went off so well that I could not even get depressed by the rain and the postponement," he said. "There were U.S. senators standing there in two inches of rain talking about baseball. How could I get depressed?"

For once, DC hosted the All-Star Game with a (barely) winning record, at 51-50. DC's new skipper, Ted Williams, the New York Times said, was the "focus of a tremendous revival in baseball interest in the nation's capital, and of a remarkable improvement in the weak team's fortunes on the field." The Senators would finish the season 10 games over .500, the team's only winning record in 11 seasons in Washington, before moving to Texas to become the Rangers in 1972.

Nixon, probably the biggest baseball fan to occupy the Oval Office, had been scheduled to throw out the first pitch, but the postponement scuttled those plans, as he had to leave for a world trip the next day. Vice President Spiro Agnew stood in for him.

The scheduled starting pitchers were Detroit Tiger Denny McLain of the American League against Cardinal Steve Carlton of the National League. But when the game was rained out, McLain insisted on flying back to Detroit on his private plane to keep a dental appointment the next morning. By the time he got to the ballpark the next afternoon, the game had already started. So he pitched one in inning in relief. Then he left early.

"Denny McLain was the envy of every working man in America today," wrote Murray Chass in the New York Times. "He arrived for work late and left early."

Befitting their resurgent team, Senators fans for once got to cheer one of their own in an All-Star Game. Slugger Frank Howard started in left field, and after the NL took a quick 3-0 lead, he smoked a 458-foot home run over the clock in right-center field in the second inning to make it 3-1.

The All-Star Game demonstrated baseball's success in generating more firepower. The NL won 9-3, a year after winning the previous All-Star Game 1-0 (and the previous two games 2-1). The '69 game featured five home runs, including two by the San Francisco Giants' Willie McCovey. All 12 runs came in the first four innings. Carlton was the winning pitcher, despite giving up two earned runs in three innings.

After the game, Bowie Kuhn told Ted Williams: "Hope to see more of you, Ted," alluding to Williams's decision to skip the dinner two days earlier. Both men laughed.

Despite the entertaining All-Star Game, the moon outshined the stars that summer. Later that week, Nixon met the Apollo astronauts after their splashdown in the Pacific following their return to Earth after the lunar landing. One question Nixon had for them was whether they heard about the All-Star Game. They said they had, and Neil Armstrong told Nixon he was sorry the president missed the game. "You knew that, too?" Nixon asked. Armstrong replied that they heard about the rain, and they couldn't control the weather yet - but looked forward to doing that.

Frederic J. Frommer is the author of You Gotta Have Heart, a history of Washington baseball, and the head of the Sports Business Practice at the Dewey Square Group, a Washington, D.C. communications firm. Twitter: @ffrommer

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<![CDATA[MLB All-Star Week in DC: What to Know If You’re Going]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:34:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-664164542.jpg

Prepare for a flood of baseball fans and players from across the country: Amid a week of fun and festivities, D.C. hosts the city’s first All-Star League Game of the Washington Nationals era.

The All-Star Classic allows fans and teams to build two competitive rosters, representing the best players the National League and American League each have to offer.

Outfielder Bryce Harper and pitchers Max Scherzer and Sean Doolittle will be representing the The Nationals.

After the best of the best are done being selected, the National League and American League teams face off on Tuesday, July 17. The National League — The Nationals' home — are about due for their first All-Star victory since 2012.

D.C. last hosted an All-Star Game in 1969, during the Washington Senators' run as the home team in the nation's capital.

Five days of festivities come around the game, including FanFest, a color run and the Home Run Derby.

Here's what you need to know if you’re going:

When to Watch Baseball Games

The Futures Game and Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
Sunday, July 15 at 4 p.m.

In a back-to-back series, you can watch Minor League players strut their stuff. Then, some famous faces will take the field. In 2017, baseball Hall-of-Famers like Jason Taylor and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez played alongside Olympians and celebrities including actor Michael Cudlitz, musician Jencarlos Canela and actor Jamie Foxx. Tickets are still available online and start at $60.

Home Run Derby
Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are already sold out for the race to hit the most home runs. Metro will offer extended hours; see below.

The All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

The best players, chosen by fans and insiders, from both the National League and American league will face off. The game will be played at Nationals Park. It will also be televised.

How to Get Tickets

Fans snatched up tickets early for both the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. You can still find them on sites like StubHub, but they cost upwards of $180.

The MLB has a relationship with StubHub, so fans can be confident that tickets they buy from the resale site are legitimate, an MLB spokesperson said.

If you're itching to catch some baseball but can't swing tickets to the All-Star game, tickets were still available at press time for Sunday’s two match-ups.

A new law allows the mayor to enforce that vendors, including ticket vendors, have a Stadium Special Events Permit to sell anything in the area of the park. This law can be enforced for seven days around the time of the All-Star Game.

How to Get to Nationals Park

Metro promises to get attendees home after the game. WMATA said that the last trains will leave toward Greenbelt at 12:22 a.m. and toward Branch Avenue at 12:48 a.m. or 30 minutes after the game ends — whichever is later.

You’ll be allowed to enter Metro through the Navy Yard station. Other stations are only open to exit.

You can also pick up a special, commemorative Metro card at the Navy Yard station.

The same extended Metro hours apply to Monday’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby game.

The Blue Line of the Circulator Bus' drops off near Nationals Park. You can catch it near Eastern Market, L'Enfant Plaza and Waterfront Metro stops. The fare is $1.

If you’re coming from Old Town Alexandria or National Harbor, you could catch the Baseball Boat water taxi. Round-trip tickets start at $35 each for adults.

Drivers willing to brave the traffic can park in one of the Nationals’ parking lots. Find more information here

Where to Find Other MLB Activities

The All-Star Game is the crown jewel event, but the MLB has planned to overflow Navy Yard and the Washington Convention Center with fun activities:

All-Star FanFest 
Friday, July 13 to July 17, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Convention Center 

Dozens of players are slated to snap selfies, shake hands and greet fans during All-Star FanFest. The Nationals’ own Ryan Zimmerman will be there, alongside other Nats players and alum including Davey Johnson, Dmitri Young and Jose Vidro. Here’s the schedule

For a limited time, you can enter code FFMM to get $10 tickets. Regularly priced tickets cost $35, but there are several deals on different days.

Friday, July 13 to July 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Yards, Parcel A, Lot 854 Square, near First and M Streets Southeast

Bring your young baseball fan for a day of interactive activities in partnership with MLB, USA Baseball and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Organizers say there will be a youth-sized baseball diamond, food trucks, pitching inflatables, batting tunnels and scheduled programming each day.

It’s free to attend, and kids are promised freebies!

The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K 
Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m., Yards Park, near First and M Streets Southeast

Zip around a 5-mile loop that takes you on both sides of the Anacostia River among blasts of dye that turn the crowd technicolor.

Where to Find Parties and Celebrations

Some bars could begin serving at 7 a.m. and hold off last call until almost 4 a.m. under a new law passed specifically for the All-Star Game (and World Cup). Bars must specially register for permission; a full list is set to be announced in the future.

A number of bars and restaurants have already announced celebrations:

MLB All-Star Reception presented by Women in Sports & Events
Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gallery Place

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and networking opportunities at Crimson Whisky Bar. Tickets are $45 and come with one drink.

All Star Weekend Sunday Cookout at Lost & Found
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Shaw 

BBQ Bus Smokehouse and headed to Lost & Found to fuel an All-Star party with plenty of drinks and live music.

Home Run Derby Party at Up Top Acres
Monday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Navy Yard

Enjoy the view above Nationals Park while munching burgers and other grill favorites from Bluejacket. Early bird entry tickets start at $25 and increase to $35 after July 9.Some bars could begin serving at 7 a.m. and hold off last call until 4 a.m. under a new law passed specially for the All-Star Game (and World Cup). Bars must specially register for permission; a full list is set to be announced in the future.

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<![CDATA[AT&T Stadium, AAC Passed Over as Final Four Hosts]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:13:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ncaa-att-stadium-02.jpg

The Final Four is headed back to Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis, but not Dallas, the NCAA says.

The NCAA announced the sites for 2023-2026 on Monday, with all four cities recently hosting the finale of the NCAA Tournament.

Houston, site of Villanova's last-second win over North Carolina in 2016, will host the Final Four in 2023. Phoenix will get the Final Four for the second time in 2024 after hosting in 2017.

San Antonio, site of this year's Final Four, will host in 2025 and Indianapolis will be the host city in 2026, along with 2021. Indianapolis has hosted the Final Four five times, including in 2015.

North Texas has hosted the men's Final four only once, at Arlington's AT&T Stadium in 2014. American Airlines Center hosted the women's Final Four in 2017.

The AAC hosted the men's opening rounds this year and will do so again in 2018. In 2022, the opening rounds will be held Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, a facility still under construciton.

Final Four Locations

  • 2018 - San Antonio
  • 2019 - Minneapolis
  • 2020 - Atlanta
  • 2021 - Indianapolis
  • 2022 - New Orleans
  • 2023 - Houston
  • 2024 - Phoenix
  • 2025 - San Antonio
  • 2026 - Indianapolis

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<![CDATA[MLB Teams Leading Movement to End Ties With Papa John's]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:28:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/071618papajohn1.jpg

Major League Baseball teams are leading the way in cutting ties with Papa John’s after the company’s chairman of the board admitted to using a racial slur on a conference call in May.

The Marlins, Nationals, Yankees and Orioles have all suspended their relationships with the company, the teams confirmed to NBC. The Rangers have also suspended their Papa John’s promotion, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The Royals, Mariners and Rays also split with Papa John’s, according to The Washington Post. Those teams didn't immediately respond to NBC’s request for comment.

The fallout comes after John Schnatter, who also founded Papa John’s, faced scrutiny for using a racial slur on a conference call earlier this year. He used the word during a media training exercise, according to a Forbes report.

The Marlins were among the first teams to cut ties with the restaurant franchise, announcing Thursday they were “immediately suspending our relationship and promotions with the Papa John’s brand,” according to a statement.

Houston in a statement condemned Schnatter’s remarks but didn’t announce plans to end its relationship with local Papa John’s restaurants.

Major League Baseball ended its promotion with the company, which gave fans a 40 percent discount on purchases the day after a player hits a grand slam, according to Yahoo! Sports. MLB didn't respond to NBC's request for comment. 

Though MLB teams are at the forefront of ending relationships with Papa John’s, the University of Louisville also faced pressure to take action after the Forbes report surfaced. University President Neeli Bendapudi announced the school’s plans to remove the restaurant’s name from the school’s stadium. Formerly Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the facility will just be called Cardinal Stadium.

Schnatter’s name was also removed from the Center for Free Enterprise at the school’s College of Business.

Schnatter, who stepped down as the company’s CEO last year, said the company’s slow growth was a result of the attention NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem drew. In February, Papa John’s announced it would no longer be an official sponsor of the NFL.

In a letter, Papa John’s CEO Steve Ritchie said Schnatter won’t appear in the company’s future marketing or advertising materials.

The company distanced itself from Schnatter this weekend, taking away his office space at company headquarters and instructing him to stop talking to the media, according to CNBC. Schnatter accused a media company of trying to blackmail him for $6 million last week.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Area Will Have Three Players in MLB All-Star Game]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:19:47 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-indians-corey-kluber.jpg

The rosters for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game were announced Sunday night, and two players from Dallas-area high schools -- Indians pitcher Corey Kluber from Coppell and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story from Irving -- were chosen to play in the 89th MLB All-Star Game on July 17 in Washington, D.C.

A third area product, Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling from Southlake Carroll, was added to the National League All-Star team on Wednesday. It will be the first All-Star Game for Stripling, who replaces Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas.

CLICK HERE for more on All-Star game - or Home Run Derby - participants Trevor Story, Ross Stripling and Max Muncy from our media partners at the Dallas Morning News.

Shin-Soo Choo will represent the Texas Rangers.

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<![CDATA[TO Sends Shoes to Fellow HOF Inductees, Still Won't Attend]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:06:51 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dawk_shoes.png

As a sign of respect for the others being inducted into the Hall of Fame next month, Terrell Owens announced on Twitter that he will be sending them custom shoes, despite his choice to protest the ceremony by not attending.

Owens announced in June that he would make the unprecedented decision not to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held annually in Canton, OH.

Owens heavily criticized the voting process when he failed to be elected to the Hall previously. He later wrote on Twitter that he is protesting "for guys like (Jerry Kramer)," and himself, "past, present, and the future."

He believes he and others have been forced to wait on induction unfairly for things unrelated to their on-field productivity.

Owens has received criticism from fans and media members.

Earlier this month the former Dallas Cowboys standout announced he plans to celebrate his induction at a public ceremony at his collegiate home - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The Hall of Fame announced Friday that Owens would receive no individual recognition at the event due to his choice not to attend.

He will also not receive his "Golden Jacket" at the same time as his peers. Players typically receive their jackets at Friday's Gold Jacket dinner. Instead, the Hall will mail Owens his jacket the next day.

At least one of his fellow inductees, former Bears All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher, was appreciative of his gesture.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence Will Play Under Franchise Tag:JJT]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:14:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Cowboys+Logo.jpg

Demarcus Lawrence and the Dallas Cowboys were unable to reach a long-term deal, a source told NBC 5's Jean-Jacques Taylor, meaning the defensive end will play under the Franchise Tag this season.


The tag will pay Lawrence upwards of $17 million this season. The Cowboys will now have the choice to tag Lawrence again or sign him to an extension after the season.

The defensive end was reportedly looking for five-year deal, but reports surfaced throughout the off-season pointing toward the unlikeliness that the two sides would reach a deal.


Lawrence was one of the most productive defensive lineman in the NFL last season, ranking second in sacks and forcing four fumbles.


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<![CDATA[McKinney Man Competes in Tour de France]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:33:00 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/McKinney+Man+Tour+de+France+071518.jpg

From her living room in McKinney, DeLayne Haga catches up on the latest stage of the 2018 Tour de France, the way perhaps only a mother can.

"My younger son makes fun of me because I watch to see Chad, I don't watch the race. I just watch to look for my son," Haga said.

She navigates a DVR recording of Sunday's run and points out where her son, 29-year-old Chad Haga, is riding at the front in the breakaway.

"They had a lot of crashes today. They're going over cobblestones," she explained. "Very dangerous."

Chad Haga, a Texas native who graduated from McKinney High School, has competed in seven other Grand Tours. This is Haga's first Tour de France, competing as a support rider on Team Sunweb.

Just two and a half years ago, Haga survived a horrific crash during a training ride in Europe.

DeLayne Haga said a British woman, driving on the wrong side of the road while in Spain, hit six members of Team Giant-Alpecin during a training ride. DeLayne Haga said Chad was airlifted to a hospital where he spent two days in intensive care to repair veins and arteries in his neck and face. He also suffered an eye socket fracture, but pressed on after his release from the hospital.

"He worked so hard and he was back racing again two months later," DeLayne Haga said. "He didn't want the accident to decide that would be the end of his career, he wanted to be the one to decide when he quits cycling."

The Haga family suffered another blow the same year when Chris Haga, Chad's father and DeLayne's husband, died.

DeLayne Haga said her husband never smoked and was blindsided by a stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

Chris Haga, who also got into cycling to spend time with Chad and his brother, encouraged Chad at a pivotal point in his career.

In 2010, Chad was offered a job at Texas Instruments. The Texas A&M graduate had a degree in mechanical engineering and had also been approached by two semi-pro cycling teams.

Chris Haga told his son to follow his dreams.

"Go for it. He said, 'I know you'll make it' and he has. Chris would be so happy and so proud," DeLayne Haga said. "His dad had given him the blessing to do this. I think he's doing it for his dad too."

DeLayne Haga, an author, published a book her late husband wrote about his cancer fight called "Cancer on Two Wheels." In it, he described the conversation with his son.

"I didn't want Chad to ever have to wonder, 'What if?' I called him later that day and told him that now was the time for him to go for it," Chris Haga wrote. "Cancer has taught me to pursue the dreams while they're fresh."

"I have no doubt he will make it," he went on to write.

On Sunday, DeLayne Haga watched the Tour de France for the both of them.

"Chris would want to see this," she said.

"This is the epitome of what every cyclist dreams of once they start cycling," DeLayne Haga said. "He's finally reaching his dream."

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma Favored Again Going Into Big 12 Football Media Days]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:15:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Big+12+Media+Day.jpg

Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline.

The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker Mayfield, will now be trying to do it again without the Heisman Trophy winner under center.

Even with Mayfield preparing for his first NFL season, 11-time Big 12 champion Oklahoma goes into the league's football media days as the preseason pick to win another title ahead of West Virginia.

Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma's offensive coordinator for two years before succeeding Stoops last summer, will be the last of the five coaches who will take the main podium Monday for the first half of media days at the Dallas Cowboys' headquarters, which is in suburban Frisco north of downtown Dallas.

TCU coach Gary Patterson, who is going into his 18th season has the second-longest active streak among FBS head coaches, will be the first coach to take questions. Kansas' David Beaty, Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury and Iowa State's Matt Campbell will then go before Riley.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen will get things started Tuesday, before a pair of second-timers -- Texas coach Tom Herman and Baylor coach Matt Rhule -- precede Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy.

The 78-year-old Snyder -- 44 years older than Riley -- is going into the 10th season of his second stint with the Wildcats. Snyder went 17 seasons (1989-2005) in his first stint before a three-year "retirement."

Mayfield, now with the Cleveland Browns after being the first overall pick in the NFL draft, is the only player to be the first-team quarterback on the AP All-Big 12 team three straight seasons. He led the Sooners to Big 12 titles each time, the starter throughout Riley's time with the Sooners as offensive coordinator and head coach.

Mayfield's expected replacement, Kyler Murray, was picked ninth overall in the Major League Baseball draft last month. The speedy quarterback/outfielder got a $4.66 million signing bonus from the Oakland Athletics, but Murray will play football for the Sooners this fall.


Murray isn't among the five quarterbacks from four teams scheduled to appear at Big 12 media days. Kansas State is bringing two quarterbacks, Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson. West Virginia's Will Grier, the preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year, will also be there, along with Iowa State's Kyle Kempt and TCU's Shawn Robinson.


Oklahoma this season will try to become the first team to win four consecutive Big 12 titles. The Sooners got 46 of 52 first-place votes from a panel of media in the preseason balloting. West Virginia was picked second, ahead of TCU, Texas and Oklahoma State. Kansas State, even with two first-place votes, was picked sixth, followed by Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas.


West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and TCU defensive end Ben Banogu have gone from being top Big 12 newcomers as juniors last season, after both had to sit out a year as transfers into the league, to preseason players of the year as seniors in 2018. Grier, the former Florida QB, threw for 317 yards per game last season in 11 games for the Mountaineers before a season-ending hand injury. Banogu, who started his college career at Louisiana-Monroe, had 16 1/2 tackles for loss and 8 1/2 sacks last season.


Even with Oklahoma's two-overtime loss to Georgia in the Rose Bowl that was one of the national semifinal games, the Big 12 finished 5-3 in postseason games last season. It was the second year in a row the league had a winning record in postseason games. The previous time the league had consecutive winning postseasons had been after the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

<![CDATA[Mavericks' Radio Voice Chuck Cooperstein Stops by NBC 5]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:22:26 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney+Coop+raw+071518.jpg

Dallas Mavericks radio play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Cooperstein visited NBC 5 to talk about the team's busy offseason acquiring Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan.

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<![CDATA[Soccer Fans Pack Klyde Warren Park to Watch World Cup Final]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:58:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+World+Cup+watch+party+071518.jpg

Klyde Warren Park attracted a crowd of people Sunday for a FIFA World Cup final watch party.

"This is an awesome place. We were so excited they were actually having it here," said Veronica Mariscal, who came with her daughter to watch the match.

The park had food trucks, tailgate games and a giant TV screen broadcasting the action-packed match.

Attendees sported different jerseys, tattoos and flags to show support for their team.

Philippe Henry is from France, but lives in Dallas now.

He came to Klyde Warren Park to watch the match with a group of people in the French community of North Texas.

"Last time France won the World Cup was in 1998, and I was in the stadium," Henry said.

He was excited to see his home country crowned again this year.

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<![CDATA[National Fantasy Football Convention Comes to Fort Worth]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:23:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/National+Fantasy+Football+Convention+071518.jpg

The National Fantasy Football Convention stopped in Fort Worth over the weekend. The event is described as the Super Bowl meets Comic Con for football fans.

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<![CDATA[France Wins 2018 FIFA World Cup]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 15:15:41 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trophy+thumbnail.jpg

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

<![CDATA[Brother Soccer Stars Hold onto Dream After Deportation]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:14:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/233*120/FamilyDetention.jpg

In just five days, Diego and Lizandro Claros Saravia went from being promising soccer players with college aspirations to deportees sent to one of the most dangerous countries on earth.

On Aug. 2, 2017 — despite a campaign by their family, coaches and teammates in suburban Maryland, where they'd attended high school — the brothers were put on a plane back to El Salvador, saying goodbye to the place they had called home for nearly a decade, NBC News reported.

“I felt very sad and devastated because I spent a long time fighting for something — something I deserved. And they took it away from me," Lizandro Claros, 19, said recently in Spanish, referring to the scholarship he'd won to Louisburg College in North Carolina shortly before being deported.

Their lawyer called it the fastest deportation he’d ever witnessed.

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<![CDATA[Orioles Use Combined 4-Hitter, Schoop RBI to Beat Rangers]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 22:37:02 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Yefry-Ramirez-071418.jpg

A huge crowd, a well-pitched game and the appearance of a local legend provided the Baltimore Orioles with a rare feel-good moment during a very unenjoyable season.

Rookie Yefry Ramirez and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jonathan Schoop drove in a run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly and the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 Saturday night in a matchup of last-place teams.

In part because of a promotional giveaway (Maryland script flag jerseys), a crowd of 38,328 came to support the club with the worst record in the big leagues. Also in attendance: Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson , the 81-year-old former Oriole was introduced as the team's new special adviser.

And so, on a perfect night for baseball, Baltimore fans were treated to a victory and a bit of nostalgia.

"It's been a tough season so far for our fans," Orioles manager Buck Showalter conceded. "Getting a chance to see Brooks, that's a highlight of any day or any season, really."

So was the win. Making his fourth start and bidding for his first major league victory, Ramirez pitched five innings of two-hit ball before being pulled in a scoreless game.

Brad Brach (1-2), Donnie Hart and Mychal Givens followed before Zach Britton worked the ninth for his third save.

It was pretty special, especially for a team that came in with collective 4.92 ERA.

"Yeah, absolutely," Britton said. "When I got out to the bullpen today, I was like, 'Oh, I know it's a giveaway but we got a nice crowd on hand and they're into it.'"

Brach, Britton, shortstop Manny Machado and center fielder Adam Jones are among those likely to be dealt by the last-place Orioles before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

After languishing on the disabled list for 11 weeks, Rangers lefty Martin Perez (2-4) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings in his first start since April 29. It was the best of his six starts this season, but he didn't get a win to show for it.

"It was a good outing for me," Perez said. "To come back after two months and a half and throw again like this, make me happy."

Neither team got a runner to third base until the sixth inning, when the Orioles scored on a walk, an infield hit and a sacrifice fly by Schoop .

The Rangers used a single and an error to get two on with no outs in the eighth. But pinch-runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa was picked off second base, and the uprising fizzled from there.

"We stranded eight runners and made a base-running mistake that hurt us late," manager Jeff Bannister said.

Texas designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo went 1 for 2 with two walks, extending to 50 his team-record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch. He is the seventh player since 2001 to have a run of 50 games and the first since Kevin Millar in 2007.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, teammate Delino DeShields went 0 for 2 and is hitless in his last 25 at-bats since July 4.

Rangers: To make room for Perez, LHP Alex Claudio (left ankle sprain) was placed on the 10-day DL and OF Austin Jackson was released. ... Manager Jeff Banister said C Carlos Perez, who's been sidelined since mid-June with a right ankle sprain, will finish his rehab assignment on Tuesday. The team will then decide whether to bring him off the DL.

Orioles: RHP Jimmy Yacabonis is too sick to make his scheduled start Sunday, manager Buck Showalter said. Yacabonis was slated to start for injured Andrew Cashner (neck spasms). RHP Chris Tillman, who is slated to conclude his rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Norfolk, is an option.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (6-5, 4.56 ERA) takes Texas into the All-Star break, pitching the series finale Sunday. The 30-year-old will seek to add a notch to his team-leading victory total.

Orioles: The All-Star break can't come soon enough for the Orioles (27-69), who last year lost their 69th game on Sept. 7.

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