<![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-usTue, 20 Mar 2018 12:52:47 -0500Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:52:47 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Big Papi Wanted Boston To Keep Former Teammate Adrian Beltre]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:02:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-spring-training-2018--0223-03.jpg

Adrian Beltre and David "Big Papi" Ortiz were teammates in Boston for one season, 2010. Beltre hit .321 while slugging 28 homers and knocked in 102 runs. He even named the Red Sox MVP.

Ortiz told me on my NBC Sports Radio show was not happy when Beltre left as a free agent for the Rangers in 2011.

"I was hurt when he left Boston," said Ortiz. "When they let him go I was mad because I know what my man is capable of and look at the excellent career he already has so it's something...we never know how things are gonna work out. For good or for bad...but that's my guy. I wanna play with for a long time."

Ortiz won three World Series titles in Boston. He reflected on what made Beltre a good teammate, "What you see is what you gonna get. You know what I'm saying? Fun guy to be around. Works extremely hard. This guy-day in and day out-he's ready to go. He's ready to do something, you know what I'm saying? Just watching the way he handles his stuff is unbelieveable."

Hear the interview here. Ortiz starts talking about Beltre at the 5:24 mark. 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Trying To Revamp O-line In Free Agency]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:47:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/196*120/Dallas+Cowboys+helmet1.jpg

The Cowboys offensive line was not the best in the NFL last season. Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor and NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs describe different moves the club is looking at to improve their offensive line in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Why The Cowboys Had To Let Orlando Scandrick Go]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:47:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Countdown_to_Cowboys_Camp__24_Orlando_Scandrick_1200x675_976662083992.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor breakdown why the Cowboys had to let cornerback Orlando Scandrick go. He inked a two year deal with Washington.

<![CDATA[Former DeSoto ISD Coach Takes New Job at Fort Worth Brewer]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:01:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/High_School_Coaches_Future_031918.jpg

A prominent North Texas high school football coach is moving to a new school in the area.
Todd Peterman recently accepted the job at Fort Worth Brewer, a 5-a program that's made the playoffs the last three years, but lost in the first round all three years.
Coach Peterman previously coached at DeSoto I.S.D. and his contract renewal was a very public debate in the spring of 2017, when the school board almost did not renew his contract even after the Eagles had won the first state championship in school history.
Peterman did get that extension and coached in 2018, but resigned following a 10-2 season.

<![CDATA[Martina Navratilova Calls Out BBC For Gender Pay Discrepancy]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:55:00 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/martina2.jpg

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova says the BBC paid John McEnroe 10 times what she was paid for their work as commentators during Wimbledon.

<![CDATA[Fmr. DeSoto Head Coach Accepts New Job]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:35 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/todd+peterman+desoto.jpg

Former DeSoto football coach Todd Peterman has found his next coaching job, and it will allow him to stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Peterman said in a text message that he has accepted the job of head football coach/athletic director at Fort Worth Brewer. The White Settlement ISD board of trustees is holding a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. today, at which time it is expected to vote on Peterman's approval.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Nominate a Wingstop High School Scholar Athlete]]> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:05:51 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1200x675-HSSALogo%5B1%5D.png
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<![CDATA[Cowboys Just Another Irrelevant Franchise These Days]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:01:30 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ATT-Stadium-Roof-night.jpg

If you wondered where the Cowboys fit in the NFL hierarchy, Sammy Watkins provided a resounding answer.

These days, your Cowboys are just another NFL franchise — no different than the Tennessee Titans, the Detroit Lions or the Cleveland Browns.

They’re just another irrelevant franchise stuck on the abyss of mediocrity.

The Cowboys wanted to make a bold move last week, releasing Dez Bryant, signing Watkins and invigorating a franchise that has two playoff wins in 21 seasons.

Instead, reality hit them like a left hook.

Watkins, who has one 1,000-yard season in four years after Buffalo paid a king’s ransom to move up in the draft and select him fourth overall, spurned  the Cowboys for the Chiefs.

Watkins’ decision created quite a bit of tumult and consternation at the Cowboys’ offices. A series of closed-door meetings followed over a couple of days as the Cowboys plotted their next big move.

It has to be something more important than reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal with L.P. Ladouceur and scheduling a Monday meeting with Cameron Fleming.

Understand, the Cowboys remain a TV ratings superstar. Their humongous fan base stretches from coast to coast and an equally-large group of NFL fans love to hate the Cowboys, so they’re always going max out on national TV appearances and Jerry Jones is a marketing genius so they’re always going to be in the public conscience.

But when we’re talking about NFL free agents like the 25-year-old Watkins, who was 2-years-old when Dallas last won a Super Bowl, the Cowboys ain’t special.

If you step back and put your fandom aside, you’ll realize you don’t need a pair of binoculars to figure out why Watkins chose Kansas City over America’s Team.

Any number of reasons might have swayed him, considering a source with the Cowboys insists money wasn’t one of them.

Let’s start with the coaches.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid is an innovative offensive mind with job security.

We’d all be surprised if owner Clark Hunt fired Reid anytime in the next three years, considering he’s 53-27 with four playoff appearances in five seasons with the Chiefs. No one would say that about Garrett, who will begin the season as one of the NFL’s most scrutinized coaches.

Garrett isn’t guaranteed anything beyond 2018, and a skill position player such as Watkins doesn’t want to have to deal with possibility of a new coach and the uncertainty that accompanies that kind of change.

Then there’s the Chiefs’ personnel. Do you want to be part of a package with receiver Tyreke Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt with rookie Pat Mahomes Jr. and his powerful arm or would you prefer an offense with Terrance Willams, Jason Witten, Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott?

Right now, there’s no comparison. Kansas City has an offense built to pressure defense and create big plays. What speedy receiver wouldn’t want to play in that system?

A generation has no idea the Cowboys used to dominate the NFL unless they watch YouTube videos or their parents grew up Cowboys’ fans and passed that love down.

That generation is part of the 2018 free agent class, and that’s an issue for the Cowboys.

The built-in advantage the Cowboys had for decades is gone. Watkins' decision proved that.

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<![CDATA[Winnipeg Jets Beat Dallas Stars; Match Franchise Wins Record at 43]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:22:13 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Patrik Laine scored twice to extend his point streak to 15 games and tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL goal lead, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Sunday night to match the franchise wins record at 43.

The second-year sniper has 43 goals, matching the total from Ovechkin, the Washington star and Laine's boyhood favorite. Laine's point streak is the longest active run in the NHL and adds to his league record for the longest point streak by a teenager. The streak includes 18 goals and eight assists.

Ben Chiarot also scored and Blake Wheeler added an empty-netter for Winnipeg.

Mattias Janmark and Jamie Benn each scored for Dallas.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets in the second game of a six-game homestand. The last time they reached 43 wins was 2014-15, when they made the playoffs for the first time since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta.

The victory also gave Winnipeg a sweep over the Stars in the teams' four-game season series.

Ben Bishop stopped three shots before leaving the game with 9:49 remaining in the first period after whipping out his left glove to snag Bryan Little's shot. Playing his second game after missing five with a knee injury, Bishop stood in the crease bent over before skating off with what the team reported as a lower-body injury.

Kari Lehtonen replaced Bishop and made 17 saves for the visitors, who finished off a winless five-game road trip (0-3-2).

Winnipeg led 1-0 after the first period and 3-2 after the second.

With Benn in the penalty box for tripping, Laine scored with 0.4 seconds remaining in the first period following a supreme effort by Wheeler. After losing an edge and falling down near the bottom of the right circle, Wheeler swept a one-handed pass through the feet of Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis to Laine out in front, and he put a high shot past Lehtonen.

It was Laine's 19th power-play goal, tops in the NHL. Wheeler picked up his 61st assist of the season, also a league high.

NOTES: Jets C Adam Lowry picked up an assist on Chiarot's goal in his first game back after sitting 19 with an upper-body injury. Mark Scheifele and Tobias Enstrom also returned from injury. Scheifele got a helper on Wheeler's goal.


Stars: Host Boston on Wednesday night.

Jets: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Rangers 3rd Base Coach Has Big Plans for 2018]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:52:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers+coach+tony+beasley.jpg

The Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley has been cancer-free for more than a year, and is now counting his blessings and looking forward to a big year for the Texas Rangers. NBC 5's Tim Ciesco has his story.

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<![CDATA[Would Earl Thomas Be A Good Fit For The Cowboys?]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:19:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460471930.jpg

Would Seattle Safety Earl Thomas be enough to get the Cowboys to the next level? NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jacques Taylor discuss how he would help the Cowboys.

<![CDATA[MLB Rule Changes That Will be in Place for 2018 Season]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:47:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Major League Baseball has made some pretty significant rule changes during the off season that will be in place for the 2018 season. NBC 5's Tim Ciesco has a look at some of the new rules you may want to know about.

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<![CDATA[The Secret to NCAA Success? 98-Year-Old Sister Jean]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:39:32 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_NCAA.jpg

Loyola beat Tennessee 63-62 to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 Saturday night. The team says there is one secret to their success, 98-year-old Team Chaplin Sister Jean Delores-Schmidt.

<![CDATA[Why Your Pre-Schooler Is Leading Your March Madness Bracket]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:00:47 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/msrshallpup.jpg

Most people didn’t have Marshall upsetting Wichita State in the men’s NCAA Tournament — that is, unless you have a pre-schooler who happens to watch “Paw Patrol.” Find out how a cartoon pup may have your kid winning your bracket.

<![CDATA[Why a 4-Year-Old Is Winning Your Office Pool]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:08:27 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marshall-pawpatrol-split.jpg

The answer to winning your NCAA office pool might be to watch more "Paw Patrol." 

While No. 13 Marshall's historic 81-75 win over the No. 4 Wichita State Shockers shocked the world, the fact that the Thundering Herd were on a roll didn't surprise kids who picked the team to go all the way thanks to Marshall the pup from "Paw Patrol." 

It's well-known that some people make their bracket picks based on mascots or school logos. After the Thundering Herd caught fire from the three-point range late in Friday's game for the upset victory, some joked on Twitter that their bracket took a hit and maybe they should have listened to their kids.  

In "Paw Patrol," a 10-year-old character named Ryder leads a pack of rescue pups in training to help those in distress in a town called Adventure Bay. Each dog is “ inspired by real-world jobs like a firefighter, police officer, and construction worker,” according to the show’s website.

The pups all have corresponding vehicles and catch phrases. Marshall is a clumsy Dalmatian pup who has a firefighter hat and fire truck with a ladder. His signature line is “let’s fire it up.” 

The victory was the West Virginia school's first NCAA Tournament win in program history, 31 years after its last appearance.

"Paw Patrol" took to the airwaves for Nickelodeon in August 2013. The show's Twitter account has not yet weighed in on how fired up it was by the attention. 

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<![CDATA[Loyola Celebrates Buzzer-Beater March Madness Upset Win]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:52:53 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6A+VO+LOYOLA+TSE+-+00003719_31288943.png

What a victory. The Loyola Ramblers are making headlines nationwide after a dramatic upset win by the No. 11 seed over the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes in the NCAA Tournament Thursday.

An unexpected three-point buzzer-beater lifted them to March Madness victory and it's just what fans in Chicago were looking for.

Social media was buzzing after the game, with plenty of focus on guard Donte Ingram, who hit the game-winning shot.

He's being called a March icon, after picking the perfect spot to sink that final basket - standing on the March Madness logo as he sealed his team's 64-62 victory.

The 6 feet 6 inches tall senior is one of six players from Illinois on Loyola's roster, and a proud graduate of Simeon Career Academy, a Chicago Public School on the city's South Side.

"It's a great feeling," Ingram said after the game. "I thank Marcus you know, for making that pass. Any one of us could have hit that shot but I was just fortunate enough to be in that position. When I seen the shot and I had space, I was confident."

Chicago Public Schools gave Ingram a shoutout on Twitter after the game, while plenty of other notable names - including former President Barack Obama - joined in on social media to cheer for the Ramblers.

But for one of Loyola's biggest fans - Thursday's victory came as no surprise.

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the team's 98-year-old chaplain, prays with the players before the games and gives them scouting reports during the day.

She was in Dallas to see the team's dramatic win and she said she was more thankful than shocked.

"Thank God, thank God you did it, because we knew we would do it," Sister Jean said after the game.

"When we were in the locker room ahead of the game we just knew that we would do this," she continued, adding, "Our team is so great and they don't care who makes the points as long as we win the game."

Sister Jean was already well-known on campus, but she's now a national celebrity - and she said she's already praying for the second round.

Loyola will face No. 3 seed Tennessee next on Saturday, fighting for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.

<![CDATA[New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson Dies at 90]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:17:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TombensonSaintsdead90_1200x675.jpg

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson died Thursday afternoon at the age of 90 after a battle with the flu, according to the Saints website.

The businessman started off as a bookkeeper for a Chevy dealership and invested his money in car dealerships, local banks, and sports teams to amass a net worth of 3 billion dollars, according to Forbes

Benson purchased the Saints and the Pelicans in 1985, and 2012 respectively. The owner played an influential part in turning both franchises around and helping with recovery relief following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

As a philanthropist, Benson donated to a number of faith-based and educational causes in the New Orleans and South Texas communities. 

"Under Mr. Benson’s direction his businesses and sports teams annually have put millions of dollars back into the community in financial support, in-kind donations, charitable appearances and the donations of goods and services." the Saints said on their website. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thanked Benson for his "legendary" contributions to the NFL and the city of New Orleans Thursday afternoon. 

"Tom loved New Orleans, where he was a generous and caring philanthropist. Within the NFL, he was a true leader among NFL owners." Goodell said in a statement.

"I know that the entire NFL family joins me in extending our most heartfelt condolences to Gayle Benson and the entire Saints organization." 

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<![CDATA[Mavs "McBuckets" Remembers NCAA Tournament Success]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:10:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcdermott+mavs+debut.jpg

Mavericks forward Doug McDermott -- formerly known as "Doug McBuckets" as he captivated the nation in the NCAA tournament as a senior at Creighton -- spoke with NBC 5's Pat Doney about what it's like to watch March Madness today.

<![CDATA[Rookie Surfer Nails Rare Triple Barrel]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:45:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rookiesurfer.jpg

World Surf League rookie Griffin Colapinto accomplished a feat likened to a hole-in-one in golf at the Quicksilver Pro surfing event off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

<![CDATA[Minor League Baseball Player Fired After Assault Video Surfaces]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:17:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Danry+Vasquez+beating+video+still.jpg

A minor league baseball player for a Pennsylvania team has been fired after a video was released showing him beating his then-girlfriend inside a Texas baseball stadium in 2016.

Outfielder Danry Vasquez, 24, was released from the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Barnstormers this week when management was made aware of the video, according to a team statement released Wednesday. 

The assault happened in August 2016 inside a stairwell at Whataburger Stadium in Corpus Christi, Texas. Vasquez was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks at the time.

In the video, released this week to comply with an open records request made by NBC affiliate KRIS-TV, Vasquez can be seen striking a woman in the head four times and pulling her hair — forcing her to slip down the stairs.

The woman, Vasquez's longtime girlfriend, was hit so hard her glasses were sent flying off her face several times.

Vasquez was later arrested and charged with assault of a family member, a misdemeanor, according to court records. He entered a pre-trial diversion program, which he completed successfully, his attorney Les Cassidy told NBC10.

Cassidy said Vasquez was remorseful for the beating because it was "shameful." The victim and Vasquez had dated since they were teens and came to the United States together when he was recruited by Major League Baseball.

In the statement, Lancaster Barnstormers manager Ross Peeples said there was no choice but to release Vasquez. The Barnstormers are part of an independent league and not affiliated with any Major League teams.

“There is no choice but to sever the relationship,” Peeples said. “Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior."

Vasquez is believed to have returned to his native Venezuela.

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<![CDATA[Watching Coaches Can Make Better Bosses]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:50:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/march-madness-aac-generic.jpg

An estimated 50 million American workers will be glued to the NCAA tournament over the next several days, but some business experts are now suggesting bosses also watch the games closely.

It’s not for the basketball action, but rather to keep an eye on how the coaches handle their teams.

“Coaches play many roles in trying to get the best out of the team just like a business and employees,” Trimble Tech High School girl’s basketball coach Derrick Robertson said.

Coaches give their star players a voice; giving natural born leader star billing. When they see a good play, they get just as excited as the team, but not allowing them to get complacent.

Coaches make sure the team has the best equipment and tools to succeed.

A good coach knows his players; who they really are – their dreams, weaknesses and strengths.

“The only way you're going to get the best out of a player is the relationship you build with them,” Robertson said. “You know them well and they trust you and believe in you.”

Coaches also find team leaders and star assistants and groom them to lead – not feeling threatened by them.

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<![CDATA[TCU to Take on Syracuse Friday Night in NCAA Tournament]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:24:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_jamie_dixon_interview_web_1200x675_870649923576.jpg

Syracuse beat Arizona State 60-56 in an NCAA tournament First Four matchup, which means the Orange will face TCU Friday night in Detroit at 8:40 p.m. CT.

The Horned Frogs will be making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in two decades.

If the Frogs win their first-round matchup, they'll take on the winner of No. 3 Michigan St vs. No. 14 Bucknell. That game, too, would be held in Detroit.

<![CDATA[NCAA Bracket Upset Picks]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:08:17 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NCAA_March_Madness_practice_2018_03_14_15_32_54.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jean-Jacques Taylor share a few of their Cinderella picks, before March Madness begins Thursday.

<![CDATA[Remembering TCU’s Last NCAA Tournament Berth]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:05:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lee_nailon_on_tcu_1998_tournament_1200x675_1186322499935.jpg

Lee Nailon, one of the best players on the 1998 TCU basketball team that lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, joins NBC 5's Pat Doney to discuss the programs postseason drought, and what it felt like to officially have the Frogs back in March Madness.

<![CDATA[Could Successful NFL Draft Lead to Another Super Bowl?]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:05:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NFL_Draft_Dress_rehearsal_2018_03_14_15_32_54.jpg

As the latest plans for the NFL Draft set to take place in Arlington next month were announced Wednesday, growing excitement led to question of whether a successful event could bring a Super Bowl back to North Texas.

AT&T Stadium last hosted the Super Bowl back in 2011 when a rare ice storm and seating issues tainted the event in the minds of many.

Some have said this NFL Draft, which is the area's first, is expected to draw the biggest crowd yet. They expect it could be redeeming for Dallas-Fort Worth and AT&T Stadium.

With the next available Super Bowl up for grabs in 2023, many have asked if North Texas can get back in the rotation and how long it would take.

ESPN has reported it could be 2027, although the Dallas Sports Commission, which helps draw in those big events, says no one knows.

"We definitely want, whenever the NFL is ready, for Dallas to be back on that cycle to host another one. I think our main focus right now is to host the biggest and the best NFL Draft," said Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Monica Paul.

Back in January, Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones told The Dallas Morning News that the Cowboys have asked to host another game and believe they will.

<![CDATA[NCAA Tournament Brings March Madness to North Texas]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:34:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/March+Madness1.jpg

The city of Dallas will get its turn in the March Madness spotlight Thursday.

The American Airlines Center will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament. Eight teams and thousands of their fans will descend on North Texas hoping their team can stay alive in the "win or go home" tournament.

Monica Paul, the executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission, said putting on a good show this year is key in getting the tournament and the NCAA to come back to Dallas.

"All of the fans from the eight schools will not only get to enjoy basketball but get to enjoy everything Dallas has to offer," she said.

For fans like Jonathan Aviles the anticipation has been building for several days. He visited the arena Wednesday to watch the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks practice.

"It's just the calm before the storm kind of feeling right now," he said. "Wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow everything, everywhere, will be full. The sea of purple will be here. You feel the buzz right now."

The city hopes the buzz translates into big bucks.

The sports commission estimates an $8 million economic impact this weekend - everything from hotel bookings to restaurant and ticket sales.

Security in and around the AAC will tight. Fans can expect a heavy police presence despite the Dallas Police Department being short hundreds of officers.

Having traveled to watch the Lumberjacks play in three other NCAA tournaments, Dwight Watson said he's used to seeing beefed up security.

"I'm not worried about anything happening. Seeing everyone loving their school, coming together to see whose the best, it's a big enjoyment," Watson said. "Axe em' 'Jacks!"

Tickets for this weekend's games are still available. For more information click here.

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<![CDATA[College Basketball Players to Play in Front of Home Fans]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:29:26 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NCAA_March_Madness_practice_2018_03_14_15_32_54.jpg

NCAA men's basketball tournament games begin this weekend in Dallas, and several players are North Texas natives who are getting the chance to return home.

<![CDATA[Adam Rippon Reflects on His Olympic Moments]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:31:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2018-03-14+at+3.31.10+PM.png

Figure skater Adam Rippon became a star at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, but his rise to stardom was not without political controversy. Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. Olympic figure skater, turned down an invitation to meet Vice President Mike Pence in Pyeongchang.

<![CDATA[Largest eSports Stadium in US Opening in Arlington]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:55:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/193*120/Esports+Stadium+Arlington+Exterior.jpg

If there was ever a competition to determine which city is truly the "sports and entertainment capital of the world," Arlington, Texas, would certainly be a contender.

The third largest city in North Texas is already home to AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, Six Flags Over Texas, and the College Park Center (home of UTA athletics and the Dallas Wings). And the $1.1 billion Globe Life Field is set to open in 2020, elevating Arlington's status in that realm even further.

On Wednesday, city leaders announced that yet another new stadium is coming — one that will serve as a permanent home for one of the most rapidly growing sectors in all of sports entertainment: video gaming.

Arlington is partnering with Esports Venues to open the 100,000-square-foot, 1,000-seat eSports Stadium Artington in the city's existing Arlington Convention Center. The new venue will be the largest eSports stadium in the U.S., the city of Arlington said in a statement.

"We are creating the most unique and technologically advanced space available," said Ron Price, President and CEO of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The stadium, set to open in the fall, would host local, national and international eSports competitions. The popularity of competitive video gaming is growing at an exponential pace. In 2017, the industry was valued at $493 million, and it is expected to surge to $1.5 billion by 2020.

Even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has gotten caught up in the craze. In November, he became the part owner of an eSports team.

"Being on the forefront of new ideas and setting trends is in our DNA," said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “eSports Stadium Arlington will further cement our city’s status as a national and international tourist destination. Players and fans will come here for the tournaments and they’ll stay even longer to experience everything Arlington has to offer.”

Texas already has a growing competitive gaming community. Christian Gross heads the University of Texas Arlington eSports team. He's watched gaming turn into a high-stakes spectator sport. And Dallas even has its own professional team now: the Dallas Fuel.

"These people are not playing to have a good time," Gross said. "They're playing to become better, to be the best in their field."

Under the new agreement, the City of Arlington and Esports Venues will jointly invest $10 million in the renovation project. Esports Venues will then lease the space from the city for 10 years, with an option for a 10-year renewal.

The City expects its renovation and equipment costs to be repaid through annual lease payments, plus event revenue and stadium naming rights.

"My first thought was, do we get to use virtual money to pay for it?" said Faith Bussey, President of Citizens for a Better Arlington.

The organization fought against the new Rangers stadium before it was approved. Now Bussey is preparing for battle again.

"Especially at the local level, most people don't have any idea what's going on. They don't know what their city councilman and mayors are up to, and they don't know where their money is being spent," Bussey said. "I know there are other things we could be spending our money on, better, more wisely."

But supporters argue now is the time to get into a quickly-growing game.

"We’re already such a large entertainment capital for Texas as a whole and the nation, I think this is only going to take us one step further," said Gross.

In addition to competition event space, the venue will also host gaming, retail and social spaces, as well as a broadcast studio and team training areas.

NBC5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Watch the 2018 Winter Paralympics]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:17:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/slack-imgs7.jpg Watch live streams and get TV listings and schedule information for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.
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