<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - ]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usSun, 20 Jan 2019 03:31:21 -0600Sun, 20 Jan 2019 03:31:21 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ritchie, Comeau, Faksa Score, Stars Beat 1st-Place Jets]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 21:31:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1096729658.jpg

Brett Ritchie, Blake Comeau and Radek Faksa scored their first goals of the season and the Dallas Stars defeated the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Saturday night.

The goals by Ritchie, Comeau and Faksa gave Dallas a 3-0 lead after two periods. Tyler Seguin scored in the third period. Ben Bishop made 15 of his 27 saves in the third period as Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak.

Branden Lemieux and Kyle Connor scored 21 seconds apart in the third period, rallying the Jets within 3-2. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots for the Jets, who had won four in a row and were 18-6 in their previous 24 games.

Lemieux scored three goals in Winnipeg's last two games. Connor has three in the last three games overall, and three in three games against the Stars this season.

During their four-game skid, the Stars scored only three goals and were 0 for 11 on the power play.

The Stars scored their first power-play goal in five games when Ritchie tipped in John Klingberg's shot from the blue line at 6:54 of the first.

Ritchie's third goal of the season was his first point since Dec. 7. He has played in only 10 of Dallas' 20 games since then and was a healthy scratch in the other 10.

Comeau gave the Stars a 2-0 lead 22 seconds into the second period. He took a rebound of a shot by Esa Lindell and wristed it past Hellebuyck from the left side of the net. Comeau's fifth goal was his first point since Dec. 29, after a nine-game goal drought.

Roman Polak came out of the penalty box, and 14 seconds after the Stars' fourth successful penalty kill, he assisted on Faksa's eighth goal, a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle at 13:36 of the second. Faksa had been without a goal in eight games, dating to Dec. 31.

Winnipeg's Lemieux skated in from the right corner and shot past Bishop into the left corner of the net at 3:25 of the third. After the faceoff, the puck went to Connor low in the right circle, and he sent it into the upper right corner for the Jets.

NOTES: Connor's goal gave him 100 career points. . The Jets' penalty killers had been 12 for 12 in the previous three games. . The Stars had been 0 for 11 on the power play during their four-game losing streak and went 2 for 7 Saturday. . Dallas C Tyler Pitlick (upper-body injury) sat out. . Rookie Lemieux had his third fight of the season, this one against Stars D Connor Carrick in the first period. . Three Texas Rangers -- Delino DeShields Jr., Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor -- dropped ceremonial first pucks before the game.

UP NEXT

Jets: After the All-Star break, on Jan. 28, they'll be back on the road at Philadelphia.

Stars: Have an 11-day break before meeting Buffalo on Jan. 30 in the fifth of six straight home games.



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<![CDATA[Pacers Defense Shuts Down Doncic, Mavs]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:54:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-1085396282.jpg

Tyreke Evans scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-99 on Saturday night.

Indiana (30-15) has won three of four to become the sixth team in the league to reach 30 wins.

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points for Dallas (20-25), and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 16 rebounds. But the Mavericks were unable to overcome a lackluster performance by rookie star Luke Doncic.

The 6-foot-7 forward scored eight points -- his fewest in more than a month -- and was ejected for the first time after drawing a second technical with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

Without Doncic, the Mavs never seriously challenged again in their third consecutive loss.

Indiana seized control midway through the second quarter, and then reasserted itself after Doncic's ejection by closing out the third quarter on an 8-3 run to make it 84-69.

Dallas closed to 92-83 on Devin Harris' layup with 8:28 to play, but Indiana answered with a 13-5 spurt to seal the victory.

Doncic was 3 of 14 from the field. He also had six assists and five rebounds.

Darren Collison had 16 points for Indiana, and Victor Oladipo finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Wesley Matthews had 17 points. ... Doncic had his worst shooting performance and scoring total since Dec. 10. He was trying to become the first rookie to score 25 points in six straight games since Tim Duncan in February 1998 and the first rookie to record 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in five consecutive games since Michael Jordan did it twice in 1984-85. ... Jordan has 27 double-doubles this season. ... Pacers fans gave Dirk Nowitzki a standing ovation when he re-entered the game with 2:59 to go -- after chanting "We Want Dirk."

Pacers: Coach Nate McMillan moved within one victory of tying Jim O'Brien (121) for No. 9 on the Pacers' NBA victory list. McMillan needs two wins to become the 26th coach in league history with 600 wins. ... Indiana hasn't lost back-to-back games since Dec. 18-19. ... Sabonis had 12 points and nine rebounds in 14 minutes in the first half. ... Indiana is 20-1 when scoring 110 or more points.

BASKETBALL DAY IN INDIANA

Saturday's game capped a daylong celebration of basketball around the state of Indiana.

The 14-hour marathon featured two high school games played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, three additional high school games that were televised, the Indiana-Purdue game in West Lafayette and the St. John's-Butler game a few miles away from the Pacers-Mavs game. It was the Pacers' latest installment of the Hickory night promotion that celebrates the movie "Hoosiers."

In addition, Indiana State held a reunion honoring the 40th anniversary of its national runner-up team, which featured Hall of Famer Larry Bird.

It's the third consecutive year the event has been held.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Head to Milwaukee for an afternoon game Monday.

Pacers: Complete this back-to-back by hosting Charlotte on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Linehan's Departure Shouldn't Come as a Surprise: JJT]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:48:44 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Linehan_Out_Blue_Star_Blog.jpg

Scott Linehan is out as Cowboys offensive coordinator and NBC 5 Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor tells Paul Jones that Dallas fans really shouldn't be surprised.

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<![CDATA[Nominate Wingstop Scholar Athlete]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 17:44:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/Wingstop+Scholar+Athlete+2018+640x424.PNG
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<![CDATA[Rangers Fans Learn Some Season Ticket Prices Will Quadruple]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:40:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GLOBE+LIFE+FIELD+TIckets.jpg

Some loyal Texas Rangers fans are learning their season ticket prices will quadruple when the new Globe-Life Field opens next year.

"It hurts,” said Myra Pruitt of Burleson. “It's a gut punch. I said I just want to cry."

Pruitt and her entire family have paid for season tickets behind home plate since 1978.

"It’s part of our family really,” said Pruitt’s nephew Matthew Johnson.

This year at Globe-Life Park, the family pays between $80 and $98 per seat per game.

But this week, they found out how much the Rangers are quadrupling the price – up to $400.

"My concern is the Rangers are pushing the family out and it's big corporations,” said Pruitt’s brother Chris Chandler. “That's the only way they can pay the ballplayers and it's not an American game anymore. It's just greed."

In an emailed statement, the Rangers said fans still have plenty of affordable options but that the new seating area behind home plate is now considered a "premium" option that includes VIP parking and high-end food – features not available at the current ballpark.

“The Rangers are committed to working with each customer individually to find seating locations at Globe Life Field THAT WORK FOR THEM,” the statement said. “It’s a process that will take time.

Pruitt said the new prices are just too much for her family to afford.

"I think for the first time in as long as I can remember I’m not going to be a season ticket holder,” she said.

They said they still go to some games but will miss their prime seats.

The Rangers said the big jump in prices affects 600 seats in two rows.

The team said other season ticket options will begin at $15 per seat and some individual tickets will sell for as little as $9.



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<![CDATA[TCU Walk-On Gets Scholarship Surprise From Police Officer]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:27:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TCU-Basketball-Surprise.jpg

TCU walk-on Owen Aschieris was in a team meeting this week when a university police officer suddenly interrupted and asked to speak to him.

"It freaked me out a little bit," Aschieris said. "I was racking my brain trying to think of like what I had done wrong in the past, my whole life. It was crazy."

The officer had a piece of paper in his hand and asked the sophomore guard to confirm it was his name listed on the sheet.

Aschieris wasn't in trouble, though. That sheet was a scholarship award for the spring semester for the 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard , who a year ago was on the scout team for practices with the TCU women.

"You can talk about championships or winning games or this, but the instances where we've been able to give a scholarship to a kid that has worked his tail off and given so much to our program is some of the most memorable moments that I've ever had," TCU coach Jamie Dixon said.

Horned Frogs teammates jumped out of their seats and surrounded the stunned Aschieris, who a day later made his first appearance in a TCU game as a scholarship athlete, his sixth game overall.

Aschieris got a nice ovation from TCU fans when he entered with 5:48 remaining in Tuesday night's 98-67 home win over West Virginia.

When the Mountaineers were assessed a technical foul during a timeout, Dixon sent Aschieris to the line and he scored his first college points by making both free throws. After another West Virginia technical about a minute later, Aschieris made two more free throws.

"Over the summer, I actually think that I work pretty hard, and the minute Owen got on the team, he was pushing me to get in the gym," TCU leading scorer Desmond Bane said. "I was trying to shoot with him, my shoulder was getting stiff, locking up on me. I know Owen is in there early in the morning and late at night. With that kind of hard work and dedication, your dreams are always going to come true."

Aschieris didn't play organized basketball until he was in seventh grade, but averaged 22 points and four assists per game as a senior at Sante Fe Christian School in San Diego. He then went to TCU, where he first was a practice player with the women's team before joining the men's team as a walk-on last summer.

"It's really hard to describe because so much work went into this," Aschieris said after his first game as a scholarship player. "It's been like a crazy journey going from high school, not recruited at all, walking on for the women's team. ... Just to get that scholarship was crazy and this, too, adding on to it. I'm going to need a few days to just like let my mind chill."



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<![CDATA[High School Spirit Squads Face Off for State Championship]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:49:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uil+cheerleading.jpg

The top high school spirit squads are facing off in Fort Worth this weekend for the University Interscholastic League State Championships.

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<![CDATA[Wingstop Scholar Athlete of the Month: Elise Welch]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:07:57 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elise+welch+wingstop+scholar+athlete.jpg

Ursaline Academy’s Elise Welch is one of the top long-distance runners in the state and maintained a 4.28 GPA during her dominance on the track.  NBC 5’s Pat Doney presented Welch with the January Wingstop Scholar Athlete of the Month award.



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<![CDATA[Theismann Thinks Murray Should Play Baseball]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:01:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/murray_footballap.jpg

Former Redskins Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann weighed in on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray’s decision to put his name in the NFL Draft.



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<![CDATA[JJT: 10 Plays That Shaped the Cowboys' Season]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:29:57 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dak-Prescott-Getty-011319.jpg

By the time the season ended, the Cowboys were among the NFL’s youngest teams and its hottest entering the playoffs, which is why owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett feel so good about the team.

And they didn’t have a starter over 30.

“I’m excited about our team. I’m excited about what we have,” Garrett said recently. “We have a lot of young players that got valuable playing experience this year and they grew over the season. There’s so much to build on.

“One of the points of emphasis is we believe this young team can do it now. I think our team believed that. Unfortunately, we came up short, but that doesn’t change our belief about that and the kind of guys we have. I think we built the team the right way with the right kind of guys.”

Those guys helped the Cowboys overcome a 3-5 start and win a league-high nine games by eight points or less.

Of the 2,254 plays in the Cowboys’ 2018 season, some were clearly more important than others. In any season, the difference between making and missing the playoffs is a play here or there.

That said, here’s a look at the 10 plays that shaped the Cowboys’ season, with the biggest play being No. 1:

10. The Throw

Situation: Fourth-and-15 from the New York Giants 32 with 1:19 left

Play: Cole Beasley’s 32-yard touchdown catch

Taylor’s Take: The Cowboys needed a miracle to get their 10th win and Dak Prescott and Cole Beasley combined to provide it. Prescott, feeling pressure, spun left and threw a pass just as he was about to cross the line of scrimmage toward Beasley. The 5-10 receiver made a diving catch along the back of the end zone and managed to get a knee down in the end zone. The play was originally ruled incomplete, it was overturned.

9. The Kick

Situation: Fourth-and-4 from the Atlanta 24 with :03 left

Play: Brett Maher 42-yard field goal attempt

Taylor’s Take: The Cowboys had blown a 19-9 fourth-quarter lead, but Prescott had driven Dallas from its 25 to the Atlanta 24. The key play was a 19-yard completion to Cole Beasley on a nifty touch pass that moved the ball to the Atlanta 30. Three runs later, Maher drilled a 42-yard field goal as time expired. It was his second game-winning kick of the season and moved the Cowboys to .500

8. The Catch

Situation: Second-and-10 from the Dallas 41 with 1:23 left

Play: Ezekiel Elliott 34-yard catch

Taylor’s Take: Trailing 24-23 in a game they needed to win to avoid a 1-3 start, Elliott motioned into the right slot and ran a fade. Prescott launched a perfect pass and Elliott made a terrific over-the-shoulder catch to the Detroit 25. Three plays later, Brett Maher hit the first game-winning field goal of his NFL career -- a 38-yarder as time expired.

7. Turkey Trot

Situation: Second-and-nine from the Dallas 10 with 2:27 left in the third quarter

Play: Amari Cooper 90-yard touchdown catch

Taylor’s Take: The Cowboys, trying to move above .500 for the first time this season, led Washington 17-13. Cooper ran a deep in and Prescott threw a perfect pass between two defenders. Cooper immediately changed direction and sped the remaining 60 yards for a touchdown, giving the Cowboys a lead they never relinquished.

6. The Tackle

Situation: Third-and-2 from the Dallas 30 with 2:00 left

Play: Leighton VanderEsch open-field tackle

Taylor’s Take: The Cowboys’ defense had allowed consecutive touchdown drives, but Dallas had just taken a 27-20 lead. The Eagles were driving and Carson Wentz hit Corey Clement in the right flat. He had two blockers in front of him, but Vander Esch eluded them and dropped Smallwood for a five-yard loss in a play that seemed destined to go for a lot more.

5. The Replay

Situation: Opening kickoff against Philadelphia Week 14

Play: Jourdan Lewis fumble

Taylor’s Take: In a game that would essentially decide the NFC East title, Lewis fumbled the opening kickoff and Philadelphia appeared to recover the ball. But officials ruled their was no clear recovery even though Philadelphia linebacker Kanu Grugier-Hill, who had labeled the Cowboys chokers earlier in the week, appeared to have the ball. Instead of having an early scoring opportunity, the Eagles fell behind 9-0 in the third quarter before mounting a rally. Dallas won 29-23 in overtime on Amari Cooper’s 15-yard touchdown catch that positioned Dallas to win the NFC East.

4. The Goal Line Stand

Situation: Fourth-and-1 from the Dallas 1 with 10:04 left in the second quarter.

Play: Alvin Kamari stopped for no gain

Taylor’s Take: The Saints had won 11 straight games, and no one expected the Cowboys to beat New Orleans and slow down one of the league’s best offenses. Dallas led 10-0 when Kamara went off left tackle and flounder no room. DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford and Leighton Vander Esch stuffed the play and Dallas wound up holding the Saints to 176 yards in a 13-10 upset win.

3. The Penalty

Situation: Second-and-eight from the Washington 29 with three seconds left

Play: L.P. Ladouceur penalized for illegal procedure

Taylor’s Take: The Cowboys played from behind all day, but rallied from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit to position themselves to tie the score. Brett Maher lined up for a 47-yard field goal that would’ve tied the score, but Ladouceur was penalized for moving the ball. Ladouceur said he didn’t do anything differently with the ball then he’d done in his 221-game career. Brett Maher’s field goal hit the left upright and Washington won the game 20-17.

2. Stuffed

Situation: Fourth-and-1 from the Los Angeles 35 with 15:00 left in the fourth quarter.

Play: Ezekiel Elliott stopped for no gain.

Taylor’s Take: Although the Cowboys had been thoroughly outplayed, they were within a touchdown. They needed a conversion to continue the drive, so Jason Garrett said they called their best running play. Elliott never had a chance on the play, and he was stopped for no gain. Then the Rams drove 65 yards for a touchdown that gave them a 30-15 lead.

1. The Run

Situation: Third-and-14 from the Seattle 17 with 2:33 left

Play: Dak Prescott 16-yard run

Taylor’s Take: The Cowboys were nursing a three-point lead and all a field goal would’ve done was give Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson an opportunity to direct a game-winning drive. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan called a quarterback draw and Prescott maneuvered through a labyrinth of defenders in the middle of the field and launched himself toward the end zone from the Seattle 3. He helicoptered into the end zone, but was ruled down at the one. He scored on a quarterback sneak on the next play to secure his first playoff victory, 24-22.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Make Dreams Come True for 10-Year-Old Boy]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:12:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+make+a+wish.jpg

On Wednesday night, the Dallas Stars teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make the dreams of a North Texas 10-year-old boy come true.

In front of hundreds of cheering fans, 10-year-old Anderson McDuffie took to the ice in Frisco.

Anderson brought along a group of his best friends, to take on his favorite team, the Dallas Stars.

"I ask Anderson 'Do you think anything will ever top this, even your wedding day?' He said 'No, this is the best day of my life!'," said Anderson's mother Loan McDuffie.

And it's all happening after his life was in jeopardy in the spring.

Just eight months ago, Anderson underwent his second heart operation.

"The large scar on his chest and being in the ICU and unable to really be himself, it's difficult," said Anderson's Father Chad McDuffie.

However, on Wednesday, Anderson completed his journey from ICU to the ICE, with the Stars teaming up with Make-A-Wish to make his dream come true.

"I never knew I would get all this attention and that there would be so many people," said Anderson. 

"He was just so excited, obviously a dream come true and we are excited to just be a part of it," said Stars Center Tyler Seguin.

Doing everything from getting to play alongside his favorite player Tyler Seguin, to scoring the game winning goal.

"When I shot it, I didn't realize it went in and then everybody crowded over me," said Anderson.

"I cried, I mean, it's a miracle that he is even alive," said Anderson's Mom Loan.

A miracle and a wish granted, memories a courageous 10-year-old will never forget.



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<![CDATA[Spurs Rally from 19 Down, Beat Mavs 105-101]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:12:41 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Davis Bertans hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 left, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-101 on Wednesday night.

The Spurs blew a six-point lead in the final period, but Bertans made his third 3-pointer of the quarter for a 99-96 lead and San Antonio led the rest of the way.

Bertans finished with 12 points. Six Spurs scored at least 12 points, led by Marco Belinelli's 17.

After Bertans' 3, LaMarcus Aldridge scored on a tip shot with 1:07 left to extend the lead to five. Wesley Matthews' 3 brought Dallas within two, but DeMar DeRozan hit a 20-footer at the other end and Belinelli sealed it with free throws.

Luka Doncic led Dallas with 25 points, adding eight rebounds and eight assists. He became the first rookie since Stephen Curry in 2010 to score 25 or more points in five straight games.

After trailing by 19 during the first half, San Antonio tied it at 80 on Belinelli's driving layup with 11:06 to play. DeRozan gave the Spurs their first lead 27 seconds later, setting up a three-minute stretch in which the lead changed hands seven times.

DeRozan hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers for a 94-90 lead, and he fed Aldridge for a dunk that extended the Spurs' advantage to six. Doncic answered with two baskets and an alley-oop pass to DeAndre Jordan that tied it.

Doncic's most impressive stretch came in the middle of the third quarter.

Trailing by double digits from the opening minutes of the game, the Spurs opened the second half on a 12-6 run to get within 62-57. Doncic then almost single-handedly kept Dallas in the lead for the rest of the quarter, scoring or assisting on the Mavs' next 12 points to help Dallas maintain a five-point lead going into the fourth.

Dallas has lost five of seven, and three of its last four at home after losing only three of its first 18 at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks are also 0-6 in games without J.J. Barea, who is out for the season after Achilles tendon surgery.

The Mavericks led 23-4 early and made seven 3-pointers in the first quarter. San Antonio closed within 56-45 at halftime by ending the half on a 17-9 run.

SMITH OUT AGAIN

Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his fourth consecutive game amid trade rumors, this time with coach Rick Carlisle saying Smith was sick and away from the arena. Smith missed the previous three games with what was listed as back tightness.

Told of a Twitter exchange between Smith and a couple in a restaurant at lunch earlier in the day, Carlisle said, "I don't have any knowledge of that. My trainer told me he was sick and he's going to be out tonight. I've told you what I'm going to tell you about it."

TIP-INS

Spurs: Rudy Gay returned to the starting lineup after missing the last five games with a sprained left wrist, scoring 14 points. Belinelli came back after missing one game with a left knee contusion.

Mavericks: The team sold out its 700th consecutive regular-season game, dating to Dec. 15, 2001. ... Matthews became the sixth player in Mavericks history to make 600 3-pointers when he drained one at 9:06 of the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Spurs: At Minnesota on Friday.

Mavericks: At Indiana on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Police Release New Video of Alleged 'Cowboys Ticket Scammer']]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:37:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ticket+scam+folo.jpg

Police believe the man shown in new surveillance video is the same man in a Snapchat video who allegedly sold fake Cowboys tickets in exchange for cash.

"Judging by the clothing he was wearing and at some point he takes his hat off so we can see a clearer picture of who he is," said Officer James McClellan with the Irving Police Department. "It's a pretty good piece of video." 

Police said hours after selling fake playoffs tickets to a local couple at the Irving Mall, the suspect went across the street to an Applebees in Irving, waiting on his next victim to arrive.

After leaving the bar, police said he met his customer outside the restaurant to complete the transaction.

When that consumer got to AT&T Stadium for the Cowboys vs. Seahawks playoffs game, the customer was denied entry because the tickets were fake.

"In addition to that, there were two additional victims that we're aware of from the suspect in other cities," said McLellan.

Police said this type of scheme is not uncommon and it's not exclusive to Cowboys fans.

"It happens at the Mavericks games, the Rangers games, the Stars games, it just continues to happen," McLellan said.

He said ticket scammers will usually create a fake profile on sites like OfferUp.

They'll typically purchase a burner cellphone that's hard to trace and easy to disconnect.

But rarely do police get pieces of video like this of the alleged ticket scammer.

"You've got the general public that are being ripped off and losing money to this. You've got an organization such as the Dallas Cowboys whose trademark images are being counterfeited," he said.

That's why Irving police are asking the public to take a close look at this suspect.

"The video that we've captured is good enough video that if there's somebody who knows who that is, they can call us with that information," said McClellan.

The person or people responsible could face theft, forgery or even copywrite infringement charges.

If you have any information on this ticket scheme, you're asked to contact the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010.

OfferUp released this statement to NBC 5.

"We're so sorry to hear about Mr. Davila and Ms. Rogers recent experience. OfferUp's number one priority is to provide a trusted and secure experience, and the sale of counterfeit items is very much forbidden. When engaging on any item in our marketplace, we encourage people to take advantage of our user ratings, verified ID program TruYou, and to transact at well-lit and monitored Community MeetUp Spots which we've set up in partnership with local police departments across the country. That said, in this specific case, and when purchasing event tickets, we recommend meeting the seller at the ticket office where the tickets can be confirmed in real time before making the purchase - this ensures complete authenticity."

A few other tips:
• Check the venue's ticket policies. For example, some events only accept e-tickets or don't allow the transfer of tickets at all
• Inspect the tickets. Some events have tickets with holograms or other features that are difficult to replicate. Check both the front and the back of the tickets
• Be skeptical of prices that seem too good to be true, especially for events that are sold out or in high demand"

"Please report suspicious or offensive user behavior and any items that violate our posting rules. Reports are kept anonymous and our dedicated investigations team removes offending posts."



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<![CDATA[Lightning Top Stars 2-0 on Vasilevskiy's 2nd Shutout in Week]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:42:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Andrei-Vasilevskiy-Getty-011519.jpg

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for his second shutout in a week, Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev scored and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Vasilevskiy improved to 10-2-1 since his return from injury, posting his third shutout this season and 15th of his career for the Lightning, who have an NHL-best 74 points.

Palat gave Tampa Bay a first-period lead with his seventh goal, sending a shot over the glove of Anton Khudobin on a pass from Steven Stamkos, who got his 29th assist. Khudobin had 19 saves.

Sergachev scored a 4-on-4 goal midway through the third period after Dallas captain Jamie Benn canceled out a Tampa Bay penalty for the second time. Benn was called for tripping just 13 seconds after the same penalty against the Lightning's Mathieu Joseph.

The Stars were 0 for 6 on the power play, with four of those chances coming in the second period when they trailed 1-0. It was the third straight loss for Dallas.

The Lightning protected a 1-0 lead despite playing down a man most of the last half of the second period, when the Stars outshot Tampa Bay 13-2.

The first penalty of the game was a double-minor on Victor Hedman for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct about midway through the second.

The Stars had a chance for a 5-on-3 when Anthony Cerelli got a tripping penalty, but Benn was called for goalie interference during the delayed penalty, with Dallas skating 6 on 4.

The best chance for the Stars on the power play came with 13 seconds left when Alexander Radulov fed Radek Faksa just above the crease for a one-timer that Vasilevskiy corralled.

Dallas didn't do much with Tampa Bay's fourth penalty of the second period, an interference call on Nikita Kucherov when he cut in front of Faksa as the Stars forward chased a loose puck into his offensive zone.

NOTES: Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant attended, wearing a Stars jersey with his familiar No. 88 for the franchise's career leader in touchdown catches. Bryant called out the starting lineup in the locker room before the game. ... Andrew Cogliano made his Dallas debut a day after a trade that sent Devin Shore to Anaheim. Cogliano, who took Shore's No. 17, had no shots in 12 minutes. ... Kucherov, the NHL points leader with 75 (22 goals, 53 assists), was held scoreless in consecutive games for the third time this season.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Stars: Play the third game of a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, Thursday against the LA Kings.



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<![CDATA[Newest Star 'Looking Forward' to New Opportunity in Dallas]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:40:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Andrew+Cogliano+Stars.jpg

Andrew Cogliano, acquired by the Dallas Stars Monday from the Anaheim Ducks for Devin Shore, says he's excited to get on the ice with his new team and knows he's a "piece of the puzzle."



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Solidly Behind Jason Garrett, Kris Richard]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:12:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jason-garrett-generic.png

Jason Garrett isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Owner Jerry Jones has invested eight full seasons in him as a head coach and more than $40 million, if you count Garrett’s three seasons as offensive coordinator.

If Garrett is going to lead a team to a championship, Jones wants it to be the Cowboys.

“If Jason Garrett was on the market two weeks ago, he would’ve had five offers for head coach," Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show. "I know that.”

Jones doesn’t seem to have the same confidence that play-caller Scott Linehan can help the Cowboys win a title.

That should come as no surprise because the Cowboys’ offense was a disaster for much of the season.

Dallas finished 22nd in the NFL in points (21.2) and yards (343.8).

Six times the Cowboys failed to gain 300 yards in a game; they went 2-4 in those games. Seven times, Dallas failed to score more than 20 points; they went 1-6 in those games.

Jones has been adamant Garrett will return; he has been ambiguous about Linehan’s status.

Linehan has been on the Cowboys’ staff for six seasons, including the past five years as offensive coordinator.

“There's nothing official. I reserve the right to change my mind when I hang this phone up,” Jones said on his weekly radio show. “Why would I put a statement out when we might have an opportunity next week?"

The Senior Bowl takes place next week.

It’s like a coaching flea market as just about every NFL team sends its coaching staff to Mobile, Ala., to study most of the draft’s top players. It’s a great place for general managers and head coaches to interview assistant coaches.

“This is the time when these things are thought about,” Jones said on his show. “This is the time when you may see an opportunity next week that you didn't know existed next week, in the area of personnel or the area of coaching."

Now, contrast what Jones said about Linehan with what he said about passing game defensive coordinator Kris Richard.

“I'm very positive about the future with Kris Richard. I think he's going to be an outstanding coach in the NFL,” Jones said on his radio show. “I feel good about Kris Richard and the future with him. I'm going to be with him whether I'm playing against him or with him."

Notice the difference?

Jones’ attitude begs the question whether Garrett has contractual authority to hire and fire assistant coaches.

“You know, like with everything they’re all collaborative decisions,” Garrett said. “I do not own the team. Jerry Jones owns the team.

“Ultimately, he has final say over everything we do here, but I do believe our relationship is very collaborative. I have a tremendous amount of faith and trust in him, and hopefully he has the same for me.

“We talk about all the decisions we make, any player, any coach, and we come to conclusions we both feel good about.”

Players play for contracts all of the time.

Jones should tell Garrett that if he wants to keep Linehan as his play-caller then they will each go into the  last year of their deals without extensions.

If Garrett wants to hire a new play-caller, then Jones should give him an extension that matches the play-caller’s deal.

After all, no quality play-caller wants to join a team where the coach is in the final year of his contract.

“I feel very good about what Scott Linehan did for us,” Garrett said. “We’ll have conversations about everybody as we go here the next few days.

“We’ll make a lot of decisions to put the staff together and put the team together as we go.”

But the biggest involves whether Linehan returns for another year.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Show: On Dak, Garrett and Linehan]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:14:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jerry_Jones_Shan_RJ_Tuesday.jpg

During his final show of the season, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks about the team's future with Dak Prescott, head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

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<![CDATA[TX Rangers HOFer John Wetteland Charged With Child Sex Abuse]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:12:37 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john-wetteland-mug-blur.jpg

World Series MVP pitcher John Wetteland is out on bond, accused in North Texas of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

Wetteland, 52, who now lives in Trophy Club, was booked into the Denton County Jail Monday and posted a $25,000 bond the same day.

In a probable cause affidavit filed Jan. 15, the victim alleged that while between the ages of 4 and 6, from October 2004 to October 2006, three separate assaults took place. NBC 5 has a policy of protecting the identities of sexual assault victims, so the affidavit and further details about the allegations are not included in this article.

The former major leaguer has not issued a statement and it's not clear if he's obtained an attorney.

Wetteland played 12 seasons in the majors for the Rangers, Yankees, Expos and Dodgers before retiring in 2000. After winning a World Series in New York in 1996, where he was named the series MVP, he landed in Arlington where he spent the final four years of his career setting a team record of 150 saves.

His final game was on Sept. 20, 2000; at age 33, after his Rangers contract expired during the offseason, he retired from baseball. Wetteland was later inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2005.

According to a biography published by the Seattle Mariners, Wetteland spent three seasons as a roving pitching coordinator for the Texas Rangers beginning in 2002. In 2006 he worked as a bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals before heading to Seattle for two seasons in 2009 and 2010.

Wetteland was hospitalized in 2009 after reportedly considering suicide, though he later said his hospitalization was due to his elevated blood pressure and heart rate and that it had been addressed.

In between MLB coaching gigs, Wetteland, a longtime born-again Christian, coached baseball and taught Bible studies at Liberty Christian School, in Argyle, from 2007 to 2008, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. A vice president with the school told the paper Wetteland has had no association with the school since his departure.

Before joining the Rangers as a closer, Wetteland spent two seasons with the New York Yankees and three each with the Expos and Dodgers. The All-Star closed out his career with a record of 48-45, 330 saves, 804 strike-outs and a 2.93 ERA from 1989-2000.

Wetteland and his wife divorced in 2015. They have four children.



Photo Credit: Denton County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Claude Mathis to Return as DeSoto Head Football Coach]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:45:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Claude-Mathis-DMN-011419.jpg

The DeSoto ISD board voted 4-1 to approve Claude Mathis as DeSoto's head football coach Monday evening.

The move comes more than a month after Mike Robinson resigned Dec. 7 as the football program’s leader after just 10 months on the job. And it follows a tumultuous two years that left DeSoto searching for its third head coach in as many seasons.

DeSoto narrowed its list to semifinalists last week and then interviewed finalists Friday, according to two sources with knowledge of the hiring process.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Scott Linehan's Uncertain Future With the Cowboys]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:00:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+JJT+on+Scott+Linehan_2019-01-14-18-36-18.jpg

The Cowboys will have a tough decision to make regarding the future of Scott Linehan. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor explain why owner Jerry Jones could put the offensive coordinator's fate in the hands of head coach Jason Garrett.

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<![CDATA[Celebrating the Silver and Blue: Waving Goodbye]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:26:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Silver+and+Blue+011419.jpg

Lydia and Kathleen celebrated the Cowboys on the last weekend of the 2018-19 season.



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<![CDATA[High School Baseball Parents, Players Upset Coach's Reassignment]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:15:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00162.jpg

A high school baseball coach solicited donations for field improvements which is in violation of district rules. The school district reassigned the coach to another campus and now the players and parents want him back.

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<![CDATA['It's A Little Early' to Talk About Coaching Changes]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:46:54 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stephen_Jones_GBAG_Monday_Rams.jpg

During his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan's GBag Nation, Dallas Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones said it was a little early to begin speculating on who would be around next season and thinks, overall, the team had a good season. Jones said he understands fans are frustrated but says they've got a good, young team in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's Perfect-10 Floor Routine Goes Viral]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:58:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UCLA_Gymnast_1200x675_1425201731522.jpg

UCLA Bruin Katelyn Ohashi put together a show-stopping gymnastics floor routine Saturday in Anaheim, and video of the performance was viewed over 9 million times within 24 hours of being posted, with even Sen. Kamala Harris posting the performance on her Twitter.

"This is fantastic. Congratulations," Harris said to the 20-year-old on the social media platform, with the gymnast responding by telling the California senator, "I got you with tickets too any time!!"

Ohashi, the 2018 NCAA floor champion, earned a perfect score from the judges for her energetic and crowd-energizing routine. The Bruin danced, jumped, tumbled and split to sounds heavily influenced by Michael Jackson, but the soundtrack of the routine was probably best described as the constant cheers from the crowd on hand.

Ohashi appeared to be having fun, and her teammates, coaches and crowd celebrated her perfect 10 score.

With video of the floor routine having been viewed more than 9 million times in the first 24 hours since UCLA gymnastics posted the performance to its Twitter account, one would imagine millions of people agree with the judges' scoring.

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<![CDATA[Former Southlake Carroll Coach to Lead Corsicana Tigers]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 06:25:14 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hal-wasson-irving.jpg

Former Southlake Carroll coach Hal Wasson is expected to make a return to the sideline.

Wasson will be announced as the new Corsicana head football coach Monday, pending approval from the school board, according to a Corsicana Independent School District spokesman.

Wasson spent 11 years as head coach at Southlake Carroll High School, where he tallied a 121-26 record that included a state championship in 2011.

Wasson was pushed out of the district following an investigation into allegations of University Interscholastic League rules violations. He was hired soon after by the Irving Independent School District as executive athletic director.

Corsicana High School is familiar ground for Wasson, who was an assistant football coach for the Tigers from 1983 to 1986.

Wasson will be joining a program that went 9-3 last year under former head coach Steve Hoffman and won the 5A-8 District title, The Dallas Morning News reports. The Tigers beat Lake Dallas in the first round of the 5A-II playoffs before losing to Burlseon Centennial, 28-20, in round two.

The announcement is expected at 4:30 p.m. in the end zone of Tiger Stadium.



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<![CDATA[Dak Prescott Held His Own Against the Rams' Jared Goff]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 23:33:31 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_and_JJT_on_Dak_v_Goff.jpg

Dak Prescott held his own against the Rams' Jared Goff Saturday night, but NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor say the Dallas quarterback needs more weapons.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Defense Could See Big Changes Next Season]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 23:32:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+JJT+ON+DALLAS+DEFENSE_2019-01-13-23-21-36.jpg

The Cowboys’ defense struggled in Saturday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor list the players who could be on their way out of Dallas and examine the possibility of pursuing Earl Thomas in the offseason.

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<![CDATA[Consistency Likely on Cowboys Coaching Staff]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 23:29:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_and_JJT_on_coaches.jpg

Head coach Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and passing game coordinator Kris Richard will all likely be back in 2019 -- and in similar roles -- say NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor.

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<![CDATA[Pats Honor Daughter of Chargers’ Brandon Mebane]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 23:16:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_02_13.Still003.jpg

The New England Patriots honored the daughter of Los Angeles Chargers player Brandon Mebane before Sunday’s game. Makenna Mebane died on Jan. 3 at the age of 7 weeks.

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<![CDATA[Dolphins Legend, Super Bowl Champion Bob Kuechenberg Dies]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:42:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_071216035015.jpg

The Miami Dolphins on Sunday said that former player Bob Kuechenberg has died.

Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl player, was drafted in 1969 by the Philadelphia Eagles but would quit, play semi-pro football briefly and then spend the rest of his career with the Dolphins – where he helped the team win two Super Bowl NFL championships under head coach Don Shula.

The 71-year-old former NFL guard attended the University of Notre Dame. He played nearly 200 games in the NFL.

The Dolphins confirmed Kuechenberg died Saturday morning. A cause of death has not yet been released.

Kuechenberg started in every game in the 1972 undefeated season for the Dolphins.

Shula released a statement on Sunday in which he called on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's selection committee to immortalize Kuechenberg in Canton.

"I was sorry to learn of the passing of Bob Kuechenberg, who was not only one of the best players I ever coached, but one of the toughest as well. He was one of the key performers on our championship teams, leading by example every time he stepped on the field," Shula wrote. "That was especially true in Super Bowl VIII, when he dominated Alan Page the entire game despite playing with a broken arm, a performance that was one of the keys to our victory over the Vikings."

Shula said that Kuechenberg was only called for holding 15 times over his 14-year career.

"You could count on Kooch to play well and to play hard," Shula added. "He gave you everything he had every single snap, and that dependability extended throughout his career, missing only a few games during that time."

"I've coached a lot of Hall of Fame players, including a number of offensive linemen, and Kooch was as good as any of them," Shula wrote. "I hope one day he gets that ultimate recognition by being enshrined in Canton – it's an honor long overdue and one he certainly deserves."

Miami Dolphins columnist Andy Cohen wrote that Kuechenberg was "a combination of toughness and resolve, smarts and tenacity, passion and grit."

"There’s a reason he was one of Don Shula’s all-time favorites. They just didn’t make them any tougher than Robert John Kuechenberg," Cohen wrote.



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<![CDATA[JJT: 10 Thoughts on the Cowboys Playoff Loss to the Rams]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:29:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ezekiel-Elliott-Getty-011219.jpg

The Cowboys' season ended with a disappointing 30-22 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in an NFC Divisional loss.

But it was more about the Cowboys' defense getting shredded -- it gave up 459 yards and 30 first downs -- than anything about the offense. Ezekiel Elliott managed just 47 yards on 20 carries, which meant the Cowboys were never in position to dictate the game.

Here are NBC 5 Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor's thoughts on the game:

1. The Cowboys' defense, the best unit on their team all season, was shredded by the Rams' offense, which gained a franchise-record 459 yards. The Rams scored on five of their first six possessions. The one possession they didn't score? They missed a 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half. They punted once.

2. The Rams rushed for 273 yards against a defense that was fifth in the NFL against the run. Dallas allowed 96.5 rushing yards per game. Los Angeles surpassed that by the middle of the second quarter.

3. Todd Gurley dominated the individual competition with Ezekiel Elliott. Gurley had 115 yards on 16 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown. Elliott had 47 yards rushing on 20 carries and 19 yards receiving.

4. DeMarcus Lawrence, the best player on the Cowboys' defense, finished with three tackles, one tackle for loss and virtually no impact.

5. Michael Gallup continues to get better each week and he's been a real playmaker this year with six catches for 119 yards. That's without thinking about the numerous times Prescott missed him deep this season.

6. The Cowboys did not sack Jared Goff and hit him just once -- and that occurred in the first quarter. The Rams are 14-2 when Goff isn't sacked.

7. The Cowboys played a clean game, an indication the Rams were clearly superior. The Cowboys did not commit a turnover, allowed one sack and committed just four penalties.

8. Elliott gained just 47 yards, his second-lowest total of the year. He had a long of 12 yards. This was Elliott's worst rushing performance since the Cowboys fired Paul Alexander during the bye week.

9. Amari Cooper had a rather quiet game after his 29-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. He did finish with six catches for 65 yards and drew a key pass interference penalty that set up the Cowboys' final touchdown.

10. Dak Prescott passed for 266 yards with a touchdown and a passer rating of 99.2. He also ran for a TD.



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<![CDATA[Doney: 5 Things to Know After the Cowboys' Loss to the Rams]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:06:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONEY_FIVE_THINGS_YOU_NEED_TO_KNOW.jpg

The Rams' running game, Jared Goff and everything else you need to know about the Cowboys' loss to Los Angeles in the divisional round of the playoffs.

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