<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - ]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usSat, 18 Aug 2018 05:14:36 -0500Sat, 18 Aug 2018 05:14:36 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rougned Odor Drives in 3 for Rangers in Win Over Angels]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:21:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1018407076.jpg

Rougned Odor drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly, Joey Gallo ripped a two-run double and the Texas Rangers beat the pitching-depleted Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Friday night.

Odor's two-run single capped a five-run outburst in the second inning off recently acquired Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1), the 14th starting pitcher used by the Angels this season.

Drew Hutchison (2-2) struck out six and allowed two runs over five innings in his third start for the Rangers. Jose Leclerc struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

Gallo's double into the right-field corner made it 2-0 before he scored on a groundout by Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Odor's two-run single was the fourth consecutive Rangers hit after that, and he added a sac fly in the seventh inning.

Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer, his eighth, that got the Angels within 5-4 in the sixth.

Carlos Tocci had three hits and scored twice for Texas.

Despaigne, acquired Tuesday from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations, allowed five runs in four innings while becoming the 34th pitcher used by Los Angeles. Two relievers made their big-league debuts in the series opener for the Angels, who had never used more than 31 pitchers in a season.


Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker, who made only one start before going on the DL with a right forearm strain the first week of the season, is working out in Arizona. Manager Mike Scioscia said "Shoemaker is making some great strides, and that's great to see." The Angels play in Arizona next week.

Rangers: CF Delino DeShields was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture on the tip of his right middle finger. He got hurt in the series opener Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch on an attempted bunt. ... 3B Adrian Beltre missed his third consecutive game since coming out Monday night after aggravating his trouble left hamstring that has already landed him on the DL twice this season.


Angels lefty Andrew Heaney has gone nearly three years since winning a start on the road. His streak of 16 consecutive winless road starts has already tied Rudy May (1965-69) for the longest such streak in team history. Heaney is 0-2 with a 10.57 ERA in two career starts at Texas. He is 0-5 in 11 road starts this year, and 7-2 in 11 starts at Angel Stadium. The Rangers hadn't announced a starter by the end of Friday's game.

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<![CDATA[Denton Fair, Rodeo Has Big Plans for the Future]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:17:47 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/north-texas-fair-rodeo-sign.jpg

The North Texas Fair and Rodeo is now open in Denton. It draws thousands of people every year. An expansion plan for the future will mean the event will move – eventually.

North Texas Fair and Rodeo has called Denton home for 90 years. Eddie Schoenthal has been here for nearly half of them.

"The city has grown enough to where you see people once a year," said Schoenthal. "And it's like a family reunion every time you come."

A family that reunited in cramped quarters. Which is why the fair and rodeo announced plans in June for a $70 million expansion.

But not at it’s current location.

“We have outgrown it,” said Glenn Carlton, the fair’s executive director. “A hundred-acre fair on 30 acres is basically what we are, basically."

The new site is about five miles away in north Denton. There's no timetable for the move yet. Plans include a 90,000 square foot expo center and an indoor rodeo arena which would seat 8,000 -- double the capacity of the current one."

“It's going to make us more competitive,” said Carlton. “To get events to come here to Denton which don't come here now -- which can't come here now because we don't have the right facilities for it."

Expansion would triple the size of the fair and rodeo, which is already billed as Denton's biggest yearly event.

“It pretty much is,” said Schoenthal. “It pulls people from all over."

One now underway --in it's cozy confines.

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<![CDATA[Mavs CEO Celebrates Change in Workplace Culture]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:49:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cyn-marshall-interview-aac.jpg

It's now been almost six months on the job for new Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Cynt Marshall.

Owner Mark Cuban hired the former AT&T executive back in February after Sports Illustrated detailed allegations of sexual misconduct in the front office.

Marshall quickly launched a 100-day plan to change what the magazine reported was a hostile work environment for women.

Her plan focused on what Marshall saw as four immediate priorities: zero tolerance, a Mavs Women’s playbook, cultural transformation and operational effectiveness

Earlier this month, she and her team of 140 in the business office celebrated the completion of that plan. And, in an exclusive interview with NBC 5, Marshall talked the changes in the front office.

“I see something very different now when I walk in than when I walked into that office in late February. So, I’m just really fired up about that,” Marshall told NBC 5. “I believe we have truly established a work environment where people know what's acceptable, what's not, and where inappropriate behavior, retaliation, any kind of misconduct won't be tolerated."

To enforce zero tolerance, Marshall hired a new chief ethics and compliance officer, established a hotline to encourage employees to speak up when they see something wrong and a new code of conduct that clearly explains the new culture.

“I will tell you, if it's sexual harassment and it’s proven, termination. Pure and simple. We won’t allow that in our workplace. We just won't,” said the CEO.

Marshall also required mandatory Respect in the Workplace training for all employees from the office to the court. Players will get their training in September.

The Mavs Women’s Playbook was designed to erase a culture unfriendly to women and immediately addressed leadership 

“The permanent leadership team did not have any women on it,” said Marshall. “In order for our business to be successful, we need a diverse group of people around the table. So, now we have women and people of color around the table. Our leadership team right now is 44 percent women from zero.”

That 44 percent breaks down to eight women; two new executives – Cyndee Wales in the role of compliance officer and Tarsha Lacour as senior vice president of human resources – and six women from within the organization promoted to leadership positions.

There are also four new employee resource groups with WOMEN, Women of the Mavs Empowering Network, not surprisingly being the most active. Marshall said one particular session focused on purpose.

“As women in this organization, what are we all about as women as a unit but also as individuals. What are we about every day? What do we bring in here every day? What value do we add? And, I’m trying to get them to see they do add value,” said Marshall. “The beauty of this is the men are all over this. They come to ERG meetings. These men have mothers, wives, daughters and they want this inclusive environment.”

The Mavs Women’s Playbook includes increased philanthropy and partnerships with women-owned organizations. Marshall also wants to double the spending with women-owned businesses.

Culture transformation brought a new set of core values called CRAFTS – Character, Respect, Authenticity, Fairness, Teamwork and Safety, both physical and emotional.

“They’re just not on the walls, they're in the halls. People are living out these values. They are talking about them. We are making decisions based on them,” said Marshall.

And to keep her staff and leadership team focused on the new values, Marshall will use regular surveys to check the pulse of the workplace.

She also set up an inclusion council made of employees to keeps tabs on the office culture, employee engagement and the effectiveness of ERGS and whether more or less are needed.

An external advisory council of business leaders, season ticket holders and corporate partners provides input to management and acts as a sounding board on the connections between the Mavericks and the local community.

The council was established prior to a breakfast for the Dallas Police Department that resulted in controversy.  


Operational effectiveness meant staffing changes such as a new general counsel, a vice president of diversity and inclusion along with the chief compliance officer.

“Those are all brand new leadership positions in thinking that are absolutely necessary to for us to be effective as an organization in 2018,” Marshall explained.

There is also a new employee handbook and a new performance review process.

Marshall believes all the changes made to transform the front office will make the Dallas Mavericks the standard for diversity and inclusion in the NBA by 2019.

“We’re very competitive, so we want to be number one around workplace culture. We want to be number one around workforce demographics and everything that has to do with culture transformation,” she said. “And I think by December, and there’s no real hard measurement out there, but I think we'll be seen at the top.”

Yet there’s one item still left on the check list. It’s the actions Marshall will take once independent investigators hired by Cuban to look into the prior toxic environment finish their report and recommendations are made.

“Let’s do what we need to do. We trust these investigators. They are very good. They will make recommendations. We will take action on those recommendations,” she said. “That’s one of the only outstanding Items of our 100-day plan, where it says we will take swift action. There will be a leadership call to action, and that call to action is based on what's In that report and what do we need to do swiftly to close this.”

Marshall was recently in New York to meet with the investigators and get a glimpse of the preliminary findings after 200 interviews and their review of more than a million documents. 

“I’m still disgusted,” she told NBC 5. “I’m very disappointed at the very environment that these folks (the front office) had to work in.”

Marshall said once the report is final, she and Cuban will be transparent about the findings.

“As I said before, Mark was very serious about we're going to change the culture. We're not going to hide and say things didn't happen. And, yes, some of it was many years ago, but we're gonna close it out. We've investigated it. It’s real,” she said.

As damning as that report may be, Marshall believes getting it out there may bring the closure so many need.

“These people are so dedicated every day to what they do. And so I want it over for them. We need to be able to just move forward. And, already moved forward,” she said.

“Most of the people who work in that building had nothing to do with what's in that investigation. Nothing. So this people have been painted with this broad brush that something is very wrong at the Dallas Mavericks. I’m here to tell you there's something very, very right at the Dallas Mavericks, very right at the Dallas Mavericks.”

And to drive home that point, Marshall shared with NBC 5 her new mission statement for her team: “As true Mavericks, we set the global standard for ultimate fan experiences, unmatched emotional connections and extraordinary workplace culture.”

“Extraordinary workplace culture. So at some point, my vision is that we will be named on Fortune's Great Place to Work list. That’s my vision. That we will get certified by the great place to work organization in San Francisco and that they will see us, an NBA team, as one of the best places to work. In the world,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Nominate a Wingstop High School Scholar Athlete]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2018 16:43:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/Wingstop+Scholar+Athlete+2018+640x424.PNG
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<![CDATA[Beltre Still Out of Texas' Lineup Because of Left Hamstring]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:13:05 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-080118.jpg

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is still out of the lineup because of his troublesome left hamstring, but still on the active roster and hoping to avoid a third trip to the disabled list this season.

"That's the question right now. We want to wait a couple days," the 39-year-old Beltre said Thursday.

Beltre aggravated the hamstring Monday night when scoring from second base on a bloop single to left-center field. The active career hits leader didn't play Tuesday night before the Rangers had a day off.

"Medically, it's a grade 2 (strain). But physically, I don't feel that bad," Beltre said before the opener of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

"It's not something that's going to take you six weeks to get back. Hopefully, in the next couple days, it'll show some improvement. If it's going to 10 days (on the DL), just 10 days."

The Rangers activated right fielder Nomar Mazara from the 10-day disabled list. He hadn't played since the All-Star break because of a sprained right thumb. Mazara was back in the lineup, batting fourth.

Outfielder Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Calhoun hit .275 with nine RBIs in 22 games with the Rangers after being called up July 20 when Mazara was formally put on the DL.

Beltre missed 12 games while on the disabled list from April 25-May 8, and was back only five games before returning to the DL on May 14 and missing 16 more games. Beltre missed 61 games last season for two DL stints, first for right calf tightness and then the left hamstring late in the season.

"I think it's definitely the first time that it's happened three times in one year. Obviously, we tried to do everything in our power to not let it happen, but it's baseball," he said. "Stuff happens. Sometimes you can't prevent it."

The four-time All-Star, in his 21st big league season and the last year of his Rangers contract, was asked if he would treat things different being at this stage in his career.

"That brings the question, is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight it back?," Beltre said. "It's a sign of maybe ... time to get close to, you know, say bye to you guys. But again, it's something that I've been dealing with all my career, since I was 20 years old."

Beltre is hitting .278 with seven homers and 41 RBIs in 86 games this season. He is a .286 hitter with 3,137 hits and 469 homers in 2,900 career games.

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<![CDATA[The Best Stadium Food Menu Items at NFL Games This Year]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:01:29 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jamaican-Jerk-Sausage--Arrowhead.jpg Aramark, the food service provider for 14 NFL teams around the country, has revealed its roster of new menu items for the 2018 season. The company partnered with several James Beard Award-winning chefs to create mouth-watering dishes.

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<![CDATA[Unique Steelers Packers Wedding]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:04:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Unique_Steelers_Packers_Wedding.jpg

A couple was married at Lambeau Field Thursday. That may not seem all that shocking, but the wife cheers for the Packers and the groom is cheers for the Steelers. The two teams faced each other tonight in their second pre-season game of the season.

<![CDATA[JJT: Dak Prescott, Passing Game Will Determine Cowboys' Fate]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:10:31 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dak-prescott-preseason-dmn.jpg

We have a pretty good idea what Ezekiel Elliott is going to do for the Cowboys’ running game this season.

He’s going to dominate.

We have no idea what the Cowboys’ passing game is going to do - and that’s a problem.

Dak Prescott said he feels good about the Cowboys’ passing game, and we’ll get another glimpse at it Saturday night when the Cowboys play the Cincinnati Bengals at 6 o’clock at AT&T Stadium.

It was OK last week against San Francisco, when Prescott completed each of his three for 39 yards and a touchdown. He threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup and all was right in the world.

But Cole Beasley (groin) has missed five straight practices, and Deonte Thompson has missed 10 in a row. Tavon Austin has a slight hamstring strain and didn’t practice Thursday and probably won’t play Saturday.

That’s three of his top six receivers.

Alan Hearns (groin) has missed a couple of practices too. Michael Gallup, a third-round pick, is the only receiver who hasn’t missed time.

“It is important for those guys to play together,” Garrett said. “You want to be a careful of putting them in the situation where it’s ultimately not going to be productive for your team, so you want to find your spots in practice and preseason games to get them quality work.”

None of that is a positive for a quarterback who needs as much practice with his new collection of receivers as anybody.

"We're starting to click," Prescott told reporters this week at training camp.

"We’re starting to hit the deep ball a lot more in some of these last practices than we did early on.

“But we knew that would be a part of it, working out the kinks. And we're all getting comfortable with each other."

The challenge for Prescott, coach Jason Garrett and play-caller Scott Linehan is to make this passing game work without Dez Bryant and Jason Witten who combined for 132 receptions and 219 of Prescott’s 490 targets last season.

The Cowboys must get big plays from their passing game because defenses will put eight or nine defenders near the line of scrimmage to stop Elliott - and if the Cowboys can’t force them to back up with completions of 20 yards or more on a regular basis, it’s going to be a long season.

It’s too hard to consistently drive the ball 10 plays and 80 yards against NFL defenses without the benefit of big plays in the passing game.

All you have to do is look at last season. In the Cowboys first eight games, Prescott had 19 completions of 20 yards or more and the Cowboys averaged 28.2 points and 370.5 yards a game.

In the final eight games, Prescott had 14 completions of 20 yards or more and the Cowboys averaged 16.0 points and 293.3 yards per game. Five times, they failed to score more than 12 points.

In their nine wins, Prescott had 24 completions of 20 yards or more and just nine in their seven losses.

It’s not a coincidence.

"Sometimes you've got to throw it and make the defense back up,” Prescott told reporters. “It's not a live-or-die thing, but we've got to take advantage of the opportunities when they give it to us because if not, they're just going to sit on underneath routes. We've got to let them know we can beat them over the top."

Without Bryant, the question becomes how is Dallas going to get those plays. It’s hard to complete deep balls to short receivers such as Austin and Beasley on a regular basis because the further they go down the field the harder they are to see.

That said, Austin can turn short passes into long gains by making defenders miss. Thompson is supposed to be the deep threat, and Hurns has the versatility to do both.

“We have a lot of knew kinks here and there that is going to help everything else,” Prescott said. “It’s going to help our running game. It’s going to help our play-action game out. As long as we’ve all bought into the offensive system, it is going to pay off.

“It’s challenging, but it’s not tough. That is what you want. Those guys are going to be rotating in the game. So we have to go ahead and get in out here, so I can gain chemistry with all of them and figure out who is a guy I can call on in those important moments.”

Photo Credit: Jae S. Lee The Dallas Morning News]]>
<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs Talks About How He Met His Rescue Dog Rosie]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:42:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web_extra_Newy_adopts_Rosie.jpg

After three years of loving Rosie, and living with her, Sports Director Newy Scruggs says Rosie is patient and supportive. The first time he saw her, he knew she belonged in his family.

<![CDATA[Rosie's Rescue: Newy's Family Shares Pet Adoption Story]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:29:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy-scruggs-rosie.jpg

At her home in Colleyville, Rosie the rescue dog is surrounded by a family who loves to spoil her just a few years after she was found on the side of the road in Irving covered in scars.

“Do we have any doggie ice cream?” asked Lainie Scruggs while standing in her kitchen during lunchtime.

Rosie’s family also includes a well-known guy on NBC 5. Their father is NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs.

“He works on the sports and some people do the sports with him,” Sophie Scruggs said.

“It’s not about you. It’s about Ro-Ro,” Newy said to Sophie while joking during lunch.

An active member of their household, Rosie is a peacekeeper, protector, and entertainer — with only one flaw, which comes out during puppy naptime.

“She snores really loud,” Savannah said, but they still love her no matter what.

Newy’s wife, Lainie, and their daughters adore Rosie, or Ro-Ro, as Newy calls her.

“And she’s very sweet and she gives us happiness,” Sophie, their youngest daughter, said.

“She was just a really good dog,” Savannah, the oldest daughter, said.

“She’s the best dog. She’s a diamond. She’s always been, ever since the day she came to our house,” Sierra said.

Rosie was a so-called diamond in the rough.

“She had a very, very rough life before she came into our house,” Sienna said.

Rosie was found on the side of a freeway in Irving. Sienna said she counted 36 scars on Rosie's body when they found her.

“She was out on the streets and she got scars from the gates and stuff,” Savannah said.

“That made my heart feel empathy for her. And that made me realize I’m gonna take care of this dog with all the love I have,” Sienna said.

After three years of loving Rosie, and living with her, the Scruggs family said Rosie is patient and supportive.

“She’s really friendly and she likes to be around you,” Savannah said.

“And she also sometimes gives me a kiss,” Sophie said.

But they’ve learned there is one thing she just doesn’t like: “The bath, especially, she doesn’t like water,” Savannah said. “She won’t go swimming.”

“If she really stinks we’ll give her a bath,” Sienna said. “Which we all know is, oh my gosh, she does not like them.”

But, it has to happen. Even though Rosie hates it, tub-time is a bit of a luxury compared to the life she had before finding her forever family. And because of how much love Rosie has given in return, the Scruggs family continues to be proud to promote pet adoption.

“I think they know that you’ve rescued them,” Lainie said. “And so they give back way more than what you give them.”

“She’s always grateful to us and wherever you are she wants to be,” Newy said. “And that’s been probably the best thing about having her here.”

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<![CDATA[MLB Lifestyle: Take a Peek Inside Michael Young's Former Home]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:39:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/young-and-home.jpg Former Texas Ranger Michael Young has put his University Park home up for auction. The five bedroom, seven bath home will hit the auction block on September 1, with no reserve. Take a peek inside the home and see how the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer once lived.

To see the full listing -- CLICK HERE.

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<![CDATA[Johnny Manziel Placed Under Concussion Protocol by Alouettes]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:42:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Johnny-Manzeil-072218.jpg

Johnny Manziel was placed under the Canadian Football League's concussion protocol Wednesday.

The Montreal Alouettes quarterback was hit at the goal line last weekend, leading to a fumble that a teammate recovered for a touchdown in a 24-17 loss at Ottawa. Manziel completed the game, but missed practices Tuesday and Wednesday as the team prepares to play at Edmonton on Saturday night.

"On Tuesday morning, Johnny Manziel mentioned to our medical staff that he felt symptoms that could be associated with the prescribed medication he uses for a previously diagnosed medical condition," the Alouettes said in a statement. "He then missed practice in order to have some blood work done.

"In view of the hit he received on Saturday and the potential mitigating side effects of his prescribed medication, the Alouettes medical staff has placed Manziel under the CFL concussion protocol for further observation and precautionary reasons. Manziel will be closely observed and assessed in the next few days."

Manziel has said he suffers from bipolar disorder. The former Cleveland Browns player sought treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse as part of his acquittal on a 2016 charge of domestic violence and has vowed to stay clean to help get his football career back on track. He was cleared to play in the CFL with Hamilton, which trade him to Montreal on July 22 -- after agreeing to undisclosed conditions.

The possible concussion is the latest in a string of injuries to Montreal quarterbacks that has already claimed Drew Willy, Jeff Mathews and Vernon Adams. Another quarterback, Matt Shiltz, recently returned from an injury but is not yet fit to start.

There was concern that Manziel had suffered a concussion during the game and should have been taken out, but coach Mike Sherman said he was looked at by experts and cleared to continue playing.

"I was right there when it happened," Sherman said. "He came off the field, sat down. We were going to go for two (on the convert) and then the doctor said he's out. Then we decided to go for one. I went over to the bench. He was talking coherently. It didn't look like there were any problems. The official came in right beside me. He said `this is what I have to see.' So he came over and looked at Johnny and he said, `Oh, he looks OK.' So that was that. There was a spotter and our doctors were there, so I left."

Sherman said he drove back from Ottawa with Manziel and all seemed fine. But Manziel missed practice while going for blood tests Tuesday and wasn't on the field again Wednesday, although he attended quarterbacks meetings both days.

"If I knew there was anything wrong with Johnny. . . I would never put a player in harm's way and neither would this organization," Sherman said. "The doctors looked at him. The spotter looked at him. He recited the playbook to us, which is not an easy thing to do. So at the point, he was ready to go in."

The Alouettes have banked heavily on Manziel to help save their season. The former Texas A&M star had a difficult CFL debut two weeks ago against Hamilton, throwing four interceptions in the first half, but looked much better against Ottawa.

Sherman said that if Manziel is able to practice Thursday there's a chance he could play against Edmonton, but that appears unlikely. Montreal is 1-7 this season and has won just once in 19 games going back a year.

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<![CDATA[AP Source: TCU Loses DT Blacklock to Season-Ending Injury]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:31:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TCU-logo.jpg

TCU has lost standout defensive tackle Ross Blacklock to a season-ending Achilles injury.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday night that Blacklock was injured during non-contact work in a recent practice. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement from the school about the injury.

The 6-foot-4, 329-pound Blacklock had 27 tackles with two sacks as a redshirt freshman for the Horned Frogs last season. The big, athletic defensive tackle started all 14 games, and had two tackles for loss against Stanford in the Alamo Bowl.

TCU, which made it to the Big 12 championship game last season, opens this season at home Sept. 1 against SWAC team Southern University.

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<![CDATA[Former Cowboys Defensive Back Previews Season]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:04:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+and+Dennis+Thurman+081518.jpg

Former Cowboys defensive back Dennis Thurman joins NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs to give his opinions on quarterback Dak Prescott, new defensive backs coach Kris Richard and what he does NOT like about head coach Jason Garrett.

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<![CDATA[Ice Cube Talks Big3 with NBC 5 for Facebook Live]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:03:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000517.jpg

Actor and Rapper Ice Cube stopped by NBC 5 to talk about his new project, "Big3", which is a 3-on-3 basketball league featuring some of the best players to ever play the game.

<![CDATA[Ice Cube Talks ‘Big3’ Playoffs With NBC 5]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:59:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/201*120/icecube323.JPG

Ice Cube became a household name in the ‘80s with N.W.A. He branched out and made several movies. Now he’s here to join us to talk about a new project, “Big3,” which is a 3-on-3 basketball league featuring some of the best players to ever play the game.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Helps Cowboys Fan Get Refund in StubHub Ticket Glitch]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:27:31 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5a+tz4-v-+cowboys+stubh_KXASIDEF_2018-08-15-05-13-09.jpg

Erin Hipps is not your typical Cowboys fan -- she's a self-proclaimed fanatic. So when her tickets to a preseason game wouldn't download, NBC 5 Responds looked into it.

Every year, Hipps and her husband attend at least one preseason game.

"I can get preseason tickets very affordable," she said.

Keeping the tradition alive, she went on StubHub.com in June and ordered two tickets to the Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals game. 

The tickets weren't available for download on the day she ordered, but claimed they would be ready on July 18. When she checked that day, they weren't ready and they still weren't ready when she checked again a few weeks later, Hipps said.

She said she called StubHub and was told to give them 24 hours so they could look into the problem.

"They said give them 48 hours. I said wait a minute, 48 hours is going to puts us 10 days out," Hipps said. "That makes me very nervous that I can't get my tickets."

A StubHub representative told her that there were some changes with the NFL this year, and those changes were affecting ticket downloads.

That's when she asked for her money back and she was leery about the whole transaction, so she called NBC 5 Responds to look into it.

StubHub told us it did have technical issues with barcode uploading. In this case, the seller did upload the tickets to the site, but they were not visible to Hipps.

StubHub said customers should not experience any issues buying NFL tickets from them and the error has been fixed.

Not only did Hipps get a full refund, StubHub also sent her a $20 credit, which she used to secure tickets to the Cowboys' first preseason home game.

StubHub said all purchases on its site are backed by its "Fanprotect Guarantee."

If something goes wrong, StubHub will replace the order with comparable tickets or offer a full refund.

StubHub tips for buying tickets:

1. Set a price alert – To get the best deals on StubHub, we encourage you to set a price alert on the app. You will get notified when tickets are available at the price you choose. It’s a great way to score the best deals!

2. Always check that there is a guarantee in place – Regardless of where you buy tickets, we recommend that you check that the website you’re using has a guarantee in place to cover you for any issues. StubHub was the first ticket marketplace to introduce a guarantee, which call the FanProtect Guarantee. It covers all transactions on the site and StubHub will either replace your tickets or provide you with a full refund if something goes wrong.

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<![CDATA[Goldschmidt Homers, Corbin Sharp in D-Backs Win Over Rangers]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:32:31 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Patrick-Corbin-081418.jpg

Paul Goldschmidt hit his 27th homer to put Arizona ahead to stay, All-Star lefty Patrick Corbin worked seven innings for his 10th victory and the NL West-leading Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Corbin (10-4) struck out seven without a walk while allowing three runs and throwing 66 of 96 pitches for strikes. He has made 10 consecutive starts without allowing a homer, the longest span for the Diamondbacks in 15 years and matching Boston's Chris Sale for the longest active streak in the majors.

Goldschmidt went deep to left in the first with a solo shot off Yovani Gallardo (7-2). Arizona led 4-0 in the fourth after Daniel Descalso had an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch. Descalso earlier had an RBI groundout.

Alex Avila's sixth homer was a two-out solo shot to straightway center in the sixth.

Gallardo only went 3 1/3 innings, the shortest of his 10 starts since re-joining the Rangers two months ago. The right-hander walked three with one strikeout.

Jurickson Profar had a sacrifice fly for Texas before an RBI double to end his 0-for-15 slide .

Brad Boxberger worked the ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances, despite giving up a leadoff triple to Profar before a sac fly by Robinson Chirinos.

The Rangers acquired minor league OF Alexander Ovalles from the Cubs on Tuesday, completing the July 27 trade that sent lefty Cole Hamels to Chicago for RHPs Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later. The 17-year-old Ovalles is playing in the Dominican Summer League.

Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock, who was out May 15-July 2 because of a broken left thumb, got the day off after playing 18 consecutive games since July 25. "It just felt like it was a good time to give him this off day," manager Torey Lovullo said.

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup a day after he re-aggravated the left hamstring injury that has already put him on the disabled list twice this season. The 39-year-old Beltre, baseball's active career hits leader, will be re-evaluated Thursday. ... RHP Chris Tillman, signed by Texas to a minor league deal after being released by the Baltimore Orioles on July 27, threw only 11 pitches for Triple-A Round Rock before leaving with a groin strain.

Diamondbacks: A day off Wednesday in the middle of a nine-game road trip before a four-game series at San Diego.

Rangers: After playing 13 days in a row, and 25 of 26 since the All-Star break, the Rangers have a day off before opening a four-game home series Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

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<![CDATA[National Anthem Protests May Shift to High School Gridiron]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:36:29 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fort+Worth+ISD+generic+081418.jpg

From the NFL, to the high school gridiron. The controversy over national anthem protests is shifting to student-athletes.

Team members at one Fort Worth high school approached their football coach asking to get involved and now the school district is working out how to respond.

Before they head back to the classroom, Dunbar High School football players hit the field. It's where they'll learn some of their biggest lessons this year, like how to stand up for what they believe in.

Fort Worth ISD spokesman Clint Bond said a group of Dunbar football players approached their coach wanting to get involved in the national anthem protests they've seen from some of their idols in the NFL, as well as players on other North Texas high school football teams.

"This is a learning opportunity," Bond said. "There is an opportunity for students to understand what their rights are."

It's sparked a conversation among district staff but it's not clear yet if the school board will create a formal policy, like the one protecting religious expression, or issue guidelines based on each team's discussions.

Here's what Bond said is certain: "We're going to be talking to students about respect for the beliefs of others."

That's important to Dunbar football mom Rrika McCray.

"It's really serious," McCray said. "It's a really serious subject and a touchy one at that."

She said she believes in the message behind the protests.

"Our students are coming to the adults and asking for a way to speak about how they're feeling or to demonstrate how they want to change the world," McCray said.

But she also thinks there are other ways to protest, and wants to be sure her son understands what he's fighting for.

"I want to make sure that he knows what he's doing and why he's doing it and that it's an important subject," McCray said.

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<![CDATA[Back From Drug Ban, Cowboys' Gregory Speaks of Deeper Issues]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:29:06 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Randy+Gregory+training+camp.jpg

Randy Gregory understands the prevailing view that repeated use of marijuana is the reason the Dallas Cowboys defensive end has been suspended for 30 of the past 32 games.

Now that he's on the verge of playing after a year away from the NFL, the former Nebraska standout wants people to know there are deeper issues of mental health that Gregory isn't comfortable discussing in detail publicly.

"I was self-sabotaging," Gregory said Monday in his first group session with reporters at training camp in California. "Anybody that deals with what I have to deal with and what I've gone through and understands the process of what I've been through, I think can understand there's also a mental aspect to it along with emotional."

Gregory was suspended three times in less than a year, the last a yearlong ban for multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. He missed the 2017 season and waited an extra six months to apply for reinstatement to try to improve his chances.

The detailed application included letters of recommendation from several teammates, most notably 2016 All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee, and won the approval of Commissioner Roger Goodell in time for Gregory to join the Cowboys at camp.

Gregory's time away included stints in rehab and therapy, and the 25-year-old acknowledged that he had to learn to take those efforts more seriously.

"It's not just somebody walking around carelessly doing what they want," Gregory said. "There's obviously a mental aspect to it that plays a big part in it for me that I've had to try to figure out. The moment I took a more serious approach to that with my therapy and the more people around me understood what I was going through mentally, made it a lot easier for me to get right."

The Cowboys drafted Gregory late in the second round in 2015. He was considered a first-round talent before testing positive for marijuana at the combine.

Gregory made it through his first season without getting suspended, missing four games with an ankle injury but going without a sack in his 12 appearances. The first suspension was announced in the offseason, followed by a 10-game ban before the four-game suspension had expired.

He played the final two games in 2016, finally getting his first sack in the finale when the Cowboys had already wrapped up the NFC East title. The third suspension hit before Dallas lost a divisional playoff game to Green Bay.

"We try to keep our eyes wide open about what any issues a player might have coming in and we're optimistic if we put them in the right environment they can respond the right way," coach Jason Garrett said. "It will not be 100 percent successful. But we've had a lot of players who have grown a lot in our organization."

The Cowboys brought Gregory along slowly at camp, first allowing him to participate in pre-practice walkthrough sessions. Individual drills in practice were next, and finally some 11-on-11 work for the first time this week.

Owner Jerry Jones, never afraid to gamble on draft picks and equally willing to stick with them, said he thinks Gregory can be ready for the opener at Carolina on Sept. 9.

"We certainly have had players that have had challenges with dependence," Jones said. "Now the problem is reality sets in and you have numbers and roster spots. You get the old adage of, `Well, he wouldn't be doing that for a down-the-line guy or he wouldn't be that tolerant of a down-the-line guy.' That's actually very true."

Three years after vowing to Jones that he would do his best to overcome the issues that led to him slipping in the draft, Gregory is cautiously optimistic that can deliver with his second chance.

"I think first and foremost they like me as not only a player but as a person," Gregory said. "I've always tried to do the right thing. I know I always haven't. But I've tried. I think they realized I was a person in need and sticking by me throughout that tough part and even now has been real important for me to get back. And I think it's worked."

The Cowboys and Gregory will find out soon enough.

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<![CDATA[How Much Can Cowboys D-Lineman Randy Gregory Contribute?]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:06:15 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+and+JJT+081418.jpg

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Randy Gregory has missed almost all of the last two seasons for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Now, he’s back with the team and says he’s ready to contribute. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor discuss when they think Gregory could return.

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<![CDATA[Jones Scores 27, Sun Hand Wings 9th Straight Loss]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:32:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-wings-logo.jpg

Jonquel Jones had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Wings 96-76 on Tuesday night to spoil the head-coaching debut of Taj McWilliams-Franklin.

McWilliams-Franklin was named interim coach on Sunday after Fred Williams was fired.

Connecticut (19-13) has won seven of eight, and it is fourth in the playoff standings.

Chiney Ogwumike added 13 points for the Sun and Morgan Tuck had 12. Jones was 4 of 6 from 3-point range in her second straight double-double.

Jones scored 16 points in the first half to help Connecticut build a 50-38 lead. The Sun's reserves had 44 points at intermission.

Allisha Gray scored 18 points for Dallas (14-18), and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 17 points and eight assists. The Wings have lost nine straight games, jeopardizing a playoff spot that once seemed secure.

Elizabeth Cambage returned after missing two games due to a neck injury and scored 15 points for Dallas. Glory Johnson departed with 1:12 left in the first quarter and did not return.

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<![CDATA[Former Baylor Basketball Star Vying for Cowboys Roster Spot]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:36:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+and+JJT+081418.jpg

Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has show flashes of what he “might” be able to do on the football field, but the former Baylor basketball star just can’t seem to put it all together. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor say Gathers' future with the Cowboys is very much in doubt.

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<![CDATA[Elliott Could Be in Line for Bigger Role in Passing Game]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:29:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+and+JJT+081418.jpg

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is already a focal point on the offense, but is he in line for an even bigger role in the passing game? NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor discuss.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Out of Rangers Lineup After Hurting Hamstring Again]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:03:38 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-080118.jpg

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has initially avoided going on the disabled list for the third time this season because of a troublesome left hamstring.

Beltre was out of the lineup Tuesday, a night after the active career hits leader re-aggravated the hamstring injury that has already put him on the DL twice this year. He got hurt when scoring from second base on a bloop single to left-center field.

"We're going to give him a couple of days, see how he feels," manager Jeff Banister said before the finale of a quick two-game set against Arizona.

The Rangers have a day off before opening a four-game series at home against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, when the 39-year-old Beltre will be reevaluated again. Beltre wasn't seen in the clubhouse when it was open to reporters before Tuesday's game.

"I don't get any indication that it's going to be anything long-term at this point," Banister said. "But again, still reserve the right to let it kind of settle down for a couple of days and see where we're at after that."

Beltre got hurt in the eighth inning of a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night. Beltre, who has 3,137 career hits, appeared to pull up a bit after rounding third base.

This is the last year of Beltre's contract with the Rangers, though he and the team haven't ruled out a return in 2019 for a 22nd big league season. This is his eighth season in Texas, where he appeared in his only World Series in 2011.

The last-place Rangers were open before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline about the possibility of Beltre being traded to a contending team for the shot at finally winning a World Series, but no deal materialized. The possibility remained that he could get dealt in August, but another hamstring issue could affect that.

Beltre is hitting .278 with seven homers and 41 RBIs in 86 games this season. The four-time All-Star is a .286 hitter with 469 homers in 2,900 career games.

After missing 12 games while on the disabled list from April 25-May 8, Beltre was back only five games before returning to the DL on May 14 and missing 16 more games. Beltre missed 61 games last season for two DL stints, first for right calf tightness and then the left hamstring late in the season.

"It doesn't matter if you're 28 or 38, hamstrings are such that once you've done them once, they can be recurring," Banister said. "It seems like he's managed it very well to this point. It's one of those situations, he got a great read last night, he was feeling good, and came around third base, and felt a little bit. So no real rhyme or reason."

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<![CDATA[Rangers to Honor Bartolo Colon Before Saturday's Game]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:52:35 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1016276928.jpg

The Texas Rangers will hold an on-field ceremony prior to Saturday's game, honoring Bartolo Colon for becoming the all-time Major League Baseball leader in wins for a native Latin American.

He surpassed Dennis Martinez with his 246th career victory last Tuesday against Seattle.

 Martinez will be in Arlington for the ceremony, which will include several presentations to Colon from Rangers management and players.

Colon will also be signing autographs in the New Era Alumnia Alley from 5:45-6:30 p.m. before the ceremony.

Colon has competed for the Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Athletics, Mets, Braves, Twins, as well as his current stint with the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[KLUV: The Most Depressing Cowboys Meme?]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:41:24 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vhs-tape-generic.jpg

As we get ready for the Dallas Cowboys to start another football season, why not start off with a depressing fun fact!

It's been 22 years since America's team won the Super Bowl. Yep, 22 very long years. And to make matters worse, if you recorded that 1996 Super Bowl on a VHS tape, you won't be able to watch it!

Click here to see more from our media partners at 98.7 FM KLUV.

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<![CDATA[Record-Setting Colon Wins Again as Rangers Top D-Backs]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 22:25:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bartolo-Colon-Getty-081318.jpg

Bartolo Colon won his first start since setting the record for victories by a Latin American pitcher, going five innings to help the Texas Rangers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Monday night.

Robinson Chirinos hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fourth inning to end Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke's streak of nine straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. Chirinos added an RBI single in the eighth.

The Diamondbacks began the night a game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the lead in the NL West.

Colon (7-10) retired 10 consecutive batters after allowing run-scoring doubles by A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. in the first. Pollock's liner was misplayed in right field by Joey Gallo.

The 45-year-old right-hander got his 247th career win, two more than Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua. A native of the Dominican Republic, Colon has four more victories than countryman and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.

Chirinos' 443-foot drive into the visitors' bullpen in left-center was his 16th homer of the season. Ronald Guzman led off the third with his 13th homer after Greinke (12-8) retired the first six Texas hitters.

Colon allowed four hits and three runs while setting a Texas record with his 22nd straight start with two or fewer walks. He issued one free pass and struck out three. Colon has won both his starts in August after losing all five in July.

Rangers reliever Eddie Butler retired all six batters he faced. Cory Gearrin got Eduardo Escobar on a tapper in front of the plate to end the eighth with runners at the corners, and Jose Leclerc struck out two in a perfect ninth for his second save.

Greinke allowed six hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

Diamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo said he believes CF Jarrod Dyson (right groin strain) will play again this season. Dyson did side work Monday after a day off. He has been on the disabled list since July 5.

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister is headed home for the season because his right knee strain isn't responding to treatment as hoped. Fister hasn't pitched since limping off the mound after throwing the first pitch of the sixth inning against Houston on June 8. ... RF Nomar Mazara (right thumb sprain) will play nine innings in a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday. He's been out since July 17.

Arizona LHP Patrick Corbin (9-4, 3.15 ERA) makes his first career appearance against the Rangers in the finale of the two-game series. Texas RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-1, 6.11) has the most wins in the majors since June 23 with seven, and the highest run-support average by almost two runs at 11.43 during that same span.

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<![CDATA[JP Finlay Of NBC Sports Washington Updates Us On The Cowboys Rival ]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 22:57:24 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-derrius-guice-redskins-draft.jpg

Washington finished with a 7-9 record in NFC East in 2017. They weren't last, that belonged to the 3-13 New York Giants. 

How are they looking this year, especially after the loss of second round draft pick Derrius Guice? The rookie running back from LSU was looking like Washington's answer to Zeke Elliott and Saquon Barkley. 

My guy J.P. Finley from NBC Sports Washington joined me on my NBC Sports Radio show to discuss how they move on from Guice and help new quarterback Alex Smith in 2018.

And how is former first round draft pick Josh Doctson doing at wide receiver?

Listen to our conversation here.

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<![CDATA[Dak Prescott's Father Faces Possession of Marijuana Charge]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:27:12 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Nathaniel-Prescott-mug-081318.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott's father was arrested Saturday in southeast Texas, according to the NBC affiliate in Beaumont.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested Nathaniel Prescott on suspicion possession of marijuana -- a Class B misdemeanor -- around 4 p.m. Saturday in Orange, Texas, reported KJAC.

The 57-year-old Prescott, who lives in Pflugerville, was taken to Orange County jail, but was released after he posted $500 bond, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Rangers OF Recovering From 'Life-Threatening' Infection]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:50:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Leonys-Martin-Rangers-Getty-081318.jpg

Former Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, who currently plays for the Cleveland Indians, is recovering from a bacterial infection that Cleveland team president Chris Antonetti described as "life-threatening."

Martin is in stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic. Antonetti provided an update on Martin's status when he addressed the team prior to Monday's series opener against the Reds.

Doctors determined Martin had a bacterial infection that entered his bloodstream and created toxins that damaged his internal organs, compromising their function.

"It was very serious," Antonetti said. "Thankfully he's made a lot of progress in the last 24 to 36 hours and he has regained a lot of the organ function. He's in a good path right now and we're hopeful he'll make a full recovery. But, he has a long way to go."

Martin played in Tuesday's game against the Twins, and then felt sick in the middle of the night. When he continued to feel sick the following morning, Martin was transported to the Cleveland Clinic and his condition quickly worsened.

"It progressed rapidly," Antonetti said. "It was life-threatening."

Martin, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday, is batting .333 with two homers and four RBIs in six games since he was acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline. He is hitting .255 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs overall in 84 games.

Outfielder Greg Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace Martin. The Indians have been dealing with injuries to outfielders all season and hoped adding Martin would provide stability.

Cleveland could bring in another outfielder before the Aug. 31 trade deadline for players who have cleared waivers.

"We'll continue to spend the month of August looking for opportunities to improve our team," Antonetti said last week. "What impact Martin's condition or illness has on that, we're not yet sure."

Antonetti expects outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall, who has played in only 29 games because of calf injures, to return this season. Outfielder Tyler Naquin had surgery on his right hip on Aug. 3 and could be back before the season ends.

Antonetti stressed that Martin's infection is not communicable and that doctors haven't defined the specific type of bacteria or how it entered Martin's system.

Antonetti would not speculate on whether Martin will play again this year. Martin's wife, father, and brother are now with him at the Cleveland Clinic, according to Antonetti.

"I really haven't thought about baseball yet," Antonetti said. "Leonys continues to get treatment and we're optimistic he'll have a full recovery. He is able to communicate. He was able to get up and sit in a chair for a few hours yesterday. He's in a much better spot than he was a couple of days ago."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Countdown Final 100 Games in Globe Life Park]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:12:27 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Texas Rangers will begin the countdown of the 100 remaining scheduled regular season games at Globe Life Park tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

At the end of the fifth inning, Rangers Hall of Fame outfielder Rusty Greer will participate in a ceremony unveiling a sign in left field that will track the countdown until the end of 2019. The sign will continue to countdown at the end of every fifth inning until the Rangers' home finale in 2019. 

Rangers' alumni, longtime season-ticket holders, employees and other individuals associated with Globe Life will take part in the unveiling.

Originally opening as 'The Ballpark in Arlington' in April of 1994, host of 25 postseason games and the '95 All-Star Game, the park has been the home of the Rangers for nearly 25 years.

The Rangers have played 1980 regular season games in Globe Life.

Globe Life Field, the new facility, broke ground on Sept. 28, 2017. The new, nearly 2-million square-foot park, which is located right next door, will include a retractable roof. It is expected open in March of 2020.

Surrounding entertainment options have already opened up, with Texas Live just feet away from both ballparks.

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<![CDATA[JJT: Kris Richard Wants a Defense Filled With Savages]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:03:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kris+Richard+Dallas+Cowboys+080418.jpg

The Cowboys football messiah wears white-and-blue Nike cleats to practice and speaks with a Baptist minister’s cadence.

He is authentic - a man’s man, if you will - who is as comfortable discussing his love for his players and former coaches as he is the three-deep zone the Cowboys will employ liberally this season.

Kris Richard, who outgrew Seattle according to some close to him, left Seattle after eight seasons after rising from defensive assistant in 2010 to coordinator in 2015.

Richard has been the Cowboys passing game defensive coordinator for six months.

The transformation, thus far, has been stunning.

You can see it in practice, the way Richard runs excitedly around the field disseminating detailed instructions to individuals after every play.

You can see, hear and feel Richard’s passion. You can see, hear and feel his impact on the players.

“When he says it you believe it. He got proof,” cornerback Anthony Brown said. “He got it on paper. He’s been to the Super Bowl twice. He came from a great defense and we believe it.

“Whatever he says, when we go onto the field it comes to life. It’s like this dude knows everything so we trust him.”

They trust Richard because he speaks with conviction about everything he says to them in a meeting room.

It started on the day he introduced himself and his philosophy to the Cowboys’ defensive players.

His speech that day had little to do with the infamous Legion of Boom he coached in Seattle because he wants the Cowboys to establish their own identity.

So he did not talk a whole lot about Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Their careers speak for themselves.

“This is the Dallas Cowboys defense. This is the Dallas Cowboys secondary,” Richard said. “If we want to play with a particular style we’re more than capable of doing it but we gotta buy in and make it real every day.

“We’re not trying to be them. We’re tying to be us. If we want to have success then this has been the formula that has been successful in the past.”

Nor, did Richard talk much about introducing more Cover 3 into the Cowboys’ scheme as well as more man-to-man coverage.

He did not talk about the plan to blitz more often either.

What he did talk about was playing with an attitude we have not seen in Dallas since the Super Bowl teams of the 90s.

That is not to say these Cowboys will win a Super Bowl or even contend for one. But without the right approach, they have no chance.

“He said we’re going to be some dogs, some savages,” Brown said. “That’s what I remember.”

Richard, like any coach, chose not to divulge the specifics of that first meeting with the team, so he spoke in generalities.

“You have to have a ruthless mentality and you gotta hit,” Richard said. “We all want that type of football team. We want a team that’s going to hit down after down after down.

“We give them the truth, then it becomes our responsibility to come out here and make it a reality. It’s not just talking about it, it’s being about it.

“It’s a bunch of guys playing together. Running, hitting celebrating then lining up and doing it again the next play.”

In the secondary, it starts with playing fundamentally-sound football the way former USC secondary coach Dennis Thurman - who played eight of his nine NFL seasons with the Cowboys - taught him when he played in college; the way former Cowboys linebacker Ken Norton showed him as a member of Seattle’s coaching staff.

Players who use flawless technique can mask deficiencies brought about by injuries or age, making them more reliable.

Richard is teaching all of the Cowboys’ defensive backs the same techniques. Individuality has been replaced by uniformity.

It is part of the reason why the linebackers and defensive backs have joint meetings. It allows everyone to understand their role in zone concepts and for everyone to learn together.

“This is an each one teach one defense, and if we all buy into the same technique we can all correct each other,” Richard said. “if we love each other enough to do so.

“The older you get in life, the more you recognize it’s not about you - and it never has been. If you can learn early on it’s about the man next to you because now we are chasing substance rather than the stuff that is fleeting."

“I wanna get mine. I gotta get this. I wanna get paid well all that (expletive) is gonna go away, but the relationship that we create lasts forever, and that’s real.”

The secondary has been excellent throughout training camp and starting cornerbacks Chido Awuzie and Byron Jones have played well.

Jones, a former No.1 pick, has been solid in his first three seasons with the Cowboys as he split time between corner and safety.

At 6'1", 199 pounds, Jones has prototypical size in Richard’s scheme. Richard prefers tall cornerbacks who can smother receivers with their size and length at the line of scrimmage.

Jones is in the midst of his best offseason. Now, the Cowboys just need him to sustain it during the regular season.

“I like being in someone’s face, and I like the reactionary component to the game,” Jones said. “I love coach Richard’s energy.”

Awuzie, a second-round pick in 2017, has also played well in training camp. He prides himself on being cerebral.

“I like having the one-on-one matchup against an opponent and studying him like a boxer,” Awuzie said. “Coach Richard has taught me the importance of patience.

“Until they make a move vertically, I’m not going for anything they do.”

This remains Rod Marinell’s defense, but Richard’s impact will be noticeable. It begins with their approach, and listening to the gospel according to Richard.

“They want to be a bad ass every time they step on the field,” Richard said. “Every time you step out there it’s about whether you can physically dominate the man across from you.

“It’s a hard-ass, physical mentality with a chip on your shoulder.”

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<![CDATA[Dallas Wings Coach Fred Williams Out After 8th Straight Loss]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:12:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FRED_WILLIAMS_SOUND_FOR_WEB.jpg

Dallas Wings coach Fred Williams was relieved of his duties Sunday with the club mired in an eight-game losing streak that jeopardized a playoff spot that once seemed secure.

Team President and CEO Greg Bibb announced his decision several hours after a 93-80 road loss to Washington. Assistant Taj McWilliams-Franklin was named interim coach. The Wings (14-17) have a one-game lead over Las Vegas for the WNBA's final playoff spot with three games remaining.

Bibb said the club will look for a new coach after the season.

"I felt this move was necessary," Bibb said. "The season has not met our expectations. I have the upmost confidence that (McWilliams-Franklin) and our staff will do everything possible to put us in the best position to win. Our focus remains on qualifying for the playoffs and ultimately competing for a WNBA championship."

The 61-year-old Williams was close to the end of his fifth season with the franchise. The first two years were with the Tulsa Shock before the club moved to the Dallas area and was renamed the Wings.

After losing in the first round of the playoffs last season, the Wings had expectations of a higher finish in the Western Conference this year and a longer postseason run with the addition of center Liz Cambage to play alongside fellow All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Cambage, a 6-foot-8 Australian, set a WNBA record with 53 points in a 104-87 win over the New York Liberty during a 7-1 stretch for the Wings. The losing streak started two games later, and Cambage has missed the past two games after hitting her head on the floor against Connecticut on Wednesday.

Williams is 131-153 in 10 seasons, which included stops in Utah and Atlanta before joining the franchise that won three titles in Detroit before moving to Tulsa in 2010. Williams' teams have made the playoffs four times, with a record of 5-9. His last playoff win was with Atlanta in 2013, when the Dream lost in the WNBA Finals.

Erin Phillips, who played her final season with the Wings in 2016 before retiring, is another assistant on the staff. Phillips and Cambage were teammates on the Australian national team.