<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 23 Jun 2018 12:52:09 -0500Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:52:09 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Beer Sales Skyrocket in Russia During World Cup]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:30:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beer+thumbnail.jpg

Bar owners in Russia are shocked that beer sales have surpassed those of other types of alcohol.

<![CDATA[Pat Doney Sits Down With The Stars First Round Pick]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:31:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONEY_TALKS_WITH_STARS_TOP_PICK_TY_DELLANDREA.jpg

With Dallas hosting the 2018 NHL Draft, the home team grabbed young Canadian forward with their first round selection, the #13 pick. Pat Doney goes one on one with Ty Dellandrea

<![CDATA[Stars Select Ty Dellandrea With The 13th Overall Pick]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:54:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa_nhl_draft.jpg

The Dallas Stars drafted Ty Dellandrea with the 13th overall pick in the NHL draft.

The pick was announced by Mike Modano amd Jamie Benn. 

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Introduce First Round Draft Pick Luka Donci]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:49:14 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/doncic.jpg

The Mavericks introduced their new first round draft pick at the American Airlines center Friday afternoon. Today, Luka Doncic and his family and friends arrived at the AAC to show off his new #77 Mavs jersey and to talk about team expectations.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Acquire Luka Doncic From Atlanta]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:14:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donciclukaeyes.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks traded a protected 2019 first round pick and swapped current draft selections with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Euro basketball phenom Luka Doncic.

Several media members reported that Atlanta and Dallas reached the deal during the draft.

The Mavericks drafted Villanova guard Jalen Brunson and SMU guard Shake Milton with their two second round picks, 33rd and 54th respectively.

Luka Doncic, seen as the top prospect by some analysts, has been rumored to be a desired asset for numerous NBA teams. When reports began to surface that he may fall beyond the first two draft picks, the Mavericks were said to be one of his top suitors.

It was previously believed that he may fall to the Mavs, who held the 5th overall pick before swapping with Atlanta; however, teams reportedly began making calls to Atlanta and Memphis about trading up to acquire him or other prospects.

But the Mavs made the move and landed Doncic; and he seems excited about it.

[This story will continue to be updated throughout the draft.]

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name New Assistant Coach, Retain 3 Others]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:25:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

The Dallas Stars have named Rick Bowness an assistant coach; the team also retained assistant coaches Stu Barnes, Jeff Reese (goaltending) and Kelly Forbes (video).

Bowness joins newly-appointed assistant coach Todd Nelson, which should round out Jim Montgomery's staff.

"The Stars are very excited to have Rick join the coaching staff this season," Nill said. "Rick's experience behind the bench is unmatched in the League, while he brings with him a knowledge of the game that is second to none."

Bowness, 63, spent the last five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, serving as the team's associate head coach. The team was 238-135-37 and made four Stanley Cup playoff appearances, including three trips to the Eastern Conference finals and one Stanley Cup Final appearance, during his tenure.

A Moncton, New Brunswick-native, he adds more than 30 years of coaching experience between his stints with the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets. He served as head coach for periods with each of those teams, except Tampa Bay and Vancouver.

Bowness is 123-289-48-3 as a head coach.

"We are thrilled to have Rick come aboard and join our staff," Montgomery said. "Rick's familiarity not only with the NHL, but the game of hockey as a whole, will be a tremendous asset for our staff and our players. He has proven himself to be one of the best in the game and we couldn't be more excited to add him to the team."

Bowness began his coaching career as a player/coach for the Sherbrooke Jets of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was a head coach and general manager for Moncton Hawks, another AHL team, from 1987-1989.

He began his playing career in 1975 when he was selected 26th overall by the Atlanta Flames. He also played in the NHL, logging 55 points (18-37=55) in 173 career regular-season games.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Introduce Luka Doncic Friday]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:08:12 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-introduction.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.

Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a protected first-round pick to Atlanta.

The Mavericks are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years, back when Nowitzki ended up being the centerpiece of a rebuilding project that led to 12 straight trips to the playoffs and the franchise's only championship in 2011.

The big German is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history and one of seven overall with at least 30,000 points. The Mavericks acquired Nowitzki during the 1998 draft, trading down to get the 7-footer who was taken ninth overall by Milwaukee.

The 19-year-old Doncic will be his teammate, with Nowitzki expected to become the first player in league history to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise.

Nowitzki, who was in the draft room with the Mavericks two nights after celebrating his 40th birthday, quickly greeted his fellow European on Twitter, and Doncic replied in kind.

"He's a great leader, a great person," Doncic said of the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP. "I'm just really happy to be part of his career. I just want to learn so much about him."

Doncic arrived in New York on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year. His lengthy European season kept him from working out for teams but he knew the Mavericks were interested.

"I've been talking to Dallas a lot," Doncic said. "They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship."

At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Doncic averaged about 15 points, five rebounds and five assists during Real Madrid's championship season. As with Nowitzki 20 years ago, the question is how his game will translate to the NBA.

"This kid has won everything there is to win in European and international basketball and he's done it at an age that's unprecedented," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I'm not sure what position he is. I think his position is on the floor, making plays and making people better."

Doncic signed with Real Madrid at age 13 and made his debut as a 16-year-old. He teamed with Miami's Goran Dragic to lead Slovenia to a surprising gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2017. His father, Sasa Doncic, played professionally for 15 years.

The Mavericks made the move for Doncic a year after drafting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick, giving Dallas a chance to have one of the NBA's youngest backcourts depending on where Doncic lands in the rotation. Carlisle said he sees Doncic as a starter.

"He's the kind of player that is going to be able to play with virtually anybody," Carlisle said. "He just has the skill set and an understanding and a feel for the game. He's a great shooter, so he creates space for other players, which is really going to help Dennis."

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson played a big role in Nowitzki coming to Dallas, and remembers a rough first couple of seasons for the 13-time All-Star. So he's taking a guarded approach with Doncic for now.

"Luka is his own guy," Nelson said. "He's got his own challenges. It's not going to be quick. He's got a very unique skill set. Anyone who can make his teammates better, shoot the long ball, get to the paint, he's going to be a pretty darn good asset for the Mavericks for years to come."

The Mavericks took another guard with the 33rd overall pick in the second round, getting Jalen Brunson, who won two NCAA titles in his three years at Villanova. The reigning Associated Press player of the year averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists in his final season.

Dallas swapped picks late in the second round with Philadelphia and got Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He was the 60th and final pick of the draft.

The 76ers got former SMU guard Shake Milton, who was the 55th choice. Dallas also got Ray Spalding of Louisville at No. 56, another pick originally belonging to Philadelphia.

<![CDATA[Mavs Introduce Draft Picks Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:25:24 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_introduce_draft_picks.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki. On Friday they introduced Euro phenom Luka Doncic and Villanova guard Jalen Brunson.

<![CDATA[1-on-1 With New Maverick Luka Doncic]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:00:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/luka-doncic-mavericks.png

The Mavericks picked up Euro star Luka Doncic in a blockbuster trade on NBA Draft night. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs goes one on one with Doncic on everything from his thoughts on playing with Dirk Nowitzki to what are his favorite American TV shows

<![CDATA[Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle Sentenced to Probation]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:32:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/JosephRandle-AP_652692558190.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle was sentenced to five years probation by a Kansas judge, according to KSNW.

Randle, the troubled Cowboys' former backup, was found guilty of a number of chargers, including aggravated battery and criminal threat in April of 2017.

He hit three people with his car while leaving a party.

His probation can be terminated after 36 months for good behavior.

The judge also ordered him to pay $3,000 in restitution and gave him a curfew, which runs from midnight to 6 a.m., according to KSNW.

Prosecutors said Randle has several other pending cases.

For two he pleaded "guilty" to misdemeanors; the other two he pleaded "no contest" to felonies.

He is expected to be sentenced for those on Aug. 17, 2018.

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<![CDATA[Vikings Host NFL's First LGBTQ Summit]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:22:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/VikingsLGBTQSummit_MP4-152969430480100002.jpg
The Minnesota Vikings is the first NFL franchise to host a large-scale summit focused on the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes in sports. 
More than 200 people gathered at the summit in Eagan, Minnesota Thursday.
<![CDATA[Mavs Pick National Champ With 2nd Pick in Draft]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:00:06 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_TALKS_ABOUT_MAVERICKS_SECOND_PICK_BRUNSON.jpg

The Mavericks acquired Luka Doncic in a draft day trade, but also added another quality player in former Villanova Wildcat Jalen Brunson, NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs talks about what he likes about this pick up

<![CDATA[Pat Doney, Jeff 'Skin' Wade Talk Doncic Move]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:40:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney-skin-wade-doncic-web.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jeff "Skin" Wade from 105.3 The Fan talk about the major DFW sports scene shakeup with the Mavericks acquiring Luka Doncic.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Defensive End Tyrone Crawford Becomes a Father]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:54:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TYRONE_CRAWFORD_ON_JASON_WITTEN_FOR_WEB.jpg

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford became a father today and he was happy to let the world know!

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<![CDATA[Former Cowboy Putting the Community First Post-Football]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:04:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Greg-Ellis-stage-play-062018.jpg

A former Cowboys' first-round pick is preparing for his post-football career and he's hoping to make a big impact on the community.

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<![CDATA[Sochi: One of the Best Cities to Enjoy FIFA World Cup 2018]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:54:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PRINCIPAL-world-cup-picture-from-Sochi-Telemundo-39.jpg

Hundreds are enjoying the city as they await for Saturday’s match between Germany and Sweden at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. It was here where Spain played against Portugal and Panama faced Belgium. Erik Mora, sports director from our sister station Telemundo 39, also shows us how Sochi Olympic Park looks like four years after the Winter Olympic Games.

<![CDATA[Frisco Becomes Home to Innovative Sports Medicine Complex]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:05:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frisco-Sports-Research-062018.jpg

If you drive on the Tollway through Frisco, you've probably seen the new Baylor Scott and White Sports Therapy and Research Center at the Star.

Inside the new 300,000 square foot center are the makings of a first-of-its-kind collaboration: an NFL team, a healthcare system and a school district. 

The goal is simple.

"To really help these athletes move better, perform better recover faster so they can play longer," said Mike Oviedo, Director of Performance Health.

14-year-old Noah McCant is one of the center's first young patients.

He injured his hamstring while running, two years ago; the Heritage High School athlete says other physical therapies never helped. Out of options, he turned to Oviedo for help.

The performance center is the only health center in Texas to use Fusionetics, app-based technology that pinpoints the exact weak spots of an athlete.

"When I first started working on Noah, I'd pushed into this muscle, and you can get a good reaction out of him. Now, he has a good poker face," Oviedo said.

The app outlines McCant's stretching program.

"There's an app for it and really helps out because it shows what you need to do and the right way to do it and it's been really good for me," he said.

Fusionetics is just one of the innovative programs at the complex.

There is imaging, a concussion program, orthopedics and ongoing research into how to best prevent non-contact sports injuries.

And the technology is going mobile.

The center will send trainers to Frisco high schools to do movement assessment screenings on every athlete.

"These programs are actually meant to get them to move better, reducing the risk of injury, so it makes Frisco the safest place to play sports," Oviedo said.

Those screenings are free to the students and the district.

They will also be offered to high schoolers in the fine arts departments.

The Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Scott and White invested nearly $200 million in the partnership.

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<![CDATA[World Cup Fans Celebrate in the Streets of St. Petersburg]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:56:38 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NBC-5-World-Cup-picture-final.jpg

The Telemundo 39 sports team arrived in St. Petersburg, around 2:30 a.m., but the streets don’t look like anything you’d see during a regular night. Dozens are walking on Nevski Avenue with flags and drums celebrating the victory of Russia over Egypt.

<![CDATA[Dirk Celebrates His 40th Birthday in Style]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:08:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-933711736.jpg

If you did not hear, yesterday was Dirk Nowitzki's 40th birthday; and despite DFW's best efforts, no one celebrated harder than Dirk.

However, he made sure to give special thanks to some of the important people in his life, including the Mavs' Director of Player Development.

And Dirk made sure he got in on the laughs, too. He reminded everyone that despite his two decades in Dallas, he's always going to be "straight outta Wurzburg (Germany)".

He also had some special non-sports guests attend his birthday bash, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, also known as Jazz from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Check out DJ Jazzy Jeff's clip of his birthday party performance with rapper Busta Rhymes. However, we'd like to warn you, you will see Dirk dancing and hear some NSFWs, both may be considered alarming.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Extend Winning Streak to 4, Beat Royals]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:10:47 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-cole-hamels-texas-rangers-1.jpg

Cole Hamels allowed four hits over seven innings, Delino DeShields doubled home two runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games.

The Royals have lost eight straight, matching their season high, and 14 of 15. They own a major league-worst 10-28 home record and their 22-51 overall mark is the worst in franchise history after 73 games.

Hamels (4-6) picked up his first win since May 22. The run off him in the fifth was unearned and he has yet to allow an earned run in 20 innings over three starts at Kauffman Stadium.

Keone Kela pitched a spotless ninth for his 17th save in as many chances.

DeShields' second-inning double scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Robinson Chirinos.

Kiner-Falefa, who had three hits and walked, doubled home Adrian Beltre in the third. Jurickson Profar scored the second run of the inning after Mike Moustakas' fielding error to make it 4-0.

Royals starter Jason Hammel (2-8) was removed after 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks. Hammel is 0-6 in nine home starts since an Aug. 20 victory over Cleveland.

Rosell Herrera's two-out double in the fifth scored Alex Gordon with the Kansas City run.

Whit Merrifield led off the Royals' first with a walk, took second on a wild pitch and stole third with none out, but did not score. Salvador Perez grounded into his 12th double play after Moustakas walked to end the inning.

Alex Gordon picked up his seventh outfield assist of the season, throwing out Elvis Andrus trying to score from second on Profar's ninth-inning single.

The Rangers have more than half of their 31 victories in the second games of series. They are 16-8 in Game 2s.

Adalberto Mondesi doubled off Rangers RHP Bartolo Colon on Monday. His father Raul Mondesi went 2 for 11 off Colon. The Mondesi family is the fourth father-son combo to each record a plate appearance against the 45-year-old pitcher.

Rangers: LHP Yohander Mendez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock after violating team rules. RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx was recalled from the same club.

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 4-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 13 starts. He will be used in relief.

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda (right foot plantar fasciitis) went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer and a double in Omaha's 9-2 victory Tuesday in Reno in his second minor league rehab game. OF Jorge Bonifacio, who is suspended for the first 80 games for violating the MLB's drug policy, is hitting .448 in seven games with Omaha.

Rangers: Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 6.55) will start the series finale. He went 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 11 starts with Round Rock.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (5-7, 4.43) has lost his past four decisions. He has never faced the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[NFL Hall of Famer Joe Greene Talks About the Cowboys]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:41:52 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy-and-Joe-Greene-061918.jpg

Pittsburgh Steelers legend and NFL Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene is a native Texan and lives in Flower Mound. He talks with NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs about Terrell Owens not going to the Hall of Fame ceremony and gives his thoughts on what he expects from current Cowboys stars Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.

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<![CDATA[Arkansas-Texas Tech Game at CWS is Postponed Until Wednesday]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:33:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Texas+Tech+logo+at+CWS1.jpg

 The College World Series game between Arkansas and Texas Tech has been postponed because of the threat of rain in the Omaha area Tuesday night.
   The Razorbacks and Red Raiders will play their Bracket 2 winners' game on Wednesday. The Bracket 1 losers' game between North Carolina and Oregon State will follow.
   Two CWS games have had weather problems. Arkansas' win over Texas on Sunday was interrupted for 2 hours, 49 minutes. The Monday game between Oregon State and Washington had a 4-hour, 31-minute delay.

The College World Series game between Arkansas and Texas Tech has been postponed because of the threat of rain in the Omaha area Tuesday night.

The Razorbacks and Red Raiders will play their Bracket 2 winners' game on Wednesday. The Bracket 1 losers' game between North Carolina and Oregon State will follow.

Two CWS games have had weather problems. Arkansas' win over Texas on Sunday was interrupted for 2 hours, 49 minutes. The Monday game between Oregon State and Washington had a 4-hour, 31-minute delay.

<![CDATA[Gators Top Longhorns 6-1 in CWS Win ]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:27:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/University+of+Texas+Longhorns.jpg

Jackson Kowar struck out a career-high 13 in 6 2/3 innings, Jonathan India hit a three-run homer and defending national champion Florida eliminated Texas from the College World Series with a 6-1 win on Tuesday.

Kowar (10-5) held the Longhorns scoreless on five hits, mixing his changeup with a fastball still touching the mid-90s deep into his season-high 121-pitch afternoon.

The Kansas City Royals' first-round draft pick struck out the side in the third and sixth innings and broke his previous high of 11 Ks he set against TCU in the CWS last year. He became the first pitcher with 13 strikeouts in a CWS game since 2010 and, according to ESPN, the first in 40 years to do it in fewer than seven innings.

India, the No. 5 overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds, singled to make it 1-0 in the first inning and he broke the game open with his three-run homer in the sixth.

Texas starter Blair Henley (6-7) struggled with his control and lasted only 2 2/3 innings, the second-shortest of his 22 career starts. He gave up four hits, walked four and threw a wild pitch.

Florida (48-20) came into the game after a 6-3 loss to Texas Tech in its CWS opener. The Gators had committed 16 errors in their last 11 games and had batted .186 and scored a total of eight runs in their previous three games.

The Gators played error-free against the Longhorns, and their offense had 10 hits.

Kowar didn't allow a base runner past second until the seventh, when Jake McKenzie singled leading off and ended up at third on Masen Hibbeler's double with none out. Kowar struck out Tate Shaw and Ryan Reynolds and left to applause from both Florida and Texas fans. Jordan Butler came on and struck out David Hamilton.

Chase Shugart took over for Henley and kept it a 1-0 game until there were two outs in the sixth. Nelson Maldonado's RBI single came before India's 21st home run of the season made it 5-0. Nick Horvath homered for Florida in the eighth.

Texas (42-23) broke through for a run in the eighth on DJ Petrinsky's one-out single.

The Longhorns struck out a season-high 15 times against Kowar, Butler and Michael Byrne, the most for the program since fanning 17 times against TCU in 2017.

Florida plays another elimination game Thursday against the loser of the Tuesday night game between Arkansas and Texas Tech. The Gators still need three wins to reach the best-of-three finals for the second year in a row.

The season is over for Texas, which lost 11-5 to Arkansas on Sunday and went 0-2 at the CWS for only the sixth time in its record 36 appearances.

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<![CDATA[NFL Hall of Famer Mean Joe Greene’s Annual Fundraiser]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:13:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy-and-Joe-Greene-061918.jpg

NFL Hall of Famer Joe Greene is one of football’s all-time greats. A multiple Super Bowl winner with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he is a native Texan and lives in Flower Mound. He’s hosting his annual fundraiser at the end of June, and he spoke about it with NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Criticism Leads to Sports League Fallout: Parents]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:22:09 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Anna-Sports-Group-social-media-061918.jpg

Two families in Anna say they believe their children were black-balled after parents complained about how the non-profit Anna Sports Group handled the background check of a volunteer coach.

Monday, NBC 5 reported the arrest of volunteer baseball coach Jason Conn last week. Records showed the arrest happened after a misdemeanor hunting violation in January. Conn is facing two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Anna Sports Group said that's when it learned Conn was a felon with multiple Collin County drug convictions that date back to 2002.

Conn, 38, coached 8- and 9-year-old boys for Anna Sports Group. It said he passed a background check two years ago. Monday, the president of Anna Sports Group, Clark Miller, told NBC 5 the background check covered the last 10 years and missed the older convictions.

"We made a mistake. We own the mistake. We're disappointed in ourselves. We are very upset with our process," Miller said.

Most of the drug offenses occurred in 2002, including possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Court records also showed violations including a DWI arrest in 2005 and evading arrest in 2008.

Tuesday, two families who said they questioned how the Anna Sports Group handled Conn's background check learned their kids' registrations for the fall were canceled.

"We're not really aware or sure that background checks were really being done and if they are being done are they overlooking them?" asked David Upton.

After Upton posted his concerns about Anna Sports Group's background checks, he said he received emails notifying him that his two sons' fall registration was canceled.

The emails from Anna Sports Group said, "It’s clear by your statements and comments both current and past that you do not have confidence in the leadership and management of the Anna Sports Group. We never want our athletes and parents to feel uncomfortable and lack confidence in our volunteers and our programs. We always want to make sure the relationship between ASG and its athlete parents is productive and positive and this is not the case here. Therefore, we are canceling your registration for the upcoming fall football season and refunding your registration fee. Your fee will be refunded directly to the card to which it was originally charged or mailed by check."

"I feel it was pure retaliation for us being outspoken about the leadership," Upton said. "That's purely what was behind the emails."

Another parent, Cindy Silva, said she received similar emails Tuesday morning after she criticized Anna Sports Group online.

"I feel like it was just out of being spiteful," said Silva. "Let's take her kids out of it."

She said her 6- and 8-year-old were disappointed they couldn't play this fall with their friends in Anna.

"Instead of talking to us parents, he took it out on the kids," Silva said. "You don't do that to the kids, it's not their fault."

Miller told NBC 5 by phone on Tuesday he canceled two family registrations because he believed the families would not want to play with Anna Sports Group. When asked if the families requested the refund, Miller said they had not.

NBC 5 asked why Miller canceled registrations if the parents didn't request them.

"It might have been a bad decision on my part," Miller said.

He also insisted he didn't cancel the registrations of other families that complained.

Tuesday afternoon, Silva said Miller offered to reinstate her kids in the program.

Upton said he's hopeful for the same offer. He said he never wanted his kids to lose a chance to play sports in Anna, but he wanted the leadership to offer more answers.

"We just want the organization to protect them and give them the opportunity to play for their community," Upton said.

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<![CDATA[Happy 40th Birthday Dirk! My, How You've Changed]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:58:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+DIRK+NOW.gif Dirk Nowitzki turns 40 on June 19, 2018 -- he joined the Dallas Mavericks at age 19, and my how he's changed through the years!

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