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Nowitzki, others likely to sit out tonight vs. New Orleans

Dirk Nowitzki, and probably several other starters, will likely play the second night of the upcoming back-to-back situation that will close out the Dallas Mavericks’ preseason. Asked if he was a Bossier City, La., player tonight or an Orlando player …

Jason Hatcher sees 'hate' from other side of Cowboys-Redskins rivalry

IRVING, Texas – Jason Hatcher was a member of the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons. He thought he knew all about the rivalry with the Washington Redskins. Hatcher is seven games into his time with the Redskins after signing with Washington as a free agent, and he is seeing the rivalry from the other side for the first time. “I’ll tell you what; they hate Dallas more than Dallas hate us over here,” Hatcher said on a conference call Thursday leading into the "Monday Night Football" contest at AT&T Stadium.

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is Gold Glove finalist

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is one of three AL West third basemen to be named finalists for the AL Gold Glove at the position. Beltre, 35, joins Oakland’s Josh Donaldson and Seattle’s Kyle Seager as finalists for the …

Former Texas Rangers minor-leaguer in the World Series

Mike Jirschele spent 11 seasons in the Texas Rangers’ minor-league system without ever spending a day in the majors. He is getting his reward this year. Jirschele made his major-league debut this year as Kansas City’s third-base coach. The Royals …

Bruce Carter returns to Cowboys practice

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter, who has missed the last three games with a thigh injury, returned to practice Thursday. Cowboys officials hope Carter will be healthy enough to play in Monday's game against the Washington Redskins. Also, cornerback Brandon Carr, who finished last week's game against the New York Giants with a pulled hamstring, was participating during the open media access period of practice. Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, currently on the reserve/non-football injury list, practiced for the first time this season.
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The Morning Skate, Oct. 23: Keeping the Canucks’ struggles in perspective

The Morning Skate, Oct. 23: Keeping the Canucks’ struggles in perspective

It was a no-win situation. That’s what a friend told me about Tuesday’s Canucks game against the Dallas Stars. Out of nowhere, a 1-0 game became a 3-0 game and, in desperation to find something more entertaining, he flipped over to Game 1 of the World Series. No luck. The San Francisco Giants were pounding the Kansas City Royals and my buddy suddenly felt all alone out there, with nothing to watch that would be of any interest.It was a no-win situation. That’s what a friend told me about Tuesday’s Canucks game against the Dallas Stars. Out of nowhere, a 1-0 game became a 3-0 game...

Dallas Cowboys practice report Thursday: QB Tony Romo, RT Free among four players out; LB Carter, CB Carr practicing

IRVING — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was among four players not practicing Thursday at Valley Ranch. This has been the normal routine for Romo since Week 2 as the Cowboys manage his recovery from December back surgery to repair …

Jason Hatcher's influence on Tyrone Crawford

IRVING, Texas -- As Jason Hatcher entered what turned out to be his final year with the Cowboys, he was quick to tell people the reason would be Tyrone Crawford. Crawford was a third-round pick in 2012 and while he did not record a sack as a rookie, Hatcher believed the potential was there for him to be an every down player. The Cowboys never expected Hatcher to put up 11 sacks and earn a Pro Bowl bid last year, nor did they expect Crawford to miss the 2013 season with a torn Achilles.

Long-time White Sox scout passes

This blog is devoted to doings of the Texas Rangers, but a sad baseball development on Thursday deserves mention. Chicago White Sox scout Paul Provas, based in Arlington, died after a year-long fight with brain cancer. Provas, 63, was elected …

Garrett wants Cowboys to fight

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys skirmished with Seattle at the end of the first half two weeks ago. They had a pre-game skirmish with the New York Giants. They even fought with the Oakland Raiders and among themselves at times during training camp. These Cowboys, it seems, have no intention of being bullied, which is interesting because they haven’t really been known as a physical team since Bill Parcells left. Sure, the Cowboys played hard, but they didn't physically dominate either side of the ball.

Josh Doctson's boyhood dream comes true at TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas -- A high-five, a glove, a photo, a hug, whatever. If TCU’s youngest fans want something from Horned Frogs receiver Josh Doctson, he can’t say no. He knows what those moments mean. Ten years ago, Doctson was one of them. He and his brother Jeremiah were proud members of the Bleacher Creatures club back then, just two of the hundreds of kids who ran onto the Amon G. Carter Stadium field each week before kickoff. For three or four years, the Doctson brothers made that dash and watched from the stands and dreamed.

Stats-eye view of Cowboys-Redskins

IRVING, Texas -- A stats-eye view of Monday's meeting between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins thanks to the fine folks with ESPN Stats & Information: What the fast start means: The Cowboys are off to their first 6-1 start since 2007, with all six wins coming immediately after a Week 1 loss. This is the first time the Cowboys have pulled off this unique win streak in a non-strike season in team history. In 1982, the Cowboys also reeled off 6 straight wins following a loss in their season opener, but that season was cut down to nine games.

Xs and Os: 3 Things From Cowboys-Giants To Examine

Late in the week, we finally get a chance to “look at the tape” as Jason Garrett likes to say and examine some plays that we cannot fully digest on TV.  I can’t promise that every week we will be …

Position Breakdown: Relief pitching

Our daily series on breaking down the Texas Rangers position by position continues with a look at relief pitching. Relievers: Alex Claudio, Jon Edwards, Neftali Feliz, Michael Kirkman, Phil Klein, Corey Knebel, Roman Mendez, Alexi Ogando, Spencer Patton, Robbie Ross Jr., Matt West. Most productive: Netfali Feliz. Least productive: Robbie Ross. Stat of note: 26 relief losses matches the team's total for the past six seasons. Outlook: There’s some uncertainty regarding this group.

Tony Romo growing more accurate too

IRVING, Texas -- In addition to saying he would be the best version of himself over the next few years, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo also said he was throwing the ball as well as he ever had. And he said it after he threw three interceptions in the season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers too. Romo was not talking about arm strength, but his ability to put the ball where he wants. Through seven games, he is completing 69.2 percent of his passes, which is the best in the NFL and would be the best percentage of his career over a full season.

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