2:05 PM EDT, Mon July 22, 2019
8 mins ago
An Ezekiel Elliott holdout shouldn't derail these Dallas Cowboys

An Ezekiel Elliott holdout shouldn't derail these Dallas Cowboys

Your intrepid reporter can confirm a national report from over the weekend:Zeke Elliott may or may not miss the start of training camp this week.Rock-solid reporting, is what it is.History tells us that even if Zeke holds out, it's not necessarily the end of the world, though you could probably see it from there. Depends, of course, on how long Zeke sits and how well the Cowboys play without him. For instance, Emmitt Smith held out two games in 1993 and the Cowboys, with rookie Derrick Lassic in Emmitt's place, lost both. After the second loss, Charles Haley, never one to take disappointment...
2 hours ago
Cowboys enemy report: Without their trusty back-up, the Eagles' success will depend on the health of Carson Wentz

Cowboys enemy report: Without their trusty back-up, the Eagles' success will depend on the health of Carson Wentz

There has been no shortage of drama in the NFC East this offseason from contract extensions to big trades to rookie quarterbacks getting drafted. The Cowboys won the division last year, but no team has won the NFC East in back-to-back years since the Eagles in the 2003-04 seasons.With training camp drawing increasingly closer, we caught up with beat writers from the other NFC East teams to discuss major offseason events and what can be expected from the Cowboys opponents this year. These interviews have been edited and condensed for length and clarity.Here is the third installment on the...
2 hours ago
Jamie Benn's best days with the Stars are behind him, could a decrease in ice time be next?

Jamie Benn's best days with the Stars are behind him, could a decrease in ice time be next?

Matthew DeFranks, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some of the highlights: Question: Have we seen the best of Jamie Benn?DeFranks: I think so. Jamie Benn probably isn't going to win another Art Ross trophy, and the days of 30 goals and 50 assists are likely gone. I wouldn't be surprised to see his ice time decreased to keep him more fresh (he already stopped killing penalties last season), and with less ice time comes less production, though the Stars could get a better Benn for a...
3 hours ago
NFL writer: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott deserves to be rated 99 overall in Madden 20

NFL writer: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott deserves to be rated 99 overall in Madden 20

The never-ending debate over which NFL players got shafted by EA in its upcoming Madden 20 release continues...Multiple players have already expressed their frustrations about the rating system, which ranks players on a scale of 0-99. This year's lowest ranked non-specialist -- Washington backup QB Josh Woodrum -- checks in with a 44.Most complaints from players were all in good fun.Patriots QB Tom Brady campaigned for a higher speed rating on social media. Ravens safety Tony Jefferson jokingly called himself "trash" on Twitter after seeing his rating. Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders...
6 hours ago
5 training camp storylines to follow, position previews, and Ezekiel Elliott 'not worth' the money? -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up (July 22)

5 training camp storylines to follow, position previews, and Ezekiel Elliott 'not worth' the money? -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up (July 22)

July 22, 2019Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.Today's top stories-- 5 training camp storylines to follow as Cowboys try to end Super Bowl drought-- Oddsmakers list Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott in top 20 players most likely to win MVP, Dak Prescott isn't far behind-- Cowboys' Jason Garrett lands in bottom half of NFL.com's 2019 head coach power rankings-- Dak Prescott: Ezekiel Elliott's presence on offense makes Cowboys dominant when they 'need to be'-- To achieve success in 2019, the Cowboys will have to overcome more than just the Philadelphia...
14 hours ago
NHL analyst: Stars are among select teams with a 'real shot' of winning Stanley Cup in 2020

NHL analyst: Stars are among select teams with a 'real shot' of winning Stanley Cup in 2020

NHL Network analyst and former NHL player Mike Johnson recently broke-down the Dallas Stars' roster for the upcoming 2019-2020 regular season. Below is a recap of what Johnson had to say as the Stars seek their first Stanley Cup title since the 1998-1999 season. You can view the full video here.On expectations and new playersJohnson: "They’re high. Very high. They have so many ingredients of a team that goes far in the regular season but also goes deep in the playoffs. It starts with the guy taking batting practice behind Corey Perry: Ben Bishop. He’s been one of the best in the league...
15 hours ago
Highly-touted 2021 QB Jalen Milroe commits to Texas over Texas A&M, Alabama, others

Highly-touted 2021 QB Jalen Milroe commits to Texas over Texas A&M, Alabama, others

Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns have landed another highly-touted dual-threat quarterback recruit. Tompkins High School (Katy, Texas) quarterback Jalen Milroe announced his commitment to the Longhorns in a Twitter video Sunday evening, choosing Texas over Alabama, Texas A&M and Houston among others in a group of eight finalists. Milroe is rated as a 4-star prospect and the No. 3 overall 2021 recruit from Texas in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Milroe joins Duncanville dual-threat quaterback Ja'Quinden Jackson -- rated by The Dallas Morning News as the No. 1 overall D-FW area prospect in...
16 hours ago
Mesquite Outlaws set to name Tatu as head coach

Mesquite Outlaws set to name Tatu as head coach

Sources have confirmed to 3rd Degree that new Major Arena Soccer League side Mesquite Outlaws Futbol Club is set to name the legendary Tatu as its first head coach.The Brazilian scored 736 goals in his time with the Dallas Sidekicks, winning four championships both as a player and as player/coach. Gordon Jago had initially discovered Tatu while coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the pair finished runners-up in the 1981/82 NASL Indoor season. Jago left the Rowdies, who would go on to win the 1983 NASL Indoor championship before the league folded. Jago, then with the Dallas Sidekicks, brought Tatu...
18 hours ago
Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley suffers arm injury in Houston, set to be re-evaluated

Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley suffers arm injury in Houston, set to be re-evaluated

HOUSTON -- Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley left Sunday’s game vs. the Houston Astros with an arm injury without throwing an official pitch. Kelley experienced pain in his right biceps during a warmup pitch, immediately came off the mound and went to the dugout where he slammed his glove down with his left hand. He was taken for an MRI after the game. He will be re-evaluated.Kelley, 35, was in the midst of a strong season after signing late with the Rangers. He had moved into the de facto closer’s role after Jose Leclerc struggled in April. Kelley had 11 saves in 15 chances and a 3.00 ERA in...
18 hours ago
Swing and a miss: Strikeouts continue to mount for Rangers as losing streak reaches 7 games

Swing and a miss: Strikeouts continue to mount for Rangers as losing streak reaches 7 games

HOUSTON - And, on the seventh game, they met.The Rangers’ strikeout-laden losing streak extended to seven games Sunday with a fitful 5-3 loss to Houston. It was full of futile flailing at the plate - 13 more strikeouts! - and was followed by a 30-minute team get-together to discuss finding a way to rescue a once-promising season that could be headed for the recycling bin.The loss dropped to fourth in the AL West. They head to Seattle for three games against the cellar-dwelling Mariners this week. If the losing streak churns on, they could soon be closer to the Mariners in the standings than...
20 hours ago
Report: Los Angeles Lakers claim ex-Mavs forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, brother of NBA MVP Giannis

Report: Los Angeles Lakers claim ex-Mavs forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, brother of NBA MVP Giannis

Update, July 21: Kostas Antetokounmpo's time on the waiver wire didn't last long. The Los Angeles Lakers claimed the forward off free agent waivers on Sunday, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. The Mavericks had placed him on waivers Friday afternoon.Original story, July 19: The Mavericks announced on Friday they requested waivers to release forward Kostas Antetokounmpo.Antetokounmpo, a younger brother of reigning NBA MVP Giannis, signed with the Mavericks on a two-way contract last offseason. He was the No. 60 pick in the 2018 draft, and Dallas acquired his draft rights from the...
22 hours ago
3 reasons why Jim Lites' Benn/Seguin comments didn't impact Stars' ability to attract free agents

3 reasons why Jim Lites' Benn/Seguin comments didn't impact Stars' ability to attract free agents

Matthew DeFranks, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some of the highlights:Question: Is it somewhat shocking to you that the Stars had a nice free agency haul despite comments from CEO Jim Lites about Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn?DeFranks: Not really. The Stars had three things working in their favor: 1. They are perceived as a Stanley Cup contender. 2. They had cap space. 3. People like living in Dallas, especially during the winter.In the end, those three things that directly impact a...
22 hours ago
Watch: Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki takes part in charity soccer match in Germany

Watch: Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki takes part in charity soccer match in Germany

The retired life has been treating Dirk Nowitzki very well. In addition to being able to spend more time with his family and eating all the ice cream his heart desires, the Mavericks icon is also free to pursue his other athletic interests off the hardwood. In June, Nowitzki again hosted his annual charity baseball game in Frisco. But on Sunday in his home country of Germany, he took part in Bayer 04 Leverkusen's "Champions for Charity" game. In addition to hanging out with some of Germany's top athletes, one of the NBA's most prolific scorers also showed his skills on the field. He suited as...
23 hours ago
Best in Texas offseason series: Longhorns, Aggies lead the 'best team' race, but this pattern bodes well for TCU

Best in Texas offseason series: Longhorns, Aggies lead the 'best team' race, but this pattern bodes well for TCU

SportsDay's panel of college bloggers recently voted to decide which team in Texas should be called "the best" heading into the 2019 football season. The top team on their ballots received 12 points, second-best received 11 points and so on.Here's a look at our offseason Best in Texas poll. Those voting in the poll: Selby Lopez, Reece Graham, Dean Straka, Spenser Davis, Trenton Daeschner, Alex Miller, and Brett Vito.More pollsBest team | Best offense | Best defenseBest offensive player | Best defensive playerBest Team Rank/school Points 1. Texas (4) 81 2....
Jul 21, 2019
Oddsmakers list Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott in top 20 players most likely to win MVP, Dak Prescott isn't far behind

Oddsmakers list Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott in top 20 players most likely to win MVP, Dak Prescott isn't far behind

As the Cowboys still have to make a decision about Ezekiel Elliott's future, there's no doubt that he's their most impactful offensive player of the present. It appears oddsmakers agree. BetOnline.AG recently listed which NFL players have the best odds of winning the MVP award and the first Cowboy on the list was none other than Elliott, tying for the 18th-highest odds. Not far behind Elliott was Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Here are some of the players listed in BetOnline.AG's odds to win the NFL MVP award as of July 18:Patrick Mahomes 6/1 Aaron Rodgers 9/1 Andrew Luck 9/1 ...