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Shopping of Adrian Beltre shows this July is all about 2019 - and beyond - for Rangers

Shopping of Adrian Beltre shows this July is all about 2019 - and beyond - for Rangers

The Rangers went to the wire a year ago, trading Yu Darvish to the Dodgers minutes before the deadline was crossed. Maybe it was difficult to pull the trigger because it felt like, in Jon Daniels’ own words, the end of an era of Rangers winning.Even if the franchise never finished the job in St. Louis, five trips to the postseason in seven years (plus a 163rd game to try to qualify in 2013) marked by far the glory days of Rangers baseball.Adrian Beltre still represents that era. In fact, unlike Darvish, who arrived from Japan a year later, Beltre at least competed in the second of the...
Jun 22, 2018
Can't fault Mavericks for gambling on Luka Doncic, but this dose of reality awaits them

Can't fault Mavericks for gambling on Luka Doncic, but this dose of reality awaits them

On the first weekend of summer with temperatures crossing the 100-degree mark, I lack the ability to produce rain. And, actually, raining on the Mavericks' lottery pick parade is hardly my intention.But perhaps a touch of sobriety while toasting the winners of the Luka Doncic derby is in order.The European shooting guard came at a high price. If reports are true that the Mavericks refused to put Wesley Matthews in the deal and were all too willing to send a first-round pick to Atlanta instead, I don't see how that fits a team just getting started on a serious rebuild. Yes, the pick is...
Jun 20, 2018

Who will the Mavs select in the NBA draft? Our experts weigh in

Tim CowlishawLuka Doncic, Real Madrid: Like a return to Donnie Nelson's roots, Mavs go after the Slovenian shooting guard to pump some life into an awful offense. They may get him at 5 or they may have to move up to Atlanta's spot at 3 to make it happen. But I don't think the Mavs go big in the first round as they will roll the dice once more on landing a center in free agency.Eddie SefkoWendell Carter, Duke: Let's assume that Ayton, Doncic and Jackson are gone. If any of them fall, the Mavericks will gladly be there to scoop them up. But Carter is a more ready-made NBA player rather than...
Jun 19, 2018

This bizarre Ken Hitchcock memory about Stars' Stanley Cup involves Dallas preparing to play a Game 7

Editor's note: We're bringing this back since it is the 19-year anniversary of the Dallas Stars starting Game 6 and eventually winning their first Stanley Cup in the early hours of the next day.===The general manager making midnight phone calls from the dressing room.It is the curse of any great coach or athlete that the losses stand out more than the victories. And so it's perfectly appropriate that, as he moves on from a lifetime in coaching, even Ken Hitchcock's memory of his greatest triumph -- a triple-overtime Game 6 victory in Buffalo to bring the Stanley Cup to Dallas -- bends towards...
Jun 14, 2018
Why Chicago could be good trade partner for Mavs if things break the right way on draft night

Why Chicago could be good trade partner for Mavs if things break the right way on draft night

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, author of Drunk on Sports and panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn," answered questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, Stars and college sports in his weekly reader mailbag. Here are some highlights:Question: Which top-10 prospect would you absolutely stay away from drafting if you were with the Mavs?Tim Cowlishaw: I would stay away from Trae Young because I can't imagine how he and Dennis Smith Jr. would play together for the next few years. I'm not as high on Bamba as some, but if you are truly...
Jun 14, 2018
Why these Texas Rangers are so hard to watch (besides all the losses)

Why these Texas Rangers are so hard to watch (besides all the losses)

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, author of Drunk on Sports and panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn," answered questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, Stars and college sports in his weekly reader mailbag. Here are some highlights:Question: What letter grade would you give this Rangers season so far?Tim Cowlishaw: I'm giving them a D. I would only give them an F if they were a huge disappointment. Right now, they are on pace to finish last and lose 100 games. I picked them to finish last and lose 91 games. So it's not that far below my...
Jun 14, 2018
While Mavericks can't be booted from the NBA, Dallas is suffering league's own form of relegation

While Mavericks can't be booted from the NBA, Dallas is suffering league's own form of relegation

We have just eight years before the World Cup arrives on our shores. For some, that means there is work to be done to prove we are knowledgeable and worthy hosts for the beautiful game.I thought I would learn more about relegation -- while it’s not part of the World Cup, it’s an important feature of soccer leagues all around the world -- because I have never quite understood how fans are OK with three teams getting kicked to the curb and shoved into a lower league each season.Then I realized the NBA has been doing this for years, only the teams deemed irrelevant number much greater than...
Jun 12, 2018

What Zack Martin's impending extension means for Dak, Zeke, and Earl Thomas to Cowboys speculation

FRISCO -- When you boil it down to dollars and cents, the Cowboys are paying a heavy price for passing on Johnny Manziel four years ago.Zack Martin was back in his familiar No. 70, running around the club's practice field at the start of minicamp Tuesday. A protracted negotiation for his second NFL contract is nearing completion -- close enough that Martin was willing to take the field after skipping three weeks of organized team activities. Along with the league's fifth highest paid tackle (Tyron Smith) and the highest paid center (Travis Frederick) the Cowboys will soon possess the league's...
Jun 9, 2018
Who are the top 10 current or former D-FW athletes you wish could earn a ring?

Who are the top 10 current or former D-FW athletes you wish could earn a ring?

Alex Ovechkin established himself as one of the game's all-time greats long before he got to raise the Stanley Cup on Thursday night in Las Vegas. In his 13th season and an MVP winner (in his case a three-time winner), it reminded one of Dirk Nowitzki finally capturing that ring in Miami in 2011.So let's set our sights here. Who are the great players -- both current and long gone -- you wish could earn or could have earned rings with area teams?To make this list, a player had to compete here for six seasons. Five didn't seem like quite enough, and seven seemed unnecessarily restrictive. Those...
Jun 8, 2018
Five 'under' bets worth taking this football season (sorry, Texas)

Five 'under' bets worth taking this football season (sorry, Texas)

It’s a time of year for football optimism, but not all of it can be realistic. In examining the win-loss projections soon to be available at a sports book near you (if near means less than 1,000 miles when Mississippi’s operation is up and running), here are five “unders” to take into consideration.1. CLEVELAND -- Under 5.5Sorry if the rest of the football world is thinking that the Browns’ time is close. I do not. Their defense is starting to take shape, but I’m not sure what former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde does for a bad team. And the idea that rookie Baker Mayfield is...
Jun 8, 2018
Looking to take a gamble? Let's just say these bets for football season may leave you 'overjoyed'

Looking to take a gamble? Let's just say these bets for football season may leave you 'overjoyed'

It’s hard for me to say that your legal sports betting options crept closer this week -- Dover, Del., is actually 200 miles farther away than Las Vegas -- but it won’t be long before our surrounding states (or least Mississippi) will open their doors to take more of your money without a deck of cards being involved.Naturally, I am here to help. So many wonderful ways to bet the “over” on NFL and Big 12 teams’ won-loss totals, so little time. Here we look at my seven best bets in order.1. JACKSONVILLE -- Over 9Not sure what the thinking is with this low a total for a team that was...
Jun 7, 2018
Don't expect any Rangers to be untouchable around the MLB trade deadline

Don't expect any Rangers to be untouchable around the MLB trade deadline

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, author of Drunk on Sports and panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn," answered questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, Stars and college sports in his weekly reader mailbag. Here are some highlights.Question: Who has hurt their trade value more this year: Hamels or Beltre?Tim Cowlishaw: Beltre, for sure. Hamels has had some good starts in the past month, just as he did for the Phillies prior to the Rangers trading for him three years ago. Beltre's bat showed some life this past week, but two stints on the...
Jun 7, 2018
What the Mavericks can't afford to do with the No. 5 overall draft pick

What the Mavericks can't afford to do with the No. 5 overall draft pick

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, author of Drunk on Sports and panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn," answered questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, Stars and college sports in his weekly reader mailbag. Here are some highlights.Question: Smart or not smart for the Mavs to trade their first-round pick for Jaylen Brown? Have seen Celtics-Mavs trade rumors floating out there.Tim Cowlishaw: There's no perimeter player in this draft whose game is as developed as Brown's. He may have run out of gas late against Cleveland, but he had an...
Jun 5, 2018
Why Dez caught it, LeBron took a charge and officiating is hard

Why Dez caught it, LeBron took a charge and officiating is hard

Sometime next month I will have rented this space for 20 years, and you can celebrate or mourn that as you choose. In that entire time, while discussing replay systems and rules changes with some frequency, I have not focused more than a handful of columns on specifically bad officiating calls.Fans tend to see everything in terms of whether or not the refs just cost their team a game. They always want us to write more, say more about how the Cowboys got cheated. My general take on officiating is, essentially, the beginning of Howard Beale's famous rant in the film Network."I don't have to...
Jun 1, 2018
76ers GM Bryan Colangelo proves that on the battlefield of Twitter, nuance is the first casualty

76ers GM Bryan Colangelo proves that on the battlefield of Twitter, nuance is the first casualty

Let's not let one of the wildest NBA Finals games in history -- one that included another record-shattering performance by LeBron James, a terrible decision to overturn a judgment call in the final minute and the all-time colossal blunder by J.R. Smith to dribble out the clock -- let's not allow that to distract us from an amazing Twitter tale involving burner accounts and privileged information being made public.I mean there will be more games. There is always time to discuss James and his unmatched greatness. How often do we get to discuss a decorated president of an NBA team possibly...

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