ARLINGTON—By most accounts, this has been a normal offseason for Texas Rangers closer Sam Dyson.
Appearing at a local Academy last week with the Rangers Winter Caravan, Dyson, traded from the Miami Marlins prior to the 2015 MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, responded to a question about his offseason with his usual deadpan delivery and dry wit.
“Just normal stuff, take a few months off and get going. Working out, training, throwing. Every now and then, I’ll stop and eat some breakfast, lunch and dinner and the occasional chocolate cake or a beer,” Dyson quipped. “Just try to get the body and mind prepared for the season, that’s it.”
But in one way, this winter hasn’t been typical for Dyson, 28, who just completed his first season as the Texas closer.
That’s because earlier this month, a stanza where he and the Rangers agreed to … Read More »
DALLAS—The TCU and SMU men’s basketball teams don’t play for the Iron Skillet like the Horned Frog and Mustang football teams do, but Wednesday’s cross-town rivalry game at Moody Coliseum still holds plenty of intrigue. For one, the Frogs enter this contest a perfect 8-0 following a 77-54 win over Arkansas State on Saturday at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth. Junior forward Vladimir Brodziansky led the Frogs with 18 points and five blocked shots.
TCU, who is in year one under new head coach Jamie Dixon, is now receiving votes in both polls, but Dixon is adamant that despite their unblemished record, the Frogs remain a work-in-progress. “Getting better, we’re improving. I can get excited about what we can become,” Dixon said during his postgame press conference on Saturday.
The Frogs field a starting five consisting mostly of upperclassmen. Besides Brodziansky, that … Read More »
FORT WORTH—On Saturday morning, the TCU Horned Frogs host the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Amon G. Carter Stadium. For the Cowboys (8-2, 6-1 Big 12 Conference), currently ranked No. 11, the goal is simple — win and remain in contention for the conference title.
Mike Gundy’s Pokes have won six straight conference games and four of their last five against the Frogs. But due to previous scheduling quirks, the Cowboys, 2-1 on the road this season, haven’t won in Fort Worth since 1947.
OSU brings its high-powered offense which features a passing attack averaging 348 yards per game, sixth-best in the nation, to Fort Worth to face a pass defense allowing 262 passing yards per game, 101st in the nation. Despite that glaring discrepancy, Gundy isn’t taking Gary Patterson’s Frogs lightly.
“They’re a good team. They’ve got a good coaching staff,” Gundy said … Read More »
FORT WORTH—Last Saturday’s game between Texas Tech and TCU was billed by ESPN as a battle of two gun-slinging quarterbacks who happen to be sons of former big-league pitchers in Tech’s Pat Mahomes III and the Horned Frogs’ Kenny Hill.
Of course, that’s not how this Big 12 Conference clash played out. Points were at a premium in a 27-24 win by the Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium in double overtime. But one of the biggest stories to come out of this game was that Hill, who was 16-29 for 160 yards and one interception, did not play the fourth quarter or in overtime.
Sophomore Foster Sawyer, a Fort Worth product, replaced Hill, a junior, who was 3-for-8 for 31 yards and an interception in the third quarter, on TCU’s final drive of the third.
Sawyer threw a 25-yard touchdown pass … Read More »
FRISCO—Jason Spezza is about to enter his third season with the Dallas Stars and the veteran center can’t be happier with how things have gone thus far in Big D. “Yeah, I think we’re growing. We feel like we’re in a bit of a window here, we have to try to win,” Spezza said. “You can sense the urgency around the rink, you can sense through [Stars President] Jim [Lites] and [head coach] Lindy [Ruff], just the push to try to make us better.”
Last season, Spezza, 33, had 33 goals and 63 points, his first 30-goal season since 2011-12 with the Ottawa Senators. Along with captain Jamie Benn (41 goals) and Tyler Seguin (33 goals), he was one of three 30-goal scorers last season with the Stars, who led the NHL with 267 goals.
The season prior, his first as a … Read More »
FRISCO—There is a sign hanging outside of Toyota Stadium featuring FC Dallas fans holding a banner reading “Thank You Uncle Lamar.”
That sign is of course a reference to legendary Dallas sports figure Lamar Hunt, the founding owner of FCD back in its days known as the Dallas Burn. Well, on Tuesday night, FCD honored Hunt’s memory in a huge way by winning the tournament which bears his name, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, with a 4-2 victory against the New England Revolution at Toyota Stadium.
Dallas won the Open Cup for just the second time in franchise history. The 1997 Dallas Burn captured the trophy in the franchise’s second year of existence. In 2005, the Burn rebranded to become FC Dallas, a paradigm shift which coincided with the club’s relocation to Frisco. Twice FCD has appeared in the Open Cup … Read More »
Earlier this week, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn announced he would not play for Canada in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Benn, second in the NHL with 89 points last season, a total which also led the Stars, was originally slated to play for Canada alongside Dallas linemate Tyler Seguin, 10th in the league last season with 33 goals. But with Benn having surgery in July, there was little wiggle room in his recovery to be ready for the World Cup of Hockey, which starts in mid-September.
In July, Benn signed an eight-year contract extension to the tune of $76 million, ensuring he will remain in Victory Green for the foreseeable future. However, just before the Benn extension was announced by Dallas general manager Jim Nill during a fan event at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, the Stars issued a … Read More »
Josh Howard has a new gig. He’s the new head coach at Piedmont International University, a small Division II school in the former Maverick’s hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And Howard, the 29th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by Dallas who was a Mav until a 2010 trade to the Washington Wizards, couldn’t be happier.
“It was a blessing in disguise,” Howard, now 36, said. “The head coach at the time’s brother-in-law had passed away and they felt like they needed a coach with more experience, so they offered me the job and I definitely took it. It was the perfect situation for me. It’s a faith-based school. I majored in religion at Wake Forest, so that was right down my alley. I’ve always wanted to give back to the community. This was the perfect way to do it.”
Howard’s last … Read More »
FRISCO—Just over two weeks after undergoing surgery for a core muscle issue, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn appears ready to resume skating as soon as this week.
“I feel pretty good. I’m making progress,” Benn said on Saturday after an event at Stars headquarters for the Little Rookies program. “Much like last summer [after my double-hip surgery], these things take time. The hardest part is just trying not to do too much too early.”
Benn, 27, is also just over two weeks removed from signing an eight-year, $76 million contract extension that will pay him $9.5 million per season, putting him among the NHL’s highest-paid players, and keep him wearing Victory Green at least through the end of the 2024-25 campaign.
Of course, the bump in pay is nice for Benn, who won the 2015 Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s point leader, … Read More »
DALLAS—Jim Nill played Santa Claus for Dallas Stars fans last Friday night.
Speaking at an event at Klyde Warren Park to unveil banners for the 2016 Central Division and Western Conference regular-season titles, Nill, the Stars’ GM since 2013, saved his biggest announcement for last, revealing an eight-year, $76 million contract extension for captain and face of the franchise Jamie Benn. The mega-deal keeps the 26-year-old Benn in Dallas through the end of the 2024-25 campaign.
“When you’re building a franchise, there’s certain players that are important to the franchise and he’s as good as anybody there is,” Nill said. “He’s one of the top players in the NHL, one of the top forwards. He’s in the prime of his career. He’s the leader of our team, and he’s a great person on top of it.”
Unfortunately, Benn was not present Friday evening, … Read More »