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Nearly a week after prominent USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to prison for the sexual assault of several female gymnasts, Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate misconduct allegations at the famed Karolyi Ranch, the U.S. Olympic training facility in Southeast Texas, north of Houston, where Nassar had treated athletes.

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Coming soon, Dallas Maverick fans will have a high-tech option to pay for tickets.

Owner Mark Cuban says the team will become the first pro sports franchise outside of California to accept bitcoin.

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To many of us, the word “maverick” in English means an individual who marches to the beat of his own drum.

That’s what Dallas’ NBA team was going for across all languages, but “maverick” didn’t translate quite how it had thought in Chinese. In fact, for nearly two decades, the team’s Chinese name meant “little cows” in English.

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Sports news coming out of North Texas made a lot of national headlines in 2017. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made a lot of people mad, the nation’s longest winning streak came to an end and a local legend was enshrined by his sport.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's half-season run from his six-game suspension ended Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to let him play while it considers his appeal.

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The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series, winning their first championship crown in the team's 55-year history (and 56th season).

The Astros jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and held on for the rest of the game watching the Dodgers squander multiple opportunities to score.

"We held down a really tough lineup," said Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, who pitched four innings in relief, giving up the Dodgers' only run. He struck out four batters, walked one and earned the win.

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A federal judge cleared the way Monday night for the NFL to enforce a six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations.

The Los Angeles Dodgers evened the stakes Saturday night, outlasting the Houston Astros in a drawn-out rally that quickly escalated into a 6-2 victory in the final inning.

The Dodgers' Joc Pederson sealed the late comeback with a three-run homer off of Astros pitcher Joe Musgrove in the top of the ninth inning.

Going into Game 4 of the World Series, the Houston Astros have a 2-1 lead. But a dark cloud is hanging over Houston's Friday night victory after first baseman Yuli Gurriel made a racist gesture toward Japanese LA Dodgers player Yu Darvish, pulling at the corners of his eyes and appearing to say "Chinito," which is translated as "little Chinese boy."

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Court clears way for NFL to suspend Elliott; Dallas Animal Services is doing better; medical cannabis will be available to certain Texans soon; and more.

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The declaration by the powerful owner of the Dallas Cowboys that he would bench anyone who shows disrespect to the American flag drew a sharp response from the NFL players' union Monday and raised the possibility of another call to action by athletes who have kneeled during the national anthem.

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The NFL filed an emergency motion in federal appeals court Friday, hoping to get a swift ruling on its request to overrule a judge who blocked a six-game suspension for star Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in a domestic violence case in Ohio.

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A federal judge blocked Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over a domestic violence case Friday, setting the stage for a potentially lengthy legal fight with the NFL.

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When the Dallas Cowboys take the field next month, they'll be without one their best players. The NFL suspended 22-year-old running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games after a yearlong domestic violence investigation.

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The Texas Rangers are honoring one of the best players ever to play for the team. Former catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last month.

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The NFL suspended star Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games Friday, concluding after a yearlong investigation that the league rushing leader caused injuries to his then-girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.

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It's a big weekend for the Texas Rangers. One of its former players is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez will be only the second Ranger to achieve that honor, joining Nolan Ryan.

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High school football in North Texas produces talent that has made it to the NFL, and on Thursday night an Arlington native made history.

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The Dallas Stars Thursday named a new coach – and he's the same one who brought them a Stanley Cup nearly two decades ago. The announcement of Ken Hitchcock's hiring comes after the Stars melted down in one of their worst seasons since coming to Dallas.

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Longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is replacing analyst Phil Simms on the top NFL broadcasting team for CBS after choosing retirement over playing for a team other than the Dallas Cowboys.

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The NCAA Women’s Final Four tips off tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman played a role in bringing the tournament to Dallas. In our Friday Conversation, she said Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle tapped her at the last minute to pitch the city as a tournament site to the NCAA.

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After 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys — quarterback Tony Romo’s time with the club is coming to an end. The 36-year-old looks to be either released or traded by the only team he’s ever played for.

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It didn't take Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki long to join an exclusive club of NBA players who have scored at least 30,000 points. 

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Almost a week after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI, the NFL has weighed in on what Texas’ so-called “bathroom bill” could mean for future championship football games in Texas.

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A new Title IX lawsuit was filed late last week against Baylor University – the latest of six federal lawsuits against the school, and the second in a week. It alleges staff encouraged football players to commit sexual assault and that staff used female students to have sex with football recruits to make sure they had a “good time.”

The attorney who filed the case claims their investigation found at least 52 acts of rape committed by no fewer than 31 football players between 2011 and 2014 – including five gang rapes.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are headed to the NFC championship game for the first time since the 2014 season after a thrilling finish over the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.

 

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The Dallas Cowboys are back in the national spotlight. They finished the season with a 13-3 record, and are the top seed in the NFC playoffs - and have home-field advantage. The Cowboys are taking on the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and it'll be the eighth time the franchises face off in the postseason.

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Every football fan knows about crime and punishment on the field. You break the rules? You get a penalty. A team of researchers including professors from the University of Texas at Dallas has tried to gauge the link between penalties on the field — and crime off it. 

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It wasn’t a championship year for sports in North Texas, but there were still reasons to celebrate. The Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars and FC Dallas each had their league’s best record, and each bowed out early in the playoffs.

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Cowboys fans have come to know Joe Buck well. As the lead announcer for Fox’s football broadcasts, he’s called the action for much of this so-far magical season. He’s in town for the Thanksgiving Day game, and he sat down with KERA’s Stephen Becker:

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