12:05 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

In North Texas, Native Iranians Cheer On Their World Cup Team

Members of Iran's soccer team posed in this 2013 picture.
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It’s crunch time in the World Cup as teams from around the globe are facing elimination. And just about every delegation has a group watching in North Texas. Today, one of the teams that has to win to survive is Iran.

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12:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Diagnosis Ends Promising NBA Career Before It Starts For Arlington's Isaiah Austin

Isaiah Austin, a former Baylor basketball star who’s from Arlington, appeared on ESPN to discuss his career-ending medical condition, Marfan syndrome.

Isaiah Austin, a Baylor basketball star who’s from Arlington, learned just a few days before this week's NBA draft that his career is over. Predraft testing revealed that Austin has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue.

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11:24 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Soccer Fever: Thanks To World Cup, Fans And Collectors Flock To Soccer Cards, Stickers

Hugo Salazar, 18, is collecting the Panini America soccer stickers.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

In the U.S., “trading cards” are still synonymous with “baseball cards,” but this World Cup, the world's largest sports collectibles company is determined to change that. With stickers and cards, Irving-based Panini America is winning over soccer fans in the U.S.

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7:02 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Ex-Cowboy Josh Brent Released From Jail Following Drunk Driving Conviction

Josh Brent was convicted in January of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player.

Former Dallas Cowboys tackle Josh Brent was released from jail Sunday after he was convicted for a drunken automobile crash that killed a teammate.

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2:17 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Report: Dallas Out Of The Running For Hosting The 2024 Summer Olympics

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Dallas is out of the running for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities still being considered for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 games, The Associated Press reports.

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12:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Stars Hope To Even Playoff Series Against Ducks With A Wednesday Win

The home ice screen showed the score against Anaheim Monday as the victorious Stars gathered on the ice to celebrate.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Dallas Stars and goalie Kari Lehtonen shut down the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks 3-0 Monday night in the third game of their best of seven playoff series.

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Code Switch
1:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Baseball's Demographic Shifts Bring Cultural Complexities

Cuban player Yasiel Puig has often been criticized for lacking discipline and for his "energetic" approach to the game. His fascinating journey to the U.S. was recently chronicled by LA Magazine and ESPN.
Scott Cunningham Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:32 pm

This week, baseball fans celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, 67 years after Robinson became the first black player to participate in a Major League Baseball game. Coincidentally (or not), the racial, ethnic and cultural dynamics of the sport today are the topics of much discussion in this week's news.

Decline In Percentage Of Black Players

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12:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dallas Is Both A Basketball And Hockey Playoff Town (For Now)

It's playoff time for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. They face the San Antonio Spurs this weekend. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are also in the playoffs -- against the Anaheim Ducks.

For the first time since 2008, Dallas is a basketball -- and hockey -- playoff town.

The Dallas Stars started their first postseason run in six years Wednesday night against the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in California. (The Ducks defeated the Stars in the first game, 4-3. Game 2 is 9 p.m. Friday in California.)

Their basketball brethren, the Dallas Mavericks, are harboring some long-shot dreams, too: They start the NBA playoffs this weekend, their first postseason appearance since 2012.

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2:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

As NCAA Tournament Arrives In North Texas, Rating The Final Four Teams

This weekend, about 80,000 folks are expected to fill AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the North Texas Final Four.
Gus Contreras KERA News

Fans from Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Kentucky are cashing in frequent flyer miles, nailing down hotels, scrounging for tickets and heading to North Texas for the NCAA men’s Final Four, which starts Saturday. NPR’s sports correspondent, Tom Goldman, is coming, with 80,000 or so of his closest friends. KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, talked with him.

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11:45 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway

Presenting the world's biggest high-definition TV screen.
Texas Motor Speedway

Oh, those boys and their video toys.

Move over, Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth says it has the bigger and better video screen. And it's way bigger than whatever fancy screen you have in your living room.

The speedway on Wednesday night unveiled its giant high-definition video board. TMS says it’s the world’s biggest HD screen at a sporting venue.

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