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Cowboys' first training camp workout set for Thursday

IRVING — Dez Bryant won’t miss any of training camp because of a contract holdout, and Tony Romo won’t need a crash course on conditioning in the mountains of the West Coast.

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‘Dr. Jen’ of Allen team embraces role with NFL’s Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can’t wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this weekend.

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Yankees whip Rangers 21-5

ARLINGTON — After giving up five runs in the first inning, the New York Yankees made it up for it real fast.

Goodell upholds Brady's penalty

NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Rick Gosselin: UNT is still waiting for its football breakthrough

Let me take you back to 1999.The Boise State football program wasn’t much different from the North Texas program back then.

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A-Rod turns 40, hits solo homer as Yanks humble Rangers, 6-2

ARLINGTON — Alex Rodriguez homered on his 40th birthday, helping the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers, 6-2, Monday night.

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Boston out for 2024, USOC to look elsewhere

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.

New ball inspection rules loom for NFL

The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs.

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Triathlon: Local athletes take on Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon & 5K

As Christina Flores rounded her way onto Oakland Street — drenched in sweat and low in energy — she encountered some screaming spectators that exclaimed, “You’re almost done! Keep going!”

Volleyball: Lake Dallas to host preseason tournament

CORINTH — Lake Dallas will host a preseason tournament Saturday, two days before teams from all classifications are allowed to hold their first organized regular-season workouts.

An 'epidemic' with no simple solution: The biggest issue facing high school athletics

The high school transfer system has been abused for decades, and there’s no sign of that trend ending anytime soon.

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Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman entered the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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Trout has grand slam, solo HR in Angels’ win against Rangers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout had a grand slam and a solo shot among his season-high four hits, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 13-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

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Getting time to heal after concussions helps UNT grad get back on the court

Brandan Walton’s head whipped around to see what happened as a thunderous cracking sound echoed through Humphrey Coliseum in 2011.

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Pioneer Triathlon set for Sunday

Drawing triathletes and runners from throughout North Texas and across the nation, the Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon and 5K is entering its ninth year on the TWU campus when it kicks off at 6:45 a.m. Sunday.

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UNT to announce stipends

North Texas soon will find out where it falls in the new order of college athletics following the institution of cost-of-attendance scholarships for athletes.

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Football: UNT's veterans motivated to avoid repeat of last year

Kenny Buyers felt confident a year ago that he was prepared to play a leadership role in what he hoped would be North Texas’ second straight bowl season.

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C-USA media day arrives with more interesting topics

Just a few days ago, the main story lines heading into Conference USA football media day seemed like the standard fare.

Basketball: Texas three-step to start Mitchell’s trek

Jalie Mitchell will begin her first trip through Conference USA as North Texas’ head coach in the familiar confines of the Super Pit.

Choo hits for the cycle as Rangers rout Rockies 9-0

DENVER (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo was simply concentrating on having one more good at-bat. When his line drive went over center fielder Charlie Blackmon’s head, Choo found himself chugging for third base and into the Texas Rangers’ record book. Choo’s leadoff triple in the ninth inning completed the cycle, and Matt Harrison earned his first win in 14 months as the Rangers routed the Colorado Rockies 9-0 Tuesday night.

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Johnson wins British Open, stops Spieth’s historic bid

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Zach Johnson cradled the silver claret jug in his arms. Jordan Spieth let it slip through his fingers. Spieth was right where he wanted to be in his spirited bid for the Grand Slam — tied for the lead with two holes to go in the British Open, right after making a 50-foot birdie putt that made it feel as though he were destined to win at St. Andrews for his third straight major.

Basketball: C-USA schedule poses daunting challenge

The road back to posting a winning season won’t be an easy one for the North Texas men’s basketball team.

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Owner wants Shock in DFW

TULSA, Okla. — Amid 100-degree heat and energy-sapping humidity, a small group of volunteers stood on a corner across from the BOK Center and handed out “Save Our Shock” T-shirts before their team’s WNBA showdown with the Minnesota Lynx over the weekend.

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Bowlsby: Big 12 not at a disadvantage

DALLAS — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he believes the conference has to be constantly improving after getting left out of the first College Football Playoff.

Paulsen has single in 9th, lifts Rockies past Rangers

DENVER (AP) — Ben Paulsen was given a chance to redeem himself and save the Colorado Rockies from a heartbreaking loss. He did, with one swing of the bat. Paulsen hit a tiebreaking single with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and the Rockies recovered from blowing a seven-run lead to beat the Texas Rangers 8-7 on Monday night.

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Live updates: Zach Johnson wins British Open in playoff

Zach Johnson has won his second major title at the British Open, beating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff at St. Andrews.

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Keuchel strikes out career-high 13, Astros dominate Rangers

HOUSTON — Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel said he didn’t appreciate the approach Texas second baseman Rougned Odor took the previous night. So he made the Rangers pay for it on Sunday. Keuchel struck out a career-high 13 in seven scoreless innings, leading the Astros over the Rangers 10-0.

Despite big lead, Froome on defensive at the Tour

VALENCE, France — Despite his comfortable lead in the Tour de France, Chris Froome heads into the Alps — the last big hurdle between him and victory in Paris — on the defensive.

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Kyle Busch races to 3rd win of year, moves closer to Chase

LOUDON, N.H. — Stuck in a hospital, Kyle Busch could only think about a comeback, not championship contention. Could Busch imagine, days after a horrific crash, he would become a title contender? “Yeah, right,” he said. “You’re crazy.”

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Premier surfer fights off shark

JOHANNESBURG — Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, three-time world champion Mick Fanning punched the creature before escaping unharmed during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa on Sunday.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.

Football: Boots on the ground

North Texas’ players slowly jogged down the field at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility late Friday morning when a spontaneous cheer broke out at what seemed like an unlikely moment.

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Denton’s Curtis commits to Clemson

Denton’s Emily Curtis has dedicated much of her life to volleyball, with the dream of playing for a Division I college program.

Football: Lineman leaves UNT

Brian Ochs, an offensive lineman who came out of North Texas’ spring practices listed as a backup guard, has left the program because of family issues, head coach Dan McCarney confirmed Thursday.

C-USA commish resigns

Britton Banowsky stepped down as Conference USA commissioner Thursday, ending a nearly 13-year tenure that saw him guide the league through a series of dramatic changes.

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Head in the game

If Jake Smith needs a reminder of what a concussion feels like, he only needs to take a quick look at his smartphone.

Football: UNT picked fifth in six-team C-USA West

North Texas will begin the 2015 football season right back where it started one of the more memorable campaigns in program history.

Football: UNT trio makes All-C-USA preseason list

Kaydon Kirby is quickly going from an overlooked contributor to a front-line star for the North Texas football team.

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Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier wins Home Run Derby

CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier waited until the very last swing — three times, no less — to win the All-Star Home Run Derby in his home ballpark.

Volleyball: Ryan to host fundraiser tournament

To create buzz for the coming season, Ryan is heading outdoors to play volleyball.

Study: Rough play bigger concussion risk than headers in youth soccer

CHICAGO — Heading takes the heat in youth soccer, but limiting rough play might be a better way to prevent concussions and other injuries, a nine-year study of U.S. high school games suggests.

Dez won’t show up without contract

IRVING (AP) — Dez Bryant is sending another signal that he won’t play for the Dallas Cowboys without a long-term contract.

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Djokovic beats Federer for 3rd Wimbledon title

LONDON — A game away from a third Wimbledon championship and ninth Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic sized up a 108 mph serve from none other than Roger Federer and stretched to smack a cross-court forehand return winner.

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San Diego tops Texas

ARLINGTON (AP) — The San Diego Padres’ first road-series victory since early June has interim manager Pat Murphy optimistic going into the second half of the season.

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Spieth wins John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. — Jordan Spieth made it a lot tougher on himself than it needed to be. In the end, Spieth got exactly what he was looking for from the John Deere Classic: a win and some positive energy ahead of the British Open.

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Mavs have hopes for Indian-born prospect

LAS VEGAS — After making his professional debut in the NBA Summer League, 19-year-old Satnam Singh stepped into a freight elevator with Mark Cuban.

Denton High grad preps for rodeo finals

The next time Ethan Hilliard squeezes his lower torso around a bronco, he’ll be in an unfamiliar chute with a different colt, and his heart will be pumping a lot faster.

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Assessment has evolved; still an inexact science

Renatta Delello starts with the most basic task when treating athletes she oversees for potential concussions.

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Trainers tasked with protecting driven athletes

Sharon Winn has spent more than 30 years as an athletic trainer in the Denton school district and has seen the challenges that high school athletes face change dramatically. The most important and significant of those shifts involve the awareness and treatment of concussions.

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Football: Moore named to Groza watch list

Trevor Moore didn’t have long to adjust to playing at the college level in his freshman season at North Texas last fall.