Football: UNT grabs two more recruits

D’Aundrey Bradley II was set to leave Texas to continue his college career with just a few days remaining before national signing day.

Gymnastics: Pioneer gymnasts fall just shy of win

In their first home meet of the season at Kitty Magee Arena on Sunday against North Carolina State, the TWU Pioneers were led by Courtney Cochefski’s uneven bars performance, but fell 196.175-193.275 despite posting a season high.

Tennis: Aggies blank UNT netters

COLLEGE STATION — In the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off on Saturday, No. 11 Texas A&M shut out North Texas 4-0. After the Mean Green lost the doubles point, the Aggies took the next three singles decisions and the last three singles matches went unfinished..

Women's basketball: Golden Eagles spoil Mean Green’s plan

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Stopping Conference USA standout Tamara Jones was a focal point of North Texas coach Mike Petersen’s game plan against Southern Mississippi.

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Football: ‘Tote the rock a lot’

It was late September and the football season wasn’t even a month old, yet it was clear that Argyle running back Nick Ralston was going to be one of the more dominating players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Men's basketball: Mean Green fall in OT

North Texas talked a lot about the opportunities ahead following a stunning upset of Louisiana Tech this week. The Mean Green were right back in the same spot following their game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday at the Super Pit.

Basketball: Surviving the Texans

Guyer coach Grant Long could do nothing other than breathe a big sigh of relief when the final buzzer sounded in Friday night’s game against Justin Northwest.

Girl's basketball: Liberty crushes Ursuline

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian put 42 points on the scoreboard Friday before Dallas Ursuline knocked down its first field goal.

Girl's soccer: Defense rules for Denton, Lake Dallas

In each team’s final test before district play, Denton and Lake Dallas played to a scoreless tie Friday at Bronco Field. After shutting out Decatur 10-0 on Jan. 13, Denton senior goalkeeper Peyton Lenaburg...

Men's basketball: UNT again gets chance to build on big win

The North Texas men’s basketball team finds itself in a familiar position heading into a game today against Southern Mississippi. The Mean Green posted their biggest win of the season Thursday, stunning...

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Men's basketball: Mean Green shock Louisiana Tech

North Texas forward Colin Voss turned to the stands at the Super Pit and waved his arms toward the ceiling, asking fans to stand and cheer, a smile spread across face.Nothing has come easy for North Texas...

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Boys basketball: Ryan freshmen out to prove future is now

Three years ago, Tyrus Johnson was sitting in the stands at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin watching Ryan take on Houston Yates in the Class 4A state semifinals. His older brother Sam was a starter for...

Women's basketball: Pioneers win on Spector's late trey

Down one point with 17 seconds to go after two free throws by Eastern New Mexico, TWU coach Beth Jillson didn’t want to take a timeout to allow the Zias to set their defense for the Pioneers’ final possession.She...

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Men’s basketball: Voss eyes gridiron roots

The roar of 100,000 fans as he walked out of the tunnel at Michigan Stadium is what Colin Voss remembers most from a time in his life when he struggled with a decision that would affect him for years.

UNT voice Dunham announces retirement

George Dunham, the longtime voice of North Texas athletics, announced his retirement Wednesday, ending a 25-year run as a member of the school’s radio broadcast team.

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Creeping up out West

MINNEAPOLIS — Dallas led lowly Minnesota by 23 points midway through the fourth quarter, and there was 33-year-old center Tyson Chandler, diving to the floor like it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

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Deflated balls latest link in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the Super Bowl. But it’s another example of Belichick’s reputation of searching for edges and bending any rules until he gets caught.

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Basketball: Double overtime

In a teeter-totter District 5-5A matchup between Denton and Saginaw Chisholm Trail, the Broncos were led by 33 points from Emerson Espinoza, but it was crucial plays by Key’andre Hearvey and Edson Vasquez at the end of regulation and in overtime that helped Denton escape with a 65-64 victory Tuesday.

UNT notebook: Harris ruled out for Super Pit showdown with Bulldogs

North Texas could have DeAndre Harris back in time for its game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday but will be without the combustible guard for Thursday’s home game against Louisiana Tech.UNT coach...

Basketball: Confident Johnson leads Ryan to victory

Tyrus Johnson wasn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of having to eat his words when he guaranteed this week that Ryan would beat Keller Central on Tuesday, but just for good measure, he made sure to back up what he said on the court. The 6-3 freshman guard poured in a game-high 24 points — 14 in the first half — and Ryan held Central to four points in the fourth quarter on its way to a dominating 71-33 win at Billy Ryan Gym.

Basketball: Keller takes rare third meeting with Guyer

KELLER — It isn’t often that district rivals play more than twice in a regular season. That is exactly what the Guyer and Keller girls did Tuesday night at Keller High School, thanks to a tournament meeting before District 5-6A play began in December.

TWU notebook: TWU happy for bye with No. 1 Sooners looming

Having a bye in the second week of the schedule is perfect timing for the TWU gymnastics team, which returns to action this weekend with a pair of meets 48 hours apart, including the Pioneers’ home debut.

Football: Guyer WR Honey commits to SMU

Guyer head coach John Walsh is excited to see one of his own players play college football in the area and help bring the Mustangs back to prominence as senior wide receiver Alex Honey committed to SMU late Sunday evening.

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Women's basketball: Pioneers shock MSU in upset win

WICHITA FALLS — Sophomore center Erin Maxwell recorded her second straight double-double to lead the Pioneers to one of the biggest upsets by beating No. 6 Midwestern State, 57-55, on the road at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls.

Men’s basketball: Short-handed UNT falls at Old Dominion

NORFOLK, Va. — Facing Old Dominion on the road was going to be a daunting task for North Texas no matter the situation Saturday. What happened before tipoff made the challenge all the more difficult.

Boys soccer: Broncos blank Palo Duro

In their final game of the Iron Bridge Classic against Amarillo Palo Duro, the Denton Broncos wanted to get their offensive game in order after scoring two goals through their first two games of the tournament.

Football: Michigan assistant announces he’ll be UNT strength coach

Lewis Caralla, who spent the past three seasons at Michigan, will be North Texas’ new strength and conditioning coach. Caralla announced on Twitter that he is leaving Michigan, where he is an assistant strength and conditioning coach, to join the staff at UNT.

Women’s basketball: ODU pulls away from UNT

Despite a close game from the beginning, North Texas was unable to keep up with Old Dominion in the second half, as the Lady Monarchs defeated the Mean Green 54-44 on Saturday at the Super Pit.

Track and field: Mean Green open campaign

NORMAN, Okla. — The North Texas men finished fourth and the women took fifth Saturday at Oklahoma’s J.D. Martin Invitational — the Mean Green’s second meet of the weekend.

Boys basketball: Fire the next weapon

The Ryan boys basketball team picked a perfect night to try to score an upset over crosstown rival Guyer and dig itself out of an early hole in district play.

Girls basketball: Guyer uses strong half to bury Ryan

Guyer went from doing everything it could to just keep the score close early in Friday’s District 5-6A showdown with Ryan to flat-out burying its crosstown rival in the second half en route to a 51-31 win.

Basketball: Espinoza scores 27 as Broncos cruise

After Denton edged Saginaw on the road Tuesday, coach Harold Jackson wanted to save the Broncos’ energy for Friday’s District 5-5A matchup against Wichita Falls. He held a light practice Wednesday to let his players rest their legs and focus on shooting. That extra energy and attention to shooting were on display in the third quarter as the Broncos outscored the Coyotes 19-9 en route to a 69-47 win, with Emerson Espinoza leading the way with 27 points to push Denton’s district record to 3-2.

Football: Guyer tight end Dillman commits to UNT

Guyer tight end Kevin Dillman committed to North Texas on Friday night, bringing his wild recruiting process to an end and giving the Mean Green arguably one of their top recruits of the last several years.

Football: Mean Green add lineman’s commitment

Mesquite Horn coach Mike Overton told coach after coach over the last few months that Elex Woodworth, one of his top offensive linemen, was on the verge of developing into a major-college prospect.

Men’s basketball: UNT visits iron-fisted Monarchs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Texas hoped to enter what might be its toughest stretch of the season with a load of momentum and at least a couple of conference wins on its resume. The Mean Green fell well short of that goal and suddenly are in a tough spot heading into a game today at Old Dominion.

Basketball roundup: Lady Eagles crush Sanger

SANGER — Argyle defeated Sanger 64-39 on Friday in a District 9-4A battle, giving each team a 2-1 mark in league play.

Swimming: Guyer sweeps DISD meet team titles

The Guyer, Ryan and Denton swim teams got their final tuneup before next week’s district meets Thursday night at the Denton ISD Championships, and the Guyer Wildcats swept the boys and girls team titles.

Boys soccer: Denton only area team to prevail

Denton’s boys soccer team defeated Prosper 1-0 on Friday on the second day of the Iron Bridge Classic in Denton.

Middle school basketball roundup: Crownover girls too much for Harpool

The Crownover Lady Cowboys, behind the play of Callie Boyles, improved to 4-1 Thursday night in eighth-grade action with a 33-15 A-team triumph over the Harpool Lady Longhorns.

Women’s basketball: Aggies pop Pioneers

Riding a season-best three-game win streak during which they outscored each of their Lone Star Conference opponents by double digits, TWU had been hot. But on Thursday against Cameron, the Pioneers couldn’t keep up with the sharpshooting Aggies in the second half and lost 77-65 at Kitty Magee Arena.

Men’s basketball: ‘Undisciplined’ UNT blows lead at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Texas was in position to pick up a much-needed win Thursday. The Mean Green had a lead on the road at Charlotte, another team trying to work its way out of the Conference USA basement.

Women’s basketball: 49ers outlast Mean Green

After picking up its first home win in nearly a year on Saturday, North Texas failed to string together back-to-back wins, dropping Thursday’s Conference USA tilt against Charlotte 67-58 at the Super Pit.

Worker dies after falling from stage near Super Bowl stadium

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A construction worker is dead after falling from a stage being built in a parking lot outside the University of Phoenix Stadium for a Super Bowl event.

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Men’s basketball: In need of a Combs

Colin Voss struggled for a minute to describe a teammate he has come to respect in the few short months they have played together at North Texas. Voss said Jeremy Combs is a cool guy. He said Combs is kind of quiet. Then he just gave up.

Boys soccer: All three DISD teams to take on Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge Classic boys soccer tournament has gone through several changes since it was started by Guyer coach Cody Schroeder in the 2007 season. When the ninth annual event kicks off today, it will see perhaps the biggest change yet in a big development for the Denton school district, as it will feature all three DISD high schools for the first time.

Football: Wintrich off to BYU job

Frank Wintrich is leaving his position as North Texas’ director of football performance to join the staff at BYU.

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MLB owners honor Selig at their annual meeting in desert

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Major league baseball owners came together Wednesday for their annual January meeting in the desert with one big item on the agenda — honoring Bud Selig in his final gathering...