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All the right pieces

Until a few weeks ago, the Denton Broncos have had one score written on the whiteboard in their locker room.

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Packers end Cowboys’ championship dreams with 51-yard field goal as time expires

ARLINGTON — Aaron Rodgers didn’t need another Hail Mary this time. Maybe just call it a “Half Mary.” Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal on the next play as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win while thwarting a Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday.

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Taking another swing

Clayton Hubbard has always had talent on the baseball field. That was never in question. Grades, on the other hand, often kept him off the field and prevented him from putting that talent on display.

Rice again nips UNT in thriller

North Texas and Rice played two epic overtime games last season that turned out to be heartbreakers for the Mean Green. The first went three overtimes, while the second lasted two extra sessions.

Second-half run by Rice dooms UNT

HOUSTON — North Texas held a seven-point lead, but a 23-3 Rice run in the second half proved costly in a 101-79 loss to the Owls on Saturday at Tudor Fieldhouse.

TWU strong late in win at Commerce

HOUSTON — North Texas held a seven-point lead, but a 23-3 Rice run in the second half proved costly in a 101-79 loss to the Owls on Saturday at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Denton takes Bear Cave Classic

FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos claimed Fort Worth Brewer’s Bear Cave Classic championship Saturday with a pair of victories, wrapping up a perfect 5-0 run through the tournament.

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‘Shooter’ aims true for Lions

PONDER — The Ponder faithful call him Tye “The Shooter” Schluter, and it was evident why Friday night at Ponder High School.

UNT out to end run of OT losses to Rice

Tosin Mabodu hasn’t forgotten two particularly demoralizing losses the North Texas women’s basketball team suffered last season. UNT fell to Rice twice in games that combined for five overtime periods.

Wildcat girls go cold in defeat

Every coach has the occasional game he or she would like to have back. On Friday night, Guyer girls basketball coach Aimee Kilgore simply was at a loss for words following her team’s 64-60 loss to Plano West, and with good reason.

In first meeting, Denton boys, girls sweep visiting Braswell

Playing each other for the first time, Denton’s experience won out over Braswell’s youth as the Broncos trapped the Bengals all Friday night in a 64-52 victory to stay perfect in District 5-5A.

Jordan, Housden lift Aubrey past Anna

AUBREY — The Aubrey boys basketball team needed a second-half comeback, but the Chaparrals fought back to knock off Anna 52-48 in a District 11-4A opener Friday.

Middle school roundup: Crownover boys beat Navo, move to 4-0

The eighth-grade Crownover Cowboys rode the scoring of Braden Bradshaw and Eli Stowers to a 57-46 victory over the Navo Panthers on Thursday night to remain unbeaten for the A-team season.

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Grabbing another gear

The Guyer boys basketball team entered this season carrying a significant burden. The Wildcats faced sky-high expectations as the sixth-ranked team in the state and opened the season Nov. 15 in front of a crowd that rivaled any in the program’s decade-plus of existence.

Ford excited in new role as Sanger coach

Cole Ford would have been a head coach eventually. What he didn’t expect was for it to happen so soon.

UNT hires special teams chief from Irish

Notre Dame special teams analyst Marty Biagi will join the North Texas staff as its new special teams coordinator, a source close to the situation confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle on Thursday morning.

TexAnns top TWU despite Saygo’s 20

STEPHENVILLE — Kensha Saygo scored a game-high 20 points for TWU, but the Pioneers struggled overall from the field in a 65-57 loss to Tarleton State on Thursday at Wisdom Gym.

Women’s basketball: Seed planted by Mitchell years ago leads to Bradley becoming a leader at UNT

Terriell Bradley will never forget the day Jalie Mitchell delivered what seemed like an innocuous bit of coaching criticism. Bradley was an up-and-coming guard at Mansfield Timberview and was being recruited by some of the top programs in the country, including Texas. Mitchell was an assistant coach with the Longhorns and had invited Bradley to a camp for elite prospects.

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Lady Raiders cruise in second half to knock off Denison

Ryan and Denison had a back-and-forth game going Tuesday — then came the second half. Ryan kept scoring and the Lady Yellow Jackets, well, didn’t.

Wildcats come alive in third, top Boyd

Despite a red-hot stretch since the Christmas break that has seen Guyer jump to No. 5 in the Class 6A rankings, coach Grant Long still sees room for improvement for his young team.

Rider takes two from Braswell

LITTLE ELM — Braswell coach Nick Sekeres expects a lot from his team, but not to the point where his team has to sink nearly every shot to stay in a game.In Tuesday’s District 5-5A contest against Wichita...

UNT notebook: C-USA bye could help UNT with ending skid

The North Texas men’s basketball team’s bye in the Conference USA schedule appears to have arrived at the perfect time.

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TWU notebook: TWU back to work after streak’s end

The TWU basketball team extended its winning streak to five games last week, but that momentum faded when Eastern New Mexico defeated the Pioneers 60-49 on Saturday.

Basketball roundup: Harris, Schluter lead Ponder to victory

WHITESBORO — The No. 3 Ponder boys used a big game from Chase Harris and Tye Schluter to improve to 3-0 in District 9-3A with a 50-41 win over Whitesboro on Tuesday.

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Calhoun, Lady Raiders intent on continuing streak

Ryan senior Traeli Calhoun was told for years by coaches that she needed to play basketball. In their eyes, Calhoun had size and all the raw physical tools — all she had to do was buy in.

UNT assistant Perry leaves football staff

North Texas assistant coach Tommy Perry has left the school’s football program.

Frazier set to rejoin team soon

Keith Frazier should be back with the North Texas men’s basketball team in the next few days after having an MRI on his knee and being involved in a car crash before a loss to Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

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All 4 NFL divisional games feature rematches from regular season

There will be a familiar feel to the NFL playoffs next weekend: Every divisional-round game will be a rematch from the regular season, the first time that’s happened in six years.

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Clemson stands in the way of Alabama’s bid for history

TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Saban and Alabama are on the verge of leaving college football history behind.

Volleyball: Argyle’s Van Poppel named MVP of DRC all-area squad

Halee Van Poppel spent most of her high school career looking up to the senior leaders who helped turn Argyle into a dominant state title contender. Whether it was Katy Keenan in 2014 or the dynamic combo of Eighmy Dobbins and Alexa Bass a year later, Van Poppel had every opportunity to learn from the best.

Men’s basketball: UNT falls to 0-4 in C-USA

Frazier involved in car wreck before loss to Middle Tennessee

Basketball: Moore, Brown spark Denton win

The Lady Broncos had a strong offensive start but were worn down by the district’s top team.

Roundup: Harris breaks Ponder scoring record

PONDER — Chase Harris had 16 points to lead the No. 5 Ponder boys to a 105-56 win over Callisburg on Saturday, and the senior guard became the all-time leading scorer in Ponder history with 2,189 career points. Harris also broke the school’s 3-point field goal record with 312.

Women’s basketball: Hounds end TWU streak at five wins

A 7-0 lead for TWU gave way to an overall sluggish offensive effort by the Pioneers in a 60-49 loss to Lone Star Conference co-leader Eastern New Mexico on Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena.

Women’s basketball: Late run sinks UNT at Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After 10 lead changes, a late run by Middle Tennessee produced a 60-52 victory over North Texas at the Murphy Center on Saturday.

Women’s gymnastics: TWU’s Jones wins all-around at opener

TUCSON, Ariz. — Schyler Jones of TWU opened the 2017 season by claiming the all-around title with a score of 38.650 at a three-way meet against Arizona and Utah State on Friday night at the McKale Memorial Center.

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UNT out to end skids

The North Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams will face an old rival today, when they will have an opportunity to snap a pair of losing streaks. The UNT men have fallen into a funk and lost their last four games heading into a 2 p.m. game against Middle Tennessee at the Super Pit.

Baker responds to report on financials

Texas Tribune shows UNT with $20 million loss in athleticsWren Baker, who took over as North Texas athletic director last summer, is looking to make his teams more successful on the field and court. But...

Ford now the head coach at Sanger

Sanger head football coach and district athletic director Chuck Galbreath confirmed Friday he has stepped down as coach to focus solely on his duties as athletic director.

Lady Eagles dominate in 9-4A opener

ARGYLE — When a team shoots 9 percent from 3-point range and still wins by 30 points, plenty more went right. That was the case for Argyle on Friday. Despite obvious struggles from downtown, the two-time defending Class 4A champion got 20 points from Madison Ralston and 17 from Vivian Gray while holding fellow ranked team Bridgeport to nine points in the second half of a 52-22 win in the District 9-4A opener for both teams.

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Brown among best in today’s All-American Bowl

Ryan defensive tackle Earnest Brown IV can count on one hand the number of times he’s been beaten on a play this week during U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices. If that’s the case, Brown, a Northwestern commit, clearly is holding his own among the nation’s top college recruits invited to play in the prestigious high school All-America game. Kickoff is slated for noon today at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

UNT women wins in overtime

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — North Texas defeated UAB 59-58 in overtime on Thursday for its second win in a row. The Mean Green (5-9, 2-1 Conference USA) led by 15 headed into the fourth quarter, but a 12-0 start to the period by the Blazers (7-6, 0-2) off four consecutive North Texas turnovers cut down on the lead. UAB tied the game in the final seconds. A would-be winning jump shot at the buzzer by North Texas’ Terriell Bradley rimmed in and out.

Soccer roundup: Ryan wins as soccer action commences

PROSPER — Ryan’s Ricardo Betanzos scored a unassisted goal in the 75th minute and goalkeeper Dallton Bunselmeyer held the Sherman boys scoreless as the Raiders scored a 1-0 victory Thursday in the opening round of the Prosper Showcase.

Football: Star RB Cain leaving Guyer for Florida’s IMG Academy

The Guyer football program was dealt a significant blow Thursday when star running back Noah Cain announced he is leaving the school to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Cain, a 5-11, 205-pound sophomore, is 247Sports’ top-rated running back in the national class of 2019 and already has 15 offers from programs such as LSU and Oklahoma after two phenomenal seasons at Guyer.

Men’s basketball: Blazers rally past UNT late

North Texas has barely gotten started when it comes to Conference USA play, and already the Mean Green find themselves backed into a corner. Two losses on the road to start league play were tough. What transpired Thursday night in a 54-52 loss to UAB at the Super Pit was even worse.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers run win streak to five

Riding a four-game winning streak, but facing a layoff of 18 days without a game, the TWU Pioneers looked inward. With nine days of practice instead of their usual three days to focus on themselves instead of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference opponent, defense was the emphasis.

Men’s basketball: Combs not getting offensive chances during UNT slump

Jeremy Combs was expected to blossom as an offensive threat entering his junior season at North Texas. That next step in Combs’ development only made sense considering his talent and the trajectory of his career.

Boys basketball: Guyer keeps Allen’s long-range attack in check in 82-71 win

Guyer coach Grant Long had a mental checklist for what his team needed to do Tuesday to score a win over the 11th-ranked team in the state. To beat Allen, Guyer aimed to limit the damage from the Eagles’ prolific outside shooters and break a consistent press defense. Both ended up being keys to the No. 7 Wildcats’ 82-71 win over Allen.

Basketball: Ryan sweeps Sherman in doubleheader

Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet long has worried about his team’s ability to consistently score points in bunches. As Tuesday’s game against Sherman wore on, those concerns were nowhere to be found. The Raiders had four players score in double figures, and nearly added a fifth to that list, while breaking open what was otherwise a back-and-forth battle with a 20-point fourth quarter en route to a 64-50 District 5-5A win at Billy Ryan Gym.