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Denver wins third Super Bowl thanks to suffocating defense

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the Denver defense made the plays to secure the title for the Broncos.

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Basketball: Johnson rallies UNT to win

North Texas coach Tony Benford delivered the same message to sharpshooting guard Deckie Johnson over and over again the past few weeks.

Basketball: Tech tops UNT women

RUSTON, La. — North Texas, coming off one of its worst offensive performances Thursday, put up 71 points and nearly picked up its first win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but foul trouble hurt UNT in a 77-71 loss.

Softball: Bice flirts with no-no

MAGNOLIA, Ark. — TWU junior Tori Bice fell one strike short of a no-hitter, and the Pioneers capped a second two-game sweep on the second day of the Southern Arkansas tournament Saturday. TWU defeated Lincoln 8-3, then run-ruled Southwest Baptist 9-1 in five innings.

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Soccer: Eccles fuels district win

Ryan coach Brian Beddow is waiting for the floodgates to open and the goals to start pouring out. Until then, a tight — and long overdue — win will do.

Basketball: Potent Tech to test Mean Green defense

North Texas used some tenacious defense to snap a five-game losing streak Thursday.

Soccer: Rider nips Denton in battle for first place

In a showdown for first place in District 5-5A, the Denton Lady Broncos tried to put their bad luck against Wichita Falls Rider over the past few years behind them by attempting to control play to frustrate the offensively gifted Lady Raiders.

Basketball: Krum wins at Aubrey

AUBREY — The story for Krum was the conductor of its offense, point guard Nick Perches. The senior injured his right ankle last Friday in a win against Gainesville, sat out in Tuesday’s loss to Celina but came back strong for the important District 9-4A contest at Aubrey on Friday.

Soccer: Central blanks Guyer

The final seconds of Friday’s game between Guyer and Keller Central told the story of the entire evening for the Wildcats.

Bice, Gandy toss no-no

MAGNOLIA, Ark. — TWU won both of its games on the first day of the Southern Arkansas tournament Friday. The Pioneers defeated Rogers State 5-3 before two TWU pitchers combined for a no-hitter in a 4-0 win against Newman.

OU’s Capps scores 10 at TWU

TWU finished fourth in its four-way meet against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 10 Auburn and Illinois State on Friday night at Kitty Magee Arena.

Basketball roundup: Lions run district streak to 11 victories

HOWE — Ponder dominated Howe 71-56 on the road to clinch its 11th straight district victory.

Middle school basketball: Stowers, Harmon lead Crownover to victory

The Crownover Cowboys, behind the A-team scoring duo of Eli Stowers and Deuce Harmon, wrapped up the regular season with a 42-15 victory over Lake Dallas on Thursday night in seventh-grade basketball action.

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Basketball: Getting defensive

Rickey Brice Jr. was forced to sit and watch as North Texas stumbled through the last three outings of a five-game losing streak while recovering from a concussion the past two weeks.

Football: C-USA’s best to welcome Littrell to UNT

Seth Littrell won’t have to wait long to find out just how competitive the best teams in Conference USA are in his first season as North Texas’ head coach.

Southern Miss stifles Mean Green women

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — North Texas entered its battle with Southern Mississippi hoping to play heartbreaker to a team that had yet to lose on its home court this season. But the Mean Green didn’t bring much offense with them.

Basketball: Lions topple TWU

COMMERCE — TWU had three players set career-high point totals Thursday, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers fell 88-78 to Texas A&M-Commerce.

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Football: Ryan’s McLaurin goes with SMU

Just because Ken McLaurin committed to SMU in October didn’t mean the chase for his services was over. McLaurin was a highly touted defensive tackle for Ryan and said he racked up 17 Division I offers.

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Football: Bearcats’ Bailey bound for Big Ten

As of a few weeks ago, Pilot Point’s DaCoven Bailey didn’t have too much in the way of offers, lacking in serious Division I interest. But that didn’t get Bailey down. He knew that one way or another he would be playing football for someone next year.

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Football: Chalk signs with Clemson

ARGYLE — Football has always been a big part of life for J.C. Chalk. Chalk is the grandson of well-known college player and coach Gene Stallings, so in many ways he was born with the game coursing through his veins. Chalk just needed to find where his athletic skill set fit best.

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Football: UNT class spurs confidence

Seth Littrell made a big impression on one of his newest players a few days ago with a simple statement posted on his brand-new Twitter account. Littrell wrote about how much he enjoyed bowl season and vowed that this would be the last year North Texas wouldn’t participate.

Basketball: Shillow capitalizes on chance to shine for Mean Green

Orianna Shillow didn’t hesitate a bit Saturday when she received a big opportunity to make an impact for North Texas. The freshman walk-on had played just two minutes all season for the Mean Green.

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Basketball: Keller sweeps Ryan

Ryan coach Monesha Allen has a playoff-bound team for the first time since 2013, but with two games left in the regular season, it clearly is a team that is, in Allen’s words, “hit and miss.”

Basketball roundup: Perfect in district, Ponder pops Pottsboro

POTTSBORO — Boosting their district record to 10-0, the Ponder Lions dominated Pottsboro on the road for a 68-41 victory Tuesday.

Football: UNT to introduce fruits of Littrell’s quick work

The clock on putting together a 2016 recruiting class was already running down toward zero when Seth Littrell took over as North Texas’ coach.

Basketball: Even mistakes benefit Broncos in rout of Hornets

On Tuesday against Azle, which is winless in District 5-5A play, Denton was forcing turnovers at its usual high rate.

Basketball: Argyle upends Sanger

SANGER — Sanger’s game plan for top-ranked Argyle was to keep the ball away from the Lady Eagles and keep Gabby Standifer — who notched 20 points when the teams met in mid-January — off the linescore.

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Notebook: TWU’s Jones finds zone

Denton sophomore Schyler Jones is considered a cornerstone performer for the TWU gymnastics team, and last weekend she lived up to that billing by leading the Pioneers to a second-place finish in a four-team meet at San Jose State.

Notebook: UNT to face star center Jenkins

The North Texas women’s basketball team will face one of the more dominant post players in Conference USA this week in the opener of a two-game road trip.

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Three Denton schools realigned to District 5-5A

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.

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Guyer lands with giants in new 6-6A

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Guyer coach John Walsh had done what every high school coach in Texas did in the days leading to the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment.

Braswell, coach Moore checking off preseason to-do list

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Braswell coach Cody Moore has a long list of things he wants to accomplish before the Bengals open their varsity football schedule in 2016.

UNT gains 3 more pledges in football

Jameel Moore thought his recruiting process had come to a close in August when he committed to Rice.

Denton junior lineman Polley commits to Kansas

With still one more season to play for the defending District 5-5A champion Denton Broncos, junior offensive lineman Grant Polley doesn’t have to worry about letting the recruitment process detract from his focus.

Realignment notebook: Falcons again get new slate of rivals

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — For a guy who last week said he had no idea where his team would end up in the UIL’s biennial realignment, Lake Dallas coach Michael Young did a good job guessing prior to Monday’s unveiling.

Denton area schools faced with change following UIL realignment

Change is the keyword for what is facing Denton-area high schools following Monday's announcement of the UIL district realignment which begins with the 2016-17 school year and football season.

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Football: UNT’s nabs key recruits in lead-up to signing day

Heading into the weekend, North Texas had one player committed from Arizona Western College in defensive back Dontavious Baulkman.

Basketball: Spector shines as TWU earns road win

TWU junior Emily Spector came off the bench and scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Pioneers to a 64-58 win Sunday at Midwestern State.

Denton swimmers head to regionals

The Denton Broncos’ swim team will be sending 10 individuals and six relay teams to the Class 5A Region II meet in Mansfield in two weeks.

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Basketball: Broncos bust Brewer

The Denton Broncos spun their wheels a little bit in the first half against District 5-5A foe Fort Worth Brewer, only holding four-point edge at halftime at 23-19, but as the game wore, on the Broncos...

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Unwanted extra Rice

The stage was set for North Texas to make its latest game one heck of a feel-good story.The Mean Green honored their 1986 NCAA tournament team during their game against Rice and rode a breakout performance...

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Basketball: UNT to honor 1985-86 tournament team today

Regina Woods characterizes the early stages of her basketball career at North Texas in simple terms.

UIL: Coaches sweating Monday realignment

Every two years when the University Interscholastic League realigns classifications and districts among the state’s high schools, football coaches often are left sweating a bit during the lead-up to the big day.

Basketball: Host Owls overpower UNT men

HOUSTON — North Texas scored 87 points but couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch and lost 95-87 at Rice on Saturday.

Roundup: TWU earns first win

PALM BAY, Fla. — TWU split on the second day at the Florida Tech/Marriott Kickoff Classic. The Pioneers fell to Flagler 10-5 before bouncing back with a 6-3 win against Palm Beach Atlantic.

Softball: Pioneers open with losses

MELBOURNE, Fla. — TWU dropped a pair of games on the opening day of the season at the Florida Tech/Marriott Kickoff Classic on Friday. The Pioneers fell to Florida Tech 2-0 in the opener and dropped a 5-2 decision to Lynn.

Roundup: Housden scores 20 as Chaps top Indians

AUBREY — Solid defense and clutch free throw shooting toward the end of the game sealed a 58-54 victory for Aubrey against Sanger on Friday.

Soccer: Ryan's perfect start ends in loss to Nelson

Ryan has played without at least two of its starters in every game this season, yet continued to get solid play from the rest of its lineup and hadn’t lost heading into Friday’s District 5-6A game against Trophy Club Nelson.

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Basketball: Guyer depth aids rout of Central

At this point in the season, the only thing on the mind of Guyer’s girls basketball team, other than getting a share of the District 5-6A title, is preparing for a deeper postseason run than a year ago.