Women’s soccer: Mean Green rally past Abilene Christian

The North Texas soccer team faced its first adversity of the season Sunday against Abilene Christian. Down two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the game on a hot, muggy afternoon, the Mean Green rallied to score three goals and take a 3-2 win over the visiting Wildcats.

Former tight end could boost passing attack

North Texas searched far and wide over the past few months for wide receivers who could help it transition successfully to a spread offense.

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Slamming the door

ALLEN — Argyle running back Don Williams saw his role expand exponentially Saturday. The junior, one of several running backs the Eagles plan to use by committee this season, paced his team with 163 rushing yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns — including two scores in the fourth quarter — in a 33-21 win against Lucas Lovejoy in the Tom Landry Classic at Eagle Stadium in Allen.

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Late pass by Rahal leads to tight win

FORT WORTH — James Hinchcliffe led the Firestone 600K for 76 days. Graham Rahal led for nine seconds and took home the trophy Saturday night after the closest Indy car finish in Texas Motor Speedway history.

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Romo out indefinitely with break in back

FRISCO (AP) — Tony Romo is out with yet another back injury and it’s unknown when he will return, although Dallas coach Jason Garrett says he expects his star quarterback to play this season.

UNT swept in doubleheader

The North Texas volleyball team fell to 1-3 on Saturday after struggling to find consistency in day two of the North Texas Challenge.

Argyle takes Camillo tourney

ARGYLE — The Argyle Lady Eagles went undefeated and didn’t lose a set to claim the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament while the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons lost only once in the tournament to take third.

Preston looks to be key in UNT defense

Ashton Preston never imagined his role on the field changing once he arrived at North Texas last season. The Oklahoma native had played cornerback his entire football career, and he was pretty good at it. One recruiting service rated Preston as the second-best player at the position in Oklahoma during his senior season.

Ryan rallies for win over Lancaster

LANCASTER — Better late than never. That’s pretty much the feeling fans had watching Ryan’s offense sputter its way through the bulk of Friday’s season opener only to somehow stay within striking distance before churning out 28 straight points in the second half to pull out a 35-23 win against Lancaster at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium.

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Denton Broncos pound it on the ground, top Lake Dallas

CORINTH — With the graduation of its top running back from a season ago, the question marks surrounding Denton’s backfield are abundant as it entered the season without a true bell cow. On Friday at Falcon Stadium, the Broncos answered those questions with exclamation marks as they posted more than 300 yards on the ground on the road in a 42-28 win against Lake Dallas.

Live Oak overpowers Lions

WACO — The Waco Live Oak Falcons rode the passing of quarterback Matt Bailey and the running of Cole Jahrmarkt to overwhelm the Calvary Lions 51-6 on Friday night.

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Gowdy repeats in bull riding

Despite an afternoon downpour that turned the North Texas Fair and Rodeo arena into less-than-perfect conditions, the skies cleared by showtime and the seats were filled with a sold out crowd.

Guyer takes opener

Guyer could not have ended the first half of Friday’s season opener against Mansfield Lake Ridge in much worse fashion. It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to make up for their mistakes.

Mean Green soccer blanls Texas A&M-CC

The Mean Green scored three goals in the opening eight minutes of the second half to jump ahead of visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi after a tepid first half, and North Texas won its third straight game, 4-0.

Mean Green split first matches of season

Excitement was high at North Texas on Friday as the Mean Green kicked off the volleyball season with two matches. The home squad secured a victory over Nevada but came up short against No. 15 Ohio State.

Late Melissa score spoils Liberty rally

Tate Whittington simply was not to be denied. Melissa’s junior quarterback scored from 5 yards out with 48 seconds left to help turn back Liberty Christian 48-42 on Friday night at Apogee Stadium.

Vera scores four TDs as Aubrey slips past Bowie

BOWIE — With 58 seconds to play, Aubrey junior running back Pablo Vera powered his way into the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the night to give the Aubrey High School Chaparrals a 26-20 victory against the Bowie High School Jackrabbits.

Ponder opens with road victory

FORT WORTH — The Ponder Lions, powered by a running game led by Jonathan Aguilar and a strong defensive effort, rolled to a 35-14 season-opening victory over the Benbrook Bobcats on Friday night.

Sanger defense shines in opening rout

SANGER — If there were any questions surrounding Sanger’s defense heading into its season opener against Graham on Friday night, its performance silenced the critics. Returning only five starters from last year, the Sanger defense played fast and physical all game in a convincing 45-7 win against the Steers at Indian Stadium.

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Krum blanks Pilot Point

KRUM — It took a little while for the Krum High School offense to get going, but after a sluggish first quarter, the Bobcats began to find their rhythm en route to a 29-0 victory against Pilot Point High School.

Sanger prevails in battle of Indians

NOCONA — The Sanger Lady Indians rode the strong play of Maci Turkoloy, Greer Koonce and Allye Morrow to record a 25-23, 25-16, 25-8 sweep of the Nocona Lady Indians on Friday night.

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Bull Blowout begins at fair

The North Texas Fair and Rodeo went to the bovines Thursday night for the first of three nights of the annual Bull Blowout.

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Tigers by the tail

JUSTIN — Braswell quickly found itself with its back against the ropes Thursday in its first varsity football game. Seven minutes into the first quarter, Haslet Eaton had scored twice before putting the pedal to the floor en route to a 55-0 win over the Bengals at Northwest ISD Stadium.

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Steve Gamel: Braswell High will be all right, folks

JUSTIN — Don’t fret, Bengals fans. Good things are on the horizon. I realize that’s easy to say — or in this case, write — for a guy who sits up in the press box each week chomping on hot dogs while keeping stats and second guessing coaches for their play calling. I get that I’m not in the stands with you.

UNT out to prove worth without Dillard

The North Texas volleyball program had one heck of a place to start when it came to building a successful team over the last four years. Carnae Dillard was just that good.

Adversity, Eagles up first for Wildcats

Guyer coach John Walsh raved about the experience and talent filling his team’s defensive backfield and the senior presence in the linebacker corps throughout fall workouts.

Ryan gets top-10 tilt for opener

It’s no secret Ryan is among the favorites to compete for a state title in Class 5A. To live up to that hype, the Raiders first must overcome a front-loaded schedule highlighted by three other ranked teams.

Bronco defense, Falcon O-line start year in spotlight

Denton and Lake Dallas are entering their season opener with some known commodities, but they are still in the process of filling in the final puzzle pieces of their teams.

Chaps win three in tourney

WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals continued their impressive tournament play Thursday on the opening day of the Whitesboro tournament by going undefeated in three matches to advance into Saturday’s championship bracket.

Ray Sasser: Bass bite sweet with topwater lures

The topwater lure landed with a soft splash, and I allowed it to sit until the ripples played out and the surface was again slick as a mirror. I was just about to move the lure when that mirror surface fragmented and the eponymous maw of a largemouth bass inhaled the lure.

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Aubrey cowgirl Rutledge takes second in three events

Wednesday night was the second night of the annual 21-and-under rodeo at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, featuring youths from around the region competing in the same rodeo events as the professionals.

Ray Sasser: At least licenses carry no new fees

New hunting and fishing licenses went on sale at about 1,800 Texas retailers Monday, or you can buy them online at http://tpwd.texas.gov. There is a transaction fee for internet sales. Most current licenses expire Aug. 31.

Football: Braswell up for program’s first game today

On the first day of practice, coach Cody Moore said he’s not worried about any of the 10 opponents that Braswell will face this year. That was just more than three weeks ago, and now Braswell is hours away from kickoff against Haslet Eaton. It’s safe to say Moore has the Eagles on his mind.

Football: Two more players join UNT on field

The long wait is over for a pair of junior college players who arrived at North Texas this summer. Darius Turner, a cornerback from Arizona Western, and Quinetin Jackson, a wide receiver from College of DuPage in Illinois, were cleared to join the Mean Green for practice Wednesday.

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Slusser’s surprise

After a five-set victory against crosstown foe Ryan on Tuesday night, Guyer coach Erin Harden was going through the motions and looking at her team’s statistics when something stood out.

No. 1 Lady Bobcats spike Brock

KRUM — There will come a point this season when Krum will be tested more frequently than it has been lately. In the meantime, the Lady Bobcats are building some much-needed momentum.

Aubrey nips Lady Bearcats

PILOT POINT — For the Aubrey Lady Chaparrals, confidence is key. On Tuesday at Pilot Point, the Lady Chaps found themselves down several times. As they entered the fourth set down 2-1, they called on their poise to send the match to a tiebreaking fifth set.

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Straily goes six innings as Reds defeat Rangers 3-0

CINCINNATI — Dan Straily thought there was no chance Billy Hamilton would get to the ball. The center fielder ran it down and made a diving catch on the warning track, providing the only break that the pitcher needed.

No. 1 Prosper sweeps Argyle

ARGYLE — In a battle of ranked teams Tuesday night, the Prosper Lady Eagles rolled to a 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 sweep of the Argyle Lady Eagles.

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Sikes Ranch takes rodeo title

Denton-area ranches competed Monday night in the annual ranch rodeo at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo.

Basketball: Liberty, Calvary take different road to TAPPS state

ARGYLE — With four state titles in girls basketball in nine seasons, an argument can be made that Liberty Christian has built itself a dynasty.

Bountiful backfield

FRISCO — Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott appears set for his preseason debut at Seattle after the running back taken fourth overall by the Cowboys missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury.

UNT touts renewed confidence at media day

North Texas went through one of college football’s annual rites of passage on Monday.

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Speedo USA among four sponsors to drop Lochte

Less than 24 hours after the close of the Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte took a major financial hit Monday for a drunken incident he initially tried to pass off as an armed robbery.

Predicting football season no easy task before Sept. starts

Before we start this, you should know something — if you already do not. I suspect you might. I picked Auburn to make the College Football Playoff last year.

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Scores at rodeo continue to climb

Better conditions meant for better scores and faster times for the professional rodeo action that concluded Sunday night at the 88th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo with the third of three PRCA rodeo performances.

Freshman comes off bench to spark UNT

TULSA, Okla. — On a warm Sunday afternoon, the North Texas soccer team needed a spark from off the bench to set up the game-winning goal in a physical game.

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American dominance

RIO DE JANEIRO — Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt are two savvy track stars who’ve been around long enough to know that not everything always goes to plan.

UNT bolsters offense with recent addition

Anthony Wyche has spent a whole lot of time since he arrived at North Texas this summer hunkered down in a film room.