Littrell getting creative with UNT depth

Seth Littrell is known for being a creative guy when it comes to coordinating an offense. North Texas’ new head coach and his staff are having to show that same type of creativity when it comes to supplementing a depleted roster heading into his debut season.

Legendary Lady Vols coach Summitt dies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt put women’s basketball on her back, breaking down barriers with her indomitable spirit and demanding respect for female athletes on her way to becoming the winningest coach in Division I basketball history.

Falcons’ Tompkins headed to Denton

One of the most successful coaches at Lake Dallas will not return for the 2016-17 school year, as head baseball coach John Tompkins turned in his resignation Tuesday.

Guyer offensive lineman Mallory commits to Tulane

The senior class at Guyer added another Football Bowl Subdivision commitment late Monday when offensive lineman Gage Mallory verbally committed to Tulane.

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UNT leaders call for unity in athletic department

Trip Kuehne, a consultant hired by North Texas to evaluate the school’s athletic program, called for UNT’s fans and boosters to unite what he termed a divided fan base on Monday night.

TAPPS’ HQ moving to Speedway, not Denton

Officials with the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools are still moving their headquarters closer to a more metropolitan area, but not to Denton as originally planned.

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The verge of history

OMAHA, Neb. — JC Cloney pitched a four-hitter, and Ryan Aguilar drove in two runs, leading Arizona to a 3-0 victory againsy Coastal Carolina in Game 1 of the College World Series finals on Monday night.

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Tennis teacher ranked 772nd wins at Wimbledon; Federer next

LONDON — Marcus Willis originally was scheduled to spend Monday teaching tennis to a group of 5-to-10-year-old kids, among others, at Warwick Boat Club in central England.

UNT’s athletic programs to be scrutinized Monday night

A pair of consultants North Texas has hired to evaluate the school’s athletic program will meet with fans and boosters tonight.

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Adapt to change

No one has to tell Carolyn Tovar she’s been away for too long. Tovar, a longtime Denton resident who now lives in Farmers Branch, helped start a running group called the North Texas Roadrunners nearly 30 years ago for folks like herself who liked the idea of having someone to run with. Through divorce, remarriage and two pregnancies, Tovar was at practically every weekend run.

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Boyzuick, Bridges lead DRC's All-Area results

Neither player reached their program’s high expectation, but Argyle senior Tanner Boyzuick and Krum sophomore Tristan Bridges both stood above their peers on the diamond this past season.

With 1-0 loss, U.S. finishes 4th in Copa America

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carlos Bacca beat goalkeeper Tim Howard by sliding to poke in a headed cross in the 31st minute, and the United States finished fourth in the Copa America with a 1-0 defeat against Colombia on Saturday night.

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Chanticleers beat Frogs to face Wildcats

OMAHA, Neb. — Tyler Chadwick homered and doubled, Alex Cunningham pitched 6 1/3 solid innings, and surprising Coastal Carolina reached the College World Series finals with a 7-5 victory against TCU on on Saturday night.

NFL to interview stars in PEDs probe

NEW YORK — Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and James Harrison will be interviewed next month by NFL officials in connection to a media report that linked them to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. A...

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Red Sox rally in ninth

ARLINGTON — Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Dustin Pedroia scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch as the Boston Red Sox rallied for an 8-7 win over the Rangers on Friday night.

World doping watchdog shuts down Rio Olympic laboratory

RIO DE JANEIRO — Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city’s accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests.

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The Summer of Durant arrives

MIAMI — Draft night belonged to Ben Simmons. The summer now belongs to Kevin Durant. With Simmons going No. 1 in the draft to Philadelphia and Brandon Ingram following one pick later to the Los Angeles Lakers, the most predictable part of the NBA offseason is complete.

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Aussie choice: 76ers take LSU's Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.

Texas High QB commits to UNT

Cade Pearson was pretty sure where he wanted to continue his football career following a visit to North Texas earlier this month. The Texarkana Texas High quarterback made it official late Wednesday evening and committed to UNT.

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James skipping Rio, but Anthony’s in

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has agreed to chase a fourth Olympic men’s basketball medal, while Toronto teammates Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan also will play for the U.S., a person with knowledge of the details said Thursday.

Security big concern for Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — The head of Brazil’s intelligence agency in Rio de Janeiro says many countries are voicing concern about security during the Summer Olympics after recent major attacks in the United States and Europe.

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Broncos’ Miller commits to Colorado for football

As a three-sport athlete, Chris Miller has been at the heart of Denton’s recent resurgence. He anchored a relay team to the state track and field meet, added depth to an already deep basketball squad and injected the football team with some of the best speed and athleticism it’s seen in several seasons.

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Hamels fans eight Reds in win

ARLINGTON — Cole Hamels struck out eight in six solid innings, Prince Fielder had a two-run single and the Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Wednesday night for a split in the two-game interleague series.

Dickenson meets with AD search firm

North Texas acting athletic director Hank Dickenson spoke with representatives from Eastman & Beaudine Inc., the search firm helping the school find a replacement for Rick Villarreal, on Monday.

Ryan taps Buettner to coach softball

Matt Buettner isn’t taking over a struggling Ryan program so that he can maybe turn it around in a few years. He wants to win now — and he has put a guarantee on it.

Denton hires former Tyler Lee coach

Denton athletic coordinator Kevin Atkinson knows how important experience at the highest level is, so when the Lady Broncos began their search for a new softball coach after Rhana Ramos resigned recently, Atkinson was looking for the right mix of approachability and confidence.

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Series streak ends

ARLINGTON — Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer, Zack Cozart homered along with a two-run triple and the Cincinnati Reds beat Texas 8-2 on Tuesday night, ending the Rangers’ season-best winning streak at seven games.

UNT on hook for $90K monthly for buyouts

The University of North Texas athletic department is paying $90,000 per month to buy out the contracts of three former athletic department employees, according to an analysis by the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Krum’s Barrington invited to super regional combine

Krum’s Raymond Barrington has been selected to participate in the Blue-Grey Southwest Super Regional Combine on Friday and Saturday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

Some Olympians could run under Russian flag

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Some Russian track and field athletes could be competing under their own flag at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after all.

Frogs win, move into bracket final at CWS

OMAHA, Neb. — TCU freshman star Luken Baker continued his hot hitting, going 3 for 3 with a home run, and the Horned Frogs took control of their College World Series bracket with a 6-1 victory against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night.

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Messi leads Argentina to 4-0 win over U.S. in Copa semis

HOUSTON — Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain. The five-time world player of the year set up Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opening goal in the third minute, then scored on a free kick to break Argentina’s career scoring record and assisted on the final goal in a 4-0 rout of the U.S. on Tuesday night that put La Albiceleste into the Copa America final.

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Choo’s 2-run single helps cap Rangers’ comeback from 3-0 deficit for team’s 7th straight win

ARLINGTON — Shin-Soo Choo hit a go-ahead two-run single, Ian Desmond homered halfway up the hill in center field and the Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Monday night in a makeup game matching the American League’s top two teams.

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LeBron, Cavs deliver championship to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Anti-doping measures on tap prior to Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With a ban on Russia’s track and field athletes already in place, Olympic leaders are looking at further anti-doping measures ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Football: Illinois wideout Quinetin Jackson commits to UNT

North Texas went all the way to Illinois to land College of DuPage quarterback Devin O’Hara earlier this summer.

Football: ‘When We Were All Broncos’ set for TV debut

After spending time riding the film festival circuit, When We Were All Broncos will make its television debut on KERA-TV (Channel 13) at 9 p.m. Friday. The documentary, directed by David Barrow, chronicles the journey of the racially integrated 1972 Denton High School football team and its role in Denton and the recently desegregated South.

Football: UNT adds third player from same college

North Texas continued to load up on junior college players over the weekend, when cornerback Eric Jenkins committed to play for the Mean Green. Jenkins was a first-team All-Region IV selection at Los Angeles Valley College as a sophomore last season. He originally signed with Cincinnati but never enrolled at the school and ended up back on the recruiting market.

Baseball: Denton youths bound for Cooperstown

The dream of many baseball players is to one day be headed to Cooperstown, New York, for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Denton Bombers, a 12-and-under AAA select baseball team, will fulfill part of that dream as they travel to Cooperstown in early July.

Canoe gets 78-year-old moving

Not long ago, 78-year-old Mac McCann tossed a pair of hand-crafted walking canes into a closet in his north Denton home and chose, instead, to grab a featherweight canoe paddle. “Six months ago, I could barely walk,” he says.

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Johnson plays into Open lead

OAKMONT, Pa. — Dustin Johnson unleashed another powerful tee shot that got lost in the darkening sky over Oakmont.

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Hamels, Rangers ground Cardinals, 1-0

ST. LOUIS — Rougned Odor homered and Cole Hamels pitched 7 2/3 innings as the Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 on Friday night. Hamels (7-1) allowed three hits while striking out six and walking three.

Brief: Oritz misses cut at 12 over

North Texas product Carlos Ortiz finished 12 over par Friday and failed to make the cut at the U.S. Open. Ortiz shot 76 in both rounds of the first major of his professional career.

Russian track and field athletes banned from Rio Games

VIENNA — Russia’s track and field athletes will be banned from competing for their country at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after a landmark decision Friday that punished the sports powerhouse for a systematic doping system that operated “from the top down” and tainted the entire team.

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Cowboys set for move to new headquarters in Frisco

FRISCO — Charlotte Jones Anderson wants to save a few special details for her father to see when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones moves into the team’s new headquarters this summer.

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Storms delay, stop U.S. Open

OAKMONT, Pa. — Even a rain-soaked Oakmont didn’t keep the U.S. Open from delivering its usual dose of frustration. Just not the kind anyone expected.

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Cavs force Game 7

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 41 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers sent the NBA Finals packing for California by beating the rattled Golden State Warriors 115-101 on Thursday night to even this unpredictable series and force a decisive Game 7.

UNT adds two more FCS foes

North Texas will host a pair of Football Championship Subdivision teams in consecutive seasons beginning in 2020, one from within the state and another located all the way across the country.

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Lewis flirts with perfect game, beats A’s with two-hitter

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the ball left Max Muncy’s bat leading off the ninth inning, Colby Lewis thought it was another fly that would move him one out closer to a no-hitter. AP

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Golf: Mean Green major

Brad Stracke shot one of his star players of the past a text message earlier this month and waited patiently to see what would transpire when Carlos Ortiz participated in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Ohio. The longtime North Texas golf coach received some good news a short time later.