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ARLINGTON, Texas — Jurickson Profar hit a three-run home run and a run-scoring single during a 10-run Texas outburst during the first two innings and Rougned Odor had a career-high five walks and a two-run home run as the Rangers routed the Baltimore Orioles 17-8. Yovani Gallardo (6-1) won his third straight start but lasted only 5 1/3 innings despite having a 13-1 lead through four innings. Gallardo allowed five runs on nine hits, including home runs by Mark Trumbo and Caleb Joseph, plus two walks on a season-high 104 pitches. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— BBH--TSWA-4A ALL-STATE — Argyle pitcher and designated hitter Bryson Hudgens has been named the player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A all-state baseball team. SENT: 310 words.
MONTREAL — Johnny Football finally gets to play football again. Johnny Manziel will make his first Canadian Football League start Friday night when the Montreal Alouettes face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the team the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner turned NFL bust began his comeback with. He last saw regular-season action with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in a 17-13 loss to Kansas City on Dec. 27, 2015. SENT: 470 words, photos.
FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-TO’S ABSENCE
Terrell Owens should have had a better excuse for blowing off his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You know, like maybe he was going bowling. That, at least, might have been understood in the tiny universe of T.O., the one the former wide receiver lives in and no one else seems to penetrate. Owens was so into bowling after his football career was over that he tried to go pro, only to be undone by slippery lane conditions. By Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 870 words, photos.
FBN--HALL OF FAME-BRAZILE
HOUSTON — Robert Brazile was so feared as a linebacker during his career with the Houston Oilers that he earned the nickname Dr. Doom. In his retirement he found contentment in a vastly different line of work that he believes was even more challenging than chasing down quarterbacks for a living. “It was more difficult being a teacher,” he said. The 65-year-old Brazile admits working with children was more fulfilling. Though he turned in his Dr. Doom persona decades ago for the role of Mr. Brazile, he’ll revisit the success of his first career on Saturday when he’ll be one of eight men inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 700 words, with photos.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Norv Turner easily could have opted to keep traveling the world with his wife, writing country music songs and playing with his grandchildren. At 66, who would have blamed him? Instead, Turner decided to return for a 33rd season of NFL coaching as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. Turner, who won two Super Bowls as a coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1990s, wasn’t necessarily looking to return to coaching after sitting out last season. But when approached about the Panthers’ job opening, Turner couldn’t resist the chance to reunite with head coach Ron Rivera — Turner’s assistant for four seasons when he was head coach of the San Diego Chargers. By Steve Reed. SENT: 720 words, photos.
— FBN--COWBOYS-ELLIOTT-CRASH LAWSUIT — A suburban Dallas man is suing Ezekiel Elliott for at least $1 million in damages, alleging the Dallas Cowboys running back caused him “serious, life-altering injuries” when Elliott’s truck rammed the man’s car. SENT: 130 words.
— FBC--BRILES-ITALY — Former Baylor football coach Art Briles is going to Italy to try to revive his career. Briles was fired by Baylor in 2016 amid a sexual assault scandal at the Baptist school and hasn’t coached since. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he has been hired to coach an American football team, Guelfi Firenze, in Florence, Italy. Briles said he will join the team in October. SENT: 140 words.
BKL--WNBA INCREASED TECHNICALS
NEW YORK — Technical fouls are up this year in the WNBA with more already called this season than last. There were 92 technical fouls given to players before the All-Star break, 11 more than all of last season. Coaches have picked up another 30 technical fouls already with nearly 20 percent of the season left to play. “Right now in the league I just see referees trying to soften the game,” Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage said on a conference call last month. “And you would never tech an NBA player up for flexing after making a move. I got a technical last week for a look at a referee. I don’t understand why our emotion and our passion is being suppressed. We are women we are passionate and we are playing hard. Let us play our game and don’t try to soften it.” By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 940 words, photos.
— BKL--WINGS-FEVER — Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points to lead six Indiana players in double figures and the Fever beat the Dallas Wings 84-78 on Thursday night for their fourth victory of the season. SENT: 140 words.
— BKN--MAVERICKS-ROCKETS TRADE — The Dallas Mavericks have acquired center Chinanu Onuaku from the Houston Rockets for the rights to forward Maarty Leunen. SENT: 140 words.
DALLAS — An elite Texas gymnastics coach was arrested in Indiana after being accused of sexually assaulting three girls at a Fort Worth gym, police said. Skipper Glenn Crawley, described as an elite-level team gymnastics coach, is accused of sexually assaulting the victims at Sokol gymnastics in Fort Worth, police said. Authorities arrested him on Wednesday after executing a warrant at an Indianapolis residence. He is being held at an Indiana jail, pending extradition. Crawley, a former assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, had been wanted for the continuous sexual abuse of a child, along with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 420 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.
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