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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox rookie pitcher Michael Kopech has apologized for racist and homophobic tweets he posted as 17-year-old and has since deleted. The tweets from 2013 surfaced Tuesday as Kopech made his major league debut. Kopech grew up in Mount Pleasant, Texas, and attended Mount Pleasant High School. SENT: 240 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.




FRISCO, Texas — A year ago, Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Joe Looney grabbed the spotlight during training camp as the prankster who took the field in star running back Ezekiel Elliott's jersey, his cover blown by the gut sticking out under No. 21. Now that Looney has become the starting center under the serious circumstances of Travis Frederick's battle against a rare neurological disorder, the career backup plans to keep his sense of humor. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 900 words, photos.


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley hopes there will be a time when the NFL does away with preseason games entirely, saying that "everyone's dream is not to play in the preseason." In the meantime, Gurley will have to settle for Rams coach Sean McVay making his dream come true. McVay said he could hold quarterback Jared Goff out of the team's third preseason game against Houston on Saturday, while also confirming Gurley, center John Sullivan and left tackle Andrew Whitworth will not play as a precaution. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 600 words.


CANTON, Ohio — Gil Brandt and Pat Bowlen have been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as contributors to the game. Currently a consultant to the NFL and one of the key figures in the staging of the draft, Brandt was one of the key contributors to the building of the Dallas Cowboys. As vice president of player personnel from 1960-89, Brandt helped Dallas grow into one of the most powerful and popular sports franchises in America. Among the Cowboys' innovations were extensive use of computers and deeply scouting the historically black colleges for talent. SENT: 360 words.


DALLAS — George Andrie, the former Dallas Cowboys defensive end who scored a touchdown in the Ice Bowl game against Green Bay in 1967, has died. He was 78. The Cowboys confirmed the death of Andrie. He died Tuesday at his home in Woodway, Texas. Andrie's family has said he suffered from dementia. SENT: 250 words.



COLLEGE STATION, Texas — New Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said his program will be "very open" to any inquiry into allegations of possible NCAA violations, but he is confident in how things have been handled since he arrived from Florida State. Fisher was responding to allegations former Aggies linebacker Santino Marchiol made to USA Today this week about improper cash payments for hosting recruits, practices that went beyond allowable time limits and mishandling of his ankle injury. Marchiol has transferred to Arizona and raised the allegations against Texas A&M in an application to be allowed to play this season rather that sit out a year. SENT: 320 words, photos.


— FBC--TEXAS TECH-PLAYER ARREST — Prosecutors in Lubbock have dismissed a theft charge against Texas Tech running back Da'Leon Ward. SENT: 130 words.

— FBC--COACHES ALL-SEC — Georgia led the way with 12 players on the preseason coaches All-Southeastern Conference teams. Alabama had 10 All-SEC picks and Auburn had nine on the teams. SENT: 110 words, photos.

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— SOC--MLS-FC DALLAS-DYNAMO — Ronaldo Pena scored his first MLS goal in the 88th minute, helping the Houston Dynamo tie FC Dallas 1-1 in the Texas Derby. SENT: 160 words, photos.

— SOC--COLUMBUS CREW-AUSTIN — Austin doesn't have a Major League Soccer team just yet, but the club-to-come-later already has a name, a logo and team colors. SENT: 130 words.


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