Globe Life Pledges to Make Arlington Proud, Remove Garish Blue Sign from Rangers Ballpark

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The Texas Rangers' decision to rechristen their stadium the Globe Life Park in Arlington was easy enough to ignore. However lame the name might be -- and it's really, incredibly lame -- no one could stop fans from calling it Rangers Ballpark.

The blue-and-white Globe Life sign facing outward from the left-field scoreboard was impossible to ignore. At least it was for Arlington resident Leanne Rand.

"I was so disheartened this week when I drove home by the ballpark," she wrote in a letter last month to Rangers and Globe Life officials. "As I rounded the corner coming up Ballpark Way from Division Street, the new signage on the ballpark caught my eye and I am pretty sure I let out an audible gasp."

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Frisco Mayor: Friendship With Texas Legends' Del Harris Had No Bearing on City's $90K Court Purchase

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It's a pretty good time to be in Frisco, if you are the Texas Legends. Last week the Frisco City Council agreed to spend $90,000 in taxpayer dollars to purchase a basketball court for the minor league NBA team to play on.

By coincidence, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso is good friends with Del Harris, the former Lakers coach who went on to coach the Legends in 2011. More recently, Harris is described by the NBA as the Legends' vice president. But that friendship between mayor and Legends VP had no influence on this basketball court deal, Maso tells Unfair Park.

"Absolutely not, I never even discussed this with him," Maso says. In addition to being a friend, Harris also served as Maso's campaign treasurer in 2011. Maso can't recall how they met but guesses it was about eight years ago through mutual buddies. "He's a longtime friend," he says.

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Dallas Man Won't Get to Keep That $500K He Won Suing His Softball Buddy After All

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Orville Paul Dunagan and Bryan Coleman are friends. Scratch that. They were friends, neighbors and longtime softball buddies and teammates in a slow-pitch league in East Dallas. The moment their bond began to dissolve, on June 21, 2005, is now immortalized in Dallas County court records.

That's the day Dunagan beaned Coleman with a pitch during pre-game warmups, knocking out four teeth, shattering his upper and lower bone plates. Coleman underwent two surgeries to remove tooth fragments and some intensive orthodontia.

Here's how the incident was described by the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas:

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America Discovers That Cowboys Stadium Is a Terrible Place for a Basketball Game

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Those of you who listened to Friday's Final Four games on the radio were forced to endure not only a complete lack of moving images but also sportscaster Jim Gray's brief but remarkably inane sideline interview with Jerry Jones, in which the Cowboys' owner noted approvingly that AT&T Stadium's TV screen is in fact larger than the basketball court, and that it gives fans a chance to see what basketball looks like when the players are 70 feet tall.

That's the positive way to spin it. It would have been more honest if Jones joined the chorus and described AT&T Stadium for what it is: a terrible basketball venue.

The Dallas Morning News is now simply reporting this as fact:

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In Left Field For the Frisco Roughriders, A Tornado

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Among the things you'd probably rather not see at a baseball game, coming in somewhere below a barrage of apocalyptic hell fire but slightly above an opposing team's walk-off home run, is a tornado looming over the left-field fence. It's a vision concern that might inspire panic in some.

Ah, but the Frisco Roughriders and their fans are a hearty bunch, as evidenced by their apparent nonchalance in the face of an approaching twister.

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NBA: Dallas Mav Monta Ellis' Could've-Been Game Winner Versus Warriors Was Goaltended

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It's cold comfort now, a day and a half after Stephen Curry's game-ending dagger lifted the Golden State Warriors to a 122-120 victory over the Mavs at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night, but the NBA has ruled that the Jermaine O'Neal "block" that set the stage for Curry's heroics wasn't a block at all. "Upon review at the league office, we have found that a shot taken by Dallas' Monta Ellis with 16.0 seconds remaining in overtime was on the way down when initially contacted and ruled a block by Golden State's Jermaine O'Neal, and should have been ruled a goaltend," the NBA said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. "The exact trajectory of the ball when touched was impossible to ascertain with the naked eye, and the play was not reviewable."More »

The Cowboys' New Frisco Headquarters/Theme Park Looks Elaborate (Video)

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The Cowboys' move from Valley Ranch to Frisco is moving forward. On Monday, the Frisco City Council took a look at some initial plans for the 66-acre site.

Of course, America's Team can't settle for a tasteful office complex and modest practice facility. The keystone of the project will be "Cowboys Alley," the retail-and-restaurant development planned for the entrance to what The Dallas Morning News refers to as a "multi-use sports complex."

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Rangers Fans Honor Fallen Firefighter With Impressive Beeramid

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You'll remember Shannon Stone as the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter and father who tumbled to his death while reaching for a ball during a July 2011 Rangers game. Kind of hard to forget. He and his 6-year-old son, Cooper, are immortalized in bronze outside Rangers ballpark.

A fitting tribute, the two-year-old statue is also apparently a killer place to put your opening-day empties.

A photo of the debris-covered pedestal went viral last night, prompting a suitable dose of tut-tutting from various corners:

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Live Blog - Phillies 14 Rangers 10

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Scheppers gets the Opening Day start.

Hello everybody, from The Ballpark With the New Name. We're here at Rangers Opening Day, and will be documenting the thrills, the spills, and the silliness. Apologies for any mistakes - your live blogger is British, and thus totally unfit to document America's national pastime, no matter how much he might love the sport.

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Someone Better Tell the Omni That Duke Didn't Make the Final Four

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In case you kept your ears and eyes plugged this past weekend, let us tell you just four teams are still standing in the NCAA tournament. Florida, Wisconsin, UConn and Kentucky have all survived two grueling weekends of hoops and earned a trip to the Final Four in North Texas (i.e. Arlington).

You'll notice right off that none of those teams is Duke. The normally reliable Blue Devils, who have at least made the Sweet 16 in 13 of the past 17 season, were bounced by Mercer in the first round.

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