Prime Prep Is Going Down Fighting

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Anna Merlan
Earlier this month, as reported by Unfair Park and practically every other outlet in town, the Texas Education Agency began the process of revoking Prime Prep's charter. The reasons for the potential revocation are convoluted, the upshot isn't. Should its charter be revoked, the school would have to stop enrolling students.

See also: Texas Has Revoked the Charter of Prime Prep, the Public School Founded by Deion Sanders

Sanders and company had until July 30 to appeal the decision. Yesterday, their Austin law firm did so:

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Last Night's Pitch Invasion at the Cotton Bowl Was an Embarrassment to Dallas

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Pictured: Idiot with $30m asset. Also pictured: indifferent policing.

We've written elsewhere about what transpired at the Cotton Bowl last night. In short, at some point during a pre-season exhibition game that was charging $50 a head and up, one fan decided to charge the pitch.

This happens a lot in sporting events around the world. People run onto the pitch. They are pursued by authorities and caught, then hauled from the field to what I assume is a jail cell much like the one Homer Simpson ends up in in the episode where he goes to the Super Bowl.

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Bored Dallas Soccer Fans Staged a Pitch Invasion at Real Madrid versus Roma Last Night

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Jorge Corona
A Palestine supporter on the field, wrapping himself in the flag as he was handcuffed and led away.
The Cotton Bowl was filled with 57,000-plus soccer fans last night, there to see some of the world's greatest footballers do some very mediocre footballing.

It was slow and scoreless for the first hour or so, until Roma's Francesco Totti scored at the 58-minute mark. Fans were irritated and bored by then, though, and disappointed that Ronaldo spent the game in his sweatpants on the Real Madrid bench.

With just three minutes left on the clock, several fans had had enough: One young guy ran on the field toward Ronaldo. After he was given just a rough shove and wag of the finger, many were encouraged by the lack of punishment. Altogether, around 20 fans, mostly young men, stormed the field.

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Why Prime Prep Closing Would Be Good News for its Remaining Star Athletes

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Amy Silverstein
Who wouldn't trust this face?
Whether Prime Prep manages to stay open or not doesn't matter to Emmanuel Mudiay. The kid who would have been king, the explosive, rangy point guard, is not going to SMU, whether he would have been eligible to play for the Mustangs or not. Athletic apparel company Under Armour -- which sponsors both Prime Prep and Mo Williams Elite, Mudiay's AAU summer team -- is working behind the scenes to secure his first pro contract, a move that removes any doubt as to his amateur status.

Whether Mudiay is bypassing Moody Madness because he had fears about his potential academic eligibility, because, as he and his family have said, he wants to help his mother financially or, in the most likely scenario, because of some combination of the two, his high school alma mater's closing isn't going to have any further effect on his basketball future.

The same can't be said for Mudiay's star teammate, Terrance Ferguson.

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Dallas' Sports Teams Are Staffed By Idiots

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Unfair Park admires the faith in humanity it takes to trust a stranger this much.

Ahh, the post All-Star Break, post World Cup, post LeBron, post everything doldrums. The Wednesday and Thursday after the Midsummer Classic have been proven -- by science! -- to be, along with Christmas Eve, the deadest days on the American sports calender. Clearly, local athletes are just as bored as their fans, as evidenced by the comic admissions of Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland and the hijinks of Stars center Tyler Seguin.

Wednesday, Holland took to the airwaves and told KRLD-FM listeners of his and his fellow pitchers bullpen activities during what's become, by any measure, a lost season for the Rangers. As reported by The Dallas Morning News, here's what Holland and friends do for fun:

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In Honor of Prime Prep: 10 of Texas' Biggest High School Sports Scandals

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Saying Texas takes high school sports seriously is like saying it can get a bit warm here in the summer. Contests between kids make adults do crazy things, like, say, letting a certain former football player open up a state-funded charter school. Or worse. Check out some of the low-lights of Texas high school sports history.

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Top SMU Recruit Emmanuel Mudiay Is Skipping College to Play Pro Ball Overseas

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Emmanuel Mudiay
Multiple outlets are reporting that Emmanuel Mudiay, the No. 1 rated high school basketball player in the country, will forego his commitment to play for Larry Brown at SMU and instead play at least one season of professional basketball overseas before heading to the NBA.

Mudiay has released the following statement to Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn:

"I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach [Larry] Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA, But I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach Brown and my family, we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities. I am grateful for Prime Prep coach [Ray] Forsett for developing me into the player and man that I am and I am also grateful for coach Brown's guidance and his support. This has nothing to do with my eligibility in any way."
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Joey Gallo Is Here to Give Us Hope

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Hold that pose Joey.
The Rangers lost again yesterday. It's the eighth defeat in a row and 22nd out of 25 for a franchise that's won at least 90 games in each of the past four seasons. It was the latest lowlight in series that's been -- Yu Darvish and Adrian Beltre excepted -- full of them.

The sheer number of injuries faced by the team has long since passed into the realm of the absurd, and Ron Washington's lineup regularly features players who wouldn't start for a first division Japanese League team. Perhaps the best possible outcome is that the team picks up some prospects in exchange for the somehow-still-standing (and still-hitting) Alex Rios.

We're not here to talk about all that, though. We're here to talk about Joey Gallo.

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Rangers Catcher Geovany Soto Caught with Weed, Which Is Pretty Understandable, Really

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Shawn Collins
What else could go wrong for the Rangers this season?
After being swept at home by the Houston Astros (!), your Texas Rangers now own the worst record in baseball. Suffering through injuries and errors, they've been at a total loss, with no solutions, nothing to ease the pain, nowhere to turn. Until now.

Catcher Geovany Soto was arrested in Grapevine on Wednesday, when police found him holding the only viable antidote the Rangers have for making it until September: weed.

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As Promised, Prince Fielder Is in ESPN Magazine's Body Issue. He Looks Magnificent.

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Keep your eye on the ball.

Late last month, local media buzzed with the news that our very own Prince Fielder, the hulking, injured, $168 million albatross currently not playing first base for the Rangers, would be making an appearance in ESPN the Magazine. Naked. Because why the hell not?

See also: Prince Fielder to Appear Nude in ESPN the Magazine, for Some Reason

Apparently, Fielder's shoot went so well that ESPN decided to make him one of the Body Issue's six cover athletes. His candid interview with ESPN.com in advance of the magazine's July 11 newsstand date is an enjoyable read, here are some of the highlights:

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