Texas Set to Dump Steroid Testing for HS Athletes After Seven Years and 40 Positive Tests

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Texas High School athletes shouldn't be tested for steroids any more, the state's Sunset Commission says, because the state's "steroid testing program is no longer effective."

Since 2008, the year the program started, it has confirmed 40 positive tests -- less than one-half of 1 percent of all students tested. It's cost the state almost $10 million. According to the commission, Texas is one of only three states currently testing high school athletes for steroids.

Changing attitudes and the Texas Legislature are responsible for the committee's recommendation that the state's high school sports governing body, the University Interscholastic League, shut down the program.

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SMU Just Lost Its NCAA Tournament Game In the Worst Way Imaginable

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Get it? It's a pony getting hosed.
SMU is out of the NCAA Tournament. After trailing by as many as 10 in the second half, the Ponies led by two in the final minute against UCLA. The Bruins Bryce Alford chucked up an off-balance three that had no chance. As it approached the plane of the front rim, Yanick Moreira, SMU's senior center, went up for the rebound, touched the ball and was called for a goaltend.

As Deadspin's Tom Ley points out, by the letter of the NCAA's goaltending rule, the call is bullshit.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy, Great Pass Rusher, Alleged Woman-Terrorizer

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The Dallas Cowboys have signed free agent defensive lineman Greg Hardy to a one-year contract, the team announced on Twitter today. He's just what the Cowboys need. The 2010 sixth-round pick from Ole Miss is a big, rangy outside speed rusher. He's tallied 26 sacks in his last two full seasons.

Hardy played in one game in 2014, after being suspended, with pay, over a May 2014 incident during which he allegedly grabbed his girlfriend, threw her on the floor, strangled her, threw her into a bathtub and slammed her into a futon weighed down with loaded guns. Hardy's girlfriend, Nicole Holder, said that he threatened to shoot her if she went to the media or called the police.

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After a Four-Year Fight, Plaintiffs in Dallas Super Bowl Lawsuit Set to Split $76k

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On paper, the seven plaintiffs suing the NFL for their experiences at 2011's Jerryworld-hosted Super Bowl won. A Dallas jury agreed with the group -- and the NFL -- that the leagued breached its contract with the fans when they were either denied seats or switched to different seats at the game.

All seven plaintiffs had purchased tickets in temporary seating erected just for the Super Bowl, and two of them also made fraud claims against the league, saying the seats to which they were moved had obstructed views. The league said that they didn't, and, even if they did, the obstructed views wouldn't have constituted fraud.

The jury agreed, compensating each of the plaintiffs only for some expenses incurred during their trip. The biggest settlement, for about $22,000, went to a Rebecca Burgwin who asked for $35,000. The smallest, for $5,670 went to Dave Wenta.

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Conclusion of Dallas Super Bowl Trial Muddled By ESPN Article

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Heading into deliberations, the questions facing the jury in the 2011 Super Bowl seating fiasco trial were pretty simple. The NFL -- accused of breach of contract and fraudulent inducement after the plaintiff fans were either relocated or denied seats entirely at the game -- has admitted to the breach of contract.

Lawyers for the league told jurors that all they have to decide is how much of the plaintiffs' claimed expenses from the game should be reimbursed. As for the fans who were simply relocated from temporary seats that were deemed unsafe just before the game, their claims should be denied. The relocated plaintiffs say they had an obstructed view, hence the fraud claim, but the NFL says the views weren't obstructed. And even if they were, that's not enough the constitute fraud, NFL attorney Thad Behrens said.

Then, after both sides rested their respective cases, things got interesting.

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Jerry Jones Blames NFL for Fans Who Missed Out at Super Bowl

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This all could have been avoided, Jerry Jones said, if he'd just gotten his way.

As part of an attempt to break the Super Bowl attendance record -- set in 1980 when 103,985 fans watched the Steelers beat the Rams in the Rose Bowl -- 13,000 temporary seats were added to the configuration of what was then still called Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. On game day, 1,200 of the seats were unusable. Many fans set to sit in the temporary seats were relocated, but about 400 were never given a seat, leaving them without access to a game they'd paid thousands of dollars to see. Many of the affected fans took deals from the NFL that allowed them to attend future Super Bowls or gave them other compensation, but two groups of fans filed separate suits against the league. The first of those suits, contested by eight plaintiffs, began in Dallas this month.

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Dez Bryant Is Getting Smeared by the Cowboys or Is Maybe Not a Good Dude or Maybe Both

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Again, a story is developing around Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant that creates more questions than answers, and again it stems from the work of NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport.

In November, Rapoport reported on six incidents -- the most recent occurring in November 2013 -- that resulted in DeSoto police responding to house Bryant reportedly rented from Texas State Senator Royce West. Shan Sharrif, a local radio host, did a thorough a breakdown of the incidents, none of which resulted in Bryant being arrested. In all of the incidents except one, as Sharrif points out, it's not even clear that Bryant was involved at all.

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Country Music Awards Will Not Bring DFW $123 Million. More Like $139.2 Kajillion.

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Holds 90,000 folks give or take, no matter what anybody says.
It's that time again. Another big event at Jerryworld is approaching, and the Morning News is credulously reporting an outrageous number for the event's estimated economic impact. This time, it's the Academy of Country Music Awards that's supposed to hand the North Texas economy its latest event-related windfall, to the tune (rimshot) of $123 million.

Here's a link to people dancing the "Cotton Eyed Joe," a country ditty whose traditional Texas-style refrain perfectly sums up what that number means.

As we reported in January in response to an extremely similar DMN piece about the potential $300 million impact of the College Football Playoff championship game, sports economists generally agree that big events are not an economic boon to the cities that host them.

See also: College Football Playoff Will Bring DFW $300 Million -- Carried on the Backs of Unicorns

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Lewisville ISD Taking White Power Signs Seen at Flower Mound Basketball Game Seriously

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Friday's Plano East versus Flower Mound boys basketball game featured three overtimes, multiple lead changes and a white power sign.

It makes sense that the student section at Flower Mound High School's basketball games would have a sign with the word "white" on it. After all, the Lewisville Independent School District school's colors are blue and white. It makes a lot less sense for the kid seen on the right of this photo to have a "power" sign.

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Lance Armstrong Owes Dallas Sports-Promotion Company $10 Million, Arbitration Panel Says

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Continuing Lance Armstrong's long descent from cycling champion to tragic, cautionary tale, SCA Promotion confirmed Monday that an arbitration panel has decided that Armstrong and Tailwind Sports, the owners of the U.S. Postal Service team for which Armstrong rode, owe the Dallas-based company $10 million for bonuses SCA paid after three of Armstrong's Tour de France victories.

In a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong admitted for the first time that he'd cheated in each of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories. Armstrong's admission came despite his having repeatedly denied doping, often under oath. One of those denials came in 2005 during another arbitration dispute with SCA. The company, because of widespread rumors about performance enhancing drug use, didn't want to pay Armstrong his third bonus, which he'd earned for winning the 2004 Tour de France. SCA eventually settled that claim by paying Armstrong $7.5 million.

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