The Cowboys' Tight Ends Are Quietly Killing It

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Nicole Cordeiro
The Cowboys looked really good again. I'm questioning a lot of things.
As the Cowboys have marched to their best seven game start since 2007, the accolades have been plentiful and plentifully spread around. DeMarco Murray has, deservedly, been lauded as the second coming of Tony Dorsett with each successive 100-yard performance. The defense is "improved" and "flying to the ball." Tony Romo is avoiding mistakes and converting third downs at a remarkable clip. The offensive line is the best in the league. You could hear all these things just watching the highlight shows between the end of Cowboys-Giants and the start of Broncos-49ers Sunday night.

One unit that hasn't received the plaudits, but is essential to what the Cowboys are doing on offense this year, is the team's tight ends. Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar and James Hanna were outstanding again Sunday and will continue to key the team as it moves toward the second half of the season.

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New Rangers Manager Jeff Banister: Who Is This Guy?

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Rich Anderson
Jeff Banister's new office.
While the Rangers' hiring of Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister to take over Ron Washington's vacated managerial post didn't come completely out of nowhere, it's certainly a surprise. For those outside the organization, the first sign that Banister was a serious candidate for the gig came when he, along with Tim Bogar and Kevin Cash, was named as one of the three finalists for the job. Even then, the easiest person to see taking the job was Bogar. He'd just finished leading the previously moribund 2014 Rangers to a 14-8 record in his stretch as interim manager and had the tactical acumen the team sorely lacked under Washington.

Wednesday though, the tide seemed to turn in Banister's direction. With members of the national media like Ken Rosenthal reporting that the Rangers were conducting deep due diligence on Banister, it began to look like the job might be his.

Now, on Thursday, it is.

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Jerry Jones Sex Assault Suit Is Over, But It Isn't Exactly Clear Why

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Frank Hoover via Twitter
Jerry Jones is no longer headed to trial over accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2009. The case, brought by former stripper Jana Weckerly, also claimed that Jones and his longtime lawyer, Levi McCathern, conspired to pay her off until the statute of limitations expired.

A hearing was scheduled for Thursday afternoon to determine whether or not Weckerley's claims could move forward despite the fact that more than five years had passed since the incident with Jones. She argued that her claim should still be heard because of Jones frequent travel outside Texas, and that the payments she claimed to have received from Jones, by way of McCathern, fell within the statute.

Thursday morning, after a court-mandated mediation session Wednesday, the case was dismissed.

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The Rangers Should Not Trade Elvis Andrus

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EricEnfermero
Don't get rid of this guy.
With the Orioles re-signing shortstop JJ Hardy, what was already thin free agent market at the position became threadbare. Beyond Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew the cupboard is largely empty, leaving big-market clubs like the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers and Tigers -- all of which will look to sign a shortstop this off-season -- in a lurch.

Among many in the Rangers community, the developing market is viewed as the perfect situation to shop the team's incumbent shortstop Elvis Andrus. Andrus is owed $118 million over the next eight seasons, and is coming off his worst season as a professional. It might be time, the thinking goes, to give Luis Sardinas a shot to hang on until Jurickson Profar is fit to play regularly.

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The Trick-Shot Artists of Dude Perfect Made an Awesome Video with the Dallas Stars

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The match.
Dude Perfect, the guys behind the 500-foot basketball shot from the top of Reunion Tower, have a new video out featuring Dallas Stars stalwarts Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. It's undeniably cool.

The top-line duo bowl a strike with a hockey puck from near center ice, take out targets around the infield at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco and destroy a couple of piƱatas unfortunate enough to be hanging from a crossbar.

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Cowboys Running Back Joseph Randle Arrested for Stealing Underwear, Cologne

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Joseph Randle
According to multiple reports, Dallas Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle was arrested by Frisco police after being seen attempting to shoplift underwear and a bottle of cologne on an in-house camera at the Stonebriar Centre mall Dillard's.

Randle was detained by Dillard's loss prevention officers who called Frisco police at 8:17 Monday night. Frisco PD arrested Randle, who was released early Tuesday after posting bail.

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The Cowboys Are No Longer the Cowboys

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Nicole Cordeiro
This was an honest to God, no equivocations, good win. Let's enjoy it.
It happened again. The Cowboys dominated the first two-thirds of a game, just as they did against Tennessee and Houston, and found themselves in a fistfight to the finish. This time it was against the Seahawks in Seattle, a presumably impossible task, but the result was the same. The Cowboys won their fifth straight, keeping pace with the Chargers for the best record in the NFL and validating their hot start with a win over the preseason consensus best team in the league.

The Cowboys beat up the Seahawks for the better part of two-and-a-half quarters, thanks largely to an improved pass rush and improved running-back depth, with Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar perhaps providing an answer to the perpetual question, But what happens when Murray goes down?. Then they repelled the comeback with an unlikely, amazing catch from Terrance Williams, a big block from backup offensive lineman Jermey Parnell and more strong running from DeMarco Murray.

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West High Football Has Long Been Terrible, but It's Coming Back Just Like the Town

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West ISD via Twitter
It's a cliche, sure, but in the case of West, Texas' high school football team, it appears to be true.

"The old saying is, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," says David Woodard, West High School's head football coach. "Our kids have gotten mentally stronger and physically stronger and it's made it to the point where everything we've been through, our kids believe now that they can just win."

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Cowboys DB Subject of New Attempted Rape Allegation

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C.J. Spillman
C.J. Spillman, the Cowboys defensive back named in connection with a September 20 sexual assault allegation in Grapevine, was accused of attempted rape in December 2013 while he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

According to a Santa Clara, California, police report obtained by the New York Daily News, a massage therapist accused Spillman of groping her and trying to rip off her pants after she gave Spillman a massage. He then pinned her to the ground and tried to put his penis in her mouth, she said.

Spillman denied the allegations to police and was never charged in the incident.

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The Cowboys' Win Over Houston Showed What's Right and What's Wrong with This Team

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Nicole Cordeiro
Prepare for more of the same.
After each of the Cowboys last four games -- all wins, sending the team to 4-1 and its best start since 2008 -- we've heard it: The team is winning because it's running DeMarco Murray early and often. Even in the third game of the season, when the Rams jumped out to a 21-0 lead, Murray got 28 touches and had 131 yards from scrimmage in what ended up being a 34-31 Cowboys victory.

It's true that the team has found what appears to be a sustainable way forward. Leaning on the running game accentuates the Cowboys' best assets -- Murray and the offensive line -- and keeps the defense, which still isn't particularly good, off the field.

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