Wednesday marked the third game Gomez has not started. Balk instead of steal Umpire crew chief Ted Barrett explained why Rougned Odor scored on a balk instead of a steal of home in the seventh inning of the Rangers' 10-4 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night. It will be Holland's first start in Arlington since he pitched for the Rangers last season. ARLINGTON -- Wednesday, as it turned out, ended up being a pretty good day for Jake Diekman. The left-hander is scheduled to throw 15 pitches in his first game action this year. If I get a count where I feel like I can throw a slider and stuff, I'll do that. The Rangers had 10 hits but were held without a home run for only the 21st time in 114 games. The Rangers are 7-14 when they don't hit a home run. The biggest hit was a two-out, two-run single by Carlos Gomez that gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead. "Really big right there with Gomez, coming through with the two-out base hit," Banister said.
With all the promising young guys on the team, how do they fit in the 53? David: When you have a talented team, you’re going to have to make some tough cuts – that’s the nature of it. On top of that, the practice squad has been expanded to 10 in recent years, which opens up a few more spots. There will be some tough cuts, but I think they’ll be able to keep the majority of the guys they want to keep. Rob: I hate to say this, but injuries usually play a factor by the time Sept. 2 rolls around. Right now, I’d guess Gathers makes the team as the fourth tight end and perhaps Cooper Rush can make a push to be the third quarterback kept over a sixth receiver such as Brown or Andy Jones. It seems every time I read about practice, Dak has some good moments, but also a decent amount of tipped or intercepted throws. David: It’s the age old question of “good defense or bad offense?” I have watched every rep Dak Prescott has taken in this training camp, and I think he’s been phenomenal. That’s the nature of this game. He has said there are times in practice he might take a chance or two with a pass in a tight window.
Union appeals Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension. NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott “to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.” The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott’s attorneys blasted Commission Roger Goodell’s ruling, saying the league “cherry-picked” evidence to reach its conclusion. A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision “as soon as practicable” after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement. The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants. ___ More AP NFL: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Cowboys' Dez Bryant defends stance on anthem, says he has 'family to feed'. USA TODAY Sports Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant defended his initial stance on national anthem protests Tuesday by telling Twitter critics he has a "family to feed" and "not saying I don't care about it." Bryant was asked after practice Tuesday his thoughts on NFL players protesting the national anthem. "Whatever they got going on with that, that's them," Bryant told The Dallas Morning News. "I don't really have nothing to say about that." More NFL: Steve Sarkisian hire was no leap of faith for Falcons' Dan Quinn Coach on anthem: Seahawks' Pete Carroll: I support Michael Bennett, but 'we should all stand' for anthem This preseason, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch have protested — following the lead of free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick from last season. Kaepernick, who kneeled during the anthem last year, is still searching for a job. After being called out on Twitter for his initial comments, Bryant responded with sub-tweets: "Listen my life is more than a (expletive) football get real...I'm disappointed in you.."
'Last Chance U' star John Franklin III, 4-star QB Chris Robison transferring to FAU. x This video is not available. x This video is geo-restricted. We are experiencing technical difficulties, please try again in a few minutes. Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. This video is not available on your platform. x John Franklin III -- one of the stars of the first season of the Netflix hit Last Chance U -- will transfer from Auburn to Florida Atlantic after one year on the Plains, according to a statement posted on his Instagram account. We wish John nothing but the best and thank him for his time at Auburn." Once he arrives, he'll join former East Mississippi Community College and Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson -- who was the star of the second season of Last Chance U. Not to be outdone, Kiffin reportedly nabbed the quarterback of the future when former Oklahoma signal-caller and 4-star prospect Chris Robison announced his intent to transfer to the program as well, according to a screenshot of a message on his protected Twitter account captured by Bob Przybylo of Sooners Illustrated.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is reportedly set to appeal his six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence, and could show evidence his accuser made racially-charged statements and threatened to "ruin" his life before she made the charges. Prosecutors in Columbus decided nearly a year ago not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State. Robert S. Tobias, Columbus’ city attorney, told USA Today: “I personally believe that there were a series of interactions between Mr. Elliott and [his accuser] where violence occurred. Elliott informed police Thompson called him “more than 50 times in less than eight hours,” according to Deadspin. The Star-Telegram reported Thompson allegedly made a number of threats to Ezekiel after he told her not to come to his house on July 21, 2016, Thompson reportedly told Elliott in a text message: “Ok this is what you want? I’m a white girl. "When viewed together with the July incidents, it suggests a pattern of poor judgment and behavior for which effective intervention is necessary for your personal and professional welfare," NFL special counsel for conduct Todd Jones wrote. Elliott posted a statement to his Twitter on Friday night, saying he was “both surprised and disappointed” by the NFL’s decision and that he strongly disagrees with the league’s findings. He also said he was “sincerely sorry” for the distraction and disruption he has caused for the Cowboys and his family. The team’s owner, Jerry Jones, has repeatedly said he does not see anything to indicate Elliott was guilty of domestic violence and is reportedly angry about the suspension, the Star-Telegram reported.
What it means now that Giancarlo Stanton cleared waivers and is free to be traded. x Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers, reports Yahoo's Jeff Passan. This means Stanton is free to be traded to any team. It's the August waiver period, which means for a player to be traded he must first pass through waivers. If no team claims him, then he's free to be dealt to any team. At that point, he'll have more than $200 million left on his deal, but if he feels he can best that figure on the open market, then he'll likely exercise the opt-out. That kind of arrangement in essence puts all the risk on the team. Or perhaps they see the wisdom of trading Stanton but would want such an unpopular trade to take place on Loria's dying watch. In that light ... Stanton's contract might soon not look so outsized We've seen time and again that free-agent contracts for superstars outpace any plausible ideas about inflation. The point is that soon enough Stanton's contract won't be dropping quite so many jaws.
First, Kaepernick protested silently alone. Then, Harold was right there, kneeling with both men during the national anthems for the entire 16-game regular season. Harold, 23, and Reid will not continue the protest this season on the 49ers sideline without Kaepernick, who is still unsigned after parting ways with the organization in March. I had people coming up to me saying, ‘What’s happening in Charlottesville? But people from Charlottesville were like, ‘It’s not us. “I just don’t understand why the world is still this way,” Harold said. “I did this because of Kap,” Harold said. Harold also believes the fact Kaepernick is not among the 115 quarterbacks in an NFL training camp also proves the point he was trying to make all along about the state of race relations in the United States. “They’d rather sign a guy who’s never played in the NFL, coming from the Canadian league, than sign Colin,” Harold said. You have people killing, but you get upset about a guy who takes a knee and protests silently?