Real Salt Lake advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2014, stunning LAFC 3-2 in the knockout round of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Thursday night at Banc of California Stadium. RSL, the sixth seed in the West, overcame a 2-1 second-half deficit and got a brace from leading scorer Damir Kreilach to advance to play top-seeded Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference Semifinals. LAFC, the third seed, missed a golden opportunity for a playoff win in their first season of existence, and their successful season came to a quick end. Kreilach's second goal – a stunning hit from just outside the area – tied the score at two in the 58th minute right after Christian Ramirez gave LAFC its first lead. Kreilach scored in the 21st minute off a long cross from Brooks Lennon over the head of LAFC defender Danilo Silva to give RSL a 1-0 lead. Immediately afterward, the game was suspended for five minutes in the first half due to objects thrown on the field from the supporters' section. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Kreilach's second goal was mind-blowing. Almost as cool as Ralph Macchio's crane kick in "The Karate Kid," and eerily similar. Next Up LAFC: End of season. RSL: Western Conference Semifinals | Leg 1, Sunday, November 4 vs.
Newy Scruggs, sports anchor at NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and radio host weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Radio Sirius XM 213/202 and NBCSportsRadio.com, answered questions during a live chat Wednesday. Below are highlights, edited for clarity. I didn't expect Texas to win the Big 12 title this year. OU and West Virginia are the only two hopes the Big 12 has for the College Football Playoff. Scruggs: Oklahoma is the only hope the Big 12 has of making the College Football Playoff. I just don't think West Virginia can beat OU in back to back games. I see those folks putting in a second SEC team before giving West Virginia a shot in the playoff if the Mountaineers won the Big 12. Scruggs: Kyler Murray was once the national high school player of the year. Murray might end up winning the Heisman Trophy this season. This Bama team is good, but LSU and Clemson can beat them.
All-Pro right guard Zack Martin said word trickled out via text messages Monday shortly before the team announced it had fired position coach Paul Alexander after seven games in Dallas. Marc Colombo, the assistant since 2016 and retired Dallas tackle, is taking over for Alexander. The Cowboys also brought back retired longtime O-line coach Hudson Houck as a consultant. "It's obviously a tough situation in the middle of the season," Martin said, "but Colombo's been here as long as I've been here. ... "We appreciate everything coach Alexander did for us. We still have to play better and we have a long way to go. All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith said he doesn't feel responsible for the change. But the unit will also go back to many of the things that worked for them in previous seasons. Smith knows Houck well. It's Houck who pushed for Dallas to draft Smith in the first round of the 2011 draft and Houck coached Smith for his rookie season.
Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who hit 521 career home runs and won the 1969 National League MVP award, has died at the age of 80. McCovey -- nicknamed "Stretch" for his lanky 6-foot-4 frame -- played 19 of his 22 major-league seasons with the San Francisco Giants, and was one of the franchise's most beloved players. In 1962, he and Hall of Fame teammate Willie Mays led the Giants to the World Series against the New York Yankees. That season would be the first of his six seasons as a member of the NL All-Star team. However, his greatest season came six years later when he won his third home run title with a career-high 45, led the league with 126 RBI and won MVP honors. Even after his retirement, he remained involved with the Giants as one of the franchise's great ambassadors. His popularity also contributed to legal problems when in 1995, he and former Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Duke Snider were convicted of tax fraud for failing to report income from autograph signings and memorabilia shows. The Giants retired McCovey's number 44 and had a statue of him built at China Basin Park, on the other side of the cove, in 2003. The team created an award in his honor, the Willie Mac Award, that was given annually to the Giants' most inspirational player, which McCovey presented every year at the beginning of the team's final homestand of the season. Upon word of his death Wednesday afternoon, the flags at AT&T Park were lowered to half-staff in McCovey's memory.
There is a growing thought that the Dallas Cowboys decision to acquire receiver Amari Cooper in a trade from the Oakland Raiders last week has put more pressure on quarterback Dak Prescott to perform. 1 receiver would help the Cowboys evaluate Prescott as their quarterback of the future. Treat yourself to unlimited digital access for only $3.99 per month Despite the struggles of the passing game in 2018, Jones said Prescott has proven to be a quarterback they can win with. Jones said Cooper is more about helping the Cowboys win with Prescott, not evaluating him. It is not the issue, the evaluation of Dak as to the future, is not the issue that some would have it be. Sports Highlights Up Next: Top 5 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix plays so far in 2018 Your video will play in: 5 seconds Top 5 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix plays so far in 2018 Watch some of the best plays by Washington Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix through the first eight weeks of the 2018 season with the Green Bay Packers. What we want to do is take a look at Washington and come out of Washington with Dak having contributed in the way he did in Washington. But with the way he competed and what he did in Washington, at that position, we can win a lot of games. With the way he played, we can win a lot of football games for the Dallas Cowboys.” Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram Why Jerry Jones had no issue with hard-working Jason Garrett attending World Series Why Amari Cooper makes life immediately easier for OC Scott Linehan, QB Dak Prescott How was Jerry Jones, ‘Mr.
2018 NFL Trade Deadline: Impact Of Golden Tate Trade The 2018 NFL trade deadline came and went and it brought the thunder, smashing past any previous trade deadline we've ever seen. It's a different era for NFL roster management in terms of trading guys. He should see a spike in that rate with a dip in terms of yards per catch while playing more snaps (although it's worth noting he has 376 on the season, 69 percent worth, while Thomas was out there for only 74 percent of the Broncos snaps) and will get a chance to flash his skillset now instead of waiting until after the Broncos parted ways with Thomas this offseason. 3 overall pick, Fowler was wrapping up his run with the Jaguars after they took him in the 2015 NFL Draft and his tenure was not ending in impressive fashion. Fowler missed his rookie season, struggled in 2016, finally broke through with an eight-sack campaign last year but has produced only two sacks this year. Arizona Cardinals There was a lot of chatter about the Cardinals making moves and bringing in a bunch of draft picks in order to stock up for the future, and Arizona ended up standing pat. Not only did they sit back and watch every other team in the division make a move, but the Giants weren't able to extract a ton of value from the guys they wanted to move at the deadline. It hasn't resulted in Stafford having a ton of passing attempts or fantasy points, but the Lions are better off for it as a team. But it isn't the move you want to see if you're the starting quarterback of any team. Todd Gurley -- GREAT PICK That's just the top 10 -- another five of the first-round picks have been traded, including Marcus Peters, who walks a fine line here.
I wrote about my interview with center Johnny Wilson last week, and how the Oklahoma State football team appeared to be in a different state of mind knowing it was an underdog against No. Win by 23. Win by 20. • Oct. 6 vs. Iowa State: 10-point favorite. • Oct. 13 at Kansas State: 8-point favorite. • Saturday vs. Texas: 2.5-point underdog. Win by 3. Oklahoma State was actually favored in all 13 games last season, but the Cowboys’ success this season as an underdog is similar to what they accomplished in 2016. The Cowboys were 4-2 straight up when an underdog two years ago, including wins over West Virginia, K-State, TCU and Colorado. Not only is OSU 1-3 in its past four games as a favorite, but it hasn’t won in Waco, Texas, since 2009.
FRISCO, Texas – The bye week meant valuable midseason rest for veterans like Sean Lee, but the Cowboys’ 32-year-old defensive captain felt “great” physically after his return to the lineup Oct. 21 against Washington. Last Thursday, after the Cowboys wrapped up their final practice of the bye week, Lee said he had “no issues” with the left hamstring that sidelined him for three games. “I’m practicing normally, which is also nice. I’m trying to build some momentum and some continuity week to week. By NFL rule, players must be off a minimum of four straight days during the bye week. The Cowboys will rotate Lee, Jaylon Smith, rookie Leighton Vander Esch and Damien Wilson in an effort to keep all linebackers fresh. Through seven games, the Cowboys (3-4) rank third in total defense and have yielded the second-fewest points per game (17.6). Adding a “dominant” talent like Cooper can only help both sides of the ball, Lee said. But the defense is always looking at what they can do to help the offense. For example, they’re tied with three teams for the second-fewest takeaways in the league (6).