Longhorns coach Shaka Smart, who led his team to the first round of the NCAA tournament last season, signed a contract extension through 2023 and will earn an additional $100,000 per season.
How do Rangers rank in intangibles?
The Rangers have two of baseball's top baserunners in Ian Desmond and Adrian Beltre. How were they ranked? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
Are Frogs developing into blue blood?
TCU has been in four leagues since Gary Patterson took over in 2000, but the Horned Frogs have found their home in the Big 12. They've come close to crashing the CFP, and they're climbing higher. Who could achieve blue-blood status? (Insider)
Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer
Carlos Gomez makes his Texas Rangers debut playing left field and hitting seventh.
Texas coach Charlie Strong has another roster filled with young talent, but needs it to mature in time to hold up against a tough early schedule.
Rangers president Jon Daniels dishes on Josh Hamilton's career, Hamilton's legacy with Texas, his future, Cole Hamels' abilities and what Jonathan Lucroy should expect against the Indians.
As Kickoff Week creeps closer, there are still unsettled QB competitions at Kansas, Kansas State, TCU and Texas. How will things shake out?
Cowboys' non-QB MVP: Tyron Smith
There were plenty of options for Todd Archer to choose from, including Dez Bryant and Sean Lee. But Smith would be very hard to replace at left tackle, and keeping Tony Romo upright is awfully important. Non-QB MVPs
The Rangers' bullpen is ... confusing
Texas' relief corps ranks 27th in the majors with a 4.77 ERA but leads the majors with 30 wins. Must be all those late comebacks and one-run wins. What we learned Wednesday
Back-to-back: Desmond and ... Darvish?
Yes, Rangers starter Yu Darvish and outfielder Ian Desmond hit back-to-back home runs on Wednesday. The last AL team to do that was the then-Devil Rays on June 4, 2000, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Evaluating Texas' all-time success
Adam Rittenberg is 35 years old and has lived to see Texas win just one national title. He realizes the long-term history and tradition, but he gave the Longhorns a "9" for a lack of consistency while the sport has been most competitive. Tough calls in blue-blood rankings
TCU enters another season with high expectations, and will need strong play from QB Kenny Hill and a win vs. Oklahoma to reach its lofty goals.
Is Ezekiel Elliott already a top-10 back?
Our #NFLRank voters sure think so. Elliott didn't make the Top 100, but his No. 145 ranking put him seventh among all running backs, ahead of several more established players. #NFLRank audit by position (Insider)
Rangers beef up one-run win record
With a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Wednesday, Texas further improved its chances to break Baltimore's 2012 record for best winning percentage in one-run games.
The Cowboys can enter the season feeling good if they play well against one of the NFL's top teams in a tough venue on Thursday night.
While all of the attention will be on the debut of first-round draft pick Ezekiel Elliot, other Cowboys have to show some things in Thursday's game.
It's a fun but complicated question: Who are college football's blue-blood programs? Our writers ranked all 128 and pinpointed the eight schools that the sport wouldn't be the same without.
Whether the Cougars join the Big 12 remains to be seen, but recruiter in the league are clear: they don't want Houston in the Big 12.
Which coaches need wins in the worst way heading into the season? More than a couple of coaches in the SEC find themselves on the hot seat.
What have we learned from two years of the College Football Playoff? More than anything, strength of schedule and conference titles matter. And you need a star QB -- well, unless you're Alabama.
Without them, a sport just isn't the same. Why college football blue bloods like Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and USC make the game what it is.
Yu Darvish hit only the second homer by a Rangers pitcher and Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning Wednesday night for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Yu Darvish joined a cool group tonight: Jake Arrieta, Adam Wainwright, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Cain. ... The 5 pitchers to HR vs Reds this year!
Jeff Francoeur has been dealt by the Braves to the Marlins in a three-way trade with the Rangers that includes two minor leaguers and cash.