Jean-Jacques Taylor

Jean-Jacques Taylor joined in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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Morris Claiborne must improve playmaking to capitalize on opportunity

With Orlando Scandrick lost to injury, Morris Claiborne has a shot at starting in the Dallas Cowboys' defensive backfield. First, he must improve his technique, route recognition and playmaking.

With Colby Lewis off game, Rangers can't handle Jays, David Price

Without Colby Lewis at the top of his game, the Rangers weren't going to stop the Blue Jays' hot bats. It didn't make matters any easier with David Price on the opposing mound.

Greg Hardy already an impact player

Greg Hardy played only seven snaps in Thursday's preseason game, but that was enough to show the immediate impact he will have on the Cowboys and their opponents.

Women's team hopes Welter paves way

Before joining the Arizona Cardinals as the first female intern on an NFL coaching staff, Jen Welter played women's pro football in Dallas. Will she be a trailblazer for other females?

Ring of Honor helps Woodson for HOF

Darren Woodson will enter the Dallas Cowboys' Ring of Honor, which should help his cause to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After whirlwind week, Cole Hamels comes close to win in Rangers debut

After a whirlwind week that included a no-hitter, being traded to Texas and taking the mound for his new team one day after his arrival, Cole Hamels came close to winning his Rangers debut.

DeAndre Jordan took coward's way out, leaving Mavs in ruins

DeAndre Jordan was supposed to be the link to the future, a piece the Dallas Mavericks could build around. Instead, he'll forever be known as the man who destroyed the franchise.

Rangers need reliable Hamilton in lineup

If the Texas Rangers are to make a playoff push, they'll need Josh Hamilton's consistent bat as he returns from a injury rehab stint.

Banister knows Rangers must keep battling

The Texas Rangers are going through a tough stretch, but manager Jeff Banister knows they must keep battling.

Monta Ellis didn't endear himself to Mavericks fans

Monta Ellis is opting out of the final year of his contract with the Mavericks, but fans don't seem to care, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

For Garrett, culture second to nothing

Jason Garrett's efforts to build a focused, winning Cowboys squad has put the coach, and the franchise, in good stead.

Dez Bryant's contract not an issue -- for now

Dez Bryant isn't at minicamp, and his contract situation still looms. Until he misses a day of training camp, though, the implications won't be real.

Gallo making case to stay with Rangers

Joey Gallo's brief time with the Rangers has been a major success, making it difficult to justify it if the team sends him back to the minors.

Forget weight watching, DE Gregory needs pass-rush crash course

As the Dallas Cowboys wait for undersized DE Randy Gregory to bulk up, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is giving him a crash course on rushing the passer so that he can thrive and survive.

No panic in Banister, Rangers respond

Rangers manager Jeff Banister has earned the respect of his club, and it shows in the team's recent results.

Cowboys say Greg Hardy can be a team leader

The Dallas Cowboys maintain Greg Hardy can be a team leader, citing strong practice conduct and work ethic, even as the defensive end faces a 10-game league suspension for detrimental conduct.

Gallo can do no wrong in major league debut

Top Rangers prospect Joey Gallo had three hits, four RBIs and his first homer, leaving fans, teammates and his manager impressed.

Josh Hamilton finds resurgence with Rangers

Josh Hamilton has found a resurgence with the Rangers, and his productive bat makes them a better club.

Adulation is the fuel Josh Hamilton requires to excel

More than most professional athletes, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton yearns to please the fans. He needs their adulation. It fuels him like few others, as seen Thursday in his home debut.

Cowboys shouldn't change approach with Romo

Having a healthy Tony Romo shouldn't change what the Cowboys plan to do on offense this season.

Mavericks should focus attention on signing DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan represents the Mavericks' last hope to put a championship-caliber team together around Dirk Nowitzki before he retires.

Rangers in no rush with Hamilton

The Rangers need the best Josh Hamilton they can get, so there is no need to rush him back to the big club.

With front office in sync, Cowboys in position for long-term success

The Cowboys appear to be in position for sustained success thanks to a front office that is finally in sync.

Is Randle the answer for Cowboys?

Dallas doesn't seem to trust the running back just yet, but it has a plan no matter what.

Anything Josh Hamilton has left helps

The Rangers' stagnant offense could use whatever pop Josh Hamilton has left in his bat.

Cowboys' Gregory welcomes expectations

Wearing No. 94, Cowboys rookie Randy Gregory knows he has plenty to live up to.

There's more to Dez Bryant contract situation than money

Cowboys are content to use franchise tag on star receiver Dez Bryant unless long-term pact protects them from potential off-field issues, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Daniels shouldn't make hasty decisions

Despite the Rangers' early struggles, Jon Daniels shouldn't be looking for a shake-up.

Jones knows defense is the way

Jerry Jones knows defense is the way, and proved it by the way his team drafted.

Cowboys must go running back early

For Dallas' offense to function like last year's model, the Cowboys must address running back early in the draft.

Josh Hamilton's worth will be proved only by his actions

Troubled outfielder Josh Hamilton has an opportunity to be productive for the Texas Rangers and mend fences with their fans. He will be judged on all that only through his actions and hard work.

Ellis keeps Mavs-Rockets interesting

The Mavericks need Monta Ellis to keep attacking to have any hope of extending their series against the Rockets, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Mavericks playing for pride vs. Rockets

The Mavericks-Rockets series is essentially over. All that's left is another display of pride from Dallas. We would expect no less.

Hamilton, Rangers need one another?

With the Texas Rangers apparently ready to give outfielder Josh Hamilton a second chance, perhaps both can rewrite their recently troubled sagas.

Was signing Hardy a waste of time?

There's no chance Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy can dominate on the field against elite athletes if his 10-game suspension isn't reduced significantly. Was signing him a waste of time?

Scandrick deserving of new deal

As Orlando Scandick becomes a leader for the Cowboys, he deserves a new deal.

Bryant's tough offseason continues

It has been an offseason of discontent for Dez Bryant, and that doesn't figure to change any time soon.

It's Rajon Rondo's time to shine

Surprise, surprise: Rajon Rondo appears to be peaking just as the playoffs arrive, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Rangers' injury bug won't keep Banister up at night

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister has adopted a next-man-up attitude in dealing with this young season's injuries to Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and other players.

Holland's dream of leading put on hold

Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland strained his shoulder in the home opener, and his dream of leading a pitching staff was delayed by another injury setback, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Monta Ellis has a lot to prove

Monta Ellis of the Dallas Mavericks wants the max deal. To get it, he'll need to prove a lot more this postseason than he did in the regular season, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Smart is ideal hire for Texas hoops

Ex-VCU coach is a winner above all else and will return Longhorns to prominence, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Cowboys take prudent approach

The Cowboys suddenly are a prudent offseason shopper, a proper approach for a team trying to build a sustained winner.

Winning will solve Mavs' ills

The Mavs beat San Antonio because they played together, and they played with desperation, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Is Hardy Garrett's kind of guy?

Greg Hardy will undoubtedly make the Cowboys better, so the question is if he is the "right kind of guy" in the eyes of coach Jason Garrett, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

SMU relevant under Larry Brown

Larry Brown has made SMU relevant in college basketball, and now is the Mustangs' chance to show the country how far they've come.

Cowboys show regard only for wins

In the case of a player like defensive end Greg Hardy who can bolster the pass rush, the Cowboys will forsake all for talent, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Pressure's on for Darren McFadden

McFadden is in the unenviable and impossible position of replacing DeMarco Murray. But that doesn't mean he can't succeed, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Heat is on to replace DeMarco Murray

Stephen Jones is calling the shots for the Cowboys and now must find a replacement for DeMarco Murray.

DeMarco Murray: 'Everything is great'

DeMarco Murray, a man without a team for now, doesn't seem stressed about his future, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Brown still trying to please mentor

SMU's turnaround under Larry Brown would make his former mentor Dean Smith proud, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Darvish injury leaves Rangers in ruins

Two years ago, the Rangers had a rotation that was the envy of baseball. Now it's in tatters, just like Texas' season.

For Hamilton, it's quality of life first

After reportedly suffering a drug relapse, Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton must get his life in order before concentrating on baseball, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Banister's moment arrives in Texas

New Rangers manager Jeff Banister ready for his opportunity in Texas, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Peterson to Cowboys? Not happening

The Cowboys have many options when it comes to running backs for the 2015-16 season. Adrian Peterson just isn't one of them, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Rondo, Carlisle must fix relationship

If the Mavericks are to engineer a deep playoff run, Rajon Rondo and coach Rick Carlisle must find a common ground when it comes to how the offense should be run.

Note to Jerry: Stop lowballing Dez

The Dallas Cowboys need a second straight season of 10 or more wins to prove they are not one-hit wonders, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Unknowns marring Profar's potential

The potential of Jurickson Profar is hard to predict, as the unproven Texas Rangers second baseman might miss another season due to a shoulder injury, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Destination: NBA Finals

By adding Amar'e Stoudemire and Rajon Rondo, the Mavs' front office has delivered on its promise to give Dirk the best possible roster to win one more ring, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

These Cowboys not one-hit wonders

The Dallas Cowboys need a second straight season of 10 or more wins to prove they are not one-hit wonders, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Mavericks still all about Nowitzki

Monta Ellis is the Mavs' best player these days, and Tyson Chandler is their most valuable player. But Dirk Nowitzki remains the team's heartbeat, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Greg Hardy not the right kind of guy

If Carolina releases Greg Hardy, the Cowboys will do their due diligence on the former sixth-round pick. But do they really want him on the team?

Romo's age shouldn't be a question

In this NFL era, Tony Romo's age matters less, especially if he leads the Cowboys to a Super Bowl.

Randle dashes promising outlook

Running back Joseph Randle put his future -- and any shot of starting -- with the Dallas Cowboys in doubt after his latest arrest, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Manziel's decision the right move

Johnny Manziel's decision to enter rehab is a positive first step at regaining his life and a chance for NFL success, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Haley's Hall of Fame nod was overdue

For former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Charles Haley, selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was long overdue, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Murray a better option over Peterson

The Cowboys of old might have pursued Adrian Peterson, but they're better off sticking with DeMarco Murray, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Honesty works for Rondo, Carlisle

It was fair to wonder how Rondo would react the first time he dealt with Carlisle's penchant for the power of unfiltered truth, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Gordon should learn from Tarpley

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon should learn from Roy Tarpley's path, in hopes he doesn't follow the same one, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Cowboys can't afford to let Murray go

Free-agent running back gave 2014 team its identity and freed QB Tony Romo for career year -- so Jerry Jones must find a way to get a deal done.

Jones changes his ways for Cowboys

Jerry Jones has changed his ways, and it points toward sustained success for the Cowboys.

Garrett, Jones achieve symbiosis

Jason Garrett's reported new contract shows that Jerry Jones' quest to find a coach who can coexist with the owner's ego, but isn't a "yes man," has ended, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Cowboys left with talk of what wasn't

We should be talking about a riveting NFC playoff game instead of Dez Bryant's Lambeau Leap that wasn't, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Cowboys running for their keep

The Dallas Cowboys' offense is defined by a dominating line and the rushing attack of DeMarco Murray, which wears down opponents and opens up the passing game, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Tony Romo can leave past behind

A win over Green Bay would put to rest any lingering questions about Tony Romo's value to the Cowboys, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Garrett proves mettle on winning call

The decision by Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to go for it on a key fourth down late proved his mettle and helped win the playoff game, so dismiss all talk of him being owner Jerry Jones' puppet, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Time is definitely now for Cowboys

The vibe seems different for these Cowboys, who have wasted postseason chances in the past.

Suh? Boys focus inward, not on foe

The Dallas Cowboys are focused on their own preparation and execution, and they won't change their identity or strategy for Ndamukong Suh or any opponent, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Dallas' new 'Triplets' leading the way

The Cowboys' latest version of 'The Triplets' gives them a chance to do damage in the playoffs, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Marinelli transforms porous defense


'Romo-friendly' offense reality at last

With a monster line, a reliable ground game and the right playcaller, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has had his best season, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Time for Cowboys to end home woes

The Cowboys have a mediocre home record, but they aren't worried about it.

Mavs showing a championship push

The arrival of Rajon Rondo shows Mark Cuban's commitment to building a title contender in Dallas, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

No DeMarco Murray? No problem

With DeMarco Murray's broken left ring finger putting his status in jeopardy for the Cowboys, now seems like a good time to tell you why it's not the end of the world if Murray doesn't play Sunday against Indianapolis, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Cowboys master art of the comeback

It has been several years since the Cowboys surpassed eight wins. Nonetheless, this 10-win squad has expected to win all year, including Sunday in Philly, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

When Murray excels, Dallas prevails

Dallas Cowboys star running back DeMarco Murray punishes defenses early so he can exploit them late, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Cowboys must pressure Sanchez

If the Cowboys want to beat the Eagles, they have to overcome their weak pass rush and put pressure on Mark Sanchez.

Rematch with Eagles will decide East

With division in the balance, the Dallas Cowboys will have enough rest and prep time to avoid another blowout by the Philadelphia Eagles, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

To advance, Cowboys need this Romo

Tony Romo's routine change has him feeling better -- and playing like it. If the Cowboys are to make the playoffs, it'll be due to Romo's continued strong play, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

For Morris, 'It's about relationships'

New SMU coach Chad Morris is banking on his Texas roots for improved in-state recruiting and greater overall success for the Mustangs, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Sense of urgency is now for Dallas

Despite his troubling December record, Tony Romo knows the Cowboys must play their best football or doubt will creep in, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Revamped Romo fueling Cowboys

A revamped Tony Romo is a more effective QB and the Cowboys are better for it.

Jason Garrett no puppet for Cowboys

After four-plus seasons in Dallas, it's clear Jason Garrett is not a puppet for Jerry Jones.

For Garrett, the moment is now

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is all about life in the moment. Be your best today, he stresses, and rewards will follow. So he, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray can think contracts later, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Cowboys' East must: Beat Giants

If it is to win its division and end its playoff drought, Dallas has to show it can do what good teams do: beat the bad ones, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Spotlight suits TCU's Boykin just fine

Coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs gave the Dallas native a shot to play QB, and a playoff berth could be the payoff, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Cowboys can't afford loss in London

The Cowboys can't afford a loss to the Jags in London if they expect to end their playoff drought.

Don't worry about Tony Romo's heir

The Cowboys aren't looking for Tony Romo's heir apparent, just a bus driver to keep them on track, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

No worries if it's Weeden

If quarterback Brandon Weeden is called on Sunday to play for the recovering Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys still will be in good shape, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Mavs are Carlisle's kind of team

With a lot of depth and a lot of veterans, these Mavericks are exactly the type of team Rick Carlisle likes to coach -- and can take deep into the playoffs, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Finally, Garrett's culture bears fruit

After years of grinding, the Dallas Cowboys have translated their coach's mantras into a steady 6-1, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Linehan making mark with Cowboys

Scott Linehan's play-calling has had quite a positive effect on the Dallas Cowboys' offense.

Banister similar to Washington

Rangers GM Jon Daniels was drawn to manager Jeff Banister's authenticity.

More Murray runs, more Cowboys win

Forget about DeMarco Murray getting fewer carries. The Dallas Cowboys will feed him the ball as many times as it takes to win, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Garrett coaching every facet

Jason Garrett is finally getting to coach every facet of the Dallas Cowboys, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas.

Cowboys under microscope in Seattle

We'll have a better idea Sunday night just how real Jason Garrett's 4-1 squad is, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Rolando McClain leading Dallas' D

Rolando McClain, a football vagabond just a few months ago, has evolved into the Cowboys' leader on defense.

Garrett's plan coming to fruition

Jason Garrett never deviated from his plan, and his process is finally yielding results.

DeMarco Murray keeps producing

DeMarco Murray isn't one to talk about numbers. He only cares about helping the Cowboys win.

Claiborne must change approach

If Morris Claiborne is to reach his potential, he must first be honest with himself.

Peterson has hometown's support

Adrian Peterson's career is in turmoil, but his hometown's love for the Vikings running back is unchanged.

Complementary Romo is just fine

There's nothing wrong with Tony Romo serving as a complementary player for the Cowboys.

Jerry Jones: Owners support Goodell

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has unwavering support from the league's owners, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said.

Tony Romo better be ready for Titans

The Cowboys need Tony Romo to be mentally sharp against the Titans or they could find themselves in an 0-2 hole.

Calling for offensive interference

While the Cowboys' defense is among the NFL's worst, it's the offense that could cost Jason Garrett his job, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

June Jones couldn't deliver on promise

With no big-time QBs, June Jones' high-flying offense never came to fruition at SMU.

No understating Wash's importance

The popular players' manager changed the Texas franchise's culture and turned the Rangers into winners at last.

Rod Marinelli has his work cut out

Rod Marinelli is one of the NFL's most respected defensive coordinators. But he is working with limited tools in an attempt to resuscitate the Dallas Cowboys' woeful defense, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Josh Brent can't fumble this chance

Josh Brent has served his sentence and now must take advantage of his second chance.

Jason Garrett taking no shortcuts

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is taking no shortcuts in building his team, even if it means he won't get to see the end result, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Bryant makes little things big priority

A Super Bowl win is the goal as the Dallas Cowboys' star wideout eyes a monster season.

Cowboys' D hinges on Henry Melton

The Cowboys need Henry Melton to be a disruptive force for their defense to have any chance.

Romo must ensure Cowboys run

Tony Romo must ensure the Cowboys run the ball more this season.

Darvish leaves teammates hanging

Yu Darvish should be pushing himself and playing through pain for his teammates, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Murray ready to take it up a notch

All signs point to DeMarco Murray having the best season of his Dallas Cowboys career.

Cowboys' D shows no improvement

A couple of nice plays per game are not enough for a unit that was among the NFL's worst in 2013.

Mature approach suits Dez Bryant

Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant is showing no signs he's pouting over lack of a new deal in wake of Tyron Smith's big extension.

Come on, Boys: Romo ready or not?

After the Dallas Cowboys declared Tony Romo healthy and ready to play, the quarterback was held out of practice. And again the team can't get its story straight.

Dallas must not pin hopes on McClain

After two retirements, Rolando McClain must prove to Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys that he's worthy of a roster spot, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Jones realistic about Cowboys' odds

Jerry Jones seems to be showing patience for Jason Garrett and his coaching staff.

Winning squarely on players this time

It's going to be on the players to carry the weight of winning this time around, because Jason Garrett and his coaching staff will take this Dallas Cowboys squad only so far, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Have Mavs done enough for Dirk?

Dirk Nowitzki has sacrificed for the Mavs, but the front office has struck out on big-name free agents.

Jason Garrett enters critical season

The biggest impact Jason Garrett can have on the Cowboys is by being considerably better at game management, whether we're talking about when to use timeouts, when to run the ball or when to challenge a call, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Cowboys need a more cerebral Romo

Dallas QB will be around awhile yet, but, at 34, he must learn to rely on mental ability.

No sense in waiting on Kyle Orton

It makes no sense for the Cowboys to wait to see what Kyle Orton decides.

Sean Lee's injury no surprise

The Cowboys can't build their defense around Sean Lee's immense talent because his body breaks down too often.

Disaster looms if Prince can't recover

GM Daniels, manager Washington can't survive anything less than vintage Prince.

Prince Fielder expects so much more

Injured slugger Prince Fielder expects so much more of himself and cares deeply.

Manziel needs alter ego to succeed

The Browns risk failure if they suppress how Johnny Manziel -- and his alter ego, Johnny Football -- plays and acts, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Ragtag rotation won't cut it

The Texas Rangers' season looks bleak with two starters probably done for season and the bullpen deeply impacted.

Rangers pitching staff in shambles

Matt Harrison's possible setback only adds to the Texas Rangers pitching staff's issues, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

DE pick: 'I'm my own Demarcus'

Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence's pass-rushing skills made him the right choice to help the Dallas Cowboys forget about DeMarcus Ware and last season's porous defense.

Jones has right idea for Cowboys

Looking ahead, Jerry Jones' apparent choice to not chase Johnny Manziel is the right one for the Cowboys.

No help for Dirk in embarrassing loss

Mavericks surprised by pushing Spurs to limit, but Game 7 letdown highlights holes to fill.

In supporting role, Mavs' Ellis stars

The Mavs are Dirk Nowitzki's team, yes, but they would would be nowhere without Monta Ellis' heroics.

It's now or never for Mavs' defense

Facing elimination in Game 6 against the San Antonio Spurs, the Mavericks need to put for the effort on defense that coach Rick Carlisle has been demanding.

Dirk finally had it going on

If the Dallas Mavericks are to have any chance in Game 6 against the San Antonion Spurs, Dirk Nowitzki must start where he left off in Game 5.

Dirk's no longer in this alone

The Dallas Mavericks are now built so that Dirk Nowitzki no longer needs to be the first scoring option.

Winning 3 never far from his mind

Vince Carter finally earned redemption for an ancient miss by draining the buzzer 3-pointer that won Game 3 for the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki sets tone for Game 2 win

Dirk Nowitzki led by example in Game 2, and the Mavs followed him to a win.

Monta Ellis needs to play like No. 1

Monta Ellis is simply trying to prove he can match his regular-season performance in the postseason.

Mavericks can't win without Dirk

Dirk Nowitzki must be better for the Mavs to have a shot against the Spurs.

All in or nothing for Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks will need their entire roster -- and coach Rick Carlisle drawing up winning plays -- to have a fighting chance against the San Antonio Spurs.

Timing will come to Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder's production will be what it has always been. Don't worry about him.

Carlisle brings out best in his roster

For Rick Carlisle, it's always about the team and never one player's agenda. It's what makes him one of the NBA's best coaches, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Porous Mavs control own playoff fate

Two games remain in the regular season and the Mavs, who dropped to eighth in the Western Conference, remain in complete control of their playoff fate.

Cowboys won't use top pick on QB

Cowboys fans must trust in Tony Romo, because Johnny Manziel is not coming to the rescue.

Give Jerry the businessman his due

Whether it's the Final Four, a College Football Playoff championship game or NBA All-Star Weekend, nobody throws a party better than Jerry Jones and his $1.2 billion stadium, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Randle peaking at right time for Cats

Julius Randle is hoping a trip home for the Final Four yields a championship for Kentucky.

The upside? Pitching can't get worse

If there is an upside to Tanner Scheppers' Opening Day fiasco, it's that his pitching can only get better for the Texas Rangers.

Wash's proven style meets new test

His unorthodox style has been successful, but Ron Washington has big challenges with the Texas Rangers in 2014.

Rangers can't afford to lose Darvish

The Rangers' messy spring will turn into a disaster if Yu Darvish has to miss significant time.

Injury delays Profar's emergence

This season was supposed to feature Jurickson Profar's emergence for the Rangers, but a shoulder injury has put that on hold.

Rangers' rotation a cause for concern

After ace Darvish, Texas is set to trot out a parade of pitching question marks.

Henry Melton move a good start

The Cowboys took a solid step in rebuilding their defense by landing one-time Pro Bowler Henry Melton, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

NCAA snub? SMU sealed its own fate

The Southern Methodist Mustangs only have themselves to blame for not making NCAA tournament.

Broncos were a logical fit for Ware

DeMarcus Ware will thrive in Denver, but the Cowboys should not have regret.

Cowboys, Ware had to move on

Credit Jerry Jones for acting like a GM in making a difficult, but correct decision, to release DeMarcus Ware.

Devin Harris steps into spotlight

Devon Harris is taking advantage of his chance for more playing time in Dallas.

No downplaying this loss for SMU

Head coach Larry Brown expects the Southern Methodist Mustangs to accept responsibility for and correct mistakes in their loss to the Louisville Cardinals.

Daniels made right call on Kinsler

Ian Kinsler's venom directed at GM Jon Daniels should make Texas Rangers fans ecstatic.

Time to work the other side of the ball

If Jason Garrett has the Dallas Cowboys' offense under control, owner Jerry Jones wants his coach to fix the team's defense.

Turnaround hinges on Jerry Jones

Unless Jerry Jones finally changes, the Cowboys' next 25 years could look a lot like their past 17.

For Cowboys, it's what might've been

The Cowboys have had great moments under Jerry Jones, but there should have been so many more.

Hey 49ers, give Jim what he wants

49ers should give Jim Harbaugh what he wants -- because as Jerry Jones learned the hard way, a great coach is gold.

It's strong draft or curtains for Garrett

With one impactful draft, the Dallas Cowboys can save coach Jason Garrett's job.

Jones must think big picture on Ware

When it comes to DeMarcus Ware, Jerry Jones needs to be prepared to cut ties if needed.

Mavericks not built for playoffs

You saw the difference Tuesday night between a team that's going to make the playoffs and a team such as the Miami Heat, who have championship aspirations.

Heat seek history; Mavs answers

Three seasons after shocking the Miami Heat in NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks seek answers about potential and direction.

Washington will remain even-keeled

Ron Washington's contract status won't affect the way he continues to manage.

Scale back and step up

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo must give up his game-planning authority to become a better player, leader and teammate.

Jeff Orr deserves suspension, too


Cowboys' focus should be on defense

Fixing the defense should be the priority for the Cowboys as they move forward.

No matter the wait, Haley a winner

Former Dallas Cowboys DE Charles Haley just needs patience, because he eventually will be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, despite its flaws.

Dirk's All-Star nod well deserved

Despite his age, Dirk Nowitzki's All-Star selection is no gift to an aging player.

Garrett won't play puppet for Jerry

Jason Garrett continues to fight rather than serve as a puppet for Jerry Jones.

Jerry should give Garrett some rope

Coach should have license to hire own staff in final year of contract.

Cowboys offense no juggernaut

Despite some gaudy numbers, the Cowboys offense lacked killer instinct at key moments -- something Jerry Jones can't afford to ignore

Wild horses couldn't stop him

In just his second year with the Southern Methodist Mustangs, veteran basketball coach Larry Brown already is talking about national title hopes.

Romo must fix Cowboys on his own

With no replacement in sight, it will be on quarterback Tony Romo to fix the flaws in the Dallas Cowboys created by Jerry Jones.

Baseball can't hide from its history

The Baseball Hall of Fame needs to stop hiding from the truth and add a steroid wing.

Owning the blame?

Jerry Jones is the one to blame as the Cowboys' NFC title game drought hits 18 years.

Broadway Joe, meet Johnny Football

Johnny Manziel will instantly become the biggest celebrity QB the NFL has seen since Broadway Joe.

Proving our progress is Strong

The hiring of Charlie Strong, the Texas Longhorns' first African-American head football coach, is critical to both the growth of the sport and our culture.

Marinelli should be Cowboys' DC

To keep Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys should make him their defensive coordinator.

Jerry Jones needs offseason sacrifice


Different QB, same disappointment

Kyle Orton's untimely interception sealed the fate of the Cowboys, who seem destined for mediocrity regardless of who is at quarterback, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

No Tony Romo, no chance?

Underachievers have to play to their pedigree for Tony Romo-less Cowboys to beat Eagles.

Jon Daniels is Newsmaker of the Year

General manager Jon Daniels makes the moves necessary to keep the Rangers in the title chase each year.

Romo haters will be singing new tune

Tony Romo haters will have a new appreciation for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback when he misses Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Romo, Murray lead comeback

Tony Romo fought through pain and DeMarco Murray stepped up when the offense needed him as the Cowboys rallied to beat the Redskins 24-23.

Next piece of Rangers' title puzzle

By acquiring Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers GM Jon Daniels will be a big step closer to delivering Texas a championship.

Garrett criticism of Romo is fine

Jason Garrett has every right to call out Tony Romo, who still can redeem himself.

Lip service to run haunts Cowboys

Jason Garrett's lip service to balanced offense still haunts the Cowboys.

Garrett's passive leadership costly

These kinds of losses have us thinking that Jason Garrett, who failed to take control late in the game, just might not make it to next season as head coach.

Will Ware ever regain All-Pro form?

The 2013 Cowboys are depending on a return to form by DeMarcus Ware.

Jerry Jones too reactionary as GM

Jerry Jones can't let his emotion of being a fan get in the way of him doing his job as GM.

Can't blame Tony Romo for this mess

You can't blame Tony Romo for a disaster in which the defense couldn't make a single stop, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

A year later, Jerry Brown a reminder

One year after the tragic death of Jerry Brown, the Cowboys continue to preach safety while driving, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Season turns on defense

The Dallas Cowboys are in position to reach the playoffs largely because their defense continues to cause turnovers.

Romo is smart choice this December

Tony Romo has the Cowboys positioned to end their playoff drought and win the NFC East.

Tony Romo breaks jinx on way to win

Tony Romo turned in yet another mistake-free performance, his norm the past few weeks, as the Cowboys moved two games over .500 for the first time this season. They did it wearing blue jerseys at a home game for the first time since 1963.

Prince Fielder ready for next chapter

After a lack of postseason success with the Tigers, Prince Fielder is ready for a fresh start in Texas.

Stay focused on Dez Bryant

Forget the excuses, Dez Bryant has to be the focus of the Dallas Cowboys offense the rest of the way.

Giants talked, Cowboys shut 'em up

These kinds of wins have us thinking that Jason Garrett, who made key changes this week, just might be the guy to lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl.

Garrett still best option for Cowboys

Jason Garrett might not be the most popular choice, but he's still the best option.

For Daniels, there will be bold

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has once again revealed his fearless nature with the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler trade.

Coaxing more out of his quarterback

With the Dallas Cowboys' defense a lost cause, coach Jason Garrett is focusing on Tony Romo and improving the offense.

Time for Garrett to take the reins

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett must take the offensive reins in order to save the team's season and his job.

Jerry Jones falters in his choices

Jerry Jones' reactionary decisions have been utter failures for the Cowboys.

Monte Kiffin experiment a failure

There are no excuses for a defense this bad, which means coordinator Monte Kiffin will have to be replaced, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Cowboys better off without Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan is flourishing in New Orleans, but the Cowboys are better off without him.

Tony Dorsett's issues hit home

Safe or sorry: Tony Dorsett's signs of CTE raise questions at home about football.

Cowboys can't win without balance

Pass-happy ways cannot sustain success for the Dallas Cowboys.

Winning drive cures all for Cowboys

A victory and a hold on first place in the NFC East are nice, but process needs help, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Ellis + Nowitzki = playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks' new formula of Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki will equate to a playoff berth.

No surprise if these Mavericks excel

With new additions filling quality roles, this Dallas Mavericks team could make some waves.

Dez can learn from his outbursts

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant should do a better job of controlling his emotions so they don't wind up defining him.

Victory, poise gone in blink of an eye

Until the Cowboys figure out how to close out teams consistently, the frustration will continue, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Time to look for Ware's replacement

When it comes to DeMarcus Ware's future, the Cowboys must be pragmatic -- not emotional, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Rod Marinelli demands great effort

The Cowboys are counting on Rod Marinelli to get something out of underachieving Marvin Austin.

Time to give Tony Romo his due

As he makes his 100th start, give Tony Romo credit for what he has done, not what he hasn't.

Nolan Ryan makes an expected exit

The Rangers lost their face of the franchise, who decided all the drama with Jon Daniels and ownership just wasn't worth it

Actions speak louder than his words

It's become clear by the release of Jay Ratliff and several others before him that the Dallas Cowboys' personnel moves are steered by coach Jason Garrett.

True team effort lifts Cowboys

A gritty effort by their role players helped the Cowboys persevere against Washington when their stars weren't shining, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Decision time for Romo

For Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to win the big ones, he must change his habit of making poor decisions at the most inopportune times.

Dallas D just doesn't have the talent

It's easy to blame the coaches for the Dallas Cowboys' defensive woes, but the reason for the problems is that the players just aren't talented enough.

Nothing has changed for Dallas

Jason Garrett can talk all he wants about the positives he saw against Denver, but the fact remains the Cowboys are still the epitome of mediocre.

Claiborne: In technique he must trust

If Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is to get better respect from opposing quarterbacks, he must redouble efforts to improve his technique.

No promised land for Cruz, Rangers

Nelson Cruz was welcomed back to the Texas Rangers on Monday night, but he and his teammates seemed overwhelmed by David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays.

No defense for this failure

Dallas continues to give up big plays, despite Monte Kiffin's new Tampa 2 scheme and a perceived changed attitude in the locker room. All leading to a 2-2 record.

Profar shines, but jury's still out

Texas Rangers' Jurickson Profar finally came through Thursday night with a towering homer to lead off the bottom of a tie game in the ninth inning.

Tony Romo continues his evolution

Tony Romo has matured, but will his careful approach become a staple for him?

Murray lets play speak for self

Perhaps miffed at the media for questioning him, DeMarco Murray chose not to speak to the media after the Cowboys' win. He let his performance speak for itself.

Garrett's players finally speaking up

Cowboys leaders are speaking up to motivate themselves as coach always wanted

Cowboys have passed on the run

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett harps about establishing a physical identity. If there aren't improvements in the running game, this team will live and die by the pass.

Cowboys come up empty in end

Good teams make big plays at crunch time, Cowboys didn't

Rangers paid to deliver, but haven't

If the Texas Rangers want to fulfill their aspirations of seeing the postseason, it's on their highest-paid pitchers and hitters to deliver.

Dez Bryant too good to be a decoy

Cowboys must be creative getting Dez the ball with teams game-planning to stop him.

Tony Romo: What's his story?

Even in Dallas, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is loved and hated. To change his questionable reputation under pressure, he must play his best in big games.

Bryant now has tools to match hype

With a quiet offseason away from the field and added refinement and maturity on it, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant now has all the tools to match his lofty expectations.

Start to a season's worth of answers

What we don't know about the Dallas Cowboys will have run its course soon enough.

Jason Garrett best hope for success

Jason Garrett is the Cowboys' best hope for sustained success.

Stop self-deception and sign Waters

Jones, Garrett must be honest about perilous state of offensive line

Garrett holding players accountable

After years of publicly shielding his players, Jason Garrett has shifted his philosophy when it comes to holding them accountable.

Dez Bryant set up for big payday

Dez Bryant is positioned for a big payday if he stays on his current path.

Tony Romo must be better early

Tony Romo and the Cowboys can't afford to be playing catch-up because of slow starts.

Great not good enough for Yu Darvish

The Texas Rangers need their ace, Yu Darvish, to elevate his game, because their offense isn't suddenly going to improve.

Leonys Martin fulfilling promise

Center fielder Leonys Martin is fulfilling the promise the Rangers saw in him.

Poise pays off for Jon Daniels

Jon Daniels never panics, which is why the Rangers are in position to make a run .

Jared Green living in the moment

With his Hall of Fame father watching, Jared Green tries to make the Cowboys' roster.

Life after Cruz can still mean wins

To win without Nelson Cruz, the Texas Rangers must fix their baserunning blunders, then rely on the pitching of Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Matt Garza.

So far so good for Cowboys' defense

The Cowboys have placed an emphasis on forcing turnovers, and it paid off against Miami.

Parcells, Allen did it their own way

Larry Allen and Bill Parcells couldn't win together, but both enter the Hall of Fame as champions.

DeMarcus Ware needs championship

DeMarcus Ware is one of the best pass-rushers to ever play this game, but his legacy will depend on whether he and the Cowboys can win a championship, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Defense to focus on turnovers

If Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 defensive scheme helps the Cowboys create turnovers, then no one will be making jokes about a 73-year-old defensive coordinator.

Keeping DeMarco Murray healthy key

Cowboys need DeMarco Murray to stay on the field if they are to end their playoff drought.

No more excuses for Tony Romo

No more excuses: Tony Romo must be accountable for his performance -- good or bad.

Less is better for Jason Garrett

With Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett handing off the play-calling duties, he must have a much better handle on the overall management of the game.

Jerry has Garrett's back, so he says

Despite what Jerry Jones says about Jason Garrett's job security after this season, the Cowboys head coach had better guide Dallas to the playoffs.

Dez Bryant in a perfect place

Dez Bryant had a quiet offseason, which is exactly what the Cowboys hoped for.

Josh Brent's talent is trump card

Jerry Jones can't let go of Josh Brent because he thinks he can help the Cowboys win.

Chris Davis hits stride far from home

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finally hitting his stride far from home.

Jason Kidd cemented legacy in Dallas

Jason Kidd's legacy as an all-time great point guard was cemented with the Mavs.

Dez Bryant poised for huge season

With his mental acumen merging with his immense talent, Dez Bryant is poised for a huge season.

Expect Jason Garrett to call plays

With his fate at stake, here's betting Jason Garrett will call plays for the Cowboys.

Tony Romo fumbles opportunity

Tony Romo might have more authority, but he still isn't acting like it.

Darvish a different brand of pitcher

Yu Darvish is a unique talent who can't be judged by traditional standards.

Can't afford to overlook Moreland

When you look at baseball's best record, you can't overlook Mitch Moreland, who is playing lights out in the field and at the plate for the Texas Rangers.

Moving DeMarcus Ware is a risk

The Cowboys insist moving DeMarcus Ware is no big deal, but it comes with risks.

Cowboys missing out on QB bargains

The Dallas Cowboys are missing out on the quarterback bargain that is the NFL draft. How long can they afford not to develop the position?

Cowboys' success depends on Romo

Tony Romo has to play his best ball in the biggest games if he is to change his legacy.

No discernible strategy for Cowboys

The real problem with the Cowboys? They have no clear identity  or direction.

Darvish first Rangers ace in years

Yu Darvish let loose a rare display of emotion during Sunday's win, a game in which his performance was equally as rare.

Jones not doing Tony Romo favors

Jerry Jones says Tony Romo will be more involved, but don't expect his approach to change.

Draft means Garrett has no excuses

The Dallas Cowboys invested heavily to address offensive holes in the draft. Now, Jason Garrett must produce results to save his job in 2013.

Cowboys' moves don't quite add up

Cowboys could have stayed at 18 and picked a talented player and still land Travis Frederick.

Cowboys can't afford to miss in draft

The Cowboys need to find players early in the draft who are ready to start right away.

Garrett controls draft -- and his future

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett runs the draft, and that could determine his future

Cowboys must defend home turf

Cowboys must do better at home to make playoffs and save Jason Garrett's job.

Mavs must find a sidekick for Dirk

Mavs can't afford to enter another season with Dirk as the team's best player.

Cowboys still haunted by 2008 draft

Dallas is still haunted by 2008 draft

Nolan Ryan, Rangers better together

Nolan Ryan's decision to stay is best for everyone, and the Rangers will be better for it.

Ian Kinsler's start is encouraging

Ian Kinsley has a new approach at the plate as he seeks bigger things.

Boo Josh Hamilton -- then let go

Boo if you must, but it's time the Rangers and Josh Hamilton moved on.

Darvish worth every penny to Rangers

The pitcher took a perfect game into the ninth, almost making history in the process

Another winning move for Rangers

Signing Elvis Andrus to long-term deal gives Texas Rangers plenty of options.

Rangers' bullpen a work in progress

The Rangers need to solidify the holes in their bullpen, and they need to do it fast.

Where Jones builds, success follows

Cowboys Stadium will do for Arlington and North Texas what the Super Dome has done for New Orleans, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes.

Romo needs to rewrite his legacy

Long defined by his failures, Tony Romo needs to rewrite his legacy now that the Dallas Cowboys have signed him to a big-money contract.

Rangers' pitching will win them West

The Rangers have a better team than the Angels and A's; their pitching staff will prove it.

'Elite' expectations are unfair

It's unfair for Mark Cuban to heap "elite" expectations on Dirk Nowitzki.

Replacing Tony Romo is no easy task

Finding a successor to Tony Romo won't be as easy as some people seem to think.

Another opportunity missed

"Other guys have to step up and make plays, and we weren't able to make plays," said coach Rick Carlisle. That seems to sum up the Mavericks.

Up to Yu Darvish to lead the way

Yu Darvish has the stuff -- and the mentaility -- to be the best in the major leagues this season.

Jurickson Profar has tools to succeed

Jurickson Profar will be ready when it's his time ... Ron Washington will make sure of it.

Ryan still searching for his role

Ryan deciding to stay or leave

Give Ron Washington his due

Ron Washington has done so much for the Rangers, yet receives so little credit.

Tagging Anthony Spencer is right call

The Cowboys should enjoy Anthony Spencer's production next season, then let him go.

Rangers betting on youth for future

Rangers have to bet on Jon Daniels and youth for future.

Cowboys can't afford to ignore QBs

Cowboys must draft and develop QBs to succeed Tony Romo or serve as valuable trade commodities.

Tony Romo doesn't owe discount

Tony Romo doesn't owe it to Cowboys to take less money and shouldn't feel pressure to do so.

Mavericks settle for minor deal

Playoff hopes fall on Dirk after Mavs settle for minor deal for Anthony Morrow.

Cowboys must improve offensive line

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Josh Hamilton remains oblivious

Josh Hamilton doesn't get real reason fans booed him.

Jason Garrett struggling to let go

It sure seems like Jason Garrett will give up play-calling duties, but his ego won't let him announce it.

Jerry Jones' priorities out of whack

Jerry Jones is more concerned about building the Cowboys brand than a winner.

Tony Romo needs to earn it

Jerry Jones needs to make Tony Romo earn a contract extension.

Tony Romo must defy the odds

Plethora of good, young QBs makes path to title even harder for Tony Romo, Cowboys.

Larry Allen shouldn't stand in line

Former Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen's decorated career requires immediate Hall of Fame entry.

Rangers dealing with tough offseason

Rangers' offseason woes culminate in Nelson Cruz being linked to PEDs.

Let's stick to football on Jay Ratliff

Cowboys should stick to football reasons when deciding Jay Ratliff's fate

Dwight Howard too good to pass up

The Mavs should go after Dwight Howard, but expectations need to be kept in check.

Spin on Jason Garrett gets blurry

Cowboys can spin it however they want, but Jason Garrett has been demoted.

Paths unveil Cowboys' dysfunction

Jerry Jones could've used Jim Harbaugh's head coach template with Jason Garrett.

Cowboys need to explain change

The Cowboys' decision to change defensive philosophies opens the door to many questions.

Blame Romo for upheaval in Dallas

Tony Romo deserves blame for Cowboys' upheaval, needs less responsibility going forward.

Dirk Nowitzki speaks, faces truth

Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki deals with the truth but also battles reality.

Jason Garrett needs a commitment

Jerry Jones needs to commit to Jason Garrett for the long haul or fire him now.

It's open season on Cowboys' staff

Cowboys' entire coaching staff should fear Jerry Jones' wrath after Rob Ryan's firing.

Cowboys' offense needs new voice

Jerry Jones would be wise to transfer play-calling duties from Jason Garrett to Bill Callahan.

Rob Ryan gets a pass -- for now

Cowboys' Rob Ryan gets a pass because of injuries to defense, but he must deliver next season.

Tony Romo must shoulder blame

Tony Romo must shoulder blame in what has become all-too-familiar trend.

Finale about more than Tony Romo

Cowboys QB Tony Romo's legacy not at stake against Redskins.

Cowboys' offense can't catch breaks

Cowboys' offense fails to make its own luck in overtime loss to Saints.

Mavericks go as O.J. Mayo goes

Mavericks' O.J. Mayo struggles in test of potential stardom in blowout loss to Heat.

Cowboys follow Jason Garrett's lead

Jason Garrett's process finally showing progress for Cowboys team in control of its destiny.

Rangers endure winter of discontent

Rangers regress with what has been a disastrous offseason so far.

Roger Goodell's authority takes a hit

Roger Goodell's invulnerable authority takes a hit with overturned suspensions.

Jay Ratliff is of no use to Cowboys

Confrontation with Jerry Jones should only serve to expedite Jay Ratliff's exit from Cowboys.

Cowboys find the will to win

Jason Garrett, Cowboys deliver signature win in most difficult of circumstances.

Tragedy makes game feel trivial

The Cowboys play Cincinnati on Sunday, but it feels trivial in light of Saturday's tragedy.

Zack Greinke worth Rangers' focus

Rangers need to prioritize signing Zack Greinke at Josh Hamilton's expense.

Jason Garrett must let talent flow

Cowboys' Jason Garrett needs to open up offense by riding its biggest playmakers.

Murray's impact bigger than stats

Running back DeMarco Murray's impact is bigger than any stat.

Cowboys blazing an uphill trail

Cowboys aren't good enough to consistently be playing from behind.

Jerry Jones' way leads to highway

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' questionable approach to play calling puts coach Jason Garrett on offensive.

Loss slaps Cowboys with reality

Even Jerry Jones coming to grips with realization that playoffs are a pipe dream for Cowboys.

O-line forms at Cowboys' offseason

Jerry Jones must make fixing Cowboys' offensive line top priority in the offseason.

Jason Garrett slowly progresses

Cowboys' Jason Garrett making measured progress on accountability.

Dallas Cowboys save their season

The Cowboys saved their season with a win over the Eagles.

Losing not an option for Cowboys

Cowboys have no second chance in fight for survival against Eagles team in despair.

Read my lips: It's the offense

Cowboys' Jason Garrett hasn't delivered on pledge to boost offense.

Jason Garrett's seat warms up

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett's job status enters critical stage with Sean Payton available.

Kiss Mavs' playoff streak goodbye

Mavericks' playoffs streak destined to come to an end with lukewarm roster this season

Cowboys' character out of bounds

Cowboys' close loss to Giants just another in a string of inconsistent performances.

Mack Brown had better toughen up

If Mack Brown can't take bull by the horns, then Horns might consider moving on.

Does Jason Garrett trust his offense?

Does Jason Garrett trust his own offense? It's hard to tell at this point.

Cowboys get win they had to have

It wasn't pretty but Cowboys kept their season alive, and that's all that matters.

Jerry Jones overly optimistic

Jerry Jones' absurd contender talk would ring hollow with loss to Panthers.

Jason Garrett needs to stick around

Jerry Jones needs to keep Jason Garrett around while coach learns how to win.

Dumb mistakes doom Cowboys again

The Cowboys once again made dumb mistakes that cost them a game.

Ron Washington seizes responsibility

Like a good skipper, Ron Washington embraces blame for Rangers' collapse.

Rangers couldn't handle the truth

Rangers' season collapsed because underachievers lied to themselves.

Josh Hamilton's act has grown old

Josh Hamilton's lethargic performance should be his last with the Rangers.

Yu Darvish gives Rangers hope

Looking like an ace, Yu Darvish earned the right to start the playoff opener.

Josh Hamilton's drop dumbfounding

Josh Hamilton's lackadaisical effort on routine fly ball is inexcusable.

Sean Payton's blessing in disguise

Sean Payton misses Saints but cherishes chance to spend time with his children.

Romo must improve immediately

Tony Romo must improve immediately for Cowboys to have a shot at playoffs.

How about some help for Tony Romo?

The sloppy Cowboys can't expect Tony Romo to win games all by himself.

Jason Garrett has mess to clean up

Jason Garrett must clean up the Cowboys' unsightly mess of mistakes.

Josh Hamilton could be worth drama

Josh Hamilton's drama will be forgotten if the Rangers win the World Series.

Cowboys' offense has long way to go

Jason Garrett needs to get a lot more production out of the Cowboys' offense.

Cowboys' D lacks intimidation factor

The Cowboys' defense lacks enough of an edge to scare its opponents.

No point in cutting Felix Jones now

It would be foolish for the Cowboys to cut running back Felix Jones now.

Rangers know AL West far from over

Ron Washington and the Rangers know the AL West race is far from over.

Jason Garrett cuts dead weight

Jason Garrett has transformed Cowboys to maximize accountability, potential.

Tony Romo, Jason Witten driven

Best buds Tony Romo and Jason Witten are united in their desire to win a title.

DeMarco Murray is a game-changer

RB DeMarco Murray has the abillity to change the game at any second.

Cowboys deliver vintage performance

Cowboys deliver vintage performance that sends message to rest of league.

Tony Romo focused on winning title

If the Cowboys are going to make the playoffs, Tony Romo must lead the way.

Stephen McGee can't help Cowboys

Cowboys have no use on roster for athletic but timid QB Stephen McGee.

First rule of the Dez Bryant Rules ...

Regardless of Jerry Jones' verbal gymnastics, the Dez Rules are necessary.

Jay Ratliff solid, not irreplaceable

NT Jay Ratliff's effort may not be replaceable, but his production might be.

Dez Bryant better play by rules

If Dez Bryant can't play by the Cowboys' rules, it will be time for him to go.

Not buying what Mark Cuban's selling

Mark Cuban can't really believe the Mavs are better off without Deron Williams.

Victor Butler creates pressure

Pass rusher Victor Butler is pressuring the Cowboys to get him on the field.

There's no point in pointing fingers

Jason Witten's injury is just one of those things, so quit pointing fingers.

It's time to call up Jurickson Profar

Jurickson Profar can help Rangers achieve goal of winning a title.

Tyron Smith is up to the challenge

Tyron Smith has the tools and tenacity to successfully move over to left tackle.

Dez Bryant has a role model handy

Dez Bryant can look to Jason Witten as example of overcoming hardship.

Cowboys' defense rests on Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan has no excuse if the Cowboys' defense doesn't plug last season's holes.

Bill Callahan offers unique influence

Bill Callahan on board to challenge Jason Garrett's approach to running game.

Cowboys will need to snag third WR

Cowboys' third receiver becomes crucial piece, but he's not currently on roster.

Jason Garrett wants mental edge

Jason Garrett preaches mental toughness in critical moments for Cowboys.

Dez Bryant must shape up or ship out

Jerry Jones has made it clear his patience with Dez Bryant has reached its limit.

Michael Young needs to hit or sit

Rangers need to consider sitting Michael Young if he doesn't start producing.

Dez Bryant must be held accountable

The Cowboys must make Dez Bryant accountable for his actions.

Garrett slowly building a winner

Jason Garrett is methodically building the Cowboys to be consistent winners.

Josh Hamilton must play starring role

Josh Hamilton needs to realize his potential for Rangers to reach their goals.

Rangers must add top-end starter

Rangers can forget about third straight World Series if they don't fortify rotation.

Tony Romo is positioned to cash in

Don't be shocked when the Cowboys give Tony Romo a Drew Brees-like deal.

Dez Bryant is blowing his opportunity

Dez Bryant is blowing the chance to give his kids the childhood he never had.

Mavs' roster moves fail to excite

Even with recent additions, Mavs are closer to mediocrity than title contention.

Darren Woodson hard to replace

Darren Woodson has been very difficult for the Cowboys to replace at safety.

Matt Harrison has deep thoughts

Rangers lefty Matt Harrison is learning how to give his team a chance to win.

Rangers too good to slump this bad

Finally facing adversity, it's time for the Rangers to show what they're made of.

DeMarcus Ware holds up to scrutiny

Decorated Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware fights through scrutiny, keeps focus.

Bruce Carter better be worth wait

The Cowboys need linebacker Bruce Carter to show he was worth the wait.

Cowboys need high picks to deliver

The Cowboys need their top picks to deliver to break the cycle of mediocrity.

Joe Nathan looks as dominant as ever

Rangers closer Joe Nathan has settled into a dominant groove.

Roy Oswalt is good fit, not an ace

Roy Oswalt won't be an ace, but he's a good fit for what the Rangers need.

Yu Darvish must learn how to strike

Perhaps he's hurt or ailing, but Rangers' Yu Darvish needs to be throwing strikes.

Tony Romo can't do it all himself

Tony Romo needs a better supporting cast for the Cowboys to contend.

Dez Bryant on verge of greatness

If healthy, Dez Bryant will blossom into the playmaker the Cowboys need.

Mike Jenkins looks for easy way out

By seeking a trade, Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins is looking for an easy way out.

Rangers let homestand slip away

Rangers' homestand begins with promise but ends with missed opportunities.

Jason Garrett adds personal touch

Jason Garrett constructs Cowboys in own image with high-motor overachievers.

Rangers' rotation in it for the long run

Starters need to pitch deep into games if the Rangers want to go the distance.

Decision is easy: Sign Josh Hamilton

Even with the known risks, the Rangers can't afford not to sign Josh Hamilton.

Yu Darvish displays winning attitude

Yu Darvish's winning attitude shows why Rangers chose him over C.J. Wilson.

Mavs can't put price on Rick Carlisle

Owner Mark Cuban can't put a price on Rick Carlisle's perfect fit as Mavs' coach.

Lamar Odom gave Mavs false hope

Lamar Odom's signing brought false hope and turned into a colossal failure.

Dallas Mavericks' best not enough

The Mavs fought hard but couldn't overcome OKC's youth and speed.

Mavs have nothing to whine about

Mavs' whining over officiating doesn't change the fact that they're average.

Crunch-time struggles doom Mavs

The Mavs' lack of execution in crunch time has their season on life support.

Mavs must control Russell Westbrook

The Mavericks' top priority must be controlling Russell Westbrook.

Dirk Nowitzki's impact needs to grow

Dirk Nowitzki must shoulder an even bigger load for Mavs against Thunder.

Morris Claiborne move is big, bold

The Cowboys deserve credit for being bold and moving up for Morris Claiborne.

Texas Rangers focused on winning

The Rangers are leaving no doubt that they're American League's best team.

Cowboys need to use 14th pick

The Cowboys need to stay put at No. 14 and draft the best player available.

Larry Brown must recruit to succeed

Larry Brown's success at SMU will have everything to do with recruiting in DFW.

Mavericks won't last long in playoffs

Don't expect the underdog Mavericks to make a long run in the playoffs.

Vince Carter provides boost for Mavs

Vince Carter makes the Mavs a much harder out if he provides consistent play.

SMU botched coaching search

SMU will rely on Larry Brown to revive its program after botching coaching search.

Deion Sanders aims to change lives

Deion Sanders isn't worried about critics of his Prime Prep Academy.

Selfish Lamar Odom had to go

Lamar Odom's indifference was enough to give Mark Cuban a pass for confrontation.

Yu Darvish shows grit in hyped debut

Yu Darvish was over-amped early, but he refused to yield and showed grit.

Yu Darvish brings excitement to table

Yu Darvish's filthy stuff could provide some magical moments for the Rangers.

Ian Kinsler sets price right off the bat

It didn't take long at all for Ian Kinsler to show worth, so Rangers should pay up.

Ron Washington puts family first

Family approach helps Ron Washington get most out of 25 Rangers personalities.

Simply put: 'Coach Joe' got it

"Coach Joe" never took himself seriously and had fun. Simply put: He got it.

Playoffs are a pipe dream for Stars

The Stars blew their chance and now will be watching the playoffs yet again.

Can't trust Dwight Howard in clutch

If it's one or the other, Mavs must target Deron Williams over Dwight Howard.

Mavs need consistent Jason Terry

On the playoff bubble, Mavs can't afford for Jason Terry to be inconsistent.

Mavs don't have time to reminisce

The Mavs don't have time to reminisce in Miami with the playoffs approaching.

Ian Kinsler is offensive catalyst

Ian Kinsler produces runs with his power and speed from the leadoff spot.

Neftali Feliz taking right approach

Neftali Feliz's secondary pitches are key to becoming steady member of rotation.

Yu Darvish gets taste of adversity

Yu Darvish's rough outing isn't something to fret over; it's part of the process.

Roger Goodell shows he's the boss

Jerry Jones took a risk with the salary cap, but Roger Goodell makes him pay.

Rangers reminiscent of '90s Cowboys

The current Rangers are reminiscent of the Cowboys from the early 1990s.

Curious choice to sit Jason Terry

Rick Carlisle made a curious choice to sit Jason Terry with the game on the line.

Lamar Odom shows 'bounce' vs. Jazz

Lamar Odom finally showed up for Mavs, but the key is if he can keep doing it.

Cowboys need to commit to youth

Cowboys should use Rangers as example and make commitment to youth.

Deron Williams has ball in his court

Free agent-to-be Deron Williams controls games with his ballhandling skills.

Joe Nieuwendyk showing faith in Stars

Joe Nieuwendyk makes no moves before trade deadline, showing faith in Stars.

T.O.'s IFL debut is surreal experience

Seeing former NFL star receiver Terrell Owens playing in the IFL is surreal.

Cowboys need to explore QB options

The Cowboys need to address QB to avoid an Anthony Spencer-type situation.

Rick Carlisle getting most out of Mavs

Rick Carlisle has Mavs succeeding despite talks of a throwaway season.

Dominique Jones' minutes valuable

Dominique Jones is stepping up to help ease the burden on Jason Kidd.

Can the Jeremy Lin honeymoon last?

Jeremy Lin has captivated fans, much like Tony Romo did when he got started.

TCU will survive shameful day

Coach Gary Patterson and TCU will survive shameful day of arrests.

Dirk Nowitzki one of NBA's best closers

Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant are the best closers in the NBA right now.

Dirk Nowitzki catches All-Star assist

Dirk Nowitzki's All-Star presence gets last pass as more power forwards emerge.

June Jones right to let players transfer

June Jones does right by his players, including those who decide to transfer.

Relapse robs Josh Hamilton of leverage

Josh Hamilton's leverage with Rangers falls victim to latest alcohol relapse.

Charles Haley would complete HOF

Charles Haley is a missing piece in Canton as he was for 49ers, Cowboys.

Poor officiating not to blame for loss

Poor officiating was not to blame for the Mavericks' loss to the Thunder.

A sign of better things ahead

For Dallas Lincoln football players, signing day represents hope for better future.

Ron Washington extension an easy call

Ron Washington's humanity inspires Rangers to give him their all.

Don't jump to conclusions about Dirk

It's too early in the season to make judgments about Dirk Nowitzki's game.

Lamar Odom still searching for answers

Lamar Odom is struggling for the Mavs, but he's too good to not snap out of it.

Dallas far from championship caliber

The Cowboys have the worst organization among the four major pro teams in D-FW.

Yu Darvish exudes confidence

Don't expect the pressure to get to Yu Darvish, who exudes confidence.

Rangers fully committed to arms race

With the Yu Darvish deal, the Rangers confirmed their commitment to pitching.

Pick Josh Hamilton over Prince Fielder

Josh Hamilton is a better long-term choice for the Rangers than Prince Fielder.

Jason Garrett could benefit from OC hire

Jason Garrett can expand his focus by allowing Bill Callahan significant role.

Evidence says blame Dallas defenders

Wade Phillips' success proves the Cowboys' defenders aren't good enough.

Cowboys' impact plays didn't compute

Cowboys' sum of 10 plays that shaped season don't add up to playoff berth.

Offseason entirely up to Dez Bryant

If this offseason is free from drama, we should take it as an indication Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is maturing and moving toward being a franchise player. If not, then there's no way he'll see a second contract. It's entirely up to Bryant.

No surprise: Cowboys' swoon complete

Stop me if you've heard this before; Cowboys falter in the big moment.

Rick Carlisle holds players accountable

Rick Carlisle has become one of the best by holding his players accountable.

Nowitzki is Lone Star of the year

Dirk Nowitzki's clutch performances make him the Lone Star of the year.

Win could cure the Cowboys' ills

The Cowboys can put past failures behind them with clutch win at Giants.

Can't judge Lamar Odom on debut

Don't judge Lamar Odom on his short debut, but he needs to stay in the game.

It's hard to have faith in Cowboys

There's little to indicate Cowboys are ready for winner-take-all Giants duel.

Rangers show they're big-market club

The Rangers' bid for Yu Darvish shows they are finally a big-market club.

Beating up on Bucs is good first step

The Cowboys need wins, and beating up on the Bucs was a good first step.

Sam Hurd shows we just don't know

Sam Hurd's arrest contradicts former Cowboys WR's pious, affable demeanor.

Jason Garrett's long-term future at stake

Jason Garrett faces critical three-week stretch with Cowboys in crisis mode.

Lamar Odom makes Mavs contenders

Mavs fans are excited about Lamar Odom, but Mark Cuban looks bad in deal.

December demons haunt Cowboys

The Cowboys have to figure out a way to slay their deadly December demons.

Tony Romo has to play big vs. Giants

The Cowboys need Tony Romo to come up big in a huge game against the Giants.

Jason Garrett should own up to errors

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett should admit he screwed up against the Cards.

Accountability key for Josh Hamilton

Finding accountability partner to replace Johnny Narron key for Josh Hamilton.

When smart coaches make dumb calls

For a smart coach, Jason Garrett's use of timeouts against Arizona sure was dumb.

DeMarco Murray changing play-calling

DeMarco Murray provides Jason Garrett a player to make the center of his offense.

Smart move is to re-sign Tyson Chandler

The smart move for the Mavs is to do whatever it takes to sign Tyson Chandler.

Ragged Cowboys find ways to win

Cowboys find way to string victories together without scoring style points.

Contempt, egos kill state's best rivalry

UT's arrogance, A&M's inferiority complex share blame for thwarting tradition.

Tony Romo making good decisions

Tony Romo has stopped making bad decisions and is reaping the rewards.

Cowboys go all-in for overtime win

The Cowboys needed -- and got -- a complete team effort to edge Washington.

Neftali Feliz belongs in rotation

The decision should be easy: Neftali Feliz belongs in the Rangers' rotation.

Felix Jones can still make impact

The Cowboys can now use Felix Jones in role they envisioned when drafting him.

Tony Romo must keep Cowboys winning

It's Tony Romo's job to make sure Dallas keeps winning and stays in contention.

Don't rush to judge DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray looks like a star, but proclaiming him one is premature.

Jason Garrett will build a winner

Given time, Jason Garrett will build a consistent contender in Dallas.

Cowboys proving they're just average

The Cowboys' inconsistent performances prove that they're just a mediocre team.

Rob Ryan needs to lower volume

Rob Ryan should curb smack talk until mediocre Cowboys can back him up.

Missed opportunities will haunt Rangers

Missed opportunities will haunt Rangers until they win a World Series title.

Rangers choke, but aren't dead yet

The Rangers choked in Game 6, but this resilient bunch isn't dead yet.

Maybe Wash knows what he's doing

With his track record of success, why second-guess Ron Washington?

Mike Napoli turns pressure into success

Rangers' Mike Napoli has shown patience needed to thrive under pressure.

Holland turns in masterful performance

Derek Holland turns in a masterful performance to save Rangers' season.

Blame game begins with Rangers

Call at first was bad, but it was missteps -- and Albert Pujols -- that sunk Rangers.

Rangers mix it up, make it happen

Versatile offense manufactures rally in ninth, puts Rangers in driver's seat.

Alexi Ogando is the first to flinch

Alexi Ogando finally faltered in a battle between two terrific bullpens.

C.J. Wilson needs to step up in spotlight

It's time for C.J. Wilson to prove he's the ace we saw in the regular season.

Michael Young saves best for last

Rangers kept faith in Michael Young, who came through when it mattered most.

Elite status eludes Rangers' C.J. Wilson

True value of Rangers ace C.J. Wilson revealed when ball bounces other way.

This Rangers club can do it all

Rangers show they can win with power, finesse, pitching, speed or defense.

Rangers' starting rotation faltering

The Rangers don't have a quality start in the ALCS, a trend that needs to end.

Nelson Cruz lowers the boom on Detroit

Nelson Cruz lowers the boom on Detroit with a grand slam in the 11th inning.

Rangers boast baseball's best bullpen

The Rangers' dominant pen shut down the Tigers in Game 1 of the 2011 ALCS.

Stars hitch wagon to Kari Lehtonen

Kari Lehtonen holds the key to the Stars' season, GM Joe Nieuwendyk's legacy.

Adrian Beltre smashes three home runs

A relaxed Adrian Beltre smashed three homers to send the Rangers to the ALCS.

Neftali Feliz breaks in finishing touch

Rangers, Neftali Feliz gain confidence in fireball closer's breaking pitches.

Tony Romo's blunders here to stay

Cowboys will have to live with Tony Romo's poor decision-making skills.

Dream season keeps getting better

Mike Napoli delivered more heroics to help the Rangers even their series.

Wilson's awful outing has Texas in hole

The Rangers will have to climb out of a hole after C.J. Wilson's awful outing.

Rangers embody Washington's essence

Ron Washington's perspective and focus have helped turn Rangers into winners.

Tony Romo symbolizes new Cowboys

Tony Romo embodies Jason Garrett's desire to toughen up the Cowboys.

Relentless Rangers celebrate West title

Relentless Rangers believe in themselves, celebrate second straight AL West title.

Cowboys shouldn't rush Tony Romo

The Cowboys should use Jon Kitna if Tony Romo is at risk of further injury.

Tony Romo changes perceptions

By leading a Cowboys rally while injured, Tony Romo changed how he is perceived.

Cowboys still learning how to win

The Cowboys hope and believe they can win, but they still don't know how.

Derek Holland pitching with confidence

Derek Holland has matured into a consistent, big league pitcher this season.

Tony Romo mistakes shouldn't surprise

Based on past results, Tony Romo's mistakes shouldn't come as a surprise.

Tony Romo's impact is imperative

With his mental and physical skills in sync, it's time for Romo to take the reins.

No excuses from these Cowboys

Jason Garrett's paradigm shift promotes injuries as opportunities for others.

Cowboys await Rob Ryan's miracle

Cowboys ready for new coordinator Rob Ryan to work his magic on defense.

Dallas was Les Miles' proving ground

Les Miles' time as a Cowboys assistant prepared him to succeed as LSU's coach.

C.J. Wilson holds all the cards

Rangers should take same approach with C.J. Wilson that they took with Cliff Lee.

Cowboys finally have a 'real' coach

'Real' coach Jason Garrett has taken charge of the Cowboys from Day 1.

Deal with it -- Cowboys are rebuilding

Cowboys won't admit it but they're rebuilding, which is a good thing.

Josh Hamilton yet to hit his stride

Josh Hamilton hasn't hit prolonged hot streak, but now would be a good time.

Rotation dip leaves Rangers vulnerable

Sudden downturn of Rangers' rotation threatens hold on first place in AL West.

High expectations placed on relievers

Koji Uehara and Mike Adams aren't at their best yet, but they solidify bullpen.

Felix Jones' time to be 'the man'

Cowboys running back Felix Jones must take next step after flashing his talent.

Jerry Jones deserves credit for ROH

Jerry Jones deserves kudos for a job well done on Ring of Honor selections.

Tony Romo holds key to success

Tony Romo is the key to a Cowboys offense that is built to pass the ball.

Ego, envy will get Texas A&M nowhere

Before Aggies eventually move on, they must rid themselves of Longhorn envy.

Cowboys' defense a work in progress

It's early, but Rob Ryan's Cowboys defense still resembles 2010 unit.

Jason Garrett wants tougher Cowboys

Jason Garrett knows the Cowboys have to be tougher to win in the NFL.

Deion's drive fueled by bond with mom

Deion Sanders' drive to succeed was fueled by his bond with his mother.

Deion Sanders worked to be the best

Deion Sanders will high-step into the Hall of Fame because of his work ethic.

Jason Garrett must stand his ground

Jason Garrett must hold the Cowboys accountable for them to turn it around.

Dallas Cowboys falling farther behind

The Cowboys have gone from top of the heap to D/FW's third-best organization.