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AP sources: NFL close to new football inspection rules
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:58:23 +0000

The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs.

Two people familiar with the league’s plans tell The Associated Press on Monday that proper inflation of the footballs will be documented as part of the new policy. But those people, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league has not released information on the new policy, say no instructions have been sent out yet.

The first preseason game is Aug. 9, the Hall of Fame game between Minnesota and Pittsburgh in Canton, Ohio.

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Southern Brazoria County stays alive in regional action
TheFacts.com / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0500
Battling elimination from the 2015 Southwest Region 15-year-old Tournament in Dumas, the Southern Brazoria County all-stars fought off two attempts to send them home Monday.

Brazos Cup returning to Freeport
TheFacts.com / Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0500
LAKE JACKSON — The Brazos Cup will return to the Freeport Municipal Golf Course’s clubhouse for the first time since 2011.

10-year-old qualifies for national motocross championship
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:15:58 +0000

The moment Brandon Shaw crossed the finish line, he knew he made it.

The 10-year-old had just qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch that takes place July 28-August 1 in Tennessee.

His dream finally came true.

“I was so excited when I went over the finish line because I knew I’d qualified,” Brandon said. “It was just amazing to have the feeling that I’m one of the top 40 riders in the whole world.”

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Company to donate $6K to Highlands LL
baytownsun.com/ / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500
AT&T will donate $6,000 to the Highlands Little League tonight to help the league recover from recent copper thefts.

Can Los Angeles revive a US Olympic bid?
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:59:04 MDT
Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint.

Canadian High earns number 2 national ranking
amarillo.com / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:47:10 +0000

The 2014 Class 2A Division I defending state football champion Canadian Wildcats will enter 2015 with a hefty national ranking.

Canadian is ranked No. 2 in the MaxPreps 2015 Preseason Small Schools National High School Rankings released Monday.

The national poll is ranked on schools across the nation with an enrollment of 1,000 or less. Canadian went 15-0 last year and returns several standouts off that squad including quarterback Tanner Schafer who threw for 51 touchdowns last year.

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Boston out and U.S. Olympic Committee to look elsewhere
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:01:40 +0000

Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.

The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.

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City OKs petrochemical company deal
baytownsun.com/ / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Baytown City Council has agreed to establish a reinvestment zone and grant tax abatements to a petrochemical company considering a facility within city limits.

Column: NASCAR blew it on Indy rules package
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:11:25 +0000

INDIANAPOLIS — Run, NASCAR, don’t walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected.

The high-drag aerodynamic package was supposed to improve passing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was clear from the first practice session for one of the most important races of the season that NASCAR did not meet its desired result.

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Woodard ready to sail with Cardinals
TheFacts.com / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0500
Going into his third NFL training camp, Darren Woodard is confident with his abilities to finally make a ball club.

Yankees get win at Rangers
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:45:02 +0000

ARLINGTON — Alex Rodriguez homered on his 40th birthday, helping the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Monday night.

A-Rod’s solo drive in the sixth off Matt Harrison (1-2) made him only the fourth player in major league history to homer both as a teenager and in his 40s, according to STATS, joining joined Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield.

Rodriguez hit his big league-best sixth homer on his birthday, STATS said, breaking a tie with Todd Helton, Chipper Jones, Derrek Lee and Al Simmons.

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Steelers ready for dynamic offense to take flight
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:10:55 +0000

LATROBE, Pa. — Todd Haley came up with the number. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see any reason to argue.

Thirty points.

That’s the number the relentlessly aggressive Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator believes his group can average in 2015.

It’s ambitious territory for a franchise that has been playing for more than 80 years and only came within shouting distance of it once: when Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth led the NFL in scoring on their way to a fourth Super Bowl title in the 1979 season.

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