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SMU lands another SEC transfer, this one a RB from Arkansas

Apparently, SMU is the new home for wayward SEC football souls.

This past week, it was reported that former LSU wide receiver Trey Quinn had moved on to SMU.  Now, this weekend, Scout.comis reporting that former Arkansas running back Denzell Evans has also transferred into the SMU football program.  Evans subsequently confirmed to the move toRivals.com.

It was announced earlier this month that Evans had decided to transfer from the Razorbacks.

Evans will graduate from UA this month, making him eligible to play immediately in 2016.  As an added bonus for his new program, Evans will actually have two years of eligibility left to use.

The past two seasons after redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Evans had played in 15 games for the Razorbacks.  Evans rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries in his Razorbacks career; 48 of those yards and six of the carries came in the fourth quarter of an Oct. 31 win over UT-Martin this past season.

Evans, a three-star 2013 signee, scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the Hogs’ spring game last month.

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Cowboys may bid on hosting Super Bowl LVI or LVII

The Cowboys have hosted a single Super Bowl in their gigantic stadium. They could soon be trying to host another.

Via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys could make a play for one of the next two Super Bowls to be awarded: Super Bowl LVI, to be played in 2022, or Super Bowl LVII, to be played in 2023. Voting for those two games will occur in May 2018.

The first Super Bowl played at AT&T Stadium in February 2011 was marred by a winter storm that hit six days before the game. Lingering temperatures below freezing coupled with the absence of equipment to remove the ice made travel by car or foot treacherous. Two days before the game, large chunks of ice cascaded from the roof of the venue; if those pieces of ice had fallen two days later when thousands of people were trying to get inside the building for the game, the outcome would have been not good.

The delay in making a bid, as Williams explains it, has arisen primarily from the litigation sparked by an absence of sufficient seats.

“We obviously and totally understand we had business that we needed to clear up here from the previous Super Bowl, which was unfortunate,” Cowboys executive V.P. Stephen Jones said, via Williams. “Hopefully that is coming to an end here this summer, and then hopefully, we’ll be in the hunt. We think this building is special, AT&T Stadium, and certainly a great place for players to come play. I think if you asked players around the league, they certainly enjoy playing the game here. I think North Texas is a great area. I think we were a little snakebit that [Super Bowl 2011] weekend in terms of our weather. I think it’s the first time a snow storm had hit North Texas for a week in 75 years, where kids are out of school for a week.”

It really wasn’t a snowstorm. It was a two-inch coating of ice, on every exposed surface in the region. And there was no means, method, or effort to get rid of it.

When the time comes to make a bid, it’ll be interesting to see whether funds are set aside to prevent that from happening again — or whether the focus will simply be to give the league’s billionaires even more free stuff.

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Baylor fires coach Art Briles after 8 seasons

Baylor’s football ascension from perennial Big 12 doormat to a national powerhouse was perhaps the most unlikely. The Bears suffered 12 consecutive losing seasons before Briles was hired in December 2007. After going 4-8 in each of Briles’ first two seasons, Baylor went 7-6 and played in its first bowl game in 16 years in 2010.

Since 2011, Briles has guided Baylor to a 50-15 record, winning 10 games or more four of the last five seasons. The Bears won at least a share of consecutive Big 12 titles in 2013 and ’14; the 2013 title was the school’s first outright conference championship since 1980.

 

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Darvish goes six scoreless in final rehab outing

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish threw six scoreless innings today for the Frisco RoughRiders in what is expected to be Darvish’s final rehab start prior to returning to the major leagues.

Darvish, who is currently on the disabled list, threw 87 pitches (56 strikes) over 6 innings, striking out six, walking one, and allowing three hits.  Darvish said after the game that he feels ready to face major league hitters, and he is currently slated to pitch Saturday night for the Rangers in Arlington against the Pittsburgh Pirates,

Darvish has been working his way back from March, 2015, Tommy John surgery, and will pair up with Cole Hamels to give the Rangers one of the most formidable 1-2 punches at the top of a rotation in the majors.  Cesar Ramos, who has made a couple of spot starts the past week-plus, is expected to move into a long relief role while Darvish takes that spot in the rotation.

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Johnny Manziel’s Realtor

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Bautista plunked, punched in face in Texas win

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista (19) gets hit by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) after Bautista slid into second in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, Sunday May 15, 2016.

It finally happened.

Many were wondering if the Rangers would hit Jose Bautista in any of the series this year following his epic bat-flip in the postseason last year. In the seventh game of the series this season, the hard-throwing Matt Bush nailed Bautista in the arm.

The bad blood between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays led to some rather ugly scenes on Sunday afternoon.

It all started in the top of the 8th inning, when Jose Bautista was hit by a Matt Bush fastball on the very first pitch he saw. On an ensuing ground ball, Bautista seemed to respond by going in with a late slide on Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor. Odor’s response to that was to turn, shove Bautista, and then drill him in the face with a right hook.

It’s so rare in baseball fights to get anyone throwing punches. It’s even rarer to see the punches make contact. Expect to see this one in baseball fight reels for years to come.

 

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Yu Darvish to rehab with RoughRiders Sunday

FRISCO, TEXAS (April 27, 2016) – The Texas Rangers have announced that Yu Darvish will begin a Major League rehabilitation assignment with the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers, and make a start on Sunday, May 1 at 4:05 p.m. when the RoughRiders host the Corpus Christi Hooks at Dr Pepper Ballpark. He is scheduled to throw 2.0 innings or 30 pitches.

Darvish, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery last March and spent the entire 2015 season on the disabled list. His most recent start was on August 9, 2014 against the Houston Astros.

The three-time American League All-Star is entering his fifth Major League season after signing with Texas as a free agent on January 18, 2012. He has a lifetime 39-25 record with a 3.27 ERA and 680 strikeouts in 83 MLB games.

Darvish finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting in 2012. The right-handed pitcher also placed second in the AL Cy Young Award vote in 2013, as he led the Majors with 277 strikeouts. On April 6, 2014, Darvish reached the 500 strikeout mark in fewer innings pitched than any starting pitcher in MLB history.

The 10-year professional baseball veteran spent the first seven years of his career pitching for Nippon-Ham of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League. During his career in Japan, Darvish had a 93-38 record with a 1.99 ERA and 1,250 strikeouts. He was a five-time NPB All-Star and won the Pacific League MVP twice, in 2007 and 2009.

To purchase tickets for Sunday’s contest, click here.

Tickets for all games during the current homestand and the rest of the season are available now online at RidersBaseball.com, via email at info@ridersbaseball.com, over the phone at (972) 731-9200, or in-person at the RoughRiders box office. The RoughRiders host 70 games through Labor Day, September 5.

About the RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 11 seasons (2005-2015). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing over $7 million in wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including the new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The improvements made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco “Best Ballpark Renovation” of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and C.J. Wilson as well as current Rangers stars Derek Holland, Rougned Odor, and Mitch Moreland. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Nathan Barnett at (972) 334-1976 or via e-mail at Nathan@RidersBaseball.com.

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An Analysis of the Musical Complexity Found in the Steely Dan Song ‘Deacon Blues’


An Analysis of the Musical Complexity Found in the Steely Dan Song ‘Deacon Blues’

In his first foray into music analysis, the Nerdwriter delves deep into the beautifully complex classic Steely Dan song “Deacon Blues” in order to show the incredibly rich layers that make up its entirety.

…”Deacon Blues”, I think contains a hidden earnestness. In the lead into the first chorus the narrator says he’s ready to cross that fine line the line between his existence and the one he wants to have. The song suggests that he’s tried before and failed, but the music plays these lines like he’s taking a running head start, barreling towards a chorus that explodes into the fantasy fully realized. I think you can look at Deacon blues kind of literature. Story seems to be the central component here with each element music filling out the nuances in the main characters fantasy to the point where it’s unclear on the last verse whether the narrator has actually done it was just been caught up in the dream.

 

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A Two-Hour and 40-Minute Real-Time Animation of the Sinking of the Titanic

 

A Two-Hour and 40-Minute Real-Time Animation of the Sinking of the Titanic

Titanic: Honor and Glory has created a two-hour and 40-minute animation that captures the sinking of the Titanic in real time. The animation includes detailed recreations of the key moments in the sinking from when the crew first spots the iceberg to when the boat was fully submerged.

The animation includes text frequently appearing with what is happening on board the ship. This also includes visuals of various interior rooms flooding, lifeboats launching, rockets firing, and the Californian on the horizon.

The creators of the video are working on a video game set during the sinking of the Titanic.

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