Daily Archives: January 19, 2013

Jane McGarry is back!

Great news! The adorable Jane McGarry is back on television.

By Robert Philpot

DFW.com

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Robert Philpot      Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    We’ve been wondering (and asking, and asking) about what’s up with Jane McGarry almost since she left KXAS/Channel 5 last summer after more than 30 years with the station, more than 20 of them as one of its top anchors.

Now we know — WFAA/Channel 8 just sent a release announcing that McGarry will present a series of “Starting Over” segments for Good Morning Texas, Channel 8’s 9 a.m. talk/variety show.

The segments (full title, “Starting Over With Jane McGarry”) will air over a five-week period beginning Jan. 24.

We have a message out to McGarry, whose stories “will focus on a variety of subjects, all involving local people who have experienced significant changes in their lives, often due to unforeseen circumstances.” Per the release, this could range from a soldier’s parents who have lost their son or daughter to someone who is returning to school for career training.

Interestingly, Channel 8 is the station that broke the news about McGarry’s DWI arrest last May. She pleaded no contest to the charge around the same time she announced her departure from KXAS via her Facebook page.

Hope to have more on this soon. Stay tuned.

Welcome back Jane!!!!!! Oh, and the following picture sure makes Jane easy on my eyes!

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Stan Musial: 1920-2013

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Baseball’s perfect knight is no longer with us.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals great Stan Musial died in St. Louis at 5:45 p.m. local time on Saturday evening. Goold says Musial was “surrounded by family” when he passed.

“Stan The Man” — a picture of poise, grace and consistency — tallied 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 on the road over the course of his 22-year major league career. The lifetime Cardinal won three World Series titles, three National League MVPs and was a first-ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.

He has a statue outside Busch Stadium and his No. 6 was retried by the Cardinals in 1963 — the same year that he stopped playing. He was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest honor that the United States government can bestow on a civilian — at the White House in February 2011.

Musial was 92.

Texas A&M gave Kevin Sumlin a raise to ward off NFL interest

Kevin SumlinAs eight NFL head-coaching vacancies led to scores of names being mentioned as candidates to fill those vacancies, one name we didn’t hear was that of Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. But Texas A&M was concerned enough about NFL interest that Sumlin was able to get a raise out of it.

Bruce Feldman of CBS reports that Sumlin, who went 11-2 in his first season at A&M, has agreed in principle to a new five-year contract that includes a salary increase. According to the report, interest from three NFL teams and one major university led A&M to act to keep Sumlin in the fold.

Like new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, Sumlin has no NFL experience but is viewed at the college level as one of the best offensive minds in the game. Before getting the job at A&M a year ago, Sumlin led the University of Houston to a 12-1 record in 2011, and he had success as an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma before getting the Houston job.

So although it didn’t happen this year, don’t be surprised if Sumlin’s name is mentioned in connection with NFL coaching vacancies again in the future. Especially when Sumlin knows that’s a good way to get a raise.

Earl Weaver: 1930-2013

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Sad news to pass along from Baltimore, as MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko reports that Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver passed away last night. He was 82 years old.

An iconic figure with the Orioles, Weaver compiled a 1,480-1,060 record over 17 seasons as the team’s manager. This included stints from 1968-1982 and from 1985-1986. Known for his unique wit and progressive baseball strategy, Weaver led the club to six American League East titles, four pennants and a World Series title in 1970.

Weaver is 22nd all-time in managerial wins and ninth all-time in winning percentage. His fiery personality often led to some legendary arguments with umpires. Only Bobby Cox and John McGraw were ejected in more games.

Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 while his No. 4 is one of six numbers retired by the Orioles. He was present last June when the Orioles unveiled a statue with his likeness at Camden Yards.

So long to a true baseball legend.

Neftali Feliz throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

Neftali FelizNeftali Feliz still has a long road ahead of him in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but he took an encouraging step forward this morning. Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports that Feliz threw soft-toss at the Rangers’ pitching mini-camp, his first time throwing since his surgery last August.

“It felt good,” Feliz said, adding through an interpreter, “I feel strong. I feel good. I’ve been doing what the team tells me to do. I have been lifting weights to get ready and I’m stronger.”

Barring setbacks, the hope is that Feliz could return as soon as July or August. He’d have a better chance of meeting that timeline as a reliever, but the club hasn’t made a formal decision about his role yet.

Feliz was moved to the starting rotation last year and posted a 3.16 ERA and 37/23 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings prior to landing on the disabled list in June. The 24-year-old right-hander avoided arbitration with the Rangers yesterday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million contract.