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Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are considering a trade for Alex Rios.

You have to figure the Rangers are open for business. And, since the Royals’ offense is one of the worst in the game, Rios could help. He’s hitting .302/.330/.435 with four home runs and 16 stolen bases in 96 games this season. He’s making $12.5 million this year, but the year is pushing to the two-thirds point. He also has a club option for 2015, but the Royals can easily decline that.

There aren’t a ton of offensive options out there.

After missing most of the 2013 season with a concussion and part of spring practice with a fractured foot, Texas quarterback David Ash was medically cleared on Monday to take part in preseason practice.

Ash, a redshirt junior, appears to be the favorite to win Texas’ starting gig this fall. He’s started 21 games over the last three years and looked promising as a sophomore in 2012, completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,699 yards with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

But a concussion suffered in Week 2 limited Ash to just three games in 2013, muting any chance he had of building off his solid sophomore season. He’ll have to fend off sophomore Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard, but given his experience and previous success looks like a good bet to do so.

New Orleans Saints Saintsation Kriste Lewis performs during a photo shoot at the NFL football team’s training facility in Metairie, La., Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

 

NEW ORLEANS — She hadn’t done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal: to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.

Faced with competition from women who mostly ranged in age from 18 to 28, Lewis never thought she’d make the team. And then, she did.

“I wanted to set a goal for myself, and the audition was a specific date that required specific training, so my goal was just to make it to the audition,” said Lewis, who lives with her husband and two sons in Hattiesburg, Miss., about 100 miles northeast of New Orleans. “Honestly, I really did not think I was going to make it.”

Lewis is one of only two NFL cheerleaders in her 40s, and she’s the oldest to ever audition for the Saintsations, said Lesslee Fitzmorris, director of the squad since 2001. The other dancer is 45-year-old Laura Vikmanis, who has been with the Cincinnati Bengals dance team, the Ben-Gals, since age 40.

“The applications hadn’t been processed when the dance auditions started, so the judges didn’t even know Kriste was 40 until she had made it through three rounds of cuts and revealed her age in the interview round,” Fitzmorris said.

Something besides her age sets Lewis apart. A big part of her motivation was her will to make the most of every day since being diagnosed with a debilitating kidney disease that will eventually lead to dialysis treatments and the need for a kidney transplant. Several family members have died of the disease, and her mother has already undergone dialysis and a kidney transplant that her body twice rejected.

Lewis said she had to have her doctor’s permission to join the 36-member Saintsations.

“I know my time is limited,” Lewis said. “I don’t want to let any time go. I want to make every day count.”

Lewis will take the field with the Saintsations when the Saints play their first exhibition game of the season Aug. 15 at the Superdome against the Tennessee Titans.

“I can’t wait to get on that field,” she said. “Just being able to put a cheerleading uniform back on and go at it for my favorite team is unbelievable to me, and I’m having a blast.”

It’s the weekend so, yeah, time to adjust the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker yet again.

The latest to reset things back to double zeroes is Texas A&M’s Victor Davis, who was arrested recently and charged with shoplifting. The defensive back allegedly lifted unnamed items from a Kohl’s department store at some point in the last two weeks.

The university was unaware of the arrest when reached by the San Antonio Express-News Saturday, although the Rosenberg (Tex.) Police Department did its part to ensure as many people as possible were aware by posting the following poster on its Twitter account:

(Writer’s note: That’s Davis pictured in the lower right)

A three-star member of the Aggies’ 2013 recruiting class, Davis was rated as the No. 35 safety in the country.  After redshirting as a true freshman, Davis was/is expected to compete for playing time as a cornerback this fall.

Davis’ arrest continues a disturbing off-field trend for head coach Kevin Sumlin‘s Aggies.

Since December of last year, seven A&M players have been arrested on various charges, including one three times (Darius Claiborne) and another twice (Isaiah Golden).  Those two were ultimately dismissed by Sumlin.  The possible replacement for Johnny Manziel at quarterback, Kenny Hill, was arrested for public intoxication in March while former five-star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones was charged a month later with disorderly conduct.

The other three scofflaws — wide receiver Edward Pope, defensive back Howard Matthews and defensive end Gavin Stansbury — were arrested on various outstanding warrants following a traffic stop a couple of weeks after Seals-Jones’ incident.

Additionally, promising safety Kameron Miles, a four-star member of the Aggies’ 2013 recruiting class, was dismissed by the program back in March for violating unspecified team rules.

The Apollo 11 crew, from left: Commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr

A Saturn V rocket launches the Apollo 11 crew on the first moon landing mission on July 16, 1969 in this image framed by an American flag. Four days later, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon while crewmate Michael Collins orbited

 

The deployment of the flag of the United States on the surface of the moon is captured on film during the first Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.

 

On July 20th 1969 at 4:18 PM, EDT the Lunar Module “Eagle” landed in a region of the moon called the Mare Tranquillitatis, also known as the Sea of Tranquility.

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The Apollo 11 mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on July 16, 1969, bearing the first humans to walk on the moon.

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Tranquility Base, the Apollo 11 mission’s Eagle lunar lander touchdown site as seen in July 1969.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon in July 1969 in this photo snapped by Neil Armstrong. It is not a picture of my good friend DeMario Davis.

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Astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, is beside the U.S. flag during an Apollo 11 moon walk.

Lunar Module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this picture with a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera.

You know what? I don’t claim to be the smartest guy on the planet. Heck, I’m not even the smartest guy in my own house. But I think when an entire group of people ask you not to use a certain kind of a name to call said group of people, it would seem kind of easy not to use that term to describe them. Shouldn’t be hard to understand at all.

This story from Pro Football Talk just amazes me.

It’s a story that has been percolating for a few days.  Now that the Associated Press has picked it up, the latest P.R. embarrassment regarding the Washington team name has become official.

A Native American tribe on the Arizona-California border trying to raise $250,000 for a skate park has refused funding from the Original Americans Foundation, a group started earlier this year by owner Daniel Snyder in response to ongoing opposition to a name regarded by many as a slur.

“No, we’re not going to accept any kind of monetary offer to side with allowing them to utilize the inappropriate name for this NFL team,” Quechan tribal President Keeny Escalanti Sr. told the AP.

“The sacrifice we took to say no wasn’t an easy one.  We wish we could help the kids today by taking the partnership. We’re trying to teach our community and the youth that we can do things the right way.  We don’t have to accept this type of money from these people.”

Previously, the Arizona Republic explained that the tribe turned down a “blank check” from the foundation at a meeting attended by Original Americans Foundation executive director Gary Edwards and director Karl Schreiber.

“He said he was a proud Redskin and had been a proud Redskin since he was a child,” Escalanti told the Republic regarding Edwards.  And it got even more uncomfortable than that.

“Edwards just brought up key words that you just don’t bring up in Indian country, like assimilation, annihilation,” Escalanti said.  “And he tried to talk down about White people, saying they’re the oppressor. . . .  I don’t know what he thought he was doing in talking like that to us — impress us?  Like he thought he could talk like that among his ­fellow Natives?  It was so awkward.”

Thus, the tribe rejected an offer to pay for the entire park, issuing the following statement to the Republic:  “We will not align ourselves with an organization to ­simply become a statistic in their fight for name acceptance in ­Native communities. . . .  We know bribe money when we see it.”

The debate regarding the name has simmered in recent weeks, with most of the news coming from failed efforts by the team to defend it.  While the controversy has reached a stage where it’s likely to not go away until the name changes, there wouldn’t be as much to say about the situation if the team can manage to stay out of its own way for a week or two.

The Rangers enter Saturday’s action with the worst record in baseball at 39-57, but they won’t be pawning everybody off. Relievers Joakim Soria and Neal Cotts, as well as outfielder Alex Rios could be traded by the July 31 deadline, but according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the club plans to hang on to Adrian Beltre, Yu Darvish, and Elvis Andrus.

Soria, 30, is in the final year of a two-year, $8 million deal. He has a club option for 2015 worth $7 million with a $500,000 buyout. The right-hander has a 2.59 ERA with 16 saves and a 42/4 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings this season.

Cotts, 34, is earning $2.2 million this season and will be eligible for free agency after the season. The lefty has posted a 3.48 ERA with a 49/16 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings thus far.

Rios, 33, is playing out the final year of a seven-year, $69.835 million contract signed with the Blue Jays back in 2008. A $13.5 million club option for 2015 with a $1 million buyout remains. The outfielder has a .302/.330/.435 slash line with four home runs, 42 RBI, and 16 stolen bases.

It’s easy to see why those three would draw some interest from contending teams.

Linda Ronstadt is 68 today. Travel back to 1974 and try not to be distracted by her legs as she sings “You’re No Good”

Jim Myers, a longtime assistant who was on the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff longer than anyone other than his boss Tom Landry, has died at the age of 92.

Myers died on Thursday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Landry hired Myers to coach the offensive line in 1962, and Myers stayed on Landry’s staff as offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and associate head coach until 1986. He was on the coaching staff when the Cowboys won Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII.

Prior to joining Landry’s staff, Myers had two stints as a college football head coach: He coached Iowa State in 1957 and then was hired at Texas A&M in 1958, replacing Bear Bryant when Bryant left A&M to coach Alabama. He stayed at Alabama until 1961 and then embarked on his final coaching job in Dallas the following year.

Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was forced to exit today’s game against the Blue Jays in the first inning after he sprained his right ankle on a swing.

This sounds like a typical injury for the snake-bitten Rangers this season, but it appears that they dodged a bullet for once. The team announced that X-rays came back negative and he’s considered day-to-day.

Rios, 33, is batting .302/.330/.435 with four home runs, 42 RBI and 16 stolen bases over 96 games this season. He’s a potential trade candidate this month