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Dallas stars shine at Nowitzki event

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Dirk NowitzkiAP Photo/LM OteroDirk Nowitzki's White Socks team scored a 17-16 victory in Saturday's charity game.

FRISCO, Texas — The stars were out Saturday night as Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hosted the 2014 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game presented by Baylor Medical Center. The game featured stars of the Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys and former Texas Rangers. Nowitzki led his White Socks against the Blue Socks.

Former Dallas Stars center Mike Modano established the game 10 years ago. With the event flagging three years ago, the foundation approached Nowitzki, who has taken over responsibility since. The event benefits the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, established by Mavs owner Mark Cuban.

For the first time, the celebrity baseball game played at Frisco’s Dr Pepper Ballpark sold out -- for which Nowitzki expressed his gratitude.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Cowboys quarterback/White Socks dugout coach Tony Romo joked during the game that he was dying to play, but head coach Jason Garrett -- who played third base -- wouldn’t let him. Both Garrett and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle joked beforehand that they had a similar dream: That everyone involved would avoid any injuries. Their dream ultimately came true.
  • Nowitzki -- who played first base -- singled in his first at-bat, a line drive up the middle. Nowitzki casually ran backward to first base. He later scored the first run of the game.
  • Jason Witten was caught in a rundown between first and second base during the same inning. He was eventually called out at first but charged into the opposing catcher. No one was injured.
  • Cowboys wide receiver/White Socks center fielder Dez Bryant made a tremendous catch in the top of the fourth inning. Former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez hit a hard pop fly to center, forcing Bryant to retreat. Still trying to catch up to the ball, Bryant leapt as he was running backward and snagged the ball, drawing a roar of applause from the crowd.
  • Between innings, Carlisle joined the Mavs' drum line. As its members were going through their routine, Carlisle grabbed sticks and began banging on each of the drums.
  • Mavericks guard/White Socks second baseman Devin Harris had an eventful sixth inning. He let a ground ball roll between his legs -- then redeemed himself with a running over-the-shoulder catch on the next play.
  • Former Mavericks forward/White Socks infielder Brian Cardinal had the game-winning hit, a bases-clearing two-out double. The fly ball got past a hard-charging Terrell Owens. The White Socks scored seven runs during their comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • Cardinal and Nowitzki were named co-MVPs of the game. With the 17-16 win, Nowitzki got his first victory in the charity contest. In addition to the 33 runs, the teams combined for 40 hits.

Cowboys learn not to mess with Dallas Stars

January, 8, 2013
The since-deleted tweet from the Dallas Cowboys’ official account was an embarrassing error in technology and judgment. An appropriate apology was later extended and accepted by the offended party.

Ben and Skin talk about the latest on Twitter, including a local sports beef, a battle over a dime piece and more.

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That doesn’t make the brief @dallascowboys vs. @DallasStars exchange any less entertaining after the local hockey organization knocked out a few of America’s Team’s teeth.

It started with a snarky tweet that was surely meant to be sent out on a Cowboys staffer’s personal account: “Similarly in the category of nobody-cares … the NHL is back! RT @josh_ellis11: Just six weeks until pitchers and catchers report, everybody.”

The Stars’ account responded with a classic comeback:

Add this to the list of humiliating January losses for the Cowboys.

Tony Romo finishes 5th in Tahoe

July, 22, 2012
IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo’s bid to win his first American Century Championship at Edgewood Golf Club at Lake Tahoe fell short Sunday.

Romo finished fifth with 56 points behind winner Dan Quinn, who had 66 points to win the tournament for the fifth time. Quinn was followed by four quarterbacks: Mark Rypien (60), John Elway (59 points), Billy Joe Tolliver (58) and Romo.

Romo birdied three of his first eight holes but saw his momentum slip with a double bogey on the par-4 ninth hole and finished with a double bogey on No. 18. He shot a final-round 73 and has finished in the top five the last four years.

It was a good day for Quinn, a former NHL player and now five-time winner of the event. He splits the caddie duties for Ernie Els, who won the British Open.

Among the other golfers with Dallas ties, former Star Mike Modano finished 13th, followed by Brett Hull (tied 15th), Tim Brown (43rd), Emmitt Smith (tied 62nd), Miles Austin (tie 68th) and Jason Witten (tie 73rd).

Tony Romo still tied for fourth in Tahoe

July, 21, 2012
Tony Romo will enter Sunday’s final round of the American Century Championship from Lake Tahoe six points behind former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien and tied for fourth.

Romo had 17 points in Saturday’s second round to give him 37 at Edgewood Golf Club. Dan Quinn is in second with 40 points and Mark Mulder is third with 38.

Romo struggled with his putter for the second straight day, shooting a 76 with five bogeys in a six-hole stretch on the front nine. He had two back-nine birdies to keep him in contention.

Other golfers with Dallas ties include ex-Dallas Stars Brett Hull (29 points) and Mike Modano (24), who are in 15th and 23rd respectively, Tim Brown (10), Emmitt Smith (minus-9), Miles Austin (minus-12) and Jason Witten (minus-24).

Tony Romo tied for 4th in Tahoe

July, 20, 2012

IRVING, Texas -- Considered the favorite entering the tournament, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is tied for fourth after the first round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Golf Club at Lake Tahoe.

Romo’s 20 points trail former Major League pitcher Mark Mulder and actor Jack Wagner, who have 22 points. Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell is third with 21 points.

Romo finished his round with a putt for birdie on No. 18.

"Some putts you just have to make, you have to will in the hole," he said. "Even when you're not putting great that day, I had to have that one. And it was important."

Romo, who shot a 73, is tied with former Dallas Star Brett Hull and ex-NHLer Dan Quinn entering Saturday’s second round. Romo finished second last year.

"I hit the ball fine," Romo said. "I mean, I missed two shots really that cost me a couple of bogeys, but otherwise, it was just some chips and some putts. And, you know, if I make that up, there's about 10 extra points."

Other players with Dallas ties include Mike Modano (nine points), Tim Brown (five points), Miles Austin (minus-6), Emmitt Smith (minus-8) and Jason Witten (minus-16).

Most Beloved: Vote for Enamored Eight

March, 16, 2012
Who advanced and who didn't?

Sometimes, love hurts. And while some of your favorites -- Pudge Rodriguez, Michael Young, Mark Cuban, Jimmy Johnson, Ron Washington, Bob Lilly, Jason Witten and Josh Hamilton -- didn't make the cut, take a look at who's left!

Your voting determined our Enamored Eight, and now you have until Sunday to vote and decide who advances to the Fantastic Four of our Metroplex Most Beloved sports figure bracket.

It's much harder this time around. The matchups:

* No. 1 seed Roger Staubach vs. No. 9 Michael Irvin
* No. 4 Tom Landry vs. No. 5 Dirk Nowitzki
* No. 2 Emmitt Smith vs. No. 7 Mike Modano
* No. 3 Troy Aikman vs. No. 6 Nolan Ryan.

Choose wisely by voting here through Sunday. And join the discussion afterward.

Tony Romo second at golf tournament

July, 16, 2011

After tying for Saturday's best round, Tony Romo sits in second place through two days of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nev.

The Cowboys' quarterback trails only actor Jack Wagner heading into Sunday's final round.

Romo had four birdies during a second-round 70, which was good for 27 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. Romo has a total of 46 points, six behind Wagner and four ahead of former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler.

It won't be easy for Romo to catch Wagner, the only non-pro athlete to ever win the event. But he'll give it his best shot.

"I'm very competitive whenever I show up to play, whether it's basketball, football, soccer, golf, whatever it is," Romo said, according to The Associated Press.

Wagner and Romo, who tied for second last year, will be paired together Sunday.

Former Dallas Star Mike Modano scored 17 points in the second round for a total of 37, good for ninth place.

Former Cowboy Emmitt Smith isn't faring as well, although he bounced back from a minus-8 in the first round with nine points Saturday. His total of one ties him for 55th in the 85-player field.

Special guest slated for Heroes Celebrity game

June, 29, 2011
Add a famous newcomer to the always power-packed lineup of celebrity athletes that will be on hand for the ninth-annual Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at 6 p.m. on July 9 at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco (7300 RoughRiders Trail).

Joining the famous faces of Mike Modano, Mark Cuban, Bradie James, DeMarcus Ware, Donnie Nelson, Everson Walls, Jason Witten and Dave Annabel, among others, will be none other than the Larry O'Brien Trophy, the NBA's championship trophy won by the 2011 Dallas Mavericks. In lieu of playing in the game, the trophy will stick around and pose with fans for pictures.

Tickets are $5, $7, $12 and $15 and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-3000) or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. on July 9. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Money raised from the game will benefit the children's charities of The Heroes Foundation and The Mike Modano Foundation.

Romo ties for 2nd at celebrity golf event

July, 18, 2010
Tony Romo spent his last weekend before the Cowboys start training camp playing in the American Century Championship celebrity tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nev.

It was far from the Byron Nelson Championship or the U.S. Open, but Romo made the best of it.

The quarterback wrapped up the three-day event Sunday with his best round of the tournament and finished tied for second place. Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, who pulled away from the field in the second round, cruised to victory with 84 points in the modified Stableford scoring format.

Romo, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, former major league pitcher John Smoltz and actor Jack Wagner each totaled 65 points. It was Romo's second consecutive runner-up performance at the event.

Romo, who was tied for sixth after the second round, tallied 25 points Sunday, tying him with former Star Brett Hull for the second-best round of the day. Tolliver, who had a tournament-best round of 33 on Saturday, closed with 26 points.

Hull finished with 57 points, good for 11th place. Former Stars teammate Mike Modano came in 17th.

Other athletes from Dallas didn't fare so well. After scoring a solid 16 points the first round, Troy Aikman put up rounds of minus-4 and 4 to drop into a four-way tie for 51st. Steve Beuerlein, Aikman's backup on the Cowboys' 1992 Super Bowl team, was in that group.

The title of best golfing former Cowboys quarterback goes to Vinny Testaverde, who tied for 32nd.

After 0 points in each of the first two rounds, Mavericks guard Jason Kidd broke through with a final round of 4 to claim 63rd place in the field of 82.

A score of 4 might not sound very good until you compare it to the minus-93 for Charles Barkley, who finished last for the fifth straight year.