Richard Durrett

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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Playoffs key step for young Stars

Just getting to the Stanley Cup playoffs is a critical step for the young Dallas Stars.

Texas can still contend for AL West

Injuries have tempered expectations, but the Rangers can still contend for the AL West title.

Rangers face many questions in 2014

With so many unknowns, it would take a late surge for the Rangers to make the postseason.

Choo never far from Rangers' minds

The Rangers wanted Shin-Soo Choo after trading for Prince Fielder. Here's how it all went down.

Talks foreshadowed acquisitions

Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo were on Rangers officials' minds before the deals were set in motion.

Modano's No. 9 to be immortalized

Mike Modano's No. 9 will be retired in front of a packed house, a fitting tribute to the man who popularized hockey in Texas.

Rangers playing at their own pace

Don't let quiet winter meetings fool you, Rangers have had productive offseason

Jamie Benn relishes role as captain

Young Stars forward Jamie Benn hasn't had any trouble adapting quickly to captain's role.

Don't count on Rangers collapsing

Explaining why the Rangers won't take a nosedive this September like they did last year.

X factors: Five keys for Rangers

X factors: Five key elements that could determine the Rangers' fate in 2013.

Rangers should be in wild-card race

The Rangers should compete in the AL West and grab a wild-card berth.

Lance Berkman starts next chapter

Texas Rangers counting on Lance Berkman's expertise, leadership as veteran begins next chapter.

Derek Holland holds key to rotation

How Derek Holland performs will determine the strength of the Rangers' rotation.

Michael Young makes right call

It was tough to part ways, but it's the right call for the Rangers and Michael Young.

Rangers won't rush decisions

The Rangers are willing to explore all their options and won't rush the process.

An interesting and confounding figure

Josh Hamilton's five seasons with the Rangers have been filled with many positives and a few negatives.

Time to reassess Ian Kinsler's role

Rangers must decide if Ian Kinsler leads off, if position change is in order.

Adrian Beltre's guts lead the way

Adrian Beltre's stomach for the fight proves invaluable in Rangers' quest.

Rangers yield to determined A's

Rangers' inconsistency loosens AL West grip, and A's are there to pick up pieces.

Rangers have final shot for AL West

The Rangers have one final shot to wrap up the AL West against the A's.

Resilient Rangers come up big again

Despite hitting bumps in road, Rangers continue to respond in big moments.

Rangers have been there, done that

The Rangers are counting on their experience to hold off the charging A's.

Ian Kinsler is Rangers' 'on' switch

Ian Kinsler is the "on" button for the Rangers' powerful offensive machine.

Adrian Beltre shows off power stroke

Stellar defender Adrian Beltre shows offensive prowess with three home runs.

Revitalized Rangers regain form

The Rangers are playing winning baseball again after their June-July swoon.

Rangers offense comes alive in rally

Rangers need to build on momentum from amazing rally over Angels.

Ryan Dempster keeps Rangers steady

Ryan Dempster move provides depth but Rangers don't sacrifice long-term plan.

Rangers' core must step up

No matter what happens at trade deadline, Rangers' core must step up.

Rangers offense stalls in the clutch

Rangers' lack of clutch at-bats hits home in loss to White Sox, prompts reflection.

Derek Holland needs to step up

Rangers need Derek Holland to step up down the stretch and in the postseason.

Top 40 Texas Rangers of all time

Ranking the 40 greatest Rangers after 40 years of baseball in Arlington.

Rangers, AL helpless after slow start

Rangers, AL never had much of a shot after ragged start to All-Star Game.

Rangers have built all-star franchise

The number of Rangers All-Stars is an indication of how far the club has come.

All-Star Joe Nathan all the way back

Rangers All-Star closer Joe Nathan is all the way back from elbow surgery.

All-Star Rangers are extra motivated

The Rangers' All-Stars are motivated after losing the World Series on the road.

Yu Darvish makes All-Star pitch

Yu Darvish made a pitch for All-Star inclusion with 10 K's in his 10th win.

Roy Oswalt grinds out win in debut

Wily veteran Roy Oswalt grinded out a win in his debut with the Rangers.

Rangers avoid hitting panic button

Strong pitching plus a soft schedule is the formula for the Rangers' hot streak.

Injuries put Rangers in survival mode

Mounting injuries to the starting rotation have the Rangers in full survival mode.

Joe Nathan a big Stony Brook fan

Stony Brook alum Joe Nathan keeping a close eye on the Seawolves' CWS run.

Looks like Rangers got message

In Sunday's win, it looked like the Rangers got Ron Washington's message.

AL West race starting to heat up

Much has changed since first Rangers-Angels series this season.

Phil Mickelson a clear fan favorite

He didn't win, but Phil Mickelson was a clear fan favorite at the Byron Nelson.

Washington knows best about rest

Ron Washington knows best when it comes to giving the Rangers rest.

Patrick Reed plugging away at Nelson

Patrick Reed looks to continue streak at Nelson after successful qualifying bid.

HP Byron Nelson nurtures local talent

Which young area talent will emerge at Byron Nelson Championship this year?

Josh Hamilton leaves Rangers in awe

Josh Hamilton's incredible four-homer, eight-RBI night leaves teammates in awe.

Rangers, Rays on familiar path

The Rangers and Rays look to be on familiar path to postseason meeting.

Rangers setting the bar high

The Rangers are setting the gold standard for excellence in the American League.

Glen Gulutzan has nearby role model

The Stars' Glen Gulutzan can look to Ron Washington as a successful example.

TMS finish fuels Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson misses out on win at TMS, but his team is coming along.

Rangers keep faith in Joe Nathan

Rangers' Joe Nathan can figure it out, but improvement must match expectations.

Joe Furukawa speaks baseball

Yu Darvish's interpreter Joe Furukawa speaks the language of baseball.

Rangers' bullpen shines in opener

The Rangers' bullpen shined in their opening win, getting the final nine outs.

Rangers keys: 5 up, 5 down

Five up and five down: Keys that could make or break the Rangers' season.

Rangers should win AL West again

The Rangers should win the AL West for the third consecutive season.

Yu Darvish sets tone out of camp

Rangers camp lesson: Darvish's progress steady, but center field, bullpen shaky.

Elvis Andrus primed for big year

Bigger and stronger, shortstop Elvis Andrus is primed to get even better.

Yu Darvish focusing on fastball

Yu Darvish is working to stay aggressive and consistent with his fastball.

Kari Lehtonen key to playoff hopes

Kari Lehtonen is key to the Stars' chances of making a return to the playoffs.

Rangers' Mike Napoli takes a lead role

Multifaceted Rangers catcher Mike Napoli settles into role as a team leader.

There's competition for center field

Rangers open competition for center field to allow Josh Hamilton to play left.

After the fall, Rangers pick up pieces

Rangers head to spring training seeking fresh start after Series disappointment.

Rangers were built by sticking to plan

Player development, shrewd moves lifted Rangers to top of Future Power Rankings.

Stars better off remaining patient

The Stars must focus on long-term future and avoid temptation of quick fix.

Yu Darvish opens doors to Japan

The Rangers will have chances to cash in on Yu Darvish's popularity in Japan.

Rangers did homework on Yu Darvish

The Rangers did their homework and went the extra mile to land Yu Darvish.

UTA awaits Texas Hall's curtain call

UTA basketball eager to close curtains on Texas Hall, move to new spotlight.

Rangers need Yu Darvish to deliver

With the deal done, the Rangers need Yu Darvish to live up to their expectations.

Kari Lehtonen is key to Stars' plans

Kari Lehtonen is key to the Stars' plan to rebuild club from the net out.

Rangers winning most bets they place

Smart money says the Rangers made the right call with their bid for Yu Darvish.

Rangers memorable moments from 2011

The Rangers' 2011 season included stellar highs, dismal lows and a tragic accident.

Rangers stand ready for challenge

Rangers acknowledge AL West gauntlet has been thrown, but club won't flinch.

Meetings can be Rangers' wonderland

The aggressive Rangers could steal the spotlight at the winter meetings in Dallas.

Tom Gaglardi accustomed to hard work

Stars' owner Tom Gaglardi has experience turning organizations around.

Rangers built for long-term success

The Rangers lost the World Series, but they are built for return trips.

Rangers' loss will sting for a while

Rangers' loss will sting for a while after coming so close to ultimate goal.

Neftail Feliz left speechless after Game 6

Neftali Feliz was speechless after coming within a strike of closing the Series.

Colby Lewis stays calm and composed

Colby Lewis has been calm, composed and consistent in the postseason.

Cardinals break Alexi Ogando's spell

The Cardinals have broken Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando's dominant spell.

Rangers willing to sacrifice to win

The goal is to win, and Josh Hamilton and Michael Young did what they had to do.

Ron Washington feels pinch of strategy

Ron Washington stands by pinch-hit decisions after Rangers' Game 1 loss.

Rangers, Cardinals hard to tell apart

Bullpens, deep lineups define identical Series combatants Rangers, Cardinals.

Cruz is making another shot count

Before Nelson Cruz's dream postseason, just playing in the majors was a dream.

Aggressiveness backfires in sixth

Ian Kinsler's aggressive approach didn't pay off in crucial moment in sixth.

Mike Napoli does it all in Game 4

Mike Napoli delivers well-rounded performance in Rangers' Game 4 win.

Young's bat goes cold in postseason

Michael Young's bat has gone cold in the postseason as the offense struggles.

Rangers' pitching depth the difference

The Rangers' pitching depth is key to where they are and where they go.

Strategy tips Gm. 3 scale toward Texas

The Rangers are closing in on checkmate after winning a Game 3 chess match.

Ian Kinsler sets the table for Rangers

Ian Kinsler sparks Rangers at the plate, on the bases and in the field.

Michael Young spins web of success

Michael Young has been the same reliable leader in season of change.

Stars evolved with Mike Modano

Mike Modano taught hockey to Texas and is forever at the head of Stars' class.

Michael Young: Taking care of business

Young helps Rangers maintain their focus, lead after tough three-week stretch.

Rangers rotation isn't playoff-ready yet

Uncertainty surrounds the Rangers' rotation as the season winds down.

Mark Hamburger relies on buddy system

Mark Hamburger's journey to the majors started with an open tryout with a friend.

Ron Washington steadies the ship

Rangers follow Ron Washington's cue and refuse to hit panic button against Angels.

Rangers still in enviable position

The Rangers took control of the AL West despite one disappointing loss.

Rangers steal an advantage with speed

The Rangers steal an advantage with their aggressive baserunning style.

Michael Young climbs 2,000-hit barrier

Michael Young's 2,000 hits are a tribute to his consistency over his career.

Has Neftali Feliz's fire gone out?

Does the Rangers' Neftali Feliz have the right demeanor to be a dominant closer?

Chris Davis welcomes opportunity

Chris Davis tore up the minors but still is trying to prove himself in the majors.

Rangers have settled into 2010 groove

The Rangers are streaking away from the AL West by following last year's blueprint.

Faith in Derek Holland being rewarded

Derek Holland's confidence -- and results -- on the rise with help of teammates.

Nieuwendyk acts quickly to rebuild Stars

Joe Nieuwendyk acted quickly in free agency and is excited for new-look Stars.

C.J. Wilson's All-Star debut is 'bummer'

Taking the loss in the All-Star Game was an awesome bummer for C.J. Wilson.

Reviewing the Rangers at the break

Rangers at the break: Michael Young and C.J. Wilson deserve top honors so far.

Lee's impact still felt by Rangers

The acquisition of Cliff Lee one year ago helped transform the Rangers.

Ron Washington is in it to win it

Ron Washington's AL roster suggests manager is driven to win All-Star Game.

Nieuwendyk's goal: Capture old magic

Joe Nieuwendyk reflects on Stars' Cup team and recapturing that squad's magic.

Scott Coolbaugh tackles moods, swings

Rangers hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh gets feel for swings with mental prodding.

SMU looks west for plan of success

AD Steve Orsini envisions SMU as Dallas' team after peeking at TCU's blueprint.

Rangers draftee focused on recovery

Rangers draft pick Johnathan Taylor, partially paralyzed, stays positive.

Andrus wants to see idol hit No. 3,000

Michael Young, Elvis Andrus share admiration for Jeter's accomplishments.

Frustration doubles for Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick unable to come away with victory at TMS despite two opportunities.

Joe Nieuwendyk faces tough decision

Joe Nieuwendyk must find a coach who can lead the Stars where they want to go.

Jordan Spieth adjusts to the stage

Jordan Spieth graduates from novelty to true contender at Byron Nelson.

Garcia, Johnson in early Nelson hunt

Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson took different paths to the same result.

Lord Byron's legacy still lives on

Ranch gives opportunity to get a closer look at Byron Nelson's life and career.

Pomp & circumstance for Jordan Spieth

High school senior Jordan Spieth returns to the HP Byron Nelson with lofty goals.

Going inside the Cliff Lee negotiations

Just how close did Cliff Lee really come to returning to the Rangers? Pretty close.

David Toms rides TPC high, not low

David Toms put to rest any doubts about how he'd react after last week at TPC.

Colonial's No. 3, 4 and 5 offer challenge

Colonial's tough starting holes will provide players with a difficult test early.

Rangers just happy to log another W

An ugly win over the Angels is a thing of beauty for the Rangers these days.

Cloud over Rangers could be lifting

A Rangers win was washed away, but signs are pointing to a sunnier future.

Struggling Rangers seek consistency

Lack of clutch hitting stands out for Rangers, who remain near top of West.

Angels will give Rangers a run in West

Angels will give the Rangers a fight, but there's no need to overreact this early.

AL West games are doubly important

Playing the Yankees is big, but the Rangers know AL West games are bigger.

Rangers' deep roster is insurance policy

Josh Hamilton's injury hurts plenty, but the Rangers' depth is solid insurance.

Alexi Ogando rewards patient Rangers

Alexi Ogando is rewarding the Rangers' foresight after a long, strange journey.

Roush Fenway Racing riding high

TMS wins highlight Roush Fenway Racing's recent run of good fortune.

Bosley preaches 'efficient' aggression

Hitting coach Thad Bosley preaches aggression in the strike zone to Rangers.

Don't overlook Matt Harrison's outing

Don't let the Rangers' bats obscure the importance of Matt Harrison's effort.

Rangers' offense must carry first load

The Rangers' offense needs to produce early on while the pitching finds its way.

Rangers gear for Adrian Beltre's impact

Adrian Beltre's signing has consequences, but his impact can't be ignored.

Rougher road yields same destination

Rangers forecast: The West will come down to the wire, but expect a repeat.

Texas looking for repeat of '10 success

Exploring the reasons why the Rangers can repeat and what could prevent it.

Packing up and passing out awards

With camp winding down, it's time to hand out spring awards to the Rangers.

Rangers hope to have Feliz start in 2012

The Rangers' need at closer outweighed Feliz's potential as a starter this season.

Welke eyed Hamilton, Feliz, other stars

Don Welke's keen eye helped bring Josh Hamilton and Neftali Feliz to Texas.

Rangers still seeking spring answers

Some issues are coming into focus for the Rangers and others remain cloudy.

Hamilton positive, says he's 'very close'

Josh Hamilton has had a slow spring, but the slugger is certain he'll come around.

Feliz's preference is to close, for now

Neftali Feliz is being stretched out to start, but signs point to him remaining a closer.

Julio Borbon getting better in center

The Rangers are hopeful Julio Borbon can make himself at home in center field.

Brad Richards is a keeper for Stars

The Stars were smart to keep Brad Richards to help make a playoff push.

Josh Hamilton ready for an encore

There's no reason to think Josh Hamilton can't match or surpass his MVP season.

Torrealba spent offseason studying staff

Yorvit Torrealba has worked tirelessly to familiarize himself with Rangers pitchers.

Michael Young makes it about baseball

Michael Young turned the focus to his new role after addressing his teammates.

Michael Young, Rangers can coexist

Michael Young, Jon Daniels don't need to get along for Rangers to handle business.

Brandon Webb holds key to rotation

Rangers bank rotation fortunes on health, confidence of newcomer Brandon Webb.

For Rangers, it's business as unusual

It's a good thing the Rangers have shown they can overcome off-field distractions.

Questions linger as Rangers report

Michael Young tops the list of questions the Rangers must answer this spring.

Reigning AL MVP ready to get to work

Josh Hamilton provides a little sunshine in an otherwise dark week for the Rangers.

Winning opens doors for TCU recruiters

TCU's success on the field has opened plenty of doors on the recruiting trail.

Change good for Marc Crawford, Stars

A calmer, gentler Marc Crawford has eased the Stars into position to succeed.

Aggies' comeback story falls incomplete

A&M shows it belongs with Cotton Bowl effort against LSU but has work to do.

Aggies put the past in rearview mirror

A&M's midseason changes altered its fortunes and led to a Cotton Bowl berth.

Rangers' new guard refuses to settle

Daniels, Rangers have assembled team that can again contend for the AL crown.

Mustangs' confidence needs some work

SMU's rally falls short on confidence in Armed Forces Bowl loss to Army.

Zach Line powers SMU running game

RB Zach Line followed June Jones, then led SMU into the Armed Forces Bowl.

Stars following path blazed by Rangers

Stars able to draw similarities, inspiration from the Texas Rangers' impressive run.

Rangers took best shot at Cliff Lee

The Rangers gave it their best shot, but it wasn't enough to keep Cliff Lee.

Wild ride continues for Texas Rangers

The Rangers completed the Winter Meetings with a lot of talk but not much action.

Rangers will try to solidify roster

Coming off their first Series berth, Rangers have flexibility this offseason.

Mustangs hoping to take next big leap

June Jones has big plans for SMU, and a Conference USA title is just part of it.

For TCU, it was time to make a move

For TCU, it was time to quit trying to alter the college football landscape.

Josh Hamilton did it all to rally Rangers

Rangers' Hamilton did it all in one game to take MVP candidacy to next level.

Success 'addicting' for Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers have raised the bar, and now must work hard to stay at that level.

Rangers, Cliff Lee fit each other

Rangers made a long postseason run with Cliff Lee, who seemed to enjoy the ride.

Rangers' big bats rendered harmless

If the Rangers can't get their big bats going, the Giants will be celebrating soon.

Colby Lewis resuscitates Rangers

Starter Colby Lewis delivers on big stage again, gives Rangers new Series life.

Rangers bats come up empty in clutch

Lost in the bullpen disaster was the Rangers' inability to deliver a clutch hit.

One-dimensional Rangers start out flat

Rangers stray from winning blueprint, look green in Game 1 loss to Giants.

Texas Rangers believed from the start

Ron Washington has wowed the Texas Rangers right from the very beginning.

Josh Hamilton's rise reaches next level

ALCS MVP Josh Hamilton elevates improbable rise with trip to World Series.

Rangers celebrate a complete victory

The Rangers celebrated a complete victory after winning every way possible.

Rangers 'all-in' with ace up their sleeve

Rangers may be "all-in" for Game 6, but they have the ultimate ace up their sleeve.

Adversity buffer keeps Rangers loose

Rangers' unflappable demeanor allows them to shun adversity, bounce back.

Rangers' trusty bullpen can't deliver

Rangers' usually reliable bullpen falls apart in Game 1 loss to Yankees.

Rangers, Mark Teixeira share in win-win

Rangers' 2007 trade of Mark Teixeira paved way to lay postseason foundation.

Mike Modano, Stars bump into one other

Mike Modano's first visit as member of Red Wings makes for strange reunion.

Rangers put losing history in past

The Rangers made their losing history a thing of the past by winning the ALDS.

Cliff Lee right where he wants to be

Confident Cliff Lee is focused on leading the Rangers in Game 5, not his future.

Rangers' hitting staples punchless

Big bats of Young, Hamilton and Guerrero are punchless for Rangers vs. the Rays.

Rangers hit playoff snag, awaken Rays

Rangers discover ALDS is no walk in the ballpark against AL East champion Rays.

Rangers pitchers are a hit against Rays

Rangers' pitching staff exudes confidence in taking 2-0 ALDS lead against Rays.

Rangers remember what got them here

Rangers stay the course, return to Texas with 2-0 ALDS lead over Tampa Bay.

It's a new game for Stars in 2010-11

The Stars look to create a new winning era without Mike Modano and Marty Turco.

Cliff Lee rises to occasion for Rangers

The Rangers got exactly what they hoped for from ace Cliff Lee in their Game 1 win.

Road hasn't been kind to Rangers

The Rangers have to fix their road woes if they want to advance in the playoffs.

Nelson Cruz is Rangers' late boomer

The Rangers are fortunate they were able to keep late-blooming Nelson Cruz.

It's finally Michael Young's turn

Michael Young's long playoff wait is over, and he led the way for the Rangers.

Rangers pop corks to end long drought

The Rangers tasted their first champagne since 1999 and are thirsty for more.

John Force tries again to tame Texas

A lot has happened since a fiery crash sent NHRA Funny Car driver John Force to a Dallas hospital for a month and had some believing he'd never race again.

Cliff Lee finds himself against Yankees

Cliff Lee returns to form in time for Rangers to complete sweep of Yankees.

Kyle Padron poised to power ponies

With a year under his belt, Kyle Padron has SMU poised for continued success.

Rangers stood ground through injuries

The Rangers stood their ground while Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler recovered.

Chuck Greenberg's focus: Put fans first

Just 10 days into the job, new Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg remains focused on enhancing the gameday experience for fans.

Taking out Rich Harden was right move

Pulling Rich Harden from a no-hitter was the right thing for Ron Washington to do.

Rangers know how to keep their cool

Resilient Rangers have track record of rebounding from adversity this season.

Cliff Lee has ripple effect on Rangers

Ace Cliff Lee makes the Rangers a better team, even when he's not on the mound.

Rangers not sweating upcoming heat

Rangers aim to stay grounded in face of mediocre trip, visit from AL East powers.

Rangers poised for postseason push

Rangers' farm system allows creative GM room to renovate before deadline.

Rangers exude contender's confidence

The Rangers have developed a certain swagger only the top teams possess.

Lee brings impossible within reach

Rangers' Cliff Lee shows in big victory over Angels why club dealt for him.

And the first-half awards go to ...

First-half awards: Time to recognize the Rangers' highs and lows at the break.

Vlad's resurgence vaults Rangers

The Rangers' calculated gamble on Guerrero has proved to be prolific.

Lee's Rangers debut a complete oddity

Lee's first impression with the Rangers was a bit off in his complete-game loss.

Rangers' farm system 'pays dividends'

Rangers' commitment to restructuring from within led to Lee landing in Texas.

June was magical for Hamilton, Rangers

The Rangers' magical month of June included more than just Josh Hamilton.

Stars see multiple picks as key to draft

With picks and options in tow, Stars seek room to grow, deal in NHL draft.

Cotton Bowl readies for familiar weave

Cotton Bowl confident it can weather changing college football landscape again.

Rangers shop upside, signability

Rangers focus on premium talent eager to sign during first day of MLB draft.

Consistency is key for the Rangers

To plateau through the highs and lows, GM says Rangers must find their "pace."

Singh battles decline in game, status

Singh fights surprising status decline, shows promise in first round of Colonial.

Don't miss these golfers at Colonial

Keep an eye on these 10 players at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Some things you can't learn at school

Jordan Spieth missed school but got a great learning experience at the Nelson.

Spieth sharpens game, polishes star

Jordan Spieth grows into a star and puts spotlight on Byron Nelson Championship.

Elkington holds his own at Nelson

After a decade off the radar, Steve Elkington is catching up at the Nelson.

Spieth brings his energy to the Nelson

Dallas teen Jordan Spieth living a dream at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Saltalamacchia's been thrown for a loss

Jarrod Saltalamacchia's throwing woes are keeping him out of the majors.

Nelson officials rooting for Romo

The HP Byron Nelson tournament would welcome Tony Romo with open arms.

Rangers' Hamilton zones out stress

Josh Hamilton's new relaxed approach rubs off on surging Rangers' offense.

Rangers' bats whiffing on consistency

Sporadic sparks from Rangers' bats not enough to keep consistent flame going.

Rangers hope being in first will last

Starting pitching and timely hitting help the Rangers surge into first place.

Team turnover targets Teagarden

So far, the only constant for the Texas Rangers this season has been change.

Rangers promote 1B prospect Smoak

The Rangers call up 1B prospect Justin Smoak, option Chris Davis to the minors.

Rangers' bats, gloves falling flat

The Rangers' pyramid of pitching, hitting and fielding is shaky on two sides.

Stars have to be creative to improve

Without financial flexibility, the Stars are heading into a challenging offseason.

Modano, Minnesota exchange gratitude

Minnesota fans celebrate former top pick Mike Modano as one of their own.

Stars icon leaves 'em wanting Mo

If we've seen the last of Mike Modano in Dallas, it's hard to imagine a better exit.

Stars' Modano mulls retirement

Mike Modano may play another season of hockey, but should it be with the Stars?

Cruz missile gets Rangers' bats going

Opener: Rangers' flat start tossed to the wind with one swing against Blue Jays.

Which way will Rangers' season go?

Here are 10 things to watch that will indicate if the Rangers are on course.

Expectations high for 2010 Rangers

Rangers forecast: Late-season AL West stretch stands out in wide-open division.

Off-field issues have stolen spotlight

The Rangers have answered some spring questions, but new ones have arisen.

Rangers' Borbon taking on challenge

Rangers' Julio Borbon learning nuances of becoming center fielder, leadoff hitter.

A dose of pitching advice and humor

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux dispenses sage advice, wacky nicknames.

Rangers GM learns from early setbacks

Strong trade winds give way to smooth sailing for Rangers GM Jon Daniels.

Ryan expects Rangers to win AL West

Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan has high expectations: 92 wins, AL West title.

It's about the mettle, not the medal

The Stars need Brenden Morrow's golden glow to blaze a trail to the playoffs.

Kinsler wants mind out of the clutter

Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler wants his mind out of the clutter at the plate this season.

At the plate, Young is a constant

Led by Michael Young, the Rangers look to revive their once-mighty offense.

Goal is fewer pitches, more innings

Harden aims to change injury-prone label in his first season with the Rangers.

Hamilton says his priorities are in order

Rangers' Josh Hamilton ready to get his swing back and put 2009 behind him.

Pitching staff has depth, experience

Rangers actually have depth and experience on their pitching staff.

GM: Goalies 'a good problem to have'

Q&A: Stars GM Nieuwendyk likes options at goaltender, lays out team's vision.

Spring cleaning list for Texas Rangers

Position battles and players to watch as the Rangers head to spring training.

Cuban: Modano got the ball rolling

Mavs owner Mark Cuban interested in becoming minority owner of Dallas Stars.

Lehtonen fills need moving forward

With trade, Joe Nieuwendyk signals that Marty Turco's Dallas days are numbered.

Confidence grows for Stars' Turco

Stars goaltender Marty Turco's revival in net is arriving at the right moment.

Tech's Tuberville: 'It's been a whirlwind'

New coach Tommy Tuberville on his start at Texas Tech: 'It's been a whirlwind.'

Stars president confirms financial woes

HSG examing "securing new investors or selling a majority stake" in the Stars.

A-Rod signing among worst mistakes

Tom Hicks talks about his best memories, worst mistakes and selling the Rangers.

Sun shines on former Stars coach

Ex-Stars coach Dave Tippett returns to Dallas with sunny outlook for his Coyotes.

Defense keys important win over Flames

With focus on defense, Stars appear to be gaining confidence, perspective.

Jones saw young Mustangs grow up

After bowl breakthrough, June Jones likes the way things are shaping up for SMU.

Greenberg: Rangers can be a power

Chuck Greenberg discusses agreement to purchase the Texas Rangers.

Seasoned Lewis tabbed as starter

The Rangers have secured a rotation spot for Colby Lewis, who returns to Arlington.

Auld's rise signaling end of Turco era

Auld's emergence at goalie for Stars points to the end of Turco's tenure.

Patterson: People taking notice of TCU

Q-and-A with TCU coach Gary Patterson: People have noticed Horned Frogs.

Guerrero knows his health is top priority

The Rangers' latest roll of the dice could pay off big if Guerrero can stay healthy.

Rangers, Guerrero reach 1-year deal

Sources: Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers.

Midseason report: Stars have work to do

The Dallas Stars have been OK for the first half, but OK isn't good enough.

TCU comes out flat in its biggest game

In bright Fiesta spotlight, TCU buckles under pressure of Boise State defense.

What to watch for in the Fiesta Bowl

What to watch for as TCU and Boise State put perfection on the line in Glendale.

TCU center started late, learned fast

Football didn't come first for TCU's Jake Kirkpatrick, but he's been quite a find.

Five keys to the Alamo Bowl

Keys to Alamo Bowl: Can Tech deal with the distractions and win in the trenches?

Leach's players were prepared for this

If Mike Leach taught the Tech anything, it was how to deal with adversity.

Five keys to the Sun Bowl

Keys to Sun Bowl: Can OU stop Gerhart, and can Landry Jones have success?

OU's Jones forced to learn on the job

Oklahoma freshman quarterback Landry Jones has been forced to grow up fast.

Texas A&M's special teams a liability

Independence: Special teams come back to bite Texas A&M against Georgia.

TCU aims to get jump on Broncos for '10

Fiesta Bowl winner will have poll position on the loser when the 2010 race begins.

Independence centers on the run

Keys to the game: Rushing attacks vital to Independence for Texas A&M, Georgia.

Aggies, QB eager to make statement

With Independence matchup vs. Georgia, Texas A&M eyes move to elite class.

Run, pass, catch ... Kerley does it all

Do-it-all spark plug Jeremy Kerley is the emotional leader behind TCU's success.

Stars hit on all cylinders in third period

The Stars played ideal hockey late in third to secure win over the Red Wings.

Turco comfortable with arrangement

Having two capable goaltenders allows Marty Turco and the Stars to rest easy.

GM Daniels: 'We're a better club today'

The Rangers made some unexpected noise during baseball's winter meetings.

Millwood trade gives Rangers options

Rangers' trade of starter Kevin Millwood provides club with bargaining flexibility.

A quick wrapup from Tuesday

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Rangers shop for a good bullpen deal

The Rangers are on a budget at the winter meetings but seek bullpen bargain.

Horns look to roll Tide for BCS title

Ground game will be the key to victory in the BCS Championship Game.

FG bursts hopes for Huskers, Frogs

A second is all it takes to swing emotions, fate in opposite directions for Texas, TCU.

It's so much more than McCoy vs. Suh

What should you expect from the Big 12 title game? Here are five keys to watch.

Daniels: 'We're not shopping at the top'

Rangers head to Winter Meetings seeking affordable players that fit team's needs.

Frogs win battle of developing programs

TCU and SMU, two men's hoops programs looking to progress, battled Wednesday.

McCoy can still add to his Texas legacy

Colt McCoy would earn a special place in Texas lore with Heisman Trophy, title.

Patterson: 'We can play with anybody'

TCU achieves perfection against New Mexico, awaits its postseason fate.

Texas' rush defense shows cracks

Texas found a way to beat A&M but has work to do before meeting Nebraska.

Aggies stand in way of Longhorns' feast

Texas A&M stands in the way of a Thanksgiving Day parade for rival UT.

Robidas adds versatility on the attack

Minutes, versatility have increased for Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas.

McCoy finishing career with a flurry

Colt McCoy is peaking at the right time -- toward the end of his Longhorns career.

Picture cloudy, but it'll clear up soon

Forecasting the bowl future for our college teams and area bowl games.

Q&A with Brandon McCarthy

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Senior center lifts spirits on daily basis

UT center Chris Hall is that guy -- the one who leads, motivates and inspires others.

Andrus grows up on the job

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus matured, surprised during a stellar rookie season.

Horned Frog fans take in 'GameDay' visit

TCU reveled in the national attention brought on by "GameDay" visiting.

TCU's potent offense on display vs. Utah

When it's counted the most, TCU's offense has made the plays.

Unbeaten Frogs face freshman Utes QB

TCU's defense, response to pressure serve as biggest keys against Utah.

Patterson: Intense, passionate, winner

If TCU's Gary Patterson seems intense and passionate, that's just because he is.

Growing pains taught QB how to lead

TCU's secret weapon is also its leader, and QB Andy Dalton embraces that role.

Kyle's run at sweep runs out of gas

Kurt Busch nabs history from his brother, whose run at sweep runs out of gas.

Johnson leads; Busch seeks history

Jimmie Johnson's all but run away, yet Sunday's TMS race has plenty of intrigue.

SMU on brink after topping Rice, 31-28

June Jones has SMU close to a bowl berth following a 31-28 win over Rice.

Cancer in remission for TMS president

With his cancer in remission, TMS' Eddie Gossage has green flag to resume racing.

Power-play woes, close calls spell doom

The Stars had plenty of chances to put out the Flames but were burned in OT.

Points, wins drive Jimmie Johnson

There's just something about TMS in fall that brings out best in Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson has stranglehold on Cup title

The Chase for the Sprint Cup arrives at TMS, but there's nothing left to chase

McCoy doesn't want to talk Heisman

The Longhorn's defense kept Colt McCoy on the sidelines, but he was still effective.

It's spooky how much UT-OSU means

Fright night: It's spooky how important this game is to Texas, Oklahoma State

Veteran relishes role as line's mentor

Stars center Brad Richards relishes his role as big brother to his linemates.

WR fills void after Bryant suspension

North Garland grad Hubert Anyiam is catching on quickly for Oklahoma State.

Computers, not humans, help TCU climb

Computers, not humans, help Horned Frogs climb to No. 6 in the BCS standings.

TCU 38, BYU 7

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TCU vs. BYU: Keys to the game

With BCS bids on the line, we give you the keys to the TCU-BYU game.

Not much can stand in way of this Tank

Life has thrown an obstacle or two at TCU's Tank Carder, but he keeps rolling.

UT controls destiny; TCU not so much

BCS message is clear for Texas: win out. For TCU, however, it's not that easy.

Faster tempo eats away at OU defense

Longhorns' attack readjusts in second half with faster tempo and gets results.

Bruins dictate tempo in shutout of Stars

The Boston Bruins are a more physical, faster version of the Dallas Stars.

Texas-Oklahoma: Six keys to winning

Keys to OU-UT game: There's so much more to winning than just the QBs.

Captain's return to ice sparks Dallas

The Stars are thrilled to have Brenden Morrow back and leading by example.

Title aspirations driving Texas' McCoy

Colt McCoy's priorities are beating OU then winning the Big 12 and national titles. That's it.

Sophomore may get the call against OU

The Longhorns are in a bit of a rush to fix their limping running game in time for the Red River Rivalry.

Rivals begin week with distinct goals

With wins in tow, Texas and OU set sights on this weekend's Red River Rivalry.

A&M, OSU ready to move on, play ball

Oklahoma St., Texas A&M look forward to Saturday's showdown after rough week.

Valley puts Turco in position to peak

Goalie coach uses athleticism, balance to put netminders in a position to peak.

Dip in production negated pitching gains

The Rangers will focus on fixing an offense that had a dip in productivity.

Who wins? The envelope, please ...

With the season over, it's time to hand out awards to worthy Rangers.

Aggies hope big stage beckons spotlight

Game vs. Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium is prime opportunity to attract recruits.

Stars seek return to the big stage

With a new general manager and head coach, the Dallas Stars will look to a cast of familiar faces and young talent to return to the postseason stage

Stretch dive, but wait 'til next year

Despite disappointing finish, the Texas Rangers exceeded expectations and have plenty to look forward to for next season.

Rivalry anything but neighborly

No. 10 TCU is riding high, while rival SMU wants to get to the next level. Sound familiar? Think 2005.