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.
X factors: Five key elements that could determine the Rangers' fate in 2013.
The Rangers should compete in the AL West and grab a wild-card berth.
Texas Rangers counting on Lance Berkman's expertise, leadership as veteran begins next chapter.
How Derek Holland performs will determine the strength of the Rangers' rotation.
It was tough to part ways, but it's the right call for the Rangers and Michael Young.
The Rangers are willing to explore all their options and won't rush the process.
Josh Hamilton's five seasons with the Rangers have been filled with many positives and a few negatives.
Rangers must decide if Ian Kinsler leads off, if position change is in order.
Adrian Beltre's stomach for the fight proves invaluable in Rangers' quest.
Rangers' inconsistency loosens AL West grip, and A's are there to pick up pieces.
The Rangers have one final shot to wrap up the AL West against the A's.
Despite hitting bumps in road, Rangers continue to respond in big moments.
The Rangers are counting on their experience to hold off the charging A's.
Ian Kinsler is the "on" button for the Rangers' powerful offensive machine.
Stellar defender Adrian Beltre shows offensive prowess with three home runs.
The Rangers are playing winning baseball again after their June-July swoon.
Rangers need to build on momentum from amazing rally over Angels.
Ryan Dempster move provides depth but Rangers don't sacrifice long-term plan.
No matter what happens at trade deadline, Rangers' core must step up.
Rangers' lack of clutch at-bats hits home in loss to White Sox, prompts reflection.
Rangers need Derek Holland to step up down the stretch and in the postseason.
Ranking the 40 greatest Rangers after 40 years of baseball in Arlington.
Rangers, AL never had much of a shot after ragged start to All-Star Game.
The number of Rangers All-Stars is an indication of how far the club has come.
Rangers All-Star closer Joe Nathan is all the way back from elbow surgery.
The Rangers' All-Stars are motivated after losing the World Series on the road.
Yu Darvish made a pitch for All-Star inclusion with 10 K's in his 10th win.
Wily veteran Roy Oswalt grinded out a win in his debut with the Rangers.
Strong pitching plus a soft schedule is the formula for the Rangers' hot streak.
Mounting injuries to the starting rotation have the Rangers in full survival mode.
Stony Brook alum Joe Nathan keeping a close eye on the Seawolves' CWS run.
In Sunday's win, it looked like the Rangers got Ron Washington's message.
Much has changed since first Rangers-Angels series this season.
He didn't win, but Phil Mickelson was a clear fan favorite at the Byron Nelson.
Ron Washington knows best when it comes to giving the Rangers rest.
Patrick Reed looks to continue streak at Nelson after successful qualifying bid.
Which young area talent will emerge at Byron Nelson Championship this year?
Josh Hamilton's incredible four-homer, eight-RBI night leaves teammates in awe.
The Rangers and Rays look to be on familiar path to postseason meeting.
The Rangers are setting the gold standard for excellence in the American League.
The Stars' Glen Gulutzan can look to Ron Washington as a successful example.
Jimmie Johnson misses out on win at TMS, but his team is coming along.
Rangers' Joe Nathan can figure it out, but improvement must match expectations.
Yu Darvish's interpreter Joe Furukawa speaks the language of baseball.
The Rangers' bullpen shined in their opening win, getting the final nine outs.
Five up and five down: Keys that could make or break the Rangers' season.
The Rangers should win the AL West for the third consecutive season.
Rangers camp lesson: Darvish's progress steady, but center field, bullpen shaky.
Bigger and stronger, shortstop Elvis Andrus is primed to get even better.
Yu Darvish is working to stay aggressive and consistent with his fastball.
Kari Lehtonen is key to the Stars' chances of making a return to the playoffs.
Multifaceted Rangers catcher Mike Napoli settles into role as a team leader.
Rangers open competition for center field to allow Josh Hamilton to play left.
Rangers head to spring training seeking fresh start after Series disappointment.
Player development, shrewd moves lifted Rangers to top of Future Power Rankings.
The Stars must focus on long-term future and avoid temptation of quick fix.
The Rangers will have chances to cash in on Yu Darvish's popularity in Japan.
The Rangers did their homework and went the extra mile to land Yu Darvish.
UTA basketball eager to close curtains on Texas Hall, move to new spotlight.
With the deal done, the Rangers need Yu Darvish to live up to their expectations.
Kari Lehtonen is key to the Stars' plan to rebuild club from the net out.
Smart money says the Rangers made the right call with their bid for Yu Darvish.
The Rangers' 2011 season included stellar highs, dismal lows and a tragic accident.
Rangers acknowledge AL West gauntlet has been thrown, but club won't flinch.
The aggressive Rangers could steal the spotlight at the winter meetings in Dallas.
Stars' owner Tom Gaglardi has experience turning organizations around.
The Rangers lost the World Series, but they are built for return trips.
Rangers' loss will sting for a while after coming so close to ultimate goal.
Neftali Feliz was speechless after coming within a strike of closing the Series.
Colby Lewis has been calm, composed and consistent in the postseason.
The Cardinals have broken Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando's dominant spell.
The goal is to win, and Josh Hamilton and Michael Young did what they had to do.
Ron Washington stands by pinch-hit decisions after Rangers' Game 1 loss.
Bullpens, deep lineups define identical Series combatants Rangers, Cardinals.
Before Nelson Cruz's dream postseason, just playing in the majors was a dream.
Ian Kinsler's aggressive approach didn't pay off in crucial moment in sixth.
Mike Napoli delivers well-rounded performance in Rangers' Game 4 win.
Michael Young's bat has gone cold in the postseason as the offense struggles.
The Rangers' pitching depth is key to where they are and where they go.
The Rangers are closing in on checkmate after winning a Game 3 chess match.
Ian Kinsler sparks Rangers at the plate, on the bases and in the field.
Michael Young has been the same reliable leader in season of change.
Mike Modano taught hockey to Texas and is forever at the head of Stars' class.
Young helps Rangers maintain their focus, lead after tough three-week stretch.
Uncertainty surrounds the Rangers' rotation as the season winds down.
Mark Hamburger's journey to the majors started with an open tryout with a friend.
Rangers follow Ron Washington's cue and refuse to hit panic button against Angels.
The Rangers took control of the AL West despite one disappointing loss.
The Rangers steal an advantage with their aggressive baserunning style.
Michael Young's 2,000 hits are a tribute to his consistency over his career.
Does the Rangers' Neftali Feliz have the right demeanor to be a dominant closer?
Chris Davis tore up the minors but still is trying to prove himself in the majors.
The Rangers are streaking away from the AL West by following last year's blueprint.
Derek Holland's confidence -- and results -- on the rise with help of teammates.
Joe Nieuwendyk acted quickly in free agency and is excited for new-look Stars.
Taking the loss in the All-Star Game was an awesome bummer for C.J. Wilson.
Rangers at the break: Michael Young and C.J. Wilson deserve top honors so far.
The acquisition of Cliff Lee one year ago helped transform the Rangers.
Ron Washington's AL roster suggests manager is driven to win All-Star Game.
Joe Nieuwendyk reflects on Stars' Cup team and recapturing that squad's magic.
Rangers hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh gets feel for swings with mental prodding.
AD Steve Orsini envisions SMU as Dallas' team after peeking at TCU's blueprint.
Rangers draft pick Johnathan Taylor, partially paralyzed, stays positive.
Michael Young, Elvis Andrus share admiration for Jeter's accomplishments.
Danica Patrick unable to come away with victory at TMS despite two opportunities.
Joe Nieuwendyk must find a coach who can lead the Stars where they want to go.
Jordan Spieth graduates from novelty to true contender at Byron Nelson.
Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson took different paths to the same result.
Ranch gives opportunity to get a closer look at Byron Nelson's life and career.
High school senior Jordan Spieth returns to the HP Byron Nelson with lofty goals.
Just how close did Cliff Lee really come to returning to the Rangers? Pretty close.
David Toms put to rest any doubts about how he'd react after last week at TPC.
Colonial's tough starting holes will provide players with a difficult test early.
An ugly win over the Angels is a thing of beauty for the Rangers these days.
A Rangers win was washed away, but signs are pointing to a sunnier future.
Lack of clutch hitting stands out for Rangers, who remain near top of West.
Angels will give the Rangers a fight, but there's no need to overreact this early.
Playing the Yankees is big, but the Rangers know AL West games are bigger.
Josh Hamilton's injury hurts plenty, but the Rangers' depth is solid insurance.
Alexi Ogando is rewarding the Rangers' foresight after a long, strange journey.
TMS wins highlight Roush Fenway Racing's recent run of good fortune.
Hitting coach Thad Bosley preaches aggression in the strike zone to Rangers.
Don't let the Rangers' bats obscure the importance of Matt Harrison's effort.
The Rangers' offense needs to produce early on while the pitching finds its way.
Adrian Beltre's signing has consequences, but his impact can't be ignored.
Rangers forecast: The West will come down to the wire, but expect a repeat.
Exploring the reasons why the Rangers can repeat and what could prevent it.
With camp winding down, it's time to hand out spring awards to the Rangers.
The Rangers' need at closer outweighed Feliz's potential as a starter this season.
Don Welke's keen eye helped bring Josh Hamilton and Neftali Feliz to Texas.
Some issues are coming into focus for the Rangers and others remain cloudy.
Josh Hamilton has had a slow spring, but the slugger is certain he'll come around.
Neftali Feliz is being stretched out to start, but signs point to him remaining a closer.
The Rangers are hopeful Julio Borbon can make himself at home in center field.
The Stars were smart to keep Brad Richards to help make a playoff push.
There's no reason to think Josh Hamilton can't match or surpass his MVP season.
Yorvit Torrealba has worked tirelessly to familiarize himself with Rangers pitchers.
Michael Young turned the focus to his new role after addressing his teammates.
Michael Young, Jon Daniels don't need to get along for Rangers to handle business.
Rangers bank rotation fortunes on health, confidence of newcomer Brandon Webb.
It's a good thing the Rangers have shown they can overcome off-field distractions.
Michael Young tops the list of questions the Rangers must answer this spring.
Josh Hamilton provides a little sunshine in an otherwise dark week for the Rangers.
TCU's success on the field has opened plenty of doors on the recruiting trail.
A calmer, gentler Marc Crawford has eased the Stars into position to succeed.
A&M shows it belongs with Cotton Bowl effort against LSU but has work to do.
A&M's midseason changes altered its fortunes and led to a Cotton Bowl berth.
Daniels, Rangers have assembled team that can again contend for the AL crown.
SMU's rally falls short on confidence in Armed Forces Bowl loss to Army.
RB Zach Line followed June Jones, then led SMU into the Armed Forces Bowl.
Stars able to draw similarities, inspiration from the Texas Rangers' impressive run.
The Rangers gave it their best shot, but it wasn't enough to keep Cliff Lee.
The Rangers completed the Winter Meetings with a lot of talk but not much action.
Coming off their first Series berth, Rangers have flexibility this offseason.
June Jones has big plans for SMU, and a Conference USA title is just part of it.
For TCU, it was time to quit trying to alter the college football landscape.
Rangers' Hamilton did it all in one game to take MVP candidacy to next level.
Texas Rangers have raised the bar, and now must work hard to stay at that level.
Rangers made a long postseason run with Cliff Lee, who seemed to enjoy the ride.
If the Rangers can't get their big bats going, the Giants will be celebrating soon.
Starter Colby Lewis delivers on big stage again, gives Rangers new Series life.
Lost in the bullpen disaster was the Rangers' inability to deliver a clutch hit.
Rangers stray from winning blueprint, look green in Game 1 loss to Giants.
Ron Washington has wowed the Texas Rangers right from the very beginning.
ALCS MVP Josh Hamilton elevates improbable rise with trip to World Series.
The Rangers celebrated a complete victory after winning every way possible.
Rangers may be "all-in" for Game 6, but they have the ultimate ace up their sleeve.
Rangers' unflappable demeanor allows them to shun adversity, bounce back.
Rangers' usually reliable bullpen falls apart in Game 1 loss to Yankees.
Rangers' 2007 trade of Mark Teixeira paved way to lay postseason foundation.
Mike Modano's first visit as member of Red Wings makes for strange reunion.
The Rangers made their losing history a thing of the past by winning the ALDS.
Confident Cliff Lee is focused on leading the Rangers in Game 5, not his future.
Big bats of Young, Hamilton and Guerrero are punchless for Rangers vs. the Rays.
Rangers discover ALDS is no walk in the ballpark against AL East champion Rays.
Rangers' pitching staff exudes confidence in taking 2-0 ALDS lead against Rays.
Rangers stay the course, return to Texas with 2-0 ALDS lead over Tampa Bay.
The Stars look to create a new winning era without Mike Modano and Marty Turco.
The Rangers got exactly what they hoped for from ace Cliff Lee in their Game 1 win.
The Rangers have to fix their road woes if they want to advance in the playoffs.
The Rangers are fortunate they were able to keep late-blooming Nelson Cruz.
Michael Young's long playoff wait is over, and he led the way for the Rangers.
The Rangers tasted their first champagne since 1999 and are thirsty for more.
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 returns to form in time for Rangers to complete sweep of Yankees.
With a year under his belt, Kyle Padron has SMU poised for continued success.
The Rangers stood their ground while Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler recovered.
Just 10 days into the job, new Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg remains focused on enhancing the gameday experience for fans.
Pulling Rich Harden from a no-hitter was the right thing for Ron Washington to do.
Resilient Rangers have track record of rebounding from adversity this season.
Ace Cliff Lee makes the Rangers a better team, even when he's not on the mound.
Rangers aim to stay grounded in face of mediocre trip, visit from AL East powers.
Rangers' farm system allows creative GM room to renovate before deadline.
The Rangers have developed a certain swagger only the top teams possess.
Rangers' Cliff Lee shows in big victory over Angels why club dealt for him.
First-half awards: Time to recognize the Rangers' highs and lows at the break.
The Rangers' calculated gamble on Guerrero has proved to be prolific.
Lee's first impression with the Rangers was a bit off in his complete-game loss.
Rangers' commitment to restructuring from within led to Lee landing in Texas.
The Rangers' magical month of June included more than just Josh Hamilton.
With picks and options in tow, Stars seek room to grow, deal in NHL draft.
Cotton Bowl confident it can weather changing college football landscape again.
Rangers focus on premium talent eager to sign during first day of MLB draft.
To plateau through the highs and lows, GM says Rangers must find their "pace."
Singh fights surprising status decline, shows promise in first round of Colonial.
Keep an eye on these 10 players at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Jordan Spieth missed school but got a great learning experience at the Nelson.
Jordan Spieth grows into a star and puts spotlight on Byron Nelson Championship.
After a decade off the radar, Steve Elkington is catching up at the Nelson.
Dallas teen Jordan Spieth living a dream at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's throwing woes are keeping him out of the majors.
The HP Byron Nelson tournament would welcome Tony Romo with open arms.
Josh Hamilton's new relaxed approach rubs off on surging Rangers' offense.
Sporadic sparks from Rangers' bats not enough to keep consistent flame going.
Starting pitching and timely hitting help the Rangers surge into first place.
So far, the only constant for the Texas Rangers this season has been change.
The Rangers call up 1B prospect Justin Smoak, option Chris Davis to the minors.
The Rangers' pyramid of pitching, hitting and fielding is shaky on two sides.
Without financial flexibility, the Stars are heading into a challenging offseason.
Minnesota fans celebrate former top pick Mike Modano as one of their own.
If we've seen the last of Mike Modano in Dallas, it's hard to imagine a better exit.
Mike Modano may play another season of hockey, but should it be with the Stars?
Opener: Rangers' flat start tossed to the wind with one swing against Blue Jays.
Here are 10 things to watch that will indicate if the Rangers are on course.
Rangers forecast: Late-season AL West stretch stands out in wide-open division.
The Rangers have answered some spring questions, but new ones have arisen.
Rangers' Julio Borbon learning nuances of becoming center fielder, leadoff hitter.
Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux dispenses sage advice, wacky nicknames.
Strong trade winds give way to smooth sailing for Rangers GM Jon Daniels.
Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan has high expectations: 92 wins, AL West title.
The Stars need Brenden Morrow's golden glow to blaze a trail to the playoffs.
Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler wants his mind out of the clutter at the plate this season.
Led by Michael Young, the Rangers look to revive their once-mighty offense.
Harden aims to change injury-prone label in his first season with the Rangers.
Rangers' Josh Hamilton ready to get his swing back and put 2009 behind him.
Rangers actually have depth and experience on their pitching staff.
Q&A: Stars GM Nieuwendyk likes options at goaltender, lays out team's vision.
Position battles and players to watch as the Rangers head to spring training.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban interested in becoming minority owner of Dallas Stars.
With trade, Joe Nieuwendyk signals that Marty Turco's Dallas days are numbered.
Stars goaltender Marty Turco's revival in net is arriving at the right moment.
New coach Tommy Tuberville on his start at Texas Tech: 'It's been a whirlwind.'
HSG examing "securing new investors or selling a majority stake" in the Stars.
Tom Hicks talks about his best memories, worst mistakes and selling the Rangers.
Ex-Stars coach Dave Tippett returns to Dallas with sunny outlook for his Coyotes.
With focus on defense, Stars appear to be gaining confidence, perspective.
After bowl breakthrough, June Jones likes the way things are shaping up for SMU.
Chuck Greenberg discusses agreement to purchase the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers have secured a rotation spot for Colby Lewis, who returns to Arlington.
Auld's emergence at goalie for Stars points to the end of Turco's tenure.
Q-and-A with TCU coach Gary Patterson: People have noticed Horned Frogs.
The Rangers' latest roll of the dice could pay off big if Guerrero can stay healthy.
Sources: Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers.
The Dallas Stars have been OK for the first half, but OK isn't good enough.
In bright Fiesta spotlight, TCU buckles under pressure of Boise State defense.
What to watch for as TCU and Boise State put perfection on the line in Glendale.
Football didn't come first for TCU's Jake Kirkpatrick, but he's been quite a find.
Keys to Alamo Bowl: Can Tech deal with the distractions and win in the trenches?
If Mike Leach taught the Tech anything, it was how to deal with adversity.
Keys to Sun Bowl: Can OU stop Gerhart, and can Landry Jones have success?
Oklahoma freshman quarterback Landry Jones has been forced to grow up fast.
Independence: Special teams come back to bite Texas A&M against Georgia.
Fiesta Bowl winner will have poll position on the loser when the 2010 race begins.
Keys to the game: Rushing attacks vital to Independence for Texas A&M, Georgia.
With Independence matchup vs. Georgia, Texas A&M eyes move to elite class.
Do-it-all spark plug Jeremy Kerley is the emotional leader behind TCU's success.
The Stars played ideal hockey late in third to secure win over the Red Wings.
Having two capable goaltenders allows Marty Turco and the Stars to rest easy.
The Rangers made some unexpected noise during baseball's winter meetings.
Rangers' trade of starter Kevin Millwood provides club with bargaining flexibility.
The Rangers are on a budget at the winter meetings but seek bullpen bargain.
Ground game will be the key to victory in the BCS Championship Game.
A second is all it takes to swing emotions, fate in opposite directions for Texas, TCU.
What should you expect from the Big 12 title game? Here are five keys to watch.
Rangers head to Winter Meetings seeking affordable players that fit team's needs.
TCU and SMU, two men's hoops programs looking to progress, battled Wednesday.
Colt McCoy would earn a special place in Texas lore with Heisman Trophy, title.
TCU achieves perfection against New Mexico, awaits its postseason fate.
Texas found a way to beat A&M but has work to do before meeting Nebraska.
Texas A&M stands in the way of a Thanksgiving Day parade for rival UT.
Minutes, versatility have increased for Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas.
Colt McCoy is peaking at the right time -- toward the end of his Longhorns career.
Forecasting the bowl future for our college teams and area bowl games.
UT center Chris Hall is that guy -- the one who leads, motivates and inspires others.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus matured, surprised during a stellar rookie season.
TCU reveled in the national attention brought on by "GameDay" visiting.
When it's counted the most, TCU's offense has made the plays.
TCU's defense, response to pressure serve as biggest keys against Utah.
If TCU's Gary Patterson seems intense and passionate, that's just because he is.
TCU's secret weapon is also its leader, and QB Andy Dalton embraces that role.
Kurt Busch nabs history from his brother, whose run at sweep runs out of gas.
Jimmie Johnson's all but run away, yet Sunday's TMS race has plenty of intrigue.
June Jones has SMU close to a bowl berth following a 31-28 win over Rice.
With his cancer in remission, TMS' Eddie Gossage has green flag to resume racing.
The Stars had plenty of chances to put out the Flames but were burned in OT.
There's just something about TMS in fall that brings out best in Jimmie Johnson.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup arrives at TMS, but there's nothing left to chase
The Longhorn's defense kept Colt McCoy on the sidelines, but he was still effective.
Fright night: It's spooky how important this game is to Texas, Oklahoma State
Stars center Brad Richards relishes his role as big brother to his linemates.
North Garland grad Hubert Anyiam is catching on quickly for Oklahoma State.
Computers, not humans, help Horned Frogs climb to No. 6 in the BCS standings.
With BCS bids on the line, we give you the keys to the TCU-BYU game.
Life has thrown an obstacle or two at TCU's Tank Carder, but he keeps rolling.
BCS message is clear for Texas: win out. For TCU, however, it's not that easy.
Longhorns' attack readjusts in second half with faster tempo and gets results.
The Boston Bruins are a more physical, faster version of the Dallas Stars.
Keys to OU-UT game: There's so much more to winning than just the QBs.
The Stars are thrilled to have Brenden Morrow back and leading by example.
Colt McCoy's priorities are beating OU then winning the Big 12 and national titles. That's it.
The Longhorns are in a bit of a rush to fix their limping running game in time for the Red River Rivalry.
With wins in tow, Texas and OU set sights on this weekend's Red River Rivalry.
Oklahoma St., Texas A&M look forward to Saturday's showdown after rough week.
Goalie coach uses athleticism, balance to put netminders in a position to peak.
The Rangers will focus on fixing an offense that had a dip in productivity.
With the season over, it's time to hand out awards to worthy Rangers.
Game vs. Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium is prime opportunity to attract recruits.
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
Despite disappointing finish, the Texas Rangers exceeded expectations and have plenty to look forward to for next season.
No. 10 TCU is riding high, while rival SMU wants to get to the next level. Sound familiar? Think 2005.