Seguin OT Goal Keeps Dallas Alive In The Playoff Chase

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Dallas Stars know they are going to be eliminated from playoff contention in the next couple of days, so being on the ice now is about playing for each other.

Tyler Seguin scored on a power play 20 seconds into overtime, and the Stars staved off elimination by rallying to beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Sunday.

“Every day, we’re going to come in, work hard, and play with pride and play for each other,” Seguin said. “We had a time period there we just weren’t being professionals. We didn’t have enough effort out there and didn’t play for each other. But we want to play with pride and want to finish off the rest of the year work hard and try to win every night.”

A loss to the Devils would have ended the Stars’ playoff chances. But they found a way to win.

Ales Hemsky also scored a power-play goal with 6:36 left in regulation to tie the game and Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves for Dallas, including a stop on a short-handed breakaway attempt by Blake Pietila about a minute before Hemsky tied the game.

“We have to give Kari a lot of credit for covering that one up because if Kari doesn’t make that save, probably the game is over,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “That was big at a big time in the game.”

Seguin got his 25th goal after Devils defenseman Steven Santini was called for cross-checking with 54 seconds left in regulation. New Jersey killed off the 5-on-4 power play, but the Stars scored in OT on Seguin’s shot from between the circles that beat Keith Kinkaid, who made 30 saves in an outstanding effort.

Jamie Benn and defenseman John Klingberg worked the puck along the boards in front of the Dallas bench before Klingberg made a no-look pass to Seguin cutting down the middle for the game winner.

“They were really pressuring Jamie and Klinger and I just tried to find a soft spot skating in,” Seguin said.

The loss was the second in as many nights for the Devils and their 13th in 17 games (2-13-2). It also came just one night after New Jersey’s playoff hopes were extinguished for the fifth straight year in a loss to Carolina.

“We took two penalties there and they capitalized on both of them,” Devils captain Andy Greene said. “We have to do a better job in the offensive zone, create more and get that second goal and work harder. We just can’t hope we get that second one. We have to make sure we will it into the net.”

Blake Coleman , who was born in Plano, Texas, scored his first NHL goal for New Jersey, beating Lehtonen at 11:02 of the first period after blocking a pass by Klingberg.

“I am pretty familiar with a lot of guys in that locker room,” Coleman said. “So guys like Jamie Benn coming up and saying: ‘Congrats’ is pretty special and I will be able to remember that and share with friends and family back home.”

Hemsky tied the game after Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy couldn’t get the puck out of the zone. Dallas defenseman Stephen Johns found Hemsky in the right circle. His initial shot was blocked by Greene, but the puck came right back to him and he beat Kinkaid between the pads for his fourth of the season.

“I don’t know if they were contained for 55 minutes, they had their fair share of opportunities,” Kinkaid said. “I felt good and we have to be able to get that dagger goal and finish our opportunities.”

NOTES: Greene played in his 700th game, all with the Devils. … Dallas F Curtis McKenzie and Devils D Damon Severson had a short fight late in the second period. … The Devils beat the Stars in overtime earlier this season.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Montreal on Tuesday night for the second-game of five-game road trip, their final games away from home.

Devils: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in a makeup of a game postponed by snow on March 14.

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Teenager Runs Popular Rangers Instagram Page

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MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Jake DuPre of McKinney is not only Mr. Ranger, he is the owner, founder and operator of Rangers.Nation on Instagram. He is also just 14 years old. That’s right, more than 37,000 people are following an account that is operated out of an eighth-grader’s bedroom.

The size of his fanbase has both Jake DuPre and his parents in shock.

“I’m just amazed by how huge it is,” said Matt DuPre, the teenager’s father. “Wow, that many people are following him.”

While the DuPre family might be shocked by the success, others are just shocked to find out that their favorite Rangers online account is run by a teenager. And that includes some Rangers players. “One time, I met [pitcher] Nick Martinez in real life and he was amazed,” Jake DuPre recalled. “He thought I was some grown man.”

For the wizard of Rangers.Nation, the work is a labor of love.

Although, the teenager’s mother admits that, sometimes, the responsibilities of being a Rangers reporter can get in the way of his responsibilities as a student. Ramona DuPre explained, “I’ll say to him, ‘Are you doing your homework?’ [He replies,] ‘I’m running my business, my fans are waiting! He is so serious about it.”

Earlier this month, that business took the DuPre family to Rangers spring training in Arizona. It was a working vacation. Jake DuPre was given access to cover spring training as a media member, conducting interviews and collecting materials for all of his Rangers.Nation followers.

The only thing that makes Jake DuPre happier than working on Rangers.Nation is when the Rangers win a game. He and his followers are hoping for a lot of happiness in 2017.


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Cantrell Continues Testimony In Price Corruption Trial

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell continued on the witness stand Monday in the federal corruption trial for Commissioner John Wiley Price, saying he will not be doing what the FBI says Price did — driving fancy cars and carrying loads of cash provided to him in bribes from his friend, lobbyist Kathy Nealy.

Cantrell, who will retire at the end of his term, was shown several emails between Price and Nealy that prosecutor Walt Junker says showed Price was providing confidential bidding information to Nealy, giving her clients the edge in winning lucrative contracts with Dallas County.

Junker then provided Cantrell with an FBI tally of 583 transactions between Price and Nealy, resulting in the now-embattled commissioner receiving more than $907,000 — a figure the government says rises to $950,000 when you add in luxury vehicles and real estate.

“When you retire,” Junker asked Cantrell, will he receive such a financial windfall?

“No,” the witness said.

The answer was the same when the prosecutor continued: “When you retire, will you be driving a Chevrolet Avalanche given to you by a lobbyist… will you be driving a BMW given to you by a lobbyist?”

In cross-examination, Cantrell, who has served with Price on the Dallas County Commissioners Court for more than 20 years, told defense attorney Chris Knox that Price was one of the most “well-read” elected officials he has ever known. “No question in your mind about his allegiance to his constituents in Dallas County,” Knox asked.

Cantrell: “That’s correct.”

Price and his executive assistant, Dapheny Fain, are being tried in federal court on charges they conspired together, along with Nealy, to take money from large corporations, then converted that money into bribes for Price, in exchange for his inside knowledge and influence in selecting who would win large county contracts.

They are also charged with hiding their ill-gotten gains from the Internal Revenue Service.

Nealy faces similar federal charges and is scheduled to stand trial at a later time.


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As NFL Owners Meet, Raiders Move To Las Vegas May Happen

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PHOENIX (AP) – Barring an unforeseen obstacle, the Oakland Raiders seem certain to get approval Monday to relocate to Las Vegas .

Several team owners have said this week they don’t envision a scenario where Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn’t get the required 24 votes to move the team.

One owner, speaking anonymously because he is not authorized to speak for the NFL, told The Associated Press: “Not only have no hurdles been made clear to us, but there isn’t any opposition to it.”

Added another, also speaking anonymously for the same reasons: “It’s going to happen and the sooner we do it, the better it is for the league and for the Raiders.”

Yes, the NFL is about to have a third franchise move in just over a year. The Rams played last season in Los Angeles after switching from St. Louis. Earlier this year, the Chargers moved from San Diego to L.A.

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President Trump Plans Office To Bring Business Ideas To Government

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

A senior administration official said Trump on Monday will announce the White House Office of American Innovation. The official sought anonymity to discuss the move in advance of the formal rollout.

The plans for the office were first reported by The Washington Post. The office will be led by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, and will report directly to the president.

Trump is preparing to announce the new office at a low point in his young administration, days after the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare imploded in the House of Representatives.

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TEA Hope Improvements Help Avoid Problems During STAAR Testing

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Texas Education Agency officials claim recent improvements should help avoid problems as STAAR testing begins this week.

The agency says the upgrades are intended to avoid online problems with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. This after trouble last March, the first time the New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service handled the STAAR exams.

More than 14,000 students had answers erased or were given the wrong test versions…plus there were reports of delivery mix-ups and scoring problems.

A state education official says more safeguards are in place, plus E-T-S has boosted its server capabilities to handle the online testing.

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Johnson Wins Match Play To Sweep World Golf Championships

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AUSTIN (AP) – Dustin Johnson became the first player to sweep the World Golf Championships with a dominant week that included more drama that he needed in the Dell Technologies Match Play.

Johnson escaped a furious charge by Jon Rahm when the 22-year-old Spaniard failed to birdie the 18th hole.

Johnson’s 1-up victory completed a week in which he never trailed in any of his seven matches, and he led in 105 of the 112 holes he played.

It was the third straight victory for Johnson, and it stamped his position at No. 1.

Johnson never went beyond the 16th hole until Sunday, when he had to hold on to beat Hideto Tanihara in the semifinals and Rahm in the championship match.

He previously won the Mexico Championship, Bridgestone Invitational and HSBC Champions.

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