Nets Grab Texas Big Man Allen With 22nd Draft Pick

NEW YORK (AP) – When the worst team in the NBA finally got a chance to make a pick in the NBA draft, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks was pleasantly surprised with the player the Nets were able to land.

Brooklyn selected big man Jarrett Allen from Texas with the 22nd pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night, taking a one-and-done freshman who blossomed at the end of his only season with the Longhorns.

The Nets did not meet with Allen until Wednesday when he got to New York for the draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and never did have an individual workout for him.

“We’re extremely fortunate to get Jarrett Allen,” Marks said. “He has not even remotely scratched the surface of what he can do.”

The 6-foot-11 Allen , who went to high school in Austin, Texas, averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Longhorns, but 18.5 points in eight February games. Texas finished a disappointing 11-22 and out of the NCAA Tournament.

“If you look at how he has improved in his very short time at Texas, it’s exciting for us,” Marks said, adding that part of the reason the Nets did not work out Allen was because they did not expect him to be available when they picked.

Brooklyn had the worst record in the NBA last season (20-62) and the best chance to win the draft lottery, but no chance to take advantage of it because the previous regime had traded the pick to Boston in 2013 in a deal that brought Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets. The Celtics, via the Nets, won the lottery and then traded to the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who took guard Markelle Fultz from Washington.

The Celtics also hold Brooklyn’s first-round pick next season.

Without top picks to rebuild the Nets, Marks made his big move earlier in draft week.

The Nets traded pick No. 27 and center Brook Lopez to the Los Angeles Lakers for D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov. Russell was the second pick in the 2015 draft. The Nets had to make the 27th pick before the trade could become official and took Kyle Kuzma from Utah for Los Angeles.

Russell showed flashes of greatness playing for lousy teams in Los Angeles. Last year, he averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists. He also struggled in stretches, lost his starting job and at times showed a lack of maturity.

“When you’re able to get a talent like that in your gym, we’re excited about that,” Marks said. “I’m not concerned about the maturity and so forth.”

The Nets also have Jeremy Lin at point guard, but Marks said he and coach Kenny Atkinson liked the idea of being able to play with two ball handlers on the floor.

“To have both those guys, I think that gives us a lot of versatility,” Marks said.

In the second round with the 57th overall pick, the Nets selected 6-foot-9 Aleksandar Vezenkov from Cyprus. Marks called the 21-year-old an elite shooter.

After moving Lopez and getting the 7-foot-1 Mozgov, the Nets still needed size. Allen is still developing offensively, but his length and athleticism provide potential for him to make an immediate impact as a rebounder, defender and player who can get to the basket.

“I see my role is being a rim protector,” Allen said in an interview with ESPN at Barclays Center, where he will play for the Nets. He averaged 1.5 blocks per game last season.

Allen, 19, was the 15th of 16 freshmen taken in the first round of the NBA draft, breaking the record of 14 taken last season.

“He fits this modern NBA where you have big guys who are versatile, who really get up and down and run,” Marks said.

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Liberty Funder Grand Texas Airshow

The Grand Texas Airshow is filled with summer fun for everyone! Located at the Cleburne Municipal Airport, 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, the event centers on the excitement and spectacle of high-flying aerobatics and amazing aircraft on display.
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Ice Cube Has Big Expectations For His 3-On-3 League

NEW YORK (AP) – Ice Cube is not planning an old timer’s tour. He isn’t interested in All-Star Game intensity.

Players coming out of retirement for his new 3-on-3 basketball league were told they would need to deliver serious competition — and some were turned away when their bodies weren’t up for it. The product needed to be worthy of a sport that’s so popular around the world that it’s ticketed for the next Olympics.

So when the Big3 debuts Sunday in New York, it will not be a bunch of former players going through the motions. Cube expects them to be going all out, perhaps believing they can get another shot at the NBA or maybe even a gold medal.

“I think it’s going to be a treat for the fans and it’s not an All-Star Game,” the actor and entertainer said. “Guys want to win. They want to be champions. They want to be the first champions, so I’m not worried about that at all.”

The eight-team league of ex-NBA players, highlighted by Hall of Famer and former MVP Allen Iverson, begins with four games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will play on nine more weekends throughout the U.S. and broadcast each Monday night on FOX Sports 1, culminating in the Aug. 26 championship game in Las Vegas.

Former top players such as Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis and Mike Bibby are playing captains, while coaches include Julius Erving, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Gary Payton, Clyde Drexler, Charles Oakley, Rick Mahorn and Iverson — who is a coach and captain, meaning he can complain to himself about practice . Each roster of five players includes a captain and co-captain.

The league, founded by Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, got the boost it needed when it landed Iverson. Most of the other players would be classified as NBA journeymen, but Kwatinetz said the game was more important than the name.

“Ultimately getting names is important. More important is that the competition is great, that people love the basketball,” he said.

Games will be played to 60 points, with halftime when the first team reaches 30. There will be some gimmicks that separate it from the official international basketball version, such as a 4-point shot and encouragement of trash talking.

“Our rules are funner than the FIBA rules. Big3 is going to be the most enjoyable 3-on-3 to watch at the end of the day,” Cube said.

“We’re allowing hand checking. We’re not doing that so the game can be rougher. We’re doing that to ensure great defense so it’s not a dunkfest.”

FIBA has pushed 3-on-3 as a way to get more young players involved in the game, and its persistence paid off when the game was added for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Success has been limited for men’s teams from the U.S., where top players favor standard 5-on-5 competition, but Cube thinks his players could be the answer.

“I think you’ll have a league where guys are thinking 24-7, 3-on-3 basketball and I believe they’re going to end up being some of the best 3-on-3 basketball players in the world,” Cube said. “So it’s conceivable that one day they could compete for the United States for the gold medal and all that.”

Lewis was a two-time All-Star who averaged nearly 15 points in the NBA and played in the Finals for the Miami Heat in 2014 in his final season, giving him one of the best resumes among the players in the Big3. He had wanted to play a little longer in the NBA before hurting his knee, so figured playing halfcourt would be a perfect way to continue without the wear and tear.

Then he saw how serious guys were when they played preseason scrimmage games and realized he needed to get himself in better shape.

“I think that’s the thing is us as athletes, especially playing professional basketball, the competitive nature is always there and I saw that in the promo game, the preseason game,” he said. “Maybe the first two, three minutes going into it, guys kind of eased into it to get a feel for it and try to understand how the 3-on-3 is going to work. But once guys started knocking down shots or defending you, that competitive nature kicked out because it’s a defensive challenge. You have to really play defense because pretty much it’s a wide-open court when you’re playing 3-on-3.”

Cube and Kwatinetz leaned on their fellow league executives, former NBA player and Players Association executive Roger Mason, Jr. and longtime Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask, in developing the structure and format of the league.

Players will compete for a revenue share based on final league standings. And if they aren’t a captain or co-captain and their teams don’t make the championship game, Cube said players will go back into the draft pool for next season — meaning they may not even be assured a job.

“We’ve done everything to incentivize hard play and guys to go for it,” Cube said, “and we’ve seen a few scrimmages and these are some of the most intense 3-on-3 basketball games I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Whether that continues when the real games start will be determined beginning Sunday.

“This is not a novelty, let’s just go out and fill some space,” Kwatinetz said. “This is, if you think about it, 3-on-3 is the most-played sport in the world and the fact that there wasn’t a professional 3-on-3 league in the United States is shocking but left a real opportunity if we were really committed to doing it right and the players stepped up, which they have.”

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TCU’s Wymer Stymies Louisville In 4-3 CWS Win

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – With TCU holding a one-run lead and two Louisville runners on base and two outs in the fifth inning, Sean Wymer got called out of the bullpen.

The first batter he faced: national player of the year Brendan McKay.

Wymer struck out McKay to end the inning, and he fanned him again with a runner on to end the eighth during another shutdown performance that helped the Horned Frogs win 4-3 on Thursday night at the College World Series.

TCU advanced to its bracket final for the third year in a row. The Frogs must beat Florida on Friday night and again Saturday to reach the best-of-three championship series for the first time.

“I felt like it was a classic ballgame from beginning to end,” coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Obviously, the story tonight was Sean and how well he pitched out of the bullpen for us. I was trying to hold off on putting him in there as long as possible but felt like it was the fifth inning there with McKay coming to the plate. That could be the game.”

Wymer (6-4), who worked the last 4 1/3 innings, has thrown nine shutout innings over his last four appearances. He limited the Cardinals (53-12) to two hits after they had pulled within a run on McKay’s 18th homer of the year and Logan Taylor’s first homer in 123 games.

McKay, the No. 4 overall pick by Tampa Bay in last week’s Major League baseball draft, was the Dick Howser Trophy winner as the nation’s top college player and also is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

“I knew what my job was when I came in,” Wymer said of facing McKay in the fifth. “I had to get that out because you wanted to keep the game, obviously, in our favor. So that’s really it.”

The Horned Frogs led 4-0 in the second inning against freshman left-hander Nick Bennett (5-1), who was making his first start since a regional win over Xavier on June 4. After Connor Wanhanen doubled in a run, Omaha native Ryan Merrill singled in two more to knock out Bennett.

Josh Watson scored the second run on Merrill’s base hit on a play at the plate that stood after a video review. The sliding Watson was able to touch home with his left hand as catcher Colby Fitch tagged his knee almost simultaneously.

Austen Wade followed with an RBI single off Adam Wolf to break an 0-for-15 slump.

The Cardinals scored each of the next three innings to pull within one. Josh Stowers singled in a run, McKay homered on the first pitch of the fourth and Taylor on the first pitch of the fifth to chase TCU starter Nick Lodolo.

Louisville coach Dan McDonnell was ejected in the eighth inning after pinch runner Ryan Summers was caught stealing second. McDonnell sprinted out of the first-base dugout to argue with second-base umpire Mark Winters. The play was not subject to video review. TV replays showed Summers’ foot touching the bag as Cam Warner tagged his helmet. McDonnell was the first coach ejected in a College World Series game since Cal State Fullerton’s George Horton on June 18, 2007.

“I lost my cool and just fought for my guy knowing the point of the game and how valuable that base was,” McDonnell said. “But I’m never going to stand behind a camera and blame an umpire. That’s not the reason we lost. I don’t know if I should have been thrown out, but that’s not my call to make.”

ELLIS’ SLUMP

Drew Ellis came into the CWS as the Cardinals’ leading hitter, but he was 1 for 10 after popping out in the eighth with a runner on first.

STRUGGLING AT TOP

TCU is in the bracket final despite its Nos. 1 through 3 hitters struggling. Wade, Zach Humphreys and Evan Skoug are a combined 3 for 29 in the CWS.

JUST ONE WIN

Louisville failed to win multiple games at the CWS for the fourth time. The Cardinals are 2-8 all-time in the CWS and 1-4 in elimination games. Their only win in an elimination game was in 2007.

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Remembering Kaytlynn Cargill

DALLAS (CBS11) – Crowds of friends, students, parents and some family huddled together on Thursday night outside Central Junior High School in Euless to remember Kaytlynn Cargill.

The 14-year-old went missing on Monday after walking her dog at the Oak Creek Apartments where she lived.

Bedford Police said at the time it was investigating the case as a missing runaway.

A body was then discovered on Wednesday inside an Arlington landfill.

On Thursday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the body was Cargill.

“Our goal tonight is to show family support and know that in the midst of tragedy there’s a whole community supporting you,” said Emily Mercer, a parent who organized the vigil.

Friends spoke of a young woman who had a lot of friends.

Some teacher described Cargill as a one-of-a-kind person who brightened the room.

“It just breaks my heart, nobody deserves this. She had her whole life ahead of her,” said Brooke Kirkland, who knew the victim.

Beford Police would not answer any questions on Thursday night and read a news released word-for-word to the media.

“We are shocked and saddened by this news,” said Lt. Kirk Roberts. “We will pursue every lead, leave no stone unturned and bring the person or persons responsible for Kaytlynn’s death to justice.”

Beford Police have scheduled at 10:00 a.m. news conference Friday to update everyone on the case.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help the Cargill family.


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Rowlett Dumps Trash, Recycling Collection Provider

ROWLETT (CBS11) – There’s a lot of trash talk in Rowlett, after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to dump its current trash and recycling collector.

A last-minute warning from a Waste Management manager left some customers worried.

The company has serviced Rowlett for five years, but when the city wanted to renew its contract, it says Waste Management tried raising rates by more than 84 percent.

The city asked competitors for quotes, and Tuesday awarded a $33 million contract to FCC Environmental Services.

“We thought FCC would provide the best service at the best price,” said Mayor Todd Gottel.

Hours before the vote, a Waste Management area manager posted a letter online, calling FCC “a European conglomerate that has virtually no collection experience or operations in the United States.” It warned the city was at “serious risk of disruption in service” due in part to “FCC’s lack of experience, infrastructure, equipment…”

“I thought it was unprofessional,” said Mayor Gottel, who calls many of the claims untrue.

He points, as an example, to the FCC’s new 12-acre recycling facility in Dallas, servicing Garland, Mesquite and University Park.

“To put that out in front of the customer, it really just spread a lot of misinformation that got a lot of people upset,” said Mayor Gottel.

The mayor has posted his own letter online, explaining the decision.

FCC will take over October 1.

Gottel said he doesn’t expect a disruption in service, but warned there will be an increase in cost.

All bids, including Waste Management’s, came in higher than the city’s current rate.


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Louisiana Toddler Travels To Dallas To Cure Nut Allergy

DALLAS (KRLD) – An allergy prevention therapy in Dallas is answering the prayers of a Louisiana family.

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Carl Rice is 3 years old now. He was 18 months old when his family discovered he had a nut allergy. After several visits to allergists, Carl’s family thought that keeping an Epi-Pen with them at all times was going to be the best they could hope for.

“I left the doctor’s office terrified,” says Carl’s mom Rachel Rice. “But we also thought ‘There’s got to be more out there’.”

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After some research, Rachel came across an opportunity in Dallas for oral immunotherapy, or OIT. OIT is a therapy specifically to help with food allergies. Dr. Stacy Silvers at Texan Allergy and Sinus Center has been doing OIT for 6 years. He’s now doing it for Carl.

“It works by slowly introducing the food into the patient’s diet,” says Silvers. “It starts with very low doses, and builds up the amount they can tolerate.”

OIT starts with weekly doctor visits, where the dosage is given. Depending on how well a person reacts, it can take 6 to 9 months worth of dosages to reach a good tolerance. That means Rachel will make the drive with Carl from Louisiana to Dallas once a week.

“It’s stressful and challenging,” she says. “But just knowing this way is available makes it worth it. I won’t have to live in fear, afraid of any food he might touch.”

Dr. Silvers says that OIT is a preventative measure, but he doesn’t call it a cure.

“Even after weekly doctor visits, patients need to keep taking a daily dose of the food to keep protecting their body,” he says. “But if OIT is started early enough in infants and toddlers, it can curb the number of food allergies in this country. Food allergies have reached almost epidemic levels in the last few decades.”

As she holds Carl and watches him carefully to check for any negative reactions, Rachel says she’s just looking ahead to when Carl has built up his tolerance to nuts.

“This will make it where he is free to go anywhere and eat anything,” she says. “We can travel. He can go to camp when he’s older. He can go to birthday parties. I’m really excited that his life will be changed.”


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