Sports Around The Nation
October 3, 2000
Arlington -- The misery's over for the Texas Rangers, whose
71-and-91 record this season was the club's worst since 1988. Their
29-and-48 record after the All-Star break was the American League's
worst. Injuries, poor defense and bullpen woes took the Rangers
from the AL West title last season to the league's third-worst
record. Manager Johnny Oates has been promised another season.
Houston -- A new ballpark turned out to be a house of
horrors for the Houston Astros this season. The defending
three-time NL Central champions ended their debut season in Enron
Field with a 72-and-90 record, 23 games behind St. Louis. Owner
Drayton McLane says manager Larry Dierker will return next season.
Irving -- Their second win of the season doesn't mean
salvation for the Dallas Cowboys' season. But at least their
16-to-13 overtime win Sunday over Carolina leaves them with a
2-and-3 record, just one game behind three teams atop the NFC
East. Coach Dave Campo says the team needs to get a run going.
They're off Sunday before playing NFC East opponents the next two
Dallas -- The Dallas Mavericks marked the start of training
camp by cutting forward Terry Mills. Coach Don Nelson says the
ten-year NBA veteran requested the move. He never played a game
in Dallas after he arrived in an August 29th trade with Detroit. In
other moves, the Mavericks signed free agents Mike Jones and Jamal
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