Local football standouts going bowling: Frisco, Prosper well-represented during college bowl slate

Utah freshman Jaylen Dixon, pictured in previous action with Lone Star last season, teamed up with high school teammate Jason Shelley at Utah this season.

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With the holidays comes another round of college football bowl games, and there has been no shortage of local representation on the NCAA gridiron in the bowls that have already taken place.

Several Frisco and Prosper-area football alumni have been featured during bowl season as schools close out their respective 2017 campaigns. Some got the chance to play in the state, some even here locally in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, and many enjoyed their first-ever taste of bowl season.

Here’s a look at the various area athletes rostered by teams that went bowling this season.

Celebration Bowl

North Carolina A&T 21, Grambling State 14

Jordan Jones (Grambling State, Frisco Lone Star, TE, RS-Soph.)

Jones, a versatile 6-foot-2 tight end out of Lone Star, made quite the impact for the Tigers’ offense this season with five touchdown receptions. In the bowl game loss to North Carolina A&T, he hauled in two catches for nine yards and a touchdown.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Troy 50, North Texas 30

Turner Smiley (North Texas, Frisco Wakeland, WR, Sr.)

Smiley had quite the performance for the Mean Green in the 20-point defeat to the Trojans. The Wakeland alumnus capped off his senior campaign with four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown in the loss, and finished the season with a career-high 623 receiving yards and five scores.

Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State 38, Oregon 28

Robert Mahone (Boise State, Prosper, RB, RS-Fr.)

The Prosper product stepped out on the scene for the Broncos this season, and made a late splash in the team’s bowl victory over Oregon. Against the Ducks, Mahone carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards as Boise State narrowly edged the Ducks in Vegas.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Middle Tennessee State 35, Arkansas State 30

Bubba Ogbebor (Arkansas State, Frisco Heritage, WR, Soph.)

Ogbebor transferred from Boise State during the offseason and was forced to sit out his sophomore season with Arkansas State due to NCAA rules.

DXL Frisco Bowl

Louisiana Tech 51, SMU 10

Merek Pierce (SMU, John Paul II/Frisco, RB, Soph.), Nick Natour (SMU, Frisco lone Star, OL, Jr.), Jacob Todora (SMU, Frisco Wakeland, OL, RS-Fr.)

It’s only fitting that a trio of former Frisco athletes competed in the first annual DXL Frisco Bowl that was held as Toyota Stadium.

Birmingham Bowl

South Florida 38, Texas Tech 34

Texas Tech freshman Dawson Deaton (73), pictured in previous action with Frisco last season, celebrates a touchdown in a victory over Pleasant Grove.

Jack Anderson (Texas Tech, Frisco, OL, Fr.), Colin Yang (Texas Tech, Frisco Heritage, OL, RS-Fr.), Dawson Deaton (Texas Tech, Frisco, OL, Fr.)

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff landed a pair of steals on the offensive line when they snagged Anderson and Deaton, who were two of the more highly recruited offensive linemen in the state a year ago.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Army 42, San Diego State 35

Jaxon Deaton (Army, Frisco, OL, Soph.)

Deaton and the Black Knights used a 21-7 fourth quarter rally to comeback and defeat the Aztecs in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Hawai’i Bowl

Fresno State 33, Houston 27

Kordell Snyder (Houston, Frisco, OL, RS-Fr.)

Snyder is another talented offensive lineman to come out of Frisco High School in the recent years.

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Utah 30, West Virginia 14

Jason Shelley (Utah, Frisco Lone Star, QB, Fr.), Jaylen Dixon (Utah, Frisco Lone Star, WR, Fr.)

Two of the more recognizable names on this list based off of their stellar high school careers, Shelley and Dixon look to make a splash on the colligate level in their sophomore campaigns next season.

Valero Alamo Bowl

Stanford vs. TCU

Ranthony Texada (TCU, Frisco Centennial, CB, Sr.), Lucas Reynolds (TCU, Frisco, LB, RS-Fr.)

Texada, who was a standout throughout his high school career with the Titans, looks to finish his senior year strong against Stanford, and has recorded two sacks and an interception this season.

Belk Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest, today at 12 p.m.

Cade Prendergast (Texas A&M, Prosper, DB, Fr.)

Prendergast, who was a wide receiver in high school with the Eagles, has made the move to defensive back with the Aggies in his freshmen season.

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Utah State vs. New Mexico State, today at 4:30 p.m.

Austin Shaw (New Mexico State, Frisco, DB, Soph.)

Shaw, who was a two-star recruit out of high school, will look to see more action on the field in his junior campaign in 2018.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Iowa State vs. Memphis, tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

Kene Nwangwu (Iowa State, Frisco Heritage, RB, Soph.)

After suffering an Achilles injury last spring, Nwangwu returned to action this fall with the Cyclones. The 6-foot-1 running back out of Heritage has carried the rock 27 times this season for 133 yards, and has seen more action as of late after missing four consecutive games in the middle of the year.

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Frisco author Robin Roe’s tough journey to her triumphant ‘A List of Cages’

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The odds were stacked against her. She had dyslexia and took a decade to earn a college degree while helping raise three young nephews. But Robin Roe became a published author.

The Frisco resident’s first book, the young adult novel A List of Cages (Hyperion, $17.99), was published in January 2017 to stellar reviews; The New York Times deemed it "impressive." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called it "engaging, personal, heartwarming and tragic."

It has since been sold to 10 countries and has won accolades from the Texas Library Association, The News & Observer in Raleigh, BuzzFeed and more.

Author Robin Roe at The Nest Cafe in Frisco on Dec. 17, 2017.

Roe will present the paperback edition Jan. 6 at Interabang Books in Dallas.

At the heart of the book is the story of Julian, a fearful, withdrawn high school freshman who exasperates his teachers and counselor. Adam, a high school senior, gradually discovers that Julian has a secret and becomes increasingly determined to help.

The story line is searingly personal to Roe, who grew up in Denison amid what she describes as rough circumstances. Then, as a teenager, Roe and her mother took over raising three of her nephews.

The family moved to a house in Celina. Roe says she would get up at 6 a.m. to commute to her 8 a.m. class when she started college at the University of North Texas. She would get home in time to pick up the oldest boy from school before getting the little ones from day care. The youngest sometimes called her "Mom" and other times "Angel."

After two years, she transferred to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., taking the middle boy with her and homeschooling him while she attended university. When caring for a child while going to school proved too much of a financial challenge, Roe and the child moved with her mother and the other boys to an apartment in Texas, and Roe worked two Montessori school jobs and a nanny job. She returned when she could, intermittently, to Cornell.

It took 10 years to graduate, but she finished at age 28 and went to Harvard University to earn a master’s degree in education that prepared her to counsel kids who had experienced trauma.

So when did she study writing? She didn’t, unless you count one workshop class that she fled from as a graduate student, mortified to share her work.

Robin Roe, author of A List of Cages.

Roe had wanted to be a writer since she was 7. Like her character, Julian, she hid her journals and stories in a chest by the foot of her bed. It took a debilitating illness that made her unable to continue her work mentoring at-risk teens to write A List of Cages.

"My immune system shut down," she says, which resulted in headaches, difficulty walking and trouble with her vision. "I was crazy sick and wasn’t able to work."

At a loss for what to do, she hoped a memoir would prove therapeutic. She wrote about her life. She put it aside. "It felt too intense," she says.

She thought about the way fiction had helped her as a child.

"I remember reading Bridge to Terabithia," she says, talking about Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Medal-winning novel about two children, one of whom has a secret, who create a fantasy world called Terabithia. "I was blown away by the power of words to make me cry."

Soon the stories of Julian and Adam came to her, one voice at a time, so clearly that she always knew which one was talking. She says she wrote furiously as if she were eavesdropping or entering the frequency of their thoughts, going as fast as she could to keep up. A month and more than 300 pages later, she pieced their stories together like a jigsaw puzzle, easing them into first-person chapters, labeling some Julian and others Adam, with occasional shared chapters.

Julian and Adam are their own people, but looking back, she sees how she may have mixed and melded memories. Julian is nervous and shy, just as Roe was growing up, while Adam is a natural caretaker — the other side of Roe’s personality. Julian has dyslexia like Roe and her youngest nephew. Adam has ADHD like her middle nephew.

Remarkably, Roe’s health improved as she spent time with her characters.

"Julian and Adam are both so kind. Being in their heads is a wonderful place to be. I love being in that space because it makes me kinder to myself. I have more hope and faith in the inherent goodness of the world. It gets me through things I couldn’t get through before."

A List of Cages, by Robin Roe

Roe’s nephews, who are now in their 20s, loved the book, she says. The youngest one urged her to find an agent. She took a year to research whom to approach. Not expecting much, she was shocked when she received multiple offers less than a week after sending it out.

She said yes to Peter Steinberg, who sold her book at auction two weeks later for a price that has allowed her to stay home and continue writing. Steinberg writes in an email that the novel "made me cry repeatedly, which rarely happens… I had a feeling that I rarely feel — that I couldn’t handle someone else representing her."

The book’s title came to her in a group therapy session, where she’d been "talking about the things that keep you trapped and become the cages that keep us from being happy."

A List of Cages became a key to unlocking a cage she had unwitting built around herself — a cage of fear that had kept her from sharing her stories. Her wish for her nephews to be hopeful made her want to write a book where people help each other and pursue their dreams, she says.

"You can go through life scared and angry or you can go through life joyous. … I want them to know that there are people who are kind and it’s mind-boggling what we have the power to overcome."

Plan your life

Robin Roe will appear (along with Mayday author Karen Harrington) at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at Interabang Books, 10720 Preston Road, Dallas.

Robin Roe (Jason Janik/Special Contributor)

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Famed D.C. Mediterranean restaurant hands off hummus to Star Frisco

Famed D.C. Mediterranean restaurant hands off hummus to Star Frisco

The flatbreads, called "pide," are topped with sausage, egg, and cheese. Photo courtesy of Zaytinya

The openings keep coming for The Star in Frisco, and this one’s big: Afer a year in the making, Zaytinya, the Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, D.C. from famed chef José Andrés, will finally open at the Dallas Cowboys facility in early February.

A collaboration between Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup and Turkey-based d.ream (Doğus Restaurant Entertainment and Management), Zaytinya Frisco will be Andrés’ first restaurant in Texas and the second location of Zaytinya, a top D.C. dining destination, known since 2002 for its inventive Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisine.

In a release, Andrés calls The Star "amazing" and "an incredible development" by the Jones family. "I can’t think of a better home for this second location of my mezze restaurant and I can’t wait for the people to Texas to dine with us!!" he says.

Zaytinya’s mezze menu features shared plates, cocktails, and Mediterranean wines. The wine list is unique in that it features only the wines of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel.

The menu includes classics such as hummus, tzatziki, labneh, and a dip called htipiti with red peppers and feta. There are vegetarian dishes such as eggplant stuffed with onion, tomato, and walnuts; crispy Bussels sprouts; seared red lentil patties; mushroom couscous; falafel; and a bulgar wheat dish with chickpeas and feta.

There is lamb shoulder, beef and lamb meatballs, pork belly, seafood, and potato-crusted snails. There are flatbreads, called "pide," topped with sausage, egg, and cheese.

Zaytinya Frisco will be helmed by chef Jonathan Thompson, who opened Samar and Stampede 66 with Stephan Pyles. Before coming to Dallas in 2009, he was chef de cuisine for Gerard Panguad in Washington D.C., and cooked at Bradley Ogden’s in Las Vegas.

Zaytinya will be located in Building 6W of the development at 6655 Winning Drive, and will feature a modern, authentically Mediterranean decor.

José Andrés is a culinary innovator, author, educator, TV personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, whose portfolio of 27 restaurants includes Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Fish at MGM National Harbor, J by José Andrés at W Mexico City, Bazaar Meat at the SLS Las Vegas, and The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills and South Beach.

D.ream was founded in 2012 and has become an international player by introducing brand new concepts and offering wide variety of dining experiences worldwide. D.ream will separately debut an Italian restaurant at The Star called Da Mario, which is aiming to open in January.

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Louisiana Tech routs sloppy SMU 51-10 in Frisco Bowl

Louisiana Tech routs sloppy SMU 51-10 in Frisco Bowl

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A fumble by SMU on the first snap of the game set the tone for Louisiana Tech in a 51-10 victory in the Frisco Bowl on Wednesday night.

"Oh yeah, it had us pumped," freshman Amik Johnson said. "I was so pumped I was about to run to the end zone, but Coach reminded me I had to celebrate with my team. At the end of the day that was kind of a big boost for us."

J’mar Smith threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, Louisiana Tech’s defense scored twice and the Bulldogs ended their fourth straight season with a bowl victory.

"It feels great," Smith said. "Defense put us in some great situations and they scored the ball when they caught interceptions, and we got to go out there with great field positions. It gives our offense a boost of confidence."

Smith completed 15 of 23 passes for 216 yards, and Teddy Veal caught four passes for 84 yards for Louisiana Tech (7-6). The Bulldogs led 42-10 at the half.

SMU (7-6) fumbled on its first offensive snap and turned it over on its first three drives and six times overall.

Louisiana Tech wide receiver Teddy Veal (9) celebrates his touchdown reception against Louisiana Tech during the first quarter of the Frisco Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

It was a disappointing debut for SMU coach Sonny Dykes against his former school. Dykes was 22-15 at Louisiana Tech from 2010 to 2012 before leaving for California in 2013. Dykes was fired by Cal a year ago, and spent this season as an offensive analyst at TCU before SMU hired him to replace Chad Morris on Dec. 11.

With most of the staff joining Morris at Arkansas, Dykes elected to coach the bowl game and installed graduate assistant G.J. Kinne as offensive coordinator for the bowl game.

It didn’t have the desired effect.

"Clearly we didn’t put our best foot forward," Dykes said. "We’ve got to give Louisiana Tech a lot of credit. They were ready to play, you could see they were a team that’s been to bowl games and had a formula to get their team ready to play."

Smith gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard sneak with 7:43 remaining in the first quarter. Louisiana Tech had a short field to work with after Secdrick Cooper returned an interception 31 yards to the SMU 30.

Louisiana Tech defensive end Deldrick Canty (50) gets a hand on an attempted pass from SMU quarterback Ben Hicks (8) during the second quarter of the Frisco Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Amik Robertson returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown less than a minute later, pushing the lead to 14-0.

"At the end of the day we knew (their quarterback) was going to make mistakes," Robertson said. "We just had to stay focussed dialed in and we knew eventually those plays would come."

SMU held onto the ball on its fourth drive, but couldn’t reach the end zone and settled for a field goal after stalling at the 8.

On the ensuing kickoff, Jaqwis Dancy had a 65-yard return, setting up a 6-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Veal for a 21-3 lead.

Louisiana Tech returned another interception for a touchdown early in the second quarter. This time, Darryl Lewis had a 23-yard return down the sideline for a 28-3 lead.

Louisiana Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith (8) attempts to avoid a tackle by SMU linebacker Kyran Mitchell (11) during the first quarter of the Frisco Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

"Once things spiraled out of control we tried to tell each other to stack up good plays on top of each other," SMU quarterback Ben Hicks said. "But that didn’t really work."

Smith added touchdown passes to Veal and Kam McKnight, helping Louisiana set a school record for first-half points in a bowl game.

Trey Quinn scored SMU’s touchdown on a 9-yard pass late in the second quarter. Hicks completed 19 of 33 passes for 127 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs have won four straight bowl games. Three of those four bowl victories have come in the state of Texas.

SMU: SMU fell to 7-8-2 in bowl games and had its worst bowl loss since it lost the the 1983 Sun Bowl to Alabama 28-7.

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Louisiana Tech enjoying home away from home in Frisco

Louisiana Tech enjoying home away from home in Frisco

LA Tech fans living in and around Northeast Texas will have plenty of chances to see Tech teams in person over the next four months and won’t have to travel far as Frisco will be the athletic department’s home away from home.

Four LA Tech athletic teams will compete in three separate venues located in Frisco starting with the Bulldogs Dec. 20 match-up against SMU in the DXL Frisco Bowl and ending with both the Bulldog and Lady Techster basketball teams competing in the Conference USA Tournament at the Ford Center March 7-10.

Oh, and let’s not forget about Lane Burroughs and the Bulldog baseball team facing Texas A&M, Cal and Baylor on three consecutive days March 2-4 as part of the Frisco Baseball Classic at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.

With 4,834 Tech alumni currently residing in the 13-county Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, fan support is projected to be strong. In fact, the pace of ticket sales for this year’s DXL Frisco Bowl has surpassed the Bulldogs last three bowl games. A sellout of the Tech allotment of tickets (and most likely the entire stadium) is expected.

This year marks the fourth straight bowl appearance for the Bulldogs. The previous three have all entered the record book as W’s, which puts Tech alongside some elite company throughout the college football landscape.

Tech joins Clemson, Georgia, Stanford, Utah, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and Conference USA East-Division foe, WKU, as the only programs who currently own a three-game bowl winning streak.

With this year’s bowl venue located in one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, there will be an abundance of opportunities for the University to market itself in one of its more popular alumni hotspots.

Frisco has emerged as one of the premier cities in the country, as economic growth paired with increasing job opportunities has risen the city to 6.2 percent population growth from 2015-16 alone. It was also named the fastest growing city in the United States for business, according to an in-depth study of 2017’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America.

Louisiana Tech is no stranger to growth, as a record 12,873 students enrolled for the 2017 Fall Quarter. Also, for the seventh consecutive year, Tech was listed as one of the highest tier “National Universities” according to the September release of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges List. Tech was one of only two public institutions in Louisiana to achieve the ranking.

Last summer, one of the most successful and well-recognized franchises across all sports, packed up its previous home facility at Valley Ranch, and made the move north, opening a sprawling new $1.5 billion headquarters and training facility in Frisco. Frisco is the Dallas Cowboys new home and a mecca for football, entertainment, and commerce.

The Ford Center at the Star hosts Frisco high school football games and is shared by the Cowboys, the City of Frisco and Frisco ISD. The school district also has dedicated locker rooms, training room, press area and coaches’ offices. The 510,000-square foot indoor facility houses numerous Frisco ISD events such as football games, soccer games, marching band competitions and graduation commencements.

This past May, Conference USA officials announced plans to host the 2018 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships at the Ford Center. The setup for the tournament will be unique, as the indoor practice field for the Cowboys will hold two separate courts, which will allow men’s and women’s games to be played at the same time.

Both teams are off to strong starts in non-conference play in 2017. The Lady Techsters currently sit at 6-4, highlighted by a signature win over Penn State on Nov. 24. The win was the first over a Power 5 program since 2012-13. The men are also off to a solid start, and own a 7-3 record on the year, including an early-season tournament crown at the Cancun Challenge.

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Irving, Scandrick out again for Cowboys’ visit to Raiders

Irving, Scandrick out again for Cowboys’ visit to Raiders

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive lineman David Irving will miss his second straight game with a concussion when the Cowboys visit Oakland on Sunday night, and cornerback Orlando Scandrick also is out again with a back injury.

Linebacker Justin Durant also was ruled out Friday because of a concussion.

Irving and Scandrick were injured in Dallas’ win over Washington two weeks ago. Irving played the entire game before being diagnosed with a concussion. Scandrick sustained a small fracture in his back and also kept playing before leaving the game.

Irving is second on the team with seven sacks despite sitting the first four games on a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Scandrick is the veteran leader in a young secondary.

The Cowboys need a win to maintain realistic wild-card playoff hopes in the NFC.

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‘New’ National Soccer Hall of Fame to open in October in Texas

‘New’ National Soccer Hall of Fame to open in October in Texas

Located in Oneonta, New York, in 1979-2010, the National Soccer Hall of Fame will reopen in Frisco, Texas on Oct. 20, 2018, when the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony at FC Dallas home Toyota Stadium will include the induction of the latest class of members, who will be announced in March.

"We are excited to see all the progress that has been made on what will be a truly special soccer experience at the new National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco," said U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary General Dan Flynn. "From the beginning, the Hunt Family has been a dedicated and passionate partner in building a first-rate Hall of Fame that ensures soccer fans will be able to celebrate the history of the beautiful game in the United States for generations to come. We are also grateful to the City of Frisco and the Frisco ISD for their help with this important project and couldn’t be happier with the results so far."

The opening weekend will also feature the 2018 Hall of Fame game between FC Dallas and a to-be-determined MLS opponent on Oct. 21, the NASL 50th anniversary game, and a concert.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame is a public-private partnership among FC Dallas, the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District and U.S. Soccer and is part of a a $55 million renovation at Toyota Stadium.

"October 20th can’t come soon enough," said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt. "Not only will this be a technology-driven experience that honors the men and women who made U.S. soccer what it is today, the National Soccer Hall of Fame will also provide outstanding educational opportunities for students across Dallas/Fort Worth. The clubs and new seats are game-changers that will offer unparalleled views for all guests who visit Toyota Stadium for games, concerts or any other special event."

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Visiting Frisco Texas

Visiting Frisco Texas

Going on trips is fun for the family or even if you plan on taking a trip by yourself. One place that many people like to visit is Frisco, Texas. This fun and exciting city is home to many museums and fun activities for one to visit. This article will name just a few places that you can go to, while you visit Frisco.

The first place that you can visit is the Museum of the American Railroad. This entertaining place is filled with American history. You will find old steam, passenger, and diesel railroad equipment here. You will also be allowed to actually walk through the most of the equipment as well.

Another place that is very popular in Frisco, is the National Video Game Museum. This is a hot spot for everyone who loves gaming and wants to know the history of how everything started. You can actually play the video games at the location. The museum is arcade style and features many of the classic video game consoles and games. The building is 10, 000 square feet, so be prepared for a long day playing video games if you bring your kids.

The Frisco Heritage Museum is another place that you should think of visiting while you are in the city. This place is a museum containing early 20th-century building that you can look inside. It is basically a small town that is still set in the early 20th century.

Visiting Frisco Texas will be a fun experience for you and your family. Be sure to check out the places listed above if you are looking to enjoy yourself and try something new. They will truly be a blast for your family. If you want to check out other places a simple search on Google will also give you more places to add to your itinerary.

Rangers strike out on Shohei, Wade Park project stalls, wild Texas weather: Your Friday evening roundup

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Shohei Ohtani pitches against South Korea in a 2015 Premier12 world baseball tournament semifinal at the Tokyo Domeo. The Japanese star announced Friday that he will join Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels next season.
Japanese star Shohei Ohtani spurns Rangers in favor of joining Angels

The bad news for the Rangers: They will not get Shohei Ohtani.

The worse news: They will be facing him regularly over the next six years.

Ohtani on Friday announced his decision to sign a contract with the Rangers’ AL West rivals, the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels will pay a $20 million transfer fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters. Ohtani is expected to receive the major league minimum salary of $545,000 and signing bonus of up to $2.3 million.

The decision to sign with the Angels will pair Ohtani up with game’s best player, Mike Trout, for the foreseeable future. It also places him in the Los Angeles market, the second-largest market in the United States.

Cowboys: Jerry Jones shared his thoughts Friday on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s new contract extension.

This rendering shows developers’ vision for the Wade Park mixed-use project at the southeast corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Lebanon Road in Frisco. Three years after ground was broken, two unfinished retail buildings and a hole in the ground is all there is to show for the ambitious deal. (Thomas Land & Development)
Frisco’s $2 billion Wade Park project facing legal woes for millions in unpaid bills

A big chunk of Frisco’s famous $5 billion mile has hit a bump in the road.

It’s been more than three years since ground was broken for the $2 billion Wade Park project on the Dallas North Tollway. Work recently stopped altogether, with two uncompleted retail buildings — along with a huge hole in the ground — being all there is to show for the ambitious deal.

The 175-acre complex at the southeast corner of the tollway and Lebanon Road is the largest of several big mixed-use developments in the works along that stretch. Wade Park has also been the slowest of these Frisco developments to get going.

Companies that have filed claims against the project say they are still seeking unpaid debts.

"We’ve done everything we could to help them get over the hump but haven’t been able to resolve this," said Wade Andres with Andres Construction Co.

And: Medicaid paid $5.5 million to cover health care services for dead Texans.

Also: Plano-based Pizza Hut is testing beer and wine delivery, but not here yet.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been under indictment for securities fraud since 2015, speaks during the 2016 Texas Republican Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Upcoming court ruling could derail — or at least delay — prosecution of Texas AG Ken Paxton

It’s been 2 1/2 years since Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was indicted, and there’s no end in sight for the case.

Since he was charged with securities fraud in July 2015, Collin County taxpayers have shelled out $604,343.27 in costs related to Paxton’s legal woes. Less than half that has gone to pay for the prosecution itself.

Nearly $350,000 has been spent to fund multiple investigations into Paxton’s past, defend the county against a handful of lawsuits filed by the attorney general’s political allies and challenge the prosecution’s cost.

And: Federal authorities say two men spun tale of Illuminati to scam a rural cabinet maker out of $1 million.

Also: Cops’ colleagues criticize "baseless charges" in death of man who called 911 for help.

(The Associated Press/Eric Gay)
Photo of the day

Santa, snow and … the Alamo? Frigid temperatures behind a cold front combined with moisture off the Gulf of Mexico yielded a rare snowfall in many parts of south Texas late Thursday, and Eldon Hanson of San Antonio celebrated the rare white sight in the season’s finest style. See more snowy scenes from news photographers and from South Texans’ social media accounts.

Around the site

Traffic fatalities: An adult and two children died in a crash that shut down Highway 75 Friday afternoon in Plano.

Off-beat news: The Kaufman cop who assisted rather than arrest a hungry Wal-Mart shoplifter has been removed from duty.

Past transgressions: Dallas City Hall removed a Park Board member after old felony convictions surfaced.

Good fences … A court has ordered a chain link barrier to solve a fight between a gun range and its neighbors.

Ricky Stacey, of the Cloud 9 eSports team, competes against the Mindfreak eSports team during the Call of Duty World League eSports tournament in March at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Finally,

OK, so the Dallas Cowboys aren’t having the best year. The Stars could be doing better. The Mavericks, uh… Let’s not talk about the Mavericks.

So if you’re looking for a new sport to turn your attention to, you should know that this season’s professional Call of Duty competition is kicking off at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center this weekend, Dec. 8-10. (Last year, the "Dallas" World League stop actually happened in Fort Worth.)

Teams from around the world will be competing for a prize pool of $200,000. They’ll be playing the latest game in the franchise, Call of Duty: WWII, which, as you might have guessed, takes series back to its original World War II setting.

And that prize pool? That’s just for this Dallas event. The overall prize pool for the whole shebang is $4.2 million, culminating in a finals match that will take place in the summer of 2018.

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IHG Brings First Boutique Hotel to Frisco

IHG Brings First Boutique Hotel to Frisco

IHG opened the first boutique hotel in Frisco, Texas, last month, with the Hotel INDIGO Frisco. The Hotel INDIGO brand features unique properties reflecting the destination. The Frisco property celebrates the area’s roots in agriculture and the railroad industry, with history-inspired decor and distinctive accents.

The hotel is located near Frisco’s walking and biking trails, as well as several water features and one of the famous Frisco bridges. Additionally, it is across the street from the Frisco Convention Center and Dr. Pepper Arena.

“In bringing this boutique hotel to Frisco, our mission was to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of our guests. We celebrate the stories, people and neighborhood that makes us who we are. We truly feel that our hotel guests are part of our neighborhood and contribute to our story and our community,” said Brian Harris, general manager, Hotel INDIGO Frisco.

With 110 guestrooms, the property offers amenities such as meeting space, on-site parking, dining and a bar and lounge. The property is also pet-friendly.

“The inclusion of the Hotel INDIGO Frisco is a wonderful tribute to the generations who contributed to the history and heritage of Frisco,” said Jeremy Day, vice president of hotel and golf operations, KPartners Hotel Management, which partnered with Hotel INDIGO Frisco. “We are grateful to be included with the other Hotel INDIGO’s across our brand that similarly represent and respect America’s history while dynamically meeting the needs of today’s explorative travelers and local communities.”

There are currently 64 IHG Hotel INDIGO properties around the world, with 61 additional hotels set to open by 2022.

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