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BGC Sports Interview with Tim Simmons on Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl and Lockheed Martin's Armed Forces Bowl
December 27, 2015 09:26 PM PST
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Southern Miss marched into the Heart of Dallas Bowl Saturday sporting Conference USA’s best defense.

The Golden Eagles’ performance on D against Washington, however, left plenty to be desired in “Big D.”

The Huskies mounted an offensive onslaught to the tune of 580 total yards in their 44-31 victory at the Cotton Bowl. Included in that effort was freshman running back Myles Gaskin’s 181 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Freshman quarterback Jake Browning threw for 284 yards without a touchdown nor an interception. But it was Gaskin and the Huskies’ rushing attack that gave the Southern Miss defense fits. Washington rushed for 296 yards as a team at a 6.7 yards per carry clip.

Gaskin’s 86-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of a tie game got Washington on track and essentially put the game out of the Golden Eagles’ reach.

“I was running to the right and kind of walled off, and shoot, got turned around,” he said. “And when I saw some space, I took off. And I saw their two safeties kind of blocking me. So I put on the jets and tried to get away. Scored! It was good.”

Southern Miss’ defensive effort was hampered by the absence of starting middle linebacker Brian Anderson and starting cornerback Cornell Armstrong, neither of whom played due to unspecified disciplinary reasons.

Gaskin credited his offensive line for creating enough lanes to give him the space he needed to break tackles at the second and third levels.

NBA Update with Kendall Duffie
November 05, 2015 01:22 PM PST
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Signs of the change of seasons are everywhere. Cooler days, the leaves are changing colors and the sound of basketballs pounding the hardwood are tell tell signs that fall is here and the NBA is back in action!

We are just over a week into this young 2015-16 season and here's what we know so far.

The defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors are picking up right where they left off. Stephen Curry is off to a scrunching hot start as the Warriors look to defend there 1st ever title.

The East has shown significant improvement with teams being much competitive than in recent years. The Toronto Raptors have busted out of the gate with a 5-0 record. DeMarre Carroll was a great pick up for the Raptors giving them some much needed toughness in the front court.

Other Eastern Conference teams that may surprise people this season are the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. Both of which made significant trades during the off season to resurrect their playoff hopes.

The West is still the wild wild west with the usual suspects lurking for Western Conference dominance... The Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and the OKC Thunder.

As the season goes on we will slowly but surely see whose really who and what's really what but for now I'm just happy to be watching NBA action once again cause the NBA is FANTASTIC!

Commentary courtesy of Kendall Duffie for the Big Game Christian Sports Network.
Stats provided by NBA.com

Kevin Shelton interview with Cedric Bailey on the NPF's newest Softball team from Houston, Texas The Scrap Yard Dawgs
October 23, 2015 03:08 PM PDT
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October 23, 2015 – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced today the addition of a new expansion team, beginning competition in the 2016 season. The new team will be known as the Scrap Yard Dawgs and will be based in the Woodlands, TX, just north of Houston. The Dawgs will be the sixth team in the NPF, joining existing teams Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion, USSSA Florida Pride. The Dawgs become the first NPF franchise to be based in the Houston area since the Texas Thunder left for Rockford, Illinois in the 2007 season.

The Houston area is home to more than 6.2 million people and features one of the largest and most active youth softball communities in the country. The Dawgs have designated The Scrap Yard in the Woodlands, TX as their home park and base of operations. The Scrap Yard is a first class facility that is nationally renowned for hosting tournaments, showcases and college recruiting events.
“We are extremely proud of this announcement,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “Professional fastpitch continues to enjoy expansion and the state of Texas gains another jewel in its crown of women’s professional sports. The Scrap Yard Sports Complex is already an impressive venue and will most certainly make a great location for the Dawgs to call home.”

Connie May, Director of Operations for Scrap Yard Sports said, “We are very excited that the Scrap Yard Dawgs will call the Scrap Yard Sports Complex their home. We already host numerous high school and college tournaments, so we are very pleased to be adding a National Pro Fastpitch team to our line-up as well.”

The Scrap Yard Dawgs will rely on the experience of General Manager, Kevin Shelton to manage the details involved in operating a professional sports team. Shelton recently led the latest NPF expansion team, the Dallas Charge, to the playoffs in their inaugural season and is excited about repeating that success in Houston.

“It’s an extremely exciting opportunity for women’s fastpitch and the entire greater Houston area,” commented Shelton. “The NPF is growing and we are pleased to be a part of that growth and honored to provide these gifted women a chance to compete in the sport they love as professionals. Houston has a vibrant fastpitch community. I am confident that the entire area will benefit from the presence of a professional women’s fastpitch team.”

Assisting Shelton in developing the new franchise is Assistant General Manager Whitney Cloer, a former Assistant Coach at Troy University. Her other softball credentials include catcher and volunteer coach with the Arkansas Razorbacks and volunteer assistant coach with the Oklahoma Sooners. She will be a key piece of the day-to-day and game day business execution.

Beyond featuring some of the world’s best softball talent, the Dawgs are committed to involvement in the Houston community. In a city that features several popular sports brands, the Dawgs will offer the community, especially young girls and women, an opportunity to watch female athletes compete at the highest level.

The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin play as the NPF season opens in June of 2016. More information about the Dawgs including their home schedule, announcement of coaching staff and roster additions will be released in the coming months. Follow the Dawgs on the team’s website www.scrapyarddawgs.com and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

For more information and questions about the Dawgs, contact us at info@scrapyyarddawgs.com or call 855-SY-DAWGS (855-793-2947).

About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the NPF
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chose sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.

Dallas Charge Interview with Coach Jennifer McFalls end of the season from Hoover
August 15, 2015 05:40 PM PDT
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Hoover AL, The Dallas Charge were is a must win game on this past Saturday against the USSSA Pride. BGC Sports had the opportunity to broadcast the game as the Charge fell to the Pride at the end with a 8 to 7 loss. Meanwhile here is our end of the season interview with Charge Coach Jennifer McFalls.

Dallas Charge GM Kevin Shelton from the NPF Championship Series
August 14, 2015 03:44 PM PDT
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The Dallas Charge are ready for the weekend series vs the USSSA Pride. BGC Sports Cedric Bailey had the opportunity to interview GM Kevin Shelton to discuss the various events from Hoover, AL


Dallas Charge interview with Lauren Haeger on BGC Sports
July 12, 2015 10:02 PM PDT
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Dallas Charge’s rookie Lauren Haeger tossed a one-hit shutout Saturday night in McKinney against the Chicago Bandits in the finale of their three game series. Haeger fanned seven and walked just one. The one safety was in the Bandits first at bat of the game. Emily Allard bounced the ball over the third baseman and into the hands of the rangy shortstop Renada Davis, who had no chance to throw out the speedy Allard
Haeger stayed out of trouble most of the night, working all but the first inning with a lead. In the sixth, after two errors and a hit batter, Haeger faced bases loaded with just one out. She got the Bandits Megan Blank to popup to short and then struck out Sammy Marshall to escape.
The Charge staked Haeger to an early lead, scoring five runs in the first two innings. Eri Yamada, who was 3-for-4, poked a single into shallow left with one out. Kylee Lahners walked on four pitches and Haeger lined to left field for out number two. Birthday girl, Nadia Taylor singled through the left side opening the scoring. Kaitlyn Richardson followed with a double down the right field line scoring Lahners and pushing the advantage to two. Veteran Kaylyn Castillo earned a seven pitch walk before Brianna Cherry, who was 3-for-3, singled up the middle to make the score 3-0, Charge.
The Charge would extend their lead in the second inning. Kayley Novak reached on a soft slap towards the shortstop. Novak was forced out by Renada Davis roller to third base. Yamada beat out a bunt and the throw to first got away moving Davis to third with one out. Yamada promptly stole second and when the throw from the catcher when through Davis came home with run number four. A strike out and walk later, Tayor delivered a double to right field scoring Yamada and extending the lead to 5-0. That hit chased Sarah Moulton from the circle in favor of Kristen Verdun. The Charge would threaten throughout, but were kept off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Haeger improved to 3-4 in the circle and lowered her ERA to 2.85.
The Charge will head to PA to face the Rebellion on Monday evening at CONSOL Energy Park with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Eastern.

Dallas Charge interview with Joe Henderson Danielle and Joline Henderson
July 07, 2015 11:53 AM PDT
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Sunday afternoon the Dallas Charge picked up a big win over the Akron Racers. Meanwhile Joe Walker of BGC Sports had the opportunity to interview the Henderson Sisters along with their father Mr. Joe Henderson.

Joe Walker can be heard Monday thru Friday at 12pm and 6pm online at www.bgcsports.net

Dallas Charge interview with Lauren Haeger and Joe Walker of BGC Sports
June 11, 2015 08:52 AM PDT
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This week we had the opportunity to interview the 2015 NCAA Player of the Year and back-to-back National Champion Lauren Haeger. The former Florida Gator made her Dallas Charge debut Tuesday night, facing off against the 2014 NPF Pitcher of the Year, Cat Osterman. The expected pitcher’s duel materialized in a tight game through six innings. Eventually, Osterman’s dominance proved to be the difference in a 4-1 win for the reigning NPF Champ Pride. The loss was the Charge’s fourth in a row to the star-studded USSSA squad.

Haeger got off to a fantastic start fanning Shelby Pendley and coaxing a pop out from Kelly Kretschman. Madison Shipman rolled one to left for a single. Then Andrea Duran hit a low 1-2 pitch into the lake beyond the left centerfield fence, staking the Pride to a 2-0 lead. GiOnna Disalvatore followed with a single, but Brigette Del Ponte flied out to right field to end the frame.

Osterman’s start was typical, striking out the side in both the first and second innings. She kept a Charge team that started six rookies completely under control, no-hitting them through four innings. In the fifth, the Charge fought back. Mikey Kenney took a leadoff walk and advance on a Angie Quiocho sacrifice bunt. Eri Yamada, in her first Charge at bat, was Osterman’s 11th strikeout. Renada Davis then singled through the right side to bring Kenney home cutting the Pride lead in half, 2-1. Davis advanced to second on the throw, but Osterman put out the fire with getting Kaitlyn Richardson to pop out to left field.

Neither offense could anything going in the sixth. In the seventh the Pride added two insurance runs. Pendley beat out a bunt, Kretschman doubled over the head of Quiocho in left, bringing Pendley all the way home from first. A throwing error on the relay home, moved Kretschman to third. Duran’s fly ball to left was plenty deep enough for Kretschman to tag and come home pushing the Pride lead to three.

The Charge would threaten in the seventh, but left two stranded. Osterman, fanned 11, allowing just three hits, lowering her early season ERA to 1.62.
Haeger, who had just arrived Tuesday morning, had perspective about the game, “it felt good to come out here to play, you know [the Pride] is good and my team did really well for not knowing each other very well yet. I love my teammates, they are very supportive.” The rookie went the distance, striking out six, allowing three earned runs.

On the series lost, Richardson said “You know, the only time you’re going to find success before work is in the dictionary. I’m looking forward to going on the road and facing them again.”

The Dallas Charge will have a break on Wednesday as they travel to Kansas City, Missouri where they will face the Pride again on Thursday at Community America Ballpark with the first pitch set for 7:35 p.m. CT. You are able to catch live stats at www.dallascharge.com

All home games games can be heard at www.bgcsports.net with Joe Walker and Cedric Bailey

Dallas Charge interview with Vanessa Stokes
June 08, 2015 06:26 AM PDT
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The Dallas Charge got an outstanding performance from Australian National Vanessa Stokes in the circle Sunday night, but it was not enough. Stokes allowed three runs on nine hits, keeping the Pride scoreless through five. The Charge offense managed just one run on five hits, two from Renada Davis including her first career home run. The Pride’s Chelsea Thomas got the win and Jordan Taylor earned the save.

After a scoreless top of the first, Renada Davis came to plate to lead the Charge attack. With one swing of the bat, Davis sent a rocket into the left field bleachers to put the Charge up 1-0. Davis said “it was a great feeling. I saw my first pitch was an inside and low pitch which is one of my favorite pitches. I knew she was going to throw it again and I was gonna get ahold of it. Sure enough she threw it again and I got ahold of it.”
The Charge managed just five more base runners in the game, three hits and two walks.

Pitching and defense would dominate the game from that point till the sixth inning, when the Pride bats came to life. Amanda Kamekona hitting for Breja’e Washington singled up the middle. Washington returned to run and promptly stole second. Shelby Pendley singled to advance Washington to third and then swiped second. With no outs Kelly Kretschman drove the ball up the middle to plate the two Pride runners and take the lead 2-1. Madison Shipman then popped out to center and Andrea Duran singled to load the bases. Stokes induced a ground ball back to the circle, the start of a 1-2-3 double play, the defense’s second twin killing of the game. Lauren Chamberlain popped up in foul territory to end the frame.

The Charge mounted their only other serious threat in the bottom of the sixth when the home team loaded the bases with one out. Singles by pinch hitters Nicole Morgan, Katilyn Richardson and Renee Erwin gave the new club a real chance to even the score. Jordan Taylor relieved Thomas in the circle for the Pride. She put out the fire, getting a strikeout and fly out to right.

Brigette Del Ponte would hit a leadoff homerun in the top of the seventh to push the lead to two runs and end the scoring. Vanessa Stokes, who went the distance, would suffer the 3-1 loss for the Charge. Davis, says that “the more [the Charge] comes together as a team, the better we become,” and only expects greater things for the games ahead. Rookie Renee Erwin from West Texas A&M who made her NPF debut in the outfield and with a successful bunt for a single in the 6th inning says this game “was an amazing experience. We were down 2-1 when I went in and I knew the team needed me and I needed to make something happen. I feel like we played really well tonight and it will only get better each game.”

The Dallas Charge will host the USSSA Pride again on Monday this time at 6 p.m. CT. You can find the game on CBS Sports or view live stats at www.dallascharge.com and online at www.bgcsports.net with Cedric Bailey and Joe Walker.

Dallas Charge Taylor Thom Post game on BGC Sports
June 05, 2015 02:10 PM PDT
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The Dallas Charge made history on Thursday with their first franchise win against the Rebellion. Head Coach Jennifer McFalls says the team “got through some jitters and tonight we played more like I thought we were capable of playing. I knew we could hit and we decided to be patient enough and let that come through for us.” Come through for the Charge it did with excellently executed defensive plays mixed with remarkable at bats scoring early and often leading to the 9-5 victory.

The Rebellion took the lead first in the top of the second inning with a solo homerun from Peterson, but the Charge didn’t waste any time in putting their bats to work in the bottom of that very same inning. Right fielder Brianna Cherry singled to right field and first baseman Ashley Burkhardt beat out the bunt for a single setting left fielder Angie “Q” Quiocho up for an RBI single. Q would advance to second on an error where the Rebellion’s third baseman Cheyenne Cordez’s miscue would score Burkhardt. A Molly Fichtner single scored Q followed by a former Texas Longhorn Taylor Thom 2 run homerun blast put the Charge up 5-1. This homerun marked the first ever franchise homerun for the Charge and Thom’s first career homerun.

In the third, the Charge threatened again with bases loaded, but couldn’t add any more to the lead. After the Rebellion’s designated player Amber Parrish bunted for a single in the fourth, center fielder Courtney Seenas would hit a 2 run homerun to cut the Charge’s lead to 5-3. In the bottom of the fourth, no runs would be scored, but Thom would add a successful bunt and then a steal with no Rebellion covering second base.

Bats were once again quiet until the sixth inning. A Seemas single to right field, a Sammie Garcia single to left field, and an Olivia Watkins single set up the Rebellion for a 1 out rally. With third baseman Danielle Henderson over throwing home plate in an attempt to get a runner out, two runners would score for the Rebellion tying the game. A double rundown advanced a runner to second, but caught Watkins out between third and home.
Much like the rest of the game, it didn’t take the Charge lineup too long to respond. After a lead-off triple put short stop Renada Davis in position for the go-ahead, Q was walked bringing in a pitching change for the Rebellion. A Fichtner ground out scored Davis. Thom then singled to score Q and advanced to second on the throw home. Pinch hitter Nicole Morgan popped out and Henderson took a walk to set up Nadia Taylor for a 2 RBI triple to right field giving the Dallas Charge a 9-5 lead.

The Rebellion were unable to answer back in the top of the seventh as Vanessa Stokes , who came in to relieve Bailey Watts in the fourth, took the win for the Charge.

Player of the game was Taylor Thom who was 3 for 4 on the night with the first Dallas Charge homerun and 3 RBIs. “It’s kind of an amazing honor to be the first person to ever hit a homerun on the Dallas Charge. That’s super exciting, I think. You know, my first at bat I was kind of struggling, wasn’t seeing too good of pitches and then the second at bat I really just wanted to make sure I got a pitch in the zone and lucky enough, I did,” Thom said after the exciting game against the Rebellion.
Next up, the Dallas Charge will close out the series against the Rebellion on Friday at UT Arlington’s stadium located at Allan Saxe Field at the Univeristy of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Be sure to listen online at www.bgcsports.net with Darrell Day and Joe Walker

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