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Rowlett Mayor Resigns, Sets Sights on Dallas County Commission Seat

Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel announced his resignation Tuesday and his candidacy for the Dallas County Commissioners Court seat being vacated by Republican Mike Cantrell at the end of 2018.

Gottel has been mayor of Rowlett since 2011 and on its council since 2007. He is best known for guiding the city of 58,000 through the aftermath of an EF-4 tornado that struck in December 2015.

Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel announced his resignation and candidacy for Dallas County Commissioners Court. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Gottel never lost an election in Rowlett. However a proposed change to the city charter that would have allowed him to serve up to three full terms instead of the current two, was turned down by voters last May. That left Gottel facing term limits in 2019.

Rowlett’s city’s charter calls for the special election of a new mayor within 120 days of Gottel’s announcement. Gottel said he plans to preside as mayor until his replacement is elected.

Though municipal seats are non-partisan, Gottel said he is known as a Republican. He emceed U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions’ recent town hall event when the congressman’s foes came out passionate and raucous.

“We see the same things in our city,” Gottel said. “The issue is not health care, but it may be apartments or something they care just as much about. A lot of it is trying to educate people on the facts and let them make their own minds up on it. Government doesn’t have to be bad.”

Commission’s lone Republican

District 2, the lone Republican seat on the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court, is generating a lot of early interest, even though Cantrell plans to stay on the job until the end of 2018. The election is in November 2018, but the race will likely be decided in the party’s spring primary.

“It’s really early on, but if you’re going to get into the race, you have to start now,” Gottel said.

Dallas attorney J.J. Koch declared his candidacy last August, within days of Cantrell’s retirement announcement. Koch and Gottel both believe the campaign will require $300,000-$400,000.

J.J. Koch of Dallas, 37, attorney and declared 2018 candidate for Dallas County Commissioners Court, District 2.

District 2 includes parts of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, North Dallas, Farmers Branch, the Park Cities, Richardson, Rowlett and Sachse.

“Todd Gottel is a phenomenal public servant,” Koch said. “It is simply my belief that the challenges we face in the Commissioners Court are very dissimilar than the challenges he has faced. We have a crisis in law enforcement, courts, jails and general administration in the county.”

Garland City Council member Stephen Stanley has also acknowledged an interest in the seat. Stanley remains on the council, which means he is not officially a candidate, but his Garland term ends in May and he did not seek re-election.

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Match Report: Leeds United 3-0 Preston North End – United Exude Efficiency in Defeat of Lilywhites
Saturday, 8th Apr 2017 22:05 by @LucasMonk_

On a glorious afternoon at Elland Road, Leeds United ensured that they would not suffer the ignominy of losing three successive league matches for the first time in over a year, by comprehensively vanquishing Preston North End in consummate style and consolidating their position within the play-offs for the time being.

Prior to kick-off on an idyllic and tranquil afternoon in West Yorkshire, those in attendance commemorated the lives of Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight. The two were ardent supporters of the Whites, who tragically lost their lives in grievous circumstances 17 years ago in Istanbul. A minute’s applause preceded the game’s beginning, and the showing that Leeds United delivered will doubtless have done them both proud.

In spite of their Lancastrian opponents applying significant attacking pressure in the early stages of the match, United eventually cruised to a noteworthy victory that their performance wholly merited.

Kemar Roofe netted his third goal of a transitional campaign since his move from Oxford United in the summer transfer window, while Pablo Hernandez and substitute Souleymane Doukara also registered strikes of their own to secure an invaluable three points against vigorous opposition.

The result, in consequence, means that seventh-placed Fulham remain five points behind Garry Monk’s side, with a mere five matches remaining in what has been a memorable season that thus far has been chock-full of delight. The Whites travel to St James’ Park next Friday, as they prepare to do battle with automatic promotion hopefuls Newcastle United in a climacteric televised clash.

Team Lineups

Leeds United (4-2-3-1) – Green; Ayling, Bartley (C), Jansson, Berardi; Vieira, Phillips; Roofe (Dallas 70’), Hernandez (Taylor 88’), Pedraza; Wood (Doukara 80’).

Unused Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Coyle, O’Kane, Barrow.

Preston North End (3-4-1-2) – Maxwell; Clarke, Huntington, Baptiste (Red Card 86’); Vermijl (Johnson 61’), Gallagher (Makienok 72’), Pearson (C), Cunningham; McGeady; Barkhuizen, Robinson (Beckford 72’).

Unused Substitutes: Lindegaard, Spurr, Browne, Horgan.

First-Half

The hosts began proceedings, shooting toward the Kop. With little more than two minutes of play elapsed, Tom Barkhuizen, having been recently crowned the Championship’s player of the month, bewildered each and every spectator present by inexplicably heading Marnick Vermijl’s cross straight at United’s Rob Green from only yards out.

Having exuded goalkeeping aptitude by diverting the aforementioned Barkhuizen header over the bar, Green was soon enough called into action once more; from the subsequent corner, it would be Barkhuizen who connected with the ball for a second time, with the former England goalkeeper gratuitous to have saved with relative ease on this occasion.

Nine minutes bereft of any clear-cut goalscoring opportunities ensued, before Barkhuizen would spurn a third chance to score his seventh goal for the Lilywhites since his winter move from Morecambe. Kemar Roofe uncharacteristically relinquished possession in the centre of the field, before the 23 year-old was presented with a facile, one-on-one prospect of opening the scoring. After effortlessly evading a defensive challenge from Kyle Bartley, the former Blackpool prodigy could only curl an infernal effort wide of Green’s right-hand post.

The Preston North End management, playing staff, and supporters would have been unanimously cursing what was to come five minutes later with rueful exasperation. Having enjoyed a sprightly start, the visitors could conjure up zilch to impede Kemar Roofe, who, after a slick interchange of passes with Chris Wood elected to lift the ball over a hapless Chris Maxwell in consummate style.

United could count themselves as being highly unfortunate not to have increased the margin of their advantage on 40 minutes. The talismanic Chris Wood, scorer of no less than 27 goals this season, was under an ephemeral impression that he’d recorded goal number 28 of what has been a stellar campaign, only for the goal to be disallowed following the referee Peter Bankes’ consultation with the linesman.

Whether the indignant protestations of a scattering of Preston players served to bear an influence upon the decision, only the officials involved will know, but in any case, United would double their money just five minutes later. Having already netted the opening goal of the game, Kemar Roofe displayed wondrous vision and finesse to play Pablo Hernandez in on goal. With only North End ‘keeper Maxwell left to beat, the Spaniard conquered his counterpart in a foot race before poking the ball home with the deftest of touches for his fifth goal of the season.

That proved to be the last action of intrigue in the first-half, and the sides ventured into the changing rooms with United having established a healthy 2-0 lead.

HT – Leeds United 2-0 Preston North End (Roofe 18’, Hernandez 45’).

Second-Half

As the hosts had begun proceedings by kicking off the first-half, it was the prerogative of Preston to begin the second period.

The visitors made a vigorous start to the second-half, and though they won a succession of corners in this period, none of them were to culminate in a goal.

Leeds would then come desperately close to increasing their lead to an almost unassailable margin in the game’s 54th minute. Pablo Hernandez’s sumptuous delivery eventually fell to Chris Wood, who instinctively swivelled and crashed a venomous effort against the crossbar. A frenetic few minutes would follow, with Preston’s Belgian right-back Marnick Vermijl seeing a timorous effort fly comfortably into the grateful arms of Rob Green, before United expeditiously surged upfield and won a corner. The consequent delivery, once more on the part of Hernandez, was this time met emphatically by Kyle Bartley, only for Ben Pearson to clear the goalbound effort of the Swansea loanee off the line.

In the absence of club captain Liam Bridcutt, a youthful central midfield pairing of Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips were delegated the task of establishing a hegemony for their side in the middle of the park. This was a task that they both saw too with great gusto and enthusiasm, and Vieira in particular was performing admirably in front of the Leeds rearguard. On 66 minutes, the exotically named academy graduate struck a vicious effort toward goal that elicited a fine save from visiting ‘keeper Maxwell, before Alex Baptiste cleared the ball to safety.

With 14 minutes remaining and their hopes of mounting a stunning fightback diminishing as each second passed, North End’s Barkhuizen was once again to spurn a guilt-edged chance to halve the arrears. Aiden McGeady’s initial effort from outside of the Leeds area was erroneously fumbled by Green, only for the forward to lash an impetuous effort against the crossbar before Simon Makienok headed over the bar in lieu of guiding the ball into an unguarded net.

United substitute Souleymane Doukara would then pass up a glorious opportunity to score his sixth goal of the season, and his side’s third of the match, with just seven minutes of normal time to play. Another Leeds substitute, Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas, had played the Meudon-born forward clean through on goal with only Maxwell to beat, but the former Fleetwood Town goalkeeper did exceptionally well to deny Doukara with an outstretched save.

Three minutes passed, before the tempestuous North End defender Alex Baptiste was given his marching orders by referee Peter Bankes for a disdainful act of violent conduct on Hernandez.

With the game nearing its conclusion, Doukara would atone for his earlier error in added time having been released on the right by virtue of an exquisite pass on the part of Kalvin Phillips, advancing into the penalty area before slotting the ball into the bottom-right corner with aplomb.

FT – Leeds United 3-0 Preston North End (Roofe 18’, Hernandez 45’, Doukara 90+3).

After a start of some turbulence, United mustered up the composure and the courage to strive for greater standards, and eventually ran out as deserved 3-0 winners having made the most of their goalscoring opportunities.

Man Of The Match

Kemar Roofe (9.1 WhoScored Statistical Match Rating)

Having regained his place within the starting 11, it would be a truism to declare that Kemar Roofe grasped the opportunity that had been granted to him with both hands. The 24 year-old enjoyed his finest display in United’s sparkling white to date, exuding copious amounts of confidence and composure, while scoring and assisting in the match. The former Oxford United talisman possessed the sufficient gravitas to put the Preston defence to the sword, and all that can be asked of him now is that he deliver performances of this kind with a tad more regularity.

Goals: 1

Assists: 1

Pass Success: 77%

Key Passes: 2

Dribble Success: 67%

Tackles: 2

Interceptions: 2

Media: Victorious Leeds United head coach Garry Monk and losing manager Simon Grayson

Garry Monk, speaking to the BBC:

“It was really important to respond and we were determined to after back-to-back defeats away from home and that was the key.

“The first five 10 minutes they had a couple of breakaways, which could have been more dangerous. But once we got to grips with it, for the next 50 or 60 minutes we played some really good football.

“We created numerous chances and probably should have capitalised a bit more, but we were playing against a good side and they are in form.

“They were never going to make it easy for us, but some of the football we played I thought was excellent.”

Simon Grayson, also speaking to the BBC:

“We started really well and had two great opportunities through Tom Barkhuizen.

“But before you know it, we switch off and they got their noses in front. We weren’t good enough defensively and that was the big aspect.

“We created some good chances. We had good possession and played some decent stuff, but it mistakes at key times cost us.

“If you do that against a strong team like Leeds they’re going to punish you.”

Match Statistics and Facts

Stats – (Leeds/Preston)

Possession – 50% / 50%

Pass Success – 73% / 70%

Aerial Success – 47% / 53%

Shots – 15 / 15

On Target – 6 / 6

Tackles – 25 / 13

Fouls – 11 / 6

Corners – 4 / 7

Referee – Peter Bankes

Booked – Wood (Leeds), Baptiste (Preston, Red Card).

Attendance – 31,851.

Writer’s Verdict

A superlative performance and a fine way to silence those pesky purveyors of melancholy among such prosperous times for our football club (on the field, at least).

Although we conceded far too many chances to Preston for my heart’s liking, their profligacy, in stark contrast to our potency in front of goal ensured that we emerged from this momentous match as victors.

Much credence should be appropriated to Kemar Roofe, whose sparkling and infallible performance led the North End defenders a merry dance as the sun beamed down upon Elland Road, a venue that has been utterly transformed into a formidable footballing fortress this term.

Victory was required of the players today, with the play-off chasing pack waiting to circle around us in a manner akin to predatory vultures in the event of us floundering, but after a virulent start, each and every United player warrants praise for producing a fine display.

Onward to Newcastle.

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Preston North End: Whites Get Back to Winning Ways

PRESTON NORTH END: WHITES GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Leeds record three goal victory.

EFL Sky Bet Championship

Leeds United 3 (Roofe 18, Hernandez 45, Doukara 90) Preston North End 0

Leeds United got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Preston North End at Elland Road.

The Whites almost got off to the worst possible start, Marnick Vermijl crossed into the box and the Whites had Rob Green to thank, making a super save from Tom Barkhuizen’s header.

At the following corner Barkhuizen had another opportunity to give Preston the lead, but he could only head straight at Green.

Leeds came close to countering superbly, Alfonso Pedraza did well down the left, before trying to play Kemar Roofe through on goal, but his pass was intercepted with a last ditch effort.

In the 13th minute Barkhuizen was played through on goal, one-on-one with Green, but the Preston forward let Leeds off the hook, putting his effort wide of the post.

Leeds took the lead with their first real chance of the game, Kemar Roofe played a great one-two with Chris Wood and his deflected effort looped over Preston stopper Chris Maxwell and into the back of the net.

Aiden McGeady tried his luck from range to try and equalise for the visitors, but his low effort was off target.

Ronaldo Vieira then put a great cross into the Preston box and Wood was just inches away from getting on the end of it.

Luke Ayling then drove an effort from range at goal, but Wood couldn’t get the crucial touch to send the shot on target.

Wood then thought he had doubled the Leeds lead, he went through one-on-one before slotting home, however after the celebrations were complete, the goal was eventually ruled out for offside.

Pedraza then did really well to get to the byline for Leeds, he teed up Roofe to try and score his second of the afternoon, but the forward scuffed his effort wide.

However Leeds did get a second goal before the break, Pablo Hernandez was played in on goal and he slid in, beating Maxwell to the ball and his effort eventually trickled over the line.

Half Time: Leeds United 2-0 Preston North End

Ten minutes into the second half, Leeds almost extended the lead from a corner. Hernandez delivered, Kyle Bartley headed down and Wood saw his effort denied by the crossbar.

Hernandez almost grabbed his second, he found space in the Preston box, but saw his effort deflect just wide.

From the resulting corner, Bartley headed at goal, but saw his effort cleared off the line by Ben Pearson.

Vieira was next to go close, he fired at goal from the edge of the box and he was only denied by a super save from Maxwell.

Preston substitute Jermaine Beckford was given a warm reception on his introduction, he tried his luck from range when he stole possession from Gaetano Berardi, but Green was equal to it.

The visitors should have pulled a goal back in the 76th minute, Green makes a great save to deny McGeady, then Barkhuizen fired the rebound against the crossbar, before Simon Makienok heads over, with the goal gaping.

Leeds substitutes Stuart Dallas and Souleymane Doukara then linked up well, with the latter going through on goal, however he couldn’t beat Maxwell, who deflected his effort wide of the post.

Alex Baptiste was then shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Hernandez, before Doukara sealed it late on, with a run from the right hand side, beating Maxwell at his near post, to cap off a great victory.

Full Time: Leeds United 3-0 Preston North End

Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Vieira, Phillips, Pedraza, Hernandez (Taylor 88), Roofe (Dallas 70), Wood (Doukara 80). Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, O’Kane, Barrow, Coyle.

Preston: Maxwell, Vermijl (Johnson 61), Cunningham, Pearson, Clarke, Gallagher (Makienok 72), McGeady, Huntington, Baptiste, Barkhuizen, Robinson (Beckford 72). Subs not used: Lindegaard, Horgan, Browne, Spurr.

Booked: Wood (Leeds)

Sent Off: Baptiste (Preston)

Referee: P. Bankes

Venue: Elland Road

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How the Three Dallas Cowboys No. 1 Overall Common Era Draft Picks Rank

In 1967, the NFL held its first “common era” draft, with both the AFL and NFL participating together. Since that time, there have been 50 overall #1 picks, starting with defensive lineman Bubba Smith and ending with quarterback Jared Goff in 2016. NFL.com decided to go back and rank all 50 picks in a fun run through football history.
The Cowboys have had the overall #1 pick three times. As it turns out, they have done pretty well with no huge busts. Before we hit their picks, let’s take a look at some of the biggest busts. Most of the huge busts are on the list because of injuries. Guys like Steve Entman (1992), Ki-Jana Carter (1995), Tim Couch (1999, although some would argue talent, not injuries, wrecked his career). Probably the biggest busts that didn’t have some kind of injury associated with them were JaMarcus Russell (2007) and Aundray Bruce (1988). Check out the list, it’s a fun, quick read.
On to the Cowboys and their rankings.
30) Russell Maryland, defensive tackle
Drafted by: Dallas Cowboys, 1991.
Russell Maryland might have been the oddest No. 1 overall pick of the last 50 years. In 1991, the consensus top player in the country was Rocket Ismail. The speedster flew north to the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL, leaving Jimmy Johnson to take someone he was comfortable with in Maryland (his former player at Miami). Maryland was a fine defensive tackle in the NFL, winning three Super Bowl rings and making a Pro Bowl in a 10-year NFL career.
I’d say that’s a pretty fair evaluation for Maryland. Safety Eric Turner went #2 in that draft, receiver Herman Moore went at #10 and Brett Favre was picked at #33.
11) Ed “Too Tall” Jones, defensive end
Drafted by: Dallas Cowboys, 1974.
Not many people were scouting Tennessee State back in 1974, but former Cowboys personnel czar (and my NFL.com colleague) Gil Brandt was. Dallas was rewarded for its interest in the 6-foot-9 Jones with 15 fine years. No player was ever better at anticipating and swatting down passes. Despite being overshadowed by Hall of Fame teammate Randy White, Jones made three straight Pro Bowls from 1981 to ’83.
That’s a nice ranking for “Too Tall” Jones. I sometimes forget that he was a number one pick, but he was, and the Cowboys were definitely taking a risk going small school here. Of course it paid off in the end. Danny White was selected with the first pick of the third round by Dallas in this draft. This was the draft that really set the Steelers up for their Super Bowl wins. They got Lynn Swann (#21), Jack Lambert (#46), John Stallworth (#82), and Mike Webster (#125). One of the best drafts ever.
5) Troy Aikman, quarterback
Drafted by: Dallas Cowboys, 1989.
Hard to believe that it was 28 years ago when Troy Aikman was drafted first overall by the Dallas Cowboys. Aikman was the first ever draft pick by Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones. After beginning his career with 11 straight losses, Aikman would eventually start (and win) three Super Bowls. He also posted an 11-5 playoff record in the process. Many league observers consider him the most accurate intermediate thrower they’ve ever seen. His leadership? Off the charts.
Yeah, that one worked out pretty well. Interesting note that the Cowboys also picked quarterback Steve Walsh as the top pick in that same year’s supplemental draft, he had played under Jimmy Johnson at Miami. Johnson liked competition, and Aikman won it, relegating Walsh to a footnote.
So who was ranked higher than Aikman’s #5?
What do you think of the rankings?

Gorgeous Apartments in Dallas

There are some apartments where you know they have that quality to them which is hard to find in any other part of town.

You want to enjoy those apartments for all they have to offer because they are hard to find and are going to be worth your time in the long-term.

Here are some of the reasons you are going to adore these apartments in the heart of Dallas and why they are the way to go as you are looking to position yourself in a good situation moving forward.

Beautiful

The apartments are gorgeous, and that is one of those realities that will hit you when you take a look.

There is nothing more important than being in a position where beauty isn’t an issue, and you can rely on it to provide you with real quality. You are going to enjoy it here with these apartments.

Robust Community

The community is one of those benefits that is always going to matter when you are trying to find a place to live. These apartments are designed around the idea of having a great community that you are going to fall in love with.

Modern

It is one thing to reside in a beautiful community, and indeed these are gorgeous to the naked eye, but you are also going to want something modern. This is where you are going to win out with these apartments.

They are a joy to behold.

They are going to win you over in a matter of minutes, and that is key as you look to make things work.

Anyone that is hoping to see gorgeous apartments will know it has to start here as you move forward. You are going to adore these apartments for all they provide, and anyone that is not looking into them will miss out.

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Before and After: Plans for the North Campus Mall Renovation

A $15 million renovation of the north end of campus will begin during winter break in December. Landscape architect Peter Walker’s campus enhancement plan will expand north from the McDermott Library to the Administration Building.
The project comes after the $30 million transformation of the south end of campus, which was completed in 2010.
Proposed changes to the less formal north end of the campus will include “cutting the pavement by half” and incorporating more green spaces, such as lawn terraces and elm groves, for a more park-like environment.
During the construction period, faculty, staff and students will be instructed about how to navigate across the north campus mall, including making use of the skywalk that connects the Administration Building with the Erik Jonsson Academic Center, Founders North and Founders Building, and Green Hall.
Media Contact: Robin Russell, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4431, robin.russell@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu.

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Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile Is Just Starting with Cowboys’ the Star

When you see construction cranes along the Dallas North Tollway north of State Highway 121, you’ve hit Frisco’s $5 billion mile.
Referring to a stretch of proposed real estate developments, the $5 billion mile is anchored at the south end by the Dallas Cowboys’ Star development and at the north end by the planned Gate mixed-use project.
That works out to something like $950,000 a foot in big property deals along the tollway between Warren Parkway and Lebanon Road.
Though only about a fifth of the proposed projects are under construction, that hasn’t kept Frisco from turning the idea into a major marketing campaign. Advertisements for Frisco and the $5 billion mile are popping up in financial publications touting the boom underway in the community.
“It’s taken on a life of its own, and the momentum that has been generated in such a short period of time has been incredible,” said Jim Gandy, president of the Frisco Economic Development Corp. “We have stepped up our marketing efforts on a regional and national and international basis.
“The recognition and notoriety of the $5 billion mile has far exceeded our expectations.”
In the late 1990s, Frisco began to transform from a sleepy farming and railroad community into one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Development spread north from State Highway 121 up Preston Road and along Dallas Parkway.
“Stonebriar mall opened in 2000, and there was an incredible amount of commercial retail development launched,” Gandy said. “With the mall and the Frisco Bridges development, it’s grown to more than 4.5 million square feet of retail and restaurant space.”
About the same time Stonebriar Centre mall was being built, developer Craig Hall began his 162-acre Hall Park office development at the tollway and Gaylord Parkway. The Hall development now has 16 office buildings with more than 2 million square feet of space. And plans are in the works for a hotel and shopping.
“This whole northern tier of the Dallas North Tollway is exploding like never before,” Gandy said.
The Cowboys’ $1.5 billion home is just the first of the $5 billion mile developments to open its doors.