Sports roundup: the good, the bad, the rest

Richland men’s soccer team, despite going on a two-game losing streak, the is still tops in NJCCA Division III.

At 9-2 with only three games remaining, the Thunderducks’ offensive attack has blown away the competition, including a 15-1 rout of Southwestern Christian College. Richland’s leading scorer, forward Santiago Agudelo, is inDivision III’s top 20 in goals, while midfielder and team captain Mikkel Rohde Pedersen is in the top three in assists. The Thunderducks will wrap up the regular season at home as they get ready for the NJCCA men’s soccer tournament.

Richland women’s volleyball, after starting the season 0-5 in August, then later soaring to 8-4 in the month of September, has shown dramatic improvements staying above .500. The Lady Thunderducks ended September and started October on good notes. Richland is dominant at home and is drawing closer to Eastfield in the Metro Athletic standings. The Lady Thunderducks need student support as they also draw closer to a spot in the post season. 

Arlington is now once again a hot spot in the Metroplex as the A.L. West champion Texas Rangers look to retaliate over last season’s heart-breaking playoff series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rangers won the fight earlier in the season. Advancing to the ALCS over Toronto would be even better. At press time, the Rangers were two games down. 

Across the MLB, four teams including the Rangers are looking to make history. The best team in baseball, the Chicago Cubs, has caught the entire nation’s attention. Still, they hold the record for the longest championship drought as they haven’t won a world championship since Teddy Roosevelt was president. 

In Boston, David Ortiz’s final MLB season could either end on a sweet or sour note as the Red Sox are in the playoffs. In Cleveland earlier in the year, the Cavaliers delivered the city’s first pro-sports world championship in 52 years. 

Now fans are looking toward the A.L. Central champion Indians to bring home another title for Cleveland before the year is over. 

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is drawing crowds to AT&T Stadium down the street from “The Globe,”as the Cowboys look to improve upon last season’s disappointment. Possibly Prescott’s biggest test will come on Sunday night, Oct. 30, when the Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles and their red-hot rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. 

Will the Big 12 Conference expand to 12 teams? The football programs are suffering. Although Baylor is suffering off the field, the Bears football team is progressing on the field. The Big 12 needs to expand and be quick about it, and the first choice to jump should be Houston. The Cougars are one of many potential schools to make it to the college football playoffs but they’re not in a Power 5 conference. If the Big 12 adds Houston and one other great football school, the conference could once again be on top in college football, adding a conference championship game.