2 Texas inmates set to die this month lose at Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused appeals from two convicted killers facing execution in Texas this month, including one inmate set to die next week.

The high court, without comment, declined to review appeals from death row inmates Robert Pruett and Anthony Shore.

Pruett, 38, is set to die Oct. 12 for the fatal 1999 stabbing of a corrections officer at a South Texas prison where he already was serving a 99-year sentence for his involvement in another killing. Shore, 55, is scheduled for lethal injection Oct. 18 for the 1992 slaying of a 21-year-old woman in Houston.

Pruett’s attorneys have long questioned the evidence in his case. They have sought additional DNA testing of evidence used to convict him of the December 1999 killing of Daniel Nagle, a 37-year-old officer at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s McConnell Unit near Beeville, about 85 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Pruett was serving 99 years for murder at the prison for participating with his father and a brother in a neighbor’s slaying. Evidence showed the killing of the corrections officer stemmed from a dispute over a peanut butter sandwich that Pruett wanted to take into a prison recreation yard in violation of rules. Pruett testified at his 2002 trial in Corpus Christi that he was innocent in Nagle’s death.

His attorney, David Dow, a law professor at the University of Houston, did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment Monday.

In 2015, Pruett came within hours of execution before his punishment was stopped by a state judge.

Shore, who confessed to killing the 21-year-old woman, two teenage girls and a 9-year-old girl, is known in Houston as the "Tourniquet Killer" because his victims were tortured and strangled with handmade tourniquets.

The slayings connected to Shore went unsolved for years until DNA evidence linked him to the sexual assault of two relatives who were juveniles. He subsequently confessed to the killings and was convicted in 2004 in the slaying of 21-year-old Maria del Carmen Estrada. Her body was found in 1992 in the drive-thru lane of a Dairy Queen.

Shore’s lawyer, Knox Nunnally, had hoped his client’s death sentence could be reduced to life in prison. He has said Shore suffered from traumatic brain injury.

Nunnally didn’t immediately respond to a call for comment on the Supreme Court ruling.

The justices on Monday also refused the appeals of three other Texas death row inmates: Kwame Rockwell of Fort Worth; Jaime Cole, from Ecuador and convicted in Houston; and Garcia White of Houston. None of them has an execution date.

Rockwell, 41, received a death sentence for the 2010 killing of 22-year-old Fort Worth convenience store clerk Daniel Rojas during a robbery. A bread deliveryman also was killed in the holdup.

Cole, 47, was sent to death row for the fatal 2010 shootings of his estranged wife, Melissa Cole, 31, and her 15-year-old daughter, Alecia Castillo, at their apartment in Houston.

White, 54, was convicted in the fatal stabbings of twin 16-year-old sisters, Annette and Bernette Edwards, in 1989 in Houston. He was charged but not tried for killing their mother, and was linked to two other slayings.

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Three Seguin TX Restaurants That I Am Familiar With Firsthand

When you are driving through a state the size of Texas, there are so many different places you can visit. I lived in a small city called Seguin, Texas. Surrounding that city were other other cities like New Braunfels, San Marcos, Lockhart and others. People in Texas like to take long country road drives to go eat sometimes. I want to single out Seguin in case you end up on a road trip and find yourself looking to stop in the city for a meal. Let’s look at three of the top restaurants in Seguin.

There are over 100 restaurants in Seguin TX. Dixie Grille is one of the restaurants that tops the rankings in Seguin, Texas. I have been there many times. It is a quaint yet popular place that serves up southern country cooking. Dixie Grille is located on W I10, and some of the menu items served up there include meatloaf, fried pickles and my favorite, country fried steak.

Su Casa Cafe is another top restaurant in Seguin TX, and it is on South Austin Street. Su Casa Cafe is located on East Kingsbury Street, and I am familiar with it, too. The restaurant is a great place to get Mexican food, although my favorite is La Taqueria Atontilco. I would be ordering up fajitas or nachos.

JJ’s Cafe is up next, and it is located on South Highway 123. The menu highlights mention comfort food, and I will go with that. I am again familiar with this place, too. I have been there several times, and each time I had country fried steak for lunch. As I close this article, I want to leave you with one more piece of advice. Visit Granzines, too, get some fresh jerky and sausage and then order up a BBQ pulled pork sandwich. Walk out to the picnic table underneath the tree, and make sure you grab a bag of chips and a soda in a glass bottle.

Appeals court OKs some of Texas’ sanctuary cities law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott withheld state grant funds from Travis County, where the state Capitol is located, after it refused to comply with federal immigration detainer requests. A federal appeals court on Monday ruled parts of Texas’ sanctuary cities law may go into effect amid the appeals process. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI

Sept. 25 (UPI) — A federal appeals panel on Monday said part of Texas’ law banning sanctuary city policies may going into effect while the court awaits arguments scheduled for November.

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Texas law enforcement agencies must comply with federal detainers for undocumented immigrants, part of Senate Bill 4. The three-judge panel left in place a lower court ruling blocking the part of the law that threatens fines, imprisonment and removal from office for any state, county or city official who interferes with enforcement of the state law.

The office of Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who previously said the agency would comply with detainer requests on a limited basis, said it would now comply with all requests. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott withheld state grants from Travis County based on the sheriff’s office’s initial position.

"Contrary to the state’s position, SB4 is neither clear nor simple," she said in a statement. "The Fifth Circuit and the Trial court have both recognized the complexity of the issues, some of which were conceded by the state. I look forward to further clarification from the courts after oral argument in November."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was "pleased" with the appeals court’s ruling.

"Enforcing immigration law helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into Texas communities. I am confident Senate Bill 4 will be found constitutional and ultimately upheld," he said.

The appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments from so-called sanctuary cities across Texas on Nov. 6.

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The Latest: Falcons’ Beasley hurts hamstring against Packers

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) celebrates his touchdown run with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Andy Levitre (67) during the first of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The Latest on the second Sunday of the NFL regular season:

11 p.m.

Add linebacker Vic Beasley to an already imposing injury list in the Packers-Falcons game.

Beasley, the 2016 NFL sacks leader, had a sack against Aaron Rodgers, creating a fumble that led to a third-quarter touchdown by Atlanta. Minutes later, Beasley suffered a hamstring injury and was listed as questionable to return. He limped off the field and was escorted to the locker room.

Also in the third quarter, Packers safety Kentrell Brice was ruled out with a groin injury.

The Falcons lost right tackle Ryan Schraeder with a concussion suffered on Atlanta’s first touchdown play in the first quarter. Atlanta also lost Courtney Upshaw for the remainder of the game with an ankle injury.

Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels was ruled out with a hamstring injury and receiver Jordy Nelson is listed as questionable with a quad injury.


10:30 p.m.

The Falcons have raced to another huge lead over the Green Bay Packers.

Atlanta was up 24-7 at halftime after Devonta Freeman ran for two touchdowns and Matt Ryan threw a short touchdown pass to Tevin Coleman. Then, on the Packers’ opening possession of the second half, Aaron Rodgers was plastered by Vic Beasley Jr. while attempting to throw.

The ball wobbled out of Rodgers’ hand and Desmond Trufant wisely scooped it up, running 15 yards for a touchdown to make it 31-7.

The call was upheld after the replay failed to show definitively that the attempted pass went forward.

Atlanta was showing much the same form as last year’s NFC championship game. In that one, the Falcons raced to a 24-0 halftime lead and led 31-0 early in the third quarter on the way to a 44-21 rout.


9:40 p.m.

Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder has been ruled out with a concussion after he was shaken up on a touchdown play.

Schraeder had a lead block on Devonta Freeman’s 1-yard touchdown run on Atlanta’s opening drive against Green Bay.

Schraeder appeared to hit his helmet on a Green Bay player, though it didn’t appear to be a helmet-to-helmet hit. Schraeder briefly remained face-down on the field. He appeared to be unsteady as he walked off the field with members of Atlanta’s medical staff.

Ty Sambrailo took over at right tackle on Atlanta’s second drive. He was acquired from Denver on Sept. 1 for a fifth-round draft pick in 2018.

Meanwhile, Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and Falcons defensive end Courtney Upshaw also will not return after suffering an ankle injury.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is listed as questionable with a quad injury.


7:30 p.m.

Broncos rookie left tackle Garett Bolles was carted off the field with a lower left leg injury in the third quarter.

Bolles was hurt on a running play near the goal line Sunday against Dallas. He immediately signaled to the sideline to come out and check on him. After being loaded into the cart, he waved to the crowd as he was driven off the field.

Bolles was taken with the 20th overall pick in the draft out of Utah.

Donald Stephenson took Bolles’ place protecting quarterback Trevor Siemian’s blind side. Denver receiver Bennie Fowler has been ruled out with a concussion.


6:35 p.m.

An injury-riddled Dallas secondary keeps getting thinner.

Already missing Orlando Scandrick — he was ruled out earlier in the week with a broken left hand — the Cowboys lost two more defensive backs in the first half Sunday against Denver.

Chidobe Awuzie went out with a hamstring injury and Nolan Carroll was ruled out with a concussion.


6 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos resumed their game after a 62-minute lightning delay.

The Broncos led 7-0 with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter when the game was halted. The Cowboys were on the march before the delay and have the ball in Denver territory.

Both teams waited out the delay in their locker rooms.

The tarp also has been removed down the road at Coors Field, where the Colorado Rockies are playing the San Diego Padres.

___ 5:30 p.m.

The game between Dallas and Denver is scheduled to resume around 6 p.m. Eastern after being delayed by lightning.

It was halted by the referees with 33 seconds left in the first quarter and the Broncos leading 7-0. Both teams went to their locker rooms, while most of the fans headed for the cover of the concourse.

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26)celebrates his touchdown with Justin Hardy (14) against the Green Bay Packers during the first of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Down the road at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies were in a rain delay against the San Diego Padres.


5:01 p.m.

The game between Dallas and Denver is being delayed due to lightning in the area.

The officials stopped the game with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter Sunday and the Broncos leading 7-0. Both teams were sent to their locker rooms to wait out the delay. Rain began to fall earlier in the quarter.


5 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks continue to seek their first touchdown of the season.

The Seahawks have driven inside the San Francisco 10-yard line twice in the first quarter and both times have had potential touchdowns dropped. C.J. Prosise had a pass from Russell Wilson deflect off his hands near the goal line on Seattle’s first drive and Tanner McEvoy couldn’t haul in a high pass from Wilson in the end zone on the second possession.

Both times the Seahawks settled for short field goals from Blair Walsh, who is now 5-for-5 on the season. Seattle leads 6-0.


4:45 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 24-10 win over Cleveland came at a stiff price.

Six-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda fractured his left ankle and will be lost for the season.

The injury occurred on the first play of the third quarter, on an otherwise insignificant 2-yard run by Terrance West.

Yanda remained on the ground for several minutes, walked off the field with help and was soon taken to the Baltimore locker room.

It’s another in a series of injuries for the Ravens offensive line. They’ve already lost Alex Lewis and Nico Siragusa.


4:24 p.m.

Michael Bennett was the first Seattle Seahawks player announced during pregame introductions before the home opener against San Francisco, receiving one of the loudest ovations.

Then he took what’s become his usual seat on the bench during the national anthem.

Protesters supporting Bennett, who says he was subjected to racial profiling and excessive force when Las Vegas police detained him last month, gathered outside the stadium.

Seattle center Justin Britt and running back Thomas Rawls stood next to Bennett each with a hand on his shoulder during the anthem. Teammates Cliff Avril and Frank Clark also sat with Bennett for the final moments of the anthem.


4:04 p.m.

Marshawn Lynch was greeted by a thunderous ovation before his first home game with the Oakland Raiders.

Beast Mode then once again sat for the national anthem.

Lynch’s return to Oakland has been highly anticipated. He came out of retirement for the chance to play for his hometown team before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Many fans wore Lynch jerseys too the game and baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson lit the Al Davis torch before kickoff. Henderson and Lynch both attended Oakland Technical High School.


3:26 p.m.

DeShone Kizer returned to the Browns huddle after missing extensive time in a game against the Ravens with a migraine headache.

The Cleveland rookie out of Notre Dame was removed after four series and with the Browns trailing 14-0 in the second quarter.

Kizer was 6 for 11 for 81 yards and an interception. He also lost a fumble.

He was replaced by second-year pro Kevin Hogan, who promptly moved Cleveland 83 yards for a touchdown.

Kizer returned in the third quarter with Cleveland trailing 21-10. The Browns went three-and-out.


3:20 p.m.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was shaken up and helped off the field late in the third quarter after being sacked for the sixth time, but he didn’t miss a play.

The team said it was an ankle injury.

Newton remained on the ground for several minutes after Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes beat left tackle Matt Kalil with a spin move and corralled the quarterback in the backfield on third down, forcing a Carolina punt. It appeared that Hughes’ knee hit Newton in the head.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn calls for a time out during the first of an NFL football game against Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Newton was taken under a blue tent on the Carolina sideline but emerged with a football and began throwing passes.

He played the next Carolina offensive series.


2:45 p.m.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will miss the remainder of the game against the Buffalo Bills with a right foot injury.

Olsen sustained the injury in the first half and team announced that he will not return Sunday.

The sturdy, reliable Olsen has not missed a game in the last nine seasons. He is the only tight end in NFL history to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons.


2:25 p.m.

The Eagles and Chiefs played perhaps the sloppiest final two minutes of a half you’ll ever see.

The Eagles’ Darren Sproles began the cacophony of errors when he fumbled a punt deep in their own territory. Kansas City was forced to settle for a field goal with 17 seconds left, though, when Alex Smith was sacked and the drive went nowhere.

After the kickoff, Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz threw a pass that the Chiefs’ Terrance Mitchell should have picked off, but instead it ricocheted to tight end Zach Ertz for a 53-yard gain. That should have set up a chip-shot field goal, but Jake Elliott missed it as time expired.

So, the Chiefs lead Philadelphia 6-3 at halftime.


1:55 p.m.

The Eagles’ ailing secondary lost two more players when starting safety Rodney McLeod and backup cornerback Jaylen Watkins left with hamstring injuries in the first half of their game in Kansas City.

Philadelphia was already playing without starting cornerback Ronald Darby, who dislocated his ankle in last week’s win in Washington. Patrick Robinson and rookie Rasul Douglas were next on the depth chart but it was Watkins who began taking on a bigger role against Kansas City.

He pulled up grabbing his hamstring while covering a punt into the end zone.


1:25 p.m.

One of the newest Eagles got Philadelphia on the board at Kansas City.

The Chiefs and Eagles swapped field goals in the first quarter of their matchup.

The Chiefs aired it out to tight end Travis Kelce on their opening drive, looking much like they did in dissecting New England in their opener more than a week ago. The Eagles responded by marching 58 yards to get Jake Elliott’s first career field goal.

Elliott was signed on Tuesday to replace the injured Caleb Sturgis.


1:16 p.m.

The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback change is already paying off.

One week after getting routed by the Rams 46-9, Jacoby Brissett replaced Scott Tolzien and helped the Colts take their first lead of the season 7-0 over Arizona.

Indy converted its first three third downs of the game after going 0 for 10 last week. After the Cardinals were penalized for leverage trying to block a field goal attempt, the Colts got another shot and Frank Gore punched it on a 5-yard TD run with 7:38 to go.


1:01 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their games Sunday with tributes to those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who grew up in St. Petersburg and played at the University of Florida, carried the state flag onto field.

The Jaguars and first responders held a giant American flag during the national anthem.

Both teams and the Miami Dolphins, who play at the Los Angeles Chargers, wore "ONE FLORIDA" decals on their helmets.

Cynthia Welsh, of Sarasota, said being at the stadium in Tampa restored a sense of normalcy, if only for a few hours.

"I think it’s really important because it gets people’s spirits back up after you’ve been inside for so long and so afraid," Welsh said. "It’s nice just to be able to be happy and be around other people. I don’t think winning is important."


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Eight people fatally shot, including the suspect, in home near Dallas

At least eight people were fatally shot at a home in Plano, Tex., on Sunday night, including the suspect, who was reportedly killed by a police officer, according to authorities in North Texas.

Officials were called to the suburban home, north of Dallas, just after 8 p.m., after a report of gunshots being fired. An officer entered the home and “observed several victims inside,” before confronting the suspect and shooting him, Plano police spokesman Dave Tilley told the Dallas Morning News.

Two other people found injured at the home were transferred to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown. All those killed and injured were believed to be adults, but none has been identified, the Associated Press reported.

Police haven’t determined a motive for the shooting, AP reported. Neighbors told the Morning News the violence broke out as people were watching a Dallas Cowboys football game, but police did not confirmed that.

The Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety was also on the scene, Tilley told USA Today. The case remains under investigation.

The officer who shot the suspect was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, as is protocol.

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United Way, Today Show partnering for donation drive in downtown Dallas

The Today Show will be partnering with United way for a Harvey donation drive in downtown Dallas on Tuesday morning.

The drive will be between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas at 1800 North Lamar Street.

Items approved for drop off include toiletries, new underwear and socks, new bedding, cleaning supplies, nonperishable foods, bottled water, toilet paper, paper towels and school supplies.

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Astros to fly to Dallas on Sunday night to avoid flooding

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Astros will fly from Orange County to Dallas after Sunday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Angels and wait out Tropical Storm Harvey from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

As of Sunday afternoon, no determinations had been made about the Astros’ scheduled three games against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

"Really, I think everything is up in the air," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said on Sunday morning. "We might get to Houston sometime in the next couple of days and play. We might not. I don’t know what’s possible. The commissioner’s going to have to handle all of this in communication with the two teams. Baseball is secondary right now. Our schedule, our flight times, where we’re going to be, the buses, all of that stuff is meaningless compared to what everybody is suffering through."

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Cowboys Reportedly Worried with Kellen Moore as No. 2 QB Backing Up Dak Prescott

Another poor preseason outing has the Dallas Cowboys questioning Kellen Moore as the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind Dak Prescott.

According to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, "he will be the subject of conversation at personnel meetings this week."

Moore finished just 10-of-21 for 131 yards and no touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday. He also lost a fumble in the 24-19 win.

In three preseason games, Moore is 30-of-55 (54.5 percent) with one touchdown and one interception.

What hurts him even more is the play of undrafted rookie free agent Cooper Rush. The Central Michigan product has four touchdowns and zero interceptions so far this preseason, completing 17 of his 20 pass attempts over the last two games.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones complimented the rookie’s play but wouldn’t give up on Moore just yet:

"I’m just glad to see Rush taking advantage of his opportunities out there. Wouldn’t want to get ahead of ourselves in any way here. And the other thing is that we still have a lot of confidence in 17 [Moore], his ability to be able to get in there when we would call on him with the personnel around him and get the ball in the right places."

Moore has been in the league since 2012 but has only appeared in three games, making two starts for the Cowboys in 2015. He threw six interceptions in that brief stretch, leading the team to an 0-2 record as a starter.

NFL journeyman Luke McCown is also on the roster but did not throw a pass last game.

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Cowboys Say They Support Ezekiel Elliott, Realize Gravity of Domestic Violence

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Saturday the team supports running back Ezekiel Elliott after the NFL suspended him six games following a lengthy investigation into a series of alleged domestic violence. He also said those who commit those acts must be held accountable.

"At the end of the day, we certainly support Zeke," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, per ESPN.com’s Todd Archer. "At the same time, we understand the very, very, very serious nature of domestic violence, certainly that people should be held accountable if that takes place."

Jones added the Cowboys are comfortable moving forward without Elliott since they have Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris available to pick up the slack.

"If we have to play with other running backs, we like the running backs on this team," he said.

Since news of the suspension broke Friday, Elliott and his representatives have vowed to appeal the NFL’s ruling.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the 22-year-old said he was "both surprised and disappointed" by the league’s decision and that he "strongly" disagrees with the investigation’s findings.

"I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given," he wrote.

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Cowboys LB Sean Lee: Only ‘a matter of time’ before Jaylon Smith is dominating

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Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer Dallas linebackers Jaylon Smith (54) and Sean Lee (50) are pictured during the Dallas Cowboys full-squad minicamp practice at the Star in Frisco, photographed on Thursday, June15, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee recently joined 103.3-FM ESPN’s "Dennis and Cowlishaw" to talk all things football. Here are some highlights:

On Jaylon Smith…

Lee: He is the nicest guy around, and his attitude through this entire thing was incredible. If he had a bad day, you never saw it. You never saw it at the facility. He was always infectious.

And I’ve been in that situation where, you know, you’re six months in, all you want to do is play football and it’s hard to take. You start to get gloomy, start to get frustrated, he never did that.

And you see him now – what happens is the transition becomes easier because he has a mental year under his belt. Physically he doesn’t, but mentally, he went through every gameplan. He studied every week. He got ready for games mentally, and he played them out in his head. So, when he comes out here now, he’s making it look seamless because of that.

Are you guys pretty good buddies already?

Lee: Yeah, he’s great. Like I said, the last two years, we started to bond. We have a great linebacker room when it comes to guys who like to practice the right way, help each other out. Everybody wants to see everybody in the room have success, and he’s one of those guys.

On those dreaming to see Smith and Lee side by side at LB…

Lee: I think he’s a complete package. Physically, he’s an incredible athlete. Mentally, I mean, the instincts he has, how he works, the work ethic, it’s a matter of time before he’s dominating. It’s going to be fun to watch.

On those who think Dallas is carried by the offense…

Lee: I think if you turn the table on last year, you saw a defense that played well in a lot of games. No. 1 run defense, scoring-wise keeping people out of the end zone, we did a good job. The next step for us is turnovers. And that’s what we talk about. We talk about turnovers No. 1, not allowing people to score points, and stopping the run. If we can get that third part of it, I think you’re going to see us be a championship defense. That’s easier said than done. We have to go do it.

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