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September 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Cowboys define the American West, so it's hard to imagine Italian cowboys kicking up dust on the plains of southern Tuscany. But they do, tending Maremmana cattle, which have distinctive lyre-shaped horns that look ornate compared with plain old U.S. stock. Butteri, as Italian cowboys are called, will expand their range by thousands of miles this winter to perform at the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev. "Every culture that herds cattle and works with horses has commonalities and also ... their own unique traditions and techniques," says event spokeswoman Darcy Minter.
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
JACKSON, Wyo. - Just a few years after Thomas Ralston moved to town, a chimney fire burned down his home. Last month, he was driving when a 3,000-pound boulder fell from a mountain onto the roof of his brand-new truck. So when a police officer visited his condo a few weeks ago to tell him he had an hour to evacuate because a landslide was threatening the building, he responded the only way he could. He sort of laughed. "What are you going to do?" he said to himself and shrugged.
July 18, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has retired. Brent, facing an intoxication manslaughter charge in the death of teammate Jerry Brown, announced through the team Thursday that he was stepping away from football. "This is the right decision for me, and something I have given a lot of thought to," said Brent, 25, in a Cowboys news release. "I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order. Those priorities are more important than football.
April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Canyon Country Canyon had better be practicing its pass defense, because the Cowboys will open their football season this fall against Westlake and junior quarterback Malik Henry, who has scholarship offers from UCLA and USC. Then the Cowboys face Thousand Oaks, followed by Eastlake, Burbank and St. Francis.  
January 28, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Dallas Cowboys have gone into the "Let's hire former Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coaches" business lately, causing many to wonder if hiring Jon Gruden as their new head coach can be far behind. In the last couple of weeks, the Cowboys hired defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, all of whom were assistants under Gruden when he coached the Buccaneers from 2002 to 2008. So far, there has been no comment from the Cowboys, which must make current head coach Jason Garrett a little nervous.
July 19, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Dallas Cowboys have a new play-caller, a new defensive coordinator and a familiar refrain from owner Jerry Jones. "We are a better team, no question in my mind, than we were at this same time last year," said Jones, according to Calvin Watkins of The Cowboys open training camp this weekend in Oxnard, with players checking in Friday and practicing for the first time Sunday. "We've got a lot of work to do. " Overseeing the defense is Monte Kiffin, who won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay as Buccaneers defensive coordinator but later struggled in that role at USC, as a member of his son Lane's staff.
July 1, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Phil Costa probably isn't known by too many people outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But that's about to change for the Dallas Cowboys center, who recently became engaged to marry Brooke Hogan, daughter of pro wrestling royalty Hulk Hogan and a reality TV star in her own right. Hogan announced the upcoming nuptials to the world via Instagram, posting photos of Costa proposing on one knee in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas and declaring it the happiest moment of her life.
November 8, 2009
Al Michaels serves as the play-by-play announcer and Cris Collinsworth provides the color commentary for tonight's Dallas at Philadelphia game (5:15 p.m., Channel 4): Michaels says ... You never would have thought three or four weeks ago that this would be the game of the week. But you know what? It's the game of the week. You were looking at both these teams and wondering if they could stay within hailing distance of the Giants, and now you've got a situation where the Giants are in third place.
November 6, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
This season started in the worst of ways for Dallas running back Tashard Choice, but he might have a chance to finish strong. At the end of the first half in the opener against Washington, Choice took a pitch and was swarmed by Redskins defenders. Instead of simply going down and ending the half, he fought for meaningless yardage and was stripped of the ball by DeAngelo Hall, who returned it for a touchdown. If one play embodied the frustration the 1-6 Cowboys have felt this season, that was it. But Choice, a third-string back who's often forgotten behind Marion Barber and Felix Jones, has frequently been a pleasant surprise in his career.
September 5, 2012 | By Athan Atsales
The Dallas Cowboys have won one playoff game since the turn of the century, but for the second straight year they are the most valuable NFL commodity, according to an annual survey released Wednesday by Forbes. The Cowboys are worth $2.10 billion, nearly double the league average of $1.11 billion, which increased 7 percent from last season. The Cincinnati Bengals are the only NFL team not to increase in value, staying at $871 million, which ranks 26 in the 32-team league. The Jacksonville Jaguars are ranked 32. That franchise was sold for $770 million in January.
February 27, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
With the perseverance of a field anthropologist and the eye of a poet, documentarian Jessica Oreck traces a year of seasons in the stunning "Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys. " Her keenly observed portrait of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland is no romantic pastoral; for all their wild beauty, the seasons can be tough viewing, in particular the fall days of slaughter. But like two recent documentaries about shepherds - "Sweetgrass," set in Montana, and "Hiver Nomade," set in the Alps - "Aatsinki" is a work of cinéma vérité of the highest order: vivid, immersive and unflinching.
February 7, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Most reporters I know have a story they've covered that's stuck with them, long after the journalism was done. Mine is about Eddie Dotson, a man who lived for years on the streets, under a freeway near USC - until I met him in 2009 and helped his family retrieve him. I wrote a column then about Eddie and the elegant sidewalk dwelling he'd built from other people's castoffs: He didn't have water or electricity, but he had matching candlesticks...
January 28, 2014 | Wire reports
The Dallas Cowboys demoted defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, giving his title to Rod Marinelli, and hired Scott Linehan as the passing game coordinator who will call plays. The Cowboys announced Tuesday a change in Kiffin's title to assistant head coach/defense. Dallas gave up the most yards in franchise history and finished last in the NFL in total defense. Kiffin and Marinelli, the defensive line coach, came to Dallas together last year after the Cowboys decided to switch to a four-man front with three linebackers following nearly a decade in the 3-4 defense.
January 22, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown . He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation. Jurors in Dallas took about nine hours over two days to convict Brent, who was led from the courtroom in handcuffs as family members sitting in the front row of the gallery sobbed.
January 3, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
The NFL has fined Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray $21,000 for leveling Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Damion Square. The league said Murray used the crown of his helmet to deliver the blow that sent Square to the ground. The game officials did not flag Murray for the hit. The Cowboys running back had taken a swing pass down the left side of the field when he began cutting back and was met by Square in pursuit. Do you think Murray should be fined for leveling Square?
December 27, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
It's official: Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has undergone back surgery and Kyle Orton will start Sunday night in a winner-take-all game against Philadelphia. Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett announced the news Friday morning. "We anticipate this surgery to solve the issue with his back," Garrett told reporters, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Romo, who suffered the injury while spinning away from a tackle in Sunday's victory at Washington, has been placed on injured reserve and is done for the season.
November 3, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
COWBOYS (3-4) at FALCONS (7-0) Story line: Dallas has lost three of its last four and needs a win to pull out of spiral toward major disappointment. Last week, quarterback Tony Romo threw four interceptions, marring a massive rally from a 23-point deficit that fell short when wide receiver Dez Bryant's finger was out of bounds late. Bryant might play against the unbeaten Falcons, but running back DeMarco Murray is out. The Falcons rolled Philadelphia last week, as quarterback Matt Ryan was 22 of 29 with three touchdowns.
September 23, 2010 | By Steve Harvey
"How about them Cowboys?" as former Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson used to shout. Now, instead of being the top team in the NFL, they're the biggest disappointment. Their latest disaster was a 27-20 whipping by the Dancing Bears of Chicago. USA Today, citing a study of 0-2 teams over the last 20 years, says the Cowboys have a one-in-42 chance to qualify for the Super Bowl. Of course they will be free to attend as spectators if they have the nerve (it's being played in their home stadium)
December 26, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jon Kitna became a high school math teacher once his 15-year NFL career ended. Here's an equation he will soon laying on Lincoln High in Tacoma, Wash.: Take whatever amount you have in your treasury and add about $55,000 or so. Kitna , who has also served as the Abes ' head football coach for the past two seasons, re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys this week to serve as an emergency backup quarterback since starter Tony ...
December 24, 2013
Dallas owner Jerry Jones says the Cowboys aren't ruling Tony Romo out of a winner-take-all game against Philadelphia because doctors could clear him after treating his back injury. Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that his quarterback has proven he can play with pain but won't if doctors advise against it. The Cowboys (8-7) and Eagles (9-6) are playing Sunday night in Dallas' third straight season finale against an NFC East rival with the division title and a playoff berth on the line.
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