Cowboys back Spillman pending assault probe

This June 4, 2013, file photo shows then-San Francisco 49ers safety C.J. Spillman at an NFL football training camp in Santa Clara, Calif. Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night, Oct. 1, 2014, that the alleged assault took place early Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The Cowboys signed the 28-year-old Spillman on Sept. 1, two days after the sixth-year player was among the final cuts by San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

IRVING, Texas (AP) — With his coach’s backing, C.J. Spillman returned to the Cowboys practice field Thursday as he awaits the results of a police investigation into his role in an alleged sexual assault last month at a suburban Dallas hotel.

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Romo, Cowboys rolling over Saints 24-0 at halftime

Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray (29) sprints to the end zone for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints' Jairus Byrd, left, attempts the the stop during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Saints' Kenny Vaccaro (32) and Corey White (24) watch on the play.  (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo’s back appears to be getting better by the day, and the Dallas Cowboys’ beleaguered defense held on after a strong start.

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Rangers pull out bullpen stops to keep A’s waiting

Texas Rangers' Robinson Chirinos points skyward as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — One after the other, Texas relievers came out of the bullpen to try to keep the Oakland Athletics from clinching their third straight trip to the playoffs.

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A’s lose in bid to win playoff spot, fall to Texas

Oakland Athletics catcher Geovany Soto (17) cannot tag out Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus (1) at home plate during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Oakland Athletics stalled in their bid to clinch an AL wild-card spot, losing to the last-place Texas Rangers 5-4 Saturday on home runs by rookie Jake Smolinski and Robinson Chirinos.

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Cowboys’ Spencer set for return year after surgery

In this 2014 file photo, Anthony Spencer of the Dallas Cowboys NFL football team smiles for a portrait. All signs point to Spencer playing his first game in a year Sunday night against New Orleans. The Dallas defensive end had microfracture surgery on a troublesome knee after playing just one game in 2013.  (AP Photo/File)

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Anthony Spencer quietly worked his way back without knowing when he would return from left knee surgery that threatened his career.

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