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Cowboys Set To Open Season With Prescott At QBTony Romo is injured again, and Dak Prescott is no longer the fourth round draft pick who was expected to spend a couple of years soaking up NFL knowledge from the bench. The rookie quarterback is starting in the season opener.

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Cowboys Looking More To Future In NFL Draft Following 4 12 YearIt the first time Dallas has drafted a quarterback since taking Stephen McGee, also in the fourth round, in 2009. And it just the third QB drafted by the Cowboys since 2001. Romo was undrafted in 2003.

Turkey will see a Syrian refugee resettled directly to Europe. The draft makes clear the total number is likely to be limited to about 72

EU leaders meet to offer migrant deal to Turkey

BRUSSELS Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday to agree on a deal to offer Turkey the following day that would secure Ankara’s commitment to a scheme intended to halt migrant flows to the Greek islands.

A year into a crisis in which more than a million people have arrived in chaotic misery, many of them Syrian war refugees and most of whom come from Turkey via Greece to Germany via dangerous sea crossings and long treks, hopes have risen around the summit table that they may have found a way to at least slow the movement.

But leaders acknowledge there is no silver bullet and face many obstacles over the next two days, from howls of outrage that they plan mass expulsions of vulnerable people to a country with a patchy and worsening human rights record, to a lingering feud between Ankara and small but vocal EU member Cyprus.

"Work is progressing but there is still a lot to do," European Council President Donald Tusk wrote to leaders inviting them to the summit he will chair. (1900 GMT).

A breakfast is set for Friday with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, where Tusk hopes to finalize a deal which the Turkish premier first sprang on the EU, with backing from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at a special summit 10 days ago.

Under the deal, which was set out in fuller fashion by Tusk in a draft for EU leaders on Wednesday, Turkey will, in addition to a previous agreement to try and prevent the smuggling of migrants via rafts, take back all those, including Syrian refugees, who do make it to Greek islands off Turkey’s coast.

The draft, which was seen by Reuters, says the plan is "to break the business model of the smugglers and to offer migrants an alternative to putting their lives at risk". It stresses the plan is "a temporary and extraordinary measure which is necessary to end the human suffering and restore public order".

Potentially the most explosive topic, which diplomats say risks derailing the whole deal, will be how Davutoglu responds to a vague offer to open new "chapters" of Turkey’s snail like negotiations to join the EU at some distant future date.

Several of these have been blocked by Cyprus over Turkey’s refusal to give it the same rights as other EU states in access to Turkish ports and airports a result of the 42 year dispute since the violent partition of the island into a Greek speaking state and a Turkish speaking north recognized only by Turkey.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has made clear he will lift his veto on Turkish accession chapters only if Ankara ends its refusal to recognize Cyprus. Turkey wants concessions for its northern Cypriot allies in return. talks that could reunite the island.

Tusk’s draft says the EU would work with Turkey to "prepare for a decision" on opening new accession chapters "as soon as possible" a hazy prospect Davutoglu may not appreciate.

But in his invitation letter, Tusk stressed that only if the migrant deal could help advance the broader talks on ending the long confrontation with Cyprus, could it hope to succeed.

To satisfy EU and international law, Greece and Turkey will have to modify domestic legislation so that Turkey is regarded as protecting asylum seekers in line with the Geneva Convention, even though Ankara limits its formal commitments to that treaty.

EU officials argue that the alternative to holding people back in Turkey is to see a further build up of migrants stranded in deteriorating conditions in Greece, whose European neighbors have closed their borders. Already over 40,000 are marooned. and other rights bodies, aside, the deal foresees all those arriving having a right to state their case for asylum and to appeal.

However, EU officials stress that the intention is quickly to deter most people from even trying to make the crossing, so the arrival of thousands a day as occurred last year is unlikely. If such numbers keep coming, the plan will have failed, they say.

For each Syrian refugee who eludes efforts to stop illegal migration whom Turkey agrees to take back, Turkey will see a Syrian refugee resettled directly to Europe. The draft makes clear the total number is likely to be limited to about 72,000 out of nearly 3 million Syrians in Turkey.

That figure represents what the deeply divided EU states agreed last year to take in under two different schemes for sharing responsibilities. Leaders may talk more about who takes how many. Tusk’s draft spoke of the process being "voluntary" in a nod to eastern EU states which oppose a series of refugees quotas Brussels imposed last year.

Longer term, the EU leadership and the likes of Merkel are pushing hard for a system of resettling much larger numbers of refugees from the Middle East in Europe. That is opposed by others who say it would fuel xenophobic nationalism which has already surged, as seen in elections on Sunday in Germany.

Diplomats said there was also likely to be discussion of how quickly a second 3 billion euro tranche of aid for Syrians in Turkey should be on the table for Davutoglu and of the precise details of an offer to provide visa free travel to Europe for Turks by late June, if Ankara meets numerous conditions in time.

and the psychology department

Ezekiel Elliott’s diversity is why Antonio Williams isn’t at Wisconsin

COLUMBUS, Ohio Antonio Williams lost his train of thought, so he let the 2014 national championship banner hanging above the indoor practice field in the Woody Hayes Center do the talking.

"Isn’t that crazy?" Williams asked. "To this day, it hits me every now and then like, ‘This is Ohio State. I play for the top running back university in the country right now.’ That’s how I feel. Being in this position, it’s amazing."

Remember how Williams was committed to Wisconsin for almost a year? It’s funny to think about now, especially when seeing candid moments when Williams is still in awe of Ohio State.

But at this point a year ago, Williams was committed to the Badgers and, in his head, on his way to the program best equipped to turn an elite level high school running back into an NFL Draft pick.

What changed? Here are five things to know about Williams and his recruitment:

1. If you remember back to Williams’ Ohio State recruitment, the intensity really picked up when former Buckeyes commit Kareem Walker started wavering in his decision. Walker wanted to take other visits including one to Michigan and that didn’t sit well with Ohio State’s coaching staff.

The idea was that Walker’s indecisiveness is what opened the door for Williams’ spot. Maybe it helped. But Walker who eventually signed with Michigan wasn’t the only reason.

Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford was pushing for a lot longer than that. And Alford’s persistence is what got Williams to give Ohio State a chance. "Coach Alford called me about five different times while I was committed to Wisconsin, and I just kept telling him, ‘No, no. I’m not very interested in Ohio State.’

"Then the fifth time came around, and I was like, ‘This has to be a sign.’ You don’t get a call from Ohio State five times over that period of time. So I decided to look into it, and as soon as I did, it was like, ‘This is it.’ "

2. Alford deserves the credit for getting Williams to open up to Ohio State, but former running back Ezekiel Elliott deserves the credit for why the running back became a Buckeye.

Williams fell in love with what he saw on the field when he started paying closer attention to Ohio State, and that made him question Wisconsin.

"I just felt like at Wisconsin I wouldn’t reach my full potential for what I want to be overall," Williams said. "I want to be that Ezekiel Elliott type player. Zeke will catch it out of the backfield, he’ll block, he’ll line up at receiver and run routes, and he’ll obviously run the ball tremendously.

"At the same time, at Wisconsin, it’s more, ‘Here, take the ball and go.’ I looked further into that, and the psychology department, which was my major, and I saw at Ohio State it was ranked higher. I just put a lot of thought in and weighed the pros and cons for both situations, and it wouldn’t have made sense for me to go to Wisconsin."

3. You’ve heard this a lot by now, but blocking is a huge aspect to playing the running back position at Ohio State. So it’s not shocking to hear Williams say that’s the biggest area he wants to improve.

"Pass blocking, definitely," Williams said. "I have improved so much from when I got here, but I feel like where I am out right now, at another university it would be OK. But the standard here at Ohio State is Ezekiel Elliott, you know what I mean? And I am not Ezekiel Elliott’s blocking style yet."

What Mike Weber needs to do to start

4. Will Williams have a role this season? Urban Meyer always says that he wants to play freshman, and maybe this year he’ll remember that statement on Saturdays.

Williams is in a unique position because he’s a freshman in a spot at which Ohio State doesn’t have proven playmakers. Mike Weber is going to start at running back, and maybe Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson will get carries. But there’s a chance Williams could see the field this fall, especially considering he enrolled early and participated in spring drills.

Williams is mature about it, though. He said he isn’t ready yet.

"I think I can contribute to the team," Williams said. "I need to get a little more acclimated because before I put myself in the position to be able to contribute the way that I want to, I want to be 100 percent ready. This is a the top university. This is best place in the country. In order to step in and do that, I want to be the best."

5. Raekwon McMillan said Williams left an impression in the spring, but the running back learned a valuable lesson during: In college, it’s not always the smartest thing to try to run through defenders.

"It’s about picking your spots," Williams said. "But that’s just my style. I am a hard nosed guy. Give me the ball, and I’m going to get you some yards. It’s going to be hard earned yards. That’s how I do it"

and tapped his feet in bounds as he fell across the pylon in the front corner of the end zone.

Cowboys beat Dolphins

Tony Romo started this game.

But everyone is still talking about Dak Prescott, after the Dallas Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins, 41 14.

The Cowboys likely don have any issues at backup quarterback anymore. If there was still some reticence about starting the regular season with a rookie one snap away from playing important football for this franchise, that has dissipated even further with another dazzling performance by Prescott. The Mississippi State product threw 15 passes, and completed 12 of them. He threw for 199 yards, and two touchdowns, and ran for two other scores. He was practically flawless. Again.

Sure, it preseason. The Cowboys shouldn be crowning Prescott as anything other than a serviceable backup right now maybe with a door creaking open toward "quarterback of the future," but even that label not quite ready for Prescott. Let wait until a regular season completion has come and gone, before we get into that.

But man, what an encore.

The precocious Prescott passing prowess followed a solid preseason debut by Tony Romo. The Cowboys starter and stop it, no that isn changing threw five passes, completed four for 49 yards, and led a solidly effective offense to a touchdown on one of his two drives.

Alfred Morris accounted for that touchdown early on. His patience on a 15 yard run allowed a hole to open in the left side of the Dolphins defense, and he gashed it. Dallas led 7 0, 6:03 into the 1st quarter.

After Romo had exited, Prescott quickly showed that his brilliance in Los Angeles was no fleeting moment in the sun. He lofted a gorgeous ball down the left sideline to Dez Bryant, who leapt, corraled the ball, contorted in mid air, and tapped
Robert Mathis jersey his feet in bounds as he fell across the pylon in the front corner of the end zone.

Dallas held
Adam Vinatieri jersey a 14 0 lead, after one quarter.

Prescott continued the show, running for a 20 yard touchdown on a 3rd and 10, as he rolled to the right, pump faked to get Dolphins safety Michael Thomas to turn his hips just enough, and then took up up the alley created by that patience, to score the Cowboys third touchdown of the day. Dallas led, 21 7.

The Cowboys kicked a pair of field goals to lead 27 14 at the half.

Prescott then threw two passes on his final drive. The first a 58 yard rope to Brice Butler. The second, a one yard touchdown pass to Butler, to give Dallas a 34 14 lead, early in the third quarter.

As if that weren enough, Prescott tacked on another touchdown on a QB sneak later in the 3rd, to balloon the lead to 41 14. Prescott finished with 28 yards on the ground on three carries, and his two scores.

Dallas plays their third preseason game of the year the dress rehearsal game, in which starters are expected to play at least a half, if not three quarters is Thursday night in Seattle. CT.

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