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The Dallas Cowboys became a serious threat in the NFC after a shocking Thursday night win over the New Orleans Saints, and owner Jerry Jones believes it could be a season-changing moment for his franchise.

Dallas forced MVP front-runner Drew Brees into his worst performance of the year and held the offense, which was averaging a league-high 37.2 points per game, to just 10 points.

With four straight wins and a signature performance in prime time, Jones is expecting his team to move forward with a newfound swagger.

“This bunch, this team won’t be the same again,” Jones said, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I’m serious. You win something like this against a team that well-coached, those kind of players, a caliber of team like that, and you know you’ve done it; the mirror knows you’ve done it. You change. This is a changer in here. These guys, they’re different cats now as they go forward.”

The 7-5 Cowboys are now in the driver’s seat in the NFC East, and their position could potentially improve even further with the Washington Redskins set to face off with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.

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The Ottawa Senators‘ plans for a new downtown arena will need to come via a different path.

Capital Sports Management, which is led by Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, is suing Trinity Group, its partner in the redevelopment of downtown Ottawa neighborhood LeBreton Flats, the team announced Friday. The suit claims a conflict of interest caused the venture to fail.

The lawsuit is for $700 million, according to Shaamini Yogaretnam of the Ottawa Citizen. John Ruddy, Graham Bird Associates, and Graham Bird are also named in the suit.

The Senators and Trinity Group told the National Capital Commission that they’ve “not been able to resolve their internal partnership issues,” NCC board members heard during a public meeting Thursday.

During the meeting, the NCC said it would give the Senators and Trinity Group until their next meeting in January to resolve these problems before the board begins looking for other groups to take over the project.

Commencing legal proceedings is perhaps not what the NCC had in mind.

“The two companies were not able to finalize a master development agreement that would have resulted in the construction of a new sports and entertainment arena, as well as a mix of residential, retail, commercial, and hotel properties in Ottawa’s downtown core,” the Senators release states. “… A number of breaches, all arising out of a conflict of interest … directly resulted in the failure of the partnership.”

According to the lawsuit, Trinity Group executive chairman Ruddy started developing a housing property on a nearby street, which put that development in “direct competition” with LeBreton, Yogaretnam adds.

“Ruddy and Trinity misused confidential inside information about the LeBreton Project and abused the trust (Capital Sports Management) had placed in them,” the lawsuit states, according to Yogaretnam.

The NCC said it knew in the planning stage of the project that having one side work alone on the redevelopment would not be possible.

Following Thursday’s meeting, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson voiced his frustration over the “challenging” relationship between Melnyk and Ruddy, saying the two must “get their acts together.”

“We have given the partners one last time to come together,” said Watson, a non-voting member of the NCC.

Driving from downtown Ottawa to the Senators’ current arena – Canadian Tire Centre in suburban Kanata, Ontario – can take up to 45 minutes during rush hour.

Houston Texans owner and founder Bob McNair died Friday, the team announced.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce Houston Texans founder, senior chairman, and chief executive officer and philanthropist Robert C. McNair passed away peacefully in Houston today with his loving wife, Janice, and his family by his side,” the Texans said.

McNair lobbied the NFL to bring a team back to Houston after the Oilers departed to Nashville and became the Tennessee Titans. After the city of Los Angeles failed to put a viable plan together for a new franchise, McNair’s private company, Houston NFL Holdings, offered a $700-million bid for a new team, which the league’s owners approved unanimously in October 1999.

“During his nearly two decades as an NFL owner, Bob McNair left a lasting mark on his city and our league. His leadership and determination brought the NFL back to Houston, built a magnificent stadium that hosted two Super Bowls, and his beloved Texans are in the midst of another successful season are again contending for a place in the postseason,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

McNair’s son, Cal, who serves as the Texans’ chief operating officer, is expected to take over ownership duties, according to NFL.com’s Judy Battista.

Team president Jamey Rootes released a statement in the wake of McNair’s death.

“We lost an incredible man today,” Rootes said in the statement. “Bob McNair had a positive impact on so many people’s lives. He was a role model as a father, husband, philanthropist, and businessman. He was the reason professional football returned to Houston and he stewarded our franchise with a laser focus on honesty, integrity, and high character. He was an amazing champion for Houston and worked hard to make sure our city received maximum value from the presence of the Texans and the NFL. Bob gave me an opportunity 19 years ago to be part of the creation of the Texans and he became my mentor, hero, and father figure. We will all miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McNair family during this difficult time.”

McNair, born in 1937, made his fortune with Cogen Technologies, which he later sold to Enron in 1999 for $1.5 billion.

After dealing star Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday following months of drama, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is expressing regret over the 2017 trade that helped end the team’s 14-year playoff drought.

“I just never anticipated that this would play out like that,” Taylor said, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Jace Frederick. “To me, I thought we were helpful to him because he said he wanted to get out of Chicago … We certainly gave Chicago some really good young players. (Butler) came here with expectations that he would help lead the team, not only with scoring, but with his experience that he would share with our young guys, and we got behind that.”

Minnesota gave up a trio of youngsters in Kris DunnZach LaVine, and Lauri Markkanen for Butler in the deal with Chicago, only for the star wing to unexpectedly demanded a trade in September after leading the Timberwolves to the playoffs during his first season in the Twin Cities.

Taylor, for his part, is happy to be able to put the turmoil that surrounded the team behind him.

“It consumed too much of my time on things that were negative,” he said.

The Timberwolves received Dario SaricRobert CovingtonJerryd Bayless, and a second-round pick in exchange for Butler and Justin Patton.

The addition of two starting-caliber forwards in Saric and Covington should provide floor spacing for Karl-Anthony Towns and a fresh start for the franchise as it aims for a second postseason berth in as many years.

“That’s why when that possibility worked out that I thought that was better than some of the other ones that might have included a (draft) pick or something like that,” Taylor said. “Of course, we love picks, but I thought that we … better bring a group together and these two guys seem to fit in.”

The Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-100 on Wednesday to improve to 6-9 and are 2-0 since the trade.

While Jerry Jones appears content with his team despite its 3-5 record, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has a different perspective.

In his weekly show on 1310 The Ticket, Aikman said he believes the Cowboys need to make big changes if their struggles this season continue.

“Go through the list and this team, over a long period of time, has been what it’s been,” Aikman said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “It hasn’t always mattered who the head coach has been. So to me, if you’re asking me, I’d say there has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization.”

The FOX color analyst did not specify what changes he would make, but he appeared to hint that Dallas’ issues begin at the top.

“I’ve heard Jerry say, ‘OK, look, we’re going to do it differently. I’m going to do it differently.’ … But it’s the same. Nothing changes,” Aikman said. “And that to me is the bigger issue. … Yes, coaching is important, personnel, all those things are important, but how are you going about evaluating how you’re going about running the organization?”

Aikman added, “I talk to people who have been inside the building and have a pretty good understanding (of) how things are run, and in a lot of ways, there’s a lot of dysfunction. And that has to change if this team is going to be able to compete on a consistent basis like the teams that you look to around the league that seemingly are in the hunt each and every year.”

After Monday’s 28-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Jones said he doesn’t anticipate any major changes in the near future.

The Cowboys have a tough matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10 on Sunday Night Football.

Jeff Vinik believes his team has a chance to play in one of the NHL’s international games next season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning owner told The Athletic’s Joe Smith that while nothing is finalized yet, they are “close” to landing a spot in Stockholm next November.

Tampa Bay boasts a pair of Swedish players in reigning Norris Trophy winner Victor Hedman, as well as veteran blue-liner Anton Stralman.

“We’ve got a shot at it,” Vinik said Thursday. “We’ve got Victor and Anton, (so) that would make a logical choice for us.”

A league representative agreed with that sentiment and confirmed the team has made its desire known.

“We obviously understand the natural fit that this club would have if they were participating in a game in Sweden,” NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer told Smith in an email. “The club has expressed interest. We will see what we can work out.”

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed Thursday that the league has tentative plans to bring games to Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland in 2019-20, with Stockholm and Prague potentially hosting regular-season contests.

The Lightning haven’t played outside North America since October 2008 when they lost to the New York Rangers in Prague.

New York Islanders co-owner Charles Wang has died at the age of 74.

The former Computer Associates International founder died Sunday in Oyster Bay, N.Y., his attorney, John McEntee, told The Associated Press. No cause of death was announced.

Wang purchased the Islanders in 2000 and was the majority owner until the franchise was sold to Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky in 2016. He remained a minority owner and alternate governor until his death.

“His commitment to, and passion for, his beloved Islanders was matched by his dedication to, and support for, the Long Island community,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said about Wang in a statement. “As the NHL embarks on a journey to grow hockey in China, we do so with the appreciation and knowledge that it was Charles who was the vision and driving force at the forefront of developing the game in his native country.

“We also owe Charles a great debt of gratitude for all that he did in pioneering video streaming of our league so that hockey fans around the world could connect with the NHL.”

As owner of the Islanders, Wang was instrumental in keeping the franchise on Long Island. In 2009, he unveiled the Lighthouse Project, an initiative to redevelop the dated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and its surrounding area.

The Islanders ultimately moved to nearby Brooklyn in 2015 after the Lighthouse Project wasn’t granted public approval.