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IRVING, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys have all kinds of answers for how the NFLs worst defence a year ago has improved despite losing its best player to injury, dumping the franchise sacks leader and letting the most productive lineman go to a division rival. Authentic Stephen Gostkowski Jersey .Theres cornerback Brandon Carrs theory of growing up: You look different from 5 to 6 years old, right? he said, laughing.Or how about defensive co-ordinator Rod Marinellis idea that its so simple a 5-year-old could do it: And then, we dont change a lot.And finally, coach Jason Garretts take on players with something to prove: I think everybody has a story, and oftentimes you tap into what their stories are.Add them all up, and you have a team that kept New Orleans out of the end zone for three quarters and built a 31-3 lead a year after giving up an NFL-record 40 first downs in an embarrassing blowout loss.The Cowboys (3-1), who take a three-game winning streak into Sundays game against Houston (3-1), dont stand out defensively in the rankings because theyre giving up plenty of yards a€” including a bunch to Drew Brees and the Saints in the second half of a 38-17 win.But Dallas is among league leaders in takeaways with eight a€” a Marinelli staple a€” and in the top 10 in scoring defence, the other measure that matters the most to the man who took over the defence when Monte Kiffin was demoted after last season.Marinelli and Kiffin came in together a year ago to switch the Cowboys back to a four-man front after nearly a decade in the 3-4.Once we get our package right in the off-season, I think you stay with it, Marinelli said. So the players arent learning something new every week. Theyre trying to refine their skills. Theyre trying to play faster.The Cowboys opened free agency in March by cutting defensive end DeMarcus Ware in a salary cap move, and their off-season began with a season-ending knee injury to linebacker Sean Lee in the first practice. Dallas decided not to give some of that Ware money to defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, who led the team in sacks in 2013, and he signed with Washington.Now the defensive front is a collection of bargains, while Rolando McClain has the potential to be a playmaking leader of the linebackers after the former top 10 pick flamed out early in Oakland and walked away from the game twice in Baltimore. The Cowboys traded for him before training camp.I felt a group of guys that are hungry, McClain said of when he showed up at camp after missing the 2013 season. I was hungry.With Bruce Carter out against the Texans because of a quadriceps strain, each starting linebacker has missed at least one game. The Cowboys have adjusted by mixing and matching in their front seven.Dallas lost cornerback Morris Claiborne to a season-ending knee injury against the Saints. But there were already questions about whether the former top-10 pick could stay on the field ahead of undrafted fourth-year player Sterling Moore, who figures to have an expanded role against the Texans.After consecutive seasons with injury-depleted units, the Cowboys have reached a point where they dont seem to care whos on the field. And theyre making plays they werent in those two years.Were all students of the game and were trying to get this thing right, Carr said. The time is now. You cant keep waiting.In other words, you have to grow up sometime.NOTES: QB Tony Romo and DE Anthony Spencer kept with their weekly routines. Romo skipped another Wednesday practice after strong games the previous two times. Spencer, who played for the first time in more than a year against the Saints, skipped Fridays practice, just as he has all season since coming off the physically unable to perform list.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apschuyler Authentic Marcus Cannon Jersey .com) - Manu Ginobili capped off a 26-point night with a go-ahead layup with 24 seconds left in overtime, with the basket giving the San Antonio Spurs a much-needed 95-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Authentic John Hannah Jersey . Milan was held to 1-1 at home by Torino. Cagliari scored six minutes from halftime when Mauricio Pinilla blasted home from the penalty spot after Facundo Roncaglia tripped Marco Sau. The home side could have doubled its tally in stoppage time as first Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic almost scored an own goal then Albin Ekdals shot clipped the top of the upright.HAMILTON, Ont. - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released veteran receiver Dave Stala on Tuesday. Stala, 34, spent five seasons with Hamilton after signing with his hometown team as a free agent in 2009. Stala had 10 catches for 144 yards in 14 games in 2013. Stala grew up in Hamilton and registered 263 catches for 3,336 yards and 20 TDs in 86 regular-season games with the Ticats. The siix-foot-two, 198-pound former St. Authentic J.C. Jackson Jersey. Marys star began his CFL career with Montreal in 2003. "Dave was a respected member of this team for five seasons," Ticats coach/GM Kent Austin said in a statement. "On behalf of the Tiger-Cats organization, Id like to thank Dave for his efforts on and off of the field and wish him all the best in the future." ' ' '