NBA Draft

DALLAS (AP) – The Dallas Mavericks were surprised that North Carolina State freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was available when they picked at No. 9 in the NBA draft, the same spot that led them to Dirk Nowitzki nearly 20 years ago. The Mavericks didn’t hesitate to fill their biggest need after missing the playoffs for just the second time in the past 17 seasons. Smith has the chance to be a rare walk-in starter for Dallas.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The San Antonio Spurs have selected guard Derrick White of Colorado with the No. 29 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-5 White averaged 18.3 points in his lone season with the Buffaloes. His selection is the first step in what could be a frenzied offseason for the Spurs. San Antonio is reportedly interested in adding All-Star point guard Chris Paul through free agency, but would have to clear salary cap space to do so.

HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Rockets have selected German center Isaiah Hartenstein in the second round of the NBA draft with the 43rd pick. The Rockets also picked Oregon forward Dillon Brooks at No. 45, then traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies.

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William Petersson runner-up in Junior javelin, Aggies advance five to USATF semifinals

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SACRAMENTO – With temperatures reaching a high of 111 degrees at Hornet Stadium, the first day of action got underway in the USATF Outdoor Championships and USATF Junior Championships on the Sacramento State campus.

Aggie athletes advancing to the next round of competition in the USATF Championships included Fred Kerley (400m), Mylik Kerley (400m), Aaliyah Brown (100m), Jessica Beard (400m), and Donavan Brazier(800m).

In the USATF Junior Championships, Aggie frosh William Petersson place second in the javelin with a mark of 216-6 (66.00). The Junior meet serves as the qualifying meet for the U.S. squad that will compete at the Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru, from July 21-23. Team USA will have two entrants per event among athletes who have meet the qualifying standards.

Finals on the first day of the USATF Championships included the women’s javelin as Madalaine Stulceand Audrey Malone placed seventh and eighth. Stulce produced a mark of 168-1 (51.24) while Malone threw 166-1 (50.62).

Former Texas A&M volunteer assistant coach Ariana Ince finished second with a throw of 191-4 (58.32) as Kara Winger won the title with a heave of 206-0 (62.80). The top three finishers, who have the qualifying standard, will represent the United States at the IAAF World Championships in London from August 4-13.

In the women’s 10,000m final, Aggie alum Natosha Rogers placed fifth with a time of 31:54.62 to set a career best as she bettered the 31:59.21 she established as runner-up in the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Through the first half of the race, Rogers was part of the lead group and she raced in fifth place for a majority of the race. After splitting 16:26.37 at 5,000m, Rogers was still with the lead pack in fifth place. When they passed 8,000m, though, Rogers fell off the pace of the leaders but maintained her place through the remainder of the race.

NCAA champion Fred Kerley won his heat of the 400m in a comfortable 45.13 while Mylik Kerley finished second in another heat with a career best time of 45.32, which moves him to No. 11 on the Texas A&M all-time list. Both Kerley’s were automatic qualifiers to the semifinals.

Aaliyah Brown produced a career best time of 11.01 seconds (1.6 wind) as runner-up in a heat of the 100m prelims. Brown now equals No. 2 performer and performance on the Aggie all-time list, trailing the school record of 10.95 set by Simone Facey in 2008 at altitude and equal to the 11.01 by Ashley Collier in 2012.

Brown improved her previous best of 11.08 from the 2015 NCAA semifinals as well as a wind-aided best of 11.05 from the NCAA West meet this season.

Her 11.01 was equal to the fourth fastest time among the first round of the 100m. Tori Bowie led the field with a 10.90 and was followed by Morolake Akinosun (10.98) and Babara Pierre (10.99). Matching Brown’s 11.01 was Oregon’s Deajah Stevens.

Prelims in the men’s 800m had Donavan Brazier advancing on time with a 1:46.97 as he placed third in the opening heat. Aggie frosh Devin Dixon finished fifth in the same heat with Brazier, but didn’t advance on time with a 1:48.03.

Aggie alum Jessica Beard advanced to the semifinal of the 400m as she placed fourth in her heat with a time of 51.90 from lane 1.

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Reddick’s big day lifts Astros over Athletics 12-9

By GIDEON RUBIN

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Josh Reddick homered and scored four runs, Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez each went deep and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 12-9 on Thursday.

The major league-leading Astros completed a four-game sweep with their 10th straight victory in Oakland and their 15th win in 16 games against the A’s overall. They’ve won 12 of their last 14 road games. Their 27-8 record away from home is the best in the majors.

Reddick also doubled, tripled and drew a walk, and Marisnick and Gonzalez each drove in three runs.

David Paulino (2-0) struck out six and gave up three runs, seven hits and two walks. The 23-year-old rookie right-hander struck out five of his first six batters in his sixth career start.

Astros center fielder George Springer left with a left hand contusion after being struck by a fastball from Jesse Hahn (3-5) leading off the game. The ball also grazed Springer’s left shoulder. Springer is tied for second in the AL with 21 home runs. His status is day-to-day.

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Gomez homers twice, Texas wins 11-4 for split with Blue Jays

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Carlos Gomez homered twice to drive in five runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series.

Mike Napoli and Robinson Chirinos also homered for the Rangers off Marcus Stroman (7-4).

Gomez has five homers in his six games since returning from the disabled list last week after missing a month with a right hamstring strain. His three-run shot in the third ricocheted off the left-field foul pole and put Texas up 6-0, then he added a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Cesar Valdez.

Texas (36-36) won for the ninth time in 13 games to get back to .500 before playing 20 of its next 26 games on the road.

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Astros’ Springer suffers hand injury, leaves game

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Houston Astros outfielder George Springer suffered a left hand contusion after being struck by a 92-mph fastball from Jesse Hahn leading off Thursday against the Oakland Athletics.

The ball grazed Springer’s left shoulder. Springer is tied for second in the American league with 21 home runs. His status is day-to-day.

Jake Marisnick ran for Springer and stayed in the game in center field. Marisnick hit a three-run homer during an eight-run outburst in the top of the second inning in which the Astros broke out to a 10-0 lead.

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Two Texas A&M athletes – Fred Kerley, Lindon Victor – among three finalists for Bowerman Award

NEW ORLEANS – Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley and Lindon Victor have both been named among the three finalists for the men’s Bowerman Award along with Tennessee’s Christian Coleman as the list of 10 semifinalists announced last week was trimmed down to the finalists for the prestigious award.

The Bowerman Award, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation.

The Bowerman Award trophy will be presented to the winner during the USTFCCCA Convention on December 15 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Fan voting is now open and can be found if you CLICK HERE (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2LXW9KV). You are limited to five votes per day on each gender.

With the addition of Kerley and Victor, the Aggies have had six finalists over the past eight years of the award. Texas A&M athletes who have won the Bowerman award include Jessica Beard (2011) and Deon Lendore (2014) while Aggie finalists have included Porscha Lucas (2009) and Donavan Brazier (2016).

With Kerley and Victor both named finalists for the Bowerman it marks the first time two athletes from the same school were among the men’s finalists since 2010.

Collegiate record performances along with conference and national titles highlighted the senior campaigns for Kerley and Victor in 2017.

Kerley broke the collegiate record in the 400m with a time of 43.70 seconds to better the previous standard of 44.00 set in 1992 by USC’s Quincy Watts. Kerley also bettered the SEC meet record of 44.29 set in 1999 with a 44.09 during the prelims of the conference meet and claimed the final in 44.30.

During the NCAA Championships, Kerley posted a time of 44.10 in claiming the national title as he recorded the second fastest time in meet history.

Victor broke the collegiate record in the decathlon twice this season. In late March he became the first Aggie to win the Texas Relays decathlon title, producing a score of 8,472 points that bettered the meet and collegiate record of 8,465 set by Trey Hardee of Texas in 2006.

In defending his SEC decathlon title, Victor improved his conference meet record from 2016 and bettered his collegiate record to a score of 8,539 points. Then a total of 8,390 points secured his second NCAA decathlon title, where he just came up short of the meet record of 8,457 points established by Ashton Eaton in 2010.

Victor was recently named the National Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season by USTFCCCA.

Kerley became the first collegian in 30 years to produce multiple times among the top 10 performances on the collegiate all-time list. Prior to this season only two athletes had a pair of performances among the collegiate top 10. Butch Reynolds of Ohio State ran 44.10 and 44.13 in 1987 while Washington State’s Gabriel Tiacoh posted a 44.30 and 44.32 in 1986.

In addition to his 43.70, Kerley has posted times of 44.09 (SEC prelims), 44.10 (NCAA final), 44.30 (SEC final), 44.57 (NCAA semi), and 44.60 (Michael Johnson Inv.) this outdoor season as he improved his previous outdoor career best of 45.10 set in April of 2016.

Among his performances on the 2017 world list, Kerley’s array of impressive times currently rank 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, =10. In addition to generating six of the top 10 performances on the world stage in the 400m this season, Kerley has posted five of the top 10 performances on the collegiate all-time list. With his collegiate record ranking No. 1, Kerley also has positions 3, =4, 6 and 10.

On the way to breaking the collegiate record in the decathlon twice this season, Victor also established the collegiate best score for the first day and second day of the decathlon.

During the Texas Relays, Victor amassed 4,516 points on the first day to better the previous mark of 4,500 set by Ashton Eaton of Oregon in 2010. During the SEC Championships, a second day score of 4,174 bettered the previous mark of 4,145 set by Jake Arnold (Arizona) in 2007.

In addition, Victor improved his collegiate best in the decathlon discus during the conference meet to 181-2 (55.22) and improved his NCAA meet best in the discus to 174-11 (53.31). Victor also produced the best score through nine events at the NCAA meet with 7,805 points to improve his tally of 7,723 from 2016.

Victor became just the fifth individual to successfully defend a NCAA decathlon title and on the all-time collegiate list his performances rank No. 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8. As the national record holder for his native Grenada, Victor ranks third on the all-time Central American/Caribbean list.

Kerley’s season also included being part of collegiate record performances in the 4×400 relay indoors as well as the sprint medley relay outdoors.

Leading off the Aggie 4×400 indoors, Kerley split 44.96 as Texas A&M set a collegiate record of 3:02.52. During the SEC Relays, he ran the opening 200m leg of the sprint medley relay as the Aggies set a collegiate record of 3:11.94.

In the 4×400 relay outdoors, Kerley anchored the Aggies to a pair of sub-three-minute efforts as he split 43.96 on a 2:59.95 semifinal and then 43.99 on a 2:59.98 in the final. It was the first time one school has produced two times under three minutes at the NCAA Championships.

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Phillips & Champ Named PING All-Americans

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NORMAN, Okla. — Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips and Cameron Champ were honored Thursday as the pair was selected as PING All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Phillips garnered a spot on the second team while Champ was named a third team performer.

The dynamic Aggie duo stood out as one of college golf’s best one-two combinations this season as the pair has garnered First Team All-SEC and PING All-Central Region accolades as well as being named semifinalists for the 2017 Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award.

Phillips, who represented the Aggies as an individual at the NCAA Championship, has posted a pair of individual titles this campaign, winning the Golfweek Conference Challenge and the John Burns Intercollegiate. The sophomore’s season scoring average of 71.15 not only led the Aggies but ranked 10thin school history while his 29 rounds of par or better were the most in a single season by an Aggie golfer.

The Huntsville, Texas, native punched his ticket to the NCAA Championship by standing out as the NCAA Sammamish Regional’s top individual on a non-advancing team, finishing seventh in the player standings.

Champ, meanwhile, also put together one of best seasons in program history by maintaining a 71.50 scoring average during 34 rounds as a junior. The Sacramento, Calif., native enjoyed one tournament title and five top-five finishes while posting a red-hot finish to the year with top-six finishes in five of his last seven events.

Champ also stood out as the Aggies’ top golfer at the SEC Championship by finishing in a tie for fifth while going a perfect 3-0 in match play. Additionally, Champ turned heads at the 2017 U.S. Open as he shined as one of only two amateurs to make the cut before finishing 32nd overall.

It marks the first time Texas A&M has enjoyed multiple All-America selections since the 2010-11 campaign when Jordan Russell (2nd Team), Nacho Elvira (3rd Team) and Cameron Peck (Honorable Mention) all garnered the recognition.

DIVISION I PING ALL-AMERICA TEAM

First Team
Sam Burns, LSU
Wyndham Clark, Oregon
Patrick Martin, Vanderbilt
Maverick McNealy, Stanford
Dylan Meyer, Illinois
Collin Morikawa, California
John Oda, UNLV
Jimmy Stanger, Virginia
Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss
Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest

Second Team
Sean Crocker, Southern California
Jared du Toit, Arizona State
Doug Ghim, Texas
Nick Hardy, Illinois
Rico Hoey, Southern California
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M 
Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt
Alejandro Tosti, Florida
Dylan Wu, Northwestern
Norman Xiong, Oregon

Third Team
Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb
Cameron Champ, Texas A&M
Cristobal Del Solar, Florida State
Theo Humphrey, Vanderbilt
Matthew Perrine, Baylor
Doc Redman, Clemson
Scottie Scheffler, Texas
Greyson Sigg, Georgia
Justin Suh, Southern California
Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine

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Aggie Baseball Announces Team Award Winners

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Baseball announced their annual list of team honors Thursday after the Aggies concluded the 2017 campaign with a 41-23 record, extending their school-record string of consecutive NCAA Championship appearances to 11 seasons, claiming their ninth overall NCAA Regional title and appearing in their sixth College World Series.

MARION PUGH MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Braden Shewmake

Freshman Braden Shewmake was awarded the Marion Pugh Most Valuable Player Award. He was the only Aggie to start all 64 games. On the year, he batted .328 with 90 hits, 47 runs, 18 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 69 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Shewmake logged a .529 slugging percentage. His 34 RBI in SEC play ranked third in the league. He hit .307 with 15 runs, five doubles and seven home runs in conference action.

Shewmake filled up his trophy case in 2016. In addition to earning the Aggies’ first SEC Freshman of the Year honor, he was named All-America First Team by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA and All-America Second Team by ABCA and D1Baseball.com. Collegiate Baseball named him National Freshman of the Year and the NCBWA christened Shewmake the District VII Player of the Year.

C.E. “PAT” OLSEN OUTSTANDING PITCHER AWARD – Kaylor Chafin

Junior Kaylor Chafin was one of the nation’s top relief pitchers and was selected by his teammates to receive the C.E. “Pat” Olsen Outstanding Pitcher Award.

Chafin finished the year with a 7-2 record with three saves, a 2.33 ERA, .204 opponent batting average and 72 strikeouts in 77.1 innings. Chafin had a run to remember from April 1 to May 16 as he worked 11 relief appearances without giving up a run. Over the span, Chafin scattered seven hits and five walks while striking out 30 over 26.1 innings. He posted a 5-0 record and held opponents to a .083 batting average during the stretch.

The Sweeny, Texas-native appeared in 14 games in league play, notching a 5-0 record with a 1.96 ERA, .164 opponent batting average and 35 strikeouts in 36.2 innings.

WALLY MOON AWARD – Cole Bedford

The Wally Moon Award is given annually to the player who shows the most improvement from the fall to the end of the season. This year sophomore Cole Bedford was chosen by his teammates as the recipient of the honor.

Bedford, who labored to hit .143 as a freshman, was one of the Texas A&M’s top hitters this season. He batted .301 (53-for-176) with 24 runs, 13 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 26 RBI.

In SEC action, Bedford batted .277 with 11 runs, eight doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI.

MARION PUGH SPIRIT AWARD – Baine Schoenvogel

A consummate teammate, junior Baine Schoenvogel was recognized for his efforts by his teammates. They awarded him the Marion Pugh Spirit Award, which is given annually to the player who is most instrumental to team unity and who provides valuable leadership both on and off the field.

Schoenvogel batted .250 (7-for-28) on the season with seven runs, two doubles, two home runs and four RBI. He added eight walks on boasted a .417 on-base percentage.

As the team’s leader in the dugout, he made the most of his opportunities when called upon. He led the squad with five pinch-hits, batting 5-for-12 with one double, two home runs, four RBI, three walks and a .533 on-base percentage “in a pinch”.

LORAINE B. AND WILLIAM B. “BREEZY” BREAZEALE RBI AWARD – Braden Shewmake

Shewmake was the Aggies’ best run-producer, earning the Loraine B. and William B. “Breezy” Breazeale RBI Award.

The Wylie, Texas-native drove in 69 runs, the most among NCAA Division I freshmen in 2017. The tally was the most by an Aggie since 2008.

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Fiers picks up fourth straight win for Astros; Toronto’s Big first inning sinks Rangers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Carlos Correa hit a home run and Mike Fiers struck out five over six innings to win his fourth straight decision as the majors-best Houston Astros beat the Athletics 5-1 for their ninth straight victory in Oakland. Evan Gattis hit a two-run single in the sixth to break a scoreless tie and back Fiers. The right-hander also won his seventh straight road decision in his last 11 away outings for Houston.

 

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Darwin Barney’s two-run homer capped a six-run first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays held on for a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers. Ryan Goins drove in three runs for Toronto, including a two-run double in the first immediately before Barney’s homer off Tyson Ross. Joey Gallo had three extra-base hits for Texas, including an inside-the-park homer. It was Gallo’s 19th homer this season.

 

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Pittman named Head Girls Track and Field Coach at Bryan High

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Bryan ISD would like to announce that Jennifer Pittman will be moved into the role as Head Girls Track Coach at Bryan High. She will be replacing Stacy Beal who retired from teaching at the end of the 2017 school year.

Coach Pittman is an A&M graduate and has been with Bryan ISD for 10 years. She was the Girls Coordinator at Sam Rayburn Middle School for 4 years and became an assistant volleyball and track coach for Bryan High in 2012.

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P Source: Pau Gasol opts out, will re-sign with Spurs

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Pau Gasol will not exercise the player option on his contract for next year, but intends to sign a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs when free agency opens in July.

Gasol declined the $16 million option on his contract on Tuesday. The 7-foot center made the move with the expectation of signing a new multiyear deal that will reduce his annual salary but give him more security, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Spurs did not officially announce the move.

Gasol’s decision will give the Spurs more flexibility going into what is expected to be a hotly contested free agent market.

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Howard’s 12 Ks, Merrill HR help TCU oust Aggies from CWS 4-1

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OMAHA, Nebraska – The Texas A&M Aggies saw their 2017 season come to an end Tuesday in the College World Series with a 4-1 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs at TD Ameritrade Park.

TCU (48-17) drew first blood in the bottom of the second inning. Nolan Brown tight-roped a double down the leftfield line, moved to third on a grounder to short by Elliott Barzilli and scored on a grounder to short by Connor Wanhanen.

The Horned Frogs added three more runs in the bottom of the third. Ryan Merrill hit a leadoff home run and with one out Zach Humphreys was hit by a pitch. Evan Skoug followed with a gapper to right-center to plate Humphreys. After Cam Warner grounded out to third for the second out of the frame, the inning was given extra life when Brown reached on an error by Braden Shewmake to put runners on the corners. Barzilli made the Aggies pay for the miscue with a single through the right side for the 4-0 lead.

Texas A&M broke the scoring seal in the top of the sixth. Austin Homan got the rally started slapping a first-pitch offering to centerfield for a leadoff single. With one out, Cole Bedford roped a double down the leftfield line to put two runners in scoring position. Shewmake knocked in Homan with a grounder to second, cutting the TCU advantage to 4-1.

Stephen Kolek (4-5) was saddled with the loss for the Aggies. He yielded four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out two in 2.2 innings. Kaylor Chafin was stellar in relief. He weaved 5.1 scoreless frames, scattering three hits while striking out six.

Brian Howard (12-3) earned the win for TCU. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out 12 in 7.0 innings. Sean Wymer earned his second save of the year, striking out two of the six batters he faced in 2.0 innings.

The Aggies wrapped up the season with a 41-23 mark, advancing to the NCAA Championship for a school-record 11 consecutive time. It marked the sixth College World Series appearance for the Maroon and White.

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Astros Best A’s 4-1 in Oakland, Rangers Fall to Blue Jays 7-6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – George Springer hit his 20th home run, Jake Marisnick
and Derek Fisher also went deep and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland
Athletics 4-1. Evan Gattis and Alex Bregman both doubled twice to help the
Astros improve to a major league-best 24-8 on the road while winning their
seventh straight at the Coliseum.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Kendrys Morales hit a go-ahead single after a tying
single by Josh Donaldson in the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the
Texas Rangers 7-6 in a matchup of AL Division Series opponents the past two
seasons. The Blue Jays won despite blowing a 5-1 lead in their first visit to
Texas since last postseason, when they won the first two games in a best-of-five
sweep that was their second straight ALDS victory over the two-time defending AL
West champs.

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GAME PREVIEW: COLLEGE WORLD SERIES – TCU

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OMAHA, Nebraska –  The Texas A&M Aggies continue play in their sixth College World Series as they battle the No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs in a 1 pm elimination contest Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Aggies’ postseason run has been sparked by NICK CHORUBY who is batting .481 (13-for-27) with seven RBI.

Head coach ROB CHILDRESS entered College World Series play with 499 career wins. With more win he joins Mark Johnson (876) and Tom Chandler (660) as Aggie coaches to rack up 500 wins.

STEPHEN KOLEK gets the start on the mound for the Aggies. In his 15 starts in 2017, Kolek is 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 87.2 innings. He had his best career outing in the Aggies’ NCAA Regional clinching win at Houston, working 8.1 innings with two runs, one earned, on five hits and one walk while striking out nine.

BRADEN SHEWMAKE, who has earned All-America accolades from everyone who hands them out along with being named SEC Freshman of the Year, is hitting .330 (89-for-270) with 47 runs, 17 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 68 RBI. Shewmake ranks 15th in the nation in RBI (68) and 19th in the nation in hits (89). He leads all Division I freshmen in hits and RBI.

Texas A&M is playing in their school-record 11th consecutive NCAA Championship.

The contest will be televised on ESPN with Tom Hart (play-by-play), Chris Burke (analyst), Ben McDonald (analyst) and Mike Rooney (field analyst) on the call. The game will be available for viewing on ESPN3. ESPN3 provides events to ESPN subscribers through WatchESPN and the ESPN app on smartphones, computers, tablets and connected devices (Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One). All three games will air on SportsRadio 1150/102.7 The Zone.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (41-22, 16-14 SEC) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (47-17, 16-8 Big 12)
TD Ameritrade Park (24,000) • Omaha, Nebraska

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• TUESDAY:  #32 Stephen Kolek (So., RHP, 4-4, 3.59 ERA) vs. TBA

SCHEDULE 1 pm
TELEVISION ESPN •  Tom Hart  (play-by-play), Chris Burke (color analyst), Ben McDonald (color analyst), Mike Rooney (field analyst)
RADIO SportsRadio 1150/102.7 The Zone  •  Dave South (play-by-play)
LIVE VIDEO ESPN3 (WatchESPN credentials required through cable provider)
LIVE AUDIO 12thMan.com
LIVE STATS NCAA.com
RANKINGS Texas A&M – 8th (CB), 17th (NCBWA); TCU – 5th (NCBWA & CB), 6th (D1B), 7th (BA & USAT)
SERIES HISTORY Texas A&M leads 162-93-4

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Champ Finishes 32nd at U.S. Open

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ERIN, Wisconsin — After an impressive showing that saw him turn heads while competing against some of the world’s top professional golfers, Texas A&M’s Cameron Champ ended play at the 2017 U.S. Open in a tie for 32nd place.

Champ (70-69-73-76=288, E) stood out as one of only two amateurs to make the cut at Erin Hills and wowed spectators as he topped all players in driving distance at 334.40 yards compared to the average of 302.2 for the entire field.

Brooks Koepka, meanwhile, finished atop the leaderboard at 16-under to claim his first major title.

During Texas A&M’s 2016-17 campaign, Champ put together one of best seasons in program history by maintaining a 71.50 scoring average during 34 rounds as a junior. The Sacramento, Calif., native enjoyed one tournament title and five top-five finishes while posting a red-hot finish to the year with top-six finishes in five of his last seven events.

Champ also stood out as the Aggies’ top golfer at the SEC Championship by finishing in a tie for fifth while going a perfect 3-0 in match play.

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Aggies Drop College World Series Opener

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OMAHA, Nebraska – Texas A&M was doomed by Louisville’s five-run second inning as the Aggies dropped an 8-4 decision to the Cardinals Sunday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.

Louisville (53-10) drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. The Cardinals’ rally was sparked by four consecutive singles to start the frame. Brendan McKay slapped a leadoff single to leftfield and Drew Ellis golfed a single to shallow rightfield to put runners on the corners. Devin Hairston threaded a single through the right side to break the scoring seal and Colin Lyman followed with a hit down the leftfield line to send home a second run. A sacrifice bunt by Josh Stowers pushed both runners into scoring position and Tyler Fitzgerald swung-and-missed at a 3-2 pitch for the second out of the frame. The Maroon and White looked like they might limit the damage to two runs, but Colby Fitch slapped punched a two-run single to rightfield, driving Aggie starter Corbin Martin from the game with A&M trailing 4-0.

Brigham Hill relieved Martin on the bullpen and gave up a bloop single to Devin Mann as the Cardinals stretched the lead to 5-0.

After getting the leadoff man aboard in each of the first three innings without anything to show for it, Texas A&M finally produced dividends in the fourth. Cole Bedford drew a six-pitch walk to commence the frame and Blake Kopetsky rattled a double into the corner down the rightfield line to put two runners in scoring position. Walker Pennington plated Bedford with a sacrifice fly and George Janca bounced a single up the middle to trim the Cardinals’ advantage to 5-2.

Texas A&M (41-22) shaved two more runs off the lead in the top of the sixth. Bedford roped a leadoff single through the left side and came around to score when Kopetsky blasted a double to left-center. Pennington gapped a single to right-center, scoring Kopetsky and bringing the Aggies to within one run at 5-4.

Louisville stretched the lead back to three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Lyman singled to rightfield and Stowers bounced a single through the left side. Cason Sherrod relieved Hill on the hill and issued a base on balls to Fitzgerald to load the bases. The Aggies induced a potential double play ball to second base, but Braden Shewmake‘s toss pulled shortstop Austin Homan off the bag and Lyman scored. A seven-pitch walk by Fitch pushed another run across to inflate the cushion to 7-4.

The Cardinals tacked on an insurance run in the eighth with an RBI double by Fitch.

Martin (7-4) worked 1.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one. Hill pitched 3.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out four in 3.2 innings.

McKay worked 5.0 innings, plus three batters in the sixth inning for the Cardinals. He yielded four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. Sam Bordner was stellar in relief, retiring all nine batters he faced and Lincoln Henzman worked a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the game.

Kopetsky batted 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and one RBI. Choruby added two hits.

Fitch paced Louisville with four RBI. Fitch, Hairston and Lyman each logged two hits.

Texas A&M returns to action Tuesday when they will face  TCU in an elimination game at 1 pm.

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Aggie trio – Fred Kerley, Ioannis Kyriazis, Lindon Victor – semifinalists for Bowerman Award

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NEW ORLEANS – Semifinalists for the men’s Bowerman Award were announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and three Aggies were among the 10 athletes named.

Texas A&M’s trio on the semifinalists list include Fred Kerley, Ioannis Kyriazis and Lindon Victor. All three claimed national titles in their respective events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held last weekend in Eugene, Oregon.

Also named to the men’s semifinalists list for the Bowerman Award were KeAndre Bates, Florida; Edward Cheserek, Oregon; Christian Coleman, Tennessee; Grant Holloway, Florida; Josh Kerr, New Mexico; Emmanuel Korir, UTEP; and Filip Mihaljevic, Virginia.

Three finalists for the award will be announced next Thursday, June 22.

Among an undefeated season of 12 races in the 400m, Kerley swept SEC and NCAA titles in the event during the indoor and outdoor seasons. He broke the SEC meet record of 44.29 with a 44.09 during the prelims of the conference meet. Then Kerley broke the collegiate record of 44.00 set in 1992 by USC’s Quincy Watts with a 43.70 performance during the NCAA West Preliminary rounds in Austin.

During the NCAA Championships, Kerley posted a time of 44.10 in claiming the national title as he recorded the second fastest time in meet history. In the 4×400 relay, Kerley anchored the Aggies to a pair of sub-three-minute efforts as he split 43.96 on a 2:59.95 semifinal and then 43.99 on a 2:59.98 in the final. It was the first time one school has produced two times under three minutes at the NCAA Championships.

In addition to a collegiate record in the 400m, Kerley was part of collegiate record performances in the 4×400 relay (indoors) as well as the sprint medley relay (outdoors).

Victor defended his decathlon titles at both the SEC and NCAA Championships. In his first decathlon of the 2017 season, Victor broke the collegiate record with a score of 8,472 points to win the Texas Relays. Victor bettered the collegiate record again with a score of 8,539 points at the SEC meet.

A score of 8,390 secured a second NCAA decathlon title for Victor. He also generated the best first day and second day scores by a collegian at the Texas Relays (4,516 first day) and SEC meet (4,174 second day).

Kyriazis claimed his first NCAA javelin title in his junior season with Texas A&M after claiming a third consecutive SEC title.

Opening his season at the Texas Relays, Kyriazis broke the meet record with one mighty toss that measured 288 feet, 9 inches (88.01). It was the second farthest throw by a collegian, just shy of the collegiate record of 292-4 (89.10) set in 1990 by Patrik Boden of Texas.

Kyriazis bettered the Texas Relays meet record of 274-2 (83.56) set by Boden in 1990 and the Myers Stadium facility record of 283-5 (86.38) established by Boris Henry of Germany in 2001. Kyriazis added 20 feet to his winning mark of 268-7 (81.87) from the 2016 Texas Relays.

Another one attempt performance by Kyriazis during the SEC Championships produced a mark of 262-11 (80.15), which broke the meet record of 261-4 (79.65) set in 2009 by Georgia’s Chris Hill. The third throw of the season for Kyriazis came in Austin during the NCAA West Preliminary round where he advanced to Eugene with a toss of 249-8 (76.09).

Using his full allotment of six attempts during the NCAA Championships, Kyriazis broke the meet record with a throw of 270-11 (82.58) in the second round of competition. That effort bettered the previous meet record of 268-7 (81.86) set by Arizona’s Esko Mikkola in 1998 and bettered the NCAA field by 19 feet.

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Champ Shines in U.S. Open First Round

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ERIN, Wisconsin — Texas A&M’s Cameron Champ made an impression on Thursday by firing a two-under 70 to hold a tie for 12th place following the opening round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

The Sacramento, Calif., native carded five birdies and 10 pars on the day to stand out as the second-highest ranking amateur on the leaderboard behind Scottie Scheffler of Texas, who is tied for 11th at three-under.

Also representing Texas A&M in the U.S. Open field is incoming freshman Walker Lee, who opened with an 81. The 19-year old stands out as one of the youngest golfers in the field.

The duo represent two of just 14 amateurs who earned spots in the 156-golfer field and are the first Aggies to participate in the U.S. Open since Bronson Burgoon took his swings in the 2009 Open at Bethpage in New York.

Champ earned his ticket to the event by participating in the US Open Sectional Qualifying in his home state of California. Champ led the loaded field with an opening round 63 and after finishing the final round in a share for the final qualifying spot, Champ sunk a birdie putt on a playoff hole against Brandon Wu to punch his ticket to the U.S. Open.

Walker Lee, meanwhile, competed in qualifying from Lakewood Country Club in Dallas where three Open spots were up for grabs. Facing a field that included USGA champions and PGA tour winners, Lee opened with a 65 before closing with a third-place finish, one shot in front of former Aggie standout Ryan Palmer, who began his run at the U.S. Open with a 78 on Thursday.

The 2017 U.S. Open resumes with the second round on Friday morning. Following the round the field will be trimmed to golfers in the top 60 on the leaderboard who will compete in the event’s final 36 holes.

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Astros give Cuban pitcher Rodriguez $1.9M signing bonus

HOUSTON (AP) _ The Astros have agreed to a minor league contract with 20-year-old Cuban right-hander Elian Rodriguez that includes a $1.9 million signing bonus.

The deal was announced Thursday, the last day of the 2016-17 signing period. The deal raises Houston’s international signing bonus total to $10,757,500, well above its $2,197,000 signing bonus pool, and the Astros will incur a tax of $8,560,500.

Houston said Rodriguez has a 92-97 mph fastball and two power breaking pitches. His bonus is payable within 30 days of the deal’s approval by the commissioner’s office and is contingent upon his obtaining a U.S. work visa.

In the international signing period that opens July 2, Houston’s bonuses will be capped at $5.75 million, not including bonuses of $10,000 or less, as part of baseball’s new labor contract. In addition, as a penalty for their total this year, the Astros may not give an international amateur a signing bonus of more than $300,000 for the next two signing periods.

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Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield won’t miss games after arrest

By CLIFF BRUNT

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won’t miss any game time after his arrest in February.

The school will require Mayfield, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, to do 35 hours of community service and participate in an alcohol education program. He will be eligible to play in the opener at home Sept. 2 against UTEP. The school made the announcement Thursday.

Police video shows Mayfield walking, then trying to run away from police before being tackled by an officer following an altercation in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Mayfield pleaded not guilty in April. Fayetteville District Court records show the case was scheduled for a plea bargain session Wednesday, but no disposition had been filed in the case as of midday Thursday. Fayetteville City Prosecutor Brian Thomas was out of the office and unavailable for comment.

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