Cowboys Break Camp Early but in Keeping With Routine

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) _ The Cowboys have broken camp in California, technically a day early but in keeping with their routine for preseason games this year.

Dallas ended a 29-day run in Oxnard with a Thursday morning practice that wrapped up with rookie defensive end Randy Gregory catching a punt in a challenge from coach Jason Garrett.

Garrett let the offensive and defensive lines nominate three players each, with the first one to catch a punt ending camp. Gregory went first, and cradled the ball as he fell to the ground.

The Cowboys were off the day before their first two preseason games in San Diego and San Francisco. They will be at team headquarters Friday, with their preseason home opener set for Saturday night against Minnesota.

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Shamier Little Hurdles to Silver Medal Performance at World Championships

BEIJING, China – Texas A&M’s Shamier Little claimed a silver medal in the final of the 400 hurdles at the IAAF World Championships, producing a time of 53.94 seconds from lane two inside the Bird’s Nest stadium on Wednesday.

“It’s exciting, finishing with a medal is a big deal to me,” said Little, the youngest hurdler among the finalists. “What I’ve accomplished so far in just coming here and barely getting into the final.

“I set my race up, that was a big part of it. Bringing it home was another big part of it. I made sure I stayed tough. That’s what I did and that’s what made a difference between today and the semifinals.”

The 20-year-old Chicago native, who will be an A&M junior this upcoming season, continues to add to an impressive collection of medals amid her first two seasons as an Aggie. In 2014 Little won NCAA, US Junior and World Junior championships. This year she set a world-leading time of 54.68 in winning the SEC, improved her world-leading time to 53.74 to defend her NCAA title, claimed the USATF championship (53.83) and won the Pan Am Games (55.50).

Little becomes the first female to medal at the World Junior Championships and then medal the following year at the World Championships. Others who have accomplished that feat include Grenada’s Kirani James in the 400 (2010 WJr gold, 2011 WCh gold), Trinidad & Tobago’s Darrel Brown in the 100 (2002 WJr gold, 2003 WCh silver) and Llewellyn Herbert of South Africa in the 400 hurdles (1996 WJr silver, 1997 WCh silver).

Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic became the first female to successfully defend a World Championship 400 hurdle title with a world-leading time of 53.50 seconds as American Cassandra Tate placed third in 54.02. Hejnova also finished ahead of a pair of Americans in winning the 2013 World title as the U.S. duo of Dalilah Muhammad and Lashinda Demus finished second and third.

Little’s steady progression from her lane two position in the final had her making up the stagger of Eilidh Child of Great Britain, lane 3, at the fifth hurdle and she was even with Denmark’s Sara Petersen, lane 4, by the seventh hurdle. Then Little challenged the fast starting Tate, stationed in lane 6, and Petersen for the runner-up position at hurdle eight.

At the ninth barrier Little and Tate each clipped the hurdle and they remained even at the final hurdle, a couple of strides ahead of Petersen. Then on the run in over the final 40m of the race, Little gained an edge over Tate to finish a stride ahead of her U.S. teammate for the silver medal.

“I was glad I got to see the field ahead of me instead of kind of running out there on my own from an outside lane,” noted Little. “I feel like I executed my race well, and I was happy with the outcome.”

Petersen finished fourth in 54.20 over Jamaica’s Janieve Russell (54.64), Child (54.78) and South Africa’s Wenda Nel (54.94). Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica, who placed fourth at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011 as well as the 2012 Olympics, lost her stride when she hit the second hurdle and finished eighth in 55.47.

Little has recorded three times under 54 seconds this season and currently has the second (53.74), fourth (53.83) and fifth (53.94) fastest performances on the 2015 world list.

In prelims of the women’s 200 meters Texas A&M grad Jeneba Tarmoh won her heat in 22.79 seconds (0.0 wind) to reach the semifinal round. Tarmoh will run in the third of three semifinal heats on Thursday (6:35 a.m. CT) along with Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown and Dina Asher-Smith of Great Brtitain as the top two finishers and the next two fastest times advance to the final.

In men’s triple jump qualifying Aggie junior Latario Collie, representing the Bahamas, produced a mark of 53-2 ¼ (16.21) and did not advance to the final.

EVENT Schedule – 2015 IAAF World Championships – Beijing, China

AUGUST 27                                                                                                                                                                           
Beijing    Central Time                    Event                                       Round                                             Aggie Entry
09:30       20:30 (26 Aug)        M       Discus Throw                         Qualification Group A
09:35       20:35 (26 Aug)        W      High Jump                              Qualification
09:40       20:40 (26 Aug)        W      5000 Meters                           Heats
10:20       21:20 (26 Aug)        W      Long Jump                              Qualification
10:35       21:35 (26 Aug)        M       1500 Meters                           Heats
10:50       21:50 (26 Aug)        M       Discus Throw                         Qualification Group B
11:15       22:15 (26 Aug)        W      100 Meters Hurdles              Heats
AFTERNOON SESSION                                                                  
19:00       06:00                         W      Hammer Throw                      Final
19:05       06:05                         M       110 Meters Hurdles              Semi-Final
19:10       06:10                         M       Triple Jump                            Final
19:35       06:35                        W      200 Meters                             Semi-Final                              Jeneba Tarmoh
20:05       07:05                         W      800 Meters                              Semi-Final
20:40       07:40                         W      400 Meters                              Final
20:55       07:55                         M       200 Meters                              Final

AUGUST 28                                                                                                                                                                           
08:30       19:30 (27 Aug)        W      20 Kilometers Race Walk    Final
09:00       20:00 (27 Aug)        M       100 Meters                              Decathlon
09:45       20:45 (27 Aug)        M       High Jump                              Qualification
10:05       21:05 (27 Aug)        M       Long Jump                              Decathlon
11:55       22:55 (27 Aug)        M       Shot Put                                   Decathlon
AFTERNOON SESSION                                                                  
16:15       03:15                         M       High Jump                              Decathlon
19:00       06:00                         W      Javelin Throw                        Qualification Group A
19:25       06:25                         W      100 Meters Hurdles              Semi-Final
19:50       06:50                         W      Long Jump                              Final
19:55       06:55                         M       1500 Meters                           Semi-Final
20:20       07:20                         M       400 Meters                              Decathlon
20:25       07:25                         W      Javelin Throw                        Qualification Group B
21:00       08:00                         W      200 Meters                              Final                                         (Jeneba Tarmoh)
21:20       08:20                         M       110 Meters Hurdles              Final
21:35       08:35                         W      100 Meters Hurdles              Final

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Garrett, Matthews Named Preseason First-Team All-SEC by Head Coaches

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett and Mike Matthews led a six-player Aggie contingent on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team as voted on by the conference’s head coaches, the SEC office announced on Tuesday.

Garrett and Matthews were named to the All-SEC first team – Garrett at defensive line and Matthews at offensive center. Joining Garrett and Matthews on the elite squad were senior Drew Kaser (third-team punter), junior Germain Ifedi (second-team offensive lineman), junior Josh Reynolds (third-team wide receiver) and sophomore Speedy Noil (third-team all-purpose and return specialist).

Garrett, from Arlington, Texas, was a second-team All-SEC pick and a member of the All-SEC Freshman team in 2014 after setting a SEC freshman record with 11.5 quarterback sacks and leading the Aggies in sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback pressures. Also a Freshman All-American in 2014, Garrett was also named to the 2015 watch list for the Bednarik Award, which is given annually to the college defensive player of the year.

Matthews, from Missouri City, Texas, earned preseason All-America honors earlier this summer and was also named to the Rimington Trophy watch list for the second straight year. Matthews, who has made 23 career starts, helped protect the SEC’s top passing offense in 2014 and started all 13 games in 2013 when the Aggies led the SEC in passing, total and scoring offense.

Kaser, from Strongsville, Ohio, was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award in 2014 after being a finalist for the award in 2013. Last season Kaser averaged 44.1 yards per punt and broke perennial NFL All-Pro Shane Lechler’s school by depositing 22 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. As a sophomore, Kaser broke Lechler’s record for season punting with a 47.4 average. A member of the 2015 Ray Guy Award watch list, Kaser enters his senior campaign on pace to break Lechler’s career punting average record.

Ifedi, from Houston, Texas, was one of the cornerstones of the Aggie offensive front that helped protect the SEC’s top passing offense in 2014. The Aggies led the conference with 3,971 passing yards and 39 passing touchdowns, while averaging 455.4 total yards per game last season. Ifedi was named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) earlier in the summer.

Reynolds, from San Antonio, set the school record with 13 receiving touchdowns in 2014, while also leading the team with 842 yards on 52 catches. A member of the 2015 Biletnikoff Award watch list, he broke the old record of 12 receiving touchdowns set originally by Jeff Fuller in 2010 and matched by 2013 Biletnikoff finalist Mike Evans. The 13 receiving touchdowns by Reynolds, who was in his first season with the Aggies in 2014 after transferring from Tyler Junior College, ranked No. 2 in the SEC behind 2014 Biletnikoff winner Amari Cooper’s 16.

Noil, from New Orleans, La., was a member of the All-SEC Freshman team and an honorable mention pick at all-purpose in 2014 after leading the Aggies in all-purpose, punt return and kickoff return yardage. The speedy Noil averaged 15.9 yards every time he touched the football last season and contributed 46 catches and 583 yards from his wide receiver spot. Noil was named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given annually to the nation’s most versatile player.

2015 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Teams (* – ties)

First Team Preseason All-SEC
OFFENSE
TE –  Evan Engram, Ole Miss

OL –  Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Vadal Alexander, LSU
Cam Robinson, Alabama
John Theus, Georgia

C –    Mike Matthews, Texas A&M

WR –  Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

QB –  Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

RB –  Nick Chubb, Georgia
Leonard Fournette, LSU

AP –  Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

DEFENSE
DL –  Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
Chris Jones, Mississippi State

LB –  Reggie Ragland, Alabama
Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

DB – Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
Cyrus Jones, Alabama
Jalen Mills, LSU
Jonathan Jones, Auburn

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK – Marshall Morgan, Georgia

P –  JK Scott, Alabama

RS –  Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

Second Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE
TE – Hunter Henry, Arkansas

OL – Dan Skipper, Arkansas
Greg Pyke, Georgia
Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M
Denver Kirkland, Arkansas

C –  Ryan Kelly, Alabama

WR – D’haquille Williams, Auburn
Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

QB –  Maty Mauk, Missouri

RB –  Derrick Henry, Alabama
Alex Collins, Arkansas

AP –  Leonard Fournette, LSU

DEFENSE
DL –  Jonathan Bullard, Florida
Derek Barnett, Tennessee
Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Montravius Adams, Auburn

LB –  Antonio Morrison, Florida
Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
Kendell Beckwith, LSU

DB – Will Redmond, Mississippi State
Tre’Davious White, LSU
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
Tony Conner, Ole Miss

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK –  Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky

P –  Jamie Keehn, LSU

RS –  Leonard Fournette, LSU *
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia *

Third Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE
TE – O.J. Howard, Alabama

OL – Alex Kozan, Auburn
Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas
Devonte Danzey, Auburn
Jordan Swindle, Kentucky *
Brandon Shell, South Carolina *

C –  Evan Boehm, Missouri

WR – Demarcus Robinson, Florida *
Travin Dural, LSU *
Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M *

QB –  Jeremy Johnson, Auburn *
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee *

RB –  Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
Russell Hansbrough, Missouri
Kelvin Taylor, Florida

AP –  Speedy Noil, Texas A&M

DEFENSE
DL –  Carl Lawson, Auburn
Davon Godchaux, LSU
Caleb Azubike, Vanderbilt
Ryan Brown, Mississippi State

LB –  Leonard Floyd, Georgia
Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn
Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

DB – A.J. Stamps, Kentucky
Rohan Gaines, Arkansas
Trae Elston, Ole Miss
Johnathan Ford, Auburn
Eddie Jackson, Alabama

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK –  Elliott Fry, South Carolina

P –  Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

RS –  Darrius Sims, Vanderbilt
          Speedy Noil, Texas A&M
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Beltran Hits Sacrifice Fly in 9th; Yankees Beat Astros 1-0

NEW YORK (AP) _ Carlos Beltran hit a game-ending sacrifice fly after Oliver Perez walked the bases loaded, and the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 1-0 Monday night in a game highlighted by a tense duel between Nathan Eovaldi and Scott Feldman.

Perez (0-1) entered in the ninth and gave New York fans a reminder of his wild five seasons with the Mets. He walked Brett Gardner, threw a wild pitch, then walked Alex Rodriguez intentionally. Brian McCann walked to load them and end Perez’s night.

Beltran then gave Chad Qualls’ first pitch a ride to deep center field for New York’s third walk-off win this year.

Andrew Miller (2-2) pitched the ninth in helping the Yankees hand the AL West leaders their 18th road loss in their last 22 away games. The Astros were coming off a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park.

Eovaldi and Feldman each went eight innings.

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Rangers Roll, Astros Walk-off Once Again

RANGERS-TIGERS

Napoli, Gimenez hit HRs as Rangers top Tigers 4-2

DETROIT (AP) _ Cole Hamels threw six strong innings, and Mike Napoli and Chris Gimenez homered as the Texas Rangers held onto the second America League wild card spot with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

The Rangers, who have won nine of their last 11 games, started the day with a half-game lead over the Angels, with Baltimore another half-game back.

Hamels (7-8) got the win, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out two. Shawn Tolleson, the third Rangers reliever, pitched the ninth for his 25th save.

Matt Boyd (1-4) gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings.

Mitch Moreland put Texas ahead with a two-run double in the sixth.

Adrian Beltre and Rangers manager Jeff Banister were both ejected in the fifth inning.
 

DODGERS-ASTROS

Castro’s homer in 10th gives Astros 3-2 win over Dodgers

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jason Castro’s solo homer in the 10th inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory and a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

There was one out in the 10th when Castro connected off Chris Hatcher (1-5), launching a 96 mph fastball into the first row of the seats in left field. The play was reviewed and confirmed.

Kenley Jansen, who had converted 17 straight save opportunities, allowed a leadoff single to rookie Carlos Correa in the ninth before the Astros tied it up on a two-out RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez.

Luke Gregerson (7-2) allowed one hit in a scoreless 10th for the win.

The NL West-leading Dodgers were swept by the Astros for the first time since May of 2008 and have dropped a season-high five straight overall.

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Starting Quarterback Named for Arizona State Game

COLLEGE STATION—Texas A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin announced today that Kyle Allen will be the starting quarterback in the Aggie’s season opener Sept. 5 against Arizona State in NRG Stadium in Houston.

Allen, from Scottsdale, Ariz., was a true freshman in 2014 and started the final five games of the season and earned MVP honors in the Aggies’ 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl win over West Virginia. Allen also led the Aggies to a 41-38 road win over No. 3-ranked Auburn and was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for completing 19-of-29 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns.

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Aggies Claim Two SEC Weekly Awards

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies claimed two of the three weekly awards bestowed by the Southeastern Conference following the opening weekend of action. Haley Pounds was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Kate Hajdu was tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Week.

The two were recognized following a weekend in which they tallied a 4-2 win at Rice and a 3-0 victory against Northwestern State in the home opener.

Pounds, a sophomore midfielder from Sprinng, Texas, played a part in five consecutive goals for the Aggies, including the last three goals of a 4-2 win at Rice and the first two goals of a 3-0 victory over Northwestern State. Pounds became the 11th Aggie in school history to log three assists in a game as she served up three perfect corner kicks in a span of 10:35 to erase a 2-1 deficit at Rice. On Sunday, she needed less than nine minutes to notch a goal and an assist against Northwestern State.

Hajdu, a freshman midfielder from Dallas, Texas, became just the fourth Aggie freshman to notch two goals in a season opener as she scored a pair of equalizers at Rice. On Sunday, Hajdu assisted Janae Cousineau in the 30th minute to give A&M a 3-0 advantage over Northwestern State.

It marks the second time two Aggies have garnered SEC weekly awards the same week. On September 21, 2014, Shea Groom and Karlie Mueller were named the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, following a 3-0 win against Tennessee.

Pounds is the fifth A&M player to pick up SEC Offensive Player of the Week accolades, joining Allie Bailey, Groom, Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue who all earned the award on one occasion. Hajdu is only the second Aggie to earn SEC Freshman of the Week recognition, joining Liz Keester who earned the status in 2013.

Texas A&M returns to action on Friday as the Aggies host the UC Irvine Anteaters in a 7 pm contest at Ellis Field.

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Fabrice Lapierre Advances to World Championship Long Jump Final

BEIJING, China – Monday’s morning session at the IAAF World Championships, held in the Bird’s Nest stadium, included qualifying rounds for a pair of Aggies in the women’s discus and men’s long jump.

Aggie grad Fabrice Lapierre, representing Australia, started off group B in the long jump qualifying with a 26-4 ¼ (8.03) effort. In the next two rounds Lapierre recorded a foul. His only mark placed him eighth in his group and 11th overall with the top 12 advancing to the final. The long jump final will take place on Tuesday, August 25.

Texas A&M junior Shelbi Vaughan finished 14th overall in discus qualifying with the top 12 advancing to the final. Vaughan started off with a throw of 197-8 (60.24) and had a foul in round two.

When her third round attempt came up Vaughan was in 13th place and she recorded a mark of 188-3 (57.38). A throw of 199-2 (60.72) by Natalia Semenova of Ukraine was the 12th mark that advanced to the final.

The semifinal of the women’s 400 hurdles will be held in the Monday evening session as Aggie sophomore Shamier Little competes in the second of three heats. The top two finishers in each heat and the next two fastest times will advance to the final.

Little will occupy lane 2 of the second heat, which will take place at 6:18 a.m. CT time, and races against a field that includes Jamaica’s Kaleise Spencer, Sara Petersen of Denmark and Trinidad’s Sparkle McKnight.

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Dr. Jeff Guin Named Associate Athletics Director for Academics

COLLEGE STATION—Dr. Jeff Guin (GYOO-in) was named the Associate Athletics Director for Academics at Texas A&M University, Aggie Director of Athletics Eric Hyman announced Friday.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jeff join our administrative team and help lead our academic efforts at Texas A&M University,” Hyman said. “We have made tremendous strides as our overall grade-point average was close to a 3.0 for our Aggie student-athletes. Jeff’s leadership, background and experience will help us as we continue to improve in this very important phase of student-athlete welfare.”

Dr. Guin comes to Aggieland from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he served as Associate Athletics Director for Student Support Services the past two years.

“I am excited to get started at Texas A&M,” Guin said. “I have been impressed by the accomplishments of the Texas A&M athletics program and the overall University, but I am more impressed by the young people I have had the opportunity to meet thus far. I know we can accomplish great things together here in Aggieland.”

Prior to his service in Birmingham, Guin was a member of the academic support staff at the University of Illinois for five years (2008-13) and worked with the Illini football team for two years (2012-13).

He earned his doctorate in education at Illinois in May of 2015. His dissertation was titled “Decision-Making on Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Expansion.”

Before his time at Illinois, Guin served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Florida Atlantic University (2007) and worked as an assistant basketball coach at Western Illinois from 2003-06.

Prior to his coaching days, Guin served in an administrative role with the University of Illinois men’s basketball program from 1997 until 2003. He helped Illinois to five NCAA Tournament appearances under coaches Lon Kruger and Bill Self, and helped the Illini earn three Big 10 titles and a Big 10 Tournament title in 2003.

Guin earned three degrees from the University of Florida, a bachelor’s degree in education in 1995, a master’s in education in 1996, and a master’s degree in sports management in 1997 while also serving as a student manager for the Florida Gator basketball program. He worked under Coach Kruger (1993-96) as well as Billy Donovan (1996-97). With Kruger, Guin was part of the squad that reached the Final Four in 1994 and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1995.

Before enrolling at Florida, Guin was an Academic All-America NJCAA Region 8 honoree in 1992 and 1993 playing for Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Fla.

A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Guin is married to Betsy and the couple has three children—twins Ellee and Troy, and Luke.

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Baylor University Football Player Convicted of Sexual Assault

WACO, Texas (AP) _ A one-time All-American who transferred to play football at
Baylor University has been convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student
athlete in 2013. A jury in Texas district court found Sam Ukwuachu guilty
Thursday of one count of sexual assault. Prosecutors say Ukwuachu sexually
assaulted a former Baylor women’s soccer at his Waco apartment.

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Texas A&M Sophomore In Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

VANCOUVER, B.C.- Texas A&M Sophomore Maddie Szeryk shot a 3-over 75 on the first day of the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Vancouver Golf Club.

Szeryk had 15 pars on the par 72/6,656 yard course, only having three bogeys on the day. Szeryk hit 10 of 15 fairways and 13 of 18 greens on the day.

The event is Canada’s national championship for women’s golf. Szeryk is in a tie for 113th after a round.

Szeryk tees off at 4:16 p.m. CT on Friday. Coverage of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open is from 5-8 p.m. on the Golf Channel on Friday.

Szeryk was an All-American for Texas A&M in 2014-15, helping the Aggies win the 2015 SEC Championship with an individual runner-up performance. Szeryk was the SEC Freshman of the Year.

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Aggie Women’s Basketball Released 2015-16 Schedule

Texas A&M Women’s Basketball released its 2015-16 schedule on Thursday, a challenging slate that features 20 games against teams who reached the postseason in 2014-15. In addition, the television schedule for SEC play has been announced, with the Aggies having 12 games broadcast nationally, including two that are a part of whip-around coverage on the SEC Network.

“Once again, we have one of the best schedules in the country, both in conference and non-conference,” said Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “This is one of the best home schedules we have ever had, so fans need to make sure they pick up season tickets today.”

“We have a great TV schedule this season, that gives our fans the opportunity to watch our team on the road, and provides great exposure to our program,” added Blair.

The television schedule for 2016 SEC play is highlighted by ESPN2 telecasts of the Aggies marquee matchups at South Carolina (Jan. 17) and vs. Tennessee (Feb. 7). In addition, the Aggies’ Feb. 28 game against Kentucky can be flexed to either an ESPN2 or ESPNU broadcast.

New for the 2015-16 season, the SEC Network will present two nights of whip-around coverage, a live look-in to every women’s basketball contest played on Thursday, January 7 (Texas A&M at Arkansas) and Thursday, February 25 (Texas A&M at Auburn).

In the entire schedule, the Aggies play 14 games against 2015 NCAA Tournament Teams, and 22 games against teams that finished in the Top 100 of the RPI in 2014-15.

The Aggies have eight of the top nine other finishers in the 2015 SEC Standings paying a visit to Reed Arena in 2016, with Georgia (Jan. 3, 4 p.m., SEC Network), Ole Miss (Jan. 14, 7 p.m., SEC Network+), Missouri (Jan. 21, 7 p.m., SEC Network+), South Carolina (Jan. 31, ESPNU), Tennessee (Feb. 7, ESPN2), Mississippi State (Feb. 11, 6 p.m., SEC Network), LSU (Feb. 18, 8 p.m., SEC Network), and Kentucky (Feb. 28, ESPN2/ESPNU flex) all coming to Aggieland.

In conference play, the Aggies hit the road to face Arkansas (Jan. 7, SEC Network “Whip Around”), LSU (Jan. 10, 3 p.m., SEC Network), South Carolina (Jan. 17, ESPN2), Alabama (Jan. 28, 6 p.m. SEC Network Plus), Florida (Feb. 4, 6 p.m., SEC Network+), Ole Miss (Feb. 15, 6 p.m., SEC Network), Vanderbilt (Feb. 21, 4 p.m., SEC Network), and Auburn (Feb. 25, SEC Network “Whip Around”).
The non-conference portion of the schedule kicks off with Texas State to open the season (Nov. 13), then includes home games against TCU (Nov. 21), SMU (Dec. 7), DePaul (Dec. 12), Little Rock (Dec. 22) and Prairie View A&M (Dec. 29).

The Aggies only have one true road game during non-conference play, heading to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on Duke (Nov. 18, 6 p.m.). The Aggies play in three neutral site events, facing Cal and Ohio State at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout (Nov. 27-28) in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking on Hawaii and BYU in the Tom Weston Invitational (Dec. 4-5) in Laie, Hawai’i and taking on Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge (Dec. 20) in Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.

In addition, the Aggies have the ability to add one or two more non-conference games to the schedule at a later date. More games may be picked up for television coverage and several game times will be decided in the coming weeks, with updates as available on 12thMan.com. The balance of Texas A&M’s home non-conference schedule will be broadcast on SEC Network+. These games are available digitally on mobile devices and connected-TVs whose cable/satellite providers offer SEC Network+ through WatchESPN or SECSports.com.

The 2016 SEC Tournament is in Jacksonville, Florida, as the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena hosts the league’s single-elimination tournament. The NCAA Tournament starts with the Top 16 seeds hosting First and Second Round games, determining the 16 participants in the four regionals—hosted in Bridgeport, Conn., Dallas, Lexington, Ky., and Sioux Falls, S.D.

In 2016, the NCAA Women’s Final Four returns to Indianapolis, Ind. for the first time since 2011, when Texas A&M won its first National Championship in the sport.
Season tickets are available and are on sale through the 12th Man Foundation here:http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/ticket-center/women%27s-basketball.aspx.

Full Schedule:
Nov. 13 – TEXAS STATE
Nov. 18 – at Duke (6 p.m.)
Nov. 21 – TCU
Nov. 27 – vs. California (Las Vegas, Nev., 2 p.m.)
Nov. 28 – vs. Ohio State (Las Vegas, Nev., 2 p.m)
Dec. 4 – vs. Hawaii (Laie, Hawai’i)
Dec. 5 – vs. BYU (Laie, Hawai’i)
Dec. 7 – SMU
Dec. 12 – DePAUL

Dec. 20 – vs.  Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Dec. 22 – LITTLE ROCK
Dec. 29 – PRAIRIE VIEW A&M

Jan. 3 – GEORGIA (4 p.m., SEC Network)
Jan. 7 – at Arkansas (SEC Network “Whip Around”)
Jan. 10 – at LSU (3 p.m., SEC Network)
Jan. 14 – OLE MISS (7 p.m., SEC Network+)
Jan. 17 – at South Carolina (ESPN2)
Jan. 21 – MISSOURI (7 p.m., SEC Network+)
Jan. 28 – at Alabama (6 p.m., SEC Network+)
Jan. 31 – SOUTH CAROLINA (ESPNU)
Feb. 4 – at Florida (6 p.m., SEC Network+)
Feb. 7 – TENNESSEE (ESPN2)
Feb. 11 – MISSISSIPPI STATE (6 p.m., SEC Network)
Feb. 15 – at Ole Miss (6 p.m., SEC Network)
Feb. 18 – LSU (8 p.m., SEC Network)
Feb. 21 – at Vanderbilt (4 p.m., SEC Network)
Feb. 25 – at Auburn (SEC Network “Whip Around”)
Feb. 28 – KENTUCKY (ESPN2 or ESPNU flex)

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Aggie Baseball Hosts Tryouts

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M baseball team will hold walk-on tryouts this September for students looking to compete for a spot on the Aggie roster. Any students with plans to try out must attend a mandatory 5 pm meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Blue Bell Park. The tryouts are scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 at 5 pm.

In order to participate, students need to have proof of a sports physical that has been completed in the past six months as well as results from a sickle cell blood test. Both tests can be performed at the University Health Center or by a family doctor. Students are required to have their doctor fill out the attached form and bring it, along with blood test results, to the walk-on try out meeting on Sept. 9.

For any questions regarding walk-on try outs please contact the Texas A&M baseball office at (979) 845-4810.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Correa’s 13th-inning RBI Gives Astros 3-2 Win Over Rays

HOUSTON (AP) _ Rookie Carlos Correa homered and his RBI single in the 13th inning gave the Houston Astros a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Colby Rasmus walked with one out in the 13th and advanced to third on a single by Jose Altuve off Matt Andriese (3-3), who was called up from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. Correa’s grounder to right field with two outs in the inning scored Rasmus to give Houston the victory.

It was the second straight extra-inning win for the Astros who beat the Rays 3-2 on Tuesday night on a homer by Marwin Gonzalez in the 10th.

Josh Fields (4-1) got the last two outs of the 13th for the win.

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Holland Returns as Homer-Happy Rangers Beat Mariners 7-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Derek Holland won in his return from the disabled list, and Texas hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

Holland (1-1) scattered eight hits, struck out six and walked none over 6 1-3 innings. He was activated from the DL on Wednesday following a shoulder injury suffered in his season debut on April 10.

Mitch Moreland and Elvis Andrus each had three RBIs and hit homers that sandwiched Mike Napoli’s 446-foot blast to center off Joe Beimel.

Holland threw shutout ball until Mark Trumbo hit his 15th homer of the season _ his sixth since joining Seattle _ in the fifth. The Mariners loaded the bases on three straight singles in the sixth but scored just one run.

Seattle left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-6) allowed three runs and five base runners in the first, but shut out Texas over the next five innings.

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Tim Duncan Named NBA’s Top Teammate

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan has been named the Twyman-Stokes Award winner given annually to the NBA’s teammate of the year.

A panel of NBA stars from the past nominated a panel of six candidates. Then nearly 300 active players voted for the winner.

Duncan received 72 first-place votes. Vince Carter of the Memphis Grizzlies finished second and Atlanta’s Elton Brand finished third.

Duncan says he learned how to be a great teammate from the veterans he was around early in his career. He says it was instilled in him early in his career that it was important to accept roles, be selfless and work well with teammates.
Duncan will receive the award at a home game early in the season.

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Rangers Win In A Walk Off Walk

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Fernando Rodney walked Adrian Beltre with one out in
the ninth inning to force in winning run and give Texas a 4-3 win over the
Seattle Mariners for the Rangers’ fifth straight win. The Rangers have won eight
consecutive home games and are three games over .500 for the first time since
June 23rd. Shawn Tolleson worked a scoreless ninth inning for Texas.

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Stros Get Thumped

HOUSTON (AP) _ Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer in the first inning as the
Tampa Bay Rays cruised to a 9-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
The Rays were up 1-0 when Beckham connected on his first home run since May to
give them a big early lead. Erasmo Ramirez yielded six hits and two runs in 5
2-3 innings for his second straight win.

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A&M Women’s Tennis Add New Coach

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – After recently being named the head coach of the Texas A&M women’s tennis program, Mark Weaver completed his staff by naming former University of Houston and Stephen F. Austin head coach Patrick Sullivan as the Aggies’ associate head coach for women’s tennis.

“I couldn’t be more excited to announce the hiring of Patrick Sullivan to be the associate head coach of the Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Team,” Weaver said. “Patrick brings a wealth of experience and proven success to our program. He has been one of the nation’s rising stars as a head coach in college tennis over the last several years, and he is without a doubt one of the best recruiters in the nation.”

Sullivan, Texas A&M Class of ’97 and former member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Company E-2, brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience, including five years as a head coach. The Houston native is a two-time conference coach of the year and was a 2015 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s National Coach of the Year runner-up.

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Aggie Football Have First Two-a-Day

Texas A&M opened week two of training camp with its first two-a-day practice. The Aggies did primarily individual workouts, combined with two-minute drill, in the morning, followed by a two-and-a-half hour practice in full pads in the evening.

A summary of Coach Sumlin’s thoughts are posted below.

Kevin Sumlin Press Conference (summary) – 8.17.15

Scrimmage. Went 86 plays not counting kicking or penalties. Most of the 105 got to play. Just an evaluation-type setting. It was a live scrimmage. I was happy with some of the progress of a lot of different people. Learning experience for the young guys. Some of the older guys you can see where they improved and who’s stepping up and making strides over course of the last year. Good performances. Lot of great video able to look at. Scrimmage where video will be really helpful with new scheme on both sides. Guys can see what they need to do and come back out and work twice today. Thought we had better understanding of where we are. So it was beneficial.

Play of the quarterbacks. It was good. All three of them got snaps. Kyle Allen had snaps early. Kyler Murray went with the 2s. Just about halfway through Kyler went with the 1s and Jake Hubenak with 2s and 3s. They got plenty of reps out of that number. We can get some evaluations on the two new guys and see where Kyle has progressed over the last year. Getting plenty of practice and plenty of reps during practice. Those live situations—will have another Wednesday night and one Saturday—will just keep evaluating.

Are QBs work in progress. They all are. We’re not just talking about QBs. Myles Garrett is a work in progress right now. People forget he’s a 2nd year player. Everyone out there has something they can improve on. With Saturday we really had couple goals. Wanted to see guys play hard and with effort, and be smart in how they played and be physical. We can work from that. Guys who played hard were rewarded. Guys who didn’t play to a standard were reminded today about how they need to play around here. That goes for the whole team. You talk about the quarterbacks and their development–they need to do that but a lot on this team need to get better.

Impressive outings this weekend. Usual suspects played pretty well, which we expect. Get concerned when guys who haven’t played well in past don’t play well right off the bat. Our back end in the secondary has looked very, very fast. Seem to be in the right place and communicating. Got to communicate a little better but that will come in the next few weeks.Armani Watts probably playing as good as he’s played. If can be more consistent than he was last year can be an all-league player for us. Has played enough big games for us he understands his weaknesses. Really worked hard in the offseason to try and develop not only physically but mentally. Brandon Williams did pretty good. He’s a work in progress. Off top of head receivers had really good effort. Josh Reynolds and Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones and Christian Kirk. High expectations for those guys and Saturday they didn’t disappoint.

Linebackers and how they are coming along. Fortunate that we had freshmen who played last year. We’ll see where AJ Hilliard fits in. Taking it slow with him. Between ankle and wrist, taking it easy with him. Trying to get him back in flow of things. Pleased with them. Had meeting the other day, the three young guys have really caught on. Summer has really helped them. Richard Moore being here in spring has really helped him. Runs very well. Guy who will help us in special teams. Riley Garner is 230 now and really, really athletic. Played pretty well Saturday. He’s a guy that can help us I think special teams wise. I think all those young linebackers have done very well. Justin Dunning played pretty well, had an interception. Our roster is different (this year). We are thin in a couple of spots but we don’t have huge holes in it. Guys are really pushing the older guys for playing time and will really strengthen our special teams.

Plan to practice Saturday on Kyle Field. It’ll be good. Looking forward to it. Going to try to arrange a private tour. Don’t know if we have 105 (construction) helmets. I just want our players and coaches to get up on the concourse and walk around, upper deck, see some of suites and see some things. Take for granted that they have seen it. Usually just see tunnel and field only.

Injuries. Not going to say anything about injuries.

Today was first two-a-day workout. Dragging a little bit today. We’re in week 2 also. Coming off scrimmage. Had meetings yesterday but no practice. Introduced 2-minute today. That can be a stressful situation. Lot of running in the morning, come back tonight with full pads about 2 ½ hours. For some guys it’s the first time they’ve done that.

Feelings about new offensive lineman development. Good. Got Keaton Sutherland who benefits from being here. Probably the most ready out of the young guys. Erik McCoy is going to be really, really good player down the line. Got real good demeanor and grasp of what we are doing. Big body, strong and tough. They are really pushing to get on the bus.

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