Head Coach Kevin SumlinKSumlin_0830.mp3
Defensive Coordinator John ChavisJChavis_0830.mp3
Offensive Coordinator Noel MazzoneNMazzone_0830.mp3
Quarterback Trevor KnightTKnight_0830.mp3
Safety Armani WattsAWatts_0830.mp3
Running Back James WhiteJWhite_0830.mp3
Wide Receiver Ricky Seals-JonesRSealsJones_0830.mp3
Wide Receiver Christian KirkCKirk_0830.mp3
Offensive Lineman Avery GennesyAGenessey_0830.mp3
Darvish, Beltran lead Rangers to 6-3 win over Mariners
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Yu Darvish struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings and CarlosBeltran homered among three hits, helping the Texas Rangers beat the SeattleMariners 6-3 on Monday night.
The American League-leading Rangers won the first of six straight games at homeagainst the two teams chasing them in the AL West and dropped the Mariners intothird place, a game behind Houston and 9 1/2 back of Texas.
Darvish (5-3) easily outpitched fellow Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakumafor his third straight win, leaving to a standing ovation with a 6-1 lead in theseventh after throwing 110 pitches, the most since his return from Tommy Johnsurgery.
Sam Dyson struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 30th save, giving Texas 13strikeouts.
Iwakuma (14-10) lost his third straight start while matching his shortestouting of the season at three innings.
Astros’ Musgrove, relievers combine to 4-hit A’s in 6-0 win
HOUSTON (AP) _ Jose Altuve homered, Joe Musgrove and three relievers combinedon a four-hitter and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-0 on Mondaynight.
Musgrove (2-2) struck out seven, walked three and allowed three hits over 5 1/3innings, and then Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Brad Peacock closed things out.Musgrove had allowed 13 runs over his last two starts.
Houston closed within two games of the second AL wild card with the win andBaltimore’s loss.
A’s starter Sean Manaea (5-9) left after 3 1/3 innings with a right rhomboidstrain.
Altuve hit his second homer in two games to lead off the sixth and extendHouston’s lead to 3-0.
Alex Bregman hit a two-run single and Carlos Correa had an RBI single as partof a three-run seventh.
Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in
parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s
ranking in last week’s poll:
School Record Total Points Prv
1. Austin Westlake (7) (1-0) 215 5
2. Allen (14) (1-0) 212 4
3. DeSoto (1) (1-0) 161 6
4. Converse Judson (2) (1-0) 134 10
5. Katy (0-1) 132 1
6. Galena Park North Shore (1-0) 103 8
7. Cibolo Steele (1-0) 101 7
8. Lake Travis (0-1) 70 2
9. Cedar Hill (0-1) 69 3
10. Euless Trinity (1-0) 67 9
Others receiving votes: 11, Richmond George Ranch 26. 12, Arlington Martin 14.
13, Denton Guyer 6. 14, Lufkin 3. 15, The Woodlands 2. 16, Tyler 1. 16,
Mansfield 1. 16, Pearland 1. 16, San Angelo Central 1. 16, Cedar Park Vista
Ridge 1. < Class 5A=
School Record Total Points Prv
1. Cedar Park (9) (1-0) 218 2
2. Aledo (10) (1-0) 215 1
3. Denton Ryan (5) (1-0) 195 3
4. Manvel (1-0) 151 4
5. Temple (1-0) 134 5
6. Frisco Lone Star (1-0) 120 6
7. Dallas Highland Park (1-0) 112 7
8. CC Calallen (1-0) 71 8
9. Richmond Foster (1-0) 50 9
10. Angleton (1-0) 11 NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Denton 8. 11, Lancaster 8. 13, Texarkana Texas 7.
14, College Station 6. 15, Ennis 5. 16, Crosby 4. 17, Mansfield Timberview 2.
18, Georgetown 1. 18, Canyon 1. 18, Abilene Cooper 1. < Class 4A=
School Record Total Points Prv
1. Argyle (13) (1-0) 226 1
2. West Orange-Stark (10) (1-0) 221 2
3. Waco La Vega (1) (1-0) 187 3
4. Gilmer (1-0) 151 6
5. Carthage (0-0) 145 5
6. Abilene Wylie (1-0) 108 8
7. Kennedale (0-0) 70 10
8. Cuero (1-0) 42 NR
9. Navasota (0-1) 32 4
10. China Spring (1-0) 24 NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 21. 12, Liberty Hill 20.
12, Celina 20. 14, La Grange 18. 15, Henderson 12. 16, Princeton 9. 17, Terrell
5. 18, Sweetwater 4. 19, Van 2. 20, Sinton 1. 20, El Campo 1. 20, Center 1. < ^Class 3A= School Record Total Points Prv 1. Brock (19) (1-0) 231 1 2. Cameron Yoe (2) (1-0) 210 3
3. Newton (2) (1-0) 160 6
4. Franklin (1) (1-0) 154 8
5. Waskom (1-0) 152 5
6. Malakoff (1-0) 128 7
7. East Bernard (1-0) 72 10
8. Mineola (0-1) 56 2
9. Canadian (0-1) 32 4
10. Crockett (1-0) 27 NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Sunnyvale 26. 12, Cisco 16. 13, Teague 14. 13, La
Marque 14. 15, White Oak 8. 16, Wall 6. 16, East Chambers 6. 18, Rockdale 3. 19,
Grandview 2. 19, Pottsboro 2. 21, Mathis 1. < ^Class 2A= School Record Total Points Prv 1. Refugio (20) (1-0) 235 1 2. Bremond (4) (1-0) 207 2 3. Shiner (1-0) 192 3 4. Iraan (1-0) 160 4 5. Stratford (1-0) 124 5 6. Albany (1-0) 119 6 7. Mart (1-0) 83 9 8. Tenaha (1-0) 64 10 9. Muenster (1-0) 45 NR 10. Lovelady (0-0) 23 NR Others receiving votes: 11, Alto 16. 12, Wellington 15. 13, Post 8. 14, Goldthwaite 7. 15, Stinnett West Texas 6. 16, Crawford 5. 16, Mason 5. 18, Seagraves 2. 18, Thorndale 2. 18, Weimar 2. <
Rangers top Indians 2-1 to win series of division leaders
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Derek Holland allowed one run over six innings in his second start off the disabled list, new left fielder Carlos Gomez made two highlight-reel catches and the AL-best Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Sunday.
The Rangers took three of four in the series between division leaders, the first time since 1999 both teams were in first place when playing each other after the All-Star break.
Ian Desmond and Jonathan Lucroy each had an RBI single for Texas, which has an 8 1/2-game lead in the AL West with five weeks left in the season.
Archer strikes out 10, Rays hit 3 HRs in 10-4 win vs Astros
HOUSTON (AP) _ Chris Archer struck out 10 in seven innings, Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 10-4 on Sunday.
Matt Duffy and Nick Franklin also went deep for the last-place Rays, who have homered in 21 of their last 24 games.
Houston, in the hunt for an AL wild card, had won three straight.
Archer (8-17) gave up three runs and four hits with two walks. With his strikeout of A.J. Reed in the sixth, the right-hander joined David Price and James Shields as the only Tampa Bay pitchers with multiple 200-strikeout seasons.
The Rays jumped out early against Doug Fister.
Fister (12-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, the fourth time in his past seven starts he has permitted four or more runs.
DENTON, Texas â Middle blocker Kaitlyn Blake had a career-high 13 blocks and added 12 kills while hitting .455 to help lead No. 16 Texas A&M to a 25-21, 23-25, 28-26, 25-19 victory over North Texas tonight at the Mean Green Volleyball Center.
It was the first double-double for the sophomore who hails from nearby Allen, Texas, and was selected to the all-tournament team. Blake was joined on the all-tournament team by Aggie setterStephanie Aiple, who dished out 49 assists and averaged 11 assists per set throughout the tournament as Texas A&M improved to 2-1.
The Aggies, who only a few hours earlier had dropped a grueling five-set match to 15th-ranked and tournament-champion Ohio State, were somewhat sluggish at the start as the Mean Green jumped out to an 11-7 lead in the opening set, forcing Texas A&M to call a timeout and regroup. The Aggies then reeled off five unanswered points to take a 12-11 lead. UNT called its first timeout and followed with three consecutive points to go up 14-12.
Texas A&M managed to tie the score at 17-17 and again at 20-20 before a solo block by Blake put the Aggies up, 21-20. It was part of a five-point swing that put Texas A&M serving for the set, 24-20, with Blake playing a part in four blocks during the stretch. UNT ended the rally with a block, but Blake answered with the set-winning kill.
North Texas never trailed in the second set and matched its biggest margin at 15-9. The Maroon and White chipped away at the lead and managed to tie the score at 21- and 22-all, but the Mean Green went on to win the set, 25-23, to even the match at a set apiece.
North Texas held a 19-16 advantage in the third set before Texas A&M scored four consecutive points, including back-to-back aces by junior defensive specialist Gabby Litwin that gave the Aggies their first lead, 20-19. North Texas then outscored A&M 5-2 to take a 24-22 lead. In a furious finish, A&M fought off two set points behind a kill by freshman outside hitter Kiana Peroff, who was making her career debut, followed by junior outside hitter Kiara McGee‘s kill off the block. Aiple then got a dump kill to put the Aggies at set point, 25-24, but UNT got a kill and an ace to once again be serving for the set, 26-25. Senior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers put down a UNT overpass for a kill to knot the score for the seventh time in the frame, and the Mean Green hit wide on the ensuing play to return the lead to Texas A&M, 27-26. Blake and Aiple then ended the set, teaming for a block to secure the 28-26 win and giving the Aggies a 2-1 lead in the match.
A kill off the block by junior opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor followed by Peroff’s putdown of an UNT overpass gave Texas A&M a 5-4 lead in the fourth. The Aggies would never trail the remainder of the set.
The Mean Green tied the score four times, the last coming at 9-9 before Blake got a kill on the slide attack and Reasor followed with back-to-back kills to put A&M up, 12-9. UNT got within a point five times, the last coming at 18-17. The Mean Green then served into the net, and A&M followed with two blocks and a kill to build a 22-17 cushion. UNT got a kill to end the 4-0 run, but a kill by Reasor and an ace by senior defensive specialist Katelyn Labhart put the Aggies at match point, 24-18. UNT stayed alive with a kill before Reasor’s cross-court kill sealed the victory for the Aggies.
McGee tied for match-high honors with a team-leading 16 kills. Babers finished with 13 kills, and Reasor added 12 kills as A&M had a 61-51 advantage in team kills and outhit the Mean Green, .216 to .189.
Junior libero Amy Nettles led the Aggies in digs with 13, helping A&M to a 58-48 lead in team digs. A&M also outblocked UNT, 16.5 to 9.
Holly Milam led North Texas with 16 kills but was held to a .140 hitting efficiency.
Texas A&M, which plays its first 10 matches away from home, hits the road again next week as the Aggies compete in the Puerto Rico Classico. A&M will face No. 17 Florida State on Thursday, No. 3 Minnesota on Friday and Virginia Tech on Saturday.
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Texas A&M Head Coach Laurie Corbelli quotes:
On her overall thoughts on today’s matchesâ¦
“It’s so tough to play two matches back to back. We are looking at four-and-a-half to five hours of jumping, going to the ground and swinging in a fast-paced, high-intensity game. There is no question that fatigue was a little bit of it, but I believe mentally we also had some fatigue that showed up in our game tonight. I think the team saw that and really was fighting to not have that happen, to not let us have a mental let up. I thought Gabby Litwin came in and started really putting some pace on her serves. For the most part, I thought the rest of the night we weren’t serving nearly as well or as hard as we do every day in practice, and that put them in system the whole time and it made it so tough for us to defend.
“I thought it was great crowd. It was a team that had nothing to lose. We got their best game I believe, and we found a way to win. That is the thing I am the most proud of and most excited about the team. Also, it so clearly showed our weaknesses so we know exactly what we need to get back to the gym and work on and fix.”
On what she learned in the Ohio State and North Texas matchesâ¦
“We were able to come up with a couple new looks in our serve receive formation to try to ease the pressure that teams are putting on our outside hitters that are front row and attacking. I think that was nice. Getting [Kaitlyn] Blake more areas to hit, we set her some high 2’s, and some high back sets–she loves to hit those high ones–so that’s nice. I think that’s what these first two days of season are about, really finding what else our players can do at match time when necessary based on what other teams are doing against us. We know we are going to be a whole lot better each week. We were lucky to come out here and get the second match with a win, we were really lucky. We were struggling big time in that match tonight, so I am just really glad we got through that one. The players faced adversity, and they really had their minds set on battling that adversity and not letting it get the best of us.”
On getting freshmen Kiana Peroff and Hollann Hans court timeâ¦
“I really wanted to get some freshmen on the floor and let them get some swings and get into game mode. I thought they did a really nice job. Kianna [Peroff], being from Hawaii, has played the game her whole life. She is comfortable on the court, left side or right side, and just has a real nice approach to her game. She brought that calmness and consistency we knew we were going to get from her, and that’s just really a great thing for a coach to be able to have that kind of reliability in a player. I think Hollann [Hans] was ready to go up and beat on some balls. When she went in it was at a time that the team was kind of stressed, and she only got some out-of-system sets that were not able to maximize her ability and get her a good rhythm that made circumstances tough when she went out there today.”
On seeing former Aggie volleyball players in the stands supporting the teamâ¦
“It has been fun because so many of them live in the DFW area now, (Jenna) Moscovic and (Amber) Woolsey, both Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Famers. (Robyn) Burkhardt, a two-sport athlete and now mother of three, and Hannah Hood were here. Alisia Kastmo was here. It’s so much fun to see them and watch them support the program, plus they get to get out on a Saturday night, which they typically don’t get to do because they are parents.Â It was really fun.”
On her thoughts on the upcoming Puerto Rico tournamentâ¦
“We are going to have to make sure we have our depth ready, because we have a lot of players, and we have a lot of good players. The starters have to really keep their game at a high level because they can, and if not we plan on using more and more of the non-starters, fresh legs so to speak to help us get through those matches. It will test us in a more intense way than we have faced yet. It’s going to be really tough.
Her final thoughts on the weekendâ¦
“It was a good opening tournament for us. I’m still a little sick to my stomach for the two-point loss to Ohio State. I think the team is, too. I think there are lessons in that and maybe they are speaking louder to us because we didn’t close it out. We’ll make something good come from it.”
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas â The No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies dictated terms for most of the match and came out with a 2-0 decision over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Sunday evening at Ellis Field.
In a match which was 15 minutes late starting due to inclement weather and featured rain off-and-on, the Aggies held an overwhelming edge in shots (35-12), shots-on-goal (13-6) and corner kicks (8-2).
Texas A&M broke the scoring seal with Brittany Crabtree notching her first goal of the season in the 35th minute. Ashlynn Harryman was the catalyst on the goal, booming a clearance from the top of the defensive penalty box. The service split two defenders and took the first bounce 15 yards on the offensive side of the center stripe. Crabtree tracked it down just outside the other penalty box and found herself one-on-one with goalkeeper Rebecca Defer. Shooting with a defender clawing at her back, Crabtree fired to the right of Defer from the penalty spot for the lid-lifter.
The halftime margin belied the Aggiesâ dominance in the first half as the Maroon and White owned a 21-8 edge in shots and an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Tulsa fought off several first-half barrages. In the 26th minute, Haley Pounds sent in a corner kick from the right arc. The offering settled at the feet of Sarah Shaw who hit the right post with a rocket from 12 yards. The carom found Grace Cory who had her shot from 10 yards punched over the crossbar by Defer.
In the 39th minute, Defer had to make two saves in a span of eight seconds as Mikaela Harvey and Jordan Hill peppered her with shots. The ball eventually came back to Harvey who sent the Aggiesâ third shot in the combination just north of the crossbar from 10 yards.
The Aggies kept the pressure on in the second half, outshooting Tulsa 14-4.
Texas A&M finally broke through with an insurance goal in the 81st minute. Cienna Arrieta sent in a free kick from five yards off the endline and two yards off the right touchline. Her service was headed back to her by a Tulsa defender 10 yards off the right touchline and she sent another cross towards goal. The ball took a bounce inside the six-yard box and skirted past the goalkeeper for her second goal of the season and the 2-0 lead.
Danielle Rice made six saves in goal, including five in the first half, to record her first shutout of the season.
Texas A&M returns to action Friday when they host the Little Rock Trojans in a 7:30 pm contest at Ellis Field.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G Guerrieri
On the first goalâ¦
âGood for Brittany Crabtree to get the game winner today. She has had a really good preseason. Sheâs come a log way since freshman year until now. That was a goal on her based on hard work. She was able to hold people off and stay composed and knock the ball over the ball over the keeper while on the run. If people are going to step up and put pressure on our midfield itâs nice that we can relieve that pressure with one ball and people on the outlets to run the balls down.â
On Cienna Arrietaâs goalâ¦
âThe ball that Cienna hit was the type of ball that makes gives the opponents questions. Itâs bending like a cross but coming on goal like a shot. In a bit of confusion we get a goal. Hats off to Cienna for putting a dangerous ball in there and making it work. It was a ball that she was trying to put on goal anyway. We thought we might have to get a head on it but we fortunately we didnât have to.â
Senior goalkeeper Danielle Rice
On importance of shutout and defense for this gameâ¦.
âThe shutout was a team effort by far. I was really hoping for the shutout today. We needed it for our team. It boosts the defense and boosts the team overall knowing that we can shut teams out. I think it gives us the confidence to go forward and score.â
Junior midfielder Mikaela Harvey
On the win and control of gameâ¦.
âI know that we came out a little slow, but we were working really hard on our speed of play and connecting with each other. We just reminded ourselves that we know what to do and how to play, so we talked about that at halftime and won the game.â
On Tulsa goalkeeperâs savesâ¦.
âIt definitely gets frustrating when itâs not going in the net, but at the same time it gives us confidence that we are getting so many shots and eventually it will go in.â
Sophomore forward Brittany Crabtree
On her first goal of the seasonâ¦
âItâs always great to get the first goal, get some of the nerves out. It was really important for me to place it in a corner tonight. Getting tackled on the back end of it was kind of scary, but Iâm glad it went in.â
On the playâ¦
âI was making sure I stayed onside, because Ashlynn [Harryman] has the ability to play the ball long. She sent a great ball, it couldnât have been any more perfect. I just knew that I was 1-v-1 with the keeper and placed the ball.â
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ SEC West rivals Alabama and LSU each had 13 players make the coaches preseason all-conference teams.
The Crimson Tide had three players picked as first-teamers on each side of the ball Thursday, including wide receiver Calvin Ridley, left tackle Cam Robinson, tight end O.J. Howard, defensive end Jonathan Allen, safety Eddie Jackson and linebacker Reuben Foster. Punter JK Scott is also a first-teamer.
Making the team for LSU were tailback Leonard Fournette, center Ethan Pocic, linebacker Kendell Beckwith and defensive back Tre’Davious White.
Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk made the first-team as a wide receiver, all-purpose player and return specialist. TeammateÂ Myles Garrett made the first team on defense. Tennessee had four first-teamers: linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, defensive back Cameron Sutton, defensive end Derek Barnett and return specialist Evan Berry.
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SEATTLE (AP) _ Three plays were all it took for Dallas to get yet another injury scare surrounding Tony Romo.
The quarterback lasted just 90 seconds into the Cowboys’ 27-17 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks last night before leaving with what appeared at first to be a potentially significant injury, but ended up being minor.
Romo was tackled from behind by Seattle’s Cliff Avril on the third play from scrimmage as Romo scrambled from the pocket.
Turned out it was all just a scare. Romo walked off the field without assistance, threw passes on the sideline and lobbied for a return to the game. Dallas coach Jason Garrett opted to play it safe and Romo donned a baseball hat as a spectator the rest of the night.
Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 48 yards on seven carries, including a 13-yard run where he knocked Seattle safety Kam Chancellor backward. Backup QB Dak Prescott also turned in a solid performance, finishing 17 of 23 for 116 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass that Jason Witten snatched away from K.J. Wright.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Cole Hamels allowed only two singles over eight innings for his 14th victory, Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat with Texas and the AL-best Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series matching division leaders.
Hamels (14-4) retired 19 straight batters after Francisco Lindor’s solid two-out single to left in the first. The only other baserunner for the Indians was Carlos Santana after a leadoff hit in the eighth, though he was stranded at second after advancing on a passed ball.
Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor also homered for the Rangers (75-53).
Hamels struck out eight without a walk, and the lefty improved to 21-5 in his 38 starts since the Rangers acquired him last season when he was coming off a no-hitter in his last start for the Philadelphia Phillies. It was the longest scoreless outing for a Texas starter this season.
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HOUSTON â College basketball fans in Houston will be treated to a holiday feast when Texas A&M battles Arizona and Texas plays Arkansas in a nationally televised doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Toyota Center. The event is managed by Kentucky-based sports marketing firm bd Global.
The Aggies and Wildcats are slated to tip off at 11 a.m. (CT) with ESPN2 providing television coverage for the SEC-Pac 12 match-up.
“To pair up old rivals Texas and Arkansas will be a great game for basketball fans in Houston, and then to add in a marquee matchup featuring the Aggies and Arizona will undoubtedly make this the best doubleheader in all of college basketball this season,” said Brooks Downing, president of bd Global (www.bdglobalsports.com), the event promoter.
Arizona, A&M and Texas all played in last season’s NCAA Tournament while Arkansas is predicted to contend with A&M for the Southeastern Conference title in 2017.
“I’m excited to play one of the top programs in college basketball,” said Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy. “It will be a great challenge for our young team. We look forward to playing in Houston, with the Toyota Center full of Aggies.”
Last season was a breakthrough year for Kennedy’s squad as the Aggies won a school-record 28 games, took home a share of the SEC regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Aggies return eight lettermen, including SEC All-Freshman Team performers in center Tyler Davis and forward DJ Hogg as well as key contributors, center Tonny Trocha-Morelos and guard Admon Gilder.
Arizona, a college basketball blueblood, has experienced a renaissance under Coach Sean Miller. The Wildcats have won 25+ games in each of the past four seasons which has included four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Elite Eight finishes. Standout guard Allonzo Trier elected to bypass the NBA Draft and return for his sophomore season. He will receive help from a top-five recruiting class, which includes top-25 prospects Kobi Simmons and Rawle Alkins.
Texas made immediate strides last season under first-year coach Shaka Smart by finishing with 20 wins and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. A strong incoming freshman class ranked No. 11 nationally will bolster the Longhorns. The class is led by top-30 prospects Jarrett Allen and Andrew Jones.
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in front of our fans at the Toyota Center in Houston,” said Smart. “It is one of the most important areas in this state as it relates to our recruiting and fan base.”
Arkansas looks to rebound following last year’s 16-16 finish. The Razorbacks return their top two scorers from a year ago in seniors Moses Kingsley and Dusty Hannahs and adds three of the top six junior college players in the country. Kingsley recently participated in the Nike Basketball Academy, a prestigious five-day event with the top-20 college players in the country.
Tickets ranging from $20 – $400 (courtside seating), not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. (CT) online at www.HoustonToyotaCenter.com, by phone at 1-866-4-HOU-TIXand at select Houston area Randalls locations. Tickets also will be available at the Toyota Center Box Office beginning Monday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. (based on availability).
Complete event information can be found at www.hoopsinhouston.com. For group sales or sponsorship opportunities, interested parties should contact bd Global at 859-951-6141.
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CINCINNATI (AP) _ Yu Darvish hit only the second homer by a Rangers pitcher and Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning Wednesday night for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of their two-game interleague series.
Darvish’s solo shot to center field was one of three homers by the Rangers, who wasted a three-run lead before rallying late. Beltre’s double off Blake Wood (5-2) snapped a 5-5 tie.
Nomar Mazara had a three-homer, and Ian Desmond followed Darvish’s homer in the fifth with one off Tim Adleman. The Reds have given up 10 homers in the last three games, including four sets of back-to-back homers.
Darvish let a 5-2 lead slip away. He walked a season-high five batters and hit a batter in six innings. A passed ball and an error led to two unearned runs.
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Newstalk 1620 WTAW‘s Zach Taylor and My Aggie Nation‘s Travis L. Brown ponder if and when Texas A&M will break into the AP Top 25 poll with a preseason rank two spots out of No. 25. Also, the duo breaks down linebacker depth after the suspension of Josh Walker and discusses the end of an era for the Texas Rangers with the release of Josh Hamilton. Finally, Brown picks up a few tips on how to navigate College Station after the invasion of students this weekend. (August, 24, 2016)MyAggieNation_0824.mp3
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FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Free agent right wing Jiri Hudler (HOOD’-lur) has signed a $2 million, one-year deal with the Dallas Stars. A veteran of 11 NHL seasons, he had 46 points in 72 games combined for Calgary and Florida last season. Hudler has appeared in 83 career playoff games and went to consecutive Stanley Cup Finals with Detroit in 2008 and 2009.
By WES CROSBY
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and Carlos Correa got two hits and scored twice, leading Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Wednesday.
The Astros won the interleague matchup between wild-card contenders for their fifth victory in six games. Pittsburgh has lost five of six.
McHugh (8-10) gave up three runs in five innings, ending an 0-4 rut in his last five starts. Ken Giles closed for his fifth save.
Gerrit Cole (7-9) allowed five runs in five innings. He has a 6.07 ERA through five August starts.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant will miss the next
preseason game after sustaining a concussion in practice.
Coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Bryant was hurt a day earlier when the
receiver’s head hit the shoulder pads of safety Barry Church. Garrett says
Bryant was held out of the rest of that practice and will not play Thursday
night at Seattle.
On his Twitter account Tuesday, Bryant promised Cowboys fans that he is OK.
Garrett said Bryant seemed “much better” Tuesday, and the coach doesn’t think
there is a long-term concern.
Bryant had four catches for 74 yards in two preseason games. He had a touchdown
catch in each game.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished
with a six-hitter while Gregory Polanco hit two home runs to lead the Pittsburgh
Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Nova (10-6) struck out six, walked one and threw 69 of his 98 pitches for
strikes while improving to 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from the New
York Yankees in an Aug. 1 trade.
It was the fourth complete game of the right-hander’s seven-year career with
the others coming in 2013.
His bid for his third career shutout ended when Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve
led off the ninth with consecutive doubles.
After the Pirates scored four runs in the first inning, Polanco hit solo shots
in the third and fifth off Joe Musgrove and Tony Sipp to extend the lead to 6-0
and raise his season total to a team-high 19 homers.
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CINCINNATI (AP) _ Dan Straily extended his surge since the All-Star break by
pitching six innings and Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs to lead the
Cincinnati Reds over the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Tuesday night.
A day after losing to the Dodgers 18-9, the Reds won a close one against a
Rangers team that has been shut out three times in its last nine games.
Straily (10-6) hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his eight starts
since the break, going 6-0. He gave up three singles and two walks. Raisel
Iglesias gave up two hits in the seventh but escaped the threat with two
Tony Cingrani gave two walks in the ninth before retiring Ryan Rua on a
grounder to complete his 16th save in 21 chances.
Votto singled home a run in the sixth off left-hander Derek Holland (5-6), who
had been on the disabled list since June 22 with an inflamed pitching shoulder.
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By JOE KAY
CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Texas Rangers have placed outfielder Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers as he tries to come back from a series of operations on his left knee.
The Rangers activated him off the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday and put him on waivers. They also recalled right-hander Shawn Tolleson from the minors and put him on the 60-day DL, creating a spot for left-hander Derek Holland to return from the disabled list and start against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
The move with Hamilton was expected. He had surgery on the left knee on June 8 to reconstruct the ACL and repair cartilage damage _ his third operation on the knee since September. He’s hoping to be ready to play by spring training.
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