Sepp Blatter Wins Re-Election as FIFA President

ZURICH (AP) _ Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption.

The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round.

Prince Ali’s promise of a clean break from FIFA’s tarnished recent history was rejected despite the worst scandal in the organization’s 111-year history.

Navarro, Szeryk Named Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-Americans

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.- Texas A&M women’s golfers Marijosse Navarro and Maddie Szeryk were named Second Team All-Americans by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association on Friday. This marks the first time Texas A&M has produced two All-Americans in the same season.

Navarro, a sophomore from Mexico City, earned her second WGCA All-American selection after earning second-team honors a year ago. Navarro set a Texas A&M single-season record and ranked fourth in the nation with a 71.80 scoring average. Navarro finished the NCAA Championships tied for 21st in the tournament.

Szeryk, a freshman from Allen, earned her first WGCA All-American honors, after setting a Texas A&M freshman record, and ranking sixth in the country with a 71.86 stroke average. Szeryk ranked second in the nation with 127 birdies and led the nation with five eagles.

With Navarro and Szeryk’s All-American honors this season, Texas A&M has now produced 13 All-Americans, including eight in the past 10 seasons.

The Aggies won the 2015 SEC Championship and finished 18th at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

WGCA 1st Team All-Americans:

Celine Boutier, Duke
Justine Dreher, South Carolina
Dana Finkelstein, UNLV
Lauren Kim, Stanford
Bronte Law, UCLA
Gaby Lopez, Arkansas
Leona Maguire, Duke
Caroline Nistrup, LSU
Madeline Sagstrom, LSU
Emma Talley, Alabama
Monica Vaughn, Arizona State

WGCA 2nd Team All-Americans:

Haley Davis, Baylor
Dylan Kim, Baylor
Kyung Kim, Southern Cal
Esther Lee, Colorado
Meghan MacLaren, FIU
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State
Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M
Annie Park, Southern Cal
Sierra Sims, Wake Forest
Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M
Gabriella Then, Southern Cal
Lindsey Weaver, Arizona

WGCA Honorable Mention All-Americans: 

Marissa Chow, Pepperdine
Lauren Diaz-Yi, Virginia
Allison Emrey, Wake Forest
Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State
Eimi Koga, Washington
Erynne Lee, UCLA
Paige Lee, UC Davis
A.J. Newell, Tennessee
Anna Newell, Tennessee
Chieh Jessica Peng, Mississippi State
Krystal Quihuis, Arizona
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford
Bertine Strauss, Texas
Suchaya Tangkamolprasert, Northwestern
Charlotte Thomas, Washington
Taylor Totland, Furman
Jennifer Yang, Washington

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Dalton Rowan, Hillary Montgomery Advance to NCAA Championship Field

AUSTIN – Dalton Rowan became the first Aggie to advance to the NCAA Championship field from the NCAA West preliminary rounds at Myers Stadium on Thursday as he placed fifth in the discus with a season best effort of 186 feet, 3 inches. Later in the evening Hillary Montgomery finished ninth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:37.62 to earn her first berth to the NCAA Outdoor meet.

Texas A&M fared well in advancing 11 of 14 athletes to the second round of events this weekend in the 400 hurdles, 100 meters, 400m and 800m. Heat winners included Shamier Little and Gregory Coleman in the 400 hurdles, Aaliyah Brown in the 100, and Deon Lendore in the 400.

It will be the third trip to the NCAA Championships for Rowan, who was eager for a return trip in his senior year. He finished eighth as a freshman and seventh as a sophomore in the NCAA Championship discus, but missed qualifying last year as he placed 46th in the preliminary rounds after a sixth-place finish in the SEC meet.

“I want to give all the credit to assistant coach Juan De La Garza, he’s been helping me a lot in practice,” noted Rowan. “It’s nice to come back after a tough meet at the SEC’s. The competition was awesome and coach De La Garza helped me out a lot. I was more patient going into the ring. Now I want to help out the team at the NCAA Championships.”

After placing ninth in the SEC a couple of weeks ago with a 171-6 performance, Rowan opened with a 180-10 (55.13) in the third of three flights at Myers Stadium. In round two he improved to 182-7 (55.66), but moved from sixth place to ninth. In round three Rowan improved again, reaching the distance of 186-3 (56.77) to move up to fifth.

Texas Tech’s Kole Weldon produced the top mark of 196-1 (59.78) over Ryan Crouser of Texas (189-7) and Mitchell Cooper of Kansas (189-5). Aggie Jeff Bartlett threw in the second flight and had a best of 174-9 (53.26) on his first attempt to place 22nd overall among the field of 48.

Montgomery’s training came into play on a humid evening with temperatures in the low to mid 80s for the 9:30 p.m. race. Racing in a field of 48 runners, Montgomery was with the lead pack for a majority of the race.

“I hardly have the words to express how excited I am,” said Montgomery, who earned All-America honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall. “I’ve come a long way and worked extremely hard to get here. I’m just so thankful to God and my coaches for getting me to this point where I was just able to do what I’ve been doing all season.

“I knew that I was in shape and prepared as well as I could have been. I just had to run the way I’ve been training. I wasn’t as freaked out for the weather as I feel other people from other schools may have been. I knew what the weather was going to be like, and I know I’ve done hard work outs in this weather and have been fine. So, I was prepared to tough it out.”

In the late stages Montgomery remained among the top 12 in 10th place and moved up a position over the last couple of laps to claim ninth. Hannah Everson of Air Force won the race in 34:23.52 with New Mexico’s Alice Wright in second with a 34:25.04 while Dominique Scott of Arkansas placed third at 34:25.46. A&M’s Karis Jochen finished 40th (37:04.45) while Grace Fletcher did not finish.

“The priority was making it through in the 10k,”stated Montgomery. “But now with that goal accomplished, I’m going to focus just as equally on the 5k. I feel like I’m prepared to race well in that event too. I’ll just have to see how well I recover from tonight.”

Little ran her first 400 hurdle race ever without glasses in winning her heat with a time of 59.09, which ranked sixth overall among the 24 hurdlers advancing to Friday’s quarterfinal. A broken frame had Little wearing contacts for her first round race as she defeated Susan Meinders of Northern Colorado (59.76) and Missouri State’s Shani Adams (59.78).

In the men’s 400 hurdles Coleman posted a time of 51.32 to win his heat over Texas Tech’s Darien Tennon (52.06) and Oregon’s Ben Thiel (52.20). Running in the first heat from lane 2, Aikan Graham finished sixth with a time of 52.22 that left him trailing the final time qualifier by 0.04.

Lendore posted a winning time of 46.44, which ranked fourth best overall, while Bralon Taplin clocked 46.52 as runner-up in another heat to record the seventh best time in the opening round of the 400. DJ Zahn of Illinois was the only sprinter to produce a sub-46 second time with his 45.51.

A comfortable effort from Lendore had him bettering Nebraska’s Jake Bender (47.05) and Marquis Johnson of UW-Milwaukee (47.13). Taplin and USC frosh Ricky Morgan ran even to the line with Morgan having an edge at finish with a 46.51 while Carlton Anumnu of Texas placed third in 46.55.

Brown won the only heat of the women’s 100 meters that wasn’t wind-aided in posting an 11.34 (1.7 wind) to defeat the USC tandem of Ky Westbrook (11.38) and Destinee Brown (11.50). Also advancing by placing among the top three in their respective heats were Jennifer Madu (11.28w) and Ashton Purvis (11.34w). Olivia Ekpone ran 11.58w to place sixth in her heat.

Shavez Hart (10.10w) and Devin Jenkins (10.29w) each finished third in their heats of the men’s 100 to reach the quarterfinals. Hart finished by a 9.95w (2.6 wind) from John Teeters of Oklahoma State and a 10.03w from Carl Horsley of Cal State Northridge. Jenkins ran in the lane adjacent to the defending NCAA champion, Trayvon Bromell of Baylor, as he won the heat in a windy 9.94 (2.1 wind) with Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas second at 10.15w.

The men’s 800 had Hector Hernandez and Josh Hernandez advancing to the quarterfinals as both placed second in their heats. Josh turned in a 1:48.31 behind Iowa State’s Edward Kemboi (1:47.65) as they produced the top two times in the first round. Hector’s 1:49.39 had him trailing Arizona’s Collins Kibet (1:49.17) as they posted the fifth and sixth best marks advancing. Aggie Gaines Kinsey ran 1:51.09 to finish seventh in his heat, placing 33rd overall.

In other field events Latario Collie (25-3 ¼w) and Olabanji Asekun (25-1 ¼w) placed 16th and 17th in the men’s long jump, Brea Garrett (195-7) and Alison Ondrusek (186-11) were 20th and 29th in the women’s hammer. Taylor Stolt (19-5 ¼w) finished 30th in the women’s long jump, and Samuel McSwain placed 34th (6-9 ¾) in the high jump.

Finishing the first night with the men’s 10,000 meters, Ryan Miller placed 39th with a 32:08.12 while Austin Wells did not finish.

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Long Named a Louisville Slugger All-American

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M junior pitcher Grayson Long was selected to the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team released by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Thursday.

Long, an All-SEC Second Team selection this year, is 9-0 on the season with a 2.62 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 86.0 innings of work. The junior northpaw is holding opponents to a .214 batting average on the season. In 10 conference starts, Long went 6-0 with a 2.67 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 57.1 innings of work. He earned SEC Pitcher of the Week recognition twice during his junior campaign.

For his career, Long is 19-4 with a 3.01 ERA and 193 strikeouts in 221.1 innings of work. His .826 winning percentage ranks ninth on A&M’s career list. The 19 victories is tied for 15th on the Aggies’ all-time chart.

Texas A&M begins NCAA Division I Baseball Championship regional action on Friday when they host Texas Southern in a 6 pm game on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.  

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SEC Men’s Basketball Schedule Format Announced

DESTIN, Fla. – The Southeastern Conference has announced a men’s basketball scheduling model beginning in 2015-16 that features three permanent opponents for each of the league’s schools.

Texas A&M’s permanent opponents will be Arkansas, LSU and Missouri.

Each SEC team will play the other 13 teams at least one time during league play. They will then play their three permanent opponents a second time and.

The 2016 men’s basketball schedule will be announced in August.

 

SEC MEN’S BASKETBALL PERMANENT OPPONENTS

Alabama – Auburn / Mississippi State / LSU

Arkansas – Missouri / Texas A&M / LSU

Auburn – Alabama / Ole Miss / Georgia

Florida – Kentucky / Georgia / Vanderbilt

Georgia – South Carolina / Florida / Auburn

Kentucky – Florida / Tennessee / Vanderbilt

LSU – Texas A&M / Alabama / Arkansas

Ole Miss – Mississippi State / Auburn / Missouri

Mississippi State – Ole Miss / Alabama / South Carolina

Missouri – Arkansas / Texas A&M / Ole Miss

South Carolina – Georgia / Tennessee / Mississippi State

Tennessee – Vanderbilt / Kentucky / South Carolina

Texas A&M – LSU / Arkansas / Missouri

Vanderbilt – Tennessee / Kentucky / Florida

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Rockets Eliminated

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors have reached the NBA Finals
for the first time since 1975 by beating the Houston Rockets 104-90 last night.
Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry overcame a poor shooting night to register 26 points,
eight rebounds and six assists, while teammate Harrison Barnes scored 13 of his
24 points in the final period. James Harden had a terrible night for the
Rockets, setting an NBA playoff record with 13 turnovers and scoring 14 points
on just 2 of 11 shooting.

Texas A&M Athletics’ Tops in Academics

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Proof of Texas A&M Athletics’ commitment to success in the classroom and graduation was shown in the annual release of Academic Progress Rate (APR) data from the NCAA on Wednesday.

Texas A&M surpassed the required NCAA standard in all sports, and all 19 NCAA-sponsored athletics programs achieved a multi-year rate of 944 or higher (on a 1000 scale) for data submitted for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

“Success in the classroom, as well as the field of competition, is paramount in college athletics,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “I’m extremely proud of what our student-athletes have been able to accomplish. Our student-athletes work as hard in the classroom as they do in their sport, and the fruits of their labor was borne out in the APR data. We also had 65 student-athletes graduate during May commencement, and I think that speaks volumes about what we are trying to accomplish here at Texas A&M.”

Leading the way for the Aggies was head coach Laurie Corbelli’s volleyball team, which received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for earning multi-year Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all Division I volleyball programs. The Aggies had a perfect score of 1,000 based on 51 student-athletes during the four-year span. During that time frame, the Aggies advanced to three NCAA Volleyball Championship tournaments and won the 2012 Southeastern Conference Western Division Championship.

Other superlatives from the APR data were all-time high multi-year rates from two Texas A&M programs – football and women’s swimming and diving. The Texas A&M football team, which earned three wins in four bowl trips in the time frame, achieved a score of 974. The swimming and diving squad totaled a near-perfect score of 997 while winning a conference team title and finishing in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships each year.

In addition, eight Texas A&M varsity athletics programs registered a perfect 1000 APR score for the 2013-14 academic year — women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, softball, soccer, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and volleyball.

Also of note was the continued upward trend of APR scores earned by the men’s basketball team, which posted scores of 980 and 977 in 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete during the school year. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.

Texas A&M Multi-Year Academic Progress Rate

(Includes 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years)

Women’s Teams

Basketball 973
Cross Country 994
Golf 985
Softball 980
Soccer 981
Swimming & Diving 997
Tennis 987
Track, Indoor 962
Track, Outdoor 966
Volleyball 1000

Men’s Teams

Baseball 965
Basketball 944
Cross Country 959
Football 974
Golf 972
Swimming & Diving 981
Tennis 954
Track, Indoor 947
Track, Outdoor 946

A&M Women’s Basketball Gary Blair To Throw Out Ceremonial First Pitch For Rangers Tonight

ARLINGTON, Texas- Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach Gary Blair is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game between the Texas Rangers (23-24) and Boston Red Sox (21-26) at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Blair’s appearance is a part of the Texas A&M Night of the Rangers’ University Days promotion. The first 2,000 fans who purchased a ticket through the promotion will receive a special Texas A&M themed Rangers hat.

In addition, Blair, who won the 2011 NCAA Championship with Texas A&M, will appear on the Fox Sports Southwest coverage of the contest twice, with interviews slated for the Rangers Live pregame show, and again as an in-game interview.

Blair, a Dallas native and a noted fan of the Rangers, ranks 16th all-time in Division I with 695 career wins. Blair has led his teams to 21 NCAA Tournament appearances, including in each of the last 10 years at Texas A&M.

No. 2 Aggie Men’s and The No. 9 Women Track and Field Team at NCAA West preliminary Starting Today

AUSTIN – A crew of 49 Aggies travel to Myers Stadium this week for the NCAA West preliminary rounds as Texas A&M, with the men ranked No. 2 and the women No. 9 nationally, take the first step in challenging for a national championship team title.

Action begins Thursday and continues through Saturday. Gates at Myers Stadium open at 10:30 a.m. each day of competition. General admission tickets for all three days are $35 for adults and $25 for college students (with valid student ID), youth (17 and under) and seniors. Single day tickets, which go on sale May 28, are $15 for adults and $10 for college students, youth and seniors.

The Aggie women, defending NCAA Outdoor team champions, have 22 athletes qualified for the meet with 29 entries in 15 events. The A&M men, who were third in the NCAA Outdoor meet last season after winning the 2013 national team title, have qualified 27 athletes with 33 entries in 18 events.

Texas A&M has claimed four men’s championship titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) and four women’s championship titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) over the past six years.

With field sizes of 48 athletes the goal is to finish among the top 12 in individual events in order to advance to the NCAA Championship weekend in Eugene, Oregon. Meanwhile, a field of 24 relay teams will be trimmed to a dozen.

“Half of the United States is coming to Austin to find out who the top 12 are in this area of the country, so it’s going to be a tremendous competition,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “It’s the time of the year where it doesn’t make any difference if you’re sick or healthy, it’s time to go.

“It’s good to have numbers and we have a lot qualified for this round. The challenge now is getting out of this round. You have to look at it like it’s a final. You get to compete on the track or in the ring with somebody. This is a final round, so you have to be prepared do your absolute best and then you’ll advance to the next round if you do that.”

The Aggies feature four defending individual national champions in Deon Lendore (400m), Kamaria Brown (200m), Shamier Little (400 hurdles) and Shelbi Vaughan (discus). A&M also is the defending NCAA champion in the women’s 4×100 and men’s 4×400 relay and the Aggies were runner-up last season in the men’s 4×100 and women’s 4×400.

Lendore enters the NCAA West preliminary round as the collegiate leader in the 400 meters with a time of 44.41 seconds, which ranks third in the world for 2015, as he claimed his third SEC Outdoor title and fourth conference outdoor victory. Lendore became just the fourth sprinter to capture three SEC Outdoor 400m titles and the first since 1956.

“After having a not so wonderful start to my season, all I was thinking about was having a healthy race during the SEC final,” noted Lendore. “I thought I would run around 44.6, but to win with a 44.41 I’m happy that I was able to run that well.”

A&M is the top seed in the 4×100 (38.74) and 4×400 (3:02.19) relays, where Lendore runs the anchor leg in each. The Aggies defended their SEC title in the 4×100 with a collegiate-leading time while the 4×400 unit finished fourth as Lendore supplied a split of 44.19 in moving the team from seventh to fourth.

“The anchor leg on the 4×100 during the SEC Championship was a sign to me that I was actually getting back into shape,” stated Lendore. “To be able to stay up with those guys, in a stacked field with a race that was really hot, I knew the day was going to be good.”

Vaughan improved her SEC Championship record by three feet in the discus to 211-8 (64.52) on her final throw as she won a third consecutive conference title, becoming just the second thrower to win three SEC titles in the women’s discus and the first since 2006.

Undefeated this season, Vaughan moved up to No. 5 on the all-time collegian list with her 211-8, which also ranks eighth in the world for the 2015 season and is the current U.S. leader.

In the 400 hurdles Little improved her career best to 54.68 as she defeated the defending SEC champion, Kendra Harrison of Kentucky. It was the third league title for Little, who won the SEC Outdoor 400m title in 2014 and added the SEC Indoor 400m crown in 2015. The time by Little in the 400 hurdles improved upon her school record of 55.07 she set in winning the 2014 NCAA championship and took over the 2015 world lead for a week and is the current U.S. and collegiate leader.

Brown finished runner-up in the 200 at the SEC meet, where her 22.64 ranks second in the NCAA West, while supplying key legs to the Aggie 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Brown ran the third leg of A&M’s 4×100 that set a collegiate-leading time of 42.61 as the Aggies broke the meet record of 42.80 set by LSU in 2008.

In the 4×400 Brown supplied a 50.58 second leg along with a 51.79 anchor by Little in producing a season best time of 3:32.40 to finish second in the SEC meet.

Among the men’s entries the Aggies have someone in 18 of the 20 events being contested in Austin. That covers all of the field events and all the running events except for the 1,500 meters and 110 hurdles.

A&M’s men entries that are seeded among the top 12 of the NCAA West heading into the preliminary rounds include Shavez Hart in the 100 (10th, 10.10) and 200 meters (3rd, 20.23), Bralon Taplin in the 400 (2nd, 44.89), the tandem of Hector Hernandez (9th, 1:47.75) and Josh Hernandez (11th, 1:47.97) in the 800, and Gregory Coleman in the 400 hurdles (6th, 50.22).

In field events the A&M men entries that are seeded in the top 12 include the pole vault duo of Audie Wyatt (6th, 17-11 ¾) and Chase Wolfle (10th, 17-8 ½), Olabanji Asekun (2nd, 26-4 ½w) in the long jump, Latario Collie in the long jump (6th, 25-9 ½) and triple jump (1st, 56-7 ¼w), Austin Cook (11th, 212-6) in the hammer and the javelin combination of Ioannis Kyriazis (2nd, 257-3) and Devin Bogert (4th, 246-3).

Top 12 seeds for the Aggie women include Aaliyah Brown (8th, 11.24) and Jennifer Madu (12th, 11.40) in the 100, Hillary Montgomery (8th, 33:34.58) in the 10,000 meters, and the javelin duo of Maggie Malone (4th, 171-10) and Kristen Clark (5th, 170-8).

A&M has five entered in the women’s javelin where they rank among the top 30. Joining Malone and Clark are Kendall Munoz (17th, 159-1), Audrey Malone (20th, 157-4) and Krystyn Bradley (27th, 154-2).

One Aggie qualifier to the NCAA Championship field in Eugene is Jena Hemann in the heptathlon, where she is seeded eighth among the field of 24 with her career best score of 6,002 points. Hemann will contest the high jump during the preliminary rounds in Austin.

Santana, Carrasco Lead Indians Past Rangers 12-3

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Carlos Santana capped and eight-run third inning with a three-run homer, leading the Cleveland Indians past Texas 12-3 on Wednesday to end the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.

Carlos Carrasco (6-4) allowed only Robinson Chirinos’ solo homer in the fifth while pitching eight sharp innings. The right-hander held Texas to five hits and struck out eight.

Texas starter Colby Lewis (4-3) allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 2 2-3 innings. He was chased in the third when the Indians sent 12 men to the plate.

The lopsided loss ended Texas’ seven-game winning streak.

Josh Hamilton singled in the seventh for his first hit since returning to the Rangers on Monday, but was thrown out by left fielder Mike Aviles trying for a double. Hamilton is 1 for 11 in three games after being acquired from the Angels on April 27.

Soccer’s Governing Body Raided

ZURICH (AP) _ The reputation of FIFA, the governing body of soccer worldwide, for corruption has reignited spectacularly two days before a presidential election expected to give Sepp Blatter four more years at the head
of world soccer.

Dawn raids by Swiss federal authorities on FIFA headquarters and a luxury hotel in Zurich supported separate federal cases in the United States and Switzerland. The U.S. probe relates to racketeering, money laundering and kickbacks in marketing deals for soccer tournaments in the U.S., Brazil and across Latin America.

Two of FIFA’s eight vice presidents and a new member of its executive committee were among officials arrested in Zurich.

The Swiss investigation is about wrongdoing in the controversial 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests which gave hosting rights to Russia and Qatar.

FIFA, meanwhile, said Friday’s presidential election would go ahead as planned with Sepp Blatter going for a fifth term. Blatter was not named in either investigation.

FIFA also ruled out a revote of the World Cups won by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

Aggie Women’s Tennis Finishes Season Ranked 5th, Women at No. 10

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 2015 Texas A&M men’s tennis team capped off their historic season with a program-best fifth place ranking in the final Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll released Tuesday afternoon. The Aggies finished in the top-10 for the sixth time after advancing to the Elite 8 for the second time in program history, falling to eventual National Champion Virginia in the national quarterfinals.

“I am beyond thrilled for our senior class to be able to go out with back-to-back SEC titles and a Top-5 finish,” Texas A&M men’s tennis head coach Steve Dentonsaid. “This season was one of the best in program history, we are looking to build off this momentum and are very excited and optimistic about next season and the future of Texas A&M tennis.”

The maroon and white compiled a number of program firsts this year including a win over the No. 1 team, defeating Oklahoma at the Mitchell Tennis Center in February, and the 2015 regular season SEC Championship. The Aggies finished the season 24-5; all five losses came to teams that finished ranked in the top eight of the final ITA poll. A&M tallied an impressive 18 victories over teams ranked in the final ITA poll, including a nine over teams in the final top-25. A&M reached the NCAA tournament for the 22nd season in a row, 23rd overall appearance.

The Aggies’ 11 conference wins this year were a program-best, eclipsing the 10-win tally of 2014 team, while the 24 dual victories marked the fourth time a Texas A&M-coached Steve Denton squad has eclipsed the 20-win mark. The back-to-back SEC Coach of the Year nod for Denton was the fourth league honor in his time in College Station after being named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

The Southeastern Conference placed national best six teams in the final Top 25: Texas A&M (5), Georgia (8), Ole Miss (17), Mississippi State (23), Vanderbilt (24) and Florida (25). LSU just missed the Top-25 finishing at No. 30; while Tennessee (43), Auburn (46) and Alabama (72) complete the SEC contingent in the top-75.

The Texas A&M women’s team finished No. 10 in the final rankings, marking the second straight season that both A&M tennis teams have finished in the Top-10. A&M joins Baylor, Georgia, Southern Cal and Virginia as the only schools in the nation to have both their men’s and women’s tennis programs in the top-10 in the final rankings.

The ITA singles and doubles rankings will be released June 3, along with the final regional rankings.

Below is the ITA’s list of the 25 top-ranked teams:

Rank School
1 University of Virginia
2 University of Oklahoma
3 Baylor University
4 TCU
5 Texas A&M University
6 University of Illinois
7 University of Southern California
8 University of Georgia
9 University of Texas
10 Duke University
11 North Carolina
12 Ohio State University
13 Wake Forest University
14 Columbia University
15 UCLA
16 University of South Florida
17 University of Mississippi
18 Virginia Tech
19 Texas Tech University
20 Stanford University
21 University of Minnesota
22 University of San Diego
23 Mississippi State University
24 Vanderbilt University
25 University of Florida

 

For the complete final team rankings, go to itatennis.com. Visit 12thMan.com.com for more information on Texas A&M men’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team is No. 10 in the final Oracle/ITA National Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released today.

It marks the third consecutive year as well as the third time in program history the Aggies have finished in the Top 10. Under the direction of head coach Howard Joffe and associate head coach Mark Weaver, the Aggies were an all-time high No. 3 in the 2013 final rankings following A&M’s first-ever NCAA Championship runner-up finish. A&M was No. 9 in the 2014 final rankings.

This year the Aggies went 17-6 overall, including 13-6 against ranked opponents. A&M was 4-4 against Top-10 opponents, including a thrilling 4-3 victory over then-No. 8 Vanderbilt, which then went on to win its next 10 matches to capture its first NCAA national championship and earn a No. 1 final ranking.

The Aggies, who tied the Commodores and Georgia for second place in the Southeastern Conference with an 11-2 record, made a 16th consecutive and 21st overall appearance in the NCAA tournament and were seeded No. 10 in the 64-team field. They advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in program history before falling to 2014 national champion and 2015 NCAA runner-up UCLA, which was defeated by Vanderbilt in the national championship match and placed No. 3 in the final rankings.

The SEC placed a nation-leading eight teams in the final Top 25: Vanderbilt (1), Georgia (5), Florida (6), Texas A&M (10), Alabama (14), LSU (23), Ole Miss (24) and Kentucky (25). Mississippi State and Arkansas were No. 32 and 38, respectively, and Auburn (46) and Tennessee (61) also were listed in the final rankings.

The Aggie men’s team is an all-time high No. 5 in the ITA men’s final rankings, and A&M joins Georgia, Baylor, USC, and Virginia as the only teams in the nation to have both their men’s and women’s tennis programs in the top 10 in the final rankings.

The ITA singles and doubles rankings will be released June 3, along with the final regional rankings.

Below is the ITA’s list of the 25 top-ranked teams:

Rank    Avg           School                                      Previous Week

1 83.20 Vanderbilt University 4
2 81.88 University of Southern California 1
3 78.35 UCLA 6
4 76.88 North Carolina 2
5 74.40 University of Georgia 7
6 72.64 University of Florida 5
7 71.98 California 3
8 66.62 Baylor University 9
9 65.50 University of Virginia 8
10 63.37 Texas A&M University 10
11 60.26 Stanford 14
12 55.83 Oklahoma State University 12
13 54.58 University of Michigan 11
14 52.61 University of Alabama 13
15 50.26 University of Miami (Florida) 15
16 47.36 Texas Tech University 16
17 42.15 TCU 17
18 41.64 Clemson University 21
19 38.28 Duke University 20
20 37.02 Georgia Tech 24
21 36.69 Ohio State University 18
22 35.16 Pepperdine 19
23 33.95 LSU 22
24 33.45 University of Mississippi 23
25 29.79 University of Kentucky 25

For the complete final team rankings, go to itatennis.com.

Visit 12thMan.com.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

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Navarro Finishes NCAA Championship Tied for 21st

BRADENTON, Fla.- Texas A&M sophomore golfer Marijosse Navarro finished the 2015 NCAA Championships with an individual finish of T-21st after shooting a 76 (+4) on Monday at The Concession Golf Club.

Navarro had two birdies on the par 72 / 6,468 yard course, birdieing the par 5, 511-yard third hole and the par 4 / 363 yard 15th.

The Mexico City native finished the tournament with a 300 (+12), shooting 77-74-73-76. She finishes the season with 90 birdies, which ranks seventh on Texas A&M’s single-season list, and set the school record with a 71.80 scoring average.

The Aggies won the 2015 SEC Championship as a team, and posted an 18th-place finish nationally, its sixth top 18 finish in the past eight seasons.

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Hamilton Hitless In Return, Texas Wins 6th in a Row

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Josh Hamilton was hitless in his return to the majors, but
reached on a key error that sent the Texas Rangers over Cleveland 10-8 Monday
for their sixth straight win.

Hamilton, slowed this season by shoulder surgery, was 0 for 3 with two
strikeouts and a walk, and scored a run.

The 2010 AL MVP came up with runners on first and second and two outs in the
seventh inning with the score 8-all. He hit an easy tapper back to pitcher Zach
McAllister, whose throw was well over the head of first baseman Carlos Santana
for a two-base error.

Hamilton was traded from the Angels back to Texas in late April.

Prince Fielder hit his fourth home run in four games for the Rangers. He hit an
RBI single that tied it earlier in the seventh.

The Indians had won six in a row.

Harden helps Rockets Stay Alive

HOUSTON (AP) _ James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points and the
Houston Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western
Conference finals with a 128-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game
4 on Monday night.

The Rockets used a 45-point first quarter to build a big lead. They were up by
22 in the second quarter when Stephen Curry landed on his head in a nasty spill
and missed about 12 minutes before returning.

His first field goal after returning came on a 3-pointer that got Golden State
within six points with less than 8 1/2 minutes remaining. But Harden, who had 17
points in the fourth quarter, scored the next seven points as part of 10
straight by Houston to push the lead to 114-98.

Klay Thompson had 24 points and Curry added 23 for Golden State, which can
reach the NBA Finals with a victory at home on Wednesday.

Orioles Beat Astros 4-3, Hand Keuchel 1st Loss

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel, and the Baltimore Orioles dealt the left-hander his first loss in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.

Keuchel (6-1) came in with a 1.67 ERA and had won three straight starts. He allowed just one home run in nine appearances this season before Joseph connected in the second inning and Pearce went deep in the seventh.

Keuchel allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one over eight innings in his first complete game of 2015 and seventh of his career.

George Springer had a season-high three hits and a homer for the Astros, who stranded seven and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Brad Brach (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Oliver Drake worked a perfect eighth before Zach Britton got three straight outs for his 11th save.

Women’s Golf Posts 18th-Place Team Finish at NCAA Championship

Texas A&M women’s golf posted its sixth top 18 finish in eight years under head coach Trelle McCombs, as it earned an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla. The Aggies have finished in the top 23 nine times in the past 12 years, and have 13 Top 25 NCAA finishes in its history.

The 18th-place finish caps off a banner year for Texas A&M as a team, as the Aggies won their first SEC title, and re-wrote most of the record book. The 2014-15 Aggies set a new team mark for scoring average (72.58), birdies (528), par-or-better rounds (13), individual scoring average (either Szeryk, 71.86 or Navarro, TBD), individual birdies (Szeryk, 127), and individual par-or-better rounds (Szeryk, 23), all without starting a single junior or senior in the lineup in any tournament.

In addition, the Aggies won three tournaments for the fourth time in school history, had five of the six lowest team rounds in school history, and the three lowest team tournament scores in school history.

Texas A&M missed advancement to the top 15 by just three strokes after the conclusion of three rounds. The Aggies shot 933 (+69) over three rounds.

The Aggies season concludes as Marijosse Navarro plays the final round of the 2015 NCAA Championships as an individual, starting at 11 a.m. CT. Next season, Texas A&M will host an NCAA Women’s Golf Regional at Traditions Club in Bryan from May 5-7, 2016.

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NCAA College Station Regional Field Announced

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies were selected to participate in their ninth consecutive NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, extending their school-record string.

The Aggies were tabbed as the No. 1 seed in the College Station Regional where they will face No. 4 seed Texas Southern in the first day’s action at 6 pm on Friday, May 29. On Saturday, Texas A&M will face the winner either No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina and No. 3 seed California.

It marks the 31st overall appearance for the Aggies in the NCAA Tournament and the ninth appearance in 10 years under the direction of head coach Rob Childress.

Coastal Carolina is 38-19 on the season, including a 17-7 mark in Big South Conference action. California is 34-19 on the season, including 18-12 in Pac-12 Conference play. Texas Southern is 31-17 on the season, including 16-7 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.

The winner of the College Station Regional will face the winner of the Fort Worth Regional hosted by TCU in a Super Regional. TCU was handed a Top 8 National seeded and a regional with North Carolina State, Stony Brook and Sacred Heart.

Make sure to visit 12thMan.com’s NCAA Regional page for more information.
NCAA College Station Regional
Friday, May 29
12 pm – California vs. Coastal Carolina
6 pm – Texas Southern vs. Texas A&M

Saturday, May 30
12 pm
6 pm

Sunday, May 31
12 pm
6 pm

Monday, June 1
6:30 pm (subject to change)
If necessary

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Coca Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) _ Carl Edwards picked one of NASCAR’s marquee races to end
his lengthy winless streak, capturing the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor
Speedway. He moved in front with 20 laps to go as most of his competitors needed
green-flag pit stops. Greg Biffle was second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.,
pole-sitter Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.

Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Juan Pablo Montoya overcame several mishaps to win the
Indianapolis 500 for the second time since 2000, finishing ahead of Will Power.
Montoya was bumped from behind during an early caution and had to pit to repair
the damage, leaving him second-to-last in the field. After working his way back
through the field, he was penalized for running over his air hose during a pit
stop.

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