Tyron Smith Gets 8-year Extension

By Todd Archer | ESPN.com

OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys have signed Pro Bowl offensive tackle Tyron Smith to an eight-year extension through 2023, making the total value of his contract worth nearly $110 million, according to multiple sources.

Smith, who the Cowboys view as a cornerstone of their future, is guaranteed $40 million and will receive a $10 million signing bonus, according to sources. He had two years remaining on his previous contract after the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in the spring.

“We talk about building a program and building a football team and he was the first player that we took three years ago in that draft,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s just been everything we’ve wanted to build this program and this team around. He was really a young player, who we put in really on minute one of day one and he’s everything that we thought he would be, both physically, intangibly and just as a person. His work ethic is fantastic. His mental and physical toughness are as good as I’ve been around. He just continues to grow and develop as a player. Technically he’s getting better. He’s getting bigger and stronger. And he’s just tough, competitive. He’s what you want on your football team at a really, really important position.”

Smith is the second member of the 2011 draft class to sign a lucrative extension in as many days, joining Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who signed a five-year extension worth $70 million.

Smith became the first offensive lineman drafted by the Cowboys in the first round since 1981 when he was selected with the ninth overall pick of the draft. He has started all but one game since joining the Cowboys and moved to left tackle in 2012.

The Cowboys have been in negotiations with his agents through the spring and talks picked up recently.

Smith does not turn 24 until December and will be able to hit free agency again by the time he is 32. Smith is considered a prototype left tackle with his athleticism and strength and was selected as a second-team All-Pro in 2013.

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Keuchel Gets Early Boost, Leads Astros Over A’s

HOUSTON (AP) _ Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics 8-1 Wednesday.

Keuchel (10-7) pitched his fourth complete game of the season, tying Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead.

The Astros won the series from the AL West-leading Athletics.

Marc Krauss beat out Oakland’s try for a double play in the first, and the Astros went on to match a season high for runs in an inning.

Keuchel (10-7) struck out five and walked three. Josh Donaldson hit his 23rd homer for Oakland’s only run.

Jason Hammel (0-4) remained winless in four starts since the A’s acquired him with pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs earlier this month. Hammel was 8-5 before the trade.

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DeMarcus Lawrence out 8-10 Weeks With Broken Foot, Per Report

By  (SBNation)

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence suffered an injury and had to be carted off the field at practice on Tuesday, and according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the team confirmed their suspicion that Lawrence had broken his foot, sidelining him 8-10 weeks.

Lawrence was trying to get past, but Smith kept on him and eventually threw him to the ground. It’s unclear what the actual injury was, but there is video of the play in which it happened, via Pat Doney of NBC on Vine:

Lawrence struggled to put weight on the ankle immediately after suffering the injury.

Lawrence was the No. 34 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and was expected to earn significant playing time this season.

The Cowboys are trying to improve on one of the league’s worst defenses. After parting ways with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, the team was banking on Lawrence stepping up in his rookie year. Lawrence was one of the best pass rushers in this draft and would be able to play and possibly start early on if the injury isn’t too serious.

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MLB Scores


Final      Tampa Bay       5  Milwaukee       1


Final      Baltimore       7  L.A. Angels     6, 12 Innings
Final      Seattle         5  Cleveland       2
Final      Chi White Sox  11  Detroit         4
Final      Toronto         4  Boston          2
Final      N-Y Yankees    12  Texas          11
Final      Minnesota       2  Kansas City     1
Final      Oakland         7  Houston         4


Final      Cincinnati      3  Arizona         0
Final      Philadelphia    6  N-Y Mets        0
Final      Miami           3  Washington      0
Final      Chi Cubs        4  Colorado        3, 16 Innings
Final      L.A. Dodgers    8  Atlanta         4
Final      San Diego       3  St. Louis       1
Final      Pittsburgh      3  San Francisco   1

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Texas MLB Teams

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Brett Gardner had four hits, including a home run, to
help the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 12-11 last night. Mark
Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, Zoilo Almonte and Brendan Ryan each drove in two runs
for the Yankees. J.P. Arencibia had two homers and seven RBIs for the Rangers.

HOUSTON (AP) _ The Oakland Athletics scored six runs in the top of the ninth to
beat the Houston Astros 7-4 last night. Josh Reddick homered and Yoenis Cespedes
had three hits for the AL West-leading A’s. Enrique Hernandez drove in two runs
for the Astros, who fell to 43-64 on the season.

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Bombers Win With a Walk-off In the 11th

Bryan-College Station, TX (July 29, 2014) – Thanks to a walk-off homerun from catcher Tucker Pennell, the Brazos Valley Bombers (35-12) lifted themselves over the Victoria Generals (33-18) Tuesday night with a 4-3 victory.

“[Tucker] brings it every day—great kid, hard worker, grinder,” said assistant coach Tyler Gillum. “He really got that one with two outs to walk it off, and good job to step up there at the end when we needed him to.”

The Generals went up 2-0 early in the game, scoring a run in the second and another in the top of the fifth. The Bombers responded in the bottom of the fifth however, tying the game at 2-2.

The Bombers took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Generals would tie the game at 3-3 in the eighth, eventually sending the game into extra innings. Neither team was able to score in the 10th inning, but Pennell launched a two out homerun over the left field wall in the bottom of the 11th to give the Bombers their fourth consecutive victory.

“I was just seeing the ball well tonight and he threw me the one pitch I was looking for,” Pennell said. “I was ready to go home.”

 The Bombers will face the Generals once again Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Cellucor Field

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San Antonio Raiders?

If the Raiders don’t get a new stadium, the team could be making the move from Oakland to the Alamo. According to MySanAntonio.com, owner Mark Davis met with San Antonio city officials in mid-July to discuss possibly moving his team to Texas. The Raiders’ lease at O.co Coliseum expires after the 2014 season and at that point they would theoretically be free to move anywhere, although 24 out of 32 NFL owners would have to approve any possible relocation. According to MySanAntonio.com’s report, Davis took a helicopter tour of San Antonio and also visited the Alamodome, the stadium where the Raiders would potentially play if they made the move. The Alamodome could be upgraded to NFL standards in time for kickoff of the 2015 season.

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Ag’s at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland – Defending Commonwealth Games champion Fabrice Lapierre was one of three Australians who advanced to the final of the long jump at Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday.

With his third attempt Lapierre produced a season best of 26 feet, 1 inch (7.95), which was the fourth best mark among the 12 jumpers who qualified for Wednesday’s final (12:35 p.m. CT).

“I haven’t done much this year, just trying to get ready and keep my body in shape,” Lapierre noted. “I just think about winning, nothing else, and I know I can always pull one out of the hat on any given day.”

Four years ago in Dehli, India, Lapierre won Commonwealth Games gold with a leap of 27-2.75 (8.30) and in 2006 he was a Commonwealth bronze medalist in Melbourne.

Also advancing to the final was 2012 Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of England, who led qualifying with a 26-3.75 (8.02) mark. Rutherford finished as runner-up to Lapierre in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when they were separated by just three inches.

Bralon Taplin, running for Grenada, placed fifth in the semifinals of the 400m with a time of 46.68. England’s Martyn Rooney led the field to 200m, but was challenged by Taplin through the curve. As the field reached 300m, Taplin was among the leading four runners along with Rooney, Jarrin Solomon of Trinidad and Chris Brown of the Bahamas.

Rooney claimed the heat in 45.22 with Solomon runner-up at 45.49 to claim the pair of automatic spots for the final. Brown finished third in 45.55 and advanced to the final on time. Taplin was passed in the final 60m by Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald, who ran 45.95 for fourth place.

A strong start for Janeil Bellille, representing Trinidad & Tobago, had the Texas A&M senior leading the 400m hurdle field in her semifinal through the first 200m. In the later stages of the race Bellille slipped back into fourth place, finishing with a time of 57.51 that did not advance to the final.

Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer, running in lane one, took over the lead as the field reached the home straight and won the 400m hurdle semifinal heat in 55.45 with Australia’s Lauren Wells claiming the second automatic spot for the final in 55.79. Grabbing the final time qualifier to the final was Nigeria’s Amaka Ogoegbuna, who placed third in 56.85.

In the 110m hurdles a minor hamstring strain prevented Wayne Davis II from starting his race. Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados edged out England’s Will Sharman 13.48 to 13.49 (-2.4 wind) in the semifinal heat Davis was scheduled to run.

The final of the 110m hurdles was claimed by Andrew Riley of Jamaica, a former NCAA champion at Illinois, in 13.32 seconds (-0.3 wind) with Sharman runner-up in 13.36 and Shane Brathwaite of Barbados third at 13.49.

Wednesday’s action at Hampden Park will have a pair Aggies in action. Lapierre contests the final of the men’s long jump while the women’s 200m prelims include Dominique Duncan, representing Nigeria. Duncan runs in the sixth of six heats from lane 2.

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Harvey Major Girls Softball Fall in Semifinals


WACO — Bryan Harvey’s long, successful run through the Little League softball playoffs came to an end Tuesday night, stopped by a hard-hitting bunch of girls from just up the road.

Waco Robinson banged out 16 hits on the way to a 15-5 victory over Harvey in the semifinal round of the Major Girls Southwest Regional at the Bush Little League Center.

It was the second game of the day for both teams. Harvey’s 11- and 12-year-olds won an afternoon elimination game 8-1 over New Mexico state champion Silver City. Robinson lost to Louisiana champion Bossier City 10-6 in the winners’ bracket final.

Robinson, which qualified for the regional by winning the Texas West championship, will get a rematch against Bossier City in the tournament final at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Double-elimination until the final day, the format was changed to provide one championship game, so it can be televised on the Longhorn Network.

The regional champion will earn a spot in the World Series at Portland, Oregon.

Harvey was bidding to become the first softball team from Bryan-College Station to reach the World Series since 2002. The Bryan girls stormed back through the elimination bracket to win the Section I and Texas East tournaments, and they bounced back to win a pair of games after dropping their regional opener to Robinson 5-2 on Sunday.

Robinson hammered away at the idea of another championship run for Harvey, and at the notion that the Waco team would be down after losing to Louisiana 50 minutes before facing Harvey. Robinson took control of the game with four runs in the second and third innings, collecting five hits in each frame.

The Bryan squad took a brief lead with a run in the top of the first, when Jade Chavarria and Faith Fernandez delivered back-to-back singles then pulled off a double steal with Chavarria racing home. Harvey wasted a chance at a big inning in the second, getting a runner picked off third base. Instead of loading the bases with no outs, Harvey failed to score.

Robinson came up with another crucial defensive play in the third. Second baseman Taylor Strain made a nice back-handed stop to turn a potential hit by Julia Rubino into an RBI fielder’s choice. The out proved key as Harvey settled for two runs in the inning that included three walks, a single by Hannah Schnettler and a Robinson error.

Harvey showed its fight with a fifth-inning rally that produced two runs and seemed capable of doing much more damage. Mariya Reyes singled and Rubino doubled to start the uprising. Addie Wright and Nicole Goggin delivered RBI singles as the Bryan girls pulled within 10-5, but Robinson escaped by getting an out on a close play at the plate and a fly ball.

Robinson caused the game to end one inning early because of the run rule by scoring five times in the bottom of the fifth.

Fernandez led the Harvey attack with two hits.

Catcher Wright made several good plays behind the plate to lead the Harvey defense, which also got good work at shortstop from Goggin and Fernandez.

In the win over Silver City, Harvey’s Bre Warren went 3 for 4 and singled home a run during a six-run fourth inning. Schnettler and Wright also had RBI singles in Harvey’s breakaway inning.

Fernandez picked up the win, throwing three shutout innings. Fernandez allowed two hits, getting a strikeout and walking three. Goggin gave up one hit in her three innings of relief and also struck out one.

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The Junior PGA Chamionship at Miramont Country Club

The Junior PGA Chamionship is being held at Miramont Country Club. Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, took the 18-hole lead in the girls’ division, while a group of four are tied in the boys’ division after day one. Luis Gagne of Florida; Triston Fisher of Southlake, Texas; S.M. Lee of Buford, Georgia; and Parker Reddig of Minnesota at 3 under. The Junior boys and girls Champion will serve as the final qualifying event for the 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, which will face Europe ib Sept.  22-23, Scotland. The champion and runner-up in both divisions automatically earn a spot on the U.S. team.

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$2 Million in Repairs Authorized for $60 Million High School Football Stadium

ALLEN, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas school board has approved $2 million in funding for repairs to flaws that closed its $60 million high school football stadium.

The Allen school board approved two resolutions that allocate the money and authorize the school district superintendent to pursue a repair contract.

The board says it doesn’t expect to use the money but allocated it in case the stadium architects and builders can’t settle who is liable for the flaws.

Structural cracks and other problems prompted district officials last month to close Eagle Stadium less than two years after it opened.

Forensic engineers reported finding extensive design flaws, which Superintendent Lance Hindt called “engineering failures.” The major concerns were in the concourse framing, retaining walls, press box, single-story structures, main scoreboard and durability of the stadium.

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Bralon Taplin Advances to 400M Semifinal at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland – Three Aggies were in action at Hampden Park Stadium on the second day of track and field events in the 20th Commonwealth Games. Bralon Taplin ran in the opening round of the men’s 400m as Shavez Hart and Kanika Beckles each contested semifinal races in their respective events, the men’s 200m and women’s 400m.

Taplin, representing Grenada, advanced to the semifinal round of the 400 meters as he placed second in his heat with a time of 45.90 seconds from lane 1. Isaac Makwala of Botswana won the heat in 45.33 while Florida’s Hugh Graham Jr., representing Jamaica, initially finished third in the race at 46.11. However, Graham and Kenya’s Solomon Buoga were both disqualified for lane violations.

In the first heat of three 400m semifinal races on Tuesday (2:05 p.m. CT), Taplin will race in lane 4. The semifinal heat includes Chris Brown of Bahamas in lane 3 while Martyn Rooney of England is in 5 and Trinidad’s Jarrin Solomon runs in lane 6. The top two finishers plus the next two fastest times will advance to the final.

Hart, the double sprint champion from the Bahamas, finished seventh in his semifinal race with a time of 10.29 seconds. England’s Adam Gemili won that semifinal race in 10.07 with Jamaica’s Jason Livermore runner-up in 10.11. Also in the race was USC’s Aaron Brown of Canada, placing fifth in 10.17.

Others to miss out in qualifying for the 100 final on Monday were Trinidad & Tobago’s tandem of Keston Bledman (10.24) and Richard Thompson (10.19), who each placed third in their semifinal races and didn’t advance on time.

In the Commonwealth Games 100m final Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica claimed gold in 10.00 with Gemili posting 10.10 for silver and Jamaica’s Nickle Ashmede taking bronze with a 10.12.

The prelims in the 200m on Wednesday will be next for Hart with relay duty in the 4×100 on Friday.

Beckles of Grenada ran her semifinal race in the 400m from lane two. She placed eighth with a time of 55.18. The race was won by Jamaica’s Christine Day in 51.02 with Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller runner-up in 51.58.

Tuesday’s action at Hampden Park includes long jump qualifying for Fabrice Lapierre of Australia at 10 a.m. (4 a.m. CT). Opening heats in the hurdles will include Wayne Davis II in the 110 hurdles and Janeil Bellille in the 400 hurdles as each represents Trinidad & Tobago.

Davis will compete in the third of three heats from lane 5 as he faces England’s William Sharman, Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados, and Richard Phillips of Jamaica. Bellille drew lane 4 for her prelim as she runs in the third heat of three along with Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer in lane 1, and Lauren Wells of Australia.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Bryan Harvey Bounces Back With Win Over Arkansas at SW Region Tournament

WACO — Bryan Harvey’s journey through the elimination bracket of the Southwest Regional surely will get rougher, but for one night Harvey found a soft landing place.

The Major Girls from Harvey bounced back from dropping their opener at the Little League softball tournament, cruising to a 16-1 victory against over-matched Arkansas state champion Malvern on Monday night at the Bush Little League Center.

Harvey’s 11- and 12-year-olds fought through the losers’ bracket to win their previous Section I and Texas East tournaments, and they showed bounce-back capabilities against Arkansas. Harvey blew it open with nine runs in the third inning, and the game was stopped after four frames because of the run rule.

The Bryan squad will play New Mexico state champion Silver City at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner earning a spot in the regional semifinal game to be played at 8 p.m. Tuesday. New Mexico advanced with an 11-6 win over Colorado in Monday’s first game, which was delayed more than an hour because of lightning.

Harvey and Malvern didn’t start until 9:09 p.m., but the late hour did not bother the Bryan girls. Harvey scored two runs in each of the first two innings, taking advantage of wildness by the Arkansas pitcher and a very shaky defense.

During the lengthy top half of the third, Harvey collected six hits and capitalized on four Malvern errors. Harvey sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, which mercifully ended when a Bryan runner was ruled out for leaving first base early on a stolen base attempt.

Harvey got at least one hit from every spot in the batting order, finishing with a total 14 as Malvern’s poor defense negated a starting pitcher who threw fairly hard.

Nicole Goggin, Jade Chavarria, Mariya Reyes, Addie Wright and Bri Warren delivered two hits apiece for Harvey. Leadoff batter Goggin scored in all four trips to the plate, while Chavarria drove in three runs. Hannah Schnettler added a two-run single.

Faith Fernandez started the game in the pitchers’ circle and threw one perfect inning, striking out the side on nine pitches. Goggin moved from shortstop to pitcher and worked the last three innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs.

For three innings, Harvey did a good job of patching the defensive holes that proved costly in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Waco Robinson. The Bryan team got good plays from third baseman Reyes, second baseman Chavarria and center fielder Warren.

The Harvey defense wobbled during a sloppy finish. Bryan’s girls committed four errors during the bottom of the fourth inning, but absorbed only minimal damage as Reyes recorded the final out with a fine play, charging a slow roller to make a bare-handed grab and throw to first.

Arkansas went 0-2 in the regional, dropping its opener against Louisiana 17-1.

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Carter Leads Astros Homer-Happy Win Over Athletics

HOUSTON (AP) _ Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Carter hit a monstrous three-run shot to center field in the third to give the Astros a lead, and Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth, with Castro’s homer a two-run shot.

Krauss’ homer found the upper deck in right field and chased A’s starter Jesse Chavez. Two batters later, Dominguez sent a drive onto the railroad tracks in left field off reliever Dan Otero.

The last time Houston hit three home runs in an inning was June 5, 2013, against Baltimore.

Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer won for the first time since May 30, giving up three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.

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Darvish 8 Ks as Rangers Beat Jeter, Yankees 4-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for his 10th victory and J.P. Arencibia had a tiebreaking two-run single for the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night.

Darvish shouted out and pumped his fist after his final strikeout, when Brian McCann swung and missed to end the seventh with two runners on base.

Brett Gardner homered twice and Derek Jeter had three hits _ to pass Carl Yastrzemski on the hits list _ off the All-Star right-hander, who threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes five days after losing a rain-shortened game in New York.

David Phelps lost for the first time in nine starts, allowing four runs and eight hits over six innings. The right-hander, like Darvish, was credited with a complete game last Wednesday in the 2-1 Yankees victory that didn’t resume after rain in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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Nibali Wins Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Tour de France title Sunday to become the first Sicilian to win cycling’s greatest race since Marco Pantani in 1998. Marcel Kittel of Germany won Stage 21 in a sprint with overall winner Nibali finishing 24 seconds later.

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Gordon Wins AT the Brick Yard

Capturing his fifth Brickyard 400 victory title yesterday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago when he captured his first. It’s one of the biggest NASCAR races every year and 24 loved that his family was there to share it. The win moved Gordon into a tie with Michael Schumacher who has five Formula One victories over the famed Indianapolis oval.

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Rangers Fall to A’s

John Jaso drove in three runs as the Oakland Athletics
beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 last night. Jaso had a run-scoring single during
Oakland’s five-run second inning and added a two-run double in the fifth. Miles
Mikolas allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

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Stros Drop Five in A Row

HOUSTON (AP) _ Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna homered to lead the Miami
Marlins over the Houston Astros 4-2 yesterday. Jones’ homer capped a three-run
first for the Marlins. Ozuna padded the lead with his solo shot in the sixth.
Miami has won seven of eight following a six-game skid. The Astros have lost
five in a row and eight of 10.

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Aggie Track and Field Win Medals Around the World

EUGENE – Texas A&M’s Shamier Little earned a second gold medal during the IAAF World Junior Championships as a member of the United States winning 4×400 relay team on Sunday. Little ran the opening leg of the relay as the Americans claimed victory in 3 minutes, 30.42 seconds.

Incoming Aggie freshman Ioánnis Kiriazis finished seventh in the men’s javelin on the final day of the World Junior Championships, held at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Kiriazis produced his best mark on the first throw, which measured 230-11 (70.38).

After winning the 400 hurdles on Saturday, Little ran in the final of the 4×400 relay as the Americans won the event for the seventh consecutive time at the World Juniors. Little made the first exchange of the baton on the opening leg and the US squad never trailed in the race.

“I had a good start, my goal was to get the team off to a good lead so we wouldn’t have much trouble later in the race,” noted Little.

The winning time 3:30.42 is the world junior leading mark this season and placed the United States ahead of Great Britain’s 3:32.00 and a 3:33.02 from Germany while Canada clocked 3:33.17 for fourth place.

Shavez Hart, Kanika Beckles advance to semifinals at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland – A pair of Aggies ran opening round races on a cool, 60 degree day at Hampden Park during the first day of track and field at the 20th Commonwealth Games.

Shavez Hart of the Bahamas placed second in his heat of the men’s 100 meters with a time of 10.32 to earn an automatic advancement to Monday’s semifinal. Finals in the 100 meters will also be held on Monday.

Kanika Beckles of Grenada finished fourth in a heat of the women’s 400 meters with a time of 54.67, earning a time qualifier to the semifinal round. Also running on Monday, in the first round of the men’s 400, is Bralon Taplin of Grenada.

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