McCarthy, Yankees top Texas for 6th Win in 7 games

NEW YORK (AP) _ Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 Thursday for their sixth win in seven games.

Brett Gardner doubled, scored a run and drove in one as the Yankees kept up their push since the All-Star break.

Texas fell to 3-17 in July and dropped 22 games under .500 for the first time since the final week of the 1988 season.

McCarthy improved to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts since the Yankees got him in a deal with Arizona earlier this month. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA at the time of the trade.

McCarthy limited Texas to one run and four hits. He struck out five, and fanned Alex Rios to finish off an 11-pitch at-bat that ended the first inning.

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Former Aggie Star Knoblauch Charged with Assaulting Ex-Wife

HOUSTON (AP) _ Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.

Knoblauch has been released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.

Knoblauch played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals during a 12-year career.

He was set to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in August. The Twins issued a statement Thursday saying that “in light of recent news reports surrounding Chuck Knoblauch, as well as direct communication” with Knoblauch, they have decided to cancel the Aug. 23 ceremony.

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Two Texas WRs Face Felony Charge

AUSTIN, Texas — Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.

Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were in custody at the university police station. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to “get their story straight,” and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

First-year Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, who will welcome his team to preseason training camp in two weeks, said he has suspended both players.

“We’ve been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall and Montrel since it was brought to our attention,” Strong said in a statement released by the school. “It’s been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I’m extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that.”

The sexual assault charges carry prison terms of two to 20 years. Telephone messages left with attorneys for both players were not immediately returned.

According to arrest affidavits filed by police, the accuser knew both men.

Police said they were called to her dorm at 3:43 a.m. and found the woman under an entryway service desk, crying, barefoot and disheveled. The woman told police she had gone to Austin’s Sixth Street entertainment district with friends and agreed to return to Meander’s dorm, where they began to have consensual sex.

Sanders then knocked on the door, and Meander let him in, according to police. The woman said Meander went into the bathroom and that Sanders forced her to have vaginal and anal sex.

Meander returned and joined the assault despite her telling both of them to stop, according to police. She told police that she also suspected that Sanders used his mobile phone to take a picture or video of her.

Detectives separately interviewed both players at the university police station. Police said the players agreed to let police look at pictures on their phones, and detectives said they found at least one photo of the victim.

“The university campus must be an environment free from all sexual assault and violence,” Texas president Bill Powers said in a statement released Thursday. “At the University of Texas at Austin, student safety is our top priority and we are involved with the national efforts to prevent a culture of sexual violence from taking root on campuses. We educate all of our students about preventing sexual assault and vigorously investigate all allegations so we can take the appropriate action.”

Sanders, a junior, has played in 23 career games and started seven last year. He has 39 career receptions for 376 yards and one touchdown. Sanders was suspended for the 2013 season opener after a drunken-driving arrest. Meander is a redshirt freshman who did not play last season.

Powers’ statement said the allegations have been and will continue to be thoroughly investigated and that the university has undertaken an internal student judicial review.

“I commend [UT police] Chief Carter for conducting a fair and thorough investigation and Coach Strong for making a decision that is in the best interest of his team and the university,” Powers said. “We encourage everyone to respect both the criminal and administrative review processes as they continue.”

ESPN.com’s Max Olson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bombers Split Double Header with Texas Marshals

Dallas, TX (July 23, 2014) – The Brazos Valley Bombers (31-11) split a double header with the Texas Marshals (16-27) on Wednesday, taking the first seven inning game 3-2 and conceding the second 6-8.

Second baseman Jimmy Norris was the first to cross the plate in the first game, scoring on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Dane Steinhagen in the second inning. Third baseman Hunter Hagler added his first home run of the season to his resume and brought in the Bombers’ second run of the night in the fourth inning. The third run was scored again by Hagler, this time on a single by Steinhagen in the sixth.

Heston Van Fleet took the win on the mound in the first game with five strikeouts in his six innings of work. Closer Cannon Chadwick took the save, holding the Marshals to their two runs.

“Heston did a good job competing tonight,” said head coach Curt Dixon. “The good thing about what Heston does is he commands the zone, doesn’t walk guys. He gives up a few hits with nobody on base he doesn’t get beat. It was really good for him, setting the tone, going six innings and starting a double header.”

In the second game, first baseman G.R. Hinsley knocked a home run out of the park in his first at bat. Hinsley’s run was followed up by two more in the second inning. Catcher Robie Rojas scored on a double by Steinhagen, shortly followed by another double by center fielder Matt Hilston that brought Steinhagen back home.  

The Marshals were able to send five runs across the plate in the middle of the game to take the lead. The Bombers rallied in the final two innings, but were unable to overcome the Marshals.

“We did a good job to fight there at the end, with all the things that went wrong for us and the momentum that we didn’t take advantage of, and still be a base hit away from tying the game there at the end,” Dixon said. “It says a lot about the fight of our team and how talented our team is to play that bad and still be in it until the last pitch.”

Third baseman Logan Nottebrok scored in the sixth inning after a hit by shortstop Kolbey Carpenter. Rojas hit a double in the sixth to send designated hitter Grady Caldwell home. Left fielder Ford Moore scored the final run in the seventh inning behind a single by Caldwell.

Bombers pitcher Zach Girrens took the loss for the night with two innings under his belt and two strikeouts. Nick Johnson and Brandon Kirkham stepped out of the bullpen and recorded one strikeout each.

The Bombers return home to Cellucor Field on Thursday to face the Acadiana Cane Cutters at 7:05 p.m. for the first game in a two game series.

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Astros Place Springer on DL, Recall Krauss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Houston Astros have placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps and recalled utility man Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Astros made the moves before Wednesday night’s game at Oakland. The team had originally said Springer’s issue was with his right leg before making correcting their announcement.

Springer’s stint on the DL is retroactive to Sunday because he hasn’t played since Saturday at the Chicago White Sox. He is batting .231 with 20 home runs and 51 RBIs through 78 games in his rookie season.

Krauss hit .173 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 39 games with the Astros earlier this year. He has hit .289 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 42 games for Oklahoma City.

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Tigers Acquire Closer Joakim Soria From Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) _ The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

The trade was completed Wednesday night during Texas’ rain-shortened loss to the New York Yankees. Soria says he was informed of the deal during the delay at Yankee Stadium.

Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances. Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.

Soria moves from the last-place Rangers to the AL Central-leading Tigers and gets reunited with the closer he replaced in Texas this season. Joe Nathan, a Rangers reliever from 2012-13, has a 5.89 ERA and 20 saves in 25 tries this year for Detroit.

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Cespedes Hits 2 HRs, A’s Hold Off Astros 9-7

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high
with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the
Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night.

The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the
second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock for his 15th and
16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid _ matching his career
high _ since his last long ball June 19 against Boston.

Cespedes was replaced in left field with the A’s leading 8-1 in the seventh.
But the Astros almost pulled off an improbable comeback, scoring five runs in
the eighth before the back of Oakland’s bullpen shut them down

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Yankees top Rangers 2-1 in Rain-shortened Game

NEW YORK (AP) _ Brett Gardner hit a tie-breaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish, and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances.

David Phelps pitched out of a jam just before the storm, and Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games on a 10-game home stand following the All-Star break.

New York has taken two of the first three in a four-game series that ends Thursday afternoon.

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Mavericks’ Felton Pleads Guilty in NYC Gun Case

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton has pleaded guilty in his New York gun case. He took a plea deal that involves admitting a felony but spares him jail.

Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon under an agreement prosecutors outlined last month. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

Felton was arrested in February. Authorities said his estranged wife’s lawyer brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was his.

Felton was charged under a state law that bans many large-capacity ammunition magazines. Prosecutors said Felton’s could hold about 20 rounds.

Felton was then with the New York Knicks. He was traded to Dallas last month.

The NBA has said it’s monitoring the case.

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Zamzow Claims JO Heptathlon, Burns Begins World Junior Heptathlon

EUGENE – The opening day of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field included the start of the heptathlon for Texas A&M incoming freshman Shaina Burns (Lakeville South, Minnesota).

Burns finished the first day with a career best of 26.26 seconds in the 200 meters from lane eight for 775 points to reach a day one total of 3,295 points that would have placed her 13th overall. However, a disqualification for running inside her lane nullified the points and dropped Burns to 23rd place.

A shot put effort of 44 feet, 9 inches (13.59) had moved Burns from 17th place to seventh amid a field of 24 competitors with a score of 2,520 points. The effort in the shot put scored 767 points for Burns and was the third best effort in the field.

Starting the day with the 100 hurdles, Burns ran a time of 14.58 seconds for 898 points, which ranked her 18th overall. In the high jump Burns matched her career best by clearing 5-7 (1.70) for 855 points and moved into 17th place with a two-event score of 1,753 points.

ASHTIN ZAMZOW WINS USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC HEPTHATHLON, THROWS JAVELIN 152 FEET

HUMBLE – Texas A&M incoming freshman Ashtin Zamzow (Goliad, Texas) captured the heptathlon title at the USATF National Junior Olympics held at Turner Stadium with a career best score of 4,883 points on Tuesday. She won the seven-event competition by 110 points amid 23 competitors in the 17 to 18-year-old age group.

A career best throw of 152 feet (46.35 meters) in the javelin, the sixth discipline among the seven events in the heptathlon, vaulted Zamzow from fifth to first place. The javelin mark scored 790 points for Zamzow as the next best effort by the rest of the field in the throwing event was 105-7 for 518 points.

“It’s such a great experience, I’m so happy with the victory,” stated Zamzow. “It brought me to tears since I wanted to win this title so much. The javelin helped me rebound from a bad long jump and it pulled me ahead of everyone. So that made the 800 meters a bit easier.”

Last summer Zamzow placed eighth with a score of 4,396 in the Junior Olympics (17-18 age group). In 2012 she scored 4,457 points as runner-up in the intermediate division at the AAU National Junior Olympics (15-16 age group).

For the 2014 season Zamzow’s 152-0 javelin throw ranks ninth nationally among high school throwers. She will compete in the javelin competition at the USATF Junior Olympics at noon on Sunday in Humble’s Turner Stadium.

“At the start of summer I threw 120 feet, so to improve to 152 is amazing,” noted Zamzow. “It felt so natural when I threw today. I wasn’t thinking about it, I was just having fun. I was so happy when I heard the distance I had thrown. I wanted to scream up and down, but I was in public, so I couldn’t do that.”

Zamzow also approached a pair of records for the event within a heptathlon. The American junior record for the heptathlon javelin is 158-9 (48.38) set by Deb Clark while competing for Nebraska in 1984 and the high school record is 154-10 (47.20) set by Courtney Kirkwood of Othello, Washington in 2008.

Heading into the javelin in fifth place overall with a score of 3,411 points through five events, Zamzow trailed the leading score of 3598 by 187 points. She opened her series with a 137-9 (42.00) and improved to 144-10 (44.14) on her second toss. The third round PR of 152-0 catapulted Zamzow into the lead with 4,201 points, 137 ahead of the previous leader.

A time of 2:30.84 (682 points) in the 800 meters, the final event of the heptathlon, secured Zamzow’s victory and career best score. The second day of the heptathlon opened with a 15-8.25 (500 points) leap in the long jump, which had moved Zamzow from second place to fifth overall through five events.

Zamzow’s efforts on the first day of the multi-event included a clocking of 15.10 seconds (828 points) in the 100 hurdles, a 5-3 (736) clearance in the high jump, a toss of 35-7.25 (585) in the shot put and a time of 26.41 seconds (762) in the 200 meters. Her first day score of 2,911 points placed her in second, just 132 points from the leading tally of 3,043.

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Texans Waive Two Players, Sign TE Croyle

The Houston Texans have waived FB Brad Smelley (2 yrs) and DL Tim Jackson (R) and signed rookie TE Chris Coyle.

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Texas’ Strong Prefers Not Talking National Title

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

DALLAS (AP) _ New Texas coach Charlie Strong prefers not even talking about national championships.

Strong said Tuesday in his first appearance at Big 12 football media days that when he was part of a national title run at Florida, the Gators never discussed going or winning it.

The coach knows the expectations for a premier program like Texas. He just wants his players going out and working every day without having that pressure constantly put on them.

The Longhorns haven’t even won a Big 12 title since the 2009 season, when they made it to a national championship game.

Going into the new College Football Playoff era, Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win its league-high ninth Big 12 title. Texas is picked fourth.

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Andre Johnson at Texans’ Facility

By Tania Ganguli
ESPN.com

HOUSTON – Andre Johnson might be close to breaking his stalemate with the Houston Texans.

The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver arrived at the Texans’ facility to learn the team’s new offense on Monday, sources told ESPN.com.

It’s unclear whether or not Johnson will report to training camp with the other veterans on Friday, but his appearance at the facility was certainly a positive development.

Rookies and injured players were required to report on Monday. The first practice of training camp will be Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Johnson skipped organized team activities and a minicamp, both of which were voluntary, and he also missed the Texans’ mandatory minicamp in June. He was frustrated at the prospect of entering what he thought might be another rebuilding season for the Texans.

He is the longest-tenured player on the team, having been drafted third overall in 2003. In May, Johnson made his frustrations public, saying he wasn’t sure he still wanted to be part of the Texans’ organization.

Despite his absence, Johnson remained in contact with first-year Texans coach Bill O’Brien, whose public comments about Johnson have been consistently positive. O’Brien said he had no concerns about Johnson being able to pick up the team’s offense when he did arrive.

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Bryan Harvey Major Girls Win State Title

By TIM SCHNETTLER Special to The Eagle

SEGUIN — The Bryan Harvey Major Girls needed extra innings and a wild pitch Sunday to help them claim the Little League Texas East State Championship.

Harvey, which had lost its opener in the tournament, punched its ticket to the Southwest Regionals in Waco when Bre Warren raced home on a wild pitch to give Harvey a 2-1 extra-innings victory over Ingleside Little League.

Earlier, Harvey defeated Ingleside, 12-10, to force the winner-take-all finale, which was a nail biter from start to finish. Harvey’s only loss in the tournament was a 4-3 decision against Ingleside.

Harvey will open the Southwest Regional on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the George W. Bush Little League Center against the winner of New Mexico vs. Texas West. The date for Harvey’s opening game was incorrectly reported in Monday’s paper.

Sunday’s doubleheader was the second in as many tournaments for Harvey, which defeated La Grange twice on the final day of the Texas East Section 1 Tournament to advance to state.

In the final game, both Harvey and Ingleside benefited from terrific pitching and clutch defense. Faith Fernandez went the distance for Harvey to get the win. Fernandez struck out 11, allowing three hits and one unearned run.

Ingleside hurler Breanna Reyna was just as sharp, striking out five while yielding six hits and one earned run. When the game went extra innings, however, Reyna had to leave the circle because she had reached the daily limit of 12 innings pitched.

Warren started the seventh with an infield single off Ingleside reliever Felicity Adame and then easily stole second base. Nicole Goggin grounded out moving Warren to third in the process.

Adame then uncorked a wild pitch and Warren raced home, just sliding under the tag to end the extra-inning thriller.

Both teams had traffic on the base paths in the early going, but neither was able to capitalize.

Harvey had the first scoring chance in the third inning when Hannah Schnettler tripled to the fence in left-center with two outs, but Harvey could not get her home as Reyna induced a ground ball to end the inning.

In the fourth, Ingleside’s Jolyssa Suniga reached on an error and eventually moved to third with one out. Suniga tried to score on a pitch that sailed over the head of Harvey catcher Addie Wright, but the ball bounced back to Wright and she was able to tag Suniga to end the inning.

Harvey again got a runner to third in the bottom of the fourth inning when Julia Rubino, who was 2 for 3, singled, stole second and took third on a sacrifice by Wright. But once again Harvey couldn’t capitalize.

Harvey broke through in the sixth inning on back-to-back singles by Jade Chavarria and Fernandez, with Chavarria scoring later in the inning on a wild pitch.

Ingleside evened things in the sixth on a walk, an infield hit and an error that allowed Suniga to score the tying run.

In the first game of the day, Harvey found itself down 6-0 after one inning and 9-2 after two, but five runs in the third and three more in the fourth gave Harvey a lead it would not relinquish.

Fernandez and Goggin split the pitching duties, each going three innings, with Fernandez getting the win and Goggin the save.

Offensively Harvey had 14 hits including 3-for-4 performances from both Goggin and Fernandez. Fernandez’s effort included a triple and a run batted in, while Goggin’s three hits included a double.

Schnettler, Mariya Reyes and Rubino each had two hits. Schnettler had a triple and drove in two runs, Rubino had a double and drove in two runs, and Reyes drove in a run. Wright and Angel Cumpian each added a hit, with Wright picking up an RBI.

Defensively, Schnettler turned an unassisted double play when she snagged a hard liner to rob Ingleside’s Amanda Clarkson of extra bases, then stepped on first to double off Reyna.

Schnettler was also part of a double play in the second game when Warren tracked down a Reyna fly ball in center then fired to Schnettler at first to double off the Ingleside runner.

Other defensive standouts on the day for Harvey were Reyes at third, Goggin at second, Wright at catcher and Rubino in left.

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Incoming Aggie Boczova, Former A&M Standout Stancu Experience Success

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Klaudia Boczova, who has committed to play her final two seasons of collegiate tennis at Texas A&M, and Cristina Stancu, who recently completed a stellar two-year career with the Aggies, have both experienced success at international tournaments this summer.

Boczova, from Bratislava, Slovakia, won the Kronborg Open in Denmark earlier this month, upsetting four top-eight seeded players en route to the tournament title. The 2013 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a first-year sophomore at San Jose State, Boczova was a wild card entry at the Denmark tournament and opened by winning her first three matches in straight sets, including victories over the No. 3 and No. 8 seeded players. The wins set up a semifinal showdown against top-seeded Mai Grage. Boczova dropped the first set, 2-6, but rallied to win the next two, 6-1, 6-4, to advance to the championship match, where she knocked off No. 2 seed Emma Rønholt, 6-1, 6-4, to win the tournament.

Boczova did not compete for San Jose State in 2014. In 2013, she went 16-3 in dual matches, all at the No. 1 line and became the first player in Spartan women’s tennis to receive WAC player of the year honors. She also was the first player from San Jose State to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship, where she fell in three sets in the first round. Boczova was No. 61 in the 2013 final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings.

Boczova also was honored as an ITA Scholar Athlete for possessing a 3.50 or higher grade-point average in 2013 while also being a regular in the Spartans’ lineup.

“Klaudia is every bit as good a student as she is a stellar tennis player,” said Howard Joffe, who is entering his fourth season as the women’s tennis head coach at Texas A&M. “We are very lucky that she has chosen to join the Aggies for her junior and senior years.”

Stancu made her professional debut this summer and has captured two doubles titles with partner Raluca Platon. Stancu, an ITA All-American who was No. 9 in the 2014 final ITA singles rankings, also has posted a semifinal and final finish in singles.

Competing in her home country of Romania, Stancu paired with Platon to dispose of three seeded teams on the way to a tournament title in Bucharest in late June. In the singles portion of the tournament, Stancu won three matches in the qualifying rounds to reach the 32-player main draw. After winning her first two matches of the main draw in straight sets, Stancu fell to No. 1 seed Cristina Dinu, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the semifinals.

In a tournament held in Iasi, Romania, Stancu won her first four singles matches, including a three-set win over 2014 Wimbledon girls singles semifinalist Elena Ruse, to reach the finals, where she fell to Oana Georgeta Simion, 6-2, 6-1. In doubles at Iasi, Stancu and Platon won their first three matches of the 32-team draw in straight sets to reach the finals, where they upset No. 4 seed Simion and Gabriela Talaba, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6, and captured their second consecutive doubles title.

Complete results are available at wtatennis.com.

Visit AggieAthletics.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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Big 12 Commissioner Says “Cheating Pays” in the NCAA

From ESPN:

DALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says “cheating pays” in the NCAA these days and doesn’t foresee things getting much better in the future.

During his annual state-of-the-league address from Big 12 media days Monday, Bowlsby slammed the NCAA, notably the enforcement wing of college sports’ governing body.

“Enforcement is broken,” he said. “The infractions committee hasn’t had [an FBS] hearing in almost a year, and I think it’s not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.”

Bowlsby added that he didn’t think cheating was necessarily rampant in college sports. But he painted a bleak outlook for the future NCAA.

“We certainly are operating in a strange environment in that we have lawsuits,” he said, “plus we have the [O'Bannon v. NCAA] lawsuit. I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you’ll see men’s Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pipe. I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources. It’s really unknown what the outcomes will be.”

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, speaking at the Big 12 media event to ESPN’s Joe Schad, didn’t disagree with Bowlsby.

“I am convinced there are teams that are cheating that are saying, ‘Catch me if you can,’” Gundy said.

Gundy said head coaches need to be held responsible.

“If I have a coach blatantly cheating, they know they’ll be dismissed,” Gundy said.

Bowlsby, however, came to the defense of the collegiate model, which has come under criticism. He argued against the unionization of college athletes, noting that in his opinion, “student-athletes are not employees.” He also said it wouldn’t be fair to pay football players but not female student-athletes and student-athletes in sports other than football and men’s basketball.

“It is hard to justify paying student-athletes in football and men’s basketball and not recognizing the significant effort that swimmers and wrestlers and lacrosse players and track athletes all put in,” he said. “Football and basketball players don’t work any harder than anybody else; they just happen to have the blessing of an adoring public who is willing to pay for the tickets and willing to buy the products on television that come with the high visibility.

“We have both a legal obligation and a moral obligation to do for female student-athletes and male Olympic sports athletes just exactly what we do for football and basketball student-athletes. I don’t think it’s even debatable.”

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MLB Scores

INTERLEAGUE

Final     Detroit         4  Arizona        3
Final     Seattle         5  N-Y Mets       2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final     Texas           4  N-Y Yankees    2
Final     Boston         14  Toronto        1
Final     Minnesota       4  Cleveland      3
Final     Chi White Sox   3  Kansas City    1
Final     Baltimore       4  L.A. Angels    2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final     L.A. Dodgers    5  Pittsburgh     2
Final     San Francisco   7  Philadelphia   4
Final     Miami           3  Atlanta        1, 10 Innings
Final     Milwaukee       5  Cincinnati     2
Final     Washington      7  Colorado       2

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DL Stansbury Leaves Aggies; DB Davis Arrested

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ Texas A&M defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury has left the team to focus on what coach Kevin Sumlin calls “personal issues.”

Stansbury had been a star on last season’s Aggie defensive front, playing in 10 games and recording 47 total tackles and three sacks. As a 6-foot-4, 257-pound junior from Franklin, La. Sumlin did not elaborate on the nature of the personal matters Stansbury was addressing.

In April, Stansbury was arrested and charged in Harris County with misdemeanor assault after a Rice University student accused him of pouring beer on the student’s head and punching him in the face.

Sumlin also confirmed that 6-foot, 194-pound freshman defensive back Victor Davis has been suspended from the team after his recent arrest in his hometown of Rosenberg on a shoplifting charge.

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Nottebrok Earns 2nd TCL Player of the Week Honors

Bryan-College Station, TX (July 21, 2014) – For the second time this season, Brazos Valley Bombers third baseman Logan Nottebrok earned Texas Collegiate League Player of the Week Honors. So far, Nottebrok is the only player in the TCL to receive the award twice this season.

  During week eight of the season, Nottebrok went 6-for-14 with three RBIs and a homerun. The junior out of Texas A&M University is riding a five-game hit streak, and registered multiple hits in his last two games. With a .370 batting average, Nottebrok is on pace to break the Bombers’ single season batting average record of .346 set by fellow Aggie Jacob House in 2011.  Nottebrok’s three total homeruns lead the Bombers and are tied for fourth in the TCL, and his 18 RBIs are tied for eighth in the league.

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NFL’s Top-Selling Jersey Belongs to Manziel

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Johnny Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland’s depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL’s top-selling jersey.

The league said Monday the rookie quarterback’s No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com.

Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle’s Russell Wilson, San Francisco’s Colin Kapernick and Denver’s Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth followed by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player.

The league did not say how many Manziel jerseys _ priced at $99.95 a pop _ sold during the period.

The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star with the No. 22 pick. He’ll enter his first training camp as Brian Hoyer’s backup.

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