Texas A&M Football Media Day: South Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

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Aggie RB Keith Ford

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Aggie WR Damion Ratley

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Aggie RB Trayveon Williams

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Aggie DE Landis Durham

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Aggie S Armani Watts

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Aggie WR Christian Kirk

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NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption

NEW YORK (AP) _ Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches.

The coaches are identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later today.

They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. Others included managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company.

In court papers, prosecutors said the FBI has since 2015 been investigating the criminal influence of money on charges and student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate basketball governed by the NCAA.

They said the probe has revealed numerous instances of bribes paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and associate basketball coaches, to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student athletes.

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Gonzalez 4 hits, 3 RBIs in Astros’ 11-2 win at sinking Texas

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Marwin Gonzalez had four hits and three RBIs as the AL West champion Houston Astros beat Texas 11-2 on Monday night, putting the Rangers on the brink of elimination in the wild-card race.

Gonzalez had two hits and scored twice in an eight-run fourth inning, including a two-run single that chased starter Andrew Cashner (10-11). Gonzalez later hit his 23rd homer, a solo shot in the sixth.

Collin McHugh (4-2) struck out six while throwing 112 pitches in five innings. The right-hander is 15-0 with a 2.94 ERA in 19 starts in September or October during his four seasons with the Astros.

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Cowboys outlast Cardinals, 28-17

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys were able to shake off their dreadful 42-17 loss at Denver by pulling away in the fourth quarter at Arizona.

Dak Prescott hit Brice Butler for a 37-yard touchdown with 11:52 remaining to break a 14-all tie in the Cowboys‘ 28-17 win over the Cardinals. Prescott also had a 10-yard touchdown run and was 13 of 18 passing for 183 yards and two scores for the 2-1 Cowboys.

Ezekiel Elliott was shadowed by the Cardinals all night but still managed 80 yards on 22 attempts, including a 30-yard burst on one play. He also ran for an eight-yard TD, which matched his total rushing yards on nine carries against the Broncos on Sept. 17.

DeMarcus Lawrence provided three of the Cowboys‘ six sacks of Carson Palmer, who was 29 of 48 for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught 13 passes for 149 yards. He moved ahead of Marvin Harrison for eighth in career receiving yards.

Before the game the Cowboys kneeled at midfield with owner Jerry Jones in a show of unity that followed widespread protests across the NFL of critical comments by President Donald Trump over the weekend.

After kneeling, they stood and walked to the sideline for the national anthem.

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Texas A&M to host Alabama at 6:15 p.m. on October 7th

The Texas A&M football team will host the Alabama Crimson Tide at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th at Kyle Field.

It will be the first time the Aggies and Tide have played a night game since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012.

Broadcast for the game will be on Newstalk 1620 WTAW.

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Kirk Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M junior wide receiver Christian Kirk earned Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Monday after totaling 136 kick return yards, including an electrifying 100-yard touchdown, in Saturday’s 50-43 win over Arkansas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Scottsdale, Ariz., native, earned the third weekly SEC honor of his collegiate career after helping the Aggies improve to 1-0 in SEC play for the fifth straight season. Kirk was named SEC Freshman of the Week after his first career game against Arizona State and earned Special Teams Player of the Week in September 2015 after the Aggies topped Arkansas in overtime.

Kirk also earned weekly honors from the Paul Hornung Award, which is presented annually to the most versatile player in college football. He shared the honor with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley.

Kirk’s 100-yard kickoff return touchdown was the first of his career as well as his school-record sixth special teams’ touchdown. Kirk’s 100-yarder was the eighth kick return that spanned the length of the field in Texas A&M history. Additionally, the return was the Aggies’ first kickoff return for a touchdown since Coryell Judie returned an 84-yarder against Baylor on Nov. 12, 2010.

In addition to his special teams exploits, Kirk hauled in five receptions for a season-high 110 yards on Saturday. The junior’s two receiving touchdowns against the Hogs increased Kirk’s career total to 20, the fourth most in school history. Kirk’s 81-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was a career long and the longest play from scrimmage this season by the Aggies. For the second time in three seasons against Arkansas, Kirk recorded the day’s final touchdown in overtime.

SEC WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
OFFENSE
Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

DEFENSE
Cece Jefferson, DL, Florida

SPECIAL TEAMS
Christian Kirk, WR/KR, Texas A&M

FRESHMAN
Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

OFFENSIVE LINE
Ross Pierschbacher, OL, Alabama

DEFENSIVE LINE
Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

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Aggies Cruise to 5-1 Victory at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Missouri – The Texas A&M Aggies’ scored three goals after going one player down in the 57th minute to secure a 5-1 victory over the Missouri Tigers Sunday evening at Walton Soccer Stadium.

Texas A&M forwards Haley Pounds and Ally Watt dictated terms throughout the match, each accounting for four points. Pounds logged two goals while Watt chipped in with one goal and two assists. Addie McCain added two assists and Mikaela Harvey and Cienna Arrieta each notched a goal.

The Maroon and White were nursing a 2-1 lead when defender Brian Alston was issued her second card of the match with 33:56 left in the match. Rather than folding in the match’s waning moments, the Aggies stepped up the intensity to win going away.

Watt scored the Aggies’ first short-handed goal in the 61st minute. The speedy Colorado Springs, Colo., native took a clearance from Harvey and weaved through traffic down the inside right channel before unleashing a shot from the corner of the six-yard box. The blast caromed off Mizzou defender and past the keeper for the 3-1 edge.

The Aggies created more breathing room in the 69th minute. A bad clearance by Tigers’ backup goalkeeper Kristen Rivers came out to McCain 15 yards out in the inside right channel. McCain used just one touch to bounce a cross to Mikaela Harvey eight yards out in the left channel and the senior captain put it into the back netting with a half volley to the left of a sprawling Rivers.

Arrieta put the dagger in 81st minute. After Rheagen Smith was taken down to the right of the penalty arc, Arrieta lined up for the free kick from 20 yards. The sophomore from El Paso buzzed the tower on the Mizzou wall and sent her missile off the right post for her third tally of the season.
Texas A&M (6-2-1, 2-1-0 SEC) found the ice breaker in the 11th minute with Watt serving as the catalyst, dribbling into the right corner of the penalty box before uncorking a shot outside the six-yard box. Starting Mizzou goalkeeper Kelsey Dossey deflected the shot across the face of the goal where Haley Pounds came in from the left side to clean it up for her third goal of the season.

The Aggies had tremendous buildup on Pounds’ second goal. After a handful of passes the ball found its way to Harvey near the center circle. She poked a pass to McCain camped out to the right of the circle. McCain running down the inside right channel 40 yards out. McCain sent a long ball down the inside right channel to Watt. After two touches, Watt sent a ball in from the right corner of the 18-yard box where Pounds finished with a header from the PK spot, slotting it between the goalkeeper and the right post.

Missouri (5-6-1, 1-2-0 SEC) cut the lead to 2-1 early in the second half when Kaitlyn Clark scored from 18 yards in the 55thminutes.

Despite playing one player down for over one-third of the match, the Aggies owned overwhelming edges in shots (21-12) and shots-on-goal (11-4) and owned a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.

The Maroon and White return to action Friday when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks in a 7 p.m. contest at Ellis Field.

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Valbuena helps Angels end skid with 7-5 win over Astros

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning and Justin Upton tacked on an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth, helping the Los Angeles Angels snap a six-game skid with a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday night.

It was a much-needed victory for the Angels, who are 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.

The Astros used a four-run third inning to lead 4-1. Brandon Phillips pulled the Angels closer with a solo homer in the fourth before they tied it in the fifth by scoring on back-to-back bases-loaded walks.

Valbuena hit his bases-loaded, go-ahead double with no outs off Chris Devenski (8-5), making it 6-4.

Keynan Middleton (6-1) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win and Blake Parker struck out one in a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

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Davis slugs 41st, Cotton goes 5 strong as A’s top Texas 8-1

GIDEON RUBIN, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit another big home run, Jharel Cotton pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball and the Oakland Athletics extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Texas got swept over three games at an inopportune time. The Rangers entered the series in contention for the second AL wild card, but fell 5 1/2 games behind Minnesota with a week left in the season. The Twins swept Detroit over four games this weekend.

The Rangers have lost eight straight in Oakland and 10 of 15 overall.

Cotton (9-10) struck out six and allowed one walk as he won his fourth straight decision.

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem for the second straight day. On Saturday, he became the first major league baseball player to participate in the protest movement.

Davis’ 41st home run, projected at 445 feet by Statcast, came on a 1-1 changeup from starter Martin Perez (12-12).

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Brady, Patriots edge Texans 36-33 in final seconds

KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady connected with Brandin Cooks for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left, his fifth TD throw of the game, and the New England Patriots rallied to beat the Houston Texans 36-33 on Sunday.

Brady finished 25 of 35 for 378 yards as New England won its straight regular-season meeting with Houston and seventh of eight overall. Cooks caught five passes for 131 yards and pair of scores. It was the fifth multi-touchdown game and eighth 100-yard game of his career.

Texans rookie Deshaun Watson was strong in his second career start. The Patriots were thin on the edge without linebacker Dont’a Hightower for the second straight week, and Watson took advantage, completing 22 of 33 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

But he did have two interceptions, including one that set up a New England first-half touchdown.

The Patriots extended their halftime lead to 28-20 in the third quarter before Houston used a 12-yard TD pass from Watson to Ryan Griffin, and a 31-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal to edge back in front 30-28 early in the fourth quarter.

The Texans forced New England to punt with just over seven minutes to play, but had to settle for a 36-yard Fairbairn field goal with 2:24 left. Houston failed on a third-and-1 at the Patriots 18.

That left Brady room. After an early holding penalty pushed New England back to its 15, Brady used a 15-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski and 27-yarder to Danny Amendola to Houston’s 25.

Cooks then got free for the go-ahead score. He also caught the ensuing 2-point conversion.

Houston wasn’t intimidated by the Patriots in the first half, trading leads with the defending champions thanks to big plays on both sides of the ball.

With Houston trailing 7-3 after an early Brady touchdown pass to Gronkowski, the Texans‘ defense handed Watson great field position on the Patriots 44. The rookie responded with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington.

Watson got caught trying to do too much a few drives later and paid for it when Stephon Gilmore intercepted his pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins and returned it 39 yards to the Houston 12. Brady took the lead back two plays later when he hit a wide-open Chris Hogan across the middle for a 7-yard score.

It was 14-13 when Whitney Mercilus got free around the end and sacked Brady from the blind side. The ball popped free on the hit and it was picked up and returned 22 yards by Jadeveon Clowney for a touchdown.

But the Patriots responded again late in the half when Brady found Hogan wide open again for a 47-yard touchdown.

CLOWNEY’S BIG DAY

Clowney had two sacks along with his fumble return. He became the third player in Texans history with two sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown in a game, joining Mario Williams and J.J. Watt.

The two sacks also matched a career high for Clowney.

ANTHEM PROTESTS

About 30 Patriots players knelt or locked arms during the national anthem in response to criticism President Donald Trump levied against Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players and teams over the weekend. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who’s been a strong supporter of the president, expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump in a statement. Texans owner Robert McNair also called the president’s comments “divisive.”

INJURIES

Texans: Safety Andre Hal was shaken up in a collision with Amendola late in the fourth quarter.

Patriots: Tight end Jacob Hollister limped off the field early in the third quarter after a hard hit from Johnathan Joseph.

UP NEXT

The Texans return home for an AFC South matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

New England hosts the Carolina Panthers.

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Aggies sweep Texas A&M Invitational team titles on Watts course

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – Aggie men and women cross country squads swept the team titles at the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday morning on the Dale Watts course. This marked the third consecutive team victory for the Aggie men this season through three meets.

Texas A&M scored 62 points for the men’s team title, bettering McNeese State (110), Rice (129), Texas State (136), Houston (142), and UT-Arlington (143). The Aggie women scored 50 points to claim the team title over Lamar (88), TCU (96), Rice (109), McNeese State (143) and LSU (146).

“I was really pleased with how our kids competed,” noted Texas A&M assistant coach Wendel McRaven. “We were racing a little tired this week. That’s part of the deal, if you’re going to race well in November, you’re going to be a little tired in September from training.”

Alex Riba led the Texas A&M men with a runner-up performance, posting a time of 23 minutes, 58.5 seconds on the 8,000-meter course. Winning the race, in 23:51.5, was Brian Barraza of Houston while Stanley Limoh of Louisiana-Lafayette placed third in 24:09.4. Barraza won the NCAA South Central title on this course two seasons ago.

“It’s fun to win a team title in front of the home crowd,” said Riba. “Every time we race we learn more so we’ll be ready for the next team race. It was fun being back on a fast course at home. There was great competition and the race went out fast. So it was a good day for running fast.

“It absolutely helped being able to race the caliber of Barraza, because I was able to sit behind him for a majority of the race and hang on for dear life for as long as I could in that race. It certainly helped me out and will prepare me for later on in the season when I get to race more guys at that level.”

In the women’s race Ashley Driscoll paced the Aggie women for the third consecutive outing this season. Closing strong in the late stages of the race, Driscoll finished third in 20:42.0 over a 6,000-meter course. Teammate Kelsie Warren ran 20:54.7 in her first race of the season to place fourth overall.

Susannah Lynch of North Texas won in 20:23.1 with TCU’s Brenley Goertzen runner-up at 20:36.1.

Warren led the field through the first 2k, and was a stride behind Goertzen at 4k. Driscoll, meanwhile, was fourth at 2k, eight seconds behind the leader, moved to third at 4k, six-plus seconds back of the leader, and then maintained her position while passing Warren in the stretch run to the finish line.

“This was so exciting and definitely the best race I’ve run this season,” said Driscoll. “It was so awesome to see Kelsie in her first race back and run so strong. I was hoping to close the gap on the leaders in the last 2k. Then I tried to get as close as I could near the finish.”

McRaven noted: “For her first race of the year, and as warm as it was when the women were racing, Kelsie probably went out a little aggressively. She’s fit and it was a good rust buster for her. It’s great to see Driscoll stepping up another level. Now she’s somebody who can be a top 10 or top 15 runner in the regional meet. Ashley has made a lot of progress in a year.”

Ryan Yerrow followed Riba on the Aggie men’s squad in placing seventh. Yerrow’s time of 24:16.2 made him the top freshman finisher overall in the race. Christian Farris placed ninth in 24:18.3 and Jon Bishopplaced 18th with a clocking of 24:35.0. Jacob Perry, the fifth finisher for Texas A&M, ran 24:51.4 to place 30th.

Brandt Preston, a stride behind Perry in 31st, ran 24:51.6 as the sixth Aggie runner while Taylor Claytoncame in as the seventh finisher, placing 40th in 24:58.5.

“I knew from the start that I was going to feel good in the race,” noted Yerrow, who earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors in his last race. “So, I thought I might as well take advantage of it. I went up to the front with the leaders through 5k. Brandt and I were rolling and we just knew we were going to have a good race.

“I’m just blessed to have the opportunities that I do with the team. We are doing well right now as a team, but we still have a lot of work to do. Like Coach McRaven says, we’re training for November, not September. We’ll be ready.”

Kelsey Persyn finished 11th in the women’s race as the third Aggie, running 21:36.8. Then Kaitlin Tannerand Hannah Campbell placed 17th and 18th to complete Texas A&M’s team score as the fourth and fifth runner. Tanner clocked 21:42.5 as Campbell posted a time of 21:44.0. The sixth runner for the Aggies was Lauryn Barrientos, placing 22nd in 21:53.6.

A trio of finishers for Texas A&M followed in 28th, 29th and 31st with Maddie Vondra (22:02.5), Olivia Arriaza(22:08.2), and Lizette Chapa (22:15.6). The rest of the squad included Valarie Bradley (44th, 22:32.1), Shelby McNeel (59th, 22:57.0), Audrey Spitz (80th, 23:34.2), Sarah Odneal (90th, 23:46.2), and Nikki Keys (97th, 24:05.1)

Rounding out the Texas A&M men’s crew were Ryan Trahan (41st, 25:03.2), Zephyr Seagraves (58th, 25:21.1), Sam Erickson (61st, 25:22.8), Eli Canal (74th, 25:38.0), Nicko Enochs (88th, 25:56.9), Chandler Rathke (90th, 25:57.1), Juan Uribe (99th, 26:07.1), and Raymond Gonzales (121st, 26:55.1).

Texas A&M Invitational – September 23, 2017

MEN: 1. Texas A&M, 62; 2. McNeese State, 110; 3. Rice, 129; 4. Texas State, 136; 5. Houston, 142; 6. UT-Arlington, 143; 7. Louisiana-Lafayette, 188; 8. Lamar, 192; 9. LSU, 203; 10. North Texas, 231; 11. Southeastern Louisiana, 274; 12. Sam Houston State, 328; 13. Central Arkansas, 352; 14. Texas Wesleyan, 391; 15. Old Army TC, 394; 16. TAMU-Kingsville, 438; 17. Prairie View, 476; 18. TCU, 504.

WOMEN: 1. Texas A&M, 50; 2. Lamar, 88; 3. TCU, 96; 4. Rice, 109; 5. McNeese State, 143; 6. LSU, 146; 7. Houston, 202; 8. Louisiana-Lafayette, 220; 9. UT-Arlington, 230; 10. Central Arkansas, 246; 11. North Texas, 247; 12. Texas State, 282; 13. Sam Houston State, 362; 14. Southeastern Louisiana, 368; 15. TAMU-Kingsville, 459; 16. Southeastern Oklahoma, 460; 17. Prairie View, 509.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

 

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Texas A&M Edges Arkansas in A Shootout, 50-43 in OT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Armani Watts intercepted a pass in overtime and Texas A&M extended its win streak to six games against Arkansas with a 50-43 victory on Saturday.

Christian Kirk had given the Aggies the lead on a 10-yard touchdown reception, his third score of the day, on the first possession of overtime before Watts intercepted Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen in the end zone on a third-down play.

It was the third time in four years that A&M and Arkansas needed overtime to decide a winner, and the Aggies continued to serve as a stumbling block for the Razorbacks.

The Aggies are now 6-0 in the series since joining the SEC in 2012 and, along with No. 1 Alabama, are the two SEC West teams that Arkansas have failed to defeat during that time.

The lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter before Texas A&M kicker Daniel LaCamera tied it at 43 on 27-yard field goal with four seconds remaining.

Keith Ford‘s 44-yard run gave Texas A&M a 33-28 lead with 8:46 remaining. Arkansas then countered when Jonathan Nance caught a 44-yard touchdown pass with 5:21 to go to restore the lead at 36-33.

That lead lasted 11 seconds after Kirk returned the ensuing kick-off 100 yards for a score, giving A&M another brief lead before David Williams scored on 4-yard run with 3:39 remaining.

Allen completed 12 of 25 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns, with 100 of those yards to Nance on three receptions.

Kellen Mond completed 14 of 27 passes for 216 yards and ran for 109 more. Ford ran for 102 yards and had a pair of touchdowns.

The Aggies had to overcome a bit of bad luck in the first half after a review of a big play didn’t go their way.

In the second quarter Mond appeared to score on an 89-yard touchdown run, but was ruled out of bounds at the 10-yard line. It was clear in replays that Mond didn’t step out of bounds, and the SEC issued a statement that the call was incorrect, but since the whistle had blown it was a dead play at the 10.

Three plays later A&M had to settle for a 27-yard field goal, cutting the score to 21-10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

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Aggie WR Christian Kirk, S Armani Watts, DE Landis Durham & RB Keith Ford

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White Sox snap Astros Streak; Rangers edge Mariners

White Sox bullpen covers 8 2/3 innings to beat Astros

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Chris Volstad and Chicago’s bullpen covered 8 2/3 innings after starter Carson Fulmer left with a blister, and the White Sox beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Thursday night.

Volstad (1-0) got his first win since 2012 with the Chicago Cubs. He allowed a run over 4 1/3 innings, and six relievers kept Houston scoreless from there. Juan Minaya worked around two walks in the ninth for his fifth save.

Tim Anderson homered to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games, and Kevan Smith added two hits for Chicago.

The victory snaps a six-game winning streak for the Astros, who clinched the AL West on Sunday but are still making a push for the league’s best record.

Chicago built a 2-0 lead off Dallas Keuchel (13-5) by the third inning. Brian McCann got Houston within 1 on a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.

Anderson launched a towering shot to center to begin the eighth inning. He has two homers, three doubles and six RBIs during this streak.

 

Hamels tames Mariners, Rangers stay close in wild-card hunt

SEATTLE (AP) _ Cole Hamels dominated for eight innings, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo went deep and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday night to hang around the AL wild-card hunt.

Texas and the Los Angeles Angels are 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second wild card. The Angels lost to Cleveland, while the Twins blew out Detroit.

Hamels (11-4) allowed three hits and a run while striking out eight. He gave up a solo homer to Nelson Cruz _ his 35th _ in the seventh, along with a pair of singles to Jean Segura.

Keone Kela got his second save despite yielding a solo homer to Robinson Cano in the ninth. It was Cano’s 22nd this season and 300th of his career.

The Mariners have lost five straight games and are five back in the wild-card chase with nine games remaining.

James Paxton (12-5) allowed two runs in 3 2/3 choppy innings.

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Aggie Soccer Upends No. 6 Florida

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies scored a 2-1 victory over the No. 6 Florida Gators Thursday evening at Ellis Field with the game-winner coming on Kendall Ritchie‘s first career goal.

It marked the second win of the year for the Maroon & White over a Top 25 opponent, in addition to their 5-1 victory at then-No. 19 Kansas on Sep. 10.

Ritchie scored the game-winner in the 66th minute. Taking a free kick from 45 yards out left of the center circle, the left-back sent a boomer that arced over goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese, who was playing two steps outside the six-yard box, before tucking under the crossbar.

Texas A&M (5-2-1, 1-1-0 SEC) broke the scoring seal in the 34thminute off the foot of Cienna Arrieta. Arrieta, who entered the match in the 32nd minute, received a throw-in from Emily Bates, took one touch to clear the defense and then uncorked a low, driving shot from 25 yards out right of the arc. The missile found a sliver between the left post and a diving Marckese for the ice-breaker.

The Aggies took a 1-0 lead into the intermission of an evenly contested first half. The shots were even (8-8) and the Maroon & White held slim edges in shots-on-goal (4-3) and corner kicks (2-0).

Florida (7-2-0, 1-1-0 SEC) pounced on the Aggies for an equalizer just 89 seconds into the second half. Gabby Seiler and Deanne Rose worked a two-player combo to net the goal. Seiler sent a pass from the center line to Rose just outside the offensive side of the circle. Rose played the ball back to Seiler who was on the charge. Seiler drove a ball towards the top of the penalty box and a race ensued between three Aggie defenders, goalkeeper Cosette Morché and a sprinting Rose. Rose won the race flicking a shot off the first bounce over Morché at the penalty spot. The volley took one bounce before finding the goal.

Texas A&M was unlucky on two occasions with Ally Watt hitting the crossbar from 15 yards out in the 25th minute. In the second half, Stephanie Malherbe blasted a shot from 20 that hit the wrong side of the left post.

Morché logged four saves in goal for the Aggies with her biggest coming in the 37th minute when she stonewalled a shot by Melanie Monteagudo from seven yards out.

The victory gave the Aggies’ a 7-6 edge in the all-time series against their intersectional rivalry.

Texas A&M returns to action Sunday when they travel to Columbia for a 5:05 p.m. contest against the Missouri Tigers.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach G Guerrieri
Thoughts on the match…
“We had a couple of quality goals from long distance. First, Cienna (Arrieta) from about 30 yards and then Kendall’s from around 40 yards if not further. They both were fantastic goals. Kendall looked up and saw the keeper taking a few steps forward and she just smashed it into the upper corner which was awesome.”

On getting a big home win…
“We’ve been good enough to beat everyone. We’ve played some teams who’ve scored some great goals against us, but we’ve just missed a lot of chances. Leave it to our players to save our best goals for arguably the best team on our schedule. Florida doesn’t give you anything cheap. You are going to have to earn everything against them. They have a history of scoring late goals and coming from behind. So, I’m pleased with the discipline from the team tonight.”

Sophomore Midfielder Cienna Arrieta
On scoring a goal just two minutes after entering the match as a substitute… 
“When I came in, they said to get a goal in. We’re up against the number one team in the SEC, so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and follow the coaches’ orders. It was just a surreal feeling.”

On playing forward tonight…
“Usually I am a midfielder, but I think it was one of those moments where they just needed some fresh legs. Everyone works their butt off, so they just thought to throw the players in where we need them, so that was the game plan there.”

Junior defender Kendall Ritchie
On her goal tonight…
“Originally I was going to cross it because we have worked on set pieces and aiming it for a certain spot on the backside. I saw that the goal keeper was about 6-7 feet off the line so I figured she was going to try to come out. I just tried to rip it over her and luckily it dipped there at the end.”

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: The importance of Arkansas according to Sam Khan Jr.

The Texas A&M vs. Arkansas bout in Arlington has plenty more on the line than just a win in conference play. Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN joins the podcast to discuss the ramifications on the losing coach and what the Aggies need to do Saturday to continue trending upward.

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Texas A&M Soccer hosts No. 6 Florida on Willy 1550

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies host the No. 6 Florida Gators Thursday night at 6:05 p.m. on Willy 1550.

Thursday’s match is Howdy World Night at Ellis Field. Admission for all Texas A&M international students and students wearing their Greek chapter letters is just $3. The first 100 fans will receive a free Texas A&M flag. The match will also feature a pregame performance by “Ballet Folklorico Celestial TAMU” and a TAMU International Student Association member recognition at halftime.

Hot dogs are just $1 at Ellis Field on Thursday.

The Aggies are looking to get consistency in their finishing. Entering the fray with a 4-2-1 overall mark, the Maroon and White had shutout losses sandwiched around a 5-1 victory over then No. 19 Kansas, the highest scoring output for the Aggies since the 2014 campaign.

Florida is 7-1-0 on the year and enters play on a three match win streak.

Head coach G Guerreri

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Last season the two squads, who have built a fierce intersectional rivalry, did not meet. The 2015 campaign saw the teams battle twice with Texas A&M earning a 2-1 win in the regular season and Florida claiming the SEC Tournament championship match from the Aggies, 2-1. The all-time series is tied at 6-6-0. Since Texas A&M joined the SEC for the 2012 campaign, the two squads have accounted for four of the five regular-season titles.

David Ellis (play-by-play) and Kristi Leonard (color) will handle the call on Willy 1550. Audio for the match will be streamed worldwide on 12thMan.com/Listen. The SEC Network broadcast features Jenn Hildreth, handling the play-by-play duties, and Heather Mitts with the color analysis. The match will be available digitally on mobile devices, computers and connect-TVs for SEC Network subscribers whose cable/satellite packages allow access to SEC Network+ through the WatchESPN app and SECSports.com.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 VS. FLORIDA, 6:05 P.M. 

Howdy World/$1 Hot Dogs

  • $3 admission for all TAMU international students (in advance or at the gate) as well as all students wearing their GREEK chapter letters
  • Pregame performance by “Ballet Folklorico Celestial TAMU” in the northwest area of Ellis Field.
  • TAMU International Student Association member recognition on-field at halftime.
  • $1 hot dogs.

Giveaway:

  • Texas A&M Flags to the first 100 fans in attendance (northeast entrance).

In-game promotions:

  • Chances to win Texas A&M gear, Whataburger, McDonald’s & more
  • Every time Aggie Soccer shuts out their opponent, fans will receive a FREE Pepsi Zero as they exit (while supplies last).

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

 

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Astros edge White Sox, 4-3; Rangers hold off Mariners, 8-6

Peacock, Gurriel lead Astros over White Sox 4-3

HOUSTON (AP) _ Yuli Gurriel had three hits, including a two-run double, Brad Peacock threw six solid innings and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Peacock (12-2) allowed two runs on one hit with six strikeouts. The right-hander continues to throw well, allowing two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts.

After Yoan Moncada put the White Sox up 2-1 in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer, Gurriel answered with his two-run hit in the bottom half of the inning.

Jose Altuve upped Houston’s lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the seventh, but Yolmer Sanchez cut the lead to one with an RBI double in the eighth.

Joe Musgrove struck out Moncada with the tying run on second to end the eighth and struck out Omar Narvaez with the tying run on second to end the game for his second save.

James Shields (4-7) allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Shields has given up at least three runs in five of his last six starts.

 

Odor’s grand slam sends Rangers past Mariners 8-6

By JIM HOEHN

SEATTLE (AP) _ Rougned Odor’s grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning and the Texas Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners 8-6 on Wednesday night to make up ground in the playoff chase.

The Rangers moved within 21/2 games of Minnesota for the second AL wild card after the Twins lost 11-3 to the New York Yankees. Seattle dropped its fifth straight and remained four games behind Minnesota.

Seattle, which trailed 7-1 early, pulled to 8-5 on Robinson Cano’s two-run single in the seventh but then left the bases loaded. The Mariners made it 8-6 in the eighth on consecutive doubles by Mike Zunino and Ben Gamel.

Andrew Cashner (10-10) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings forTexas. He struck out two and walked three. Alex Claudio got six outs for his 10th save.

 

 

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Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95

MIAMI (AP) _ Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 95.

His fiancee, Denise Baker, says LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia.

The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts.

LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson his first defeat. He lost the middleweight title to him in what became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

In his previous fight, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left.

LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before a U.S. Senate committee. He said he was promised a shot at a title.

On June 16, 1949, he became middleweight champion when Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.

The 1980 film “Raging Bull” was based on LaMotta’s memoir. Actor Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award for it.

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Astros edge White Sox; Rangers top Mariners

Altuve, Bregman lead Astros over White Sox

Jose Altuve homered, Alex Bregman hit an RBI double and the AL West champion Houston Astros extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Collin McHugh (3-2) allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings for Houston. It was the right-hander’s first outing since detaching a fingernail on his pitching hand Sept. 8.

 

Rangers score twice in 8th inning for 3-1 win over Mariners

By TIM BOOTH

SEATTLE (AP) _ Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice fly broke a tie in the eighth inning, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Tuesday night to help their slim playoff chances.

The Rangers won their second straight after a five-game losing streak and pulled within 31/2 games of Minnesota for the second American League wild card.

Pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez, slowed for the past week by a sprained ankle, led off the eighth with a double against Nick Vincent (3-3). Delino DeShields beat out a bunt single and Choo followed with a fly ball deep enough that pinch-runner Will Middlebrooks easily scored to give Texas the lead.

Andrus added a broken-bat single that scored DeShields.

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Texas A&M Football Releases 2018 Schedule

Sept. 1                      NW State                        Kyle Field

Sept. 8                      Clemson                         Kyle Field

Sept. 15                    UL-Monroe                     Kyle Field

Sept. 22                   @ Alabama                     Bryant-Denny Stadium

Sept. 29                    vs Arkansas                    AT&T Stadium

Oct. 6                        Kentucky                        Kyle Field

Oct. 13                      @ SCarolina                    Williams-Brice Stadium

Oct. 20                      BYE                                 BYE

Oct. 27                      @ Miss State                  Davis Wade Stadium

Nov. 3                       @ Auburn                       Jordan-Hare Stadium

Nov. 10                      Ole Miss                         Kyle Field

Nov. 17                      UAB                                 Kyle Field

Nov. 24                      LSU                                 Kyle Field

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