Rivers, Chargers beat fading Cowboys 28-6 on Thanksgiving

SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving game in his 14th season and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the fading Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thursday.

Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for the punctuating touchdown as the Chargers (5-6) moved within 1½ games of AFC West-leading Kansas City after starting 0-4 while the Chiefs won their first five.

The defending NFC East champion Cowboys (5-6) lost their third straight by at least 20 points, all without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, in a damaging defeat for their fading playoff hopes.

Dallas, playing its 50th Thanksgiving game, finally ended a touchdown drought at a team-record 10 quarters on Rod Smith’s 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Keenan Allen had a career-high 172 yards on 11 catches with a touchdown, giving him 23 grabs for 331 yards and three scores in the past two games.

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No. 16 Basketball Wins Progressive Legends Classic

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NEW YORK (AP)–Robert Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 16 Texas A&M to a 98-87 victory over Penn State in the championship game of the Progressive Legends Classic on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.

Duane Wilson led the Aggies (4-0) with 22 points while Tyler Davis chipped in 15, Admon Gilder had 14 and Tonny Torcha-Morelos finished with 11.

Despite getting a career-high 31 points from Tony Carr, Penn State (5-1) lost its first game of the season. Lamar Stevens added 25 points for Penn State.

The Aggies took a 42-40 lead into halftime due to Williams’ two-hand follow jam with 4 seconds left in the half. Seven of the eight players who got into the game in the first half for Texas A&M scored, led by Williams’ 12.

And the Aggies needed every point, as Carr was a one-man offensive onslaught for the Nittany Lions. Carr had 21 points in the opening half on 7-of-8 shooting including 2 for 2 from 3-point range. He made 5 of 6 free throws.

Texas A&M took a 63-51 lead on Wilson’s scoop layup 6:41 into the second half. Wilson’s layup was the culmination of a stretch in which the Aggies outscored the Nittany Lions 21-11.

Following Wilson’s layup, Penn State coach Pat Chambers called time out. DJ Hogg hit a 3 for the Aggies, Gilder made two free throws and Williams finished a 2-on-1 break with a two-handed jam off an alley-oop pass which pushed the lead to 70-53.

Penn State used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 70-61.

After a layup by Gilder pushed the lead to 72-61, the Nittany Lions scored the next five points on a layup by Carr and three free throws from Stevens. That was as close as they would get.

Williams was named tournament MVP, and was joined on the all-tournament team by Wilson, Carr, Stevens and Oklahoma State’s Jeffrey Carroll.

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“Houston Chronicle” Report: Texas A&M to Part Ways with Kevin Sumlin Following LSU Game

Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle reports that Texas A&M plans to part ways with head football coach Kevin Sumlin following the Aggies’ regular-season finale against LSU, according to multiple sources.

Zwerneman reports that the outcome of Saturday’s game against the No. 18 Tigers will have no bearing on the decision.

In six seasons at Texas A&M, Sumlin has lead the Aggies to a 51-25 overall record and six bowl appearances. However, his teams have reached double-digit wins only once and have failed to finish higher than fourth in the SEC West since 2012.

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Aggie Football Media Day: LSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

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Aggie WR Christian Kirk

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Aggie punter Shane Tripucka

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Aggie DL Kingsley Keke

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Aggie WR Damion Ratley

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Aggie DB Armani Watts

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No. 16 Basketball Routs Oklahoma State in Legends Classic

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NEW YORK (AP)–Robert Williams had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a handful of alley-oop dunks to help No. 16 Texas A&M beat Oklahoma State 72-55 in the first game of the 2017 Progressive Legends Classic on Monday night.

Williams added three steals and two blocks for the Aggies (3-0).

DJ Hogg led all scorers with 18 points. Tonny Trocha-Morelosfinished with 12 points and Admon Gilder had 10.

The loss was the first of the season for Oklahoma State (3-1). Brandon Averette led the Cowboys with 10.

The Aggies took a 39-22 lead into halftime, thanks to Williams and a 25-7 run over the final eight minutes of the half. Williams checked in five minutes into the game and scored nine points in the first half, eight on alley-oops.

Texas A&M extended the lead to 22 after Gilder knocked down a jumper 1:22 into the second half. Oklahoma State outscored the Aggies 18-8 in the next 8:03 to cut the deficit to 52-42.

Just as it looked as if Oklahoma State would seriously challenge Texas A&M, the Aggies had a 12-3 run to push their advantage to 64-45 and essentially decided the outcome. The stretch was punctuated by Gilder’s 3-point baskets on consecutive possessions.

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POSTGAME NOTES
RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • No. 16 Texas A&M (3-0) won its third straight game to begin the 2017-18 season Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn during the Progressive Legends Classic, defeating previously unbeaten Oklahoma State 72-55.
  • The all-time series between the schools now stands at 31-18 in favor of the Cowboys … Texas A&M, however, has won five of its last six meetings vs. OSU.

TEAM NOTES

  • The 55 points scored by the Cowboys as well as their 29.9 field goal percentage were each the lowest by an Aggie opponent this season.
  • The Aggies closed the first half on an 18-4 run to take control of the game and go to the intermission leading 39-22 … A&M led by as many as 24 in the contest.
  • Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Duane Wilson, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Tonny Trocha-Morelos and Tyler Davisfor the second time this season (2-0).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Junior forward DJ Hogg paced the Aggies in scoring for the second straight contest, finishing with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field … Hogg was 4-of-7 from 3-point range and is now shooting 65.0 from long distance through three games this season.
  • Sophomore forward Robert Williams returned to the court for the Aggies after missing the season’s first two games due to suspension … the Oil City, La., native recorded his 12th career double-double, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds … Williams also two blocked shots to extend his school-record blocked shot streak to 32, each contest of his carded collegiate career.
  • Junior guard Admon Gilder hit double-digit scoring for the third consecutive game to begin the season, finishing with 10 points … Senior Tonny Trocha-Morelos, meanwhile, chipped in 12 points during the win.
  • Billy Kennedy is now 118-85 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 329-264 in 20 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT

  • Texas A&M advances to the title game of the 2017 Progressive Legends Classic, where it will face either Penn State or Pitt on Tuesday at 5 p.m. (CT) inside the Barclays Center.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Tucker Tabbed for SEC Defensive Player of the Week Honors

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M freshman Derrick Tucker earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday after filling up the stat sheet in Saturday’s 31-24 win over Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.

The Manvel, Texas native, logged his first career interception and returned it 19 yards for the game’s only second half touchdown, giving his team their first lead of the day. In his sixth career start, Tucker logged a game-high 14 tackles, including a tackle-for-loss, a forced fumble and two pass break ups.

The freshman became the first Aggie to garner SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season and fourth since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012; joining Armani Watts (Sept. 24, 2016), Justin Evans (Sept. 17, 2016) and Deshazor Everett (Sept. 27, 2014).

Tucker also garnered College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week honors.

OFFENSE
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

DEFENSE
Derrick Tucker, S, Texas A&M 

SPECIAL TEAMS
Zach Von Rosenberg, P, LSU

FRESHMAN
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

OFFENSIVE LINE
JC Hassenauer, OL, Alabama

DEFENSIVE LINE
Montez Sweat, DL, Mississippi State

 

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Wentz, Eagles roll over Cowboys 37-9 after losing kicker

By SCHUYLER DIXON

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and three 2-point conversions after Philadelphia lost kicker Luke Elliott to a head injury, and the Eagles all but wrapped up the NFC East with a 37-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

The Eagles (9-1) outscored the Cowboys 30-0 in the second half while extending their winning streak to eight games, their longest since 2003-04 and tied with New Orleans for the best current run in the NFL.

Philadelphia leads the second-place and defending division champion Cowboys (5-5) by four games with six to play after handing Dallas its worst home loss at 8-year-old AT&T Stadium.

Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw a career-high three interceptions and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in his second straight loss without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, serving a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence.

Luke Elliott left the game after missing a 34-yard field goal late in the first quarter.

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Foreman has 2 TDs to help Texans to 31-21 win over Cardinals

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Rookie D’Onta Foreman ran for 65 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns before being carted off the field with an ankle injury to help the Houston Texans snap a three-game skid with a 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Texans (4-6) went on top when Foreman scored his first career touchdown on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were stopped for a loss on a fourth-and-1 later in the fourth. Foreman dashed 34 yards on the next play to push the lead to 31-21 with about six minutes left.

Foreman was injured on the play, falling to the ground in the end zone. He appeared to be in a lot of pain as he reached for his ankle. He was looked at on the field for a few minutes before he was helped to the cart and taken off the field as the crowd chanted: “Foreman, Foreman.”

Blaine Gabbert threw for 257 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in his first start of the season with Drew Stanton dealing with a sprained knee and Carson Palmer out for the season with a broken arm. But Gabbert threw interceptions on consecutive drives in the fourth quarter to seal Arizona’s fate.

The Texans won despite two turnovers by Tom Savage, who has lost six fumbles and thrown three interceptions in just four starts this season. He finished 22 of 32 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in his third start since Deshaun Watson was injured.

Rookie Ricky Seals-Jones, who didn’t have a catch entering Sunday, finished with 54 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Cardinals (4-6). Seals-Jones, who is from nearby Sealy, Texas, added his second touchdown on a 28-yard grab to make it 21-17 with about five minutes left in the third quarter.

Houston took a 17-14 lead when the team opened the second half with a drive capped by a 28-yard touchdown reception by DeAndre Hopkins. He grabbed a 34-yard pass on third-and-8 on the play before to keep the drive going.

The Texans took a 7-0 lead when Lamar Miller grabbed a 7-yard pass from Savage before falling out of bounds early in the second quarter. Miller, a sprinter at Miami, then started a relay baton celebration where he ran before pretending to hand off to Hopkins, who passed it on to Braxton Miller, who finished the bit by handing it off to Bruce Ellington.

Savage was sacked by rookie Budda Baker later in the second quarter and fumbled. Baker recovered the ball to give Arizona possession at the Houston 17.

Two plays later, Gabbert connected with Fitzgerald on the 20-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7-all. Fitzgerald passed Tony Gonzalez (15,127) for fifth-most receiving yards in NFL history on that play and ended the day with 91 yards receiving to give him 15,157 yards receiving.

Patrick Peterson intercepted Savage and returned it 22 yards late in the third quarter to give Arizona great field position again. This time Gabbert found Seals-Jones on an 11-yard TD pass to put the Cardinals up 14-7.

The Texans added a 34-yard field goal late in the second quarter to cut the lead to 14-10 at halftime.

INJURY UPDATE

Houston CB Kevin Johnson left the game in the fourth quarter after sustaining a concussion.

DRE DAY

Houston inducted Andre Johnson as the inaugural member of the Texans Ring of Honor on Sunday. Johnson spent 12 seasons in Houston and is the team’s leader in yards receiving (13,597), receptions (1,012) and touchdown receptions (64). He was given a red jacket and feted with a halftime ceremony attended by dozens of former Texans.

Johnson said he never thought about the possibility of being honored like this when he was playing.

“I just wanted to come here and play. Just do things the right way,” he said. “I just wanted to be a good football player.”

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Host the Jaguars next Sunday.

Texans: Visit the Ravens on Nov. 27.

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Aggie Football Tops Ole Miss in Oxford, 31-24

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Nick Starkel threw for 272 yards and a touchdown to lead Texas A&M past Mississippi 31-24 on Saturday night.

Texas A&M (7-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed 24-21 at halftime, but took a 28-24 lead in the third quarter on a pick-six by Derrick Tucker, who snared a Jordan Ta’amu pass and ran it back 19 yards for the touchdown.

The Aggies never trailed again, using a stellar defense to hold the Rebels scoreless in the second half.

Texas A&M’s Damion Ratley caught five passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Starkel completed 19 of 32 passes and also ran for a 1-yard touchdown.

Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5) couldn’t generate any offense after a promising first half. Jordan Wilkins led the Rebels with 147 yards rushing, including a 64-yard touchdown run. Ta’amu completed 19 of 34 passes for 189 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Ole Miss managed just 66 total yards in the second half.

The two teams traded touchdowns throughout the first half until the final minute, when Gary Wunderlich kicked a 28-yard field goal to give Ole Miss a 24-21 lead going into the break.

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Aggies’ Season Draws to a Close on Penalty Kicks

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies had their 2017 campaign come to an end Friday in NCAA Championship second round play. Texas A&M and Notre Dame played to a 2-2 draw through 110 minutes and the Fighting Irish prevailed in the penalty kick shootout, 4-1.

In the shootout, Notre Dame got successful PKS from Natalie Jacobs, Taylor Klawunder, Jennifer Westendorf and Ginny McGowan. For Texas A&M, Ally Watt made the first attempt, but Emily Bates and Brittany Crabtree both had their shots stonewalled by Fighting Irish goalkeeper Lexi Nicholas.

The draw ended Texas A&M’s school-record 14-match win streak. It also ended the Aggies’ 11-match win streak in NCAA Championship home matches. The Maroon & White finished with an 18-2-2 mark and won the SEC Tournament Championship for their 17th league title.

The Aggies scored the icebreaker in the 37th minute. With both squads battling on an even keel, Mikaela Harvey broke through with a 30-yard missile from the right channel to the left side-netting.

Notre Dame tied the match in the 43rd minute. Sabrina Flores stripped the ball from an Aggie defender on the right side of the penalty box and sent a cross to Eva Hurm who punched her first touch under the crossbar for her first goal of the season.

The Fighting Irish had the halftime edge in shots (12-6) and shots-on-goal (5-4), but the Aggies held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Notre Dame took their first lead of the game in the 83rd minute. A Fighting Irish forward may have been fouled in the box and Natalie Jacobs stepped up to take the penalty kick.

Emily Bates came up with late match heroics again for the Aggies, tying the match in the 88th minute. Addie McCain dumped a ball into the penalty box and Bates got onto the end of the service, putting in a shot from the right corner of the six-yard box, past the keeper on the right.

For the match, Texas A&M owned the edge in corner kicks (9-2) while Notre Dame held the advantage in shots (24-17) and shots-on-goal (10-6).

Notre Dame and Baylor will face off in Sunday’s NCAA Championship third round match at 6:00 p.m. at Ellis Field.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach G Guerrieri
Opening Statement…
“That’s two years in a row now losing in PKs to a fine team, a well-versed team that played well. For them to jump on us with their first goal, which was a mistake on us. For that girl to get as much on it as she did to draw the penalty kick was good on their part. I thought we created some good chances, had some good looks. We didn’t get a couple handballs called for us that is just part of soccer, just the way it goes. I’m proud of our players and the grit of our team to come from behind. Emily Batesgot the tying goal and it was the typical way this team has gone about things all season. They don’t let the things happen. They take every opportunity they can to get as much out of the event as they can. These two next to me (Watt and Richie) were outstanding in causing a lot of trouble for the Notre Dame defense. You have to give their defense a lot of credit for being able to hold them off. They took four great penalties in the shootout to move on. We wish them well on Sunday against Baylor.”

On the PKs…
“We worked on them every day for the past seven weeks. It’s a little uncommon for us to not bury them. You have to give their goalie a lot of credit. She was quick and she did a great job making saves. She did the same thing on a couple of those corners that i was sure were going in. She did a great job in keeping them out.”

Sophomore Forward Ally Watt
On adjustments…
“After the first half, Coach Phil and Coach G. talked to me telling me I needed to play more to my strengths, instead of just passing back to feet. I was taking what the coaches told me to do and I felt like I was being more dangerous in that way. They just had to remind me of the type of player I was. It was me finding out what I had to do to help the team win.”

Junior Defender Kendall Ritchie
On the Notre Dame threat…
“They have a very talented front line and a very talented midfield. We knew that going into this game that we were going to have to pay special attention to their runners. They had a tendency to do a behind-the-slot ball. They are very dangerous and very tricky and we knew that going in so we just tried to hold the ball as best we could. All credit to Notre Dame, they have a really great offense. I think they will do great going for it.

NOTRE DAME QUOTES

Notre Dame Head Coach Theresa Romagnolo
On the game…
“It was an incredible game. I think we gave the fans a great show. It was back and forth and I thought we created some really great opportunities over the course of the game. I was proud of the effort we showed on both sides of the ball. We brought great quality. These two {Natalie Jacobs and Lexi Nicholas} came up huge for us tonight as well as our entire team. This is a massive win for us. I’m just really proud that we gave up that late goal and came back out in overtime, raised our level again, kept fighting and kept our composure in PKs. Lexi Nicholas came up big time with some big saves. It was a pretty special performance from these guys.”

On Eva’s first career goal…
“We’re excited for her. It’s her first career goal and what a time to have it. She’s a fantastic player. She’s incredibly dangerous in one versus one situations. She’s great at setting people up around the goal and we’re excited to start working her back into our lineup. I think what’s exciting about this group is we have so many talented players that we have people that can come off the bench and contribute and that’s something that she really did tonight.”

Senior Goalkeeper Lexi Nicholas
On saves today…
“I think in that situation you just have to focus and try to read them as best as you can. I knew I needed to come up big for my team and knew they deserved a performance like that. So, I just tried to step up and do what I could. I am glad I could get two of them.”

Sophomore Forward Natalie Jacobs 
Thoughts on penalty kick…
“Well PKs are all confidence and we talk about that all the time; Have a routine. I was just not really worried about everything going on. I was like I have done it before, I can do it. I just had to stay confident and do my normal routine.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Hogg’s Big Night Helps Basketball Down UCSB in Home Opener

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — DJ Hogg scored 19 of his 24 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and No. 16 Texas A&M won its home opener going away 84-65 over UC Santa Barbara on Friday night.

Max Heidigger scored 24 points as the Gauchos stuck around after the Aggies built an early 16-point lead. But Hogg’s strong second-half kept UCSB from mounting a challenge.

A&M’s junior forward scored 19 of A&M’s 24 points to open the half, helping the Aggies stretch the lead to 70-47.

Hogg led four starters in double figures as Tyler Davis had 14 points, all in the first half, Admon Gilder had 13 and Tonny Trocha-Morelos scored 10.

The Aggies (2-0) came out hot to start the game, making 69.2 percent of their shots and all four 3-point attempts while building a 26-14 lead with 11:50 to go in the first half.

A&M finished the game shooting 50 percent overall (30 of 60) and on its 3-pointers (11 of 22). UCSB shot just 36.7 percent (11 of 30) in the first half, but finished at 42.6 percent (26 of 61)

The Gauchos (1-2) had started the season taking care of the ball, combining for a 36-to-14 assist-to-turnover ratio in a win over North Dakota State and a close loss at Pittsburgh.

However, A&M forced them into seven first-half turnovers, turning those into nine points and that played a part in the Aggies’ 46-32 halftime lead. The Gauchos finished the game with 12 turnovers to just 10 assists.

The Aggies also made 12 turnovers, but they assisted on 20 of their 30 baskets.


 

POSTGAME NOTES

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  •   No. 16 Texas A&M improved to 2-0 on Friday night at Reed Arena, defeating UCSB 84-65 during the Aggies’ home opener.
  •  A&M has now opened its home schedule with a victory for the 17th consecutive season.

TEAM NOTES

  • Texas A&M looked comfortable playing for the first time out on its home court this season, shooting 50 percent from both the field (30-for-60) and beyond the 3-point line (11-of-22).
  • Additionally, A&M was 13-for-17 from the free-throw stripe (76.5 percent) as balanced scoring saw four Aggies reach double-figure scoring.
  • The Aggies carded 20 assists on 30 made field goals in the contest.
  • Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Duane Wilson, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Tonny Trocha-Morelos and Tyler Davis for the first time this season (1-0).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Junior forward DJ Hogg fell just one point shy of matching his career-best scoring total, finishing with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting … the Plano West HS product is now shooting 62.9 percent from long distance through two games this season … Hogg also added six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal against the Gauchos.
  • Joining Hogg in double-digit scoring were Tyler Davis (14 points), Admon Gilder (13 points) and Tonny Trocha-Morelos (10 points) … Gilder also chipped in a game-high seven assists.
  • Billy Kennedy is now 117-85 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 328-264 in 20 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT

  • The Aggies are back on the road after the home opener, traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take part in the 2017 Progressive Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Texas A&M will open its run at the tournament by facing former Big 12 foe Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. (CT) on Monday before facing either Penn State or Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

 


POST GAME QUOTES

TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH BILLY KENNEDY

Opening Statement…
“It’s a good win. I think their team, Santa Barbara, they’re going to have a good season. I like their team. I thought they played well against Pittsburgh and gave themselves an opportunity to win at Pitt so I’m really thankful for the win. I thought we shared the ball, 20 assists is a lot of assists. We shared the ball. We had DJ [Hogg] going, taking big shots and shooting with confidence.”

On team chemistry…
“We look good offensively. I thought we really moved the ball. I thought the intensity defensively in the first half was really good and again, unselfish play is something that if we can continue to do that, we’ll continue to win games.”

On going to Brooklyn to play at the Barclays Center…
“Great opportunity for us in Brooklyn playing on the East Coast against a really good Oklahoma State team. I think Oklahoma State, they’ve had some dominating wins with a new coach and [are doing] a lot of good things defensively. Offensively, they have a lot of weapons. I really believe that Oklahoma State will be the best team we’ve played up to this point. It’s a good stage for our team to get some exposure and for our team to know what we can do and who we can become.”

TEXAS A&M JUNIOR FORWARD DJ HOGG

On his game tonight…
“I started off pretty slow actually. I wasn’t shooting too much. I was trying to let the game come to me. Then, in the second half, I made a couple of shots. My teammates kept finding me, so I got hot. They kept giving it to me, so I kept shooting it.”

TEXAS A&M GRADUATE GUARD DUANE WILSON

On how easy his teammates make his job on the court…
“It’s real easy, especially when they’re hot. When it’s the second half pushing up the floor like you know you’ve got DJ [Hogg] streaking, he just hit three in a row. Or when Tyler [Davis] gets hot, you just go right in the post. Tyler’s just pretty much an automatic bucket or a foul every single time. It’s the same was as Admon [Gilder]. So, it also takes a lot of pressure off of me. I had a little assist game, but it’s easy getting assists playing with those three guys.”

UCSB HEAD COACH JOE PASTERNACK

Opening statement…
“All the past 24/48 hours that we’ve had the opportunity to study Texas A&M, [we’ve seen that] Coach Kennedy is such an incredible coach and what an incredible team that he’s put together here. I know a couple of guys were missing, but I really feel Texas A&M has a chance to be a Top 10 team in the country when their guys get back. Very, very well-coached, play so hard and for us, to be able to have the opportunity to get better tonight. I thought we did get better tonight, playing against such a talented team.”

On tonight’s game…
“I think when you’re out there coaching and you see the shots they make just from the perimeter, tough shots, all their guards. DJ Hogg, to me, he’s a first round draft pick. He’s a stud. He’s just as good as there is. I can’t believe there’s a better guy with size and ability to shoot in America than DJ. Tyler Davis just watching him on film, he looks like the best big guy in the country, just brute power. It’s not very easy to guard them because they have such a great inside/outside combination. Again, I thought our guys competed for a full 40 minutes and that’s all we ask of them every single game and I’m proud of how they competed.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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No. 19 Women’s Basketball Falls To No. 10 Oregon In Preseason WNIT Semifinals

COLLEGE STATION- No. 19 Texas A&M suffered its first loss of the season, falling 83-68  to No. 10 Oregon in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena.

The Aggies (2-1) and Ducks (3-0) traded blows in the first half, with Texas A&M taking a 34-28 lead at the break. The Ducks closed the third quarter on an 11-4 run, capped by a Lexi Bando 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the period to take a 57-49 lead.

Lulu McKinney and Danni Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers to draw the Aggies to within five with 3:31 to play, but Oregon responded with layups on each of their next two possessions to start a 12-2 run that put the game away.

Four Aggies scored in double figures for the third straight game, led by Chennedy Carter, who had a career-high 23. Carter became the first Texas A&M freshman to score double digits in each of her first three games. Williams added 17, Hillsman added 10, and Howard notched her third straight double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Aggies return to action on Wednesday, November 22 at 6 p.m. to host Little Rock on SEC Network +.

QUICKIE NOTES

  • The No. 19 Aggies suffer their first loss of the season, falling to 2-1. No. 10 Oregon moves to 3-0 and advances to the final of the Preseason WNIT.
  • The Aggies had four players score in double figures for the third time this season.
  • Chennedy Carter scored in double figures for the third straight game. She is the first Aggie freshman to score double figures in each of her first three games in the Gary Blair era.
    • She had a career-high 23 points, marking her first career 20+ point game
  • Danni Williams scored in double figures for the eighth straight game, dating back to last season, and the 34th time in her career
  • Khaalia Hillsman has scored in double figures in all three games this season and 47 times in her career
  • Anriel Howard had a double-double for the third straight game. She is tied for fifth at Texas A&M 16 career double doubles.
    • She has scored in double figures 23 times in her career, including all three games this season
    • She has had 10+ rebounds 31 times in her career, including all three games this season
  • The Aggies are 55-11 in Reed Arena since the start of the 2013-14 season
  • Since 2004-05, the Aggies are 92-7 against non-conference opponents at home
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 12th all-time in career wins with a 741-305 record in his Hall of Fame career and is 333-142 in 15 seasons at Texas A&M.
  • The Aggies return to action on Wednesday, November 22 at 6 p.m. to host Little Rock on SEC Network +.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
On tonight’s game…
“The better team was Oregon and they showed their experience with five starters back. We made the game chaotic in the first half. We overcame some foul problems and we had all of the momentum and the ball to start the second half but you cannot win a ballgame at this level unless you have an inside game. Tonight we had no inside game. We’ll learn from this. Give Sabrina (Ionescu) a lot of credit. When an All-American is not having her best shooting [game], she fills up the stat sheet. That’s what All-Americans do. We lost transition threes in the second half after stopping them in the first half. When we had a chance to build that lead in the first half, we didn’t stretch it out like we could have.”

On going forward…
“This is going to be a win-win situation for both teams. They won the game, we won because we played a team of this caliber and we’ll get better in the film room, then get better on the practice floor. We’ve got a lot of other teams at this level coming in and we will get better.”

On Texas A&M’s offense…
“I’ve got all the trust in the world of Danni (Williams), but we cannot just be a two-guard team with Chennedy (Carter) driving and scoring and Danni shooting the outside shots. We’ve got to be a complete team, and tonight we weren’t.”

Texas A&M Junior Guard Danni Williams 
On tonight’s performance…
“I give Lexi (Bando) credit, she was playing me tough but a lot of my shots were just short because I think I was rushing. I was just trying to get that one to get in a rhythm but it happens.”

On Texas A&M’s defense…
“I think first half we did a really great job, they only had one three in the first half and the second half they got more. I think they are just used to playing in a transition game the whole time, they said they weren’t tired so I do think that some it got into us. They played really well, we just got to focus more and be more concentrated on the defensive end.”

Texas A&M Freshman Guard Chennedy Carter
On playing after getting the fouls…
“I got two fouls quick in the first quarter and coach sat me on the bench for a little bit and he trusted me and told me just to go in and play solid and not to get a third fouls before half time so that is what I did. Just was trying to compete and be a little less aggressive.”

Oregon Head Coach Kelly Graves
Opening Statement…
“I thought that the second half, we just got in to some flow offensively. We ended up with 55 points in the second half, were in the first half we were trying to score too early in the possession, trying to take advantage of that post matchup. Making Hillsman guard the ball screens, I think it just got us a little stagnate. We really never got into a flow, but second half our emphasis was come out and getting the ball to the second third fourth side of the floor, and then see if they broke down defensively. We started getting some pretty good looks after that. ”

On Ruthy Hebard perfect night from the field…
“I didn’t realize that she hadn’t missed any. We have come to expect that of her, she is a great finisher and I thought her teammates did a great job of giving her the basketball, were she could just put it in. There were a couple moves where she was off the block and turned, ripping through defenders for the layup on the opposite side. I thought they were big time moves, those were Ruthy moves. We needed every one of them tonight, and she is a great player, there’s no question about it.”

Oregon Sophomore Forward Ruthy Hebard 
On making all 10 of her shots…
“I think just being aggressive and going to the rim.”

On Oregon’s slow start…
“I think we came out, of course a little slow and then during the game we definitely picked it up. I think we just need to click a little more, get the feel for each other. After that we just clicked better.”

On frustrating Hillsman… 
“We did a lot of black, which is double team of the post, so we doubled teamed her a lot. I think that is what frustrated her and that’s why our guards got easy steals and that leads to the easy turnovers and blocks.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

 

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Where will the Aggies go bowling?

With two games remaining in the regular season and Texas A&M picking up the all-important sixth win over New Mexico Saturday, hosts Travis L. Brown, Zach Taylor and former Texas A&M defensive lineman Jay Arnold break down where the Aggies could end up this bowl season.

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No. 19 Women’s Basketball Hosts No. 10 Oregon In Preseason WNIT Semifinals on the Zone

The No. 19 Texas A&M women’s basketball team hosts an early-season Top 25 showdown Thursday, as the Aggies take on No. 10 Oregon in the Preseason WNIT Semifinal at Reed Arena.

The game is broadcast on SEC Network +, with Mike Wright and Tap Bentz on the call. Tom Turbiville and Bret Dark bring listeners the call on The Zone 1150 AM/102.7 FM and 12thMan.com.. Authenticated users can access SEC Network + through WatchESPN and the ESPN app on their computers, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices.

Preseason WNIT Semifinal • Game 3 • Thursday, November 16, 2017 • 7 p.m.
No. 10 AP / No. 11 Coaches’ Oregon Ducks (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) at
No. 19 AP Texas A&M Aggies (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
College Station, Texas | Reed Arena (12,989)

Radio: The Zone 1150 AM/102.7 FM (Tom Turbiville, Bret Dark)
Watch: SEC Network + (Mike Wright, Tap Bentz)

The Aggies have started 2-0 for the fifth straight season, winning games to open the season against Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette. Four Aggies, Chennedy Carter, Khaalia Hillsman, Anriel Howard and Danni Williams, have scored in double figures in both of the Aggies’ first two games to start the year.

The Ducks, an Elite Eight squad from a year ago, return 2017 USBWA Freshman of the Year Sabrina Ionescu, who already has five career triple-doubles. Oregon routed Cal State Northridge and Drake to reach the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT.

The game features the two leading scorers from the United States’ FIBA U19 World Cup team that took silver at this summer’s tournament. Carter led the Stars & Stripes with 16.1 points per game, and goes up against Ruthy Hebard from Oregon, who averaged 11.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over the seven games in the tournament.

Thursday’s contest is Texas A&M Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night, with tickets available starting at just $3 for faculty and staff, available online or at the door.

The winner of this game faces No. 5 Louisville or No. 24 Michigan in the final of the Preseason WNIT. The loser of this game concludes their time in the Preseason WNIT.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Rockets’ Chris Paul expected to return Thursday v. Suns

HOUSTON (AP) _ Chris Paul is expected to return for the Houston Rockets on Thursday night after missing all but one game this season with a bruised left knee.

The point guard, who is in his first year with the Rockets after a trade from the Clippers, returned to practice on Wednesday. Coach Mike D’Antoni says the plan is for him to start on Thursday when Houston visits the Phoenix Suns.

D’Antoni says: “He’s ready to go.”

The Rockets have played well despite his absence, with James Harden leading the Rockets to an 11-4 record, second in the Western Conference behind the Warriors.

The 32-year-old Paul will play restricted minutes as he eases his way back, but D’Antoni wouldn’t say exactly how many minutes that would be.

Paul says he still has a way to go, but he’s excited to be nearing his return.

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Cowboys’ Elliott drops appeal, will serve rest of 6-game ban

By SCHUYLER DIXON

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has dropped his appeal with five games remaining on his six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.

Elliott’s agents said Wednesday the decision by last year’s NFL rushing leader “is in no way an admission of wrongdoing.” They said Elliott’s decision came from “a practical assessment of the current legal landscape.”

Elliott had a hearing set in a federal appeals court on Dec. 1, four games into the suspension.

He served the first game in Dallas’ 27-7 loss to Atlanta last weekend. By accepting the six games, Elliott is eligible to return for the final two games: Dec. 24 at home against Seattle and Dec. 31 at Philadelphia.

The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time. Prosecutors in Ohio didn’t pursue the case. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.

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Trocheck scores shootout winner as Panthers edge Stars 4-3

By PAUL GEREFFI

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Jonathan Huberdeau had two power-play goals and Vincent Trocheck scored the winner in a shootout to lift the Florida Panthers over the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Aleksander Barkov scored in regulation and the shootout for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots, plus two more in the tiebreaker.

Jamie Benn had two goals for Dallas, and Remi Elie also scored. Tyler Seguin had a goal in the shootout.

Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves during his first start in four games. Alexander Radulov added two assists for the Stars and has at least one point in nine straight games.

Barkov tied the score 3-all when he redirected the puck behind Lehtonen from the left side of the crease with 17:05 left in the third.

Benn’s second goal evened it at 2 after Luongo got caught behind the net trying to clear. Radulov grabbed the loose puck and passed from behind the goal line to Benn in the right circle. He put the puck in the open net at 10:56 of the second.

Elie gave the Stars a 3-2 lead about a minute later when he backhanded the puck past Luongo.

The Stars outshot the Panthers 18-4 in the second period.

Benn’s first goal cut it to 2-1 after he took a pass from Radulov on the left side and beat Luongo with a wrist shot with 2:10 left in the first.

Huberdeau’s first goal gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead when his shot from the slot got past Lehtonen at 5:13 of the first. Huberdeau made it 2-0 on his second power-play goal when he redirected a pass from Barkov at 15:23.

NOTES: Huberdeau has points in 14 of 17 games this season. … Panthers C Curtis Valk, recalled from Springfield of the AHL on Monday, played in his first NHL game. … Panthers G Antti Niemi was placed on waivers.

UP NEXT

Stars: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Panthers: Visit the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

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DeRozan scores 27 as Raptors beat Rockets 129-113

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129-113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who ended a six-game winning streak.

Houston scored six straight points, including three free throws from Harden, to make it 108-103 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.

Delon Wright made a free throw for the Raptors soon after that, and OG Anunoby connected for Toronto’s first field goal in more than three minutes on a 3-pointer with 6:25 remaining. After Wright’s layup, Kyle Lowry stole the ball from Harden, and DeRozan finished on the other end with a dunk to make it 116-103.

Harden got Houston going again with a four-point play. The free throw was his 19th, setting a franchise record for most foul shots without a miss in a game.

DeRozan and Serge Ibaka had back-to-back dunks after Harden’s big play to make it 120-107 with about three minutes left and send many of the home fans toward the exits.

Harden had 11 assists and six rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points and had seven or more assists in every game this season.

Toronto’s C.J. Miles opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to make it 106-94.

The Raptors scored the first five points of the second half to make it 81-64 and pushed their lead to 19 points midway through the third when Lowry made a 3-pointer.

Toronto led by 21 before Houston made five straight points, capped by a 3-point play by Tarik Black. That was the start of a nice run for the Rockets, and they used a 9-3 spurt after that to cut the lead to 97-87. Harden made four points in that span, and Eric Gordon capped it with a layup.

Houston led by eight points during the first half, but the Raptors used a 45-point second quarter to take a 76-64 edge into halftime.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Norman Powell sat out after leaving Sunday’s game at Boston with a hip pointer. … Lowry, a former Rocket, added 19 points and 10 assists. … Anunoby scored 16 points.

Rockets: Nene missed his second straight game with a sprained right foot. … Harden received a technical after a shot in the first quarter when he complained about the lack of a foul call. … Trevor Ariza finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. … P.J. Tucker got two technical fouls and was ejected in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Rockets: Visit Phoenix on Thursday night.

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Aldridge has 32 points, Popovich gets milestone in Spurs win

By DAVE JACKSON

DALLAS (AP) _ LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points in his hometown and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-91 on Tuesday night.

Gregg Popovich became the fastest NBA coach to 500 road wins. He got there in 835 away games, 41 fewer than Pat Riley.

Aldridge, a product of Dallas’ Seagoville High School, scored eight points during a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter. Patty Mills added a season-high 19 points for the Spurs.

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with a career-high 27 points, and J.J. Barea and Harrison Barnes had 16 each. The Mavericks are 2-13 for the second straight season and fifth time overall.

Just like in a loss to Cleveland on Saturday, the Mavericks cut a double-digit second-half deficit to one point, but couldn’t gain the lead.

After Dallas got within 62-61 early in the fourth, Mills hit a long 3 and a driving layup, then Aldridge scored eight of his team’s next 13 points to put the Spurs up 82-71 with 5:03 to play. Dallas never got closer than four points down the stretch.

The Spurs led by 11 during the third quarter, but Barea made back-to-back 3s and fed Salah Mejri an alley-oop pass for a layup as Dallas closed the quarter on a 9-0 run to get within 62-60.

San Antonio, which has played short-handed all season without starters Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, got Danny Green and Joffrey Lauvergne back from injuries. Green had four points and Lauvergne none.

Mills scored 13 points in the first six minutes of the second quarter, including three 3s. Aldridge was hit with a technical foul with 3:33 left in the second quarter for shoving the Mavericks’ Salah Mejri after a scrap under the Mavericks basket.

The Spurs led 44-39 at the break.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Popovich was asked before the game how he handles the rush of letters and emails responding to his political comments: “I do read everything and I try to respond. It takes time because there’s a lot of letters. The only ones I don’t respond to are the ones are so courageous in their negativity that there’s no address, just comments. That’s hard to respond to. But there are people who disagree and say why, and it’s erudite and intelligible and (I say), `Yeah, you’ve got a point.’ Those people deserve to be responded to. I probably don’t get them all, but I try.”

Mavericks: Dallas continues to play without guard Devin Harris, who missed his second straight game with bruised ribs, and Dorian Finney-Smith was also out Tuesday with left quad tendinitis.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Travel to Minnesota for the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday night. The Spurs have won 12 straight against the Wolves, dating to 2014.

Mavericks: Also face the Timberwolves next, at home Friday night. Minnesota won the team’s first meeting on Nov. 4.

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Texas A&M Football Media Day: Ole Miss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

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Aggie linebacker Cullen Gillaspia

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Aggie wide receiver Damion Ratley

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Aggie safety Armani Watts

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Aggie tight end Tanner Schorp

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Aggie punter Shane Tripucka

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