Justin Rose Wins PGA in N.O.L.A.

AVONDALE, La. (AP) _ Justin Rose birdied the final two holes to win the Zurich
(ZOOR’-ik) Classic. Rose, who entered the week ranked ninth in the world,
completed a 7-under 65 in the rain-delayed third round and closed with a 66 at
TPC Louisiana for his seventh PGA Tour title.

Both Texas MLB Teams Win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Leonys Martin led off the 11th inning with a homer as
the Texas Rangers held on for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels
yesterday to end a three-game skid. The Angels got a run in the bottom half on
Erick Aybar’s RBI single before Rangers closer Neftali Feliz threw a called
third strike past Grant Green to end it. Feliz pitched two innings for the
victory.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Evan Gattis hit a two-run double in the ninth inning as
the Houston Astros completed their first sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a
7-6 win yesterday. Gattis matched a career high with four RBIs. His go-ahead
double with one out came after the A’s intentionally walked Jed Lowrie to load
the bases. Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak against the A’s to 29 games.

Lone Star NBA Play-offs

DALLAS (AP) _ Monta Ellis scored 31 points as the Dallas Mavericks avoided
elimination with a 121-109 victory over the Houston Rockets last night. Dallas
cut Houston’s lead to 3-1 in the first-round series. Game 5 is tomorrow night in
Houston.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists as the Los
Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 yesterday to even their
first-round series at two games apiece. J.J. Redick scored 17 points for the
Clippers. Paul hit jumpers over Parker and Duncan in scoring six straight points
for the Clippers beginning midway through the fourth quarter.

A&M Track & Field Show Well at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA – Texas A&M won the women’s college division 4×400 while the Aggies finished as runner-up in three Championship of America relays on the final day of action at the 121st Penn Relays. Warmer weather, in the mid to high 50s, greeted the 48,920 in attendance at Franklin Field on Saturday.

“We beat all the college teams we faced in the men’s 4×100 and women’s 4×200, so I’m extremely pleased with our performance,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “We did some things today that we needed to do at this track meet. The conditions were a lot better today, but still not real good.”

As A&M faced LSU and Penn State in the college division of the women’s 4×400 a strong anchor leg by Shamier Little moved the Aggies into first place within the first 150m into her carry. Little split 51.6 to hold off the challenge from LSU’s Chanice Chase to secure the win in 3:35.10. LSU ran 3:35.41 as runner-up with Penn State third in 3:37.59.

“I haven’t run anchor leg that much, so it was a good race to teach me how to get out,” noted Little. “My team prepared me for it, getting us out to an early lead and then keeping us in the mix.”

The first three legs for the Aggies included Kamaria Brown (53.4), Olivia Ekpone (55.1), and Ebony Crear (55.0). The top times in the Championship of America 4×400 included Texas (3:29.46), UTech (3:31.34), Clemson (3:34.24), Duke (3:35.67) and Florida State (3:36.35).

“It was a good race and we’re trying to get the order right with Olivia just coming back,” said Brown. “I wanted to make sure I gave Olivia a good enough lead, because I know she hasn’t had enough races in just yet. So there was some good competition even though it wasn’t in the faster section. We still ran really good.”

Texas A&M men closed out the Penn Relays with a 3:04.99 in the 4×400 to finish behind a 3:02.61 by LSU with Clemson a well back third at 3:07.68. It was the third time since 2007 for A&M to finish as runner-up in the 4×400 with the others coming in 2007 and 2010.

The Aggie foursome in the 4×400 included Deon Hickey (48.6), Shavez Hart (45.2), Gregory Coleman (46.16) and Deon Lendore (44.87). LSU ran Vernon Norwood, the current collegiate leader at 44.44, on the third leg and he supplied a 44.85 split as Tiger anchor leg Darrell Bush finished off the relay with a 45.33.

Other teams in the field for the 4×400 included St. Augustine’s (3:08.16), Western Kentucky (3:08.36), G.C. Foster (3:09.98), Texas (3:11.03), Pittsburgh (3:13.04) and South Carolina (3:13.51).

“We went out there and tried something new with the line-up, putting people on different legs to test them out and see what they will do,” said Lendore. “We learned a lot about each other and what we are capable of doing. So that will give coach more options when it comes to other track meets.

“We didn’t win today, but we’re still satisfied with the run. We had a good run with some good legs.”

In the 4×100 the Aggie men finished second to UTech in a close finish, with the Jamaica squad claiming the win in 39.27 over A&M’s 39.56. The Aggie foursome included Devin Jenkins, Hart, Elijah Morrow and Lendore.

The rest of the field included G.C. Foster (40.26), Clemson (40.31), Texas (40.44), South Carolina (40.55) and Johnson C. Smith (40.78). LSU and St. Augustine’s did not finish.

“We were pushing people to the limit to see what they could do in a big meet,” stated Lendore. “I think we ran well with that line-up and had some nice handoffs. We know what we need to work on. All of this is just preparing us for conference in a couple of weeks.”

Texas A&M women produced a collegiate leading time of 1:31.17 as runner-up in the 4×200, finishing behind a 1:30.80 for UTech of Jamaica. The Aggie crew of Ashton Purvis, Aaliyah Brown, Little and K. Brown produced the ninth best time on the A&M all-time list.

The rest of the women’s 4×200 field included LSU (1:32.38), Duke (1:33.83), G.C. Foster (1:34.63), Penn State (1:35.52), Indiana Tech (1:35.72), Northern Illinois (1:35.98) and Marshall (1:36.49).

“I’m disappointed because I wish the end of the race would have come out differently for us,” said K. Brown. “I’m happy with the effort everyone gave in the race.”

A strong effort in the 4×800 placed the Aggie men fourth in the Championship of America final with a time of 7:20.60, the fourth best time on the A&M all-time list. The Aggie foursome included Efrain Hernandez (1:51.69), Josh Hernandez (1:49.13), Gaines Kinsey (1:50.62) and Hector Hernandez (1:49.18).

The race had various leaders, including the Aggies at different stages among the first three legs. Kinsey moved the to the front of the pack with 220m left on his carry, but Villanova’s Pat Williams reclaimed the lead in the final 110m of the third leg. At the final exchange the Wildcats held a 15m edge over A&M.

On the anchor leg Elliot Slade (1:49.62) of Villanova led the field until the final 90m of the race. Slade was passed by Georgetown’s Joseph White (1:47.37), who in turn was out-leaned by Brandon Lasater of Georgia Tech (1:47.06) at the line. Georgia Tech claimed the victory in 7:18.84 to 7:18.86 for Georgetown with Villanova, the defending champion, third at 7:19.35.

H. Hernandez held the Aggies position in fourth place, turning back the challenge from Stanford (7:21.17), Columbia (7:21.59), Oklahoma (7:25.09) and Duke (7:25.39).

Audie Wyatt tied for third place in the pole vault, clearing 17-0 ¾ (5.20), while Chase Wolfle finished 11th with a clearance of 16-6 ¾ (5.05). Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship claimed his third consecutive title with a height of 18-0 ½ (5.50).

In the USA vs. the World relay races Texas A&M alum Porscha Lucas anchored the American 4×200 to a very narrow victory over Jamaica as both teams finished in 1:31.98. The edge went to Lucas over Jamaica’s Natasha Morrison by 0.007 of a second.

A hiccup with the final baton exchange from Cambrya Jones to Lucas had the US squad trailing Jamaica with Sheniqua Ferguson of the Caribbean All-Stars challenging as well. Lucas rallied to earn the victory with a strong anchor leg.

The Caribbean squad ran 1:32.40 in third while Nigeria, with Dominique Duncan running second leg, clocked 1:32.53 in fourth. Duncan also ran third leg on Nigeria’s 4×100 relay as they placed third in 44.22 behind Jamaica (43.70) and USA (43.79).

Ameer Webb ran the third leg of the men’s winning effort by Team USA handing off the baton to Wallace Spearmon. The Americans posted a time of 1:20.64 to defeat Jamaica (1:21.45), Guyana (1:24.42) and Nigeria (1:24.43).

Demetrius Pinder ran the opening leg for Bahamas in the 4×400 as they placed second in 3:01.63 behind a 3:00.86 by Team USA and finished ahead of Jamaica’s 3:03.02.

During Friday’s action Prezel Hardy, Jr. and Michael Bryan were part of a 4×100 relay that won the Olympic Development division in 40.16.

A&M Softball Fall to Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fl. – The No. 25 Texas A&M softball team (34-17, 9-12 SEC) fell 9-1 to Florida (47-4, 16-4 SEC) in five innings on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Kayla Ober pitched two full innings with five earned runs on eight hits. Senior Rachel Fox pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a single run before being relieved by junior Katie Marks, who finished the game with three runs on two hits.

A bomb from freshman Tori Vidales put the Aggies up early in the first but the Gators answered, putting up three runs on three RBI singles. A 4-6-3 double play got the Aggies out of a bases loaded jam to end the inning.

Florida stretched its lead by two in the bottom of the second, scoring on back-to-back singles and stolen bases sent home by RBI ground outs.

With the score at 5-1, neither team could scratch anything across in the third. The Gators tacked on another run in the home half of fourth to bring their total to six on ten hits.

Florida put the final nail in the Aggie coffin in the fifth, adding three runs in the final inning to close out an early afternoon for A&M.

Let’s Hear a Hullabaloo …for etching your place in the record books. Freshman Tori Vidales accounted for the lone Aggie hit of the day, a dinger over the left field wall, her seventeenth of her first collegiate season. With her latest homer, Vidales moved into a tie for seventh place in the Aggie single season home run records and is only one out of a tie for fourth.  Gig ‘em, Tori!

Coach Evans on Vidales: “She was aggressive up there. [Lauren] Haeger wasn’t throwing it anywhere near where Tori wanted but she still got all of the ball. Kudos to Tori, she is that good that she can take a pitch that isn’t down the middle and hit it out of the park. She just did a great job on that pitch. She’s good enough to hit balls that are out of the strike zone but if she’s looking for it, she canhitit250 feet. You have to respect a hitter like her.”

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The Aggies return home, facing their final Lone Star State foe Texas State on Wednesday with the first pitch coming at 6:35 p.m. Follow along with live stats at 12thMan.com and @AggieSoftball on Twitter for all the hits, pitches and everything in between during the 2015 softball season.

Aggie Baseball Take One From LSU

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – The No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies tallied five two-out RBI Saturday afternoon to register a 6-2 win over the No. 1 LSU Tigers at Alex Box Stadium, staving off the series sweep.

The start of the game was delayed 196 minutes. The first pitch, originally slated for 1:03 pm, was delayed until 4:19 pm.

The Tigers pounded out five hits in the first two innings, but had three runners wiped out on the base paths, including runners gunned down at home to end both frames. In first inning, leftfield Logan Taylor threw a perfect strike to Michael Barash at the plate to retire Alex Bregman on a single by Kade Scivicque. In the second, Taylor hit cut-off man Blake Allemand who delivered the package to Barash who tagged Chris Chinea trying to score from first on a Jared Foster double.

Texas A&M took advantage of an LSU error to draw first blood in the top of the third inning. With one out, Barash grounded to shortstop, but the throw was dropped by first baseman Chris Chinea for an error. Allemand drew a five-pitch walk and Nick Banks swung and missed on a full count offering for the second out of the inning. Mitchell Nau singled off the glove of third baseman Conner Hale to fill the bags with Ags. Logan Taylor punched a 2-0 pitch into rightfield, breaking the scoring seal with a two-run single. Hunter Melton and Ronnie Gideon followed with RBI singles to stake the Aggies to a 4-0 lead.

LSU trimmed a pair of runs off the lead in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Andrew Stevenson doubled down the rightfield line. After Chinea grounded out to short for the second out of the inning, Chris Sciambra singled to rightfield to plate Stevenson and moved to second on the relay throw. Aggie starter Kyle Simonds appeared to get out of the inning without further damage as he induced a fly ball to shallow centerfield, but JB Moss was unable to hold on to the ball, allowing to Sciambra to score on the error, cutting the A&M lead to 4-2.

Ryne Birk added an insurance run in the sixth. With two outs, he launched a 1-0 pitch over the rightfield wall for his fourth home run of the year. The solo job inflated the cushion to 5-2.

Texas A&M pushed the margin to four runs in the ninth. JB Moss reached on an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Allemand laced a triple down the rightfield line.

Simonds (3-1) tip-toed around eight hits and one walk while striking out one over 5.0 innings. He allowed two runs, one earned. Matt Kent worked 1.2 blank frames, scattering two hits while striking out one in 1.2 innings. Andrew Vinson earned his third save of the season, striking out three of the batters he faced in 2.1 innings, including two in the ninth.

Austin Bain (1-2) was saddled with the loss. He allowed five runs, one earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out five in 5.2 innings.

The Tigers outhit A&M 11-7, but LSU had four runners retired on the bases and left nine on base. Stevenson and Bregman were the only two players to record multiple hits in the game, both going 2-for-4.

The Aggies return to action on Tuesday as they host the Texas State Bobcats on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The game has been picked up by the SEC Network and will have a 6:33 pm first pitch.

SEC Names 49 Aggies to Winter Academic Honor Roll

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Forty-nine Texas A&M student-athletes were named to the Southeastern Conference’s Winter Academic Honor Roll, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced on Thursday.

The student-athletes from the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the equestrian team and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were honored for achieving either a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or a 3.0 GPA in the preceding academic year (based on 2014 Spring, Summer and Fall semesters).

Texas A&M (Hometown) – Sport – Major
Kyle Dobbins (Houston, Texas) – M Basketball – Mechanical Engineering
Antwan Space (DeSoto, Texas) – M Basketball – Agricultural Leadership & Development
Allison Chu (Plano, Texas) – W Basketball – Sport Management
Carolyn Day (Corpus Christi, Texas) – Equestrian – Mechanical Engineering
Rachel Lucht (College Station, Texas) – Equestrian – Mechanical Engineering
Kimmy Saul (Brookevile, Md.) – Equestrian – Communication
Kaci Fisher (Abilene, Texas) – Equestrian – Kinesiology
Brogan Horton (Larkspur, Colo.) – Equestrian – Animal Science
Catherine Bell (San Antonio, Texas) – Equestrian – Agricultural Leadership & Development
Sarah McEntire (Four Oaks, N.C.) – Equestrian – Animal Science
Randi Anderson (Bryan, Texas) – Equestrian – Agricultural Leadership & Development
Avery Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Communications & Journalism
Sophie Reiter (Summit, N.J.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Communications & Journalism
Laura Sumrall (Summit, Miss.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Communications & Journalism
Logan Pluhar (Canyon, Texas) – Equestrian – Sport Management
Gabrielle Ploth (Conroe, Texas) – Equestrian – Nutritional Sciences
Ashley Corona (Corona, Calif.) – Equestrian – Animal Science
Hannah Jechow (Uvalde, Texas) – Equestrian – Interdisciplinary Studies
Anne Bean (Beaumont, Texas) – Equestrian – Human Resource Development
Paige Linne (Queen City, Ariz.) – Equestrian – Animal Science
Marlena Parker (Cumming, Ga.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Communications & Journalism
Hannah Williams (Woodbine, Md.) – Equestrian – Psychology
Anna Rea – (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) Equestrian – Sport Management
Ashley Milberger (Navasota, Texas) – Equestrian – Psychology
Lauren Uhrich (Fall City, Wash.) – Equestrian – Management
Megan Phillips (Atlanta, Ga.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Leadership & Development
Haley Buchmiller (Bartlett, Ill.) – Equestrian – University Studies
Isabella Norton (Falls Church, Va.) – Equestrian – Sociology
Mateo Muzek (Zagreb, Croatia) – M Swim & Dive – Physics
Zachary Stockton (Houston, Texas) – M Swim & Dive – Kinesiology
Mitch Glander (Kingwood, Texas) – M Swim & Dive – Industrial Distribution
Alexandros Theocharidis (Serres, Greece) – M Swim & Dive – Kinesiology
Antoine Marc (Houston, Texas) – M Swim & Dive – Molecular & Cell Biology and Applied Mathematics
Luke Shaw (San Antonio, Texas) – M Swim & Dive – Sport Management
Emily Neubert (Waco, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Economics
Sarah Gibson (San Antonio, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Biomedical Engineering
Colleen Konetzke (San Antonio, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Accounting
Meredith Oliver (Tyler, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Accounting
Katherine Huff (Augusta, Ga.) – W Swim & Dive – Kinesiology
Julia Cook (Boerne, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Forensic and Investigative Sciences
Ellen Quirke (Wellington, New Zealand) – W Swim & Dive – Kinesiology
Madison Hudkins (Murrieta, Calif.) – W Swim & Dive – Sport Management
Claire Brandt (Dallas, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Chemistry
Kelli Benjamin (Gilbert, Ariz.) – W Swim & Dive – Interdisciplinary Studies
Samantha Bosma (Marietta, Ga.) – W Swim & Dive – Visualization
Sarah Henry (Garner, N.C.) – W Swim & Dive – Physics
Ashley McGregor (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) – W Swim & Dive – Renewable Natural Resources
Madeline Edwards (Austin, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Allied Health
Liliana Ibañez (Celaya, Mexico) – W Swim & Dive – Land & Property Development

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Duncan and Leonard Help Spurs Beat Clippers 111-107 in OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tim Duncan scored 28 points, Kawhi Leonard added 23 and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 111-107 in overtime Wednesday night, tying their Western Conference playoff series at 1-1.

The Spurs blew 10-point leads in the third and fourth quarters, and got into overtime on a pair of free throws by Patty Mills with 8 seconds left in regulation. Duncan scored four straight points in the extra session while playing with five fouls.

His jumper snapped a 101-all tie, Mills followed with a fast-break driving layup off Leonard’s long pass and Leonard scored on a layup for a 107-101 lead with 56 seconds left. Mills finished with 18 points off the bench and Boris Diaw had 12.

Blake Griffin had his first career playoff triple-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, but a couple of key late turnovers.

Effectively-wild Bradley Leads Arizona to 8-5 Win Over Texas

PHOENIX (AP) _ Archie Bradley shook off a shaky start to pitch six effective innings, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Bradley (2-0) walked five in the first three innings, including one that scored a run, but proved to be effectively wild, holding the Rangers to a run and two hits. He is the fifth pitcher since 1914 to allow two hits or fewer in six-plus innings in two of his first three big league starts.

Chris Owings homered off Yovani Gallardo (2-1) and had a run-scoring single for the Diamondbacks. Mark Trumbo also drove in two runs and shortstop Nick Ahmed made some nifty defensive plays to help Arizona turn four double plays.

Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer in the Rangers’ four-run ninth inning.

Happ, Mariners Hold Off Astros 3-2

SEATTLE (AP) _ J.A. Happ earned his first win with the Mariners as the Seattle bullpen held off the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night.

Acquired from Toronto in an offseason trade, Happ (1-1) won in his third start. He gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings, walking none and striking out five.

Reliever Yoervis Medina walked the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth before striking out Chris Carter.

Fernando Rodney escaped a first-and-third, one-out jam in the ninth for his fourth save in five tries.

Roberto Hernandez (0-2) allowed three runs in seven innings.

Texas A&M Lands Three on All-SEC Team

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Rachel Pierson was named to the All-SEC first team for women’s tennis, and Aggie teammates Saska Gavrilovska and Rutuja Bhosale were named to the second team, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

Playing in the nation’s toughest conference, which boasts four teams in the top 10 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, the A&M trio helped lead the No. 9 Aggies to an 11-2 record in SEC matches, tying No. 4 Vanderbilt and No. 7 Georgia for second place in the league’s final standings.

Pierson, a sophomore from Princeton, N.J. who is in her first season at Texas A&M after playing her freshman campaign at Virginia, plays the No. 1 line in both singles and doubles. Currently ranked a career-high No. 26 in singles, Pierson went 8-5 in SEC matches only, including a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory over seventh-ranked Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt to clinch the Aggies’ 4-3 victory over the then-No. 8 Commodores. Pierson is tied with Bhosale for the team lead in overall singles victories with a 22-12 record.

The sophomore also leads the Aggies in doubles victories with a 20-9 overall record. Pierson went 7-3 in SEC matches with freshman partner Eva Paalma, including 6-3 at the No. 1 line. The duo, which closed out the SEC regular season riding a six-match win streak, is currently ranked a season-high No. 17 in the nation.

Gavrilovska is making her second consecutive appearance on the All-SEC second team, having also garnered the honor as a freshman. The Serbian is ranked No. 61 in singles with a 17-11 overall record, including an 11-6 mark against nationally ranked opponents. She went 7-4 in SEC singles matches, seeing action at the No. 1-4 lines.

Gavrilovska and Bhosale teamed in doubles and went 6-4 in SEC contests, including 3-0 against ranked opponents, as Texas A&M captured the doubles point in eight of 11 SEC matches.

Bhosale, a sophomore from India, led the Aggies with a 10-3 singles record in conference matches only, seeing action at the No. 2-4 lines. The SEC Player of the Week on March 25, Bhosale posted nine consecutive wins in SEC matches, including three wins against ranked opponents. She is 22-12 in all singles matches and ranked 64th in the nation.

The Aggies (15-5) now await the NCAA Tennis Selection Show and the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field on Tuesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. on NCAA.com. A&M, which advanced to the Round of 16 last year after a runner-up finish in 2013, is expecting to make its 16th consecutive and 21st overall appearance in the postseason tournament.

Singles and doubles selections will be released on the NCAA website after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29.

Visit 12thMan.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: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Aggie-Womens-Tennis/143874782434654

A complete list of the SEC awards follows:

Player of the Year: Brooke Austin, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Brooke Austin, Florida
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Emily Zabor, Alabama
Coach of the Year: Geoff Macdonald, Vanderbilt

All-SEC First Team

Maya Jansen, Alabama
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Brooke Austin, Florida
Josie Kuhlman, Florida
Brianna Morgan, Florida
Lauren Herring, Georgia
Joana Vale, Costa LSU
Julia Jones, Ole Miss
Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State
Rachel Pierson, Texas A&M
Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

All-SEC Second Team

Yuliya Lysa, Arkansas
Pleun Burgmans, Auburn
Kourtney Keegan, Florida
Silvia Garcia, Georgia
Ellen Perez, Georgia
Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia
Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky
Skylar Kuykendall, LSU
Elixane Lechemia, South Carolina
Rutuja Bhosale, Texas A&M
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M
Frances Altick, Vanderbilt 
Courtney Colton, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman

Brooke Austin, Florida
Josie Kuhlman, Florida
Ellen Perez, Georgia 
Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia 
Arianne Hartono, Ole Miss 
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

SEC Champion Fabrizio Named Golfweek National Golfer of the Week

Texas A&M sophomore Bianca Fabrizio was named Golfweek’s national college women’s player of the week for April 13-19 after winning the SEC Championship individual title.

The Treviso, Italy native shot three rounds of under-par golf to post an SEC Championship-record 9-under 207. It was her second event win of the year, as she finished two shots ahead of teammate Maddie Szeryk.

Fabrizio helped the Aggies win their first SEC team title, as Texas A&M shot an SEC Championship-record 13-under par to win the tournament by 12 strokes. The Aggies were earlier named Golfweek’s national team of the week on April 7.

The Aggies have automatically qualified for the NCAA Regionals, and are making their 15th straight appearance in NCAA play. The NCAA Selection Show is Monday, April 27 at 6 p.m. on the Golf Channel.

NFL Suspends DE Greg Hardy for 10 Games

NEW YORK (AP) _ The NFL has suspended defensive end Greg Hardy, now of the Dallas Cowboys, for 10 games for conduct detrimental to the league.

Hardy, who joined the Cowboys as a free agent this year, was notified Wednesday of the decision in a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell. Hardy plans to appeal.

Goodell cited “sufficient credible evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies in multiple respects and with aggravating circumstances.” His assault case had been dismissed in a North Carolina court, but an NFL investigation concluded that Hardy used physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances.

Hardy was on the commissioner’s Exempt List last season and did not play for Carolina, although he was paid his $13.1 million salary.

Cowboys, Texans to Open the 2015 Regular Season at Home

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Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Coach Scott Brooks After 7 Years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach Scott Brooks.

The team made the announcement Wednesday.

Brooks coached the Thunder for seven seasons. Starting in 2010-11, he led the team to the Western Conference Finals three out of four years, and the Thunder reached the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder failed to make the playoffs this past season, as injuries limited them to a 45-37 finish.

Brooks was 338-207 (.620) with the Thunder and was the 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year.

Howard and Harden Lead Rockets over Mavericks 111-99

HOUSTON (AP) _ Dwight Howard scored 28 points and James Harden added 24 to help the Houston Rockets coast to a 111-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference playoff series.

Howard and childhood friend Josh Smith dominated early in the fourth quarter to help the Rockets pull away.

The Mavericks scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to take a three-point lead. But with Harden on the bench, Houston scored the next 11 points, powered by three alley-oop passes from Smith to Howard, to take a 92-84 lead with about 8 minutes left.

Smith, who connected with Howard on six alley-oop passes, finished with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Monta Ellis had 24 points for Dallas, but big men Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler combined for just 21 points.

Game 3 is in Dallas on Friday night.

SEC Athlete of the Week Honors for Kamaria Brown and Ioannis Kyriazis

BIRMINGHAM – A pair of Aggies were selected for weekly honors by the SEC with Kamaria Brown named women’s Runner of the Week and Ioannis Kyriazis earning a third Freshman of the Week accolade.

Brown set an outdoor career best in the 400 meters as her 51.76 clocking placed fourth in a star-studded race at Baylor’s Michael Johnson Classic this past weekend. Defending NCAA champion Courtney Okolo of Texas won the race in a world-leading 50.99 while Brown’s time is currently eighth on the 2015 world list, sixth among Americans, fifth among collegians and second best in the SEC. On the Aggie all-time list Brown’s time is the No. 5 performer.

Brown also ran third leg on the 4×100 relay as the Aggies reversed the result against Texas from their last encounter at the Texas Relays when the Longhorns held a 43.70 to 43.72 edge. In Waco, A&M defeated Texas by a margin of 43.61 to 43.91 in securing the victory with a crew that included Jennifer Madu, Ashton Purvis, K. Brown and Aaliyah Brown.

The Aggie women carry a collegiate leading time of 43.03 in the 4×100 heading into the Penn Relays this weekend. Texas A&M has claimed six consecutive 4×100 titles at the Penn Relay Carnival and won six of the past seven 4×200 titles.

Kyriazis established another career best in the javelin as his winning mark of 248-6 (75.74) bettered the field by nearly 30 feet at the Michael Johnson Classic. Kyriazis took only three throws as his best effort came in the third round. He passed on his three remaining attempts as Fabian Dohmann of Texas (218-7) was runner-up in the competition.

Currently third on the 2015 world junior list, Kyriazis ranks fourth among collegians and second in the SEC. Kyriazis is the top collegian among freshmen in the javelin by over 15 feet. He remains No. 3 on the Aggie all-time list.

Texas A&M men and women remain locked into the No. 1 position among the USTFCCCA national team computer rankings as they prepare for their annual trek to Franklin Field for the 121st Penn Relay Carnival, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. Another group of Aggies travel to San Marcos for the Bobcat Classic on Saturday.

USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings

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1.            Texas A&M                    398.80

2.            Florida                             356.51

3.            Oregon                            302.89

4.            LSU                                  243.40

5.            Southern California      226.54

6.            Texas                               184.65

7.            Arkansas                         176.88

8.            Florida State                  172.58

9.            Alabama                         166.81

10.         Texas Tech                     163.40

11.         Georgia                           147.46

12.         Baylor                              115.08

13.         Tennessee                      111.57

14.         South Carolina               106.72

15.         Penn State                      103.86

16.         Virginia                            100.91

17.         Oklahoma State            99.38

18.         Mississippi State            88.58

19.         Nebraska                        81.50

20.         BYU                                  80.61

21.         UTEP                                76.27

22.         Arizona State                 75.98

23.         UCLA                               75.10

24.         Stanford                          74.17

25.         Syracuse                         68.46

WOMEN

1.            Texas A&M                    307.18

2.            Florida                             287.68

3.            Texas                               284.71

4.            Southern California      267.35

5.            Arkansas                         264.98

6.            Oregon                            258.49

7.            Georgia                           254.36

8.            Kentucky                         245.59

9.            Baylor                              172.00

10.         Kansas State                  165.88

11.         Oklahoma State            138.03

12.         Stanford                          131.85

13.         Florida State                  130.26

14.         Michigan State              113.16

15.         LSU                                  112.00

16.         Virginia Tech                  99.79

17.         Alabama                         94.04

18.         Texas Tech                     93.04

19.         Clemson                          93.02

20.         Iona                                 89.20

21.         Missouri                          87.23

22.         UCLA                               85.48

23.         North Carolina              84.12

24.         Notre Dame                   83.65

25.         Boise State                     83.47

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Cowboys Officially Re-Sign Running Back Dunbar, Punter Jones

The Cowboys have re-signed running back Lance Dunbar and punter Chris Jones to one-year contracts worth $1.5 million. Both were restricted free agents.

Dunbar worked his way into a change-of-pace role out of the Dallas backfield as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas three years ago. He had 362 all-purpose yards last season, topped by 217 yards receiving.

The 25-year-old Dunbar has a chance for an expanded role with NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray’s departure to Philadelphia in free agency.

Jones has been with the Cowboys four seasons, the past two as the full-time punter. He had a career-best 45.4-yard average last season. His career net average is 39.5 yards.

Texas A&M Wide Receiver Gonzalez Announces Transfer

Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez announced via twitter Monday afternoon that he will transfer from the football program.

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Gonzalez, a four-star recruit out of Cedar Hill back in 2013, played in 8 games as a sophomore for the Aggies last year, making 5 catches for 77 yards and 1 touchdown.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after the conclusion of spring practice.

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