Texas A&M Returns Score-Celebrating Cannon to Kyle Field

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Each time Texas A&M scores a touchdown at their next home game against Ole Miss, fans can expect to hear the sound of a cannon firing.

A tradition for years, the cannon wasn’t fired at the school’s most recent game because of safety concerns about it being used in the newly updated Kyle Field stadium. Texas A&M officials believe they can safely fire the cannon from the field’s southeast tower for the rest of the season.

The Corps of Cadets will fire the cannon when the Aggies score on Oct. 11, and Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez Jr., who leads the group, said the plan from the beginning has always been to find a way to carry on the 30-year custom. For the school’s first home game against Lamar University, fans watched on stadium screens as the cannon was being fired in a practice field.

“I think everybody missed the cannon,” he said. “I’m very pleased the cannon will be back.”

Texas A&M Interim President Mark Hussey said he appreciated school officials, including members of the Environmental Health and Safety Office and representatives of the university system, who worked toward a solution in restoring the tradition with the Corps of Cadets.

On Tuesday, the Texas A&M System also announced that new grass brought in from North Carolina has been installed at Kyle Field. The field began deteriorating during a September game against Rice University. Heavy rains the night before the game, plus the grass being on the ground only for a month, caused some holes in the field.

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Aggies Advance at ITA All-American Qualifying

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M men’s tennis members advanced in both the qualifying singles and doubles bracket at the 2014 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa. The qualifying draws feed into the first men’s national title of the fall season hosted by the ITA and the University of Tulsa.

Freshman AJ Catanzariti advanced with his second consecutive three-set win in the Sooner state. The Pittsburgh native bested David Biosca of East Tennessee State after dropping the first set. Catanzariti will face Chris Diaz of Ohio State with a spot in in Thursday’s ITA All-American draw at stake.

The 37th-ranked duo of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo also collected a pair of wins Tuesday, the A&M pair will play for a spot in Thursday’s ITA-American doubles draw against 22nd-ranked Gonzales Austin and Rhys Johnson of Vanderbilt. Efferding and Szabo dispatched of Chris Simich and Albert Wagner of Louisville along with Gustav Hansson and Stefan Lindmark of Ole Miss.

A&M’s blue chip freshman, Catanzariti, partnered with Max Lunkin for a first-round win over John Patrick Mullane and Brett Forman of Michigan State in straight sets. The maroon and white clad tandem outlasted Francisco Dias and Julius Tverijonas of George Washington Tuesday afternoon. After splitting the first two sets the Aggie duo claimed the match in a super tie breaker.

A&M’s junior duo of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were upset in the first round to Hunter Callahan and Chris Diaz of Ohio State.

For the 10th straight year, the University of Tulsa will host the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships at the state-of-the-art Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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ITA All-American Qualifying

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sep. 29-Oct 1


First Round

Francisco Dias, George Washington def. No. 46 Jeremy Efferding, Texas A&M. 6-4, 6-1

AJ Catanzariti, Texas A&M def. Eric Johnson, USC. 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3

Second Round

AJ Catanzariti, Texas A&M def. David Biosca, East Tennessee State. 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

Third Round

AJ Catanzariti, Texas A&M vs. Chris Diaz, Ohio State


ITA All-American Qualifying Doubles

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sep. 30-Oct 1


First Round

Jeremy Efferding & Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M def. Chris Simich & Albert Wagner, Louisville, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(3)

AJ Catanzariti & & Max Lunkin, Texas A&M def. John Patrick Mullane & Brett Forman, Michigan State. 6-3, 7-5

Hunter Callahan & Chris Diaz, Ohio State def. Harrison Adams & Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M. 6-4, 6-4

Second Round

Jeremy Efferding & Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M def. Gustav Hansson & Stefan Lindmark, Ole Miss. 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(3)

AJ Catanzariti & & Max Lunkin, Texas A&M def. Francisco Dias & Julius Tverijonas, George Washington. 7-5, 3-6, 1-0(7)

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AMCHS / CSHS Football Ticket Information

Tickets will soon be available for the upcoming football game between A&M Consolidated High School and College Station High School.

The game will be played at Tigerland Stadium on October 24, at 7:30 p.m.  A seating diagram can be seen here – LINK: Seating Diagram.

AMCHS season ticket holders:  AMCHS season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase their reserved seats.  The AMCHS ticket office will be open only for season ticket holders on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Consol season ticket holders can also purchase their reserved seats at the AMCHS ticket office on October 20 and 21.  You must show your ID at the time of purchase and the cost will be $8 per seat.  After October 21, unclaimed season tickets will be sold to the general public.

Home (AMCHS) side tickets:  These tickets are all on the west side (pressbox side) of Tigerland Stadium.  Any unclaimed season tickets and reserved seats will be sold for $8.  General admission tickets are $5.  Tickets may be purchased at the AMCHS athletic ticket office October 20-24 from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Visitor (CSHS) side tickets:  Tickets for sections 1 & 2, which compose the east side of the stadium, will be on sale for $8.  General admission tickets for CSHS fans will be $5 and will be located in the south endzone bleachers.  Tickets may be purchased at the CSHS athletic ticket office October 20-24 from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tickets at the gate:  All remaining tickets will be sold at the gate the day for the game for $10.

Faculty ad staff must purchase a ticket for this game and student passes will not be accepted.  All students can purchase a ticket for $3 in the cafeteria during lunch on Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 21.

Courtesy of CSISD

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Michael Phelps Charged with DUI in Baltimore

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore early Tuesday morning, local CBS affiliates confirmed.

UPDATE: Phelps has issued an apology

Phelps, a 22-time Olympic medalist, was arrested by the Maryland Transit Authority at around 1:40 a.m. while driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. The MTDA released a statement with more details from the arrest.

“A white 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed. The officer followed the vehicle northbound on I-95 through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”

Phelps, 29, was officially charged with DUI, driving with excessive speeds and crossing the double lanes. He was eventually released.

It was Phelps’ second DUI arrest after he was charged in 2004 after running a stop sign in Maryland. Phelps, 19 at the time, reached a deal and was sentenced to 18 months probation following the first arrest.

Speaking with “Today” in 2009, Phelps discussed the first DUI.

“I’ll be the first one to admit I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. But I have never made the same mistake again. I never made the same mistake twice.”

He also was the center of controversy after a photo surfaced in February 2009 of him apparently smoking marijuana.

Phelps racked up 22 medals, includng 18 golds, from the Olympics in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He planned on retiring following the London games but has since returned to training, possibly in anticipation of the 2016 Olympics.

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Aggie Karis Jochen Earns SEC Women’s Runner of the Week Honors

BIRMINGHAM – A top 10 finish among an elite field at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by Minnesota this past weekend earned Texas A&M sophomore Karis Jochen the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week honor, the conference office announced today.

Jochen, of A&M Consolidated, placed eighth among a field of 390 runners as she posted a time of 21:20.0 on the challenging 6,000-meter course. The winner of the women’s race was Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan (20:34.5), the 2014 NCAA 1500 meter champion, while finishing sixth was Boise State’s Emma Bates (21:02.5), the 2014 NCAA 10,000-meter champion.

The top 10 finishers also included a pair of All-Americans in Rachele Schulist (fifth– 20:49.7) and Leah O’Connor (ninth– 21:30.0) from the winning Michigan State squad that is now ranked No. 2 in the nation. Jochen recorded the same splits as the race leaders through 1,000 (3:27) and 3,000 (10:20) meters of the race as she remained in seventh or eighth place at each split.

Jochen, the second fastest sophomore in the Griak race behind Schulist, recorded the fastest time in the SEC so far this season over the 6k distance. She improved the previous best time in the conference this fall by three-plus seconds. Jochen led the Aggies to a 13th place team finish among the 37 schools competing in the Griak Invitational. Eight of the schools that finished ahead of A&M are nationally ranked in the top 30 this week.

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Everett Earns SEC Defensive Player of the Week Honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M senior cornerback Deshazor Everett earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after posting a career-high 16 tackles in the Aggies’ win over Arkansas last weekend.

With the win, the Aggies improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2001 and became the first SEC team to reach five wins in 2014. The Aggies, ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25, will take on No. 12 Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville, Miss., in a nationally-televised game.

It was the first career SEC weekly honor for Everett, who was a preseason All-SEC selection, and it was the first conference Defensive POW honor for an Aggie since Tony Jerod-Eddie earned Big 12 kudos on Sept. 6, 2011.

Everett, from Deridder, La., bettered his previous career high by four tackles while helping the Aggies to a 35-28 overtime victory over the Razorbacks. Everett also contributed 1.5 tackles for loss of yardage (-3 yards) and combined with junior Julien Obioha on the game-winning tackle of Hog RB Alex Collins on fourth and one in the first overtime period.

SEC Players of the Weeks (Sept. 29, 2014)


Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

·        Gurley posted a career-high 208 rushing yards on 28 carries (7.4 avg.) and two touchdowns; named Athlon Sports National Player of the Week

·        His rushing total today was the most by a Bulldog since 1992 when Garrison Hearst tallied 246 versus Vanderbilt, and the first to go over 200 since Verron Haynes went for 207 versus Ga. Tech in 2001.

·        Gurley accounted for 285 all-purpose yards (208 Rush, 30 Rec., 47 KO Ret.) which ranks in a tie for third in school history.

·        Gurley moved up to No. 2 in school history for Career All-Purpose Yards now with 3,961, trailing only Herschel Walker (5,749).

·        Gurley had his 16th game with at least 100 yards rushing, tying him with Garrison Hearst at No. 2 in the school record books.  Gurley now has 33 rushing touchdowns in his career and is tied for third on Georgia’s all-time list with Hearst.


Deshazor Everett, DB, Texas A&M

·        Led the Aggies with 16 total tackles that included 1.5 TFL for three yards of losses.

·        Combined with defensive end Julian Obioha to stop Arkansas on a 4th and 1 in overtime to secure the win for Texas A&M.

·        Everett is a defensive team captain as well.


Quan Bray, PR/WR, Auburn

·        Returned two punts for 98 yards, including a 76 yarder for a touchdown, while catching three balls for 91 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-17 win over Louisiana Tech

·        His 91 receiving yards, two receiving TDs and 189 all-purpose yards were all career-bests.

·        Two scores in 1:13 time span early in fourth quarter broke open a 24-10 Auburn advantage to a 38-10 lead.

·        First nationally in punt return average (36.8) and second in the country in punt returns for TD (2) this season.

·        Just second player in school history to have two punt return touchdowns in the same season (Mike Fuller, 1974).


Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

·        Keyed the Mizzou defense and its stellar effort which shut down a dangerous Gamecock offense in MU’s 21-20 comeback win.  Ray ended the night with 8 tackles – all solo and 2 quarterback sacks, while being credited with a QB hurry as well.

·        The 2-sack game was already the fourth of the season for Ray, who now ranks #1 in the NCAA in both QB sacks (1.6 p/g) and tackles for loss (2.3 p/g).  His 8.0 total sacks is already just 3.5 behind the Mizzou single-season record of 11.5 established by both Michael Sam (2013) and Aldon Smith (2019).

·        Mizzou’s defense held South Carolina’s offense to season-low totals in several categories, including points (20), yards (338), passing yards (219) and 1stdowns (18).


Darrian Miller, OT, Kentucky

·        Graded at 89 percent in UK’s win over Vanderbilt.

·        Credited with four knockdown blocks.

·        Did not allow any sacks or QB pressures.

·        Had no penalties or missed assignments.


Brandon Harris, QB, LSU

·        Came off the bench to lead LSU to a 63-7 win over New Mexico State …Took over early in the second quarter with LSU holding a 14-0 lead.

·        Led LSU to touchdowns on all seven possessions that he was quarterback and accounted for five TDs in the win … Became first true freshman in LSU history to throw 3 TDs passes in a game.

·        Also rushed for 2 TDs to become the first true freshman in school history to account for 5 TDs in a game … Connected on 11-of-14 passes for 178 yards and 3 scores and rushed for 36 yards and 2 TDs vs. New Mexico State.

·        Dating back to last week’s game vs. Mississippi State, has directed TD drives on 9 of his 10 possessions at quarterback.

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A.J. Hinch to Manage Astros

HOUSTON (AP) _ A person familiar with the hiring tells The Associated Press that A.J. Hinch is the new manager of the Houston Astros.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the decision. A news conference was scheduled for later Monday.

The Houston Chronicle first reported the hiring.

Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was fired on Sept. 1 in his second year. Tom Lawless ran the team for the rest of the season on an interim basis. The Astros finished 70-92 and fourth in the AL West.

Hinch managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May of 2009 until July 2010, when he was fired after 31-48 start. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres from 2010 until August.

The 40-year-old is a former catcher who spent seven seasons in the majors with the Athletics, Royals, Tigers and Phillies.

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Cowboys Claiborne Has Season-Ending Knee Injury

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne will have season-ending surgery after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee.

Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Claiborne will have surgery in the next couple of days and be put on injured reserve.

Claiborne got hurt in Sunday night’s 38-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints, when he was down on the field at the end of a play with about 6 minutes left in the first quarter. The sixth overall pick from the 2012 draft had to be helped off the field with people on both sides of him.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones immediately after the game expressed concerns about the severity of the injury, and further tests Monday confirmed that.

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Shea’s Rebellion Leads A&M to 2-1 Win at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Mississippi – The Texas A&M Aggies rallied late, with two goals in the final 19 minutes, including Shea Groom’s game-winner in the 79th minute, to register a 2-1 comeback win over the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford on Sunday afternoon.

The win marked the fifth in a row for Texas A&M. The Maroon and White improved to 9-1-1 overall and ended the second weekend of league play tied with Florida atop the SEC standings with a 3-0-0 record. The Aggies and Gators square off at Ellis Field on Friday in a match of the highest profile at 7 pm.

After a scoreless first half, the Rebels dumped A&M’s tea into the harbor in the 62nd minute. With Ole Miss’ second corner kick opportunity of the match, Courtney Carroll sent a ball halfway between the six-yard box and the penalty spot, finding the head of Jessica Hiskey. Hiskey redirected the ball to Maddie Friedmann by the far post and she sent it into the back netting to give Ole Miss a 1-0 lead.

With Ole Miss (6-3-3, 1-1-2) looking to milk the clock, Allie Bailey taxed the Rebels’ spirits in the 72nd minute, busting up the rebellion with a shot from 20 yards. Bailey took a pass from Leigh Edwards down the left flank. Edwards continued on a run down the touchline to draw two defenders, giving Bailey a chance cut into space near the penalty box. The senior launched a missile from 20 yards into the right upper ninety for the equalizer.

Shea’s rebellion came in the 79th minute as she beat a defender into the left side of the penalty box. Groom eventually worked to the left side of the six-yard box and drove a shot at a near impossible angle into the right side netting for the decisive goal.

The Aggies survived a Rebel uprising in the waning moments of the contest. Ole Miss was awarded a free kick just outside the left corner of the penalty box with 20 seconds remaining in the match. The ball was finally sent in with 10 seconds remaining. Olivia Harrison hit the crossbar and Hiskey had her follow-up shot blocked by the backline before Ashylnn Harryman could clear the ball, sending A&M home undefeated in league action.

In the first half, the stifling Aggies’ defense offered the Rebels a target much smaller than a womp rat. Ole Miss was able to get off just one shot. A&M owned stout advantages in shots (7-1), shots-on-goal (5-0) and corner kicks (4-0). Ole Miss netminder Kelly McCormick kept the Maroon and White off the scoreboard with five saves, including two of the diving variety.

With the win, A&M improved to 14-3-3 in matches decided by one goal or less over the last two seasons.


Head Coach G Guerrieri
On the match: Sunday matches in this league are always hard, especially when the other team has an extra day’s rest. It’s an unfortunate circumstance. The exposure is great, but every weekend a couple teams will be at a disadvantage in playing against the team’s that played on Thursday. We’ll have that situation two weekends in a row. I was pleased with our comeback. Ole Miss scored a nice goal on their best chance. But we were resilient and fought hard to tie the match and fought hard after that to win the match. All-in-all, a win in this league is a great win.

On Ole Miss’ opportunities in the last 10 seconds: I was proud of our backline. Our goalkeeper Renée McDermott got kicked in the head a couple of times down there, but our backline held strong and did everything they could to make sure Ole Miss didn’t get a goal.

On A&M’s goals: Allie’s (Bailey) goal was world class. She showed the initiative to work into a good shooting window. We talked about making better decisions to get better angles for our attack and she did just that. Shea (Groom) did what she has been doing all season. She used her athleticism, her skill and  her determination to get into a dangerous position. She took on the defense and took a shot from an incredible angle. They didn’t want to go home without a win.

On the halftime discussion: I thought that Ole Miss did a good a job of man-marking around the field, defensively. Even though we had the game in control the first half, we weren’t quite dangerous enough. We talked about taking shots closer to goal and making better decisions on the move as to how we were going to break them down. We didn’t draw up Allie’s goal though. That was pure genius by her.

Senior Forward Allie Bailey
On her goal: Leigh (Edwards) made a really good pass down the line. And then she continued to make a great run so she pulled two defenders away when I cut in. I dribbled to the top of the box and had a clear shot so I took it.

On winning on the road: This win was really big for us. We are able to stay perfect in the SEC and now we get a couple games at home, so we can hopefully build some momentum.

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Sullivan Leads Aggies to 3-0 Victory in SEC Opener

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M middle blocker Shelby Sullivan was nearly unstoppable as she posted a career-high 20 kills with only one error in the 22nd-ranked Aggies’ 25-11, 25-19, 25-15 Southeastern Conference season-opening victory against Auburn today at Reed Arena.

Sullivan’s 20 kills set an A&M record for kills in a three-set SEC match, and the junior’s career-high .826 hitting percentage also was an A&M record in an SEC match when making 10 or more attack attempts. In addition, Sullivan pitched in on defense, tying her personal best with a team-high seven blocks, as she also set a personal high in points with 25.0.

As a team, the Aggies hit above .400 in each set and finished the match with a .440 hitting efficiency, setting the school record for hitting percentage in an SEC match. Sophomore middle blocker Jazzmin Babers pitched in a career-high .625 hitting percentage, posting 11 kills with only one error in 16 attempts.

A&M, playing its first of nine slated matches to be televised on SEC Network, improved to 9-3 overall. Auburn falls to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in SEC play.

Auburn spotted the Aggies a 5-0 lead to begin the match, and A&M later went on a 7-0 run to build a commanding 18-4 lead in the opening set. Up 21-9, Sullivan got a kill on a slide attack and then punished the Tigers for back-to-back overpasses to put A&M at set point, 24-9. The Aggies then served into the net and allowed Auburn an ace before the Tigers hit wide to end the set.

Sullivan was 7-for-7 in attacks in the opening set, while the entire Auburn squad was held to only four kills while hitting -.091. In the second set alone, Sullivan was 11-of-12 in kills — one shy of Auburn’s kill output in the frame — and her combined 18 kills in the first two sets was two more than the Tigers could muster to that point.

Auburn built a 12-9 lead in the second stanza before A&M went on a 9-1 run, with Sullivan ending play on seven of the Aggies’ points during the surge which gave A&M its largest lead, 18-13. A&M, which outhit the Tigers, .444 to .276, would lead the remainder of the set, although Auburn managed to claw back within 21-19. Babers then posted a kill, sending Sullivan back to the front row after the rotation. Sullivan took over once again, posting a kill, teaming with sophomore outside hitter Emily Hardesty for a block and then getting the set-clinching kill as the Aggies closed out the set on a 4-0 run and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

There were nine ties and five lead changes before A&M began pulling away in the third set. The score was tied for the final time at 14-14 when Sullivan got a kill to give the Aggies a lead they would not lose. Her kill was the start of a 6-0 run, with Babers, freshman setter Stephanie Aiple and junior outside hitter Angela Lowak getting into the action.

Breanna Barksdale ended the run with a kill, but the Tigers were held scoreless for the reminder of the match. Aiple later had an ace to put A&M at match point, and Babers and Lowak combined for a block to seal the victory.

Aiple finished with 35 assists. A&M sophomore libero Victoria Arenas took match-high honors in digs with nine.

The Aggies make their SEC road trip later this week, taking on Tennessee on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) in Knoxville, Tenn., and then facing No. 14 Kentucky, Sunday at 5 p.m. (CT) in Lexington, Ky. The match against the Wildcats will be televised by SEC Network.

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Texas A&M Post-Match Quotes:


Texas A&M Head Coach Laurie Corbelli:


On the effort by junior middle blocker Shelby Sullivan…

“I’ve said it before: I wish I could take more credit for Sully. She’s pretty special. She’s just that good. She sees the court beautifully. She has amazing hand-eye contact with the ball. I really was pretty dumbfounded today when I watched her make some of the plays she made. We studied her blocking assignments in practice yesterday. She’s just right on. To me, that’s what an All-American is. She just plays the games so beautifully and so accurately. It’s day in and day out. I’m just a really fortunate coach to have a player of that quality in our program. Then again, there are all the others. Everybody came to play today. Everybody came with really good focus and a positive mindset.”

On the team not getting rattled…

“I thought one significant thing was when Auburn started coming at us. We did not get rattled when we made mistakes, or when they would get points. We have a history of starting to get concerned and worried. Today they were able to really shrug it off and keep playing. We needed to see that we could do that.”

On preparation for today’s match…

“It’s been since Monday that we’ve been in competition. We’ve had some time to prepare. We’ve had some time to really work on the things that were concerning to the coaches. We had a coaches’ mini retreat this weekend where we put it all out on the table. We hashed out all sorts of things from offense to defense to preparation to training. You name it. It really helped the team, because we made some changes I think were needed within our staff. It made us more efficient in the gym. It made each of our coaches more confident along with our kids, especially our position kids that we coach. I think it was just a culmination of all of that.”

On the mentality entering the second and third set…

“All the worries and the concerns and distractions; I think that’s really what we were able to overcome today. I credit our leaders on the court to Sullivan to [Stephanie] Aiple to [Angela] Lowak. They’re all very consistent with their mindset. I think the others are really catching on to that.”

On scouting Auburn…

“This group is really new. The Auburn group is primarily freshman and sophomores. They are just brand new at this. They’ve had a pretty darn good run for the last few weeks. They’ve gone 3-0 with several teams, showing they can maintain a certain level of play. I have a lot of respect for their coaching staff. They are really, really good at what they do. That team is going to upset some teams. They have some nice attackers. They have the right idea. I think they’re just not experienced enough, but those coaches will get them there. I have no doubt about that.”

On Shelby Sullivan’s execution…

“She and [Stephanie] Aiple really connect well. We can’t even run that if our passing and ball handling and defense aren’t there. Those areas are the ones we’re really concerned with, because we lost so many players from last year. It tells me those guys are doing their job well. Setting is one of the toughest skills, I think, in all sports. I’m glad I was never a setter. I’m amazed by what our setters can do. To locate Sully that often and that successfully, I credit touch one and touch two as much as I do touch three. I bet Sully would say the same thing.”

On the focus of practice after non-conference play…

“This week has been a really stressful week for me. I’ve seen practices I ended up calling a time out and really challenging them. I also saw a couple of drills that were absolutely amazing. I do think I’m seeing us start to perform. I think our defense is getting better. We really need quality digs in order to be a better team. I think our quality is getting better there. Our passing today was the best passing we’ve had in a long time. Our hitting percentage of .440 is a result of that.”

Texas A&M junior middle blocker Shelby Sullivan


On the team’s mentality coming into today’s match…

“I knew our team was feeling good. I was confident going into the game because we had a ton of energy. Right when we got here for breakfast, for our pregame meal and for our serve and pass session, I knew we were all ready to go. I was confident about that.”

On ever performing at the level displayed today…

“I don’t think our defense has ever been so engaged at this level. Our serve-receive was great. [Stephanie Aiple] did a great job distributing the ball and seeing the block on the other side. It was a great team effort overall.”

On if she knew that she was 7-for-7 in the first set…

“I didn’t know. [Victoria Arenas] was in the back behind me saying, ‘Keep swinging’ and ‘Keep getting up. I’m right behind you.’ Knowing she was there gave me more confidence to keep going even if it’s a little off at the block or down the line, cross-court or a tip in the middle.”

On the chemistry between her and setter Stephanie Aiple…

“It’s constant communication. She keeps telling me to give her feedback. I’m letting her know she’s doing a great job and just keep it up. Also, the back row is also giving her great communication about when she can attack the ball. She’s so efficient anytime she goes up to put the ball over.”

On scouting Auburn after last year’s match…

“Yeah, I remember that match last year at Auburn. [Jazzmin Babers] and I talked about them, saying how good their block was and their great range in their defense. We knew that it would be a challenge going into this game today, but we scouted them so well, and we knew the spots that were open on every shot. We were on it, so I think that gave us the confidence going in.”

On opening performance of SEC play…

“We woke up today and it was great feeling. In our locker room, in our gym, at serve-receive; we knew it was a big game to start the SEC off. We wanted to make a statement, especially being at home in front of the 12th Man and all the campers for Camper’s Night. It was a great time.


Freshman setter Stephanie Aiple:

On giving the ball to Sullivan…

“I know to keep going to her. When’s she on, which is always, I just keep giving her the ball. No one can stop her. She’s awesome. Our passing was awesome also tonight, which helps getting the ball to Sully.  And I just keep giving to her, and she keeps getting kills.”


On A&M’s passing…:
“When passing is on, I can do anything. I can attack, I can set the outside, I can set Sully. It opens up so many options for our offense, which is good because we get one-on-one, and we’re attacking the other teams. We are really successful when we are passing.”

As a freshman playing her first SEC match…

“I wasn’t nervous at all. I honestly really don’t get nervous, whoever we’re playing. It’s just volleyball. I’ve played it for so long to where I know how to play under pressure. I know how to play when it’s a first SEC match. I always come up with the mindset it’s just volleyball. Just do what you do, and everything else will fall into place.”

On when the other team makes a comeback…

“We just stay calm. We have it in the back of our minds that no matter what happens, we are getting the next point were moving on. If we make a mistake, we forget about it and we move on from that. We’re a really good mental team. We never really get down on ourselves or have any doubt. Whenever we make errors or the other team gets a good kill or block, we just move on from that and it doesn’t affect how we play.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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AP Top 10 Sees No Changes A&M Still No. 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Florida State remains the No. 1 team in the latest Associated
Press college football poll, but the Seminoles claimed just 27 of 60 first-place
votes following their second consecutive close call. Second-ranked Oregon and
No. 3 Alabama each claimed 13 first-place votes, while Oklahoma took seven.
Auburn is fifth, followed by Texas A&M, Baylor, UCLA, Notre Dame and Michigan

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U.S.A. Drops Third Ryder Cup in A Row

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) _ The United States has failed once again to win the
Ryder Cup. Playing the best that Europe has to offer the Americans were beaten
in Scotland 16 1/2 to 11 1/2. Europe has won the last three Ryder Cup
tournaments since 2008, six of the last seven and eight of the last 10. The
Americans have not won on European soil since 1993.

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Gordon Wins at Dover

DOVER, Del. (AP) _ Jeff Gordon won the Sprint Cup race at Dover International
yesterday. Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola were all
eliminated from the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup championship
following the results of the race. There are 12 drivers left in the Chase.

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Dallas Avenges Last Years Loss To New Orleans

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Tony Romo threw three touchdowns passes as the Dallas
Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints 38-17 last night. DeMarco Murray ran for a
pair of scores in another 100-yard game. The Cowboys kept Drew Brees and the
Saints scoreless in the first half after giving up an NFL-record 40 first downs
in a 49-17 blowout loss in New Orleans last year.

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Texans Overcome Tough Day Offensively For a 23-17 Win

HOUSTON (AP) _ J.J. Watt had another highlight-reel play to help the Houston
Texans overcome a tough day offensively for a 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills
yesterday. EJ Manuel finished with 225 yards passing with two touchdowns and two
interceptions for the Bills. Buffalo was driving late when Darryl Morris picked
him off at the Houston 15 to secure the victory.

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Rangers and Stros Booth Loose Last Game Of Season

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The Oakland Athletics finally clinched their third
consecutive playoff berth on the last day of the regular season with a 4-0
victory over the Texas Rangers. Sonny Gray threw a six-hitter to win for the
first time in five September starts. Josh Reddick had an RBI triple.

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Houston Astros lost 8-3 to the New York Mets after Bobby
Abreu sparked the decisive rally yesterday with a base hit in his final big
league at-bat. Lucas Duda homered and drove in four runs. Jose Altuve wrapped up
the American League batting title with two more hits for the Houston Astros.

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No. 6 Aggies Rally to Top Arkansas in OT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kenny Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, with a 25-yarder toMalcome Kennedy on the first play of overtime, and sixth-ranked Texas A&M rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Arkansas 35-28 on Saturday.

The Aggies (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed 28-14 going into the fourth quarter before Hill threw two long scoring passes – 86 yards to Edward Pope and 59 yards to Josh Reynolds, the later with 2:08 left only two plays after Arkansas missed a field goal.

After Hill’s quick strike in overtime, Arkansas faced fourth-and-1 when a handoff went to Alex Collins, who finished with 131 yards rushing. But Collins was stuffed at the line by defensive end Julien Obioha to end the game.

Hill completed 21 of 41 passes.

Texas A&M is 5-0 for the first time since 2001. Arkansas (3-2, 0-2) has lost 14 consecutive SEC games.

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Installing New Kyle Field Turf Starting Sooner Than Expected

Texas A&M University System officials say the installation of the new turf at Kyle Field will start sooner than expected.

Carolina Green, assisted by Texas A&M University personnel, hopes to start laying the sod late on Saturday and should have the installation completed by Tuesday.

The sod is being shipped from North Carolina and will arrive in 24-28, refrigerated semi-trailer trucks.

According to a system news release, the Texas A&M Football team is planning to practice on the new turf sometime before they depart to play Mississippi State on October 4.

The first home game on the new field will be on October 11 versus Ole Miss.

There will be no public access to the stadium during the turf installation, as was the case during phase one construction.

Screen shot 9/28/2014 at 11:20 a.m. from http://kylefield.com/constructioncams

Screen shot 9/28/2014 at 11:20 a.m. from http://kylefield.com/constructioncams

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Coach Confirms That Arian Foster a Game-Time Decision

by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Bill O’Brien has confirmed that the availability of Texans featured back Arian Foster will be a game-time decision Sunday against Buffalo.

Foster could miss his second straight game to a hamstring injury. He has lost the momentum gained from two excellent performances to open the year. He has 241 yards on 55 carries with one touchdown.

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Jones Attorneys Argue Assault Claim Filed Too Late

DALLAS (AP) _ Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones argue that an Oklahoma woman waited too long to file a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.

State District Judge Dale Tillery did not immediately rule Friday on whether a Texas statute of limitations prevents Jana Weckerly’s lawsuit from proceeding.

Weckerly’s attorney, Thomas Bowers, argued that Jones paid her hush money for at least four years after the alleged 2009 assault, creating a conspiracy to silence her.

But Levi McCathern, one of Jones’ attorneys, denied any payments were made and said that even if they were, Weckerly wasn’t under any pressure to take them.

Jones has also denied the allegations of assault.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 16. Weckerly is seeking damages of more than $1 million.

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