Cano’s homers Mariners top Astros 12-4, boost playoff hopes

HOUSTON (AP) _ Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 12-4 Wednesday to keep pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders.

Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season, as Seattle pulled within 11/2 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card. Houston dropped three games back as its magic number for elimination was cut to two. The Orioles were at Toronto on Wednesday night.

Cano’s career-best 36th home run, a drive off Doug Fister (12-13), landed in the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field. Cano has nine homers and 25 RBIs in 19 games against Houston this season.

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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has hairline knee fracture

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Dez Bryant has a slight hairline fracture in a bone in his right knee, but Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says the receiver might not miss a game.

Bryant didn’t practice Wednesday, the same day the team got back results of an MRI and three days after getting hurt in a win over Chicago.

Garrett said he has been told that some players never miss time with that kind of injury.

Bryant injured the knee on his first catch on the opening series against the Bears when he fell awkwardly on his right leg while being tackled by Bears linebacker Christian Jones on the second play of the game. The 2014 All-Pro returned to the game in the first quarter and caught his first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter of the 31-17 win.

Pro Bowl left Tyron Smith missed practice also after being inactive against the Bears when a back injury flared up late last week.

The Cowboys, who visit San Francisco on Sunday, have placed rookie defensive end Charles Tapper (back) on injured reserve and signed offensive lineman Emmett Cleary. Dallas also released defensive end Chris McCain from the practice squad and signed offensive lineman Clay DeBord.

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County OKs Initial Funding for $105M Astrodome Redevelopment

HOUSTON (AP) _ Initial funding has been approved for a $105 million
redevelopment of the Houston Astrodome that would include raising the two bottom
floors to accommodate about 1,400 parking spaces.

Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $10.5 million on the
project’s initial design.

Plans call for the bottom floors of the county-owned Astrodome to be raised for
parking so that it can be used for festivals, conferences and commercial uses
across more than 550,000 square feet of air-conditioned space.

Parking revenue, hotel occupancy taxes and county general funds are expected to
cover the cost of the redevelopment.

The Astrodome opened in 1965 but has been vacant for 17 years, falling into
disrepair and declared unfit for occupancy in 2009. Voters in 2013 rejected a
$217 million bond for renovations.

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Houston’s Watt Re-injures Back, Could Miss Entire Season

HOUSTON (AP) _ A person familiar with J.J. Watt’s condition says he has
re-injured his back and the Houston Texans expect him to be out until at least
December, and possibly the entire season.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of
anonymity because the team hasn’t confirmed the injury.

Watt missed training camp and Houston’s four preseason games after surgery in
July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He returned started each of the
team’s three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the
Patriots.

It’s unclear if the injury will require surgery.

Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, didn’t
practice on Monday, but coach Bill O’Brien said then he was just getting a day
off.

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Astros Use Big Sixth Inning to Get 8-4 Win Over Mariners

HOUSTON (AP) _ George Springer had three hits, including a two-run double
during a six-run sixth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners
8-4 on Tuesday night.

The victory leaves Seattle two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild
card and cuts Houston’s deficit in the race to 2 1/2 games.

The Astros got five hits off Felix Hernandez (11-7) in the sixth, but only two
of the six runs scored in the inning were earned because of two errors.

The game was tied when Springer shot a ground-rule double to right field that
made it 6-4. A two-run single by Marwin Gonzalez, which sailed just out of reach
of a lunging Hernandez, chased the pitcher and left Houston up 8-4.

Houston starter Mike Fiers allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings.
Rookie Jandel Gustave (1-0) yielded no hits and no runs with one walk in 1 1/3
innings for his first career win.

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Lucroy’s Two-Run Double Helps Rangers Beat Brewers 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Jonathan Lucroy hit a go-ahead, two-run double against
his former team in the sixth inning to help the Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee
Brewers 6-4 on Tuesday night.

The Rangers now have a half-game lead over Boston for the best record in the
American League. The Red Sox lost 6-4 to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Lucroy’s hit made a winner of reliever Tony Barnette (7-3). Barnette worked one
scoreless inning, leaving runners at second and third in the sixth. It was his
first appearance since Sept. 4, having been sidelined with a strained oblique.

Lucroy, who played six-plus seasons for the Brewers before being traded to the
Rangers on Aug. 1, pulled a pitch from Jimmy Nelson (8-16) down the left-field
line into the corner.

Sam Dyson earned his 37th save, striking out Domingo Santana to leave runners
at first and third in the ninth inning.

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Aggie Football Media Day: South Carolina

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Head Coach Kevin Sumlin

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Defensive Coordinator John Chavis

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Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone

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Safety Justin Evans

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Cowboys’ Collins headed to IR; Texans’ Brown could return to field on Sunday

AP source: Cowboys OL Collins headed to IR with toe injury

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A person with knowledge of the injury says Dallas left guard La’el Collins will be placed on injured reserve with a possible return late in the season because of a right toe injury.

Collins left late in the first half of Sunday night’s 31-17 win over Chicago with a toe injury. Speaking to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because details of the injury weren’t released, the person said Collins has a ligament injury on his right big toe.

Putting Collins on IR opens a roster spot for the Cowboys while giving Collins a chance to return to practice in six weeks and play in a game after eight weeks.

Dallas played the second half against the Bears without the starting left side of its line. Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith was inactive with a back injury. But Collins’ replacement is former starter Ron Leary, who lost his job to Collins last season.

Receiver Dez Bryant sprained his right knee on his first catch early against the Bears but returned and caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Coach Jason Garrett said there was no update on Bryant’s status.

 

Houston LT Brown returns to practice, could play Sunday

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston left tackle Duane Brown returned to practice on Monday for the first time since January surgery to repair a torn quadriceps, and coach Bill O’Brien said he could play on Sunday against Tennessee.

Brown was injured in Houston’s regular-season finale last season and hasn’t played since. He’s been a mainstay on the line since he was drafted in the first round in 2008.

O’Brien said after practice that: “He looked good. He’s progressing well.”

Before this season Brown hadn’t missed more than two games in a year since he sat out four in 2010.

 

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Astros fall to Mariners in Extras; Rangers out-slugged by Brewers

Cano’s homer in 11th lifts Mariners to 4-3 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Cano hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-3 on Monday night.

Houston scored two runs in the ninth, but then Cano sent a slider from Luke Gregerson (4-3) into the second deck in right field to win.

The victory moves Seattle two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card and drops Houston, which has lost four of five, to 3 1/2 games back in the race

Drew Storen (4-3) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. Nick Vincent allowed consecutive singles to Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa before retiring the next two batters for his third save.

 

Villar homers twice, Garza wins as Brewers beat Rangers 8-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jonathan Villar had two home runs and a career-high five RBIs and Matt Garza beat his former team as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Monday night.

The loss dropped American League West-champion Texas one-half game behind the Boston Red Sox in the race for the league’s best record. The Cleveland Indians pulled within one-half game of the Rangers.

Villar, the major leagues’ stolen base leader with 59, hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and a three-run shot in the seventh. He also doubled.

Garza (6-8) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He spent the second half of the 2013 season with Texas as a rental acquisition from the Chicago Cubs, going 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA. It was Garza’s first appearance against Texas since 2010.

Rangers starter Martin Perez (10-11) was looking to set a career high for wins in a season. He gave up a season-high eight earned runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. His home record this season fell to 8-3.

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Texas A&M’s Win Over Arkansas Yields SEC, National Weekly Honors

Texas A&M’s convincing victory over the then-No. 17-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium last Saturday yielded weekly honors for juniorArmani Watts, freshman Trayveon Williams and graduate Trevor Knight on Monday.

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Watts and Williams earned weekly honors from the Southeastern Conference, while Knight was honored by the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Manning Award.

Watts, a junior safety from Forney, Texas, earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after contributing a team-high eight tackles and a pair of game-changing plays against the Razorbacks. With Arkansas on the verge of extending their second-quarter lead to 17-7, Watts forced and recovered a fumble by Hog running back Rawleigh Williams. Instead of trailing by 10 points, the Aggies turned the fumble into a made field goal to knot the game at 10-10. Then, in the third quarter, Watts squelched a fourth-down end-around with a tackle for loss that stopped a 19-play, 89-yard drive by the Hogs. Two plays later, A&M scored on a 92-yard TD pass to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Williams, a freshman running back from Houston, Texas, earned SEC Freshman of Week honors for a second consecutive week after posting a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries against Arkansas. With the game still in the balance, the nation’s top true freshman rusher reached the end zone with 33- and 22-yard rushes. Through four games, Williams has rushed for 389 yards and three touchdowns and his 9.7 per carry averages leads the Football Bowl Subdivision among rushers with more than 30 carries.

Knight, a graduate transfer quarterback from San Antonio via the University of Oklahoma, was named one of the Davey O’Brien Award “Great 8” weekly honorees after accounting for 383 total yards and four touchdowns against the Razorbacks. Knight rushed for a game- and career-high 157 yards and scored on 42- and 49-yard touchdown runs. He also passed for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 92-yarder that gave the Aggies their first lead of the night and tied for the fifth-longest in school history.

SEC Weekly Honors
OFFENSE
Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

DEFENSE
Armani Watts, DB, Texas A&M

SPECIAL TEAMS
Daniel Carlson, PK, Auburn

FRESHMAN
Traveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M

OFFENSIVE LINE
Jordan Sims, OL, Ole Miss

DEFENSIVE LINE
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Denzil Ware, DE, Kentucky

Davey O’Brien Award “Great 8”
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee, Sr., 6-3, 210, Alpharetta, Ga.

  • Led Tennessee back from a 21-3 halftime deficit to a 38-28 win over No. 19 Florida; amassed 399 yards of offense (319 passing) and five touchdowns (four passing).

Lamar Jackson, Louisville, So., 6-3, 205, Boynton Beach, Fla.

  • Accounted for seven touchdowns by completing 24 of 44 passes for 417 yards (5 TDs, 1 INT) and rushing 12 times for 62 yards and two scores in a 59-28 win over Marshall.

Daniel Jones, Duke, R-Fr., 6-5, 210, Charlotte, N.C.

  • Led Duke to a 38-35 upset win at Notre Dame, turning aside a 14-0 deficit by connecting on 24 of 32 pass attempts for 290 yards and three touchdowns (one interception).

Chad Kelly, Ole Miss, Sr., 6-2, 224, Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Was 18-for-24 passing for 282 yards and two scores and ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on four carries in just three quarters of action in a 45-14 rout of No. 12 Georgia.

Trevor Knight, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-1, 215, San Antonio, Texas

  • Rushed for a game-high 157 yards on 10 carries, including a pair of rushing touchdowns, and threw for 225 yards and two scores in a 45-24 triumph over 17th-ranked Arkansas.

Steven Montez, Colorado, R-Fr., 6-5, 225, El Paso, Texas

  • Became first player in Colorado history to throw for 300 yards (23-for-32, 333 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs) and rush for 100 yards (21 carries, 135 yards, 1 TD) during a 41-38 upset at Oregon.

Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina, Jr., 6-3, 220, Mentor, Ohio

  • Threw the game-winning touchdown pass with two seconds remaining to cap a 35-of-46 night (453 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions) in a 37-36 win over Pittsburgh.

Manny Wilkins, Arizona State, So., 6-3, 197, Novato, Calif.

  • Helped Arizona State improve to 4-0 by accounting for four touchdowns; tallied three scores and a team-high 72 yards on the ground and completed 21 of 30 passes for 290 yards and a TD.

Manning Award “Stars of the Week”
Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech (13-of-20, 282 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Evans, who also rushes for 97 yards and a TD, directs the Hokies to scores on their final five possessions of the first half as they roll to a 54-17 win over East Carolina.
Riley Ferguson, Memphis (20-of-27, 359 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.0)
Ferguson, who adds a rushing touchdown, ties a school-record for touchdowns (all in the first half) as the Tigers cruise to a 77-3 victory over Bowling Green.
Daniel Jones, Duke (24-of-32, 290 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 86.4)
Jones connects on a 64-yard scoring pass midway through the fourth quarter to tie the score and then gets the Blue Devils in position for the game-winning field goal with 1:24 to go as Duke shocks Notre Dame on the road, 38-35.
Trevor Knight, Texas A&M (12-of-22, 225 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.5)
Knight, who also rushes for 157 yards and scores of 42 and 48 yards, connects on a 92-yard touchdown pass to snap a 17-17 third-quarter deadlock as the Aggies improve to 4-0 with a critical 45-24 SEC win over Arkansas.
Steven Montez, Colorado (23-of-32, 333 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 89.8)
Montez, making his first career start, adds 135 rushing yards and a score, as the Buffaloes top Oregon, 41-38, for their first win over the Ducks since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
Seth Russell, Baylor (18-of-28, 387 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.0)
Russell, who also leads his team with 65 rushing yards, connects on an 89-yard third-quarter scoring pass to break a 21-21 tie as he leads the Bears to a key 35-24 Big 12 win over Oklahoma State.
Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina (35-of-46, 453 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.8)
Trubisky throws for a pair of touchdowns in the final 5:24 as the Tar Heels erase a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Pittsburgh, 37-36.
Troy Williams, Utah (21-of-34, 270 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 80.4)
Williams, who adds a rushing TD, connects on an 18-yard scoring strike with 16 seconds to go to cap a comeback from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit as the Utes stop USC, 31-27, in Pac-12 action.

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Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears 31-17

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without injured quarterback Tony Romo over three seasons before the rookie fourth-round pick from Mississippi State showed up.

Prescott’s first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he’s up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals in NFL history.

Rookie fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott had his first 100-yard game for Dallas, finishing with 140 yards on 30 carries and a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski.

It didn’t even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week.

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Musgrove, Homers Push Astros Past Angels; Lewis Roughed Up as Rangers Fall to A’s

Musgrove, solo shots lead Astros past Angels 4-1

HOUSTON (AP) _ Joe Musgrove pitched seven strong innings, Evan Gattis, Tony Kemp and Tyler White homered, and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Sunday to snap a three-game slide and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Houston began the day three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot.

Musgrove (4-4, 4.06 ERA) allowed one run on seven hits while striking out four.

Closer Ken Giles rebounded from a blown save in Friday’s 10-6 loss to Los Angeles. He walked one and struck out two in the ninth for his 14th save.

Daniel Wright (0-5, 6.95) lasted six innings for the Angels. He gave up three runs on seven hits, including two homers, while striking out four and walking two.

A’s break out of slump and beat Rangers 7-1 to avoid sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Jharel Cotton pitched seven crisp innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 7-1 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.

Ryon Healy had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs to help the A’s win after being shut out in back-to-back games.

Adrian Beltre hit his 32nd home run for Texas.

The Rangers, who clinched the AL West on Friday, fell into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for home-field advantage in the playoffs. Texas (92-64) holds a slight tiebreaking advantage based on division record.

Oakland will be sitting out the postseason and had lost the first five games on this homestand but ended it on an encouraging note behind Cotton (2-0). The rookie right-hander allowed one run, struck out five and faced two over the minimum while quieting the Rangers’ potent offense.

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Szeryk Shoots School-Record 63 to Finish Third at Schooner Fall Classic

NORMAN, Okla.- Texas A&M junior Maddie Szeryk shot an 18-hole school record 63 (-8), to finish third in the tournament and lead a strong final round charge by the No. 20 women’s golf team at the Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club on Sunday. Szeryk was joined by teammate Bianca Fabrizio, who finished in a tie for fourth, in the tournament’s top five.

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Szeryk posted five straight birdies on the way to become the first Texas A&M golfer to shoot 63 in a round. Szeryk, who had previously tied the school record with a 7-under round in 2014, had eight birdies and no bogeys on the par 71 / 5,901 yard course.

Szeryk, who entered the day at even par, shot up the leaderboard from 16th to third, where she finished with a 205 (-8). Her 8-under total ties for the third-best tournament total in Texas A&M history.

Bianca Fabrizio shot a 1-under 70 on the final day of the Schooner Fall Classic, finishing the tournament in a tie for fourth place, one stroke behind Szeryk at 206 (-7). Fabrizio, who shot a second-round 66, went under par each round of the tournament. Fabrizio’s 7-under ties for the fifth-best tournament total in Texas A&M history, and is the second best of her career, just trailing the 9-under she shot to win the 2015 SEC Championship.

Thanya Pattamakijsakul shot an even-par 71 on Sunday, bringing her tournament total to 228 (+15), finishing in 51st. Andrea Jonama shot a 77 (+6) to finish with a 232 (+19) in 57th. Courtney Dow, after withdrawing from the first two rounds on Saturday, shot a 7-over 78 in her first collegiate round.

Using three par-or-better rounds, the Aggies shot up the leaderboard with a 3-under 281 on Sunday, the second-best score of the day. The Aggies finished the tournament with an 871 (+19), tying for sixth place after starting the day 10 strokes back in 10th place.

Florida State won the tournament with an 829 (-23), and the Seminoles’ Morgane Metraux won medalist honors with a 201 (-12).

The Aggies return to action from October 9-10 at the Jim West Challenge in The Woodlands, Texas.

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Aggie Soccer Falls to Alabama in Overtime, 2-1

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Texas A&M Aggies fell to the Alabama Crimson Tide in overtime, 2-1, Sunday evening at Alabama Soccer Complex.

Alabama (7-3-1, 2-1-1 SEC) scored the winning goal in the 97thminute when Emma Welch slotted a pass into the penalty box to Abbie Boswell running towards the spot and she beat a chargingDanielle Rice to the left for the game-winner.

Texas A&M (7-4-0, 2-2-0 SEC) played its second consecutive match with four starters missing from the lineup, including forward Emily Bates, midfielders Kate Hajdu and Stephanie Malherbe and defender Ashlynn Harryman.

In the first half, both squads put a goal on the board via the penalty kick.

Texas A&M was awarded a PK in the 34th minute when Haley Pounds was taken down inside the box. Pounds converted on the attempt for her sixth goal of the year.

Alabama was granted a PK in the 40th minute when Welch tripped over feet on the edge of the box. Rice came inches from glory as she guessed the correct way but the ball got past her mitts.

The Aggies had two of the three prime chances to score non-PK goals in the first half. Pounds blistered a shot from 15 in the second minute of action causing Alabama goalkeeper Kat Stratton hit the deck for the save. In the 10th minute, the Tide’s Welch hit the crossbar from 20 yards. In the 36th minute, Pounds and Sarah Shaw ran a give-and-go with Pounds give Stratton some trouble, but she made the save to keep A&M from building a 2-0 advantage.

Neither squad was able to put a goal on the board in the second half. Texas A&M’s best chances came in the 50th minute, when Mikaela Harvey thumped a shot from 10 yards that caused Stratton to make a facial preservation save, and the 85thminute when Cienna Arrieta launched a missile from 25 yards that sailed a foot high.

The Crimson Tide nearly ended the match in the 94th minute when Taylor Hubbard uncorked a shot from 12 yards, but Rice made an athletic leaping stab to knock the ball over the crossbar.

For the match, Alabama owned a 16-13 edge in shots, including 3-0 in the overtime. Texas A&M owned the 9-8 edge in shots-on-goal and corner kicks were even at 4-4.

Rice made six saves in the loss. Stratton had to make eight saves to preserve the win for Alabama.

Texas A&M is expected to have some reinforcements in action Thursday when they host the No. 8 South Carolina Gamecocks in a 6 pm match at Ellis Field.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach G Guerrieri
On the match…
“This is a tough one to take. It was a back-and-forth battle. Hats off to Alabama. They found a way to get it done in the overtime. I thought our players came out and did alright, but it just wasn’t good enough.”

On Thursday’s match…
“This makes Thursday’s match incredibly important for us. South Carolina is the hottest team in the league. They’re a very talented and well-coached team. We’ve got to get our unhealthy players healthy and coach everybody else up, as well.

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Texas A&M Volleyball Sweeps Auburn in SEC Home Opener

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 19 Texas A&M opened the home portion of its Southeastern Conference schedule with a 26-24, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Auburn today at Reed Arena.

Aggie junior opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor led all players with 14 kills while hitting .391, and freshman outside hitter Hollann Hansreached double-figure kills for a team-leading fifth consecutive match, pitching in 10. Junior outside hitter Kiara McGee and senior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers added eight kills apiece, and junior setter Stephanie Aiple kept the Tigers guessing as she contributed seven kills—one shy of her career-high—and also dished out 34 assists while directing the A&M offense to a 50-36 lead in total kills and a .270 to .123 advantage in hitting efficiency.

Defensively, Texas A&M junior libero Amy Nettles took match-high honors in digs with 16, and senior defensive specialist Victoria Arenas added 14 to help the Aggies to a 56-38 lead in team digs. Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Blake had four blocks as she continued her streak of leading or tying for the A&M lead in blocks in every match this season, and Babers added three blocks to give her 471 blocks in her career, moving her into fifth place in the A&M all-time career records for total blocks.

The Aggies jumped out to an early lead in the opening set, using an 8-1 run to build a 12-5 lead. Texas A&M maintained its seven-point cushion at 17-10 before Auburn came storming back, outscoring the Aggies, 9-2, to tie the score at 19-19. The teams traded points and the score was tied at 22-22 when Auburn setter Alexa Filley got a kill to give the Tigers their first lead since 2-1.

Following an A&M timeout, Blake and Aiple had back-to-back kills to put A&M at set point, but Auburn’s Breanna Barksdale got a kill following the Tigers’ timeout to tie the score for a 10th time. The Maroon and White caught a lucky break on the ensuing play as Auburn hit an easy A&M overpass into the net to put the Aggies at set point for the second time. Texas A&M, which outhit the Tigers, .220 to .140 in the set, then closed out the frame as Aiple set up Hans for the clinching kill.

Texas A&M never trailed in the second set, although Auburn did manage to tie the score six times, including overcoming a 13-9 deficit by reeling off four unanswered points to tie the score at 13-all. Blake kept the Aggies in the lead, connecting for a kill on a ball that was popped up by Hans, and Aiple followed with a kill as the Aggies continued on a 6-1 rally to pull away.

Auburn, which was outhit, .417 to .257 in the set, got within 20-17 before Babers had a kill and Reasor followed with two of her six kills in the stanza to give A&M a 23-18 lead. Gwyn Jones ended the run with one of her team-high 10 kills in the match, but the Tigers then served into the net to put A&M at set point. McGee closed out the set, tooling the Auburn block for a kill and giving the Aggies a 2-0 set lead heading into the intermission.

A&M hit a match-low .176 in the final set but held the Tigers to a .000 hitting efficiency to complete the sweep. Auburn had tied the score at 8-8 before A&M used an 11-3 run to build a 19-11 advantage. The Tigers, however, fought back, outscoring the Aggies 7-2 to get within 21-18 and forcing an A&M timeout. Babers got a kill coming out of the timeout, and Auburn’s next attack sailed out to put the Aggies up, 23-18. The Tigers connected on a kill to get within 23-19 before Reasor got a kill from the left side, and McGee followed with the match-winning kill.

Texas A&M improves to 7-6 overall and 1-1 in SEC play, while Auburn falls to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in SEC action.

Texas A&M now begins a three-match road swing starting Sept. 30 at LSU. First serve is at 7 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. The Aggies continue their road swing at Arkansas on Oct. 5 and at Ole Miss on Oct. 9 before returning to Reed Arena on Oct. 14 to play host to South Carolina.

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Texas A&M Quotes:

TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH LAURIE CORBELLI

On keys to winning…
“Keys to the match were pretty much what we wanted to be keys to the match: serving and passing. Our passing was sharper than it’s been in a really long time. Our ball handling, the first touch that came to our side was allowing our offense to do the things that they needed to do. I think that we were able to find a way to keep the game at our pace and not super-fast like [Auburn] likes to play. It’s important that you establish on your side that you need to play well, and after a few times of missing that cue, we ended up doing a nice job of that.”

On using the match as a momentum builder…
“It’s a huge momentum builder for us. We don’t play again until Friday night, but it’s a nice time for us to have a few days to focus on Aggie volleyball. We got to do that a little bit this week, but with two matches to prepare for, you’re also doing a lot of work against your opponent. We have one opponent this week. That gives us time to rest and try to recuperate a little bit from some of our aches and pains. We played well. We made the changes that we have been working on making. That is all feel-good stuff and positive stuff that perpetuates in the brain that ‘this is so fun, this is so good. We are only going to get better’ as opposed to ‘oh my gosh what are we going to do now? We have to make so many changes.’ So it is huge for the momentum and for the confidence of the team.”

On junior setter Stephanie Aiple
“I would give props to Stephanie [Aiple]. We have changed our offense to super-fast to mediocre-fast, and now we are just changing things all the time. Certain hitters are starting to adapt to certain sets and get better results. Stephanie has to remember and execute what every hitter wants; the height, the speed, the distance, the location, and try to nail it every time. She makes all those decisions on the court. She has to take whatever passers give her around 900 square feet and make a decision and give it to somebody to make a kill and put it away. I think that setters often go unappreciated with the blocks, digs and running the offense and making all of the decisions. I think that we can’t overlook how important that position is and what a job she does for us. It is really important that we have consistency and talent in that position, and she provides that for us.”

On court performance….
“The execution was really good all the way around. They know that when they all come ready to play and ready to do their jobs, we can beat just about anybody.”

TEXAS A&M JUNIOR SETTER STEPHANIE AIPLE

On bringing fight to this match…
“I think at the end of the Alabama match, we were neck-and-neck with them, we were fighting hard. Although we didn’t get the outcome that we wanted, we did take a lot of positives out of that match. We came back on Saturday and had a great practice that prepared us for this game, so I think we did carry over a lot.”

On this past week’s practices…
“I think as a team we talked a lot about don’t be satisfied with what you’re doing in the moment. If you are passing, don’t be satisfied with a 2.5; be satisfied with a 3.0. I think that was a constant reminder on the court. Don’t be satisfied with what you are doing, because you can always do better.”

On duplicating today’s’ performance…
“We haven’t had this feeling honestly since last season, I mean we had it in the preseason a little bit. I think this was just a really big team win. I think just remembering what that felt like in our heads and physically and reminding each other of that can really help us excel.”

TEXAS A&M JUNIOR OPPOSITE HITTER ASHLIE REASOR

On this past week’s practices…
“You can tell we are more focused. We knew what we had to get done leading up to these matches. You practice like you play, so we needed to up our practices a little bit.”

On playing SEC home opener at Reed Arena…
“It was really fun. We love playing for the 12th Man. It’s a great atmosphere to play in. I really wouldn’t want to play anywhere else with the band, yell leaders and everything. It’s nice to be home and play here for the fans.”

On her 14-kill performance against Auburn…
“I just knew that I needed to come in focused. The scout report really helped and let me see what I had open while hitting against this defense. I think we prepared pretty well, and thanks to Stephanie [Aiple] for giving me the ball.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Arnold Palmer dies

UNDATED (AP) _ Arnold Palmer was one of the most popular figures ever in golf, generating a fervid fan base while winning seven major championships among his 62 PGA titles. Palmer has died in Pittsburgh at age 87.

Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnson confirmed that the golf legend died Sunday of complications from heart problems. Johnson added that Palmer was admitted to the hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.

Palmer’s good looks, mischievous demeanor and risky playing style made him a fan favorite while he helped to grow the sport on television. He came off as an “everyman,” as he hitched up his pants, flicked away a cigarette and attack the flags.

Palmer’s playing career included memorable moments at the U.S. Open, where he rallied from seven shots down to win and once blew a seven-stroke lead on the back nine to lose.

Tiger Woods said two years ago that golf wouldn’t be as popular as it is now. “Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs,” Woods tweeted Sunday night.

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Aggie Football moves up one spot to No. 10 in new AP Poll

 
1
Alabama (50)
Record: 4-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,511

2
Record: 3-0
2
1,440
3
Record: 4-0
3
1,409
4
Record: 4-0
4
1,292
5
Record: 4-0
5
1,267
6
Record: 4-0
6
1,239
7
Record: 3-0
7
1,166
8
Record: 4-0
11
1,084
9
Record: 4-0
10
1,036
10
Record: 4-0
9
986
11
Record: 4-0
14
909
12
Record: 3-1
13
804
13
Record: 4-0
16
729
14
Record: 3-0
15
696
15
Record: 4-0
20
640
16
Record: 2-2
23
540
17
Record: 2-1
8
527
18
Record: 4-0
24
493
19
Record: 3-0
22
304
20
Record: 3-1
17
241
21
Record: 3-1
239
22
Record: 2-1
21
217
23
Record: 3-1
19
176
24
Record: 3-0
163
25
Record: 3-1
12
142

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No. 10 A&M Makes it Five Straight over Arkansas, 45-24

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The momentum quickly turned for 10th-ranked Texas A&M when Trevor Knight, the quarterback already with two long touchdown runs, had another big play right after a huge defensive stand by the Aggies.
Knight hit Josh Reynolds for a 92-yard tiebreaking TD pass two plays after 17th-ranked Arkansas was stopped three times from the 1, ending a 19-play drive that took nearly 10 minutes, and the Aggies went on to a 45-24 victory late Saturday night.

”A big-time momentum-changer,” Knight said.

Reynolds caught the ball in stride just short of midfield and quickly shed defensive back DJ Dean on his way to the end zone to break a 17-all tie and put the Aggies (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) ahead to stay.

Texas A&M has won five straight against the Razorbacks (3-1, 0-1), all since joining the SEC in 2012.

”This game has been something else,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. ”I was proud of our guys. They hung in there, and it just really showed the maturity of our team tonight.”

The long catch-and-run by Reynolds came two plays after Keon Hatcher was tackled by Armani Watts for a 5-yard loss on fourth down, ending the drive that started after A&M fumbled from the Arkansas 2.

”Everybody talks about fourth-down stops, but it took three others to create a fourth-down stop, you know, from closer than that,” Sumlin said. ”So it wasn’t just the fourth-down stop. It was the three before it.”

Quarterback Austin Allen was stopped twice from the 1, though officials reviewed the third-down run before ruling the play stood. One overhead replay showed just how close the ball was to the goal line, with Allen’s tight end basically pulling him toward the end zone.

”I’ve got to believe that the right call was made,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. ”It took forever. When those reviews take that long, usually it’s because they’re going to get overturned. Obviously a huge, huge play.”

Earlier, the Razorbacks had to settle for a field goal after six snaps from the 2 on the same series.

Knight’s 48-yard TD run just before halftime tied the game at 17, after an earlier 42-yard scoring run. He finished with 10 rushes for 159 yards, the last a 62-yarder on third down in the final minute of the game.

”We’re trying to grow with Trevor. I think tonight he struggled early throwing, but he got running, and that was it,” Sumlin said. ”Somebody asked me what his best stat is, and I said it’s winning.”

 

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Head Coach Kevin Sumlin

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Safety Armani Watts, Defensive End Daeshon Hall & Quarterback Trevor Knight

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Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggies Drop 2-0 Decision at Vanderbilt

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – With four starters out due to injury, the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies were unable to muster offense in a 2-0 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores at VU Soccer Complex Friday evening.

Texas A&M started the match with five starters out of action, but midfielder Mikaela Harvey started the second half.

In the first half, the squads played to a 0-0 draw with Vanderbilt owning edges in shots (5-3) and corner kicks (2-0).

Vanderbilt (6-4-0, 2-1-0 SEC) converted on a pair of set pieces in the second half for the difference in the match.

In the 49th minute, the Commodores took a free kick from near the left corner kick arc. The initial offering was knocked around the six-yard box before Grace Jackson was able to skirt it out to Nia Dorsey who scored from seven yards.

In the 82nd minute, Vanderbilt converted on a corner kick. Lydia Simmons served the ball in from the left corner arc. An Aggie defender attempted to clear the ball with a header, but it sailed towards the far post where Jackie Welch headed it home for the 2-0 advantage.

Texas A&M (7-3-0, 2-1-0 SEC) had three quality scoring chances in the first half, but were uable to strike gold. In the 15thminute, Cienna Arrieta had a free kick from 20 yards out that she blasted unabated towards goal, but Vanderbilt goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner was able to make the save.  In the 18th minute, Haley Pounds charged into the box from the left side and fired a shot from 10 yards out. It got past Fahrner but went wide of the right post by inches. In the 22nd minute, Arrieta had a shot from 20 yards but sent it over the crossbar.

Aggie keeper Danielle Rice made four saves in the match, including two heroic stops in the 35th minute to keep the match scoreless going into halftime.

In the second half, the Aggies’ best chance to score came in the 58th minute. Callyn Walton fired a shot from eight yards out that was smothered by Fahrner. In the ensuing scrum, Walton and Harvey were both upended in the box, but to no avail.

In the final 15 minutes, the Aggies had a flurry of corner kick opportunities but were unable to convert on the four chances.

The Aggies return to action Sunday when the Maroon and White travel to Tuscaloosa for a 6 p.m. match against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

TEXAS A&M QUOTE

Head coach G Guerrieri
On the match…
“Congratulations to Vanderbilt. They looked really good tonight. They finished their two set pieces in similar fashion. I thought they were very good on the night. As for us, we have to lick our wounds, regroup and get ready to play a good Alabama team in Tuscaloosa on Sunday.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Astros miss out on chance to gain ground, lose to Angels 2-0

HOUSTON (AP) _ Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings, helping the Los Angeles Angels hinder the Houston Astros wild-card hopes with a 2-0 victory Thursday night.

The Angels ended an 11-game skid and kept Houston one game behind the Orioles and Tigers for the second AL wild card, with Detroit still playing later Thursday against the Twins.

Pujols homered into the Crawford Boxes in left field, helping Los Angeles move to 2-11 against the Astros this season.

Nolasco (7-14) gave up five hits _ all singles _ and struck out five.

JC Ramirez pitched the eighth before Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Mike Fiers (11-8) allowed two runs on four hits with a season-high nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

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