Golfer’s Missing Father Is Found Safe In Texarkana

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III was found safe in Texas after he went missing for nearly two weeks, police said Friday.

Willard Hurley Jr., 61, was unharmed and told police in Leesburg, Virginia, he had simply been traveling. Police had traced him to Texarkana, Texas, before a citizen who’d seen his picture spotted him on Friday and called local police.

The elder Hurley spoke briefly by phone to Leesburg police, but didn’t provide many details, said Lt. Jeff Dube, a police spokesman.

“He’s safe and sound and he wasn’t very talkative,” Dube said. “He’s free to come and go as he pleases. He decided to take a trip for one reason or another. The big thing is that he’s been located and his family’s been notified that he’s OK physically.”

He didn’t explain why he left his home without informing his family; he also didn’t say why he was in Texas or whether he plans to come home, police said.

His son broke down in tears Tuesday while announcing to the media at a PGA Tour event that his father was missing. Hurley has been playing in this week’s Quicken Loans National in Virginia. He said his father got into his truck with some cash and clothes and drove away from his home in Leesburg on July 19. He was reported missing by Hurley’s mother on July 27.

The decision to announce his father’s disappearance made a big difference, Dube said. The photo of Hurley’s father was widely disseminated, getting hundreds of thousands of views on social media.

“No doubt, who he was and who his son is played a part in that, and the fact that his son pleaded for his return,” Dube said. “That obviously helped the person who recognized him.”

The younger Hurley grew up in Leesburg, and his father spent more than 25 years as a police officer in the area. Hurley said his father didn’t have any known mental health problems.

The 33-year-old Hurley is a Naval Academy graduate who earned his PGA Tour card after serving as a Naval officer for five years. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Dube said police considered the matter closed.

Gomez Traded to Astros After Mets Deal Falls Through

HOUSTON (AP) _ The Astros have added another bat to their lineup as they make a push for the postseason by acquiring two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Houston, which also received right-hander Mike Fiers in the deal, sent four prospects to the Brewers: left-hander Josh Hader, right-hander Adrian Houser and outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana.

The 29-year-old Gomez is hitting .262 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 74 games for the Brewers this season. He is making $8 million this season and $9 million in 2016, then can become a free agent.

Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said a trade fell through Wednesday that would have sent Gomez to the New York Mets for infielder Wilmer Flores and injured pitcher Zack Wheeler.

Reliever Sam Dyson Sent to Rangers by Marlins

MIAMI (AP) _ The Miami Marlins traded right-handed reliever Sam Dyson to the Texas Rangers on Friday for catcher Tomas Telis and a minor league pitcher.

Dyson was 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 appearances for Miami this season. He appeared in 80 games with the Marlins over the last three seasons, after breaking into the majors for two games with Toronto in 2011.

Telis has gotten limited action with the Rangers over the last two seasons, playing in 24 games with no home runs and 10 RBIs. He was signed as 16-year-old free agent from Venezuela in 2007, made 18 appearances last season and batted .182 in six games with Texas this year.

Telis will report to Miami. The Marlins also got left-hander Cody Ege, who was sent to Double-A Jacksonville.

Keith Rivers Retires Instead of Reporting to Cowboys’ Camp

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) _ Linebacker Keith Rivers has decided to retire rather than report to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys.

Coach Jason Garrett said he spoke with the 29-year-old Rivers about two hours before the team boarded a flight Tuesday for California. The Cowboys placed Rivers on the reserve/retired list before the first camp workout Thursday. He signed with Dallas in March and went through offseason workouts.

A top-10 pick by Cincinnati in 2008, Rivers missed time with various injuries while also playing for the New York Giants and Buffalo. The seven-year veteran was never listed with a concussion.

Rivers had 182 tackles in 74 games, including 50 starts. He started 33 of the 35 games he played in three seasons with the Bengals.

Mark Weaver Named Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Head Coach

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Mark Weaver has been named Texas A&M women’s tennis head coach, Texas A&M Athletics Director Eric Hyman announced today.

“I am extremely grateful to our athletics director, Eric Hyman and to Marcy Girton for giving me this opportunity to be the head coach of the women’s tennis program at Texas A&M,” said Weaver, who for the past eight seasons has served as the assistant coach or associate head coach of the Aggies under previous head coaches Bobby Kleinecke and Howard Joffe. “We have an excellent team in place, and it is now my responsibility to lead our fine group of young ladies to our ultimate goal of winning championships.”

Mark Weaver has been integral in developing a nationally prominent women’s tennis program at Texas A&M,” Hyman added. “Alongside Howard Joffe, Mark has helped our program to three top-10 finishes in the past three years.  He has the respect of our student-athletes and staff. As a former Aggie men’s tennis player, he has a unique understanding of the student-athlete experience.  We look forward to Mark’s leadership in our women’s tennis program.”

By being named the sixth head coach in the history of the Aggie women’s tennis program, Weaver’s career at Texas A&M has come full circle. He began his stint in Aggieland as a student-athlete and four-year standout on the Aggie men’s tennis team from 1990-94. The Shreveport, La., native then served six years as a volunteer coach for the A&M women’s team before being hired as the women’s tennis assistant coach in 2007.

“It is here, over 25 years ago, that I was recruited and played for my great friend Coach David Kent,” Weaver said. “I have been fortunate enough to work alongside two head coaches of the women’s tennis program at Texas A&M, Bobby Kleinecke and Howard Joffe. I have an enormous amount of respect for each of them and have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from each of them over the past eight seasons.

“Texas A&M is a school built around excellence, character and integrity. I am looking forward to instilling that mindset into each of our student-athletes as they are developing and shaping their lives each and every day. I will do everything I can to help this team accomplish great things and make the 12th Man and the Aggie faithful proud of who we are and what we stand for.”

Texas A&M has advanced to the NCAA tournament every year since Kleinecke initially hired Weaver as an assistant coach in the fall of 2007. Prior to becoming the Aggies’ full-time assistant, Weaver had served as a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s team for six seasons, including 2003 and 2004 when A&M won a Big 12 Conference regular season title and a Big 12 tournament title.

Joffe was named head coach in 2012 and retained Weaver as his assistant. After two seasons as the Aggies’ skipper, Joffe promptly promoted Weaver to associate head coach following a historical 2013 season in which Texas A&M reached the NCAA championship finals for the first time in program history and received an all-time high No. 3 final ranking. In addition, Texas A&M, which captured A&M’s first Southeastern Conference regular season championship in any sport after going 12-1 in league play, finished its 2013 campaign 26-4, marking the most wins in school history. Furthermore, Aggie standout Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar became A&M’s first and only two-time All-American.

In 2014, Weaver was honored as the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year as the Aggies finished 21-7 and No. 9 in the final ITA rankings, the second highest final ranking in school history. Texas A&M, which defeated No. 3 North Carolina during the regular season to mark the highest ranked win in school history, was eliminated by the Tar Heels in the round of 16. It marked the second consecutive year and only the third time overall the Aggies reached at least the round of the 16. Individually, senior Cristina Stancu was named All-American in singles, marking the third consecutive year a Joffe-Weaver-coached player received the distinction.

Most recently, the Aggies were No. 10 in the final 2015 Oracle/ITA National Collegiate Tennis Rankings, marking the third consecutive year as well as the third time in program history Texas A&M finished in the Top 10. The Aggies, who went 17-6 overall and tied for second place in the SEC with an 11-2 conference record, made a 16th consecutive and 21st overall appearance in the NCAA tournament and were seeded No. 10 in the 64-team field. They advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in program history before falling to 2014 national champion and 2015 NCAA runner-up UCLA.

Individually, sophomore Saska Gavrilovska continued A&M’s recent streak of producing  All-Americans by becoming Texas A&M’s first-ever underclassman to reach the NCAA Singles Championship round of 16 and also becoming the program’s first underclassman to achieve All-America distinction. In doubles, the tandem of freshman Eva Paalma and sophomore Rachel Pierson set a school record with a No. 15 showing in the final Oracle ITA Division I Women’s National Collegiate Doubles Rankings.

Weaver, who graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in psychology in 1995, was a four-year letterwinner and starter for the Aggie men’s tennis team from 1990-94. Weaver capped his collegiate career by leading the Aggies to their first Southwest Conference championship. Weaver also won the 1994 SWC No. 1 doubles title and set an A&M record with a .805 career winning percentage in doubles.

Following his collegiate career, Weaver played four years on the Futures and Challengers circuits, winning 10 doubles championships. He then served as a senior staff manager and director of tennis at Briarcrest Country Club in Bryan, Texas, from January 1999 to June 2006. Weaver went completely into private coaching in 2006, and one of his protégés, Austin Klores, became a four-time high school state champion and was ranked as high as No. 1 in the USTA Boys 18’s.

Weaver, 42, is married to the former Stephanie Wooley, a 2005 Texas A&M honor graduate. They have a daughter, Natalie Lynn, born in April 20, 2012.

Visit 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

Texas A&M Woman’s Tennis Head Coaches:
Season         Coach
1980             David Kent
1981-84        Jan Cannon
1985             Jan Baldwin
1986-2011    Bobby Kleinecke
2012-15        Howard Joffe

The Weaver File:
Name                       Mark William Weaver
Born                         August 4, 1972, Shreveport, La.
High School             Caddo Parish Magnet
College Education  B.A. in Psychology, Texas A&M University, 1995
Marital Status         Married to the former Stephanie Wooley
Children                   Natalie Lynn Weaver (born April 20, 2012)

College Tennis Career
1990-1994                Texas A&M University

Singles              Doubles
Year           W-L       Pct.       W-L        Pct.
1990-91     34-13    .723       15-8        .652
1991-92     22-13    .629       11-6        .647
1992-93     24-11    .686       20-6        .769
1993-94     27-15    .643       30-9        .769
Totals        107-52  .673       76-29      .724

Playing Honors
1991    Southwest Region Rookie of the Year
Southwest Conference No. 3 Doubles Champion
1992    All-Southwest Conference
1993    SWC Co-Player of the Year
SWC No. 1 singles champion
Junior Davis Cup participant
NCAA Championships participant (singles and doubles)
1994    SWC No. 1 doubles champion
NCAA Championships participant (singles and doubles)

Coaching Career
1999-2007       Private Coach;
Texas A&M Volunteer Assistant Coach
2007-12           Assistant Coach, Texas A&M University
2013-15           Associate Head Coach, Texas A&M University
2015-               Head Coach, Texas A&M University

Coaching Honors
2014 ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Marcus Wortham Named Interim Head Basketball Coach For Allen Academy

Over the past seven weeks, a five-member Allen search committee facilitated a search for the Interim Head Basketball Coach.  After bringing finalists to campus, the committee incorporated input from all constituent groups, including Allen faculty, parents, and students, as well as local respected coaches and referees and came to a unanimous decision.

We are excited to announce that on July 29, 2015, Mr. Marcus Wortham was appointed Interim Head Basketball Coach.  Marcus’s coaching experience, his knowledge of the area, and his energy and passion for his student athletes are a great match for our school.

Marcus comes to us from Calvert High School, where he was the Athletic Director, head football coach, head basketball coach, and head track coach.  Coach Wortham experienced tremendous success in his coaching career at Calvert and took six of his teams to state appearances in the past four years. As a basketball coach, Marcus’s teams earned a combined record of 170-32. In a seven-year span, his teams won six district championships, made three regional appearances, two state appearances, and captured one state championship.

In accepting his appointment, Marcus said, “I am honored to be welcomed into the Allen Academy Family. I am here to be a leader, role model and coach for our kids. Thank you for accepting me in your family.”

Coach Wortham will also serve as an assistant football coach in the fall and assistant track coach in the spring.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Coach Wortham, his wife, Sara, and their children to the Allen family.



Jason Jolly

Interim Athletic Director

USA Today Coaches Poll Released; A&M Not in Top 25

1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR 0 –
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR 0 –
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR 0 –
4 Baylor 11-2 1365 0 NR 0 –
5 Oregon 13-2 1260 0 NR 0 –
6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 0 NR 0 –
7 Auburn 8-5 1103 0 NR 0 –
8 Florida State 13-1 1057 0 NR 0 –
9 Georgia 10-3 1026 0 NR 0 –
10 USC 9-4 1014 0 NR 0 –
11 Notre Dame 8-5 883 0 NR 0 –
12 Clemson 10-3 838 0 NR 0 –
13 LSU 8-5 727 0 NR 0 –
14 UCLA 10-3 697 0 NR 0 –
15 Ole Miss 9-4 668 0 NR 0 –
16 Arizona State 10-3 577 0 NR 0 –
17 Georgia Tech 11-3 573 0 NR 0 –
18 Wisconsin 11-3 470 0 NR 0 –
19 Oklahoma 8-5 407 0 NR 0 –
20 Arkansas 7-6 377 0 NR 0 –
21 Stanford 8-5 365 0 NR 0 –
22 Arizona 10-4 299 0 NR 0 –
23 Missouri 11-3 229 0 NR 0 –
24 Boise State 12-2 190 0 NR 0 –
25 Tennessee 7-6 166 0 NR 0 –

Hamels Moving to Texas

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels’ time in Philadelphia is ending.

Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects.

Both people spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers.

Hamels would become the first pitcher in major league history traded during a season immediately after throwing a no-hitter _ he no-hit the Chicago Cubs on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Astros Regain Lead in AL-West with 6-3 Win Over Angels

HOUSTON (AP) _ Rookie Lance McCullers pitched seven solid innings and Preston Tucker and Jon Singleton both homered to help the Houston Astros to a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night to regain first place in the American League West.

Houston also took the first game of the series to move ahead of the Angels, who came into town leading the division.

McCullers (5-3) allowed five hits and one run with five strikeouts to lower his ERA to 2.48.

The Astros trailed by one before a two-run fifth, capped by an RBI single by Jose Altuve made it 2-1. Tucker hit a solo homer in the sixth and Singleton’s shot came in the seventh to push the lead to 4-1.

Los Angeles starter Garrett Richards (10-8) yielded seven hits and four runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Colby Lewis gets 11th win as Rangers beat Yankees 5-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Colby Lewis went six innings for his 11th victory and the Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the AL East-leading New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Adrian Beltre had two hits and scored twice for the Rangers, who won for only the second time in their last 14 home games.

After the Yankees scored two runs in the second, nine fewer than in the same inning the previous night in a 21-5 win, the Rangers went ahead to stay with three runs in the second off Masahiro Tanaka (7-4).

Beltre had a single to start the second, before Mitch Moreland walked and Josh Hamilton had the first of his two RBI singles in the game. Texas went ahead after run-scoring hits by Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields.

Lewis (11-4) struck out five while scattering seven hits and allowing two runs.

Former Aggie Danielle Adams Suspended by the WNBA

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ The WNBA suspended Danielle Adams of the San Antonio Stars for three games without pay for an unspecified violation of the league’s anti-drug program.

The move was announced several hours before Wednesday night’s home game against Atlanta. Adams will miss that game as well as Friday’s game against Washington and Sunday’s game against Los Angeles.

The fourth-year forward out of Texas A and M was re-signed to a multi-year contract in March. She has started only two of the team’s 17 games this season and is averaging 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 16.6 minutes per game, all career lows.

Yankees Use 11-Run Inning in 21-5 Comeback Win at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ After giving up five runs in the first inning, the New York Yankees made it up for it real fast.

Brendan Ryan doubled twice with three RBIs and Didi Gregorius had a bases-loaded triple in New York’s 11-run second inning as the Yankees overcame the Texas Rangers 21-5 on Tuesday night.

Chris Young started the big inning with a double and scored the first of his two runs when Chase Headley had the first of his two RBI singles in the frame. An inning later, Young hit his fourth career grand slam.

A day after his 40th birthday, Alex Rodriguez had an RBI double off the top of the 14-foot wall in left field to make it 6-5 and chase starter Martin Perez (0-2).

The AL East-leading Yankees won for the eighth time in nine games, and are majors-best 16-5 in July _ matching their most wins in a month since August 2013.

Altuve’s Career-Best 5 RBIs Lead Astros Over Angels 10-5

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jose Altuve had a career-high five RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 10-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night in a game between the top teams in the American League West.

Altuve had an RBI single in the second, drove in two runs in the fourth inning and tacked on another two with a double in Houston’s four-run sixth to make it 10-5. He finished with three hits.

The Angels played without Mike Trout, who missed the game with an injured left wrist. He’s listed as day to day.

Houston starter Collin McHugh (12-5) allowed seven hits and five runs with four walks in five innings for his third straight win.

C.J. Wilson (8-8) yielded six hits and six runs in four-plus innings.

Mexico national soccer coach fired after journalist’s claim

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Embattled Mexican national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera has been fired following a TV reporter’s claim that the coach known as “El Piojo” punched him.

Soccer Federation head Decio de Maria announced the move Tuesday afternoon.

The incident involving Television Azteca’s Christian Martinoli took place Monday at the Philadelphia airport as the team prepared to return to Mexico following its 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the Concacaf Gold Cup championship match.

Martinoli accuses Herrera of hitting him in the neck.

The journalist has been a tough critic of Herrera, as have many Mexican fans and pundits disappointed with the team.

Mexico advanced to the final after winning two knockout-round matches with the help of controversial late penalties.

Brady’s suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The league announced the decision Tuesday.

The New England Patriots’ star quarterback was suspended by NFL executive Troy Vincent in May following a league-sanctioned investigation by Ted Wells. The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. The team didn’t appeal its penalty, but Brady and his lawyers made their case during a 10-hour appeal hearing on June 23.

The NFL Players Association has previously said it would challenge the decision in court if Brady’s suspension wasn’t erased.

Brady and the Patriots have denied knowingly using deflated footballs in the AFC title game win over Indianapolis. The Patriots went on to beat Seattle in the Super Bowl and Brady was the MVP.

Bombers Duo Sweeps Player/Pitcher Of The Week Honors

Bryan-College Station, TX (July 27, 2015) – As the Brazos Valley Bombers move closer to the TCL Playoffs, two Bombers received weekly honors as the Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 21 to July 27.

Matt Hilston, an outfielder from the University of Texas-San Antonio, batted .538 on the week, and reached base safely in four of the five games the Bombers played in that time period to help propel him to TCL Player of the Week honors. Hilston scored three runs and drove in four more to increase his league-leading RBI total to 29. The two-time TCL All-Star had three multi-hit games during the week and his .296 batting average ranks among the league’s top-ten in that category.

On the mound, Darick Hall started against the Acadiana Cane Cutters, throwing seven shutout innings while only allowing five hits and retiring the final eleven batters he faced. The right-handed pitcher from Cochise Junior College walked only one batter and struck out eight in the stellar outing that earned him TCL Pitcher of the Week honors.

Hall, Hilston, and the rest of the Bombers will begin a two-game series on Tuesday night against the Victoria Generals. Tuesday will be Epic Extravaganza Night, thanks to Oldham Goodwin; as well as Trophy Tuesday where the Bombers honor local community members for their recent accomplishments. Wednesday night will be Strike Out Cancer Night, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Health System. Show your support by wearing pink to the ballgame on Wednesday night. Wednesday is also Weenie Wednesday, with 90 cent hot dogs to celebrate Citizen’s State Bank’s 90th Anniversary.

For tickets and information on how to see the Bombers during the 2015 season, please call (979) 779-PLAY, or go to To follow all upcoming news and developments for the Brazos Valley Bombers, follow or like us on, and follow us on Twitter: @BV_Bombers and Instagram: bvbombersbaseball.

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A-Rod homers on 40th birthday in Yankees’ 6-2 win at Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Alex Rodriguez homered on his 40th birthday, helping the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Monday night.

A-Rod’s solo drive in the sixth off Matt Harrison (1-2) made him only the fourth player in major league history to homer both as a teenager and in his 40s, according to STATS, joining joined Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield.

Rodriguez hit his big league-best sixth homer on his birthday, STATS said, breaking a tie with Todd Helton, Chipper Jones, Derrek Lee and Al Simmons.

It was Rodriguez’s 24th this season and 678th of his career, and it came two days after he went deep three times against Minnesota, in his previous game.

Taylor Swift’s Houston Concert Moved Up A Month Due to Astros Success

News release from the Houston Astros:

The MLB playoffs have upstaged Taylor Swift. To prevent a conflict between any potential postseason games in Houston and the pop star’s previously scheduled concert at Minute Maid Park, the Astros have rescheduled Swift’s Oct. 13 show for Sept. 9.

“As a concert and special event venue, Minute Maid Park is committed to providing the best experience to not only Astros fans, but to the fans of all of the artists that perform at the ballpark,” the Astros said in a release. “The new show date will ensure that fans of Taylor Swift will have every opportunity to see her perform at Minute Maid Park, as the Sept. 9 date does not conflict with any potential postseason baseball.”

Any fans who have purchased tickets for the previously scheduled show are guaranteed the same seats for the Sept. 9 show. Ticketmaster and the Minute Maid Park Box Office are providing refunds to those who are unable to attend the rescheduled show.

For refunds, please contact Ticketmaster online at or by calling 800-653-8000.

Boston will not Host Olympics

UNDATED (AP) _ The 2024 Olympics will not be coming to Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh says he won’t sign a host city contract that is key to a city’s bid for the Olympics without more assurances that taxpayers won’t foot the bill. Walsh made that announcement at a hastily called news conference that coincided with Gov. Charlie Baker’s meeting with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The governor has made it clear that he won’t commit to things until he gets the results of a report he commissioned with a consulting group and that report isn’t due until next month.

The USOC has made it clear that it needs full support of city and state leaders before it puts forth any U.S. bid in mid-September to the International Olympic Committee.

It would appear that if the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles would be its likely choice now.

Baseball’s Hall has Four New Members

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) _ The 2015 induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame has welcomed the class of 2015. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio (BEE’-zhee-oh) have taken their places among the game’s greats.

Each man took his time outlining his life and career and shared anecdotes about playing the game.

Along with 40,000 fans there were some 49 living members of the Hall on hand for the ceremony on a hot, sunny day.

Biggio was the first to be inducted followed by Smoltz, Johnson and Martinez.



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