Texas starting righty Ross to 10-day DL; C Nicholas recalled

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Rangers starter Tyson Ross has been put on the 10-day disabled list because of a blister on his right index finger.

Texas made the move Monday before the series opener against Miami to start a nine-game homestand. It was a day after Ross allowed five runs and four hits in 3 2/3 innings at Tampa Bay.

Ross (2-2, 7.52 ERA) has allowed 14 runs over seven innings his last two starts. Ross has started seven games for the Rangers since his mid-June debut after missing the start of the season while recovering from offseason surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Triple-A All-Star catcher Brett Nicholas was recalled from Round Rock.

Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos left Sunday’s game with a sprained left ankle after a collision at the plate. X-rays were negative.

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Irvin Won’t Be Charged In Sexual Assault Case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin says he lost “millions” of dollars in endorsements and business deals because of a sexual assault investigation that resulted in no charges. Florida prosecutors said Monday there’s insufficient evidence to file sexual assault charges against the 51-year-old Hall of Famer. They said video from the hotel, the lack of physical evidence and the accuser’s drug use and conflicting stories made it impossible to prove her allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Texas A&M’s Pickrem Lowers Own Canadian Record, Advances to 200 IM Final at Worlds

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BUDAPEST, Hungary. — Texas A&M junior-to-be Sydney Pickrem lowered her own Canadian record in the 200-meter IM as she advanced to the final of the race on Day 1 of the 2017 FINA World Championships on Sunday at Budapest’s Duna Arena.

Pickrem, from Dunedin, Fla., qualified No. 3 for the 200 IM final with a time of 2:09.17, which broke her old national record of 2:09.56 from the Canadian national championships earlier this summer. Pickrem now owns the four fastest 200 IM times by a Canadian.

In other action, 2017 graduate Sarah Gibson, representing the United States, placed 15th in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.48 and senior-to-be Béryl Gastaldello, representing France, finished 21st in 58.97. In the 200 IM, junior-to-be Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo, representing Mexico, placed 27th in 2:16.11 and junior teammate McKenna DeBever was right behind in 28th place with a time of 2:16.52, which lowered her own Peruvian record.

From the men’s team, 2017 senior Turker Ayar, representing Turkey, was 44th in the 50 butterfly in 24.73.

TEXAS A&M AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Representing the Aggies from the 2016-17 squad will be:
Turker Ayar / Istanbul, Turkey – representing Turkey
McKenna DeBever / Denver, Colo. – representing Peru
Bethany Galat / Mishawaka, Ind. – representing the United States
Béryl Gastaldello / Miramas, France – representing France
Sarah Gibson / San Antonio, Texas – representing the United States
Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo / Mexico City, Mexico – representing Mexico
Esther Gonzalez Media / Torreon, Mexico – representing Mexico
Angel Martinez / San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico – representing Mexico
Ashley McGregor / Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada – representing Canada
Sydney Pickrem / Dunedin, Fla. – representing Canada

Former Texas A&M standouts:
Liliana Ibáñez López/ Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico – representing Mexico

Texas A&M coach / staff:
Steve Bultman, Texas A&M head women’s coach
Alex Dawson, Texas A&M Director of Operations – Team USA manager

Live Timing/Results
Live timing and results are available at: Omegatiming.com

World Swimming Championships broadcast schedule on Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports will air daily live coverage of the world swimming championships in Budapest, from July 23-30.

The biennial world championships crown medalists in every Olympic swimming event, plus extra events including mixed-gender relays.

The Olympic Channel will air every morning heats session at 3:30 a.m. ET and combine with NBC Sports for every finals session at 11:30 a.m. ET. NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app will live stream every session for subscribers.

Day    Session    Time (ET)    Network
Sunday, July 23    Heats    3:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Sunday, July 23    Finals    11:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Monday, July 24    Heats    3:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Monday, July 24    Finals    11:30 a.m.    NBCSN
Tuesday, July 25    Heats    3:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Tuesday, July 25    Finals    11:30 a.m.    NBCSN
Wednesday, July 26    Heats    3:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Wednesday, July 26    Finals    11:30 a.m.    NBCSN
Thursday, July 27    Heats    3:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Thursday, July 27    Finals    11:30 a.m.    NBCSN
Friday, July 28    Heats    3:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Friday, July 28    Finals    11:30 a.m.    NBCSN
Saturday, July 29    Heats    3:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Saturday, July 29    Finals    11:30 a.m.    Streaming
Sunday, July 30    Finals    2 p.m.    NBC*
Sunday, July 30    Heats    3:30 a.m.    Olympic Channel
Sunday, July 30    Finals    11:30 a.m.    Streaming
Sunday, July 30    Finals    3 p.m.    NBC*
*Same-Day Delay

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Jaevin Reed earns gold medal on USA 4×400 at Pan American Juniors

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Trujillo, Peru – Texas A&M freshman Jaevin Reed picked up her second medal from the Pan American Junior Championships running on the United States 4×400 relay. The U.S. crew claimed gold in a meet record time of 3:28.57.

Reed, who earned a silver medal in the 400m final on Friday, ran the second leg on the 4×400 relay. The U.S. squad bettered the meet record of 3:29.67 set in 2007 by a United States squad that was anchored by Jessica Beard the summer before her freshman season with the Aggies.

Finishing behind the American 4×400 was Canada in 3:33.19 with Ecuador third at 3:46.57.

Incoming Aggie freshman Tyra Gittens nearly added a second medal to her Pan American Junior experience. After claiming a bronze medal in the long jump on Friday, Gittens placed fourth in the heptathlon with a score of 5,229 points.

Gittens, representing Trinidad & Tobago, was eight points shy of third place and 24 points behind the silver-medal position. Cuba’s Adriana Rodriguez won the event with 5,733 points and was followed by Ariel Okorie of the United States (5,253) and Canada’s Dallyssa Huggins (5,237).

In the men’s javelin on Saturday, Aggie freshman William Petersson placed fifth with a throw of 216-0 (65.84).

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Rangers rally past Rays; Astros fall to O’s

Odor homers twice, Rangers sweep Rays with 6-5 win

By MARK DIDTLER

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Rougned Odor homered twice, including back-to-back drives with Carlos Gomez in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

Odor’s two-run drive off Brad Boxberger (2-2) tied the score, and Gomez put the Rangers ahead 6-5 two pitches later.

Joey Gallo also homered for the Rangers, who had not swept a series of three or more games at Tampa Bay since July 1999. Adrian Beltre tripled and singled, moving within 11 of 3,000 hits.

Matt Bush (3-4) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Jose Leclerc got his second save despite two walks in the ninth.

 

Britton gets AL saves record as Orioles beat Astros 9-7

By DAVID GINSBURG

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Zach Britton set an American League record by converting his 55th consecutive save opportunity, blanking the Houston Astros in the ninth inning the seal the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-7 victory on Sunday.

Britton struck out the first two batters and issued a walk before pinch-hitter George Springer bounced into a force play to end it.

Britton broke the AL mark held by Tom Gordon, who notched 54 straight saves with Boston from 1998-99. Britton started his run on Oct. 1, 2015, added 47 in a row last season and is 6 for 6 this year.

The major league record of 84 is held by Eric Gagne of the Dodgers from 2002-04. Saves became an official statistic in 1969.

Britton earned his fifth save on April 14 and endured two months on the disabled list with a strained left forearm before returning on July 5.

 

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Martin Makes His MLB Debut

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Former Texas A&M standout Kyle Martin made his Major League Baseball debut Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park. The right-handed pitcher worked a scoreless seventh inning for the Boston Red Sox in their 8-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Martin retired three of Toronto’s four batters in the seventh inning, striking out the first batter he faced in his big league introduction.

Boston’s ninth-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft became the 56th Aggie to make the Major Leagues. Since being drafted, Martin has made a steady climb in the minors. He spent the entire 2016 campaign with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, pitching in 36 games out of the bullpen, going 3-4 with six saves, a 3.37 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 66.2 innings. In 23 games with Pawtucket in 2017, Martin was 0-4 with one save, a 3.79 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 38.0 innings.

The Austin native went 11-12 with eight saves, 141 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA in 162.0 innings for the Maroon and White from 2010-13. His 98 career appearances ranks fourth in Texas A&M history with 91 of the games coming out of the bullpen. As a junior in 2012, Martin went 6-5 with seven saves and a 3.20 ERA in 38 appearances. The 38 appearances was one shy of the school’s single-season record. As a member of the 2011 College World Series squad, Martin was 2-3 with one save, a 3.67 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.

Martin is the first Aggie to make their MLB debut this season. He is the eighth Aggie to see Major League action in 2017, joining Daniel Mengden, Tyler Naquin, Cliff Pennington, Justin Ruggiano, Ross Stripling, Michael Wacha and Alex Wilson. Texas A&M had three players make The Show in 2016 with Mengden, Naquin and Stripling all debuting. Martin is the 16th Aggie to make an MLB debut since 2000.

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Freeze resigns as Ole Miss football coach after 5 seasons

DAVID BRANDT

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure.

The school confirmed Freeze’s resignation in a release Thursday night. Assistant Matt Luke has been named the interim coach.

The Rebels had a quick rise under Freeze, recruiting at a high level and reaching an apex with a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State following the 2015 season.

But an NCAA investigation into the program — alleging 21 charges of academic, booster, and recruiting misconduct — has overshadowed much of that success, especially over the past year. The school has already self-imposed several penalties, including a one-year postseason ban for the upcoming season.

Freeze — who was making more than $5 million per year — had a 39-25 record over five seasons, including a 19-21 mark in the Southeastern Conference.

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Texas A&M swimmer Sarah Gibson selected CoSIDA Div. I Academic All-America® of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas A&M University swimming standout Sarah Gibson has been named as the 2016-17 CoSIDA Division I Academic All-America® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Gibson, from San Antonio, Texas, is the sixth student-athlete to receive the CoSIDA Division I Academic All-America® of the Year honor and the third at-large performer to earn the award.
“It’s a great time to be an Aggie! Every practice, homework assignment and team experience at Texas A&M is truly making my dreams come true. It is unimaginable that I have had the opportunity to be chosen for this award, graduate with honors, and represent my country at the FINA World Championships within a few short months,” said Gibson.
“I can only thank the long list of people – be they friends, teammates, coaches, professors, or support staff – whose efforts have propelled me forward.”
Gibson is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection, appearing on the first team for the second year in a row. The San Antonio, Texas, resident graduated with honors after maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A. in biomedical engineering at Texas A&M. Gibson is the second Aggie to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year honors in any sport, and the first since 1987, when football standout (and 2003 Academic All-America® Hall of Fame selection) Kip Corrington received that distinction.
In the pool, Gibson was a 15-time All-American and won five SEC titles during her career, competing in the butterfly and freestyle races as an individual and with all of the Aggies’ relays. She was named the SEC Swimmer of the Meet and earned the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy for high-point honors in 2017, helping Texas A&M to its second consecutive SEC crown. The SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year then played a key role in leading the Aggies to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the best showing in program history.
“Sarah Gibson exemplifies the highest standards in college athletics and what it means to be a student-athlete. She is an Academic All-American in every sense of the phrase, and an ideal representative of Texas A&M University’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. There is no doubt in my mind that Sarah is going to change the world,” said Texas A&M Director of Athletics Scott Woodward.
Gibson is a member of the U.S. National Team that will compete in the 2017 FINA World Championships this summer in Budapest, Hungary. She was a member of the gold medal 400 medley relay and silver medal 200 medley relay at the 2016 FINA World Championships. Gibson was the school record holder in the 200 free and 100 butterfly, and with the 400 and 800 free relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Texas A&M’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year, Gibson was a 2017 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. She was a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, two-time Texas A&M Bill Erwin Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned the President’s Endowed Scholar award.
Carroll College’s Leah Esposito was named the CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America® of the Year Monday (July 17), MIT’s Maryann Gong earned CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® of the Year (July 18), and Saint Leo’s Marie Coors claimed CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America® of the Year (July 19). Esposito and Gong each won the award for the second straight year.
 
2016-17 CoSIDA SPORT-BY-SPORT DIVISION I
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA® OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
Name                                                Sport                Cl.    Hometown            Major, G.P.A.
Canyon Barry, Florida                        M. Basketball    Gr.    Colorado Springs, Colo.      Nuclear engineering, 4.00 (UG)/4.00 (G)
Amy Boswell, Brigham Young            Volleyball          Sr.     Aloha, Ore.            Nursing, 3.90
Kasey Cooper, Auburn                       Softball             Sr.     Dothan, Ala.          Mechanical engineering, 3.97
Ally Disterhoft, Iowa                           W. Basketball   Sr.     Iowa City, Iowa      Finance and accounting, 4.03
Erin Finn, Michigan                            W. Track/XC    Sr.     West Bloomfield, Mich. Biochemistry, 3.98
Ben Fisher, Eastern Kentucky            Baseball           Sr.     Richmond, Ky.       Biology, 3.97
Sarah Gibson, Texas A&M               W. At-Large     Sr.    San Antonio, Texas Biomedical engineering, 4.00
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford            Football            Jr.     Castle Rock, Colo.            Communication, 3.43
Anton McKee, Alabama                      M. At-Large      Sr.     Hafnarfjörður, Iceland    Management information systems, 4.00
Ben Sampson, Delaware                    M. Soccer         Gr.    Woodbury, Minn.   Electrical engineering, 3.98
Kathryn Sloan, Louisiana Tech           W. Soccer        Sr.     Kansas City, Mo.            Communication arts and design, 4.00
Drew Wiseman, Nebraska                  M. Track/XC     Sr.     Bismarck, N.D.      Electrical engineering, 3.97
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Dallas police suspend probe into incident involving Elliott

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Dallas police have suspended an investigation into an incident at a bar involving Ezekiel Elliott, the latest off-field issue for the Cowboys’ star running back.

Police said Wednesday the investigation was suspended “due to the lack of a complaint,” and that no other witnesses had come forward. The statement said investigators had made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the 30-year-old man who was punched in the nose Sunday night.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday he hadn’t spoken to Elliott about the incident but planned to when players report to the practice facility Friday, a day before the team flies to California for training camp. Elliott wasn’t named in the original police report.

Elliott hasn’t been cleared by the NFL over a domestic dispute last year in Columbus, Ohio. The 2016 NFL rushing leader also was seen visiting a legal marijuana shop before a preseason game in Seattle last year, and was caught on video pulling down a woman’s shirt at a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Media Day Blitz

In this week’s episode, hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor recap all of the biggest A&M story lines from SEC Media Days and Big 12 Media Days, including head coach Kevin Sumlin’s hot seat and Texas head coach Tom Herman’s comments on renewing the annual game with Texas A&M.

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Paxton, Gamel power Mariners to 4-1 win over Astros

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ James Paxton had another strong start against Houston and rookie Ben Gamel powered the offense with a two-run homer to give the Seattle Mariners a 4-1 win over the Astros on Wednesday.

Paxton (9-3) allowed six hits and one run in seven innings, after not allowing a run in his previous two starts against Houston this season. It’s the fourth straight win for Paxton, who struck out seven.

Houston starter Charlie Morton (7-4) retired the first nine batters and the Astros led 1-0 before Jean Segura led off the fourth with a single. Gamel’s first homer since June 23 came next to put Seattle up 2-1.

Segura had two hits and Robinson Cano and Mike Zunino drove in a run apiece for the Mariners, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.

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Astros put Correa on 10-day DL with thumb injury

HOUSTON (AP) _ All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

The Astros put Correa on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday and recalled Colin Moran from Triple A Fresno in time for an evening game against Seattle. Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said losing Correa was a “big blow,” but he is expected back for the stretch run in September. Houston opened the day 15 1/2 games ahead of the Mariners in the AL West.

Correa is batting .320 with 18 doubles and 20 home runs, and his 67 RBIs are second in the American League. He was injured Monday night after jamming his thumb on a swing.

Moran, a left-handed hitting corner infielder, was batting .308 with 15 doubles, 18 home runs and 63 RBIs in 79 games at Fresno.

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Texas A&M’s Kirk Named to Hornung, Biletnikoff Award Watch Lists

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The preseason honors continue to roll in for Texas A&M football standout Christian Kirk, who was named to the watch lists for the Paul Hornung Award and the Biletnikoff Awards.

The Hornung Award is given annually to the “most versatile player in major college football” by the Louisville Sports Commission and the Biletnikoff Award is presented to the “outstanding receiver in college football” by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.

Kirk, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., is a preseason first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection at three positions – wide receiver, all-purpose and return specialist. Kirk was the only player in the SEC with more than 80 catches in 2016 (83 for 928 yards), and he led the nation with three punt returns for touchdowns. Kirk was the first player in Texas A&M history to make 80 or more catches in consecutive seasons. He is the nation’s active leader in punt return average and punt return touchdowns with a 23.1 average and five scores on 27 career punt returns.

2017 Hornung Award Watch List (most versatile):
Jaire Alexander, Louisville
Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
Braxton Berrios, Miami
Evan Berry, Tennessee
Antonio Callaway, Florida
Parris Campbell, Ohio State
Andrew Celis, Nevada
Jared Cornelius, Arkansas
Nacarius Fant, WKU
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
George Frazier, Colorado
LaQuivonte Gonzalez, Kansas
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Derrius Guice, LSU
Quadree Henderson, Pitt
Derwin James, Florida State
Richie James, Middle Tennessee
D’Ernest Johnson, USF
Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
Xaiver Johnson, South Alabama
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Keith Kirkwood, Temple
DJ Moore, Maryland
Jamal Morrow, Washington State
Charles Nelson Oregon
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Dante Pettis, Washington
Darius Phillips, Western Michigan
Tony Pollard, Memphis
De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska
Byron Pringle, Kansas State
Trever Ryen, Iowa State
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Jaylen Samuels, NC State
Jeff Smith, Boston College
Allenzae Staggers, Southern Mississippi
Greg Stroman, Virginia Tech
Blaise Taylor, Arkansas State
Kavontae Turpin, TCU
Tre Watson, California
Braeden West, SMU
Jordan Whitehead, Pitt
Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Devonte Williams, Indiana
Cedrick Wilson, Boise State
Shaun Wilson, Duke

2017 Biletnikoff watch list (top receiver):
Sergio Bailey II, Eastern Michigan
Linell Bonner, Houston
Adam Breneman, Massachusetts
Ventell Bryant, Temple
Deon Cain, Clemson
Keke Coutee, Texas Tech
Deondre Douglas, Troy
Jonathan Duhart, Old Dominion
Shay Fields, Colorado
Michael Gallup, Colorado State
James Gardner, Miami (Ohio)
Devin Gray, Cincinnati
Andy Isabella, Massachusetts
Richie James, Middle Tennessee
Jon’Vea Johnson, Toledo
KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Allen Lazard, Iowa State
Tavares Martin Jr., Washington State
Jalen McCleskey, Oklahoma State
Anthony Miller, Memphis
Scott Miller, Bowling Green
J’Mon Moore, Missouri
Dante Pettis, Washington
Ervin Philips, Syracuse
Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech
T.J. Rahming, Duke
Ahmmon Richards, Miami
Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Demetris Robertson, California
Devin Ross, Colorado
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Steven Sims Jr., Kansas
Tre’Quan Smith, UCF
Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame
Allenzae Staggers, Southern Miss
Courtland Sutton, SMU
Cody Thompson, Toledo
Emanuel Thompson, Troy
James Washington, Oklahoma State
Jester Weah, Pitt
Nick Westbrook, Indiana
Jimmy Williams, East Carolina
Corey Willis, Central Michigan
Cedrick Wilson, Boise State

Texas A&M’s “Watch List” Watch
Biletnikoff Award (Presented to the nation’s outstanding college receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation)
Christian Kirk, WR/RS, Jr-2L, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Paul Hornung Award (Presented to the most versatile player in college football by the Louisville Sports Commission)
Christian Kirk, WR/RS, Jr-2L, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jim Thorpe Award (Presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame)
Armani Watts, DB, Sr-3L, Forney, Texas

Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Presented to the national defensive player of the year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America)
Armani Watts, DB, Sr-3L, Forney, Texas

Maxwell Award (Presented to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club)
Christian Kirk, WR/RS, Jr-2L, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Trayveon Williams, RB, So-1L, Houston, Texas

Bednarik Award (Presented to the college defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club)
Armani Watts, DB, Sr-3L, Forney, Texas

Rimington Trophy (Presented to the nation’s premier center by the Boomer Esiason Foundation)
Colton Prater, OL, So-1L, Bossier City, La.

Ray Guy Award (Presented to the college punter of the year by the Augusta Sports Council)
Shane Tripucka, P, Sr-1L, Allen, Texas

Allstate AFCA Good Works Team (Honors dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others)
Koda Martin, OL, Jr-2L, Manvel, Texas

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Aggies to Face OSU at Legends Classic

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PRINCETON, N.J./BROOKLYN, N.Y. – A former Big 12 rival awaits the Texas A&M men’s basketball team during the team’s first game at the 11th annual Legends Classic as the Aggies will face off against Oklahoma State inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Nov. 20.

The semifinal between the Aggies and Cowboys will be one of two historic rivalry meetings at the event as in-state counterparts Penn State and Pittsburgh will also square off at Barclays Center. The winners of the two contests will meet for the Legends Classic championship the following evening, with the losers squaring off in the consolation game. All four games of the championship rounds of the Legends Classic will air on ESPN Networks.

Tickets for the Championship Rounds at Barclays Center can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

Texas A&M and Oklahoma State are set to renew a rivalry that began in 1917-18 and was played annually during Big 12 Conference play from 1997-2012. The Cowboys own a 31-17 edge in the all-time series, however, the Aggies have walked off the court as victors in four of the last five meetings between the schools.

Penn State and Pittsburgh, meanwhile, will meet for the 148th time in a rivalry that started in 1905-06 and which the Nittany Lions lead, 75-72. Pittsburgh won a showdown between the two schools last season at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., 81-73.

Penn State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M will host two games on their home courts in addition to playing a pair of games in Brooklyn. They are joined in the Legends Classic by Pepperdine, Montana, Oral Roberts, and UC-Santa Barbara. These four teams will meet in the Subregional Rounds at Pepperdine, beginning on Nov. 20 when Montana faces Oral Roberts and Pepperdine takes on UCSB in the semifinals. The consolation and championship games of the Subregional will be played the next day.

Texas A&M, which has drawn off-season Top 25 attention from multiple media outlets, stands to return one of the SEC’s most formidable rosters to the hardwood for the upcoming season as the Aggies bring back four starters and 10 total players, representing 82.3 percent of the Aggies’ total scoring output.

The addition of a quality opponent in OSU as well as a match-up against either Penn State or Pitt further strengthens the Aggies’ upcoming non-conference slate, which is already regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. Yahoo! Sports college basketball writer Jeff Eisenberg recently released his post-draft look at the preseason top 25 which featured four upcoming Texas A&M out of conference opponents in the top 10 – Arizona (1), Kansas (2), West Virginia (8) and USC (9). The Aggies, meanwhile, checked in at No. 19 while three other SEC squads were also represented – Kentucky (4), Florida (11) and Alabama (22).

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11-Time Conference Champion Diver Sehn Named to TAMU Athletic Hall of Fame

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One of the most clutch competitors in Texas A&M athletics history, diver Eric Sehn was named to the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2017 induction class and will be formally honored at the 40th annual Burgess Banquet on Sept. 15 by the Lettermen’s Association.

Sehn, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was a four-year letterman for Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving (2005-06-07, 2009). For his career, Sehn scored 151 individual points in four trips to the NCAA Championships, which remains a school record. He earned 12 All-America citations, including nine first-team honors. At the conference level, he won 11 diving championships in 12 possible chances and he was the conference Diver of the Meet and Diver of the Year all four years.

A 2012 Olympian for Canada, he was an eight-time Canadian National Champion and qualified the World Championships twice (2009, 2011).  Sehn earned his bachelor’s degree in geography.

Joining Sehn in the 2017 class were Danielle Adams ’11 from women’s basketball, Antonio Armstrong ’94 from football, Jessica Beard ’11 from women’s track and field, Jim Hacker ’74 from baseball and Von Miller ’11 from football.

The organization’s 40th annual Burgess Banquet will be held Friday, Sept. 15 in the Hall of Champions on the west side of Kyle Field. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 7 p.m. and is open to the general public. Event sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are still available by calling the Lettermen’s Association (979-846-3024) or at the following link.

http://events.eventzilla.net/e/40th-annual-burgess-banquet-2138903258

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Rockets owner Alexander is selling team, CEO says

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is selling the team.

Rockets CEO Tad Brown made the announcement Monday, hours after he said Alexander made the decision.

Alexander took over as owner on July 30, 1993, and the Rockets went on to win back-to-back titles in 1994-95.

Brown says Alexander had been approached over the years by those looking to buy the team, but that he never considered it until very recently.

Brown says he will be working with the league office to facilitate things while they look for a new owner.

There is no set timetable for the sale, but Brown says they want to find the right buyer and won’t rush the process.

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Silver medal performance for Ioannis Kyriazis in European U23 Championships

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Bydgoszcz, Poland – Texas A&M junior Ioannis Kyriazis produced a silver medal performance in the javelin on Saturday as he represented Greece in the European Under-23 Championships. His best effort measured 265 feet, 10 inches (81.04).

It marks the second silver medal this summer for Kyriazis, who also finished second with a throw of 283-3 (86.33) at the European Team Championships held in Lille, France, during June.

Kyriazis finished with a best of 265-10 from the sixth and final round during the European U23 meet, trailing the winning mark of 272-7 (83.08) by Hungary’s Norbet Rivasz-Toth, who established a national record in the second round.

A third round toss of 262-2 (79.91) moved Kyriazis into second place and he improved to 265-7 (80.96) in the fifth round.

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Szeryk Finishes Seventh Among Amateurs at US Women’s Open

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BEDMINISTER, N.J.- Texas A&M senior Maddie Szeryk finished a strong showing at the 2017 US Women’s Open with a 5-over 77 on Friday, finishing in a tie for 75th. She was seventh among amateurs at the event.

Szeryk made two birdies on the par 72 / 6,687 yard Old Course at Trump National, but missed the cut by three strokes. She finished the tournament with a 149 (+5) after two rounds.

This is Szeryk’s seventh LPGA-sanctioned event, but her first major championship.

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Fiers Powers ‘Stros past Twins; Rangers suffer heart-breaker to Royals

Fiers strikes out 11 as Astros beat Twins 5-3

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Mike Fiers struck out a season-high 11 over seven strong innings and Nori Aoki had two hits and two RBIs to help the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Sunday.

The AL West leaders took two of three from the Twins coming out of the All-Star break.

Houston trailed in the fourth before Yuli Gurriel doubled, Marwin Gonzalez walked and Aoki hit a two-run double for a 3-2 lead.

The Astros added a couple of insurance runs in the seventh thanks to alert baserunning. Jake Marisnick walked, stole second base and scored on an error by first baseman Kennys Vargas. Jose Altuve doubled, stole third and dashed home when Josh Reddick was thrown out at first on a third strike that got away.

Fiers (6-4) allowed two runs on four hits and no walks. He had walked eight combined in his last two starts.

Ken Giles gave up a run in the ninth for his 20th save.

Vargas and Ehire Adrianza hit solo homers for Minnesota. Kyle Gibson (5-8) yielded four runs in six-plus innings.

 

Choo loses fly in sun with 2 out in 9th, KC shades Texas 4-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost Lorenzo Cain’s routine fly in the sun, and the ball glanced off his glove for an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Kansas City Royals over the Texas Rangers 4-3 Sunday.

Choo tried to shield his eyes, but even sunglasses didn’t help on Cain’s sliced flyball. The Royals snapped a five-game losing streak, and also ended a 12-game skid against the Rangers.

Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a spotless ninth. Jason Grilli (2-5), acquired by Rangers from Toronto on July 2, took the loss.

Alcides Escobar led off the ninth with a single and Alex Gordon walked on four pitches. With one out, Grilli hit Whit Merrifield with a pitch to load the
bases. After Jorge Bonifacio struck out, Cain delivered the game-winning hit, with some luck.

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Texas A&M’s Kirk, Watts, Martin earn preseason All-SEC mention

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Texas A&M football standouts Christian Kirk, Armani Watts and Koda Martin earned spots on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team, as selected by the media attending the 2017 SEC Media Days on Friday.

Additionally, Watts was named to the “watch list” for the Jim Thorpe Award on Friday, which is given annually to the best defensive back in college football.

Kirk, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., led the way as a first-team selection at three positions – wide receiver, all-purpose and return specialist. Kirk was the only player in the SEC with more than 80 catches in 2016 (83 for 928 yards), and he led the nation with three punt returns for touchdowns. A preseason All-American, Kirk has also been named to the “watch list” for Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.

Watts, a senior from Forney, Texas, earned first-team All-SEC honors from the media at defensive back. The play-making Watts, whose 2016 season was cut short due to injury, made 56 tackles in nine games last season, and he was among an elite group of SEC defenders with at least two tackles for loss, interceptions, passes broken up, forced fumbles and recovered fumbles. Watts has been named to the

Martin, a junior from Manvel, Texas, was named to the All-SEC third team on the offensive line. He is projected as a starter on the Aggies’ offensive front as serving as a top backup and spot starter the past two seasons. Martin saw action in all 13 games last season with four starts and helped clear the way for a balanced Aggie offense that gained 467.0 yards per game, with 211.8 rushing and 250.0 passing yards per game.

 
2017 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(Total points earned in parenthesis)
 
OFFENSE
First-Team
QB        Jalen Hurts, Alabama (196)
RB        Derrius Guice, LSU (223)       
RB        Nick Chubb, Georgia (211)   
WR       Calvin Ridley, Alabama (232)              
WR       Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (197)   
TE         Isaac Nauta, Georgia (134)    
OL        Braden Smith, Auburn (201)       
OL        Martez Ivey, Florida (198)                  
OL        Jonah Williams, Alabama (187)                       
OL        Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama (174)      
C          Frank Ragnow, Arkansas (174)                         
 
Second-Team
QB       Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (121)                           
RB        Bo Scarbrough, Alabama (151)   
RB        Kamryn Pettway, Auburn (141)         
WR       Antonio Callaway, Florida (152)                    
WR       J’Mon Moore, Missouri (91)        
TE         Hayden Hurst, South Carolina (115)                   
OL        Isaiah Wynn, Georgia (116) 
OL        Jashon Robertson, Tennessee (108)                     
OL        K.J. Malone, LSU (101)              
OL        Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State (101)                     
C          Bradley Bozeman, Alabama (155)                               
 
Third-Team
QB        Austin Allen, Arkansas (102)                                          
RB        Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (105)               
RB        Sony Michel, Georgia (30)       
WR       Deebo Samuel, South Carolina (64)                    
WR       Jauan Jennings, Tennessee (42)             
TE         DeAndre Goolsby, Florida (76)                         
OL        Lester Cotton, Alabama (96)           
OL        Greg Little, Ole Miss (94)          
OL        Javon Patterson, Ole Miss (87)             
OL        Koda Martin, Texas A&M (69)          
C           Will Clapp, LSU (66)                  
 
 
DEFENSE
First-Team
DL        Da’Ron Payne, Alabama (196)                             
DL        Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama (180)                     
DL         Trenton Thompson, Georgia (172)                 
DL        Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (159)                  
LB         Arden Key, LSU (191)                 
LB         Rashaan Evans, Alabama (180)                    
LB         Roquan Smith, Georgia (157)                
DB        Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (232)            
DB        Ronnie Harrison, Alabama (156)                 
DB        Armani Watts, Texas A&M (137)             
DB        Duke Dawson, Florida (137)         
 
Second-Team
DL        Cece Jefferson, Florida (151)                                  
DL         Marlon Davidson, Auburn (120)            
DL         Christian LaCouture, LSU (107)             
DL         Denzil Ware, Kentucky (78)    
LB         Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama (156)                    
LB        Skai Moore, South Carolina (128) 
LB         Tre’ Williams, Auburn (103)   
DB        Tray Matthews, Auburn (126)                  
DB        Donte Jackson, LSU (123)                 
DB        Carlton Davis, Auburn (109)                    
DB       Dominick Sanders, Georgia (109)       
 
Third-Team
DL        Marcell Frazier, Missouri (77)      
DL         Jabari Zuniga, Florida (76)  
DL        Dontavius Russell, Auburn (70)                  
DL         Rashard Lawrence, LSU (54)              
LB         Jordan Jones, Kentucky (91)                   
LB         Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (82)    
LB         Oren Burks, Vanderbilt (58)                
DB        Anthony Averett, Alabama (104)      
DB        Marcell Harris, Florida (83)                  
DB        Mike Edwards, Kentucky (71)               
DB        Tony Brown, Alabama (62)                
               
 
SPECIALISTS
First-Team
P           JK Scott, Alabama (222)                               
PK        Daniel Carlson, Auburn (218)                                    
RS        Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (176)                               
AP        Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (161)                            
 
Second-Team
P           Johnny Townsend, Florida (99)                             
PK        Eddy Piniero, Florida (106)                                   
RS        Evan Berry, Tennssee (117)                    
AP        Derrius Guice, LSU (133)                  
 
Third-Team
P           Trevor Daniel, Tennessee (58)                        
PK        Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss (94)                                    
RS         Antonio Callaway, Florida (84)             
AP        Kerryon Johnson, Auburn (66)               

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