IRVING, Texas (AP) _ DeMarco Murray is listed as questionable against Indianapolis after the NFL rushing leader did some work in practice this week for Dallas with a broken left hand.
Murray went through individual drills Wednesday before expanding his role in workouts Thursday and Friday. He says he will ultimately decide whether to play on Sunday.
The NFC East-leading Cowboys (10-4) can wrap up a playoff berth if they beat the Colts (10-4) and Philadelphia loses to Washington. But Dallas could miss the postseason with a loss in one of two remaining games if the Eagles beat the New York Giants and Redskins.
Murray has 1,687 yards rushing and needs 87 to break NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith’s franchise record of 1,773.
BOSTON (AP) _ A person with knowledge of the deal says the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade four-time all-star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Celtics will get Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday night because the trade was not official yet.
The deal gives Dallas a pass-first point guard and gives Dirk Nowitzki a chance at another title. The Mavericks also get forward Dwight Powell in the deal while giving up a first-round pick in 2015 and a second-rounder the next season.
Rondo, 28, joined the rebuilding Celtics as the 21st overall pick out of Kentucky and became the point guard for an NBA champion when Boston acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett the next summer. He helped the Celtics reach the NBA finals again two years later.
But with the Celtics in the middle of rebuilding, he proved more valuable on the trade market.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Cameron Yoe senior receiver Aaron Sims caught six passes, three of them for touchdowns, as the Yoemen won the 3A Division I state championship Thursday with a 70-40 victory over Mineola at AT&T Stadium.
Yoe’s 70 points tied the record for points scored in an 11-man Texas state title game, set by Stephenville in 2012 with a 70-35 win over El Campo in the 3A Division I championship. The combined score of 110 points fell 8 points shy of the record set by Sulphur Springs and Dayton in the 2008 4A Division II state title game.
Thursday’s win in front of 13,561 marks the third straight state title for Yoe (12-4) and fourth overall in school history.
Sims was the offensive MVP of the game with 153 receiving yards.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Roshauud Paul ran for the winning touchdown with 1:17to play as Bremond rallied with 21 fourth-quarter points to beat Albany 28-21and take the Class 2A Division II championship.
The Thursday win brought 15-0 Bremond its second title in six appearances. Theprevious title was in the 1981 Class 1A final.
In the final AP 2A poll, Bremond was ranked fourth and Albany sixth.
Paul gained 149 rushing yards in 28 carries, and completed 6 of 10 passes forÂ 79 yards.
Drew Neece led Albany with 50 rushing yards in 16 carries and passed for 108yards. Albany was seeking its third state title in six tries and its first sincewinning back-to-back 1A titles in 1960 and `61.
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COLLEGE STATIONâTexas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin announced today that offensive line coach B.J. Anderson will not return to the Aggie coaching staff.
Anderson came to Texas A&M in 2012 with Coach Sumlin from the University of Houston. Anderson will not coach in the upcoming bowl game.
PHOENIX â An undefeated season and a pair of national championship titles in the 400 meters earned Texas A&M sprinter Deon Lendore a prestigious honor in track and field as he was named the 2014 winner of The Bowerman Award during a ceremony held Wednesday evening at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association convention.
âItâs a tremendous recognition for a great athlete,â said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. âIt was a tough competition and to be chosen as the top athlete is a huge award. Deon is very deserving of this honor and we are glad we have him for another year.â
Itâs the second Bowerman honor for the Aggie track and field program as Texas A&M joins Oregon as the only schools to have a male and female recipient of the award. Aggie sprinter Jessica Beard claimed the womenâs 2011 Bowerman Award.
âIâm thankful for being chosen as the winner of the 2014 Bowerman,â said Lendore, who becomes the first male winner of the award from the SEC. âIâd like to thank God for giving me the talent and bringing me to the United States. Iâd also like to thank the board for selecting me. Weâre all great athletes and all of the finalists are winners today.
âAt first it didnât kick in that it was me when he said quarter-miler. Then when he said Deon, I knew it was me. It was nerve-racking waiting for an announcement.â
Finalists for the menâs Bowerman, which honors the most outstanding collegiate track and field athlete, included a pair of distance runners in Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Oregonâs Edward Cheserek.
âI was a bit nervous since distance runners can run different events and theyâre able to rack up more titles,â stated Lendore. âRunning other relays besides the 4×400 was a good decision for me. It was a good choice to run the 4×100 and 4×200 so I could add something to my achievements and my resume.â
Henry noted: âHaving him run the 4×100 enabled him to improve his 400 with the training we do for the shorter relay. The success we had in all of relays this season aided Deon when they looked at his overall performances in addition to his individual success this year.â
Laura Roesler of Oregon won the womenâs Bowerman amid a field of finalists that included Courtney Okolo of Texas and Arkansas Stateâs Sharika Nelvis.
Lendore and Roesler both won the fan vote during the summer which earned each athlete one vote in the overall process.
âEven winning the fan vote during the summer I knew it was only one portion of the voting process,â said Lendore. âSo it was special to hear my name called out as the Bowerman winner. This is the icing on cake with the junior season I had. Winning the Bowerman is a good way to cap off the 2014 season.â
Lendore went undefeated through 14 races at 400 meters in 2014, sweeping SEC and NCAA titles in the event as he produced some of the fastest times ever run by a collegian in the open 400 as well as on 4×400 relay legs.
The native of Trinidad & Tobago set a national record indoors with his A&M school record of 45.03 at the SEC Indoor Championships, which is fourth fastest ever by a collegian indoors and sixth best on the world all-time list.
When Lendore won his first individual national title at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March his time of 45.21 was the second fastest winning mark in the history of the meet.
Outdoors, he moved to No. 10 on the all-time collegiate list with a 44.36 clocking to win the SEC Outdoor title. The 44.36, which broke a 45-year-old Aggie record set by Curtis Mills, was the fourth fastest time in the world for the 2014 season. Lendore posted a 45.02 to become the first A&M winner of the NCAA Outdoor 400m title since Mills won in 1969.
Accomplishments during Lendoreâs junior campaign included five SEC titles and three NCAA championships as he added three SEC relay titles and one NCAA relay title to his individual championship races.
In completing a third sweep of indoor and outdoor conference 400m titles, Lendore also achieved a third set of 4×400 relay titles. He is a perfect 13 for 13 in conference races over his career, which includes six races in the 400, six in the 4×400, and once in the 4×100.
In relay action Lendore anchored four A&M school record performances in the 4×100 (38.30), 4×200 (1:20.29), 4×400 indoor (3:03.20) and 4×400 outdoor (2:59.60).
The indoor 4×400 effort at the SEC Championships was a collegiate indoor record as Lendoreâs split of 44.63 seconds, the fastest ever recorded by a collegian indoors, secured the victory. Lendore supplied the Aggies with a split of 44.10 seconds in the 4×400 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as A&M claimed the win and just missed the collegiate record by 0.01 of a second with a 2:59.60, the second fastest collegiate time ever run.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas â Seniors Shea Groom and Meghan Streight earned Scholar All-America First Team recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for the second consecutive season.
Texas A&M and UCLA (2) were the only teams to have multiple players selected to the 12-player First Team. Texas A&M was one of nine schools who each placed two players among the 35 listed on three Scholar All-America teams.
Groom, who also garnered Capital One Academic All-America distinction from the College Sports Information Directors of America this year, owns a 3.55 grade-point average in Recreation, Park and Tourism Science.
Groom, an NSCAA All-America First Team and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, finished the season with 39 points on 16 goals and seven assists.
For her career, Groom appeared in 85 matches, including 80 starts. Her 41 goals and 107 points both rank sixth on Texas A&Mâs career charts.
Streight, who is set to graduate this week, went into the fall semester with a 3.61 grade-point average in allied health studies. She earned NSCAA All-America Second Team honors for her performance on the field this season.
The McKinney, Texas native started all 101 matches during her career, including 27 on the backline this season. This year, she led a defense that posted a 0.89 goals-against average and nine shutouts.
Streight earned all-conference recognition all four years, including All-SEC First Team status each of the last three years. Streight was A&Mâs most decorated player during her sophomore season, earning All-SEC First Team as a midfielder and pulling SEC All-Tournament Team, NSCAA All-South Region First Team and NSCAA All-America Third Team honors. As a freshman, she was named All-Big 12 Second Team, Big 12 All-Newcomer, Big 12 All-Tournament Team and NSCAA All-Central Region Third Team.
Texas A&M experienced a historic campaign in 2014, setting a school record for wins on the way to its first-ever College Cup appearance. The Maroon and White went 22-3-2 on the season and won the SEC Double with a regular-season crown and tournament title. The Aggies became the first team to earn the SEC Double in back-to-back seasons since Florida in 2001. They also became the first SEC team since Florida in 2001 to advance to the College Cup.
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The 2014 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A all-state high school
football team, released Wednesday. Voting based on regular-season performance.
Players are listed in alphabetical order at each position.
_ ANDYOUS MASTERS, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr. — 94 percent grade, no sacks
allowed on offense that averaged 50.4 points/game
_ JONATHAN NICHOLSON, Abilene Cooper, Sr. — 97 percent grade, 57 pancakes
_ DAVID SHIN, The Colony, Sr. — 92 percent grade, 72 pancakes, 43 cut blocks,
no sacks allowed in three years
_ JEREMIAH SODIA, Victoria West, Sr. — 98 percent grade, 91 pancakes, no sacks
_ ETHAN SULLIVANT, Cedar Park, Sr. — 154 knockdowns, 1 sack allowed, 80% grade
in every game
_ AARON FULLER, Lucas Lovejoy, Jr. — 60-1,309, 20 TDs receiving; 2 TDs rushing
_ KEY’ANDRE HEARVEY, Denton, Sr. — 79-1,185, 16 TDs receiving
_ CHASON VIRGIL, West Mesquite, Sr. — 154-226-2,202, 34 TDs passing; 8 TDs
_ TRAVIS BRANNAN, Austin Vandegrift, Jr. — 202-1,820, 29 TDs rushing; 21-499,
4 TDs receiving
_ KIERRE CROSSLEY, Everman, Jr. — 198-2,123, 26 TDs rushing
_ ISAIAH DUARTE, N. Richland Hills Birdville, Sr. — 224-2,052, 29 TDs rushing
_ TRE HONSHTEIN, Georgetown East View, Sr. — 10-13 FGs, long-51, 55 PATs, 54
Offensive Player of the Year: Travis Brannan, Austin Vandegrift
_ RAY DINNALL-GUERRA, Edcouch-Elsa, Sr. — 106 tackles, 27 TFL, 16 sacks, 3 FF,
_ JALENGOSS, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr. — 91 tackles, 24 TFL, 15.5 sacks, 4
_ MARVIN TERRY, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Jr. — 105 tackles, 20 TFL, 12 sacks, 3
FF, 2 FR
_ DARIUS WATSON, Corsicana, Sr. — 104 tackles, 11 sacks, 5 passes defended, 5
FF, 6 FR
_ SAMMY ALANIZ, Edcouch-Elsa, Jr. — 170 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 INTs
_ TROY BURNETT, Fort Bend Elkins, Jr. — 149 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 TDs, 14 TFL, 5
sacks, 4 FF
_ THOMAS HUTCHINGS, Cedar Park, Sr. — 120 tackles, 24 TFL, 3 FF, 2 sacks, 7
PBU, 1 INT for TD
_ JOHNATHAN DURHAM, Aledo, Jr. — 31 tackles, 5 INTs, 15 pass deflections
_ SEAN LANDEZ, Mission Sharyland, Sr. — 75 tackles, 10 INTs, 4 TFL
_ KENDALL SHEFFIELD, Fort Bend Marshall, Sr. — 39 tackles, 2 INTs, INT return
for TD, 7 PBU, 3 FR, 2 FF, 3 blocked FGs
_ JAKORYIAN WALKER, Longview, Sr. — 40 tackles, 8 INTs, 5 PBU, 2 defensive TDs
_ CAMERON DAWLEY, SA Alamo Heights, Sr. — 45.2 avg., 7 inside the 20
Defensive Player of the Year: Thomas Hutchings, Cedar Park
_ Grant Cervantes, Ennis, Sr.; Dontae Duff, Mesquite Poteet, Sr.; Erik McCoy,
Lufkin, Sr.; Trendon Rolen, Ennis, Soph.; Landon Watkins, Sulphur Springs, Sr.
_ Deandre McNeal, Mesquite Poteet, Sr.; JF Thomas, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr.
_ Jamie Hudson, Austin Vandegrift, Sr.
_ Warren Flye, Plainview, Sr.; Earnest Patterson, Brenham, Sr.; Jordan
Stevenson, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr.
_ Alex Del Valle, Saginaw Boswell, Jr.
_ Erick Fowler, Manor, Jr.; James Lockhart, Ennis, Sr.; Garron Nash, Wichita
Falls, Sr.; Torain Williams, Fort Bend Ridge Point, Sr.
_ Conoly Koonts, SA Alamo Heights, Sr.; Eric Ogor, Richmond Foster, Sr.; DaQuan
Patton, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Sr.
_ Roel Garcia, Mercedes, Sr.; Bryston Gipson, Tyler, Jr.; P.J. Locke, Beaumont
Central, Sr.; Tyler Snell, CC Flour Bluff, Sr.
_ Grant Carlson, Fort Bend Ridge Point, Jr.
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
LINEMEN: Benjamin Cohen, SA Alamo Heights; Moises Garcia, Plainview; Nick
Gerhard, Mansfield Timberview; Clay Greathouse, WF Rider; Hunter Harris, Aledo;
Ruben Hinojosa, Roma; Colton Hostetler, Burleson Centennial; Gerred Johnson,
Mansfield Summit; Tim Meyers, Nacogdoches; Chris Minter, Temple; Dalton
Montgomery, Lake Dallas; Keenan Murphy, Crosby; Castin Neumeyer, Wylie; Zach
Pare, Georgetown East View; Jorge Rios, Port Lavaca Calhoun; Nico Russolillo,
Frisco Heritage; Michael Shogbonyo, Mansfield Summit; Lake Smith, Angleton;
Parker Sorge, WF Rider; Jared Spivey, Bryan; Kameron Stubblefield, Dallas South
Oak Cliff; Judd Terry, Denton; Broderick Washington, Longview.
RECEIVERS/ENDS: Aaron Anderson, Abilene Cooper; Keegan Brewer, Lake Dallas;
Bear Christianson, Austin Vandegrift; O.J. Clark, Wichita Falls; Keke Coutee,
Lufkin; Jaquay Cross, Brenham; Davion Davis, Hutto; Kevin Dewitt, CC Flour
Bluff; Derrick Dick, A&M Consolidated; Aaron Dilworth, CC Flour Bluff; Myron
Gailliard, Mansfield Timberview; Joshua Garza, Mercedes; Jo’Vanta Grimble,
Georgetown; Apollos Hester, Georgetown East View; Evan McHugh, Lubbock Cooper;
Ryan Newsome, Aledo; Paxton Segina, Austin Vandegrift; Jerminic Smith, South
Garland; T.J. Vasher, WF Rider; Hutch White, Kerrville Tivy.
QUARTERBACKS: Ben Bottlinger, Georgetown; Cade Dyal, Kerrville Tivy; Gamarquis
Girdy, Victoria West; Deion Hair’Griffin, FW Arlington Heights; Tyler Herrick,
Hutto; Caleb Hill, Brenham; David Johnson, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Justin Maese,
EP Ysleta; Geo McCollister, Tyler; Steven Montez, EP Del Valle; Chad President,
Temple; Bowman Sells, Lucas Lovejoy; Brett Taff, Canyon Randall; Malik Walker,
Frisco Heritage; Tracin Wallace, FW South Hills; Devin Williams, Mansfield
Timberview; Brennen Wooten, Marble Falls.
RUNNING BACKS: Rakeem Boyd, Houston Stratford; Remus Bulmer, Fort Bend Ridge
Point; Mulbah Car, Austin Reagan; Kierre Crossley, Everman; Matthew Dickson, CC
Tuloso-Midway; Wyatt Garton, Canyon Randall; KeeKee Johnson, Bryan; Clement
Jones, Austin McCallum; Ronald Jones, McKinney North; Anthony McLain, Amarillo
Palo Duro; Alex Mermea, Floresville; Tylan Miller, Longview; Pedro Rodriguez,
Roma; Xavier Scott, Denton; Steven Starcher, Gregory-Portland; Taylor Thompson,
Ennis; Coronado Tolbert, Nacogdoches; Trayveon Williams, Houston King.
KICKERS: Grant Carlson, Fort Bend Ridge Point; Luis Duran, Tyler; Cole Martin,
Temple; Samuel Rodriguez, Angleton.
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
LINEMEN: Taaj Bakari, Mansfield Legacy; Joseph Broadnax, Dallas Adams; Tyler
Corn, Burleson Centennial; Sean Foreman, Kerrville Tivy; Albert Garcia, Mission
Veterans; Tony Green, Hutto; Antonio Harris, Terrell; Dacion Harris, Mansfield
Timberview; Kingsley Keke, Richmond George Ranch; Drake Kuehn, Ennis; Pierre
Leonard, Tyler; Justin Madubuike, McKinney North; Karbohn McAdoo, Longview;
Fentrese Milligan, Elgin; Ronan Profetta, Kerrville Tivy; Dee Spencer, Mesquite
Poteet; Josiah Tauaefa, Lake Dallas; Nathan White, Crosby.
LINEBACKERS: Deion Amerson, FW Polytechnic; Reece Barrett, CC Calallen; Nainoa
Bean, Gregory-Portland; Hugo Cabrera, Mission Veterans; Spencer Choka, Bryan
Rudder; Hunter Donnelly, Burleson Centennial; Ke’ldre Flowers, Ennis; Josh
Hight, CC Calallen; Jaylon Jackson, Longview; Malik Jefferson, Mesquite Poteet;
Coleman Johnson, Bryan; Trenton Jones, Plainview; Kenneth Mann, Burleson;
Kendell Mays, Mansfield Timberview; Ty McCorckle, Temple; Blaine McRay,
Burleson; Osaze Ogbebor, Frisco Heritage; Isaiah Pouncy, Beaumont Central;
Fabricio Quintanilla, Mercedes; Johnny Roa, FW South Hills; Jorge Solis,
Mercedes; Augustine Tambe, Cedar Park; Jake Turner, Ennis; Jessie Velasco,
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Bryce Balous, McKinney North; Bo Brooks, Canutillo; Jared
Carmona, Frisco Liberty; Frederick Carter, FW Polytechnic; O.J. Clark, Wichita
Falls; Justin Cegielski, Crosby; Clint Cole, Temple; Adrian Contreras,
Georgetown East View; Treyvionne Edwards, Ennis; Deshon Elliott, Rockwall-Heath;
Kevin Liebano, Mission Veterans; Prentice McKinney, Dallas South Oak Cliff;
Jordan Owens, Tyler; Rajah Preciado, College Station; Prince Robinson, Houston
North Forest; Victor Valdez, Edcouch-Elsa; Bryan Ward, Bryan; Khalil Williams,
PUNTER: Luis Duran, Tyler.
PHOENIX â Texas A&M sprinter Deon Lendore is one of three finalist for The Bowerman Award and the winner will be announced Wednesday evening during the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association convention.
The Bowerman Award, which made its debut in 2009, is collegiate track and fieldâs highest individual honor. It is awarded to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field star of the 2014 season.
Coverage of the The Bowerman Award will be available on a webcast starting at 7:25 p.m. (CT) at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPEE2MojVVk.
Joining Lendore as a finalist for the menâs award is a pair of distance runners in Arizonaâs Lawi Lalang and Oregonâs Edward Cheserek. The womenâs finalists include Courtney Okolo of Texas, Arkansas Stateâs Sharika Nelvis and Oregonâs Laura Roesler.
In a fan vote during the summer Lendore and Roesler were the top selections. Lendore notched 52.56 percent of the menâs vote with 8,812 total votes, the most votes attained for either gender. Roesler had 41.71 percent of the womenâs vote with 8,239 total votes.
Lendore is the third Aggie and first A&M male to be a Bowerman finalist. Porscha Lucas was a finalist in 2009 while Jessica Beard won the prestigious award in 2011. Beard will be one of three former winners in attendance during Wednesdayâs ceremony along with Virginia Techâs Queen Harrison (2010 winner) and Clemsonâs Brianna Rollins (2013 winner).
An impressive 2014 campaign by Lendore during his junior season with the Aggies included a sweep of the NCAA titles in the 400 meters. In claiming his third set of conference titles in the 400 meters Lendore improved his indoor school record to 45.03 seconds and posted a 44.36 outdoors to break a 45-year-old A&M school record of 44.67 established by Curtis Mills in winning the 1969 NCAA Championship.
In addition to defending his SEC titles in the 400, Lendore added three conference relay victories in 2014. During the indoor conference meet Lendore anchored the Aggie 4×400 to a collegiate record of 3:03.20 with a split of 44.63 seconds, the fastest-ever recorded by a collegian indoors.
At the outdoor conference meet Lendore anchored A&M to a pair of SEC Championship records in winning the 4×100 (38.50) and 4×400 (3:01.19). Lendore also anchored three Aggie school record efforts during the outdoor campaign in the 4×100 (38.30), 4×200 (1:20.29) and 4×400 (2:59.60). Those performances rank equal fourth, fourth and second, respectively, on the collegiate all-time lists.
The 4×400 school record occurred during the NCAA Championships when Lendore split a sizzling 44.10 seconds as A&M won the race with the second-fastest collegiate time ever, missing the collegiate record by one-hundredth of a second.
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Texas A&M record-setting freshman pass rusher Myles Garrett was named to the All-True Freshman All-America team by the Sporting News on Wednesday.
Garrett, from Arlington Martin High School, set the school and Southeastern Conference freshman quarterback sacks record with 11.0 in his first season in the maroon and white. He finished the regular season with 50 tackles, second-most among Aggie defensive linemen, with team bests in tackles for loss (12.5 â -67 yards) and nine QB hurries.
Garrett had matched the old Texas A&M QB sack record of 5.5 (held by All-Americans Damontre Moore and Sam Adams) by the third game of the season and took sole ownership in game 6 of 2014. In the ninth game of 2014 (fifth start), Garrett broke South Carolinaâs Jadeveon Clowneyâs SEC freshman record of 8.0 sacks. He also owns Texas A&Mâs freshman standard for single game sacks with 3.5 against Louisiana-Monroe.
Sporting News All-True Freshman
QB Brad Kaaya, Miami
RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
WR KD Cannon, Baylor
WR JuJu Smith, USC
TE Chad Olsen, Fresno State
OL Cameron Robinson, Alabama
OL Toa Lobendahn, USC
OL Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
OL Mason Cole, Michigan
OL Tejan Koroma, BYU
K Trevor Moore, North Texas
KR Boom Williams, Kentucky
DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee
DL KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech
LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
LB Nigel Bowden, Vanderbilt
LB Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame
CB Jalen Tabor, Florida
CB Adoree Jackson, USC
S Quin Blanding, Virginia
S Jamal Adams, LSU
P JK Scott, Alabama
PR DeâMornay Pierson-El, Nebraska
COLLEGE STATION, Texas â Texas A&Mâs Stephanie Aiple, Jazzmin Babers and Shelby Sullivan have been named Honorable Mention All-America, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today.
All three Aggies receive the honor for the first time in their careers, while Aiple, a freshman setter from Round Rock, Texas, and Babers, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker from Bowling Green, Ohio, become A&Mâs first underclassmen to garner the accolade from the AVCA.
The trio, named to the AVCA All-South Region team earlier this month, led Texas A&M to a 21-9 record in 2014 as the Aggies reached the 20-win milestone for the third time in four years and for the 15th time in Laurie Corbelliâs 22-year tenure as head coach of the Aggies. In addition, A&M advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and for the 18th time underÂ Corbelli, making A&M one of only 14 teams in the nation that has made at least 18 NCAA tournament appearances since she was hired in 1993.
Aiple, who recently became the second A&M player in program history to be named AVCA region freshman of the year, orchestrated a balanced attack in which the Aggies hit .263 for the full season, ranking 22nd in the nation. Â It marked the Aggiesâ fifth highest season hitting percentage in the 40-year history of the program and the best team hitting efficiency since the Aggies hit .272 in 2007. In conference matches only, the Aggies hit a school record .283 and finished in a tie for fourth place in the Southeastern Conference with a 13-5 record.
The highly touted Aiple received numerous honors throughout her rookie campaign, including becoming the first A&M player to be named ESPNW National Player of the Week after leading the Aggies to victories over both No. 6 Southern California and No. 13 San Diego. Â A member of the 2014 SEC All-Freshman Team and a three-time SEC Freshman Player of the Week honoree, Aiple ranks 52nd in the nation and Â fifth in the SEC with 10.76 assists per set for the full season. Aiple, who averaged 10.86 assists per set in conference matches only and led A&M with eight double-double performances,Â dished out 48 assists against No. 13 Kentucky on Oct. 5, an A&M record for a three-set SEC match and the most assists by an SEC player in a three-set match in 2014.
Babers and Sullivan, both members of the 2014 All-SEC Team, quickly established themselves as Aipleâs go-to playmakers in the front row and became one of the most formidable middle blocking duos in the country. Babers, hit .400 for the season, ranking 18th in the nation and tying the all-time school record first set by former Aggie All-American Sheri Brinkman in 1984. Babers finished the season with 2.63 kills per set after posting double-digit kills in 12 of the last 14 matches of the season.
Babers, who has started every match of her career, ranked fourth in the SEC with 1.20 blocks per set for the full season. She set a school record with 13 block assists against UTSA (Aug. 30), and her 14 total blocks against the Roadrunners ties for second in the A&M single-match record books and tied for the most by an SEC player this season.
Sullivan, a junior from Richardson, Texas, hit .374 and led the Aggies with 2.84 kills and 3.57 points per set for the full season. The team captain was second on the team with 1.01 blocks per set. Sullivan tallied double figures in kills in a team-high 19 matches, taking team-high honors in kills in a team-best 11 matches. She also led A&M in points in a team-high 12 matches.
In A&Mâs SEC season opener against Auburn, the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year hit a career-high .826, setting an A&M SEC record and a Reed Arena record for hitting percentage when making 10 or more attack attempts. Sullivan also broke A&M records for kills (20) and points (25.0) in a three-set SEC match in the sweep against the Tigers. Her .826 hitting percentage was the highest by an SEC player this year when having a minimum of 12 kills, and her 25 points were the most by an SEC player in a three-set match in 2014.
For the complete list of 2014 AVCA All-Americans, go to AVCA.org.
Texas A&M All-Time AVCA All-Americans:
Amber Woolsey………… 1999
Jenna Moscovic…………. 2001
Laura Jones………………. 2005
Sherri Brinkman…… 1984, â85
Stacy Sykora………… 1997, â98
Melissa Munsch………… 2003
Laura Jones………………. 2004
Melissa Munsch………… 2004
Sarah Ammerman…….. 2009
Jennifer Banse………….. 2009
Kelsey Black……………… 2011
Lindsey Miller……… 2011, â12
Alisia Kastmo……………. 2012
Allie Sawatzky……… 2012, â13
Stephanie Aiple……….. 2014
Jazzmin Babers…………. 2014
Shelby Sullivan………… 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) _ Tyson Chandler had three dunks during Dallas’ sizzling start to his return to New York, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to help the Mavericks beat the Knicks 107-87 on Tuesday night.
Monta Ellis added 14 points for the Mavericks, the NBA’s highest-scoring team that couldn’t have executed much better during a nearly unstoppable start that gave them the lead for good. Chandler Parsons had 13 after missing a game with a sore lower back.
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 but was 5 for 17 in another poor shooting effort.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas â Texas A&M Soccer head coach G Guerrieri was named the South Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as recently announced by the organization.
Guerrieri was honored for guiding A&M to the finest season in program history. The Aggies notched a school-record 22 wins on the way to their first-ever College Cup appearance. They won the SEC regular-season crown and tournament title for the second consecutive season, the first team to win the SEC Double in back-to-back years since Florida in 2001.
It marked the fourth region coach of the year award for Guerrieri, who was tabbed the NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year on three occasions when Texas A&M played in the Big 12 Conference.
Guerrieri was named the SEC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming the first coach to repeat as SEC Coach of the Year since former Tennessee coach Angela Kelly earned the honor three consecutive years from 2003-05.
During his tenure in College Station, Guerrieri has led the Aggies to 20 NCAA Championship appearances, 13 NCAA Sweet Sixteens, five NCAA Quarterfinals, nine conference regular-season titles and seven conference tournament crowns.
Under Guerrieri, the Maroon and White have never experienced a losing season and the Aggies have notched at least 15 wins in 20 of their 22 campaigns, including the last 11 seasons.
Guerrieri ended the season with a 394-121-29 career record. His .751 winning percentage ranks sixth among active coaches and he ranks sixth on the NCAA Division I career victories list.
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The Texas Rangers have signed Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016.
Texas announced the deal Tuesday.
Fujikawa spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, but missed much of that time after Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in June 2013. He had 27
appearances with a 5.04 ERA with the Cubs. He had 31 strikeouts and eight walks in 25 innings
His deal with the Rangers includes a $1 million base salary for 2015, plus incentives.
Before the Cubs, Fujikawa spent 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers, compiling a record of 42-25 with 220 saves and a 1.77 ERA.
Texas also signed first baseman Kyle Blanks and Tommy Field to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas â The honors continued to roll in for the Texas A&M Soccer squad as four Aggies were honored by TopDrawerSoccer.com on Tuesday.
Shea Groom was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI First Team while Kelley Monogue and Meghan Streight earned spots on the Best XI Third Team. McKayla Paulson was tabbed to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman Best XI Second Team.
Groom, an NSCAA All-America First Team, the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a Capital One Academic All-America First Team student-athlete, finished the season with 39 points on 16 goals and seven assists.
For her career, Groom appeared in 85 matches, including 80 starts. Her 41 goals and 107 points both rank sixth on Texas A&Mâs career charts.
Monogue led the SEC with 46 points this season and ranked second in goals (18) and third in assists (10). She became the first Aggie to earn College Cup All-Tournament honors and lead all players in goals during NCAA Championship play with seven goals, including two-goal efforts against Houston Baptist, Arizona and Notre Dame.
The McKinney, Texas native appeared in 100 games for the Aggies and finished her career ranked fifth on A&Mâs all-time lists for goals (53) and points (130).
Streight started all 101 matches during her career, including 27 on the backline this season. This year, she led a defense that posted a 0.89 goals-against average and nine shutouts.
Streight earned all-conference recognition all four years, including All-SEC First Team status each of the last three years. This year, she garnered NSCAA All-America recognition for the second time, named to the second team after earning third-team status in 2012.
Paulson started 20 matches on the Aggiesâ backline, contributing one assist. Paulson started each of A&Mâs first 14 matches before suffering an ankle injury after getting taken out with a vicious tackle against Vanderbilt. After missing seven matches, she returned to help the Aggies win the SEC Tournament title and advance to the College Cup. Paulson was honored with SEC All-Freshman status.
Texas A&M was one of four schools to have three or more players named to one of the three Best XI teams, joined by UCLA (4), Virginia (4) and Florida State (3).
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Damian Lillard had 23 points and a career-high 10
rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers downed the short-handed San Antonio Spurs
108-95 last night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 14 rebounds for the
Blazers. Starting center Robin Lopez injured his right hand early in the second
half and did not return.
MINNEAPOLS (AP) _ The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for
Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator’s decision to uphold
the NFL’s punishment of the Minnesota running back. Peterson was suspended
without pay for the remaining six games of this season by Commissioner Roger
Goodell (guh-DEHL’) as a result of the child-abuse case that has kept the
six-time Pro Bowl pick out of all but one game this year.
CHICAGO (AP) _ Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns as the New
Orleans thumped the Chicago Bears 31-15 to regain the NFC South lead, one win
ahead of Carolina. Josh Hill had two TD receptions and Pierre Thomas caught five
passes for 83 yards while the Saints recorded seven sacks and three
interceptions against Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Mark Ingram’s 15-yard
scoring run with 1:57 remaining clinched the victory for the 6-8 Saints.