Two Texas A&M Assistants suspended for ‘Chalk Talk’ presentations

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Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin:

“There is absolutely no place in our program or in our University community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments towards women, or anyone, regardless of intent.

While I was in attendance at the Chalk Talk event this week, I was engaged in meeting participants, taking photographs and signing autographs and I was unaware of the contents of Jim and Jeff’s presentations until this morning. Upon learning of the details, I immediately consulted with Director of Athletics Scott Woodward, and made the decision that both Jim and Jeff will be suspended without pay for two weeks effective immediately and will serve 20 hours of community service. I have addressed the issue with both of them and have their commitment to be better representatives of our program.

On behalf of Aggie Football, I want to apologize for the comments at Chalk Talk and also for my failure to review their individual presentations. I want to thank the almost 700 women who came out this week who not only participated in the program but who supported a worthy cause in the Twin City Mission.”

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Assistant Football Coaches Jim Turner and Jeff Banks:

“We want to sincerely apologize to the passionate Aggie fans and to women everywhere for our failed attempt at humor during this week’s Aggie Football Chalk Talk and fundraiser. We clearly understand now that our comments and slides were not appropriate or consistent with the values of our football program or our Department. We must do better, and we will.”

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Former Texas All-American Armstrong Dead after shooting

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BELLAIRE, TX – Former Texas A&M star and NFL player Antonio Armstrong has died after being shot by his 16-year-old son at their home in the Houston-area city of Bellaire.

Armstrong, 42, was found injured in the bedroom and immediately taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he later died.

ABC 13 reports that Armstrong’s wife, Dawn, was also involved in the shooting and died at the home. No motive has yet been found.

Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin released a statement earlier today:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Antonio Armstrong and his family, his old teammates and the entire Aggie family. Our strength coach Larry Jackson was a teammate of Antonio’s and thought the world of him. This is a terrible                                                                        tragedy and our hearts are broken.”

A product of Kashmere High School, Armstrong played linebacker for Texas A&M from 1990-94, earning AP All-America honors his senior season under head coach R.C. Slocum.

“Antonio (Armstrong) was a special young man. He was an All-American and an outstanding player, but he was an even better person,” said Slocum.

“He was such a positive influence on his teammates. He always had a great big smile and was a joy to coach.”

Armstrong went on to be drafted in the sixth round by the San Franciso 49ers and spent six seasons in the NFL and Canadian Football League.

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Texas A&M Football Coach’s Presentation Sparks Controversy at Annual ‘Chalk Talk’

A presentation slide shown at Texas A&M Football’s ‘Chalk Talk’ event Wednesday night has spurred some controversy.

The event, which promotes an interactive way for female fans to learn more about the game of football, included over 700 guests and featured several members of the Aggie coaching staff, including head coach Kevin Sumlin.

One staff member speaking to the crowd was new offensive line coach Jim Turner, whose presentation slide struck a nerve with some fans.

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The individual who took the picture, Karen Weinberg, says she has been in touch with the Texas A&M Athletic Department:

“I sent a letter to the athletic department yesterday expressing my concerns,” Weinberg said.  “While I was certainly offended by some of the comments and slides at Wednesday’s event, I overall enjoyed the event.”

Another attendee, Shayna Stewart, says the slide was all in good fun:

“I just want it to be known that the majority of the ladies there had a wonderful time. I had no idea that anyone was offended. The slide that’s being discussed was a lighthearted joke, and the crowd was rolling in laughter for almost the entire presentation. In my opinion, anyone that was offended needs to lighten up.”

As of Friday afternoon, neither the university nor the athletic department had issued a public statement concerning the slide.

Turner, who coached under Mike Sherman at Texas A&M from 2008-2011, was hired as the Aggies’ offensive line coach in February.

 

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Future Playoff Semifinals Will Be On Saturdays And Holidays

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IRVING, Texas – Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff (CFP), today announced a shift in scheduling to the semifinal games in years 5, 6, 11 and 12 of the rotation.

With this adjustment, all semifinals games will be played on Saturdays or holidays.

“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love college football and we concluded that making these changes would be the right thing to do for our fans.” said Hancock.

“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better.  These adjustments will allow more people to experience the games they enjoy so much.  For these four years, our previous call is reversed.”

Hancock pointed out that the semifinals do remain on one weekday New Year’s Eve—Friday, December 31, 2021—which will be the federally observed New Year’s holiday.

Here are the dates of the future semifinals (asterisks indicate years when the schedule has been changed):

2016-17

Saturday, December 31            Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl

2017-18

Monday, January 1            Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

*2018-19

Saturday, December 29            Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl

*2019-20

Saturday, December 28            Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl

2020-21

Friday, January 1            Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

2021-22

Friday, December 31            Orange Bowl and Bowl TBD

2022-23

Saturday, December 31            Bowls TBD

2023-24

Monday, January 1            Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

*2024-25

Saturday, December 28            Orange Bowl and Bowl TBD

*2025-26

Saturday, December 27            Bowls TBD

As noted above, the semifinals will be played in the Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls at least through 2025-26. The CFP expects to determine the other semifinals sites for the 2021-22 season and thereafter some time in 2018.

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Mavericks boost Nowitzki’s deal to $50 million

DALLAS (AP) _ Dirk Nowitzki has signed his contract with Dallas, and a person with knowledge of the deal says it’s worth more than the original agreement.

The 38-year-old star who has spent all 18 of his seasons with the Mavericks signed a two-year, $50 million contract on Wednesday _ $10 million more than the deal struck before contracts could be signed. The person with knowledge of the contract provided terms to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t released.
After playing for two years on a hometown discount at roughly $8 million per season, Nowitzki will be the highest-paid Dallas player at $25 million in 2016-17.

Nowitzki has said he would like to play 20 seasons. There is a team option in the second year of the deal.

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McCullers, Rasmus lead Stros past Yanks; Coco Crisp Powers A’s past Rangers

McCullers, Rasmus help Astros over Yankees 4-1

HOUSTON (AP) _ Lance McCullers struck out 10 in six solid innings, Colby Rasmus broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Wednesday night.

Rasmus snapped an 0-for-29 skid when he sent an off-speed pitch from Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) into the seats behind the bullpen in right-center field to make it 4-0 with one out in the third.

McCullers (6-4) allowed five hits and one run and tied a season high by fanning 10 for the second straight game.

Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless inning each before Will Harris got his 11th save by striking out two in the ninth.

 

Davis homers twice, Crisp goes deep as A’s beat Rangers 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Khris Davis homered twice, Coco Crisp also went deep and the Oakland Athletics beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 6-4 Wednesday night.

The A’s have won four consecutive series for the first time since May 2014.

Crisp’s two-run homer in the eighth, on a 99 mile per hour fastball from Matt Bush (3-2), put the A’s up 4-3. Davis added another two-run shot, his 25th homer of the season, later in the inning to chase the hard-throwing reliever.

Oakland is 9-4 since the All-Star break. The A’s took two of three games in Texas, where they have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven series.

Ryan Dull (5-2) threw 1 1-3 perfect innings in relief of Sean Manaea, who struck out nine without a walk in 6 2-3 innings. Ryan Madson worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 28 chances, two nights after giving up Adrian Beltre’s game-ending homer in the series opener.

Rangers starter Yu Darvish, winless in his last nine starts against Oakland, stuck out six without a walk and departed with a 3-2 lead after six innings.

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Cowboys’ Gregory facing longer suspension over new violation

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory is facing a longer suspension over another violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, and owner Jerry Jones says he doesn’t expect to see the troubled player at training camp in California.

With Gregory already suspended for the first four games this season, Jones said Wednesday that the Cowboys haven’t heard from the league about a possible 10-game ban for another failed drug test. A day after reports that Gregory was in rehab, Jones acknowledged that the former Nebraska standout was undergoing treatment.

Considered one of the best pass rushers in the 2015 draft, Gregory slid to the Cowboys at the end of the second round after he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine. His first suspension was announced in February.

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Rangers, Astros fall at home

Gray area: 8 Ks, 1 bad inning as A’s win 6-3 at Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Sonny Gray had a season-high eight strikeouts and overcame one volatile inning, Josh Reddick drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Reddick’s two-run homer in the fourth was one of three homers by the A’s. Coco Crisp and Marcus Semien also went deep.

Gray (5-9) pitched six innings, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced without giving up a hit through four and striking out the last two batters he faced in the game. The five hits he allowed came against consecutive Texas batters to start the fifth, when top prospect Joey Gallo homered in his first start this season for the Rangers.

The A’s won for the fourth time in five games. AL West-leading Texas had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Crisp led off the fourth with his eighth homer of the season, and Reddick homered after Jed Lowrie’s single. Semien’s 21st homer started the fifth off Nick Martinez (1-3) before Reddick added a run-scoring single for a 5-0 lead.

 

Sabathia solid to lead Yankees over Astros 6-3

HOUSTON (AP) _ CC Sabathia allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings to get back on track after a tough stretch and help the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Sabathia (6-8) allowed four hits and struck out five to pick up his first win since June 16 after going 0-4 and allowing 31 runs _ 29 earned _ combined in his past six starts.

Things didn’t look good early on Tuesday night when he allowed a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the first inning. But he settled in after that, allowing only one single over the next five innings.

The Yankees built a five-run lead thanks in part to a two-run triple by Aaron Hicks by the time Evan Gattis homered to start Houston’s seventh and cut it to 6-2. Sabathia was lifted after a two-out single by Carlos Gomez in that inning.

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The ‘Bryan-College Station Eagle’ Holds Third Annual High School Football Media Days

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BRYAN, TX – The ‘Bryan-College Station Eagle’ held it’s third annual ‘High School Football Media Days’ earlier today at Merrill Green Stadium at Bryan High School.

Teams in attendance were; Allen Academy, Anderson-Shiro, A&M Consolidated, Bremond, Bryan, Burton, BVCHEA, Caldwell, Cameron-Yoe, Centerville, College Station, Franklin, Iola, Leon, Lexington, Madisonville, Milano, Navasota, Normangee, Rudder, Snook, Somerville & St. Joseph

 

Navasota OLB/DE Jabril Hunter

 

College Station RB Chris Monroe

 

College Station QB Ty Brock

 

Leon RB Corbin Watson

 

Rudder QB Josh Johnson

 

A&M Consolidated LB Jason Jasperson

 

A&M Consolidated LB Jonathon Sylvester

 

Bremond QB Roshauud Paul

 

Hearne HC Andrew Daily

 

Snook T/DT Devonze Franklin

 

Iola G/DT Cameron L’Herault

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Rangers’ Fielder expected to have season-ending neck surgery

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years.

Fielder got a second opinion Monday, and general manager Jon Daniels says Dr. Drew Dossett recommended surgery. That was the same as Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles said last week after an MRI showed a herniation between Fielder’s C4 and C5 disks.

Dossett, a specialist in Texas, performed Fielder’s surgery in May 2014 when he had a cervical fusion of two disks just below the area that is bothering the slugger now.

Fielder has hit .212 with eight homers and 44 RBIs in 89 games this season. He had recently been feeling weakness and discomfort in his neck and left arm, like two years ago before surgery.

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Texans star J.J. Watt on PUP list after back surgery

HOUSTON (AP) _ The Houston Texans have put star defensive end J.J. Watt on the physically unable to perform list less than a week before training camp begins.

The move, which was expected, comes after Watt recently had back surgery. The NFL sacks leader last season with 17 1/2 is expected to be ready for the season opener.

The 27-year-old Watt played last season with a herniated disk and spent most of the offseason recovering after surgery to repair a groin injury in January. Last season, Watt helped the Texans to their first playoff berth since 2012 and won his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Camp for Texans veterans opens this weekend.

Notes: The Texans put four other players on the PUP list: tackles Duane Brown and Jeff Adams, S Lonnie Ballentine and CB Cleveland Wallace III … the team signed rookie WR Quenton Bundrage of Iowa State and waived WR Richard Mullaney.

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Van Collides With Dallas Cowboys Promotional Bus Between Phoenix And Vegas

PHOENIX (AP) Authorities say a van was turning left at a highway intersection in northwestern Arizona when it collided with a bus carrying staffers of the Dallas Cowboys football team, killing all four people in the van.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the van was traveling south on U.S. 93, the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix, and the bus was heading north Sunday. No players were on the bus.

DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr says three females and one male in the van died, but he didn’t release their identities. Additional information on the circumstances of the crash wasn’t immediately available.

Nobody on the Dallas Cowboys bus was seriously injured. The Cowboys group was headed for Las Vegas, a planned stop on a pre-season promotional tour.

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Rangers, Astros cap off Series Wins

DeShields homers as Rangers top Royals 2-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Delino DeShields homered in the seventh to break a tie and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Sunday.

DeShields, who was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Round Rock, walked and doubled before leading off the seventh with his third home run. DeShields hit a 2-1 pitch from Luke Hochevar out to left.

The loss dropped the Royals to 48-49, the first time the World Series champions have been below .500 since May 15 when they were 18-19. The Royals have lost 13 of 19 games in July.

Left-hander Alex Claudio (2-1) picked up the win, pitching a scoreless sixth.

Hochevar (2-3) took the loss and has allowed six runs in 6 1-3 innings in July.

Rangers relievers Claudio, Keone Kela, Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson held the Royals scoreless the final four innings.

 

Altuve’s 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Astros over Angels 13-3

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jose Altuve hit two of Houston’s season-high five homers and had a career-high six RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 13-3 win on Sunday for a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.

Luis Valbuena, Preston Tucker and Evan Gattis also homered for the Astros, who extended their winning streak against the Angels to 11 games.

There were runners at first and second with no outs in the first when Altuve connected off Tim Lincecum (2-4) on a home run to left-center field to make it 3-0. Valbuena’s home run came with one out in the inning to push the lead to 4-0.

George Springer hit a two-run single with no outs in the second inning before scoring on Altuve’s second homer with one out to make it 8-0.

Houston starter Mike Fiers (7-6) allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings for the win.

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Texans star J.J. Watt has back surgery

HOUSTON (AP) _ A person familiar with J.J. Watt’s condition said the Houston Texans’ star defensive end has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t confirmed the surgery or Watts’ roster status.

Watt, the NFL sacks leader last season with 17 1/2, will miss the start of training camp, but is expected to be ready for the season opener.

Watt spent most of the offseason recovering after having surgery to repair a groin injury in January.

His performance last season helped the Texans to their first playoff berth since 2012 and gave him his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The surgery was first reported by ESPN.

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NFL to review domestic violence allegations against Elliott

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The NFL says it is reviewing domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott.

A police report says Elliott denied allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend early Friday in Columbus, Ohio, causing bruises and abrasions. The report says he wasn’t arrested because of conflicting versions of what happened. Three witnesses told police they didn’t see Elliott assault the woman.

A message seeking comment was left with Elliott’s agent.

Elliott is a running back who played at Ohio State. He turned 21 Friday.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarty says the allegations will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy.

The 20-year-old woman also says Elliott struck her several times in the past week, which he also has denied. Elliott says she got the bruises and abrasions in a bar fight.

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Bombers Walk-Off for 17th Straight Victory

Bryan-College Station (July 21, 2016)- The Bombers scored runs in the eighth and ninth innings to keep the winning streak alive as they sweep the Generals 4-3 on Thirsty Thursday presented by WB Liquors.
The Bombers wore Top Gun 30th Anniversary jerseys sponsored by American Sleep for the Top Gun themed game brought to you by Batteries + Bulbs.
After Brazos Valley went down a run in the top half of the eighth, Garrett McCain stepped up to the plate and was hit by a pitch and then would steal second base. Anthony Herrera, who had an RBI triple in the bottom of the third, scored McCain with a run scoring single to tie the game. Herrera was 2-for-3 on the night with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
Herrera would get it done on the mound as well for the Bombers as he pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to keep the tie intact. Brazos Valley would show some patience at the plate in the bottom of the ninth as Hunter Wilson got the rally started when he was plunked by Victoria. Spencer Hemphill and Ivan Estrella would take free passes to load the bases. Logan Bottrell would then provide the heroics as he hit a bloop single in front of the left fielder for the win.
The win was the second of the year for Herrera. MacGregor Hines started the game for Brazos Valley and went six innings, giving up one run and striking out five.
Brazos Valley will get two days off before heading to Plano to take on the Texas Marshals for a two game series. The Bombers next home game will be July 26th on Trophy Tuesday presented by Avant Garde-College Prep Services as they play host to the Woodland Strykers. That night Waldenbrooke Estates and Betamed will host the the 2nd Annual Grandma Beauty Pageant and Bellies in the Ballpark. Gates open at 6 pm. 
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Astros Blank A’s; Rangers suffer sweep to Halos

Fister, Altuve, spark Astros in 7-0 win over A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Doug Fister pitched seven innings and Jose Altuve continued his torrid hitting as the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-0 Wednesday.

After losing three of his last four decisions, Fister (10-6) took matters into his own hands, throwing seven innings of four-hit ball in which he struck out five and walked two.

The A’s, who had won four of five since the All-Star break and took their second straight series, failed to advance a runner past second base against Fister.

Altuve was 2 for 3 with two walks. Baseball’s leading hitter is 12 for his last 17 in his last four games.

The Astros, who had lost three of their previous four, scored two runs in the second with two outs and nobody on base when five batters reached safely against A’s starter Daniel Mengden (1-5).

Fister is 9-3 over his last 15 starts going back to May 1. The Astros are 12-3 over that stretch.

Marte homers, Angels sweep Rangers to get out of last place

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Jefry Marte hit a three-run homer and the Angels shut down a late rally by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for a 7-4 win Wednesday night that gave Los Angeles a three-game sweep.

It was the second straight sweep for the Angels, who won their sixth in a row and moved out of last place in the AL West.

Albert Pujols had two hits and scored twice, Yunel Escobar had two RBIs and Marte hit his sixth home run.

The Rangers rallied in the ninth inning when Ian Desmond homered, Adrian Beltre doubled and Ryan Rua singled to put runners on the corners with two outs. The rally fell short when Rougned Odor flew out to left field.

The Rangers have gone 4-14 since June 28th.

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Harvey Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M junior midfielder Mikaela Harvey was tabbed to the 38-player preseason watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Wednesday.
 
Harvey is coming off an All-America campaign in 2015. She started 25 of the 26 matches for the Aggies, logging 18 points on seven goals and four assists. She earned NSCAA All-America Second Team and All-SEC First Team honors as a midfielder. Harvey also earned All-SEC Tournament status as the Aggies advanced to the championship match for the third consecutive season.

Battling through multiple injuries during her freshman campaign, Harvey made 21 appearances, including eight starts in 2014. She logged two assists as a freshman, helping Texas A&M to a 22-3-2 mark, an SEC regular-season title, a league tournament title and the Aggies’ first College Cup appearance.
 
For her career, Harvey has played in 46 matches, including 33 starts. She has 20 points on seven goals and six assists.

Harvey has been deeply involved with the United States Soccer Federation in recent years with numerous stints on the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team in 2015 as they claimed the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Honduras, earning a spot in the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup.


The list was compiled by the NSCAA Women’s Division I All-America Committee, based on their analysis of returning All-America and All-Region players, as well as any prominent newcomers.


Near the end of the regular-season, NCAA Division I coaches that are NSCAA members will vote on their top choices and the lists will be narrowed down to the top 15 semifinalists. From the pool, three finalists will be selected with the winners announced in January.


The MAC Hermann Trophy is presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.


For more information about the history of the MAC Hermann Trophy and a list of past winners, visit
machermanntrophy.org.
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Big 12 Directs Commissioner to Evaluate Expansion Candidates

DALLAS (AP) _ The Big 12 presidents have directed Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to
evaluate schools that are interested in joining the conference, stopping just
short of announcing it was committed to expansion.

After a meeting of the Big 12 university presidents and chancellors on Tuesday,
Oklahoma President David Boren says the conference is still considering whether
to add two or four teams to its 10 members.

The Big 12 has been a 10-team conference, the smallest of the Power Five
leagues, since 2012. The conference has already announced it would bring back
its football championship game in 2017 and likely break into divisions.

Numerous schools have been pitching the Big 12 behind the scenes for months,
including much of the American Athletic Conference along with BYU, Colorado
State and others.

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Pujols Hits Two 3-Run HRs, Streaking Angels Beat Rangers 8-6

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Albert Pujols hit a pair of three-run homers and the Los
Angeles Angels remained unbeaten since the All-Star break with its season-best
fifth straight victory in an 8-6 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Pujols connected in the fourth and fifth innings against Kyle Lohse (0-2) for
his second multi-homer game in three days, driving in six runs for the first
time since 2009.

Pujols’ homers were the 578th and 579th of his career, pulling him closer to
Mark McGwire (583) for 10th place on baseball’s career list.

Tim Lincecum (2-3) had seven strikeouts while winning for the second time in
his six starts for the Angels. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his eighth
save _ his first since June 14.

Robinson Chirinos hit two early homers for the AL West-leading Rangers, who
have lost six of seven.

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