Stros Advance to ALDS

NEW YORK (AP) _ It will be the Kansas City Royals against Houston in the
American League Division series after the Astros blanked the Yankees’ 3-0 in the
wild card game in the Bronx. Dallas Keuchel allowed just three hits
and had seven strikeouts over six innings while pitching on three day’s rest.
Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez hit solo homers off loser Masahiro Tanaka
Tanaka before Jose Altuve  poked an RBI single
in the seventh to cap the scoring.

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Three Aggies In MLB Post Season

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Three former Texas A&M Aggies are preparing to enter the MLB Postseason after completing successful 2015 regular-season campaigns.

The trio includes starting pitcher Michael Wacha of the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals, outfielder Justin Ruggiano of the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers and infielder Cliff Pennington of the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays.

Wacha, the 2012 NLCS Most Valuable Player, posted a 17-7 record with a 3.38 ERA and 153 strikeouts over 181.1 innings of work this season. The right-hander held opponents to a .236 batting average in 30 starts. He ranked ninth in the NL in victories (17) and eighth in winning percentage (.708). He was named to the NL squad for the 2015 All-Star Game.

The Blue Jays acquired Pennington from the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 8. He appeared in 33 games in Toronto’s pennant race, hitting .160 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in 75 at-bats.

The Dodgers acquired Ruggiano from the Seattle Mariners on August 31. He appeared in 21 games in September, posting a .291 batting average with four doubles, one triple, four home runs and 12 RBI.

The Cardinals open up postseason play on October 9 when they host either the Chicago Cubs or Pittsburgh Pirates in a National League Division Series. The Dodgers also open up NLDS action on October 9, hosting the New York Mets. The Toronto Blue Jays start their American League Division Series on October 8 when they host the Texas Rangers.

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A&M So. Kyle Allen Named One of The Davey O’Brien Award’s weekly “Great 8”

FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas A&M sophomore Kyle Allen was named one of the Davey O’Brien Award’s weekly “Great 8” honorees after helping the Aggies to a 30-17 win over then-No. 21 Mississippi State.

Allen, from Scottsdale, Ariz., threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions on 25-of-41 passing as the Aggies moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Allen also chipped in a career-high 65 rushing yards on 12 carries. Allen’s touchdown passes came via a one-yard connection with sophomore Ricky Seals-Jones on a fourth-down play and with sophomoreDamion Ratley on a 29-yard catch-and-run.

Allen is the SEC leader in passing efficiency with a 169.0 rating (No. 9 in FBS) and passing touchdowns with 13 (tied for No. 9). Allen has passed for 1,274 yards (254.8 per game) on 89-of-139 passing.

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Davey O’Brien Award announces “Great 8” Performances
FORT WORTH, Texas –The Davey O’Brien Award has announced its “Great 8” quarterback performances for week five of the college football season. The eight honorees include: Kyle Allen of Texas A&M, Arizona State’s Mike Bercovici, Trevone Boykin of TCU, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty, Blake Frohnapfel of UMass, Florida’s Will Grier, Seth Russell of Baylor and Houston’s Greg Ward Jr.

All 128 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor, which is determined by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee.

In 1938, Davey O’Brien, who wore No. 8 as a star quarterback for TCU, became the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.

O’Brien was drafted fourth overall in the 1939 NFL Draft and earned Pro Bowl honors in his rookie season after setting an National Football League record for season passing yardage. The NFL’s highest-paid player retired after the 1940 season to become an FBI agent.

The Davey O’Brien Foundation was created in 1977, and the National Quarterback Award, the oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award, was first issued in 1981. Since 1977, the Foundation has given away more than $900,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.

Week 5 “Great 8” Performances:
Kyle Allen (Texas A&M, So., 6-3, 210, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
* Completed 25 of 41 passes for 322 yards and a pair of scores and added 65 rushing yards in a 30-17 win over No. 21 Mississippi State.

Mike Bercovici (Arizona State, Sr., 6-2, 210, Calabasas, Calif.)
* Successful on 27 of 44 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 37 yards and a score in a 38-23 upset win over No. 7 UCLA.

Trevone Boykin (TCU, Sr., 6-2, 205, Dallas, Texas)
* Was 20-for-35 for 332 yards and five touchdowns and added 52 yards rushing in just three quarters in a 50-7 rout of Texas.

Brandon Doughty (Western Kentucky, Sr., 6-3, 220, Davie, Fla.)
* Fired four scoring strikes and topped the 400-yard passing mark (28 of 39, 409 yards) in a 49-10 victory over Rice.

Blake Frohnapfel (UMass, Sr., 6-6, 238, Stafford, Va.)
* Was 32-for-42 for 363 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-14 win over Florida International, the team’s first nonconference win as an FBS program.

Will Grier (Florida, Fr., 6-2, 201, Davidson, N.C.)
* Connected on four touchdown passes and had just five incompletions (24 of 29, 271 yards) in a 38-10 triumph over No. 3 Ole Miss.

Seth Russell (Baylor, Jr., 6-3, 220, Garland, Texas)
* Totaled six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) and was 15-for-23 for 286 yards to go along with 81 rush yards in a 63-35 win vs. Texas Tech.

Greg Ward Jr. (Houston, Jr., 5-11, 185, Tyler, Texas)
* Set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (182), ran for three touchdowns and threw for 273 yards in a 38-24 victory over Tulsa.

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Two For Aggie Tennis Advance

Texas A&M men’s tennis split four doubles matches at the ITA All-American Tuesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sophomore Jordi Arconada and junior Max Lunkin advanced to Wednesday’s Qualifying Draw Round of 32.

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Women’s Golf Grabs Third At Jim West Challenge

BOERNE, Texas- The No. 11 Texas A&M women’s golf team finished third at the Jim West Challenge at Tapatio Springs with a 3-over 867 for the three-round tournament. Maddie Szeryk led the Aggies individually by tying for third at 212 (-4) in a tournament that featured nine squads that qualified for the 2015 NCAA Regionals.

“We didn’t have our normal games today,” said Texas A&M head coach Trelle McCombs. “We had to battle all day.”

“The bogeys on the 18th hole were hard fought, so I’m not upset about that,” added McCombs, of the squad’s three bogeys on the par-5 18th. “We just didn’t get started off on the right foot today and you can’t give a good team that many shots from the get go.”

Szeryk shot a 74 (+2) on Tuesday to finish the tournament in a tie for 3rd at 212. It is Szeryk’s best finish of the season and eighth Top 5 finish of her career. Szeryk finished just one stroke behind the tie between Texas Tech’s Gabby Barker and Kent State’s Michaela Finn for first place at -5.

The Aggies finished the tournament with a 292 (+9) in the final round, finishing behind Kent State (852/-12) and Florida State (864/E) in the 13-team field.

The Aggies have finished in the Top 5 of 14 of their last 15 tournaments, dating back to last season.

Thanya Pattamakijsakul and Bianca Fabrizio each tied for 18th at 219 (+3). Fabrizio shot a 1-over 73 on Tuesday, while Pattamakijsakul shot a 78 (+6). Fabrizio has finished in the Top 20 of all three tournaments she has played this year.

Andrea Jonama tied for 21st with a 220 (+4), and a 73 (+1) in the final round at the par 72 / 6,373 yard Tapatio Springs Resort. Callie Scheffler rounded out the Aggie lineup with a 223 (+7) in a tie for 30th after a 77 (+5) to close out the tournament. Emily Campbell played as an individual, shooting a 75 (+3) on Tuesday and a 228 (+12) for the tournament to finish 51st.

The Aggies return to action for their final tournament of the fall season from Oct. 25-27 with the Alamo Invitational at San Antonio’s Briggs Ranch Golf Club. Four of A&M’s six lowest 54-hole tournament scores in school history have been recorded at Briggs Ranch.

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An Aggie is New Head Man For Miami Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) _ Joe Philbin has been fired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins and
has been replaced by tight ends coach Dan Campbell on an interim basis. The move
comes after Sunday’s 27-14 loss to the New York Jets dropped the Dolphins to
1-3. Philbin went 24-28 without reaching the playoffs or finishing above .500.

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SEATTLE (AP) _ Russell Wilson threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, and Kam
Chancellor made a huge defense stop in Seattle’s 13-10 win over Detroit last
night. The Lions were about to complete a 91-yard touchdown drive when
Chancellor punched the ball out of the hands of wide receiver Calvin Johnson at
the Seattle 1, causing a safety that gave the Seahawks the ball with 1:45 left.
The Seahawks improved to 2-2 with their second straight win, and the Lions
dropped to 0-4 for the first time in five years.

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Two Texas High School Head Coaches and 11 Players Suspended after Brawl

SPRING, Texas (AP) _ Officials of a suburban Houston school district have
suspended two head coaches and 11 players after an on-field brawl between
players of both teams cut a high school football game short. They also decided
that Spring and cross-district rival Spring Westfield must take forfeits in the
game. Both teams were previously undefeated.

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Texans Sticking With Mallett

HOUSTON (AP) _ The Houston Texans are sticking with Ryan Mallett as their
starting quarterback despite his recent struggles. Mallett threw an interception
and didn’t lead the Texans to any points before was replaced by Brian Hoyer late
in a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Texans have a short
turnaround before hosting AFC South foe Indianapolis on Thursday night.

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Injury Bug Bites Cowboys Again

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Dallas running back Lance Dunbar will miss the rest of the
season with what appears to be a torn ACL in his left knee. It’s the latest
major injury for an offense already missing stars Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. The
Cowboys host defending Super Bowl champion New England on Sunday.

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Bertolet Earns Groza Award Weekly Honor

West Palm Beach, Fla. – Texas A&M senior placekicker Taylor Bertolet was named one of the Lou Groza Award’s weekly “Stars of the Week” on Monday after connecting on a career-long 55-yard field goal in the Aggies’ 30-17 win over then-No. 21 Mississippi State last Saturday.

Bertolet, from Reading, Pa., connected on three-of-four field goal tries in the victory, including the 55-yard bomb that was the longest by an Aggie since 1999. Bertolet, who scored 12 points against the Bulldogs, has been successful on 29-of-31 placekicks in 2015 – 9-of-11 on field goal attempts and 20-of-20 on extra point tries.

Bertolet is tied for the SEC lead in placekicker scoring with 47 points in 2015, and he ranks No. 3 in FGs per game with 1.8 and No. 5 in FG accuracy at 81.8 percent. His perfect 20-of-20 worksheet on PATs is tied for best in the SEC.

Complete Lou Groza Award release:

College football’s top kicking award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division teams as the “Stars of the Week.”

The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, December 10th. The three finalists will be honored at the 24th Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Monday, December 7 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information on the Lou Groza Award and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission visit

College football’s top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division (Div 1A) teams as the “Stars of the Week”.

Texas A&M senior Taylor Bertolet showed one of the strongest legs in college football with a career-long 55-yard field goal in the Aggies’ 30-17 defeat of Mississippi State in College Station, Texas on Saturday. That was the longest field goal by an Aggie kicker since 1999, the third longest make in FBS this season, and the third long-range kick of his career. The Reading, PA native also connected from 30 and 24 yards and added three extra points.  He is 9 of 11 on field goals this season and his 47 points lead all Texas A&M players.

Three field goals by two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist Ross Martin were all Duke needed in their 9-6 defeat of Boston College in Durham, NC on Saturday. The senior from Solon, Ohio continued his flawless season by connecting from 36, 38 and a career-best 53-yard field goal into the wind. He leads all kickers who have yet to miss a kick this season, improving to 9-for-9 on field goals and 14-for-14 on PATs. Already Duke’s all-time leading scorer, his 351 career points are now sixth most in ACC history.

Freshman kicker Austin Seibert contributed 14 points to Oklahoma’s 44-24 defeat of West Virginia in their Big 12 opener in Norman, OK on Saturday. It was a career-best day for the Belleville, IL native who made field goals of 25, 40 and a career-long 44 yards. He was perfect on five extra point attempts and has yet to miss either a field goal or extra point try this season. His 42 points lead all Oklahoma scorers. Seibert does double duty for the Sooners, also recording a career-best 58-yard punt.

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Cousineau Earns SEC Offensive Player of the Week Recognition

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M midfielder Janae Cousineau garnered SEC Offensive Player of the Week status for her efforts in the Aggies’ 4-0 win over Mississippi State on Senior Night, the league announced on Monday.

In her first match logging 90 minutes in a game this season as she works her way back from injury, Cousineau tallied three points in the victory with one goal and one assist.

The crafty veteran racked up her second assist of the season midway through the second half. The San Clemente, California native possessed the ball at the right elbow of the penalty box, drawing three defenders. She slipped the ball toKarlie Mueller, on her right, who punched a quick cross into the six-yard box where she found Haley Pounds for the one-timer.

Cousineau capped off the scoring in the match with her fourth goal of the season. She put a header in from eight yards out on a free kick service from Mueller.

On the season, Cousineau ranks third on the team with 10 points. For her career, she has 30 points with 12 goals and six assists.

It marks the second time an Aggie has earned Player of the Week recognition with Cousineau joining Pounds who garnered the award following the opening weekend.

Texas A&M returns to action on Friday as the Aggies host the Alabama Crimson Tide in a 7:00 pm contest at Ellis Field.

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A&M’s Babers Named SEC Player and Defensive Player of the Week

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M middle blocker Jazzmin Babers (pronounced BAY-bers) has been named both the SEC Player of the Week and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for volleyball, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

Babers averaged 2.50 blocks, 5.25 points and 4.0 kills per set and hit .568 for the week to lead Texas A&M to sweeps against both Auburn and Ole Miss. The redshirt junior from Bowling Green, Ohio, tallied a combined 15 total blocks in the two three-set sweeps, including a match-high eight block assists against the Tigers, giving her 304 for her career and moving her from ninth place to sixth place in the A&M career record books for block assists. The eight blocks also gave her 348 total blocks for her career, moving her into 10th place in the A&M all-time career records for total blocks.

Offensively, Babers began the Auburn match 11-for-11 in attack attempts. She went on to post a team-high 14 kills with only one error for a .765 hitting efficiency, tying the A&M SEC match record for highest hitting percentage when making 15-19 attempts.

Babers led all players with seven blocks and 13.5 points and also hit .400 with 10 kills in the sweep against Ole Miss.

Babers, who has started every match in her career (75) and  has led or tied for the team lead in blocks in 13 of 14 matches this season, leads the SEC in both hitting percentage (.490) and blocks per set (2.00) in conference matches only. She is hitting .412 and averaging 1.45 blocks, 2.94 kills and 3.82 points per set for the full season.

Babers and the Aggies (9-5, 2-1 SEC)  return to the road this weekend, taking on defending SEC champion and preseason favorite Florida in Gainesville on Friday and facing South Carolina in Columbia on Sunday. A&M is aiming for its first-ever victory against the Gators, having lost all 10 previous meetings dating back to 1988. The Aggies have won the last two matches against South Carolina and are 6-1 in the all-time series. The match against the Gators begins at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcast on SEC Network +, and the contest against the Gamecocks will be carried on the SEC Network beginning at 12 p.m. (CT).

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Garrett Earns SEC DL of the Week Honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M sophomore Myles Garrett earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week honors on Monday after one of the most complete games of his career in the Aggies’ 30-17 over then-No. 21 Mississippi State at Kyle Field last Saturday.

Garrett, from Arlington, Texas, filled the stat sheet with seven tackles, a sack for a loss of seven yards, two total tackles for loss of yardage (-8 yards), a forced fumble and a batted down pass as the Aggies moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in SEC play. It was the Aggies’ second win of 2015 over an Associated Press Top 25 team, and the ninth AP Top 25 victory of the Kevin Sumlin era (since 2012).

Garrett’s forced fumble was crucial in the victory as it thwarted a red zone scoring opportunity by the Bulldogs midway through the third quarter. On first-and-10 at the TAMU 10, Garrett stripped MSU running back Aeris Williams after a one-yard gain and fellow defensive end Qualen Cunningham fell on the ball to end the drive.

Garrett is the SEC leader in QB sacks with 7.5 and is tied for the SEC lead in tackles for loss (9.5) and forced fumbles (3). He ranks in the top five nationally in all three statistical categories.

Complete weekly winners:

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Antonio Morrison, LB, Florida

Johnathan Ford, KR, Auburn

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Sebastian Tretola, OL, Arkansas

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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Texans Trounced By Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) _ Devonta Freeman scored three more touchdowns as the Atlanta
Falcons romped to a 48-21 victory over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday.
Freeman has scored six TDs in the last two games. The Falcons improved to 4-0
for only the fourth time in franchise history. Freeman had touchdown runs of 16,
23 and 6 yards.

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Cowboys Fall In O.T.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Drew Brees hit C.J. Spiller with a short pass that the
running back turned into an 80-yard touchdown on the second play of overtime as
New Orleans won 26-20 over the injury-decimated Cowboys on Monday night. Brees
completed 33 of 41 throws for 359 yards and two TDs in his return. Joseph Randle
scored the lone TD for Dallas on a 1-yard run in the first half.

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Rangers Are A.L. West Winners

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers finally clinched the
AL West title on the last day of the regular season. Hamels pitched a
three-hitter as the Rangers beat the Angels 9-2 Sunday. Texas plays its first AL
division series game since 2011 on Thursday at Toronto.

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Stros Head To Wild Card Game

PHOENIX (AP) _ The Houston Astros are going to the playoffs for the first time
in a decade despite ending the regular season with a 5-3 loss to the Arizona
Diamondbacks on Sunday. Houston finished 86-76 to reach the postseason for the
first time since playing the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series. Arizona
went 79-83 in its first season under general manager Dave Stewart.

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A&M Women’s Golf Tied for 1st

BOERNE, Texas- The No. 11 Texas A&M women’s golf team is tied for first place after shooting a 2-under 285 after the first of three rounds in the Jim West Challenge at Tapatio Springs. Maddie Szeryk shot a 6-under 66 and leads the tournament by three strokes.

“We had a team effort again today. We played pretty steady all day,” said Texas A&M head coach Trelle McCombs. “I’m so proud of Andrea Jonama and her come back after the rough start. She really showed what she was made of today. The difference was her attitude. She was so positive all day and just kept fighting.”

The Aggies are tied with Kent State after the first round at the Tapatio Springs Resort, and both are five shots ahead of the third place tie between Florida State and Texas Tech. The Aggies, who entered the tournament with the nation’s best stroke average, co-lead a field with nine teams that made the NCAA Regionals a year ago.

Maddie Szeryk was a rockstar today,” added McCombs. “She played the golf course just like it’s meant to be played. She was very patient with herself and hit some great shots.”

Szeryk’s 66 was one stroke off the school record and her career-best. This is just the sixth round of 6-under or lower in A&M history. She is three shots ahead of three players in second place at 3-under par.

Two more Aggies are in the top 20 of the tournament after the first round.Thanya Pattamakijsakul shot an even-par 72 to tie for 13th place. Callie Scheffler shot a 73 (+1) and is tied for 17th.

Andrea Jonama rebounded from a 5-over front nine to post a 3-under score on the back nine of the par 72 / 6,373 yard course for a 2-over 74 to tie for 26th. Bianca Fabrizio and Emily Campbell, who is playing as an individual, both shot 3-over 75s to tie for 36th.

The Aggies tee off for the second of three rounds tomorrow at 9:50 a.m. Live scoring is available on BirdieFire here: .

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