Mavericks’ Felton Pleads Guilty in NYC Gun Case

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton has pleaded guilty in his New York gun case. He took a plea deal that involves admitting a felony but spares him jail.

Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon under an agreement prosecutors outlined last month. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

Felton was arrested in February. Authorities said his estranged wife’s lawyer brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was his.

Felton was charged under a state law that bans many large-capacity ammunition magazines. Prosecutors said Felton’s could hold about 20 rounds.

Felton was then with the New York Knicks. He was traded to Dallas last month.

The NBA has said it’s monitoring the case.

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Zamzow Claims JO Heptathlon, Burns Begins World Junior Heptathlon

EUGENE – The opening day of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field included the start of the heptathlon for Texas A&M incoming freshman Shaina Burns (Lakeville South, Minnesota).

Burns finished the first day with a career best of 26.26 seconds in the 200 meters from lane eight for 775 points to reach a day one total of 3,295 points that would have placed her 13th overall. However, a disqualification for running inside her lane nullified the points and dropped Burns to 23rd place.

A shot put effort of 44 feet, 9 inches (13.59) had moved Burns from 17th place to seventh amid a field of 24 competitors with a score of 2,520 points. The effort in the shot put scored 767 points for Burns and was the third best effort in the field.

Starting the day with the 100 hurdles, Burns ran a time of 14.58 seconds for 898 points, which ranked her 18th overall. In the high jump Burns matched her career best by clearing 5-7 (1.70) for 855 points and moved into 17th place with a two-event score of 1,753 points.


HUMBLE – Texas A&M incoming freshman Ashtin Zamzow (Goliad, Texas) captured the heptathlon title at the USATF National Junior Olympics held at Turner Stadium with a career best score of 4,883 points on Tuesday. She won the seven-event competition by 110 points amid 23 competitors in the 17 to 18-year-old age group.

A career best throw of 152 feet (46.35 meters) in the javelin, the sixth discipline among the seven events in the heptathlon, vaulted Zamzow from fifth to first place. The javelin mark scored 790 points for Zamzow as the next best effort by the rest of the field in the throwing event was 105-7 for 518 points.

“It’s such a great experience, I’m so happy with the victory,” stated Zamzow. “It brought me to tears since I wanted to win this title so much. The javelin helped me rebound from a bad long jump and it pulled me ahead of everyone. So that made the 800 meters a bit easier.”

Last summer Zamzow placed eighth with a score of 4,396 in the Junior Olympics (17-18 age group). In 2012 she scored 4,457 points as runner-up in the intermediate division at the AAU National Junior Olympics (15-16 age group).

For the 2014 season Zamzow’s 152-0 javelin throw ranks ninth nationally among high school throwers. She will compete in the javelin competition at the USATF Junior Olympics at noon on Sunday in Humble’s Turner Stadium.

“At the start of summer I threw 120 feet, so to improve to 152 is amazing,” noted Zamzow. “It felt so natural when I threw today. I wasn’t thinking about it, I was just having fun. I was so happy when I heard the distance I had thrown. I wanted to scream up and down, but I was in public, so I couldn’t do that.”

Zamzow also approached a pair of records for the event within a heptathlon. The American junior record for the heptathlon javelin is 158-9 (48.38) set by Deb Clark while competing for Nebraska in 1984 and the high school record is 154-10 (47.20) set by Courtney Kirkwood of Othello, Washington in 2008.

Heading into the javelin in fifth place overall with a score of 3,411 points through five events, Zamzow trailed the leading score of 3598 by 187 points. She opened her series with a 137-9 (42.00) and improved to 144-10 (44.14) on her second toss. The third round PR of 152-0 catapulted Zamzow into the lead with 4,201 points, 137 ahead of the previous leader.

A time of 2:30.84 (682 points) in the 800 meters, the final event of the heptathlon, secured Zamzow’s victory and career best score. The second day of the heptathlon opened with a 15-8.25 (500 points) leap in the long jump, which had moved Zamzow from second place to fifth overall through five events.

Zamzow’s efforts on the first day of the multi-event included a clocking of 15.10 seconds (828 points) in the 100 hurdles, a 5-3 (736) clearance in the high jump, a toss of 35-7.25 (585) in the shot put and a time of 26.41 seconds (762) in the 200 meters. Her first day score of 2,911 points placed her in second, just 132 points from the leading tally of 3,043.

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Texans Waive Two Players, Sign TE Croyle

The Houston Texans have waived FB Brad Smelley (2 yrs) and DL Tim Jackson (R) and signed rookie TE Chris Coyle.

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Texas’ Strong Prefers Not Talking National Title


DALLAS (AP) _ New Texas coach Charlie Strong prefers not even talking about national championships.

Strong said Tuesday in his first appearance at Big 12 football media days that when he was part of a national title run at Florida, the Gators never discussed going or winning it.

The coach knows the expectations for a premier program like Texas. He just wants his players going out and working every day without having that pressure constantly put on them.

The Longhorns haven’t even won a Big 12 title since the 2009 season, when they made it to a national championship game.

Going into the new College Football Playoff era, Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win its league-high ninth Big 12 title. Texas is picked fourth.

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Andre Johnson at Texans’ Facility

By Tania Ganguli

HOUSTON – Andre Johnson might be close to breaking his stalemate with the Houston Texans.

The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver arrived at the Texans’ facility to learn the team’s new offense on Monday, sources told

It’s unclear whether or not Johnson will report to training camp with the other veterans on Friday, but his appearance at the facility was certainly a positive development.

Rookies and injured players were required to report on Monday. The first practice of training camp will be Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Johnson skipped organized team activities and a minicamp, both of which were voluntary, and he also missed the Texans’ mandatory minicamp in June. He was frustrated at the prospect of entering what he thought might be another rebuilding season for the Texans.

He is the longest-tenured player on the team, having been drafted third overall in 2003. In May, Johnson made his frustrations public, saying he wasn’t sure he still wanted to be part of the Texans’ organization.

Despite his absence, Johnson remained in contact with first-year Texans coach Bill O’Brien, whose public comments about Johnson have been consistently positive. O’Brien said he had no concerns about Johnson being able to pick up the team’s offense when he did arrive.

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Bryan Harvey Major Girls Win State Title

By TIM SCHNETTLER Special to The Eagle

SEGUIN — The Bryan Harvey Major Girls needed extra innings and a wild pitch Sunday to help them claim the Little League Texas East State Championship.

Harvey, which had lost its opener in the tournament, punched its ticket to the Southwest Regionals in Waco when Bre Warren raced home on a wild pitch to give Harvey a 2-1 extra-innings victory over Ingleside Little League.

Earlier, Harvey defeated Ingleside, 12-10, to force the winner-take-all finale, which was a nail biter from start to finish. Harvey’s only loss in the tournament was a 4-3 decision against Ingleside.

Harvey will open the Southwest Regional on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the George W. Bush Little League Center against the winner of New Mexico vs. Texas West. The date for Harvey’s opening game was incorrectly reported in Monday’s paper.

Sunday’s doubleheader was the second in as many tournaments for Harvey, which defeated La Grange twice on the final day of the Texas East Section 1 Tournament to advance to state.

In the final game, both Harvey and Ingleside benefited from terrific pitching and clutch defense. Faith Fernandez went the distance for Harvey to get the win. Fernandez struck out 11, allowing three hits and one unearned run.

Ingleside hurler Breanna Reyna was just as sharp, striking out five while yielding six hits and one earned run. When the game went extra innings, however, Reyna had to leave the circle because she had reached the daily limit of 12 innings pitched.

Warren started the seventh with an infield single off Ingleside reliever Felicity Adame and then easily stole second base. Nicole Goggin grounded out moving Warren to third in the process.

Adame then uncorked a wild pitch and Warren raced home, just sliding under the tag to end the extra-inning thriller.

Both teams had traffic on the base paths in the early going, but neither was able to capitalize.

Harvey had the first scoring chance in the third inning when Hannah Schnettler tripled to the fence in left-center with two outs, but Harvey could not get her home as Reyna induced a ground ball to end the inning.

In the fourth, Ingleside’s Jolyssa Suniga reached on an error and eventually moved to third with one out. Suniga tried to score on a pitch that sailed over the head of Harvey catcher Addie Wright, but the ball bounced back to Wright and she was able to tag Suniga to end the inning.

Harvey again got a runner to third in the bottom of the fourth inning when Julia Rubino, who was 2 for 3, singled, stole second and took third on a sacrifice by Wright. But once again Harvey couldn’t capitalize.

Harvey broke through in the sixth inning on back-to-back singles by Jade Chavarria and Fernandez, with Chavarria scoring later in the inning on a wild pitch.

Ingleside evened things in the sixth on a walk, an infield hit and an error that allowed Suniga to score the tying run.

In the first game of the day, Harvey found itself down 6-0 after one inning and 9-2 after two, but five runs in the third and three more in the fourth gave Harvey a lead it would not relinquish.

Fernandez and Goggin split the pitching duties, each going three innings, with Fernandez getting the win and Goggin the save.

Offensively Harvey had 14 hits including 3-for-4 performances from both Goggin and Fernandez. Fernandez’s effort included a triple and a run batted in, while Goggin’s three hits included a double.

Schnettler, Mariya Reyes and Rubino each had two hits. Schnettler had a triple and drove in two runs, Rubino had a double and drove in two runs, and Reyes drove in a run. Wright and Angel Cumpian each added a hit, with Wright picking up an RBI.

Defensively, Schnettler turned an unassisted double play when she snagged a hard liner to rob Ingleside’s Amanda Clarkson of extra bases, then stepped on first to double off Reyna.

Schnettler was also part of a double play in the second game when Warren tracked down a Reyna fly ball in center then fired to Schnettler at first to double off the Ingleside runner.

Other defensive standouts on the day for Harvey were Reyes at third, Goggin at second, Wright at catcher and Rubino in left.

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Incoming Aggie Boczova, Former A&M Standout Stancu Experience Success

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Klaudia Boczova, who has committed to play her final two seasons of collegiate tennis at Texas A&M, and Cristina Stancu, who recently completed a stellar two-year career with the Aggies, have both experienced success at international tournaments this summer.

Boczova, from Bratislava, Slovakia, won the Kronborg Open in Denmark earlier this month, upsetting four top-eight seeded players en route to the tournament title. The 2013 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a first-year sophomore at San Jose State, Boczova was a wild card entry at the Denmark tournament and opened by winning her first three matches in straight sets, including victories over the No. 3 and No. 8 seeded players. The wins set up a semifinal showdown against top-seeded Mai Grage. Boczova dropped the first set, 2-6, but rallied to win the next two, 6-1, 6-4, to advance to the championship match, where she knocked off No. 2 seed Emma Rønholt, 6-1, 6-4, to win the tournament.

Boczova did not compete for San Jose State in 2014. In 2013, she went 16-3 in dual matches, all at the No. 1 line and became the first player in Spartan women’s tennis to receive WAC player of the year honors. She also was the first player from San Jose State to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship, where she fell in three sets in the first round. Boczova was No. 61 in the 2013 final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings.

Boczova also was honored as an ITA Scholar Athlete for possessing a 3.50 or higher grade-point average in 2013 while also being a regular in the Spartans’ lineup.

“Klaudia is every bit as good a student as she is a stellar tennis player,” said Howard Joffe, who is entering his fourth season as the women’s tennis head coach at Texas A&M. “We are very lucky that she has chosen to join the Aggies for her junior and senior years.”

Stancu made her professional debut this summer and has captured two doubles titles with partner Raluca Platon. Stancu, an ITA All-American who was No. 9 in the 2014 final ITA singles rankings, also has posted a semifinal and final finish in singles.

Competing in her home country of Romania, Stancu paired with Platon to dispose of three seeded teams on the way to a tournament title in Bucharest in late June. In the singles portion of the tournament, Stancu won three matches in the qualifying rounds to reach the 32-player main draw. After winning her first two matches of the main draw in straight sets, Stancu fell to No. 1 seed Cristina Dinu, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the semifinals.

In a tournament held in Iasi, Romania, Stancu won her first four singles matches, including a three-set win over 2014 Wimbledon girls singles semifinalist Elena Ruse, to reach the finals, where she fell to Oana Georgeta Simion, 6-2, 6-1. In doubles at Iasi, Stancu and Platon won their first three matches of the 32-team draw in straight sets to reach the finals, where they upset No. 4 seed Simion and Gabriela Talaba, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6, and captured their second consecutive doubles title.

Complete results are available at

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Big 12 Commissioner Says “Cheating Pays” in the NCAA

From ESPN:

DALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says “cheating pays” in the NCAA these days and doesn’t foresee things getting much better in the future.

During his annual state-of-the-league address from Big 12 media days Monday, Bowlsby slammed the NCAA, notably the enforcement wing of college sports’ governing body.

“Enforcement is broken,” he said. “The infractions committee hasn’t had [an FBS] hearing in almost a year, and I think it’s not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.”

Bowlsby added that he didn’t think cheating was necessarily rampant in college sports. But he painted a bleak outlook for the future NCAA.

“We certainly are operating in a strange environment in that we have lawsuits,” he said, “plus we have the [O'Bannon v. NCAA] lawsuit. I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you’ll see men’s Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pipe. I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources. It’s really unknown what the outcomes will be.”

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, speaking at the Big 12 media event to ESPN’s Joe Schad, didn’t disagree with Bowlsby.

“I am convinced there are teams that are cheating that are saying, ‘Catch me if you can,’” Gundy said.

Gundy said head coaches need to be held responsible.

“If I have a coach blatantly cheating, they know they’ll be dismissed,” Gundy said.

Bowlsby, however, came to the defense of the collegiate model, which has come under criticism. He argued against the unionization of college athletes, noting that in his opinion, “student-athletes are not employees.” He also said it wouldn’t be fair to pay football players but not female student-athletes and student-athletes in sports other than football and men’s basketball.

“It is hard to justify paying student-athletes in football and men’s basketball and not recognizing the significant effort that swimmers and wrestlers and lacrosse players and track athletes all put in,” he said. “Football and basketball players don’t work any harder than anybody else; they just happen to have the blessing of an adoring public who is willing to pay for the tickets and willing to buy the products on television that come with the high visibility.

“We have both a legal obligation and a moral obligation to do for female student-athletes and male Olympic sports athletes just exactly what we do for football and basketball student-athletes. I don’t think it’s even debatable.”

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MLB Scores


Final     Detroit         4  Arizona        3
Final     Seattle         5  N-Y Mets       2


Final     Texas           4  N-Y Yankees    2
Final     Boston         14  Toronto        1
Final     Minnesota       4  Cleveland      3
Final     Chi White Sox   3  Kansas City    1
Final     Baltimore       4  L.A. Angels    2


Final     L.A. Dodgers    5  Pittsburgh     2
Final     San Francisco   7  Philadelphia   4
Final     Miami           3  Atlanta        1, 10 Innings
Final     Milwaukee       5  Cincinnati     2
Final     Washington      7  Colorado       2

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DL Stansbury Leaves Aggies; DB Davis Arrested

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ Texas A&M defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury has left the team to focus on what coach Kevin Sumlin calls “personal issues.”

Stansbury had been a star on last season’s Aggie defensive front, playing in 10 games and recording 47 total tackles and three sacks. As a 6-foot-4, 257-pound junior from Franklin, La. Sumlin did not elaborate on the nature of the personal matters Stansbury was addressing.

In April, Stansbury was arrested and charged in Harris County with misdemeanor assault after a Rice University student accused him of pouring beer on the student’s head and punching him in the face.

Sumlin also confirmed that 6-foot, 194-pound freshman defensive back Victor Davis has been suspended from the team after his recent arrest in his hometown of Rosenberg on a shoplifting charge.

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Nottebrok Earns 2nd TCL Player of the Week Honors

Bryan-College Station, TX (July 21, 2014) – For the second time this season, Brazos Valley Bombers third baseman Logan Nottebrok earned Texas Collegiate League Player of the Week Honors. So far, Nottebrok is the only player in the TCL to receive the award twice this season.

  During week eight of the season, Nottebrok went 6-for-14 with three RBIs and a homerun. The junior out of Texas A&M University is riding a five-game hit streak, and registered multiple hits in his last two games. With a .370 batting average, Nottebrok is on pace to break the Bombers’ single season batting average record of .346 set by fellow Aggie Jacob House in 2011.  Nottebrok’s three total homeruns lead the Bombers and are tied for fourth in the TCL, and his 18 RBIs are tied for eighth in the league.

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NFL’s Top-Selling Jersey Belongs to Manziel

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Johnny Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland’s depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL’s top-selling jersey.

The league said Monday the rookie quarterback’s No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on

Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle’s Russell Wilson, San Francisco’s Colin Kapernick and Denver’s Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth followed by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player.

The league did not say how many Manziel jerseys _ priced at $99.95 a pop _ sold during the period.

The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star with the No. 22 pick. He’ll enter his first training camp as Brian Hoyer’s backup.

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Shamier Little Headlines Aggie Trio in World Junior Championships

Texas A&M’s Shamier Little, the World Junior leader in the 400 hurdles, headlines a group of three Aggies who will compete in the 16th IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field this week. Competition begins Tuesday, July 22, and runs through Sunday, July 27.

In addition to Little, who won the NCAA and US Junior titles at 400 hurdles during her freshman season with the Aggies, there are also two incoming A&M freshmen competing in the World Junior meet. Shaina Burns of Minnesota will compete in the heptathlon for the United States and Ioánnis Kiriazis throws the javelin for Greece.

Coverage of the World Junior Championships, which includes 117 member federations and 1,758 athletes, will be available on Universal Sports and There will also be coverage of the meet available through for the early sessions starting at noon (CT) during the first four days of the meet. Live results from the World Juniors are available online through

This will be Little’s third competition at Hayward Field this summer after making her debut at the venue during the NCAA Championships in June. She returned to claim the US Junior title in early July.

With a career best time of 55.07 seconds, which won the NCAA title and set the Aggie school record, Little is the top 400 hurdle entry amid a field of 40 athletes from 28 countries. The next fastest entry is 56.79. The 55.07 by Little ranks No. 2 on the US all-time junior list and is No. 5 on the world all-time junior list.

Little has produced seven of the eight fastest performances this season among juniors and has run her three fastest times – 55.07, 55.43, 55.58 – on the Hayward Field track. She also currently ranks 13th in the world and sixth among Americans on the senior level.

This is the second time Little has represented the United States in the World Juniors. She competed in the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, and advanced to the final of the 400 hurdles. As she challenged for a medal in the late stages of the race, Little clipped the final hurdle with her trail leg, fell to the track and was unable to finish.

“I’ve waited two years for this meet ever since I qualified last time,” Little noted after claiming her second US Junior title. “I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish at the very end of my season.”

Only two Americans have claimed a World Junior title in the women’s 400 hurdles, Lashinda Demus in 2002 and Takecia Jameson in 2008. There have been three silver medalists for USA, in 1986, 2006 and 2010, as well as a bronze medalist in 2012.

Little runs the opening round of the 400 hurdles on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. (CT), with the semifinal set for Friday at 9:05 p.m. (CT). The final of the 400 hurdles will be contested Saturday at 6:10 p.m. (CT).

Burns set a personal best score of 5,363 points in the heptathlon as runner-up during the US Junior meet to qualify for the World Junior Championships. She will compete in a field of 27 athletes from 19 countries, where the top score among entries is 6,231 points with two other scores over 6,000.

The heptathlon begins at noon (CT) on the first day of the meet with Burns competing in four of the seven events on Tuesday and then completes the three remaining events on Wednesday.

Kiriazis is one of the top five javelin throwers entered in the meet. The field includes 31 athletes from 27 countries. Kiriazis produced a career best mark of 241-8 (73.66) on July 6 to win the Balkan Junior Championships. The leading mark among the javelin entries is 247-3 (75.38).

IAAF World Junior Championships

Eugene, Oregon – Hayward Field

Tuesday, July 22

Noon       Heptathlon     100H                 Shaina Burns

1:05         Heptathlon     High Jump         Shaina Burns

8:05         Heptathlon     Shot Put            Shaina Burns

9:25         Heptathlon     200m                 Shaina Burns

Wednesday, July 23

1:40         Heptathlon     Long jump         Shaina Burns

3:20         Heptathlon     Javelin               Shaina Burns

9:10         Heptathlon     800m                 Shaina Burns

Thursday, July 24

2:45         W prelims      400 Hurdles       Shamier Little

Friday, July 25

2:45         M qualifying   Javelin               Ioánnis Kiriazis

9:05         W semifinal    400 Hurdles       Shamier Little

Saturday, July 26

6:10         W FINAL       400 Hurdles       Shamier Little

Sunday, July 27

5:25         M FINAL        Javelin               Ioánnis Kiriazis

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Aggie Duo Helps USA to Haarlem-Honkbal Week Title

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M standouts Nick Banks and AJ Minter helped lead the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a title at the 27th Haarlem-Honkbal Week in the Netherlands.

In Sunday’s championship game, Banks went 1-for-3 with one sacrifice bunt, one run and two RBI as the USA scored a 6-3 victory over Japan at Pim Mulier Stadium.

Team USA posted a 7-1 mark at Haarlem-Honkbal Week en route to its fourth title in eight trips to the biennial tournament since 2000. During the week, Banks started all eight games going .281 (9-for-32) with three runs and five RBI. Minter appeared in three games, retiring eight of the nine batters he faced in 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three.

The Red, White and Blue own an 18-3-2 record for the summer. Banks has appeared in 21 games, including 19 starts. He is batting .270 (20-for-74) with two doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. Minter has made seven relief appearances, yielding just two unearned runs on two hits and seven walks while striking out eight over 9.2 innings.

Aggie head coach Rob Childress is serving as an assistant coach for the team. The squad is skippered by Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn with assistance from Pepperdine’s Steve Rodriguez and New Mexico’s Ray Birmingham.

Team USA closes out the 2014 campaign with a five-game series in Cuba from July 23-27. The squad will play three games in Matanzas and three games in Pinar Del Rio.

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Texas A&M Swimmers Succeed at National Events

Several new, current, and former Texas A&M swimmers took on the swimmers of their home countries as they competed for national titles. Four Aggies took part in the Mexican Swimming Nationals while another Aggie went up north to compete in the Canadian Swimming National Championship.

Returning Aggie senior Liliana Ibañez performed spectacularly while at the Mexican national meet in Veracruz, Mexico, by taking four gold medals and setting a new Mexican National Record in the 50-meter butterfly.

Ibañez, a native of Celaya, Mexico, claimed two gold on the second day of competition in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:02.29 and in the 50-meter butterfly with a record setting time of 27.94. Ibañez took another gold on the third day in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 55.91, barely missing her own national record of 55.70. On the final day of the competition, Ibañez earned another gold in the 50-meter freestyle finishing with a 25.75.

Ibañez’s successes at the national championship have qualified her for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games where she will represent Mexico in all four of her events. The Games, comprising of 36 different sporting events, will take place in Veracruz at the end of November.

Also in Veracruz with Ibañez were former teammate Erica Dittmer, and incoming freshmen Esther Gonzales and Mauro Castillo. Dittmer, senior class of 2014, took silver in both the 100-meter and 50-meter breaststroke with times of 1:11.19 and 33.10, respectively. The two incoming freshmen also managed to nab several silver medals. Gonzales earned second in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:33.94. Castillo took the same in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke coming in at 29.00 and the 100-meter breaststroke with a 1:03.55. Castillo ended the meet taking a third silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:16.39. Castillo also earned a berth to the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Meanwhile up north in Saskatoon, Canada, Texas A&M junior Ashley McGregor had her own fantastic performances bringing home her own national title.

McGregor, from Pointe-Claire, Quebec, took gold on the first day of the championship in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:27.18. McGregor’s swim was just shy of her Canadian trials swim in April which ranked her 37th in the world at 2:27.11. McGregor took third in the 100-meter breaststroke on the second day with a time of 1:09.51 finishing behind Fiona Doyle and Rachel Nicole. She ended the championship by earning a silver medal going 2:17.67 in the 200-meter individual medley.

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Astros Fail to Sign First Pick in MLB Draft

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Houston Astros have failed to sign the first pick in this year’s draft.

The Astros say they didn’t reach an agreement with high school pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday’s deadline.

The left-hander from San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic was just the third prep pitcher to be selected first overall when he was taken last month. Aiken was also the first high school lefty to be drafted in the first five picks since Adam Loewen went fourth overall to Baltimore in 2002. The UCLA recruit has a fastball that hits 96-97 mph.

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Sawyers Returns to K-State Baseball Coaching Staff

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State baseball coach Brad Hill has turned to a familiar face and a proven winner as Andy Sawyers has been named Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator.

Sawyers replaces Mike Clement, who after two seasons as the Wildcats’ hitting coach accepted an assistant coaching position last week with 2014 College World Series participant Ole Miss.

“We are extremely excited to bring Coach Sawyers and his wife, Dena, and their son, A.J., back to the Wildcat family,” said Hill. “When Mike Clement accepted the assistant coaching position at Ole Miss, there was one name that immediately came to mind to fill our position: Andy Sawyers. He was directly involved in our four NCAA postseason appearances, from his offensive leadership during his coaching tenure to the recruitment of key players who led us to a Big 12 Conference championship three years after his departure to Texas A&M. He is a great offensive coach, passionate teacher for student-athletes, and leader of young men. We look forward to the aggressive offensive philosophy that he will instill, an approach that led the Big 12 in numerous offensive categories during his previous time at K-State.”

Sawyers, who was an assistant on Hill’s staff in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and helped the Wildcats reach their first two NCAA Regionals in program history, returns to K-State after spending the last four seasons as associate head coach at Texas A&M. Since 2011, he coordinated the Aggies offense and worked with the catchers defensively, helping the team reach the NCAA postseason in each of the four seasons. In his first season at Texas A&M, Sawyers helped direct the Aggies to a Big 12 championship and an appearance in the College World Series.

“Kansas State is a place that has very special memories for me, including being a part of the school’s first ever trip to the NCAA postseason in 2009,” said Sawyers. “I’m very close to Coach Hill, and to get a chance to work with him once again is special. Manhattan is a place where my son was born, and although I am a California native, it is as close to home as I am ever going to have in the coaching profession. My wife and I are very excited to be coming home.”

Previously with the Wildcats, Sawyers oversaw an aggressive K-State offense that led the Big 12 in batting average and stolen bases in both seasons. In 2009, K-State hit .317 and stole a program-record 149 bases, and in 2010, the Wildcats batted .323 with 120 steals, the fourth-most stolen bases in a single season. Also in 2010, K-State led the conference in OBP and was second in runs.

Sawyers worked with five K-State hitters who received All-Big 12 honors, including 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year Nick Martini and future MLB Draft picks Carter Jurica, Adam Muenster, Jason King, and Jared King. Martini is one of six players Sawyers has worked with since the 2000 season that have combined to win seven of the conference’s player of the year awards.

In his coaching career, Sawyers has helped lead his teams to 12 NCAA Regional appearances, four Super Regional berths, and two trips to the College World Series. His teams have also won the Big 12 regular season or championship tournament titles in five seasons.

A veteran coach of 16 years at the collegiate level, Sawyers has coached within the Big 12 for 11 of those seasons. The former Nebraska catcher began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Northwestern State (La.) in 1999 before serving as an assistant coach with the Huskers (2000, 2003-07), head coach at Hutchinson Community College (2001-02), and assistant at Texas A&M (2008, 2011-14).

At Nebraska, Sawyers helped the Huskers reach the NCAA Tournament five times, including an appearance in the 2005 College World Series. He worked with the team’s hitters, helping 13 players get selected in the MLB Draft, as well as served as the program’s academic coordinator and assisted with recruiting.

As the head coach at Hutchinson Community College, Sawyers compiled an 87-30 record and made two trips to the postseason. In 2002, he led the Dragons to a school-record 47 wins and a national ranking as high as seventh.

A native of Willits, California, Sawyers received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nebraska. He also played collegiately at Point Loma (Calif.) Nazarene College and Mendocino (Calif.) Junior College.

Story courtesy of Kansas State Athletics

ROB CHILDRESS: “We are very appreciative for all Andy and his family have done for Texas A&M Baseball and the College Station community. I know it was a very tough decision for Andy to leave but at the end of the day I know he has made us better and he will do the same for Kansas State University.”

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggie Basketball Reveals Complete Non-Conference Schedule

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Challenging opponents and seven contests inside the friendly confines of Reed Arena highlight the Texas A&M men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 non-conference schedule as Friday the program announced its complete slate of non-SEC games.

“This is one of the most difficult non-conference schedules Texas A&M basketball has faced in some time.” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “I’ve really been impressed by the leadership, talent and maturity of this year’s team during the spring and summer workouts. It will be the best group since I’ve been here and we’re looking forward to the challenge of facing tough competition on the court.”

The new campaign will officially get underway on Nov. 14 when the Aggies host Northwestern State at Reed Arena. Texas A&M enters the season having won 13 straight season-opening games and 14 consecutive home openers.

The Aggies’ first venture away from College Station will be a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 20-23 for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The event’s impressive field is headlined by defending national champion Connecticut and also includes Boston College, College of Charleston, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico and West Virginia. The Aggies’ opponents at the tournament are expected to be set in the near future.

After returning to Aggieland from Puerto Rico, Texas A&M will host three consecutive home games beginning Nov. 28 when the team faces New Orleans before returning to the court against Sam Houston State on Dec. 3.

The early-season homestand concludes on Dec. 6 when the Aggies welcome Arizona State to Reed Arena for the first time since 1998. The Sun Devils represent the first of four A&M opponents (Arizona State, Baylor, Kansas State and Mercer) in a six-game stretch that are coming off an appearance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

On Dec. 9, Texas A&M and Baylor will revive the Battle of the Brazos on the hardwood as the Aggies travel to Waco, Texas, to face the Bears at Ferrell Center. The former Southwest Conference and Big 12 Conference rivals, whose home arenas are separated by 88 miles, have met 205 previous times on the basketball court with the Aggies holding a  127-78 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1914-15 season.

After hosting Youngstown State at Reed Arena on Dec. 13, Texas A&M will once again hit the road, this time traveling to Kansas City’s Sprint Center for a date with former Big 12 foe Kansas State on Dec. 20.

Texas A&M will conclude non-conference play with back-to-back home contests beginning on Dec. 30 against Mercer. Last season, the Bears upset third-seeded Duke to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Aggies’ finale tune-up before SEC play will come on Jan. 3 when they host Hartford.

The SEC is expected to announce the league’s full conference schedule in August. The Aggies’ slate in league play will include home contests against Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri and Vanderbilt.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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NFL Draft to Move From New York

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league has narrowed list of host cities for the 2015 NFL Draft down to two, and New York and Radio City Music Hall aren’t in the mix. “We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” he said Thursday while participating on the CBS Thursday Night Football panel, via the Los Angeles Times. The draft has been at Radio City the last nine years, and New York has hosted the event since 1965.

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Tour de France / Armstrong Talked to Investigators


No change at the top

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) _ Italy’s Vincenzo Nabili remains the overall leader
in the Tour de France after 12 stages, 2 minutes and 23 seconds ahead of
Australian Richie Porte.

Norway’s Alexander Kristoff was the winner of the 12th stage, which covered 115

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ An attorney for Lance Armstrong says the cyclist talked
with investigators recently about doping in the sport’s past.

Elliot Peters told The Associated Press that Armstrong set up the meeting and
sat for questions for seven hours on May 22 in Northern Virginia, and described
the session as a “very good meeting.”

The probe has been expected to center on the International Cycling Union’s
handling of doping in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially its links with

Armstrong won the Tour de France every year from 1999-2005, but those titles
were stripped after a massive report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency detailed
doping by him and his U.S. Postal Service teammates.

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