Adrian Peterson Donating $100K to Flood Relief in Hometown

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Adrian Peterson is donating $100,000 toward relief efforts
after flooding ravaged his hometown of Palestine, Texas.

And the Minnesota Vikings running back is asking others to help as well.
Peterson is teaming up with the Salvation Army on a fundraising campaign. Six
Palestine residents died, including four children and a high school classmate of
Peterson’s, in the floods that hit Texas on Saturday.

Those interested in helping can text AP28 to 51555. Donations can also be given
at www.give.salvationarmyusa.org/joinAP .

Peterson says it’s been heartbreaking to see his working class hometown suffer
such devastating loss of life and property damage. He says he is working to get
food and water to the region as quickly as possible for those in need.

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Cowboys Will Re-Create Ring of Honor at New Headquarters

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ The new headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys will have a
re-creation of the team’s ring of honor that will include cleat prints of Roger
Staubach and Drew Pearson 50 yards apart _ the length of their famous touchdown
play in a 1975 playoff game.

The Hall of Fame Dallas quarterback and one of his favorite receivers put their
prints in concrete Wednesday during an event that also introduced several
restaurants planned for The Star, the practice facility and planned mixed-use
development.

The Cowboys are expected to move football operations to Frisco, about 30 miles
north of Dallas, in August when they return from training camp in California.
They currently practice in nearby Irving.

The 21 members of the Cowboys’ ring of honor will have displays on the
sidewalks of the complex near a 12,000-seat stadium that will house Dallas’
indoor practices and high school games.

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Johnny Manziel booked in domestic violence case

DALLAS (AP) _ Johnny Manziel has been booked and posted bond in a domestic violence case, one day before the former Cleveland Browns quarterback faces his first court hearing.

Manziel attorney Robert Hinton said Wednesday that the 23-year-old quarterback presented himself for booking and a mugshot. Police in Highland Park, a wealthy Dallas enclave that’s separate from the city, released the mugshot Wednesday afternoon.

Photo courtesy of Highland Park, Texas, Department of Public Safety

Photo courtesy of Highland Park, Texas, Department of Public Safety

The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star was indicted by a grand jury last month after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January.

Manziel faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

He is expected to appear briefly before a Dallas judge Thursday morning.

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Phillips, Benell Honored by the SEC

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Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M freshman golfer Chandler Phillips was honored Wednesday by the leagues’ coaches with a spot on the All-SEC second team. Meanwhile, teammate Charlie Benell garnered a spot on the SEC Men’s Golf Community Service Team.

Phillips, a native of Huntsville, Texas, has emerged as one of the SEC’s most competitive golfers during his rookie campaign in Aggieland. He leads Texas A&M in both top-five finishes (3) and top-10 showings (5) while ranking second on the squad with a scoring average of 72.89 during 13 events.

During the 2016 SEC Championships, Phillips turned heads with an impressive fifth-place finish that stood out as the the second-highest placing of any rookie in the field.

A final round 66 from Phillips during the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate in early March stands out as the second-lowest round by an Aggie this season and helped propel Phillips to a third-place showing at the event. The scorecard was one of 13 rounds of par or lower for the freshman in 36 total rounds this season.

In total Phillips ranked in the top 20 on the individual leaderboard in seven of his 13 tournaments this season, including a runner-up showing at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational at Floridian in late March.

Benell earned his spot on the SEC Men’s Golf Community Service Team after he was singled out by his team for his dedication to helping others. As a Texas A&M student-athlete, the Pacific Palisades, Calif., native has been involved in Aggies CAN, which is the largest student-led food drive in the country, as well as the Big Event and Hard Hats for Little Heads, a helmet safety program for second-graders in the local community and surrounding areas.

Back in the Golden State, Benell makes his contributions in his hometown by participating in the Special Olympics as well as Inner City Arts, an organization that provides elementary, middle and high school students, many living in Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods, with the tools and skills they need to succeed academically and personally, and the LA-based food bank Loaves and Fishes.

The Aggie golf team will learn its postseason destination when pairings and competition sites for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship are revealed live on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. (CT) during Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.

The field for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships will consist of 81 qualifying schools, which includes 31 conference automatic qualifiers, 50 teams selected at-large and 45 individuals not on those teams.  Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 16-18.  Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams.  The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals to be played May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

The six regional championship sites include including Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Ol’ Colony Golf Complex), Marana, Ariz. (Gallery Golf Club), Kohler, Wis. (Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course), Albuquerque, N.M. (Championship Course at University of New Mexico), Stillwater, Okla. (Karsten Golf Club) and Franklin, Tenn. (Vanderbilt Legends Club).

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
Lee McCoy, Georgia
Sam Horsfield, Florida
Michael Johnson, Auburn
Robby Shelton, Alabama
Matt NeSmith, South Carolina
Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt
Zach Wright, LSU
Greyson Sigg, Georgia

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Will Gordon, Vanderbilt
Tyler McDaniel, Kentucky
Taylor Moore, Arkansas
Patrick Martin, Vanderbilt
Davis Riley, Alabama
Sepp Straka, Georgia
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Zach Healy, Georgia

COACH OF THE YEAR
Chris Haack, Georgia

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lee McCoy, Georgia

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Horsfield, Florida

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Euan Walker, Missouri

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Patrick Martin, Vanderbilt
Sam Horsfield, Florida
Will Gordon, Vanderbilt
Davis Riley, Alabama
Jacob Solomon, Auburn

COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
Robby Prater, Alabama
Taylor Moore, Arkansas
Jake Mondy, Auburn
Ryan Orr, Florida
Jack Larkin, Georgia
Harrison Greenberry, Kentucky
Zach Wright, LSU
Forrest Gamble, Ole Miss
Ross Bell, Mississippi State
Hayden Buckley, Missouri
Brendan Gramley, South Carolina
Juan Carlos Serrano Guevara, Tennessee
Charlie Benell, Texas A&M
Carson Jacobs, Vanderbilt

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Szeryk Named First Team All-SEC; Scheffler Named to Community Service Team

Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Texas A&M sophomore Maddie Szeryk was named First Team All-SEC, the league announced on Tuesday as it revealed its 2015-16 women’s golf awards. Szeryk becomes the first A&M golfer to win be named First Team All-SEC twice, and is the first A&M golfer to be selected to the all-conference first team since 2011-12.

In addition, A&M junior Callie Scheffler was named to the SEC Community Service Team for the second consecutive year. Scheffler is president of A&M’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and has been involved with the Big Event, Hard Hats for Little Heads, Aggie Athletes Involved and Aggies CAN. In addition, Scheffler is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, YMCA CHAMPS and Habitat for Humanity.

Szeryk’s 72.27 stroke average ranks third in a single season at Texas A&M, only trailing Marijosse Navarro‘s and her own 2014-15 season. Szeryk, who finished in the Top 10 of the SEC Championship for the second consecutive year, becomes the first Aggie with back-to-back first team all-conference selections since Katerina Ruzickova earned that distinction in 2011 and 2012.

Scheffler is 58th in the SEC with a 76.63 scoring average, and has five career par-or-better rounds, including a clutch even-par 72 in the second round of the SEC Championship this season, helping the Aggies finish in the top 4 for the second straight year.

The Aggies, making their 16th consecutive NCAA appearance, host the NCAA Bryan Regional from May 5-7 at Traditions Club.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
Maria Torres, Florida
Bailey Tardy, Georgia
Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina
Cheyenne Knight, Alabama
Harang Lee, Georgia
Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M
Anna Newell, Tennessee
Emma Talley, Alabama

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Lakareber Abe, Alabama
Maria Fassi, Arkansas
Janie Jackson, Alabama
Karolina Vlckova, Florida
Jillian Hollis, Georgia
Jennifer Hahn, Vanderbilt
Michelle Butler, Missouri
Taylor Tomlinson, Florida

COACH OF THE YEAR
Mic Potter, Alabama

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Maria Torres, Florida

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Bailey Tardy, Georgia

*SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Abby Newton, Ole Miss
Lucia Polo, Tennessee

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Rinko Mitsunaga, Georgia
Cheyenne Knight, Alabama
Bailey Tardy, Georgia
Sam Wagner, Florida
Jillian Hollis, Georgia
Emma Allen, Missouri
Maria Fassi, Arkansas
Shannon Brooks, Tennessee

COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
Cammie Gray, Alabama
Summar Roachell, Arkansas
Kelli Murphy, Auburn
Kelly Grassel, Florida
Sylvie Brick, Georgia
Ale Walker, Kentucky
Claudia De Antonio, LSU
Alison Hovatter, Ole Miss
Logan Chaney, Mississippi State
Jessica Meek, Missouri
Marianna Monaco, South Carolina
Telen Hughes, Tennessee
Callie Scheffler, Texas A&M
Lauren Johnson, Vanderbilt

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Springer Powers Astros past Twins; Blue Jays top Rangers in Extras

TWINS-ASTROS

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jason Castro and George Springer hit homers and the Houston Astros held on for a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Castro hit his first homer of the year to lead off the three-run third inning, and Springer hit a shot that bounced off the railroad tracks in left field and out of the stadium to cap the three-run fourth.

Castro’s home run was knocked down by a fan and never made it over the wall into the Crawford Boxes, but it was called a homer, and after a lengthy review, it was confirmed.

Jose Altuve and Springer walked after Castro’s blast before Carlos Correa knocked an RBI double and Alex Meyer (0-1) uncorked a wild pitch to score Springer and give the Astros a 3-2 lead.

 

RANGERS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO (AP) _ Justin Smoak’s first two home runs of the season, a tying drive in the ninth inning and two-run shot in the 10th, led the Toronto Blue Jays over the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Rougned Odor homered on Marco Estrada’s second pitch of the game, the first leadoff home run of Odor’s big league career.

The lead stood until Smoak connected on Shawn Tolleson’s third pitch of the ninth inning, a drive over the scoreboard in left center-field.

Edwin Encarnacion singled against Phil Klein (0-1) leading off the 10th, Troy Tulowitzki struck out and Smoak homered to left. Toronto won despite going 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Joe Biagini (1-1) pitched two innings of two-hit relief for the win, completing a six-hitter.

 

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Steen, Backes score twice, Blues rout Stars 6-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Alexander Steen and David Backes had two goals apiece and the St. Louis Blues’ defense put the clamps on the Dallas Stars in a 6-1 victory that put them up 2-1 in the second-round series Tuesday night.

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist and Brian Elliott was strong when he needed to be for the Blues in their first lopsided triumph of the postseason. Their other five wins were decided by one goal.

The Blues finished two points behind Western Conference champion Dallas in the regular season and have control of the series heading into Game 4 Thursday night in St. Louis.

They scored six unanswered goals after Colton Sceviour gave Dallas the early advantage, three coming in a breakaway second period.

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Seeding for Men’s & Women’s NCAA Tennis Tournament Announced

The seeding for both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tennis Tournaments was announced today.

The Aggie men (25-9) are a #12 seed and will host the first and second rounds at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. They’ll kick-off their tournament run against George Washington (14-8) on Friday, May 13th, with the winner advancing to take on either Texas (17-11) or Lamar (17-5) in the second round Saturday, May 14th.

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For the Texas A&M women (16-10), they will head to Palo Alto, California to face Denver (21-2) in the first round on Friday, May 13th. The winner will advance to take on Texas A&M-C.C. (24-0) or host #15 Stanford (14-5) in the second round on Sunday, May 15th.

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SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors for Aggies Latario Collie and Maggie Malone

BIRMINGHAM – Two Aggie athletes were selected as SEC Field Athletes of the Week for the second time this outdoor season. Triple jumper Latario and javelin thrower Maggie Malone were honored by the conference office this week following victories each athlete had during the LSU Invitational.

Collie won with a wind-aided mark of 54-10 ¼ to lead an A&M 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump, with the Aggies scoring 24 points. The effort by Collie ranks second among collegians this season under all conditions and leads the SEC, where the second best effort from conference jumpers measures 53-0 ¾.The top collegiate mark this season is just half an inch better than Collie’s performance.

Malone produced a winning throw of 190-10 in defeating a pair of post-collegians as she led an A&M finish of 1-2-3-4-5 that generated 33 points for the Aggie team score. It’s the third time this season Malone has surpassed 190 feet to win a competition. Her 190-10 ranks as the third best performance on the A&M all-time list behind her school record of 198-0 and a 193-10 throw from earlier this season.

The next competition for Texas A&M will be the SEC Championships held May 12-14 at the University of Alabama.

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Texas A&M Senior Associate Director of Athletics Leaving

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

According to multiple reports, Raymond Harrison, Jr., the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Texas A&M University, is leaving to take a position with North Carolina State.

A native of Chicago, Ill., Harrison served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of South Carolina before coming to Texas A&M in 2013.

In his three years in Aggieland, Harrison oversaw the athletics department’s student-athlete services division, including academic support, life skills and community outreach. His responsibilities also include oversight of the athletics training, sports medicine and sports nutrition programs and coordination of the performance triangle team including sports performance and sports science.

Harrison also served as the sport administrator for the men’s and women’s track and field, and cross country programs and is the department’s liaison to faculty and student affairs, including the department of student life and student counseling services.

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Thunder hold on beat Spurs 98-97, even series at 1-1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat San Antonio 98-97 on Monday night, evening the series at one game apiece when the Spurs failed to score on a wild sequence in the final seconds.

Kevin Durant added 28 points as the Thunder handed the Spurs just their second home loss of the season, rebounding from a 32-point beating in Game 1.

Oklahoma City’s Dion Waiters appeared to push Manu Ginobili while inbounding to start the final possession and Danny Green stole the ball from Durant. Patty Mills missed an open 3-pointer, LaMarcus Aldridge lost the ball after grabbing the airball and Kawhi Leonard was unable to gather the ball before the buzzer sounded.

Aldridge had 41 points.

Game 3 is Friday at Oklahoma City.

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DraftKings Suit Challenges State Authority, Texas AG Says

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Texas’ attorney general’s office has answered a lawsuit
filed by DraftKings, arguing that the online daily fantasy sports site is
improperly challenging its authority on the issue.

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that his office has asked for the
dismissal of a suit DraftKings recently filed in Dallas County. Barring that,
Paxton’s office wants the case moved to Travis County, which includes Austin.

In January, Paxton issued a non-binding opinion that paid online daily fantasy
sports contests violate Texas law.

The daily fantasy sports site FanDuel reached a settlement requiring it to stop
accepting paid entries for cash prizes in Texas beginning Monday.

But DraftKings instead asked a Dallas County court for a declaratory judgment
“clarifying its legal situation” in Texas. That prompted the response from
Paxton’s office.

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Twins end Keuchel’s 17-game home win streak, beat Astros 6-2

HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Dozier broke out of a slump with three hits and the Minnesota Twins snapped Dallas Keuchel’s 17-game home winning streak with a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Keuchel (2-4) allowed five runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and struggled with his command for the third time this season, walking five. The Cy Young winner hadn’t lost at home since Aug. 10, 2014, against Texas.

Dozier snapped a 0-for-16 slump with a double in the first and singled to start the three-run fourth as the Twins ended a four-game losing streak.

Jose Berrios (1-1) earned his first career win, giving up two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his second major league start. Berrios was tagged for five runs in four innings in his first start.

Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI single, Eddie Rosario added a sacrifice fly and Eduardo Nunez drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Twins a 3-1 lead. Nunez hit his first homer of the year in the sixth.

Byung Ho Park had two hits, including a two-run triple in the fifth to extend Minnesota’s lead to 5-1.

Preston Tucker and George Springer each hit solo home runs for Houston, which has not won consecutive games this season.

The outing was Keuchel’s shortest since going 3 1/3 innings at Oakland on Sept. 6, 2013, as the left-hander walked four or more batters for the third time in six outings this season. Keuchel has given up 16 runs over 16 1/3 innings in his last three starts.

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Slumping Blue Jays fall short again in 2-1 loss to Rangers

TORONTO (AP) — Expected to be an offensive force, the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t getting enough out of their big bats.

Nomar Mazara hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth, then threw out the potential tying run at home plate in the bottom half of the inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat the slumping Blue Jays 2-1 on Monday night.

The Blue Jays left eight runners stranded and suffered their fourth consecutive home loss, Toronto’s longest slump at Rogers Centre since a four-game skid from April 23-26, 2014.

The Blue Jays are an AL-worst 2-7 in one-run games.

“In these close games we’re just not executing good enough to win,” manager John Gibbons said.

Toronto has lost eight of 12 overall, but right-hander R.A. Dickey doesn’t expect the offense to stay dormant for long.

“Right now we’re sputtering a little bit but we’ve got the pedigree in here,” Dickey said. “It’s just a matter of time before we start clicking.”

Named the AL’s top rookie in the month of April earlier Monday after batting .333 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games, Mazara broke a 1-1 tie with a shot to center off Gavin Floyd (0-2).

“I put a pretty good swing on a changeup,” Mazara said. “I was looking for something up in the zone and that’s what he gave me.”

Brett Nicholas also homered as the Rangers, winners of five of six, took the opener of a four-game series between ALDS opponents from 2015.

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, whose dramatic home run and exaggerated bat flip marked Toronto’s Game 5 victory over Texas in last year’s postseason, was held in check this time. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

Bautista faced Sam Dyson, who surrendered that pivotal homer last October, with runners at first and second and nobody out in the eighth. This time, Dyson won the battle by getting Bautista to line out.

“That’s what you’re here for,” Dyson said. “You’re here to compete.”

Edwin Encarnacion followed with a walk, loading the bases for Troy Tulowitzki, who flied out to right. Saunders tagged from third but was thrown out by Mazara, with the call upheld following a Toronto challenge.

“I’ve got no problem with that,” Gibbons said of the inning-ending double play. “The right fielder is on the run over to the line. (Saunders) is trying to make something happen.”

Replay was kinder to Toronto in the seventh, when Dickey left after the Rangers loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Floyd came on to face Rougned Odor, who flied out to center. Delino DeShields tried to advance from first to second on the play but was thrown out by Kevin Pillar. Home plate umpire Cory Blaser initially ruled that Mitch Moreland had scored before DeShields was retired but the Blue Jays challenged and the call was overturned, keeping it tied 1-all.

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Texas A&M Holds third-annual Building Champions Awards

COLLEGE STATION – Karlie Mueller received the President’s Distinguished Letterman’s Award on Monday evening during Texas A&M Athletics’ third-annual Building Champions Awards gala held in the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field. Awards were also presented for various academic, service, leadership and athletic endeavors.

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The President’s Distinguished Letterman’s Award is the highest award presented to a student-athlete once a year by the athletics department. This individual is someone who displays extraordinary talents in the areas of athletics, scholarship, leadership and service.

Mueller, a senior member of Aggie soccer from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, served as team captain in 2015. She earned All-South Region and All-SEC second team honors this past fall as well as being named to the Academic All-District team. With a 3.434 GPA and graduating this month with a degree in Allied Health, Mueller has been named to the SEC All-Academic team and SEC Fall Honor Roll three times. She has also been on the Athletics Directors All-Academic List three years.

Mueller was a member of the A&M soccer teams that claimed SEC regular season titles and tournament championships in 2013 and 2014 as well as reaching the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in 2014.

A recipient of the SEC Brad Davis Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year, Mueller also received the Margaret Rudder Community Service award for 2016. She served as co-founder and president of the Texas A&M chapter of Love Your Melon, an organization that raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer patients and research through a buy-one give-one program.

Finalists for the President’s Distinguished Letterman’s Award included Angela Lowak, volleyball; Logan Pluhar, equestrian; and Alex Sezer, football.

Texas A&M’s Athletes of the Year honors were awarded to Alex Caruso and Shamier Little. This award is presented to the top male and female student-athletes based upon athletic excellence and team leadership.

Caruso, a senior member of the basketball team from College Station, capped his four years with the program with a memorable journey the Aggies enjoyed to the Sweet 16 during the NCAA tournament this season following their first regular season league title since 1986 when they shared the 2015-16 SEC title.

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Alex Caruso & Coach Billy Kennedy

Alex Caruso & Coach Billy Kennedy

Named the Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports, Caruso is Texas A&M’s all-time assist and steals leader who earned second team All-SEC honors and was named to the SEC All-Defensive team by the conference coaches. He also became the only player in SEC history to compile over 1,000 career points (1,090), 600 assists (649), 500 rebounds (513), 250 steals (276) and 50 blocks (59).

Little, a junior with the track and field team from Chicago, Illinois, earned a silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, following a campaign that included multiple titles amid an undefeated collegiate season.

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Little & Coach Pat Henry

Little & Coach Pat Henry

An eight time All-American, Little won the SEC Championships, her second NCAA Championship title along with the U.S. Championships in 2015. Her summer of international competition started with a gold medal in the 400m hurdles and 4×400 relay at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

In capturing the NCAA title with a school record time of 53.74 seconds, Little produced the third fastest winning time in the event and fourth best collegiate time ever. Little became the first hurdler to claim SEC and NCAA titles in the same year since 2006 and the first to win NCAA and U.S. titles in the same season since 2004.

Male Athlete of the Year finalists included Nick Banks, baseball; Latario Collie, track and field; and Myles Garrett, football. Finalists for the women’s Athlete of the Year included Sarah Gibson, swimming and diving; Mikaela Harvey, soccer; and Courtney Walker, basketball.

Recipients of the Bill Erwin Scholar-Athlete of the Year were Sarah Gibson and Antoine Marc, both members of the swimming and diving teams. The Texas A&M team with the highest cumulative GPA was women’s swimming and diving.

Gibson, who has a 4.0 GPA in biomedical engineering, was an NCAA qualifier in three events as well as SEC champion in the 100 fly and a member of the SEC champion relay squad in the 400 medley relay. Marc, who has a 3.867 GPA with a double major in cellular biology and mathematics, also earned a SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship. Marc became an individual and relay point scorer during the SEC Championships after initially joining the team via a try-out.

Finalists for the Scholar-Athlete award included Karis Jochen, track and field; Shelby Sullivan, volleyball; Conner McQueen, football; and Shane Vinsant, tennis.

The male Newcomer of the Year went to Christian Kirk from football while the female award was shared between Samantha Show with softball and Sydney Pickrem from swimming and diving. The Newcomer award is presented to a student-athlete who has made significant athletic contributions during their initial year at Texas A&M while exhibiting the core values of integrity, loyalty and respect as they excel at their sports.

Kirk was named SEC Freshman of the Year following a season in which he lead the Aggie football team in receptions (70), receiving yards (925), all-purpose yards (1,659), punt return yards (341), kickoff return yards (348) and total touchdowns (8). Honors for Kirk also included AP SEC Newcomer of the Year and 2015 Freshman All-America Team.

Show has pitched the Aggie softball team to 21 wins so far this season and recorded 150 strikeouts. At the plate she has supplied nine home runs and 21 runs batted in. Pickrem was named SEC Freshman Swimmer of the Year and earned All-American honors in the three events this season after claiming an SEC title in the 400 IM.

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Finalists for Newcomer of the Year included Anriel Howard, basketball; Tyler Davis, basketball; and Donavan Brazier, track and field.

Receiving the Lohman Inspiration Awards were Haley Pounds from soccer and Dylan Siebenaler with men’s golf. This award, presented by Mrs. Carolyn Lohman, recognizes the student-athletes at Texas A&M who have demonstrated integrity, and most importantly, perseverance in overcoming incredible challenges in pursuit of their education. They are role models for others who have faced adversity in their own lives and thought about giving up.

Pounds overcame depression and her emotional recovery opened the door for her to return to her team and compete at an even higher level.  She earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the season and led the team in scoring on their way to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.

As Siebenaler received 63 rounds of chemotherapy and suffered through the side effects of his treatment, he remained dedicated to his studies while putting in the hours of practice needed to return to competition. Through a courageous journey Siebenaler had to endure largely on his own, he returned to golf competition a year after his diagnosis.

Hosts (L-R) Kristi Leonard,Tori Vidales, Riley Garner & Tonny Trocha-Morelos

Hosts (L-R) Kristi Leonard,Tori Vidales, Riley Garner & Tonny Trocha-Morelos

The Maroon Award, the most distinguished and highest honor given to a supporter of Aggie athletics, was awarded to Dr. Tom Adair, who has served many roles in his illustrious Texas A&M professional career.

In addition to teaching physics to Aggie students for 50 years, Dr. Adair has also been a tireless supporter of Texas A&M sports, serving as the Faculty Athletics Representative through three conference affiliations and 35 years of service as well as on the Athletics Council. Adair has also represented Texas A&M on various NCAA cabinets and committees including the NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet, the NCAA Division I Academics, Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet, the NCAA Core-Course Review Committee, and the NCAA Division I Progress-Toward-Degree Waivers Committee.

The Adair family has also committed a multimillion dollar gift to the Texas A&M Foundation, directing a portion to the Department of Physics and the newly established Texas A&M Coaching Academy as well as the Department of Student Activities.

Sr. Assoc. Dir. of Athletics, Raymond M. Harrison, Jr.

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Dallas Cowboys’, Houston Texans’ Draft Picks

DALLAS COWBOYS

Rd 1 (4): Ezekiel Elliot, RB (Ohio State)

Rd 2 (34): Jaylon Smith, OLB (Notre Dame)

Rd 3 (67): Maliek Collins, DT (Nebraska)

Rd 4 (101): Charles Tapper, DE (Oklahoma)

Rd 4 (135): Dak Prescott, QB (Mississippi State)

Rd 6 (189): Anthony Brown, CB (Purdue)

Rd 6 (212): Kavon Frazier, S (Central Michigan)

Rd 6 (217): Rico Gathers, TE (Baylor)

HOUSTON TEXANS

Rd 1 (21): Will Fuller, WR (Notre Dame)

Rd 2 (50): Nick Martin, OC (Notre Dame)

Rd 3 (85): Braxton Miller, WR (Ohio State)

Rd 4 (119): Tyler Ervin, RB (San Jose State)

Rd 5 (159): KJ Dillion, S (West Virginia)

Rd 5 (166): D.J. Reader, DT (Clemson)

 

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Yu Darvish Pitches 2 Innings in 1st Game Since Elbow Surgery

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Yu Darvish threw 18 of 32 pitches for strikes in a rehab
start Sunday, the first game for the Texas Rangers ace since Tommy John surgery
more than 13 months ago.

Darvish worked two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and one walk for
Double-A Frisco against Corpus Christi, an affiliate of the Houston Astros.

The right-hander from Japan said he was happy with the outing and being able to
pitch two healthy innings. He was right in line with the Rangers’ plans for him
to go two innings or about 30 pitches.

Darvish last pitched in a major league game on Aug. 9, 2014, then missed the
end of that season because of right elbow inflammation. He pitched only one
inning the following spring before surgery on March 17, 2015.

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Rangers fall to Halos; Astros edge A’s

Big Eighth Inning Lifts LA over Texas

Arlington – The Los Angeles Angels scored three runs in the eighth inning as they rallied past the Texas Rangers, 9-6 Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron each recorded three hits and two RBI for the Halos, who put a stop to a four-game winning streak by the Rangers.

Greg Mahle picked up the win in relief, giving up one hit and no runs in one inning of work.

Texas right-hander Tom Wilhelmson fell to 1-2 on the year after giving up two hits and one run in the sixth.

The victory improves Los Angeles to 12-13 on the season, while the Rangers fall to 14-11.

Fister, Altuve lead Astros over Oakland.

Oakland – Jose Altuve hit his seventh home run of the year and Doug Fister pitched 6.2 solid innings as the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics, 2-1 at O.co Coliseum Sunday.

Altuve put the Astros up early with a lead-off home run in the first against A’s starter Rich Hill.

Outfielder Colby Rasmus provided the eventual game-winne, scoring Jason Castro on a sacrifice fly in the third.

Fister (2-3) allowed one run on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.

Closer Luke Gregerson collected his fifth save on the year, tossing a perfect ninth inning.

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Aggies’ Simonds Tosses First Career Complete-Game

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Senior pitcher Kyle Simonds weaved his first career complete-game to lead the No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies to a 6-2 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in Sunday’s rubber match at Baum Stadium.

Simonds (7-1) yielded two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five over the 9.0 innings. He stayed out of traffic early in innings, allowing just three of the eight hits before two outs.

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

With the win, Texas A&M (35-9, 14-7 SEC) claimed their fourth straight weekend series and maintained their two-game lead in the SEC Western Division over Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Boomer White and Michael Barash led the Aggies at the plate. White went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Barash went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBI.

Arkansas (26-18, 7-14 SEC) broke the scoring seal in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Michael Bernal hit a wall-banger to centerfield for a triple. Rick Nomura followed with a four-pitch walk to put runners at the corners. Carson Shaddy knocked in a Bernal with a single to the wall in rightfield, staking the Razorbacks to a 1-0 lead.

Texas A&M benefitted from an Arkansas error as the Aggies put up four runs in the fourth. With one out, Nick Chorubyreached first when shortstop Bernal’s throw bounced past the first baseman. White worked the count full before driving a ball down the leftfield line for a game-tying double. After Hunter Melton swung and missed at strike three for the second out of the inning, Ryne Birk drew a six-pitch walk. Barash gave A&M its first lead of the game when he gapped an 0-1 pitch to left-center for a two-run double. Nick Banks capped off the rally with a single to centerfield, sending Barash home for the 4-1 advantage.

The Aggies added to the lead with a run in the sixth. With two outs, Barash reached on an infield single and Banks drew a four-pitch walk to bring Joel Davis to the plate. Davis got ahead in the count, 3-1, before driving a single through the left side of the infield to plate Barash for the 5-1 lead.

Texas A&M tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth. With one out, Austin Homan put down a bunt single. The hit extended his hit streak to 17 games, the longest for an Aggie in 2016. J.B. Moss drew a walk to move Homan into scoring position and White knocked him home with a two-out double for the 6-1 lead.

Shaddy led off the ninth inning with a solo home run, but it was too little, too late as Simonds got a fly out, strikeout and fly out to end the game.

Arkansas starter Keaton McKinney (1-3) was saddled with the loss. He allowed five runs, one earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out five over 5.2 innings.

Shaddy went 3-for-4 with one home run and two RBI.

The Aggies return to action Thursday when they host the No. 7 Vanderbilt Commodores in a three-game series on Olsen Field at Bell Park. Game times for the series are 6 pm on Thursday and Friday and 2:30 pm on Saturday.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach Rob Childress
On the series…
“I’m proud of our guys. They fought back. We go down 5-2 in the second game of the doubleheader and we have to go to the bullpen in the first inning. That scenario doesn’t usually work out. But we had some guys step up out of the bullpen and we toughened up on offense and found a way to battle back. And today we got a complete-game performance from Kyle (Simonds) when we really needed it.”

On what was working for Kyle Simonds…
“He had all three pitches working on both sides of the plate.  His fastball, slider and change-up were working. He did a nice job of stabilizing the day for us and he really did well keeping guys off the bases early in innings.”

Senior pitcher Kyle Simonds
On his what was working…
“I was really trying to establish the fastball on both sides of the plate. Especially on the outer half to the right-handers. I tried to get ahead in the count and with the right-handers when I needed an out the slider was really working.”

On getting through the ninth…
“It seems like the ninth inning is always the longest. I couldn’t get through it against Georgia. The defense did a great job today. I couldn’t have gotten through nine innings without some of the great plays they made.”

On winning coming back to win the series after losing the opener…
“It was huge. We need to play well on the road. There was a little misstep in that first game, but we battled back to win and that was huge. We call Sunday’s championship Sunday. We always want to win on Sunday.”

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No. 18 Texas A&M rallies to down No. 1 Florida, 6-4

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COLLEGE STATION – A four-run sixth inning propelled the No. 18 Texas A&M softball team to a 6-4 win over No. 1 Florida on Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. The win marks the first time A&M has beaten the top-ranked team since June 1, 2008, when the Aggies bested Florida, 1-0, in Oklahoma City.

“I was pleased with the way we fought,” head coach Jo Evans said. “We just stayed in it to the end. That sixth inning was big for us. I told the team before we went to hit ‘let’s win it right here.’ Our kids did such a good job of finding ways to get on. It was a huge for us to have a cushion like that.”

The Gators (47-4, 17-4 SEC) took an early 1-0 lead in the second on a RBI groundout by Kelsey Stewart, before A&M (35-16, 7-14 SEC) plated two runs in the third to take a 2-1 advantage.

Freshman Kaitlyn Alderink led off the inning with a solo home run to right center, her fourth of the season. After sophomore Tori Vidales walked and sophomore Ashley Walters singled, freshman Samantha Show loaded the bases with a single, and freshman Riley Sartain drove in Vidales on a bloop single to left.

Florida tied the game in the fourth on a Kayli Kvisted RBI single to center, scoring Stewart.

Sartain led off the sixth with a single and was replaced by senior pinch runner Alex Masek. After senior Cali Lanphear was hit by a pitch, freshman Keeli Milligan loaded the bases with a bunt single. Alderink reached on a fielder’s choice, but a throwing error allowed Masek and Lanphear to score. Milligan came across on a wild pitch to give A&M a 5-2 lead. Sophomore Erica Russell capped off the inning with an RBI single to left, plating Alderink.

Sophomore Trinity Harrington moved to 7-6 on the season, throwing six innings giving up eight hits, four runs with three strikeouts. Show earned her third save of the season, shutting down the Gators’ comeback attempt in the seventh.

The Aggies return to action Friday at No. 3 Auburn at 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday’s games can be seen on SEC Network +, while Saturday’s game will be on ESPN. All three games can also be heard locally on KWBC 1550 AM or online atwww.RadioAggieland.com.

To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to 12thMan.com or follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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