Walker Named Preseason All-SEC by Media

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Texas A&M junior guard Courtney Walker was named Preseason All-SEC by a select panel of media. Texas A&M was picked to finish third in the league, in a poll released by the league at its 2014-15 Tip-Off.

Walker, an AP All-American a year ago, has been named a Preseason All-American by Athlon, Lindy’s and The Sporting News this season. Walker averaged 15.6 points per game in 2013-14, and set the Texas A&M sophomore scoring record with 563 points.

The Aggies were voted third in the SEC Preseason Poll, after finishing in a tie for second in the league in 2013-14. South Carolina, the league’s champion in 2013-14, and Tennessee, who tied with Texas A&M for second place in 2013-14, finished first and second in the poll, respectively.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team and the Preseason SEC Player of the Year.

SEC Order of Finish

1. South Carolina              210

2. Tennessee                     191

3. Texas A&M                    179

4. Kentucky                        154

5. Vanderbilt                      150

6. Georgia                           132

7. LSU                                    122

8. Mississippi State          108

9. Florida                              96

10. Auburn                          83

T11. Arkansas                    77

T11. Missouri                     77

13. Alabama                       74

14. Ole Miss                        21

Player of the Year

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Preseason All-SEC

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

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Cowboys Drop Sam

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the
practice squad. Sam was signed to Dallas’ practice squad on September 3rd. The
Rams drafted Sam late in the seventh round of the NFL draft in May. The former
SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri was pick No. 249 out of 256.

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Heat Comeback On Rockets

MIAMI (AP) _ Dwyane Wade scored 26 points as the Miami Heat rallied from a
13-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 90-85 in a preseason game last
night. Chris Bosh added 22 points in 35 minutes for the Heat. Dwight Howard had
19 points and nine rebounds in his most extended action of the preseason for the
Rockets.

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Stars Double Up Canucks

DALLAS (AP) _ Kari Lehtonen (LAY’-tih-nehn) made 43 saves as the Dallas Stars
held off the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 last night. Dallas scored five goals on only
12 shots against Vancouver starting goalie Ryan Miller to drive him from the
game just 1:17 into the second period. He entered the game with a 3-0-0 record
and 1.95 goals against average.

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Giants Win Game One

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Giants have taken Game 1 of the World Series as
Madison Bumgarner went seven innings and Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in San
Francisco’s 7-1 rout of the Royals in Kansas City. Bumgarner had a two-hit
shutout and a 7-0 lead until Salvador Perez homered with two out in the seventh.
Pablo Sandoval drove in the Giants’ first and last runs with a double and a
single.

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Texas A&M Concludes Play at USTA/ITA Texas Regional

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team finished participation at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Monday afternoon, hosted at the Mitchell Tennis Center on Texas A&M’s west campus. Finals are set to be held Tuesday morning; winners will advance to the ITA National Indoors in New York in early November.

Sophomore Frankie Colunga continued to play well throughout Monday, collecting five wins since a loss in the Saturday’s second round pushed him to the consolation bracket. The righty defeated Diego Casa of Texas Tech in straight sets to move on to the consolation semifinals.

Facing a 5-1 deficit in a third set super tiebreaker against Trey Daniel of TCU, Colunga stormed back to win 10-8 and claim a spot in the finals. Colunga won the final by default as Jolan Cailleau of Texas Tech was forced to withdraw for team travel purposes.

Both No. 11 Harrison Adams and No. 46 Jeremy Efferding saw their run at the Texas Regional come to an end. Adams was bested in straight sets by No. 106 Adrien Berkowicz, Efferding fell in three sets to No. 5 Soren Hess-Olesen, both of Texas.

The USTA/ITA Regional Championships feature some of the top men’s and women’s players across the country. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete at one of the 85 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country.

To see the full draw of the USTA/ITA Regional log on to 12thMan.com. Follow @AggieMTEN on twitter to stay up to date with the Aggies.

 

USTA/ITA Texas Regional

College Station, TX

Oct. 18-21, 2014

Singles

Quarterfinals

No. 5 Soren Hess-Olesen, Texas def. No. 46 Jeremy Efferding, Texas A&M 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

No. 106 Adrien Berkowicz, Texas def. No. 11 Harrison Adams, Texas A&M 7-5, 6-3

Round of 64 Consolation

Quarterfinals

Frankie Colunga, Texas A&M def. Diego Casa, UTSA 7-6, 6-2

Semifinals

Frankie Colunga, Texas A&M def. Trey Daniel, TCU 3-6, 6-1 [8]

Finals

Frankie Colunga, Texas A&M def. Jolan Cailleau, Texas Tech w/d

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Four Texas A&M Football Players Earn Midseason Honors

Four Texas A&M football players earned Midseason All-American or All-Southeastern Conference honors based on their play in the first half of the 2014 season.

Senior offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (Allen, Texas) earned Midseason All-America kudos from SportsIllustrated.com, CBSSports.com and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, as well as first-team All-SEC midseason honors, while helping clear the way for one of the SEC’s top offenses. The Aggies lead the SEC in passing (364.1 yards per game), rank No. 2 in total offense (515.8) and No. 4 in scoring (38.4).

True freshman defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas) earned first-team All-SEC honors from Phil Steele after emerging as Texas A&M’s top pass rushing threat and breaking the Aggies’ freshman record for QB sacks. After eight games, Garrett leads the team with 7.5 QB sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss and seven QB hurries, and he also ranks as the Aggies top tackler on the defensive line with 36 tackles.

Sophomore transfer wide receiver Josh Reynolds (San Antonio, Texas) earned second-team All-SEC midseason after reeling in 32 catches for 518 yards and a SEC-best eight receiving touchdowns after eight games.

Also earning second-team All-SEC midseason honors was senior placekicker Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wisc.), who has been nearly perfect in 2014. Lambo has connected on 7-of-8 field goal attempts, while increasing his career-long field goal twice, and hit all 40 of his extra point tries.

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AP Top 25 Poll Week 9

1
Record: 6-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,480

2
Record: 7-0
2
1,433
3
Record: 7-0
3
1,404
4
Record: 6-1
7
1,235
5
Record: 5-1
6
1,231
6
Record: 6-1
9
1,142
7
5
1,133
8
Record: 6-1
8
1,066
9
Record: 6-1
10
1,055
10
Record: 5-1
12
962
11
Record: 5-1
14
905
12
Record: 6-1
4
858
13
Record: 5-1
13
753
14
Record: 5-1
17
643
15
Record: 5-1
16
639
16
Record: 6-1
19
537
17
Record: 5-2
11
461
18
Record: 5-1
18
445
19
Record: 5-1
20
437
20
Record: 5-2
22
356
21
Record: 5-2
24
283
22
Record: 5-2
-
272
23
Record: 7-0
25
184
24
Record: 6-2
-
177
25
Record: 5-2
-
118

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A&M’s Deheza and Pierson are Texas Region Champions

WACO, Texas –Texas A&M’s Ines Deheza and Rachel Pierson won the doubles title at the women’s ITA/USTA Regional Championships, defeating TCU’s Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan in the finals, 6-1, 6-4, today at the Hurd Tennis Center.

“Ines and Rachel once again performed very well,” A&M coach Howard Joffe said. “It’s obvious that they are already a good team, but with continued work and play together, I really feel like they have the ability to be an elite team.”

It was the fifth consecutive win for the Aggie pair, which had never competed together before entering the tournament. With today’s victory, Deheza and Pierson receive an automatic entry to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 6-9 in Flushing, N.Y.

Next up for the Aggies is the Kramer Club Invitational, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

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Day 5 Results, Monday, Oct. 20

Doubles, Championship
Deheza/Pierson (A&M) def. Arantekin/Tan (TCU), 6-1, 6-4

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Aggie Volleyball Gets Come From Behind Win

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 20 Texas A&M came back from a 2-1 set deficit to defeat South Carolina, 25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 25-12, 15-13, this afternoon at the Volleyball Competition Facility.

The fifth set was knotted 13-all before Aggie freshman setter Stephanie Aiple connected with junior middle blocker Shelby Sullivan for back-to-back kills to close out the victory. Sullivan, who entered the match leading the SEC with a .430 hitting percentage, led all players with 16 kills in the match while hitting .480. The co-captain also paced the Aggies with six blocks, including a career-high tying three solo blocks.

Angela Lowak and Jazzmin Babers also posted double-digit kills for A&M with 13 and 11, respectively, as A&M led the Gamecocks in kills, 61-48, and also led in hitting percentage, .253 to .106.

Sophomore Emily Hardesty, who returned to the outside hitter position after being the libero in the last five matches, led the Aggies with 12 digs, and freshman defensive specialist Amy Nettles pitched in a career-high 11 digs.

A&M, which committed a season-high 17 service errors, improves to 12-6 overall and 4-3 in SEC play to move into a four-way tie for fifth place. South Carolina drops to 13-6, 3-4.

Both teams entered the match aiming to avoid their first three-match losing skid of the season. A&M took the early lead, never trailing in the opening set and pulling away for the 25-21 win. The Aggies, who hit .333 while holding South Carolina to a .185 efficiency in the set, used a 4-0 run to build a 12-7 cushion, but the Gamecocks chipped away at the lead to get within 16-15. A&M then went on an 8-3 run to be serving for the set, but the Aggies committed their fifth service error of the frame. A&M hit wide on the ensuing play, and South Carolina followed with a kill to get within 24-21 before Sullivan tipped the ball over for the set-ending kill.

A&M used a 4-0 run to take its first lead of the second set, 18-17. South Carolina tied the score courtesy of an A&M service error before a kill by Babers and back-to-back solo blocks by Sullivan gave the Maroon and White a 21-18 lead. South Carolina then reeled off five unanswered points, including one the result of a crucial blocking error by A&M that put the Gamecocks up, 23-21. Freshman opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor got a clutch out-of-system kill that put the Aggies within a point but then served into the net for A&M’s ninth service error of the match, equaling the Aggies’ season high for service errors, set in a five-set victory at Southern California on Sept. 11. Sullivan staved off one set point with a tip kill from the right-side pin before the Gamecocks evened the match with a set-clinching kill.

Set 3 was tied at 7-all before the Gamecocks quickly pulled away, outhitting A&M .345 to .129 in the frame. South Carolina, in search of its first ranked win since defeating No. 6 Florida in 2006 in Columbia, would record two kills and A&M committed two attack errors during a 4-0 surge that allowed the Gamecocks to take their largest lead, 19-11. A&M later used a 3-0 run to get within 23-19 but then got blocked and hit into the net to end the set and give South Carolina a 2-1 lead in the match.

The fourth set was all A&M as the Aggies outhit South Carolina .333 to -.233. The Aggies reeled off runs of points several times and did not allow the Gamecocks to score consecutive points until A&M had established an 18-6 lead. South Carolina scored multiple points for the first time on a kill, a block and its second dig-to-kill point of the match to get within 18-9. The Gamecocks’ next attack sailed long, and Hardesty followed with a kill, but characteristic of the day, A&M committed a service error to end the run. Sullivan punished the Gamecocks for an overpass on the following play to start a 4-0 run, which included a Hardesty ace that put A&M at set point, 24-10. South Carolina then got back-to-back kills before Sullivan got a kill to end the set and force a fifth set.

There were nine ties and four lead changes in the final set. The Aggies jumped out to a 3-0 lead, which would be the largest lead by either team. The Gamecocks countered with a 4-0 run to take the lead, but the teams would then trade service errors before Sullivan posted a kill and then teamed with Lowak for a block to give the Aggies a 6-5 advantage. Babers got a kill on the next play, during which the Gamecocks’ Jacqy Angermiller, who led all players with seven blocks, suffered an injury and limped off the court. Taylr McNeil took charge for South Carolina and posted three of her team-leading 13 kills to return the lead to the Gamecocks, 8-7. Lowak evened the score with a kill, but A&M once again had an untimely service error. South Carolina then took its largest lead, 10-8, on an ace. It would be the Gamecocks’ last lead as Lowak followed with a kill and South Carolina had back-to-back attack errors as A&M went ahead, 11-10. The teams then sided out until Sullivan came through with the match-clinching back-to-back kills.

Overall, twelve of A&M’s 14 players saw action in the match, including 11 who played in multiple sets. Sophomore defensive specialist Katelyn Labhart, who entered the match having seen action in only one set this season, played in four sets and had a career-high eight digs.

McNeil was the only Gamecock to post double figures in kills with 13. Libero Mikael Christiaansen led all players with 17 digs.

The Aggies return to Reed Arena on Friday, Oct. 24 to begin a two-match home stand against Georgia and No. 12 Kentucky. A&M hosts the Bulldogs on Friday at 6 p.m., and it will be the Aggies’ annual “Dig Pink” match. The first 250 fans will receive a free limited edition Dig Pink T-shirt, and all fans who wear pink to the match will be admitted for only $3. In addition, there will be a silent auction with numerous items up for bid, including autographed memorabilia, tickets to the A&M men’s basketball game against Kentucky and football tickets to the Missouri game.

A&M hosts No. 12 Kentucky on Sunday for an 11 a.m. start. The match will be televised on the SEC Network.

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A&M Soccer Atop SEC

STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Texas A&M’s 3-0 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sunday happened in Starkville, but the result won’t stay in Starkville as it kept the Aggies in first place in the SEC standings heading into the last three matches of the regular-season. 

The Aggies improved to 13-2-1 on the season and sit at 21 points in SEC play with a 7-1-0 record. Florida has a chance to rejoin A&M atop the league ledger with a 6-1-0 entering a Sunday late afternoon match against Kentucky.

Before you could count to ‘180 Mississippi’, the Aggies got on the scoreboard. Leigh Edwards gathered the ball in the middle third of the pitch and worked down the left flank. Edwards got around the outside defender and worked her way into the penalty area, sending a cross to Bianca Brinson near the PK spot. Brinson drove a right-footed shot to the left of the keeper for the 1-0 lead 2:56 into the match.

Kelley Monogue upped the ante to 2-0 in the 20th minute. Annie Kunz controlled the ball near the top of the penalty box after receiving a pass from Monogue and sent a ball back to Monogue sitting 30 yards from goal. Monogue took one step and sent a missile into the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season and the 45th of her career.

For the fourth straight match, the Aggie scoring roulette wheel landed on Maroon 11 as Janae Cousineau put the biscuit in the basket in the 33rd minute. On a free kick opportunity, Karlie Mueller served up a golden nugget from the right side of the penalty box finding the head of Shea Groom. Groom’s shot hit the left post and caromed back to Cousineau who poked the ball into goal for the 3-0 lead.

Texas A&M’s chip stack was much bigger than Mississippi State in the first half, with advantages in shots (14-4) and shots-on-goal (8-1).

The Aggies kept putting coins in the slot machine in the second half, but didn’t hit the jackpot. A&M peppered 12 shots in the second half, including three shots-on-goal.

In goal, the Aggies’ sent two dealers to bust the Bulldogs. Renée McDermott made one save in the first half and Jordan Day made one save in the second half as A&M logged its fifth shutout of the season.

The Maroon and White backline which featured Meghan Streight, Ashlynn Harryman, Mueller, Edwards and Grace Wright made Mississippi State offensive efforts disappear like one of Siegfried and Roy’s tigers, limiting the Bulldogs to just seven shots for the match, including just two shots-on-goal.

Rhylee DeCrane made six saves and Bulldogs’ backline cleared two balls off the goal line to limit the damage.

Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday as the Aggies travel to Fayetteville for a 7 pm contest against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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Manning Breaks TD Pass Record

DENVER (AP) _ Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has broken Brett
Favre’s (fahrvz) all-time NFL record of 508 touchdown passes. Manning now has
510 TD throws after tossing four in the Broncos’ 42-17 pounding of the San
Francisco 49ers. He set the mark with his third scoring pass of the night, an
eight-yard strike to Demaryius (deh-MAR’-ee-uhs) Thomas just before halftime.

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DeMarco Murray Breaks Record and Cowboys Win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes as the Dallas
Cowboys won their sixth straight by beating the New York Giants 31-21 yesterday.
The Cowboys are off to their best start since they went 13-3 in 2007 and were
the top seed in the NFC before losing to New York in their first playoff game.
Eli Manning had three touchdown passes for the Giants.

DeMarco Murray is the first running back in NFL history
to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games. The NFL rushing leader
reached 100 yards on a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter for the Dallas
Cowboys against the New York Giants yesterday. The fourth-year back from
Oklahoma had been tied with Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

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A&M Football Falls To Bama

Blake Sims passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a 43-yard run while leading No. 7 Alabama to 35 second-quarter points and a 59-0 win over No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) shut down the nation’s No. 4 offense and dominated a game that had produced two straight thrillers.

Led by Sims, T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper, Alabama outgained the Aggies 602-172. Texas A&M (5-3, 2-3) has lost its past three games, all to teams now ranked in the top 10.

Alabama set a school record for most points in a quarter and matched the second-most scored in a half while racing to a 45-0 halftime lead.

Yeldon had 114 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, all in the first half. Cooper gained 140 yards on eight catches with a pair of touchdowns.


POSTGAME NOTES

NOTABLES 
•Senior WR Malcome Kennedy returned to the lineup after missing the past two games due to injury. He had four catches for four yards. 
•Sophomore LB Shaan Washington posted a game-high 10 tackles. It was the first time he’s ever led the team in tackles in a game and it was the first double-digit tackle game of his career. 
•Junior punter Drew Kaser had a career-high nine boots against the Crimson Tide (previous game high punts was eight vs. Missouri in 2013). He averaged 45.0 yards, put one punt inside the 20 and three 50-yard-plus boots. 
•True freshman WR Speedy Noil surpassed the century mark in all-purpose yardage for the third straight game and for the fourth time in seven career games. Against the Crimson Tide, Noil gained 138 yards — 32 receiving and 106 on kickoff returns.
•Junior RB/KOR Trey Williams’ 75-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter was the Aggies’ long kickoff return of the season and the longest by an Aggie since Williams had a 95-yarder against Mississippi State in 2013.

FOR THE RECORD 
•Game captains were senior Malcome Kennedy and juniors Julien Obioha and Drew Kaser. The Crimson Tide won the toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff 
•Junior Sam Moeller, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, was the Aggies’ 12th Man for the 21st straight game. 
•With the loss, the Aggies fell to 5-3 overall and 2-3 vs. the Southeastern Conference. 
•The Aggies have lost three straight games for the first time since the 2011 season. 
•The 59-0 shutout marked the first time the Aggies have been shutout since 2003 (77-0 at Oklahoma). 
•The 59-point margin of defeat was the most since the 77-0 game in 2003 and the second-most in school history.

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Pats Nip Jets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ Shane Vereen caught two of Tom Brady’s three touchdown
passes and had 114 total yards as the New England Patriots beat the New York
Jets 27-25 to improve to 5-2. Brady was 20 of 37 for 261 yards, including a
scoring pass that put the Pats ahead 27-19 midway through the fourth quarter.
The outcome hung in the balance until the Patriots blocked a 58-yard field goal
attempt on the final play.

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San Fran and KC In The Fall Classic

Travis Ishikawa (ee-shee-KAH’-wah) was a man without a
team six months ago. Today, he’s the San Francisco Giants’ latest postseason
hero.

Ishikawa sent the Giants to the World Series by launching a three-run, walkoff
homer in the bottom of the ninth to complete a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis
Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS. Pablo Sandoval opened the rally with a leadoff
single and went to second on a walk by Brandon Belt before Ishikawa sealed San
Francisco’s third National League pennant in five years. The blast came off
Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah), who was making his first appearance of this postseason
and had worked just 16 2/3 innings since June 17 because of a shoulder injury.
Wacha was the MVP of last year’s NLCS.

Ishikawa opened the season with the Pirates but became a free agent in April
after refusing a minor league assignment. He signed a deal with the Giants April
25, bringing him back to his original team.

Ishikawa finished the series hitting .385 with an NLCS-leading seven RBIs.

The Giants did all of their scoring via the longball. Joe Panik gave the Giants
a brief 2-1 lead with a two-run shot off Adam Wainwright in the third inning. It
was the only major mistake by Wainwright, who left with a 3-2 lead after
scattering four hits in seven innings.

The Cardinals regained the lead on solo homers by Matt Adams and Tony Cruz in
the fourth inning, and the lead held up until pinch-hitter Michael Morse smacked
a solo homer off Pat Neshek (NEE’-shehk) in the eighth.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was named the series MVP after helping the
Giants win the first and last games. Bumgarner allowed three runs in eight
innings on Thursday, leaving him with a 1.72 ERA for the NLCS.

The Giants now have four days to prepare for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday
in Kansas City. San Francisco will enter the Fall Classic with an 8-2 postseason
record, but the Royals are 8-0.

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Aggie Football Heads To Bama

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ No. 21 Texas A&M has moved on from consecutive
tough losses and is focused on bouncing back this week at No. 7 Alabama.

They’re using the challenge of playing in front of a hostile crowd as
motivation to get back on track and remembering that they’re the last team to
beat the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

In their last trip in 2012, Johnny Manziel led the Aggies to a 29-24 upset of
the nation’s top team at the time.

Senior receiver Malcome Kennedy, who grabbed a 24-yard reception for the
go-ahead touchdown in that game, spoke to the Aggies at a practice this week. He
told them to stay positive, ignore outside noise and fix the mistakes from the
last two weeks.

Quarterback Kenny Hill, who has had six turnovers in the last two weeks, is
ecstatic to have his best receiver on the field again.

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Stars Get Game Winner With 2.9 Seconds Left In Game

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal with 2.9 seconds
remaining to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on
Thursday night.

Seguin’s goal capped a furious comeback as Dallas scored twice in the final
2:57 to win its second straight and snap a six-game losing streak in Pittsburgh.
Jamie Benn and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars, who won in Pittsburgh
for the first time since Dec. 23, 2000.

Sidney Crosby had his fourth goal of the season and Chris Kunitz also scored _
both on power plays in the first 10 minutes of the game _ for the Penguins.

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis left the game on a stretcher in the second
period.

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New Texas Manager is Pirates’ Banister

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Texas Rangers have chosen Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.

The person confirmed multiple reports Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement from the Rangers.

Banister got the nod over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash. Bogar led the Rangers to a 14-8 record to end the regular season following manager Ron Washington’s sudden resignation Sept. 5.

The 49-year-old Banister has been Pittsburgh’s bench coach the past four seasons, and in the Pirates organization for 29 seasons.

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Cowboys’ Randle Will Play Sunday

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys say that running back Joseph Randle isn’t facing a suspension in the wake of his being arrested on a shoplifting charge. Coach Jason Garrett does say that Randle will be fined “significantly” but that he will play against the Giants this Sunday. Randle was charged with a Class B misdemeanor of theft after he was accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store.

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