ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years.
Fielder got a second opinion Monday, and general manager Jon Daniels says Dr. Drew Dossett recommended surgery. That was the same as Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles said last week after an MRI showed a herniation between Fielder’s C4 and C5 disks.
Dossett, a specialist in Texas, performed Fielder’s surgery in May 2014 when he had a cervical fusion of two disks just below the area that is bothering the slugger now.
Fielder has hit .212 with eight homers and 44 RBIs in 89 games this season. He had recently been feeling weakness and discomfort in his neck and left arm, like two years ago before surgery.
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HOUSTON (AP) _ The Houston Texans have put star defensive end J.J. Watt on the physically unable to perform list less than a week before training camp begins.
The move, which was expected, comes after Watt recently had back surgery. The NFL sacks leader last season with 17 1/2 is expected to be ready for the season opener.
The 27-year-old Watt played last season with a herniated disk and spent most of the offseason recovering after surgery to repair a groin injury in January. Last season, Watt helped the Texans to their first playoff berth since 2012 and won his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Camp for Texans veterans opens this weekend.
Notes: The Texans put four other players on the PUP list: tackles Duane Brown and Jeff Adams, S Lonnie Ballentine and CB Cleveland Wallace III … the team signed rookie WR Quenton Bundrage of Iowa State and waived WR Richard Mullaney.
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PHOENIX (AP) Authorities say a van was turning left at a highway intersection in northwestern Arizona when it collided with a bus carrying staffers of the Dallas Cowboys football team, killing all four people in the van.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the van was traveling south on U.S. 93, the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix, and the bus was heading north Sunday. No players were on the bus.
DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr says three females and one male in the van died, but he didn’t release their identities. Additional information on the circumstances of the crash wasn’t immediately available.
Nobody on the Dallas Cowboys bus was seriously injured. The Cowboys group was headed for Las Vegas, a planned stop on a pre-season promotional tour.
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DeShields homers as Rangers top Royals 2-1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Delino DeShields homered in the seventh to break a tie and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Sunday.
DeShields, who was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Round Rock, walked and doubled before leading off the seventh with his third home run. DeShields hit a 2-1 pitch from Luke Hochevar out to left.
The loss dropped the Royals to 48-49, the first time the World Series champions have been below .500 since May 15 when they were 18-19. The Royals have lost 13 of 19 games in July.
Left-hander Alex Claudio (2-1) picked up the win, pitching a scoreless sixth.
Hochevar (2-3) took the loss and has allowed six runs in 6 1-3 innings in July.
Rangers relievers Claudio, Keone Kela, Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson held the Royals scoreless the final four innings.
Altuve’s 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Astros over Angels 13-3
HOUSTON (AP) _ Jose Altuve hit two of Houston’s season-high five homers and had a career-high six RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 13-3 win on Sunday for a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.
Luis Valbuena, Preston Tucker and Evan Gattis also homered for the Astros, who extended their winning streak against the Angels to 11 games.
There were runners at first and second with no outs in the first when Altuve connected off Tim Lincecum (2-4) on a home run to left-center field to make it 3-0. Valbuena’s home run came with one out in the inning to push the lead to 4-0.
George Springer hit a two-run single with no outs in the second inning before scoring on Altuve’s second homer with one out to make it 8-0.
Houston starter Mike Fiers (7-6) allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings for the win.
HOUSTON (AP) _ A person familiar with J.J. Watt’s condition said the Houston Texans’ star defensive end has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t confirmed the surgery or Watts’ roster status.
Watt, the NFL sacks leader last season with 17 1/2, will miss the start of training camp, but is expected to be ready for the season opener.
Watt spent most of the offseason recovering after having surgery to repair a groin injury in January.
His performance last season helped the Texans to their first playoff berth since 2012 and gave him his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The surgery was first reported by ESPN.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The NFL says it is reviewing domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott.
A police report says Elliott denied allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend early Friday in Columbus, Ohio, causing bruises and abrasions. The report says he wasn’t arrested because of conflicting versions of what happened. Three witnesses told police they didn’t see Elliott assault the woman.
A message seeking comment was left with Elliott’s agent.
Elliott is a running back who played at Ohio State. He turned 21 Friday.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarty says the allegations will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy.
The 20-year-old woman also says Elliott struck her several times in the past week, which he also has denied. Elliott says she got the bruises and abrasions in a bar fight.
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Fister, Altuve, spark Astros in 7-0 win over A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Doug Fister pitched seven innings and Jose Altuve continued his torrid hitting as the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-0 Wednesday.
After losing three of his last four decisions, Fister (10-6) took matters into his own hands, throwing seven innings of four-hit ball in which he struck out five and walked two.
The A’s, who had won four of five since the All-Star break and took their second straight series, failed to advance a runner past second base against Fister.
Altuve was 2 for 3 with two walks. Baseball’s leading hitter is 12 for his last 17 in his last four games.
The Astros, who had lost three of their previous four, scored two runs in the second with two outs and nobody on base when five batters reached safely against A’s starter Daniel Mengden (1-5).
Fister is 9-3 over his last 15 starts going back to May 1. The Astros are 12-3 over that stretch.
Marte homers, Angels sweep Rangers to get out of last place
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Jefry Marte hit a three-run homer and the Angels shut down a late rally by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for a 7-4 win Wednesday night that gave Los Angeles a three-game sweep.
It was the second straight sweep for the Angels, who won their sixth in a row and moved out of last place in the AL West.
Albert Pujols had two hits and scored twice, Yunel Escobar had two RBIs and Marte hit his sixth home run.
The Rangers rallied in the ninth inning when Ian Desmond homered, Adrian Beltre doubled and Ryan Rua singled to put runners on the corners with two outs. The rally fell short when Rougned Odor flew out to left field.
The Rangers have gone 4-14 since June 28th.
DALLAS (AP) _ The Big 12 presidents have directed Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to
evaluate schools that are interested in joining the conference, stopping just
short of announcing it was committed to expansion.
After a meeting of the Big 12 university presidents and chancellors on Tuesday,
Oklahoma President David Boren says the conference is still considering whether
to add two or four teams to its 10 members.
The Big 12 has been a 10-team conference, the smallest of the Power Five
leagues, since 2012. The conference has already announced it would bring back
its football championship game in 2017 and likely break into divisions.
Numerous schools have been pitching the Big 12 behind the scenes for months,
including much of the American Athletic Conference along with BYU, Colorado
State and others.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Albert Pujols hit a pair of three-run homers and the Los
Angeles Angels remained unbeaten since the All-Star break with its season-best
fifth straight victory in an 8-6 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Pujols connected in the fourth and fifth innings against Kyle Lohse (0-2) for
his second multi-homer game in three days, driving in six runs for the first
time since 2009.
Pujols’ homers were the 578th and 579th of his career, pulling him closer to
Mark McGwire (583) for 10th place on baseball’s career list.
Tim Lincecum (2-3) had seven strikeouts while winning for the second time in
his six starts for the Angels. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his eighth
save _ his first since June 14.
Robinson Chirinos hit two early homers for the AL West-leading Rangers, who
have lost six of seven.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Marcus Semien scored from second base on Josh Reddick’s
two-out infield single in the 10th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics past the
Houston Astros last night, 4-3.
The A’s rallied from three runs down and trailed 3-2 before Coco Crisp’s
game-tying double off Astros closer Will Harris in the ninth.
After the Astros stranded the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Reddick won
it with the sixth walkoff hit of his career.
Semien singled with two outs off Pat Neshek (2-2) and stole second. Yonder
Alonso walked before Reddick singled to deep shortstop. Houston’s Carlos Correa
fielded the ball cleanly but threw wide of home as Semien slid safely in with
the winning run.
Mark Rzepczynski (1-0) got the last out in the top of the 10th for the win.
Starter Dallas Keuchel took a shutout into the seventh. Jose Altuve matched his
career-high with four hits while George Springer hit his career-high 21st home
run for the Astros.
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MIAMI (AP) _ Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The free agent is attempting a comeback from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last season with Houston.
Miami was looking to add depth at running back following the loss of Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency.
Injuries have limited Foster to 25 games in the past three years, and he played in just four games last season, averaging 2.6 yards per carry.
Foster’s most recent Pro Bowl season was 2014, when he rushed for 1,246 yards and caught passes for 327 in 13 games.
Graveman wins 5th straight to pace Athletics past Astros 7-4
By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Yonder Alonso drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits to back Kendall Graveman’s fifth consecutive win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-4 on Monday night.
Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in three games, Marcus Semien had two hits and scored twice while Ryon Healy added an RBI double for the A’s.
Oakland has won three of four since the All-Star break.
Alonso doubled in a run in the second inning then added a two-run single as part of five-run fourth when the A’s sent 12 men to the plate. The Astros walked five batters in the inning, two with the bases loaded.
Graveman (6-6) allowed three runs over seven innings to earn his second straight win over Houston. The right-hander, who also beat the Astros in his final start before the break, struck out five and walked one.
Dyan Dull retired three batters and Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
Marwin Gonzalez homered for the second time in three games for Houston.
The A’s got plenty of help from the Astros pitching.
Starter Mike Fiers allowed six runs over 3 2/3 innings to remain winless in five career starts against Oakland. Fiers (6-4) fanned five and walk three, including two in the fourth.
Michael Feliz replaced Fiers and walked three consecutive batters including Josh Reddick and Danny Valencia with the bases loaded. Reddick had struck out swinging in his first two at-bats before drawing a four-pitch walk to force in Healy.
Davis hit his 23rd home run this season off Scott Feldman in the seventh.
Houston took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Carlos Correa scored an unearned run on a throwing error by Healy, Oakland’s rookie third baseman. A’s manager Bob Melvin tried to argue that Correa interfered with Healy while running from second to third on the play.
Trout hits 3-run HR to help Angels beat Rangers 9-5
By ABBEY MASTRACCO
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Mike Trout hit a three-run homer to help the Los Angeles
Angels rally from four runs down and beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 Monday night.
Andrelton Simmons had three hits and scored a run, Kole Calhoun scored three
times and hand an RBI to help the Angels win their fourth straight.
With the score tied 5-5 in the seventh, Jeff Bandy was hit by a pitch from
Keone Kela (1-1) to start the bottom of the inning and moved to third on
Simmons’ double. One out later, Calhoun hit a fielder’s choice to second,
driving in Bandy with the go-ahead run, and Trout followed with his homer over
the left-field fence.
Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer, his 17th, and Adrian Beltre followed with his
13th to put the Rangers up 3-0 in the first. Mitch Moreland led off the second
with his 12th.
Texas gave the lead when and trailed when Nomar Mazara and Bobby Wilson hit
back-to-back doubles to tie the score at 5-5 in the top of the seventh.
J.C. Ramirez (2-3) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win, and Cam Bedrosian got the
last three outs.
Nick Tropeano, activated from the disabled list July 4, was removed after two
innings with right elbow soreness and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday. In his
shortest outing of the season, Tropeano was charged with four earned runs after
giving the three homers.
Jhoulys Chacin followed with four scoreless innings in relief of Tropeano.
Albert Pujols drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and Daniel Nava hit a
sacrifice fly to pull the Angels to 4-2. Ji-Man Choi got them within one when he
led off the fifth with his first major league home run.
Calhoun scored the tying run on second baseman Odor’s fielding error in the
sixth and the Angels took a 5-4 lead on Johnny Giovatella’s RBI single later in
Texas starter A.J. Griffin, who left with two on and none out in the sixth, was
charged with five runs and four hits with three walks.
Altuve, McHugh pace Astros past Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) _ Jose Altuve homered among his four hits and drove in three runs, Collin McHugh escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams to pitch six scoreless innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Sunday.
Altuve had a two-run homer and three singles in five at-bats to raise his American League-leading average to .346. McHugh (6-6) allowed four hits and walked four, striking out 10 to win for the first time in eight starts since his last victory on May 30.
Carlos Gomez added his second career grand slam in the seventh inning off Nathan Karns to put the Astros up 8-0.
Kyle Seager singled home Seattle’s only run in the eighth off Chris Devenski.
Mike Montgomery (3-4), making his second start this season after 30 relief appearances, allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, walking two and striking out seven.
Hamels dominant, Rangers end 4-game slide by topping Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) _ Cole Hamels pitched eight dominant innings in his first game at Wrigley Field since throwing a no-hitter at the famed ballpark a year ago, and the Texas Rangers stopped a four-game slide by topping the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Sunday.
Hamels (10-2) struck out his first six batters. He fanned seven overall and gave up just an unearned run on four hits.
Last summer, the lefty threw a no-hitter and struck out 13 at Wrigley in his final start for Philadelphia. He was then traded to the Rangers.
Sam Dyson struck out three in the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
Ian Desmond homered and Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs as Texas avoided a three-game sweep in the matchup of division leaders. The Cubs had won three in a row.
John Lackey (7-6) allowed four runs and six hits in eight innings as his winless streak reached seven starts.
CHICAGO (AP) _ Kyle Hendricks and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Addison Russell had a two-run single to key a five-run sixth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 on Friday in a matchup of slumping division leaders.
The Cubs returned from the All-Star break to win for the seventh time in 22 games, while the Rangers lost their eighth in 10 games thanks to a rough sixth hat included Prince Fielder’s throwing error.
As Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester have struggled lately, Hendricks (8-6) has remained sharp. The former Rangers draft pick lowered his team-best ERA to 2.41, allowing three hits with three strikeouts in six innings.
Carl Edwards Jr. struck out two in a perfect seventh and Travis Wood, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm combined for the final six outs in Chicago’s eighth shutout.
Russell’s bases-loaded hit in the sixth was followed by pinch-hitter Matt Szczur’s two-run single against Martin Perez (7-6).
One of the runs was unearned after Fielder fired a throw high and wide of third in a rare start at first base due to interleague play.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. â Five Texas A&M football players were named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference football team on Friday, which was voted on by the media members attending the 2016 SEC Media Days earlier this week.
Making the elite squad from the Aggie roster were senior Avery Gennesy (third-team offensive line), juniors Myles Garrett (first-team defensive line), Ricky Seals-Jones (third-team wide receiver) and Armani Watts (third-team defensive defensive back), and sophomore Christian Kirk (first-team wide receiver, return specialist and all-purpose).
2016 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(Total points earned in parenthesis)(331 total voters)
QBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Chad Kelly, Ole Miss (321)
RBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Leonard Fournette, LSU (329)
RBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Nick Chubb, Georgia (308)
WRÂ Â Â Â Â Calvin Ridley, Alabama (318)
WRÂ Â Â Â Â Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (223)
TEÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â O.J. Howard, Alabama (294)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Cam Robinson, Alabama (315)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Dan Skipper, Arkansas (228)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Greg Pyke, Georgia (171)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Alex Kozan, Auburn (165)
CÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ethan Pocic, LSU (188)
QBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (313)
RBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Jalen Hurd, Tennessee (278)
RB Â Â Â Â Â Â Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (151)
WRÂ Â Â Â Â Malachi Dupre, LSU (167)
WRÂ Â Â Â Â Fred Ross, Mississippi State (139)
TEÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Evan Engram, Ole Miss (214)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Martez Ivey, Florida (152)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â William Clapp, LSU (143)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â David Sharpe, Florida (138)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Alphonse Taylor, Alabama (137)
C Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Brandon Kublanow, Georgia (121)
QBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Brandon Harris, LSU (25)
RBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Stanley “Boom” Williams, Kentucky (60)
RBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Jovon Robinson, Auburn (55)
WRÂ Â Â Â Â Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M (78)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
WRÂ Â Â Â Â Drew Morgan, Arkansas (49)
TEÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (65)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M (120)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Jashon Robertson, Tennessee (119)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Braden Smith, Auburn (118)
OLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Javon Patterson, Ole Miss (113)
CÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama (101)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Jonathan Allen, Alabama (301)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (286)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Carl Lawson, Auburn (253)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Derek Barnett, Tennessee (171)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Reuben Foster, Alabama (265)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Kendell Beckwith, LSU (231)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee (223)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Eddie Jackson, Alabama (293)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Jalen Tabor, Florida (249)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Tre’Davious White, LSU (221)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (213)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Montravius Adams, Auburn (167)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Bryan Cox, Florida (105)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Davon Godchaux, LSU (105)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Charles Harris, Missouri (103)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Tim Williams, Alabama (196)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt (178)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Jarad Davis, Florida (160)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Jamal Adams, LSU (193)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (188)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Tony Conner, Ole Miss (146)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Dominick Sanders, Georgia (145)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (102)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Deatrich Wise, Arkansas (95)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Cece Jefferson, Florida (85)
DLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â A.J. Jefferson, Mississippi State (84)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (92)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Richie Brown, Mississippi State (84)
LBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Arden Key, LSU (76)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Marcus Maye, Florida (139)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (120)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Johnathan Ford, Auburn (105)
DBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Armani Watts, Texas A&M (74) Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
PÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â JK Scott, Alabama (252)
PKÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Daniel Carlson, Auburn (198)
RSÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (214)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
APÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (240)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
PÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Johnny Townsend, Florida (124)
PKÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Adam Griffith, Auburn (174)
RSÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Evan Berry, Tennessee (163)
APÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Alvin Kamara, Tennessee (152)
PÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Trevor Daniel, Tennessee (97)
PKÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Elliott Fry, South Carolina (91)
RSÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia (100)
APÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia (112)
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) _ Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has agreed to a $114.5 million contract that includes $70 million in guarantees, making him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history. The Super Bowl MVP took the six-year package two hours before today’s deadline for players to accept an offer or play under the franchise tag. The deal came to fruition after Miller’s camp rejected an offer worth $38.3 million in guaranteed money.
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IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Oklahoma is the overwhelming preseason pick to win another
Big 12 title.
With quarterback Baker Mayfield among seven returning starters on offense, the
Sooners got 24 of 26 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released
TCU got the other two first-place vote and was picked second, followed by
Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas. Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas State, Iowa
State and Kansas rounded out the poll.
The Sooners last year won their record ninth Big 12 championship, all in coach
Bob Stoops’ 17 seasons, and made it into the College Football Playoff.
Mayfield was the Big 12’s offensive player of the year last season, and has
been tabbed as the preseason offensive player of the year. He threw for 3,700
yards and 36 touchdowns last season.
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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) _ Alabama is the pick to win another Southeastern Conference
The Crimson Tide received 223 of 331 total votes by the league’s media one year
after winning the league and national titles. LSU received the second-most votes
with 59 while Tennessee had 29.
Alabama and Tennessee were the overwhelming favorites to win their respective
divisions. In the West, Alabama received 246 first place votes (2,220 points
overall) to finish well ahead of LSU’s 76 first-place votes and 1,984 points.
Mississippi was picked to finish in third, followed by Texas A&M, Arkansas,
Auburn and Mississippi State.
In the East, Tennessee received 225 first-place votes and 2,167 total points.
Florida was in second, followed by Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Missouri and