Marlins Get Cosart From Astros in 6-Player Deal

MIAMI (AP) _ Right-hander Jarred Cosart has been traded by the Houston Astros to the Miami Marlins in a six-player deal.

The Marlins also acquired infielder-outfielder Kiki Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates in exchange for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.

The Marlins, traditionally sellers at the trade deadline, were in the market to upgrade their rotation after a recent six-game winning streak put them back in the playoff picture.

Cosart is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this year but has struggled lately, allowing 21 runs in 21 1-3 innings over four starts in July.

The Astros made the deal Thursday while 22 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West.

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Bolt Returning to A&M as Assistant Coach

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Baseball has named former University of Nebraska player and assistant coach Will Bolt to the staff, Aggie Head Coach Rob Childress announced on Thursday. Bolt previously served a two-year stint as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M in 2006-07.

Bolt’s primary functions will include coordinating the offensive game, mentoring the infielders and serving as third base coach.

“We are making a great addition to our coaching staff,” Childress said. “He has done great things on the coaching track and has been a winner and built an outstanding resume at every stop he has made. Will was an incredible player at Nebraska. He still holds a lot of records and has a great baseball mind. There is a familiarity with College Station with Will having coached two seasons here in the past, so there will be a seamless transition.

In addition to serving as a volunteer assistant under Coach Childress, Bolt was also a four-year starter at Nebraska from 1999-2002, while Childress was serving as an assistant coach under Dave Van Horn.

“This is something I’m truly excited about,” Bolt said. “Having been here early on when Rob (Childress) was first starting out here, I felt like this was a special place. I am honored and humbled that he asked me to return and I look forward to work Rob and Justin (Seely) as they continue to build an elite program.”

The Conroe, Texas native spent the last three seasons as an associate head coach for the Cornhuskers, serving under Darin Erstad. Bolt helped the Huskers get back to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 after a five-year hiatus. Nebraska was one of the top offenses in the Big Ten Conference last season and ranked 19th nationally in hits (623), 30th in triples (19) and 31st in batting average (.293). Nebraska’s defense was also one of the best units in the country in 2014. With a new starter at first base, third base, shortstop, left field and center field, the Huskers ranked 21st in the country with a .976 fielding percentage.

Under Bolt’s watch in 2013, Nebraska’s defense turned in its best performance in school history. The Huskers ranked second in the nation with a .981 fielding percentage, setting school and Big Ten records. The Husker offense improved under Bolt’s tutelage in 2013, ranking in the top three in the Big Ten in eight offensive categories.

Prior to his tenure at Nebraska, Bolt served four years as head coach at Texarkana College from 2008-11. He led the Bulldogs to a pair of Region XIV championships during his four-year stint. Bolt guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back Region XIV championships (2009 and 2010) during a stretch of four straight Regional Tournament appearances and four 30-plus win seasons. Bolt, who was 140-82 (.631) at Texarkana, helped over 20 players sign with Division I schools.

Bolt has been in the collegiate coaching ranks for 10 years, spending the 2005 season as Nebraska’s volunteer assistant during the program’s school-record breaking 57-win campaign, prior to his two years on Texas A&M’s coaching staff. One of the top infielders in Husker history, he finished his playing career holding six school records and caught the final out of the 2001 Super Regional to send Nebraska to its first College World Series.

The Conroe High School product started his coaching career by serving as a graduate manager for the 2004 Huskers, and he was then named head coach for the Parkville Sluggers (M.I.N.K. League) over the summer. Upon being named a volunteer assistant at Nebraska in 2005, Bolt helped direct the Husker infielders and hitters, as NU had its best season in school history. Nebraska compiled a 57-15 record and swept the Big 12 regular-season and tournament championships en route to capturing Nebraska’s first CWS win. Nebraska finished the season with a then-school record .975 fielding percentage.

Bolt headed back to his home state in 2006 and spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M. In 2007, he was on staff when the Aggies advanced to the Super Regionals, while producing a 49-18 overall record and claiming the program’s first Big 12 Tournament championship. In College Station, Bolt specialized in infield work and helped tutor All-Americans Brandon Hicks and Blake Stouffer, who were each drafted in the first five rounds of the MLB Draft.

A member of Van Horn’s first recruiting class, Bolt was a four-year starter and team captain on Nebraska’s 2001 and 2002 College World Series teams. The infielder played an instrumental role in helping Nebraska to four NCAA Regionals, three Super Regionals and back-to-back College World Series appearances. Bolt was the Minneapolis Regional MVP as a sophomore, as he led the Huskers to their first regional title in school history with a .545 batting average. He finished his career holding six school records, including games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639). Bolt remains in the school’s top five in several categories, including doubles (1st, 56), games played (2nd, 251), assists (2nd, 639), hits (3rd, 281) and runs scored (5th, 197). His 639 assists were also the most in Big 12 history.

In the classroom, Bolt was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and graduated in 2003 with a degree in communication studies before earning his master’s degree in 2006.

Bolt and his wife, Lauren, were married in July of 2005 and they have two sons, Jaxon and Austin.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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David Price Traded to Tigers

The Detroit Tigers have acquired All-Star left-hander David Price in a blockbuster three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners, a source has confirmed to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

Detroit sent center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle while Tampa Bay received left-handerDrew Smyly from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners, according to multiple reports.

Price, the American League Cy Young award winner in 2012, will join a Tigers rotation that already features Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez.

Story courtesy of ESPN.com

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Texas A&M Football Reveals New Locker Room

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USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll Released

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Florida State
Seminoles
14-0 1543 56 NR
2 Alabama
Crimson Tide
11-2 1455 0 NR
3 Oklahoma
Sooners
11-2 1382 3 NR
4 Oregon
Ducks
11-2 1314 1 NR
5 Auburn
Tigers
12-2 1271 0 NR
6 Ohio State
Buckeyes
12-2 1267 1 NR
7 UCLA
Bruins
10-3 1085 0 NR
8 Michigan State
Spartans
13-1 1050 0 NR
9 South Carolina
Gamecocks
11-2 1009 1 NR
10 Baylor
Bears
11-2 965 0 NR
11 Stanford
Cardinal
11-3 955 0 NR
12 Georgia
Bulldogs
8-5 905 0 NR
13 LSU
Tigers
10-3 833 0 NR
14 Wisconsin
Badgers
9-4 654 0 NR
15 USC
Trojans
10-4 627 0 NR
16 Clemson
Tigers
11-2 535 0 NR
17 Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
9-4 509 0 NR
18 Arizona State
Sun Devils
10-4 358 0 NR
19 Mississippi
Rebels
8-5 346 0 NR
20 Texas A&M
Aggies
9-4 266 0 NR
21 Kansas State
Wildcats
8-5 257 0 NR
22 Nebraska
Cornhuskers
9-4 228 0 NR
23 North Carolina
Tar Heels
7-6 175 0 NR
24 Texas
Longhorns
8-5 143 0 NR
25 Washington
Huskies
9-4 142 0 NR
Others Receiving Votes

Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.

Courtesy of usatoday.com

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A’s Acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the deal.

Lester was sought by many teams, including Pittsburgh and the Los Angeles Dodgers, when A’s general manager Billy Beane pulled off another blockbuster trade.

Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 starts.

Cespedes won the past two Home Run Derbys at the All-Star game. He is in the third season of a $36 million, four-year contract he signed before 2012.

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MLB Scores

INTERLEAGUE

Final     Milwaukee       5  Tampa Bay       0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final     Houston         8  Oakland         1
Final     Baltimore       4  L.A. Angels     3
Final     Cleveland       2  Seattle         0
Final     Detroit         7  Chi White Sox   2
Final     Toronto         6  Boston          1
Final     Texas           3  N-Y Yankees     2
Final     Kansas City     3  Minnesota       2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final     N-Y Mets       11  Philadelphia    2
Final     Arizona         5  Cincinnati      4
Final     Washington      4  Miami           3
Final     San Francisco   7  Pittsburgh      5
Final     Colorado        6  Chi Cubs        4, 10 Innings
Final     L.A. Dodgers    3  Atlanta         2, 10 Innings
Final     San Diego      12  St. Louis       1

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Top Ranked Bombers Sweep Second Place Victoria

Overcoming an early deficit, the Brazos Valley Bombers (36-12) completed a sweep of the second place Victoria Generals (33-19) with a 3-2 victory Wednesday.

“To get a sweep here at home this late in the year getting ready for the playoffs—it’s just good for momentum,” said head coach Curt Dixon. “Winning good ballgames like this, it’s just good to get a series sweep and not a split.”

Victoria would go on top 1-0 in the top of the first, but Bombers starting pitcher Zach Girrens would respond to post seven strikeouts in his six-inning outing, earning his fifth win of the season and improving his record to 5-2.

 The Bombers would claim the lead in the bottom of the second inning by scoring three runs, two of which came on a double by right fielder Blake Kopetsky.

“It was a lefty-on-lefty matchup, so I knew it was going to be a little harder competition. I saw the ball real well and did my job,” Kopetsky said after ending the night 3-for-3.

The Generals would add a run in the top of the fifth, but it would prove too little too late as the Bombers would go on to earn their second win of their four game home stand.

As the 2014 Texas Collegiate League Playoffs approach, the Bombers enter the final stretch of the season confident that home field advantage will help them to become the first team to repeat as TCL Champions.

 “We’ve got our rotation set, we’ve got the guys in that we want to go battle in the playoffs with,” Dixon said. “Everybody will be here till the end, and we’ve set ourselves in a situation where we get to play here at home for the first game. That’s all we can do is get in, have a chance, and set ourselves up to play at home.”

The Bombers will begin the last half of their home stand Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at Cellucor Field against the East Texas PumpJacks. 

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Junior PGA Championship at Miramont: Day 2

BRYAN, Texas (AP) _ Gordon Neale shot a 7-under 64 yesterday at Miramont to top
the boys’ field in the Junior PGA Championship. Kristen Gillman increased her
lead to three strokes in the girls’ division. Sam Burns was two strokes back in
the boys’ contest after a 69. Hobart’s Brad Dalke was third at 3 under after a
70. Gillman had her second straight 66 to reach 10 under in the girls’ field.

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A&M Football Facilities Very Impressive

Texas A&M associated athletic director of football Justin Moore gave the the media a tour of the team’s new facilities. Because the football players have not seen their new digs yet and they’ve asked us not to go into too much details so the students athletes will be surprised.  In a nut shell…lets just say the locker room facilities are staggering! Coach Kevin Sumlin said “If you expect the best out of the athletes then you give the best environment to be in, they appreciate that” Check WTAW.com for the photos from yesterday’s press junket at 3:00pm.

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Thirty former Aggie Football Players Looking to Play in the NFL

COLLEGE STATION—With NFL training camps opening across the country, 30 former Texas A&M football players are looking to secure spots on the final rosters.

The longest tenured Aggie in the NFL is All-Pro punter Shane Lechler who played 13 years for the Oakland Raiders before joining the Houston Texans and playing last year. Lechler was a four-year Aggie letterman from 1996-99 and played his high school football at East Bernard.

Another NFL special teams standout is deep snapper Don Muhlbach who is beginning his 11th season with the Detroit Lions. Muhlbach lettered for Texas A&M in 2002 and 2003 before moving on to Detroit. Muhlbach played at Lufkin High School and his younger brother, Beau, was a four-year basketball letterman for Texas A&M (2005-08).

Several members of the 2013 Aggie football team that finished with a 9-4 overall record and won a third straight bowl game for Texas A&M are looking to secure roster spots.

Three first-round NFL draft picks came from Texas A&M earlier this season. Left tackle Jake Matthews, a finalist for the Outland Trophy and a consensus All-America selection, was the first Aggie selected at the No. 6 spot by the Atlanta Falcons.

All-American wide receiver and finalist for the Biletnikoff Award Mike Evans was the next selection at No. 7 in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2012 Heisman winner and 2013 Heisman finalist Johnny Manziel was the No. 22 selection in the first round by the Cleveland Browns.

Free agent signees who reported to camps include linebacker Nate Askew with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive back Tramain Jacobs with the Baltimore Ravens, wide receiver Travis Labhart with the Houston Texans, running back Ben Malena with the Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Derel Walker with the Tennessee Titans.

Several Aggies are also on NFL coaching staffs led by head coach Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders. Dan Campbell is a tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins, Kyle Caskey is a running backs coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jerry Fontenot coaches tight ends with the Green Bay Packers and is joined on that staff by special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum. Gary Kubiak is the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.

Two former Texas A&M football standouts are currently playing in the Canadian Football League with quarterback Stephen McGee with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and wide receiver Jeff Fuller playing with the Calgary Stampeders.

The complete list of Aggies on 2014 NFL training camp rosters follows:

2014 TEXAS A&M PLAYERS ON NFL ROSTERS— 30 (As of July 30,2014)

#53      Nate Askew, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

#79      Ben Bass, DL, Dallas Cowboys

#83      Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

#72      Michael Bennett, DL, Seattle Seahawks

#79      Red Bryant, DL, Jacksonville Jaguars

#4        Randy Bullock, PK, Houston Texans

#13      Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

#37      Terrence Frederick, DB, New Orleans Saints

#36      Danny Gorrer, DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

#32      Cyrus Gray, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

#39      Tramain Jacobs, DB, Baltimore Ravens

#63      Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL, San Francisco 49ers

#76      Luke Joeckel, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars

#19      Travis Labhart, WR, Houston Texans

#46      Jorvorskie Lane, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

#9        Shane Lechler, P, Houston Texans

#61      Patrick Lewis, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars

#28      Ben Malena, RB, Dallas Cowboys

#2        Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns

#70      Jake Matthews, OL, Atlanta Falcons

#60      Kevin Matthews, C, Carolina Panthers

#33      Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks

#58      Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

#98      Damontre Moore, DL, New York Giants

#48      Don Muhlbach, DS, Detroit Lions

#17      Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR, Houston Texans

#56      Sean Porter, LB, Cincinnati Bengals

#17      Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

#19      Derel Walker, WR, Tennessee Titans

#72      Cody Wallace, OL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Aggies on NFL Coaching Staffs:

Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders (Head Coach)

Dan Campbell, Miami Dolphins (Tight Ends)

Kyle Caskey, Cincinnati Bengals (Running Backs)

Jerry Fontenot, Green Bay Packers (Tight Ends)

Gary Kubiak, Baltimore Ravens (Offensive Coordinator)

Shawn Slocum, Green Bay Packers (Special Teams Coordinator)

CFL Players

#31      Jeff Fuller, WR, Calgary Stampeders

#6        Stephen McGee, QB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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Tyron Smith Gets 8-year Extension

By Todd Archer | ESPN.com

OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys have signed Pro Bowl offensive tackle Tyron Smith to an eight-year extension through 2023, making the total value of his contract worth nearly $110 million, according to multiple sources.

Smith, who the Cowboys view as a cornerstone of their future, is guaranteed $40 million and will receive a $10 million signing bonus, according to sources. He had two years remaining on his previous contract after the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in the spring.

“We talk about building a program and building a football team and he was the first player that we took three years ago in that draft,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s just been everything we’ve wanted to build this program and this team around. He was really a young player, who we put in really on minute one of day one and he’s everything that we thought he would be, both physically, intangibly and just as a person. His work ethic is fantastic. His mental and physical toughness are as good as I’ve been around. He just continues to grow and develop as a player. Technically he’s getting better. He’s getting bigger and stronger. And he’s just tough, competitive. He’s what you want on your football team at a really, really important position.”

Smith is the second member of the 2011 draft class to sign a lucrative extension in as many days, joining Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who signed a five-year extension worth $70 million.

Smith became the first offensive lineman drafted by the Cowboys in the first round since 1981 when he was selected with the ninth overall pick of the draft. He has started all but one game since joining the Cowboys and moved to left tackle in 2012.

The Cowboys have been in negotiations with his agents through the spring and talks picked up recently.

Smith does not turn 24 until December and will be able to hit free agency again by the time he is 32. Smith is considered a prototype left tackle with his athleticism and strength and was selected as a second-team All-Pro in 2013.

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Keuchel Gets Early Boost, Leads Astros Over A’s

HOUSTON (AP) _ Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics 8-1 Wednesday.

Keuchel (10-7) pitched his fourth complete game of the season, tying Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead.

The Astros won the series from the AL West-leading Athletics.

Marc Krauss beat out Oakland’s try for a double play in the first, and the Astros went on to match a season high for runs in an inning.

Keuchel (10-7) struck out five and walked three. Josh Donaldson hit his 23rd homer for Oakland’s only run.

Jason Hammel (0-4) remained winless in four starts since the A’s acquired him with pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs earlier this month. Hammel was 8-5 before the trade.

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DeMarcus Lawrence out 8-10 Weeks With Broken Foot, Per Report

By  (SBNation)

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence suffered an injury and had to be carted off the field at practice on Tuesday, and according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the team confirmed their suspicion that Lawrence had broken his foot, sidelining him 8-10 weeks.

Lawrence was trying to get past, but Smith kept on him and eventually threw him to the ground. It’s unclear what the actual injury was, but there is video of the play in which it happened, via Pat Doney of NBC on Vine:

Lawrence struggled to put weight on the ankle immediately after suffering the injury.

Lawrence was the No. 34 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and was expected to earn significant playing time this season.

The Cowboys are trying to improve on one of the league’s worst defenses. After parting ways with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, the team was banking on Lawrence stepping up in his rookie year. Lawrence was one of the best pass rushers in this draft and would be able to play and possibly start early on if the injury isn’t too serious.

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Texas MLB Teams

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Brett Gardner had four hits, including a home run, to
help the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 12-11 last night. Mark
Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, Zoilo Almonte and Brendan Ryan each drove in two runs
for the Yankees. J.P. Arencibia had two homers and seven RBIs for the Rangers.

HOUSTON (AP) _ The Oakland Athletics scored six runs in the top of the ninth to
beat the Houston Astros 7-4 last night. Josh Reddick homered and Yoenis Cespedes
had three hits for the AL West-leading A’s. Enrique Hernandez drove in two runs
for the Astros, who fell to 43-64 on the season.

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Bombers Win With a Walk-off In the 11th

Bryan-College Station, TX (July 29, 2014) – Thanks to a walk-off homerun from catcher Tucker Pennell, the Brazos Valley Bombers (35-12) lifted themselves over the Victoria Generals (33-18) Tuesday night with a 4-3 victory.

“[Tucker] brings it every day—great kid, hard worker, grinder,” said assistant coach Tyler Gillum. “He really got that one with two outs to walk it off, and good job to step up there at the end when we needed him to.”

The Generals went up 2-0 early in the game, scoring a run in the second and another in the top of the fifth. The Bombers responded in the bottom of the fifth however, tying the game at 2-2.

The Bombers took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Generals would tie the game at 3-3 in the eighth, eventually sending the game into extra innings. Neither team was able to score in the 10th inning, but Pennell launched a two out homerun over the left field wall in the bottom of the 11th to give the Bombers their fourth consecutive victory.

“I was just seeing the ball well tonight and he threw me the one pitch I was looking for,” Pennell said. “I was ready to go home.”

 The Bombers will face the Generals once again Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Cellucor Field

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San Antonio Raiders?

If the Raiders don’t get a new stadium, the team could be making the move from Oakland to the Alamo. According to MySanAntonio.com, owner Mark Davis met with San Antonio city officials in mid-July to discuss possibly moving his team to Texas. The Raiders’ lease at O.co Coliseum expires after the 2014 season and at that point they would theoretically be free to move anywhere, although 24 out of 32 NFL owners would have to approve any possible relocation. According to MySanAntonio.com’s report, Davis took a helicopter tour of San Antonio and also visited the Alamodome, the stadium where the Raiders would potentially play if they made the move. The Alamodome could be upgraded to NFL standards in time for kickoff of the 2015 season.

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Ag’s at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland – Defending Commonwealth Games champion Fabrice Lapierre was one of three Australians who advanced to the final of the long jump at Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday.

With his third attempt Lapierre produced a season best of 26 feet, 1 inch (7.95), which was the fourth best mark among the 12 jumpers who qualified for Wednesday’s final (12:35 p.m. CT).

“I haven’t done much this year, just trying to get ready and keep my body in shape,” Lapierre noted. “I just think about winning, nothing else, and I know I can always pull one out of the hat on any given day.”

Four years ago in Dehli, India, Lapierre won Commonwealth Games gold with a leap of 27-2.75 (8.30) and in 2006 he was a Commonwealth bronze medalist in Melbourne.

Also advancing to the final was 2012 Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of England, who led qualifying with a 26-3.75 (8.02) mark. Rutherford finished as runner-up to Lapierre in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when they were separated by just three inches.

Bralon Taplin, running for Grenada, placed fifth in the semifinals of the 400m with a time of 46.68. England’s Martyn Rooney led the field to 200m, but was challenged by Taplin through the curve. As the field reached 300m, Taplin was among the leading four runners along with Rooney, Jarrin Solomon of Trinidad and Chris Brown of the Bahamas.

Rooney claimed the heat in 45.22 with Solomon runner-up at 45.49 to claim the pair of automatic spots for the final. Brown finished third in 45.55 and advanced to the final on time. Taplin was passed in the final 60m by Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald, who ran 45.95 for fourth place.

A strong start for Janeil Bellille, representing Trinidad & Tobago, had the Texas A&M senior leading the 400m hurdle field in her semifinal through the first 200m. In the later stages of the race Bellille slipped back into fourth place, finishing with a time of 57.51 that did not advance to the final.

Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer, running in lane one, took over the lead as the field reached the home straight and won the 400m hurdle semifinal heat in 55.45 with Australia’s Lauren Wells claiming the second automatic spot for the final in 55.79. Grabbing the final time qualifier to the final was Nigeria’s Amaka Ogoegbuna, who placed third in 56.85.

In the 110m hurdles a minor hamstring strain prevented Wayne Davis II from starting his race. Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados edged out England’s Will Sharman 13.48 to 13.49 (-2.4 wind) in the semifinal heat Davis was scheduled to run.

The final of the 110m hurdles was claimed by Andrew Riley of Jamaica, a former NCAA champion at Illinois, in 13.32 seconds (-0.3 wind) with Sharman runner-up in 13.36 and Shane Brathwaite of Barbados third at 13.49.

Wednesday’s action at Hampden Park will have a pair Aggies in action. Lapierre contests the final of the men’s long jump while the women’s 200m prelims include Dominique Duncan, representing Nigeria. Duncan runs in the sixth of six heats from lane 2.

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Harvey Major Girls Softball Fall in Semifinals

By LARRY BOWEN

WACO — Bryan Harvey’s long, successful run through the Little League softball playoffs came to an end Tuesday night, stopped by a hard-hitting bunch of girls from just up the road.

Waco Robinson banged out 16 hits on the way to a 15-5 victory over Harvey in the semifinal round of the Major Girls Southwest Regional at the Bush Little League Center.

It was the second game of the day for both teams. Harvey’s 11- and 12-year-olds won an afternoon elimination game 8-1 over New Mexico state champion Silver City. Robinson lost to Louisiana champion Bossier City 10-6 in the winners’ bracket final.

Robinson, which qualified for the regional by winning the Texas West championship, will get a rematch against Bossier City in the tournament final at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Double-elimination until the final day, the format was changed to provide one championship game, so it can be televised on the Longhorn Network.

The regional champion will earn a spot in the World Series at Portland, Oregon.

Harvey was bidding to become the first softball team from Bryan-College Station to reach the World Series since 2002. The Bryan girls stormed back through the elimination bracket to win the Section I and Texas East tournaments, and they bounced back to win a pair of games after dropping their regional opener to Robinson 5-2 on Sunday.

Robinson hammered away at the idea of another championship run for Harvey, and at the notion that the Waco team would be down after losing to Louisiana 50 minutes before facing Harvey. Robinson took control of the game with four runs in the second and third innings, collecting five hits in each frame.

The Bryan squad took a brief lead with a run in the top of the first, when Jade Chavarria and Faith Fernandez delivered back-to-back singles then pulled off a double steal with Chavarria racing home. Harvey wasted a chance at a big inning in the second, getting a runner picked off third base. Instead of loading the bases with no outs, Harvey failed to score.

Robinson came up with another crucial defensive play in the third. Second baseman Taylor Strain made a nice back-handed stop to turn a potential hit by Julia Rubino into an RBI fielder’s choice. The out proved key as Harvey settled for two runs in the inning that included three walks, a single by Hannah Schnettler and a Robinson error.

Harvey showed its fight with a fifth-inning rally that produced two runs and seemed capable of doing much more damage. Mariya Reyes singled and Rubino doubled to start the uprising. Addie Wright and Nicole Goggin delivered RBI singles as the Bryan girls pulled within 10-5, but Robinson escaped by getting an out on a close play at the plate and a fly ball.

Robinson caused the game to end one inning early because of the run rule by scoring five times in the bottom of the fifth.

Fernandez led the Harvey attack with two hits.

Catcher Wright made several good plays behind the plate to lead the Harvey defense, which also got good work at shortstop from Goggin and Fernandez.

In the win over Silver City, Harvey’s Bre Warren went 3 for 4 and singled home a run during a six-run fourth inning. Schnettler and Wright also had RBI singles in Harvey’s breakaway inning.

Fernandez picked up the win, throwing three shutout innings. Fernandez allowed two hits, getting a strikeout and walking three. Goggin gave up one hit in her three innings of relief and also struck out one.

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