Cowboys’ Holloman Forced to Quit

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Linebacker DeVonte Holloman of the Cowboys is done as a pro football player. Coach Jason Garrett says a neck issue is ending the second-year player’s career. Holloman missed seven games in his rookie season because of a spinal contusion.

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McCarthy, Yankees Avoid Sweep, Beat Astros

NEW YORK (AP) _ Brandon McCarthy pitched a four-hitter and the New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Houston Astros 3-0 Thursday.

New York won for just the third time in 10 games. Chase Headley hit an early two-run double and the Yankees backed McCarthy with flawless fielding.

The Yankees’ fans also made fine plays _ sitting in the first row behind the Houston dugout, comedian Chris Rock wound up with a foul ball off the bat of Astros rookie Jon Singleton, and he gave the souvenir to a young girl as the crowd cheered.

McCarthy (5-2) outpitched Dallas Keuchel (10-9) as they both threw complete games without a walk. The Yankees had been shut out in McCarthy’s previous two starts.

McCarthy struck out eight in his fourth career shutout and first this season. He was 3-10 with Arizona before being traded to the Yankees in July.

Keuchel gave up seven hits and struck out five.

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South Carolina Running Back Mike Davis May be Out of Opener

Willie T. Smith III, USA TODAY Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Coach Steve Spurrier said junior running back Mike Davis, who has had a myriad of minor injuries during fall practice, may not be ready to start in South Carolina’s opening game against Texas A&M.

Davis has not practiced since injuring his ribs in the Gamecocks Saturday morning practice, which led to Spurrier’s pronouncement.

“Mike Davis has been hurt and hasn’t practiced all week,” said Spurrier. “I don’t know if he will be able to start or not.”

If Davis is held out of the Gamecocks opener against the Aggies, the coaching staff will have the option of starting either Brandon Wilds or Shon Carson, both juniors. Redshirt freshman David Williams also is ready to play.

Wilds had three 100-yard rushing games as a freshman starting in relief of an injured Marcus Lattimore.

Davis, who missed the first few days of fall practice with a slight hamstring pull, was named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference second team.

“We’ve got Brandon Wilds,” said Spurrier. “He’s ready to go. We’re in good shape there.”

Willie T. Smith III writes for The Greenville News, a Gannett company.

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Kennedy, Williams Named to Tyler Rose Watch List

TYLER, Texas – Texas A&M’s Malcome Kennedy and Trey Williams were named to the watch list for the 2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which is given annually to nation’s top offensive player with ties to the state of Texas.

Both Kennedy and Williams were key contributors to the Aggies’ 2013 offense that led the Southeastern Conference in passing, scoring and total offense. Last season the Aggies set school records for total passing yards (4,593) and passing yards per game (353.3), while just falling shy of school records for points (575) and total yards (6,999).

Kennedy, a senior from Cayuga, Texas, reeled in 60 catches for 658 yards and seven touchdowns. His three touchdown catches against then-top-ranked Alabama were the most against the Crimson Tide defense in well over a decade (since 1999). Among returning receivers in the SEC, only Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell (72) and Mississippi State’s Jameon Lewis (64) had more catches than Kennedy.

Williams, a junior from Spring, Texas, is the Aggies’ returning leader in rushing, all-purpose yardage, kickoff return yards and total offense. Williams broke the 1,000-yard barrier in all-purpose yards while rushing for 407 yards and six touchdowns and gaining 706 kickoff return yards (25.2 yards per attempt).

Last year, both quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans were finalists for the award. The 2014 Tyler Rose watch list will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 4 finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 14, 2015.

This year’s Watch List includes:

·       43 players from 9 different conferences including 3 independents (ACC, AAC, Big 10,Big 12, CUSA, MWC, Pac 12, SEC, Sunbelt)

·       Players representing universities from 22 different states

·       Wide receivers dominate the nominations with 17, followed by running backs (12), quarterbacks (8), tight ends (3), fullbacks (2), halfback (1)

2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List

Jay Ajayi, Boise State, Running Back, RS/Junior

Ross Apo, Brigham Young Univer, Wide Receiver, Senior

Trevone Boykin, TCU, Quarterback, Junior

Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech, Quarterback, Graduate

Malcolm Brown, Texas, Running Back, Senior

Damon Bullock, Iowa, Running Back, Senior

Shane Carden, East Carolina, Quarterback, Senior

David Cobb, Minnesota, Running Back, Senior

Noah Copeland, Navy, Fullback, Senior

Devante Davis, UNLV, Wide Receiver, Senior

Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa, Wide Receiver, Junior

Antwan Goodley, Baylor University, Wide Receiver, Senior

D.D. Goodson, Colorado, Wide Receiver, Senior

Treyvon Green, Northwestern, Running Back, Senior

Deontay Greenberry, Houston, Wide Receiver, Junior

Nick Harwell, Kansas, Wide Receiver, Senior

Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, Wide Receiver, Sophomore

Nathan Jeffery, UTEP, Running Back, Senior

Aaron Jones, UTEP, Running Back, Sophomore

Kam Jones, UTSA, Wide Receiver, Senior

Darius Joseph, SMU, Wide Receiver, Junior

Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, Quarterback, Senior

Malcome Kennedy, Texas A&M, Wide Receiver, Senior

Trevor Knight, Oklahoma, Quarterback, RS/Sophomore

Shock Linwood, Baylor University, Running Back, Sophomore

Logan Lister, Rutgers University, Tight End, Freshman

Ty Montgomery, Stanford, Wide Receiver, Senior

Jimmay Mundine, Kansas, Tight End, Graduate

Bryce Petty, Baylor University, Quarterback, Senior

Adam Roberts, San Diego State, Fullback, Senior

Larry Rose, III, New Mexico State, Running Back, Freshman

Jameill Showers, UTEP, Quarterback, Senior

Zachary Swanson, Virginia, Tight End, Senior

Jordan Taylor, Rice, Wide Receiver, Senior

Jordan Thompson, West Virginia, Wide Receiver, Junior

Jamal Turner, Nebraska, Wide Receiver, Senior

Trenton Turrentine, Army, Running Back, Senior

Davis Webb, Texas Tech, Quarterback, Sophomore

DeAndrew White, Alabama, Wide Receiver, Senior

Shane Williams-Rhode, Boise State, Wide Receiver, Junior

Trey Williams, Texas A&M, Running Back, Junior

Dontre Wilson, Ohio State, Half Back, Sophomore

Storm Woods, Oregon State, Running Back, Junior

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Feldman Pitches Astros Past Slumping Yankees 5-2

NEW YORK (AP) _ Scott Feldman shut down the slumping New York Yankees again, and Robbie Grossman snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single that sent the Houston Astros to a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

Dexter Fowler had an RBI double, Jose Altuve added a run-scoring single, and the Astros did more damage to New York’s playoff chances with their fourth victory in five meetings this season. Houston, which has finished with the worst record in the majors each of the past three years, won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time in four tries.

The fourth-place Astros improved to 4-7 in the Bronx and will go for a three-game sweep Thursday afternoon.

Stephen Drew hit his first homer for New York, and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a run with a bunt single.

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Jadeveon Clowney Leaves Practice

By Tania Ganguli | ESPN.com

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Houston Texans rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney‘s practice was cut about 45 minutes short on Wednesday when he retreated to the medical tent at the Denver Broncos‘ Dove Valley facility.

Clowney departed practice early after colliding with Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme during a 9-on-7 drill. Clowney sat in the tent for the remainder of the team’s joint practice, but it didn’t appear he was being examined by trainers while he rested.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said after practice he didn’t know what Clowney’s situation was.

Houston drafted Clowney first overall out of South Carolina in May. He began showing his ability almost immediately in practices and workouts. Clowney had sports hernia surgery in June, but was healthy enough to return to practice a few days into training camp. Periodically, the Texans have given Clowney days off to manage his return.

Wednesday’s issue did not appear to be related to his sports hernia surgery as Clowney’s gait did not seem affected.

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SEC Coaches Preseason Poll Predicts Aggies to Finish 3rd & 6th

BIRMINGHAM – As Texas A&M embarks on its third season in the SEC, the conference cross country coaches predict a third-place finish for the Aggie women and a sixth-place result for the A&M men in the 2014 SEC Championships.

The SEC cross country preseason coaches’ poll, released Wednesday by the conference office, favor Arkansas to repeat as the men’s and women’s team champions this season. The SEC Championships will be held on October 31 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

In 2013 the Aggie women placed second in the SEC to record its highest finish ever in a conference cross country meet. The A&M men finished eighth last season after tying for third place in 2012.

The SEC coaches tabbed the Aggie women third, with 39 points from the voting, for the 2014 season behind Arkansas (13 points) and Vanderbilt (34) while ahead of Florida (58), Alabama (65), Mississippi State (72), Missouri (79), Kentucky (99), Georgia (104), Tennessee (116), Mississippi (135), Auburn (142), South Carolina (152) and LSU (166).

With 64 points in the men’s preseason poll the A&M men rank sixth behind Arkansas (16), Florida (27), Mississippi (42), Missouri (51) and Auburn (59). Ranked behind the Aggies are Georgia (77), Kentucky (79), Alabama (101), Mississippi State (107), Tennessee (115), LSU (136) and Vanderbilt (141).

Texas A&M opens their 2014 campaign with a home meet on Friday, August 29, and will have a second home event on Saturday, September 20.

2014 Texas A&M Cross Country Schedule

August

        29            Texas A&M Invitational                                    College Station

September

        12            Rice Invitational                                               Houston

        20            Texas A&M Invitational                                    College Station

        27            Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational                     Minneapolis, Minn.

October

        10            Houston Baptist Invitational                             Houston

        17            Wisconsin Invitational                                       Madison, Wisc.

        31            SEC Championships                                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.

November

        14            NCAA South Central Regional                        Fayetteville, Ark.

        22            NCAA Championships                                     Terre Haute, Ind.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Sydney Colson Named Women’s Basketball Video Coordinator

COLLEGE STATION- Sydney Colson, the starting point guard of Texas A&M’s 2011 National Championship team, was named women’s basketball video coordinator on Wednesday. Colson had served as a graduate assistant with squad since January 2014.

Colson has been a part of A&M’s three most successful NCAA Tournament runs, helping the Aggies to the 2008 Elite Eight and 2011 National Championship as a player, and was on the bench as a graduate assistant for A&M’s run to the Elite Eight in 2014.

“Coaching becomes fun when you have a chance to bring back young people who helped you win championships and get them started in coaching,” said Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair. “Sydney Colson was the heart and soul of our team for four years, and one of the most popular players ever at Texas A&M. This is a young lady who can do so many things in life.”

“I am extremely excited to be back at Texas A&M with Coach Blair, who has given me so many opportunities to be successful,” said Colson. “This is yet another great opportunity to add to the list. The coaching staff is tremendous and the team is hungry for success this year. Luckily, I’m along for the ride.”

Colson returned to A&M as a graduate assistant in January 2014, helping the squad to 15 wins in the 20 games after her arrival, and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. She fills the full-time position vacated by Nick Grant, who accepted an assistant coaching job at San Diego State.

A standout point guard herself, Colson’s presence boosted the play of then-sophomore point guard Jordan Jones, who averaged 8.4 assists after Colson’s arrival. Jones went on to set the A&M single-season assist record and was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

As a player, Colson had her best season during her senior year, the 2010-11 National Championship season. She led the conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally with 6.1 assists per game. She finished the season with 221 assists, which ranks third on A&M’s single-season assists chart. She still ranks fourth all-time in A&M’s career assists (504) and steals (255). She was an honorable mention All-America and all-conference selection her senior year.

Colson, a Houston, Texas native, finished her four-year career with 853 points, 504 assists and 255 steals over 138 games. She posted over 100 assists in each of her final three seasons, which were her three seasons as the Aggies’ starting point guard. While playing at A&M, her teams went an astounding 115-29.

Since graduating, Colson played for the New York Liberty in the WNBA, and played professionally in Poland.


They Said It:

“Sydney Colson returning to the sidelines for Texas A&M [is] a huge get for Gary Blair. She was a phenomenal leader and led them to a national championship. [She has] great enthusiasm. Not only that, the fans love that kid. You talk about firing the team up? She fired the fans up. This is a great get for Texas A&M.”
-SEC TV Analyst and Former Auburn Coach Nell Fortner on Colson’s addition in January

“Sydney Colson, who joined the staff as a graduate assistant in January, has really played a key role…[she’s] done a good job on this coaching staff.”
-ESPN’s Pam Ward on Colson’s impact during the NCAA Tournament

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Johnny Football To Start Season as Back Up

The Cleveland Browns have committed to start Brian Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel at quarterback to begin the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday morning. “He was the clear leader from the beginning,” coach Mike Pettine said in a statement. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”

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Aggie Representing Canada In Youth Olympic Games

Texas A&M incoming freshman Maddie Szeryk is set to represent Canada at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games this week, taking place in Nanjing, China.The inclusion of golf in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games marks the first time the sport has been included in this particular event, and the first time golf has been included in an Olympic event since 1904.

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Pearland Bumped Out of Little League World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ Joshua Houston struck out five in five innings
as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West beat Pearland, Texas, 6-1, in an elimination
game in the Little League World Series last night. Chicago will face the loser
of today’s game between Las Vegas and Philadelphia on Thursday night. Chicago
backed its starter with two three-run innings.

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Stros Beat Yanks With 9th Inning Homer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Chris Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal
three-run homer, extending his second-half power surge and sending the Houston
Astros to a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Brian McCann hit a two-run homer and Martin Prado had three hits for the
Yankees, who wasted their first chance to make up ground during a six-game
homestand against a pair of teams with losing records in Houston and the White
Sox.

David Robertson (1-4) walked consecutive batters and threw seven straight balls
before Carter launched a 3-0 pitch into the raised concrete bleachers in left
field for his 30th home run.

The reigning AL player of the week came in leading the league with 10 long
balls since the All-Star break. Carter had struck out in his previous four
at-bats in the game.

Josh Fields (3-6) won on his 29th birthday. Chad Qualls worked a perfect ninth
for his 14th save.

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Marlins Nip Rangers With Win In 10th

MIAMI (AP) _ Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th
inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Tuesday night for their
third straight win.

Miami (63-62) surpassed last year’s total of 62. The Marlins moved over .500
for the first time since June 20.

Jeff Baker reached with one out in the 10th on first baseman Mike Carp’s error.
Donovan Solano’s infield single with two outs moved Baker to second.

Neftali Feliz relieved Neal Cotts (2-7) to face Stanton, who singled to right
field.

Sam Dyson (2-0) struck out the side in the 10th.

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Braxton Miller Out for Season

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is out for the season after sustaining a right shoulder injury during Monday’s practice, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Miller had an MRI on his throwing shoulder Tuesday morning, revealing the season-ending injury.

Widely tabbed as a Heisman Trophy contender this preseason, Miller suffered the injury during a noncontact portion of practice, just hours after the senior declared himself 100 percent healthy following offseason surgery to the shoulder. He was taken off the field under medical supervision, a source told ESPN on Monday.

Miller threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for 12 more scores in leading the Buckeyes to the Discover Orange Bowl last season.

Ranked fifth in the preseason Associated Press poll released Sunday, Ohio State is expected to be in the national title conversation.

The reigning two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Miller first hurt the shoulder in the Orange Bowl. He had surgery that prevented him from contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices and scrimmages in August.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to be the starter when the Buckeyes open the season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Saturday that redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones is the third-team quarterback.

Miller is one of the Big Ten’s most decorated quarterbacks, and the falloff in experience to Barrett and Jones is huge.

Starting as a freshman, Miller has thrown 666 passes in his glittering three-year career. Barrett has never played in a game, and Jones has thrown only two passes.

Miller has run for 32 touchdowns and passed for 52, putting him in reach of many of Ohio State’s career records for quarterbacks. Jones has run for one touchdown and has never thrown for one.

Barrett was an acclaimed recruit out of Wichita Falls, Texas, who watched with Jones last year as Miller took most of the snaps in the Buckeyes’ 12-2 season. When Miller was hurt for most of the San Diego State, California and Florida A&Mgames with a sprained knee, senior Kenny Guiton had big games while leading Ohio State to victories.

But Guiton graduated, and the Buckeyes might have to adapt on the fly. Making that even more difficult is that Ohio State is without four of its five starting offensive linemen, its leading receiver (Corey Brown) and 1,500-yard rusher Carlos Hyde from last year’s team.

Miller missed most of his senior season at high school in Huber Heights, Ohio, and has frequently been sidelined with injuries at Ohio State. As a freshman, he sprained an ankle against Nebraska – a game in which the Buckeyes built a big lead but blew it — but was able to play in subsequent games.

Two years ago, he missed time during the game at Michigan State when he fell into an equipment case on the sideline and later in the game hyperextended his left knee. He was hit hard by Purdue‘s Josh Johnson later in the season and missed the rest of that game, with Guiton leading a stirring march in the final minute for a touchdown and the tying two-point conversion. The Buckeyes won in overtime.

Last season, Miller sprained a knee early against San Diego State and missed the rest of that game and the next two, with Guiton filling in.

Then Miller partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder on the first possession againstClemson in the Orange Bowl. He played the rest of the game. When the injury was discovered later, he had surgery in February.

Ohio State said at the time that Miller had “minor, outpatient surgery.” But he has had problems with the shoulder since.

Still, he has repeatedly said he would be ready to go in the opener and did so again between practices Monday. His workload had been reduced to avoid any ongoing soreness in the arm.

Miller has a $1 million total disability policy that he could collect if he never plays football again, a source told ESPN. That premium has been paid for by Ohio State, according to the source, but Miller does not have loss of value insurance that would cover him if he significantly slipped in the NFL draft.

ESPN.com’s Austin Ward, ESPN’s Darren Rovell and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Stros and Rangers Back To Work Tonight

The Stros and Rangers both had the night off…Houston is in Bronx for the Yanks at 6:05. Texas is in Miami for a 6:10 start.

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Arnie Gets Pacemaker, Released From Hospital Today

Arnold Palmer has had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat. According to his website, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. The 84-year-old Palmer was expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.

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Pearland Wins In Little League World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ Layne Roblyer hit his second home run of the
tournament to help Pearland to an 11-4 victory over Lynnwood, Washington,
yesterday in the Little League World Series. Roblyer had a three-run shot in the
third inning against Lynnwood. Pearland will play Chicago tonight.

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Manziel Flipped Off Redskins Sideline

LANDOVER, Md. – Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel extended his middle finger toward the Washington Redskins bench after a third-quarter incompletion during Monday night’s 24-23 preseason loss.

Manziel flipped the bird toward the Redskins after the play that unfolded in front of Washington’s bench. Manziel said he had “words exchanged” with the Redskins and that he should have been smarter.

“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up,” Manziel said.

Asked in his postgame news conference if he thought it was wrong, Manziel smiled before laughing.

“I mean, I didn’t think it was positive,” Manziel said, before adding he couldn’t blame it on distractions, repeating he had simply lost his composure.

Manziel was not penalized, though he could have been for unsportsmanlike conduct or taunting.

The NFL no doubt will review the tape, and Manziel will be subject to an $11,025 fine. He can appeal his first fine, and it can be limited to 25 percent of a weekly check of close to $6,200.

“It did not sit well,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “I was informed of it after the game and it’s disappointing. Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused — that you have to be able to maintain your poise.”

The gesture occurred with 2:28 left in the third quarter.

“That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure,” Pettine said. “So that’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”

On a second-and-7 play, Manziel dropped back, rolled left to escape the rush and threw across his body just before reaching the sidelines. The pass to Jonathan Krause fell incomplete.

Manziel may have heard something from the home bench, because as he trotted back to the huddle in the nationally televised game he extended his middle finger over his right shoulder toward the bench.

Brian Hoyer, who is competing with Manziel for the starting quarterback job, didn’t seem impressed by the gesture.

“You’ve got to know the cameras are always on you,” Hoyer said.

It wouldn’t have been the first time Manziel was mocked by the Redskins.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo, who called the middle-finger gesture “hilarious,” celebrated a teammate’s sack of the quarterback in the first quarter by giving Manziel’s Drake/money gesture, for which he is well known.

After forcing the Browns to punt with Manziel at quarterback, Orakpo stopped near the yard marker in front of the Redskins sideline and again gave the money sign.

Manziel had struggled throughout the game — going 5-for-13 for 49 yards and one sack before the gesture.

He completed the drive after the gesture with a touchdown that came on a short drop pass that Dion Lewis ran into the end zone.

“I should have been smarter,” Manziel said. “The cameras were solidly on me. I need to be smarter about that.”

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was used in this report.

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Aggie Soccer Ranked No. 4 Preseason Top 25

Aggies Soccer was selected No. 4 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25 preseason ranking, the website. Texas A&M polled first among SEC schools, topping Florida (No. 4), South Carolina (No. 9) and Arkansas (No. 23). The Aggies were also one of just two squads from the Lone Star State on the list with Texas Tech coming in at No. 15. Texas A&M returns 18 letterwinners, including 10 starters, from 2013. The ladies start things off this Friday with Dayton at Ellis field…at 7.

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Oklahoma RB Mixon Suspended for Season

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma has suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon for the season after he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault.

Mixon is accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch and breaking several bones in her face last month.

The release said school President David Boren accepted the recommendation of athletic director Joe Castiglione and coach Bob Stoops. Mixon will be excluded from all team activities and removed from the team roster.

The school said with appropriate conditions, Mixon will be permitted to continue as a student, eligible for financial aid.

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