Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:04:00 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Corpus Christi Wins Bid for HBO Boxing Sports Thu, 17 Apr 2014 6:42:18 PM Corpus Christi Wins Bid for HBO Boxing

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX--- Undefeated and top rated heavyweights Bryant "By By" Jennings of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mike "The Rebel" Perez, fighting out of Cork, Ireland will clash in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator on May 24, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The winner of the 12-round bout will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title, which was vacated by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko earlier this year. Jennings and Perez are currently ranked #4 and #5, respectively by the sanctioning body.

Opening the telecast is a 10-round middleweight battle between two-time former world champion Daniel "The Real Deal" Geale and perennial contender Matthew "Mack The Knife" Macklin. Corpus Christi was chosen over Las Vegas, Phoenix and Dallas.

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"The world has been desperately seeking a heavyweight to take over the division and I believe that person is me," said Jennings. "By defeating Mike Perez, I will position myself as the mandatory position in the WBC. My promoter Gary Shaw ensures me that if I win this fight; I'll be looking at a potential world title bout soon. My main focus is winning this fight against Perez and I'm doing everything in the gym to make that a reality. I'll be ready to go come May 24th.

"My dream has always been to fight for the heavyweight championship," said Perez. " This has been my dream since I first started boxing and I have sacrificed a lot to get this opportunity. Jennings and I have been on crash course for a while and now with so much at risk I'm sure it will bring out the best in both of us. However, as good as Jennings is I will be victorious."

"Mike Perez is a good fighter with an undefeated record and he is dangerous for any opponent," said Gary Shaw. "But I feel my fighter Bryant Jennings has the athletic ability, the speed and movement to defeat him and is the all around better fighter. This is the type of fight the fans deserve, two undefeated guys putting it all on the line to get a world title shot, that's what boxing is all about."

Said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, "It is rare to see two undefeated heavyweights once again risk their record in a fight like this featured on HBO. However there was no hesitation from either side when the WBC ordered this eliminator because both fighters want to fight for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World."

"We feel that Mike is among the best heavyweights in the world and expect him to show that on May 24th against Bryant Jennings."

"The WBC is proud to sanction the fight between Perez vs. Jennings as a final elimination fight as part of the WBC tournament in the Heavyweight division," stated Mauricio Sulaiman of the World Boxing Council.

"Vitali Klitschko was honored with the Emeritus Champion distinction after he decided to search his dream of becoming President of his country Ukraine and is being regarded as a hero by many."

"The WBC ordered a tournament between all top rated fighters to fight and Perez vs. Jennings will prove to be a formidable match to find the second mandatory contender of the WBC Heavyweight division. "

The 29-year-old Jennings, 18-0-0 (10KOs) is coming off his career best victory, a sensational, HBO televised tenth round knockout of Poland's Artur Szpilka on January 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Dominating the action from the outset, Jennings dropped the crafty southpaw in the sixth before finishing him off in the final round.

A highly successful amateur in his native Cuba, the 29-year-old Perez has compiled a record of 20-0-1 (12KOs), since moving to Ireland and turning professional in 2008.

Perez has made two previous appearances on HBO, on NOVEMBER 2, against Magomed Abdusalamov from Madison Square Garden in New York City and more recently facing Carlos Takam on JANUARY 18 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Hailing from New South Wales, Australia and sporting a record of 30-2-0 (16KOs), the 32-year-old Geale previously held the WBA and IBF middleweight titles. Most recently Geale stopped fellow countryman Garth Wood in the sixth round on February 19 in New South Wales, Australia.

Former world title challenger Macklin of Birmingham, England has had an illustrious 12-year career having compiled a record of 30-5-0 (20KOs).

Despite suffering a third round stoppage at the hands of middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin on JUNE 29, 2013, Macklin stormed back into the world rankings with a dominant ten round unanimous decision over then undefeated Lamar Russ on DECEMBER 7 in Atlantic City, Jersey. Both of these bouts were telecast on HBO.

"I can't wait to make my return on HBO and fight Mathew Macklin," said Geale. "I'm keen to prove I am still one of the best middleweights in the world. Macklin is a very tough opponent who likes to go to war, as do I, our clash of styles could make a fight that steals the show. I will confirm my status as one of the top fighters in the division with a victory. When I win, I still want to fight Golovkin, if he comes back to 160, or the winner of Sturm vs. Solomon."

Said Macklin, "I'm really excited about the fight with Daniel Geale. He's a good fighter, a former world champion, and he throws a lot of punches like me so I'm expecting it to be a tough, action-packed fight. After the Golovkin fight, the win over Russ got me back on track and a much-needed 10 rounds of work. Winning on May 24th against Geale will throw me back into the world title mix, so in many ways this is almost a world title eliminator. It's a great fight between two of the best and most exciting middleweights in the world."

"Most people are saying that this is a 50/50 fight. I don't know Geale personally but he seems like a good guy and I respect him as a fighter for what he has achieved and accomplished in his career. That being said though, I always believed he was tailor made for me and there only going to be one winner on May 24th and that is me."


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Former Hook Springer Promoted to Big Club Sports Wed, 16 Apr 2014 3:59:14 PM Associated Press Former Hook Springer Promoted to Big Club

HOUSTON (AP) - Prized prospect George Springer will join the Houston Astros from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season, too, hitting .353 with three homers and nine RBIs.

Springer told The Associated Press he received the news after Oklahoma City's win over Colorado Springs on Tuesday night, when he hit a grand slam.

"It's just an indescribable feeling," Springer told the AP. "I'm speechless right now."

The Astros officially announced the move Wednesday and sent outfielder Robbie Grossman to Oklahoma City to make room for Springer on the roster. Grossman was hitting just .125 in 14 games this season. The team also reinstated starter Scott Feldman, who will start on Thursday, from the bereavement list and designated right-handed pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment.

Harrell allowed four runs in five innings of a 4-2 loss to Kansas City on Tuesday night to drop his eighth straight decision dating back to last season and has not won a start since June 15. He led the American League last season with 17 losses.

Springer was selected 11th overall by the Astros out of UConn in the 2011 amateur draft.

Oklahoma City interim manager Tom Lawless called Springer into his office after Tuesday night's game and told him he'd want to sit down for the news. Springer said he just put his head in his hands because he was so excited and surprised when he found out about his call-up. Despite his big start this season, Springer said he had no inkling that his call-up was coming.

"As a player, that's your ultimate goal and that's your dream," Springer said, "and when it becomes a reality, you're blown away."

Springer was in Colorado Springs, Colo., and wasn't sure of his travel plans yet. But he said he was told he'd be heading to Houston at some point on Wednesday.

"I'm really excited that my hard work has paid off and I'm finally getting to fulfill my dream of playing in the big leagues," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing for the Astros."

He said his parents were the first people he called after learning the news and they, too, were speechless.

"They were just in shock and so happy," he said.

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Javelinas Announce 2014 Football Schedule Sports Tue, 15 Apr 2014 4:24:19 PM TAMUK.COM Javelinas Announce 2014 Football Schedule

KINGSVILLE, Texas - Texas A&M-Kingsville announced its 2014 Javelina football schedule on Tuesday.

The 11-game schedule will feature five home games, a contest with Texas A&M-Commerce at the fourth Lone Star Conference Football Festival, and two games in the first Lone Star Conference Playoffs the final two weeks of the regular season.

The season will begin with home games against a pair of first-time Javelina opponents. The Javelinas will open the season on Sept. 6 versus Humboldt State (0-11) at 7 p.m. on Hall of Fame Weekend with Colorado Mesa visiting Javelina Stadium for week two on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The Mavericks (5-6) will be in town for IBC Bank Hispanic Heritage Weekend.

On Sept. 20 at 10 a.m., the Javelinas will make their fourth visit to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the Lone Star Conference Football Festival. Kingsville will face long-time rival A&M-Commerce in the first game of the Festival in a battle for the Chenault Cup.

Kingsville plays its first true road game to end September with a trip to Abilene to visit McMurry (3-8) for a 6 p.m. meeting on Sept. 27.

The Hoggies will play four games in the month of October with two at home and two on the road.

The month begins with games against LSC co-champions Eastern New Mexico and Tarleton State. The Greyhounds (7-3, 5-1) come to town on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. as Kingsville celebrates Family Fiesta Weekend sponsored by Pueblo Tires and Service. On Oct. 11, the Javelinas make the trek to Stephenville to face the Texans (7-3, 5-1). The game time has not been announced.

The Hoggies return to Javelina Stadium Oct. 18 to host Angelo State (5-6, 2-4) for the annual Kleberg Bank Homecoming Game. Kingsville returns to the road the following week when it travels to West Texas A&M to face the Buffaloes (11-3, 4-2) at 6 p.m. WT represented the LSC in the 2013 NCAA Playoffs advancing to the quarterfinals.

Kingsville closes out the regular season on Nov. 1 at home against Midwestern State (7-3, 3-3) at 7 p.m. The contest will be the Javelinas annual City of Kingsville Community Appreciation Night.

The following two weeks will feature the inaugural Lone Star Conference Playoffs.

The eight conference teams will be divided into two, 4-team brackets with the top four teams squaring off for a chance at the LSC title. The opening week of the playoffs on Nov. 8 will pit No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 at the home site of the top-seeded team in each bracket. The winners will meet the following week on Nov. 15 for the LSC title, while the losers will also meet. The bottom bracket will see No. 5 vs. No. 8 and No. 6 vs. No. 7 with the higher seed hosting. Like the upper bracket, the two winners will meet the following week as will the losers.


7:00 PM
Humboldt State University
Kingsville, Texas

7:00 PM
Colorado Mesa University
Kingsville, Texas

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Texas A&M University - Commerce
Arlington, TX

6:00 PM
McMurry University
Abilene, TX

7:00 PM
Eastern New Mexico University
Kingsville, Texas

Tarleton State University
Stephenville, TX

7:00 PM
Angelo State University
Kingsville, Texas

6:00 PM
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, TX

7:00 PM
Midwestern State University
Kingsville, Texas

Lone Star Conference Playoffs

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Islanders Down ORU, 4-1, to Move Into a Tie For First Place in the SLC Sports Mon, 14 Apr 2014 5:31:58 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Down ORU, 4-1, to Move Into a Tie For First Place in the SLC

CORPUS CHRISTI - After a slight rain delay, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team cruised to their eighth consecutive Southland Conference victory today, 4-1, over Oral Roberts to share a spot with Northwestern State at the top of the conference. After the rain forced the Islanders (16-5, 8-1 SLC) to play indoors at the HEB Tennis Center, the team won four singles matches over the Golden Eagles (3-14, 0-10 SLC). The Islanders have now won 10 of their last 11 matches.

"Give Oral Roberts credit, they were tough and fought us hard," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "I feel like our girls struggled a little at first making the adjustments of going from outdoors to indoors, but they kept fighting and kept looking for solutions and sooner or later they figured it out. We still have to keep getting five percent better each week at core fundamental things. We have to start the match with more spirit and energy, but these girls always compete hard. This is an extremely high-character group."

Maider Martin put the Islanders on the board with a straight-set victory in No. 3 singles over Melanie Marlin, 7-5, 6-2. The Islanders then tacked on their second point of the day in No. 2 singles after freshman Judit Vives edged out Marizanne Bouwer in a third-set tiebreaker to win her ninth straight singles match. Vives dropped the first set 6-3 before clawing back to a 6-1 second-set victory. In the third, the Barcelona, Spain native posted a 6-4 victory to improve to 15-1 in singles play and 8-1 in the conference. She also improved her record at No. 2 singles to 3-0.

The Islanders padded their lead to 3-0 after senior Sandra Burges downed Mairead Cleary, 6-0, 6-1, in No. 5 singles to improve to 8-1 in Southland play. The Golden Eagles battled their way to a third-set victory in No. 1 singles to post their first point of the day. Senior Stefania Nicolae lost a tight first-set tiebreaker, 7-6 (4), to Haley Martin, before answering back with a 6-4 second-set win. In the third, the two went neck-and-neck before Martin captured a 6-4 victory.

Sophomore Celia Rodriguez continued her dominance in singles play with her ninth consecutive victory to clinch the match for the Islanders. The Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain blanked Ximena Puentes in the first set, 6-0, before securing a 6-2 second-set victory, to improve to 13-0 at No. 4 singles and 16-3 overall. She also has an impressive 7-1 mark in Southland play this season.

In the final singles match, Venesa Figueroa was leading her first set 5-0 over Nika Munoz when play was called.

The women's team will now embark on their final two conference road matches of the year. First up is a neutral-site match against first-year Southland member Abilene Christian on Wednesday, April 16, in Austin, Texas, at 10 a.m.

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Tennis Match Results

Oral Roberts vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

4/14/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4, Oral Roberts 1

Singles competition:

1. Haley Martin (ORUW) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4

2. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Marizanne Bouwer (ORUW) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

3. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Melanie Marlin (ORUW) 7-5, 6-2

4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Ximena Puentes (ORUW) 6-0, 6-2

5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Mairead Cleary (ORUW) 6-0, 6-1

6. Venesa Figueroa (AMCC) vs. Nika Munoz (ORUW) 5-0, unfinished

Doubles competition:

1. Melanie Marlin/Marizanne Bouwer (ORUW) vs. Judit Vives/Sandra Burges (AMCC) no result

2. Haley Martin/Ximena Puentes (ORUW) vs. Maider Martin/Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) no result

3. Nika Munoz/Mairead Cleary (ORUW) vs. Stefania Nicolae/Venesa Figueroa (AMCC) no result

Match Notes:

Oral Roberts 3-14, 0-10 SLC

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 16-5, 8-1 SLC

Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,2,5,1,4)


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San Francisco 49ers' Linebacker Aldon Smith Arrested Sports Mon, 14 Apr 2014 7:12:56 AM San Francisco 49ers' Linebacker Aldon Smith Arrested

LOS ANGELES - San Francisco 49ers' linebacker Aldon Smith was detained Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after allegedly said he had a "bomb" while going through airport security.

Cell phone video shows Smith being escorted in handcuffs by LA airport police.

According to officials Smith was upset he was being asked to undergo additional TSA screening when he said he had a bomb.

Smith is charged with falsely reporting a bomb and if free on $20,000 bail.

The 49ers have released a statement saying they're "...disappointed to learn of the incident..."

This is not Smith's first run-in with the law.

The 24 year-old is currently facing three felony counts of illegal possession of assault rifles.


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Hooks Roll to Best Start Sports Sun, 13 Apr 2014 7:22:02 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Roll to Best Start

CORPUS CHRISTI - Home runs by Preston Tucker and Jio Mier off Jonathan Cornelius keyed a four-run fifth as Corpus Christi cruised past Springfield 9-1 before 5,107 at Whataburger Field Sunday.

At 8-2, the Hooks are off to their best start ever.

Tucker, whose walk-off hit gave Corpus Christi a 3-2 decision over Tulsa Saturday night, planted a one-out, full-count fastball on the left-field berm. Mier's first-pitch fastball blast to the Goodwill Zone came with Enrique Hernandez (single) and Tyler Heineman (double) aboard.

Cornelius (0-2) surrendered 11 hits over 4 2/3 but was plagued by defensive struggles as three of the eight runs during his shift were unearned.

Corpus Christi hung such a run on Springfield in the first. Delino DeShields, Jr., opened with a single and advanced 180 feet as the result of first baseman Curt Smith's throwing error on a tag play at second. Andrew Aplin's one-out hit to right picked up DeShields.

Another throwing miscue - this one by catcher Travis Tartamella - enabled two Hooks second-inning scores. His attempt at a hung-up Heineman retreating to third on Mier's bunt skipped well past the bag. Trailing runner Leo Heras also crossed.

A double steal two innings later made it 4-0 Hooks. With Nolan Fontana at bat, a delayed break by Mier to second prompted Heras' dash from third and the return throw was tardy.

Hooks starter David Rollins withdrew due to injury after just six pitches. He issued a full-count walk to Mike O'Neill before calling for assistance from the dugout and was replaced by Jordan Jankowski. Jankowski induced a 4-6-3 double-play ball off the bat of James Ramsey.

Jankowski went on to toss three scoreless frames. He yielded a hit, a walk and fanned two. Aaron West (2-0) continued the mastery, filing five scoreless innings in which he faced one over the minimum. Ramsey spoiled the shutout by cracking a lead-off homer in the ninth off Travis Ballew.

DeShields' solo homer off Anthony Ferrara in the eighth left the Corpus Christi DH a triple shy of the cycle. Tucker also collected three hits and has hit in eight straight. Hernandez's streak is six games.

The series continues Monday at 7:10 with Hooks left-hander Luis Cruz (2-0) meeting Kurt Heyer (0-1). Mrs Baird's presents $1 Hot Dogs and Soda.


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Islanders Earn Series Victory Against HBU with Finale Win Sports Sun, 13 Apr 2014 7:19:28 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Earn Series Victory Against HBU with Finale Win

HOUSTON - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team continued its offensive onslaught Sunday, as it secured a series win with an 11-1 victory against Houston Baptist at Husky Field.

The Islanders (19-19, 9-6 Southland) picked up a season high 20 hits as a team in the finale to run their weekend total to 49 knocks to account for 33 runs in the series against the Huskies (16-16, 6-9). Every starter had at least one hit on the day, with six different Islanders tallying multi-hit games.

In the finale, it was the seven through nine-hole hitters who had an incredible day, as Zack Gibson, Russell Vaughan and Josh Garza combined to go 10-for-13 on the day with five RBIs and four runs scored. Vaughan picked up three of the five runs driven in, as he went 3-for-5, while Gibson scored three runs on a perfect 3-for-3 day.

Garza had his best day as an Islander at the plate, as he picked up a career-high four hits in five at bats, both scoring and driving in a run. Brandon Tierney also had a three-hit game, as he went 3-for-6 with an RBI and run scored as well.

This offensive production was more than enough for A&M - Corpus Christi's starter Devin Skapura, as the freshman went a career-high eight innings, while giving up just one run on nine hits. In his nine games started, the righty has allowed two runs or less in six of those.

After a scoreless first inning, the Islanders got on the board first in the top of the second. Cody Stephens got in with a leadoff double, and advanced over to third on a fly out. He remained at third after a pop up, but Gibson picked up his first hit of the game, with a double to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

Vaughan then added the second run for A&M - Corpus Christi, as he followed with a single up the middle to bring Gibson in to score to make it a 2-0 lead in the second.

However, starter Curtis Jones, who played at third base in the first two games, settled in on the mound, posting four consecutive scoreless innings from the third through the sixth.

During that stretch the Huskies were able to cut the lead in half, as in the bottom of the fifth HBU scored its first run of the game, as a two out single to right center brought in a run to make it a 2-1 game.

After scoring eight total runs in the first two games in the seventh inning, the Islanders offense continued their dominance in that particular inning, busting the game open with seven in the seventh in the rubber match.

Garza started the inning with a double to left field, before coming home on a throwing error by the third baseman who threw away the throw to first. Tierney then reached on the second consecutive error by Clayton Vaughan.

Frankie Salas came up next and was the fourth Islander batter to reach to start the inning, as he singled to center, bringing Jordan Lee around to score to make it 4-1. This chased Jones out of the game, as the Huskies went to another position player, their second baseman Josh Martinez to work HBU out of the jam.

However, he was unable to do so, allowing a run to come across on a passed ball, followed by a sacrifice fly to extend the Islanders lead to 6-1.

This emptied the bases, but Martinez allowed two singles, a walk and a double to the next four hitters, as Vaughan's double brought two runs in to extend A&M - Corpus Christi's lead up to seven.

HBU had to go to its third pitcher of the inning, as Kobie Hajdik gave up a single to his first batter, which scored another run, before finally getting out of the inning, as Vaughan tried to score on a fly out.

After blowing a late lead in the ninth Saturday, the Islanders made sure to add some insurance runs in the top of the ninth, as Lee and Tierney each picked up an RBI to make it an 11-1 game. Tyler Schnuriger then came on in relief of Skapura and set down the side in order to secure the game and series victory for the Islanders.

The Islanders will now have their first midweek off of the year, as they will next take on Northwestern State in a three-game Southland series, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Natchitoches, La.

To keep up with the action, fans can follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like it on Facebook (Islanders Baseball).


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Taska Leads Hoggies To Finish Sweep Of Aggies Sports Sat, 12 Apr 2014 5:21:04 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Taska Leads Hoggies To Finish Sweep Of Aggies

LAWTON, Okla. - Texas A&M-Kingsville senior Taylor Taska continued his strong play Saturday as he homered for the second-straight day and knocked in three more RBI as the Javelinas closed out their three-game set at Cameron with a 9-4 win.

With the victory, the Javelinas moved to 27-13 on the season and are 18-8 in the Lone Star Conference. Cameron falls to 12-23 on the season and is 7-17 in the league. Kingsville swept all seven games from the Aggies

Taska finished the weekend with a .643 average as his average climbed from .307 entering the weekend to .348. The senior, who missed several games with injury, homered twice on the weekend including the finale and drove in 10 RBI in the series with three more on Saturday. He entered the weekend with 18 RBI and three home runs and now has 28 and five, respectively.

Kingsville never trailed in the finale as the Hoggies plated two runs in the top of the first. Derrick Walls led off the game with a walk and scored from first on a double to center by Miles Holcomb. Holcomb, who advanced to third on a throw home, scored on a sacrifice fly by Taska.

After Harold Cannon homered for the Aggies in the bottom of the second, Kingsville scored three unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Blake Johnson reached on an infield error and went to second a sacrifice bunt by James Black. Johnson scored on a double by Justin Lee.

Kingsville benefitted from a pair of errors in the top of the fifth to build a 5-1 lead. Walls reached on a bunt single to start the inning and went to second as Holcomb reached on an error. With one away, Brian Frazier was hit by a pitch loading the bases. With two away, Walls and Holcomb crossed the plate on an error.

The Aggies pulled to within two at 5-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the Javelinas would score a single run in the seventh and three in the eighth.

After a solo home run in the seventh by Taska, Black and Lee each hit solo home runs in the eighth. Dustin Aguilar scored the final run of the eighth reaching on an error and scoring on a single by Taska.

Matt Rhodes started the game going 3-2/3 innings. He allowed one run on five hits and five walks. He finished with three strikeouts. Cody Williams pitched the final 5-1/3 innings in relief. Williams moved to 4-5 as he permitted three runs on six hits. He had two strikeouts and walked one.

Drew Reidt fell to 4-6 as he was credited with eight runs on eight hits with five runs earned. He had fanned six. Tobin Mateychick allowed a run 1-2/3 innings.

Taska had three of Kingsville's nine hits, while Lee had two including the first homer of his Hoggie career. Walls and Holcomb each scored twice. CU had 11 hits led by Matt Nilmeyer with three hits.

The Javelinas are off until hosting Eastern New Mexico next Friday and Saturday in a 3-game series at Nolan Ryan Field.


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HBU Rallies Past Islanders, 9-8 Sports Sat, 12 Apr 2014 5:19:03 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi HBU Rallies Past Islanders, 9-8

HOUSTON - Houston Baptist rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team by a score of 9-8 on Saturday at Husky Field, evening the series up at one.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, it was one of HBU's (16-15, 6-8 Southland) best hitters coming up with his second knock of the game, as he dropped one right in front of Jordan Lee, clearing the bases to tie the game up at eight.

After moving up from second to third on a ground out, Jones then came in to score the winning run on a passed ball.

Jordan McCoy also had a big day for the Huskies, as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, with his final hit sparking the rally to lead things off in the final inning of play. Clay Thomas had a solid day in the nine-hole, as he drove in two RBIs, with both coming on a single to left in the ninth that pulled HBU within three at that point.

For the Islanders (18-19, 8-6) Lee and Brandon Tierney both picked up three-hit days. The game marked the second consecutive game Lee had three hits, and was the seventh time he had done so this season. He also had an RBI, while Tierney knocked in a pair of RBIs.

It was a strong offensive day up and down the Islanders lineup, as eight of the nine starters tallied at least one hit.

Trevor Belicek picked up a tough no decision for A&M - Corpus Christi, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out five.

Both Belicek and his counterpart Ryan Lower got off to good starts, as the game was scoreless after two. However, the Islanders got on the board first, as Lee drove in Zack Gibson after he got aboard with a leadoff double.

Frankie Salas was able to notch his first RBI later that inning, belting a single to left field to bring Tierney around to score, making it a 2-0 Islander advantage.

Both pitchers then locked in over the next three innings, as they Islanders still held on to their two run lead going into the seventh.

A&M - Corpus Christi looked to distance themselves from the Huskies in the seventh though, as they picked up four consecutive singles to start the inning to make it a 3-0 ballgame. Salas then plated his second RBI, as he coaxed a bases loaded walk to bring in another run and extend the lead to four.

This was when Lower was replaced on the mound by Brandon Hammerly, who came on and got a big double play on the first batter he faced. However, that did allow another run to score, and Tyler Ware then came through with a single into center to bring Tierney in to score to make it a 6-0 game heading into the seventh-inning stretch.

The Huskies began their comeback in the bottom half of the inning though, as Samm Wiggins finally put HBU on the scoreboard with a single to left to bring Jones in to score. Jordan McCoy then came right back with a single of his own to score another run, before a sacrifice fly brought Wiggins in to score to cut the Islanders lead in half, 6-3.

The Islanders came right back though to score two more in the top of the eighth, with both Tierney and Jacob Hubert picking up RBI singles to push the lead back out to five. However, this would be all they would score before HBU's heroics in the bottom of the ninth sealed a tough defeat for A&M - Corpus Christi.

The two teams will faceoff in what will now be a rubber match Sunday, with Devin Skapura matching up against Curtis Jones. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Husky Field.

Live audio will be available on, with live stats and video on To keep up with the action, fans can also follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like it on Facebook (Islanders Baseball).


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Javelinas Cross Plate 21 Times In Doubleheader Sweep Of Cameron Sports Fri, 11 Apr 2014 8:45:02 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas Cross Plate 21 Times In Doubleheader Sweep Of Cameron

LAWTON, Okla. - The Texas A&M-Kingsville had the offense in full gear Friday afternoon as the Javelinas swept a Lone Star Conference doubleheader from Cameron 11-4 and 10-9.

With the sweep, the Javelins moved to 26-13 overall and 17-8 in the LSC. Cameron is now 12-22 overall and 7-16 in the conference. The teams close out their series tomorrow with a single game at noon.

In the opening game, the Javelinas scored two or more runs in three of seven innings while pounding out 17 hits in defeating Cameron 11-4.

Taylor Taska hit his fourth home run of the season and his first in 29 games in the top of first inning as the Hoggies jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Cameron Starter Brian Schwabe, who earned Lone Star Conference pitcher of the week honors this past week. The blast was one of a game-high four hits for Taska who finished with 4-of-5 with four RBI.

Fellow senior Ryan Guedry helped Kingsville double its lead in the top of the fourth. After Derrick Walls singled and Mile Holcomb walked, Guedry lined a single to left to score each with one out.

Guedry and Taska combined to finish with seven RBI in the opener.

The Aggies cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth as Matt Nilmeyer lined a triple to right-center after a Hoggie error.

Kingsville responded with seven runs over the final three innings, while the hosts added a pair in the sixth.

In the fifth, Taska scored on a 2-out double down the line in left by James Black for a 5-2 advantage.

All three of Kingsville runs in the sixth came with two away. Brian Frazier, Taska and Guedry each had RBI singles. In the seventh, Dustin Aguilar doubled in Justin Lee and scored on a hit by Taska. Walls crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Guedry.

Dallas Ponder (5-1) was the beneficiary of the run support. The senior pitcher allowed four runs with just two earned in five innings. He finished with seven strikeouts and walked only one. The victory was the 20th of his career. Taska pitched the final two innings without permitting a run. He fanned two and gave up a hit.

The offense explosion continued in game two for the Hoggies as they scored two runs In four of the first seven innings en route to an 8-1 advantage.

Taska continued to spark the Javelina offense adding three more RBI as he finished the day with seven. Walls belted his first home as a Hoggie

The Aggies would not go away scoring eight times in the final three innings.

With Kingsville leading 8-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh when the hosts scored five times. The big blow for the Aggies was a grand slam by Codey McElroy off Mitchell Bro as the hosts pulled to within 8-6.

Kingsville added crucial runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Brian Frazier drove in Taska in the eighth, while Aguilar was hit by a pitch and scored on a grounder by Miles Holcomb in the ninth.

After Cody Williams tossed a scoreless eighth, the Javelinas brought closer Ryan Scott in to start the bottom of the ninth with a 10-6 lead.

The Aggies loaded the bases with no outs to start the ninth inning. Scott looked to get out of the inning with minimal damage as he forced a fly ball to left by McElroy. Harold Cannon then hit a grounder to third for a fielder's choice allowing Brandon Raidy to score as James Black had an error.

Nilmeyer singled off Scott to drive in Dillon Leveille to make it 10-8. Taska relieved Scott and, after a wild pitch allowed Cannon to score to make it 10-9, ended the game with a fielder's choice. Taska was credited with his first save of the season.

Denver Diefenbach went six innings in his start improving to a Lone Star Conference best 8-1. He allowed three runs with two earned on five hits. He walked three and sent five down on strikes.

Bro allowed three earned runs on one hit, a walk and hit batter in 2/3 of an inning. Hayden James faced one batter to end the seventh, while Cody Williams pitched a scoreless eighth. Scott started the ninth recording two outs but permitted three runs with two earned in

Six of the Javelina runs came off Cameron starter Steve Matta (2-4).

Walls had three of Kingsville's 13 hits in the finale with three runs scored. Four Javelinas including Justin Lee, Taska, Guedry, and Frazier had two hits apiece. Aside from Taska's three RBI, Lee and Walls each had two.


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Islanders Route HBU for Run-Rule Victory in Series Opener Sports Fri, 11 Apr 2014 8:44:17 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Route HBU for Run-Rule Victory in Series Opener

HOUSTON - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team saw its offense explode in its series opener with Houston Baptist, as they picked up a 14-1 run-rule victory in seven innings Friday at Husky Field to snap a three-game losing streak.

Tyler Ware had his biggest day as an Islander, as he notched a career-high five runs driven in, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Cody Stephens and Jordan Lee joined him with three hits, as Stephens drove in three RBIs, while also scoring three runs, and Lee scored two runs, while also stealing his team-high 16th base.

Matt Danton took advantage of the Islanders' big lead throughout the game, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on five hits to earn his fifth win of the year.

The Islanders (18-18, 8-5 Southland) got rolling in a hurry, picking up three consecutive hits to take a 1-0 lead out of the gate, culminating on a RBI double by Frankie Salas.

After Stephens got hit by a pitch to load the bases, Ware came through with his first RBI, as he moved everyone up a station with a single in right to double the Islanders' lead.

Then after HBU (15-15, 5-8) starter Taylor Wright got his first out of the game on a strikeout, he walked the next batter, Russell Vaughan, to bring in another run. The righty came back to get another strikeout, before another bases loaded walk to Josh Garza ended Wright's day, while also putting the Islanders up 4-0.

However, his replacement's day didn't start on a positive not, as Matt Harding came on and threw a wild pitch to the first batter he faced, allowing Ware to come in for the fifth and final run of the first.

With a big lead, Danton came out and went about his normal business, pitching to contact, picking up a fly out and two groundouts to set the Huskies down in order in the first.

In the second, Ware picked up his second RBI of the game, as he sent a pitch deep into left with Salas standing on third to extend the Islanders lead to six.

However, the third HBU pitcher, Ross Kennell, settled things down for the Huskies, as he threw three scoreless innings from the third to the fifth. After Kennell set the Islanders down in the fifth, his offense was able to pull HBU back within five, as a grounder with runners on the corners brought in the Huskies first run of the game.

However, Kennell had a tough fourth inning, as he was just one out away from posting his fourth consecutive scoreless inning before Stephens singled to left to bring Lee in to score to push the lead back up to six.

Ware then followed up with another huge knock, as he notched his third triple of the season by sending one in the left center gap to drive in two more runs. Kyle Danford then picked up his first RBI of the game, driving one up the middle to bring Ware around to score to make it a 10-1 game after the top of the sixth.

After Danton bounced back to post a scoreless bottom half of the inning, the Huskies struggled to come up with that elusive third out once again in the seventh. With two away, the Islanders had runners on the corners before Hubert picked up his first RBI of the season with a double down the left field line to push the lead to 10.

Stephens then came up and almost blasted his first home run of the season, as he drilled a double off the top of the left field wall to bring in two more runs before Ware picked up his fifth and final RBI of the game, as he singled up the middle to plate Stephens to push the lead up to 14-1.

Dalton D'Spain came on in the seventh and threw a perfect 1-2-3 innings to easily secure the run-rule victory for A&M - Corpus Christi.

Game two of the series will get underway an hour earlier on Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. Trevor Belicek (1-5, 4.75 ERA) will get the nod for the Islanders, as he will face off against HBU's Ryan Lower (4-1, 2.23).

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Hooks Rally Late, Win Sixth Straight Sports Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:11:24 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Rally Late, Win Sixth Straight

CORPUS CHRISTI - Dan Winkler no-hit the Corpus Christi Hooks for six-plus innings Thursday night at Whataburger Field.

When things went south for Winkler and the Tulsa Drillers, it happened quickly. The result was Corpus Christi's sixth consecutive triumph.

The Hooks sent eight men to the plate during a four-run, four-hit seventh against Winkler and Carlos Hernandez in a 6-0 home-opening triumph before 6,658.

Nolan Fontana's lead-off base-on-balls and a single to right by Andrew Aplin forced Winkler from the mound in the wake of 87 pitches; the right-hander entered Thursday on a 90-pitch limit. He retired 16 consecutive hitters before Fontana worked a 3-1 walk.

Matt Duffy greeted Hernandez with an RBI single to left and Preston Tucker followed suit. Enrique Hernandez's bunt single loaded the bases for Leo Heras, whose ground ball pushed Duffy across. Hernandez later scored on an errant throw.

Winkler (0-1), who walked two and fanned three, threw 58 strikes.

The outburst made a winner of Luis Cruz (2-0), who permitted four hits, walked two and struck out four over three innings.

The Hooks added a pair off Nate Striz in their last turn at bat, Aplin and Duffy picking up RBIs.

Tulsa had the makings of a threat in the second but came up empty. Ryan Casteel looped a single to right and was erased when Tyler Massey bounced into a 6-4-3 double play. It was a fortuitous development for the Hooks, as Brian Humphries then doubled over the head of center fielder Delino DeShields, Jr.

Humphries was gunned at the plate by Fontana on a fielder's choice throw from deep in the hole at short.

The fifth looked promising for the Drillers as well, but another twin killing took Hooks starter Ross Seaton off the hook. Humphries opened the frame with a bunt single and advanced to the keystone as Harold Riggins grounded out. Joey Wong's walk and a single by Delta Cleary, Jr., loaded the bases for Taylor Featherston, who hit a 3-0 offering into a 5-4-3 DP.

That was all for Seaton after five hits, a walk and six strikeouts. Forty-six of his 67 pitches were strikes.

Cruz benefited from an alert play by battery mate Rene Garcia to escape the sixth. With two away, Humphries at the plate, Cristhian Adames (lead-off single) on second and Casteel (walk) at first, Garcia's snap-throw caught Casteel upright returning to the bag. Casteel drifted off the base at the sight of Cruz's pitch in the dirt.

Tulsa's Jon Gray (0-1) meets Matt Heidenreich (0-0) Friday when the teams reconvene at 7:10. Bud Light Friday Fireworks light up the skies at the Port of Corpus Christi.

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Harrell Struggles, Blue Jays Beat Astros 7-3 Sports Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:13:18 PM Associated Press Harrell Struggles, Blue Jays Beat Astros 7-3

TORONTO (AP) - Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer, Brandon Morrow won for the first time in almost 11 months and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Alex Presley hit a two-run homer for the Astros, who have lost six of seven following a 2-0 start.

Morrow (1-1), limited to 10 starts last season with a nerve injury in his forearm, won for the first time since May 23, 2013, when he beat Baltimore. He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, walked one and struck out nine.

Morrow retired the first nine batters in order, striking out six, but walked Dexter Fowler to begin the fourth on a ball-four pitch that sailed to the backstop. One out later, Jason Castro singled through the left side for Houston's first hit.

Neil Wagner, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo before the game, pitched two perfect innings of relief. Steve Delabar got one out in the ninth, but had to leave after he was hit on the lower right leg by Jose Altuve's liner. Esmil Rogers finished for Toronto.

Jose Bautista hit an RBI double in the first and Adam Lind added an RBI single as the Blue Jays jumped out to a quick lead against Houston right-hander Lucas Harrell.

Toronto made it 5-0 in a three-run fifth thanks to an error by Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez. With one out, Houston intentionally walked Lind to load the bases for Dioner Navarro, who hit a grounder to third. Dominguez tried to throw to second to start a double play, but his high toss ended up in right field, scoring two runs.

That spelled the end for Harrell, who allowed five runs, including four earned, and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. Harrell (0-2) walked three, one intentional, and struck out two.

Jerome Williams replaced Harrell but had to leave with two outs in the sixth after straining his right groin. Josh Zeid came on and struck out Edwin Encarnacion to strand runners at first and second.

The Astros had just two hits off Morrow through the first five innings before breaking through with three runs in the sixth. Fowler singled and scored on Presley's second homer before Altuve hit a one-out triple and scored on Chris Carter's grounder.

Lawrie pushed Toronto's lead to four when he connected off Zeid in the seventh, his first.

Toronto's Melky Cabrera had two singles, extending his hitting streak to nine games. However, Cabrera failed to hit a home run for the first time in five games.

NOTES: Toronto optioned RHP Marcus Walden to Triple-A to make room for Wagner. ... Blue Jays RH Casey Janssen (back) said he felt "great" after a bullpen session before the game. He'll throw in the bullpen again Saturday... Fowler returned to Houston's starting lineup for the first time since a stomach virus caused him to miss four games. Fowler pinch hit in the eighth inning Tuesday. ... Wednesday marked the 49th anniversary of baseball's first indoor game, the 1965 exhibition contest between Houston and the New York Yankees that opened the Astrodome.

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Isles Fall 10-2 to UTSA Sports Tue, 8 Apr 2014 9:55:54 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Fall 10-2 to UTSA

CORPUS CHRISTI - Boone Mokry pitched seven strong innings to lead UTSA to a 10-2 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team on Tuesday night at Chapman Field. The Roadrunners (22-11) earned the season series win, 2-1, over the Islanders (17-18).

Horacio Correa III went 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs, while John Wellborn went 2-for-4 and scored three times to lead the UTSA offense, which collected 13 hits on the night. That was more than enough support for Mokry, who scattered six hits and did not allow a walk to improve to 1-1.

The Islanders used eight pitchers in the loss, with starter Gavin Williamson tossing two shutout innings. A.J. Flores (1 2/3 innings), Jacob Dorris (1 2/3) and Dalton D'Spain (1) each posted scoreless outings in the loss. Brandon Tierney and Brett Burner each went 2-for-4 for A&M-Corpus Christi, with Tierney knocking in two runs.

UTSA delivered the first blow with a run in the top of the third. C.J. Pickering began the frame with a double to the left-center field gap, and two batters later, Correa drove him home with a single to center for a 1-0 lead. Things got hairier for Jared Jordan on the mound, as an error and a misplay loaded the bases with one away, but Jesse Baker bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

The Roadrunners added to that in a big way in the fourth, putting a four-spot on the board to make it 5-0, doing all the damage with two outs. Pickering came to the dish with a runner on second and two away, and drew a walk to extend the inning. Wellborn then delivered an RBI single to right center, making it a 2-0 ballgame. An error on Josh Garza then resulted in the third run of the game, and Mike Warren capped off the rally with a two-run single to make it a five-run lead.

Meanwhile, Mokry kept on rolling on the mound for the Roadrunners, delivering 1-2-3 innings in the second and fourth, and limiting the Islanders to three baserunners in the other three frames to maintain the 5-0 lead through five innings.

In the top of the sixth, UTSA tacked on two more runs to push the lead to 7-0. The visitors loaded the bases with one out to chase Thomas Casey from the game, as Dorris came on in relief. Dorris got the first man he faced on a popup, but Baker sent a sinking liner to right center that fell into the gap for a two-run double and a seven-run advantage.

The Roadrunners pushed across three more runs in the top of the eighth off A.J. Longoria. Wellborn singled to lead off the frame, stole second, and came around to score on a base knock by Correa to make it 8-0. After a strikeout, Longoria surrendered a walk and a hit batsman to load the bases with one away. Tony Ramirez then delivered a single just inside the third-base bag to plate two runs and push the lead to 10-0.

A&M-Corpus Christi finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth. Burner led off the frame with an infield single to end Mokry's night after seven strong innings, and Logan Onda came on to surrender a walk to Russell Vaughan. After a groundout moved the runners to second and third, Tierney looped a single into left field to plate both runs and make it 10-2. That was as close as the Islanders would get, though, as Wesley Cox slammed the door to finish off the home squad.

The Islanders will return to conference play this weekend, as they travel to Houston for a three-game set against Houston Baptist. The series will commence on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by games on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Live audio will be available on, with live stats and video on

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Hooks Rally to Beat Cards 7-6 Sports Tue, 8 Apr 2014 6:13:45 PM Hooks Rally to Beat Cards 7-6

SPRINGFIELD - Jio Mier's lead-off home run in the 11th inning Tuesday afternoon capped an improbable 7-6 come-from-behind victory for the Hooks, who authored a series sweep of the Cardinals at Hammons Field.

With Corpus Christi trailing 5-1, Andrew Aplin opened the ninth by coaxing a walk from Ronnie Shaban. Preston Tucker was next and smashed a double off the glove of first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and down the right-field line. Enrique Hernandez chased them home with a book-rule double into the Hooks bullpen in left field.

Leo Heras kept the line moving with a walk. MP Cokinos served a single to center, scoring Hernandez from second to bring the Hooks within a run. Heras took third on the throw. Later in the inning, Cokinos stole second base, placing a pair in scoring position for Joe Sclafani. In his second game with the Hooks, Sclafani line a base hit to center field to tie the game. Delino DeShields, Jr., was next and pushed a squeeze bunt up the first-base line for a 6-5 Corpus Christi lead.

Lefty David Rollins, who entered in the sixth, walked Mike O'Neill to begin the Cardinal ninth. Jorge De Leon was called upon from the Corpus Christi bullpen. O'Neill then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Tyler Heineman. With the infield drawn in, De Leon (1-0) induced a chopper to second for the first out. Aledmys Diaz followed and hit a broken-bat flare to shallow center to square the score at 6.

In the 11th, Mier, who came off the bench in the ninth as a defensive replacement, deposited the first pitch from Ryan Sheriff onto the berm in center field for his first bomb of the season.

Mier is 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs to start the season.

Travis Ballew pitched the bottom half for the Hooks and worked around a lead-off single to secure his second save of the season.

Corpus Christi scratched a run in the first off Springfield start Kurt Heyer. DeShields cracked a double to begin the game and cruised to third on a wild pitch. Tucker later bounced into a force play, allowing DeShields to scamper home.

Heyer held the Hooks to two hits over the next six innings. He walked one, fanned four and, at one point, retired 16 in a row.

The Hooks are off Wednesday before opening a three-game series against Tulsa on Thursday at Whataburger Field. Ross Seaton and lefty Luis Cruz are slated to pitch for Corpus Christi.

Gates open at 5:40 and first pitch is 7:10 as all fans are treated to 2014 Hooks Schedule Magnets from CPL Retail Energy and postgame fireworks. It's also Thirsty Thursday (discounted beer and soda) courtesy of Stripes.

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Four Finalist For Men's TAMUK Basketball Set to Visit Campus Sports Tue, 8 Apr 2014 1:55:32 PM TAMUK.COM Four Finalist For Men's TAMUK Basketball Set to Visit Campus

KINGSVILLE, Texas -Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation Scott Gines has announced four finalists who will interview on campus for the men's basketball head coaching vacancy beginning Wednesday.

The four candidates include current Cardinal Stritch University head coach Drew Diener, former Javelina player and graduate assistant coach Johnny Estelle, who was an assistant at the University of Houston this past season, Benedict College associate athletic director and head coach Freddrell Watson, and current Texas A&M International University head coach Bryan Weakley.

Estelle, who will be in town Wednesday through Thursday is no stranger to South Texas. He played two seasons for the Javelinas setting a single-game record for 3-point baskets with nine in the 1996 Lone Star Conference Tournament en route to MVP honors and had a school-record 88 steals during the 1995-96 season. Following his playing career, Estelle spent one season as a graduate assistant coach with the Javelinas.

After his season on the sidelines with Kingsville, Estelle spent a season as an assistant coach with Northland Pioneer College in Arizona. He returned to Texas as an assistant coach at Navarro College in August of 2000. Estelle served as an assistant for eight seasons with the Bulldogs before taking over the controls as head coach - a position he held for five seasons.

As the head coach at Navarro, Estelle was named the NJCAA District XIV Coach of the Year three times. He finished with a 126-48 overall record as the head coach averaging 25-plus wins a season. Three of his teams advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament including a Final Four showing in 2010.

Weakley will be the second candidate in town visiting Thursday and Friday. He has spent the past two seasons as head coach at Texas A&M International after serving as the associate head coach of the Dustdevils for three seasons. In his two seasons as head coach, he has amassed a 37-21 record including a school-best 22-9 mark this past season. Weakley guided the team to its second-ever Heartland Conference Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second time.

Prior to joining the Dustdevils, Weakley was an assistant coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage for five seasons. He helped lead the team to the NCAA Division II Tournament three times in five years including a Final Four appearance in 2008. Prior to coaching in Alaska, he spent one year in London where he was the was the developmental coach for London Towers and head coach at Middlesex University, leading the university to a 33-2 record and the BUSA National Championship.

Watson will be in town next Sunday and Monday to interview for the position. He has spent his entire professional coaching career at NCAA II Benedict College where he began as the head coach in 2002 and was a 3-time All-America selection as a player in the 1990s. He led the entire nation in rebounding in all NCAA divisions with 13.9 rebounds a game as a junior.

In his 12 seasons as head coach, he has posted a 247-90 mark and was the 2013 Box to Row Division II National Coach of the Year. His teams have won five Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season titles, four SIAC Tournament Championships and made eight NCAA II regional appearances. His Tigers have finished the season nationally ranked four times, and his 2008 team was ranked #1 in the nation among HBCUs. Additionally, Watson has assumed various administrative roles at Benedict. He was named the associate athletic director in July of 2013 after a year as the assistant athletic director.

Diener will be the final candidate to interview as he will be in town April 15-16. A graduate of St. Louis University, he has served as the head coach of NAIA powerhouse Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee, Wisc. In five seasons he has amassed a record of 143-33, winning the NAIA Division II National Championship in 2013 while also being named NAIA National Coach of the Year. His teams have reached the national tournament each season, winning five regular-season league championships and posting five consecutive 20-plus win seasons. Diener's 2013-14 team advanced to the NAIA Sweet 16, spent 7 consecutive weeks ranked #1 nationally, and he is a 5-time recipient of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Diener, who played collegiately at St. Louis University, spent four seasons at the University of Virginia for coach Dave Leitao. He was an assistant coach in 2007-08 and 2008-09 after spending the prior two seasons as the director of basketball operations. The 2008 team reached the semifinals of the CBI, while the 2007 squad shared the ACC regular-season crown advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also served as the assistant director of basketball operations for Leitao at DePaul and was the Dave Leitao Camp Director from 2005-08.

Texas A&M-Kingsville expects to have a head coach named by the end of the spring semester.



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Fans Crowd Streets, Start Fires When Team Loses NCAA Sports Tue, 8 Apr 2014 6:43:40 AM Fans Crowd Streets, Start Fires When Team Loses NCAA

KENTUCKY - Authorities had to control chaos on the streets of Lexington, Kentucky -- after the University of Kentucky lost the NCAA National Championship Game.

The Wildcats lost to the University of Connecticut Huskies, 54 to 60, in Arlington, Texas last night.

At last count, officials in Lexington said there were 17 couch fires, 15 trash fires and 14 injuries, including someone who was hit by a train.

Police and University officials said people were mostly better-behaved and under control than when the Wildcats win.

Not as many people gathered on State Street, compared to when they won over Wisconsin Saturday night.


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Cosart Struggles, Angels Pound Astros 9-1 Sports Mon, 7 Apr 2014 6:41:42 PM Associated Press Cosart Struggles, Angels Pound Astros 9-1

HOUSTON (AP) - Jarred Cosart pitched a first inning to forget on Monday.

And as is often the case with these young Houston Astros, his struggles early against the Los Angeles Angels provided a teachable moment for manager Bo Porter.

C.J. Wilson pitched eight solid innings, Howie Kendrick and Raul Ibanez each drove in three runs and the Angels beat the Astros 9-1.

Cosart was done in by an opening inning in which he had to use 32 pitches. He was pulled after allowing three hits, five runs and walking four in six innings.

It was a disappointing second start for the 23-year-old who threw five scoreless frames for the win in his 2014 debut against the Yankees.

"I was proud of the job that he was able to do to get us through six innings," Porter said. "I told him: 'If you want to be a front-of-the-rotation guy in the major leagues you're not going to have your 'A' stuff all the time. It's not going to go right all the time. But the reason you're in the front of the rotation is because you're going to chew up innings even when you don't have your good stuff."

Cosart said he felt lethargic in the first inning and struggled to find his groove.

"I spotted them three runs and with a lineup like that and with a team like that you can't do that," he said. "It's hard for our team to play from behind obviously. I kind of had us back on our heels."

The Angels took three of four from Houston after starting the season 0-3.

Kendrick drove in two with a single in a three-run first inning. He added an RBI with a single when the Angels tacked on three more in the seventh.

Kole Calhoun homered off Jarred Cosart (1-1), sending a drive to right field for his second shot of the series to push the lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning.

Wilson (1-1) yielded four hits and a run while fanning seven. He looked a lot more like the 17-game winner he was last year than he did in his first start this season when he allowed eight hits and six runs in 5 2-3 innings of a loss to Seattle.

Houston struggled to get anything going off of him. Jesus Guzman doubled with one out in the second before Wilson retired nine in a row. A double by Chris Carter came with one out in the fifth inning, and Wilson sat down 10 straight after that. The Astros finally got on the board when Carlos Corporan launched a 76 mph curveball into the Crawford Boxes in left field for a home run that made it 8-1.

A pair of walks and a fielder's choice loaded the bases with one out in the first inning for Cosart. A broken-bat groundout by Ibanez sent one home to make it 1-0. Carter had to navigate around the flying piece of bat that stuck in the dirt right near where he fielded the ball.

Kendrick's single to shallow right field pushed the lead to 3-0 in the first.

Cosart settled down after the first, pitching a perfect second before walking two in a scoreless third and retiring the side in the fourth.

"I think I was going too quick with my mechanics, just leaving stuff up and I was kind of all over the place," Cosart said. "It took me three runs to get back locked in, which is too late."

Ian Stewart hit a triple with one out in the sixth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Iannetta that made it 5-0.

Ibanez drove home two with a single to right field off reliever Brad Peacock in the seventh.

NOTES: Houston CF Dexter Fowler was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game because of a stomach virus. Fowler, who spent Friday night at Methodist Hospital and was released Saturday, returned to the ballpark on Monday. He said he was feeling better but was still very weak. The already slim Fowler said he knows he has lost some weight but hadn't stepped on the scale because he didn't want to know how much he'd dropped. Porter isn't sure when he'll return to the lineup. ... The Astros send LHP Brett Oberholtzer to the mound against Mark Buerhle when they open a series at Toronto on Tuesday.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Out of Texas Race Due to Fiery Wreck Sports Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:21:32 PM Dale Earnhardt Jr Out of Texas Race Due to Fiery Wreck

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - NASCAR points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of the race at Texas after a wreck.

Earnhardt drove into the rain-drenched grass and then had a fiery crash against the wall after just three laps in Monday's rain-delayed race. Earnhardt was trailing Aric Almirola on the frontstretch when the left side of his car suddenly went into the grass, and the No. 88 Chevrolet then shot across the track, bursting into flames after slamming into the wall.

Earnhardt, who climbed out of the car and was OK, says he didn't see the grass. He says it was just "a mistake" on his part.

Jimmie Johnson had damage on the windshield and front left of his No. 48 car from mud and debris after the crash by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.

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Pistorius Trial Resumes, Defense Opens Case Sports Mon, 7 Apr 2014 5:06:21 AM Associated Press Pistorius Trial Resumes, Defense Opens Case

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) - The defense in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has opened its case, calling a pathologist as its first witness.

Prof. Jan Botha was testifying Monday following four weeks of prosecution-led testimony and a week's adjournment after one of the judge's aides fell ill.

Botha was allowed to testify first and ahead of Pistorius in an agreement with prosecutors because of a family illness. Defendants who choose to testify normally go first in South Africa.

Pistorius is expected to testify after Botha and explain his version that he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake on Valentine's Day last year thinking she was an intruder in his home. The double-amputee athlete is charged with premeditated murder for the nighttime killing and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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