Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:09:43 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Cowboys Brent Reinstated, Suspended 10 Games Sports Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:54:16 PM Associated Press Cowboys Brent Reinstated, Suspended 10 Games

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, though he won't play right away.

The NFL on Tuesday outlined a series of conditions Brent must meet to be eligible to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week in November.

Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial in January in the intoxication manslaughter death of teammate Jerry Brown, a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys. A 10-year prison sentence was suspended.

The league says Brent will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season and can't participate in team activities for the first six weeks. He won't be allowed to visit the team's practice facility for the first six weeks except to meet with people associated with his rehab.

The 26-year-old Brent must have "no further adverse involvement with law enforcement" and faces potential banishment for what the league called "prohibited alcohol-related conduct."

Brent can start attending meetings and doing individual workouts in Week 7, but can't practice or travel with the team. He can begin practicing two weeks after that.

If he meets all the conditions, Brent's first possible game is Nov. 23 at the New York Giants.

Brent crashed his Mercedes sedan on a suburban Dallas highway on the way back from a nightclub in December 2012. Brown was in the passenger's seat. Witnesses recalled seeing Brent trying to pull Brown, his former teammate at Illinois and his roommate in Texas, from the wreckage of the vehicle.

Tests later showed Brent to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas.

Brent faced up to 20 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter, and prosecutors pressed hard for prison time, saying his case would send a message to other would-be drunken drivers. But Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, testified she had forgiven Brent and that "you can't go on in life holding a grudge."

The Cowboys open the season Sunday at home against San Francisco with many questions about their defense, including the rotation among defensive linemen. They are trying to replace franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware, who was released during the offseason in a salary cap move.

Brent was mostly a backup in three seasons with Dallas but was starting in place of the injured Jay Ratliff at the time of the crash.



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Isles Announce Men's Basketball Schedule Sports Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:50:52 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Announce Men's Basketball Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team will play 15 games in Corpus Christi as part of the team's 2014-15 schedule, it was announced today. The Islanders will face five teams that advanced to the postseason a year ago, including traditional powerhouse Georgetown and top-25 foe St. Louis.

"We're excited to have 15 opportunities to play in front of our hometown fans here in the Coastal Bend," head coach Willis Wilson said. "This year's schedule will be a challenging one for our team as we look to continue the forward progress we made last year. I think our Corpus Christi fans will really enjoy the 15 dates they get to spend with our team."

Among the 15 home games will be a pair of games within the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, with the Islanders taking on Mississippi Valley State and either Radford or North Carolina A&T on Nov. 28 & 29 at the American Bank Center. The Islanders will also play road games at St. Louis and Bradley as part of the event.

"The Coastal Classic should be an outstanding event for our city," Wilson said. "It gives the basketball fans of our city a chance to see teams from a number of conferences, and also gives the fans of other teams a chance to see just how much of a vacation destination Corpus Christi is. We're excited to be a part of it in its second year at the American Bank Center."

The Islanders will open the season on Friday, Nov. 14, with a matchup against Our Lady of the Lake at 7 p.m. in the American Bank Center. A&M-Corpus Christi then hits the road for the next week and a half, beginning with a game at Georgetown on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The next two contests will send the Islanders to St. Louis (Nov. 23) and Bradley (Nov. 25) in the opening rounds of the Coastal Classic.

After the squad plays its two home games in the Classic, the Islanders will follow with two more contests in the American Bank Center. Denver comes to town for a Saturday afternoon matchup on Dec. 6, while regional rival UTSA visits on Dec. 15. After that contest, A&M-Corpus Christi embarks on its longest road trip of the year, heading to Denver (Dec. 17), Cal State Northridge (Dec. 20) and Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 22) before taking a week off.

The final pre-conference tune-up will come against Jarvis Christian on Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Islanders then will open conference play against Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., for the second year in a row on Jan. 6. The team's home conference opener will be against McNeese State on Jan. 10 in the Dugan Wellness Center - the only contest the Islanders will play on campus this season.

A&M-Corpus Christi will play host to Lamar on Jan. 12 before a one-game road swing to Thibodaux, La., for a matchup against Nicholls on Jan. 17. A Jan. 20 battle against Northwestern State follows, and then the squad will hit the road for five of their next six games - at New Orleans (Jan. 24), Southeastern Louisiana (Jan. 26), Stephen F. Austin (Jan. 30), Sam Houston State (Feb. 7) and Houston Baptist (Feb. 9). The lone game in that stretch at home will come against Incarnate Word on Feb. 3 at the American Bank Center.

The Islanders will play five of their final seven games at home, starting with a clash against reigning Southland champion SFA on Feb. 14 and a matchup with New Orleans on Feb. 16. After road contests at Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian, the Islanders will take on Sam Houston State for Homecoming on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. The final two home games come against Houston Baptist (March 5) and Abilene Christian (March 7).

The 2015 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament will once again be held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center from March 11-14. The top eight teams will qualify for the league tournament, with the champion earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.



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Hooks Cap 2014 by Beating Missions Sports Mon, 1 Sep 2014 8:54:21 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Cap 2014 by Beating Missions

CORPUS CHRISTI - Brandon Meredith's seventh-inning grand slam was the difference in Corpus Christi's season-ending 8-4 victory over San Antonio Monday before 5,859 at Whataburger Field.

Meredith's eighth home run occurred in the wake of consecutive walks to Jonathan Meyer, Telvin Nash, Tyler Heineman and Teoscar Hernandez by reliever Adys Portillo (1-4) after the right-hander secured the first two outs. Enter former Hook Michael Dimock, who served up the game-winner on a 1-1 offering.

San Antonio made a stir in the first, but Jordan Jankowski escaped unscathed. Casey McElroy stroked an opening single to right and pilfered second; Hunter Refroe drew a walk and swiped the keystone as well. They were stranded at third and second, respectively, when Jankowski whiffed Robert Kral.

The Hooks posted a singleton their first time up, Delino DeShields, Jr., drawing a lead-off walk, stealing second and progressing home on Colin Moran's liner up the middle.
Singles from Hernandez and Carlos Perdomo (RBI) sandwiched M.P. Cokinos' double to left as the Hooks increased their lead to 2-0 against Bryce Morrow.

Renfroe's lead-off 427-foot home run to left-center on a 90-mph fastball trimmed the Corpus Christi lead to 2-1 during the fourth. Jankowski finished with three hits, a walk and five strikeouts over four complete.

The Missions drew even an inning later off Matt Heidenreich, Lee Orr (lead-off single/stolen base) scoring when McElroy bounced into a double play.

The deadlock was short-lived. Nash's two-out screamer to center plated DeShields, who topped the Hooks fifth with a single and stolen base, his Texas League-leading 54th.

Jake Lemmerman took Juan Minaya deep for a two-run bomb in the Missions seventh as San Antonio pulled ahead 4-3.

Morrow booked eight hits, two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Mitchell Lambson's 1 1/3-inning stint put him in the winner's circle at 3-1.

Moran completes the season with a 12-game hitting streak.
The Hooks finished 40-30 at Whataburger Field, 33-37 in the second half and 67-73 overall. San Antonio finished 32-38 and 68-72.


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AP High School Football Poll Sports Mon, 1 Sep 2014 2:36:10 PM Associated Press AP High School Football Poll

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team's ranking in last week's poll:

Class 6A
1. Allen (19)(1-0)2431
2. Katy (3)(1-0)2202
3. Cedar Hill (2)(1-0)1943
4. DeSoto (1)(1-0)1864
5. Euless Trinity(1-0)1295
6. Southlake Carroll(1-0)846
7. Cibolo Steele(1-0)778
8. Pearland(1-0)7210
9. Denton Guyer(0-1)407
10. Manvel(1-0)34NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Galena Park North Shore 31. 12, Dallas Skyline 22. 13, SA Northside Brennan 16. 14, Hewitt Midway 8. 15, SA Northside Brandeis 4. 16, 16, Austin Westlake 3. 16, Belton 3. 16, Coppell 3. 20, EP Franklin 2. 20, Port Arthur Memorial 2. 22, Round Rock Stony Point 1. 22, Wolfforth Frenship 1.

Class 5A
1. Aledo (24)(1-0)2491
2. Tyler(1-0)1738
3. Temple(1-0)1717
4. Mansfield Timberview(1-0)16810
5. Lufkin (1)(1-0)140NR
6. Richmond George Ranch(1-0)1269
7. Cedar Park(0-1)1005
8. Ennis(0-1)432
9. Lancaster(1-0)31NR
10. WF Rider(1-0)26NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Rockwall-Heath 18. 11, Longview 18. 13, CC Calallen 16. 13, Georgetown 16. 15, West Mesquite 11. 15, A&M Consolidated 11. 17, Fort Bend Elkins 10. 18, Austin Vandegrift 9. 19, Port Neches-Groves 8. 20, Brenham 7. 21, Dallas South Oak Cliff 4. 21, Whitehouse 4. 21, Fort Bend Ridge Point 4. 24, Abilene Cooper 3. 25, Bastrop 2. 25, CC Flour Bluff 2. 25, Wichita Falls 2. 28, Richmond Foster 1. 28, Burleson 1. 28, Mansfield Legacy 1.

Class 4A
1. Stephenville (19)(1-0)2431
2. Navasota (3)(1-0)2112
3. Graham(1-0)1583
4. Argyle (1)(1-0)1546
5. La Marque (1)(1-0)1335
6. West Orange-Stark(1-0)1277
7. Gilmer (1)(1-0)200T8
8. Celina(1-0)8410
9. Carthage(0-1)294
(tie) La Vernia(1-0)29NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Kennedale 21. 12, La Grange 15. 13, Kilgore 13. 14, Gladewater 11. 15, Fairfield 7. 15, Tatum 7. 17, Giddings 3. 17, Big Spring 3. 19, Port Isabel 2. 20, Sinton 1. 20, Abilene Wylie 1. 20, El Campo 1. 20, Waco Connally 1.

Class 3A
1. Cisco (22)(1-0)2471
2. Wall (1)(1-0)2046
3. Franklin (2)(1-0)200T8
4. Rockdale(1-0)17110
5. Corrigan-Camden(1-0)72NR
6. Cameron Yoe(0-1)683
7. Waskom(0-1)634
8. Hallettsville(0-1)602
9. Sonora(1-0)43NR
10. Kirbyville(1-0)42NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Teague 38. 12, Daingerfield 34. 13, White Oak 18. 14, Arp 16. 15, Rogers 15. 16, Malakoff 13. 17, New Boston 11. 17, Lago Vista 11. 19, Eastland 9. 20, Gunter 7. 20, Newton 7. 22, Jarrell 6. 23, Red Oak Life 5. 24, Grandview 4. 24, Blanco 4. 26, Tulia 3. 27, Shallowater 2. 28, Glen Rose 1. 28, Hughes Springs 1.

Class 2A
1. Refugio (16)(1-0)2381
2. Mart (7)(1-0)2272
3. Tenaha (2)(1-0)1963
4. Canadian(1-0)1416
5. Albany(1-0)1264
6. Bremond(1-0)1177
7. Shiner(1-0)929
8. Falls City(1-0)7510
9. Mason(1-0)41NR
10. Hico(0-1)255
Others receiving votes: 11, Centerville 20. 12, Crawford 18. 13, Iraan 14. 14, Stratford 12. 15, Chilton 11. 16, Seagraves 8. 17, Alto 3. 18, Brackettville 2. 18, Menard 2. 18, Muenster 2. 18, Pineland West Sabine 2. 22, Snook 1. 22, Stamford 1. 22, Hamlin 1.

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49ers Ray McDonald Accused of Domestic Violence Sports Mon, 1 Sep 2014 4:11:31 AM 49ers Ray McDonald Accused of Domestic Violence

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald's arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody.

McDonald, 29, was later released from Santa Clara County Jail after posting $25,000 bail.

He wouldn't discuss what happened with television news reporters who approached him after he posted bail.

"I can't say too much, not right now, but the truth will come out. Everybody knows the kind of person that I am," McDonald said. "I'm a good-hearted person."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment."

McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.

The incident is the latest blow to what has been one of the NFL's fiercest defenses. On Friday, linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game suspension for what the league called violations of its substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

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Islanders Fall to Baylor 3-1 Before Sweeping ACU 3-0 to Wrap Baylor Invitational Sports Sat, 30 Aug 2014 9:07:34 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Fall to Baylor 3-1 Before Sweeping ACU 3-0 to Wrap Baylor Invitational

WACO, Texas - After dropping a 3-1 (27-25, 20-25, 20-25, 22-25) loss to Baylor earlier today, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team (2-1) put together a dominating performance to sweep Southland foe Abilene Christian, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-22), in the final match of the Baylor Invitational in the Ferrell Center.

Senior Brianna Brink nailed a team-high 46 kills and registered 4.18 kills per set over the weekend. For her outstanding performance she was named to the all-tournament team.

The Islanders will now trek to Edinburg, Texas, to compete in the two-day UTPA Tournament against Texas-Pan American, Northern Arizona and Texas Tech. First match is slated for Thursday, Sept. 4, against the Broncs.

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The Islanders held the Wildcats (0-3) to just .129 hitting in the match and had an all-around balanced team effort. Brink hit a match-high 15 kills on .303 hitting to power the Islanders who registered a season-best .266 hitting percentage. Juniors Ivy Baresh and Chelby Stanford each notched their second double-doubles of the season. Baresh finished with 10 kills and 13 digs, while Stanford dished out 39 assists and 14 digs. Haley Satterwhite Day also finished in double-figures for the second straight match with 11 kills. Defensively, Hailey King posted 16 digs and Kate Klepetka added 11.

A&M - Corpus Christi controlled the first set early opening with a 14-4 lead. ACU responded with a 6-1 run before Satterwhite put down a kill to give the Islanders a six-point cushion. The Islanders maintained their lead to win 25-18. Brink led the set with four kills while Baresh notched an impressive nine digs. A&M - Corpus Christi held the Wildcats to a .070 hitting percentage, while posting a .208 percentage themselves.

The Islanders' defense was outstanding in the second set, limiting the Wildcats to a set-low .057 hitting. Baresh and Brink both collected five kills apiece while Stanford posted 13 assists and six digs. Much like the first set, the Islanders came out strong to take a 13-9 lead after Kelsee Felux and Brink hit back-to-back kills. The Islanders padded their lead to 20-16 after Satterwhite secured her seventh kill of the match to force ACU to call a timeout. A&M - Corpus Christi held their lead to win 25-18.

In the third set, the Islanders and Wildcats battled early going neck-and-neck until Satterwhite started a 7-0 run to push the Islanders ahead 23-17. During the run, Stanford chipped in two aces, while Brink added a kill and Satterwhite notched two. After ACU threatened with four straight points, both teams traded points until Brink clinched the set, 25-22, and match with her 15th kill.



The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team dropped a tight 3-1 (27-25, 20-25, 20-25, 22-25) loss to Baylor in the first match today. Junior Haley Satterwhite Day propelled the Islanders with 15 kills while junior Hailey King matched a career-best 22 digs. Freshman Kristyn Nicholson notched her first double-double of her career with 34 assists and 14 digs.

The Islanders started out strong with a 27-25 first-set victory, but the Bears (2-0) answered back three straight wins with the help of their play at the net. Baylor controlled the net 14-8, and was powered by three players in double-figure kills, including Andie Mallroy who hit .277 with 19 kills.

The Islanders came out strong in the first set which featured 12 ties to win 27-25. Senior Brianna Brink led the Islanders with four kills, while Nicholson tallied eight assists and six digs. The Islanders and Bears went neck-and-neck early before A&M - Corpus Christi built a 16-11 lead on a 6-0 run. After a Baylor timeout, the Bears clawed their way back with three straight points to knot the set at 18-18. Both teams traded points back and forth until the Islanders capped the set and the victory on a kill by Ivy Baresh, and a block assist by Brittany Gilpin and Nicholson.

A&M - Corpus Christi took control early in the second set to build a 14-8 lead on a 9-2 run. The Bears responded with a 5-1 run before Brink nailed down a kill to help the Islanders build a three-point cushion. Once again, Baylor rallied back to score four consecutive points and knot the set at 17-17. After Brink and Baresh hit straight kills, Baylor went on a 4-0 run to push ahead 21-19. Following an Islanders' timeout, Baresh and Gilpin teamed up for a block assist before the Bears clinched the set 25-20 with four consecutive points. Baylor hit a set-high .244 while holding the Islanders to a .094 hitting percentage.

The Islanders and Bears battled back and forth early in the third set until Baylor put together a 6-0 run following a block assist by Madeleine Doud and Brink to take a 23-17 lead. After trading points, Satterwhite nailed one of her seven kills of the set down before the Bears secured a 25-20 victory. Nicholson dished out 10 assists and Satterwhite hit .308 in the set.

The Islanders jumped out early in the final set before Baylor gained a 10-7 lead on a 5-0 run and never looked back. After building a 23-15 lead, A&M - Corpus Christi rallied back with six straight points to trim Baylor's lead to two. Brink capped the run with her 10th kill of the match before Baylor captured the set, 25-22, and the victory. King recorded eight digs while Nicholson tallied nine assists and Doud notched two block assists in the set.


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Friday Night Fever Scoreboard Week 1 Sports Fri, 29 Aug 2014 5:23:28 PM Friday Night Fever Scoreboard Week 1

Keep up to date with the latest high school football scores from the KRIS6 Friday Night Fever. Follow us at @krissports or on Facebook -


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Carroll Carroll Tigers35
Miller Miller Buccaneers10
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Monte Alto Monte Alto Blue Devils6
London London Pirates26


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Laredo Alexander Laredo Alexander Bulldogs22
Alice Alice Coyotes31

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El Campo El Campo Ricebirds41
Gregory-Portland Gregory-Portland Wildcats19
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Flour Bluff Flour Bluff Hornets31
King King Mustangs13
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Calallen Calallen Wildcats28
Mercedes Mercedes Tigers0
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Laredo Martin Laredo-Martin Tigers0
Ray Ray Texans35

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Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Pirates41
Aransas Pass Aransas Pass Panthers20

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Kingsville Kingsville Brahmas21
Beeville Beeville Trojans24

Runge Runge Yellowjackets6
Ben Bolt Ben Bolt Badgers59


Three Rivers Three Rivers Bulldogs33
Bishop Bishop Badgers6

Odem Odem Owls30
Edna Edna Cowboys26

Freer Freer Buckaroos20
Falfurrias Falfurrias Bulls33

San Diego San Diego Vaqueros21
George West George West Longhorns0

Refugio Refugio Bobcats56
Hebbronville Hebbronville Longhorns0

Rio Grande City Rio Grande City Rattlers14
Ingleside Ingleside Mustangs41

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Skidmore-Tynan Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats41
John Paul II John Paul II Centurions0

Benavides Benavides Eagles32
Lasara Lasara Lions0

Banquete Banquete Bulldogs21
Mathis Mathis Pirates34

Woodsboro Woodsboro Eagles7
Nixon-Smiley Nixon-Smiley Mustangs28

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Robstown Robstown Cotton Pickers6
Orange Grove Orange Grove Bulldogs42

Agua Dulce Agua Dulce Longhorns8
Riviera Riviera Seahawks32

Pettus Pettus War Eagles0
Santa Gertrudis Santa Gertrudis Academy Pride53

Stockdale Stockdale Brahmas6
Taft Taft Greyhounds19

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Sinton Sinton Pirates39
Tuloso-Midway Tuloso-Midway Warriors19

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Moody Moody Trojans41
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Friday Night Fever Season Preview Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 6:08:16 PM Friday Night Fever Season Preview

The wait is over as it is time for high school football. KRIS6 kicks off the Friday Night Fever season with a preview show live from Buccaneer Stadium where the Carroll Tigers face off against the Miller Buccaneers.

Alan Harwell, Drew Collins, and Michelle Margaux break down what's sure to be an exciting year of football as teams face off in newly realigned UIL districts with new opponents.

Be sure to catch the Friday Night Fever at 10:15pm on KRIS 6 News, then stick around for a more in-depth look at the weeks games on the CW South Texas at 11pm.


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Keenum, Savage to Settle Texans Backup QB Duel Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 9:07:31 PM Associated Press Keenum, Savage to Settle Texans Backup QB Duel

HOUSTON (AP) - Rookie Tom Savage looked like a polished pro leading the Texans to the winning touchdown and 2-point conversion against Denver last week.

How he plays in Thursday's preseason finale against San Francisco means even more as he tries to overtake Case Keenum for the backup quarterback job behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Keenum will start and Savage will follow, trying to make one last impression on Coach Bill O'Brien. But O'Brien said their game performances won't be the deciding factors, only part of the bigger picture.

"I've been in situations like this where two guys are really competing in New England," said O'Brien, the Patriots' former offensive coordinator. "A lot of times the guy that played well in the fourth game, he ended up being the No. 2 guy. But I think conceptually you always look at the body of work and then you determine within that body of work how they played in those games and in those practices, and you try to add it up that way."

O'Brien says he's likely to keep all three because of how well each of them has grasped the offense. The tale of the tape so far? Keenum is 20 for 35 for 184 yards and threw an interception at the goal line to end a promising drive against Atlanta. Savage is 11 of 14 for 90 yards, 5 for 6 on the winning drive in Denver.

Keenum, who started eight games last season, was surprised to find out this week that O'Brien said that Savage had closed the gap. But Keenum was as excited as anyone to see Savage's winning drive in Denver.

"We're all on the same team," Keenum said, "and all of us quarterbacks feel the same way and we're all competitive and I think we all want to win, so it was fun."

O'Brien said starter Ryan Fitzpatrick probably won't play, along with most of the other first-teamers. O'Brien is still evaluating the kicker competition between Randy Bullock and Chris Boswell.

San Francisco, meanwhile, awaits a decision as early as Thursday on a league suspension for linebacker Aldon Smith for his legal issues. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is prepping the other linebackers as if Smith will be out for an extended period. Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier are likely to step in, as they did when Smith missed five games last year to undergo treatment following a DUI arrest.

Fangio is also considering rookie Aaron Lynch, who had a sack and two tipped passes against the Chargers. Lynch, a fifth-round pick, worked himself into shape after pulling both hamstrings over the summer.

"He played well in that game, there's no denying that," Fangio said. "He had a lot of production and played well and had some good plays even when they weren't the type of plays that showed up on the stat sheet, playing the run and etc."

Colin Kaepernick will probably get one series for the 49ers after taking several hard hits in last week's win over San Diego. He's 12 of 22 for 115 yards in the preseason and doesn't seem too concerned about the lack of production by the offense so far.

"I've never seen worrying help anyone's problems or help them get better," he said. "So, we're not going to worry."

The depth on the offensive line has been an issue in the preseason, with right guard Alex Boone holding out for a new contract, rookie center Marcus Martin out with a knee injury and right tackle Anthony Davis missing time after shoulder surgery.

Teams must cut their rosters to 53 players by Saturday.


AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this story.


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2014 Texas AP High School Football Poll - Preseason Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 4:09:13 PM Associated Press 2014 Texas AP High School Football Poll - Preseason

Here is The Associated Press preseason high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team's ranking in last week's poll:

Class 6A

School Total Points Prv
1. Allen (15) 231 -
2. Katy (5) 208 -
3. Cedar Hill (5) 204 -
4. DeSoto 172 -
5. Euless Trinity 119 -
6. Southlake Carroll 105 -
7. Denton Guyer 79 -
8. Cibolo Steele 75 -
9. Lake Travis 68 -
10. Pearland 33 -
Others receiving votes: 11, Dallas Skyline 21. 12, Galena Park North Shore 18. 13, Manvel 15. 14, SA Northside Brennan 13. 15, Coppell 6. 16, Arlington Martin 3. 17, Wolfforth Frenship 2. 18, Arlington Bowie 1. 18, Converse Judson 1. 18, Spring Westfield 1.

Class 5A

School Total Points Prv
1. Aledo (17) 227 -
2. Ennis (4) 189 -
3. Longview (1) 184 -
4. A&M Consolidated (3) 162 -
5. Cedar Park 134 -
6. Brenham 107 -
7. Temple 97 -
8. Tyler 50 -
9. Richmond George Ranch 46 -
10. Mansfield Timberview 40 -
Others receiving votes: 11, Abilene Cooper 30. 12, Dallas South Oak Cliff 20. 12, Mesquite Poteet 20. 14, Lufkin 18. 15, Wylie 9. 16, N. Richland Hills Birdville 6. 16, Rockwall-Heath 6. 18, West Mesquite 5. 18, Elgin 5. 18, CC Calallen 5. 21, Lucas Lovejoy 4. 22, Mansfield Summit 3. 22, McKinney North 3. 24, Frisco 2. 25, Georgetown 1. 25, Houston Stratford 1. 25, CC Flour Bluff 1.

Class 4A

School Total Points Prv
1. Stephenville (14) 226 -
2. Navasota (4) 188 -
3. Graham (1) 134 -
4. Carthage 131 -
5. La Marque (2) 127 -
6. Argyle (3) 125 -
7. West Orange-Stark 98 -
8. Gilmer (1) 80 -
(tie) Kilgore 80 -
10. Celina 70 -
Others receiving votes: 11, La Vernia 38. 12, La Grange 18. 13, Liberty Hill 17. 14, Tyler Chapel Hill 10. 15, Fairfield 9. 16, Gladewater 8. 17, Sinton 7. 18, Kennedale 4. 19, Big Spring 2. 20, Abilene Wylie 1. 20, Coldspring-Oakhurst 1. 20, Tatum 1.

Class 3A

School Total Points Prv
1. Cisco (6) 213 -
2. Hallettsville (11) 183 -
3. Cameron Yoe (4) 174 -
4. Waskom (4) 167 -
5. Newton 125 -
6. Wall 111 -
7. New Boston 110 -
8. Daingerfield 79 -
(tie) Franklin 79 -
10. Rockdale 43 -
Others receiving votes: 11, Rogers 30. 12, East Bernard 14. 12, Corrigan-Camden 14. 14, Sonora 10. 15, Kirbyville 5. 15, White Oak 5. 17, Teague 3. 18, Malakoff 2. 18, Gunter 2. 18, Arp 2. 18, Pottsboro 2. 22, Eastland 1. 22, Glen Rose 1.

Class 2A

School Total Points Prv
1. Refugio (12) 232 -
2. Mart (11) 221 -
3. Tenaha (2) 160 -
4. Albany 130 -
5. Hico 108 -
6. Canadian 97 -
7. Bremond 91 -
8. Centerville 88 -
9. Shiner 62 -
10. Falls City 58 -
Others receiving votes: 11, Crawford 20. 12, Stamford 18. 13, Mason 17. 14, Stratford 15. 15, Chilton 13. 16, Seagraves 11. 17, Goldthwaite 7. 17, Wellington 7. 19, Iraan 5. 19, Muenster 5. 21, Alto 3. 21, Booker 3. 23, Hamlin 2. 24, Pineland West Sabine 1. 24, New Deal 1.


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Healthy Romo Key to Cowboys Success Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 9:57:07 PM Associated Press Healthy Romo Key to Cowboys Success

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Even if Tony Romo's surgically repaired back holds up, the Dallas Cowboys could have a difficult time matching the 8-8 finish they've had for three years running.

A beleaguered defense that gave up the third-most yards in NFL history last year is in disarray, and it won't be long before the season opens against San Francisco.

More than likely, the Cowboys will simply have to outscore opponents to avoid matching the franchise record of five straight years without a trip to the playoffs.

"It's been a tough three years in a row, so you want to have that breakthrough that you talk about," said Jason Witten, who needs 201 yards receiving to join Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe as the only tight ends in league history with 10,000. "We've just got to go show it. We know what it takes. The only way to do that is to work hard every day."

Romo, Witten and receiver Dez Bryant hold the keys to that breakthrough, along with running back DeMarco Murray and an offensive line the Cowboys have invested in heavily with three first-round picks the past four years.

The makeover up front started in 2011 with tackle Tyron Smith, who recently signed an extension that gave him the second $100 million contract in franchise history after Romo. Dallas added center Travis Frederick in 2013 and guard Zack Martin this year.

Bryant, who has 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns the past two seasons, is motivated by his desire for a new contract - but more by the fact missing the postseason again will mean all five of his seasons in Dallas have ended without a playoff game.

"Of course it burns me, especially because of how much I love this game," said Bryant, who was drafted in the first round the year after Dallas' only playoff victory since 1997. "Not only it bothers me, it bothers everybody else. You feel like you work hard and the results don't come out right."

Things to watch as the Cowboys try to break a .500 rut that includes a 136-136 record going back to 1997, and season-ending losses to NFC East foes that kept them out of the playoffs each of the past three years.

GARRETT'S HOT SEAT: Owner Jerry Jones said when training camp opened that Garrett wasn't coaching for his job. But the backup quarterback on Dallas' championship teams of the 1990s is in the final year of his contract, and his fourth full season. Only twice has Dallas missed the playoffs five straight times - the franchise's first five years starting in 1960, and a stretch that included Jones' first two seasons as owner. "I really don't think about it at all," Garrett said.

LB QUANDARY: The Cowboys are having trouble settling on a plan to replace Sean Lee, who tore a knee ligament in the first offseason practice. They would like former top 10 pick Rolando McClain to start in the middle, but they're bringing him along slowly after he sat out in 2013 and twice walked away from football during a brief stint in Baltimore. Justin Durant was in the middle, but is more suited to an outside spot. Bruce Carter is coming off a subpar season. Rookie fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens is an even bigger part of the mix now that second-year player DeVonte Holloman has been advised by doctors to quit playing because of a neck condition.

ANOTHER PLAY CALLER: Romo has his third play caller in as many seasons in Scott Linehan. Jones raves about the relationship, and Linehan was spending a lot of time with Romo even when his 34-year-old quarterback wasn't taking competitive snaps in offseason workouts. Linehan also seems intrigued by Murray's backup Lance Dunbar, a speedy change-of-pace back. "Scott is a really gifted play caller," Romo said. "We will talk for hours sometimes."

D-LINE WITHOUT D-WARE: Franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware's departure could loom large if the Cowboys are as porous as they were defensively last year. Free agent tackles Henry Melton and Terrell McClain missed most of training camp and the preseason. Rookie second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence, their heir apparent to Ware in more than name only, is out until probably midseason with a broken foot. Undrafted rookie Davon Coleman has been starting in the preseason, and unheralded second-year man Zach Minter was one of the exhibition stars. "I liken this defense to a no-name type defense," executive vice president for personnel Stephen Jones said.

ROMO'S BACKUP: Kyle Orton bailed on the final year of his contract after starting the finale against Philadelphia last season, a loss that was sealed by his late interception. The Cowboys quickly grabbed Brandon Weeden, who was released by Cleveland just two years after getting drafted in the first round. He's 5-15 as a starter, but the Cowboys seem committed to him should anything happen to Romo.



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Cowboys Spencer Will Start on Active Roster Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 9:52:00 PM Associated Press Cowboys Spencer Will Start on Active Roster

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer's recovery from microfracture surgery on his left knee is coming along well enough for him to start the season on the active roster.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that Spencer wouldn't be ready for the Sept. 7 opener against San Francisco, but would avoid a six-week stay on the physically unable to perform list.

The 30-year-old Spencer said he hopes to return to practice within two weeks, but can't say when he'll be ready for a game.

"I'm still working to get back on the field," Spencer said. "That's the main goal. I'll know when I get my first type of contact against another player, how much of that I'm going to need."

Spencer dealt with a nagging knee issue throughout the offseason last year and skipped the opener before playing in Kansas City. When swelling and soreness persisted, he opted for microfracture surgery last October.

The eighth-year player made about $19.5 million over two seasons playing under the franchise tag in 2012 and 2013. When he re-signed for $1.3 million with only $250,000 guaranteed, it still wasn't certain he would return from a surgery that's described as potentially career-ending for professional athletes.

"I really didn't have a timetable for myself," said Spencer, who had a career-high 11 sacks two years ago. "I really was taking on the strength of my body. Right now it's stronger than it has been. I feel like we're in a good place."

Spencer's return could be a boost to a defense still trying to figure out the rotation for a front four that's missing franchise sack leader DeMarcus Ware and 2013 sack leader Jason Hatcher from last season. Ware signed with Denver after the Cowboys released him, and Hatcher chose Washington in free agency.

Free agent tackles Henry Melton and Terrell McClain have missed most of training camp and the preseason, and rookie second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence is out until midseason with a broken foot.

The Cowboys are also waiting for word from the NFL on a possible suspension for defensive tackle Josh Brent, who recently completed a jail sentence for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the drunken-driving death of teammate Jerry Brown.

"We have really as many as five players that aren't immediately going to be on the field with us at San Francisco on our defensive front that we've got to by hook or crook, figure out ways for them to keep their eligibility so that we can use them early in the season," Jones said. "That's going to be quite a juggling act when we also want to use the players we've got that can play in a rotation."



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Dez Bryant: No Contract Talks During Season Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 6:18:40 PM Associated Press Dez Bryant: No Contract Talks During Season

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Dez Bryant figures he has about a week left to work out a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys because he doesn't want negotiations going on during the season.

The fifth-year receiver is entering the final year of his rookie contract after teammate Tyron Smith, drafted a year later, recently got an eight-year extension that pushed the value of his deal to more than $100 million.

Bryant has a base salary of $1.8 million in 2014, and the average of the highest-paid receivers is around $12 million.

The 25-year-old Bryant, among the league's most productive wideouts the past two seasons, said he wants to shut down talks before the Sept. 7 opener against San Francisco because he "can't be distracted."

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TCU Will Play Both QB'S Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 6:03:24 PM Associated Press TCU Will Play Both QB'S

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Trevone Boykin is in the same position he was last year with TCU, again part of the unanswered question of who will be the starting quarterback only days before the season opener.

Texas A&M graduate Matt Joeckel, who spent the last four years with the Aggies behind NFL draft picks Ryan Tannehill and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, will use his final season of eligibility at TCU. He joined the Horned Frogs with some familiarity of their new up-tempo offense.

Even before a question was asked Tuesday, coach Gary Patterson addressed the quarterback situation to start his first weekly news conference.

"We're playing two quarterbacks," Patterson quickly said.

As for whether it will be Boykin or Joeckel starting against Samford on Saturday night, Patterson isn't saying publicly. The coach said both have been "pretty well even" in practice so far, though one of them "definitely" had an edge in preseason scrimmages and would be the starter.

"Me and Matt have just been competing. We've pushed each other and brought the best out of each other," Boykin said. "At the end of the day, it's ultimately up to the coaches. So I mean, I'm not pretty much worried about it. The best guy will play."

Boykin started nine games as a freshman in 2012 after Casey Pachall left midseason for an alcohol rehabilitation program.

When Pachall returned as a senior last season, there was uncertainty of who would start against LSU in the opener. Both did, with Pachall at quarterback and Boykin at receiver before taking snaps later in the game. Boykin was the starting quarterback again when Pachall later missed six games with a broken arm.

TCU finished 4-8, only its second losing season in Patterson's 13 as a head coach. That included four conference losses by three points or less, three in the final month by a combined eight points, leading Patterson to hire co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie to install a faster-paced spread offense so prevalent elsewhere.

Joeckel was in a version of that offense at Texas A&M, though he didn't get many opportunities to play behind two guys now in the NFL.

"I guess I got kind of unlucky going to A&M, but it was definitely a great experience, and I definitely enjoyed my team there," said Joeckel, who is from nearby Arlington. "I'm looking to show what I've got here. I think I've had the ability, I think I've always had it, and hopefully I just get my shot here, and hopefully I play well and prove to myself and fans and my family and everybody that I can do it."

Before Joeckel enrolled at TCU this summer, Boykin was clearly the No. 1 quarterback ahead of a redshirt freshman.

"There's been great chemistry," Patterson said. "Matt coming in really raised the bar of learning this offense. It gave us an opportunity then to know there was a competition."

With off weeks after each of the first two games, Patterson said the Frogs will be able to develop as an offense and a defense before getting into Big 12 play. They will also get a chance to best determine how to best utilize their top two quarterbacks.

"'The guy that runs out will probably always be the guy that has the edge starting every week," Patterson said, adding the possibility of using them both.

"We're going to have to play a wide receiver. Is it better that Trevone's the quarterback and we play with the wide receivers that we have, or is it better that Joeckel's the quarterback and maybe Trevone (at receiver)?," Patterson said. "I joked a year ago Trevone throwing to Trevone would make him a better player too."

Patterson quickly added that, as of Tuesday, there were no plans for Boykin playing wideout "in this ballgame."

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Romo Sits Out Monday's Practice Sports Mon, 25 Aug 2014 5:40:35 PM Associated Press Romo Sits Out Monday's Practice

RVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo missed practice again Monday. It was hard to tell whether it was rest for his surgically repaired back or the first of a few days off, assuming the Dallas quarterback is finished for the preseason.

If Romo has taken his final exhibition snap, he and the Cowboys don't have much to build on for the Sept. 7 opener against San Francisco. He led two ragged quarters in a 25-20 loss to Miami and isn't likely to play against Denver on Thursday night.

Here's all anyone needs to know about how the Dallas offense played in Romo's second game since surgery for a herniated disk last December. The Cowboys were pleased to see his back hold up through three sacks and another knockdown.

"The negative plays, the sacks, certainly were an issue for our offense," coach Jason Garrett said. "Some holding penalties, some stuff that got us behind the chains, kept us out of rhythm. When you kind of pull back, you say, 'OK, there were some good things here.' There were some good individual performances."

The highlight for the first-team offense was a fourth-down conversion from Romo to Dez Bryant to set up the first Dallas field goal. The Cowboys were in position to go to halftime feeling a little better about things, but a penalty and a sack forced them to settle for another field goal.

Now Romo figures to be watching the backups and the battles for final roster spots against the Broncos after getting 34 snaps in Miami. He had 41 snaps in his most extensive preseason action last year, when he was four months removed from surgery to remove a cyst from his back.

"I think each year is a little different," said Romo, who was 10 of 18 for 84 yards. "If we would have probably scored in the first drive or two we might have been done at 28 or 30. It was good to kind of play a half and just kind of get in that mode and kind of work out some of the road communication things that came up."

One drive against Miami ended when Romo threw behind Cole Beasley and the sure-handed receiver couldn't hang on. A young offensive line that's drawn praise throughout training camp led to most of the other glitches.

Two of the sacks on Romo included penalties on offensive linemen that were declined, and a holding call on Pro Bowler Tyron Smith doomed another possession.

"It's a matter of inches," center Travis Frederick said. "And the things that we were off on, it wasn't as if this guy missed his block and that's why the play didn't work. It's really the tiny stuff and it's things that easily are correctable and things we've already worked on in practice."

After the Miami game, owner Jerry Jones suggested the offensive line might need more work against the Broncos. If the group that includes three first-round picks in the past four years doesn't play, the question becomes whether the linemen are ready.

"Yeah, everybody needs the work," Garrett said. "We talked about that after the game. If at any point you think like, 'OK, we're ready,' we're not ready. We're never going to be ready. You're always trying to get more ready. That's the approach we take."

And because Romo's preseason is likely finished, the bigger question is whether he's ready.

"This is the same kind of schedule that we've done in the preseason, so it doesn't feel all that different than any other year," the 34-year-old Romo said. "I think with obviously with coming off of surgery you're going to always talk about that, but that's part of the game."

NOTES: FB J.C. Copeland and DE Martez Wilson were waived a day before the roster has to be trimmed to 75 players. ... DT Henry Melton (groin) and CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder) did some work in a limited practice, but it remains unclear whether they will get their first preseason action against Denver. ... DT Terrell McClain (ankle) said he doesn't expect to play against the Broncos but hopes to ready for the opener against the 49ers.



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Baylor Ready For New Season and Stadium Sports Mon, 25 Aug 2014 5:38:06 PM Associated Press Baylor Ready For New Season and Stadium

WACO, Texas (AP) - The shiny new stadium on the edge of the Baylor campus along the Brazos River is ready for its big debut.

As for the shiny Big 12 championship trophy the 10th-ranked Bears won last year, that wasn't even on public display Monday.

It is time for a new season that finally starts this week.

"We know we're really going to have to be at our best, because this is 2014. All that stuff that happened last year, that's gone. It's gone," coach Art Briles said during his first weekly news conference. "This is when we start our football team, this Sunday night, for this year. And that's all that matters."

A sellout crowd of 45,000, which will include people arriving by boat, will be there when the Bears open McLane Stadium against SMU.

"We've got a stadium because of what we've done in the past, and I don't think it's changed our mentality at all," quarterback Bryce Petty said. "We want to make sure that the game we play on the field is Baylor football. It goes back to that's the reason we're there."

There were initial discussions about a new stadium during the 2011 season. When Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy that year, the first time the Bears won 10 games since their 1980 Southwest Conference title, the idea really took off and the donations starting pouring in to make a campus facility a reality.

"It's reality. It's not a hope, it's not a vapor, not a vision. It's real," Briles said. "The thing that I've got to do as a coach and we have to do as a football team is understand that we've got a job to do. Our job is to take care of all the people that cared enough to make all this happen. So, we're very intentionally focusing on winning the football game on Sunday."

Griffin, now the Washington Redskins quarterback, is scheduled to attend the opener and take part in a pregame ceremony when a statue of Baylor's only Heisman winner will be dedicated in a plaza just outside the stadium.

The Bears will also still have an outstanding quarterback on the field in Petty, the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year and an early Heisman Trophy front-runner this season.

Petty, who waited his turn behind Griffin and a record-setting season by Nick Florence, threw for Big 12-leading 4,200 yards with 32 touchdowns and only three interceptions when he finally got his chance last season. He also led the league with 14 rushing TDs.

"I'm excited personally. That's one of the reasons that I came back, I want to be the best to ever play here," Petty said. "Experience, everything helps. So I'm feeling really confident right now with what I'm doing personally, with the feel of the offense and the guys that we have out there, and the coaches especially, they instill that in you."

Petty also has plenty of proven players with him on offense, including the top two receivers from the nation's productive offense - fellow seniors Antwan Goodley (71 catches, 1,339 yards, 13 TDs) and Levi Norwood (47, 733, eight TDs). Even though Big 12 rushing leader Lache Seastrunk (1,177 yards, 11 TDs) bypassed his senior season, Shock Linwood (881 yards, eight TDs) and Devin Chafin 295, four TDs) were impressive as freshmen last season.

And they all follow Petty.

"He's going to be pretty good again. He'll be better," Norwood said. "The difference now is it's his team. We know it and everyone has that respect for him and it makes everything a little more comfortable."

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Texas A&M, South Carolina Will Feature New Starters Sports Mon, 25 Aug 2014 5:36:01 PM Associated Press Texas A&M, South Carolina Will Feature New Starters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina and Texas A&M find out this week what life's like minus two of college football's most transcendent, attention-grabbing stars of recent years.

There will no Jadeveon Clowney-Johnny Manziel matchup in this one.

Had this game been played last year fans would've clear their schedules to watch the helmet-popping defensive end chase the reigning Heisman Trophy winner around Williams-Brice Stadium. With Clowney and Manziel in the NFL, those viewing the SEC Network's first football broadcast might need rosters and slo-mo replays Thursday night to catch all the new faces.

"They are probably a little bit like us that they haven't had a bunch of superstars to talk about this preseason," said Steve Spurrier, the Gamecocks' 10th-year coach. "Their players are anxious to earn their way, just like our guys."

Sophomore Darius English takes over Clowney's starting spot for No. 9 South Carolina after backup duty last season. Kenny Hill, also a sophomore, replaces Johnny Football in the No. No. 21 Aggies' huddle. Hill passed for 183 yards and a TD in four games last fall.

The 6-foot-6 English got a chance to start against Kentucky when Clowney, also 6-6, pulled himself from the game shortly before kickoff. English finished the season with 19 tackles and a forced fumble against North Carolina.

"Darius has had a really great camp and a great spring," defensive line coach Deke Adams said. "Hopefully, he'll get a chance to show it on Thursday night."

English was named a Georgia state defensive player of the year after notching 21 sacks his senior season at McEachern High in Powder Springs, Georgiaa But he was a lanky, easily pushed around 205 pounds when he arrived on campus. English has added about 40 pounds since and feels like he's able to hold his ground and push back when challenged.

English has a quick first-step and a wing span of 7 feet that helps sweep past offensive lineman, according to Adams.

"I can get in there and bang with those guys," English said.

The good news for Gamecocks' fans is he won't be chasing Manziel.

The guy with the target on his back will be Hill, who won the Texas A&M quarterback competition over five-star freshman Kyle Allen. The two competed after longtime backup Matt Joeckel transferred to TCU in April.

Hill, the son of long time major leaguer Ken Hill Sr., showed more polish and experience and will start against the Gamecocks, offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said.

"The experience of being here and watching how we do (things) offensively and seeing Johnny play has helped him," Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said. "He's seen more than Kyle (Allen) has right now and that was important. He's our guy and we're putting all our eggs in that basket."

Hill passed for 183 yards and a touchdown in four games last season.

Don't expect the same, "Johnny Dollar" flash from the Aggies latest quarterback. Hill told team officials he wanted to wait until after playing South Carolina before discussing his starting status.

That focus on the field has offensive coordinator Jake Spavital smiling. "There'll be a lot less repeating myself than last year with Johnny," the coach said.

English and Hill won't be the only newcomers on the field.

South Carolina will have several new faces on defense, and a new quarterback in Dylan Thompson. He was the backup the past three years as Connor Shaw led the team to a 33-6 record.

But don't expect the Aggies to fill sorry for the Gamecocks; Texas A&M also lost several starters to the NFL.

Along with Manziel's selection by Cleveland, standout receiver Mike Evans was taken by Tampa Bay and guard Jake Matthews went to Atlanta.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said to expect a heavy rotation of players as the Aggies look to see what this new group can do.

"Our team is in a place right now where they're excited to play," he said. "There's been enough said outside the program about what we are and the guys are anxious to get on the field."

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Islanders Soccer Draws With Houston in Season Opener Sports Sat, 23 Aug 2014 4:37:36 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Soccer Draws With Houston in Season Opener

HOUSTON - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team opened its second season in program history by earning a 0-0 draw against the University of Houston on Friday night. Redshirt freshman Megan Delaney made four saves to earn a shutout in her first career appearance.

"I'm really proud of the way our girls battled tonight," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "They fought for each other and competed for 110 minutes. This game definitely gives us a boost to move forward and build upon.

"Still, we had too many unforced giveaways all over the field. And we need to connect our final pass more. However, with that said, in our first 90-minute match of the year I was pleased with our starting point.

"We will enjoy tonight," she added, "and tomorrow we focus on the next game. We have to be able to play Friday and Sunday throughout the season, so this will be a good test."

The first half saw even play between the two squads, with both having some solid opportunities, but no top-notch chances. UH earned consecutive corners in the 31st minute, and unleashed a shot on the second opportunity, but it went wide of the frame. The Islanders earned a corner on a nice offensive effort by Hailey Sutton, but Sutton was unable to connect on the ensuing serve and the game remained scoreless into halftime.

The second half saw both teams ratchet up the pressure, but neither able to crack the scoreboard. The Islanders had two golden opportunities - the first on an Yvette Franco cross in the 58th minute, as the sophomore shook her defender and sent a ball across the goal mouth from the left side. But no Islander could find the other end of the pass and the game remained scoreless.

Houston had some strong chances in the final 20 minutes, but the Islanders defense held strong. Delaney was forced to make two brilliant stops - the first diving to her left in the 73rd minute and the second on a high ball that she deflected off the crossbar. A&M-Corpus Christi had a strong chance in the final minute off a free kick, as the ball caromed high in the air in the box. But no player could get her foot on the chance, and the game went to overtime still scoreless.

In the first overtime, the Islanders held the edge in play, and nearly got the winner, as Sutton headed a ball on the near side to Nanna Poulsen in the box, but the newest member of the Islanders was unable to put her volley on frame, as it sailed high and wide to the left.

The second overtime was all Islanders. A&M-Corpus Christi had nearly a half-dozen chances in the 10-minute period, two coming on headers in the box by Kallyn Redona off free kicks from Delaney. Zoe Cole also had an opportunity on a break up the left side, placing a shot on frame, and Yvette Franco earned a corner that sent a ball deep into the box. But the visitors were unable to find the back of the net, and had to settle for the scoreless tie.

A&M-Corpus Christi will be back in action on Sunday, when it faces Texas Southern in Houston at 2 p.m. Updates will be provided as they become available on the official Islanders Soccer Twitter feed, @IslandersSoccer.


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Cowboys Prep For Dolphins Saturday Night Sports Fri, 22 Aug 2014 5:37:32 PM Associated Press Cowboys Prep For Dolphins Saturday Night

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Tannehill had a neat explanation for what the third preseason game means to NFL teams.

"It doesn't really count," the Miami Dolphins quarterback said. "But it matters."

When the Dolphins play host to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night, it'll most definitely matter for plenty of players, particularly to those on the proverbial bubble at this point in training camp.

For the starters like Tannehill and his Dallas quarterback counterpart Tony Romo, it's the first and likely last time they'll get extended time in game situations with their fellow first-stringers before the season starts for real next month. For the reeling Dallas linebacker corps, it's a possibly a chance for some to step up and secure a job. And for coaches, it's one more look around before it's time to start paring down a roster.

"The game plan is in, every part of it is in," said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who made this week of practice very similar to what a regular-season week would be like for Miami. "So now guys get a chance to kind of let it sink in and get ready to perform on Saturday night."

Neither quarterback has exactly seen much in the way of tests so far in the preseason. Tannehill has completed 15 of 20 passes in two games; Romo completed four of five in his lone preseason work this summer as he continues to move on following back surgery.

The Cowboys haven't said how much action Romo will see on Saturday, though it figures to be more than the 16 snaps and 14 official plays he got last week against Baltimore.

"Hopefully he gets a couple good drives in the game and he looks himself," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He looks comfortable, he's sweating, he's moving around and playing spontaneously. That's really what you're looking for as much as anything else."

Romo believes he's ready for Week 1, and to him that's what matters. If he wasn't, he wouldn't be out there now, he said.

"Obviously right after the surgery it would've been a different story," said Romo, who has played through a number of issues in recent years but has missed just one of Dallas' last 48 regular-season games. "But at this point, yeah, there's no question you'd be playing a football game. I mean, I don't know that you would go to play in the preseason if you didn't think you could play football."

Not having questions at quarterback, that's obviously an ideal thing for any football team right about now.

That's not to say these clubs don't have plenty of other issues to address.

Dallas is simply reeling at linebacker, with Sean Lee gone for the season because of a torn knee ligament and after finding out Thursday that a neck injury sustained by DeVonte Holloman - who was one of the players expected to pick up some of Lee's workload - is probably going to end his career.

The Cowboys should get to see cornerback Brandon Carr on the field. Carr has been dealing with the death of his mother, who had breast cancer, but the veteran believes he's up to speed on Dallas' schemes for the season.

"I'll play as much in the game as they want me to and I'll take reps in practice next week and just get ready for the home opener," said Carr, who practiced all week. "I feel like I'm in pretty good shape. I'm going tax my body this week as far as putting it on myself to get myself in condition for those four quarters and those long drives."

Miami may get to use tight end Charles Clay for the first time in this preseason. Running back Knowshon Moreno's status for his preseason debut remains unclear as well, but wide receiver Mike Wallace said he figures to play at least the entire first half.

"It's big for us to come out and show up in front of our fans, just to get them up and give them something positive to look forward to for the season," Wallace said.


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Islander Volleyball Picked Third in Southland Preseason Polls Sports Thu, 21 Aug 2014 7:47:47 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander Volleyball Picked Third in Southland Preseason Polls

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team has been selected to finish third in the Southland Conference in both the league coaches' and sports information directors' polls, the conference announced today.

"This is our highest preseason ranking in program history, and it's exciting to see that others in the Southland have high expectations for us this season," head coach Tony Graystone said. "We know how competitive the conference is and how tough the road will be, but we have a strong, committed team with some great leaders, and we are going to do everything possible to reach the goals we have set for ourselves. I feel really good about the team we have put together and am looking forward to getting started next week."

The Islanders received 118 total points from the coaches and 117 from the SIDs in the preseason poll. Two-time defending regular-season and conference tournament champion Central Arkansas topped Northwestern State for the top spot in both polls, while Sam Houston State was selected to finish in fourth place behind the Islanders in both polls. Rounding out the top five was Stephen F. Austin.

A&M - Corpus Christi clinched their first tournament win in Southland history last season while putting together a school-best 13-5 record in conference play. On Wednesday, the Islanders placed three players on the All-Southland Preseason teams with senior Brianna Brink, and junior Ivy Baresh earning first-team honors and senior Ashley Phelps claiming second-team accolades.

The Islanders have added nine newcomers to compliment their roster of seven returners, and will open the season on Friday, Aug 29, in Waco, Texas, at the two-day Baylor Invite against Portland. The Islanders will host their first match of the season on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. against Southland foe Incarnate Word. The match will be part of the Islanders Classic.

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2014 Southland Conference Volleyball Preseason Polls



Rk. School (first-place votes)

1. Central Arkansas (8)

2. Northwestern State (5)

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. Sam Houston State

5. Stephen F. Austin

6. Houston Baptist

7. UIW

8. McNeese State

9. Lamar

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Abilene Christian

12. Nicholls

13. New Orleans


Rk. School (first-place votes)

1. Central Arkansas (10)

2. Northwestern State (3)

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. Sam Houston State

5. Stephen F. Austin

6t. Houston Baptist

6t. McNeese State

8. Lamar

9. UIW

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Abilene Christian

12. Nicholls

13. New Orleans


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