Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:07:39 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Jones Says Garrett Not Coaching to Save His Job Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 9:08:31 PM Associated Press Jones Says Garrett Not Coaching to Save His Job

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Jerry Jones doesn't like to repeat his good sound bites, so he found a new way to say Jason Garrett isn't coaching for his job.

The Dallas Cowboys owner said Wednesday it wasn't a "make or break" season for Garrett, a year after opening training camp by declaring that last season wouldn't be "Armageddon" for his coach if the once-proud franchise missed the playoffs again.

The Cowboys have identical endings to all three full seasons under Garrett, losing to NFC East rivals to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs.

This time, Garrett is in the final year of his contract. While he's not talking extension, Jones also isn't talking change.

"Did the record of 8-8, 8-8, 8-8 ... was that the factor? No," Jones said on the eve of the team's first camp practices. "In my mind he is more of an asset after this last 8-8 season than he was before the first 8-8 season we had three years ago."

In Jones' mind, that means Garrett is gaining experience since replacing Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season. And the owner says he likes the continuity with Garrett going into his eighth season after he was hired as offensive coordinator before Phillips came on as coach in 2007.

"There's nobody that has a better feel for me than Jason, in terms of the relationship," Jones said. "We both know where our expectations are and when it's looking good and when it's looking dire. And I don't expect it to be the latter."

In other words, Jones isn't resigning himself to missing the playoffs a fifth straight time. Dallas hasn't done that since 1990, when the Cowboys entered his second year as owner coming off a two-year mark of 4-28.

"I don't want to have to stomach it," Jones said. "Let's put it like that."

Still, Jones was a bit cautious with his optimism, using his opening statement to point out that roughly half of the 90-man camp roster includes players who weren't with the Cowboys a year ago.

He also likes to say Dallas has gone from one of the oldest teams in the league to one of the youngest. Some might call that rebuilding. Not Jones.

"It's not about next year," Jones said. "I think we've got the fundamentals to compete and compete right now, and the decisions we've made are that."

The biggest decision was releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware on the first day of free agency in March. The Cowboys hope to fill the void by finding quality in the large quantity of defensive linemen in camp.

Dallas also is looking for a replacement for Sean Lee at middle linebacker after he tore a knee ligament in the first offseason practice.

The offense is counting on a healthy Tony Romo, and Garrett said he would be ready "for all aspects" of camp.

The Cowboys will ease into workouts, even scrapping their traditional conditioning test to try to cut down on a two-year plague of injuries that helped wreck two of the worst defenses in franchise history. And that's one of the areas where Garrett figures he can be better.

"We want to evaluate how we used our players, what we asked them to do and how we can do stuff better," Garrett said. "So I can give you 50 examples of that, coverages we play, what we're doing up front with our guys, techniques we're using at the different levels of our defense. And we implemented all that stuff in the offseason."

So Garrett starts the process of trying to break out of his personal 8-8 rut for a franchise with a .500 record going back 17 years.



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Texans Training Camp Preview Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:17:53 PM Associated Press Texans Training Camp Preview

HOUSTON (AP) - As the Houston Texans prepare for the start of training camp on Saturday, their biggest question mark involves a player who probably won't be there when they take the field.

Disgruntled receiver Andre Johnson skipped offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp after wondering in May if Houston was "still the place for me."

A holdout by the face of the franchise and the team's longest-tenured player could cast a pall on the beginning of coach Bill O'Brien's first season.

O'Brien has tried to downplay the situation so far, but that tact will be much more difficult if Johnson's holdout stretches much longer.

Johnson joined the franchise in its second season and has said that playing on just three teams with winning records in 11 seasons "can become very frustrating."

The Texans were among the favorites to reach the Super Bowl entering last season after reaching the playoffs the previous two years.

But things quickly fell apart due in large part to poor play by quarterback Matt Schaub, coach Gary Kubiak was fired in December and they finished 2-14 to tie the worst record in franchise history.

The 33-year-old Johnson, whose 1,407 yards receiving in 2013 ranked second in the AFC, is unhappy at the prospect of enduring another rebuilding project after seeing the moves the Texans made in the offseason.

If they can't get him back on the field it will leave a big hole in O'Brien's new offense and put much more pressure on last year's first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins.

Here are some things to know about the Texans as camp begins.

CLOWNEY'S HEALTH: Jadeveon Clowney, the top overall pick in this year's draft, may not be ready to practice on the first day of training camp after having sports hernia surgery in June.

O'Brien said that he expected Clowney to be ready for training camp when he disclosed the procedure on June 13. But the former South Carolina standout told reporters recently that he isn't sure if he'll be cleared to practice by Day 1. Training camp will be important for the former defensive end who is making the transition to outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's system.

O'BRIEN'S TEAM: O'Brien returns to the NFL for his first head coaching job in the league after spending the past two seasons coaching Penn State. He took over the Nittany Lions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and led the team to winning records in both 2012 and 2013 before being hired in Houston. He comes to the Texans with a reputation as a quarterback guru after spending three seasons working as Tom Brady's position coach with the Patriots.

FITZPATRICK TAKES OVER: Houston traded Schaub to Oakland in the offseason and signed veteran free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was selected as the starter during minicamp by O'Brien. Fitzpatrick started nine games for the Titans last season after Jake Locker was injured, but there are questions about whether he's the answer to Houston's quarterback woes.

"He does a good job of controlling the offense and ... getting together with other groups and trying to let them see everything through the quarterback's eyes," quarterbacks coach George Godsey said. "I think he's done a good job of trying to keep that steady."

They also have Case Keenum, who started eight games last season after Schaub was benched, and drafted Tom Savage in the fourth round of this year's draft.

CRENNEL'S RETURN: Crennel returns to coaching for the first time since he was fired as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs following the 2012 season. He inherits a defense that features 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and should get a boost with the return of middle linebacker Brian Cushing, who suffered a second straight season-ending knee injury in Houston's seventh game last year.

Crennel's excited about coaching again and said at age 67 the most important factor was the people he'd be working with.

"We all want to win, but if you've got good people and you can work with good people that makes the job easier," he said. "I felt that the people were good people and that I would enjoy working with them. That made it easier for me to come and give it a shot."

CAN FOSTER RETURN TO FORM: Arian Foster has recovered from back surgery that ended his season in 2013 after eight games. He participated in minicamp and the Texans are counting on him to return to form this year. Before the injury shortened season he ran for at least 1,200 yards in three straight seasons, highlighted by his breakout 2010 season when he rushed for an NFL-leading 1,616 yards.


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UIL Football Title Games Staying in Arlington Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:16:08 PM Associated Press UIL Football Title Games Staying in Arlington

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas high school football championship games are returning to the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The University Interscholastic League said Tuesday that AT&T Stadium will be the site of all 12 high school title games for the second year in a row. The 80,000-seat venue has been the site for the larger classifications since 2010.

Last season was the first time the six-man championships were played in Arlington, Texas.

The UIL says last year's Class 5A Division I title game set a Texas high school attendance record with a crowd of 54,347 for Allen's 63-28 victory against Pearland.

The state's largest classification is now Class 6A, and six-man is now known as Class 1A.

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Former Cowboys RB Newhouse Dies at 64 Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:12:24 PM Associated Press Former Cowboys RB Newhouse Dies at 64

DALLAS (AP) - Robert Newhouse, who played running back for the Dallas Cowboys for 11 years and went to three Super Bowls, has died. He was 64.

Newhouse's son, Rodd Newhouse, says his father died Tuesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a battle with heart disease.

Newhouse had suffered a stroke in 2010.

The burly running back was drafted by the Cowboys in 1972 out of the University of Houston, where he ran for 1,757 yards as a senior, a school record that still stands.

Newhouse ran for 4,784 yards in his career with Dallas. He retired in 1983 after playing in three Super Bowls with some of the Cowboys greatest teams, including the 1976 NFL champions.

In the 1977 Super Bowl victory against Denver, Newhouse threw a touchdown pass.

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Cowboys Ready for Training Camp Sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:11:30 PM Associated Press Cowboys Ready for Training Camp

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo probably won't have to sneak into competitive situations when the Dallas Cowboys hold their first training camp practice Thursday.

The 34-year-old quarterback tried to get some unauthorized reps in a jersey swap with Caleb Hanie during minicamp in June, about six months after a herniated disk knocked him out of the season finale and resulted in back surgery.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he expects Romo to be "full go" for the first workout in Oxnard, California. Romo's been waiting for that signal for weeks.

"He is chomping at the bit to do more," said coach Jason Garrett, who sniffed out Romo's trick last month and kicked him out of the huddle. "We need to have discipline with him. Giving him another month before we get into a competitive practice situation is certainly going to benefit him."

When he's ready, Romo faces quite a task trying to end a four-year playoff drought. He's on his third play caller in as many seasons, Garrett's future is in doubt entering the final year of his contract, and the defense is missing its two best players after its worst season in franchise history.

Scott Linehan is the passing game coordinator and play caller after getting swept out as Detroit's offensive coordinator when coach Jim Schwartz was fired. Bill Callahan had those duties last year after Garrett gave up the dual role.

Romo still has his primary weapons in running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten. But the defense is missing linebacker Sean Lee, out for the season after tearing a left knee ligament in the first offseason workout, and DeMarcus Ware, the franchise's career sacks leader who was released in March.

"Well, I don't think you're into evaluating your football team for how good they are," Romo said. "I think you're just about getting better right now. In some cases, we have new stuff on both sides of the ball and we need to get people up to speed and need to fly around and know the system like the back of your hand so you can play at your fastest tempo and speed."

Some things to consider as the Cowboys head into training camp:

REPLACING LEE: This is the top priority. Justin Durant, signed as a free agent last year, is the top in-house candidate. Others are second-year player DeVonte Holloman and rookie fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens. "It's a collective thing," Holloman said. "One guy's not going to replace him."

DEZ THE LEADER: Bryant is the most experienced and by far the most accomplished receiver after the release of Miles Austin. He's also entering the final year of his rookie deal and could have a big payday coming. That was hard to imagine four years ago when one of several off-field problems for Bryant was a lawsuit over unpaid jewelry bills. "I wasn't understanding the whole process of how to be a professional player," Bryant said. "As time went on, I started learning little by little and it all came together, and it still is."

D-LINE OVERHAUL: The boldest move on draft day for Dallas was moving up 13 spots to get defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence early in the second round. The Cowboys acknowledged they might have overpaid, and did so because they thought Lawrence was the best chance to replace Ware after dumping him in a salary cap move. With Ware and 2013 sacks leader Jason Hatcher gone, it's safe to say the Cowboys will rely on plenty of new names.

JOINT PRACTICES: Dallas and Oakland will practice together Aug. 12 and 13 in Oxnard. That's after the Cowboys' preseason opener in San Diego and a couple of days before they break camp. "We used to have some unbelievable practices with the Raiders way back when," said Garrett, a backup quarterback for Dallas in the 1990s. "And I have always just felt it's a good way to really spice up training camp."

YOUNG BLOCKERS: By drafting Notre Dame's Zack Martin at No. 16 in the first round, the Cowboys now have four starting offensive linemen who are 25 or younger. Center Travis Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith figure to be in their spots for years. Ron Leary is the left guard. Martin is plugged in at right guard for the moment but could get moved next year.



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Manziel Scores as NFL's Top-Selling Jersey Sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 5:11:13 PM Associated Press Manziel Scores as NFL's Top-Selling Jersey

CLEVELAND (AP) - Second on Cleveland's depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.

The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league's top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel's No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on

Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle's Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Colin Kapernick and Denver's Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth followed by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam, the league's first openly gay player.

New England's Tom Brady is seventh and New Orleans QB Drew Brees is eighth on the list. Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is 13th and Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the top overall pick, had the 16th best-selling jersey.

The league did not say how many Manziel jerseys - priced at $99.95 a pop - sold during the period. More than a few seemed to have been purchased in the Cleveland area, where brown or white Manziel jerseys can be found all over the city.

The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star, who earned his Johnny Football nickname with his playmaking ability, with the No. 22 overall pick on May 8. He's scheduled to report to training camp on Wednesday and will battle with Brian Hoyer to be Cleveland's starter.


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IceRays Schedule At 2014 NAHL Showcase Released Sports Fri, 18 Jul 2014 4:15:17 PM Corpus Christi IceRays IceRays Schedule At 2014 NAHL Showcase Released

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The final pieces of the puzzle in the 2014-2015 schedule for the Corpus Christi IceRays have been placed together as the North American Hockey League released its' schedule for the 2014 NAHL Showcase from Blaine, Minnesota. The IceRays are on tap to battle Kenai River, Minnesota Wilderness, Wenatchee, and Keystone during the four day event.

"The NAHL Showcase is a hectic time for everyone," said head coach John Becanic, entering his second season with the IceRays. "So much hockey in a short span. There is no way to prepare your players for what's ahead, so the best thing you can do is to instill the compete level and have the players manage their bodies. Four games in four days at various times you need for your players to prepare their bodies as such."

After opening the season in Topeka the weekend before, the ‘Rays will kick off the Showcase at 1:30PM CST on Wednesday, September 17th against the Kenai River Brown Bears. Last season, Corpus Christi and Kenai River face one another four times. The second day will feature the IceRays stepping on the ice with the Minnesota Wilderness at 8:00PM CST. Last year at the NAHL Showcase, the Wilderness took a 2-0 win over Corpus Christi. A rare divisional game will take place on day three as Wenatchee will get their first look at the IceRays as members of the South Division. The puck will drop on that contest at 1:45PM CST. The IceRays will meet a new member of the league on Saturday morning as the expansion Keystone Ice Miners, formerly the Port Huron Fighting Falcons, will play the early game at 9:30AM CST against the ‘Rays.

"It's a great opportunity in front of so many college and pro scouts," Becanic finished. "The level of play is phenomenal. You just want your players to enjoy the process and play at their best possible level."

Each year, this event draws the attention of hundreds of NCAA, NHL, and other junior scouts. Annually, the Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including a record number of 342 NHL, NCAA and junior scouts, who attended the 2013 NAHL Showcase last season. For more information on the NAHL Showcase including schedule, ticket prices, hotels, rental cars and arena information, CLICK HERE.

Following that game, Corpus Christi will return to the Coastal Bend and prepare for the home opener against Lone Star on Saturday, September 27th at 7:05PM inside American Bank Center.

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Season tickets for the 2014-2015 season of IceRays hockey are on sale NOW. Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for details or check out the pricing and seating chart online at

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Womens Basketball Coaching Staff #Chillin4Charity Challenge Sports Thu, 17 Jul 2014 6:07:34 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Womens Basketball Coaching Staff #Chillin4Charity Challenge

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball coaching staff along with Dr. Trent Hill, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, accepted the #Chillin4Charity Challenge today on University Beach. Members of the 2014-15 women's basketball team doused the coaching staff and Dr. Trent Hill with ice water coolers to help raise funds for the Kay Yow Foundation.

Coaches across the nation have been taking the plunge and passing on the challenge to others. The rules are if a head coach is called out they have 48 hours to complete the challenge. If they don't, they owe the Kay Yow Foundation $250, and if they answer the challenge, the one who challenged them will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $50. The Kay Yow Foundation has raised more than $8 million for research on women's cancers since it was started in 2007.

Dr. Trent Hill presented his challenge to Stephen F. Austin President Dr. Baker Pattillo.

For all the latest on the Islanders women's basketball team during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersWBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Womens Basketball).


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Hooks Salvage Split with Rockhounds Sports Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:22:33 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Salvage Split with Rockhounds

CORPUS CHRISTI - Telvin Nash cracked his sixth home run in the last nine games and Kyle Smith allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings as Corpus Christi defeated Midland 5-2 Wednesday at Whataburger Field before 4,676.

Corpus Christi improved to 14-12 in the Texas League second-half while salvaging a split of the four-game series. Midland, which dropped just its second contest in the last 13, tops the South Division at 16-9.

The Hooks scored four-two out runs during the first. Jonathan Meyer dropped a single into shallow right-center for the night's initial tally. Tony Kemp drew a lead-off walk from Nate Long (8-5) and moved into scoring position on Ruben Sosa's sacrifice bunt.

Meyer and Andrew Aplin (single) scored ahead of Nash when the big first baseman belted a curve ball over the left-field wall, his 14th home run of 2014.

Midland finally broke through against Smith (4-2) in the fifth, Kent Matthes collecting the first RockHounds hit and crossing on Dusty Coleman's double to the right-center field gap. Coleman was erased attempting to stretch his drive into a triple, right fielder Aplin to second baseman Kemp to Meyer.

Smith exited a two-on, two-out fix the next inning, Jordan Jankowski defusing the threat by getting Max Muncy on a fly to right. Smith, who retired 13 of 14 at the outset, walked two and struck out five. Houston's No. 13 prospect has yielded one earned run or less in nine of his last 11 outings.

Jankowski struck out the side in the seventh en route to a three-inning save, Jefry Marte's ninth-inning double and Jeremy Barfield's RBI single the only blemishes.
Long lasted six frames and struck out nine to go with eight hits and two walks. His relief, Deryk Hooker, issued a one-out walk to Kemp, who stole second and trotted to third via a wild pitch. Sosa's looper to left over a drawn-in infield provided Corpus Christi with an insurance run.

Aplin has a seven-game hitting streak.
The Hooks play four in Frisco Thursday through Sunday before traveling to San Antonio for three. Corpus Christi returns home for seven games on July 24.


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Islanders Selected for 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic Sports Wed, 16 Jul 2014 2:43:00 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Selected for 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball team will be one of the eight teams in the field for the 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, tournament organizers announced today. The Thanksgiving weekend exempt tournament will also see TCU, St. Louis, Mississippi State, Bradley, Radford, Mississippi Valley State and North Carolina A&T take part in the event.

Each team will play four games in the tourney - the first two at campus sites and the final two rounds at the American Bank Center on Nov. 28 & 29. A&M-Corpus Christi will play its first two games of the tournament on the road - at St. Louis and at Bradley - before returning to Corpus Christi for the final two games.

This is the second year for the exempt tournament to be hosted over Thanksgiving weekend at the American Bank Center. In 2013, Virginia won the event en route to a No. 1 national ranking and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

"We're excited to be a part of the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge this year," head coach Willis Wilson said. "Last year the Coastal Bend saw a Sweet 16 team and the runner-up from the NIT (SMU) play in the American Bank Center, and this year's field could have just as much star power. It should be a great experience for our team, our school and our city and we can't wait to be a part of it."

The Islanders are looking to follow up on a strong 2013-14 campaign that saw them post 12 more wins than the prior season and finish in second place in the Southland Conference. Wilson was named Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year - presented annually to the top minority coach in all of Division I men's basketball.

On the court, A&M-Corpus Christi is led by senior John Jordan, a First Team All-Southland selection who sits in the school's career top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, free throws and steals. Among the other key returners for the squad are sophomore Rashawn Thomas, who averaged 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in his debut campaign, and senior Hameed Ali, who has started 72 games and scored 620 points in his three years for the Islanders.

Tickets for the final rounds in Corpus Christi can be purchased beginning Saturday, July 19, by visiting or purchase by phone by dialing 1-800-745-3000. For ADA seating please call 361-826-4170. Tickets to the event will also be included in the Islanders men's basketball season ticket package. To order your season tickets, call the Islanders Athletics Ticket Office at 825-BALL (2255) today.


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UIL State Basketball Tournaments Moving to San Antonio Alamodome Sports Tue, 15 Jul 2014 2:06:12 PM UIL UIL State Basketball Tournaments Moving to San Antonio Alamodome

AUSTIN- The 2015 University Interscholastic League Girls and Boys State Basketball Tournaments will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio the UIL announced Tuesday.


The change comes as a result of UIL staff seeking a solution to the difficulties with availability and affordability of hotels caused by concurrent events in Austin.


In June, UIL staff asked for guidance from the UIL Legislative Council as it related to the basketball state tournament venue. The council authorized staff to move the basketball state tournaments to San Antonio in 2015. The Alamodome has worked with UIL staff to finalize arrangements for the upcoming girls and boys basketball state tournaments.


"The decision to move the basketball state tournaments has been a difficult one," said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. "The tournaments have enjoyed a rich tradition in Austin, but in order to provide the best experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans, it is best to move the UIL basketball state tournaments to another excellent venue in Texas, the San Antonio Alamodome."


The first UIL Basketball State Tournament was played in Austin in 1921. Gregory Gym on the University of Texas at Austin campus began hosting the boys tournament beginning in 1931, and the girls tournament was added in 1951. The Frank Erwin Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus has hosted the boys and girls state basketball tournaments since 1978.


"The Alamodome has a proven history of hosting high-profile championship sporting events," said Michael Sawaya, San Antonio Convention & Sports Facilities Director. "We look forward to welcoming to San Antonio the many student-athletes, families, and fans to the 2015 State Championship Basketball Tournaments, and are honored to have been selected to host this great event."


The girls basketball state tournament will take place March 5-7, 2015 and the boys tournament will be March 12-14. Details about ticket sales will be forthcoming.


"We're thrilled the UIL has chosen San Antonio to host one of the state's premier high school championships," said Casandra Matej, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau Director. "From NCAA Final Fours to the Spurs' march to a fifth NBA crown last month, San Antonio has proven to be a championship city when it comes to basketball. We look forward to providing another unforgettable experience for players, fans and officials at the 2015 UIL State Basketball Tournaments."


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Carroll Hires Mike Leal as Head Baseball Coach Sports Mon, 14 Jul 2014 4:46:04 PM Drew Collins - Carroll Hires Mike Leal as Head Baseball Coach

CORPUS CHRISTI - CCISD and Carroll High School announced Michael Leal as the new Head Baseball Coach on Monday afternoon.

Coach Leal served as the Tigers pitching coach since 2008. He's a 1988 graduate of Carroll where he played Football and Baseball.

He has head coaching experience at Riviera High School and has been an assistant at Falfurrias and Moody before going to Carroll.

Leal served as an assistant coach at Moody from 2006-2008.

He has won two state championships; at Moody in 2007 and Carroll in 2010.


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Hooks Hammer Hounds for 8th-Straight Home Victory Sports Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:21:18 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Hammer Hounds for 8th-Straight Home Victory

CORPUS CHRISTI - Ruben Sosa, Telvin Nash and Tony Kemp homered in Corpus Christi's seven-run third as the Hooks blitzed Midland 14-1 Sunday evening at Whataburger Field before 4,877.

The rout snapped Midland's nine-game winning streak, the RockHounds falling to 14-8 in Texas League second-half play. The Hooks are 13-10, 1½ games off the South Division lead, and have won eight straight at home and nine of 11 overall.

Chris Devenski worked five scoreless frames while improving to 2-0 in his initial Double-A start. He walked one and struck out four.

Midland let Billy Burns' lead-off walk and league-leading 44th stolen base go by the boards in the first. Devenski retired the next three RockHounds.

The visitors threatened again during the second. Jeremy Barfield and Dusty Coleman struck one-out singles before Delino DeShields, Jr., robbed Hiro Nakajima of a three-run homer. On the run, DeShields timed his leap to bring the ball back from Corpus Christi's bullpen, the fence folding his upper torso at the waist.

Devenski caught Beau Taylor looking to avert any damage.
The Hooks tagged Shawn Haviland (5-6) for two in a second-inning, four-hit uprising. Rene Garcia's soft liner sat down in shallow center, scoring Andrew Aplin. Nash, who reached with a single of his own after Aplin's opening safety, ultimately scored on a wild pitch.

Then came the third, and the fifth Nash Mash in six games - a three-run blast over the left-field berm - was the biggest blow as Corpus Christi sent 10 to bat. Sosa's lead-off jack was the first volley and Kemp completed the trifecta with a two-out, two-run shot off Blake Hassebrock. Jonathan Meyer had an RBI single.

Haviland, who faced five men without recording an out, was gone after Nash's Mash, victimized for seven runs and hits to go with three walks.

Hassebrock was done after striking Kemp with a bases-loaded pitch in the dirt as Corpus tallied its 10th run in the fifth. Sosa's sacrifice fly greeted Frank Gailey. The Hooks added three unearned runs in the eighth off Ryan Doolittle and second baseman Conner Crumbliss, pressed into emergency duty on the mound.


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Germany Wins World Cup, 1-0 in Extra Time Sports Sun, 13 Jul 2014 7:54:47 PM Associated Press Germany Wins World Cup, 1-0 in Extra Time

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.

With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title with an extra-time winner against Argentina on Sunday - denying Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the game's all-time greats.

It was the moment of brilliance that ensured Germany's 1-0 victory in a tight and tense final.

Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post from five yards out.

It delivered Germany its fourth World Cup title, equal second with Italy on the list of all-time champions and just behind Brazil's five.

"It's an unbelievable feeling. I don't know how to describe it. You just shoot that goal in, you don't really know what's happening," Goetze said. "And then at the end of the match, having a party with the team, the whole country ... it is for us, a dream come true."

At the final whistle, Germany players fell into a pile in a mid-pitch celebration. Messi walked past them with his hands on his hips - still in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.

The 22-year-old Goetze went on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose near the end of regulation time and his fresh legs made the difference.

Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich midfielder did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra-time win over the Netherlands.

It went entirely to script, according to Germany coach Joachim Loew.

"I said to Mario Goetze, 'OK, show to the world that you're better than Messi and you can decide the World Cup. You have all the possibilities to do that,'" Loew said. "I had a good feeling with him."

Germany became the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas, and the victory ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil, the Euro 2008 final to Spain and was eliminated in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010.

Argentina had not been back in the final since that 1990 loss, and has now been beaten by Germany in the last three World Cups.

"This was our chance, and we felt that way. We couldn't do it. We have to lift our heads and suffer the pain," Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said. "Obviously, the pain is tremendous."

It is Germany's first World Cup title as a unified nation, having won as West Germany in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

The Germans faced Argentina in both the 1986 and 1990 finals, during Maradona's heyday. This time, they were up against Messi, the four-time world player of the year who has set a slew of scoring records in leading Barcelona to every major club title and is widely considered the best player since Maradona.

But in the biggest game of his career, Messi came up short.

He had one good chance to score when he was sent free in the area just after the halftime break, but sent his shot wide. It was a difficult angle, but still the type of chance he so often converts for Barcelona.

Messi threatened intermittently throughout the match, but was effectively smothered by the German defense. His free kick in the 120th minute went well high.

Messi, who scored four goals in the group stage but none in the knockout rounds, then had to trudge alone up the stairs of the Maracana Stadium to accept the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player, shaking hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel along the way.

"At this moment I don't care about this prize - only lifting the trophy matters," Messi said. "I'm hurt for losing the way we did. ... I think we deserved a little better, we had chances. As well as they controlled the ball, we still had the clearest chances." After Messi received his award, the German team made its way up the stairs for captain Philipp Lahm to raise the hallowed 18-carat gold trophy.

Until Goetze's winning goal, the game was more notable for top-class defending than creative attacking, but both teams had their share of chances.

Gonzalo Higuain fired wide when gifted a chance in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, and later had a goal ruled out for offside.

Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes hit the post just before halftime with a header.

Germany had entered the game as the favorite after its 7-1 semifinal drubbing of Brazil. But Argentina proved to be an entirely different proposition.

"I'm very proud of the team. They played a great game against a great team," Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said. "I salute the players, they made the country proud."

After Germany's last win in 1990, then-coach Franz Beckenbauer predicted that a unified Germany would be "unbeatable" in the future. It took 24 years to prove him right but with young players like Goetze, the next wait may not be as long.

"We, I think, deserve this trophy," Goetze said.



Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Christoph Kramer (Andre Schuerrle, 31), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil (Per Mertesacker, 120), Thomas Mueller; Miroslav Klose (Mario Goetze, 88).

Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez (Fernando Gago, 86); Ezequiel Lavezzi (Sergio Aguero, 46), Gonzalo Higuain (Rodrigo Palacio, 78), Lionel Messi.

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Fury Game vs Miami on July 12th Cancelled Sports Fri, 11 Jul 2014 5:20:01 PM Corpus Christi Fury Fury Game vs Miami on July 12th Cancelled

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi Fury have announced that this Saturday's home game versus the Miami Inferno has been cancelled.

All tickets for the game can be exchanged for tickets to the 2014 UIFL Championship Game which will be held on Saturday August 2nd versus the Florida Tarpons. Kickoff will be at 7:05pm Tickets for the championship game will be on sale beginning Tuesday July 15th.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Miami Inferno were unable to have enough players on their roster to compete this weekend and all remaining games versus the Inferno will be deemed as a forfeit for the opposing team.

The 2014 UIFL Championship Game will be a rematch of last season's game held in Florida and the Fury will be looking to avenge that loss. Season Ticket Holders and sponsors will be contacted by team personnel to exchange their tickets. The Fury is also offering a 2 for 1 deal for the game in which you will receive a free ticket for every game day ticket purchased.

The option is available online at or mention the offer at the American Bank Center Box Office.


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Spurs Caravan Returns to Whataburger Field Sports Fri, 11 Jul 2014 2:07:52 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Spurs Caravan Returns to Whataburger Field

CORPUS CHRISTI - The 2014 San Antonio Spurs Caravan, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, stops at Whataburger Field for the Hooks-Midland RockHounds game on Friday, July 25.

First pitch is 7:10 and stadium gates open at 5:40... but activities in the west parking lot begin at 5 p.m. You can enjoy inflatables, a prize wheel, Spurs NBA championship trophy and championship rings display. The Spurs Silver Dancers and Team Energy will be on hand as well.

Use the code spurs to purchase discounted reserved-seat ($10) and general admission ($4) tickets by clicking here.

"We look forward to having the Spurs Caravan back at Whataburger Field," Hooks ballpark entertainment director JD Davis said. "That'll be a special night... Spurs Caravan and Bud Light Friday Fireworks.

"We're also honoring the memory of Mike Coolbaugh."


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Lebron Heading Back to Cleveland Sports Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:30:54 AM Associated Press Lebron Heading Back to Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James tells Sports Illustrated, that he's decided to go home. It's a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat.

James told SI: "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."

He spent his first seven NBA seasons in Cleveland. In four years with the Heat, he went to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships. And now heads back to Cleveland to see if he can finally deliver on his promise of winning a crown for that title-starved city.

James is from Akron, Ohio, not far from Cleveland.


Tim Reynolds reported from Las Vegas and Tom Withers reported from Cleveland

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Rangers' Fielder Focuses on Healing, Not Playing Sports Thu, 10 Jul 2014 7:33:30 PM Associated Press Rangers' Fielder Focuses on Healing, Not Playing

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is focused on healing after neck surgery and not worried about when he will play again.

Fielder said Thursday that he is doing a little rehab, but nothing too serious or baseball-wise yet. He had cervical fusion of two disks in his neck May 27.

Speaking to reporters in the clubhouse for the first time since the operation, Fielder said he is motivated to get back but isn't pushing anything.

He isn't expected to play again this season, but should be ready for spring training.

Fielder had played in 547 consecutive games since 2010 when he played his last game May 16. He hit .247 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games in his first season with Texas.

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UT Chancellor Says no Football Alcohol Sales Sports Thu, 10 Jul 2014 7:29:30 PM Associated Press UT Chancellor Says no Football Alcohol Sales

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas System chancellor says he won't approve beer and wine sales at Longhorns football games in Austin this fall.

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa told the Austin American Statesman ( ) that he and UT Austin President Bill Powers agreed the school needs more study of alcohol sales at basketball, baseball and track events before allowing it at football games.

Texas long banned alcohol sales at athletic events before allowing some last spring.

Cigarroa says there were no problems with alcohol sales so far, but he added that he doesn't want to rush it for football games that draw close to 100,000 fans.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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High School Football Officials Needed Sports Thu, 10 Jul 2014 5:15:03 PM Drew Collins - High School Football Officials Needed

Looking for some extra money? The Corpus Christi chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials is in need of new officials. You must be at least 18 years old to register, both male and females are encouraged to apply.

Officials are needed all over South Texas.

Officiating includes Middle School and High School football games. Duties include on-field officiating, running the clock and working the chain crew on the sidelines. Training will be provided. 

For more information: contact John Patino at (361)960-4465 or email:

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