Next stop for Texas A&M: NCAA tournament, after exiting SEC postseason with 9-run loss

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COLLEGE STATION – It wasn't the exit Texas A&M envisioned in the SEC tournament, but the ninth-ranked Aggies are angling that their body of work will earn them one of the eight coveted national seeds of the NCAA tournament.

After winning its first two games of the SEC postseason shindig in Hoover, Ala.

Texas A&M on roll in SEC tournament, one victory from title game

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M has earned a day off on Friday, after putting itself in excellent position for a shot at a Southeastern Conference tournament title – and perhaps more importantly a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Aggies are two-for-two so far in Hoover, Ala., at the SEC tournament, after defeating Alabama on Wednesday and Vanderbilt on Thursday.

No. 9 Texas A&M, aiming to earn national seed, beats Alabama in SEC tournament opener

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Texas A&M's Ryne Birk slides safely into home plate under the tag of Alabama's Will Haynie during the third inning of a game at the Southeastern Conference college baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Texas A&M took steps all season to earn a national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, and perhaps play host to opponents throughout the postseason in a quest to return to the College World Series for the first time since 2011.

Despite controversy, Blue Bell name will remain on Texas A&M’s baseball stadium

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Texas A&M's baseball field, Blue Bell Park. (Brent Zwerneman/Houston Chronicle)

COLLEGE STATION – Many Texas A&M fans typically would have been against sticking a corporate name on one of the campus's two most revered stadiums, but five years ago "Blue Bell Park" had a sweet ring to it, and few objected.

No. 8 Aggies close out regular season with rainout; Stubblefield returns to action

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COLLEGE STATION – No. 8 Texas A&M could have used a strong showing at Mississippi this weekend to solidify a national seed – the top eight teams in the NCAA Tournament virtually guaranteed a home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Thanks primarily to Mother Nature, the results are inconclusive.

Texas A&M one step closer to earning NCAA Tournament national seed

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M is one big step closer to making a strong final impression on the NCAA Tournament selection committee, in the bid for an all-important top eight national seed.

The eight-ranked Aggies (Baseball America) earned their first shutout in Southeastern Conference play with a 4-0 victory at Mississippi on Thursday night.

No. 8 Texas A&M’s next game truly is its biggest in quest for NCAA Tournament national seed

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COLLEGE STATION – A week ago Texas A&M appeared a lock for a national seed – the top eight of the NCAA Tournament – following a sweep at Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee.

Funny what a couple of close losses since in the nation's toughest baseball conference can do – because the No.

Texas A&M’s Rob Childress: ‘We have to be better on the mound and better defensively’

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COLLEGE STATION – South Carolina defeated Texas A&M 8-7 on Sunday, in taking two of three from the third-ranked Aggies at Blue Bell Park. But a number that jumped out to A&M coach Rob Childress that caused the Aggies so much angst over the weekend was also 6-0.

As in A&M committed six errors, South Carolina zero over the three games.

‘That was nuts’: No. 3 Texas A&M overcomes 3 large deficits to defeat South Carolina 15-14

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M second baseman Ryne Birk summed up 36 combined hits and 29 combined runs in one game Saturday in three apt words: "That was nuts."

Nuts, indeed, as the No. 3 Aggies staged comeback after comeback in a 15-14 victory over South Carolina on Saturday evening at Olsen Field.

Errors plague No. 3 Texas A&M in setback to South Carolina in series opener

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COLLEGE STATION – No. 3 Texas A&M's five-game winning streak came to a sloppy end on Friday night, thanks primarily to four A&M errors in a 9-7 loss to South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference series opener at Olsen Field.

"It's awfully hard to give up nine runs on eight hits," a frustrated A&M coach Rob Childress said.

With another SEC road trip upcoming, No. 2 Aggies grab victory in series finale at No. 1 LSU

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No. 2 Texas A&M was in danger of losing a precious amount of its momentum gained from a tremendous first 40-or-so games this season, after dropping the first two games of its key Southeastern Conference series at No. 1 LSU this weekend.

The Aggies' bats came through, however, and A&M won the series finale 6-2 on Saturday evening, in a rain-delayed contest in Baton Rouge, La.

Top-ranked LSU grabs 2-0 series lead over second-ranked Texas A&M

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Second-ranked Texas A&M appeared poised to even its series with LSU late in Friday night's game with a three-run lead in the seventh. Then the Tigers offered up one more reason why they're ranked one spot ahead of the Aggies – at No. 1.

LSU scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to post a 9-6 comeback victory over A&M in Baton Rouge's Alex Box Stadium.

Top-ranked LSU edges No. 2 Texas A&M 4-3 in opener of touted series

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No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 1 LSU are playing the biggest series of college baseball's regular season, and the opener lived up to the hype. The Tigers edged the Aggies 4-3, with the game-winning hit coming in the bottom of the ninth on a chopper along the third-base line by Danny Zardon.

"Off the bat, I was just hoping it was fair," a smiling Zardon told ESPN, which televised the contest from Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

New scoreboard to be installed at Cougar Field

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Coming soon to Cougar Field: the largest scoreboard in college baseball.

The school said Wednesday that Daktronics will design, manufacture and install a new LED video display to be named Sanders-Gutierrez Scoreboard in right-center field at Cougar Field.

The new video board will measure roughly 27.

Aggies vs. Longhorns scheduled for lone baseball game each of next 2 seasons

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Local college baseball prospects

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M and Texas will renew their old rivalry in baseball, and it will be the first time among the "big three" sports of football, basketball and baseball the programs will play on their respective campuses.

The Aggies and Longhorns intend to play in College Station in 2016 and in Austin in 2017, the Dallas Morning News first reported Monday, citing A&M coach Rob Childress.

Aggies score 8 with 2 swings of the stick in series victory over Mississippi State

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Texas A&M scored a combined five runs in a victory and a loss against Mississippi State on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the Aggies scored nearly twice as many runs on two swings of the bat at Olsen Field.

Nick Banks and Ronnie Gideon each clubbed a grand slam (accounting for eight runs) as A&M whipped the Bulldogs 13-5, and claimed the series 2-1.

Soaring Aggies 32-2 following series opening victory over Mississippi State

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M ace Grayson Long entered Friday night's action with 56 strikeouts over 44 innings. He notched four over seven innings in the Aggies' series opener against Mississippi State – but was as effective as ever in A&M's 3-1 victory.

Texas A&M ace Grayson Long after improving to 7-0 following the Aggies' 3-1 victory over Mississippi State.

High School

Baseball: The Woodlands gets the better of Klein in winner-take-all, 1-game playoff

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Chris Andritsos liken it as a "what the heck" sort of attitude.

The Woodlands didn't lock in its spot in the baseball playoffs until last week. The Highlanders were blown out just a few weeks ago in district play and rallied to gain 16-6A's fourth spot. They opened the playoffs against 15-6A champion Klein.

Baseball: Pearland up to seventh in latest MaxPrep national rankings

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Local college baseball prospects

The Oilers picked up a pair of quality non-district wins last week, making their case as one of the nation's top teams even stronger.

It's reflected in the rankings Pearland moved up three spots to seventh in this week's MaxPreps Xcellent 50 National Baseball Rankings.

Sam Houston State

David Longville pitches complete game in UH win over Sam Houston State

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David Longville tossed a five-hit shutout for the University of Houston in Tuesday's 3-0 non-conference win over Sam Houston State at Cougar Field.

Jacob Campbell had a two-run single in the fifth and Corey Julks added a RBI single in the seventh for the Cougars, who have won seven of their last eight games.

Rice shuts out Sam Houston State 4-0

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HOUSTON – True freshman Tristan Gray blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a scoreless deadlock and lift the Rice baseball team to a 4-0 victory over visiting Sam Houston State Tuesday evening at Reckling Park.

Gray and his fellow freshman paved the way to Rice's second-straight win.


Video: Liverpool stars play baseball

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Liverpool's players have entered the Boston Red Sox batting cages to try their hands at baseball. The Reds' stars were visiting Fenway...

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Sunk costs and Andy Carroll

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A ponytail like Andy Carroll's.

Sunk costs:

People often have an irrational desire to use products for which they have paid a lot of money, or to continue following a plan that has required a great investment. They think that if they abandon the product or change their approach, they will be throwing money or time away.


Manchester City and New York Yankees join forces to form MLS side New York City FC

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Manchester City and baseball side New York Yankees have announced they will create an MLS expansion side called New York City FC. The club will join the league in 2015, when it will become its 20th club. City's owner Sheikh Mansour will be the majority partner of the new team, with the Yankees also actively [.

Sepp Blatter unveils portrait of himself, declares war on baseball

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter is in the Dominican Republic to play his part in the fight against the evils of baseball. Blatter unveiled a portrait of himself before turning his attention to rounders on steroids, a sport so heinous that he can't even bring himself to utter its name. You see, the sport whose name [.


Los lujos del Bronx

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Los Yankees de Nueva York son el equipo más ganador de la Major League Baseball y también son los que tienen mayor poder adquisitivo, muy por encima del resto y eso los hace poder contar con los mejores peloteros año con año. Siempre entran en la puja por agentes libres y no tienen tanto trabajo en conquistar a los agentes y a los beisbolistas para convencerlos de que lleguen a la institución.

Más alto, más fuerte, más rápido. Así es el dopaje en el deporte.

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¿Sigue siendo trampa si todos lo hacen?

Es lo que reza este póster simulando una película sobre dopaje deportivo y es que en estos tiempos, hemos visto ejemplos negativos por todos lados y en todos los deportes, los asteriscos en los récords de los súper atletas están a la orden del día ahí tienen el caso de Barry Bonds en el béisbol.


Integration gelingt spielend

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Ilkay Gündogan, Sidney Sam, Mario Götze, Gerald Asamoah sind bestens in Deutschland integriert. Daher zeigt die Gang auch, das Integration spielend gelingen kann. Man muss nur wollen und man braucht die richtigen Vorbilder. Zweiteres sollte kein Problem sein, denn die vier kann man sich mit Sicherheit als Vorbild nehmen.

Where Men Can’t, Women Just Might

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As Americans, we pride ourselves on many things – especially those things which are men's sport-related. Football? Self-explanatory; we're beast. Basketball? There's not a team one could put together on the planet that could touch our players. Baseball? We certainly have the highest-paid, most popular athletes.

Babe Ruth

Dr. Dynamo or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dom

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After nearly seven seasons of soccer played by the Houston Dynamo, we've started to accumulate enough data to begin looking at statistical trends. I've never been a big statistics guy myself, unless we're discussing baseball, simply because applying statistics to a game like soccer is difficult. Sure it can provide some interesting information, fancy graphs and some data trends, but it's very difficult to make broader term assumptions about the game or teams because the sport is in such an ever changing state.

The Beautiful Game returns to Yankee Stadium. We’re deeply...

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The Beautiful Game returns to Yankee Stadium.

We're deeply entrenched in the few weeks when "superclubs" either go to Asia or America and take part in a few friendlies to promote themselves as global "brands." Tomorrow, world class football will be played in the new Yankee Stadium, as Chelsea and Paris St-Germain face off.

The Rest

Texas A&M bats go quiet in 3-2 home loss to Mississippi State

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COLLEGE STATION Texas A&M catcher Michael Barash on Saturday explained a rarity at Olsen Field this spring: An Aggies loss.

"We couldn't really piece anything together," he said.

The result: Mississippi State defeated A&M 3-2 in the second game of the Southeastern Conference series, with the finale scheduled for 1 p.

Baseball in Deutschland

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Jeder Sportinteressierte schaut sich sicher gerne um, was es auf dem deutschen Markt für Angebote in Sachen des Sportes gibt. Schnell werden Sie feststellen, dass neben Tennis, Fußball und Schwimmen auch Baseball in Deutschland angeboten wird. Bereits seit 1984 gibt es Baseball in Deutschland, denn in diesem Jahr wurde die Liga des Baseballs gegründet.

Major Link Soccer: EPL Adopts Goal Line Tech

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Football has replay. Hockey has replay. Basketball has replay. Even BASEBALL has replay. Now, one league in the world's game has caught up to BASEBALL, kinda. EPL has crossed their E and dotted their L on contracts to implement goal-line technology, hopefully beginning to fix an issue that occurs, like, once every 400 club matches (and twice every World Cup).

Sad Loss to Women’s Sports – Inspiration for ‘A League of their Own’ Passes Away

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Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, star of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, has passed awayat the age of 88.Paire-Davis was a model for the character played by Geena Davis in the movie, "A League of Their Own".

"I know what it's like for your dream to come true, mine did," the Los Angeles-born Paire-Davis told the Associated Press in 1995, when she was 70.

Baseball Misses Mark on HOF 2013 Vote

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Any fan of baseball, including writers with votes for the Hall Of Fame, should have been rooting for contemporary inductees in this year's ballots.

Unfortunately, it did not happen.

MLB lost an opportunity to shine the light on some outstanding players from recent times and from a couple decades back.

Playing Moneyball with the New England Revolution

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Basically, I am the Billy Beane of MLS. Except I don't actually work for MLS or a team. Last year, upon seeing the movie Moneyball - which, by the way, I found to be a film as dull as baseball itself - I thought that something like Moneyball (the philosophy, not the movie) would be interesting when applied to the meager finances of MLS.

Is it time for a wage cap in the Premier League?

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Are salary caps and contract trades in football the way of the future?

By Cameron Wolfe

I read an article years ago which compared football transfers with transfers in North American sports ( NFL, NHL, baseball etc) and in which the question was posed: Would an alternative transfer approach work here in football?

Building for this Season

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 24, 2012) US Soccer Players – The insistence on building and keeping a core group of players in professional sports is something we see repeated across North American professional sports. In the National Football League, applying a franchise tag to a quarterback is almost a requirement.

Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez caddies for Andres Romero at The Open… calamitous duo come rock-bottom last

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When he is not going AWOL or petulantly anchoring his buttocks to the bench, Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez is known for carrying a club or two in his career. Yesterday, he took that dusty accolade to its literal end: carrying a set of golf clubs for his professional golfer pal Andres Romero.