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Charlie Strong, Kevin Sumlin want to renew Texas-Texas A&M rivalry

Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin both have a desire to renew the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry on the football field after taking the last three years off.

The schools first played against each other in football in 1894 and competed every year from 1915-2011, but they took a break after A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012. At the time, reps from both sides did not seem too concerned about not playing the game. Now things have changed.

“Now, moving into Year 4 and listening to our former students and our alumni base and knowing a lot of Texas alums, it’s important that we play again,” Sumlin said via ESPN.com. “I think it will happen somewhere down the road. The tough part for both parties, when we moved, was scheduling. The first two years we scrambled just to get anybody to play, and the SEC hadn’t solidified their schedule until last year. We were at the mercy of whoever would play us.”

Sumlin says that now they’ve figured out their scheduling in the new conference, he thinks the series will resume again.

Strong, who just completed his first season as head coach of the Longhorns, would like to play the series, too.

“That game is so much a part of this state,” said Strong. “Over 100 years, we’ve played that game. Why stop it now because we’re in different conferences? At some point, when it’s right for everybody with the different schedules, I would love to play Texas A&M again.”

It’s understandable why after moving to a more difficult conference A&M did not want to have another tough non-conference team on their schedule, but both sides probably have changed their viewpoints thanks in part to the playoff. With the playoff system, teams with one loss still have a chance of making the national championship game. That combined with the pride factor among both fanbases probably are the biggest reasons for the change. The only issue is because of scheduling, it might take a few years before they’re able to get the game going again.

 

Dallas Cowboys Honored For Helping Reintegrate Criminals Back Into NFL

From: The Onion

DALLAS—Praising the organization for their refusal to turn their backs on those with a troubled past, the ACLU honored the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday for their ongoing efforts to reintegrate criminals back into the NFL. “We would like to recognize the Dallas Cowboys for their long history of providing an avenue to ex-convicts who are simply seeking a second chance at life as a professional football player,” said ACLU spokesman Carl Holmes, adding that, for over three decades, the team has helped those facing the stigma and legal constraints of a recent felony conviction find paying work as linebackers, offensive linemen, and wide receivers. “Too often, these men have been abandoned by society and left with nowhere to turn, but Jerry Jones and his organization have shown they are willing to take the lead and be that beacon of hope for them. The Cowboys have never been afraid to help those with a criminal history move on from their past mistakes and get back onto the field, and that is truly something special.” Holmes added that, without a group like the Cowboys, it is likely that many of the convicted felons would tragically end up either back in prison, dead, or on the Oakland Raiders.

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1st week of the season ends in a close loss for the Rangers

It was a good news, bad news sort of first week of seasonal play for the Texas Rangers.

After 7 games, the Rangers are just out of first place by .5 game. The bad news is Derek Holland and Ryan Rua went on the disabled list, while the good news is Prince Fielder is hitting the ball again and is hitting .379.

The Rangers split with the Oakland A’s 2-2, and lost 2 of 3 to the Astros.  The Sunday’s game with the Astros went 14 innings before the Rangers lost, so the season record now stands at 3-

Colby Lewis has pitched 13.1 innings in 2 games so far, and has a respectable ERA of 3.38.

Yovanni Gallardo has pitched a total of 9.2 innings in two games and has a decent ERA of 5.59 and 1 win. The best starting pitcher so far though has been Nick Martinez with 7 innings pitched for a sparking ERA of 0.00 and 1 win. So even though there has been bad news for the starting rotation, the first week has seen decent pitching by the Ranger starters for the most part.

 

So what about the fielding?

The fielding needs to get cleaned up some. Many of the players are doing great and have a fielding percentage of 1.000 % such as Rougned Odor with turning 4 double plays for the week, but Elvis Andrus already has 3 errors for the season (1 week) and that tendency has to change.

The rest of the squad isn’t perfect, but they are looking better each game.

 

And the batting averages?

Carlos Peguero leads the club with a .429 avg in 7 ab, while Prince Fielder is finding himself with a healthy .379 avg in 29 at bats. The guys in the .100+ range are Beltre, Andrus, Odor, and Martin. You know their bats will come along shortly and then they can feast on some offense.

 

So things are coming along

Despite all the bad news to the start of the season and the injury to Holland and Rua, the Rangers are at least playing some decent baseball. Sure, there are many improvements that need to be made, the fact that the Rangers are holding their own can be seen as a very positive step going forward. Things aren’t gloom and doom as first may have been thought.  Once the hitting starts coming along, and the arms get in the groove, this club should be playing a lot more consistent.

 

Up next, Angels and Mariners

Texas continues its 6 game, 6 day home stand with the series opener against the Angels tomorrow, 1st of a 3 game series. Rangers went just 5-14 against the Halos in 2014, losing 9 in a row at one point to match the longest losing streak ever to the club from Anaheim. The 14 losses were most ever in a season against the Angels, and Rangers were just 1-9 vs. LAA in Arlington. The 2014 performance followed a year in which the Rangers were 15-4 vs. the club from Orange County in 2013. Texas has lost season series in 2 of the last 3 seasons. The teams play 6 series in 2015, (19 total games).

 

Upcoming Schedule:

4/13        Angels              7:05 PM

4/14        Angels               7:05 PM

4/15        Angels               1:05 PM

4/16        Off

4/17 @ Seattle                 9:10 PM

4/18 @ Seattle                 8:10 PM

4/19 @ Seattle                 3:10 PM

NASCAR: Police confirm fatal accident at Richard Petty Driving Experience

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed Sunday a fatal incident at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway near Orlando Florida. According to an FHP spokesperson the driver of a Lamborghini lost control around 3:30 ET Sunday and struck a guardrail on the right side. A 36-year-old male passenger from Davenport Florida died while the driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience is a chain operated by Petty Holdings where fans can drive NASCAR style racecars or ride as passengers at speeds up to 165 mph. Four years ago, Petty Holdings introduced the Exotic Car Experience, where people can drive a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, a Porsche and other exotic cars. Sunday’s accident was part of that division of the company.

The Walt Disney operation opened in 1997 at a 1-mile tri-oval speedway just south of the Magic Kingdom parking lot. It was built in 1995 as a venue for the Izod IndyCar Series and then became the exclusive home to Richard Petty Driving Experience year-round.

The attraction is named for Richard Petty, 77, an iconic figure in NASCAR history with seven NASCAR Cup titles, seven Daytona 500 victories and a record 200 victories, including 27 in one season.

The attraction recently announced that it is scheduled to close on June 28 to make way for transportation improvements. There is also a Richard Petty Driving Experience at Daytona International Speedway in Dayton Beach. The Experience can also be found at 16 other tracks around the country, most of them sanctioned by NASCAR.

In February of 2008 a 60-year-old tourist died after he crashed while driving a Richard Petty Driving Experience NASCAR vehicle at the Daytona International Speedway.

Track officials said Robert Boswell was driving around the speedway Sunday night when he somehow lost control of the racecar and crashed into a wall. Boswell was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he was declared dead, officials said. An autopsy later determined that Boswell had a heart attack prior to the crash and was not killed by crash.

Late Sunday a representative from the Exotic Car Experience released a statement via email:

“On behalf of everyone in the organization, it is with a very heavy heart that we extend our deepest to those involved.

George Springer robs Leonys Martin of a walk-off grand slam

Expect to see Astros outfielder George Springer on the end-of-season highlight reels. The 25-year-old robbed Leonys Martin of a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday against the Rangers.

With the score tied at 4-4, the Rangers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half of the 10th inning on a single, a hit batsman, and a walk. Martin swung at a 0-2 Tony Sipp slider, sending a fly ball to deep right field. Springer ranged back and leaped to snag the ball just as it appears it would have gone over the fence for a walk-off grand slam. At the very least, it would have been a long walk-off single if Springer had not caught it.

The Astros took a 6-4 lead in the top of the 14th thanks to a two-run home run from Hank Conger. The Rangers again loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 14th, but Rougned Odor lined out to — who else? — Springer in right field to end the game. Sam Deduno earned the first save of his career.

Three thoughts on Texas race from a bump that won’t be forgotten to pit calls that were memorable

1. While Joey Logano downplayed the late contact from Kevin Harvick, understand that drivers never forget. With both drivers having won at least once this year, they can afford to be more aggressive. That could lead to more contact. Logano and Harvick are developing a rivalry that could blossom if they continue to race for wins. If so, they could make things interesting this season.

2. A few teams had issues with loose lug nuts, forcing drivers to pit again. It’s a tough penalty but better than what could happen. Dale Earnhardt Jr.was among those who had to come back in and pit. He said the key is for tire changers to be honest if they got enough lugs on or tight. NASCAR no longer monitors this, putting the responsibility on the teams. As long as teams react quickly enough, this system works.

3. Possibly overlooked Saturday night was Jamie McMurray’s sixth-place finish and the performance of rookie crew chief Matt McCall. Three times within the last 110 laps, McCall called for two-tire stops. The first time helped McMurray climb into the top five – where he had not been running. By gaining that track position, it allowed McCall to make two-tire calls later and help McMurray to his third top-10 finish in the last four races. They didn’t have one of the fastest cars, but they manufactured a strong finish.

Josh Hamilton merchandise has been pulled off the shelves at Angel Stadium team store

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweeted out this interesting observation Saturday from Angel Stadium, just before the Angels’ second home game of the 2015 regular season …

 

Hamilton jerseys probably wouldn’t be a hot item right now after his performance in 2014 and offseason relapse, so this could be chalked up to a simple supply-and-demand strategy. But it feels more calculated than that given recent comments from Angels owner Arte Moreno. DiGiovanna published a lengthy piece Saturday morning examining how awkward all of this has been for players in the Angels’ clubhouse who consider Hamilton a friend but are hearing anti-Hamilton sentiment from the guy who signs their paychecks.

Anaheim owes the 33-year-old $25.4 million this year and a combined $64.8 million in 2016-2017.

 

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