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Spieth Wins At Colonial PDF Print E-mail
News - Golf
Written by Steve Habel, The Sports Xchange   
Sunday, 29 May 2016 17:51

DGD16052953_Dean_DeLucaFORT WORTH, Texas -- Jordan Spieth ended any discussion about a hangover from his Masters back-nine meltdown in emphatic fashion Sunday while winning the Dean & Deluca Invitational and immediately pushing his name back onto the short list of favorites for the upcoming U.S. Open.

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Spieth grabbed the lead with a rush to start the back nine, scrambled to hold on and then poured it on late to beat Harris English by three strokes at venerable Colonial Country Club.

Spieth shot a 4-under-par 66 in the final round under warm and sunny conditions and ended up at 17-under 263 after 72 holes. A native of Dallas and the world's second-ranked player, Spieth captured his second victory of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season and the eighth Tour win of his career.

Spieth assumed the lead for good with a curving 20-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 16th hole and pushed his advantage to two strokes with a stunning 42-foot chip from behind the green for birdie on the 17th hole. He then rolled in a nonchalant, 34-foot putt on the final hole for one last birdie to put a capper on his remarkable finish. He needed just nine putts on the back-nine on Sunday.

"It's always nice to see those kind of putts and even chips go in when they really

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Rangers Beat Pirates PDF Print E-mail
News - Rangers
Written by Anthony Andro, The Sports Xchange   
Sunday, 29 May 2016 08:05

rangers v pirates by rangersARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish said he spent the last couple of days focusing on facing the first batter in his first Major League game since 2014.

The result of that at-bat didn't go well as Pittsburgh's John Jason opened Saturday's game with a single.

The rest of the outing went much better though as Darvish, who missed all of 2015 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, struck out seven over five innings as the Rangers beat the Pirates 5-2.

It was the first win for Darvish (1-0) since July 28, 2014, and his fastball hit 98 mph on the Globe Life Park radar gun as he struck out at least one Pittsburgh batter in each of his five innings.

"I was on top a little bit," said Darvish, who threw 81 pitches as he was on a 90-pitch count. "It was just like a normal rehab outing I had before. I was very calm and I think I was in control out there."

Darvish didn't allow a run until his fifth and final inning and by that time the Rangers had scored four runs off Pittsburgh starter Juan Nicasio (4-4).

Texas gave Darvish some cushion in the first inning as Prince Fielder's grounder scored the game's first run. Adrian Beltre followed with a two-run homer to center to give Darvish some breathing room, not that he needed much.

"He started throwing that sinker, and that sinker at 97, 98, if it's tough to

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2nd Round Suspended After Rain Delay At Colonial PDF Print E-mail
News - Golf
Written by Steve Habel, The Sports Xchange   
Saturday, 28 May 2016 07:49

DFW_8583-1FORT WORTH -- Bryce Molder had moved to 9-under and into a one-shot lead over Webb Simpson and a two-shot lead over Jordan Speith when play was suspended by darkness during the second round at the Dean & Deluca Invitational on Friday at soggy Colonial Country Club.

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Molder, who was the first-round leader at 6-under, still had three holes to play in his second round. Simpson, playing in the early wave on Friday, continued his solid effort with a three-under-par 67 to move to 8-under and into the clubhouse lead.

Spieth, who completed his round with a 66, and Patrick Reed, who still had 10 holes to play, were at 7-under.

The round was delayed more than five hours before it started because of rain, lightning and wet conditions after an overnight deluge saturated the course. Sixty-two players had not finished their second rounds when darkness suspended play.

Those rounds will be completed and the 36-hole cut, projected to be at 1-over, will be made on Saturday morning prior to the start of the third round. The tournament should be back on schedule after Saturday as sunny weather is expected for the rest of the weekend.

Anirban Lahiri of India and Jason Dufner had reached 6-under when darkness interrupted play. Tony Finau was in the clubhouse at 5-under after a 67 in the second round while David Toms, Harris English, Ryan Palmer and Martin Pilar had reached that figure with holes left to play.

Molder has dominated the front-nine at Colonial in the first two rounds, shooting 6-under on Thursday and 5-under on Friday. That's a composite 59 over the two days. He was at 11-under through the first 11 holes on Friday until he double bogeyed the 12th.

"It was kind of tale of two nines even though I didn't finish the second nine, "Molder said. "The first nine was

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Bennett Named Interim Coach At Baylor PDF Print E-mail
News - College
Written by The Sports Xchange   
Saturday, 28 May 2016 07:43

baylorBaylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was named interim coach of the Bears on Friday, the beginning of the program's attempt to restore some semblance of order amidst a dark controversy that prompted Art Briles' dismissal.

Briles, 60, was 65-37 in eight seasons while taking the program to unprecedented heights. The Bears have won 10 or more games in four of the past five seasons.

Bennett, 60, is a Texas A&M graduate and the university said he was not named in any of the investigative documents turned over by the law firm Pepper Hamilton.

In addition to the firing of Briles, athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation and Ken Starr was removed as university president after Pepper Hamilton's investigation revealed deep and troubling patterns of disregard for alleged victims of sexual assault and violence at the hands of members of the football team.

"I applaud the Board for its transparency," Starr said in a statement. "It must be known, however, that I was not privy to any of the allegations regarding interpersonal violence until the fall of 2015, at which time I immediately launched an internal investigation before recommending to the Board an independent external investigation, which the Board then commissioned with Pepper Hamilton. 

"To those victims who were not treated with the care, concern and support they deserve, I am profoundly sorry."

Additional administrative and athletic department personnel were relieved of their duties but weren't identified by the university.

 
Molder Leads Dean & DeLuca Opening Round PDF Print E-mail
News - Golf
Written by Steve Habel, The Sports Xchange   
Friday, 27 May 2016 07:42

DFW_8501-1FORT WORTH, Texas -- Bryce Molder had six birdies on the front nine, finished at 6-under-par 64 and grabbed a one-shot lead over three players after the first round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational on Thursday at Colonial Country Club.

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Molder, who started on the back nine in the first pairing of the day, took advantage of the soft greens and the preferred lies afforded by the rain-soaked fairways to attack the par-70, 7,204-yard course. He posted four straight birdies on holes six through nine for a 29 through nine before parring every hole coming in.

"I hit a lot of greens early and I was 20 or 30 feet from the hole and just kind of rolled it up close," Molder said. "Then all of a sudden I hit a couple close when I made the turn and I got some good looks late and converted. I've always loved these greens."

Play was suspended for 91 minutes in mid-morning because of dangerous weather conditions. By that time, Molder was though six holes and knew that he had to tinker with his swing a little.

"I don't know if it helped my game, but it did kind of wake me up," Molder said. "I went back out to

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Rangers Lose To Pirates PDF Print E-mail
News - Rangers
Written by Anthony Andro, The Sports Xchange   
Saturday, 28 May 2016 07:34

DFW_3181-1ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Pittsburgh Pirates put an end to Texas Rangers starter Cole Hamels' winning streak in resounding fashion Friday.

Pittsburgh hit four home runs, chased Hamels in the fifth inning and rolled to its fifth-straight win with a 9-1 victory over the Rangers.

Hamels (5-1) hadn't lost since Aug. 7, 2015 -- his second start with Texas -- and was 12-0 since then coming into Friday's start.

The Pirates ended any chance at Hamels continuing the streak by scoring five times in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Hamels was done after 4 2/3 innings after he was tagged for six runs (five earned) in his shortest start since joining the Rangers.

Pittsburgh led 1-0 before scoring five times in the fifth. A throwing error by Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland on a potential double-play ball put runners on second and third with no outs. Andrew McCutchen and David Freese followed with RBI singles to make it 3-0 and designated hitter Jung Ho Kang followed the Freese at-bat with a

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Baylor Removes President and Coach PDF Print E-mail
News - College
Written by George Walker   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 12:57

DFW_6182-1WACO, Texas – In Fall 2015, Baylor University's Board of Regents engaged outside counsel Pepper Hamilton, LLP (Pepper) to conduct an independent and external review of Baylor's institutional response to Title IX and related compliance issues through the lens of specific cases.

Key findings of the investigation reflect a fundamental failure by Baylor to implement Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). The findings include:

  • The University's student conduct processes were wholly inadequate to consistently provide a prompt and equitable response under Title IX; Baylor failed to consistently support complainants through the provision of interim measures; and in some cases, the University failed to take action to identify and eliminate a potential hostile environment, prevent its recurrence or address its effects.
  • Actions by University administrators directly discouraged some complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes and in one instance constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault.
  • In addition to broader University failings, Pepper found specific failings within both the football program and Athletics department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player and to a report of dating violence.
  • There are significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor's football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student athlete misconduct.
  • Over the course of their review, Pepper investigated the University's response to reports of a sexual assault involving multiple football players. The football program and Athletics department leadership failed to take appropriate action in response to these reports.

"We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on

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