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Associated Press

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 4:06 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 7:34 AM


Rangers scoring more runs without suspended Cruz

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Not surprisingly, the Texas Rangers have hit fewer home runs without suspended All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz in their lineup.

Despite that, he AL West leaders are scoring more runs, and are 12-3 without him.

The Rangers have scored an MLB-best 6.3 runs per game since Aug. 5, the day Cruz was among 13 players disciplined by Major League Baseball after its drug investigation into the Biogenesis clinic in Florida.

While they've hit half as many homers a game as they had with Cruz, they've stolen twice as many bases. They were scoring 4.6 runs per game when they lost Cruz for the rest of the regular season.

Texas is a season-high 21 games over .500 with a 2½ -game division lead on Oakland.


West Texas A&M relieves winningest coach of duties

CANYON, Texas (AP) — West Texas A&M has relieved head football coach Don Carthel of his duties, cutting ties with its winningest coach on the threshold of a new season.

A university statement Thursday offered no explanation for the change. However, athletic director Michael McBroom told the Amarillo Globe-News that Carthel violated rules against providing an NCAA investigation with false or misleading information.

Carthel took a program that had won seven games in four years before his arrival to eight winning seasons, a 79-22 record, six Division II playoffs and five Lone Star Conference titles. Last season, the Buffaloes reeled off a 12-3 record, a share of the conference title and a trip to the NCAA National Semifinal.

Assistant head coach Mike Nesbitt will serve as interim head coach this season.


SEC coaches drop Manziel to preseason 2nd-team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference coaches have picked Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as the second-team All-SEC quarterback, behind Georgia's Aaron Murray.

The coaches rated the Texas A&M quarterback as the preseason second-team selection on the teams released by the league on Thursday. Murray was the first-team choice while Alabama's AJ McCarron received third-team honors.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season, but allegations that he received payment for autographs could threaten his eligibility. He set an SEC record with 5,116 total yards.

Murray is the first quarterback in SEC history to have 3,000 passing yards in three straight seasons. He already holds the school career mark for touchdown passes with 95.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.


Broyles among 9 in first SWC Hall class since '95

WACO, Texas (AP) — Frank Broyles, the former Arkansas football coach and longtime athletic director, is being inducted into the reinitiated Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

The first SWC class since 1995, the year of that league's last football season, includes an inductee from each of the nine schools that made up the SWC. The induction ceremony is Oct. 28 in Dallas.

The SWC Hall of Fame is housed at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.

The other inductees are basketball and baseball player Jay Arnette from Texas, Texas A&M softball coach Bob Brock, Texas Tech basketball player Rick Bullock, Rice running back Trevor Cobb, Baylor basketball and baseball standout Jerry Mallett, SMU basketball star Gene Phillips, Houston track and field coach Tom Tellez and former TCU athletic director and coach Frank Windegger.


Divorce final for Spurs All-Star Duncan

(Information in the following story is from: San Antonio Express-News,

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan and his wife have divorced in a final legal proceeding that took place in his attorney's office.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the hearing to finalize Duncan's divorce from his wife, Amy, happened Tuesday.

Judge David Canales says he held the hearing during his lunch hour at the offices of Duncan's lawyer Sue Hall — at her request. The couple and their attorneys were present. Canales cited privacy issues as the reason the hearing was not held in a courthouse.

The Duncans married in 2001. Court documents show Amy Duncan filed for divorce in March. Details of the divorce weren't immediately released.

An aide to Hall said the attorney can't comment on specific cases. Attorneys for Amy Duncan didn't immediately comment.


Regents approve contracts for track, volleyball

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas regents have approved a 5-year contract for new Texas men's and women's track coach Mario Sategna, and a raise and extension for volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott.

Sategna's contract pays him about $242,000 annually plus incentives. A 10-year Texas assistant, he was hired to lead both teams after women's coach Bev Kearney was forced to resign January and men's coach Bubba Thornton later announced his retirement.

Kearney was suspended in November 2012 after revelations of an improper relationship with one of her athletes in 2002. She has filed state and federal civil complaints against the university.

Elliott's team won the 2012 national championship. He was granted a 2-year extension to 2018 with a raise to about $290,000 plus bonuses and annual raises.