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By Phil Cerroni
Drawing 76,000 spectators and raising $10 million, the inaugural LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) North Texas Shootout, held April 25-28 at the Las Colinas Country Club, signifies a major step forward in Irving’s attempt to bring high profile sporting events like the HP Byron Nelson and Dallas Tennis Classic to town. The Shootout was not only an economic success, but pulled in some of the biggest names in women’s golf. Out of 144 players, 93 from the top 100 world-ranked players came to Irving for the four day tournament.
Inbee Park, Rolex Rankings No. 1 player worldwide, won the tournament by sinking a four-foot birdie to come 4-under 67, finishing 13-under par, clinching her third win of the season and her sixth career win. The competition was close, however, and Park defeated Spaniard Carlota Ciganda by only 1 stroke.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 13:31
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IRVING, Texas (NFF/SMU) - SMU linebacker Cameron Rogers was named to the 2013 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF & College Hall of Fame announced today. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
Rogers, who earned his undergraduate degree in sports management prior to his senior season, played in eight games for the Mustangs in 2012, starting six before suffering a season-ending injury. He had 18 tackles, including one for loss, and added an interception return for a touchdown, returning the ball 96 yards against SFA. He was part of an SMU senior class that played in a school-record four consecutive bowl games. He is pursuing his graduate degree in liberal studies.
"The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as a chairman emeritus. Each player awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
"We have honored more than 4,000 student-athletes in the last seven years thanks to Jon Hanson's generosity," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, "We are humbled by his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow's leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps."
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
• Being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university;
• Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
• Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.
The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization's rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl "Red" Blaik, the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player's combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.1 million to 771 top scholars and community leaders.
Currently, the NFF distributes more than $300,000 a year at the national level through the program to 16 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Additionally, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, is given to one member of each year's class as the absolute best. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, claimed by All-American center Barrett Jones (Alabama) in 2012, receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy. Through, its chapter network, the NFF also
Source: Southern Methodist University
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 07:53
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FC Dallas resumes Reserve League action on Tuesday, June 4 vs. the Montreal Impact Reserves
CHICAGO, Ill. (Wednesday, May 1) – The Chicago Fire defeated FC Dallas, 2-1, in MLS Reserve League action Wednesday morning at the Toyota Park Practice Field.
The Fire Reserves got first-half goals from Maicon Santos and Corben Bone before being reduced to 10-men in the 62nd minute, when Wells Thompson was shown his second caution.
Averaging only 20 years of age, the FC Dallas Reserves fought back. Having recently returned from his first U.S. Under-20 National Team camp, FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta, 17, netted a goal in the 80th minute and rang the crossbar in the 83rd minute. The FC Dallas Reserves continued to press and earned a penalty kick in the 91st minute. Unfortunately for Dallas, Bobby Warhsaw’s attempt to convert the kick nailed the left post and the match finished 2-1 in favor of Chicago.
The Fire opened scoring in the 20th minute when Thompson received the ball on the right flank, made a deep run and crossed for Santos, whose one-time shot pinged off the post and into goal to give the Fire the 1-0 lead.
Deep into first-half stoppage time, Santos played the ball to Bone. The central midfielder raced towards goal and from just inside the 18-yard-box, unleashed a dipping shot that curved around FC Dallas ‘keeper Chris Seitz to double the Fire’s lead heading into halftime.
The Fire would go down a man in the 62nd minute when Thompson was shown his second yellow card of the match for a high boot on Acosta.
With the man advantage, FC Dallas continued to press and would cut the deficit in the 80th minute when Acosta’s bending shot went past an outstretched Paolo Tornaghi into the side netting.
In the 83rd minute, defender Michael Videira was shown a yellow card for a hard challenge 30 yards from goal. Acosta lined up to take the ensuing free kick and rattled the crossbar before the ball was cleared away by the Fire defense.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 06:09
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95 of Top 100 on LPGA Official Money List to Visit Irving
With all 10 of the top 10 players in the world and 95 of the top 100 on the LPGA Official Money List committed to play, the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout promises to bring the very best of women's golf to Irving, Texas April 25-28.
The field includes Texan Stacy Lewis who recently became Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings #1 and was the 2012 LPGA Player of the Year. The field also features the rest of the top 10 including #2 Yani Tseng, Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, and Paula Creamer.
Players from over 20 countries will visit Las Colinas Country Club to join a group of prominent players with Texas ties such as Angela Stanford, Gerina Piller, Brittany Lang, Heather Bowie Young, Katie Futcher, Julia Boland, Candy Kung, Lisa McCloskey, and Taylore Karle.
Other notable players committed to play are World Golf Hall of Fame members Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak, and fan favorites Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Azahara Munoz, Morgan Pressel, Lexi Thompson and recent winner Beatriz Recari.
The 72-hole tournament will be played from Thursday April 25 -Sunday April 28 at Las Colinas Country Club, a member of the ClubCorp family. The purse for the event this year is $1.3 million. All four days of tournament play will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Pro-Am events and practice rounds will be held from Monday through Wednesday April 22-24. Children under 17 get in free with a ticketed adult.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 16:24
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TORONTO, Ontario (Saturday, April 6) – FC Dallas Reserves (0-2-0, 0 points) fell, 2-0, to Toronto FC Reserves (1-0-0, 3 points) tonight at BMO Field. Toronto FC’s goals were scored by Mark Anthony Kaye and Ashton Bennett.
FC Dallas Reserves next match is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 at Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Dallas had a chance to go ahead at the 19th minute when Kellyn Acosta crossed a dangerous ball into the area but it was cleared astutely by Doneil Henry before Bradlee Baladez could finish.
Kaye gave Toronto the 1-0 lead just before the intermission. His goal was helped by Justin Braun and fellow Academy player Manny Aparicio. Braun earlier helped spark a first team comeback against Dallas in a 2-2 draw at BMO Field, where he entered as a substitute and scored the first goal for Toronto.
At the restart, teams exchanged early chances but confident play by respective goalkeepers – Stefan Frei for Toronto and his counterpart Chris Seitz – kept both teams at bay until the run of play changed drastically following a red card to London Woodberry for a hard tackle on Aparicio in the 66th minute.
The Reds were able to capitalize on the one-man advantage five minutes from regulation. Taylor Morgan found Andrew Wiedeman in the box. The Toronto forward cut the ball to Bennett, who was able to beat Seitz to his left for the 2-0 final.
TOR – Mark Anthony Kaye 44
TOR – Ashton Bennett 85
TOR –Doneil Henry (caution) 62
DAL – London Woodberry (ejection) 66
Toronto FC Reserves – Stefan Frei, Ryan Richter, Doneil Henry, Logan Emory, Ashtone Morgan, Taylor Morgan, Kyle Bekker, Manny Aparicio, Emory Welshman (Mark Anthony Kaye 25') (Ashton Bennett 56'), Andrew Wiedeman, Justin Braun
Substitutes not used: Quillan Roberts; Jevon Gayle, Chris Mannella, Michael Wagenknecht
FC Dallas Reserves – Chris Seitz, London Woodberry, Christian De Luna*, Alex Dominguez* (Marco Carrizales* 81'), Kellyn Acosta, T.J. Nelson, Bobby Warshaw, Fabian Castillo, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa, Bradlee Baladez
Substitutes not used: Kyle Zobeck; Richard Sanchez, Marco Ortiz*
* FC Dallas Academy Player
Source: FC Dallas.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 13:29
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