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Sports Briefs for Thursday

LOCAL    

MEMORIAL WHITE  SURVIVES ON ROAD

HOUSTON — Port Arthur Memorial’s freshman White team improved to 2-0 Wednesday after defeating the Houston Lamar A squad 30-23.

Ra’Shawn Washington and Terrell Comeaux were named Memorial’s defensive players of the game. Jacob Washington, Robert Roundtree and the entire offensive line took offensive honors.

The Lamar B team beat Memorial Black 19-6, sending Black to a 2-1 record.

Both Memorial teams will play Richmond George Ranch at Baytown next week.

LAMAR SOCCER TO HOST YOUTH DAY

BEAUMONT — Lamar University will commence a busy weekend of women’s soccer Sunday with a Youth Day promotion.

All youth soccer players who wear their team uniforms will receive free admission to Lamar’s 1 p.m. game against Alcorn State on Sunday at the LU Soccer Complex. Lamar visits North Texas for a 7 p.m. game Friday.

Lamar (3-3) is coming off a shocking 4-3 loss at New Mexico State last Sunday, but sophomore Alexus Aviles was honored as the Southland Conference’s Offensive player of the Week for the Cardinals.

STATE

PRICE TO LEAVE TCU FOR CHARLOTTE, DAD

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — TCU guard Hudson Price is transferring to Charlotte to play for his father, former NBA star Mark Price.

Hudson Price will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility left.

Mark Price said in a press release Wednesday that his 6-foot-7 son brings a wealth of experience to the 49ers and gives the team “a lot of skill and shooting ability.”

NATIONAL

FEDERER SETS UP SEMI WITH WAWRINKA

NEW YORK (AP) — Even Roger Federer is wowed by how well he’s playing at 34 — and the ease with which he’s winning at this U.S. Open.

Federer is into his 10th semifinal at Flushing Meadows, and record 38th at all major tournaments. To get back to his first final in New York since 2009, he’ll have to beat someone he knows quite well: Swiss Olympic and Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka.

The No. 2-seeded Federer and No. 5 Wawrinka won quarterfinals about as handily as can be Wednesday night.

Federer never faced a break point, compiled a remarkable 50-8 advantage in winners, and needed less than 1 1/2 hours to dismiss 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Federer hasn’t won a major title since Wimbledon in 2012.

Wawrinka even pulled out one of Federer’s tricks — a recently developed tactic of charging to the service line for a second-serve return — while eliminating 15th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

In Friday’s other semifinal, Novak Djokovic will face defending champion Marin Cilic. Djokovic won all 13 previous meetings.

PIERRE-PAUL TO MISS GIANTS-COWBOYS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is not ready to play for the New York Giants.

Before the doctors examined Pierre-Paul on Monday, coach Tom Coughlin had said he would consider using him against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday night. That’s out of the question now.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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