In Monday's CHIP SHOTS, Chip Brown looks at Texas' CWS elimination game vs Louisville. ... Why elite 2015 DB Roney Elam's no-show is cause for concern ... thoughts on the Spurs and much more.

In Monday's elimination game against Louisville, the Longhorns will face sophomore RHP Anthony Kidston (3.54 ERA, 9-0).

And the Cardinals are one of the best hitting teams in the College World Series, batting .287 compared to Texas' .267.

Junior RHP Parker French (2.45 ERA, 6-5) gets the start for Texas. But French is going to need help.

Even when UC Irvine starter Andrew Morales was off in his start against Texas on Saturday (two errors by Morales allowed Texas' only run), the Longhorns couldn't make him pay for it with more Texas runs.

When UCI pitcher Evan Brock entered the game in the seventh inning, it was over for UT's offense, because Brock was unhittable.

Mark Payton's streak of 101 games reaching base safely died on Saturday. But it has to be more than Payton today.

Louisville is 0-4 in its last four CWS games in the past eight years, getting outscored 21-8 in those contests. Maybe that hex will continue.


NO Roney Elam: Cornerback/safety Roney Elam (6-3, 185), one of the best DBs in the state of Texas if not the nation, was expected to visit on Friday. He did not.

Until Elam makes his way to Austin, there is reason for concern when it comes to Texas' chances with Elam.

The top corners in the state - Roney Elam, Kris Boyd, Holton Hill and Kendall Sheffield - are not tipping their hands about their plans. Texas coaches hope they are in good shape with Hill, but probably have to be nervous about Elam, Boyd and Sheffield.

Texas, aka BU, missed out on the best of the best DBs in the state last year (Tony Brown to Alabama; Jamal Adams to LSU; etc).

The Longhorns are behind - primarily A&M - in the recruitment of Elam and Sheffield and have ground to make up.


WHAT CAN YOU SAY?: The Spurs are the picture of selflessness after Tim Duncan took a pay cut - from $20 million in 2011-12 to $9.65 million in 2012-13 and $10 million in 2013-14 - to allow the Spurs to sign other players, such as Boris Diaw, who made $4.3 million this season.

Diaw, Patty Mills and Matt Bonner are free agents. Look for Bonner, who made $3.95 million this season, not to return.

But Bill Schoening, voice of the Spurs, told us on 104.9 The Horn Monday he thinks Tim Duncan, who will be 39 next season, will return with Gregg Popovich to defend their fifth title together.


Also incredible was Kawhi Leonard. The guy's father was murdered six years ago in a crime that remains unsolved, and he helps clinch the NBA title and the Finals MVP on Father's Day. Who knows what was going through his mind, because Leonard is so quiet and private.

But Spurs coaches pulled Leonard aside after the first two games of the Finals, when Leonard averaged 9 points and 2 rebounds, and showed him highlights of himself throughout the season.

They told him to be more aggressive and have fun. Talk about responding. He ends up leading the Spurs in scoring the last three games of the Finals, shoots 69 percent from the floor and dominates on both ends of the floor.

Amazing that the Spurs erased a 22-6 deficit Sunday night essentially without Tony Parker, who was 0-of-10 shooting to start the game. The turnaround was led by Manu Ginobili, Leonard and Patty Mills.

The Spurs' victory will go underappreciated - probably described as boring or that the Finals was garbage because SA blew out the Heat in all four wins.

But a coach ( Popovich) and player ( Duncan) winning five championships 15 years apart will never happen again.



* USA, USA, USA ... #WeGhanaWin today in the World Cup at 4:30 pm CT (although I wish Pop was coaching the US team)

* Martin Kaymer's wire-to-wire win in the U.S. Open will go underappreciated as well, but that was a cleansing.

* As a big organ donation awareness person (my cousin died at age 28, we donated his organs and have become passionate about Donate Life), it was great to see Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, finish second (earning exemptions into this year's British Open, PGA Championship and next year's Masters and U.S. Open).

* Does anyone believe Dirk Nowitzki when he says the Mavs, who are expected to have $30 million in cap space this offseason, would love to have Carmelo Anthony?


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