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Baseball:

Russell Eyes HR Record As Tech Raids Austin
InsideTexas.com
No. 6 Texas (28-10, 9-3 Big 12) hosts the Texas Tech Red Raiders (22-13, 5-6 Big 12) this weekend for a three game set. The Longhorns aim to remain atop the Big 12 while right fielder Kyle Russell looks to set the Texas home run record.

Russell homers are all routine
Austin American-Statesman
The lanky 6-foot-5-inch slugger with the reddish hair and bright smile will try to break the record he now shares with Jeff Ontiveros during the No. 6 Longhorns' three-game series this weekend against Texas Tech. His next homer will be his 21st of 2007.

UT single-season, career homer records and national marks
Austin American-Statesman

UT's Russell a sure record smasher
Dallas Morning News
Dozens of Texas baseball players have come through Austin and put up spectacular hitting numbers. But if we're talking sheer power, few rivaled Jeff Ontiveros. The 6-foot, 230-pounder from Round Rock hit 14 home runs in 1999 and 2000 and 20 more in 2002. All three totals rank among the top 10 in school history. Ontiveros finished his Longhorns career as the school's all-time home runs leader (55). Ontiveros' records won't hold up much longer if UT sophomore Kyle Russell keeps mashing balls over the fence.

Tech's Ramos keeps opposing hitters off-balance
San Antonio Express-News
Texas Tech pitcher AJ Ramos is a psychology major. At his current pace, psychology classes across Texas might start filling up with strong-armed guys in salt-brimmed baseball caps. "I like the stuff that's about the mind," Ramos said, chuckling. "I can also use it out on the mound. I can treat myself out there." Before you think that Ramos, a sophomore from Lubbock, is a better candidate for the psychologist's couch, consider this: His 63 strikeouts lead the Big 12, and he owns a 7-1 record. He's scheduled to earn the start tonight when the Red Raiders (22-13 overall, 5-6 in the Big 12) play at league-leading Texas (28-10, 9-3) in the first of a three-game series at Disch-Falk Field.

Durant's departure won't be a bum steer
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Rick Barnes is the victim of his own recruiting. Think now, after a 2003 Final Four appearance with a junior-dominated team, how good would Texas' 2004 Elite 8 team have been if T.J. Ford returned? With the arrival of three big men next season and the possibility of another point guard on the way, how good would the Longhorns have been next season if Kevin Durant had returned rather than jump to the NBA after his freshman season? You and I can speculate all we want. Barnes, soon to become the Big 12's first $2 million coach, said he's doesn't allow himself the folly of musing.

Brothers battle different leagues
Daily Texan
John Danks had just finished his first-ever outing for the Chicago White Sox. He had pitched opposite Cy Young award-winner Johan Santana. He even fanned six batters for strikeouts against the fearsome Minnesota Twins lineup. But when he checked his cell phone on the way to the airport for a series in Oakland, he found a taunting text message from his biggest competitor. "You're just lucky you didn't have to face me," read the message from his younger brother Jordan, a sophomore on Texas' baseball team.

Red Raider pitcher believes breaks going his way
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
It didn't come wrapped in a nice, shiny package with a bow and a tag, but Travis Young got the best gift a pitcher could ask for - the return of his breaking ball. After struggling to command the pitch during the fall, Young's role in the spring was undetermined. But somewhere during the break between semesters, Young's curve ball returned. His confidence came along with it, turning him into a valuable asset for the Texas Tech pitching staff. Young's resurgence comes after he sat out last year after undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery in 2005, and it comes as the Red Raiders (22-13, 5-6 in Big 12) need as much solid pitching as they can muster heading into this weekend's Big 12 Conference series at No. 6 Texas (28-10, 9-3).

Texas Tech at Texas
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Hoops:

Texas men set dates for nonconference games
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorn basketball coach Rick Barnes has firmed up some dates for non-conference games next season.

Good riddance to Durant? If you're James
San Antonio Express-News
When Texas super freshman Kevin Durant announced plans earlier this week to leave school for the money-green pastures of the NBA, those around the UT program projected a united front of love and support. Goodbye and good luck was the prevailing sentiment. You wouldn't have blamed fellow freshman Damion James, however, if in the back of his mind he were thinking something else entirely. Like good riddance. The biggest winner in Kevin Durant's decision to go pro undoubtedly was...

Alumni:

Vince Young coming to Houston on Oct. 21
Austin American-Statesman
Vince Young will make his only NFL appearance in Texas on Sunday, Oct. 21, when the Tennessee Titans play the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium.

Former UT player Brown's drug test is negative
Austin American-Statesman
The drug screen of former Texas cornerback Tarell Brown has tested negative for marijuana and other street drugs.

Durant on NBA: 'It's just been my dream'
Dallas Morning News
Texas freshman Kevin Durant was asked Tuesday to picture himself playing against Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan in the NBA next season. "You trying to scare me?" he joked.

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