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Football:

Texas-OU still staying in Dallas
Austin American-Statesman
The annual Texas-Oklahoma football game appears to be staying in Dallas for the foreseeable future. Dallas city officials are holding a press conference this morning, and the Dallas Morning News reported that Mayor Laura Miller will announce that the game will remain at the Cotton Bowl and as a State Fair attraction through 2015.

Cotton Bowl keeps UT-OU game
Dallas Morning News
No Arlington. No Austin. No Norman, Okla. In a reversal of Dallas' recent football fortunes, Mayor Laura Miller will announce Friday that the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma will continue to play their age-old annual football showdown in Fair Park's Cotton Bowl – at least through 2015, city officials familiar with the announcement said Thursday.

Cotton Bowl keeps UT-OU game
Dallas Morning News
Moving the New Year's Day game to JerryWorld is one thing. The Cotton Bowl will never be a top-tier bowl again unless it's domed. But the second Saturday of October? No reason to mess with the greatest annual sporting event in Texas.

Tradition a winner in Texas-OU commitment
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
By 2015, the Cotton Bowl will have rodents the size of Volkswagens. Corn dog-fed rodents, of course. But as an ardent Texas Ex explained to me Thursday, it's only four hours, once a year. And that, he assured, is a small price to pay for tradition and the chance to eat fried Twinkies.

Baseball:

Baseball: Horns Visit Huskers
InsideTexas.com
When the Big 12 formed, anticipation of a football rivalry between Texas and Nebraska drew headlines, and the on-the-football-field action between the two has indeed been intense and meaningful, but the battles on the diamond have also become marquee match-ups, and usually for the top spot in the conference.

Texas baseball team's unsung heroes
Austin American-Statesman
As Texas coach Augie Garrido will tell you, though, it takes an entire team to compile a 31-11 record heading into this weekend's series at Nebraska, which begins tonight at 7. So here are the unsung players who've helped put the Longhorns in position to claim another Big 12 championship and make a run to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series.

Reliving the dream
Daily Texan
A trail of towels cut through the Longhorn clubhouse, forming a mock red carpet. It led past the lockers of future first-round draft picks Drew Stubbs and Kyle McCulloch. It brushed past the cubby belonging to J. Brent Cox, the star closer who became the prominent figure on the mound for Texas during that season's College World Series championship. The path ended, instead, at the nook of a pudgy redshirt freshman pitcher with Babe Ruth's number and a mean curveball. Adrian Alaniz remembers that path well, but much of his April 16, 2005, complete-game no-hitter against Oklahoma remains locked away somewhere in his subconscious.

Athleticism brings more home runs for No. 6 Longhorns
Daily Texan
More fans beyond Texas' outfield wall are getting unexpected gifts. It seems that at least once during a home series, a ball will leave the bat of a Texas hitter and end up in the awaiting gloves of the fans, though the classiest of fans return it to the team. Kyle Russell has obviously received the most returns. He's the new King of Swing in these parts after breaking the single-season home run record with his 21st bomb Tuesday against Rice. But the fair-faced sophomore is just the lead actor in a cast of burnt-orange sluggers.

Football recruiting:

New Offers and Unofficial Visits for Major
InsideTexas.com
5-star LB Jon Major gives Scout.com the latest scoop on recruiting.

Lake Travis: Full of 2009 Talent
InsideTexas.com
The talent pool at the quarterback position is so much deeper in the 2009 class than 2008, especially within the state of Texas. In fact, the Lone Star State might be home to the two best quarterback prospects in the nation in Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert and Cypress Ridge's Russell Shepard. Lake Travis head coach Jeff Dicus talked about what makes Gilbert and several of his teammates so special.

86 text messaging? PU
San Antonio Express-News
Mack Brown's text message bill went down this week. All the way to $0. Was it a computer glitch? A promotion from Nextel? A billing error in his favor? Nah. Just another friendly special brought to you by those conscientious cost cutters at the NCAA.

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