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Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.

Football recruiting:

Damion Square: Longhorns to Steal Another?
InsideTexas.com
Dravannti Johnson is not the only top-notch prospect that recently de-committed from Texas A&M. Houston Yates' Damion Square also decided to begin looking into other schools over the past couple of weeks. His story is a little bit different from Johnson's, but the interest level hasn't dropped off at all.

Football:

'Cotton' to the Idea of Leaving Dallas?
InsideTexas.com
Will the last football team leaving the Cotton Bowl please turn off the lights? For that matter, should the Texas-Oklahoma series remain in the 77-year old stadium beyond the current contract extension?

Baseball:

Russell Hits for the Cycle in Blowout Win
InsideTexas.com
Kyle Russell hit for the cycle as Texas (34-12) flew by the visiting UT Pan American Broncs (15-34) Tuesday night 11-1 on a mercy rule-shortened game.

Russell hits for cycle as Longhorns rout UT-Pan American
Austin American-Statesman
The question is would you rather hit for the cycle or hit a two-run home run in the first inning for three consecutive games? Some baseball players don't have to choose. Texas right fielder Kyle Russell accomplished both feats Tuesday night. Russell's first-inning two-run homer against UT-Pan American was the beginning of his hitting for the cycle in the Longhorns' 11-1 victory, which was called in the seventh inning at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Longhorns use mercy rule to finish off Broncs
Daily Texan
After hitting a home run, a triple and a double, Kyle Russell was just one single away from hitting for the cycle for the first time in his life. Russell drove his single into center field in the seventh inning and started celebrating like he had just won the game. Unbeknownst to the fans and even some of his teammates on the bench, he actually did win the game. Russell's two-run single finished off UT-Pan American 11-1 thanks to a 10-run mercy rule agreed to by both teams' coaches before the game.

Alumni:

Griffin can play safety position and special teams
Cincinnati Enquirer
Marvin Lewis said it himself Tuesday: The players the Bengals draft throughout the seven rounds Saturday and Sunday will help their cause if they also "light it up on special teams." The Bengals, who are thin at safety, especially behind their starters, like at least three safeties in the draft. One is Michael Griffin of Texas, who could be an instant playmaker for a special teams unit poised for an infusion of new talent.

Other:

Compassionate times
San Antonio Express-News
As the death toll mounted last week at Virginia Tech, one of the many people gathered around the TVs here in the Sports department had a wry — and, it should be quickly noted, sad — observation. This was, he noted, a rare instance when the University of Texas had mixed feelings about no longer being No. 1 in something.

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