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Preston Clark Out for Regional, Perhaps More
The Texas Longhorns will be without starting catcher Preston Clark when they take on the Brown Bears on Friday and may have lost him for even longer due to a freak accident.

Longhorns catcher Clark to miss regional with sprained knee
Austin American-Statesman
Texas' road to a seventh College World Series title took a painful twist after Preston Clark decided to go for a routine run Tuesday evening. Clark slipped on a curb during his jog, and the Longhorns announced Thursday that their starting catcher would miss this weekend's Round Rock Regional with a sprained left knee.

'Nothing to lose' against Longhorns, Brown players say
Austin American-Statesman
Texas' baseball players typically receive athletic scholarships. Brown's typically receive financial aid, often in the form of academic scholarships. The Longhorns play Stanford, San Diego and Oklahoma State. The Bears play Harvard, Yale and Penn. The Longhorns are gunning for their seventh national title. The Bears are playing in their first NCAA regional game. There are differences between the No. 5-ranked Longhorns, the Big 12 regular-season champions, and their Ivy League champion opponent in the opening round of the Round Rock Regional. But that doesn't mean the Bears are star struck or even wide-eyed.

Round Rock Regional notes
Austin American-Statesman

UT breaks it down to get the breaks
Dallas Morning News
According to the bracket, Texas opens postseason play today against Brown, an Ivy League school established in 1764 making its first appearance in the NCAA baseball tournament. In all honesty, it doesn't matter who comes out to challenge the Longhorns at Dell Diamond. Texas really doesn't care. Suit up the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A team that normally plays here. Better yet, send the Rangers down I-35; they need the practice. In UT coach Augie Garrido's world, the opposing team doesn't matter. The Longhorns play against "the game of baseball."

UT's Wheeless now glad for MLB slighting
San Antonio Express-News
Even now, Texas first baseman Chance Wheeless isn't sure how he came to be a college senior. He figures it must be fate.

Baseball postseason begins
Daily Texan
As the Texas baseball team sat watching the NCAA selection show Monday morning and saw their Ivy-league opponent Brown appear on the screen, a few players chuckled quietly. Considering last season's experience, maybe they shouldn't have been laughing.

Holiday fits in like glove
Daily Pilot
Two seasons after enrolling at Arizona State University to continue his baseball career, Taylor Holiday realized he and Sun Devils Coach Pat Murphy were not a good fit. But after making UC Irvine his second home as a college athlete, the former Mission Viejo High football and baseball star has fit like a glove with the Anteaters. Make that a bag full of gloves. Holiday, who helps lead the Anteaters (40-15-1) into today's 11 a.m. NCAA Regional opener against Wake Forest (33-27) at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, has played six positions in two seasons at UCI.

Football recruiting:

Central Texas Pre-Summer Top 25 Prospects
It is now time to look at the cream of the crop in Central Texas. The TPI countdown of the Top 25 prospects in Central Texas wraps up with the top five. Including are three Texas pledges, and two highly touted national recruits. This is information you get only at TPI!


Oden, Durant linked by potential
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Both occupied the same seat at the same table 30 minutes apart. They are the future of the NBA, two players expected to dominate the league's landscape and foster the league's improving image. And while both aren't old enough to purchase an adult beverage, they realize their names will be linked together for the remainder of their careers. Magic-Bird, Manning-Leaf, Sosa-McGwire and Oden-Durant. It is what it is.


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