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Men's hoops:

Texas Topples No. 1 UCLA
Inside Texas
It was, quite simply, the biggest regular-season win in Texas basketball history. Damion James' slam on the ally-oop from D.J. Augustin with eight seconds remaining gave Texas a 63-61 thriller at top-ranked UCLA.

Texas edges UCLA
Austin American-Statesman
They were just hoping for the best, D.J. Augustin falling down and Damion James jumping up. Augustin, staggering toward the basket, lofted the ball toward the rim. James, leaping high, caught the ball with both hands and dunked it with 8.3 seconds left, giving the eighth-ranked Longhorns a 63-61 victory Sunday over No. 2 UCLA in front of 12,048 at Pauley Pavilion.

Longhorns blow lead but still pull off upset
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
By fulfilling a childhood fantasy, Damion James kept Texas from experiencing a nightmare. James dunked the winning basket with 8.3 seconds left Sunday night, enabling the eighth-ranked Longhorns to escape Pauley Pavilion with a 63-61 victory over UCLA.

Texas holds off No. 2 UCLA to claim upset
Houston Chronicle
D.J. Augustin wasn't sure where his shot was going. From his vantage point, Damion James thought it was going in. A follow dunk by James off the miss by Augustin with 8.3 seconds remaining Sunday night set the stage for perhaps the biggest road victory in Texas basketball history. "I just threw it up. It was better than just throwing it away," Augustin said after the eighth-ranked Longhorns survived a furious rally to upset No. 2 UCLA 63-61 in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

UT upsets No. 1 UCLA
Daily Texan
D.J. Augustin scored 11 points in the second half against UCLA, but it was his miss with eight seconds remaining that sealed Texas' upset over the No. 1 team in the country. Tied at 61 with nine seconds remaining, Augustin drove to the basket and forced up an errant shot that was captured in midair and dunked by Damion James to give the Longhorns a 63-61 victory in Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA loses first game of the season to Texas
Los Angeles Times
UCLA's hard-fought lead over Texas disappeared so quickly. As quickly as Connor Atchley found himself wide open for a three-pointer. As quickly as Damion James slammed home D.J. Augustin's missed shot. Second-ranked UCLA lost its first game of the season, 63-61, to eighth-ranked Texas on Sunday in front of 12,048 at Pauley Pavilion after leading by three points with 1 minute 24 seconds left. The loss ended a 25-game home winning streak for the Bruins.

Bruins unable to finish in loss to Texas
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Damion James and his Texas teammates sprinted to the middle of Pauley Pavilion's court and danced around on UCLA's logo. Then James and several teammates ran to the UCLA student section and puffed their chests and tugged on the fronts of their jerseys. Many Bruins students responded with an obscene hand gesture. But really, the only hand gesture that was appropriate on Sunday was the hook-em `Horns sign. Eighth-ranked Texas ran out to a 16-point lead in the first half, then withstood a furious Bruins rally before knocking off No. 2 UCLA 63-61 in front of 12,048.

UCLA's Love denied opportunities as No. 2 Bruins' 25-game home streak ends
Riverside Press-Enterprise
It's difficult for a 6-foot-10, 260-pound man to feel invisible, but that's exactly how UCLA's Kevin Love described it. The decorated freshman hoped his interior scoring ability could propel the second-ranked Bruins to a high-profile victory over guard-heavy Texas. Instead, he took only six shots and went long stretches of the game without touching the ball as the eighth-ranked Longhorns raced to a big lead and survived a second-half UCLA rally, handing the Bruins a 63-61 loss that snapped a 25-game home winning streak.

UCLA isn't right at home against Texas
Ventura County Star
UCLA's 25-game home winning streak was zoned out by Texas Sunday night. Texas' Damion James dunked D.J. Augustin's air ball with eight seconds left and UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as No. 2-ranked UCLA fell for the first time this season, 63-61, to No. 8 Texas before 12,048 at Pauley Pavilion.

Texas slams No. 2 team in final seconds
Daily Bruin
This time, the UCLA men's basketball team started its comeback a little earlier. After spotting Texas a first-half lead that ballooned to as many as 16 points, the Bruins came out strong to start the second half, and reclaimed the lead on a Josh Shipp 3-pointer with 12:53 to play. But unlike in their come-from-behind victory over Michigan State, UCLA couldn't make this lead stick. The No. 2 Bruins and the No. 8 Longhorns traded baskets and momentum for the rest of the game, and found themselves tied at 61 with less than 10 seconds remaining. That's when Texas sophomore guard D.J. Augustin put up an off-balance layup over an out-of-position Darren Collison. The shot missed, but sophomore forward Damion James was there, slamming home the rebound, and slamming shut the door on the Bruins' hopes of a comeback.


Texas Headed to Holiday
Inside Texas
The Texas Longhorns are headed west to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27th.

Horns return to the Holiday
Austin American-Statesman
For Texas, the ache of losing to Texas A&M was healed somewhat Sunday with the news of an unexpected — and formidable — bowl opponent. The 17th-ranked Longhorns accepted an invitation to play in the Holiday Bowl against 12th-ranked Arizona State, a team that was snubbed at the last minute by the major bowls in the Bowl Championship Series mix.

Last loss has Longhorns looking for answers
Dallas Morning News
What happened in College Station? The e-mail box started filling up almost before the scoreboard hit zero at Kyle Field. Is Duane Akina gone? Why can't Texas get up for Texas A&M? How could a lame duck coach totally outwork Mack Brown like that?

Preview: Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Dallas Morning News

No. 17 Longhorns accept invitation to Holiday Bowl
Daily Texan
After a college football season marked by big upsets and even bigger questions, the Texas football team got a few answers on Sunday. The No. 17 Longhorns (9-3) accepted their bowl bid around 3:30 p.m. and are set to face No. 11 Arizona State (10-2) in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

No. 12 ARIZONA STATE (10-2) vs. No. 17 TEXAS (9-3)
San Diego Union-Tribune

Football recruiting

Williams Favors Three
Inside Texas
Denton Ryan defensive end Josh Williams is one of the hottest prospects in the country. He has racked up offers from a proverbial who's who in the college football world, and although he is listed as a Nebraska Cornhusker commitment he is taking a serious look at some other schools in case he feels that it is in his best interests to make a change.

Women's hoops:

Longhorns rout Sam Houston State 91-41
Austin American-Statesman
Brittainey Raven's emergence as an offensive leader coincides with the arrival of new Texas women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors. Raven represents the vast difference between this year's Longhorns and the team that walked off the court with an 18-14 record last spring. The 6-foot sophomore shooting guard scored 19 points and had a career-high 7 assists as the 24th-ranked Longhorns routed Sam Houston State 91-41 before 4,795 fans Sunday afternoon at the Erwin Center.

Texas offs Sam Houston State
Daily Texan
The women's basketball team staged a remake of the film "A Perfect Murder" on Sunday at the Erwin Center. In this version, Sam Houston State played the victim. The No. 24 Longhorns (6-2) had a season high 17 steals and held the Bearkats (1-7) to just 14 first half points en route to a 91-41 victory.


Longhorns advance to NCAA regional semifinal
Daily Texan
After two rounds of NCAA Tournament play, the Longhorns are playing arguably their most sound volleyball of the year. Texas used a balanced offensive attack and dominating play from its middle blockers to sweep Texas State Friday and LSU Saturday to advance to the regional semifinals Dec. 7 in Gainesville, Fla.

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