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Football

Holiday Bowl: Seems Like Old Times
InsideTexas.com
It's deja vu all over again for a Texas team making its fourth Holiday Bowl appearance in eight years. But which Texas team will show up to face No. 12 Arizona State in San Diego?

Have Horns been naughty or nice? Santa wants to know
Austin American-Statesman
For people like me who celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts — in addition to the spiritual meaning of the holiday — some of us will not receive the gift we actually wanted. But we still manage that fake smile, followed by the cursory "It's what I always wanted" reply, as the gift-giver beams from ear to ear. Since it is the season of giving, there isn't a better time than the present to hand out my holiday wishes to some very deserving figures in our sports world. And I need to mention my store's no-refund policy: What you see is what you get.

Herring still smiling, despite several tragedies
Austin American-Statesman
Four deaths in four months. Four of the closest people in his life. And, somehow, Keegan Herring still is smiling.

LONGHORNS NOTEBOOK
Austin American-Statesman

Arizona State quarterback is showing a steady hand
Dallas Morning News
Rudy Carpenter has been knocked. He has been knocked down. And he has had a new coach come knocking at the door. The Arizona State quarterback had every reason to fail. He has not.

Erickson dodges talk of Cotton clubbing of Texas
Dallas Morning News
With Arizona State taking the field Thursday against Texas in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, first-year Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson wanted nothing to do with rehashing the last time he faced the Longhorns.

Few left standing on Longhorn line
San Antonio Express-News
As the Texas Longhorns prepared to play Texas Tech early last month, offensive lineman Chris Hall did so with a lump in his throat. Hall was forced to take snaps at center with the Red Raiders coming to town, after Dallas Griffin suffered a season-ending knee injury in a victory against Oklahoma State on Nov. 3.

There's more than just pride at stake for Longhorns
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Power of 10. To officials at CBS, it's a game show aimed at a prime-time audience. To the rank-and-file worker, it's an extra zero before the decimal point on a dream paycheck. To the Texas Longhorns (9-3), it's a compelling reason to beat Arizona State (10-2) in Thursday's Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

Horn serves up hard hits, good eats
Houston Chronicle
Step inside Kill's Kitchen. On the menu: Jerk chicken, Jamaican meat pies and Caribbean rice and beans. "We're going to take you to the islands," Robert Killebrew tells his Internet audience. Throughout this season, Killebrew, a senior from Klein, has tempted the taste buds of Texas Longhorns football fans with a series of cooking shows on the school's athletic Web site.

Texas 're-energized' on heels of boot camp
San Diego Union-Tribune
Sometime before kickoff Thursday, the University of Texas football team is expected to release the results of a month-long struggle for revival. It started in late November, right after the Longhorns lost at Texas A&M on Nov. 23. To get his team's attention, Texas coach Mack Brown staged what he described as "probably the most physical practices that we've ever had for a bowl game."

ASU's Carpenter excels despite barrage of sacks
San Diego Union-Tribune
Only two other Division I-A teams in America have allowed more sacks this year than Arizona State – Syracuse (2-10) and Notre Dame (3-9). The Sun Devils (10-2) have allowed 51, causing many sore Sundays for junior quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who still has managed to start every game and rank 15th nationally in pass efficiency.

Texas' Charles shares special bond with coach
North County Times
You wouldn't know it from his final numbers, but Jamaal Charles had lost his way earlier this season.

Sun Devils receivers take a step forward
Arizona Republic
Sometimes numbers do tell the story. Arizona State wide receivers made 80 more catches this season than in 2006 for 867 more yards and five more touchdowns. That's with the Holiday Bowl yet to be played Thursday and counting Tyrice Thompson's production in the tight-end category rather than wide receiver.

Holiday Bowl notebook: ASU safety Barrett won't play in finale
Phoenix East Valley Tribune

Alumni

Christmas no longer a day to relax for Seattle rookie, former Longhorn Durant
Associated Press
Kevin Durant used to be able to sit around with his family and watch movies on Christmas. It was the one day in the middle of hoops season that he didn't have any practices, shootarounds, pregame scouting sessions or team meals to attend. Even last year as a freshman at Texas, Durant was able to return home for Christmas and sit on his family's couch... Those times of lounging around on Christmas Day are over for the 19-year-old, who is still very much a kid. The SuperSonics star will be the focus of Tuesday night's nationally televised matchup between Seattle and the streaking Portland Trail Blazers, winners of 10 straight.

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