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Football recruiting:

Tack on Another
The Texas Longhorns picked up their seventh commitment from the class of 2009 when Cedar Hill offensive tackle Thomas Ashcraft gave his verbal to Mack Brown and company. Ashcraft's father talked about the decision.

Chris Whaley: ‘I've Always Liked Texas'
From Ricky Williams to Cedric Benson, the Texas Longhorns have had their fair share of big backs. Next in line appears to be Madisonville running back Chris Whaley. Whaley committed to Texas on Sunday and talked about the decision.

Garrett Porter: UT 'Where I Needed To Be'
Odessa Permian's Garrett Porter was planning on taking several visits before making his college choice, but all that went out the window when he visited Texas over the weekend. Porter talked about his decision to become a Longhorn.


New Longhorns DC Muschamp is the best steal in Texas
Sporting News
There's a theory floating around Austin that Mack Brown has eased off the accelerator, that the national championship his Texas team won in 2005 has left him in quasi-retirement mode.

Men's hoops:

Texas Knocks Off No. 3 Kansas In A Barnburner
It was a Big Monday showdown between two top teams that had it all: lead changes, slam dunks, improbable treys, bodies flying, tenacious defense, clutch free throws and -- in the end -- a 72-69 Texas win against No. 3 Kansas in Austin.

Kan-do attitude for UT
Austin American-Statesman
They are tougher than they look — remarkably resilient, resourceful when necessary. The 11th-ranked Longhorns, undersized but persistent, defeated No. 3 Kansas 72-69 on Monday in front of 16,755 fans at the Erwin Center, the third sellout this season. Texas (20-4, 7-2 in Big 12) has three victories over top-10 opponents, after defeating Tennessee in late November and UCLA in early December.

This race isn't over by a long shot
Austin American-Statesman
If nothing else, Kansas brings out the best in Texas. That's fortunate for the Longhorns because, on a frenetic Monday night in a gymnasium where frenetic rarely happens, nothing less would do. Somewhere on their trip home between here and Lawrence, Kan., the third-ranked Jayhawks may figure out just how they lost 72-69 to an underdog of a basketball team that has a pint-sized shooting guard with Dan Marino's lightning release, a gangly 6-foot-10 post man, a foul-prone wingman and a pure point guard who for one very chilly evening couldn't hit the Frost Tower building from the lobby.

No. 11 Texas upsets No. 3 Kansas, 72-69
Dallas Morning News
With Texas' D.J. Augustin shooting 1-for-13 from the floor, it was probably fitting he missed the second of two free throws with eight seconds left, giving No. 3 Kansas a chance to force overtime. Texas killer Mario Chalmers, who forced overtime on a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left against UT in a riveting Big 12 Tournament final won by the Jayhawks last year, let go from beyond the arc as time expired. But the shot bounced off the rim, and most of the sellout crowd of 16,755 fans at the Erwin Center erupted in the wake of the 11th-ranked Longhorns' 72-69 victory – their third win over a top-10 team this season.

Texas winning despite losing Durant
Dallas Morning News
It isn't supposed to happen this way. You just don't lose the absolute best player in the country, replace him with people who are in no way as talented as Kevin Durant ... and get better, anyway. That's what the Texas Longhorns have done. That's what the 11th-ranked Longhorns continued to do Monday night at the Erwin Center with a 72-69 upset of the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks.

Texas blocks Kansas' path to victory
San Antonio Express-News
Texas guard A.J. Abrams wears a burnt-orange sleeve on his right arm. They call it a shooter's sleeve, and that's what Abrams is, after all — a shooter. The Longhorns needed a big play on Monday against Kansas, and it was Abrams and that right arm again that provided it. Only Abrams found himself rejecting a shot instead of throwing one down. Abrams swatted away a Brandon Rush 3-point attempt in the closing minute, helping to preserve the 11th-ranked Longhorns' 72-69 victory over No. 3 Kansas at a sold-out Erwin Center.

James second wind sparks Longhorns
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas winger Damion James sat on the bench for 17 minutes of the first half, saddles with two fouls, forced to watch Kansas dominate the glass as if they owned it. The Jayhawks scored 24 points in the paint, scored 13 second-chance points and got almost as many offensive rebounds (12) as Texas did total on the way to a 42-38 edge. "I saw my team out there fighting and it was hard on me," James said. "If there's a fight, I want to be involved in it." In the second half, he was.

Checkmate: UT's Barnes proves he's the king
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Last March, ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy, ripped Texas coach Rick Barnes. After the Longhorns and player of the year Kevin Durant lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Simmons said Barnes was playing checkers and other coaches were playing chess. Simmons is The Sports Guy, not The Basketball Guy. Obviously. And Barnes is more Kasparov than gramps trying for double jumps.

Texas upsets No. 3 Kansas in Austin
Houston Chronicle
On the bench in foul trouble, Texas forward Damion James had a ringside seat for the first half. He came out swinging in the second half against third-ranked Kansas. James had 12 points and 13 rebounds after halftime, as No. 11 Texas used a late second-half surge Monday to upset the Jayhawks 72-69 before a sellout crowd of 16,755 at the Erwin Center.

'Hawks brought down to earth
Daily Texan
Damion James pumped his fist, celebrating the successful dunk with 3:20 left before he even hit the ground. Then again, it's possible he has yet to come down from the high of Texas' 72-69 upset of No. 3 Kansas on Monday night.

Connor Atchley stays perfect from behind the arc to keep Texas in the game early on
Daily Texan
The Longhorns knew they couldn't afford to fall behind early to Kansas. Thanks to Connor Atchley, they didn't. After combining for just 10 points in 44 minutes of action in the Longhorns' previous two victories, Atchley busted out of his slump early on Monday, converting all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half, finishing with 16 on 6-of-6 shooting in Texas' 72-69 victory.

KU falls in Austin again
Kansas City Star
Two times the Kansas Jayhawks have found themselves in a pressure-cooker on the road in Big 12 play. Two times they've left the loser. No. 3 KU came up short at Texas on Monday night, falling to the Longhorns 72-69. Just like in Manhattan, Kan., two weeks ago, the Jayhawks were thoroughly outplayed and outhustled in the second half.

Knocked off the top
Lawrence Journal-World
Mario Chalmers walked slowly off the Erwin Center court, shaking his head slowly from side to side as he headed to the visitor's locker room late Monday night. He appeared more mad than sad after missing an off-balance potential game-tying three at the buzzer of No. 3-ranked Kansas University's 72-69 loss to No. 11 Texas.

UT's James dominates after break
Lawrence Journal-World
Texas forward Damion James was responsible Monday night for the most remarkable statistic yet produced during this Kansas University basketball season. In the second half of the Longhorns' 72-69 victory against KU, James had 13 rebounds and Kansas had 12. James had 12 of his 14 points and all of his rebounds in the second half. He played just three minutes in the first half, sitting the rest of it because he had two quick fouls called on him.

Texas takes out KU
Wichita Eagle
Hold down Texas guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams and you beat the Longhorns. Or so it's supposed to go. But not Monday night. No. 3 Kansas harassed Augustin and Abrams into a combined 6-of-26 shooting, but that didn't keep No. 11 Texas from pulling off a 72-69 victory and knocking the Jayhawks out of first place in the Big 12.

Scoring drought dooms KU on Big Monday
Topeka Capital-Journal
The first scoring drought loses. Those were the rules Monday night in Austin, Texas. Kansas went thirsty first, going six straight possessions without a score midway through the second half, during which time the No. 3 Jayhawks saw a three-point lead turn into a seven-point deficit. It was one they couldn't quite overcome in a 72-69 loss to No. 11 Texas.

Longhorns more than Augustin
Topeka Capital-Journal
Thirteen wasn't entirely unlucky Monday night for D.J. Augustin. Out of that many attempts, he did make one shot against Kansas. Ten points, thanks to an 8-for-10 performance from the line, and five assists. Both totals are less than Augustin averages. Yet if the true measure of a point guard — in this case one who's rated by some as the nation's best — is wins, then the 6-foot sophomore was on top of his game. The 72-69 upset No. 11 Texas handed No. 3 Kansas is proof.

KU guards contain Augustin
Topeka Capital-Journal
Maybe if KU gets a couple more rebounds, Russell Robinson is the hero. KU didn't, of course, and Robinson's defensive effort on D.J. Augustin, like an A paper turned in two days late, loses its relevance to the final mark — in this case, No. 11 Texas 72, No. 3 Kansas 69. Life. Texas guard D.J. Augustin was hounded by Kansas guards Mario Chalmers, left, and Russell Robinson, right. Augustin, Texas' leading scorer, was limited to 10 points on 1-for-13 shooting. But for the record, with Robinson dogging him all night, Augustin, who averages 19.7 points per game, missed his first nine shots, didn't make a field goal until the 5:31 mark of the second half and finished 1-for-13 from the field.

Downtrodden Jayhawks leave Lone Star State
The University Daily Kansan
All the talk about No. 1 seeds, Final Fours and even Big 12 Championships might need to stop for Kansas, at least for a while. The Jayhawks need to get a marquee victory before all that chatter can start back up again. Kansas lost to No. 12 Texas 72-69 Monday night at the Erwin Center when Mario Chalmers' last second shot hit the back of the rim.

Texas' Augustin disappoints in neck and neck game
The University Daily Kansan
Another year, another national player of the year candidate. That's the way it's gone for the Longhorns. Last season, they had freshman superstar Kevin Durant. He took home more awards than Amy Winehouse. Earlier this year, Texas guard D.J. Augustin appeared poised to do the same. Now, after struggling in a 72-69 victory against Kansas, his chances of getting national recognition are getting slimmer and slimmer.

Big 12 should double down with Longhorns-Jayhawks pairing
The Big 12 has a geography problem. We must get the NFL involved. That's the only solution. Because if the people in charge of that league can figure out a way to have the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East then surely they could come up with some plan that would get the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 North. Or the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12 South. Or whatever. Honestly, I don't care how it works or which school moves or if it even makes sense. But what we must do for the sake of college basketball is get Kansas and Texas to play twice each season.

After Durant
Yahoo! Sports
He still calls them. Routinely. More than once each week – if he's not talking with Texas coach Rick Barnes – Kevin Durant dials up D.J. Augustin, Damion James or any of the other Longhorns he teamed with before Seattle selected him with the No. 2 pick in last summer's NBA Draft. Texas' players said the conversations are filled with positive remarks and encouraging words – but not advice. The Longhorns don't need it. As much as it misses Durant, Texas is proving more and more these days that it can get along just dandy in his absence. That was evident Monday, when the Longhorns kept their Big 12 title hopes alive by defeating league-leading Kansas 82-79 at the Frank Erwin Center. The victory avenged a pair of losses to the Jayhawks last season – when Durant was still in college.


Lord of the rings
Daily Texan
Lately, Aaron Ross' life has been all about rings. The former Longhorn has three he can brag about now - a National Championship ring, a Super Bowl ring and the engagement ring he recently gave to longtime girlfriend Sonya Richards.

How Roger got hit: He kept pitching
San Antonio Express-News
Roger Clemens never stood on the rubber the way he stands with lawyers. Then, as he peered over his glove at the enemy 60 feet and 6 inches away, he held all the answers. Now he holds weak arguments, and everything got weaker when he found out Andy Pettitte will not join him at Wednesday's congressional hearing. Pettitte had already admitted what Clemens denied; there's a sense Pettitte has said more in private.


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