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Football recruiting:

Tariq Allen: Excited About Trip to Austin
InsideTexas.com
Irving MacArthur linebacker Tariq Allen hasn't had much time to rest after football season. He has already checked out Texas A&M and Oklahoma during junior day visits in February and his next stop is in Austin. He talked about his expectations for this weekend's trip to the 40 Acres.

19 Offers With More Sure to Come
InsideTexas.com
The recruiting game can become overwhelming at times but Desert Vista defensive end Devon Kennard is just taking it all in. He is now up to 19 offers and he talks with Scout.com about six of his most recent.

Scout.com Class of 2009 Texas Top 100
InsideTexas.com
The Class of 2008 is now in the books and our attention turns to one year from now with the Class of 2009 will sign their LOI. The Texas class is deep in quarterbacks and high tier defensive linemen. However a breakthrough class of large, speedy, multi-talented backs is also at the top of the list.

Men's hoops:

Hoops: Texas vs. Texas A&M Game Info
InsideTexas.com
The Longhorns pulled out a close, hard-fought victory in Waco on Saturday and now return home to take on Texas A&M in a Big Monday showdown.

James wants revenge on A&M
Austin American-Statesman
Damion James won't offer the artifice often produced by athletes and coaches, not this time. He won't pretend that Texas and Texas A&M, tonight at the Erwin Center, is just the next game on the schedule, the one after Baylor and before Oklahoma. Instead, what the Longhorn forward says is, "I'm seeking revenge, man."

Augustin's slump still not threat to Texas
Austin American-Statesman
D.J. Augustin is an All-America candidate. He's Texas' best basketball player. And he's in a scoring slump. Yet the Longhorns are still winning basketball games. Because of D.J. Augustin. Huh?

Texas sophomore wants revenge against A&M
Dallas Morning News
Texas sophomore forward Damion James was benched for much of UT's 80-63 loss at Texas A&M on Jan. 30 and was taken out of the starting lineup two straight games for what coach Rick Barnes called "defensive lapses." James, who went 1-of-6 shooting and finished with four points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes against A&M, said he is "thinking revenge" for today's game in Austin against the Aggies.

UT hopes to paint a different picture
San Antonio Express-News
Texas post Dexter Pittman had just dropped in another layup against Baylor in the waning minutes of the first half on Saturday night, and, by that point, it wasn't just the talking heads sitting courtside who were picking up on the pattern. Even the green-and-gold fans were noticing. "That," said one man wearing green face paint, "was pretty easy." And it was. The Longhorns used all the muscle of their inside attack to score 42 points in the paint, the primary conduit to UT's early 14-point lead in the second half against Baylor. Damion James, Connor Atchley and Gary Johnson did most of the damage on 18-of-33 shooting while also supplying 22 rebounds. Afterward, James shrugged. That's how it should be.

'Horns seek to avenge worst loss of season
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Unforgettable is a classic song by Etta James, but it might also describe the memory of Texas' earlier loss to Texas A&M for Longhorns winger Damion James. "I think about it all the time," James said. "I can't lie. I'm seeking revenge, man. "That's one of the games that I really just took a step back and the team did, too. But we're so much a better team now, it doesn't make sense." Since suffering its worst loss of the season (80-63, Jan. 30) that left coach Rick Barnes fuming about defensive effort and James banished to the bench for most of the second half, Texas (21-4, 8-2 Big 12) approaches tonight's rematch in the Erwin Center on a five-game winning streak.

Longhorns heed words of Barnes
Houston Chronicle
The last time Texas played rival Texas A&M, UT coach Rick Barnes yanked some of his starters and openly criticized his team after a 17-point blowout that remains the Longhorns' worst loss of the season. Nearly three weeks later, the Longhorns say they are a different team. The proof is a five-game winning streak entering tonight's nationally televised rematch with the Aggies at the Erwin Center.

UT looks to avoid sweep from A&M
Daily Texan
The last time Texas played its in-state rival, the result was an utter disaster. But that game wasn't a Big Monday showdown. After being routed by 17 points in College Station two weeks ago, the Longhorns look to add another Top 25 trophy to their already impressive collection by beating No. 16 Texas A&M tonight at the Frank Erwin Center.

Baseball:

Danks and Russell homer in Orange-White Scrimmage
TexasSports.com
Junior outfielders Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell each hit solo home runs to lead the Orange squad to a 6-0 win over the White in an intrasquad scrimmage, the cornerstone of the Longhorns' Fan Appreciation Day at the newly renovated UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Sunday afternoon.

Alumni:

Durant misses his teammates
Austin American-Statesman
He's rich now but former Texas Longhorn Kevin Durant still appreciates the days when he played for free. That's why it wasn't a surprise to see him in Waco Saturday supporting his ex-teammates.

Other:

World record shattered in Arkansas
Daily Texan
At the Tyson Invitational this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., Texas track coach Bubba Thornton's focus on one event paid off. Stressing the importance of the Distance Medley Relay, which consists of four legs of different distances, Thornton wanted his team to meet the NCAA automatic time. The runners took it a few steps further and set a world record.

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