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Shane Buechele has become more vocal (but he’s still not saying who is starting for Texas)

Shane Buechele showed the poise of a veteran quarterback on Tuesday. Texas’ sophomore quarterback met with the media for the first time since last year’s season-ending loss to TCU. And with a starter still yet to be named, the obvious questions were asked. Buechele, though, dodged reporters’ questions as if they were linebackers from the Maryland pass rush he will (likely)...


Why Webb Simpson isn't worried about the wait for his next golf win

Why Webb Simpson isn't worried about the wait for his next golf win

It has been six years since Webb Simpson walked up the 18th fairway at Sedgefield Country Club for his coronation as a first-time PGA Tour winner. So much has changed since then. He's a U.S. Open champion and is the father of three more kids. And still, a fifth career win now would mean almost as much as the first one did back then.  The Wyndham Championship in 2011 was his first win, a moment...
The NFL is talking about shortening preseason. Will it ever happen?

The NFL is talking about shortening preseason. Will it ever happen?

It's not a new thing that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is talking about the possibility of shortening the preseason. But it is interesting that the topic has come up again publicly. And, with a new set of labor negotiations between the league and the NFL Players Association almost at hand and with the saber-rattling about the potential for a work stoppage in 2021 already underway, the owners presumably...
An NFL-wide question: Are teams practicing hard enough?

An NFL-wide question: Are teams practicing hard enough?

In the week that followed a 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens, an outcome that underscored how far the Washington Redskins have to go before their Week 1 opener at FedEx Field on Sept. 10, nothing much changed at practice. There was a bit more urgency in Coach Jay Gruden's commands. "Let's go, now!" the coach bellowed after the horn sounded the start of 11-on-11 drills during Thursday's...
Female quarterback trying to make history at high school

Female quarterback trying to make history at high school

The quarterback faked a handoff and ran into a crowd of defenders, some a foot taller and twice her weight. After she gained a few yards, a big lineman in the 300-pound range wrapped her up in a bear hug, prompting the end of the play. Holly Neher, standing 5-foot-2 shrugged off the "tackle" with a smile. But she wanted more. "When I ran the ball there, I was really hoping they'd just...
Top 25 heat check: Who is most likely to flop in 2017?

Top 25 heat check: Who is most likely to flop in 2017?

The preseason Top 25 is out and for all those fans feeling good about their team to start the season, there is plenty of history that can spoil the fun. Over the last 10 years (2007-16), 38 percent of teams that have started the season ranked in the AP poll ended it unranked, which comes out to about 10 teams per season. That includes an average of two top-10 teams per year that wash out.  So...

Blackburn leads Round Rock to win over Omaha

Clayton Blackburn allowed just four hits over six innings, leading the Round Rock Express over the Omaha Storm Chasers in a 2-1 win on Tuesday at Dell Diamond. The victory gave the Express its first series win since a win won the series against Albuquerque on Aug. 6. Tanner Scheppers got Frank Schwindel to hit into a double play with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season...
Longhorns tennis players advance at World University Games

Longhorns tennis players advance at World University Games

A pair of Longhorns tennis players advanced at the World University Games in Taipei City, Taiwan Tuesday. Dani Wagland, a senior on the women’s team, and sophomore Yuya Ito of the men’s team advanced to the third round with wins in the round of 64. Wagland, representing Australia, won easily 6-0, 6-0 over Josefina Surraco of Argentina. As a result, the Texas senior will ...
Texas duo takes fourth at World University Games

Texas duo takes fourth at World University Games

Meghan O’Brien and Grayson Campbell teamed up to take fourth place in the three-meter mixed synchronized diving final at the World University Games Tuesday. Texas junior O’Brien and Campbell, a sophomore for UT, were the only duo representing the United States in the event. The Texas divers scored 274.20 points in the five-round final. Their third dive, an inward two-and-a-half...
Texas men’s basketball team falls in Australian finale

Texas men’s basketball team falls in Australian finale

The Texas men’s basketball team fell 88-60 in a contest with the Illawarra Hawks in Sydney, Australia on Monday. Andrew Jones scored a team-high 18 points in the final game of the Australian tour for the Longhorns. Jones made 4-of-8 3-pointers in the game against the team from the National Basketball League, the top pro league in Australia. Jericho Sims, a freshman, pitched in 10 points and...
Shane Buechele has become more vocal (but he’s still not saying who starting for Texas)

Shane Buechele has become more vocal (but he’s still not saying who starting for Texas)

Shane Buechele showed the poise of a veteran quarterback on Tuesday. Texas’ sophomore quarterback met with the media for the first time since last year’s season-ending loss to TCU. And with a starter still yet to be named, the obvious questions were asked. Buechele, though, dodged reporters’ questions as if they were linebackers from the Maryland pass rush he will (likely)...
The Texas 22: Starting at left guard — Patrick Vahe

The Texas 22: Starting at left guard — Patrick Vahe

We’re breaking down who we think will be Texas’ starting lineup, a combined effort from Mike Craven, Brian Davis and Danny Davis. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player. PATRICK VAHE Junior left guard, 6-4, 320 High school: Euless Trinity Signing class: 2015 Career games: 22 Career starts: 19 WHO HE WAS — BEFORE TEXAS It was clear Vahe wanted...
Bohls: Bigger Buechele working hard to win over Herman

Bohls: Bigger Buechele working hard to win over Herman

While I got you, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. There was a Shane Buechele sighting on Tuesday morning. And even though we’d seen him practice several times in camp, this marked the first time the Texas quarterback met with the media since last season. He was his usual self. Confident. Poised. Sharp. He’s also put on almost a dozen pounds on a frame that now carries...
Preseason Top 10 countdown

Preseason Top 10 countdown

PRESEASON TOP 10 COUNTDOWN: NO. 8 THRALL In Central Texas, August means scorching days and heated preseason debates about the area’s top high school football teams. Leading up to the season’s kickoff on Aug. 31, we unveil our Top 10, as selected by our high school reporting staff and including … No. 8 Thrall Coach: Jason Cole (23-11, fourth season) 2016: 10-2, Class 2A, Division...
Triplets of the Big 12: West Virginia

Triplets of the Big 12: West Virginia

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of each Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: West Virginia. ((We’ve already done Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.) QB: Will Grier (2016 — did not play after transferring from Florida) RB: Justin...
Daily Longhorn football history: The 2004 season

Daily Longhorn football history: The 2004 season

The Texas football program dates back to 1893. Each day, we look at a little piece of Longhorn history. We’re starting by looking at each Longhorn football season.  Photo of Sept. 2004 Sports Illustrated On Campus cover, for use with Longhorn football notes. Cover features Longhorn football player, Derrick Johnson. HO pic received on 9/8/04. The 2004 Texas...
Tom Herman’s recruiting success at Texas not solely based on Houston

Tom Herman’s recruiting success at Texas not solely based on Houston

Stay updated on the latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Mike Craven of Hookem.com. The Forty will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Much was made of Tom Herman’s run of commitments from Houston-area prospects this summer. The group, which...
Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 11: USC RB Ronald Jones II

Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 11: USC RB Ronald Jones II

The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking USC’s offense is based solely around...
The Texas 22: Starting at defensive tackle — Chris Nelson

The Texas 22: Starting at defensive tackle — Chris Nelson

We’re breaking down who we think will be Texas’ starting lineup, a combined effort from Mike Craven, Brian Davis and Danny Davis. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player. CHRIS NELSON Junior defensive tackle, 6-3, 300 High school: Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian Signing class: 2014 Career games: 20 Career starts: 8 Career numbers: 52 tackles, 7...
Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 11 days

Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 11 days

Let’s use Texas’ roster, history and scouting reports to countdown to the start of the 2017 football season. Today, we are only 11 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland. Which Longhorn wears No. 11? For a third straight season, No. 11 will be worn by defensive back P.J. Locke III. A nickelback, Locke has recorded 47 tackles and two interceptions...
To hit a passer and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: A linebacker’s 2 sides

To hit a passer and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: A linebacker’s 2 sides

When Devon Kennard, a New York Giants linebacker, posted a message on Instagram about a book-reading contest that he was holding this summer, diverse lives became interwoven on a social media page and soon morphed into a vibrant book club. The assigned books — “The Alchemist” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” — were dissected by dozens of fans and by Kennard himself....
Oy, oy captain! Picking captains can give coaches headaches

Oy, oy captain! Picking captains can give coaches headaches

 As college football season approaches teams all over the country are choosing captains, those hard-working, high-character players who set an example for their teammates to follow through both actions and words.  At least that's what coaches are hoping will happen.  Captain selection is yet another thing that worries coaches. Most put it in the hands of the players before the season...
Boise State, Wyoming make the Mountain West a little lopsided

Boise State, Wyoming make the Mountain West a little lopsided

There's a definite tilt to the Mountain part of the Mountain West this season. Boise State is Boise State. Wyoming has a credible NFL prospect at quarterback. Colorado State came on strong late last season and is experienced. Air Force and New Mexico have offensive systems that work, even if their defensive personnel is a bit untested. The West Division features a considerable favorite in San Diego...
A baseball manager retires again, knowing it rarely sticks

A baseball manager retires again, knowing it rarely sticks

Two questions stumped J.D. Droddy, baseball’s leading Renaissance man. Which of his distinct careers — Air Force officer, lawyer, educator, playwright, theatrical producer, composer and baseball boss — has he enjoyed the most? “I never know how to answer that,” he said. And what’s next after he retires from baseball? “Depends on your definition of retiring...
The inside story on how Tony Romo went from Cowboys to CBS analyst

The inside story on how Tony Romo went from Cowboys to CBS analyst

Tony Romo hasn't missed the grind of Cowboys training camp for one sweat-soaked second. For 14 years, it had been part of his summer routine. Now it seems ancient history. "Haven't had time," he said when the conversation turned to nostalgia in an interview last week. No regrets, Romo said. He has discovered a new grind. At age 37, he is a rookie again. But not like back when he was an undrafted...
Waiting on QB still best if you're starting one

Waiting on QB still best if you're starting one

One key to drafting a winning fantasy football team is to construct a roster with as much depth as possible at almost every position.  To accomplish this goal, you need to have a firm grasp of the talent at each position relative to the other positions across the entire player pool. People new to fantasy football often think that because there are so few elite quarterbacks, and they are among...
Fight brings big bucks, but purists not buying it

Fight brings big bucks, but purists not buying it

Mike Tyson has said that Conor McGregor is "going to get killed boxing." Promoter Lou DiBella likened it to a novelty act — "like when Evel Knievel tried to jump the Snake River Canyon." And Oscar De La Hoya, the former boxing champion turned fight promoter, ominously warned, "Our sport might not ever recover." Needless to say, the boxing world hasn't shown much...
Houston feels 100 percent, which hasn't been true for nearly 2 years

Houston feels 100 percent, which hasn't been true for nearly 2 years

Justin Houston has never been much for speaking publicly or to reporters, so when approached in the locker room here he frowned and flexed his neck and generally gave the vibe of a man who'd rather be stuffed in traffic. I just want to know how you're feeling. Neck loosened. Frown washed. "I'm feeling great, man," he said. "I'm good. I'm 100 percent." The last part of that is important...
Four-star offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai chooses Texas

Four-star offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai chooses Texas

Tom Herman added to the 2018 recruiting class by landing Rafiti Ghirmai, a four-star offensive tackle from Frisco Wakeland. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect is ranked No. 33 on the Fabulous 55. He’s the No. 282 ranked player nationally and the No. 21 ranked offensive tackle prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, per 247Sports Composite. The decision from...
Commitment 101: Texas snags four-star offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai

Commitment 101: Texas snags four-star offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai

Texas’ 2018 recruiting class grew to 18 members Monday afternoon when Frisco Wakeland offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai chose the Longhorns over a host of offers, including UCLA and Alabama. Ghirmai is a four-star prospect who ranked No. 33 in the recently updated Fabulous 55. Ghirmai is the second offensive lineman to join Tom Herman’s...
Golden: Horns might find themselves running to embrace passing game

Golden: Horns might find themselves running to embrace passing game

Tom Herman has been all about physicality during his first preseason as the Longhorns’ head coach. Here’s the problem: his team has some real issues at running back. It will be difficult to rely on a ground-and-pound attack to set up the pass if your grounders and pounders are already dinged before you’ve played one game. Chris Warren, Texas’ most experienced back and the expected...
Hays bounces back to finish third at Fraulein Volleyfest tournament

Hays bounces back to finish third at Fraulein Volleyfest tournament

A week after struggling at a 78-team tournament in Pearland, the Hays volleyball team bounced back to finished third this weekend at the Fraulein Volleyfest in New Braunfels. The Rebels’ 6-2 record at the Fraulein Volleybest included victories over New Braunfels, Lake Travis and Langham Creek. Hays, which lost five of its seven matches in Pearland, defeated Langham Creek (14-2) to advance to...
Preseason poll ranking eclipses a not-so-sunny past for recent Texas history

Preseason poll ranking eclipses a not-so-sunny past for recent Texas history

Texas coach Tom Herman’s attention to detail knows no bounds. He was even prepared for Monday’s solar eclipse. “We advised them don’t freakin’ look at the damn thing,” Herman said Monday, about 90 minutes before the moon passed in front of the sun. Staring into the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll may burn your eyes, too. Despite three straight...
The Texas 22: Starting at center — Zach Shackelford

The Texas 22: Starting at center — Zach Shackelford

We’re breaking down who we think will be Texas’ starting lineup, a combined effort from Mike Craven, Brian Davis and Danny Davis. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player. ZACH SHACKELFORD Sophomore center, 6-4, 305 High school: Belton Signing class: 2016 Career games: 9 Career starts: 9 WHO HE WAS — BEFORE TEXAS Shackelford was the lowest-rated...
Texas soccer dominates Western Kentucky in 2-0 victory

Texas soccer dominates Western Kentucky in 2-0 victory

Amber Stearns and Emily Strouphauer scored the first goals of their Texas career to lead the Longhorns past Western Kentucky 2-0 at Myers Stadium on Sunday. Both goals came in the first half. Stearns, a junior midfielder, scored during her two years at Boston College while Strouphauer, a freshman midfielder/forward, scored the first goal of her college career...
After 13th national title, Texas swim coach Eddie Reese to get pay increase

After 13th national title, Texas swim coach Eddie Reese to get pay increase

Texas swimming coach Eddie Reese will start his 40th season with a huge pay raise. The UT System Board of Regents are set to approve a new pay increase for the most successful coach on campus, according to the agenda book posted online Monday. Reese will see his guaranteed compensation jump to $270,000 from $227,000 in a deal that runs through August 2021. Considering...
Doc Redman makes big late rally to top Texas’ Doug Ghim at U.S. Amateur

Doc Redman makes big late rally to top Texas’ Doug Ghim at U.S. Amateur

LOS ANGELES — Doc Redman rallied from two holes down with two to play and won the U.S. Amateur on Sunday, beating Doug Ghim on the first extra hole. Ghim was 2 up heading to the 35th hole of the two-round final at Riviera Country Club, but Redman made a stunning 60-foot eagle putt to win the hole with the tournament on the line. Redman then holed a short...
Preseason Top 10 countdown

Preseason Top 10 countdown

PRESEASON TOP 10 COUNTDOWN: NO. 9 LIBERTY HILL In Central Texas, August means scorching days and heated preseason debates about the area’s top high school football teams. Leading up to the season’s kickoff on Aug. 31, we unveil our Top 10, as selected by our high school reporting staff and including … No. 9 Liberty Hill Coach: Jeff Walker (first season) 2016: 8-4, Class 4A, Division...
Triplets of the Big 12: Oklahoma State

Triplets of the Big 12: Oklahoma State

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of each Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Oklahoma. (We’ve already done Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma.) QB: Mason Rudolph (2016 — 284 of 448 for 4,091 yards, 28 TDs and 4 INTs) RB: Justice Hill (2016 — 206 carries...
The Tom Herman effect: Longhorns ranked 23rd in AP Top 25 preseason poll

The Tom Herman effect: Longhorns ranked 23rd in AP Top 25 preseason poll

Pollsters no longer give Texas the benefit of the doubt. Is that changing under new coach Tom Herman? The Longhorns, a team that’s endured three straight losing seasons, will start the 2017 campaign ranked 23rd in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. It’s the first time UT has made the preseason AP poll since 2013. “No, we’re a 5-7 team. You are what your record says...
Q&A with Texas offensive tackle commit Reese Moore

Q&A with Texas offensive tackle commit Reese Moore

Stay updated on the latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Mike Craven of Hookem.com. The Forty will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Reese Moore became Texas’ first offensive line commit of the 2018 class when he chose the Longhorns over 15...
Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 12: USC WR Deontay Burnett

Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 12: USC WR Deontay Burnett

The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up. The best USC teams of the past two decades have all featured a stud wide receiver...
Our fantasy running back rankings: Whose are best?

Our fantasy running back rankings: Whose are best?

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting this weekend. For the next few days reigning 3-peat Office Football League champ Rich Tijerina and I will share our rankings for each position side-by-side. We started with quarterbacks. Running backs are up next, followed by wide receivers...

Writer: Texas A&M will make run at Dabo Swinney ‘if things go south’ with Kevin Sumlin

One Texas writer has a fascinating take on a possible replacement for Kevin Sumlin if things “go south” for the Texas A&M coach this season. In a live chat session Tuesday, SportsDayDFW.com contributor Matt Mosley wrote that Aggies officials could pursue Clemson coach Dabo Swinney if the hot seat burns Sumlin, who’s entering his sixth...

CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee says Texas A&M’s defense will ‘light Josh Rosen up’

After the highly-anticipated first Saturday of the season finishes up on Sept. 2, college football fans will be treated to another big game on Sunday: Texas A&M vs UCLA at the Rose Bowl. The Aggies edged out a 31-24 overtime victory last season over the Bruins, but now have to face a more mature Josh Rosen. CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee says that’s no issue. Here’s what...

Our fantasy quarterback rankings: Whose are best?

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting this weekend. For the next five days reigning 3-peat Office Football League champ Rich Tijerina and I will share our rankings for each position side-by-side. We’ll start with quarterbacks followed by running backs, wide receivers, tight ends...
11 members of Cleveland Browns kneel during national anthem

11 members of Cleveland Browns kneel during national anthem

Eleven members of the Browns knelt in protest during the national anthem before Monday night’s NFL preseason game between Cleveland and the New York Giants, the Plain Dealer reported.  According to the Plain Dealer, Those who took a knee were tight end Seth DeValve, running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor...

WATCH: Former Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett records first sack of NFL preseason

Now Myles Garrett knows what it feels like to gain a sack in the NFL. The former Texas A&M defensive end recorded his first sack of the preseason Monday night while playing for the Cleveland Browns against the New York Giants. The trademark athleticism that was shown time and time again with the Aggies can be seen in the clip below when chasing down quarterback Geno...
Sports teams poke fun at eclipse through social media

Sports teams poke fun at eclipse through social media

Several sports teams had some fun with Monday's solar eclipse, taking to social media to put their own spin on the celestial rarity. The Atlanta Hawks gleefully blocked out the Suns, who were only too happy to block them back. And there was a total eclipse of the Hart in Philadelphia. Let’s start in Atlanta, where the Hawks’ Twitter account noted that “in honor of the sun being blocked...
Tennessee Titans players enjoy eclipse after practice

Tennessee Titans players enjoy eclipse after practice

Members of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans were treated to a post-practice eclipse party Monday, and players laid on the field with pairs of glasses to view the celestial wonder, ESPN reported. Nashville was in the path of the solar eclipse that raced through the United States on Monday, and Titans players viewed it as Bruce Springsteen songs like “Blinded by the Light” and &ldquo...

Report: Former Texas A&M WR Kirk Merritt pleads no contest to 2 charges of indecent exposure

Former Texas A&M wide receiver Kirk Merritt reportedly has pled no contest to two charges of indecent exposure. As reported by the Houston Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman on Monday, Merritt’s defense pled “no contest” to the charges to resolve the issue. Merritt reportedly received two years of deferred adjudication in addition to 40 hours of community...

Jim McElwain, Kevin Sumlin should be applauded for not ‘sticking to sports’

Florida’s Jim McElwain and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin recently sent powerful messages that extended beyond football. It would have been easy for the coaches to stay silent, but they spoke out in strong ways. It would have been simple to stick to the talking point of the moment before their season openers, but they made the wise choice to make their thoughts...
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