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If anyone asks you why the Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 last night to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series, tell them it was a missed call.

But it wasn't, as NPR's Mike Pesca said on Morning Edition, a mistake made by an umpire.

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Watching this weekend's Texas-Kansas football game won't be easy, if you're not at the stadium Saturday night.

The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network. That cable channel, a joint venture between U.T. and ESPN, is still not available to subscribers of Time Warner Cable, Austin's largest cable provider.

The second game of the World Series came down to the ninth inning Thursday night, as the Texas Rangers used a string of base hits, sacrifices and a stolen base to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1. It was the second tight game of the series, which is now tied, 1-1.

NPR's Tom Goldman calls Ian Kinsler's steal of second in the ninth inning "a key moment" in the win. At that point in the game, the Rangers were down 1-0. But then Kinsler reached first base, on a bloop single to shallow left field. And he was determined to make it to second base.

Game 1 of the World Series went to the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The National League champions beat the American League's Texas Rangers 3-2:

For those who like to know about the key moments, here are two, courtesy of NPR's Tom Goldman's report for Morning Edition:

"I don't know how to pick this one," NPR's Tom Goldman conceded on Morning Edition today.

But while the outcome may be difficult to predict because both teams can make compelling cases for why they should emerge victorious, Tom said the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers has some very compelling story lines. The Series is set to begin tonight in St. Louis (game time is 8:05 p.m. ET. Fox-TV is the broadcaster.)

Now we know the matchup.

So it's time to ask: Will it be the St. Louis Cardinals or the Texas Rangers who win the World Series?

The first game is set for Wednesday evening in St. Louis. We'll keep the question open until then.

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And the college football conference shuffle continues.

The Big 12 college athletic conference would like Texas Christian University to join them. Presidents and chancellors of the conference's nine remaining member schools formally invited TCU to join this morning. If the school accepts the invitation, they would fill the gap left by the departure of Texas A&M from the Big 12 next summer.

The Horned Frogs currently play in the Mountain West athletic conference. A year ago, the school decided they would leave that conference for the Big East. But in a release on the TCU's athletic website, Chancellor Victor Boschini, Jr. said that joining the Big 12 would rekindle old in-state rivalries with Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas. He says he looks forward to more conversations with the conference before accepting the invitation.

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The Texas Longhorns football team returns from a week off to open Big-12 conference play against Iowa State tomorrow night. Since Garret Gilbert is out for the season following shoulder surgery, the Longhorns don’t have a third string quarterback.

After surviving a 34,000 acre wildfire that destroyed more than 1,600 houses, the Bastrop High School football team will hit the gridiron tonight and square off against the San Marcos Rattlers.

Making matters even more emotional, eleven players and two of the team’s coaches lost their homes in the fire.

“It has been a very difficult week off for this community and our team,” Bastrop head coach Gerald Perry said in a post on the team’s website. “Through the adversity we have faced, we will rise up and be stronger.”

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The Texas Longhorns will begin a new season fresh tonight as they play Rice University. Texas has several new players, six new coaches, new strategies, and an exclusive TV channel zeroed in on the Longhorns alone.

 “I think there’s more unanswered questions going into this game than there were in ‘98 because we at least knew the older players,” Head Coach Mack Brown told reporters Monday at his weekly press conference.  

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It’s official. Austin’s first Formula One race is scheduled for November 18, 2012. FIA’s World Sport Motor Council unanimously approved a 2012 schedule today. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said earlier this month that he wanted the race to occur in November; today’s vote made it official.

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Texas A&M University has officially withdrawn from the Big 12 college athletic conference. The university says it will apply to join another athletic conference, according to a statement on its website.

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Work crews and curiosity seekers converged on the UT campus today as ESPN set the stage for the official launch of the Longhorn Network.

Tonight at 6:00 PM, the network, billed as the first devoted to a single university, will go live with a "College GameDay" broadcast from the six pack on UT's South Mall.  But, if you're thinking about beating the heat and watching from home, you might want to think again.

It's looking like the Network could launch without a local distributor, a fact that UT President Bill Powers played down in an email yesterday:

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For the time being, it seems, Texas A&M will not be leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

Over the weekend, the presidents and chancellors of all twelve SEC institutions met and released a statement 'reaffirming their satisfaction with the present 12 institutional arrangement.' They did, however, leave the door open to future expansion. 

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Roger Clemens - the former UT-Austin, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee star, is requesting a judge get rid of his indictment on charges of lying to Congress to prevent him from being tried twice. 

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Former Longhorn quarterback, and architect of UT’s most recent National Championship season, has reportedly inked a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple sources.  The two sides will announce the news later today.

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Nolan Ryan, the CEO and club president of the Texas Rangers, was hospitalized in Houston after experiencing discomfort in his chest yesterday morning at his home in Georgetown, according to a press release on the team's website.

Ryan is also part owner of the Round Rock Express. The 64-year-old received a double-bypass surgery in 2000.

He is currently undergoing tests for his reoccurring heart condition and  is expected to be released from the hospital sometime this week.

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Two former Texas Longhorns, both NCAA All-Americans, will be at the helm of St. Edward's University's softball team.

Lindsay Gardner, who played for the 'Horns until 2002, was named Head Coach of the Hilltoppers. Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Cat Osterman, whose record-setting career on the Forty Acres ended in 2007, was named Assistant Coach.

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Austin is hosting part of the Davis Cup for the first time in the tennis tournament’s history. The cup kicked off on Friday drawing thousands of tennis fans. U.S. tennis pro and Austinite Andy Roddick lobbied  for the quarterfinals between the U.S. and Spain to be in Austin. The tournament may be a trial run before Austin plays host to another international event.

Erin Rockenhaus from Temple, Texas, thinks Austin was a good choice for the tournament.

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Many tennis fans were disappointed to learn that star player Rafael Nadal would not be coming to Austin this weekend for a Davis Cup quarterfinal match between Spain and the USA. Nadal announced he would not play in the tournament in late June because he wanted to recover after Wimbledon.

Before the announcement, the match had sold out.

In addition to individuals who wanted to see Nadal’s performance, some of the seats were purchased by ticket resellers such as Ticket City who were estimating the price they could sell the tickets at based on Nadal’s participation.