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The Spanish national team arrived in Austin Monday to compete in the Davis Cup quarterfinals at the Frank Erwin Center.  The international competition stretches through the year as different countries compete in different venues across the globe.  The contest here in Austin will leave one national team advancing to the semifinals while the other team returns home (or stays home, as the case may be) in defeat.

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It looks like world number one Rafael Nadal will not be joining his racquet-wielding Spanish cohorts in Austin in a couple of weeks.  The 2011 Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal between the United States and Spain will take place as scheduled at the Frank Erwin Center July 8-10, but will not feature Nadal, Spanish newspaper Marca reports. 

The news is a bummer for spectators, but should prove advantageous for the American squad.  U.S. Davis Cup stalwart (and Austinite) Andy Roddick will anchor a team that features up-and-comer John Isner the #9 ranked player in the world, Mardy Fish and doubles specialists Bob and Mike Bryan.  This is the first home tie for new captain (and former Davis Cup champion) Jim Courier.

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The Longhorns' baseball season is over.

North Carolina shut out Texas, 3-0, this afternoon at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The loss eliminates the Longhorns from the tournament. Left fielder Jonathon Walsh had two of Texas' four hits in the game.

The 'Horns finish the season with a record of 49 wins and 19 losses.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M plays an elimination game against California tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m in Omaha.

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When a school's sports team is put on probation by the NCAA, they usually have to forfeit victories for the season the rules violation took place. This leads to funny looking historical records in a school's sports media guide.

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He's too young for a driver's license, but old enough to dominate in NASCAR, at least on the local and regional level

Austin Wayne Self became the first 15-year-old to win two premier division NASCAR races in the same night in Kyle on Saturday.  The Austin native first took the checkered flag in the Pro Modified division race, a division with specific rules about car components and modifications.

But the real excitement came in the Late Model race.  After a high-speed accident on the track, Self came back to win in dramatic fashion according to a press release:

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The University of Texas tower will be orange tomorrow night, in celebration of another Big-12 conference championship for the school.

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City officials are working together on this year’s Texas Relays to improve how visitors are welcomed to Austin. The track and field event is held on the University of Texas campus and attracts high school and college athletes from throughout Texas and across the country.

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Some of the world's greatest men's tennis stars will be in Central Texas this summer as Austin plays host to a Davis Cup quarterfinal match between the U.S. and Spain.

The matches will be held at the Frank Erwin Center the weekend of July 8-10, the weekend after the prestigious Wimbledon tennis championships end.

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For the Texas men's basketball team, the music at the Big Dance has ended.

Arizona's Derrick Williams' free throw with nine seconds left in regulation time gave the Wildcats a 70-69 win over the Texas Longhorns in the third round of the NCAA mens basketball tournament. 

Jordan Hamilton led the 'Horns in scoring with 18 points, as Texas put on a furious comeback in the second half after trailing by nine at halftime.

The 'Horns finish the year with a record of 28-8. 

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UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.:  Just close enough for the Longhorns.  Texas escapes its second-round matchup with Oakland with an 85-81 win.  Reggie Hamilton led UT with 25 points; J'Covan Brown added 21.  The 'Horns now await the winner of the Arizona-Memphis match up to see who they'll play in the NCAA men's third-round Sunday in Tulsa.

UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.:  Texas shook off a slow start in the first half against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to take a 46-38 halftime lead.

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John L. Hanson, Jr. has been on radio row at more Super Bowls than most Americans get to see on TV.  He is the host of KUT's In Black America and now lives in Mansfield, a suburb of Dallas.  He offers this recap of his North Texas Super Bowl Experience:

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This Sunday's Super Bowl will showcase two of the league's premier quarterbacks: Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh's two-time champion Ben Roethlisberger. But along with that, Super Bowl XLV will also feature former Texas Longhorns and players who made names for themselves in the Lone Star State. Sunday's big game, played in Dallas Cowboys Stadium (or "Jerry World", as some people refer to it) will be a homecoming for some of the players.

Here's our list of Texas football players looking forward to the game of their lives this Sunday.

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After consecutive Saturdays with victories over highly touted opponents (#2 Kansas on January 22nd and #13 Missouri this past weekend), the Texas Longhorns Men’s Basketball team has surged to #3 in the Top 25 Coaches Poll.  The victory over Kansas in Lawrence snapped the Jayhawks’ 69-game home winning streak and gave Texas

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The University of Texas and sports programming giant ESPN have struck a deal that will create a 24-hour TV network that's all UT, all the time.  The network will include more than just sports.

ESPN will pay the university $300 million over the next 20 years in exchange for the rights to provide programming for the cable network.  In addition to sports, the network will air some academic and cultural programming - like musical performances - that originate on the UT campus. 

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At a news conference set for noon today, Mack Brown will announce that former Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and current UT running backs coach Major Applewhite will share offensive coordinator duties for the Horns next year.  Harsin will take over play-calling duties.

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Texas State has hired Dennis Franchione as its next head football coach.  Franchione has been out of the game for three years. His last coaching position was as head coach at Texas A&M.  Before that, Franchione spent time at Alabama and TCU.  Texas State’s former head coach, Brad Wright, was fired on November 22nd.

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The University confirmed late Wednesday evening that Manny Diaz will take over as defensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns.  Diaz is leaving the same post at Mississippi State.  Diaz was in Austin yesterday with his wife interviewing for the position. 

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According to published reports from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and others, current University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator, Paul Chryst, has been offered the same position at Texas. 

The 45 year-old Wisconsin native and UW graduate would reportedly receive a steep salary increase if he joins the UT coaching staff.  Mack Brown and Texas are reportedly able to offer $1 million.  Chryst’s current annual compensation package is $361,094.

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Heavy machinery is breaking ground on a plot of land near the airport that will soon host F1 racers from around the world. AutoSport.com reports that race promoter Tavo Hellmund was there yesterday to oversee the official groundbreaking.

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At a time when the Texas Longhorns football team is usually gearing up for a major bowl game, this year's post-season has been one of sudden change for the team.

Junior cornerback Aaron Williams has declared himself eligible for next April's NFL Draft.  Williams earned second-team All-Big-12 honors, after an impressive season of 46 tackles, one quarterback sack and five tackles for yardage losses.  He also forced opponents to turn the football over three times in 2010.

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