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Texas football magazine hits racks

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    CARROLLTON —   The annual summer edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine is on newsstands all across Texas , and this year’s cover is green and gold all over — specifically, Baylor green and gold.
     The 55th installment of the Southwest’s leading football source features Baylor University Head Coach Art Briles, Quarterback Bryce Petty and Wide Receiver Antwan Goodley. Gracing the cover of the “bible of Texas football,” the defending Big 12 champions are pictured in front of the soon-to-be-completed McLane Stadium, determined to prove the Bears belong among college football’s elites.
     “It was a slam-dunk pick for the cover this year,” managing editor Greg Tepper said. “Each annual edition of Texas Football aspires to reflect the biggest story in the state that year, and there’s little doubt that the Bears are the biggest story in Texas football. With the meteoric rise of the long-downtrodden program – thanks in large part to consummate Texan Art Briles – plus a state-of-the-art new stadium, Baylor is, for the first time, the football epicenter of the Lone Star State.”
 The annual magazine covers college and high school football in Texas as no other publication can. Among the standard features in the 2014 Summer Edition are:

 The Preseason All-Texas College Team, honoring the top college players in the state;
 The annual Super Teams and Top 300, honoring the top recruits in the state;
   In-depth analysis of each in-state FBS program’s 2014 team, plus coverage of Texas’ FCS, DII, DIII and JUCO teams;
   The coveted Coverboy spot for every high school classification; and,
 An individual preview of every high school team in Texas — more than 1,400 in all!
 New features for the 2014 Summer Edition include:
  Expanded high school rankings;
An illuminating main feature on Art Briles and the Baylor program by Texas Monthly’s Jason Cohen;
  Picks and predictions for all Texas colleges and regional rivals;
An expanded national college football preview; and,
 expanded private high school section, featuring more private schools than ever.


Duncan returning to Spurs next year

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Tim Duncan could have easily gone out on top, with his fifth NBA championship trophy under his arm and his health intact just a few months after his 38th birthday.


Vandy takes Game 1 over Va., 9-8

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It's hard to believe Tyler Campbell came into the College World Series with two hits all season.

He's got five in Omaha so far, none bigger than his bases-loaded double that highlighted Vanderbilt's nine-run third inning in a 9-8 win over Virginia in Game 1 of the CWS finals Monday night.

"I guess Tyler is a veteran now. He's played in three games," Commodores coach Tim Corbin said. "He takes advantage of key situations... He's played with a great heartbeat."

Campbell, who appeared in only 14 games before the CWS, was put into the lineup as the fill-in for third baseman Xavier Turner, who was declared ineligible on Friday for violating NCAA rules. He's 5 for 12 at the CWS and has been solid with his glove.

If he keeps playing like this, there'll be a spot for him on the all-tournament team.

Campbell had two hits against Texas on Friday, legged out a bases-loaded grounder to drive in the winning run in the 10th inning against the Longhorns on Saturday, and then had two doubles and three RBIs on Monday.

"I'm confident, yeah," Campbell said. "Against Texas the other night I didn't think I had a great game, but I think that actually helped me to stay with my approach and try to hit balls hard on the ground. I feel like I'm seeing pitches well, so that is the best deal."

The Commodores (50-20) can win their first national championship in a men's sport with a win Tuesday night.

Monday's win came after Virginia starter Nathan Kirby imploded in the third. The Commodores hung on to win after the Cavaliers nearly came back from a seven-run deficit.

"We're fortunate to win that game, for sure," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "No one could have scripted that particular game, and if anyone said they could, they're lying. I don't think you could have called a nine-run inning."

Virginia (52-15) scored three in the third, two in the fifth and another in the eighth. Had it not been for Vanderbilt reliever John Kilichowski getting a cleat on the ball to slow down and redirect a comebacker, saving a run in the eighth, the Cavaliers would have tied it.

"We didn't really want to fall back and pack it in," Virginia's Branden Cogswell said. "We hadn't done it all year. This is the championship series, and there is no reason to do it now."

Jared Miller (7-2) got the win for two innings of relief after Walker Buehler. Adam Ravenelle came on in the ninth and earned his second save of the CWS.

It was the highest-scoring CWS game at TD Ameritrade Park, which opened in 2011, and the most runs allowed by Virginia since an 11-6 loss to Mississippi State in super regionals last year.

The nine runs in the third, off three hits, five walks and a hit batter, were the most in an inning in the CWS since Stanford scored 11 against Florida State in the ninth on June 14, 2008, at the old Rosenblatt Stadium.

"I just couldn't find my release point," Kirby said. "It hadn't happened all year, but it happened tonight. I thought we did a great job with the bats. If we carry that into tomorrow, I think we'll be fine."

Things went south for Kirby in a hurry after he struck out Chris Harvey to start the inning. He walked Jason Delay on four pitches, gave up Campbell's first double, and walked Dansby Swanson to load the bases.

Bryan Reynolds' infield single drove in a run, and then Kirby issued the first of three straight bases-loaded walks — all while Whit Mayberry was warming up in the bullpen. By the time Mayberry came on, after Rhett Wiseman reached on an error, Vandy led 5-2.

Of Kirby's last 50 pitches, 31 were balls. He walked five in the third inning after having never walked more than three in a game in his 18 previous career starts.

"Nathan Kirby has done the job all year long for this team, and I thought he was pretty sharp the first couple innings," Virginia coach Brian O'Connor said. "The third inning, it just kind of unraveled."

U.S., Portugal battle to 2-all draw

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MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — They were less than 30 seconds away.

The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer's showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1930.


Darvish hammered, Rangers swept

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Yu Darvish wasn't nearly as sharp as he usually is, and the Los Angeles Angels capitalized on a few of his mistakes.

C.J. Cron and Kole Calhoun homered in the fourth inning against the ace right-hander, and the Texas Rangers were shut down by rookie Matt Shoemaker in a 5-2 loss on Sunday.

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