• Snedeker consistently on top, cruises to first 2013 victory

    Going into February, Brandt Snedeker held a decent lead in the young season’s FedEx Cup rankings, picking up where he left off after winning the Cup last year. He was able to do this merely by being almost the best during the first five tournaments. Snedeker entered the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with three Top 5 finishes and seemed to be on a mission to get over the hump that was the second spot. Snedeker cruised to victory, putting up all four rounds under 70 to finish with a solid 19 under par for his first victory of the season. Snedeker was in contention from the start, posting a 6-under-par 66 in round one followed by a 2-under 68 in round 2. His third round score kept him within striking distance of the lead as he was able to hit a 4-under 68. He had room and he went in and took his first victory by dominating in the final day, recording his best score of the tournament with a 7-under 65, putting him two strokes ahead of Chris Kurk, despite finishing strong with a 14 under par over the final two rounds. Snedeker won this tournament the same way he’s been able to contain the top spot of the standings: consistency. At no point did Snedeker post the best score of a single round, but he finished at the top and played big when he needed to, securing his first PGA Tour victory of 2013, and the seventh of his career.

    Rankings
    Snedeker was already in the top spot of the rankings, and with this victory secures his spot for at least another week. Snedeker sits very comfortably at first with a total of 1,282 points, a whole 700 points ahead of the next competitor Brian Gay, who has 582 points. Then the rankings get a whole lot closer: Phil Mickelson sits just 26 points behind Gay at third with 556 points. Dustin Johnson remains at fourth with 516 points, but Russel Henley is right behind him a whole point away at 515. The rankings remain the same as last week in terms of the top seven with Charles Howell III at the six spot and Tiger Woods looking over Howell’s shoulder into the top five at seventh place. The winner of next week’s Northern Trust Open gains 500 points, so regardless of any outcome Snedeker is safe in first.

    Upcoming: Northern Trust Open
    The PGA Tour remains in California for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, located in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Brandt Snedeker will choose to take advantage of his large early lead and will not be participating in this week’s tournament. The remaining players in the current top five will all participate, looking to take advantage of Snedeker. Chris Kirk took a large leap in the rankings from 33rd to 8th following an impressively strong second half at Pebble Beach and hopes to build on that momentum to try to continue climbing. Kevin Stadler also had an impressive outing, being the only player other than Snedeker to have all scores under 70 as he finished third last week. Stadler’s performance also gave him a huge boost as he leaped from 47th to 17th in the rankings as he has progressed throughout the season from not making the cut on his first outing, to a 27th place finish, followed by an 11th place finish leading up to last week’s Top 3 performance.

  • Jonathan Holmes set to return from broken right hand Wednesday vs. Iowa State

    After less than a month of recovery from a right hand injury, Jonathan Holmes is brushing off his hardly dusty jersey to play in tomorrow's game against Iowa State, Texas announced Tuesday.

    The sophomore forward exited Texas' Jan. 21 meeting with Oklahoma after breaking his right hand during the first half of the 73-67 loss, the Longhorns' fifth straight. Since his absence from the court, Texas has tumbled in losses to Kansas State, West Virginia and most recently, Oklahoma State, maintaining a hardly impressive 10-13 record, 2-8 in Big 12 play.

    Holmes is averaging 7.7 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game this season. The Longhorns were outrebounded in four of the five games Holmes missed with his right hand injury.

    “We’ve got to rebound the ball better,” head coach Rick Barnes said during Monday's Big 12 teleconference. “It all depends on John. We’ve got to get the effort. That’s what we’ve wanted all year, we just haven’t gotten it consistently. We’ve got to get three guys [on the glass]. We’d like to have more, but we’ve got to have three.”

    Holmes's return will come on the same day as teammate Myck Kabongo, the sophomore point guard who will play his first game this year on Wednesday after serving a 23-game suspension for receiving impermissible benefits during the offseason.

  • Cactus League preview: Rangers move on without Hamilton, Giants begin pursuit of third World Series title in four years

    The most exhilarating organized stretching and long toss practice of the season took place Monday afternoon, officially marking the unofficial start to the 2013 baseball season. While it didn’t take place for every team in Major League Baseball, the battery mates got the ball rolling yesterday, with a flood of more pitchers and catchers set to report. In honor of one of the single greatest days of the year, here is the reporting date for each team followed by a single sentence that summarizes each team’s 2013 campaign

    Cactus League, Arizona (date pitchers and catchers due to report in parantheses):

    Arizona Diamondbacks (Monday, Feb. 11)
    • Did trading Justin Upton really help this team?

    Chicago Cubs (Feb. 10)
    • Still the Chicago Cubs, the Curse of the Billy Goat goes on for another year.

    Chicago White Sox (Feb. 11)
    • Can the young rotation, led by Chris Sale, lead the Sox into the postseason?

    Cincinnati Reds (Feb. 11)
    • The experimental move of Aroldis Champan to the rotation should be fascinating to watch.

    Cleveland Indians (Feb. 10)
    • The Tribe faithful are hoping Terry Francona and a new outfield, including Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, can pay dividends.

    Colorado Rockies (Feb. 10)
    • Carlos González will waste another year of his career playing in the mountains.

    Kansas City Royals (Feb. 11)
    • Royals fans everywhere are going to be enamored since the team appears to finally be out of their two-decade-long rebuilding mode and into a win-now mode after their trade to acquire James Shields.

    Los Angeles Angels (Feb. 11)
    • Does the addition of Josh Hamilton make this team the favorite to win the American League?

    Los Angeles Dodgers (Feb. 12)
    • With a 123 percent increase in salary since last July, they better win something or they’ll be a laughing stock.

    Milwaukee Brewers (Feb. 12)
    • Ryan Braun and the Brewers faithful pray the latest performance enhancing drug scandal doesn’t turn into anything serious, or 2013 could be a nightmare.

    Oakland A’s (Feb. 11)
    • Surely the extremely young pitching staff can’t lead the team to another AL West crown, can they?

    San Diego Padres (Feb. 12)
    • At least they play in an absolutely beautiful ballpark.

    San Francisco Giants: (Feb. 12)
    • Defending World Series champions brought the whole band back together to make another run. Can they win three out of four titles?

    Seattle Mariners: (Feb. 12)
    • Improved, but most fans will only tune in one out of every five days to watch King Felix work his magic.

    Texas Rangers: (Feb. 12)
    • Does the loss of Josh Hamilton remove this team from the list of World Series competitors?

  • Grapefruit League Spring Training preview: Upton brothers suit up with Braves for first time, while Yankees still have many unanswered questions

    The most exhilarating organized stretching and long toss practice of the season took place Monday afternoon, officially marking the unofficial start to the 2013 baseball season. While it didn’t take place for every team in Major League Baseball, the battery mates got the ball rolling yesterday, with a flood of more pitchers and catchers set to report. In honor of one of the single greatest days of the year, here is the reporting date for each team followed by a single sentence that summarizes each team’s 2013 campaign.

    Grapefruit League, Florida (date pitchers and catchers are due to report in parantheses):

    Atlanta Braves (Monday, Feb. 11)
    • How much impact will the Upton brothers have, now united in the Atlanta outfield?

    Baltimore Orioles (Tuesday, Feb. 12)
    • Can they bottle the magic of 2012 that saw them win 93 games?

    Boston Red Sox (Feb. 11)
    • After last season’s salary dump, trading Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, are they ready to contend for the AL East crown?

    Detroit Tigers (Feb. 11)
    • Will 2013 be the season they get over the hump after losing the in the World Series in 2012?

    Houston Astros (Feb. 11)
    • How ugly is it going to get in their new AL West home?

    Miami Marlins (Feb. 11)
    • Speaking of salary dumps, at least these guys will look good in their sparkling new uniforms.

    Minnesota Twins (Feb. 12)
    • Can Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau overcome the team's pitching deficiencies?

    New York Mets (Feb. 12)
    • Nothing to see here, just a rebuilding project.

    New York Yankees (Feb. 12)
    • With Nick Swisher and Russell Martin gone, Derek Jeter recovering from a broken ankle and an injured A-Rod, can the Yankees repeat as AL East champions?

    Philadelphia Phillies (Wednesday, Feb. 13)
    • Can these guys stay healthy enough to give themselves a fighting chance against the Braves and Nationals in the NL East?

    Pittsburgh Pirates (Feb. 12)
    • Maybe this is the year they finally finish above .500, but don’t bet anything substantial on it.

    St. Louis Cardinals (Feb. 11)
    • Don’t worry about Chris Carpenter; they’ll be a contender in late September.

    Tampa Bay Rays (Feb. 12)
    • Trying hard to suck the last two years of awesomeness out of David Price before his impending free agency.

    Toronto Blue Jays (Feb. 12)
    • The Canadians are praying that adding $165 million of total payroll overnight will deliver their first AL East title since 1993.

    Washington Nationals (Feb. 13)
    • After tasting success in 2012, can the young squad repeat its dominance of the NL East?

  • Texas Longhorns to wear all-black unis Saturday against Kansas

    The Texas Longhorns will wear this all-black uniform Saturday against Kansas. 
    The Texas Longhorns will wear this all-black uniform Saturday against Kansas. 

    Let's try this again.

    In 2005 the Longhorns donned black uniforms to celebrate their 100th year as a basketball program. A 97-66 loss to Duke, with J.J. Redick dropping 41 points, soiled the occasion.

    Texas will hope for a much different outcome Saturday against Kansas. A spokesman confirmed the Longhorns will don this all-black uniform, with the Longhorn silhouette replacing the "Texas" across the chest. The shorts feature an orange waistband with an orange stripe down each leg, featuring several black slats.

     The featured uniform has been on display at Cooley Pavilion for a couple weeks. 
     

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