Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s April 22nd — 112 down, 253 to go.
And 84 till the MLB all-star game.
YESTERDAY: Two NBA Game 2s were played (Grizzlies 111, Thunder 105 in OT, series tied 1-1; Clippers 138, Warriors 98, series tied 1-1). The Chick-fil-A Bowl became the Peach Bowl again, kind of (now it’s the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl). Charlie Strong’s “Comin’ On Strong Tour” kicked off at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth. An emotional Boston Marathon was run, and there was the first American men’s winner since 1983. And Tony Romo turned 34.
TODAY: Three more Game 2s in the NBA playoffs (Hawks at Pacers, 6 p.m. on TNT, Atlanta leads 1-0; Nets at Raptors, 6:30 p.m. on NBATV, Brooklyn leads 1-0; and Wizards at Bulls, 8:30 p.m. on TNT, Washington leads 1-0). The ACL lineup for this year’s music festival is revealed (we’re talking Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast and Beck at the top of the list), and tickets also go on sale for the Oct. 3-5 and 10-12 festival at 10 a.m. Texas baseball, fresh off its sweep by TCU, tries to get back on track vs. UT-Pan Am (6, Disch-Falk, Longhorn Network, 1300). Johnathan Gray celebrates his 21st birthday. Strong is in Dallas for the second stop of his “Comin’ On Strong Tour.” And it’s Earth Day — think globally, act locally.
TOMORROW: The Spurs and Mavericks meet again (7, FSSW, San Antonio leads 1-0), one of three Game 2s in the NBA playoffs (Bobcats at Heat, 6, TNT, Miami leads 1-0; Trail Blazers at Rockets, 8:30, TNT, Portland leads 1-0). Texas softball plays at Texas State (6 p.m.). Strong’s statewide tour takes him to Houston, where he’ll meet the masses at Reliant Stadium. And former UT standout and current Buffalo Bill Aaron Williams turns 24.
April 22 has a sports history. On this date, Arizona Cardinals safety and U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in action (2004); the Mariners’ Chris Basio threw a no-hitter vs. the Red Sox (1993); the Mets’ Tom Seaver, on the day he was presented his Cy Young Award from the season before, struck out 19 Padres in a 2-1 two-hit win (1970); and Babe Ruth played his first professional game — as a pitcher. He threw a six-hitter (1914).
Last year on April 22, Fort Worth All Saints offensive guard Demetrius Knox — Texas’ highest-rated football commitment at the time — decommitted. He ended up signing with Ohio State this February.
Today’s sports birthdays: Johnathan Gray (21), Marshawn Lynch (28), Ken Dorsey (33), former Chiefs running back Harvey Williams (47), Jeff Hostetler (53) and Terry Francona (55). Other notables: Peter Frampton (64), John Waters (68), Jack Nicholson (77) and Glenn Campbell (78).
TODAY’S TRIVIA: How many combined NBA championships have been won by the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
TODAY’S LEAD: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. There are eight former Longhorns on major league rosters out there. After Monday, all their respective teams have played just about 20 games, give or take.
How are those Texas Exes doing?
Ranking them 1-8, based on early-season impact:
Brandon Belt, Giants: Then — Pitcher-turned- first baseman, 2009. Now — Giants first baseman. 2014 stats — Hitting .304 with 24 hits, 12 runs scored, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 2 doubles and 3 walks. Has struck out 20 times. He homered off Zack Greinke on Sunday. The Giants are only one game behind the Dodgers in the NL West, at 11-9. Belt’s 6 homers are only one off the MLB lead.
Huston Street, Padres: Then — All-American closer, MVP of the 2002 College World Series MVP. Now — Padres closer. 2014 stats — Is a perfect 6 for 6 in save opportunities, with a 1.29 ERA. Has allowed 4 hits and 1 run, giving up a homer to the Giants last Friday. Has 9 Ks in 7 innings of work. The Padres are 9-11, in second-to-last place in the NL West. His 6 saves are tied for fourth most in the majors.
Drew Stubbs, Rockies: Then — Three-time All-American, Big 12 co-player of the year in 2006. Now — Rockies outfielder. 2014 stats — Has played 16 games, hitting .212 with 7 hits, 4 runs scored, a double, 2 RBIs. He’s struck out 11 times. Best game of the season so far was a 3 for 5 performance with 3 runs scored last Friday against the Phillies. The Rockies are 11-10, in third place in the NL West.
Sam LeCure, Reds: Then — Started 23 games for UT in 2004, went 9-3 with a 2.34 ERA. Now — Reds reliever. 2014 stats — Has appeared in 6 games. Is 0-1 with a 1.13 ERA, having given up 5 hits and 1 run in 8 innings of work. He has 4 walks and 7 Ks. Recent (April 9) tweet: “On a side note I still play for the team, and when my number is called I will do my very best to get the job done, until then, go reds!” The Reds are 8-11, leading only the Cubs in the NL Central.
J.P. Howell, Dodgers: Then — First-team All-American, Big 12 pitcher of the year in 2004. Now — Dodgers reliever. 2014 stats — Has appeared in 11 games. Is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA, giving up one run with 9 Ks in 8 innings of work. Last pitched Sunday. The Dodgers are 12-8 and leading the NL West.
James Russell, Cubs: Then — Second-team All-Big 12 pitcher, 2007. Now — Cubs reliever. 2014 stats — Has appeared in 9 games. Is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA, having allowed 2 runs and 4 hits with 7 Ks in 5.2 innings of work. Has given up one home run. His Cubs are 6-12 and in last place in the AL Central.
Omar Quintanilla, Mets: Then — Second base, third base and shortstop for two CWS teams, first-round pick of the 2003 draft. Now — Mets shortstop. 2014 stats — Hitting .286 with four hits, 1 run, 1 double and 2 RBIs in 14 at-bats. The Mets are 10-9, having won two in a row, and are in third place in the NL East.
Brandon Workman, Red Sox: Then — Second-round pick of the 2010 draft. Now — Red Sox reliever. 2014 stats — Pawtucket Red Sox starter. 2014 stats — Started the season on Boston’s active roster, but now is at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he’s starting. In Boston, he pitched 6.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run with 7 Ks and had a 1.42 ERA. In Pawtucket, he has two starts but hasn’t figured into a decision yet, with 7 hits and 6 runs allowed in 8.1 innings. He’s allowed 2 homers and his ERA is 6.48. Here’s a recent story on how he’s doing in Pawtucket.
So, what else is being written about the Longhorns?
Strong kicked off his “Comin’ On Strong Tour” of the state — he’ll visit 11 cities in all (Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Tyler, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, Midland-Odessa, Amarillo and Beaumont over 29 days) — at Tex-Mex hotspot Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth on Monnday. Our own Brian Davis was there, as were David McWilliams, Jered Elliott and Karen Aston. Davis captured the day’s events in his daily tour blog. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram was there too, covering Strong’s stop in the heart of TCU country. Before the Tex-Mex, Strong addressed Texas linebacker Steve Edmond‘s post-spring game comments on Baylor, saying, basically, Edmond should’ve known better. Our own Cedric Golden, in his weekly nuggets column, shared five takeaways from Saturday’s spring game. Texas’ big picture after the spring game? It’s pretty blurry, wrote the San Antonio Express-News. And what did the Oklahoma Sooners learn from Texas’ spring game, assuming they get the Longhorn Network in Norman? Two things, wrote the Tulsa World: First, Strong may be new, but faces an old problem at Texas — issues at quarterback. The second? The Longhorns don’t like Baylor.
AROUND THE BIG 12: Texas Tech released its post-spring depth chart, and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal broke it down. Meanwhile, Tech’s eight-game baseball winning streak came to an end Monday with a loss to New Mexico. Here’s the game story. As Oklahoma State rebuilds its offensive line without Joe Wickline, how healthy the Cowboys’ front can stay will be a big key, the Daily Oklahoman wrote. The Kansas women’s basketball team gained a commitment Monday, and it was a win-win — she decommitted from Kansas State. And speaking of K-State, the Wildcats are the last Big 12 school to play their spring game (Saturday) and the Kansas City Star examined the state of the team’s running backs.
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES: A quick sweep of UT teams …
Football: Texas received a commitment on Saturday from Keivon Ramsey, a 3-star defensive back from Converse Judson. … Charlie Strong’s 11-city “Comin’ On Strong Tour” around the state kicked off Monday, in Fort Worth. The big bus rolls into Dallas today.
Men’s basketball: Texas released most of its non-conference schedule for next season on Monday. A Nov. 30 road game at defending NCAA champion UConn and a Dec. 23 home game against Sweet 16 entry Stanford are the highlights. No North Carolina or Michigan State this year. … After his 46-point outburst in Sunday’s Game 1 victory over the Houston Rockets, Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge is an obvious point of concern for the Rockets. But how do you stop him, Houston Chronicle columnist Randy Harvey asks.
Baseball: No. 10 Texas hosts UT-Pan American tonight at UFCU Disch-Falk Field (6 p.m., LHN, 1300). It’ll be Lukas Schiraldi (5-2, 3.68) opposite UTPA’s Matthew Harrell (2-6, 4.41). The Longhorns host Oklahoma State this weeked.
Softball: Texas plays at Texas State on Wednesday, then hosts Oklahoma State for a three-game series Friday through Sunday.
Men’s tennis: No. 7 Texas will be the No. 2 seed for this week’s Big 12 championships in Fort Worth. The Longhorns (20-4, 4-1), who shared the regular-season title with Baylor and Oklahoma, will face the winner of Oklahoma/TCU at noon Saturday; Texas gets a first-round bye.
ON APRIL 22 …
2000: Six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez was seized from his relatives’ home in Miami during a pre-dawn raid. He was sent back to Cuba.
1970: The very first Earth Day was observed.
1889: The great Oklahoma Land Run was completed, as thousands rushed to claim land. Remember the end of the Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman flick “Far and Away?”
It was 20 years ago today: that former President Richard Nixon died.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The Spurs, Rockets and Mavericks have combined to win seven NBA titles. San Antonio’s won four (1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007), Houston’s got two (1994 and 1995) and Dallas has one (2011).
TODAY’S LITTLE NUMBER: 4. Number of times Texas has won the Big 12 men’s tennis tournament, in 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2010.
TODAY’S BIGGER NUMBER: 30-21. Texas’ football record the past four years.
TODAY’S BIG NUMBER: 36. Points scored by Kevin Durant in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s overtime loss to Memphis on Monday night.
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