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Posted May 2nd, 2014

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Good morning. Breakfast is served.

It’s May 2nd — 122 down, 243 to go.

And 196 till the Texas men’s basketball season tips off.

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YESTERDAY: Three Game 6s in NBA playoffs (Pacers 95, Hawks 88; Warriors 100, Clippers 99; and Thunder 104, Grizzlies 84, as Kevin Durant had a fairly reliable 36. All three series are knotted at 3-3). The Daily Oklahoman didn’t just report news, it made news. The Houston Texans said they already know who they’ll take No. 1. The Cleveland Browns signed Vince Young. Myles Turner‘s paperwork was turned in, making his commitment official. And reports broke late that Westlake High School has hired Todd Dodge as its next football coach.

TODAY: Three Game 6s (Raptors at Nets, 6, ESPN2, Toronto leads 3-2; Spurs at Mavericks, 7, ESPN and FSSW, San Antonio leads 3-2; Rockets at Trail Blazers, 9:30, ESPN, Portland leads 3-2). Texas baseball opens an important road series at West Virginia (5 p.m., 1300) and the Longhorns softball team opens a three-game conference set at home against Kansas (7, Longhorn Network).

TOMORROW: Three Game 7s (Pacers at Hawks, 4:30 p.m., TNT; Grizzlies at Thunder, 7, TNT; Warriors at Clippers, 9:30, TNT). The Kentucky Derby will be run (NBC, coverage starts at 3 p.m.) and won. Texas-West Virginia baseball Game 2 (3 p.m., 1300). Texas-Kansas softball Game 2 (3, LHN).

May 2 has a sports history. On this date, former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau died (2012); John Elway retired from the NFL (1999); 12 Kentucky Derbies have been run, including winners Real Quiet (1998), Alysheba (1987), Pleasant Colony (1981) and Bold Venture (1936); Stan Musial hit five home runs in a Cardinals doubleheader (1954); Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak ended at 2,130 (1939); and the first game of the Negro National League was played (1920).

Last year on May 2, the SEC Network was announced and the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field draw was determined; Orb, which would win three days later, drew the 16th post position.

Today’s sports birthdays: Paul George (24), Jarrod Saltamacchia (29), figure skater Sarah Hughes (29), Kyle Busch (29), David Beckham (39) and Jamaal Wilkes (61). Other notables: Larry Gatlin (66) and Engelbert Humperdink (78).

TODAY’S TRIVIA: It’s a daily double. After 12 straight singles reaching No. 1 in the UK, the Beatles’ double-A single of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” in 1967 got stuck at No. 2. Can you name either/both the song and artist that hogged that No. 1 spot? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)

TODAY’S LEAD: TEXAS BASKETBALL. Myles Turner’s paperwork cleared Thursday, which means the potentially next great Longhorns difference maker is at least signed and sealed, if not delivered yet. There is, after all, the end of high school.

Turner’s expected to be a program changer for Texas, a potential missing piece to become nationally relevant again. With him, the Longhorns should contend with Kansas — which has won 10 straight Big 12 titles — for conference supremacy. And NCAA Tournament expectations should ratchet up.

Turner’s bio? Interesting and impressive. He was under the radar his first two years at Euless Trinity, but started gaining momentum with last summer’s camps. Fortunately for Texas, assistant coach Chris Ogden identified him early in the process — earlier than a lot of other teams, anyway — which may have helped the Longhorns in the end.

Turner picked Texas over Kansas.

“From the time that we really sat down and had our first really indepth conversation with Myles, it was apparent to us that what was important to him was the kind of program and team that he wanted to play with, and he talked about that,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “… And I really think he made that decision to come to Texas based on the guys that are here right now.”

Missing piece? Just maybe. Turner should fit into the 2014-15 lineup easily, probably as a 6-11 power forward who can be effective under the basket on both sides of the court, but also with good range from the outside for an occasional three.

Turner will join 6-9 center Cam Ridley and 6-10 center Prince Ebeh and forward Jonathan Holmes to form one of the country’s tallest front courts. Guards Isaiah Taylor and Javan Felix return as well. The Longhorns improved from a 16-18, CBI season in 2013 to 24-11 and two games deep into the NCAA Tournament this past season.

And with everyone coming back plus a talent like Turner, this is big news for Texas hoops.

“The turnaround happened with those guys and they realize going forward, they know the kind of team they want to have,” Barnes said. “They know that anybody that our staff brings in here is important to us, and we’ve always told our recruits when they come in here (that) we want you to spend time with our players and talk to them.”

ESPN rated him as the nation’s No. 2 overall recruit. He was No. 4 by 247Sports and No. 9 by Rivals. Either way, he looks to be a game changer.

The McDonald’s All-American will play in the Jordan Brand Classic as well as on the U.S. team at the Nike Hoop Summit. As a senior, he averaged 18.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and 6.8 blocks a game, leading Trinity to a 24-7 record.

“He said hey, I know you all have a program that works hard, and I work hard,” Barnes said. “And he said ‘If I work as hard as I can, do you think I’ll have a chance to play?’ And I said absolutely. He didn’t say to us ‘I have to start,’ ‘I have to do this,’ ‘I have to do that.'” And those are the kind of players you want to recruit.”

Barnes, of course, has been here before.

Turner is Barnes’ 10th 5-star hoops recruit at Texas.

How’d the other nine work out?

Overall, pretty well:

LaMarcus Aldridge (2004): Played two seasons at Texas, leading the program to a combined xx-xx record .. Averaged 9.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg as a freshman and 15.0 ppg and 9.2 rpg as a sophomore. The 2006 Big 12 defensive player of the year. Currently? The No. 2 overall pick of the 2006 draft, and one of the biggest storylines of this year’s NBA playoffs.

Daniel Gibson (2004): Played two seasons at Texas, earning Big 12 freshman of the year honors his first year and being named an honorable mention All-America as a sophomore, when he averaged 13.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.1 apg. A second-round pick of the 2006 draft. Played seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Currently? Looking to get back into the NBA.

Mike Williams (2004): Played two seasons at Texas, including the 2006 Elite Eight year, but never played his way off the bench, averaging 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. He transferred after the 2006 season. Ended up at Cincinnati, where he had to sit out the 2006-07 season (NCAA) and then missed the 2007-08 season (ruptured Achilles).  Played one year in Holland, then was with the Vermont Frost Heaves of the Premier Basketball League. But the team folded, and last we heard, Williams was playing with the PBL’s Rochester RazorSharks. Currently? Unknown.

Kevin Durant (2006): A one-and-done, Durant averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 2006-07. Texas went 25-10 and won one game in the NCAA tournament. Won the Naismith and had his No. 35 jersey retired. Currently? The No. 2 overall pick of the 2007 draft, and one of the best NBA players on the planet. And reliable.

Avery Bradley (2009): A one-and-done at Texas. Was a consensus top-five national recruit coming out of Findlay Prep, No. 1 by ESPN, No. 4 by Rivals. Averaged 11.6 ppg for the 2009-10 Longhorns, then bolted for the NBA. The 19th overall pick of the 2010 draft for Boston, just ahead of the Spurs’ James Anderson (who has played for four NBA teams and two D-League teams) and just behind the Thunder’s Eric Bledsoe (three seasons with the Clippers, now with the Suns). Currently? Celtics point guard who averaged 14.9 ppg this season.

Jordan Hamilton (2009): Played two seasons at Texas, averaging 10 ppg and 3.7 rpg as a freshman, then 18.6 ppg and 7.7 rpg his sophomore season. He was the team’s top returning scorer entering his sophomore year.    The 26th overall pick of the 2011 draft, by the Mavericks, who then traded him to Denver. Currently? Playing for the Houston Rockets, who traded Aaron Brooks to the Nuggets for him.

Cory Joseph (2010): A one-and-done at Texas. Joseph was the starting point guard as a freshman, averaging 10.4 ppg and 3.0 apg, sinking the game-winning jumper to upset North Carolina. The 29th overall pick of the 2011 draft, the year that three Longhorns were drafted (Hamilton, Thompson). Has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the Spurs, who drafted him but have had him log time with the Austin Toros as well as San Antonio. Currently? A Spurs backup.

Tristan Thompson (2010): A one-and-done at Texas, after a drama-filled prep career that saw him play at three different schools. Was the first commitment for Texas’ 2010 class. Started 34 games his freshman year, averaging 13.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.4 bpg. Was an honorable mention All-American and a second-team All-Big 12 selection. The 4th overall pick of the 2011 draft by the Cavaliers. Currently? Still a Cavalier. He averaged 11.7 ppg and 9.1 rpg this season.

Myck Kabongo (2011): Played two seasons at Texas. Well, sort of, if you consider that 23-game suspension his sophomore season. Had as much controversy before coming to Texas — he committed, then de-committed, then committed again before finally signing — as he did at Texas, including a mercurial relationship with Barnes and that 23-game ban stemming from an investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with an agent. He averaged 14.6 ppg as a sophomore, then entered the NBA draft. But he wasn’t picked. Currently? An Austin Toro.

Turner, of course, isn’t the ONLY recruit Texas signed. He joins a three-player class along with St. Louis, Mo. Forward Jordan Barnett and center Shaquille Cleare, from the Bahamas.

So, what else is being written about the Longhorns?

Texas baseball plays at West Virginia this weekend, starting today. Our advance story took a look at the Longhorns’ bullpen ($), which has five solid pitchers, from relievers to closer.

The Longhorns sit in third place in a fairly tight Big 12 race. A look at the top four teams in the standings, and which Big 12 series they have left:

Oklahoma State (32-13, 13-5): at Kansas State (23-22, 4-11); Oklahoma (25-21, 5-10)

TCU (31-13, 10-5): Kansas State (23-22, 4-11); Oklahoma (25-21, 5-10); at Baylor (20-26, 5-12)

Texas Tech (36-13, 11-7): at Kansas (27-20, 9-9); West Virginia (24-16, 7-7)

Texas (33-13, 10-8): at West Virginia (24-16, 7-7); at Kansas State (23-22, 4-11)

Texas softball hosts Kansas, starting today. Here’s our preview ($), a feature on catcher Mandy Ogle.

AROUND THE BIG 12: TCU may have to go without starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who looked so good in the Horned Frogs’ win over Texas but now is injured, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which also examined cornerback Jason Verrett‘s NFL draft prospects by asking the age-old question: Does size really matter? Baylor baseball, meanwhile, is only 5-12 in the Big 12 — and in the doldrums, the Waco Tribune-Herald wrote. The Daily Oklahoman reported on former OU star Hollis Price, who’ll be joining Kelvin Sampson‘s staff at Houston. Speaking of the Cougars, former coach James Dickey told the Oklahoman that he’s happy as an assistant at Oklahoma State. Speaking of Oklahoma State, the Tulsa World reported that the school is being investigated for possible Title IX violations.

AROUND THE FORTY ACRES: A quick sweep of UT teams …

Baseball: No. 19 Texas opens its three-game series at West Virginia today (5 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday). … The Longhorns beat Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, 6-3. … Senior outfielder Mark Payton is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes well-rounded achievements in the community, classroom and competition. Nationwide fan online voting goes through June 9, with the winner announced during the College World Series. Here’s a link to the voting page. … Pitcher John Curtiss was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 baseball team — he’s 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA as a reliever, with a 3.85 GPA and a double major in English and History in the classroom.

Softball: Texas (30-19 overall, 9-4 in the Big 12) hosts Kansas (29-19, 3-9) for a three-game series starting today at McCombs Field (7 p.m. tonight, 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, all are on the Longhorn Network). … Last Sunday, senior Brejae Washington set UT’s all-time hits record with her 246th career hit. She and Taylor Thom, who broke the school’s RBIs record, will be recognized before tonight’s game.

Track and field: Texas will host its final home meet of the outdoor season, the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday at Myers Stadium. Field events start at 12:30 p.m., central and running events at 4:45 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m., and it’s free to get in. The Texas men are ranked No. 7 nationally, the women No. 1. Other schools attending: Akron, Baylor, Cal State Northridge, Colorado, Kentucky, McNeese State, North Texas, Sam Houston State, Stanford, TCU, Utah and Virginia Tech. … The Big 12 outdoor championships will be May 16-18 at Texas Tech.

Men’s golf: The UT Tower was lit orange on Tuesday, for the men’s Big 12 title. … Texas, ranked No. 13 in the country, produced its fifth straight Big 12 newcomer of the year with Beau Hossler, who leads the team with a 71.88 scoring average and tied for third individually at the Big 12 championships. Toni Hakula and Kramer Hickok also were first-teamers, and John Fields was the Big 12’s coach of the year.

Women’s golf: Texas will be a No. 15 seed in this year’s NCAA Central Regional Championship, which will be May 8-10 in Stillwater. Texas will be up against 23 teams in the 54-hole regional, including three teams ranked in the top 10 — No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Arkansas and No. 8 Arizona. Oklahoma State, Kansas and SMU are in the field too. … Junior Bertine Strauss was named to the All-Big 12 Team. She led Texas with an overall scoring average of 73.85 and finished as the team’s low scorer in six tournaments. Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang was the Big 12’s player of the year; Oklahoma’s Alexandra Kaui was the freshman of the year.

Men’s tennis: Juniors Soren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool earned at-large berths in the NCAA doubles draw and also as individuals in the singles draw. The singles (field of 64) and doubles (field of 32) competition runs from May 21-26 in Athens, Ga. Last year, Texas’ Chris Camillone and David Holiner advanced to the NCAA doubles final. … Texas hosts the first and second rounds of the NCAA team championships beginning May 9 against Marist. Those first and second rounds will be the final tennis matches played at Penick-Allison Tennis Center before the 28-year-old facility is displaced to make way for the new medical school.

Women’s tennis: No. 22 Texas will face Houston on May 9 in College Station in the first round of the NCAA championships. The Longhorns (12-12) earned an at-large bid into the 64-team field. Texas beat Houston earlier this season, 5-0. … All-America sophomore Breaunna Addison earned the Big 12’s automatic berth in the 64-player singles draw at the NCAA championships, which begins May 21 at the University of Georgia.

Rowing: Texas, which won four of the first five Big 12 championships (its most recent in 2012), competes in the first of two conference championship regattas this month on Saturday, on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia are competing. … Texas placed 20 athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team, with 19 of those first-teamers — April Brown, Angela Bumstead, Lauren Deschner, Schyler Gilmour, Jessica Glennie, Carmen Hargis-Villanueva, Kenna Harris, Kathryn Hemmert, Emily Jones, Taylor Martin, Olivia Nail, Johanna Neuber, Teresa Nguyen, Casey Redman, Jessica Smith, Rachel Smith, Lauren Studey, Tea Vrtlar and Sara Walton.

ON MAY 2 …

2011: U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, in Pakistan.

1972: Former CIA director J. Edgar Hoover died.

1863: Confederate general Stonewall Jackson was shot by friendly fire. He died eight days later.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The song that kept the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields”/”Penny Lane” single from reaching No. 1? “Release Me,” by Engelbert Humperdinck, who turns 78 today.

TODAY’S LITTLE NUMBER: 6. School softball records held by Brejae Washington — hits (247), triples (20), stolen bases (128), sacrifice hits (31) and sacrifice flies (10).

TODAY’S BIGGER NUMBER: 13. Consecutive softball wins for Texas over Kansas, including last year’s three-game sweep in Lawrence.

TODAY’S BIG NUMBER: 18-4. Breaunna Addison’s record in dual match play at No. 1 singles this season, including 8-0 in Big 12 play.

OK, Breakfast is over. Thanks for stopping by.

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