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It’s Tuesday, April 17th. On this date, the Dallas Stars recorded their first playoff victory, a 5-3 win over St. Louis at Reunion Arena. It was one year after the franchise moved to Texas from Minnesota.
Also on April 17: A fertilizer plant explosion in West killed 15 and injured 160 (2013); Wayne Gretzky retired from the NHL (1999); the Cleveland Browns took Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch with the first pick of the NFL draft (1999); Dr. J became the third NBA player to score 30,000 career points (1987); Nolan Ryan recorded his 3,500th career strikeout (1983); the first baseball game at Shea Stadium was played, a 4-3 Mets loss to the Pirates (1964); the NFL suspended two of its biggest stars — Packers running back and former Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung, and Lions Pro Bowl tackle Alex Karras — for betting on games. They missed a while season before getting reinstated. (1963); the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle played his first game, going 1 for 4 (1951); Jackie Robinson recorded his first career MLB hit — a bunt (1947); and Cleveland’s Bob Feller became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter on opening day (1940).
Happy birthday, Cat Osterman (35).
Karen Aston has some holes to fill, both on the court and in her staff room.
Assistant coach Tina Thompson, who’s been at Texas since 2015 and has been instrumental in grooming Longhorns posts from Imani McGee-Stafford to Kelsey Lang to Jatarie White, is leaving to become the head coach at Virginia. This will be her first college head coaching gig, but her résumé is hard to beat — Thompson is the WNBA’s former all-time leading scorer, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a four-time WNBA champion, the first-ever player drafted in the WNBA and headed to the basketball hall of fame.
Thompson, 43, becomes the first high-profile hire for Virginia’s first-year athletic director Carla Williams, wrote the Washington Post. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, meanwhile, seemed to be all on board with Thompson’s résumé , but did point out that glaring absence of coaching experience. Like the Post, the Times-Dispatch painted it as “a splashy and out of the box first coaching hire” for Williams.
Thompson is replacing Joanne Boyle, who led UVA to this year’s NCAA Tournament but resigned after seven seasons for family reasons. The Cavaliers made it to 20 straight NCAAs from 1984 to 2003 but then took a dip; UVA made this year’s tournament for the first time in nine seasons.
Thompson will be the fifth head coach in the 44-year history of the UVA program.
Monday’s hire came one day after Texas announced that forward Khaleann Caron-Goudreau is transferring to a school in Canada, her home country. Here’s Rick Cantu’s story on that from Sunday. Caron-Goudreau is one of six members of last year’s team that won’t be back — former players Ariel Atkins, Brooke McCarty and her sister, Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau, plus freshman Rellah Boothe, who’s transferring as well, and now Thompson from Aston’s staff.
Caron-Goudreau will graduate from UT next month; she’s headed to an MBA program opportunity at Laval University in Quebec.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Back-to-back for Zubia: Redshirt freshman Zach Zubia was named the Big 12’s baseball newcomer of the week on Monday for the second straight week. He hit .357 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs against Oklahoma; he also extended his reaching-base safely streak to 37 games.
Brother on brother: Houston Texans running back D’Onta Foreman took to the Internet to help UT wide receiver Armanti Foreman — his twin brother — get into the NFL. D’Onta wrote a piece Monday on The Players Tribune titled “Here’s Why You Should Draft My Brother, Armanti Foreman” that serves as an open letter to NFL teams.
Oh, and speaking of drafts, the Dallas Morning News’ Kevin Sherrington is pretty sure what the Mavericks should do in the NBA draft: Get Mo Bamba. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram addressed the prospects of the Dallas Cowboys landing Seattle’s All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, though the Seahawks’ initial request during trade talks was too steep for Dallas. But stay tuned.
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Women’s basketball: Former Texas star Kamie Etheridge was named the head coach at Washington State on Sunday. She’s spent the last four years at Northern Colorado, which she led to its first NCAA Tournament appearance this past season.
Baseball: Texas re-entered the national rankings on Monday coming off a series win at Oklahoma. The Horns are ranked 21st in the D1baseball poll. Texas (24-14) hosts UT-Rio Grande Valley tonight (7, Disch-Falk Field, LHN, 104.9) and then New Orleans this weekend.
The Horns are also 20th in Baseball America’s poll and 23rd in the NCAA’s RPI rankings.
Tonight’s pitching matchup: UT RHP Tristan Stevens vs. RHP Jerred Quartier (0-0, 6.11). This will be Stevens’ first game.
Softball: Texas (26-15, 9-0 Big 12) hosts No. 16 Baylor (25-13, 3-6) today (4:30, McCombs Field, LHN, 105.3). The Horns are 9-0 in Big 12 play for only the second time in program history.
The final two games of the Baylor series will be played May 5-6 in Waco.
The Bears have lost four straight and are struggling. Here’s how the Waco Tribune-Herald advanced tonight’s game — from Baylor’s perspective. Knocking off the Longhorns in Austin would be just what the doctor ordered.
Men’s tennis: No. 19 Texas (14-5, 2-1 Big 12) closes out its regular season on the road this week. The Horns play Texas Tech in Lubbock on Thursday and then are at No. 24 Baylor in Waco on Sunday. Texas is coming off a 4-0 win at home over No. 14 Oklahoma at home this past weekend.
Women’s tennis: No. 5 Texas shut out West Virginia on Sunday, giving it a share of the Big 12 title, and the Horns can win it outright with a win Friday against Baylor in Austin. “It’s a great moment because just two years ago, the team only had four or five scholarship players and we were struggling mightily,” said UT coach Howard Joffe, who’s in his third season.
Soccer: Texas’ spring season is over. Texas (4-0) outscored its four spring opponents 12-1 — UTSA (3-0), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-1), St. Edward’s (2-0) and, on Saturday, 4-0 over Northwestern State at Wylie ISD Stadium in Dallas. Junior midfielder Katie Glenn scored her team-leading fifth goal of the spring while freshman midfielder Haley Berg, freshman midfielder/mid-term enrollee Carlee Allen and redshirt freshman forward Cydney Billups all scored their first goals.
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Oklahoma is considering its spring game last Saturday a home run. There’s been a bump in Sooners recruiting — the weekend saw Notre Dame defensive end Jay Hayes announce he would come to OU as a graduate transfer, and the Sooners got commitments from wide receivers Arjei Henderson and Theo Wease, safety Jamal Morris and defensive tackle Derek Green, plus 2020 running back Jaylan Knighton. That’s just what the Sooners were hoping for, wrote the Daily Oklahoman. And then on Monday OU got its seventh pledge since Friday with three-star safety Jarrian Jones; OU’s 2019 class ranks No. 2 nationally per the 247Sports composite. … Texas Tech has landed a transfer from Oregon State on Monday; Seth Collins, who started 19 games at quarterback and wide receiver for the Beavers, will be eligible to play this fall and will have two years left of eligibility. Here’s the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal story. And that news came on the same day that Tech freshman receiver Sterling Galban, an early enrollee from Burnet, has suffered an ACL injury. … TCU women’s hoops is getting a transfer from Oregon; Anneli Maley, a 6-2 wing from Australia, has to sit out next season but will have three years of eligibility, writes the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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