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UTEP football: UTEP-Utah State matchups
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:09:59 MST
When UTEP runs the ball Advantage Utah State Here is the matchup that will determine the game. The Miners need to find a way to budge an Aggie defense that is one of the nation's best at defending

‘Pudge’, Novacek to speak at West Texas Sports Banquet
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:16:00 -0600
The Midland RockHounds announced on Friday that former Texas Ranger star catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and former Dallas Cowboy tight end Jay Novacek will be the special guests at this year’s West Te

Passion for game drives Tech Commit Brown
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:14:45 +0000

Tony Brown was inconsolable.

The La Mirada (Calif.) senior’s season had just ended with a 24-18 playoff loss on Nov. 14, but he responded as if he’d never play a down of football again. Tears streamed down his face, and the three-star wide receiver punched a wall a few times.

“I remember looking at him,” La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said. “There’s not much you can say to him. I just thought, ‘This kid is something special. He’s a competitor.’

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Gilmer tops West Orange-Stark for title
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:24:53 +0000

ARLINGTON — Blake Lynch scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Gilmer overcame an 18-point deficit to beat West Orange-Stark 35-25 for the Class 4A Division II state championship Friday.

Gilmer (16-0) won its third state title, all in the last 11 years. West Orange-Stark is now 2-3 in state championship games after opening the postseason with a 64-0 victory against Houston Scarborough, believed to be the first 0-10 team to make the Texas playoffs.

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UTEP football: Miners must carve out running game
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:09:00 MST
One of the attractions of bowl games is the mystery of the matchups. The teams are often from different regions with little familiarity and the run-up is a learning process.

Lady Rebs top Hereford
amarillo.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:47:19 +0000

The Tascosa Lady Rebels came back from an early deficit to get a 67-58 road win at Hereford. Down five points heading into the fourth quarter the Lady Rebels stepped up by outscoring Hereford 23-9 to close out the game. Junior Markaaisha Richardson led all scorers with 22, and Shalee Brown added 11. Hereford’s Mia Castaneda had a team high 18. Tascosa moves to 14-2.

Tascosa 12 33 44 67

Hereford 23 32 49 58

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Preller revamps Padres with series of trades
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:31:57 +0000

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres took a break from a dizzying series of trades Friday afternoon to introduce one of their new sluggers, Matt Kemp.

Kemp, in turn, put the blockbusters by general manager A.J. Preller into perspective as only a guy fresh from Hollywood could.

“This is unbelievable. He’s a GM rock star right now, moving in and out and doing so many things right now,” said Kemp, who sat between Preller and manager Bud Black at news conference at Petco Park. “Every day there’s something different.”

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Lady Eagles win
amarillo.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:25:43 +0000

A basketball person seeing life as a glass half full saw a defensive gem at Canyon High on Friday night.

A basketball person seeing life as a glass half empty saw Amarillo High and Canyon having trouble throwing it in the ocean while standing on the beach.

In the end, this much-anticipated nondistrict game between the two best girls teams — regardless of classification — in the Texas Panhandle came down to Canyon making 11-of-12 free throws in the final 5:04 to secure a 27-21 victory over previously unbeaten Amarillo High.

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LEROY: Here are the bowls to watch over the next few weeks
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:18:00 -0600
TCU and Baylor were bypassed by the College Football Playoff committee for Ohio State, which pounced Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big 10 Championship game the night before.

High school football: Some standouts won’t be taking field for Annual Greater El Paso Football Showc
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:58:18 MST
Though Saturday's 23rd Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase is touted as the game that will feature some of the area's best high school players, the West team may be without some standout players, which could be a blow.

Howe’s family reports rapid improvement
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:43:56 +0000

Howe’s family reports rapid improvement

DETROIT — Gordie Howe’s family says the hockey great has made a dramatic improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial.

The 86-year-old Howe had a serious stroke in late October, but in a statement released through the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, his family said his physical therapists have been “astonished” by his progress.

Executives from Stemedica Cell Technologies contacted the family and facilitated Howe’s participation in the clinical trial. He had a two-day, non-surgical treatment earlier this month.

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Utah State, UTEP set to meet in New Mexico Bowl
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:16:09 +0000

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A resilient Utah State is set to square off with UTEP and its run-heavy offense in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday as the college football postseason gets underway.

This season, the Aggies (9-4) have been hampered by injuries and were forced to play four quarterbacks. Somehow, their offensive line got better and all others started executing to get the Aggies within one win of double-digit victories, head coach Matt Wells said.

“It’s real simple,” Wells told reporters Friday. “Our receivers have stepped up. We’ve run the ball better.”

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