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2009 football schedule released

For the second straight season the Frogs will be playing 12 straight weeks, but unlike last year, all games will be on Saturdays.

Also, the team will be alternating between home and road games every week this season.



Two times are yet to be set: the two road games on the East Coast against Virginia and Clemson.



All of the Mountain West Conference games will be televised on Versus, CBS College Sports or the Mtn. TV deals are still in the works for the two games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Fantasy Baseball: Players in minors can bolster your lineup

So here we are just 10 days away from the first pitch in the 2009 baseball season.

Hopefully, you have done most of your drafts by now. There are some perks to picking your team late in spring training, like getting the most up-to-date injury news and finding out who has been optioned to the minor leagues.



But even those players who are going to spend some time in the minors are valuable as late round draft picks.

Dueling columns: MWC playoff proposal

Mountain West proposal to benefit underrepresented conferences

The Mountain West Conference's attempts to pioneer a new format for crowning a college football champion should be applauded by all fans of the sport.



There is no question that the current system is flawed. One slipup on Saturday during the regular season can cost a worthy team a chance at playing on college sports' biggest stage at the National Championship game. The fact that no playoff system has been established as of yet is unacceptable.

Fantasy Baseball: Rodriguez’s injury lets other third basemen rise

We are steadily crawling closer and closer to Opening Day, and maybe it's just me, but I am getting excited. And of course I am happy to be watching the World Baseball Classic.

There are several columnists around the country dogging on the event because of the risk of injury to the players involved.



Since I am a Texas Rangers fan, I don't have to worry about losing any of my favorite players, because nobody else wants them.



But there is something about seeing a team wearing USA on its jerseys that gets me excited.

Dueling columns: Owens’ release from the Cowboys

Controversial receiver's release good riddance

When the Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Terrell Owens last week, I was foolish enough to think for a second the madness was finally over.



I was moronic enough to think teams in the NFL would learn their lessons and realize that Owens is nothing but a cancer that will corrode any team from the inside out.



I was naive enough to think the receiver might be heading his way north of the border to the wasteland that is Canadian football.

Football spring training already in full swing

The calendar may still read March, but it seems like in Texas it is always football season.

The Frogs have gotten back onto the gridiron for a set of 15 spring practices, with the last one being the spring game April 4 in Amon Carter Stadium.



Head football coach Gary Patterson said he is glad to get back on the field, but thinks the spring is flying by.



"We've only got two more practices until we are half done," Patterson said. "We will hit practice eight, then we go on Spring Break, then we have seven more when we get back."

Lady Frogs beat conference-leading Utes

The Lady Frogs will have a first-round bye when the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Championships kick off Tuesday in Las Vegas. And judging from their performance against the University of Utah on Saturday, they've earned it.

The team earned its 20th win of the season by knocking off the Mountain West Conference-leading Utah Utes on Saturday in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.



Despite trailing by as many as 13 points early in the game, the team bounced back to win 53-47.

Lady Frogs upend first-place Utah squad in regular season finale

The Lady Frogs earned their 20th win of the season by knocking off the Mountain West Conference-leading Utah Utes Saturday in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Despite trailing by as much as 13 early in the game, the team bounced back to win 53-47.



The Utes took a three-point lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to a made layup on the last shot of the half, but the Lady Frogs began the second half on a 8-2 run to take the lead for the first time.

Horned Frogs sweep Shockers

The Horned Frogs continued to put their offense on display Sunday as they completed their sweep of the Wichita State Shockers.

"Wichita State came in this weekend and they kind of have had our number the last couple years now," Vern said. "We were looking forward to this one and were ready to go."



The team pushed a dozen runs across the plate during the team's 12-3 victory. The Frogs scored 27 runs during the three-game series.

Fantasy Baseball: World Baseball Classic offers sneak peak at players

The World Baseball Classic is officially underway after Japan knocked off China 4-0 early Thursday morning.

These games might not really matter to your fantasy leagues, but you do get a chance to see some of your favorite players face off against some live pitching with something on the line.



Seeing Ichiro Suzuki go 0-5 was a little disheartening, but it was just the first game of the Classic and he hadn't played at all for the Mariners in spring training yet, so don't freak out owners. I think Ichiro will still hit .310, score 100 runs and steal 40 bags.

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