Longhorns Knocked Out of Big 12 Tourney
UT loses in Big 12 Tournament, St. Ed's, MLS playoffs, Stoke City, and more
By Nick Barbaro,
7:26PM, Wed. Nov. 5, 2008
The UT Longhorns gave up three second-half goals to lose to Missouri, 3-1, in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday – the first time all year the Horns had given up three goals in a game. So they won't defend their two straight tournament titles, and now await NCAA bids, coming out Nov. 14.
St. Edward's men won a pair on the road last week to move to 13-4 for the year, 14th in the country, and in position for one of two NCAA bids from their region. The Hilltoppers close out the regular season this weekend at home: 2pm Friday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 9, against St. Mary's and TAMU-International.
The St. Edward's women look good for the NCAAs as well; they end their season on the road in Odessa and Dallas.
MLS playoffs continue this weekend, with the second leg of the first round. The Houston Dynamo hosts New York, 2pm Sunday, Nov. 9, Robertson Stadium.
What a difference a week makes for Stoke City in the English Premier League …
The Austin Aztex sister team beat Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday, then, stunningly, Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday, to vault out of the bottom three, all the way to a tie for 10th. All three Stoke goals came on long throw-ins by midfielder Rory Delap whose incredible strength and accuracy on throws may just be the most revolutionary offensive weapon to hit the EPL in some time. If you haven’t seen this guy, you should make it a point to catch a Stoke game on TV. He has truly changed the game, because when every throw-in in the attacking third becomes a prime scoring chance, opposing defenders suddenly have a much smaller comfort zone.