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The Texas Longhorns got a signature win Friday night, knocking off previously unbeaten, untied, and sixth-ranked Texas Tech, 1-0 on an OT goal by freshman Olivia Brook; it was the Raiders' first Big 12 loss in two years. A 2-0 loss Sunday to 17th-ranked West Virginia leaves the Horns at 6-4-2 on the year (1-1 in Big 12); they're on the road this week at Iowa State, before the next home game against Kansas, 7pm Fri., Oct. 10.

St. Edward's women lost a pair of home games to Dallas Baptist and Mid­west­ern State to drop to 4-4 on the year. ... The St. Ed's men, on the other hand, won two more on the road to move to 5-2-1; they don't play at home again until Oct. 11.

The Austin Aztex are in the middle of their first USL PRO Invitational Camp this Wed.-Fri. at Kelly Reeves Athletics Complex, taking a look at some 34 invited players – about half with previous pro experience – who might be on the squad in the Aztex's first pro season. The try-outs are open to the public; see for info.

The expansion Sacramento Republic won the USL PRO title Saturday, beating Harrisburg, 2-0. They also outdrew two network college football games in local TV ratings, and set a league attendance record for the season. They may also have jumped to the head of the line, ahead of Austin, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and San Antonio, in the race to become Major League Soccer's 24th and final-for-now expansion team. Their local ownership group, reportedly backed by Magic Johnson, looks ready and able to pony up the estimated $200 million needed to bring MLS to town, and they tout a downtown mixed-use stadium plan that comprises "one of the largest urban infill projects in the U.S."

Ageless Francesco Totti scored the equalizer to earn Roma a 1-1 draw at Manchester City, in this second week of European Champions League group play.

Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is not currently playable in "career mode" of FIFA 15, the popular video game from EA Sports, and will remain so until his real-world ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup is lifted on Oct. 26. When EA originally released the game demo for FIFA 15, Suarez was playable -- and was given the ability to occasionally bite other players in the game. No word on whether that feature will be retained when his character is reinstated.

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