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Afternoon Headlines for March 24th

The Texas Tech Red Raider football team will have their last Spring Practice today at four o’clock, before holding the spring game this Saturday at 1 p.m. from Jones AT&T Stadium.

In baseball news Texas Tech junior first baseman Stephen Hagen has been named to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup as one of the top 16 players in the country. Hagen, who was also named the Big 12 Player of the Week, batted .500 (9-for-18) with three multi-hit games, including a 5-for-6 performance with two doubles and a home run against the then 14th ranked Baylor Bears. He is currently leading the team in batting average at .373 (28-for-75) with seven doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI’s.

The Texas Tech women’s team will take their eight-match winning streak on the road to Oklahoma this weekend as they’ll face the 19th ranked Sooners on Friday, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sunday. The Lady Raiders tennis team started conference play this past weekend with wins over Kansas, 6-1, and Kansas State, 7-0. The Lady Raiders have not dropped a match since February 13th and is currently 12-3 overall, 2-0 in conference matches. The match against Oklahoma will be played at 5 p.m. in Norman, while the Oklahoma State match is scheduled for noon in Stillwater.

In other Tech athletics news the 3rd ranked Red Raider and 12th ranked Lady Raider track teams are set for their second meet of the season, that’s being held this Saturday the 26th at the UTEP Springtime Invitational being held in El Paso. The UTEP Springtime Invitational will start with field events at 10 a.m. with the running events getting started at 3 p.m.

In major league baseball news, after plenty of discussion over the last few weeks, the Texas Rangers have decided that Neftali Feliz will remain the team’s closer in 2011.  The decision means that the Rangers’ rotation is now set with left-hander C.J. Wilson, right-hander Colby Lewis, righty Tommy Hunter, lefty Matt Harrison and left-hander Derek Holland to start the season. The order of the final three has yet to be determined, but the club could decide to break up the lefties. Rangers Manager Ron Washington stated after the decision to keep Feliz in the closers role that there were still two spots left to fill in the bull pen. That leaves Pedro Strop, Mark Lowe and Mason Tobin fighting for a setup job and Dave Bush and Brett Tomko competing for the long relief role.

In other baseball news college teammates Tommy Manzella and Brian Bogusevic, were among four players cut from the Houston Astros camp today in a move that clears up the race for the back-up infield and outfield spots. The moves leave the Astros with 39 healthy players left in camp one week prior to the deadline to trim the rosters to 25.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2011 Division I Women’s Basketball All-America teams, and the committee selected Lubbock Christian University’s Emily Atkins and Brittany Hampton to the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention team. The freshman Atkins, led the Lady Chaps in scoring with 14.7 points a game. She broke the Rip Griffin Center single-game scoring mark with 36 points back on Nov. 5 in her very first home game.

Hampton claimed her second consecutive All-American honor. She led the NAIA and set the Sooner Athletic Conference and LCU program single-season free-throw mark with a 91.3% free-throw percentage on the season.

The honors mark the 13th time All-American status has been handed to a Lady Chaps player in program history, and the ninth time under head coach Steve Gomez. It is the fifth consecutive year a Lady Chaps member has made the list.

In LCU news the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced their 2010-2011 Division I Men’s Basketball All-America Team, and the Chaps Kenny Hewiit was selected as a second team NAIA All-American member. The honor for Hewitt marks LCU with 19 all-time NAIA All-American recipients and 18 that were produced during the 31-year tenure of John Copeland as the Chaps head coach.

The Men’s NCAA Tournament resumes this afternoon with 4 Sweet 16 Match-ups. Out of the West Region the 3rd seeded UConn Huskies will square off against the 2nd seeded San Diego State University with a 6:15 tip-off time. The other game out of the West Region will feature 5th seeded University of Arizona and the top seeded Duke Blue Devils squaring off at 8:45.

Out of the Southwest region the 3rd seeded BYU Cougars and 2nd seeded Florida Gators will meet with a 6:30 tip-off time, and that game will be followed by 8th seeded Butler and 4th seeded Wisconsin doing battle with-tip-off scheduled for 8:57.

We’ll continue our coverage of March Madness right here on 1340 the fan as we’ll bring you the UCONN and San Diego State game first with coverage scheduled to begin at 6.

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