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Morning Headlines for March 25, 2011

Texas Tech Red Raider Baseball tonight starts their first conference home series of the season against Nebraska.  Tonight’s game is 6:30 at Dan Law Field and features a pitching match-up of Jamen Parten for Tech and Matt Freeman for the Cornhuskers.  The Red Raiders are in a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the Big 12 with a 2 and 1 conference record.  Saturday’s game is at 5 o’clock and Sunday’s game is at 1 o’clock.

Texas Tech Softball tomorrow starts the Big 12 portion of their schedule against Missouri at Rocky Johnson Field.  Red Raider Softball currently has a 35-1 record, while the Tigers are a more ‘pedestrian’ 22-3.  Saturday’s game is at 2 o’clock and Sunday’s game is at 12 Noon at Rocky Johnson Field.

The Texas Tech Football Red & Black Spring Game takes place tomorrow at Jones AT&T Stadium.  Kickoff is at 1’clock; and the focus will be on the quarterback position with Seth Doege, Jacob Karam, Scotty Young and Michael Brewer all seeing time on the field.  Admission is $5 for adults, children under 18 and Tech students with a valid ID will be admitted free.

LCU Baseball will play a SAC Doubleheader this afternoon at Hays Field.  Today’s games are against Mid America Christian with Game 1 at 3 o’clock and Game 2 immediately thereafter.

LCU Softball tomorrow will play a doubleheader against Rogers State.  Game 1 is at 12 Noon, Game 2 at 2 o’clock.

Sweet 16 Results from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last night:  Butler beat Wisconsin 61 to 54, Arizona trounced Duke 93 to 77, Florida needs overtime to beat BYU 83 to 74 and UCONN defeats San Diego State 74 to 67.

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki had a 30-point, 11-rebound double-double to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 104-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. The victory also gave the Mavs their 11th-straight season with at least 50 wins. The Timberwolves were without injured All-Star forward Kevin Love.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays pounded the Houston Astros yesterday 11-3 in spring training. Astros starter Bud Norris allowed four runs in his four innings pitched. The Rays got homers from Sam Fuld and Stephen Vogt in the win.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers split a pair of split-squad exhibition games yesterday. One half of the squad beat the Cincinnati Reds 15-13 on the back of Nelson Cruz’s six RBIs, while the other half lost to the San Diego Padres 7-4 in ten innings. The team also announced that Neftali Feliz will remain as their closer.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Defending champion Texas has taken a three-point lead after the first day of the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships yesterday. The Longhorns are followed in the standings by Stanford and California. Cal’s Nathan Adrian broke his own American short-course record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 18.66 seconds.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the first time in its 29-year history, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis will get a new roof.

Workers will begin replacing the Metrodome’s storm-damaged roof Friday.

New fabric panels will be delivered to the downtown Minneapolis stadium, and Birdair Inc., will begin by replacing three diamond-shaped panels that ruptured during a December snowstorm.

Work is expected to continue through July. The project is scheduled to be completed Aug. 1, in time for the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission opted to replace the entire roof after engineers said they worried simply repairing torn panels wouldn’t be enough to prevent another failure.

The commission hired Birdair to replace the roof. The Amherst, N.Y.-based contractor designed and installed the roof, which has covered the Metrodome since its opening in 1982.

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Notable NBA games on the schedule tonight:  Minnesota at Oklahoma City, San Antonio at Portland and New Jersey at Orlando

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