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Morning Headlines for March 29, 2011

Texas Tech sophomore Jamodrick McGruder has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week, conference officials announced Monday.

It marks the second consecutive week that a Red Raider has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week, as first baseman Stephan Hagen was honored last Monday.

McGruder went 5 for 9 at the plate with 2 RBI in the Nebraska series and currently leads the team with a .389 batting average. Texas Tech next plays No. 10 Oklahoma Friday night starting a three game series in Norman.

LCU Baseball hosts McMurry University tonight at 5pm from Hays Field.

LCU Softball travels to West Texas A&M this afternoon for a doubleheader starting at 3pm from Canyon, Texas.

The Tulsa Shock have confirmed Sheryl Swoopes is returning to the league. Coach Nolan Richardson announced yesterday the three-time WNBA MVP has agreed to a deal with the Shock. Swoopes last played in the league in 2008 and spent the last few years playing overseas.

The Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their fourth-straight loss with a 100-92 win last night. The Spurs sat All-Star Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker with injuries. The Blazers got a game-high 26 points from Andre Miller in the victory.

Baylor faces Texas A&M for the fourth time this season in the women’s NCAA tournament tonight. The top-seeded Lady Bears have beaten the Aggies all three games on the season, but the games were decided by a combined 15 points. The winner moves on to the Final Four.
Stanford is heading back to its fourth straight Final Four after beating Gonzaga 83-60 to win the Spokane regional. The Cardinal await tonight’s Baylor-Texas A&M winner in the Dallas regional.

The Texas Rangers got four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 yesterday. All of the runs in the ninth were given up by Arizona reliever Juan Gutierrez. The Rangers got RBIs from Esteban German, Andres Blanco and Chris Davis in the game.

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Houston Astros 7-6 yesterday in an exhibition. Houston starter Bud Norris gave up seven runs on six hits in five innings of work. The two teams meet again on opening day Friday in Philadelphia.

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