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The No. 5 ranked men’s track team, fresh from hosting the Texas Relays, will travel to Tucson, Ariz. to compete in the Jim Click Shootout on Saturday. The Longhorns hope to continue their dominant performance from the Texas Relays but will have to do so with some important faces missing from the team.

Isaac Murphy, who finished third in the decathlon last week, will not compete in his favored event, but will run a leg in two relay events — the 4x400m and 4x100m — and throw the discus. 

Joining the relay team with Murphy will be senior Keiron Stewart, who will run his signature event, the 100m hurdles, at the meet.

Most of the long distance team will also get the week off, as the events that they dominated last week are not part of the Jim Click Shootout. Patrick McGregor, who runs the anchor leg for the distance medley team, will, however, compete in the 1500-meter run. 

Sophomore Ryan Crouser, winner of the shot put and Big 12 Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week last week, is also not scheduled to compete in Tucson, Ariz.

TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal judge will allow prosecutors to see most of a prison psychologist's personal notes pertaining to the suspect in the Tucson shooting that wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Jared Lee Loughner's lawyers wanted to withhold from prosecutors 62 pages of notes that Dr. Christina Pietz made during Loughner's previous four-month restoration commitment at a Missouri prison facility.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ruled Thursday that a few pages of Pietz's notes from conversations with defense counsel will be redacted, but the remainder will be given to prosecutors.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the January 2011 shooting that killed six people and left 13 wounded, including Giffords, who was shot in the head.

Giffords resigned from Congress last month to focus on her recovery.

Men's Swimming & Diving

The second-ranked Longhorns left Tucson with a disappointing loss to the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats on Saturday.

Texas fell to 4-2 in dual meets as the Wildcats remain unbeaten at home with a 155-88 victory. Arizona clocked-in impressive finishes across the board, but the Longhorns were able to pull away with a few strong performances.

Michael McBroom, Jackson Wilcox and Jacob Ritter took the top three spots in the 1000 freestyle event. Later on in the 500 freestyle, the three distance swimmers were able to clinch the top three finishes as well. Kyle McNeilis raced to a fourth place finish to help the Longhorns dominate the distance events.

Senior Jimmy Feigen had impressive performances in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, taking second place in both. Freshman Clay Youngquist stepped up for the Longhorns with a second place swim in the 200 freestyle.

In diving, Matt Cooper won the one-meter competition. Cooper was followed by Drew Livingston who claimed third in the event. Cooper also clenched a second place finish on the three-meter board and teammate Will McCraney took fourth.

Texas will look for redemption as they dual Texas A&M on Friday, Feb. 3. This will be the final meet before they battle in the Big 12 Championships in Columbia, Mo. on Feb. 22-25.

Men's Swimming Preview

The No. 2 Longhorns raced to flawless finishes and a victory over No. 8 Auburn, improving to 4-1 in dual meets this season. Texas looks to bring the same intensity as they face No. 1 Arizona on Saturday in Tucson.

Against Auburn, Texas hit the water looking strong as Cole Cragin, Eric Friedland, Neil Caskey and Jimmy Feigen clocked in a winning time in the 200 medley relay.

Big 12 Swimmer of the Week, senior Jackson Wilcox swam the fastest time in the country in the 1000 freestyle, beating the mark previously held by Georgia’s William Freeman. His leadership and dominance in the distance events will help the Longhorns as they attempt to dethrone Arizona from the top ranking.

Texas took the top three finishes in the 200 freestyle with promising swims by Dax Hill, Clay Youngquist and Kyle McNeilis.

Friedland, Caskey and Feigen swept their individual events, and Cragin added to those first place finishes with a win in the 100 backstroke.

Divers Drew Livingston and Matt Cooper continued the pace and exhibited another round of stellar performances. Both left the platform with the top two scores in the 3-meter diving competition.

The Longhorns hope for another road win and a repeat of dominance as they duel the Wildcats this weekend.

TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has returned to Houston following a brief weekend visit to Arizona.

She arrived in Tucson Friday evening with her husband, retired astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly. Her spokesman, Mark Kimble, confirmed to The Associated Press Monday afternoon the Arizona lawmaker departed Monday.

Kimble called the weekend trip very uneventful for Giffords as she continues to recover from a head wound suffered Jan. 8 when a gunman opened fire outside a Tucson-area grocery store while meeting constituents.

It was her second trip to Arizona since being discharged from a Houston rehab hospital in June.

 

Rep. Gliffords returns to Houston after brief visit to Arizona

Judge allows forced medication of jailed Tucson shooting suspect

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge has ruled that prison officials can forcibly medicate the Tucson shooting rampage suspect with anti-psychotic drugs.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said he did not want to second guess doctors at a federal prison in Springfield, Mo.

Burns issued the decision Wednesday after Loughner’s attorneys filed an emergency request to prevent any forced medication of their client. Defense attorneys said Loughner had been forcibly medicated since June 21.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the January shooting that killed six people and injured 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
He has been at a federal prison facility in Missouri since May 28 after the judge concluded Loughner was mentally unfit to stand trial.


 

State Senate approves civil union, needs Rhode Island governor’s OK

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Senate has approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, a measure that Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he’s inclined to sign.

State senators voted 21-16 Wednesday evening to endorse the bill. The legislation, which already has passed the state House, allows gay couples to enter into civil unions that offer the same rights and benefits given to married couples under Rhode Island law.

It is now headed to Chafee’s desk for his signature.

Several gay marriage advocacy groups have urged Chafee to veto it because of what they call overly broad exemptions that would allow religious institutions to ignore rights given through civil unions. The measure would, for instance, let religious hospitals refuse a civil union spouse the right to make emergency medical decisions.­