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Hillary Clinton announces presidential bid

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidates hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Fairmont Hotel, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in San Francisco. Eric Risberg | AP Photo
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidates hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Fairmont Hotel, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in San Francisco. Eric Risberg | AP Photo

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential campaign today via email to her donors and supporters, and through a video posted on her new campaign website, hillaryclinton.com.

"Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion," Clinton said in her campaign video.

Clinton, who stepped down from her role in President Barack Obama's cabinet in 2013, is the first Democrat to formally announce their candidacy.

Her support from the Democratic Party far outnumbers any potential opponent's, a CBS news poll from February showed. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they would put her as a potential vote.

Clinton graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She practiced law during her husband’s time as governor of Arkansas.

Clinton’s political experience also includes her time as a U.S. senator for New York and her presidential run in 2008, when she was defeated by Obama in the Democratic primaries. She also was first lady of the U.S. and Arkansas when her husband, Bill Clinton, served as president and governor, respectively.

Clinton is the third declared 2016 presidential candidate; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced March 23, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul declared April 7.

Longhorns take first two games in Arkansas

After defeating Arkansas, 87, in extra innings Saturday, the Longhorns drifted past the Razorbacks, 112, in the second game of the three-game series Sunday.

Senior Gabby Smith showed no sign of soreness from the mound as she struck out three and allowed just one earned run over six innings.

“The biggest thing about Gabby is she can do so many things for us,” head coach Connie Clark said in a media availability Thursday. “For us right now, she is probably the single most key to our success as we go down the stretch.”

Texas' offense has been solid in the first two games of the series with a .350 overall batting average and 19 runs. The Longhorns tallied 13 hits alone Sunday.

Texas plays Arkansas for the final game of the sequence at 8 p.m. Monday.

Photo Credit: Daulton Venglar | Daily Texan Staff

The No. 9 Longhorns men’s tennis team will host the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center this weekend.

The Longhorns need two victories in the ITA Kick-Off to qualify for the ITA National Indoor Championship, which will be held in Chicago from Feb. 13-16.

Texas is one of 22 universities selected to host the start of the 2015 spring season. In the current system, three visiting schools travel to a host team’s courts for a four-team tournament.

Coming off consecutive road victories against No. 41 Tulsa and No. 58 Arkansas, the Longhorns look to build on their 2-0 start when they face No. 49 Minnesota, No. 34 Florida State and No. 42 Michigan.

The event will feature seven ranked singles players — including two-time All-American senior Søren Hess-Olesen and fellow senior Adrien Berkowicz, who led the Longhorns in singles wins last fall.

Hess-Olesen and Berkowicz have a combined seven singles wins and eight doubles wins, and they enter this season ranked No. 13 and No. 48, respectively. They are 1-1 together in doubles play.

Junior Nick Naumann and freshman John Mee look to continue their impressive doubles play in a potential, consolation-play matchup against Florida State’s junior duo Marco Nunez and Benjamin Lock, who are ranked 24th in doubles.

Naumann and Mee, who hold a 4-0 doubles record, could also face Minnesota’s senior Leandro Toledo and freshman Felix Corwin, who are ranked 58th in doubles.

Freshman Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz is also off to an impressive start. Ortiz-Ruiz, a Mexico native, picked up his first career dual match singles
victory against Arkansas and currently holds a 3-2 singles record.

Junior Michael Riechmann holds a 4-1 singles record. He and Ortiz-Ruiz have a 2-2 doubles record as partners.

Senior All-American Lloyd Glasspool and sophomore George Goldhoff will remain on the sidelines during this tournament because of minor injuries, but they went undefeated at the UT Invitational in both singles and doubles play earlier this month.

The tournament begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with UT squaring off against Minnesota, followed by Florida State versus Michigan. Consolation play begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, and the championship match will follow at 1 p.m.

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HOUSTON-- For Texas, Monday night epitomized head coach Charlie Strong’s first year struggles and sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes’ inconsistent play. 

At NRG Stadium in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, Arkansas (7-6, 2-4 SEC) topped the Longhorns (6-7, 5-4 Big 12) 31-7 in a matchup of two historical Southwest Conference rivals. Texas gained just 59 yards in the contest, the fewest of any FBS team through all of 2014, according to ESPN.

“You don’t ever expect to go out and get hammered in a bowl game 31-7 when you had a month to go prepare,” Strong said. “Texas has got to mean something. Right now, it doesn’t mean much.”

Arkansas dominated the game throughout. When both teams started out slowly, Arkansas inched out to a 3-0 lead at first quarter’s end. The Razorbacks contained the Longhorns to just 17 yards and two first downs through the first quarter and began to pull away in the second.

The Razorbacks’ offense began to explode in the second quarter. Junior quarterback Brandon Allen began the streak with a 36-yard touchdown pass just 45 seconds into the second. Next, defensive tackle Taiwan Johnson ramped up momentum by recovering junior running back Johnathan Gray’s endzone fumble for a second touchdown halfway through the second quarter. The score marked just the third touchdown by Arkansas defense through 2014.

“[Gray and I] weren’t on the same page when he missed the handoff,” Swoopes said. “We just didn’t execute. At the end of the day, that’s what you got to do.”

As Swoopes—and the Texas offense as a whole—struggled to succeed with the pass game, the Longhorns alternated between the run game and short passes through the first half. Swoopes completed six-of-10 for 30 yards before halftime and lost 19 yards on two sacks. Even so, it was Swoopes’ run game alone that put Texas on the board. His nine-yard rush with 3:50 to go in the second quarter shrunk the Texas deficit to 17-7. The Longhorns entered the half down 24-7 and wouldn’t score again.

“They were just physical,” Swoopes said of the Arkansas defense. “They had a lot of guys to the point of the attack and just all played hard for 60 minutes.”

In addition to gaining a lowly 59 yards on offense, the Longhorns also played their eighth scoreless third quarter of the season. Texas ends its season with just 23 third-quarter points in 2014.

Strong said Texas’ game needs to improve in every quarter.

“A lot of time in the first half it’s a low-scoring game and in the second half, it just falls in on us,” Strong said. “It’s just about guys finishing and executing. We don’t finish. We didn’t do a great job of finishing.”

Texas allowed one more rushing touchdown in the fourth, as Arkansas capped off its day with 351 total offensive yards—292 more than the Longhorns produced. Allen, the game’s most valuable player, completed 12-of-23 passes for 160 yards.

Though Swoopes completed more passes than Allen did, his 13 balls were good for just 57 yards. He also lost 41 yards rushing. Strong and Shawn Watson, assistant head coach for offense/quarterbacks, said Swoopes will face competition for next year’s starting quarterback position.

“He knows he’s got a lot of work to do and understands he’s far from a finished product,” Watson said. “He’s got tons of work to do and he’s willing to go out and do it.”

The loss drops Texas’ all-time series record against Arkansas to 56-22, 1-2 at neutral sites. Texas also finishes the season at 6-7, its second losing season since 2010.

“We see there’s a lot of work to be done which is a great challenge and I don’t mind that—I accept that,” Strong said. “You look at the TCU game and this game and it’s not an indication of what Texas is all about. We have work to do and we got to get it done.”

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After a 6-6 regular season in his first year at Texas, Charlie Strong and the Longhorns take on Arkansas in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. The Razorbacks also finished their season 6-6 and want to end their second season under head coach Bret Bielema on a winning note.

8:03- Texas wins the toss and defers to the second half. Arkansas will receive the ball to start the game. 

8:11- 12:18 First Quarter, Arkansas 0 Texas 0: The Longhorns force the Razorbacks to punt on their first drive. Texas starts on offense at its own eight yard line.

8:17- 12:07 First Quarter, Arkansas 0 Texas 0: Longhorns burn their first time out of the half to avoid a delay of game penalty following a false start.

8:21- 8:53 First Quarter, Arkansas 0 Texas 0: The Longhorns move the chains but are forced to punt following a sack on third down. Razorbacks start their second possession on the Texas 48.

8:31- 4:32 First Quarter, Arkansas 3 Texas 0: Razorbacks get on the board first following a 32-yard field goal by Adam McFain. 

8:40- 2:01 First Quarter, Arkansas 3 Texas 0: The Longhorns move the ball into Arkansas territory but are forced to punt. Razorbacks start drive from their own 13.

8:47-End of the First Quarter, Arkansas 3 Texas 0: A late hit penalty moves Arkansas inside of Texas territory.

8:52- 14:15 Second Quarter, Arkansas 10 Texas 0: Arkansas takes a two score lead on a 36-yard touchdown reception by Demetrius Wilson.

9:00- 13:09 Second Quarter, Arkansas 10 Texas 0: Longhorns are forced to punt giving the Razorbacks the ball back on their own 27. Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes has completed two of six pass attempts for negative one yard.

9:11- 8:13 Second Quarter, Arkansas 17 Texas 0: Longhorns fumble the ball in their own end zone and the Razorbacks recover to take a three score lead.

9:24- 3:59 Second Quarter, Arkansas 17 Texas 7: Swoopes runs it in himself from nine yards out to cap an eight-play 44 yard drive.

9:29- 1:07 Second Quarter, Arkansas 17 Texas 7: Razorbacks use their first time out of the half and are threatening inside the Texas 10 yard line.

9:33- 0:24 Second Quarter, Arkansas 24 Texas 7: Razorbacks push their lead back to 17 on a five yard touchdown strike on third down and goal.

9:35- Halftime, Arkansas 24 Texas 7: The Longhorns will receive to start the third quarter.

10:02- 13:22 Third Quarter, Arkansas 24 Texas 7: Longhorns start the half with the ball but are forced to punt as third-quarter scoring woes continue. Razorbacks start drive at the Longhorn 35 after a nice return.

 

 10:10- 9:07 Third Quarter, Arkansas 24 Texas 7: The Razorbacks miss a 32-yard field goal wide right. Longhorns start their second drive of the third quarter at their own 20 yard line.

10:19- 8:37 Third Quarter, Arkansas 24 Texas 7: Swoopes misses junior wide receiver Daje Johnson for what should have been a first down but the Longhorns are forced to punt.

10:36- End of the Third Quarter, Arkansas 24 Texas 7.

10:51- 11:41 Fourth Quarter, Arkansas 31 Texas 7: The Razorbacks expand their lead on a one-yard touchdown run.

Final- Arkansas takes the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl 31-7, giving Texas its seventh loss of the season and second losing season since 2010.

Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes struggled against TCU on Thursday. Although he rushed for a team-high 61 yards, Swoopes threw four interceptions to the Horned Frogs.

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Texas faces Arkansas on Monday night at NRG Stadium in a highly anticipated matchup between old Southwest Conference rivals.  As the rivalry is rekindled here are five things to know to understand the Razorbacks:

The defense is snout
 
Statistically this is the best defense the Longhorns have faced all season in many major aspects. The Razorbacks have allowed the same amount of points per game (20) as TCU but the Horned Frogs defensive numbers benefit from their 48-10 romp of the Longhorns.
 
Arkansas’ defense only allows 345 yards per game, which is three less yards than the Longhorns, and 15 less yards than the best defense Texas has faced thus far TCU.
 
In sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes’ first 11 games for the Longhorns, four of Texas’ five victories were against the four worst defenses the Longhorns faced all season. Against the top scoring defenses (Kansas State, TCU, Baylor, OU) on the schedule the Texas offense woefully underperformed with the lone exception coming against Oklahoma when Texas scored 26 to the Sooners’ overage of 25 allowed per contest.
 
The Hogs have the top pass defense the Longhorns face this season, but will be without two defensive backs, senior cornerback Cornell Washington and junior safety Rohan Gaines due to a violation of team rules.

Running offense
 
In similar fashion to his philosophy at Wisconsin, Bret Bielema’s squad is a run-first team in contrast to most of offenses Texas has faced this season. The Razorbacks boast two 1,000-yard rushers in junior running back Jonathan Williams and sophomore running back Alex Collins.
 
But similar to Texas’ offensive troubles against better defenses the Razorbacks have achieved most of their success against lower-tier defenses, with their only 200 yard rushing game of conference play coming against Texas A&M.
 
The Longhorns are 1-3 when they surrender 200 or more yards on the ground, while the Razorbacks are 4-1 when they hit the plateau.
 
They don’t look like a 6-6 team
 
Arkansas had dropped 17 straight SEC games entering a Nov. 15 showdown with No.20 LSU. While the Hogs played Alabama to within a point and Mississippi State within a score, it was hard to imagine the Razorbacks would end their losing skid against the Tigers.
 
However, not only did Arkansas do just that they did so in shutout fashion then followed the performance with a 30-0 thrashing of No.8 Ole Miss. The wins are testament to the players buying into Bielema’s system and that the Hogs appear to be the best 6-6 team in college football.
 
Of the 11 Power-Five conference teams that entered their bowl games with a 6-6 record, of which the Razorbacks have the highest point differential for the season of 141 more points scored than allowed (the next highest is Pitt which scored 73 more than it allowed).
 
Struggle to win away from home

The Razorbacks are 3-16 outside of Fayetteville since the start of the 2012 season including a 2-12 mark outside their home state. However, the last time they won multiple games out of Arkansas was 2011, which included two wins in the state of Texas, one of which was in their bowl. With a win over Texas Tech in Lubbock already under its belt, Arkansas looks to finish in similar out of state fashion.
 
Beware of the first quarters of each half
 
The Razorbacks outscored opponents 202-76 in the opening quarters of each half this season, scoring 68 points in the third frame in which the Longhorns only mustered 23 points.
 
However, nearly 70 percent of Arkansas’ points allowed have been scored in the second and fourth quarter, in contrast to Texas scores over 70 percent of its points in those two quarters.

Swoopes’ rapid growth has many thinking he might just be the quarterback the Longhorn football program has been desper- ate for ever since Colt McCoy left in 2010.

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For Texas head coach Charlie Strong, Monday’s night bowl game marks a career milestone.

Texas’ matchup with Arkansas in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl reignites a historical rivalry that dominated the Southwest Conference before the Big 12 existed. The game also signifies the Longhorns’ postseason berth in Strong’s first season, a prospect that wasn’t always certain. But for Strong, Monday’s matchup hits closer to home than just a conference or school connection.

Strong, who grew up in Batesville, Arkansas, will compete against his hometown team.

“I grew up at Arkansas so I had a chance to watch this rivalry from afar,” Strong said. “No one there ever lets you forget about this rivalry.”

Texas (6-6, 5-4 Big 12) enters the bowl game coming off a 48-10 Thanksgiving Day loss to TCU. However, the Longhorns rode a three-game winning streak before the Thanksgiving thrashing, emblematic of an inconsistent season.

Now, the Longhorns will look to gel in a passing offense highlighted by the tandem duo of sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and senior wide receiver John Harris.

Harris enters the game with 1015 receiving yards on the season, good for No. 8 on UT’s single-season receiving yards chart. His mark more than doubles any receiver on Arkansas, a team that relies primarily on its rushing game. Though the bowl game will be Harris’ last competition as a Longhorn, he emphasized the importance of finishing 2014 on a winning note.

“I think it’s a big note…just to get momentum going in the offseason,” Harris said. “You start off with a winning program, it just gets you in a jumpstart to next season. Last year, we finished on a losing note and it wasn’t a good taste in our mouth.”

Arkansas (6-6, 2-4 SEC) finished the 2014 regular season in similar fashion to that of Texas. After shutting out then-No. 17 LSU and then-No. 8 Ole Miss consecutively, the Razorbacks dropped their last game against Mizzou 21-14.

Even so, Arkansas’ staunch defense rivals the best in the country. The Razorbacks let up just 20.3 points per game this season, good for 17th in the nation. They also slot 24th in the FBS in total defense (345.4 yards per game) and 22nd in rushing defense (124 yards per game).

Senior linebacker Jordan Hicks said Arkansas’ defensive strength and the schools’ rivalry has motivated him and his teammates through the postseason.

“It’s easy to fall into a trap as a player to say ‘Why are we doing these many days in a row?’ or worry about your body,” Hicks said. “But when you see guys coming out every single day ready to practice and ready to hit every single day over and over again, it’s because of Arkansas. That’s the type of game they play and everybody understands that.”

Texas will look to implement that practice Monday night at 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium. The sold-out game will air nationally on ESPN.

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Texas accepted its invitation to play in the 2014 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on December 29 in Houston. The Longhorns (6-6, 5-4) will face the Razorbacks (6-6, 2-6) at 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium, where the Houston Texans compete.

The game marks Texas’ first postseason competition against an SEC team since it lost to Alabama in the 2009 BCS Championship. Texas and Arkansas share a long history as Southwestern Conference rivals from 1925 to 1991. After the Razorbacks moved to the SEC in the 1990s, the conference soon disintegrated.

“We’re excited to be playing…against an old SWC rival in Arkansas,” said Texas head coach Charlie Strong, an Arkansas native.

The Texas-Arkansas rivalry peaked at the 1969 matchup between the top-two programs, sometimes touted as the “Game of the Century.” No. 1 Texas rebounded from a 14-0 deficit to top the No. 2 Razorbacks 15-14 in the match.

“That game was such a memorable game,” Strong said. “As you continue to watch those great matchups over the years, that’s one game they’d always play back, so it’s a special game.”

Although Texas and Arkansas are not ranked, each features a dominant defense. Texas finished twelfth in passing defense (186.3 yards per game), eighth in yards allowed per play (4.67) and tied for seventh in sacks (3.25 per game). Arkansas allowed just 20.3 points per game — good for 15th in the nation. Its red zone defense ranks at No. 4.

“Arkansas presents an unbelievable challenge,” Strong said. “They are a really good, physical team that has played their best ball in the second half of the season.”

The bowl game marks the Longhorns 53rd bowl appearance, good for second best in the NCAA. Both teams have a winning season on the line.

The game will be televised on ESPN.

The Longhorns will follow up an undefeated homestand, which included a physical contest against ranked No. 22 Arkansas, with a road game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 7 p.m. and a nationally televised home game against Montana on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-1-1) is only in its second season of women’s soccer, but the team has shown it can compete with more established groups. The Islanders opened their season with a draw against Houston and recorded a shutout win against Texas Southern.

Montana (2-2) has already recorded two shutouts in road contests against Air Force and Gonzaga.

Head coach Angela Kelly looks for her team (2-0-2) to take the weekend’s games as opportunities to continue pressuring opponents like they did in last weekend’s 5-1 smothering of Nevada.

“We are fine-tuning each and every day what we do,” Kelly said. “We are going to expect to play a quicker tempo, a quicker rhythm, press higher up the field, play positively out of pressure, execute in each third of the field with precision and put the ball in the back of the net.”

Two very different Longhorn teams made appearances during Texas’ two-game homestand at Myers Stadium this weekend. 

Friday’s season opener against No. 25 Arkansas resulted in a long, scoreless draw for both teams, but Texas claimed a dominant win over Nevada on Sunday. 

During Texas’ season start, the Razorbacks’ game plan — which included high shots from the penalty area — never came to fruition as junior goalkeeper Abby Smith recorded her 16th career shutout. 

Smith collected seven saves in the double-overtime contest and made a gutsy clearance outside of the box.

The Longhorns countered Arkansas’ physicality with careful passes and a flurry of crosses in front of the goal, but the team failed to capitalize on the few chances it had.

Against Nevada, a much more attack-minded team showed up. Freshman forward Olivia Brook and senior defender Brooke Gilbert led the charge with two goals each to help the team to a fast-paced 5-1 win.

Texas maintained excellent possession around the Nevada goal and launched 26 shots to Nevada’s nine en route to securing an undefeated homestand.

“Today, we did a better job of controlling our space,” said head coach Angela Kelly after the game. “It’s very important that we control the rhythm of the match.”

Texas travels to Corpus Christi next to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 7 p.m.