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AUSTIN, Texas -- Tom Herman smiled, raised his right hand for the Hookem Horns sign and said all the right things Sunday to fire up the fan base as the new Texas coach.All of that was to be expected. Now comes the hard parts: winning, competing for a Big 12 title and navigating the treacherous landscape both on and off the field of Longhorns football.Herman landed on the Texas campus Sunday to turn around a program worn down by three consecutive losing seasons under Charlie Strong. In Herman, Texas President Greg Fenves and athletic director Mike Perrin hired arguably the hottest young coach in college football away from Houston.We will win championships, at Texas, Herman said, sounding the key note his new fans want to hear.Herman lifted Houston with winning and public persona that pledged an H-town takeover. He now inherits a Texas program laboring to return to the national elite. And hell have to sooth some hurt feelings among the talented but young players who had pleaded a week earlier for Strong to stay. Among them was junior running back DOnta Foreman, who rushed for 2,028 yards and is considering turning pro.Some of that started when Herman met with his new players Sunday afternoon. Herman said he knows many of the Texas players are close to Strong, but added the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again.There will be change, Herman said.Herman will enjoy a whirlwind of early support that Strong never really got. Herman was hired so quickly after Strong was fired -- within hours -- that it demonstrated how unified school administrators and influential donors were in a desperate rush to snatch him up before anyone else did.Fenves and Perrin acknowledged they met Herman on Friday night after Texas lost to TCU and had an agreement in place before Strong was told hed been fired. Three years ago, it took Texas about three weeks and flirtations with several other coaches, before Strong was hired.And Strong had barely arrived on campus when billionaire businessman Red McCombs, one of Texas most prominent donors, called hiring Strong a kick in the face, a comment that set the tone for three tumultuous years for a divided fan base.All of that came under different campus leadership than Herman has now. Fenves and Perrin have been in their jobs less than two years.What is important is that in the end, we got our man, Fenves said.Things look and sound good now, but Herman will want to remember that Texas has a board of regents that hasnt been afraid to meddle in athletics. It was impatient board members and influential donors who worked tried to lure Alabamas Nick Saban while Mack Brown was still the Longhorns coach in 2013.Herman will have to put a staff together, and he deflected questions on whether that will include Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. Applewhite is a former Texas quarterback and assistant coach who was immensely popular with Texas fans. But he also was disciplined by the university in 2009 when as an assistant coach school officials learned hed engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student trainer on a bowl trip.Applewhite, and how the school disciplined him, remains a key element in a long-running gender and race discrimination lawsuit against Texas filed by former womens track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out in 2013 after having a relationship with one of her athletes in 2002. That case is pending before the state Supreme Court.Herman will enjoy hitting the recruiting trail for the states flagship university and the wealth and prestige that comes with it. And the buzz across Texas fertile recruiting grounds will be focused on him, instead of Big 12 and in-state rivals like Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU and Texas A&M, all of whom had disappointing seasons.Texas is known a place where the pressure to win, be a politician and to be the public face of one of the nations most prominent programs can be crushing. Herman says he ready to handle it all.Pressure comes from being unprepared, Herman said. We are prepared for this job. We are prepared to be successful. MLB Jerseys From China . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. Wholesale Baseball Jerseys . He says so-called TRT is only one problem and he wants to go even further than the ban. "Its about time," St-Pierre told reporters at a promotional event in Montreal on Friday. "I think its a good thing. http://www.cheapjerseysmlbchina.com/ .ca! 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Cory Gearrin earned his first career save by retiring pinch-hitter Oswaldo Arcia on a flyout that gave Minnesota its sixth straight loss. The previous longest career outing for Teheran was seven innings, a mark he reached in a no-decision April 29 against Washington and a May 9 victory at San Francisco. After rallying in the late innings to win three straight from the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, Atlanta jumped on Twins starter Kevin Correia (4-4) early. "He said it -- his arm was dragging tonight," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He just couldnt get the whip in it, couldnt get the ball where he wanted to, I think. Normally hes really good locating the baseball, and he was up." In the first, Freddie Freeman had an RBI single, and Uggla hit his eighth homer, a three-run shot, to make it 4-0. Juan Francisco led off the fourth with a double, moved to third on Teherans sacrifice bunt and scored on Andrelton Simmons sacrifice fly RBI for a 5-0 lead. Correia had his shortest outing in nine starts this season. In four innings, he allowed eight hits, a season-high five runs and one walk. Correia recorded no strikeouts for the first time this year and the first timme as a starter since April 29, 2012, when he and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost in Atlanta.dddddddddddd "I didnt have real good command of pretty much anything, really," Correia said. "I was kind of getting away with it there after the first. I was able to kind of weasel my way through a couple innings, I guess." Ryan Pressly pitched the fifth and sixth for Minnesota, allowing one walk and striking out one. Caleb Thielbar, recalled from Triple-A Rochester earlier in the day, worked the seventh and eighth, giving up a single and striking out three. Teheran allowed a single to Justin Morneau in the first, faced the minimum in the second and gave up a leadoff single to Aaron Hicks in the third. Morneau singled to begin the fourth and moved to second on a walk, but Teheran ended the threat with a flyout and a groundout. Teheran, a 22-year-old in his first full season, held Minnesota to just one base runner -- Willingham, who was hit by a pitch in the sixth -- over the next four innings. In his past five starts, the 22-year-old right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA. Teheran retired Morneau on a flyout to begin the ninth, but Willingham hit his sixth homer and Trevor Plouffe singled to end the pitchers night. Luis Avilan faced the next two batters. Parmelee singled and pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit flew out before Gearrin retired Arcia. Teheran credited Laird with helping him stay on point. "Everything he wanted, I tried to pitch," Teheran said. "If I did shake him, he got me to throw it where he wanted me to. I shook him like twice the whole game. I did it in the seventh inning, and he got mad at me. But I know that sometimes I get confused, and he helped me with that." 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