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Texas pays tribute to ex-football coach Royal

The Texas Longhorns paid tribute to former football coach Darrell Royal during their game against Iowa State yesterday. Royal coached the Longhorns from 1957 to 1976 and won two national championships in 1963 and 1969. His 167 victories at Texas is still a school record. Royal died Wednesday at age 88. Flags flew at half-staff at the stadium that bears Royal's name, and white "DKR" initials have been placed inside the burnt-orange Longhorn logo at midfield. Texas also will wear a similar helmet logo the rest of the season. A wreath has been placed at the feet of a Royal statue inside the stadium. Texas also planned to run its first play from scrimmage out of the wishbone, the formation Royal introduced to major college football in 1968. (AP )

Argentina stuns rugby champions Wales

The match-hardened Argentines showed off all their improvement after a season mixing with the best of the southern hemisphere as they stunned Six Nations champions Wales 26-12 in Cardiff yesterday. The Pumas, fresh from their inaugural season in the Rugby Championship, dominated possession and territory at Millennium Stadium and thoroughly deserved their triumph. Wingers Juan Imhoff and Gonzalo Camacho scored second-half tries for Argentina while flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez converted both tries and kicked two penalties and two drop goals for a personal haul of 16 points. Fullback Leigh Halfpenny kicked all of Wales' points with four penalties. While it was Wales' fourth straight defeat following its June tour of Australia, Argentina's victory came exactly 11 years to the day since its first win over the Welsh in Cardiff. (Reuters )