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President honors Longhorns

The White House had a burnt orange tint Tuesday as President Bush honored the national football champion Texas Longhorns.

Bush, who wore an orange tie, was dwarfed at the podium by the brawny and well-dressed players who filled the outdoor staircases leading to the first balcony of the White House South Portico.

He declared Jan. 4, the day the Longhorns defeated then-No. 1 Southern California 41-38 in the Rose Bowl, "a day that a lot of Texas fans will never forget."

Coach Mack Brown presented Bush with a white 2005 National Champion jersey with burnt orange lettering, the No. 1 and "President Bush" above the number.

BASEBALL: Tampa (4-3) got its first shutout of the season with a 5-0 victory over host Florida Tech (5-3). Starter Justin Valdes (2-0) gave up four hits. Tampa senior outfielder Lee Cruz was named Sunshine State Conference player of the week. He hit two home runs with seven RBI while batting .545. USF (2-2) rallied from a 4-0 deficit before losing 4-3 to visiting Jacksonville (5-1) Valdosta State exploded for six runs in the first inning to hand Saint Leo an 8-3 setback Saint Leo lefthander Peter Martinez was named SSC pitcher of the week with a 1-0 record and 0.69 ERA.

GOLF: USF's men finished 16th in the UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate at Orlando. Their three-round 910 total was 33 shots behind winner Lamar.

VOLLEYBALL: Florida's Marcie Hampton and Kisya Killingsworth have been selected for the USA Women's National Volleyball A2 Team, which will be led by Gators coach Mary Wise.