A year later, Austin women’s march organizers focus on winning office

Melissa Fiero, the lead organizer of last year’s Women’s March in Austin, didn’t realize the magnitude of that event until it lay before her. “I walked out on the steps of the Capitol and was just blown away — people were as far as you could see them. They were wrapped around the Capitol along both sides,” Fiero said. “It was — we use the word awesome...


Golden: The best path for Texas toppling No. 6 West Virginia? Feed Mo Bamba early, often

Golden: The best path for Texas toppling No. 6 West Virginia? Feed Mo Bamba early, often

Show up ready for a fight. Dump it inside to Mo Bamba. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Want to bet that Shaka Smart repeated those first two sentences a few thousand times in practice this week? The Texas coach knows a little bit about psychological warfare. The game within the game has always intrigued him and there is little doubt that he has already alerted his Longhorns about what to expect from...
Warm weekend, but 3M Half Marathon runners face muggy morning run

Warm weekend, but 3M Half Marathon runners face muggy morning run

We deserve a warm weekend after the past few days we’ve had, right? Remember how a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and an occasional snow flurry led Central Texas authorities to shut down roads, schools, businesses and governments only four days ago? Do you recall how the region hibernated for nearly 36 hours in subfreezing temperatures before a brief thaw Wednesday afternoon? RELATED: Feeling...
Reid Ryan returns to Round Rock roots to celebrate Astros’ championship

Reid Ryan returns to Round Rock roots to celebrate Astros’ championship

A journey that started nearly 20 years ago when the eldest son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan founded the Round Rock Express circled the bases and returned home Thursday night after knocking it out of the park. Reid Ryan, president of the World Series champion Houston Astros, brought the long-coveted hardware to a party attended by several hundred at Gail “Big Boy” Hester’s Automotive...
THE LATEST: Anti-Trump protester arrested after MAGA hat incident

THE LATEST: Anti-Trump protester arrested after MAGA hat incident

Noon update: An anti-Trump protester was arrested after a disturbance at this morning’s impeachment rally at Austin City Hall. The dustup happened after Trump supporter Jon Colgin ran up to one of the speakers at the event, blew an air horn and shouted about Antifa, a term for anti-fascist groups. Then a man ran up, pulled the “Make America Great Again” hat off Colgin&rsquo...
US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth...

Up the Ladder

Credit unions Greater Texas Credit Union has named Lisa Bateman vice president-consumer lending. Consulting Potomac Strategy Group has named Jamie Bennett vice president. E-Commerce Twyla has named Thomas Galbraith chief executive officer. Health care HNI Healthcare has named Michael Saunders president. Law firms Weisbart Springer Hayes has named Mia Storm and Matt Wood partners. Medical Dell Medical...
Hate the hills, love what they do for your legs? 10 to try in Austin

Hate the hills, love what they do for your legs? 10 to try in Austin

Crave them or dread them, hills come with the territory whether you’re training for the Austin Marathon or a century bicycle ride through the Hill Country. “Living in Austin, you’ve got to embrace the hills,” says Gilbert Tuhabonye, the drum-beating, “Run with joy!” shouting founder and head coach of the Gilbert’s Gazelles running group, which staged a sweat-inducing...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

TEXAS ECONOMY With tax overhaul as ‘tailwind,’ regional economy surged, Dallas Fed says: Economic activity in Texas and parts of two neighboring states surged over the past six weeks, as the federal tax overhaul boosted confidence across a wide range of businesses in the region, according to a report last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an...
PolitiFact: Key facts (get it?) are missing in claim about car thefts

PolitiFact: Key facts (get it?) are missing in claim about car thefts

Williamson County’s sheriff posted a warning that led us to check some key facts and find them faulty. Robert Chody, elected in 2016, said in a Dec. 27 tweet: “65,000 vehicles stolen in Texas each year. Almost half of all vehicles stolen in Texas each year had keys left inside. That’s a lot of preventable thefts #TakeKeysWithYou #LockDoors,” his tweet said. Chody told us he...
Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season alters mass in this state

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season alters mass in this state

Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it's suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord's Prayer. The diocese is also discouraging parishioners from shaking hands while greeting each other during the passing of the...
Texas joins legal battle against tree firm blamed in 2011 Bastrop fire

Texas joins legal battle against tree firm blamed in 2011 Bastrop fire

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Friday joined hundreds of other people in suing a tree-trimming company they blame for the 2011 fire that ravaged Bastrop State Park and Bastrop County. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., the lawsuit argues, diverted crews away from tree-trimming along the power lines it was responsible for clearing and put them on more profitable...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 in Buda now open after crash, police say 

TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 in Buda now open after crash, police say 

7:15 p.m. update: The crash has been cleared and all lanes of northbound Interstate 35 are now open, Buda officials said. 7:05 p.m. update: No major injuries have been reported in a crash that has shut down most of northbound Interstate 35 in Buda, city officials said Friday evening.  Three vehicles were involved in the wreck, officials said. The crash is still causing delays but a wrecker is...

U.S. judge orders fixes to ‘still broken’ Texas foster care system

The Texas foster care system remains broken and continues to place children at risk, a federal judge ruled Friday, adding that state officials have shown a “troubling unwillingness” to fix problems the court had identified in a similar 2015 order. Overruling numerous objections raised by lawyers for Texas, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi ordered Texas officials...

Man arrested after Burnet County road rage shooting involving officer

BURNET COUNTY Man arrested after officer-involved shooting Austin police have arrested a suspect who a Cottonwood Shores man said shot at his family and an off-duty Austin police officer in an apparent road rage incident in Burnet County. An off-duty Austin police officer stopped along RM 1431 during the November incident and intervened at the time, shooting and wounding the gunman, Austin police...
UT drops fee for student counseling

UT drops fee for student counseling

University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves decided this week that students should have access to counselors for free, after a student petition to eliminate the fees gained more than 4,000 signatures within a month last fall. The announcement came in a campuswide email Wednesday afternoon, within three months after students first began to protest the Counseling and Mental Health Center’s...
JUST IN: UT police searching for woman they say robbed 2 Subway restaurants

JUST IN: UT police searching for woman they say robbed 2 Subway restaurants

University of Texas police are searching for a woman who police said robbed two Subway restaurants Friday. The first Subway on San Antonio Street, just south of 24th Street, was reported robbed at 3:47 p.m., Austin police said. The second Subway on Guadalupe Street, between 21st and 20th streets, was reported robbed at 4:04 p.m. Police are looking for a woman, estimated to be in her 30s or 40s, wearing...
Road closures for 3M Half Marathon

Road closures for 3M Half Marathon

Driving through Northwest Austin or downtown Sunday morning will be complicated as the 3M Half Marathon runs throughout the morning. The 13.1-mile race begins at 7:30 a.m.
Police: Man confessed to another person he killed Round Rock resident

Police: Man confessed to another person he killed Round Rock resident

A man charged in the shooting death of 37-year-old Round Rock resident Joshua Armstrong told another person he had broken into Armstrong’s home on Christmas and killed him, according to an arrest affidavit. Richard Joseph Acosta, 23, of Taylor was charged Jan. 12 with murder. Vanessa Velasco, 20, also was arrested and charged with burglary of habitation in the case. Police were tipped off after...
Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

A state district judge in Comal County said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a verdict of not guilty in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teenage girl for sex. Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to...
Despite tight labor market, Austin job growth maintains momentum

Despite tight labor market, Austin job growth maintains momentum

Back around the middle of last year, workforce experts looked at the easing rate of Austin-area job growth and figured the inevitable had finally arrived: The region’s tight labor market was bringing expansion back to more reasonable levels. In true Austin fashion, though, local hiring re-accelerated in the months since. And after modest job gains in December, it appears that the metro area&rsquo...
UPDATE: All lanes reopen at Lavaca, 15th streets after crash

UPDATE: All lanes reopen at Lavaca, 15th streets after crash

4 p.m. update: All lanes have reopened at Lavaca and 15th streets after a crash, and the traffic signal has been restored to normal operations. Earlier: A crash in downtown Austin on Friday knocked out the traffic signal box at 15th and Lavaca streets, Austin transportation officials said. Traffic from all directions is being diverted from this area. Expect delays into rush hour, officials said. The...
Feeling overheated? 5 things to watch for with too much indoor dryness

Feeling overheated? 5 things to watch for with too much indoor dryness

Texans deal with severe cold by cranking up the heat indoors. But high indoor temperatures can pose health hazards directly and indirectly by drying out the air. The best humidity levels are between 40 percent and 60 percent. Here are 5 things to watch for: 1. Exposure to carbon monoxide: Keeping doors closed and using appliances that burn fuel can increase carbon monoxide indoors....
Photos offer glimpse into former Texas home of parents accused of abusing 13 children

Photos offer glimpse into former Texas home of parents accused of abusing 13 children

David and Louise Turpin, the California couple who were charged with torture and child abuse after authorities accused them of holding their 13 children captive in dire conditions, previously resided in Texas, several news outlets have reported. ABC News reported Thursday that it had acquired pictures from inside the family’s former Texas home near Fort Worth. The...
Taylor police chief: Death of woman, baby appears to be accidental

Taylor police chief: Death of woman, baby appears to be accidental

Preliminary autopsy reports show that the death of a woman and her infant daughter whose bodies were found after a fire in their Taylor home was accidental, said Police Chief Henry Fluck. He said authorities are still waiting for toxicology results. Amy Baylor, 30, and her 8-month-old daughter Aleigha Seely had burn marks on them when firefighters found them while putting out a fire at Baylor&rsquo...
Abbott shouldn’t mess with Austin’s success

Abbott shouldn’t mess with Austin’s success

Will Austin attract Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project? Will bats be involved?   Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have it both ways: Proclaiming Austin’s success as one of two Texas cities that made it to the elite 20 – the cities Amazon named this week as finalists for the tech giant’s second headquarters, called Amazon HQ2. Meanwhile, doing all he can – along...
Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

A state district judge in Comal County said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex. Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the ...

Community news: Ground broken on new Junior League center

TRAVIS COUNTY NORTHWEST AUSTIN Junior League center on way The Junior League of Austin broke ground Thursday at the site of its future Community Impact Center, 8501 Bluffstone Cove. The new 48,000-square-foot center will double as the league’s home and as an unofficial think tank for Austin. The new space will allow the league to welcome community partners and bring thought leaders together...
Modest December job growth caps steady year in Austin labor market

Modest December job growth caps steady year in Austin labor market

Austin employers closed out 2017 with modest job growth in December, helping hold the regional unemployment rate steady in a tight labor market. Local employers added about 1,200 jobs during the month, a 0.1 increase that was in line with typical Decembers, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The growing payrolls helped absorb not only the expanding labor...
Giving City: Theater school now a nonprofit to serve founder’s mission

Giving City: Theater school now a nonprofit to serve founder’s mission

Since she founded her school for performing arts, Janet Adderley has had a mission. Along the way, she has trained and guided hundreds of talented kids in musical theater, including a Tony-award winner. But training the next Broadway star wasn’t why she started the Adderley School. “From the beginning, it’s been about giving children a voice,” said Adderley. “Acting and...
Cedar Park police identify second driver in crash that killed two young boys

Cedar Park police identify second driver in crash that killed two young boys

Cedar Park police have identified a second driver believed to have been involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two young boys  on Jan. 10.  Though authorities said they had identified the driver, the person was not publicly named, and it was unclear whether that person had been arrested or charged. Police arrested the other driver they said was involved in the crash, 18-year-old Hayden...
Southbound I-35 lanes reopening in North Austin after wreck; delays extend to Round Rock

Southbound I-35 lanes reopening in North Austin after wreck; delays extend to Round Rock

7:30 a.m. update: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Wells Branch Parkway in North Austin has been reopened for traffic after a wreck caused delays that have extended north to FM 1431 past Round Rock in Williamson County. The wreck involved two vehicles and a cement or dump truck, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office. 7:05 a.m. update: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35...
WEATHER UPDATE: Dense fog advisory in effect through Saturday morning

WEATHER UPDATE: Dense fog advisory in effect through Saturday morning

9:30 p.m. update: A dense fog advisory is in effect for Central Texas until 11 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service has announced. Visibility is expected to be less than a quarter of a mile, making for hazardous driving conditions. If you’re driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. 8 p.m. update: Scattered showers are currently moving through...
SPACE CRUNCH: Retail market remains tight across region

SPACE CRUNCH: Retail market remains tight across region

A lot can change in a decade. Take the local commercial real estate market. Ten years ago, the very first phase of the Domain in North Austin was just getting off the ground. So was the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave. And Ikea had just opened its doors in Round Rock. Thanks to those developments – and countless more since – the Austin metro area has added almost 12 million square feet...
Medicine from Texas cannabis crops on cusp of getting to patients

Medicine from Texas cannabis crops on cusp of getting to patients

Pediatric neurologist Scott Perry is optimistic he’ll soon be able to answer some questions that have been on the minds of his epilepsy patients and their families. “I don’t think I go a day without the majority of patients actually asking about it,” Perry said. “If I don’t mention it myself, they’ll say, ‘What’s going on with it? What about it?&rsquo...
Man arrested after road rage shooting involving Austin police officer, officials say

Man arrested after road rage shooting involving Austin police officer, officials say

Austin police have arrested a suspect who a Cottonwood Shores man said shot at his family and an off-duty Austin police officer in an apparent road rage incident in Burnet County. An off-duty Austin police officer stopped along RM 1431 during the November incident and intervened at the time, shooting and wounding the gunman, Austin police Chief Brian Manley said.  David L. Meyer...
Texan gets panel’s nod for federal judge post over Democrats’ objections

Texan gets panel’s nod for federal judge post over Democrats’ objections

It has become a familiar scene at the Senate Judiciary Committee: A Texas nominee for a federal judicial post gets blasted by Democrats before being approved on a party-line vote. On Thursday, the committee, which includes both Texas GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, considered the nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk for a district judgeship in Amarillo as Democrats sharply criticized his writings and...
Police: Man was racing when he crashed and killed 2 boys in Cedar Park

Police: Man was racing when he crashed and killed 2 boys in Cedar Park

An 18-year-old man arrested in the deaths of two young stepbrothers in a car crash last week in Cedar Park was racing when the wreck happened, police said Thursday. Hayden Michael Hammer was arrested and charged Thursday with two counts of racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony, Cedar Park police Cmdr. Bryan Wukasch said Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison...
Anti-CodeNext PACs spend thousands to force vote

Anti-CodeNext PACs spend thousands to force vote

Campaign finance reports filed in Austin this week show that groups trying to put CodeNext on the ballot are raising and spending tens of thousands of dollars. Two special political action committees that are by and large against the city’s current revamping of the entire land use code, calling the effort “CodeWreck,” have spent roughly $50,000 on a push to let voters, not the City...
Mother, 8-month-old baby found dead in Taylor house after fire, officials say

Mother, 8-month-old baby found dead in Taylor house after fire, officials say

A mother and her 8-month-old baby were found dead Thursday inside their Taylor house after it caught fire, Taylor police officials said. Taylor police said they are investigating this as a suspicious death. Taylor firefighters were responding to an unrelated medical call when they saw smoke coming from the home at 2006 Brewer’s Place. Firefighters then went directly to that house. Firefighters...

Motorcyclist died in crash Monday near Travis, Hays county line

HAYS COUNTY Motorcyclist died in crash near county line A motorcyclist died in a crash with a tow truck Monday near the Travis and Hays county line, the Department of Public Safety said. Mackenzie Aloysius Gmitter, 26, died at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center less than an hour after the crash was reported, DPS officials said. Officials responded to the Hays County crash on FM 1626 at...
Democrat Lupe Valdez talks guns, immigration, spending

Democrat Lupe Valdez talks guns, immigration, spending

Democrat Lupe Valdez, six weeks into her run for Texas governor, took exception to Republican handling of immigration, gun laws and the state’s rainy day fund during a wide-ranging discussion Thursday in Austin. Valdez also defended lackluster fundraising numbers after her campaign collected only $46,000 in the last 3½ weeks of December, well behind Democratic rival Andrew White, who...
Austin wants to go paperless. Here’s how you can help.

Austin wants to go paperless. Here’s how you can help.

Think for a moment about the most cumbersome paperwork you’ve ever submitted to the city of Austin. City officials want to hear all about it. Mayor Steve Adler announced the city’s partnership Thursday with Austin Tech Alliance to launch a “paper census” to identify outdated paper-based processes and suggest digital alternatives. Austin Tech Alliance and volunteers from Austin&rsquo...
Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast. The Lyrid Meteor shower will peak over the weekend but the sky might not be ideal. RELATED: Download our free WHIO weather APP to stay informed  Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour....

TEXAS DIGEST: Some school districts cancel classes due to flu

PUBLIC HEALTH Some school districts cancel classes due to flu Some Texas school districts have canceled classes because of high numbers of students and staff experiencing illnesses including the flu. Gunter Independent School District, located north of Dallas, announced Wednesday that it would close beginning Thursday after about 30 percent of its students were absent due to illness. Bonham Independent...
Advocates: Immigrant who said guard assaulted her attempted suicide

Advocates: Immigrant who said guard assaulted her attempted suicide

A woman in custody at an immigration detention center in Taylor who has accused a guard of sexually assaulting her recently tried to commit suicide, advocates said this week. Laura Monterrosa, a woman from El Salvador who has been held at the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center since May, tried to kill herself on Jan. 11, according to the Austin-based immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership...
Women's marches, events taking place across nation

Women's marches, events taking place across nation

A series of women’s marches, protests and voter registration events are taking place across the country this weekend. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In 2017, the Women’s March on Washington drew a large crowd that marched in protest of Trump’s election. Women’s marches were held across the country and the world...
Police: Maine man punches himself in face to avoid sobriety test 

Police: Maine man punches himself in face to avoid sobriety test 

Police have accused a Maine man of punching himself several times in the face to avoid a Breathalyzer test, The Bangor Daily News reported. Police suspected Brian Fogg, 27, of Belfast, to be intoxicated when they were called to a residence on Jan. 13 and found Fogg’s vehicle stuck in a ditch, police said. Belfast police said Fogg and a homeowner had gotten into an argument, and Fogg...
NFL championship games 2018: What time, what channel, odds for Jags vs. Patriots and Vikings vs. Eagles

NFL championship games 2018: What time, what channel, odds for Jags vs. Patriots and Vikings vs. Eagles

We are one day out from “Championship Sunday,” where the teams who will play in the Super Bowl will be determined. The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC Championship, while the New England Patriots play the Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC title. If the Vikings win, they will be the first team to ever play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium. If Philadelphia...
Chicago rapper Fredo Santana dead at 27

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana dead at 27

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has died, according to several of his friends, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 27. Canadian rapper Drake, record producer Maxo Cream and California rapper Lil B expressed their condolences on social media. Santana, whose birth name was Derrick Coleman, wrote on Instagram in October that he was suffering from liver failure, the Sun-Times reported. No official...
FORECAST: Patchy fog in morning followed by sunshine

FORECAST: Patchy fog in morning followed by sunshine

A winter reprieve is finally here. Saturday will bring patchy fog before noon, then sunshine, according to the National Weather Service. The service warns that there may be dense fog, which could decrease visibility. Visibility is still less than a mile for most places along Interstate 35 and areas east and south of there. The day, which will begin cloudy then gradually build up to sunny, will have...
Mo'Nique urges fans to boycott Netflix for color, gender bias

Mo'Nique urges fans to boycott Netflix for color, gender bias

Award-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique is urging her fans to boycott Netflix for gender and color bias after she says the entertainment company made her a lowball offer for a comedy special. >> Read more trending news  Mo'Nique took to Instagram to air her grievances Friday. In a video, she explained that Netflix offered her $500,000 to do a comedy special, but she rejected the offer...
College student dies after on-campus shooting at Wake Forest

College student dies after on-campus shooting at Wake Forest

A 21-year-old student from Winston-Salem State University was shot and killed early Saturday after a fight broke out during a party at Wake Forest University, police said. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m., WXII reported. It took place on campus during a Delta Sigma Theta sorority party at The Barn, police said. Najee Ali Baker, 21, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound, where...
Pizza shop owner sues when store confused for one where assault occurred

Pizza shop owner sues when store confused for one where assault occurred

A Pennsylvania pizza shop is being targeted, but its owner says it is a case of mistaken identity. Customers upset about a viral video in which a former manager allegedly assaulted a woman have been calling Original Milano's in Oakland -- but the video was taken at Pizza Milano. Ben Sciulli is the owner of the Original Milano's Pizza. He wants to make it clear that his family business is not affiliated...
Oklahoma State unveils “Remember The 10” shooting shirts, throwback uniforms for Bedlam

Oklahoma State unveils “Remember The 10” shooting shirts, throwback uniforms for Bedlam

Oklahoma State men’s basketball will honor the lives of the 10 men killed in the Jan. 27, 2001, plane crash with its shooting shirts and jerseys on Saturday. The Cowboys men’s basketball team will wear special shooting shirts with “Remember The 10” printed on the front and the team’s 2001 throwback uniforms against Oklahoma. It’s been 17...
Updates from the latest South Carolina recruiting weekend

Updates from the latest South Carolina recruiting weekend

The first major South Carolina recruiting weekend of the year is underway now that several prospects from the 2018 and 2019 classes are now on campus. This weekend’s official visitors are mostly signed or committed, but there is one who’s still up for grabs. Keep up with SEC Country for the latest on him and the rest of the Gamecocks guests. 4-star DT Dennis Briggs...
Oklahoma State signees Spencer Sanders, Tyler Lacy shine in International Bowl

Oklahoma State signees Spencer Sanders, Tyler Lacy shine in International Bowl

A pair of future Oklahoma State Cowboys were stellar in the International Bowl 2018 on Friday. Oklahoma State incoming freshman Spencer Sanders was named MVP of the United States’ U-19 team. Sanders helped the U.S. defeat Canada 47-7 in the International Bowl 2018, completing 13-of-20 passes for 181 yards. Sanders signed with Oklahoma State on Dec. 20 during the early signing period. The 4-star...
UCLA, Oregon both hope to get back on track Saturday night

UCLA, Oregon both hope to get back on track Saturday night

It’s never too early to start thinking about March. Saturday’s UCLA vs. Oregon game has tournament implications. The Bruins and Ducks have both lost two-straight games. Oregon (12-7) is currently sitting at 9th in the Pac-12. The team figures to be a long shot to make the tournament as it stands now. With the Ducks’ season falling by the wayside, excitement...
Tennessee’s Christian Coleman opens 2018 as fastest man in history, new world record

Tennessee’s Christian Coleman opens 2018 as fastest man in history, new world record

  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Christian Coleman headed back to the University of Tennessee on Saturday, not overly impressed with himself, but thankful to have set the world record in the 60 meters. RELATED: Watch Christian Coleman continues to blaze trail with world record “I didn’t really feel like it was one of my best races,” Coleman told SEC Country after running...
TV film crew arrested for allegedly trying to bring fake explosive to airport

TV film crew arrested for allegedly trying to bring fake explosive to airport

Television film crew members were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday for allegedly trying to pass a piece of luggage containing “all the makings of an improvised explosive device,” ABC News reported. The film crew members, who claimed to be working the CNBC show “Staten Island Hustle,” were detained by Transportation Security Administration officials...
Former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan hits buzzer beater in G League game

Former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan hits buzzer beater in G League game

While Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan waits his turn for a legitimate NBA opportunity — the Portland Trailblazers assigned him to the G-League in late December — he’s been a consistent playmaker for the Canton Charge. On Saturday night, his putback at the buzzer lifted the Charge to a 70-69 win over the Erie BayHawks. In nine games, Swanigan is averaging a double-double...
West Virginia will host ESPN College GameDay ahead of showdown with Kentucky

West Virginia will host ESPN College GameDay ahead of showdown with Kentucky

Next Saturday, the No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers will the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats. Along with welcoming one of college basketball’s blue bloods, though, West Virginia will also be the site of next week’s edition of ESPN College GameDay, ESPN announced on Saturday. “ESPN’s  College GameDay Covered by State Farm is headed to Morgantown, W...
LOOK: Best Kentucky basketball signs from CollegeGameday at Rupp Arena

LOOK: Best Kentucky basketball signs from CollegeGameday at Rupp Arena

LEXINGTON, Ky. — ESPN’s College GameDay made its seventh trip to Rupp Arena on Saturday ahead of Kentucky’s 8:15 p.m. ET matchup with Florida. Fans filled one side of the lower section, and following in GameDay tradition, many brought signs with them. Here’s a look at the best. Photos by Joe Mussatto/SEC Country The post LOOK: Best Kentucky...
Iowa-Purdue basketball: Live updates, score, stats

Iowa-Purdue basketball: Live updates, score, stats

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Hawkeyes (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) play host to the No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) in a Big Ten game pitting teams from opposite ends of the standings. Purdue holds an 88-76 lead in the series, which dates to 1908. Iowa has won five of the last seven games, including the last four in Iowa City. The teams split last season&rsquo...
Nebraska kicker Drew Brown plays for himself, his future and Sam Foltz’s legacy

Nebraska kicker Drew Brown plays for himself, his future and Sam Foltz’s legacy

When Nebraska kicker Drew Brown takes the field at the East-West Shrine Game, he won’t be wearing his usual No. 34. Instead, Brown will wear No. 27 in honor of his friend and teammate Sam Foltz. The post Nebraska kicker Drew Brown plays for himself, his future and Sam Foltz’s legacy appeared first on Diehards.
Minnesota G Amir Coffey is active and expected to play against Ohio State

Minnesota G Amir Coffey is active and expected to play against Ohio State

The Minnesota men’s basketball team received some promising news ahead of its Big Ten tilt with Ohio State at noon ET on Saturday. Sophomore guard Amir Coffey, the Golden Gophers’ third-leading scorer (14.1 points per game) is active and expected to play according to the program’s Twitter account. He missed the past five games with a shoulder injury. His...
Oklahoma OL Dwayne Orso-Bacchus declares for 2018 NFL Draft

Oklahoma OL Dwayne Orso-Bacchus declares for 2018 NFL Draft

Oklahoma junior offensive lineman Dwayne Orso-Bacchus confirmed he will not return as a fifth-year senior in 2018. Orso-Bacchus posted a message on Twitter on Saturday. The 6-foot-5 defensive end-turned-offensive lineman said it was an “honor” to call himself a Sooner. Orso-Bacchus was a 3-star recruit coming out of Birmingham, Ala., in 2014. He played in six games as...
Jay Bilas: ‘Don’t hand Wooden Award to Trae Young or Marvin Bagley’

Jay Bilas: ‘Don’t hand Wooden Award to Trae Young or Marvin Bagley’

Jay Bilas might be a Duke grad, but it’s easy to forget that sometimes because he rarely lets his allegiance to his alma mater interfere with a bold opinion as an analyst for ESPN and that put Marvin Bagley III in the crosshairs on Saturday morning. As College Gameday cold-opened with “You Heard It Here First,” a segment where everybody on the panel makes a bold prediction...
ICYMI: How high design can deliver the art of living

ICYMI: How high design can deliver the art of living

This story about how  Heather McKinney and  Brian Carlson of  McKinney York Architects helped artist and educator  Katelena Hernandez Cowles and her husband, financial planer  James Cowles, plan a home fit for the rest of their lives has enjoyed an afterlife on social media. READ FULL STORY HERE...

Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the "Bold North." Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota's wintry weather, including outdoor concerts, ice sculptures and opportunities for winter sports.  Super Bowl events will be held...
Rob Gronkowski, an all-timer in regular season and playoffs

Rob Gronkowski, an all-timer in regular season and playoffs

He is a free spirit on a buttoned-down team, but the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is as serious as anybody when it's time to get down to business, especially in the postseason. With 835 career postseason receiving yards, he is 13 away from breaking the all-time mark for tight ends of 847 by Dallas Clark. He has 58 career playoff receptions, fifth all-time among tight ends and just six receptions...
Sesame on the ziti, and we couldn't be happier

Sesame on the ziti, and we couldn't be happier

There's something to be learned from even the simplest recipes, and this bowl proves the point. Radicchio's bitter edge mellows once this vivid chicory spends seconds in a hot pan. That same pan, graced with a little olive oil, can then immediately coax firm grape tomatoes into almost-bursting beauties. Ziti tends to get baked into cheesy casseroles, and therefore I don't use it much. But a good dried...
These big cities didn't make Amazon's HQ cut

These big cities didn't make Amazon's HQ cut

Plenty of big cities aren’t on Amazon’s long short list of 20 places it’s still considering for a second headquarters and 50,000 high-paying jobs. While the Seattle-based giant kept Atlanta in the running, here are some of the notable cities that aren’t: Phoenix San Diego Charlotte Detroit Cincinnati San Francisco Houston Montreal Kansas City
Former Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead accidentally caused Tom Brady’s hand injury

Former Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead accidentally caused Tom Brady’s hand injury

The main storyline entering this weekend’s NFL conference championships has revolved around the right thumb of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He reportedly suffered the nasty cut in practice Wednesday that required stitches, and the injury has put his playing status in doubt for the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville...
Former UCLA TE Marcedes Lewis writes in Players Tribune

Former UCLA TE Marcedes Lewis writes in Players Tribune

Former UCLA tight end Marcedes Lewis is grateful to be in the playoffs for just the second time in his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lewis took some time during Jacksonville’s playoff run to write about his experience participating in the playoffs for the first since 2007. “We all ignored the expectations that the outside world had. We didn’t...
Kentucky-Florida basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 20, 2018)

Kentucky-Florida basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 20, 2018)

No. 18 Kentucky basketball will play Florida on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online below. John Calipari said he hopes Jarred Vanderbilt can give the Wildcats 16-18 minutes against the Gators — more if he feels comfortable — and Kentucky will need everything it can get from him. Vanderbilt had 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3...
Evan Shirreffs transfer creates entertaining battle for Miami

Evan Shirreffs transfer creates entertaining battle for Miami

The transfer of Miami Hurricanes backup quarterback Evan Shirreffs wasn’t necessarily an enormous shock when news of his decision broke earlier this week. After losing the battle for the starting role last season and seeing little time as a backup, it was probably in his best interest to seek playing time elsewhere. And while the Miami coaching staff may...
No respect? NFL Facebook Super Bowl promo ignores Jaguars, Eagles

No respect? NFL Facebook Super Bowl promo ignores Jaguars, Eagles

The Jacksonville Jaguars have complained this season about not receiving any respect. They reached the AFC playoffs but were written off as losers, but Jacksonville defeated Buffalo and then stunned Pittsburgh during the first two rounds of the postseason. The Jaguars are decided underdogs against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, which...
Report: Alabama’s Collin Sexton to be game-time decision vs. Mississippi State

Report: Alabama’s Collin Sexton to be game-time decision vs. Mississippi State

Against Auburn, Alabama didn’t need star freshman point guard Collin Sexton to pull of a 76-71 win over the previously undefeated Tigers. But with that said, the Tide don’t want to be without their best player for long. Sexton is clearly making progress in his return from an abdominal strain, but it is still up in the air whether he’ll take the court for Saturday&rsquo...
Michigan State’s ‘week of hell’ makes win over Indiana a breeze

Michigan State’s ‘week of hell’ makes win over Indiana a breeze

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Six days between games might mean extra rest for some teams. Not No. 9 Michigan State. Especially not after falling at home to Michigan on Jan. 13 in the only in-state rivalry game of the season. A game would have offered some respite from the brutality of what coach Tom Izzo called “a week of hell” in practice. At one point, walk-on point guard...
Wisconsin basketball: 5 things we learned from Badgers’ victory against Illinois

Wisconsin basketball: 5 things we learned from Badgers’ victory against Illinois

Wisconsin easily dispatched Illinois 75-50 on Friday night at the Kohl Center to break a three-game losing streak. The Badgers improved to 10-10 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten. Here are five things we learned about Wisconsin from the victory: In a perfect world, Reuvers would have taken his redshirt season to gain muscle in time for his first college action in 2018-19. But...
WATCH: Texas early enrollees get to work in intense hype video

WATCH: Texas early enrollees get to work in intense hype video

Tom Herman’s first full recruiting cycle in Austin has netted what’s currently the nation’s No. 3-ranked recruiting class. Of the 22 members currently pledged or signed, nine have already arrived in Austin as early enrollees are are taking part in winter conditioning workouts. By this point, those nine newcomers are well aware that life as a collegiate athlete requires...
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio pushing for nighttime spring game

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio pushing for nighttime spring game

Prior to the 2017 season, Michigan State joined the majority of Big Ten programs featuring  permanent lights in their home stadium. They were put to use in the Spartans’ nighttime defeat to Notre Dame on Sept. 23. Now, coach Mark Dantonio wants to utilize them for what would be the school’s first nighttime spring game. He’s thinking 5 p.m. would...
Kentucky coach John Calipari discusses plan for Jarred Vanderbilt vs. Florida

Kentucky coach John Calipari discusses plan for Jarred Vanderbilt vs. Florida

Kentucky coach John Calipari finally got a brief glimpse of true freshman Jarred Vanderbilt, but it was a promising one. Now, he’ll get a longer look at his uber talented point-forward. According to The Courier-Journal, Vanderbilt will play 16 to 18 minutes in Kentucky’s huge SEC showdown against rival Florida on Saturday night. That may not seem like much, but the 5-star prospect...
Notre Dame football: 3 players who might consider transfer

Notre Dame football: 3 players who might consider transfer

The Notre Dame football program is coming off a 10-win season and has the No. 8 incoming recruiting class in the country according to the 247Sports composite rankings and one of the side effects to that reality is that players buried on the depth chart will inevitably seek to transfer. It’s completely healthy and necessary in a lot of regards for both the program and...
WATCH: Oklahoma signee Brian Asamoah delivers huge hit during International Bowl

WATCH: Oklahoma signee Brian Asamoah delivers huge hit during International Bowl

Defensive reinforcements are coming to Oklahoma. Take 2018 Sooners signee Brian Asamoah for example. The 3-star linebacker played in the International Bowl between the United States’ U19 team and Canada’s U19 team on Friday, and he brought the wood late in the second period. Asamoah, a product of Columbus, Ohio, was a huge verbal pledge for the Sooners. Oklahoma stole the...
Kansas freshman PF Billy Preston signs with Bosnian professional team

Kansas freshman PF Billy Preston signs with Bosnian professional team

Billy Preston’s career as a Kansas Jayhawks has reached its end before it ever really got started. On Saturday, the freshman and former McDonald’s All-American signed with Bosnian professional team BC Igokea, according to multiple reports. “We are thrilled to welcome Billy Preston to our Club,” BC Ikogea said in a statement. “We watched him when...
You can't buy the gloves Tom Brady is wearing

You can't buy the gloves Tom Brady is wearing

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deflected questions about why he wore gloves to an indoor media conference Friday, but Under Armour answered a simple question about them. An attempt to locate the gloves on the Under Armour website proved fruitless, and a query to the athletic apparel company revealed why. The brand Brady wears is not available to the general public.  “Thank you...
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