Average Austin shopper to spend about $465 this holiday season

In an ever-changing retail landscape, stores big and small have tweaked their Black Friday plans this year to maximize sales. For many, the days of throwing the doors open on Thanksgiving and welcoming shoppers for 24, 36 or even 48 hours straight are history. Instead, a growing number of shopping centers and big-box chains decided this year to give bargain hunters a shot at door busters for a bit...


Golden: Maybe Jerry Jones should take the path less taken vs. Goodell

Golden: Maybe Jerry Jones should take the path less taken vs. Goodell

It’s a huge week for Jerry Jones and not because he’ll be hosting 100,000 of his closest friends and supporters at his billion-dollar palace on Thanksgiving. To the contrary, it’s because Thursday is the first day of the rest of his professional life. More to the point, it’s a chance to change his recent course of action. The Dallas Cowboys owner has arrived at a nice little...
How Huston-Tillotson got 15 pianos thanks to “a special human being”

How Huston-Tillotson got 15 pianos thanks to “a special human being”

When Huston-Tillotson University replaced its aging inventory of pianos with 15 new Steinways recently, it was akin to going, as junior music major Isaac Moshay put it, “from a Chevy to a Mercedes.” Just how this small, historically black college on a leafy campus in East Austin acquired $800,000 in pianos is even more remarkable. Gloria Quinlan, a music professor, and Stephen Burnaman...
Court upholds murder conviction in SXSW crashes that killed 4 in 2014

Court upholds murder conviction in SXSW crashes that killed 4 in 2014

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld the capital murder conviction of Rashad Owens for driving a car down a crowded downtown Austin street, killing four during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival. Owens, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, asked the 3rd Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction, arguing that it was not supported by evidence that he knowingly...
New Capitol monument will depict “The Price of Liberty”

New Capitol monument will depict “The Price of Liberty”

Artists are putting the final touches on a new monument set to be installed on the grounds of the Capitol complex. Standing 21-feet high, “The Price of Liberty” memorial depicts a version of Lady Liberty pulling a father and husband away to war as his tearful wife holds on and their daughter holds an American flag folded into a triangle, a dreaded gift the nation hands the families and...
POLICE: Woman dons wig, tries to cash forged check in North Austin

POLICE: Woman dons wig, tries to cash forged check in North Austin

Police arrested two women who twice tried to cash a forged check for $3,300 at a Wells Fargo branch in North Austin when one of the women tried to fool bank employees by wearing a wig in an attempt to look more like the person pictured on a stolen ID, according to Austin police reports. Theresa Frazier, 47, and Regan Reichenau, 22, first attempted to cash the check at the West Fargo branch on North...
Thanksgiving feasts around the state cater to refugees, homeless

Thanksgiving feasts around the state cater to refugees, homeless

Seven years ago, Samira Page and a small group of fellow refugees sat around her table where the guests experienced their first traditional American Thanksgiving Day feast. This year, the Iranian native invited about 400 refugees for the meal that has outgrown her home and become an annual event. “For some of these people, this is their first Thanksgiving. We have refugees who have been here...
Rep. Barton says he’ll go mum over nude photo, citing investigation

Rep. Barton says he’ll go mum over nude photo, citing investigation

Suggesting he’s a victim of revenge porn from a jilted lover, U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, says he plans to go silent about the release of a nude photo of him online because police are investigating the disclosure as a possible crime against him. Authorities have not confirmed an investigation. The 68-year-old Barton, who joined the House in 1985, has acknowledged sharing intimate material...
Discarded cigarette sets North Austin apartment balcony ablaze

Discarded cigarette sets North Austin apartment balcony ablaze

Austin Fire Department officials say that improperly discarded smoking materials started a balcony fire in a North Austin apartment that displaced six residents on Thanksgiving Day. AFD responded to a fire in the 6800 block of McNeil Drive near the Travis County/Williamson County line at 1:33 p.m. on Thursday. Firefighters extinguished a fire on the first floor balcony of an apartment. Officials said...

Woman accused of mailing bombs to Abbott, Obama

An East Texas woman has been accused of mailing homemade explosives to then-President Barack Obama and to Gov. Greg Abbott that could have maimed or killed them, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court last week in Houston. Julia Poff, 46, mailed the devices in October 2016, along with a third package that she sent to the Social Security Administration, according to the indictment. Of...
Where are they now? The King family

Where are they now? The King family

Sheila King, 50, and her family have made it through the loss of son Austen, father Harrell and her mother Janie. This year, son Michael and daughter-in-law Lena welcomed baby Xander. Sheila King, center, thanks the owners of Austin’s Couch Potatoes, Daniel Anthony, left, and brothers Brian and Travis Morgan, who donated furniture to King and her family. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN...
POLICE: Driver who crashed car into South Austin house fled on foot

POLICE: Driver who crashed car into South Austin house fled on foot

The sole occupant of a blue Mazda that crashed into a South Austin home on Wednesday night left the scene of the crash before he could be questioned by police, Austin Police Department officials said. Police responded to a crash in the 2200 block of Spring Creek Drive around 10:20 p.m. According to witnesses, a man in his 20s fled the vehicle before police arrived, officials said. A witness reported...
WEATHER OUTLOOK: Pleasant and sunny for Thanksgiving Day

WEATHER OUTLOOK: Pleasant and sunny for Thanksgiving Day

A clear, frigid morning will give way to a sunny, pleasant afternoon with a high of 71 on the Thanksgiving holiday with only light winds, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to dip to 45 degrees this evening. Friday is expected to get a bit warmer, with a high of 77. Sunny skies are also anticipated tomorrow.
Where are they now? Deloris Fields

Where are they now? Deloris Fields

Deloris Fields, 27, and her son, Connor, 1, have been able to move into a first-floor apartment in Taylor this year. Fields has stage four breast cancer which has been in her bones. She needed the first-floor apartment to make it easier on her. Deloris Fields has her makeup applied by artist Kewal Hausmann in preparation for the 2017 Art Bra Austin in June. Suzanne Cordeiro...
On Texas coast, Harvey-battered residents find recovery a slog

On Texas coast, Harvey-battered residents find recovery a slog

Three months after Hurricane Harvey roared over her Aransas Pass apartment, shaking the walls and dumping enough water into it to render the entire complex uninhabitable, Debrah Harmon keeps her goals for the future small. Mainly, the grandmother-to-be said, she hopes to move soon out of the tent she’s been living in for the past month and into a nearby camper. “I’m not bringing...

COMMUNITY NEWS: Austin seeks short film entries for contest

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Solar Business Festival next week The Solar Business Festival will be held Nov. 28-29 at the Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin. The festival provides a business platform for sharing knowledge, connectivity, marketing and sales, bringing together energy consumers, solar and storage companies involved in the Texas market, companies looking to expand into...
Driver crashes into South Austin house, police say

Driver crashes into South Austin house, police say

A driver crashed into a South Austin house around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Police officials said they were unsure whether the house was occupied at the time. No injuries were reported, police said.
Texas special education chief fired after questioning no-bid contract

Texas special education chief fired after questioning no-bid contract

The state’s new director of special education was fired Wednesday, one day after she filed a federal complaint claiming the Texas Education Agency wrongly entered into a $4.4 million, no-bid contract with a Georgia company to analyze private records for children with disabilities. Laurie Kash asked the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General on Tuesday to investigate...
Don’t forget safety while shopping on Black Friday, police say

Don’t forget safety while shopping on Black Friday, police say

Holiday shopping mania can make it easy to forget some common-sense rules to keep you and your belongings safe. Austin and Sunset Valley police recommend these tips before hitting the stores on Black Friday: 1. Remove valuables from view: After a successful shopping run, you should place and secure all holiday packages in your trunk, away from prying eyes. Thefts are crimes of opportunity, and thieves...

3 semis crash in Northeast Austin, cause closure on I-35

NORTHEAST AUSTIN 3 semis crash, cause closure on I-35 Three semis were involved in a collision in Northeast Austin on Wednesday, forcing authorities to briefly shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near the U.S. 290 interchange north of 51st Street on one of the busiest road travel days of the year. Diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway after the wreck, which happened shortly before 1 p.m...
Surprised by Austin SWAT near your home? It’s for safety, police say

Surprised by Austin SWAT near your home? It’s for safety, police say

When Austin police SWAT officers deploy, they can look intimidating. Team members wear beefed-up ballistic vests and armor, and they carry specialized weapons beyond what patrol officers typically carry. They roll into neighborhoods in armored vehicles, surround houses and block off streets, often prompting confused neighbors to call the media or seek answers on online message boards. But catching...
Major crash reported on Texas 29, east of Georgetown

Major crash reported on Texas 29, east of Georgetown

2 p.m. update: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office officials say a man was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center after a single vehicle crash on Texas 29 on Wednesday.  The Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident. Yesterday: Someone was ejected from a vehicle after a crash on Texas 29, just east of FM 1660, Williamson County officials said. Texas 29 is shut down in both...
Houston man accused in string of check scams across Central Texas

Houston man accused in string of check scams across Central Texas

A Houston man is being accused for at least the third time by Central Texas authorities of impersonating a public investigator, according to an arrest affidavit filed this week. In the latest case, Austin police say 49-year-old Ricky Cortez posed as a Travis County investigator who told the victim of his scam he would take him to jail if the victim did not pay for hot checks he had written, the affidavit...
Leander trying to reunite lost dog with owners before Thanksgiving

Leander trying to reunite lost dog with owners before Thanksgiving

The Leander Police Department is trying to get everybody home for the holidays, including dogs. A lost white shih tzu found on Crystal Falls Parkway near Whitestone Elementary was sitting at the Leander Police Department on Wednesday afternoon waiting for its owners to be found. The Leander Police Department sent out a warm and fuzzy tweet saying, “please contact the Leander PD animal services...
Project to create Georgetown civic campus to begin next week

Project to create Georgetown civic campus to begin next week

The project to revamp two buildings to house new locations for Georgetown’s City Hall, City Council chambers and municipal court will start on Nov. 28. The renovations are part of the Downtown West master plan, which seeks to centralize city offices currently scattered throughout Georgetown. Construction for the new civic campus in downtown Georgetown will start at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 28 in front...
Texas fires special education director, citing civil suit in Oregon

Texas fires special education director, citing civil suit in Oregon

The Texas Education Agency has fired its special education director. Laurie Kash, who started work in August, was recently accused in a lawsuit of trying to cover up child abuse allegations while she worked as a special education director at Rainier School District in Oregon. The $1.85 million suit claims that Kash ordered several employees to keep quiet about the child’s allegations. &ldquo...
Texas can, should do better for state living center residents

Texas can, should do better for state living center residents

Liz Belile visits her sister Shanna in the Austin State Supported Living Center in West Austin Monday October 30, 2017. Belile’s sister suffers from a seizure disorder and needs permanent care, but having her in Austin has provided her with the opportunity to look in on her regularly and tend to her other needs. (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) A glint of hope...
Here’s why someone put a tiny Christmas tree in front of the Alamo

Here’s why someone put a tiny Christmas tree in front of the Alamo

You make sure to remember the Alamo. But have you forgotten Christmas? According to the San Antonio Express-News, the city’s annual Alamo Plaza tree-lighting ceremony has been relocated to Travis Park -- but some San Antonians weren’t willing to let the tradition go.  As the Express-News reports, “locals and tourists seemed happy to spot an 18-inch tree standing small but...
Mayor Adler: Landing Amazon’s HQ2 could push Austin to solve key issues

Mayor Adler: Landing Amazon’s HQ2 could push Austin to solve key issues

Austin Mayor Steve Adler says that if Central Texas did win the bidding ware for Amazon’s HQ2 project, it could help the Austin area tackle some of its major issues. In a Q&A with the Statesman, Adler lays out his vision for the Austin area if Amazon HQ2 were to come here, what his office has been doing as the region pursues the facility and what the city’s strategy is regarding the project...
Well before HQ2 frenzy, Amazon had major presence in Central Texas

Well before HQ2 frenzy, Amazon had major presence in Central Texas

If the Austin area does somehow beat out more than 200 competitors and land Amazon’s $5 billion, 50,000-employee second headquarters project , the facility would just be the latest addition to an already significant presence Amazon has established in Central Texas. Amazon currently employees thousands of workers in varying jobs in Central Texas, giving the online retailer a larger presence in...
Capitol Police to investigate graphic photo leak, Joe Barton says

Capitol Police to investigate graphic photo leak, Joe Barton says

10 p.m. update: U.S. Capitol Police will launch an investigation into the leak of a sexually explicit photo of Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, Barton said in a statement late Wednesday. Barton issued an apology earlier Wednesday after the photo had begun to circulate on social media. Later in the day, the Washington Post reported on a recorded phone conversation a woman shared with the newspaper. The...
Austin-area auto sales bounce back in 3rd quarter

Austin-area auto sales bounce back in 3rd quarter

Led by a strong September, Austin-area auto dealers enjoyed a sales bounce in the third quarter that pushed local auto sales ahead of the previous year’s sales pace. Austin-area auto dealers sold 14,333 new vehicles in September, a 17 percent increase over the same month in 2016, according to Freeman Auto Report, a Dallas-based service that tracks auto sales in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell...
Where are they now? Ashley McGill

Where are they now? Ashley McGill

Ashley McGill, 31, has been on disability insurance from her job after a head injury from a car accident. She continues to see doctors and hopes for a treatment that will allow her to return to work.   Gifts donated by the community at Grisham Middle School take up a much of the living room in the apartment where Ashley McGill lives with her children, Preston Mao...
Mother accused of using kids to steal from Macy’s at Domain, police say

Mother accused of using kids to steal from Macy’s at Domain, police say

Austin police are looking for a woman who they say stole merchandise from a Macy’s department store with the help of another woman and four children no older than 10 years old. Investigators are looking for 27-year-old Martha Monique Lopez, who is charged with robbery by assault, according to an arrest affidavit filed against her this week. On Nov. 12, police received a call around 2 p.m. from...
Central Texas veterans can now shop the Exchange online

Central Texas veterans can now shop the Exchange online

More than 18.5 million veterans nationwide – including an estimated 53,000 in Travis County – will be able for the first time ever to make purchases online from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service this holiday season. Outposts of the Exchange, which has been around since 1895, have long offered active-duty troops, their families and military retirees with 20 or more years of service...

COMMUNITY NEWS: Austin nonprofit heads up Giving Tuesday campaign

CENTRAL TEXAS Nonprofit heads up Giving Tuesday campaign The Austin nonprofit I Live Here, I Give Here will be the Central Texas official community leader for Giving Tuesday, an annual global event that takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The organization is participating in the campaign by kicking off the year-end giving season through promoting doing good and monthly giving. Through Giving...
Court upholds conviction in SXSW crash that killed 4 in 2014

Court upholds conviction in SXSW crash that killed 4 in 2014

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld the capital murder conviction of Rashad Owens in a series of automobile crashes that killed four during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival in downtown Austin. Owens, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, asked the 3rd Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction, arguing that it was not supported by evidence that he knowingly...
Pay raises, hiring initiatives usher in Texas CPS improvements

Pay raises, hiring initiatives usher in Texas CPS improvements

More caseworkers are staying on the job and workloads have plummeted almost a year after state officials provided $12,000 pay raises to employees in the Texas child welfare system, which had been plagued by child deaths and delays in visiting children in reported abusive homes. After the raises went into effect in January, the percentage of staff leaving Texas Child Protective Services dropped by...
Rogaciano Ríos Marcial: Widowed father navigating raising kids alone

Rogaciano Ríos Marcial: Widowed father navigating raising kids alone

After long days of construction work, Rogaciano Ríos Marcial enjoyed coming home to his wife’s comforting meals. Some days she’d treat him to chicken mole or his favorite traditional Mexican soup, menudo. The two would swap stories each evening and catch up on each other’s adventures. The couple met about 11 years ago when they both worked at a Pappasito’s restaurant...
Nikki Jones: Chronically ill mother worries for 6-year-old’s future

Nikki Jones: Chronically ill mother worries for 6-year-old’s future

Six-year-old Adeline Jones is cooking up a storm in her pint-size pretend kitchen. “Mommy,” she says, presenting her mom, Nikki Jones, 35, with a bowl of invisible liquid, “I made you some soup to make you better. Some veggie soup.” Jones enthusiastically drinks her imaginary soup, which serves as a welcome distraction from the four needles that are stuck in her stomach. It&rsquo...
Trisha Sherwood: Mom with multiple sclerosis faces sons’ illnesses, too

Trisha Sherwood: Mom with multiple sclerosis faces sons’ illnesses, too

Trisha Sherwood fosters kittens. She says, some days, those silent moments bottle-feeding baby cats are the only quiet ones she gets. Their quiet purrs drown out the sounds of doctors, psychiatrists and insurance representatives who make most days deafening. In 2009, Sherwood was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The painful numbing sensations in her legs eventually placed her in a wheelchair for...
Sami Ashour: Man and his family escaped war in Syria to start over

Sami Ashour: Man and his family escaped war in Syria to start over

The room reels with motion inside the small Ashour apartment. That’s because Sami Khalil Ashour, 48, and his wife, Ahlam, 38, are blessed with five bright, curious children. The eldest is 13 years old; the youngest is 11 months old. As happily chaotic as life appears among the scrounged-together furniture in their Northeast Austin home, where guests are offered bottled water or strong Arabic...
Answer the need here at home

Answer the need here at home

This has been a tough year. Hurricanes, mass shootings, fires and floods. The need has been great around this country, and locally — in quieter, less dramatic ways — families need your help. They live in homes without working appliances or heat or air conditioning. They lack the education to get jobs that can sustain them. They pray every day that the car starts or the bus runs on time...
Hawa Hassan: Refugee wants better care for son with muscular dystrophy

Hawa Hassan: Refugee wants better care for son with muscular dystrophy

A year after leaving a Kenyan refugee camp — the only home she’s ever truly known — Hawa Hassan says life for her and her children in America hasn’t been easy. Hassan’s 9-year-old son, Haji Mada, was taking a few steps at a time while in Kenya, but he has lost the ability to walk. Only after he arrived in Austin did doctors diagnose him with a rare form of muscular dystrophy...
Lyric Wardlow: Once-homeless teen needs help getting education

Lyric Wardlow: Once-homeless teen needs help getting education

Lyric Wardlow was 9 years old when she became homeless. After she and her mother were evicted from their South Bend, Ind., house, the pair spent years couch surfing, living in homeless shelters, staying in hotels and using temporary housing programs to keep a roof over their heads. They moved to Austin when Wardlow was in high school, but she later abandoned her education to care for her mom, who...
Margarita and Jessie Matias: Couple worry about cancer, care for son

Margarita and Jessie Matias: Couple worry about cancer, care for son

The Matias family’s daily routine is one steeped in health care issues ranging from caring for an adult son with disabilities to multiple cancer diagnoses. Margarita Matias, 72, this year had a resurgence of ovarian cancer and said she will now be considered stage 4 for the rest of her life. Doctors diagnosed her son Ricky Perez, 46, with testicular cancer in 2007. Perez was born with cerebral...
Jazmyne Johnson: Young mom needs reliable car, better education

Jazmyne Johnson: Young mom needs reliable car, better education

It was a rainy night in late September when the windshield wipers on the “raggedy car” her boyfriend was driving stopped working and the car careened off the road and slid into a utility pole. Jazmyne Johnson, riding as a passenger, remembers the severe whiplash effect from the air bag that collided with her face. The impact scraped some skin off her upper chest area, cracked a tooth and...
Chargers WR Mike Williams’ nightmare season continues against Cowboys

Chargers WR Mike Williams’ nightmare season continues against Cowboys

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams’ rookie season hasn’t gone according to plan. The No. 7 overall pick at the 2017 NFL Draft was hoping to link up with Philip Rivers in Los Angeles and make an immediate impact. Instead, he missed the first five weeks of the season and then had to be carted to the locker room against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving...
LOOK: Former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel brilliantly roasts Kansas with Thanksgiving joke

LOOK: Former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel brilliantly roasts Kansas with Thanksgiving joke

Alright it’s Thanksgiving so let’s all gather around and say what we’re thankful for and OH GARY PINKEL FROM THE TOP ROPE! The former Missouri head football coach seemingly couldn’t resist taking a shot at longtime Big-12 rival Kansas this Thanksgiving. And his execution was perfect. BOOM, ROASTED. Literally and figuratively. Pinkel references the 2007 matchup...
Baker Mayfield’s ability to stoke emotion is his Oklahoma legacy

Baker Mayfield’s ability to stoke emotion is his Oklahoma legacy

NORMAN, Okla. — There wasn’t an exact date when Baker Mayfield became Mr. Oklahoma Football. Teammates bonded with him as the scout team quarterback in 2014. Back then, he was the redshirt who practiced with the same zeal as the three-year starter. After 37 games, he is the unquestioned heart and soul of the fourth-ranked Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) and the front-runner...
Eric Bolling remembers his late son on first Thanksgiving without him

Eric Bolling remembers his late son on first Thanksgiving without him

Thanksgiving 2017 is no doubt a rather somber affair for political pundit and host Eric Bolling and his wife, Adrienne. What is normally a joyful occasion is, for them, the first Thanksgiving since the untimely passing of their son, Eric Chase Bolling Jr. “On this emotional first Thanksgiving without Eric Chase… Adrienne and I want you to know that we feel very thankful for the overwhelming...
Cowboys concerned about LT Tyron Smith even though he’s active against Chargers

Cowboys concerned about LT Tyron Smith even though he’s active against Chargers

Left tackle Tyron Smith is on the field for the Dallas Cowboys in their Thanksgiving matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. He missed the Cowboys last two games with a groin injury, and they have manged to score only 16 points in his absence. Even though he can play against the Chargers, the Cowboys are concerned about how long Smith will be able to last on the field. They are concerned...
3 things: Tennessee falls to Villanova 85-76, blows 15-point lead

3 things: Tennessee falls to Villanova 85-76, blows 15-point lead

Tennessee built a 15-point lead over Villanova in the first half, but the Vols couldn’t hold on against the No. 5-ranked Wildcats in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday. Villanova (5-0) opened the second half on a 23-2 run and led by as many as 15 en route to the 85-76 win over Tennessee (3-1) at Paradise Island, Bahamas. It was a disappointing follow for the Vols after...
Iron Bowl is the absolute must-see game of rivalry week

Iron Bowl is the absolute must-see game of rivalry week

Wow, that went fast. College football’s regular season, for all intents and purposes, draws to a close with rivalry week. The conference championship games follow next week and then 39 bowl games. We love rivalry week. Give us The Game (Ohio State vs. Michigan); the Civil War (Oregon State vs. Oregon); The War on I-4 (South Florida vs. Central Florida); Clean, Old Fashioned Hate (Georgia vs...
Broncos taking frustrations over 3-7 season out on each other

Broncos taking frustrations over 3-7 season out on each other

The Denver Broncos are in the midst of a six-game losing streak and enter Week 12 with a 3-7 record just two seasons removed from winning a championship at Super Bowl 50 and the frustrations are mounting. The Broncos were more competitive against the Cincinnati Bengals (they lost 20-17) after getting steamrolled by the New England Patriots the week prior. However, they&rsquo...
WATCH: LSU football team goes crazy when Odell Beckham Jr. surprises them with new shoes

WATCH: LSU football team goes crazy when Odell Beckham Jr. surprises them with new shoes

The giving spirit was alive and well in the LSU football facility on Thanksgiving. The Tigers were in a team meeting watching a video message from former star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The video concluded with OBJ telling the team he had a surprise for them, and the reaction from the players was awesome. Take a look: What an awesome moment for the guys, a great move from Beckham...
What’s on the president’s Thanksgiving menu?

What’s on the president’s Thanksgiving menu?

A spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump said the first family will have Thanksgiving dinner at Mar-a-Lago with family and friends tonight. Here’s what’s on the menu: Turkey Stuffing Mashed potatoes and gravy Sweet potatoes with marshmallows Variety of baked goods Local produce and cheeses Red snapper Florida stone crab Trump also tweeted a four-minute video on topics including: Squanto...
Texas vs. Texas Tech: 5 key matchups to watch

Texas vs. Texas Tech: 5 key matchups to watch

Here are five key Texas-Texas Tech matchups to watch Friday: The Longhorns have faced every top-rated passer this league can offer, save for Shimonek, the Red Raiders’ gunslinger who’s averaging 313.7 yards per game, the eighth-best average in the country. He doesn’t make too many mistakes, either. Shimonek has thrown 28 touchdowns and only eight interceptions...
Kentucky football: Stephen Johnson will be remembered as a winner

Kentucky football: Stephen Johnson will be remembered as a winner

LEXINGTON, Ky. — There’s no question as to which player will receive the most ringing applause on senior day at Kroger Field: Stephen Johnson, the California kid plucked from College of the Desert. The Kentucky quarterback will be remembered as a winner above anything else. As a two-year player who was brought to Lexington as a backup, Johnson’s numbers will...
This Iron Bowl is why Jarrett Stidham came to Auburn, and vice versa

This Iron Bowl is why Jarrett Stidham came to Auburn, and vice versa

AUBURN, Ala. — Jarrett Stidham has never played in an Iron Bowl. He fully admits he doesn’t know what exactly to expect Saturday inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. But a game like this one — a winner-takes-the-SEC West matchup against undefeated Alabama on national television — is the reason the Texan quarterback is on the Plains. “Looking back on everything...
Kentucky football: Nick Haynes not giving up on football despite frustrating senior season

Kentucky football: Nick Haynes not giving up on football despite frustrating senior season

We tackle the best question asked by Kentucky fans every day. If you’d like to submit a question, tweet to Kyle Tucker  here and Joe Mussatto  here. Look for the Question of the Day every Monday through Friday.  Offensive guard Nick Haynes will be honored in senior day celebrations on Saturday, but the end of Haynes’ Kentucky career...
Tom Brady a limited participant at Thanksgiving practice for Patriots

Tom Brady a limited participant at Thanksgiving practice for Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is nursing an Achilles injury that limited him in practice on Thanksgiving day, according to a report from Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. Brady is still expected to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but his status will have to be monitored and it’s likely he’ll be listed as questionable when the official...
Dreamers protest at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dreamers protest at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade got political Thursday as a group of protesters broke through barriers and sat in the middle of the parade route. The protesters wore shirts in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The “Dreamers,” named after the proposed DREAM Act, are young immigrants brought to the United States as children who believe their...
Rams promote former Oklahoma State CB Kevin Peterson to active roster

Rams promote former Oklahoma State CB Kevin Peterson to active roster

The Los Angeles Rams promoted former Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson from their practice squad to their 53-man roster Wednesday. Peterson played at Oklahoma State from 2012-15, recording 5 interceptions and 113 tackles. After going undrafted, Peterson signed with the Chicago Bears. He signed with the Rams this offseason. The Rams promoted Peterson to the active roster...
Auburn football podcast: Thanksgiving, Iron Bowl, and Tiger football

Auburn football podcast: Thanksgiving, Iron Bowl, and Tiger football

Welcome to The Podcast on the Plains, SEC Country’s daily Auburn football podcast with host Zac Blackerby. On the show Thursday, Blackerby is joined by SEC Country’s Lauren Shute to discuss Auburn football, basketball, Thanksgiving and more. On this Thanksgiving edition and episode 74 of the podcast, the experts will continue ...
BREAKING: Wide receiver Seth Williams becomes Auburn’s 17th commitment

BREAKING: Wide receiver Seth Williams becomes Auburn’s 17th commitment

Auburn’s recruiting class went back for seconds on Thanksgiving. After Richard Jibunor committed earlier in the day, 4-star wide receiver Seth Williams announced his commitment to the Tigers. The 4-star wide receiver from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) becomes the 17th commitment in Auburn’s Class of 2018. This means, in one day, Auburn grabbed commitments from Tuscaloosa and...
LSU Fan Question: Who will fill Russell Gage’s role for the 2018 Tigers?

LSU Fan Question: Who will fill Russell Gage’s role for the 2018 Tigers?

SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey will answer your LSU Tigers sports queries each weekday in our LSU Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to @SECCountryLSU, @bigahickey or by email to Alex at alex.hickey@coxinc.com. We have several big-time readers here at SEC Country, so it was only a matter of time before one of them asked the Question...
Michigan football mailbag: Potential lifetime contract for Jim Harbaugh?

Michigan football mailbag: Potential lifetime contract for Jim Harbaugh?

Have Michigan football questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Thursday for the Land of 10 Michigan mailbag to talk all things Wolverines. This week, we discuss the possibility of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh getting a lifetime contract, the future of the stable of quarterbacks and if Michigan has a chance against Ohio State. If Michigan wants to keep Harbaugh...
Arkansas, you’re an SEC weakling and will remain so until …

Arkansas, you’re an SEC weakling and will remain so until …

SEC Country reporter Eric W. Bolin will candidly answer your Arkansas Razorbacks sports queries each weekday in our Mailbag Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to @SECCountryHogs or by email to Eric at ericwbolin@gmail.com. Yes. Absolutely. One hundred percent. Money is the name of the game in college athletics nowadays. And in recent years...
Louisville basketball one of four teams selected for 2018 Preseason NIT field

Louisville basketball one of four teams selected for 2018 Preseason NIT field

Louisville basketball learned on Thanksgiving 2017 where they’ll be spending the holiday next year. The Cardinals will soar into the Big Apple next season for the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off from the Barclays Center for games on Nov. 21 and Nov. 23, 2018. Louisville joins an impressive field that also includes Kansas, Marquette and Tennessee. The opponents for Louisville’s two...
Florida basketball: Gators to learn a lot about themselves during busy Oregon trip

Florida basketball: Gators to learn a lot about themselves during busy Oregon trip

The Florida basketball team has showed already that it can pile up points in a hurry with its deep cast of scorers and playmakers, putting up 116 and 108 points in wins over Gardner-Webb and North Florida. The Gators have also shown they are far from a finished product, needing a late surge to get past New Hampshire. But they’ll really learn what kind of team they have over the next...
Iron Bowl showdown: 4 lesser known players who could help decide Alabama-Auburn matchup

Iron Bowl showdown: 4 lesser known players who could help decide Alabama-Auburn matchup

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — To get you ready for another potentially classic Iron Bowl, SEC Country Auburn beat writer Justin Ferguson and Alabama beat writer Marq Burnett are here to break down some of the keys to Alabama football vs. Auburn football. No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC) plays at No. 6 Auburn (9-2, 6-1 SEC) on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p...
SEC Country team predictions: Can Auburn upset Alabama in the Iron Bowl?

SEC Country team predictions: Can Auburn upset Alabama in the Iron Bowl?

AUBURN, Ala. — Don’t let the sense of family and gratitude in the air on Thanksgiving Day fool you. The fiercest, meanest rivalry in the country is hours away. People in Alabama are preparing for one of (if not the most) important football games of the 2017 season. Auburn will welcome Alabama to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. This game should be different than...
South Carolina football: Predicting the game against Clemson

South Carolina football: Predicting the game against Clemson

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina football team has one game left on the 2017 regular-season schedule: Clemson, the No. 3 team in the College Football Playoff rankings. South Carolina-Clemson kicks off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Here are the predictions from SEC Country contributors Mike Chapman and Hale McGranahan: Nothing creates more hate between fan bases than rivalry...
Texas officer arrested, accused of stealing $830 in groceries from Walmart

Texas officer arrested, accused of stealing $830 in groceries from Walmart

A police officer in Texas has been arrested, accused of stealing over $800 in groceries from a Walmart, law enforcement officials said. Christopher Hankins, 30, is a Dallas Police Department officer, WFAA reported. He was arrested at a Denton County Walmart Wednesday, accused of leaving the store with $830 in groceries and not paying for them. The store's manager told police that Hankins was...
Baker Mayfield named semifinalist for Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

Baker Mayfield named semifinalist for Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

Baker Mayfield is a star at Oklahoma, but his past in Texas could get him another award. The Sooners’ quarterback is one of 10 semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which honors the top offensive player from Texas. The recipient must have been born in Texas, gone to high school in Texas or attend a Texas university. Mayfield was born in Austin, went to...
Former Colts, Broncos, Falcons TE Jacob Tamme announces retirement

Former Colts, Broncos, Falcons TE Jacob Tamme announces retirement

After nine seasons in the NFL, tight end Jacob Tamme announced his retirement on Thanksgiving day. The former Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons tight end has been a free agent all season but decided to call it quits on Thursday. Originally a fourth-round pick of the Colts at the 2008 NFL Draft, Tamme spent four seasons in Indianapolis. While he was ...
Texas Tech WR Keke Coutee among Earl Campbell Award semifinalists

Texas Tech WR Keke Coutee among Earl Campbell Award semifinalists

Keke Coutee’s outstanding season continues to earn him recognition. The Texas Tech receiver is one of 10 semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the best offensive player who was born in Texas, went to high school in Texas or attends a Texas University. In addition to being a Red Raider, Coutee went to Lufkin High School in Lufkin, Texas...
On the Beat: How Iowa playing Black Friday football has become a tradition

On the Beat: How Iowa playing Black Friday football has become a tradition

IOWA CITY, Iowa — In what seems like eons ago, Iowa played Minnesota almost every year to end Big Ten play, and the game always took place on Saturday. There were some bone-chilling days like in 2010, when it was 14 degrees at TCF Bank Stadium for a late-afternoon kickoff. There were some warm nights like in 2008, when points were scored everywhere in the Metrodome. There...
On the Beat: Ohio State-Michigan always produces memorable moments – and will again

On the Beat: Ohio State-Michigan always produces memorable moments – and will again

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Something special is going to happen in The Game. I don’t know what it’s going to be, and there’s never any way to really predict what unforgettable moment is going to happen when Ohio State and Michigan get together for the best rivalry in sports. But it didn’t take me long to figure out that the safest bet is always that there...
On the Beat: Michigan’s motivation is to beat Ohio State

On the Beat: Michigan’s motivation is to beat Ohio State

Around this time four years ago, much of college football was prepared to see a bloodbath unfold in Ann Arbor. Michigan limped to a 2-3 record in the second half of the 2013 schedule, and entered the annual rivalry game against Ohio State as a 16 1/2-point favorite. Nobody gave the Wolverines a chance to beat Ohio State that year. Instead, the game went down to the final play, and Michigan...
SEC Country team predictions: Alabama football game against Auburn

SEC Country team predictions: Alabama football game against Auburn

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It comes down to this for Alabama football. No. 1 Alabama plays at No. 6 Auburn on Saturday. Kickoff has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The winner of the Iron Bowl will claim the SEC West Division and earn the right to play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2. Here are predictions from those who cover Alabama football for SEC Country: This game...
Could another Iron Bowl come down to a special-teams play?

Could another Iron Bowl come down to a special-teams play?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Even though University of Alabama seniors Anthony Averett and Rashaan Evans experienced the Kick Six in vastly different ways, they both had the same reaction. Averett was already on the Crimson Tide roster, but poised to redshirt, so he didn’t travel with the team to Auburn. Instead, he got permission to head home to New Jersey for both Thanksgiving...
Report: South Alabama showing interest in West Virginia OC Jake Spavital

Report: South Alabama showing interest in West Virginia OC Jake Spavital

West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital is on the radar as a head coach candidate. Chris Landry reported earlier this week that Spavital, along with USC defensive coordinator Tee Martin, had generated interest from South Alabama following the resignation of head coach Joey Jones. Spavital is finishing his first season as West Virginia’s offensive coordinator after a previous...
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