Average Austin property tax bill hits $7,600, up $517 from last year

The Johnson family didn’t want to leave Austin. They loved their home nestled in the popular Circle C neighborhood, with close friends as neighbors, a short commute and good schools. But after 10 years of living in their 2,800 square-foot south Austin home, the property taxes increased so much that they became greater than the actual mortgage payment. “We saw it creeping up over the years...


Tight labor market heightens premium on startups, education, exports

Tight labor market heightens premium on startups, education, exports

Austin’s rapid business and population growth have started to stretch its capacity, snarling highways, slowing job growth and making the region less affordable for many of its residents. Yet, the metro area’s ability to sustain its entrepreneurial spark has allowed employers to continue adding jobs, and the region’s potential for increasing export activity could help build a more...
Travis County medical examiner’s flip-flop jeopardizes murder trial

Travis County medical examiner’s flip-flop jeopardizes murder trial

A Travis County medical examiner unexpectedly changed his cause of death ruling in the middle of a murder trial this week, in which an Austin man stands accused of beating his boyfriend to death. Dr. Sam Andrews notified prosecutors Wednesday evening that he suddenly had reached a new conclusion about the location of bleeding in Stephen Sylvester’s brain. His new ruling — that the bleeding...
What’s on the ballot for Central Texas voters in November election

What’s on the ballot for Central Texas voters in November election

As early voting gets underway for the Nov. 7 elections, some voters have important decisions to make beyond the seven proposed amendments to the state constitution. Among the other items on the ballot: Austin school bonds: The biggest-ticket item on Central Texas ballots is the $1.1 billion bond measure for the Austin school district to build more than a dozen schools and revamp deteriorating campuses...
QUAKE NEAR FLATONIA: Minor 2.9-magnitude earthquake reported in Fayette County

QUAKE NEAR FLATONIA: Minor 2.9-magnitude earthquake reported in Fayette County

A 2.9-magnitude earthquake was reported Friday evening in western Fayette County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  The earthquake near Flatonia, about 70 miles southeast from Austin, was registered about 5:10 p.m., USGS reported.  Earthquakes under 3.0 magnitude are considered minor and are usually not felt, according to USGS. 
Transformer malfunction causes loud boom in South Austin 

Transformer malfunction causes loud boom in South Austin 

A  transformer blew in South Austin and caused a loud boom, Austin police said. The transformer is at Shelby Oak Lane and Oak Ledge Drive, said police, who got their first 911 call about the noise at 8:44 p.m. No injuries were reported, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.  The incident does not appear serious, though the malfunction would likely cause a loud boom, Austin Energy spokeswoman...
JUST IN: H-E-B issues recall for Asian Noodle Cups

JUST IN: H-E-B issues recall for Asian Noodle Cups

H-E-B issued a recall today, at the request of Mann Packing, to recall certain H-E-B single-serving soups made with vegetable products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. All recalled products have been removed from H-E-B stores, the grocery store said. Mann Packing, of Salinas, Calif., recalled the vegetable products, which were supplied to H-E-B and used in beef- and chicken-flavored...
Let Texas ruling stand,opponents of gay marriages tell high court

Let Texas ruling stand,opponents of gay marriages tell high court

A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling on marriage benefits was not a swipe at the rights of same-sex couples and does not need to be reviewed by the nation’s highest court, opponents of gay marriage said Friday. The city of Houston last month asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Texas ruling, arguing that it undermines the high court’s 2015 decision that established the right of...
Appeals court ruling delays abortion for immigrant teen in Texas

Appeals court ruling delays abortion for immigrant teen in Texas

A federal appeals court Friday dissolved a lower court order that required the Trump administration to allow an abortion for a 17-year-old immigrant who is in federal custody in Texas after illegally crossing the border with Mexico. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia gave administration officials until Oct. 31 to find a relative or other qualified adult willing to act as...
Attorney General Sessions hails anti-sanctuary cities law in Texas

Attorney General Sessions hails anti-sanctuary cities law in Texas

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a message Friday to so-called sanctuary cities: Don’t expect federal law enforcement grants if you disobey federal law. “These jurisdictions that knowingly, willfully and purposefully release criminal aliens back into their communities are risking the lives and safety of American citizens in the pursuit of what really is an extreme open borders...
Ousted members of Hutto’s economic panel under criminal investigation

Ousted members of Hutto’s economic panel under criminal investigation

Police are investigating spending by former members of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation after the Hutto City Council said an initial audit showed questionable expenditures. The expenses in question include trips to New Jersey to see the Dallas Cowboys play the New York Giants and for conferences in Alaska and New Orleans. City Manager Odis Jones announced the investigation Thursday night...

Affidavit: Man lived in empty house while homeowner was out of town

NORTHWEST AUSTIN Police: Intruder caught living inside man’s house A man is being charged with burglary of residence after he stayed at an empty Northwest Austin home while the resident was out of town, according to an affidavit filed Friday. According to the affidavit, the homeowner returned home on Oct. 19 from a business trip and noticed some things were misplaced in his garage, his blinds...
Viewpoints: Push pause button on CodeNext until concerns are addressed

Viewpoints: Push pause button on CodeNext until concerns are addressed

With their recent actions to spend millions of dollars above the project’s original cost and plow on with a third draft of CodeNext in the face of mounting public skepticism, Austin City Council members are signaling that it’s more important to meet a self-imposed deadline than do due diligence and build public confidence. However well-intentioned, that is no way to tackle or complete...
When will more state agency workers at HHSC get their raise?

When will more state agency workers at HHSC get their raise?

Mary Ramirez, a Health and Human Services employee from Houston, marches on Congress Avenue during the Texas State Employees Union rally at the Capitol on Wednesday April 12, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The number of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) administrators making more than $200,000 a year or more has reached a new high, according to a recent...

Texas State president condemns white supremacist fliers on campus

Texas State University officials said white supremacist fliers had been posted on some of the buildings on campus and that university police were investigating the matter. University President Denise Trauth issued a statement Friday, condemning the fliers and telling students that “there is no place for hate at our university.” RELATED: Anti-Semitic posters removed from Texas State &ldquo...
Police seeking help solving death of 25-year-old man found in East Austin

Police seeking help solving death of 25-year-old man found in East Austin

Police are seeking the public’s help to solve the death of a 25-year-old man who was found in East Austin on Thursday morning. Magdaleno Benitez Flores, 25, was discovered by MasTec utility employees in the 5000 block of Alf Avenue, near the Austin Energy Kingsbury Station Solar Project just east of Springdale Road, Austin police said. Police found evidence of trauma to Benitez Flores&rsquo...
6 things to know to get through the airport on F1 weekend

6 things to know to get through the airport on F1 weekend

For a few years, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s biggest day annually for passenger traffic has been the day after the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix. If you’re one of the estimated 23,000 travelers flying out this weekend, here are six key travel tips from airport officials: 1. Change out your cash : International travelers can exchange currency at two...
Nonprofit finding new ways to bolster small farmers

Nonprofit finding new ways to bolster small farmers

This Wednesday, the Sustainable Food Center will shutter one of its three farmers’ markets due to declining customers and sales. The nonprofit operates farmers’ markets to offer local farmers an opportunity to sell directly to consumers and to offer consumers a chance to buy local foods. But the closure of the mid-week market at the Triangle in Central Austin doesn’t indicate Austin&rsquo...
Will opening of southbound toll lane soothe MoPac’s headache?

Will opening of southbound toll lane soothe MoPac’s headache?

Southbound MoPac, you go next. On Saturday, with Central Texas drivers and toll authority officials still puzzling over the eccentricities of variable tolls on northbound MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) after its Oct. 7 debut, all 11 miles of the southbound toll lane likewise will open for business. That side of the expressway, unlike northbound MoPac and its legendary late afternoon crunch, has congestion...

Business digest: Texas to receive $7.35 million in GM settlement

AUTO SAFETY Texas to receive $7.35 million in multi-state GM settlement Texas will receive $7.35 million of a $120 million multi-state settlement with General Motors over allegations that the company hid safety issues stemming from defective ignition switches in some of its vehicles, Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday. The settlement with attorneys general in 49 states and the District of Columbia...
PolitiFact: Is the Alamo a ‘disappointing landmark’

PolitiFact: Is the Alamo a ‘disappointing landmark’

A website intended to defend the master plan for spiffing up the Alamo says tourists remain far from wowed by the historically revered site. We were intrigued by this claim on the Alamo Truth site, which is funded by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s political campaign: “The Alamo has been consistently listed as one of the most disappointing landmarks in our nation. … It...
Capital Metro’s plan for more frequent routes will leave some behind

Capital Metro’s plan for more frequent routes will leave some behind

Magic elixir or Kool-Aid? The Capital Metro board next month will decide whether to quaff a deep drink of a trendy transit beverage called frequency. The agency’s spaghetti bowl of 82 routes, with buses that tend to show up at stops 20 minutes apart at best and often far longer, would be rearranged into something more closely resembling a grid. Most importantly, 14 primary bus routes would...

Community news: Free flu shots offered in Bastrop, Bee Cave

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTHWEST AUSTIN Health clinic opens Baylor Scott & White Health announced the opening of its Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Austin Southwest, at 9521 U.S. 290, Suite 105, which opened its doors this week to serve Oak Hill and Dripping Springs residents. The 4,200-square-foot clinic provides services including family medicine, on-site X-ray and laboratory services. The Austin Southwest...
Appeals court ruling delays abortion for immigrant in Texas

Appeals court ruling delays abortion for immigrant in Texas

Updated at 4:40 p.m. A federal appeals court gave the Trump administration until Oct. 31 to find a suitable relative or sponsor to take custody of a teenage immigrant — removing her from federal custody and allowing her access to an abortion she has been fighting for three weeks to get. The delay means the teen, identified only as Jane Doe or JD, will have to cancel a weekend appointment at...
Hiring surge, especially at schools, drops Austin unemployment rate

Hiring surge, especially at schools, drops Austin unemployment rate

Austin-area workers streamed back into the labor force and, for most of them, directly into jobs during September, pushing the metro-area unemployment rate back down below 3 percent, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The number of employed Central Texans surged almost four times faster than the typical gains for September, according to commission data...
Texas State president condemns white supremacist fliers found on campus 

Texas State president condemns white supremacist fliers found on campus 

Texas State University officials said white supremacist fliers had been posted on some of the buildings on campus and that university police were investigating the matter. University President Denise Trauth issued a statement Friday, condemning the fliers and telling students that “there is no place for hate at our university.” RELATED: Anti-Semitic posters removed from Texas State...
Deputies looking for man who exposed himself at Leander park

Deputies looking for man who exposed himself at Leander park

Williamson County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman in a park in Leander on Wednesday. The woman was walking her dog in Leander Regional Park when the man ran or walked up to her and exposed himself and then touched himself, said Patricia Gutierrez, a sheriff’s spokeswoman. READ: Suspect arrested after hike and bike sexual assault reported in September...
School bus, motorcycle collide in East Austin; no injuries reported

School bus, motorcycle collide in East Austin; no injuries reported

An Austin school district bus and a motorcycle collided early Friday but no one was injured, Austin police said.  The collision took place on the 900 block of Springdale Road near Bolm Road shortly before 7:30 a.m. and was quickly cleared.  Austin ISD said no students were on the bus.
UPDATE: Thunderstorms firing up in eastern Bastrop County near Smithville 

UPDATE: Thunderstorms firing up in eastern Bastrop County near Smithville 

12:40 p.m. update: Doppler radar shows storms firing up in western Bastrop County near Smithville and parts of Texas southeast of the Austin metro area. The National Weather Service is reporting foggy and misty conditions at its weather station at Camp Mabry in Central Austin, with temperatures around 70 degrees and calm winds. Conditions are similar at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where...
Judge ‘disgusted’ by doctor, but will allow his testimony in murder case

Judge ‘disgusted’ by doctor, but will allow his testimony in murder case

12:15 p.m. Travis County medical examiner Dr. Sam Andrews will be allowed to testify before the jury in Bryan Canchola’s but with several conditions, a judge ruled Friday. State district Judge David Wahlberg said he’s “disgusted” by Andrews’ lack of diligence in performing an autopsy on victim Stephen Sylvester, but believes the appropriate remedy is to let the defense&rsquo...
Hutto Economic Development Corporation under criminal investigation

Hutto Economic Development Corporation under criminal investigation

The Hutto city manager announced Thursday night at a City Council meeting that the former Hutto Economic Development Corporation is under criminal investigation. It was immediately unclear what the subject of the investigation is, but the revelation came several minutes after Mayor Pro Tem Tom Hines had said that the EDC — against the wishes of the City Council and the city manager — had...
AUSTIN POLICE CONTRACT: Deadline passing as civic groups wade in

AUSTIN POLICE CONTRACT: Deadline passing as civic groups wade in

11 p.m. update: Sparks flew Thursday night at a meeting of the Travis County Democratic Party as they debated a resolution urging the city of Austin to reject any new Austin police contract that didn’t reform certain practices. While the majority of those in the room seemed to support the resolution, it ultimately didn’t pass when, after counting the ayes and the nays on a vote to proceed...
‘Horns up’ in the Children’s Hospital

‘Horns up’ in the Children’s Hospital

University of Texas football players Tim Yoder, Michael Wilson and Kendall Moore get their “horns up” with future Longhorn Dylan Martinez at St. David’s Children’s Hospital. The football players visited sick children and their families to lift their spirits.
Poll: 49% of Texans disapprove of Trump, but GOP support strong

Poll: 49% of Texans disapprove of Trump, but GOP support strong

Nearly half of Texans disapprove of Donald Trump’s performance as president, but Republicans overwhelmingly support him, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Thursday. Among Republicans, 79 percent said they approved of Trump’s performance, while 15 percent disapprove. The rest of the GOP respondents said they don’t know. Meanwhile, 92 percent of Democrats...

DPS: Driver, 18, dies in crash after police chase near Granite Shoals

BURNET COUNTY Police chase ends with fatal crash A police chase ended with the death of an 18-year-old driver near Granite Shoals early Thursday, authorities said. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety statement, a preliminary investigation found that Cruz Grimaldo Suarez was fleeing from police around 3:30 a.m. in Burnet County. He was traveling south on Prairie Creek Road in a Chevy pickup...
Austin man accused of killing girlfriend disappears ahead of trial

Austin man accused of killing girlfriend disappears ahead of trial

A Travis County murder defendant who is set to go to trial next week has disappeared after he failed to report to a pretrial hearing on Thursday. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Kevin Michael Waguespack, who was out of jail on $250,000 bond. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Catherine Dyer, 31, in November 2015 in the home they shared in North Austin. “I just think that with...
Appeals court halts, for now, abortion for teen immigrant in Texas

Appeals court halts, for now, abortion for teen immigrant in Texas

One day after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to allow a teenage immigrant in the country without authorization to have an abortion in Texas, an appeals court temporarily blocked the order and set oral arguments for Friday morning on whether to allow the procedure to occur. The order by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia still allowed the 17-year-old to...
A&M, UT competing against each other to run Los Alamos weapons lab

A&M, UT competing against each other to run Los Alamos weapons lab

Texas A&M University System regents voted unanimously Thursday to authorize the system to compete for a contract to run Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of the nation’s nuclear arsenal and part of the portfolio overseen by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a graduate of A&M. The action by the A&M System Board of Regents came exactly a month after University of Texas System regents authorized...
County Road 458 closed following fatal wreck near Coupland

County Road 458 closed following fatal wreck near Coupland

A person died Thursday in a one-car wreck near Coupland, according to the Williamson County sheriff’s office. The wreck happened in the 2000 block of County Road 458 near the intersection with County Road 459, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities received a call about the crash at 1:53 p.m., said Patricia Gutierrez, a sheriff’s spokeswoman. The road has been shut down while the...

Texas to receive $7.35 million in multi-state GM settlement

Texas will receive $7.35 million of a $120 million multi-state settlement with General Motors over allegations that the company hid safety issues stemming from defective ignition switches in some of its vehicles, Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday. The settlement with attorneys general in 49 states and the District of Columbia is the latest fallout for GM from the faulty switches, which resulted...
JUST IN: Killeen teacher put duct tape over 5th graders’ mouths, school officials say 

JUST IN: Killeen teacher put duct tape over 5th graders’ mouths, school officials say 

A substitute teacher at Maxdale Elementary School in Killeen was removed from campus on Thursday after putting duct tape over the mouths of ten fifth-graders for several minutes. Killeen Independent School district spokesman Terry Abbott said in a statement on Thursday afternoon that three other students also put duct tape over their own mouths as a result of the teacher’s actions. “As...
An Austin Public Library card now gets you the Kanopy movies service

An Austin Public Library card now gets you the Kanopy movies service

    As of today, Austin Public Library card holders have access to more than 30,000 films for free.  The Austin Public Library has added access to the on-demand video platform called Kanopy. It is essentially a streaming service a bit like Netflix or Shudder, except one needs only an Austin library card to access it. There are no commercials or fees for users. The library has it covered...
Early voting starts on 7 changes to Texas Constitution

Early voting starts on 7 changes to Texas Constitution

Early voting begins Monday for the chance to tack seven new amendments onto the Texas Constitution, which has already been amended 491 times since its birth in 1876, making it one of the longest such documents in the nation. The proposed amendment that has gained the most notice is Proposition 6, which would allow tax breaks for the spouses of police, firefighters and emergency workers killed in the...
Dashcam video shows woman tripping over pants while running from police

Dashcam video shows woman tripping over pants while running from police

A felony suspect tried to make a run from police, but her clothes did her in. WSB-TV received dashcam video of the suspect running from a car. Her pants eventually fall down, and then, so does she. A Norcross, Georgia, police officer pulled over a Toyota Camry this week after running its plates and discovering its owner was wanted on several charges.  Police said driver Dayana Maldonado then...
Six men’s tennis players advance at ITA Texas Regional

Six men’s tennis players advance at ITA Texas Regional

Six men’s tennis players advanced to the round of 32 at the ITA Texas Regional Championships in College Station on Friday. Two doubles teams reached the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Harrison Scott had a bye and then defeated Roy Stepanov of Lamar 6-1, 6-2 in the round of 64. Scott will face Joao Ceolin of UTSA in the round of 32. Leonardo Telles also won his round of 64...
Baylor’s homecoming winning streak at risk against West Virginia

Baylor’s homecoming winning streak at risk against West Virginia

For Baylor, the 2017 season has been different in many ways from the years the program has grown accustomed to. Saturday could represent another change. Saturday’s matchup with West Virginia is the Bears’ homecoming game. Baylor has won seven straight homecoming games, dating to 2010. That season also marked the first of the Bears’ now seven straight seasons...
Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home

Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home

A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom.  Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation. During a search of Drake’s bedroom...
The good and the bad of Arkansas’ basketball Red-White scrimmage

The good and the bad of Arkansas’ basketball Red-White scrimmage

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas basketball had its first go-around in front of a live audience Friday night at the team’s annual Red-White scrimmage. The White won the exhibition, 95-69. They were led by 23 points from freshman Daniel Gafford and another 17 from senior guard Daryl Macon. The rosters did not appear especially evenly matched. White had Macon, Gafford...
Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor hints at end of Heisman campaign

Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor hints at end of Heisman campaign

Zach Sinor’s mustache is gone. So, too, is his Heisman campaign, it seems. In an interview with Ball Control Offense, Oklahoma State’s punter said his pursuit of the Heisman Trophy has dulled during the season. Sinor, a Ray Guy Award semifinalist last year, began his campaign during Big 12 Media Days, breaking out promotional brochures and releasing a ...
Sooners can set program road-win mark not seen in 41 years with win over Kansas State

Sooners can set program road-win mark not seen in 41 years with win over Kansas State

Oklahoma football hasn’t been perfect in recent seasons, but the Sooners have proven their ability to get the job done in enemy territory. Oklahoma has won 13-straight true road games, and a win at Kansas State on Saturday would send the Sooners into historic territory. A win over Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 21 would...
Oregon offense doesn’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel’

Oregon offense doesn’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel’

It would be wrong to say that the trying times of the Oregon offense is unprecedented, for Oregon’s offense has struggled like this before, but it is troublingly accurate to say that no current player suiting up in a Ducks uniform was alive to see the precedent. In the past two weeks, Oregon has scored just 17 points. Ten of those came in a 33-10 loss at home to Washington...
Those old Precious Moments figurines could be worth hundreds of dollars

Those old Precious Moments figurines could be worth hundreds of dollars

If you collect Precious Moments figurines, you may be sitting on a small fortune. Some of the company’s earliest offerings can sell for hundreds of dollars online. Precious Moments was founded in 1978 and originally featured 21 collectibles. “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” one of the so-called Original 21, retailed for $15 at the time. Today, it’s worth a lot more...
Lane Kiffin drops more Vols nostalgia on Twitter, says Kirby Smart ‘copied’ his idea

Lane Kiffin drops more Vols nostalgia on Twitter, says Kirby Smart ‘copied’ his idea

Lane Kiffin is known to like to have a little fun on social media. That trend continued Friday night, as Kiffin had some fun with his former Alabama colleague Kirby Smart, now the head coach at Georgia. On Twitter, Kiffin cited Smart’s helicopter trip to see no. 1 overall 2018 prospect Justin Fields, essentially saying that Smart was copying an idea he first had...
Trevor Lawrence breaks Georgia career passing record held by Deshaun Watson

Trevor Lawrence breaks Georgia career passing record held by Deshaun Watson

The torch has been passed. Future Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence officially set the record for most career passing yards in the state of Georgia on Friday, breaking the mark set by former Clemson quarterback — and current Houston Texan — Deshaun Watson. He did it on this touchdown throw, which came just a few drives into Senior Night at Cartersville (Ga.),...
Oklahoma State can set visiting-team record at Texas with win

Oklahoma State can set visiting-team record at Texas with win

Lots will be on the line for No. 10 Oklahoma State on Saturday when the Cowboys face the Texas Longhorns in Austin — including an all-time record for visiting teams at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. A Cowboys win on Saturday would set a new record for most consecutive wins by a single visiting team at the stadium in the facility’s 94-year history. Oklahoma...
Longhorns golf team in second at Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate

Longhorns golf team in second at Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate

The Longhorns golf team shot 279 to sit in second place after the first round of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga. on Friday. Doug Ghim led Texas with a 6-under 66 and is tied for the lead in the individual competition. Matthew Wolf of Oklahoma State and Chris Petefish also carded 66s in the round. Oklahoma State leads the competition after shooting 277...
Clemson-bound quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes Deshaun Watson for Georgia’s all-time passing yards mark

Clemson-bound quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes Deshaun Watson for Georgia’s all-time passing yards mark

A former Clemson quarterback made way for a future Clemson quarterback in the history books on Friday night. Cartersville (Ga.) senior Trevor Lawrence, the No. 2 player in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, is now the all-time leading passer in Georgia high school football history. He passed former Tigers great Deshaun Watson, who departed Gainesville...
4-star forward Darius Days commits to LSU

4-star forward Darius Days commits to LSU

LSU head basketball coach Will Wade continues to do his magic in Baton Rouge, as he landed a big commitment on Friday night in 4-star forward Darius Days, per The Advocate. The Tigers were picked over powerhouse North Carolina for the Gainesville, Fla. product. Days, at 6-foot-7 and 218 pounds, is ranked the 65th best player in the 2018 class, and he becomes the...
American-owned Haas off to slow start in qualifying runs

American-owned Haas off to slow start in qualifying runs

With wet track conditions and limited runs, the American-owned Haas F1 Team played it safe through the first two practice rounds in advance of the United States Grand Prix on Sunday. Thus Haas wasn’t too concerned about its results Friday at Circuit of the Americas. And that’s a good thing because Romain Grosjean posted the 15th-quickest time in the first session before dropping to the...
Texas target Mustapha Muhammad chooses Michigan

Texas target Mustapha Muhammad chooses Michigan

Fort Bend Ridge Point tight end Mustapha Muhammad picked Michigan over a host of elite offers, including Texas. The 4-star tight end is a Fabulous 55 member and the top-ranked tight end in Texas for the 2018 recruiting class because of his ability to block and catch passes. The Longhorns were still hunting for Muhammad’s signature despite holding commitments from two...

Winning streak helps Texas State to top of Sun Belt soccer standings

After starting this season 0-2-1, the Texas State soccer team has gone 9-2 in its past 11 matches. That stretch includes a six-game winning streak that has helped put the Bobcats on the verge of earning the top seed for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The sixth straight victory didn’t come easily for the Bobcats, who played two overtime periods against Little Rock before midfielder Alyssa...
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been suspended

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been suspended

The NFL has suspended Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for one game. Lynch was ejected in the first half of the Raiders’ dramatic 31-30 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. He made contact with an official during a skirmish on the field. In the NFL’s official statement, vice president of football operations Jon Runyan’s letter to Lynch was...
West Virginia basketball team to host exhibition for hurricane relief

West Virginia basketball team to host exhibition for hurricane relief

West Virginia is joining a collection of teams using the preseason for a good cause. The university announced Friday that proceeds from the Mountaineer basketball team’s exhibition against Albany on Oct. 28 will go to the American Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts. The regulation 40-minute game replaces Oct. 27’s Gold-Blue Debut. The teams received an NCAA ...
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on FBI college basketball investigation: “Obviously…a difficult time”

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on FBI college basketball investigation: “Obviously…a difficult time”

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim hadn’t spoken on the long-ranging FBI college basketball investigation, one that saw several assistant coaches involved and which eventually led to the firing of Louisville’s Rick Pitino. On Friday evening, though, the media finally heard what the longtime Orange head man had to say, nearly a month after first news of the incident broke...
Mustapha Muhammad commits to Michigan: 4-star TE recruit picks Wolverines

Mustapha Muhammad commits to Michigan: 4-star TE recruit picks Wolverines

Michigan got its 15th commitment for the Class of 2018 Friday when 4-star TE  Mustapha Muhammad announced his intention to join the Wolverines. Muhammad made his announcement prior to Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point High School’s homecoming game against Fort Bend Dulles. Later, from his own Twitter account: And this, from Under Armour: Muhammad is the second...
WR Antonio Brown knows the Steelers can take their play up a notch

WR Antonio Brown knows the Steelers can take their play up a notch

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown knows that even after a huge win, there is still room for improvement. At the time of the Steelers’ last game, the Kansas City Chiefs were the only undefeated team in the NFL. They went on the road to defeat the Chiefs 19-13, but Brown is not going to get complacent. “We haven’t put our best performance out there,&rdquo...
F1 exec Bratches aims for more U.S. races, American outreach

F1 exec Bratches aims for more U.S. races, American outreach

Formula One’s new American owners realize the United States remains the biggest unconquered frontier for the sleekest motorsports enterprise on the planet. Liberty Media, an Atlanta-based company that completed its purchase of F1 in January, outlined its plan to make inroads into the crowded U.S. sports landscape during an exclusive interview with the American-Statesman on Thursday. The new...
Kelly Ripa gets into the Halloween spirit by dusting off a past costume

Kelly Ripa gets into the Halloween spirit by dusting off a past costume

Kelly Ripa can’t wait for Halloween, and she showed off how excited she is by sharing a throwback photo from one of her favorite years. “#tbt 2010,” she wrote alongside of a picture of her dressed up as the iconic Cher. “If I could turn back time I’d be Cher every damn day.” Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, caught the “Live! With Kelly and Ryan&rdquo...
4-star SF prospect Feron Hunt decommits from TCU

4-star SF prospect Feron Hunt decommits from TCU

Four-star small-forward prospect Feron Hunt retracted his verbal commitment to play basketball at TCU, Hunt announced on Friday. Hunt, a native of nearby DeSoto, Texas, verbally committed to TCU on Sept. 3 before making his official visit to Fort Worth on Sept. 15. But the 2018 prospect, who is rated the No. 12 player from Texas in his class — per the 247Sports composite rankings...
Top five matchups to watch for North Carolina basketball in 2017-18…besides Duke

Top five matchups to watch for North Carolina basketball in 2017-18…besides Duke

The 2016-17 season ended with the North Carolina Tar Heels in college basketball’s national championship game for the second straight year. This time, instead of finding themselves with a gut-wrenching loss having fallen victim to one of the most iconic shots in NCAA Tournament history, they knocked off Gonzaga to win their sixth title. Can they make it No. 7 this year?...
SEC Memes: Even babies know not to want Alabama

SEC Memes: Even babies know not to want Alabama

Everyone wants ‘Bama. That is, everyone wants ‘Bama until they actually have to face ‘Bama. Then priorities tend to change. Tennessee might not want Alabama this week when the No. 1 Crimson Tide host to the Volunteers. What Tennessee fans really want is a replacement for head coach Butch Jones and are willing to settle for anyone, including Lane Kiffin, we hear. We examined...

No. 25 Memphis rallies past Houston 42-38

Down 17 in the second half on the road, there was no panic in No. 25 Memphis. The Tigers kept their focus and finished with a victory. Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and had a 21-yard TD pass with 1 minute, 28 seconds left and Patrick Taylor rushed for a career-high four touchdowns as Memphis rallied to beat Houston 42-38 Thursday night. “Offensively, to go from being shut out in the first...
Local soccer supporters to discus potential move of Columbus Crew

Local soccer supporters to discus potential move of Columbus Crew

A group working to bring Major League Soccer to Austin will hold a public meeting Sunday night. MLS in Austin has scheduled a supporter social at Haymaker, 2310 Manor Road, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Haymaker is home to a variety of soccer watch parties. Officials with Columbus Crew SC announced this week they are actively pursuing a move to Austin, and the social media groups MLS in Austin and MLS2ATX...
Texas vs. Oklahoma State: 4 questions facing the Horns

Texas vs. Oklahoma State: 4 questions facing the Horns

Four questions facing Texas on Saturday against Oklahoma State: Johnson and Foreman rank second and third at UT in receptions, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at the depth chart. After a poor showing against Oklahoma, Johnson was listed behind Dorian Leonard at “X” receiver on Monday. Foreman hasn’t played in two weeks and is running...
Vegas sharp breaks down Week 8 SEC games

Vegas sharp breaks down Week 8 SEC games

Here’s a look at up-to-date betting information for each SEC contest, complete with analysis and picks from Brian Edwards. Edwards, a longtime VegasInsider.com handicapper with an emphasis on SEC football, will provide his thoughts and insights on the line moves throughout the 2017 season. He is a University of Florida graduate and a weekly radio guest in Las Vegas, ...
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