Kevin Lyttle

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Kevin Lyttle is a sports writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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Planting The Seeds: Horns, Baylor climb into tail end of NCAA field
 PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staffer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, returns with his weekly NCAA Tournament projections. There are 32 automatic bids for conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids. Selection Sunday arrives March 11. On the top line: Villanova, Virginia and Michigan State are the easy part...

Posted: 2 days ago

PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staffer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, returns with his weekly NCAA Tournament projections. There are 32 automatic bids for conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids. Selection Sunday arrives March 11. On the top line: Villanova, Virginia and Michigan State are the easy part...
The real Big 12 showdown isn’t the one ESPN is hyping for Saturday
 ESPN College GameDay is taking its show to Lawrence this weekend for the West Virginia-Kansas game. Perhaps the gang should have headed to Waco, where the two hottest teams in the league square off. Texas Tech has reeled off seven victories in a row. Baylor, nearly given up for dead a few weeks ago, has rattled off four straight wins. The...

Posted: 5 days ago

ESPN College GameDay is taking its show to Lawrence this weekend for the West Virginia-Kansas game. Perhaps the gang should have headed to Waco, where the two hottest teams in the league square off. Texas Tech has reeled off seven victories in a row. Baylor, nearly given up for dead a few weeks ago, has rattled off four straight wins. The...
MLS to Austin: Soccer to be tabled at Thursday’s council meeting
 Soccer will not be part of the conversation when the Austin City Council meets Thursday. Item 19, which involves discussion and possible action on Major League Soccer stadium sites, remains on the agenda but will be postponed, according to the mayor’s office. The city staff has withdrawn the soccer agenda item, and Mayor Steve Adler...

Posted: 6 days ago

Soccer will not be part of the conversation when the Austin City Council meets Thursday. Item 19, which involves discussion and possible action on Major League Soccer stadium sites, remains on the agenda but will be postponed, according to the mayor’s office. The city staff has withdrawn the soccer agenda item, and Mayor Steve Adler...
Johnny Manziel coming to Austin for Spring League
 Johnny Manziel will attempt a football comeback in Austin at the Spring League, a three-week developmental camp that kicks
            off March 28. Quarterback Johnny Manziel will participate in the Spring League in Austin next month. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) “We’re excited to have such a dynamic player in Johhny...

Posted: 6 days ago

Johnny Manziel will attempt a football comeback in Austin at the Spring League, a three-week developmental camp that kicks off March 28. Quarterback Johnny Manziel will participate in the Spring League in Austin next month. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) “We’re excited to have such a dynamic player in Johhny...
Johnny Manziel interview: ‘I am sitting on a couch being a loser’
 In an interview with “Good Morning America” that aired Monday, former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel disclosed that
            he is bipolar and spoke of his battles with alcohol and depression. Johnny Manziel tells an ABC news reporter that he is bipolar and is taking medication for the condition. The former Texas
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Posted: 8 days ago

In an interview with “Good Morning America” that aired Monday, former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel disclosed that he is bipolar and spoke of his battles with alcohol and depression. Johnny Manziel tells an ABC news reporter that he is bipolar and is taking medication for the condition. The former Texas ...
Planting The Seeds: NCAA Tournament committee gets things wrong
 PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staffer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, returns with his weekly NCAA Tournament projections. There are 32 automatic bids for conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids. Selection Sunday arrives March 11. At the top: The selection committee released its top 16 teams Sunday, and...

Posted: 9 days ago

PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staffer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, returns with his weekly NCAA Tournament projections. There are 32 automatic bids for conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids. Selection Sunday arrives March 11. At the top: The selection committee released its top 16 teams Sunday, and...
Express Fan Fest will be March 24 at Dell Diamond
 The Round Rock Express announced their annual Fan Fest will be Saturday, March 24, when they plan to turn Dell Diamond into an interactive fun zone for fans of all ages. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free of charge. Fans can test their baseball skills by taking batting practice or pitching in the bullpen. Because of field renovations...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Round Rock Express announced their annual Fan Fest will be Saturday, March 24, when they plan to turn Dell Diamond into an interactive fun zone for fans of all ages. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free of charge. Fans can test their baseball skills by taking batting practice or pitching in the bullpen. Because of field renovations...
Brooks Conrad earns Express Hall of Fame honor
 Long-time Round Rock Express second baseman Brooks Conrad, the franchise record-holder for games played, will become the fifth member of the club’s Hall of Fame. Conrad, who played in 519 games from 2004-07, earned the honor over pitchers Chris Sampson and Kirk Saarloos through a fan vote, together with input from a panel of Express...

Posted: 12 days ago

Long-time Round Rock Express second baseman Brooks Conrad, the franchise record-holder for games played, will become the fifth member of the club’s Hall of Fame. Conrad, who played in 519 games from 2004-07, earned the honor over pitchers Chris Sampson and Kirk Saarloos through a fan vote, together with input from a panel of Express...
Big 12 basketball power rankings show new leader
 BIG 12 POWER POLL Rnk (prv) Team;W-L (conf.);Next opponent;Comment 1. (2) Texas Tech;20-4 (8-3);at Kansas State (17-7), Sat.;Defense wins championships? Red Raiders, winners of 5 straight, at top of league in most key defensive metrics. 2. (1) Kansas;19-5 (8-3);at Baylor (14-10), Sat.;Glad we didn’t coronate Jayhawks, just 3-2 in last...

Posted: 12 days ago

BIG 12 POWER POLL Rnk (prv) Team;W-L (conf.);Next opponent;Comment 1. (2) Texas Tech;20-4 (8-3);at Kansas State (17-7), Sat.;Defense wins championships? Red Raiders, winners of 5 straight, at top of league in most key defensive metrics. 2. (1) Kansas;19-5 (8-3);at Baylor (14-10), Sat.;Glad we didn’t coronate Jayhawks, just 3-2 in last...
Big 12 football recruiting: team-by-team report, rankings
 Team-by-team Big 12 recruiting analysis, arranged in order of 247Sports composite national rankings: TEXAS LONGHORNS National rank: 3 Easily Texas’ best class since 2012. Only Georgia and Ohio State did better. It’s the first time Texas has out-recruited Alabama
            since 2010. Tom Herman pulled it off by running the SEC...

Posted: 12 days ago

Team-by-team Big 12 recruiting analysis, arranged in order of 247Sports composite national rankings: TEXAS LONGHORNS National rank: 3 Easily Texas’ best class since 2012. Only Georgia and Ohio State did better. It’s the first time Texas has out-recruited Alabama since 2010. Tom Herman pulled it off by running the SEC...
Texas-Texas A&M could jump-start NCAA Tournament next month
 The Final Four comes with a Lone Star frame of mind this year so why not tip off the NCAA Tournament next month with a spicy, tantalizing appetizer? Texas vs. Texas A&M. Planting The Seeds, the American-Statesman’s weekly projection of the 68-team field, has started its run-up to Selection Sunday on March 11, and our opening...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Final Four comes with a Lone Star frame of mind this year so why not tip off the NCAA Tournament next month with a spicy, tantalizing appetizer? Texas vs. Texas A&M. Planting The Seeds, the American-Statesman’s weekly projection of the 68-team field, has started its run-up to Selection Sunday on March 11, and our opening...