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Destination Texas, Part 5: Winning in ‘Siberia,’ knocking off the Longhorns for Tom Herman

AMES, Iowa — Last April, Tom Herman told a crowd of University of Houston business students he was “proud to say I didn’t make over $40,000 a year until I was 32 years old.” After spending six years at the FCS level and then two more at Rice, joining Iowa State was supposed to be a step up. “Did a three-year sentence in Ames, Iowa,” Herman told the crowd. &ldquo...
Spring Westfield’s Daniel Young ready to join familiar faces at Texas

Spring Westfield’s Daniel Young ready to join familiar faces at Texas

Tom Herman built a reputation recruiting Houston while coaching the Cougars to new heights. Now that he’s at Texas, Herman and his staff hope his reign in Houston doesn’t end just because his office has relocated to the capital city. One way to ensure consistency in a pipeline is continuity. One of Herman’s first hires at Texas was a familiar one. Corby Meekins was hired to coach...
The Dotted Line: Mike Craven recaps the week in Longhorns football recruiting

The Dotted Line: Mike Craven recaps the week in Longhorns football recruiting

A lot can happen in a week. The Dotted Line is a weekly update on the state of Texas recruiting. 2017 overview: 14 commitments, ranked 31st nationally, 2nd in Big 12 The Longhorns are in the middle of three important weekends leading to national signing day on Feb. 1. Tom Herman’s staff is busy hosting visitors, handing out new offers and building momentum for 2018. Here’s a rundown of...
At Australian Open, tennis joins sports brethren on new surface: Data analytics

At Australian Open, tennis joins sports brethren on new surface: Data analytics

The Australian Open, once the clear laggard among the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, has regained its luster by expanding relentlessly and taking chances. It was the first major tournament to build a stadium with a retractable roof and is now the first with three such stadiums. This year, it will become the first Grand Slam event to sell a small block of on-court tickets that will allow spectators...
Shades of 2011 in magical run for Packers

Shades of 2011 in magical run for Packers

There's been a certain sense of inevitability about this season ever since Tom Brady returned from suspension and started making everything look easy for the New England Patriots.   After Sunday's heart-stopping finish in Dallas, it's now joined by a growing sense that something magical might be happening with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.   A stunning pass that succeeded...

On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry

    The 1982 All-Star Game at Olympic Stadium was the first outside the United States, the host Montreal Expos giving the event a distinctive international flair.   As Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn looked on, center fielder Andre Dawson, catcher Gary Carter and left fielder Tim Raines were among five players wearing that tri-color hat...
Anthony speaks about his future after knicks roll over

Anthony speaks about his future after knicks roll over

The Knicks’ steady descent into chaos continued Sunday in Toronto, where forward Carmelo Anthony punctuated the team’s blowout loss to the Raptors by lashing out at the team’s management. Anthony opened the door to a possible departure from the Knicks by telling reporters that if Phil Jackson, the team president, no longer wanted him around, then it was a “conversation we...
Cubs go back to 2012 in effort to revive Heyward's swing

Cubs go back to 2012 in effort to revive Heyward's swing

  The Cubs have gone back in time this winter to help Jason Heyward rediscover the power that made him one of the game's most formidable prospects.  Cubs fans remember Heyward's first major-league at-bat -- a home run off Carlos Zambrano in 2010. But a more convincing sample size occurred in 2012, when Heyward hit a career-high 27 home runs at age 23 that clearly overshadowed a .269 batting...
No. 6 Baylor 74, Texas 64: Motley goes wild for career-high 32 points

No. 6 Baylor 74, Texas 64: Motley goes wild for career-high 32 points

WACO — It’s too bad Shaka Smart’s young Longhorns couldn’t sneak into Baylor’s post-game press conference at the Ferrell Center. It would have done them some good to hear Johnathan Motley preach. Motley simply went wild Tuesday night, setting new career highs with 32 points and 20 rebounds as the sixth-ranked Bears captured a 74-64 win. Maybe it took Motley all 85 career...
Taylor, Atkins power Texas to Big 12 victory over OU 86-68

Taylor, Atkins power Texas to Big 12 victory over OU 86-68

Texas exended its winning streak to 11 games by following a player who never scored a point. When the Longhorns needed a key rebound, senior Brianna Taylor was there. When they needed a defensive stop, Taylor came on strong. When they pulled away in the fourth, it was the fist-pumping Taylor who energized the team. Joyner Holmes and Ariel Atkins supplied the offense, combining for 39 points as No...
Rangers closer Sam Dyson expects more big things from team

Rangers closer Sam Dyson expects more big things from team

At the trade deadline back in 2015, the Texas Rangers made a flurry of moves to bolster their pennant chances, the headliner being a deal for starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Most fans overlooked another transaction that day that turned into a steal of a deal: Miami reliever Sam Dyson, in exchange for catcher Tomas Telis and pitcher Cody Ege. By late May of 2016, Dyson won the Rangers’ closer job...
Bohls: Steve Buechele proud of son’s past year; Smart elated for future

Bohls: Steve Buechele proud of son’s past year; Smart elated for future

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Texas Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele said Tuesday he was fiercely proud of his son Shane for starting every game for the Longhorns as a freshman and enduring the fatiguing, 5-7 football season. “I was very proud of him, being an 18-year-old kid who started every game, grinding and competing through it,” Buechele said...
Two new names emerge on Tom Herman’s recruiting 2017 wish list

Two new names emerge on Tom Herman’s recruiting 2017 wish list

Two weeks remain before national signing day. Tom Herman’s staff hosted 10 prospects from the 2017 class over the weekend. Four of those visitors remain uncommitted or committed to other schools, including Bishop Dunne cornerback Chevin Calloway and JUCO linebacker Gary Johnson, who were on last week’s version of the wish list. Two new targets emerged on this week’s wish list. Wide...
Hall of Fame might no longer be off limits for steroid-era players

Hall of Fame might no longer be off limits for steroid-era players

Roger Clemens could have kept his mouth shut. People would have believed what they were going to believe. But Mr. Clemens went to Washington in 2008, for an extraordinary day of political theater.  Clemens testified under oath that he never had used steroids. Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the congressional committee grilling Clemens, did not believe him.  Nine years later, neither man...
With the tennis season beginning, a wish list for 2017

With the tennis season beginning, a wish list for 2017

Tennis got more than its share of undesirable events in 2016: Roger Federer’s first surgery, Maria Sharapova’s suspension for a doping violation, the knife attack on Petra Kvitova that left the future of her career in doubt. But the sport also checked some long-empty boxes. Novak Djokovic won his first French Open to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major trophies...
What happens to your brain after a football hit

What happens to your brain after a football hit

When the receiver took a blow to his head several years ago, it was just one of many concussions that have occurred throughout college football and the NFL. But what made this one different was that this player was wearing a mouth guard with motion sensors. The information from those sensors has given researchers a more detailed and precise window into what was happening within the player’s...
Former college player gets degree with assist from coach and NCAA

Former college player gets degree with assist from coach and NCAA

On Dec. 21, Thomas Treadwell graduated from college. With friends and family watching, he proudly walked across the stage on the floor of Bender Arena and received his degree in liberal studies from American University. "I couldn't get excited," he said this past week, "until I'd been handed my degree and walked across the stage and back to my seat without tripping and falling. Then...
The bones of a book that cracked a facade

The bones of a book that cracked a facade

Paula Kurman first met her husband, Jim Bouton, in 1977, at a hospital fundraiser at a Bloomingdale’s in Hackensack, New Jersey. She thought he was handsome, but she didn’t understand why people wanted his autograph. He said he had once pitched for the New York Yankees, but for Kurman that wasn’t a good enough reason. She is a doctor, a behavioral scientist, and the more she talked...

Gurianov leads Stars past Rampage in overtime.

Denis Gurianov scored on a breakaway nine seconds into the overtime period to give the Texas Stars a 4-3 victory in San Antonio Monday at AT&T Center. Gurianov’s game-winning shot went between the legs of Rampage goalie Spencer Martin. It was the Stars’ fifth win over San Antonio (16-20-3-0) in seven meetings this season. The win ended a four-game road trip as the Stars return to the home...
Texas women host Oklahoma in a top-20 matchup

Texas women host Oklahoma in a top-20 matchup

Twelfth-ranked Texas, which has won 10 straight games, hosts No. 20 Oklahoma on Tuesday night: About Texas: The Longhorns are off to a 6-0 start in Big 12 play for the first time in program history. On three previous occasions — 2002, 2003 and 2016 — the Longhorns started 5-0. … Texas is led by junior guard Brooke McCarty, who is scoring a team-high 13.6 points per game, which ranks...
Destination Texas, Part 4: With his offense and Mensa card, Tom Herman fit right in at Rice

Destination Texas, Part 4: With his offense and Mensa card, Tom Herman fit right in at Rice

HOUSTON — Tom Herman followed former Texas State coach David Bailiff to Rice in 2007, and there was a clear directive for the Owls’ new offensive coordinator. “When we took the Rice job, I told Tom, ‘You need to pay your Mensa dues and get your cards,’” Bailiff said with a laugh. “The people at Rice really get a kick out of knowing my OC’s a card-carrying...
‘Hook ’em, baby’: Point guard Matt Coleman commits to Texas

‘Hook ’em, baby’: Point guard Matt Coleman commits to Texas

Shaka Smart’s been watching Matt Coleman for years. As the Virginia native rose from an unknown eighth grader to the 31st-best recruit in the nation, Smart saw it all. Smart believed that Coleman would some day become Virginia Commonwealth’s point guard of the future. Literally hours after Smart got the Texas job in April 2015, he called Coleman and offered him a scholarship. Smart&rsquo...
Golden: Help is on the way for Shaka’s Longhorns

Golden: Help is on the way for Shaka’s Longhorns

Help is coming, Shaka. The Texas basketball coach has never been 7-10, so it’s easy to understand his frustration as Texas continues to take opponents to the finish line only to come up short time and time again. As the Horns struggle to keep their season afloat, Smart received some good news Monday when Oak Hill Academy’s Matt Coleman, the nation’s eighth-ranked point guard, picked...
Rangers, Astros make Austin area caravan stops this week

Rangers, Astros make Austin area caravan stops this week

Major League Baseball talk will be in the air in the Austin area this week as both the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros make their annual winter caravan stops here. The two-time defending AL West Division champion Rangers are doing a Tuesday luncheon in the United Heritage Center at Dell Diamond and a Wednesday night autograph session at Academy Sports & Outdoors in Northwest Austin at the 183 location...
Bohls: These Cowboys are for real, and should be for a while

Bohls: These Cowboys are for real, and should be for a while

Almost an hour after the game, Dak Prescott slowly got dressed in his Sunday finery, unknotted tie falling loosely around his neck. At the locker next to him, somber teammate Zeke Elliott sat, scrolling through phone messages, shirtless but still half-dressed in his uniform and cleats. Dan Bailey stood at his locker and discussed the bizarre ending to the playoff game that saw three 50-yard-plus field...
Sam Ehlinger is ready to start a new chapter at Texas: ‘The future is big’

Sam Ehlinger is ready to start a new chapter at Texas: ‘The future is big’

A quarterback gets called into the coach’s office. It happens to high school athletes all the time. This call was different. Tom Herman, newly named as Texas’ head coach, was on one end of the phone. Westlake quarterback and Longhorns recruit Sam Ehlinger was on the other end. “It was a good first conversation,” Ehlinger recalled. “It was a day or two after he accepted...
St. Louis stands tall as Lightning's greatest, most inspiring player

St. Louis stands tall as Lightning's greatest, most inspiring player

He was the biggest man in town Friday night. Marty St. Louis, 41, who proved so many people wrong in his extraordinary NHL career, who propelled the Lightning from low comedy to a Stanley Cup in 2004, who went away but never left this franchise's history, was again in the middle of the action at Amalie Arena. Marty always came up big in big moments. This time, with words, with feeling, with tears...
Could Obama's golfing options depend on his Middle East policy?

Could Obama's golfing options depend on his Middle East policy?

Anger over the Obama administration's stance on Israel has triggered a nasty fight at a predominantly Jewish country club in the Washington suburbs over whether to offer a membership to the president after he leaves office.  Some members of the Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Maryland, are particularly furious about Obama's decision last month not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution...
To return strong, Federer looks to Nadal

To return strong, Federer looks to Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, deeply linked in their own minds and the public’s for more than a decade, have even more in common now. Until 2016, Nadal was the only one of the two tennis superstars who had dealt with significant injuries, who understood how it felt to watch major events unfold from a distance as his rivals held up the championship trophies. But Federer is now, for better or...
Longtime Islanders voice makes it a 50-year career

Longtime Islanders voice makes it a 50-year career

Before a 28-year-old Canadian broadcaster named Ken McDonald could become the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Kings in 1967, Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the NHL expansion team, decided that McDonald needed a nickname. Everyone in hockey had one, after all. One of five finalists for the job, McDonald had been asked on an application to submit his nickname. McDonald left the space blank. This apparently...
Commentary: We need vulnerability, empathy in professional coaching

Commentary: We need vulnerability, empathy in professional coaching

Roberts is the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas and is the author of “Call an Audible: Let My Pivot from Harvard Law to NFL Coach Inspire Your Transition.” On the day after the NFL regular season ended, Gary Kubiak, the now former head coach of the Denver Broncos, made the most valuable play of the 2016 season. The teary-eyed...
Golden: Cowboys are in good hands for the future

Golden: Cowboys are in good hands for the future

Dak Prescott will be great one day. He witnessed greatness in his first playoff game. And he wasn’t so bad himself. In 10 years, when Prescott has some Pro Bowls under his belt — and hopefully a Super Bowl ring on his finger — he’ll remember the day he almost out-dueled Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers are heading to the NFC Championship game because of one man. OK, maybe...
Steelers' Bell finds success on the ground by not rushing

Steelers' Bell finds success on the ground by not rushing

About three times every week, Larry Caper sees the text from his former Michigan State teammate. "Wanna play?" Le'Veon Bell will ask. They both open the SocialChess app on their phones. They have played 48 games since October, so Caper knows what to expect. Bell holds back his queen, rooks and bishops, exercising patience with action pieces until he senses an opening. He anticipates and...

Stars drop another one in Tucson

The Texas Stars lost for the second night in a row in Tucson as they fell 3-2 to the Roadrunners on Saturday night. Michael Bunting’s goal in the first period turned out to be the winning score for Tucson. Christian Fischer assisted on the play. The Stars (17-15-1-2) outshot the Roadrunners 38-19, but Tucson (18-9-4-0) was able to cash in more often. A three-goal first period was all Tucson...

Austin Spurs falter late in Oklahoma City

The Austin Spurs once again failed to close the deal as they fell to the Oklahoma City Blue 104-97 in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. Despite holding a slim lead in the final quarter, the Spurs were unable to seal the win as they dropped their second game in a row. After being up 89-87 with 7:20 left to play, the Spurs (9-15) gave up an 8-0 run to the Blue and were never able to regain the lead....
No. 10 West Virginia 74, Texas 72: Horns lose another nail-biting seesaw battle

No. 10 West Virginia 74, Texas 72: Horns lose another nail-biting seesaw battle

For weeks now, Kerwin Roach Jr. has been hopeful that Texas could “get over that hump.” The Longhorns believe they’re close. Of the team’s nine previous losses, four were determined by three points or fewer. Make it five after Saturday’s 74-72 loss to 10th-ranked West Virginia at the Erwin Center. “Again today, I think when we watch the tape, we’ll say, &lsquo...
Destination Texas, Part 2: Tom Herman catches on at Sam Houston State

Destination Texas, Part 2: Tom Herman catches on at Sam Houston State

HUNTSVILLE — More than 15 years ago, Texas football coach Tom Herman wore a different shade of orange. Fresh off his stint as a graduate assistant at Texas, Herman headed east for Huntsville in 2001.  Herman coached Sam Houston State’s wide receivers and special teams for four seasons, and multiple reports had Herman — Texas’ $5.25 million dollar man — making $10...
No. 16 Texas women make it ten straight, defeat West Virginia

No. 16 Texas women make it ten straight, defeat West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Joyner Holmes and Ariel Atkins scored 15 points apiece and the No. 16 Texas women took control in the second quarter en route to a 73-63 win over West Virginia on Saturday. The Longhorns (12-4) have won 10 straight and are 6-0 in the Big 12 for the first time ever despite missing all 10 3-point attempts. It was the Longhorns first win over an AP top-25 opponent in five...