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Golden: Spurs vs. Rockets is all about the treys

It’s the series we all wanted to see. Spurs-Rockets. For all the great matchups we’re about to enjoy over the next couple of weeks, the battle behind the 3-point line is one to watch. Now the person who came up with “defense wins championships” wouldn’t last five seconds in the Houston locker room. Hakeem Olajuwon doesn’t live here anymore. If San Antonio can get...


Bohls: Changing times have made the ‘E’ in ESPN stand for evolution

Bohls: Changing times have made the ‘E’ in ESPN stand for evolution

Some years back, Ed Clements and I were ushered into the news director’s office at KLBJ. A consultant the Austin radio station had hired out of Cleveland wanted to discuss our two-hour sports talk show and make some, uh, suggestions. “The problem,” he told us that summer day in 1996, “is that you both sound like a couple of Texans.” Ed and I nodded knowingly. And were...
Hello, Tanner McKee? Texas, Tom Herman appear to be seeking a third quarterback

Hello, Tanner McKee? Texas, Tom Herman appear to be seeking a third quarterback

Tom Herman is still hunting quarterbacks. Despite the recent commitments from four-star prospects Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, the Longhorns expect to host Tanner McKee, a four-star prospect from California, the first weekend of May. The visit was first reported by InsideTexas. McKee, from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, holds a UT offer. He’s the No. 74 overall ranked prospect in the country...
From combine to draft, NFL prospects treated like pieces of meat

From combine to draft, NFL prospects treated like pieces of meat

It is showtime at the NFL meat market in Philadelphia, as teams begin the business of drafting players and relentlessly flogging their product. The league oversees this phantasmagoria with a blend of Area 51 paranoia and P.T. Barnum hucksterism. And it began a few months earlier at the butcher shop that is the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, where big young men were weighed, measured and poked...
A snake tale: Close brush with rattler offers chance to disprove myths

A snake tale: Close brush with rattler offers chance to disprove myths

Bobby Parker is no fan of rattlesnakes — make no mistake about that. He’d rather crawl into bed with a rabid raccoon than take on a rattler on his Camp Verde Ranch. And since turkey season is the time for seeing rattlesnakes in Texas and Camp Verde Ranch is one place the snakes seem to like, Parker is always on the lookout for rattlers. I spend a few days almost every spring hunting at...
Leggett: Mexico’s Comedero as good today as yesteryear for bass fishing

Leggett: Mexico’s Comedero as good today as yesteryear for bass fishing

Tall, jagged like a speed freak’s teeth and reaching close to 5,000 feet above sea level, peaks of the Sierra Madre mountain range circle the waters of Lake Comedero, for now keeping cool air trapped down close to the water. Even during the hot part of the midday, it’s still comfortable fishing out here, which some members of our group decide to do in lieu of lunch back at camp. The main...

Back-to-back homers by Voit, Kelly fuel Memphis win over Express

Luke Voit and Carson Kelly connected on back-to-back homers in the first inning to help lead the Memphis Redbirds to a 9-1 victory over the Round Rock Express on Friday in Memphis, Tenn. The result evens the series at one game apiece with three left to play. The home runs were both solo shots and gave the Redbirds a 2-0 lead. Memphis added two runs in the second on a double by Todd Cunningham. He...
NFL draft: Austin High alum Zay Jones taken early in round 2 by Bills

NFL draft: Austin High alum Zay Jones taken early in round 2 by Bills

Zay Jones didn’t have to wait long Friday night to be snatched in the NFL draft. The former Austin High star was chosen fifth in the second round by the Buffalo Bills, who traded up with the Los Angeles Rams to grab the record-wrecking wide receiver from a famous football family. Dealing was en vogue at the top of round two as the first five players were acquired in trades. Later in the round...
Joe Mixon, D’Onta Foreman join Patrick Mahomes in NFL draft

Joe Mixon, D’Onta Foreman join Patrick Mahomes in NFL draft

Patrick Mahomes is the newest darling of Kansas City. And he was so popular, he could’ve been headed to New York or even New Orleans. The Texas Tech quarterback also allowed the Big 12 to extend its streak of first-round picks in the NFL draft to 20 years. The conference wasn’t projected to produce much draft talent. After Mahomes was selected at No. 10, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon...

Crockett’s Marshall makes leap to state at 5A, Region IV track meet

Crockett sophomore Aniah Marshall was confident she would earn a gold medal in her debut at the Class 5A, Region IV track and field meet at Alamo Stadium. She surprised herself, though, by picking up a pair of golds Friday. Marshall won her first gold medal by leaping 38 feet, 3½ inches in the girls triple jump. A few hours later, she posted a narrow victory in the long jump with a top effort...

Texas State notebook: Bobcats sign a much-needed JUCO prospect

College of San Mateo offensive lineman Pesa Tupa committed to Texas State on Thursday after decommitting from Fresno State the night before. He received an offer from the Bobcats last week and made his decision after a visit to San Marcos last weekend. “I felt it was the right place to help me grow away from home,” Tupa said. “I also chose Texas State because of the bond and brotherhood...
Spurs get much-needed time off before semifinal with Houston

Spurs get much-needed time off before semifinal with Houston

The way coach Gregg Popovich sees it, his San Antonio Spurs survived the Memphis Grizzlies. He is grateful their first-round NBA playoff series is finally over after six games. The Spurs desperately need a couple of days off before hosting Houston on Monday night in their Western Conference semifinal series opener. The Spurs finished Thursday night’s game on a 22-8 run after trailing by seven...
Cameron Rising — Texas’ other four-star pledge — is all football, all the time

Cameron Rising — Texas’ other four-star pledge — is all football, all the time

It was spring break of 2016 when Newbury Park, Calif. head football coach Jason Klein received a text message. It was from Cameron Rising, his four-star quarterback. The future Texas commitment wasn’t thinking about the beach or a family vacation. As usual, he was texting about football. “We give them a week off and Cameron was texting me about defensive alignments and schemes,”...
Cybernetics and soccer’s most magnificent mind

Cybernetics and soccer’s most magnificent mind

There is an office at the end of a quiet corridor on the ground floor of the sports faculty at the University of Porto. It is not the sort of place that attracts much foot traffic, and it is not decorated as if it is intended to do so. The room’s occupant, Vítor Frade, is retired from the teaching post he held at the university for more than three decades. He keeps the office, though...

ESPN's layoffs will not come close to solving network's issues

Between 2008 and 2010, ESPN embarked on an ambitious plan to digitally cover just about every pro team and college program worth covering.  In New York alone, it hired known quantities such as Adam Rubin, Jane McManus and Johnette Howard. Jean-Jacques Taylor left the Dallas Morning News to cover that city's teams for ESPN. Brian Bennett got the call from the Louisville Courier-Journal to blog...
How former pitcher turned love of racing into new career

How former pitcher turned love of racing into new career

C.J. Wilson might have walked away from baseball, but it is not really a retirement. The former Rangers pitcher has kept busy, managing his car dealership in Fresno, Calif., for 12 hours a day and also owning a racing team, C.J. Wilson Racing. But he is not just a stay-at-home owner. Wilson is actually out there on the tracks, racing himself in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. Last weekend, he...
Azarenka returns to tennis, and to her roots

Azarenka returns to tennis, and to her roots

The child care was done, if only for a moment, and Victoria Azarenka was back where it all began, leaning against the wall that had been her first tennis companion. “It was the best hitting partner, because it never misses, never complains,” Azarenka explained. The wall is in a small gymnasium in the Republic Olympic Training Center, a labyrinthine tennis facility in Minsk that was a short...
With Berry and Allen back, UNC and Duke in same position again

With Berry and Allen back, UNC and Duke in same position again

Once again, Duke and North Carolina will be in the national-title chase, thanks in large part to the decisions over the past two weeks by Grayson Allen and Joel Berry to return in search of a second ring for each. And once again, both teams will face the same questions: Can Duke find a way to fit its veterans around a talented core of one-and-done freshmen? Will North Carolina's experience be enough...
Beware of jumping to conclusions over Thames' start

Beware of jumping to conclusions over Thames' start

Eleven years ago, an obscure, 25-year-old Detroit Tigers first baseman named Chris Shelton hit a pair of home runs on Opening Day of the 2006 season. Three days later, in the Tigers' third game, he hit two more, then another the following day, then four more the following week. By the end of April, he had hit 10 homers — pushing his career total to 29 — and was batting .326 with a .404...
Golden: Is Taco Charlton the edge rusher the Cowboys’ defense needed?

Golden: Is Taco Charlton the edge rusher the Cowboys’ defense needed?

The whole world knew Dallas was going after an edge rusher in the first round Thursday night. They got one, but it wasn’t the guy they dreamed of grabbing over the last few weeks. Michigan’s Taco Charlton was there at No. 28, and rather than risk not filling a position of need on opening night of the NFL Draft, the Cowboys called his name. Not sexy, but not horrible. Owner Jerry Jones...
NFL Draft notebook: Mahomes is only Big 12 player taken

NFL Draft notebook: Mahomes is only Big 12 player taken

The Big 12 only placed one player in the first round of the NFL Draft, and it was a quarterback of a 5-7 team. Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes was chosen by Kansas City at No. 10 Thursday night after the Chiefs paid a steep price to trade up from No. 27 for the gunslinger whose playground style made him one of the more entertaining prospects. Kansas City, which had not drafted a QB in the first...
Bohls: Texans’ draft of Watson smart, I presume

Bohls: Texans’ draft of Watson smart, I presume

Houston already had a Savage. Now the Texans have a beast. They still don’t have an experienced veteran quarterback capable of getting the team to its first Super Bowl. But in one of the smartest moves the franchise has made since it drafted Andre Johnson out of Miami, Houston traded up 13 spots in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday and picked the best quarterback available, one who...

Hoying leads Round Rock to win over Memphis

Jared Hoying hit two home runs and drove in five runs, as the Round Rock Express defeated the Memphis Redbirds 9-7 on the road Thursday. Preston Claiborne struck out Todd Cunningham with a runner on second to end the game for his third save of the season. Hoying hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Josh Zeid and then hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Rowan Wick. Hoying finished the game...
A&M’s Myles Garrett taken No. 1 overall by Browns

A&M’s Myles Garrett taken No. 1 overall by Browns

Former Texas A&M standout Myles Garrett was the top player selected in Thursday’s NFL draft. And he immediately promised the Cleveland Browns, his newest team, that big things are coming. The Browns, after entertaining the idea of selecting North Carolina quarterback Mitch Tribusky, a hometown kid, opted for Garrett, viewed as a can’t-miss prospect. “They picked me because they think...
Ho-hum, another All-American? Destiny Littleton gives Texas another big scorer

Ho-hum, another All-American? Destiny Littleton gives Texas another big scorer

Destiny Littleton said she noticed a missing piece from the Texas lineup while watching the Longhorns’ Sweet 16 loss to Stanford during the NCAA Tournament last month. The Longhorns, she said, needed a perimeter shooter to complement Brooke McCarty, their junior point guard. Did Littleton have anybody in mind? “Texas needed one more piece to push them over the edge,” said Littleton...
After agonizing injuries, Stony Point sprinter chases berth at state

After agonizing injuries, Stony Point sprinter chases berth at state

Sydney Washington will graduate from Stony Point with a diploma and three school records in track and field in hand. By any standard, Washington, a senior, has had a stellar high school career. Yet she has “unfinished business” to complete before she receives that diploma on June 2. During high school, Washington has been robbed of opportunities to compete at the UIL state track and field...
Texas sports notebook: Patrick Mathis is asked to boost the top of the lineup

Texas sports notebook: Patrick Mathis is asked to boost the top of the lineup

On April 18, Patrick Mathis found a surprise atop Texas’ batting order: Himself. In the season-long search for a leadoff hitter, Texas coach David Pierce inserted Mathis into his lineup’s first slot ahead of a 2-0 win over Texas State. The junior outfielder had some of the intangibles that Pierce wanted out of the leadoff spot. Mathis, though, lacked lineup-topping experience. On Wednesday...
Faces Off the Field: Lindsay Koppel, senior, Dripping Springs golf

Faces Off the Field: Lindsay Koppel, senior, Dripping Springs golf

How did you get involved with golf? I used to be a highly competitive gymnast for about 10 years, but I started getting injuries and just lost my overall passion for the sport. After I quit, I had a lot more free time and nothing to really focus my mind on. My dad introduced me to golf at the local driving range when I was 13. Swinging the club felt pretty natural, and soon enough I started taking...
Commitment 101: Ron Tatum, defensive end

Commitment 101: Ron Tatum, defensive end

Texas’ assault on Oklahoma’s recruiting outlook for 2018 continued Wednesday when four-star defensive end Ron Tatum chose the Longhorns and Tom Herman over Bob Stoops and the Sooners. Tatum is the No. 122-ranked national prospect and the No. 5 ranked strong-side defensive end in the nation, per 247Sports. The Putnam City (Okla.) product is the No. 4 ranked prospect in Oklahoma. Putnam...
Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement is right for him, not for NASCAR

Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement is right for him, not for NASCAR

Regardless of the playing field, regardless of the stature of the champion, it is the last act of a career in professional sports that is most difficult to master. How does an athlete know when to quit? How does he recognize that dreaded sweet spot, just before the joy is lost and before time and age, in their inexorable way, start chipping away at a legacy? With Tuesday's announcement that he'll...
This kindergarten is noisy at nap time

This kindergarten is noisy at nap time

It was late Tuesday afternoon at the Pestalozzi Foundation kindergarten, and a few dozen children and their parents were hanging around past the normal pickup hour. There was no rush to get home, really. They were enjoying the view from the kindergarten’s rear veranda: the inside of Millerntor-Stadion, the 29,546-seat stadium that is home to FC St. Pauli, as it hurriedly filled up for a midweek...
Young pole vaulter’s career path looks like his soaring vault

Young pole vaulter’s career path looks like his soaring vault

A pole-vaulting runway extends about 125 feet from the side of the Duplantis family’s Acadian-style home, under a gate and into the backyard, where it ends at a foam landing pit, floodlit by a light made for an oil rig. It was, until recently, the training site for the family’s youngest son, Armand. On April 1, at the Texas Relays, he vaulted 19 feet 4 1/4 inches, a national high school...
Quarterback might not be top priority in first round of NFL draft

Quarterback might not be top priority in first round of NFL draft

If anyone questions whether the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, consider that many of the worst teams are looking for one. That said, this year's crop of quarterback prospects could have those teams saying pass, pass, pass — at least at the top of this year's three-day draft, which starts Thursday in Philadelphia. "As far as the quarterbacks in this year's class, I'm not banging the...
T.J. Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

T.J. Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

Fairly or not, T.J. Watt will draw comparisons to his big brother when he gets to the pros.  Oh sure, he can speed past an offensive tackle and split double teams just like another former Wisconsin star with the same last name and similar skillset as a pass rusher.  But J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans is an NFL star with the ability to change the game anytime he's on the field.  Is...
10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs, it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next.  Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Crimson Tide for the ninth straight season. National champion Clemson is at six straight double-digit-win seasons....
Remember when people said boxing was dead?

Remember when people said boxing was dead?

Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights. This week, 90,000 fans are expected to jam London's Wembley Stadium for the most significant heavyweight fight in a long time. British Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua meets former champion Wladimir Klitschko in a title fight that figures...
Royals' woeful start could serve as cautionary tale for Cubs fans

Royals' woeful start could serve as cautionary tale for Cubs fans

The last two World Series champions have a lot in common.  The 2015 Royals and 2016 Cubs built their rosters from the ground up: drafting wisely, making astute trades and watching a young core grow and blossom together.  The Royals had a near-miss in 2014 when they lost a seven-game World Series to the Giants; the Cubs had their breakthrough season in '15 with 97 wins and a National League...
Golden: While the Spurs and Grizzlies go to war, the Rockets will rest

Golden: While the Spurs and Grizzlies go to war, the Rockets will rest

Reason No. 1 why the San Antonio Spurs need to finish up this Memphis business: The Houston Rockets. MVP candidate James Harden is icing up his sore ankle and resting that beard while his supporting cast is on a surge after blasting out the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Besides Harden’s foot, the only bad news surrounding the Rockets is owner Les Alexander getting fined $100,000 for berating...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jake Adams, 9-iron, 160-yard 8th hole Pedernales Golf Club; witnesses: Fran Szal Kwang Choi, 5-wood, 190-yard 3rd hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Ki Shin, Allen Park, Man Lee, Yao Kam Matt DeLorenzo, 7-iron, 165-yard 3rd hole at Spanish Oaks; witnesses: John Williams, Kevin Healy, Levi Burks Clem DePalma, 7-iron, 123-yard 9th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Bob Towery, Paul Wilkinson, Terry Haugh...
ESPN lays off reporters, but no changes expected at Longhorn Network

ESPN lays off reporters, but no changes expected at Longhorn Network

In a broad cost-cutting move that shocked the sports industry, ESPN laid off many of its on-air personalities on Wednesday, including a reporter who covered the Longhorns. However, UT officials indicated there has been no change with the university’s relationship with ESPN, and it’s unlikely the sweeping cuts will affect the Longhorn Network. “Absolutely not,” said Jeff Orth...
And with the first pick …: Our 2017 NFL mock draft, from Nos. 1-32

And with the first pick …: Our 2017 NFL mock draft, from Nos. 1-32

NFL MOCK DRAFT American-Statesman staff writer Kevin Lyttle and fantasy expert Cat Vasquez offer their thoughts on round one Thursday night. Pick, team;Lyttle;Vasquez 1. Browns;Mitch Trubisky (QB/North Carolina);Myles Garrett (DE/Texas A & M) KL: The Aggie is the smart pick, but Browns management sees Cleveland-area QB as its next Bernie Kosar. 2. 49ers;Myles Garrett (DE/Texas A & M);Solomon Thomas...
Bohls: Near end of his career, Ginobili is more heart than spare part

Bohls: Near end of his career, Ginobili is more heart than spare part

The tributes came pouring in, unsolicited but totally accurate. Pau Gasol spoke of his teammate’s “intensity and willingness to sacrifice his body.” Kawhi Leonard raved about his friend’s “competitive nature.” Patty Mills? He referred to the “grandpa juice” that his elderly teammate brings to the floor. It’s almost as if these final weeks may serve...
Top Texas Tech receiver Giles will transfer

Top Texas Tech receiver Giles will transfer

ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Jonathan Giles #9 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders gets yards after catch during the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Driven Doggett succeeds in golf — and baseball — for Hutto

Driven Doggett succeeds in golf — and baseball — for Hutto

Hutto second baseman Jake Doggett eyed the ball, ripped a swing and watched his shot fly more than 300 yards. Doggett then slid his driver back into his golf bag and began strolling down the fairway of the 15th hole at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco during a recent tournament. His bomb would have sailed over the fence at Hutto’s baseball field two or three times over, but baseball had...
FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted

FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted

The first night of the NFL draft was full of surprises, from the seemingly lopsided trades of teams looking to move up to the players selected several spots before they were projected to go. >> Read more trending news Perhaps the most surprising thing about Thursday’s first round was the collection of names that remained on the board for Day 2. Here’s a look at the some of the players...
Now you can gamble on tonight’s NFL Draft

Now you can gamble on tonight’s NFL Draft

FILE – This Nov. 12, 2016, file photo shows LSU’s Leonard Fournette (7) rushing downfield during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark.
D’Onta Foreman’s potential fantasy value

D’Onta Foreman’s potential fantasy value

D’Onta Foreman broke out in 2016, rushing for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Texas Longhorns on his way to taking home the Doak Walker Award. College stats don’t transfer to the pro ranks, but those kinds of numbers make him a valuable fantasy football prospect. With that in mind we’ll take a look at potential second-round landing spots for the running back, and what his...
High school baseball: Fab Five polls and notes

High school baseball: Fab Five polls and notes

BASEBALL FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (22-3-1) 2. Hendrickson (20-5) 3. Round Rock (19-5) 4. Vista Ridge (18-7) 5. Hays (18-7) • Class 5A 1. Rouse (19-6-1) 2. Georgetown (21-7) 3. McCallum (17-4-1) 4. Cedar Park (20-5) 5. Dripping Springs (20-9-1) • Class 4A and below 1. Liberty Hill (22-2) 2. Lago Vista (22-3) 3. Thorndale (16-4) 4. La Grange (16-5) 5. Hyde Park (21-9) DIAMOND...
Hays softball team embraces a heartfelt mission to play for Brynn

Hays softball team embraces a heartfelt mission to play for Brynn

When Brynn Aylor laughed, so did her friends. “As soon as you heard (her laugh), all you can do is laugh,” said Maddie Villarreal, a junior right fielder for the Hays softball team. “Sometimes you would just want to tell her, ‘Be quiet, Brynn.’ Because we would get in trouble, because it was loud. I think about it now, and I could hear that laugh forever.” Aylor...
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