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Bohls: Finally, Skip Johnson gets his chance to shine as a head coach (at Oklahoma)

Skip Johnson has arrived. So what took him so long? Until Monday, when he was named the 10th head baseball coach in Oklahoma history, Johnson was a career assistant despite a highly successful run as a junior-college coach. To be honest, he was held back by school administrators who didn’t see enough glitz or, in their minds, gravitas in the low-key, veteran coach even though he won 450 games...


Former Michigan State recruit Donovan Winter recounts  spiral

Former Michigan State recruit Donovan Winter recounts spiral

When a phone call awakened Blaise and Angie Winter at 1:47 a.m., Jan. 31, they weren't surprised, but the news was still devastating. Their 18-year-old son Donovan Winter, a Bishop Moore (Fla.) high school football star who had accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan State University, was in jail. "For parents to receive a call ... on my birthday, to get the news that it has finally come to...
Low scores at Erin Hills have traditionalists seeing red

Low scores at Erin Hills have traditionalists seeing red

Brooks Koepka is a modern golfer who won his first major on a modern golf course.  That would be one way to look back at this U.S. Open.  No one played better. No one did a better job of answering every challenge. He putted for birdie on every hole except the 13th, where Koepka made a clutch par putt that sent him toward three straight birdies, a knockout punch. That 8-iron he hit to the...
Kansas' Jackson, Duke's Tatum headline forwards in NBA draft

Kansas' Jackson, Duke's Tatum headline forwards in NBA draft

The top forwards in Thursday's NBA draft needed only a season in college to secure their position in the lottery. Kansas' Josh Jackson and Duke's Jayson Tatum are one-and-done small forwards with size and athleticism, and they're almost certain to go in the top five overall picks. The Boston Celtics have the third overall pick after their deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Jackson or Tatum could...
At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

The smaller diamond at Alexandria's Eugene Simpson Stadium Park — Little Simpson, to locals — attracted a reported 4,000 people when it opened for the city's Little Major Leaguers in 1953. The field's dimensions were laid out by the head groundskeeper at Griffith Stadium. The diamond had a $9,500 lighting system, attracted major leaguers like Bob Feller and Mickey Vernon, and was, according...
Diamondbacks’ pitching strikes gold with carbon-copy catchers

Diamondbacks’ pitching strikes gold with carbon-copy catchers

Sometimes the catcher for the surging Arizona Diamondbacks is a 34-year-old veteran of four teams with a low batting average, a bargain contract and a deep commitment to helping his pitchers. Other times, he is a different catcher who meets those same criteria. But there is one big difference between the Arizona catchers Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis: Iannetta had 10 years 13 days of major league...
Navigating business, basketball awaits incoming NBA rookies

Navigating business, basketball awaits incoming NBA rookies

Sixty NBA draft hopefuls will hear their names called Thursday night as members of the 2017 rookie class. For many of the top picks it will mark the start of the transition from college underclassman to instant millionaire.  It is the ultimate finishing school. A journey that continues to evolve for NBA newcomers that has trended younger during the one-and-done era.  Boston's Jaylen Brown...
COTA’s U.S. Grand Prix weekend just got a little more crowded

COTA’s U.S. Grand Prix weekend just got a little more crowded

The United States Grand Prix weekend at Circuit of the Americas has gained a new supporting event. The Formula Four United States series will make a stop in Austin during the Formula One stay Oct. 20-22. It will be the seventh and concluding event of the season for the U.S. brand of F4. COTA already had its most ambitious racing schedule, and now it will grow a little more. The F4 competition will...
Texas’ Jarrett Allen can expect lots of NBA Draft drama

Texas’ Jarrett Allen can expect lots of NBA Draft drama

Jarrett Allen will need to buckle up Thursday night. The Austin native could be in for a suspenseful ride in the NBA draft. A wide sampling of mock drafts shows no fewer than seven teams between No. 16 and No. 25 as landing spots for the 6-11 player, a St. Stephen’s and Texas Longhorns prospect. Though Allen might not become the Horns’ first lottery pick (top 14) since Myles Turner two...

Golden: Does 33-year-old Trey Hardee have one more Olympics in him? He sure hopes so

Trey Hardee could retire right now and no one would blame him. He’s won two world decathlon championships, a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and has been blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter. But the former Texas All-American isn’t finished even at the relatively advanced track-and-field age of 33. Retirement will come one day, but as Juba famously said at the end of “Gladiator...

Ranking the top 50 NBA draft prospects

TOP 50 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS Players listed by position, with college or last team and overall rank: Point guards Player;Team;Rnk Markelle Fultz;Washington;1 Lonzo Ball;UCLA;2 De’Aaron Fox;Kentucky;5 Dennis Smith;N.C. State;8 Frank Ntilikina;France;10 Jawun Evans;Oklahoma State;26 Frank Mason;Kansas;36 Edmond Sumner;Xavier;45 Nigel Williams-Goss;Gonzaga;49 Monte’ Morris;Iowa State;50 Shooting...
NBA mock draft: Projecting Spurs, Mavs and all the teams

NBA mock draft: Projecting Spurs, Mavs and all the teams

NBA MOCK DRAFT American-Statesman staff writer Kevin Lyttle projects the first round of Thursday night’s NBA Draft: Team;Selection;Pos.;School 1. Philadelphia;Markelle Fultz;PG;Washington 2. L.A. Lakers;Lonzo Ball;PG;UCLA 3. Boston;Jayson Tatum;SF;Duke Comment: After swapping No. 1 to the 76ers, the Celtics said they’re still likely to get the best player at No. 3. It’ll either be...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

David Barrick, 6-iron, 186-yard 3rd hole at Lago Vista; witnesses: Mike Mount, Paul Takemoto Diane Boston, driver, 155-yard 15th hole at Hidden Falls; witnesses: Jan Cunningham, Marie Hammond Daniel Cruz, 6-iron, 166-yard 6th hole at Avery Ranch; witnesses: Sam Ross, Sam Boesch Jeff Gancas, 5-iron, 154-yard 4th hole at Star Ranch; witness: Mike Lunger Michael Lee, 6-iron, 185-yard 3rd hole at Lago...
Texas remains in good shape with top 2018 wide receiver targets

Texas remains in good shape with top 2018 wide receiver targets

Texas built recruiting momentum early for the 2018 class with offensive star power. Tom Herman’s first commitment happened at junior day in February when four-star wide receiver Justin Watkins flipped from Florida State. It continued with commitments from quarterbacks Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, as well as with running back Keaontay Ingram and offensive tackle Reese Moore. Texas sits...
Taurasi and Bird, WNBA stars, keep longtime friendship

Taurasi and Bird, WNBA stars, keep longtime friendship

By her sophomore year at Connecticut, Sue Bird was accustomed to guiding recruits around campus. The high schoolers she led on tours to the bookstore or cafeteria were often reserved — perhaps even intimidated — and unsure how they would fit into what was fast becoming the best women’s college basketball program in the country. There was no such trepidation during Diana Taurasi&rsquo...
Trading No. 1 pick worked out well for Celtics in 1980

Trading No. 1 pick worked out well for Celtics in 1980

As the 2017 NBA draft approaches, history is, perhaps, repeating itself in Boston. If it is, Celtics fans will be immensely gratified. Consider that in the summer of 1980, as in the summer of 2017, the Celtics were coming off a loss in the Eastern Conference finals and needed an upgrade. In 1980, as in 2017, the Celtics held the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, not by virtue of having the worst record...
Why 'arms race' in college football is shifting from facilities to staff

Why 'arms race' in college football is shifting from facilities to staff

A few of the names might be familiar, although their duties and titles have remained vague to most people. Designations like analyst and quality control personnel have increasingly become another tool for elite college football programs looking for that special edge someway somehow. The importance of such positions was underscored and gained a face when Steve Sarkisian called plays for Alabama in...
Harbaugh going presidential in recruiting war

Harbaugh going presidential in recruiting war

Nick Saban, pick up the phone! You too, Jimbo Fisher, Urban Meyer, Jim McElwain, Dabo Swinney and any other football coach whose livelihood depends on impressing 17-year-old boys.  Y'all are starting to fall behind that looney tune from Michigan named Jim Harbaugh. He just raised the stakes again in his one-man insurrection on recruiting customs.  There have satellite camps, Signing Day...
U.S. Open champ breaks through, then breaks his facade

U.S. Open champ breaks through, then breaks his facade

When Brooks Koepka tapped in his final putt to win the 117th U.S. Open by four shots and tie Rory McIlroy's record of 16 under par in the ancient event, the 27-year-old may have had the most muted reaction in the history of humans who were still breathing. He gave two little fist pumps. Upon reflection, he added one more. "That's probably the most emotion I've ever shown," Koepka said afterward...
Monk, Mitchell headline list of shooting guards in NBA draft

Monk, Mitchell headline list of shooting guards in NBA draft

The top shooting guards in Thursday night's NBA draft certainly offer plenty of high-scoring punch. They also come with some question marks.  Kentucky's Malik Monk is the top prospect and is expected to go in the lottery, followed by Louisville's Donovan Mitchell and Duke's Luke Kennard — all in the first round. But the position doesn't have the same projected upside compared to a stacked...
It would be something if Osweiler ends up as Browns' starter

It would be something if Osweiler ends up as Browns' starter

Each week, The Washington Post's Mark Maske provides in-depth NFL analysis with "First and 10," a dissection of the league's most important developments. How totally crazy would it be if Brock Osweiler ends up as the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns? Actually, how completely Browns-like would it be? Very Browns-like. When the Browns traded for Osweiler in March, the move was...
Haunted by player’s death, coach walks away from his sport

Haunted by player’s death, coach walks away from his sport

Jeff Charles, a former high school football coach, had tried to come to the football field here twice in recent years but could not bring himself to go farther than the parking lot. One day last week he made his way down the winding ramp from the parking lot and onto the turf. He stopped just short of the 10-yard line: “It happened down here,” Charles said, pointing toward midfield at...
Break out the orange cone: Express to welcome San Antonio as new rival

Break out the orange cone: Express to welcome San Antonio as new rival

The Round Rock Express will have a new geographic rival in 2019. San Antonio baseball officials announced Wednesday plans to field a Triple-A franchise in two years once the Missions move their Double-A Texas League team to Amarillo. The Alamo City’s Pacific Coast League team will be relocated from Colorado Springs; the Elmore Sports Group owns both the Sky Sox and Missions. It also is expected...
Brian Howard’s 12 strikeouts, Ryan Merrill’s homer help TCU oust Aggies

Brian Howard’s 12 strikeouts, Ryan Merrill’s homer help TCU oust Aggies

Roommates Brian Howard and Ryan Merrill are going to have plenty to talk about around their apartment when they and the rest of the TCU Horned Frogs return to Fort Worth. Howard matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in seven-plus innings. Merrill, playing before friends and family in his hometown, homered to start a three-run third inning and the roomies helped keep the Frogs’ season going...
Spurs, Rockets and Mavs have different options in Thursday’s NBA draft

Spurs, Rockets and Mavs have different options in Thursday’s NBA draft

With the 29th pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs are hardly in the position to help a championship-caliber roster. But that hasn’t stopped them before. Don’t bet against the franchise that selected Tony Parker, Dejounte Murray, Corey Joseph, George Hill and Leandro Barbosa all in the 26 to 29 range striking again. Shooting guard Josh Hart, who helped Villanova...
Bohls: Phil Steele is bullish on Tom Herman’s Longhorns

Bohls: Phil Steele is bullish on Tom Herman’s Longhorns

While I got ya before I go on a three-week vacation, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Phil Steele believes in the Longhorns. In his comprehensive — yeah, I’d say a 352-page magazine qualifies as comprehensive — “2017 College Football Preview,” Phil ranks Texas at No. 22 and also as his No. 9 surprise team of the year. He does admit that the Horns were...
Cowboys rookie Ryan Switzer is a hit with Dez Bryant, other veterans

Cowboys rookie Ryan Switzer is a hit with Dez Bryant, other veterans

Ryan Switzer exchanged a high-five with Dez Bryant, then two more, followed by a shoulder bump and a couple of dance moves with his celebrated Dallas Cowboys teammate. The rookie receiver isn’t a typical fourth-round pick cloaked in anonymity. The 5-foot-8 speedster ran with the starters during offseason practices, and he cooked up an elaborate handshake with Bryant, who wasn’t the only...
Redbirds rally to beat Express

Redbirds rally to beat Express

Singles by Nick Martini and Alex Mejia were the key hits in an eighth-inning rally that lifted the Memphis Redbirds to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Round Rock Express in a Pacific Coast League game Monday night at Dell Diamond. Down 4-2 in the eighth, Memphis loaded the bases on an error, a single and a walk. Martini’s two-run single tied the game, and Mejia lined a single to center to put...
How Lakers' Jeanie Buss became the most powerful woman in sports

How Lakers' Jeanie Buss became the most powerful woman in sports

Jerry Buss often worried about his older daughter's happiness, like many fathers do, so when he considered promoting her to run the Great Western Forum, he thought of the toll such a demanding job would take. "I don't know if that's a good life for her," he told a confidant.  What he didn't realize then, but learned over the next 15 years, was that nothing mattered more to Jeanie Buss...
After 10 weeks of mediocrity, proud Cardinals facing rare crossroads

After 10 weeks of mediocrity, proud Cardinals facing rare crossroads

The St. Louis Cardinals don't do rebuilds. They don't do tear-downs or roster overhauls or fire sales or salary dumps. They don't sell off pieces at the trade deadline. They don't punt on seasons in June or July. Perhaps alone among major league teams — during an era in which even the Yankees are in transition, and the safest path to sustained winning is to lose big first — the Cardinals...
Chemotherapy, then US Championships, for Grunewald

Chemotherapy, then US Championships, for Grunewald

Gabriele Grunewald stepped onto the track as the dying light of day yielded to periwinkle evening. She and her fellow world-class runners walked single file, hair tied in ponytails, to the starting line at the annual Prefontaine Classic, one of track’s premier events. The women were a lithe pack, and it was difficult to pick out Grunewald. I identified her by the purple half-moon scar that stretches...
Baseball is lost in pace

Baseball is lost in pace

On Sunday, May 14 — Mother's Day — the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays played a game at Fenway Park that may have qualified as the worst viewing experience in baseball history. The game, played in blustery, wet conditions, was an 11-2 blowout, the Rays winning, in which nothing much of consequence happened.  The most notable thing about the game, in fact, was how long it took: 4...
What NASCAR needs is new rivalries, personalities

What NASCAR needs is new rivalries, personalities

They're handing out participation trophies in NASCAR now. Or what amounts to them, anyway. Such is the state of America's top stock-car racing circuit that the leader of each stage of the race _ they're divided into threes — earns bonus points toward the end-of-the-season playoffs. Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway, Martin Truex Jr., led after the first two stages — 60...
Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching

Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching

By now the entire basketball world knows Lonzo Ball is a singular talent with a unique parent. The UCLA product with preternatural court vision is among the most intriguing prospects in the NBA draft this week. In perhaps the greatest testament to his abilities, his father LaVar Ball's bombast and $495 shoes and racially insensitive comments don't appear to be scaring off the Los Angeles Lakers or...
The evolution of the NBA Draft

The evolution of the NBA Draft

Ten years ago, the big question before the 2007 NBA draft was which of two players the Portland Trail Blazers would select with the top overall pick. One option was Greg Oden, the 7-footer out of Ohio State who was a traditional center playing near the basket. The other was Kevin Durant, a spindly, less-classifiable big man out of Texas. It is easy to knock the Blazers for what happened. They drafted...
The 'secret weapon' fueling the Royals' surge: Espresso machine

The 'secret weapon' fueling the Royals' surge: Espresso machine

On most days at Kauffman Stadium, Peter Moylan leaves his locker in the home clubhouse in the late afternoon and escapes to an adjacent kitchen, where Royals players eat before games. A 38-year-old right-hander, Moylan spends his nights attacking opposing hitters as a side-arm reliever. In the moments before first pitch, he adopts a different role: Barista.  Using a Brevill Express Espresso Machine...

Reality vs. fantasy: Feds to challenge FanDuel-DraftKings merger

Federal regulators are challenging the planned merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, saying the combination of the two largest daily fantasy sports sites would create a company controlling more than 90 percent of the market. The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it will file a complaint — along with the attorneys general of California and the District of Columbia — seeking to...
Golden’s Nuggets: Spieth isn’t slumping but isn’t winning majors

Golden’s Nuggets: Spieth isn’t slumping but isn’t winning majors

This is no time to panic when it comes to Jordan Spieth. After all, he has already won two PGA majors and won’t turn 24 until next month. Golfers can play for 25 to 30 years, make millions and never have to worry about concussions or brain damage later in life. Spieth is already approaching $30 million in tour earnings, and we’re not even talking about the truckloads of endorsement dollars...
Plunked players: No need for full facemasks in college ball

Plunked players: No need for full facemasks in college ball

LSU’s Greg Deichmann broke his cheekbone in three places when he was hit by a pitch in a preseason scrimmage, and since surgery he has worn a protective cage that covers the right side of his face. The Oakland Athletics’ second-round draft pick plans to continue wearing the shield in pro baseball. “It gives me a sense of security,” he said. “I don’t have any post-traumatic...
NFL offseason: Where teams, players stand with training camps ahead

NFL offseason: Where teams, players stand with training camps ahead

It’s mid-June, which means for the next month or so, NFL teams basically hibernate. Yes, even those 24/7, sleep-in-the-office, watch-film-around-the-clock coaches take some sort of a break. It’s also a good time to look at key developments of the offseason and where some teams stand heading to training camp at the end of July. “I think they’re very aware of a lot of the things...
Colt McCoy looking forward to eighth NFL season, future of Texas’ football program

Colt McCoy looking forward to eighth NFL season, future of Texas’ football program

Before he was a Westlake wunderkind or a four-star freshman at Texas, Sam Ehlinger was a participant at Colt McCoy’s annual youth football camp. That stop on Ehlinger’s timeline is not lost on McCoy. “You make me feel old with that,” the 30-year-old Washington Redskins quarterback and former UT star said. McCoy met the media on Monday during a break at his annual Colt McCoy...
West and the Clippers bring it all back home, almost

West and the Clippers bring it all back home, almost

If Lakerdom loved the idea of bringing Jerry West back to the team he played for so brilliantly and ran so expertly, he missed by about 50 feet, which is how far their dressing room is from the Clippers in the Staples Center hall.  Who'd have thunk it?  Not me. I wrote a lot of columns suggesting the wisdom of bringing West back before and after the Lakers fired Mitch Kupchak (oh yeah, and...
Track’s most resilient (and suspect) record is in danger

Track’s most resilient (and suspect) record is in danger

In 1983, at age 32, when most track athletes are beyond their fastest times, Jarmila Kratochvilova ran 800 meters in 1 minute, 53.28 seconds. The result was so blistering and unprecedented that it has become track and field’s longest-standing outdoor world record. And perhaps its most suspect. Kratochvilova (KRA-toke-vee-lova) is 66 now, a pensioner and a youth coach here in rural Bohemia, about...
Kaepernick’s free agency shows another divide: Between NFL and NBA

Kaepernick’s free agency shows another divide: Between NFL and NBA

Maybe Colin Kaepernick is in the wrong league. Last season, Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, set off a national debate when he knelt during the national anthem before games, as a way to shine a light on police violence and racial injustice. Now a free agent, he has been unable to find a job, leading to speculation that teams are steering clear of him because of his controversial...
A shared history of cancer, a love of baseball and a Cubs-Mets game

A shared history of cancer, a love of baseball and a Cubs-Mets game

This is a story about cancer, and baseball, and how they intersected over a week in the life of the New York Mets. Two weeks ago, Sandy Alderson was sitting in the waiting room at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, has been cancer-free since May 2016, but he has to go for checkups every four months. While waiting, Alderson picked up the spring...
Serena already plotting her post-baby domination

Serena already plotting her post-baby domination

Midway through this year's French Open the list of active female Grand Slam champions had already been ground into the red dust, setting the stage for Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia to become the first unseeded player to win the Roland Garros title in tennis's open era. It marked the first time in 40 years that no major winners advanced to the French Open quarterfinals. The most decorated champion of...
For Panthers’ Johnson, a different kind of Father's Day 

For Panthers’ Johnson, a different kind of Father's Day 

Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson never celebrated Father's Day while growing up in the small Georgia town of Hawkinsville. The town of less than 6,000 people was large enough to contain Johnson's mother, Jacqueline Kearney, and his grandmother, aunts, coaches and friends, all of whom had a hand in raising him.  It was small enough for people to point out to Johnson his father,...
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