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Emotional Day, defending champ, withdraws from Dell match play event

Defending champion Jason Day was struggling early in his round Wednesday as the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play opened at Austin Country Club. Day, ranked third in the world, double-bogeyed No. 6 and then unexpectedly conceded the match to Pat Perez, who was leading by three holes. Day proceeded to stun the international golfing community. As he struggled to control his emotions, Day wiped back tears...
After an unsure start, Williams soars at UConn

After an unsure start, Williams soars at UConn

Before she began vaulting for rebounds and blocked shots at Connecticut, Gabby Williams finished fifth in the high jump at the 2012 Olympic track and field trials. Her performance was a personal best of 6 feet 2 1/4 inches. At the time, she was 15, having just completed her sophomore year at Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada. “There was a youthful elasticity about her,” said Amy Acuff...
Before he was a closer candidate, Nats pitcher envisioned life among political candidates

Before he was a closer candidate, Nats pitcher envisioned life among political candidates

A decade ago, Shawn Kelley envisioned a possible career in Washington, D.C. It just didn't include firing sliders in high-leverage situations at Nationals Park in front of thousands of people. He was thinking maybe a few long tosses north, on Capitol Hill, working behind the scenes. "Doing the real politics," Kelley said. Kelley is now a 32-year-old right-handed reliever competing in spring...
Down by seven, Longhorns complete comeback on Jon Malmin’s career night

Down by seven, Longhorns complete comeback on Jon Malmin’s career night

Following four straight losses and facing a seven-run deficit, Texas bounced back. The Longhorns climbed out of a crater-sized hole in a 9-7 win over UT-Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday night. With the comeback at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the Longhorns slid out of their four-game skid; swept by Texas Tech this past weekend, Texas also blew a late lead in Tuesday’s extra-inning loss at Texas State...

Texas Stars top Roadrunners in overtime

Matej Stransky scored his 21st goal of the season to lift the Texas Stars to a 4-3 win over the Tucson Roadrunners in overtime at the H-E-B Center on Wednesday night. The Stars (29-30-1-4) led 3-1 in the third period, but the Roadrunners (24-27-7-0) scored two goals to force an extra period. Justin Peters made 26 saves on 29 shots to hold on for the win. It didn’t take long for the Stars to...
Golden: For Jason Day, defending champion, it’s rightfully family first

Golden: For Jason Day, defending champion, it’s rightfully family first

Jason Day needs to be with his mother. Golf can and should come later. Thursday served as a graphic reminder that behind the million-dollar purses, the fancy cars and perfectly manicured golf courses they play, these larger-than-life superstars are real people with real issues just like the rest of us. Day has a sick mom and anyone can understand the need to be at her side. In an instant after the...
Bohls: Tanihara upsets Spieth, leading the early Japanese charge

Bohls: Tanihara upsets Spieth, leading the early Japanese charge

Entering this WGC-Dell Match Play golf tournament, Jordan Spieth admitted he didn’t know a thing about first-round opponent Hideto Tanihara. Or anything about Yuta Ikeda, his next opponent on Thursday. Except that both Japanese golfers have game, which the hometown favorite learned all too well in the first round Wednesday. That lesson came painfully to the two-time major champion; Spieth never...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Chris Bowser, 8-iron, 88-yard 3rd hole at Teravista; witnesses: Les Richards, Lyn Richards, Don Dowser Cody Chambliss, 8-iron, 122-yard 8th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Roland Nunez, Eric Watts, Jordan Rogers Tony Iacono, 7-iron, 145-yard 13th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Fred Garcia, Shea Caldwell, Lucas Gaona Rick Johnson, driver, 198-yard 8th hole at Lago Vista; witnesses: Chris Vincent, Don...
WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

There was precise golf but little drama Wednesday in the so-called Group of Death at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event at Austin Country Club. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson dusted off Webb Simpson 5 and 3, and Martin Kaymer handled Baylor alum Jimmy Walker 3 and 2. They make up the only group where all four competitors are major champions. “I got off to a good start, but we both played...
Dell Match Play: What to watch for on Thursday

Dell Match Play: What to watch for on Thursday

What to watch for Thursday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: IN EARLY HOLES: Two of the biggest names this week — Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy — find themselves in early peril after losing their first-round matches on Wednesday. Last year, only three of the 16 group winners had a loss but still won their groups to advance to the round of 16 — Dustin Johnson (2-1-0), Brooks...

Dell Match Play: Thursday’s pairings, tee times

THURSDAY’S SECOND-ROUND TEE TIMES GROUP 13 (13) Bubba Watson vs. (39) Scott Piercy, 9:30 a.m. (30) Thomas Pieters vs. (55) Jhonattan Vegas, 9:41 a.m. GROUP 4 (4) Hideki Matsuyama vs. (47) Ross Fisher, 9:52 a.m. (23) Louis Oosthuizen vs. (51) Jim Furyk, 10:03 a.m. GROUP 9 (9) Patrick Reed vs. (34) Kevin Kisner, 10:14 a.m. (20) Brooks Koepka vs. (59) Jason Dufner, 10:25 a.m. GROUP 8 (8) Alex Noren...
Karen Aston to coach against an icon when Texas meets VanDerVeer’s Stanford

Karen Aston to coach against an icon when Texas meets VanDerVeer’s Stanford

Karen Aston is fully aware that she’ll be coaching against a woman with more than 1,000 victories to her credit on Friday night. Texas vs. Stanford promises to be exciting when the two women’s basketball powerhouses square off in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 in Lexington, Ky. The Longhorns and Cardinal are familiar rivals; their annual early-season matchup is a circle-the-calendar...
Schedule scraps Man United, Man City soccer match planned for Austin

Schedule scraps Man United, Man City soccer match planned for Austin

An International Champions Cup soccer match between two English Premier League giants that was proposed for Austin this summer has been scrapped because of scheduling conflicts. Manchester United was to play Manchester City in July at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Team officials were here negotiating during South by Southwest, but the sides could not agree on a revised date, multiple sources told the American-Statesman...
Front and center: Derek Warehime’s the latest to try to solve Texas’ puzzling line

Front and center: Derek Warehime’s the latest to try to solve Texas’ puzzling line

Let’s hope new offensive line coach Derek Warehime fully understands the job he’s inherited at Texas. “Guys work their entire life to have the job that I have,” Warehime said. “And I know that. So I wake up every morning kind of pinching myself to make sure this is actually real.” Warehime, the Choctaw, Okla. native and the son of a long-time high school coach,...
Despite tough loss, Villanova will be back

Despite tough loss, Villanova will be back

In the quiet locker room after the game, as the players sat in their places staring straight ahead into nothing, the assistant coaches gathered in a huddle to the side, looking at box scores and replays, trying to pick apart what separated winning from losing for Villanova on Saturday night. At the locker stall on the end nearest the door, a dark blue suit coat rested on a hanger, waiting for its...
Turner loves baseball so much, he can hardly feel the pressure

Turner loves baseball so much, he can hardly feel the pressure

In baseball, you find out how good you are one day at a time.  That's a burden for some. No one day can ever be good enough; the next day is just another mean exam. Others, like Trea Turner of the Nationals, can't imagine anything better than learning baseball every day. Joy is an excellent methodology.  "I never really played anything but baseball growing up. My parents would have...
Champion for women’s hockey wills pro league into 3rd year

Champion for women’s hockey wills pro league into 3rd year

While attending graduate school at Northeastern, Dani Rylan obtained a hawker-and-peddler license from the city of Boston. Before Red Sox games, Rylan lugged coolers filled with bottled water onto Ipswich Street near Fenway Park, selling them for $2 before first pitch and $1 after the final out. Rylan kept meticulous spreadsheets calculating details like how weather affected sales. She bartered with...
In imperfect tournament, drama (or lack of it) depends on your lens

In imperfect tournament, drama (or lack of it) depends on your lens

Larry Brown, the only man ever to coach both an NBA champion (Detroit Pistons, 2004) and an NCAA champion (Kansas, 1988), watched the first round of this year’s men’s basketball tournament with a close friend. This friend is simply a casual basketball fan, and — to Brown’s fascination — was most interested in watching the close games in which the underdog might win. &ldquo...
Palestinian women try to bring baseball to Gaza 

Palestinian women try to bring baseball to Gaza 

The young Palestinian women don baseball caps on top of their Islamic headscarves and field tennis balls with fabric gloves, giving a decidedly local feel to the great American pastime.   They are trying to bring baseball to the Gaza Strip, an effort that is still in its early innings.   The players, who work out on a small soccer pitch in a southern Gaza town, admit they are still...
It's no surprise there's no rush to sign Kaepernick, Cutler or Peterson

It's no surprise there's no rush to sign Kaepernick, Cutler or Peterson

It is a week and a half into NFL free agency. Most of the hefty contracts that are going to be negotiated already have been handed out. As of Monday afternoon, no one has signed Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler or Adrian Peterson. And no one should be particularly surprised by that. If Kaepernick or Cutler thought he was going to be the first choice for any quarterback-needy team, that was a miscalculation...
Texas State works extra innings to hand Texas its fourth straight loss, 11-10

Texas State works extra innings to hand Texas its fourth straight loss, 11-10

SAN MARCOS — For the first time, Texas lost a baseball game at Texas State’s Bobcat Ballpark, 11-10. A school-record crowd of 3,017 saw the Longhorns drop their fourth straight loss; the Bobcats improved to 13-8. It was the fourth straight loss for Texas, which was swept by Texas Tech last weekend. “It’s very frustrating for the simple fact that I thought we were very prepared...
Jarrett Allen: ‘I am testing the waters with this decision’ to go into the NBA draft

Jarrett Allen: ‘I am testing the waters with this decision’ to go into the NBA draft

Jarrett Allen doesn’t sound like someone who wants to leave Texas. But the analytical deep thinker probably can’t see himself passing up a major payday, either. The 6-foot-11 freshman confirmed Tuesday he will put his name into the upcoming NBA draft but will not sign with an agent, thereby preserving his amateur status should he decide to come back to school. “I want everyone to...

Austin Spurs win third straight on the road

The Austin Spurs defeated the Iowa Energy 92-79 on Tuesday in Des Moines to make it three straight road wins. Five members of the Spurs (22-23) scored in double digits while Iowa was held to just 33 percent shooting. Orlando Johnson led the Spurs with 16 points while Daniel Nwaelele added 14. Charles Garcia had a double-double, scoring 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Hollis Thompson also scored...
As pads come on, Longhorns hoping to show Tom Herman some toughness

As pads come on, Longhorns hoping to show Tom Herman some toughness

If Tom Herman truly is stripping down these Longhorns and rebuilding from scratch, he needs to find an answer to one pivotal question. Is this a physical football team or not? “Is that a physical team? No. Are they willing to be? Yes,” Herman said after Tuesday’s spring practice session, the third overall but first in full pads. NCAA rules prohibit full-scale, Junction-style workouts...
Four months later, Texas will take second shot at Stanford in Sweet 16

Four months later, Texas will take second shot at Stanford in Sweet 16

Joyner Holmes pulled out her laptop Tuesday to relive her rude introduction to college basketball. It was a late-afternoon game on Nov. 14 at Stanford, the 2016-17 season opener for the Texas women’s basketball team. Holmes, one of the top recruits in the country, looked like a lost freshman, finishing with more fouls (4) than points (3). “I talked to my dad (Ron Holmes) the other day...
Bohls: With a return to the Masters looming, Jordan Spieth is only looking ahead

Bohls: With a return to the Masters looming, Jordan Spieth is only looking ahead

Jordan Spieth is so over it. Done. Finished. Moved on already. Now if only the rest of the civilized world will. The questions still come as he knows they will. From city to city. From one reporter after another. From inquiring, caring fans. “Jordan told me he was fine a couple of days after,” said John Fields, his old college coach at Texas. “What was interesting for him was the...
After 2-10 season, Texas State is eager to get spring football started

After 2-10 season, Texas State is eager to get spring football started

Coming off a 2-10 season with a lot of new faces on the roster as well as the coaching staff, expectations aren’t high for Texas State football. But on the eve of spring practice, Bobcats coach Everett Withers believes that will change once he has his full team in place this summer. “It’s going to be good to get back on the practice field tomorrow (Wednesday) with, really, a new...
Golden: Even in his 40s, Phil Mickelson remains the Lefty we all know

Golden: Even in his 40s, Phil Mickelson remains the Lefty we all know

Phil Mickelson is still a rock star on the PGA Tour, but he’s a different type of rock star. In today’s world, 23-year-old Jordan Spieth is on par with an Ed Sheeran: He’s just getting started, but greatness is written all over him. Now if you just asked “Who the heck is Ed Sheeran?” then congratulations, you’re old. As for the 46-year-old Mickelson, Lefty is more...
Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas are hottest on tour coming into Austin

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas are hottest on tour coming into Austin

Dustin Johnson has enjoyed a lucrative month. He won the Genesis Open in February, which propelled the 6-foot-4-inch bomber from South Carolina to the top spot in the world rankings. Johnson then was victorious in the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this month. He’s been on a competitive break since then. So maybe Johnson, who won last year’s U.S. Open, should be considered the favorite...
If his back plays along, Day will take a run at a title repeat

If his back plays along, Day will take a run at a title repeat

Jason Day was the best sort of story during the Austin premiere of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. The 29-year-old Aussie, with his young family in tow, arrived in Austin hours after his spectacular victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. But before he could even play a practice round at Austin Country Club last March, Day aggravated a lower-back injury...
WGC-Dell Match Play: Ten golfers to watch this week

WGC-Dell Match Play: Ten golfers to watch this week

Match play golf is notoriously unpredictable, but favorites have been cashing the big checks in recent years at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. Jason Day, who was the No. 2 seed, took the event’s inaugural trophy at Austin Country Club last year. Rory McIlroy and Day won the previous two years when the tournament was in Arizona and California. Matt Kuchar was the 2013 winner...
Bohls: Spieth branches out into golf course design

Bohls: Spieth branches out into golf course design

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Meet Jordan Spieth, golf course architect. Well, kinda. The two-time major champion is trying his hand at golf course design as the 23-year-old Longhorn All-American has teamed up with veteran Austin golf architect Roy Bechtol to map out a six-hole course at the UT Golf Club. The mini-layout will help the men’s and women&rsquo...

From 1-64, a look at this week’s Dell Match Play tournament field

2017 MATCH PLAY FIELD Players are listed in order of the WGC-Dell Match Play seedings. PLAYER;COUNTRY;WORLD RANK;2017, SO FAR;2016 WINS;2016 MATCH PLAY 1. Dustin Johnson;USA;1st;2 wins, 2 other top 10s in 6 events;3;Fell to Oosthuizen in quarters (2&1) 2. Rory McIlroy;Northern Ireland;2nd;3 top 10s in his 3 events;2;Fell in the third-place match (3&2) 3. Jason Day;Australia;3rd;1 top 10, 2 other top...
2018 offensive targets discuss Tom Herman, Texas at invite-only camp in Houston

2018 offensive targets discuss Tom Herman, Texas at invite-only camp in Houston

A strong collection of talent participated at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series Sunday at Westfield High School. The defensive stars took center stage, but there were a handful of offensive targets on hand. The Longhorns’ lone commitment in the 2018 class is four-star wide receiver Justin Watkins. It’s a down year in Texas for quarterbacks and running backs. Camps without pads don&rsquo...
Yankees capitalize on 2nd chance with young star who got away

Yankees capitalize on 2nd chance with young star who got away

In 2012, virtually all Latin American baseball scouts and their major league employers knew about Gleyber Torres, an athletic 15-year-old born in Caracas, Venezuela, who had supple hands and a potent, well-honed swing. All the big clubs with money to burn envisioned Torres in their own uniforms, and that included the New York Yankees. Their international scouting department had targeted Torres as...
Spread offenses in college make NFL a guessing game 

Spread offenses in college make NFL a guessing game 

The spread offenses that dominate the NCAA produce a parade of points but also prospects that aren't quite ready for the NFL.   Quarterbacks have to learn to line up under center and scan the field while backpedaling. Running backs have to learn to scurry straight ahead. Wide receivers have to dramatically expand their route tree.   "The football being played from the high...
Expect NC State to run under new coach Keatts

Expect NC State to run under new coach Keatts

After his Virginia team survived a first-round NCAA Tournament game with UNC-Wilmington, Tony Bennett marveled at the Seahawks' quickness and aggressive style of play. "There's not a team in the ACC that's like that," Bennett said after the Cavaliers' 76-71 win in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday. That's about to change. N.C. State hired Kevin Keatts on Friday, and the new Wolfpack coach will...
Scherzer offers glimpse into baseball truth: Sometimes you've got to play hurt

Scherzer offers glimpse into baseball truth: Sometimes you've got to play hurt

Ever since Max Scherzer arrived in training camp a month ago, he has been worried. At times, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner even has been scared. For seven months, he has been perplexed and alarmed by an injury to his ring-finger knuckle that caused him pain whenever he used a normal two-finger fastball grip. "I don't feel it in any other activity or pitch, just my fastball...
Wheldon's widow opens up about life without Dan

Wheldon's widow opens up about life without Dan

At the edge of the racetrack, on a wide pad of asphalt, Susie Wheldon stooped to help her small son. Sebastian, 7, already had wriggled into his Puma fire suit. Susie slid the chest protector over his head, to keep his lungs from being crushed. She strapped on the neck brace, to protect his spine. She tied his tiny racing shoes. "Ready to go?" asked his coach. The boy nodded, and climbed...
Bump Brothers: Wilsons stay on barbed wire road to Olympics 

Bump Brothers: Wilsons stay on barbed wire road to Olympics 

The first jump on the road to the Olympics came near a lonely stretch of Interstate 90 on the Continental Divide in Montana.   Moguls skiers Brad and Bryon Wilson built the jump off a rock near the bottom of the hill. Often, they would ski through the moguls and off the jump so late in the afternoon they'd have to wait for cars to approach so the headlights could illuminate the makeshift...
Jordan Spieth draws Ryder Cup star in Dell Match play

Jordan Spieth draws Ryder Cup star in Dell Match play

Jordan Spieth, the former University of Texas star, calls Austin his second home, his favorite city in the world. So naturally, he’d love to win this week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, which starts Wednesday at the Austin Country Club. On Monday, Spieth found out the three players he’ll need to beat in order to even think about making the weekend knockout...
Texas State is hot, but Texas is not as baseball programs meet Tuesday

Texas State is hot, but Texas is not as baseball programs meet Tuesday

SAN MARCOS — The baseball programs at Texas and Texas State have played 54 times, with the Longhorns holding a 44-10 all-time series advantage. But the Longhorns and Bobcats are in different places after last weekend as they prepare to play each other Tuesday. Texas (13-9), which had won six games in a row heading into last weekend’s Big 12-opening series with Texas Tech, was swept by...
Golden: When the time arrives, McCarty taking charge for Longhorns

Golden: When the time arrives, McCarty taking charge for Longhorns

Longhorns junior point guard Brooke McCarty is deferential by nature, but there were a few instances during Sunday’s victory over North Carolina State that let us know she believes Texas is her team. On a roster that doesn’t really have another consistent long-range shooter, McCarty has to wear two hats, especially when talented but foul-prone backcourt mate Ariel Atkins is on the bench...
Former Longhorn Vegas comes up just short in 1-up loss to Watson

Former Longhorn Vegas comes up just short in 1-up loss to Watson

Four years ago. Before this week, that was the last time Jhonattan Vegas played at Austin Country Club. He used to challenge himself on the course all the time, back when he was a student and golfer at the University of Texas. Then he graduated in 2007 and turned pro in 2008. Three years later, he became the first Venezuelan to win a PGA Tour event. Ten years after he received his degree in kinesiology...
High-scoring Box helps Pflugerville pack up another playoff berth

High-scoring Box helps Pflugerville pack up another playoff berth

For Pflugerville’s Bryce Box, making history doesn’t matter as much as making the right impression. Box, a senior attacking midfielder, already has left a deep imprint on the rather shallow tradition of Pflugerville boys soccer. He joined the varsity squad one match into his freshman season, and his 57 career goals are believed to top the all-time list for a program whose sparse record-keeping...
Lashann Higgs, Alecia Sutton are showing how deep the Texas women truly are

Lashann Higgs, Alecia Sutton are showing how deep the Texas women truly are

To be Lashann Higgs. To be Alecia Sutton. To have to come off the bench and be ready whenever you’re called. Or needed. Just like Sunday afternoon, in Texas’ 84-80 second-round thriller over North Carolina State in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. The third-seeded Longhorns (25-8) are headed to their third straight Sweet 16 thanks in large part to Sunday’s bench production...
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