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Reid Ryan returns to Round Rock roots to celebrate Astros’ championship

A journey that started nearly 20 years ago when the eldest son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan founded the Round Rock Express circled the bases and returned home Thursday night after knocking it out of the park. Reid Ryan, president of the World Series champion Houston Astros, brought the long-coveted hardware to a party attended by several hundred at Gail “Big Boy” Hester’s Automotive...

Austin Spurs come back to defeat Northern Arizona

Darrun Hilliard scored 27 points while rookie Jaron Blossomgame notched a double-double as the Austin Spurs defeated the Northern Arizona Suns 113-105 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday night. The win halted a two-game losing streak for Austin. Hilliard connected on 9-of-16 field goals as the Spurs (16-12) shot 51 percent from the field. Blossomgame scored 21 points to go with 12 rebounds...

Turner Sports will live-stream pro football venture in Austin

Turner Sports and the Spring League, which is moving to Austin this year, have announced a two-year deal to broadcast all games for the three-week pro football development camp. The games will be delivered by a new live streaming service Turner Sports is creating, according to Turner spokesman Nate Smeltz. Turner Sports President Lenny Daniels made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show...

Stockton Heat shut out Texas Stars

A day after scoring seven goals, the Texas Stars were shut out by the Stockton Heat 2-0 on Saturday in Stockton, Calif. Heat goaltender Jon Gillies faced 28 shots and turned them all away as the Stars couldn’t score on a team that yielded many goals the night before. Mike McKenna had a good night in net for Texas (20-15-4-1), stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced. The offense was the problem...

Offensive explosion lifts Texas Stars to win over Stockton Heat

The Texas Stars scored four goals in the third period alone as they defeated the Stockton Heat 7-2 Friday night in California. Brent Regner scored two goals while Gavin Bayreuther, Jason Dickinson and Curtis McKenzie each had two assists in the win. In all, six members of the Stars put the puck in the net in the offensive explosion. Nine Stars were credited with at least one assist in the game. Just...

NBA G League: Late shot lifts Wisconsin over Austin Spurs

Xavier Munford made a shot with 12.5 seconds to go in regulation to lift the Wisconsin Herd to a 93-92 win over the Austin Spurs at the NBA G League Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario. Darrun Hilliard attempted a shot with 3.9 seconds left that didn’t fall for Austin. The Spurs (15-11) were outscored 27-20 in the final period as the win slipped away. Joel Bolomboy led all scorers with 27 points...

Texas Stars fall in overtime to start road trip

Despite making 36 saves Mike McKenna and the Texas Stars fell to the Bakersfield Condors 2-1 in overtime in Bakersfield, Calif. Wednesday night. Iiro Pakarinen scored with less than a minute to go in overtime to lift the Condors to the win. His goal was assisted by Ethan Bear and Joe Gambardella. Texas (19-14-4-1) took a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest, but it was the only goal they...

Blossomgame leads Austin Spurs to G League Showcase win

Six Spurs scored in double figures, including two with 20-point games, as Austin topped the Windy City Bulls 119-108 at the G League Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario Wednesday night. Rookie Jaron Blossomgame led the Spurs (15-10) with 26 points while Darrun Hilliard added 20 for Austin. Hilliard notched a double-double as he also had 12 assists in the contest. Livio Jean-Charles scored 16 points and...
Astros fans can snap photo of World Series Trophy Wednesday in Austin

Astros fans can snap photo of World Series Trophy Wednesday in Austin

The Houston Astros winter caravan will be in Austin on Wednesday, making three public stops with the World Series Trophy available for fans to see at two locations. It’s the first time a World Series Trophy has ever made the rounds in the state of Texas. Pitchers Brad Peacock and James Hoyt, third base prospect J.D. Davis and broadcaster Todd Kalas will be in Austin. Major League Baseball&rsquo...

Bakersfield ends game on scoring streak to top Texas Stars

The Bakersfield Condors scored three third-period goals to come away with a 4-2 win over the Texas Stars in an American Hockey League contest at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. The Stars (19-14-3-1) led 2-0 until late in the second period when the Condors (14-13-6-0) began a four-goal streak to end the game. Ty Rattie made it 2-1 with just 21 seconds left to play in the middle frame...

Texas Stars end losing streak with overtime win

After dropping four straight games, two in overtime, the Texas Stars defeated the Bakersfield Condors 3-2 in overtime at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Curtis McKenzie scored less than a minute into the overtime period to lift the Stars (19-13-3-1) to the win. Travis Morin assisted on the play as he helped the Stars score two goals. He now has 30 assists on the year. McKenzie scored...
Rangers’ winter caravan will stop in Round Rock on Jan. 23

Rangers’ winter caravan will stop in Round Rock on Jan. 23

The Texas Rangers’ winter caravan will make a stop in the Austin area Jan. 23, dropping by the Round Rock Sports Center. Manager Jeff Banister, outfielder Delino DeShields, relief pitcher Tony Barnette and broadcaster Dave Raymond are scheduled to be at a public luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the Express ticket office (512) 255-2255 or online at RoundRockExpress...

San Diego Gulls top Texas Stars with hat trick

Corey Tropp scored a natural hat trick as he cashed in on three straight power plays to lift the San Diego Gulls to a 4-3 win over the Texas Stars at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Wednesday night. Tropp scored three goals in less than four minutes to give the Gulls (16-13-1-0) a 4-2 edge heading to the final period. Kalle Kossila assisted on every goal of the night for San Diego. The Stars (18-13-3-1)...

Austin Spurs outplay Long Island Nets on the road

Six members of the Austin Spurs scored in double digits as they defeated the Long Island Nets 113-94 in Uniondale, New York on Tuesday night. Darrun Hilliard led all scorers with 23 points while Derrick White added 22. Livio Jean-Charles and Amida Brimah each contributed a double-double in the win. Jean-Charles scored 16 points to go with 11 rebounds while Brimah added 11 points and 10 boards. Brimah...

NBA G League: Raptors thump Spurs 93-78

Lorenzo Brown scored a game-high 23 points and added eight rebounds and nine assists as the Raptors 905 rolled over the Austin Spurs 93-78 Sunday afternoon in NBA G League action at Mississauga, Ontario. Two of Brown’s teammates scored in double figures as well — Shevon Thompson had 16 points, and Kennedy Meeks added 13. For the Spurs, rookie forward Jaron Blossomgame was the high point...

Texas Stars fall to San Diego Gulls for third straight loss

The Texas Stars fell for the third straight game as the San Diego Gulls came away with a 6-3 victory at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. Eric Fehr scored two goals and assisted on another to lead San Diego to the win. Teammate Kalle Kossila assisted on two goals and scored one of his own. Sheldon Dries had the best night on the ice for Texas, scoring a goal and assisting on another...

Texas Stars shut out for second time this season

Ville Husso made 27 saves as the San Antonio Rampage shut out the Texas Stars 1-0 in an overtime contest at the AT&T Center on Friday night. Stars goaltender Mike McKenna made 27 saves as well, but his lone goal allowed came in the overtime period off the stick of Dominic Toninato. Rocco Grimaldi and Chris Butler assisted on the play. It was the first time since Nov. 4 that the Stars were held scoreless...

Austin Spurs win with two late free throws over Lakeland Magic

Darrun Hilliard sank two late free throws as the Austin Spurs topped the Lakeland Magic 98-96 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday night. The Magic (13-6) had tied the game with 2.1 seconds on the clock before TJ Price was called for a foul with one second left. Hilliard hit the first free throw before Magic head coach Stan Heath was hit with a technical foul. Hilliard knocked down the technical...

Flynn’s goal lifts Stars over Condors in overtime

The Texas Stars closed out their three-game road trip with a victory after back-to-back losses, beating the Bakersfield Condors 4-3 in overtime late Saturday night in Bakersfield, Calif. Brian Flynn scored the second of his two goals on the night 20 seconds into the extra period. The Stars (18-11-1-1) are 7-1 in overtime this season. The Condors (11-12-4-0) forced the overtime with a goal by Joey...

NBA G League: Austin Spurs win battle inside against Memphis

Matt Costello corralled 14 rebounds and scored 10 points and Amida Brimah had15 rebounds and eight blocked shots as the Austin Spurs thrashed the Memphis Hustle 121-99 in an NBA G League game Friday night in Memphis, Tenn. Austin (12-8) dominated inside with a 68-46 edge on points in the paint and 22 offensive rebounds, six by Costello and five by Brimah. Rookie Jaron Blossomgame led the Spurs with...

AHL: San Jose hands Texas Stars second loss in a row

Antoine Bibeau stopped an onslaught of shots by the Texas Stars in the final period to help the San Jose Barracuda to a 3-1 victory in an American Hockey League game late Friday night in San Jose, Calif. The Barracuda goalie had 29 saves, 13 in the third period, to nail down the victory. With his team up 2-1, he made a sliding blocker save on an odd-man rush by the Stars and another point-blank stop...

NBA G League: Spurs drop a close one to Clippers

Tyrone Wallace scored 24 points and added eight rebounds as Agua Caliente recovered from a shaky first half to beat the Austin Spurs 94-92 in an NBA G League game Thursday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The Spurs (11-8) used a 22-7 run at the end of the first quarter to build a 27-20 lead, and they put together a 10-1 stretch to go up 60-43 at halftime. But the Clippers (12-7) came out red...

AHL: Texas Stars fall to Ontario in overtime

Justin Auger’s breakaway goal just over a minute into overtime lifted the Ontario Reign to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Stars in an American Hockey League game late Wednesday night in California. It was the Stars’ first overtime loss this season after six victories. Texas got the first goal of the game in odd fashion 14 seconds into the second period. Andrew Bodnarchuk’s shot ricocheted...
Austin Elite trots out new Major League Rugby jerseys

Austin Elite trots out new Major League Rugby jerseys

Austin Elite unveiled their jersey design Wednesday for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season, featuring blue and black for the home gear and orange on the road. “The blue and black home jersey symbolizes our rugby community and that our players come from the city’s two biggest clubs, the Austin Huns and Austin Black,” said Austin Elite marketing director Mike Ablett. &ldquo...
MLS State of League Crew to Austin Q&A highlighted by ‘Austin clause’

MLS State of League Crew to Austin Q&A highlighted by ‘Austin clause’

When asked for a full transcript of the Major League Soccer State of the League press conference held on Dec. 8, a league spokesman said one did not exist. So the Statesman decided to transcribe the questions and answers pertaining to the potential relocation of the Columbus Crew to Austin. Below is a transcript of relevant comments, questions and answers pertaining to the potential Crew move to Austin...

NBA G League: Overtime victory is Austin Spurs’ third win in a row

Matt Costello scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Austin Spurs top the Canton Charge 100-96 in overtime Sunday afternoon at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The victory was the third in a row for the Spurs, who improved their NBA G League record to 11-7. Costello hit 6 of 13 shots from the field and all six of his free throws, and he contributed three blocks on defense during his...

Texas Stars move to 6-0 in overtime with win

The Texas Stars got back on the winning track with a 5-4 overtime win over the Cleveland Monsters at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. Niklas Hansson scored midway through overtime to put the Stars over the top. It was Hansson’s first career goal and gave the Stars their fourth overtime or shootout win in their last five victories. They’re 6-0 in overtime this season. Despite...

Austin Spurs win second in a row for 10th victory

Five members of the Austin Spurs scored in double digits as they defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 111-95 on Friday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. In the first NBA G League game ever streamed on Twitch, the social video service and community, the Spurs led from start to finish for their second win in a row. The Spurs torched the Vipers from the field, converting on 44-of-76 shots for 58 percent...
With in-depth report, Austin mulls pros, cons of 8 sites for MLS use

With in-depth report, Austin mulls pros, cons of 8 sites for MLS use

The Austin City Council postponed action regarding the potential future home of a Major League Soccer club this week, but there is plenty to discuss after eight publicly owned sites were unveiled as possibilities earlier this week. The city released a detailed report Thursday, providing more information about the sites identified as having the potential to be home to a stadium or practice facility...
USL Austin franchise hitting make-or-break point as MLS talks delayed

USL Austin franchise hitting make-or-break point as MLS talks delayed

As the Austin City Council puts off a discussion regarding Major League Soccer, a scenario could unfold that leaves Austin with no professional soccer club in 2019. Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein, who announced in August that he was launching a United Soccer League franchise in ‘19, said his project is not viable if an MLS team comes to Austin. Columbus Crew SC ownership is exploring...

Texas Stars fall to Ontario Reign at home

The Texas Stars fell to the Ontario Reign 4-2 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Wednesday night. The loss halted a three-game winning streak for the Stars. Ontario (11-10-0-1) trailed 2-1 late in the second period but scored three unanswered goals to finish off the game. Kevin Gravel scored and assisted on a goal while Matt Moulson had four assists on the night to lead Ontario. Texas (16-10-0-1) took...
Austin City Council could see preliminary MLS report Thursday

Austin City Council could see preliminary MLS report Thursday

Major League Soccer is still on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, but no action will be taken to advance the possibility of Columbus Crew SC moving to Austin. Eight city-owned locations were identified in a work session Tuesday as either a potential stadium or training site, or both, and those could be discussed at the meeting. There also is expected to be a preliminary report...
Austin identifies sites for viable MLS stadium or practice facility

Austin identifies sites for viable MLS stadium or practice facility

Austin city staffers identified eight city-owned sites Tuesday that could house a Major League Soccer stadium or practice facility, including three on parkland. Precourt Sports Ventures, owners of Columbus Crew SC, announced Oct. 17 that it was exploring a move to Austin in 2019 if a suitable site for a privately funded stadium can be found. The five possible stadium sites include three pieces of...

Texas Stars top Ontario Reign for third straight win

The Texas Stars picked up their third straight win as they defeated the Ontario Reign 4-2 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday. Jason Dickinson scored twice in the third period to help lift the Stars (16-9-0-1) to the win. Landon Bow had another strong night in goal for Texas, making 23 saves on 25 shots. Travis Morin assisted on two goals in the contest for the Stars. Justin Dowling opened...

Texas Stars win second overtime game in a row

Sheldon Dries scored with just a minute remaining in overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. The goal by Dries, assisted by Travis Morin, gave the Stars (15-9-0-1) their second straight overtime victory and their 10th win out of the last 13 contests. The last three wins by Texas were earned in overtime or shootout...
MLS to Austin: Commissioner pans Columbus support of Crew

MLS to Austin: Commissioner pans Columbus support of Crew

In the run-up to Saturday’s MLS Cup title match between Toronto and Seattle, Commissioner Don Garber has addressed questions about the Crew SC’s possible move to Austin, not closing the door on Columbus yet painting a bleak picture. “What do you do in a market that simply is the lowest in every measure? In attendance, in revenue, in ticket pricing, in sponsorship, in local television...

Austin Spurs lose fourth straight

Both the Austin Spurs and Santa Cruz Warriors had six players score in double digits, but the Warriors came out on top 107-102 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday night. The loss made it four straight for the Spurs. James Southerland led all scorers with 27 points and led the Warriors (10-5) with eight rebounds. Alex Hamilton added 16 points and was an assist and three rebounds short of...
Veteran Express manager will have new hitting, pitching coaches

Veteran Express manager will have new hitting, pitching coaches

Jason Wood will return for his fourth year managing the Round Rock Express, but he’ll break in a new hitting and pitching coach. Howard Johnson, a popular third baseman with the New York Mets for nine years, is the new hitting coach. He replaced Jim Presley, who is no longer with the Texas Rangers organization. Brian Shouse, who had a 10-year major-league career as a left-handed reliever, takes...
EXCLUSIVE: Pro football Spring League heads to Austin for 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Pro football Spring League heads to Austin for 2018

Austin will experience a taste of pro football in 2018. Brian Woods, founder and CEO of the Spring League, told the American-Statesman on Thursday he is bringing his free-agent showcase to town for a three-week run in late March and April. Think of the Spring League as part extended NFL combine, part NBA G-League. Approximately 150 pro football hopefuls will be divided into four teams, practice daily...
Columbus Crew owners offer sketch of potential Austin soccer stadium

Columbus Crew owners offer sketch of potential Austin soccer stadium

If Austin signs off on a privately financed stadium on city parkland near downtown, the owners of a Major League Soccer team see a facility that would have a small geographic footprint yet make a giant positive impact on the community. Precourt Sports Ventures, which operates Columbus Crew SC and is exploring a move to Austin, told the American-Statesman on Tuesday that finding the right stadium site...

Texas Stars take a win at home in overtime

Sheldon Dries scored twice and Travis Morin put the puck in the net in overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 5-4 win over the Iowa Wild at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Tuesday night. The win made it six victories out of the last seven contests for the Stars. Morin’s goal came 3:55 into the overtime period and completed a comeback for the Stars (14-9-0-1). They trailed 4-2 in the second...

Austin Spurs can’t complete comeback, drop third straight

Despite a strong effort late in the game, the Austin Spurs dropped their third straight game as they fell to the Iowa Wolves 110-106 on Tuesday night in Des Moines. Darrun Hilliard scored 33 points to lead all scorers, but it wasn’t enough for the Spurs to complete the comeback win. Austin (8-6) outscored Iowa 37-25 in the final period and pulled within two, but free throws by Elijah Millsap...
EXCLUSIVE: Group plans to replace Expo Center with arena, stadium

EXCLUSIVE: Group plans to replace Expo Center with arena, stadium

A small local group with a big vision and political backing has unveiled plans for a wide-ranging project called the East Austin District, highlighted by a large arena and a multipurpose stadium. Austin Sports & Entertainment, co-founded by former University of Texas swimming star Sean Foley and New England sports entrepreneur Andrew Nestor, partnering with Rodeo Austin, intends to work with the city...

Austin Spurs fall in second straight game

The third time was the charm for the Salt Lake City Stars as they defeated the Austin Spurs 102-97 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. After dropping their first two contests with the Spurs this season, the Stars came away victorious for the first time. The loss makes two in a row for the Spurs. Tony Bradley led the charge for Salt Lake City, scoring 28 points while pulling down 12...

Win streak halted for Texas Stars at end of successful road trip

The Texas Stars fell to the Rockford IceHogs 6-2 in Rockford, Ill., ending the Stars’ five-game winning streak Saturday night. Despite the loss, the Stars (13-9-0-1) ended their seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record. They’ll play the next five games at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Vinnie Hinostroza led the IceHogs (13-9-1-0) with three assists while Anthony Louis and Matthew Highmore...
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