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Area Pro Teams


Rangers closer Sam Dyson expects more big things from team

At the trade deadline back in 2015, the Texas Rangers made a flurry of moves to bolster their pennant chances, the headliner being a deal for starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Most fans overlooked another transaction that day that turned into a steal of a deal: Miami reliever Sam Dyson, in exchange for catcher Tomas Telis and pitcher Cody Ege. By late May of 2016, Dyson won the Rangers’ closer job...
Three of Rangers’ top prospects likely to play for Express

Three of Rangers’ top prospects likely to play for Express

Express fans should see at least three of the Rangers’ top-10 prospects in 2017, according to Texas assistant general manager Mike Daly. Daly said Tuesday during the team’s winter caravan stop at Dell Diamond that pitcher Yohander Mendez and first baseman Ronald Guzman are expected to be on Round Rock’s opening day roster. Pitcher Ariel Jurado likely will join them at some point...

Gurianov leads Stars past Rampage in overtime.

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

Rangers, Astros make Austin area caravan stops this week

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

Stars drop another one in Tucson

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

Austin Spurs falter late in Oklahoma City

The Austin Spurs once again failed to close the deal as they fell to the Oklahoma City Blue 104-97 in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. Despite holding a slim lead in the final quarter, the Spurs were unable to seal the win as they dropped their second game in a row. After being up 89-87 with 7:20 left to play, the Spurs (9-15) gave up an 8-0 run to the Blue and were never able to regain the lead....

Stars fall to Roadrunners in Tucson

Brendan DeFazio recorded a hat trick for the Texas Stars, but it wasn’t enough as the Texas Stars fell to the Tucson Roadrunners 5-3 on Friday night in Arizona. Every goal by DeFazio came on a power play as the Stars (17-14-1-2) cashed in on 3-of-8 opportunities. DeFazio’s final goal came early in the final period, cutting the Roadrunners’ lead to 4-3. An empty net goal by Christian...

Texas Stars start road trip with a win over Ontario

Remi Elie scored an empty net goal with less than a minute left in regulation to seal a 3-1 win for the Texas Stars over the Ontario Reign in an American Hockey League contest on Wednesday night. The win is just the Stars’ second in six games, but it starts a four-game road trip on a positive note. Texas completes the season series with the Reign having won three of four games. Wednesday&rsquo...

Austin Spurs fall in overtime at Reno

Bryn Forbes sank two free throws to force overtime, but the Austin Spurs fell 97-91 to the Reno Bighorns in Nevada on Wednesday night. A 7-0 run in the overtime period helped seal the win for the Bighorns (9-13). Six Spurs scored in double digits, but the team shot just 34 percent as the win slipped away in the fourth quarter and overtime. Forbes scored 15 points while Charles Garcia added 14 for...
Three Round Rock Express players honored by Rangers

Three Round Rock Express players honored by Rangers

Three players who appeared with the Round Rock Express this past season have received organizational awards from the Texas Rangers. Left-hander Yohander Mendez was named the recipient of the Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year award. Mendez, a 21-year-old Venezuelan, was 4-1 with a 0.57 ERA for the Express, allowing two earned runs in 31 1/3 innings. Tim Lincecum is the only player in the history of the...
Austin Huns rugby, turning pro, announce 2017 schedule

Austin Huns rugby, turning pro, announce 2017 schedule

The Austin Huns, transitioning to professional rugby, announced Wednesday a 14-match schedule in 2017 for their newly formed Elite Team that begins Jan. 21 at the Dallas Harlequins. The home opener on Saturday, Jan. 28, brings a marquee attraction, San Diego’s Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. That match will begin at 3:30 at Huns Field, 4107 Nixon Lane, in Southeast Austin. OMBAC has won seven...

Late 3-pointer lifts Austin Spurs to win over Salt Lake City

Bryn Forbes hit a 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds left and Patricio Garino made two big blocks to lift the Austin Spurs to a 104-102 win over the Salt Lake City Stars Tuesday night in Utah. Forbes scored 24 points while Cory Jefferson added 27 to lead the Spurs’ offensive attack. Forbes knocked down five 3-pointers as the Spurs shot 43 percent from beyond the arc. Jefferson added six rebounds, two...
USL will roll with 30 teams and 32-game regular season in 2017

USL will roll with 30 teams and 32-game regular season in 2017

The United Soccer League announced Monday it will have 30 teams playing an expanded 32-game schedule in 2017. Two days after the American-Statesman reported that the financially troubled Austin Aztex will sit out a second straight season while trying to find a stadium solution, the rapidly growing USL revealed details about its latest season, which will begin March 24 and include two more games per...

Murray’s double double isn’t enough as Santa Cruz defeats the Spurs

The Austin Spurs’ Dejounte Murray posted a double double (31 points, 12 rebounds), but it wasn’t enough as the Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Spurs 111-108 in overtime Sunday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Murray, who’s on assignment from San Antonio, made 11 of 23 field goal attempts and was 5 of 8 from the free-throw line in 43 minutes of action. Bryn Forbes, who is also...

Monsters take down Stars in shootout

Alex Broadhurst scored in the shootout to lift the Cleveland Monsters to a 2-1 win over the Texas Stars in an American Hockey League contest at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. Broadhurst’s fourth-round goal proved to be the winner as he beat the Stars’ Maxime Lagace. Caleb Herbert provided all of the offense for the Stars (16-13-1-2), scoring in regulation and their only...
USL promoted, but Austin pro soccer grounded for another year

USL promoted, but Austin pro soccer grounded for another year

The ever-expanding United Soccer League received a booster shot this weekend, elevated to provisional Division 2 status by the national federation. The Austin Aztex, however, will not be along for the ride — at least not this year, ownership confirmed Saturday. “Yes, 2017 is out,” Aztex owner Rene van de Zande told the American-Statesman. “The Aztex are in continued discussions...

Texas Stars score three straight to defeat defending champs

Patrik Nemeth, on assignment from the Dallas Stars, scored a shorthanded goal and assisted on another to help the Texas Stars defeat the defending champion Cleveland Monsters 4-2 on Friday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The win halts a three-game losing streak for Texas. After Texas (16-13-1-1) took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Remi Elie, the Monsters (16-13-1-2) scored twice in just over five...

Austin Spurs fall at Rio Grande Valley

Dejounte Murray scored 25 points but it wasn’t enough for the Austin Spurs to complete a comeback as they fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 126-118, in Hidalgo on Friday night. Murray, on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, was 11-for-14 from the field and added six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Bryn Forbes scored 21, but was just 2-of-10 from 3-point range for Austin. The...
Indians’ Terry Francona featured at Big League Weekend

Indians’ Terry Francona featured at Big League Weekend

Terry Francona, the American League manager of the year, will join Nolan Ryan as the featured speakers at the Kings of the Diamond Dinner on Big League Weekend in San Antonio. The banquet event, which has had Lou Brock, Gaylord Perry, Pete Rose and George Brett in the past, is March 16 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk. Francona, who directed the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and &lsquo...

Austin’s Moorespeed racing reveals two-car lineup

Austin-based Moorespeed racing will field a two-car team this year in the IMSA GT3 Cup series, with Corey Fergus joining third-year Austin driver Will Hardeman. Fergus, a 28-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, will run the No. 00 US LED/Byers/Moorespeed Porsche, with Hardeman in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche. The season begins March 16-17 with a doubleheader at Sebring International Raceway in Florida...

Gulls stymie Stars 3-1, sweep series

Kevin Boyle made 37 saves to help the San Diego Gulls complete a two-game sweep of the Texas Stars with a 3-1 victory Saturday night at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Boyle allowed just one goal and stopped 59 shots in the two-game series. He earned his first career American Hockey League shutout against the Stars on Thursday. Keaton Thompson, Stefan Noesen and Chris Wagner scored for the Gulls and Kalle...

Austin Spurs defeat Iowa at home

Cory Jefferson and Bryn Forbes each scored 25 points as the Austin Spurs defeated the Iowa Energy for the second time this season, 117-110 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Jefferson recorded a double-double, adding 11 rebounds in the win, as the the Spurs bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to the Texas Legends. Austin (8-11) shot 54 percent from the field, including 48 percent...

Texas Stars suffer first shutout this season

Rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle stopped all 22 shots he faced as the San Diego Gulls shut out the Texas Stars 4-0 in an American Hockey League contest at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday night. The Gulls cashed in on four of their 26 shots to hand the Stars (15-12-1-1) their first shutout loss of the season. The Stars hadn’t been shut out since last season on April 8th against the San...

Austin Spurs comeback falls short against the Texas Legends

The Austin Spurs came up just short of completing a big comeback, falling 130-125 to the Texas Legends at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Wednesday night. Austin (7-11) trailed by as many as 21 points but were able to pull to within three with 11.7 seconds remaining. Two free throws by Manny Harris put the game on ice. Harris led all scorers with 47 points as four Legends players scored at least...

Stars fall as San Antonio Rampage end losing streak to Texas

Spencer Martin made 33 saves as the San Antonio Rampage ended a four-game losing streak to the Texas Stars, winning 2-1 over the visiting team. Brandon DeFazio scored the only goal the Stars (15-11-1-1) could manage, tying the game on a power play nearly midway through the final period. Julius Honka and Brandon Anselmini assisted on the play. Cody Corbett answered the Texas goal when he scored on...

Austin Spurs bounce back with big win over Vipers

Seven members of the Austin Spurs scored in double digits as they defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 116-97 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. The win was a nice rebound from Wednesday’s loss to the Reno Bighorns. Livio Jean-Charles led the Spurs (7-10) with 19 points and was one rebound shy of recording a double-double. He led a bench effort that scored 48 points. Jeff Ledbetter...

Late goal lifts Texas Stars to victory over San Antonio

Matej Stransky scored with 12 seconds left in regulation to lift the Texas Stars to a 5-4 win over the San Antonio Rampage on the road Thursday night. Stransky’s goal came just 2:30 after the Rampage tied the game on a goal by Rocco Grimaldi. Travis Morin provided the assist as he put the puck into the crease, allowing Stransky to hit it home. Caleb Herbert scored twice while Gemel Smith and...

Austin Spurs fall in overtime to Reno Bighorns

After taking an early lead in overtime, the Austin Spurs gave up a 7-0 run to fall behind the Reno Bighorns and eventually lose 108-105 in Reno, Nev. on Wednesday night. The Bighorns (5-10) scored six points via free throws in the overtime period on their way to outscoring the Spurs 10-7 in the extra frame. Bryn Forbes led all scorers with 29 points but it wasn’t enough for the Spurs as the...

Texas Stars top Rampage at home

Landon Bow allowed just one goal on his way to making 30 saves as the Texas Stars topped the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Wednesday night. Nick Ebert put the Stars up early and Gemel Smith provided the winning goal in the second period on a power play. Ebert scored a little over three minutes into the game, helped by Brandon DeFazio and Remi Elie. DeFazio assisted on...

Austin Spurs get back in win column against Salt Lake City

The Austin Spurs had five players score in double-digits as they defeated the Salt Lake City Stars 103-92 to halt a two-game losing streak on Tuesday in Utah. Bryn Forbes, on assignment from San Antonio, scored 28 points to lead Austin’s offense. He was 11-for-17, including 4-of-5 from beyond the 3-point line. Dejounte Murray, also on assignment, added 18 points, five steals, four assists and...

NBA D-League: Westchester rolls over Austin Spurs

Chasson Randle scored 36 points to lead the Westchester Knicks to a 120-106 win over the Austin Spurs on Sunday afternoon at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Randle hit 7 of 9 3-pointers and has made 16 of them in his past two games. The second-year pro from Stanford added five assists and four rebounds. Westchester guard Jordan Crawford, a first-round pick by the New Jersey Nets in 2010, was 13 of...

Admirals blow out Texas Stars 9-1, sweep series

The Milwaukee Admirals scored four times in the first period and Milwaukee goalie Marek Mazanec had 30 saves in the Admirals’ 9-1 rout of the Texas Stars Saturday night at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Milwaukee’s Reid Boucher and Harry Zolnierczyk scored two goals apiece and each had an assist. Seven Milwaukee players scored and 12 players were credited with at least one assist. It was...

Texas Stars fall to Milwaukee in back-and-forth game

A goal by Felix Girard nearly six and a half minutes into the final period proved to be the game winner as the Milwaukee Admirals outlasted the Texas Stars 4-3 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Marek Mazanec made 17 of his 36 saves in the final frame to seal the win for the Admirals (16-5-2-1). Milwaukee scored twice in the first five minutes of the game. Pontus Aberg put the Admirals...

Austin Spurs fall to Skyforce in Sioux Falls

Malik Beasley and Jabril Trawick each scored 20-plus points to lead the Sioux Falls Skyforce over the Austin Spurs 116-103 in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Friday night. The Spurs (5-8) failed to string two wins together and have dropped six of their last seven games. Trawick scored 23 points while Beasley notched 22, including 3-of-7 shots from beyond the arc. Marcus Posley and Briante Weber each added 18...

Austin Spurs halt losing streak with win on the road against Iowa

Dejounte Murray and Cory Jefferson each posted 20-point games as the Austin Spurs halted a five-game losing streak with a 100-96 win over the Iowa Energy in Des Moines on Thursday. The Spurs (5-7) outscored the Energy 28-8 in the third quarter and built their lead up to 16 points in the final period before holding on for the win. Murray scored 21 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists....
Austin appears out of the picture in MLS expansion plan

Austin appears out of the picture in MLS expansion plan

While Austin soccer fans were encouraged by an MLS survey making the rounds here, Major League Soccer revealed a long-range expansion plan Thursday that made no mention of Austin. San Antonio was one of 10 cities named as possibilities for four openings down the road, but St. Louis, Sacramento and perhaps San Diego are considered the favorites for the next two spots. Also on the list: Charlotte, Detroit...

Texas Stars edge IceHogs in shootout 2-1

Texas rookie goalie Landon Bow stopped 36 shots and had two crucial saves in a shootout to give the Texas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs Saturday at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Bow denied Spencer Abbott and Nick Schmaltz in the first two rounds of the shootout and Stars captain Travis Morin converted the game-winner in the third round. Bow had 34 saves in relief in his season debut...

D-Fenders deal Austin Spurs fifth straight loss, 119-96

Los Angeles forward Justin Harper had a game-high 24 points to lead the D-Fenders to a 119-96 rout of the Austin Spurs Saturday night in Los Angeles. The D-Fenders (9-3) had six players score in double digits and D-Fenders center Ivica Zubac posted a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Los Angeles guard David Nwaba made 6-of-7 shots and scored 15 points with six rebounds. Los Angeles out-rebounded...

Austin Spurs can’t overcome Warriors in Santa Cruz

The Austin Spurs had five players score in double digits but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors 109-103 on Friday in Santa Cruz, Calif. Cory Jefferson scored 22 points and Dejounte Murray, on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, notched a triple-double in the effort. Murray scored ten points to go along with 15 rebounds and 13 assists, both team highs. Jefferson also...

Texas Stars double up IceHogs

Despite getting outshot by the Rockford IceHogs, the Texas Stars came out on top, 8-4, in an American Hockey League game at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on Friday night. Brendan Ranford scored twice and three Stars had two assists as Texas doubled up the visitors. The IceHogs outshot the Stars 46-25 in the losing effort. Mike McMurtry, Remi Elie, Justin Dowling, Gemel Smith, Brandon DeFazio and...
Don Garber upbeat before MLS Cup; Austin’s USL team still grounded

Don Garber upbeat before MLS Cup; Austin’s USL team still grounded

Major League Soccer enjoyed significant growth in 2016 and will lay out a detailed expansion plan next week, Commissioner Don Garber said Friday in his annual state-of-the-league address. According to Garber, the MLS experienced record attendance for the third year in a row, had more television viewership than ever before and emerged as the fastest-growing major professional sports league in North...

USA national rugby team returns to Dell Diamond in February

Last February, the USA Rugby Eagles national team was booked for a Saturday match at Dell Diamond, and more than 7,000 fans came out to see them. Small wonder then that the national team will stop again in Round Rock on its winter tour. The Eagles, who beat Canada 30-22 at Dell last season, will play Brazil on Saturday, Feb. 11. Game time has not been set, but tickets go on sale Friday at RoundRockExpress...
Stars’ Matej Stransky continues his climb up organization

Stars’ Matej Stransky continues his climb up organization

Matěj Stransky is making a name for himself with the Texas Stars. Last season, the 24-year-old wing had to work his way up, as he recalled, to get to where he was making significant contributions to the Dallas Stars AHL affiliate. He was an invaluable asset by season’s end, setting career highs in goals (23), assists (16), and points (39). In 2016-17, Stransky is sharing a line with Travis...

Austin Spurs squander lead in Oklahoma City

The Austin Spurs led by 13 heading into the fourth quarter but ended up falling 89-88 to the Oklahoma City Blue in Oklahoma on Tuesday night. Dakari Johnson sank a free throw with 3.2 seconds left to play to give the Blue the win. Johnson led Oklahoma City with 17 points, including five 3-pointers on eight attempts. The Spurs were outscored 30-16 in the final period as the Blue started the quarter...

Moose overpower the Stars in 5-4 win Sunday

Dan DeSalvo’s power-play goal with less than two minutes left in regulation gave the Manitoba Moose a 5-4 win over the Texas Stars Sunday in Manitoba, Canada. DeSalvo finished with two goals and put the Moose ahead 4-3 after scoring 16 second into the third period. Texas’ Travis Morin evened the score with a power-play goal late in the third before DeSalvo hit in the game-winner. Morin...

Murray scores 30 as Austin Spurs fade late, fall to Salt Lake 101-93

The Salt Lake City Stars rallied in the fourth quarter to break up a tight game and defeat the Austin Spurs 101-93 Saturday night at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Austin’s Dejounte Murray scored 30 points with eight rebounds and seven assists while shooting 63 percent from the field. Murray and Davis Bertans were assigned to Austin by the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. Bertans finished with 10...

AHL: Stars pounce on Moose with four goals in second period to win 6-1

The Texas Stars rallied for four goals in the second period and extended their winning streak against Manitoba to five games with a 6-1 rout of the Moose on Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg. Six players scored for the Stars, and Andrew Bodnarchuk and Brandon Anselmini notched two assists apiece. Stars captain Travis Morin recorded his 400th career assist, and Texas goalie Maxime Lagace had 26 saves...

Austin Spurs fall to Greensboro at home

The Austin Spurs fell to the Greensboro Swarm 105-99 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Friday night. Cory Jefferson notched a double-double for the first time this season, but it wasn’t enough to give the Spurs the win. Jefferson scored 19 points to go along with 13 rebounds. The Spurs (4-3) were led in scoring by Jarell Eddie who had 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-8 from beyond...
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