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Rangers, Indians bring new faces to Big League Weekend

Splitting spring training camp to provide enough marketable players for Big League Weekend here and Cactus League games in Arizona is a challenge under normal conditions. Toss in the World Baseball Classic, along with injuries, and the task stretched the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians thinner than some paying customers preferred. Cleveland won the opener 3-2 Friday night behind three solo home...

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...

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...

Cleveland Monsters score six straight to drop Stars

Despite holding a three-goal lead after the first period, the Texas Stars eventually fell to the Cleveland Monsters 6-3 in Cleveland on Saturday night. The Monsters (28-27-3-4) scored four goals in the final period, six in a row overall, to complete the comeback and seal the win. Sonny Milano scored twice and had an assist while Jordan Maletta scored and assisted on a goal to bring Cleveland back...
Big League Weekend faces Final Four hurdle next year

Big League Weekend faces Final Four hurdle next year

For the past five years, Big League Weekend has hauled megasized crowds into the Alamodome for a pair of spring training games. To pull it off again next year, Ryan Sanders Baseball, owner of the Round Rock Express and creator of the concept, will have to jump through hoops. Literally. The NCAA Men’s Final Four is coming to the Alamodome in 2018 at the end of March. The UIL basketball tournaments...

Austin Spurs control game against the Bulls to halt two-game skid

The Austin Spurs halted a two-game skid as they defeated the Windy City Bulls 112-108 in Chicago on Friday night. Orlando Johnson led the Spurs, scoring 29 points to go along with five rebounds. The Spurs (20-23) held a five-point edge heading into the final quarter and let the Bulls pull to within one point but never relinquished the lead. A layup by Alfonzo McKinnie made it 103-102, but a shot by...

Peters scores first shutout for Texas Stars in win over Monsters

Justin Peters made 24 saves in his first shutout for Texas as the Stars defeated the Cleveland Monsters 4-0 in Cleveland on Friday night. More than ten thousand fans were on hand at the Quicken Loans Arena to witness a couple of milestones for the visiting team. In addition to Peters’ first shutout for Texas (28-29-1-4), Gavin Bayreuther scored in his first career game and Justin Dowling scored...
Rangers play Indians in expanding Big League Weekend

Rangers play Indians in expanding Big League Weekend

H-E-B Big League Weekend, now in its fifth season, continues to expand as a spring break destination site for Central and South Central Texans. The American League champion Cleveland Indians will play the two-time defending AL West-winning Texas Rangers on Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome. All-Star pitcher Danny Salazar will start for Cleveland against A.J. Griffin. The weekend...
Big League Weekend matches Rangers, Indians in sneak peek of AL powers

Big League Weekend matches Rangers, Indians in sneak peek of AL powers

For a Rust Belt city on the rebound, Cleveland just about knocked it out of the park last year. Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention. LeBron James and the Cavaliers extinguished the city’s 52-year pro sports championship drought. The Indians came within a whisker of winning their first World Series title since 1948. The Browns? Well, even The Man Upstairs grants only so many miracles...
Stars’ recent additions of Heatherington, McNeill hope to regain luster

Stars’ recent additions of Heatherington, McNeill hope to regain luster

The NHL trade deadline turned into an unexpected adventure for young defenseman Dillon Heatherington, a recent addition to the Texas Stars. The 21-year-old Heatherington began this month as a member of the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, and when the NHL’s trade deadline rolled around on March 1, Heatherington was pretty confident he would be spending the rest of this season...
MLS commissioner Don Garber: ‘Austin should be a good MLS market’

MLS commissioner Don Garber: ‘Austin should be a good MLS market’

As any local – or any of the ubiquitous best-cities-to-live lists, for that matter – will tell you about Austin, the city possesses a youthful energy, an increasing diverse population and a thriving downtown. In other words, Austin has the three primary characteristics that Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said attracts MLS officials at a South By Southwest panel discussion...

Texas Stars’ rally falls short against Iowa

The Texas Stars had 22 more shots than the Iowa Wild but fell 3-2 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. After falling down 3-0, the Stars scored twice in the final period but couldn’t complete the comeback. Mike Reilly and Pat Cannone each assisted on two goals and Alex Stalock saved 37 shots in the win. Stalock saved 26 shots before the Stars got on the scoreboard. Alex Tuch, who...

NBA D-League: Austin Spurs fall to Canton in matinee contest

The Canton Charge narrowly defeated the Austin Spurs 104-101 Saturday afternoon in an NBA Development League contest in Canton, Ohio. John Holland led the Charge (25-17) with 29 points, and Kay Felder added 25. Eric Moreland was one point and a block shy of a triple-double as he hauled in 14 rebounds. Roosevelt Jones contributed 10 points and nine boards. The Spurs (19-22) were led by Orlando Johnson&rsquo...

Texas Stars overpowered by Iowa Wild

The Iowa Wild scored twice on power plays as they defeated the Texas Stars 5-1 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Alex Tuch and Sam Anas each scored two goals for the Wild (28-23-6-2) while Ethan Werek was the only Texas Star to cash in offensively. Alex Stalock made 32 saves on 33 shots to get the win in net for the Wild. Justin Peters allowed two goals on just three attempts before...

Austin Spurs pull away from 87ers in San Antonio

The Austin Spurs defeated the Delaware 87ers 102-93 as they hosted an NBA D-League contest at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Thursday night. Orlando Johnson score 23 while Charles Garcia added 22 to lead the Spurs’ offensive attack. Johnson added five rebounds and five assists in the effort. Garcia was one rebound short of a double-double. Livio Jean-Charles notched a double-double for Austin...

Stars shock Griffins in comeback win

The Texas Stars scored three goals in a span of 1 minute, 34 seconds in the third period to shock the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-4 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Wednesday night. Gemel Smith notched a hat trick as Texas (27-27-1-2) overcame a 4-2 deficit to start the final period. Smith scored two shorthanded goals on the same Griffins power play to tie the game before Brandon DeFazio scored the game-winner...
Rangers looking for right choice out of several left-field options

Rangers looking for right choice out of several left-field options

Left field is a spot where a lot of big-league ballclubs plop down one of their top sluggers. Ryan Braun and Justin Upton are left fielders. Khris Davis smacked 42 home runs while playing that corner outfield slot for the Athletics last year. The emerging Adam Duvall drove in 103 runs for the Reds. Young Marlins star Christian Yelich hit .298 and knocked in 98. Cubs phenom Kris Bryant plays a lot...
Rangers camp searching for a show of arms

Rangers camp searching for a show of arms

A tour of Texas Rangers spring camp serves up one glaring question: Where are the starting pitchers? The real guys, that is. Cole Hamels, who scuffled a bit down the stretch last year, hasn’t made an appearance. Yu Darvish, who pitched just 100 innings in 2016 after recovering from 2015 elbow surgery, is taking it slow and easy. Martin Perez left camp to join the Venezuelan squad for the World...

Griffins score three in final period to top Stars

The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three goals in the third period to top the Texas Stars 5-2 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. Tyler Bertuzzi and Evgeny Svechnikov each scored and assisted on goals to lead the Griffins to victory. Mark McNeill scored in his home debut for the Stars (25-27-1-2) to tie the game in the second period, but an onslaught of three goals by Grand Rapids in...

Austin Spurs hold off Nets at home

Bryn Forbes, on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, scored 21 points as the Austin Spurs defeated the Long Island Nets 95-87 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Cory Jefferson scored 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season. Charles Garcia also had a double-double, finishing the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cliff Alexander scored 23 points...

Stars win in shootout to halt losing streak

It took overtime and a shootout, but the Texas Stars were able to halt a six-game losing streak as they defeated the San Jose Barracuda 2-1 in San Jose on Wednesday night. Ethan Werek accounted for the winning goal as was the only shooter to score in the shootout. He also initially gave the Stars (25-26-1-2) a 1-0 lead in the second period before the Barracuda tied the game. Justin Peters made 42...

Stars fall for sixth game in a row

Josh Currie had a hat trick and Nick Ellis didn’t allow a goal as the Bakersfield Condors defeated the Texas Stars 5-0 in Bakersfield, Calif. on Tuesday night. Ellis made 28 saves and the Condors killed two penalties to shut out the Stars (24-26-1-2), handing them their sixth straight loss and second shutout loss of the season. Currie scored his first goal on a power play in the second period...

Texas Stars fall in San Diego for fourth straight loss

The San Diego Gulls scored on three power play opportunties to help lift them to a 6-2 win over the Texas Stars in San Diego, Calif. on Friday night. Chris Wagner scored twice and Andrew Welinski had three assists to lead the the Gulls. Both teams had five power play opportunities but the Gulls (29-14-2-2) were able to cash in three times with the extra player advantage. Corey Tropp scored the first...

Austin Spurs win on back-to-back nights

A day after defeating Sioux Falls, the Austin Spurs topped Northern Arizona 110-103 in an NBA D-League contest at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Bryn Forbes led Austin once again with 24 points while Cory Jefferson recorded his 14th double-double of the year. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Arcidiacono added 17 points and six rebounds. Demetri McCamey and Daniel Nwaelele rounded...

Austin Spurs blow out Skyforce following All-Star break

Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 36 points and six Spurs scored in double figures as Austin defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 122-105 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday night. Forbes was 13 of 17 from the field, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range to lead Austin in the win. He scored 27 of his points in the first half as the Spurs led by as many as 20 before the break. The lead grew to...

Texas Stars fall in Stockton for third straight loss

The Stockton Heat proved to be too much to handle as they defeated the Texas Stars 5-1 in Stockton, Calif. on Wednesday. Jon Gillies made 31 saves on 32 shots to get the win for Stockton and hand the Stars their third loss in a row. The Heat (20-21-4-1) took a 3-0 lead after the first period and the Stars weren’t able to recover, only scoring late in the third period. Austin Carroll put the...

Winning streak stopped as Texas Stars fall to Chicago Wolves

The Texas Stars couldn’t extend their winning streak to five games as they fell 4-1 to the Chicago Wolves at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. A day after taking a narrow win in overtime against the Wolves, the Stars were only able to get one goal. Pheonix Copley had a great night for the Wolves, saving 27 out of 28 shots in net. Ethan Werek scored the lone goal for Texas in...

Texas Stars take down Chicago Wolves for fourth straight win

Nick Ebert scored on a power play with less than a minute to go in overtime as the Texas Stars defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-3 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park for their fourth straight win on Friday. The winning streak is the Stars’ longest since winning four straight in early November. Chicago’s Ty Loney forced the overtime period when he scored with less than a minute to play in regulation...
Learning curve: At 19, Stars’ Russian rookie adjusting to life in U.S.

Learning curve: At 19, Stars’ Russian rookie adjusting to life in U.S.

Frequent trips to the DMV helped define Denis Gurianov’s first season in North America with the Texas Stars. Throughout the first half of the season, the 19-year-old Russian and first-round pick by the Dallas Stars in 2015, would make weekly trips to the DMV with Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal as he worked on obtaining a Texas driver license. Gurianov already had an international license and...
Keith Ginter makes Express Hall of Fame

Keith Ginter makes Express Hall of Fame

Second baseman Keith Ginter, the Texas League MVP in 2000, will become the fourth inductee into the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame. Ginter was chosen over outfielder Jason Lane and infielder Dave Matranga as a result of fan balloting and input from a committee formed by the minor league baseball club. He will be inducted July 29 at Dell Diamond before Round Rock’s game against El Paso. Ginter...

D-Fenders defend home court to erase 19-point deficit against Spurs

The Austin Spurs couldn’t fend off a 19-point comeback by the Los Angeles D-Fenders (27-8) Sunday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif. Vander Blue hit a 27-foot three-pointer with two seconds remaining on the clock to complete the comeback and give the D-Fenders a 121-118 victory. Blue was the hero for the D-Fenders, but Josh Maggett’s game-high 26 points and a career-high...
U.S. Eagles rugby team dismantles Brazil at Dell

U.S. Eagles rugby team dismantles Brazil at Dell

The U.S. men’s national rugby team flexed some serious muscle at Dell Diamond Saturday night. Samba dancers were on hand practicing for Carnival Brasileiro, but it was the United States doing all the celebrating in a 51-3 rout of Brazil in the second round of the American Rugby Championships. “I was pleased with the pressure we put on, how we kept the ball alive and delivered it to the...

Austin Spurs fall in Santa Cruz late Saturday

Despite knocking down 14 3-pointers the Austin Spurs fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors in NBA Development League action in Santa Cruz, Calif. Saturday night. Austin (15-18) shot 50 percent from beyond the arc but only knocked down 42 percent overall as they failed to win their third game in a row. The Warriors (18-14) also knocked down 14 shots from three-point range but at 40 percent. Overall they...

Texas Stars power past Tucson

The Texas Stars converted four power plays to take a 6-2 win over the Tucson Roadrunners in an American Hockey League game at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. Six different Stars were able to score as Texas took its third straight win on their way to catching Tucson in the standings. Travis Morin and Nick Ebert each scored and assisted on two goals for Texas. The Roadrunners racked...

Texas Stars score twice in third period to seal win over Tucson

Brandon DeFazio scored less than a minute after Matt Mangene in the third period to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Tucson Roadrunners in an American Hockey League contest on Friday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The Stars (22-20-1-2) entered the third period with the game tied before Mangene scored 5:25 into the final frame on assists from Andrew Bodnarchuk and Gemel Smith. DeFazio...
U.S. national rugby team a popular draw at Dell Diamond

U.S. national rugby team a popular draw at Dell Diamond

Always on the prowl to bring something new to Dell Diamond, the Express ownership group lined up an international rugby match between the United States and Canada last February. When it drew 7,145 paying customers, Ryan Sanders Baseball and the U.S. rugby federation were interested in an encore. So Saturday night, the Eagles, as the USA team is known, will play Brazil as part of the American Rugby...

Austin Spurs win matinee matchup with Texas Legends

The Austin Spurs rallied from down 28 points to defeat the Texas Legends 115-109 in a matinee contest in front of 5,425 fans at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday. Patricio Garino scored 26 points and blocked two shots to lead the Spurs. Bryn Forbes scored 22 points and hit 4 of 9 3-pointers. Hollis Thompson and Cory Jefferson each had a double-double for the Spurs. Thompson scored 19 points...

Texas Stars end losing streak with win over Rampage

Nick Ebert scored with less than three minutes left to play to lift the Texas Stars to a 2-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. The win ends a five-game losing streak and is the Stars’ first since Jan. 20. Justin Peters earned his first win in his second start with the Stars (21-20-1-2) as he stopped 22 out of 23 shots by the Rampage (21-22-4-0)...

San Antonio Rampage hand Texas Stars fifth straight loss

The San Antonio Rampage scored twice in the third period to hand the Texas Stars their fifth straight loss in an American Hockey League game in San Antonio Friday night. Julien Nantel’s goal early in the third period held up as the winning score for the Rampage (21-21-4-0). Jim O’Brien tied the game at 2-all just over a minute before Nantel’s goal to shift momentum to the home side...

Austin Spurs bounce back to win Friday

The Austin Spurs bounced back to win Friday night after taking a loss Thursday as they defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 108-103 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. Two Spurs, Bryn Forbes and Dejounte Murray, on assignment from San Antonio as of Friday morning led Austin to the win. Forbes scored 20 points to lead Austin (14-17) as seven Spurs scored in double figures to take the win. Forbes added...
Ginter, Lane, Matranga up for Express Hall of Fame vote

Ginter, Lane, Matranga up for Express Hall of Fame vote

Second baseman Keith Ginter, left fielder Jason Lane and middle infielder David Matranga are the 2017 nominees for a spot in the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame. An online vote is being conducted at www.roundrockexpress.com through Feb. 10. The winner will be determined as a result of fan voting, along with input from the Express front office staff and current Express Hall of Fame members. The induction...

Austin Spurs fade late as they fall to Los Angeles

There were 20 ties and 18 lead changes as the Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Austin Spurs 130-119 in an NBA Development League game at the H-E-B Center at Cedar park Thursday night. Both teams had six players score in double digits in the high-scoring, back-and-forth contest. Josh Magette led the D-Fenders (24-6) with 26 points and connected on 6-of-11 3-pointers. The teams combined to knock down...
Flush with optimism, Huns show off expanded professional atmosphere

Flush with optimism, Huns show off expanded professional atmosphere

Flush with optimism, the Austin Huns showed off their expanded facilities to the home fans for the first time Saturday and trotted out a new-look team transitioning to professional rugby. The Huns topped it off when Michael Reid charged through a small gap in the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club defense and scored a try on the last play of the match to win 24-21. The San Diego side is a seven-time...

Texas Stars drop fourth straight game

The Texas Stars lost their fourth game in a row as they fell to the Bakersfield Condors 4-2 on Saturday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The loss was the third straight to the Condors. In the last two games against Bakersfield the Stars have been outscored 10-5. Josh Currie’s goal nearly midway through the second period turned out to be the winning score for the Condors. Nick Ellis made...

Texas Stars can’t keep up with Bakersfield Condors

Ryan Hamilton scored two goals in the final period to lead the Bakersfield Condors to a 6-3 win over the Texas Stars at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Both of Hamilton’s goals came on power plays in the third to put the game out of reach for Texas. The Condors led 3-2 entering the final period. Texas (21-18-1-2) actually took an early lead on Bakersfield (16-16-4-1) as Travis...

Austin Spurs make it four wins in a row Friday night

Charles Garcia scored 23 points off the bench and the Austin Spurs made it four wins in a row as they defeated the Texas Legends 113-97 in Frisco on Friday night. Garcia led all scorers and Cory Jefferson notched a double-double as he scored 13 points to go with 11 rebounds in the win. Hollis Thompson, who came to the Spurs in a trade with Windy City for Jarell Eddie on Wednesday, scored 19 points...

Austin Spurs win third in a row

The Austin Spurs defeated the Northern Arizona Suns 123-96 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park for their third straight win on Thursday night. It was the second win in a row over the Suns (12-13), who the Spurs defeated 106-101 at the NBA Development League Showcase in Canada last week. The Spurs won both of their games at the showcase. Seven Spurs scored in double digits as Austin dominated the game...

Texas Stars fall for second straight game by one goal

The Texas Stars opened their three-game homestand with a second straight loss by one goal as they fell to the Manitoba Moose 2-1 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar park on Tuesday night. The Moose (17-19-3-2) converted two power plays to get the win. Dan DeSalvo cashed in on both power plays to lead Manitoba. Travis Morin scored the only goal for the Stars (20-17-1-2), assisted by Matej Stransky and Brendan...
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