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Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jake Adams, 9-iron, 160-yard 8th hole Pedernales Golf Club; witnesses: Fran Szal Kwang Choi, 5-wood, 190-yard 3rd hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Ki Shin, Allen Park, Man Lee, Yao Kam Matt DeLorenzo, 7-iron, 165-yard 3rd hole at Spanish Oaks; witnesses: John Williams, Kevin Healy, Levi Burks Clem DePalma, 7-iron, 123-yard 9th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Bob Towery, Paul Wilkinson, Terry Haugh...
Did you run the Cap10K? See yourself cross the finish line

Did you run the Cap10K? See yourself cross the finish line

Did you wake up early on Sunday to run 6.2 miles with 21,000 of your closest friends? Whether you ran, walked or danced across the finish line of the Statesman Capitol 10,000, check your final time and see if you can spot yourself completing the largest 10K in Texas in the video below: More on the 40th Cap10K: North Carolina duo surprises men’s field at 40th annual Cap10K Injury free...
COTA Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas notebook

COTA Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas notebook

Franco Morbidelli kept his perfect season in Moto2, easily winning the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas race for his third victory of 2017. Italian riders took both races Sunday before the big MotoGP event at Circuit of the Americas. “Yes, a great day for Italy,” said Morbidelli, a quick-quipping 22-year-old from Rome. “I started to mess around a little too much before I said...
Marc Márquez remains the King of COTA

Marc Márquez remains the King of COTA

The King of COTA demonstrated Sunday he’s not anywhere close to abdicating his throne. Marc Márquez motored into Austin having won every pole and MotoGP race at Circuit of the Americas. The Repsol Honda rider darted away from Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa to keep his perfect record intact. Five races, five poles and five victories. What makes the 24-year-old Spaniard so invincible...
Italian racing legend Valentino Rossi is a fan favorite in Austin

Italian racing legend Valentino Rossi is a fan favorite in Austin

It was a second-place finish that looked, sounded like and must have felt like a win for Italian racing legend Valentino Rossi. “Rossi! Rossi! Rossi!” the main grandstands at the Circuit of the Americas thundered back and forth Sunday after Rossi took the second spot on the podium after a late pass of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. While Pedrosa’s teammate Marc Márquez...
North Carolina duo surprises men’s field at 40th annual Cap 10K

North Carolina duo surprises men’s field at 40th annual Cap 10K

If anyone knew that elite runners from the North Carolina-based ZAP Fitness-Reebok team were coming into Austin for the 40th edition of the Statesman Capitol 10,000, it was a well-kept secret. By the end of the iconic road race, though, there was no hiding ZAP Fitness runners Andrew Colley and Johnny Crain. They surprised such local standouts as Raymond Joseph, J.T. Sullivan and Erik Stanley by leading...
MotoGP notebook: Fans snap up souvenirs, ogle motorcycles

MotoGP notebook: Fans snap up souvenirs, ogle motorcycles

The MotoGP event at Circuit of the Americas this weekend is part race, part trade show. Saturday, when the racers weren’t on the track, there were thousands and thousands of fans wandering around the grounds snapping up souvenirs or ogling and/or sitting on the shiny toys from manufacturers such as Honda, Ducati and Yamaha. There were demo rides to be had and sign-ups to win a jet ski or a snazzy...
Márquez still the man to beat as he tops MotoGP qualifying

Márquez still the man to beat as he tops MotoGP qualifying

It took a blistering last lap in qualifying Saturday, but Marc Márquez showed he still owns the track at Circuit of the Americas. The Spaniard claimed his fifth straight pole for Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. “I have to say congratulations because it was an incredible lap,” said Maverick Viñales, who took second. Márquez will be the favorite Sunday...
Bohls: Baylor embraces the new Rhule

Bohls: Baylor embraces the new Rhule

He’d been to the state of Texas maybe four times tops. He’d come down with the New York Giants to play the Dallas Cowboys once. He’d jetted down to recruit a kid once. A kicker. Didn’t sign him. And his Temple Owls played in Houston a couple of times. That was the extent of Matt Rhule’s familiarity with the Lone Star State. “That was my reservation,” Rhule...
Baylor focuses on fun, keeps any changes hidden in spring game

Baylor focuses on fun, keeps any changes hidden in spring game

Baylor coach Matt Rhule wasn’t going to put anything of specific interest into Saturday’s scrimmage, given that it was on television and he didn’t want to clue in the rest of the Big 12 to what he could be doing this fall. But he did want the football world to take in a disciplined, tough team. All jerseys needed to be tucked in. Handshakes with fans were to be firm. There would...
America has lost its way its MotoGP, and here’s why

America has lost its way its MotoGP, and here’s why

Stroll around Circuit of the Americas’ grand plaza, the paddock, the media center, and you hear languages from all over the world being spoken. The MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas decidedly feels like an international event. But where are the Americans? They’re certainly not on the track. “We don’t have a single American anywhere in MotoGP, Moto2 or Moto3,&rdquo...
A bumpy ride for MotoGP riders, but showdown coming Sunday

A bumpy ride for MotoGP riders, but showdown coming Sunday

On a hot track that several riders critiqued for being too bumpy, Maverick Viñales and Marc Márquez smoothed out their path toward a Sunday showdown in the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Viñales, who has won both races this season, posted the fastest lap in the Friday morning practice at Circuit of the Americas. Márquez, who has stood atop the podium for all...

Texas State notebook: Softball team rallies to beat McNeese State

Texas State’s softball team scored five runs in the seventh inning Wednesday to rally from a 4-0 deficit and beat McNeese State 5-4. McNeese scored four runs in the fourth to jump out to the lead. Texas State (32-10, 12-5 Sun Belt) rallied late, winning on Corrina Liscano’s walk-off double that scored Taylor Webb and Jaclyn Molenaar. “It could have gone really south for us in a hurry...
Baylor to show off what’s new on offense during spring scrimmage

Baylor to show off what’s new on offense during spring scrimmage

Matt Rhule has toiled all spring, trying to rework his Baylor Bears into his tenacious image. As a former Penn State linebacker, Rhule’s football roots are in the Big Ten. He likes a stout defense and a smash-mouth running game. It’s how he made a living when he was the head coach at Temple. Rhule might even have two defenders selected in the first round in next week’s NFL draft...
MotoGP notebook: ‘Golden age’ of the sport

MotoGP notebook: ‘Golden age’ of the sport

One keen motorcycle industry analyst in Austin for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas said the competition in MotoGP has never been better. “This is the golden age,” said Mark Hoyer, editor-in-chief of Cycle World magazine. “There is excellent parity in equipment; teams are using different techniques and offer different qualities. “There is more variety than ever. You&rsquo...
MotoGP rookie Zarco off to fast start at Circuit of the Americas

MotoGP rookie Zarco off to fast start at Circuit of the Americas

Johann Zarco isn’t exactly Tim Tebow on a motorcycle, but he’s close. The Frenchman isn’t trying to switch to a different sport after a long absence from it — something Tebow, the 29-year-old Heisman Trophy winner, is trying to do in baseball — but at 26, Zarco’s a bit long in the tooth to be a rookie in MotoGP. Ben Spies, the Texas racer who retired in 2013 at...
These three Cap 10K runners will join the 400K club Sunday

These three Cap 10K runners will join the 400K club Sunday

When you stop and think about it, 1978 was a long time ago. The Dallas Cowboys were coming off a victory in Super Bowl XII. Jimmy Connors won the U.S. Open that year, Bjorn Borg won Wimbledon, and Bill Rodgers won the Boston Marathon — the second of his four victories in the race. And riding the wave of the first big running boom, the Statesman Capitol 10,000 was born. Nearly 3,500 joined in...
Viñales, MotoGP’s top gun, flying out front as circuit lands in Austin

Viñales, MotoGP’s top gun, flying out front as circuit lands in Austin

MotoGP has discovered a new top gun, and his name is Maverick Viñales. The 22-year-old Spaniard, named by his father after Tom Cruise’s fighter-pilot character in the 1986 box-office smash, is picking off the world’s best motorcycles on a routine basis this year. Two races, two victories aboard his Movistar Yamaha. Next stop: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of...
Red Bull Grand Prix MotoGP notebook: Rise of the Frenchman

Red Bull Grand Prix MotoGP notebook: Rise of the Frenchman

Johann Zarco, a 26-year-old from France, will be a rider to watch this weekend at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. A critical part of the Tech 3 Yamaha team, he’s making a rapid ascent in the sport thanks to back-to-back Moto2 world championships in 2015-16. Moving up to MotoGP this year, Zarco led his first race before crashing. On Thursday at Circuit of the Americas, the rookie was...
COTA MotoGP notebook: One top rider has ‘score to settle’

COTA MotoGP notebook: One top rider has ‘score to settle’

Seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi holds down second place in this year’s standings, but he comes into Austin aiming to make amends for a misstep last year. Rossi, of the powerful Movistar Yamaha team, crashed out last April at Circuit of the Americas after just three laps. It was an unusual development for a man who has a record 88 top-tier victories in the sport. Let’s just say...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Todd Knight, pitching wedge, 123-yard 15th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Paul McCartney, Reese Overton Jesse Lofgreen, 9-iron, 133-yard 3rd hole at Hidden Falls; witnesses: Pat Burns, John Morton, Coach Krueger Bill Overstreet, 8-iron, 150-yard 13th hole at Lago Vista; witness: Ray Tindal Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted...
Suzuki struggling in early part of MotoGP season

Suzuki struggling in early part of MotoGP season

While Yamaha is rolling and Honda is eyeing this weekend’s Red Bull of the Americas Grand Prix as its season breakout, Suzuki has been noticeably absent from the upper half of the MotoGP standings. Through two of the 18 stops on the tour, Suzuki drivers Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone are 16th and 22nd, respectively, heading into the race at Circuit of the Americas. Rins has seven points and Iannone...
Big 12 power still rests north of the Red River

Big 12 power still rests north of the Red River

Interesting story lines popped up on several Big 12 campuses this spring, but one overriding thought remains for the 2017 football season. The Oklahoma teams will be tough to beat. The two-time defending champion Sooners must replace their 1,000-yard running backs and All-American receiver and the runner-up Cowboys lost important members of their defense, but both head coaches expressed optimism Tuesday...
First-time Cap 10K entrants might be headed to first-place finishes

First-time Cap 10K entrants might be headed to first-place finishes

Two first-time Statesman Capitol 10,000 entrants will be favorites for first-place finishes this Sunday when the 40th version of the road race winds through central Austin. J.T. Sullivan and Jennifer Hall share a number of other similarities besides being first-time Cap 10K runners. The two 28 year olds both moved to Austin in 2013, competed as distance runners in college and now train together under...

New quarterback throws for four touchdowns in Texas State’s spring game

With a touchdown on the final drive, the offense beat the defense 104-102 in Texas State’s annual Maroon and Gold game Saturday. The offense scored seven touchdowns — four of them from graduate transfer quarterback Damian Williams, who was 14 of 22 for 172 yards with no interceptions. “He played fine,” Bobcats coach Everett Withers said. “He’s progressing in the...

Letters to the Sports Editor

New arena plan riddled with parking woes The proposal to construct a new basketball venue on the parking lot south of Mike Myers Stadium on the UT campus has major faults. First, it will eliminate a large parking lot close to the campus, continuing the disregard of the university for the parking needs of faculty, staff and students that has existed for many years. Second, it will create a facility...
MotoGP thunders into COTA with fresh face at the top

MotoGP thunders into COTA with fresh face at the top

When the world’s fastest motorcycles roared out of Circuit of the Americas a year ago, Marc Márquez could have taken the track’s signature 251-foot observation tower with him. The young Spaniard owned the place. Márquez polished off his fourth straight MotoGP victory in Austin on the road to his third season points championship. The 24-year-old Honda star has won every race...

Kilgore beats Bridgeport on penalty kicks for 4A boys soccer title

After losing a state semifinal match in each of the previous two seasons, Kilgore claimed a state championship Friday at the UIL soccer tournament. Kilgore converted all four of its penalty kicks, and goalkeeper Kaleb Jett recorded two shootout saves for the Bulldogs, who topped Bridgeport for the Class 4A boys title. Kilgore finished with a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks after the teams failed to break...
Texas State’s spring game offers Withers last chance to evaluate

Texas State’s spring game offers Withers last chance to evaluate

Texas State’s annual Maroon and Gold spring scrimmage Saturday will pit the offense against the defense in a four-quarter matchup that’s open to fans. But for head coach Everett Withers, it’s nothing more than “practice 15” and his last chance to evaluate players before summer break. “What we’re trying to do is make sure we get some guys in the second groups...
Texas State notebook: Rupp continues to shine in 1-0 shutout of Baylor

Texas State notebook: Rupp continues to shine in 1-0 shutout of Baylor

On the same day she was named the Sun Belt’s pitcher of the week and espnW’s national player of the week, Randi Rupp pitched a complete-game shutout over 13th-ranked Baylor on Wednesday. Rupp, who improved to 20-5, threw 91 pitches, allowing three hits and striking out four batters in the 1-0 win. “I’m blessed to be able to receive those awards,” Rupp said. “Coming...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Steve Ellis, hybrid, 136-yard 4th hole at Lions Municipal; witnesses: Don Akers, Bill Latulipe, Steve Darby Dave Lyons, 8-iron, 117-yard 13th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Tom Rogers, Dave Gullatt, Ed Stillman, Ron Paynter Pamela Goodwin, 3-wood, 144-yard 12h hole at Spanish Oaks; witness: John Goodwin Shane Sanders, 8-iron, 168-yard 11th hole at Crystal Falls; witnesses: Mike Terry, Josh...
Three quarterbacks in play for Baylor’s starting quarterback job

Three quarterbacks in play for Baylor’s starting quarterback job

Matt Rhule opened up the final 20 minutes of spring practice Tuesday, offering clues of what the new Baylor offense might look like. They were up-tempo. Two different quarterbacks saw significant snaps. Each threw downfield or lobbed passes to the tailbacks. It looked a lot like the Baylor of old, but even Rhule, who was hired as head coach in December, doesn’t quite know what the polished offensive...
Coaches, fans mourn loss of Spike Dykes, Texas Tech’s colorful coach

Coaches, fans mourn loss of Spike Dykes, Texas Tech’s colorful coach

Former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes was known for his salty defenses. And his Red Raiders teams loved to run the football and punish teams late in games. It’s why he became the winningest coach in program history. However, the best part of the games might’ve been Dykes’ press conferences. With his pronounced West Texas drawl, Dykes was a talker, a charmer, a character, someone who&rsquo...
Bohls: Sergio Garcia wasn’t the only winner at Augusta; golf won, too

Bohls: Sergio Garcia wasn’t the only winner at Augusta; golf won, too

The day began with a leaderboard that only Arnold Palmer’s name could enhance. Prominent among the last four pairings to tee off on a sun-drenched Sunday at Augusta National were a U.S. Open champion and Olympic gold medalist, three Masters champions, a Ryder Cup hero and a four-time winner on the PGA Tour who’d led the first two days of the tournament. Oh, and Sergio Garcia. Golf&rsquo...
Schedule set for state soccer tournament

Schedule set for state soccer tournament

Hawks celebrate the win. Hendrickson won their Regional Quarterfinal playoff match with Round Rock 1-0 on April 4, 2017 at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.

Kenyans dominate men’s race, Aggie tops women’s field in Austin 10/20

About 3,000 runners competed in the Austin 10/20 Sunday morning at the Domain, with a strong Kenyan contingent dominating the men’s field. Race organizer Peter Douglass said that it would be the final edition of the race, so named for the 10-mile distance and 20 bands along the route. Under 67-degree overcast skies and a steady breeze, Kenya’s John Gathaiya outlegged countryman Paul Getembe...

Kevin Sumlin no-shows on media after Texas A&M spring game

Texas A&M has been auditioning three quarterbacks all spring, attempting to find the right guy to help the Aggies free themselves from three consecutive years of an 8-5 funk. On Saturday, all three played during A&M’s annual maroon-white scrimmage at Kyle Field. Nick Starkel was the first quarterback in the game. He’s a redshirt freshman with a big arm. Then it was Kellen Mond’s...
McIlroy on playing with Trump again: ‘I’d think twice about it’

McIlroy on playing with Trump again: ‘I’d think twice about it’

After the criticism he received, Rory McIlroy said he would “think twice” before accepting an invitation to play golf with President Trump a second time. McIlroy indicated he didn’t agree with some of things that Trump has said, and was more interested in seeing the scene that accompanies playing golf with a president than his opinion on issues. He said President Trump was more interested...

Texas State notebook: Baseball homestand ends with back-to-back wins

Texas State’s baseball team finished its six-game homestand with two straight wins this week after losing three of the first four. The Bobcats (19-11, 6-3) lead the Sun Belt Conference’s West Division. After a 9-3 loss to Texas A&M on March 28, the Bobcats went 1-2 in a weekend series loss to Arkansas State (15-14, 4-5). The win in the middle of the series was the first time the Bobcats...
No. 1 Johnson out about a month

No. 1 Johnson out about a month

Dustin Johnson’s back injury probably isn’t that serious and shouldn’t sideline him more than a month, his agent/manager David Winkle told the American-Statesman on Friday afternoon. In fact, if there had been even half of another day for the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer to ready himself after injuring his back in a freak fall down some stairs Wednesday night, he might have...
Attorney: A&M receiver suffered bad case of “jock itch,” didn’t mean to offend tutors

Attorney: A&M receiver suffered bad case of “jock itch,” didn’t mean to offend tutors

The attorney for Texas A&M receiver Kirk Merritt said his client was suffering a bad case of “jock itch” and didn’t mean to offend two academic tutors last October. In a statement to the Houston Chronicle, attorney Rick Davis said: “Kirk Merritt has been charged with Indecent Exposure under Section 21.08 of the Texas Penal Code because of two incidents during tutoring sessions...
Austin 10/20 ready to race into the sunset

Austin 10/20 ready to race into the sunset

Longtime road race director Peter Douglass embraces the adage of “go big or go home,” an approach that helped him create such high-profile running events as the popular Rock ’n’ Roll marathon series. Five years ago, Douglass, a transplanted Austinite, went big with his unveiling of the Austin 10/20 — a 10-mile race that wound through the Domain in North Austin and included...
COTA revs up its appeal to wider audience with new events and new toys

COTA revs up its appeal to wider audience with new events and new toys

Putting the pedal to the metal took on an entirely new meaning Tuesday night at Circuit of the Americas. Instead of Formula One machines, sleek sports cars or high-performance motorcycles screaming around the world-class track, nearly 500 bicyclists of all skill levels took leisurely rides on the 3.4-mile layout. “I’m a big F1 fan, have been to the races before and always wanted to get...
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