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NCAA Tournament projections: Planting The Seeds (Feb. 20, 2017)

NCAA Tournament projections: Planting The Seeds (Feb. 20, 2017)

PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staff writer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, projects the 68-team NCAA Tournament field each week until Selection Sunday arrives March 12. Overview: It’s been almost inevitable that an ACC power would catch and pass a second Big 12 team on the one seed line, and North Carolina pulled that off this week. A Tar Heels surge, coupled with Kansas&rsquo...
Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, 02.19.17

Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, 02.19.17

Austin’s Macsas endures ‘brutal’ race to finish as women’s champion

Austin’s Macsas endures ‘brutal’ race to finish as women’s champion

As co-owner of Rogue Expeditions, a Austin-based company that guides people on running vacations to far-flung spots, Allison Macsas has run all around the world. She’s competed in some high-profile races, too, including the 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon trials, but she ranked her victory Sunday at the Austin Marathon as one of her best efforts to date. Just a week ago, Macsas was wrapping up her...
Ex-Horn Thorne survives challenging conditions, tops marathon field

Ex-Horn Thorne survives challenging conditions, tops marathon field

Post-race, Joe Thorne ticked off the most-significant challenges to his victory Sunday at the Austin Marathon presented by NXP. There was the hilly, challenging course and a fast-closing Daniel Bishop, Thorne said, but at the top of the list were the weather conditions on race day — temperatures that pushed 70 degrees and humidity readings that hit 95 percent. In the end, the muggy air that...
No. 3 Kansas knocks out No. 4 Baylor in march to history

No. 3 Kansas knocks out No. 4 Baylor in march to history

Go ahead. Book it. Third-ranked Kansas basically clinched an NCAA record-tying 13th consecutive conference championship Saturday, making clutch plays in crunch time to overhaul fourth-ranked Baylor 67-65 at the Ferrell Center. The only way the Jayhawks (24-3, 12-2 Big 12) won’t match the league title streak of John Wooden’s UCLA dynasty (1967-79) is to lose their final four games while...
Hellmund’s latest F1 dream — owning a team — hurt by Manor’s collapse

Hellmund’s latest F1 dream — owning a team — hurt by Manor’s collapse

Tavo Hellmund has made his bones in Formula One as a promoter and an organizer, not as a team owner. He put together the 2010 deal to build the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin and place the U.S. Grand Prix there. Later, after he split with his partners in that project, he was instrumental in reviving the Mexican Grand Prix. In the past seven years, Hellmund said, he has been approached numerous...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Trick or treat? Texas uniforms are off-color Re: “UT goes 3-2 in opening Classic,” Feb. 13 The University of Texas’ official colors are burnt orange and white, right? I must be colorblind. The pictures in today’s story about the UT women’s softball team look black and orange to me. Or were those old pictures from last Halloween? GUS BROWNING, Austin
Texas State notebook: Basketball teams on rise; baseball team opens

Texas State notebook: Basketball teams on rise; baseball team opens

After winning both home games last Saturday and Monday, the Texas State men’s basketball team has already matched last year’s victory totals for the regular season and in conference with six games left. The senior leadership of forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury has helped propel the Bobcats (15-9, 8-4 Sun Belt) on their recent surge, especially offensively. He leads the team in scoring, averaging...
Snapshot look at the Austin Marathon

Snapshot look at the Austin Marathon

2017 AUSTIN MARATHON The Austin Marathon presented by NXP will arrive Sunday. A few facts about the 26.2-mile race, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year: THE BASICS When: 7 a.m. Start/finish: Second Street and Congress Avenue/10th Street and Congress Avenue Defending champions: Men — Hayato Sonoda, Japan, 2:23:29. Women — Chandi Moore, Austin, 3:02:17. Neither has entered the...
Baylor is the last major hurdle on Kansas’ latest title trot

Baylor is the last major hurdle on Kansas’ latest title trot

The Big 12’s runaway freight train is barrelling toward history, and Baylor looks like the last team that can derail it. If third-ranked Kansas drops the fourth-ranked Bears on Saturday at the Ferrell Center, this race is over. KU could pretty much lock down its spot alongside UCLA in the NCAA record book as the only men’s basketball teams to win 13 consecutive league championships. Kansas...
An Austin group is trying to bring Formula E racing to city for 2018

An Austin group is trying to bring Formula E racing to city for 2018

Austin is one of five U.S. cities being considered for a spot on next year’s racing calendar for Formula E. Call Formula E a hybrid of Formula One, except its open-wheeled cars race solely on electric energy. And unlike F1, the electric cars aren’t loud and race around a relatively short, downtown circuit. Formula E, with racing teams owned by Michael Andretti and billionaire Richard Branson...
As UT ponders Muny’s fate, Crenshaw makes pitch for a grand makeover

As UT ponders Muny’s fate, Crenshaw makes pitch for a grand makeover

To keep Lions Municipal Golf Course open into the future, Ben Crenshaw looked into the past. It was with that in mind that the former NCAA golf champion who grew up playing there has proposed renovations to the West Austin golf course, changes that would harken back to its 1950 days, as he and others work to preserve what has been recognized as a civil rights landmark. Crenshaw delivered some passionate...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Clyde Danks, 8-iron, 110-yard 4th hole at Bluebonnet Hill; witnesses: Ron Mullen, Jim Bourne, Don Neal Matthew Giannini, 8-iron, 167-yard 7th hole at Teravista; witness: Harvey Foegelle Sharon Hillhouse, 5-iron, 115-yard 2nd hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Marsha Bell, Peggy Zimmerman Don Neal, pitching wedge, 117-yard 13th hole at Bluebonnet Hill; witnesses: Ron Mullen, Jim Bourne, Clyde...
Austin marathoner Macsas turns training into an adventure

Austin marathoner Macsas turns training into an adventure

A self-proclaimed “mileage junkie,” accomplished road racer Allison Macsas usually churns out about 100 miles a week. Ironically, you’ll rarely find her training on the roads or tracks in her hometown of Austin. Instead, she’s run in various far-flung locations that have included the remote mountain trails of Patagonia and the lush Rift Valley in Kenya, home to some of the...
Crenshaw’s plan to redesign Lions Municipal mixes future and past

Crenshaw’s plan to redesign Lions Municipal mixes future and past

To keep Lions Municipal Golf Course open into the future, Ben Crenshaw looked into the past. It was with that in mind that the former NCAA golf champion who grew up playing there has proposed renovations to the West Austin golf course, changes that would harken back to its 1950 days, as he and others work to preserve what has been recognized as a civil rights landmark. Crenshaw and Austin land planner...
10 players to watch in college baseball in 2017

10 players to watch in college baseball in 2017

Ten players to watch in college baseball in 2017, in alphabetical order: LUKEN BAKER, TCU, So., IF: Hit seven of his team-leading 11 homers in postseason. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder led Big 12 with .379 batting average, 94 hits, 59 runs and 62 RBIs. Was 3-1 with 1.70 ERA before injuring arm in April. Expected to be first baseman and designated hitter with no pitching this season. ANDREW BECKWITH, Coastal...
Fear the Frog: TCU pegged as college baseball’s team to beat

Fear the Frog: TCU pegged as college baseball’s team to beat

TCU has made it to the College World Series three straight years, and the Horned Frogs have brought back eight everyday players, their top two starting pitchers and their closer. No surprise: They’ll open the season No. 1 in every major national poll. “When you return the majority of a team out of a club that finished in the final four of the country, you’re probably going to end...
Former SMU defensive lineman helping rugby grow in U.S.

Former SMU defensive lineman helping rugby grow in U.S.

Spike Davis helped one long shot building project in sports. Now he’s involved in another. Davis was a 290-pound defensive lineman at SMU when the struggling football program sprung to life under June Jones, reaching four straight bowl games. Now he’s a 240-pound wing for the U.S. rugby team who earned his first international cap Saturday night at Dell Diamond. Davis wasted no time making...
NCAA Tournament projections: Planting The Seeds

NCAA Tournament projections: Planting The Seeds

PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staff writer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, projects the 68-team NCAA Tournament field each week until Selection Sunday arrives March 12. Overview: Most everyone agrees on the top four seeds, just not the order. Eventually, here’s what is going to happen: The Big 12 runner-up (Kansas or Baylor) will be overtaken by the Pac-12 champion (Oregon...
U.S.A. Rugby vs. Brazil, 02.11.17

U.S.A. Rugby vs. Brazil, 02.11.17

Letters to the Sports Editor

Star power: What really counts are results I am getting real tired of people saying that this year’s recruiting crop of 3- and 4-star recruits and junior college transfers was not up to par. But I got more tired of Bill Snyder making a living at Kansas State with his 3-star recruits and junior college transfers by beating UT and its 4- and 5-star recruits year after year. DAVE BYRNE, Austin...
Three-game stretch could make Tech if it doesn’t break it

Three-game stretch could make Tech if it doesn’t break it

Chris Beard has seen a lot of Big 12 basketball and traveled every dusty road in the conference. The first-year Texas Tech head coach is a University of Texas alum who spent a combined 15 years as an assistant with the Longhorns and Red Raiders, but even he isn’t sure he’s seen a three-game gauntlet similar to the one his Raiders now have to run. Saturday, third-ranked Kansas visits Lubbock...
Texas State notebook: More football staff departures for the Bobcats

Texas State notebook: More football staff departures for the Bobcats

Just a few days after Texas State signed its 2017 recruiting class, it was announced that offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brett Elliott was leaving for Mississippi State. Elliott, who’ll coach quarterbacks there, began his coaching career at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant in Starkville from 2012-14. He joined Everett Withers’ James Madison staff in 2015 as the co-offensive...
Girls basketball: Fab Fives and notes

Girls basketball: Fab Fives and notes

FAB FIVES (Records through Wednesday) • Class 6A 1. Pflugerville (26-7) 2. Vista Ridge (27-5) 3. Vandegrift (22-11) 4. Bowie (19-13) 5. Westwood (27-7) • Class 5A 1. Austin High (29-5) 2. Georgetown (24-7) 3. Cedar Park (26-10) 4. Rouse (23-10) 5. Dripping Springs (22-9) • Class 4A and below 1. Liberty Hill (30-2) 2. Marble Falls Faith (30-4) 3. Regents (21-8) 4. Austin Waldorf (22-8)...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

David Gallardo, 8-iron, 105-yard 5th hole at Jimmy Clay; witnesses: Mario Lewis, Fred Haras Chuck Saxon, 6-iron, 163-yard 8th hole at Lost Creek; witnesses: Troy Ebb, Deegay Smith Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the appropriate golf course or organization.
NCAA committee offers February peek at March Madness

NCAA committee offers February peek at March Madness

Selection Sunday arrives in just more than a month. Simulation Saturday, though, is mere days away. For the first time, the NCAA men’s basketball committee will go public with its top-16 teams, four weeks out from March 12 when the bids will be doled out. The “March Madness Bracket Preview” airs at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on CBS. The early reveal, taking a page from the College Football...
Bohls: The Big 12 is falling short on tackling its Baylor problem

Bohls: The Big 12 is falling short on tackling its Baylor problem

The Big 12 finally woke up Wednesday. It’s been a long, restless slumber for the conference, which still has come off as powerless and practically disinterested when it comes to the sordid saga of sexual assault at Baylor University. It might as well have gone back to sleep. On Wednesday, the league announced its board of directors voted to potentially withhold 25 percent of any future Big 12...
Big 12 will dock Baylor 25 percent of revenue pending outcome of review

Big 12 will dock Baylor 25 percent of revenue pending outcome of review

From the Big 12 Conference: The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors voted unanimously to withhold one-quarter (25 percent) of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor University, pending the outcome of third-party verification review of required changes to Baylor’s athletics procedures and to institutional governance of its intercollegiate athletics programs, among other matters.
NCAA Tournament projections: Planting The Seeds

NCAA Tournament projections: Planting The Seeds

Despite Saturday’s mayhem, the Big 12 still could grab two No. 1 seeds for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Kansas and Baylor, each coming off home losses, hold positions on the top line in the 2017 debut of Planting The Seeds, the American-Statesman’s weekly projections. Selection Sunday is March 12, fewer than five weeks away. The Jayhawks didn’t lose any ground in the...
Super Bowl LI: Patriots win in OT, 02.05.17

Super Bowl LI: Patriots win in OT, 02.05.17

The New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI 34-28 on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston. 
24th annual Special Olympics Texas Winter Games, 02.03.17

24th annual Special Olympics Texas Winter Games, 02.03.17

More than 2,600 competitors from across Texas began statewide bowling and volleyball competitions on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at five venues as part of the 24th annual Special Olympics Texas Winter Games in Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown.
Texas State notebook: Bobcats are defying Sun Belt expectations

Texas State notebook: Bobcats are defying Sun Belt expectations

Back in October, Texas State’s men’s basketball team was picked to finish last in the Sun Belt’s preseason coaches poll. Now, with a month left in the regular season, the Bobcats (13-8, 6-3) are off to their best start in 14 years. They’ve won four of their last five games, including the last three in a row. The Bobcats also have won three straight road games, something they...
State recruiting roundup: UTSA makes waves

State recruiting roundup: UTSA makes waves

UTSA made its top recruiting haul in program history Wednesday, signing a 26-man class that had 17 consensus three-star talents. Roadrunners second-year head coach Frank Wilson, a former LSU asssistant and recruiter, showed his prowess by hauling in the second-best group in Conference USA, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. Samuel Barnes, a 6-foot-1, 194-pound cornerback from Richmond...
Baylor’s Rhule finishes strong with first recruiting class for Bears

Baylor’s Rhule finishes strong with first recruiting class for Bears

Matt Rhule qualifies as college football’s version of Captain Comeback. Rhule had a total of one committed recruit — Stafford defensive back Jalen Pitre — when he became Baylor’s new head coach on Dec. 7. On Wednesday, he announced a class of 27 players. Baylor’s impressive class comes after the program was tarnished by a sexual-assault scandal that led to the firing...
Texas A&M, with little drama, signs top class in Lone Star state

Texas A&M, with little drama, signs top class in Lone Star state

Kevin Sumlin enjoyed the type of national signing day most coaches would covet. The Texas A&M coach signed 27 players Wednesday. The only bit of signing day stagecraft was the late pledge of Houston Christian defensive tackle Joshua Rogers, who announced Wednesday morning that he’d selected the Aggies over Ole Miss. Late Tuesday, linebacker Devodrick Johnson reaffirmed his pledge — for...
Texas State pulls in an impressive haul on signing day

Texas State pulls in an impressive haul on signing day

After finishing last in the Sun Belt with a 10-loss season, Texas State bounced back on national signing day with a 25-player group that was rated the conference’s top recruiting class. Even with that impressive haul, however, Bobcats coach Everett Withers wasn’t about to rest on his laurels. “You guys talk about No. 1 in the Sun Belt, but I don’t know who does that,&rdquo...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Gary Carpenter, 8th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Daniel Oates, James Beadle, Dale Lininger Hank Haliasz, 8-iron, 135-yard 10th hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: K. Bufford, K. Bovio, I. Johnson Jeff Itkin, 6-iron, 160-yard 7th hole at White Wing; witnesses: Norm Pfingsten, Ray Spencer, Larry Bracth Jerry Keith, 5-iron, 152-yard 5th hole at White Wing; witnesses: Dale Keith, Gary Roberts, M. Mancivalano...
Golden: Super Bowl’s pre-party has gone prime time

Golden: Super Bowl’s pre-party has gone prime time

POSTCARDS FROM SUPER BOWL LI It was once called Super Bowl media day and took place on Tuesday, but things have changed over the past year. The NFL has gone prime time — and on Monday night no less. In previous years, there wasn’t a whole lot going on the Monday before the big game, but Tuesday afternoon was always the time the pre-game hype really kicked off. That is, until last season...
Bow hunt comes with plenty of drama and surprises

Bow hunt comes with plenty of drama and surprises

It’s misting rain from the south, with a strong wind blowing across the wheat field we’re guarding, when a deer finally gets up to move. Bobby Parker and I have been sitting in this wooden blind for several hours, fighting off the cold of a December afternoon hunt in East Texas. It’s supposed to be a quick and dirty bow hunt for a really big whitetail buck on Jack Brittingham&rsquo...
Big 12 risks reputation vs. SEC in lopsided hoops challenge

Big 12 risks reputation vs. SEC in lopsided hoops challenge

The SEC isn’t much of a basketball league. Yes, Kentucky is in the SEC, and yes, the Wildcats are always capable of winning the national title. South Carolina and Florida are legitimate NCAA Tournament teams, too, but everyone else in the league would be a candidate to finish last in the Big 12. Which brings us to Saturday’s fourth annual Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge, 10 head-to-head games...
Bobcats have roller coaster-type week on recruiting trail

Bobcats have roller coaster-type week on recruiting trail

It’s been an up and down week for Texas State on the recruiting trail. The Bobcats gained three commitments for their 2017 class while losing four others and parting ways with two current players. Texas State secured commitments from two junior college offensive tackles last Sunday – Fullerton’s Marshall Levins and Lackawanna’s Anthony Mayes. Both are 2-star prospects on 247Sports...
COTA eager to hop on fast track with new F1 owners

COTA eager to hop on fast track with new F1 owners

Formula One’s new American owners are speaking boldly about expanding the sport’s reach in the United States, even adding a second race in the next few years. Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein likes what he hears, telling the American-Statesman on Tuesday that another U.S. event should eventually build more interest in the United States Grand Prix, even if the Austin race...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Janice Boyle, 7-wood, 95-yard 5th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: Nancy Sane, Jim Boyle, Bob Sane Colin Murphy, 6-iron, 142-yard 13th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Tom Rogers, Bill Ott, Buddy Fults Len Russell, 6-iron, 135-yard 4th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Tommy Thompson, Jim McPherson Tommy Thompson, pitching wedge, 106-yard 4th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Jim McPherson, Len...
Austin-area athletes making a splash at deaf college Gallaudet

Austin-area athletes making a splash at deaf college Gallaudet

Dalton Taylor played football and basketball at the Texas School for the Deaf, and he considered joining the slew of state products who go on to play football at the college level. “It’s a football state,” Taylor noted. But that started to change after he met Kevin Kovacs, now in his second season as the head men’s basketball coach at Division III Gallaudet University, founded...
Pinales remains on roll in road races, tops 3M Half Marathon field

Pinales remains on roll in road races, tops 3M Half Marathon field

Former University of Texas track and cross country ace Mark Pinales is on a roll as a road racer. Pinales, a 2015 graduate of UT, topped the field at the Run for the Water 10-mile event in November, and last month he notched victories at the Humana Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon and the Decker Challenge Half Marathon, which winds around Lake Walter E. Long in East Austin. And...
3M Half Marathon, 01.22.17

3M Half Marathon, 01.22.17

Louisiana-Lafayette star scores only TD as West tops East in Shrine

Louisiana-Lafayette star scores only TD as West tops East in Shrine

Eli McGuire made the most of his opportunity at the East-West Shrine Game. Hoping to improve his standing among NFL scouts evaluating potential help for their teams, the Louisiana-Lafayette star scored the only touchdown Saturday in the West’s 10-3 victory before a crowd of 22,198 at Tropicana Field. The 5-foot-9, 205-pound running back broke an 18-yard run off right tackle, putting the West...

Letters to the Sports Editor

What can the Big 12 do to survive long term? How much longer will the Big 12 survive in its current format? Seeing that the Big 12 rejected expansion after months of interviewing potential candidates, it seems the league is unsure what it should do. Seeing as Texas and Oklahoma hold all the power, it seems that if they ever decide to leave the conference, it will simply crumble. It seemed a tremendous...
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