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Tickets sell out for 2017 Dell match play event

Tickets sell out for 2017 Dell match play event

When the 64 top-ranked golfers in the world return to Austin in two months, they will play to a second straight sellout crowd. Organizers of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play event announced they have cut off ticket sales and are starting a waiting list. Austin Country Club, which made a successful debut as the tournament’s host in 2016, will be the site for the 2017...
Some of Rio’s Olympic stars swimming in Austin this weekend

Some of Rio’s Olympic stars swimming in Austin this weekend

What memories. The Rio Olympics ended in the heat of August, with U.S. swimmers enjoying their best team performance since the 2000 Games. With 16, the Americans won almost half of the available gold medals. They earned 33 medals overall, the most of any U.S. squad. It’s now January. College teams still are two months away from the NCAA championships. Other swimmers are prepping for the 2020...
Press Virginia steams into Texas with stifling numbers

Press Virginia steams into Texas with stifling numbers

Sound the alarm. The master thieves of the NCAA hardwood roll into the Erwin Center on Saturday, and Texas better keep a close eye on its belongings. Namely, the basketball. Tenth-ranked West Virginia, is doing things defensively even it hasn’t done before. Press Virginia leads the nation in turnovers forced per game (24.6), turnover margin (+13.9) and total steals (207). Through 16 games, the...
Texas State notebook: Withers hires a familiar face in Kurh

Texas State notebook: Withers hires a familiar face in Kurh

With the departure of safeties coach Troy Douglas, Texas State has added Zak Kuhr — as a co-offensive coordinator. Filling a vacant defensive coaching position with an offensive coach is an indication that the Bobcats are focused on bolstering their stagnant offense. This past season, Texas State ranked 126th nationally in total offense (302.3 yards per game) and 124th in scoring (18.3 points...
Stinging loss sharpens focus of state-ranked LBJ boys squad

Stinging loss sharpens focus of state-ranked LBJ boys squad

The memories motivate even during the most mundane moments in a long regular season. Recollections of turnovers, frustration and three shots at a victory in the final 30 seconds — all three misses. Those images from a 70-69 loss to Laredo Nixon last season in the fourth round of the Class 5A playoffs still linger with LBJ boys basketball coach Freddie Roland. They also help Roland and the state-ranked...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Mike Johnston, 6-iron, 145-yard 12th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: John Rollman, Bill Glendenning Kaylee Vesely, 8-iron, 143-yard 2nd hole at UT Golf Club; witness: Nick Macias 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.
Dynasty interrupted: Clemson, Watson shock Alabama at the end, 35-31

Dynasty interrupted: Clemson, Watson shock Alabama at the end, 35-31

This one was so good, even the referees didn’t want it to end. So the national championship game required two endings to wrap up Clemson’s improbable, incredible and now indisputable 35-31 upset of top-ranked Alabama on Monday night. Of course, that’s how difficult it is to topple the most powerful dynasty in college football history and deny the Crimson Tide not only a repeat title...

Bohls: Texas, Herman among college football’s elite? Ask Swinney, Saban

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. “Greatness is for everyone,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday morning after winning the school’s first national title since 1981. “It’s not just for the Alabamas and Ohio States and Notre Dames and Texases.” Texas hopes it’s for the Longhorns again soon, and new coach Tom Herman has a...
Nation’s new No. 1 Baylor quickly thrown into the fire

Nation’s new No. 1 Baylor quickly thrown into the fire

Baylor completed a historic and meteoric climb in men’s basketball Monday, ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time. The euphoria may be short-lived. The Bears are 5½-point underdogs at 10th-ranked West Virginia Tuesday night. “That’s the sobering part,” coach Scott Drew said with a chuckle. “Your reward for being No. 1 is a trip to West Virginia.” Not...
Lake Travis state football title parade, 01.08.17

Lake Travis state football title parade, 01.08.17

Texas State upsets Sun Belt favorite UTA, 81-73

Sun Belt coaches didn’t think as highly about Texas State as they did UT-Arlington, who was picked to win the conference with 10 of the 12 coaches giving the Mavericks their first-place vote in the preseason coaches poll. The Bobcats (9-6, 2-1 Sun Belt), picked to finish dead last, took exception to the poll and defeated the Mavericks 81-73 Saturday at Strahan Coliseum. “Needless to say...
Bohls: Williams more sure weapon than secret weapon for Clemson

Bohls: Williams more sure weapon than secret weapon for Clemson

Mike Williams set himself apart a long time ago. Long before he broke a vertabra at the base of his neck more than a year ago, the physical, 6-foot-3, 225-pound Clemson wide receiver with sticky hands showed he would carve a different path for himself. He didn’t mind putting himself in rare company. He told Nick Saban no. “I remember going in Nick Saban’s office and him offering...
Texas Motor Speedway will repave track, reduce banking

Texas Motor Speedway will repave track, reduce banking

Texas Motor Speedway is going to completely repave its 1½-mile track and reduce the high banking in the first and second turns. The project announced Friday comes after both NASCAR weekends and the IndyCar race at Texas last year were hampered by rain. Speedway President Eddie Gossage said the old asphalt has become porous, almost like sponge, making it difficult to dry in a timely matter....
Bohls: Alabama’s wayward Sarkisian back on track

Bohls: Alabama’s wayward Sarkisian back on track

As Alabama’s new — literally brand new — offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian passed his first meaningful test Saturday. He wasn’t Lane Kiffin. At least, not at media day, the prelude for Monday’s national championship game. And that was a good thing for Sarkisian and his murky future. You can’t get much newer than Sarkisian, who will have had all of seven days...
Letters to the Sports Editor

Letters to the Sports Editor

(Psst, coach: Win before making demands.) Fine, Coach Herman. Let’s see what you can do before we endorse more money being spent on our “outdated facilities” and short staff. You have come in as arrogant and demanding before you even prove you are worth it. Get real! JOAN JOHNSON, Austin

Texas State notebook: Men’s, women’s basketball teams brace for UTA

The Texas State men’s basketball team had a three-game winning streak going, including its Sun Belt opener — until Monday, a 60-53 home loss to Coastal Carolina. “We missed some free throws down the stretch at some very crucial times,” Bobcats head coach Danny Kaspar said. “We just didn’t shoot the ball as well from the free-throw line and the field as we had in...
Baylor could be sitting atop national polls Monday

Baylor could be sitting atop national polls Monday

When Baylor’s Scott Drew, coach of the provisional new No. 1 team in men’s college basketball, signed off Thursday on the Big 12 teleconference, he offered the media a little tip. “I’ll leave everyone with the Big 12 nugget of the week,” Drew said. “The last five games have come down to one possession. So that’s what kind of league it’s going to be this...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Andy Breslin, 6-iron, 155-yard 4th hole at Lions Municipal; witnesses: Chris Gehring, John Barron Dennis Freeman, 7-iron, 144-yard 12th hole at Legacy Hills; witnesses: Cheryl Freeman, Susan Coakley Dave Gardner, 4-iron, 165-yard 9th hole at Cimarron Hills; witnesses: Rod Dahl, Lance St. Clair, Curt Banglesdorf, Jim Fitzgerald, Bill Giacone Andrew Green, 7-iron, 143-yard 7th hole at White Wing; witnesses...
San Antonio Spurs mascot mocks Mariah Carey’s NYE performance

San Antonio Spurs mascot mocks Mariah Carey’s NYE performance

The San Antonio Spurs mascot helped ring in the first home game of the new year by poking fun at Mariah Carey’s not-so-ringing New Year’s Eve performance.  Meet “Coyote Carey.” With the help of the team’s Silver Dancers, the always-eccentric Spurs Coyote appeared on court to do a routine to Carey’s song “Emotion” during Tuesday’s...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Louisville’s Heisman winner had a clunker After a humiliating performance in the Citrus Bowl, Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson proved he’s not deserving. He passed for 153 yards on 10-of-27 passing (37 percent) with no touchdowns and a safety against a decent, but not great, LSU team. He ran the ball 26 times for 33 yards and lost one fumble. This was not just one bad game. He lost...

Texas State men’s, women’s basketball teams opening Sun Belt play

It’s been a streaky season for Texas State women’s basketball, which has followed up a recent four-game losing skid by winning three in a row, most recently Thursday night’s 83-62 victory over Coastal Carolina. “Our team has now shown consistency in two different games,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “We hit a rough patch, and we’ve figured out a way to...
Golden: Big 12 off to a hot start in bowl season

Golden: Big 12 off to a hot start in bowl season

Break up the Big 12. Not long ago that was a distinct possibility. The super conferences were on the way and many of us were wondering if the League of 10 was going to wind up as a footnote in college football history as big dogs Oklahoma and Texas left for greener pastures. Now “break up the Big 12” is taking on a different meaning. While the SEC has noticeably taken on some early bowl-season...
Oklahoma State manhandles Colorado for Alamo victory

Oklahoma State manhandles Colorado for Alamo victory

Oklahoma State and Colorado, supposedly, was one of the best bowl matchups this side of the semifinals. So much for post-season expectations. Thursday night’s Alamo Bowl, featuring the second best teams from the Big 12 and the Pac 12, mostly was a dud, with the 12th-ranked Cowboys coasting to a 38-8 victory over the No. 1o Buffaloes. Oklahoma State, as a team, played with precision, efficiency...
Hot Big 12 basketball teams dive into league play head first Friday

Hot Big 12 basketball teams dive into league play head first Friday

For the first time in Big 12 basketball history, the conference season tips off before New Years’ Day. Friday’s five openers, each televised, offer an eight-hour snapshot of a league coming off another excellent non-conference campaign. The Big 12 is either 1, 2 or 3 in the computers after leading the Ratings Percentage Index three years running. Fourth-ranked Baylor is 12-0, five teams...
With Texas Bowl win Kansas State sends Texas A&M to another 8-5 year

With Texas Bowl win Kansas State sends Texas A&M to another 8-5 year

Kansas State flashed its hand early in the game Wednesday night against Texas A&M. The run-heavy Wildcats, the Big 12 offensive outliers, tried this nifty play called the deep pass. Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz lofted a perfect spiral to Byron Pringle, who cleared two Aggie defenders, the cornerback assigned to tag after him and a safety offering deep help. Pringle caught the pass in stride...
Bohls: Aggies’ tailspin continues, clouds future

Bohls: Aggies’ tailspin continues, clouds future

The Aggies whiffed. In Wednesday’s Texas Bowl game against Kansas State. In November although October was fairly cruel as well. In 2016, for sure. Maybe even in the decision to hire Kevin Sumlin, a partnership that will come to a head this time next year if he can’t produce a championship in a sixth year. Pure and simple, Texas A&M had everything going for it this season. Until it didn&rsquo...
Alamo Bowl preview: No. 10 Colorado vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State

Alamo Bowl preview: No. 10 Colorado vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State

Of the 34 bowls not in the New Year’s Six, only one serves up an all top-15 matchup. Alamo Bowl, take a bow. The folks who brought you the wildly popular 47-41 TCU triple-overtime win over Oregon last Jan. 2 return Thursday night with 10th-ranked Colorado vs. 12th-ranked Oklahoma State. Second best in the Pac-12 vs. second best in the Big 12. And a couple of former Big Eight/Big 12 rivals, to...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Joe Mancini, 5-wood, 185-yard 3rd hole at Grey Rock; witnesses: Steve Smith, Mike Etie, Scott Burford Sr., Bob Blair, Bob Swift, John McAndrew, Tom Matthews Kalen Silva, 7-iron, 154-yard 4th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Madison Silva, Marcus Harston Rodney Teague, 140-yard 2nd hole at Horseshoe Bay Slick Rock; witnesses: Lou Varese, Bruce Linck Alan Trubow, 9-iron, 131-yard 17th hole at Onion Creek...
Ohio State band member nails 55-yard field goal try

Ohio State band member nails 55-yard field goal try

Ohio State University’s band calls itself “The Best Damn Band in the Land,” but it also has some brass when it comes to football ability. After the band practiced at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on campus Tuesday, second-year trumpet player Austin Brizee decided to try a field goal. He connected solidly on a 55-yard attempt in the indoor facility, WCMH reported.  
Texas State, needing a quarterback, lands Mississippi State transfer

Texas State, needing a quarterback, lands Mississippi State transfer

The quarterback carousel at Texas State continued Tuesday with news that Mississippi State’s Damian Williams is transferring to San Marcos. According to the San Marcos Daily Record, Williams will enroll at Texas State as a graduate student in January, making him eligible to play one more season in 2017. Williams was a three-star prospect on 247Sports’ composite ratings in 2013, after leading...
It’s the run! Kansas State is best at what troubles Texas A&M the most

It’s the run! Kansas State is best at what troubles Texas A&M the most

It’s well documented that the Texas A&M defense has issues when it comes to dealing with running offenses. Facing any sort of power, the Aggies have run themselves out of plays, forgotten their line fits and neglected tackling fundamentals. Last game out, the defense allowed Derrius Guice, LSU’s second-string tailback, 285 rushing yards, the most ever gained against the Aggies. A&M drew...
On the hunt for a monster Hill Country buck

On the hunt for a monster Hill Country buck

It’s still half dark in the pop-up ground blind, with the first glint of a rising sun casting a soft, golden blanket over the oaks and surrounding brush of the Hill Country. Bobby Parker, my host and guide on this hunt, has been sitting quietly to my right, huddled into his camouflage for warmth, dozing off from time to time, waking up to watch the deer that are milling around the blind, which...
Baylor aims to get back on track at Cactus Bowl

Baylor aims to get back on track at Cactus Bowl

Baylor is in desperate need of a rebirth. It could come in the spring, when new coach Matt Rhule actually starts directing on-field drills. Or maybe in the heat of next summer, with unofficial seven-on-seven drills and other team workouts. Or maybe it’ll happen on the field Tuesday night, when the Bears end this season in Phoenix playing Boise State in the Cactus Bowl. Baylor (6-6) suffered...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Basketball should take a look at volleyball The women’s basketball team should not be playing in the Erwin Center. The crowds are so pitiful, it is difficult to have the type of enthusiasm essential for a good and successful program. The women’s basketball program should look to see the value of the smaller venue of Gregory Gym, as has been successfully demonstrated by our volleyball program...
Duck hunting in Oklahoma — almost heaven

Duck hunting in Oklahoma — almost heaven

A brutal north wind is slinging knives across the surface of the marsh, just as the sun is turning the eastern sky pink and orange. It’s 27 degrees out here on Crooked Creek Duck Club’s 1,000 acres, and there are thousands of mallards and pintails and wigeon and teal waiting to begin their morning ritual of dispersing from the roosting grounds to feed on the leftover corn and other foods...
Washington’s Dante Pettis realizing his potential

Washington’s Dante Pettis realizing his potential

Throughout his first two years at Washington, Dante Pettis was regularly regarded as a player with the potential to be great. At times the Huskies would be teased by what Pettis might become. Then the wide receiver would disappear for long stretches and remain invisible while standing on the field. “I think maybe it was a little bit of confidence,” Washington quarterback Jake Browning...
Texas State notes: Bobcats pound Howard Payne for Kaspar’s biggest win

Texas State notes: Bobcats pound Howard Payne for Kaspar’s biggest win

Before Texas State’s last non-conference home game of the season on Tuesday, head coach Danny Kaspar told his team that he wanted the Bobcats to score 80 points while holding Howard Payne to less than 45. The Bobcats hit both marks against the Yellow Jackets, their 87-37 win the most lopsided Kaspar has had so far at Texas State. “When you look at our four freshmen — Nedja (Prijovic)...
Big 12 bowl teams eye redemption for past sins

Big 12 bowl teams eye redemption for past sins

The Big 12 bowl season was supposed to kick off Friday in Fort Worth. The Armed Forces Bowl secured 25th-ranked Navy to play a Big 12 team, most likely Texas or Baylor. Would have been a pretty nice pre-Christmas treat for the state’s football fans, too, and almost definitely would have filled up the 45,000 seats at beautiful Amon G. Carter Stadium. One problem: Texas was stunned by Kansas,...
Men’s basketball: Texas vs. UAB, 12.21.16

Men’s basketball: Texas vs. UAB, 12.21.16

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Robert Butts, pitching wedge, 140-yard 2nd hole at Austin Country Club; witness: Jay Halberg Creighton Honeck, sand wedge, 120-yard 14th hole at Spanish Oaks; witnesses: Todd Dailey, Jeff Whiting Mike Stout, 8-iron, 137-yard 4th hole at Lions Municipal; witnesses: Randy Nichols, Bill Cary, Rithy Khem Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be...
A&M’s Myles Garrett, despite lofty draft status, will play in bowl game

A&M’s Myles Garrett, despite lofty draft status, will play in bowl game

Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett was wearing a festive maroon Santa hat Tuesday as he conducted his final interview session before the holidays. What was on his mind? He’s playing in a bowl game. Why is that so notable? Garrett is bucking a trend, albeit one in its infancy, that threatens to rob future bowl games of their brightest stars. The Aggies, a one-time playoff contender, will finish...
Lance Armstrong draws crowd of New Zealanders for early morning ride

Lance Armstrong draws crowd of New Zealanders for early morning ride

Several hundred cyclists turned out Tuesday for an early morning ride with Lance Armstrong, who is in New Zealand to film a commercial for a local brewery. Armstrong issued an invitation by social media to join him cycling around Auckland’s waterfront, and a crowd estimated at up to 1,000 turned out. The 45-year-old Austin cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for...
Mary Hardin-Baylor wins first football national championship

Mary Hardin-Baylor wins first football national championship

Blake Jackson knew that, even more than usual, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s fortunes were going to be in his control with the NCAA Division III championship at stake. The dual-threat quarterback embraced it, running for 119 yards and a touchdown and leading the Crusaders to a 10-7 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Friday night for their first football national championship...
Louisville suspends co-offensive coordinator over Wake Forest incident

Louisville suspends co-offensive coordinator over Wake Forest incident

Louisville has suspended Lonnie Galloway for the Citrus Bowl after a review of how the co-offensive coordinator handled Wake Forest game plans he received from fired Demon Deacons broadcaster Tommy Elrod. Athletic director Tom Jurich announced Galloway’s suspension Friday after reviewing the assistant coach’s receipt and handling of inside information from Elrod. Jurich said in a release...
Texas State notebook: Basketball looks to a pair of 6-8 freshmen

Texas State notebook: Basketball looks to a pair of 6-8 freshmen

Texas State’s men’s basketball team might have a winning record, but head coach Danny Kaspar is far from impressed with his team so far, especially underneath the basket. “I need to play our bigs more,” Kaspar said. “We’re 5-4 — nine games. We’ve only won two tips.” While the opening tip doesn’t determine the outcome of the game, winning...
Ranking the 2016-17 bowl games: From worst to first

Ranking the 2016-17 bowl games: From worst to first

Beep, beep. Let’s get the party started. The Roadrunners of UTSA — hey, somebody from the University of Texas system had to represent — make the school’s first postseason appearance and kick off the FBS bowl season Saturday in Albuquerque against the home team, New Mexico. Saturday’s five-game opening lineup also has a matchup in Vegas we love in the American-Statesman&rsquo...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Ric Collins, 8-iron, 118-yards 13th hole at Morris Williams; witness: Brad Menner Graham Duke, 6-iron, 130-yard 4th hole at Lions Municipal; witnesses: Denny Bretier, Bruce Smith Ok Liang, pitching wedge, 75-yard 15th hole at Lions Municipal; witnesses: Chuck Kim, Russell Hoffman, Ann Woody Toni Lopez, 9-iron, 72-yard 2nd hole at River Place; witnesses: Oscar Lopez, Mark Brooker, Mary Brooker John...
Baylor quarterback needs some convincing about new Bears offense

Baylor quarterback needs some convincing about new Bears offense

Matt Rhule, Baylor’s new coach who was hired last week, is spending most of his time hiring his staff and immersing himself in recruiting. The Bears, as of Wednesday, have only one commitment for their 2017 signing class. Yet Rhule’s biggest recruiting sales pitch probably needs to be directed at a player who’s already on the Baylor roster: Zach Smith, the team’s lone scholarship...
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