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Lance Armstrong, U.S. government spar over upcoming trial evidence

Lance Armstrong, U.S. government spar over upcoming trial evidence

Lance Armstrong’s $100 million fraud trial is months away, yet his fight with the U.S. government and former teammate-turned-rival Floyd Landis is heating up. Armstrong wants to bar testimony and evidence from some of his most dogged critics, including the blistering U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that led to his downfall and former Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, who now stands as the...
Leggett: Alaska vacation gets the grandkids hooked on fishing

Leggett: Alaska vacation gets the grandkids hooked on fishing

I was still getting myself rigged and ready to step into the frigid waters of the Tazimina River when my granddaughter Connie Cooper was hooked up to her first-ever fly rod fish. I had been worried about this moment since my wife, Rana, and I had decided to try to bring Connie and her twin brother, Ben, along on this most special trip to Newhalen Lodge in Alaska. My old friend Bill Sims, who founded...
Bald eagles, brown bears among attractions on Alaska vacation

Bald eagles, brown bears among attractions on Alaska vacation

Wind, ever present in southwest Alaska, was building from the southwest as we neared the mouth of the Tazimina River, across Sixmile Lake from Newhalen Lodge. I was in a johnboat with my grandchildren, twins Connie and Ben Cooper, 10, ending a day of fishing for trout and grayling on the narrow river. I watched an immature bald eagle chase a raven off a sand spit at the mouth of the river and then...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats finally get a new football commitment

Texas State notebook: Bobcats finally get a new football commitment

Texas State’s two-month wait to get a football commitment ended Wednesday when Tyler Junior College safety Brandon Johnson pledged to the Bobcats. He’s the first commitment for the 2018 class since three pledges — Wylie quarterback Stacy Conner, Waxahachie offensive tackle Jack York and San Marcos guard Alex Costilla — withdrew their commitments this spring, the last rejection...
Kansas Jayhawks’ football stadium to get $300 million renovation

Kansas Jayhawks’ football stadium to get $300 million renovation

Plans to renovate Memorial Stadium and build an indoor training facility are moving forward and will cost about $300 million, Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger says. The Kansas City Star reported that Zenger made the announcement Wednesday night at a meet-and-greet event for the football team at a bar in Kansas City, Mo. He said architectural drawings are in the works and will be released to...
COTA’s U.S. Grand Prix weekend just got a little more crowded

COTA’s U.S. Grand Prix weekend just got a little more crowded

The United States Grand Prix weekend at Circuit of the Americas has gained a new supporting event. The Formula Four United States series will make a stop in Austin during the Formula One stay Oct. 20-22. It will be the seventh and concluding event of the season for the U.S. brand of F4. COTA already had its most ambitious racing schedule, and now it will grow a little more. The F4 competition will...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

David Barrick, 6-iron, 186-yard 3rd hole at Lago Vista; witnesses: Mike Mount, Paul Takemoto Diane Boston, driver, 155-yard 15th hole at Hidden Falls; witnesses: Jan Cunningham, Marie Hammond Daniel Cruz, 6-iron, 166-yard 6th hole at Avery Ranch; witnesses: Sam Ross, Sam Boesch Jeff Gancas, 5-iron, 154-yard 4th hole at Star Ranch; witness: Mike Lunger Michael Lee, 6-iron, 185-yard 3rd hole at Lago...
Brian Howard’s 12 strikeouts, Ryan Merrill’s homer help TCU oust Aggies

Brian Howard’s 12 strikeouts, Ryan Merrill’s homer help TCU oust Aggies

Roommates Brian Howard and Ryan Merrill are going to have plenty to talk about around their apartment when they and the rest of the TCU Horned Frogs return to Fort Worth. Howard matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in seven-plus innings. Merrill, playing before friends and family in his hometown, homered to start a three-run third inning and the roomies helped keep the Frogs’ season going...
Aggies fall to Louisville in College World Series opener

Aggies fall to Louisville in College World Series opener

Louisville had an early five-run lead against Texas A&M, and national player of the year Brendan McKay was on the mound. It should have been game over, right? “We knew Texas A&M wasn’t going to fold,” coach Dan McDonnell said. The Aggies didn’t. They pulled within a run in the sixth inning before Sam Bordner shut them down with three innings of no-hit relief, and the Cardinals...

Oregon State rallies to beat Fullerton in College World Series opener

Adley Rutschman hit a tie-breaking single in the eighth inning, Jake Mulholland pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit relief, and Oregon State rallied to beat Cal State Fullerton 6-5 in the College World Series opener Saturday. The top-ranked Beavers (55-4) extended their winning streak to 22 games after falling behind by four runs as starting pitcher Jake Thompson, who leads the nation in victories, scuffled...
With a mix of Saban and swag, Collins takes over at Temple

With a mix of Saban and swag, Collins takes over at Temple

Geoff Collins flips through the pages in a three-ring binder, grabs another and does the same. He finds the pages he wants and puts them side-by-side. Two travel itineraries, one from his time as Florida defensive coordinator and one that was used by his predecessor at Temple. The logos at the top of the page, the fonts, the layout of the schedule look about the same. That’s not a coincidence...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Texas football now has misplaced priorities Recently, UT fired the football coach because he was trying to teach the players such nonsense as honesty, ethics and integrity. It appears UT feels they can do better with criminals. Perhaps instead of burnt orange, we should say prison orange. FRANK GOTCH, Austin
WATCH: ‘Clark Kent’ stays on track with his father

WATCH: ‘Clark Kent’ stays on track with his father

Jaleel Scott has always been the fastest kid in school. At Maplewood Elementary School in East Austin, he won the annual field day race each year. At Kealing Middle School, his explosiveness helped the football team win all but one game in a two-year span. Now a rising sophomore at LBJ High School, Jaleel’s speed helped earn him a spot on the varsity football team as a freshman, and it helped...
Sizing up the teams at the College World Series

Sizing up the teams at the College World Series

A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. (Capsules in order of CWS opening games. Coaches’ records through super regionals): OREGON STATE (54-4) Coach: Pat Casey (843-444-5, 23 years at Oregon State; 1,014-553-6, 30 years overall). Road to Omaha: Won Corvallis Regional: beat Holy Cross, beat Yale twice. Won Corvallis...
Texas State notebook: Outfielder Teddy Hoffman drafted by Tigers

Texas State notebook: Outfielder Teddy Hoffman drafted by Tigers

Texas State outfielder Teddy Hoffman was drafted in the 15th round Wednesday by the Detroit Tigers. He was the only Bobcat selected in this year’s draft and is the 59th Texas State player selected in the MLB draft, 20 of which having played for current coach Ty Harrington. Hoffman led the Bobcats with career-high numbers and was near the top of the Sun Belt Conference in a handful of statistical...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Kenneth Belaire, 4-iron, 175-yard 6th hole at Lago Vista; witnesses: Paul Takiamoto, Eric Carpenter Ben Coker, 8-iron, 150-yard 7th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: John Wilcox, Robert Musselman, Dan Edmonds Pete Weidner, wedge, 138-yard 6th hole at Forest Creek; witness: Tom Hoxworth Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by...
Lueck has 4 hits as Florida State rallies past Sam Houston State

Lueck has 4 hits as Florida State rallies past Sam Houston State

Jackson Lueck’s walk-off single capped a four-hit, four-RBI performance Saturday as Florida State beat Sam Houston State in the opener of the best-of-three Tallahassee Super Regional. Taylor Walls opened the ninth with a single and advanced to second after Dylan Busby was hit by a pitch. Lueck then got his third walk-off hit of the season, a single to right-center. Lueck, a sophomore right fielder...
George Janca’s hit lifts Texas A&M over Davidson in 15 innings

George Janca’s hit lifts Texas A&M over Davidson in 15 innings

George Janca had a walk-off single in the 15th inning and Texas A&M beat Davidson 7-6 Friday night in the opener of the best-of-three NCAA super regional. It was the longest super regional game in NCAA history. Nick Choruby and Hunter Coleman each had two RBIs to help Texas A&M (40-21) build a 6-0 lead. Brigham Hill’s no-hit bid was broken up in the sixth inning on Cam Johnson’s run-scoring...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats trio competing at NCAA outdoors

Texas State notebook: Bobcats trio competing at NCAA outdoors

Three Texas State track and field athletes are competing in the NCAA outdoor championships this week in Eugene, Ore. — junior high jumper Chelsie Decoud, senior triple jumper Mylana Hearn and sophomore shot putter T’Mond Johnson. Johnson, who’s competing at the NCAA outdoors for the first time, finished 21st in the men’s shot put final Wednesday night after throwing 18.31 meters...
The Riley Factor: It’s OU’s way to tap young assistants as head coaches

The Riley Factor: It’s OU’s way to tap young assistants as head coaches

In a hastily-called press conference Wednesday, Oklahoma rocked the college football world. Bob Stoops, 56, stepped down after an 18-year head coaching career. The Sooners immediately promoted 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, making him the youngest head coach in the country. There was no fuss, no drawn out coaching search, just a simple promotion. Riley, who had his wife and young...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

John Anderson, 9-iron, 144-yard 11th hole at Falconhead; witnesses: Kyle Holder, Alec Harris Eric Hazen, 4-hybrid, 189-yard 8th hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Eric George Finch, Jonathan Frante Creighton Honeck, pitching wedge, 137-yard 14th hole at Spanish Oaks; witnesses: Tyler Davidson, Joe Rodela, Joe Knezevich, Bill Richardson Robert Margeson, driver, 301-yard 5th hole at Teravista; witenesses...
Oklahoma defends softball title with 5-4 win over Florida

Oklahoma defends softball title with 5-4 win over Florida

Even as defending champions, it seemed for most of the season that Oklahoma was unlikely to repeat. The Sooners earned just a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They lost their NCAA opener to North Dakota State before rallying, then had to go to Auburn and win a super regional. Even when they recovered at the Women’s College World Series and reached the championship round, they faced No. 1...
Knighten’s HR in 17th lifts Oklahoma past Florida in Game 1

Knighten’s HR in 17th lifts Oklahoma past Florida in Game 1

Shay Knighten didn’t let Oklahoma waste any more opportunities. Her three-run homer off Kelly Barnhill in the top of the 17th inning gave the Sooners a 7-5 victory over Florida in Game 1 of the championship series on Monday night. Oklahoma left the bases loaded in the 15th and 16th innings before Knighten put the Sooners in control. “I was just looking to find a pitch in the zone that...
Florida, Oklahoma pitching staffs loaded for WCWS title series

Florida, Oklahoma pitching staffs loaded for WCWS title series

Florida’s pitching staff might finally meet its match in Oklahoma. Florida hasn’t allowed an earned run in three games at the Women’s College World Series. The top-seeded Gators feature USA Softball collegiate player of the year Kelly Barnhill, NFCA first-team All-American Delanie Gourley and an experienced option in Aleshia Ocasio. Defending champion Oklahoma counters with Paige...
Long Beach State downs San Diego State 7-4 to stay alive

Long Beach State downs San Diego State 7-4 to stay alive

Jarren Duran’s two-run single touched off five unanswered runs for Long Beach State in a 7-4 victory over San Diego State in the Long Beach Regional on Sunday. The top-seeded Dirtbags (39-18-1) were to face Texas in the regional final Sunday night. The Aztecs, who were making their fourth tournament appearance in the past five years, finished the season 42-21. Danny Sheehan hit a two-run home...
Oklahoma beats Oregon to reach softball title series vs. Florida

Oklahoma beats Oregon to reach softball title series vs. Florida

Shay Knighten singled in two runs in the fifth inning to help defending champion Oklahoma beat Oregon 4-2 Sunday in the Women’s College World Series semifinals. The Sooners (59-9) will play top-seeded Florida on Monday night to start the best-of-three championship series. The teams have combined to win the past four national titles but will meet for the first time in the finals. Paige Parker...
North Carolina rallies to oust Michigan

North Carolina rallies to oust Michigan

Logan Warmoth and Ashton McGee drove in two runs apiece, and North Carolina beat Michigan 8-1 Saturday in an elimination game at the NCAA Tournament’s Chapel Hill Regional. Tyler Lynn finished with three hits for the top-seeded Tar Heels (48-13), the tournament’s No. 2 overall seed. They were playing less than 24 hours after being upset by fourth-seeded Davidson in their opener. McGee&rsquo...
Host Dirtbags blank San Diego State in regional opener

Host Dirtbags blank San Diego State in regional opener

Dave Smith threw his first career complete game as top-seeded Long Beach State defeated San Diego State 6-0 in the Long Beach Regional’s late game Friday night. Smith (9-1) threw 98 pitches, allowing only five hits, and didn’t face more than four batters in any one inning for Long Beach State (38-17-1). It was the Dirtbags’ 11th shutout this season, which ranks second in the nation...
Ejection sparks UCLA in win over Texas A&M

Ejection sparks UCLA in win over Texas A&M

UCLA assistant coach Lisa Fernandez might have made the play of the day for the Bruins. Fernandez was ejected in the sixth inning after protesting a play at home plate involving UCLA’s Gabrielle Maurice and Texas A&M catcher Ashley Walters. A throw home led Walters to tag Maurice in the face. Fernandez argued that there should have been an obstruction call, and she bumped the home plate umpire...
Wonder Wolfe: Austin boxing legend makes acting debut in film epic

Wonder Wolfe: Austin boxing legend makes acting debut in film epic

Ann Wolfe was walking along a quiet road in southern Italy in March of last year when a car pulled up. “Want a ride, Ann?” “Sure, thanks.” Wolfe climbed into the passenger seat. The driver? Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman, really? You bet. Gal Gadot, aka Wonder Woman, just became the most talked about actress in Hollywood this summer. Her driving companion is making her acting debut...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Win at all costs is new UT standard It is comforting to know that Coach Herman is taking a self-acclaimed criminal into the football program. I firmly believe that football coaches (or any coach, for that matter) would accept anyone who can play football (or any other sport, for that matter) regardless of what kind of character they have (if any). Too bad Herman doesn’t have the high standards...
Aggies top Baylor in Houston Regional opener

Aggies top Baylor in Houston Regional opener

Freshman Braden Shewmake hit a two-run homer and Nick Choruby had four hits with two RBIs as Texas A&M beat Baylor 8-5 in the opener of the Houston Regional on Friday. The third-seeded Aggies (37-21) will play the Houston-Iowa winner Saturday, and the Bears (34-22) will face the loser in an elimination game. Aaron Dodson had a grand slam in the third inning for No. 2 seed Baylor, but Texas A&M responded...
Nicole Pendley’s 3-run homer helps Oklahoma top Baylor 6-3 in WCWS

Nicole Pendley’s 3-run homer helps Oklahoma top Baylor 6-3 in WCWS

Oklahoma made mistakes teams normally don’t get away with at the Women’s College World Series. The Sooners had enough firepower to get by. Nicole Pendley hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Oklahoma opened defense of its national title with a 6-3 victory over Baylor on Thursday night. The Sooners won despite committing four errors, and they got in a bit of trouble late in a...
Texas State notebook: Randi Rupp earns All-American honors

Texas State notebook: Randi Rupp earns All-American honors

Randi Rupp’s award-winning season keeps getting more fruitful. The Sun Belt player of the year was named a second-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association this week. It’s the first All-American honor for Rupp, who’s been an NFCA all-region selection in each of her first three years. She’s the first Bobcat to earn All-American honors since Kristen Zeleski...
Kelly Barnhill allows 3 hits as Florida tops Texas A&M 8-0 in WCWS

Kelly Barnhill allows 3 hits as Florida tops Texas A&M 8-0 in WCWS

Kelly Barnhill has accomplished just about everything in her two-year career at Florida. Now she can add winning pitcher at the Women’s College World Series. The sophomore gave up three hits to help top-seeded Florida knock off Texas A&M 8-0 in five innings Thursday on the opening day of action. Florida didn’t reach the WCWS last season, so this was a new stage for Barnhill (25-3), USA...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Steve Alford, 9-iron, 132-yard 12th hole at White Wing; witness: Paul Watson Rich Barbee, 5-iron, 161-yard 16th hole at Legacy Hills; witnesses: Susie Barbee, Debbie Stransky Michael Fruge, 8-iron, 135-yard 17th hole at Barton Creek Lakeside; witnesses: Alan Payne, Olle Lorehn, C.T. Adams Ron Groves, 4-hybrid, 138-yard 18th hole at Lost Creek; witness: Jim Podlick Garry Hackleman, 8-iron, 142-yard...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Kudos to athletes for obtaining degrees Re: “Greater degrees of success,” May 20 Best news coming out of the Sports pages in a long, long time — athletes finishing their course work and obtaining their college degrees! CLOVIS WILLIAMS, Austin Why not give home schooling a shot here? Re: “Fight rages over Tebow home-school legislation” “… Concerns that home-schooling...
A forgetful moment and a fire in the kitchen

A forgetful moment and a fire in the kitchen

I’ve grown old and forgetful, and we are starting to pay a price for it. By “we” I mean Rana and me, along with anybody else who happens to glide into our orbit. It’s embarrassing and stupid, at times, like when I tried to burn down the house a few weeks ago. The event of which I’m speaking occurred April 30, a Sunday afternoon, normal and without anything else to distinguish...
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