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Planting The Seeds: Horns, Baylor climb into tail end of NCAA field
 PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staffer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, returns with his weekly NCAA Tournament projections. There are 32 automatic bids for conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids. Selection Sunday arrives March 11. On the top line: Villanova, Virginia and Michigan State are the easy part...

Posted: 2 days ago

PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staffer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, returns with his weekly NCAA Tournament projections. There are 32 automatic bids for conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids. Selection Sunday arrives March 11. On the top line: Villanova, Virginia and Michigan State are the easy part...
The real Big 12 showdown isn’t the one ESPN is hyping for Saturday
 ESPN College GameDay is taking its show to Lawrence this weekend for the West Virginia-Kansas game. Perhaps the gang should have headed to Waco, where the two hottest teams in the league square off. Texas Tech has reeled off seven victories in a row. Baylor, nearly given up for dead a few weeks ago, has rattled off four straight wins. The...

Posted: 5 days ago

ESPN College GameDay is taking its show to Lawrence this weekend for the West Virginia-Kansas game. Perhaps the gang should have headed to Waco, where the two hottest teams in the league square off. Texas Tech has reeled off seven victories in a row. Baylor, nearly given up for dead a few weeks ago, has rattled off four straight wins. The...
MLS to Austin: Soccer to be tabled at Thursday’s council meeting
 Soccer will not be part of the conversation when the Austin City Council meets Thursday. Item 19, which involves discussion and possible action on Major League Soccer stadium sites, remains on the agenda but will be postponed, according to the mayor’s office. The city staff has withdrawn the soccer agenda item, and Mayor Steve Adler...

Posted: 6 days ago

Soccer will not be part of the conversation when the Austin City Council meets Thursday. Item 19, which involves discussion and possible action on Major League Soccer stadium sites, remains on the agenda but will be postponed, according to the mayor’s office. The city staff has withdrawn the soccer agenda item, and Mayor Steve Adler...
Johnny Manziel coming to Austin for Spring League
 Johnny Manziel will attempt a football comeback in Austin at the Spring League, a three-week developmental camp that kicks
            off March 28. Quarterback Johnny Manziel will participate in the Spring League in Austin next month. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) “We’re excited to have such a dynamic player in Johhny...

Posted: 7 days ago

Johnny Manziel will attempt a football comeback in Austin at the Spring League, a three-week developmental camp that kicks off March 28. Quarterback Johnny Manziel will participate in the Spring League in Austin next month. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) “We’re excited to have such a dynamic player in Johhny...
Johnny Manziel interview: ‘I am sitting on a couch being a loser’
 In an interview with “Good Morning America” that aired Monday, former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel disclosed that
            he is bipolar and spoke of his battles with alcohol and depression. Johnny Manziel tells an ABC news reporter that he is bipolar and is taking medication for the condition. The former Texas
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Posted: 9 days ago

In an interview with “Good Morning America” that aired Monday, former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel disclosed that he is bipolar and spoke of his battles with alcohol and depression. Johnny Manziel tells an ABC news reporter that he is bipolar and is taking medication for the condition. The former Texas ...
Planting The Seeds: NCAA Tournament committee gets things wrong
 PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staffer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, returns with his weekly NCAA Tournament projections. There are 32 automatic bids for conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids. Selection Sunday arrives March 11. At the top: The selection committee released its top 16 teams Sunday, and...

Posted: 9 days ago

PLANTING THE SEEDS American-Statesman staffer Kevin Lyttle, an Associated Press Top 25 voter, returns with his weekly NCAA Tournament projections. There are 32 automatic bids for conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids. Selection Sunday arrives March 11. At the top: The selection committee released its top 16 teams Sunday, and...
Express Fan Fest will be March 24 at Dell Diamond
 The Round Rock Express announced their annual Fan Fest will be Saturday, March 24, when they plan to turn Dell Diamond into an interactive fun zone for fans of all ages. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free of charge. Fans can test their baseball skills by taking batting practice or pitching in the bullpen. Because of field renovations...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Round Rock Express announced their annual Fan Fest will be Saturday, March 24, when they plan to turn Dell Diamond into an interactive fun zone for fans of all ages. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free of charge. Fans can test their baseball skills by taking batting practice or pitching in the bullpen. Because of field renovations...
Brooks Conrad earns Express Hall of Fame honor
 Long-time Round Rock Express second baseman Brooks Conrad, the franchise record-holder for games played, will become the fifth member of the club’s Hall of Fame. Conrad, who played in 519 games from 2004-07, earned the honor over pitchers Chris Sampson and Kirk Saarloos through a fan vote, together with input from a panel of Express...

Posted: 12 days ago

Long-time Round Rock Express second baseman Brooks Conrad, the franchise record-holder for games played, will become the fifth member of the club’s Hall of Fame. Conrad, who played in 519 games from 2004-07, earned the honor over pitchers Chris Sampson and Kirk Saarloos through a fan vote, together with input from a panel of Express...
Big 12 basketball power rankings show new leader
 BIG 12 POWER POLL Rnk (prv) Team;W-L (conf.);Next opponent;Comment 1. (2) Texas Tech;20-4 (8-3);at Kansas State (17-7), Sat.;Defense wins championships? Red Raiders, winners of 5 straight, at top of league in most key defensive metrics. 2. (1) Kansas;19-5 (8-3);at Baylor (14-10), Sat.;Glad we didn’t coronate Jayhawks, just 3-2 in last...

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BIG 12 POWER POLL Rnk (prv) Team;W-L (conf.);Next opponent;Comment 1. (2) Texas Tech;20-4 (8-3);at Kansas State (17-7), Sat.;Defense wins championships? Red Raiders, winners of 5 straight, at top of league in most key defensive metrics. 2. (1) Kansas;19-5 (8-3);at Baylor (14-10), Sat.;Glad we didn’t coronate Jayhawks, just 3-2 in last...
Big 12 football recruiting: team-by-team report, rankings
 Team-by-team Big 12 recruiting analysis, arranged in order of 247Sports composite national rankings: TEXAS LONGHORNS National rank: 3 Easily Texas’ best class since 2012. Only Georgia and Ohio State did better. It’s the first time Texas has out-recruited Alabama
            since 2010. Tom Herman pulled it off by running the SEC...

Posted: 12 days ago

Team-by-team Big 12 recruiting analysis, arranged in order of 247Sports composite national rankings: TEXAS LONGHORNS National rank: 3 Easily Texas’ best class since 2012. Only Georgia and Ohio State did better. It’s the first time Texas has out-recruited Alabama since 2010. Tom Herman pulled it off by running the SEC...
Texas-Texas A&M could jump-start NCAA Tournament next month
 The Final Four comes with a Lone Star frame of mind this year so why not tip off the NCAA Tournament next month with a spicy, tantalizing appetizer? Texas vs. Texas A&M. Planting The Seeds, the American-Statesman’s weekly projection of the 68-team field, has started its run-up to Selection Sunday on March 11, and our opening...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Final Four comes with a Lone Star frame of mind this year so why not tip off the NCAA Tournament next month with a spicy, tantalizing appetizer? Texas vs. Texas A&M. Planting The Seeds, the American-Statesman’s weekly projection of the 68-team field, has started its run-up to Selection Sunday on March 11, and our opening...
Big 12 basketball power poll for ESPN’s Texas GameDay
 With ESPN’s College GameDay visiting Texas on Saturday for basketball for the first time in nine years, here is the American-Statesman’s
            latest power poll rankings of the teams in America’s top-rated league: Also check out 
            our profile of Oklahoma freshman phenom Trae Young and a 
            preview...

Posted: 18 days ago

With ESPN’s College GameDay visiting Texas on Saturday for basketball for the first time in nine years, here is the American-Statesman’s latest power poll rankings of the teams in America’s top-rated league: Also check out our profile of Oklahoma freshman phenom Trae Young and a preview...
MLS stadium search gets delayed again, pushing it to spring or summer
 More than 3½ months after Columbus Crew SC ownership publicly cast its eyes on Austin for 2019, the potential move seems as far away as ever. What’s followed is a series of stops and starts and a general lack of clarity. The only folks celebrating so far are neighborhood groups and activists working to strike parkland from the...

Posted: 18 days ago

More than 3½ months after Columbus Crew SC ownership publicly cast its eyes on Austin for 2019, the potential move seems as far away as ever. What’s followed is a series of stops and starts and a general lack of clarity. The only folks celebrating so far are neighborhood groups and activists working to strike parkland from the...
Young — college basketball’s No. 1 attraction — makes his Texas tour stop
 The best show in college basketball rolls into Austin on Saturday. No, we’re not talking about ESPN’s GameDay, which will be at the Erwin Center for the first time in nine years. Trae Young will be making his one — and surely only — appearance in town before he lights up NBA arenas a year from now. The Oklahoma freshman...

Posted: 19 days ago

The best show in college basketball rolls into Austin on Saturday. No, we’re not talking about ESPN’s GameDay, which will be at the Erwin Center for the first time in nine years. Trae Young will be making his one — and surely only — appearance in town before he lights up NBA arenas a year from now. The Oklahoma freshman...
Defending champ Dustin Johnson to play Dell Match Play in Austin
 World No. 1 golfer Dustin Johnson has committed to defending his title in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event March 21-25 at Austin Country Club. Johnson couldn’t be stopped in the 2017 event, leading a tournament-record 94 percent of his matches and never trailing in a single match over 112 holes. He beat Jon Rahm, currently...

Posted: 19 days ago

World No. 1 golfer Dustin Johnson has committed to defending his title in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event March 21-25 at Austin Country Club. Johnson couldn’t be stopped in the 2017 event, leading a tournament-record 94 percent of his matches and never trailing in a single match over 112 holes. He beat Jon Rahm, currently...
F1’s U.S. Grand Prix at COTA keeps similar start time
 Formula One announced 
            start times for its 2018 races, moving European and the Brazilian events back a full one hour and 10 minutes. The United States Grand Prix will start at 1:10 p.m., rather than 1 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Circuit of the Americas in
            Austin. F1 said its research indicates a wider television audience...

Posted: 19 days ago

Formula One announced start times for its 2018 races, moving European and the Brazilian events back a full one hour and 10 minutes. The United States Grand Prix will start at 1:10 p.m., rather than 1 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. F1 said its research indicates a wider television audience...
Texas Tech, TCU top Big 12 preseason baseball poll
 Big 12 baseball coaches forecast a two-way battle between Texas Tech and TCU for the 2018 season. Texas Tech is coming off a co-championship season in 2017. CREDIT: Big 12 Sports The Red Raiders, for the first time since 1999, took the No. 1 spot in the preseason poll — by the slimmest of margins. Tech received five first-place votes...

Posted: 19 days ago

Big 12 baseball coaches forecast a two-way battle between Texas Tech and TCU for the 2018 season. Texas Tech is coming off a co-championship season in 2017. CREDIT: Big 12 Sports The Red Raiders, for the first time since 1999, took the No. 1 spot in the preseason poll — by the slimmest of margins. Tech received five first-place votes...
COTA’s season opener this weekend is free of charge
 Circuit of the Americas will open its 2018 racing season this weekend with a U.S.-based sports car series that spectators can watch free of charge. The Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour will feature nearly 300 top Sports Car Club of America amateur racers, including 40 Texans. Track activities will begin at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday...

Posted: 20 days ago

Circuit of the Americas will open its 2018 racing season this weekend with a U.S.-based sports car series that spectators can watch free of charge. The Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour will feature nearly 300 top Sports Car Club of America amateur racers, including 40 Texans. Track activities will begin at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday...
F1’s grid girls swept off the track
 Formula One fans won’t have the grid girls to look at any more. Grid girls look on before the Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Oct. 29, 2017 in Mexico City. Formula
               One t is discontinuing its use of grid girls. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) F1 announced Wednesday an end to the long-standing...

Posted: 20 days ago

Formula One fans won’t have the grid girls to look at any more. Grid girls look on before the Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Oct. 29, 2017 in Mexico City. Formula One t is discontinuing its use of grid girls. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) F1 announced Wednesday an end to the long-standing...
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