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Commentary: Will an upset of Texas buy Kingsbury another year?
 Before the last leftovers are gobbled up this holiday weekend, Texas Tech will have as much on its plate as any school in this state can handle. Do we fire our football coach? If so, who do we get that’s an upgrade? Everything about Kliff Kingsbury’s record suggests mediocrity, or wo rse. A 29-32 record. A 15-30 mark in Big 12...

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Before the last leftovers are gobbled up this holiday weekend, Texas Tech will have as much on its plate as any school in this state can handle. Do we fire our football coach? If so, who do we get that’s an upgrade? Everything about Kliff Kingsbury’s record suggests mediocrity, or wo rse. A 29-32 record. A 15-30 mark in Big 12...
COTA offering holiday weekend ticket discount for 2018 races
 Circuit of the Americas is bringing back its Motorsports Madness Bundle, special discounts for next year’s races available
            through this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Motorsports Madness Bundle includes general admission tickets for all four major 2018 race weekends for $249, a 33 percent
            discount. The events...

Posted: a day ago

Circuit of the Americas is bringing back its Motorsports Madness Bundle, special discounts for next year’s races available through this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Motorsports Madness Bundle includes general admission tickets for all four major 2018 race weekends for $249, a 33 percent discount. The events...
Rangers or Astros? Express to keep options open for 2019
 The Round Rock Express could re-align with the World Series champion Houston Astros for the 2019 season, but it is far from a fait accompli, the Triple-A club president said Friday. Chris Almendarez denied a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report that the Express will formally tell the Texas Rangers at next month’s Winter Meetings they will...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Round Rock Express could re-align with the World Series champion Houston Astros for the 2019 season, but it is far from a fait accompli, the Triple-A club president said Friday. Chris Almendarez denied a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report that the Express will formally tell the Texas Rangers at next month’s Winter Meetings they will...
Texas could find day-and-night difference at West Virginia
 When the game time was announced for Texas-West Virginia, the groans could be heard from the Appalachian mountain tops to the Monongahela River basin. Kickoff at 11 a.m. . Another day game. Mountaineers fans flooded social media sites. “Not one home night game all year.” … “Big 12, you know we have lights, right?&rdquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

When the game time was announced for Texas-West Virginia, the groans could be heard from the Appalachian mountain tops to the Monongahela River basin. Kickoff at 11 a.m. . Another day game. Mountaineers fans flooded social media sites. “Not one home night game all year.” … “Big 12, you know we have lights, right?&rdquo...
Columbus officials, Crew owner find little common ground in meeting
 A meeting in New York City on Wednesday between the Columbus mayor, a prominent business leader, Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber did not produce any breakthrough developments. Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus Partnership President and CEO Alex Fischer said Precourt lacked commitment...

Posted: 7 days ago

A meeting in New York City on Wednesday between the Columbus mayor, a prominent business leader, Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber did not produce any breakthrough developments. Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus Partnership President and CEO Alex Fischer said Precourt lacked commitment...
Lobbyist initiated MLS to Austin talk with city in late July
 MLS lobbyist Richard Suttle began pushing professional soccer to the Austin City Council in late July, records show. Suttle sent council members links to stories about the explosive growth of professional soccer in the United States, the American-Statesman has learned from e-mails gathered and reviewed as a result of an open records request...

Posted: 7 days ago

MLS lobbyist Richard Suttle began pushing professional soccer to the Austin City Council in late July, records show. Suttle sent council members links to stories about the explosive growth of professional soccer in the United States, the American-Statesman has learned from e-mails gathered and reviewed as a result of an open records request...
That 13th data point may bite Oklahoma, Big 12 come CFP selection time
 When the Big 12 decided to resurrect its championship game, the big selling point was the “13th data point” it would give the league in the College Football Playoff debate. Well, that extra data point could short-circuit the Big 12’s chances of securing a spot in this season’s four-team field. Third-ranked Oklahoma...

Posted: 8 days ago

When the Big 12 decided to resurrect its championship game, the big selling point was the “13th data point” it would give the league in the College Football Playoff debate. Well, that extra data point could short-circuit the Big 12’s chances of securing a spot in this season’s four-team field. Third-ranked Oklahoma...
Texan Ben Keating and Black Falcon Mercedes earn podium finish
 The first 24-hour endurance race at Circuit of the Americas proved a decisive victory for Porsche over Mercedes. The Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R team turned 609 laps and 2,071 over two days to win the 24 Hours of COTA by two laps in the season-ending race for the 24K Series. This was the European-based series first-ever event in...

Posted: 9 days ago

The first 24-hour endurance race at Circuit of the Americas proved a decisive victory for Porsche over Mercedes. The Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R team turned 609 laps and 2,071 over two days to win the 24 Hours of COTA by two laps in the season-ending race for the 24K Series. This was the European-based series first-ever event in...
Herberth Porsche team wins 24 Hours of COTA debut race
 The first 24-hour endurance race at Circuit of the Americas proved a decisive victory for Porsche over Mercedes. Circuit of the Americas held its first 24-hour race over the weekend, part of the 24H Series, and a Porsche took top honors.
               CREDIT: Courtesy of 24H Series The Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R team turned 609...

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The first 24-hour endurance race at Circuit of the Americas proved a decisive victory for Porsche over Mercedes. Circuit of the Americas held its first 24-hour race over the weekend, part of the 24H Series, and a Porsche took top honors. CREDIT: Courtesy of 24H Series The Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R team turned 609...
Texan Keating, teammates ready to start clock on 24 Hours of COTA
 Circuit of the Americas is experimenting with its first 24-hour race this weekend, and one accomplished Texas driver can hardly wait to embrace it. Ben Keating, a Tomball native and a Texas A&M alum, is part of the four-man Black Falcon team counted as one of the favorites in the Hankook 24 Hours of COTA on Saturday and Sunday. “The...

Posted: 12 days ago

Circuit of the Americas is experimenting with its first 24-hour race this weekend, and one accomplished Texas driver can hardly wait to embrace it. Ben Keating, a Tomball native and a Texas A&M alum, is part of the four-man Black Falcon team counted as one of the favorites in the Hankook 24 Hours of COTA on Saturday and Sunday. “The...
As Austin takes initial MLS step, other issues arise
 Austin City Council members on Thursday night unanimously approved a resolution directing the city staff to analyze city-owned land that could be used to build a Major League Soccer stadium. Precourt Sports Ventures, owner/operators of Columbus Crew SC, announced Oct. 17 that it is exploring a move to Austin for the 2019 season. PSV released...

Posted: 13 days ago

Austin City Council members on Thursday night unanimously approved a resolution directing the city staff to analyze city-owned land that could be used to build a Major League Soccer stadium. Precourt Sports Ventures, owner/operators of Columbus Crew SC, announced Oct. 17 that it is exploring a move to Austin for the 2019 season. PSV released...
Race for Big 12 football title game will sort out Saturday
 As it turns out, Big 12 football has a stepladder playoff system of its own this year, building to the return of its championship game. On Saturday the top two teams, TCU and Oklahoma, will clash in Norman, Okla. Two of the other three contenders — Oklahoma State and Iowa State — will collide in an elimination game in Ames, Iowa...

Posted: 13 days ago

As it turns out, Big 12 football has a stepladder playoff system of its own this year, building to the return of its championship game. On Saturday the top two teams, TCU and Oklahoma, will clash in Norman, Okla. Two of the other three contenders — Oklahoma State and Iowa State — will collide in an elimination game in Ames, Iowa...
Austin’s Mayor Pro Tem expects 1st MLS resolution to pass
 The first check of Austin’s appetite for Major League Soccer arrives Thursday when City Council votes on a resolution to help Columbus Crew SC ownership find a suitable stadium site. Mayor Pro-Tem Kathie Tovo expects her fellow council members to knock this ball into the back of the net. “I am optimistic about the vote,&rdquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

The first check of Austin’s appetite for Major League Soccer arrives Thursday when City Council votes on a resolution to help Columbus Crew SC ownership find a suitable stadium site. Mayor Pro-Tem Kathie Tovo expects her fellow council members to knock this ball into the back of the net. “I am optimistic about the vote,&rdquo...
Big 12 power poll: League’s 4 best teams collide Saturday
 BIG 12 POWER POLL Rnk (prv) Team;W-L (conf.);Next opponent;Comment 1. (1) Oklahoma;8-1 (5-1);vs. TCU (8-1), Sat.;Lake Travis ex Baker Mayfield is your new NCAA pass efficiency leader and everybody’s Heisman Trophy favorite. 2. (2) TCU;8-1 (5-1);at Oklahoma (8-1), Sat.;Immovable object vs. unstoppable force: Frogs 6th in nation in total...

Posted: 15 days ago

BIG 12 POWER POLL Rnk (prv) Team;W-L (conf.);Next opponent;Comment 1. (1) Oklahoma;8-1 (5-1);vs. TCU (8-1), Sat.;Lake Travis ex Baker Mayfield is your new NCAA pass efficiency leader and everybody’s Heisman Trophy favorite. 2. (2) TCU;8-1 (5-1);at Oklahoma (8-1), Sat.;Immovable object vs. unstoppable force: Frogs 6th in nation in total...
Austin Elite, new U.S. pro rugby league lure major TV contract
 When Austin Elite and Major League Rugby launch next year, they will have a significant television partner along for the ride. CBS Sports Network and MLR announced an exclusive, multi-year deal for the start-up league Tuesday, beginning with games in April, 2018. It is the first national TV partnership in the history of American professional...

Posted: 15 days ago

When Austin Elite and Major League Rugby launch next year, they will have a significant television partner along for the ride. CBS Sports Network and MLR announced an exclusive, multi-year deal for the start-up league Tuesday, beginning with games in April, 2018. It is the first national TV partnership in the history of American professional...
Potential MLS team’s new training facility could be a ‘community asset’
 While Austin city officials consider helping Columbus Crew SC move here, one key selling point could be the construction of a large practice complex to help the city’s soccer infrastructure. “We intend to build a world-class training facility to house our academy,” Precourt Sports Ventures president Dave Greeley told Austin...

Posted: 16 days ago

While Austin city officials consider helping Columbus Crew SC move here, one key selling point could be the construction of a large practice complex to help the city’s soccer infrastructure. “We intend to build a world-class training facility to house our academy,” Precourt Sports Ventures president Dave Greeley told Austin...
U.S. vintage cars racing at COTA this weekend
 CREDIT: Photo courtesy of SVRA and Circuit of the Americas This is a racing weekend at Circuit of the Americas with the US Vintage Racing National Championship taking over the track. The action started Friday and continues through Sunday afternoon. Parking is free, and tickets are just $20. Children 12 and
            under are free. There...

Posted: 18 days ago

CREDIT: Photo courtesy of SVRA and Circuit of the Americas This is a racing weekend at Circuit of the Americas with the US Vintage Racing National Championship taking over the track. The action started Friday and continues through Sunday afternoon. Parking is free, and tickets are just $20. Children 12 and under are free. There...
PSV president: Columbus Crew ‘could not be any more serious’ about move
 The president of Precourt Sports Ventures, which owns Columbus Crew SC, met with Austin soccer supporters Wednesday night and sent a short, direct message to those wondering about the club’s intentions. “We could not be any more serious about this move” to Austin, Dave Greeley told a crowd of about 200 packed into one side...

Posted: 20 days ago

The president of Precourt Sports Ventures, which owns Columbus Crew SC, met with Austin soccer supporters Wednesday night and sent a short, direct message to those wondering about the club’s intentions. “We could not be any more serious about this move” to Austin, Dave Greeley told a crowd of about 200 packed into one side...
Texas football: Longhorns 2nd best team in nation to bet on
 For a 4-4 team, Texas provides more bang for the buck than any other team in college football. We’ve been covering this topic for several weeks, but the Longhorns’ accomplishment in the gambling circles officially falls into the astounding range. Texas is riding a seven-game unbeaten streak against the point spread — the...

Posted: 20 days ago

For a 4-4 team, Texas provides more bang for the buck than any other team in college football. We’ve been covering this topic for several weeks, but the Longhorns’ accomplishment in the gambling circles officially falls into the astounding range. Texas is riding a seven-game unbeaten streak against the point spread — the...
Because of timing, this year’s Bedlam matchup may cause Big 12 chaos
 Bedlam typically brings finality to Big 12 football. This year it could create more chaos. Four of the previous six years, the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game has decided the league championship. By placing it earlier on the calendar, Bedlam remains an important, yet not all-encompassing showdown. This is the first time in 13 years the rivalry...

Posted: 22 days ago

Bedlam typically brings finality to Big 12 football. This year it could create more chaos. Four of the previous six years, the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game has decided the league championship. By placing it earlier on the calendar, Bedlam remains an important, yet not all-encompassing showdown. This is the first time in 13 years the rivalry...
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