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Precourt, MLS file for dismissal of ‘Art Modell Law’ suit

Precourt, MLS file for dismissal of ‘Art Modell Law’ suit

The owners of the Major League Soccer franchise Columbus Crew SC struck back Thursday against an Ohio lawsuit aimed at keeping the team from potentially relocating to Austin. Precourt Sports Ventures and MLS jointly filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that Ohio Revised Code 9.67 does not apply to the Crew and is unconstitutional. In the document, obtained by the Austin American-Statesman...


TxDOT to forgive $1.3 billion in unpaid toll fees and fines

TxDOT to forgive $1.3 billion in unpaid toll fees and fines

The Texas Department of Transportation will waive more than $1.3 billion in fines and late fees owed by those who drove on its toll roads since 2007, agency officials say, a response to a cap in such fees imposed last year by the Legislature. The decision, made by TxDOT Executive Director James Bass in recent weeks and announced Wednesday at a House Transportation Committee, does not affect the underlying...
For 1st time in nearly 40 years, an Englishman leads charge for MotoGP

For 1st time in nearly 40 years, an Englishman leads charge for MotoGP

It’s not exactly a British invasion of Circuit of the Americas. But as the world’s premier motorcycle series makes its annual Austin pilgrimage, an English rider leads the charge, a first for MotoGP since 1979. In a sport dominated by Spaniards and Italians, Cal Crutchlow, a 32-year-old from Coventry, cruises into this weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas atop the standings...
Twenty-five years later, Waco survivor is keeper of the Davidian flame

Twenty-five years later, Waco survivor is keeper of the Davidian flame

On April 19, 1993, Clive Doyle was one of nine Branch Davidians to emerge from the fire that consumed Mount Carmel, the small religious sect’s communal home a few miles outside of Waco. He was burned, but alive. “Twenty-five years, a quarter-century, it’s hard to believe,” an emotionally exhausted Doyle, 77, said at the conclusion of a nearly three-hour memorial service Thursday...
UPDATE: One dead, one injured after shooting in East Austin, police say

UPDATE: One dead, one injured after shooting in East Austin, police say

One man died and another was seriously injured on Thursday evening during a shooting in East Austin, according to Austin police. Emergency crews were called to the 1100 block of Poquito Street, between East Seventh Street and Rosewood Avenue, around 6:28 p.m., Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics said. Preliminary reports from first responders were that CPR was in progress on one...
Round Rock man accused of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel, feds say

Round Rock man accused of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel, feds say

Authorities arrested a Round Rock man Thursday after a federal grand jury accused him of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel on eBay, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  Steve Kim, 58, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, federal officials said.  Most of the apparel...
Defendant Onyeri testifies, admits to shooting Judge Kocurek

Defendant Onyeri testifies, admits to shooting Judge Kocurek

The two people central to Chimene Onyeri’s alleged shooting of state District Judge Julie Kocurek took the witness stand Thursday — and one of them started sobbing. It was not the person who was nearly killed in front of her teenage son. Kocurek was composed as she presented gripping testimony about her road to recovery from four gunshot blasts in November 2015, revealing that at the darkest...
Street artist honors Draylen Mason with East Austin mural

Street artist honors Draylen Mason with East Austin mural

Local artist Mike Johnston created a mural in memory of Draylen Mason that is now on display in East Austin. The poster is glued to an electric box at Pleasant Valley and Webberville roads. Johnston said he put it there Wednesday morning. Mason was one of two people killed by a package bomb during a string of attacks that left several others wounded through March. Mason died March 12, after the bomb...
5 things to know about protecting your ride during weekend MotoGP

5 things to know about protecting your ride during weekend MotoGP

If you’re one of the thousands of motorcyclists converging on Circuit of the Americas this weekend for MotoGP, Austin police say you should keep these five things in mind to protect your ride: 1. Criminals like easy targets. Secure your motorcycle to a fixed, anchored object or another motorcycle — or risk somebody lifting it into a truck or van. It also helps if you don’t store...
El Paso-area lawmaker asks DPS to reconsider use of “illegal aliens”

El Paso-area lawmaker asks DPS to reconsider use of “illegal aliens”

A hearing this week at the Capitol about border security was heavy on matters of dollars-and-cents. But at one point duing the meeting of the Texas House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, a raw issue involving terminology around immigration and border matters surfaced. State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, asked Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw if the agency could reconsider...
Draylen Mason honored with mural in East Austin

Draylen Mason honored with mural in East Austin

Austin artist Mike Johnston put up a mural in East Austin in memory of Austin bombing victim Draylen Mason.  The poster is glued to an electric box in East Austin at Pleasant Valley and Webberville roads. Johnston said he put it there Wednesday morning.  Mason was one of two people killed by a package bomb in Austin during a spree that left several others wounded through March. Mason died...

Austin forecast: Overcast Friday to set stage for stormy Saturday

After a string of mild but sunny spring days this week, the National Weather Service says Austin should prepare for an overcast Friday and a stormy Saturday. As of Thursday afternoon, forecasters were expecting mostly cloudy skies on Friday with milder than normal temperatures reaching only 73. Southeast winds blowing in from the Gulf at 10 mph in the evening would usher in scattered showers from...
Appeals court blocks Texas ‘revenge porn’ law

Appeals court blocks Texas ‘revenge porn’ law

A state appeals court has struck down a 2015 law that made it a crime to post “revenge porn” — intimate photos and videos from a previous or current relationship — on the internet without consent. The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals, in a ruling handed down Wednesday, said the law violated the First Amendment by restricting expression based on the content of the photographs...
Police question Austin-area student who posted gun photo

Police question Austin-area student who posted gun photo

An Austin-area student Thursday morning posted a photo of a gun on the Snapchat social media network with the words, “Ready for school.” The photo prompted school officials in Hays and Travis counties to quickly investigate as they tried to determine whether it was one of their students. District officials confirm the image was posted by a Westlake High School student. Law enforcement...
San Antonio school work asking for ‘positive aspects’ of slave life ‘unacceptable,’ Joaquin Castro says

San Antonio school work asking for ‘positive aspects’ of slave life ‘unacceptable,’ Joaquin Castro says

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, took to Twitter on Thursday to call out a San Antonio school assignment about slavery that he called “unacceptable.”  Castro tweeted an image of the assignment, which asked students to list both positive and negative aspects to living as a slave.  The charter school where the assignment came from, Great Hearts, has since responded...
Five arrested for robbing San Marcos pizza delivery driver, police say

Five arrested for robbing San Marcos pizza delivery driver, police say

San Marcos police have arrested five men suspected of robbing a pizza delivery driver in early April by hitting him over the head with a metal water bottle. Da Lavon Lamar Scruggs, 21, Andrew Jones Jr., 21, Deshaun Moorer, 20, Daniel Hagans, 21, and Sean Garrett, 18, have all been charged with aggravated robbery, police said. Authorities said a man tried to deliver a pizza to the Aqua 16 Apartments...
UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 near U.S. 183 reopened after crash and gas spill

UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 near U.S. 183 reopened after crash and gas spill

3:30 p.m. update: A crash that caused a gas spill on northbound Interstate 35 near U.S. 183 has been cleared, and all lanes are open, Austin police said.  Earlier: Three northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were shut down near U.S. 183 on Thursday afternoon after a liquid spill, the Texas Department of Transportation said. Austin police said they were called to the area...
Poll: Texas voters support legal status for unauthorized immigrants

Poll: Texas voters support legal status for unauthorized immigrants

Sixty percent of Texas voters support the National Guard being used to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border, but a majority oppose a border wall and support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. A majority of poll respondents also held liberal views on gun control and marijuana. Hispanic voters are divided &mdash...

Austin police to lead training Tuesday on how to respond to shooters

Austin police will help train civilians in how to respond to an active shooter in a free session at a Southwest Austin church next week. Officer Josh Visi will lead the training at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 U.S. 290 West, on April 24 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend at no charge, the church said in a statement. The civilian response to active shooter events, or CRASE, training...

COMMUNITY NEWS: Screening of ‘Jackie Brown’ to benefit AIDS services

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN AIDS Services of Austin to host fundraiser AIDS Services of Austin will host Dining Out For Life on Tuesday at over 60 local restaurants in the community that will donate a portion of proceeds from the day to the organization. The event will benefit ASA’s mission of enhancing the health and well-being of Central Texans affected by HIV and AIDS. Special events will include...
Central Texas home sales end 1st quarter with a flourish

Central Texas home sales end 1st quarter with a flourish

The Austin area’s home sales and median home sales price both hit record highs for the month of March, bringing the region’s housing market to a strong close for the first quarter, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. Sales rose 10.5 percent over March of 2017, and the median price of the houses sold was up 3.5 percent to $305,233, the board said. “Last month, 2,714 single-family...
Thousands of Austin students will rally in National School Walkout

Thousands of Austin students will rally in National School Walkout

When LASA High School sophomore Emma Rohloff hears about another school shooting, she isn’t so much scared or angry anymore as she is tired. She’s tired when she hears what she says is rhetoric about why there shouldn’t be stricter gun laws. Tired that nothing more has been done to stop gun violence. At 15, Emma is one of Austin’s organizers in the latest National School Walkout...
Woman bit off boyfriend’s ear, charged with assault, Austin police say

Woman bit off boyfriend’s ear, charged with assault, Austin police say

A 20-year-old woman faces an assault charge after she admitted to Austin police that she bit her boyfriend’s ear off at a Southeast Austin motel, according to court documents filed this week. Portia Washington has been charged with aggravated assault but was not in Travis County Jail on Thursday, according to jail records. Police first heard about the incident via an emergency call at 3:34 a...
Appeal planned after court voids Texas ‘revenge porn’ law

Appeal planned after court voids Texas ‘revenge porn’ law

A state appeals court has struck down a 2015 law that made it a crime to post “revenge porn” — intimate photos and videos from a previous or current relationship — on the internet without consent. The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals, in a ruling handed down Wednesday, said the law violated the First Amendment by restricting expression based on the content of the photographs...
Day care operator sentenced to 20 years in infant death case

Day care operator sentenced to 20 years in infant death case

Update: Holly Harrison has been sentenced to 20 years in the death of 5-month-old Brody Havins Earlier: The sentencing hearing for a woman charged in the day care death of a 5-month-old boy will likely wrap up today. Prosecutors concluded their case against Holly Harrison — who pleaded earlier this month no contest to injury to a child and guilty to tampering with evidence — on Wednesday...
Clive Doyle, voice of Davidian survivors, leads memorial service

Clive Doyle, voice of Davidian survivors, leads memorial service

It is 25 years since fire consumed Mount Carmel, the communal home of the Branch Davidians a few miles outside of Waco, ending a 51-day FBI siege with the death of 76 of the members of the small religious community, more than a quarter of them children. On this quarter-century anniversary, the deaths of those 76 people, as well as the six Davidians and four agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol...
UT police seeking suspect in campus sexual assault at Bellmont Hall

UT police seeking suspect in campus sexual assault at Bellmont Hall

University of Texas police said they are looking for a suspect in a sexual assault that was reported on the campus Wednesday night. UT police responded at 8:45 p.m. to a 911 call by a male student who said he had been sexually assaulted at Bellmont Hall by a stranger. The student said he had been using a restroom around 8:15 p.m. when another man entered and assaulted him, UT police said in a statement...
Judge Julie Kocurek testifies she ‘wanted to die’ after 2015 gun attack

Judge Julie Kocurek testifies she ‘wanted to die’ after 2015 gun attack

11:35 a.m. update: Defendant Chimene Onyeri is testifying now. State District Judge Julie Kocurek said she wanted to die after she was ambushed by gunfire outside of her West Austin home in November 2015. Kocurek testified for about 75 minutes Thursday in the trial of alleged shooter Chimene Onyeri, who witnesses said tried to kill Kocurek before she could send him to prison on a probation...
FORECAST: Breezy, cooler than normal, high of 75 on Thursday; cloudy Friday

FORECAST: Breezy, cooler than normal, high of 75 on Thursday; cloudy Friday

Thursday forecast for Austin: Elevated fire weather conditions, such as dry air and high winds that could spread brush fires more quickly, are possible in the afternoon and early evening across the Hill Country, the National Weather Service says. But in Austin, forecasters expect sunshine and milder than normal springtime temperatures no warmer than 75 degrees. Northeast winds of 10 to 15 mph could...
VIEWPOINTS: Independent ethics panel has benefits, but don’t rush it

VIEWPOINTS: Independent ethics panel has benefits, but don’t rush it

It’s still a work in progress, but the Charter Review Commission’s proposal to establish an independent ethics panel to investigate — and if necessary prosecute — alleged violations of Austin’s campaign-finance rules and other ethics-related matters is headed in the right direction. We do offer some cautions: Whatever the final product is, it should not be rushed through...
Police investigating reports of man entering Sun City homes without consent

Police investigating reports of man entering Sun City homes without consent

Georgetown police said they are seeking the public’s help to identify a person of interest in a string of suspicious incidents in Sun City. The person in the above photo “may or may not be involved in” several incidents reported over the past two years, Georgetown police said in a statement. Those incidents include someone entering residents’ homes “without...
Southbound Parmer Lane reopens in Williamson County after 2-vehicle injury crash 

Southbound Parmer Lane reopens in Williamson County after 2-vehicle injury crash 

Deputies reopened Parmer Lane after temporarily closing all southbound lanes due to a crash Wednesday evening. The two-vehicle injury crash happened at Parmer Lane and Amberglen Boulevard, the Williamson County sheriff’s office said.  One person reportedly had minor injuries, sheriff’s officials said.  
State officials detail increased National Guard deployment to border

State officials detail increased National Guard deployment to border

At least 762 Texas National Guard troops are now deployed to the border, state officials announced at a legislative hearing Wednesday. The figure — up from 130 in March — shows how Texas has stepped up operations in response to President Donald Trump’s call for broader border security operations. Speaking to the Texas House Committee on Appropriations, Angela Isaack, manager...
Poll: Ted Cruz-Beto O’Rourke race too close to call

Poll: Ted Cruz-Beto O’Rourke race too close to call

The Senate race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, is “too close to call,” according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Cruz has 47 percent support from registered voters to O’Rourke’s 44 percent, according to the poll. The poll comes on the heels of surprising fundraising numbers posted by O’Rourke. In...
Crime in parts of Red River district rose 26 percent in last year, study says

Crime in parts of Red River district rose 26 percent in last year, study says

The number of crimes committed in the Red River district in downtown Austin rose 26 percent in the last year, according to a study by city of Austin employees.  The city study — a rundown of evaluations and recommendations after a year-long pilot program that extended curfews for five outdoor music venues — reported that there were 240 crimes committed in the Red River district...
Texas lawmakers rebuke state health officials for contract flap — again

Texas lawmakers rebuke state health officials for contract flap — again

State lawmakers on Wednesday rebuked Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials for bungling millions of dollars in contracts, a problem revealed this month. Lawmakers called the contracting problems a systemic failure of the agency, which has struggled for years to follow proper procurement processes. Officials inaccurately scored an estimated $600 million worth of contracts in recent months...
‘God was with us that day’: Crews recount Travis County fire rescue

‘God was with us that day’: Crews recount Travis County fire rescue

Firefighters Jessilyn Davis and Lt. Brannon Stengel were looking for a safe place to fight a brush fire last week in western Travis County, when the wind shifted. They were trapped with flames coming straight toward them. Their training taught them to always stay “in the black,” or the already burnt areas, when fighting fires in wild lands. But the pair from Emergency Services District...

Police give ‘all clear’ after bomb threat at Rutledge Elementary School

NORTHWEST AUSTIN Bomb threat forces evacuation at school Rutledge Elementary School in Northwest Austin was evacuated for a bomb threat, school officials said in an alert to parents on Wednesday afternoon. The Leander school district said it received the threat just before classes were dismissed Wednesday. Law enforcement agents went to the campus with bomb-sniffing dogs and gave the all-clear at...
Texas facing a challenge in push to improve straight-to-college rate

Texas facing a challenge in push to improve straight-to-college rate

Barely half of Texas high school graduates enroll directly in college, but 65 percent will need to do so by 2030 for the state to meet goals intended to produce an educated populace and a skilled workforce, Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said Wednesday. The rate in Texas has slipped in recent years, from 54 percent in 2014 to 53 percent in 2015 and 52 percent in 2016. The figure...
Austin bombings response a model for future attacks, McCaul says

Austin bombings response a model for future attacks, McCaul says

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said the investigation into the Austin bombings last month that combined the forces of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies might become a model for how major attacks on civilians should be handled in the future. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley on Wednesday testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, which McCaul chairs, about...
Hays Commerce Center bringing new industrial space to Kyle

Hays Commerce Center bringing new industrial space to Kyle

Officials in Hays County are betting big on the region’s future, with plans to start construction next week on a sizeable mixed-use development in Kyle. When fully developed, the Hays Commerce Center, at 300 Vista Ridge Drive, will span 400,000 square feet. The initial phase, set to be completed this year, will be a 220,000-square-foot building that will be called the Hays Logistics Center....
White: Use border security dollars, expand gambling to fund education

White: Use border security dollars, expand gambling to fund education

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White said Wednesday he wants to increase public education spending by $6.5 billion and would pay for it by expanding gambling in Texas, ending a property appraisal law and redirecting the state’s share of border security funding. White, an investor in Houston and son of the late Gov. Mark White, is running against former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez...
Police give ‘all clear’ after bomb threat forces evacuation at Rutledge Elementary

Police give ‘all clear’ after bomb threat forces evacuation at Rutledge Elementary

4:50 p.m. update:  Rutledge Elementary School in Northwest Austin received a bomb threat at 2:25 p.m., just prior to dismissal, Leander school district officials said.  “We immediately notified law enforcement, evacuated the school and released students to their parents/guardians or school buses,” district officials said in a statement. “Police responded immediately...
Bat at Wimberley school tests positive for rabies

Bat at Wimberley school tests positive for rabies

A bat found at a Wimberley school on Monday tested positive for rabies, the Hays County sheriff’s office said.  Deputies responded to a report of a dead bat at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School on RM 3237. The bat was found around 1:30 p.m. in an outdoor breezeway near a set of lockers, deputies said. The Department of State Health Services examined the bat and found that it tested...
Georgia QB duel set for G-Day: Jake Fromm vs. Justin Fields

Georgia QB duel set for G-Day: Jake Fromm vs. Justin Fields

ATHENS — Georgia held its final actual practice of the spring at the Woodruff Practice Complex on Thursday. Under clear skies and relatively cool temperatures, the Bulldogs were working out in shorts and helmets and were scheduled to for about two hours. The post Georgia QB duel set for G-Day: Jake Fromm vs. Justin Fields appeared first on Diehards...
Report: USC hosting Massachusetts grad transfer offensive lineman Jack Driscoll

Report: USC hosting Massachusetts grad transfer offensive lineman Jack Driscoll

USC’s offensive line figures to be one of its strengths for the 2018 season with the return of four starters. But a team can never have too much depth in the trenches, and the Trojans are reportedly looking at a graduate transfer to help with that depth. Per Chris Swanson of Rivals.com, Massachusetts’ Jack Driscoll is visiting USC’s campus this...
Matt Rhule thinks Charlie Brewer is ‘maturing’ into starter’s role

Matt Rhule thinks Charlie Brewer is ‘maturing’ into starter’s role

There weren’t many bright spots in the 2017 season for the Baylor Bears, but quarterback Charlie Brewer’s emergence near the end of the season certainly qualified. As a freshman, Brewer played in eight games, completing 68.1 percent of his passes and throwing for 11 touchdowns against 4 interceptions. He has more than likely locked down a starting job next season...
Matt Rhule on differences between 2017 and 2018 spring practice: ‘It’s night and day’

Matt Rhule on differences between 2017 and 2018 spring practice: ‘It’s night and day’

Matt Rhule faced a truckload of problems in his first season as head coach of Baylor, from mass transfers to injuries to having to play a ridiculous number of freshmen. In a year where Baylor has to improve drastically, Rhule says his players are miles further along than they were in 2017, according to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning-News. In response to a...
NFL.com’s Chad Reuter: Ohio State’s Jalyn Holmes most underrated player in 2018 NFL Draft

NFL.com’s Chad Reuter: Ohio State’s Jalyn Holmes most underrated player in 2018 NFL Draft

In his time at Ohio State, Jalyn Holmes established himself as one of the elite defensive ends in all of college football. With his collegiate career behind him, Holmes is looking to prove himself at the pro level, as he will be available in the upcoming NFL Draft beginning on April 26. Despite his impressive college résumé, his athleticism and his ability...
Why RB Malik Miller only had 3 carries in Auburn football’s spring game

Why RB Malik Miller only had 3 carries in Auburn football’s spring game

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Auburn football fans shouldn’t read too much into Malik Miller’s workload during the annual A-Day spring game earlier this month. Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton said Thursday evening that Miller suffered a knee injury early in the scrimmage, which limited his production to only 3 carries for 1 yard. Miller and junior running back...
Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners exit spring practice with major recruiting momentum

Oklahoma recruiting: Sooners exit spring practice with major recruiting momentum

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we look at the major recruiting weekend that surrounds Oklahoma’s spring game and look back on the week. In the span of six days, the Sooners rocketed from the No. 18 class in the 247Sports composite...
Several top Alabama recruits on commitment watch surrounding A-Day game

Several top Alabama recruits on commitment watch surrounding A-Day game

Welcome to  SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings , a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. It’s Thursday, and we talk the latest about Alabama commitments that could happen this weekend.  If you missed our ...
Kam Martin exits spring as leader in Auburn football’s starting running back race

Kam Martin exits spring as leader in Auburn football’s starting running back race

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — In the race to be the new starting running back for Auburn football, the experience of Kam Martin has him ahead of the pack heading into the summer. Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton said Thursday evening that Martin would be the starter for the Tigers “if we were to play today.” “It would be Kam Martin,” Horton said Thursday...
Alabama football: Nick Saban responds to article about potential Jalen Hurts transfer

Alabama football: Nick Saban responds to article about potential Jalen Hurts transfer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban is aware of the story about Jalen Hurts potentially transferring if he isn’t named Alabama’s starting quarterback, but the head coach doesn’t see it as an issue. In an interview with Bleacher Report, Hurts’ father, Averion Hurts Sr., said Jalen “f-cked up” by opening the door for a competition with Tua Tagovailoa....
Alabama women’s golf slides to second at SEC Championships

Alabama women’s golf slides to second at SEC Championships

After being the only team to finish under-par during the first round, the University of Alabama women’s golf team got off to a rocky start and finished Thursday’s second round in second place. The Crimson Tide shot 16-over par, putting it eight strokes behind South Carolina heading into the final day of the tournament’s stroke play. All 14 teams shot over...
Midlothian Heritage knocks off Jasper 2-1 to grab Class 4A girls title

Midlothian Heritage knocks off Jasper 2-1 to grab Class 4A girls title

Midlothian Heritage freshman Rachel Allen stood just inside the box with under a minute to go in double overtime. As the clock ticked down in the Class 4A girls state championship match at Birkebach Field in Georgetown, Allen knew teammate Kayla Aston’s corner kick would come her way. “I just had a feeling it would end up near me,” said Allen, a forward. “I knew it was the...
Former Oregon commit Teagan Quitoriano signs with Oregon State for 2018 season

Former Oregon commit Teagan Quitoriano signs with Oregon State for 2018 season

A longtime Oregon commit who never signed a national letter of intent with the Ducks has opted to play for the state’s other FBS program. In doing so, Teagan Quitoriano becomes one of the top pieces of coach Jonathan Smith’s first recruiting class at Oregon State. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Quitoriano played tight end and defensive end at Sprague High School in Salem...
Report: Ohio State basketball charged with minor recruiting violations

Report: Ohio State basketball charged with minor recruiting violations

Ohio State basketball has reportedly been hit with minor recruiting violations. According to a report Thursday by Ohio State University’s student newspaper, The Lantern, the violations date back to Ohio State football’s home game against Oklahoma on Sept. 9, 2017. On that day, three basketball recruits and a football recruit were making their official visits to Ohio State...
Ohio State, Penn State rank among top teams in ESPN 2018 Football Power Index rankings

Ohio State, Penn State rank among top teams in ESPN 2018 Football Power Index rankings

On Thursday, ESPN released it Football Power Index rankings for the 2018 college football season. Although the Big Ten was left out of the College Football Playoff last season, the conference was well represented among the top teams in the nation, according to ESPN’s rankings. ESPN ranked three Big Ten schools in its top 10 for 2018, as Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan...
Dan Mullen reveals key guarantees he made Florida players at first team meeting

Dan Mullen reveals key guarantees he made Florida players at first team meeting

Florida coach Dan Mullen revealed promises he made to his new players in his first team meeting after being named the Gators’ new leader. Speaking on The Paul Finebaum Show, Mullen said Thursday that he made “guarantees” to players about trust and respect when holding his first group session with them. Mullen, a former Florida offensive coordinator...
South Carolina recruiting: Gamecocks in strong position for 2019 4-star DBs

South Carolina recruiting: Gamecocks in strong position for 2019 4-star DBs

Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.  For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link. Neither of the two will be on campus this weekend for the...
Where Arkansas’ coaches spent Thursday on recruiting trail

Where Arkansas’ coaches spent Thursday on recruiting trail

Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss some of the recruiting stops Arkansas’ coaches made Thursday. Arkansas’ coaching staff will be busy traveling across the country over the next six weeks with the recruiting cycle  now in an evaluation...
Ohio State recruiting: MJ Devonshire a frequent Buckeyes visitor

Ohio State recruiting: MJ Devonshire a frequent Buckeyes visitor

Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s coming next. Unfortunately for Aliquippa (Pa.) cornerback MJ Devonshire, there’s no frequent fliers reward system set up for recruits pounding...
High school softball: Fab Fives and notes

High school softball: Fab Fives and notes

SOFTBALL Fab Fives • Class 6A 1. Cedar Ridge (15-4-1) 2. Lake Travis (20-6) 3. Akins (20-9) 4. Hays (17-7) 5. Vista Ridge (16-4) • Class 5A 1. Elgin (18-5) 2. Lockhart (19-4-1) 3. Austin (14-5) 4. Dripping Springs (24-7) 5. Georgetown (18-4) • Class 4A and below 1. Salado (19-3) 2. Thorndale (21-1-1) 3. Hyde Park (14-1) 4. Wimberley (23-4) 5. La Grange (19-6) DIAMOND BITS Cedar Ridge...
Football pundit Chris B. Brown thinks Baker Mayfield to Jets would be ‘terrible fit’

Football pundit Chris B. Brown thinks Baker Mayfield to Jets would be ‘terrible fit’

Baker Mayfield is reportedly a lock to be taken by the Jets at No. 3 overall, and not everyone likes the fit. Chris B. Brown, author of “The Art of Smart Football,” editor of SmartFootball.com, and Grantland alumnus says that Mayfield is a “terrible fit” with the Jets. Brown says that Mayfield would need a scheme like the one Andy Reid runs with the...
Florida DB McArthur Burnett announces plans to transfer

Florida DB McArthur Burnett announces plans to transfer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida defensive back McArthur Burnett announced on Twitter on Thursday night that he plans to transfer out of the program. Burnett, who would have been a redshirt sophomore this coming season, saw minimal playing time last fall and remained buried down the depth chart at cornerback. The post Florida DB McArthur Burnett announces plans...
Freshman Kaitlyn Papp providing low scores and motivation as Texas defends its Big 12 title

Freshman Kaitlyn Papp providing low scores and motivation as Texas defends its Big 12 title

Due to a busy schedule, Texas golfer Sophia Schubert has missed five tournaments her senior year. That’ll happen when you’re coming off a win in the U.S. Women’s Amateur and participating in two LPGA majors. She also had surgery on her wrist in December. Schubert, however, will golf for the Longhorns this weekend. Texas has a Big 12 championship to defend, and Schubert...
Live updates: Nick Saban sets stage for A-Day, comments on quarterback competition

Live updates: Nick Saban sets stage for A-Day, comments on quarterback competition

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With the end of spring practices looming, University of Alabama coach Nick Saban gave details on how the Crimson Tide will go about Saturday’s A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and the latest on the Crimson Tide’s injuries. He was also expected to touch upon the Crimson Tide’s quarterback competition and Alabama signing a home-and-home series...
What does '420' mean? Here are 10 things you may not know about the term

What does '420' mean? Here are 10 things you may not know about the term

You may not realize it, but Friday is a holiday, of sorts.On April 20 – or 4/20 – marijuana advocates around the world gather to celebrate, in a variety of ways, the cannabis plant. Last year, thousands gathered in cities across the United States to consume marijuana in places where it is legal to do so, as well as places where it isn’t. If you are not familiar with the term &ldquo...
Miami offensive coordinator: Robert Burns ‘most improved tailback’ on roster

Miami offensive coordinator: Robert Burns ‘most improved tailback’ on roster

Miami will head into the 2018 season with several capable running backs. Travis Homer nearly broke the 1,000 yard plateau as a sophomore last season. DeeJay Dallas, who ran for 3 touchdowns and averaged 5.1 yards a carry in his freshman campaign, appears poised for a breakout year. Lorenzo Lingard, the Hurricanes’ top recruit from the past cycle, should be in the mix...
Emergency crews respond to explosion at Valero refinery in Texas City 

Emergency crews respond to explosion at Valero refinery in Texas City 

Emergency crews responded to an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Valero refinery in Texas City, according to Texas City officials.  No one was injured or killed, and all Valero personnel were accounted for, Texas City officials said.  The fire was contained by 6:30 p.m. Fire crews will continue to be at the site — emergency crews will also monitor the situation in the air...
Florida’s defensive line hoping to set tone for 2018 turnaround

Florida’s defensive line hoping to set tone for 2018 turnaround

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida receiver Kadarius Toney showed last season he doesn’t need much open space to make defenders look silly while juking, cutting and changing direction on the way to extra yards. He couldn’t fool his own teammate, though, during the Gators’ Orange & Blue spring game Saturday. On the third series of the game, Toney took a wide receiver...
Florida recruiting top-50 athlete Mark-Antony Richards for ‘Percy position’

Florida recruiting top-50 athlete Mark-Antony Richards for ‘Percy position’

Join us here at SEC Country for a daily recap of the  latest Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators. Every year Florida coach Dan Mullen looks for prospects who can play the “Percy position,” a versatile receiver/running back role that featured former Gators WR Percy...
Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in wake of Michael Cohen criminal investigation

Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in wake of Michael Cohen criminal investigation

Former New York mayor and major Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani is joining President Donald Trump’s legal team, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  Giuliani, one of the first and one of the staunchest supporters of Trump’s presidential bid, will be assisting Trump’s legal team with the Russia investigation, according to CNN. Trump is said to be extremely...
String of concussions past, Express’ Tommy Joseph focuses on majors

String of concussions past, Express’ Tommy Joseph focuses on majors

The fifth concussion changed everything. Until then, Tommy Joseph could look forward to a promising career with the Philadelphia Phillies. Some called him their catcher of the future. Then another foul tip bounced off his mask, in May 2015 while he was playing for Lehigh Valley in Triple-A, and a life in baseball became less certain. “Every time I got one it took longer and longer to recover...
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