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A crash, a block and Marquez’s reign in Austin now in doubt

Marc Marquez slings his way around Circuit of the Americas better than anybody. His latest journey, though, took a few twisted turns and did not end well. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who had won every pole position and every MotoGP race in Austin, made it 6-for-6 in Saturday’s qualifying for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, posting the fastest lap. Or so he thought. The “King of...


Orange-White notebook: Scrimmage features a different format, new punter and sibling rivalry

Orange-White notebook: Scrimmage features a different format, new punter and sibling rivalry

An uptick in fan interest wasn’t the only notable difference between Tom Herman’s first and second Orange-White spring games. Texas used a different format Saturday for its annual scrimmage, which the White team won by a 23-13 score. Last year’s game pitted the first-team offense against the defensive backups and the offensive backups against the first-string defense...

Round Rock Express open series with win over Sky Sox

A five-run seventh inning lifted the Round Rock Express to a 6-1 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Dell Diamond on Saturday night. Christian Lopes went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBIs while Jose Cardona added two hits, a home run and three RBIs. David Ledbetter got the start for Round Rock (5-12) and gave up one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and...
Texas spring wrap-up: Offensive success this fall could hinge on Longhorns’ running game

Texas spring wrap-up: Offensive success this fall could hinge on Longhorns’ running game

This may surprise the burnt-orange hoi polloi, but quarterback play isn’t the biggest issue facing the Longhorns’ offense. It’s the running game. Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson, Jamaal Charles, D’Onta Foreman … these running back names all ring a bell, right? All posted 1,000-yard seasons at some point in their careers. Won...
Texas spring wrap-up: The defense sees its confidence growing by leaps, bounds

Texas spring wrap-up: The defense sees its confidence growing by leaps, bounds

Nobody inside the Texas football complex will say it publicly, but some were overjoyed with the defensive performance against Missouri in the Texas Bowl. It’s because of who wasn’t on the field. Safety DeShon Elliott pulled out to protect his draft status. Linebacker Malik Jefferson tried, but ultimately couldn’t play because of a toe injury. Cornerback...
Chase Shugart superb as Longhorns top Privateers 3-1

Chase Shugart superb as Longhorns top Privateers 3-1

In the No. 21 Texas Longhorns’ most recent string of games, they have relied on their offense to tally up the runs and have as much of a cushion as possible for their pitchers. Either that or the Horns have erased multiple-run deficits and come back to win. But on Saturday afternoon, Texas needed no comeback. And its starting pitcher need as little of a cushion as possible...
MotoGP notes: Team FMX adds different kind of thrills for fans

MotoGP notes: Team FMX adds different kind of thrills for fans

Travis Willis has dreams of getting a prosthetic leg so he can go back to riding dirt bikes. That kind of dedication to motorsports is something many of the adrenaline junkies in Austin this weekend can relate to. Willis is the owner of Team FMX, a traveling motocross stunt show. He brought his act to Circuit of the Americas, where it is performing for the fans attending the MotoGP Red Bull Grand...
Frisco Wakeland sweeps Class 5A boys, girls soccer championships

Frisco Wakeland sweeps Class 5A boys, girls soccer championships

Frisco Wakeland joined a select group of UIL boys soccer teams that have repeated as state champions, posting a methodical 3-1 victory over Aledo on Saturday in the Class 5A final. Dominating possession and controlling tempo, Wakeland (19-4-6) applied constant pressure and turned Aledeo’s offense into a non-factor. Sophomore Marc Borbonus’ rebound goal in the 20th minute put the Wolverines...
MotoGP junkies provide beginners guide to enjoying race

MotoGP junkies provide beginners guide to enjoying race

Charmaine Bendzsa didn’t know much about MotoGP when she met her future husband, Kyle Bendzsa, but it didn’t take her long to get hooked. The couple from Fort Collins, Colo., are attending their fourth Austin Grand Prix this weekend, and Charmaine was decked out head to toe in Valentino Rossi gear. To her, the sport is like a reality show, and Movistar Yamaha rider Rossi might be...
Rain dampens spring scrimmage, but not Baylor’s confidence for fall

Rain dampens spring scrimmage, but not Baylor’s confidence for fall

Matt Rhule joked Saturday that he would’ve cheated to send his Baylor spring game into overtime. As it was, the Bears didn’t need any tricks from the head coach to push the 15th practice of spring a bit longer. Walk-on quarterback Preston Heard completed a 19-yard pass to R.J. Sneed as time expired in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Then after two extended series in overtime...
Golden: Have we seen the last of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio?

Golden: Have we seen the last of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio?

Gregg Popovich will miss Game 4. As well he should. The coaching legend has always preached “family first” to his players over the years, and now that he is mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Erin, the time has come for him to practice what he has always preached. The San Antonio Spurs announced Saturday that Popovich won’t be in attendance for what figures to be the final game...
2018 NFL draft preview countdown: Offensive linemen

2018 NFL draft preview countdown: Offensive linemen

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: OFFENSIVE LINEMEN By Kevin Lyttle and Suzanne Halliburton klyttle@statesman.com shalliburton@statesman.com This year’s three-day draft begins April 26 in Arlington at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. Thursday: Round 1, 7 p.m. Friday: Rounds 2-3, 6 p.m. Saturday: Rounds 4-7, 11 a.m. TV: ESPN, NFL Network ON THE CLOCK April 19: Defensive backs April 20: Linebackers April...
Documentary details Bryant's frustration in last year with Cowboys

Documentary details Bryant's frustration in last year with Cowboys

In light of Dez Bryant's release last week, it will only be natural for viewers of a soon-to-be-released "docuseries" that chronicles the Cowboys' 2017 season to scrub every second for indications the team would ultimately move on from its one-time superstar receiver. Signs are there in "All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys," a Prime Original series produced by NFL Films. And the...
Luckily for Connor Williams, recruit ranks mean zip at the NFL draft

Luckily for Connor Williams, recruit ranks mean zip at the NFL draft

Connor Williams is living the life of a coveted NFL prospect. The former Texas offensive tackle recently was fitted for a suit from Lombardo’s, a Dallas business that specializes in custom apparel. Williams needs to look nice when he attends the NFL draft festivities headquartered at AT&T Stadium in Arlington from Thursday through Saturday. He’s written about how he was bullied as part...

Oklahoma City clinches series over Round Rock Express

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Rob Segedin drove in Tim Locastro with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, leading the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 6-3 win over the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond on Friday. The win clinched the series for Oklahoma City. Locastro scored on the play to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead after he led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a single by Donovan...

Ontario ties Calder Cup playoff series with Texas Stars

Cal Petersen made 28 saves as the Ontario Reign overpowered the Texas Stars, 5-1, in the second game of the Pacific division semifinals on Friday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The Reign built a three-goal lead by the start of the third period as the Stars struggled to get on the scoreboard. Texas finally broke through in the final frame. Brian Flynn, the Stars’ hero from Game 1, scored...
Columbus Crew owners strike back at Ohio lawsuit aimed at keeping team

Columbus Crew owners strike back at Ohio lawsuit aimed at keeping team

The owners of the Major League Soccer franchise Columbus Crew SC struck back Thursday against an Ohio lawsuit aimed at keeping the team from possibly moving 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 25-page document, the defendants claimed at least five...
Updated MotoGP notebook: Riders still doing the bump at COTA

Updated MotoGP notebook: Riders still doing the bump at COTA

MotoGP’s bumpy ride isn’t over yet at Circuit of the Americas. Track management worked extensively on the surface in recent months after complaints from riders a year ago, even purchasing state-of-the-art grinding equipment from Europe. Several of the world’s top motorcyclists, practicing Friday for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, told Motorsport.com that the problems remain...
MotoGP arrives at COTA with its future in Austin yet to be settled

MotoGP arrives at COTA with its future in Austin yet to be settled

The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is a much bigger deal around the world than in Austin, but race weekend always delivers a high-horsepower boost to the local economy. MotoGP claims to have a worldwide audience of 300 million households, although just a fraction of those reside in this country. This weekend, fans will be closely following these storylines at Circuit of the Americas: Marc Marquez...
Golden: New exhibit reminds us of sports’ past — and present — struggles

Golden: New exhibit reminds us of sports’ past — and present — struggles

Three steps into the LBJ Presidential Library’s newest exhibition is a step into the past. And, in some ways, the present. It’s called “Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports” and gives an illustration of the obstacles that athletes in this country have overcome to earn their rightful place in the games they loved. The exhibit, which opens Saturday and will...
Bohls: Are we seeing the end of Pop’s run with the San Antonio Spurs?

Bohls: Are we seeing the end of Pop’s run with the San Antonio Spurs?

This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill first-round NBA playoff game Thursday night. More a run-’em-off-the-court exhibition by the best team in the league, with all due respect to James Harden’s still-have-to-prove-it crew in Houston. Yes, Golden State mopped the floor with the San Antonio Spurs in workmanlike fashion once again en route to a 3-0 series lead and what might well be a sweep...
San Elizario ends Palestine’s perfect season, wins Class 4A boys title

San Elizario ends Palestine’s perfect season, wins Class 4A boys title

San Elizario’s roughly 560-mile journey to the UIL soccer championships proved to be worth the trek Friday. Facing Palestine in the Class 4A boys final at Birkelbach Field, the Eagles posted a 1-0 victory to claim a state championship and defeat a squad that had been unbeaten through 35 matches. “We were the underdogs, I guess, but we didn’t play scared,” said San Elizario...
Journey begins for Major League Rugby, Austin Elite

Journey begins for Major League Rugby, Austin Elite

The Austin Elite will be spotlighted Saturday with the launch of Major League Rugby. Austin’s opener against the Glendale Raptors in suburban Denver will be the league’s featured game, airing on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. “It’s exciting to be in that first nationally televised game,” Elite owner Richard Osborn said. “Obviously, we’re moving up in class,...
UTSA’s Marcus Davenport has come a long, long way to become an NFL pick

UTSA’s Marcus Davenport has come a long, long way to become an NFL pick

A skinny freshman defensive end heading toward a redshirt season walked into then-UTSA defensive line coach Erick Roark’s office during preseason practice in 2014 with more of an inquiring look than a message. Roark figured something was on Marcus Davenport’s mind. Davenport, a future NFL pick, isn’t much of a talker. He prefers to save it for the field. “We just kind of stared...
2018 NFL draft preview countdown: Defensive linemen

2018 NFL draft preview countdown: Defensive linemen

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: DEFENSIVE LINEMEN By Kevin Lyttle and Suzanne Halliburton klyttle@statesman.com shalliburton@statesman.com This year’s three-day draft begins Thursday in Arlington at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. Thursday: Round 1, 7 p.m. Friday: Rounds 2-3, 6 p.m. April 28: Rounds 4-7, 11 a.m. TV: ESPN, NFL Network ON THE CLOCK April 19: Defensive backs April 20: Linebackers April...
Texas fans can gauge the progress themselves during Orange-White spring game

Texas fans can gauge the progress themselves during Orange-White spring game

During the final week of spring practice, university professors and their guests were invited to come watch the Longhorns at Frank Denius Fields. Even some of the sharpest minds in academia had difficulty gauging what they saw. “OK, what am I looking at here?,” one professor asked. Therein lies the difficulty of measuring spring practice. Texas coach Tom Herman has talked...
The Dotted Line: Orange-White game allows Texas to showcase program to recruits

The Dotted Line: Orange-White game allows Texas to showcase program to recruits

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  A spring game is always an ...
When it comes to conclusions on the Cubs, best to avoid extremes

When it comes to conclusions on the Cubs, best to avoid extremes

In this age of extremism, temptation tilts Chicago toward either desperation or denial when it comes to the Cubs, leaving the middle ground as empty as so many ballparks this month. Find it. The Cubs have won only seven of their first 15 games against a soft spot in the schedule. They have postponed four because of crummy weather. This young season has had more interruptions than a political roundtable...
'Super agents' rep 75 percent of NFL players. It's a competitive fight to sign the rest

'Super agents' rep 75 percent of NFL players. It's a competitive fight to sign the rest

It's the first day back from spring break and, as undergraduates in shorts and sundresses loll on the lawn outside, three Tulane football players are seated around a U-shaped table in a small meeting room. With marker in hand, sports agent Martin Fischman stands before them at a whiteboard and poses a question: "Ribbon sells for 19 cents a yard. How much will you save by buying 30 yards for $5?"...
NFL draft: Big D is about something other than Dallas

NFL draft: Big D is about something other than Dallas

Big D is about to stand for something other than Dallas.  The NFL is bringing its Big D — the draft — to Jerry Jones' palace. This draft, the first in a stadium, will pay homage in so many ways to the cliche that everything is bigger in Texas.  Ever since the league decided to put the draft up for bids and move it around the country, the focus has been to make it grow even larger...
Puerto Rico’s imbalance of power: Stadium lights glow, homes do not

Puerto Rico’s imbalance of power: Stadium lights glow, homes do not

The Major League Baseball games this week between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians here had dual goals: to affirm the Puerto Rican government’s position that the island was open for business again after the devastation of Hurricane Maria seven months ago, and to showcase this U.S. territory’s unique relationship with baseball. And then lights across the island went out again....
Maple Leafs hope that history isn't a guide

Maple Leafs hope that history isn't a guide

For this Toronto Maple Leafs team, despite the franchise’s rich and storied past, it is not the time for history lessons. The Leafs, of course, do not like talking about the Game 7 collapse against the Boston Bruins five years ago. Coach Mike Babcock does not even want to refer to the 1992-93 team, which was drubbed in its first two playoff games before going on a magical run to the conference...
Quarterbacks will shape the top of NFL draft

Quarterbacks will shape the top of NFL draft

Ryan Pace finally is enjoying his view as the NFL draft approaches. A year after trading up to select quarterback Mitch Trubisky second overall, the Bears' fourth-year general manager sees other quarterback-needy teams jockeying for position atop the first round. That stress is behind him. "It's easier to sleep," Pace said, "not only when you feel like you have the guy who has all the...

Why Mavs need to gamble a little and draft Mo Bamba

Now that the Mavs no longer have to act like the Washington Generals, and the worst they can do in the lottery is sixth, it's time to consider their good fortune. Which is a funny epitaph for a 24-win season. Straight up: If the Mavs should get really lucky with the ping pong balls and end up No. 1, it's a no-brainer. Arizona's center, DeAndre Ayton, is the best pro in the draft, if you believe NBA...
Steve Spurrier will succeed, but can the AAF follow?

Steve Spurrier will succeed, but can the AAF follow?

Steve Spurrier made the Gators a name-brand powerhouse. He lifted South Carolina out of the low country. Now he's itching to attempt a real football miracle, namely make a pro league not named "NFL" succeed. It feels as if millions have tried — and that's just in Orlando — but none have done it. Then again, none had the Head Ball Coach as their marquee performer. "I think...

Texas Stars take Game 1 to open Calder Cup playoffs

Brian Flynn scored in overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a Game 1 victory over the Ontario Reign to open the Pacific division semifinals of the Calder Cup playoffs at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday. Nearly two minutes into the overtime, Flynn sent a loose puck into the net for the win. Roope Hintz assisted on the play for the second time that night. Mike McKenna faced 41 shots on the...

Round Rock Express dealt tough-luck loss at home

A sacrifice fly by Alex Verdugo turned out to be the winning play for the Oklahoma City Dodgers as they edged Round Rock 2-1 at Dell Diamond on Thursday night. Both starting pitchers turned in quality starts, but Justin DeFratus came out on top. The Dodgers’ right-hander gave up just one run on six hits through 5 2/3 innings. Austin Bibens-Dirkx was hit with the loss after taking a no-hitter...
Precourt, MLS file for dismissal of ‘Art Modell Law’ suit

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

Update, 10:00 a.m. Friday: The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a statement in response to the motion to dismiss: “Ohio Revised Code 9.67 applies to the defendants and is constitutional. We will strongly oppose this motion to dismiss and respond further in court.” Precourt Sports Ventures and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther had no further comment on the motion to dismiss...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Projecting 2018 Penn State depth chart on defense after Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game

Projecting 2018 Penn State depth chart on defense after Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game

Penn State completed spring practice Saturday with its Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium, but position battles will continue into the summer for Nittany Lions players. Coach James Franklin and his staff stress the importance of establishing a highly competitive culture, and high-level recruiting has helped enhance talent across the depth chart. Penn State, coming off a second...
Penn State’s Mac Hippenhammer on being 2-sport athlete: ‘It’s a lot of going back and forth’

Penn State’s Mac Hippenhammer on being 2-sport athlete: ‘It’s a lot of going back and forth’

During Penn State’s annual Blue-White spring game on Saturday, wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer hauled in 2 touchdown catches to help the Blue team win by a final score of 21-10. The two receptions marked the redshirt freshman’s first two touchdowns catches at Beaver Stadium. However, while Hippenhammer impressed on the football field on Saturday and throughout...
5 Nebraska players who delivered breakout performances this spring

5 Nebraska players who delivered breakout performances this spring

With a new coaching staff in town, the opportunity presented itself to several members of the Nebraska football program to stand out. In turn, some Nebraska players took advantage of the clean slate to make names for themselves. Most of the breakout candidates wound up being newcomers, too. That being said, there’s a good chance a sizable portion of the contributions...
5-star T Devontae Dobbs called out Chase Young — and it earned him an Ohio State offer

5-star T Devontae Dobbs called out Chase Young — and it earned him an Ohio State offer

BELLEVILLE, Mich. — It may be hard to fathom that 5-star offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs was once a relative unknown in the recruiting world, but it wasn’t too long ago that the 6-foot-4, 270-pound standout was showing up at camps hoping to land offers from major programs. These days, Dobbs is ranked as a top 10 recruit and the No. 1 tackle in the country by the...
Texas set to host out-of-state CB Chester Kimbrough for official visit

Texas set to host out-of-state CB Chester Kimbrough for official visit

Coveted New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton cornerback Chester Kimbrough hasn’t visited the Texas Longhorns since last summer.   That will change in the coming weeks, as the elite Louisiana product has scheduled an official visit to Texas for May 4, per a report from 247Sports’ EJ Holland. Among a handful of cornerback prospects whom Texas is in pursuit...
Notre Dame receives commitment from blue-chip NJ DE Howard Cross III

Notre Dame receives commitment from blue-chip NJ DE Howard Cross III

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish received their third commitment in as many days in the Class of 2019, with New Jersey defensive end Howard Cross III announcing his pledge on Sunday morning. Cross published a statement declaring his commitment to the Irish on his Twitter account. In it, he thanked his coaches at St. Joseph’s, teachers, classmates and his family...
Oklahoma spring game turnout was among the best in the nation

Oklahoma spring game turnout was among the best in the nation

Spring football may be nothing more than a controlled scrimmage with vanilla play-calling, fourth string quarterback sightings and running clacks, but that certainly doesn’t deter the fans from flocking to spring games en masse.   With annual spring games serving as the first and final public appearance from each team before each season, it shouldn’t ...
What we learned — and didn’t learn — from the LSU spring game

What we learned — and didn’t learn — from the LSU spring game

BATON ROUGE, La. — In a clean and tidy world, the LSU spring game would have provided us with all the answers for the questions that surrounded the Tigers as they headed into spring practice. Alas, it is a very messy world. Many, many things remain unresolved about this team, the most important of which is who will start at quarterback. Still, we were able to glean a...
5 breakout performers from Penn State’s 15 spring practices

5 breakout performers from Penn State’s 15 spring practices

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State wrapped up spring practice on Saturday in front of an estimated crowd of 71,000 in Beaver Stadium and in the process continued to show flashes of what’s ahead. The Nittany Lions will end the spring semester within the next two weeks and shortly after that the players will be in a next cycle of training, this one taking them all the...
Nebraska football: What we learned about the Huskers this spring

Nebraska football: What we learned about the Huskers this spring

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s spring game has officially come and gone, which means a new chapter in coach Scott Frost’s first year has arrived. With only one practice scheduled left on the spring schedule for Monday, the Huskers are now preparing for summer conditioning and player-led practices. Before that all begins, the last few weeks have provided plenty...
The truth about Tennessee QB situation: Details on Keller Chryst’s stealthy meetings emerge

The truth about Tennessee QB situation: Details on Keller Chryst’s stealthy meetings emerge

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t saying much about individual players this spring because he didn’t want to mislead anyone. Especially at quarterback. Pruitt said Saturday afternoon what most have suspected from the time Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst announced he was headed to Knoxville: the QB spot is going to stay...
Notre Dame doing what’s right and not easiest at quarterback

Notre Dame doing what’s right and not easiest at quarterback

The Notre Dame quarterback competition is effectively over. Barring catastrophe, it appears Brandon Wimbush will be the starting quarterback against Michigan on Sept. 1. After being benched in the Citrus Bowl in favor of Ian Book, who went on to lead the Irish to victory, Wimbush was given every opportunity to retain the job to the surprise of many. However, it’s the...
Top performers, recruiting notes from Louisiana Bootlegger Invitational

Top performers, recruiting notes from Louisiana Bootlegger Invitational

MANDEVILLE, La. — Air Raid defeated the host Louisiana Bootleggers to win the 2018 installment of the invitational at Pelican Park on Saturday. The tournament was chock full of elite prospects from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and across the southeast. That included several targets on LSU’s 2019 and 2020 recruiting boards and others coveted by schools across the...
Projecting 2018 Penn State depth chart on offense after Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game

Projecting 2018 Penn State depth chart on offense after Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game

Penn State completed spring practice Saturday with its Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium, but position battles will continue into the summer for Nittany Lions players. Coach James Franklin and his staff stress the importance of establishing a highly competitive culture, and high-level recruiting has helped enhance talent across the depth chart. Coming off a second straight...
When lights came on, Arkansas linebacker Hayden Henry shined

When lights came on, Arkansas linebacker Hayden Henry shined

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas defensive coordinator John Chavis isn’t much for bragging on individual players. He very obviously will try to avoid doing so when speaking with the media. Chavis couldn’t help himself, though, when he was recently asked about standout performers in the Hogs’ spring game. He had to bring up sophomore Hayden Henry....
Wisconsin football: A look at Badgers’ post-spring practice defensive depth chart

Wisconsin football: A look at Badgers’ post-spring practice defensive depth chart

Wisconsin’s defense has been dominant in recent seasons thanks to veteran leaders with multiple years in the program. The Badgers’ re-tooled defense will look much different in 2018, but the expectations remain the same. Wisconsin loses seven starters from one of the best units in the country, including three of four starters in the secondary. Here’s a look...
Michigan LBs coach Al Washington puts defensive coordinator Don Brown on Mount Rushmore

Michigan LBs coach Al Washington puts defensive coordinator Don Brown on Mount Rushmore

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan football team completed its fourth week of preseason camp, and while practices remain closed, we’ll fill you in on what we’ve learned. Our rundown this week includes how linebackers coach Al Washington regards defensive coordinator Don Brown, what some of Michigan’s players and coaches are doing instead of going to France...
Projecting the 2018 Nebraska football depth chart, post-spring edition

Projecting the 2018 Nebraska football depth chart, post-spring edition

LINCOLN, Neb. — With spring practice coming to an end, it’s time to once again look at the lineup Nebraska might field in 2018. We previously looked at how the depth chart might shake out on offense and defense following National Signing Day. As expected, plenty has changed and evolved since the initial projections. It’s worth noting...
Tennessee football report card: Offense grades out higher than defense

Tennessee football report card: Offense grades out higher than defense

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The only grades that matter come from Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt and his staff, and there’s no doubt those men already have spent hours poring over film. The Vols’ Orange and White game was telling on many fronts, most notably at the line of scrimmage, where an undermanned first-team offensive line spent most of the game owning...
Aaron Mends’ injury puts damper on solid spring for Iowa’s linebacker corps

Aaron Mends’ injury puts damper on solid spring for Iowa’s linebacker corps

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Defensive coordinator Phil Parker appeared confident, even optimistic, when discussing Iowa’s linebacking corps on Tuesday. Sure, the Hawkeyes lost 123 starts with Josey Jewell, Ben Niemann, Bo Bower and Kevin Ward now alumni. But the current linebackers have athletic skills that were different — and in some cases better — than their...
2018 NFL Draft: Date, time, TV schedule, draft order (April 22, 2018)

2018 NFL Draft: Date, time, TV schedule, draft order (April 22, 2018)

The 2018 NFL Draft will begin on April 26 and ends on April 28. Below you can find date, time, schedule and draft order for the upcoming draft. Quarterbacks figure to go early and often, with names like Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen all available. You can check out the SEC Country NFL mock draft here. The 2018 NFL Draft will start on April 26 with...
2018 NFL mock draft: Projections for all rounds, 32 teams (4/22/2018)

2018 NFL mock draft: Projections for all rounds, 32 teams (4/22/2018)

2018 NFL mock draft projections for all rounds can be found below. That includes predictions for 32 teams in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 pick for this year. The New York Giants pick second. The 2018 NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 26. 1. Cleveland — Sam Darnold, QB, USC 2. N.Y. Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State 3...
WATCH: Oakland A's Sean Manaea pitches no-hitter against Red Sox

WATCH: Oakland A's Sean Manaea pitches no-hitter against Red Sox

Oakland A's pitcher Sean Manaea threw the first no-hitter of the 2018 season Saturday, leading the Athletics to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. According to The Associated Press, Manaea also made history by becoming "the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against Boston in almost exactly 25 years." The last one, thrown by Seattle pitcher Chris Bosio, happened April 22, 1993. >>...
Minnesota basketball adds Vanderbilt transfer Payton Willis, per report

Minnesota basketball adds Vanderbilt transfer Payton Willis, per report

On Saturday night, Vanderbilt guard Payton Willis reportedly verbally committed to Minnesota. Willis was a sophomore this past season for the Commodores. In his second season at Vanderbilt, Willis averaged 5.1 points per game. He averaged 18.5 minutes per contest this past season and 17.5 minutes his freshman campaign. He also averaged 5.2 points per game in his first season. With Willis...
WATCH: Oregon State’s Tyler Malone hits home run in fifth straight game

WATCH: Oregon State’s Tyler Malone hits home run in fifth straight game

The streak lives on for one particular Beaver. Oregon State’s Tyler Malone went yard for the fifth time in as many games Sunday, sending a solo shot over the right field wall in the Beavers’ 12-5 win over rival Oregon (19-18, 6-12). Malone’s dinger served as the final run in the last win of a three-game sweep for the Beavers (29-6, 10-5), who outscored the...
What Tom Herman said after the Orange-White game

What Tom Herman said after the Orange-White game

Texas coach Tom Herman is a realist. Herman realizes that his team isn’t built in one practice. Or even a complete session of spring practices. Herman was upbeat in his description of his team after the Orange-White game Saturday night in Austin. Here’s a collection of his comments to reporters after the game: “I need to thank our fans. What a great job, especially with threat of...
Oklahoma men’s gymnastics captures historic fourth straight national title

Oklahoma men’s gymnastics captures historic fourth straight national title

Oklahoma men’s gymnastics made its mark on the record books once again and captured a fourth consecutive national championship on Saturday night in Chicago. The Sooners edged Minnesota by three points to capture the crown. Along with the team championship, junior Yul Moldauer continued to add to his legacy. Moldauer won the NCAA All-Around national championship over the...
Penn State’s Trace McSorley: ‘Everyone’s saying we’re not going to be as good because we’re losing guys’

Penn State’s Trace McSorley: ‘Everyone’s saying we’re not going to be as good because we’re losing guys’

In 2017, Penn State had an electric offense. Averaging 41.1 points per game, even the word electric may be an understatement. The Nittany Lions had a number of impactful players a year ago and guys like Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki and DaeSean Hamilton will be drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft. With such great players leaving around McSorley, what will Penn State’s offense become? That...
LSU quarterback competition remains unresolved after spring game

LSU quarterback competition remains unresolved after spring game

BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team exits this spring in the same manner in which it entered — without a starting quarterback. That was the plan all along, but the spring game on Saturday only hammered home a point that’s been repeated by coach Ed Orgeron all spring — this competition isn’t going to be decided anytime before August. The Tigers can only...
Georgia’s G-Day: Freshman QB Justin Fields outperforms Jake Fromm

Georgia’s G-Day: Freshman QB Justin Fields outperforms Jake Fromm

ATHENS — Jake Fromm was down after the G-Day Game on Saturday. Not down like “woe is me” and “everything was terrible.” More like he was saying all the right things but deep down was kind of bummed. Fromm’s Red Team lost to the Black team 21-13, and that was his chief gripe. But he also didn’t play up to the level we saw most of last...
Texas quarterbakcs battle in pit and then have their moments in scrimmage

Texas quarterbakcs battle in pit and then have their moments in scrimmage

Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger butted heads before the Orange-White game  in the “Circle Drill.” After that, the Texas quarterbacks’ battle for playing time on the field later Saturday night was almost inconsequential. The great quarterback battle for Texas appeared to come no closer to finding resolution Saturday night in Austin. Buechele and Ehlinger both had...
LSU gymnastics finishes fourth place at NCAA championships

LSU gymnastics finishes fourth place at NCAA championships

For the third year in a row, the LSU gymnastics team finishes second to one. In the final meet of decorated senior all-arounder Myia Hambrick’s career, the LSU gymnastics team finished in third place behind UCLA, Oklahoma and Florida in the NCAA Super Six championships. This is the third time in three seasons that Oklahoma and LSU have finished first and second, each...
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