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Golden’s Nuggets: Resurgent Tiger made Furyk’s Ryder Cup decision a snap

Note to Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk: Don’t overthink this. Tiger Woods is back. Put him on the 2018 team. Tiger’s driver took most of the weekend off, but the rest of his game was humming along as if he climbed into a grey DeLorean and set the Flux Capacitor to the year 2000. He didn’t break the 10-year drought of winning majors, but let the golfing world know he is a viable threat...


Finally, some gay pride from the Yankees

Finally, some gay pride from the Yankees

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in 1969, when demonstrations after a police raid of a Greenwich Village bar helped kindle the modern gay rights movement. The commemoration of such a seminal moment for gay people is expected to draw millions to New York next June for festivals, parades and cultural celebrations. Amid it all, a surprising participant has gingerly emerged...
This forgotten video game helped pave the way for Madden NFL

This forgotten video game helped pave the way for Madden NFL

The release of Madden NFL marks the 30th anniversary of the most popular sports video game of all time. While it has generated more than $4 billion in revenue and inspired three decades' worth of gamers and football fans, some of Madden's humble roots can be traced to a start-up company working out of a house in Bethesda, Maryland, and an early football game that featured slow-moving dots in lieu...
Billie Jean King: the powerful voice behind San Diego tennis tournament

Billie Jean King: the powerful voice behind San Diego tennis tournament

At Wimbledon in 1968, Rod Laver and Billie Jean King became the first champions of the strawberries-and-cream crowd in tennis' open era. When it came time to cash a paycheck, though, the shared experience ended. Laver was paid roughly $2,600, while King walked away with $970. The loud and uncomfortably clear message it delivered: There was a difference in those championship achievements, right down...
WNBA players are still treated like second-class citizens. It's on the NBA to fix that. 

WNBA players are still treated like second-class citizens. It's on the NBA to fix that. 

This is what second-class citizenship in pro sports looks like: Last summer, the Minnesota Lynx lost home-court advantage for the entirety of the WNBA playoffs despite having finished the regular season with a league-best 27-7 record. They were forced off their regular season-long floor in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center to make way for the local NHL franchise, the Wild.  The Wild wasn't in the...
Rafael Devers is the face of baseball's trend of youth over experience

Rafael Devers is the face of baseball's trend of youth over experience

He looks like a kid. Not when he plays, because at 6 feet and 237 pounds, Rafael Devers has a major league body that helps him blend in with teammates, all at least two years his senior. It's in the locker room, where his face - the one that earned him the childhood nickname "Carita," Spanish for "baby face" - often reveals a bright smile and belly laugh. He acts like a kid. Not...
Neshek believes in young Phillies as he saw similar success with Astros

Neshek believes in young Phillies as he saw similar success with Astros

Pat Neshek is 37 years old. He's 10 years removed from elbow surgery, and his right arm has survived the last eight seasons. He has pitched for seven teams and made the playoffs five times, but he still lacks the World Series ring that would be the cherry on top of a fine career. So, when he decided last December to re-sign with a Phillies team that lost 96 games last season, many of his fans on Twitter...
Lake Travis alum Kristen Gillman wins 2nd U.S. Women’s Amateur title

Lake Travis alum Kristen Gillman wins 2nd U.S. Women’s Amateur title

The summer of Kristen Gillman got a little hotter on Sunday. Gillman, a 2016 graduate of Lake Travis High, put on a golf clinic at the Golf Club of Tennessee to win her second U.S. Women’s Amateur championship by routing Alabama teammate Jiwon Joen 7 and 6 to join a short list of players to win multiple amateur championships. The 20-year-old Gillman becomes just the fourth player in nearly four...
Now with more scholarship players, Texas State hopes to turn corner

Now with more scholarship players, Texas State hopes to turn corner

At his first two media days, Texas State head coach Everett Withers preached patience while he and his staff changed the culture in San Marcos. In his first season in 2016, Withers dismantled an underachieving team from the previous season that had preseason hopes for the program’s first bowl game. The Bobcats finished 3-9 in 2015. Over 30 players left the team before his first game –...
Texas A&M drops clues about new offense (here’s a hint: more run plays)

Texas A&M drops clues about new offense (here’s a hint: more run plays)

Texas A&M’s coaches and players dressed in their normal maroon and white game-day attire Sunday morning and gathered en masse for a team photo in a corner of Kyle Field. Week two of preseason training camp was drawing to a close. The season is so, so close. The quarterback situation has yet to be decided — competition could continue long past A&M’s season opener against Northwestern...
Which rookie NFL quarterbacks (if any) will shine?

Which rookie NFL quarterbacks (if any) will shine?

As the NFL’s exhibition season gets into full swing this week, all eyes will be on the bumper crop of rookie quarterbacks: five first-rounders for the first time since 1999. Who will be the next Donovan McNabb? Who will be the next Tim Couch? This week will start to provide the answers. Here’s a look at the games ahead and where the young quarterbacks stand: Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy...

Game between Round Rock and Omaha suspended

The third game of the series between the Round Rock Express and Omaha Storm Chasers was suspended due to rain Saturday. The contest was halted tied 2-2 in the top of the fifth with two men on base and one out for Omaha. The game will resume Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The series finale will be seven innings and follow 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. Fans with tickets to Saturday’s...
Chapman, Yankees weather heavy rain, hold off Rangers

Chapman, Yankees weather heavy rain, hold off Rangers

Somehow, Aroldis Chapman was able to prevent this game from slipping away. Rain pouring off his hat, the New York Yankees closer struck out Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded in a steady storm to end it, preserving a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. “You concentrate on the catcher, you try to keep your hand as dry as possible, you try to keep the ball as dry as possible, and you...
Golden: Star athletes say parents are the real coaches

Golden: Star athletes say parents are the real coaches

Joe Dumars, Mark Henry and Lacey Henderson are three athletic greats from three different generations. They have walked different paths in their athletic journeys but share an identical message when it comes to dealing with young people. It all starts at home. Parents are the real coaches. Before a kid ever picks up a baseball bat, throws a football or joins a team at school, the folks play the most...

Lake Travis grad Kristen Gillman to play in U.S. Amateur final

Alabama’s Kristen Gillman, a graduate of Lake Travis High, defeated Kaylee Benton of Arkansas on the 19th hole Saturday to advance to the final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in Kingston Springs, Tenn. Gillman’s victory sets up a championship match with another member of the Alabama golf team, junior Jiwon Jeon. Jeon defeated a third Alabama golfer, senior Lauren Stephenson...

Texas State Notebook: 2 football players gain a year of eligibility

The senior class for Texas State football got a little smaller last week as defensive end Ishmael Davis and receiver Mason Hays were reclassified, allowing them to play this season and next. Both players were granted an extra year of eligibility via a hardship waiver after their season was cut short due to injury last year. Davis, a graduate student, was awarded a scholarship before the 2016 season...
Longhorns taking toned-down approach after first week of practice, first scrimmage

Longhorns taking toned-down approach after first week of practice, first scrimmage

Start bringing your pickaxes, pans and metal detectors out to Texas football practices for the next three weeks. Mining for nuggets about this group could prove difficult. Throughout the first week, Texas coach Tom Herman was positive but subdued about his charges. The Longhorns had their first team scrimmage Saturday, and while it wasn’t open to the public or reporters...
Texas coach Tom Herman calls Facebook report about helping Brett McMurphy ‘absolutely untrue’

Texas coach Tom Herman calls Facebook report about helping Brett McMurphy ‘absolutely untrue’

Texas coach Tom Herman said a report on Facebook was “absolutely untrue” that he was the one who alerted sports reporter Brett McMurphy about fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith’s alleged history of domestic violence. In a story posted Saturday on the social media site, Jeff Snook, a published author with deep Ohio State ties, claimed that Herman...
As season ends, which NASCAR stars are at risk of missing the playoffs?

As season ends, which NASCAR stars are at risk of missing the playoffs?

News breaks, headlines are made, but nothing can stop the inevitable nature of the NASCAR season. Specifically, the impending conclusion of it. There are only four races left in the 2018 Cup Series regular season. We'll start in Michigan this weekend, then head to Bristol, Darlington and finally Indianapolis. And then, along with the 16 best drivers the sport can proffer, we'll go onward to the playoffs...

Express fall to Storm Chasers for eighth straight loss

Arnaldo Hernandez allowed just two hits over seven innings, leading the Omaha Storm Chasers over the Round Rock Express in a 2-0 win Friday at Dell Diamond. Richard Lovelady struck Nomar Mazara out with a runner on first to end the game for his sixth save of the season and the eighth straight loss for the Express. Mazara is rehabbing for the Texas Rangers, playing as the designated hitter for Round...
Stone solid: Ex-Longhorn from South Africa makes run at major

Stone solid: Ex-Longhorn from South Africa makes run at major

The land of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel could be delivering another winner of a major title. With his second straight solid round at the PGA Championship on Friday, South Africa’s Brandon Stone is one good weekend away from breaking through at the same course where the godfather of golf in his country, Gary Player, completed the career grand slam a generation...
Austin soccer saga swerves into showdown next week

Austin soccer saga swerves into showdown next week

And so the match goes to penalty kicks. The Austin City Council will try again next week after stopping short of voting late Thursday to allow the owner of the Columbus Crew to build a privately financed Major League Soccer stadium in North Austin. Next up: another special council meeting Wednesday morning, when Mayor Steve Adler promises the stadium proposal finally will be resolved with an...
Prescott throws for TD before 49ers rally past Cowboys

Prescott throws for TD before 49ers rally past Cowboys

Coach Jason Garrett saw all he needed out of quarterback Dak Prescott on just one drive. Prescott made the most of his brief appearance in the preseason opener for Dallas by throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to rookie Michael Gallup on his only drive before the San Francisco 49ers rallied with two late touchdowns to beat the Cowboys 24-21 Thursday night. “I thought it was a good drive by our...
Kellen Moore makes quick switch from QB to coach for Cowboys

Kellen Moore makes quick switch from QB to coach for Cowboys

Kellen Moore’s college coach heard from his former quarterback while Moore was thinking about trading in his helmet for a whistle. The next thing Chris Petersen knew, Moore was in charge of Dak Prescott as quarterbacks coach of the Dallas Cowboys not too long after sitting third on the depth chart behind the 2016 NFL offensive rookie of the year. “When I heard that, I think, ‘Really?...
Help Wanted: Texas enters 2018 volleyball season with a quartet of contenders for its libero job

Help Wanted: Texas enters 2018 volleyball season with a quartet of contenders for its libero job

For the first time in four years, a Texas volleyball player not named Cat McCoy will be wearing black on a full-time basis. McCoy, UT’s longtime libero, is gone, and she took her Texas record of 1,801 career digs with her to grad school and the beach volleyball court at the University of Washington.  Juniors Autumn Rounsaville and Claire Hahn are among the candidates...
Gender equity becomes a flashpoint in council’s MLS discussion

Gender equity becomes a flashpoint in council’s MLS discussion

Jackie Acevedo Pope stood in front of the Austin City Council on Thursday evening and articulated the benefits a Major League Soccer franchise could bring for soccer-playing girls and women in Central Texas. Precourt Sports Ventures “will support Lonestar girls developmental academy,” said Pope, a coach at youth soccer behemoth Lonestar Soccer Club who grew up in the Texas capital and...
The Dotted Line: Biggest movers, two new names on the 2019 Fab 55

The Dotted Line: Biggest movers, two new names on the 2019 Fab 55

The updated 2019 Fabulous 55 was released and it brought upon changes to the list after a summer filled with elite camps and 7-on-7 tournaments. There wasn’t a ton of major movement. Only two new players made the list, and the biggest move was 18 spots by Texas A&M commit and Brock tight end Baylor Cupp. He and TCU offensive tackle commit Kori Roberson...
Thousands sign petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos

Thousands sign petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos

LeBron James or Betsy DeVos? If you could pick from two candidates to be nation's secretary of education and those were your candidates, whom would you pick? That is the point of an online petition posted late Tuesday on Care2.com and titled "LeBron James for Secretary of Education." By midday Thursday, there were 11,348 signatures, and the surge of signatures caused organizers to keep increasing...
Duke's Zion Williamson talks dunks, his fame and learning from Coach K

Duke's Zion Williamson talks dunks, his fame and learning from Coach K

His reputation as a superior athlete preceded Zion Williamson's arrival on Duke's campus this summer. He's the kid from South Carolina with all those dunk videos online. Check out YouTube, where highlight packages of the 6-7, 285-pound Williamson's dunks are approaching 2 million page views. His teammates are now seeing what all the fuss is about. "I've never seen an athlete like him," Duke...
NCAA college basketball rules are first step but don't address compensation

NCAA college basketball rules are first step but don't address compensation

On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors dropped the mic on college basketball and the sports world. After coming off a season that included an FBI investigation into the ugliness of the sport, the firing of a hall of fame coach (Rick Pitino), and investigations and subpoenas into multiple programs, an announcement was made that will see groundbreaking...
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are becoming golf’s odd couple

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are becoming golf’s odd couple

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson used to be seen as flip sides of the same generation. Woods was a two-seat Lamborghini, built for performance. He stood out from the crowd and left little room for others. Mickelson was a Subaru SUV, built for crowds. He was bulky and could accommodate everybody. But those earlier versions, of Woods and Mickelson in their 20s and 30s, have given way in middle age to...
Here are four former fantasy football studs who should drop off in 2018

Here are four former fantasy football studs who should drop off in 2018

There are a few rules to live by in fantasy football, such as, never take a kicker before the final round. Here's another important rule: Don't assume that whatever happened last year will happen again this year. One of the challenges in fantasy football is that the real-life sport on which it's based equates to a minefield of small sample sizes. Even an entire season consists of just 16 games - less...
A white face, a blue eye and a bright future

A white face, a blue eye and a bright future

He is a sight, Southern Phantom, with a face as white as a bedsheet and a blue eye to match his brown one. His tail is all Spice Girl, ponytailed with blonde streaks. His legs? All four of them seemingly sport ivory knee-high socks. And Southern Phantom’s nature? Sweet as the sugar cubes held out in the open hands of the many visitors at Barn 46 here who just have to see this unusual colt with...
The Eagles' bromantic comedy duo forming in training camp

The Eagles' bromantic comedy duo forming in training camp

Depending upon the thought, Michael Bennett and Chris Long can either finish each other's sentences or have the opposite opinion. The Eagles defensive ends, teammates for only five months, have become fast friends. They're comfortable with the expression "bromance," although some of their teammates prefer the euphemism "frienemies." "Yeah, it's a bromance," Long said...
LeBron or not, the Cleveland Cavaliers get millions for arena renovation

LeBron or not, the Cleveland Cavaliers get millions for arena renovation

Northeast Ohio offers a tale of two legacies. LeBron James departed for Los Angeles earlier this summer and left behind a spectacular gift for his hometown Akron, Ohio: a new elementary school for at-risk children and tens of millions of dollars for college scholarships. An hour’s drive to the north, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost that same superstar. But Dan Gilbert, the team’s billionaire...
No win, no loss, just another delay for Austin soccer stadium deal

No win, no loss, just another delay for Austin soccer stadium deal

And so the match goes to penalty kicks. The Austin City Council was unable to work its way to a vote late Thursday on a deal for the owner of the Columbus Crew soccer team to privately finance a Major League Soccer stadium on city-owned land in North Austin. The council said it would call another meeting for Wednesday morning, and Mayor Steve Adler promised that the stadium issue finally would be...

Omaha’s Dziedzic, Staumont and Lovelady shut out Round Rock

Jonathan Dziedzic, Josh Staumont and Richard Lovelady combined for a shutout as the Omaha Storm Chasers beat the Round Rock Express 9-0 Thursday at Dell Diamond. The loss makes it seven straight for the Express. Dziedzic (6-8) went six scoreless innings, allowing five hits while striking out two and walking one to pick up the win. Chris Tillman (0-1) went 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and two hits...
Golden: Chris Nelson eager to step into Poona Ford’s shoes at noseguard

Golden: Chris Nelson eager to step into Poona Ford’s shoes at noseguard

Chris Nelson had never played in a bowl game and was a few days from the postseason last December when the football gods dealt him a tough blow. It was a basic run drill and the junior defensive tackle was doing his thing — occupying blockers to free up other teammates up to make a play — when safety Jason Hall came flying in from the secondary. Hall’s helmet...
Texas regents targeting ‘quality, not quantity’ in new Royal-Memorial Stadium expansion

Texas regents targeting ‘quality, not quantity’ in new Royal-Memorial Stadium expansion

There was a time when bigger was better. The biggest was considered the best. But UT President Gregory L. Fenves is ready to call a truce in the facilities arms race. Fenves told the UT System Board of Regents on Thursday that the new south end zone expansion of Royal-Memorial Stadium will not increase the stadium seating capacity of 100,119. Regents gave the financial go-ahead...
Triplets of the Big 12: Delton or Barnes? Kansas State’s quarterback battle is still too tight to call

Triplets of the Big 12: Delton or Barnes? Kansas State’s quarterback battle is still too tight to call

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Kansas State. QB: Alex Delton (2017 — 49 of 85 for 637 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs. He played in seven games; Texas history — Was 2 of 5 for 30 yards in relief duty of Jesse Ertz in last year’s 40-34 double-overtime loss in Austin, but...
The Dotted Line: The updated Fabulous 55 is dominated by Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher

The Dotted Line: The updated Fabulous 55 is dominated by Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher

It’s Jimbo Fisher’s time to control the recruiting grounds inside the Lone Star State. Texas A&M holds 14 commitments on the updated 2019 Fabulous 55, one more than Oklahoma and Texas combined. This is Fisher’s first full class as head coach of the Aggies, and he’s receiving the bump usually afforded to programs selling hope. Texas rode the same...
Here are some fantasy football draft picks to avoid and target

Here are some fantasy football draft picks to avoid and target

You can't win your fantasy football league on draft day, but you can certainly lose it if you don't generate value from your selections. Getting value from each and every draft slot is key to filling out a roster than can be competitive each and every week. Some selections are easy while others could be nothing but fool's gold. Here are six players whose draft positions are not in line with the value...
Chilling details swirl in rape, kidnapping case of ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II

Chilling details swirl in rape, kidnapping case of ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II

Department 25 in the North County Division of San Diego Superior Court sits at the end of a third-floor hallway, sheltered from most of the building's swirling traffic of criminal and civil cases. One recent morning, giggling kids wrapped in clothes hand-picked for a special day shattered the relative calm. Hugs, photos and court-furnished teddy bears punctuated an adoption hearing rushing to a heartwarming...
Is the Patriots' dynasty coming to an end? These are the factors to watch this season.

Is the Patriots' dynasty coming to an end? These are the factors to watch this season.

The New England Patriots' dynasty, barreling toward the end of its second decade, will end, likely soon. There are several reasons. The primary reason is that everything ends, and most things in sports end long before - relative eons - what the Patriots have continued doing since 2001. The secondary reasons are ample. Tom Brady is 41, Bill Belichick is 66, Rob Gronkowski openly mulled retirement in...
Penny didn't get to play for USC, but he plays for Carroll now

Penny didn't get to play for USC, but he plays for Carroll now

Seattle's running game once moved the earth — ask any local seismologist — but now the Seahawks just want to do a better job of moving the sticks. The franchise is in a rebuilding cycle, and a big part of that is re-establishing the running game that has been on hiatus for a couple of years. In the past two years, the Seahawks were 23rd and 25th in rushing, a shadow of the team that in...
Carson Wentz isn't ready and Nick Foles is ailing. But the Eagles don't sound worried.

Carson Wentz isn't ready and Nick Foles is ailing. But the Eagles don't sound worried.

When the Philadelphia Eagles got down to the serious business of Tuesday's sweltering practice, the reigning (almost) league MVP, Carson Wentz, took a spot on the sideline alongside the reigning (actual) Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles. The quarterback charged with bringing coach Doug Pederson's offense to life during full team drills was former Washington Redskins castoff Nate Sudfeld. It's very, very...
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