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An Aggie’s record 400 overshadows Texas hurdlers at NCAA West regional

When Spencer Dunkerley-Offor glanced at the Myers Stadium scoreboard after his 110-meter hurdles race Friday at the NCAA West regional track and field championships, he saw a time of 12.6 seconds by his name. That would have been in world-record territory. “I thought to myself, ‘That’s cool, but that’s definitely not real,’” said the Longhorns junior, whose adjusted...


Leggett: It’s a bream, not a perch

Leggett: It’s a bream, not a perch

I’ve spent more than 30 years writing about hunting and fishing in Austin, and there’s something that’s bugged me throughout that time. It’s a little thing, I know, but the truth is, I hate it when folks use the “P” word in reference to bream. I got a lotta problems with you people!! In East Texas, where I grew up (and we all know how correctly they use the English...
A forgetful moment and a fire in the kitchen

A forgetful moment and a fire in the kitchen

I’ve grown old and forgetful, and we are starting to pay a price for it. By “we” I mean Rana and me, along with anybody else who happens to glide into our orbit. It’s embarrassing and stupid, at times, like when I tried to burn down the house a few weeks ago. The event of which I’m speaking occurred April 30, a Sunday afternoon, normal and without anything else to distinguish...

Snider leads Round Rock to win over Las Vegas

Travis Snider doubled three times as the Round Rock Express beat the Las Vegas 51s 7-3 on Friday at Dell Diamond. With the victory, the Express swept the four-game series. It’s their first series sweep of the season. That makes it two straight series wins and a 7-1 homestand which followed up a 2-6 road trip. With the game tied 1-1, the Express took the lead for good with six runs in the second...
Big 12 tournament notebook: McKenzie’s role at Texas shifts to clutch hitter

Big 12 tournament notebook: McKenzie’s role at Texas shifts to clutch hitter

OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas collected 11 hits in a 5-4 win over Kansas at the Big 12 tournament on Thursday. But for their most-important hit, the Longhorns turned to their bench. Thursday’s decisive run was scored in the sixth. With left-handed pitcher Chase Kaplan emerging from the Kansas bullpen and Longhorns on second and third base, Texas coach David Pierce had Jake McKenzie pinch-hit...

On to state: Bowie sweeps The Woodlands 2-1 and 3-0

Throughout the season, Bowie softball coach Liz Wissel told friends her team had the potential to reach the state tournament. Perhaps now they will believe her. The Bulldogs, combining stellar pitching from Alex McLennan with key hits, defeated The Woodlands 3-0 to claim the Class 6A regional championship series Friday night at Mumford Field. Bowie swept the three-game series, winning the opener 2-1...

Texas State notebook: Baseball team advances in Sun Belt Tournament

Texas State’s baseball team, seeded eighth in the Sun Belt Tournament, moved into the semifinals Friday after a 7-5 quarterfinal win over No. 1-seeded Coastal Carolina. The Bobcats (29-29) will face the winner of Friday night’s Georgia Southern vs. Louisiana-Lafayette game in Saturday’s semifinal at 5:30 p.m.; South Alabama and Arkansas State will meet in the other semifinal. The...
Texas teams could be riding high when NCAA baseball bids arrive

Texas teams could be riding high when NCAA baseball bids arrive

Back in March, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was a lonely place for Texas. Just three teams from the state grabbed bids, and two were knocked out in the first round. That won’t be a problem next week at the NCAA baseball tournament. A minimum of seven Texas teams already have done enough to earn invitations when the 64-team field is revealed Monday, and as many as 11 might pop up...
After cancer scare, former pro triathlete Marsh revisits her sport

After cancer scare, former pro triathlete Marsh revisits her sport

Triathlete Amy Marsh knows what it’s like to compete at the pinnacle of the grueling sport. Racing as a professional, Marsh triumphed in triathlons in the U.S., China and Brazil, and five years ago, she placed 10th in the women’s field at the prestigious Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, which consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike leg and a full marathon. On Monday,...
Class of 2017: Samuel Cosmi’s journey from Houston to Texas fulfills a dream

Class of 2017: Samuel Cosmi’s journey from Houston to Texas fulfills a dream

HUMBLE — In her home, Rodica Cosmi keeps what can best be described as a dream board. On the board, she has kept reminders of her dreams for her three children and husband. Her dreams for Samuel Cosmi, her only son, range from the customary (become a great man) to the far-fetched (reach the NFL). Somewhere along the road — Samuel guesses it was seven years ago — Rodica...
Family and football have driven Texas commitment Reese Moore to Austin

Family and football have driven Texas commitment Reese Moore to Austin

SEMINOLE — Reese Moore extends from the West Texas soil like the oil rigs that litter Seminole and its surrounding areas. Oil, football and family swirl together in the wind to create a unique upbringing for Moore and his teammates. The closest movie theater is in New Mexico. It’s routine to drive an hour up to Lubbock for a bite to eat. “We just got a Taco Bell, and that was...
No more ‘Drench Open’ at new Roland Garros

No more ‘Drench Open’ at new Roland Garros

Though the 2017 French Open does not begin until Sunday, the tournament has already won a marathon match. The proof is visible only after you leave the traditional confines of Roland Garros and pass through the gates of the adjacent botanical gardens, les Serres d’Auteuil, where a towering red, white and blue building crane sits in the midst of a vast, freshly dug pit. After years of litigation...
He's got the reps: Prescott takes offseason lead for Cowboys

He's got the reps: Prescott takes offseason lead for Cowboys

Dak Prescott chuckled at the thought of watching film from the offseason this time a year ago, when he said he was in charge for two plays in an entire practice. Two.  Suffice to say the Dallas quarterback is getting more reps now after one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history kept Tony Romo on the bench, and eventually sent the 10-year starter to the broadcast booth. It's Prescott's team...
Bullpens stretched as starters take a seat

Bullpens stretched as starters take a seat

Mike Marshall led the majors in appearances in 1973, with 92 for the Montreal Expos. The next spring, having joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, Marshall met his new manager, Walter Alston. “He said, ‘If you’re ever tired, you let me know, otherwise I’ll use you,'” Marshall said in an interview last summer. “I said, ‘I’ll tell you right now: I will never...
Raiders' Lynch 'really soaking up the system' at OTAs

Raiders' Lynch 'really soaking up the system' at OTAs

For much of the OTA practice, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch stood off to the side of the action, talking with teammates and coaches. Lynch wore his white No. 24 jersey over a long-sleeved black shirt and his dreadlocks spilled over his shoulders as he did not even carry a helmet.  The veteran running back, who came out of retirement to join the Raiders in April, did not take part in position...
Is it a golden age for English golf?

Is it a golden age for English golf?

With a touch of uneasiness, Matthew Fitzpatrick approached Jordan Spieth in the locker room at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont to ask the then-reigning champion to sign a flag for charity. In perhaps the clearest sign of how success in the majors is expected for Fitzpatrick, Spieth gladly accepted the flag and said, “Let me tell you something. I’ll be asking you to sign a few for me in the...
Rinne has Nashville in first Final with smothering run

Rinne has Nashville in first Final with smothering run

Knocking the smile off Pekka Rinne's face right now is nearly impossible.  The longest-tenured player with the Nashville Predators, the 34-year-old goaltender finally will play in his first Stanley Cup Final in his ninth full NHL season.  "As a player, I feel like I've had a fairly long career and never had this opportunity," Rinne said. "So very fortunate and really appreciate...
NBA draft deadline shapes next season in college hoops

NBA draft deadline shapes next season in college hoops

College basketball's version of decision day could go a long way toward shaping how the next season will play out. Teams that have players remain in the NBA draft will have huge holes to fill, while teams with players who withdrew from the draft can breathe a sigh of relief.  The deadline to make those decisions was Wednesday, so here's a rundown of the key players who decided to remain in school...
Warriors aim for title, but have shot at more

Warriors aim for title, but have shot at more

Having burst consistently into rarefied territory over the past three years, the Golden State Warriors have again rumbled into an experience to which few teams could relate. The playoffs are meant to test everybody, even teams loaded with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. And yet they provided these Warriors precisely zero resistance. When Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips...
Texas survives Kansas’ ninth-inning scare to remain unbeaten at Big 12 tournament

Texas survives Kansas’ ninth-inning scare to remain unbeaten at Big 12 tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas earned a day off on Thursday night. Sort of. The Longhorns jumped out to an early lead and rode Nolan Kingham’s complete-game effort to hold off Kansas in a 5-4 win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The win kept Texas (36-20) unbeaten at the Big 12 tournament, a 2-0 start that means the Longhorns won’t play again until Saturday, when they’ll face either...

Martinson’s homer leads Round Rock to win over Las Vegas

Jason Martinson hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 6-4 win over the Las Vegas 51s on Thursday at Dell Diamond. The win clinches the series for Round Rock (22-26), its second in a row following a win over Salt Lake. The home run by Martinson scored Jurickson Profar and was the game’s last scoring play. Martinson was 2-for-4 from the plate, scoring two...
Bowie’s red-hot softball team burns a trail through Class 6A playoffs

Bowie’s red-hot softball team burns a trail through Class 6A playoffs

Bowie softball players Alex McLennan and Nikki Gil were treated like conquering heroes at their high school’s senior prom Saturday. McLennan, Gil and their Bulldogs teammates became VIPs after Bowie defeated Conroe Oak Ridge 5-4 in extra innings last Friday, a victory that qualified the Dawgs for the the Class 6A, Region II championship series against The Woodlands, which opens Friday in Mumford...
Like father, like daughter: Texas’ Long overcomes injury, qualifies for NCAAs

Like father, like daughter: Texas’ Long overcomes injury, qualifies for NCAAs

Like father, like daughter. For Kally Long, that has proven to be good and bad. The junior pole vaulter for Texas has endured the bad. Now she’s enjoying the good, and she hopes the best is yet to come. Long was one of three Longhorns on Thursday to advance to the NCAA track and field outdoor championships next month, joining long jumper O’Brien Wasome and javelin thrower Haley Crouser...
Mets prized prospect Amed Rosario looks like one of MLB’s next stars

Mets prized prospect Amed Rosario looks like one of MLB’s next stars

One of the real treats in Minor League Baseball is catching a glimpse of hot prospects from visiting teams who are blazing trails to the big leagues. In recent years, Round Rock Express fans have seen a long list of blue-chippers who already are making a major-league impact, including Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Corey Seager, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Charlie Blackmon and Carlos...
Big 12 tournament notebook: Some rare bullpen work for Texas ace Cooper

Big 12 tournament notebook: Some rare bullpen work for Texas ace Cooper

OKLAHOMA CITY — In the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s 8-4 win over Oklahoma, Texas fans may have done a double-take when they saw junior Morgan Cooper on the mound. With an inning of relief work, Cooper helped the Longhorns bridge the gap between reliever Chase Shugart and closer Beau Ridgeway. Cooper entered the game with Texas leading 6-4. He allowed one hit and struck out two. Cooper...
Cubs' Contreras shows how gesture can make fan for life

Cubs' Contreras shows how gesture can make fan for life

Sometimes good things happen when you least expect it, as occurred Friday at Wrigley Field after a long rain delay during the Cubs-Brewers game. Catcher Willson Contreras decided to warm up before the game resumed by playing catch near the Cubs' dugout. But instead of throwing to a teammate, Contreras did so with a young fan instead. Contreras and a boy standing in an aisle a few rows behind the dugout...
With pitching and prime-age players, Rockies sense this year is different

With pitching and prime-age players, Rockies sense this year is different

The last time he was healthy at the end of a season, Greg Holland pitched in the World Series. His new teammates on the Colorado Rockies have asked him about that assignment, for the Kansas City Royals in 2014, but Holland does not know what to say. “It’s hard to explain what that experience is like, so hopefully I won’t have to explain it to anyone in this room,” he said by...
A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped that signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost.  By July 2015, Arshavin had lost much of the pace and attacking skill which made him a star in England for Arsenal years earlier, but he was still among Russia's best-known footballers.  Like most Russian top-flight clubs, Kuban had...
Last year, Turner took the majors by storm. So, what happened?

Last year, Turner took the majors by storm. So, what happened?

Late last season, when Trea Turner had pulled out a match, struck it against the bottom of his spike, and promptly torched the National League as if it had been soaked in a mixture of kerosene and bacon grease, I was chatting with one Washington National about the rookie's adjustment to the clubhouse, which had been seamless. We agreed that any adjustment is easier when you're hitting .350. "...
Will Jets ever find an answer at QB?

Will Jets ever find an answer at QB?

Forgive the Jets fan who has seen this scene enough, who surveyed the team's quarterback situation during the team's first official day of offseason action Tuesday and saw one veteran journeyman in the middle, a young quarterback over each shoulder, a wide open competition in the foreground and a 100 yards of questions in the background. Former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick may have given way to free-agent...
How plane crash changed John Beilein and his wife

How plane crash changed John Beilein and his wife

Kathleen Beilein was uneasy as she rode the team bus to the airport. It got worse as she boarded the plane. Earlier that morning, 57-mph winds had besieged southeastern Michigan's power grid. Tens of thousands lost power. At Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, her husband's basketball team had to practice in the dark. Now, here they were, the team, the coaches, the staff, and the families, set to take off...
Alex Noren, the world’s most unknown top player

Alex Noren, the world’s most unknown top player

At a recent outdoor news conference for nine first-time competitors at the Players Championship, Alex Noren of Sweden slumped in a director’s chair waiting for somebody, anybody, to speak with him. When a television crew arrived to end this awkward affair, it was, of course, from Sweden. As soon as the interview concluded, a tour official whisked Noren away to the Golf Channel set. No one seemed...
Spurs’ Ginobili gets quite a send-off, but will he retire?

Spurs’ Ginobili gets quite a send-off, but will he retire?

The home crowd was chanting his name in the closing minutes on Monday night, so Manu Ginobili looked up from his seat on the bench and gave a little wave. The fans responded with a roar, a collective expression of appreciation, nostalgia and grief. Patty Mills, Ginobili’s teammate on the San Antonio Spurs, turned to him. “I don’t know why these guys are giving you a standing ovation...
Texas beats rival Oklahoma in opener at Big 12 tournament

Texas beats rival Oklahoma in opener at Big 12 tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY — The stakes were raised, but Texas still came out on top in the Red River Rivalry. Kacy Clemens homered twice and Texas turned to its bullpen in Wednesday’s 8-4 win over Oklahoma at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the final game of the first day of the Big 12 baseball tournament. The Longhorns, seeded sixth here, beat OU for the third time this season and now advance...

Gee leads Round Rock to win over Las Vegas

Dillon Gee struck out nine hitters over six innings, leading the Round Rock Express over the Las Vegas 51s in a 3-1 win on Wednesday night at Dell Diamond. Gee (3-4) picked up the win after he walked two while allowing two hits to his former team. His nine strikeouts were a season high. Round Rock (21-26) started the scoring in the second inning. After hitting a single with two outs, Travis Snider...
Regular-season co-champions fall in Big 12 tournament openers

Regular-season co-champions fall in Big 12 tournament openers

OKLAHOMA CITY — For at least one day, the balance of power shifted in the Big 12. Thanks to a four-run eighth inning, Kansas earned a 7-3 win over TCU in its opener at the Big 12 tournament Wednesday. TCU’s loss at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark came in the game that followed Oklahoma State’s 3-0 conquest of Texas Tech. TCU and Texas Tech shared the Big 12’s regular-season title...
Texas track hopes homefield advantage is enough for NCAA West Prelims meet

Texas track hopes homefield advantage is enough for NCAA West Prelims meet

Competing at the NCAA track and field championships is a tough task. A single point probably will decide which team wins the title and what school may fall out of the top 10. Qualifying for the biggest collegiate meet of the year also is a huge challenge. It’s no longer based on a timed run at any point in the outdoor season. Instead, it takes a special, three-day meet. There will be two such...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Clint Bybee, 52-degree wedge, 123-yard 8th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Chris Bybee, Mike Costello, Ken McFarland Steve Hampton, 9-iron, 124-yard 3rd hole at Teravista; witnesses: Frank Torres, Ken Schawel, Kevin Macwaters Bill McGowan, 9-iron, 155-yard 6th hole at The Hills Flintrock Falls; witnesses: Linda Davis, Ben Sorrell, Monique Stevenson Dani Moss, 7-iron, 117-yard 8th hole at Morris...
In rehab start, Ross shows he might be a good fit in Rangers’ rotation

In rehab start, Ross shows he might be a good fit in Rangers’ rotation

The Texas Rangers took a $6 million gamble on Tyson Ross that might just pay off soon. When Texas signed him to a one-year deal last October, Ross — a solid starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres from 2013-15 — hadn’t been on the mound since Opening Day of 2016, sidelined by a potentially debilitating nerve injury. On Tuesday night at Dell Diamond, the 30-year-old Ross pitched...
Class of 2017: Josh Thompson is eating broccoli, biding time, waiting to join Texas

Class of 2017: Josh Thompson is eating broccoli, biding time, waiting to join Texas

NACOGDOCHES — Eating right can be a real drag, especially in a college town where there’s a fast food joint on every block. Josh Thompson has it easy now. Wait until he gets to Texas and there’s a heapin’ helping of everything. Just what every growing Longhorn needs. “Just staying on top of what they told me,” Thompson said with a sigh. The four-star cornerback...
A Fab 55 profile: Trent Gordon went from late bloomer to Penn State pledge

A Fab 55 profile: Trent Gordon went from late bloomer to Penn State pledge

MANVEL — Consider Trent Gordon a late bloomer. Most of the elite athletes in the state point toward elementary school and Pop Warner football as the time they realized sports was a route toward success. Not Gordon. The No. 51-ranked player on the Fabulous 55 fully admits it took him longer to find his footing. “The end of my freshman season is when football really became a priority...
Gruden on Redskins' revamped defense: 'I think we have to be good now'

Gruden on Redskins' revamped defense: 'I think we have to be good now'

The Washington Redskins began their offseason practices on Tuesday, and their roster will look drastically different. They parted ways with some familiar faces during free agency, including wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and defensive linemen Chris Baker and Ricky Jean Francois, but the new-look Redskins may be more talented, and on paper appear to have more depth than last year....
We all remember the World Series celebration. How about the guy who made the last out?

We all remember the World Series celebration. How about the guy who made the last out?

The boyhood dream was so vivid that Michael Martinez can still remember it in rich detail: how he stood at the left side of the plate and delivered the winning hit in the seventh game of the World Series for the Cleveland Indians. Martinez had a chance to live it out last November, when he walked to the plate with two outs, a runner at first and his team — those same Indians — trailing...
Gateway Prep will get one swing at a regional-semifinal victory

Gateway Prep will get one swing at a regional-semifinal victory

It’s winner take all Friday night for Gateway Prep’s baseball team. At stake? A trip to the Class 3A Region IV finals, where the Gators would have the chance to win the first regional title in the program’s seven-year history. Gateway Prep, which is appearing in the UIL postseason for the fourth straight year, will be squaring off against Falfurrias at 7:30 at Jourdanton High. Falfurrias...
Faces Off the Field: Bailey Vannoy, sophomore, Rouse catcher

Faces Off the Field: Bailey Vannoy, sophomore, Rouse catcher

What’s your favorite softball memory from high school? When both my brother and I had a game on a Tuesday night at Rouse. My brother heard my walk-up song and ran as fast as he could from the baseball bullpen to be able to watch me hit. I saw him and gave him a head nod as if the hit was for him. I stepped into the box and let two balls go by, but when the third one came, it was right on the...
Liberty Hill wins opener of Class 4A regional-final series

Liberty Hill wins opener of Class 4A regional-final series

Overcoming mistakes on the base paths and in the field, Liberty Hill’s softball team rallied twice to edge Lorena 3-2 Wednesday night in the opening game of the Class 4A Region III finals. With the victory, Liberty Hill (37-2-1) pulled within a win of qualifying for the UIL state tournament, which opens next week. The Panthers’ best-of-three regional-final series is scheduled to resume...
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