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Despite possible relocation, Crew SC players keep focus on ‘our season’

The second half is underway at MAPFRE Stadium as darkness sets in, and Columbus Crew SC is leading the Chicago Fire 1-0. The announced attendance for the May 12 match, 11,108, is just above the season average. A mix of somber and defiant, the fans in attendance can’t help but be reminded that this could be the Crew’s last season in Ohio. A possible move to Austin looms large. “It&rsquo...

Oaks, Gallagher lift Omaha over Round Rock Express

Cam Gallagher had three hits and scored two runs while Trevor Oaks allowed just six hits over seven innings as the Omaha Storm Chasers defeated the Round Rock Express 11-1 in Papillion, Neb., on Friday. Oaks (3-3) allowed one run while striking out four to pick up the series-opening win. Up 1-0 in the third, Omaha extended its lead when Paulo Orlando hit an RBI single, scoring Ryan O’Hearn....
IceHogs stave off elimination with win over Texas Stars

IceHogs stave off elimination with win over Texas Stars

The Rockford IceHogs staved off elimination for the second straight night, defeating the Texas Stars 3-1 in the Western Conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs in Rockford, Ill., on Friday night. Two goals in the first period put Rockford on the way to a win, cutting the Stars’ series lead to 3-2. Jeff Glass had a stellar night in net for the IceHogs, making 40 saves on the 41 shots he...

Heineman leads Round Rock over Iowa 5-4

Scott Heineman had three hits and scored two runs as the Round Rock Express topped the Iowa Cubs 5-4 for a series split on Thursday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. R.J. Alvarez allowed a run but got Lane Adams to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his 10th save of the season. Round Rock started the scoring in the second inning when former Texas Longhorn Cameron Rupp hit an RBI single...
Texas Stars fall in overtime, keep Western Conference finals lead

Texas Stars fall in overtime, keep Western Conference finals lead

The Texas Stars played a third straight overtime game but fell short this time as the Rockford IceHogs won 3-2 in Rockford, Ill. on Thursday. Victor Ejdsell scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead the IceHogs to their first win of the Western Conference finals series. Texas now leads 3-1 with one more game to be played in Rockford before the series shifts back to the H-E-B Center at Cedar...

Mazzoni induces double play, leads Iowa to win over Round Rock

Cory Mazzoni got Juan Centeno to hit into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded, leading the Iowa Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Round Rock Express on Wednesday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Iowa starter Duane Underwood (3-4) picked up the win after he allowed one run and four hits over six innings. He also struck out six and walked two. Adam Loewen (0-1) allowed one run and got one out in...
Express to honor military with Thursday night tribute

Express to honor military with Thursday night tribute

With the team out of town this Memorial Day weekend, the Round Rock Express are holding Military Appreciation Night on Thursday for the series finale with Iowa. Numerous tributes will play out, starting pregame when the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle organization that attends military and first-responder funerals, line the outfield warning track in a show of support. This will start at approximately...

Ibanez’s homer leads Round Rock to win over Iowa

Andy Ibanez hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 5-4 win over the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday. The home run by Ibanez scored Christian Lopes and was the game’s last scoring play. Ibanez finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Willie Calhoun and Tommy Joseph each drove in runs for the Express. Joseph’s RBI came via a home run in the fourth...
Texas Stars win in OT again, a win away from Calder Cup finals

Texas Stars win in OT again, a win away from Calder Cup finals

Curtis McKenzie scored in just over five minutes into overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 6-5 win and a 3-0 series lead over the Rockford IceHogs in the Western Conference finals in Rockford, Ill., Tuesday night. The win made the Stars 6-1 in overtime contests in the Calder Cup playoffs this season. They’re now one win shy of heading back to the Calder Cup finals for the first time since the...
Powerful Tigres to play Mexican soccer friendly at Dell Diamond

Powerful Tigres to play Mexican soccer friendly at Dell Diamond

Area fans hungering for a taste of professional soccer will once again get a one-shot opportunity at Dell Diamond this summer. Tigres UANL, one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, will play Pachuca in a Liga MX friendly July 8, at 5 p.m. Tickets, starting at $35, will go on sale Monday at the stadium box office and at tickets.com. “Tigres has been the best team in Mexico over the last five...
Men and women’s champions repeat at AVP Austin Open

Men and women’s champions repeat at AVP Austin Open

Three of the four champions from last year’s AVP Austin Open successfully defended their titles on Sunday during the final day of competition at the 2018 AVP Austin Open at Krieg Fields. Olympic silver medalist April Ross repeated as the Austin Open champion — albeit with a new teammate — as she and Alix Klineman won their draw. On the men’s side, Olympic gold medalist Phil...
Stars outshine IceHogs in overtime 3-2, nab 2-0 conference finals lead

Stars outshine IceHogs in overtime 3-2, nab 2-0 conference finals lead

Falling to the ice on the power play halfway through the first overtime period, Curtis McKenzie chopped the puck across the rink to keep the Texas Stars in the offensive zone and give his defenseman a chance to retrieve the puck. He was rewarded for his efforts just moments later as he banged home a loose puck in front of the net to give the Stars a 3-2 win. As the Calder Cup Western Conference final...

Express split doubleheader after early win, late loss

Jonathan Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the first inning, leading the New Orleans Baby Cakes to a 10-8 win over the Round Rock Express in the second game of a doubleheader in Metairie, La. on Saturday. The teams split the doubleheader with Round Rock winning the first game 15-4. The home run by Rodriguez gave the Baby Cakes a 6-3 lead and capped a six-run inning for New Orleans. Earlier in...
Straight-set victories put top-seeded volleyball teams in semifinals

Straight-set victories put top-seeded volleyball teams in semifinals

The No. 1 seeds on both the men and women’s sides advanced to the semifinals with victories Saturday in the AVP Austin Open beach volleyball tournament at the Krieg Softball Complex. The top women’s team, April Ross and Alix Klineman, remained undefeated in the tournament, beating No. 13 Sarah Day and Nicolette Martin in straight sets 21-17, 21-17. Ross and Klineman have won all three...
Round Rock Express: Torn between two MLB lovers?

Round Rock Express: Torn between two MLB lovers?

Stay with the Texas Rangers? Return to your roots with the Houston Astros? Round Rock Express ownership will face its biggest call in at least eight years, and it’s already a hot topic among fans at Dell Diamond. The Express’ Player Development Contract with the Rangers will expire when the team’s Triple-A season ends on Labor Day. The franchise was an Astros affiliate from the club&rsquo...
Potential McKalla Place rail station for MLS priced at $13 million

Potential McKalla Place rail station for MLS priced at $13 million

Mass transit for potential Major League Soccer fans in Austin would come with a hefty price tag. On Friday, Mariette Hummel, a spokeswoman for Capital Metro, confirmed that building a light rail station at the specific spot at McKalla Place site Precourt Sports Ventures envisions for a MLS stadium would cost nearly $13 million. The cost was first reported Thursday by The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio...
Texas Stars take series lead in Western Conference finals opener

Texas Stars take series lead in Western Conference finals opener

With all the momentum in the second period and the game tied, Tanner Kero took a two-minute penalty for interference, which gave the Texas Stars much needed time to breathe and their second power play of the night. After not converting on their first opportunity with a man advantage, Remi Elie slotted home a loose puck in front of the net to put the Stars up for good. Sheldon Dries scored an insurance...

Last year’s champs roll into third round of pro volleyball’s Austin Open

The Association of Volleyball Professionals is back in town for the 2018 AVP Austin Open. It is the second consecutive year the AVP tour has made a stop in Austin, with last year marking the tour’s first time back since 2005. The winners on the men’s side last year — Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena — were also the champions of the 2005 AVP Austin Open. They are back to defend...

Campbell leads New Orleans to win over Round Rock

Eric Campbell hit an RBI single in the eighth inning, leading the New Orleans Baby Cakes to a 3-2 win over the Round Rock Express in the series opener played in Metairie, La. on Thursday. Campbell finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Isaac Galloway scored on the play to give the Baby Cakes the one-run lead. Round Rock had tied the game in the seventh inning when Christian Lopes hit a solo...
Bohls: Crazy to think Texas will approve gambling? Don’t bet against it

Bohls: Crazy to think Texas will approve gambling? Don’t bet against it

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Texas, get with it. Don’t cut off your nose to spite the faces of every Texan you can help, either in education, health care or lower property taxes. Isn’t this one of the most pro-business states in the Union? Gambling is good business. Most people think our state will not jump on board with legalized sports wagering now...
Noonan’s double leads Round Rock to 4-2 win over Iowa

Noonan’s double leads Round Rock to 4-2 win over Iowa

Nick Noonan hit a run-scoring double in the seventh inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 4-2 win over the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday. R.J. Alvarez struck out Chris Gimenez with a runner on first to end the game for his seventh save of the season. Andy Ibanez scored on Noonan’s double to tie the game 2-2 after he led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. The Express...
McKalla Place MLS site plan: 3 access points, canopy, walking trail

McKalla Place MLS site plan: 3 access points, canopy, walking trail

Precourt Sports Ventures’ vision for a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place includes three access roads, limited on-site parking and a canopy encompassing the entire seating bowl. The Columbus Crew SC owners on Tuesday revealed their site plan for the 24-acre, city-owned property in North Austin. They aim to make a proposal to the city within the next two weeks, and the...

Alberto’s double leads Round Rock to win over Iowa

Hanser Alberto hit a three-run double in the second inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 4-2 series-opening win over the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines on Saturday night. R.J. Alvarez allowed a run, but got Wynton Bernard to hit into a forceout with a runner on first to end the game for his sixth save of the season. The last time the two teams met, Round Rock opened the series with a win but lost...

Stars advance to conference finals with overtime win over Tucson

Joel L’Esperance scored in overtime Friday night to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 victory, clinching the American Hockey League second-round playoff series against the Tucson Roadrunners at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The win, the Stars’ second in overtime in the series, sends them to the Western Conference finals, where they will face the Rockford IceHogs for an opportunity to play...

Ibanez’s single leads Round Rock to win over New Orleans

Andy Ibanez hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 5-4 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Friday at Dell Diamond. The result leaves the series split at two games apiece. Nick Gardewine allowed a run, but got Cristhian Adames to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season. The single by Ibanez, part of a two-run inning...
Debate gets heated in community meeting to discuss MLS stadium site

Debate gets heated in community meeting to discuss MLS stadium site

While momentum builds for Major League Soccer in Austin, an emotional meeting Thursday night at Montopolis Recreation Center highlighted the hot debate over appropriate use of city property and giving public subsidies to private companies. The last scheduled community engagement meeting, hosted by city officials with Precourt Sports Ventures representatives as the invited guests, was the farthest...
While Lincecum rehabs, Express’ ‘Ricky Rod’ offers a glimpse for Rangers

While Lincecum rehabs, Express’ ‘Ricky Rod’ offers a glimpse for Rangers

By now the word is out that a four-time All-Star pitcher has started his major league comeback attempt as a Round Rock Express reliever. A potentially bigger piece to the future Texas Rangers bullpen puzzle is working right beside Tim Lincecum. Ricky Rodriguez is one of the organization’s most promising arms. Last year he posted a stunningly low 1.34 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 47 innings of High-A...

Galloway, Riddle lead the way for New Orleans over Express

Isaac Galloway and JT Riddle each homered and drove in three runs as the New Orleans Baby Cakes beat the Round Rock Express 8-4 on Thursday at Dell Diamond. Trailing 4-2, the Baby Cakes tied it up in the seventh inning when Galloway hit a two-run home run. Galloway finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and a home run. New Orleans took the lead for good in the ninth when Galloway hit an RBI...
Alberto’s walk-off hit stops latest Express slide

Alberto’s walk-off hit stops latest Express slide

The Round Rock Express were badly in need of a lift. Hanser Alberto provided it. Trailing by two runs and down to their last out, the Express pulled out an improbable 5-4 win over New Orleans on Wednesday night when the versatile infielder smacked a bases-clearing double. It snapped a four-game home losing skid for Round Rock (12-22), in last place and already 10 games out of first in its Pacific...

Texas Stars one win from advancing to conference finals

Mike McKenna made 27 saves as the Texas Stars defeated the Tucson Roadrunners 2-0 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Pacific division finals of the Calder Cup playoffs at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Wednesday night. Curtis McKenzie and Andrew Bodnarchuk netted a goal apiece while Brian Flynn assisted on both scores. The win sets the Stars up with three chances to win one game. They can close...
Alberto’s walk-off smash snaps Express losing streak

Alberto’s walk-off smash snaps Express losing streak

As bullpen looks go, the Round Rock Express offered quite the contrast Wednesday night. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, the 5-10, 165-pound, finesse-tossing grizzled vet, made his second rehab appearance and was followed by a 6-2, 225-pound, hard-throwing prospect pitcher who’s worked only a handful of innings above Double-A. Lincecum was tagged for a solo home run, and Ricky Rodriguez...
Precourt group expects to soon reveal McKalla Place site plan

Precourt group expects to soon reveal McKalla Place site plan

The second round of informational meetings conducted by the city about Major League Soccer picked up steam Tuesday night. The crowd at Northwest Recreation Center was much larger than last week’s initial gatherings — numbering at least 200 combined for two sessions — and included Council Member Leslie Pool, whose District 7 includes McKalla Place, where Precourt Sports...

Galloway, Sierra and Campbell lead New Orleans over Express

Isaac Galloway, Magneuris Sierra and Eric Campbell each had three hits, as the New Orleans Baby Cakes beat the Round Rock Express 10-2 on Tuesday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Galloway doubled and singled twice, scoring three runs. Sierra singled three times, scoring three runs. Up 2-0 in the third, New Orleans extended its lead when Campbell hit an RBI single, bringing home Sierra. The Baby Cakes...
Judge to meet with Ohio, Precourt officials to seek lawsuit settlement

Judge to meet with Ohio, Precourt officials to seek lawsuit settlement

The first orders were handed down Tuesday in the Ohio lawsuit aimed at keeping Major League Soccer in Columbus. Over the next three weeks, Ohio judge Jeffrey Brown will meet separately with representatives of Precourt Sports Ventures and MLS, and Ohio and Columbus, to explore the potential for a settlement, according to a court document filed Tuesday. In March, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and...
Two-time Cy Young champ Tim Lincecum returns because he can’t stay away

Two-time Cy Young champ Tim Lincecum returns because he can’t stay away

Tim Lincecum has pocketed two Cy Young Awards, three World Series rings, struck out 1,736 batters and earned $101 million in his major league career. So what was the 33-year-old doing in a Round Rock Express uniform pitching in relief against the Iowa Cubs on a Monday night before a couple thousand fans? “I love the game too much to give it up,” he said. Lincecum, one of the most dominant...
Bote, Underwood lead Cubs over Express

Bote, Underwood lead Cubs over Express

David Bote went 5-for-5 with a home run and Duane Underwood Jr. pitched seven shutout innings Sunday afternoon to carry the Iowa Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond. It was the second win in a row for the Cubs (7-21) in the Pacific Coast League series and the second straight big game for Bote, who homered, singled, drove in two runs and scored two in a 7-3 win Saturday...

Bote, Hannemann lift Iowa over Round Rock Express

David Bote homered and singled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two as the Iowa Cubs beat the Round Rock Express 7-3 on Saturday at Dell Diamond. Jacob Hannemann went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for the Cubs. Iowa (6-21) started the scoring with a big third inning. Mike Freeman hit a two-run single and then scored on a two-run home run by Bote. Freeman finished...
Precourt reps will push for MLS stadium agreement with city in June

Precourt reps will push for MLS stadium agreement with city in June

While the legal fútbol is booted around in Ohio with more ferocity than a Gyasi Zardes shot on goal, an intense effort continues in Austin to pave a path for Columbus Crew SC to swap one capital city for another. The American-Statesman has conducted interviews with city officials and representatives of Precourt Sports Ventures and discovered: • The investor/operators of the Major...

Texas Stars even Calder Cup playoff series with late goals

The Texas Stars scored in the opening and closing periods to hold off the Tucson Roadrunners, 4-1, and tie the Pacific divions finals series at a game apiece in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday night. Two empty-net goals by Brian Flynn late in the third period sealed the win for Texas. The Stars were only ahead by a goal with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Mike McKenna played with the lead for...

Round Rock Express win series opener over Iowa

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Destin Hood scored the winning run in the ninth inning, as the Round Rock Express topped the Iowa Cubs 4-3 in the series opener on Friday at Dell Diamond. Hood scored the game-winning run after he entered the game as a pinch runner on second base. The Cubs tied the game 3-3 in the top of the ninth when David Bote hit an RBI single, bringing home Jacob Hannemann as part...
Austin Elite home opener both a success and a work in progress

Austin Elite home opener both a success and a work in progress

Kieren Green grew up around rugby in New Zealand, where it’s a passion, and then moved to Australia, where it’s quite popular. On Thursday, he flew to the United States, where the off brand of football is a curiosity. The first thing he did after landing in Austin to visit friends and kick off a vacation? “We drove straight up here from the airport to see the match. I haven&rsquo...

New Orleans beats Round Rock in walk-off finish

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — JT Riddle scored the winning run in the 10th inning, as the New Orleans Baby Cakes beat the Round Rock Express 1-0 on Thursday. Riddle scored the game-winning run after he started the inning on second base. The new extra-innings rule was announced by Minor League Baseball in March. “At all levels of Minor League Baseball, extra innings will begin with a runner on second...
Who’s on first?: Rangers injuries picking apart Express roster

Who’s on first?: Rangers injuries picking apart Express roster

When the Texas Rangers suffer, the Round Rock Express usually suffer along with them. Each team resides in last place through one-fifth of the season. A slew of injuries has been a mitigating factor for the Rangers (12-20), and that trickles down to the Triple-A club. On Thursday, Texas recalled starting pitcher Yohander Mendez, even though he was struggling for Round Rock (10-17), which returns home...

Texas Stars fall in series opener to Roadrunners

Mike McKenna made 34 saves but it wasn’t enough as the Texas Stars fell in the Pacific division finals opener, 2-1, to the Tucson Roadrunners in overtime in Tucson, Ariz. Michael Bunting notched his second goal of the night, his third of the playoffs, at 8:53 into the overtime period to life the Roadrunners to the win and a 1-0 lead in the seven-game series. Brian Flynn scored late in the third...

Joseph leads Round Rock to 4-2 win over New Orleans

Tommy Joseph homered and had two hits, driving in two as the Round Rock Express defeated the New Orleans Baby Cakes 4-2 on Wednesday. With the game tied 1-1 in the third, Round Rock took the lead when Joseph hit a two-run single. The Baby Cakes cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Cristhian Adames scored on an error. The Express tacked on another run in the ninth when Hanser Alberto hit an...

New Orleans scores two in ninth to beat Express

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Jonathan Rodriguez hit a walk-off, two-run single with one out in the ninth inning, as the New Orleans Baby Cakes topped the Round Rock Express 4-3 on Tuesday. The Express took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth when former Texas Longhorn Cameron Rupp hit a solo home run. Rodriguez doubled and singled twice, driving home three runs in the win. Severino Gonzalez (2-1) got...

Round Rock Express defeat Memphis in comeback victory

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Hanser Alberto hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 7-5 win over the Memphis Redbirds on the road Saturday. R.J. Alvarez got Rangel Ravelo to fly out with runners on first and third to end the game for his fourth save of the season. The win clinches the series win for Round Rock (9-14) as the squad has been victorious in four out...
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