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McKalla Place: The good, bad and ugly for possible MLS stadium site

When ranking the physical treasures of Austin, McKalla Place won’t land in anybody’s top 10. Or top 50. Nonetheless, the 24-acre, city-owned property in North Austin is part of a shrinking group of properties that have been offered to Precourt Sports Ventures, owners of Columbus Crew SC, as potential sites for a 20,000-seat stadium. PSV officials have said the MLS franchise now dwelling...

AHL: McKenna gets a shutout as Stars top Milwaukee 1-0

Mike McKenna made 28 saves to lead the Texas Stars to a 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Saturday afternoon. McKenna outplayed his Admirals counterpart, but just barely. Anders Lindback of Milwaukee (25-21-4-1) saved every shot he faced but one, a Sheldon Dries goal that was all Texas needed to secure the win. The shutout was McKenna’s first of the season...
MLS to Austin: Soccer to be tabled at Thursday’s council meeting

MLS to Austin: Soccer to be tabled at Thursday’s council meeting

Soccer will not be part of the conversation when the Austin City Council meets Thursday. Item 19, which involves discussion and possible action on Major League Soccer stadium sites, remains on the agenda but will be postponed, according to the mayor’s office. The city staff has withdrawn the soccer agenda item, and Mayor Steve Adler will announce that at the beginning of the meeting, said Jason...
MLS to Austin: Columbus Crew fans given bleak financial picture

MLS to Austin: Columbus Crew fans given bleak financial picture

In the most extensive comments regarding the financial status of Columbus Crew SC to date, the club’s president of business operations painted a picture Monday night of a franchise in dire need of assistance. Andy Loughnane, who runs the business side in Columbus for Precourt Sports Ventures that is exploring a move to Austin, spoke at length during a private event for season ticket members...

Texas Stars fall in overtime to Tucson Roadrunners

The Texas Stars were dealt a loss for the second night in a row against the Tucson Roadrunners at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Saturday night. This time they fell 2-1 in overtime to the visiting team. Mike Sislo scored 50 seconds into the extra period to claim the victory. He was assisted by Kyle Capobianco and Lawson Crouse on the power play. Texas (25-18-5-2) took the lead in the first period...

Rio Grande Valley Vipers hold off Austin Spurs

A strong third-quarter effort helped lift the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 109-98 win over the Austin Spurs Saturday night in Hidalgo. The Vipers (21-17) held a decided edge in points in the paint and rebounds to help them take the win. They outrebounded the Spurs 56-34. No Viper scored more than 16 points, but at least eight of them had eight points. Markel Brown led with 16 points while Chinanu...
Express Fan Fest will be March 24 at Dell Diamond

Express Fan Fest will be March 24 at Dell Diamond

The Round Rock Express announced their annual Fan Fest will be Saturday, March 24, when they plan to turn Dell Diamond into an interactive fun zone for fans of all ages. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free of charge. Fans can test their baseball skills by taking batting practice or pitching in the bullpen. Because of field renovations, the playing surface will not be open. Batting practice...

Texas Stars outpaced by Tucson Roadrunners

With the help of two power-play goals the Tucson Roadrunners outpaced the Texas Stars 5-2 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday. Laurent Dauphin scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Roadrunners to victory. Greg Rallo and Travis Morin each scored for Texas (25-18-4-2), but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Stars were only able to manage 18 shots in the game. On the other side...
Austin Chamber event adds voices to Major League Soccer movement

Austin Chamber event adds voices to Major League Soccer movement

Rudy Garza is a businessman who sits on the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s executive committee, but he’s also a father and grandfather who has raised his family in the Texas capital. Friday morning, Garza spoke of both his personal and corporate connections to Austin in endorsing the idea of Major League Soccer coming to the city. “This is the right thing to do for our families...

Nick Johnson drains 3-pointer to lift Austin Spurs over Iowa

Nick Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play to lift the Austin Spurs to a 114-112 win over the Iowa Wolves in a matinee contest at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday. The shot gave the Spurs a 3-point lead and Iowa managed just to sink a single free throw the rest of the way. The win halted a furious fourth-quarter comeback attempt by the Wolves in which they outscored Austin 34-16...
Brooks Conrad earns Express Hall of Fame honor

Brooks Conrad earns Express Hall of Fame honor

Long-time Round Rock Express second baseman Brooks Conrad, the franchise record-holder for games played, will become the fifth member of the club’s Hall of Fame. Conrad, who played in 519 games from 2004-07, earned the honor over pitchers Chris Sampson and Kirk Saarloos through a fan vote, together with input from a panel of Express front-office staff and current hall members. He joins manager...

Austin Spurs back in win column with big offensive night

Eight members of the Austin Spurs scored in double digits as they got back in the win column with a 130-124 victory over the Texas Legends in Frisco Saturday night. Derrick White scored 23 points while Livio Jean-Charles added 20 to go with 11 rebounds. Olivier Hanlan put up 18 points while Amida Brimah added 15 on 7-of-7 shooting. Nick Johnson also scored 18 for Austin. Jaron Blossomgame and Julian...

Hat trick by Denis Gurianov leads to Texas Stars win

Denis Gurianov recorded a hat trick as the Texas Stars bounced back to defeat the San Antonio Rampage 5-1 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday. With the game tied 1-1 to start the third period, the Stars scored four goals to run away with the win a day after falling to the in-state rival. Each of Gurianov’s goals came in the final period. Roope Hintz started the scoring for Texas midway...

San Antonio Rampage come back to defeat Texas Stars

Oskar Sundqvist and Samuel Blais each scored a goal and assisted on another as the San Antonio Rampage defeated the Texas Stars 4-2 in San Antonio on Friday night. In front of 12,324 fans at the AT&T Center the Rampage came back from two goals down to win comfortably. Austin Fyten scored in just 1 minute, 30 seconds into the game to give the Stars the early lead. Neither team scored again until the...
MLS stadium search gets delayed again, pushing it to spring or summer

MLS stadium search gets delayed again, pushing it to spring or summer

More than 3½ months after Columbus Crew SC ownership publicly cast its eyes on Austin for 2019, the potential move seems as far away as ever. What’s followed is a series of stops and starts and a general lack of clarity. The only folks celebrating so far are neighborhood groups and activists working to strike parkland from the list of potential Major League Soccer stadium sites. They...

Memphis Hustle end six-game win streak for Austin Spurs

The Austin Spurs fell to the Memphis Hustle 120-115 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, putting an end to its six-game winning streak on Thursday night. Derrick White, on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, led all scorers with 28 points. Livio Jean-Charles scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for a double-double. Nick Johnson scored 19 while Jaron Blossomgame, Jeff Ledbetter and Olivier...
Former Express infielder, pair of pitchers nominated for club’s hall

Former Express infielder, pair of pitchers nominated for club’s hall

The Round Rock Express announced three candidates Monday to become thefifth inductee into the club’s hall of fame this summer: infielder Brooks Conrad and pitchers Kirk Saarloos and Chris Sampson. Conrad, now a coach in the Kansas City Royals’ minor league system, holds the franchise record for games played, appearing in 519 from 2004 to 2007. He was a Texas League All-Star and the team...

Texas Stars bounce back to defeat Stockton Heat

A day after falling to the Stockton Heat, the Texas Stars bounced back to hand the Heat a 4-3 loss at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. Gavin Bayreuther scored the winning goal at 14:18 into the second period. The play was assisted by Julius Honka and Jason Dickinson. Spencer Foo gave the Heat (20-15-2-3) the initial lead in the first period. He scored on a power play with the help...

Hat trick ends Texas Stars’ three-game win streak

The Stockton Heat scored four goals in the third period to defeat the Texas Stars 6-2 in an American Hockey League contest on Friday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The loss put an end to the Stars’ three-game winning streak. Brett Pollock scored a hat trick to lead the Heat (20-14-2-3) to the comeback win. Spencer Foo also had a strong game, scoring twice and assisting on another goal for...

Austin Spurs win fourth straight G League contest

Jaron Blossomgame and Derrick White each recorded double-doubles as the Austin Spurs defeated the Salt Lake City Stars 110-100 on the road on Friday night. Olivier Hanlan and Amida Brimah tied for the lead in scoring for Austin, recording 19 points apiece. Brimah was a rebound shy of giving the Spurs a third player with a double-double. White scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Blossomgame...
Columbus business leader says Precourt re-opens dialogue in Ohio

Columbus business leader says Precourt re-opens dialogue in Ohio

In a lengthy interview with the Columbus Dispatch on Friday, Columbus Partnership CEO Alex Fischer said Anthony Precourt has been in touch with potential local investors with interest in keeping the Crew SC in the Ohio capital. “I know that they’ve had some good preliminary conversations and I think that’s a good sign,” he told the Dispatch. Fischer told the American-Statesman...
Crew ownership backs away from Butler Shores as Austin stadium site

Crew ownership backs away from Butler Shores as Austin stadium site

The MLS to Austin soccer saga bounced in different directions Friday. First, Precourt Sports Ventures announced that it was removing Butler Shores Metropolitan Park, considered to be the group’s dream stadium site, from consideration as a potential home of a Major League Soccer team yet to be transplanted from Ohio. Then Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen, reacting to PSV’s move, said...
Crew ownership backs away from Butler Shores as Austin stadium site

Crew ownership backs away from Butler Shores as Austin stadium site

The MLS to Austin soccer saga bounced in different directions Friday.  First, Precourt Sports Ventures announced that it was removing Butler Shores Metropolitan Park, considered to be the group’s dream stadium site, from consideration as a potential home of a Major League Soccer team yet to be transplanted from Ohio.  Then Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen, reacting to PSV&rsquo...
MLS Commissioner Don Garber explains how ‘Austin clause’ came to be

MLS Commissioner Don Garber explains how ‘Austin clause’ came to be

In an interview with Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated for the Planet Futbol podcast, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber made his most illuminating remarks yet about the Columbus Crew’s potential move to Austin. In response to a question about the reported “Austin clause” in the contract when franchise owner Anthony Precourt bought the team from Hunt Sports Group in 2013...

Austin Spurs display hot shooting against Agua Caliente in win

The Austin Spurs dominated the Agua Caliente Clippers on the way to a 124-83 win on Wednesday night in Ontario, Calif. Three Spurs scored at least 20 points in the lopsided win. Olivier Hanlan led all scorers with 25 points while Derrick White added 21 and Jeff Ledbetter chipped in 20. Austin (18-12) shot 49 percent while the Clippers (14-16) only hit 33 percent of their shots. The Spurs were on fire...
Renteria urges Austin council to remain open to parkland for MLS venue

Renteria urges Austin council to remain open to parkland for MLS venue

The Austin City Council member whose district includes Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park said Wednesday he wants that piece of scenic parkland and others to remain under consideration for a possible Major League Soccer stadium. Sabino “Pio” Renteria of District 3 countered rising pressure to eliminate parkland sites identified by the city staff as potential sites for an MLS venue...

Texas Stars top San Jose in overtime

Brian Flynn scored two goals, including one in overtime, to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Barracuda on Tuesday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. It was the ninth overtime win for Texas (23-15-4-2), which leads the American Hockey League. Flynn won the game at 2:43 into the overtime period with the help of Justin Dowling and Niklas Hansson. It was Flynn’s 12th goal of the...
Pressure rises to pull parkland as options for MLS stadium in Austin

Pressure rises to pull parkland as options for MLS stadium in Austin

Momentum is building to remove Precourt Sports Ventures’ preferred city parkland sites for a Major League Soccer stadium from consideration by the Austin City Council. Kathie Tovo, a critical swing vote on the council in the soccer saga, told the American-Statesman on Tuesday night that Butler Shores Metropolitan Park and Roy Guerrero Metropolitan Park are generating too much public outcry to...
Rangers know nobody will pick them in 2018 — just the way they like it

Rangers know nobody will pick them in 2018 — just the way they like it

Delino DeShields watched last year’s World Series with a mixture of envy, happiness and dogged determination. The Texas Rangers’ center fielder was the Houston Astros’ first-round draft choice in 2010 and came up through that system until the ‘Stros failed to protect him after the 2014 season and he landed in Arlington. DeShields wished it could have been him on the...
Tickets available for Rangers stop Tuesday in Round Rock

Tickets available for Rangers stop Tuesday in Round Rock

Tickets are still available for the Texas Rangers’ winter caravan stop in Round Rock on Tuesday. Manager Jeff Banister, outfielder Delino DeShields, relief pitcher Tony Barnette and broadcaster Dave Raymond will make a presentation during a luncheon at the Round Rock Sports Center, 2400 Chisholm Trail, from noon-2 p.m. There will be an autograph session for all ticketed attendees. Tickets are...

Texas Stars end road trip with a win over Manitoba

The Texas Stars made it two wins in two nights over the Manitoba Moose with a 5-1 win on Saturday in Winnipeg. Jason Dickinson scored two goals while Austin Fyten and Brent Regner each recorded two assists on the night. A day after Landon Bow earned his first American Hockey League shutout, teammate Mike McKenna held the Moose to just one goal. McKenna saved 38 out of 39 shots to earn the win for...

Austin Spurs battle back for win over Grand Rapids Drive

The Austin Spurs built a big lead early but had to come back to defeat the Grand Rapids Drive 104-93 in an NBA G League contest on Saturday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The Spurs had six players score in double figures to help them improve to 17-12 on the season. Grand Rapids fell to 14-17. Olivier Hanlan led the Spurs with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range....

Landon Bow earns first AHL shutout in Texas Stars win

Curtis McKenzie and Roope Hintz each scored two goals as the Texas Stars defeated the Manitoba Moose 4-0 in Winnipeg on Friday night. Texas goaltender Landon Bow turned away all 27 shots he faced for his first American Hockey League shutout. Hintz scored at 7:09 into the first period to put Texas on the scoreboard. Brent Regner and Andrew Bodnarchuk assisted on the play. McKenzie doubled the lead...
Reid Ryan returns to Round Rock roots to celebrate Astros’ championship

Reid Ryan returns to Round Rock roots to celebrate Astros’ championship

A journey that started nearly 20 years ago when the eldest son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan founded the Round Rock Express circled the bases and returned home Thursday night after knocking it out of the park. Reid Ryan, president of the World Series champion Houston Astros, brought the long-coveted hardware to a party attended by several hundred at Gail “Big Boy” Hester’s Automotive...

Austin Spurs come back to defeat Northern Arizona

Darrun Hilliard scored 27 points while rookie Jaron Blossomgame notched a double-double as the Austin Spurs defeated the Northern Arizona Suns 113-105 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Thursday night. The win halted a two-game losing streak for Austin. Hilliard connected on 9-of-16 field goals as the Spurs (16-12) shot 51 percent from the field. Blossomgame scored 21 points to go with 12 rebounds...

Turner Sports will live-stream pro football venture in Austin

Turner Sports and the Spring League, which is moving to Austin this year, have announced a two-year deal to broadcast all games for the three-week pro football development camp. The games will be delivered by a new live streaming service Turner Sports is creating, according to Turner spokesman Nate Smeltz. Turner Sports President Lenny Daniels made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show...

Stockton Heat shut out Texas Stars

A day after scoring seven goals, the Texas Stars were shut out by the Stockton Heat 2-0 on Saturday in Stockton, Calif. Heat goaltender Jon Gillies faced 28 shots and turned them all away as the Stars couldn’t score on a team that yielded many goals the night before. Mike McKenna had a good night in net for Texas (20-15-4-1), stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced. The offense was the problem...

Offensive explosion lifts Texas Stars to win over Stockton Heat

The Texas Stars scored four goals in the third period alone as they defeated the Stockton Heat 7-2 Friday night in California. Brent Regner scored two goals while Gavin Bayreuther, Jason Dickinson and Curtis McKenzie each had two assists in the win. In all, six members of the Stars put the puck in the net in the offensive explosion. Nine Stars were credited with at least one assist in the game. Just...

NBA G League: Late shot lifts Wisconsin over Austin Spurs

Xavier Munford made a shot with 12.5 seconds to go in regulation to lift the Wisconsin Herd to a 93-92 win over the Austin Spurs at the NBA G League Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario. Darrun Hilliard attempted a shot with 3.9 seconds left that didn’t fall for Austin. The Spurs (15-11) were outscored 27-20 in the final period as the win slipped away. Joel Bolomboy led all scorers with 27 points...

Texas Stars fall in overtime to start road trip

Despite making 36 saves Mike McKenna and the Texas Stars fell to the Bakersfield Condors 2-1 in overtime in Bakersfield, Calif. Wednesday night. Iiro Pakarinen scored with less than a minute to go in overtime to lift the Condors to the win. His goal was assisted by Ethan Bear and Joe Gambardella. Texas (19-14-4-1) took a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest, but it was the only goal they...

Blossomgame leads Austin Spurs to G League Showcase win

Six Spurs scored in double figures, including two with 20-point games, as Austin topped the Windy City Bulls 119-108 at the G League Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario Wednesday night. Rookie Jaron Blossomgame led the Spurs (15-10) with 26 points while Darrun Hilliard added 20 for Austin. Hilliard notched a double-double as he also had 12 assists in the contest. Livio Jean-Charles scored 16 points and...
Astros fans can snap photo of World Series Trophy Wednesday in Austin

Astros fans can snap photo of World Series Trophy Wednesday in Austin

The Houston Astros winter caravan will be in Austin on Wednesday, making three public stops with the World Series Trophy available for fans to see at two locations. It’s the first time a World Series Trophy has ever made the rounds in the state of Texas. Pitchers Brad Peacock and James Hoyt, third base prospect J.D. Davis and broadcaster Todd Kalas will be in Austin. Major League Baseball&rsquo...

Bakersfield ends game on scoring streak to top Texas Stars

The Bakersfield Condors scored three third-period goals to come away with a 4-2 win over the Texas Stars in an American Hockey League contest at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. The Stars (19-14-3-1) led 2-0 until late in the second period when the Condors (14-13-6-0) began a four-goal streak to end the game. Ty Rattie made it 2-1 with just 21 seconds left to play in the middle frame...

Texas Stars end losing streak with overtime win

After dropping four straight games, two in overtime, the Texas Stars defeated the Bakersfield Condors 3-2 in overtime at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Curtis McKenzie scored less than a minute into the overtime period to lift the Stars (19-13-3-1) to the win. Travis Morin assisted on the play as he helped the Stars score two goals. He now has 30 assists on the year. McKenzie scored...
Rangers’ winter caravan will stop in Round Rock on Jan. 23

Rangers’ winter caravan will stop in Round Rock on Jan. 23

The Texas Rangers’ winter caravan will make a stop in the Austin area Jan. 23, dropping by the Round Rock Sports Center. Manager Jeff Banister, outfielder Delino DeShields, relief pitcher Tony Barnette and broadcaster Dave Raymond are scheduled to be at a public luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the Express ticket office (512) 255-2255 or online at RoundRockExpress...

San Diego Gulls top Texas Stars with hat trick

Corey Tropp scored a natural hat trick as he cashed in on three straight power plays to lift the San Diego Gulls to a 4-3 win over the Texas Stars at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Wednesday night. Tropp scored three goals in less than four minutes to give the Gulls (16-13-1-0) a 4-2 edge heading to the final period. Kalle Kossila assisted on every goal of the night for San Diego. The Stars (18-13-3-1)...
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