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Local soccer supporters to discus potential move of Columbus Crew

A group working to bring Major League Soccer to Austin will hold a public meeting Sunday night. MLS in Austin has scheduled a supporter social at Haymaker, 2310 Manor Road, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Haymaker is home to a variety of soccer watch parties. Officials with Columbus Crew SC announced this week they are actively pursuing a move to Austin, and the social media groups MLS in Austin and MLS2ATX...
F1 in Austin: Friday is good day for fans to get their swag at COTA

F1 in Austin: Friday is good day for fans to get their swag at COTA

As basketball legend Allen Iverson once said, “We’re talking about practice, man. Practice?” Yes, Formula One’s sessions Friday at Circuit of the Americas will be strictly practice. No racing or even qualifying for the big boys. Just some laps and a lot of tinkering to get the setups right. Only hard-core F1 fans can get really excited about that. So why go all the way out...
F1 star Hamilton rules out taking a knee before U.S. Grand Prix

F1 star Hamilton rules out taking a knee before U.S. Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won’t be taking a knee. On Thursday at Circuit of the Americas, Hamilton, the three-time Formula One world champion, quelled reports that he will join the protest movement started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Speculation was that Hamilton might kneel during the national anthem before the United States Grand Prix on Sunday. “I’m here to...
Crew SC’s Anthony Precourt lays out case for MLS soccer in Austin

Crew SC’s Anthony Precourt lays out case for MLS soccer in Austin

Never mind the sketchy history of Austin pro soccer, which includes several teams folding and another moving out of town. Columbus Crew SC ownership, who intend to relocate their Major League Soccer franchise to Austin in 2019 if a stadium deal can be secured, spent Wednesday extolling the virtues of this market for their sport. “Austin is the best untapped market in the United States for MLS...
MLS franchise Columbus Crew SC exploring move to Austin

MLS franchise Columbus Crew SC exploring move to Austin

Luring an inaugural major-league sports franchise to Austin advanced Tuesday from a far-fetched idea to a legitimate possibility. Anthony Precourt, chief executive officer of Precourt Sports Ventures, announced his intention to move Columbus Crew SC, a Major League Soccer franchise, from the capital city of Ohio to the capital of Texas in 2019. If, that is, he can secure a stadium deal in Austin...
UPDATE: Columbus Crew SC owner explains interest in moving to Austin

UPDATE: Columbus Crew SC owner explains interest in moving to Austin

The Major League Soccer team in Columbus, Ohio, announced Tuesday morning it is exploring a move to Austin, along with continuing to pursue a new stadium in Columbus. “Despite our investments and efforts, the current course is not sustainable,” Anthony Precourt, chief executive officer of Precourt Sports Ventures and chairman of Columbus Crew SC, said in a statement Tuesday morning. &ldquo...
F1’s superstar driver could earn world title in Austin’s USGP

F1’s superstar driver could earn world title in Austin’s USGP

Lewis Hamilton enjoys Formula One’s Austin stop as much or more than anyone. “Love the energy at Circuit of the Americas. I’m looking forward to getting out on the track (this) week,” the British superstar driver tweeted. And why not? Hamilton has won four of five United States Grand Prix races at COTA, and he might be throwing his biggest party yet in Austin with the No. 44...

Texas Stars fall for the first time this season

After starting the season with three wins in a row, the Texas Stars couldn’t keep pace with the San Diego Gulls, falling 5-1 on the road Saturday night. Jason Dickinson scored his fourth goal of the season, which leads Texas (3-1-0-0), but that’s the only breakthrough the Stars had on the night. Steve Oleksy and Kalle Kossila each scored two points for the Gulls. Oleksy scored and assisted...

Texas Stars still perfect after three games

The Texas Stars defeated the San Diego Gulls 3-1 to remain perfect on the young American Hockey League season in San Diego, Calif. Friday night. Curtis McKenzie scored a goal and assisted on another and Travis Morin assisted on a goal to each extend their point streaks to three games. Goaltender Mike McKenna made 27 saves in the win. The Stars (3-0-0-0) were outshot 28-23, but they were able to cash...
Texas franchises among top-five draws in blossoming soccer league

Texas franchises among top-five draws in blossoming soccer league

The United Soccer League, which an Austin franchise will rejoin in 2019, is making great strides in attracting fans. The USL, whose regular season wraps up this week, just went over the two million mark for total attendance in 2017. No other North American second division league has ever drawn that many fans in a season. San Antonio FC and Rio Grande Valley FC, the two exisiting Texas franchises,...
Vettel’s disaster is a game-changer for F1 race in Austin

Vettel’s disaster is a game-changer for F1 race in Austin

So much for the hotly contested championship. It looked like Formula One would bring a tight season-points battle to Austin between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel — the only two men who have won the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. That was before the Japanese Grand Prix early Sunday when Hamilton won but, more importantly, Vettel suffered an early mechanical failure...

Texas Stars top Chicago Wolves in overtime

For the second straight game the Texas Stars defeated the Chicago Wolves 6-5 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. It took overtime this time around with Jason Dickinson scoring with just 18 seconds remaining in the extra period. It was Dickinson’s second goal of the game as he notched three points in the contest. He also assisted on a goal in the second period. Shea Theodore got the scoring started...

Texas Stars open season with win over Chicago at home

Alex Tuch had a hat trick for the Chicago Wolves, but six different members of the Texas Stars scored to give the home team a 6-5 season-opening win at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. Defenseman Brent Regner and center Sheldon Dries each had two points in the win for Texas. Regner assisted on two goals while Dries had a goal and an assist. The Stars pounced early but had to hold on...
After struggles of last season, Texas Stars look to rebound in 2017-18

After struggles of last season, Texas Stars look to rebound in 2017-18

The Texas Stars return to the ice this weekend looking to bounce back in 2017-18 after missing the playoffs for just the second time in their eight-year American Hockey League history. The Stars will play the Chicago Wolves on Friday and Saturday nights at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Chicago is the defending Central Division champion. Familiar faces will dot the roster of the Dallas Stars&rsquo...
Hitchcock’s hiring in Dallas means changes for Texas Stars, too

Hitchcock’s hiring in Dallas means changes for Texas Stars, too

This hockey season, a coaching change in Dallas will trickle down Interstate 35 before pulling up outside H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. In April, the Dallas Stars named Ken Hitchcock as their head coach for a second time, meaning Hitchcock’s emphasis on puck possession and sound defensive play also will be favored by the Texas Stars, the AHL affiliate of Hitchcock’s NHL club. “Basically...
A day when young Austin-area soccer players can dream big

A day when young Austin-area soccer players can dream big

It was a positive sign for the grass-roots development of soccer in Austin. On a Saturday afternoon opposite a Texas home football game, an estimated 1,500 people attended the FCB Escola academy opening ceremonies and an FC Barcelona watch party at Circuit of the Americas. Katja Heim, COTA’s chief operating officer, grew up in world soccer hot spots, born in Germany and living for years in London...
Charity softball event again brings together Osterman, Ricky Williams

Charity softball event again brings together Osterman, Ricky Williams

The Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam has been around for nine years and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, but one moment in the 2015 game remains a talker. Cat Osterman striking out Ricky Williams. The four-time All-America softball pitcher, three-time national player of the year and Olympic gold medalist whiffed a Heisman Trophy winner who also happened to be a former professional...
Rangers’ high-level prospects Guzman, Calhoun discuss their futures

Rangers’ high-level prospects Guzman, Calhoun discuss their futures

Ronald Guzman is a long, angular athlete whom scouts hail as the poster boy for what a first baseman should look like. Willie Calhoun is a short, thick player, a mini-bulldozer who’s trying his best to turn himself into a credible left fielder. The top two prospects in Round Rock, Guzman and Calhoun, born just two weeks apart in 1994, represent the long and the short of it when looking at the...
Express’ top prospect bummed he won’t get his MLB debut

Express’ top prospect bummed he won’t get his MLB debut

When Major League Baseball rosters expanded last Friday and Willie Calhoun did not get promoted by the Texas Rangers, he was hopeful his time would come after the Triple-A season ended Monday. The Rangers had other ideas. Calhoun, the Round Rock Express slugger, found out he will not make his big-league debut this month, leaving a bittersweet taste with the 22-year-old after his 2-for-3 day at the...
New Braunfels teen grabs another 2nd place in Pirelli race

New Braunfels teen grabs another 2nd place in Pirelli race

A Labor Day race weekend in Austin wrapped up with three different SprintX winners in three races, Patrick Long nearing the overall GT points championship and a teenager from New Braunfels showing he can hang with the veterans. Parker Chase, a 16-year-old junior at Canyon High, racked up back-to-back second-place finishes in the GTS Pro class of the Grand Prix of Texas, a Pirelli World Challenge event...

Rua’s homer leads Round Rock to win over Oklahoma City

Ryan Rua hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 5-3 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Oklahoma City (72-68) had a runner on second in the top of the ninth, but Tim Locastro flew out to end the game. The home run by Rua scored Willie Calhoun and was the game’s last scoring play. Locastro hit an RBI single in the...

Muncy’s homer leads Oklahoma City to win over Round Rock

Max Muncy hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, leading the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 6-5 win over the Round Rock Express on Friday at Dell Diamond. The home run by Muncy scored Edwin Rios and Kyle Farmer to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. After Oklahoma City (72-66) added three runs, the Express (63-72) cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Willie Calhoun hit a two-run double and...

Jungmann, Wren carry Sky Sox to win over Round Rock

Kyle Wren homered and had two hits, and former Texas Longhorn Taylor Jungmann allowed just five hits over six innings as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox beat the Round Rock Express 4-0 on Thursday at Dell Diamond. Jungmann (9-2) picked up the win after he struck out five and walked one. His win prevented a series sweep by the Express. In the top of the first, Colorado Springs grabbed the lead on a solo...

Rua’s homer leads Round Rock to win over Sky Sox

Ryan Rua hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Wednesday at Dell Diamond. If Round Rock also wins Thursday, that means the Express (63-70) can sweep for the first since July 20th, when they completed the feat against New Orleans. Tyler Wagner got Kyle Wren to hit into a double play with a runner on first to end the...

Guzman’s run leads Round Rock to win over Colorado Springs

Ronald Guzman scored on an error in the seventh inning to help the Round Rock Express secure a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Tuesday at Dell Diamond. The error came in the midst of a four-run inning and gave the Express a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Doug Bernier hit a two-run single to score Phil Gosselin and Jurickson Profar. In the top of the fifth, Colorado Springs broke a...
Express, Dell Diamond didn’t escape wrath of Harvey

Express, Dell Diamond didn’t escape wrath of Harvey

Water and wind damage at Dell Diamond that resulted from Tropical Storm Harvey forced the cancellation of the Colorado Springs-Round Rock series opener Monday night, but club officials were hopeful the teams could play Tuesday night. Express president Chris Almendarez said a day was needed to clean up minor flooding in offices and suites and repair some signs that were torn down. “In my eight...
Express hopeful home stand will not feel effects of Harvey

Express hopeful home stand will not feel effects of Harvey

Weather permitting – the forecast looks poor – the Express hope to begin their season-ending home stand Monday night against Colorado Springs. Despite nearly 10 inches of rain, Dell Diamond is in reasonable shape, according to a club official, with the tarp on the infield since Friday night and no apparent wind damage to the park. The Express are flying back home from Nashville, Tenn....

Guzman’s single leads Round Rock to 7-6 win over Nashville

Ronald Guzman hit a run-scoring single in the sixth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 7-6 win over the Nashville Sounds on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. R.J. Alvarez allowed a run, but struck Franklin Barreto out with a runner on first to end the game for his sixth save of the season. The win prevents a three-game losing streak for Round Rock (61-69). They’ll try for a series split...

Wendle hits walk-off single in 11th, Nashville beats Round Rock

Joey Wendle hit a walk-off single with two outs in the 11th inning, as the Nashville Sounds topped the Round Rock Express 6-5 on Friday in Nashville, Tenn. Franklin Barreto scored the game-winning run after he reached base with two outs on a walk, stole second and then stole third. After Round Rock’s Jared Hoying scored on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth, Nashville (63-67) tied the game...

Barreto, Carter and Munoz lead Nashville in win over Express

Franklin Barreto, Chris Carter and Yairo Munoz each had three hits, as the Nashville Sounds beat the Round Rock Express 9-3 on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. Barreto tripled and singled twice, driving in two runs. Carter homered and singled twice, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple. Munoz was 3-for-3 and scored two runs. Joey Wendle also scored twice for the Sounds. Jake Smolinski...
Express start at home in 2018; Celebrity softball jam coming together

Express start at home in 2018; Celebrity softball jam coming together

The Round Rock Express announced their 2018 home schedule, which starts at Dell Diamond, ends on the road and has the team out of town for the holidays. Opening Night will be Thursday, April 5, the start of a five-game series against the Memphis Redbirds, the team with the best record in the Pacific Coast League this year. For the first time since 2012, Round Rock finishes away from Dell, traveling...

Blackburn leads Round Rock to win over Omaha

Clayton Blackburn allowed just four hits over six innings, leading the Round Rock Express over the Omaha Storm Chasers in a 2-1 win on Tuesday at Dell Diamond. The victory gave the Express its first series win since a win won the series against Albuquerque on Aug. 6. Tanner Scheppers got Frank Schwindel to hit into a double play with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season...

Middlebrooks’ homer leads Round Rock to win over Omaha

Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run homer in the third inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 6-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday at Dell Diamond. The home run by Middlebrooks scored Jared Hoying to give the Express a 4-3 lead. The Express later tacked on a run in both the sixth and eighth innings. Ryan Rua scored on a home run in the sixth before coming home on a wild pitch in the eighth...

Martinez leads Round Rock to win over New Orleans

Nick Martinez allowed just three hits over seven innings, leading the Round Rock Express over the New Orleans Baby Cakes in a 3-0 win on Friday in Metairie, La. Tanner Scheppers got Ramon Cabrera to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his second save of the season. The win ended a four-game losing streak for Round Rock and denied the Baby Cakes a series sweep. Martinez (4-0)...
Express’ hot prospect will try for new homer binge at home

Express’ hot prospect will try for new homer binge at home

Willie Calhoun and the Round Rock Express return Saturday night for the next-to-last homestand of the season, which comes against Omaha. Calhoun, the top prospect the Texas Rangers acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Yu Darvish trade, should be happy to see Dell Diamond. When he last left the ballpark, Calhoun had mashed four home runs in his first five games in Round Rock, quickly becoming...

Perez hits walk-off single, New Orleans beats Round Rock

Eury Perez hit a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning, as the New Orleans Baby Cakes beat the Round Rock Express 3-2 on Thursday in Metairie, La. Austin Nola scored the game-winning run after he reached on an error to score two runs and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Perez finished the game 3-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. He was the only batter to have more than one hit in...

Perez’s run leads New Orleans to win over Round Rock

Eury Perez scored on an error in the sixth inning to help the New Orleans Baby Cakes secure a 6-3 victory over the Round Rock Express on Wednesday in Metairie, La. The error, part of a two-run inning, tied the game 2-2 before Steve Lombardozzi scored on a forceout later in the inning. The Baby Cakes (49-72) later tacked on three runs in the seventh, including an RBI double by Perez and an RBI single...
Austin Elite Rugby turning pro with expanded stadium plan

Austin Elite Rugby turning pro with expanded stadium plan

Fresh off a club national championship, an Austin team will move into Major League Rugby in 2018 with a new name and plans for an expanded stadium. The Austin Huns Elite pro side is re-launching as Austin Elite Rugby. “It’s important for us to become the Central Texas professional rugby team,” co-owner Richard Osborn told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. “We felt that creating...

Round Rock Express rained out against New Orleans

The Round Rock Express were rained out yet again as they were scheduled to open a four-game series with the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Tuesday in Metairie, La. The game was canceled and and won’t be made up since both teams are eliminated from playoff contention. The cancellation marks the sixth time in 10 days that an Express game has been postponed or canceled due to weather. Anthony Bass is...
Austin downtown soccer facility was too expensive for team, owner says

Austin downtown soccer facility was too expensive for team, owner says

The owner of the new USL Austin franchise, addressing criticism over where the team will play, told a local soccer fan site that he preferred to build a downtown stadium but it wasn’t economically feasible. Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein announced plans last week for a 5,000-seat facility at the race track to house a team that will take the field in 2019 in the second-tier...

Round Rock Express rained out for fifth time in five days

The Round Rock Express haven’t played many games over the last five days. Their contest with the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Saturday was postponed due to wet grounds. It’s the fifth postponement for the Express (55-62) in five days. Round Rock has played just two out of seven scheduled contests in that stretch. The teams will try to make up the game in a doubleheader scheduled for 3:35 p...

Round Rock Express win with big inning over Oklahoma City

The Round Rock Express scored ten runs in the sixth inning on the way to an 11-8 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Oklahoma on Friday night. Jurickson Profar hit a home run and drove in three runs in addition to scoring three more to lead the Express to the win. Profar’s homer was the only extra-base hit for the Express, though they had eleven hits in the game and every player in the lineup...

Colorado Springs tops Round Rock Express, Game 2 postponed

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox and Round Rock Express were once again rained out in an evening contest in Colorado Springs Thursday, but the Sky Sox were able to get a win in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader, 4-2. Nate Orf hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Sky Sox to the win over Round Rock. Rob Scahill struck Will Middlebrooks out with runners on first and third to...

Round Rock Express at Colorado Springs Sky Sox postponed again

For the second day in a row a Pacific Coast League contest between the Round Rock Express and Colorado Springs Sky Sox was postponed. The doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday forces a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Thursday. Game one is set to start at 2 p.m. with the second game scheduled for 7:40 p.m. Both games will be seven-inning contests. Rain caused the postponement as it did on Tuesday...
Austin pro soccer franchise will roll in 2019 in 5,000-seat COTA venue

Austin pro soccer franchise will roll in 2019 in 5,000-seat COTA venue

Professional soccer will return to Austin in 2019 after a three-year absence, with a rebranded USL franchise playing in a new 5,000-seat stadium at Circuit of the Americas. COTA chairman Bobby Epstein will be the club’s majority owner in a rapidly growing United Soccer League, which expects to field at least 34 teams in 2019. Since Austin’s aborted USL startup in 2015, the...

Round Rock Express game with Colorado Springs postponed

Tuesday’s game between the Round Rock Express and Colorado Spring Sky Sox was postponed due to wet grounds after heavy rainfall in the afternoon. The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. to make up for the postponement. Both games will be seven innings with the first scheduled for a 5 p.m. first pitch. The second game will begin 30 minutes...

Dykstra, Profar lead Express in rout of Sky Sox

James Dykstra had his best start of the year and Jurickson Profar smashed a two-run homer to lead the Round Rock Express over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-1 Monday night. Dykstra picked up the win to boost his record to 2-6 and lower his ERA to 7.11. He allowed just one run, five hits and one walk over six innings, striking out four. Colorado Springs (68-44) leads the Pacific Coast League&rsquo...
New young Express slugger: 4 home runs in 1st 5 games

New young Express slugger: 4 home runs in 1st 5 games

Willie Calhoun could get used to this. Chances are, he won’t have that opportunity too much longer. The new Round Rock Express power hitter launched four home runs in his first five games at Dell Diamond, belting two balls over the right-field fence Sunday night in a 5-4 win over Albuquerque. Round Rock now embarks on a 12-game trip and, by the time the team returns home Aug. 19, the 22-year-old...
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