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College Sports

Letters to the Sports Editor

Kudos to athletes for obtaining degrees Re: “Greater degrees of success,” May 20 Best news coming out of the Sports pages in a long, long time — athletes finishing their course work and obtaining their college degrees! CLOVIS WILLIAMS, Austin Why not give home schooling a shot here? Re: “Fight rages over Tebow home-school legislation” “… Concerns that home-schooling...
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...

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...
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,...

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...
Popular beach volleyball tour to take over Krieg softball fields

Popular beach volleyball tour to take over Krieg softball fields

On any given day, recreational softball dominates Krieg Fields. But just for a weekend, let’s pretend that home plate is a massive beach and it’s low tide just off shore. The Association of Volleyball Professionals tour, after a 12-year break, is back in Austin and taking over the fields normally reserved for the city’s softball players. The best men’s and women’s beach...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

John Andrews, 6-iron, 190-yard 17th hole at Lions Municipal; witness: Michelle Wells Jarod Easley, 8-iron, 144-yard 8th hole at Hancock; witnesses: Larry Paul Fuller, Gabe Padilla Neil M. Kornbleet, 7-iron, 148-yard 8th hole at Crystal Falls; witness: Glenn Gold John Ostarticki, 8-iron, 125-yard 13th hole at Grey Rock; witness: Kirk Ladendorf Margaret Zinn, 9-iron, 79-yard 14th hole at Barton Creek...
Houston mayor rocks Spurs jersey to work after losing bet on Rockets series 

Houston mayor rocks Spurs jersey to work after losing bet on Rockets series 

One of the best parts of playoff seasons in sports is watching officials for a team’s city strike up silly bets. Sometimes it’s for barbecue, but other times, a simple photo rocking the rival team’s gear will do.  Since San Antonio and Houston’s NBA teams met up in the playoffs this month, the the two mayors made a friendly bet that the losing city’s mayor would...
2017-18 college football bowl schedule released

2017-18 college football bowl schedule released

A general view of the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual between the USC Trojans and the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California.

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Tim Bennett, sand wedge, 73-yard 15th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Rob Ringer, Pat Thomas, Albert Werner Zaden Danielson (double eagle), rescue club, 466-yard 11th hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Michelle Danielson, Huston Selig Janie Pageau, pitching wedge, 96-yard 2nd hole at Flintrock Falls; witnesses: Amanda Carsey, Sylvia Jones, Sarah Knopf John Wilcox, 6-iron, 159-yard 5th hole at Delaware...
IMSA at COTA: Taylors on pole, Austin’s Jeff Mosing repeats as champ

IMSA at COTA: Taylors on pole, Austin’s Jeff Mosing repeats as champ

Florida brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor can stand out in any sports car racing crowd, and they look as if they’ve got the fastest ride among nearly 120 cars at Circuit of the Americas this weekend. Their big blue No. 10 Konico Minolta Cadillac smoked the field in qualifying for Saturday’s IMSA Advance Auto Parts Showdown. Austin’s Jeff Mosing, however, already has a big win in the...
IMSA sports car drivers expect smooth sailing at COTA

IMSA sports car drivers expect smooth sailing at COTA

When the world’s best motorcycle riders pulled out of Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago, they said event organizers needed to smooth bumps in the track or racing would be nearly impossible next year. This week many of the premier sports car drivers in the business have wheeled into Austin, and they say it will be smooth sailing, more or less, for the IMSA Advance Auto Parts Shootout on Friday...

Texas State notebook: Bobcats fill basketball needs with signees

With less than two weeks before the NCAA Division I basketball signing period deadline (May 17), the Texas State men’s team signed three more players this week. The Bobcats have now signed five players for the class of 2017 — four guards and one combo forward. Three of the signees are junior college players, and the Bobcats had to address a real immediate need at guard; starters Bobby...
Powerful Chip Ganassi Racing takes aim at COTA this week

Powerful Chip Ganassi Racing takes aim at COTA this week

One of the premier motorsports organizations in the world will roar into Circuit of the Americas this week aiming to prove that Ford truly is the best in Texas. Chip Ganassi Racing, whose far-reaching tentacles stretch from NASCAR to IndyCar to RallyCross, will bring two of the top-three teams in the IMSA sports car series to Austin for the Advance Auto Parts Showdown on Saturday. At the same time...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jim Brandewie, 9-iron, 130-yard 2nd hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: Kathy Brandewie, Bob Hanson, Maggie Hanson Lonnie Frye, 8-iron, 130-yard 4th hole at Legacy Hills; witnesses: Bull Huggard, George Teachout, Pam Teachout Mickey Havens, 8-iron, 111-yard 4th hole at Legacy Hills; witnesses: John Hemderson, Connie Cochran, Mike Alton Mike Kondelis, 8-iron, 150-yard 12th hole at White Wing; witnesses...
Bohls: Changing times have made the ‘E’ in ESPN stand for evolution

Bohls: Changing times have made the ‘E’ in ESPN stand for evolution

Some years back, Ed Clements and I were ushered into the news director’s office at KLBJ. A consultant the Austin radio station had hired out of Cleveland wanted to discuss our two-hour sports talk show and make some, uh, suggestions. “The problem,” he told us that summer day in 1996, “is that you both sound like a couple of Texans.” Ed and I nodded knowingly. And were...
A snake tale: Close brush with rattler offers chance to disprove myths

A snake tale: Close brush with rattler offers chance to disprove myths

Bobby Parker is no fan of rattlesnakes — make no mistake about that. He’d rather crawl into bed with a rabid raccoon than take on a rattler on his Camp Verde Ranch. And since turkey season is the time for seeing rattlesnakes in Texas and Camp Verde Ranch is one place the snakes seem to like, Parker is always on the lookout for rattlers. I spend a few days almost every spring hunting at...
Leggett: Mexico’s Comedero as good today as yesteryear for bass fishing

Leggett: Mexico’s Comedero as good today as yesteryear for bass fishing

Tall, jagged like a speed freak’s teeth and reaching close to 5,000 feet above sea level, peaks of the Sierra Madre mountain range circle the waters of Lake Comedero, for now keeping cool air trapped down close to the water. Even during the hot part of the midday, it’s still comfortable fishing out here, which some members of our group decide to do in lieu of lunch back at camp. The main...

Texas State notebook: Bobcats sign a much-needed JUCO prospect

College of San Mateo offensive lineman Pesa Tupa committed to Texas State on Thursday after decommitting from Fresno State the night before. He received an offer from the Bobcats last week and made his decision after a visit to San Marcos last weekend. “I felt it was the right place to help me grow away from home,” Tupa said. “I also chose Texas State because of the bond and brotherhood...
Top Texas Tech receiver Giles will transfer

Top Texas Tech receiver Giles will transfer

ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Jonathan Giles #9 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders gets yards after catch during the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jake Adams, 9-iron, 160-yard 8th hole Pedernales Golf Club; witnesses: Fran Szal Kwang Choi, 5-wood, 190-yard 3rd hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Ki Shin, Allen Park, Man Lee, Yao Kam Matt DeLorenzo, 7-iron, 165-yard 3rd hole at Spanish Oaks; witnesses: John Williams, Kevin Healy, Levi Burks Clem DePalma, 7-iron, 123-yard 9th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Bob Towery, Paul Wilkinson, Terry Haugh...
Did you run the Cap10K? See yourself cross the finish line

Did you run the Cap10K? See yourself cross the finish line

Did you wake up early on Sunday to run 6.2 miles with 21,000 of your closest friends? Whether you ran, walked or danced across the finish line of the Statesman Capitol 10,000, check your final time and see if you can spot yourself completing the largest 10K in Texas in the video below: More on the 40th Cap10K: North Carolina duo surprises men’s field at 40th annual Cap10K Injury free...
Tony Elias rules MotoAmerica weekend at COTA

Tony Elias rules MotoAmerica weekend at COTA

The MotoAmerica Superbike leaders round a turn at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday. CREDIT: MotoAmerica/Next Level Sports Marc Marquez isn’t the only Spanish rider who owns Circuit of the Americas.
COTA Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas notebook

COTA Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas notebook

Franco Morbidelli kept his perfect season in Moto2, easily winning the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas race for his third victory of 2017. Italian riders took both races Sunday before the big MotoGP event at Circuit of the Americas. “Yes, a great day for Italy,” said Morbidelli, a quick-quipping 22-year-old from Rome. “I started to mess around a little too much before I said...
Marc Márquez remains the King of COTA

Marc Márquez remains the King of COTA

The King of COTA demonstrated Sunday he’s not anywhere close to abdicating his throne. Marc Márquez motored into Austin having won every pole and MotoGP race at Circuit of the Americas. The Repsol Honda rider darted away from Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa to keep his perfect record intact. Five races, five poles and five victories. What makes the 24-year-old Spaniard so invincible...
Italian racing legend Valentino Rossi is a fan favorite in Austin

Italian racing legend Valentino Rossi is a fan favorite in Austin

It was a second-place finish that looked, sounded like and must have felt like a win for Italian racing legend Valentino Rossi. “Rossi! Rossi! Rossi!” the main grandstands at the Circuit of the Americas thundered back and forth Sunday after Rossi took the second spot on the podium after a late pass of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. While Pedrosa’s teammate Marc Márquez...
North Carolina duo surprises men’s field at 40th annual Cap 10K

North Carolina duo surprises men’s field at 40th annual Cap 10K

If anyone knew that elite runners from the North Carolina-based ZAP Fitness-Reebok team were coming into Austin for the 40th edition of the Statesman Capitol 10,000, it was a well-kept secret. By the end of the iconic road race, though, there was no hiding ZAP Fitness runners Andrew Colley and Johnny Crain. They surprised such local standouts as Raymond Joseph, J.T. Sullivan and Erik Stanley by leading...
Italy is 2 for 2 so far on MotoGP day at COTA

Italy is 2 for 2 so far on MotoGP day at COTA

Franco Morbidelli. CREDIT: Honda Racing Franco Morbidelli kept us his perfect season on the Moto2 scene, winning the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas race in Austin on Sunday for his third victory in 2017.
MotoGP notebook: Fans snap up souvenirs, ogle motorcycles

MotoGP notebook: Fans snap up souvenirs, ogle motorcycles

The MotoGP event at Circuit of the Americas this weekend is part race, part trade show. Saturday, when the racers weren’t on the track, there were thousands and thousands of fans wandering around the grounds snapping up souvenirs or ogling and/or sitting on the shiny toys from manufacturers such as Honda, Ducati and Yamaha. There were demo rides to be had and sign-ups to win a jet ski or a snazzy...
Márquez still the man to beat as he tops MotoGP qualifying

Márquez still the man to beat as he tops MotoGP qualifying

It took a blistering last lap in qualifying Saturday, but Marc Márquez showed he still owns the track at Circuit of the Americas. The Spaniard claimed his fifth straight pole for Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. “I have to say congratulations because it was an incredible lap,” said Maverick Viñales, who took second. Márquez will be the favorite Sunday...
Bohls: Baylor embraces the new Rhule

Bohls: Baylor embraces the new Rhule

He’d been to the state of Texas maybe four times tops. He’d come down with the New York Giants to play the Dallas Cowboys once. He’d jetted down to recruit a kid once. A kicker. Didn’t sign him. And his Temple Owls played in Houston a couple of times. That was the extent of Matt Rhule’s familiarity with the Lone Star State. “That was my reservation,” Rhule...
Baylor focuses on fun, keeps any changes hidden in spring game

Baylor focuses on fun, keeps any changes hidden in spring game

Baylor coach Matt Rhule wasn’t going to put anything of specific interest into Saturday’s scrimmage, given that it was on television and he didn’t want to clue in the rest of the Big 12 to what he could be doing this fall. But he did want the football world to take in a disciplined, tough team. All jerseys needed to be tucked in. Handshakes with fans were to be firm. There would...
America has lost its way its MotoGP, and here’s why

America has lost its way its MotoGP, and here’s why

Stroll around Circuit of the Americas’ grand plaza, the paddock, the media center, and you hear languages from all over the world being spoken. The MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas decidedly feels like an international event. But where are the Americans? They’re certainly not on the track. “We don’t have a single American anywhere in MotoGP, Moto2 or Moto3,&rdquo...
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