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‘Phenoms’ aims to give U.S. emotional bond to World Cup stars

‘Phenoms’ aims to give U.S. emotional bond to World Cup stars

As the clock ticked away on the U.S. men’s national team’s 2018 World Cup hopes, reality started to sink in for many of the nation’s soccer fans. The mood was especially somber at the Fox Sports headquarters in Los Angeles. “It was so intense for all of us, that moment,” Fox Executive Vice President David Worthen Brooks said of the 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Oct...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Michael Doss, 5-iron, 209-yard 11th hole at Onion Creek North; witnesses: Justin Morris, Casey Schneider, Guy Unteberg Dan Gamwell, 210-yard 7th hole at Onion Creek North; witnesses: Tyler Bergin, Jason Long, Justin Long Carrell Grigsby, pitching wedge, 75-yard 8th hole at Austin Country Club; witness: Janet Lewis T.J. Schultz, 7-iron, 157-yard 13th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: John Bundy...
How Texas sports teams are honoring Santa Fe shooting victims

How Texas sports teams are honoring Santa Fe shooting victims

On Friday, 10 people were killed and 13 injured after a student opened fire at the Houston-area school.  Now, Texas sports teams are honoring the lives lost in last week’s Santa Fe High School shooting. For the Houston Astros, paying their respects means wearing a powerful message. According to the team’s Twitter account Tuesday, players will wear T-shirts that read &ldquo...
Texas State notebook: Baseball earns first-round Sun Belt tourney bye

Texas State notebook: Baseball earns first-round Sun Belt tourney bye

The Texas State baseball team finished the regular season with a winning record after sweeping UT-Arlington in the final Sun Belt series last weekend. The Bobcats (28-26-1, 16-14 Sun Belt) won 5-2 last Thursday thanks to a strong outing by sophomore pitcher Nicholas Fraze, who improved to 6-4. He threw six innings and allowed two hits. On Friday, the Bobcats won 5-1 in extra innings; Texas State tied...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Safe bet: State won’t offer gambling Re: “Texas needs to be in on gambling,” May 16. Kirk Bohls makes a number of very convincing and persuasive arguments as to why the state of Texas should consider allowing its citizens to legally gamble on sporting events. He astutely points out that the not-insignificant financial rewards to the state could be used for a variety of civic-minded...
Golden: Baylor-bound Kalon Barnes in a sprinting class by himself

Golden: Baylor-bound Kalon Barnes in a sprinting class by himself

When Silsbee sprinter Kalon Barnes blew away the Class 4A competition at last week’s UIL state track and field meet, it was business as usual. Such is life when you walk away from the state’s biggest annual showcase of athletic talent as the fastest dude in the stadium for a second straight year. This time he walked away as the fastest prep athlete in the country. Barnes smoked Myers Stadium...
Amanda Dowdy is back in town, now as part of AVP pro beach volleyball

Amanda Dowdy is back in town, now as part of AVP pro beach volleyball

Really, who cares about seeding when you can claim hometown sand? Amanda Dowdy was born in Leander. Her family owned a plumbing company in rural Williamson County, she was a three-sport star at Lexington High School and signed to play volleyball for Texas Tech. She and her playing partner Irene Pollock (who grew up in Fort Worth and played for TCU) are de facto hosts for this week’s AVP Austin...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Leroy Braun, 7-iron, 104-yard 12th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Frank Guttman, Chuck Pfeifer, Larry Latas Greg Breed, 3-wood, 174-yard 8th hole at Avery Ranch; witness: Clint Hampton Odell Buchhorn, 5-iron, 149-yard 5th hole at Delaware Springs; witness: Jim Myers, Glenn R. Horn Grayson Crayton, 6-iron, 150-yard 12th hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Tony Lawrence, Tommy Wyatt Ted Davis, 7-iron...
Former Lake Travis star Kristen Gillman qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open

Former Lake Travis star Kristen Gillman qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open

Kristen Gillman is returning to the U.S. Women’s Open. Gillman, who won the 2016 Class 6A girls individual state championship as a senior at Lake Travis High School, qualified for this year’s event after shooting 4-under par to win a qualifier at the Deerwood Club in Kingwood on Monday. In 2014. Gillman won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship to qualify for the 2015 U.S. Women&rsquo...
New Rice coach Mike Bloomgren wants to duplicate his Stanford success

New Rice coach Mike Bloomgren wants to duplicate his Stanford success

The setting was a sports bar patio. Ice cold beer was a necessity to contend with the heat and humidity. Plates of Tex-Mex appetizers were passed around to keep the stomachs rumble-free. The topic Tuesday night was Rice football as charismatic new coach Mike Bloomgren officially introduced himself to about 50 Owls alums who live in Austin. The 41-year-old had been the offensive coordinator at Stanford...
45 years ago, legendary Texan Nolan Ryan made history

45 years ago, legendary Texan Nolan Ryan made history

The legend wasn’t born on May 15, 1973 in Kansas City, but the Express lane was definitely open.  It was on this day 45 years ago that the greatest baseball player from the state of the Texas threw his first of seven no-hitters. Nolan Ryan sat down 12 Kansas City Royals on strikes and completed his first no-hitter in a 3-0 win.  “I felt the pressure building on a no-hitter,&rdquo...
Texas State notebook: Softball, women’s track win Sun Belt crowns

Texas State notebook: Softball, women’s track win Sun Belt crowns

It was a big weekend for Texas State sports: The softball team won the Sun Belt tournament on Saturday and the women’s track and field team won the conference outdoor championship on Sunday. The softball team, after failing to get a hit in a 1-0 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt semifinals on Friday, staved off elimination later that evening with a 9-5 win over Troy. That led to a...
Supreme Court ends sports betting ban; Texas unaffected

Supreme Court ends sports betting ban; Texas unaffected

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that barred sports betting in most states, but the ruling will have no immediate impact on Texas, where wagering on sporting events remains illegal. To change that, the Texas Legislature would have to change state law — and probably the Texas Constitution as well — while overcoming strong anti-gambling sentiments that have doomed...
Despite no local 18, Dripping Springs golf pushes for state title

Despite no local 18, Dripping Springs golf pushes for state title

Dripping Springs’ road to the state boys golf tournament isn’t lined with groomed fairways or manicured greens. In fact, Dripping Springs itself doesn’t have much more for the casual golfer than Home on the Range just west of town on U.S. 290, where golfers can unlimber at a driving range while targeting an iron longhorn or a decommissioned school bus. But that hasn’t stopped...
Gymnasts urge Texas AG’s office investigate Karolyis in Nassar case

Gymnasts urge Texas AG’s office investigate Karolyis in Nassar case

Former gymnasts who said they were molested by a U.S. national team doctor at a remote training center in Texas demanded Thursday that the state Attorney General’s office investigate their former coaches for failure to protect them. The gymnasts, who were accompanied by their attorneys, spoke at a press conference on the front steps of the Attorney General’s office. They implored the state...
Texas State notebook: Randi Rupp leads softball to a Sun Belt title

Texas State notebook: Randi Rupp leads softball to a Sun Belt title

Texas State secured its first Sun Belt regular-season conference championship this past weekend in a series win over UT-Arlington. The Bobcats (39-13, 18-5 Sun Belt) were shut out 1-0 in the first game as senior pitcher Randi Rupp (23-9) pitched a complete game but was charged with the loss; UTA’s lone run came on an RBI single in the first inning by catcher Reagan Wright. Rupp bounced back...
Precourt makes first pitch for MLS stadium at community event

Precourt makes first pitch for MLS stadium at community event

Perched above an ice rink less than a mile away from the potential site of a 20,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium, Precourt Sports Ventures made its pitch. For many of the 50 or so community members who came to the Pond Hockey Club on Tuesday evening, it marked the first time they had heard directly from the investment group which operates Columbus Crew SC. In October 2017, the team started to...
COTA might not be the only F1 game in U.S. come 2019

COTA might not be the only F1 game in U.S. come 2019

Austin, meet Miami. If Formula One has its way, the two cities will be linked, each having a Grand Prix as early as next year in the world’s most glamorous motorsports series. Circuit of the Americas has been the exclusive U.S. home for F1 since 2012. Mexico City and Montreal also have races. Formula One announced Wednesday it is pushing for a street race in Miami. “Miami’s status...
Major League Rugby, Elite bring their show to Round Rock

Major League Rugby, Elite bring their show to Round Rock

A new league, a new team and a new venue will converge Thursday night in one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Major League Rugby makes its Central Texas debut with the Austin Elite playing New Orleans-based NOLA Gold at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. “We’ve been building toward this for years, and it’s exciting to see it all coming together now,” said Elite...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Patsy Caradonna, 9-iron, 82-yard 8th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Margaret Gilbreth, Jeanne Moore Larry Caraway, 8-iron, 135-yard 8th hole at Crystal Falls; witnesses: Nico Edel, Larry Canada, Mike Aldrine George Duda, 8-iron, 140-yard 2nd hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: George Celis, Bill Boersma Harriette Farley, 3-wood, 149-yard 12th hole at Great Hills; witnesses: Glen Moore, Jeanne...
Ohio, Columbus ‘vigorously defend’ Modell Law in latest court filing

Ohio, Columbus ‘vigorously defend’ Modell Law in latest court filing

Seemingly unfazed by claims of unconstitutionality, officials from Ohio and the City of Columbus laid out their arguments Wednesday expressing why a lawsuit filed in March aimed at keeping Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew SC in the Ohio capital should be heard in court. In a 32-page document responding to MLS and Precourt Sports Ventures’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Ohio Attorney General...
Texas State notebook: Easy Anyama gets invite to Seahawks rookie camp

Texas State notebook: Easy Anyama gets invite to Seahawks rookie camp

The NFL draft came and went last weekend without a Texas State player’s name being called for the third straight year, but linebacker Easy Anyama will still have a chance to play at the next level after receiving a tryout invitation to the Seattle Seahawks’ rookie minicamp. Anyama will join the Seahawks on Thursday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a history with undrafted free agents;...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Poking fun at Bradford’s injuries? Not funny Re: “Staubach weighs in with thumbs-up on Mayfield,” April 30 Good morning. Couldn’t help but notice the line “Sam Bradford will temporarily hold the Arizona job until his next injury” in your article this morning. Really? Could you be a snarkier jerk (could think of other names)? I’m not a big Sam Bradford fan...
Homebound: Most college teams stay local for spring football practices

Homebound: Most college teams stay local for spring football practices

Teams that hold spring practice sessions out of town each year believe it prepares their players for road games while providing a chance to connect with fans and attract recruits. Yet the vast majority of programs still choose to hold spring workouts on campus. Of the 86 Football Bowl Subdivision programs that responded to an Associated Press survey, only seven had spring practice sessions out of...
Bone-chilling trip produces a few fights with catfish

Bone-chilling trip produces a few fights with catfish

It’s been a long, cold, miserable morning on this nearly 38,000-acre impoundment on the Sabine River, and I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve found a comfortable seat behind the console of Randy Parker’s catfish craft. Feet up on the transom, head pulled down into my parka like a tortoise and hands in my pockets, I’m not really ready when the strike comes. But as Parker...
Turkey hunt turns up a more dangerous critter

Turkey hunt turns up a more dangerous critter

I was about to trot more than 50 yards to the tree where Lee Bullard was sitting, just to tell him that his face mask was flapping in the tree and that’s no way to kill a turkey. This was his first turkey hunt, and I was hoping to call in one of the many mature gobblers on Bobby Parker’s Camp Verde Ranch; that wouldn’t happen if he had a signal flag flying to attract their attention...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Stephen Frey Jr., 9-iron, 142-yard 8th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Howard Lipson, Skeeter Miller, Jeff Hunt Tony Gulla, 9-iron, 136-yard 10th hole at Lost Creek; witness: Denis Shortt Mike Veazey, 6-iron, 157-yard 7th hole at Teravista; witnesses: Richard Medina, Ken Johnson, Jason Williamson Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats get first football pledge for 2019 class

Texas State notebook: Bobcats get first football pledge for 2019 class

West Rusk defensive tackle Darius Richardson became Texas State’s first football commitment for the 2019 recruiting class when he pledged to the Bobcats on Saturday. Richardson, who made the announcement on Twitter, is 6-2, 290 and is a three-star prospect. Texas State was his only offer. “Getting my first offer was a crazy feeling,” Richardson said. “Knowing somebody has plans...
Marc Marquez, the undisputed King of COTA, rules again in Austin

Marc Marquez, the undisputed King of COTA, rules again in Austin

Some day Marc Marquez might actually lose a race in Austin. For now, all of MotoGP remains in his rear-view mirror at this horsepower rodeo. The King of COTA, his royal highness, delivered another reminder Sunday that everyone else is merely pretending at Circuit of the Americas. Marquez, the 25-year-old from Cervera, Spain, made it 6-for-6 in Austin, rolling to a 3.56-second victory over Maverick...
Marc Marquez dedicates win at COTA to fallen friend Nicky Hayden

Marc Marquez dedicates win at COTA to fallen friend Nicky Hayden

Marc Marquez took his sixth consecutive victory lap around Circuit of the Americas on Sunday, but this one wasn’t for him. The Spaniard waved a red, white and blue flag after torching the field in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, paying tribute to the last American rider to win a MotoGP world championship. Marquez shares a bond with Nicky Hayden that dates back to his very first day...
MotoGP notebook: Score one for Italy in Moto2 clash

MotoGP notebook: Score one for Italy in Moto2 clash

Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia and Alex Marquez treated fans to a tasty appetizer Sunday in Moto2 at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. The pair went head-to-head for a good portion of the race, before Bagnaia finally put his nose in front of the pole winner with five laps to go and held on until the end. It was the second win of the season for Bagnaia. The Italian races for the Valentino...
Austin Elite drop rough, raw Major League Rugby opener

Austin Elite drop rough, raw Major League Rugby opener

Facing the presumed league favorite on a cold, raw, wet day in suburban Denver proved too big an obstacle for the Austin Elite in their first Major League Rugby match. The Glendale Raptors rolled to a 41-26 win over Austin, despite the Colorado side down three men in the closing minutes. With pockets of snow still visible just beyond the field, Austin struck first with Reece Czarnecki’s try...
A crash, a block and Marquez’s reign in Austin now in doubt

A crash, a block and Marquez’s reign in Austin now in doubt

Marc Marquez slings his way around Circuit of the Americas better than anybody. His latest journey, though, took a few twisted turns and did not end well. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who had won every pole position and every MotoGP race in Austin, made it 6-for-6 in Saturday’s qualifying for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, posting the fastest lap. Or so he thought. The “King of...
MotoGP notes: Team FMX adds different kind of thrills for fans

MotoGP notes: Team FMX adds different kind of thrills for fans

Travis Willis has dreams of getting a prosthetic leg so he can go back to riding dirt bikes. That kind of dedication to motorsports is something many of the adrenaline junkies in Austin this weekend can relate to. Willis is the owner of Team FMX, a traveling motocross stunt show. He brought his act to Circuit of the Americas, where it is performing for the fans attending the MotoGP Red Bull Grand...
MotoGP junkies provide beginners guide to enjoying race

MotoGP junkies provide beginners guide to enjoying race

Charmaine Bendzsa didn’t know much about MotoGP when she met her future husband, Kyle Bendzsa, but it didn’t take her long to get hooked. The couple from Fort Collins, Colo., are attending their fourth Austin Grand Prix this weekend, and Charmaine was decked out head to toe in Valentino Rossi gear. To her, the sport is like a reality show, and Movistar Yamaha rider Rossi might be...
Rain dampens spring scrimmage, but not Baylor’s confidence for fall

Rain dampens spring scrimmage, but not Baylor’s confidence for fall

Matt Rhule joked Saturday that he would’ve cheated to send his Baylor spring game into overtime. As it was, the Bears didn’t need any tricks from the head coach to push the 15th practice of spring a bit longer. Walk-on quarterback Preston Heard completed a 19-yard pass to R.J. Sneed as time expired in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Then after two extended series in overtime...
Columbus Crew owners strike back at Ohio lawsuit aimed at keeping team

Columbus Crew owners strike back at Ohio lawsuit aimed at keeping team

The owners of the Major League Soccer franchise Columbus Crew SC struck back Thursday against an Ohio lawsuit aimed at keeping the team from possibly moving to Austin. Precourt Sports Ventures and MLS jointly filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that Ohio Revised Code 9.67 does not apply to the Crew and is unconstitutional. In the 25-page document, the defendants claimed at least five...
Updated MotoGP notebook: Riders still doing the bump at COTA

Updated MotoGP notebook: Riders still doing the bump at COTA

MotoGP’s bumpy ride isn’t over yet at Circuit of the Americas. Track management worked extensively on the surface in recent months after complaints from riders a year ago, even purchasing state-of-the-art grinding equipment from Europe. Several of the world’s top motorcyclists, practicing Friday for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, told Motorsport.com that the problems remain...
MotoGP arrives at COTA with its future in Austin yet to be settled

MotoGP arrives at COTA with its future in Austin yet to be settled

The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is a much bigger deal around the world than in Austin, but race weekend always delivers a high-horsepower boost to the local economy. MotoGP claims to have a worldwide audience of 300 million households, although just a fraction of those reside in this country. This weekend, fans will be closely following these storylines at Circuit of the Americas: Marc Marquez...
For 1st time in nearly 40 years, an Englishman leads charge for MotoGP

For 1st time in nearly 40 years, an Englishman leads charge for MotoGP

It’s not exactly a British invasion of Circuit of the Americas. But as the world’s premier motorcycle series makes its annual Austin pilgrimage, an English rider leads the charge, a first for MotoGP since 1979. In a sport dominated by Spaniards and Italians, Cal Crutchlow, a 32-year-old from Coventry, cruises into this weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas atop the standings...
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government

Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government

Lance Armstrong has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. The deal announced Thursday came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled...
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