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Fishing trip to Mexico runs afoul of airport checks

I was scheduled to fish for bass in Mexico two weeks ago. Didn’t happen. I got to the airport Monday morning, and I had my fishing clothes. I had my fishing hat. I had my fishing cameras. I had my fishing passport, too, but that’s what screwed me up. That day started at 3 a.m., when I woke up and climbed out of bed for a quick shower and loaded all my gear into the pickup. I had packed...
Leggett: Encountering exotic animals close to home a surprise

Leggett: Encountering exotic animals close to home a surprise

Most folks who live in the Hill Country are mildly familiar with the exotic animals that roam the area: hogs, axis and fallow deer, black bucks and various sheep. They are many and varied, depending on where you go and the kind of terrain in which you’re walking or riding or hiking or cycling. If you haven’t seen any, just take a drive out U.S. 290 between Johnson City and Stonewall. A...

Texas State notebook: Women’s track team repeats Sun Belt indoor title

The Texas State women’s track and field program won the Sun Belt indoor championship for the second straight year. The men’s team finished third. Sophomore Tramesha Hardy was the women’s top scorer after winning four gold medals — in the 60 (7.50 seconds), the 200 (23.68) and the 400 and as part of the 1,600 relay team. It was the second straight year that she won four golds...
Austin Parks Board now wants Guerrero off shrinking stadium list

Austin Parks Board now wants Guerrero off shrinking stadium list

The Austin Parks and Recreation Board wants to boot Roy G. Guerrero Metropolitan Park from the rapidly dwindling list of city-owned properties that city staff presented two months ago as potential Major League Soccer stadium sites. A board recommendation posted Friday will be discussed and perhaps voted on at a meeting Tuesday night. It was the parks and recreation department that helped put together...
Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

With the curtain closing this weekend on the Pyeongchang Games, one of the most unexpected TV love affairs will pack up its skates and skis for the next four years: Austin and the Winter Olympics. Austin has been one of the top 10 U.S. television audiences for the Winter Games. The list of powerhouse TV markets for these Olympics have all the other usual suspects — winter sports cities such...
She’s never met Billy Gillispie, but is giving him her kidney anyway

She’s never met Billy Gillispie, but is giving him her kidney anyway

Ericka Downey was sitting on the closet floor of her home near Tulsa, Oklahoma in December when she felt a tug. The pull came from an interesting place: A 58-year old Texas man she had never met. More specifically, his kidney. Taking a break from cleaning her closet, Downey had seen on social media that former Kentucky, Texas A&M and Texas Tech basketball coach Billy Gillispie was in desperate need...
Golden: Restaurant by day, UFC by night suits Geoff Neal fine — for now

Golden: Restaurant by day, UFC by night suits Geoff Neal fine — for now

Geoff Neal likes his steak medium rare. “If you get it well-done,” he said, “don’t talk to me.” Lately, the grill time for medium rare steaks lasts about the same time as opponents in his other job: Not long at all. Neal, who was born in Austin, works as a waiter/bartender at a Texas Roadhouse in Dallas to help support his three-month-old daughter and girlfriend while...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Geryl Darington, pitching wedge, 97-yard 13th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: Claude Burks, Warren Longacre Paul Hilgers, 9-iron, 130-yard 4th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Dan Stathos, Steve Barkley, Mike Tomme Blayne Maring, 3-hybrid, 167-yard 3rd hole at Grey Rock; witnesses: Fred Bibus, John Schramm Rob Palermo, 3-wood, 211-yard 3rd hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Joel Lahrman, Greg...
Lindsey Vonn likely closes Olympic career with a bronze that’s golden

Lindsey Vonn likely closes Olympic career with a bronze that’s golden

Over coffee last November at Lindsey Vonn’s home in Coloradao, Sofia Goggia of Italy asked her friend for some advice. How does she handle the pressure? How does she deal with the expectations? Vonn didn’t hesitate to answer. An honest answer, and one the new Olympic downhill champion seemed to take to heart. “It probably helped her (win),” Vonn said with a wry smile. Maybe...
Austin Marathon: Whelan tops men's field, Macsas repeats as women's champ

Austin Marathon: Whelan tops men's field, Macsas repeats as women's champ

On Sunday morning, Joe Whelan served notice that he’s the man to beat in central Texas road races. Coming off a convincing victory last month at the 3M half marathon, Whelan, a Spring Branch resident again moved to the front of the pack and built an early lead to win the 2018 Austin Marathon in 2:21:37. Whelan bested Olympic trials marathon qualifier Craig Leon of Eugene, OR, who cruised in...
Texas State notebook: Brooke Holle helps Bobcats bounce back from loss

Texas State notebook: Brooke Holle helps Bobcats bounce back from loss

After an overtime loss to Texas-Arlington snapped a four-game winning streak for the Texas State women’s basketball team last week, the Bobcats bounced back to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 56-53 Thursday night. In the 61-50 loss to UT-Arlington, Bobcats guard Toshua Leavitt failed to total 10 or more points for the first time in 13 games. Leavitt, a junior from Nixa, Mo., scored only nine points...
Stars of the Olympics are changing the sponsorship game

Stars of the Olympics are changing the sponsorship game

A gold medal used to be the golden ticket for lucrative endorsements — think Mary Lou Retton on a Wheaties box. But in the age of social media, athletes are making a name for themselves well ahead of time. Even more so than in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Sochi in 2014, Pyeongchang athletes are Olympian at building brands. Before breakout star Chloe Kim won gold in the snowboarding halfpipe, her...
Running the marathon on Sunday? We chased down these tips for you

Running the marathon on Sunday? We chased down these tips for you

They might be chasing a prize purse of $15,000, but the elite runners in the 2018 Austin Marathon will be tackling the same challenging 26.2-mile course — and possibly slogging through the same rain showers — as the mid-packers come Sunday. With that in mind, a half-dozen elite entrants offered these race-day tips to the general public. Keep them in mind as you break away from the starting...
Golden: UFC’s touted Texan has looks; now he needs to show tough side

Golden: UFC’s touted Texan has looks; now he needs to show tough side

Sage Northcutt will one day answer the question that’s been burning in the minds of UFC fight fans for quite a while. Is he the real deal or just another pretty face? Northcutt, once the target of jealousy for a perceived undeserved push by UFC President Dana White, is out to prove he can bang with the big boys and look good doing it. He will face veteran Thibault Gouti in the opening bout of...
Field starting to come into focus for next month’s WGC-Dell Match Play

Field starting to come into focus for next month’s WGC-Dell Match Play

Let the countdown to brilliant birdies and calamitous bogeys begin. There’s a month to go before the best golfers in the world arrive en masse for the WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club. On Thursday, two famous golfers with strong ties to Central Texas, celebrated one of the biggest tournaments in the country by hitting tee shots off a river boat in the middle of Lake Austin. Ben Crenshaw...
Bohls: Label Sergio Garcia, Austin junior golfers as talented winners

Bohls: Label Sergio Garcia, Austin junior golfers as talented winners

Sergio Garcia has pretty much always led the PGA Tour in labels if not victories, but he’s had plenty of those as well. Perhaps the Tour’s greatest active ball-striker. One of golf’s most consistent players. Outstanding veteran Ryder Cup competitor. Maybe the sport’s most engaging, free-spirited and playful personality, if at times petulant and pouty. But in the last year,...
The real Big 12 showdown isn’t the one ESPN is hyping for Saturday

The real Big 12 showdown isn’t the one ESPN is hyping for Saturday

ESPN College GameDay is taking its show to Lawrence this weekend for the West Virginia-Kansas game. Perhaps the gang should have headed to Waco, where the two hottest teams in the league square off. Texas Tech has reeled off seven victories in a row. Baylor, nearly given up for dead a few weeks ago, has rattled off four straight wins. The seventh-ranked Red Raiders (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) can take a major...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Larry Alvino, 7-iron, 145-yard 13th hole at Avery Ranch; witnesses: John O’Neill, Tom Nightingale, Run Ruple Heidi Groom, 8-iron, 124-yard 10th hole at Plum Creek; witness: Tom Groom Julie Moore, 6-hybrid, 131-yard 11th hole at Fazio Canyons; witnesses: Lucy Moore, Gail Whitfield Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the...
Beer Mile champion Batten returns to Austin for full-blown marathon

Beer Mile champion Batten returns to Austin for full-blown marathon

The last time Caitlin Batten raced in Austin, she drank a few beers and won a world championship. That happened in 2016, when Batten topped the women’s field at the third annual FloTrack Beer Mile World Championship, setting a personal-best “beer mile time” of 6 minutes, 29 seconds. On Sunday, Batten will return to the city to compete in the Austin Marathon, adding 25.2 miles to...

Texas State softball team starts season 2-2 in Bobcat Classic

The Texas State softball team opened its season by hosting the Bobcat Classic, a tournament featuring Portland State, Sam Houston State and No. 9 Florida State. The Bobcats won both games against Sam Houston — 3-0 to open the season Thursday and 3-2 Saturday morning — but lost a pair against Florida State — 4-2 Friday night and 8-0 in a run-rule game that ended in the sixth inning...

Texas State notebook: Women’s basketball team surges to second place

The Texas State women’s basketball team won its fourth straight game 92-50 at home over Appalachian State, moving the Bobcats into second place in the Sun Belt standings. Four of Texas State’s five starters scored in double figures, with junior guard Toshua Leavitt leading the way with 19. Senior guard Taeler Deer had 16, and senior forwards Ti’Aira Pitts had 15 and Ericka May 16...
Bobcats twins Brooke, Bailey Holle lead separate lives on, off court

Bobcats twins Brooke, Bailey Holle lead separate lives on, off court

For Brooke and Bailey Holle, being identical twins doesn’t necessarily mean living identical lives. The Texas State basketball players don’t share all of the same friends, and they have different majors. Even their playing styles are different. The former Westlake High School standouts are making an impact as sophomores for the Bobcats, who are 16-7 and, at 9-3, in second place in the...
Aggies surge on national signing day with 7 surprise signatures

Aggies surge on national signing day with 7 surprise signatures

Antsy Texas A&M fans, you can exhale. New Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher still can recruit, even after moving his hub from Tallahassee to College Station. It just took him awhile to get going. After a lackluster showing in the early signing period in December, Fisher ended up signing a class of 22 players. Seven of them waited until Wednesday to make their decision. Nationally, the class zoomed from 23rd...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jim Hammock, pitching wedge, 100-yard 8th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Daryl White, Ron Marshall, Tony Thomason, Larry Nan Bill Moriarty, 6-iron, 128-yard 10th hole at Lost Creek; witnesses: James Cowan, Bretagne Cowan Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the appropriate golf course or organization.

State signing day roundup: Houston, UTSA, SMU, UNT ink top-100 classes

Houston coach Major Applewhite continues to try to recapture Tom Herman’s recruiting mojo. The Cougars signed 22 players this year, including 19 3-star prospects, in a class that ranked 72nd nationally by 247Sports’ composite ratings. Among those 3-star players was one player from the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits — Converse Judson...
Texas State adds five to 2018 class and may not be done

Texas State adds five to 2018 class and may not be done

Texas State added five players on national signing day to the 18 that signed in the early period in December. Head coach Everett Withers, who is entering his third season, feels the Bobcats may not be finished. “I would say this up front, we’re probably not done,” Withers said. “There could be two, three, five left that we sign between now and the time we kick it off in September...
She killed 115 people before the last Korean Olympics. Now she wonders: ‘Can my sins be pardoned?’

She killed 115 people before the last Korean Olympics. Now she wonders: ‘Can my sins be pardoned?’

DAEGU, South Korea — Until recently, she could often go full days without reminders of what happened. She preferred it that way. The event was so long ago. It was so terrible. She'd been pardoned for her crimes, and she'd tried to build a new version of her life. She got married. She raised two children. She attended church. She went on hikes — relaxing ones, short ones, nothing like the...

Texas State notebook: Bobcats women have won three in a row

The Texas State women’s basketball team has won three straight games and sit in third place in the Sun Belt standings after Thursday’s 78-69 win over Coastal Carolina. The Bobcats (15-7, 8-3 Sun Belt) jumped out to a 41-22 lead at halftime; the Chanticleers were able to cut Texas State’s lead to as low as six points in the second half. Before Thursday’s win, the Bobcats had...
Defending champ Dustin Johnson to play Dell Match Play in Austin

Defending champ Dustin Johnson to play Dell Match Play in Austin

World No. 1 golfer Dustin Johnson has committed to defending his title in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event March 21-25 at Austin Country Club. Johnson couldn’t be stopped in the 2017 event, leading a tournament-record 94 percent of his matches and never trailing in a single match over 112 holes. He beat Jon Rahm, currently No. 2 in the world, 1-up in the championship match, capping...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Don Erler, 6-iron, 145-yard 16th hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: John Peeters, Lloyd Sterns, Chuck Burns Earl Franklin, 9-iron, 140-yard 15th hole at Star Ranch; witness: Andrew Vella Burl Johnson, driver, 336-yard 9th hole at Lago Vista; witness: John Johnson Eric Tsao, pitching wedge, 130-yard 4th hole at Falconhead; witnesses: Quan Nguyen, Thinh Nguyen, Tom Ho Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman...
COTA’s season opener this weekend is free of charge

COTA’s season opener this weekend is free of charge

Circuit of the Americas will open its 2018 racing season this weekend with a U.S.-based sports car series that spectators can watch free of charge. The Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour will feature nearly 300 top Sports Car Club of America amateur racers, including 40 Texans. Track activities will begin at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Races are booked from 12:10 to 4:40 p.m. Saturday and from...
Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta goes from FCS to Senior Bowl star

Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta goes from FCS to Senior Bowl star

Kyle Lauletta more than held his own in elite quarterback company. Lauletta, a standout at Richmond in the Football Championship Subdivision, threw three second-half touchdown passes and Texas-San Antonio’s Marcus Davenport scored on a 19-yard fumble recovery to lead the South team to a 45-16 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. Lauletta capped the weeklong audition for NFL...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Super Bowl teams hail from patriotic areas With the acts by some of the NFL players to choose not to recognize the national anthem, I find it ironic when you consider the area from which the challengers for the Super Bowl come. The almost perennial Patriots are from the New England area that gave us “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” an initial action in our nation’s quest for freedom...
Determined approach to hunt pays off in form of massive buck

Determined approach to hunt pays off in form of massive buck

Sometimes the best strategy for hunting a big deer is to be hardheaded. Bobby Parker always has been hardheaded about it, and it has paid off with a number of big deer he’s killed on leases in South Texas and at the family ranch near Camp Verde in Central Texas. Earlier this season, he killed a giant Hill Country buck there that had a gross score of just over 170 Boone and Crockett points. He...
Coyotes need to be viewed more as survivors than monsters

Coyotes need to be viewed more as survivors than monsters

I was a kid during the atomic bomb scares of the 1950s, and those were truly terrifying. So I came into this century with high hopes that my grandchildren would never have to endure those kinds of frightening warnings and practice drills of marching out of our classrooms and running down into the boiler room to hide from an explosion that never came. Only to find out later that had it been a real...
Michigan State athletic director retires over Nassar sex abuse

Michigan State athletic director retires over Nassar sex abuse

Michigan State University’s athletic director retired Friday, two days after the university president resigned over the school’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against its disgraced former sports doctor, Larry Nassar. Mark Hollis, who had been in the job for 10 years, disclosed the move during a meeting with a small group of reporters on campus. He was asked why he would not stay...
Viktor Ahn wants IOC to explain why he can’t go to Olympics

Viktor Ahn wants IOC to explain why he can’t go to Olympics

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Viktor Ahn wants to know why he has been barred from next month’s Pyeongchang Games. Ahn is a short-track speedskater who was born in South Korea but switched allegiance to Russia ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games. Russian officials say the International Olympic Committee has refused to grant Ahn an invitation amid its vetting of the country’s athletes for possible...

Texas State notebook: Men’s, women’s basketball teams in Sun Belt hunt

Its six-game winning streak ended last weekend, but Texas State’s men’s basketball team remains in second place in the Sun Belt after a 62-61 win at Georgia Southern on Thursday. The Bobcats (14-8, 7-2 Sun Belt) trailed 49-41 with 10 minutes, 29 seconds left but methodically chipped away at the Eagles, finally regaining the lead at the end when Tre’Larenz Nottingham’s free...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Steve Davis, 6-iron, 156-yard 12th hole at Cimarron Hills; witness: Brent Warrington Simon Robinson, 168-yard 11th hole at Crystal Falls; witnesses: Danny Knowles, Blake Sudderth, Cheryl Gauthier Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the appropriate golf course or organization.

Power Five OKs big changes on medical care, holiday basketball

The NCAA’s five largest conferences approved sweeping changes in everything from medical care to basketball during the holidays Friday, dashing through the agenda with little opposition and virtually no debate. And Saturday, the NCAA’s Division II voted by a wide margin to allow Mexican colleges to apply for membership, expanding its international reach beyond Canada. Extended medical...
Bohls: Early poll shows Clemson, Bama and a whole bunch of Big Ten

Bohls: Early poll shows Clemson, Bama and a whole bunch of Big Ten

Now that Alabama has once again validated its claim as college football’s biggest dynasty, it’s time for a peek at the potential Top 25 teams of 2018. The Crimson Tide, of course, have been, are and will be the No. 1 program in the nation, until further notice. But where’s the fun in all that? And we’re curious. Has Alabama ever had a parade in Tuscaloosa? Probably not because...

Texas State notebook: Men’s basketball win streak reaches six games

The winning streak for the Texas State men’s basketball team reached six games after the Bobcats held on late to beat Louisiana Monroe 55-52 at home Thursday night. Junior guard Tre’Larenz Nottingham scored 16 points in the win. Nottingham, a junior college transfer in his first season at Texas State, has scored at least 14 points in the past three games since cracking the starting lineup...
Defending Cap 10K champion Hall jumps to half-marathon distance

Defending Cap 10K champion Hall jumps to half-marathon distance

Now free of the nagging injuries that stalled her collegiate running career, Austinite Jennifer Hall continues to chase success in ever-longer races. On Sunday, she will jump to the half-marathon distance, racing in the 24th annual 3M Half Marathon, which is expected to draw the largest field in its history. More than 7,000 entrants have registered to run the predominantly downhill course, which starts...
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