College Sports

Mexico’s 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

Mexico’s 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

The criticism of Mexico’s national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing. The answer has been emphatic. Mexico won its second straight match at the tournament Saturday, beating South Korea 2-1 to move ever closer to a spot in the round of 16. “We didn’t listen to the criticism,” said Javier Hernandez, one of the scorers against South Korea. “It was just...
Crew MLS owner Precourt has message for Austin

Crew MLS owner Precourt has message for Austin

Columbus Crew SC operator/investor Anthony Precourt sent the following statement to the American-Statesman ahead of the important Austin City Council meeting on Thursday when votes will be conducted on two resolutions involving a potential stadium at McKalla Place. —- As we enter into this important week with regard to bringing Major League Soccer to Austin, I am incredibly encouraged by the...
Leggett: One kayak flip later, the rod was fine — the phone, not so much

Leggett: One kayak flip later, the rod was fine — the phone, not so much

There’s no accounting for when there will be a clash between modern time technology and old school outdoors. I lived through one of those a few weeks ago, and I’m still counting my losses. In fact, I may never be made whole in this deal. It all started when my friend and neighbor Trey Carpenter called one afternoon to ask if I wanted to meet for a kayak fishing trip to Reveille Peak Ranch...
A high-tech bow is well and good, but I’ll bring my trusty backup too

A high-tech bow is well and good, but I’ll bring my trusty backup too

By now, I’m used to equipment orders from Jack Brittingham. The Athens-based bowhunter is attuned to the latest changes in bows and arrows and associated doodads. He’s an experienced pilot and techno-dude not intimidated by anything electronic. So when we were discussing our upcoming archery hunt for elk on his New Mexico ranch, I wasn’t surprised that he put in a semi-command for...
City Council votes next week could determine fate of MLS in Austin

City Council votes next week could determine fate of MLS in Austin

For eight months, a Major League Soccer owner and the city of Austin have kicked the ball around on a potential move from one state capital to another. After more twists and turns than a dicey World Cup match, Austin’s long soccer saga could reach the knockout stage Thursday with two City Council votes. One stadium resolution, if passed, would be a major step toward the Columbus Crew SC landing...
Gators hold off Texas Tech to make bracket final

Gators hold off Texas Tech to make bracket final

Florida carried a five-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning against Texas Tech, but Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan never let himself get comfortable. “We knew they weren’t going away,” O’Sullivan said. “They hung in there with us, and we knew it would be a nine-inning ballgame.” It was every bit a nine-inning game Thursday night. Fortunately for the...
Austin loves World Cup soccer, TV ratings show

Austin loves World Cup soccer, TV ratings show

For a city without a pro soccer team on the pitch, Austin shows an enormous appetite for the World Cup. Austin was tied for second place among all metered U.S. television markets through the first six days of the tournament, according to a Fox Sports spokesman. Only Washington, D.C., with a 3.35 average Nielsen rating, was ahead of Austin, which has a 2.42 along with Providence, R.I. New York and...
Arkansas beats Tech, now one win short of title series berth at CWS

Arkansas beats Tech, now one win short of title series berth at CWS

Déjà vu in Omaha. Arkansas and Texas Tech were at it Wednesday afternoon for the second time in a midweek this season. The last time the two played, in Fayetteville, Arkansas handled the Red Raiders with relative ease, scoring early and letting the pitching handle the rest. You do know what déjà vu means, right? Arkansas is now one win away from the College World Series...
PSV spokesman: McKalla site resolution threatens MLS move to Austin

PSV spokesman: McKalla site resolution threatens MLS move to Austin

While four Austin City Council members put out a release Wednesday detailing plans for an “open and fair process on McKalla Place,” a spokesman for Precourt Sports Ventures said that process could kill plans for a Major League Soccer team in Austin. Council Members Leslie Pool, Ora Houston, Alison Alter and Ellen Troxclair have co-signed a resolution intended to solicit development plans...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats get fifth pledge for 2019 class

Texas State notebook: Bobcats get fifth pledge for 2019 class

Texas State garnered its fifth commitment of the 2019 recruiting class when Beaumont United defensive back Jalen Wells pledged to the Bobcats on Sunday. Wells, a 3-star safety, chose Texas State over offers from Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette, Air Force, New Mexico State and Sam Houston State. “I went on a visit to Sam Houston and ULL,” Wells said. “I came for a visit...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jack Graves, 5-iron, 135-yard 7th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: Buddy Coker, Dennis Bacque, Dave Schwab John Paget, 8-iron, 125-yard 8th hole at Falconhead; witness: Tom Miller Laurie Richards, 5-wood, 145-yard 9th hole at Cimarron Hills; witness: Barry LaRue Ron Stone, 9-iron, 152-yard 5th hole at Hancock; witness: Bob Mebane Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax...
Round Rock will host the U.S. Quidditch Cup for second year in a row

Round Rock will host the U.S. Quidditch Cup for second year in a row

It’s as if Central Texas “Harry Potter” fans swallowed a vial of Liquid Luck. For the second year in a row, Round Rock was chosen to host the U.S. Quidditch Cup. The national championship tournament will take place April 13-14 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Old Settlers Park.  PHOTOS: U.S. Quidditch Cup in Round Rock on April 14 The 2019 event will be the...

Letters to the Sports Editor

What Kody Clemens did was right, not wrong Re: “Clemens, Pierce both showed a lot of class,” June 14 Apparently this letter writer is not aware of what provoked Kody Clements to flash the “Hook ’em, Horns” sign to the Tennessee Tech dugout. Before the first game between the two teams, Tech players were flashing the downward Horns sign to UT’s players. Furthermore...

Bulldogs’ walk-off win over Huskies in CWS is 3rd in 8 games

Mississippi State’s flair for the dramatic continued in its College World Series opener. Luke Alexander’s drive to right field got past Christian Jones in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing Hunter Stovall to score from second base to give Mississippi State a 1-0 victory over Washington late Saturday night. Of the Bulldogs’ seven wins in the NCAA Tournament, three have come...
Tar Heels knock out Heimlich early, beat Oregon State

Tar Heels knock out Heimlich early, beat Oregon State

North Carolina knocked out Oregon State ace Luke Heimlich during a five-run third inning and went on to beat the Beavers 8-6 Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series. The Tar Heels (44-18) used six pitchers in a 4-hour, 24-minute slog in 95-degree heat that was the longest nine-inning game in CWS history. They turned back threats from one of the nation’s most potent offenses...
City Council will discuss MLS stadium proposal at June 28 meeting

City Council will discuss MLS stadium proposal at June 28 meeting

The Austin City Council agenda released for June 28 has two action items that could tip the scales on the city getting its first major professional sports team. Item 64 on the agenda is to approve a resolution that would direct the city manager to begin negotiating with Precourt Sports Ventures for a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place in North Austin. EDITORIAL: We’re still missing...
Anthony Precourt makes first direct public plea for MLS support

Anthony Precourt makes first direct public plea for MLS support

For the first time, Columbus Crew SC investor-operator Anthony Precourt is asking Austinites directly for their support. In an advertisement that appeared in the June 15 edition of the Austin Chronicle with the headline “An Open Letter to Austinites,” Precourt urges citizens to contact the Austin City Council about the proposal to build a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place. &ldquo...
Bobcats receive two more pledges for 2019

Bobcats receive two more pledges for 2019

Texas State received two commitments Monday: La Porte’s Devin Henderson and Sterling’s Calvin Hill. Henderson, a three-star defensive tackle, announced his pledge via Twitter . At 6-foot-2, 275 pounds, Henderson holds offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Stephen F. Austin, Incarnate Word and Northwestern State. He has visited SFA and Louisiana Tech’s campus, but his recent visit to Texas...
Economists: MLS stadium offer worth considering, but more info needed

Economists: MLS stadium offer worth considering, but more info needed

Roger Noll doesn’t think Austin should put the brakes on building a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place. Not yet, at least. The Stanford University economist and co-author of the book “Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums,” wants to know more. He thinks Austin City Council should, too. “You have to put numbers on all those costs...
ACC members approve 4-year extension for Dell Match Play tournament

ACC members approve 4-year extension for Dell Match Play tournament

The members of the Austin Country Club voted Thursday to approve an extension of a contract with the PGA to host the Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. The golf course will now host the annual March event through 2023. The original contract went through the 2019 tournament. “We are proud of our partnership with the PGA Tour and Dell Techonologies,” ACC president Jay Howard said....
World Cup will be severe test of U.S. interest in soccer

World Cup will be severe test of U.S. interest in soccer

The World Cup kicks off Thursday in Moscow without familiar faces like the United States, Italy, Holland and Chile. On the flip side, defending champion Germany is salty as ever. Brazil still has the most talent. Spain is loaded, even with a bizarre last-minute coaching change. France is explosive. Argentina has arguably the best player on the planet. Mexico, with legions of El Tri fans spread across...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jenny Barnes, pitching wedge, 76-yard 17th hole at Great Hills; witnesses: Harriette Farley, Gail Deitrick, Jeanne Moore Cindy Houston, pitching wedge, 89-yard 5th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: Kathleen Bohn, Sherry Woods Hunter Skelton, 7-iron, 187-yard 14th hole at Jimmy Clay; witness: Sam Sadler Richard D. Stephens, 8-iron, 115-yard 3rd hole at Lago Vista; witnesses: Jim Bissonette, Jim...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Clemens, Pierce both showed a lack of class I have been watching the college baseball super regionals and to say I was disappointed at the lack of class of Kody Clemens and his coach is an understatement. I can see some cocky, arrogant kid doing something stupid, but for the coach to condone it is unacceptable. Clemens’ actions against A&M and Tennessee Tech were a disgrace. Texas’ head...
Austin City Council knocks around McKalla MLS stadium proposal

Austin City Council knocks around McKalla MLS stadium proposal

The Austin City Council kicked around a proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Austin for the first time at a work session Tuesday without anything close to a consensus emerging. Council Member Leslie Pool once again objected to the city making a deal with owners of Columbus Crew SC, who want to build a stadium at McKalla Place, in Pool’s district, in exchange for use of the city-owned...
Council discussion could be first chance to gauge PSV’s MLS proposal

Council discussion could be first chance to gauge PSV’s MLS proposal

One key swing member of the Austin City Council expressed optimism Monday that a deal can come together to bring Major League Soccer to town. “I’m excited about the opportunity and optimistic about the possibilities,” District 9 council member Kathie Tovo told the American-Statesman Monday. “That being said, I will evaluate this with as much care and diligence as possible....
A passionate Jimbo Fisher talks up his Aggies in front of Austin crowd

A passionate Jimbo Fisher talks up his Aggies in front of Austin crowd

New Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is still learning, but he’s got the “howdy” part down pat. That’s how Aggies greet each other. And the 52-year-old Fisher, who is in his seventh month as the Aggies football coach, gave a big howdy holler to a crowd of A&M fans who gathered in a ballroom on the top floor of the Austin Convention Center Sunday night. The fans were there for the...
Lake Travis grad Kristen Gillman, U.S. roll to Curtis Cup victory

Lake Travis grad Kristen Gillman, U.S. roll to Curtis Cup victory

Kristen Gillman led a U.S. singles sweep against the team from Britain and Ireland Sunday in the biggest blowout in Curtis Cup history. Gillman, the 20-year-old University of Alabama star from Lake Travis High School, beat 16-year-old Annabell Fuller 5 and 4 for the winning point to cap a perfect weekend at Quaker Ridge. The Americans won 17-3, breaking the record for margin of victory of 11 set in...
In reversal, court upholds sexual assault conviction for Baylor player

In reversal, court upholds sexual assault conviction for Baylor player

The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld the sexual assault conviction of former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu, reversing the decision of a lower court that had ordered a new trial because jurors were not shown text messages between the accuser and a friend. The Waco-based 10th Court of Appeals had tossed out the conviction in March 2017, ruling that the trial judge improperly...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

William Berube, 7-iron, 118-yard 4th hole at Legacy Hills; witnesses: Brent Brandvold, Fred Adsit Fred Frey, hybrid, 153-yard 2nd hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: Dan Stafford, Tom Wagner, Bob Breeckner Luke Outlaw, 6-iron, 150-yard 13th hole at Avery Ranch; witnesses: Jesse Maldonado, Rob Freeman Jeff Stern, 8-iron, 128-yard 4th hole at Legacy Hills; witnesses: Paul Smith, Bob St. Germain Walter A...
Appeals court reinstates sexual assault conviction of ex Baylor player

Appeals court reinstates sexual assault conviction of ex Baylor player

The state’s highest criminal court reinstated the sexual assault conviction of former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, which had been overturned last year. The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that a lower court in Waco had erred in overturning the ruling. Ukwuachu, a transfer from Boise State who was on the football team but never played, was convicted of sexual assault of a Baylor...
Texas State notebook: Times, TV set for three Bobcats football games

Texas State notebook: Times, TV set for three Bobcats football games

Four of Texas State’s 12 football games this coming fall were assigned kickoff times and television scheduled last week, including the Bobcats’ first three games. Texas State starts the season at Rutgers on Sept. 1 (11 a.m., Big Ten Network). The Bobcats’ first home game will be the following week on Sept. 8 against Texas Southern (6 p.m.) and then begin Sun Belt play on Sept. 15...
#JRSmithChallenge turns mistake into funny parody

#JRSmithChallenge turns mistake into funny parody

J.R. Smith's bone-headed blunder at the end of regulation in Game 1 of the NBA Finals is something the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard won't forget anytime soon. And neither will the internet.          » RELATED: VIDEO: JR Smith mistakenly dribbles out clock with game tied, sends Game 1 to overtime Enter the #JRSmithChallenge,...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jim Brooks, 5-hybrid, 185-yard 12th hole at Jimmy Clay; witnesses: John Hennes, James Murray, Clark Murdough, Clarence Dunn Evelyn Gardner, 6-iron, 114-yard 5th hole at Balcones Country Club; witness: Shari Riddle Willard Hebbe, 9-iron, 122-yard 4th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Bob Lovett, Cliff Lovett, Scott Kuempel Keith Lundquist, pitching wedge, 139-yard 2nd hole at Great Hills; witnesses: Bryan...

Bobcats ousted in semifinals of Sun Belt Tournament

The Texas State baseball team went 2-2 in the Sun Belt Tournament, with both losses coming against Troy, as the Bobcats were eliminated in the semifinals. Texas State (30-28-1, 16-14 in the Sun Belt) earned a first-round bye after finishing the regular season with the second-best record in the West Division behind Louisiana-Lafayette (34-25, 18-12). The Bobcats started the tournament Wednesday in...
Up-and-comers will try to announce arrival at French Open

Up-and-comers will try to announce arrival at French Open

It’s an oft-cited and oft-updated statistic in men’s tennis: The so-called Big Four — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — have won 47 of the past 52 Grand Slam titles, a run of dominance that began in 2005. Add in Stan Wawrinka to make it a Big Five, and the number becomes 50 of 52. And the frequently repeated accompanying questions are: How much longer...
Leggett: Post-Harvey life along Rockport’s coast is still complicated

Leggett: Post-Harvey life along Rockport’s coast is still complicated

From a distance, the splashing and frothing in the shallow water were no more than indistinct hints that something might be going on against the sandy shoreline. But as Chuck Naiser poked the bottom with his long poling stick and leaned right to push the boat farther left, a fish’s back — meaty and thick, dorsal fin and scales reflecting the morning sunlight — broke the surface and...

Quest for squirrels evokes memories of hunting roots

It’s been nearly 30 years since I’ve been spring squirrel hunting in East Texas. It hasn’t changed. The month is May. The wind is howling, whipping the upper branches of the canopy like sheets in a gale. The squirrels are quiet because of that. The temperature is 77 degrees at daylight and going up. I park outside a set of woods on Jack Brittingham’s Briar Lakes Ranch, where...

Temple College earns Junior College World Series bid out of left field

The Temple College baseball season was in the books. Coach and former major league pitcher Craig McMurtry even had exit interviews planned with his players. But, as they say in baseball, it ain’t over till it’s over. Out of left field, McMurtry received a call: Tell your players to pack their bats. This third-place team from Texas had earned an improbable spot in the Junior College World...
One-time smoker now stands on triathlon podiums: ‘I have a purpose now’

One-time smoker now stands on triathlon podiums: ‘I have a purpose now’

Six years ago, Christopher Stewart Mickler-Lemelle was a pack-and-a-half a day smoker who looked at athletes from afar. The 43-year-old Austin hairstylist had dabbled in sports as a youngster but took up smoking as a teen and never gave athletics a second thought. All that changed in 2012 when he went out for a short jog by Lady Bird Lake on Memorial Day and noticed the Life Time Tri CapTex triathlon...
‘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...
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