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Croatia coach Dalic traveled hard path to World Cup final

Croatia coach Dalic traveled hard path to World Cup final

During Zlatko Dalic’s coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, his belief in his own abilities never dimmed. “I used to say, ‘Give me a Barcelona or a Real Madrid, and I will win titles,’ ” Dalic recalled Thursday. Such jobs no longer seem so far out of reach, especially if Dalic collects the biggest prize in soccer on Sunday. Croatia...
Bobcats pick up two football commitments to 2019 class

Bobcats pick up two football commitments to 2019 class

Texas State received two more pledges for its 2019 class, with one of them being the highest rated recruit the Bobcats have had in nearly two years. Cibolo Steele corner Chace Cromartie — a 2-star prospect on 247 Sports — was the first of the two recent commitments. At 6-0, 170 pounds, Cromartie held offers from Liberty, Incarnate Word, Houston Baptist, Lamar and the University of Central...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Kelly Buckner, 9-wood, 145-yard 6th hole at Avery Ranch; witnesses: Bill Buckner, Luke Allison, Jaime Pena Thomas Flynn, 7-iron, 157-yard 17th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Scott Charvet, Jeff King Hank Haliasz, 8-iron, 125-yard 5th hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: Bob Tolley, Jack Neal, Brad Cole John Mallach, 9-iron, 136-yard 8th hole at Crystal Falls; witnesses: Brad Massey, David Krant, Randy Norton...
Terry Todd, weightlifting champion and UT center’s founder, dies at 80

Terry Todd, weightlifting champion and UT center’s founder, dies at 80

Terry Todd, a former weightlifting champion and the founder and director of a University of Texas museum dedicated to physical culture and sports history, died Saturday. He was 80. “It may seem that our world is a bit weaker today, but actually we are all immeasurably and eternally stronger for having known him,” reads a statement on the website of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical...
Tigres fans take over Dell Diamond for 2-0 win over Pachuca

Tigres fans take over Dell Diamond for 2-0 win over Pachuca

When young soccer fan Angel de los Santos took a spring break trip to visit his grandmother this March in Monterrey, watching Tigres UANL play in person was part of the experience. On Sunday, de los Santos’ sporting heroes came to him. “Every single Tigres player is like my friend,” he said in between adoring glances at striker André-Pierre Gignac, who was the first player...
The Statesman Interview: Alabama’s Kristen Gillman on golf, future

The Statesman Interview: Alabama’s Kristen Gillman on golf, future

It’s been four years since Kristen Gillman — then 16 years old — pulled off one of the biggest upsets in U.S. women’s amateur golf history. Her performance at the Junior PGA Championships was nothing short of astounding. She shot a 16 under par to break a 15-year-old record, winning the tournament by 11 strokes. A week later she beat Canada’s Brooke Henderson, the top...
Croatia ends Russia’s magical run in World Cup

Croatia ends Russia’s magical run in World Cup

Nyet this time. Although Russia made it farther at this year’s World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday after a 2-2 draw. The overachieving hosts, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the...
Europe assured of extending World Cup winning streak to 4

Europe assured of extending World Cup winning streak to 4

The World Cup is staying in Europe, and it’s not even a close race. All four semifinalists at this year’s tournament in Russia will be European. The most powerful continent in world soccer is also assured of having its fourth straight title winner from a fourth different country. Europe’s overwhelming dominance in club soccer — fueled by wealth to hire the best global talents...
Women make World Cup telecast history in U.S., Britain, Germany

Women make World Cup telecast history in U.S., Britain, Germany

The men’s World Cup is notable for women. Fox’s Aly Wagner and Telemundo’s Viviana Vila are the first in-match analysts on U.S. television for soccer’s showcase. BBC’s Vicki Sparks is making a similar breakthrough in Britain and ZDF’s Claudia Neumann in Germany. “It took me 10 years. It was very disappointing that it took so much time,” Vila said of...
So much is different for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time

So much is different for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time

Everything’s changed for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time. A two-time champion at the All England Club, he’s not really considered a serious title contender — by himself or by anyone else, for that matter. He is not as prepared as usual as the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s Monday start approaches, having played a total of three matches all year after recently returning...
Elliott back at Chicagoland after strong Sonoma showing

Elliott back at Chicagoland after strong Sonoma showing

Chase Elliott arrived at Chicagoland Speedway with a blister on his hand and a certain level of satisfaction. The blister was the product of shifting with his right hand while driving with his left on a hot, sweaty weekend at Sonoma. The positive feeling stemmed from a gratifying fourth-place finish on the challenging California road course, which has frustrated him in the past. Heading to the midpoint...
Nassar, ex-trainer charged with sex assault in Texas

Nassar, ex-trainer charged with sex assault in Texas

A former trainer who worked alongside imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar at the famed Karolyi gymnastics ranch in Texas was charged Friday with sexual assault. But prosecutors said there wasn’t evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the couple who ran the facility, former national team coordinators Bela and Martha Karolyi. A grand jury indicted former trainer Debra Van Horn on one count of...
City Council pushes forward on soccer at McKalla Place

City Council pushes forward on soccer at McKalla Place

The Austin City Council’s decision Friday to enter into negotiations with a Major League Soccer owner left soccer proponents optimistic the city was moving closer to landing its first top-level sports franchise — even though the council-approved process will take another month to play out. Thursday night’s and Friday morning’s 18-hour marathon council meeting sets up an Aug...
Ex-Baylor athletic director: Black athletes were made scapegoats

Ex-Baylor athletic director: Black athletes were made scapegoats

The former athletic director at Baylor University alleges that regents schemed to make black football players scapegoats for a decades-long problem of sexual assault at the nation’s largest Baptist school and that he resigned rather than be part of a massive cover-up. Ian McCaw said he was “disgusted” by the racism and the “phony” investigation document that Baylor issued...
Abel shuts down Arkansas as Oregon State wins CWS

Abel shuts down Arkansas as Oregon State wins CWS

Arkansas missed a chance to win the College World Series when a foul pop dropped between three players. Oregon State made the Razorbacks pay for it behind one of the best pitching performances in a championship game. Freshman Kevin Abel threw a two-hitter for his record fourth victory in the CWS, and Oregon State — a night after escaping on the ninth-inning, two-out foul ball fiasco —...
Austin’s MLS/McKalla Place soccer agenda gets City Council approval

Austin’s MLS/McKalla Place soccer agenda gets City Council approval

The Austin City Council passed two resolutions early Friday that left soccer proponents optimistic that the city was moving closer to landing its first major-league sports franchise — even though the council-approved process will take another month to play out. Thursday night’s and Friday morning’s 18-hour marathon council meeting sets up an Aug. 9 council decision as perhaps...
Austin City Council keeps MLS hopes alive

Austin City Council keeps MLS hopes alive

Austin still doesn’t have a Major League Soccer team. But a feeling of inevitability is starting to take hold, even though this match is headed to extra time. Both resolutions involving MLS and a stadium at McKalla Place were easily passed by the City Council early Friday morning after a nearly 18-hour marathon. The results, viewed as a victory by most, set up the Aug. 9 meeting as...
A long day’s night shaping up for Austin City Council’s MLS votes

A long day’s night shaping up for Austin City Council’s MLS votes

One of the beauties of soccer matches is they move quickly and are over in under two hours. That will not be the case Thursday when the Austin City Council takes up the hotly debated McKalla Place/soccer topic at its final meeting before a six-week summer break. The council is expected to go deep into the night to vote on two proposals that could determine the future of Major League...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Mick Kretzschmar, pitching wedge, 110-yard 2nd hole at Jimmy Clay; witnesses: John Powell, Robert White, Bill Day, Jim Davis Sandy Myers, 9-iron, 99-yard 13th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: Anita Crane, Judy Waldrop James Spears, 7-iron, 138-yard 11th hole at Teravista; witnesses: Jay Johnson, Dave Swierenga, Al Villa Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868...
Texas State’s annual ‘Party in the Park’ lures three pledges

Texas State’s annual ‘Party in the Park’ lures three pledges

Texas State’s annual “Party in the Park” recruiting event last weekend has yielded immediate dividends. The Bobcats have gained five commitments for their 2019 recruiting class since Saturday’s event, where approximately 30 recruits toured the Texas State facilities and floated on the river. Three of those attendees had already pledged — Mansfield Summit quarterback Brysen...
Mexican fans celebrate South Korea’s victory over Germany

Mexican fans celebrate South Korea’s victory over Germany

Mexico’s World Cup is alive but only by the thinnest of margins. Playing in Yekaterinburg, the easternmost World Cup city, on the border between Asia and Europe, Sweden got second-half goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal contributed by Mexican defender Edson Alvarez to stun Mexico 3-0. But South Korea — and American referee Mark Geiger — rescued El Tri...
Inside the Zócalo, tears, then joy as South Korea saves Mexico

Inside the Zócalo, tears, then joy as South Korea saves Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The day started with so much promise. After two brilliant wins over Germany and South Korea, this year’s Mexican national team was being hailed as possibly the nation’s best chance ever at the World Cup, where El Tri has suffered a series of heartbreaking losses. All Mexico needed was to win or tie with Sweden to guarantee a trip to the second round. Even a loss would...
Mayor Adler encouraged about Austin’s MLS shot after council session

Mayor Adler encouraged about Austin’s MLS shot after council session

Two days before the City Council takes a pair of critical votes toward the future of Major League Soccer in Austin, Mayor Steve Adler said he is optimistic a deal can be made to build a stadium at McKalla Place. “We have to assess the risk factor and try to take as much uncertainty out of it as possible, but I still believe MLS is the best use for this site,” Adler told the American-Statesman...
Precourt releases new McKalla concept with onsite affordable housing

Precourt releases new McKalla concept with onsite affordable housing

Precourt Sports Ventures released Tuesday a conceptual site plan that, if implemented, would add affordable housing and additional parking to the proposal for a Major League Soccer stadium in North Austin. The new concept calls for up to 130 affordable housing units and a four-story parking garage for up to 600 cars near the south corner of the McKalla Place site. The previous concept showed...

Letters to the Sports Editor

This Spurs, Kawhi mess can be fixed easily Born and raised in San Antonio, moved to Austin in 1970. Spurs fan for life. The whole team should be ashamed of itself starting with Tony Parker for even hinting that Kawhi Leonard’s injury was not real. This insult to this wonderful man infuriates every Spurs fan in the world. I would feel the same way after year after year of busting buttocks for...
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...
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