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Texas State notebook: Bobcats agree to three-year series with Baylor

Texas State notebook: Bobcats agree to three-year series with Baylor

Texas State and Baylor have agreed to a home-and-home football series starting in 2021. The first matchup will be Sept. 4, 2021, in San Marcos, with the final two games of the series — Sept. 17, 2022, and Sept. 2, 2023 — to be played in Waco. The 2021 game will be the first time a Big 12 team has played at Bobcat Stadium since Texas Tech beat Texas State 58-10 in 2012. “It will be...
Austin school district launches clear bag policy at athletic events

Austin school district launches clear bag policy at athletic events

The Austin school district announced Friday a clear bag policy at athletic events that officials say is meant to enhance safety and security for athletes and spectators. The policy, set to begin Aug. 30, will be enforced at Burger Stadium, Delco Center, House Park, Nelson Field and Noack Sports Complex. It could be expanded in the future to include school campuses, district officials said. &ldquo...
Bohls: With a key vote, activist Austin finally takes action on MLS

Bohls: With a key vote, activist Austin finally takes action on MLS

Austin became a little more big-time on Wednesday. The activist city finally took actual action. After months and months of hand-wringing and consternation and stops and starts and threatened lawsuits and petitions and sniping from fan bases, the city that prides itself in its iconic weirdness finally acted out of character and went mainstream when the City Council formally approved a plan paving...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Bobby Frank, pitching wedge, 116-yard 17th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Rob Cuccia, Brent Philen, David Thomas, Kevin Delane Rick Gentry, pitching wedge, 118-yard 8th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Wayne Ahart, Pierce Ahart, Don Daniels Mary Jo Gilbert, 5-hybrid, 125-yard 4th hole at Lions; witness: Theresa Moody Paul Gregg, 4-hybrid, 178-yard 12th hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Tommy Slaughter...
Golden’s Nuggets: Resurgent Tiger made Furyk’s Ryder Cup decision a snap

Golden’s Nuggets: Resurgent Tiger made Furyk’s Ryder Cup decision a snap

Note to Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk: Don’t overthink this. Tiger Woods is back. Put him on the 2018 team. Tiger’s driver took most of the weekend off, but the rest of his game was humming along as if he climbed into a grey DeLorean and set the Flux Capacitor to the year 2000. He didn’t break the 10-year drought of winning majors, but let the golfing world know he is a viable threat...
A second U.S. Amateur in hand, Kristen Gillman now must make a choice

A second U.S. Amateur in hand, Kristen Gillman now must make a choice

Laura Gillman wasn’t going to miss this one. The mother of Kristen Gillman flew into Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday night to grab a front row seat to watch her daughter play in the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur at the Golf Club of Tennessee, just a few miles west of Nashville. With a Lake Travis High School logo on her sleeve and an Alabama hat on her head, Gillman sank a putt on No...
Lake Travis alum Kristen Gillman wins 2nd U.S. Women’s Amateur title

Lake Travis alum Kristen Gillman wins 2nd U.S. Women’s Amateur title

The summer of Kristen Gillman got a little hotter on Sunday. Gillman, a 2016 graduate of Lake Travis High, put on a golf clinic at the Golf Club of Tennessee to win her second U.S. Women’s Amateur championship by routing Alabama teammate Jiwon Joen 7 and 6 to join a short list of players to win multiple amateur championships. The 20-year-old Gillman becomes just the fourth player in nearly four...
Now with more scholarship players, Texas State hopes to turn corner

Now with more scholarship players, Texas State hopes to turn corner

At his first two media days, Texas State head coach Everett Withers preached patience while he and his staff changed the culture in San Marcos. In his first season in 2016, Withers dismantled an underachieving team from the previous season that had preseason hopes for the program’s first bowl game. The Bobcats finished 3-9 in 2015. Over 30 players left the team before his first game –...
Texas A&M drops clues about new offense (here’s a hint: more run plays)

Texas A&M drops clues about new offense (here’s a hint: more run plays)

Texas A&M’s coaches and players dressed in their normal maroon and white game-day attire Sunday morning and gathered en masse for a team photo in a corner of Kyle Field. Week two of preseason training camp was drawing to a close. The season is so, so close. The quarterback situation has yet to be decided — competition could continue long past A&M’s season opener against Northwestern...

Lake Travis grad Kristen Gillman to play in U.S. Amateur final

Alabama’s Kristen Gillman, a graduate of Lake Travis High, defeated Kaylee Benton of Arkansas on the 19th hole Saturday to advance to the final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in Kingston Springs, Tenn. Gillman’s victory sets up a championship match with another member of the Alabama golf team, junior Jiwon Jeon. Jeon defeated a third Alabama golfer, senior Lauren Stephenson...

Texas State Notebook: 2 football players gain a year of eligibility

The senior class for Texas State football got a little smaller last week as defensive end Ishmael Davis and receiver Mason Hays were reclassified, allowing them to play this season and next. Both players were granted an extra year of eligibility via a hardship waiver after their season was cut short due to injury last year. Davis, a graduate student, was awarded a scholarship before the 2016 season...
Austin soccer saga swerves into showdown next week

Austin soccer saga swerves into showdown next week

And so the match goes to penalty kicks. The Austin City Council will try again next week after stopping short of voting late Thursday to allow the owner of the Columbus Crew to build a privately financed Major League Soccer stadium in North Austin. Next up: another special council meeting Wednesday morning, when Mayor Steve Adler promises the stadium proposal finally will be resolved with an...
For over-40 golfers, American majors are elusive goal

For over-40 golfers, American majors are elusive goal

One news story from 50 years ago at the PGA Championship might explain why no one has touched a record set that day. Julius Boros had to watch in front of him as Arnold Palmer made one last charge in the 1968 PGA Championship. Palmer thrashed a 3-wood out of the rough to 8 feet on the 18th hole at Pecan Valley in San Antonio, only to miss the birdie putt to tie for the lead in the only major he never...
Johnny Manziel throws 4 interceptions in CFL debut

Johnny Manziel throws 4 interceptions in CFL debut

Johnny Manziel threw an interception — and made a tackle — on his second play in the Canadian Football League. It didn’t get much better after that, with four of his six first-half series ending in interceptions Friday night. Seeing regular-season action for first time since December 2015 with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, Manziel fizzled in a hurry in the Montreal Alouettes&rsquo...
Baylor opts for double the practice time to kick off preseason camp

Baylor opts for double the practice time to kick off preseason camp

Energywise, Baylor’s Matt Rhule was practically gutted as he stood against a wall in the Bears indoor practice complex. Rhule had paced the sidelines in the sun Friday for probably twice as long as most other head coaches in the country as his Bears kicked off preseason training camp. “I’m only good to stand for another minute before I pass out, just so everybody knows,” Rhule...
Meyer says he followed protocol in reporting 2015 abuse allegations

Meyer says he followed protocol in reporting 2015 abuse allegations

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Friday that he followed proper protocols in reporting domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach in 2015 but said he “failed” in telling reporters last month that he hadn’t been aware of the accusations. Meyer passionately defended himself in his first extensive comments since he was put on paid leave amid a university investigation...
As training camp starts A&M’s starting quarterback race is dead heat

As training camp starts A&M’s starting quarterback race is dead heat

New Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher acknowledged the obvious Thursday as the Aggies opened preseason training camp. He needs to find a starting quarterback. He has no idea who it will be when A&M kicks off the season at home, Aug. 30, against Northwestern State. But with four weeks to go before the season starts, there’s every reason to be in a hurry to pick a top guy, whether it’s Nick Starkel...
EA Sports calls omission of Kaepernick's name from Madden soundtrack an 'unfortunate mistake'

EA Sports calls omission of Kaepernick's name from Madden soundtrack an 'unfortunate mistake'

For the second consecutive year, the Madden NFL video game appears to have edited a song on its soundtrack to exclude the name of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  In Madden NFL 19, set to be released Aug. 10 but available now via the "EA Access" subscription service, the song "Big Bank," by YG, includes the lyric, "Feed me to the wolves now I lead the pack and s-. / You...
Texas State gains two more pledges for 2019 class

Texas State gains two more pledges for 2019 class

Texas State added two more pledges to its 2019 recruiting class, bringing the total number of commitments to 13. Belton defensive end Devin Martinez announced his pledge Monday, which was followed with a pledge from offensive guard Zach Hayes from Jonesboro, Ga. on Wednesday. “Texas State feels like a family,” Martinez said. “I visited and everyone seems nice. They care about you...
Epstein, developer push MLS stadium idea at COTA

Epstein, developer push MLS stadium idea at COTA

While Bobby Epstein said he is excited to reveal details this week about the pro soccer team he is starting in Austin, he made a case Wednesday for why Circuit of the Americas would be a good site for a Major League Soccer team. Epstein, chairman of the Southeast Austin motorsports and entertainment complex, was approached by Capella Capital Partners about a joint effort with Precourt Sports Ventures...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Krish Arunachalam, 5-iron, 16th hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: Sam Arunachalam, Joan Baker, Bruce Baker Travis Baker, pitching wedge, 146-yard 4th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Reagan Moore, Robert Reyes, Tommie Friar Sloan Brooks, 9-iron, 109-yard 15th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Dick Cram, Buster Goode Cindy Burleson, 3-hybrid, 145-yard 16th hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: Carolyn Morris, Pat...
City’s consultant says MLS stadium deal is ‘risk’ for PSV, not Austin

City’s consultant says MLS stadium deal is ‘risk’ for PSV, not Austin

Attendees arriving for a special-called meeting at Austin City Hall on Wednesday afternoon received a treat from local political action committee IndyAustin. The group was handing out candy suckers, a reference to the name coined by open government lawyer Bill Aleshire for the Major League Soccer stadium up for discussion: “Sucker Stadium.” City staffers and their consultants don&rsquo...
How does Austin’s MLS stadium deal stack up to other league newbies?

How does Austin’s MLS stadium deal stack up to other league newbies?

While the debate over a potential Major League Soccer stadium in Austin rages on, it’s worth remembering that the Texas capital is not alone. In the 10 months since it came to light that Precourt Sports Ventures was exploring a move of Columbus Crew SC, MLS has awarded three expansion franchises. Nashville Soccer Club, Fussball Club Cincinnati and the David Beckham-led conglomerate in Miami...
Time to keep an eye out for red-eared sliders as they reproduce

Time to keep an eye out for red-eared sliders as they reproduce

I have a soft spot for turtles and terrapins. I love seeing them hanging out on logs and rocks and floating along on top of the water in places where they live. My favorite time to watch them, though, is during their spring mating and egg-laying periods. During those times, females will leave their aquatic habitat and trundle across bare ground until they find a suitable spot for digging a hole and...
Leggett: Look for bass to bunch up down deep

Leggett: Look for bass to bunch up down deep

Brothers, we’ve gotten old. And by “we” I mean me. I was thinking about jig fishing when I remembered John Alexander’s twin state record largemouth bass from back in the 1980s. Most serious bass guys remember Echo Lake, the private lake that had been stocked with Florida bass that quickly grew to giant proportions. Alexander broke the longtime state record twice in a short...

Our preseason Top 25 countdown: No. 3 Ohio State

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRESEASON TOP 25 By Kevin Lyttle, staff writer Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on our 2017 list. NO. 3 OHIO STATE Best-case...

City Council could take up McKalla Place plan next week

The Austin City Council could hold a special meeting next week to take its first crack at a proposal that calls for using public land to lure Major League Soccer to the city. The proposed meeting would precede a make-or-break City Council discussion about the issue Aug. 9. On Thursday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler posted on the council’s online message board that he and Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Tovo...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Dennis Bacque, 4-hybrid, 135-yard 7th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: David Wayland, Calvin McElvesth, Richard Thompson John Lucas, pitching wedge, 107-yard 15th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Mark Dankis, Gary Pohl Gregg Miller, sand wedge, 93-yard 15th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Steve Cammack, Jim Smetzer, Claire Appleton Tom Reinert, 9-iron, 134-yard 3rd hole at Lakeway-Yaupon; witnesses...
No clear winner in latest McKalla Place soccer debate

No clear winner in latest McKalla Place soccer debate

If McKalla Place is the right place for Major League Soccer in Austin, a number of skeptics still need to be convinced. Three weeks from a critical City Council meeting, speakers squared off Thursday night in point/counterpoint style about whether Austin should swing a stadium deal with Precourt Sports Ventures to move Columbus Crew SC into the city-owned North Austin property. The fourth community...
Austin posts 24 top-3 finishes in World Cup TV ratings

Austin posts 24 top-3 finishes in World Cup TV ratings

Austin pulled the fourth-highest overall television ratings among metered markets for the World Cup soccer tournament on FOX. The Austin market averaged a 3.2 Nielsen number on KTBC and Fox Sports 1 for the 64 matches, just a shade below Miami (3.2) and San Francisco (3.3). Washington D.C. drew the top rating of 3.8, according to Jenn Inglesino, coordinator of FOX Sports Media Relations. For the France-Croatia...
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 —...
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