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Express to honor military with Thursday night tribute
 With the team out of town this Memorial Day weekend, the Round Rock Express are holding Military Appreciation Night on Thursday for the series finale with Iowa. Numerous tributes will play out, starting pregame when the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle organization that attends military and first-responder funerals, line the outfield warning...

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With the team out of town this Memorial Day weekend, the Round Rock Express are holding Military Appreciation Night on Thursday for the series finale with Iowa. Numerous tributes will play out, starting pregame when the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle organization that attends military and first-responder funerals, line the outfield warning...
Powerful Tigres to play Mexican soccer friendly at Dell Diamond
 Area fans hungering for a taste of professional soccer will once again get a one-shot opportunity at Dell Diamond this summer. Tigres UANL, one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, will play Pachuca in a Liga MX friendly July 8, at 5 p.m. Tickets, starting at $35, will go on sale Monday at the stadium box office and at tickets.com. &ldquo...

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Area fans hungering for a taste of professional soccer will once again get a one-shot opportunity at Dell Diamond this summer. Tigres UANL, one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, will play Pachuca in a Liga MX friendly July 8, at 5 p.m. Tickets, starting at $35, will go on sale Monday at the stadium box office and at tickets.com. &ldquo...
Round Rock Express: Torn between two MLB lovers?
 Stay with the Texas Rangers? Return to your roots with the Houston Astros? Round Rock Express ownership will face its biggest call in at least eight years, and it’s already a hot topic among fans at Dell Diamond. The Express’ Player Development Contract with the Rangers will expire when the team’s Triple-A season ends on...

Posted: 4 days ago

Stay with the Texas Rangers? Return to your roots with the Houston Astros? Round Rock Express ownership will face its biggest call in at least eight years, and it’s already a hot topic among fans at Dell Diamond. The Express’ Player Development Contract with the Rangers will expire when the team’s Triple-A season ends on...
Round Rock Express: Torn between two MLB lovers?
 Stay with the Texas Rangers? Return to your roots with the Houston Astros? Round Rock Express ownership will face its biggest call in at least eight years, and it’s already a hot topic among fans at Dell Diamond. The Express’ Player Development Contract with the Rangers will expire when the team’s Triple-A season ends on...

Posted: 4 days ago

Stay with the Texas Rangers? Return to your roots with the Houston Astros? Round Rock Express ownership will face its biggest call in at least eight years, and it’s already a hot topic among fans at Dell Diamond. The Express’ Player Development Contract with the Rangers will expire when the team’s Triple-A season ends on...
McKalla Place MLS site plan: 3 access points, canopy, walking trail
 Precourt Sports Ventures’ vision for a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place includes three access roads, limited on-site parking and a canopy encompassing the entire seating bowl. The Columbus Crew SC owners on Tuesday revealed their site plan for the 24-acre, city-owned property in North Austin. They aim to make...

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Precourt Sports Ventures’ vision for a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place includes three access roads, limited on-site parking and a canopy encompassing the entire seating bowl. The Columbus Crew SC owners on Tuesday revealed their site plan for the 24-acre, city-owned property in North Austin. They aim to make...
Debate gets heated in community meeting to discuss MLS stadium site
 While momentum builds for Major League Soccer in Austin, an emotional meeting Thursday night at Montopolis Recreation Center highlighted the hot debate over appropriate use of city property and giving public subsidies to private companies. The last scheduled community engagement meeting, hosted by city officials with Precourt Sports Ventures...

Posted: 11 days ago

While momentum builds for Major League Soccer in Austin, an emotional meeting Thursday night at Montopolis Recreation Center highlighted the hot debate over appropriate use of city property and giving public subsidies to private companies. The last scheduled community engagement meeting, hosted by city officials with Precourt Sports Ventures...
While Lincecum rehabs, Express’ ‘Ricky Rod’ offers a glimpse for Rangers
 By now the word is out that a four-time All-Star pitcher has started his major league comeback attempt as a Round Rock Express reliever. A potentially bigger piece to the future Texas Rangers bullpen puzzle is working right beside Tim Lincecum. Ricky Rodriguez is one of the organization’s most promising arms. Last year he posted a stunningly...

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By now the word is out that a four-time All-Star pitcher has started his major league comeback attempt as a Round Rock Express reliever. A potentially bigger piece to the future Texas Rangers bullpen puzzle is working right beside Tim Lincecum. Ricky Rodriguez is one of the organization’s most promising arms. Last year he posted a stunningly...
Alberto’s walk-off hit stops latest Express slide
 The Round Rock Express were badly in need of a lift. Hanser Alberto provided it. Trailing by two runs and down to their last out, the Express pulled out an improbable 5-4 win over New Orleans on Wednesday night when the versatile infielder smacked a bases-clearing double. It snapped a four-game home losing skid for Round Rock (12-22), in...

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The Round Rock Express were badly in need of a lift. Hanser Alberto provided it. Trailing by two runs and down to their last out, the Express pulled out an improbable 5-4 win over New Orleans on Wednesday night when the versatile infielder smacked a bases-clearing double. It snapped a four-game home losing skid for Round Rock (12-22), in...
Alberto’s walk-off smash snaps Express losing streak
 As bullpen looks go, the Round Rock Express offered quite the contrast Wednesday night. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, the 5-10, 165-pound, finesse-tossing grizzled vet, made his second rehab appearance and was followed by a 6-2, 225-pound, hard-throwing prospect pitcher who’s worked only a handful of innings above Double-A...

Posted: 13 days ago

As bullpen looks go, the Round Rock Express offered quite the contrast Wednesday night. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, the 5-10, 165-pound, finesse-tossing grizzled vet, made his second rehab appearance and was followed by a 6-2, 225-pound, hard-throwing prospect pitcher who’s worked only a handful of innings above Double-A...
Precourt group expects to soon reveal McKalla Place site plan
 The second round of informational meetings conducted by the city about Major League Soccer picked up steam Tuesday night. The crowd at Northwest Recreation Center was much larger than last week’s initial gatherings — numbering at least 200 combined for two sessions — and included Council Member Leslie Pool, whose District...

Posted: 13 days ago

The second round of informational meetings conducted by the city about Major League Soccer picked up steam Tuesday night. The crowd at Northwest Recreation Center was much larger than last week’s initial gatherings — numbering at least 200 combined for two sessions — and included Council Member Leslie Pool, whose District...
Two-time Cy Young champ Tim Lincecum returns because he can’t stay away
 Tim Lincecum has pocketed two Cy Young Awards, three World Series rings, struck out 1,736 batters and earned $101 million in his major league career. So what was the 33-year-old doing in a Round Rock Express uniform pitching in relief against the Iowa Cubs on a Monday night before a couple thousand fans? “I love the game too much to...

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Tim Lincecum has pocketed two Cy Young Awards, three World Series rings, struck out 1,736 batters and earned $101 million in his major league career. So what was the 33-year-old doing in a Round Rock Express uniform pitching in relief against the Iowa Cubs on a Monday night before a couple thousand fans? “I love the game too much to...
Precourt reps will push for MLS stadium agreement with city in June
 While the legal fútbol is booted around in Ohio with more ferocity than a Gyasi Zardes shot on goal, an intense effort continues in Austin to pave a path for Columbus Crew SC to swap one capital city for another. The American-Statesman has conducted interviews with city officials and representatives of Precourt Sports Ventures and...

Posted: 17 days ago

While the legal fútbol is booted around in Ohio with more ferocity than a Gyasi Zardes shot on goal, an intense effort continues in Austin to pave a path for Columbus Crew SC to swap one capital city for another. The American-Statesman has conducted interviews with city officials and representatives of Precourt Sports Ventures and...
Precourt reps will push for MLS stadium agreement with city in June
 While the legal fútbol is booted around in Ohio with more ferocity than a Gyasi Zardes shot on goal, an intense effort continues in Austin to pave a path for Columbus Crew SC to swap one capital city for another. The American-Statesman has conducted interviews with city officials and representatives of Precourt Sports Ventures...

Posted: 17 days ago

While the legal fútbol is booted around in Ohio with more ferocity than a Gyasi Zardes shot on goal, an intense effort continues in Austin to pave a path for Columbus Crew SC to swap one capital city for another. The American-Statesman has conducted interviews with city officials and representatives of Precourt Sports Ventures...
Austin Elite home opener both a success and a work in progress
 Kieren Green grew up around rugby in New Zealand, where it’s a passion, and then moved to Australia, where it’s quite popular. On Thursday, he flew to the United States, where the off brand of football is a curiosity. The first thing he did after landing in Austin to visit friends and kick off a vacation? “We drove straight...

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Kieren Green grew up around rugby in New Zealand, where it’s a passion, and then moved to Australia, where it’s quite popular. On Thursday, he flew to the United States, where the off brand of football is a curiosity. The first thing he did after landing in Austin to visit friends and kick off a vacation? “We drove straight...
Who’s on first?: Rangers injuries picking apart Express roster
 When the Texas Rangers suffer, the Round Rock Express usually suffer along with them. Each team resides in last place through one-fifth of the season. A slew of injuries has been a mitigating factor for the Rangers (12-20), and that trickles down to the Triple-A club. On Thursday, Texas recalled starting pitcher Yohander Mendez, even though...

Posted: 19 days ago

When the Texas Rangers suffer, the Round Rock Express usually suffer along with them. Each team resides in last place through one-fifth of the season. A slew of injuries has been a mitigating factor for the Rangers (12-20), and that trickles down to the Triple-A club. On Thursday, Texas recalled starting pitcher Yohander Mendez, even though...
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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

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&rsquo...
AFC draft report card: What grade did we give the Texans?
 AFC DRAFT GRADES: TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORT AFC EAST Buffalo: B-
            
               Best pick: Tremaine Edmunds. The 19-year-old outside linebacker from Virginia Tech is 6-5, 253 pounds, tenacious, possesses high-end speed and the ability to wreak havoc all over the field. He’s just scratching the surface, too.
               Risky...

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AFC DRAFT GRADES: TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORT AFC EAST Buffalo: B- Best pick: Tremaine Edmunds. The 19-year-old outside linebacker from Virginia Tech is 6-5, 253 pounds, tenacious, possesses high-end speed and the ability to wreak havoc all over the field. He’s just scratching the surface, too. Risky...
NFC draft report card: What grade did we give the Cowboys?
 NFC DRAFT GRADES: TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORT NFC EAST Dallas: B
            
               Best pick: Michael Gallup. Simply because the Cowboys need somebody, anybody, to catch the ball. The Colorado State WR combined for 176 catches and 21 TDs over the past two years. Just don’t expect much early.
            
            
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Posted: 24 days ago

NFC DRAFT GRADES: TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORT NFC EAST Dallas: B Best pick: Michael Gallup. Simply because the Cowboys need somebody, anybody, to catch the ball. The Colorado State WR combined for 176 catches and 21 TDs over the past two years. Just don’t expect much early. ...
Cowboys hope they’ve found a Gallup-ing pass catcher
 Dallas Cowboys fans waited and waited. Finally in the third round of the NFL draft, they saw their team try to do something about a lackluster receiving corps. The Cowboys took Michael Gallup of Colorado State with the 81st selection, hoping he can eventually turn into a No. 1 or 2 receiver. Gallup caught a school-record 100 passes for 1...

Posted: 25 days ago

Dallas Cowboys fans waited and waited. Finally in the third round of the NFL draft, they saw their team try to do something about a lackluster receiving corps. The Cowboys took Michael Gallup of Colorado State with the 81st selection, hoping he can eventually turn into a No. 1 or 2 receiver. Gallup caught a school-record 100 passes for 1...
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