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MLS to Austin: Precourt, city progressing toward contract
 Lawyers for Precourt Sports Ventures and the city of Austin are rolling along in turning the term sheet the City Council approved last month into a full-fledged contract that will result in a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place. A lot of fine-tuning was required because there were so many changes to the original term sheet...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lawyers for Precourt Sports Ventures and the city of Austin are rolling along in turning the term sheet the City Council approved last month into a full-fledged contract that will result in a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place. A lot of fine-tuning was required because there were so many changes to the original term sheet...
Express focus shifts to Rangers/Astros decision
 When the Round Rock Express closed out the season Monday in a rain-out in Iowa, it could bring down the curtain on an eight-year run with the Texas Rangers. The Express are a free agent once the Pacific Coast League playoffs end, and the World Series champion Houston Astros almost are certain to come calling. The Stros’ player development...

Posted: 11 days ago

When the Round Rock Express closed out the season Monday in a rain-out in Iowa, it could bring down the curtain on an eight-year run with the Texas Rangers. The Express are a free agent once the Pacific Coast League playoffs end, and the World Series champion Houston Astros almost are certain to come calling. The Stros’ player development...
SEC/Big 12 Challenge times, TV assignments announced
 Big 12 basketball, one of the top leagues in the country for years, has another prove-it day in the middle of the season with
            the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 26. Kansas at Kentucky and West Virginia at Tennessee are the premier games this time around. Arkansas at Texas Tech, Florida
            at TCU and Alabama at Baylor also...

Posted: 12 days ago

Big 12 basketball, one of the top leagues in the country for years, has another prove-it day in the middle of the season with the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 26. Kansas at Kentucky and West Virginia at Tennessee are the premier games this time around. Arkansas at Texas Tech, Florida at TCU and Alabama at Baylor also...
Big 12 basketball conference games won’t tip off til January
 Big 12 basketball fans will have to wait until 2019 for the start of conference play. In recent years the league opener has been before New Year’s Day. This season it begins Wednesday, Jan. 2, with a four-game
            lineup that features Texas Tech at West Virginia and Oklahoma at Kansas. The Red Raiders reached the Elite Eight...

Posted: 12 days ago

Big 12 basketball fans will have to wait until 2019 for the start of conference play. In recent years the league opener has been before New Year’s Day. This season it begins Wednesday, Jan. 2, with a four-game lineup that features Texas Tech at West Virginia and Oklahoma at Kansas. The Red Raiders reached the Elite Eight...
OU, West Virginia feel good about openers; rest of Big 12, not so much
 Oklahoma has won three straight Big 12 football championships. Anyone want to bet against a fourth? Opening week revealed the top three teams in the preseason conference poll — OU, West Virginia and TCU — looked pretty stout, although in fairness the Horned Frogs dined on a cupcake. The rest of the league was mostly mediocre....

Posted: 13 days ago

Oklahoma has won three straight Big 12 football championships. Anyone want to bet against a fourth? Opening week revealed the top three teams in the preseason conference poll — OU, West Virginia and TCU — looked pretty stout, although in fairness the Horned Frogs dined on a cupcake. The rest of the league was mostly mediocre....
IndyCar race lands at Austin’s COTA next March
 Austin’s national sports profile was raised again Tuesday with the announcement that IndyCar racing is coming to Circuit of the Americas next March. The Verizon IndyCar series will make its Austin debut the weekend of March 22-24. It will be the second race of the series’ 17-event schedule. COTA signed a multi-year contract with...

Posted: 14 days ago

Austin’s national sports profile was raised again Tuesday with the announcement that IndyCar racing is coming to Circuit of the Americas next March. The Verizon IndyCar series will make its Austin debut the weekend of March 22-24. It will be the second race of the series’ 17-event schedule. COTA signed a multi-year contract with...
Baylor QB Brewer is OK; Tech QB Carter is not
 Baylor sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer left Saturday’s opener with an injury, but coach Matt Rhule said Monday that the former Lake Travis High star is good to go. “Charlie hurt his back, and we wanted to get a scan,” Rhule said. “The results turned out fine, and we expect him back at practice and full speed going...

Posted: 14 days ago

Baylor sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer left Saturday’s opener with an injury, but coach Matt Rhule said Monday that the former Lake Travis High star is good to go. “Charlie hurt his back, and we wanted to get a scan,” Rhule said. “The results turned out fine, and we expect him back at practice and full speed going...
Big 12 football players of the opening week are …
 To no one’s surprise, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his opening aerial
            show against Tennessee. Oklahoma weakside linebacker Curtis Bolton earned the Defensive Player of the Week award. Other winners: Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard and TCU’s Derius Davis...

Posted: 15 days ago

To no one’s surprise, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his opening aerial show against Tennessee. Oklahoma weakside linebacker Curtis Bolton earned the Defensive Player of the Week award. Other winners: Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard and TCU’s Derius Davis...
Express focus shifts to upcoming Rangers/Astros decision
 When the Round Rock Express close out the season Monday against the Iowa Cubs, it could bring down the curtain on an eight-year run with the Texas Rangers. The Express are a free agent once the Pacific Coast League playoffs end, and the World Series champion Houston Astros almost are certain to come calling. The Stros’ player development...

Posted: 15 days ago

When the Round Rock Express close out the season Monday against the Iowa Cubs, it could bring down the curtain on an eight-year run with the Texas Rangers. The Express are a free agent once the Pacific Coast League playoffs end, and the World Series champion Houston Astros almost are certain to come calling. The Stros’ player development...
Big 12 football early results: Sharp outings and 2 clunkers
 The daytime segment of Saturday’s Big 12 football openers was a mixed bag. The top three teams in the conference preseason poll — Oklahoma, West Virginia and TCU — shined and looked in midseason form. Texas and Texas Tech were at the opposite end, turning in disastrous performances and have plenty of reason to be concerned...

Posted: 16 days ago

The daytime segment of Saturday’s Big 12 football openers was a mixed bag. The top three teams in the conference preseason poll — Oklahoma, West Virginia and TCU — shined and looked in midseason form. Texas and Texas Tech were at the opposite end, turning in disastrous performances and have plenty of reason to be concerned...
Texas traffic jam: F1 2019 schedule collides with NASCAR
 The provisional 2019 Formula One schedule released Friday creates a Texas motor sports logjam on the first weekend of November that is far from ideal for the state’s two major racetracks. The F1 United States Grand Prix weekend, Circuit of the Americas’ premier event, and the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Cup playoff event at Texas Motor...

Posted: 17 days ago

The provisional 2019 Formula One schedule released Friday creates a Texas motor sports logjam on the first weekend of November that is far from ideal for the state’s two major racetracks. The F1 United States Grand Prix weekend, Circuit of the Americas’ premier event, and the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Cup playoff event at Texas Motor...
Express romp in home finale, just miss MiLB attendance title
 The Round Rock Express came up one rally short in pursuit of their first minor league baseball attendance title. Nonetheless, the Express gave their fans a good memory to take into the offseason, pounding the division champion Memphis Redbirds 9-3 Thursday night in what could be their last home game as a Texas Rangers affiliate. Round Rock&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Round Rock Express came up one rally short in pursuit of their first minor league baseball attendance title. Nonetheless, the Express gave their fans a good memory to take into the offseason, pounding the division champion Memphis Redbirds 9-3 Thursday night in what could be their last home game as a Texas Rangers affiliate. Round Rock&rsquo...
Nigerian striker adds Promise to Bold FC’s attack
 The Austin Bold FC continue to shape a United Soccer League expansion roster long on national team experience. Promise Isaac — it is not Isaac Promise as you will find on most Google searches — becomes the sixth player to sign for the team that will debut in 2019 in a new stadium at Circuit of the Americas. “There is a lot...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Austin Bold FC continue to shape a United Soccer League expansion roster long on national team experience. Promise Isaac — it is not Isaac Promise as you will find on most Google searches — becomes the sixth player to sign for the team that will debut in 2019 in a new stadium at Circuit of the Americas. “There is a lot...
Big 12 trying to sharpen its next batch of QB slingers
 For years, Big 12 football has earned its keep because of a long line of veteran, polished quarterbacks who put up ridiculous numbers. This season is a whole new ballgame at the most important position on the field. West Virginia’s Will Grier is the one shining star, a plausible Heisman Trophy candidate and the main reason the media...

Posted: 20 days ago

For years, Big 12 football has earned its keep because of a long line of veteran, polished quarterbacks who put up ridiculous numbers. This season is a whole new ballgame at the most important position on the field. West Virginia’s Will Grier is the one shining star, a plausible Heisman Trophy candidate and the main reason the media...
Express dichotomy: Last on the field, first at the gate
 Two Triple-A clubs from booming Sun Belt cities are battling for the mythical attendance title of minor league baseball. And both clubs are in last place in the standings. The Round Rock Express, who close out their Pacific Coast League home campaign Thursday night against Memphis, are No. 1 in tickets sold, with 592,403 through Monday. They...

Posted: 20 days ago

Two Triple-A clubs from booming Sun Belt cities are battling for the mythical attendance title of minor league baseball. And both clubs are in last place in the standings. The Round Rock Express, who close out their Pacific Coast League home campaign Thursday night against Memphis, are No. 1 in tickets sold, with 592,403 through Monday. They...
Big 12 football schedule opens with some keepers
 Scheduling philosophies are on display when Big 12 teams kick off the football season this week. Some like it hot. Texas Tech faces the SEC’s Ole Miss at Reliant Stadium in Houston. West Virginia, ranked 17th, takes on Tennessee in Charlotte, N.C. “It can be risky,” said Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury, already on the...

Posted: 21 days ago

Scheduling philosophies are on display when Big 12 teams kick off the football season this week. Some like it hot. Texas Tech faces the SEC’s Ole Miss at Reliant Stadium in Houston. West Virginia, ranked 17th, takes on Tennessee in Charlotte, N.C. “It can be risky,” said Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury, already on the...
Austin, COTA in the running for IndyCar race
 An IndyCar race in Austin appears to be edging closer to reality. The U.S.-based open-wheel circuit, whose cars scream down straightaways at up to 230 mph, is considering Circuit of the Americas for a future race, possibly as early as next year, according to published reports. COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein’s take? Bring...

Posted: 22 days ago

An IndyCar race in Austin appears to be edging closer to reality. The U.S.-based open-wheel circuit, whose cars scream down straightaways at up to 230 mph, is considering Circuit of the Americas for a future race, possibly as early as next year, according to published reports. COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein’s take? Bring...
Austin, COTA in the running for IndyCar race
 An IndyCar race in Austin appears to be edging closer to reality. The U.S.-based open-wheel circuit, whose cars scream down straightaways at up to 230 mph, is considering Circuit of the Americas for a future race, possibly as early as next year, according to published reports. COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein’s take? Bring...

Posted: 22 days ago

An IndyCar race in Austin appears to be edging closer to reality. The U.S.-based open-wheel circuit, whose cars scream down straightaways at up to 230 mph, is considering Circuit of the Americas for a future race, possibly as early as next year, according to published reports. COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein’s take? Bring...
Austin Bold FC sign 2 young midfielders with international ties
 When Austin Bold FC held their splashy launch party earlier this month, the first three players they announced were accomplished veterans with international pedigree. The Bold, a United Soccer League expansion franchise, began adding to the mix Wednesday with the signings of two young U.S.-born midfielders who grew up overseas. Faris Abdi...

Posted: 27 days ago

When Austin Bold FC held their splashy launch party earlier this month, the first three players they announced were accomplished veterans with international pedigree. The Bold, a United Soccer League expansion franchise, began adding to the mix Wednesday with the signings of two young U.S.-born midfielders who grew up overseas. Faris Abdi...
Concejo da ‘sí’ a estadio de futbol soccer de las grandes ligas MLS
 El futbol soccer de las grandes ligas (MLS) está más cerca que nunca de convertirse en realidad después de que el concejo municipal de Austin votara el miércoles 15 para llegar a un acuerdo con los dueños que construirán un estado cerca del Domain. Diez meses después de que Anthony Precourt...

Posted: 27 days ago

El futbol soccer de las grandes ligas (MLS) está más cerca que nunca de convertirse en realidad después de que el concejo municipal de Austin votara el miércoles 15 para llegar a un acuerdo con los dueños que construirán un estado cerca del Domain. Diez meses después de que Anthony Precourt...
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