sports http://kut.org en PHOTOS: Scenes from the 2014 Texas Relays http://kut.org/post/photos-scenes-2014-texas-relays <p>The 87th annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.org/includes/events/Clyde-Littlefield-Texas-Relays/81792/#mapView">Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays&nbsp;</a>returned to the University of Texas late last week.&nbsp;More than 6,000 college and high school athletes from across the country converged at the <a href="https://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/mms.html">Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium&nbsp;</a>from Wednesday through Saturday.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:24:28 +0000 KUT Staff 10072 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Scenes from the 2014 Texas Relays Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway http://kut.org/post/big-hoss-world-s-biggest-hd-tv-screen-debuts-texas-motor-speedway Oh, those boys and their video toys.<p>Move over, Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth says it has the bigger and better video screen. And it's way bigger than whatever fancy screen you have in your living room.<p>The speedway on Wednesday night unveiled its giant high-definition video board. TMS says it’s the world’s biggest HD screen at a sporting venue.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:36:50 +0000 Eric Aasen 10009 at http://kut.org Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway Texas' First Gay Sports League Provides a Safe Place to Play http://kut.org/post/texas-first-gay-sports-league-provides-safe-place-play <p>Last May, Jason Collins – a 12-year veteran of the NBA – made history when he penned an editorial in Sport Illustrated revealing he was gay. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," he wrote. "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."</p><p>The issue of homosexuality in sports has certainly become a topic of discussion, from the politics of the&nbsp;Sochi&nbsp;Olympics to NFL hopeful Michael Sam <a href="http://kut.org/post/openly-gay-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-texas-native">coming out as gay</a>. But many athletes feel there is still a long way to go before gay players are fully welcomed into sports.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136561190&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:59:59 +0000 David Brown 9839 at http://kut.org Texas' First Gay Sports League Provides a Safe Place to Play Speed Skater Jordan Malone Only Texan to Medal at Sochi http://kut.org/post/speed-skater-jordan-malone-only-texan-medal-sochi <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="683" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/ksszskONuR/embed/" width="585"></iframe></p><p><em>Speedskater Jordan Malone waves the Texas flag in Sochi. (Via Instagram)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four Texans represented</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Team USA&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/four-texas-athletes-representing-us-sochi-games" style="line-height: 1.5;">at the 2014 Winter Olympics</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in&nbsp;</span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but only one athlete came back with a medal.</span></p><p>Denton native Jordan Malone clinched the silver in the speed skating&nbsp;5,000-meter relay along with teammates, J.R.&nbsp;Celski, Chris&nbsp;Creveling&nbsp;and Eduardo Alvarez on Friday. The team finished behind Russia.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:36:09 +0000 Maria Roque 9834 at http://kut.org Openly Gay NFL Prospect Michael Sam is a Texas Native http://kut.org/post/openly-gay-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-texas-native <p>Last night, former Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam announced he is gay. Sam came out during <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/sports/michael-sam-college-football-star-says-he-is-gay-ahead-of-nfl-draft.html?_r=0">an interview with <em>The New York Times</em></a>. If a team drafts Sam this spring and signs him, he will become the first openly gay active player in National Football League history.</p><p>There's a Texas connection to this national story: Sam is a native Texan, who attended <a href="http://www.hitchcockisd.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/High%20School">Hitchcock High School</a> in Galveston County. Sam earned first-team All-District honors as a senior in 2008, as both a defensive end and an offensive lineman.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:17:40 +0000 KUT Staff 9747 at http://kut.org Openly Gay NFL Prospect Michael Sam is a Texas Native From NBA All-Star to Austin Toro, Josh Howard Shoots for a Comeback http://kut.org/post/nba-all-star-austin-toro-josh-howard-shoots-comeback <p>Not even four years ago, Josh Howard was making more than $10 million a year playing in the NBA. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">oday, he plays for the Austin </span>Toros<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the NBA's Development League (or "D-League"), with a salary of $25,000. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:30:00 +0000 David Brown 9409 at http://kut.org From NBA All-Star to Austin Toro, Josh Howard Shoots for a Comeback Longhorns Volleyball Continues to Soar Under the Radar http://kut.org/post/longhorns-volleyball-continues-soar-under-radar <p>Texas Longhorns athletics is best known for football. But spiking a volleyball is what it's best at.</p><p>The Longhorns women’s volleyball team is hosting No. 1 ranked Penn State and No. 2 Stanford this weekend, as they set out to defend their national title.&nbsp;Longhorns head coach Jerritt Elliott sees <a href="http://texassports.com/schedule.aspx?path=wvball">this weekend’s matchups</a>, which also feature eighth-ranked Florida, as an opportunity to garner local attention.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Roy Varney 8604 at http://kut.org Longhorns Volleyball Continues to Soar Under the Radar No Positive Tests For Doping At This Year's Tour De France http://kut.org/post/no-positive-tests-doping-years-tour-de-france Hundreds of samples taken from riders in this summer's Tour de France found no signs of doping, officials say. The epic race, which was put on for the hundredth time in 2013, has been at the center of recent doping scandals.<p>Anti-doping officials say they took 202 blood and urine samples before the race began, and an additional 419 during competition. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:09:56 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 8517 at http://kut.org No Positive Tests For Doping At This Year's Tour De France Meet the Austin Athlete Competing in the World Dwarf Games http://kut.org/post/meet-austin-athlete-competing-world-dwarf-games <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102110108" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This August, the <a href="http://www.2013worlddwarfgames.org/">World Dwarf Games</a> celebrates its&nbsp;20<sup>th</sup> anniversary. Every four years, athletes from around the world compete for international recognition at the games.</p><p>Sam&nbsp;Bremen&nbsp;is representing Austin.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:58:53 +0000 Joy Diaz 8389 at http://kut.org Meet the Austin Athlete Competing in the World Dwarf Games Video: Fantastic Chip Shot Takes Ex-Longhorn Jordan Spieth to PGA Win http://kut.org/post/video-fantastic-chip-shot-takes-ex-longhorn-jordan-spieth-pga-win <p>Tiger Woods&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pgatour.com/players/player.08793.tiger-woods.html/career/">never finished in the top 10</a>&nbsp;of a PGA tour event as a teenager. But former Texas Longhorn Jordan&nbsp;Spieth&nbsp;has accomplished that feat six times – all before the age of 20.</p><p>Yesterday, Spieth&nbsp;became the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pgatour.com/statsreport/2013/07/14/youngest-pga-tour-champions.html">first teenager in 82 years</a>&nbsp;to win a PGA tour event by claiming the John Deere Classic.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:41:25 +0000 Roy Varney 8360 at http://kut.org Video: Fantastic Chip Shot Takes Ex-Longhorn Jordan Spieth to PGA Win Clever or Counterfeit? Unofficial Spurs Merchandise in San Antonio http://kut.org/post/clever-or-counterfeit-unofficial-spurs-merchandise-san-antonio <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kstx/audio/2013/06/FINALS_COUNTERFEIT_CE.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>As the NBA Finals shift to Miami for game 6 and possibly game 7, the extended series means that money generated by the games will continue to boost the league, broadcast carriers and the host cities.<p>Based on numbers from the last two NBA Finals in host cities Dallas, Oklahoma City and Miami, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce estimated an economic impact of about $4 million per game.<p>That money is calculated from hotels, and sales at restaurants and bars, but a big slice of mon Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:55:25 +0000 Chris Eudaily 8180 at http://kut.org Clever or Counterfeit? Unofficial Spurs Merchandise in San Antonio Heat, Spurs Headed To Game 7 After Stunning Game 6 http://kut.org/post/heat-spurs-headed-game-7-after-stunning-game-6 We'll let LeBron James do the talking. <a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=400467338">He said about the sixth game of the NBA finals</a> between the Heat and Spurs:<p><blockquote><p>"It's by far the best game I've ever been a part of."<p></blockquote><p>And it certainly was a stunner: The Heat's Ray Allen hit a three-pointer with just 5.2 seconds on the clock to tie the game, denying the Spurs their fifth NBA title. The game went into overtime and remained airtight, but eventually the Heat prevailed 103 to 100.<p>ESPN has highlights:<p>Game 7 is in Miami and starts at 9 p.m. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:34:40 +0000 8165 at http://kut.org Heat, Spurs Headed To Game 7 After Stunning Game 6 Ignoring Racist Tweets, 11-Year-Old Nails National Anthem ... Again http://kut.org/post/ignoring-racist-tweets-11-year-old-nails-national-anthem-again <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2c4YXGNjx8</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:39:50 +0000 8124 at http://kut.org Ignoring Racist Tweets, 11-Year-Old Nails National Anthem ... Again NBA's Jason Collins Is First Active Player To Come Out As Gay http://kut.org/post/nbas-jason-collins-first-active-player-come-out-gay "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," National Basketball Association center Jason Collins <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/?sct=hp_t11_a1&eref=sihp" target="_blank">writes in a <em>Sports Illustrated</em> essay posted Monday</a>, "but since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."<p>With that, the 34-year-old veteran of 12 NBA seasons and six pro teams becomes the first active player in the four major American team sports to come out.<p>Why now? Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:19:01 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7543 at http://kut.org NBA's Jason Collins Is First Active Player To Come Out As Gay Longhorn MVP Kabongo to NBA http://kut.org/post/longhorn-mvp-kabongo-nba <p></p><p>Longhorn basketball star&nbsp;Myck&nbsp;Kabongo&nbsp;is leaving school to join the NBA,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/041213aaa.html">the University announced today</a>, making himself eligible for the 2013 draft.</p><p>The point guard played in the team's last 11 games, after serving an NCAA suspension for the season's first 23 games.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Resources/Latest+News/2012/December/Kabongo+suspended+for+unethical+conduct,+accepting+benefits">According to the NCAA</a>,&nbsp;Kabongo&nbsp;broke the rules by accepting a trip to Cleveland that he didn't pay for, and then lied about it twice while speaking with investigators.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:43:33 +0000 Mark Dewey 7346 at http://kut.org Longhorn MVP Kabongo to NBA