sports http://kut.org en 5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game http://kut.org/post/5-things-know-us-vs-belgium-game Today, players and fans of the U.S. and Belgium are building toward a decisive game that will send one team to the World Cup's quarterfinals and send the other packing. Two key questions are whether the U.S. can strike early, as it did against Ghana, and whether Belgium can pull away late, as it has in all its games so far in Brazil.<p>Here are a few details that should help you watch the game, which starts at 4 p.m. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10714 at http://kut.org 5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game Doing The Math: How The U.S. Can Advance In The World Cup http://kut.org/post/doing-math-how-us-can-advance-world-cup The "Group of Death" is living up to its name.<p>Going into the third and final match of group stage, all four teams — the U.S., Germany, Ghana and Portugal — still have a mathematical chance of moving on to the round of 16.<p>Of course, the U.S. had a prime chance at sealing the deal last night against Portugal. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:55:45 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10659 at http://kut.org Doing The Math: How The U.S. Can Advance In The World Cup It's Our World Cup Too, Say More and More U.S. Soccer Fans http://kut.org/post/its-our-world-cup-too-say-more-and-more-us-soccer-fans <p>If you were to ask someone on the street which country has brought more fans to the World Cup this year, many wouldn’t venture that it would be the U.S.</p><p>But with the close proximity of the World Cup this year the&nbsp;United States has sent more fans to Brazil than any other nation. U.S. fans also account for the second largest overseas television audience of the event.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:10:32 +0000 David Brown & Alain Stephens 10648 at http://kut.org It's Our World Cup Too, Say More and More U.S. Soccer Fans Spurs Fans Celebrate Fifth Championship, Flood Downtown Streets http://kut.org/post/spurs-fans-celebrate-fifth-championship-flood-downtown-streets <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kstx/audio/2014/06/SpursWIN-JP.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>San Antonio Spurs have brought a fifth NBA title to the Alamo City after beating the Miami Heat last night 104-87. Following the win, downtown filled with Spurs fans reveling in the continuation of a dynasty.<p>San Antonians crowded Alamo, Market, Commerce and Houston streets following last nights win so well that SAPD had to divert honking traffic down side streets. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:17:49 +0000 Joey Palacios 10614 at http://kut.org Spurs Fans Celebrate Fifth Championship, Flood Downtown Streets Photos: The X Games, Texas Style http://kut.org/post/photos-x-games-texas-style <p><strong>Update: </strong>Check out our photos from the first ever Austin X Games in the slideshow above. And see more <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/kutxaustintx/sets/72157645102327133/" target="_blank">on the KUTX Flickr page</a>.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(June 6): The <a href="http://kut.org/post/x-games-are-here-austin" target="_blank">X Games are underway</a> for the first time in Austin.</p><p>Most of the extreme sports events are happening at the Circuit of the Americas track.</p><p><a href="http://xgames.espn.go.com/athlete/3014447/morgan-wade" target="_blank">Morgan Wade </a>has competed in the X Games before. But this year will be different… because he’s practically a hometown boy.</p><p>“It’s always nice to have a hometown crowd cheering you on," Wade says. "It’s different than all the other places we’ve been, obviously, because Texas is bigger and better than everywhere else we’ve already been.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153093297&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Laura Rice 10550 at http://kut.org Photos: The X Games, Texas Style In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game http://kut.org/post/san-antonio-spurs-beat-heat-twice-one-game The first game of the NBA finals was a scorcher. Yes, it was played indoors – but the air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures. The Spurs overcame the heat, and the Heat, 110-95.<p>Miami star LeBron James was unable to play late in the fourth quarter, as he was hobbled by severe cramping. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:13:50 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10553 at http://kut.org In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game The X Games Are Here in Austin http://kut.org/post/x-games-are-here-austin <p>For the next three days, the streets of downtown Austin will be full of flips – Ninja flips, inward flips and varial kickflips – as dozens of professional skateboarders, BMXers and other athletes descend upon Central Texas for the first ever <a href="http://xgamesaustin.com/">X Games Austin</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Housed in the <a href="http://austin360amphitheater.com/">Austin360 Amphitheater</a> with a large “X” marking the spot, the X Games arena features an ESPN Clubhouse and a video gaming venue along with a full schedule of skateboard and BMX competitions. Musicians including Kanye West and The Flaming Lips will also be in town with the athletes, along with a roster of local acts. (KUT's sister station KUTX is a media sponsor of the X Games, and is hosting its own stage of Austin performers at the fest.)</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:52:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Audrey McGlinchy 10544 at http://kut.org The X Games Are Here in Austin How to Manage Your Team Like the San Antonio Spurs http://kut.org/post/how-manage-your-team-san-antonio-spurs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.nba.com/spurs/playoffcentral">San Antonio Spurs</a> may not have rock star players like LeBron James – they don't have the resources. They might not have the youngest lineup, either (to say the least).&nbsp;And no, they're not flashy.</span></p><p>But the Spurs succeed so often – both on and off the court – they're now considered the top ranked team in the NBA, picked by many to win a&nbsp;fifth championship this year. They must be doing <em>something</em> right.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 14:01:38 +0000 David Brown 10402 at http://kut.org How to Manage Your Team Like the San Antonio Spurs 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 Basketball League Provides a Safe Place to Play http://kut.org/post/texas-first-gay-basketball-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 Basketball 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