Sports http://kut.org en NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences http://kut.org/post/ncaa-votes-give-new-autonomy-big-conferences Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes and other matters, <a href="http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/board-adopts-new-division-i-structure#highlights">under a new policy</a> adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.<p>The new rules would allow the most powerful athletic conferences to offer enhanced benefits to student-athletes, a move that would likely include boosting scholarships to match students' actual costs of living and improving health care benefits — a particular area of concern w Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:57:34 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10973 at http://kut.org NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences Spurs Hire NBA's First Female Full-Time Assistant Coach http://kut.org/post/spurs-hire-nbas-first-female-full-time-assistant-coach The NBA now has its first full-time female assistant coach, as the San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon to join their bench for the upcoming season. The move comes as Hammon says she'll retire after her current season playing for the San Antonio Stars.<p>"I'm just thrilled for the opportunity to coach these unbelievable athletes," Hammon said at a news conference about her hiring Tuesday, according to local <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KSAT12?fref=nf">TV news KSAT</a>. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:21:55 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10956 at http://kut.org Spurs Hire NBA's First Female Full-Time Assistant Coach Is America Over the Tour de France? http://kut.org/post/america-over-tour-de-france <p>This year's World Cup tournament captivated tens of millions of people around the country. Television ratings soared, prompting many to ask whether it was finally soccer's moment in America.</p><p>But there's another global sporting event taking place right now –&nbsp;one that years ago had folks saying the same thing about cycling.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.letour.com/us/">Tour de France</a>, a three-week, 2,200-mile bike race through Western Europe, is past the halfway mark of its 21 stages –&nbsp;and headlines surrounding the event seem to have fallen off the sports pages of most American newspapers.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159291940&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:05:00 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10816 at http://kut.org Is America Over the Tour de France? Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal http://kut.org/post/germany-wins-world-cup-over-argentina-late-game-goal In a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play, Germany was finally victorious over Argentina to take home the 2014 World Cup title on Sunday with a 1-0 win.<p>In a game that at times seemed more like a rugby match or WWE bout — with head injuries, flying knees and even an eye rake — both teams displayed hardy defenses and a hungry offense.<p>Two early opportunities from Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain failed to put them on scoreboard. One sailed wide, but the other found the back of the net only for Higuain to be called offsides. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:46:13 +0000 Steve Mullis 10777 at http://kut.org Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal Germany Gives Brazil Das Boot With 7-1 Win, Enters World Cup Final http://kut.org/post/germany-gives-brazil-das-boot-7-1-win-enters-world-cup-final <em><strong>Update at 6:08 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>Germany steamrolled over host Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday in their semifinal game to enter the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:40:23 +0000 10754 at http://kut.org Germany Gives Brazil Das Boot With 7-1 Win, Enters World Cup Final Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss http://kut.org/post/tim-howard-emerges-hero-us-world-cup-loss After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/01/327350320/live-blog-the-u-s-takes-on-belgium-in-knockout-round">wrenching loss to Belgium</a> ended the U.S. team's World Cup run, fans are still touting the play of goalkeeper Tim Howard, Photoshopping his head onto U.S. currency and even (briefly) dubbing him Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia.<p>In Tuesday's game, Howard set a new World Cup record by making 16 saves. The mark dates back to at least 1966, when organizers started keeping records of that statistic. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:50:13 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR & Bill Chappell, NPR 10718 at http://kut.org Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss 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 Where Austin Fans Buy Their World Cup Flags http://kut.org/post/where-austin-fans-buy-their-world-cup-flags <p>With World Cup fever peaking, flag stores in Austin have been selling out of the old red, white and blue. The&nbsp;<em>oldest</em>&nbsp;red, white and blue, in fact –&nbsp;the Dutch flag, in use since 1572.</p><p>Flag stores always stock up for the Fourth of July, says Michele Kronberg, the self-described “boss-queen” of <a href="http://www.austinflag.com/">Austin Flag and Flagpole</a> on South First Street. “It’s our busiest time of the year,” she says. “We don’t really have a Christmas season.” But exploding demand for foreign flags, driven by the World Cup, caught her off guard.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:49:53 +0000 Ryan Kailath 10712 at http://kut.org Where Austin Fans Buy Their World Cup Flags U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For http://kut.org/post/us-vs-germany-world-cup-what-look Anticipation is building for the U.S. Men's National Team's showdown with Germany on Thursday. The Americans need a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss would mean they need help <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/23/324908127/doing-the-math-how-the-u-s-can-advance-in-the-world-cup">to advance to the round of 16</a>.<p>The game will start at noon ET — when the other Group G match, between Portugal and Ghana, also starts. You can follow the game or just comment on the action here at The Two-Way. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:43:56 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10681 at http://kut.org U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up http://kut.org/post/deford-ncaa-says-amateurism-alive-and-well-jig Amateurism is dead, revealed so in the trial against the NCAA now in progress in Oakland, Calif., U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken presiding. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:41:26 +0000 Frank Deford 10671 at http://kut.org Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? http://kut.org/post/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-soccer-us Sunday's thrilling and frustrating World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings company, a result that puts the game above the recent NBA finals.<p>The game's total U.S. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:04:39 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10668 at http://kut.org World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? 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 Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants http://kut.org/post/some-mexico-fans-feel-unfairly-targeted-world-cup-chants FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup, says it has zero tolerance for racist and homophobic conduct by players and fans at this year's international soccer event.<p>Late last week, FIFA opened an investigation into the display of neo-Nazi banners by both Russian and Croat fans at the World Cup. And Brazil and Mexico face possible sanctions for chanting a homophobic slur during their match last week. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:42:03 +0000 Carrie Kahn, NPR 10654 at http://kut.org Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants 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 Sweet Revenge: U.S. Bests Ghana, 2-1, In Its World Cup Opener http://kut.org/post/sweet-revenge-us-bests-ghana-2-1-its-world-cup-opener The U.S. Men's National Team beat Ghana in the group stage of the World Cup, payback for losing to the Black Stars in the previous two World Cups.<p>Team USA captain Clint Dempsey surged past Ghana's John Boye to score 29 seconds after the start of the game, marking one of the fastest goals in World Cup history.<p>But about 20 minutes into the game, star center forward Jozy Altidore was taken off the field with a strained left hamstring, leaving the Americans short a top scorer. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:58:36 +0000 Scott Neuman 10621 at http://kut.org Sweet Revenge: U.S. Bests Ghana, 2-1, In Its World Cup Opener 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 USA vs Ghana at World Cup: 5 Things to Know http://kut.org/post/usa-vs-ghana-world-cup-5-things-know <p>The United States is taking on Ghana today in its first game of the World Cup. The two teams have only met twice before – and Ghana has won both times.</p><p>I was<a href="http://A Boston man may have come up with a way to automatically control the blood sugar levels of people with Type 1 diabetes: &quot;IT'S A DEVICE THAT BASICALLY COMES TO KNOW YOU. IT'S THE NEXT BEST THING TO A CURE.&quot; (:05) More on something called a &quot;bionic pancreas&quot;... coming up at [TIME] on [STATION]." target="_blank"> in Ghana earlier this year</a> for a journalism exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. There, I met <em>Gary Al-Smith a journalist at Citi FM</em> &nbsp;– who, though only in his 20’s, is considered his country’s foremost soccer – or football – expert.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154223728&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, 16 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10600 at http://kut.org USA vs Ghana at World Cup: 5 Things to Know Spurs Beat The Heat To Take Home NBA Title http://kut.org/post/spurs-beat-heat-take-home-nba-title In a dramatic Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs triumphed over the Miami Heat to win the NBA title Sunday night, closing out the series with a 104-87 victory.<p>After a dismal start, the Spurs rallied and turned things around, entering halftime with a 47-40 lead. When the game resumed, they never looked back and were up by more than 20 points multiple times in the second half.<p>Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday's game, earned the title of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:37:49 +0000 Steve Mullis 10610 at http://kut.org Spurs Beat The Heat To Take Home NBA Title 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