Sports http://kut.org en PHOTOS: Police Activities League of Austin Youth Boxing http://kut.org/post/photos-police-activities-league-austin-youth-boxing <p>The Police Activities League (PAL) of Austin <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/2014-police-activities-league-austin-boxing-show">hosted a boxing show</a> on Saturday, April 5, at the Pan Am Rec Center.</p><p>Boxers age eight to 21 participated in 25 matches throughout the afternoon. "PAL is designed to support at-risk youth in our community by offering these children a safe place to gather and enjoy educational and social benefits, as well as athletic opportunities," organizers write. "The goal of the program is to prevent and combat juvenile delinquency and to promote and improve the moral and civic standards of youth."</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:47:17 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10136 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Police Activities League of Austin Youth Boxing 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 Frozen Beer! Bacon On A Stick! Choomongous? Presenting Texas Rangers’ New Foods http://kut.org/post/frozen-beer-bacon-stick-choomongous-presenting-texas-rangers-new-foods Opening day for the Texas Rangers is Monday. The Rangers play the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. And Tanner Scheppers is the Rangers’ Opening Day starter, replacing Yu Darvish, <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/tex/tanner-scheppers-named-rangers-opening-day-starter?ymd=20140326&content_id=70151036&vkey=news_tex">who’s on the disabled list</a> and dealing with stiffness in his neck.<p>We’re not going to preview the season right now. What we are interested in, though, is what’s new to eat. And the answer is … big! The bigger, the better.&#160;<p>The Rangers unveiled their menu last week. Here’s a look at what you can eat at Globe Life Park in Arlington.<p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:54:41 +0000 Eric Aasen 10064 at http://kut.org Frozen Beer! Bacon On A Stick! Choomongous? Presenting Texas Rangers’ New Foods U.T. Sports Law Expert Says Student Athletes Deserve Compensation http://kut.org/post/ut-sports-law-expert-says-student-athletes-deserve-compensation <p>This week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/27/295144724/board-rules-athletes-at-northwestern-university-are-employees" style="line-height: 1.5;">ruled</a>&nbsp;that Northwestern University athletes can <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/26/294885843/labor-board-rules-northwestern-players-are-employees">legally form a union</a>.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:53:10 +0000 Trey Shaar & Laura Rice 10051 at http://kut.org U.T. Sports Law Expert Says Student Athletes Deserve Compensation 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 Two Texas Exes Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame http://kut.org/post/two-texas-exes-inducted-texas-sports-hall-fame <p>The Texas Sports Hall of Fame inducts two Texas Exes today.&nbsp;</p><p>Four-time Olympic gold medalist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sanyarichardsross.com/">Sanya Richards-Ross</a> and former Detroit Lions defensive tackle <a href="http://texassports.com/news/2013/12/3/FB_1203135437.aspx">Doug English</a>&nbsp;are among 344 inductees to the hall since 1951.&nbsp;</p><p>Ross was inducted into the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texassports.com/news/2013/9/13/GEN_0913130912.aspx">University of Texas Women’s Hall of Honor</a>&nbsp;in 2011; English was previously elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:03:43 +0000 Larissa Liska 9864 at http://kut.org Two Texas Exes Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 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 Are Russia's Anti-Gay Laws All That Different From Texas? http://kut.org/post/are-russias-anti-gay-laws-all-different-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Winter Olympics in&nbsp;</span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;get underway, </span><a href="http://blogs.att.net/consumerblog/story/a7793998" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas-based AT&amp;T</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> became the first major sponsor to join a chorus of opposition to Russia's ban on so-called&nbsp;"homosexual propaganda." In another sign of protest, the Obama administration has sent three openly gay athletes as representatives to&nbsp;</span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But American critics of the policy may want to look at what's on the books closer to home, notes </span><a href="http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/ianayres.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. In a commentary for&nbsp;KUT's&nbsp;upcoming daily news magazine Texas Standard, Ayres highlights so-called "no promo homo" rules codified across the U.S. – including Texas.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133436082&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:30:00 +0000 David Brown 9733 at http://kut.org Are Russia's Anti-Gay Laws All That Different From Texas? Four Texas Athletes Representing U.S. in Sochi Games http://kut.org/post/four-texas-athletes-representing-us-sochi-games <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Winter Olympics kick off in&nbsp;the Russian city of </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – and Texans will have four homegrown athletes to cheer for.</span></p><p>San Antonio's Justin Olsen and McKinney, Texas' Johnny Quinn are competing in two-man and four-man bobsled events. Houston's Jonathan Garcia is competing in the long track, 1000-meter&nbsp;speed skating&nbsp;event. And Denton, Texas' Jordan Malone Malone will race in speed skating's short track 500-meter and 1,500-meter competitions, and its 5,000-meter relay event.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:24:17 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9729 at http://kut.org Four Texas Athletes Representing U.S. in Sochi Games Photos: A&M Auctions Off Kyle Field Signs http://kut.org/post/photos-am-auctions-kyle-field-signs <p><a href="http://www.tamu.edu/">Texas A&amp;M</a> has been planning a massive renovation of Kyle Field since last spring. And now that the teardown's underway, you can own a part of the storied stadium.</p><p>Kyle Field signs are <a href="http://www.aggieathletics.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27300&amp;SPID=93254&amp;SPSID=639462&amp;KEY=">being auctioned online</a> through tomorrow. North of $1,200, the "Kyle Field Rules" sign is going for the highest value. The "Snacks and Beverages" sign comes in second with a current bid just under a thousand dollars.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:02:48 +0000 Larissa Liska 9714 at http://kut.org Photos: A&M Auctions Off Kyle Field Signs Judge Fears NFL Concussion Settlement Isn't Large Enough http://kut.org/post/judge-fears-nfl-concussion-settlement-isnt-large-enough A federal judge rejected a preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement over NFL concussion claims.<p>U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said she was concerned the settlement may not be enough to cover all retired players.<p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/judge-nixes-preliminary-approval-765m-nfl-case">The AP adds</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"'I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:21:19 +0000 9548 at http://kut.org Judge Fears NFL Concussion Settlement Isn't Large Enough UT Football Hires Charlie Strong to Replace Mack Brown http://kut.org/post/ut-football-hires-charlie-strong-replace-mack-brown <p>The University of Texas announced Sunday it is hiring Charlie Strong as its head football coach, replacing the outgoing Mack Brown, who&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/mack-brown-leaving-ut-longhorns-after-bowl-game">announced last month</a>&nbsp;that he was leaving the team after 16 years.&nbsp;</p><p>Strong, 53, will become the first black coach of a men's sport at UT in the university's history,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/college_sports/longhorns/article/UT-s-hiring-of-Strong-could-come-Sunday-5115202.php">the&nbsp;<em>San Antonio Express-News</em>&nbsp;reported.</a></p><p>"To follow a future Hall of Fame coach like Mack Brown, who built a program that had great success and a reputation of doing it with class and integrity, is extra special," Strong&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texassports.com/news/2014/1/5/FB_0105140033.aspx?sourceid=strong_splash_press_release_link">said in a statement</a>&nbsp;released by the university.&nbsp;</p><p>Strong will receive a salary of $5 million per year for five years,&nbsp;<a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140103/charlie-strong-agrees-texas-longhorns-head-coach/"><em>Sports Illustrated&nbsp;</em>reports</a>, citing an unnamed athletics official.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 22:52:30 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9485 at http://kut.org UT Football Hires Charlie Strong to Replace Mack Brown Austin Natives to Square Off in NFL Wild-Card Round http://kut.org/post/austin-natives-square-nfl-wild-card-round <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the Philadelphia&nbsp;Eagles defeated the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, many Texas football fans hung their heads.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But with an Eagles victory comes an NFC wild-card game that could answer a definitive question for Central Texas high school football fans: Who was the greatest Westlake quarterback?</span></p><p class="p1">A decade apart, New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees and the Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles both led the Westlake&nbsp;Chapparals to state championships and remain among the most storied players in the school's history. But tomorrow's NFC wild-card game could prove, at least this season, who the best Chap in the NFL really is.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:44:24 +0000 Jackie Wattles 9461 at http://kut.org Austin Natives to Square Off in NFL Wild-Card Round Longhorns Fall to Oregon in Mack Brown's Final Game as Head Coach http://kut.org/post/longhorns-fall-oregon-mack-browns-final-game-head-coach <p><strong>Update: </strong>The Longhorns got trampled 30-7 by the University of Oregon Ducks tonight in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.&nbsp;</p><p>The Ducks ran two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling what was the farewell game for Longhorns' Head Coach Mack Brown, who is retiring after 16 seasons with UT.</p><p>Despite the loss -- and a 30-21 record in his final four seasons -- the crowd gave Brown a warm send-off. UT athletic director Steve Patterson has said the team intends to name Brown's successor by January 15th.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original story: </strong>It's not unusual for the <a href="http://texassports.com/?path=football">University of Texas at Austin's football team</a> to appear in a post-season bowl game. But tonight, when the Longhorns take on Oregon in the <a href="http://www.alamobowl.com/main/">Alamo Bowl</a>, there is one twist: it is the last game as Head Coach for Mack Brown.</p><p>Brown became the Longhorns'&nbsp;28th head football coach on December 4, 1997.</p><p>On December 15, 2013, after months of speculation, Brown made the announcement that he will retire at the end of the 2013 season.</p><p>After a few disappointing seasons since 2010, many fans and observers have considered the team to be underperforming and were clamoring for change. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 03:58:46 +0000 KUT Staff 9450 at http://kut.org Longhorns Fall to Oregon in Mack Brown's Final Game as Head Coach