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Circuit of the Americas may not be the only stop on the Formula One circuit in the U.S. for long. New F1 CEO Chase Carey said Tuesday that he'd like to see expansion of the sport stateside. That could include a street race in New York, Los Angeles, Miami or Las Vegas.

Bobby Epstein, chairman of Circuit of the Americas, said another U.S. race will make F1 stronger.

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It’s a cloudy, cold Friday. It’s midday on Lady Bird Lake and the air above it is just about 32 degrees Fahrenheit. And the north wind isn't making it feel any warmer for the 90 or so rowers – most of whom are wearing shorts.

They are members of University of Wisconsin Men’s Rowing team. More than 60 varsity rowers, 30-plus freshman, along with coaches and support staff are out – in this weather – for their second of three workouts today. Because as cold as it is, it’s not Wisconsin.

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters return to Austin Wednesday. The organization that helped shatter the color barrier in the NBA is being led on the court by a man who helped break racial barriers in Austin.

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The third annual Beer Mile World Championships will be held in Austin Saturday. As the sport continues grow, new deals may take the beer mile to whole new level.

The rules for the beer mile are simple enough. Drink a beer, run a quarter mile, drink another beer, run another lap. If you repeat that two more times, without throwing up, you have officially completed a beer mile. The beer mile rules were codified in Canada in the early '90s. But lately, it’s had a bit of a renaissance, thanks in part to the Beer Mile World Championships.

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From the Texas Tribune: The Texas Longhorns' old football coach has a new job. That's good news for him, and it's even better news for budget-conscious University of Texas at Austin.

The University of South Florida announced Sunday that Charlie Strong, who was fired by UT-Austin at the end of this season with two years left on his contract, will be the school's new football coach. That means UT-Austin will hold on to some of the millions of dollars that it still owes him. 

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The University of Texas at Austin announced this morning that head football coach Charlie Strong has been fired. Strong had a few signature wins while at the school, but was not able to put together a winning season. Strong posted a 16-21 record at UT, the longest stretch of losing seasons at the university since 1935 to 1938.

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Charlie Strong can keep his job, for now. After reports over the weekend that the Longhorns’ coach was all but fired after a shocking overtime loss to Kansas (the team’s only Big XII win this season) Strong said his employment status will be evaluated after this week’s game against TCU.

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Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton really likes Austin.

“This race, the whole weekend, Austin, the city, the atmosphere, it’s been unbelievable,” said Hamilton. “It’s the only Grand Prix that I go out to dinner every single night. There is no other grand prix where I go out to dinner every single night.”

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The Lone Star Le Mans Series returns to Circuit of the Americas this weekend. It is not exactly like its much more prestigious relative, the 24 hours of Le Mans. The biggest difference? It’s not 24 hours – just six. And there’s more than one race, but the two big ones are Saturday at COTA where you’ll be able to watch more than just cars circling the track. You’ll get a glimpse of the future.


Weeks after he left Rio's 2016 Summer Olympics under a cloud, U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte is being punished for his behavior in Brazil, which ranged from an altercation at a gas station to making claims that he was robbed — claims that were later deemed to be false.

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Tyrone Swoopes scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in the second overtime, clinching a 50-47 win for Texas over 10th-ranked Notre Dame late Sunday night. Freshman Shane Buechele started at quarterback over Swoopes, but the senior played a huge role in Texas' running game with three scores – two of those in the overtime possessions.

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It’s September. The kids are in school. The weather is (maybe) thinking about starting to get cooler and the college football season is finally upon us – Rice officially kicked off the season last night with a 46-14 road loss to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

But, opening weekend is the first time fans get to see whether their school’s rebuilding projects are finally ready. And, as game time approaches, you can’t help but feel there are still some "fixer uppers" – like from HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines.


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This week, Austin is hosting the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance Gay Softball World Series – that’s the NAGAAA GSWS for short – but its friends just call it the "NAGAAA World Series."

And it has many friends. The series started 40 years ago between two softball teams from New York and San Francisco. It’s since blossomed into the behemoth softball tournament that arrived in town this week.


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UPDATE: Michelle Carter won gold in Rio Friday, making her the first American woman to win a gold medal in that event.

ORIGINAL STORY: It took Michelle Carter’s best throw of the year to win the Olympic shot put trials last month. The former Texas Longhorn All-American, NCAA champion and U.S. National champion qualified for her third Olympics and is looking to improve upon a fifth-place finish in London in 2012.

While Carter isn’t the only former Longhorns competing in various sports in Rio – there are 20 in total, with 13 competing for the United States – she is uniquely positioned to make U.S. Olympic history.  

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Travis County could be on the verge of becoming a surfing mecca – at least, a surfing mecca for those that aren’t concerned with the usual trappings of surfing, like a wet suit, or a beach, or an ocean.

Nland Surf Park could open this fall just east of the airport. The only question is, how are they planning to clean their water – does that system meet state health standards? Or to put it more simply, is the surf park a swimming pool or not?

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Leonel Manzano is a lot like a lot of other folks you might find around Austin. He drives a Ford pickup; he runs around Lady Bird Lake; he works out at the YMCA. But that’s probably where the similarities end. You see, Manzano's among the fastest runners in the world in the 1,500-meter run. 


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ESPN is back in town with its annual Summer X Games, but it will be the last time in Austin. ESPN is taking its half-pipe and going home a year early.


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Austin Texas has been home to championship teams from football to volleyball, along with individual title winners in tennis and golf. But there's a new sport taking hold here and across the country, and already there’s a controversy overshadowing it.

Over the weekend, at a strip mall on Airport Boulevard champions were crowned.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it's "absurd" to firmly link football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Is that true? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas


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The rodeo as we know it has roots back in the 19th-century West. Through the years, the rodeo cowboy has been mythologized in film and song.

The archetype generally rings true: young dreamers, betting their health and well-being, holding on, if they can, for a modest payout. Sometimes, it’s enough to make it to the next town. Sometimes, it's not.


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