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Major League Baseball
7:28 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Cardinals And Giants Advance To NLCS, Will Play Each Other Saturday

Matt Adams of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.
Dilip Vishwanat Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 11:33 am

The St. Louis Cardinals will be playing in the National League Championship Series for the fourth year in a row and the ninth time since 2000 after their 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

First baseman Matt Adams cracked a three-run home run for St. Louis in the seventh inning off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz sets the scene:

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Sports
8:52 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Welcome to the High-Flying, High-Risk World of Texas Cheerleading

UT Longhorns aren't the only athletes on Darrell K. Royal Field facing injury, high-flying cheerleaders often suffer concussions as well.
Wikimedia Commons

Fall can only mean one thing in Texas: football season.

As fans and players enjoy the throes of high school and college football season, many leagues, schools and parents are tackling the threat of concussions with safety-conscious policies like increased concussion testing and mandatory return-to-play protocols.

But research suggests more focus should be given to the athletes on the sidelines as well: cheerleaders.

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UT Longhorns
5:07 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Dismissals Continue as Longhorns Play On

UT head football coach Strong
Credit KUT

The University of Texas Longhorns football team will head into their game Saturday against the University of Kansas Jayhawks with one less player.  UT-Austin Football Head Coach Strong announced this week that he has dismissed a ninth player, Kennedy Estelle, from the Longhorns for not following the team's core values. Strong told reporters he was disappointed for having to dismiss another player, but says players have to follow the rules.

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Sports
6:28 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Grand Jury Won't Indict NASCAR's Stewart In Driver's Death

Tony Stewart prepares for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., in August. Stewart won't face charges in the Aug. 9 death of driver Kevin Ward Jr.
Derik Hamilton AP

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 6:07 am

A grand jury in Ontario County, N.Y., where driver Tony Stewart struck and killed another driver who walked onto the track during a sprint car race last month, has found no cause for charges against Stewart.

County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said in a statement released Wednesday that in the hearings on the Aug. 9 death of Kevin Ward Jr., jurors heard testimony from about two dozen witnesses and reviewed photos and videos.

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Sports
2:36 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Riding Across Texas for 'Bikes & Books'

NPR's John Burnett and KUT's Hawk Mendenhall begin their 720 mile bike ride from Brownsville to Oklahoma.
Nobelity Project

A pair of public radio heavyweights are off on a 720 mile bicycle ride across Texas, from Brownsville to the Red River, to raise money for bikes and textbooks for high schoolers in Africa.

NPR's John Burnett and KUT's Hawk Mendenhall set off from Boca Chica beach in Brownsville this morning. They'll end their trip in Sewards Bluff, Oklahoma on October 3rd. 

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Sports
7:13 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Vikings Now Say Adrian Peterson Is Banned From Team Activities

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:50 pm

Updated at 7:15 a.m. ET:

The Minnesota Vikings announced early Wednesday morning that they had placed running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list.

The change to Peterson's status "will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved," according to a statement issued by the team.

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Sports
3:01 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Black, Gay Cowboy: Michael Sam Steps Up

Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam at the team's headquarters on Wednesday in Irving, Texas.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 8:17 am

It's unclear what Michael Sam's future in the NFL will bring. He is only on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys, which means he's unlikely to take the field any time soon. As everyone has heard many times by now, he will be the first openly gay player in the league. No matter how exhausted some are with reports about Sam, his sexuality and what it does or does not mean for his football career, his story matters.

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NCAA
2:57 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz (left) discusses the NCAA structure Thursday, as Wright State University President David R. Hopkins looks on. The NCAA Board of Directors approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation's five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 1:48 pm

Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes and other matters, under a new policy adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.

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Sports
4:21 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Spurs Hire NBA's First Female Full-Time Assistant Coach

The San Antonio Stars' Becky Hammon, seen here attending a Spurs playoff game, has been hired as a full-time assistant coach, joining the NBA's reigning champions for next season.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 6:21 pm

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.

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Sports
5:05 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Is America Over the Tour de France?

Alessandro De Marchi, one of this year's competitors in the Tour de France.
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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.

But there's another global sporting event taking place right now – one that years ago had folks saying the same thing about cycling.

The Tour de France, a three-week, 2,200-mile bike race through Western Europe, is past the halfway mark of its 21 stages – and headlines surrounding the event seem to have fallen off the sports pages of most American newspapers. 

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World Cup
4:46 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal

Germany's players celebrate after winning 1-0 on extra time at the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 8:09 pm

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.

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.

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World Cup
4:40 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Germany Gives Brazil Das Boot With 7-1 Win, Enters World Cup Final

Pretty much sums it up.
Leo Correa AP

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:01 pm

Update at 6:08 p.m. ET

Germany steamrolled over host Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday in their semifinal game to enter the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Five of Germany's goals came in the first half.

Thomas Muller scored in the 11th minute, Toni Kroos scored in the 24th and 26th minutes, Miroslav Klose and Sami Khedira scored in the 23rd and 29th minutes, respectively, and Andre Schurrle in the 69th and 79th minutes.

Oscar scored Brazil's consolation goal in the 90th minute.

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World Cup
9:50 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss

No Score: Belgium's Divock Origi throws himself into the net behind goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. during Tuesday's World Cup Round of 16 game.
Ruben Sprich Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:34 am

After a wrenching loss to Belgium 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.

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. He was elected man of the match in the 2-1 loss.

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World Cup
1:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game

The return of U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, who had been sidelined by a hamstring injury, could help the Americans as they face off against a talented and young Belgian team Tuesday.
Marcos Brindicci Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 1:24 pm

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.

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World Cup
12:49 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Where Austin Fans Buy Their World Cup Flags

Soccer fans fill the Black Sheep Lodge in south Austin during the USA vs. Germany World Cup match on June 26.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

With World Cup fever peaking, flag stores in Austin have been selling out of the old red, white and blue. The oldest red, white and blue, in fact – the Dutch flag, in use since 1572.

Flag stores always stock up for the Fourth of July, says Michele Kronberg, the self-described “boss-queen” of Austin Flag and Flagpole 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.

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World Cup
5:43 am
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up during a training session at Recife's Pernambuco Arena Wednesday, one day before the Americans face Germany in a decisive Group G soccer match. The game begins at noon, ET.
Patrik Stollarz AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:28 am

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 to advance to the round of 16.

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. For now, we've rounded up analysis and predictions.

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Sports
4:41 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up

Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson at practice for the 2014 NCAA men's college basketball tournament. Commentator Frank Deford says that, despite NCAA claims to the contrary, most college players are not typical students — "their job is to play a sport."
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 11:48 am

Amateurism is dead, revealed so in the trial against the NCAA now in progress in Oakland, Calif., U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken presiding. Before her skeptical eyes, amateurism has been laid out naked on a courtroom slab for a jury of all fans to see that it has no beating heart.

Amateurism, Judge Wilken has been told in the case, commonly known as the O'Bannon trial, nobly protects college athletes from being exploited by evil outsiders — so the NCAA knighthood was created in order that colleges could tie up athletes all by themselves.

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World Cup
3:04 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.?

Fans gather in Chicago's Grant Park to watch the U.S. play Portugal Sunday — a game that set a new ratings record for soccer on ESPN.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 12:42 pm

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.

The game's total U.S. viewership of 24.7 million includes ratings from both ESPN (18.2 million viewers) and the Spanish-language Univision (6.5 million); it doesn't include the 1.37 million people ESPN says streamed the game online.

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Sports
4:55 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Doing The Math: How The U.S. Can Advance In The World Cup

U.S. forward Clint Dempsey (8) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during a match against Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus on Sunday.
Francisco Leong AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:45 pm

The "Group of Death" is living up to its name.

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.

Of course, the U.S. had a prime chance at sealing the deal last night against Portugal. But, as we told you, a last-gasp goal by Portugal scuttled those plans.

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World Cup
4:42 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants

Mexico fans cheer during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group A match between Brazil and Mexico on June 17.
Miguel Tovar Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:20 am

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.

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. But soccer fans say the world is misinterpreting the use of the word and their team spirit.

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