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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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The Beer Mile World Championships were held this week just off the shores of Lady Bird Lake. One Austin company is hoping to parlay the beer mile into bigger and better things.

I am attempting to run only a mile, in a contest of fitness and guts – beer guts. But before I finish, let’s go to where it all started.


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There are cracks in what many thought was a rock-solid relationship between Circuit of the Americas and the sport it was built to host, Formula One.

While it’s certainly not over, the future of the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin looks a little murky.


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University of Texas at Austin mascot BEVO XIV has died.

Image via Katie Russell

From Texas Standard:

If you haven't noticed, the state of Texas has caught a fever. It has nothing to do with mirrored balls or flare-legged pants, despite our fondest hopes. It's even better. Suffice to say that as two Texas teams – the Rangers and the Astros — get this close to advancing in the playoffs, we're excited.


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UPDATE 10/13/15: BEVO XIV, the Texas Longhorns mascot since 2004, has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia virus and has retired effective immediately. He will rest comfortably at the ranch where he lives.

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Local soccer franchise the Austin Aztex will not play in the United Soccer League 2016 season, the team announced today. The League granted the club a one-year waiver as they continue to try to pin down a stadium in which to play.

Steve Patterson Out as Longhorn Athletic Director

Sep 15, 2015
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From the Texas Tribune: Steve Patterson, the controversial athletics director at the University of Texas at Austin, is leaving his job, a source confirmed Tuesday.

The news was first reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

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From Texas Standard: 

The Spurs recently won an award for using analytics – but do they use them?

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