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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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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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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4:10 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

It's Our World Cup Too, Say More and More U.S. Soccer Fans

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

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.

But with the close proximity of the World Cup this year the 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. 

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World Cup
8:58 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Sweet Revenge: U.S. Bests Ghana, 2-1, In Its World Cup Opener

Clint Dempsey scored Team USA's first goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 Group G preliminary round match against Ghana at Estadio Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, on Monday.
Kamil Kraczynski EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 10:02 am

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.

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.

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Go Spurs Go
11:17 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Spurs Fans Celebrate Fifth Championship, Flood Downtown Streets

Spurs fans congregate on Commerce Street between South Alamo and N. Presa following the end of game five. Fan Maury Vasquez holds a flag from a balcony window.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 10:26 am

The 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.

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. Spurs fans have been waiting seven years for another title and wanted a victory after last year’s loss to the Heat.

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World Cup
8:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

USA vs Ghana at World Cup: 5 Things to Know

Sports journalist Gary Al-Smith is considered Ghana's top soccer expert.
Laura Rice/KUT

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.

I was in Ghana earlier this year for a journalism exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. There, I met Gary Al-Smith a journalist at Citi FM  – who, though only in his 20’s, is considered his country’s foremost soccer – or football – expert.

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4:37 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Spurs Beat The Heat To Take Home NBA Title

Manu Ginobili (#20) celebrates with Matt Bonner (#15) of the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals on Sunday.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:57 am

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.

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.

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X Games Austin
10:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Photos: The X Games, Texas Style

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Update: Check out our photos from the first ever Austin X Games in the slideshow above. And see more on the KUTX Flickr page.

Original Story (June 6): The X Games are underway for the first time in Austin.

Most of the extreme sports events are happening at the Circuit of the Americas track.

Morgan Wade has competed in the X Games before. But this year will be different… because he’s practically a hometown boy.

“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.”

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NBA Finals
11:13 am
Fri June 6, 2014

In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game

LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn't handle the heat in San Antonio, as Tim Duncan and the Spurs took the first game of the 2014 NBA Finals. The air conditioning in the Spurs arena didn't work during the game.
Chris Covatta Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 9:58 am

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.

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X Games Austin
11:52 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The X Games Are Here in Austin

X marks the spot at the Circuit of the Americas for the X Games Austin – the Capital City's first.
Laura Rice/KUT

For the next three days, the streets of downtown Austin will be full of flips – Ninja flips, inward flips and varial kickflips – as dozens of professional skateboarders, BMXers and other athletes descend upon Central Texas for the first ever X Games Austin. 

Housed in the Austin360 Amphitheater with a large “X” marking the spot, the X Games arena features an ESPN Clubhouse and a video gaming venue along with a full schedule of skateboard and BMX competitions. Musicians including Kanye West and The Flaming Lips will also be in town with the athletes, along with a roster of local acts. (KUT's sister station KUTX is a media sponsor of the X Games, and is hosting its own stage of Austin performers at the fest.)

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NFL Draft
6:53 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Rams Pick Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted In NFL

Michael Sam runs a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. Sam was picked in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:09 am

In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams picked Michael Sam, making him the first openly gay player to be drafted by a pro football team.

Sam, who played for Missouri in college, came out earlier this year in media interviews with ESPN and The New York Times. His team and coaches knew his sexual orientation before the interviews, but kept it private for his final college season.

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Tweets from Mack Brown
11:46 am
Wed April 30, 2014

After Coaching, Mack Brown Now Fields Questions on Twitter

Mack Brown hooks 'em in this Jan. 30. photo as the city declares "Mack and Sally Brown Day." Brown has been especially active on Twitter since stepping down as Longhorns head coach.
Sam Ortega for KUT News

How is Mack Brown spending his free time theses days? Check out his Twitter page for an update.

At a charity event for his Mack Jack and McConaughey foundation, joined by county musician Jack Ingram and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, the former UT-Austin head football coach admitted he's enjoying some of the free time and freedom that comes with no longer coaching the Longhorns. And Twitter is a big part of that.

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3:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide

Peter Sagal and Erich Manser are pictured about an hour before the start of the Boston Marathon. (@Peterruns/Twitter)

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 1:52 pm

You know Peter Sagal as host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” but he’s also a marathon runner. For the second year in a row, he’s running the Boston Marathon with a legally blind athlete, at the invitation of a group called “Team with a Vision.”

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9:47 am
Mon April 7, 2014

PHOTOS: Police Activities League of Austin Youth Boxing

Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

The Police Activities League (PAL) of Austin hosted a boxing show on Saturday, April 5, at the Pan Am Rec Center.

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."

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After the Relays
4:24 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

PHOTOS: Scenes from the 2014 Texas Relays

University of Texas senior Briana Nelson in the Women's 4x400 Meter Relay Invitational at the Texas Relays, Saturday, March 29. Texas won the race with a time of 3:26.38, more than a second ahead of second place.
Jon Shapley for KUT News

The 87th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays returned to the University of Texas late last week. More than 6,000 college and high school athletes from across the country converged at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium from Wednesday through Saturday.

Rangers' Opening Day
10:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Frozen Beer! Bacon On A Stick! Choomongous? Presenting Texas Rangers’ New Foods

The Choomongous -- it's humongous! It's named after Shin-Soo Choo, the new Rangers outfielder. It's a two-foot-long sandwich topped with Asian beef and spicy slaw.
Metroplex Sportservice/Texas Rangers

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 1:06 pm

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, who’s on the disabled list and dealing with stiffness in his neck.

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. 

The Rangers unveiled their menu last week. Here’s a look at what you can eat at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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6:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

U.T. Sports Law Expert Says Student Athletes Deserve Compensation

No shortage of fans willing to pay to be in these seats on game days
KUT News

This week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University athletes can legally form a union.

Here in Austin, UT Law professor Dr. Lucas Powe sees it as a change that can be expected for elsewhere.

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