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4:27 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

2011 World Series: A Few Things To Know As Cards, Rangers Get Set

Tuesday: St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols runs during practice for Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers in St. Louis.

Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 9:50 am

"I don't know how to pick this one," NPR's Tom Goldman conceded on Morning Edition today.

But while the outcome may be difficult to predict because both teams can make compelling cases for why they should emerge victorious, Tom said the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers has some very compelling story lines. The Series is set to begin tonight in St. Louis (game time is 8:05 p.m. ET. Fox-TV is the broadcaster.)

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Sports
8:52 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Cardinals Vs. Rangers: Which Team Will Win The World Series?

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 7:20 am

Now we know the matchup.

So it's time to ask: Will it be the St. Louis Cardinals or the Texas Rangers who win the World Series?

The first game is set for Wednesday evening in St. Louis. We'll keep the question open until then.

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Sports
1:09 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Big 12 Conference Invites TCU

Texas Christian University has been invited to join the Big 12 Conference.
Image courtesy glenharper http://www.flickr.com/photos/glennharper

And the college football conference shuffle continues.

The Big 12 college athletic conference would like Texas Christian University to join them. Presidents and chancellors of the conference's nine remaining member schools formally invited TCU to join this morning. If the school accepts the invitation, they would fill the gap left by the departure of Texas A&M from the Big 12 next summer.

The Horned Frogs currently play in the Mountain West athletic conference. A year ago, the school decided they would leave that conference for the Big East. But in a release on the TCU's athletic website, Chancellor Victor Boschini, Jr. said that joining the Big 12 would rekindle old in-state rivalries with Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas. He says he looks forward to more conversations with the conference before accepting the invitation.

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Sports
11:08 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Longhorns Still Looking for 3rd String QB

The Longhorns open Big 12 Conference play at Iowa State tomorrow night at 6.
Photo by KUT News

The Texas Longhorns football team returns from a week off to open Big-12 conference play against Iowa State tomorrow night. Since Garret Gilbert is out for the season following shoulder surgery, the Longhorns don’t have a third string quarterback.

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wildfires
5:12 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Bastrop High School Football Team Plays Tonight

After surviving a 34,000 acre wildfire that destroyed more than 1,600 houses, the Bastrop High School football team will hit the gridiron tonight and square off against the San Marcos Rattlers.

Making matters even more emotional, eleven players and two of the team’s coaches lost their homes in the fire.

“It has been a very difficult week off for this community and our team,” Bastrop head coach Gerald Perry said in a post on the team’s website. “Through the adversity we have faced, we will rise up and be stronger.”

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Sports
3:16 pm
Sat September 3, 2011

Longhorns' Chance To Redeem Themselves After Last Season's Meltdown

Longhorn fans set up tailgate tents and spots early Saturday morning on the UT campus for the football season opener against Rice University.
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News.

The Texas Longhorns will begin a new season fresh tonight as they play Rice University. Texas has several new players, six new coaches, new strategies, and an exclusive TV channel zeroed in on the Longhorns alone.

 “I think there’s more unanswered questions going into this game than there were in ‘98 because we at least knew the older players,” Head Coach Mack Brown told reporters Monday at his weekly press conference.  

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Sports
12:45 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Austin’s First F1 Race Confirmed For November 2012

An artist's rendering of the RV stands to be installed at the Circuit of the Americas track
Photo by Circuit of the Americas

It’s official. Austin’s first Formula One race is scheduled for November 18, 2012. FIA’s World Sport Motor Council unanimously approved a 2012 schedule today. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said earlier this month that he wanted the race to occur in November; today’s vote made it official.

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sports
10:21 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Texas A&M To Leave Big 12

Photo by jason tinder http://www.flickr.com/photos/finnadat/

Texas A&M University has officially withdrawn from the Big 12 college athletic conference. The university says it will apply to join another athletic conference, according to a statement on its website.

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Sports
11:44 am
Fri August 26, 2011

ESPN Preps for Longhorn Launch

It was a little too hot for full length pants Friday morning, when ESPN's college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit prepped for the the GameDay broadcast from the UT-Austin campus.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

Work crews and curiosity seekers converged on the UT campus today as ESPN set the stage for the official launch of the Longhorn Network.

Tonight at 6:00 PM, the network, billed as the first devoted to a single university, will go live with a "College GameDay" broadcast from the six pack on UT's South Mall.  But, if you're thinking about beating the heat and watching from home, you might want to think again.

It's looking like the Network could launch without a local distributor, a fact that UT President Bill Powers played down in an email yesterday:

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Sports
1:07 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Aggies To Stay In Big 12 For Now

Photo by KUT News

For the time being, it seems, Texas A&M will not be leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

Over the weekend, the presidents and chancellors of all twelve SEC institutions met and released a statement 'reaffirming their satisfaction with the present 12 institutional arrangement.' They did, however, leave the door open to future expansion. 

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Sports
12:30 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Baseball Star Clemens Fights Double Jeopardy

Roger Clemens is asking a judge to dismiss his indictment on charges of lying.
Photo courtesy of Flicker user Keith Allison: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/

Roger Clemens - the former UT-Austin, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee star, is requesting a judge get rid of his indictment on charges of lying to Congress to prevent him from being tried twice. 

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Sports
11:26 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Vince Young Close to Deal with Eagles?

VY is on the move in the NFL
Photo by University of Texas Athletic Department

Former Longhorn quarterback, and architect of UT’s most recent National Championship season, has reportedly inked a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple sources.  The two sides will announce the news later today.

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Sports
1:46 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Nolan Ryan Hospitalized for Chest Pain

Nolan Ryan is currently in the hospital for a reoccurring heart condition. Ryan is the CEO and club President of the Texas Rangers and part owner of the Round Rock Express.
Photo courtesy of M. Glasgow http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasgows/

Nolan Ryan, the CEO and club president of the Texas Rangers, was hospitalized in Houston after experiencing discomfort in his chest yesterday morning at his home in Georgetown, according to a press release on the team's website.

Ryan is also part owner of the Round Rock Express. The 64-year-old received a double-bypass surgery in 2000.

He is currently undergoing tests for his reoccurring heart condition and  is expected to be released from the hospital sometime this week.

Sports
11:39 am
Thu July 14, 2011

St. Edward's Garners Two NCAA All-Americans, Olympic Gold Medalist for Softball Coaching Team

St. Edward's University names a pair of former UT Longhorns to lead their softball program.
photo courtesy Daniel Reese, KUT News.

Two former Texas Longhorns, both NCAA All-Americans, will be at the helm of St. Edward's University's softball team.

Lindsay Gardner, who played for the 'Horns until 2002, was named Head Coach of the Hilltoppers. Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Cat Osterman, whose record-setting career on the Forty Acres ended in 2007, was named Assistant Coach.

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Sports
6:01 pm
Sat July 9, 2011

Austin Hosts Davis Cup Quarterfinals

Around 16,000 fans are attending the Davis Cup quarterfinal this weekend.
Photo by Hannah Jones for KUT News.

Austin is hosting part of the Davis Cup for the first time in the tennis tournament’s history. The cup kicked off on Friday drawing thousands of tennis fans. U.S. tennis pro and Austinite Andy Roddick lobbied  for the quarterfinals between the U.S. and Spain to be in Austin. The tournament may be a trial run before Austin plays host to another international event.

Erin Rockenhaus from Temple, Texas, thinks Austin was a good choice for the tournament.

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Sports
12:25 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Ticket City Suffers Now that Nadal Not to Play Davis Cup

Photo by KUT News

Many tennis fans were disappointed to learn that star player Rafael Nadal would not be coming to Austin this weekend for a Davis Cup quarterfinal match between Spain and the USA. Nadal announced he would not play in the tournament in late June because he wanted to recover after Wimbledon.

Before the announcement, the match had sold out.

In addition to individuals who wanted to see Nadal’s performance, some of the seats were purchased by ticket resellers such as Ticket City who were estimating the price they could sell the tickets at based on Nadal’s participation.

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Sports
5:13 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Spain Arrives in Austin for Davis Cup Quaterfinals

Fans greet Spain's tennis team as it arrives in Austin on Monday.
Photo courtesy of Antonia Warren with Casa de Espana Austin.

The Spanish national team arrived in Austin Monday to compete in the Davis Cup quarterfinals at the Frank Erwin Center.  The international competition stretches through the year as different countries compete in different venues across the globe.  The contest here in Austin will leave one national team advancing to the semifinals while the other team returns home (or stays home, as the case may be) in defeat.

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Sports
2:51 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Tennis’ #1 Nadal Not Coming to Austin

Nadal has backed out of his commitment to the Spanish Davis Cup team.
Photo by Nicogenin http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicogenin/

It looks like world number one Rafael Nadal will not be joining his racquet-wielding Spanish cohorts in Austin in a couple of weeks.  The 2011 Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal between the United States and Spain will take place as scheduled at the Frank Erwin Center July 8-10, but will not feature Nadal, Spanish newspaper Marca reports. 

The news is a bummer for spectators, but should prove advantageous for the American squad.  U.S. Davis Cup stalwart (and Austinite) Andy Roddick will anchor a team that features up-and-comer John Isner the #9 ranked player in the world, Mardy Fish and doubles specialists Bob and Mike Bryan.  This is the first home tie for new captain (and former Davis Cup champion) Jim Courier.

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Longhorns Baseball
4:17 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

'Horns Head Home

The baseball season is over for UT.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/srsphoto

The Longhorns' baseball season is over.

North Carolina shut out Texas, 3-0, this afternoon at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The loss eliminates the Longhorns from the tournament. Left fielder Jonathon Walsh had two of Texas' four hits in the game.

The 'Horns finish the season with a record of 49 wins and 19 losses.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M plays an elimination game against California tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m in Omaha.

Sports
11:14 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Texas Beats - Nobody - for 2005 National Title

UT's amazing win in the Rose Bowl stands - it just officially came without an opponent.
Photo by KUT News

When a school's sports team is put on probation by the NCAA, they usually have to forfeit victories for the season the rules violation took place. This leads to funny looking historical records in a school's sports media guide.

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