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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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Sports
11:41 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Austin Teen Makes NASCAR History

Austin Wayne Self took damage to his car before going on to win his second race of the night in Kyle on Saturday.
Photo by Jeff Garvin.

He's too young for a driver's license, but old enough to dominate in NASCAR, at least on the local and regional level

Austin Wayne Self became the first 15-year-old to win two premier division NASCAR races in the same night in Kyle on Saturday.  The Austin native first took the checkered flag in the Pro Modified division race, a division with specific rules about car components and modifications.

But the real excitement came in the Late Model race.  After a high-speed accident on the track, Self came back to win in dramatic fashion according to a press release:

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Sports
4:25 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Tower to Glow Orange for Women's Golf

UT's Tower will take on an orange glow to celebrate the women's golf team's Big-12 Championship
Photo by KUT News.

The University of Texas tower will be orange tomorrow night, in celebration of another Big-12 conference championship for the school.

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Austin
4:03 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Austin Gears Up for Texas Relays

The 84th-annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will be held on the UT Campus this weekend.
Photo by KUT News

City officials are working together on this year’s Texas Relays to improve how visitors are welcomed to Austin. The track and field event is held on the University of Texas campus and attracts high school and college athletes from throughout Texas and across the country.

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Sports
3:10 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Davis Cup Tennis, Anyone?

Austin will host a Davis Cup quarterfinal match between the U.S. and Spain this July
Photo courtesy flickr.com/shawnzrossi

Some of the world's greatest men's tennis stars will be in Central Texas this summer as Austin plays host to a Davis Cup quarterfinal match between the U.S. and Spain.

The matches will be held at the Frank Erwin Center the weekend of July 8-10, the weekend after the prestigious Wimbledon tennis championships end.

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UT Mens Hoops
7:51 pm
Sun March 20, 2011

Hoop Dreams of Sweet 16 End for Texas

UT mens basketball coach Rick Barnes talks to reporters after Friday's UT win. The Longhorns lost to Arizona, 70-69, Sunday in the NCAA championship tournament
Image courtesy TexasSports.com

For the Texas men's basketball team, the music at the Big Dance has ended.

Arizona's Derrick Williams' free throw with nine seconds left in regulation time gave the Wildcats a 70-69 win over the Texas Longhorns in the third round of the NCAA mens basketball tournament. 

Jordan Hamilton led the 'Horns in scoring with 18 points, as Texas put on a furious comeback in the second half after trailing by nine at halftime.

The 'Horns finish the year with a record of 28-8. 

Sports
11:13 am
Fri March 18, 2011

March Madness, Longhorns Style

UT Guard Dogus Balbay will lead the Longhorns into the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tourney
Image courtesy UT Athletics/TexasSports.com

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.:  Just close enough for the Longhorns.  Texas escapes its second-round matchup with Oakland with an 85-81 win.  Reggie Hamilton led UT with 25 points; J'Covan Brown added 21.  The 'Horns now await the winner of the Arizona-Memphis match up to see who they'll play in the NCAA men's third-round Sunday in Tulsa.

UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.:  Texas shook off a slow start in the first half against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to take a 46-38 halftime lead.

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Sports
5:28 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Commentary: The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Experience

Sundance Square in Fort Worth was Ground Zero for ESPN's Super Bowl Coverage
Tom Uhler

John L. Hanson, Jr. has been on radio row at more Super Bowls than most Americans get to see on TV.  He is the host of KUT's In Black America and now lives in Mansfield, a suburb of Dallas.  He offers this recap of his North Texas Super Bowl Experience:

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