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8:59 am
Thu May 2, 2013

A&M OKs $450M Remodel of Kyle Field Into Texas' Biggest Stadium

The Texas A&M Board of Regents voted to expand Kyle Field into the most "expensive" and "extensive" field in college football.
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Update: The Texas A&M Board of Regents approved the university’s $450 million plan to redevelop Kyle Field into the biggest stadium in Texas (by seating capacity). Demolition work on the existing stadium is slated to begin in November this year, with plans for a grand opening in time for the 2015 football season.

You can read a press release, and view a photo gallery here.

Original post (May 1): Football is big at Texas A&M and it could be getting bigger – even bigger than it is at UT Austin.

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Sports
12:19 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

NBA's Jason Collins Is First Active Player To Come Out As Gay

Jason Collins (left), then of the Washington Wizards, during a game this month against the Chicago Bulls.
Jim Young Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 9:39 pm

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," National Basketball Association center Jason Collins writes in a Sports Illustrated essay posted Monday, "but since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."

With that, the 34-year-old veteran of 12 NBA seasons and six pro teams becomes the first active player in the four major American team sports to come out.

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Sports
7:12 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Longhorn Kenny Vaccaro Drafted by New Orleans Saints

Kenny Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall in the NFL draft last night.
TexasSports.com

University of Texas at Austin senior and defensive back Kenny Vaccaro will start donning gold and black instead of burnt orange.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall in the NFL draft last night by the New Orleans Saints. He will be the first Longhorn to play for the home of jazz since the Saints took Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams in 1999. 

Vaccaro said (and tweeted) that he is excited to be a Saint.

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Boston Marathon Bombings
6:35 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Two Explosions Rock Boston Marathon Finish Line; At Least 3 Dead, Dozens Injured

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston on Monday.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 4:20 am

Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, leaving at least three dead and dozens injured, the Boston Police Department reports.

The explosions happened in quick succession four hours after the beginning of the race, the world's oldest and one of the most prestigious road races in the world. At that point, the majority of 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line. Thousands, however, were still out on the course.

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Sports
3:19 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Legally Blind Austin Man to Run Boston Marathon - With a Special Guest (Update)

Austinite William Greer, 43, will run his first Boston Marathon - his seventh marathon - later this morning.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT

UPDATE 7:15pm: KUT News has spoken with William Greer, who says he is fine, after a pair of explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

He and his sighted guide, Peter Sagal, finished with a time of about 4 hours and 4 minutes. The explosions went off about 5 minutes later.

Greer said, from his vantage point, it wasn't clear at first just what was happening, but when multiple emergency vehicles started speeding toward the sound of the explosions, it became clear that something serious had happened.

UPDATE: Peter Sagal tells All Things Considered that he and William Greer are safe, following two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Sagal says the pair had just finished the marathon and were making their way through the finish chute when they heard two explosions in quick succession. Marathon staff then told them and other runners to leave the area as quick as possible.

Original Story: Today, thousands will run in one of the country’s oldest and best-known road races: the Boston Marathon.

Among them will be a 43 year-old Austinite named William Greer. And he'll have a special guest along with  him that might be familiar to listeners to weekend public radio.

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UT Men's Basketball
3:43 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Longhorn MVP Kabongo to NBA

Myck Kabongo accepts his MVP award this week.
University of Texas at Austin

Longhorn basketball star Myck Kabongo is leaving school to join the NBA, the University announced today, making himself eligible for the 2013 draft.

The point guard played in the team's last 11 games, after serving an NCAA suspension for the season's first 23 games. According to the NCAA, Kabongo broke the rules by accepting a trip to Cleveland that he didn't pay for, and then lied about it twice while speaking with investigators. 

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Sports
4:39 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

UT Volleyball Celebrates National Championship

Gregory Gym will open its doors to the Texas Volleyball team this weekend, who will be celebrating their national championship.
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To celebrate its 2012 national championship, the Texas Volleyball team will play again in Gregory Gym this weekend.

The Longhorns will play an exhibition match against Wichita State. It is free and open to the public. It starts at noon.

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Lance Armstrong
10:48 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Armstrong Will Sit Out Swimming Competition

FINA, the international swimming federation, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency won't allow Lance Armstong compete in this weekends U.S. Masters Swimming Chanmpionship at UT-Austin.
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Try as he might, Lance Armstrong just can’t return to competitive sport.

Armstrong was slated to compete in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships this weekend at the University of Texas. But the executive director of U.S. Masters Swimming tells the AP the former cyclist decided not to swim after international swimming authorities objected. 

Armstrong is under a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for using performance enhancing drugs.

Sports
5:48 am
Mon April 1, 2013

After Injury Sidelines Key Player, Louisville Moves On To Final Four

Louisville guard Russ Smith (2) goes up with a layup against Duke defenders during the first half of the Midwest Regional final in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday in Indianapolis.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:59 am

The stage is set and the Final Four are headed to Atlanta.

After the weekend's regional finals, Michigan will face Syracuse and underdog Wichita St. will face Louisville to find out who is going to the big game to decide the national championship.

Louisville vs. Duke

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Sports
7:16 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Cowboys Reach 6-Year, $108 Million Deal With Quarterback Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 6:07 pm

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a 6-year deal worth $108 million with quarterback Tony Romo.

The team's website reports the deal has not been signed, but agreed-to terms stipulate that $55 million of that is guaranteed.

Dallascowboys.com reports:

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UT Sports
1:04 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

All Eyes on UT Men's Swim Team, Starting NCAA Competition Today

Longhorn Swimmers will compete for the title throughout the weekend.
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The Texas Longhorns men's swim team starts in NCAA competition in Indianapolis today. The 10-time champion Horns will compete for the top national spot and individual titles throughout this weekend.

The Horns finished no worse than second place during the last five NCAA team championships. 

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Sports
10:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Baylor Women Continue to Dominate in NCAA Tournament

The defending champion Baylor women’s basketball team moved easily through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

The team beat Florida State last night 84-47. It was the final home game of the season for the Lady Bears – and the last ever for senior star Brittney Griner.

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NCAA
8:25 am
Mon March 25, 2013

3 Things You Need To Know About The Weekend's Basketball Action

Florida Gulf Coast players Eddie Murray (No. 23) and Chase Fieler (No. 20) celebrate their win Sunday over San Diego State. The game was played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 9:00 am

Didn't have time to watch or didn't really care? If you're not up to speed on the weekend's news from the men's and women's Division I college basketball championships, but want to be armed with a few things to talk about if someone brings up basketball today, here goes:

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Sports
10:11 am
Fri March 22, 2013

March Madness Comes to Austin

The Frank Erwin Center is hosting games from the second and third round of the NCAA tournament this weekend.
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The UT Men's Basketball team may have lost their last game of the season Wednesday following a season resulting in a NCAA shutout, but that does not mean Austin residents have to miss out on March Madness fun.

UT's Frank Erwin Center is hosting second and third-round games of the NCAA tournament Friday and Sunday. The University of Miami is playing the University of the Pacific Friday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Following the end of that game, the University of Illinois will play the University of Colorado. 

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Sports
9:29 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Harvard Stuns New Mexico, And 4 Other Need-To-Knows From The NCAA Tournament

Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard of the Harvard Crimson celebrate as the Crimson defeat the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 during the the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Harry How Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 9:34 am

The NCAA tournament got off to a stunning start on Thursday: Harvard, known more for its brains and seeded No. 14, sent No. 3 New Mexico packing with a 62-68 win.

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UT Men's Basketball
8:26 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Longhorns Lose to Houston in Opening CBI Game

The Longhorns finish their first losing season since 1997-98.
KUT News

UT Men’s Basketball team lost their opening game in the College Basketball Invitational against Houston last night. The Texas basketball season had already come to an end for the Horns without making it to the NCAA playoffs - their first shut out since the 1997-98 season.

Houston Cougars’s Daniel House set the final score to 73-72 after a mid-range jump shot with only 17 seconds left.

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Sports
8:11 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Baylor Lady Bears Paw Their Way to Top Seed in NCAA Tournament

The Lady Bears seek to become the fourth team to win back-to-back titles.
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The defending champion Baylor women’s basketball team is again the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s NCAA tournament.

The first game for the Lady Bears is Sunday against No. 16 seed Prairie View A&M.

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Sports
3:08 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Doctors: Bench Athletes At First Concussion Sign

Robert Monges, a coach for James Lick High School, checks tight end Dominic Brewster for a concussion during a football game played in Morgan Hill, Calif., in 2006.
Patrick Tehan San Jose Mercury News/MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 10:34 am

Figuring out whether a child who might have a concussion should stay in the game just got easier, thanks to this one-word answer from the nation's neurologists: No.

Today the American Academy of Neurology chucked 15-year-old rules that confused pretty much everybody, from parents and coaches to kids and doctors.

Instead of talking about various symptoms and concussion grades, the neurologists now say that the best offense is defense.

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Sports
8:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

It's Not the NCAA - or the NIT - but the CBI for the Longhorn Men

The UT men's basketball team is headed to the CBI.

The University of Texas at Austin men’s basketball team is not eligible to play in the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Longhorns were not even invited to play in the NIT.

But they have accepted a bid to the College Basketball Invitational or CBI.

So what is the CBI? According to the event's website, it's a single-elimination tournament for sixteen teams "that deserve a postseason experience."

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UT Men's Basketball
11:58 am
Fri March 15, 2013

UT's Barnes on NCAA Shutout: 'We Weren’t Good Enough'

UT Men's Basketball Coach Rick Barnes on the Big Dance: "I think people act like it’s easy to get there."
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The men’s basketball program at the University of Texas has been on a winning streak lately. That is, until last night.

The streak is over – and so is the team's season – after a 66 to 49 loss to Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. 

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