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Lance Armstrong
12:53 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

New Report: Lance Armstrong 'Discussed Admission of Guilt'

Lance Armstrong in 2010.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 12:58 pm

USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan writes that:

"Lance Armstrong and U.S. Anti-Doping CEO Travis Tygart met for more than an hour in early to mid-December to discuss the possibility of a public admission that the banned cyclist used performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his long career, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Wednesday morning."

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Lance Armstrong
8:36 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Lance Armstrong's Celebrity Confessor: Oprah

Next week, Oprah Winfrey hosts Lance Armstong for a talk many expect will turn confession.
Winfrey photo flickr.com/vtkproductions; Armstrong photo Wikipedia user Haggisnl, bit.ly/WyMQEy

From his home in Austin, Lance Armstrong will speak with Oprah Winfrey for his first interview since having his seven Tour de France titles vacated.

It was a rough 2012 for Armstrong: He saw his wins vacated once he stopped fighting doping charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last summer. USADA then issued a scathing report detailing alleged doping throughout Armstrong’s career. The fallout lead to Armstrong’s formal separation from the cancer organization he founded, Livestrong.

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Lance Armstrong
5:38 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

What Lance Armstrong & USADA Might Gain From a Confession

Lance Armstrong, seen here at a LIVESTRONG Challenge Ride in October 2012, might be willing to confess to doping — in exchange for an easing of his lifetime ban, according to reports.
Cooper Neill Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 8:23 am

The news that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong might be willing to confess to the doping charges he spent years denying has reopened interest in his case — and in the question of whether his lifetime ban from competitive sports could be eased in exchange for Armstrong's cooperation.

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9:02 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

NY Times: Lance Armstrong Considers Doping Admission

Lead in text: 
The New York Times is reporting that Lance Armstrong is considering a public admission of doping, in hopes of restarting his career as a competitive athlete.
For more than a decade, Armstrong has vehemently denied ever doping, even after antidoping officials laid out their case against him in October in hundreds of pages of eyewitness testimony from teammates, e-mail correspondence, financial records and laboratory analyses. When asked if Armstrong might admit to doping, Tim Herman, Armstrong's longtime lawyer, said: "I do not know about that.
Sports
12:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

It's Aggies vs. Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Tonight

The Cotton Bowl Classic is taking place in Cowboys Stadium tonight.
Flickr user Princess Stand in the Rain, bit.ly/10ZwQ6h

Two of UT’s biggest rivals - past and present - go head-to-head tonight.

The ninth-ranked Aggies face off against the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Classic this evening. It’s a battle for conference pride. Oklahoma will try to score a victory for the Big 12 over the SEC.

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Formula 1
5:18 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

How Austin's F1 Track Stands to Benefit From the 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill (Update)

The Circuit of the Americas track. COTA may reap tax benefits that were quietly extended in the "fiscal cliff" bill.
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Update: Here’s more details on the tax break the Circuit of the Americas may be able to capitalize on:  It’s called accelerated depreciation, and gives COTA a fast, seven-year write off on the value of their investment, which may have been as much as $400 million. 

COTA officials says they’re pleased to have the tax break, but say they did not lobby for it. “We did monitor the issue as it moved forward, but were not directly involved in pursuing the extension itself," says spokesperson Ali Putnam.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Pa. Gov. Suing NCAA To Stop Penn State Sex Abuse Sanctions

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 11:45 am

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R), says the NCAA badly overreached itself when it imposed punitive financial sanctions on Penn State over the handling of sexual predator and former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. Corbett is filing a federal anti-trust lawsuit against the collegiate athletic association, saying it ignored its own disciplinary rules in its rush to castigate the Pennsylvania university.

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University of Texas
2:10 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Two UT Players Questioned Over Sexual Assault (Update)

A view of the Alamodome in San Antonio. Two UT players are under investigation for sexual assault and have been suspended ahead of tomorrow's Alamo Bowl.
Flickr user one2c900d, http://bit.ly/Vl0T1g

Update: KUT News has received a statement from attorney Perry Q. Minton, who is representing Jordan Hicks. It reads in part: 

"Mr. Hicks vehemently asserts that all conduct that occurred during the evening of the incident was consensual by everyone involved. The allegation, if any, that a sexual assault occurred by anyone at anytime is completely false."

You can read the entire statement

Update (Dec. 28, 4:54 p.m.): Still no official word from the university, but it's being widely reported that the two players suspended from tomorrow's Alamo Bowl are backup quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks. ESPN cites an anonymous “source within the school's administration,”while HookEm.com cites “multiple team sources.”

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Lance Armstrong
11:46 am
Mon December 24, 2012

UK Newspaper Suing Lance Armstrong

Daniel Bayer via flickr.com/aspensnowmass

A British newspaper is suing Lance Armstrong for about $1.5 million over a settlement it reached with the  cyclist in 2004.

The Sunday Times paid Armstrong almost half a million dollars after he accused the paper of libel when it printed allegations that he used performance enhancing drugs.

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Sports
11:07 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Texas Tops Michigan in Women's Volleyball, Heads to Finals

The Lady Horns face Penn State next.
Greg Echlin, KUT News

The Texas Longhorns have advanced to the women’s volleyball championship game for the third time in four years.  The only thing standing in the way of a possible national title is Penn State. 

The Lady Lions has defeated the Longhorns in their last two final four appearances. Texas coach Jerritt Elliott hopes this will be different than their last trip to the title game in Tampa three years ago, a heartbreaking five-set loss against Penn State.

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Sports
1:58 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

NFL Players' 'Bountygate' Suspensions Vacated

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
Chris Szagola CSM /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 1:11 pm

The four NFL players who were fined and given multi-game suspensions for their alleged parts in the New Orleans Saints' "bountygate" scheme that paid bonuses for injuring opposing players have had their punishments vacated, the league says.

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Sports
10:44 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Sorry, A&M Fans: The UT Tower Wasn’t Lit Up for Johnny Football

Aggie fans got a little overzealous about the UT Tower's configuration this weekend.
utexas.edu

On Saturday night, following Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s Heisman win, some Aggies got so carried away by their excitement that they saw the man called “Johnny Football” everywhere.

The University of Texas’s December graduation also took place on Saturday.  It’s the university’s tradition to light the clock tower orange, with the windows lit to form the class year of the graduates.  So Saturday night, the clock tower bore a giant 12, in honor of the 2012 graduating class.

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Sports
1:53 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Collision Course: F1, Horns on Same Weekend in 2013? (Update)

Red Bull, meet Bevo: The calendars for Formula 1 racing and the UT Longhorns overlap next year.
F1 photo flickr.com/pdbreen; Bevo photo flickr.com/finitefocus

Update: Circuit of the Americas emails KUT News the following statement from COTA principal Bobby Epstein:

"Circuit of The Americas has expressed our strong preference for an alternate race date in 2013. We understand that setting a global calendar can be very challenging, involves many factors and is out of our control. We feel confident that Formula One has taken our concerns seriously and is working earnestly towards a collective solution. Ultimately, our 2013 race date may remain as it currently stands."

Original post (Nov. 20, 4:51 p.m.): If you thought it was crowded in Austin last weekend, just wait until next November.

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Texas A&M Football
12:19 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Will Johnny Manziel Be the First Freshman Heisman Winner?

Johnny Manziel may be Texas A&M's first Heisman winner in almost 50 years.
Texas A&M Athletics

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, a 13.5-inch tall bronze trophy weighing 25 pounds, has been awarded to the most outstanding player in college football since 1935.

The Heisman, probably the most recognized individual award in all of sports, has had many suitors this college football season – but few as electrifying as the finalists: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.

Of the three finalists Manziel – a.k.a. Johnny Football – is the favorite to win college football's most prestigious award on Saturday night in Manhattan. If Manziel does win he would be the first freshman to win the Heisman and the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school's only Heisman in 1957.

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Sports
8:19 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Going Bowling: UT, Other Texas Teams Head Into Post-Season Play

Mack Brown at a November press conference.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Texas Longhorns will play Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio this post-season.

The Longhorns have played the Oregon State Beavers twice. UT won both times. Oregon State does have a better record and a higher rank this season. The game is Dec. 29.

Some expected the Longhorns to head to the Cotton Bowl. Instead, that’s where UT’s Big 12 rival Oklahoma will play former Big 12 rival Texas A&M on Jan. 4.

The Sooners lost out on a chance to play in a BCS bowl when Mid-American Conference champ Northern Illinois moved up in the rankings and earned an automatic bid.

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UT Longhorn Football
4:48 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Longhorns Limping Into Final Game

Mack Brown's Nov. 26 press conference.

The University of Texas Longhorns have what could be their toughest game of the year Saturday against seventh-ranked Kansas State. But the team is still dealing with a deflating loss to Texas Christian University on Thanksgiving night.

Hopes of a Big 12 title this season have now been reduced to playing the spoiler against Kansas State. If the Wildcats win Saturday, the team will claim it's first Big 12 title since 2003.

Each of the Longhorns' losses this season has been a blow from another Big 12 member (Oklahoma, West Virginia, TCU).

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Longhorn Football
4:57 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

A Longhorn Tradition, Without the Traditional Foe

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The Texas Longhorns take the field Thursday for their traditional Thanksgiving game.

Although this year it’s without their traditional rival, Texas A&M.

With the Aggies in the S.E.C. this year, UT added Texas Christian University to the schedule for the holiday game.

Longhorn Head Coach Mack Brown says there are several similarities between the old rivals, A&M, and this year’s opponent.

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UT Longhorn Football
4:13 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Even Without A&M, UT's Hex Rally Continues

I put a spell on you: While UT's opponent has changed, the Hex Rally tradition keeps going.
flickr.com/landerholm

The University of Texas at Austin will hold its annual Hex Rally tonight, despite not playing Texas A&M in their annual football rivalry game.  

The rally has been held every year since 1941 to put a curse on A&M ahead of the game. But the rivalry was effectively ended when A&M left the Big 12 this year.

The target of the hex this year will be Texas Christian University. UT plays TCU on Thanksgiving Day. 

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Formula 1
2:42 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

What Austin Needs to Know About the Actual F1 Race This Weekend

An F1 racer parked in downtown Austin promotes the race.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Ready or not, Formula 1 has arrived.

As Austin readies for an onslaught of some 100,000 visitors, we’ve heard lots about traffic planshelicopter permits, and even counter-terrorism measures.  But what about the actual race: the cars, the drivers and the sport itself? Confused? KUT News has assembled a primer on this weekend’s Formula 1 race.

  • What Sort of Cars Are These?

The FIA Formula One World Championship is the highest class of single-seater auto racing that is authorized by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.

The "formula" in Formula 1 refers to a set of guidelines that each racing car must adhere to. The results are state-of-the-art.

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UT Longhorn Football
2:55 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Photos: Memorial for Legendary Longhorn Coach Darrell K Royal

Thousands flashed the "Hook Em" sign at Royal's memorial today.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Thousands of people paid their final respects to legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell K Royal today. A public memorial was held at the Erwin Center and included a performance by Willie Nelson, and eulogies from UT-Austin President Bill Powers and current Longhorn coach Mack Brown.

“I asked him about what the best thing about coaching at Texas was, coaching football,” Brown said of Royal, “and he said, ‘25 million people care everyday about what you do.’ I said, ‘Coach, what’s the worst thing about coaching at Texas?’ and he said, ‘Twenty-five million people care about what you do everyday.’”

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