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5:34 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

BCS Presidents Approve Four-Team College Football Playoff

The Coaches' Trophy is displayed before the BCS National Championship game between the LSU and Alabama in New Orleans. College football will finally have a playoff.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 5:40 pm

The college football champion will be decided by a playoff beginning after the 2014 season.

The AP reports:

"Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.

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Sports
3:23 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Tomorrow, The European Crisis Moves To The Pitch

Greece's captain Giorgos Karagounis chats with his teammates during a training session, prior to the Euro 2012 soccer quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Poland.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 3:14 pm

It almost certainly won't solve the European sovereign debt crisis. But the way it's being framed, tomorrow's European Championship quarterfinal is starting to sound like its next chapter: Greece vs. Germany; austerity vs. stimulus; intact eurozone vs. one without Greece.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some have dubbed the game a "debt derby" that pits "the euro zone's most cash-strapped nation against its Teutonic task- and paymaster." The Journal adds:

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Sports
4:35 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Jury Finds Baseball Star Roger Clemens Not Guilty On All Counts

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, accompanied by his attorney Rusty Hardin, left, arrives at federal court in Washington on June 11.
Haraz N. Ghanbari AP

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 4:53 pm

A jury found baseball star Roger Clemens not guilty on six charges against. Clemens was accused of lying to Congress in 2008 about his use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Sports
1:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Girls Give Shooting Guns a Shot

The ladies of Lone Star Gun Range say shooting isn't just for the guys.
Lone Star Gun Range

Saturday is the first-ever national “Take Your Daughter to the Gun Range Day." It was organized through Facebook in an effort to show that shooting isn’t just for the boys.

Supporters say learning to shoot can be a confidence-builder and can be a sport young women enjoy their whole lives.

Sandy Billingsley owns Lone Star Gun Range. She says she learned to shoot in her twenties and plans to introduce her daughter to guns at a much earlier age. But, she says, other people aren’t as enthusiastic.

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Sports
9:50 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Josh Hamilton's Remarkable Story Continues: Four Home Runs in One Game

There goes No. 2: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers as he hit the second of his four home runs Tuesday night in a game vs. the Baltimore Orioles.
Mitchell Layton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:14 am

It's incredible enough that Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in one game Tuesday night — something that's only been done by 15 other major league players.

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Sports
3:15 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Former NFL Player Junior Seau is Dead; Possible Suicide

Junior Seau in 2009, when he played with the New England Patriots.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 3:36 pm

San Diego's Union Tribune reports that former NFL linebacker Junior Seau "has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his beachfront home."

It adds that:

"Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said he was notified of the death and is on his way to be with family members."

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Sports
1:34 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

College Football Edges Closer to Playoffs

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, left, hands off to running back Trent Richardson during the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans last January.
Bill Haber AP

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 12:16 pm

"Major college football is on the verge of implementing a playoff, its own version of the final four — two semifinals and a title game," The Associated Press writes.

Or, as The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Sports
4:21 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Austin Toros in NBA D-League Finals

Tonight the Toros take on L.A. for the first game of the finals.
Photo courtesy NBA Development League

Game 1 of the NBA Development League finals is tonight at the Cedar Park Center.

The Austin Toros face the Los Angeles D-Fenders . The Toros are affiliated with the San Antonio Spurs.

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Sports
3:04 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

UT Hires Women's Basketball Coach

Karen Aston was announced as the new UT Women's Basketball coach at a press conference this morning.
Photo courtesy texassports.com

The University of Texas has a new women’s basketball coach. As earlier reports predicted, former North Texas head coach Karen Aston will take over for Gail Goestenkors, who resigned last month.

Aston was flanked by UT Women’s Athletic Director, Chris Plonsky, at a press conference this morning. Plonsky said the decision to hire Aston came down to her familiarity with recruiting in Texas.

"I thought we were very specific to what our target was: experience at our recruiting base, which is the state of Texas. There is a Texas tinge in women's basketball in this country that is undeniable," said Plonsky. "Karen has been in this state a long time and her imprint is here. That has to be a part of someone that is successful in this territory."

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Sports
10:43 am
Tue April 3, 2012

In Women's Title Game, Baylor Goes For History

Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) blocking a shot by Georgia Tech's' Sasha Goodlett on March 24.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 7:05 am

Kentucky is now in the record books as this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball champion after its 67-59 win over Kansas last night.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

J'Covan Brown Bolts for NBA

UT's J'Covan Brown, on guard against the Navy Midshipmen in 2010.
Photo courtesy Randall Chancellor, bit.ly/HEYSXE

UT men's basketball player J’Covan Brown will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft.  Brown said in a statement that “the time has come for me to pursue a career in professional basketball and take care of my daughter, Jordyn.”

Brown’s average of 20.1 points a game led the Big 12 this past season. His move makes 10 Longhorns to leave school early for a shot at the big leagues since 2006. Brown was also an Academic All-Big 12 Team selection.

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Sports
2:19 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

This Texas Relays Weekend, a Discussion of African-American Achievement

A runner competing in the 2012 Texas Relays today.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

A panel in East Austin tonight will discuss how students can overcome racial stigmas through participating in athletics.

Moving Past Racial Stigmas to Help Students Succeed” features Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and CBS Sports Network’s Brian “BJ” Jones as moderators. Speakers include AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, City of Austin Police Monitor Margo Frasier, and UT professor Michael Lauderdale. 

Lauderdale hopes tonight’s discussion will address an important topic: “And that is how we can use athletics as a means to keep kids involved in school and give the models of success. And hopefully increase the likelihood that youngsters finish high school and that youngsters go trade schools or colleges to achieve high levels of education.”

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Sports
4:57 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Goestenkors Quits as UT Women's Basketball Coach

"Coach G" announced her departure, effective this week.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/AaronIsNotCool

Texas Women’s basketball coach, Gail Goestenkors, resigned at a press conference this afternoon.

In the five years with Goestenkors at the helm, the Lady Longhorns only made it out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament once, in 2008. That was her first year as head coach.

They barely made the tournament field this year, finishing 18-14, and 8-10 in Big 12 play. They lost to West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

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Sports
12:51 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Cyclo-Cross Bike Racing Coming to Austin

Cyclo-cross racing involves going off road, so cyclo-bike tires are wider than usual bikes.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/rahimageworks

Austin was selected to host the 2015 Cyclo-Cross National Championships. A press release on the USA Cycling website says the event will be held at Zilker Park.

The beautiful urban park will offer an exciting venue near the heart of downtown Austin, a thriving city with a strong cycling community recently rated one of the Top 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities in America by Bicycling Magazine. 

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Texas
9:17 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/20/12: Santorum Takes Lead, Latino Population Grows, 'Linsanity' Touches Texas

With 45%, Rick Santorum leads the GOP presidential primary in Texas.
Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore, flickr.com/gageskidmore

Support for Santorum Spreading in Texas

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has a substantial lead in Texas, according to a recent poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune.

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Sports
11:03 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Reborn in Austin, Roller Derby Spreads to Berlin

Roller Derby
Van D. Deesen

Originally published on Thu February 16, 2012 10:53 am

Attention Berlin! Superheroes, cowgirls, and cosmonauts are taking over your city this weekend!

On Saturday, the Berlin Bombshells will be opening the Roller Derby season at Arena Berlin.

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Sports
4:03 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Ricky Williams Announces His Retirement

Williams, as seen during his time playing for the Miami Dolphins
Credits, clockwise bottom right: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Chrisjnelson; Chrisjnelson; flickr.com/74342264@N00;

Former Texas Longhorn running back and Baltimore Ravens starter Ricky Williams announced his retirement today. A Heisman Trophy winner and NFL All-Pro player with over 10,000 rushing yards, Williams retires after a somewhat tumultuous NFL career that began in 1999.

 Williams delivered a statement to Texas Football detailing his decision:

“The NFL has been an amazing page in this chapter of my life,” Williams said. “I pray that all successive adventures offer me the same potential for growth, success and most importantly fun. I want to thank all my fans, teammates, coaches and supporters for the strength they've given me to overcome so much. I want to especially thank my family, Coach Mack Brown, Coach [Mike] Ditka, Coach [Bill] Parcells, Ronnie Brown, Wilbert Montgomery and the Jamail family for believing me. As for what's next, I am excited about all the opportunities ahead. Continuing my education, running The Ricky Williams Foundation and whatever other opportunities present themselves.”

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Sports
4:43 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

A&M 2012 Football Schedule Released

Photo by ColorblindPicasso on Flickr

The Aggies 2012 schedule should prove to be a significant test in their first year in the Southeastern Conference.  The SEC released its first 14-team schedule this morning. It was announced earlier this year that A&M and other former Big 12 stalwarts Missouri would leave behind Texas and the other Big 12 schools in favor of the SEC.

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Sports
7:56 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Longhorns to Holiday Bowl

Texas Head Coach Mack Brown leads the Longhorn football team back to the college bowl season. The 'Horns will face Cal in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego Dec 28.
Photo by KUT News

After a humbling 48-24 loss to Baylor yesterday, the Texas Longhorns got a little good news Sunday.

With seven wins, the 'Horns have been picked to play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Texas will face the California Golden Bears at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday, December 28. 

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formula one
1:12 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

F1 Boss Extends Payment Deadline To Wednesday

Construction has been halted on the Circuit of the Americas track in southeastern Travis County amid a contract dispute between local organizers and Formula One boss Bernie Eccelstone.
Photo by KUT

Formula One’s president and CEO has extended the deadline by which Austin race organizers must finalize their contract to ensure the race can proceed.

In an interview with Autoweek, Bernie Ecclestone said he doesn’t feel the people he’s now working with are “as reliable as they should be.”

Ecclestone says organizers have until Wednesday to come to a deal - or next year's race won't happen.

F1 race promoter Tavo Hellmund held the original contract for the Austin race, but Ecclestone canceled it after it became apparent that Hellmund would not be able to come up with the $25 million required to seal the deal. Construction on the track being built in southeastern Travis County was halted in mid-November.

“I was disappointed insofar as [Hellmund] had what he thought were partners that could finance the business and wouldn’t let him down,” Ecclestone told Autoweek. “Really, they let him down and they’re trying to steal from him, get him out of it, and do the whole thing themselves.”

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