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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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football
4:42 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Will UT Bury The Hatchet With The Aggies?

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A rivalry that has lasted more than a century could come to an end on Friday night the University of Texas and Texas A&M University football teams square off. That’s because the Aggies are moving from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference next season.

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formula one
3:09 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Patterson Calls For Investigation Into Combs' F1 Deal

Construction on the Circuit of the America's track in southeast Austin as of June 2011
Photo courtesy of Circuit of the Americas

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson wants the Attorney General’s office to investigate whether Comptroller Susan Combs has the authority to commit taxpayer money to the Formula One races that could still come to Austin next year.  

Race organizers were hoping to get $250 million over ten years from the state’s Major Events Trust Fund.

Patterson, never one to mince words, called the deal a “real turkey” in a news release.

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Sports
12:57 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Texas Head Coach Reacts To OSU Tragedy

Last night, a private plane carrying Oklahoma State Women's Basketball Head Coach Kurt Budke and Assistant Coach Miranda Serna crashed in Arkansas, killing everyone on board. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

Both the Longhorns and the OSU Cowgirls are in the Big 12. The Longhorns last played the Cowgirls in early March of last year, losing 37 - 52.

Texas Head Coach Gail Goestenkors posted this message of condolences on her Twitter:

The Texas Women's Basketball family sends our condolences to Oklahoma State. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cowgirls more than ever.

 The next scheduled game between the two teams is scheduled for January 7th.

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sports
10:18 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Baseball's Houston Astros To Switch Leagues In 2013

Where are we going, skip? Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, left, and pitching coach Doug Brocail.
John Sommers II Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:13 pm

The Houston Astros will be moving from Major League Baseball's National League to the American League "as soon as the 2013 season," MLB announced this afternoon.

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sports
11:12 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Cards Win On 11th-Inning Freese Clout, Force Game 7

David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates at home plate after hitting a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning to win Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers in St Louis.

Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 6:00 am

There's a new name in the long list of World Series heroes.

David Freese.

If anyone asks this morning about last night's dramatic Game 6 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers, here's the first thing to tell them:

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Sports
12:42 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Good Week for Texas, Exes at Pan Am Games

Two Texas exes take medals at the Pan American Games.
Photo by KUT News

A pair of Texas Exes have earned medals at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dylan Armstrong, a two-time All American at UT in 2000 and 2001, set a games record of 21.3 meters (69.9 feet) to take gold in the shot put. Armstrong is competing for his native Canada at the games, which are seen as an important tune-up for next year's Summer Olympics in London.

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World Series
8:44 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Mundane Mixup Helps Rangers Take 3-2 Lead In World Series

A little too late: Pitcher Marc Rzepczynski of the St. Louis Cardinals is removed by manager Tony La Russa in the eighth inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers. Earlier in the inning, Rzepczynski was mistakenly left in the game because of a miscommunication between LaRussa and his bullpen. And the pitcher gave up the game-winning hit.

Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 5:01 pm

If anyone asks you why the Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 last night to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series, tell them it was a missed call.

But it wasn't, as NPR's Mike Pesca said on Morning Edition, a mistake made by an umpire.

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Sports
1:40 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Watching UT-Kansas This Weekend? Good Luck.

U.T. hosts Kansas this weekend in college football. But watching it on TV won't be an option for many Austinites. Time Warner Cable and ESPN continue to negotiate over the Longhorn Network.
Photo by KUT News

CORRECTION:  LonghornNetwork.com does not carry live sporting events, as reported earlier.

Watching this weekend's Texas-Kansas football game won't be easy, if you're not at the stadium Saturday night.

The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network. That cable channel, a joint venture between U.T. and ESPN, is still not available to subscribers of Time Warner Cable, Austin's largest cable provider.

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Sports
10:14 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Kinsler Steals Second, And Rangers Take Game 2 In St. Louis

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 8:29 am

The second game of the World Series came down to the ninth inning Thursday night, as the Texas Rangers used a string of base hits, sacrifices and a stolen base to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1. It was the second tight game of the series, which is now tied, 1-1.

NPR's Tom Goldman calls Ian Kinsler's steal of second in the ninth inning "a key moment" in the win. At that point in the game, the Rangers were down 1-0. But then Kinsler reached first base, on a bloop single to shallow left field. And he was determined to make it to second base.

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10:44 am
Thu October 20, 2011

World Series Game 1: The Coolest And Biggest Plays

A cool out: Pitcher Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals tags first base for an out as Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers reaches the base.

Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 7:01 am

Game 1 of the World Series went to the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The National League champions beat the American League's Texas Rangers 3-2:

For those who like to know about the key moments, here are two, courtesy of NPR's Tom Goldman's report for Morning Edition:

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