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12:45 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

How the Blind Play Ball: Austin in Beep Baseball World Series

The Austin Blackhawks pose with the Taiwan Homerun.
National Beep Baseball Association

Imagine a baseball diamond.

Now imagine that first and second base are tall, buzzing, blue-foam pillars, and that third base is gone.

Now imagine six fielders and a couple "spotters," who direct fielders toward a beeping ball — because everyone except the spotters, the pitcher and catcher are blind and/or blindfolded.

That’s what a beep baseball game looks like. 

The 2012 National Beep Baseball Association World Series is underway in Ames, Iowa, where several teams of blind and visually impaired players will compete. Representing Austin, the Blackhawks added another win in their fight for the pennant Thursday.  

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8:20 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Penn State Fined $60M, Banned From Bowls, Wins From 1998 On Vacated

Before its removal from outside the school's football stadium on Sunday, a statue of former football coach Joe Paterno was covered. An independent report concluded he was among top university officials who failed to act when they learned that Jerry Sandusky might be sexually abusing young boys.
John Beale AP

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 4:19 pm

Saying that the punishment is "warranted by the conspiracy of silence" among Penn State University's top leadership that turned a blind eye to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys, the NCAA just announced sanctions on the school that include:

-- A $60 million fine. The money will go into an endowment fund to support programs around the nation that assist victims of sexual abuse, NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

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12:07 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

UT Athletic Director Dodds on College Football Playoffs

KUT News

A committee of university presidents, including University of Texas President Bill Powers, stood together on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. and said ‘No more.’ The committee approved a plan from Bowl Championship Series (BCS) leadership  calling for a four-team playoff system in college football, set to start in two years.

The move completes a six-month process for the BCS commissioners, who have been working on a new way to determine a major college football champion after years of griping from college football fans.

What does this mean for the Texas Longhorns?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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