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New Group Rallies Support for an Improving Texas Women’s Basketball Team

Volunteer “ambassadors” are working to get more fans to women’s team games.

Long After Its Final Flag, Longhorn Speedway Remains a Champion in Racing Lore

Austin’s Longhorn Speedway, though defunct and wilting, remains alive as a “ghost track” — remembered alongside such legendary racing venues as NASCAR’s North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina.

Super Bowl Halftime, 1974 Style: Longhorn Band, Violins and Miss Texas

In the era before halftime entertainment spectacles, college bands were the stars of the show.

Retiring RecSports Director Reflects on His Life and Legacy at UT

For more than four decades, Bob Childress has occupied an office in Gregory Gym, with walls covered in snapshots of University of Texas at Austin history and his two diplomas, from 1973 and 1976. Soon, he will take it all down. Childress plans to retire next spring, on the back end of the year-long celebration […]

Apr 28, 2017

With Hashtag Diplomacy, New Coach Herman Follows Others Into Twittersphere

Texas football head coach Tom Herman uses social media sites such as Twitter to connect with fans, players and recruits. “It’s become a giant marketing tool,” he said.

Apr 27, 2017

Girls’ Hockey Makes Power Play in Texas and Beyond

Micaela Ross felt no shame if others thought she skated like a girl. She started playing hockey as a 6-year-old in McKinney, a Dallas suburb, where the sport was uncommon for boys and unheard of for girls. But Ross grew up watching her two older brothers play, so following their path seemed natural. Other people didn’t always feel the […]

Apr 24, 2017

Lake Travis Football Players Learn the System Early and Often

The champion Lake Travis football team starts developing future players when they’re still in elementary school.

Apr 23, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Debate Luck and the Legality of Fantasy Sports

A state House bill that would legalize fantasy sports faces opposition from the Texas attorney general and a Baptist group.

Apr 21, 2017

From Road Races to Road Rage, Run Organizers Scramble to Finish Line

Race courses through the middle of a city try neighbors’ patience, but runners love them.

Feb 08, 2017

In four minutes, Super Bowl LI makes legends and lore

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons combined to break or match 30 NFL records in a classic Super Bowl contest.

Feb 07, 2017

After Super Bowl shocker, triumph and defeat coexist in uneasy proximity

The post-game press conferences were a study in contrast when the defeated Falcons and champion Patriots faced the media.

Feb 04, 2017

Lady Gaga Shows Her Personal Side Ahead of Super Bowl Performance

Singer known for her wild-card public persona talks about her family and longtime love of football.

Dec 09, 2016

Backup Quarterbacks Sometimes Are Thrown into the Bright Lights

They don’t often get to play. But when the coach puts them in the game, it’s their chance to shine or stumble.

Dec 04, 2016

Coaches: Pitch Limits in High School Baseball Are Both Fair and Foul

There is no rest for the high school baseball pitcher. But the University Interscholastic League is trying to correct that. On Oct.1 7, the governing body of high school sports in Texas set a limit of 110 pitches per game, effective the 2017 season. The UIL enacted the policy to protect young arms from damage and reduce […]

Dec 02, 2016

Lake Travis Player, Stuck in Mexico, Leaves a Deep But Incomplete Legacy

Lake Travis senior defensive tackle Cesar Guzman last saw Santiago Villegas in July. “I asked him when he was coming back,” Guzman said. “He said that he wasn’t sure, so I was like, ‘Well, you gotta come back, we start football in two weeks.’” Two weeks later, Guzman stood next to an empty locker. Villegas […]

Nov 30, 2016

In Asian Basketball League, Players Find Fellowship and Community

More than 100 players on 10 teams gather every Saturday from August to October.

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