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News and features from UT-Austin's School of Journalism

In Season of Goals, Freshman Berg Kicks Texas Soccer into Prominence

Haley Berg made up her mind four years ago to play soccer at Texas. Her arrival helped the Longhorns to a turnaround season, and hopes for a conference dynasty.

Through Patience and Perseverance, Texas Guards Start Last Season with Highest Hopes

Seniors Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty helped to change Texas women’s basketball, one season at a time.

Shooting for Another Chance, Hoop Dreamers Keep Hopes Aloft in Round Rock

Most of the hopefuls at the Austin Spurs G League tryout came for another chance at playing professional basketball. A few actually had one.

After Whirlwind Summer, UT Golfer Finds LPGA Tour Future in Range

Winning the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship put Sophia Schubert in three women’s major championships in 2018.

Nov 13, 2017

Prayer or Possibility? Abbott Wants Texas-Texas A&M Football Rematch

Gov. Greg Abbott wants to revive to annual football showdown between Texas and Texas A&M. Fans would love it, but making it happen isn’t easy.

Nov 01, 2017

The Celebrity Effect: How an NFL Star Raised Millions in a Hurricane

Sports celebrities can mobilize fans in meaningful ways, as J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans did during Hurricane Harvey.

Jul 30, 2017

The Dog Days of Summer Raise the Woof at Dell Diamond

Spike, the Round Rock mascot, has been a team mainstay since Day One. Just don’t ask the baseball team to reveal whose inside the custom.

May 23, 2017

Pitched on Softball, Texas Freshman Leaves Baseball Career Behind

Jade Gortarez played baseball as a kid in California. When it was time for college, the University of Texas made her a softball star.

May 09, 2017

Friendly Fire: Fathers and Sons Find Kinship and Opportunity in Paintball

Fathers Todd Sloan and Tom Shaffer, with their sons Dominic Sloan and Chris Shaffer, are behind most paintball competitions in Central Texas.

May 09, 2017

Inclusive Spirit Squad Gives Girl With Down Syndrome Something to Cheer About

Madison Thompson found her place with the Cheer Athletics Superkatz in Plano. The 13-year-old just won a spot on her middle-school cheerleading squad.

May 01, 2017

Boutique Gyms, Fitness Subscriptions Grow as Industry Flexes Muscle

With the rise of social media and blogging, there’s now a culture among fitness enthusiasts who engage with like-minded athletes, attend health and wellness events and even create a career from documenting their participation in the fitness community.

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 wants the next generation of female hockey players to have more support than she encountered. Changes to girls’ hockey around Texas are making sure that happens.

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 23, 2017

New Group Rallies Support for Texas Women’s Basketball Team

Volunteer “ambassadors” are working to get more people to attend University of Texas women’s basketball games, by deepening the connection of fans to the players and the game itself.

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