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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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

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

In the era before halftime entertainment spectacles, college bands were the stars of the show. So when the NFL brought its championship to the Lone Star State for the first time, it was only fitting the Longhorn Band was there.

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.

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