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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.

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.

Apr 01, 2017

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.

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.

Dec 15, 2016

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 when he retires.

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

The governing body of high school sports in Texas has set a limit of 110 pitches per game, effective the 2017 season, to protect young arms from damage and reduce long-term injuries. But some baseball coaches wonder if the rule is too restrictive.

Dec 02, 2016

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

Every summer since moving to Texas, Lake Travis football player Santiago Villegas had traveled to Mexico to visit family and friends, returning to the U.S. with no trouble. This past summer, though, was different.

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.

Nov 29, 2016

Blind Triathlete Hopes to Bend Stereotypes on Her Way to Paralympic Medal

Patricia Walsh thought Rio would be her last race. But a disappointing finish has fired up her determination to try again — and do better.

Nov 28, 2016

Video Takes Esports Fans Out to the Game Through Live Streaming

Cheers flooded Room 101 of Waggener Hall on a recent Thursday. Dozens of students screamed at the projector screen at the front of the room at the University of Texas at Austin. Armed with a massive golden hammer, a warrior charged at another wielding a futuristic laser gun. She slammed her hammer into the ground, […]

Nov 19, 2016

More Than a Trainer, Bowie High Football’s Jacob Wempe Is a Friend

For 13 years, Wempe has been an important part of the Bowie football family. ‘He brings a positive attitude toward everything,’ one player said.

Nov 18, 2016

Learning to Play from a Wheelchair, One Shot at a Time

A former Austin high school athlete takes on the challenge of wheelchair athletics.

Nov 18, 2016

A Quiet Place of Rest for One of Texas’ — and Baseball’s — Best

Roger Hornsby’s grave in eastern Travis County is marked by a plain memorial with no mention of his baseball accomplishments. But fans come regularly to visit the site where a legend is buried.

Nov 10, 2016

Austin Juggler Finds the Meaning of Life Up in the Air

David Nayer considers himself the Nolan Ryan of juggling. He’s been at it for more than four decades, and practices regularly at the Austin Recreation Center.

May 22, 2016

History Professor Kickstarts Soccer Club at San Antonio Community College

For David Galindo, winning wasn’t his main priority this year. The 27-year-old history professor at Northwest Vista College was happy just to see his school put a team on the field.