the score

Aggies Hook Horns, Astros Land Lee

So the Fightin' Farmers from College Station - who, according to a front-page article in the Houston Chronicle, are now every bit as suburban, SAT-savvy, and middle class as their despised Teasip arch rivals, albeit still less apt to grow dreadlocks and major in things like Postmodern Film Theory - waltzed into DKR this morning and played Temple of Doom with Longhorn Nation, ripping out Bevo's heart, which still beat with hopes of at least taking the Big 12 South, and taking a juicy 12-7 bite. (So what if the Ags missed both extra points? That's why they call them "extra" points.) Barring a monumental fuckup by Oklahoma in today's Bedlam scrum, not at all out of the question considering the way Boone Pickens' boys manhandled Nebraska a few weeks back, the defending national champions will be spending their 2007 bowl season picking Cotton. As Adam Sandler once said, "Whoopity doo!" At least they'll be in the proper position: bent over. Adding insult to obviously-not-healed shoulder injury, Texas can't even count on possible revenge for LSU's 2000 Fair Park Filleting because of how the Tigers muddied the SEC waters with today's win over Arkansas. But today's game should lead to interesting offseason fishing trips for Colt McCoy and Burnet best buds Jordan Shipley and Stephen McGee. McCoy, suddenly evoking Major Applewhite's injury-prone side as well as his baby-faced sangfroid under pressure, should have plenty to talk about with UT's invisible wideout and A&M's big hero while he learns to cast his line with his left arm. Start with the bullshit offensive pass interference penalty that took a touchdown away from Limas Sweed just before halftime, continue with the Horns' run defense deciding that since it's Thanksgiving, they'd take a holiday from tackling (Rashad Bobino excepted), and finish up with supposed human tank Henry Melton's continuing inability to convert critical short-yardage situations. But, really, who cares? In case you hadn't noticed, and no one beyond the 281 area code probably has, one Division I-A Texas school has already sewn up a spot in its conference championship game, and in fact will host that game next Friday at Robertson Stadium. That's the University of Houston, y'all.. the reigning Major League Soccer champion Houston Dynamo gets most of the headlines these days, but they still play American football there too. And because poker players need a night off once in a while, ESPN2 is even televising this game, to decide the Conference USA champion, Friday, Dec. 1, 7pm. Go Coogs!

For news on the Astros and the signing of Carlos Lee ... Read More | Comment »

MLB 1:38PM Sat. Nov. 25, 2006, Christopher Gray

Toros Lose Season-Opener, Host First Home Game Tonight!

The Toros got their second season off to a rough start with a 101-77 loss to the Thunderbirds in Albuquerque that coach Dennis Johnson described as "way beyond a bad game" and "embarrassing." The Toros were felled by horrible free-throw shooting, turnover after turnover, and overall poor play. Even with their sloppiness, they managed to hang on through the third but couldn't keep up with the NBDL defending champions and were thoroughly blown out in the fourth.

The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes due to technical issues at the press table and in the fourth there was another delay due to a fluorescent light bulb falling from the ceiling and shattering in front of the Albuquerque press table. No one was hurt, luckily. The game finally came to its conclusion at 11:20pm central standard time with the Toros taking a 7am flight to Dallas and then catching a bus to Austin. They definitely need a raucous home crowd tonight to fight off the fatigue and the bad taste in their mouth from last night's cringeworthy defeat.

The Toros face the Fort Worth Flyers tonight at 7pm at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. The game will also be broadcast on 1300 AM, the Zone. Included in the price of admission tonight is a little high school b-ball action with the Round Rock Dragons taking on Bowie High School previous to the Toros game. JV gets started at 3:30pm and varsity follows at 5. Three games for the price of one. Not bad. Read More | Comment »

Austin Toros 12:52PM Sat. Nov. 25, 2006, Mark Fagan

Texas-Sized Basketball: The Houston Rockets and Why I Moved to Texas

Coming as I do from the mid-Atlantic, I’ve experienced no end of questions from people back home as to why exactly I would move to Texas. People from Maryland don’t move to Texas, they argue; they move into D.C. or up to New York or Philadelphia. Maybe, maybe, if opportunity calls, they go as far north as Boston, to suffer through endless winters and an overabundance of fleece vests. Or to California, the other coast, to try to make it in the pictures or join a cult. But anything in between the coasts? Why bother?

And especially Texas. Texas is unimaginable heat and cowboys and guns; cultural conservatives, the death penalty, and Tom DeLay. Texas is George W. Bush, for chrissakes. Why would you move there of all places? Why not just move to Tehran? Fair points all. Texas is hot as all hell, its summers lasting for what seems like endless centuries, its cockroaches the size of small dogs. There are too many guns in Texas, too many trucks that take up two spots in parking lots. And Texas is constantly passing legislation that makes it difficult to be gay or poor or Mexican. Moreover, Texans believe that the best way to keep high school kids from having unprotected sex is to teach them to get a good night’s sleep because you make better decisions when you’re well-rested. (I’ve always found the opposite to be true: If I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, chances are I won’t have the energy for sex, unprotected or not. Get me eight hours, though, and it’s all I think about.) And Texans revel in putting criminals to death on scanty evidence. Underage criminals. Mentally retarded criminals. Unjustly convicted criminals. (I’m getting depressed.) So why, the question remains, why Texas? Read More | Comment »

NBA 11:05PM Thu. Nov. 23, 2006, Josh Rosenblatt

'Friday Night Lights': AISD Teams Choke, 14-5A Flies

Because class 5A added another playoff team this year, bringing the grand total to four per district, last weekend's opening round was the busiest Texas high school football playoff weekend ever. Unfortunately, Austin schools didn't fare so well: AISD's Austin, McCallum, and LBJ racked up a big goose egg, going 0-for-3 (albeit in generally close games) against teams from San Antonio and the Conroe area. Only Westlake advanced, and barely, in a 42-40 squeaker over San Antonio Churchill. The Chaps earned a trip to the Alamodome Friday night to face San Antonio Jay, who thumped Corpus Christi Carroll 60-20. 8pm kick. And congratulations to the San Marcos Rattlers, who knocked out powerful Smithson Valley in Smithson Valley 35-34. For their troubles they get San Antonio Marshall noon Friday, also in the Alamodome. By the way, tickets for this year's 5A state championship games, which just happen to be in the Alamodome (nice that they're using it for something), are on sale now. Read More | Comment »

High School Football 11:59AM Thu. Nov. 23, 2006, Christopher Gray

A Three-Goal Second Period From the Sundogs Dooms the Ice Bats

The Arizona Sundogs scored the rare team hat trick of picking up an even-strength, powerplay, and shorthanded goal all in the second period of their 4-2 victory over the Ice Bats Wednesday night. Austin's feeble powerplay squad was zero for eight including four opportunities to get back in the game with a PP goal in the third period. All Austin could muster after the first period was a meaningless score from Michael Tucciarone with 1:36 remaining in the game. Bats goalie Miguel Beaudry picked up the loss, surrendering four goals on 36 shots. After taking Turkey Day off, the Bats resume play Friday, Nov. 24 (8:35pm) and Saturday, Nov. 25 (8:05pm) on the road against the New Mexico Scorpions. Listen to Glen Norman's broadcast on 1530 AM. Their next home games are Friday, Dec. 1 vs. the Laredo Bucks and Saturday, Dec. 2 vs. the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Read More | Comment »

Austin Ice Bats 11:51AM Thu. Nov. 23, 2006, Mark Fagan

Sometimes I get the visions, but it's not what you think. No drugs are involved, and my visions require looking backward, not forward. Which brings us to an Aggie I once knew with a photographic memory. Nothing is more annoying than a sports fan who knows too much. There's no arguing with a guy who has the facts, and an Aggie with a bushel of facts is a dangerous thing.

So going into Friday's Aggie invasion of Memorial Stadium, here are my visions of facts:

The Horns will win 52-14. This will not be a contest. Yes, the Texas secondary is more porous than a bag of chicken wings at a dog fight (whatever that means). But the Horns are pissed, and they aren't a team that should have lost to lowly Kansas State. That was merely one of those games meant to slap some sense into teams that rely too heavily on luck and inspiration. The Horns had neither against KSU. Read More | Comment »

UT Football 5:52PM Wed. Nov. 22, 2006, Joe O'Connell

Champs League Stunner in Glasgow

Glasgow Celtic, on the defensive most of the game, got a dramatic late goal on a picture-perfect curling free kick by Shunsuke Nakamura to shock mighty Manchester United Tuesday night at Celtic Park.

That, and Real Madrid's two-goal comeback to tie Lyon, were the highlights of Tuesday's Champions League action, as teams fought for spots in the final 16, on the next-to-last game day of the group stage. Four of the eight groups were in action Tuesday; the rest will play tomorrow. Read More | Comment »

World 5:42PM Tue. Nov. 21, 2006, Nick Barbaro

It's All Over for the Lady Longhorns

The Portland Pilots lost their best player, Megan Rapinoe, to a torn ACL halfway through the season. So they settled for a goal-of-the-year from big sister Rachel Rapinoe to knock the UT Lady Longhorns out of the NCAA tourney. Rapinoe nailed a 20-yard stunner just three minutes into the game – UT coach Chris Petrucelli later said it might have been the best goal ever scored on this field – and the Horns never could make it up. They outshot Portland, and outplayed them for most of the game, but couldn't quite find the equalizer, and by the second half, they were chasing the game all over the field, and the Pilots got a late insurance goal to make the final margin 2-0. Read More | Comment »

UT Soccer 5:13PM Tue. Nov. 21, 2006, Nick Barbaro

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away

   Despite falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter due to two 83-yard TD receptions by the Bills No. 83, Lee Evans, the Texans played solid football for three-plus quarters and were one first down or one defensive stop from victory in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The win would have given the Texans two straight victories, three in a row at home, and a 4-3 record over their past seven games. This would have a been a huge step toward respectability for a franchise that desperately needs some. Read More | Comment »

NFL 4:56PM Tue. Nov. 21, 2006, Mark Fagan

Help Me to Pretend

Please tell me that New Orleans Saints cornerback Fred Thomas, who just last week I had hoped to return quickly from injury, didn’t allow Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson to torch him for six catches, 190 yards, and three touchdowns. Please follow that up by telling me that Saints running back Deuce McAllister didn’t carry the ball a measly 10 times for 40 yards in a 31-16 home loss. I really don’t want to know that rookie sensation Marques Colston had to be carted off of the field with a high ankle sprain. And please spare me the news that the Saints are no longer the sole leaders of the NFC South.

For more on the Saints and the LSU Tigers ... Read More | Comment »

NFL 4:36PM Tue. Nov. 21, 2006, Robert Gabriel

Durant Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week, Again

Freshman and future lottery pick Kevin Durant continues his stellar play (unless you ask Rick Barnes) earning his second consecutive Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week honors. Durant is almost averaging a double-double for the season with 22.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He could have gone pro instead of choosing to play for UT this year and will most certainly enlist in the NBA draft following this season. Enjoy his stay here in Austin while you can.

Spartans junior guard Drew Neitzel scored with 2.4 seconds on the clock and Michigan State upset UT 63-61 last Thursday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic held in Madison Square Garden. UT rebounded by narrowly defeating St. John's 77-76 in the consolation game with Anthony Mason Jr.'s last-second three-point attempt bouncing off the rim. The Longhorns' next matchup is against Nicholls State this Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7pm here in the Erwin Center. Read More | Comment »

UT Basketball 3:55PM Mon. Nov. 20, 2006, Mark Fagan

Tastes Like Victory

NFL 10:26PM Sun. Nov. 19, 2006, Jeremy Martin

Bats Lose Another Close One at Home

Last night the Ice Bats suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Corpus Christi Rayz. Austin's Henry Kuster opened up the scoring with a powerplay goal 1:24 into the first period with John McNabb adding the Bats only other score of the evening during the second period. The Bats' Michael Tucciarone was called for hooking 1:51 into the overtime period and the Rayz Derrick McIver took advantage by driving a shot past the Bats goalie Miguel Beaudry for the OT win. This loss puts the 3-4-3 Ice Bats home record at a disappointing 1-4-2 for the season. The Bats face the Mud Bugs tonight in Bossier-Shreveport and then return home Saturday night to face the 3-5-1 Odessa Jackalopes (Sat., Nov. 18, 7:30pm; Chaparral Ice Arena, 14200 N. I-35, 252-8500; $15-35). Read More | Comment »

Austin Ice Bats 4:45PM Fri. Nov. 17, 2006, Mark Fagan

UT Fan Threatens Doug Flutie, Autistic Children

In a move that can only be described as the first thing that's ever made me glad I went to Texas Tech, a Texas fan e-mailed a threat to Doug Flutie on Sunday, blaming the Longhorns loss to K-State on Flutie's analysis of the game. For that extra touch of Texas class, the fan sent the e-mail, accusing Flutie of jinxing the Horns out of a shot at the national title, not to Flutie's actual e-mail address, but to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

Ironically, Doug Flutie actually projected the Texans to win in his pregame analysis (thereby jinxing them). Unfortunately for the Horns, Saturday was totally opposites day.

In a made-up post-game interview, Horns QB Colt McCoy had this to say: "Sure, it's easy to blame us for the loss, but that completely leaves out the two main culprits here: Flutie's irresponsibly positive comments about our team, and of course, autistic children throughout the world."

Any casual fan might threaten a commentator and his family for jinxing his favorite team, but it takes a special breed to carry the blame over to a charity for children with learning disabilities.

In other football news, Sports Illustrated is reporting that Bill Parcells may be staying with the Cowboys for yet another disappointing season to help develop Tony Romo into the kind of superstar QB Parcells is famous for cranking out (Vinny Testaverde, Drew Bledsoe, etc.). Awesome.

It's obviously no coincidence that this story is running on the opening day of the animated film Happy Feet. If anyone needs me, I'll be at the nearest Antarctic wildlife preserve, stomping on penguin eggs. Read More | Comment »

UT Football 3:32PM Fri. Nov. 17, 2006, Jeremy Martin

Porn and Football … Now Just Get Some Beer and We're Set

I wasn't particularly wondering what porn star Adriana Sage's NFL predictions are, but nonetheless, she offers them up. (It's OK to click on the link; there are no dirty pictures on it.) Read More | Comment »

NFL 1:18PM Fri. Nov. 17, 2006, Lee Nichols

'Friday Night Lights': Texas Highways Edition

[For more on NBC's decision to continue shooting the excellent Friday Night Lights, see this week's Film News.]

The four regions the UIL uses for Texas high school athletics generally run clockwise along the state's perimeter: Region I (West Texas), II (Dallas/North Texas), III (Houston/East Texas), and IV (San Antonio/South Texas). Teams from our neck of the woods are shoehorned into II, III, or IV, meaning anything resembling home-field advantage can be hard to come by when the playoffs roll around. Even so, as the long, slow march to state begins this weekend, plenty of games are within easy driving distance. Defending 3A Division II state champs Wimberley will be under way against Marion at New Braunfels Canyon in about two hours. Thorndale meets Harper in a 1A Division II bi-district match 7:30pm at Dripping Springs.

Friday, area teams are in action everywhere from Houston to Smithson Valley, where the 5-5 San Marcos Rattlers pay a courtesy call on the 9-1 Rangers. Also playing before home crowds are state-ranked A&M Consolidated, who welcomes Round Rock to College Station's Kyle Field at 7pm (with the winner likely next facing powerhouse Lufkin), and 17-4A champ McCallum, who draws Montgomery at Burger Center. Up north, the Round Rock ISD Stadium hosts Killeen Ellison and Leander, while the Lions' Bible Stadium gets Harker Heights vs. Cedar Park, and Liberty Hill and China Spring do a 3A Division II-step at Round Rock High's Dragon Stadium. Just over the Travis County line, Pflugerville hosts a pair of 2A Division II games: Lexington and Jarrell at Connally Stadium, and Rogers vs. Somerville at Kuempel.

Down in Hays County, Westlake and San Antonio Churchill tangle at San Marcos' Bobcat Stadium, and Austin High's fightin' Maroons take on San Antonio MacArthur at Bob Shelton Stadium in 5A Division II action. For true road warriors, how about Brenham vs. Elgin at Bryan, Waco Robinson vs. Hutto at Temple, Bellville vs. West Columbia at Houston's Rhodes Stadium, Sweeny vs. La Grange at Houston Strake Jesuit, and Giddings vs. Wharton at Tomball?

Our two 1A schools playing Friday don't have quite as far to travel: Granger vs. Johnson City at Bastrop, and Thrall vs. Medina at Dripping Springs. Read More | Comment »

High School Football 7:16PM Thu. Nov. 16, 2006, Christopher Gray

Wranglers Acquire QB Adrian McPherson

Austin picked up quarterback Adrian McPherson from the Utah Blaze in exchange for future considerations. McPherson played college ball with Florida State (2001-02) and completed 80 of 155 passes for 1,017 yards and 12 TDs with 180 yards rushing in his sophomore season, serving as the Seminoles backup QB. He was selected in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2005 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints and served as the Saints third-string QB for that season. He attended training camp with the Saints in 2006, but was released prior to the regular season. McPherson was named the Arena Football League's 2004 Rookie of the Year with the Indiana Firebirds. He ran into some trouble with the law for allegedly betting on pro and college football games in the spring of 2003 with his trial ending in a hung jury. Continuing his run of bad luck, the most notable event of his NFL career is being struck by a golf cart driven by the Tennessee Titans mascot, T-Rac, in August of this year. I had no idea the Titans' macot was a gladiator raccoon. I guess it's true, raccoons are bad drivers. Read More | Comment »

Austin Wranglers 4:28PM Thu. Nov. 16, 2006, Mark Fagan

Lady Longhorns Host Sweet 16 Matchup vs. Portland

Best weekend ever for soccer in Texas. While penalty-kick shootouts are still a terrible way to end a soccer game, this week I've gotta say: 'They're a lot better when you win 'em.'

First, the Houston Dynamo nabbed the state's first Major League Soccer Cup (see below). And then on Monday, the UT Lady Longhorns edged past host Connecticut – 3-1 in spot kicks after a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime – to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Horns had beaten Long Island University, 4-0, in the first round on Friday.

This weekend, UT will host the NCAA third round, as the No. 1-seeded Horns take on the defending national champion Portland Pilots, a rematch of the 2004 NCAA third round, when the Pilots ended UT's season, 2-0, also here in Austin. 1pm Sunday, Nov. 19, Mike A. Myers Stadium. $7, $4 students.

Game Notes: Read More | Comment »

UT Soccer 8:25PM Wed. Nov. 15, 2006, Nick Barbaro

Lone Star Weekend

The Houston Dynamo nabbed the state's first Major League Soccer title with a 1-1 (4-3 shootout) win over the New England Revolution, after Brian Ching's electrifying goal to tie the game with just six minutes left in the second overtime. And the city celebrated like it had won ... well, a major sports championship.

After 112 minutes of tense, scoreless soccer, Taylor Twellman scored what looked like a winner for the Revs with just seven minutes to go. But Ching broke loose almost directly from the restart, heading home a cross from Brian Mullan to tie the game at 1, reignite the rowdy home-state crowd at Frisco's Pizza Hut Park, and send matters to the shootout.

Read More | Comment »

U.S. 7:52PM Wed. Nov. 15, 2006, Nick Barbaro

Euro 2008 Qualification

Euro 2008 qualifying headed into its winter break with a light schedule Wednesday – seven games, in three of the groups.

Highlights included Croatia's 4-3 win on the road in Israel, behind a hat trick by Brazilian-born striker Eduardo da Silva; they and Russia established themselves as the leading contenders along with England in Group E. And also, Poland's 1-0 win in Brussels – another dagger in the heart for the once-proud Belgians, who were booed off the pitch by their own fans at the end.

Results for Wednesday, Nov. 15

Group A
Finland 1, Armenia 0
Portugal 3, Kazakhstan 0
Belgium 0, Poland 1

Group D
Cyprus 1, Germany 1
Ireland 5, San Marino 0

Group E
Israel 3, Croatia 4
Macedonia 0, Russia 2

Read More | Comment »

Euro 2008 7:16PM Wed. Nov. 15, 2006, Nick Barbaro

« 1    BACK    86   87   88   89   90   91   92   93   94   95     NEXT    98 »