Want to know why Iowa State is a Big 12 contender? Check out the offensive line

ARLINGTON — The top two Big 12 teams in the preseason media poll are Oklahoma and Texas. Makes sense. The Sooners seemingly are always winning the title. The Longhorns, after a 10-4 year and a Sugar Bowl victory, are trying to return to their spot as … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 12 Texas A&M has a loaded schedule to navigate

We’re 44 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We continue with our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked first, second, eighth and 13th in … Read More

A show of hands: Big 12’s most dazzling stars could be a trio of wide receivers

  ARLINGTON — There could be a lively debate that says the best returning players in the Big 12 are the guys who catch the ball. OK, we concede the fact that Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who hoisted the Sugar Bowl MVP trophy on New Year’s … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: For No. 16 Central Florida, it’s about who’s NOT on the field

We’re 48 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We kick off our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked 1st, 2nd, 8th and 13th in … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 17 Iowa State aims to maintain its recent rise

We’re 49 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We kick off our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked 1st, 2nd, 8th and 13th in … Read More

Boise State’s Allie Ostrander blisters field to stay perfect in NCAA steeplechase

Allie Ostrander first started honing her racing skills when she was in grade school. That’s when she’d run with other girls and boys her age and conquer the Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska. Competitors ran up the mountain, with the course climbing more than 3,000-feet in … Read More

Florida’s dazzling hurdler Grant Holloway takes down record owned by track icon ‘Skeets’ Nehemiah

Grant Holloway sported a bouncing, buoyant sort of energy as he flitted down the Myers Stadium field late Friday to pick up all his accolades.. Outside of Texas Tech sprinter Divine Oduduru, Holloway, the dynamic Florida runner, was the most dominant athlete competing during Friday’s session … Read More

Georgia star Johannes Erm dominates NCAA decathlon as he eyes 2020 Olympics

  By the time Johannes Erm picked up his award for winning the NCAA decathlon title late Thursday night, he’d been at the track more than 12 hours. He’d held the lead in the decathlon, which stretched through a marathon two days and 10 events at … Read More

Texas’ Piperi opens NCAA outdoor championships with a national shot put title

Texas track athletes are celebrating their home field advantage in all its hot, oppressively humid glory. And the guy with the grandest achievement to celebrate was Adrian “Tripp” Piperi, who won the shot put with a heave of 69 feet, 3 and 1/4 inches. It allowed him to beat defending … Read More

Give her the ball: A refreshed Elish can expect more work in super regionals against Alabama

Miranda Elish was under strict orders on Monday. Texas softball coach Mike White told his star pitcher with the seemingly never-tiring right arm to “do nothing.” By Tuesday, Elish did just enough in practice as the Longhorns worked out one final time in Austin. Late Tuesday afternoon, the squad gathered … Read More

Texas softball stumbles to 2-1 loss in NCAA regional; Horns face A&M in do-or-die game

Lindsey McLeod grew up across town from McCombs Field. It was the place to be for all local little girls who dreamed of playing softball. McLeod was a standout at Westlake High School and attended a couple of Texas Longhorn pitching camps. But she never received a recruiting call from … Read More

Jamaal Charles’ retirement closes an NFL chapter for Texas’ 2005 national championship team

Jamaal Charles was wearing a dark suit and dress shoes when he took a final, ceremonial handoff from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes earlier this week. The carry officially marked Charles’ retirement from the NFL, closing a professional résumé that included the NFL career record for most yards per … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas men qualifies trio of divers for NCAA championships

  Texas, looking to extend its streak to five straight national titles, qualified three divers in the first day of zone qualifying. The goal is to get as many divers as possible into the NCAA swimming and diving championships. Texas is playing host to both the men’s and women’s swimming … Read More

Looking for the finish line: Texas’ Daniels wants to finish the way she started, with 60-meters gold

Imagine a day where you’re the best you’ve ever been. Now, think about trying to get back there. You’re Teahna Daniels, sprinting for Texas. Three years ago, you faced your first NCAA indoor championships. And because you were a teenager, your mind wasn’t cluttered with self doubt. You had no … Read More

NFL combine: Kyler Murray won the weekend in Indy; will he also be the draft’s first pick?

Want to know who’s trending now that the NFL scouting combine has finished in Indianapolis? Kyler Murray. He stepped on the scale, weighed 207 pounds and was a shade over 5-foot-10. He talked to some teams, but didn’t throw a ball, run a 40-yard dash or try to jump to … Read More

Big 12 swimming and diving: UT’s Ryan Harty breaks league record in his comeback from severe elbow injury

For Ryan Harty, his swimming career can be divided into what happened before and after he decided to kill time by climbing a tree. Two-plus years ago, Harty and some of his Texas teammates were awaiting a ride outside their dorm. They were headed to Barton … Read More

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Big 12 swimming and diving: Joanna Evans and Townley Haas star in distance events

This time a year ago, Joanna Evans couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t shake a swimming funk. At last year’s Big 12 championships, Evans said, she had “no zap.”  She struggled in her distance freestyle events. Then between the conference championships and the NCAA meet, Evans … Read More

NFL scouting combine: For Kyler Murray, other Big 12 prospects, it’s all about the measurables

The most talked about plot line of this year’s NFL scouting combine has nothing to do with a clocking in the 40-yard dash or how many times a prospect can push up a 225-pound bar bell. Rather, it’s about a scale and a tape measure. Specifically, it’s about how much … Read More

Hello, again: Former Texas/SMU/NFL quarterback Garrett Gilbert shining early in the new AAF

SAN ANTONIO — Leigh Steinberg, the long-time agent to some of the NFL’s biggest-name quarterbacks, joked Monday that his firm could represent two league MVPs. There’s Patrick Mahomes, the NFL’s It quarterback, who led Kansas City to the AFC championship game. And there’s Garrett Gilbert, the 27-year-old former Lake Travis … Read More

Bill Bradley, Duke Thomas bridging Texas football generations for AAF’s San Antonio Commanders

SAN ANTONIO — Texas players sometimes refer to the photos adorning the hallways in the football complex as ghosts. They’re the Longhorns who have played before them, the ones who achieved All-American status or other wow kind of honors when they competed at UT. Duke Thomas, who was a three-year … Read More