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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: It takes a village — at the NCAA outdoor nationals, anyway

For the 1,215 athletes in town, the NCAA outdoor championships not only represent a chance to make history, but also a chance to do so in a cool city. The athletes are here to win, but there isn’t anything wrong with having a good time between heats. It’s Austin, after … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas Tech’s world-class sprinters look simply ‘Divine’ at NCAA outdoors

Wes Kittley found the best pair of sprinters he’s ever coached at pretty much the opposite ends of the earth. The veteran Texas Tech coach located A.J. Hudson at high school powerhouse Cibolo Steele outside San Antonio. He spotted Divine Oduduru at a junior meet in Eugene, Ore. Everyone else … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Kevin Durant’s Golden State legacy is riding on the NBA Finals

Before Kevin Durant limped off the court with a calf injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Golden State Warriors were the odds on-favorite to win their fourth title in five seasons. Now with KD still on the shelf as the Dubs await the winner of the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Elish pitches and pitches and pitches Texas to victory

And then Miranda Elish rested. But not before her arm almost fell off. Thankfully, it didn’t. That would qualify as outrageous hyperbole, but not any more so than the inconceivable notion that a softball pitcher might throw every single pitch of four games over a two-day span at McCombs Field. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Austin has been home, sweet home for Texas heptathlete Ashtin Zamzow

Ashybelle’s Cookies is a now-defunct Austin-based business which took off in the summer of 2018. Ashtin Zamzow, its owner, wore several hats. “I baked, I delivered, I ordered, and I shipped,” Zamzow said. “I did everything. I was delivering cookies all over the place. It got pretty successful, but I … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: From triumphs to tragedies, Texas’ Harrison Scott has overcome a lot on, off court

When Harrison Scott arrived on campus three years ago as a wide-eyed freshman from Canada, then-Texas assistant tennis coach Bruce Berque could hardly get a word out of him. “He would barely speak,” Berque recalled. “He was really, really quiet. He started not only speaking up, but I kid him … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

It’s Hammer’s time: Texas’ talented freshman golfer is the Longhorns’ next big thing

Cole Hammer has always felt at home at the UT Golf Club. Even before it was home. This Texas freshman felt so comfortable at the school’s private golf club in west Austin that he committed to becoming a future Longhorn at age 14 even before he won first place in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: There’s always next year, and 2020 looks brighter for Texas baseball

In all likelihood, Texas’ baseball season ends next Saturday. There is a slim possibility of the post-season — maybe a 10-percent chance, the head coach says — but it will likely come crashing to an embarrassing conclusion with the home finale against Oklahoma. Pending a colossal miracle that probably includes … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Are the numbers for Texas’ Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson Hall of Fame-worthy?

Jamaal Charles and Derrick Johnson had fine careers in Kansas City, but were those careers Hall of Fame-worthy? Both were in Kansas City last week to retire as Chiefs after signing one-day contracts. That makes it four Texas exes who officially stepped away this offseason. Linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Freefalling Horns need a slump buster (and fast)

The Texas Longhorns must summon every baseball slump-busting superstition known to man and employ it before this season gets to the point of no return. The only thing they do well these days is lose games, and that’s not something you would want to be the best at, especially when … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ unproven defense delivered in spring finale

This defense will be OK. That’s what Texas fans that left Saturday’s Orange-White game are thinking after the close of spring football season. As expected, the more experienced offense got the best of the defense during the spring. That happens when you lose starting linebackers Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If Jordan Spieth truly needs a golfing reboot, Augusta National is his place

AUGUSTA, Ga. — With one more day before the start of the 83rd Masters, everybody wants to know. What’s wrong with Jordan Spieth? What isn’t? Let’s see. His driver. His putting. His irons. His long game. His short game. His mental game. Nothing. Everything. But nothing that Augusta National can’t … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas RB Keaontay Ingram thinks bigger will be better

Keaontay Ingram expects to take a licking in 2019. But he’s gone into the weight room this offseason to make sure he keeps on ticking. The sophomore has added some bulk to his 6-foot frame since the expectation is for him to become the featured ball carrier in the Texas … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Confounding Texas baseball team searching for consistency

With the baseball season well past its halfway mark, the Texas Longhorns renew conference play by traveling to Waco to face the Baylor Bears. And face themselves as well. That’s because this Texas baseball team has frequently met the enemy and it has closely resembled the same one it sees … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: NIT’s Final Four wasn’t the original destination, but Texas, Smart enjoying the ride

As players gathered to dress after their third straight win in the NIT, Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart looked around the room. “Let’s finish this thing the right way,” he told them. “You guys want to win a championship? It’s the kind of locker room banter fans envisioned happening … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas men — the Hustling Horns — haven’t checked out of NIT just yet

They had to start somewhere. Yeah,  I know there several truckloads of Longhorns basketball fans who were looking down their noses during Sunday’s second-round NIT game against Xavier with some side eye mixed in. Here’s a news flash: The season may have ended for a checked-out fan base outside of … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Johnny “Lam” Jones was much more than just a Texas legend

The legend of Lam Jones will always live forever in the hearts of Texas football fans and Americans who enjoy good old-fashioned speed on a track or football field. But sports were only part of his story. John Wesley Jones II — the man behind the nickname — was laid … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas baseball is winning ugly, yet putting together a pretty good run

Those hardy souls who braved the finale of the Texas-Arkansas baseball mini-series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field have to be hoping for one conclusive piece of data. Please don’t let Wednesday night’s marathon be a preview of the type of College World Series game this June. But what the near-four hour … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With its fan base MIA, Texas basketball trudges along in the NIT

So if only 1,739 people showed up to the Erwin Center to witness Texas win an NIT game, did it really happen? Allow me to answer in the affirmative with one addendum: The fans have checked out. To steal a line from Air Supply, they’re all out of love. The … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: March Madness equals sadness in Austin but what of Shaka?

Texas didn’t get in and Shaka Smart will be back. The mess that’s been the 2019 basketball season took a predictable turn when the Longhorns were not one of the 68 teams announced as part of the NCAA basketball tournament field. March Sadness has descended upon our fair city … Read More