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RERsports — Golden: Five reasons why Tom Herman will turn Texas around sooner, not later

Tom Herman will win at Texas.

At least that’s what he’s saying.

“We will work day and night to make sure we bring Texas football back to its rightful place,” Herman told the Erwin Center crowd at halftime of Saturday’s Texas-Kansas game. After some raucous applause, he headed back to the Moncrief-Neuhaus athletic complex where he was hosting some of the country’s top recruits at junior day.

The feeling was palpable in the gym that day. Longhorn Nation already loves him.

They also loved Charlie Strong at one time, but he’s no longer around. If your name isn’t Saban, Meyer or Swinney, there are no sure things in this game.

Still, I can’t help but believe Herman will get things back to the elite level in a short time. Here are five reasons why:

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RERsports — Transgender wrestler booed after winning female competition he didn’t want to be in

Mack Beggs, 17, who is transitioning from female to male, had wanted to compete against other boys in the Texas state championship.

But officials refused to allow it because state sport regulations require athletes to wrestle according to their gender at birth.

Despite this Beggs was booed by people who thought he had an unfair advantage when taking on girls because he was taking drugs that increased his testosterone.

This had led to a parent of a girl trying to block him competing by filing a lawsuit.

But it didn’t work and Beggs beat Chelsea Sanchez 12-2 on Saturday to win gold at the Texas girls state championship in the 110-weight class.

‘That’s honestly what the spotlight should’ve been on, my teammates,’ he said after he won.

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RERsports — Transgender teenager taking testosterone wins Texas state girls’ wrestling tournament

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old transgender boy completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he’s taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage.

The family of Mack Beggs has said he would rather be wrestling boys, but state policy calls for students to wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates. So the junior from Euless Trinity beat Chelsea Sanchez 12-2 in the 110-pound weight class to improve to 57-0 and earn the championship.

Beggs fell to his knees for a moment after the win as a mixture of cheers and boos rained down on him. He then hugged his coach and left the mat.

He had a bit of fun with his fellow wrestlers at the medal ceremony when he counted down from three and all six of the top finishers posed by doing a dab on the medal stand.

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RERsports — Track boss wants NASCAR at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas

If NASCAR truly is looking to interject something different, something exciting, the racing series should look at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. That’s the opinion of COTA chairman Bobby Epstein, who says he’s ready to make his pitch to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“I’ve had contact with NASCAR officials, and we’ve heard from their fans and drivers,” Epstein told the Austin American-Statesman for a published article. “Everyone seems to want to be here, so I see no reason why it couldn’t come together.

“It’s something fans are asking for in droves. We hear it, and I’m assuming (NASCAR) hears it, too. They are continuing to tweak their product, looking for new ideas. This would be something different, a change of pace. I’d be pretty optimistic it could happen, because NASCAR said they want more road courses, more non-ovals. Now that they’ve said that, this is the best one in the country. So if enough fans want them here, I think they’ll be here one day.”

NASCAR currently has just two road courses on its 36-race schedule — Watkins Glen, New York, and Sonoma, California.

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RERsports — Former Longhorn player arrested for DWI

CBS Austin

Former Longhorn and NFL player Cedric Benson has had another run-in with the law.

According to court documents, Benson was seen by Austin Police early Saturday morning speeding along the 800 block of W 6th Street.

When officers attempted to pull Benson over at a convenience store on N Lamar, Benson left his vehicle and attempted to enter the store.

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RERsports — NBA warns Texas over proposed ‘bathroom bill’


The NBA has warned that Texas could be overlooked for future events because of a proposed “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people.

The Texas legislation is similar to a North Carolina law that prompted the league to move the All-Star Game out of that state. It would require people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass says an environment where people are treated “fairly and equally” weighs heavily in deciding host locations. The NBA first made the statement last week, and the NFL has issued similar warnings.

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The Texas attorney general’s office will keep secret how much money Formula One receives from organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix to run the annual race.

The Associated Press had requested financial information related to the 2015 and 2016 races from the governor’s office under state public records law. Race host Circuit of the Americas receives more than $20 million in taxpayer funds to help pay for the event.

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RERsports — An Austin group is trying to bring Formula E racing to city for 2018


Austin is one of five U.S. cities being considered for a spot on next year’s racing calendar for Formula E.

Call Formula E a hybrid of Formula One, except its open-wheeled cars race solely on electric energy. And unlike F1, the electric cars aren’t loud and race around a relatively short, downtown circuit.

Formula E, with racing teams owned by Michael Andretti and billionaire Richard Branson, is in its third year. It even has Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio officially singing its sustainability praises.

The lone American stop this season is a doubleheader of races in Brooklyn in July. Other cities on the schedule include Paris, London, Montreal, Mexico City and Hong Kong. The series makes a stop in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday.

“Formula E is excited by the possibility to bring our innovative all-electric World Championship event to Austin, Texas,” said Alejandro Agag, Formula E founder and chief executive officer, in a statement to the American-Statesman.

“Austin is a city that clearly shares our interests in sustainable mobility, renewable energy and smart tech solutions, as well as being renowned for great entertainment,” Agag said. “However, with five U.S. cities already interested to host us alongside our confirmed New York ePrix, I must stress it is a competitive situation.”

Other cities believed to be in contention for a spot on next year’s schedule include Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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RERsports — Army Falls to No.1 TCU in Shooting Clash

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point rifle team fell to No. 1 TCU on Sunday at home 4726-4657, to round out the first half of the 2016-17 season.


  • The Frogs captured the top five individual spots on the day with scores from Rachel Garner (1185), Mindy Miles (1183), Casey Lutz (1179), Sally Li (1172), and Nicole Hankey (1168).
  • The Black Knights high score came from sophomore Payne Nunn who shot a 1167, scoring 579 in smallbore and 588 in air rifle.


  • TCU took the top five places led by Garner with a 593.
  • Army was led by sophomore Nathan Brewer and Nunn shooting 580 and 579, respectfully.
  • Seniors Danielle Cuomo (576) and Allen Solida (572) rounded out the top ten.

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RERsports — Source: Texas players threaten boycott of TCU game

Kirk Bohls American-Statesman Staff

Amidst the swirl of speculation about Charlie Strong’s future and reports that the Texas head football coach would be fired this week, several Longhorn players are considering boycotting this week’s regular-season finale against TCU, according to a source close to the Texas football program. Upperclassmen on the team are intervening and trying to calm the waters according to the source.

“Some of the team is threatening to boycott the TCU game,” the source said. “Older players are trying to settle things down.”

The American-Statesman reported on Sunday that the Texas administration had reached a decision to fire Strong after the 24-21 overtime loss to Kansas on Saturday but that school president Gregory L. Fenves didn’t want to conclude his evaluation and make public any announcement until after the final game.

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