• Texas finishes fourth in Betsy Rawls Invitational

    The Longhorns continued to drop key putts and hit fairways in day two of the Betsy Rawls Invitational, resulting in a fourth-place finish with three players in the top 20. As Texas continued to show improvement, head coach Ryan Murphy said he felt good about his team’s progress.

    “I was pleased with our result today,” Murphy said. “With the locations that we had out there today, that was a big round of golf and the best round of golf I’ve been a part of in women’s golf. It’s always nice to play well in front of the home crowd.”

    Junior Julia Beck led the team at a total three-under-par for the tournament. She shot a five-under-par round of 67 Tuesday to finish in fourth place. 

    “It started off pretty solid,” Beck said. “One bogey, six birdies total. I just felt like I have a lot more confidence and better course management.”

    Sophomore Sophia Schubert finished tied for 10th after a total of two-over-par for 54 holes, and senior Tezira Abe dropped down the leaderboard after shooting five-over-par. Despite her struggles, Abe still managed to finish four-over-par and in 18th place.

    Freshman Maddie Luitwieler finished tied for 35th at nine-over-par for the tournament, and Junior Haley Mills stayed tied for 65th after her six-over-par round to finish at a total of 20-over-par. Senior Natalie Karcher and junior Anne Hakula played as individuals in the tournament and finished tied for 42nd and 68th, respectively.

    Kent State won the tournament five-under-par for a 54-hole total of 859, and coaches throughout the country – including Murphy – took notice. 

    “They’re a top-five team in the country right now”, Murphy said.

    Kent State beat out the competition by 8 strokes, with Texas Tech finishing in second and the University of Nevada - Las Vegas in third. Texas Tech sophomore Gabby Barker pulled off a victory over Kent State senior Taylor Kim and UNLV freshman Elizabeth Prior with a score of five-under-par to take individual first place. 

    The Longhorns will head to Boulder Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas for their last tournament of the fall season. The Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown will run Sunday through Tuesday.

  • Former Longhorn football player Kendall Sanders found not guilty of sexual assault

    Former Texas football player Kendall Sanders was found not guilty of sexual assault Friday in Travis County District Court.

    The jury deliberated for over four hours between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.  Sanders faced up to 20 years in prison for sexual assault, a second-degree felony, after an incident in San Jacinto Residence Hall on June 21, 2014 involving a female student.

    During Thursday’s closing argument, Sanders’ attorney Brian Roark presented 37 inconsistencies made by the prosecution. The jury of eight men and four women cleared Sanders of the charge.

    Former Texas player Montrel Meander faces the same charge as Sanders as he was involved in the incident. It is unknown how his case will proceed. The woman involved in the case admitted to having casual sex with Meander. She did not identify him as her attacker, initially.

  • Former Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks takes on new role with Eagles

    Former linebacker Jordan Hicks has had an unexpected rise to stardom in his past three games with the Philadelphia Eagles. The rookie started his first game against the Dallas Cowboys in week two of the NFL season because of injuries to Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks. He was noted for the sack that broke Tony Romo’s clavicle and sidelined the quarterback for six weeks. This past week, Hicks recovered yet another fumble and aided in stopping Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ dominant pass offense. After just three games, Hicks has recorded a total of 21 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception and three fumble recoveries.

    During his career with the Longhorns, Hicks played behind linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson his freshman year. As a sophomore, he competed in eight starts including a Holiday Bowl performance against California, in which he recorded eight tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss. As a senior in 2014, Hicks recorded 147 tackles, seventh best in Texas history. His strong combine performance attracted the attention of the Eagles, who selected him 84th overall.

  • Jake Arrieta’s historic season follows offseason spent in Austin

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta has played a major role in his team’s success this season. But his individual accolades might be even more impressive — finishing the season with the second-lowest ERA in the majors at 1.77, seventh in strikeouts with 236 and the most wins in all of baseball with 22. On top of all that, Arrieta threw the first Cubs no-hitter since 2008 against the NL West division champion Los Angeles Dodgers and recorded a 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break — the lowest second-half ERA in MLB history.

    Before Arrieta became one of the front-runners for the National League Cy Young award, he spent his offseason in Austin training for the 2015 season.

    Arrieta’s workouts in Austin weren’t typical of a major league pitcher. His workout routine usually consisted of popular Austin activities such as hiking and biking. What made Arrieta’s workouts even tougher: He toted his two young children around in a baby carrier on his chest.

    “That’s one of the main reasons we live in Austin,” Arrieta told MLB.com. “The weather is so nice for the majority of the offseason, and it’s easy for us to get out and ride bikes and get on some trails, to walk together as a family. Sometimes I’ll go out for a trail run. We just like to do things outdoors.”

    Arrieta capitalized on the offseason in Austin by training himself both physically and mentally.

    “I’ve learned to be my own coach and trust my gut, instead of trusting everybody I come in contact with,” Arrieta told ESPN. “I knew for a long time I could pitch my way and have success, but it was hard to do that. You want to be coachable and try to listen and learn from people, but everybody normally doesn’t have all the information. Sometimes you have to be your own coach and try to figure it out on your own.”

    Arrieta’s workout regimen during the offseason brought his productivity on the field to the next level. Not only has Arrieta ushered the Cubs back into the postseason, but he has also led Chicago to its first postseason win since 2003 after throwing a complete game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card game Wednesday.

    While taking over as the ace in Chicago, Arrieta maintained his quirky free-spirit attitude typical of the Austin scene, with witty tweets and off-field behaviors. He became the first player in major league history to throw a no-hitter and conduct his post-game press conference in a mustache-patterned onesie.

    The National League Cy Young candidate will start Monday for the Cubs at home against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS with hopes of extending Chicago’s magical season. The game is in Chicago and airs at 5:07 p.m. on TBS.
    There, Arrieta will aim to give Austin another reason to be proud.

  • Bevo to miss Texas-OU game because of life-threatening condition

    Bevo XIV will not make the trip to Dallas for Saturday’s Texas-OU game because of a life-threatening condition, according to a statement from the University. 

    Bevo XIV, who was known as Sunrise Studly before he was chosen as Bevo, has been the University’s mascot since 2004 after replacing XIII. The steer is in its 12th season as the Texas’ mascot and weighs 2,100 pounds. Bevo has appeared in big games over the past 12 seasons, including the team’s 2005 National Championship win over USC. 

    “BEVO is a fighter, a symbol of strength and who fans across the world care deeply about. We are carefully monitoring BEVO’s condition at this time and will update the public as we find out more about his condition. The safety and well being of BEVO XIV is always our primary concern, and therefore he will not be attending the game on Saturday” Ricky Brennes, the executive director of the Silver Spurs Alumni Association, said in a statement.

    Bevo XIV is being monitored by veterinarians, according to to the statement.

    Click here for 14 facts about Bevo XIV.