Covering the breaking sports stories from the Lone Star State.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
McNeese Softball advances to Regional Championship game with win over Minnesota
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Houston Dash fall to San Diego Wave FC 3-0
HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 20, 2023) In the second minute of the match, many fans looked at each other, wondering "what just happened" and "this is going to be a long night." The unassisted goal by forward Alex Morgan set the tone for the rest of the match as the Houston Dash dropped a 3-0 decision to San Diego Wave FC on Saturday night at Shell Energy Stadium
Houston tried to find the back of the net, with 13 shots and only one shot on goal hindered the Dash, in route to dropping their third game of the season. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell had four saves during the match, but the lack of offense was very obvious to the 5,966 fans in attendance.
The Wave added insurance goals with midfielder Sierra Enge, in the 58th minute and Madison Pogarch, who came off the bench, to score in the 79th minute.
Houston will travel to the Midwest to take on the Kansas City Current for the first time in regular season play on May 26 at 7:00pm CT. The two teams met in the opening match of the 2023 UKG NWSL Challenge Cup at Shell Energy Stadium on April 19.
Saturday, May 13, 2023
McNeese State softball punches ticket to NCAA Tournament
LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA (May 13, 2023) Fans are invited to join the 2023 Southland Conference Tournament Softball Champions, McNeese Cowgirls at Mr. Bill’s Seafood Express on Sunday, May 14 for the NCAA Selection Show that will begin at 6 p.m. (CST) on ESPN2. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 09, 2023
Seven Lakes downs Dobie 6-0, Advances to UIL State 6A Tournament
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Houston Dynamo FC shuts out LA Galaxy 3-0
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 8, 2023) The Houston Dynamo FC relied on two goals from Amine Bassi to lead them to a 3-0 win over the LA Galaxy at Shell Energy Stadium on Saturday evening. Two of the Dynamo's goals came in the second half as they raised the 2023 record to 3-0-3 (W-D-L) while the Galaxy dropped to 0-4-2.
Houston first got on the scoreboard in the 35th minute when Hector Herrera was awarded a free kick after a galaxy infraction. The midfielder took the kick from the left corner of the penalty area. It was the Captain's second goal of the season. After 45 minutes of play, both teams headed to the locker room at halftime with Houston holding a slim 1-0 lead.
The tension on the pitch increased tremendously in the second half, with one Galaxy player being ejected and Houston scoring two additional times.
In the 64th minute, Los Angeles defender Martin Caceres was given his second yellow card of the match and was sent off by the officials. Houston was awarded a penalty kick as a result of the infraction, midfielder Amine Bassi stepping up to take the kick. On the official's whistle, the Frenchmen when left as goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann when right; scoring the Dynamo's second goal. Bassi achieved a brace seven minutes later when Bassi again drove the ball past Klinsmann into the net.
With the win, Houston received their 188th victory in season play and gave head coach Ben Olsen his third victory with the Dynamo. It was also Houston 14th victory against the Galaxy in the all-time series and improve their all-time record to 14-10-13 (W-D-L).
Houston's there goals came off 13 shots and nine corner kicks while LA had 15 shots and six corner kicks.
A bit of a brew-ha-ha broke out in added time of the second half when Los Angeles attacker Douglas Costa accosted Herrera on the near side of the pitch. After teammates and officials separated the two, both was issued a red card.
Steven Alker Focused on Defending Insperity Invitational Title in The Woodlands
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THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (April 9, 2023) The newest star of the PGA TOUR Champions, Steven Alker (shown above), is first to add his name to the tee sheet for the 20th anniversary of the Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare, April 24‐30, 2023.
Alker notched four PGA TOUR Champions titles including the Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare in 2022 to go along with four second‐place finishes and 18 top‐10s en route to capturing the season‐long Charles Schwab Cup title.
“It’s been a fun ride and I’m just so happy to be out here on Tour. Everything has come around and I’m enjoying my game,” said Alker.
Mother Nature couldn’t even slow Steven Alker down in The Woodlands last year.
The Kiwi returned to The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course from a two‐hour Sunday rain delay by playing a six‐hole stretch in 6‐under par on the back nine to outduel Steve Stricker and win the Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare on Sunday for his second of three victories on the PGA TOUR Champions in 2022.
“I actually watched some footage up in the clubhouse (during the rain delay) and just changed my ball position and felt a little more on top of the ball. Just a tiny little thing and I started hitting some nice shots and driving it better,” said Alker. “I thank goodness we did have a little break because I kind of struggled, missed a few fairways early on and made some nice putts, kept me going. Then I got my roll going.”
Alker has been on a sizzling run since Monday qualifying for his first event – Boeing Classic – in August 2021 where he finished T7. With the top 10, the New Zealander got into the following event and then recorded six straight top‐10s before notching his maiden victory at the TimberTech Championship.
“Steven has been a wonderful ambassador for our tournament and the PGA TOUR Champions. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the Tournament’s 20th anniversary celebration than by welcoming him back to The Woodlands,” said Bryan Naugle, Executive Director, Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare.
“Once again Houston area golf fans will be treated to an incredible show at the end of April that will include golf’s legends, World Golf Hall of Famers, and new stars on the PGA TOUR Champions like Steven who have already started booking their tickets for our event.”
Friday, April 07, 2023
Houston Dash sign Lindsi Jennings
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 7, 2023) The Houston Dash have added defender Lindsi Jennings (shown above) to the roster as an Injury Replacement Player, the team announced today. Jennings, the 36th overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft and third for the Dash, has trained with the Club through preseason and the CBA-mandated signing window prior to her singing.
Jennings joins the Dash after finishing her collegiate career at Louisiana State University as the third player to be drafted in program history. As a fifth-year senior, the former Tigers co-captain played and started in all 20 matches and recorded a career high two goals of the year. The Conroe, Texas native earned All-SEC First Team honors during the 2022 season and was a key component of the backline that helped the Tigers reach the second round of the NCAA tournament. Jennings capped her career at LSU with 40 appearances, 32 starts, three goals, two assists, six shots on goal in 2,696 minutes of play.
Prior to transferring to LSU, the defender played three seasons at Northern Colorado where she played in 51 games, tallied one goal and two assists to go along with nine clean sheets for the Bears. Jennings was named Second Team All-Big Sky all three years and was named 2018 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year.
Jennings joins former LSU alum and current Canadian Women’s National Team and Dash defender Allysha Chapman.
The Houston Dash will be back in action on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00pm CT when the team takes on the Mexican Women’s National Team in an international friendly at Shell Energy Stadium. Tickets for the match can be purchased here.
Houston returns to league play on Friday, April 14 at 9:30pm CT as they travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on the reigning 2022 NWSL Champion Portland Thorns.
Saturday, March 25, 2023
NCAA DI Men's Basketball Tournament: Elite 8 Predictions
PASADENA, TEXAS (March 19, 2023) The Elite 8 round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament will take place on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 are listed below. My predictions are below:
Saturday, March 25
- No. 3 Kansas State over No. 9 Florida Atlantic
- No. 3 Gonzaga over No. 4 UConn
Sunday, March 26
- No. 5 San Diego State over No. 6 Creighton
- No. 2 Texas over No. 5 Miami (Fla.)
Sweet Sixteen Results from NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships.
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PASADENA, TEXAS (March 25, 2023) The eight games in the of Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on March 23-24 are completed. My predictionsm which are underlined, saw six correct outcomes, and two upsets.
Thursday, March 23
- No. 3 Kansas State 98, No. 7 Michigan State 93
- No. 4 UConn 88, No. 8 Arkansas 65
- No. 9 Florida Atlantic 62, No. 4 Tennessee 55
- No. 3 Gonzaga 79, No. 2 UCLA 76
Friday, March 24
- No. 5 San Diego State 71, No. 1 Alabama 64
- No. 5 Miami 89, No. 1 Houston 75
- No. 6 Creighton 80, No. 15 Princeton 75
- No. 2 Texas 83, No. 3 Xavier 71
On Th,is Day in Sports History, March 25, 1967
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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY (March 25, 1967, actual date) On this day in sports history, March 25, 1967, at the 29th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Dayton, 79-64; Bruins center Lew Alcindor (later named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player. He is the only player to have received the award three time (1967, 1968, 1969).
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
NCAA DI Men's Basketball Tournament: Sweet 16 Predictions
PASADENA, TEXAS (March 19, 2023) The Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament will continue at various sites around the United States. The eight games that will take place on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 are listed below. My predictions are below:
Thursday, March 23
- No. 3 Kansas State over No. 7 Michigan State
- No. 4 UConn over No. 8 Arkansas
- No. 9 Florida Atlantic over No. 4 Tennessee
- No. 3 Gonzaga over No. 2 UCLA
Friday, March 24
Sunday, March 19, 2023
NCAA DI Men's Basketball Tournament: March 19, 2023 Predictions
Saturday, March 18, 2023
RESULTS: Second Round, Day 1 Results from NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships.
PASADENA, TEXAS (March 18, 2023) The first slate of eight games in the second of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 18 are completed. My predictions saw five correct outcomes, broken down by correct predictions and three upsets (My picks. They are underlined).
No. 5 San Diego State 75, No. 13 Furman 52
No. 1 Houston 81, No. 9 Auburn 64
No. 2 Texas 71, No. 10 Penn State
No. 2 UCLA 68, No. 7 Northwestern 63
No. 1 Alabama 73, No. 8 Maryland 51
No. 4 Tennessee 65, No. 5 Duke 52
No. 8 Arkansas 72, No. 1 Kansas 71
No. 15 Princeton 78, No. 7 Missouri 63
Houston Dynamo FC downs in-state rival Austin 2-0
“Almost as important it is to put up shutouts, so it's great all around. Defensively, we don't tell those guys enough. I felt Teenage (Hadebe) was really good, and Ethan (Bartlow) had his best game. I’m proud of those guys to keep a high, high scoring team off the board. For Hector (Herrera) to score a goal and to get on the board and also Bassi is a big deal one out of the run of play, you know, another set piece – PK. So all in all, good night, we're gonna enjoy it because it's our first one. It's nice to get that monkey off our back and then we're gonna get back to work and hopefully get better.”
“I thought we did a good job of controlling the match. They nearly scored a goal and that is what makes us lose a lot of games. At the half we knew that we were managing the game correctly. We also needed to increase the intensity and energy to get the result we wanted. We came out in the second half with that mentality, and we took advantage from that point on. We could have scored more transition goals.”
NCAA DI Men's Basketball Tournament: March 18, 2023 Predictions
No. 5 San Diego State over No. 13 Furman | 12:10 p.m. | CBS
No. 5 Duke over No. 4 Tennessee | 2:40 p.m. | CBS
No. 1 Kansas over No. 8 Arkansas | 5:15 p.m. | CBS
No. 7 Missouri over No. 15 Princeton | 6:10 p.m. | TNT
No. 1 Houston over No. 9 Auburn | 7:10 p.m. | TBS
No. 2 Texas over No. 10 Penn State | 7:45 p.m. | CBS
No. 2 UCLA over No. 7 Northwestern | 8:40 p.m. | TNT
No. 1 Alabama over No. 8 Maryland | 9:40 p.m. | TBS
Friday, March 17, 2023
RESULTS: First Round, Day 2 Results from NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships.
NCAA DI Men's Basketball Tournament: March 17, 2023 Predictions
No. 7 Michigan State over No. 10 USC | 12:15 p.m. |CBS
No. 3 Xavier over No. 14 Kennesaw St. | 12:40 p.m. | truTV
No. 3 Baylor over No. 14 UC Santa Barbara | 1:30 p.m. | TNT
No. 5 Saint Mary's over No. 12 VCU | 2 p.m. | TBS
No. 2 Marquette over No. 15 Vermont | 2:45 p.m. | CBS
No. 6 Iowa State over No. 11 Pitt | 3:10 p.m. | truTV
No. 11 NC State over.No. 6 Creighton| 4 p.m. | TNT
No. 4 UConn over No. 13 Iona | 4:30 p.m. | TBS
No. 1 Purdue over No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson | 6:50 p.m. | TNT
No. 6 Kentucky over No. 11 Providence | 7:10 p.m. | CBS
No. 12 Drake vs. No. 5 Miami | 7:25 p.m | TBS
No. 3 Gonzaga over No. 14 Grand Canyon| 7:35 p.m. | truTV
No. 8 Memphis over No. 9 Florida Atlantic | 9:20 p.m.| TNT
No. 3 Kansas St. over No. 14 Montana St. | 9:40 p.m. | CBS
No. 4 Indiana over No. 13 Kent State | 9:55 p.m. | TBS
No. 6 TCU over No. 11 Arizona State | 10:05 p.m. | truTV