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IndyCar Classic set for debut race at US home of F1

Mar. 21, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN,Texas (AP) — From the time the first piles of dirt and rock were moved to start paving a new Formula One track in Texas, the owners of the Circuit of the Americas eyed a future with IndyCar. It may have taken longer than fans had hoped, but they finally have one. And with the first IndyCar Classic...

Catholic priest accused of groping woman during last rites

Mar. 20, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of groping a woman in home hospice care while giving her last rites. The Rev. Gerold Langsch, of Austin, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault by contact stemming from the Oct. 5...

Kansas artist carves out Beto O'Rourke image in Texas field

Mar. 20, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's face has been temporarily enshrined in a Texas field as the former Democratic congressman runs for president. A 2-acre circle with an image of the El Paso politician's face has been carved into a field near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The crop art also...

US professor is first woman to be awarded math's top prize

Mar. 19, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — An American professor has become the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, one of the world's most prestigious international mathematics awards. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced in Oslo on Tuesday that Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin...

Jaguars sign Geoff Swaim to help fill depleted TE position

Mar. 15, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free agent tight end Geoff Swaim, giving them another option at one of their most depleted positions. A seventh-round pick by Dallas in the 2015 NFL draft, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Swaim has 35 receptions for 336 yards and one touchdown in four...

Latest: Georgetown: Only discussed athletic record with URI

Mar. 14, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities (all times local): 8 p.m. Georgetown University says it commented only on its former tennis coach's athletic record when asked by another school about Gordon Ernst. The University...

Coaches accused in bribery scandal wielded outsize authority

Mar. 14, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Coach Gordie Ernst's Georgetown University tennis teams didn't win any Big East championships. At Wake Forest, Bill Ferguson's volleyball teams struggled near the bottom of their conference. At Stanford, John Vandemoer's sailing teams were nationally ranked but competed in a sport that...

Correction: College Admissions-Bribery-The Latest story

Mar. 14, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In a story March 13 about a college admissions bribery scandal, The Associated Press erroneously described a defendant's employer. The company where Manuel Henriquez worked is a venture capital firm, not a hedge fund. A corrected version of the story is below: The Latest: USC bars from...

Texas fires men's tennis coach after bribery indictment

Mar. 13, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas has fired men's tennis coach Michael Center after he was among those indicted on charges of taking bribes to help students get into top schools. Center was placed on leave Tuesday when federal officials unveiled indictments of a sweeping college admissions...

Bribery scandal exposes sports side door to admissions

Mar. 12, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The latest scandal to taint college athletics hit sports far from the spotlight and exposed a seamy side door into some of the nation's elite universities: coaches taking bribes to recruit non-athletes and help them ease past tough admissions policies. Federal indictments unsealed in...