It was a busy weekend for sports fans in Austin. Both NASCAR and the PGA came to town while the University of Texas women’s basketball team took on Stanford in the Elite Eight.
Here's a recap of the weekend in sports.
Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club
Hook 'em 🤘 pic.twitter.com/uPWc6LNWjh— WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (@DellMatchPlay) March 27, 2022
The fifth and final day of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament concluded with native Texan and UT alum Scottie Scheffler coming away as the champion over Kevin Kisner.
The top 64 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking competed at the annual match-style tournament until the final round on Sunday at Austin Country Club.
In the final match, Scheffler took a 1-up lead in the second hole and never looked back. He then increased his lead to three on the fourth hole with a 20-foot shot. Scheffler and Kisner tied seven holes in a row from holes 7-13. In the 14th hole, Scheffler drained a 16-foot birdie to go up four.
Scheffler maintained his lead for the remainder of the match to win his third TOUR win in five starts. With the victory, Scheffler moves to No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
NASCAR at COTA
For its second year, NASCAR returned to the Circuit of the Americas for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix, in which Ross Chastain picked up his first career Cup win Sunday.
Starting at 16th place, Chastain battled with AJ Allmendinger, who won the Xfinity Series race at COTA on Saturday, through the final lap, along with others Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric giving him a challenge.
Chastain and Allmendinger were in first and second place to start round 3, the final laps. In turn 15 of 20, Allmendinger bumped Chastain and took the lead as Chastain swung wide in the left-hand turn. Chastain returned the favor on turn 17 by bumping him back as another driver passed them both. He again bumped Allmendinger on the next lap, sending his foe's car into another driver causing Allmendinger to spin out.
Chastain went on to win the race while Allmendinger finished 33rd. He is now the sixth different driver to earn a NASCAR Cup Series victory in as many races this year.
UT Women's Basketball
Texas Women's Basketball March Madness run is over after Stanford beat the Longhorns in the Elite Eight round 59-50.
Defending champion Stanford, the No.1 seed, went head to head Sunday with the No. 2 seed, playing a tight game.
At the end of the first quarter, it looked like Texas might get a leg up until Stanford guard Haley Jones, an honoree on the Associated Press' All-American team, made a jumper as the clock was running out to tie the game at 14 points. Texas fell short the next quarter and the team picked up at least two fouls in the first half. At halftime, the score was 30-27 with Stanford leading.
It was a hard-fought battle to the end but the Longhorns weren't able to get on top of the team they beat early in the season. Texas came within 2 points in the final minutes but missed free throws kept them from a win before the game ended 59-50.
Texas closes out its season with a 29-7 record. The team thanked its fans for their support all season.
The Sanya Richards-Ross 4x400 CHAMPIONS🤘— Texas T&F/XC (@TexasTFXC) March 27, 2022
• Texas Relays & Texas Record
• No. 2 All-Time on the NCAA list
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For the first time in two years, the Texas Relays, a track and field event that high school, college and other elite athletes compete in, returned to the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday, concluding on Saturday.
UT took home multiple first place wins, including:
- Women's 4x400 relay: Rhasidat Adeleke, Kennedy Simon, Stacey Ann Williams, Davicia Patterson
- Men's 4x200 meter relay: Jonathan Belaire, Caleb Hulbin, Brian Herron, Soloman Washington
- Men's 800 meter invitational: Jonathan Jones
Professional Pickleball Association Austin Open
At just 15 years old, Austinite Anna Leigh Waters brought home more titles at the PPA Austin Open at the Elevation Athletic Club (World of Tennis). She took home gold for women's singles in her 11th Pro Women's Singles title. And with her mom, Leigh Water, they won back-to-back PPA Tour titles in women’s doubles with a silver.
Pickleball, the sport that is a mix of tennis and badminton, has gained major traction in Austin as it is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. Last year, Major League Pickleball became the first major league sport to be founded in Austin.
Waters, who moved to Austin from Florida in 2017, has won at least one singles title each month over the past 8 months, ranking No. 1 in women's singles.
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Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.
The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.
The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.
While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.
The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.
After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.
With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.
He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.
Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.
Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.
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While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.
The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.
“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.
Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.
The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.
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