Austin American-Statesman - - YEAR IN SPORT - ALSO ... CRED­ITS

If you build it, they will come. Three years in the mak­ing, For­mula One rac­ing in Austin be­comes re­al­ity. And, oh, is it ever a spec­tac­u­lar show. F1, a for­eign sub­ject to most Cen­tral Tex­ans, holds its first event at the beau­ti­ful new Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas and draws a sell­out crowd of 117,429 on race day, part of a week­end to­tal of 265,000 fans from around the coun­try — and the world. Lewis Hamil­ton of Great Bri­tain wins the race, over­tak­ing se­ries champ Se­bas­tian Vet­tel. “Austin really shined,” Hamil­ton says. “This is a great place to show­case our sport to Amer­ica.”

■ Longhorns icon Dar­rell Royal dies at age 88. The col­or­ful, folksy Royal won three na­tional cham­pi­onships and had a 184-60-5 record in 20 sea­sons at Texas. To honor DKR, the Horns come out in a wish­bone for­ma­tion to start the Iowa State game.

■ Texas A&M dumps No. 1 Alabama 29-24 in Tuscaloosa as QB Johnny Manziel daz­zles and picks up Heis­man steam.

■ TCU, sub­bing for A&M as Texas’ Thanks­giv­ing foe, stifles the Longhorns at DKR.

■ Notre Dame, un­ranked in the pre­sea­son, beats USC to cap a 12-0 cam­paign and earn a na­tional ti­tle shot.

■ Pflugerville ends Lake Travis’ state-record, 30-game foot­ball play­off win­ning streak. The Cava­liers won five straight Class 4A ti­tles be­fore mov­ing up to 5A this year. ■ Con­tact Kevin Lyt­tle at 445-3615 ■ File pho­tos by Amer­i­can States­man, Palm Beach Post, Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel and As­so­ci­ated Press

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