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Winding Down

Houston plays their final three home games of the 2020 regular season this weekend against Arizona

There is an old saying in sports that, “Every game counts.” No statement can be truer for the Houston Astros who find themselves in a playoff position battle with divisional foe Seattle Mariners. They are currently three games ahead of Seattle for second place in the American League West with 10 games left for the Astros that includes a three-game series at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

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Rockets “Dynamic Duo” earns All-NBA Honors

Although the Houston Rockets did not complete their ultimate goal of winning an NBA Championship this year, on Wednesday their two superstars were awarded with some very high praise. The NBA announced their All-NBA teams and the Rockets James Harden (First Team) and Russell Westbrook (Third Team) were announced as two of the top-15 players in the league.

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Astros open homestand with an outstanding pitching performance by Urquidy

The Houston Astros found some familiar territory on Tuesday at Minute Maid park by defeating the Texas Rangers by a score of 4-1 in the first game of the final homestand for Houston this season. With the win the Astros climb back to .500 with a 24-24 record and are still in second place in the A.L. West with the playoffs near.

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The Big Ten Conference Football Season Set to Begin in Late October

In a unanimous vote by the Big Ten of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C), football will begin in the conference starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020.

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Headed Towards the Home Stretch

Astros hope that coming home can get them ready for a playoff run

For the Houston Astros, Monday can’t come fast enough. They finally get a rest day after playing a grueling 11-games on the West Coast that left them with a 2-9 record on the road and brings their away record to 7-18 on the season with seven more road games left. Three of those games will be against the Seattle Mariners who currently trail them in the standings for second place in the A.L. West by 1 ½ games.

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Rockets must dig deep to stave off elimination in Game 5 against the Lakers

The Houston Rockets will be in a familiar place in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday inside the bubble at Disney Orlando as they face the Los Angeles Lakers down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. They faced elimination late last month against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round and was able to come away victorious in Game 7 thanks to a huge defensive effort by superstar James Harden.

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Repeat Performance

Texans drop season opener to the Chiefs

For at least four hours on Thursday night, America felt normal again because the NFL was back. In spite of everything this country has been through with the COVID-19 global pandemic, football is something that can help mentally take away all of the disastrous events that has happened this year. Unfortunately for the Houston Texans their woes continued as their 2020 NFL season began the same way their 2019 season ended with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Sweet Revenge

Laureano hits walk-off single to lead the A’s over the Astros

One day after breaking a six-game losing streak, the Astros bullpen woes continued as Houston allowed a walk-off single by Oakland’s Ramon Laureano to push them 5 ½ games out of first place in the AL West. The A’s defeated the Astros 3-2 on Wednesday night in a game that Houston needed badly, winning only one game out of the eight played in California.

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Texans Coach Romeo Crennel Honored for His Brilliant Defensive Mind

Houston Texans associate head coach Romeo Crennel is that one person that can strike up a friendly conversation with anyone he meets. His outgoing personality lights up any room he steps into. But once that headset goes on and he is calling out schemes and coverages, he is as ferocious as they come. That tenacity was rewarded by the Pro Football Writers of America when they named Crennel the 16th recipient of the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL.

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RUBBER MATCH

Rockets and Lakers square off in crucial Game 3 playoff matchup

And now the real games begin. With the series tied at one a piece, the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers know what is on the line in this crucial Game 3 matchup on Tuesday night. Teams that have won Game 3 of a best of seven series after it being tied at one game apiece, has went on to win the series over 70% of the time.

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