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  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Members of the Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League just completed its third season.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Got plans for January 14, 2018? If those plans include running the Chevron Houston Marathon or the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, it’s time to set the wheels in motion.

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After last week’s column on the Houston Rockets’ Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals and its place in the long, storied history of Space City sports meltdowns, a reader brought up another black eye that did not get mentioned in the write-up.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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For a lot of people, life is smoothly moving along with small worries. You and your spouse have a steady job, decent income, kid activities and school, along with weekend festivities and relaxation.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Phabulous Phil Mickelson’s latest philm undertaking shows him hawking West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort and its surrounding environs. The Greenbrier offers golf, first and foremost — along with many other relaxing pursuits and even a course in falconry.

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  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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There must be something in the water that District 21-5A drinks. First it was the Humble Kingwood Park softball team being unsportsmanlike in its playoff series with Santa Fe. Then on Saturday, Crosby’s baseball team unfortunately added its name to the classless list.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Firefighting involves a lot more than running, but a 5K fun run is one of the events on tap at this weekend’s Firefighter Games in Texas City. The May 20 run is open to the public and gets underway at 7 a.m. in Rainbow Park near the foot of the Texas City Dike.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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As most of you know, I have helped countless people with diets, fitness and weight training. A very common mistake I hear from most people is the desire to compare their bodies with other fit people.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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As surely as J.J. Watt won his own home run derby event at Minute Maid Park the other day, I shall in a few months renew my faith in his ability to inspire and lead the Houston Texans to the 2018 Super Bowl. Meanwhile, I will not expend a lot of energy in an attempt to understand how a softb…

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Former O’Connell High School four-time state doubles champion and Buccaneer Hall of Fame charter member Bobby Kleinecke has been named the new executive director of the Texas Tennis Coaches Association.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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It’s time for runners and walkers to come out of their shells and head for the Bolivar Peninsula, where the Texas Crab Festival 5K and 1K gets underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

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Something that needs to be called out anytime it happens, particularly in high school sports, is coaches teaching their student-athletes poor sportsmanship, and the case I witnessed Saturday night was the most egregious I can recall in my short career.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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If you’re not familiar with the term “power-play,” it’s when one team has player advantage for a period of time because the other team has players in the penalty box. Of course, this means one team has more players in the game than the other. It’s during this time that a team must be more ag…

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Former Ball High School golf standout Jordan Kleinecke (class of 2016), now attending the University of St. Thomas, continues to impress with his dedication to both his education and golf.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Several locals walked away big winners at the second annual Clear Creek Education Foundation Tennis Tournament held at The Fitness Center at South Shore Harbour in League City.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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After months of steady running, isn’t it time to give those feet a rest? With warmer weather, and especially warmer water, ahead of us, plenty of events are coming up that combine running and water sports.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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When city dignitaries meet today for the Galveston Island Tourism Summit, hopefully they will consider the possibility of a first-class tennis facility for islanders and visitors alike.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Almost two months ago, a friend of mine, named Tina, was contemplating whether to compete in her first women’s figure contest. After a brief discussion, we agreed for me to help her with training and diet to see how her body would respond.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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With the NFL Draft just barely in the rear view mirror (congratulations to those lads from La Marque and Texas City who move on to football’s highest level), and a local team called the Chargers still in pursuit of a championship, a football-golf blend is a natural.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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With perfect weather likely this weekend, it’s a great time to get out for a run or walk. Saturday’s Out Run Hunger 5K, 10K and Kid’s 1K races offer the chance to participate in a race and feed our Galveston County neighbors.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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I once heard from a football defensive coach, “Get to the ball fast as possible and be mad when you get there.”

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Tennis enthusiasts have until Monday to sign up for the second annual Clear Creek Education Foundation Tennis Tournament, which begins Friday and lasts through Sunday at The Fitness Center at South Shore Harbour in League City.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Although it’s possible to become a runner at any age, starting at an early age may be the best. Would-be athletes can get a fun introduction to running and being active Saturday at College of the Mainland hosts a free Family Fitness Day starting at noon.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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We all face stress and difficulties in life. You usually hear determined people state, “I’m going to win.”

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Wesley Bryan won the Heritage tournament on Sunday, putting lots of greenbacks ($1.17 million) into his bank account and qualifying him for an attempt to put a green jacket onto his shoulders at the 2018 Masters.

  • By MANNY MORENO JR.
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Friendswood’s Richard Griffin advanced to today’s final in the men’s 65-and-over singles at the RBC Wealth Management Houston Open Adult Major Zone tennis tournament.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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The Cooper Institute in Dallas has many facets. It’s a training ground for all aspects of the fitness universe, from step instructors to cardiologists. It’s a comfortable resort-style hotel open to everyone looking for a North Dallas stay with great workout amenities and healthy food. Most o…

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A big key to a community growing and thriving is having those from that community who go out into the world and find great success then come back home to give their knowledge and resources back to their hometown. This is no different when it comes to sports.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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If you’re an ordinary person, then you’ll have an ordinary life. Just the typical daily grind of a boring occupation, monthly bills, along with simple common recreation. You’ll never really face defeat or more importantly — huge success.

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  • By GEAN LEONARD
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In the end, El Nino — the boy, as he was for so long known — became The Man. He won it with a birdie, which had to make it feel better than with par, which was all he needed on the final, playoff hole.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Barrels upon barrels of ink will summarize the first three rounds of the 81st Masters in newspapers around the world today. Barrels upon barrels more will be used to guess how the final round will unfold, reminding us that the real tournament begins on the back nine of the final round.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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As he climbed the leaderboard, the television coverage focused more on Thomas Pieters’ second round at the Masters. Tied for the lead by day’s end with Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and first-round leader Charley Hoffman, the Masters rookie seemed not at all surprised by his position.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Bill Payne carefully, gently folded the green jacket of Arnold Palmer, placing it on the back of the chair — the throne where a year ago the king sat, his failing health having rendered him unable to strike the ceremonial first shot at the 2017 Masters.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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It’s not every day that runners and walkers get to be part of a brand-new run, which makes this weekend’s My Sister’s Keeper Breast Cancer Fun Run an extra-special event. The April 8 fun run is scheduled for 8:30 Saturday morning at Carbide Park in La Marque.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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As most of you are aware, I’ve helped countless people with diets and exercise programs. What’s become clear to me is, typically, most people getting started are dreading the workouts.