• By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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With the running calendar starting to wind down for the usual hot summer hiatus, many of us begin looking elsewhere for things to keep us motivated. Just in time, Global Running Day is only a few weeks away.

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The “must-win game” is definitely one of the most over-used terms in the sports talking head vernacular, but Wednesday night’s Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals had that feel to it for the Houston Rockets.

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As you can imagine, being in the fitness industry, I’m typically in daily conversation with people about diets, exercises and weight training. It’s inevitable how many people, especially parents, tell me they’re too busy to workout.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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While you are enjoying your morning, including reading the paper, I am on my way to the UIL Class 6A State Golf Championship at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown to cheer on a group of some of the most talented golfers in Texas, and, as a group, arguably the best in the history of Galvest…

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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League City’s Carter Crookston won his second boys 16-and-under national singles title, this time at the United States Tennis Association Metroplex National Level 3 Tournament in McKinney.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Although the Yaga’s Children’s Fund annual Run Wild 5K doesn’t get underway until tomorrow, the race has already declared a winner. A special entry category for members of local gyms garnered scores of entries, and Galveston Gyms won the award for having the most members sign up for the 5K.

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In Tuesday night’s Western Conference semifinals close-out game, Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul did exactly one of the two key things he was brought to the team to do — pick up the superstar slack when team leader James Harden inevitably fades in the playoffs.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Every day we fight a multitude of challenges — some small, some big. But, what’s most important is how we allow “challenges” to define us. Do we find ourselves getting bitter or better?

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Officially, it is labeled “The 9th Annual Michael D. Riley Memorial Golf Tournament.” The tournament will be played May 18 at Moody Gardens Golf Course.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Even the most dedicated runners need to step back and cross-train, but sometimes it can be hard to find another form of exercise that’s as appealing as running. Saturday night’s Fitness Beach Bash for the Cure offers everyone an opportunity to sample an array of exercise formats.

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Two weeks ago, while getting a word in with longtime Galveston baseball coach Gary Key before his number retirement ceremony, Key talked about how he enjoyed the unpredictable nature of the game, with that aspect to it making it something to which he could dedicate his life.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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At the beginning of each year, I will tell my children to make each month better than the one before. Once the month has ended, I ask them to reflect and share everything they felt was accomplished. The goal is for them to develop the habit and drive to succeed and never be complacent.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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According to a statement issued Thursday by the Houston Golf Association (HGA), the Houston Open, which has been fixture on the PGA Tour since 1946, may no longer exist.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Clear Creek’s Carter Crookston and Michael Raji drew Austin Vandegrift’s Nic Cusano and Blaine Kanak as their boys doubles quarterfinal opponents at the University Interscholastic League Class 6A Tennis State Tournament.

  • By STEPHEN HADLEY
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Upper coast surfers have been spoiled over the last month or so. Each of the past few weekends we’ve been greeted by stellar surf groomed clean by offshore breezes. It appears our luck, however, has finally run out.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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As runners, many of us think we’re doing full-body training, whether by doing yoga for flexibility, incorporating weight workouts for power or crunches for core strength. There’s an area that’s often overlooked, though: better-trained foot muscles can reduce injury and also act as launchers …

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Recently, I’ve taken up playing golf more consistently. In my youth, I was too hyper for the slow pace of the game. But, now that I’m older and with more patience, I’m actually enjoying golf, while constantly working to improve my strokes.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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A visit to The Grand 1894 Opera House, much like a visit to a golf course, is an opportunity to say hello to “old” acquaintances or perhaps make new ones. Other than that, the two activities have little else in common, except to gain an appreciation for talent — stage left, right and center …

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Today is the last day to sign up for the third annual Clear Creek Education Foundation Tennis Tournament being held Friday through Sunday at The Fitness Center at South Shore Harbour in League City.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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If Galveston seems a little pinker and more sparkly this weekend, there’s a reason. The Divas Half Marathon and 5K, the pinkest, sparkliest race series in the country, returns to the island with an updated course and plenty of bling.

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It has dawned on me that something in the sports world just seems meant to be right now — an NBA Finals series between the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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There are many well-known athletes who’ve come back from what most would think were career-ending injuries. One of the most popular names is Peyton Manning who played in four Super Bowls — winning two of them in 2007 and 2015 seasons.

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Many readers will begin to notice (if they haven’t already) that on many days, the already limited space that Sports Plus is allotted in the print edition of The Daily News is getting cut back even further.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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In 1977, while I was in high school, Reggie Jackson became a household name for hitting three home runs on only three pitches to win the World Series for the New York Yankees.

  • By STEPHEN HADLEY
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Stephen Hadley is a longtime surfer who lives and works in Galveston. If you have an idea for this column, email him at stephendhadley@gmail.com.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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You don’t have to be a woman — or a builder — to help with Bay Area Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women Build Project.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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If you’ve played sports, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced the drill “bull in the ring.” This drill typically consists of one person in the middle with everyone else circling around them.

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On Monday, the Houston Astros made their much anticipated home debut for the 2018 season, and the sell-out crowd of 42,675 fans teemed with excitement for a moment they had never experienced before — the unveiling of a World Series pennant in Houston.

  • By STEPHEN HADLEY
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A few weeks back, when the Texas version of competitive surfing made its way to the island, there was Brett Hopkins, hooting from the seawall in support of his son Kris as he battled to the win in one of several heats that day.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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With many people enjoying a longer than usual weekend, it’s a prime time for running and walking. Yuri’s Fun Run, scheduled for Saturday morning in Clear Lake, fills the bill with a unique course and a celebration of the area’s aerospace heritage.

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Now, opening day for the 2018 MLB season is upon us, and there are plenty of reasons to believe the 2018-19 offseason will be another short one for the Astros.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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If you’re like me, this is your favorite time of the year. Yep, spring season has arrived! The air is still cool with sunny days, plus all the plants are blooming. But, the best part of all, baseball season has started.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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According to long time Houston area sports journalist Dale Robertson, this year’s Houston Open will be the first since 1991 that did not have Shell as its title sponsor.