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The Houston Texans formally introduced their new general manager, Brian Gaine, at a press conference Wednesday. Gaine was unsurprisingly optimistic on the Texans’ future, but the former Buffalo Bills executive will have a lot of work ahead of him if he’s to fix what is currently a sinking ship.

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As you know, I’ve helped countless people with diets and fitness programs. It’s also endless of how many people come to me because they are no longer getting results.

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In the latter part of the last century, there was a popular television program called “Welcome Back, Kotter,” which starred Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta. Their characters, Mr. Kotter and Vinny Barbarino, to my knowledge and memory never mentioned golf.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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League City’s Isabella Benson won the co-ed 10-and-under orange-ball singles division at the Bay Area Racquet Club Adult & Junior Open tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.

  • By JOE KENT
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Whitetail deer season ended in the northern zone last Sunday and it was a good one in most counties. The season coming to an end was not that disappointing to most hunters, as the harvests took their typical late season decline.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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On Sunday morning, more than a thousand Galveston County runners will toe the line at the Chevron Houston Marathon or the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Thousands more of their friends and family will be cheering them on, either along the course, from a comfortable spot in front of the TV or …

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On Wednesday, Houston Astros fans got a few moments of excitement when MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi broke news that the Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates reached an agreement that would send Pirates ace Gerrit Cole to Houston.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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The O'Connell Buccaneers of old caught up with the O'Connell Buccaneers of today on Saturday — on and off the basketball court alike.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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There are many well-known professional athletes who are absolute beasts on the field, but are teddy bears off the field. These players are able to “flip the switch” in certain environments.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Phase two of The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation’s nationwide adaptive tennis program for the Galveston and Gulf Coast region took place on Saturday at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts.

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The act of riding waves naturally lends itself to abundant and colorful descriptions of lively waters interacting with the bends of verdant coastlines. Sprinkle in copious amounts of travel, the inevitable lessons in patience of waiting for surf and immersion in new cultures, and you have a …

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Anyone who finished a run this week to find frost on their cap, or who ran with one eye scanning for icy patches, has probably spent a few minutes daydreaming about an escape to someplace warmer. Not just warmer, though — someplace conducive to running and training.

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For yet another year in its short, four-year existence, the College Football Playoff has proved to be one of the best things to ever happen to the sport. Once again, the playoff accomplished its main purpose: to ensure that the two best teams in the country will indeed meet for the National …

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Well, here we go, another year to create lasting memories. We will go through four seasons of ups and downs, including wins and losses. As long as you go through these challenges and victories, then you’re living life.

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The year was 1964. My final high school football game was, ingloriously, “in the books” as they say, whoever “they” are. It was clear and very cold, but the sun was shining and soon enough I would be at GALCO Country Club for the first round of golf since football season began the previous August.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should take a page from Texas A&M University football, to never settle for mediocrity.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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No doubt the top Galveston County Daily News tennis story for 2017 was the announcement of a potential 18-court tennis center being built on the island.

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Only surfers with the heartiest of souls and the thickest of wetsuits ventured into the water this week along the upper Texas coast.

  • By JIM STEVENSON
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Birds of prey come in various sizes and shapes, and in Galveston, they especially come in the winter time. Most birds of prey don’t leave the continent in fall, they just move to the southern edge, and that brings us some majestic species chasing rats and other kinds of vertebrates. Let’s lo…

  • By JOE KENT
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Each year, there is a surge of late season hunting for deer and prime time hunting for waterfowl the week after Christmas. This year seems to be in sync with all of the others for that statistic.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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What could be better than starting the new year with a fun outdoor event? How about starting the new year with an outdoor event that also benefits a full year of fun outdoor events?

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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One of the first words almost every toddler learns is, “No.” Of course, because of kids’ curiosity, they are told “No” constantly due to safety and mischievous concerns. So, at an early age, the power of “No” is pounded into our brains.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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It’s the day after Christmas, and all through the house, it’s time to take out the Christmas trash and begin planning for your best ever year in golf, 2018.

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If Houston Texans fans thought this doomed year couldn’t get any more humiliating, Christmas Day’s nationally-televised 34-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium saw the 2017 campaign hit full-on silly season.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Friendswood’s Maadhvi Bhojani won the co-ed 10-and-under singles orange-ball division at the Bay Area Racquet Club December Junior Open tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.

  • By JOE KENT
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We are experiencing the annual Christmas lull in hunting. Usually, beginning about a week or so before Dec. 25, hunters tend to take a break from hunting; however, the week following Christmas is one of the most active of the hunting season.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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It’s time for an end of the year review of our running routines, not just for bragging rights but to see if there are some ways to do things better or differently next year.

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Wednesday marked a new experiment in the college football recruiting process: an extra signing day period for high school football players to submit their national letters of intent.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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In all sports, a team must adjust throughout the game. You can be losing, but if you make the proper adjustments, you can get back on top before it’s too late.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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This being my last pre-Christmas column, it seemed only logical to offer up a new — if not improved — rendering of the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas,” the tune of which will now be in your head for the rest of the day. The first line came quickly: “On the first day of Christmas, my true …

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The rotting corpse of the 2017 Houston Texans continued to do stuff Sunday. I think their AFC South rival Jaguars demolished them in Jacksonville. It’s hard to care at this point, in the late stages of a season decimated by injuries.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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League City’s Ethan Nguyen and Friendswood’s Faith Bias both won singles titles at the Houston Tennis Association December Challenger 1-Day tournament.

  • By JOE KENT
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Last Saturday, the second half of the divided season for duck hunting reopened and a lot of hardy hunters were out in blinds shivering and cold. One of the most unpleasant areas was along the coastal marshes where there was no protection from the cold gusting wind.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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During last week’s ice and snow, not many local runners were singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but, this weekend they may change their tune as the Galveston Santa Hustle fills the streets near Moody Gardens with hundreds of Santa look-alikes.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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A common phrase most of us have heard through the years in reference to sports is “put me in, coach.” The true meaning of this phrase represents athletes that are so hyped up that they’re practically begging the coach to put them back in the game.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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We are now deep into the season of giving, only a few blinks and a “ho, ho, ho!” away from Christmas morning, when all over the country, parents look at each other in wonder as their children play with the cardboard boxes in which their gifts were secreted under the tree.

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Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers proved that attention should still be paid, even to a team essentially running down the clock on a lost season. There were two moments that were concerning, and both had little to do with the actual game.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Beep Sullivan teamed up with Jeff Dubrow to win the Harvey Toys for a Claus doubles tennis tournament held Saturday at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts in Galveston.

  • By CAPT. JOE KENT
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The second part of the divided duck season opens Saturday, and all indications are that it will be a productive one. For the past three weeks, more ducks and geese than normal for this time of year have arrived.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Picking out gifts for our favorite runners ought to be easy — just go to the local running store and let the knowledgeable staff help to find the perfect gift. There’s a new gifting option, too, as subscription boxes and running have discovered each other.

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Trust me when I say that I really do like basketball. In fact, basketball is one of my favorite sports to watch, report on and even play (poorly). But with that said, one of the saddest moments on the calendar for high school sports writers and fans is when we turn our attention to basketbal…