• 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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  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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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 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 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 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.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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I promised to not write about him until he did something worth writing about. He has done a couple of things which influenced professional golf this week, and one that is interesting and might or might not matter in 100 years.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Shell’s final year of Houston Open sponsorship is coming to an earlier than anticipated end today in anticipation of inclement weather. Players will play from both the first and 10th tees, starting at 7:15 a.m. Assuming there is no playoff, the whole thing should be wrapped up by high noon.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Spring training isn’t just for baseball. It can also be just what runners and walkers need to boost them to the next level. USA Fit-Galveston starts a spring training program next week with options for every kind of runner and walker.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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It is Tuesday at the Shell Houston Open (SHO) and I have found my assigned spot at the media center. I glance across the aisle to see that Greg Moore from Golf WRX is going to be my neighbor.

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Ever since the days of the dial-up modem, I’ve played fantasy sports online with friends; it’s, quite simply, a lot of fun.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the Houston Rodeo is the largest rodeo event in the nation. Being a monthlong event, with some of the biggest payouts, it brings in the top cowboys and cowgirls in the world.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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The Shell Houston Open (SHO) begins play this Thursday at The Golf Club of Houston. This is the last year that Shell will serve as title sponsor for the event, marking the end to a long and successful run which now produces as strong a field as any PGA Tour regular season event; five of the …

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Specialty gyms aren’t anything new. There are specialized places for yoga, Pilates, Cross-Fit and boxing, and the newest tightly-focused gym is all about stretching. The Stretch Zone, a national chain of stretching gyms, has opened its first Texas facility in Houston.

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Soccer may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a sport I truly enjoy covering. Unfortunately, much of the high school soccer season overlaps with crunch time games at the end of the basketball regular season and the basketball playoffs. In 2014 and 2015, we had basketball teams make it al…

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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If you’re like me and grew up on the gulf coast of Texas, then you’re not too familiar with the game of ice hockey.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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My brother-in-law Mark does not play golf. His older brother used to and for a short while dated a lovely young woman whose family actually owned their own nine-hole layout a couple of hours away. I really hoped they would marry and live happily ever after, but they did neither.

  • By MANNY MORENO
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League City’s Kelly Ward advanced to today’s men’s 50-and-over singles championship match at the Mabry Adult Open and Senior & Super Senior Major Zone tennis tournament in San Antonio.

  • By MALCOLM D. GIBSON
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In the world of big-time college football, true student-athletes are an endangered species. Pressure to win at any cost has put coaches and administrators under the gun. At some schools, curriculums and admission standards have been compromised. Athletic prowess has trumped intellect.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Everyone can be a hero, or at least dress like one, at next week’s Junior League of Galveston County Community Heroes 5K/10K Run.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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In the sport of boxing, when the bell rings, you better be ready. You must be 100 percent committed. There’s no time to relax and go at half-pace, otherwise you’ll get knocked out.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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First, you make a roux. That’s what I was thinking as I ordered my cup of gumbo at Bubba’s on the Gulf Freeway at FM 518. I was there to meet Rick Ansell and his buddies Tom and Chris to talk about the 11th annual Brotherhood of St. Andrews golf tournament.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Runners and walkers of all speeds are welcome at League City’s 10th annual Wellness Walk. “We have a timed 5K as well as our 1K fun run and walk,” event coordinator Lydia Rodriguez said. “There’s really something for everyone.”

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Lately, I’ve been flying across the country for multiple speaking engagements. My last trip was to Orlando, Fla., and the weather conditions leaving Houston forecasted torrential rains.