• By GEAN LEONARD
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I’ll bet that PGA star Jordan Spieth’s mother has told him a thousand times in his 23 years to stop wiping his mouth on his shirt collar (BTW, he is now the second-youngest player in post World War II history to have won 10 PGA Tour events).

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Since this week brought the official start to summer, it’s definitely time to start thinking about adaptations for hot weather. 

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On average, about 6 million people a year will break a bone. In case you didn’t know, it typically takes six to 10 weeks for broken bones to heal. A hard callus will form around the fracture creating a stronger bone than before.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Patrick Gallaher is a retired, Auburn University-educated engineer with a single-digit golf handicap. He bleeds non-Texas-like orange and actually believes that SEC football of today can hold a candle to the Southwest Conference power of the 1960s.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Galveston’s Tony Corrales won the boys 16-and-under singles white division at The Woodlands Country Club Challenger 2-Day tennis tournament.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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“We are what we repeatedly do,” according to Aristotle, and the summer Swim and Sprint series on the Texas A&M at Galveston campus offers participants the opportunity to repeat the same race three times over the course of the summer in order to get better at running, swimming and transit…

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Last week, I was slightly bummed out when I received a message from one of my favorite Galveston County coaches to work with letting me know she would be taking a new job well outside our coverage area, but when I saw where she was headed, I completely understood.

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In 1987, I was introduced to a new philosophy of thinking by Grandmaster Al Garza. This philosophy has been used by many people to help transfer their lives. Typically, our biggest challenges in life are within ourselves, so I want to share this with you.

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The first U.S. Open Golf Championship was played in October 1895, on a nine-hole course in Newport, R.I. The winner was an Englishman named Horace Rawlins, and he received a $50 golf medal along with $150 cash. This year the winner will receive a check for more than $2.1 million. It all offi…

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Friendswood’s Natan Bondin won the boys 16-and-under singles title at the June Junior & Adult United States Tennis Association Open tennis tournament hosted all day Saturday by Bay Area Racquet Club in Clear Lake City.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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A different triathlon will get underway Saturday morning when the first-ever WassSUP Triathlon heads to Galveston Bay. Like most triathlons, the WassSUP event starts with a swim but after running a 5K, participants grab their paddles for a mile of either kayaking or stand up paddling.

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It had to happen eventually, right? Our red-hot Houston Astros couldn’t possibly win all the remaining games on their schedule, could they?

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Like all seniors this year, my son Dylan graduated high school. Many parents cried at the ceremony because it means their childhood is over. All the years of recitals, sports, activities and etc. are over.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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I don’t know whether Gary P. Nunn plays golf, but he mostly puts up a heck of a western show. Some might recall he wrote, “London Homesick Blues,” a little ditty, which helped Jeff Walker’s career, who is well worth the price of admission when he annually performs at the 1894 Grand Opera House.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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A new weekly running and walking program offers a fun way for both seasoned runners and folks who are currently less active to get together and reach new goals.

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I’ve never been a fan of the Golden State Warriors since their rise to NBA prominence in the 2014-15 season, so forgive me if my endorsement is less than convincing. But, I really do think they’re winning this year’s Finals in the rubber match of their third straight meeting with the Clevela…

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The definition of “all or nothing” is having no middle position or compromise. You’re either in or out. Remember, we are all born with a fight-or-flight mechanism. It’s in all of us. I promise you’ll use it in a panicking situation.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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“No more pencils no more books; no more teacher’s dirty looks; out for summer, out till fall — we might not come back at all” sang Alice Cooper back in 1972.

  • 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.

  • 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.