• By GEAN LEONARD
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Ball High golfers had a few tricks in their golf bags as they treated themselves recently to a bewitching victory over the Stingaree golfers from Texas City to prevail in the annual Causeway Cup matches.

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Houston Texans fans have had their fair share of reasonable gripes with the franchise and plenty of let-downs, as well, (some of them very recently), but Sunday’s game at NRG Stadium reminded fans that things could always be worse — you could be rooting for the Cleveland Browns.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Patrick McEnroe will be the keynote speaker and clinician at the Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s annual convention on Dec. 1-3, once again being hosted by Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls.

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On Friday the 13th, anything less than a Game 1 win for the Houston Astros would’ve been a nightmare on Crawford Street, considering all the favorable factors heading into the ALCS contest.

  • By STEVEN HADLEY
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Surfing doesn’t follow a set schedule, say the way a football or baseball game might. There’s no printed calendar that tells you when there are going to be waves or where the best surf might be breaking on a given day.

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All season, the simple phrase “earn it” has been the Houston Astros’ mantra and at the center of the team’s marketing. As the Astros awaited their American League Championship Series opponent Wednesday, what they’ve now earned and how they earned it came into focus.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Here we go, for the next nine months there are multiple professional sports to enjoy. October and November are the only two months of the year where we get to watch pro basketball, football and baseball. Of course, if you’re an ice hockey fan, then this is your season, too.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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It might be too early for sightings of ghosts and goblins, but Monday, Oct. 16 is sure to feature its share of bogeymen when Moody Gardens Golf Course hosts the 28th annual Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.

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Monday’s Houston Astros-Boston Red Sox American League Division Series Game 4 at Fenway Park had just about everything fans could hope to see in a dramatic postseason game.

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Thanks to the New England Patriots, the word deflating has come to have multiple meanings when talking about the NFL. On Sunday, it was the only word to describe the feeling in the hearts and guts of every Houston Texans fan watching Sunday’s 42-34 home loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Texas City's Bill Koster and Friendswood's Hugh Burris won men's singles titles at the Westside Lexus & Northside Lexus Houston Fall Festival Super Senior Major Zone tennis tournament.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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As the weather begins to cool, many runners extend their mileage, and Sunday’s Space City 10 Miler gives runners the opportunity to stretch their goals beyond summer’s 5K and 10K races.

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For starters, members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who vote for the American League Most Valuable Player, if you like dingers, Jose Altuve can give you some dingers. How about three of them in one game?

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On page B3 of Thursday’s sports section, Associated Press baseball writer Mike Fitzpatrick picked recently announced American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, of the New York Yankees, over Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve as his choice for the AL’s Most Valuable Player.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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In the game of football, the goal is to drive the ball down the field to score a touchdown. As we all know, it’s typically not an easy task. So really, the offense is more focused on getting first downs in order to reach the goal line.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Last Sunday the Houston Texans set a franchise record for points scored in a single game, led by a few veteran players and some talented youngsters. In golf, the United States team won the Presidents Cup with some talented youngsters and a veteran they dubbed “Grandpa” — one Phil Mickelson, …

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It is an honor and a privilege to be working for the oldest newspaper in the state of Texas and to live on this wonderful island.

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After three-plus years of frustration, mediocrity and uncertainty at the all-important quarterback position, it appears like the Texans have their quarterback of the future right now.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Steve Cunningham and Dominic Etienne opened Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League play with perfect scores of 18.

  • By STEPHEN HADLEY
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The new surfboard is sitting in the corner of a room in our house. It’s a beauty, shaped to perfection by a local craftsman who has been creating masterpieces for wave riders here for nearly two decades.

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So, after a summer’s worth of speculation and anticipation, the Houston Rockets didn’t land that third superstar they’ve had their eyes on. Star forward Carmelo Anthony chose to take his talents to Oklahoma City.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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In almost every sport, timeouts are part of the game. When a coach sees their team losing the battle or needs a new strategy, a timeout is called. This gives the team an opportunity to rest and rebuild their confidence.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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We marvel at the athletic abilities of today’s youth and rightfully so. How can one not be impressed with the overall performance of Texans QB Deshaun Watson on Sunday — or for that matter of the overall work product of a team that was a “bigly” underdog. OK, so they lost.

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Before Sunday, every single time the Houston Texans took the field against the New England Patriots, as a fan and proud Houstonian, I was fully resigned to watching an embarrassment.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Unless someone else in District 24-6A pulls off a major upset or two, it looks like Clear Lake will reign as team tennis league champion this fall.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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As daily activities in the county return to normal, the running calendar is beginning to look more typical, as well. While some local runs have been canceled, including next week’s Miles for the Mainland in Texas City, other September events will continue, with some of them moved back a bit.

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On Sunday, the Houston Astros were dousing each other (and the unfortunate field reporter Julia Morales, who got repeated drenchings) in sparkling white wine and beer to celebrate their first division title since 2001. And unlike a similar celebration for clinching a wild card spot in 2015, …

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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When we compete in any sporting event, our goal is to win first place. We’ve all experienced it on some level and taking first place is the ultimate feeling. It doesn’t matter if it’s a team or individual sport.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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Your Houston Astros are division champs and your Houston Texans are 1-1, which is not bad, all things considered. Most importantly, your Houston Rockets are now owned by your hometown guy Tilman Fertitta, who will settle for nothing less than offering the best product on the NBA market. But …

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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Competing in a triathlon is child’s play this weekend, when the Captain Kid’s Triathlon returns to Moody Gardens on Sept. 17. The race gives boys and girls ages 6-14 a taste of the sport in a safe, fun environment.

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In Thursday night’s Houston Texans game, the future appears to be now as multiple reports have indicated rookie first-round pick Deshaun Watson will get his first career start at quarterback. But, with the Texans’ current personnel, it’ll be less like a slow, comfortable dip into a pool and …

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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Lately, I’ve been really studying people’s actions and postures as they go through daily life. I’ve come to the conclusion that most people, if not all of us, seem to perform tasks with as little effort as possible.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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The Clash of the Causeway has been waged, and firefighters and law enforcement types have duked it out in the ring for charity. The Aggies have won one barely and lost one squarely, while the Longhorns lost one that resembled a track meet and won one that was more like a track meet with only…

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A few days ago, I was having a conversation with Daily News community news editor (and fellow Pigskin Picks panelist) Angela Wilson, and she asked me when I thought Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson would get his first game action.

  • By MANUEL MORENO JR.
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Friendswood's Xavier Carbone-Larson won the boys' 14-and-under round-robin singles at the Missouri City Community Tennis Association September Tournament.

  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA
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It’s been a tough few weeks for local sports teams, but today marks the return of competitive athletics to our waterlogged county. Ball High School’s annual cross-country meet gets underway Friday morning at East Beach at 8 a.m.

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If I had a nickel for every time I was given the impression by others that sports don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, I’d have a lot of nickels lying around. And that also would be a really weird way to make money.

  • By DAVID TEPERA
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There’s no secret: in some way, Hurricane Harvey affected everyone in Galveston County. Of course, the storm created havoc across the state and beyond, but today’s focus is on you and family.

  • By GEAN LEONARD
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The water has, in most areas of the county, receded; the sun has been shining, traffic is flowing — at times and in certain areas sluggishly. The mosquitoes are making a nuisance of themselves. Many area high school golfers are taking advantage of the delayed return to the classroom by worki…