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When Astros manager A.J. Hinch took to the postgame podium and declared Houston as a “championship city” after the team’s 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series, it was surreal.

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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.

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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.

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To put it in the words of his friend of 41 years, the Clear Creek ISD family lost a great one, in terms of impact on one’s community, when well-loved and highly respected Clear Creek High School track coach Ruben Jordan perished as a victim of Tropical Storm Harvey’s fury over the weekend.

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Pre-Finals predictions aside (and who could have predicted Golden State’s two lauded superstars would come up so small to end the series?), watching the Cavaliers end the city of Cleveland’s 52-year professional sports title drought Sunday provided a unique sense of jubilation.

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Maybe it’s just the newness of being in only my third year (and second with the Galveston County Daily News) as a full-time sports reporter, but I always feel like I never want the high school sports season to end, despite the strain of that grind.

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The Houston Cougars scored 38 points in their Peach Bowl win against No. 9 Florida State, a season high allowed by the Seminoles’ fifth-ranked scoring defense. But that wasn’t the biggest story following the 14th-ranked Cougars’ most significant bowl game victory since defeating No. 7 Nebraska in the 1980 Cotton Bowl.