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The Toronto Raptors did it, becoming the latest in franchises to win their first ever world championship with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in the final game to be played in Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

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Ultimately, this move will be judged by the success of the next individual to fill the role of Texans GM. It should also be judged by whether or not the Texans franchise upholds this championship standard across the board rather than only for hand-picked scapegoats.

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Normally, when this many key players are on the shelf and this many players with little to no Major League experience are filling their shoes, it would spell doom for even the most successful team. But, amazingly, the Astros have yet to miss a beat.

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The Indians’ continued improvement to what has for years been a solid baseball program and their fans’ continued high spirits and support for the team just goes to show that the horrific act at the high school on May 18, 2018 failed to defeat them. If anything, it made them stronger.

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A recent Washington Post article reported that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the NBA’s one-and-done policy, which prohibits NBA prospects to be drafted directly out of high school, is no longer a good policy. And yours truly is with the commissioner on this one — to a point.

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Ball High is far from an athletics wasteland. However, there is always room for improvement, and that will be the mandate of the new athletic director, who will have to justify this extra investment with more wins in all of Galveston ISD’s athletic programs. It’s an interesting approach with exciting potential.

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Instead of diving into the free agency pool next year, starting pitcher Justin Verlander and the Astros negotiated a fair deal, completed this weekend, that will keep Verlander in an Astros uniform through the 2021 season. Also signing extensions with the Astros this past week were infielder Alex Bregman and reliever Ryan Pressley.

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For anyone who watches the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the upsets and Cinderella runs like yours truly, there’s one burning question heading into this year’s event. How can it possibly top last year?

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This season, the Astros’ motto is “take it back,” and the team certainly has the talent to once again be considered the best team in the majors. But, crucial to that goal of winning another championship will be the health of their key players.

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Zion Williamson, and any other college basketball player who finds themselves in his position, needs to think long and hard about their long-term future — lest they see an injury suffered while essentially playing a sport for free cost long-term financial security and potentially a legendary professional career.

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For a long time, Houston has been considered a football school, but for the first time since the Phi Slamma Jamma days of the early ‘80s, the basketball program is making an emphatic argument that the Coogs are better at hoops.

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Chris Paul’s return will eventually help James Harden shoulder the load of putting points on the scoreboard for the Houston Rockets, and it will mean Harden’s impressive scoring streak coming to an end soon. In the big picture, that’s a good thing.