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As The Daily News begins to work on its annual high school football preview magazine (set to be published Sunday, Aug. 26), the excitement for a new season of Galveston County football is building; it’s starting to feel real.

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Even in the best of times, not all is always well, and for the Astros, a growing area of concern is the ongoing absence of shortstop Carlos Correa.

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Looking at the current state of the "big three," it’s not outlandish to argue that MLB is the best of the bunch based on a balance of three key factors.

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Simply put, it’s a wonderful time to be a Houston Astros fan right now. They’re the defending world champions, and, dare it be said, look even better this season.

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Late Saturday night, NBA free agency began with a fast and furious pace — one that quickly squashed much of the wild speculation that led up to its official start. And apparently that spoiled the fun for some.

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If LeBron James's goal is to add to his championships total as his illustrious career comes to a close, the clear choice is to join forces with the Rockets.

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The “must-win game” is definitely one of the most over-used terms in the sports talking head vernacular, but Wednesday night’s Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals had that feel to it for the Houston Rockets.

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In Tuesday night’s Western Conference semifinals close-out game, Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul did exactly one of the two key things he was brought to the team to do — pick up the superstar slack when team leader James Harden inevitably fades in the playoffs.

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Two weeks ago, while getting a word in with longtime Galveston baseball coach Gary Key before his number retirement ceremony, Key talked about how he enjoyed the unpredictable nature of the game, with that aspect to it making it something to which he could dedicate his life.

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It has dawned on me that something in the sports world just seems meant to be right now — an NBA Finals series between the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.

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Many readers will begin to notice (if they haven’t already) that on many days, the already limited space that Sports Plus is allotted in the print edition of The Daily News is getting cut back even further.

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Now, opening day for the 2018 MLB season is upon us, and there are plenty of reasons to believe the 2018-19 offseason will be another short one for the Astros.

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If the Joker were a sports fan, he’d have to be pretty pleased with in this year’s men’s NCAA Tournament, as multiple agents of chaos have thrown into disarray what many accepted as the established order, creating one of the most entertaining and unpredictable March Madness opening weekends in years — and maybe ever.

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Houston Texans fans hoping to see the team make big-time moves in the latest round of NFL free agency have to be quite disappointed right now, but don’t fret, as the Texans still were able to address their most greatest needs.

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Tuesday’s slate of softball games proved once again that in high school sports (and in sports on pretty much any level), a new season means a completely clean slate.

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Tuesday night marked the official end of Galveston County high school basketball for the 2017-18 season, as the final teams standing — Hitchcock and La Marque — were eliminated from the playoffs in the regional quarterfinals.

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When I say that this year’s Hitchcock girls basketball team has a shot at state, end of story, I think it’s a real possibility.

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Happy pitchers and catcher report day, Houston Astros fans. This year, of course, has a different feel than all the past official first days of spring training, as the Astros begin the long grind of a baseball season as defending World Series champions and the team to beat for the first time…

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During its coverage of national signing day Wednesday, ESPN aired live the college commitment decision of highly recruited wide receiver prospect Jacob Copeland out of Escambia High School in Pensacola, Fla.

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After much discussion and speculation, Thursday is finally the day when the University Interscholastic League announces realignment for the 2018-2020 period.

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After a short-handed Houston Rockets squad logged an impressive, nationally televised victory Saturday over the defending champion Golden State Warriors, fans had to be feeling good about this season’s team.

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The Houston Texans formally introduced their new general manager, Brian Gaine, at a press conference Wednesday. Gaine was unsurprisingly optimistic on the Texans’ future, but the former Buffalo Bills executive will have a lot of work ahead of him if he’s to fix what is currently a sinking ship.

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On Wednesday, Houston Astros fans got a few moments of excitement when MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi broke news that the Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates reached an agreement that would send Pirates ace Gerrit Cole to Houston.

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For yet another year in its short, four-year existence, the College Football Playoff has proved to be one of the best things to ever happen to the sport. Once again, the playoff accomplished its main purpose: to ensure that the two best teams in the country will indeed meet for the National …

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Wednesday marked a new experiment in the college football recruiting process: an extra signing day period for high school football players to submit their national letters of intent.

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Trust me when I say that I really do like basketball. In fact, basketball is one of my favorite sports to watch, report on and even play (poorly). But with that said, one of the saddest moments on the calendar for high school sports writers and fans is when we turn our attention to basketbal…

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While Friendswood’s diehard fans usually show up in solid numbers, why not bolster those numbers by having folks from all reaches of the county show up to TDECU Stadium on Friday to support the Mustangs?

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At some point today, Major League Baseball will announce the two premier awards in its cavalcade of postseason honors — the most valuable players of the American League and National League.

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There are still a few months until the 2018-2020 district realignment, but with schools’ snapshot enrollment numbers reported and the UIL’s decision to split Class 5A into two divisions, one thing is already sure — change is coming for local football teams.

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Season in and season out, being a fan of Houston professional sports inevitably boils down to two feelings: hope and heartache. In case anyone needed a reminder, this week happened.

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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.

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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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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.

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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, …

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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 …

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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.

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This Saturday will be the fight everyone is talking about (well, except for me, until now), as boxing’s greatest present-day star Floyd Mayweather meets his mixed martial arts counterpart Conor McGregor on Mayweather’s turf: the boxing ring.

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A few weeks back, this column covered some important upgrades that the Houston Astros should make at the trade deadline to boost their status this season from very good to potentially all-time great.

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There’s an old saying in pro football that when the offense is struggling, the most popular man in town is the backup quarterback.

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Have you seen the signs or felt that feeling yet? It’s not even August yet, but the little indicators that it is once again time for the high school sports season have started to pop up.

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Despite their impressive record, the Houston Astros have two positions where they should upgrade at before the trade deadline hits: starting pitching and relief pitching. Now, this isn’t a new topic of conversation in this column, but it’s one that this week became much more relevant than before.

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