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Once again, March Madness has proven to be one of the most fun annual sporting events on the calendar.

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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.

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When Super Bowl LIII kicks off on the night of Feb. 3, it’ll be one team who won their conference under somewhat specious circumstances versus a team that most fans are kind of tired of seeing in the big game.

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It may have taken an unimaginable tragedy to bring the Indians football team and their head coach to the forefront among the many great Houston-area programs and coaches the Texans could have chosen from, but Santa Fe’s season, alone, made Mark Kanipes a worthy nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

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Reminiscent of their 30-0 2015 Wild Card round playoff loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Texans looked completely lost on both sides of the ball right from the outset Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium in a 21-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that was not nearly as close as the final score indicated.

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If the Texans stick to a winning formula of higher expectations, a strong defense, competent quarterback play and a ball-control offense, they might finally have something that will push those AFC South championship banners off to the side where they belong.

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On Sunday, not only did the Colts lay bare the problems that plagued the Texans during their 0-3 start to the season, but they also drew a pretty perfect blueprint for other teams to beat the Texans in the future. And don’t think the rest of the league won’t be giving that blueprint a close examination.