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‘Sunday Night Football’ Takes Big Hit as NFL Ratings Still Struggle

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The NFL's premiere game of the week took a big hit in TV ratings on Sunday night, despite it being a close game. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" match up between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers brought in 17.2 million viewers on Sunday night. That number was down 35% from last year's Dallas Cowboys and... Read More

O’Brien on Savage Concussion: ‘I Would’ve Never Put Him Back in the Game’

HOUSTON - A day after the Texans fell to 4-9 on the season, head coach Bill O'Brien addressed the loss and specifically the concussion suffered by quarterback Tom Savage. Savage took a big hit early in the second quarter of the 26-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and was evaluated and cleared, then returned for one series before being... Read More

Vladimir Putin Won’t Tell Russian Athletes to Boycott Winter Olympics

(CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country's athletes won't be told to boycott the 2018 Winter Olympics following the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban the Russian Olympic team from competing in PyeongChang next February. One of the world's major winter sports powers, Russia was on Tuesday banned from taking part in February's Winter Olympics after the IOC... Read More

JJ Watt, Jose Altuve named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year

HOUSTON - J.J. Watt raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, both giving hope to the city as it picked up the pieces from the devastating storm. On Monday night the two were honored by Sports Illustrated when they were given the magazine's prestigious... Read More

Rockets Roll to 7th Straight with 118-95 Win Over Lakers

LOS ANGELES - The way Chris Paul sees it, this is only the beginning for the Houston Rockets. James Harden scored 36 points, Eric Gordon added 22 off the bench and the Rockets blew past the Los Angeles Lakers 118-95 on Sunday night for their seventh consecutive victory - all by at least 14 points. We're capable of a lot... Read More

Astros Manager AJ Hinch named Baseball America Manager of the Year

HOUSTON - Astros manager A.J. Hinch guided the team to their first World Series championship in franchise history, and on Wednesday he was named manager of the year by Baseball America. This is the second postseason honor for Hinch, who earned the Esurance MLB Award as Major League Baseball's best manager. The Astros 101 regular season wins marked the third-highest... Read More

Brian Cushing Returns to Houston Texans After 10-game Suspension

HOUSTON - NRG stadium had a familiar face return on Tuesday when linebacker Brian Cushing rejoined the team after serving a 10 game suspension after being busted by the league for breaking the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. I just saw him. He’s been away from us for a while, obviously. First things first,  just personally we got to get caught... Read More

Houston Astros Fans Wait Hours Outside Academy Sports to Meet Jose Altuve

  KATY, Texas - Close to 200 diehard Jose Altuve fans wrapped themselves around the building at Academy Sports in Katy Sunday. They were sleeping in tents, in sleeping bags, they have heaters and hot cocoa and even some camping stoves as they huddle outside the store at I-10 and The Grand Parkway waiting for their hero to arrive Hey this is... Read More

Texans Defeat Cardinals 31-21

HOUSTON - Coach Bruce Arians raved about Blaine Gabbert's performance in his first start for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. He was not so kind to himself and Arizona's receivers after a 31-21 loss to the Houston Texans. The Texans led 24-21 with about 6 1/2 minutes left when the Adrian Peterson was dropped for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1.... Read More

MLB Awards: Astros’ Jose Altuve Named 2017 AL MVP, Crushes Aaron Judge

Altuve is the Second Astros Player to Win a League MVP Award For the second straight season, a league MVP is a reigning World Series champion. Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Astros second baseman Jose Altuve won the 2017 American League Most Valuable Player award Thursday. Altuve and the Astros clinched the first World Series... Read More

Altuve’s Work in ’17 Worthy of AL MVP Award

Astros second baseman leads Majors with .346 average, wins batting title http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/mp4/2017/11/07/1866563383/1510020324419/asset_1800K.mp4 HOUSTON -- As the best player on the best team in baseball, Jose Altuve's case for the American League Most Valuable Player Award is convincing. Altuve, who made his fifth All-Star team in 2017, won his third career and second consecutive batting title while leading the Major Leagues with... Read More

Rockets beat Pacers 118-95

INDIANAPOLIS - James Harden had 26 points and 15 assists and the Houston Rockets beat the Indiana Pacers 118-95 on Sunday night. Indianapolis native Eric Gordon had 21 points for Houston, and Clint Capela had 20 points and 17 rebounds. Houston led by 23 in the game that was hardly contested by Indiana. The Rockets overwhelmed the Pacers from the... Read More

Remembering Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay dies in plane crash in Gulf of Mexico A small airplane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pasco County, Florida this afternoon. After hours of growing speculation, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office confirmed moments ago that the owner and pilot of the plane was retired Phillies and Blue Jays star Roy Halladay. He was the... Read More

Harden’s Career-High 56 Lead Rockets Past Jazz, 137-110

HOUSTON - James Harden scored a career-high 56 points and added 13 assists in just 35 minutes to lead the Houston Rockets to a 137-110 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night. Harden finished 19 of 25 from the field after missing his last three attempts. The MVP runner-up was a perfect 7 for 7 from beyond the arc... Read More

Houston Astros World Series Parade Set for Friday Afternoon

Houston will be rocking Friday afternoon, as the Astros' World Series championship parade rolls through the heart of downtown. It's a true privilege to proudly host this magnificent salute to our hometown team that has earned history,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a release. “As we bounce back from Hurricane Harvey, we are more than ready to welcome our heroes home in proper form."... Read More

Bottoms Up: Astros and MVP George Springer Complete Stunning Rise, Win World Series

For the first time in the franchise's history, the Houston Astros are World Series champions. They outlasted the Dodgers in a dramatic series by beating L.A., 5-1 in Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. It was George Springer who graced the cover of the June 30, 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated that audaciously touted the Astros as 2017 World Series champions,... Read More

All Hands on Deck for World Series Game 7

It all comes down to this. For the second straight year, the World Series will go the distance. The Dodgers and Astros will fight one last time on Wednesday night. To the victor goes the championship. The Astros are looking for their first ever championship. The Dodgers are looking for their first since 1988 and seventh overall (sixth since moving... Read More

The Golden Nuggets: NBA Sleeper Playoff Team?

Last year was a very predictable NBA season, with the addition of former MVP Kevin Durant many people assumed that the Golden State Warriors would beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Although the NBA Finals result seemed inevitable, one team caught the league by surprise and that was the Utah Jazz. In 2016 the Jazz won 40 games,... Read More

‘Thank you Houston’ Texans Trade Duane Brown to Seattle

HOUSTON - About a week after Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown ended his holdout and reported to the team, the Texans have traded him to the Seattle Seahawks, multiple reports say. Brown played Sunday for the Texans in a 41-38 loss to the Seahawks. ESPN.com reports that a source said Brown is headed to Seattle. NFL.com is also reporting the news. The... Read More

McNair’s Comments Result in Kneeldown, Change Protest Game for Good

The majority of the Houston Texans football team took a knee before their game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in response to a controversial remark the team's owner made earlier this month. Texans owner Bob McNair attended an owners' meeting this month in New York on Friday and, according to ESPN The Magazine, said during a discussion about players'... Read More

Texans’ McNair on Anthem Protest: Can’t Have Inmates Running Prison

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In an ESPN The Magazine report describing this month's meetings between NFL owners and players over the widespread national anthem protest, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair was described as making an upsetting remark during an owners' only summit on the controversy. In a discussion over the business-related backlash of players' protests, McNair as quoted as saying,... Read More

NFL Expects Colin Kaepernick to be Invited to Next Week’s Meeting with Players

The NFL expects to meet with representatives of its players again early next week and expects that the players will invite Colin Kaepernick to that meeting, a league spokesman said Wednesday. Joe Lockhart, the NFL's executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a conference call with reporters he does not know whether Kaepernick plans to attend the... Read More

Game 6: This is Why the Astros Traded for Justin Verlander

Houston’s pitching has not been their biggest problem as they’ve watched their 2-0 series lead turn in to a 3-2 series deficit. It has not been good, mind you — Charlie Morton got rocked in Game 3, the bullpen collapsed on Game 4 and Dallas Keuchel was suddenly mortal in Game 5 — but even then it’s not been the... Read More

Draymond Green Goes Down, Rockets Rally to Spoil Warriors Ring Night 122-121

Draymond Green is not the best player on the Warriors. He’s third or fourth best, depending on what you think of him vs. Klay Thompson. But Draymond Green is the most important Warrior — what they do defensively does not work without him (and their small ball playmaking suffers as well). Without him, the Warriors are not the same. That... Read More

Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Grievance Against NFL Centered on Trump’s Influence

Trump's tweets, rallies and contact with NFL owners will be a major part of Kaepernick's legal case The influence and power of President Donald Trump will be a central element in Colin Kaepernick's collusion grievance against the NFL, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, identifying the culture fostered by the leader of the free world as a factor in teams... Read More

Astros Betting on Dallas Keuchel to Repeat History

HOUSTON -- Dallas Keuchel had already established himself as the real deal in baseball circles when he embraced the moment and pitched the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees in the 2015 American League wild-card game. Keuchel logged a 20-8 record that season, led the league in innings pitched, pocketed a Gold Glove and an All-Star Game appearance, and... Read More

Yankees vs. Astros Has It All in a Power vs. Power ALCS Matchup

We could have had our first matchup of 100-win teams in a League Championship Series since the Yankees played the Royals in 1977, but the New York Yankees pulled off an improbable series comeback against the Cleveland Indians after losing the first two games. While the Houston Astros won 101 regular-season games to 91 for the Yankees, the true talent levels of the teams are much... Read More

Hockey Back in Houston? Rockets Owner Tilman Fertitta says It’s Possible

HOUSTON - Is Houston another step closer to having hockey back in town? New Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and Rockets CEO Tad Brown discussed the possibility of bringing a National Hockey League team to Houston at the former's introductory press conference Tuesday afternoon. Houston has a long history of hockey. The Houston Aeros played in the American Hockey League, basically the farm... Read More

Astros Win Series Over Red Sox: Advances to ALCS

The Houston Astros rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Division Series and win their first postseason series since 2005. USA TODAY Sports BOSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander came out of the bullpen for the first time in his career, beating Chris Sale in an aces-turned-relievers role reversal on Monday and the Houston... Read More

Loss of J.J. Watt Derails Texans’ Momentum, Brings Familiar Challenge

HOUSTON -- Coming off two games in which Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans' offense looked poised to make the team a standout in the AFC South, the defense struggled and Houston lost its two most consistent pass-rushers -- including J.J. Watt -- in Sunday night’s 42-34 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans lost Watt (tibial plateau fracture to his left leg) and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (chest)... Read More

Altuve Hits 3 Homers, Astros Beat Red Sox 8-2 in ALDS Opener

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve had just arrived in the Astros dugout after launching his third home run of the game when George Springer grabbed his right biceps and examined it, as if searching for an explanation for his teammate's extraordinary pop. He makes sure he stays on top of his gym routine, whatever it is," Springer said. "The dude is... Read More

Astros Call for an “Orange Out” of the Entire City

The Houston Astros are asking fans to wear orange on Thursday and Friday in an effort to Orange Out Houston. As the Astros prepare to face the Red Sox in the American League Division Series, the Astros have encouraged fans to "Orange Out Houston" on Thursday and Friday, the days of Games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park. The... Read More

Deshaun Watson named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

It’s beginning to appear that Tom Savage might not have been the answer the Texans were seeking at quarterback. Rookie Deshaun Watson continues to impress since taking over in Week Two, and was just named AFC offensive player of the week for last week’s blowout of the Titans. Watson was 25-of-34 passing for 283 yards and four touchdowns. He did... Read More

Deshaun Watson Donates First Paycheck to Cafeteria Employees

HOUSTON -- Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first game check to three women who work in the NRG Stadium cafeteria and who were especially affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first game check to... Read More

Baseball Teams Say They’ll Expand Fan Safety Nets After Girl’s Ballpark Injury

Several Major League Baseball teams have announced they would expand the length of their fan-safety netting after a toddler girl was hit in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners said they would join the list of clubs who have voluntarily added more nets to protect... Read More

Deshaun Watson Could Make Things Interesting in New England

The Texans get yet another crack at the Patriots with yet another quarterback. Maybe this time it will be different. Apart from the fact that the New England defense has struggled relative to its past standard in 2017, the Patriots at times have had a hard time corralling and containing quarterbacks who are fleet of foot. Colin Kaepernick stunned them... Read More

Texans Release Jaelen Strong

HOUSTON -- The Texans released wide receiver Jaelen Strong on Monday. The 2015 third-round pick was suspended for the first game of the season because of his February 2016 arrest for illegal possession of marijuana. Strong was riding in a car driven by Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall, a former teammate at Arizona State, and admitted to having the marijuana without a medical marijuana card. Strong... Read More

Astros Slug Past M’s, Claim First AL West Crown

http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/mp4/2017/09/18/1838616283/1505700212284/asset_1800K.mp4 HOUSTON -- A chance to clinch the American League West title and the home debut of Justin Verlander had the Astros in the mood to party on Sunday afternoon. Verlander, pitching at home for the first time since he was acquired in a trade with the Tigers, struck out 10 batters in seven dominant innings, and the Astros blasted four home... Read More

Texans Lose Brian Cushing for 10 Games After Second PEDs Violation

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Wednesday. Cushing will be eligible to return to Houston's active roster on Nov. 28, ahead of the team's game that week against the Baltimore Ravens. It's a significant blow to a Houston team that was routed at home by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.... Read More

Two Teams That Need Colin Kaepernick, but Won’t Sign Him

Let’s see if we can add a little clarity to the debate that never ends: Should Colin Kaepernick be on an NFL roster? There’s no debate Kaepernick is good enough. None. Even if you don’t like his non-stance during the national anthem, or that he’s been average at best since Jim Harbaugh left the Niners, Kaepernick is still better than... Read More

Texans’ Offfensive Line Struggles Without Duane Brown

Texans left tackle (76) is not playing in Sunday's season opener because he is holding out. His absence has been noticed as quarterback Tom Savage has been sacked six times in the first half. The Texans' offensive line struggled mightily without three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown. His absence was glaring during a 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars,... Read More

Houston Businessman Tilman Fertitta Buys Rockets For a Record $2.2 Billion

The Houston Rockets have been sold to local billionaire Tilman Fertitta, who called the purchase of his hometown team a "dream come true." Terms of the sale, which was announced Tuesday, were not disclosed. A league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, however, that Fertitta agreed to purchase the team from Leslie Alexander for $2.2 billion, a record sale price for... Read More

Justin Time: Astros get Verlander in last-minute Deadline Trade

The Astros have acquired Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers. In the type of blockbuster trade rarely seen in August, the Astros acquired former American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers late Thursday night and cemented their status as the favorites in the American League. The stunning deal, consummated just before Thursday's 1o:59... Read More

Jaguars Owner Says He’s Open To Signing Colin Kaepernick

The Jaguars have a troubling situation at quarterback, and when asked if he would be fine with Colin Kaepernick being called in to solve it, team owner Shad Khan said he would "absolutely" be okay with that move, according to Mike Dempsey of WJXL radio in Jacksonville. It remains a toss up between Blake Bortles and Chad Henne for who... Read More

Monte Morris: Sleeper of the Draft

Every year, The NBA Draft has hidden gems that many teams pass on for various reasons such as measurables, age, potential, and production. For example, potential rookie of the year guard Malcolm Brogdon, coming out of college many teams were concerned about what position he would play and his ability to score efficiently and consistently. All thirty teams passed on... Read More