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Houston Texans Surprise United Airlines Passengers and Employees at George Bush International Airport Terminal

United Airlines passengers and employees receive surprise visit from the Texans

The off-season in the NFL is normally a time for rest, family time and workouts to get prepared for a rigorous schedule that begins with training camp in July and runs through the end of the year. But for Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph, linebacker Dylan Cole, and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, it was work as usual. Just not their regular day jobs. Along with their mascot Toro and cheerleaders, the players teamed up with United Airlines at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for a meet and greet with airline personnel and customers.

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Great Run Comes to an End

Prairie View A&M loses to Fairleigh Dickinson in the first game of the 2019 NCAA tournament

As I stepped on the illustrious campus of Prairie View A&M University in the fall of 1997, I will never forget that sense of pride and family atmosphere I felt run through my body. It was like the spirits of the “Unknown 8” (The first known class of the Alta Vista Agriculture & Mechanical College for Colored Youth who enrolled and began their studies March 11, 1878) was walking with me. Until you have been on the first state supported college in Texas for African Americans and the second oldest public institution of higher education in the state, you won’t know the jubilation of screaming out, “Who Ya Rooting For” at all sporting events.

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Streak Busters: Golden State Halts the Rockets Win Streak at Nine Games

It’s not often that a game that starts at 8:30 pm in the middle of the week will get so much attention, but then again this was no ordinary game. The Golden State Warriors were in town to take on a Houston Rockets team that has seemed to have their number this season. The reigning champs had lost three in a row to the Rockets coming into this game with Houston defeating them in Oracle 118-112 last month without James Harden, who was out with a sore neck and flu-like symptoms.

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Clear the Launching Pad

The Rockets have taken off since the All-Star break by winning six in a row

Don’t look now, but the Houston Rockets have quietly put together a quiet six-game winning streak. Their second longest streak this season. With all the attention focused on James Harden’s 30-point plus game coming to an end against the Atlanta Hawks, the Rockets have just gone about their business by making up ground in the Western Conference. They are currently in third place in the playoff standings and that means a lot from a team that was in 14th place earlier in the season.

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It Had to End One Day

James Harden’s historic scoring streak comes to an end against the Hawks

“You can’t guard James Harden one-on-one,” says Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce. “He’s an elite talent with elite skills and it’s more about the work, make him work,” he says in his post-game press conference.

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Getting the Band Back Together: Houston Welcomes Back Center Clint Capela to the Starting Lineup

In 2014, one of the best hip-hop duos known to date, Outkast, reunited to play dozens of venues around the United States including Coachella, which is the biggest summer music festival around. It had been nearly 10 years since Big Boi and Andre 3000 had been on stage, but once they hit that stage it was like they never had a layoff.

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Decisions: Rockets Search the Buyout Market to Make Additions to the Roster

The 2019 NBA All-Star game will be played this weekend at the home of one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Yes, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan will roll out the red carpet for athletes of all sports, entertainers, and business people. This weekend will also be a time of reflection and catching up with family for those NBA players who will not be in attendance. And last but not least, it will be a chance for fans to wonder what their team will do to improve on the second half of the season.

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Super Matchup: Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots Prepare for Super Bowl 53

It is that special time of year again for all football fans. A time where many will make their way to the local grocery store and purchase an abundance of food to feed all the people that will attend the party at their house. Yes, you guessed it. Super Bowl LIII is Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Strong Case

Harden Pours In a Season High 57 Points Against the Grizzlies

The 2018-19 NBA season has started off with a bang, but no louder sound can be heard than that of starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets, James Harden. Yes, I know that there has been plenty of stories and news articles about the phenomenal season he is having, yet it is nothing like witnessing it firsthand. As I sat on press row at the Toyota Center on Monday night when the Rockets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 112-94, I was in amazement of what I was seeing.

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Texans Come Up Short Against the Colts Ending Their 2018 Season

“I think this organization has a very bright future. We have a great young quarterback. We’ve got a lot of really great guys in the locker room. They have a passion for the game. We just didn’t get it done today,” were the words Houston Texans head coach Bill O’ Brien to reporters after the Texans lost their Wild Card playoff game to the Indianapolis Colts 21 – 7 at NRG stadium. Houston ended their season with an overall record of 11-6, which included a nine-game winning streak and the 2018 AFC South Divisional Championship title.

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