“Confidence breeds confidence,” Baker said. “And confidence breeds success. That’s what he’s demonstrating. He has a calmness about him, especially for a young pitcher.”
The Houston Rockets were in a win-win situation, waiting to select their pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. After Duke forward Paolo Banchero was chosen with the number one overall pick by the Orlando Magic, the Oklahoma City Thunder took Gonzaga forward Chet Holmgren second, putting the Rockets on the clock.
“Definitely added a chip, but God makes no mistakes, so I'm happy to be here,” said Smith “I'm happy to be where I'm wanted. I'm happy to get to Houston and just show them, give them what they picked. Just happy to be here.”
“Hitting is contagious and no one likes to be left out,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker about the dynamic sixth inning.
“Academics,” was the one-word answer Porter gave me when I asked him why he chose Northwestern over schools such as Texas, Arkansas, Baylor, Arizona, and Grambling. “I am trying to be the best engineer in the world. I also am very interested in sports media, and Northwestern has an excellent communications department.”
As the Houston Texans are wrapping up their final week of voluntary OTA’s, a couple of former players were out in the early morning Texas heat to observe the different drills the team was going through. One player who stood out from the moment he hit the sidelines was 2022 NFL Hall of Fame finalist Andre Johnson who played for the Texans for 12 out of the 14 years he was in the league.
“I think that this honor is a milestone that we can all be very proud of,” Dr. Donald R. Reed, the Director of Athletics, said to the Panthers’ sports information department. “It’s an honor that we swept all three trophies.
As the players for the Houston Texans began to make their way onto the field, one man was standing there to greet them and get them ready for the day ahead. New head coach and defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, who is usually the first person at NRG Stadium, makes sure he says a couple of words to the majority of the players who pass him.
“I told him (Tucker) after the game that ‘You saved the game,’” said Astros manager Dusty Baker. “A lot of time people think that a game is saved in the ninth inning, but that was a game saver at that time. It was on the money and a good tag. Tucker has been playing lights out.”
For the second consecutive season, the Houston Rockets will select in the top five of the NBA Draft after the lottery drawing on Tuesday night. With general manager, Rafael Stone representing the Rockets organization, Houston secured the number three overall selection for the first time in team history since 1983.