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In 2011, then-commissioner David Stern predicted a "nuclear winter" if the league was unable to find middle ground with its athletes, who were increasingly running the Association, despite the fact gazillionaire owners actually owned the teams. [...] the soft salary-cap loopholes that remained and an unplanned financial flood of TV revenue - the same insane money that has forever changed the NFL and MLB - left enough of an opening for the NBA's ...
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[...] the city goes into overdrive as Daryl Morey shocks the NBA and the Rockets stun the basketball world. Almost three years to the day that one of the NBA's most vilified superheroes proudly declared Houston was greater than Los Angeles and the rising Rockets made much more sense than the dysfunctional Lakers, Howard did what he always has done since he borrowed Shaquille O'Neal's cape and started accidentally breaking all the expensive thing...
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Shame on NBA players who chose to skip Olympics Me-first attitude shown by the many talented players who have chosen to stay home rates as shameful The world's grandest athletic stage, providing a public platform for the greatest basketball stars alive to unite for a single cause. The nation tuning in, a country coming alive and the summer of 2016 defined by draping a gold medal across your neck in Rio de Janeiro,instead of another boring offs...
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Was going to say the same thing! How can you write an article about this Olympics and players pulling out with the Zika virus ever present! I would of thought an article praising the players going would be a better use of the medium!


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Luhnow, Hinch avoid pushing panic button after bad startMinor tweaking has Astros on right track The surging Astros' 37-36 record in late June is still disappointing if your hope-filled spring began with World Series dreams. The first-place Texas Rangers - aka the second-best team in baseball - openly laugh at barely above .500 American League West clubs and have every right to casually disregard everyone slumming below them. [...] general man...
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Texans game, Final Four, prime-time Top 25 college football - it doesn't matter. Fly along the interstate, exit early, take a couple of ignored side streets. [...] while it's technically impossible to tell you exactly how many Mexico jerseys flooded Watt's stadium, I can say with fairly decent accuracy the team that took over NRG for a night had a fan base outnumbering Venezuela's about 500 to 1. [...] as the green, white and red stood, chante...
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[...] thanks to the Astros' recent 29-11 surge, you can start taking the thought that this club could actually take the West a little more seriously. [...] turning a sorry 17-28 start into a rather pleasing 46-39 mark after a strong series sweep of Seattle is nothing to ignore. [...] in a potentially telling turn of events, the "unbeatable" Rangers took the field at Fenway Park on Wednesday having dropped five of their last seven, and with seve...
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[...] as fun as free agency always is - endless rumors, sudden breaking news, gazillions in guaranteed money! - the two-year pursuit that once defined everything the Rockets did is starting to be replaced by a new, murky two-year plan with no clear road ahead. Harden's Rockets - apparently has as good a shot at winning the 2016-17 NBA Finals as it does clinking Cristal glasses with Oklahoma City's finest export. Golden State, the best team in t...
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Best starter on one of the hottest teams in baseball. The Astros' literal $7 million bargain, with an 8-3 mark and 3.21 ERA only beginning to describe how important Fister has been to stabilizing and energizing the local nine every five days. [...] I recently tracked down the righthander just before he disappeared into Minute Maid Park's clubhouse tunnel. On the best days, a baseball player who was an opening-day question mark throughout sprin...
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[...] Argentina's living, breathing soccer deity was darn close to the athletic version of the big G right before our stunned eyes Tuesday night at NRG Stadium. If you weren't one of the 70,858 chosen ones who somehow got a ticket to Argentina 4, United States 0 in the Copa America semifinals, you'll never really know what watching Messi sink the unthinkable was like. Hear "USA, USA, USA!!!" bouncing off NFL walls and echoing across the green g...
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Starting NFL wide receivers who stay in the league don't weigh 237 pounds. Rising second-year guys - who barely touched the ball as outcast rookies - don't get arrested for marijuana possession during an offseason when they're supposed to be turning their life around. [...] when a young man sits across a table from you and openly discusses all the people he has intentionally cut out of his life, then stands behind an NRG Stadium podium a few mi...
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An oversized Texas state flag rests above the uniform that will soon be wrapped around the 21-year-old face of the Astros' franchise. [...] instead of Showrrea again doing something remarkable to silence the Texas Rangers, the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year sees his day suddenly end in crumpled-over pain. [...] the sight of the 2012 No. 1 overall pick stuck to Globe Life Park's infield grass for two long minutes, then hobbling into the...
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Sports columns, Houston Chronicle
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  • Houston Chronicle
    Sports Writer, 2012 - present
    Sports columns Previous: Texans, Astros beat writer
  • The Salt Lake Tribune
    Sports Writer, 2010 - 2012
    Utah Jazz beat writer.
  • The Columbian
    Sports Writer, 2009 - 2010
    Portland Trail Blazers beat writer.
  • Bristol Herald-Courier
    Sports Writer/Editor, 2007 - 2009
    East Tennessee State University beat writer, Assistant Sports Editor, small colleges, preps, NASCAR, etc.
  • The Columbian
    Sports Writer, 2006 - 2007
    Small college, preps, general assignment writer.
  • The Associated Press, The Oregonian, Statesman Journal
    Sports Writer -- Freelance, 2005 - 2006
    Freelance.
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