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Bradford: Yet another make or break season
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:23:08 +0000

ST. LOUIS — It’s become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford.

Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he’s supposedly at a career crossroads.

Bradford can’t remember when that wasn’t perceived to be the case, and he tries to ignore low outside expectations that include a fantasy rating in the bottom half of NFL quarterbacks and other assorted doubts. He’s as eager as anyone on the outside to be a difference-maker in a breakthrough season.

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Carter leads Astros homer-happy win over Athletics
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:25:16 +0000

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Carter hit a monstrous three-run shot to center field in the third to give the Astros a lead, and Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth, with Castro’s homer a two-run shot.

Krauss’ homer found the upper deck in right field and chased A’s starter Jesse Chavez (8-7). Two batters later, Dominguez sent a drive onto the railroad tracks in left field off reliever Dan Otero.

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Texas Tech offense tops in pace of play
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:09:22 +0000

Hurry-up. Up-tempo. Two-minute offense, all the time.

Whatever your phrase for it, college football teams are going faster and faster, maximizing tempo to catch defenses off guard.

Sure, there are some old guard coaches such as Nick Saban and Bret Bielema who have voiced their displeasure with it, but make no mistake: as long as offensive coaches feel that going up-tempo presents an advantage, they’ll continue to check their stopwatches to see just how quickly their team can get lined up and snap the ball.

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Texans look to vet Fitzpatrick to solve QB woes
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:58:39 +0000

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans’ biggest problem in their 2-14 season was inconsistent play at quarterback.

Enter, Ryan Fitzpatrick. The veteran faces the big task of turning around an offense that did little right last year.

He isn’t at all daunted by the challenge and won’t let last year’s woes bleed into 2014.

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Triple-A baseball: Chihuahuas fall 9-4 to Fresno in series finale
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:05:47 MDT
Monday's game against the Fresno Grizzlies started very promising for the El Paso Chihuahuas. But poor relief pitching doomed the Chihuahuas in the final game of an eight-game homestand and the Grizzlies rallied for a 9-4 win in front of 7,068 fans at Southwest University Park.
›› Photos: El Paso Chihuahuas vs Fresno Grizzlies

Wadzinski brings passion to stage
baytownsun.com/ / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
By Mark Fleming

Gordon eyeing 5th title after big Brickyard win
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:23:48 +0000

INDIANAPOLIS — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels.

He was the “Wonder Boy” who racked up wins at a record place. He brought the southern sport to Madison Ave. and became such a household name that even rapper Nelly name-dropped Gordon in a song.

Gordon won all the big races, collected four championships in seven years and had 58 victories before his 30th birthday.

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Baytown police beat - July 29
baytownsun.com/ / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Burglaries

Ladies stay on toes with wallyball
TheFacts.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:00:00 -0500
FREEPORT — Don’t let the volleyball net in the middle of the racquetball court be a distraction. It actually is the attraction to a group of women every Tuesday and Friday at the Freeport Recreation C

Mid City All-Stars soak up once-in-a-lifetime trip to Intermediate World Series
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:39:00 -0500
At this point for the Midland Mid City Intermediate All-Stars it’s about having fun.

ROCKHOUNDS: Hounds rally past Frisco, 8-6, now up by 3 games
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:26:00 -0500
FRISCO — Kent Matthes had another big game at the plate as the Midland RockHounds used a four-run sixth inning to rally and take an 8-6 victory against Frisco on Monday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Abilene Cooper right-handed pitcher Nicholson commits to Texas Tech baseball team
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:04:05 +0000

Starting next year, Abilene Cooper’s Jonathan Nicholson will return to where he fell in love with baseball.

The senior righthanded pitcher committed Monday to play baseball at Texas Tech. He grew up in Lubbock, and his first experience in baseball was playing Little League.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Nicholson had offers from several other schools, including West Virginia, Abilene Christian and UT Arlington. He said his decision to play for Tech came from both Tech’s reputation as a great school and the success of the baseball team.

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Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:23:30 +0000

CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.

Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed the past few months.

As the Big Ten opened its annual two-day media event on Monday, some big story lines hung over the college landscape.

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