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HUMBLE — Fourth-year tight end Garrett Graham said Monday he’s still in the initial stage of exploring his options as an unrestricted free agent. If Graham has his way, though, he’ll remain with the team that drafted him. Graham, 27, caught 49 passes fo…Upvote Share Tweet
Texans’ Owen Daniels open to restructuring contractchron.com Updated 1 hour agoHUMBLE — Tight end Owen Daniels is open to restructuring his contract, if necessary, to remain with the Texans. Daniels, 31, is the team’s primary tight end but only played five games last season due to a fractured fibula. Despite now being fully health…Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Updated 2 hours agoSaturday saw the long-delayed, long-awaited spring training debut of Astros prospect Japhet Amador. At a listed 6'4", 315 pounds, should "el Gigante de Mulegé" make the club, he could very well be the heaviest major leaguer ever.Read more...Upvote Share TweetThe New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and the Houston Rockets' James Harden today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 3, through Sunday, March 9.Upvote Share Tweet
Catcher Max Stassi among four optioned to minor-league campchron.com Updated 2 hours agoKISSIMMEE, Fla. – Astros catching prospect Max Stassi, who had his major league debut soured last August when he suffered a concussion after he was hit in the face by a pitch, was optioned to minor-league camp Monday along with righthander David Martine…Upvote Share Tweet
Damian Lillard Takes Umbrage With Patrick Beverley’s “Irritating” Antics “Like Flopping”dimemag.com Updated 3 hours agoDuring Houston’s comeback over Portland, the action in the backcourt was non-stop as Patrick Beverley refused to give ground to Portland’s all-star Damian Lillard. Beverley is a defensive agitator of the highest order; a Bruce Bowen for the digital age …Upvote Share Tweet
Speed remains calling card for Delino DeShields Jr.chron.com Updated 4 hours agoKISSIMMEE, Fla. — Delino DeShields Jr. scored from first base on a single on Saturday, which should tell you how the fast the 21-year-old center-field prospect is. The Astros had a split-squad day, and DeShields was sent on the road to play the Phillies…Upvote Share TweetHouston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith felt optimistic about returning to the team after talking with head coach Bill O'Brien last month. He had reason to be. O'Brien spoke very highly of the pending free agent during the combine. However, the Texan…Upvote Share TweetThe salary cap for the 2014 season is $133 million. The Texans are $9.2 million under the salary cap. Free agency begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Here are nine Texans players who will count at least $5 million against the cap in 2014:Upvote Share Tweet
Andre Johnson prepared to catch passes from any QB next seasonchron.com Updated 17 hours agoTexans wide receiver Andre Johnson is fully aware that he could be paired with a new starting quarterback this season. The best player in franchise history will attempt to find a quick rhythm with anyone the Texans select to lead them. But the 11-year v…Upvote Share Tweet
Cushing expects Texans to regain winning wayschron.com Updated 19 hours agoInside linebacker Brian Cushing continues to undergo rehabilitation on his surgically repaired knee, and he received some good news recently. “I’m doing really well,” Cushing said. “I’m going to be cleared in two weeks. I’m excited.” Cushing, Mike Munch…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros snap five-game spring skid with 4-3 win over Blue JaysKISSIMMEE, Fla. — Astros lefty Rudy Owens knew after his last outing he couldn’t afford a repeat. In a camp crowded with pitchers who need starts and looks, Owens made the most of his second start Sunday, a 4-3 win over the visiting Blue Jays. Marwin Go…Upvote Share TweetThe talk that the Texans are interested in trading with the Patriots to acquire quarterback Ryan Mallett appears to be just talk. In fact, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that there’s not even any reason to talk about it. McClain reports t…Upvote Share Tweet
Potential free-agent targets for the TexansThe Texans enter free agency needing help at several positions. Here are several unrestricted free agents, not including their own, who could be considered (in no particular order).Upvote Share Tweet
Texans linked to several former Patriots’ quarterbacksMedia reports around the country continue to try to connect Texans coach Bill O’Brien with current or former New England quarterbacks. Last week, there were reports the Texans were interested in or close to signing Matt Cassel. Texans weren’t interested…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros make first cuts of springKISSIMMEE, Fla. — Righthander Paul Clemens was the only player on the Astros’ 40-man roster to be cut from big league camp on Sunday, when the Astros made their first round of cuts of this spring. Nine players were sent to minor league camp. Clemens was…Upvote Share Tweet
Tough Outing for Banuelos, but Good Sign for Yankeesnytimes.com Updated Mar 8 (yesterday)Manny Banuelos, who had Tommy John elbow surgery on October 4, 2012, gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning, but the Yankees have not forgotten how impressive he was in early 2011.Upvote Share Tweet
Ruiz, Asche Hit 3-Run HRs as Phillies Beat Astrosnytimes.com Updated Mar 8 (yesterday)Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche each hit a three-run homer to send the Philadelphia Phillies past a Houston Astros split squad 11-3 on Saturday.Upvote Share TweetKISSIMMEE, Fla. — Some early strong swings against Yankees starter Ivan Nova didn’t produce enough of a cushion for an Astros split-squad team at home on Saturday afternoon in a 9-6 loss. Against the Yankees, the Astros made all three of the game’s erro…Upvote Share Tweet
Porter challenges, but out call at first upheldMLB.com Updated Mar 8 (2 days ago)Manager Bo Porter said prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees, which was the first of five scheduled Astros home games this spring to have instant replay available, that he couldn't wait to try to challenge a call. He wasn't joking.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Mar 8 (3 days ago)James Harden had 28 points, and the Houston Rockets used a huge third quarter to turn a close game into a blowout in a 112-86 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Cowboy Clad James Harden Butts Heads With Evan Turner & Destroys Indydimemag.com Updated Mar 8 (3 days ago)Obviously the Beard was going to rock something special for the ESPN cameras on Friday night. The Eastern Conference-leading Pacers came to town, so James Harden donned a complete cowboy outfit with red cowboy boots, a wide-brimmed black cowboy hat and …Upvote Share Tweet
Harden, Rockets Prevail In OTMar 9LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 12 rebounds, but James Harden countered with 41 points and 10 rebounds of his own to lead the Rockets past the Trail Blazers 118-113.
Confident RocketsMar 7Rockets guard James Harden credits the Rockets' recent success to the team playing with confidence
Rockets Blow Out PacersMar 7James Harden scored 28 points as the Rockets cruised to a 112-86 victory over the Pacers.
Harden Throws DownMar 7Patrick Beverley finds James Harden in transition for the ferocious slam.
Jason Babin voids last 2 years of Jacksonville Jaguars deal, becomes free …Mar 10Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin elected to void the final two years of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, a source told ESPN's John Clayton.
Free Agency, A PrimerMar 10Ten things you should know about the NFL’s 22nd annual free market, which kicks off Tuesday at 4 p.m. (but which is already in full swing because of legal and illegal tampering): 1. Cornerbacks are this year’s quarterbacks. When a pedestrian corner like…
Joakim Noah leads way for Chicago Bulls against Miami HeatMar 9Led by an emotional Joakim Noah, the Bulls managed to beat the Heat in another regular-season game but know an NBA King isn't dethroned in March, Michael Wilbon writes.
Clayton's mailbag -- Cap increase will be pivotal in retaining 2010, 2011 …Mar 9Stars from the 2010 and 2011 draft classes are set to command big money after their rookie deals expire, leaving teams to debate how much of the extra 2014 salary cap to carry over to future seasons, writes John Clayton.