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Astros report: Chris Carter returns to lineup after vertigo symptoms Updated Sep 25, 2013
Chris Carter, who has been on antibiotics since Friday, returned to first base Wednesday after being limited to the designated hitter’s role in the first two games of the series because of vertigo symptoms. “I think I’ve been sick for maybe a week just …
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  • Texans find out firsthand how pick sixes change games in a hurry Sep 25, 2013
    Interceptions that go all the way the wrong way — the “pick six” in modern football parlance — are continuing at a near-record pace this season after occurring more frequently than ever in 2012. Texans fans likely won’t find this trend surprising. After…
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  • Rangers finish 17-2 vs. Astros, stay in hunt Sep 25, 2013
    Leonys Martin hit a three-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Texas Rangers kept pace in the AL wild-card chase, beating Houston 7-3 Wednesday night and handing the Astros their team-record 108th loss of the season.
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  • Seahawks banged up along offensive line Sep 25, 2013
    The Seattle Seahawks will have to devise a plan to keep Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt in check this Sunday and they may have to do it with backups at both tackle positions. Left tackle Russell Okung is on the short-term injured reserve list wit…
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  • OKC GM says Westbrook's return still uncertain Sep 25, 2013
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The timetable for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook's return from a knee injury remains uncertain as Oklahoma City opens training camp.
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  • Kevin McHale still wants the Houston Rockets to play up-tempo with Dwight Howard Sep 25, 2013
    The addition of All-Star center Dwight Howard has turned the Houston Rockets into one of the NBA's few widely acknowledged title contenders, a squad with the talent and depth to come out of the West this spring. On the other hand, the Rockets also have …
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  • NFL fines Whitney Mercilus $15,000 for hit on Joe Flacco

    Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus was flagged for roughing the passer for a hit on Joe Flacco during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, and now Mercilus has been hit in the paycheck. Mercilus confirmed that the NFL fined him $15,000 for the hit. “I’m going t…
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  • Could Wisconsin have won national title with Watt, Wilson? Sep 25, 2013
    Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson just missed each other at the University of Wisconsin. What if they had been Badgers at the same time? “After my year at the University of Wisconsin, when we were at the Pro …
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  • Andre Johnson, Duane Brown will be game-time decisions

    As the Texans brace for a visit from the Legion on Boom, they won’t know whether they’ll have two key offensive components for Sunday’s game. Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Wednesday that both receiver Andre Johnson (shin) and left tackle Duane Bro…
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  • Texans OC Dennison says team will make decision about Foster, Tate Sep 25, 2013
    The Texans rank ninth out of 32 teams in average rushing yards (128.7) and the initial effort to slowly ramp up Arian Foster while splitting carries with backup Ben Tate has gone fairly well. Still, the Texans’ running attack hasn’t been its normal self…
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  • Texans’ Ed Reed has strong practice; DBs Jackson, Joseph held out Sep 25, 2013
    Veteran safety Ed Reed had a strong practice Wednesday, coach Gary Kubiak said, and continues to show improvement. “He took his reps with the defense, took a lot of scout team, too,” Kubiak said. “Getting him through last week was huge for him. I like t…
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  • Texans OC Dennison says Schaub has made bad decisions, must improve Sep 25, 2013
    Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said Wednesday that veteran quarterback Matt Schaub has made “bad decisions” this season and must improve. Schaub is 85-of-128 passing for six touchdowns and 838 yards through three games. He’s also thrown four…
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  • The man who could steal a title Sep 25, 2013
    The stolen base is an audacious thing. Baseball claims any number of wink-and-nod transgressions: Stealing signs, corking bats, scuffing balls. None is as brazen as taking bases without permission. It's OK to steal. It's within the agreed-upon rules.
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  • NFL Nation Buzz: Houston Texans Sep 25, 2013 team reporter Tania Ganguli on the Houston Texans' hot topics as they begin preparations for Week 4.
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  • Rays Owner Says Terrible Attendance Will Affect Team's Payroll Sep 25, 2013
    Rays owner Stuart Sternberg set his sights high: "I felt we would be 28th, maybe with a shot at 27th." Surely, with the treasonous Marlins and the ignored Astros in existence, the Rays could draw more fans than at least a couple other teams. B…
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  • Final pitch: Zeid noticed Beltre’s stare and knew teammates had his back Sep 25, 2013
    Adrian Beltre angrily stared at Astros reliever Josh Zeid in the eighth inning Tuesday night after he was drilled in the back. With a runner at third, one out, an 0-2 count and the Astros trailing 3-2 in the eighth, it made little sense for Zeid to have…
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  • Astros report: Porter refuses to let team pack it in Sep 25, 2013
    A day after holding a team meeting to discuss the Astros’ recent play, manager Bo Porter was asked Tuesday what message he delivered to his club. “The meeting was more about us finishing the season strong,” he said. “I said to them on behalf of myself, …
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  • Video - 'NFL Films Presents': Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's inner drive 09:17

    'NFL Films Presents': Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's inner drive

    Sep 25
    Most NFL fans know that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is a star on the football field, but few know of his accolades off the field. NFL Films takes a behind the scenes look at the Texans star.