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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have won six straight games for the first time since 2012, leaving their terrible start behind them and putting them firmly in control of the AFC South as they head into their week off.

David Dermer/Associated PressAstros outfielder George Springer is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger during Houston's victory in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Springer hit two home runs in the game, as the Ast…

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HOUSTON — Alex Bregman homered for the third straight game and Yuli Gurriel also went deep to help the Houston Astros to their third straight win, 4-1 over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

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LANDOVER, Md. — It was one of those rare occurrences when the sequel proved even more impressive than the original.

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FORT WORTH — Shawn Robinson is in a much different position for No. 16 TCU this season. He will remain the No. 1 quarterback as long as he is producing on the field.

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A Tennessee Tech team that boasts the nation's most high-powered offense relied on its pitching to earn the biggest win in program history Monday night.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Learn from your mistakes, Golden State.

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The Stetson Hatters use the hashtag "OmaHats" on their baseball Twitter account, a nod to the city that's home to the College World Series.

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OMAHA, Neb. — The NCAA baseball tournament opens today with play in 16 regionals. Regional winners advance to super regionals next week, and the final eight go to the College World Series in Omaha beginning June 16. Some of the top storylines:

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NEW YORK — Justin Verlander tamed the Yankees again, slowing down the highest-scoring team in the majors and pitching the Houston Astros past New York 5-1 Monday.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Losses in six of its last seven games didn't diminish defending national champion Florida's overall body of work when it came to seeding the NCAA baseball tournament.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson hit nine 3-pointers and scored 35 points, the Warriors held James Harden down in the second half, and Golden State rallied from an early 17-point deficit to stave off elimination with a 115-86 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night to force a decid…

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HOUSTON — Justin Verlander got some run support for the first time in nearly a month and led the Houston Astros over the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Wednesday.

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ATLANTA — NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at quelling the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if …

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — For sports leagues and gambling industries, the imminent expansion of legalized sports betting promises a bonanza. For the experts and organizations already concerned about pervasive problem gambling, it promises a whole new roster of worries.

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HOUSTON — Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.

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HOUSTON — Even when things got really, really tense — bottom of the ninth, one-run game, Jose Altuve vs. Aroldis Chapman — Yankees manager Aaron Boone stepped back to marvel in the moment.

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HOUSTON — No one on the Utah Jazz is using the word "stop" when referring to what they'll try to do to James Harden in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight after the Houston Rockets' star scored 41 points in a Game 1 rout.

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HOUSTON — Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off angry closer Ken Giles to spoil a splendid outing by Justin Verlander, and the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 4-0 on Tuesday night after Jordan Montgomery's start was cut off by tightness in his left elbow.

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Rodeos and horse shows continually offer great family heritage stories because parents and children often have to stick together to become successful.

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CHICAGO — Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and a solo homer, and the Houston Astros pounded the reeling Chicago White Sox 10-1 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler hit four 3-pointers among his 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns snapped back from a bad start to the series with 18 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Houston Rockets 121-105 in Game 3 on Saturday night for their first postseason vic…

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HOUSTON — His daughter standing behind him, former President George H.W. Bush sat at the front of the cavernous sanctuary of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. He gazed up at the rose-draped casket holding his wife of 73 years.

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In 1994, I was walking through Washington D.C. on a business trip when a car pulled up ahead of me and stopped. A young man got out, tall and lanky, and walked over to say hello. I had been his cross country coach during his senior year of high school, five years before. He had moved to D.C.…

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DOVER, Del. — Gun rights supporters — many carrying rifles and ammunition — gathered at state capitols across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun-control laws that they fear threaten their constitutional right to bear arms.

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BEIRUT — The Western airstrikes targeting suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities might have rained down punishment from the sky, but they will not fundamentally degrade a war machine whose main bases, weaponry and personnel remain in place.

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DALLAS — A nurse who has been charged with murder intentionally caused stroke-like injuries to seven patients at a Texas heart hospital, leading to the death of two and serious injuries to the others, according to an arrest warrant.

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WESLACO — The deployment of National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border at President Donald Trump’s request was underway Tuesday with a gradual ramp-up of troops under orders to help curb illegal immigration.

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WASHINGTON — The trade clash between President Donald Trump and China's government is escalating, with Beijing pledging to "counterattack with great strength" if Trump follows through on threats to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods.

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HOUSTON — Josh Reddick had three hits and Alex Bregman's tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

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HOUSTON — James Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, leading the Houston Rockets to a 120-104 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

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SAN ANTONIO — They chanted his name from the cheap seats: "Di-Vin-cen-zo, Di-Vin-cen-zo." By the time Donte DiVincenzo was done doing his damage, Villanova had another title and college basketball had its newest star.

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ARLINGTON — Lance McCullers Jr. struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, Carlos Correa and Jake Marisnick hit two-run homers and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Saturday.

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ARLINGTON — World Series MVP George Springer hit a leadoff homer in the season opener for the second year in a row, Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings and the Houston Astros started their championship defense with a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Welcome to a Final Four filled with past national champions — just the way the NCAA selection committee drew it up, right?

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Kansas, Villanova, Virginia and Xavier — the No. 1 seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament — should remember the Alamo.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump recognized the Houston Astros on Monday for their first World Series win, an "incredible victory" that Trump said was even more special following the devastation Hurricane Harvey wrought on the Texas city.

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Even if numbers occasionally lie, most of them indicate the New England Patriots are in great position to hoist a sixth Lombardi Trophy.

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HOUSTON — James Harden had 28 points and the Houston Rockets overcame a big early deficit to beat the Miami Heat 99-90 on Monday night.

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HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces.

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NEW YORK — Watch out, New England. Here comes Sacksonville.

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