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Pitching prospect Mark Appel feels confident after first session
Sports
Published in 27-2-2015
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Top Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel got some positive feedback from catcher Roberto Pena after his first live batting practice of camp. At one point, Pena turned back to rave about Appel’s fastball after Marwin Gonzalez noted the late life on the pitch. “That was like 97-mph, and his changeup is like 91-mph,” Pena told Gonzalez. There was no radar gun on during Appel ...>>
Astros manager A.J. Hinch happy with first day of batting practice
Sports
Published in 27-2-2015
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Although it’s too early to draw any conclusions, Astros manager A.J. Hinch liked what he saw from the first day of live batting practices. Dallas Keuchel, Scott Feldman, Luke Gregerson, Tony Sipp, Dan Straily, Josh Fields and Luis Cruz were among the group that threw to hitters. “The pitchers certainly look good,” Hinch said. “Getting them on the mound, getting them wit ...>>
Where do Astros rank among MLB’s best uniforms?
Sports
Published in 27-2-2015
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The Astros’ new uniforms unveiled in 2013 drew upon the team’s past looks. (Photo courtesy of the Houston Astros) The Astros are going into their third season with their current uniforms. According to one sports uniform expert, Houston has some work to do with its threads. Paul Lukas, who runs the popular Uniwatch blog, ranked the Astros 23rd in his annual MLB Uni Watch Power Rankings. Here w ...>>
James Harden rests ankle; Pat Beverley back at practice
Sports
Published in 27-2-2015
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Rockets guard James Harden, who has played in every game this season, sat out Thursday’s light practice with a sprained right ankle and is listed as questionable to play Friday against the Brooklyn Nets. Harden stepped on Chris Paul’s foot in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, but remained in the game. “He’s swollen today and he’s sore today,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “I’ll s ...>>
Scouting report: Brooklyn Nets at Rockets
Sports
Published in 27-2-2015
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When/where: 7 p.m. Friday/Toyota Center TV/radio: Root Sports/790-AM, 850-AM (Spanish) Nets The Nets have a seven-game losing streak in Houston and just one win in 16 meetings with the Rockets. That win came last season in Brooklyn with the Rockets winning this season’s meeting, 113-99, in Barclays Center. Guard Deron Williams, who did not play against the Rockets last month, is averaging 17.3 p ...>>
Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids
Energy
Published in 20-2-2015
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Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Maisy the mouse and pals Cyril and Tallulah prepare for the holiday, from trimming the tree to singing carols. Santa, by Bob Shea: A smiley little dino wears a bright-orange snowsuit, makes gifts for his parents and sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve only to scurry back to bed due to someone in red ho, ho, ho-ing in t ...>>
Website propels audiobooks' popularity
Energy
Published in 20-2-2015
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"The Starling Project" will test the appetite for an emerging art form that blends the immersive charm of old-time radio drama with digital technology. Just as original TV series such as "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" transformed Netflix into a content creator as well as a distributor, Audible is aiming to distinguish itself in the booming audiobook market with original audio dram ...>>
Clifford creator Bridwell dies at 86
Energy
Published in 20-2-2015
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Bridwell wanted to name the dog Tiny, though his wife, Norma, discouraged the obvious joke and named him Clifford, after an imaginary friend from her childhood. The books, which have been translated into 13 languages, have sold more than 129 million copies, according to Scholastic, and have inspired an animated television series, a full-length animated film and stuffed animals.

Instagram account captures 'hot dudes reading'
Energy
Published in 20-2-2015
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A new Instagram account has gone viral for finding the cutest bookworms in action.

New Dr. Seuss book to be published in July
Energy
Published in 20-2-2015
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There's good news for readers who like to enjoy a Dr. Seuss book on a boat, with a goat, in a house or with a mouse.

St. John's claims Athletic Directors' Cup again, maintains top status in SPC
Heights
Published in 20-2-2015
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On the strength of SPC titles in Division I field hockey, girls cross country, girls lacrosse, girls track and field and Division I softball, St. John's was a runaway winner in the girls division. The Mavericks grabbed their sixth SPC crown during the 2012-13 school year in wrestling, which fueled a second-place showing in boys sports behind Dallas St. Mark's. While St. John's rep ...>>
Carr leaves Westbury Christian to rebuild St. Pius boys hoops
Heights
Published in 20-2-2015
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Carr's dozen years with Wildcats - six as the head girls basketball coach and, more recently, six in charge of the boys program - culminated in a combined four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state championships. [...] Carr recently left the only school he's ever worked, accepting the position as head boys basketball coach at St. Pius X. "St. Pius is a football and b ...>>
St. Thomas football coach Fitzpatrick puts focus on fall
Heights
Published in 20-2-2015
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St. Thomas head football coach Tim Fitzpatrick didn't have his full squad during the Eagles' spring practice last month, but he didn't seem too bothered. [...] Fitzpatrick was satisfied with the effort and, even more so, the enthusiasm. The defensive line was hit hard by graduation, with senior defensive end Joseph Lowery the lone returning starter. Sophomore Lorenzo Neal Jr., th ...>>
Henderson Cup finish validates hard work for St. Thomas program
Heights
Published in 20-2-2015
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Since Netzel's arrival, St. Thomas has made major improvements to its athletic facilities, including: Various updates to Reckling Gymnasium, including a new sound system, lighting and flooring and increased capacity for fans with the addition of ADA-compliant bleachers Upgrades to Father Wilson Field, with new protective screens, improved drainage and changes to the bullpen area, and The E ...>>
'McFarland, USA' goes the distance to earn viewers' love
Entertainment
Published in 20-2-2015
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Kevin Costner plays a legendary high school track coach, and so right off we know there's going to be the scene in which the quiet man stands up and makes a speech, telling the team how much he loves them. Go into this movie unwilling to be moved, and soon enough you'll be tensing up and gritting your teeth and moving your head to nudge these kids across the finish line. An outburst of ...>>


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