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Sun
14
Oct
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Skydiver Lands Safely After Landing from Near Outer Space Jump

Sykdiver Felix Baumgartner found his way from near outer space back to earth in a little more than five minutes on Sunday Morning.   Safely back to earth he fell to his knees and put up both fists in celebration. 

Baumgartner left the capsule attached to a huge helium balloon at 128,100 feet -- 24 miles up -- higher than anyone before him.

His estimated speed on the way down was 839.9MPH exceeding the sound barrier by nearly 70 mph. 

With temperatures dipping near -70 degrees Fahrenheit, Baumgartner was protected by his space suit on the way down and a small capsule being lifted by a balloon on the way up.    

Baumgartner ascended steadily in a capsule hanging from a helium balloon. Then he opened the hatch, climbed out, jumped off the step with a bunny hop, and formed a crouched "delta" position to maximize his acceleration.

The plan: to fall most of the way in less than five minutes, then deploy a parachute for the final 5,000 feet to earth.

Thu
11
Oct
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Rockets Victorious In First Preseason Game

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Jeremy Lin the Rockets franchise player finished with three points hitting 1 of 3 field goals.   He picked up 6 assists and three steals in around twenty minutes of playtime.  Royce White, Rockets first round pick was left behind to work on conditioning.   Sidebar:  White is a good player without question, but affected from mental anxieties issues,suffering with among other things a fear of flying.   All of Houston is waiting to see if he can fly.

Terrence Jones stepped up to the basket and scored 20 points to lead the Rockets to an early season victory against one of the strongest teams in the league. 

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant scored a combined 30 points on Wednesday night at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. 

Tue
09
Oct
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Texans Defeat Jets 23-17: season Record 5 -0

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It featured the usual suspects, Arian foster with 152 yards rushing and a touchdown.  The jets were accused of quitting in the final quarter of a last week’s loss vs. San Fransicisco, and were determined to not be accused of giving up this week. 

Joe McKnight with an impressive full field kickoff return attempted to change the momentum of the game, upgrading the score to 20-14 in the fourth.

The jets were underdogs going into this game a, but showed a brave face against the Texans.  Late in the fourth the jets had a chance to take the lead and Mark Sanchez showed poise under pressure.    The threat released when Sanchez was intercepted by Kareem Jackson on a pass that tipped of the hands of Jeff Cumberland with less than 2 minutes to play. 

Tim Tebow a crowd favorite was a factor in fleeting moments throughout the game, including a run for a first down on a fake punt.  

Wed
03
Oct
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Walker Opens Up About Being Broke on 30 for 30

NBA star Antoine Walker blew through the $110million he earned in a successful basketball career so quickly that he was forced to file for bankruptcy just two years after he retired. 

Walker, who was forced to come out of retirement and play in the obscure development league, says bad real estate deals, gambling debts and 14 years of living the high life have left him all but broke today.

 

It is a far cry from his glory days in the NBA, where he was named to the all-star team three times and won a championship in 2006.

Walker's story is just one of several highlighted in a new ESPN documentary 'Broke,' which tracks to financial failure of professional athletes who once raked in millions as professional sports stars.

Mon
01
Oct
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We Were Pawns Claimed NFL Replacement Refs

 

As the real referees are welcomed back to the NFL with open arms, one of the dismissed replacements has admitted that they may not have been ready for the job.

Jerry Frump, a banker from Chicago who has worked in college football for three decades, was one of the most experienced of the replacements.

But during an interview published on Friday, Mr Frump questioned the experience of his colleagues as they jumped up from various levels of college football.

 

When asked by Time magazine if his crew was ready to be officiating at NFL games, Frump said: 'No, I don't think you could say that.'

As for moments like the hotly disputed call that had one referee calling touchdown and another calling interception last Monday night, Mr Frump said the NFL was getting what it paid for.

 

Sun
30
Sep
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Texans 4 -0 With Sundays Victory against the Titans

 

Week 4 of the 2012-2013 seasons, the Texans played their most dominate game yet; defeating the Titans 38-14 in impressive style.  Matt Schaub led with 20 of 28 completions, totaling 202 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Even distribution describes the offense with Foster on 24 carries rushed for 86 yards and 1TD.  Owen Daniels scored 1 TD on a 28 yard scramble late in the 3rd and had 6 receptions on the day.  James Casey hoisted 5 receptions for 36 yards and a TD. 

Hasselbeck had a long day with 2TD’s and 2 picks and completed 17 of 25 on the day.  

Thu
27
Sep
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Former Rocket Jordan Hill Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge

Former Houston Rocket Jordan Hill avoided a prison sentence with a plea deal. Hill was accused of choking and punching Darlene Luna’s legs last February in a late night lover’s brawl.

Hill was in district court in Houston on Thursday facing felony assault charges; facing up to 10 years in prison. The plea agreement led to a guilty plea to misdemeanor assault charges and requires hill to complete domestic violence counseling and one year probation. The judge ordered him to pay a $500. fine and donate $100. to the Harris county domestic violence fund.

Hill appeared in a Houston courtroom alongside attorney Rusty Hardin Jr., who successfully defended Roger Clemens in his recent perjury trial. Hill’s former girlfriend, Darlene Luna, was represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, perhaps best known for representing Nicole Brown Simpson’s family during the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Tue
25
Sep
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Agreement Reached in Out of Ring-Mayweather, Jr vs. Pacquiao Fight

A confidential settlement has been agreed upon between two of the biggest names in boxing today. In federal court Manny Pacquiao sued Floyd Mayweather Jr. for defamation of character; for accusing him publicly of using performance enhancing drugs.

The biggest stumbling block for the two meeting in the ring appears to have been Mayweather's insistence he get the lion's share of what many assume will be the biggest payday in boxing history. Recently, however, Pacquaio told ESPN he has okay with giving Mayweather a larger slice of the earnings. Pacquaio said he'd agree to a 55-45 split.

The 33-year-old Pacquiao is 54-4 with two draws.

He's due to fight Juan Manuel Marquez in December in Las Vegas. Pacquiao denies the using any performance-enhancing substances. Another hurdle had been Mayweather's insistence to random blood and urine drug screening throughout the build-up to the fight.

Tue
25
Sep
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NFL admits Mistake in Seahawks/Packers Game: Ruling Stands!

 
The NFL has released a statement regarding the final play of the Seattle Seahawks' victory over the Green Bay Packers in which the league endorses the actions made by the replacement officials and the replay review after the ruling of touchdown on Golden Tate's catch Monday night.
The key word being "after." As for the before, the wording is kind of fuzzy. 

In the statement, the NFL says the officials ruled on the field it was a touchdown and not an interception by Packers safety M.D.
Jennings, though as anyone who watched the play knows by now, that was one of two rulings on the play. The other one was an interception. No conference between the officials was held to get a consensus final ruling announced by referee Wayne Elliot.

The statement admits the ruling of a catch should've been nullified because of the pass interference penalty that was missed when Tate shoved Packers defensive back Sam Shields in the back before leaping. 

Sun
23
Sep
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Texans Hold Off a Determined Denver Team

The ugly interceptions didn't play into Peyton Manning's second straight defeat, but so much of the rest of it sounded like a broken record -- the likes of which the Broncos quarterback doesn't want to hear anymore.
 
Matt Schaub lost a small chunk of his ear after a brutal hit, but still outplayed Manning, throwing for four touchdowns against a confused Broncos defense Sunday to stake theHouston Texans to a big lead on the way to a 31-25 victory.
 
"We have to learn from this game, address it, be honest, everybody needs to be accountable and try to improve forward," Manning said. "It's not the ideal situation. Everybody would love to be 3-0. That's not the way it is right now."
According to long time Texan's fan and Houstonian Milly Calhoun said, " It's too early to get excited, for the last few seasons I've gotten excited early and the team hit the wall."

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