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June 12, 1994 | By Frank Lawlor, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rockets Fever broke into a cold, fearful sweat after Houston lost at home Friday night to fall into a 1-1 NBA Finals tie with the New York Knicks. The largest city in Texas has been through this kind of panic before, with the football Oilers blowing huge leads in playoff games, the baseball Astros posting one of the best records in the major leagues over the 1980s, but never making it to the World Series, and the Rockets losing in the NBA Finals in 1981 and 1986. That's why the Rockets made a TV commercial a couple of weeks ago, one in which a fan with a radio to his ear all but throws himself off the ledge of a high-rise when the game announcer says, "But wait, Olajuwon was fouled!"
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October 22, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THERE WERE times throughout Friday night's 31-10 loss to Houston when coach Matt Rhule's face appeared expressionless. For the first time all season, the Temple coach's squad looked overmatched. There were undisciplined turnovers, missed coverages and missed tackles on defense and, as Rhule said during yesterday's American Athletic Conference coaches teleconference, a lack of passion and excitement. "For us, it was an opportunity to play in that environment where there's expectations and there's something on the line," Rhule said.
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May 25, 1999 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Leroy Burrell had an interesting problem to solve last summer. The 1985 Penn Wood graduate and former track gold medalist in the 1992 Olympic Games was deciding what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He had just retired from competitive track and was seriously thinking about attending law school when someone brought up another idea: How about coaching? Timing is everything. So, when longtime Houston track coaching legend Tom Tellez decided to retire, he handed his coaching whistle to Burrell, who is now completing his first season as track and field coach at the University of Houston.
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July 2, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Union forward-midfielder Sebastien Le Toux suffered a concussion in Wednesday's 2-1 Round of 16 U.S. Open Cup win over the New York Red Bulls and won't be available for Saturday's Major League Soccer game in Houston against the Dynamo. Le Toux hit his head in a collision in the 79th minute and left the game. He played up top because the Union's top two forwards, C.J. Sapong and Fabian Herbers, were out with injuries. Le Toux has not missed an MLS game this season for the Union, appearing in all 17 and starting 12. He has two goals and a team-high five assists.
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December 2, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
TEMPLE FOOTBALL coach Matt Rhule talks all the time about blocking out the noise. As his 20th-ranked Owls (10-2) - who already have tied a program record for wins in a season that's stood for 36 years - prepare to play at No. 18 Houston (11-1) on Saturday afternoon for the American Conference title and probably a spot in a New Year's bowl game, the only outside distraction might be his status. Missouri, which won the SEC East in 2013 and '14 but went 1-7 in the conference this season, reportedly met with Rhule on Sunday to talk about its job opening.
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March 26, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Vince Velasquez crouched behind the mound and with his finger he etched a cross in the dirt. The Phillies pitcher said a short prayer and then reflected as he waited for another game to begin. Velasquez is competing for the final spot in the Phillies' starting rotation. But before each start, he pauses to remind himself who he is playing for. He thinks about his parents, who used their strong work ethic to push their son's baseball dream into reality. And the pitcher thinks about his two older brothers - Leonard Jr. and Christopher - both of whom followed their father, entered the Marine Corps, and served in Iraq.
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October 20, 1989 | By Jere Longman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Each time Houston scored against Temple in the Astrodome, the Cougar mascot dropped down and did push-ups. One push-up for each point. Just before halftime, Houston scored its 41st point and the mascot did 41 push-ups. In the third quarter, he did 48 push-ups, then 55. When the game ended, Houston was ahead, 65-7, and the Cougars had the best-conditioned mascot in the country. It was the second-worst defeat in Temple's dull football history. "I didn't think it was going to be that brutal," said a numb Jerry Berndt, the first-year Temple coach.
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August 4, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
NEWPORT, R.I. - A year ago, Temple's football team was picked to finish third in the American Athletic Conference's East Division in a preseason media poll. The Owls won the division. This year, the Owls again hope to exceed expectations after they were picked to finish second in the East to South Florida. The poll was released Tuesday during the AAC's football media day. USF received 15 first-place votes, compared with nine for Temple and six for Cincinnati. Last season, Temple went 10-4 and 7-1 in the East, losing only to South Florida, 44-23.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
HOUSTON - Waving American flags and space shuttle toys, hundreds of people lined the streets and crowded the airport Wednesday as they watched the space shuttle Endeavour touch down in Houston on its way to be permanently displayed in California. For many, the experience was bittersweet, tinged with an aftertaste of having been cheated of something they believe should have been theirs. Houston has long tied its fortune to a mix of oil and NASA. Astronauts train in the humid, mosquito-ridden city.
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October 16, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
If you want to try out for the Philadelphia Soul, the city's new Arena Football League team, you can travel to Memphis this weekend. Or go to Houston the next. Or just be a little patient. The team announced yesterday that it has scheduled tryouts in both of those cities for this month - and expects to have one in Philadelphia sometime next month, time and place to be announced. Team officials said they chose Memphis and Houston because the cities are at the center of football-playing hotbeds, the mid-South for Memphis, the state of Texas for Houston.
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