December 23, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Much like Temple, its doppleganger 1,350 miles to the northeast, the University of Houston employs billboards in an attempt to upgrade its profile in a city where the pro and college sports scene is as congested as the highways. Sprinkled amid the tangle of interstates that encircle this city's shimmering downtown, the colorful signs feature upbeat messages, smiling Cougar athletes, and the school's redesigned red-and-white logo. Houston and Temple, as it turns out, have much more in common than a penchant for roadside marketing.
October 2, 2013 |
Last October, Comcast Corp. and two Houston professional sports franchises, the Astros and Rockets, launched a regional sports channel to ride the billion-dollar riches of the TV sports boom. The channel has fizzled amid acrimony among the once-hopeful partners. Comcast on Friday filed a petition seeking to force the troubled Comcast SportsNet Houston, which it lent $100 million, into bankruptcy and said it would bid on the network's TV rights if they are auctioned. Astros owner Jim Crane told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that the baseball team would fight bankruptcy and, in a reference to Comcast/NBCUniversal, said that the Astros "are not going to let those folks bully us around.
September 17, 2013 |
THE UNION lost to the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, Saturday night at PPL Park after having an apparent goal disallowed. On a free kick in the 30th minute, the Union's Keon Daniel put the ball past Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall and into the net, but the goal was waived off. It would have been the first goal of the game. "When the ball was played, the Union player was judged to be offsides, so therefore he was penalized for being offsides on that play," referee Mark Kadlecik said. "The offsides player interfered with the keeper.
September 10, 2013 |
Players of the weekend National: Andrew Furney kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3 minutes left to give Washington State its first win at Southern Cal in 13 years, 10-7. Holy Mike Leach. Local: Aaron Wilmer passed for 260 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score as Delaware Valley scored 28 unanswered fourth-period points to beat visiting Rowan, 35-27. Around town Houston 22, Temple 13 In the inaugural American Athletic Conference game, the visiting Cougars scored 40 fewer points than they had in their opener against FCS Southern.
September 9, 2013
When: Saturday at noon Where: Lincoln Financial Field Records: Houston (1-0), Temple (0-1) TV/Radio: ESPN regional/ WPHT-AM (1210) Coaches: Houston Tony Levine (7-7); Temple Matt Rhule (0-1) Series: Houston leads the series, 2-0. Last time, Houston won, 65-7, Aug. 30, 1989. Three Things to Watch Houston rushed for 372 yards last week. But don't be fooled. The Cougars like to air it out and will test Temple's secondary, which last week allowed 355 passing yards to Notre Dame.
September 6, 2013
Who: Houston at Temple When: Saturday, Noon, Lincoln Financial Field TV: 6ABC. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM) Records: Houston 1-0, 0-0 AAC; Temple 0-1, 0-0 History: Houston leads, 2-0. This is the first meeting since 1989. This is the inaugural American Athletic Conference game. About Houston: Cougars beat FCS Southern, 62-13. They ran for 372 yards, but they like to throw the ball and they do run a lot of plays ... They have 10 starters back on offense ... Last year they were 5-7 for Tony Levine, who took over for Kevin Sumlin (now at Texas A&M)
September 5, 2013 |
Matt Rhule wanted to make it plain. "Look, this is a much more important game," the Temple football coach said of Saturday's game against American Athletic Conference opponent Houston. "I remind our team that we were picked to finish ninth in the conference and we haven't played any conference games. So we're still seen as a ninth-place team. " Rhule has spent the last few months discussing the Owls' season opener against Notre Dame, which Temple lost, 28-6. However, Saturday's noon game at Lincoln Financial Field not only marks his first home game as a head coach.
July 26, 2013
Ordinarily, we don't get too excited about a game like Tuesday's contest between the Astros and the Athletics, two teams headed in opposite directions in the AL West. But the match in which cellar-dwelling Houston rallied to beat division-leader Oakland, 5-4, was remarkable for several reasons: Oakland's Grant Balfour's reign as the only closer in the bigs without a blown save this year ended when he couldn't hold a two-run lead in the ninth. He had a two-year streak of 44 games without a blown save before Tuesday.
July 23, 2013
If you were wondering why Astros lefthander Erik Bedard departed in the seventh inning Saturday against the Mariners when he had a no-hitter going, the answer is that he had a high pitch count. Houston manager Bo Porter explained Sunday that the 34-year-old Bedard, who has had three shoulder surgeries, decided to remove himself because he had thrown 109 pitches. "Whenever you start to talk about health issues, I'm always one that leans toward the side of protecting the player," Porter said.