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How the Houston Astros went from champions to a shamed shambles

The 2017 World Series winners were engineered to win. But they also became convinced they could act with arrogance and impunityIt must have felt good to be one of the Houston Astros on 29 October last year, to be part of one of the most talented teams …

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How the Houston Astros went from champions to a shamed shambles

The 2017 World Series winners were engineered to win. But they also became convinced they could act with arrogance and impunityIt must have felt good to be one of the Houston Astros on 29 October last year, to be part of one of the most talented teams …

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Why NBA stars like James Harden and LeBron James invest in soccer clubs

Even though MLS clubs cannot compete with the other US sports leagues in terms of income, soccer is seen as a growing market for wealthy athlete-investorsJames Harden’s summer of soccer continues. Earlier this month, the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player h…

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World Series unites Houston as road to hurricane recovery winds on

The Houston Astros’ battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers offers a brief respite for a city grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, two months laterDowntown streets in Houston that, just two months ago, were filled with the displaced and desper…

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Does MLS have a Texas problem?

Houston and Dallas, who meet in Sunday’s Texas Derby, are two of MLS’ best clubs this season from two of its biggest cities. So why aren’t they more popular?

Whoever coined the phrase “demographics are not destiny” could have been referring to Major League Soccer in Texas just as easily as talking about politics.

Simple population figures would imply that two of the league’s biggest clubs are facing off in the Texas Derby on Sunday, with the right to fire a cannon awarded to the team with the season’s best head-to-head record – provided they have secured the appropriate paperwork from safety-conscious city authorities, that is.

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Baylor football players raped woman as ‘bonding experience’, lawsuit alleges

Lawsuit filed in federal court claims players took part in gang rapesBaylor accused of violating Title IX and fostering culture of violence on campusThe latest lawsuit against Baylor University alleges that its football players took part in gang rapes …

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Wilmer Cabrera, loyal lieutenant in Colombia’s dream team, thriving in MLS

Houston’s new head coach was a stable presence in the maverick Colombian team of the 1990s – and he’s brought calm and clarity to the MLS pacesetters

Glory and brutality were companions in Colombian football during the 1990s as the national team reached three World Cups amid a bloody drug war that did not spare sport. If Carlos Valderrama, Rene Higuita and Tino Asprilla were the maverick stars, Wilmer Cabrera was a more stable and less erratic presence.

Related: MLS must scrap salary cap to compete with China, says Andrea Pirlo

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Will Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl half-time show get political? ‘I believe in inclusion’

The Super Bowl performer revealed little of her plans for the half-time concert but hinted it would include support for the principles of equality and toleranceAmid inquiries about costume changes, special guests and her setlist during a press conferen…

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Jürgen Klinsmann tries to find a formula for crunch game against Costa Rica

USA play Costa Rica in Chicago on Tuesday – and another defeat will see them all but eliminated. What – if any – changes will Klinsmann make?

After the US’s loss to Colombia in their opening group match last Friday, Clint Dempsey described Tuesday’s Copa America Centenario game against Costa Rica as a “must-win”.

The forward’s head coach did not disagree on Monday. “They have one point, we have zero points, so we better get three,” Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters.

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Giles Barnes: ‘It’s about time they started talking about the Reggae Boyz’

‘Mexico broke my heart last summer,’ he admits, but the Houston Dynamo striker is hoping for revenge as part of a Jamaica team rated as an outside bet

If bright orange seats are the defining feature of BBVA Compass Stadium’s bowl, among the interior’s stand-out decor are the photographs of Giles Barnes assaulting corner flags.

Barnes walks past a framed image of his kung-fu style goal celebration when he goes through the main entrance and trots beyond another picture when he heads down the tunnel to take the field for Houston Dynamo.

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US women aim to book their ticket to Rio with victory over downcast T&T

The US play Trinidad & Tobago in Houston on Friday night with an Olympic place at stake – and Carli Lloyd wants a fast start to allay any doubts of an upset

The structural quirk of the Concacaf women’s Olympic qualifying tournament is that the two finalists qualify for this summer’s Games in Rio, making the semi-finals all-important, not the title game.

Novelty value is otherwise in short supply. Forget five interlocking rings – a more apt logo would be a star-spangled steamroller.

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Elana Meyers Taylor: ‘Some don’t want to see this happening. But it’s happening’

The American bobsleigh pilot will make history on Saturday competing against men at the World Cup in Calgary and hopes to change attitudes towards women in sport generally Continue reading…

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Rivals pitch in after Trinidad and Tobago women’s soccer team arrives in US with just $500

The Soca princesses came with just $500 to their names but everybody from Haiti to the Clintons have offered their support ahead of their match up with the USWNTTrinidad and Tobago WNT offered help by Clintons Continue reading…

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NFL’s Adrian Peterson released on bail over beating of son aged four

Allegedly excessive discipline by Minnesota Vikings running back is latest violence-related incident to tarnish NFLThe NFL star Adrian Peterson was freed on bail on Saturday morning, after he turned himself in to police in Texas investigating allegatio…

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World Cup fever grips America  but can soccer make it mainstream?

TV ratings for soccer are up, fans are packing the bars, and Jürgen Klinsmann’s team is on the verge of qualification from Group G. Is the US finally ready to embrace the global game?

With its ales, dartboards, Chelsea FC memorabilia and replica-kitted fans avidly watching the World Cup on an array of screens, the Brewery Tap could be anywhere in west London.

But the pub is in downtown Houston, Texas, with the languid Buffalo Bayou just to the rear and the skyscraping headquarters of oil and gas corporations leering over its entrance.

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Will Houston’s NWSL/MLS tie up lead to better times for the women’s game?

Brian Ching and the Dynamo are behind Houston Dash’s entry into the second season of the National Women’s Soccer League Continue reading…