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NFL offensive line rankings ahead of Week 11

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Few things are more important to a team’s success than the quality of its offensive line. Disastrous lines, or even disastrous weak-link mismatches, can determine the outcome of games, while strong units provide an incredible advantage to an offense. This season, we will be keeping track of PFF’s offensive line rankings as well as highlighting the biggest weak-link player and their upcoming opponent to identify any obvious matchup advantage one way or the other.

What would a potential renovation to Nissan stadium look like?

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There are two options for the future of Nissan Stadium: to rebuild or to renovate. The costs are both around $2 billion, but a renovation would be cheaper. For the first time, renderings have been released to the public of what a renovation to the current stadium would entail. It includes a major facelift with new event plazas, a rooftop canopy and a completely new exterior.

Houston Astros History: A Random Plate Appearance

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Rich with both good and bad moments, the Houston Astros have enjoyed 61 seasons of Major League Baseball. I thought it would be a fun thought exercise to do a series based on randomly generated plate appearances. I used random.org to generate a year from 1962 to 2022 (I landed on 1987), a game from one through 162 (98), and a plate appearance from one to 76 (six). This particular combination of digits landed me on baseball-reference.com, a box score from July 26, 1987, and an inning called "first." The Game The Houston Astros, coming into the action at 48-49 but somehow just 3.5 games back in a "middle-heavy" NL West (behind the 52-46 Cincinnati Reds), were on the road against the 53-44 New York Mets, who were 8.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL East. The game was the final contest in a four-game set, and the Astros were looking to earn a split.

Astros reduce playoff magic number to one

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The postseason is drawing near, and it is fair to say that Lance McCullers Jr. looks ready for the moment after he struck out a season-high 11 in the Astros' 5-2 win over the A’s on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. Houston’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to one. It will be the sixth straight season that the Astros will play meaningful October baseball.

Houston Astros' Justin Verlander says he 'dodged a bullet,' placed on 15-day IL with calf injury

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander, a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young Award, has been placed on the injured list with a right calf injury. The team announced the move Tuesday and said that an MRI done on the calf Monday revealed fascial disruption, but no muscle fiber disruption. Verlander said he isn't sure of a timetable for his return but doesn't expect to be out too long.

Astros have AL's best record, but GM James Click, manager Dusty Baker face uncertain future

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The American League’s most successful franchise again seems on a shaky foundation. Like manager Dusty Baker, general manager James Click is in the final season of his contract, multiple people familiar with the situation said this week, adding more uncertainty to a front office operating with it throughout the season.

USA play 'coldest game ever' as players treated for hypothermia after World Cup qualifier

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The USA played Honduras in a game that saw sub zero temperature in Minnesota. The World Cup qualifier was played in freezing temperatures that plummeted to -17 degrees. It was the coldest game featuring the US in more than 20 years, although they still ran out 3-0 winners at Allianz Field. Both sets of players as well as the referee were allowed to wear warm weather equipment which included snoods and face coverings. New Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner, who was signed in January and will arrive in the summer, kept a clean sheet but will have endured a forgettable night in the cold. Chelsea's Christian Pulisic was among the goal scorers with Weston McKennie and Walker Zimmerman also getting in on the act.

Ranking MLB's all-time greatest uniforms

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I enjoyed this list but the Astros Tequila Sunrise uniforms are ranked waaaay too low in 15th. I get that most of the top five are old school clubs like the Dodgers, Yankees and Cubs but the Astros jerseys should rank much higher

Alex Bregman Signed Custom Cleats Benefiting Charity

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Custom Signed Cleats Designed & Signed by Alex Bregman Benefits Adapted Sports, Recreation and Fitness Programs for Children, Adults & Veterans with Disabilities

Astros hire Tampa Bay Rays' James Click as GM

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"James Click, a 14-year member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, will succeed Jeff Luhnow, owner Jim Crane announced Monday. Click was most recently the Rays' vice president of baseball operations. The 42-year-old Yale graduate was a Baseball Prospectus writer before joining the Rays' front office in 2006."