On The Fly: Texans' Rookie QB Watson Out With ACL Tear

The Astros may have had Houston celebrating, but football fans in the city were glum Thursday upon hearing the news that Texans’ rookie sensation Deshaun Watson had torn his ACL in a non-contact drill. So far this season, Watson had passed for 1,699 yards, including a 402-yard, four-touchdown performance in a Texans’ 41-38 loss to the Seahawks last Sunday. But Watson, who tore the ACL in his left knee at Clemson and finished the season playing with a brace, is likely out for the season, according to the Houston Chronicle. Watson had 21 total touchdowns and 19 touchdown passes, both No. 1 in the NFL, and is the top rushing quarterback with 269 yards.

Sports Illustrated put a picture of George Springer on its cover three years ago, predicting the Astros would win the Series in three years and the June 24, 2014 magazine now is selling on eBay for over $300 and in some places for more than $1,000. SI’s Ben Reiter, who wrote the story when the team was mired in last place, wrote last week that many people hated the cover and even the team’s hometown paper, “the Houston Chronicle, called it ‘more of an attention-grabbing, perhaps even tongue-in-cheek projection than a prediction.’ ”

After winning the World Series, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa popped the question to his girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez, Miss Texas USA, on camera and she said yes. Asked what would have happened if the Astros didn’t win, Correa told Fox Sports, “I didn’t have a Plan B, so I’m just glad we won.”

Lindy Remigino of Newington was inducted in the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame Thursday night at the Black Tie and Sneakers Gala at the New York Athletic Club. The Hartford Public track star went on to Olympic glory, winning two gold medals in Helsinki in 1952 in the 100 meters and 4x100-meter relay. Remigino, 86, was a teacher and coach at Hartford Public, where his teams won 31 titles and he had 157 individual state champions. Remigino is in 11 halls of fame.

Meb Keflezighi, Olympic silver medalist, New York City and Boston Marathon champion, is running his last competitive marathon in New York City Sunday in the city in which he ran his first marathon in 2002. After that race, he said he never wanted to do it again “because it hurt.” Keflezighi, 42, won the New York Road Runners Abebe Bikila Award this week for his contributions to the sport. At the Boston Marathon in April, Keflezighi said, “The body can’t keep going forever. There’s a point where you want to make a decision and this is a perfect time. I want to be able to still be in the sport. I’m fortunate I’ve been able to do it as long as I have. Being healthy, being away from family - all those things are hard. I’ve been doing this for 27 years - high school, college, professionally. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish. And I want to go out on my own terms.”


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