Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press

Kristie Rieken

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Recent articles by Kristie:

Sounds of spring won't let Astros forget cheating scandal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — These are the new sounds of spring for the Houston Astros: a fan banging on a trash can, another calling José Altuve a cheater. That's what greeted the Astros... → Read More

Harden, Westbrook help Rockets beat Celtics 116-105

HOUSTON (AP) — After James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 78 points Tuesday night, Harden was asked just how dangerous this combination can be when it gets rolling. “It's pretty... → Read More

Astros reeling from fallout from scandal as spring begins

HOUSTON (AP) — Cheaters. Sign-stealers. A team undeserving of the only World Series championship it has won. This is the prevailing image of the Houston Astros as Dusty Baker takes over,... → Read More

Astros introduce Dusty Baker as new manager

Baker takes over about one month before the team is set to report for Spring Training. → Read More

Paul, Thunder rally for 112-107 win over struggling Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — After scoring 27 points in the first half against his former team, Chris Paul was on the bench during a big Oklahoma City run in the fourth quarter when a Thunder fan began yelling... → Read More

James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 124-115

HOUSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers were determined to start the second half of their season on a high note following a loss that snapped a nine-game winning streak. They were able to do... → Read More

Lillard leads Trail Blazers to 117-107 win over Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — After getting off to a disappointing start this season, the Portland Trail Blazers are focused on playing much better going forward. → Read More

Astros' Hinch, GM banned for season for sign-stealing

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the entire season Monday and the team was fined $5 million for sign-stealing by → Read More

Texans roar past Bills for 22-19 win in OT

The Houston Texans added another comeback to their playoff history by rallying from a double-digit second-half deficit for a 22-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills. → Read More

Watson throws 3 TDs, catches another; Texans top Patriots 28-22

Deshaun Watson threw three touchdown passes and had the first TD reception of his career, and the Houston Texans frustrated Tom Brady in a 28-22 victory over the New England Patriots. → Read More

Watson throws 3 TDs, catches another; Texans top Pats 28-22

HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson has long admired Tom Brady for his talent and resilience. He beat him Sunday night by not only throwing touchdown passes, but by catching one, too. “I... → Read More

Harden scores 60 in 31 minutes, Rockets rout Hawks 158-111

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden’s performance on Saturday night was enough to make even those who see him put up gaudy numbers night after night step back and marvel at his work. Harden scored a... → Read More

Doncic, Hardaway Jr. lead Mavs to 137-123 rout of Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas coach Rick Carlisle didn’t want his team to get overexcited about its convincing victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. He was, however, quick to note the... → Read More

Harden, Westbrook help Rockets rout Trail Blazers 132-108

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook had 28 points and a triple-double, and the Houston Rockets coasted to their eighth straight win, 132-108 over the Portland → Read More

Harden scores 47 points, Rockets beat Clippers 102-93

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden was pestered and harassed on defense by Patrick Beverley for most of Houston’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Despite all of Beverley’s... → Read More

Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputation

HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office,... → Read More

Westbrook scores 21 as Rockets beat Thunder 116-112

HOUSTON (AP) — After Russell Westbrook helped the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night in his first meeting against his former team he insisted there weren't different... → Read More

Houston DE Watt out for season with pectoral injury

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt sustained a season-ending injury to his pectoral muscle on Sunday in a win over the Oakland Raiders → Read More

San Antonio native Kellen Mond scores five TDs for Texas A&M

Kellen Mond threw for 234 yards and accounted for five touchdowns and Texas A&M got a 49-30 win over mistake-prone Mississippi State on Saturday. The Aggies (5-3, 3-2 SEC) led by 18 points at halftime after taking advantage of two turnovers by Mississippi State (3-5, 1-4). They didn't waste any time getting going in the second half when Jalen Wydermyer scored a touchdown on a 52-yard catch and… → Read More

Cole's streak ends as Nats rough up Astros ace in Game 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole trudged slowly off the mound, wiped the sweat from his upper lip and took a handshake and pat on the backside from manager AJ Hinch. Walking away without a lead —... → Read More