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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Football reigns in Texas, where communities build $60 million high school stadiums and worship 16-year-old quarterbacks. .In Texas, its about Friday nights in places such as Stephenville and La Grange. Its about Saturdays in Austin and College Station, and its about Sunday afternoons in Dallas and Houston.But the start of NFL training camps no longer coincides with the unofficial end of baseball interest in Dallas and Houston. These days, baseball matters in September and October.The Texas Rangers have the American Leagues best record and the second-best record in baseball. The Houston Astros have a roster filled with young players such as Carlos Correa, George Springer and Jose Altuve, who each figure to play in numerous All-Star games.I dont know that both clubs have been at this level ever before at the same time, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. When it matters to both teams, thats when its really fun.The Rangers and Astros have shared the AL West the past four seasons, but last year marked the first time both clubs could be considered contenders. The Rangers rallied from an eight-game deficit in August to win the division.On Sunday, the teams will conclude a three-game series in Arlington. The Rangers have won the series first two games, increasing their division lead over the Astros to 10? games. The Astros are four games behind in the AL wild-card race.The heightened awareness that comes around September, the excitement that comes with it, the stress ... its why we play, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.Texas has beaten Houston in 13 of 15 games this season and 21 of 25 dating back to last season, when the Rangers won the division. The Rangers have won six one-run games against the Astros and three others by two runs. The Astros entered this series with 10 wins in their past 12 games to pull within 8? games. The Rangers bullied Houston in the series first two games, scoring 22 runs and leading each game by at least eight runs.In these learning lessons that are going on now, in the heat of a pennant race in September when a lot of these guys are at the end of their gas tank, its a growth opportunity for them, Hinch said. But its also important that we find a way to navigate through some of these troubles because were going to need the younger guys to adapt.This rivalry is still in its infancy -- even though the teams have played a number of interleague games over the years -- because the Astros played in the National League from 1962 to 2012.For now, fans give the rivalry life because the cities have a natural rivalry. Dallas brags about the Cowboys Super Bowl trophies, while Houston gloats about the Rockets basketball titles.A four-hour drive up or down I-45 or a one-hour flight is all that separates the cities, and visiting fans tend to regularly invade the home teams ballpark.The rivalrys intensity should continue to increase because each franchise should be good for years. Texas has won at least 87 games six of the past seven years, and it has been to the playoffs four of the past six seasons, making consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.Houston, which made the playoffs in 2015, doesnt have that type of pedigree. Last season was the first time the Astros finished above .500 since 2008, but all those poor seasons positioned the Astros to draft a wave of stars. Those players are finally getting to the big leagues, and it has put the Astros in a position to be among the best teams in the AL for the next several years.Its alive, Texas manager Jeff Banister said of the rivalry. It may mean a little more to me than some: Im a Texas kid. Growing up in Houston and getting to manage the Texas Rangers, for me, youre asking a guy who probably has a little more invested in this than some.The players they have are young; its an energetic, very talented group that loves to play the game. You see the similarities in their players and our players in ability and how much they love to play the game and the excitement they play with.In 2015, both teams finished above .500 for the first time as members of the American League. That July, Texas Rougned Odor and Houstons Hank Conger had a heated argument at the plate that resulted in both dugouts emptying and the managers screaming at each other.Two months ago, the Double-A affiliates for each club were involved in a bench-clearing brawl that lasted 11 minutes and resulted in three ejections.Were still developing our rivalry, said Astros third base coach Gary Pettis, a coach with the Rangers for several seasons before joining the Astros last year.Right now, its probably more about the cities than the teams, but as we continue to improve, itll get more intense. Its a great opportunity for our players. You want to play games in September that mean something. . Zvonareva, who won the tournament in 2009 and 10, couldnt handle her opponents big groundstrokes in only her third event back after 17 months out with a shoulder injury. Zvonareva made her comeback in January in Shenzhen and played in the Australian Open but lost her first matches at both tournaments. . The Barrie Colts defenceman, who impressed many with his play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, is the top-ranked skater in the February rankings. He has 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 45 games with the Colts this season. . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season. MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Cooper Rush threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Conklin and Sean Bunting intercepted a pass in the end zone with 34 seconds left as Central Michigan beat Ohio 27-20 on Tuesday night to become bowl eligible.Conklin made a one-handed grab from 8 yards out for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:51 remaining and Ohio had a fumble and an interception on its final two possessions.Ohio trailed 17-0 after Conklins first touchdown, but the Bobcats scored on three straight possessions to open the second half to tie it at 20-all. Papi White caught a 16-yard touchdown pass, Louie Zeervos kicked a 34-yard field goal and Dorian Brown scored on a 1-yard run -- one play after Quinton Maxwell had a 53-yard connection with Sebastian Smith. Corey Willis had eight catches for 109 yards for Central Michigan (6-5, 3-4 Mid-American). Conklin finished with two grabs for 21 yards.Maxwell was just 16 of 36 for 208 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Ohio (7-4, 5-2). Dorian Brown carried it 12 times for 91 yards and one touchdown. Wholesale Jerseys From China China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China China NFL Hoodies Cheap NFL Gear Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Wholesale Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '