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Houston Texans News: July 2, 2014

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

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Be proud of the USMNT, and be optimistic about their future - SBNation.com
Losing hurts, but the United States shouldn't have ever been in a position to come close to beating Belgium. They were, thanks to a 19-year-old who's only played a small handful of pro games, and maybe they won some new fans in the process.

Houston Texans News

On the other sideline: A Texans-Redskins Q&A
For those of us who follow the NFL, the vast majority of our time is spent on one team, while taking a passing interest in the other 31.

Video: SC trooper threatened Taser use on ex-Texans player | News - Home
A suspended South Carolina state trooper threatened to use a Taser on former Houston Texans defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week for speeding.

Brooks Reed on moving inside: "It’s totally different"
Linebacker Brooks Reed talks about transitioning to the inside under Romeo Crennel and Mike Vrabel.

Around the League

Kiko Alonso has torn ACL, will miss 2014 season - SBNation.com
The second-year linebacker finished 2nd in defensive rookie of the year voting in 2013.

Quotables: Cowboys take a chance on Rolando McClain, Bills lose Kiko - SBNation.com
The Bills and Cowboys deal with significant linebacker injuries while the Titans hope a competitive fire at quarterback produces positive results.

Breaking Down The Lovie Smith Defense for the 2014 Buccaneers: Not "Just a Tampa 2" - Bucs Nation
Lovie Smith is back in Tampa, and that means a return to the Buccaneer defenses of the late 90's and early 2000's. Or does it? I spoke to a former Lovie Smith defender to find out more.

NFL bans the coolest player facemasks - SBNation.com
The league says non-standard/overbuilt facemask pose various safety risks for players.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

The New Kids in Town: A Recap in One Act - The Crawfish Boxes
A busy recap of Astros blowout loss to the Mariners and the Four Degrees of Separation between the Houston Astros and Sharknado.

2014 NBA Free Agency: Ranking potential Houston Rockets targets - The Dream Shake
The writers at The Dream Shake have ranked their top free agents based on fit with the Rockets and have come to an agreement on a list of 10.

Texas Tech Links: Football Makes Top 32; Grant Third Best in Big 12; Eyewitness to Bethel - Viva The Matadors
The football program makes a top 25 NFL-style draft, Jakeem Grant may be the third best receiver in the Big 12, plus an eyewitness talks about the incident between Nigel Bethel, II and Amber Battle.

Wednesday Daily Bears Report: The Big 12's New Age - Our Daily Bears
ConnerSaurusRex and Matthew Tennant had a grand old time at the Baylor Fan Focus Forum, the Big 12 rebrands itself, and Baylor mourns one of its most distinguished alumni.

12thMan.com: Home of Aggie Athletics - Good Bull Hunting
Aggie Athletics changed the url for their web assets to 12thMan.com today.

BHP Biliton new jersey sponsor for Houston Dynamo and Dash - Dynamo Theory
BHP Biliton has been announced as the new sponsor for both the Houston Dash and the Houston Dynamo.