John Royal

John Royal

John Royal is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. In his day job he is a complex litigation attorney. In his night job he writes about Houston sports for the Houston Press.

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  • 5 days ago | Sports

    It’s a cruel thing, a cat toying with an injured bird. All involved know the bird is about to die, but the cat seems to enjoy the cruelty, poking and prodding, stalling until the bird has given up. Such was Saturday night’s football game at TDECU ...

  • 7 days ago | Sports

    It’s been four years since the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls last met on the football field and played for the Bayou Bucket. The Cougars won that game 31-26. The Cougars have won lots of the games versus the Owls and lead the series 29-11, and thi...

  • 12 days ago | Sports

    The Houston Cougars waited until the last minute release a depth chart. The Cougars waited until the very last minute to announce the starting quarterback. And the Cougars waited until just the very end to ensure the victory, eking out the 19-16 w...

  • 14 days ago | Sports

    The Houston Cougars open up their football season Saturday night, and there's not really much we know about the UH game plan. As for the game against the Arizona Wildcats, it kicks off in Tucson at 9:30 and will be broadcast on ESPNU. Houston Coug...

  • 16 days ago | Sports

    Justin Verlander's first start as a Houston Astros was a late-night affair as the Astros went to Seattle. Verlander was just about everything that was hoped for, striking out seven and giving up just one run in six innings. He made plays on defens...

  • 18 days ago | Sports

    Harvey, the hurricane, beat up on Houston last week, but the Astros beat up on Harvey, the pitcher, this weekend. Matt Harvey, the New York Mets righthander, has never done anything to Houston or to Houstonians, but if felt like some kind of ...

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