Blast off: How the Houston Astros won their first World Series

Before the 2017 season began, only a few picked the Houston Astros to reach the World Series, let alone win the Major League Baseball title. Plenty did see the team clinching the American League West division, only to fall short in the playoffs.

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The Astros, on the other hand, believed they could take on any team in a seven-game series, especially after acquiring several key players, including Brian McCann and Justin Verlander in the offseason. They also banked on the development of homegrown players, 2015 Cy Young awardee Dallas Keuchel, eventual 2017 American League MVP José Altuve, and 2017 World Series MVP George Springer.

With plenty of talent on the roster, some argued in the preseason that this was the strongest team Houston has ever fielded – even better than the 2005 team that reached the World Series.

Houston proved those claims right after recording 101 wins – the first time it topped the century mark and the third-best record in MLB, just behind Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians.

In the playoffs, the Astros showed that they were as talented as they were gritty and determined. After defeating Boston Red Sox with relative ease in the American League Division Series, Houston had to grind it out in the American League Championship Series and the World Series, against New York Yankees and the Dodgers, respectively.

Both series went the full seven games and pushed the Astros to dig deep and grind it out to win the first World Series in the franchise’s 55-year history.

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NBA Awards 2017 winners

The NBA launched the first ever NBA Awards event. Prior to this year, the NBA announced each award shortly after the regular season. Drake hosted the event.

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Here are all the winners of the NBA Awards 2017

NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Winner: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Rookie of the Year
Winner: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks

Sixth Man of the Year
Winner: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets

Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year
Winner: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Block of the Year (Fan Vote)
Winner: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Dunk of the Year (Fan Vote)
Winner: Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Russell

Most Improved Player
Winner: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Coach of the Year
Winner: Mike D’Antoni, Houston Rockets

NBA Executive of the Year
Winner: Bob Myers, Golden State Warriors

Performance of the Year (Fan Vote)
Winner: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best Playoff Moment (Fan Vote)
Winner: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Defensive Player of the Year
Winner: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

Best Style (Fan Vote)
Winner: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Assist of the Year (Fan Vote)
Winner: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

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