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5 Essential Gifts for the Modern Man

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With the holiday season close to wrapping up (pun intended!), I wanted to help out our readers that are struggling to find gifts for the modern man. These are all tested and approved by me and I highly recommend them for the man or buddy in your life. I'm going to assume the reader is either A. a women or B. a guy looking for a gift for a buddy. Here we go:

Lululemon ABC Jogger Pants, $128 

ABC Joggers

Lululemon.com

If I could, I would wear my ABC Joggers every single day instead of every other day like I normally do. These pants are the perfect fit for the office or traveling. While a bit pricey at $128, just think about this as a gift that will never stop giving and will be used almost every week. Lululemon also makes an office pant in the ABC line so that's great for somebody that needs more business casual pants.

Onnit Kettlebell 6 Online Workout, $49.95

Kettlebell 6

Onnit.com

The best thing I did this year was taking the Onnit Kettlebell 6 online workout. All you need is a kettlebell and between 30-mins to an hour every day. The course is comprehensive six week schedule that accounts for every single day to help you become the best you. This makes for a great gift for somebody in your life or heck, even for you. After I finished my six weeks on the course, I added muscle and my body fat was down. I loved it because you can download the videos and complete workouts at the gym if need be. I also recommend this because it's great for beginners and advanced lifters.

LUSH Dirty Hair Cream, $17.95

Dirty Hair Cream

LUSH.com

Okay, I know you're probably thinking, "what the heck, Raheel?! Something from LUSH? That's where my wife shops!" Yes, LUSH. I've tried all sorts of pomades, gels, and creams, but this is by far the best one in terms of strong hold and not damaging your hair. I recommend this product to every guy I know because it's not harming your scalp with chemicals and other non-sense. Bonus: when you stop by a LUSH store, pickup some stuff for yourself! $17.95 for 3.5oz seems high, but this will last somebody an entire year or more.

Nike 3/4 Training Compression Pants, $32

3/4 Training Pants

Nike.com

I get destroyed by my co-workers about wearing compression pants to the gym, but with the new year approaching and fitness goals being top of everyone's list, you have to get compression pants for the man in your life. Your muscles will stay warm and feel great during any type of workout for 2019. You can also get some money back for buying these on Nike.com by using eBates where they usually offer a percentage back on your purchase.

LED TV Backlight, $11.88

LED TV Backlight

Amazon.com

More people ask me about my backlit TV than anything in my house. I found this little bad boy on Amazon for under $10 earlier this year and programmed it to burnt orange for Texas Football games. This makes for a great stocking stuffer or White Elephant gift for a holiday party as well. The setup is simple and all you have to do is plug it in to a USB port on your TV or outlet to power it up.

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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