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NFL: Houston Texans hope Osweiler can help them take next step 

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans proved they were serious about upgrading their offense this offseason by luring Brock Osweiler from Denver with a four-year, $72 million contract. Now it's time to see if the quarterback was worth it.

All eyes will be on Osweiler when the Texans begin training camp on July 31 — especially with star defensive end sidelined by a back injury.

Rising San Marcos High School freshman Takai Madgett works his way through drills during “Thunder Camp” at Goodnight Middle School (Photo by Travis Atkinson).

High School Football: Local dads organize conditioning camp at Goodnight

By TRAVIS ATKINSON
Special to the Record

The San Marcos Purple Thunder commenced its third annual youth football conditioning camp this week at Goodnight Middle School’s football field.  

More than a dozen local athletes ranging from ages 14 to 17 braved the scorching heat of a Texas July day and turned out to gear up for the approaching football season. Athletes worked through a series of drills and exercises designed to improve agility, strength and overall fitness under the supervision of local dads. 

Jim Darnell smiles from the deck of the Acechador in the Durban harbour. The Darnells spent two months at sea on the African coast (Photo by Beth Darnell).

Outdoors: Life aboard the African Mercy from Toamasina to Durban

By JIM DARNELL
Outdoors

Our medical ship African Mercy set sail from Toamasina, Madagascar on June 6 for Durban, South Africa, where it would go into shipyard for six weeks of repairs.  

The sail to Durban was rough. The African Mercy is a huge ship but it is a lousy sailing ship on the high seas.  

Originally a Danish ferryboat, it was converted into a medical sailing vessel.  

Ferryboats have flat bottoms which are not good for cutting through 15 foot seas. The ship rolled from side to side about 15 to 20 degrees.  

Scott Gregson holds his thumbs up at Portland city limits sign (Submitted Photo).

San Marcos city council member Scott Gregson hits the bike trail, goes from Seattle to Portland last weekend

By JOE VOZZELLI - Sports Editor |

Scott Gregson was on a different kind of trail last weekend.

The San Marcos city council member wasn’t out on the campaign trail like some of his compatriots. On the contrary, he was on the roads of the Pacific Northwest for last weekend’s Group Health STP 2016, a 205-mile bike race from Seattle, Washington, to Portland, Oregon.

Gregson said the reason he decided to participate in the event was to have some bonding time with his son Tyler who lives in Seattle and works for Boeing. 

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