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MLB: Astros sign Cuban free agent Gurriel to $47.5M, 5-year deal 

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow first saw Yulieski Gurriel play a decade ago in a tournament in Amsterdam.

He imagined him playing in the major leagues and made that dream a reality Saturday when he signed the Cuban free agent to a $47.5 million, five-year deal with the Astros.

"To be able to get him now really in the prime of his career ... is a huge deal for us," Luhnow said. "It's probably the most exciting day since I've been here except for the wild-card win against the Yankees."

British Open showdown: Stenson leads Mickelson by a shot

By DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson delivered what everyone expects out of a major championship.

They matched birdies and improbable par saves. Momentum could change with any shot. The lead changed four times over four hours of golf at its highest level, played in the cold wind and occasional rain off the Irish Sea. All the British Open lacked Saturday was a winner.

Turns out this was only the preview to a duel at Royal Troon.

UPDATE: Texas State fills vacancy, hires Sam Houston State's Troy Douglas

By JOE VOZZELLI
Sports Editor

Texas State moved quickly in filling the vacant spot on its football staff.

Less than 24 hours after the Bobcats announced that associate head coach John Wiley resigned for “personal/ family reasons,” Everett Withers turned to a familiar name. Texas State hired Sam Houston State’s Troy Douglas as Wiley’s replacement, a source told the Daily Record on Thursday afternoon.

Former Texas State pitcher Donnie Hart was called up to the major leagues on Thursday (Photo by Texas State Athletics).

MLB: Donnie Hart receives the call, joins Baltimore Orioles for series in Tampa Bay

By JOE VOZZELLI
Sports Editor

In late September, there is a chance that the following scenario could come to fruition. 

As Paul Goldschmidt digs into the batter’s box in the eighth inning of a close game, he may have Donnie Hart staring back at him from the pitcher’s mound.

Goldschmidt and Hart, both former Bobcats, never actually played on the same Texas State baseball team; the latter was chosen in the 2009 amateur draft and Hart didn’t arrive in San Marcos until a few months later.

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