HOUSTON (AP) - Yuli Gurriel is savoring his place with the Houston Astros as they chase their second trip to the World Series. Still, there's a part of him that yearns for the country he left behind for his shot in the majors as a 30-something rookie. The son of a Cuban baseball star, Gurriel's roots to his home country run deep. For boys in many countries, playing in a World Series is a lifelong dream. That wasn't the case for Gurriel growing up.
MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) - McKinney High School running back Matt Gadek set the Texas single-game rushing record with 592 yards in a 63-50 victory against Plano East on Thursday night. With a 31-yard run on the second-to-last play, Gadek broke the record of 587 yards rushing by Somerville's Daryl Ellis in 1998, according to Texas Football magazine.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Astros have to win Justin Verlander's ninth start, or the New York Yankees will take the AL pennant in Houston. Verlander has won all eight games he has pitched for the Astros since agreeing to a last-second trade with hopes of a World Series. They had a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 AL Championship Series after his complete game in Game 2. But the Yankees won all three games in the Bronx and return to Minute Maid Park with a chance to close out the series in Game 6.
HOUSTON (AP) - Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and a 21-yard TD with 1:28 left, Patrick Taylor rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and No. 25 Memphis rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Houston Cougars, 42-38, Thursday night.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Doug Meacham got used to going against TCU's defense in practice. Now he'll have the bigger challenge being on the other side in a game as the Kansas offensive coordinator against the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs. Meacham was TCU's co-offensive coordinator the past three seasons. While TCU is the Big 12's only undefeated team, the Jayhawks have lost 43 consecutive true road games. That is one short of the matching the NCAA record. But Kansas has always played close against the Frogs.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Coach Dana Holgorsen and No. 23 West Virginia have reason to be wary of winless Baylor. Even though the Bears have lost 12 straight regular-season games, Holgorsen remembers what happened the only previous two times the Mountaineers played in Waco. They lost 62-38 there two years ago, and 73-41 in 2013. Baylor has two six-game losing streak interrupted by a win in the Cactus Bowl last December. The Bears' last 2016 loss was 24-21 at then-No. 14 West Virginia.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have made a change at quarterback heading into this week's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Rookie C.J. Beathard will make his first start in hopes of delivering the Niners their first win. The Cowboys feel fortunate not to have to make a change at running back. Star Ezekiel Elliott got a legal reprieve to delay his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.
DALLAS (AP) - The brother of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris was fatally injured in an early morning crash on a Dallas expressway. A Dallas police statement says 38-year-old Bruce Harris died Thursday afternoon of injuries from the 1:40 a.m. Thursday crash on U.S. 75 just north of Loop 12 in North Dallas. Officer Tamika Dameron, a police spokeswoman, said Harris and another man were in a disabled vehicle when it was slammed from behind and set on fire by a car with two 23-year-old men.
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