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KPYN Sports for Friday, February 17th, 2017

STARS-WILD

Kuemper stops 34 shots to lead Wild over Stars, 3-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots, Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night.

Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Western Conference leaders. Minnesota hasn’t lost consecutive games in over two months and extended its point streak against the Stars to seven games.

Cody Eakin scored his second goal this season and Kari Lehtonen had 23 saves for the Stars, who have lost seven of eight.

The Stars came out firing early, looking determined to build any kind of momentum in what’s been a rough February. The teams appeared headed to the first intermission scoreless before Curtis McKenzie took a goaltender interference penalty with 40 seconds left.

Mikko Koivu won a faceoff and got the puck to Jason Pominville, and he zipped it off to Suter for a one-timer over Lehtonen’s glove with less than a second to go.

 

VINCE YOUNG-COMEBACK

Leigh Steinberg: Talking to Saskatchewan about Vince Young

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —Former NFL quarterback Vince Young’s agent says he’s talking to the Saskatchewan Roughriders about his client playing in the Canadian Football League.

“We have opened discussions with Saskatchewan Roughriders,” agent Leigh Steinberg tweeted.

Young is on Saskatchewan’s negotiation list, giving it CFL exclusivity to the former University of Texas star.

On Wednesday, Steinberg welcomed his new client on Twitter and said the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback “has dream of playing more football, being role model.”

Young, who turns 34 in May, hasn’t been on an NFL roster since the 2014 offseason, when he was with Cleveland for two weeks before being released. He hasn’t played in a regular-season NFL game since 2011, when he was with Philadelphia.

After a record-filled college career at Texas, which he led to the national championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl, Young was drafted 3rd overall by Tennessee later that year. He was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl, and was selected again following the 2009 season but never fully lived up to lofty expectations.

Last month, Young pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 18 months of probation for a 2016 drunken driving arrest in Austin. He currently works for Texas promoting diversity and community engagement.

 

RANGERS-NAPOLI

Nap time: Rangers, Napoli finally reunited for 3rd stint

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Napoli has rejoined the Texas Rangers for the third time, calling it a great opportunity to be back with his first World Series team.

The Rangers re-introduced Napoli on Thursday morning. He got an $8.5 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2018.

Napoli is expected to be the primary first baseman for the Rangers and provide a needed big bat in the middle of their lineup.

Over the past six seasons, Napoli has played in the World Series for three different teams. He went to the World Series with Texas in 2011, was part of a championship in Boston in 2013 and went with Cleveland last year in his only season there.

The 35-year-old Napoli, going into his 12th major league season, set career highs with 34 homers and 101 RBIs with Cleveland last year.

 

BAYLOR-COACHES

New Baylor coach Rhule reveals titles for assistant coaches

WACO, Texas (AP) — Matt Lubick and Jeff Nixon will serve as co-offensive coordinators for first-year Baylor coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule revealed the titles for his nine assistant coaches Thursday, when he also confirmed that Phil Snow will be defensive coordinator. That is the same role Snow had at Temple the past four seasons under Rhule.

Lubick will oversee receivers and Nixon the running backs, while George DeLeone will coach the offensive line and Joey McGuire tight ends. Texas native Glenn Thomas was recently added as quarterbacks coach, the same job he had with Temple the past two years and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons the three seasons before that.

On defense, assistant head coach Francis Brown will be responsible for the secondary, while Elijah Robinson will coach the line and Mike Siravo linebackers while also serving as recruiting coordinator.

Baylor opens spring practice March 8th.

 

TEXAS A&M-VANDERBILT

Vanderbilt snaps home skid, beats Texas A&M Aggies 72-67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Luke Kornet scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Vanderbilt rallied from an 11-point deficit in beating Texas A and M 72-67 Thursday night.

With the win, the Commodores (13-13, 6-7) snapped a four-game home skid in Southeastern Conference play. They also swept the Aggies after winning at Texas A and M 68-54 on January 31st.

Vanderbilt used its 3-point shooting prowess as the SEC’s best team outside the arc to overcome the Aggies’ dominance inside the paint.

Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 14 points off the bench for Vanderbilt, and Joe Toye tied his career-high with 13. Riley LaChance finished with 12.

Texas A&M (13-12, 5-8) announced before tipoff that sophomore guard DJ Hogg will miss the rest of the season with an injured foot. Tyler Davis scored 25 points, and Robert Williams added 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Aggies outscored Vanderbilt 42-22 inside the paint.

 

UTEP-NORTH TEXAS

Thomas, Artis help UTEP top North Texas 77-71 in overtime

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Paul Thomas scored a career-high 23 points and Dominic Artis scored 10 of his 19 points in overtime as UTEP fended off North Texas 77-71 Thursday night.

Thomas was fouled after he rebounded an Artis missed 3-pointer with 1:22 left in regulation and made both free throws to send the game to overtime at 65-65 as each team missed shots down the stretch.

Thomas added another free throw to give the Miners (10-15, 8-5 Conference USA) a 66-65 lead seconds into the OT, then Artis drained a 3 and a jump shot. He added two free throws after North Texas had closed to 72-70 and closed the game with two more from the line.

A.J. Lawson dunked to bring North Texas to 72-70 with 48 seconds remaining. Derail Green made seven 3-pointers for a career-high 21 for the Mean Green (7-18, 1-12), Ryan Woolridge had 15, and Lawson 12.

 

KPYN Sports for Thursday, February 16th, 2017

BAYLOR-OFFICIAL CLEARED

Baylor official accused of throttling reporter cleared

WACO, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has declined an indictment against a Baylor University athletics official charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly grabbing a reporter by the throat following a football game.

The McLennan County grand jury declined the indictment Wednesday against associate athletic director Heath Nielsen. The 17-year Baylor spokesman was accused of grabbing James McBride, a reporter for the Keller-based Texas Blaze newspaper, as McBride tried to take a picture with a Baylor player on November 5th.

According to an arrest affidavit, McBride said Nielsen told him he was violating his media privileges. The affidavit says McBride had visible scratches and complained of pain around his throat. McBride also told police it hurt to swallow.

Nielsen, who denied the charges, is no longer listed on the Baylor athletics website.

 

VINCE YOUNG-COMEBACK

Vince Young signs with agent Leigh Steinberg, wants to play

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vince Young still isn’t quite ready to call it a career.

The two-time Pro Bowl quarterback has hired agent Leigh Steinberg, who welcomed his new client on Twitter on Wednesday and said Young “has dream of playing more football, being role model.”

Young, who turns 34 in May, hasn’t been on an NFL roster since the 2014 offseason, when he was with Cleveland for two weeks before being released. He hasn’t played in a regular-season NFL game since 2011, when he was with Philadelphia.

After a record-filled college career at the University of Texas, which he led to the national championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl, Young was drafted No. 3 overall by Tennessee later that year. He was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl, and was selected again following the 2009 season but never fully lived up to lofty expectations.

Last month, Young pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 18 months of probation for a 2016 drunken driving arrest in Austin, Texas. He currently works for the University of Texas promoting diversity and community engagement.

 

RANGERS-NAPOLI

AP sources: Napoli passes physical, set for 3rd Texas stint

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that Mike Napoli has passed his physical and will be introduced Thursday with an $8.5 million, one-year deal for a third stint with the Texas Rangers.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the Rangers had not announced the deal. The team said it planned to announced a free-agent signing during a news conference at its Arizona spring training complex.

Napoli was seen in Surprise, Arizona on Wednesday, when he was set to take a physical. He will get a $6 million salary this year, and the agreement includes an $11 million club option for 2018 with a $2.5 million buyout.

A member of the Rangers in 2011 and 2012, Napoli spent the final two months of the 2015 season in Texas, signed with Cleveland as a free agent and hit a career-high 34 homers last season, when “Party at Napoli’s” became a team rallying cry.

 

MAVERICKS-PISTONS

Jackson, Leuer lead Pistons to 98-91 win over Mavericks

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 Wednesday night.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, Tobias Harris 13 and Ish Smith 10 for the Pistons, led by 27 at halftime before holding on for the win. Detroit outrebounded Dallas 56-36, led by Marcus Morris’ 13, Andre Drummond’s 11 and Aron Baynes’ 11.

Dirk Nowitzki had 13 of his 24 points in the third quarter to help the Mavericks rally. Dallas pulled within eight early in the fourth. Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 16 points, Seth Curry had 13 and Deron Williams 12.

The Pistons never trailed, taking a 10-0 lead to start the game, making 52.1 percent of their shots in the first half and leading 62-35 at the break.

 

SPURS-MAGIC

Aldridge, Leonard help Spurs rout short-handed Magic, 107-79

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 22, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-79 victory over the short-handed Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

San Antonio’s frontcourt took advantage of a Magic team that was down a key player after newly acquired swingman Terrence Ross was unable to suit up because Serge Ibaka did not complete his physical in time. The Magic sent Ibaka to Toronto for Ross and a first-round draft pick on Tuesday.

Without the personnel to match up against San Antonio (43-13), the Magic were in trouble. The Spurs found mismatches all night and won their second straight heading into the All-Star break.

San Antonio is in the middle of playing eight consecutive road games, with the final two on tap after the break.

 

HEAT-ROCKETS

Whiteside helps Heat beat Rockets 117-109

HOUSTON (AP) — Hassan Whiteside had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to help the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 117-109 on Wednesday night.

Dion Waiters added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Goran Dragic had 21 points for the Heat, who ended a two-game skid that followed a 13-game win streak. Miami got back to winning by defeating the same team where that long winning streak started Jan. 17.

James Harden had 38 points 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his 15th triple-double of the season to lead the Rockets, who lost for the second time in seven games.

Miami shot 13 for 35 on 3-pointers, while Houston was 13 for 40.

The Rockets’ defense struggled without guard Patrick Beverley, who suffered a strained groin early in the second quarter. His backup, Corey Brewer, played 27 minutes and finished with four points.

 

OKLAHOMA ST-TCU

Hammonds, Oklahoma State stay hot with 71-68 win over TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Leyton Hammonds scored 21 points, Jeffrey Carroll added 17 and Oklahoma State continued its Big 12 surge with a 71-68 victory against TCU on Wednesday night.

Jawun Evans had 16 points and a career-high 12 assists as the Cowboys (17-9, 6-7 Big 12) won for the sixth time in seven conference games since opening at 0-6, the school’s worst start in league play in 37 years.

Oklahoma State pulled even with TCU (17-9, 6-7) for fifth place with a season sweep of the Horned Frogs.

Brandon Averette hit two free throws after a steal by Carroll to give Oklahoma State a 68-67 lead with 1:03 remaining. Evans hit a long jumper for a three-point lead with 13 seconds remaining. The Horned Frogs didn’t call timeout, and Kenrich Williams and Alex Robinson each missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

JD Miller scored 16 points for TCU, and Williams had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

 

T25-TULANE-SMU

Ojeleye big 2nd half, No. 19 SMU rallies 80-75 over Tulane

DALLAS (AP) — Semi Ojeleye scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including consecutive 3-pointers in the SMU run that finally put the 19th-ranked Mustangs ahead in an 80-75 victory over Tulane on Wednesday night.

With the rally from a 15-point halftime deficit, SMU (23-4, 13-1 American) extended its home winning streak to 20 games in a row, including all 16 this season. The AAC-leading Mustangs have a nine-game winning streak and have won 19 of their last 20 games overall

Jarrey Foster had 19 points, including three consecutive dunks in one stretch for SMU. Ben Moore had 15 points with 13 rebounds, while Shake Milton and Sterling Brown each had 13 points.

Cameron Reynolds had 23 points for Tulane (4-21, 1-12).

Ojeleye, the former Duke transfer, missed his first 10 shots before making a 3-pointer less than 2 minutes into the second half. Even though he finished 4-of-17 shooting overall, he scored the first eight points in a 13-0 run that put SMU ahead to stay.

The Mustangs were within 56-55 after Ojeleye’s consecutive 3s, and went ahead for the first time when Brown had a steal and a breakaway layup with 9:43 left.

 

KPYN Sports for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

ATL BOYS BASKETBALL SEASON ENDS WITH LOSS AT PG

 

Pleasant Grove Hawks hit 14 three point shots tonight and beat the Atlanta Rabbits 100-70 in the regular season finale. The Hawks who finished second in district 14 4A got 20 points from Luke Harmon and 19 from Conor and Oullette.

Steve Austin added 12 and Xavier Benson and Aaron Harmon each added 11 for the Hawks.

Pleasant Grove (19-9) will open the playoffs next Tuesday when they face Wills Point at Mt. Vernon.

The Rabbits were led by Quentin Rowe who scored 21.

 

STARS-JETS

Laine gets hat trick to lead Jets over Stars 5-2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrik Laine got his third hat trick of the season, including the go-ahead goal late in the third period, to lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Tuesday night.

The Finnish rookie has 26 goals this season, including two in the third period while Winnipeg blew open a tight game.

Joel Armia and Blake Wheeler also scored to help the Jets snap a four-game skid.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin scored in the second period for Dallas to erase a two-goal deficit.

Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves in his third straight start for the Jets since Ondrej Pavelec got a lower-body injury on Feb. 7.

Antti Niemi stopped 19 of the 22 shots for Dallas.

 

BKC-TEXAS-OKLAHOMA

McNeace’s double-double helps Sooners beat Longhorns 70-66

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jamuni McNeace scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Oklahoma beat Texas 70-66 on Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.

It was McNeace’s first career double-double.

In a battle between the bottom two teams in the Big 12 Conference, Oklahoma (9-16, 3-10 Big 12) avenged an earlier loss to Texas (10-16, 4-9), in which the Sooners blew a five-point lead in the final 19 seconds and lost 84-83.

This time, Texas led by as many as eight points in the second half before the Sooners rallied. Jordan Shepherd — scoreless to that point — hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 left to put Oklahoma ahead 58-56, then added another 3 during a 10-1 run that put the Sooners up 65-57 with two minutes remaining.

Shepherd’s free throw with 10.4 seconds left stretched the lead to 70-66. Rashard Odomes blocked a layup attempt by Jarrett Allen at the other end to seal the win.

 

RANGERS-MOVES

Rangers get Gamboa from Rays; Fielder, Diekman to 60-day DL

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa from the Tampa Bay Rays after placing reliever Jake Diekman and first baseman Prince Fielder on the 60-day disabled list.

The moves were made by the AL West champions on Tuesday, when their pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.

Fielder was forced to quit playing last summer after his second neck surgery, but is under contract through 2020. Diekman is expected to miss at least half of the season during treatment for a digestive condition that included surgery last month.

Gamboa goes to the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. He was 0-2 with a 1.35 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Rays last season, the first major league action for the 32-year-old pitcher.

 

ARBITRATION

Stroman, McHugh, Odorizzi win; Wacha, Anderson, Walker lose

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Toronto’s Marcus Stroman, Houston’s Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi have won their salary arbitration cases, and St. Louis’ Michael Wacha, Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson and Arizona’s Taijuan Walker have lost.

Decisions for all six starting pitchers, eligible for arbitration for the first time, were announced Tuesday.

Teams and players have split 12 decisions this winter. Four players, all relief pitchers, remain scheduled for hearings this week: the New York Yankees’ Dellin Betances, Baltimore’s Brad Brach, the Chicago Cubs’ Pedro Strop and Pittsburgh’s Tony Watson.

The sides are on track for 16 hearings, the most since teams won 10 of 16 decisions in 1994.

 

KPYN Sports for Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

In Hughes Springs, the McLeod Lady Longhorns beat Big Sandy 69-46. The Lady Horns were led by Tessa Glen who scored 21 points.

 

The A&M-Texarkana vs Southern Arkansas baseball game scheduled for Feb 14th has been cancelled due to weather. Game has been rescheduled for Tuesday Feb 28th.

 

T25-BAYLOR-TEXAS TECH

Texas Tech starts fast, rallies to beat No. 4 Baylor 84-78

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 23 points, Niem Stevenson had 21 and Texas Tech toppled fourth-ranked Baylor 84-78 on Monday night.

The Red Raiders rallied in the second half after blowing an early 12-point lead. Texas Tech opened the game with an 11-0 run and used an identical spurt late in the second half to go ahead to stay.

Devon Thomas converted a tying three-point play with 7:09 left, his only points of the game coming after he was originally whistled for charging while making a layup before officials reviewed the play. The call was overturned after it was determined that Jake Lindsey was in the restricted area when he drew contact, and he instead was given the foul.

Aaron Ross then hit a 3-pointer, and his layup with five minutes left put Texas Tech (17-9, 5-8 Big 12) up 69-61.

 

T25-TEXAS-FLORIDA ST

No. 8 Texas women outlast No. 4 Florida State 92-88 in 2OT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Brooke McCarty scored a career-high 29 points as No. 8 Texas won its 19th straight Monday night, beating No. 4 Florida State 92-88 in double overtime.

The junior guard, who shot 11 for 16 from the field and 5 for 8 on 3-pointers, scored three points in the second extra period. Ariel Atkins added 21 points as the Longhorns (21-4) got their second road win against a top-five team in eight days. They won at then-No. 2 Baylor on Feb. 6.

Shakayla Thomas scored 23 points, and Brittany Brown and Ama Degbeon added 13 apiece for Florida State (23-3), which snapped a 10-game winning streak. The Seminoles missed their last six shots and were held without a field goal over the final 3:39, finishing 29 for 86 from the field.

 

TEXAS SOUTHERN-JACKSON STATE

Jackson State holds off Texas Southern in 71-62 win

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Yettra Specks scored 24 points, hitting 13 of 14 from the line, and Jackson State held off conference leader Texas Southern for a 71-62 win Monday night.

Jackson State (11-15, 7-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) never trailed but had to scramble in the second half as Texas Southern closed to within three before JSU pulled away again, sealing it with eight consecutive free throws down the stretch.

Janarius Middleton added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Paris Collins and Ed Dennis had 10 apiece for JSU, who jumped out to a 24-11 lead in the first half and have won two in a row.

Despite the loss, Texas Southern (14-11, 10-2) held on to first place in the SWAC but just a half-game ahead of Alcorn State, which beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday. Marvin Jones led Texas Southern with 14 points and seven rebounds.

 

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M-GRAMBLING

Grambling St snaps 3 game skid behind Ugba’s double-double

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Avery Ugba scored 21 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and Grambling State fended off Prairie View A&M 61-58 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Ugba finished 13 of 16 at the free throw line. Remond Brown finished with 19 points and Ervin Mitchell added 15 for Grambling State (11-15, 6-7 SWAC).

Both sides struggled offensively, each finishing less than 40 percent and with fewer than 20 made field goals. But the Tigers held a slight advantage at the foul line, a 15-9 edge in second-chance points, and were plus-four in the turnover battle.

The Tigers held a nine-point lead with 6:05 left. But Prairie View (8-18, 5-7) wrestled back, as three 3-pointers by Troy Thompson shortened the gap to 61-58 with 2:04 left.

Neither team scored the rest of the way. The Panthers had three possessions to tie the game, but two ended in turnovers and Tevin Bellinger missed a 3 at the buzzer.

Thompson scored 15 points to lead the Panthers.

 

MAVERICKS-WILLIAMS EJECTED

Mavs’ Deron Williams ejected vs Celtics for arguing foul

DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks guard Deron Williams was ejected in the second quarter against Boston on Monday night after getting two quick technical fouls for arguing a foul call.

Williams, who was in his second game back after missing eight games with a right big toe sprain, was called for pushing off while driving for a layup. He intercepted a pass intended for official Justin VanDuyne, who made the call, and began arguing with him.

Dallas’ point guard dribbled the ball hard once with two hands while turning away as the first was technical was called, and VanDuyne quickly called the second tech.

Williams had two points and four turnovers when was ejected.

Yogi Ferrell, a rookie who filled in as the starter when Williams was sidelined, had 13 points in the first half.

 

SPURS-PACERS

Spurs top Pacers for NBA-record 20th straight winning season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs clinched their NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season with a 110-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of his 19 points during the final 6 1/2 minutes as the Spurs improved to 42-13 in the season following Tim Duncan’s retirement. They have had a winning record every season since 1997-98, when Duncan was a rookie, and broke a tie with the Utah Jazz, who had 19 straight winning seasons from 1985-2004.

Paul George scored 27 points and Myles Turner had 22 for the Pacers, who have lost four straight — three on their home court.

George’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds left cut it to 107-104, but the Spurs closed it out at the free-throw line.

 

SPURS-POPOVICH

Popovich disappointed with Trump’s outreach to some groups

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich called on President Donald Trump to be more inclusive Monday.

Popovich, who graduated from the Air Force Academy, expressed disgust over Trump’s refusal to meet with groups he “disparaged” during the campaign.

He was in Indianapolis for his team’s first meeting of the season with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

Popovich was asked about how his upbringing near the heavily populated African-American community of Gary, Indiana, has helped him address substantive political topics with his players in this strongly partisan postelection America.

“We all hope President Trump is successful, we hope he does some good things for everyone,” Popovich said. “He didn’t start the presidency by mollifying any groups he disparaged during the campaign. He didn’t say anything about women, or black people, Hispanic people, LGBT people, handicap people — he acted like it never happened. So, that willingness to do whatever was necessary to get elected to say and act the way he did, I thought it was unacceptable. Really disgusting. Even people who voted for him can see that, but for some reason they feel they can ignore that and forgive him. His personality — the inability to get over himself — informs his words and his decisions, and that’s what’s scary.”

The 68-year-old Popovich has won five NBA championships with San Antonio and went into Monday’s game ranked No. 7 in NBA history in career wins with 1,130. He is a three-time winner of the NBA’s coach of the year award and has coached the All-Star team four times.

 

KPYN Sports for Monday, February 13th, 2017

STARS-PREDATORS

Predators rally from 3-goal deficit to beat Stars 5-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored a short-handed goal 6:02 into the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Sunday night.

Roman Josi scored twice, Calle Jarnkrok got the tying goal 4:40 into the third and Mike Fisher added an empty-netter with 1:38 left. James Neal and P.K. Subban each had two assists, and Nashville snapped a two-game skid.

The Predators can breathe a little easier during their upcoming five-day break after avoiding a second loss in two days on home ice. Embarrassed in a 7-4 defeat to Florida on Saturday, they came out feisty from the opening faceoff, only to give up the first three goals.

Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist, Patrick Sharp and Devin Shore had a goal apiece and Tyler Seguin had three assists. Dallas has lost five of six.

T25-BAYLOR-TCU

No. 2 Baylor women top TCU 91-73 following 1st Big 12 loss

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alexis Prince scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds and six assists, and the No. 2 Baylor women bounced back from their first Big 12 loss with a 91-73 victory against TCU on Sunday.

Playing six days after a loss to 11th-ranked Texas that ended a 54-game home winning streak, the Lady Bears (24-2, 13-1 Big 12) kept a safe distance after a sluggish first quarter in front of a pro-Baylor crowd in Fort Worth, about 100 miles north of their campus.

Freshman Natalie Chou, in her first game near her high school in the Dallas suburb of Plano, had 14 points, including 3-pointers to start and finish a 22-5 run that covered the first and second quarters and turned a two-point deficit into a 30-15 lead.

AJ Alix scored 21 points for the Horned Frogs (12-12, 4-9), whose first conference winning streak ended at two games with their 22nd consecutive loss to Baylor.

T25-CINCINNATI-SMU

No. 25 SMU snaps No. 11 Cincinnati’s 15-game win streak

DALLAS (AP) — Ben Emelogu hit two 3-pointers and made the tiebreaking free throw in the game-deciding 15-0 run for No. 25 SMU, which beat No. 11 Cincinnati 60-51 on Sunday to end the Bearcats’ 15-game winning streak.

The big spurt for the Mustangs (22-4, 12-1 American) came after Cincinnati had scored 12 in a row in a 2 1/2-minute span soon after halftime to regain the lead.

SMU, finishing its first week this season as a ranked team, has won 18 of its last 19 games. The only loss in that span, and since November, was 66-64 at Cincinnati on Jan. 12.

Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye had 18 points to lead SMU while Sterling Brown had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Shake Milton and Emelogu each had 11 points.

Jacob Evans had 15 points to lead Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1), while Kevin Johnson had 13 and Kyle Washington 11. Gary Clark had 12 rebounds.

SPURS-KNICKS

Knicks beat Spurs 94-90 to salvage finale of homestand

NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the New York Knicks salvaged the finale of a tumultuous five-game homestand by beating the San Antonio Spurs 94-90 on Sunday.

With Latrell Sprewell and a number of other former Knicks in attendance two days after Charles Oakley was banned, the current team pulled out a defensive performance from its past, limiting the Spurs to 36 percent shooting.

That came just two nights after the Knicks yielded 131 points in a dismal defensive performance against Denver, which came after losses to Cleveland and both Los Angeles teams to start the homestand.

Kawhi Leonard had 36 points for the Spurs (41-13), who had their two-game win streak snapped and failed in their first attempt to secure what would have been an NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season.

The Knicks didn’t let the Spurs reach 70 points until fewer than 8 minutes remained. Then Anthony provided offense when they needed it clinging to a two-point lead, making consecutive baskets to make it 92-86 with 33 seconds remaining.

Anthony’s relationship with Phil Jackson and resulting trade rumors were a constant throughout the homestand, though the fallout from Oakley’s arrest after an altercation with security guards last Wednesday became the bigger story.

KNICKS-SPREWELL RETURNS

Ex-Knick Sprewell returns to MSG, 2 days after Oakley’s ban

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Knicks star Latrell Sprewell has returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years, just two days after Charles Oakley was banned from the building.

Sprewell sat behind the baseline Sunday next to MSG chairman James Dolan, who banned Oakley from the arena after he was arrested last week following an altercation with security while attending a game.

Perhaps to back Dolan’s point that the franchise has strong relationships with almost all its other former players, the Knicks showed a number of them on the video board during their game against San Antonio, including Larry Johnson, Bernard King, Vin Baker, Kenny Walker and Herb Williams.

Sprewell hadn’t been here since Dec. 29, 2004, when he played with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The season before, he had cursed at Dolan during a Timberwolves victory in his first game back after being traded.

Sprewell spent five seasons with the Knicks, helping them reach the 1999 NBA Finals.

T25-TEXAS A&M-TENNESSEE

Texas A&M rallies to beat No. 24 Lady Vols 61-59

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman converted an offensive rebound for the go-ahead basket with four seconds left Sunday as Texas A&M erased an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit in a 61-59 victory over No. 24 Tennessee.

Tennessee’s Mercedes Russell attempted a potential game-tying baseline attempt that bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded. Tennessee (16-9, 7-5 SEC) missed its last 11 field-goal attempts as Texas A&M (19-6, 9-3) outscored the Lady Vols 14-1 over the final 8½ minutes.

The result likely will knock Tennessee out of the Top 25. The Lady Vols had returned to the rankings Monday after an eight-week absence.

After trailing by 11 early in the fourth quarter, Texas A&M rallied to tie it at 59-all on Curtyce Knox’s 3-pointer with 2:44 left.

Texas A&M had the ball twice with a chance to break the tie but missed three shots on one possession and had Jasmine Lumpkin travel on its next possession.

But after DeShields missed a jumper with 39 seconds left, Texas A&M had one more chance to take the lead. This time, the Aggies cashed in as Hillsman got a putback off a missed shot by Danni Williams.

 

 

KPYN Sports for Friday, February 10th, 2017

STARS-SENATORS

Stone scores winner in 3rd, Senators top Stars 3-2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Dion Phaneuf and Chris Kelly also had goals for the Senators, who had dropped their last two games. Mike Condon made 31 saves.

Antoine Roussel and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars, who are on a four-game losing streak. Kari Lehtonen stopped 24 shots.

After being shut out the last two games, the Senators managed to score twice, but still had their share of struggles as they blew a two-goal lead. Ottawa dropped to 2-3-1 in its last six and has been outscored 23-15 in that span.

 

JAZZ-MAVERICKS

Barnes leads Mavericks’ rally to beat Jazz 112-105 in OT

DALLAS (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, including eight in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 112-105 Thursday night.

Barnes’ three-point play ended an 11-0 run that began late in regulation and put Dallas ahead 107-100. Devin Harris scored the first four points of OT.

Utah’s Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 36 points, but missed a 3-point attempt from the left corner as regulation ended.

The Mavericks scored the final four points of regulation, on a dunk by Barnes and a rebound basket from the edge of the foul line by Dirk Nowitzki with 3 seconds remaining.

Nowitzki finished with 20 points. Utah’s Rudy Gobert scored 15 points and added 15 rebounds before fouling out with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

 

ROCKETS-HORNETS

Harden scores 30, Rockets beat Hornets 107-95

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — James Harden had 30 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the Houston Rockets beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-95 Thursday night for their third straight win.

It was the 25th time Harden has scored at least 30 points.

Harden was just 8 of 21 from the field and had nine turnovers, but turned up his play a notch down the stretch as the Rockets overcame a nine-point, third-quarter deficit.

The Rockets forced the Hornets into a season-high 22 turnovers, leading to 27 points.

Patrick Beverly had 17 points and Montrezl Harrell added 15 off the bench for the Rockets (39-17)

Nic Batum had 15 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who have lost eight of their last nine.

 

TEXANS-TRAINING CAMP

Houston Texans to hold training camp in West Virginia

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texans will hold their 2017 training camp at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

It will be the first time the Texans will hold training camp offsite after spending the last 15 seasons at the Houston Methodist Training Center.

The resort has a Sports Performance Center that includes two grass fields, one artificial surface field and a training facility. It recently underwent a $250 million restoration.

The New Orleans Saints held their training camp at The Greenbrier for the last three years (2014-16) but resort spokesman Cam Huffman said the team will not return this offseason.

 

CLOWNEY’S FATHER-SHOOTING

Clowney’s dad pleads guilty in 2015 shootout

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney pleaded guilty in a shootout outside an adult club two years ago.

David Morgan, Clowney’s father, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and possession of deadly weapon by a felon, according to York County Judicial records. He was originally charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing shots outside the club in August of 2015.

Sentencing was deferred until a later date, according to records.

Morgan was shot in the shoulder during the exchange of gunfire. No one else was hurt.

Morgan, who was jailed for 12 years while Clowney was growing up, had been behind bars since the shooting.

Clowney was picked for his first Pro Bowl this season with six sacks and 40 tackles. Clowney played at South Carolina.

 

RANDLE-JAIL

Former football player charged with assaulting fellow inmate

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with assaulting a fellow inmate in a Kansas jail.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the aggravated battery and disorderly conduct charges filed Wednesday stem from a confrontation Friday in the Sedgwick County Jail. He now has five criminal cases pending against him in the county, where he has been jailed since June.

County prosecutors also allege that he purposely hit people with a car after being asked to leave a housewarming party; dodged law enforcement attempts to serve him with a warrant; threatened to kill a jail deputy; and damaged a jail television.

During a court appearance on the latest charge, Randle said he defended himself when another inmate punched him in the face. His bonds now total $59,000.

 

TEXAS TECH-SPRING GAME

Texas Tech moving spring game to new Cowboys headquarters

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech will hold its spring game April 1st at the new headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys.

Athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Thursday that the game in the 12,000-seat indoor stadium that serves as a high school venue and practice field for the Cowboys “will be the perfect setting to showcase our program and our university.”

It’s the first college-related event at the Cowboys’ facility in suburban Frisco, about 30 miles north of Dallas and 320 miles east of the school’s Lubbock campus.

Texas Tech will also conduct a spring practice in Midland, about 120 miles south of Lubbock.

The Red Raiders and Baylor moved their regular-season series to AT and T Stadium when the home of the Cowboys opened in 2009.

 

T25-SMU-TEMPLE

Ojeleye drops in 30 to power No. 25 SMU past Temple, 66-50

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Semi Ojeleye scored a career-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds to lead Number 25 SMU past Temple 66-50 Thursday night for its seventh straight win.

Sterling Brown added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs (21-4, 11-1 American Athletic Conference), who earlier in the week vaulted into the national rankings for the first time this season.

One of the hottest teams in the nation, SMU has won 17 of its last 18.

Shizz Alston Junior scored 13 points to lead the Owls (13-12, 4-8), who saw a modest two-game winning streak snapped. Quinton Rose had 12 points and Daniel Dingle finished with 10.

Trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half, Temple pulled within six with just under 8 minutes remaining. But Ojeleye answered with a big 3-pointer to stymie the Owls’ rally.

 

TSWA-5A ALL-STATE

Lamb and Catalon are Class 5A players of the year

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Richmond Foster’s Cedarian Lamb and Mansfield Legacy sophomore Jalen Catalon are the players of the year on the 66th Annual Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A all-state football team.

Lamb took offensive honors as the senior wide receiver, who signed with the University of Oklahoma, had 98 catches for 2,032 yards with 33 touchdowns for 14-1 Foster. Catalon, a sophomore defensive back, had 196 tackles and nine interceptions — six of them in the postseason — for 11-3 Legacy.

 

 

KPYN Sports for Thursday, February 9th, 2017

 

SPURS-76ERS

Leonard scores 32, Spurs beat Sixers 111-103

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points, Tony Parker added 18 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-103 Wednesday night.

Jahlil Okafor had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Dario Saric also scored 20 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight games.

The Sixers were again without star center Joel Embiid. The rookie missed his sixth straight game because of a left knee contusion. Philadelphia is 13-18 with Embiid, 5-16 without him.

The Spurs bounced back following a loss at Memphis and improved the NBA’s second-best record to 40-12.

After trailing the entire game, the Sixers pulled within 87-85 on a pair of free throws by Okafor with 7:35 left. But San Antonio went on a 16-5 run to put it away.

 

BAYLOR-BIG 12 PUNISHMENT

Big 12 to withhold 25 percent of revenue share from Baylor

WACO, Texas (AP) —The Big 12 says it will withhold 25 percent of Baylor’s share of conference revenue until an outside review of the athletic department determines whether the school is in compliance with conference regulations and Title Nine guidelines following its sexual assault scandal that has rocked the school.

The sanctions against Baylor are the first by the Big 12 since the school and athletic department were hit by allegations of mishandling assault cases.

Baylor fired coach Art Briles last year and parted ways with university President Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw after an investigation by a law form found allegations of sexual assault brought to the school were not dealt with appropriately.

The Big 12 paid out about $30 million to each conference member last year.

 

T25-BAYLOR-OKLAHOMA ST

Motley scores 24; No. 6 Baylor holds off Oklahoma St. 72-69

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Johnathan Motley scored 24 points to help Number 6 Baylor hold off Oklahoma State 72-69 Wednesday night

The Bears led by 13 points with 4:13 to play, but Oklahoma State’s pressure defense made it a game. The Cowboys could have taken the lead in the final minute, but Baylor’s Jo Lual-Acuil blocked Jawun Evans’ layup. After Baylor’s Manu Lecomte made two free throws with 14 seconds to play, Evans and Phil Forte missed 3-point attempts that could have tied the game for Oklahoma State.

The Bears (21-3, 8-3 Big 12), who had lost their previous two games, trail conference leader Kansas by one game. Baylor also defeated the Cowboys 61-57 in Waco on Jan. 7.

Jeffrey Carroll scored 20 points and Evans added 16 for the Cowboys (15-9, 4-7). Oklahoma State had won five straight and were coming off an 82-75 win at then-No. 7 West Virginia .

 

HOUSTON-TULANE

Dotson with 32 as Houston cruises past Tulane 91-62

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Damyean Dotson scored a career-high 32 points and Houston cruised past Tulane 91-62 Wednesday night.

Dotson was 12 of 16 from the floor including 6 of 7 from distance for the Cougars (17-7, 8-4 American) who have won four straight. Rob Gray Junior added 18 points and Armoni Brooks 10.

Houston trailed early but Dotson and Wes VanBeck made back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Cougars on top 15-13 with 11:41 left in the half. They had a 38-23 advantage at the break.

Dotson drained two 3-pointers early in the second half to push it to 51-32 with 15:38 left and the Cougars cruised from there, taking it to 68-36 on a Gray 3 with 10:31 remaining.

Cameron Reynolds led the Green Wave (4-20, 1-11) with 13 points and six rebounds. Tulane has lost eight straight.

 

MISSOURI-TEXAS A&M

Williams, Gilder lead Texas A&M past Missouri 76-73

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Robert Williams scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Admon Gilder scored 22 points and Texas A and M defeated Missouri 76-73 Wednesday night.

The game was tied 65-65 with five minutes remaining when D.J. Hogg banked a shot high off the glass from about four feet, giving the Aggies a 67-65 lead. J.C. Hampton then stole the ball on the other end of the floor following an errant inbound pass and threw a perfect pass to a cutting Williams for the dunk and a 69-65 A and M lead with 4:19 remaining.

Minutes later Hogg, who’s struggled of late offensively, drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to give A and M a 72-67 advantage with 3:10 remaining. Williams then added to his impressive night with a slam dunk in between defenders to make it 74-67 with 2:34 left.

Tonny Trocha-Morelos added 16 points for A and M (13-10, 5-6 Southeastern Conference).

Jordan Barnett, a transfer from Texas, led the Tigers (6-17, 1-10) with a game-high 23 points.

 

BRONCOS QBS

Siemian, Lynch start offseason even but will another arrive?

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — While their fans ponder another veteran QB arrival such as Tony Romo this offseason, the Denver Broncos say it’s a two-man race between incumbent Trevor Siemian and former first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

“I’m happy with the guys we have,” new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “That is our Number 1 focus right now to get the two quarterbacks that we have right now on our roster ready to play.”

Siemian was ready last year, Lynch not even close.

An afterthought even when Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler bolted, Siemian handily beat out veteran Lynch, the former Memphis star, and veteran Mark Sanchez in 2016.

Siemian went 8-6 as the starter and Lynch 1-1 in relief as the Broncos missed the playoffs a year after winning Super Bowl 50.

Both men will find themselves on equal footing when the offseason training program begins in April. Lynch, however, might be able to parlay his projected higher ceiling into an advantage.

General manager John Elway told sports radio 104.3 The Fan in Denver this week that the team was “really excited” for Lynch to compete for the starting job and that Lynch was “going to be here and have a great career with the Denver Broncos for a long, long time.”

 

KPYN Sports for Wednesday, February 8th, 2016

 

MAGIC-ROCKETS

Harden has 25 to lead Rockets over Magic 128-104

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 25 points and 13 assists as the Houston Rockets built a big lead early and held off a late rally to get a 128-104 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

The Rockets had led by as many as 23 before the Magic begin chipping away at the lead. Serge Ibaka made a turnaround jump shot midway through the fourth quarter to cut Houston’s lead to nine points. Harden grabbed a bad pass from Evan Fournier not long after that and dished to Eric Gordon, who finished with a 3-pointer. Trevor Ariza added a 3-pointer for Houston to extend the lead to 112-97 with about four minutes remaining to put the game away.

Patrick Beverley made seven points after that to help extend the lead to 120-99 with less than two minutes left and send Houston’s starters to the bench.

It is Houston’s second straight win and the 10th loss in 13 games for the Magic.

Ibaka had 28 points for the Magic and Evan Fournier added 21.

 

TRAIL BLAZERS-MAVERICKS

McCollum’s winner sends Blazers past Mavs 114-113

DALLAS (AP) — C.J. McCollum scored 32 points, the last two on a runner in the lane with 0.9 seconds left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 114-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

McCollum’s shot capped a final minute in which the two teams traded leads six times and Dirk Nowitzki hit two clutch 3-pointers, the second a potential game-winner with 3.9 seconds left. McCollum scored Portland’s last seven points.

Damian Lillard added 29 points for the Blazers, who tied their season series with the Mavericks at 2-2 — each team winning twice on the others’ home floor.

Harrison Barnes had 26 points and Nowitzki 25 for Dallas.

The two teams, battling for the eighth and final playoff spot, see-sawed through a tense fourth quarter, trading 13-0 runs at one point. Portland led 101-89 before the Mavericks answered the Blazers’ run with one of their own.

Neither team led by more than two points after that.

 

STARS-MAPLE LEAFS

Matthews scores 25th, struggling Maple Leafs beat Stars 3-1

TORONTO (AP) — Rookie sensation Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 25th goal and the scuffling Toronto Maple Leafs picked up a much-needed victory by beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Curtis McElhinney made 39 saves as the Maple Leafs won for the second time in six games (2-3-1). Struggling defensively of late, Toronto held the Stars to one goal after yielding 22 over the previous four games.

Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev also scored for the Maple Leafs, third in the Atlantic Division with 60 points.

Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots and Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas. The Stars haven’t won at Toronto since Dec. 23, 2008.

 

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.(AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have replaced outgoing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with former University of Washington and Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian. The Falcons announced thehiring just a day after Shanahan left to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Sarkisian took over as Alabama’s offensive coordinator for last month’s national championship game, but his tenure with the Crimson Tide stunningly lasted only one contest.

 

CLEVELAND (AP) —The Cleveland Browns have released veteran quarterback Josh McCown, who was 1-10 as a starter in his two seasons with the team. The 37-year-old McCown passed for 3,209 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Browns, missing extended periods due to a concussion and two broken collarbones. The Browns also released cornerback Tramon Williams.

 

TEXAS TECH-TCU

Robinson FT lifts TCU over Texas Tech 62-61 in Big 12

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alex Robinson made a free throw with 1.4 seconds left following a questionable foul call and TCU beat Texas Tech 62-61 on Tuesday night in a matchup of Big 12 teams trying to build their resumes for the NCAA Tournament.

Robinson made the first three throw after Keenan Evans was called for a foul as the ball went off Robinson’s leg as he drove to the basket. The TCU guard missed the second, and Aaron Ross couldn’t get off a length-of-the-court shot before the buzzer sounded.

Freshman Jaylen Fisher scored 17 points as the Horned Frogs (17-7, 6-5 Big 12) won their third straight following a four-game losing streak.

Evans scored 20 points for the Red Raiders (16-8, 4-7) but missed a free throw with the score tied with 13 seconds left.

 

IOWA STATE-TEXAS

Allen free throws enable Texas to defeat Iowa State 67-65

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Allen scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made two free throws with 7.2 seconds left, to give Texas a 67-65 victory over Iowa State Tuesday night.

Matt Thomas, who led Iowa State with 17 points, missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer. Thomas finished 5-for-10 shooting from 3.

Shaq Cleare scored 12 points for Texas, and Andrew Jones added 10.

The Cyclones’ Deonte Burton scored 13 points, and Naz Mitrou-Long had 12.

Iowa State (14-9, 6-5 Big 12) trailed the entire game until Burton made a 3-point basket for a 63-all tie with 47 seconds remaining. Burton was wide open after Allen blocked a shot by Darrell Bowie and Monte Morris secured the rebound.

Texas (10-14, 4-7) came right back and scored 18 seconds later when Cleare made a layup after Burton blocked a shot by Kerwin Roach Jr. But Cleare, fouled on the play, missed the free throw, and Burton tied it again on a driving shot.

The Cyclones put themselves in danger of getting blown out in the first half. They missed 15 of their first 17 shots, including nine of 10 3-pointers, and trailed 30-13 with less than four minutes remaining.

From there, though, Iowa State outscored Texas 16-5, making two 3-pointers, and trailed by a manageable six at the half despite getting outscored 20-4 in the paint.

 

TCU-SONNY DYKES

Former Cal coach Sonny Dykes joins TCU staff as assistant

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Former California coach Sonny Dykes is back in Texas, joining TCU’s staff as an offensive analyst and consultant.

The son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes was abruptly fired by Cal last month, more than six weeks after the season ended.

Dykes, whose hiring was announced Tuesday, finished 19-30 in four seasons at Cal after going 22-15 in three years at Louisiana Tech. He spent seven seasons as an offensive assistant at Texas Tech, his alma mater. Dykes joined Mike Leach’s staff in 2000, the season after his dad left.

The 47-year-old Dykes will work with offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, who was a Texas Tech quarterback when Dykes was on the staff. Cumbie shared the title the past three seasons with Doug Meacham, who left for the same job at Kansas.

TCU also hired Chris Thomsen as offensive line coach.

 

ASTROS-HARRIS

Astros reliever Harris guaranteed $5M in 2-year deal

HOUSTON (AP) — All-Star reliever Will Harris is guaranteed $5 million in his two-year contract with the Houston Astros.

Harris gets $2.2 million this year and $2.8 million in 2018 under the deal announced Friday. The deal includes a $5.5 million club option for 2019, and the option price would increase to $6.5 million if he has 15 games finished in 2018, $7 million if he has 25 and $8.5 million if he has 35.

He would earn $100,000 if he wins the Cy Young Award, $50,000 for finishing second in voting and $25,000 for third. He also would get $50,000 each for making the All-Star team, winning World Series MVP, League Championship Series MVP, a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

The 32-year-old right-hander had 12 saves and a 2.25 ERA in 68 relief appearances last season, his second with the Astros. He made $525,500 and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

 

PATRIOTS-BRADY JERSEY

Houston police still searching for missing Brady jersey

HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady and his missing jersey have still not been reunited.

Brady’s jersey was taken from the New England Patriots’ locker room at Houston’s NRG Stadium after the team’s 34-28 victory over Atlanta in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief George Buenik said his agency’s Major Offenders division is leading the investigation but officials still have no leads on who swiped the jersey. Buenik says investigators are still working to identify who was in the locker room at the time of the theft.

Buenik says Crime Stoppers of Houston will also be offering a reward for any information leading to the stolen jersey.

The Texas Rangers, the state’s top law enforcement officers, are assisting Houston police in the investigation.