Texans Will Meet Chiefs Sunday
(Houston, TX) — The Texans will try to take that next step Sunday when they meet the Chiefs in Kansas City in the NFL post-season Divisional Round. The Texans have never advanced beyond the Divisional Round in franchise history. The Texans beat the Chiefs 31-24 on October 13th in Kansas City. The AFC South champion Texans are coming off their wild-card overtime victory over the Bills.
NFL Playoffs Open Tomorrow
(Undated) — The Divisional Playoff round of the NFL postseason kicks off tomorrow with a pair of games. The 49ers will host the Vikings and the Titans travel to play the Ravens. On Sunday, the Texans visit the Chiefs and the Packers are at home against the Seahawks. The winners advance to the conference championship games next weekend.
Thunder Spoil Westbrook’s Homecoming
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 34 points for the Rockets in his return to Oklahoma City, but it was not enough as the Thunder won 113-92. There was a tribute video for Westbrook, who was dealt last summer to Houston, as the fans chanted MVP. James Harden added 17 points in defeat. He and Westbrook were a combined 3-for-15 beyond the arc. Houston’s three-game winning streak was snapped. The Rockets played without Eric Gordon, who had a sore right knee. The Rockets return home tomorrow for a matinee against Minnesota.
Philadelphia 76ers 109, Boston Celtics 98
Cleveland Cavaliers 115, Detroit Pistons 112 (OT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 116, Portland Trail Blazers 102
Oklahoma City Thunder 113, Houston Rockets 92
Mavericks Host Lakers Tonight
(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks wrap up their six-game homestand with contests tonight against the Lakers and tomorrow against the Sixers. Dallas has lost four of six, including a one-point loss Wednesday to the Nuggets. Mavs forward Kristaps Porzingis has missed the last five games with a sore right knee.
Stars Shut Out Ducks
(Anaheim, CA) — Ben Bishop logged 27 saves as the Stars shut out the Ducks 3-0 in Anaheim. Denis Gurianov, Alexander Radulov and Roope Hintz scored the goals for Dallas, which won their sixth straight. The Stars will remain on the road tomorrow night, playing the Sharks in San Jose.
Edmonton Oilers 4, Montreal Canadiens 2
New York Rangers 6, New Jersey Devils 3
Florida Panthers 5, Vancouver Canucks 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Arizona Coyotes 0
Boston Bruins 5, Winnipeg Jets 4
St. Louis Blues 5, Buffalo Sabres 1
Nashville Predators 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Calgary Flames 2, Minnesota Wild 1
Dallas Stars 3, Anaheim Ducks 0
Los Angeles Kings 5, Vegas Golden Knights 2
San Jose Sharks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Morikawa Leads Sony Open In Hawaii
(Honolulu, HI) — Collin Morikawa is atop the leaderboard at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He carded a five-under 65 in Thursday’s first round at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Ryan Palmer is in a four-way tie for second at 3-under. Play was suspended late in the day.
Gallo Fronts Rangers’ Arbitration-Eligible Trio
(Arlington, TX) — Outfielder Joey Gallo is among three Rangers eligible for arbitration with the players and clubs exchanging salary figures today. Gallo hit 22 home runs last season in 70 games as he was setback by two injuries. Outfielder Danny Santana and reliever Rafael Montero are the other Rangers arbitration-eligible. Texas assistant general manager Shiraz Rehman said the club is trying to reach an agreement with all three before the exchange deadline.
Top-25 Men’s Basketball
#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs 94, San Diego Toreros 50
#8 Michigan State Spartans 74, Minnesota Golden Gophers 58
#9 Oregon Ducks 74, #24 Arizona Wildcats 73 (OT)
#19 Michigan Wolverines 84, Purdue Boilermakers 78 (2 OT)
#23 Wichita State Shockers 76, #22 Memphis Tigers 67
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In area college basketball, West Texas A&M beat UT Permian Basin 98-84 in Odessa, The Lady Buffs won 75-46, North Texas topped Florida International 74-56 in Denton. The Texas-Arlington Mavericks beat Appalachian State 66-56 at home. Tomorrow, number-four Baylor will play at number-three Kansas, Texas Tech is at West Virginia, SMU is at East Carolina, TCU will host Oklahoma State, the Mean Green will host Florida Atlantic, Coastal Carolina will be at Arlington, Texas will meet Kansas State in Austin and Texas A&M will play at Vanderbilt.
Mississippi State Hires Mike Leach
(Starkville, MS) — Mike Leach is leaving the Pacific Northwest for the Deep South. He’s agreed to become the head coach at Mississippi State after eight seasons at Washington State. Leach guided the Cougars to a 55-and-47 record during his tenure, including six bowl bids. He replaces the fired Joe Moorhead, who was let go after two seasons.