Thursday Sports Update – Cowboys Face 10-1 Saints Tonight

(Arlington, TX) — The New Orleans Saints take a 10-game winning streak into Dallas to clash with the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. The Saints stayed hot with a 31-17 home win over Atlanta on Thanksgiving night. New Orleans is tied with the Rams for the best record in the NFL at 10-and-1. The Cowboys have won three in-a-row to move into a tie with the Redskins atop the NFC East at 6-and-5. Dallas beat Washington 31-23 on Turkey Day to improve to 4-and-1 at home. The Saints have won four of the last five meetings with the ‘Boys, including the most recent showdown in 2015. Our pregame begins this evening at 6 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.

Smith Will Be Game-Time Decision

(Arlington, TX) — Tyron Smith is listed as questionable for the Saints’ game. The Dallas offensive tackle has not participated in practice this week because of a neck issue. He is listed as questionable and the Cowboys will wait until inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff to make a decision on Smith. Guards Zack Martin and Xavier Su’a-Filo are also questionable, but are anticipated to play. Defensive end Taco Charlton will return after missing the three previous games with a shoulder issue.

Texans Aiming For Ninth Consecutive Victory

(Houston, TX) — The Texans will be aiming for their ninth-straight win Sunday when they host the Cleveland Browns. Houston won a franchise-record eight in a row on Monday when it doubled Tennessee 34-17. J.J. Watt leads a stingy Houston defense and tops the AFC with eleven-and-a-half sacks. The Browns are 4-6-and-1 after winning their last two games.

Mavericks Rope Rockets

(Houston, TX) — Rookie Luka Doncic and reserve Devin Harris each scored 20 points to orchestrate a 128-108 triumph over the Rockets in Houston. The Mavs had seven players, including all five starters, finish with double-figure points. Dallas made 17 treys, led by Harris’ five. The Mavs are 8-and-2 in their last 10 games. They will play tomorrow night against the Lakers in Los Angeles. James Harden had 25 points, 17 assists, 11 boards and six steals for the Rockets.

Wolves Smash Spurs

(Minneapolis, MN) — Robert Covington led seven players in double-figures with 21 points as the Timberwolves smashed the Spurs 128-89 in Minneapolis. Karl-Anthony Towns posted 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolves, who made 18 three-pointers and led by as much as 48 points in the second half. Minnesota has won four straight to even its record at 11-and-11. Jakob Poeltl  had 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench to pace San Antonio, which has lost four-of-six. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan scored just 10 points apiece in defeat.

Thunder Cruise Past Cavs

(Oklahoma City, OK) — Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists as the Thunder picked up a 100-83 victory over the Cavaliers in Oklahoma City. The Thunder guard tied Jason Kidd for third all-time in triple-doubles with 107. Jerami Grant scored 21 points in the win. Paul George added 18 points for OKC, which has won 13-of-16 since an 0-and-4 start. Jordan Clarkson paced the Cavs with 25 points off the bench. Collin Sexton scored 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Cavs lost their second straight to fall to 4-and-16.

NBA
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Charlotte Hornets 108, Atlanta Hawks 94
Philadelphia 76ers 117, New York Knicks 91
Utah Jazz 101, Brooklyn Nets 91
Oklahoma City Thunder 100, Cleveland Cavaliers 83
Minnesota Timberwolves 128, San Antonio Spurs 89
Milwaukee Bucks 116, Chicago Bulls 113
Dallas Mavericks 128, Houston Rockets 108
New Orleans Pelicans 125, Washington Wizards 104
Portland Trail Blazers 115, Orlando Magic 112
LA Clippers 115, Phoenix Suns 99

Stars Win In Overtime in Calgary

(Calgary, Albert ) — Tyler Seguin scored 24 seconds into the overtime period to lift the Stars to a 4-3 win over the Flames in Calgary. Gavin Bayreuther scored an unassisted Dallas goal with less than seven minutes to play in regulation to send the game into overtime. Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored the other goals for the Stars, who are 4-and-4 in their last eight games with two of those victories in overtime. Dallas will play Saturday in Vancouver to end this four-game trip.

NHL
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Anaheim Ducks 3, Florida Panthers 2
Detroit Red Wings 4, St Louis Blues 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 5, San Jose Sharks 3
Dallas Stars 4, Calgary Flames 3 (OT)
Colorado Avalanche 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

McCann Leaves Astros For Braves

(Atlanta, GA) — Brian McCann is returning to the Braves. McCann, who played the past two seasons with the Astros, agreed to a one-year contract with Atlanta, where he spent the first nine years of his big league career. McCann hit .241 with 18 home runs in 2017 with Houston. In 2018, his average dipped to .212 and he was restricted to 63 games, needing knee surgery and spending July or August on the disabled list. The catcher turns 35 in February.

College Football Wrap Up

(Undated) — While the college regular football season is over, five area schools are waiting on bowl assignments. Baylor and TCU became bowl-eligible with both picking up their sixth victory last weekend. Texas A&M, Texas and North Texas are also bowl eligible. The Longhorns will meet Oklahoma in the Big 12 football championship game Saturday at AT&T Stadium. Our coverage begins Saturday morning at 11am here on KGNC. Bowl pairings will be announced Sunday.

Texas State Reportedly Hires Spavital As Head Coach

(San Marcos, TX) — Texas State University is reportedly hiring West Virginia’s Jake Spavital to be the new head football coach. Spavital is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Mountaineers. His resume includes coaching Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M in 2013. Texas State officials have not yet officially announced Spavital’s hiring. The school fired Everett Withers from the head coaching position on November 18th after three seasons.

College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches’ Poll)
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#4 Virginia Cavaliers 76, Maryland Terrapins 71 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
#5 Michigan Wolverines 84, #13 North Carolina Tar Heels 67 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge
#7 Tennessee Volunteers 95, Eastern Kentucky Colonels 67
#9 Kentucky Wildcats 90, Monmouth Hawks 44
#10 (tie) Auburn Tigers 99, Saint Peter’s Peacocks 49
#14 Florida State Seminoles 73, #18 Purdue Boilermakers 72 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Syracuse Orange 72, #16 Ohio State Buckeyes 62 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

College Basketball Round Up

(Undated) — In area college basketball, tonight: SMU will host McNeese. Tomorrow: Central Michigan is at TCU and Texas will host Radford. Saturday: Baylor is at Wichita State, UT-Arlington will host UT Rio Grande Valley and Number-19 Texas Tech and Memphis will tangle in the Naismith Invitational in Miami.

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