Thursday Sports Update – Cowboys & Texans Getting Ready For Playoff Games
(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys held their second practice to prepare for the Seahawks in Saturday’s wild card game at AT&T Stadium. Left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo missed the practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury. If he is unable to play, rookie Connor Williams would replace him. Dallas is the NFC East champion and seeded fourth for the playoffs with a 10-and-6 record, wining seven of it last eight. The Cowboys lost 24-13 in Seattle in Week Three. The Cowboys are 3-and-9 in postseason since winning the Super Bowl after the 1996 season. Join us this evening at 6 for the Cowboys Huddle live at Beef O’ Brady’s – 34th & Coulter in the Summit Shopping Center. We will be talking about the Cowboys win over the Giants and their playoff game Saturday against the Seahawks. We will also give away a Dallas Cowboys cap.
Colts, Texans Square Off Again
(Houston, TX) — The Texans are practicing for their Saturday Wild Card showdown with the Colts at NRG Stadium. J.J. Watt has been a limited participant in the first two practices with elbow and knee issues, but should play. The two teams met twice during the regular season, with the home team losing each time. Houston won 37-34 in overtime on September 30th in Indianapolis to start the Texans’ nine-game winning streak. It ended on December 9th when the Colts prevailed 24-21 in Houston. Houston enters the playoffs as the AFC third seed with an 11-and-5 record. The Colts are 10-and-6 after losing five of their first six.
Mavericks End Road Slump, Top Hornets
(Charlotte, NC) — Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. scored 18 points each as the Mavericks crushed the Hornets 122-84 in Charlotte. Harrison Barnes contributed 17 points and reserve Dwight Powell added 15 to the win. Dallas connected on 10 treys in the first period. The Mavs halted a nine-game road losing streak and is 3-and-16 on the road. The Mavs play the Celtics tomorrow in Boston.
Dallas Mavericks 122, Charlotte Hornets 84
Washington Wizards 114, Atlanta Hawks 98
Miami Heat 117, Cleveland Cavaliers 92
Brooklyn Nets 126, New Orleans Pelicans 121
Detroit Pistons 101, Memphis Grizzlies 94
Orlando Magic 112, Chicago Bulls 84
Boston Celtics 115, Minnesota Timberwolves 102
Philadelphia 76ers 132, Phoenix Suns 127
Oklahoma City Thunder 107, Los Angeles Lakers 100
Rockets Play Tonight At Warriors
(Oakland, CA) — The Rockets will play the Golden State Warriors tonight in Oakland. Houston has won 10 of its last 11 games to move into first place in the Southwest Division with a 21-and-15 record. The Rockets have won five straight since Chris Paul went down with an injury. Mike D’Antoni was named the NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for December. The defending NBA champion Warriors are 21-and-13 and top the Pacific Division.
Kawhi Returns To San Antonio Tonight
(San Antonio, TX) — Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is going back to his NBA roots tonight. He and the Raptors are in San Antonio to clash with the Spurs. Leonard requested a trade from the team that drafted him last summer, resulting in him being dealt for fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan. Toronto is 28-and-11 in the East. San Antonio is 21-and-17 in the West.
Stars Shine Brightly Over Devils
(Dallas, TX) — Rookie teenager Miro Heiskanen lit the lamp twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, as the Stars burned the Devils 5-4 in Dallas. Tyler Seguin [[ SAY-ginn ]] also had two Stars’ goals. Alexander Radulovlahf doled out three assists for Dallas, which is 4-1-and-1 in its last six games. The Stars wrap up a four-game homestand tomorrow night against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh Penguins 7, New York Rangers 2
Calgary Flames 5, Detroit Red Wings 3
Vancouver Canucks 4, Ottawa Senators 3 (OT)
Dallas Stars 5, New Jersey Devils 4
Edmonton Oilers 3, Arizona Coyotes 1
San Jose Sharks 5, Colorado Avalanche 4
College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
#5 Nevada Wolf Pack 72, Utah State Aggies 49
#6 Kansas Jayhawks 70, #25 Oklahoma Sooners 63
#7 Michigan State Spartans 81, Northwestern Wildcats 55
#11 Texas Tech Red Raiders 62, West Virginia Mountaineers 59
#15 North Carolina Tar Heels 77, Harvard Crimson 57
#17 Houston Cougars 74, Tulsa Golden Hurricane 56
Maryland Terrapins 74, #23 (tie) Nebraska Cornhuskers 72
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In area college basketball last night: SMU thumped East Carolina 82-54, number-11 Texas Tech survived at West Virginia with a 62-59 triumph and Texas won 67-47 at Kansas State. Tonight: Louisiana Tech at North Texas and Georgia State at UT-Arlington.
Houston Begins Holgorsen Era
(Houston, TX) — The Houston Cougars made it official. Dana Holgorsen is their new head football coach. He is leaving a Power Five conference to take the Houston job. He exited West Virginia to replace Major Applewhite, who was fired after an 8-and-5 season and a 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl.
USC’s Kingsbury Up For NFL Jobs
(Los Angeles, CA) — USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury could be on his way out of SoCal before coaching a game for the Trojans. Multiple reports say Kingsbury will interview with both the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals for their head coaching positions. He’s been with USC for less than a month after getting fired as the head coach at Texas Tech.