Thursday Sports Update – Mavericks Take Down Suns

(Dallas, TX) — Luka Doncic scored 30 points as the Mavericks beat the Suns 104-94 in Dallas. Harrison Barnes contributed 17 points and Wesley Matthews added 14 to the win. Dallas snapped a three-game skid. The Mavs also ended a seven-game losing streak to Phoenix. The Mavs will play tomorrow night at Minnesota.

Rockets Fail To Launch Against Bucks

(Houston, TX) — James Harden had 42 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets in a 116-109 loss to the Bucks in Houston. Clint Capela had 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat. Houston had its 10-game home winning streak snapped. The Rockets are back on their home floor tomorrow night against the Cavaliers, who have lost 11 in a row.

Grizzlies Chop Down Spurs To End Skid

(Memphis, TN) — The Grizzlies’ six-game losing streak is over after chopping down the Spurs 96-86 in Memphis. Marc Gasol recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds against his brother’s team. Mike Conley scored 15 points and the Grizzlies use solid defense to keep the Spurs at bay. Memphis improved to 19-and-22. Marco Belinelli and Bryn Forbes paced the Spurs with 14 points each. San Antonio scored just 31 points in the first half and had its five game win streak snapped.

NBA
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Washington Wizards 123, Philadelphia 76ers 106
Boston Celtics 135, Indiana Pacers 108
Brooklyn Nets 116, Atlanta Hawks 100
Memphis Grizzlies 96, San Antonio Spurs 86
Milwaukee Bucks 116, Houston Rockets 109
New Orleans Pelicans 140, Cleveland Cavaliers 124
Dallas Mavericks 104, Phoenix Suns 94
Utah Jazz 106, Orlando Magic 93
Portland Trail Blazers 124, Chicago Bulls 112
Los Angeles Lakers 113, Detroit Pistons 100

Cowboys Advance, Play Next At Rams

(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys will face the Rams on Saturday in a NFL playoff game at the LA Coliseum. Dallas advanced with a 24-22 home win over the Seahawks in the wild card round. The Rams drew a first-round bye as the two seed. LA running back Todd Gurley was limited in practice yesterday with a sore knee, but is expected to play. He led the NFL with 21 touchdowns.

Jets To Hire Gase As Head Coach

(Florham Park, NJ) — Adam Gase is staying in the AFC East. Multiple reports say the New York Jets are hiring the former Miami Dolphins head coach as their new head man. Gase replaces the fired Todd Bowles. Gase was let go by the Fins after going 23-and-25 in three seasons, but is considered an offensive mind that can help develop young Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

Browns Promoting Kitchens To Head Coach

(Berea, OH) — The Cleveland Browns are staying in-house for their next head coach. ESPN reports they are promoting offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens went from running backs coach to OC when head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired in mid-season. Interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been let go.

Broncos Choose Fangio As Head Coach

(Centennial, CO) — Vic Fangio is finally getting his shot as a head coach. The Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator is being hired as the next head coach of the Denver Broncos. The 60-year-old Fangio has coached 32 years in the NFL, but has never been a head coach. His contract is for four years, with a fifth-year team option. Fangio replaces the fired Vance Joseph.

Report: A’s Prospect Murray To Enter NFL Draft

(Norman, OK) — Kyler Murray will enter the NFL Draft. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Murray plans to submit his name for this year’s draft. He has until Monday to do so. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was a first-round pick by Oakland in last year’s MLB Draft. He has an invite to spring training and has already signed a deal with a 4.6-million-dollar signing bonus.

NHL
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Nashville Predators 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 (OT)
Calgary Flames 5, Colorado Avalanche 3
Ottawa Senators 2, Anaheim Ducks 1 (OT)

Stars Play Tonight In Philly

(Philadelphia, PA) — The Stars conclude their trip tonight against the Flyers in Philadelphia. Dallas is 5-1-and-1 in their last seven games. The Stars have moved to third in the Central with 50 points. The Flyers are last in the Metropolitan with 36 points and are 1-7-and-2 in their last 10 games. The Stars return home Saturday against the Blues.

Rangers Sign Starting Pitcher

(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers signed Shelby Miller to a one-year contract with two million dollars guaranteed. Miller had a 5-and-18 record with a 6.35 ERA in three years with the Diamondbacks, but elbow surgery wiped out most of his past two seasons. He was 0-and-4 with a 10.69 ERA in 16 innings last year, making four starts. The Rangers also signed right-hander Jeanmar Gomez and utility player Danny Santana to minor league contracts with Spring Training invites.

College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
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#1 Virginia Cavaliers 83, Boston College Eagles 56
#7 Virginia Tech Hokies 52, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 49
#9 Kansas Jayhawks 77, TCU Horned Frogs 68
Ole Miss Rebels 82, #10 Auburn Tigers 67
#11 Nevada Wolf Pack 92, San Jose State Spartans 53
#13 Florida State Seminoles 68, Miami (FL) Hurricanes 62
Temple Owls 73, #15 Houston Cougars 69
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 64, #17 Ohio State Buckeyes 61
#19 Marquette Golden Eagles 106, Creighton Bluejays 104 (OT)

Cougars Fall From Unbeaten Ranks, Lose At Temple

(Philadelphia, PA) — Number-15 Houston is no longer undefeated. The Cougars lost 73-69 at Temple in an AAC game in Philadelphia. Breaon Brady led Houston with 19 points. Corey Davis Junior was called for a charge while driving for a layup to tie the game with one second remaining. The Cougars had started 15-and-0 for the first time since the 1967-68 team led by Elvin Hayes. The 15-and-1 Cougars are back home Saturday against Wichita State.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) — In area college basketball, TCU lost 77-68 at number-nine Kansas. Tonight, SMU is at UConn, North Texas travels to UTEP and UT-Arlington visits Appalachian State. On Saturday, Baylor hosts number nine Kansas, Texas A&M is at Alabama, and number eight Texas Tech faces Texas in Austin.

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