(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys will begin practice today for the Seahawks as they get set to meet in Saturday’s wild card game at AT&T Stadium. 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 only time the two have met in the playoffs was after the 2006 season when Seattle won 21-20 after Tony Romo bobbled a snap on the potential game-winning field goal and was tackled shy of the goal line.
Colts, Texans Square Off Again
(Houston, TX) — The Texans will begin practice today to meet the Colts on Saturday in an NFL Wild Card game at NRG Stadium. The two 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 starting the season 1-and-5.
NFL Coaching Carousel Continues
(Undated) — The NFL coaching carousel is in full swing. Head coaches who lost their job on Monday include Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Miami’s Adam Gase, Arizona’s Steve Wilks and Denver’s Vance Joseph. They followed the Jets’ Todd Bowles and the Buccaneers’ Dirk Koetter, who were each let go following Sunday’s season finales.
Thunder Roll Over Mavericks
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, but it was not enough as the Thunder beat the Mavs 122-102 in Oklahoma City. Dallas made 29 turnovers, which Oklahoma City converted into 36 points. The Mavs had topped the Thunder 105-103 on Sunday in Dallas. The Mavs, however, are a different team on the road. They have lost nine straight away games and are 2-and-16 on the road. They were down 17 points at the intermission. Rookie Luka Doncic contributed 17 points in defeat. The Mavs will play the Hornets tomorrow night in Charlotte.
Rockets Trip Up Grizzlies
(Houston, TX) — James Harden compiled 43 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 113-101 victory over the Grizzlies in Houston. Clint Capela had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Houston. The Rockets led 61-38 at the half and won for the 10th time in 11 games. The Rockets will play Thursday at Golden State.
Indiana Pacers 116, Atlanta Hawks 108
Charlotte Hornets 125, Orlando Magic 100
San Antonio Spurs 120, Boston Celtics 111
Houston Rockets 113, Memphis Grizzlies 101
Oklahoma City Thunder 122, Dallas Mavericks 102
New Orleans Pelicans 123, Minnesota Timberwolves 114
Golden State Warriors 132, Phoenix Suns 109
Stars Lose To Montreal In Overtime
(Dallas, TX) — The Stars fell 3-2 in overtime to the Canadiens in Dallas. Jamie Benn scored on a power play late in the second period to give the Stars a 2-1 lead. Radek Faksa also lit the lamp for Dallas. The Stars are 3-1-and-1 in their last five games. Dallas will host New Jersey tomorrow night.
Nashville Predators 6, Washington Capitals 3
New Jersey Devils 4, Vancouver Canucks 0
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1
New York Islanders 3, Buffalo Sabres 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Minnesota Wild 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 6, Ottawa Senators 3
New York Rangers 2, St. Louis Blues 1
Florida Panthers 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 (SO)
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Anaheim Ducks 1 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 3, Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT)
Montreal Canadiens 3, Dallas Stars 2 (OT)
Winnipeg Jets 4, Edmonton Oilers 3
Calgary Flames 8, San Jose Sharks 5
Aggies Win Gator Bowl
(Jacksonville, FL) — Number-19 Texas A&M trounced North Carolina State 52-13 in the Gator Bowl. Trayveon Williams rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns in the win and was selected the game’s MVP. The Aggies finish with a 9-and-4 record in coach Jimbo Fisher’s first year at the school.
College Football Bowl Games (College Football Playoff Rankings)
#20 Utah Utes, Northwestern Wildcats 31, #20 Utah Utes 20
(Holiday Bowl at San Diego, CA)
#21 Texas A&M Aggies 52, North Carolina State Wolfpack 13
(Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, FL)
Oklahoma State Cowboys 38, #24 Missouri Tigers 33
(Liberty Bowl at Memphis, TN)
Cincinnati Bearcats 35, Virginia Tech Hokies 31
(Military Bowl at Annapolis, MD)
Stanford Cardinal 14, Pittsburgh Panthers 13
(Sun Bowl at El Paso, TX)
Oregon Ducks 7, Michigan State Spartans 6
(Redbox Bowl at Santa Clara, CA)
Five Marquee Bowl Games Kick Off Today
(Undated) — It’s a feast of college football on New Year’s Day. Number-18 Mississippi State faces Iowa in the Outback Bowl, 11th-ranked LSU takes on number-eight TCU in the Fiesta Bowl, 12th-ranked Penn State plays number-14 Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl, number-nine Washington meets sixth-ranked Ohio State in the Rose Bowl and number-five Georgia faces 15th-ranked Texas in the Orange Bowl. Our coverage of the Fiesta, Rose & Sugar Bowls begins today at 12Noon on 710am and 97.5FM KGNC.
College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
#2 Virginia Cavaliers 100, Marshall Thundering Herd 64
#8 Gonzaga Bulldogs 89, CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners 54
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In area college basketball tomorrow: SMU will entertain East Carolina, number-11 Texas Tech is at West Virginia and Texas is at Kansas State. Thursday: Louisiana Tech at North Texas and Georgia State at UT-Arlington.