Cowboys Advance, Play Next At Rams
(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys are back on the practice field to prepare for Saturday’s playoff game against the Rams 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.
Texans’ Running Back Going To Pro Bowl
(Houston, TX) — Texans running back Lamar Miller has been named to the Pro Bowl. Miller rushed for 973 yards on 210 carries and five Houston touchdowns this season. The game will be played January 27th in Orlando. He replaces Denver running back Phillip Lindsay, who bowed out with an injury.
USC’s Kingsbury Leaves For Cardinals
(Tempe, AZ) — USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is leaving before ever coaching a game. Kingsbury has accepted the head coaching position for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals after barely a month in Southern California. The Trojans hired him in December after he was fired as head coach at Texas Tech. USC initially blocked him from interviewing for NFL jobs.
T’wolves Nip Thunder In OKC
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Andrew Wiggins poured in a game-high 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Timberwolves nipped the Thunder 119-117 in Oklahoma City. Josh Okogie’s three-pointer with 27.8 seconds left was the difference. Karl-Anthony Towns tallied 20 points and nine boards as Minnesota won its third in-a-row. Paul George netted 27 points and Russell Westbrook scored 25 to go with 16 assists for the Thunder. OKC has lost two straight since a three-game winning streak. Steven Adams added 20 points and 12 boards in the setback.
Philadelphia 76ers 132, Washington Wizards 115
Indiana Pacers 123, Cleveland Cavaliers 115
Toronto Raptors 104, Atlanta Hawks 101
Denver Nuggets 103, Miami Heat 99
Minnesota Timberwolves 119, Oklahoma City Thunder 117
Phoenix Suns 115, Sacramento Kings 111
LA Clippers 128, Charlotte Hornets 109
Golden State Warriors 122, New York Knicks 95
Mavericks Hosting Suns Tonight
(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks will try to break a three-game losing streak when they host the Suns tonight. Phoenix beat the Sacramento Kings at home last night to snap a six-game skid. Dallas is 18-and-22 and in fourth place in the Southwest Division. The Suns are 10-and-32 with two of their victories over the Mavs.
Rockets Hosting Bucks Tonight
(Houston, TX) — The Rockets will host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Houston has won seven of its last eight and 12-of-14 to move into first place in the Southwest Division with a 23-and-16 record. The Rockets will wind up their three-game homestand Friday against the Cavaliers.
Thunder Center Noel Hospitalized After Hard Fall
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Thunder center Nerlens Noel is in the hospital after taking a hard fall during last night’s loss to the Timberwolves. He took an elbow to the face from a driving Andrew Wiggins and hit the floor hard. Noel remained motionless for several minutes, but was conscious when he was stretchered off the court. Noel spent the night at OU Medical Center.
Stars Shine Brightly Over St. Louis
(St. Louis, MO) — Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist as the Stars beat the Blues 3-1 in St. Louis. John Klingberg also scored for Dallas. Ben Bishop made 26 saves in the win. The Stars are 5-1-and-1 in their last seven games. The Stars will play tomorrow night in Philadelphia before returning home Saturday against the Blues.
Buffalo Sabres 5, New Jersey Devils 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Florida Panthers 1
Carolina Hurricanes 4, New York Islanders 3
Boston Bruins 4, Minnesota Wild 0
Montreal Canadiens 3, Detroit Red Wings 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Washington Capitals 5, Philadelphia Flyers 3
Winnipeg Jets 7, Colorado Avalanche 4
Dallas Stars 3, St. Louis Blues 1
Vegas Golden Knights 4, New York Rangers 2
San Jose Sharks 7, Edmonton Oilers 2
College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
#2 Duke Blue Devils 87, Wake Forest Demon Deacons 65
#3 Tennessee Volunteers 87, Missouri Tigers 63
#5 Michigan State Spartans 77, Purdue Boilermakers 59
#8 Texas Tech Red Raiders 66, #22 Oklahoma Sooners 59
#12 North Carolina Tar Heels 90, #16 North Carolina State Wolfpack 82
South Carolina Gamecocks 87, #14 Mississippi State Bulldogs 82
#18 Kentucky Wildcats 85, Texas A&M Aggies 74
#20 Buffalo Bulls 110, Toledo Rockets 80
Baylor Bears 73, #21 Iowa State Cyclones 70
Villanova Wildcats 76, #23 St. John’s Red Storm 71
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — Number-eight Texas Tech topped 22nd-ranked Oklahoma 66-59, Texas lost 61-58 at Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M fell 85-74 at Kentucky for the Aggies’ third straight loss. Tonight, TCU plays at number-nine Kansas. Tomorrow, SMU is at UConn, North Texas travels to UTEP and UT-Arlington visits Appalachian State.
Baylor Upsets Ranked Iowa State
(Waco, TX) — Makai Mason made five free throws in the final 38 seconds and wound up with 25 points as Baylor defeated number-21 Iowa State 73-70 in Waco. Tristan Clark added 16 points to the Bears’ victory. Baylor improved to 9-and-5 and 1-and-1 in Big 12 play. Iowa State drops to 12-and-3 and 2-and-1. Baylor will face another daunting challenge Saturday, hosting number-nine Kansas.
Unbeaten Cougars Play Tonight at Temple
(Philadelphia, PA) — Number-15 Houston will seek its 16th straight win when it plays Temple tonight in Philadelphia. The Cougars are 2-and-0 in AAC play. The Owls are 11-and-3, 1-and-1 in AAC play and 5-and-0 on their home court.