(New Orleans, LA) — Quarterback Sam Ehlinger had three rushing touchdowns as 15th-ranked Texas took care of number-five Georgia 28-21 in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Ehlinger also passed for 169 yards for the Longhorns, who jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter. Texas led 28-7 in the fourth before the Bulldogs scored twice to make it close. Jake Fromm had three touchdown passes for Georgia, which finishes its season 11-and-3. The Longhorns close out their campaign at 10-and-4.
New Year’s Bowl Roundup
(Undated) — In college football on New Year’s Day, Ohio State held off Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl, LSU outlasted previously unbeaten Central Florida 40-32 in the Fiesta Bowl, Kentucky held off Penn State 27-24 in the Citrus Bowl and Iowa upset Mississippi State 27-22 in the Outback Bowl.
Cowboys Prep For Seahawks
(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys will hold their second practice today as they prepare for the Seahawks in Saturday’s wild card game at AT&T Stadium. Left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo was the lone starter to miss practice with an ankle injury. 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.
Cowboys Assistant Is Hot Commodity
(Frisco, TX) — Cowboys assistant coach Kris Richard is a wanted man. The Dolphins and Jets have requested permission to interview the Dallas passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach for their head coaching vacancies.
Colts, Texans Square Off Again
(Houston, TX) — The Texans will hold their second practice today in preparation for a Saturday Wild Card game with the Colts at NRG Stadium. J.J. Watt was limited in the initial practice with elbow and knee issues, but is expected to play. 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 1-and-5.
Toronto Raptors 122, Utah Jazz 116
Milwaukee Bucks 121, Detroit Pistons 98
Portland Trail Blazers 113, Sacramento Kings 108 (OT)
Denver Nuggets 115, New York Knicks 108
Philadelphia 76ers 119, LA Clippers 113
Mavericks Facing Another Road Test Tonight
(Charlotte, NC) — The Mavericks are seeking a long overdue road victory tonight when then tangle with the Hornets in Charlotte. Dallas has dropped its last nine away games. The Mavs have not won on the road since November 28th in Houston. Dallas is 2-and-16 on the road. The Mavs continue this three-game trip with a game Friday in Boston.
Rockets Play Tomorrow Against Warriors
(Oakland, CA) — The Rockets will play the Golden State Warriors tomorrow 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 defending NBA champion Warriors are 21-and-13 and top the Pacific Division.
Boston Bruins 4, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Winter Classic at South Bend, IN)
Nashville Predators 4, Philadelphia Flyers 0
Vegas Golden Knights 2, Los Angeles Kings 0
Stars Back On Home Ice Tonight
(Dallas, TX) — The Stars will host the New Jersey Devils tonight in Dallas. The Stars are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss Monday to Montreal. Dallas is 3-1-and-1 in its last five games. The Stars will end this four-game homestand on Friday against Washington.
Stars Will Host 2020 NHL Winter Classic
(Dallas, TX) — The Dallas Stars will host the NHL’s Winter Classic on January 1st, 2020. It will be played at the Cotton Bowl. It will be the Stars’ first NHL regular-season game outdoors. The opponent has not yet been announced.
College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
#9 Florida State Seminoles 87, Winthrop Eagles 76
#10 Virginia Tech Hokies 81, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 66
St. John’s Red Storm 89, #18 Marquette Golden Eagles 69
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In area college basketball tonight: SMU will entertain East Carolina, number-11 Texas Tech is at West Virginia and Texas is at Kansas State. Tomorrow: Louisiana Tech at North Texas and Georgia State at UT-Arlington.
Riley Agrees To Extension With OU
(Norman, OK) — Lincoln Riley will be staying in Norman. ESPN reports the Oklahoma head football coach has agreed to a contract extension to remain with the Sooners. Riley had been the subject of NFL speculation, but will instead return to OU. He’s led the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs in each of his first two seasons at the helm.
Cougars Finalizing Holgorsen Contract
(Houston, TX) — The University of Houston is wrapping up the final details with Dan Holgorsen to become the Cougars’ next football coach. An official announcement could come today. Several outlets have reported it is a five-year contract worth twenty-million dollars. Holgorsen has been the West Virginia head coach. He compiled a 61-and-41 record with seven bowl appearances in eight years. He will replace Major Applewhite, who was axed after an 8-and-5 season.
When Mascots Attack: Texas Longhorn Charges Georgia Bulldog At Sugar Bowl
(New Orleans, LA) — What happened before the Sugar Bowl game between Texas and Georgia on New Year’s night would have been funny if it weren’t a near-disaster. The plan was for the Georgia mascot, an English bulldog named Uga to meet Bevo, the Texas longhorn steer. But Bevo wasn’t in the mood to be sociable. The 16-hundred-pound steer pulled away from his handlers and swung his horns at Uga. No one was hurt and Bevo was escorted away after he calmed down. Texas beat Georgia, 28-21.