Friday, December 19
Davis scores 30, leads New Orleans over Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 99-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
The Pelicans trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before using a 7-0 run to take a 79-73 lead and they didn't trail again. Ryan Anderson scored the last five points on that spurt to help New Orleans snap a six-game skid in Houston.
Jrue Holiday added 16 points with 10 assists for New Orleans and Anderson had 16 points.
James Harden scored 21 and Dwight Howard had 17 points with 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who lost for just the second time in nine games.
ST THOMAS (TX)-RICE
Rice beats NAIA school St. Thomas (TX) 72-61
HOUSTON (AP) — Andrew Drone scored a career-high 16 points and had 10 rebounds as Rice beat NAIA school St. Thomas (TX) 72-61 on Thursday.
Drone was 5 of 6 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. Seth Gearhart added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and both Drone and Gearhart had their first career double-doubles. Bishop Mency and Marcus Jackson finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Rice (3-6) led by as many as 32 points in the second half, with 8:35 left to play.
The Celts responded, however, going on a 23-2 run — holding Rice to a single field goal over a 6:36 span — to close within 12 points with two minutes to go. Gearhart made 2 of 2 at the line and J.T. Trauber hit a 3-pointer to keep the Owls up by double figures.
Deric Dudley scored 15 points to lead St. Thomas.
CLASS 3A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP
Cameron Yoe wins 70-40 for 3rd straight title
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cameron Yoe senior receiver Aaron Sims caught six passes, three of them for touchdowns, as the Yoemen won the 3A Division I state championship Thursday with a 70-40 victory over Mineola at AT&T Stadium.
Yoe's 70 points tied the record for points scored in an 11-man Texas state title game, set by Stephenville in 2012 with a 70-35 win over El Campo in the 3A Division I championship. The combined score of 110 points fell 8 points shy of the record set by Sulphur Springs and Dayton in the 2008 4A Division II state title game.
Thursday's win in front of 13,561 marks the third straight state title for Yoe (12-4) and fourth overall in school history.
Sims was the offensive MVP of the game with 153 receiving yards.
CLASS 2A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP
Schafer, Cook lead Canadian to Class 2A Division I crown
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tanner Schafer threw two touchdown passes and Chance Cook ran for two more scores as Canadian beat Mason 34-7 to take the Class 2A Division I state championship.
The win Thursday gives 15-0 Canadian its third state championship in four title games, all since 2007.
Schafer completed 22 of 28 passes for 232 yards, and Cook had a game-high 80 rushing yards in 12 carries.
In the final regular-season AP 2A poll, Canadian was ranked third and Mason fifth.
Mason's only score came with 4:56 left in the first quarter as it took a 7-0 lead on Miguel Castillo's 1-yard run.
Castillo carried 20 times for 73 yards and passed for 45 yards as Mason finished 14-1 in its second trip to a state championship final.
CLASS 2A DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP
Bremond rallies to top Albany for Class 2A Division II title
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Roshauud Paul ran for the winning touchdown with 1:17 to play as Bremond rallied with 21 fourth-quarter points to beat Albany 28-21 and take the Class 2A Division II championship.
The Thursday win brought 15-0 Bremond its second title in six appearances. The previous title was in the 1981 Class 1A final.
In the final AP 2A poll, Bremond was ranked fourth and Albany sixth.
Paul gained 149 rushing yards in 28 carries, and completed 6 of 10 passes for 79 yards.
Drew Neece led Albany with 50 rushing yards in 16 carries and passed for 108 yards. Albany was seeking its third state title in six tries and its first since winning back-to-back 1A titles in 1960 and '61.
BYU upsets Texas, reaches NCAA volleyball final
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jennifer Hamson had 22 kills and Alexa Gray added 19 to help BYU beat Texas 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24 in the NCAA women's volleyball semifinals Thursday night.
The unseeded Cougars (30-4) hadn't been to the semifinals since 1993, and they advanced to the final for the first time. They will take a 12-match winning streak into the final against the Stanford-Penn State winner.
Hamson, a 6-foot-7 senior right side hitter, also had 10 digs and seven block assists. Gray, a 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter, had a .409 hitting percentage. BYU hit .209 as a team and had 17 team blocks.
Chiaka Ogbogu led the Longhorns (27-3) with 14 kills. Haley Eckerman, Texas' first-team All-America middle blocker, had just nine kills and a .033 hitting percentage.
AP Source: Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks
BOSTON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade four-time all-star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Celtics will get Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday night because the trade was not official yet.
The deal gives Dallas a pass-first point guard and gives Dirk Nowitzki a chance at another title. The Mavericks also get forward Dwight Powell in the deal while giving up a first-round pick in 2015 and a second-rounder the next season.
Rondo, 28, joined the rebuilding Celtics as the 21st overall pick out of Kentucky and became the point guard for an NBA champion when Boston acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett the next summer. He helped the Celtics reach the NBA finals again two years later.
But with the Celtics in the middle of rebuilding, he proved more valuable on the trade market.
Colts hope to avoid distractions of Dallas stadium
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts safety Mike Adams has already given his teammates some advice about Sunday's game at Dallas.
Arrive early and get the awe out of the way. Then, focus on football.
Adams remembers his first awe-inspiring first trip to AT&T Stadium, sometimes referred to as Jerry World, and how it nearly became a distraction even to him.
Adams realizes the Colts (10-4) can't afford to let that happen if they hope to keep alive their slim hopes at earning a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Instead, Indianapolis is looking to fine-tune things after wrapping up a second straight AFC South title last weekend.
OKLAHOMA ST-TEXAS-COACH LAWSUIT
Lawsuit over play-calling at Texas heating up
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma State's contract dispute with Texas assistant Joe Wickline hit courtrooms in two states Thursday.
Wickline lost an early effort to get the case dismissed and lawyers for both sides say Texas coaches, administrators and players could be called to testify about who is calling the plays for the Longhorns.
Oklahoma State and Wickline sued each other in Oklahoma and Texas over what Oklahoma State considers a breach of contract. At issue is whether Wickline is calling plays for Texas.
Oklahoma State wants Wickline to pay the school nearly $600,000, arguing he took a lateral move to Texas, not a promotion, as specified in his contract.
A judge in Oklahoma allowed the school's case to proceed. A judge in Texas did not rule on Wickline's countersuit against the school.