Spurs beat winless Wizards 118-92
WASHINGTON (AP) — Boris Diaw scored 16 points, Tiago Splitter had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Parker added 15 to help the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth straight over the still-winless Washington Wizards 118-92 on Monday night.
The Wizards are the 12th team in NBA history to start the season 0-12 according to STATS and are six away from equaling the New Jersey Nets' record 0-18 start in 2009-10. In their first 11 games, Washington lost by a total of just 72 points and never by more than 16.
The Spurs had seven players in double figures as they continued their successful road trip. Tim Duncan had 14, Gary Neal 13, Manu Ginobili 12 and Matt Bonner had 11. After winning the first four games of the six-game trip, they're now 8-1 on the road and 12-3 overall.
Cowboys LB Carter out for year with elbow injury
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter is out of for the season with a dislocated left elbow, making him the fourth Dallas defensive starter to go on injured reserve.
Carter injured the elbow in Thursday's 38-31 loss to Washington. The Cowboys have lost both inside linebackers with defensive leader Sean Lee suffering a season-ending toe injury last month.
The other defensive starters out for the year are safety Barry Church and defensive end Kenyon Coleman.
The Cowboys said Monday they filled Carter's roster spot by signing Brady Poppinga, a seven-year veteran who last played for St. Louis in 2011.
Dallas also released receiver Andre Holmes and replaced him with veteran Anthony Armstrong. Miles Austin injured a hip in the Washington game.
Health concerns mount for first-place Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are hurting heading into the stretch run.
The Texans (10-1) go into Sunday's game at Tennessee (4-7) with a handful of worrisome injuries, most of them at linebacker.
Coach Gary Kubiak says outside linebacker Brooks Reed is going to miss time with a "significant" groin injury suffered in the Texans' 34-31 overtime win in Detroit on Thanksgiving.
Houston was already short-handed at linebacker after losing Brian Cushing for the season to a torn left knee ligament. Tim Dobbins, who took Cushing's role, hurt his left shoulder against Chicago, though he is expected to play on Sunday.
Kubiak says linebacker Bradie James (hamstring) and right tackle Derek Newton (right knee) are day to day.
NFL won't suspend Suh for low blow against Schaub
DETROIT (AP) — The NFL has decided not to suspend Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo) for his actions against Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
League spokesman Greg Aiello announced the decision Monday on his Twitter account, adding the "incident' will be reviewed for a potential fine.
Suh's left cleat connected with Schaub's groin area after he threw a pass in the first quarter of last Thursday's game. The defensive tackle was on his chest after being taken down by an offensive lineman and extended his left foot to hit Schaub below the belt.
Suh was suspended for two games a year ago after he was ejected for stomping on the right arm of Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during a game on Thanksgiving.
Heisman hopeful Manziel happy to talk to media
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The legend of Johnny Football has grown all season while Johnny Manziel piled up yards and the Texas A&M Aggies piled up wins.
On Monday, the freshman quarterback finally weighed in on his catchy nickname. Speaking to the media for the first time all season Manziel says of the moniker: "I find it extremely funny."
No one's laughing about the success of Manziel and the Aggies. His 4,600 yards of total offense have helped No. 10 A&M to its first 10-win season since 1998, and has him among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy.
Manziel says he respected coach Kevin Sumlin's decision for him not to speak to the media because he's a freshman. But says he's happy to finally: "let you guys know how I am."
McCoy to start at QB for Texas at K-State
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Mack Brown says Case McCoy will start at quarterback this week for the No. 23 Longhorns at No. 7 Kansas State.
Starter David Ash is listed as questionable after a rib injury in last week's loss to TCU. Ash had three turnovers in the first half in one of his worst games of the season
McCoy led Texas (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) on a late touchdown drive against the Horned Frogs but also threw an interception in the final two minutes.
McCoy came off the bench to rally Texas to a win at Kansas on Oct. 27. He hasn't started a game since a road loss at Baylor in the final game of the 2011 season when he had five turnovers.
SMU accepts invite to Hawaii Bowl
HONOLULU (AP) — SMU has accepted an invitation to play in the Hawaii Bowl.
SMU will meet a team from the Mountain West on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium.
The Mustangs finished second behind Tulsa in the Conference USA West Division with a 5-3 league record. SMU is making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance under coach June Jones.
Jones says he's excited for his players, staff and fans.
Jones took SMU to the Hawaii Bowl in 2009. He coached the University of Hawaii for nine years.
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Texas Tech defeats Jackson State 84-75
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jaye Crockett scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Texas Tech to an 84-75 win over Jackson State Monday night.
Crockett, who has been the Red Raiders' high scorer the past three games, got into early foul trouble but helped revive the offense late in the first half.
Dejan Kravic had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Red Raiders (4-0), while Josh Gray and Jamal Williams Jr. each added 12 points.
Christian Williams led the Tigers (0-3) with 22 points, 18 of which came from behind the 3-point line. Derrell Taylor added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Josh Gray had two steals in the first two minutes of the second half that helped the Red Raiders to an 11-0 run. They kept the lead the rest of the way.