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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 5:06 AM

ROCKETS-JAZZ

Rockets hand Jazz worst home loss 125-80

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets rolled by the Jazz 125-80 on Monday night, handing Utah its worst home loss in franchise history.

The Jazz had won six straight at home but simply couldn't keep pace in transition. They were outscored 26-2 on the break and shot just 39.5 percent. Their previous worst was by 33 points to Milwaukee on Nov. 18, 1980.

Carlos Delfino and Marcus Morris each hit four 3-pointers for Houston, which made 16 of 34 from beyond the arc. Omer Asik had 19 rebounds as the Rockets (25-22) won their third straight.

Houston led by 21 points in the second, by 35 in the third and kept pouring it on fourth.

Randy Foye led Utah with 12 points.

MAVERICKS MOVES

Mavs send rookie G Cunningham back to D-League

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have sent Jared Cunningham back to their NBA Development League team.

The move Monday was the second time the rookie guard has been assigned to the Texas Legends, who play in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. He averaged 18 points in seven games earlier this season.

Cunningham has played in eight games for the Mavericks, averaging two points and 3 minutes per game.

The Mavericks also added veteran guard Mike James for the rest of the season. Dallas either had to guarantee him the prorated amount of the $1.2 million veteran minimum or let him go after signing him to a pair of 10-day contracts.

STARS-BLUE JACKETS

Prospal, Bobrovsky lead Jackets past Stars 2-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vinny Prospal scored from a hard angle at 1:22 of the third and Sergei Bobrovsky had 24 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Monday night, ending a four-game losing streak.

It was the Blue Jackets' first victory since opening night in Nashville in a shootout. They had been outscored 16-6 since while mustering just a point in a shootout loss to Detroit in the home opener a week ago.

Derek Dorsett also scored for the Blue Jackets.

Philip Larsen had the Stars' goal with Kari Lehtonen stopping 25 shots.

The Blue Jackets took the lead for good when Prospal collected the puck in the right corner and fired a shot along the goal line that appeared to catch Lehtonen by surprise, slipping into the net.

STARS-MOVES

Stars put Roy on injured list, clear spot for Benn

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have placed forward Derek Roy on injured reserve with a groin injury, clearing a roster spot for the expected debut of Jamie Benn on Monday night at Columbus.

Roy, who was acquired from Buffalo in a trade that sent Steve Ott to the Sabres, was hurt Thursday against Chicago. He has two assists in four games.

Benn and the Stars agreed on a five-year, $26.25 million contract the same night Roy got hurt. Benn, who was a restricted free agent, missed Saturday's loss to St. Louis.

ALABAMA A&M-PRAIRIE VIEW

Prairie View beats Alabama A&M 65-46

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — Josh Eleby scored 17 points and Prairie View A&M held Alabama A&M to 24 percent shooting for the game in a 65-46 victory Monday night.

Jordan DeMuynck scored 15 points and Jules Montgomery had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Panthers (9-13, 4-5 SWAC) won at home for the fourth straight time. Demondre Chapman also scored 12 points for Prairie View, which maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

The Panthers made just 2 of 16 3-point tries, missing all 11 in the second half. But the Bulldogs went only 1 for 23 from long range for the game.

Demarquelle Tabb had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Alabama A&M (7-13, 3-6). The Bulldogs went to the free-throw line 27 times, making 19. The Panthers were 5 of 8 at the line as Alabama A&M was called for only seven fouls in the game.

ALABAMA ST-TEXAS SOUTHERN

Texas Southern hammers Alabama State 97-65

HOUSTON (AP) — Omar Strong scored 27 points and Texas Southern rolled past Alabama State 97-65 Monday night.

All five scorers were in double figures for the Tigers (8-14, 7-2 SWAC), who have won three in a row and seven of their last eight games after opening the season 1-13.

Lawrence Johnson-Danner had 20 points and six assists, Ray Penn contributed 19 points and eight assists and Fred Sturdivant had 13 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Aaron Clayborn had 11 points and nine rebounds for Texas Southern, which led by as many as 38 points in the second half.

The Tigers were 16 of 28 from 3-point range, with Johnson-Danner making six and Strong and Penn hitting five each.

Alabama State (6-16, 4-5) led only in the first three minutes of the game. Phillip Crawford led the Hornets with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Joshua Freelove scored 14 points.

T25-WOMEN'S BKB POLL

Baylor still No. 1 in AP women's basketball poll

Baylor remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for a fourth straight week after two more Big 12 wins.

The Lady Bears cruised to victories over Iowa State and Oklahoma and have 30 straight Big 12 regular-season victories. Baylor had 37 first-place ballots Monday and will visit Texas Tech and No. 19 Oklahoma State this week. The Cowgirls had the biggest drop, falling seven spots after losing to Kansas State.

Notre Dame and UConn stayed second and third. The Huskies received the other three first-place votes. The Irish visit ninth-ranked Tennessee on Monday night.

Stanford moved up to fourth while Duke fell one spot to fifth after losing by 30 points to the Huskies last Monday.

Iowa entered the poll at No. 24 — its first appearance since 2011. Delaware came back in the poll at No. 25.

Michigan and Michigan State dropped out.

COWBOYS-RATLIFF ARRESTED

Cowboys to look at drunken driving after arrests

IRVING, Texas (AP) — A Dallas Cowboys official says the team is looking to improve how it deals with drunken driving in the wake of two high-profile player arrests.

Player development consultant Calvin Hill said in a statement Monday that the team understands the dangers of drunken driving, especially since it had "recently experienced the most tragic of circumstances regarding this issue."

Defensive lineman Jay Ratliff was arrested last week in Grapevine after sideswiping a semitrailer truck. His blood-alcohol level was measured at twice the legal limit.

That came a month after fellow Cowboy Josh Brent was indicted on an intoxicated manslaughter charge in a crash that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown.

Hill says the Cowboys have been in contact with Ratliff about his arrest and "will monitor the legal process."

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