Parker leads Spurs past Pelicans, 102-95
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Parker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and also doled out nine assists, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a 14-point deficit en route to a 102-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
Tim Duncan scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, and Marco Belinelli added 13 against his former club.
Anthony Davis had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, Anthony Morrow added 20 points and Eric Gordon scored 19 points for the Pelicans, who appeared in line for their fifth win in six games when they led by 14 near the end of the third quarter.
The Spurs, however, had other plans. Parker strung together an array of dazzling driving layups through crowds of defenders, and San Antonio outscored New Orleans 38-19 in the final period.
Nowitzki leads Mavericks past Cavs 124-107
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, Devin Harris had a season-high 16 and the Dallas Mavericks pulled away from Cleveland 124-107 Monday night, handing the Cavaliers their fifth straight loss.
Nowitzki was on the bench for most of a key third-quarter stretch as the Mavericks restored a double-digit lead behind by Harris, Brandan Wright and Jose Calderon.
Harris had seven points on a 9-2 run that gave the Mavericks their first 15-point lead, and Wright scored nine of his 14 points in the third. Jose Calderon had four of his game-high 10 assists in the quarter and hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Kyrie Irving had 27 to lead the Cavaliers, who have dropped seven of their last eight.
No. 7 Baylor takes care of Oklahoma 81-67
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 27 points, including three 3-pointers and eight free throws, as No. 7 Baylor beat Oklahoma 81-67 on Monday.
Nina Davis added 19 points and 14 rebounds for Baylor (19-3, 9-1 Big 12). The Lady Bears got 15 points from freshman Imani Wright and Sune Agbuke helped Baylor hold a 49-38 advantage on the glass, grabbing 14.
Morgan Hook scored 18 points for Oklahoma (14-9, 5-5) and Gioya Carter added 12. The Sooners outshot Baylor 42.9 percent to 39.7 but gave up 16 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 17 times.
Sims was 8-of-24 shooting, while Davis made nine of her 11 attempts for Baylor. Davis leads the league in field goal percentage at .595 and she recorded her double-double in the first half with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
TEXAS SOUTHERN-ALABAMA ST
Alabama St. beats Texas Southern 79-73 in overtime
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tony Armstrong scored 22 points as Alabama State knocked off Texas Southern 79-73 in overtime Monday night.
Texas Southern held a 69-67 advantage with 2:42 remaining in regulation when Alabama State's Jamel Waters made one free throw. Later Brandon Graham made the first free throw attempt to tie the game at 69, but missed the second with 1:18 remaining. Neither team could score thereafter.
Alabama State (12-7, 6-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) took control in overtime as Maurice Strong, who had 18 points, made a layup and a jump shot to put the Hornets out front to stay.
Texas Southern started strong, making 16 of 32 field goal attempts, and held a 37-25 halftime advantage. Alabama State got hot in the second half, making 51.6 percent from the field and went on to hit 60 percent in overtime.
Aaric Murray led Texas Southern (9-1, 5-3) with 26 points.
PRAIRIE VIEW-ALABAMA A&M
Alabama A&M holds off Prairie View 67-55
NORMAL, Ala. (AP) — Justan Banks scored 17 points and had four blocks to lead Alabama A&M to a 67-55 victory over Prairie View A&M Monday evening.
Green Hill had 11 points and six assists and Jeremy Crutcher added 10 points for Alabama A&M (8-11, 5-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference).
Alabama A&M held a 27-21 halftime lead, but the Panthers fought back to take a 34-33 lead with 12:01 remaining following a jump shot by Louis Munks. Jose Long answered with three-point play to retake the lead. The Bulldogs had a 15-7 run to lead 51-41 with 3:57 left. Prairie View did close to 51-47 following a jumper by John Brisco and a dunk and layup by Demondre Chapman, but could get no closer.
Chapman had 17 points and seven rebounds and Brisco totaled 16 points for Prairie View (6-15, 4-5).
BIG 12 SCHEDULE SWITCHES
Big 12 switches dates of 3 football games
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 has made three changes to its 2014 football schedule.
Two Oklahoma game dates have been switched. The Sooners' game at Tulsa has been moved up two weeks to Sept. 6, the second Saturday of the season. That game had been set for Sept. 20, when Oklahoma will now play at West Virginia in a game that was originally scheduled a week later.
SEC champion Auburn's game at Kansas State has been moved to Sept. 18, a Thursday night, for a national ESPN broadcast. That game had been set for two days after that.
More changes are possible. Television selections for the first three weeks of the season and special dates aren't due to the conference until June 1.
SEC still stands at the top — in recruiting
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference still reigns supreme on the recruiting trail.
The Crimson Tide is poised to bring in another top-rated recruiting class on Wednesday's national signing day, nearly a month after Florida State ended the league's seven-year national title run. Seven SEC teams have built top 10 classes, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The website's national recruiting director JC Shurburtt says it's "a rich get richer kind of thing."
ESPN.com has four SEC classes ranked in the top 5: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Tennessee.
Half of that site's top 50 recruits are SEC bound and five of the 15 five-star prospects are heading to Alabama.
LSU is expected to sign the consensus top national prospect, running back Leonard Fournette.
Bard agrees to minor league deal with Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right-hander Daniel Bard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to big league spring training.
Bard, who has spent his major league career with Boston, is coming off surgery a month ago for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. His activities are expected to be limited during spring training.
The deal was announced Monday, when the Rangers also agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Armando Galarraga.
Bard was 10-19 with a 3.67 ERA in 211 games for the Red Sox from 2009-13. He was designated for assignment by Boston on Sept. 1, and claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 4.
SUPER BOWL-FREE FURNITURE
Seattle win costs Houston furniture man $7 million
HOUSTON (AP) — Seattle's victory in the Super Bowl has cost Houston furniture store mogul Jim McIngvale some $7 million.
McIngvale is the owner of one of the nation's largest independent furniture stores, Gallery Furniture. He promised customers who spent at least $6,000 in the past two weeks and took delivery before Sunday's game that he'd refund their purchase cost if Seattle won.
The Seahawks routed Denver 43-8.
McIngvale said Monday his accountant is "pulling his hair out." He says he didn't do well financially, but did build is brand. He says the promotion was not covered by insurance.
C-USA releases 1-year schedule for 13-team league
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Conference USA on Monday released its 2014 football schedule, a one-year model for a season with 13 conference teams.
Each team will play eight conference games.
The six-team West Division includes Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UTEP and UTSA. They play each other, and face three East Division teams.
FIU, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, UAB and WKU make up the seven-team East Division.
Florida Atlantic, Marshall and Middle Tennessee will each play the other six East teams, plus two West teams. The other East teams will play five East teams and three West teams.
Because of the uneven number of East teams, two intra-division matchups won't be played: Old Dominion vs. UAB and WKU vs. FIU.
Charlotte becomes the 14th team in 2015.