Ridley leads No. 24 Texas over Baylor 74-69
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cameron Ridley had 20 points and 10 rebounds and made a big defensive play with a block in the final minute as No. 24 Texas held on to beat Baylor 74-69 on Wednesday night.
Javan Felix scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers for Texas, which led by 18 points in the first half but saw Baylor pull within one late.
Isaiah Taylor scored 13 points for the Longhorns (21-7, 10-5 Big 12), including a twisting left-handed layup that put Texas ahead 72-69. Ridley blocked a layup by Kenny Chery before Taylor made two free throws.
Texas got a much-needed win to restore its confidence after losing three of its previous five games, including two blowout losses on the road.
Chery scored 27 points for Baylor (18-10, 6-9), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.
T25-TEXAS TECH-WEST VIRGINIA
No. 11 West Virginia beats Texas Tech 69-37
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bria Holmes scored 28 points and No. 11 West Virginia cruised past Texas Tech 69-37 on Wednesday night.
The victory was the eighth in a row for West Virginia (25-3, 14-2 Big 12), second in the Big 12, which goes on the road to take on first-place and sixth-ranked Baylor on Sunday. It was Baylor that ended West Virginia's 13-game winning streak on Jan. 8.
The Mountaineers only made 3 of 16 3-point attempts against Texas Tech (6-21, 0-16) but shot 42.9 percent overall, which was enough against a Lady Raiders team that shot only 26.2 percent and was outrebounded 52-32. Averee Fields had 10 rebounds for West Virginia.
Ivonne CookTaylor scored 12 points for Texas Tech.
Texas Tech had scoreless stretches of 8:15 and 5:15 in the first half with West Virginia taking a 33-14 lead at the break. Holmes matched Tech with 14 first-half points.
Martin leads LSU past Texas A&M 68-49
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jarell Martin scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and LSU resumed its home-court dominance with a 68-49 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
Johnny O'Bryant III scored 15 and Andre Stringer added 11 points as LSU (17-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) won its seventh straight at home and improved to 13-2 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Aggies (16-12, 7-8), who beat LSU in the teams' previous meeting in College Station, Texas, came into the game shooting a league-worst 40.7 percent in SEC games and fared even worse than that at LSU, shooting 30.8 percent (16 for 52).
Part of the Aggies' problem stemmed from the defensive play of 6-foot-8 LSU freshman Jordan Mickey , who blocked five shots.
Jordan Green led the Aggies with 12 points.
Tulane over Florida Atlantic 72-64
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 21 points with five assists to lead Tulane to a 72-64 victory over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday.
Louis Dabney added 18 points for the Green Wave (16-13, 8-6 Conference USA). Jay Hook had 17 points and Trevante Drye scored nine and led the team in rebounds with 14.
Florida Atlantic went 19-4 to start and led 31-23 at the break. Jay Hook hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half as part of a 16-7 Tulane run to help the Green Wave achieve a 39-38 lead with 16:16 to play. A Stark jumper with 3:10 left gave the Green Wave a 63-52 advantage. Then Stark, Dabney and Payton Henson combined for 8 of 10 from the line in the final minute to seal the win.
Pablo Bertone led the Owls (10-19, 5-9) with 28 points and five rebounds.
Griffin, Collison help Clippers top Rockets 101-93
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 23 points and 16 rebounds, reserve Darren Collison scored seven of his 19 points in the final 2:09 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 101-93 Wednesday night.
The Clippers won for the sixth time in eight games, converting 20 Houston turnovers into 30 points. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his 30th double-double. His previous career high was 12 last season.
Jamal Crawford, who had a season-high seven 3-pointers Monday night in a win at New Orleans, was 1 for 6 behind the arc against the Rockets and left the game for good with 13 seconds remaining in the first half because of a left calf strain. He played 15 minutes and had eight points.
Belinelli, balanced Spurs beat Pistons 120-110
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Marco Belinelli had 20 points to lead eight San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs worked through a lethargic start to beat the Detroit Pistons 120-110 on Wednesday night.
Kawhi Leonard had 15 points in his return from a 14-game absence due to a broken finger. Manu Ginobili scored 16 points, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter had 13 apiece, Boris Diaw added 12, Patty Mills 11 and Cory Joseph 10.
Josh Smith scored 24 points for Detroit, which has lost three straight. Will Bynum added 18 points, Rodney Stuckey 17 and Andre Drummond had 16 points and 17 rebounds.
San Antonio (41-16) got off to a sloppy start despite having two practices during a five-day break following its annual Rodeo Road Trip that lasted nearly a month.
Mavs top Pelicans 108-89 after Davis injury
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki shook off an early shoulder issue to finish with 18 points, New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was knocked out of the game with a similar problem and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Pelicans 108-89 Wednesday night.
Nowitzki went to the locker room 31 seconds into the game holding his left shoulder but emerged a short time later and returned to the game. He even had a spin move and finished with a left-handed finger roll in the first half.
Davis, the leading scorer and rebounder for the Pelicans, was holding his sprained left shoulder on his way to play defense and didn't return after leaving the game during a New Orleans timeout with 4:13 left in the first half.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT-SELLOUT
Big 12 tournament sold out in KC once again
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Next month's Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center has sold out for the fifth consecutive year, though standing-room tickets may become available closer to the event.
The tournament, which was played at Kemper Arena for years, also sold out when it returned to Kansas City in 2008. It's also been played at American Airlines Center in Dallas and Ford Center, now the Chesapeake Energy Arena, in Oklahoma City.
As other conferences struggle to sell tickets, that has never been an issue for the Big 12 in Kansas City. That's one reason why Sprint Center has been awarded the tournament through 2016.
This year's tournament begins March 12. The championship game is March 15.
FBN--RANGERS-SUPER BOWL QB
Rangers expect QB Wilson to work out during visit
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Russell Wilson is getting on the diamond again.
The Texas Rangers expect Seattle's Super Bowl-winning quarterback to participate in a team workout and then be in uniform for a Cactus League game when Wilson visits camp Monday.
Wilson tweeted last week his plans to visit the camp.
The Rangers selected Wilson from the Colorado Rockies in the Triple-A portion of baseball's December draft at the winter meetings.
After playing football and baseball at North Carolina State, Wilson played parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Colorado's organization The second baseman hit .229 with five homers in 93 professional games, none above the Class A level.
He then transferred to Wisconsin to play football. He just finished his second NFL season with the Seahawks, with a win earlier this month over Denver in the Super Bowl.
Astros slugger Carter looks to build on 2013
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Carter's first full season in the majors was filled with ups and downs.
Houston's slugger led the team with 29 home runs, but his 212 strikeouts were the most in the majors. This year Carter hopes to limit his strikeouts and become a more complete hitter.
He believes the key to doing that will be to be more selective and more patient at the plate.
Last season was Carter's first with the Astros after an offseason trade from Oakland where he'd been among the A's top prospects.
He split his time almost equally between left field, first base and designated hitter in 2013, but will likely be penciled in more at designated hitter this season.
American Cup gymnastics set for home of Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The American Cup is set to be the first gymnastics event in the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys next year.
The event on March 7, 2015, will be slightly more than a year before the Summer Olympics in Brazil. It will be the first American Cup in Texas since a three-year run in Fort Worth from 1996 to 1998.
The Cowboys' 80,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof isn't far from the home of 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin.
The top Junior Olympic hopefuls will compete the day before the American Cup in an event named after Liukin.
This year's American Cup is Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.
Judge rules against Armstrong in bonuses fight
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge has dealt a blow to Lance Armstrong, clearing the way for an arbitration panel to review $12 million in bonuses the cyclist was paid before admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Judge Tonya Parker declined to stop the panel from considering whether Dallas-based SCA Promotions should be repaid the bonuses it awarded Armstrong for three of his seven Tour de France victories.
Jeff Tillotson, an attorney for SCA Promotions, said Wednesday that the panel will meet next month to consider his request for repayment of $12 million in bonuses and penalties for lying under oath.
SCA Promotions filed one of several lawsuits against Armstrong after he admitted to doping. He has been stripped of all seven victories and received a lifetime ban from the sport.
Man tied to Sam Hurd drug case gets prison time
DALLAS (AP) — A co-defendant in the drug distribution case involving former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has received 41 months in prison.
Toby Lujan was sentenced Thursday after admitting to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Authorities found Lujan driving with $88,000 in cash. They say he made several calls to arrange a meeting for Hurd with someone posing to be a drug trafficker.
That meeting ended in Hurd's December 2011 arrest at a Chicago-area steakhouse.
U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis credited Lujan for quickly cooperating with prosecutors and staying out of trouble after his arrest, unlike Hurd.
Hurd was given 15 years in prison last year for his attempts to buy and sell large amounts of cocaine and marijuana.
Lujan said he was "deeply remorseful" for what happened.