Pioneers Men’s Basketball Team Downs UC 67-60‏

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The Glenville State men’s basketball team won their sixth straight game as they defeated the University of Charleston Golden Eagles at home on Monday night, 67-60. It was also the Pioneers fifth win at home since losing to Slippery Rock back on November 15, 2014.

The Pioneers would build an early five point lead, 11-6, over Charleston but the Golden Eagles would come right back and take their first lead, 14-13, with under 10 minutes to play till halftime.

But Glenville State would continue their good play and take a four point halftime lead, 36-32.

In the second half of action the Pioneers and Golden Eagles would battle back and fourth giving each team there best shot however Glenville State would build an eight point lead with 9:59 to play, 54-46, as Sedric Nady drilled a deep three-pointer.

From there on out it would be all Pioneers as Glenville State would go on to win by seven points, 67-60.

The Pioneers shot an outstanding 47% from the floor and 40% from behind the arc while the Golden Eagles shot 38% from the floor and only 18% from behind the three-point line.

Glenville State also won the rebounding battle as they out rebounded Charleston 40 to 34.

Sedric Nady scored a game high 20 points for the Pioneers as he shot 7 of 13 from the floor and 4 of 8 from behind the arc. Reggie Williams chipped in with 14 points while Donte Morales scored nine points in the victory.

Juwan Wells came off the bench for Glenville State as he led the Pioneers in rebounding with eight he also dished out a team high three assists and added six points.

Charleston was led by Chris Evans as he scored 14 points while Jevonte Hughes finished with a double-double as he scored 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Pioneers (10-2, 6-0) hit the court again this Thursday, January 08, 2015 when Urbana University travels to Glenville. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
Charleston vs. Glenville State
01.05.2015   7:30 PM   at Waco Center
VISITORS: Charleston 8-4 (3-3)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 DOZIER, Cameron….. *  2-11   0-6    3-3    0  1  1   1   7  2  1  0  4  31
03 DITRAPANO, Tino….. *  3-8    2-6    0-0    1  2  3   3   8  3  2  0  2  32
05 HUGHES, Jevonte….. *  5-10   0-0    1-4    2  8 10   1  11  0  0  0  2  32
11 EVANS, Chris…..... *  4-10   1-2    5-8    0  1  1   3  14  2  0  0  2  38
24 KESIC, Aleksander… *  4-10   1-4    0-0    3  4  7   3   9  0  1  0  1  32
04 LEATHERWOOD, Deandre    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  0  1  0  0   7
13 DILLARD, Vincent….    2-6    0-3    1-4    2  2  4   3   5  1  2  0  0  16
22 GREEN, Octavius…..    3-5    0-1    0-0    2  2  4   0   6  0  0  0  0  10
32 COOLEY, Charles…..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM….............                         2  1  3
   Totals…...........   23-60   4-22  10-19  13 21 34  16  60  8  7  0 11 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-32 40.6%   2nd Half: 10-28 35.7%   Game: 38.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-9  11.1%   2nd Half:  3-13 23.1%   Game: 18.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-5  100 %   2nd Half:  5-14 35.7%   Game: 52.6%    4

HOME TEAM: Glenville State 10-2(6-0)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Sedric Nady…...... *  7-13   4-8    2-4    0  6  6   2  20  2  3  0  0  38
03 Donte Morales….... *  3-11   2-8    1-2    0  6  6   4   9  2  4  2  1  28
11 Reggie Williams….. *  6-10   2-4    0-0    2  1  3   1  14  2  2  1  1  37
12 Luke Campbell….... *  1-2    1-2    0-0    1  1  2   4   3  0  0  0  0  14
23 Brett Morris…..... *  3-5    1-2    1-2    1  5  6   2   8  1  2  3  0  31
00 Brien Winston…....    3-6    0-0    1-1    4  1  5   1   7  0  0  1  0  25
32 Juwan Wells…......    2-6    0-1    2-4    1  7  8   1   6  3  2  0  1  27
   TEAM….............                         2  2  4
   Totals…...........   25-53  10-25   7-13  11 29 40  15  67 10 13  7  3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-23 56.5%   2nd Half: 12-30 40.0%   Game: 47.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-14 50.0%   2nd Half:  3-11 27.3%   Game: 40.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-3  100 %   2nd Half:  4-10 40.0%   Game: 53.8%    2
Technical fouls: Charleston-None. Glenville State-None.

Attendance: 538

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Charleston….................   32   28  -   60
Glenville State…............   36   31  -   67

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►  Bruce Tall, Former Rich Rod assistant reportedly returning to WVU defense

Bruce Tall, the former West Virginia assistant who served as defensive coordinator at UNC Charlotte the past four seasons, reportedly has agreed to return to the Mountaineers. reported the hire, which likely means a current West Virginia assistant won’t be returning. Cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell and special teams/safeties coach Joe DeForest are the only two with expiring contracts.

Tall has history with Mountaineers defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. He coached safeties at West Virginia from 2003-2007 and joined the Rich Rodriguez staff at Michigan for three seasons, where he coached defensive line. Tall is expected to work with the line at WVU, a unit that Tom Bradley and Damon Cogdell coached this season.

Tall’s addition could allow Bradley to refocus on the linebackers, the primary position where he made his name as a longtime coach at Penn State.

Before Bradley’s surprising hire last February, Tall was a candidate to rejoin the West Virginia staff. A year later, that move has come to fruition.

West Virginia continues to search for an offensive coordinator as well, following the departure of Shannon Dawson to Kentucky.

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►  Heupel out: Stoops fires offensive coordinators

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell on Tuesday.

Stoops also announced that defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery will take on additional responsibilities as co-defensive coordinator along with Mike Stoops.

Heupel has served as co-offensive coordinator for the Sooners since 2011, having served on Stoops’ staff since 2005.

He played for Stoops at Oklahoma and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and Walter Camp Award winner in 2000. He recorded a 20-5 record and 7,456 passing yards and 53 TDs during his time under center for the Sooners.

The Oklahoma offense put up solid numbers this year, averaging 36.4 points and 464.7 yards, but the team faltered to an 8-5 mark and lost to Clemson 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl. As a result, both Heupel and Norvell took the fall.

“They’re great people, they’re great family men,“ Stoops said of Heupel and Norvell. “I thank them though for what they have contributed and their dedication and hard work through all these years, and I’m sure they’ll continue to have successful coaching careers as they move forward.“

Stoops indicated that no decisions have been made relative to filling the open positions on his staff.

“I just want to also say I’m more determined than ever to get Oklahoma back in the position to competing for national championships like we have so many other times,“ Stoops added.

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►  Potentially fatal flaws for Patriots, Broncos, Seahawks, Cowboys and remaining teams

No team is perfect, even with the NFL now down to its final eight postseason participants.

Everyone has a flaw, something that potentially could be exploited to force that team from the playoffs.

Here is the issue most likely to factor in the possible downfall of the remaining teams, ranked in order of how potentially damaging each shortcoming is:

1. Panthers: Run Defense

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly led the NFL in tackles during the regular season but the Carolina defense struggled at times against the run. The Panthers ranked 16th in the league during the regular season in rushing defense, based on yards allowed per game (and 27th in rushing yards per play). That didn’t matter in last weekend’s opening-round playoff win over Arizona, in which the Cardinals managed only 27 rushing yards on 15 attempts. But it could matter quite a bit this weekend at Seattle. The Seahawks have Marshawn Lynch and led the league in rushing offense during the regular season.

2. Colts: Hits on Luck

It’s not so much the sacks. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was sacked 27 times during the regular season, his fewest number of sacks in a season in his three-year NFL career. It’s that Luck absorbs a sometimes-alarming number of hits on plays on which he’s not sacked. Some have attributed that to Luck’s savvy, poise and toughness, saying he has great pocket awareness and is willing to hold the ball until the last possible moment to give his receivers time to get open. But he’s a tremendous young quarterback and no one should want to see him take too many hits too early in his career. The Colts play at Denver this weekend and the Broncos have productive pass rushers in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, who combined for 24 sacks during the regular season.

3. Ravens: Which Flacco Shows Up?

At one point during the Ravens’ loss at Houston in the second-to-last game of the regular season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was four for 22 with three interceptions. He also struggled for three quarters in the regular season finale against the Browns before having a perfect passer rating in the fourth quarter as the Ravens just squeezed into the playoffs. Then the postseason began, and Flacco was back to being Mr. January. He threw a pair of touchdown passes during the Ravens’ opening-round triumph at Pittsburgh and now has 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last five postseason games, including a Super Bowl in which he was named the most valuable player. The Ravens need his run of postseason excellence to continue Saturday at New England, rather than having him revert to his form of late in the regular season.

4. Broncos: Manning’s Postseason Past

Peyton Manning is the greatest regular season quarterback in NFL history. He is a five-time league MVP. He holds the single-season records for passing yards and touchdown passes. He became the NFL’s career leader in touchdown passes this season. But when he last was seen playing a postseason game, he and the Broncos were being overrun by the Seahawks in last season’s Super Bowl. That dropped Manning’s career postseason record to 11-12. His teams have been one-and-done in the playoffs eight times. A second career Super Bowl triumph would greatly bolster the case that Manning is the greatest quarterback ever, with no qualifier attached.

5. Packers: Rodgers’s Calf

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had an extra week to rest his injured calf muscle, thanks to the Packers’ first-round playoff bye. But the fact that the injury has lingered as long as it has, forcing Rodgers to exit the regular season finale against the Lions temporarily before returning to the game, should be worrisome for the team and its fans. The Packers simply are not a Super Bowl team without Rodgers in the lineup and playing at something relatively close to full strength.

6. Cowboys: Defense

A Dallas defense that widely was expected to be historically bad this season actually was nowhere close to that. Instead, it was a middle-of-the-road NFL defense, good enough for the Cowboys to win the NFC East title. The Cowboys ranked 19th in the league in total defense and 15th in the NFL in scoring defense during the regular season. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli did a superb coaching job. But an offense that featured NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray certainly helped, as the Cowboys were among the league leaders in time of possession and usually kept their defense from being on the field for long stretches and exposed. That must continue if the Cowboys are going to extend their postseason run.

7. Patriots: Safeguarding Brady

The Ravens are a problematic matchup for the Patriots because they have pass rushers — in Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata — who can win individual matchups and bother Tom Brady. The New England quarterback had a terrific season with 33 touchdown passes and only nine interceptions. He was sacked a modest 21 times, down from the 40 sacks he endured last season. But the fact remains the best way to disrupt the usually smooth operation of the New England offense is to get pressure on Brady, make him uncomfortable in the pocket and force him to move around and reset his feet before delivering passes. The Ravens don’t seem at all bothered by the assignment of playing at New England, where they have a 2-1 postseason record under Coach John Harbaugh. If their pass rushers can find a way to keep Brady from being dominant, the Ravens have a chance.

8. Seahawks: Which Wide Receiver Will Make Plays?

The Seahawks are back to resembling the team that steamrolled the rest of the league last season en route to a Super Bowl title. Someone will have to go to Seattle and win during the NFC playoffs to prevent the Seahawks from making a return trip to the Super Bowl, and that won’t be easy. The Seahawks led the league in rushing offense and total defense during the regular season. The one potential downfall for the Seahawks is their lack of proven playmakers among their receivers, if an opponent can somehow get them out of their comfort zone and into a downfield passing duel. The Seahawks traded wideout Percy Harvin during the season and had no one with even 900 receiving yards during the regular season. They ranked 27th in the league in passing offense. That doesn’t mean they don’t have wide receivers capable of contributing a big play or two. It just means they usually aren’t forced to rely on that. So good luck to their opponents getting that to matter. It probably would mean building a significant lead, and that isn’t easily done against this defense.

►  Dolphins hire former Jets GM Tannenbaum

The Miami Dolphins have hired former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum to a position in the front office.

The Dolphins said Tuesday that Tannenbaum will be the executive vice president of football operations.

Tannenbaum and coach Joe Philbin will both report to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, the team said.

General manager Dennis Hickey, who was hired last January, will report to Tannenbaum.

The Jets fired Tannenbaum in December 2012 after the team went 57-55 in his seven seasons on the job, which included back-to-back trips to the AFC title game. He had worked for the Jets since 1997.

The Dolphins were 8-8 for the second season in a row and haven’t made the playoffs since 2008, the last time they had a winning record.

►  Former Giants coach Allie Sherman dies at 91

Allie Sherman, who led the New York Giants to NFL championship games in his first three seasons as head coach, died Saturday in Manhattan. He was 91.

Sherman coached the Giants from 1961-68 and compiled a 57-51-4 regular-season record.

The Giants lost to Green Bay in the 1961 and 1962 championship games and to Chicago in the 1963 title game.

Sherman was the Giants’ backfield coach from 1949-53 and returned to the club as a scout in 1957 after coaching the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers for three years. He was named offensive coordinator two years later when Vince Lombardi left for the Packers.

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►  Surprise: Tony Romo is a postseason performer

When most NFL fans and fantasy football owners discuss Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, it seems rather natural to simply think about the failures that have occurred in the months of December and January throughout his 10-year career.

However, while there are numerous examples of poor play throughout the years during the tail-end of regular seasons, it is unfair to label Romo a “poor playoff performer.“

The image that comes to mind in regards to Romo’s postseason play, is his botched hold, on a field-goal attempt during Wild Card Weekend of the 2006 season, against the Seattle Seahawks. Romo fumbled the snap, on what would have been the go-ahead 19-yard field goal with 1:19 left in the game. The kick would have put Dallas ahead 23-21.

Although that mishap devastated Cowboys’ fans across the country, Romo still went 17-of-29 for 189 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions, and an 89.6 passer-rating.

Not too shabby.

Romo has now played in five postseason games, and after defeating the Detroit Lions on Sunday, he recorded his second playoff victory and first since the 2009 season.

With fantasy football still going on until the conclusion of the Super Bowl, owners need to know that Romo is a solid option, when it comes to daily fantasy.

Through his five postseason performances, Romo has averaged 225 passing yards per game, and thrown a total of six touchdowns against one interception, along with compiling an 87.9 passer-rating.

To get a better idea of how good those numbers really are; New England Patriots’ signal-caller Tom Brady has averaged 283 passing yards over his previous five playoff games, and has tossed a total of seven scores versus three interceptions with an 88.1 passer-rating during that span.

Very comparable.

On top of his solid postseason numbers, Romo has seemingly found a way to win during December and January of this current season, to respond to critics and potentially conquer any personal demons.

Since the calendar flipped to the month of December, Dallas has a 5-0 record, with Romo being the main reason why.

Throughout the past five games he has averaged 256 passing yards, and has thrown a total of 14 touchdowns and just one interception, to go along with a stunning 127.8 passer-rating.

He is as hot as they come at this moment in time, and owners who are still competing in any type of fantasy playoff league, need to consider playing Romo this weekend against the Green Bay Packers.

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►  Area High Schools Boys Basketball Game Results

(Tuesday, January 06)

Gilmer County 68     Braxton County 51

Webster County 53     Calhoun County 44

Hurricane 68     Parkersburg 41

Nicholas County 54     Richwood 48

Postponements and Cancellations:

Bridgeport vs. Preston, to February 14.

Buckhannon-Upshur vs. Grafton

Liberty Harrison vs. Philip Barbour

Lincoln vs. Lewis County

South Harrison vs. Doddridge County, to January 10.

Tyler Consolidated vs. Ravenswood

University vs. Parkersburg South, to January 07.

Wood County Christian vs. Grace Christian

►  Area High Schools Girls Basketball Game Results

(Tuesday, January 06)

Clay County 58     Herbert Hoover 46

Postponements and Cancellations:

Parkersburg South vs. Morgantown, to February 03.

Ravenswood vs. Williamstown

Wood County Christian vs. Grace Christian

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►  MEC Men’s Basketball Player of The Week

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Glenville State’s Sedric Nady has been named Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after helping the Pioneers remain unbeaten in league play.

Nady, a junior from Virginia Beach, VA, averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as GSC picked up wins over West Virginia State and Charleston.

After scoring nine and pulling down nine rebounds in a road win at WVSU, he scored a game-high 20 points to go with six rebounds as the Pioneers downed rival Charleston, 67-60.

Other Top Performances

C.J. Hester (WLU) averaged 25 points and 9.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the top-ranked Hilltoppers ...

Thomas Wimbush (FSU) averaged 17 points and six boards in a pair of victories ...

Skyler Roman (SU) scored a career-high 27 points in a win over Notre Dame and averaged 18.5 points for the week ...

Terry Hopewell (CU) averaged a double-double (21 points and 11.5 rebounds) in a 1-1 week ...

Tanner McGrew (WVWC) averaged 22 points and 11.5 rebounds as the Bobcats went 1-1.

2014-15 MEC Players of the Week
Week Player (Team)
November17 Seger Bonifant (WLU)
November 24 Donte Morales (GSC)
December 01 Mike Boyd (CU)
December 08 C.J. Hester (WLU)
December 15 Devin Hoehn (WLU)
December 22 Morgan McDonald (SU)
January 06 Sedric Nady (GSC)

►  MEC Women’s Basketball Player of The Week

Fairmont State’s Emily Lohr has been named Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after leading the Falcons to a pair of league wins last week.

Lohr, a senior from Stoystown, PA, averaged 19.5 points in wins over Notre Dame College and Urbana. 

Emily Lohr averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as Fairmont State opened up January with a 2-0 start in MEC play. Lohr, who currently leads NCAA Division II in three-point field goal percentage, went 6-of-9 from three and tallied a team-high 20 points and seven rebounds as FSU rallied to a 66-56 win over the Blue Knights.

She then wrapped up the week hitting 5-of-6 from three and finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals against the Falcons of NDC

Other Top Performances

Shealyn Shafer (WVSU) averaged 16 points and 7.7 rebounds in a 2-1 week ...

Rachel Johnson (SU) averaged 18.0 points as the Rams remained perfect in MEC play ...

Kailee Howe (WLU) averaged 10 points, 9.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds as the Hilltoppers went 2-1 ...

She also dished out a MEC-best 16 assists against Concord ...

Monet Saunders (UC) helped the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 week by way of her 20-point, 18-rebound effort against Glenville State ...

Jacqueline Kestner (CU) averaged 16 points and nine rebounds in a pair of contests ...

Mari Stewart (WVWC) contributed 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games for the Bobcats.

2014-15 MEC Players of the Week
Week Player (Team)
November17 Hallie Gunnoe (FSU)
November 24 Hailey Garrett (FSU)
December 01 Nichole Perry (UC)
December 08 Jacqueline Kestner (CU)
December 15 Cara Mason (SU)
December 22 Martha Nagbe (NDC)
January 06 Emily Lohr (FSU)

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►  Top-25 College Men’s Basketball Game

(Tuesday, January 06)

Final Score: (1) Kentucky 89, Ole Miss 86 (OT)

Aaron Harrison scored a season-high 26 points and No. 1 Kentucky needed overtime to take down Ole Miss, 89-86, in the SEC opener. Kentucky asserted itself as the most dangerous team in the nation during non- conference play, beating perennial powers Kansas, Texas, North Carolina and UCLA by a combined 97 points before edging in-state rival Louisville, 58-50, on Dec. 27. But the Wildcats (14-0, 1-0 SEC) had a nine-day layoff since that win over the Cardinals and the rust showed as Ole Miss, which lost at home to Charleston Southern earlier this season, took the top- ranked Wildcats to the wire. Harrison made five 3-pointers and 9-of-10 from the foul line while his brother Andrew posted 12 points and five assists. Willie Cauley-Stein provided his usual stellar defense, racking up four blocks and three steals on top of a game-high 12 rebounds. Stefan Moody paced Ole Miss (9-5, 0-1) with 25 points, but missed most of overtime with a leg cramp. Jarvis Summers scored 23 points and Ladarius White added 15.

Final Score: (8) Villanova 90, (24) St. John’s 72

Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and No. 8 Villanova downed No. 24 St. John’s, 90-72, at a lively Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. The Big East Top-25 clash had a March feel with fans of both schools providing plenty of energy in the back-and-forth battle. The Wildcats (14-1, 2-1 Big East) silenced the Red Storm supporters down the stretch, however, and recovered nicely from their first loss of the season. Daniel Ochefu led a dominant frontcourt effort that owned a commanding 40-21 rebounding advantage. Ochefu finished with 13 points and 12 boards, while Dylan Ennis added 15 and nine for the victors. D’Angelo Harrison led St. John’s (11-4, 0-3) with 25 points, while Phil Greene IV netted 14 in the club’s third straight loss. The Red Storm went 11-1 in non-conference play before falling to Seton Hall, Butler and now Villanova over the past week.

Final Score: (17) Iowa State 63, Oklahoma State 61

Dustin Hogue finished with 17 points and eight rebounds and No. 17 Iowa State used two key blocks in the waning seconds to hold off Oklahoma State for a 63-61 win in its Big 12 opener. Hogue shot 7- for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, Georges Niang and Matt Thomas each scored 10 points and Monte Morris contributed eight points and six assists for the Cyclones (11-2, 1-0 Big 12), who bounced back from a 64-60 loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Phil Forte paced the Cowboys (11-3, 1-1) with 21 points and Le’Bryan Nash supplied 19 points, six boards and six assists in the loss.

Final Score: (22) Ohio State 74, Minnesota 72 (OT)

Marc Loving’s floater in the final seconds of overtime gave No. 22 Ohio State a 74-72 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. D’Angelo Russell scored 25 of his game-high 27 points in the first half. Loving added 13 points for the Buckeyes (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who ended Minnesota’s 14-game home win streak. With time winding down in overtime, Loving came off a curl on the left side of the court, caught a feed from Sam Thompson and got a one-handed push shot to fall. Minnesota had a timeout left but opted not to use it, instead rushing the ball up the court. Thompson deflected a pass, knocking the ball towards midcourt, and the clock hit zero before Minnesota’s desperation heave. Maurice Walker tallied 18 points and nine rebounds and DeAndre Mathieu scored 17 for Minnesota (11-5, 0-3).

Final Score: (23) Arkansas 79, Georgia 75

Bobby Portis had a game-high 21 points as No. 23 Arkansas opened SEC play with a close 79-75 victory over Georgia on Tuesday. Michael Qualls finished with 17 points and seven rebounds and Alandise Harris supplied 15 points, three boards and three steals for the Razorbacks (12-2, 1-0 SEC), who won their sixth straight game. Nemanja Djurisic had 16 points and seven rebounds and Marcus Thornton and Juwan Parker each netted 11 as the Bulldogs’ (9-4, 0-1) six-game winning streak came to an end.

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►  Nothin’ but Net: Analyzing the trade

Dion Waiters was introduced as a starter on Monday.

Problem was, he was getting traded. He did not start and reserve big men were seen hugging head coach David Blatt good-bye. It was a strange sight, but it foreshadowed a very intriguing trade on a few levels.

The main stars in our play are: Waiters, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Phil Jackson, the Cavs, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant and somehow, some way, LeBron James.


The Cavs acquired Smith and Shumpert from the Knicks and received a conditional first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder. They gave up Waiters, Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a 2019 second-round pick.

Waiters was doomed from arrival in Cleveland. He never fit in, battled with Kyrie Irving and became a poster boy for those who hate high-volume and ineffective shooters.

This season did nothing to improve the situation. Waiters started at the beginning of the season, then was relegated to the bench, a situation he did not love. He was the “fourth banana” if such a phrase existed about how a pecking order related to fruit. Waiters was behind James, Irving and Kevin Love, another situation that probably didn’t bring a smile to Waiters’ face.

What Cleveland needed from that fourth guy was a shooter who could play defense, or, one or the other exceptionally well, preferably off the bench. Waiters fit none of that criteria. He almost literally offered no value to the Cavaliers. Moving him broke few hearts in the Cavs’ organization.

Shumpert is a nice fit in Cleveland. He’s a better career 3-point shooter than Waiters (34.3% to 32.8) and of course is better defensively. I say “of course” because everyone in your phone book is a better defender than Waiters. Shumpert had a big-time defender rep, which is not quite there anymore. He’s still solid though, just not on that upper tier with Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala ... pretty much any Warriors wing.

Shumpert is also inexpensive. He’s playing on his rookie contract with no extension in place. He’s free as a bird after the season, so if it doesn’t work, no hard feelings.

Smith is the rub. He’s the cost of business. To get Shumpert, the Cavs had to take Smith, who is still a potential nightmare off the court and some times on. He’s a high-volume shooter with a propensity to do dumb things at dumb times. Smith is not a good defender, but he can still score.

The problem with Smith, aside from the bizarre behavior, and shot-happy nights, is his salary. He signed a three-year deal after his 2013 Sixth Man of the Year season, but the third year is a player option. His favor has fallen so precipitously in the league, he’ll almost assuredly pick up his own option. Smith won’t get anywhere near the almost $6.4 million his third year offers on the open market.

That’s a financial albatross that could keep Cleveland from making moves in the offseason. Although, for having three All-NBA performers, the Cavs are in decent shape with the coin. Brendan Haywood has a very strange, movable contract.

The odd thing about this trade from the Cavs’ perspective is, it’s almost like they got everything they wanted Waiters to be in these two former Knicks. They thought Waiters could defend and Shumpert can. They thought he could be a perimeter threat, Shumpert is a better one. They then thought he could be an explosive bench scorer, Smith can be.

Plus, a protected first-round pick (protected through 18 in 2015, then through 15 in 2016 and 17), is always nice. First-round picks are like uncashed lottery tickets in today’s NBA.

All in all, a solid trade, although Smith’s antics may need to be checked. And, the Cavs did improve their pathetic depth, but did nothing to improve their biggest weakness - an interior defender. They still have time.


The Knicks acquired Amundson, Kirk and a 2019 second-round pick from the Cavs, and forward Lance Thomas from the Thunder. They gave up Shumpert and Smith.

This is a 100% salary dump and addition by subtraction-type trade. They are waiving Amundson and Kirk, but do plan to keep Thomas.

In jettisoning themselves of Smith, the Knicks shed his option for next season, freeing up $6.4 million. The Knicks were going to pay luxury tax, but this trade means Mr. Dolan will pay substantially less of it.

Plus, they rid themselves of Smith, the person. He may not be a bad guy, but he’s a goofball who does things that hurt the team, be it untying an opponent’s sneakers or smoking weed. Smith has talent and he’s almost as important as Carmelo Anthony was to the Atlantic Division championship team of two seasons ago.

But, he’s not worth the aggravation. He’s just not and coupled with his salary hamstrings, Phil Jackson should get a lot of credit for getting Smith out of New York. I wasn’t sure it could be done.

And trading Smith, and releasing Samuel Dalembert as reports indicate, show Jackson’s most important moves to date—Jackson is shedding this organization of all problem people:

Tyson Chandler - Dallas Maverick (Although I never believed he was a problem.)

Raymond Felton - Dallas Maverick

Smith - Cleveland Cavalier

Dalembert - who cares?

In less than a year, Jackson rid his team of problems financially and personality-wise. He got nothing for Shumpert, which hurts because the Knicks probably could’ve had Kenneth Faried for him a year ago, but the Knicks didn’t care about Shumpert. If they did, they’d have offered him a contract extension.

This trade frees up time for Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Cleanthony Early, who I loved in the second round, but hasn’t found much time. Develop youth.

Also, let’s be honest about the Knicks. Season’s over. Melo is going to shut it down soon. (Predicted at the office it would have been Monday. Settled for a big trade.) The Knicks’ lottery status keeps improving. That’s fine for them at the moment.

Plus, expectations, however preposterously over-inflated they might have been in Knicks’ world, are shut down. That’ll help head coach Derek Fisher, who has appeared a little over his head. There’s almost no pressure on Fisher now, which is good considering his performance to date has elicited “Fire Fisher” chants from Woody Allen, Taylor Swift and everyone in the Garden.

Jackson will take about $30 million in cap space to the sweltering heat of a New York summer. He’ll be in the best position to try and lure Marc Gasol, Rajon Rondo, LaMarcus Aldridge, or Kevin Love. That’s assuming those last two don’t go through with the formality of re-signing.

That’s very impressive work by the Zen Master.


The Thunder acquired Waiters. They gave up a protected first-round pick to the Cavs, and Thomas to the Knicks.

This is the murkiest one for me to understand.

If the Thunder don’t make another move before the deadline, this makes little sense. In OKC’s backcourt, there is Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Reggie Jackson, Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb. Where does Waiters fit in there? Lamb barely plays as is. Roberson is a stud defender. Morrow is a great shooter.

How does Waiters crack the lineup, already being so far behind in learning the systems? I’m not sure he does ... unless ...

The Thunder trade Jackson.

Until about a half hour into various reports, it seemed like Jackson was going to New York. He’s a free agent at the end of the season, so the plan might be to trade him, or for Waiters to replace Jackson next season.

Waiters is viewed as a combo-type of guard in the vein of Jackson, although Waiters is nowhere near as good running an offense. Jackson could get them a decent haul, although not a fortune with his summer status.

The Waiters acquisition also flies in the face, to some degree, of how the Thunder operates. His deal puts them over the luxury tax line and Oklahoma City never pays the luxury tax. The Thunder’s small-market, girl next door type of feel is what’s held them back from being able to pay someone like James Harden in seasons past.

Now, they’re all of a sudden a financial powerhouse capable of absorbing a few million in the pursuit of a title? And, the one that puts them over the top is someone who may not be able to meaningfully crack the rotation until the ides of March?

That doesn’t make sense. That indicates GM Sam Presti will make a move prior to the deadline. The Thunder also trade someone they don’t feel like they can sign. Think Harden. Think Jeff Green.

So, if the intention is to use Waiters in the Jackson role, it’s dicey. I’ve never considered him a point guard. But, Waiters can score. He’d fill that role for sure.

Assuming Oklahoma City keeps the pick this year, if the Thunder are as good as assumed next season, they lose maybe the 26th pick in the draft. Is that worth it for someone three years removed from being the fourth pick in the draft? It’s certainly a good value move, even if Waiters was taken too high.

Maybe Waiters is misunderstood. Maybe no one could get through to him properly. Maybe he just hated Irving that much. The onus is now on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Scott Brooks.

“We’re gonna make him feel wanted. I don’t think he felt that the last couple years,“ Durant said after Monday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. “He’s gonna fit in well. He’s gonna get comfortable real quick. It’s on the leaders - Russell, myself, Nick (Collison) - to make him feel at home and feel special and let him play his game.“

Maybe, the Thunder will have better luck. Even if it doesn’t work, the price tag wasn’t punitive enough to pass.

►  Bucks’ Parker has surgery to repair torn ACL

Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker had surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the team announced Monday night.

The No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft, Parker is expected to miss the remainder of the season. A timeline for a return to basketball activity will be established at a later date.

Parker suffered the injury in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s win at Phoenix on December 15. He averaged 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25 games.

►  NBA Game Results

(Tuesday, January 06)

Final Score: Phoenix 102, Milwaukee 96

Markieff Morris finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns opened a four-game road trip on a winning note with a 102-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Isaiah Thomas donated 19 points off the bench, Goran Dragic added 16 and the Suns won their third straight despite turning it over 20 times. Brandon Knight paced the Bucks with 26 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo totaled 16 with 12 rebounds in Milwaukee’s fourth straight home loss.

Final Score: Detroit 105, San Antonio 104

Brandon Jennings raced down the court following a San Antonio turnover and made the game-winning shot with 0.1 seconds left, lifting the red-hot Detroit Pistons over the Spurs, 105-104, on Tuesday. The Spurs left the door open after going 4-of-8 from the foul line over the final 1:52. Jennings ended with 13 points and seven assists for the Pistons, who have won six in a row. Jeff Ayres finished with 16 points for the Spurs, who had a brief two-game winning streak snapped. San Antonio point guard Tony Parker played just 13 minutes in his return from a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury. He ended with three points.

►  Pacers’ Watson fined $5K for flopping

Indiana Pacers guard C.J. Watson was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season.

Watson threw his arms out and went to the ground after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert put his hands on his back as the two positioned themselves for a rebound in the first quarter Monday night.

Indiana won the game 105-101.

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►  Six NBA teams fit the profile of an NBA champion this season

There are four Western teams (Warriors, Trail Blazers, Clippers and Mavericks) and two in the East (Raptors and Hawks) who meet or should meet this threshold by their 35th game.

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One could determine a team’s probability of winning a championship based on a team’s points per 100 possessions and the following formula:

    Probability of a Championship = ~1 / (1 + EXP(5.5573404 – (0.5306148 * Offense) + (0.6129486 * Defense)))

If the formula is applied to each NBA team, scaling the odds to add up to 100% we will have:


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►  Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio elected to Hall of Fame

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

This marks the first time in 60 years that as many as four players were elected and the first time in history that three pitchers were honored in the same election. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America last elected four candidates in 1955, when Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance earned election.

Johnson led the group by being named on 97.3% of the 549 ballots cast, while Martinez was on 91.1% and Smoltz garnered 82.9% of the vote. The trio were appearing on the ballot for the first time. Biggio, who was appearing on the ballot for a third time and fell two votes shy a year ago, was on 82.7% of the ballots. Seventy-five% of the vote is needed for induction.

They will be inducted July 26 as part of the Hall’s Induction Weekend July 24-27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Johnson pitched 22 seasons for the Expos, Mariners, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees and Giants, posting three 20-win seasons (1997, 2001-02) and winning five Cy Young Awards.

The hard-throwing left-hander ended his career with a 303-166 mark and a 3.29 ERA, finishing in the top 10 of his league’s Most Valuable Player Award voting twice: 1995 (6th) and 2002 (7th) and was named to 10 All-Star Games, starting four times.

Known as a strikeout pitcher, Johnson led his league in strikeouts nine times (1992-95, 1999-2002, 2004) and is second on the all-time strikeout list with 4,875.

Martinez played 18 seasons for the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies, going 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA. He had two 20-win seasons (1999, 2002) and captured three Cy Young Awards (1997, 1999-2000).

An eight-time All-Star, the right-hander finished in the top 10 of his league’s Most Valuable Player Award voting twice: 1999 (2nd) and 2000 (5th). He won 1999 American League Pitching Triple Crown after leading the league in wins (23), earned run average (2.07) and strikeouts (313).

Smoltz made a name for himself as a starter and closer, pitching 21 seasons for the Braves, Red Sox and Cardinals. He had a career record of 213-155 with a 3.33 ERA with 154 saves. He won the 1996 National League Cy Young Award and was named to eight All-Star Games.

As a reliever, the right-hander topped the 40-save mark three times (2002-04), the only three full seasons he served as his team’s closer. His 3,084 strikeouts rank 16th all-time.

Smoltz appeared in 25 postseason series over 14 seasons with the Braves and Cardinals, posting a 15-4 record with four saves and a 2.67 ERA in 41 appearances (27 starts).

Biggio was a seven-time All-Star, collecting 3,060 hits during a 20-year career with the Houston Astros. Known for his ability to play multiple positions, he appeared in 428 games as a catcher, 363 as an outfielder and 1,989 at second base. He had 291 career homers, 1,175 RBI, 1,844 runs scored and a .281 batting average. He is the only player in baseball history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs.

The player closest to election was Mike Piazza, who was on 69.9% of the ballots. That is an increase from the 62.2% of the ballots he appeared on a year ago. Jeff Bagwell (55.7 %) and Tim Raines (55 %) were the next two players to not receive the nod.

The others receiving votes who will remain on the ballot are: Curt Schilling (39.2%), Roger Clemens (37.5%), Barry Bonds (36.8%), Lee Smith (30.2%), Edgar Martinez (27.0%), Alan Trammell (25.1%), Mike Mussina (24.6%), Jeff Kent (14.0%), Fred McGriff (12.9%), Larry Walker (11.8%), Gary Sheffield (11.7%), Mark McGwire (10.0%), Sammy Sosa (6.6%) and Nomar Garciaparra (5.5%).

Don Mattingly was appearing on the ballot for the final time and received 50 votes.

Coming off the ballot next year because they didn’t receive five% of the vote are Carlos Delgado (3.8%), Troy Percival (0.7%), Aaron Boone (0.4%), Tom Gordon (0.4%), Darin Erstad (0.2%), Rich Aurilia, Tony Clark, Jermaine Dye, Cliff Floyd, Brian Giles, Eddie Guardado and Jason Schmidt (0.0%).

►  Gorzelanny, Tigers agree to 1-year deal

The Detroit Tigers and left-hander Tom Gorzelanny agreed to terms on a one-year contract Tuesday.

Gorzelanny, 32, had a 0.86 earned run average while making 23 appearances out of the Milwaukee bullpen last season. He missed two-plus months recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

“We are pleased to add a veteran pitcher like Tom to our ball club,“ said Tigers president, chief executive officer and general manager David Dombrowski. “Tom is an established reliever who can help solidify the bullpen on the left side and will be a nice addition to our roster.“

Gorzelanny has a career record of 47-51 with a 4.27 ERA in 259 games (121 starts) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Brewers.

To create room for Gorzelanny on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated pitcher Luke Putkonen for assignment.

►  BBWAA almost gets it right

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America continued to serve as the moral police on Tuesday.

First of all, congratulations to the newest electees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as pitchers Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz, all got in on their first time on the ballot, while Craig Biggio enters one year after coming up just two votes shy.

There is no question all four deserved to be in and while the general consensus is that this is a good day for baseball, I’m not so sure.

Yes, Cooperstown will be rocking next July with four people going in, but I’m still focused on the guys who did not get in. And I am not even talking about the Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens types. I am talking about the guys who have now been labled steroid abusers without a shred of evidence by the BBWAA.

If I had a vote Bonds and Clemens would be on my ballot, but I can at least understand why they are not on others. Someone, though, has to explain to me why Mike Piazza is not in the Hall of Fame. It was ridiculous that he wasn’t in last year and it’s even more absurd that he has to wait for a third ballot.

Piazza is the best hitting catcher of all-time. There is no dispute about that. But, the rank and file of the BBWAA has pegged him as someone who may have taken performance-enhancing drugs without any evidence.

Piazza was the closest of those not elected and received 69.9% of the vote and was 28 votes shy of election. He is going to get in at some point and he’s far from the best player not to get elected on his first or even second try. Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar and even Joe DiMaggio were passed over their first time around too.

Yes, Joe DiMaggio was not a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

This isn’t some grass-roots campaign to get Piazza in, I just can’t take the fact that people chose not to vote him in because, maybe, just maybe he may have dabbled with PEDs. Although nobody knows for sure.

There is no paper trail like there is with guys like Bonds or Clemens. The only red flag for him are the obscene offensive numbers produced by a catcher in an era where the numbers were skewed by the guys we know were using. That and speculation from blogger Murray Chass, who once noted that Piazza had a case of back acne.

So, of course, that means he is guilty. Career tarnished.

And you can throw Jeff Bagwell into that same mix too.

Now if you held a gun to my head and asked me if either of those two guys took PEDs, I’d say yes, especially in the case of Bagwell. But a whole lot of other people did in that time, too. Is it the 75-percent that Jose Canseco once claimed? I’m not sure, but it’s probably not far from that number and I’d be willing to bet some of them who did take them have already been elected.

Remember, the Mitchell Report flat out stated that as far back as 1973 performance enhancing drug use in baseball was “alarming.“

Now, there is nothing to suggest that Pedro, Unit or Smoltz ever used PEDs, but why are they not under the same scrutiny that Piazza seems to be?

Pedro and Unit were as dominant as any pitchers we have seen in the last 50 years and Smoltz had to overcome Tommy John surgery in 2000 and eventually became one of the more dominant closers in the league.

Are we 100-percent sold Smoltz did not take anything to speed up that recovery?

If you smile a lot and get along well with the press, those questions don’t seem to come up I guess.

Forget Piazza, though, the Hall will always be tarnished for me until it opens its doors to Bonds and Clemens. The same group of people who chose to give Darin Erstad and Tom Gordon Hall of Fame votes are the ones who decided to keep Bonds and Clemens out.

Makes perfect sense.

When you go to a museum about American history, are the bad times just ignored? Of course not.

And what exactly are they trying to keep so sacred up in Cooperstown?

The Hall of Fame features a guy like Ty Cobb, someone who may have been a better racist than he was a ballplayer. And that’s saying something. And Cobb is nowhere near the only bad guy in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

That’s the point.

For some reason, though, PEDs are the hill BBWAA will die on.

Now, Piazza stands a good chance at getting in next year, as Ken Griffey Jr. is really the only lock candidate on the ballot. Don’t get me started on Trevor Hoffman. He’ll probably get in at some point, but it won’t be his first time on the ballot.

Regardless, balloting has become the all powerful BBWAA getting up on their high horse and letting the world know that they are the ones who judge the game’s most extraordinary individual honor.

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►  NHL Game Results

(Tuesday, January 06)

Final Score: New Jersey 4, Buffalo 1

Patrik Elias reached 1,000 career points with a goal and two assists and the New Jersey Devils beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Tuesday night. Elias scored his 399th career goal in the first period and picked up assists Nos. 600 and 601, becoming the 82nd player in NHL history with at least 1,000 points. Jordin Tootoo, Travis Zajac and Mike Cammalleri also scored for the Devils, who won the last two games of a three-game homestand for their first back-to-back victories since Nov. 11 and 14. Cory Schneider made 20 saves in his NHL-leading 37th start of the season. Mikhail Grigorenko scored for the Sabres, who have lost five in a row and nine of their last 10 games. Jhonas Enroth surrendered three goals on 27 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Philadelphia 2, Ottawa 1 (SO)

Wayne Simmonds netted the tying goal in the third period before adding the shootout winner, as Philadelphia snapped a five-game skid with a narrow 2-1 decision over Ottawa on Tuesday. Steve Mason came up with 41 saves and halted four of the Sens’ five breakaway chances for the Flyers, who dropped the final batch of games on their season-long eight- game road trip. Mike Hoffman tallied and Craig Anderson made 33 saves in defeat for the Senators, who have dropped five of their last seven.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 2

Tyler Johnson scored twice to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Brett Connolly and J.T. Brown also scored, while Ben Bishop made 20 saves for the Lightning, who have won six of their last seven. Dale Weise and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, who had a six-game winning streak broken. Carey Price allowed all four goals on 36 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Nashville 3, Carolina 2

Roman Josi’s game winner was the last of three goals in the third period, and Nashville claimed a 3-2 victory over Carolina at Bridgestone Arena. Ryan Ellis and Mike Fisher also lit the lamp in the final 20 minutes for the Predators, who have reeled off seven wins in their last 10 outings. Pekka Rinne made 23 saves to back the Central Division frontrunners. Eric Staal and Justin Faulk scored once each for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward stopped 23 pucks in defeat.

Final Score: San Jose 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the winner again, burying a slap shot with 1:52 remaining in overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The Sharks snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center when Vlasic’s shot from above the left circle near the boards flew past Darcy Kuemper on the near side. The defenseman also gave San Jose a dramatic 3-2 win on Monday in Winnipeg, scoring with 4.5 seconds left in regulation. Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels scored three consecutive goals to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead in the third period, but Jason Zucker’s second goal of the game tied it for Minnesota. Zucker added an assist for three points and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild, who fell to 2-4-4 in their last 10 games. They were coming off a 7-1 loss in Dallas on Saturday. Alex Stalock made 28 saves for San Jose and Kuemper stopped 22 shots for the Wild.

Final Score: Colorado 2, Chicago 0

Semyon Varlamov more than earned his third shutout of the season as he made a career-high 54 saves to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Varlamov’s 54 saves are the most in Avalanche history and second most in a regular-season shutout since the 1982-83 season. Nathan MacKinnon and Max Talbot each scored early in the game for the Avalanche, who bounced back from a 4-3 loss to Columbus on Sunday. Corey Crawford allowed both goals on 24 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Columbus 4, Dallas 2

Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Nick Foligno had three assists while Kevin Connauton, James Wisniewski and Mark Letestu all scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won four of five. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots in the win. Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky each scored a goal for the Stars, who have dropped their past two. Anders Lindback allowed four goals on 20 shots.

Final Score: St. Louis 6, Arizona 0

David Backes had four goals and Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the season to give the St. Louis Blues a 6-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist while Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues, who have won their past two. Mike Smith allowed all six goals on 39 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost two of three.

Final Score: Detroit 4, Edmonton 2

A costly penalty by Benoit Pouliot led to the Reds Wings’ game-winning goal with 34 seconds remaining in regulation as Detroit pulled out a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Jordan Eberle’s second goal of the night evened things at 2-2 late in the third period, but Pouliot’s head-scratching spearing penalty with 2:29 on the clock put the Oilers in a bind. A scrum in front resulted in the puck getting accidentally knocked into the net by Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks with time winding down. Pavel Datsyuk was credited with the goal, and Luke Glendening sealed things with an empty-netter. Justin Abdelkader and Kyle Quincey also scored for the Red Wings, who have won eight straight against the Oilers and four of six overall. Jimmy Howard made 21 saves to pick up the win, while his counterpart, Vikor Fasth, posted 37 saves in defeat.

Final Score: Vancouver 3, NY Islanders 2

Linden Vey scored the eventual game-winner late in the second period, sending the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Ryan Stanton and Nick Bonino also lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have won two in a row. Eddie Lack made 21 saves. Matt Martin and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Islanders, who have dropped two straight since a three-game winning streak. Jaroslav Halak gave up all three goals on 20 shots.

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National Basketball Association
New York at Washington, 7:00 PM - MSG, CSN-DC+, DSS
Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM - FS-Wisconsin, CSN-Philadelphia, DSS
Houston at Cleveland, 7:00 PM - ROOT-Southwest, FS-Ohio, ESPN
New Orleans at Charlotte, 7:00 PM - FS-New Orleans, SportSouth, DSS
Memphis at Atlanta, 7:30 PM - SportSouth, DSS
Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 PM - CSN-New England, YES, DSS
Utah at Chicago, 8:00 PM - ROOT-Northwest, CSN-Chicago, DSS
Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 PM - FS-Detroit, Southwest, DSS
Orlando at Denver, 9:00 PM - FS-Florida, Altitude, DSS
Phoenix at Minnesota, 9:30 PM - FS-Arizona, ESPN
Oklahoma City at Sacramento, 10:00 PM - FS-Oklahoma, CSN-California, DSS
LA Lakers at LA Clippers, 10:30 PM - Time Warner, FS-Prime Ticket, DSS
Indiana at Golden State, 10:30 PM - FS-Indiana, CSN-Bay, DSS
National Hockey League
Washington at Toronto, 7:00 PM - CSN-DC, SNET, DSS
Boston at Pittsburgh, 8:00 PM - NBCSN
Detroit at Calgary, 9:30 PM - FS-Detroit+, SNET, DSS
NY Rangers at Anaheim, 10:30 PM - MSG+, NBCSN
College Basketball
Lehigh at Army, 7:00 PM - Patriot League Network
Lafayette at Bucknell, 7:00 PM - Patriot League Network
Holy Cross at Colgate, 7:00 PM - Patriot League Network
Syracuse at Georgia Tech, 7:00 PM - ESPN U
Florida at South Carolina, 7:00 PM - SEC Network
Temple at Tulane, 7:00 PM - ESPNews
Davidson at VCU, 7:00 PM - MASN
NC State at Virginia, 7:00 PM - ESPN 2
Purdue at Wisconsin, 7:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Seton Hall at Xavier, 7:00 PM - CBSSN
Missouri State at Indiana State, 7:05 PM -
American at Loyola-MD, 7:30 PM - Patriot League Network
Drake at Illinois State, 8:00 PM -
Boston Univ at Navy, 8:00 PM - Patriot League Network, MASN2
Southern Ill at Northern Iowa, 8:00 PM -
IUPUI at Oral Roberts, 8:00 PM -
Bradley at Wichita State, 8:00 PM - COX-KS,
Loyola-Chicago at Evansville, 8:05 PM - CSN-Chicago,
San Jose State at Air Force, 9:00 PM - Mountain West Network
Kansas at Baylor, 9:00 PM - ESPN U
SIU Edwardsville at Belmont, 9:00 PM - CBSSN
Wyoming at Colorado State, 9:00 PM - Mountain West Network
DePaul at Creighton, 9:00 PM - FS1
Maryland at Illinois, 9:00 PM - Big Ten Network
TCU at Kansas State, 9:00 PM - ESPNews
Clemson at Louisville, 9:00 PM - ACC Network,
Tennessee at Miss State, 9:00 PM - SEC Network
Colorado at Utah, 9:00 PM - ESPN 2
Duke at Wake Forest, 9:00 PM - ACC Network,
Utah State at Fresno State, 11:00 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain
Nevada at UNLV, 11:00 PM - CBSSN
California at USC, 11:00 PM - ESPN U
Cal Poly at Hawaii, 12:00 AM - OCSports
Women’s College Basketball
Vermont at Stony Brook, 11:00 AM -
Tulsa at Connecticut, 7:00 PM - SNY,
Green Bay at Wright State, 7:00 PM -
Milwaukee at Detroit, 7:00 PM -
Memphis at UCF, 7:00 PM -
Miami-Ohio at Ball State, 7:00 PM -
Buffalo at Central Michigan, 7:00 PM -
Tulane at East Carolina, 7:00 PM -
Oklahoma at Kansas, 8:00 PM - Jayhawk TV,
West Virginia at Texas, 8:00 PM - Longhorn Network
International Soccer
Club Atletico de Madrid vs. Real Madrid CF, 2:55 PM - beIN Sport
Qatar Open, 7:30 AM - beIN Sport
Qatar Open, 11:00 AM - beIN Sport

WVSSAC Girs Basketball AP Poll - 01.06.15

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The Associated Press high school girls basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:

Team Rec Pts Prv

Class A

1. Saint Joseph Central (9) 6-2 95 -

2. Wheeling Central (1) 6-1 89 -

3. Tucker County 6-1 74 -

4. Williamstown 8-2 68 -

5. Pocahontas County 7-2 51 -

6. Clay-Battelle 6-2 47 -

7. Charleston Catholic 1-6 42 -

8. Gilmer County 5-3 20 -

9. Notre Dame 8-2 12 -

(tie) Parkersburg Catholic 5-4 12 -

Others receiving votes: Madonna 10, Magnolia 9, St. Marys 9, Meadow Bridge 5, Fayetteville 3, Trinity 3, Greater Beckley Christian 1.

Team Rec Pts Prv

Class AA

1. Fairmont Senior (2) 8-2 86 -

2. North Marion (5) 7-0 85 -

3. Wyoming East (2) 7-0 74 -

4. Summers County 5-1 62 -

5. Sissonville 6-1 60 -

6. Keyser (1) 10-0 59 -

7. PikeView 6-1 37 -

8. Westside 3-3 24 -

9. Clay County 6-2 23 -

10. Bluefield 5-2 15 -

Others receiving votes: Bridgeport 6, Nicholas County 5, Herbert Hoover 5, Oak Glen 5, Ravenswood 1, Robert C. Byrd 1, Lincoln 1, James Monroe 1.

Team Rec Pts Prv

Class AAA

1. Morgantown (8) 6-0 97 -

2. South Charleston (1) 7-0 80 -

3. Parkersburg South (1) 7-2 78 -

4. Huntington 6-0 75 -

5. Greenbrier East 9-0 60 -

6. Logan 6-2 44 -

(tie) Spring Valley - 44 -

8. Hurricane 5-0 27 -

9. St. Albans 5-2 20 -

10. Jefferson 5-1 10 -

Others receiving votes: Buckhannon-Upshur 6, Cabell Midland 3, Martinsburg 3, George Washington 1, John Marshall 1, Preston 1.

WVSSAC Boys Basketball AP Poll - 01.06.15

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The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:

Team Rec Pts Prv

Class A

1. Wheeling Central (2) 5-2 86 -

2. Magnolia (2) 4-1 85 -

3. Greater Beckley Chr. (6) 6-0 83 -

4. Gilmer County 5-0 56 -

5. Tucker County 6-1 39 -

6. Charleston Catholic 5-2 34 -

7. Saint Joseph Central 4-3 33 -

8. Valley Fayette 3-1 29 -

9. Notre Dame 4-3 27 -

10.Bishop Donahue 6-1 25 -

Others receiving votes: Williamstown 21, Tug Valley 18, St. Marys 8, Cameron 6.

Team Rec Pts Prv

Class AA

1. Poca (9) 6-0 99 -

2. Bridgeport 5-0 83 -

3. Fairmont Senior 9-0 79 -

4. Westside 5-1 69 -

5. Scott 5-1 52 -

6. Robert C. Byrd (1) 1-2 45 -

7. Mingo Central 5-2 35 -

8. Ravenswood 5-1 20 -

9. Lincoln 6-0 17 -

10. Bluefield 3-4 12 -

Others receiving votes: PikeView 11, Chapmanville 11, Wyoming East 7, Grafton 6, Sissonville 4.

Team Rec Pts Prv

Class AAA

1. South Charleston (5) 5-0 95 -

2. Woodrow Wilson (3) 5-0 84 -

3. Huntington (1) 5-1 77 -

4. Parkersburg South (1) 7-0 66 -

5. Morgantown 6-1 44 -

6. Spring Valley 5-1 37 -

7. Wheeling Park 4-2 36 -

8. Greenbrier East 6-1 23 -

9. Jefferson 3-1 18 -

10. Hurricane 2-4 16 -

(tie) Capital 3-1 16 -

Others receiving votes: Hedgesville 13, George Washington 7, Parkersburg 6, Logan 5, Preston 4, Martinsburg 2, Washington 1.

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►  Parkersburg native Shane Lyons excited to come home to lead WVU athletics department

West Virginia University’s new athletic director should fit in comfortably, says Parkersburg businessman Jimmy Colombo.

“Home is still home,” Colombo told MetroNews “Talkline” after WVU announced the hiring of Parkersburg native Shane Lyons. “I think people will be totally surprised and happy with Shane.”

Lyons, wrapping up his third year as deputy athletics director at the University of Alabama, was hired to replace Oliver Luck, who is leaving for a post with the NCAA. Like Luck, Lyons is a WVU graduate, having earned his undergrad and graduate degrees in the late 1980s.

Lyons has worked for nearly 26 years in college sports administration. And Colombo, having known Lyons his entire life, said the resume is impressive.

“He has been with the NCAA for 10 years, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s upper echelon for 10 years, worked three years at Texas Tech and another power conference at Alabama. That really speaks highly of him,” he said.

WVU president E. Gordon Gee welcomed Lyons home in a news release Monday morning.

“We are delighted to welcome Shane Lyons back to his home state of West Virginia and to his alma mater,” Gee said. “He brings a wealth of experience in both university and conference athletics administration. In addition, as a graduate of West Virginia University, Shane understands what it means to be a Mountaineer. We look forward to him joining our team and leading our athletic department to new heights.”

Lyons, who has a five-year contract worth $550,000 a year plus incentives, said he never stopped following his alma mater.

“It is truly a dream come true for me to return to my home state and to WVU as director of intercollegiate athletics and associate vice president. I would like to thank Dr. Gee for the confidence he has placed in me,” Lyons said in the release. “I have followed the Mountaineers closely ever since I left Morgantown after graduate school, and I have been consistently impressed with the success that WVU student-athletes have had on the playing fields and in the classroom, as well as the positive impact Mountaineer student-athletes have in the community.”

MetroNews Sports Director Tony Caridi said Lyons’ familiarity with the state and WVU will be invaluable.

“It’s a good get and what I mean by ‘get’ is understand what WVU is,” Caridi said. “What it means to the people, he obviously knows that intimately. He knows the challenges, he knows the positives and he knows the benefits of it.”

Caridi said Lyons’ experience will allow him to hit the ground running.

“I think he probably won’t have any issues or weaknesses once he steps into this WVU job. He’ll be ready to go.”

Caridi compared Lyons’ return to that of basketball coach Bob Huggins.

“He will come energized. He will come in with great momentum,” Caridi said. “Your heart has to be here and all indications are that his heart wants to come back here to WVU. Much like Huggs, he wanted to come back to West Virginia.”

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►  Oregon sucks all the fun out of its national championship game uniforms

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Gone are the highlighter colors, the great gobs of blowing green. The Ducks of Oregon will be virtually unrecognizable when they play Ohio State for the national college football championship January 12.

Nike’s designs are, well, a little muted. Perhaps even bland. “The Oregon Ducks will take the field wearing new away uniforms including a white jersey with tonal gray and silver accents, together with wolf gray pants and a white helmet with silver wing,” the company said in a statement. “The jersey showcases the tonal silver ‘Fighting Ducks’ logo on the sleeve and the pants feature the words “Fighting Ducks” along the legs.”


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It might look a little more exciting close up.

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►  DeSean Jackson explains why the Redskins’ 4-12 season was encouraging

Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was an in-studio guest of the NFL Network over the weekend and was asked to sum up the Redskins’ 2014 season in five words.

“The five words is going to be good, bad, frustrating, humbling and encouraging,” Jackson told Amber Theoharis.

Three out of five is a heck of a lot better than the Redskins’ winning percentage, but it’s a failing grade in this little game. Good? Encouraging? Jackson’s first mistake was straying from the list of 23 adjectives Brian Mitchell used to describe the Redskins in his saddest poem ever. Bruce Allen would’ve given a more accurate five-word assessment.

Theoharis avoided the temptation to burst out laughing and asked Jackson to explain what, exactly, was encouraging about a season in which Washington finished 4-12 and last in the NFC East for the sixth time in seven seasons.

“Well, you know, we got hope,” Jackson said. “We got a new year to start out with. I think we kind of left off the end of the season on a couple of positive games. Even though we didn’t win the last game, we was able to beat the Eagles in the second-to-last game of the season, so we just got a lot of work in the offseason to get where we need to be. It’s encouraging.”

Oh, well that explains it. Even though the Redskins didn’t beat the Cowboys in the final game of the regular season, there were apparently some positive things to take from the 44-17 loss.

Theoharis asked Jackson what needs to happen for the Redskins to turn things around in 2015.

“Well, I’m a player,” Jackson said. “I’m not in the front office and I don’t make the decisions. But honestly, I think we’re very close. We have a lot of talent in that locker room. Everybody’s just got to look in the mirror and self-check their selves, including myself. Everybody else on the roster, in the front office, the coaches, everybody. It’s a team game and we just expect the best. With the talent in our locker room, our record didn’t say that, so we just gotta figure out what we need to do this offseason and get right.”

That’s a good, encouraging answer.

►  Redskins free agency: 17 players have expiring deals this offseason

The Redskins have 17 players with expiring deals this offseason. That means, when the league year kicks off at 4 p.m. on March 10, those that are unrestricted free agents will be free to sign with any team.

The Redskins have 12 unrestricted free agents, three restricted free agents and two exclusive-rights free agents.

Among that group of unrestricted free agents is outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who last season played under the franchise tag and now faces an uncertain future after an already disappointing campaign ended prematurely when he went on injured reserve with nine games left in the season.

Quarterback Colt McCoy, who would have closed out the year as the starter had he not gotten hurt, also will become a free agent.

All of the 2011 draft picks outside of Ryan Kerrigan, whose fifth-year option was picked up last offseason, also will become free agents this offseason.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said last week that he expects the team to have around $20 million in cap space.

Below is the list of free agents, along with their years of experience and 2014 cap hits.

Unrestricted free agents
OLB Brian Orakpo — six-year veteran, $11.455 million
T Tyler Polumbus — six-year veteran, $2.6 million
RB Roy Helu Jr. — four-year veteran, $1.55 million
DE Jarvis Jenkins — four-year veteran, $1.49 million
S Brandon Meriweather — eight-year veteran, $889,411
WR Leonard Hankerson — four-year veteran, $812,219
TE Niles Paul — four-year veteran, $690,413
NT Chris Neild — four-year veteran, $656,475
WR Santana Moss — 14-year veteran, $635,000
QB Colt McCoy — five-year veteran, $635,000
S Ryan Clark — 13-year veteran, $635,000
CB Justin Rogers — four-year veteran, $113,823

Exclusive rights free agents
S Trenton Robinson — three-year veteran, $570,000
RB Chris Thompson — two-year veteran, $87,353

Restricted free agents
S Duke Ihenacho — two-year veteran, $570,000
K Kai Forbath — three-year veteran, $570,000
T Tom Compton — two-year veteran, $570,000

►  Panthers’ Rivera and family unharmed after house fire

The home of Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera sustained damage after a fire on Monday morning, but no one was harmed.

The Panthers revealed the news through Twitter on Monday morning and said the coach would be available for his usual press conference later in the day as the team prepares for this week’s NFC playoff game against Seattle.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the two-alarm fire was reported just after 4 a.m. ET in south Charlotte. The fire department initially called it an accidental fire and said it took just over an hour to control the blaze.

►  Bucs ink M.D. Jennings

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed three players to reserve/future contracts on Monday, including safety M.D. Jennings.

Jennings started 26 games for the Green Bay Packers from 2012-13. He spent the preseason with the Chicago Bears, but was released with an injury settlement before the start of the season.

The 26-year-old Arkansas State product has 133 tackles and one sack in 47 career games—all with the Packers. He returned his lone interception 72 yards for a touchdown.

Tampa Bay also signed tight end Tyler Sloat and punter Chase Tenpenny.

►  Incompetence doesn’t equal conspiracy in Dallas

The “Pick-up Artist” is no longer just a bad 1980s film starring Molly Ringwald and Robert Downey Jr. It’s now Pete Morelli’s nickname forevermore in the Motor City.

The NFL controversy of the year was the picked-up penalty flag during the Dallas Cowboys’ 24-20 wild-card weekend win over the Detroit Lions, a curious decision fueled even further by Morelli’s failure to explain it on the field.

Here’s what happened:

The flag was thrown for pass interference against Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who was racing to cover Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew on a key 3rd-and-1 play with 8:25 left in a razor-close game. A poorly thrown ball by Matthew Stafford resulted in some contact between the two players and back judge Lee Dyer threw the flag with Morelli announcing the penalty,

Head linesman Jerry Bergman then came in, claiming a better angle and ruled that there was minimal contact on the play and some face-guarding, which is not a penalty in professional football. Because the contact did not impede the receiver’s ability to get to the football in the judgment of Bergman, the penalty was rescinded.

Making matters worse was the fact that Morelli placed the ball at the spot of the foul before reversing course.

The Lions eventually lined up on fourth down and attempted to draw the Cowboys offside before settling for Sam Martin’s disastrous 10-yard punt.

“The back judge threw his flag for defensive pass interference,“ Morelli explained to the pool reporter on hand after the game. “We got other information from another official from a different angle that thought the contact was minimal and didn’t warrant pass interference. He thought it was face guarding.“

That’s a real solid explanation and it would have been nice to hear it on the field where for once people were actually clamoring for an Ed Hochuli-like 15- minute diatribe explaining the mechanics of the non-call.

And that’s where Morelli failed.

“The information came and then the officials got together a little bit later after it was given to me, the first information,“ the veteran referee said. “It probably would’ve been smoother if we got together.“

You think?

After the game, the Lions were understandably upset. They led 20-17 at the time of the penalty and the Cowboys scored what turned out to be the game- winning points on the ensuing drive.

“I thought it was a good call at first,“ Stafford said. “I was told he did not make contact with the receiver. I thought it was the right call until he picked up the flag. I thought it was a penalty but that’s not my decision.“

Pettigrew went even further.

“I thought it was ridiculous, to be honest,“ the tight end said. “But there’s nothing I can do about it. He ran through me pretty much, trying to get back to the ball. To me, it was obvious. To them they made whatever call and picked up the flag.“

Hitchens, of course, has a far different take.

“I was just trying to play defense and I felt like it was the right call,“ he said.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth but many conspiracy theorists immediately took to Twitter to post an old picture of NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino departing Jones’ so-called party bus as evidence the league was in cahoots with America’s Team.

“I’ve never seen one get that far into the next play and ready to go again and have it reversed, but I think that’s a good thing,“ Jones admitted. “If we’re going to stop action and we’re going to have replay and we’re going to have interpretation from New York—which I’m all for—and we’re going to do all that, then we might as well get ‘em all right. And, again, I think they made the right call in terms of not calling it.“

That tortured explanation wasn’t enough for Lions safety James Ihedigbo, who wasn’t ready to call for the NFL’s version of the Warren Commission but was stunned by the reversal.

“Eight years in the NFL, I haven’t seen that happen,“ Ihedigbo said. “I mean, they already spotted the ball as a pass interference, and then went back and said it wasn’t pass interference. I don’t know how that happens.“

So was it a penalty or not?

Put the play in the 1970s or ‘80s and it’s not but the way the NFL has called pass interference this season, it’s tough to justify the non-call.

FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira, the former VP of officiating before Blandino explained it on Twitter: “Biggest call was the DPI (defensive pass interference) pickup. It was DPI and it was defensive holding as well. Not good,“ Pereira wrote.

Pereira is correct. It’s the league that has turned back-shoulder fades and woefully underthrown balls into coachable offensive strategy by enabling receivers to initiate contact by simply stopping.

To me, though, the whole controversy shines the spotlight on a bigger issue, the fact that the NFL is overlegislated and the league sets up its own officials to fail with arcane regulations.

On that very play, Hitchens could have been called for holding and pass interference, while Pettigrew could have been whistled for illegal hands to the face, and Dez Bryant should have been flagged for running onto the field to protest the call without his helmet.

None of the violations were caught but incompetence hardly equates to conspiracy.

And neither added up to a Lions loss on Sunday.

The momentum certainly shifted with the decision but it had nothing to do with Martin’s egregious punt, the NFL’s second-ranked defense’s inability to stop Tony Romo and Co. when it mattered most, or Stafford’s fumbling problem in the waning moments.

Those are things Detroit must “pick up” if it wants to get to the next level.  ~~  John McMullen ~~

►  Does the NFL have a refereeing controversy on its hands?

Perhaps it was only natural that the NFL’s postseason would begin the same way its regular season did, with a bit of controversy that the league hopes will go away.

After a season in which the NFL took a big hit over its ham-handed handling of domestic violence incidents, this time, officiating crews were getting the rotten headlines. On Saturday, there was crew chief Ed Hochuli referring to someone by the nickname “Jungle Boy” on a hot mic. That quickly was explained away, but then, on Sunday night, the league’s credibility and transparency was damaged again with the whole “pay no attention to that flag on the field; there was no pass interference” decision.

The non-call came up at a critical moment in the fourth quarter of the wild-card game between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, when after flagging Andrew Hitchens for pass interference on Brandon Pettigrew, Pete Morelli picked up the flag after a lengthy period of time and stuffed it back in his pocket. His only explanation to the TV audience was that there was no call.

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At the time, the Lions were hanging onto a 20-17 lead and, while the non-call didn’t change the outcome of the game, it was a major topic of conversation after the Cowboys’ 24-20 victory.

Afterward, there wasn’t really a convincing explanation by Morelli. Here’s the transcript (via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News) pool reporter Todd Archer’s interview with Morelli:

  Archer: Can you talk about the decision to overturn the call and why you overturned the call.

  Morelli: The back judge threw his flag for defensive pass interference. We got other information from a different angle that thought the contact was minimal and didn’t warrant pass interference. He thought it was face-guarding.

  Archer: Which official?

  Morelli: The head linesman.

  Archer: What did you see?

  Morelli: It’s not my responsibility. I’m a hundred miles away.

  Archer: Face-guarding is not a foul?

  Morelli: Face-guarding is not a foul. It is a penalty in college but not in professional football.

  Archer: What is the process you go through after you announce the call? Should you have waited before you announced the call?

  Morelli: Probably, yes. The information came and then the officials got together a little bit later, after it was given to me, the first information. It would probably been smoother if we got together.

  Archer: Do you remember this type of (play) happening before?

  Morelli: No, not particularly.

  Archer: So one more time on who the person was that had the better view?

  Morelli: The better view was from the head linesman.

Mike Pereira, the league’s former head of officiating and now a Fox broadcaster, said the call was correctly called. “I’ll tell you, I watch a lot of football, see a lot of plays and you can’t pick that flag up. … That’s pass interference. It was correctly called on the field.”

Nor did the controversy die in a flurry of images of Jerry Jones, Chris Christie and the Cowboys celebrating.

Suddenly, everyone remembered that a man that TMZ said was Dean Blandino, the league’s vice-president of officiating, was entertained on Jones’ luxurious bus during training camp.

But the conspiracy theories are beside the point really. The bigger issue is that the NFL treats officiating like it’s the least important thing it does, when it should among the top issues on Roger Goodell’s list. (Just look at how the league’s crisis over replacement refs a couple of years ago.) Crews are split up for the playoffs in an attempt to create “all-star” crews at the worst possible time. The playoffs deserve better than that — especially if the league is hellbent on expanding them.

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►  Area High Schools Boys Basketball Game Results

(Monday, January 05)

#9 Notre Dame 79     Parkersburg Catholic 52

#2 Magnolia 87     Tyler Consolidated 53

Clay County 52     Herbert Hoover 35

►  Area High Schools Girls Basketball Game Results

(Monday, January 05)

Lincoln 74     Grafton 62

Philip Barbour 63     Tygarts Valley 39

Parkersburg South 61     Beverly Ft. Frye, Ohio 40

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►  MEC Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Monday, January 05)

Glenville State 67, Charleston 60 | Final Stats

Glenville State scored seven of the game’s final nine points to defeat Charleston, 67-60, at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers improved to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the MEC. Charleston dropped to 8-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play. 

Glenville State never trailed in the second half, but a three from Aleksander Kesic trimmed the Pioneer lead to just two 60-58 with 2:39 to go. Reggie Williams hit two short shots on GSC’s next two possessions, and Charleston missed six of its final seven shots as the Pioneers picked up the win.

Sedric Nady led all scorers with 20 points, and Williams finished with 14. 

Charleston was paced by 14 points from Chris Evans and Jevonte Hughes had 11 points and 10 rebounds. 

Shepherd 75, Urbana 64 | Final Stats

Shepherd withstood a late charge from Urbana before finishing off the Blue Knights, 75-64, at the Butcher Center.

The Rams (9-3, 4-2) saw a 15-point lead shrink to just six with 1:34 to play, but made 7-of-8 from the free throw line to claim the victory.

SU was led by 15 points from Austin Cunningham. A.J Carr scored 14 and Morgan McDonald scored 12, and each player grabbed eight rebounds. Skyler Roman came off the bench to chip in 10.

Carlas Jackson led Urbana (4-8, 1-5) with 16 points, while Mike Newton added 12. 

West Virginia Wesleyan 65, West Virginia State 63 | Final Stats

West Virginia Wesleyan overcame a nine-point halftime deficit and held on to a 65-63 win over West Virginia State.

WVWC (4-8, 2-4) was led by Tanner McGrew who poured in 24 points and added 13 rebounds. Taylor Price added 18 points for the Bobcats.

Markee Mazyck scored 21 points to lead West Virginia State (1-12, 1-4). Dominic Phillips had 18 points and five assists, and his jumper at the buzzer to tie the game would not fall for the Yellow Jackets.

WVSU shot 50% from the field, but was plagued by 19 turnovers.  

Concord 84, Wheeling Jesuit 80, | Final Stats

Concord erased a 75-72 deficit over the final five minutes to claim an 84-80 win over Wheeling Jesuit.

Aaron MIller led CU (7-4, 3-3) with 25 points, including critical three-pointer with 3:09 left that put the Mountain Lions up by four. B.J Hamlet scored 18, and Terry Hopewell added 16 points to go with a game-high 15 rebounds. Jametrius Wade had 11 points and Mike Boyd contributed 11 assists.

Justin Fritts and Kyle Ritz each scored 20 to lead WJU (6-4, 2-3). Ritz added 13 rebounds to pick up a double-double. Eric Siefert added 15 points.

#1 West Liberty 113, UVa-Wise 82 | Final Stats

Three players scored over 20 points as top-ranked West Liberty cruised to a 113-82 win over UVa-Wise.

With the win, West Liberty improved to 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference. UVa-Wise fell to 1-10 overall and 0-6 in MEC play.

C.J. Hester led the way with 23 points, followed by Indiana Faithful (21) and Seger Bonifant (20). The Hilltoppers shot 57% from the field in the game, including 68% in the second half. 

Matt Day led UVa-Wise with 20 points. Philip Owens II scored 18 points and handed out eight assists, and Charles George added 13 points.

Fairmont State 90, Notre Dame 72 | Final Stats

Fairmont State put up 54 points in the first half as FSU cruised to a 90-72 win over Notre Dame. 

Thomas Wimbush scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half and also led Fairmont State (7-5, 4-2) with eight rebounds. Jamel Morris also added 22 points and Nick Harney scored 21. FSU shot 54% from the field in the game and committed just seven turnovers.

Tyree Gaiter scored 25 points to pace Notre Dame (7-5, 3-3). Lawrence DeArmond was limited to 13 points and Najeeb Johnson.

►  MEC Women’s Basketball Game Results

(Monday, January 05)

West Liberty 77, UVa-Wise 71 | Final Stats

Kailee Howe scored 11 of West Liberty’s final 13 points to help the Hilltoppers rally past UVa-Wise, 77-71.

Howe poured in a season-high 22 points to lead WLU (8-4, 5-1), including 11 in the final 1:53 that helped break a 64-64 tie. She also registered nine assists. Jenn Mohney hit six three-pointers on her way to 21 points, and Liz Flowers and Jasmin Kiley each added 10. Kierra Simpson led all players with 14 rebounds.

Kalya Carey recorded a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead UVa-Wise (3-7, 3-3). Blair Harding scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and tallied four assists. 

Shepherd 71, Urbana 66 | Final Stats

Shepherd used a 12-0 run late in the second half and then held off Urbana to pick up a 71-66 win.

With the win, the Rams improved their record to 9-3 overall and 6-0 in the MEC. Urbana dropped to 1-11 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

Shepherd got a big lift off the bench from Gabby Flinchum (14 points) and Morgan Arden (10 points). Liz Myers led the Rams with 14 and Rachel Johnson netted 13. 

Urbana’s Kennedy Boggs led all scorers with 23 points. Tori Purk had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. 

West Virginia State 51, West Virginia Wesleyan 45 | Final Stats

West Virginia State outscored West Virginia Wesleyan 19-9 over the final six minutes of the game to pull out a 51-45 win over the Bobcats.

Shaelyn Shafer scored 10 of her 16 points during that critical stretch for the Yellow Jackets (4-6, 2-3). Trina Current added 10 points for WVSU. 

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Mari Stewart led all scorers with 20 points. Adrian Cunningham also added 14 for the Bobcats.

West Virginia State had a significant edge at the free throw line, making 17-of-20, while WVWC made just 6-of-12 from the line.

Wheeling Jesuit 76, Concord 62 | Final Stats

Wheeling Jesuit broke open a close game with a 15-3 run late in the first half on its way to a 76-62 over Concord.

Cassi Stein came off the bench and led Wheeling Jesuit (6-3, 3-2) with 16 points. Kylie Frizell added 15, and Janna Motton had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jaila Bryant contributed 14 points and five rebounds.

Concord (3-6, 3-3) was led by 20 points and 10 rebounds from Jacqueline Kestner and 17 points from Melea Smith.

Wheeling Jesuit out-rebounded Concord 39-32, and committed just 13 turnovers compared to 20 for the Mountain Lions. 

Fairmont State 75, Notre Dame 62 | Final Stats

Hallie Gunnoe and Emily Lohr each scored 19 points to help Fairmont State to its fourth-straight victory with a 75-62 triumph over Notre Dame College.

The win improved FSU’s record to 10-2 overall and 4-2 in the league. NDC slipped to 6-6 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

Lohr added eight rebounds and four assists for FSU to go with the 19 points. Hailey Garrett contributed 12 points before fouling out. Gabrielle Etter handed out five assists. Fairmont State shot 53% from the field and committed just 12 turnovers in the contest.

Jessica Garcia, Lauren Langenderfer and Celine Mangan each had 12 points for Notre Dame. 

Charleston 73, Glenville State 57 | Final Stats

Charleston led from start to finish in a 73-57 win over Glenville State.

Monet Saunders led UC (9-3, 4-2) 20 points and 18 rebounds. Nichole Perry added 13 and Dejanique Reddix chipped in 12. 

GSC (3-6, 2-4) had a game-high 21 points from Keyanna Tate. Katrina Salins was the only other Pioneer to reach double figures with 12 points.

Charleston limited Glenville State to just 29% shooting from the field for the game, including just 3-of-29 from three-point range. 

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►  Mountaineers tangle with Red Raiders

With all but one team in the Big 12 Conference at least six games over .500 entering the week, West Virginia has to be feeling the heat as it takes on Texas Tech on Monday night.

Aside from a narrow 74-73 loss to LSU at home during the SEC/Big 12 Challenge last month, the Mountaineers have been unstoppable. Then again, the majority of the non-conference schedule was rather comfortable for a team which has now won six straight outings.

The latest victory took place on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas as the Mountaineers dismissed the TCU Horned Frogs in the conference opener, 78-67.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech is a squad that has played almost exclusively at home in the early going, producing a record of 10-1 in Lubbock and 0-3 everywhere else. Over the weekend, the Red Raiders also opened up their conference calendar versus Texas at home, but that resulted in a 70-61 setback.

The loss was the third in the last four games for a Tech squad that is scheduled to play three of the four games after Monday night on the road, beginning with a stop at Kansas this Saturday.

The Mountaineers own a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series with Texas Tech, which just began back in 2005. West Virginia won both meetings a season ago, although one went to overtime before the visitors picked up the 89-86 triumph.

West Virginia found itself trailing by double figures in the first half at TCU, but closed the gap to two points at the break and then connected on 51.7 percent from the floor and 17-of-22 at the free-throw line in the final frame in order to capture the win. Gary Browne was the top scorer for the visitors with 16 points, followed by Devin Williams and Jaysean Paige with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Defensively, WVU forced 18 turnovers in order to keep the Horned Frogs from jumping back into contention.

The Mountaineers also managed to stay afloat despite missing Juwan Staten, the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, as he was held out due to illness. Staten, the leading scorer for WVU with 16.1 ppg, not to mention the top passer with 55 assists, is still listed as questionable for Monday’s meeting, which means the support staff might have to pick up the slack yet again and lean on Jonathan Holton and Devin Williams who chip in with 10.9 and 10.4 ppg, respectively.

Not a single Texas Tech starter managed to score in double figures during the meeting with the Longhorns on Saturday, combining to shoot just 9-of-29 from the floor and 10-of-20 at the free-throw line during the nine-point home loss. Isaiah Manderson was the only player in double figures with 12 points, hitting 6-of-8 shots from the floor in a matter of just 11 minutes. However, the team as a whole still connected on just 4-of-19 behind the 3-point line and 13- of-26 at the free-throw line, while also turning the ball over 15 times.

Manderson, who has scored in double figures in two straight contests, has come off the bench in every game and is averaging only 4.8 ppg for a unit that is coming in at 68.4 ppg. Devaugntah Williams, a 40.8 percent shooter from the field, accounts for 11.0 ppg, but clearly offense is not the top priority for this group as it limits foes to 58.7 ppg on 37.8% accuracy from the floor.

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►  Top-25 College Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Monday, January 05)

Final Score: (13) Notre Dame 71, (18) North Carolina 70

The top shooting team in the country missed eight shots in a row. The ninth one fell, giving No. 13 Notre Dame its biggest win of the season. Zach Auguste’s bucket with 1:07 remaining lifted the Fighting Irish to a 71-70 win over No. 18 North Carolina on Monday, the program’s first victory over the Tar Heels in almost 23 years. Auguste’s shot ended a field goal drought of 9:05 for the Irish and came after North Carolina took its first lead since early in the first half on two Kennedy Meeks foul shots, capping a 16-6 surge with about two minutes left. Auguste led Notre Dame (15-1, 3-0 ACC) with 18 points, Pat Connaughton scored 16 and Demetrius Jackson had 15, including 12 in the first half when the Irish led by as many as 10. Jerian Grant had eight points and eight assists for the Irish before fouling out late in the game. The Tar Heels (11-4, 1-1) trailed by as much as 11 in the second half. J.P. Tokoto and Kennedy Meeks scored 12 points each in the loss.

Final Score: (14) West Virginia 78, Texas Tech 67

Juwan Staten had 16 points to guide No. 14 West Virginia to a 78-67 victory over Texas Tech on Monday. Devin Williams scored 14 points with six rebounds for the Mountaineers (14-1, 2-0 Big 12), who have won their past seven games. Daxter Miles and Gary Browne each chipped in with 12 points. Devaugntah Williams had 21 points and six rebounds for the Red Raiders (10-5, 0-2), who have dropped four of their last five. Toddrick Gotcher gave 14 points and five boards.

Final Score: (16) Oklahoma 70, (10) Texas 49

A showdown between two of the Big 12’s premier teams turned out to be no contest at all. Five Oklahoma players finished in double figures and the 16th-ranked Sooners held Texas to 30 percent shooting en route to a 70-49 rout of the No. 10 Longhorns in front of a stunned crowd at the Erwin Center. Buddy Hield led Oklahoma’s balanced attack with 13 points, with TaShawn Thomas compiling 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Sooners (11-3, 2-0 Big 12) rolled to their fourth straight win. It was Oklahoma’s defense that set the tone for the lopsided victory, though, as Texas (12-3, 1-1) continually came up empty while being swarmed on possession after possession. Javan Felix was the lone Longhorn to reach double-digit points, finishing with 13 points.

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►  NBA Game Results

(Monday, January 05)

Final Score: Philadelphia 95, Cleveland 92

Tony Wroten’s go-ahead layup with 9.9 seconds remaining gave the Philadelphia 76ers their first home win of the season, a 95-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. The game was overshadowed by trade rumors involving Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters, who didn’t suit up Monday. Those rumors became reality after the game, as Cleveland dealt Waiters to Oklahoma City in a three-team deal while acquiring guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks. Center Alex Kirk and forward Lou Amundson also sat out and were sent to the Knicks, with the Cavs also getting a protected 2015 first-round pick from the Thunder in the swap. Wroten ended with 20 points and eight assists for the Sixers, who improved to 1-14 at home. Michael Carter-Williams tallied 18 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in his return to the lineup. Kevin Love had 28 points and 19 boards for the Cavaliers, who have lost five of six. Tristan Thompson and Joe Harris contributed 18 and 16 points, respectively, with Thompson also pulling down nine rebounds.

Final Score: Charlotte 104, Boston 95

Kemba Walker scored 33 points to help the Charlotte Hornets top the Boston Celtics 104-95 on Monday. It was Walker’s second straight game of at least 30 points and Charlotte’s second straight win. He also added five assists and five rebounds. Cody Zeller chipped in 20 points and seven boards for Charlotte. Jared Sullinger paced Boston with 22 points and eight rebounds as the Celtics fell to 2-7 since trading Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics got 55 points from their bench, led by Jae Crowder and James Young each depositing 13.

Final Score: Dallas 96, Brooklyn 88 (OT)

Dirk Nowitzki passed Moses Malone for seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with a 3-pointer in overtime and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a meltdown late in regulation to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 on Monday night. Nowitzki’s 3 punctuated a dominant overtime period for the Mavericks, who got their season high-tying sixth win in a row to end a 3-0 road trip against Eastern Conference teams. They were 5-for-9 in overtime, led by four points apiece from Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler. Ellis finished with 19 points and made two foul shots in the final seconds of regulation to tie the score after Dallas went cold from the field during an 11-0 Nets run. Nowitzki had 15 points and Chandler scored 14 with 13 rebounds. Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Brooklyn, but scored just four after the first quarter. Jarrett Jack added 20 points and 10 assists and Joe Johnson scored 18 for the Nets, who made just one of their four shots in overtime. Dallas improved to 11-0 on the road this season against Eastern Conference teams.

Final Score: Chicago 114, Houston 105

Pau Gasol had 27 points and 14 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls used a strong fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets, 114-105, on Monday. Jimmy Butler added 22 points and three steals for the Bulls, who outscored Houston by a 31-16 margin in the final period. Derrick Rose contributed 19 points and nine assists, Nikola Mirotic tallied 17 points and eight boards and Kirk Hinrich scored 10 points. Josh Smith ended with 21 points and three steals for the Rockets. James Harden and Donatas Motiejunas donated 20 and 16 points, respectively.

Final Score: Memphis 105, New York 83

Mike Conley’s 22 points and seven assists led the way as the Memphis Grizzlies dealt the New York Knicks a historic loss, a 105-83 setback at FedExForum. Marc Gasol and Tony Allen had 14 points each against a short-handed Knicks squad which suffered its 12th consecutive defeat, tying a franchise record set during the final stretch of the 1984-85 season. Already without their top scorers, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, due to injury, the Knicks played without another key piece after sitting out sixth man J.R. Smith in advance of a three-team trade that was announced following the game. New York shipped Smith and sidelined guard Iman Shumpert to Cleveland, while receiving rookie center Alex Kirk and forward Lou Amundson from the Cavaliers as well as forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City. The Knicks also netted a 2019 second-round pick from Cleveland and waived veteran center Samuel Dalembert to make room for the newcomers. Quincy Acy paced New York with 19 points and 14 rebounds, with Jose Calderon finishing with 13 points and six assists in the loss.

Final Score: Denver 110, Minnesota 101

Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 34 points and went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the Denver Nuggets’ 110-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Denver got 47 points from its bench to snap a seven-game road losing streak. J.J. Hickson led the reserves with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 14 points and six boards. The Timberwolves lost their 12th straight game but did it without head coach Flip Saunders, who missed the game with an illness. Gorgui Dieng led Minnesota with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and rookie Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points for his fourth game of at least that total.

Final Score: Washington 92, New Orleans 85

John Wall had 15 points, 12 assists and four steals as the Washington Wizards defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 92-85 on Monday night. Paul Pierce netted 14 points and Andre Miller added 12 off the bench for the Wizards, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Washington concluded its five-game road trip at 2-3. Anthony Davis posted 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyreke Evans provided 21 points, seven boards and four assists for New Orleans, which has alternated wins and losses over its last 10 contests.

Final Score: Indiana 105, Utah 101

Roy Hibbert had 22 points and eight rebounds as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Utah Jazz 105-101 on Monday night. Luis Scola netted 16 points off the bench and Rodney Stuckey added 13 for the Pacers, who have won three of their last four games. Derrick Favors posted 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Gordon Hayward tallied 24 points and seven boards for Utah, which has dropped two of its last three games.

Final Score: Portland 98, LA Lakers 94

Damian Lillard scored 16 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Portland Trail Blazers survive a tough test from the Los Angeles Lakers, 98-94, on Monday night. Lillard shot 4-of-8 from 3-point range and added six rebounds and five assists to help Portland win for the fifth time in six games. The Trail Blazers also got 21 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 12 points and 12 rebounds from Meyers Leonard. With Kobe Bryant sitting out for rest, Jordan Hill stepped up with 23 points and 14 boards for the Lakers, who have won just three times in their last 11 games. Jeremy Lin chipped in 14 points, and Wayne Ellington netted 13.

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►  Phillies add Harang to rotation

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed pitcher Aaron Harang to a one-year contract worth $5 million.

The deal includes bonuses for performance and awards.

Harang was 12-12 with a 3.57 earned run average in 33 starts for the Atlanta Braves last season. He finished ninth in the National League with 204 1/3 innings pitched.

“Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation,“ said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro in a statement Monday. “He had a very solid season for the Braves last year and will complement the left-handers in our rotation nicely.“

Harang will join a Phillies rotation that is headlined by lefties Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.

The 36-year-old right-hander has a career record of 122-128 with a 4.21 ERA in 358 games, all but six as a starter. He has also pitched for Oakland (2002-03), Cincinnati (2003-10), San Diego (2011), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2012), Seattle (2013) and the New York Mets (2013).

►  Bonifacio headed to Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox and utilityman Emilio Bonifacio have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract.

According to, the deal is worth $4 million.

Bonifacio spent 2014 with the Cubs and Braves, finishing the campaign with a .259 batting average, 17 doubles, three homers and 24 runs batted in over a combined 110 games.

The 29-year-old Dominican native will give the White Sox versatility, having played all three outfield positions as well as second base, shortstop and third base in his eight-year big league career.

Bonifacio is a career .262 hitter in 722 games with Arizona, Washington, Miami, Toronto, Kansas City, the Cubs and Braves.

It’s been a whirlwind offseason for the White Sox, who already added pitchers Jeff Samardzija, Zach Duke and David Robertson, as well as first baseman Adam LaRoche and outfielder Melky Cabrera.

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►  NHL Game Results

(Monday, January 05)

Final Score: San Jose 3, Winnipeg 2

Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s goal with just 4.5 seconds to play gave the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The game appeared headed to overtime, but a right circle faceoff win by Joe Pavelski saw Logan Couture dig out the loose puck and pass it over to the left circle where Vlasic wristed it high for the winner. Brent Burns posted a goal and an assist while Melker Karlsson also had a goal for the Sharks, who had lost four of five coming into the game. Antti Niemi allowed both goals on 19 shots in the victory. Andrew Ladd and Jay Harrison both scored for the Jets, who have lost three of their last four. Michael Hutchinson allowed three goals on 37 shots in the loss.

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►  Golf Tidbits: Storylines for 2015

The calendar has flipped to 2015 and the Masters commercials are already running. This is not a bad thing.

The four-month buildup to the first major helps people in cold-weather states dream of spring as they shovel out from the latest snow storm. The serene pictures of Augusta National make golf addicts hear the roars of the crowd in their head and help them reminisce about previous Masters memories.

The buildup will be especially big for the No. 1 player in the world. Rory McIlroy will enter Augusta as the holder of the Open Championship and PGA Championship titles. He is also one Masters win from completing the career grand slam.

While people debate McIlroy’s chances, a player that once dominated Augusta comes back from injury. Four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods was held to nine events, including his unofficial one in December, in 2014.

Woods seemed to be healthy at his event at Isleworth, but his short-game was awful. He has said that he will tweak his schedule a little with the WGC- Cadillac Match Play Championship moving to Apr. 29-May 3 from its traditional February date.

No one knows what that tweak will entail since Woods keeps his schedule as close to his vest as the secret service does with the Presidents’ schedule.

Another player returning from a long layoff will be Dustin Johnson. He took a leave of absence, or was suspended, depending on what you believe. Regardless, Johnson will return for his first tournament action since he missed the cut at the Canadian Open last July.

Johnson and fiancee Paulina Gretzky are expecting their first child in the near future as well. He has said he won’t play until after their son is born.

According to reports, Johnson will play the Farmers Insurance Open, February 5-8. That likely is also the first PGA Tour event at which Woods will play, while McIlroy will make his first European Tour start of 2015 in Abu Dhabi, but he hasn’t announced his PGA Tour debut yet.

Those three will garner plenty of attention once they tee it up. What other players are we interested in for 2015?

To start off, Mr. Almost from 2014 - Rickie Fowler. He finished in the top- five at all four majors last year and had six top-five finishes overall. Fowler is still searching for his first victory since his only tour title at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.

Next are a pair of wily veterans - Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson. Furyk has blown eight 54-hole leads in a row, including a pair last year. He hasn’t won since the 2010 Tour Championship. Can he win again? Or will he have to wait five years until joining the Champions Tour before he wins his next title?

Mickelson is coming off arguably the worst season of his career. He didn’t have a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour until the PGA Championship. Mickelson was winless for the fourth time since he turned pro in 1992. In the seasons that followed his first three winless years, Mickelson combined for eight wins, including his 2004 Masters victory.

History says Mickelson will bounce back and win this year.

As for the European Tour, what will we see from Ian Poulter and was Victor Dubuisson just a flash in the pan?

Poulter had just three top-10 finishes in 14 starts and had a subpar Ryder Cup, an event which he had dominated in the past. Dubuisson had four runner-up finishes after earning his lone tour win in 2013. The Frenchman was 2-0-1 in his first Ryder Cup. Will he keep that momentum going into 2015?

The LPGA continues to grow after some down years and four of the biggest names in the sport are ranked in the top-six in the world rankings. Inbee Park, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis are 1-2-3 in the rankings and all three are coming off three-win seasons.

Lewis is the oldest of the group as she will turn 30-years-old in February. The trio should continue to wrack up victories for years to come. World No. 6 Michelle Wie, the reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion, won twice last year for her first wins since 2010.

Wie is the biggest name in the game, and if she keeps winning, the LPGA will gain even more appeal.

The Solheim Cup is this September and with six players ranked in the top-20 in the world, to just three for the Europeans, the United States team will be the favorite on paper.

But that was the case in 2013, when the Europeans rolled to an 18-10 win in Colorado. That was their first-ever win in the U.S. in the Solheim Cup and it marked the first time the Europeans ever won back-to-back cups.

Those are a few of the things we’ll be watching in 2015. Now it is time to tee it up and enjoy the action.


- The field at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions includes 34 players that have combined for 100 PGA Tour titles, including six major championships, and has six members of the 2014 United States Ryder Cup squad that lost in Europe.

- One non-golf thought for the week, the passing of ESPN’s Stuart Scott hit home for many, including myself. My father is in his third battle with cancer and it pains me to see what he is dealing with on a daily basis. Scott dealt with much of the same, and maybe worse, yet was able to be strong for his family, his coworkers and his viewers. Rest in peace, Stuart, you will be missed by many.

►  This Week in Golf—January 08-12, 2015

PGA TOUR - HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, Kapalua, Hawaii - Back in action for the first time in 2015, the PGA Tour heads to Hawaii this week for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The event, which will be played Friday through Monday, features 34 players that have combined for 100 PGA Tour titles, including six major championships. Zach Johnson is back in the field this week as he looks to successfully defend his title.

Johnson fired a final-round, 7-under 66 last year to surge up the leaderboard and defeat Jordan Spieth by one shot. Johnson, an 11-time winner on tour, is seeking his first victory since hoisting the trophy here in 2014.

Other notable names in the field this week are two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, 2013-14 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel, Jason Day, Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker.

Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds, with NBC taking over in the afternoon during Sunday’s third round.

The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii next week for the Sony Open in Hawaii, where Walker picked up his second of three wins during the 2013-14 season.


SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, Glendower Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa - The European Tour is also set to play for the first time in 2015 as it heads to Johannesburg for its third straight event in South Africa at the South African Open Championship.

Danny Willett and Branden Grace won the first two events of the 2014-15 season, both of which were also held in South Africa. Grace is in this week’s field, while Willett is not.

Morten Orum Madsen finished with a 5-under 67 when this event was last held in November 2013 and that gave him a 2-shot victory over Hennie Otto and Jbe’ Kruger.

The win was Madsen’s first and only victory on the European Tour and he will return as the defending champion this week.

South African Ernie Els, a five-time winner at this event, will be competing again this week along with compatriot Charl Schwartzel.

Golf Channel will have early morning coverage of all four rounds.

The European Tour will be in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship next week, where Pablo Larrazabal outlasted Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson for a 1-shot victory last year.

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East Carolina at Cincinnati, 7:00 PM - ESPN U
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Arkansas at Georgia, 7:00 PM - ESPN
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Pioneer Men’s Basketball Team Beats WV State by Nine Points on the Road 89-80‏

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The Glenville State men’s basketball team traveled to West Virginia State and walked away with a nine point road victory, 89-80. The win is the Pioneers fifth win in a row.

It took almost four minutes before either team got on the scoreboard but at the 16:51 minute mark West Virginia State took a 2-0 lead.

West Virginia State would build on that early lead and take a 5-0 lead over the Pioneers with 15:00 minutes to play till halftime.

The Pioneers would finally get on the scoreboard at the 13:49 minute mark as Luke Campbell drilled a three-pointer as the Pioneers pulled within two points, 5-3.

West Virginia State would build another lead, this lead by seven points, 14-7, with less than 10 minutes till halftime. But Glenville State would comeback and knot the game at 18 all at the 8:02 minute mark.

The Pioneers would go into halftime down by four, 37-33.

In the second half the Pioneers would get off to a strong start but however they would still trail West Virginia State by two points, 52-49, with 15:17 left to play.

Glenville State would then tie the game up again at 63 all with under nine minutes to play and on the next possession the Pioneers would take the lead, 66-65, off of a three-pointer from Donte Morales.

The Pioneers would then build a lead of their own, 75-67, as they went up by eight points with under five minutes left to play in the game.

The Pioneers would go on and beat West Virginia State by nine points, 89-80.

Both teams shot the ball well as Glenville State shot 45 percent from the floor while West Virginia State shot 42 percent.  There were three ties in the game and three lead changes.

The Pioneers defense caused West Virginia State to turn the ball over 16 times while Glenville State only turned it over eight times. Glenville State also finished the game with nine steals to the Yellow Jackets one.

Glenville State had five players score in double figures with Reggie Williams leading the way with a game high 22 points. He also finished with eight rebounds and three assists.

Donte Morales scored 18 points in the win for the Pioneers while Luke Campbell scored 14 points as he went 4-for-7 from behind the three-point line. Brett Morris and Brien Winston both chipped in with 12 points each while Morris just missed a double-double as he grabbed nine rebounds.

West Virginia State was led by Markee Mazyck as he scored a team high 20 points and Dominic Philips chipped in with 17 points.

The Pioneers (9-2, 5-0) return to the court Monday, January 05, 2015 when the University of Charleston travels to Glenville. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
Glenville State vs. West Virginia St.
01.03.2015  4:00 PM  at Institute, WV
VISITORS: Glenville State 9-2, 5-0

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Sedric Nady…...... *  3-10   0-3    3-4    3  6  9   3   9  3  1  2  1  29
03 Donte Morales….... *  5-13   3-5    5-6    4  2  6   3  18  0  0  2  2  26
11 Reggie Williams….. * 10-18   0-1    2-5    2  6  8   3  22  3  3  1  1  34
12 Luke Campbell….... *  5-8    4-7    0-0    0  1  1   2  14  1  1  0  1  35
23 Brett Morris…..... *  5-10   0-3    2-7    2  7  9   3  12  2  1  4  0  37
00 Brien Winston…....    5-9    0-2    2-2    2  2  4   3  12  3  2  0  2  19
32 Juwan Wells…......    1-6    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   3   2  0  0  0  2  20
   TEAM….............                         2     2
   Totals…...........   34-74   7-22  14-24  16 24 40  20  89 12  8  9  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-37 32.4%   2nd Half: 22-37 59.5%   Game: 45.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-14 21.4%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 31.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-6  100 %   2nd Half:  8-18 44.4%   Game: 58.3%    2

HOME TEAM: West Virginia St. 1-11, 1-3

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Dominic Phillips…. *  4-7    0-0    9-10   3  8 11   2  17  8  3  0  0  31
10 Dimitrios Jelen-Joy. *  2-8    1-5    0-0    1  3  4   2   5  0  1  1  0  22
12 Damion Harris….... *  3-6    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   5   6  0  1  0  0  18
15 Markee Mazyck….... *  7-21   0-8    6-6    0  3  3   3  20  1  6  0  1  28
24 Steve Wing…....... *  3-4    0-0    4-4    2  7  9   0  10  3  1  1  0  32
00 Tyrie Elliott…....    2-4    2-4    0-0    0  0  0   0   6  0  0  0  0   9
01 Jordan McMillian….    2-5    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   4   4  1  0  3  0  21
04 Tyler Thompson…...    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  1  0  0  10
31 Awwal Reid….......    2-4    2-3    4-6    1  4  5   3  10  1  2  1  0  18
33 Cody Morris…......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   1
34 Anthony Grant…....    1-1    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   4   2  0  1  1  0  10
   TEAM….............                         3  1  4
   Totals…...........   26-61   5-21  23-26  13 32 45  24  80 15 16  7  1 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-28 50.0%   2nd Half: 12-33 36.4%   Game: 42.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-7  28.6%   2nd Half:  3-14 21.4%   Game: 23.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  7-7  100 %   2nd Half: 16-19 84.2%   Game: 88.5%    1

Technical fouls: Glenville State-None. West Virginia St.-None.

Attendance: 411

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Glenville State…............   33   56  -   89
West Virginia St…...........   37   43  -   80

Lady Pioneers Basketball Team Falls on the Road to West Virginia State 72-60‏

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The Glenville State Lady Pioneer basketball team dropped an MEC Conference road game this Saturday afternoon to the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets by 12 points, 72-60.

In the first half of action West Virginia State would build a 10 point lead, 19-9, with 10:15 left to play till halftime. However the Lady Pioneers would come roaring back and pull with just two points, 23-22, with 6:42 left till the half.

The Yellow Jackets would take a two point lead at the half, 38-36, over the Lady Pioneers.

In the second half of action both teams would battle back and fourth, but at the 8:24 minute mark Glenville State would tie the game at 54 all. However after that tie the Yellow Jackets would go on a slit run and take another small lead.

Glenville State would try and again battle back from behind but the Yellow Jackets would hold on to the 12 point victory, 72-60, over the Lady Pioneers.

There was only one lead change in the game and one tie in the game.

The Lady Pioneers had a tough time shooting the ball as they only shot 29 percent from the floor while the Yellow Jackets shot 49 percent for the game.

West Virginia State also won the rebounding battle as they outrebounded Glenville State 45 to 39.

Freshman Kayla Tibbs scored a team high 17 points for the Lady Pioneers. Keyanna Tate was the only other Lady Pioneer to score in double figures as she scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds just missing a double-double.

Paige Tuttle dished out a team high five assists for Glenville State.

West Virginia State was led by Shealyan Shafer as she scored a game high 24 points and grabbed a game high 10 rebounds as she finished with a double-double.

The Lady Pioneers (3-5, 2-3) return to action on Monday, January 05, 2015 when they return home to the Waco Center as they host the University of Charleston with tip-off set for 5:30 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
Glenville State vs. West Virginia St.
01.03.2015   2:00 PM   at Institute, WV
VISITORS: Glenville State 3-5, 2-3

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Katrina Salins…... *  1-8    1-6    0-0    1  0  1   1   3  0  1  0  0  18
04 Keyanna Tate…..... *  4-15   0-1    5-6    6  3  9   4  13  2  0  2  0  25
12 Kayla Tibbs…...... *  5-13   4-12   3-4    1  2  3   2  17  1  5  0  1  26
20 Briauna Nix…...... *  3-7    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   2   6  0  1  1  0  15
32 Brittany Jackson…. *  1-7    0-3    2-4    2  1  3   3   4  1  1  0  3  17
02 Paige Tuttle….....    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  5  2  0  1  18
03 Tayana Stewart…...    1-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  0  0  0  2   5
10 Skyy Lewis….......    0-2    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  0  1  0  0  12
13 Chanice Lee…......    1-2    1-1    1-2    1  1  2   0   4  1  0  0  0   8
21 Kristin DesRocher…    0-3    0-2    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0  10
24 Madison Martin…...    1-4    1-4    0-0    0  2  2   0   3  0  1  0  1  18
25 Briana Smythe…....    2-4    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   4  0  0  1  1  12
34 La’Shaughn Jones….    2-3    0-0    0-0    3  4  7   2   4  0  0  3  0  14
35 Julie Bishop….....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM….............                         3  1  4             1
   Totals…...........   21-72   7-32  11-16  21 18 39  17  60 10 13  7  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-36 33.3%   2nd Half:  9-36 25.0%   Game: 29.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-16 31.3%   2nd Half:  2-16 12.5%   Game: 21.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  7-10 70.0%   2nd Half:  4-6  66.7%   Game: 68.8%    2

HOME TEAM: West Virginia St. 3-6, 1-3

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
11 Deyahnna Styles….. *  5-11   1-3    0-0    0  0  0   4  11  3  2  1  1  28
24 Alexus Hobbs…..... *  4-10   1-2    1-2    3  6  9   1  10  0  2  3  3  40
30 Trina Current….... *  7-9    0-0    2-3    2  6  8   2  16  2  2  0  0  25
34 Shealyn Shafer…... *  8-11   0-0    8-8    4  6 10   3  24  2  2  2  3  37
42 Aurreshae Hines….. *  2-5    0-1    2-3    2  4  6   0   6  7  5  0  0  27
00 Rachel Ward…......    1-5    1-4    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  1  2  0  0  13
10 Amiea Summers…....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  0  2  0  0   4
14 Autumn Ringen…....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  1  0   8
23 Montrail Roberts….    0-3    0-0    2-2    0  5  5   0   2  3  0  4  1  15
32 Ashley Current…...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  1  2  0  0   3
   TEAM….............                         1  2  3             2
   Totals…...........   27-55   3-11  15-18  12 33 45  12  72 19 21 11  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-26 57.7%   2nd Half: 12-29 41.4%   Game: 49.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  2-8  25.0%   Game: 27.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  7-8  87.5%   2nd Half:  8-10 80.0%   Game: 83.3%    1

Technical fouls: Glenville State-None. West Virginia St.-None.

Attendance: 141

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Glenville State…............   36   24  -   60
West Virginia St…...........   38   34  -   72

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►  Toledo tops Arkansas State in GoDaddy Bowl

Kareem Hunt helped Toledo unseat Arkansas State as the king of the GoDaddy Bowl.

Kareem Hunt ran for 271 yards and a GoDaddy Bowl record five touchdowns as the Rockets defeated the Red Wolves 63-44 on Sunday night.

Toledo (9-4) ran for 365 yards and seven scores in all.

Arkansas State (7-6), which had won the last two GoDaddy bowls, played in the Alabama-based bowl for a fourth consecutive year.

Logan Woodside completed 21-of-27 passes for 172 yards with an interception, while Damion Jones-Moore added 103 yards and a pair of scores on the ground for Toledo, which won five of its last six games to close the year.

Fredi Knighten was 23-of-31 for 403 yards and five scores and Booker Mays caught five passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Wolves, who lost three of their last four games to conclude the season.

After Logan Spry nailed a 31-yard field goal to pull Arkansas State within 21-17 midway through the second, the Rockets ripped off 21 straight points to seize control.

Hunt broke off a 29-yard TD run on a 4th-and-2 and Toledo used its defense to find the end zone four snaps into the Red Wolves’ ensuing series. Jordan Martin hit Knighten from behind and popped the ball into the air, which Allen Covington snatched and rumbled 67 yards the other way.

Toledo led 35-17 at the break and went up 42-17 when Hunt ran in from six yards out halfway through the third.

Arkansas State scored the next two touchdowns when Mays hauled in a 55-yard score and Money Hunter returned a Woodside interception 94 yards for a score to get within 42-31.

Hunt plunged in from a yard out and the Red Wolves answered with Mays’ 27-yard TD catch during the early stages of the fourth to make it 49-38.

Jones-Moore sandwiched scoring runs of 10 and 29 yards around Darion Griswold’s 3-yard TD reception to conclude the scoring.

Earlier, Toledo struck on the first play of the game when Knighten fumbled and Trent Voss fell on the loose ball in the end zone.

Mays broke through the secondary for a 44-yard TD catch on the Red Wolves’ next series, but Hunt ran for scores of four and 44 yards to put Toledo up 21-7.

Knighten hit Tres Houston for a 66-yard score to get Arkansas State within 21-14 late in the opening frame.

Game Notes

Toledo has appeared in a bowl game in four of its last five seasons ... The Rockets won 49-0 over the Red Wolves in the most recent meeting on September 5, 1992 ... The Rockets also won this postseason entry in 2005 when they beat UTEP 45-13 in what was then known as the GMAC Bowl.

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►  Redskins ‘plan’ to return to Richmond for training camp

The Redskins plan to hold training camp in Richmond for a third straight year although the city reportedly is struggling to fulfill its financial obligation to the team, general manager Bruce Allen said this week.

According to a report last week in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Richmond Economic Development Authority had yet to come up with the $547,685 that it owes the Redskins for holding the 2014 training camp in the city.

Last summer marked the second of an eight-year agreement between the Redskins and Richmond. As part of the agreement the Richmond Economic Development Authority was to pay the team $500,000 in 2013, but came up with only $213,890, which caused the annual amount owed to the team to increase to $547,685, the Times-Dispatch reported. The money was supposed to be generated by sponsorships and in-kind services, including vendor fees. City officials had also hoped that income from rent charged to the tenants of the building at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center would help cover the financial obligation to the team, but the building is mostly empty.

The Redskins last season drew a reported 164,789 fans, which was slightly lower than the first year. Vendors said a change in schedule (this season holding morning practices and afternoon walk-throughs unlike the reverse in 2013) also led to lower income for them because unlike the first year, fewer fans hung around for the afternoon walk-throughs in 2014.

The Redskins could “technically” look to get out of the deal because of the financial shortfall on Richmond’s part, the Times-Dispatch reported. But Allen said there have been no change in plans.

Going away to Richmond also was supposed to help improve the Redskins’ preparations and chemistry. But in the two seasons since Washington has had training camp, the team has gone a combined 7-25. Both years, the Redskins got off to 1-3 starts.

Allen said going away to camp, rather than having it in Ashburn, as the team did for years, was not to blame for the losing ways.

“Coach Gruden, no different than Coach Shanahan, likes the idea of going away for training camp,” Allen said. “The environment that we created in Richmond for the fans and for the team is a good environment. I don’t think you can blame training camp on what happened the last two regular seasons. Yeah, our plan is to be back in Richmond.”

►  Oilers send Draisaitl back to juniors

The Edmonton Oilers assigned rookie forward Leon Draisaitl back to juniors on Sunday.

Draisaitl, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, played in 37 games for the league-worst Oilers, posting two goals, seven assists and a minus-17 rating.

Edmonton used up the first year of the German’s entry-level contract by allowing him to play in at least 10 games. He would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent a year earlier had he reached the 40-game mark.

►  Time to talk shelf life in Cincy

Common sense says the Cincinnati Bengals shouldn’t have won Sunday but that hardly makes it easier for a franchise that hasn’t tasted victory in the postseason in nearly a quarter of a century.

When the Bengals trotted on the field in Indianapolis in advance of what turned out to be a 26-10 wild-card setback against Andrew Luck and the Colts, they were without their two top pass catchers in the regular season, All-Pro- level receiver A.J. Green, who failed to pass the NFL’s concussion protocol, and tight end Jermaine Gresham, who was unable to go with back and leg issues despite taking an epidural.

When you’re facing off with Luck, the leader of the NFL’s third-ranked offense who just broke Peyton Manning’s franchise record for passing yards in a single season with 4,761, that’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

After all, the dual absences were just adding to the lengthy list of weapons the much-maligned Andy Dalton was without.

Marvin Jones, who burst onto the scene with 10 touchdown catches as Green’s running mate in 2013, missed the entire year for the Bengals with ankle and foot injuries, while emerging tight end Tyler Eifert played all of eight snaps in the season opener against Baltimore before dislocating his elbow in what turned out to be another season-ending blow.

An offense that figured to enter the ‘14 season as one of the NFL’s explosive if only Dalton could carry his own water had no outside the numbers threats against Indy and was forced to rely on little-used running back Rex Burkhead as a hybrid H-back/slot role.

The results were predictable.

Luck threw for 376 yards and a touchdown with a 104.0 passer rating while Dalton had just 155 yards on 18-of-35 passing with a 63.4 rating, actually an improvement over his dismal 56.8 career postseason rating coming in.

“We got depleted. They fought their tail off and came up short,“ Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of his charges. “We have to keep working to knock down that door.“

The built-in excuses could make the Bengals feel a little better about themselves but they aren’t going to change the reality of the situation.

And here’s the hard truth in Cincinnati—Lewis has now coached 198 NFL games for the Bengals without piloting his team to a postseason win, an ongoing league record, while Dalton is now 0-4 as a starting QB in the playoffs and has never thrown a postseason pass with the lead.

“I thought (Dalton) played OK,“ Lewis said. “ We have to make more plays around him.“

For the veteran coach’s supporters, it’s more than fair to put a little context to those numbers because the Bengals aren’t exactly a franchise steeped in a winning tradition.

Lewis is the man responsible for six of the organization’s paltry 13 postseason appearances over 47 years. Dalton, meanwhile, has been there for the last four setbacks since taking over the team in ‘11 as a second-round pick out of TCU.

A glass-is-half-full person might point to the fact that this was the franchise- record fourth straight postseason appearance for the Bengals but the glass-is-half-empty types want results and they are now the significant majority in the Queen City.

Lewis has been the head man in Cincinnati since the 2003 season and has earned 100 career regular-season wins but he’s now 0-6 in the postseason, losing to Pittsburgh after the ‘05 season, as well as the New York Jets (‘09), Houston Texans (‘11 and ‘12), San Diego (‘13) and now Indianapolis.

“My plan is to be back,“ Lewis said. “I don’t know any other way but to work our way back.“

Continuity is almost always better than the alternative in the NFL but even the most stable and consistent of organizations have to be cognizant of shelf life.

And if you check the expiration level on Lewis, it should read January 04, 2015.

►  Colts handle Bengals, set up Luck vs. Manning

Andrew Luck picked apart Cincinnati’s secondary, while the Colts’ defense did the rest in shutting down the banged- up Bengals and rolling to a 26-10 playoff victory.

The Colts never trailed in this AFC Wild Card mismatch and advanced to face a familiar opponent in Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos next Sunday.

“We realize it’s a really good Denver team and we’ll have our work cut out for us,“ said Luck, who broke Manning’s franchise record for single-season passing yards. “Guys are excited and up for the challenge.“

The Bengals were shown another early exit, as Marvin Lewis fell to 0-6 in the postseason as Cincinnati’s head coach, the last four coming with Andy Dalton under center.

Dalton threw for just 155 yards on 18-of-35 passing, but was pressured all game and was without his top two targets in wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham.

“I didn’t play good enough. That’s what it comes down to,“ Dalton admitted. “I have to do more. It all starts with me.“

Luck finished with 376 yards and touchdown through the air in leading the Colts to a second straight Wild Card victory.

Adam Vinatieri made all four of his field goal tries, Daniel Herron gained 141 yards from scrimmage and ran for a touchdown, and T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 103 yards for the AFC South champions.

The Bengals were blanked by the Colts 27-0 at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 19 and were not much better on offense in this one, amassing just 254 total yards.

“We fought our tail off and came up short,“ Lewis said. “We have to go back to work, put our heads down and work to kick the door down.“

They went three-and-out on their first four possessions of the second half and essentially shelved their running attack after Luck guided back-to-back scoring drives to extend Indianapolis’ lead to 23-10.

Luck improvised his 36-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief, which put the Colts up 20-10 midway through the third quarter, as he stepped up in the pocket and hit the rookie receiver in stride just before being taken down.

A holding penalty on Moncrief negated Coby Fleener’s touchdown catch late in the third, and Indy wound up settling for a 22-yard Vinatieri field goal.

Vinatieri booted a Colts’ postseason record 53-yard kick with 11:31 remaining, and Jerrell Freeman stripped Dalton inside three minutes to end any chance of a Cincy comeback.

The Colts, who were held without an opening-drive touchdown during the regular season, took the initial kickoff and marched 71 yards in nine plays, with Herron—a sixth-round pick of the Bengals in 2012—barreling into the end zone from two yards out.

After trading punts, the Bengals embarked on their only sustainable drive the entire game. They moved the chains with a pair of third-down conversions and evened things on Jeremy Hill’s 1-yard plunge.

Luck and Hilton narrowly missed hooking up on a several deep balls in the first quarter, but got together for a 17-yard pickup on 3rd-and-11 early in the second. Hilton’s 30-yard catch-and-run on the next play set up Vinatieri’s 38-yard field goal.

Vinatieri connected again, this time from 29 yards away, midway through the second thanks to another long completion from Luck, this one on a terrific grab by Hakeem Nicks for 45 yards.

Indianapolis drove into Bengals territory inside the two-minute warning, but rookie defensive back Darqueze Dennard stripped Herron from behind and Cincinnati took over at its own 41.

Just before the break, Mike Nugent got just enough behind a 57-yard attempt, banking it off the left upright for the longest kick in Bengals postseason history. Nugent’s previous long in his 10-year career was a 55-yarder in 2012.

Game Notes

The Bengals are 0-9 all-time on the road in the postseason, including Super Bowls. They have not won a playoff game since a Wild Card victory over the Oilers on January 06, 1991 ... Green (concussion) and Gresham (back) both suffered their injuries in Week 17 against the Steelers, a loss that cost Cincinnati the AFC North title ... Herron recorded a game-high 10 receptions for 85 yards ... Hill was held to 47 yards on 13 carries ... Bengals starting linebacker Rey Maualuga aggravated a hamstring injury in the first quarter and did not return ... The Colts won the only other playoff meeting between these teams, 17-0 on December 26, 1970.

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(Sunday, January 04)

Final Score: Indianapolis 26, Cincinnati 10

Andrew Luck picked apart Cincinnati’s secondary, while the Colts’ defense did the rest in shutting down the banged- up Bengals and rolling to a 26-10 playoff victory. The Colts never trailed in this AFC Wild Card mismatch and advanced to face a familiar opponent in Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos next Sunday. The Bengals were shown another early exit, as Marvin Lewis fell to 0-6 in the postseason as Cincinnati’s head coach, the last four coming with Andy Dalton under center. Dalton threw for just 155 yards on 18-of-35 passing, but was pressured all game and was without his top two targets in wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham. Luck, on the other hand, finished with 376 yards and touchdown through the air in leading the Colts to a second straight Wild Card victory. Adam Vinatieri made all four of his field goal tries, Daniel Herron gained 141 yards from scrimmage and ran for a touchdown, and T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 103 yards for the AFC South champions.

Final Score: Dallas 24, Detroit 20

Tony Romo erased his label of playoff underachiever. The Detroit Lions weren’t able to do the same. Romo’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with 2:32 remaining finished off a run of 17 unanswered Dallas points, lifting the Cowboys to a 24-20 victory over the Lions in a thrilling NFC Wild Card clash. Detroit appeared on its way to its first postseason win since 1991 after taking a 20-7 lead deep into the third quarter, but Romo engineered three straight scoring drives to bring Dallas back on a night in which the Cowboys’ two other offensive stars were mostly held in check by a stout Lions defense. With Dez Bryant managing a modest 48 yards on three catches while double covered much of the game, Williams also stepped up to help Dallas advance to a matchup with second-seeded Green Bay in next Sunday’s Divisional round. The second- year wideout came through with a 76-yard touchdown late in the first half and finished with 92 yards on three grabs. DeMarco Murray added a touchdown run while grinding out 75 yards on 19 carries against Detroit’s top-ranked rushing defense, and the Cowboys received a boost as well from a controversial call that preceded the game-winning drive. The Lions punted the ball away with 8:10 left following Matthew Stafford’s incomplete pass on third down, which was initially ruled pass interference on Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens but then overturned by the officiating crew. Romo, who entered the matchup with a career 1-3 playoff record, shook off six sacks to throw for 293 yards and two touchdowns in a turnover-free 19-of-31 performance. Stafford finished with 323 yards, 51 of which came on a first-quarter touchdown pass to Golden Tate, and was picked off once while completing 28-of-42 attempts.

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►  Lady Titans at Home Tonight

•  Lady Titan vs. Wirt County   7:30 PM   Glenville

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►  GSC Back on the Court Tonight

•  The Lady Pioneers (3-5, 2-3) return to action on Monday, January 05, 2015 when they return home to the Waco Center as they host the University of Charleston.

Tip-off set for 5:30 PM.

•  The Pioneers (9-2, 5-0) return to the court Monday, January 05, 2015 when the University of Charleston travels to Glenville.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.

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►  Huggins likes West Virginia’s fiery mix: ‘They’re not afraid’

For anyone suspecting point guard Juwan Staten was irreplaceable or invaluable to West Virginia’s basketball team, Saturday’s comeback at TCU showed otherwise.

Even though a pregame illness left No. 17 WVU without Staten’s 16.2 points, 4.2 assists and disruptive defense, the resilient Mountaineers dug out of a 10-point hole to win 78-67, prolonging the program’s best start in 33 seasons.

A flurry of impressive cameos compensated for the sidelined superstar. Gary Browne closed out the game with the most productive 11-minute span of his career (save for one behind-the-back misfire.) Devin Williams snagged clutch rebounds and shot better than 50 percent for only the fourth time this season.

Off the bench, Brandon Watkins volleyed for boards during a crucial first-half stretch when West Virginia looked vulnerable. Freshman Jevon Carter registered six assists, ripped away six steals, sank a halftime buzzer-beater and handled several possessions at point guard while Browne sat with foul trouble.

The game’s unfolding only reinforced what Bob Huggins suspected about Staten’s supporting cast: “They’re not afraid.”

Yes, this was only TCU—a team that hasn’t notched a Big 12 win in its last 21 tries. But don’t confuse these Frogs with iterations of past seasons, not when they were 13-0 entering Saturday with three wins over power-conference opponents.

Whereas surviving Fort Worth with Staten would have sufficed, beating TCU without him went another step toward asserting West Virginia is capable of wrestling Texas and Kansas for a Big 12 title.

“Bob’s said twice that he likes this team,” joked TCU coach Trent Johnson. “And Bob don’t like a lot of things.”

While Staten is expected to return in some capacity for Monday night’s matchup at Texas Tech, Huggins clearly likes how his team played shorthanded.

“We don’t pack it in,” he said. “We don’t say uncle. We keep going. We’ve got competitive guys again.”

WEST VIRGINIA (13-1, 1-0) at TEXAS TECH (10-4, 0-1)

Tipoff: 7 PM Eastern at United Supermarkets Arena (ESPNU)

Scouting the Red Raiders: Texas Tech started 10Juwan Staten at Texas Tech 2014-0 at home before losing 70-61 to Texas on Saturday. It was the Raiders’ third loss to a top-70 RPI team, including a 69-64 overtime setback at LSU. … Junior college transfer guard Devaugntah Williams (11.6 points) is the lone double-digits scorer on a team where no one averages more than 25 minutes per game. … Senior guard Robert Turner (9.2 points), 6-9 freshman center Norense Odiase (8.1 points, 5 rebounds) and freshman forward Justin Gray (7.6 points) are other key scorers. Gray, however, is coping with tendinitis. “He can’t guard,” coach Tubby Smith told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “He can’t bend his knees. His knees are stiff. We’ve got the bike out there to keep him loose.” … Another freshman, 6-10 Isaiah Manderson, has played a larger role the past two games, highlighted by scoring 12 points in 11 minutes against Texas. … The Red Raiders rank 278th nationally in 3-point accuracy (30.5 percent), while WVU is 252nd at 31.2 percent.

Coaching the Red Raiders: Smith is 535-248 in his 24th season as a head coach. After taking Tulsa and Georgia to the NCAA tournament, he won a national title at Kentucky in 1998 and most recently enjoyed six years of moderate success at Minnesota.

Mountaineers numbers: WVU leads the nation with 18.1 offensive rebounds per game and grabbed 21 against TCU. Devin Williams made his two count, leading to and-one putbacks during a 14-point effort. “Devin can be one of the best rebounders in the country, but he hasn’t rebounded much lately,” Huggins said. “I challenged him at halftime vs. TCU) and I told him I liked the other Devin better, the one that went and got every rebound.”… Jonathan Holton (10.9 points, 6.7 rebounds) and Williams (10.1, 7.3 rebounds) have started every game this season. … The Mountaineers won 89-86 in Lubbock last season, needing a Terry Henderson 3-pointer to force overtime. Staten scored 25 in that victory.

RPIs: West Virginia 13, Texas Tech 154

Line: West Virginia favored by 5.5

Prediction: West Virginia 74-67

With all but one team in the Big 12 Conference at least six games over .500 entering the week, West Virginia has to be feeling the heat as it takes on Texas Tech on Monday night.

Aside from a narrow 74-73 loss to LSU at home during the SEC/Big 12 Challenge last month, the Mountaineers have been unstoppable. Then again, the majority of the non-conference schedule was rather comfortable for a team which has now won six straight outings.

The latest victory took place on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas as the Mountaineers dismissed the TCU Horned Frogs in the conference opener, 78-67.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech is a squad that has played almost exclusively at home in the early going, producing a record of 10-1 in Lubbock and 0-3 everywhere else. Over the weekend, the Red Raiders also opened up their conference calendar versus Texas at home, but that resulted in a 70-61 setback.

The loss was the third in the last four games for a Tech squad that is scheduled to play three of the four games after Monday night on the road, beginning with a stop at Kansas this Saturday.

The Mountaineers own a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series with Texas Tech, which just began back in 2005. West Virginia won both meetings a season ago, although one went to overtime before the visitors picked up the 89-86 triumph.

West Virginia found itself trailing by double figures in the first half at TCU, but closed the gap to two points at the break and then connected on 51.7% from the floor and 17-of-22 at the free-throw line in the final frame in order to capture the win. Gary Browne was the top scorer for the visitors with 16 points, followed by Devin Williams and Jaysean Paige with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Defensively, WVU forced 18 turnovers in order to keep the Horned Frogs from jumping back into contention.

The Mountaineers also managed to stay afloat despite missing Juwan Staten, the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, as he was held out due to illness. Staten, the leading scorer for WVU with 16.1 ppg, not to mention the top passer with 55 assists, is still listed as questionable for Monday’s meeting, which means the support staff might have to pick up the slack yet again and lean on Jonathan Holton and Devin Williams who chip in with 10.9 and 10.4 ppg, respectively.

Not a single Texas Tech starter managed to score in double figures during the meeting with the Longhorns on Saturday, combining to shoot just 9-of-29 from the floor and 10-of-20 at the free-throw line during the nine-point home loss. Isaiah Manderson was the only player in double figures with 12 points, hitting 6-of-8 shots from the floor in a matter of just 11 minutes. However, the team as a whole still connected on just 4-of-19 behind the 3-point line and 13- of-26 at the free-throw line, while also turning the ball over 15 times.

Manderson, who has scored in double figures in two straight contests, has come off the bench in every game and is averaging only 4.8 ppg for a unit that is coming in at 68.4 ppg. Devaugntah Williams, a 40.8% shooter from the field, accounts for 11.0 ppg, but clearly offense is not the top priority for this group as it limits foes to 58.7 ppg on 37.8% accuracy from the floor.

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►  Top-25 College Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Sunday, January 04)

Final Score: (4) Wisconsin 81, Northwestern 58

Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky both scored 16 points and No. 4 Wisconsin disposed of Northwestern 81-58 on Sunday. Dekker matched a career-high with four 3-pointers—all in the first half—and Kaminsky added 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double. Duje Dukan added 14 points off the bench for Wisconsin (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten), which has won its first two conference games by an average of 20 points. Tre Demps gave 17 points, six rebounds and four assists for Northwestern (10-5, 1-1), and Bryant McIntosh scored 13. The Wildcats were coming off their first conference- opening win since 2005-06.

Final Score: (5) Louisville 85, Wake Forest 76

Chris Jones scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, enabling fifth-ranked Louisville to survive its first challenge in the ACC by rallying for an 85-76 victory over Wake Forest. Jones added a career-high 10 assists and keyed an 12-2 run that turned a one- point deficit with under five minutes to play into an 80-71 Cardinals’ lead in Louisville’s debut in its new conference. Montrezl Harrell also came up big for Louisville (13-1, 1-0 ACC), amassing 25 points and 13 rebounds. Terry Rozier chipped in 18 points for the Cardinals before fouling out late. First- year head coach Danny Manning’s Demon Deacons nearly pulled off the stunning upset, getting a career-best 31 points from Devin Thomas and overcoming a 13- point first-half deficit to briefly move in front. Thomas also had 11 rebounds while shooting 11-of-14 from the field for Wake Forest (8-7, 0-2), which entered Sunday’s matchup on a season-high three-game win streak. Codi Miller- McIntyre and Mitchell Wilbekin tallied 14 points each in the loss.

Final Score: (8) Arizona 73, Arizona State 49

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tallied 13 points and eight rebounds as No. 8 Arizona got back on track with an easy 73-49 victory over Arizona State at the McKale Center. Stanley Johnson had 13 points and seven rebounds to help the Wildcats (13-1, 1-0 Pac-12) bounce back from their lone defeat of the season, a 71-67 loss at UNLV on December 23. Brandon Ashley also scored 13 points in a Pac-12 opener in which Arizona led by 20 at halftime and was never threatened by its in-state rival. Arizona State (8-6, 0-1) shot just 32.6% and committed 22 turnovers. with no Sun Devil finishing in double figures. Gerry Blakes paced ASU with nine points.

Final Score: (10) Utah 71, UCLA 39

Delon Wright filled the box score with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals as No. 10 Utah sent the UCLA Bruins to a fifth straight loss in Sunday’s 71-39 drubbing. A balanced scoring attack and shutdown defense helped the Utes (12-2, 2-0 Pac-12) improve to 10-0 at Huntsman Center and roll to a fifth straight win. Jordan Loveridge chipped in with 10 points, Jakob Poeltl added nine with 10 rebounds and four others netted at least six points. The spiraling Bruins (8-7, 0-2) were limited to 28.8% shooting and have averaged just 52.6 points during their recent skid. Tony Parker led the way with 12 points, while Bryce Alford was held scoreless on 0-of-10 shooting despite coming into the game logging a team-best 16.8 points per game.

Final Score: (13) Kansas 76, UNLV 61

Frank Mason III scored 18 points and No. 13 Kansas pulled away to beat upset-minded UNLV 76-61 on Sunday. Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden Jr. added 16 points apiece and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 12 with 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (11-2), who extended their home winning streak to 16 games. Christian Wood and Cody Doolin scored 12 points apiece to lead UNLV (9-5), which was coming off a 76-71 loss to Wyoming on Wednesday in its Mountain West Conference opener.

Final Score: (16) Wichita State 70, Illinois State 62

Ron Baker scored 15 points, Darius Carter added 14 and No. 16 Wichita State held off upset-minded Illinois State, 70-62, on Sunday. Wichita State (12-2, 2-0 MVC) recorded its 20th consecutive Missouri Valley Conference win and 24th in row at home, but not without being tested. The Redbirds stayed competitive even though they shot 36.5% from the floor. They were within two with under four minutes left, but the Shockers, who made 52.3% of their shots, pulled away with a 10-3 run. Daishon Knight carried the offensive load for Illinois State (8-6, 0-2), totaling 24 points on 10-of-23 shooting.

Final Score: (23) Northern Iowa 67, Loyola-Chicago 58

Jeremy Morgan scored 18 points and No. 23 Northern Iowa held on to beat Loyola-Chicago 67-58 on Sunday. Deon Mitchell added 13 points in the win and Seth Tuttle scored nine. The Panthers (12-2, 1-1 MVC) got their first Missouri Valley Conference win of the season despite going without a field goal over the last 5 1/2 minutes. It came three days after a loss to Evansville in their league opener, which will likely knock them out of the rankings. Milton Doyle scored 13 points to lead Loyola (11-3, 1-1) and Jay Knuth had 12. The Ramblers had a seven-game winning streak snapped, which included a victory over conference foe Bradley on New Year’s Eve.

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►  NBA Game Results

(Sunday, January 04)

Final Score: Dallas 109, Cleveland 90

Monta Ellis scored 20 points and the Dallas Mavericks shot better than 56% from the field to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-90 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive win. Dirk Nowitzki added 15 points and Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea each scored 14 for the Mavericks, who moved into a virtual tie with Memphis for first place in the Southwest Division. Kevin Love picked up the offensive slack for Cleveland again, scoring 30 and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Cavaliers have lost four of their last five games, including three of four since LeBron James has been sidelined. The Cavs snapped a three-game losing streak with a win in Charlotte on Friday, a day after learning James will miss two weeks with knee and back strains. Love had 27 points against the Hornets and Kyrie Irving scored 23, but had only six against the Mavs on Sunday and Cleveland shot just 40.7%.

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►  Royals ink P Madson to minor league deal

The Kansas City Royals signed pitcher Ryan Madson to a minor league contract on Sunday.

Madson, age 34, has not played in the majors since 2011 due to elbow injuries. The right-hander failed to make the Angels’ roster in 2013 after recovering from Tommy John surgery and sat out last season.

The California native compiled a 47-30 record with a 3.59 earned run average over 491 career games with Philadelphia. He was a member of the 2008 World Series champion Phillies.

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►  NHL Game Results

(Sunday, January 04)

Final Score: Carolina 2, Boston 1 (SO)

Eric Staal scored the lone goal of the shootout and Anton Khudobin dazzled against his former team as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Sunday. After each team failed to convert in the first two rounds of the shootout, Staal raced up the slot and beat Tuukka Rask with wrister short side. Khudobin stayed with Patrice Bergeron and shut the door to seal the win. Patrick Dwyer scored in regulation and Khudobin stopped 19 shots for the Hurricanes, who have won two in a row on the heels of a three-game skid. Bergeron lit the lamp and Rask turned aside 35 shots for the Bruins, who lost their third straight game, all past regulation.

Final Score: Washington 4, Florida 3

Alex Ovechkin tallied a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals avenged their marathon shootout loss to the Florida Panthers last month with a 4-3 victory on Sunday. Brooks Laich, Karl Alzner and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals, who continued their hot play after a dramatic 3-2 win over Chicago in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. Braden Holtby stopped 29-of-32 shots in his 15th consecutive start. Nick Bjugstad, who provided the winner in the NHL-record shootout on December 16, made it a one-goal game with 1:59 to play, but Florida was unable to tie it. Dylan Olsen and Vincent Trocheck also scored for the Panthers, who have dropped three of their last four games. Roberto Luongo gave up three goals on 21 shots over the first 40 minutes, but was replaced by Al Montoya, who turned aside 4-of-5 shots fired his way during the final stanza. Luongo took a hit from Ovechkin in the first period and gutted out the second before the injury caused him to exit the game for precautionary reasons.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Ottawa 2

Tyler Johnson notched a pair of goals, including an insurance marker in the third period, to lead Tampa Bay to a 4-2 decision over Ottawa on Sunday. Victor Hedman contributed a goal and assist with Steven Stamkos picking up the other score for the Lightning, who shook off a loss in Pittsburgh on Friday and won for the fifth time in their last six. Ben Bishop backed his offense with a 20-save effort. Kyle Turris and Mark Stone supplied the scores for the Senators, who have lost four of six with their modest two-game win streak ending. Robin Lehner stopped 26 pucks in defeat.

Final Score: Chicago 5, Dallas 4 (OT)

Patrick Sharp’s overtime goal gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday. Corey Crawford made 30 saves for Chicago, which trailed by a goal on four separate occasions but answered each time. Brad Richards, who along with Sharp posted a goal and an assist, tied the game at 4-4 with his marker late in the third period, and Sharp won it 1:17 into the extra session. Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell also scored for the Blackhawks, who have beaten Dallas in all three meetings this season. Erik Cole had two goals and an assist for Dallas, which saw its four-game win streak come to an end. Kari Lehtonen surrendered all five goals on 38 shots. The Stars had won their previous two games by a 13-1 total.

Final Score: Columbus 4, Colorado 3

David Savard recorded the tie-breaking goal with 1:01 remaining to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Brandon Dubinsky potted his first two goals of the season earlier to help the Blue Jackets bounce back from Saturday’s 6-3 loss at Arizona. Ryan Johansen scored as well in support of Curtis McElhinney’s 27-save effort. Colorado, which began its three-game homestand with a pair of victories, received goals from Jarome Iginla, Gabriel Landeskog and Cody McLeod. Semyon Varlamov finished with 23 saves in the setback.

Final Score: Anaheim 4, Nashville 3 (SO)

Francois Beauchemin tied the game late in regulation and Ryan Kesler won it in the shootout, as Anaheim snuck past Nashville by a 4-3 count at Honda Center. Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who improved to 2-1-0 on a four-game homestand which ends on Wednesday against the Rangers. Frederik Andersen came away with the victory after making 27 saves in the first 65 minutes and stopping two of three chances in the game’s final segment. Mattias Ekholm, Seth Jones and Craig Smith lit the lamp for the Predators, who were coming off that wild 7-6 overtime win in Los Angeles on Saturday. Carter Hutton made 30 saves, but surrendered two markers to the hosts in the shootout on three opportunities.

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►  Jankovic, Stosur lose opening matches of 2015

Sixth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic and Australian Samantha Stosur both lost first-round matches on Sunday at the season-opening Brisbane International tennis event.

Jankovic, a former World No. 1, was beaten 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 by Croatian wild card Ajla Tomljanovic, while Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, fell 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to American Varvara Lepchenko on the hardcourts at Queensland Tennis Centre.

Fifth-seeded German Andrea Petkovic, the 2011 Brisbane finalist, also had an early exit, losing 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to 2012 champion Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

In other first-round action, seventh-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro rallied to beat Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina cruised past Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-0, 6-2.

Reigning two-time champ Serena Williams beat former titlist Victoria Azarenka in last year’s marquee Brisbane finale.

Brisbane serves as a tune-up for the Australian Open, which will begin January 19 in Melbourne.

►  Diyas wins Shenzhen opener

Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas was a first- round winner Sunday at the season-opening Shenzhen Open tennis tournament.

The fourth-seeded Diyas posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Croatian Donna Vekic on the hardcourts at Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Centre.

Fifth-seeded Czech Klara Koukalova fell 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) to Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova, while eighth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky outlasted Stefanie Voegele 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in an all-Swiss affair.

Russian wild card Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Hungarian Timea Babos and China’s Zheng Saisai also won first-round matches.

Li Na beat Peng Shuai in last year’s all-Chinese finale.

Shenzhen serves as a tune-up for the Australian Open, which will begin January 19 in Melbourne.

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►  College Football Bowl Game Results

(Saturday, January 03)

Final Score: Florida 28, East Carolina 20

Vernon Hargreaves III intercepted a Shane Carden pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter as the Florida Gators held on for a 28-20 victory over the East Carolina Pirates in the Birmingham Bowl. The turnover came with 1:20 remaining, but East Carolina still possessed all three timeouts. After two of them were used by the Pirates, Jeff Driskel ran nine yards for the game-sealing first down. Driskel had replaced Treon Harris, who was injured in the second half. Harris threw two touchdown passes before departing. Adam Lane had 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for Florida (7-5), which was led by interim head coach D.J. Durkin. Durkin took over for Will Muschamp, who stepped down at the end of the regular season. Jim McElwain was hired away from Colorado State on Dec. 4 to be Florida’s new head coach and brought in Mississippi State’s Geoff Collins to replace Durkin as defensive coordinator. Carden was 34-of-66 for 427 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for East Carolina (8-5).

►  Florida tops ECU in Birmingham Bowl

Vernon Hargreaves III intercepted a Shane Carden pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter as the Florida Gators held on for a 28-20 victory over the East Carolina Pirates in the Birmingham Bowl.

The turnover came with 1:20 remaining, but East Carolina still possessed all three timeouts. After two of them were used by the Pirates, Jeff Driskel ran nine yards for the game-sealing first down.

Driskel had replaced Treon Harris, who was injured in the second half. Harris threw two touchdown passes before departing.

Adam Lane had 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for Florida (7-5), which was led by interim head coach D.J. Durkin.

Durkin took over for Will Muschamp, who stepped down at the end of the regular season. Jim McElwain was hired away from Colorado State on Dec. 04 to be Florida’s new head coach and brought in Mississippi State’s Geoff Collins to replace Durkin as defensive coordinator.

Carden was 34-of-66 for 427 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for East Carolina (8-5).

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►  NFL Game Results

(Saturday, January 03)

Final Score: Carolina 27, Arizona 16

Cam Newton’s two third-quarter touchdown passes and a smothering defensive display kept the Carolina Panthers rolling with a 27-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC Wild Card Playoff. Newton delivered scoring strikes to Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert that erased a 14-13 halftime deficit, and the Panthers’ defense made the lead stand by limiting a weaponless Arizona attack to a mere 13 yards and two first downs over the final two quarters. With third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley at the controls, the Cardinals mustered a paltry 78 total yards overall—the fewest by one team in a playoff game in NFL history. Both of Arizona’s touchdowns came on short fields caused by a pair of Carolina turnovers. Lindley did throw a TD pass to Darren Fells in the second quarter, but was intercepted twice—once near the goal line—and finished with just 81 yards on a 16-of-28 completion rate. Jonathan Stewart added 123 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in the fifth straight win for the Panthers, whose late-season surge was good enough to capture the soft NFC South with a 7-8-1 record. Newton hit on 18-of-32 throws for 198 yards with one interception. Carolina will next visit either reigning Super Bowl champ Seattle or Green Bay in the Divisional round, depending on the outcome of Sunday’s Detroit-Dallas clash. The loss concluded a disastrous stretch run for Arizona, which owned the NFL’s best record at 9-1 in mid-November. The Cardinals then lost four of their final six regular-season games with quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton beset by injuries.

Final Score: Baltimore 30, Pittsburgh 17

John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco added another notch to their playoff road resume as the Baltimore Ravens went into Heinz Field and came away with a 30-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Saturday’s AFC Wild Card clash rung familiar in this longstanding rivalry, with hard-hitting defense and opportunistic play deciding which team survived the slugfest. The Ravens, who needed help in Week 17 to even reach the postseason, provided most of the punishing blows, as they sacked Ben Roethlisberger five times and forced two critical interceptions in the fourth quarter. Flacco, who threw for 259 yards with a pair of touchdown passes, and Harbaugh have teamed together for seven playoff victories on the road, and they will shoot for another next Saturday against the top-seeded Patriots in the Divisional Round. The Steelers had won four straight home playoff games but were limited on the ground with All-Pro Le’Veon Bell sidelined. Roethlisberger threw 45 times for 334 yards with a touchdown, but it was his interception off the bands of Tate that essentially did in the Steelers.

►  Bengals seek to end lengthy playoff drought, visit Colts

It’s been nearly a quarter century since the Cincinnati Bengals last won a playoff game and they will be back for a fourth straight year to try again, this time in Indianapolis on Sunday.

The legendary comedian W.C. Fields once said “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,“ before deadpanning: “Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.“

Whether they admit it or not Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and his quarterback Andy Dalton have probably thought about that.

Lewis has been the head man in Cincinnati since the 2003 season and has won 100 career games but he’s 0-5 in the postseason, losing to Pittsburgh after the 2005 season, as well as the New York Jets (‘09), Houston Texans (‘11 and ‘12) and San Diego (‘13). Dalton has been there for the last three of those setbacks since taking over the team in ‘11 as a second-round pick out of TCU.

The franchise itself hasn’t won in January since 1991.

“We have to wait until Sunday to answer it again,“ Lewis said of the criticism surrounding him and his team.

“Regardless of what’s gone on in the past, this is a new team,“ Dalton added. “We’re here again. We were able to earn our way back here. We’ve got to take advantage of that. We understand that.“

A glass-is-half-full person might point to the fact that this is a franchise- record fourth straight postseason appearance for the Bengals while a glass-is- half-empty type wants results when they get there.

And those results will need to come against an emerging superstar in Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Bengals finished the regular season at 10-5-1, winning five of their last seven games but they came up short in the winner-take-all battle for the AFC North in Pittsburgh last Sunday night when Antonio Brown scored two touchdowns—one on a punt return and one the conventional way—as the Steelers captured their first division crown since 2010 with a 27-17 victory over Cincinnati.

Dalton completed 27-of-38 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the setback. Jeremy Hill carried the ball 23 times for 100 yards.

On the other side winning AFC South titles has been a way of life for the Colts over the last decade plus as Indianapolis has taken nine of the past 12 division crowns and will now be looking to build a deep playoff run off of that.

“It’s one-and-done now,“ said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. “We all know the stakes get higher and it’s single elimination. Whatever we have to do to win a game, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to do whatever it takes.“

Indianapolis warmed up for this in Week 17 when Luck threw a pair of touchdown passes in only one half of action, leading the Colts to a 27-10 win over the moribund Tennessee Titans.

Luck finished 10-of-16 for 160 yards and set the franchise single-season passing yardage mark with 4,761 yards, surpassing Peyton Manning’s previous mark of 4,700 in 2010. Matt Hasselbeck also threw a touchdown pass in the second half for the Colts, who finished 11-5.

Indianapolis bounced back from a dreadful performance at Dallas in Week 16 and completed a sweep of the AFC South for a second straight year. The Colts, who managed only 229 yards against the Cowboys in a 42-7 loss, totaled 378 on Sunday en route to their 13th straight divisional win.

“We needed to come out and win,“ said Luck. “To get a victory after last week was huge.“

Indianapolis leads its all-time series with the Bengals by a 17-10 margin and won the only prior postseason matchup. a 17-0 whitewash in a divisional playoff back in 1970.

Back in Week 7, Luck, who led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes this season, threw two scores as the Colts handed Cincinnati its worst loss of the year, a 27-0 shutout, the Bengals’ first in five years.

Indy limited Cincinnati to 135 total yards in that one and sacked Dalton three times while forcing Kevin Huber to punt it a franchise record-tying 11 times.

“Man, there were a lot of problems,“ Bengals safety Reggie Nelson admitted when talking about that game. “We got beat and they got the best of us, so it’s always good going back to a stadium, back to the scene of the crime.“

In the postseason the Colts are 20-22 all-time while the Bengals are only 5-12.


The offenses here are polar opposites with the Colts having nary a running game while placing everything on the shoulders of Luck, and Cincinnati becoming more of a run-based, play-action club with the emergence of Hill, who led all NFL rookies in rushing yards (1,124) and rushing TDs (nine).

In his past nine games, Hill has been dominant at times, averaging 103.2 yards on the ground per contest and becoming just the third NFL rookie with four 140-plus yard games.

Hill’s presence forces the opposing linebackers to honor the run fake and that creates better throwing lanes for Dalton, who, despite all the criticism, is 40-23-1 as the Bengals’ starter, the highest winning percentage in franchise history.

“Winning in general is how quarterbacks are judged,“ Dalton said. “If you win a lot in the regular season but you haven’t won a lot in the postseason, then they’re going to say that you couldn’t do something.“

Dalton will be without his favorite target. Wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a concussion last week at Pittsburgh and has been ruled out. Green’s running mate, Mohamed Sanu recorded career-highs in catches (56), receiving yards (790) and TD catches (five) but struggles with drops at times.

The Colts defense, meanwhile, has lacked consistency, especially on the pass rush where they the club has missed Robert Mathis, who sat the entire season, first on a suspension and then with an Achilles’ injury.

Veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is the leader of the group in his first season since coming over from Cleveland, pacing the AFC with 140 total tackles. Jackson has rubbed well on rookie LB Jonathan Newsome, who comes in off a two-sack game last week.

The defensive backfield is highlighted by Vontae Davis, one of football’s best man-to-man coverage corners as well as veteran safety Mike Adams, who led the team with a career-high five INTs this season.

The Indy offense remains the team’s strength, though, and finished third in the NFL with 406.6 ypg but was No. 1 overall in passing with 305.9 of those yards coming through the air thanks to Luck, who is just the eighth QB in NFL history to toss 40 TD in a season. The Stanford product has 12,957 passing yards since entering the league in 2012, the most of any player in their first three seasons.

Luck has got a plethora of weapons starting with the speedy T.Y. Hilton, who amassed a career-high 1,345 receiving yards with 1,159 of them coming after the first month. Meanwhile tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener each had eight TD receptions.

“Suppressing Andrew Luck is going to be kind of hard,“ Nelson admitted. “He always starts off kind of slow and the scary thing is, he can always get his team going.“

What Luck doesn’t have, though, is a running game although the disappointing Trent Richardson has always played pretty well against the Bengals, averaging 101.3 scrimmage yards per game in four career meeting against Cincinnati.

Defensively the Bengals will need a big day from their top pass rusher, Carlos Dunlap, who lead the team with eight sacks. Luck will also take chances at times so when the opportunities are there to make a play, a talented defensive backfield has to pounce. Nelson led Cincinnati with four picks.

“We have a lot of respect for what they do,“ Luck said. “They do a lot and they do it well. These guys do everything and do it with confidence and competence. It’s a fun team to play.“


Geico Insurance has introduced a new generation of NFL fans to Ickey Woods and his famed “Ickey Shuffle” with a cute little marketing campaign showing Ickey celebrating getting some cold cuts with the shuffle.

Fans in Cincinnati, however, understand the Bengals haven’t won in the postseason since Boomer Esiason was handing it to Ickey. In their minds it’s time to celebrate something far more important than cold cuts.

“At the end of the day, there are only so many teams that get this opportunity,“ said Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth. “It doesn’t matter what your record is anymore. It doesn’t matter where you’re seeded. All that matters is if you win.“

And winning here is going to take some “Luck.“

“Do we want to take the next step? Yes,“ Pagano said. “Do we want to reach the Super Bowl that’s going to be played in Arizona? Yes. We’re glad to be in (the playoffs), but (we’re) never satisfied until we hoist (the Lombardi Trophy).“

►  Lions and Cowboys finish off Wild Card Weekend

Playoff football is back in Big D.

The Dallas Cowboys knew it would happen before the season began by boldly sending out postseason packages to their season-ticket holders last summer.

It’s unknown if Nostradamus had something to do with Dallas’ audacious prediction to reach the postseason, but the Cowboys know they will have their hands full with the Detroit Lions Sunday in an NFC Wild Card Game.

Dallas captured the NFC East title and the third seed in the conference with a 12-4 record and are in the playoffs for the first time since winning the division in 2009. Cowboys quarterback and MVP candidate Tony Romo has only one playoff victory under his belt and looks to build on that.

“I’m playing at a level I’m proud of and hope to get better,“ said Romo, who passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in a 44-17 drubbing of Washington in the season finale. “I’m just excited about the progression of improvement and want to keep this going in our next game.“

Romo passed for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He is 1-3 as a starter in the playoffs, completing 80-of-1,235 passes for 832 yards, four TDs and two INTs. Now that the running game has hit full stride, Romo won’t have to carry the offensive load. In four starts against the Lions, Romo is 1-3 with 1,160 yards, 10 TDs and four picks.

In seven home games this season, Romo passed for 1,772 yards, 14 touchdowns and was picked off seven times. He dealt with a lingering back issue all season, but has received treatment prior to the last few games to deaden the pain. Romo has built a strong rapport with leading receiver Dez Bryant, who led the team with 88 catches for 1,320 yards and a franchise-best 16 TDs.

Bryant had six touchdown receptions over the last three games for the Cowboys, who ripped off four straight wins after an embarrassing loss at home to the Philadelphia Eagles. Bryant is the only player in the NFL with 12 or more receiving touchdowns in each of the past three seasons, and has five touchdown catches in three meetings with Detroit.

“Dez is really a remarkable player,“ Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. “As a teammate, as a leader, as a veteran guy, you take a lot of pride in seeing the growth of Dez and (running back) DeMarco (Murray) mature as players. Dez is a unbelievable player, he’s a dynamic player, and it’s great to see his growth.“

The Lions are in the playoffs for only the second time in the past 15 years and ended a two-year drought with an 11-5 record in the first year of head coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions just missed out on an NFC North title and the Green Bay Packers claimed it with a 12-4 mark.

Detroit was hoping to close the regular season with five straight wins, but dropped a 30-20 decision to the Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field. Matthew Stafford passed for 217 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for the Lions, whose 11 wins are the most since a 12-4 record back in 1991.

Stafford threw for 4,257 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and has eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark for a fourth straight season. He is 2-0 in his career versus Dallas and lost his only playoff appearance to New Orleans in 2011, throwing for 380 yards, three TDs and two INTs in a 45-28 setback in the Big Easy.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is Stafford’s main target and he had 211 yards and two scores on 12 receptions against the Saints.

Stafford is focused on winning his first playoff game.

“I think, obviously, you watch every game and find ways that you can get better, win, lose or draw,“ Stafford said. “We’re a battle-tested team and have won 11 football games this year. We found ways to win a lot of them and we’ll continue to do that. We just have to move forward.“

Golden Tate, not Johnson, led Detroit with 99 receptions for 1,331 yards in his first year with the team, while Megatron grabbed a team-high eight touchdown receptions. Johnson missed three games because of injury.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh almost missed this playoff game against the Cowboys after he stepped on the legs of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers while he was down on the grass. Suh was originally suspended for the game for violating playing rules prohibiting unnecessary roughness, but the penalty was reduced on appeal to a $70,000 fine.

Suh paced the Lions with 8 1/2 sacks and is a vital piece to the stout run defense, which finished first in rushing yards allowed (69.3). The Lions were second in total defense and held opponents to 100 rushing yards or fewer in 14 of 16 games, including five games with 50 rushing yards or fewer.

Murray led the NFL in rushing with a team-record 1,845 yards and 12 100-yard games. Murray was tied for the league lead in rushing scores with 13 and opened the season with eight straight 100-yard games for Dallas, which was second overall with 147.1 rushing yards per game.

“Controlling the line of scrimmage is important,“ Caldwell said. “Our defense has been really strong in that area throughout the year.“

The Lions defeated the Cowboys, 31-30, on Oct. 27, 2013 and were aided by Stafford’s 488 passing yards. Johnson caught 14 passes for a franchise-record 329 yards and a score in that one for Detroit, which has won two in a row in this series after losing five of the previous six encounters.

Detroit and Dallas have split two playoff matchups, while the Cowboys lead the overall series by a 13-12 margin.


Sunday’s game features two great quarterbacks and two outstanding wide receivers. The Romo-to-Bryant connection has been on point the last few weeks and cannot afford to have a Thanksgiving flop. Romo threw for 199 yards and two interceptions, and was sacked twice in that Big D debacle

Bryant had 73 yards on six catches with no TDs. He has made great strides since that loss, however.

“We’re just getting started and we’re excited about the opportunity in front of us,“ Romo said about the postseason.

Romo led the NFL with a club-record 113.2 passer rating. He has to be aware of Detroit defenders Suh, Ezekiel Ansah, George Johnson and DeAndre Levy. Levy led the Lions with 151 tackles, while Glover Quin snatched an NFL-best seven interceptions.

Detroit had 20 INTs this season, second most in NFC. It will try to produce a few more turnovers and contain the likes of Bryant and Witten.

The Lions hope right guard Larry Warford will be available after he was carted off the field Sunday with a knee injury. Warford is day-to-day and hopes to be ready for the Cowboys.

“They haven’t really told me what to say,“ Warford said. “Can’t say anything about the injury right now, but hopefully I’ll be back soon.“

Lions rookie center Travis Swanson made his first start in Green Bay and replaced suspended veteran Dominic Raiola.

Dallas had four players with 70 or tackles in Barry Church (97), Rolando McClain (81), Anthony Hitchens (75) and J.J. Wilcox (74). Bruce Carter recorded five interceptions and Wilcox had three.

Church and Wilcox will have to help over the top with corners Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick lining up against Johnson and Tate.


The Lions have it tough facing the Packers two times a season and were able to split the NFC North series with each team winning at home. The Cowboys are just as talented, and the Lions will have to enter Dallas’ den in hopes of keeping the season alive.

The Cowboys were a perfect 8-0 on the road in the regular season and 4-4 at AT&T Stadium. The house that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones built will be electric this weekend, and getting Murray going early is priority No. 1. As difficult as that will be for Detroit to stop, there’s Romo and Bryant to worry about.

“We have a great defense, they’ve held us in games a lot of times,“ Johnson said of Detroit’s stop unit. “Like they say, ‘defense wins championships’, so if we just step our game up on offense we’ll be alright.“

Detroit is facing a fine collection of talent and will need a complete effort to pull off the victory. It won’t happen this year, unfortunately, as Romo and the ‘Boys ride off into the NFC divisional round of the playoffs.

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►  Area High Schools Boys Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 03)

#10 Gilmer County 53     Roane County 49

Doddridge County 47     Buffalo 40

Webster County 63     Ritchie County 61 (OT)

Buckhannon-Upshur 65     Valley (Fayette) 63

Union Grant 38     South Harrison 35

Parkersburg South 71     John Marshall 35

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(Saturday, January 03)

Ritchie County 52     Webster County 51

Union Grant 42     South Harrison 16

Wirt County 50     Tyler Consolidated 40

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►  MEC Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 03)

Shepherd 120, Notre Dame 114 (2 OT) |FinalStats

Freshman Skyler Roman and freshman Steffen Davis each scored a team-high 27 points to lead Shepherd to a 120-114 double overtime win over Notre Dame.

The Rams improved to 8-3 on they ear and 3-2 in the MEC. Notre Dame slipped to 7-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

Davis hit on 8-of-14 shots from the floor with a 6-of-11 effort from three-point range, and was 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Roman was 5-of-10 from the floor with a 1-of-3 performance from beyond the arc. He was 16-of-17 from the foul line. Roman added five assists.

Morgan McDonald added 21 points and Ryan McTavish grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and tied Roman for team-high assist honors. AJ Carr was in double figures with 12 points.

Tyree Gaiter scored a game-high 30 points and dished out a game-high 11 assists for the Falcons. Lawrence DeArmond added 29 points and 13 rebounds, whileOliver Megins tossed in 23 points.

#1 West Liberty 113, Concord 107 (OT) |Final Stats

Top-ranked West Liberty needed overtime to slip past Concord, 113-107.

WLU (10-0, 5-0) led by 15 at halftime, but a furious rally from Concord in the second half tied the score at 82-82 with still six minutes to play. The Mountain Lions led late, but a pair of free throws from Seger Bonifant with :40 left sent the game into overtime.

A pair of early three-pointers in overtime from Zac Grossenbacher helped the ‘Toppers out to a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Bonifant finished with a game-high 30 points – his fifth 30-point game of the season – to lead all scorers while C.J. Hester checked in with 27 points and a dozen rebounds for his fourth consecutive double-double. Brandon Smith came off the bench to score 14 points while Devin Hoehn added 13 points and five assists.

Terry Hopewell and Jametrius Wade tallied 26 and 20 points, respectively, to lead five double-figure scorers for the hosts. B.J. Hamlet scored 18, Aaron Miller netted 16 and Mike Boyd scored 13 and dished out nine assists.

Fairmont State 76, Urbana 73 |FinalStats

Fairmont State withstood a late Urbana rally to hold for a 76-73 win over the Blue Knights.

Shammgod Wells had a season-high 16 points and six assists to lead the Falcons (6-5, 3-2) in the victory.Nick Harneychipped in 14, Thomas Wimbush andCaleb Daviseach added 12 andChase Morganhad 11.

John Summers had a career and game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds for Urbana (4-7, 1-4) Myles Busby chipped in 11 for UU.

The Falcons led by as many as 13 early in the second half, but Urbana managed to cut the lead to one with 4:30 to play, but Wells responded with a three of his own on FSU’s next possession. Urbana had a chance to tie or get the game-winner with 20 seconds left, but Summers’ three would not fall and the Falcons held on for the win.

Glenville State 89, West Virginia State 80 |Final Stats

Glenville State overcame a halftime deficit and used a late 9-0 run to break away from West Virginia State, 89-80.

Five players reached double figures for the Pioneers (9-2, 5-0), led by 22 from Reggie Williams. Donte Morales added 18, Luke Campbell scored 14, and Brett Morris and Brien Winston each netted 12.

Markee Mazyck led the effort for WVSU (1-10, 1-3) with 20 point, 14 of which came in the second half. Dominic Phillips registered 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Yellow Jackets. Steve Wing and Awwal Reid each scored 10.

Charleston 60, West Virginia Wesleyan 52 | Final Stats

Charleston built a 12-point halftime lead and never looked back on its way to a 60-52 win over West Virginia Wesleyan.

The Golden Eagles (8-3, 3-2) used a steady attack in the victory with 13 points from Jevonte Hughes and 12 from Chris Evans.

Tanner McGrew helped keep WVWC (3-8, 1-4) in the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Dewberry chipped in 13 points for the Bobcats.

Wheeling Jesuit 76, UVa-Wise 63 |Final Stats

Pat Moseh scored 26 points to lead Wheeling Jesuit to a 76-63 road win over UVa-Wise.

Wheeling Jesuit (6-3, 2-2) shot 48 percent from the field on its way to the victory. Justin Fritts scored 16 and handed out seven assists, and Eric Siefert filled the box score with 10 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Chase Lawson came off the bench to score 11 points.

Philip Owens II led UVa-Wise (1-9, 0-6) with 20 points, and Matt Day scored 18. Oliver Thompson contributed 14 points.

►  MEC Women’s Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 03)

West Virginia State 72, Glenville State 60 |Final Stats

West Virginia State broke a 54-54 tie with 8:24 to go by closing out the game on an 18-6 run to defeat Glenville State, 72-60.

WVSU improved to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the MEC. Glenville State dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the league.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Shealyn Shafer who shot 8-of-11 from the field and went for a game-high 24 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds. Trina Current added 16 points and eight rebounds, Alexus Hobbs had 10 points and nine boards, and Deyahnna Styles chipped in 11 points. Aurreshae Hines dished out seven assists to go with six points and six rebounds.

GSC was led by 17 points from Kayla Tibbs and 13 points and nine rebounds from Keyanna Tate.

West Virginia State shot 49 percent from the field and held the Pioneers to just 29 percent shooting in the game.

Wheeling Jesuit 56, UVa-Wise 49 |Final Stats

Wheeling Jesuit erased an 11-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to rally for a 56-49 victory over UVa-Wise.

The Cardinals (5-3, 2-2) outscored the Cavs (3-6, 3-2) 23-5 over the final 10:41, including holding UVa-Wise scoreless for the game’s final 3:47. WJU dominated the inside with 34 points in the paint compared to just 12 for the Cavs.

Jaila Bryant led the Cards with 14 points, and Kylie Frizell scored eight of her 13 points in the second half. Jaana Motton had 13 rebounds to go with eight points.

Kayla Carey had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs. Blair Harding had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Katie Jo Dockery added 10 points.

Shepherd 76, Notre Dame 71 |Final Stats

Rachel Johnson scored 23 points to help Shepherd defeat Notre Dame, 76-71.

With the win, the Rams improved to 8-3 on the year and remained unbeaten in the MEC at 5-0. Notre Dame fell to 6-5 on the year and 2-3 in conference play.

Johnson hit 10-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point range for her 23 points. She also had five rebounds and three assists. Morgan Arden came off the bench to add 11 points and Liz Myers chipped in 10.

Martha Nagbe scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead NDC. Lauren Langenderfer scored 15, Molly Ritz scored 12 points and had nine rebounds, and Jessica Garcia came off the bench to score 10.

Shepherd shot 52 percent from the field to help it overcome a 43-33 rebounding deficit. The Rams also got 30 points off the bench compared to just 14 from NDC.

Fairmont State 66, Urbana 56 |Final Stats

Fairmont State overcame a halftime deficit and held off Urbana late to pick up a 66-56 win over the Blue Knights.

The Falcons (9-2, 3-2) trailed at the break 34-28, but started the second half on a 12-4 run to get back into the game. FSU then outscored Urbana (1-10, 1-4) 9-1 in the final 4:17 to hold off a late charge from the Blue Knights.

Emily Lohr was 6-of-9 from three-point range and led the Falcons with 20 points. Hallie Gunnoe scored 14 and Emily Puskarich added 12. The Falcons shot 45 percent in the second half helping outscore Urbana 38-22 in the final 20 minutes.

Katy Barkley led Urbana with 13 points and eight rebounds. Jeni Jordan had 12 points and eight rebounds and Megan Hatfield came off the bench to add 11.

West Liberty 90, Concord 65 | Final Stats

Liz Flowers scored 30 points and Kailee Howe dished out 16 assists to help West Liberty power past Concord, 90-65.

Flowers hit four three-pointers and was 7-of-7 from the free throw line to lead WLU (7-4, 4-1). Jenn Mohney added four three-pointers on her way to 19 points, and Kierra Simpson scored 12 and added nine rebounds. Howe added eight points and six rebounds to go with her 16 assists.

Rachel Artrip led Concord (3-5, 3-2) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jacqueline Kestner scored 13 points and added eight rebounds.

Charleston 58, West Virginia Wesleyan 54 | Final Stats

Charleston held off a late charge by West Virginia Wesleyan to hold on for a 58-54 win.

The Golden Eagles (8-3, 3-2) featured a balanced attack led by 15 points from Dejanique Reddix, 14 from Nichole Perry and 12 from LeAnne Ross. Ross hit four threes on the day and Perry added three for UC.

Adrian Cunningham led the Bobcats (0-8, 0-5) with 19 points. Mari Stewart 11 and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.

UC led by as many as 14 in the second half, but saw its advantage dwindle to just two points with 1:25 to go. The Bobcats could not manage any points in their final two possessions as UC’s Reddix made two free throws down the final stretch to seal the win.

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►  Top-25 College Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 03)

Final Score: (2) Duke 85, Boston College 62

Jahlil Okafor had 28 points and eight rebounds as No. 2 Duke routed Boston College in the ACC opener for both teams on Saturday. Okafor was 7-of-11 from the field and 14-of-17 from the foul line for the Blue Devils (13-0, 1-0 ACC), who have won each of their 13 games by double-digit margins. Quinn Cook tallied 15 points, while Rasheed Sulaimon added 11 points off the bench in the victory. Duke posted its ninth 13-0 start in school history and extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 41 games. Olivier Hanlan netted 22 points to lead Boston College (7-5, 0-1), which has dropped two of its last three games on the heels of a four-game winning streak.

Final Score: (3) Virginia 89, Miami-Florida 80 (2-OT)

It took 10 extra minutes, but No. 3 Virginia narrowly escaped with an 89-80 double-overtime win over Miami-Florida to remain undefeated. The Cavaliers (13-0, 1-0 ACC) were led by London Perrantes with 26 points and eight assists. Justin Anderson added nine of his 16 points in the overtime periods, including a clutch 3-pointer. Angel Rodriguez scored a career-high 25 points for the Hurricanes (10-4, 0-1), to go with seven assists and four rebounds. His three free throws with less than a second remaining in regulation forced overtime. Sheldon McClellan chipped in 16 points and eight boards for Miami, and Omar Sherman added 13 on 5-of-10 shooting with six rebounds.

Final Score: Seton Hall 66, (6) Villanova 61 (OT)

Sterling Gibbs scored 20 points and came up with a steal late in overtime as the Seton Hall Pirates beat sixth-ranked Villanova 66-61 to deny the Wildcats their best start in school history. Khadeen Carrington had a career-high 17 points off the bench for Seton Hall (12-2, 2-0 Big East), which posted its second straight win over a ranked opponent. The Pirates knocked off No. 15 St. John’s 78-67 on Wednesday to begin Big East play. Daniel Ochefu finished with career highs of 19 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (13-1, 1-1), who were looking to become the first team in program history to open a season with 14 consecutive wins.

Final Score: (7) Gonzaga 87, Portland 75

Przemek Karnowski dropped 21 points and No. 7 Gonzaga survived a stiff test from Portland, beating the Pilots 87-75 to avenge last season’s loss at Chiles Center. Karnowski shot 9-for-12 and made his first career 3-pointer during a balanced scoring attack that saw four Bulldogs reach double figures and three others score at least five. Kevin Pangos also notched 21 points while Gary Bell Jr. and Byron Wesley posted 12 and 10, respectively, for Gonzaga (14-1, 3-0 WCC), which is 3-0 in conference play for the ninth straight season. Alec Wintering and Thomas van der Mars did the heavy lifting for Portland (10-5, 1-2), which trailed by as many as 21 points before trimming the gap to five late in the game. It fell short of a miraculous comeback for the second straight game.

Final Score: South Carolina 64, (9) Iowa State 60

Duane Notice had 15 points and six rebounds to lead South Carolina in a 64-60 victory over No. 9 Iowa State. Sindarius Thornwell scored 13 points with eight rebounds and Tyrone Johnson added 13 points and seven boards for the Gamecocks (9-3), who have won seven straight games. Dustin Hogue and Jameel McKay each scored 15 points with six rebounds and Georges Niang added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Cyclones (10-2), who had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: (11) Texas 70, Texas Tech 61

Javan Felix scored a game-high 15 points as 11th-ranked Texas won its Big 12 opener with a 70-61 verdict over Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena. Jonathan Holmes added 14 points and Cameron Ridley had 13 along with seven rebounds for a Longhorns team that received a further boost in the return of point guard Isaiah Taylor from a broken wrist. Taylor, who had missed the Longhorns’ last 10 outings, shot just 2- of-10 from the field but had four steals to key another strong defensive effort for Texas (12-2). The Longhorns also did plenty of damage from the foul line, hitting 25-of-34 free throw attempts to offset a 38.5 percent shooting display. Texas Tech (10-4) had just one player score in double figures, with Isaiah Manderson finishing with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Final Score: (12) Maryland 70, Minnesota 58

Melo Trimble scored 20 points and the 12th-ranked Maryland Terrapins held off the Minnesota Golden Gophers 70-58 on Saturday afternoon. Trimble went 5-of-15 from the floor and 1-of-8 from beyond the arc for the Terrapins (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten), who have won seven in a row. Jake Layman and Dez Wells each had 12 points. Maurice Walker ended with 20 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals for the Gophers (11-4, 0-2), who have dropped two straight since an eight-game winning streak. Carlos Morris contributed 18 points, six boards and two steals.

Final Score: (14) Notre Dame 83, Georgia Tech 76 (2-OT)

Jerian Grant totaled 24 points and six assists as No. 14 Notre Dame outlasted Georgia Tech, 83-76, in double overtime on Saturday. Steve Vasturia had 17 points and six rebounds for the Fighting Irish (14-1, 2-0 ACC), while Zach Auguste added 13, Demetrius Jackson picked up 11 and Pat Connaughton poured in 10 points and eight boards. Marcus Georges-Hunt led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (9-4, 0-1). Charles Mitchell posted 14 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Final Score: Butler 73, (15) St. John’s 69

Kellen Dunham scored a season-high 28 points, and the Butler Bulldogs upset No. 15 St. John’s, 73-69, on Saturday. Dunham could not be stopped from long range, hitting 6-of-7 from beyond the arc to help Butler (11-4, 1-1 Big East) rebound from a loss at Villanova on Wednesday. The Bulldogs also got 15 points from Alex Barlow and 14 from Roosevelt Jones. Butler coach Chris Holtmann earned his first win since officially being named the head coach. Prior to Friday, he was working under the interim label since Brandon Miller took a leave of absence before the season started. The Red Storm (11-3, 0-2), entered the game yielding the lowest opponents’ field goal percentage in the conference at 37.1 percent but allowed Butler to shoot 48.1 percent from the floor. D’Angelo Harrison scored 31 points to lead all scorers for St. John’s. He made 9-of-11 from the free throw line and shot 10-of-21 from the field. Phil Greene IV added 14 points for the Red Storm, and they also received 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks from Chris Obekpa. Neither team got a single point from its bench. St. John’s was playing its first game without second-leading scorer Rysheed Jordan, who took a leave of absence from the team on Friday.

Final Score: (17) West Virginia 78, TCU 67

Gary Browne had 16 points, Devin Williams scored 14 with eight rebounds and No. 17 West Virginia began Big 12 play with a 78-67 win over previously unbeaten TCU on Saturday. Jaysean Paige totaled 10 points while both Jonathan Holton and Daxter Miles Jr. added nine points apiece for the Mountaineers (13-1, 1-0 Big 12), who played without Juwan Staten. West Virginia’s leading scorer sat out because of an illness. Kyan Anderson led TCU (13-1, 0-1) with 19 points, followed by Trey Zeigler with 17. The Horned Frogs, who were off to the best start in school history, failed to win a conference game last season.

Final Score: (18) Oklahoma 73, (22) Baylor 63

TaShawn Thomas scored 24 points with eight rebounds as No. 18 Oklahoma nabbed a 73-63 win over 22nd-ranked Baylor to open Big 12 action. Buddy Hield had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Isaiah Cousins added 19 points and eight boards for the Sooners (10-3, 1-0 Big 12), who have won their last three. Johnathan Motley scored 24 points and Taurean Prince gave 17 for the Bears (11-2, 0-1), who had a six-game winning streak broken.

Final Score: (19) North Carolina 74, Clemson 50

Kennedy Meeks had 12 points and 12 rebounds to help 19th-ranked North Carolina roll to a 74-50 victory over cold-shooting Clemson in the ACC opener for both teams. Justin Jackson added 13 points on 6- of-8 shooting and Brice Johnson tallied 10 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels (11-3, 1-0 ACC), but it was the defense that played the biggest role in North Carolina’s fifth straight win. The Tar Heels built a lopsided 39-17 halftime lead by limiting the Tigers to a 5-of-28 performance from the field. Clemson (8-5, 0-1) shot a troubling 28.3 percent for the game and was outrebounded by a 49-30 margin.

Final Score: (20) Ohio State 77, Illinois 61

D’Angelo Russell had 22 points and No. 20 Ohio State pulled away in the second half to dispatch Illinois 77-61 on Saturday afternoon. Marc Loving posted 13 points and eight rebounds, while Sam Thompson added 13 points for the Buckeyes (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten), who have won three of their last four games. Rayvonte Rice tallied 20 points and seven boards for Illinois (10-5, 0-2), which has dropped its first two conference games.

Final Score: New Mexico 66, (24) Colorado State 53

Freshman Sam Logwood scored 15 points off the bench and New Mexico knocked off 24th-ranked and previously-unbeaten Colorado State, 66-53, Saturday night. The Rams (14-1, 1-1 MWC) were the third unbeaten team to lose on Saturday. No. 6 Villanova fell in overtime at Seton Hall, and TCU lost to 17th-ranked West Virginia. That leaves only Kentucky, Duke and Virginia, the top three teams in the nation, still without a loss. Logwood came into Saturday averaging just 3.2 points, but made all five of his shots from the field and all four attempts from the foul line. Devon Williams added 13 points for New Mexico (10-4, 2-0 MWC), which has won seven of its last eight games.

Final Score: (25) Georgetown 76, Creighton 61

Joshua Smith scored 16 points to lead five Georgetown players in double figures as the 25th-ranked Hoyas posted a 76-61 victory over the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday. L.J. Peak had 14 points and Tre Campbell added 13 for Georgetown (9-4, 1-1 Big East), which shot 58.7 percent in rebounding from a loss to Xavier in Wednesday’s conference opener. Devin Brooks and Zach Hanson scored 11 points apiece for the Bluejays (9-6, 0-2), who have lost three straight games.

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►  NBA Game Results

(Saturday, January 03)

Final Score: Charlotte 98, Orlando 90

Kemba Walker had 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Orlando Magic 98-90 on Saturday night. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist posted 17 points and 12 rebounds, Gary Neal netted 16 points off the bench and Cody Zeller added 12 points and seven boards for the Hornets, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Nik Vucevic tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Tobias Harris provided 18 points and 11 boards for Orlando, which has dropped three consecutive games. Victor Oladipo supplied 21 points and four steals in defeat.

Final Score: Chicago 109, Boston 104 (OT)

Pau Gasol had another solid all-around game with 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 109-104 overtime win over the Boston Celtics. In Thursday’s 106-10 win versus Denver, Gasol recorded 17 points, nine boards and a career-high nine blocks. As a team, Chicago tallied a franchise record 18 blocks. On Saturday, the Bulls had nine blocks, but shot just 37 percent from the field, yet they managed to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Aaron Brooks provided 19 points and Derrick Rose scored 12, but was just 5- of-18 from the floor. Taj Gibson had 12 points and Nikola Mirotic scored 10 in the win. Evan Turner scored 29 for Boston, which lost for the sixth time in seven games. Avery Bradley chipped in 17 points and Jared Sullinger scored 16 and had 16 rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: Houston 115, Miami 79

Dwight Howard had 19 of his 23 points in the second quarter and pulled down 13 rebounds as the Houston Rockets blew out the Miami Heat 115-79 on Saturday night. Houston outscored Miami 71-39 in the second and third quarters to turn the game into a rout. James Harden posted 28 points and five rebounds for the Rockets, who had dropped five of their last eight games coming in. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each netted 15 points to lead Miami, which has dropped four in a row—three since Bosh returned from his ankle injury.

Final Score: Utah 101, Minnesota 89

Trey Burke scored a season-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting to help the Utah Jazz defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 101-89 on Saturday. Burke added six assists and six rebounds for the Jazz, winners of two of their last three. Rudy Gobert set career highs with 13 points and six blocks and added 11 boards for Utah. Trevor Booker scored eight points with 15 boards. Minnesota was led by Andrew Wiggins’ and Mo Williams’ 20 points each in its 11th straight loss. The Timberwolves have not won since their victory over Portland on Dec. 10.

Final Score: San Antonio 101, Washington 92

With the worst month in recent memory behind them, the San Antonio Spurs shot better than 55 percent in their first game of 2015 and beat the Washington Wizards, 101-92. Cory Joseph scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and Boris Diaw dropped 12 of his 14 in the second, as the Spurs rallied past the struggling Wizards. Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for San Antonio, which finished December with a losing record (8-10). It was San Antonio’s first losing month since February, 1999. John Wall and Bradley Beal led six Wizards in double figures with 15 points apiece. They fell to 1-3 on a five-game Western Conference road trip. It was their 17th straight loss to the Spurs.

Final Score: Denver 114, Memphis 85

Ty Lawson scored 25 points, handed out 11 assists and grabbed five rebounds in the Denver Nuggets’ dominating 114-85 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Lawson’s backcourt mate, Arron Afflalo, chipped in 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help Denver snap a three- game skid. Kenneth Faried scored 13 points and pulled down 13 boards, and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 11 points, 10 boards and five blocks off the Nuggets’ bench. Marc Gasol scored 18 points as the Grizzlies saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Rookie Jordan Adams scored 12 in the final quarter on 5-of-6 shooting.

Final Score: Atlanta 115, Portland 107

Paul Millsap scored 27 points to lead Atlanta to yet another impressive road win. The Hawks had seven players in double figures in their 115-107 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Atlanta had been climbing the Eastern Conference standings with a tremendous run starting in late November, and it moved into first place with Toronto losing in Golden State on Friday. Since losing to the Raptors on Nov. 26 to fall to 7-6, the Hawks have won 18 of 20 games, including seven straight on the road against the West. Their six straight road wins overall are the most since 2011. Jeff Teague tallied 22 points and six assists, Kyle Korver made four 3- pointers en route to 14 points and Al Horford and Thabo Sefolosha netted 13 apiece. Portland got 30 points and 12 assists from LaMarcus Aldridge in its first game since Dec. 30. Damian Lillard posted 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Final Score: LA Clippers 127, Philadelphia 91

Chris Paul registered 24 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the second half to rout the Philadelphia 76ers, 127-91, at Staples Center. J.J. Redick tallied 17 points and Blake Griffin had 15 for the Clippers, who held a 65-38 scoring advantage in the second half. Tony Wroten scored 27 and Robert Covington chipped in 23 points for the Sixers, who went 2-5 on a seven-game road trip.

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►  Smoke and mirrors

Two weeks ago, the Celtics traded their star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. It may be time for fantasy owners to follow suit and shop the point guard.

Whenever a star in the NBA is traded, he grabs a lot of headlines, but that isn’t the only reason Rondo is getting a lot of attention at the moment. Over the last few years, Boston fans criticized him for his lack of defensive effort, yet in fewer than 14 days, Rondo has drastically increased his intensity on that side of the ball.

Rondo admitted to before taking the floor for the first time as an opposing player at the Boston Garden that he “hadn’t played defense in a couple of years.“

I’m sure Celtics fans felt “wicked awesome” to hear that.

Then versus Boston, Rondo shot 12-of-19, including 5-for-7 from the 3- point line on his way to a season-high 29 points. He also had six rebounds and five assists.

Maybe Rondo hasn’t tried on his 3-pointers in recent years either because he never hit five 3-pointers in a game as a Celtic.

Fantasy owners who have Rondo need to realize his stock is never going to be higher than it is right now. He just played the game of his life, likely due to an emotional high he received in his return to Beantown. Rondo was motivated to prove the Celtics made a mistake in giving up on him, plus the arena played a tribute video for him before the tip.

That would get any athlete in “the zone.“

Since joining the Mavericks, the perception is Rondo is playing better than he was with the Celtics. That is definitely true in many cases, particularly defensively, but that perception is nothing but smoke and mirrors in fantasy realms.

He averaged 8.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg and a league-high 10.8 apg through 22 games in Boston this season. In seven games with Dallas, Rondo is averaging 15.4 ppg, 7.4 apg and 5.4 rpg. On a better team, he isn’t getting the ball as much so naturally, his numbers are going down.

The only reason his scoring numbers are up is because his shooting percentage has gone through the roof. With Dallas, Rondo is shooting 53.3 percent from the 3-point line. His career average from downtown is less than half that (26.1 percent).

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told ESPN Dallas he wants to improve Rondo’s shot, but a 30 percent increase is not sustainable. Of course Rondo is still a triple-double threat, he just didn’t become a lethal 3-point shooter overnight.

Because of the good perception he is receiving along with all the media attention and huge game from Friday, owners should be able to demand a lot for Rondo in a trade.

It would be wise for owners to trade the new Maverick away quickly because once the shooting numbers go back down, Rondo is the same poor shooting point guard he was in Boston just with fewer opportunities for assists and rebounds.

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►  NHL Game Results

(Saturday, January 03)

Final Score: Ottawa 3, Boston 2 (OT)

Bobby Ryan scored 44 seconds into overtime to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon. Erik Karlsson controlled a bouncing puck at the right circle and batted a pass in front to Ryan, who pushed the disc across the line. Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris scored in regulation for the Senators, who have won two in a row since a three-game skid. Craig Anderson made 26 saves. Torey Krug and Brad Marchand lit the lamp for the Bruins, who have dropped two straight. Tuukka Rask stopped 23-of-26 shots.

Final Score: Nashville 7, Los Angeles 6 (OT)

Josi scored at the 18-second mark of overtime, letting the steam out of a momentous Los Angeles comeback, and the Nashville Predators claimed a rousing 7-6 victory over the Kings at Staples Center. Mike Fisher, Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Marc Arcobello and Olli Jokinen also lit the lamp for the Predators, winners in six of their last eight despite wasting a three-goal lead in the final two minutes of regulation. Mike Ribeiro chipped in a pair of assists while Pekka Rinne escaped with a 24-save win. Dwight King, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter netted goals in a span of 1:27 late in the contest for the Kings, who have dropped three of four by gamely fighting back from a 5-1 deficit to earn a point. Martin Jones took the loss, charged with four goals on 16 shots including Josi’s winner. He subbed for an ineffective Jonathan Quick, who was yanked after yielding three goals on nine shots in almost 10 minutes of play.

Final Score: New Jersey 5, Philadelphia 2

Jaromir Jagr recorded his first hat trick in almost nine years and set a league record in the process, Cory Schneider came up with 18 saves, and New Jersey pounded Philadelphia by a 5-2 count at Prudential Center. Jagr became the oldest player in NHL history to score three times in one contest, doing so at 42 years, 322 days. Scott Gomez added a goal and two assists with Patrik Elias providing the other marker for the Devils, who won for just the third time in their last 13 games. Andrew MacDonald and Vincent Lecavalier scored once each for the Flyers, who finished their eight-game road trip at 3-4-1 after losing their final five dates. Ray Emery allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first period to take the loss. Steve Mason finished up with just six saves on eight shots.

Final Score: NY Rangers 6, Buffalo 1

Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle each had a goal and an assist during a first-period flurry that propelled the New York Rangers to a 6-1 rout of the Buffalo Sabres. Chris Kreider also scored during the Rangers’ four-goal opening stanza, with Martin St. Louis recording a pair of assists in the Blueshirts’ 10th win in their last 11 games. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for New York, which also received goals from Carl Hagelin and Jesper Fast. Michael Neuvirth stopped just 5- of-9 shots for Buffalo before being lifted after less than 13 minutes. Jhonas Enroth had 28 saves on 30 chances in relief. Drew Stafford tallied Buffalo’s lone goal in the loss, the Sabres’ fourth straight and eighth in their last nine outings.

Final Score: Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 1

Carey Price turned away 30 shots to lead the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Max Pacioretty and Tom Gilbert each posted a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who have ripped off six straight victories. David Desharnais and Alexei Emelin also scored in the win. In his Pittsburgh debut, David Perron had the only goal of the game for the Penguins, who had a two- game winning streak stopped. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 33 shots in the defeat.

Final Score: Winnipeg 5, Toronto 1

Bryan Little registered one goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets easily took down the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1, on Saturday night. Winnipeg used five different goal scorers behind Michael Hutchinson, who made 20 saves to pick up the win. Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Chiarot, T.J. Galiardi and Matt Halischuk all lit the lamp as the Jets rebounded from back-to-back regulation losses to the Wild and Islanders. James Reimer gave Jonathan Bernier a breather and was peppered with 40 shots. He allowed all five goals as Toronto finished its disappointing seven-game road trip with a 2-5-0 record. Mike Santorelli recorded Toronto’s only goal.

Final Score: Dallas 7, Minnesota 1

Vernon Fiddler scored twice as the Dallas Stars dominated the Minnesota Wild, 7-1, on Saturday. Erik Cole and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and an assist, while Kari Lehtonen posted 21 stops for the Stars, who have won four straight and eight of their last nine. Thomas Vanek scored the only goal of the game for the Wild, who have lost seven of their last nine games. Darcy Kuemper was pulled from the start after allowing four goals on 21 shots, with Niklas Backstrom allowing three goals on 14 shots in relief.

Final Score: Arizona 6, Columbus 3

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Sam Gagner and Martin Hanzal scored in the second period and Arizona came from behind to down Columbus by a 6-3 count on Saturday. Hanzal added three assists, Gagner ended up scoring twice, while Tobias Rieder and Kyle Chipchura also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who have reeled off four wins in their last five outings. Mike Smith backed up his offense with a 23-save victory. Fedor Tyutin, James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen all tallied for the Blue Jackets, who opened up a four-game road trip by having their two-game win streak halted. Sergei Bobrovsky surrendered six goals on 31 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Vancouver 4, Detroit 1

Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots and Henrik Sedin scored a pair of empty-net goals in Vancouver’s 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Radim Vrbata and Alexander Edler each lit the lamp, and Daniel Sedin had three assists for the Canucks, who won for the fourth time in six games. Miller moved to 3-10-2 all-time against the Red Wings. Tomas Tatar scored the lone Detroit goal. Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for the Red Wings, who suffered their eighth loss in 11 games.

Final Score: St. Louis 7, San Jose 2

T.J. Oshie recorded his second career hat trick and the St. Louis Blues scored a season-high seven goals in a 7-2 rout of the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Oshie added an assist in the onslaught, and Alexander Steen and Kevin Shattenkirk posted their own four-point performances with a goal and three assists apiece. Brian Elliott, making his second start since returning from a knee injury, made 18 saves for St. Louis, which had dropped five straight on the road coming in. Antti Niemi followed up his shutout of the Ducks on Wednesday by surrendering six goals on 27 shots before being lifted in the third period.

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NBC - National Broadcasting Company
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RDS - Reseau des sports
MSG - Madison Square Garden Network
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National Football League - Playoffs
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1:05 PM - CBS
Detroit at Dallas, 4:40 PM - FOX
National Basketball Association
Dallas at Cleveland, 1:00 PM - FS-Southwest, Ohio, DSS
Sacramento at Detroit, 6:00 PM - CSN-California, FS-Detroit, DSS
Brooklyn at Miami, 6:00 PM - YES, SunSports, DSS
Milwaukee at New York, 7:30 PM - FS-Wisconsin, MSG, DSS
Toronto at Phoenix, 8:00 PM - SNET, FS-Arizona, DSS
Indiana at LA Lakers, 9:30 PM - FS-Indiana, Time warner, NBA TV, DSS
National Hockey League
Boston at Carolina, 1:00 PM - NESN, SportSouth, DSS
Florida at Washington, 3:00 PM - FS-Florida, CSN-DC, DSS
Tampa Bay at Ottawa, 7:00 PM - TVA, CITY, SunSports, DSS
Dallas at Chicago, 8:00 PM - WGN, NBCSN
Columbus at Colorado, 8:00 PM - FS-Ohio, Altitude, DSS
Nashville at Anaheim, 8:00 PM - FS-Tennessee, Prime Ticket, DSS
NY Islanders at Edmonton, 9:30 PM - MSG+, SNET-West, DSS
College Basketball
UCF at Temple, 12:00 PM - ESPNews
Milwaukee at Detroit, 1:00 PM - American Sports Network
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 1:00 PM - MASN, American Sports Net, Altitude
VA Commonwealth at Fordham, 1:00 PM - CBSSN
Evansville at Indiana State, 1:30 PM -
Iona at Siena, 2:00 PM - Time Warner Sports
USC at Colorado, 2:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Houston at Tulsa, 2:00 PM - ESPNews
Youngstown State at Valparaiso, 2:30 PM -
TX-San Antonio at North Texas, 3:00 PM - FSN
Marshall at Western Ky, 3:00 PM - HSSN
Texas-El Paso at Rice, 3:30 PM - MASN, American Sports Network, Altitude
Loyola-Chicago at Northern Iowa, 3:30 PM -
Cleveland State at Ill-Chicago, 4:00 PM -
UCLA at Utah, 4:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
UNLV at Kansas, 4:30 PM - CBS
South Dakota St at North Dakota St, 5:00 PM -
Illinois State at Wichita State, 5:30 PM - ESPN U
Washington St at California, 6:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Arizona State at Arizona, 7:00 PM - FS1
Louisville at Wake Forest, 8:00 PM - ESPN U
Wisconsin at Northwestern, 8:30 PM - Big Ten Network
Washington at Stanford, 10:00 PM - ESPN U
Women’s College Basketball
Iowa at Rutgers, 12:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Alabama at Georgia, 1:00 PM - FSN
Notre Dame at Syracuse, 1:00 PM - RSN, ACC Network, YES,
Connecticut at St. John’s, 1:00 PM - ESPN 2
Texas A&M at Arkansas, 1:30 PM - ESPN U,
Ole Miss at Kentucky, 2:00 PM - SEC Network
St. Louis at George Mason, 2:00 PM - NBCSN
Michigan State at Michigan, 2:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Louisville at Pittsburgh, 2:00 PM -
Florida A&M at Mercer, 2:00 PM -
South Dakota State at North Dakota State, 2:00 PM -
South Carolina at LSU, 3:00 PM - ESPN 2,
Miss State at Missouri, 3:00 PM - SEC Network+
NC State at North Carolina, 3:00 PM - RSN,, YES
Richmond at Fordham, 3:30 PM - CBSSN
George Washington at Dayton, 3:30 PM - ESPN U
Florida at Auburn, 4:00 PM - SEC Network
Northwestern at Ohio State, 4:00 PM - Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Oklahoma, 4:30 PM - FS1
TCU at Texas Tech, 5:00 PM - FSN
South Florida at Tulane, 5:30 PM - CBSSN
College Football
Toledo vs. Arkansas State (GoDaddy Bowl), 9:00 PM - ESPN
College Hockey
Colorado College at Providence, 4:00 PM - OSN
International Soccer
Dover vs. Crystal Palace, 8:00 AM - FS1
Yeovil vs. Manchester United, 10:30 AM - FS1
Valencia vs. Real Madrid, 10:55 AM - beIN Sport
Arsenal vs. Hull, 12:30 PM - FS1
RCD Espanyol vs. SD Eibar, 12:55 PM - beIN Sport
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