Stars slip past Avalanche 3-2
DALLAS (AP) - Colton Sceviour scored a tiebreaking goal at 17:08 of the third period and the Dallas Stars edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Tuesday.
A rebound of a Colorado shot bounced out to Rich Peverley, who put a pass on Sceviour's stick for a breakaway against Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 25 saves.
Ray Whitney scored two goals for Dallas.
Matt Duchene put in a rebound of Erik Johnson's shot for a power-play goal just 2:37 into the game. Dallas' Ryan Garbutt was serving a double minor for high-sticking.
Johnson's goal at 10:20 of the second period came when the teams were skating 4 on 4, with the Stars' Antoine Roussel off for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct.
Whitney's second-period goal that tied the game 2-2 was Dallas' second power-play goal at home in 49 opportunities this season.
The two teams played on Monday night in Denver and Colorado won 6-2.
Cowboys put Durant on IR, release 2 more defenders
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have placed linebacker Justin Durant on season-ending injured reserve and released linebacker Kyle Bosworth and defensive tackle Drake Nevis.
Durant injured a hamstring in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, and the Cowboys played most of the game without their top four linebackers. Sean Lee's return is in question for the final two games because of a neck injury.
The Cowboys re-signed linebacker Orie Lemon and released running back George Winn from the practice squad Tuesday.
Dallas now has two open spots on the active roster and one on the practice squad.
OPEN BIBLE-INCARNATE WORD
Incarnate Word defeats Open Bible 98-53
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Denzel Livingston scored 22 points and Incarnate Word overcame a slow start to defeat Open Bible 98-53 on Tuesday night.
Incarnate Word (10-1) led only 11-8 after seven minutes of play, but went on a 10-1 run and led 45-26 by halftime.
Mitchell Badillo had five assists in the first six minutes of the second half during which the Cardinals opened on a 21-7 run. They shot 67.6 percent in the second half and Badillo finished with 11 points and seven assists.
Livingston added to his game-high scoring night with eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. Kyle Hittle had 21 points for the Cardinals on 8-of-11 shooting.
Open Bible struggled to make shots, especially from the 3-point line where the Bruins were 2 of 18. Billy Johnson scored a team-high 17 points and Darrios Boggas added 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Abilene Christian beats Bacone College 90-63
ABILENE, Texas (AP) - LaDarrien Williams scored 22 points and his team scored 33 points on 3-pointers Tuesday night as Abilene Christian beat NAIA Bacone College 90-63.
The teams attempted 49 3-pointers, with Abilene Christian (4-8) hitting 11 and Bacone (4-8) nine.
Creed Flowers hit two 3-pointers and Bacone (4-8) ripped off a 14-3 run to take a 16-12 lead at 12:02 in the first half. But Parker Wentz hit a 3-pointer to put Abilene Christian (4-8) up 20-18, and the Wildcats scored 12 unanswered points in the remaining four minutes to lead 35-22 at halftime.
Abilene opened with a 15-2 run in the second half on 3-pointers by Williams, Wentz and Cooke, then rolled, leading by as many as 28 points.
Julian Edmonson scored 16 for Abilene Christian, and Wentz finished with 14, including a game-high four 3-pointers on 4-of-12 shooting.
Saban: 'There were no talks" with Texas
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban says "there were no talks" involving him and the Texas job.
Saban said Tuesday after the third-ranked Crimson Tide's first practice for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl against No. 11 Oklahoma that such speculation is "kind of over."
He had said Friday night after agreeing to a new contract reportedly worth about $7 million a year that he planned to retire at Alabama.
Mack Brown announced his resignation the following day at Texas.
At Texas, several university regents and a former regent were involved in a meeting with Saban's agent last January to gauge the coach's interest in coming to Texas.
On the field, Saban says guard Anthony Steen will miss the bowl game after having shoulder surgery.
Geo Brewer led Bacone with 17 points.
Oklahoma survive scare from UT-Arlington, 91-89
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Cameron Clark scored 31 points and hit two decisive free throws with 9.7 seconds left and Oklahoma held on to beat Texas-Arlington 91-89 on Tuesday night, the Sooners' sixth straight win.
Buddy Hield added 19 points for Oklahoma (10-1), which was prepping for a showdown with former Big 12 Conference rival Texas A&M on Saturday in Houston in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.
The Sooners have never lost to Texas-Arlington (4-7) in seven meetings but they came close, never really asserting control over the Sun Belt Conference opponent. Brandon Edwards' potential tying 18-foot jumper at the buzzer rimmed out for the Mavericks, who tied season highs for 3-pointers (13) and 3-point attempts (33).
Reger Dowell, who spent three seasons at Oklahoma State before transferring to Texas-Arlington, scored 30 points for the Mavericks. Dowell entered the game with a 22.2-point scoring average, ranking him 13th in NCAA Division I.
No. 22 Duke to face 2nd straight Heisman winner
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - No. 22 Duke is facing quite a one-two punch to end its breakout season.
The Blue Devils struggled against eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and top-ranked Florida State in the ACC title game.
Now they must find a way to stop last year's Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, and No. 20 Texas A&M (8-4) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
According to STATS, Duke (10-3) is the first team to play Heisman winners in consecutive games since the 2010 LSU team faced Alabama's Mark Ingram and Auburn's Cam Newton back to back.
Duke linebacker Kelby Brown said Tuesday that "we were all pumped" to draw the Aggies because "it's awesome to play against a guy that exciting and an offense that good."
CENT ARKANSAS-NORTH TEXAS
North Texas holds off Central Arkansas 64-55
DENTON, Texas (AP) - Colin Voss scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead North Texas in a 64-55 victory over Central Arkansas on Tuesday.
North Texas (6-5) led by just one point with 3:26 left to play. Voss grabbed a pair of rebounds before making a layup to stretch the margin to three. He added three more defensive rebounds in the final two minutes and the Mean Green made 7 of 9 free throws to put the game out of reach for Central Arkansas (2-6).
The Bears went on a 13-3 run five minutes into the second half to lead by two points. DeShone McClure scored a career-high 23 points - 19 in the second half - to keep Central Arkansas in the game after trailing by 10 shortly after the break.
The Mean Green finished with 15 more rebounds (43-28) and made 13 more free throws than Central Arkansas.
Astros, Albers complete $2.45M, 1-year deal
HOUSTON (AP) - The Astros have finalized a $2.45 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Matt Albers.
The 30-year-old Albers gets $2.25 million next season under Tuesday's agreement, and Houston has a $3 million option for 2015 with a $200,000 buyout.
He 6-2 in 119 appearances over the last two seasons with a 2.77 ERA, including 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 56 appearances for Cleveland this year
A Houston native, Albers made his major league debut with the Astros in 2006 and was traded to Baltimore the following year. He has also played for Boston, Arizona and Cleveland.
CENTRAL ARK-N TEXAS
North Texas holds off Central Arkansas 64-55
DENTON, Texas (AP) - North Texas broke open a close game with a late 11-3 run and held off the University of Central Arkansas 64-55 in men's college basketball in Denton, Texas.
North Texas led 53-52 with 4:01 to play Tuesday before the final run that put the game away.
DeShone McClure led UCA with a team and game-high 23 points. Colin Voss led North Texas with 13 points while Jordan Williams added 11 and Alzee Williams scored 10.
UCA falls to 2-6 with the loss while North Texas improves to 6-5.
Sato, Foyt teaming up for another IndyCar season
WALLER, Texas (AP) - A.J. Foyt is keeping his team together for a second straight IndyCar season.
On Tuesday, the team owner and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner said driver Takuma Sato, chief engineer Don Halliday and performance engineer Raul Prados will all be back in 2014.
The Japanese driver won at Long Beach, giving Foyt's team its first victory since 2002. He also took the pole at Houston, giving Foyt's team its first pole since Billy Boat won it at Indianapolis in 2008. Sato acknowledged there's a special bond with this team that has given him a confidence boost.
Foyt said the team he believes the continuity will help his team improve.
Foyt also announced he had successful knee replacement surgery Dec. 12. He had hip replacement surgery in July.
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