Mayo's 23 lead Mavericks past skidding Suns 97-94
PHOENIX (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 35 seconds to go, and the Dallas Mavericks held on to beat Phoenix 97-94 on Thursday night, the Suns' fifth loss in a row.
Brandan Wright and Darren Collison scored 16 apiece for Dallas. Wright's total was a season high. Chris Kaman added 15 points.
Markieff Morris had 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds for the Suns, who rallied from 15 down in the third quarter to tie it in the final minute.
Kaman (sprained ankle) and Shawn Marion (sprained knee) left the game with injuries for Dallas, as did P.J. Tucker (sprained knee) and Jermaine O'Neal (eye) for Phoenix.
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No. 16 Okla. St. women top Stephen F. Austin 85-41
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Toni Young had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 16 Oklahoma State to an 85-41 win over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday night and remain undefeated.
Liz Donohoe also had a double-double with 15 points and a team-leading 14 rebounds. Lindsey Keller scored 16 points. Morgan Toben came off the bench and scored 10 points.
The lead changed six times in the early minutes of the game, with the Ladyjacks leading 8-7 at 12:57, but the Cowgirls went on a 20-0 run and would lead 35-14 at halftime.
The Cowgirls (7-0) shot 46 percent from the field for the game. The Ladyjacks (4-4) shot 25.5 percent and were outrebounded 49-27.
Guard Brittney Matthew came off the bench to lead the Ladyjacks with 11 points. Kali Jerrell had 10 points. Antionette Carter led with four rebounds.
No. 13 Oklahoma women beat North Texas 71-68
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Nicole Griffin turned it on in the second half for Oklahoma, and it turned out the 13th ranked Sooners needed every bit of her 15 points and nine rebounds to survive a spirited North Texas squad, defeating the Mean Green 71-68 on Thursday night.
Griffin scored only three points in the first 20 minutes of play but set the tone after the break, going 9 for 10 from the free-throw line, eight of which she made in the second half.
Oklahoma (8-1) cashed in from the free-throw line in the second half, hitting 27 of 35 attempts and were 30 of 40 overall. North Texas (2-6, 1-0 Sun Belt) was 9 of 13 from the line in the entire game.
Three other players were in double figures for the Sooners including Joanna McFarland who had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Morgan Hook had 12 and Sharane Campbell chipped in with 11.
Texans taking perfect road record to New England
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are the only NFL team that hasn't lost on the road this season.
Their perfect 6-0 mark away from Houston will get its biggest test Monday night when they travel to New England, a place where a visitor hasn't won in December since 2002.
Coach Gary Kubiak says the Texans are playing with confidence and don't panic on the road. He preaches a simple mantra to them before each road game, saying: "It's about how you play. It's not where you play."
The Texans (11-1) have already secured a playoff spot, and need a win against the Patriots combined with a loss by the Colts to clinch their second straight AFC South title.
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Romo, Cowboys trying to hang on in uneven season
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo threw 13 interceptions in the first seven games and has just two since. He was booed lustily in two mistake-filled home losses, then broke Troy Aikman's franchise record for touchdowns in the most efficient outing of his career.
Romo won't call this up-and-down grind tougher than any other in six years of trying to get the Cowboys deep in the playoffs for the first time since 1995. It sure looks like it, though.
The Dallas quarterback has used phrases such as "exhausting my brain" while the Cowboys have lived on the edge of the playoff chase. Their penchant for falling behind looked like it might wear out his right arm.
The Cowboys (6-6) can ill afford another loss as they head to Cincinnati (7-5) on Sunday.
Texas' Brown won't commit to starting QB
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Mack Brown would not commit to starting Case McCoy or David Ash at quarterback in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State.
In a bowl press conference on Thursday, Brown said his staff has not yet met to discuss bowl preparations and the quarterback position.
Ash had been the starter most of the season, but was replaced by McCoy in the regular season finale, a loss at Kansas State. McCoy had 17 straight completions at one point in that game, but also threw two interceptions that led to Kansas Stat touchdowns and the Texas loss.
Ash suffered a rib injury in Texas' loss to TCU on Thanksgiving and also threw three interceptions in that game.
Texas president gives Brown his full support'
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas President Bill Powers has issued a statement of "full support" for football coach Mack Brown after the Longhorns finished 8-4 in the regular season and didn't qualify for a BCS bowl for the third consecutive year.
Writing on his university blog Thursday, Powers said Brown will remain the Longhorns coach and dismissed what Powers called media speculation that Brown's job was in jeopardy.
Powers said Brown also has the full support of athletic director DeLoss Dodds. Powers lauded Brown's 15-year tenure, which includes two Big 12 championships and the 2005 national title.
Texas has dipped sharply since the playing in the 2009 season national championship game. The Longhorns are 21-16 the last three seasons.
The Longhorns play Oregon State on Dec. 29 in the Alamo Bowl.
Dynamo F Carr tears ACL
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Dynamo say forward Calen Carr suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the MLS championship game against the LA Galaxy over the weekend.
The team announced the severity of Saturday's injury late Wednesday. Carr is expected to have surgery in several weeks and then a potential date for his return to the field will be set.
Carr, 30, scored the opening goal in Saturday's game after setting a career-high with four regular-season goals. The Berkeley, Calif. native had career-highs in starts (17) and minutes played (1,512) during the season.