Thunder scorch Mavericks 112-91
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, Kevin Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder blew out the Dallas Mavericks 112-91 Monday night while avoiding a third straight overtime game between the teams.
The Mavericks had tied the first two meetings this season with 3-pointers at the very end, but there was no such drama the third time around.
Oklahoma City led by at least 20 throughout the second half, winning for the 10th time in 11 meetings between the teams since Dallas beat the Thunder in the 2011 Western Conference finals on its way to the NBA championship. That includes a four-game sweep of the Mavs in the first round of last year's playoffs.
Shawn Marion was the lone bright spot for Dallas, hitting 10 of 14 shots and scoring 23 points.
Benn scores 2 goals as Stars beat Avalanche 3-2
DENVER (AP) — Jamie Benn scored his first two goals of the season, and the Dallas Stars beat Colorado 3-2 on Monday, spoiling the night for Milan Hejduk as the Avalanche forward was honored for playing in his 1,000th NHL game.
Brenden Morrow also scored, and Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves for Dallas.
Hejduk had a goal — as he did in his first career game — and P.A. Parenteau added another in the Avalanche's first home loss of the season.
There was a scary moment early in the game when referee Chris Rooney was hit by a puck after a shot by Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak deflected off the skate of Colorado's Paul Stastny.
The puck appeared to carom off the head of Rooney, who stayed down behind the Avalanche net. Rooney eventually skated off the ice.
No update was given on his condition.
West Virginia hangs on, beats Texas 60-58
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Deniz Kilicli and Jabarie Hinds scored 14 points apiece to lead West Virginia to a 60-58 win over Texas on Monday night.
West Virginia (11-11, 4-5 Big 12 Conference) swept the season series and sent the Longhorns (10-12, 2-7) to their seventh loss in nine games.
Freshman Eron Harris added 13 points for West Virginia.
Sheldon McClellan led Texas with 14 points and Javan Felix had 12.
Texas trailed by as many as 11 early in the second half but went ahead 49-47 on two free throws by Felix with 8:21 left. But the Longhorns were held to nine points — and two field goals — the rest of the game.
West Virginia scored five straight points, including Harris' free throw that put the Mountaineers ahead 59-54 with 25 seconds left.
Bone leads No. 14 Texas A&M women past LSU 74-57
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Kelsey Bone scored 21 points as No. 14 Texas A&M won its sixth consecutive game, defeating LSU 74-57 Monday night.
Courtney Walker added 16 points and Kristi Bellock had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies (18-5, 8-1 Southeastern Conference).
With Texas A&M leading 61-56, Walker's jumper started a 10-0 run. Bellock followed with a jumper and Walker a layup, then Bone and Walker added layups for a 71-56 lead with 1:21 left.
The Lady Tigers (13-9, 4-5) fell behind 7-0 in the opening 3 minutes and never led, although they cut a 32-21 deficit to 32-27 in the final 2 minutes before halftime
Bone, the SEC's field goal percentage leader at 59.8 percent, made 9 of 15 (60 percent) and Walker 8 of 10.
Adrienne Webb scored 17 points for LSU, Danielle Ballard 12 and Theresa Plaisance, the conference scoring leader at 18.2 points per game, had 11.
Athletics acquire INF Jed Lowrie from Astros
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers.
Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston in Monday's deal.
Lowrie batted .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games with Houston, missing two months with ankle and thumb injuries. The Astros got rid of his $2.4 million salary for this season and will likely have the lowest payroll in the majors in 2013.
Rodriguez went 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA in 71 relief appearances last year with 78 strikeouts in 70 1-3 innings.
Carter batted .239 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in 67 games with Oakland last year, platooning at first base with left-handed hitting Brandon Moss.
Cowboys reassign Robinson to clear way for Dooley
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have reassigned receivers coach Jimmy Robinson to clear the way for former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley.
The Cowboys made the hiring of Dooley official Monday and said Robinson would be a senior coaching consultant. Robinson also was the assistant head coach.
Dooley was fired at Tennessee in November after going 15-21 in three seasons. He was just 4-19 in the Southeastern Conference and 0-15 against Top 25 teams.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Dooley were assistants together with the Miami Dolphins in 2005-06.
It's a return to the Dallas area for Dooley, the son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley. He was an assistant at SMU from 1997-99.
Robinson was Dallas' receivers coach for two years and oversaw a breakout season for Dez Bryant in 2012.
Silver Stars' Young tears ACL in Chinese league
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sophia Young, the leading scorer for the San Antonio Silver Stars last year, has a torn knee ligament and her status for 2013 is uncertain.
The team said Monday that Young tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the Women's Chinese Basketball Association playoffs last week.
An MRI in San Antonio confirmed the injury, and Young will have surgery this week. There is no timetable for her return. The WNBA season starts in late spring.
Young led the Silver Stars at 16.3 points per game. The WNBA all-defensive team player was the team's top rebounder at 7.2 per game and also led in steals at 2.2.
The Silver Stars were swept by Los Angeles in the best-of-three conference semifinals last year.
MLS-DALLAS-RED BULLS TRADE
Red Bulls send F Cooper to Dallas for money
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Red Bulls have traded leading scorer Kenny Cooper to FC Dallas for allocation money.
Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh announced the trade on Monday, saying the money and the salary cap relief will allow the team it to make necessary moves.
Acquired from Portland in January 2012, Cooper had a team-high 18 goals and three assists in 33 regular season MLS appearances last year. Cooper played for Dallas from 2006-09.