Griner, No. 1 Baylor women smash Oklahoma 86-64
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 15 points, tied her season-high with 15 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead top-ranked Baylor to its 25th straight victory, 86-64 Monday night against Oklahoma.
After sitting out the last 11½ minutes of the first half with two fouls, Griner returned and hit the first two baskets in a 10-0 run that pushed the Bears' lead out to 47-30. Baylor (27-1, 16-0 Big 12) led by at least 12 the rest of the way,
Griner moved past Connecticut's Maya Moore into fourth in career scoring in women's basketball. Only Jackie Stiles of Missouri State, Patricia Hoskins of Mississippi Valley State and Lorri Bauman of Drake have more than Griner's 3,045 points.
Aaryn Ellenberg had 19 points to lead Oklahoma (19-9, 9-7). Morgan Hook had 15 points and nine turnovers.
T25-TEXAS TECH-KANSAS ST
No. 13 Kansas State beats Texas Tech 75-55
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Thomas Gipson scored 20 points, Angel Rodriguez added 16 and No. 13 Kansas State beat Texas Tech 75-55 on Monday night giving the Wildcats 12 conference wins for the first time in 40 years.
The 12 league wins are the most ever for a first-year coach at Kansas State (23-5, 12-3 Big 12) and more importantly for Bruce Weber and his team is that win keeps the Wildcats tied with No. 6 Kansas for first place in the Big 12.
Dusty Hannahs scored 14 points for the Red Raiders (9-17, 2-13) and Jaye Crockett added 13.
The Wildcats did not take control until the second half, when reserve Nino Williams jump-started the Kansas State offense with 11 straight points.
Josi scores 2nd in OT as Predators beat Stars 5-4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored his second goal 28 seconds into overtime, and the Nashville Predators edged the Dallas Stars 5-4 Monday night in a wild game featuring fights and a bloodied face — all in the second period.
Josi's slap shot helped Nashville end a two-game skid, and the defenseman also had two assists.
Mike Fisher, Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist each scored goals for Nashville.
Rookie Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith scored 25 seconds apart within the first 2 minutes of the second, and Vern Fiddler and Eriksson added a power-play goal apiece as the Stars matched their season high within the first 9:21 of the period. Michael Ryder had three assists.
Tulowitzki hits 2-run single, Rockies beat Rangers
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run single off Texas starting candidate Justin Grimm and the Colorado Rockies went on to a 9-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday.
Martin Perez, like Grimm among several candidates for the No. 5 spot in the Rangers' rotation, started for Texas and retired all six batters he faced. The left-hander struck out two.
Grimm allowed hits to four of the first six batters he faced after taking over in the third. That included an RBI single by DJ LeMahieu before Tulowitzki's single made it 3-0.
Tulowitzki is 2 for 4 with three RBIs in two spring games. He was limited to 47 games last season and didn't play after May because of left groin surgery.
Charlie Culberson and Nolan Arenado homered in the Colorado eighth.
Craig and Holliday homer in Cardinals' win
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Matt Holliday and Allen Craig each hit their first homers of spring training, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.
Craig was starting as the designated hitter because he has had a sore shoulder the past few days and has yet to play in the field. He reached base in all three at-bats, adding a walk and an RBI single in the fourth.
Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals' likely opening-day starter, allowed four hits while striking out three in 2 2-3 scoreless innings.
Phil Humber needed only eight pitches to retire the Cardinals in the first inning, but he struggled with his control in the second. Humber walked the first two batters then allowed a RBI hit to David Freese.
SUPER BOWL-HOUSTON BID
Baker to lead Houston's Super Bowl bid
HOUSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker will lead Houston's bid to host the Super Bowl in 2017.
Baker will be the honorary chairman of the city's bid committee. He served as Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-92 and was Bush's chief of staff from August 1992 to January 1993.
NFL owners are expected to vote in May on host sites for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls. Miami and San Francisco are competing for the 2016 game, and the runner-up will compete against Houston for the 2017 game.
Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, was the site of the 2004 Super Bowl, with Tom Brady and New England defeating Carolina.
TEXAS SOUTHERN-ALABAMA ST
Sturdivant, Texas Southern top Alabama State 70-50
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Fred Sturdivant scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and Texas Southern won its 10th straight game 70-50 over Alabama State Monday night in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.
The double-double was Sturdivant's 11th and his third in his past four games. The senior was 11-of-15 shooting and blocked six shots. He was joined in double figures by Aaron Clayborn (12 points), Lawrence Johnson-Danner (12) and Ray Penn (10) for the Tigers (15-14, 14-2).
Texas Southern's Omar Strong scored just two points and was 0 for 9 from 3-point range, snapping his streak of consecutive games with at least one trey at 60 — it was the longest active streak in the NCAA.
The Tigers led 19-4 on Johnson-Danner's four-point play just under 7 minutes in and cruised to a 36-26 halftime edge.
Alabama State (9-20, 7-9) tied it 36-36 with 15:15 left, but the Tigers responded with a 21-3 run.
PRAIRIE VIEW-ALABAMA A&M
Prairie View rallies to top Alabama A&M 61-57, OT
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jourdan DeMuyck scored 27 points and grabbed 11 boards to help Prairie View A&M turn an 11-point halftime deficit into a 61-57 overtime win against Alabama A&M Monday night.
Carl Blair scored 11 and Jules Montgomery added eight for Prairie View (13-16, 8-8 Southwestern Athletic Conference). The pair each grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Panthers to a 46-45 edge on the boards.
Prairie View trailed 35-24 at halftime but clawed back to send the game into overtime on Montgomery's tip-in with 34 seconds left.
DeMuynck and Montgomery combined for six points over the first 3 minutes of overtime but it was all Prairie View needed, as the Bulldogs managed just two free throws in the extra frame.
Prairie View shot 39 percent (26 of 67).
DeMarquelle Tabb tallied 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulldogs (9-18, 5-11), who went 19-of-57 shooting and 13 of 26 from the stripe.
MINOR LEAGUER SUSPENDED
Free agent minor leaguer Hamburger suspended
NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent right-hander Mark Hamburger has been suspended 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Hamburger was penalized Monday by the commissioner's office. The penalty will start when he signs with a big league organization.
The 26-year-old Hamburger made his big league debut in 2011 for the Texas Rangers. He appeared in five games and was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in eight innings. Last year, he pitched for Houston's Triple-A team in Oklahoma City.
There have been seven suspensions this year under the minor league program.