Oilers roll to 5-1 win over Stars
DALLAS (AP) — Ales Hemsky scored a goal and two assists, Jeff Petry added a goal and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves in helping the Edmonton Oilers roll to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
The win snapped Edmonton's six-game losing streak against the Stars, including two meetings earlier this season and represented their first victory in Dallas (0-10-1) since Dec. 8, 2006.
Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz and Ben Eager also scored for the Oilers, while Jordan Eberle added two assists.
Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) scored Dallas' goal, while Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves in his return to the Stars' net after missing five games with a groin injury. He made a number of big saves and was victimized by two shots from the corner that deflected off teammates in front of him.
No. 8 Lady Vols outlast No. 13 Texas A&M 82-72
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kamiko Williams scored a career-high 18 points in the final home game of her career and No. 8 Tennessee beat No. 13 Texas A&M 82-72 on Thursday night to clinch its 17th Southeastern Conference regular-season title.
Tennessee (23-5, 14-1), which had already wrapped up a share of the conference crown, grabbed sole possession of first place in the standings and guaranteed themselves the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament beginning Wednesday.
Cierra Burdick added 15 points and 14 rebounds for Tennessee. Meighan Simmons scored 17 points, Bashaara Graves had 14 and Isabelle Harrison added 10.
Adrienne Pratcher scored 20 points, Kelsey Bone had 14, Courtney Williams 13 and Courtney Walker 12 for Texas A&M (21-8, 11-4), which for the third time in four games.
Even in spring, not much hope for Astros, Marlins
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Spring training is usually a time of hope.
Unless you're the Houston Astros. Or the Miami Marlins.
With no-name rosters and in the midst of massive rebuilding jobs, these teams are more likely to be remembered as among the worst in recent years than make any sort of run for the playoffs.
Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell isn't fazed by the low expectations, even though Houston faces the additional burden of moving from the NL to perhaps the toughest division, the AL West. After pitching Thursday against the Yankees, he says the Astros believe they "can shock a lot of people."
The Marlins dismantled their roster after struggling in a new stadium. Owner Jeffrey Loria has come under intense criticism, while the players are trying to stay out of the fray.
Laird, Ankiel lead Astros over Yankees split squad
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Laird hit a grand slam and Rick Ankiel hit his first home run of the spring, leading the Houston Astros to a 7-6 victory over a split squad of New York Yankees on Thursday.
Laird's grand slam came in the sixth inning off loser Shane Greene.
Ankiel, trying to make the Astros as a 33-year-old outfielder, has six hits in nine spring at-bats. His homer off Mike O'Brien broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning.
Melky Mesa's three-run run homer off Ross Seaton in the top of the sixth had given the Yankees a 5-1 lead after RBI singles by Zoilo Altmonte and Matt Diaz.
Lucas Harrell pitched the first three innings for Houston in his second spring start, giving up no runs on three hits, while Sam Demel got the win.
Yankees starter Brett Marshall pitched to the minimum nine batters in his three innings, striking out three while Francisco Cervelli threw out two runners attempting to steal.
Lance Berkman singles, scores twice in Texas debut
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Lance Berkman singled, walked and scored two runs in his Rangers' spring training debut, a 10-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday that gave Texas its first exhibition victory this year after an 0-5 start.
Berkman, who was limited to 32 games last year with St. Louis and needed two knee operations, was held out of the first six exhibition games because of a strained right calf.
Winner Derek Holland allowed three hits, struck out two and walked none in four innings.
Jeff Baker had three of the Rangers' 18 hits, and Jurickson Profar hit a two-run triple in the second inning.
In his second outing for the Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up a two-run homer to Mitch Moreland. Dice-K, Cleveland's third pitcher, allowed four hits in two innings.
Central Arkansas beats Lamar 106-99 in double OT
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Robert Crawford made seven 3-pointers and finished with 30 points, and Central Arkansas defeated Lamar 106-99 in double overtime Thursday night.
The victory assured the Bears (11-16, 5-11) a berth in the eight-team Southland Conference tournament — which Lamar won last season. The Cardinals (3-25, 1-14) needed a win to stay alive.
LaQuentin Miles scored 19 for Central Arkansas. Jarvis Garner had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Anthony Borden scored 10.
Six Lamar players scored in double figures, led by Rhon Mitchell with 25 points. Amos Wilson scored 19, Stan Brown had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Donley Minor added 12 points and seven assists, and Nikko Acosta and Donnell Minton each scored 10.
Lamar rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to force overtime, tying it at 75 on Miles' basket with 11 seconds left. Miles' 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the first OT made it 91-all.
SOUTHERN U-TEXAS SOUTHERN
Texas Southern rolls to 79-66 win over Southern
HOUSTON (AP) — Omar Strong scored 34 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Texas Southern won its 11th straight game, 79-66 over Southern, on Thursday night to take control of the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
Strong was 9 of 15 from the floor, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range, for the Tigers (16-14, 15-2), who moved ahead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southern into sole possession of the SWAC lead. Texas Southern can clinch the outright title by beating Alcorn State on Saturday in its regular-season finale.
Ray Penn added 14 points for Texas Southern, and Fred Sturdivant had nine points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots.
Derick Beltran led the Jaguars (20-9, 14-3) with 16 points. Brandon Moore and Javan Mitchell chipped in 13 apiece. Southern saw its four-game winning streak snapped.
Texas Southern never trailed after the opening minutes and led by as many as 24 in the second half.
ARKANSAS ST-NORTH TEXAS
Alzee Williams scores 19, North Texas rolls 74-50
DENTON, Texas (AP) — Alzee Williams scored 19 points on Thursday night and North Texas rolled to a 74-50 victory over Arkansas State.
North Texas (12-19, 7-13 Sun Belt) also got 16 points and three steals from Jordan Williams, 12 points and three steals from Roger Franklin and 10 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots from Tony Mitchell.
Arkansas State (18-10, 12-7) got 18 points from Marcus Hooten and 14 points from Ed Townsel.
Trey Finn had nine rebounds for Arkansas State and Kendrick Washington had eight rebounds.
Arkansas State made just 25 percent of its shots for the game and was only 1 of 23 from 3-point range.
Texas State defeats Seattle 67-65
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Joel Wright and Deonte Jones scored 16 points apiece as Texas State defeated Seattle 67-65 Thursday night.
The Bobcats (9-19, 4-11 Western Athletic) took the lead for good, 58-57, on Jones' layup with 2:55 remaining. Matt Staff then hit 1 of 2 free throws and Reid Koenen added a 3-pointer with 1:02 left to cap a 6-0 run and make it 62-57.
A pair of 3-pointers from Chad Rasmussen in the final minute kept Seattle close, but the Bobcats held on to hand the Redhawks (7-19, 2-14) their sixth straight loss.
Rasmussen led Seattle with 18 points. Allen Tate added 14 and Prince Obasi had 11. The Redhawks outshot the Bobcats (48 percent to 40 percent) and outrebounded them (37-28) but were hurt by 19 turnovers.
Texas State, which swept the season series with Seattle, also got 14 points from Staff and 12 from Koenen.
SAN JOSE ST-TEXAS-ARLINGTON
Outler, bench help UT-Arlington triumph 81-74
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jamel Outler scored 15 points, one of three men to score in double figures off the bench, and Texas-Arlington picked up an 81-74 victory over San Jose State on Thursday night.
Texas-Arlington (16-10, 10-5 Western Athletic) had a whopping 49-8 scoring advantage off the bench.
Karol Gruszeki scored 14 off the bench and Greg Gainey had 13. Jordan Reeves was the only starter in double figures with 10.
Three of Outler's baskets were from 3-point range. Reeves also contributed nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
Texas-Arlington also had a 22-5 scoring advantage off turnovers and an 18-2 edge in fast-break points.
Louis Garrett led San Jose State (9-17, 3-12) with 25 points, including five 3-pointers. D.J. Brown scored 16 points, Chris Cunningham had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Xavier Jones had 11 points.
Cowboys redo 5 contracts, save cap space
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have reworked the contracts of five starters, including DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten and Miles Austin, to save salary cap space.
Dallas, which was penalized $5 million off its cap in both 2012 and 2013, has needed to scramble to free up space. By restructuring the deals of star linebacker Ware, tight end Witten, wide receiver Austin, cornerback Brandon Carr and center Ryan Cook, the Cowboys made about $20 million available for this year.
The biggest savings will come in the Carr deal. Dallas signed Carr as a free agent last year, and Thursday's moves turn nearly all of the $14.3 million he was due in salary into a signing bonus. Carr will count $3.5 million against this year's cap.