NBA game in Mexico City postponed
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The NBA says the game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
The game scheduled for Wednesday night will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.
The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled 9:30 p.m. EST tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima.
About 15 minutes after the scheduled start, the Spurs bus pulled away from the building. The Timberwolves bus followed soon after.
While the teams were warming up for their regular-season matchup, lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began pouring out of vents in the upper deck.
Nowitzki carries Mavs past Pelicans 100-97
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 100-97 Wednesday night.
Nowitzki gave Dallas the lead with a free throw to make the score 98-97 with 32.3 seconds left. He then got a piece of Eric Gordon's driving floater, grabbed the rebound and hit two more free throws with 8 seconds left.
The Pelicans' Ryan Anderson missed an open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 2 seconds left.
Reserve Vince Carter had 15 points for Dallas and Monta Ellis added 14 points.
Jrue Holiday had a season-high 26 points for the Pelicans, who played without injured forward Anthony Davis for the second consecutive game. Al-Farouq Aminu had a career-high 21 rebounds and a season-high 16 points. Anderson added 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Bledsoe leads Suns to 97-88 win over Rockets
HOUSTON (AP) - Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to a 97-88 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night that snapped the Suns' two-game losing streak.
PJ Tucker added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting with six rebounds.
Channing Frye had 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, and Goran Dragic chipped in 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting for the Suns, who shot 45.6 percent from the field, including 45.8 percent from behind the arc.
Dwight Howard had 15 points and 18 rebounds, Aaron Brooks added 17 points and six assists, and Omri Casspi had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who lost their second straight game.
James Harden finished with 14 points, but struggled from the field hitting 3 of 17 and finishing 0 for 10 from behind the arc.
2014 calendar has F1 and NASCAR in Texas same day
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The 2014 racing calendar will have Formula One and NASCAR racing deep in the heart of Texas on the same day.
The FIA, international motorsports' governing body, released its 2014 calendar Wednesday, placing the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin on Nov. 2. That's the same day as the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, a three-hour drive from Austin.
Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, called it a "foolish move" by F1 to compete with NASCAR for racing fans. Officials at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately comment.
T25-BAYLOR-FAREWELL FLOYD CASEY
Floyd Casey farewell is big game for No. 9 Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) - Former Baylor coach Grant Teaff now has a deep love for Floyd Casey Stadium.
That wasn't always the feeling he had about the stadium the No. 9 Bears will close Saturday after 64 seasons when they play No. 23 Texas. The winner gets at least a share of the Big 12 title.
Teaff, the Bears coach from 1972-92, now gets emotional thinking about the stadium where he has so many memories, including two Southwest Conference titles.
The Bears move next season to a $260 million stadium being built on the Waco campus, along the Brazos River and busy Interstate 35.
They have won their last nine home games, and won 22 of their last 25 at Floyd Casey Stadium, including 2011 when Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy.
Texas A&M handles Houston 74-57
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Jamal Jones scored 21 points and hit seven 3-pointers, and Kourtney Robinson added 14 points as Texas A&M defeated Houston 74-57 Wednesday night.
The Aggies (7-2) returned to Reed Arena, where they've won all seven of their games, following consecutive losses in the Corpus Christi (Texas) Classic to Missouri State and SMU.
TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars (6-3) with 16 points and J.J. Richardson followed with 11. Houston has lost three of its last four.
J-Mychal Reese's 3-pointer lifted Texas A&M to a 57-45 lead midway through the second half, and the Aggies owned a comfortable lead the rest of the way. The Aggies made 10 of their 23 3-pointers, while Houston was 3 of 15.
Texas A&M and Houston played each other as Southwest Conference rivals from 1975-96 and have met four times since, with the Aggies winning three. The Cougars still own a 53-32 all-time series advantage.
Tulsa clobbers Texas Southern 98-71
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - James Woodard scored a season-high 25 points to lead Tulsa to a 98-71 victory over Texas Southern Wednesday night.
Woodard hit from all over the court, going 7 of 13 from the field, sinking 7 of 8 from the line, and adding 4 of 6 from 3-point territory. Rashad Smith had 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Shaquille Harrison added 11 points, and Pat Swilling came off the bench to score 14.
Tulsa got off to a flat start to trail by seven early in the first period. Then Swilling and Woodard hit a flurry of 3-pointers to help tie the score at 17 and set the stage for 44-32 Tulsa lead by the break. The Golden Hurricanes (2-6) continued to dominate as Texas Southern struggled with eight turnovers in the second period, 15 overall.
Aaric Murray carried the Tigers (3-6), scoring 30 points with six rebounds and a steal.
Texas-San Antonio dominates Huston-Tillotson 90-62
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kaj-Bjorn Sherman and Jordan Sims each scored 16 points, leading four players in double figures as Texas-San Antonio rolled over Huston-Tillotson 90-62 on Wednesday night.
UTSA (2-6) snapped a two-game losing streak, shooting 56.7 percent from the field and scoring 52 points in the paint against NAIA Huston-Tillotson (0-8).
The Roadrunners made 6 of their first 7 attempts from the field and took a double-digit lead on a bucket from Devon Agusi with 8:59 left in the first half. Huston-Tillotson never came within single digits after that point.
Keon Lewis had 15 points for the Roadrunners, and Hyjii Thomas contributed a strong all-around effort with 11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
UTSA out-rebounded the Rams 54-27, led by Thomas' performance and Lucas O'Brien with 10.
Devonta Davis scored a game-high 21 points for the Rams off the bench. Jonathan Douglas added 12.
Lewis leads Houston Baptist past Rice 73-71
HOUSTON (AP) - Rob Lewis scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and made all eight of his free throw attempts in the final 2:31 to lift Houston Baptist over Rice 73-71 Wednesday night.
Austin Ramljak scored eight of his game-high 23 points in the final 1:51 to keep Rice in the game but the Owls were forced to foul and Houston Baptist (3-5) made 12 of 12 free throws to hold on for the win.
Ramljak hit 7 of 12 shots from the field, all of which came from behind the 3-point line. Keith Washington added 18 points and Sean Obi had 13 for Rice (3-5).
Marcel Smith scored 16 points on perfect shooting for the Huskies. He made 5 of 5 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, and was 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Ricmonds Vilde added 11 points and Cody Joyce had 10.
Texas State dominates Cedarville 79-58
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - Emani Gant led Texas State with 14 points on Wednesday night in a 79-58 win over Cedarville.
Texas State (3-6) never trailed, led 39-21 at halftime, and led by as many as 26 points in the second half. The game was Texas State's fourth in six days as a part of the Cure UCD Classic, although it was the first played stateside after three games in Puerto Vallarta.
Ray Dorsey and Wesley Davis each had 12 points for the Bobcats. Texas State had 20 offensive rebounds and edged Cedarville (1-7) on the glass 46-23 overall. Corey Stern led the way for the Bobcats with 12 rebounds.
The Division II Yellow Jackets made 10 of 24 from 3-point range. Marcus Reineke made four 3-pointers and had 17 points. Lane Vander Hulst also had four 3's for 13 points and J.C. Faubion added 10 points.
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