Ginobili leads Spurs past Raptors, 116-103
TORONTO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 16 points, Tony Parker had 15 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 116-103 on Tuesday night.
Tim Duncan scored 14 points and Aron Baynes had a career-best 14 as the Spurs overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit to win their sixth straight over the Raptors, improving to 26-9 all-time against Toronto.
San Antonio has won three of six since its 11-game winning streak was halted with a loss at Oklahoma City on Nov. 27.
Danny Green had 14 points for the Spurs, while Marco Belinelli had 12 and Patty Mills 11.
DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points and Amir Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Sharp, Saad each net 2 as Blackhawks top Stars 6-2
DALLAS (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored twice, extending his domination of the Dallas Stars, and the Chicago Blackhawks cruised to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night.
Brandon Saad also scored two goals for Chicago, which has won three of the four games between the teams. One victory was in a shootout.
Sharp has four goals and four assists against the Stars this season. In his last eight games versus Dallas, he has eight goals and seven assists.
Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks. Defenseman Michael Kostka returned after missing 24 games because of a foot injury to score Chicago's first goal.
The Central Division-leading Blackhawks (22-6-5) reached six goals for the fifth time this season, and second in a row. They defeated Florida 6-2 on Sunday.
Brown's attorney denies report coach is resigning
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Mack Brown's attorney says the Texas coach has not resigned, denying a report that Brown was ready to step down after 16 seasons with the Longhorns.
Orangebloods.com is reporting, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is leaving Texas and that an announcement could come later this week.
Joe Jamail, Brown's longtime friend and attorney, told The Associated Press on Tuesday: "Mack Brown has not resigned." He says Brown's future with Texas is still up to the coach.
Horns247.com, a Texas recruiting website, is reporting that Brown denied the report in a text from Florida, where he was recruiting.
Brown writes to Horns247: "I have not decided to step down."
Messages left with Texas spokesmen were not immediately returned.
Jerry Jones eyes tricks after firing gimmicky Ryan
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Jerry Jones fired Rob Ryan last season because his former defensive coordinator's scheme was too gimmicky.
Now the Dallas owner says gimmicks are what the Cowboys need with a defense that may go down as the worst in franchise history.
Monte Kiffin's new 4-3 alignment and the players trying to run it simply couldn't stop backup quarterback Josh McCown in Chicago's 45-28 win over Dallas on Monday night. McCown had four touchdown passes and a rushing TD and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions before McCown took a knee to end the game.
Now, Jones says the Cowboys has "got to look for ways to come up with whatever gimmick, whatever plan" that can hold onto the ball, get turnovers and get more possessions.
Jones offered support for Kiffin on his radio show Tuesday, but the mounting evidence suggests the owner's biggest change of the offseason isn't working.
According to STATS, Dallas became the fifth team since 1991 to allow an opponent to score on the first eight possessions. The previous three teams won five games combined.
Somehow, the 7-6 Cowboys still control their playoff fate with Green Bay visiting Sunday, although they're a full game behind Philadelphia (8-5) in the NFC East for the first time this season.
C JP Arencibia, Rangers complete $1.8M contract
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Catcher J.P. Arencibia and the Texas Rangers have finalized a $1.8 million, one-year contract.
Arencibia hit .194 with 21 homers, 18 doubles and 55 RBIs in a career-high 138 games this year for Toronto. The Blue Jays didn't offer him a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline and allowed him to become a free agent.
Arencibia has a .212 career average with 64 homers and 193 RBIs in four big league seasons. He turns 28 next month and figures to be a backup to Geovany Soto.
The agreement was announced Tuesday.
Arencibia is fourth among catchers in home runs over the past three seasons with 62. Two of Arencibia's seven multihomer games have come in Arlington. The other five were in Toronto.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Brazile earns 19th gold buckle
Trevor Brazile secured his record-breaking 19th gold buckle when he won the all-around championship during round six on Tuesday at the National Finals Rodeo.
Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, clinched the crown when the only other all-around competitor in contention, heeler Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., was unable to rope his steer with header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., during round six. Header Brazile and heeler Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas, went on to win the round in a time of 4.8 seconds.
Brazile has earned $312,579 in 2013 compared to $153,159 for Corkill. Brazile's two other events in 2013 were tie-down roping and steer roping, which he won for his 18th gold buckle.
Brazile has won 11 of the past 12 world all-around titles, including the past nine in a row. He broke a tie with steer roper Guy Allen, who was the first individual to attain 18 gold buckles.
Alabama places 9 players on coaches All-SEC teams
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama placed nine players on the coaches All-Southeastern Conference teams and LSU had eight.
The league released its All-SEC teams chosen by league head coaches on Tuesday. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
The third-ranked Crimson Tide, which will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, placed a league-high five players on the first team. Texas A&M had four first-teamers while Georgia and SEC Champion Auburn each placed three on the first team.
Every SEC school had at least one player on the all-conference teams.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was a first-teamer while fellow Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron of Alabama is a second-teamer.
The league will release individual award winners on Wednesday and the SEC All-Freshman team on Thursday.
WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY
Connecticut Sun win top pick in WNBA draft lottery
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Connecticut Sun won the top pick in the WNBA draft lottery on Tuesday.
The Tulsa Shock earned the second pick with the San Antonio Silver Stars getting the third choice and the New York Liberty receiving the fourth pick.
Connecticut, which finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, had a 44 percent chance of winning the top pick. New York and Tulsa each had a 23 percent chance and San Antonio has a 10 percent chance. Only once since the league instituted a lottery before the 2002 draft has it gone according to the odds. That happened in 2009.
Top prospects in this year's draft include Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.
Mich. St.'s Narduzzi wins Broyles Award
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The defensive coordinator for fourth-ranked Michigan State has won the Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.
Pat Narduzzi was named the winner Tuesday at a luncheon in Little Rock. Narduzzi structured the Spartans' defense, lifting the team to a 12-1 record and a spot in the Rose Bowl against No. 5 Stanford.
The award is named for former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who is noted for developing assistants into head coaches. A number of his aides went on to stellar careers, including Hayden Fry, Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Barry Switzer.
Fry, Majors and Switzer were on this year's selection committee.
Other finalists this year were Auburn's Rhett Lashlee, Baylor's Philip Montgomery, Florida State's Jeremy Pruitt and Kurt Roper from Duke.
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