Davis, Sims lead Baylor to Big 12 women's title
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Odyssey Sims overcame an ankle injury and scored 19 points to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 7 West Virginia 74-71 Monday night in the Big 12 women's championship game.
Niya Johnson also had 19 points and made four free throws in the final minute, and Nina Davis added 16 points for the Lady Bears, who have won 15 of their past 16 games. Davis, a freshman, was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
Bria Holmes scored 24 points and Linda Stepney added 10 for West Virginia, which had won 12 straight.
The teams shared the regular-season Big 12 title and split their games during the regular season, with each winning on the other's home court. West Virginia slowed Sims, who had scored 48 and 39 points in the regular season games, but the Bears supported her Monday by shooting 48 percent overall.
Stars' C Peverley collapses on bench during game
DALLAS (AP) - The game between Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets was called off in the first period after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Play was halted 6:23 into the game Monday night as Peverley was carried from the bench. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to the hospital.
"They're shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that," John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. "They were shaken to the core."
There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up. Columbus was leading 1-0.
Peverley missed the start of the season because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical.
Gonzalez starts strong, but Astros top Nationals
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Gio Gonzalez struck out the first five batters he faced then struggled to get out of the second inning as the Washington Nationals lost to the Houston Astros 7-3 Monday night.
Carlos Corporan followed George Springer's two-out infield hit, which tipped off of Gonzalez' glove, with a two-run homer. Gonzalez then gave up a walk, a double and hit a batter to load the bases before escaping on a flyball out.
Of perhaps more concern to the Nationals is that closer Rafael Soriano had his second rough outing, giving up five runs on five hits in just 2-3 of an inning.
Houston starter Lucas Harrell allowed one run and recorded 10 groundball outs in four innings.
Darvish goes 5 innings as Reds beat Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Yu Darvish pitched five positive innings and Jurickson Profar homered as the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Monday.
Darvish allowed two runs and five hits, striking out one without a walk. He yielded RBI doubles to Jay Bruce in the fourth and Ramon Santiago in the fifth.
Profar homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the third and ranks second in the Cactus League with 11 RBIs.
Bailey gave up two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking none.
The Rangers seized the lead in the fifth on Elvis Andrus' two-out, two-run single.
Adam Rosales contributed a two-run single in the Rangers' four-run fourth off Curtis Patch.
Injury won't sideline Warriors' Curry against Mavs
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry says his strained right quadriceps is slowly getting better and he is expected to start for the Golden State Warriors against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Curry only participated in the walkthrough portion of Monday's practice. He says the pain in his leg is tolerable and he believes he can continue to play while the muscle heals without doing further damage.
The All-Star point guard injured his quad during Golden State's win at Boston on Wednesday and began to feel pain again during Friday's victory over Atlanta. An MRI on Saturday revealed the strain.
Curry shook off the pain and played more than expected Sunday night, when he had 18 points and nine assists in 30 minutes in the Warriors' 113-107 win over Phoenix.
Cowboys bringing back punter Chris Jones
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back punter Chris Jones.
Jones signed an exclusive rights tender after finishing with a net average of 39 yards in his first full season in 2013. He played in two games in 2011 and four more the following season before a knee injury ended his year.
Jones had a gross average of 45 yards on 77 punts last season, with 30 downed inside the 20.
SWAC names Texas Southern's Murray player of year
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Texas Southern forward Aaric Murray is the Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year.
Murray was also named defensive player of the year in voting by SWAC coaches and sports information directors released Monday.
Southern swept the other three awards. Roman Banks is coach of the year, while Tre'Lun Banks claimed freshman honors and Calvin Godfrey was named the top newcomer.
Murray led the SWAC in scoring, averaging 21.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game. Murray also blocked a league-best 69 shots.
Roman Banks led the Jaguars to a 19-11 record, including 15-2 in SWAC games.
Trelun Banks led Southern in assists and averaged 8.6 points.
Godfrey averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds.
AP ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Iowa State's Melvin Ejim AP Big 12 Player of Year
(AP) - Iowa State senior forward Melvin Ejim is The Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year.
The AP awards were announced Monday, when Ejim and Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins were unanimous picks on the All-Big 12 first team. Wiggins is the league's Freshman of the Year.
Ejim was second in the Big 12 with both his 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. No other league player ranked in the top 10 in both of those categories.
Ejim and Wiggins are joined on the first team by league scoring leader Juwan Staten from West Virginia, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart and Iowa State's DeAndre Kane, the Marshall transfer who was the unanimous choice as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Oklahoma's Lon Kruger is the AP Coach of the Year.
McGrady gets invite to Skeeters camp
SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Retired NBA star Tracy McGrady is moving closer to his dream of playing professional baseball.
The Sugar Land Skeeters have invited the 34-year-old McGrady to spring training, giving him a chance to earn a spot on the independent Atlantic League team.
A seven-time NBA All-Star, McGrady has been training to become a pitcher with the team.
Manager Gary Gaetti says: "We're intrigued by the progress Tracy has made thus far and really commend him for putting in the work."
The 6-foot-8 right-hander played baseball from age five until his senior year in high school when he transferred to a school without a baseball program.
Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens pitched for the Skeeters a couple of years ago.
ROYAL-TEXAS MEMORIAL STADIUM EXPANSION
UT orders feasibility study for stadium expansion
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The athletics department at the University of Texas at Austin has ordered a feasibility study on expansion of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The expansion would enclose the southern end of the stadium with a multilevel stand. Now, only a relatively small, bleacher-style stand and the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center sit in the stadium's southern end.
The stadium now seats just over 100,000.
According to a UT athletics department statement, the study will consider such aspects as financing and where parking and fan amenities displaced by the new Dell Medical School can be placed. The medical school is to be built just south of the stadium.
Any decision on whether to proceed with stadium improvements lies with the university administration and UT System regents.
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