Duncan, Parker lead Spurs' 109-77 rout of Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds while playing just 24 minutes and Tony Parker added 15 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 109-77 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
San Antonio had lost three of its last six games after starting the season 13-1, but dominated from the opening tip, scoring the first nine points. An 8-0 run extended the Spurs lead to 27-10.
The Bucks (5-17) trailed 32-16 after one quarter. The Spurs held a 17-4 rebounding advantage in the opening period, when the Bucks managed just one defensive rebound.
The Bucks pulled within 41-30 in the second quarter, but the Spurs responded with a 10-0 run. The Spurs, led 63-40 at the half and extended it to 92-54 entering the final period.
Rookie guard Nate Wolters led the Bucks with a season-high 18 points.
Curry rallies Warriors past Mavericks, 95-93
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry made a pull-up jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to cap a sensational fourth quarter, rallying the Golden State Warriors from 18 points down to beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-93 on Wednesday night.
Curry scored 16 of his 33 points in the final period. He finished with nine assists, four rebounds and another big shot in a young career already full of them.
With the clock winding down, Curry dribbled on the perimeter, came off a screen and faked a shot to send Shawn Marion jumping past him. Curry then made a 19-footer to give Golden State the lead for good.
Jose Calderon heaved a desperation shot at the buzzer that was never close.
Alabama's McCarron says he expects Saban to stay
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron says he doesn't believe coach Nick Saban will leave for Texas.
McCarron made his comments Wednesday in advance of Thursday's College Football Awards Show. Saban is reportedly a target by Texas officials to be its next coach if current coach Mack Brown were to step down.
"To me he's not leaving. That's my personal opinion," McCarron said.
But the quarterback also added that he can't speak for his coach and "I stay out of his business."
McCarron is up for the Maxwell Award as nation's best overall player and the Davey O'Brien quarterback award Thursday.
Cowboys activate DE Edgar Jones off short-term IR
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have activated defensive end Edgar Jones off short-term injured reserve and he could return Sunday against Green Bay.
Dallas acquired Jones from Kansas City for a draft pick at the end of the preseason and he played the first four games before injuring his groin. He was placed on short-term IR Oct. 18.
The Cowboys have been shuffling players on the defensive line all season because of injuries. Dallas has used 18 defensive linemen in games.
Linebacker Sean Lee was a limited participant in practice Wednesday with a neck injury. An MRI showed no structural damage, but his status for the Packers is uncertain.
Receiver Dwayne Harris, cornerback Morris Claiborne and linebacker Bruce Carter didn't practice. All three have hamstring injuries.
Cowboys' Selvie, Scandrick fined for hits
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas defenders George Selvie and Orlando Scandrick have been fined by the NFL for hits in the Cowboys' loss to Chicago.
Scandrick said Wednesday was docked $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. The cornerback drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on the first play of the fourth quarter Monday night.
Selvie was fined for a hit below the knees against Chicago quarterback Josh McCown in the second quarter. The defensive end was penalized for roughing the passer. Selvie didn't specify the amount but said he planned to appeal the fine.
The Bears scored on their first eight possessions in a 45-28 victory that knocked the Cowboys out of first place in the NFC East.
Indy has been unfriendly to Texans
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans will attempt to end the worst skid in franchise history in a place where they've never won.
Houston plays the Colts on Sunday, looking to stop an 11-game losing streak and win for the first time in Indianapolis.
Running back Ben Tate says they aren't worried about where they're playing this week, all they're focused on is winning. He joked that he wouldn't care if they were playing in a parking lot or a shopping mall - they simply must figure out a way to snap the losing streak.
They'll try to turn things around in the first game since coach Gary Kubiak was fired on Friday. Wade Phillips is the interim coach, and he mixed up some things in practice Wednesday in an attempt to get Houston back on track.
Astros acquire pitcher Anthony Bass from Padres
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Right-hander Anthony Bass has been acquired by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named or cash.
The 26-year-old pitched 42 innings in 24 relief appearances this year, compiling a 5.36 ERA with no decisions. He also was 4-6 with a 5.45 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Tucson.
Bass made his big league debut in 2011 and has 4-8 career record with a 4.09 ERA in 18 starts and 57 relief appearances.
The trade was announced Wednesday. Houston also will get a player to be named or cash.
Sit or play? Rodgers Watch resumes for Pack
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers took some first-team snaps in practice Wednesday, though the Packers quarterback still hasn't been cleared to play in a game.
If that stands through the rest of week, backup Matt Flynn is back in for Rodgers when Green Bay visits the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in a game critical to both teams' playoff hopes.
Tight end Andrew Quarless said Wednesday that Rodgers took some reps with the starters. Rodgers has been sidelined since fracturing his left collarbone in a loss Nov. 4 to the Bears.
Flynn helped Green Bay snap its five-game winless slide without Rodgers when he threw for 258 yards and a touchdown in a 22-21 victory Sunday over Atlanta.
Pitt's Donald wins Lombardi Award
HOUSTON (AP) - Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald picked up another award Wednesday night, winning the Rotary Lombardi Award.
Donald beat out Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the award given annually to the nation's top college lineman.
It's already been a big week for Donald, a senior defensive tackle who won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation's top college defensive player Monday.
The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald leads the nation with 26½ tackles for losses and his 28½ career sacks are tops among active players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and fourth in school history.
Donald has 10 sacks, 54 tackles and has forced four fumbles this season.
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