Texas Sports Update 2/19/15


TCU beats Kansas State 69-55 for its 1st Big 12 win streak

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Chris Washburn scored 17 points and TCU beat Kansas State 69-55 on Wednesday night, giving the Horned Frogs consecutive Big 12 victories for the first time since joining the league.

TCU (16-10, 3-10 Big 12) never trailed in the game, but had to hold on after building a 35-15 halftime lead that was bolstered by a 19-0 run over the final 7 ½ minutes before the break.

This is the third Big 12 season for the Horned Frogs, who went 0-18 in league play a season ago after a 2-16 debut in 2013. They were coming off a 70-55 home win over No. 22 Oklahoma State four days earlier.

Kansas State (13-14, 6-8) scored 11 consecutive points in less than two minutes early in the second half. The Wildcats got as close as 41-35 when Nino Williams made a free throw after a technical foul against TCU with 11:52 left.


No. 3 Baylor women hang on to beat Texas Tech 67-60

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Niya Johnson scored 17 points and Nina Davis added 12 to help No. 3 Baylor beat Texas Tech 67-60 on Wednesday night.

The win, the Lady Bears' 24th straight, assured Baylor a share of the Big 12 title with Oklahoma. A win over TCU in Waco on Saturday would give the Lady Bears sole possession of the regular-season title, their fifth straight and sixth overall.

Davis also had 10 rebounds

It was only the sixth time that Baylor (25-1, 14-0 Big 12) has won by single digits.

The Lady Raiders pulled to 61-59 on Amber Battle's field goal with 1:28 remaining, but Baylor's Sune Agbuke made a quick layup. Battle then hit a free throw, but Johnson sank two free throws to seal the win.

Ivonne CookTaylor scored 17 points and Amber Battle had 16 for Texas Tech (15-11, 5-9)

Texas Tech tied a season high with 11 3-pointers.


Mavericks officially add Stoudemire before trip to OKC

DALLAS (AP) - Amare Stoudemire joined the Dallas Mavericks two days after the New York Knicks let him out of his contract with a buyout.

The Mavericks announced the signing Wednesday about the same time Stoudemire was expected to join the team on a flight to Oklahoma City. The Mavericks return from the All-Star break at the Thunder on Thursday night.

The six-time All-Star signed for the prorated veteran minimum of about $460,000. He will back up center Tyson Chandler and forward Dirk Nowitzki and restore some frontcourt depth lost in the trade that brought Rajon Rondo.

Stoudemire has career averages of 20 points and 8.2 rebounds. He averaged 12 points and 24 minutes for the Knicks this season.

The Mavericks waived guard Ricky Ledo to make room for Stoudemire.


Injuries wreak havoc on SEC women's basketball season

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference women's basketball race is turning into a battle of attrition.

When Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee Sunday, she joined Kentucky point guard Janee Thompson and Georgia's Shacobia Barbee among notable SEC players to go down with season-ending injuries.

All these injuries could impact teams' postseason runs as the SEC tries to earn a berth in the Final Four for the first time since Tennessee and LSU got there during the Lady Vols' 2008 championship season. Texas A&M won the 2011 national title, but as a Big 12 member.

No. 2 South Carolina (24-1, 12-0 SEC) has stayed pretty healthy in its quest for a second straight league title, but other SEC schools haven't been nearly as fortunate.


Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving in Aspen

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen.

The cyclist entered his plea by mail on Friday under a plea agreement with prosecutors, closing the case and avoiding a court appearance.

Armstrong's girlfriend, Anna Hansen, originally told police she was behind the wheel in the Dec. 28 accident in icy conditions but later confessed that she lied to avoid media attention.

Court records show Armstrong paid $238.50 to cover court fees and a $150 fine.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan says it is fairly common for people to reach plea deals in such cases and to enter pleas by mail. Careless driving can be punished by up to 90 days in jail but Bryan says jail time is rare.


Big 12 reveals league policy for dealing with concussions

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Big 12 has announced its conference-wide policy for the diagnosis of concussions and managing the care of all student-athletes.

The policy, revealed Wednesday, was developed by team athletic trainers, physicians and medical support staff.

Big 12 members will be required to follow the NCAA's 2014 consensus guidelines for concussion diagnosis and management. Each school will have on file a concussion management plan directed by a team physician with specific protocol for evaluation and management of a concussion.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the Big 12 policy goes beyond what was approved during recent NCAA meetings on autonomy for the largest conferences.


Teaff to step aside as AFCA director next February

WACO, Texas (AP) - Grant Teaff is planning to step aside as executive director of the American Football Coaches Association after one more year on the job.

The 81-year-old Teaff announced Wednesday that he will leave the post next February, which will mark 22 years. He has been the AFCA's executive director since February 1994.

Teaff was Baylor's football coach for 21 seasons, his last in 1992. He also was the coach at McMurry College (1960-65) and Angelo State (1969-71).

The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and now has more than 11,000 members, with coaches from high school to the pro ranks.

The search for the next executive director is underway. The search committee is led by Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, the 2015 AFCA president.


Former Trail Blazers player Jerome Kersey dies at 52

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Jerome Kersey, the small forward who played his first 11 NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and helped the San Antonio Spurs win the 1999 title, has died. He was 52.

The Trail Blazers confirmed Wednesday night that Kersey had died, but didn't provide details.

A team ambassador, Kersey appeared Tuesday with fellow former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant at a Portland school in celebration of African American History Month.

Kersey averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17 seasons in the NBA with Portland, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee. He helped the Blazers reach the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992.

The former Longwood University star had his best season in 1987-88, averaging 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds.

Kersey retired from basketball in 2001. He was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2004-05 under Porter.

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