Texas Sports Update 2/4/15


Talbot, Barrie help Avs rally past Stars 3-2 in shootout

DALLAS (AP) - Maxime Talbot scored the winner in the 11th round of the shootout after Tyson Barrie tied it in the final minute of regulation, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Tuesday night.

The Avalanche were down 2-0 in the third period in a matchup of teams that started the night tied with 53 points apiece in the Central Division and trying to climb into the playoff picture after slow starts.

Colorado matched a season low with 16 shots in regulation, but the last one was Barrie's one-timer from just inside the blue line with 19 seconds remaining. Ryan O'Reilly got the Avalanche within a goal 6:12 into the third.

Patrick Eaves scored on Dallas' suddenly potent power play, and Erik Cole added a goal late in the second period.


Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sneaks past Incarnate Word 71-70

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - John Jordan scored nine points in the final 1:52 as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi came back for a 71-70 win over Incarnate Word on Tuesday night.

Incarnate Word was ahead 58-49 with 7:39 left in the game. The Islanders chipped away at the lead until Jordan nailed a 3-pointer with 1:52 left to tie at 65. Jordan followed with a jumper to give the Islanders their first lead in the second half, 67-65. UIWs Mitchell Badillo hit two free throws to close to 69-67 with eight seconds left. Jordan responded with two free throws to seal the win.

Jordan, who finished with 19 points, scored 16 in the second half. Rashwan Thomas had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Pye added 12 points for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12-9, 7-2 Southland Conference).

Badillo had 17 points and Denzel Livingston and Traylin Farris added 15 apiece for UIW (12-6, 4-4).


Super Bowl QB Russell Wilson going to spring training again

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Two-time Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson will again visit the Texas Rangers during spring training.

Details were still being worked out, but the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is likely to have a similar experience as last year.

Weeks after Seattle won the Super Bowl last year, Wilson spent a day in Surprise, Arizona. He went through a morning workout with the Rangers, took the lineup card to umpires before a spring training game and sat in the dugout without playing. He also addressed Rangers minor leaguers.

Texas selected Wilson from the Colorado Rockies in the Triple-A portion of baseball's December draft in 2013. Wilson was a minor league second baseman for parts of two seasons (2010-11) before going back to college to play football. He just finished his third NFL season.


WVU's Watkins apologizes for obscene gesture during game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia forward Brandon Watkins has issued an apology to Texas Tech and coach Tubby Smith for an obscene gesture.

Watkins made the apology in a statement released Tuesday by the university.

The sophomore made the gesture in the first half of the 15th-ranked Mountaineers' 77-58 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday.

After fouling Texas Tech's Robert Turner on a layup attempt, Watkins raised the middle fingers of both hands while on his back behind the basket. A brief skirmish ensued and Texas Tech center Norense Odiase was ejected. Watkins wasn't penalized further.

Watkins says he understands the gesture was an embarrassment to his family, his team, fans and Texas Tech. He says he's sorry for his actions.

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