Created: Wed, 01 Jan 2014 04:15:36 PST
Updated: Wed, 01 Jan 2014 04:15:36 PST
Texans pick O'Brien as new coach.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have found a new head coach.
Two people familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press that Penn State's Bill O'Brien has reached an agreement to coach the Texans. O'Brien leaves the Nittany Lions after replacing Joe Paterno less than two years ago. He was an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots from 2007-12.
O'Brien would take over a Houston team that lost its last 14 games to finish 2-14.
After further review
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The NFL says Peyton Manning's single-season record for 5,477 yards passing will stand.
The league's official stat service reviewed a 7-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker and determined it will remain a forward pass and not a lateral, which would have made it a 7-yard run. Such a change would have subtracted 7 yards from Manning's total. That would have left him with 5,470 yards, six shy of Drew Brees' 2011 record.
Bengals cut Powell, ink Mesko
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have changed punters for the playoffs, waiving Shawn Powell after only two games and signing Zoltan Mesko.
Powell was signed after Kevin Huber suffered a season-ending broken jaw during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Dec. 15. Powell shanked a 10-yard punt during a 34-17 win over Baltimore on Sunday.
Pacers beat Cavs...Blazers rally to beat Thunder in OKC
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers now own the NBA's best record at 25-5 after their win over Cleveland and Oklahoma City's loss to Portland.
Paul George scored 21 points and the Pacers outscored Cleveland 26-10 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 91-76 win against the Cavaliers. Roy Hibbert had 19 points for the Pacers, who limited the Cavs to 3-of-16 shooting and forced seven turnovers in the final period to turn a close game into yet another victory.
George Hill added 13 points and six rebounds in Indiana's fifth consecutive win.
The Thunder's lead in the Western Conference is down to a half-game over San Antonio and Portland after the Trail Blazers won 98-94 at Oklahoma City. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who trailed by 13 in the second half before snapping a two-game skid. Damian Lillard added 21 points and 11 assists as the Trail Blazers handed the Thunder just their third loss in 23 games.
Also in the NBA:
— San Antonio hammered Brooklyn 113-92 as Tony Parker contributed a team-high 18 points. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) and Tim Duncan each had 15 points for the Spurs, who led by 36 late in the third quarter.
— Golden State picked up its sixth straight win as David Lee had 22 points and Klay Thompson added 15 in a 94-81 victory in Orlando. Stephen Curry had nine points, eight assists and five rebounds before he and the rest of the Warriors' starters sat out the fourth quarter.
— Rudy Gay scored 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins had a double-double as Sacramento downed Houston 110-106. Cousins had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four steals to help the Kings overcome James Harden's season-high 38 points.
— Paul Millsap delivered season-highs of 34 points and 15 rebounds in the Hawks' 92-91 win over the Celts. Atlanta trailed by 11 with 6 ½ minutes left before Millsap scored eight points during a 20-8, game-ending run.
— Jonas Valanciunas (val-an-SHOO'-nuhs) scored 15 points and Toronto mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to beat Chicago 85-79. Carlos Boozer, Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah and Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk) combined to make just 4 of 27 field goals for the Bulls.
— Milwaukee's Brandon Knight poured in 37 points on 15 of 25 shooting in a 94-79 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. The Lakers have lost six in a row.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25 SCHEDULE
Buckeyes, Spartans win conference openers
UNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan State won their Big Ten season openers.
LaQuinton Ross had career highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes to a 78-69 victory at Purdue. Shannon Scott added a career-high 18 points for the Buckeyes, who were tied 46-46 in the second half before going on a 10-2 run.
The Spartans beat Penn State 79-63 as Branden Dawson scored 20 points and Keith Appling had 14. The game was tied at 52 until Michigan State reeled off a 15-3 run.
Connecticut was the lone ranked team to lose on New Year's Eve. TaShawn Thomas led Houston's 75-51 win against the 17th-ranked Huskies, scoring 23 points and diving a late layup attempt by Shabazz Napier. Thomas also grabbed eight rebounds and hit two free throws with nine seconds left.
In other top-25 men's basketball:
— Jerami Grant scored 15 points in his first start of the season as second-ranked Syracuse trounced Eastern Michigan 70-48. Rakeem Christmas matched his career high with 15 points to help the Orange earn their 51st straight nonconference home win.
— Andre Dawkins scored 15 points and Rodney Hood added 13 as seventh-ranked Duke pounded Elon 84-48. Jabari Parker had 12 points and tied a season high with 10 rebounds in the Blue Devils' fifth straight win.
— JayVaughn Pinkston had 22 points and Darrun Hilliard added 15 as No. 11 Villanova beat Butler 76-73.
— No. 13 Iowa rolled to its 12th consecutive win as DeAndre Kane had 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in the Cyclones' 99-63 rout of Northern Illinois.
— Russ Smith hit six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points and nine assists as 14th-ranked Louisville ran past UCF 90-65.
— Geron Johnson scored 19 points to lift No. 18 Memphis over South Florida 88-73.
— No. 19 North Carolina ripped UNC Wilmington 84-51 behind James Michael McAdoo's 23 points and 10 rebounds.
— Devyn Marble had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead 22nd-rated Iowa past Nebraska, 67-57.
Wolverines, Cyclones coach dies
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Michigan and Iowa State basketball coach Johnny Orr has died at 86.
His death was confirmed by Iowa State, where Orr led the Cyclones to a school-record 218 wins from 1980 until 1994.
Orr spent 12 seasons with the Wolverines, guiding them to four NCAA tournament berths, the 1976 national title game and a school-record 209 wins. He finished with a 466-346 record and 10 NCAA tourney appearances in 29 seasons.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL/BOWL SCHEDULE
UCLA, A&M win
UNDATED (AP) — UCLA has won the Sun Bowl for its 10th win of the season.
Brett Hundley threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others as the 17th-ranked Bruins ripped Virginia Tech 42-12. The Bruins led just 14-10 with 3:53 left in the third quarter before going on a 12-play, 85-yard drive capped by Paul Perkins' five-yard scoring run.
Texas A&M won a bowl battle of ranked teams. Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') threw for four touchdowns and had a rushing TD as the 20th-ranked Aggies outscored No. 22 Duke 52-48 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He was 30 of 38 for 382 yards in what may have been his final game at A&M. He also rushed 11 times for 73 yards.
The Aggies trailed 38-17 at halftime before winning the highest-scoring game in the bowl's history.
In other bowl action:
— B.J. Denker and Ka'Deem Carey led Arizona to an easy 42-19 win over Boston College in the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport. Denker threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and Carey rushed for 169 yards and two scores. Denker also had a 14-yard TD run for Arizona, which led 42-6 early in the fourth quarter.
— Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others in Mississippi State's 44-7 laugher over Rice in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis. Jameon Lewis caught nine passes for 220 yards in the most lopsided game in the 55-year history of the Liberty Bowl.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE/FISHER
Fisher accepts extension
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State is keeping head football coach Jimbo Fisher. He's signed a three-year contract that runs through 2018.
The top-ranked Seminoles went undefeated during the regular season for the first time since 1999 and have won back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference championships. They'll face Auburn in the BCS title game next Monday.
Texas reportedly had interest in Fisher replacing coach Mack Brown before Florida State made the announcement.
Ducks double up Sharks...Devils nip Penguins
UNDATED (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-laf) had a three-point night to help the Anaheim Ducks avenge the only loss in their last 12 games.
Getzlaf scored his 20th goal and added two assists as the Ducks beat San Jose 6-3. Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey each had a goal and an assist to help Anaheim bounce back from Sunday's 3-1 loss at San Jose.
The Ducks improved to 15-0-2 at home and pulled into a tie with Chicago for the NHL's Western Conference lead.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had won 14 of 17 before running into New Jersey.
Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK') and Michael Ryder each had a goal and an assist in the Devils' 2-1 triumph against Pittsburgh. Martin Brodeur (broh-DOOR') handled 19 shots and blanked the Penguins after Matt Niskanen (NIHS'-kah-nehn) scored seven minutes into the second period.
Boston remains five points behind the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins after the Bruins blew a 3-1 lead in a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Frans Nielsen began the comeback with his second goal of the night before John Tavares scored twice in the third period to send the Islanders to their fourth win in six games.
Also on ice:
— Jaden Schwartz scored for the sixth straight game as St. Louis held off Minnesota 2-1. T.J. Oshie also had a goal for the Blues, who are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games overall.
— Carolina beat Montreal 5-4 on Alexander Semin's goal 3:27 into overtime. Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist after the Canadiens built a 3-0 lead.
— The Kings' season-worst losing streak is up to four games after Erik Cole scored twice and Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) netted his 20th goal to lead Dallas past Los Angeles 3-2. Kari Lehtonen (LEH'-toh-nehn) stopped 23 shots to help the Stars improve to 2-0-1 on their five-game homestand.
— Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog scored power-play goals as Colorado beat Columbus 5-3 to end a four-game losing streak. Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yahn vahr-LAH'-mahv) had 35 saves for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23.
— Dan Girardi scored with 2:10 left in regulation before Brad Richards scored the lone shootout goal in the New York Rangers' 2-1 triumph at Florida.
— Keith Yandle scored his second goal of the night at 4:53 of overtime to complete the Coyotes' 4-3 win against Edmonton in Phoenix.
— Brayden Schenn had a goal and two assists in Philadelphia's 4-1 verdict over Calgary.
— Al Montoya made 27 saves in his fifth career shutout to lead Winnipeg's 3-0 win over Buffalo.
Leafs ink Phaneuf to long package
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs signed captain Dion Phaneuf (fah-NOOF') to a seven-year, $49 million deal, keeping the three-time All-Star defenseman under contract through the end of the 2020-21 season. Phaneuf has four goals and 15 points this season and leads Toronto in ice time with more than 24 minutes per game. He has 110 goals and 335 points in his career.
Canada beats U.S.
MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar scored in a 2:19 span in the third period as Canada downed the United States 3-2 to win Group A in the world junior hockey tournament. Riley Barber and Stefan Matteau (mah-TOH') tallied for the defending-champion Americans, who will take on Russia in the quarterfinals, while the Canadians will face Switzerland.
Astros get Crain
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have picked up an All-Star reliever.
Jesse Crain has accepted a one-year contract with the Astros after spending last season with the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. He made the All-Star team in 2013 and posted a 0.74 ERA in 38 appearances for the White Sox before he was dealt to the Rays. He didn't appear in a game after the trade because of a right shoulder strain.
Schumacher has second surgery
GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Michael Schumacher has undergone a second surgery after a brain scan showed small, "surprising" signs of improvement following his skiing accident on Sunday. However, doctors said today they could offer no insight into the prognosis for the Formula One champion.
Schumacher's condition stabilized somewhat after the second surgery, but he remains in a medically-induced coma.