JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - TEXANS-JAGUARS
Jaguars hand Texans 11th straight loss, 27-20
Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, Jordan Todman scored on some trickery and the Jacksonville Jaguars held on to beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.
The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight - their fourth victory in five games since a bye - and continued to show signs of progress under first-year coach Gus Bradley.
They also won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.
Houston (2-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games, a stunning stretch of futility that could lead the franchise to fire coach Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak and the Texans looked as if they would end the streak after a quarterback change, but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schuab's pass with 2:08 remaining to seal Jacksonville's first series sweep since 2009.
Maple Leafs slip past Stars 3-2 in OT
TORONTO (AP) - Trevor Smith scored at 4:18 of overtime to help the Toronto Maple Leafs end a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
The Maple Leafs won for the first time since Nov. 23 despite being outshot for the 10th consecutive game, this time 50-24.
Nazem Kadri scored twice for the Leafs in his return from a one-game absence to attend his grandfather's funeral. It looked as if his second goal would stand.
But Toronto's best penalty-killer Jay McClement took a tripping penalty late in the third and Shawn Horcoff scored when he tipped Kevin Connauton's shot past Jonathan Bernier at 17:14 to tie it a 2-2.
Bernier finished with 48 saves.
Texas Christian tops Mississippi State 71-61
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Charles Hill Jr. scored 20 points, Kyan Anderson added 16 and Texas Christian beat Mississippi State 71-61 on Thursday night in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
TCU (5-3) won for the fifth time in six games, jumping out to a 34-22 lead by halftime. The Horned Frogs led by 18 early in the second half, but the Bulldogs pulled within 59-56 on Roquez Johnson's putback with 2:24 remaining.
It was the closest they would get. The Horned Frogs scored the next four points and made the most of their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Mississippi State (5-2) lost for the first time at home this season. Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field.
TEXAS A&M CC-OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma pounds Texas A&M CC 78-56
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Buddy Hield scored 18 points, Isaiah Cousins added 12 and the Sooners pulled away for a 78-56 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday in a matinee that was rescheduled to start earlier because of concerns over bad weather.
Hield hit eight of his 14 shots from the field and Cousins hit half of his 10. Overall, the Sooners (7-1) shot 45 percent as they wrapped up a three-game home stand, but the Islanders were colder at 38 percent.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-7) was led by 12 points from freshman Rashawn Thomas.
Oklahoma made nine of 22 3-pointers, five coming in the first half as the Sooners built a 42-24 lead. Guard Jordan Woodard hit two 3s as he and Hield led the Sooners with eight points each in the first half. Woodard finished with eight points.
The game was moved back five hours as poor weather hit the Midwest.
No. 9 Baylor, No. 23 Texas for Big 12 title chance
WACO, Texas (AP) - When No. 9 Baylor and No. 23 Texas kick off their regular season finale, they could be playing a de facto Big 12 championship game with a Fiesta Bowl trip on the line.
The winner Saturday is guaranteed at least a share of the Big 12 title. The last game ever at Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium becomes even bigger for the Bears and Longhorns if sixth-ranked Oklahoma State loses at home against No. 18 Oklahoma earlier in the day.
Texas quarterback Case McCoy says the focus is on winning the Big 12 championship, and that means beating Baylor. Bears quarterback Bryce Petty says it doesn't matter what happens in Stillwater until after what happens in Waco.
Oklahoma State had convincing victories over both Baylor and Texas last month.
COWBOYS-TIME TO FINISH
Cowboys want to finish in December this time
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Jerry Jones sees a healthy and productive Tony Romo taking the Dallas Cowboys into December in playoff contention - same as the past two years.
If the Dallas owner gets another ending without a postseason trip, he's going to feel as if someone is piling on.
Jones says few things in his career match the disappointment of 2011 and 2012, when the Cowboys had control of their playoff fate and lost the last two games both years.
Dallas (7-5) and Philadelphia are tied atop the NFC East, and those teams play the season finale on the Cowboys' home field.
The Cowboys get December started Monday night in Chicago, where Jay Cutler is sidelined again and Dallas should see the return of linebacker Sean Lee.
BEARS-CUTLER & BRIGGS
Bears' Cutler, Briggs out vs Cowboys
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs will miss Monday night's home game against Dallas.
Cutler has been out since suffering a high ankle sprain Nov. 10 and practiced on a limited basis Thursday. He has been ruled out for the game by coach Marc Trestman.
Briggs suffered a shoulder fracture Oct. 20 and remains out. He did not practice Thursday, but did run on the sidelines.
Josh McCown will make his fifth start of the season in Cutler's place for the Bears.
Jets' Reed ignores critics who suggest he's done
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets safety Ed Reed hopes to play another two years in the NFL, and doesn't worry about critics who say he isn't playing up to his usual high standards.
Reed, signed by the Jets last month after he was released by the Houston Texans, has started his first three games with New York. While he hasn't made any game-turning plays, both coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman say his impact behind the scenes with the team's young defensive backs has been immeasurable.
Reed says he is being judged on the field for a standard that he created himself during a dominant 11 years in Baltimore. He adds that he believes he's still "effective" despite being only a few months removed from a second hip surgery.
Rangers sign RHP Jose Contreras to minor deal
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jose Contreras, the Cuban right-hander who turns 42 on Friday, has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes a non-roster invitation to major league spring training.
Contreras spent last season with the Pittsburgh and Boston organizations. He had ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in June 2012 and spent last spring rehabbing before making seven relief appearances for the Pirates in May.
Also Thursday, Texas signed right-hander Nate Adcock and outfielder Bryan Petersen to minor league deals with the same invitation to spring training as Contreras. Adcock and Petersen both have major league experience.
Contreras has a 78-67 career record in the major leagues, with a 4.57 ERA over 299 games with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Colorado, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Knowles takes lead in steer wrestling standings
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trevor Knowles had a near-record run of 3.1 seconds Thursday night to take the lead in the steer wrestling season standings after the first round of the National Finals Rodeo.
Knowles, from Mount Vernon, Ore., was a tenth of a second off the Thomas & Mack Center record of 3.0 set by Steve Duhon in 1986 and matched by Bryan Fields in 2001. Knowles had the fastest first-round time in NFR history, breaking the mark of 3.3 set by Gary Green and Roy Duvall in 1985.
Knowles pushed his season money total to $120,158. Casey Martin of Sulphur, La., finished fourth in 4.2 to drop into second place at $116,750.
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