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HOUSTON — Carmelo Anthony is done in Houston. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement Thursday saying the team is “parting ways” with Anthony and “working toward a resolution.” Anthony played just 10 games for Houston after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason. Morey added that: “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.” By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 570 words, photos.
HOUSTON — James Harden scored 27 points and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 107-86 on Thursday night in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Draymond Green isn’t apologizing for his part in a dustup with Kevin Durant that led to a one-game suspension by the Golden State Warriors. But Green vowed Thursday that the Warriors are not imploding, regardless of whatever is, or isn’t happening, following the heated exchange between he and Durant in Monday night’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Green said he and Durant have spoken and that they’re “moving forward.” By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — By Beth Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SPOKANE, Wash. — By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Desmond Bane scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lead five players in double figures for No. 21 TCU in a 77-69 win over Fresno State. By Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— BKC--ABILENE CHRISTIAN-DENVER — SENT: 150 words.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Anriel Howard and Teaira McCowan both finished with double-doubles as No. 6 Mississippi State overcame a slow start to roll past Lamar 104-53. SENT: 500 words.
WACO, Texas — Fourth-ranked Baylor was just fine without its All-America post player against overmatched Southern University. Honesty Scott-Grayson scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead four freshmen and seven Lady Bears overall in double figures as they got past Southern University 94-49 on Thursday night, a day after 6-foot-7 post Kalani Brown sprained her ankle in practice. SENT: 570 words, photos.
— BKW--T25-MCNEESE-TEXAS — Charli Collier scored 15 points and blocked a career-high five shots and No. 11 Texas rolled to a 96-40 victory over McNeese. SENT: 160 words.
FBN--TEXANS-THOMAS CATCHING UP
HOUSTON — While most of his new teammates were relaxing on beaches or attending football games at their universities during Houston’s bye week, Demaryius Thomas was at NRG Stadium studying the playbook and watching film. Thomas, who was traded from Denver on Oct. 30, didn’t have the luxury of a break. The receiver had too much to catch up on after struggling at times in his Texans debut in a 19-17 win over his former team just five days after the trade. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 620 words, photos.
LANDOVER, Md. — Two surprising division leaders, the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, meet after very different paths got each team to 6-3. The Texans are rolling as winners of six in a row and need to keep it up, while the Redskins have yet to find consistency. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos for weekend use.
FBN--COWBOYS-EMERGING VANDER ESCH
FRISCO, Texas — Leighton Vander Esch said it almost felt weird to have the ball in his hands again on the first NFL interception for the Dallas Cowboys linebacker. The rookie from Boise State who used to play every down — offense and defense — for his eight-man high school team never said anything about it feeling strange to diagnose a screen pass before it was in the air, slip past a pair of blockers and make a critical open-field tackle for loss. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons were gouged badly last week in the run game and face their toughest challenge yet, trying to stop Ezekiel Elliott and Dallas’ ground attack. Both teams are 4-5 and trying to stay relevant in the playoff race. By George Henry. SENT: 950 words, photos for weekend use.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons star Julio Jones doesn’t like to talk publicly about his stats, but even he acknowledges that it’s pretty impressive to reach 10,000 career yards receiving quicker than anyone in NFL history. By George Henry. SENT: 600 words, photos.
HAMILTON, Ontario — More than 50 years after taking his first football coaching gig, Jerry Glanville sees the light at the end of the tunnel like only he can. The former Houston Oilers head coach is completing his first season as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ defensive coordinator after serving as a guest coach in 2017. The Ticats face the Ottawa Redblacks in the East Division final Sunday after beating the B.C. Lions 48-8 in the conference semifinal. SENT: 1100 words.
HOUSTON — Houston star defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who was not in uniform against Tulane on Thursday night, was angry and shouting at Cougars coach Major Applewhite as the team left the sideline at halftime and did not return to the field for the second half. Oliver missed his fourth straight game with a knee injury. The junior is one of the top defensive linemen in the country and likely high first-round NFL draft pick. Before this season he announced this would be his final year in college and he would enter the 2019 draft. SENT: 300 words.
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FBC--TEXAS TECH-KANSAS ST PREVIEW
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury spoke glowingly of the fan base at Kansas State, where no matter how much the Wildcats are winning or losing, they always seem to make it a tough road environment. “It’s a great home-field advantage,” said Kingsbury, who has experienced it as both a player and a coach. “They show up, they’re loud (and) the players feed off it.” The Red Raiders visit the Wildcats on Saturday, and the comments were striking given their loss to Texas last week. Thousands of fans left their home game in the third quarter, which has become all-too-common at Texas Tech, and missed a fourth-quarter rally that fell just short. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.
WACO, Texas — Jalen Hurd made a thoughtful decision to become a receiver for one season at Baylor after being one of the top running backs in the SEC. After about 21 months without playing a game, Hurd’s transfer from Tennessee and transition to primarily catching the ball seem to be working out with the Bears. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Hurd — down about 20 pounds from his days as a bruising between-tackles running back — is fourth in the Big 12 with 6.2 catches per game for Baylor (5-5), which can get bowl eligible with a win in its home finale Saturday against TCU. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FBC--T25-BIG 12-FINAL FOUR QBs
Four teams fighting for two spots in the Big 12 championship game are led by quarterbacks who’ve proven they can take over a game. By John Raby. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— FBC--FLORIDA ATLANTIC-NORTH TEXAS — SENT: 150 words.
— FBC--NORTHWESTERN ST-STEPHEN F AUSTIN — SENT: 150 words.
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