Jan 08, 2020 10:00 AM

Wednesday Sports Headlines

Posted Jan 08, 2020 10:00 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Fourth-ranked Baylor has won 11 games in a row after handing No. 22 Texas Tech a rare home loss. Davion Mitchell scored 14 points, while Freddie Gillespie had nine points and 10 rebounds in a 57-52 win Tuesday night. Baylor improved to 12-1. Texas Tech had its 15-game home winning streak snapped despite Jahmi'us Ramsey's 20 points. The 10-4 Red Raiders hadn't lost a home since last January 16 against Iowa State. They are 58-6 at home in coach Chris Beard's four seasons.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Samuel deftly tipped in RJ Nembhard's errant floater with 1.7 seconds remaining, allowing TCU to escape with an ugly 59-57 victory over Kansas State. Samuel finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead four players in double-figures scoring for the Horned Frogs (11-3, who are off to a 2-0 start in the Big 12 for the first time since joining the conference. Desmond Bane contributed 16 points, Nembhard added 15 and Jaire Grayer finished with 10. Xavier Sneed led Kansas State (7-7, 0-2) with 19 points, though he was just 5 of 14 from the field.

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor's next coach will take over a better and much different situation than Matt Rhule did just over three years ago. The Bears went 11-3 this season, going to the Big 12 title game and Sugar Bowl. Rhule was named Tuesday as head coach of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Baylor has already started a nationwide search for his replacement. Rhule arrived in Waco, Texas, to a depleted roster in the aftermath of a sprawling sexual assault scandal that led to Art Briles getting fired in May 2016. The Bears went 7-6 under interim coach Jim Grobe before going 1-11 in Rhule's debut in 2017.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State hosts No. 3 Kansas on Wednesday night looking to recapture some of its home magic. The Cyclones lost four of their last five home games last season and have dropped two already this year. They have won 84 percent of their home games over the past nine years. Iowa State coach Steve Prohm says he plans to mix and match his four-guard sets and two-forward lineups. He is also worried about stopping Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike and Jayhawks guard Devon Dotson.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals third baseman Maikel Franco would boost his salary to a $4 million if he has 625 plate appearances. Franco agreed Dec. 27 to a $2.95 million, one-year contract with $1.05 million in performance bonuses. The 27-year-old hit .234 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs in 123 games for Philadelphia last season. He spent the past six seasons with the Phillies and topped 20 homers for three straight years before hitting 17 last season. Franco's addition could allow the Royals to shift Hunter Dozier from third base to first base and the outfield.

National Headlines

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers cruised to their sixth straight win as LeBron James poured in 31 points and Kyle Kuzma added 16 off the bench in a 117-87 blowout over the Knicks. The Lakers finished the game without forward Anthony Davis, who suffered a lower back injury in the third quarter. Davis bruised the bottom part of his spine above the tailbone when he attempted to block Julius Randle's driving shot and crashed to the floor.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Rhule has left Baylor to become head coach of the Carolina Panthers. The 44-year-old Rhule has accepted a seven-year, $62 million contract to replace Ron Rivera, who was fired last month with four games remaining in a 5-11 season. Rhule just led Baylor to an 11-1 regular season before losses to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game and Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants and New England Patriots assistant Joe Judge are working on a deal for him to become the team's head coach, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The 38-year-old Judge has worked under Bill Belichick at New England and Nick Saban at Alabama. Judge would take over a team that went 4-12 and 5-11 in Pat Shurmur's two seasons.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says there is still no firm date on when Zion Williamson will play in his first regular season game. The first player taken in last year’s draft has now participated in full-court and five-on-five drills as the NBA's top overall draft choice moves closer to making his NBA debut. Gentry says Williamson generally looks “fine,” but he ruled out the 6-8, 285-pound forward for tomorrow’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

BOSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball says it will investigate allegations the Boston Red Sox illegally used their video replay room to steal signs between opposing pitchers and catchers in 2018. The Athletic cited three anonymous sources it said were with the Red Sox during that World Series season who said some players visited the replay room during games to get information on sign sequences. Those sources told The Athletic that the Red Sox weren't able to do it during the postseason because of in-person monitors used by MLB in those games.

Tuesday Scores

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (4)Baylor 57 (22)Texas Tech 52

Final (12)Maryland 67 (11)Ohio St. 55

Final (13)Louisville 74 Miami 58

Final (14)Kentucky 78 Georgia 69

Final (16)Villanova 64 Creighton 59

Final Boston College 60 (18)Virginia 53

Final Rutgers 72 (20)Penn St. 61

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Detroit 115 Cleveland 113

Final Portland 101 Toronto 99

Final OT Oklahoma City 111 Brooklyn 103

Final Memphis 119 Minnesota 112

Final Sacramento 114 Phoenix 103

Final L.A. Lakers 117 New York 87