PA outlasts Chapel in junior boys’ hoops
LITTLE ROCK — Despite Simeon Blair’s 17 points, Watson Chapel fell to Pulaski Academy 47-34 in junior high boys basketball late Thursday.
The loss dropped Watson Chapel to 3-4 and 1-1 in the River City Conference.
Games in FBT tournament reset for Wednesday
FORDYCE — The third-place and championship games of the FBT Bank & Mortgage Tournament will be held Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m.
Thursday’s girls basketball semifinal scores were: Fordyce 58, Warren 51; and Pulaski Robinson 54, Arkadelphia 47. The boys semifinal scores were not available.
UALR-Tulsa games postponed; Sunday possible
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas-Little Rock men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Tulsa set for Saturday has been postponed tentatively until Sunday.
If played Sunday, the women’s game will tip off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game will start at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Jags end home skid, send Texans to 11th straight loss
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars snapped a franchise-worst seven-game home losing streak with a 27-20 victory over the penalty-prone Houston Texans on Thursday.
Chad Henne completed 12-of-27 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars (4-9), who won in Jacksonville for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012.
Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 14 times for 103 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury. Marcedes Lewis, Cecil Shorts and Jordan Todman each caught touchdown passes for Jacksonville, which has won three in a row for the first time since Oct. 31-Nov. 21, 2010.
The quarterback carousel continued for the Texans (2-11), who have dropped a franchise-worst 11 consecutive contests after a promising 2-0 start. Case Keenum connected on 16-of-29 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and an interception before being replaced late in the third quarter. Matt Schaub completed 17-of-29 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
Andre Johnson hauled in 13 passes for 154 yards for Houston, which committed 14 penalties for 177 yards. Garrett Graham caught eight passes for 73 yards and a score.
Washington hires Boise State’s Petersen
SEATTLE — The Washington Huskies have swiftly filled their head coaching vacancy.
The university named Boise State’s Chris Petersen to the position on Friday, less than a week after Steve Sarkisian left the Huskies to take the head coaching job at Southern California.
Petersen built a highly successful program at Boise State. During his eight years at the helm, the Broncos won five conference titles, with the first four coming in the WAC before a move to the Mountain West resulted in a league crown last year. Petersen compiled a glittering 92-12 overall record and led Boise State to a pair of BCS bowl wins.
Report: Mariners, Cano agree on 10-year deal
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have finally landed a big free agent.
ESPN Deportes is reporting that the Mariners have agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with second baseman Robinson Cano.
The signing comes on the heels of a wild 24 hours in the Pacific Northwest, during which talks had reportedly broken off between the two sides when Cano representative Jay Z demanded a 10th year.
U.S. learns World Cup draw
BAHIA, Brazil — The United States men’s soccer national team faces a difficult task in next summer’s World Cup after being drawn into Group G on Friday along with Germany, Portugal and Ghana.
In the 2010 event, the U.S. was in a group with England, Algeria and Slovenia and advanced to the round of 16 before losing to Ghana. But this time around, the U.S. was dealt a much more challenging hand.
The Americans’ first match will be against Ghana, the side that knocked them out of each of the past two World Cups, on June 16, while Group G’s opening clash between Germany and Portugal will be earlier that day.
CINCINNATI — Dominique Brown scored from two yards out on the first possession of overtime and Louisville’s defense came up with a big defensive stop, as the 19th-ranked Cardinals edged the Cincinnati Bearcats, 31-24, on Thursday at Nippert Stadium.
Cincinnati’s Tony Miliano drilled a 26-yard field goal with seven seconds left in regulation to cap a back-and-forth fourth quarter and send the game to an extra session.
With the Louisville win, No. 15 Central Florida, which handed Louisville its only loss of the season, secured the AAC’s automatic BCS berth. The Cardinals (11-1, 7-1 AAC) will be headed to the Russell Athletic Bowl, which is set to be played on Dec. 28 in Orlando.
Kobe to make season debut Sunday
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will make his season debut Sunday against the Toronto Raptors after tearing the Achilles in his left leg nearly eight months ago.
Bryant announced the news on his Facebook account.
Bryant was hurt in the fourth quarter of an April 12 game against Golden State when he tried to drive to the basket and collapsed to the floor in pain. He had surgery the following morning and was given a 6-to-9 month recovery window.
Bryant averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in 78 tilts a year ago.
The Lakers are currently 9-9 and are in Sacramento to play the Kings on Friday night.
— Staff and wire reports