Davis, Sims lead Baylor to Big 12 women's title
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Odyssey Sims overcame an ankle injury and scored 19 points to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 7 West Virginia 74-71 Monday night in the Big 12 women's championship game.
Niya Johnson also had 19 points and made four free throws in the final minute, and Nina Davis added 16 points for the Lady Bears, who have won 15 of their past 16 games. Davis, a freshman, was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
Bria Holmes scored 24 points and Linda Stepney added 10 for West Virginia, which had won 12 straight.
The teams shared the regular-season Big 12 title and split their games during the regular season, with each winning on the other's home court. West Virginia slowed Sims, who had scored 48 and 39 points in the regular season games, but the Bears supported her Monday by shooting 48 percent overall.
Darvish goes 5 innings as Reds beat Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Yu Darvish pitched five positive innings and Jurickson Profar homered as the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Monday.
Darvish allowed two runs and five hits, striking out one without a walk. He yielded RBI doubles to Jay Bruce in the fourth and Ramon Santiago in the fifth.
Profar homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the third and ranks second in the Cactus League with 11 RBIs.
Bailey gave up two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking none.
The Rangers seized the lead in the fifth on Elvis Andrus' two-out, two-run single.
Adam Rosales contributed a two-run single in the Rangers' four-run fourth off Curtis Patch.
Stars' C Peverley collapses on bench during game
DALLAS (AP) - The game between Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets was called off in the first period after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Play was halted 6:23 into the game Monday night as Peverley was carried from the bench. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to the hospital.
"They're shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that," John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. "They were shaken to the core."
There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up. Columbus was leading 1-0.
Peverley missed the start of the season because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical.
G Thomas makes first start with Stars
DALLAS (AP) - Tim Thomas is making his first start with the Dallas Stars since the goalie was acquired last week from Florida.
The 39-year-old Thomas got into Dallas' game on Saturday night against Minnesota after Kari Lehtonen sustained a head injury. Thomas got the starting nod Monday night at home against Columbus, and Lehtonen sat out.
Thomas stopped all six shots he faced on Saturday to earn the win in his Stars debut.
Cristopher Nilstorp, recalled Sunday from Texas of the American Hockey League, served as the backup to Thomas - a two-time Vezina Trophy winner. Nilstorp has played in five career NHL games.
Lehtonen is listed as day to day.
Cowboys bringing back punter Chris Jones
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back punter Chris Jones.
Jones signed an exclusive rights tender after finishing with a net average of 39 yards in his first full season in 2013. He played in two games in 2011 and four more the following season before a knee injury ended his year.
Jones had a gross average of 45 yards on 77 punts last season, with 30 downed inside the 20.
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