Sports News Dec. 11

sports5ajpgNew Coach For Boise
Boise State has reportedly found a new head football coach. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Broncos have hired Arkansas State's Bryan Harsin as its next coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not become official. Harsin will replace Chris Petersen, who left Boise State for Washington last week.

Harsin was offensive coordinator for the Broncos from 2006-2010. He was offensive coordinator at Texas for two seasons before taking over at Arkansas State, where he went 7-5 this year.

A First-Place Meeting In Beantown
A check of the NBA schedule shows nine games on tap this evening. In Boston, the first-place Celtics are playing host to the first-place Los Angeles Clippers. Boston tops the Atlantic Division with a record of 10-13 while the Clippers lead the Pacific at 14-8. The game marks the return of former Celtics coach Doc Rivers to Boston as the current Clippers bench boss. The current longest winning streak in the NBA is three as held by Oklahoma City. Tonight the Thunder are playing the Grizzlies in Memphis. The longest losing streak is six, and the Magic are looking to snap that streak with a game tonight at Charlotte. The rest of the schedule has the 76ers playing at Minnesota. The Spurs are in Milwaukee, New Orleans is home to Detroit, the Bulls are at New York, the Kings are home to the Jazz and Dallas is at Golden State.

Wildcats Lead The Way
The top team in The Associated Press men's basketball poll leads the way in tonight's schedule of college games. Arizona, which is unbeaten in nine games this season, is home to New Mexico State. This week's ranking marks the first time since 2003 that Arizona has been on top of the AP poll. The Wildcats have held the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll for a total of 30 weeks, tenth-most in NCAA history. Third-ranked Ohio State is on the home court tonight for a game against Bryant while No. 4 Wisconsin is home to Milwaukee.

Two Division Leads To See Action Tonight
Just three games are on the NHL schedule this evening. The Central Division leading Chicago Blackhawks are home to the Flyers tonight. With 49 points, the defending league champion Blackhawks top the NHL in points. Anaheim tops the Pacific Division with 47 points, and this evening the Ducks are home to Minnesota. Anaheim is the only team in the league without a regulation loss at home this season, where they are 11-0-2. In the final game of the night, the Kings are facing the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

No. 20 Gonzaga Beats West Virginia 80-76
Przemek Karnowski scored a season-high 19 points, Kevin Pangos added 18 and No. 20 Gonzaga came from 10 points down to beat West Virginia 80-76 on Tuesday night. Gary Bell Jr. added 15 points and Sam Dower scored 11 for Gonzaga (9-1), which won its fifth straight since a Nov. 25 loss to Dayton in the Maui Invitational. Pangos had 11 points in the final 6 minutes as Gonzaga rallied from down 53-43, its only double-digit deficit this season. The Bulldogs held West Virginia (6-4) to one field goal over a 7-minute stretch late in the game. Eron Harris led the Mountaineers with 23 points while Juwan Staten added 17 and Terry Henderson 15.

Redmon, No. 23 Gonzaga defeats Wisconsin 70-55
Senior point guard Jazmine Redmon scored 15 points, one shy of her career high, as No. 23 Gonzaga pulled away from Wisconsin in the second half Tuesday night for a 70-55 win. Danielle Walters scored eight of the final 13 points for Gonzaga (8-1), which won its sixth straight, when she stepped in after Redmon picked up her fourth foul. Walters finished with 10, Sunny Greinacher had 12 points and Keani Albanez 10. Both teams had nice runs in the first half before a 3 by Taylor Wurtz gave the Badgers (6-3) a 29-28 lead at the break. But Gonzaga took control after that. GU opened the second half with a 9-0 run. The Badgers closed within two before a 10-0 Gonzaga run made it 52-40 with 9:10 left. Redmon had eight points in the surge. Paige Morgan led Wisconsin with 19 points and Taylor had 12.

Portland Thorns Hire Head Coach
Paul Riley has been hired as the head coach of the defending NWSL champion Portland Thorns. Riley most recently coached the Philadelphia Independence of the now-defunct Women's Professional Soccer league. The Independence reached the WPS championship in each of its two seasons and he was the coach of the year in 2010 and 2011. Before that, he was head coach of the Long Island Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League, leading the team to the league's inaugural championship in 2006 and a second title in 2009. A native of Liverpool, England, Riley played at Adelphi University before a 10-year professional career with the Albany Capitals, the New Jersey Eagles and the Long Island Rough Riders. He served as head coach of the Rough Riders from 1998-2003.

Brazile Earns 19th Gold Buckle
Trevor Brazile secured his record-breaking 19th gold buckle when he won the all-around championship during round six on Tuesday at the National Finals Rodeo. Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, clinched the crown when the only other all-around competitor in contention, heeler Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., was unable to rope his steer with header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., during round six. Header Brazile and heeler Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas, went on to win the round in a time of 4.8 seconds. Brazile has earned $312,579 in 2013 compared to $153,159 for Corkill. Brazile's two other events in 2013 were tie-down roping and steer roping, which he won for his 18th gold buckle. Brazile has won 11 of the past 12 world all-around titles, including the past nine in a row. He broke a tie with steer roper Guy Allen, who was the first individual to attain 18 gold buckles.

December 11, 2013