Feb. 5 Sports Briefs


PBR: Lockwood finishes 17th in Anaheim Invitational

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jess Lockwood of Volborg placed 17th at the Professional Bull Riding Unleash the Beast Anaheim Invitational last weekend.

Lockwood, the reigning PBR world champion, completed one of three rides and earned $400. He moved into 15th place in the world standings, and has won $19,505 so far this season.

Cody Nance won the event with a near-perfect weekend, completing three-of-three rides to earn $34,166. He clinched the win with an 88.75-point ride on 2017 World Champion Bucking Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser.

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NHL: Winnipeg Jets blank Avalanche 3-0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for his fifth shutout of the season as Winnipeg improved to 5-0-2 in its last seven games with a 3-0 lead over Denver on Saturday.

Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 24th goal, rookie Jack Roslovic was credited with his second and Nikolaj Ehlers added an empty-netter for the Jets. Blake Wheeler had two assists.

Semyon Varlamov had 29 saves for Colorado in his return after missing 10 games with an injury and then backing up Jonathan Bernier in the overtime win at Edmonton on Thursday night.

NHL: Dallas Stars defeat
Minnesota Wild 6-1

DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist during a four-goal second period, and Dallas cruised past Minnesota.

Mattias Janmark and Benn scored on the power play, Tyler Seguin scored on an assist from Benn, and Stephen Johns added an unassisted goal during the second-period flurry. Alexander Radulov and Dan Hamhuis scored in the third period for the Stars, Seguin also had two assists, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots to win his fourth straight.

Jason Zucker spoiled Lehtonen’s shutout bid at 5:40 of the third period. Alex Stalock stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced through the first two periods, and Devan Dubnyk gave up two goals on nine shots in the third.

Montana wins 11th straight 72-67 over North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday to lead Montana to its 11th-straight victory, and school-record seventh-straight on the road, 72-67 over North Dakota.

Fabijan Krslovic and Michael Oguine scored 12 points apiece for the Grizzlies (18-5, 11-0 Big Sky Conference), who made Travis DeCuire the fastest coach in league history to reach 50 wins — 65 games. Montana clinched when Ahmaad Rorie, who had nine points and seven assists, made two free throws with seven seconds left and Dale Jones missed a 3-point attempt for North Dakota.

Cortez Seales had 19 points for the Fighting Hawks (8-15, 3-8) and Conner Avants had 15 with 11 rebounds.

The Grizzlies got a 3-pointer from Rorie at the 5:05 mark to take the lead for good 59-57, and a 3 by Oguine to cap the 11-3 run for a 67-60 lead with 48 seconds left.

Northern Colorado beats
Montana State 80-63

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Andre Spight set career highs with 41 points and eight 3-pointers to set Northern Colorado’s single-game scoring mark as the Bears beat Montana State 86-63 on Saturday.

Jalen Sanders scored 12 points with a career-high 17 rebounds, Jonah Radebaugh added 11 points with 10 boards, and the Bears (15-9, 6-5 Big Sky Conference) made 10 3-pointers and shot 51.5 percent from the field.

Northern Colorado led 15-8 after Spight hit his first set of back-to-back 3s, 33-25 after his second set, and 38-34 at halftime behind his 18 points.

Spight hit four 3s in a 16-6 run for a 54-40 Bears’ lead and Northern Colorado led by 21 on Sanders’ free throw with 3:21 to go. Spight scored seven straight points in the final 1:56.

Tyler Hall scored 27 points with five 3-pointers for Montana State (12-12, 5-6), which has lost six of its last seven.

PGA: Woodland defeats Reavie in Phoenix Open playoff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gary Woodland beat Chez Reavie with a par on the first hole of a playoff in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Playing three groups ahead of Reavie, Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a 7-under 64 — the best round of the day — to finish at 18-under 266 at TPC Scottsdale.

Woodland celebrated with wife Gabby and son Jaxson Lynn, who was born a month premature in June. They were expecting twins, but lost one of the fetuses in a miscarriage.

Reavie made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to force the PGA Tour’s fourth straight playoff and the event’s third overtime finish in a row.

In the playoff on 18, Woodland hit short of the green from the left fairway bunker and chipped to 2 feet to set up his third PGA Tour victory and first since 2013.

MLB: Rangers sign former Twins’ RH Bartolo Colon, 44

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have signed 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract and invited the pitcher to big league spring training.

Colon was a combined 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA in 28 starts for Atlanta and Minnesota last season. 

He was released by the Braves on July, then signed with the Twins and went 5-6 with a 5.18 ERA in 15 starts for them. Colon has 240 career victories in 20 seasons with 10 different teams, including the Montreal Expos. The portly right-hander has posted 21 career wins against Texas, the most by any pitcher.