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McCoy's late TD pass leads Texas past Kansas 21-17

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McCoy's late TD pass leads Texas past Kansas 21-17

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Case McCoy hit D.J. Grant with a 1-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds to play, capping a 70-yard drive in the final 2 minutes and lifting Texas past Kansas 21-17 on Saturday.

With 2:28 left and the Jayhawks (1-7, 0-5 Big 12) straining to end a 16-game Big 12 losing streak, Nick Prolago kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 17-14 lead over a Longhorns squad that came in as three-touchdown favorites.

But McCoy, who replaced an ineffective David Ash in the fourth quarter, quickly had the Longhorns (6-2, 3-2) soaring down the field.

He hit Jaxon Shipley for 18 yards on fourth down, then connected with Mike Davis streaking down the sideline for 39 yards to the Kansas 3.

On third-and-goal from the 1 and with Kansas crowding the line of scrimmage, Grant sneaked into the end zone and cradled McCoy's softly tossed pass for the winning TD.

James Sims rushed for 178 yards and became the first Kansas player with four straight 100-yard games since Tony Sands in 1991. The Jayhawks, who fell to 0-10 against Texas since the Big 12 was formed, rushed for 234 yards altogether against a Texas defense that was ranked 107th in the country against the run. Freshman quarterback Michael Cummings did not attempt a pass in the second and third quarters and was only 3 of 9 for 39 yards.

Tony Pierson scored on an 11-yard run for Kansas, and Christian Matthews added a 15-yarder in the second quarter.

The Longhorns tied it at 14 on an 11-yard run by Marquise Goodwin following his 41-yard run on an end-around in the fourth quarter.

Sims, who came into the game second in the Big 12 with an average of 111.5 yards rushing per game, had 139 yards in the first two quarters. In the second quarter, facing a first down on their own 2, the Jayhawks stunned the visitors by breaking Sims through the middle for a 64-yard gallop, Kansas' longest run in six years. Adding 15 yards for a personal-foul penalty against the Longhorns gave Kansas a first down on the Texas 15. On third down, Matthews went through a big hole on the left side to make it 7-7.

In Kansas' second TD drive of the second quarter, Sims ripped off a 20-yard gain through the middle and Pierson went wide left for 18. On first down from the Texas 11, Pierson went right, then cut back through a big hole and practically walked into the end zone to put the Jayhawks on top 14-7.

Texas took a 7-0 lead in just four plays on its first possession when Joe Bergeron dragged would-be tacklers 3 yards into the end zone.

Johnathan Gray, who totaled 111 yards rushing, ran for 31 to the Kansas 12 on Texas' first play from scrimmage. But the Longhorns' next four possessions ended in punts, and their fifth came to a halt when Greg Brown intercepted Ash's underthrown pass at the Kansas 11.

The Longhorns punted again on their first possession of the second half, but Bradley McDougald muffed the punt and Josh Turner recovered for Texas on the Kansas 19. But on fourth-and-goal from the 2, Bergeron was stopped by Ben Heeney and Huldon Tharp.

After forcing another punt, the Longhorns again started in Kansas territory. But on third-and-7 from the 17, Lubbock Smith intercepted a poorly thrown pass that was deflected right into his arms.

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Wizards take out Sixers to tie season series behind Kelly Oubre and Otto Porter's hot shooting

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Wizards take out Sixers to tie season series behind Kelly Oubre and Otto Porter's hot shooting

The Washington Wizards beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-94 on Sunday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Playoff implications: Later in the season the stakes are raised and the Wizards' win over the Sixers on Sunday night could loom large in just a few weeks.

By beating the Sixers, who had won seven straight entering the matchup, the Wizards tied up the season series with their second win. A loss would have handed Philly the tiebreaker in playoff seeding if the two teams finish with the same record at season's end.

Now that their season series is over and locked even, it will come down to their record against other Eastern Conference teams if they tie. At 22-15 vs. the East, the Wizards currently have the edge on the Sixers, who are 18-14 in that category.

The Wizards dominated the Sixers for much of the night and they did so by once again moving the ball with generosity and precision. They had 35 assists on 43 field goals. The Wizards have had 30 or more assists in five games this season and four have come within the last month.

Those four games have been part of a 9-3 surge for the Wizards since John Wall got injured. With their win against Philly, the Wizards moved to 35-25 on the season and a half-game out of third in the East. The Sixers are among several teams nipping at their heels in an increasingly crowded conference.

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Oubre put on a show: The Wizards led 67-48 at halftime and that was in large part due to Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s impact on both ends of the floor. He had eight points in each of the first two quarters, including four threes, and made several key plays on defense.

Oubre had three blocks to set a career-high by halftime, including one on Robert Covington that bounced off Covington's leg and gave the Wizards possession. He also took a charge on Ben Simmons and flashed a smile for the cameras as he sprinted back down the floor.

Oubre ended the game with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting. It wasn't long ago that Oubre was in a significant shooting slump.

In his last 11 games before the All-Star break, Oubre was averaging just 9.4 points on 31.2 percent shooting. In three games since the break, Oubre has scored 47 points (15.7/g) while shooting 51.5 percent. It's safe to say he's put those shooting struggles behind him.

Oubre had been making his mark defensively as the Wizards closed the first half on a tear, but Sunday showed how much of a boost he can provide when he's in a rhythm offensively. He completely changed the game and helped the Wizards knock off a team that came to Washington super hot.

Porter wasn't fazed: Otto Porter did something on Sunday that likely has never been accomplished before. He hit not one, not two, not three but four buzzer-beaters all in the first half. Three of them were to beat the shot clock. Then, he hit another one to end the first half:

That shot capped an 8-1 run to end the second quarter for the Wizards and it brought a burst of energy out of the crowd. Porter had 14 points in the second quarter and shot 6-for-6 in the frame. The Wizards outscored the Sixers 37-20 in the second and Porter led the charge.

Porter finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Much like Bradley Beal, who had 24 points in this game, Porter has thrived in this second extended absence for Wall. Both Beal and Porter battle inconsistency as they adapted to being the primary focus of opposing teams back in November when Wall first went down. But this time around, they have answers to everything teams are throwing at them.

Porter's patience at the end of the shot clock on Sunday was an example of that. His confidence seems to be at an all-time high, knowing he has enough tricks to keep his opponents guessing. That was on display with under two minutes to go when he drained a three in Covington's face, turned around to stare at him afterwards and then shook his head as he trotted down the court, as if he were saying that no one can stop him. 

Up next: The Wizards are off Monday before playing back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Bucks and Warriors. Tuesday is an 8 p.m. tipoff on TNT. We will have pre- and postgame coverage of Wizards-Bucks on NBC Sports Washington Plus beginning at 7 p.m.

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Dan Fegan, former agent for John Wall, dies in car crash

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Dan Fegan, former agent for John Wall, dies in car crash

NBA agent Dan Fegan, who had previously represented many high-profile NBA clients including John Wall, died in a car crash Sunday morning, according to The Aspen Times. 

According to the report, Fegan's SUV was struck by a bus while trying to merge onto Highway 82 in Colorado a little after 9 am this morning. 

The two passengers in the car - an unidentified woman and Fegan's 5-year old daughter - were airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. 

Fegan was 56.