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Cotton Bowl Preview Capsule

Cotton Bowl Preview Capsule

DALLAS (AP) Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:10 p.m. (Fox)

Line: Texas A&M by 3 1/2

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 19-11

WHAT'S AT STAKE

First bowl matchup between former Big 12 rivals, and both five-game winning streaks. Oklahoma is trying to win 11 games for the 10th time under coach Bob Stoops, who is going for his 150th career victory. The Aggies haven't had an 11-win season since 1998, the year before Stoops got to Oklahoma. Texas A&M is wrapping up its first SEC season after leaving the Big 12.

KEY MATCHUP

Quarterbacks, young and old, of high-scoring offenses. Oklahoma senior Landry Jones is the steady record-setting veteran making his 50th career start (16,368 career yards passing and 122 TDs). The Sooners are averaging 40.2 points per game, less than Texas A&M's 44.8 a game. Johnny Manziel, the Aggies' exciting dual-threat player known as Johnny Football, is the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He has an SEC-record 4,600 total yards while accounting for 43 TDs.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas A&M: WR Ryan Swope needs 79 yards to break the Aggies' career receiving record. He has 244 career catches for 3,013 yards and 23 TDs. Swope has four 100-yard games this season, and 13 overall.

Oklahoma: S Tony Jefferson has a team-high 113 tackles and is the sixth defensive back in school history with a 100-tackle season. He needs eight tackles to surpass Rodney Rideau's record for DBs set in 1999. He is 11 tackles shy of the Big 12's overall leader, Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager (124). No Oklahoma player has ever led the Big 12 in tackles.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma is playing in only its second Cotton Bowl. The Sooners beat Arkansas on New Year's Day 2002. ... Texas A&M is 4-8 in the Cotton Bowl, and had lost six in a row since beating Notre Dame 26 years ago. ... The Sooners are 11-2 against Texas A&M under coach Bob Stoops, including a 77-0 win in 2003, the most lopsided loss ever for the Aggies. ... Oklahoma's two losses this season are to top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 7 Kansas State, while Texas A&M lost to No. 4 Florida and No. 9 LSU. ... A&M is 0-4 at Cowboys Stadium. ... Oklahoma is 4-0 in the state of Texas this season. ... SEC teams have won against Big 12 teams in the last four Cotton Bowls.

Virginia snaps 3-game losing streak with 63-58 win over Georgia Tech

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Virginia snaps 3-game losing streak with 63-58 win over Georgia Tech

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jay Huff and Mamadi Diakite scored 17 points apiece as defending national champion Virginia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-58 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday night.

The Cavaliers (12-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) finally regained their winning touch after dropping out of The Associated Press ranking for the first time since November 2017.

Georgia Tech (8-10, 3-5) lost its fourth straight home game. The Yellow Jackets haven't won at McCamish Pavilion since a Dec. 4 victory over Nebraska. 

Diakite's dunk with 14:47 remaining gave Virginia its biggest lead, 43-29.

The Cavaliers were still up 48-37 with just over 10 minutes to go when Georgia Tech suddenly came to life offensively.

The Yellow Jackets scored on four of five possessions, stringing together a 9-0 run that cut Virginia's edge to 48-46.

That was as close as Georgia Tech would get.

Huff, a 7-foot-1 center, knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to thwart Georgia Tech's momentum. A few minutes later, he swished another open jumper to make it 55-48. 

Georgia Tech got a basket and a defensive stop, but Braxton Key swooped on for an offensive rebound to give the Cavaliers a second chance. With just over 2 minutes to go, Diakite was left open on the wing for a jumper that made it 57-50, effectively finishing off the Yellow Jackets.

Jose Alvarado paced Georgia Tech with 20 points.

Virginia led 33-25 at halftime, taking advantage of the home team's sloppy play. The Yellow Jackets hit 11 of 18 shots (61.1%) but turned it over 13 times, wasting far too many possessions against the defensive-minded Cavaliers.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers picked up a desperately needed victory to avoid their longest losing streak since a four-game skid from Feb. 12-20, 2017. While still a far cry from their national championship squad, Virginia showed some offensive efficiency to go along with its always-tenacious defense. Key chipped in with 10 points. 

Georgia Tech: This is shaping up to be another disappointing season, raising more doubts about whether coach Josh Pastner can turn around a program that is approaching a decade since its last NCAA Tournament appearance. The Yellow Jackets continue to show flashes of promise, but Pastner has been unable to develop any sort of consistency in his fourth season. 

UP NEXT

Virginia: Returns home to play North Carolina State on Monday night. 

Georgia Tech: Hits the road for the first of two meetings against No. 11 Louisville. The teams will meet again in Atlanta on March 7, the final game of the regular season. 

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Capitals hosting Rock The Rink skate and watch parties around DMV

Capitals hosting Rock The Rink skate and watch parties around DMV

The Capitals may not be participating in Stadium Series this year, but the team is embracing outdoor hockey around Washington for spirited game day fun.

The Caps are hosting Rock The Rink skates at The Wharf, Penatgon Row, Rockville Town Square and The Avenue at White Marsh on select game days from January to March 2020. Fans attending these events can wear Capitals jerseys or gear to get either $5 off admission or free skate rentals.

The Wharf

Jan. 18 at 1 p.m., Jan. 31 at 6 p.m., and Feb 17. at 1 p.m.

Transit Pier will boast a Capitals-paneled ice rink with an ice resurfacer, trivia contests, giveaways, along with a DJ. The Capitals Campire will also boast Adirondack chairs around a fire to roast marshmallows for smores in front of a 14-foot jumbotron screen to watch the Capitals games. 

Pentagon Row

Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 6 p.m.

These skates will feature Slapshot, giveaways, a DJ and Capitals-centic specials at local restaurants. The Caps games will also be on at surrounding bars. 

The Avenue at White March

Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

This event will feature Slapshot, giveaways, a DJ and Capitals-centic specials at local restaurants.

Rockville Town Square

Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. and March 5 at 6 p.m.

In addition to the above fun, Rockville native and Capitals hockey ambassador Haley Skarupa will be there on Jan. 31. You can watch the Capitals game at local bars as well. 

Fans attending these events or using local outdoor rinks this season are encouraged to post about it on social media by tagging @capitals and using the hashtag #RockTheRink to enter themselves for a chance to win prizes.

Caps slept through the first 40 minutes, they did not give Holtby much help though he was bad in his own right and Vrana sure did show something with the game-winning goal.

As for no penalties...not so much.

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