SMU extends Jones through ‘17
DALLAS — SMU has signed head football coach June Jones to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
Jones was set to enter the final season of a two-year extension he signed in 2010. He has guided the Mustangs to a record of 36-41 in six seasons at the helm.
"I appreciate the opportunity to continue the work we began six years ago. There is no place I’d rather be than here at SMU," said Jones in a statement Monday. "I am proud of the progress we have made thus far, but many goals remain unfinished, including restoring SMU football’s championship tradition."
SMU went 1-11 in Jones’ first season of 2008, then reached four straight bowl games before this season’s squad finished 5-7.
SMU last reached a bowl game in 1984 before Jones’ arrival.
Randolph, Grizzlies down Jazz
MEMPHIS — Zach Randolph registered his 16th double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 104-92 win over the Utah Jazz at FedEx Forum on Monday.
Memphis’ bench was key for the Grizzlies as they outscored Utah’s reserves 51-18. Jerryd Bayless tallied 17 points, while Mike Miller scored 15 and Jon Leuer added 11 for Memphis (12-15), which won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-November.
Trey Burke and Richard Jefferson each had 18 points. Gordon Hayward added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz (8-23), who closed out a five-game road trip with a 2-3 record.
Broncos’ Miller has torn ACL
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos will try to make another run without one of their best defensive players.
This run would include the playoffs.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, delivering a blow to a team with Super Bowl aspirations that just wrapped up a first-round bye.
Miller was hurt on a non-impact play in the first quarter of Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans and an MRI on Monday revealed the torn ACL, Broncos coach John Fox said.
Fox said recovery time for the injury is usually between six and nine months and that Miller "should be ready for camp next season."
The Broncos (12-3) beat the Texans 37-13 to clinch the AFC West title and a first-round bye in the playoffs. They finish the regular season Sunday at Oakland.
East Carolina uses 4th-quarter push to down Ohio
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Vintavious Cooper rushed for a record 198 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns on 25 attempts, leading East Carolina to a 37-20 decision over Ohio in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl.
Shane Carden threw for 273 yards and a score on 29-of-45 throws and also caught a TD pass for the Pirates (10-3), who reached double digits in wins for the second time in program history thanks to their first bowl victory since 2007.
Breon Allen added a rushing score, Justin Hardy recorded 66 yards on nine receptions and Cam Worthy added a touchdown grab for the victors from Conference USA.
Tyler Tettleton and Derrius Vick each threw a touchdown pass for the Bobcats (7-6). Tettleton finished 21-of-40 for 228 yards with a connection to Dazmond Patterson, while Vick found Donte Foster in the end zone.
Foster ended up with a game-high 160 yards on six catches in defeat.
Arizona still tops men’s hoops poll
NEW YORK — Arizona remained the top team in the latest Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.
The Wildcats kept a firm hold of the top spot for a third straight week with 63 first-place votes and 1,623 points from a nationwide media panel.
Syracuse, which picked up the remaining two No. 1 tallies, is again second, followed by Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Villanova, Duke and Wichita State. Villanova and Duke had been tied for eighth last week and Wichita State moved up a spot into the top 10 with its 12-0 start the best in school history.
The second 10 consists of Baylor, Oregon, Florida, Iowa State, Connecticut, Kansas, Memphis, Kentucky, North Carolina and San Diego State. UConn dropped five places from 10th after a two-point loss to Stanford last week, while North Carolina also tumbled five spots from 14th following a loss to Texas.
Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Gonzaga and Missouri are the last five teams ranked. UMass dipped just one spot from 22nd after Saturday’s loss to Florida State.
49ers close out Candlestick with playoff-clinching win
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers nearly squandered a chance to clinch a postseason berth Monday, but found a little late magic in what could be the final game at Candlestick Park.
NaVorro Bowman’s 89-yard interception return for a touchdown late in regulation essentially sealed the Niners’ 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons and kept San Francisco’s hope of a No. 1 seed in the NFC alive.
The 49ers (11-4) need plenty of help next week to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they are at least qualified for the postseason after Matt Ryan nearly rallied Atlanta out of a 10-point hole.
Ryan found Tony Gonzalez for a 2-yard touchdown with 2:09 remaining to bring the Falcons within 27-24, and Jason Snelling secured the ensuing onsides kick with a one-handed snag along the sideline.
Atlanta moved to the San Francisco 10-yard line with 1:31 to play, and Ryan threw a short pass intended for Harry Douglas that was disrupted by Tramaine Brock. The ball was tipped in the air, and Bowman snagged it and went untouched the other way, diving into the end zone as a delirious Candlestick Park crowd celebrated.