Another rough
patch for Thunder

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — The Wichita Thunder lost two more games in Central Hockey League play during the weekend.
Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum, Wichita fell to the Missouri Mavericks 6-2. Jeff Christian scored two goals for the Mavericks. Simon Watson added a goal with an assist. Jared Lavender, Derek Pallardy and Karl Sellan each added a goal.
Brandon Kalenlecki scored a goal with an assist for Wichita. Chris McAllister also scored a goal. Glenn Detulleo had two assists.
Scott Campbell took the loss in goal for Wichita, posting 19 saves. Jon Horrell had nine saves. Alexandre Vincent stopped 20 of Wichita’s 22 shots to post the win.
Sunday at the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, the Thunder fell to the Texas Brahmas 2-0. Tyler Skworchinski and Mark Kolanos each scored a goal for the Brahmas. Wichita outshot Texas 39-26, but Brahmas goalkeeper Joe Palmer saved all 39 shots for the shutout win.
Scott Campbell stopped 24 of 26 shots in goal for Wichita.
Wichita falls to 3-22-3 and is on a 15-game losing streak. Wichita currently has the worst record in minor-league professional hockey
Wichita hosts the Rapid City Rush at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Kansas Coliseum. Wichita then hosts the Allen Americans at 5:05 p.m. Thursday.
Central Hockey League
The Associated Press
    W    L    OTL    Pts    GF    GA
Colorado    20    5    1    41    118    75
Rapid City    18    8    1    37    107    79
Bossier-Shr.    15    11    1    31    80    80
Mississippi    14    12    2    30    89    90
Tulsa    14    12    1    29    96    99
Missouri    12    14    1    25    79    97
Wichita    3    22    3    9    54    112
    W    L    OTL    Pts    GF    GA
Odessa    23    4    3    49    129    82
Allen    19    7    2    40    89    77
Texas    15    10    4    34    85    84
Laredo    13    8    6    32    89    88
Rio Grande     14    11    3    31    92    92
Amarillo    10    15    5    25    89    114
Corpus Chr.    10    14    4    24    85    94
Arizona    9    16    3    21    83    101
NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for loss in overtime or shootout. Overtime or shootout losses are only denoted in the OTL column, not the loss column.
Sunday’s Games
Tulsa 5, Laredo 4
Odessa 4, Arizona 3
Texas 2, Wichita 0
Amarillo 1, Rio Grande Valley 0
Allen 4, Bossier-Shreveport 3, SO
Rapid City 5, Colorado 2
Tuesday’s Games
Missouri at Mississippi, 7:05 p.m.
Laredo at Corpus Christi, 7:05 p.m.
Rapid City at Wichita, 7:05 p.m.
Tulsa at Rio Grande Valley, 7:35 p.m.
Amarillo at Arizona, 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday’s Games
Bossier-Shreveport at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

Clemson wins
Music City Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — C.J. Spiller scored a touchdown and had 172 all-purpose yards in his final college game, leading Clemson to a 21-13 victory Sunday in the Music City Bowl.
The Tigers (9-5) hadn’t won a bowl since the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl.
Kentucky (7-6) was trying to make program history by winning a fourth straight bowl game. The Wildcats certainly had the home-field advantage with blue filling nearly two-thirds of the lower bowl at LP Field.
Spiller, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, scored his 51st career touchdown — a Clemson record — on an 8-yard run with 10:14 left in the fourth quarter to make it 21-13.
Kyle Parker had a touchdown pass the Tigers and Jamie Harper ran for a score.

Sooners avoid
potential distraction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Urban Meyer’s decision to take a leave of absence at Florida, instead of resigning, has removed a potential distraction for the Oklahoma Sooners as they prepare for the Sun Bowl.
When Meyer announced Saturday he was resigning because of health concerns, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops immediately was mentioned prominently as a candidate to replace Meyer, even as the Sooners were arriving in El Paso, Texas, to prepare for Thursday’s game against No. 19 Stanford.
Meyer reversed himself Sunday before the speculation tilt-a-whirl began spinning out of control. So instead of fielding questions after the Sooners’ practice about whether he had any interest in the Florida job, Stoops instead talked about the pressures of coaching college football, which Meyer had cited in making his original decision to step down.
“You just deal with it the best you can,” Stoops said. “In the end, I hope things work out for him. More than anything, I hope he’s healthy and he’ll be OK. ...
"The stresses of it are always gonna be there. You either win them all, or there’s problems. But that’s the nature of what we do.”
Oklahoma hired Stoops, then Florida’s defensive coordinator, before the 1999 season, and the Sooners won the 2000 national title, launching Stoops into the coaching stratosphere. He’s since taken Oklahoma to three more BCS title games, losing each time, including last season to Meyer’s Florida squad.
After the 2001 season, Steve Spurrier stepped down as the Gators’ coach and Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley traveled to Norman to woo Stoops, who turned him down. Ron Zook eventually landed that job. After Zook was fired three years later, Meyer was brought in, although not until after Stoops had issued a statement denying interest in the Florida job.
Stoops is among the nation’s highest-paid coaches. His contract, updated in June, will pay him more than $30 million through the end of 2015. He was scheduled to earn $3.675 million this season, including an annual "stay" bonus of $700,000.
Stoops said increased media coverage in recent years has raised pressure levels for coaches.
“Even when you’re successful, there’s something to criticize,” he said. “So in the end, that’s just part of it.
“As a coach, I just always understand (and try to stay) very grounded on what is true in what you know about your program and what isn’t. Just because something is written or said, (it) doesn’t mean it’s so. In the end, you have to know in your own program what the foundations are and be OK with it.”
Thunder 98, Bobcats 91
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook had 22 and the Thunder held off the Bobcats.
Nenad Krstic added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the surprising Thunder, who improved to 15-14. They didn’t earn their 15th win last season until the 60th game, on March 2.
A near-capacity crowd of 17,961 showed up at the 18,203-seat Ford Center, two nights after the biggest snowstorm (14 inches) in Oklahoma City history.
Stephen Jackson had 24 points for the Bobcats, who dropped to 1-13 on the road.