Keenum sets career mark, tosses 9 TDs

College football: Houston’s Case Keenum threw nine touchdown passes to set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for career TD tosses as the 18th-ranked Cougars overcame a slow start in a 73-34 win over visiting Rice on a rain-soaked Thursday night.

Keenum threw an interception and had a fumble returned for a touchdown in the first quarter in heavy rain as Rice built a 17-7 lead.

The rain subsided and Keenum and the Cougars got going after that. They outscored Rice 45-3 to take a 52-20 lead by early in the third quarter and cruised to the easy victory to remain undefeated.

Keenum, who became the FBS career leader in total offense last week, has 139 career touchdown passes.

Winnipeg, Flyers combine for 17 goals

NHL: Andrew Ladd scored the winner with 1:06 remaining on a one-timer from close range to lift the visiting Winnipeg Jets to a wild 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Fifteen players scored in the wide-open game in which both clubs set season highs for goals scored and goals allowed, and the Jets tied a franchise record for goals in a game.

Defending champion Rapids move ahead

MLS: Omar Cummings scored in the 45th minute and the Colorado Rapids began defense of their MLS title with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew in the wild-card match at Commerce City, Colo.

Colorado will face Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting on Sunday.

Detroit quarterback Stafford improves

NFL: Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford worked with the first team at practice, a sign of progress after he hurt his ankle last weekend.

Stafford was limited Wednesday, but he looked comfortable a day later in the portion of practice open to reporters. He hurt his right ankle late in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to Atlanta.

Detroit plays at Denver on Sunday.

Bears part ways with safety Harris: The Chicago Bears released veteran safety Chris Harris after he asked for a trade, ending his second run with the team. Coach Lovie Smith said the move had been building over several weeks of subpar play.

Former Husky All-American dies: Ron Holmes, 48, an All-American defensive lineman at the University of Washington in 1984 who played eight years in the NFL, died Thursday in DuPont, Wash.

Holmes had been battling diabetes and coronary issues, his friend Mike Michael said.

Stern, Hunter see progress on talks

NBA: NBA owners and players called it an early night Thursday, with both pointing toward today as a decisive day for big moves to end the 119-day lockout.

After two days of talks about the salary cap system, they will turn their attention back to the division of revenues, which derailed the negotiations last week.

This time, Commissioner David Stern said the talks had produced enough familiarity and trust “that will enable us to look forward to tomorrow, where we anticipate there will be some important and additional progress – or not.”

‘Super Felix’ settles for bronze medal

Pan American Games: Lunging at the line and falling in pain on the track, Felix Sanchez gave it everything he could in the 400-meter hurdles at the Pan American Games at Guadalajara, Mexico.

Instead of another gold, however, “Super Felix” had to settle for bronze. The Dominican, who was born in the United States, won the 400 hurdles gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and is a two-time world champion in the event.

Also at the Games, Blake Ahearn scored 21 points and the United States rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Brazil 88-77 in a Group B men’s basketball game.

Kvitova knocks out No. 1 Wozniacki

Tennis: Petra Kvitova reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships at Istanbul, dominating Caroline Wozniacki in a 6-4, 6-2 win that handed the top-ranked Dane her second loss at the season-ending tournament.

Seattle Pacific beats Arizona in exhibition

Miscellany: Former Gonzaga University player Andy Poling scored 14 points and freshman Riley Stockton of Spokane had four as Seattle Pacific defeated host Arizona 69-66 at Tucson in an exhibition basketball game.

Lawsuit targets Medford school: A lawsuit says a junior varsity football player in Medford (Ore.) was sent back into a game after suffering a concussion and has permanent brain damage.

The suit says Nicholas Harris was a sophomore in October 2009 when he was injured in a game between his North Medford team and crosstown rival South Medford. The lawsuit filed by his mother and served on the district Oct. 17 seeks $585,000, the Medford Mail Tribune reported.


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