O’BRIEN SAYS SAV­AGE WILL START SATUR­DAY AGAINST BENGALS

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hous­ton» Tom Sav­age will start at quar­ter­back for the Hous­ton Texans on Satur­day against the Cincin­nati Bengals.

Coach Bill O’Brien an­nounced the de­ci­sion Mon­day, a day af­ter Sav­age took over in the sec­ond quar­ter when Brock Osweiler was benched against the Jack­sonville Jaguars.

“We make de­ci­sions on what we think is the best way to help the team, what helps the team win,” O’Brien said.

“And I think that yes­ter­day and this week I feel like Tom Sav­age gives us the best chance to win. I’m go­ing to give him a week to pre­pare as a starter and see what he can do for us on Satur­day night against the Bengals.”

Sav­age threw for 260 yards to help Hous­ton rally from a 13-point deficit for a 21-20 win in his first reg­u­lar-sea­son ac­tion since 2014.

O’Brien wouldn’t say if he planned to start Sav­age for the rest of the sea­son, say­ing the team is fo­cused on the Bengals.

Osweiler has strug­gled in his first sea­son in Hous­ton af­ter sign­ing a $72 mil­lion contract to join the Texans from Den­ver.

He threw two in­ter­cep­tions be­fore he was benched Sun­day to give him 16 in­ter­cep­tions and just 14 touch­downs this sea­son.

Af­ter the game on Sun­day, O’Brien said: “We don’t make de­ci­sions on how much a guy gets paid. We make de­ci­sions on what’s the best way to win a game.”

Fisher gets two-year ex­ten­sion

B tallahassee, fla.» Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher signed a two-year contract ex­ten­sion that will keep him at the school through the 2024 sea­son.

Fisher has been at the univer­sity since 2006, when he was hired as the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and head coach in wait­ing. He took over as coach in 2010 af­ter Bobby Bow­den re­tired.

• Dane Evans passed for 304 yards and five touch­downs, three of those scor­ing throws go­ing to Kee­van Lu­cas, and Tulsa rolled past Cen­tral Michi­gan 55-10 in the Mi­ami Beach Bowl.

Evans com­pleted 28-of-38 passes for the Golden Hur­ri­cane, which scored on its first nine pos­ses­sions and fin­ished with six wins in the sea­son’s fi­nal seven games.

Pi­rates build ’pen with Hud­son

B pitts­burgh» The Pi­rates bol­stered their bullpen, agree­ing to an $11 mil­lion, two-year contract with re­liever Daniel Hud­son.

Hud­son, 29, will make $5.5 mil­lion an­nu­ally in 2017 and 2018. The contract in­cludes $1.5 mil­lion an­nu­ally in per­for­mance bonuses based on games fin­ished start­ing at 30 and end­ing at 60. Hud­son went 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA in 70 ap­pear­ances for the Di­a­mond­backs in 2016.

Wy­oming band bus in ac­ci­dent

B rawl­ins, wyo.» The Wy­oming High­way Pa­trol said a char­ter bus car­ry­ing Univer­sity of Wy­oming march­ing band mem­bers to the Poin­set­tia Bowl was in­volved in a crash on an icy stretch of In­ter­state 80 near Rawl­ins. The pa­trol also said no stu­dents were hurt thanks to the bus driver not los­ing com­plete con­trol of the bus dur­ing the crash.

For­mer UConn player su­ing

B hart­ford, conn.» A for­mer UConn soc­cer player who lost her schol­ar­ship af­ter giv­ing the mid­dle fin­ger to a tele­vi­sion cam­era plans to sue the school, al­leg­ing her pun­ish­ment was ex­ces­sive.

No­ri­ana Rad­wan, who now plays for Hof­s­tra, al­leges that af­ter the pub­lic­ity died down, she was stripped of her schol­ar­ship mid­way through the school year with­out due process for what the coach de­scribed as “se­ri­ous mis­con­duct.”

Foot­note.

NASCAR’s top se­ries will be called the Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Se­ries be­gin­ning next year. The change of name from the Sprint Cup Se­ries comes with Mon­ster En­ergy’s new deal to be the ti­tle spon­sor of NASCAR’s top divi­sion.

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