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Sports briefs for Wednesday

PN-G falls to GCM, set in 3-way tie for third
BAYTOWN — The Port Neches-Groves Rock-A-Noos now know their fate.
The Rock-A-Noos lost in four games to Goose Creek Memorial Tuesday and are now in a three-way tie with Beaumont Ozen and Lumberton.
All three teams finished the District 22-5A standings with 8-6 records. The three teams will now play a mini-tournament to decide the third and fourth place squads to make the postseason. A decision on the play-in action will be made on Tuesday at the earliest.
PN-G lost the match to Goose Creek 25-23, 14-25, 20-25 and 27-25.
Emily Taubert had a splendid match with 14 service points and 24 digs. Rachel Hammersmith led the Rock-A-Noos with an amazing 39 assists and also put in 15 digs. Jessica Harper had 12 points and 12 digs, Carley Roccaforte had nine digs and eight kills, Libbie LeJeune had 10 kills, Kailey Oliver finished with nine kills and six blocks and Jade Weatherford added eight kills.

Texans release QB Ryan Mallett, sign
HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Mallett finally ran out of chances in Houston and was released by the Texans on Tuesday.
The Texans released the quarterback after he missed the team’s charter flight to Florida this past weekend.
They announced the decision on Tuesday and also placed Arian Foster on injured reserve, a day after coach Bill O’Brien said he would miss the rest of the season with an Achilles tendon injury.
The 27-year-old Mallett said he missed the flight because of traffic and he took a commercial flight to meet the team in Miami, where the team was blown out 44-26 and fell to 2-5.
It was also reported the Texans signed T.J. Yates to serve as backup to starter Brian Hoyer.
The Texans (2-5) host Tennessee (1-5) on Sunday.

Bryan to perform on Thanksgiving, Salvation Army kickoff
ARLINGTON (AP) — Country star Luke Bryan will perform at halftime as the Dallas Cowboys host Carolina on Thanksgiving Day to kick off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.
The Cowboys on Tuesday announced Bryan will be the featured entertainer Nov. 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
It’s the 19th year that the Cowboys and The Salvation Army have joined forces for the holiday season fundraising event. The Red Kettle Campaign runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Last year’s effort raised nearly $145 million.
Bryan had one of the top albums of both 2013 and 2014 with “Crash My Party.” His fifth album, “Kill the Lights,” came out in August.

Abby Wambach announces retirement
The leading scorer in international soccer, male or female, has announced her retirement on Tuesday.
ESPN reported Tuesday Abby Wambach called it a career after leading the U.S. national team to the Women’s World Cup this past summer.
Wambach, 35, played for 15 years and leaves the sport with 184 goals in 252 international matches. She was named the 2012 FIFA Player of the Year. Accoring to ESPN.com, Wambach will the remaining four matches of the United States’ 10-game victory tour and her final match will be on Dec. 16 against China in New Orleans.
She appeared in four World Cups with the national team and also won Olympic gold in both the 2004 Games in Athens and 2012 Games in London.
Wambach and her U.S. teammates spent the day Tuesday with President Barack Obama at the White House before she announced her pending retirement.

Roussel’s goal caps Stars’ comeback in 4-3 win over Ducks
DALLAS (AP) — Antoine Roussel scored with 1:28 to play, rallying the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.
Patrick Sharp, Cody Eakin and John Klingberg scored in the second period to tie the score after falling behind 3-0. Antti Niemi had 17 saves to help Dallas improve to 7-2.
Mike Santorelli, Shawn Horcoff and Carl Hagelin all scored in the final 5:16 of the first period. Frederick Andersen finished with 30 saves, including 15 in the third period.
Anaheim, which has lost eight of its first nine games (1-6-2), came in with just six goals in the opening eight games.
Roussel’s first goal the season came on the rebound of Vernon Fiddler’s shot off the pads Andersen.