Sports Morning Headlines - Monday, 4/16/12

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Monday, 4/16/12.

Project Spurs:  Former Spur Dwayne Schintzius passes away at 43 - Former San Antonio Spurs center Dwayne Schintzius has passed away at 43 after a long battle with Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML), an uncommon blood cancer. He passed away Sunday afternoon from respiratory failure.  Schintzius had endured months of complications after receiving a second bone-marrow transplant, his younger brother Travis said.  “He’s at peace now,’’ Schintzius’ brother said. “He’s not suffering any more. Now he’s probably cracking jokes and making people laugh in heaven.’’  Dwayne was drafted by the Spurs in the first round of the 1990 NBA Draft. He played one season with San Antonio before being traded to the Kings.  Though his time with the Spurs was short-lived, he was known for his mullet and his much maligned pro basketball career. It is said that former Spurs GM Bob Bass had asked him to cut his mullet and when he did, he sent the clipping to Bass. That is what apparently got him traded to the Kings.  Dwayne would play with several teams in the NBA such as the Celtics, Clippers, Nets and Pacers before playing in the D-League and the USBL.   READ MORE
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Mavericks fall to Lakers in OT, 112-108 - Nobody likes a complainer. Least of all me. But it's hard not to be just a tad bit upset over two huge blown calls in overtime. And yes, I am aware that blaming refs for a loss is a cop-out, because really if it comes down to their calls, you clearly didn't do a good enough job to win anyway. Usually. But totally missing basket interference on a three and then totally missing a player stepping out of bounds before a shot is damn near unforgivable. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure Matt Barnes was involved in both of those plays.   READ MORE

Rockets believe adversity brings out their best effort - This is not the way the Rockets wanted to go into the regular season’s final two weeks — clinging to playoff position, after consecutive disconcerting home losses — but it sort of fits. It is familiar.  The Rockets moved from comfortable to desperate, then declared they are better that way.  Even in the losses to the Jazz and Suns, they were better when they were in trouble — cutting an 18-point lead to four and a 16-point lead to five before coming up short — than when they led.  Big-picture adversity suits them, or at least they might as well say it does because they have no choice but to face it.   READ MORE











Thoughts on a 4-3 Texas victory - Hey, it was a sweep! On the road, even! Granted, Minnesota doesn't look like a very good team, but regardless, it isn't easy to win on the road.  Neftali Feliz today looked a lot more like the Neftali Feliz I think we were all expecting to see this year than the Neftali Feliz from Feliz's last start. It isn't that Feliz was bad -- he pitched well, overall. But Feliz didn't have his changeup working, relied heavily on his fastball, and ran out of gas in the sixth inning, ultimately getting pulled after allowing three baserunners and recording no outs in the sixth.   READ MORE

Astros had chances, lose to Marlins in 11 - The Houston Astros had the bases loaded in the 11th inning and failed to score. Then the Miami Marlins loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and took advantage.  Missed opportunities on Sunday doomed the Astros, who went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and lost 5-4.  Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit the Marlins' first homers in their new ballpark, activating the much-discussed home-run sculpture. Ramirez tied the game in the eighth against Wilton Lopez with a two-run homer that cleared the 418-foot sign in center field, then singled home the winning run with one out in the 11th.  Meanwhile, the Astros squandered chance after chance. They left the bases loaded three times in the final six innings and stranded 13.  "We're struggling," right fielder Brian Bogusevic said. "We aren't coming up with the hits we need. We've been one or two at-bats from pulling ahead or busting it open."   READ MORE














Latest generation of WRs could leave position in capable hands - When the 2012 season begins, the players who have served as the Texans’ starting receivers in recent years — Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter — will both be 31.  Johnson is coming off a season in which he played just seven of 16 regular-season games because of injuries, and he hasn’t played a full season since 2009. So if the Texans decide to choose a receiver in the first round of the NFL draft on April 26, it will be a logical selection with several appealing options when their turn comes at No. 26.  The consensus best — Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon — likely will be long gone by the time the Texans choose. Blackmon, 6-1, 207, was a two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award (given to college football’s top receiver) and is projected to be chosen in the top six picks. The next highest rated is Notre Dame product Michael Floyd. At 6-6, 220 with a 4.43 40-yard dash, Floyd is projected to go in the top 20.  Guys who could be around when the Texans pick include Baylor’s Kendall Wright, Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill and LSU’s Reuben Randle.  READ MORE

Cowboys 2012 Draft Prospects: Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles - Having dispensed with the array of offensive line candidates in whom the Cowboys have expresses interest, we'll now turn our attention to the skill position guys that were invited to the Ranch earlier this month. There weren't a lot of them. In fact, the only wide receiver at whom we'll take a closer look is Oklahoma standout Ryan Broyles. The story on Broyles is dominated by a singular event: his torn left ACL, suffered in a November contest against Texas A&M.  Before the injury, Broyles had become the NCAA career receptions leader, with 349 grabs. After the injury, he was a guy with a big question mark where his number used to be. He was unable to participate in any of the draft's lead-up events: no All-Star Bowls or Combines for Mr. Broyles, no siree. Instead, he focused on his rehab, hoping to be able to show enough recovery of his skills to remind scouts of what they liked about him pre-injury.   READ MORE











Video: James Neal Hits Sean Couturier And Claude Giroux - How Many Games? - Former Dallas Stars winger James Neal wasn't the only member of the Pittsburgh Penguins to cross that line from physical play to extreme idiocy during Sunday's first-round game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but he, along with Arron Asham, probably took the biggest flying leaps over that line.  Late in the third period and with his team getting thoroughly outplayed, Neal took a pair of runs that violated several key tenets of the rulebook. The first of these was the hit on Sean Couturier.   WATCH VIDEO





---Staff and Wire Reports contributed to this story

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