Sports Morning Headlines-Tuesday, 01/11/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

Rockets shrug off injuries, nip Celtics - Brooks returns with 24 points to aid team effort.  Confidence was shaken. The losing streak was at five games. There had not been a victory against a team with a winning record since the first day of December.  All the Rockets needed were a few more injuries. No matter what else they lacked, they knew they could find enough of those.  For a third consecutive season in Boston, the Rockets discovered a fresh batch of injuries to go with their usual assortment. And for a third consecutive season, the Rockets stunned the Celtics, rolling through an outstanding offensive half to end their losing streak with a 108-102 win at TD Garden on Monday night.    READ MORE

Rockets Making Late Push For Carmelo Anthony - Great win tonight. Too bad I had to miss it. NBA League pass had the game blacked out, so I couldn't watch it while simultaneously watching RGV take on Fort Wayne (notes on that game will come tomorrow).  Now, to the news.  Per Chris Mannix of SI.com:  As the Nets and Pistons wait for a decision from Denver on the future of Carmelo Anthony, the Houston Rockets have quietly made a push to acquire the All-Star forward, league sources told SI.com.   READ MORE

Spurs try to deny Love a rebound -  Playing a rare regular-season home-and-away series against the Spurs is as close as the Timberwolves will get to a playoff atmosphere this season.  At 9-29, the T’wolves have the NBA’s third-worst record and a clear understanding that they are headed, yet again, to the draft lottery.  But tonight at the Target Center, a team that has lost three games to the Spurs this season by a total of 13 points believes it is prepared to end the frustration that continued with another narrow defeat on Sunday night at the AT&T Center.   READ MORE

Anderson’s return pushed to February - The Spurs departed on another road trip Monday afternoon, and rookie guard James Anderson waved goodbye to his teammates and headed back to the swimming pool at the team’s practice facility.  Still recovering from a stress fracture of the right fifth metatarsal, Anderson’s return has been pushed back from mid-January to early February strictly out of caution. The fracture in the bone on the outside of Anderson’s foot was discovered Nov. 11.   READ MORE

Why Sasha Pavlovic was worth the risk to Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle - Sometimes, a piece of humble pie isn't a bad thing.  So when newest Maverick Sasha Pavlovic found himself out of a job as this NBA season began, he tried to remember what he'd learned during seven seasons of ups and downs in the league.  "This is a tough league to be in and it's even tougher to stay in," Pavlovic said. "As soon as you relax or have one bad year like I had, you're out.  "So you have to be positive. Last year, I was a little down with my confidence. But like they say, what doesn't kill you will make you stronger."  The Mavericks signed the 6-7 Serbian to a 10-day contract Monday. He'll be in uniform Wednesday at Indiana , and coach Rick Carlisle said Pavlovic will "be in the mix" for playing time.    READ MORE

Mavs margin of error is slim without Nowitzki - Rick Carslisle said he hasn't learned anything "earth shaking'' about his team sans Dirk Nowitzki that he didn't already know.  "We know the same things we knew going into it,'' Carlisle, the Dallas Mavericks coach, said. "That our margin for error were going to be slimmer than they were, we were going to have to be very efficient, and then defensive rebounding was going to fuel our best opportunities offensively.  "So none of that stuff has changed.'' Nowitzki sprained his right knee Dec. 27 at Oklahoma City and the Mavs are 2-5 since he's been sidelined.    READ MORE





Rangers might not be done adding to their offense: Jim Thome on club's radar - The Rangers might not be done adding to their offense.  According to two baseball sources, the team has interest in free-agent designated hitter Jim Thome.  The left-handed hitting Thome, who enjoyed a big year for Minnesota last season, would split the DH chores with Michael Young.  Young would be a part-time DH and fill in at all four infield positions. Thome, 40, is strictly a designated hitter.  There are some sticking points. The primary one figures to be money.    READ MORE

Inbox: Any big moves left for Rangers? - Are the Rangers done making moves? It would seem they could use one more offensive/position-type of player to fill out the lineup and bench.-- Paul F., Fort Worth - Jim Thome is an interesting name. He's the kind of high-impact, high-pedigree player the Rangers have been attracted to in the past and could be a good part-time DH and pinch-hitter off the bench. The only issue is he's a left-handed hitter. The Rangers might prefer a right-handed hitter as their DH on days when Michael Young plays first and Mitch Moreland sits against left-handed pitching.    READ MORE

Wade to attend funeral of Christina Green - Astros general manager Ed Wade will be among those in the baseball community who will travel to Tucson on Thursday to attend the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was among the six people killed in a mass shooting on Saturday.  Green is the daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and the granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green, who was the team's senior advisor while Wade was the GM of the Phillies. Wade also goes back more than two decades with John Green.  "This tragedy turned out to have some very special and profound ramifications for me," said Wade, who will drive to Tucson on Thursday following Wednesday's owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz. "It involved people I know and care a lot about."    READ MORE

Lee grateful Mills made trek to his homeland - Houston manager spent two days bonding with veteran slugger.  Astros slugger Carlos Lee said he was grateful for the time he was able to spend in Panama last week with manager Brad Mills, who traveled to the Central American country on a bonding mission with his veteran outfielder.  Lee told MLB.com from Panama he thoroughly enjoyed Mills' visit to his homeland and the extra effort the manager showed in making the long trip from his northern California home. Mills spent two days in Panama with Lee and returned home Thursday.  "It's very good when the manager makes you feel you're a real part of the team, and hear what he wants to say and what you're thinking and what your goals are and what you expect," Lee said. "I think we had a really good time."    READ MORE






 

Kubiak says defensive coaching staff hires could take a while - Gary Kubiak and new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips met with the media today at Reliant Stadium.  Among the questions for Kubiak was how soon we can expect to see the defensive coaching staff put together.  The Texans are looking for a new linebackers and secondary coaches following the firings of Johnny Holland and David Gibbs.   READ MORE

Wade Phillips returns to Houston - Wade Phillips doesn't expect to be a head coach again, and that's fine. He's happy to finally be working close to where he grew up.   Phillips reported to work Monday for his first day as the Houston Texans' defensive co-ordinator, meeting with coach Gary Kubiak to talk about staff vacancies.  Phillips was hired last week, two days after Kubiak fired defensive co-ordinator Frank Bush, secondary coach David Gibbs, linebackers coach Johnny Holland and assistant linebackers coach Robert Saleh.   READ MORE

Cowboys' search for new defensive coordinator beginning to heat up - The Cowboys have interviewed one candidate for the defensive coordinator position and scheduled a meeting with another.  Vic Fangio interviewed with coach Jason Garrett on Monday. San Francisco's Greg Manusky will meet with the club Wednesday.  Fangio spent 24 years in the NFL before joining Jim Harbaugh with the Stanford Cardinal last season. While it's assumed he will follow Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers, he was intrigued enough by the Cowboys' opening to meet with Garrett.    READ MORE

It's time for the Cowboys to re-do the entire secondary - SportsDayDFW.com writer Gerry Fraley chatted with fans on Monday and answered questions about the Dallas Cowboys. Here are some highlights:  So were the Cowboys wrong about Nick Folk or did they have the right evidence to believe he wouldn't work here?  Wrong. They should have put him on IR, let him use the off-season to continue to rehab the post-surgery hip and compete with David Buehler in camp. Big whiff for the Cowboys on this one.   READ MORE










A look back at a wild and wacky 2010-2011 bowl season - We made it through another bowl season marathon -- from BYU's easy win over UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl through Auburn's 22-19 victory over Oregon in the BCS championship game. Here is a look back at the 2010-11 bowl season.   READ MORE

Texas' new co-coodinators look to end Longhorns' offensive woes - Mack Brown hopes his new co-coordinators can inject life into Texas' stagnant offense.   READ MORE

Mack Brown: Pain of last year's title game loss to Alabama lingered - Outside of a couple of statements introducing his new coordinators, Mack Brown had kept his own counsel since the end of the Texas season.   READ MORE

Texas A&M's success, despite immaturity, shows Big 12 depth - Via Twitter, Texas A&M basketball coach Mark Turgeon chronicled his most interesting flight delay ever Saturday night.   READ MORE

Five things to know before Texas Tech takes on No. 12 Texas - Texas Tech basketball (8-8, 0-1 Big 12) wraps up a two-game homestand to start Big 12 Conference play against No. 12 Texas (10-3, 0-0) tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.  Here are five things the average Texas Tech fan should know:  Texas Tech has not won against Texas since the 2007-2008 season.   READ MORE

Football: Dodge eager to return to coaching ranks - Todd Dodge took some time to unwind after what was at times a tough tenure at North Texas. Now the former Southlake Carroll head coach could be close to returning to the coaching ranks, either as a college assistant or high school head coach.   READ MORE

Football: Dodge eager to return to coaching ranks - Todd Dodge took some time to unwind after what was at times a tough tenure at North Texas.  Now the former Southlake Carroll head coach could be close to returning to the coaching ranks, either as a college assistant or high school head coach.    READ MORE







Stars' Mike Ribeiro accepting and embracing his role on second line - Back in the day, the Stars might have mastered the dynamic of the second line as well as any team in the league.  Taking a former 50-goal-scorer with plenty of mileage left on the tires (Joe Nieuwendyk), they found the perfect balance with a hungry young winger (Jamie Langenbrunner) and a gritty, smart veteran (Dave Reid).    READ MORE

Brandon Segal placed on waivers - The Stars have placed right wing Brandon Segal on waivers and will find out at 11 a.m. Tuesday whether another team has picked him up.  Segal, 27, is in an unfortunate spot because he has a two-way contract. He makes $550,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level, so he will most help the Stars financially if he clears waivers and plays in the minors. Other Stars forwards, if they cleared waivers, would require full payment while in the minors.   READ MORE
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