Sports Morning Headlines-Thursday, 01/13/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Thursday, January 13, 2011.

Matt Bonner leads 2nd-half charge as Spurs win 4th straight - Matt Bonner said it was his turn to be the spark off the bench.  Bonner scored all of his 17 points in the second half, Manu Ginobili was consistent again with 23 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-84 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.   READ MORE

Second-half defense lets Spurs seal victory - The emphasis before the Spurs took the floor at the Bradley Center against the Bucks on Wednesday was all about getting the Spurs’ offense back on a fast track.  The team with the NBA’s best record and the most productive offense in the 14-plus seasons of the Gregg Popovich coaching era had lost some of its offensive mojo. The Spurs were averaging a mere 98.5 points per game over the four games that preceded the date with the Bucks.   READ MORE

Project Spurs:  A Day in the D-League - For those of you who have ever wondered what a day in the D-League is like, Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson of the Austin Toros (the San Antonio Spurs D-League affiliate) takes you behind the scenes and provides you with all the answers you’ve been looking for. In his first episode of Toros TV Squeaky shows fans what the team has been up to while in South Padre Island, Texas for the NBA D-League Showcase.   READ MORE

Project Spurs:  Be a part of the Spurs-Mavericks action this Friday - This Friday the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks will face off in San Antonio as this Texas rivalry continues. Though there is no definitive word if Mavericks' star Dirk Nowitzki will play due to a knee injury, this game should still be hotly contested.  Currently, the Spurs have a five-game lead over the Mavericks in the Southwest Division so the Mavericks will want to pick up a full game on the Spurs while the Spurs hope to extend their division lead.  With that being said, if you are in San Antonio and watch to catch the game at the AT&T Center, tickets prices are down 36% this week, so now is the time to buy. Click HERE to grab some great seats and be a part of the Spurs-Mavericks rivalry this Friday in San Antonio!  READ MORE

Mavericks suffer rare road loss - It's clear now that the Mavericks really are struggling.  Even their road mojo has deserted them.  The NBA's best road team -- at least in terms of wins and losses -- ventured to an Indiana home court where the Pacers were only .500 before Wednesday night.  The Mavericks couldn't handle the situation, losing 102-89 at Conseco Fieldhouse, their third consecutive loss and sixth in eight games since Dirk Nowitzki went out with a sprained right knee.    READ MORE

Alexis Ajinca's start lets Mavs regroup - The decision to start Alexis Ajinca didn't create shock waves, at least not numerically.  But it was an unequivocal success in terms of the psychological boost it gave the Mavericks.  By starting Ajinca, coach Rick Carlisle got the wheels in motion for when Dirk Nowitzki returns, which could be this weekend.  The move pushed Shawn Marion to small forward, where he figures to spend the rest of the season as a starter, although he still will play some power forward when Nowitzki isn't in the game.   READ MORE

Indiana Pacers Defeat Out-Of-Step Dallas Mavericks 102-89 - It’s hard to watch a team play below their skill level. It’s also hard to watch a once-great team, leading the league in defense, give up on possessions and watch as their opponents get second chance points. It’s even harder to see them walk out of the arena with their heads hung low. If you watched tonight’s game in Indiana, a 102-89 loss, you would have seen all of these things from the Dallas Mavericks.    READ MORE

Rally gets line-item veto - With late free throws, OKC secures first win in Houston since Seattle days.  Shane Battier dove at the ball, smacking it with his right hand, and for one split second, the Oklahoma City Thunder might have thought a win in Houston would never come.  The Rockets trailed by 13 with 2:03 remaining, but all but two points of the Thunder lead were gone with 20 seconds left. The Rockets were scoring on every possession. The Thunder had lost 11consecutive games in Houston and finally cracked with the win one bucket from certain.  Battier had his chance at a steal, and by then there was every reason to think if the Rockets could come up with the ball, they would swipe the win, too.    READ MORE

Hayes close to returning - Hayes close to returning.  Rockets center Chuck Hayes said he plans to return to practice today — two weeks after spraining his left ankle — with hopes of being cleared to play this weekend. After a tough workout and test on the Toyota Center practice court on Wednesday, Hayes thought he could show the team's trainers and others he is ready.  "I like to think I'm ready to go, but (there are) a lot of people I have to go through for me to get on the court," Hayes said. "I'm going to try to practice, see how it goes.    READ MORE




 

Hamilton improving from bout with pneumonia - Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is showing significant improvement but will remain in the hospital in order to accelerate his full recovery from an early case of pneumonia.  READ MORE

Estimating the Economics of Baseball: Rangers Payroll Present and Future - The Texas Rangers are not the New York Yankees.  Everybody knows that the Yankees have a financial advantage over all of the other teams in the league, yet we also know that the Rangers have, in the past, been able to compete for free agents and have a payroll amongst the top in the majors.  So how is it that teams decide what their target team salary is?   READ MORE

Busy offseason puts Daniels extension on hold - GM Jon Daniels has made it clear he would like to remain in Texas, and Rangers ownership wants to keep him in the fold, but a busy offseason has slowed talks of a contract extension.   READ MORE

Astros building camaraderie along with muscle - As the start of Spring Training draws closer, the weight room inside the Astros' clubhouse at Minute Maid Park grows a little more crowded.   READ MORE

Annual Astros caravan embarks Thursday - Two-week tour to provide fans numerous interactive opportunities.  The Astros' annual winter caravan, which helps brings players, coaches and others from within the organization closer to fans and the community, gets under way Thursday with the first of numerous stops around the Houston area.  Fans will have the chance to get autographs from players Bill Hall, Chris Johnson and Brian Bogusevic and former Astros pitchers Larry Dierker and Jim Deshaies when the caravan makes an appearance at the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Webster (21351 Gulf Freeway) from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. CT on Thursday.    READ MORE





 

Cowboys must act fast if they want Vic Fangio or Greg Manusky - The Cowboys must move quickly if they want Vic Fangio or Greg Manusky as their next defensive coordinator.  Both interviewed with coach Jason Garrett for the position this week: Fangio on Monday and Manusky on Wednesday. Both could have offers from other clubs by the weekend.  NFL.com reported Fangio is expected to take the defensive coordinator job on the staff of new San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh. Fangio served as the defensive coordinator on Harbaugh's staff at Stanford this season.    READ MORE

It's time for Cowboys to cash in on Tashard Choice's trade value - SportsDayDFW.com writer Gerry Fraley chatted with fans on Monday and answered questions about the Dallas Cowboys. Here are some highlights:  Did Tashard Choice earn a spot on this team in 2011 or lose one with his play this season?  He helped his trade status. Do not see him coming back. He has value. It's time for the Cowboys to cash in on it. I like Tashard and think he should have a bigger role. Just get the feel that Garrett is not enamored with him and would not resist a trade. Remember, Garrett ran the offense this year and rarely used Choice until forced to by injuries.   READ MORE

Unlocking team's potential in 2011 - "Before we go over what the Texans should do to improve their defense beyond coaching, let's look at how a lockout will affect business. If the NFL Players Association and the NFL Management Council sign a new collective bargaining agreement before March 4, it will be business as usual. If they don't, there will be no business. Once the lockout goes into effect, there will be no player movement. No player can re-sign with his current team or sign with another team. No player can be traded. As far as the NFL is concerned, players cease to exist during the lockout. There will be a draft because college players aren't members of the union until they sign.    READ MORE

Johnson, Foster among Sporting News All-Pros - Only one team placed two offensive players on The Sporting News’ All-Pro team.  Texans receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster were voted to the team by players, coaches and club executives.  Foster led the NFL in rushing (1,616 yards), yards from scrimmage (2,220), total touchdowns (18) and rushing touchdowns (16). Despite missing three games with a high ankle sprain that required arthroscopic surgery after the season, Johnson caught 86 passes for 1,216 yards and eight touchdowns.    READ MORE








Robert Griffin a game changer in recruiting for Baylor - At first glance, the parallels between former Texas Longhorns point guard T.J. Ford and Baylor star quarterback Robert Griffin III are few and far between.  Take into account what they've meant to their universities, though, and the blurriness should begin to clear up.  Texas' basketball program was muddled in a state of mediocrity when Ford arrived in 2001. That season he led the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in six years and then to their first Final Four in more than 50 years the following year.    READ MORE

Griner, top-ranked Baylor women ease past Texas, 87-72 - Another win, another milestone for No. 1 Baylor and Brittney Griner.  Neither of them came very easy.  Griner fought through a tough shooting night to score 27 points – reaching an even 1,000 for her career in just 51 games – to lead No. 1 Baylor to an 87-72 win over Texas on Wednesday night.    READ MORE

Texas' license plate vendor hoping fans of Cowboys, Rangers, Mavs, Texas, A&M, OU will be driving force at live auction - Texas' license plate vendor is counting on the lure of the Dallas Cowboys – both in place and name – to boost its first auction of specialty tags.  In a state that lags behind most others in the percentage of drivers paying more to personalize their bumpers, the bidding Thursday is designed not only to bring in quick cash but also to highlight new plate options.    READ MORE

No. 7 Texas A&M women romp past Oklahoma State, 82-57 - Gary Blair sees Maryann Baker as the type of player with a future in coaching because she's always asking him questions that start with "Why?"   READ MORE

Mustangs make it two in a row over Memphis at Moody - The SMU Mustangs notched another benchmark victory Wednesday night, knocking off Conference-USA favorite Memphis, 64-58, Wednesday night.    READ MORE

TCU forced to settle for No. 2 this time - Jake Kirkpatrick watched Monday as Auburn kicked a field goal in the final seconds to defeat Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game, securing the national title for the Tigers, their first since 1957.    READ MORE

TCU women rout Wyoming, 68-47 - Delisa Gross scored 11 points and Starr Crawford added 10 as TCU defeated Wyoming 68-47 Wednesday night.   READ MORE

Tennis: UNT celebrates run to NCAA tennis tourney - North Texas took some time to celebrate a milestone moment in the history of its program on Wednesday before beginning its push for a second straight Sun Belt Conference title.   READ MORE

Basketball: UNT's Knox blossoms into solid contributor - When Johnny Jones first scouted the big, gangly redhead from Dallas, it wasn’t the points he scored or the rebounds he pulled down that intrigued North Texas’ head coach. One had to look past those factors to see the promise in Ben Knox.   READ MORE

Texas Tech takes worst loss in home arena's history, 83-52 against No. 12 Texas - Texas Tech basketball is now 0-2 in Big 12 Conference play after dropping a home contest to No. 12 Texas 83-52 on Tuesday.   READ MORE







Taking care of the details: Stars excelling on face-offs - Every once in a while, a quick scan of a game’s final scoresheet reveals some amazing numbers that fans may not have noticed as it went along.  For example, in the Dallas Stars’ 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center, center Brad Richards won a ridiculous 15 face-offs while losing just one.     READ MORE

Philip Larsen showing steady improvement - Defenseman Philip Larsen is in his third tour of duty with the Dallas Stars this season. With each one comes a higher comfort level, more confidence and improvement.    READ MORE


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