Sports Morning Headlines-Tuesday, 01/25/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Tuesday, January 25, 2011.

After Duncan scare, Spurs top Warriors 113-102 - Tim Duncan was spread out on the floor, cringing, clutching his left knee. All the San Antonio Spurs came off the bench and surrounded him, fearing the worst.  "Bad, bad memories," point guard Tony Parker thought to himself. "I thought something was seriously wrong with his knee."  Turns out, all is still well with the Spurs.  Duncan returned unhampered in the second half to finish with 16 points and seven rebounds, and San Antonio overcame the brief injury scare to beat the Golden State Warriors 113-102 on Monday night.    READ MORE

Spurs’ bench pulls them back in line - So  much for any lingering concerns about San Antonio’s offense after its most struggling performance of the season in the debacle in New Orleans Saturday night.  It was nothing that couldn’t be rectified by a game against Golden State’s porous defense Monday night — or a big game from the Spurs’ bench.  The Spurs rebounded from their worst offensive performance of the season to charge to a 113-102 victory over the defensively-challenged Warriors.   READ MORE

No escaping: Pop will coach West All-Stars - Monday night’s 113-102 victory at Golden State ensured the Spurs will have the Western Conference’s top record on Feb. 6, the day the All-Star coaches are settled.  That means Gregg Popovich can book his trip to Los Angeles for the league’s annual midseason extravaganza. Popovich has coached the West All-Stars once before, in 2005. The running joke around Spurs watchers is that he had such a good time, he’d throw games to avoid doing it again.   READ MORE

Martin's 34 points lead Rockets over Timberwolves - Scorers such as Kevin Martin dream about nights against a "defense" like the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The Wolves have a hard enough time guarding spot-up shooters on the perimeter. When they're facing a guy who can blow by them on the way to the rim and also get a 3-pointer off in the blink of an eye, they don't stand a chance.  Martin scored 34 points and Shane Battier added a season-high 19 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 129-125 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday night.    READ MORE

Kyle Lowry - Kyle Lowry is having a career year, right?  I mean, he’s averaging career highs so far in points (11.1), assists (6.6), offensive rebounds (1.3), defensive rebounds (2.8), steals (1.8), blocks (.4), 3ptm (1.2), and FGm (3.7) (to name a few).   The casual fan might stop there and conclude that he has finally taken the next step.  There’s only one problem with that analysis, which any more-than-casual fan already knows – those are per-game averages, ignoring a plethora of variables, with perhaps the most important being minutes played.   This season has in many ways been a coming-out party for Lowry, but has he actually improved or is it just a result of increased usage?    READ MORE

Rockets 129, Timberwolves 125 - Midway through the third quarter, when the announcement was made that Kyle Lowry’s jumper to open the second half had been corrected and counted as a 3-pointer, Rockets forward Luis Scola took remarkable delight in this bit of good news.  “This is our game, this is our game,” Scola said, clapping and walking to each teammate on the court, as before the point was added with the game tied in the last minute.  Moments later, the Rockets had pushed their lead to 19 and nothing could have seemed more meaningless than that one point. It wasn’t. The Rockets did not quite need every point to stretch their winning streak against the Timberwolves to 13 games, winning 129-125, but it did fittingly give them the most points they have scored in a game this season to break their seven-game losing streak against Western Conference teams.   READ MORE

Peja Stojakovic signs with Mavs - The NBA formally approved the Alexis Ajinca trade to the Toronto Raptors Monday afternoon, which allowed the Dallas Mavericks to quickly sign forward Peja Stojakovic.  Mavs president Donnie Nelson confirmed that Stojakovic, released by the Raptors on Thursday, has been signed.  Owner Mark Cuban welcomed Stojakovic to the team via his Twitter account: "Peja is now a Mav ! Time to let him drop some of those 3s on the bad guys."   READ MORE

Dirk Nowitzki should take All-Star break - Don't mistake this for criticism of Dirk Nowitzki.  The face of the Dallas Mavericks' franchise is in the midst of what might be the most efficient offensive season of his surefire Hall of Fame career. He deserved mention as an MVP frontrunner before suffering a sprained right knee ... and the Mavs' miserable performance in nine games without him arguably made his case even stronger.   READ MORE

Did DeShawn Stevenson hit a wall? - DeShawn Stevenson doesn't think he hit a wall. But, he did lose 10 pounds.  The Dallas Mavericks ' starter at shooting guard since the second week of the season wasn't really playing starter's minutes, averaging about 15 or so a night. That all changed when Dirk Nowitzki on Dec. 27, followed by Caron Butler early in a game on Jan. 1 went down with injuries. Over a seven-game stretch, Stevenson's minutes skyrocketed, by more than double on most nights.    READ MORE


Rangers to be honored by Texas Senate, House - Texas Senator Chris Harris (R-Arlington) and Representative Diane Patrick (R-Arlington) are scheduled to host Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg, club president Nolan Ryan and manager Ron Washington on Wednesday at the Senate and House chambers in Austin, the club announced Monday.  "The Texas Rangers had an exceptional season and I am honored to welcome them to the Capitol and to congratulate them for their success," said Harris. "I am proud to have this outstanding team in my district and hometown."  "The Representatives in the Texas House are proud to recognize the American League Champion Texas Rangers," said Representative Patrick. "The Rangers' victory over the New York Yankees led to the organization's first trip to the World Series played in Arlington, Texas."    READ MORE

Rangers 2011 10-game plans are on sale now - Catch 10 exciting Rangers games this season and receive Opening Day tickets free with your purchase. Choose from six 10-game plans, each including three premier games.   READ MORE

Astros sign infielder Thompson to Minors deal - Cuban native showed bat, speed at junior college, invited to camp.  The Astros found an intriguing low-risk and potentially high-reward talent on Monday, when they announced that they had agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with infielder Jose Carlos Thompson. Thompson, a native of Cuba, batted .440 in 59 games at Western Oklahoma Junior College in 2009 but was classified as an undrafted free agent.  Thompson, who also hit 10 home runs and logged an impressive on-base (.484) and slugging percentage (.729) during his junior college season, will be invited to big league Spring Training so the Astros can further evaluate him.  "We like his ability," said Ed Wade, Houston's general manager, of the signing. "He can play shortstop and second base, and [special assistant to the general manager] Felix Francisco describes him as having plus bat speed. We'll have the chance to get an extended look at him in Spring Training and see where he is a fit for us."    READ MORE

Graham named Astros Scout of the Year - The Astros recognized one of the standout members of their baseball operations staff on Friday, when they named area scout Joe Graham as the 2010 Houston Astros Scout of the Year. Bobby Heck, the team's assistant general manager and director of scouting, said that Graham had distinguished himself above and beyond the level of his peers.  "Joe joined our staff soon after my arrival in 2007 and has developed into an integral part of our scouting staff," said Heck. "His work ethic, keen knowledge of his territory and vision as a scout has earned him the respect of his scouting peers. Having two players that you have signed arrive in the Major Leagues in the same year definitely garners this type of recognition. I look forward to watching Joe continue to grow as a scout and churn Northern California for future Houston Astros."    READ MORE



Who Should the Texans Draft? - Losing is never a good thing, but teams that were out of playoff contention early can take solace in getting to pick first in the draft.   READ MORE

Foster, Leach earn All-Pro recognition - Pats’ Brady, Ravens’ Reed are unanimous picks.  The awards continue to mount for Texans running back Arian Foster and fullback Vonta Leach.  Foster and Leach were voted to NFL’s All-Pro Team, announced Monday by the Associated Press.  “It’s a big honor, (and) it just shows that people respect the hard work that you put in,” said Foster, who led the NFL in rushing, yards from scrimmage and touchdowns.    READ MORE

Texans keep Matthews - Assistant opts to stay after talks with Cowboys.  After meeting with owner Bob McNair, offensive assistant Bruce Matthews has decided to remain with the Texans rather than move to the Dallas Cowboys.  After meeting with coach Gary Kubiak last week and McNair on Monday, Matthews signed a new contract to stay with the Texans. His original two-year contract expires March 1.   READ MORE

Jerry Jones Crossing Cornerbacks Off Top Of Cowboys' Shopping List? - Many a mock draft these days has the Cowboys taking a cornerback with the first pick.  Some mocks in full-on wishful thinking mode have the Cowboys taking LSU's Patrick Peterson. Nebraska's Prince Amukamara is a popular choice for the Cowboys' ninth pick, and both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have him going to the Cowboys in their latest mock drafts. More recently, we've seen the occasional mock that even had the Cowboys taking Miami's Brandon Harris.  All of this may not happen if Jerry Jones' remarks yesterday from the Senior Bowl workouts are anything to go by.   READ MORE

Todd McShay Says Prince Amukamara To Cowboys - Todd McShay has done one thing in this life that is a rarity. McShay has released his latest mock draft and surprisingly has agreed with Mel Kiper Jr. on who the Dallas Cowboys should pick with their number nine overall selection in the upcoming draft — Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara.    READ MORE

Cowboys Lead the League in Things That Don’t Matter (to Fans, at Least) - Another post as I get carried away with envy and jealousy about this year’s Super Bowl participants…  According to a list published by Forbes in August, the  Cowboys are the most valuable franchise in the NFL. This is thanks mostly to the Cowboys’ league-leading gross revenue figure of $420 million for 2009.  The Packers and Steelers rank 14th and 17th respectively in total value. The teams had a combined revenue of $485 million in 2009, with Pittsburgh bringing in $243 million and Green Bay bringing in $242 million.   READ MORE



Who Can Beat the Lady Bears? - Connecticut barely managed to do so earlier in the season with a one point victory, but is there anyone else that can?   READ MORE

Breakfast with Bevo: Poll position - Good morning. Breakfast is served.  It’s January the 25th: 25 days down, 340 to go.  And 89 till Easter. Will this year’s fall on the Orange-White Game again?  YESTERDAY: The Longhorns moved up to No. 7, yet still trail the Kansas team they beat two days earlier. Jay Cutler was diagnosed with a torn MCL, so there, Chicago. And Roger Federer breezed into the Aussie semis.  TODAY: You can remember what it felt like to beat Oklahoma when ESPN Classic shows the 2009 Red River Rivalry game, at 11 p.m.   READ MORE

Big weekend ahead for Aggie hoops - Texas A&M women's basketball coach Gary Blair is still passing out free advice, but no free passes for Sunday's showdown with top-ranked Baylor.  "I'm not answering my calls from people wanting free tickets," said Blair, who has promoted his product about every way imaginable in eight seasons with the Aggies.  One of the best gimmicks was $1 admission and $1 concession items against Baylor on Feb. 15, 2006. A school-record 11,088 showed up, but Baylor rolled to an 84-59 victory. The same deal the following two seasons drew good crowds of 8,886 and 5,686, but more importantly, A&M won.   READ MORE

Health Fair to Take Place at Lady Raider Game on Wednesday - Health fair will be held on Wed., Jan. 26, prior to the women's basketball game versus Texas.  The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are sponsoring a Health Fair at the women's basketball game on Wed., Jan. 26, at the United Spirit Arena.  The event will be held on the concourse level of the arena starting at 5:30 p.m., and will run until halftime. Several healthcare organizations in Lubbock will be participating in the Health Fair. Free giveaways, educational literature, screenings and demonstrations will take place.   READ MORE

Texas Tech Travels to Ames to Face Iowa State - Red Raider Basketball with Pat Knight from Wing Stop on tonight at 7 p.m.  After their thrilling 72-71 win over Nebraska, the Red Raiders travel to Ames, Iowa, for Wednesday's 8:00 p.m. game against the Iowa State Cyclones.  The telecast will originate on the Cyclone Television Network with the Texas Tech Television Network (TTSN) utilizing the broadcast feed. Iowa State's B.J. Schaben will provide the play-by-play and Kevin Lehman will add the game analysis.    READ MORE

Meet the Future Frogs: Chad Hedlund - TCU's first three commitments of July addressed areas of need all over the field: Travoskey Garrett in the defensive backfield, Brady Foltz on the offensive line and Austin Terry at either defensive end or linebacker. On July 27th, the Frogs addressed the future of their special teams when they received the commitment of Argyle kicker Chad Hedlund.    READ MORE



Postgame observations - Some thoughts and observations after the Dallas Stars lost 7-1 at Vancouver on Monday night.  Not pretty. There’s not much else you can say about this one. It was OK for about the first eight minutes or so. Then Vancouver scored two power play goals on two power play chances in 1:21 and that put the Stars on their heels a bit. Give the Canucks credit. They were good in this game, especially on the power play. They got pucks and people to the net and it worked for them. Special teams were big in this game. They were big the last time the two teams met. And both times it was all Vancouver in that area.    READ MORE

Humbled in Vancouver - Monday’s showdown between the Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks turned out to be a blowout. The Western Conference leading Canucks buried the Stars, rattling off six unanswered goals for a 7-1 victory in Vancouver.  “It’s never fun when you get beat the way we got beat tonight. It’s humbling,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. Maybe in some small measure it puts us back in our place.”    READ MORE

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