Sports Morning Headlines-Wednesday, 03/09/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Rick's Rebuke in Sac-town: Why Houston Rockets Cannot Let Adelman Go - With one minute remaining in the first quarter of a late February 123-108 quashing of the New Jersey Nets, Rick Adelman removed the handcuffs, and—much to the delight of isolation-starved Rockets fans everywhere—freed Terrence Williams.  When he drove for his first of two baskets, the ankle bracelet that seemed to beep on the rare occasion he left the bench area became a shattered relic.  Patrick Patterson, Chase Budinger and Courtney Lee also played as if they had just exited a successful parole board hearing.   READ MORE

Rockets run out of time in 113-110 defeat to the Suns - Kyle Lowry bent over at his waist, his hands on his knees, unable or unwilling to move.  He had kept the Rockets in the game against Phoenix far longer than seemed possible. As the Suns’ Vince Carter channeled his glory days and Hakim Warrickwent to days he never had celebrated a career game, Lowry repeatedly answered, somehow keeping to keep the Rockets within one stop and one last-chance shot.  The chance came when Steve Nash, the most accurate free-throw shooter in NBA history, missed with 13.6 seconds left and the Suns leading by three points. Brad Miller nearly threw the ball away, But Lowry, who had scored 10 of his 32 points in the previous 90 seconds,. He never got another shot.   READ MORE

McDyess longs for ‘icing on cake’ - At some point tonight, if Gregg Popovich is willing, Antonio McDyess will rise from his seat on the Spurs’ bench, strip off his warm-ups, head to the scorer’s table and reach a plateau he once thought impossible.  His 1,000th regular-season NBA game.  “I’m blessed to have made it this far,” said McDyess, the Spurs’ 36-year-old reserve forward.  It is an interesting coincidence that McDyess’ milestone is likely to come against the Detroit Pistons, who visit the AT&T Center tonight. It was in Detroit that McDyess’ career, once left for dead, was revived.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs:  Spurs news and notes: Spurs regrouping, Toros news, and more - San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan had this to say about Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum and how he disrupted the Spurs' offense in the loss to the Lakers:  “He bothered a lot of people in the lane,” Duncan said, “and just his size was definitely the difference.”    READ MORE

Balance makes Mavericks tough team - Dirk Nowitzki has staked his claim to a second MVP award.  That the Mavericks were 2-7 without him and 44-10 when he plays is a powerful testament to his true value to the Mavericks.  But Nowitzki will say he's not even the MVP of his team, much less the entire league.  He'd point to center Tyson Chandler, who has infused an emotional pilot light that burns long and strong.  Chandler will zero in on Shawn Marion and Jason Terry as selfless examples of how a true team operates. He'd give them MVP bouquets for their ability to not only adapt to being sparks off the bench, but for embracing the role and proving that sixth men can be every bit as vital as any starter.   READ MORE

Roddy B on Hollinger's 2012 watch list - In his latest Insider piece, ESPN.com's John Hollinger takes a look at 10 relatively unknown NBA players who he sees as making a big splash in 2012. On the list is Dallas Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois.  His breakout was supposed to be 2011, but we all know how that turned out.  Here's what Hollinger says about Roddy B:  "He's back and he's as bouncy as ever, posting back-to-back double-figure games over the weekend, despite playing only 15 minutes in each. The Mavs have even moved him into the starting lineup, something I'd hoped they would have done a year ago.   READ MORE

 

 

Astros OF Jason Michaels battling minor back spasms - Astros outfielder Jason Michaels has missed two straight games while battling mild back spasms after a solid 1-for-3 performance, including a solo home run off New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, in Houston's 10-8 loss Sunday afternoon.  The 34-year-old Michaels, one of the most popular players in the Astros' clubhouse, is hitting a stellar .375 (6-for-16) with a homer, RBI, double, 10 total bases and two runs scored this spring.  According to manager Brad Mills, it's a minor concern and something that hasn't been a lingering issue for the veteran outfielder.   READ MORE

Battle for final rotation spot heats up - The race for the fifth starter's spot was front and center Tuesday afternoon, with three of the five candidates for the job -- Nelson Figueroa, Aneury Rodriguez and Lance Pendleton -- all in action in two different games.  Figueroa started the split-squad game against the Mets, his former team, and gave up three hits and one run in one inning. Figueroa allowed New York to load the bases with one out in the first inning, but he allowed just one run on a sacrifice fly.  Rodriguez started the Astros' other split-squad game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., and gave up four hits and one walk in three scoreless innings. He was followed on the mound by Pendleton, who allowed two hits, two walks, one run and hit one batter in two innings.   READ MORE

C.J. Wilson paves the way for this season's sleepers - A little more than a year ago, pitcher C.J. Wilson had spring training abuzz by daring to declare not only that he wanted to start but he also had too many weapons for the Texas Rangers not to start him.  An inane media firestorm ensued, a few whiny types wanting C.J. to zip and shut and be an eighth-inning guy because self-confidence is such a bad thing. Many in the organization did not want him as a starter and skepticism reigned, even among Rangers types willing to give this a chance.  So to say C.J. was flying under the radar barely does justice to how extremely muted expectations were for him. And by season's end, he had become a rotation beast and already has been tabbed as Opening Day starter this season.  So who is this season's C.J.? Who is the sleeper everybody will be talking about by July?   READ MORE

Double-play pickoff ignites Hurley - Every pitcher has something he can work on in a Spring Training game. Eric Hurley focused on the old double-play pickoff move on Tuesday afternoon against the Angels.  Hurley, making his first start of the Cactus League, was able to do that because he walked Maicer Izturis and Bobby Abreu to open the first inning at Tempe Diablo Stadium. That brought up Torii Hunter.  The Angels, with Hunter at the plate, got ambitious and tried a double-steal. But Izturis broke too early and Hurley, with a nice pickoff move, was able to get him a rundown before delivering to the plate. Rangers rookie shortstop Leury Garcia (a last-minute sub for Elvis Andrus) and third baseman Esteban German ran down Izturis for one out. Once that was accomplished, they discovered Abreu wandering too far off first. He was tagged out as well for a two-out pickoff.   READ MORE

 

 

2011 NFL Draft: Why Ryan Mallett Could Be a Fit for the Dallas Cowboys -I watched some highlights of the Arkansas pro day today—or, more accurately, I watched highlights of Ryan Mallett's pro day.  Sure, there were some other prospects like D.J. Williams there, but Mallett was the main attraction.  It's reported that the quarterback came off as very defensive when asked certain things during his combine interviews. Specifically, there have been reports of some drug use during his college career. Team's don't disclose their interviews so I'm not sure how he answered such questions.   READ MORE

Cowboys Should Be A Pressure Defense Under Rob Ryan - Pat Kirwan at NFL.com takes a look at Rob Ryan and what his impact could be as the Dallas Cowboys new defensive coordinator. There are some interesting nuggets in the piece, some potentially good and some potentially bad. For instance, Kirwan notes that Ryan's biggest impact on a new defense that he's taken over is usually in the second and third years. That makes sense, it takes time to fully implement a new scheme. But this year, it could be even worse. If the NFL labor mess continues on into the summer or later, Ryan will have very little time to teach his defensive philosophy and there will be little time for the players to absorb all the packages and play-calls. Not an ideal way to break in a new coordinator.   READ MORE

Texans Reportedly Contact Jags WR Mike Sims-Walker - Jags wide out Mike Sims-Walker isn’t even a free agent as of yet officially, but teams are not being shy about contacting him for the option of joining their team.  Two teams, the Rams and Texans have already contacted Sims-Walker to signal their interest in him, which is going against league rules and any contact with him or his agent clearly violates tampering rules.   READ MORE

Texans have no comment on Jackson tweets - "The Texans said Tuesday they will have no comment on cornerback Kareem Jackson tweeting photos of cockfighting from the Dominican Republic. Jackson was on vacation in the Dominican Republic and attended a cockfight, which is legal. He tweeted photos of the cockfight, as well as other photos from his vacation."   READ MORE

 

 


Stars-Flames Preview - The Stars rallied to beat Los Angeles 4-3 in overtime Monday night to run their points streak to six games (5-0-1). Brenden Morrow scored 38 seconds into overtime to give Dallas the win.  "It showed huge character for us to come out and get that two points," Morrow said of the Stars, who overcame one-goal deficits three times to get the game to overtime. "This group has been good about that all year. Last year and in years past, it was something we wouldn't be mentally tough enough to overcome. But now we just wipe those things away and try to steal the momentum on the next shift."  The game in Los Angeles wrapped up a four-game road trip that saw the Stars go 3-0-1 against Pacific Division rivals.  Wednesday’s game kicks off a seven-game homestand for Dallas.   READ MORE

Brad Richards will skate with team in morning and might play against Flames - Stars center Brad Richards has made solid progress in his time at home and said that he will participate in Wednesday's morning skate with the idea that a clean performance will clear the way for his return to action on Wednesday evening against the Flames.  ``You don't want to get ahead of yourself, and I certainly know the process and what we have to go through, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm going to the arena tomorrow morning as a player,'' Richards said this afternoon.  Richards has missed 10 games with concussion-like symptoms after getting hit in the jaw with an elbow in a Feb. 13 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.   READ MORE

The End for Dallas Stars Goaltending Prospect Brent Krahn? - It appears as though the career of (soon to be) 29 year old, often injured goaltending prospect Brent Krahn might come to an end with the Dallas Stars organization and their affiliates soon.  Hundred Degree Hockey manager and Defending Big D contributor Stephen Meserve alerted us today that Krahn had been left off the Texas Stars' "Clear-Day" roster and is therefore ineligible for the AHL playoffs. In his stead it appears as though Tyler Beskorowany will back up Richard Bachman going forward as the "little" Stars make a playoff push of their own in a race that's just as tight as the NHL's.   READ MORE
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