Sports Morning Headlines-Thursday, 8/18/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Thursday, August 18, 2011.

Agent: Mavs still want DeShawn Stevenson - From the moment the team hoisted the Larry O'Brien Trophy, Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson has consistently stated his desire to bring all the boys back for another title run. That message is consistent with what Nelson has told the players' agents, too.  Mark Bartelstein, agent for down-and-dirty shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson, who proved himself as being resilient, a hard-edged defender and quite capable of draining big 3-pointers on a championship squad, said he spoke to Nelson after the Mavs traded for shooting guard Rudy Fernandez on draft night, a move that, on the surface, said good-bye to Stevenson, an unrestricted free agent.   READ MORE

Donatas Motiejunas RealGM Interview - The most intriguing Houston Rockets' rookie of this summer's draft class, Donatas Motiejunas, recently took part in an interview with Erildas Budraitis of realgm.com.  What did D-Mo have to say?   RealGM: All young basketball players have their basketball idols. Could you tell us if your basketball idols were from NBA or Europe?  Motiejunas: It has always been players from Europe; for example, Luis Scola has been my idol all my life, I followed him all the time. When he moved to the NBA, it was difficult to watch his game, but I still was doing that.  It's a good sign that he has been able to watch Scola's game for a little while, and it seems like he has a good feel for what the Rockets do on offense. Even with new coach Kevin McHale and his offensive sets, I feel comfortable that Motiejunas can mesh well with this team.   READ MORE

Project Spurs: Parker leads France to victory over Australia, Richards and Great Britain fall to Croatia - San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker and draftee Ryan Richards faced off against each other yesterday in day one of the London Invitational tournament. On Wednesday night, Parker and France returned to action as they defeated Australia 71 to 67 in a very close game. Then Richards and Great Britain made a remarkable comeback but fell 75 to 70 at the hands of Croatia.   READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owners meet; no resolution yet on Astros sale - There was a flurry of activity regarding the proposed sale of the Astros on Wednesday as the owners began their quarterly meetings, held this summer at the historic Otesaga Hotel located about a mile from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Despite a meeting of the nine-member executive council, which discussed the delay of the sale from current owner Drayton McLane to a group headed by Jim Crane, no resolution of the situation was announced.  McLane deferred any comment to Commissioner Bud Selig, who declined to address the issue, saying he would leave that for his traditional media conference after Thursday morning's joint meeting of the 30 owners and/or their representatives.   READ MORE

Astros survive late drama to clinch series - Melancon walks tightrope to cap four scoreless innings by 'pen.  The Astros have packed enough ninth-inning drama into the past two days to last them for the rest of the season. And as long as they keep winning, they're just fine with that.  A day after Brian Bogusevic hit a walk-off grand slam to stun the Cubs, the Astros, and closer Mark Melancon, wriggled their way out of a mess in the ninth inning on Wednesday afternoon to hold on for a 4-3 victory and a series win at Minute Maid Park.  "I told somebody, 'We need to schedule a game tomorrow, because we're hot,'" Melancon said. "This is fun."   READ MORE

Seven Up, Twenty Over - After a few easy games in a row, it was apparently time for the Rangers' fans to sweat a little bit Wednesday night. The results, fortunately, were the same as they had been in the previous five games: a win.  C.J. Wilson ran in to trouble early, when a one out Peter Bourjous triple in the first inning turned in to a 1-0 Angels lead after a ground out. Elvis Andrus extended the inning with an error to set up a Mark Trumbo double, making it 2-0. With the Rangers incapable of crossing the plate against Ervin Santana, despite multiple warning track flies, the game had the makings of a frustrating loss.  That was really the only trouble Wilson ran in to, though, as he cruised through seven innings of eight strikeout/one walk baseball, with his only runs allowed (one earned) coming in the first, helped by some stellar centerfield defense from Endy Chavez.   READ MORE

Wilson, Kinsler star as Rangers rally, push West lead to 7 - Ervin Santana had been the best pitcher in the American League since the All-Star break and was riding a six-game winning streak.  The Texas Rangers had him on the ropes in the eighth inning Wednesday, with bases loaded and no outs. They needed one more hit against Santana to push their winning streak to six games, but the right-hander was one pitch away from a remarkable escape.  The Angel Stadium crowd was loud. Rangers manager Ron Washington was wound tighter than he’s been all season. Ian Kinsler was just trying to find a hole in the stingy Angels defense.  Kinsler and the Rangers prevailed.   READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 


Cowboys not in prime position at defensive end, kicker, fullback, receiver - Defensive end Igor Olshansky has started 98 of the 107 games he has played in his career, but he is a backup for the Dallas Cowboys right now.  Kenyon Coleman replaced Olshansky at left end with the first-team defense this week. Having played for Rob Ryan for two seasons in Cleveland, Coleman currently has a better understanding of Ryan's multifaceted defense.  "Right now, I'm playing behind Kenyon, which is a really great opportunity for me to learn how to play this left side," Olshansky said. "He's a master at that left end position, which I'm looking forward to having an opportunity to master as well."   READ MORE

Enough with the excuses, missed off-season just doesn't matter in the NFL - The first game of the regular season hasn't been played and already we have been inundated with a deluge of excuses from players, coaches, GMs and equipment guys on why the lockout is going to hurt the first month or so of the NFL season. Maybe the entire season.  We are one game into Fake Football and it looks the same as it always does.  There is no reason to be like the masses of NFL fans or the media dorks (such as myself ) searching for a storyline that uses the rushed off-season as a mission impossible for a coach or player or an excuse for an inferior product or overtime loss.  The ugly truth is the NFL is no different than a lot of us who work 9-to-5 gigs; we play work and create the illusion of productivity when it is mostly preoccupation. The NFL no more needs six weeks of training camp, four preseason games and however many OTAs to put on a good show and a compelling product than most of us require 40 hours of actual work to do our jobs.   READ MORE

Ogbonnaya bonding with Foster at Texans camp - Chris Ogbonnaya has bonded with Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster, and it’s only fitting.  The 25-year-old Ogbonnaya is in the same spot Foster was in two training camps ago.  An undrafted free agent, Foster was fighting to stay on the roster and not only made it, but went from the practice squad in 2009 to the NFL’s rushing title in 2010.  Ogbonnaya spent last season on Houston’s practice squad and tried to soak up everything Foster told him.   READ MORE

Texans players from Miami criticize booster, scandal - Three Texans starters who played at the University of Miami — receiver Andre Johnson, center Chris Myers and offensive tackle Eric Winston - were critical of the former Hurricanes booster who is at the center of a scandal that could bring down one of college football's most successful programs.  Johnson accepted drinks and VIP accommodations at Miami-area clubs, according to Nevin Shapiro, a former Hurricanes booster who told Yahoo Sports that he lavished more than 70 Miami players and coaches with cash, prostitutes, jewelry, travel and parties at his mansions, on his yacht and at local nightclubs.  Johnson didn't deny knowing Shapiro, who was one of Miami's most prominent boosters.   READ MORE








 


Referee's view - While a number of the rules being tested Tuesday at the NHL Research and Development Camp were obvious, there were other things being looked at, including some technological changes. One of them was allowing the referees to communicate with each other via wireless headsets.  Scott Ferguson, a referee from the Ontario Hockey League, said he found pros and cons with the system.  "The pros are, the puck's loose around the net, I can yell at my partner 'It's loose' when it's down low," he said. "We can communicate on calls, support each other on calls, which is good. Some of the cons are it blocks your hearing on one side. There was one time where a player came out of the penalty box and I couldn't hear him coming, and he almost ran me over. When you're in the corner you want to be able to hear that. You want to be able to move and get out of the way. Sometimes it affects your focus. You're saying something, you're trying to watch a close play and (your partner) is yapping in your ear. Sometimes you can lose your focus."  Ferguson did say the earpiece he wore was comfortable and he had no problem hearing his partner.   READ MORE

Stars will keep Idaho as ECHL affiliate - The Stars' top affiliate is the AHL Texas Stars, but they also have sent several players to what is considered their AA affiliate, the very successful Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League. They announced today that they have re-upped with Idaho through next season.  By the way, the Allen Americans are the Stars' CHL affiliate.   READ MORE







---Staff and Wire Reports contributed to this story

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