Sports Morning Headlines - Wednesday, 2/22/12

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Wednesday, 02/22/12.

Manu Ginobili Injury: Spurs Will Be Doomed in Playoffs If Health Woes Continue - Manu Ginobili is out indefinitely with a strained oblique, and while the Spurs have fared well without him in the regular season, they won't make a deep playoff run if he's not at full health.  Ginobili initially hurt his rib area on Tuesday against the Pistons, then re-aggravated it after running into Kenyon Martin on Saturday. He limped into the locker room at halftime and attempted to play in the third quarter, but the pain was too much.  It's another unfortunate turn in Ginobili's injury saga. He's already missed 22 games this season with a broken hand, and his hyperextended elbow contributed to San Antonio's early demise in last year's playoffs.  If the crafty two-guard can't maintain his health this spring, the Spurs will be treated to another early postseason exit. San Antonio has been tearing it up without Ginobili thus far, but you shouldn't place too much faith in anything that happens during this chaotic post-lockout schedule.   READ MORE

Blazers 137, Spurs 97 – Parker, Duncan sit - The Spurs rested Tony Parker and Tim Duncan on Tuesday — in addition to Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter and T.J. Ford, who are out with injuries.  The Blazers rolled to a 137-97 victory and all the young Spurs players got lots of playing time in the first loss of the rodeo road trip. The game also ended the Spurs 11-game win streak.  Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard had a career night with a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds in 43 minutes.  The Spurs’ Eric Dawson, who grew up in San Antonio and played at Sam Houston High School, made his NBA debut, played 32 minutes and recorded 9 points and 6 rebounds.   READ MORE

Rockets know coping with rumors is trick of the trade - Roughly 2 1/2 months after Pau Gasol was not traded to the Rockets and Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic were not sent to New Orleans, the Rockets struggle to relate to the ongoing saga in Los Angeles.  Long after NBA commissioner David Stern refused to sign off on that deal, the rumors have persisted in L.A. that Kobe Bryant lashed out at the team, saying it should either trade Gasol or (his preference) announce that it will not. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak issued a statement that he could offer no such promise, and the Lakers felt the need to hold a players-only meeting to deal with the tumult.  The Rockets reached the midpoint of the abbreviated season no more concerned with trade possibilities than in any other season.  “I think we had a couple of years of good training for this,” Scola said. “We have had a lot of trade rumors. We know how the team is. We accepted it, and we deal with it. That’s helping us right now. We learned how to live with the situation the way it is. We’re OK with it.”   READ MORE

Rockets are blasting off in the right direction - Rockets look to fly away from their injury-plagued past.  The Houston Rockets have been a franchise in search of an identity for the last few seasons. In recent years they have been plagued by injuries to key players, stunting their growth, but this season they are finally beginning to break out of mediocrity.  The Rockets before this season had been the forgotten team of the famous Texan NBA triangle. Recently Texas basketball headlines have been dominated by the consistent winning ways of the San Antonio Spurs and the recent championship success of the Dallas Mavericks.   READ MORE

Odom a solid contributor for Mavs, Carlisle says - The questions kept coming about the lack of impact Lamar Odom has had on the Dallas Mavericks this season.  And coach Rick Carlisle defended Odom as he would defend one of his own kids.  "We'd love for Lamar to be the kind of high-impact player that he is supposedly advertised as being," Carlisle said. "But the truth is his career has been a career of just -- he's been a consistent player -- his stats have been very consistent.  "Anyone looking for spectacular things from him on a night-in, night-out basis, that's not who he is. He's a knowledgeable, terrific all-around player, he's a great rebounder, and a guy that has a special knack for putting the ball on the floor and making plays."   READ MORE

Kobe Bryant Talked Trash to Dirk Nowitzki During the Lakers Game Last Night - During the Lakers thrashing of the Portland Trailblazers last night, Kobe Bryant shot the one-legged fadeaway jumper, and drilled it. This is of course, Dirk Nowitkzi's go-to move. After Kobe drilled it and play stopped for a moment, he decided to go to the TNT announcers and have a little fun. Pretty funny, Kobe. What a jokester this guy is. First he said he had no idea who Jeremy Lin is, now this. For my money, Kobe and Louis C.K. are the funniest people in the universe right now.  And I know Kobe is just talking some friendly trash, nothing serious. He just slightly trolling. No worries. But, I can't resist.   READ MORE












Rangers change fan entrances for spring workouts - If you are stuck in Texas and won't be coming out to Arizona this spring, then you are excused from reading the remainder of this post.  If, however, you are planning to watch some workouts this spring (we hear there is some new kind of attraction on campus) or plan to grab some autographs, be aware of this notice from the Rangers:  The practice fields at the Rangers complex will open to the public each day at 10:00 a.m. MT. Fans are advised that there is a new public entrance to the Rangers practice fields. Fans should now enter the practice fields from the east side of the complex on Bullard Avenue through the gate located between Fields 1 and 2. Ample free parking is located across the street from the new entrance on Bullard Ave.   READ MORE

Lewis not worried about contract - Colby Lewis, who is expected to be the Rangers' Opening Day pitcher, arrived in camp on Tuesday sporting a full beard. He also arrived without a contract for next year.  The Rangers picked up Lewis' $3.25 million option for this season after he went 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA in 2011. But he is eligible for free agency after the season, just one of 11 guys off the Rangers' World Series roster who can become a free agent within the next two years.  "We had very small, limited talks right after the season," Lewis said. "They wanted to know how I felt. Nothing came of it this offseason. If something comes up, it will come up, but I'm not too concerned about it. I've got to take care of the daily stuff."   READ MORE

Crane's first day at spring training as owner - Jim Crane entered the Astros' spring training complex Monday morning for the first time as the owner of the franchise, about five years after first delving into the possibility of buying a professional sports team. Crane had considered an NBA team and had real interest in the Chicago Cubs before he consummated the deal to purchase the Astros. Monday he strolled the fields of Osceola County Stadium, shook hands and chatted with the media as his players played catch around him. The scene drove home the fact that, indeed, a new Astros era is underway.   READ MORE

Castro ready to prove his worth to Astros - The 2012 season is primarily about determining which young Astros can be part of the core group going forward. With that premise, the Astros really need catcher Jason Castro to perform like he's an important part of the future. After all, the Astros used their first round pick in 2008 on Castro and absent a young alternative, a healthy and capable Castro would solidify at least one position for a franchise looking for answers in multiple spots.  Castro, 24, missed the entire 2011 season with a right knee injury and then suffered a setback during the Arizona Fall League when he broke his foot.   READ MORE












Cowboys Executive VP Stephen Jones on LBs James and Brooking: 'Unfortunately, all good things come to an end' - Although Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones reiterated several times Tuesday that no final decisions have been made, it appears extremely unlikely, even unfathomable, that the team would consider bringing back free-agent linebackers Bradie James and Keith Brooking. While eulogizing the careers of both players, Jones gave the impression the two veterans will not be part of the Cowboys' plans in 2012.  "Bradie and Brooking are two of the best leaders, personalities I have ever had the pleasure of being around," Jones said. "They're great guys. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. That's what we've got to decide. But no one respects those guys more than we do, our family does, than the Cowboys do. Obviously when you make a decision to continue or discontinue, it is a big one."  But in this instance it should be much easier after what transpired last season.   READ MORE

What's The Rush? - Exploring Options If Spencer Isn't Back.  Will he or won't he? Seems to be the prominent question around the Cowboys these days, in reference to Anthony Spencer, of course.  Will the Cowboys place the franchise tag on Spencer, a first-round pick in 2007 who is coming off just a six-sack season and has not lived up to lofty expectations that come along with being the 26th overall pick?  Or do they decide that a one-year $8.8 million contract for a player who hasn't been a huge difference maker is just too high?   READ MORE

Glenn kicks off 10th anniversary celebration - Former Texans cornerback Aaron Glenn helped kick off the team’s celebration of its 10th anniversary last Thursday at Reliant Stadium.  Glenn met with media to look back at the Texans’ Expansion Draft, which took place on Feb. 18, 2002. The Expansion Draft was the first series of player transactions in Texans history, with the team selecting 19 players from 14 other NFL clubs. Glenn was the Texans’ third pick after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the New York Jets.   READ MORE

Texans must clear cap space in coming weeks - The Texans are only $3.3 million under the salary cap according to ESPN's John Clayton.  That's not nearly enough considering the team has to figure out how to sign Arian Foster, Chris Myers, Mike Brisiel and maybe even Mario Williams heading into the free agent period.  The Texans also need cap room, probably $3-$4 million, to sign their new crop of draft choices.  Looking further ahead, every team also needs some cap margin for players placed on injured reserve during the season since players placed on IR count against the cap, as do their replacements.   READ MORE










Lehtonen stops 31, Stars blank Canadiens - Slow starts have plagued the Montreal Canadiens recently, and put their playoff hopes in peril.  Ryan Garbutt scored his first NHL goal and Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves as the Dallas Stars blanked the Canadiens 3-0 on Tuesday night.  "We're looking for a lot of energy to start the game, and keep things real simple and throw a lot of pucks at the net," Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "We went for the longest time without a shot and you can't be playing that way at that time, to get things started."  Mike Ribeiro, in his regular-season return to Montreal, and Tom Wandell also scored for the Stars (30-26-4).   READ MORE

Stars pick up two big points in Montreal - It was a big night in Montreal for Ryan Garbutt, Mike Ribeiro and Kari Lehtonen and it helped add up to a big two points for the Dallas Stars.  Garbutt scored his first NHL goal, Ribeiro scored in his first regular season game in Montreal since being traded to Dallas in 2006 and Lehtonen stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Dallas Stars beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 at Bell Centre Tuesday night.   READ MORE






---Staff and Wire Reports contributed to this story

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