Sports Morning Headlines-Wednesday, 11/24/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

ProjectSpurs: Udoka returns - According to the Express News, the San Antonio Spurs will announce the signing of free agent Ime Udoka, who played for the Spurs in 2007-08 and 2008-09. He is expected to sign for the veteran minimum at $1.46 million.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs: Game Day Preview: Spurs vs. Wolves - SAN ANTONIO SPURS (12-1) vs. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (4-11). The San Antonio Spurs are off to their best start in franchise history. They will look extend their winning streak to 12 games when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Target Center. The Spurs (12-1) defeated the Orlando Magic 106-97 in San Antonio last Monday pulling away in the final period while making 5 of 5 of their shots from beyond the arc.   READ MORE

Nowitzki leads Mavericks past Pistons - For three quarters, Dirk Nowitzki(notes) was practically flying solo. Finally, he got some help down the stretch. Nowitzki had a season-high 42 points with 12 rebounds, carrying the Dallas Mavericks to an 88-84 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.   READ MORE

Jason Kidd doesn't have much left but 'everything he does is still positive for this organization' - The Dallas Morning News writer Eddie Sefko chatted with fans on Tuesday and answered questions about the Mavericks and the start of the season. Here are some highlights:  A realistic trade target: Gilbert Arenas. Do you think he would add anything positive to the team or would he be a bigger headache than he's worth? The only thing he would add is about $50 million to the payroll. No thank you. You can't have everything. If you want Roddy B. to get a fair shake when it comes to being this team's shooting/point guard of the future, you can't keep devising ways to delay his development. And please, don't bring Monta Ellis up, either.   READ MORE

Coach seeks bench mark - Adelman turns to Lee, Budinger, Hill for a boost. One by one, the Rockets' young reserves were called to Rick Adelman's office Sunday afternoon. First Courtney Lee, then Chase Budinger and finally Jordan Hill were brought in for meetings that a day later Adelman called "give-and-take." The coach would give them more minutes of court time. They were ordered to take advantage of the increased opportunity.   READ MORE

Suns' Hill offers Brooks advice on ankle - With Aaron Brooks still weeks away from a return from his sprained left ankle, Suns veteran Grant Hill made sure to give him medical advice. "Grant Hill told me to take my time," Brooks said. "He was walking past me, and he told me to take my time. He would know." Hill had ankle problems far greater than any Brooks has encountered, limiting him to 47 games over a three-year span and to 21 games in another season. But that was not the only reason he might have been the right player to deliver the message.   READ MORE

 

 

ALCS Champion Ranger Josh Hamilton - Your American League's MVP! - Hamilton led the AL in batting with a .359 batting average while finishing with 95 runs scored, 40 doubles, three triples, 32 home runs and 100 RBIs. He also led the league with a .633 slugging percentage and was second with a .411 on-base percentage.   READ MORE

In 2010, Josh Hamilton was not only the best player in the American League, but the best player in baseball - Thus, Hamilton being named as the American League's Most Valuable Player was the only logical outcome. There was substantial competition, and there have been times when "best" has not equaled "most valuable" but here, there was little doubt.    READ MORE

Moehler draws hope from postseason first-timers - Watching players reach the playoffs for the first time after roughly 1,500 games was bittersweet for Brian Moehler, who's never been. But he's as committed as ever to making it happen.    READ MORE

Astros are on the right path for future - Decision to go young will pay dividends, but also take time. Even by the Astros' slow-starting standards of recent years, Houston's 26-45 record on the morning of June 23 stood out as ugly. It was also the best thing that could have happened to the club. That painful beginning to the 2010 season allowed general manager Ed Wade to do what the 'Stros ought to have done years earlier: blow things up and start playing the kids. Two of the greatest players in franchise history -- Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman -- were dealt in separate July trades. It hurt, but it was the right way to go.    READ MORE


 

Kubiak says Texans not about to quit - "After another difficult defeat that increased the Texans' losing streak to four games and dropped their record to 4-6, coach Gary Kubiak said he is not worried about his job but is concerned about his coaches and players. "I told you all before, I never worry about myself," Kubiak said Monday at his weekly news conference. "We've got a lot of players, coaches — people to worry about. I don't worry about myself. I worry about a lot of other people. "Our job is to win. It's very difficult right now on players, coaches, families, fans — everybody. All you do is you work hard, keep pushing, keep battling at what you're doing."    READ MORE

Kubiak explains late-game strategy - "On their last drive against the Jets, the Texans ran Arian Foster three times and settled for Neil Rackers' 22-yard field goal and a 27-23 lead with 55 seconds left. Had they tried to pass for a touchdown, an incompletion would have stopped the clock. "We want to score a touchdown every time we run a play," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We're trying to make sure we stay inbounds. The goal was to make them use their timeouts. The other goal, obviously, is if we can score, we want to score. "I think we did everything we possibly wanted to do there other than the fact we didn't score a touchdown. We made them use their timeouts. We gave them the ball back with 49 seconds. We're up by four.   READ MORE

Felix Jones sits with bruised hip - Dallas Cowboys leading rusher Felix Jones missed practice with a bruised right hip for the second consecutive day and his status for Thursday's game against the New Orleans Saints is "day to day," interim coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday.  Jones suffered the injury on the first possession of the third quarter in Sunday's victory over the Detroit Lions.   READ MORE

Bryan McCann Wins Another Award - Last week, Cowboys rookie cornerback Bryan McCann was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following his Week 10 performance against the Giants which included a franchise record 101-yard interception return for a touchdown. This week, McCann is adding more hardware to his trophy case. McCann has been named this week’s NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 97-yard punt return for a touchdown in Dallas’ win against the Lions.   READ MORE

 

Men's basketball: Thompson leads UNT over Rice - Johnny Jones doesn’t like the word “slump,” especially when it comes to talking about his guards. Ask North Texas’ head coach and he will say that good shooters need to keep on shooting, even if the shots are not falling.   READ MORE

LaceDarius Dunn scores 24 in return as Baylor beats Lipscomb, 72-60 - LaceDarius Dunn scored 24 points with seven 3-pointers in his season debut and 12th-ranked Baylor defeated Lipscomb, 72-60, on Monday night.   READ MORE

Texas enters men's basketball Top 25; Baylor is 12th - Minnesota was impressive in winning an early season tournament, and Texas looked good in finishing second in another of the November classics.   READ MORE

Ex-Texas Tech assistant survives, thrives at East Carolina - Ruffin McNeill's East Carolina Pirates gave up 62 points in a loss last week at Rice, so the former Texas Tech defensive coordinator wasn't particularly chipper Monday.   READ MORE

Carter and Gyurko Are Athletes of the Week - Emily Carter and Laszlo Gyurko lifted their teams to wins over the past week.  Emily Carter and Laszlo Gyurko are the TCU Athletes of the Week, the TCU Athletics Department announced Tuesday. Carter set a school record on Nov. 17, when she poured in 43 points in TCU’s two-overtime victory over crosstown rival SMU. The Bossier City, Louisiana, native notched another TCU record when she went 16-for-16 from the free-throw line. On Nov. 19 at UTSA, Carter scored a game-high 22 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field. For the week, she averaged 32.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game.    READ MORE

Patterson Meets With The Media - TCU has a lot at stake, including an outright MWC title and win record for its senior class, in Saturday's game at New Mexico.  READ MORE

Credit Mike Sherman for Texas A&M's turnaround - The Dallas Morning News Big 12 columnist Chuck Carlton answered Big 12 questions Tuesday during his weekly chat.    READ MORE

Men's basketball: Texas Tech 103, Georgia Southern 79 - In Lubbock, David Tairu scored a career-high 22 points to lead five Red Raiders in double figures as Tech (4-1) won in the South Padre Invitational.   READ MORE



Stars' Grossman can be game-changer when he's physical - This is probably hyperbole of the highest order, but it is a knee jerk emotion I felt while watching Nicklas Grossman get physical the last few games: The guy looks a lot like Derian Hatcher when he delivers a huge hit. Maybe it's the big No. 2 on his back. Maybe it's the way the opposing forward crumples to the ice. Maybe it's just that it's been since Hatcher that this team has had a really big hitter, but Grossman just takes me back to the days when Hatcher scared people.    READ MORE









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