Sports Morning Headlines-Thursday, 11/25/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Thursday, November 25, 2010.

San Antonio Spurs' 12-1 start is best in franchise history - Tony Parker's private life has been splashed across tabloids after splitting from his TV star wife. Tim Duncan is playing the fewest minutes of his career and coach Gregg Popovich's big summer addition can't find his way off the bench yet. Yet here are the San Antonio Spurs, back atop the NBA.   READ MORE

At 12-1, the Spurs are for real - The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA. No, seriously. The 2010-11 season was seen by some as the beginning of the Spurs’ demise after more than a decade of dominance. Yet, the Spurs have compiled a franchise-best, 12-1 start. Better than the Lakers. Better than the Hornets. Better than the Celtics. And better than the Heat and their highly publicized Big Three. Apparently nobody informed Tim Duncan and Co. they were supposed to lay down for the rest of the league.   READ MORE

Dirk Nowitzki takes control late, leads Mavs to comeback road win - Defense has been the Mavericks' best ally most of this season, but what they did even better on Wednesday night was defy odds. Shooting below 40 percent for three quarters and allowing Oklahoma City to get what it wanted offensively, the Mavericks somehow were still in a tie game with under seven minutes to go. The Thunder had committed a cardinal sin. They let Dirk Nowitzki hang around.    READ MORE

Mavericks find their 3-point range just in time - The gripe about the Mavericks over the last few games was that they couldn't get Dirk Nowitzki enough help. If the Big German didn't do it, there was a good chance it wasn't going to get done on the offensive end.   READ MORE

Rockets Ride Starters To 111-101 Victory Over Warriors -  By halftime, Chuck Hayes was on pace for a triple-double. By game's end, Kyle Lowry nearly got one, falling only three rebounds short.  Kevin Martin scored 25 points on 12 shots, Luis Scola earned 24 points on 15 shots and Shane Battier chipped in thirteen points and had four blocks. Chase Budinger broke out of his shooting funk, knocking down two three-pointers, but most importantly, Courtney Lee finally looked somewhat comfortable.    READ MORE

Food for thought: Kyle Lowry in his last 3 - Kyle Lowry in his last three games has amassed 10 (and counting), 8, and 12 assists respectively.  After a terrible start to the season where he was likely still suffering from the effects of his injury, many labeled him a bust, asserting he was not worth the contract he was given and could not handle a starting position in this league. How does everyone feel now?  Were these numbers only possible due to the weak competition the team was facing (PHX, TOR, GSW)?  Is Aaron Brooks still a better option at the ‘1′?   READ MORE

 

 

Giving back to community a priority for Rangers - From C.J. Wilson's Strike Out event to Josh Hamilton's Baseball Camp to the Storybook Arlington program, the Rangers embrace opportunities to share their success with others.   READ MORE

Washington has much to be thankful for - Ron Washington and his wife Gerry will be serving turkey and the traditional stuffed peppers for Thanksgiving at their home in New Orleans this year. But the gumbo will have to wait. "We just don't have time to do it up right," Washington said. "We'll get to the gumbo this weekend. We'll all get plenty to eat this weekend, it just won't be right away." Blame it on the World Series. The Rangers are off to a late start this winter on everything -- and that includes preparing Thanksgiving dinner.    READ MORE

Astros' Goodwill hunting: Community endeavors thriving - Owner Drayton McLane has made no secret of his dedication to giving back, and at no other time have the charitable efforts of staff and players been stronger than they were in 2010.   READ MORE

Astros outright Byrdak, Chacin, Nevarez - Club signs catcher Corporan to Minors deal with spring invite. With the deadline to tender contracts to players eligible for salary arbitration approaching quickly, the Astros on Wednesday outrighted left-handers Tim Byrdak and Gustavo Chacin, removing them from the 40-man roster. The Astros also outrighted right-handed Minor League pitcher Matt Nevarez, who will be placed on the roster at Triple-A Oklahoma City, and signed catcher Carlos Corporan to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Byrdak and Chacin can elect to become free agents. The moves leave the Astros' 40-man roster at 37.   READ MORE



 

Tony Romo Could Return On Christmas Day - The Dallas Cowboys have been playing well with Jon Kitna running the show in Big D, but let’s not forget about starting QB Tony Romo… the coaching staff hasn’t. If everything continues to work out, the Dallas Cowboys could receiving a nice Christmas gift on the 25th of December. Romo could return for the Cowboys last two games — Christmas Day in Arizona and at Philadelphia on January 2nd.   READ MORE

Vote Bryan McCann For NFL Rookie Of The Week - Dallas Cowboys rookie Bryan McCann has gone from practice squad member to one of the most talked about members of the team in just three weeks. Whether it be his 101-yard pick six or 97-yard punt return for a touchdown, McCann has done nothing but make big plays while he’s been on the field.   READ MORE

Jones blew it with Payton, is Garrett his 2nd chance? - When Cowboys owner Jerry Jones turns his gaze to the opponent's sideline today, he's likely to be struck by two thoughts about Saints coach Sean Payton. One. "I used to have him." Two. "How do I get him?" Possible answer: He already has him. Again. When Jason Garrett was hired as offensive coordinator in 2007 – actually he was just hired, period, before a head coach was named and then the coordinator title came after – he talked about his influences. Payton, who was offensive coordinator when Garrett played in New York, ranked right at the top.    READ MORE

Texans reach pivotal point of season - "Once again, the Texans have arrived at the fork in the season. Much like the proverbial fork in the road, a wrong turn could lead to a bad place. A place where coaches get fired. Many of you are imagining a different fork, one which you have already stuck in these sad-sack Texans because you presume they are as done as you hope that turkey will be come dinnertime on Thursday. But the Texans are wont to buck mathematical odds. (Note the ending of their last couple of games.) There could be a playoff run yet in these 4-6 Texans. Don't laugh. Last season the New York Jets, the last team to thank the Texans for giving, did it.    READ MORE

No small feat - "Relishing a 34-17 lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the season-opener, the Texans could be excused for letting their guard down late. Besides, Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning. So when he connected with Austin Collie for a lovely but meaningless 73-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass, there was no reason to become hysterical. Then, a week later in Washington, the Redskins' Donovan McNabb burned the Houston secondary twice with 62-yard completions — both of them in the second quarter. While that seemed a bit worrisome, those bombs would be lost in a confetti storm later when the Texans pulled out a victory in overtime.    READ MORE

Receiving Lines: Focus, holiday spirit remain strong - "Everyone is not only watching what we do and how well we do it but are apparently experts themselves. The reality of the situation is a true knowledge of this game is shared by very few. Everyone is not only watching what we do and how well we do it but are apparently experts themselves. The reality of the situation is a true knowledge of this game is shared by very few. Those few line up every Sunday to win. They put aside personal issues, past problems, any other daily concerns and go out there with one thing on their minds for 60 minutes. Every second of those 60 minutes matters. Some are more scrutinized than others, but with a game on the line, there is one focus — to win."   READ MORE

 

GameDay: Texas A&M at Texas - 7 p.m., today (ESPN) - 09:34 PM CST on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - Radio: KLUV-FM 98.7; KRLD-AM 1080 - Line: A&M by 3 -- The Aggies will win if ...They can replicate the high level of effort and execution they've achieved in the wake of the embarrassing home loss to Missouri in mid-October. Since then on the road, they've won at Kansas (so?) and Baylor (wearing down the Bears in the second half). But they know the reception they'll receive in Austin is unlike any other on their schedule. Was it as simple as Mike Sherman needing a few years to reacquaint himself with the college game?  --- The Longhorns will win if ... They find unacceptable the prospect of 20 seniors losing their final home game, not playing in a bowl and seeing Mack Brown's streak of never having a losing season in Austin end. Fifth-year players are 50-14, fourth-year seniors 40-11. Hard to believe six of those losses have come in the last two months. UT thought its win at Texas Tech reaffirmed its place among the Big 12 elite. But it's mustered such an effort against a quality opponent once since.    READ MORE

TCU athletic director accuses Ohio State of being jealous; would play Buckeyes 'anytime, anyplace, anywhere' - TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte doesn't agree with Ohio State President Gorden Gee's comments that were critical of TCU and Boise State, and he's willing to let his team's play do the talking. "I sat back and just thought about our football program and our coach and realized that to start throwing stones at your house, they must be jealous," Del Conte said on KESN-103.3 in Dallas. "We have a phenomenal football program. ... And someone now starts taking shots at TCU? That means we've arrived."  He'd like to prove that the Horned Frogs have arrived, too. Del Conte said he'd love to see the Buckeyes on future schedules.   READ MORE

Men's basketball: SMU 65, Wayland Baptist 32 - Robert Nyakundi scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers, to lead Southern Methodist to an easy 65-32 win over Wayland Baptist on Wednesday night.   READ MORE

Texas Tech has much to be thankful for despite up and down season - Amid a difficult season, Texas Tech football has a lot to be thankful for. Tech has endured a challenging regular season that will wrap up when it squares off with Houston at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Red Raiders' Jones AT&T Stadium. Despite a season lowlighted by blowout losses at Texas A&M and Oklahoma and a surprising loss to Iowa State, the Red Raiders should count their blessings.    READ MORE



Mind game: Stars erase memory of loss at Toronto with win vs. Ottawa - The little details of the game came through for the Stars when they needed them most Wednesday. In a game that looked eerily similar to road losses in Los Angeles and Anaheim that helped forge a four-game road losing streak for Dallas, the Stars this time came up with the big play at the right time. Brenden Morrow scored at the 1:13 mark of the third period, Andrew Raycroft came up with a couple of big saves, and the Stars kept their collective calm en route to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.   READ MORE








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