Sports Morning Headlines-Friday, 12/10/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Friday, December 10, 2010.

Mavericks Extend Win-Streak to 11, Defeat Nets 102-89 - The Dallas Mavericks winning streak extended to 11 games with a 102-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night, they now move to 2-0 on their 6-game home-stand.  The last 11-game winning streak for the Mavericks before this current streak was from Feb. 14, 1988 to March 4, 1988.    READ MORE

Mavs' Carlisle continues to preach defense, get results - If you think about it, the Mavs are playing defense these days just the way Avery Johnson hoped they would one day  READ MORE

As Spurs roll, Pop focuses on focus - By the time New Orleans forward David West threw in a jumper midway through the third quarter Sunday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had seen enough. He angrily signaled for a timeout, then proceeded to light into Tim Duncan, his captain and franchise player, whom West had stripped moments earlier. Duncan at first protested the tongue-lashing, then waved his hands in exasperation and headed to the bench. Popovich followed, still seething. The scoreboard read Spurs 70, Hornets 49. The calendar read December. But Popovich was coaching as if it were a one-possession game in May. “Pop is a little twisted,” forward Richard Jefferson explained later, smiling. “He expects perfection.”   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs: Neal, the Coyote, a DUI and more - San Antonio Spurs' rookie Gary Neal has been turning heads in the NBA with his stellar play off the bench.  In a recent interview with SI.com, Neal admits playing in the NBA after a long-traveled road hasn't fully sunk in: "I know we're a couple months into the season, but honestly it hasn't sunk in yet," Neal said. "I feel like I've been on a roller coaster that hasn't stopped."  READ MORE





Rangers make wide range of offers to Lee - Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg led a three-man delegation that met with free agent Cliff Lee in Arkansas and presented multiple offers, and the club will wait on the lefty's decision.     READ MORE

Winter Meetings inconclusive for Rangers - The Winter Meetings came to an end on Thursday with the Rangers having little idea if they will be able to re-sign free agent pitcher Cliff Lee. There were points during the Rangers' four-day stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Report when they felt they had a good chance of signing Lee. There were other times when they weren't quite as optimistic. The Rangers have always known there is a good chance that Lee could end up in New York and they have been weighing other options, which is why they have been talking to the Royals about pitcher Zack Greinke. That is getting them nowhere, either.    READ MORE

Meetings leave Astros with better perspective - The Astros came to the Winter Meetings looking to make some deals. But with the trade market slow, they were left to feel out potential partners with an eye toward future moves.   READ MORE

Astros' two Rule 5 picks to get rotation shots - Seeking ways to create competition for the fifth spot in their starting rotation, the Astros on Thursday selected right-handed pitchers Aneury Rodriguez and Lance Pendleton in the Rule 5 Draft at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Rodriguez was taken from the Rays with the eighth pick in the first round, and Pendleton was selected from the Yankees in the second round, with the 17th overall pick. Astros general manager Ed Wade said both will come to Spring Training bidding to crack the rotation. The Astros didn't lose any players in the Major League portion of the Draft.    READ MORE




 

Dallas Cowboys Week 14 Injury Report - # RB Marion Barber (calf) – Did Not Participate – After missing his first game of the season last week because of a strained calf, Marion Barber again was not on the practice field Wednesday or Thursday. The Cowboys rushed for 183 yards between Tashard Choice and Felix Jones on Sunday, meaning it’s unlikely Barber will be rushed back into action. - # Keith Brooking (foot) – Limited Participation – The same injury that limited Brooking from practice last week again kept him out of Wednesday’s practice and limited him Thursday. Brooking played last week but split time with rookie Sean Lee, who had two interceptions.   READ MORE

Hiring Jason Garrett full time would give Jerry Jones everything he wants - SportsDayDFW.com columnist Kevin Sherrington chatted with fans on Tuesday and answered questions about the Dallas Cowboys. Here are some highlights: I may have been wrong about Garrett, though he needs to finish the season, but I think he needs to beat Philly, at least once. But, I am beginning to come around to him and I may have been wrong all these years.   I don't know if you were wrong about Garrett or not, Jerry Jones appears to have been right, and it's all the ammunition he needs to make Garrett head coach at some point. Why he hasn't already done it is beside the point. Jerry wants Garrett to be head coach. It appears it would be a good choice, it makes him look right, and it gives him the opportunity to continue business as usual.   READ MORE

Foster, Johnson lead Pro Bowl voting - "Running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson are the AFC's leading vote getters at their positions in balloting for the Pro Bowl at nfl.com. Foster, who leads the league in rushing, yards from scrimmage, total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and first downs, has 414,033 votes. Johnson, who is trying to become the first receiver with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, has 340,996 votes. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick leads all players with 729,838 votes. Voting continues online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to www.nfl.com/probowl. Fans also can vote by visiting www.facebook.com/nfl and clicking the Pro Bowl tab."   READ MORE

Throwing all of his weight around - "Imagine a double-wide trailer breaking loose on the Southwest Freeway. It's out of control and coming right at you. You have a split second to react. That's how the Texans' offensive linemen will feel Monday night when Haloti Ngata, Baltimore's 6-4, 350-pound, double-wide defensive tackle, comes off the line of scrimmage. "He's a great athlete," Texans quarterback Matt Schaub said.   READ MORE





Luck plays role in playoff site selection - Many local fans are delighted about Saturday’s state semifinal doubleheader involving Guyer and Ryan at SMU’s Ford Stadium, the result of months of hard work on behalf of both teams to reach the fifth round of the playoffs. What many fans don’t realize is the luck that went into such an arrangement, and the level of behind-the-scenes negotiating required to make it happen.   READ MORE

TCU center, 2 Cowboys take college football awards - READ MORE

TCU has run out of Rose Bowl tickets; Texas A&M gets TV team for Cotton Bowl - TCU announced Thursday it has run out of its allotment of 20,000 Rose Bowl tickets, including more than 4,500 student tickets. TCU is trying to obtain more tickets, athletic director Chris Del Conte said. They would be available Monday. Those interested can call the ticket office at 817-257-3764 to be put on a waiting list.    READ MORE

Horned Frogs crush UT-Arlington, 81-39 - Helena Sverrisdottir scored a career-high 30 points Wednesday night as TCU cruised to an 81-39 victory over UT-Arlington at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.   READ MORE

Longhorns should hire ex-Tech coach Mike Leach - If Mack Brown wants to hire the best available offensive coordinator, he'll have Mike Leach on the next flight to Austin.  This move makes so much sense I'm wondering why it hasn't happened already. There simply is no down side. The first thing it would do is re-energize Longhorn Nation, including the blue-chip recruits who might be rethinking their commitments in the wake of a 5-7 season and the uncertainty following Brown's decision to overhaul his offensive coaching staff.    READ MORE

Texas A&M's Danielle Adams scores 27 in 100-55 romp over Purdue - Danielle Adams tied a career high with 27 points despite early foul trouble and No. 7 Texas A&M cruised to a 100-55 victory over short-handed Purdue on Thursday night.    READ MORE

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville talks to Miami about coaching opening; Hurricanes plan to talk to Bo Pelini - Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt returned Wednesday after two days in New York discussing the vacant UM coaching job with prospective candidates.   READ MORE




 


Stars' Brandon Segal gaining reputation as long-range shooter - Ralph Strangis might start borrowing a call from his NBA brethren: "Brandon Segal, from way downtown!"  On Wednesday night in Chicago, Segal scored for the second time in four games from the championship tees. He was barely inside the blue line near the left boards when he whistled a puck through a covey of players and into the upper left corner of the net. He found the same corner last week against Washington, firing from about 40 feet on the opposite side of the ice.    READ MORE

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