Sports Morning Headlines-Monday, 12-13-10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Monday, December 13, 2010.

ProjectSpurs - Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Blazers - The San Antonio Spurs cruised to their fifth straight win with a 95-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers as they continue to stay atop the NBA standings with a 20-3 record after 23 games. Tim Duncan had eight points and 13 rebounds in his 1,000th career regular-season game for the Spurs, it was actually his 1,171st NBA game including the playoffs.   READ MORE

Spurs win one the old-fashioned way - The scoring binge was nice while it lasted. Running and gunning, firing up 3-pointers and spinning scoreboards across the NBA — all that was fun for a while. As the Spurs re-discovered in Sunday’s 95-78 victory over Portland at the AT&T Center, it’s sometimes nice to stop some people, too.   READ MORE

Blazers fall to Spurs, 78-95. "Mainly we just shot jump shots.” - Before the game, Brandon Roy worked with a trainer stretching his legs and working his knees for the majority of pregame warm ups. Roy decided he was limber enough with about 7 minutes remaining in the shoot around and proceeded to shoot three pointers and long twos from above the free throw line; a trend that would continue on into regulation. Portland scored quickly on the first few possessions and for a brief period, looked like they might cause San Antonio some trouble. However, after an early Popovich timeout, the Spurs took over and never looked back.   READ MORE

92.4% True Shooting - That Efficient Enough For You, Rockets fans? - Kevin Martin's offense approached statistical perfection last night.  92.4% True Shooting Percentage on 40pts.  That's unbelievable.  Why?  Well, it's possible to get a high, even perfect, True Shooting Percentage.  It's possible to get a lot of points.  It is rare to do both.  Last night Kevin Martin did it, while scoring 32(!!) in the first half.   READ MORE

Rockets don't dare look ahead - With January menacing, team needs focus now.  For a few more weeks, the Rockets (9-14) can try to climb toward the .500 record they have never had this season. But as soon as the calendar turns to 2011, the Rockets begin a killer five-week stretch of games against the who's who of championship contenders. READ MORE

Rockets notes: Budinger finds shot after slump - The Rockets have moved up to seventh in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage and are ninth in 3-pointers made per game. And their effectiveness from beyond the arc has been a reliable measure of their success. When they made 12 of 26 3s against the Cavaliers on Saturday, it marked the fifth time they made at least 10 in a game this season. They are 5-0 in those games. They are 4-14 in the other games.   READ MORE

Mavericks over .500 for only the second time in franchise history - For the first time since they were 1-0 at the start of the franchise’s first season in 1980-81, the Mavericks are over .500.  They are 1,226-1,225 in the 31st year of their existence, no small feat given that they were 310 games under .500 in an eight-season sampling during the ‘90s.   That’s what a 12-game winning streak will do for a team. It changes everything.  And yet, it changes nothing.   READ MORE

Carlisle: Everybody is talking about our winning streak but to us, it's insignificant - Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle was interviewed on KESN-FM on Friday to discuss his team and their winning streak. Here are some highlights:  What has been the key to the Mavericks' great start to the season?  Well, we've improved our defense; we have made it a priority and we're studying it every day. I know we're on a winning streak and that's something everybody is talking about but really, that is insignificant to us. We're really looking at how do we sustain this? How do we improve daily? And we're trying to trend up as the season goes along here.   READ MORE

SOS - Mavs Best - Based on a strength of schedule comparison of all NBA teams the Dallas Mavericks are currently the best team.  READ MORE




Rangers continue to play waiting game with Lee - Rangers club officials said Sunday evening they have still not heard a response from Cliff Lee and his agent Darek Braunecker after meeting with them on Thursday in Little Rock, Ark.    READ MORE

Will Lee last? History shows he could - Even in his late 30s, lefty might provide fair value at end of deal.  Can Cliff Lee, who turned 32 in August, hold up through the life of a six- or seven-year contract?  Can any pitcher hold up under those circumstances? That's the question every team must ask when confronted with the possibility of offering a long-term contract to a star pitcher who is at least in the second half of his career.  The Rangers and the Yankees have asked that question and appear to be satisfied with the answer. Both are going hard after Lee. The Rangers have offered him at least a six-year contract, while the Yankees have gone to seven years.   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 sign Rowland-Smith to one-year deal - The Astros have signed left-handed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith to a one-year, $725,000 contract.  The deal -- agreed to during the Winter Meetings -- was made official once the left-hander passed a physical on Friday.  Rowland-Smith, 27, has spent the previous four seasons with the Seattle Mariners, going 12-17 with a 4.57 ERA in 115 games, including 47 starts. He'll come to Spring Training competing for the fifth spot in the Astros' starting rotation.   READ MORE



 

Eagles vs. Cowboys: Philadelphia Hits Dallas Right on the Nose - With any and all talk about the playoffs officially squashed for the Dallas Cowboys, now we can all start looking on to the future. Better yet, we can also start looking into the glaring flaws associated with this team’s personnel. For several years I have been quite open regarding the unique decision to start a 300-pound nose guard in their now six-year-old 3-4 defensive alignment. They do this even on running downs and the results are sometimes devastating. Sure, I’ve been ridiculed for being too critical of Jay Ratliff and also accused of not being aware that he’s a Pro Bowl caliber player and also a great pass rusher. Please.   READ MORE

Philadelphia 30, Dallas 27: Cowboys Fight But Can’t Overcome Their Own Secondary - Two things we know about the Dallas Cowboys since Jason Garrett took over as head coach: 1. The team will fight like it never did under Wade Phillips in the first half of the season.  2. This God-awful secondary will find some new way to look completely lost on the field.   READ MORE

Eagle Trio - Eatman: Vick Is Philly's Leader But He's Got Plenty Of Help.  One of the most popular questions being asked all around the league this year is simple: "What's the biggest difference in Michael Vick's game this year?" Understandable. The guy was always flashy, but never consistent. He got into big trouble, went to prison and now comes back two years later and is an MVP candidate.   READ MORE

Players hold key to Kubiak's future with team - This column is for the players who constantly tell us how much they like Gary Kubiak and love playing for him and would do almost anything for him. You defend him relentlessly. You say the mental mistakes aren't his fault. You say criticism of game plans, play-calling, clock management and the inability to close out games is unfair. You point out the Texans play hard, the effort is there, and they lose because, well, weird stuff happens.   READ MORE

The holiday spirit - The Texans hope their history of December home success can jump-start a season-rescuing scramble to the finish. Ten games, 10 consecutive victories. Under Gary Kubiak, the Texans are 10-0 at home in December and January since falling to Tennessee in overtime in 2006. If there's comfort to be had for their fans, that's about it, because the Texans have again surrendered all margin for error as the Baltimore Ravens visit tonight.   READ MORE

Going mobile? Not at the game - Fans who want to access a variety of cell phone services often are left frustrated at venues like Reliant Stadium, where reception is spotty.  At some point during tonight's Ravens-Texans game at Reliant Stadium, Texans fan J.D. Martin will leave his seat on the stadium's west side and walk to the nearest men's room.  Martin will station himself in front of the last urinal on the left and start dialing friends to discuss postgame plans and hash over how well (or not) the Texans are playing.  It is, according to Martin, the only spot in Harris County's gleaming $449 million Reliant Stadium that he's guaranteed to get a decent cellular phone signal.   READ MORE






Photos: A review of the 2010 Baylor football season - Baylor fans have plenty to cheer about. With a final record of 7-5, the Bears are going to their first bowl game cince 1994. They face Illinois in the Texas Bowl in Houston on Dec. 29.   READ MORE

Men's basketball: UNT rolls past Tigers - In the days following one of its worst outings of the season, North Texas head coach Johnny Jones cued up a highlight tape featuring moments the Mean Green would have rather forgotten. There were clips of missed assignments, bad rotations and shooters left wide open, all pulled from a setback against Sam Houston State on Wednesday. The replay was painful, but it paid dividends on Saturday, when the Mean Green bounced back with a 68-49 thrashing of Jackson State at the Super Pit.   READ MORE

SMU alum, 'Pony Excess' football film get their big break on ESPN - Thad Matula's documentary about the Mustangs' football scandal and 1987 "death penalty" airs tonight as the last film in the "30 for 30" series.    READ MORE

TCU tries to regain form after two-week layoff - There seemed to be little rust after a two-week layoff for TCU as the third-ranked Horned Frogs practiced Saturday and Sunday.   READ MORE

Texas A&M women's basketball rolls past TCU, 91-66 - Danielle Adams had a career-high 33 points and No. 7 Texas A&M rolled to a 91-66 victory over TCU on Sunday.  READ MORE


Mack Brown has chance to start completely anew in Austin - For everyone who predicted Will Muschamp would never become the head coach at Texas, take a bow. As things turned out, the head coach-in-waiting might have gotten tired of biding his time. Or maybe Florida, with all its football resources and family ties, was simply too good a coaching job to pass up. The particulars are less important than the impact – Texas lost its heir apparent and now has three vacant coordinator positions (defense, offense and special teams). Maybe, just maybe, the situation represents as much of an opportunity for coach Mack Brown as it does a lesson in crisis management.   READ MORE

Texas A&M women's basketball rolls past TCU, 91-66 - Danielle Adams had a career-high 33 points and No. 7 Texas A&M rolled to a 91-66 victory over TCU on Sunday.   READ MORE

Danielle Adams' career-high 33 points paces Aggies in 91-66 win over TCU - Danielle Adams had a career-high 33 points and No. 7 Texas A&M rolled to a 91-66 victory over TCU on Sunday.   READ MORE

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville discusses phone call with Miami, says he's not a candidate for coaching job - Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville met with the Lubbock media Friday after Texas Tech's practice for the TicketCity Bowl and acknowledged a phone conversation he had regarding the Miami coaching vacancy, according to Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.   READ MORE



 


Stars' Jeff Woywitka isn't making things easy for Marc Crawford - The old adage is that a player on the fringe has to make decisions tough for a coach, and Jeff Woywitka has done that to Marc Crawford. With Mark Fistric coming back from a three-game minor league conditioning assignment (after missing seven games with a groin injury) and now apparently 100 percent healthy, Crawford has to make a pretty big decision with his corps of defensemen. The coach can insert Fistric and play seven defensemen instead of the normal six – something he said he typically does not like to do.   READ MORE

Power play drained as Dallas Stars fall to Phoenix, 5-2 - The inexplicable thing about the Stars' road power play is that, on paper, it should be one of the best parts of the team. Dallas is heavy in forward talent, and Brad Richards has been one of the league's better power play quarterbacks throughout his career. But with that combination, Dallas has put together the worst road power play in the league. Dallas went 1-for-7 with the man advantage and lost a 5-2 game to the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. The night puts them 3-for-49 on the power play on the road this season.   READ MORE
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