Sports Morning Headlines-Thursday, 12/16/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Thursday, December 16, 2010.

Ginobili's dramatic jumper lifts Spurs over Bucks - Manu Ginobili put the finishing touches on a 26-point night by hitting a 20-foot fadeaway at the buzzer to give the San Antonio Spurs a thrilling 92-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.    READ MORE

Why Pop feels lucky to finish homestand 6-0 - It wasn’t a pretty victory, by any means. It was a game where Gregg Popovich felt fortunate to even escape with a 92-90 victory over Milwaukee, after watching his team fritter away an 18-point lead late in the third quarter.  But thankfully for Popovich, the extra rest provided to Manu Ginobili at the start of the second half came in handy at the end of the game.  Ginobili could joke about “the old guy with the white hair” giving him the break he didn’t expect after halftime ended. But anything that could explain his game-winning 17-footer at the buzzer turned out to be extremely fortunate for the Spurs.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs: Spurs news briefs: Pop signing an extension, Bowen can't escape his rep, stability, and more - Popovich has long joked that he plans to retire about 30 seconds after Duncan plays his final game, and his contract allowed him to do that: Like that of Duncan, it was set to expire after next season. Parker and Ginobili, understandably, wanted assurances their coach would wait another few years to tend to his vineyard. “I kind of feel I have to commit to those guys,” Popovich said.  READ MORE

J.J. Barea looking forward to working with Pitino - J.J. Barea has bigger fish to fry for now, but he said after Wednesday's win over Portland that he's looking forward to working with Kentucky coach Rick Pitino, who is expected to take over as coach of the Puerto Rican national team starting next year.  READ MORE

Aldridge almost crashed the Mavs' party -  It was 80’s night at American Airlines Center on Wednesday night, and Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge almost crashed the party. A native of Seagoville, Aldridge scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a spectacular performance in front of some of his family members and friends. But it wasn’t enough as the Dallas Mavericks used some timely late scoring from Dirk Nowitzki to hold off the Trail Blazers, 103-98.   READ MORE

Dirk Nowitzki's Finish Propels Dallas to 103-98 Victory - The game was tied at 91 with 2:59 to go in regulation, but Dallas closed the fourth quarter on a 12-7 run that led to a 103-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.  Dirk Nowitzki had a rough stretch in the game, but came up huge to finish the game as he had 8 of the Mavericks' final 12 points.  In the final frame, Dirk went 5-7 from the field, 2-2 from the free throw line and had 12 points total.  He finished the game with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.   READ MORE

Rockets can’t keep up over long haul - Hot-shooting Thunder finally pull away for win.  he Oklahoma City Thunder set a sizzling pace, but the Rockets stayed with them Wednesday night. The Thunder made 3-pointers as they rarely do and free throws as always, but so did the Rockets. It could not last. Through 34 minutes, the Rockets were within two points, but Oklahoma City had made scoring look as easy as Kevin Durant rising for a jump shot or Russell Westbrook bolting to the rim. Finally, the Rockets’ offense stumbled, and when they could no longer keep up the Thunder built an 18-point lead to roll to a 117-105 victory in the best shooting performance against the Rockets this season.   READ MORE

The Rockets and the Start of NBA Trade Season - Daryl Morey wasted little time, today acquiring Terrence Williams in a three-way trade with New Jersey and the L.A. Lakers in exchange for the Rockets’ own lottery-protected 2012 first round pick and also trading Jermaine Taylor and cash to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a second rounder the Rockets will never see. The Taylor trade was purely a maneuver to save some salary and luxury tax versus having to waive Taylor outright. Aside from these moves, as of today, the Rockets are now permitted to trade Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry, Brad Miller and Ish Smith. However, in the cases of Scola and Lowry, there are some limitations. (For the record, I am opposed to trading either of these guys unless a true All-Star caliber player is coming back.)   READ MORE

The fascinating trade for Terrence Williams - The Rockets have assembled plenty of high-character, solid role-playing pieces. This time, they’re rolling the dice with some raw talent. The Rockets completed a three-team trade today with the Lakers and Nets that sends Houston’s lottery-protected first round pick in 2012 to the Nets in exchange for 23-year old guard/forward Terrence Williams. The Rockets also have sent Jermaine Taylor and cash to the Sacramento Kings for a conditional second-round pick (that will likely never come — this was just a salary dump.   READ MORE






With Lee gone, Wilson leading man for Texas - At the baseball Winter Meetings in Anaheim, Calif., six years ago, a 24-year-old left-handed pitcher showed up with the hope that he might be noticed and then drafted by a Major League team. "I just decided to show up and see if someone might recognize me and perhaps take a chance and Draft me," recalled the man who now is the No. 1 starter on the Texas Rangers -- C.J. Wilson.  Wilson had been left off the Rangers' 40-man roster in the winter of 2004 and thus was available in the Rule 5 Draft.   READ MORE

AL West looks to overcome Hot Stove misses - Welcome to Heartbreak Hotel, also known as the American League West. Discovering that the euphoria of their first World Series had a quick expiration date, the Texas Rangers must move on without Cliff Lee, who did so much to take them on that joyride through Tampa Bay and New York to San Francisco and the Fall Classic. When Lee decided that, on the whole, he'd rather be in Philadelphia, it was a severe jolt to the Lone Star State's collective ego, to say nothing of president Nolan Ryan's projected pitching staff.   READ MORE

Rangers announce reporting dates for players - Spring Training begins in two months for the Rangers. The Rangers announced on Wednesday that pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on Feb. 16 in Surprise, Ariz. Their first workout will be the next day. Position players will report on Feb. 19, and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for the next day. The Rangers' first exhibition game will be Feb. 27 against the Royals at Surprise Stadium.   READ MORE

Astros brighten children's day with hospital visit - Loaded with teddy bears dressed in Astros T-shirts, Brad Mills, Bobby Meacham, Doug Brocail and mascot Junction Jack put smiles on kids' faces at Texas Children's Hospital.    READ MORE

Astros sign two to Minors deals - Right-hander Sammy Gervacio, who wasn't tendered a contract by the Astros earlier this month, was signed to a Minor League contract on Wednesday, along with slugging infielder Brian Dopirak. Both were invited to Major League Spring Training. Gervacio, 25, appeared in six games for the Astros last season, going 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA. He made seven outings at Triple-A Round Rock and had a 3.48 ERA before being placed on the Minor League disabled list on May 17 for the rest of the season. Astros general manager Ed Wade said Gervacio, who has been dealing with right rotator cuff inflammation and nerve issues, might not be ready for Spring Training.   READ MORE

Hall of Famer Feller passes away at 92 - He reveled in what he had been and all he had accomplished and often seemed to celebrate himself. He spoke in the first person -- singular and plural -- more often than most and occasionally wore out the vertical pronoun. Once, his powerful right arm threw a baseball past any batter. For decades after he threw his final pitch, he seemed to use that arm to pat himself on the back.  Bob Feller never boasted, though. He spoke the truth and varnished it only with additional fact. As one of the game's last, high-profile representatives of the Great Depression and the Greatest Generation, Rapid Robert Feller shared stories of baseball, patriotism, his searing fastball, war and life, not to enhance his image, but to make his point, that being: Our way is the right way, the best way. And he considered his remarkable red, white and blue life compelling evidence of that assertion.   READ MORE



 

Jerry Jones foolish if young players aren't given late-season chance - There are times when Jerry Jones says something that just leaves you shaking your head. Listen to what he said about using the last three games to evaluate young players who have earned playing time with their performance in practice. "We want to go win those games," Jones said after the Eagles game. "We want to give us, any way we can, the best chance to win. It's important that we feel good about what we're doing.   READ MORE

How seven fourth quarters shaped the Cowboys' dismal season - To find why the Cowboys' season soured, set the way-back machine for opening night at Washington. A 13-7 loss set the tone for the Cowboys. The defeat started them on the road to being the NFL's team most likely to be spooked at the finish. The Cowboys go into Sunday's rematch with the Redskins at a league-worst 1-7 in games decided by seven points or fewer. Cincinnati and Detroit are next at 1-6. Atlanta leads at 7-1. The Cowboys' season can be further narrowed down to seven quarters.   READ MORE

Shanahan trying to disrupt Cowboys with waffling on quarterback - Washington coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged that he hopes to impede the Dallas Cowboys' preparations for Sunday's by not naming a starting quarterback. Donovan McNabb has started every game at quarterback. Donovan McNabb has started every game at quarterback this season, his first with the Redskins. McNabb has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns: 15-14. He has never done that over a full season in his previous 11 years.   READ MORE

Season over for Texans' Williams, Brisiel and Anderson - "The Texans will play their last three games without defensive end Mario Williams, guard Mike Brisiel and receiver David Anderson, all of whom were placed on injured reserve on Wednesday. Williams, who led the team with 8 1 2 sacks, 19 hits on the quarterback and 10 tackles for loss, had been playing with a sports hernia. He'll be replaced by Mark Anderson and Tim Jamison. Anderson, who has three sacks, backed up Williams on the left side, where he started. Jamison backed up Williams on the right side, where he moved in passing situations. "I'd love for Mario to hang in there, but it wasn't getting better," coach Gary Kubiak said after practice on Wednesday.   READ MORE

Clock nears midnight for Kubiak - "Gary Kubiak has had enough time to fix the Texans. If he hasn't gotten it done in five seasons, there's no reason to think he'll ever get it done. Now comes the hard part. You're on the clock, Texans owner Bob McNair. Nothing can happen in these final three weeks to change that assessment. That's a painful conclusion because this is a very good man, a decent, honest man, a man who has handled himself with grace and dignity despite some very tough circumstances. Those of us who have argued for him, defended him and hoped he would succeed are out of ammunition. He has had five seasons. Five seasons to draft and sign and trade players.    READ MORE

Kubiak seeks same effort, better results - "After losing for the sixth time in seven games, the Texans are 5-8 and destined to miss the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. Although they still haven't been mathematically eliminated, despite Monday night's 34-28 overtime loss to Baltimore, the Texans know they'll be sitting out the postseason. At his Tuesday news conference, coach Gary Kubiak was asked what he would tell fans who have abandoned the team in the wake of another disappointing season? "I guess I would say the same thing I said last night," Kubiak said. "    READ MORE





TCU’s New Nike Pro Combat Uniforms For Rose Bowl - Texas Christian University will be facing off against Wisconsin in the upcoming Rose Bowl. As part of Nike’s latest product innovations and releases of their new product, the top sportswear company released the newest TCU Nike Pro Combat uniform that will be worn in Pasadena. The uniforms were unveiled at Tuesday’s Nike Football Media Summit and the team will also be wearing their own version of the brand new Nike Zoom Alpha Talon.   READ MORE

Baylor doesn't show any rust after finals, blasts Bethune-Cookman 83-39 - LaceDarius Dunn scored 24 points, Quincy Acy had 14 points with 10 rebounds and ninth-ranked Baylor returned from an extended break with an 83-39 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night.  READ MORE

NBA player on Baylor's athletic resurgence: 'They're getting the players that they want' - Throughout his 12 years in the NBA, Milwaukee Bucks forward Brian Skinner always had teammates who constantly talked about the success of their college teams. It wasn't a discussion Skinner could get involved with. Until now.   READ MORE

Football: UNT adds coaches to staff - Justin Gaines is coming back to Texas to join Dan McCarney’s coaching staff at North Texas. Gaines, who spent the last four seasons as the secondary coach at Montana State, will officially be named an assistant at UNT sometime in the next few days, a UNT official said Wednesday. MSU head coach Rob Ash confirmed that Gaines is leaving the school to join the staff at UNT.   READ MORE

TCU's Rose Bowl game: A business trip - Make no mistake, TCU coach Gary Patterson says, the Horned Frogs' Rose Bowl week in Southern California will be a business trip. That's how the team leaders wanted it. That's why they requested the team depart for Los Angeles on Dec. 24. Christmas without mom and dad is OK with them. Besides, as the players see it, they'll be with family.   READ MORE

Rosey Reward: TCU Horned Frogs get free bowl gifts: Mountain bikes, XBox 360s, Wii, 22-inch LCDs - TCU players and support staff had the chance to peruse 27 gifts items from the Rose Bowl on Tuesday. The items included a leather recliner, 21-speed mountain bike and assorted electronics. The items were divided into six point levels. The top, six-point level, included the recliner, Columbia mountain bike, XBox 360, Wii, 22-inch VIZIO television and a Sony camcorder. Other, lower-point items included headphones, speakers, digital cameras and clock radios. Players and staff were allowed to choose six points' worth of gifts.   READ MORE

Owner Cuban may have a new mission -- the college football playoff system - Mark Cuban is just like everybody else in the world - he doesn't like the fact that college football doesn't have a playoff system.  The difference, with bowl season starting on Saturday, is that Cuban is influential enough and has enough connections that he can float his ideas on a grander stage than most folks.  Before Wednesday's game, he talked openly about how he'd like to pitch a playoff system to select college presidents in BCS conferences. But he admits it's a long, long way from becoming reality.  "I'm actively pursuing it, but it's in only in the exploratory stage,'' he said.   READ MORE

Texas A&M's DeRuyter not on the head coaching market: 'I haven’t had anybody inquire' - Coach Mike Sherman hopes to have two injured starters back for the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 7.   READ MORE




Stars have more on the line than ever in rematch against Sharks - In years past, a two-game set with the San Jose Sharks would have been rife with intensity because it meant the difference between first and second place in the Pacific Division. This season, it could actually mean even more.  Like the difference between a division championship and missing the playoffs. "You go three games and you could be in third and tenth and second," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "You're that close to the top and the bottom."   READ MORE

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MVPTEXAS RT @dallasmavs: Coach asking the team to close this game out! #DALvsUTA
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