Sports Morning Headlines-Tuesday, 12/21/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

All three Texas teams won last night! Mav's stop Miami's 12 game winning streak, Rockets pound Golden State and the Spurs make history with their 3rd 9 game win streak before the end of the year.


Jason Terry does it again with fiery 4th - Fourth quarter. Game on the line. LeBron James. Jason Terry. Who ya got?  Give this one to Terry. The Jet outshined the King.  Both players started slowly Monday night. Both finished with 19 points with unimpressive shooting numbers overall. But, it was Terry, 0-of-5 and scoreless through three quarters, who continued to push his fourth-quarter prowess to otherworldly status.  Terry hit 6-of-10 shots, 3-of-4 from 3-point range, including two in the final 2:27, and 4-of-4 from the free line to propel Dallas to a 98-96 win, snapping the Miami Heat's 12-game win streak. James finished with 11 in the quarter on 3-of-7 shooting, missing his lone 3-point attempt.    READ MORE

The Mavericks End The Heat's 12-Game Streak, Win 98-96 - The Dallas Mavericks may have ended their own win streak last week, but if it’s any consolation, they ended yet another team’s streak with their 98-96 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday. Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 26 points and Shawn Marion snagged 13 rebounds off the bench, the most of any player, in this hard-fought game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Mavericks were able to withstand several big surges from the Heat in a loud, hostile arena to bring Miami’s 12-game winning streak to an abrupt end.   READ MORE

Mavericks cool Heat's 12-game winning streak with 98-96 victory - The Mavericks are in the streak-busting business.  And business is booming.  They took down another scorching-hot team Monday night behind the equally torrid shooting of Jason Terry in the fourth quarter to stop Miami's 12-game winning streak with a 98-96 victory at American Airlines Arena.  It's the sixth time this season that the Mavericks have ended an opponent's winning streak of five games or longer and the second 12-gamer they've extinguished. They stopped San Antonio at a dozen last month.    READ MORE

Rockets win at Golden State 121-112 - inch closer to .500 - Monta Ellis did his best.  Driven on by what might be the best crowd in the NBA, Ellis lit up the scoreboard yet again, hitting 15-20 for 44pts.  For stretches in the 2nd half he went into Beast Mode, draining everything.  Then Adelman did something unexpected.  When GSW came back from 10 down to take a 2pt lead with a roaring throng powering them forward, Adelman called a timeout.  He took out Aaron Brooks (whose shot is there, but little else is) and brought in Courtney Lee for a very small lineup (Kyle Lowry, Lee, Kevin Martin, Shane Battier, Luis Scola).  This lineup took Golden State's best punch and answered with enough timely stops and cold blooded shots to seal the victory.    READ MORE

Rockets command game late for victory - Defense stops Warriors, Ellis in waning moments.  Early in the season – say in the second game – there would been no way the Rockets would have won a game like Tuesday’s.  The Warriors were rolling. The crowd, 19, 256 strong, was roaring. Monta Ellis was unstoppable. Again.  With that, instead of crumbling down the stretch, the Rockets took over. The defense stepped up in the final minutes, and the Rockets offense, cracking badly when the Warriors were on their roll, dominated late, driving the Rockets past the Warriors and to a 121-112 win, their eighth in 11 games in December.   READ MORE

Duo finally teams up, only not in football - Williams is on Brooks' side with Rockets.  Terrence Williams had watched Aaron Brooks pass and imagined himself on the receiving end. He was younger and at a point when athletes are separated by their age, but he was long and strong and carried a growing reputation.  He was 11 and had yet to start playing basketball. And if he was going to be a teammate of Brooks, it was assumed it would be in football.  Williams, acquired by the Rockets last week, was a young wide receiver and safety who had seen Brooks play quarterback. Brooks was a passer who, despite his quickness, did not like to keep the ball.   READ MORE

Spurs sink short-handed Suns to win ninth straight - The play ran on a continuous loop on the national highlight shows for four days straight this week, appearing on television more often than “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Gary Neal, however, didn’t bother to watch it. He didn’t need to re-live the thunderous dunk J.R. Smith completed over him in Denver, on national TV, because he’d lived through it the first time.  “I was hoping the fact we won that game would make people forget,” said Neal, the Spurs’ rookie guard. “Guess not.”  A few more nights like he had in the Spurs’ 118-110 victory over Phoenix, and Neal might soon come to be known as more than just the wincing guy at the bottom of Smith’s poster.   READ MORE

Buck Harvey: If Nash can accept Spurs, he’s a Suns lifer - Steve Nash doesn’t want a trade. He wants to stay in Phoenix, even if only half of his teammates from last season have.  “I want to be positive,” he said, “and make this a great opportunity and a great season.”  He clearly hasn’t been talking to Carmelo Anthony.  But if anyone wonders if Nash will change his mind, Monday should have convinced everyone he means what he said. Then, he came back to San Antonio for the first time since his greatest triumph, only to see everything reversed.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs - Spurs news and notes: Nowitzki takes notice, dramatic endings, Santa Blair and more - The San Antonio Spurs keep winning and all of the NBA and sports world is taking notice including Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki:  With a record of 21-5 (13-4 at home), which included a 12-game win streak, much has gone right. Yet, the Mavs have yet to spend a day alone in first place in the Southwest Division, and after going 14-1 over their last 15 games, they’ve barely scratched a couple of games off the San Antonio Spurs’ lead.    READ MORE






Are free-agent hurlers open to Texas' overtures? - Are free-agent pitchers more open to joining the Rangers? Should Texas have offered Cliff Lee seven years? Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers these questions in the latest Inbox.   READ MORE

Rangers interested in signing Webb - The Rangers are exploring the possibility of signing former National League Cy Young winner Brandon Webb, according to industry sources.  Webb, 31, a free agent, has made just one start over the past two years while dealing with a devastating shoulder injury, but the Rangers, Cubs and Nationals are among the teams that are interested.    READ MORE

Youth movement could yield big payoff for Astros - While the past few seasons have been tough, an infusion of young talent such as Chris Johnson, Jason Castro and Brett Wallace has Houston primed for a major liftoff in the near future.    READ MORE

Vote Astros game among MLB's 20 greatest - Vote Houston's 18-inning walkoff to win the '05 NLDS among the best of the last 50 years. Watch Jan. 3, when MLB Network and MLB.com start counting down MLB's 20 Greatest Games.    READ MORE





 

Jason Garrett keeps focus on next game, not on job candidacy - Jason Garrett won't allow the media to draw him into a conversation about his future with the Cowboys.  The only person he cares to have that discussion with is the man who makes the decision.  So unless you're Jerry Jones, you won't get far asking the interim head coach to evaluate his performance six games deep into his assignment.    READ MORE

Orlando Scandrick proving to be good blitzer for Cowboys - Cornerback Orlando Scandrick and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware are tied for the team lead in sacks for December, with two each.  That is the norm for Ware, trying to finish among the league's top 10 in sacks for the fifth consecutive year. Scandrick's strength is pass coverage, but he has shown himself to be a good blitzer in the nickel defense.  As the nickel cornerback, Scandrick draws coverage on a slot receiver. According to defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, Scandrick is adept at not giving away his intentions and getting a good jump when he blitzes from that spot.    READ MORE

Texans Look Bad in Loss to Titans - A few weeks ago this game gave the Texans a much needed shot in the arm. This week it was a knockout punch to their postseason.   READ MORE






Lineman commits to UNT - North Texas defensive line coach Mike Nelson went to work early when it came to recruiting Ronnell Wright. Nelson first spoke to the Butte (Calif.) College standout last spring and told him how badly UNT needed a junior college defensive tackle in its 2011 recruiting class. The persistence Nelson showed, and the arrival of Dan McCarney as the Mean Green’s head coach, paid off on Monday when Wright orally committed to play for UNT. The Mean Green also picked up a commitment from North Garland linebacker Derek Akunne over the weekend.   READ MORE

TCU's baseball team ranked No. 1 in preseason poll - The TCU baseball program earned its first-ever No. 1 ranking on Monday.   READ MORE

TCU coach Jeff Mittie unhappy with Horned Frogs' lack of tenacity and zeal - Most 18-point victories are joyous occasions, especially when your team led by 25 most of the game.   READ MORE

Tennessee coach says defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has 'never been offered a job at Texas' - If Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is close to taking the same position at Texas, it's news to his boss.   READ MORE

Tennessee's Dooley: Longhorns haven't offered job to Wilcox - Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has not been offered a job at Texas.   READ MORE

Aggies' Khris Middleton named Big 12 Player of the Week - Following a masterful 31-point performance in A&M's 71-62 overtime victory in Dallas Saturday, forward Khris Middleton was named the Big 12's Player of the Week. It is the first weekly accolade of Middleton's young career.   READ MORE





Dallas Stars continue to keep figuring out ways to achieve victory - The line between good teams and bad teams in the NHL is getting thinner every day, but there's no doubt that as the Stars return from one of the toughest parts of their schedule this season, they are one of the good teams.  After a 4-3 overtime victory in Detroit on Sunday, Dallas now is 20-10-3. The Stars' 43 points put them second in the West behind Detroit. Their .652 points percentage is good for fifth-best overall in the NHL.    READ MORE


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