Sports Morning Headlines-Friday, 01/07/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Friday, January 7, 2011.

Mavericks Unable to Withstand the Thunder, 99-95 - The Dallas Mavericks were going for the season sweep against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.  The Mavericks looked strong early in the game but they were unable to take advantage of timely possessions as they lost to the Thunder, 99-95. Dallas hasn't defeated Oklahoma City more than twice in a season since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in the 2008-2009 season.  The Mavericks won the rebounding advantage, 47-45, but they where unable to lock down critical rebounds.    READ MORE

Good effort, but no Dirk is big problem - It's difficult to take much more away from the Dallas Mavericks' 99-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night other than the Mavs continue to play hard, but desperately need their leading scorer back in action.  So when will Dirk Nowitzki return to the lineup? The answer to that question should become clearer after Friday's practice when Nowitzki has scheduled a media briefing to discuss the progress of his sprained right knee. Nowitzki missed his sixth consecutive game Thursday, the longest stretch of games he's missed in his career due to injury. He injured the knee on Dec. 27 at Oklahoma City, and at the time he seemed to believe he'd be back sooner rather than later.    READ MORE

Oklahoma City sneaks past Mavericks - With the game decided and the last remnants of playing time ticking off the clock, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant held the ball near the Dallas Mavericks' bench Thursday night.  Coach Rick Carlisle playfully tapped at it. And Durant handed it to Carlisle, which qualified as one of the silliest turnovers of the season.  It also qualified as one of the Mavericks' best defensive possessions late in the game.  For those who were thinking Dallas can survive and maybe even prosper without Dirk Nowitzki, this second-half dud was for you.   READ MORE

After latest surgery, Yao admits he's unsure about future - Yao Ming was found to have a stress fracture in the ankle during the rehabilitation following his Nov. 10 ankle sprain and bone bruise.   READ MORE

Williams offers options at guard - Newcomer's talents could help with experiment.  After weeks waiting for his turn, Terrence Williams was relegated to playing in his dreams.  But he did not complain. The dream was pretty good.  "My mom said, 'Are you getting discouraged down there,' " Williams said. "I said, 'No. I had a dream that he put me in the game and as soon as he put me in the game, I hit a 3.' I swear that's what I told her. And it happened.   READ MORE

Houston Rockets Begin New Year with Same Problems from 2010 - The stroke of midnight Dec. 31 marked the start of 2011 and a chance for many to begin self-improvement projects and new life chapters.  All across Houston, residents shouted “Happy New Year” against a backdrop of fireworks, the clink-clank of champagne glasses and the joyous cacophony of party favor noisemakers.  The city’s pro basketball team slept through the buoyant celebration. The Rockets, it seems, forgot their clocks and calendars. No one set a cell phone alarm. If they were drunk, it was not on the good stuff.   READ MORE

Should the Spurs be Worried? - They have lost two in row and allowed their opponents to score 233 points the last two nights, both things they have not done all season.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs: Jefferson explored a return to Nets, Celtics' Davis felt insulted, and more - • San Antonio Spurs' forward Richard Jefferson said he wanted to return to where it all started for him, the New Jersey Nets, when he was a free-agent this past summer:  "Having roots there, just respecting the organization and wanting to help bring them back to a level in which they had been accustomed to for most of the [last] decade, I explored that," Jefferson said. "That was something they really weren’t interested in." (source northjersey.com).  READ MORE

Spurs’ D keeps Pop on his toes - If the Spurs aren’t hearing coach Gregg Popovich’s message about the importance of defensive discipline, it’s not from their coach’s lack of shouting about it.    READ MORE








Young following in path set forth by Jackie, Rose - Michael Young's willingness to switch positions yet again shadows the selfless approach that was taken by Jackie Robinson and Pete Rose during their legendary careers.    READ MORE

Rangers avoid arbitration with Murphy - The Rangers avoided another arbitration hearing on Thursday when they agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder David Murphy.  Murphy agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.4 million after hitting .291 with 54 runs scored, 12 home runs and 65 RBIs in 2010. He had a .358 on-base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage in his third full season with the Rangers. Murphy made $427,670 in 2010.    READ MORE

Keppinger to undergo surgery on inflamed foot - Jeff Keppinger, who had a career season last year, has suffered from left foot inflammation and will likely miss the start of the regular season due to surgery scheduled for next week.   READ MORE

Don't miss out on 20 Prizes in 20 Days - All season-ticket and 27-game mini-plan holders will be entered into daily drawings and become eligible to win one of 20 spectacular prizes through Jan. 29. Get your tickets now.   READ MORE






 

Texans and Cowboys Waste No Time Securing Head Coaches - When a season starts off with the promise that it did for the Texans and Cowboys and ends like it did someone is going to lose their job.   READ MORE

Garrett a better fit for Cowboys job over Super Bowl-winning coaches - Even with Jerry Jones making the right decision, removing the interim tag from Jason Garrett's head coaching title, he was left to face the biggest sales job of his 22 years as Cowboys owner.  It was about 15 minutes into the Garrett news conference that three of the four local network affiliates stifled a collective yawn and returned to soap operas and regular programming. Only CBS-11 stayed the course for nearly half an hour.    READ MORE

Cowboys have 17 of 22 2010 starters under contract - Cowboys' contract situation.  The Dallas Cowboys ended the 2010 season with two starters on injured reserve. Quarterback Tony Romo and defensive end Marcus Spears did not finish the year. The Cowboys begin the off-season with 17 of 22 starters signed for next season.   READ MORE

As easy as 1-2-3-4 - New coordinator Wade Phillips believes the Texans' roster has the necessary talent to make a smooth transition to his defense.  When told that a lot of fans don’t think the Texans have the right players for a 3-4 defense, Wade Phillips chuckled.  “They’ve said the same thing just about everywhere I’ve gone,” he said. “I just don’t believe that based on what I’ve seen on film.  “What we do with our front seven depends on what players we have.”  Phillips, who has coached some of the greatest 3-4 players in NFL history, has watched tape of 15 Texans games and says he’s excited to get to work with his new players.    READ MORE

With Phillips, Texans take new direction - "After Wade Phillips agreed to become the Texans' new defensive coordinator on Wednesday, he and coach Gary Kubiak went to owner Bob McNair's office. McNair dialed Bum Phillips' telephone number in Goliad. "When he answered, Bob said, 'Bum, I've got someone here who wants to talk to you,'?" Wade Phillips said after he returned to his home in Dallas. "I got on the phone and said, 'Daddy, we're Texans now."    READ MORE

Out with the old year and in with the new - "Happy new year! I rarely say this, but I dropped the ball. The ball dropped on 2010 and rolled right into 2011. I ended my season early on IR, and the team ended the season earlier than anticipated, but we played hard and finished the season with a victory, making the offseason a bit more palatable. The past is in the past, and the only thing we can do with 2010 now is to learn, grow and move on.    READ MORE










Cotton Bowl win, Jeff Fuller's return could mean Aggies start next season in preseason top 10 - Chuck Carlton, Big 12 columnist and blogger for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the Cotton Bowl Classic in a live chat on Thursday. Here are the highlights:  Chuck, could next seasons OU-A&M game be for a shot at the national championship game?  Wow. I'm not really good at predictions 12 months out. Raise your hands if you were predicting Auburn and Oregon playing for the big football 12 months ago. OK, if you did raise your hand, you're lying.   READ MORE

Why Texas' new defensive coordinator is ready to put his new unit in a 'bad mood' - New Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, whose career started as a graduate assistant for Bobby Bowden's great Florida State teams of the late 1990s, says he's hungry for a chance to play for another national championship with the Longhorns.  Diaz was a graduate assistant for the Seminoles teams that played for a national title after the 1998 season and won one in 1999.    READ MORE

Longhorns forward Jordan Hamilton named to Wooden Award midseason top 30 list - Texas forward Jordan Hamilton is among the top 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award. The top 30 candidates were selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board based on individual excellence and team record during the months of November and December.   READ MORE

One DeSoto guy will wear purple and gold on Friday - Offensive tackle Evan Washington is a freshman red-shirting for LSU this season. He played only two football seasons for DeSoto, as a right tackle in 2008 and left tackle in '09, and has worked at left tackle this year with the Tigers after graduating early and participating in spring practice.  "It's been a great experience,' he said this week at Cowboys Stadium. "I've gotten a lot better, made a lot of new friends."   READ MORE

Texas Tech's Pat Knight needs more leadership out of team entering Big 12 play - The Red Raiders square off with Baylor on Saturday in Lubbock and Knight knows his team needs to take it to a new level to be competitive in conference play. Last season, the Red Raiders went 4-12 in Big 12 play after that 12-2 start.  "You've got to turn up the intensity and sense of urgency and I'm hoping that they learned their lesson in the preseason," Knight said.   READ MORE

SMU AD Orsini gets contract extension through May 2015 - SMU athletic director Steve Orsini has signed a contract extension that will keep him on the Hilltop through May 31, 2015, the school announced Thursday. Orsini's initial, five-year deal would have expired this May.    READ MORE

TCU fans exact revenge on Ohio State by posting congratulatory ads all over Columbus from "Little Sisters of the Poor" - TCU's run at the national championship may be over, but that hasn't stopped some fans and alumni from the Fort Worth school from exacting a bit of revenge on one of the team's biggest detractors -- Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee.  Gee, as you'll recall, bashed Boise State and TCU earlier this season, claiming neither school played in a conference worthy of a spot in the national title.  "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools," Gee said earlier this year. "We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.   READ MORE








Dallas Stars Playing Through the Pain Right Now - For their sake it’s probably a good thing that there’s no video (at least that we’ve see yet) of Karlis Skrastins skating into Matt Niskanen. That’s the wrong kind of Dallas Stars viral video waiting to happen because of the rather odd and seemingly disproportionate consequences to a pre-period warm-up skate. A likely concussion for Skrastins, a broken nose, a cut hand and a chipped tooth for Matt Niskanen later and this blue line is all of a sudden pretty banged up.   READ MORE

Petersen Placed on IR; Larsen Recalled From AHL - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed center Toby Petersen on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 2. The club has also recalled defenseman Philip Larsen from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).  Petersen, 32, suffered a lower-body injury Jan. 3 during a team practice. He has skated in 34 games so far this season for the Stars, collecting one goal (shorthanded) and two assists with six penalty minutes. The Minneapolis, Minn., native, set a new career-high in goals last season with nine. Petersen has played in 177 games over four seasons with Dallas, recording 32 points (14g, 18a).  The 5-10, 197-pound center signed a two-year contract extension with Dallas on April 5, 2010.   READ MORE

Results Evident for Ribeiro - Like every NHL player, Mike Ribeiro is a creature of habit. So, when Marc Crawford became the Stars new head coach before last season, it was definitely an adjustment.  That’s because Ribeiro had been the No. 1 center under Dave Tippett but under Crawford’s system, he would drop down to the second line. That was something that the veteran had to get used to and it showed on the ice.  In 66 games, he had 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 points, his lowest point total as a Star and lowest since 2005-06, which was his final year in Montreal.   READ MORE
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