Sports Morning Headlines-Wednesday, 01/12/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

T-Wolves get 5 Ts in 10 seconds in loss to Spurs - Referee Ken Mauer certainly won't be accused of being biased toward his hometown Minnesota Timberwolves anytime soon.  Mauer, a cousin of Twins superstar Joe Mauer and a St. Paul native, whistled the Wolves for five technical fouls in a dizzying 10 seconds of the third quarter, allowing the calm and collected San Antonio Spurs to take control of another head-scratchingly tight game between the best team in the NBA and one of the worst.  Manu Ginobili had 19 points, making all five of those technical free throws, and the Spurs beat the Timberwolves 107-96 on Tuesday night.   READ MORE

Spurs drop T’wolves by technical knockout - The Spurs have tortured the Timberwolves for more than four full seasons, finding a multitude of ways to produce victory after victory, the count now up to 16 in a row after Tuesday’s 107-96 outcome at the Target Center.  - Once, in 2008, Tony Parker scored 55 points in a double-overtime win.  - Twice this season they have come from big deficits and handed the T’wolves more frustration.  - On Sunday night at the AT&T Center, they turned up their defensive intensity in the final two minutes just enough to hold on for another close win.   READ MORE

Will Tiago Splitter Split at Season’s End? - Vassilis Spanoulis.  Remember him?  The somewhat highly touted Greek player that took a buy-out and pay cut from his European team to join the NBA, only to feel he was misled about his role on the team and later decide that the NBA wasn’t a place for him.  The curious case of VSpan serves as a warning to all current European players and those that have recently joined the NBA as well.  When it comes to Tiago Splitter, this is what I worry about;  I worry that lack of playing time and contribution to the success of the team is going to leave him wanting more.  And that is where that awesome contract the Spurs signed him to over the summer might come back to bite them in the ass.  READ MORE

Catching teams off guard - Brooks, Lowry finally teaming up to give Rockets a dangerous and dynamic backcourt combination.  Aaron Brooks held his right hand above his head extra long, as if keeping it there would direct the flight of the ball toward the net or at least provide the ideal pose for the photographers focusing their lenses on him.  When his fifth 3-pointer of the night swished, he turned toward the Celtics bench to shout a few words toward childhood rival Nate Robinson and then, with Boston calling time out, headed toward the Rockets bench, where a flurry of giddy congratulations awaited him.  Brooks was back, not just on the floor, but with the defiant attitude absent as he limped through eight games following his return from his Nov. 6 ankle injury.  "Aaron played awesome," Kyle Lowry said. "It felt like the old Aaron we all know."   READ MORE

Rockets notes: Victory over Celtics boosts confidence - The Rockets' losing not only had dropped them into 10th in the Western Conference but had sapped their confidence. They had collapsed in the second half of the final two losses in the streak, failing to execute their offense when their shooting misfired.  The hope is that Monday's win in Boston, in which they shot 61.8 percent in the second half, will be a turnaround.  "We needed this win is the worst way," Shane Battier said. "It wasn't like we were coming into the Garden riding a high of confidence. We came in, just wanted to play our game, shoot 3s and make it up-tempo. We played loose, which we haven't done the past couple games. "   READ MORE

Rockets notes: Team still trying to trade for Anthony - With the deal that would send Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New Jersey stalled at least through Monday, the Rockets continued to try to entice the Nuggets to send Anthony to Houston, but little headway has been made, a person with knowledge of talks between the teams said.  The deal with the Nets was close to being completed Sunday evening, but the Rockets hope that conversations could put them in the picture next month if the Nuggets opt to wait until closer to the trade deadline.    READ MORE

Mavericks' Terry has no fear at crunch time - Jason Terry's reputation as a fourth-quarter star started in high school in the unlikeliest fashion.  As a sophomore at Franklin High School in Seattle, Terry took, and missed, a last-second shot in a one-point loss in the state semifinals. In the locker room afterward, some teammates blamed him for the loss.  "I was on a team full of seniors. It was the last play, we're in the state tournament, it's five seconds left, the ball ended up in my hands and I took the last shot and I missed," Terry said. "I went in the locker room and five seniors are crying and they're pointing the finger at me and everybody's yelling at me and saying, 'You ended our career, you took our last shot!'  "That motivated me for the rest of my career, and I always think about it."   READ MORE

Rick Carlisle enjoys going back to Indiana - Rick Carlisle returns to the scene of his last head coaching job when the Dallas Mavericks open a four-game road trip Wednesday night in Indiana.  The trip also includes stops in San Antonio, Memphis and Detroit.  Carlisle was the head coach for the Pacers from 2003-’07, leading them to a playoff berth in three of those four seasons. The Pacers’ best season under Carlisle was during the ’03-’04 campaign when he guided them to an NBA-best 61-21 record and a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Detroit Pistons.  That season, Carlisle also coached the East in the NBA All-Star game.   READ MORE

Mavericks dip in latest power rankings but remain among NBA's elite - Lately, the Dallas Mavericks have been a hollow shell of the team that started the season 24-5 and was anointed by Utah's Deron Williams as "the best Mavs team I've seen since I've been in the NBA."  The Mavs are 2-5 without their superstar Dirk Nowitzki and their neck-and-neck race with the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference is now a thing of the past. And yet, in the most recent NBA power rankings around the web, the Mavs are still easily in the top-10.   READ MORE




AL MVP Josh Hamilton hospitalized with pneumonia - The Texas Rangers disclosed his condition Tuesday and said Hamilton was diagnosed with an early case Monday. The team expects the hospital to release him by Wednesday.  The Rangers said Hamilton should be able to resume conditioning and baseball activities in a few days.   READ MORE

Rangers' reluctance to trade Mitch Moreland ended team's hopes of trading for Matt Garza - Evan Grant, Rangers columnist and blogger for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team on Monday. Here are the highlights:  Where the Rangers even in serious talks about trading for Garza?  The Rangers were serious about wanting Garza, but without being willing to include Mitch Moreland in the deal, they weren't as serious about actually making the deal. The Rays wanted Moreland. The Rangers value him as their long-term first baseman. They ultimately chose not to deal Moreland, which allowed the Cubs to become much more serious players in the deal.   READ MORE

Don't be surprised if Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman makes a significant contribution this season - Evan Grant, Rangers columnist and blogger for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team on Monday. Here are the highlights:  What does Tommy Hunter have to do to make the Rangers opening day rotation and will he make the cut?  He's got to continue to mature as a pitcher, but should receive the benefit of any doubt regardless of spring performance.   READ MORE

Marathon man: Wade prepping for Houston run - GM Ed Wade has long turned to running as a hobby, but his commitment to the Astros has made it difficult to train -- until now. The Houston Marathon on Jan. 30 will be his first since '07.  READ MORE

Bergstrom aids effort in rebuilding Austin ballfield - Dan Bergstrom, the Astros' director of field operations, spearheaded a project that turned the old, dilapidated Reagan High School baseball field in Austin, Texas, into a brand new facility.   READ MORE







 

Cowboys Could Have New Defensive Coordinator By End Of Week - The Cowboys could be ready to name a new defensive coordinator by weeks end according to team sources. Calvin Watkins ESPNDallas.com reported that the Cowboys have already intreviewed Stanford Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio and are suppose to interview San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky sometime this week. The Cowboys also interviews Todd Bowles but he is still under contract from the Dolphins so him joining the Cowboys may not happen. Dave Wannstedt name has also been metioned as a poosible choice to take over the Cowboys Defensive coordinator’s job, he has been on the Cowboys staff before.   READ MORE

2011 NFL Draft: Nick Fairley No Longer An Option For The Cowboys - The Dallas Cowboys are sitting pretty at number nine overall in the upcoming NFL Draft. Dallas will have their pick out of many of the top players, but one guy, Nick Fairley, who fans were hoping to target is now likely out of their range after his monster game in the BCS National Championship.  Fairley used his overwhelming strength to disrupt the Oregon backfield and dominate their offensive line the entire game. Prior to the game, Fairley was rated as a top 5 talent who could slip to the bottom of the top ten. However, after his performance last night he has become a top five lock and potentially a top 3 pick. Fairley could be considered for the top overall pick for Carolina, along with Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers.   READ MORE

3 Things Left To Wonder After Jason Garrett Hired As Head Coach Of Dallas Cowboys - In case you've been living in a cave for the last two weeks, the Dallas Cowboys have named Jason Garrett as the eighth football coach in the franchise's history.  With that appointment, and Jerry Jones ceding some of the authority to the Red-Headed Genius, the questions of how this franchise will be shaped now ramp up. BTB staff has been bringing you the latest in the search to round out Garrett's coaching staff. JG plans to keep the offensive coordinator duties and is making changes to the staff on that side of the ball; letting Ray Sherman know that his services will no longer be needed.    READ MORE

Phillips goes to work on Texans' defense - "On Wade Phillips' first morning of work as the Texans' new defensive coordinator, he and coach Gary Kubiak analyzed five game tapes from last season before they headed for an afternoon news conference. Kubiak and Phillips have to hire assistants to coach defensive backs and linebackers in their new 3-4 defense. They also will have to acquire players in the draft and free agency to shore up weak spots. "Our biggest challenge is getting through this week and taking what (defensive players) we have and then him (Phillips) putting them in the right spots," Kubiak said. "We need to walk out of here at the end of this week saying, 'OK, here's where we see these guys fitting.'   READ MORE

Unlocking team's potential in 2011 - Before we go over what the Texans should do to improve their defense beyond coaching, let's look at how a lockout will affect business.  If the NFL Players Association and the NFL Management Council sign a new collective bargaining agreement before March 4, it will be business as usual. If they don't, there will be no business.  Once the lockout goes into effect, there will be no player movement. No player can re-sign with his current team or sign with another team. No player can be traded. As far as the NFL is concerned, players cease to exist during the lockout.   READ MORE








UNT women's coach suspended for one game - North Texas women’s basketball head coach Shanice Stephens has been suspended by the Sun Belt Conference for Thursday’s home game against Florida International for her conduct following a loss to Middle Tennessee last week. Stephens ran up the tunnel at the Murphy Center that leads to the officials’ locker room as they were exiting the floor following the Blue Raiders’ 83-63 win. Stephens said that she was trying to talk with someone after the game, but declined at the time to identify the person.   READ MORE

Baylor true freshman Perry Jones shows Sooners his true talent - Perry Jones III has yet to realize how difficult the Big 12 can be on true freshmen, regardless of their skill level.  For his first two conference games, Jones has been the one confounding Big 12 defenders, not the other way around.  The 6-11 forward from Duncanville set a career high with 25 points and added seven rebounds as Baylor fended off stubborn Oklahoma, 74-61.    READ MORE

No. 12 Texas scores 50 points in paint in 83-52 rout of Texas Tech - Texas coach Rick Barnes talked plenty about rebounding since his 12th-ranked Longhorns lost to No. 10 Connecticut last weekend.  The Longhorns came out and hammered the boards in their 83-52 victory over Texas Tech on Tuesday night, finishing with a 42-23 advantage.  UConn outrebounded Texas 52-42 in the 82-81 overtime loss.    READ MORE

Coach went against the rules to give TCU first-place vote - Following Monday night's BCS National Championship game, Auburn coach Gene Chizik declared: "We're the best football team in the United State of America."  One team in Fort Worth would like to argue that statement.  Unfortunately, TCU and Auburn will not be able to settle that dispute on the field.  When the final polls came out Tuesday, TCU was forced to settle for No. 2.  However, TCU's 13-0 finish, including a win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, earned the Horned Frogs their best finish in the AP poll since winning the 1938 national title.  TCU landed one first place vote in the coaches' rankings and three first place votes in the Associated Press poll.   READ MORE

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: Oregon and TCU 'were not opposed' to playing for the national title had the Ducks defeated Auburn - Mavericks owner Mark Cuban continues to keep his name connected with college football.  The opinionated Cuban released a blog post on Tuesday centered on the sport and its national championship game.  He wrote that a week before Auburn played Oregon for the BCS National Championship, he and his staff inquired about Oregon playing TCU if the Ducks knocked off the Tigers.   READ MORE

No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies off to surprising 14-1 start in men's basketball - Texas A&M is off to its best start in more than 90 years, a surprising surge for the 14th-ranked Aggies.  The Aggies are 14-1 and have an 11-game winning streak that matches the longest in Mark Turgeon's coaching career.  Not bad for a team picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference.    READ MORE

SMU men host Memphis in Conference USA home opener - SMU's men's basketball team will face Memphis (12-3, 1-0) in its Conference USA home opener at 7 p.m. today. SMU (9-6, 0-1) is coming off losses to Mississippi and Tulane.    READ MORE

TCU dismisses third-leading scorer from team for violating team rules - The TCU Horned Frogs' basketball team rolled the dice when it signed juco guard Sammy Yeager, and on Tuesday it blew up in their face. This is what can happen when you sign JUCO guys.  Coach Jim Christian kicked Yeager, the team's third leading scorer and rebounder, off the team for a violation of team rules.   READ MORE

TCU AD on not getting title shot: 'Winning the historic Rose Bowl ... we need to embrace that' - Center Jake Kirkpatrick watched Monday as Auburn kicked a field goal on the final play to defeat Oregon in the BCS championship game, securing the national title for the Tigers.   READ MORE






'That's hockey' ... why the phrase sums up Stars' 3-2 win vs. Oilers - Playing what might have been one of their worst games in the last month, the Stars found a way to beat Edmonton, 3-2, on Tuesday and snap a five-game winless streak on home ice.   READ MORE

Dallas 3, Edmonton 2 - Kari Lehtonen stole the game - Three stars - 1. Kari Lehtonen, Stars: The big guy in net stole the game.  2. James Neal, Stars: Game-winner and active game around net.  3. Ryan Jones, Edmonton: Scrappy winger was all over the place.    READ MORE

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