Sports Morning Headlines-Friday, 03/04/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Friday, March 4, 2011.

Mavericks Sign Corey Brewer - The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Corey Brewer, giving them a young, athletic swingman who is likely to help most on defense.  Brewer was waived Tuesday by the New York Knicks. As soon as he cleared waivers, he agreed to a multi-year deal with the Mavericks.   READ MORE

Mavs Return to Practice Court, Await News on Brewer and Look Ahead - After taking Wednesday off to recover from their three game east coast road trip, the Mavericks returned to the practice court on Thursday. There was a sense of excitement around the practice as everyone was patiently waiting to hear good news. Corey Brewer finally cleared waivers and has now officially signed with the team. For those wondering, Corey Brewer will wear number 13 for the Mavericks. 22 is currently in the rafters as Rolando Blackman had his jersey retired and the number two is worn by Jason Kidd.  This year, in 56 games, he averaged 8.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. His shooting slipped to below 40 percent and under 27 percent from long range. The former Florida Gator should become one of Dallas' best perimeter defender and close up a hole that the Mavericks were unable to fill before last week's trading deadline as they were in pursuit of Detroit's Tayshaun Prince. For those who are curious to see how Prince and Brewer compare, you can go here.   READ MORE

Mavs' Nowitzki, Terry talk playoffs - Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has picked the Los Angeles Lakers as the Western Conference team to beat in the upcoming playoffs.  However, guard Jason Terry said the San Antonio Spurs are not far behind Jack Nicholson's favorite team.  "I think the Lakers, to me, are still the heavy favorites in the West, and after that there are a bunch of teams bundled up,'' Nowitzki said. "San Antonio is playing really well, but now (point guard Tony) Parker is out for a while.   READ MORE

At least schedule favors Rockets - Hosting 12 of last 19 games aids playoff quest.  Kyle Lowry will not check the standings, or he will at least fight the urge. Luis Scola looks only after wins, giving him several days in the dark.  They know the news is not good.  Yet the Rockets believe that even after Wednesday's 106-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, they have given themselves a chance to make a late-season playoff push. Still, it might be best if they avoid close examination of the standings.  The Rockets have gone 5-1 since the All-Star break, but they have 3½ games and three teams separating them from the Western Conference's No. 8 seed.   READ MORE

Bigger load takes toll on Budinger - Bigger load takes a toll.  Rockets forward Chase Budinger did not need to check the schedule to know the Rockets had played four games in five nights. His legs let him know. But it was more than the crowded schedule that he felt, with his workload increasing dramatically since he became the starter for those four games following the trade of Shane Battier.   READ MORE

Houston Rockets: Do They Need an Offseason Firesale or a Gradual Rebuild? - For years, the Rockets have always had some preseason excitement to entice the fans into believing that this was the year that the team could be a championship contender. There were the Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming years for most of the last decade, the trio of Ron Artest and those two aforementioned stars and this year was return of Yao to rejoin a stellar group of role players.   READ MORE

Heat about to turn up in S.A. - It seems like a basketball lifetime ago, but back in the Summer of LeBron, the Miami Heat’s president of basketball operations received a phone call from a rival.  Gregg Popovich was on the line for Pat Riley, and the Spurs coach and president of basketball operations had a simple message for the man who orchestrated the moves that turned his team into the traveling road show LeBron James calls the Heatles.  “I thought what he did was amazing,” Popovich said of Riley. “What a coup. Period. Nobody else figured that out.”  Now, as the rest of the NBA tries to figure out how the Spurs this season have managed to run to the league’s best record when their major free agent signing last summer was a 26-year-old rookie who had gone undrafted out of Towson State, the Heatles have hit town and will headline tonight at the AT&T Center.   READ MORE

Manu sizes up Miami’s swift defense - After back-to-back road games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Spurs had a day off from practice on Thursday. But tonight’s opponent at the AT&T Center, the Miami Heat, was a topic for discussion before the team’s return flight from Cleveland touched down at San Antonio International Airport in the wee hours of Thursday.  “We will start talking about them soon,” All-Star guard Manu Ginobili said before departing the visitors locker room at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. “They are a very good defensive team, very athletic getting in the passing lanes and hedging and rotating. We’re going to have to be very careful with the ball, mainly, and drive the ball fullcourt because you don’t have a lot of chances.  “I think we’re in a good situation. We’re going to have to move them around. Without Tony (Parker) it’s not the same.”   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs:  Spurs news and notes: Spurs magic number, Duncan's favorite apps, and more - The San Antonio Spurs will have a chance to clinch a playoff spot this weekend:  Right now the San Antonio Spurs are at 50-11 for the 2010-11 season, and are 18 games ahead of the two teams tied for the ninth seed (Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz). The magic number for the Spurs is now just three, meaning three Spurs wins, or a combination of Spurs wins and the other two teams posting losses, would clinch a playoff spot for San Antonio. There is still a ways to go to figure out their seeding, though, as the Dallas Mavericks are on a very nice winning streak in the Southwest Division.   Spurs legend David Robinson had this to say about the Spurs record this season:  “Absolutely, I’m surprised,’’ Robinson said of the gaudy 50-11 record of the San Antonio Spurs. “I expected them to be good but the record they have put up is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. (It’s) unbelievable.’’   READ MORE

 

 

Spring-style pitching breakdown - Catching options.  With catcher Jason Castro out for an undetermined time because of a torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee, general manager Ed Wade vows to do his due diligence.  Wade will scour the waiver wires and keep close to his phone in case he can improve the catching situation. Still, it's possible the Astros will make do with who they have.  J.R. Towles, the 2010 opening-day starter, and Humberto Quintero are the only catchers in camp with more than three major league at-bats. Carlos Corporan, who had one major league at-bat to show for seven seasons in the Brewers' system and one with the Diamondbacks, just moved up a significant rung on the ladder. Wade touts Rene Garcia as somebody who has "a chance to be a tremendous major league catcher," but there's a snag. Garcia, 20, hasn't caught above Class A.   READ MORE

Figueroa, Astros jump on Marlins early in win - Astros right-hander Nelson Figueroa, one of the projected favorites to earn the final spot in the rotation, allowed two hits with one walk and no strikeouts over two shutout innings and received plenty of early run support from the offense, as Houston beat the Florida Marlins 5-3 Thursday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla.  Brett Wallace got Houston on the scoreboard with a two-run single in the first, while Jason Michaels, Humberto Quintero and Clint Barmes each belted doubles to put the Astros up 4-0 after two innings.   READ MORE

Feliz not happy with his first try as a starter - The first two innings on a path that could take Neftali Feliz to the Texas Rangers' rotation have been logged, all without him setting the baseball world on fire or generating any second-guesses about giving him a chance to be a starting pitcher.  Feliz did some things well Thursday afternoon at Surprise Stadium, shutting out the Cleveland Indians with a mixture of all three of his pitches.  But he also struggled some with his command, especially in the first inning, and never found his rhythm.   READ MORE

Rangers Win The Entire Day - The Rangers swept their split squad contests today. Both of the games ended up as high-scoring affairs after a morning of anticipation about young pitching. Neftali Feliz pitched two scoreless yet shaky innings. Derek Holland had himself a decent first spring start. Chris Davis hit a 9th inning game winning three-run home run to win the game in Surprise for the Rangers.  Jeff Wilson has a write up on the day of winning and mentions that Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland remained hot with home runs for each.  Caplan writes that on a day when many of the Rangers best young pitchers were hitting the mound early in games, it was Eric Hurley who had the best day. I am looking forward to Eric Hurley collecting his Rookie of the Year award.   READ MORE

 

 

NFL Owners And Players Agree To Deadline Extension, Lockout Postponed - Good news everybody, a lockout has been avoided temporarily. There's been an agreement to extend the negotiations until at least 4 PM EST on Friday, with the possibility of a further extension.  NFL.com:  "The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed Thursday to a 24-hour extension of the negotiating window for a new collective bargaining agreement, sources told NFL Network's Kara Henderson.  Momentum to approve the idea of "stopping the clock" built throughout Thursday as the sides met for over eight hours in front of federal mediator George Cohen.  The original expiration date for the current CBA had been 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Now the union's deadline to possibly decertify is 4 p.m. ET Friday, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.  The 24-hour extension could very well lead to a longer extension, according to a league source."   READ MORE

Dez Bryant Says Rehab Is Going Well - Sensational Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had his rookie campaign come screeching to an abrupt stop when he suffered a broken ankle. According to Bryant, his ankle rehab is going well and everyone should be optimistic for his full recovery.  “My rehab is fine,” Bryant said. “I’ve been hearing a lot of stories about how Michael Irvin came off his ACL [in 1989] and how he was so ready to get back out there. I kinda feel the same way, that’s where my mindset is. His story motivates me so much of getting back out there [it] just makes me want to work hard and that’s what I’m doing each and every day.   READ MORE

Cowboys stand pat before deadline - The NFL and the NFLPA agreed on a 24-hour extension Thursday to prevent a possible lockout, but several teams made roster moves in anticipation of a work stoppage.  As part of Thursday's agreement, even though an extension was granted, the league year has ended. Teams could no longer cut, re-sign players or make any player moves after 10:59 p.m. CT Thursday, until there's a new CBA.  League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the transaction freeze via text, saying teams are free to negotiate with players and agents, but signings are prohibited.   READ MORE

Earthshaking announcement, & more on Daniels - Did the rumbling stop? Okay.  Earlier I promised you more thoughts on the Owen Daniels signing. I’m about to give them to you, but you’ll have to go elsewhere to read it. That’s because I’ve agreed to join SBN Houston as a contributor and their Weekend Editor. Don’t worry, nothing here will change. Thanks to Rivers McCown for asking me to come on board, and for not changing his mind immediately after. With myself and Rivers writing on the same website, one has to wonder if the Internet can hold up to that much sarcasm in such close proximity. We’ll have to see.   READ MORE

Texans Agree to Four-Year, $22 Million Deal with TE Daniels - Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com reported that the Houston Texans agreed to a four-year, $22 million deal with tight end Owen Daniels.  Daniels was tendered yesterday as a restricted free agent.  He will make $13 million within his first two years of his four-year deal.  The former Pro Bowl tight end was an integral part to the Texans’ early 2009 success, but he was hampered with knee-surgery recovery and a hamstring injury throughout 2010.  However, when healthy Daniels is Kubiak’s go-to tight end in the Texans’ offense.   READ MORE


Richards, Grossman questionable for Friday - Center Brad Richards and defenseman Nicklas Grossman practiced with the Dallas Stars on Thursday, but their status for Friday’s game in Anaheim is up in the air.  “There won’t be a decision made on them until tomorrow,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said Thursday. “They both practiced well, but we’ll have to wait to see where they’re at tomorrow. There’s a chance one or both may play tomorrow and there’s a chance one or both may not.”  Both players were injured in a game against Columbus on February 13 and have missed the last seven games. Richards has been out with concussion-like symptoms. Grossman has been sidelined with a hip injury.   READ MORE

Stars-Ducks Preview - The Stars won their third straight game, beating Phoenix, 3-2, on Tuesday to open a four-game road trip against Pacific Division rivals. After giving up a 2-0 lead late in the game, the Stars got a power play with 13 seconds left and Jamie Benn scored with 4.8 seconds remaining to give Dallas the win.   READ MORE

Dallas Stars Practice Update: Brad Richards, Nicklas Grossman Uncertain For Friday - It feels like today's Dallas Stars practice in Phoenix has been the most anticipated practice of the season. Both Brad Richards and Nicklas Grossman were expected to participate in a full practice for the first time since each were injured, with the chance that both would be able to join the Stars tomorrow night in Anaheim. That would mean that, for the first time in over a month, the Stars would take the ice as not only a fully-healthy hockey team but an improved hockey team with the addition of Goligoski and Jamie Benn having activated beast mode the past two weeks.  Unfortunately, it seems we're going to have to wait until tomorrow to find out if they'll be able to play. According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, both Richards and Grossman experienced some "mixed results" during their first full practice with the team.   READ MORE

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