Sports Morning Headlines-Monday, 05/23/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Thursday, May 19, 2011.

Chandler's Game 3 technical foul rescinded - The NBA has rescinded the technical foul issued to Mavericks center Tyson Chandler during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, ruling that the play was incidental and not unsportsmanlike, according to The Dallas Morning News.  After an Oklahoma City basket, Chandler grabbed the ball and tried to take it out for the inbounds pass.  James Harden and Chandler got tangled up under the basket, and when Chandler raised his arms, his elbow grazed the head of Harden.  Harden fell to the ground in pain and the technical was called.   READ MORE

Dirk Nowitzki says NBA title only acceptable outcome for Mavericks - The Dallas Mavericks are feeling good after Saturday's Game 3 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, allowing them to take control of the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series.  They are in the midst of a franchise-best four-game road playoff winning streak and head into tonight's Game 4 poised to continue their surge toward a second NBA Finals appearance.  Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, one of two players who remain on the team from the 2006 Finals club that lost to the Miami Heat, said the veteran-laden Mavericks are confident.   READ MORE

Western Conference finals getting physical - Things are starting to get touchy in the Western Conference finals.  The Thunder are down 2-1 to the Mavericks heading into Monday’s Game 4. However, getting physical nearly helped the Thunder overcome a 23-point deficit in Saturday’s 93-87 loss.  Thunder forward Nick Collison was both praised and questioned for his aggressive defense on Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki. Collison bumped and swatted at Nowitzki whenever he got the ball on the perimeter. The result was a sub-par 18-point performance for Nowitzki on 7-of-21 shooting. Nowitzki scored 10 of his points in the final eight minutes and committed seven turnovers.   READ MORE

Did Manu play in the playoffs with a broken arm? - Manu Ginobili’s elbow injury appears to be more extensive than might have first been reported.  Ginobili told the Argentine website Noticiasmdq.com that he sustained a small fracture of the right humerus, the long bone in the arm that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. The injury occurred in the final game of the regular season on April 13 when he was trapped in a collision between Tim Duncan and Phoenix’s Grant Hill.  The Spurs originally announced that Ginobili sustained a sprained elbow. He missed the first game of the playoffs and then played the remaining five games with the injury in the six-game series loss to Memphis. He averaged a team-leading 20.6 points per game against the Grizzlies despite playing with a balky brace.   READ MORE

Parker better as a silent partner - Just outside security, on the way to baggage claim in San Antonio’s newest airport terminal, is a large video screen.  “Tony Parker, client,” are the words on it.  Parker is pictured wearing a suit, as well as an expression that suggests he, while wearing the suit, could take Jason Kidd off the dribble. Parker has lent his name to a San Antonio-based business group that handles insurance, mortgages and “wealth management.”  So what if this company suffered a bad quarter? Would Parker be as blunt as he was last week about the Spurs?  Or would he remember he’s being paid by the group?  If anything, what Parker said at a Paris press conference last week is the consensus. “Our team can still perform at the highest level,” he said of the Spurs, “but next year I don’t think we can play for the title.”   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs:  Spurs' Hill shows off his new 'motorcycle' - San Antonio Spurs guard George Hill recently shared a photo on Twitter of him showing off his new "motorcycle."  Got to love Hill's sense of humor but from all Spurs fans, please take it easy on that hog Hill. We don't need you hurting yourself on that "powerful" bike.   READ MORE

Yao fights different battle - Yao Ming's form looked good.  He squared up, flicked his wrist and followed through with the pure-form release on a shot we have seen thousands of times in the nine years since the Rockets drafted him No. 1.  OK, so it was with a toy basketball on a 4-foot goal and the defender was the lovable Clutch, the Rockets mascot, at an appearance Thursday at Hunters Creek Elementary School. It was still nice to see.  But for those of us who would love to see him back in the NBA, Yao's words weren't so encouraging. The oft-injured big man has never sounded so unsure about his ability to recover from an injury. He didn't sound disheartened, but he was hesitant to make proclamations about his basketball future.   READ MORE

Somehow, Kevin McHale Is The Favorite To Coach The Houston Rockets - Kevin McHale has reportedly "emerged as the frontrunner" for the currently vacant Houston Rockets head coaching position. Oh, boy.  Take it away, Adrian Wojnarowksi:  No final decision has officially been reached, nor are contract negotiations underway, but McHale has clearly separated himself from Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, sources said. McHale made a strong final impression in conversations with Houston officials on Thursday in Chicago, and could receive a formal offer in the next week.   READ MORE

Who will Rockets take in the draft? - For all of his moxie and tenacity and determination, Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry could not overcome the cold and callous grip of mathematics. So forgive those who held out hope that Lowry, whose penchant for dramatic buzzer-beaters served as one of his several personal highlights this season, could conquer near-insurmountable odds and elevate the Rockets above their modest draft lottery position.   READ MORE

 

 

 

 

Harrison outpitches Oswalt as Rangers top Phillies 2-0 - The best performance by a starting pitcher this weekend wasn't turned in by a former Cy Young Award winner, but by a left-hander who three weeks ago was in full crisis mode.  The Texas Rangers needed every bit of Matt Harrison's performance Sunday, and their struggling lineup put together just enough offense against Roy Oswalt to avoid a three-game sweep and a four-game losing streak.  Harrison scattered five hits over 81/3 scoreless innings, and Neftali Feliz got the final two outs to snap out of a personal funk and complete a 2-0 victory at Citizens Bank Park.   READ MORE

Rangers replenish lineup for opener vs. White Sox - The Rangers are returning home hoping for some change on Monday. The White Sox are hoping things stay the same.  As Texas looks to break out of a slump at the plate after a series loss to the Phillies, the White Sox will hope to build on some excellent pitching performances that have helped Chicago win 11 of its last 15 games.  Chicago starters are 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA in their last six starts. Through the last 19 outings, the rotation is working on a 2.89 ERA with 14 quality starts.   READ MORE

Pence, Wandy handle Blue Jays, lift Astros to series win - Astros right fielder Hunter Pence provided the offensive boost for starter Wandy Rodriguez Sunday afternoon, as Houston took the rubber game of the weekend series with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays north of the border in interleague play.  With the victory, Houston -- who had dropped 11 of their last 14 heading into Sunday's finale at the Rogers Centre -- won its first series in three weeks since taking two out of three from the Milwaukee Brewers between April 29-May 1 at Minute Maid Park.   READ MORE

Blue Jay Down, Astros Win 3-2 - Hunter Pence had a really nice weekend north of the border. If the Astros really are exploring trading him to the Phillies, any visiting scouts would have a very favorable impression of him.  How well did he do? Pence was 6 for 14 with a double and the game-winning home run on Sunday. He's brought his average up nearly 10 points in just three days. That doesn't guarantee a trade, nor does it mean the Phillies will have enough to get a deal done.   READ MORE

 

 

 

Dallas Cowboys: Roger Staubach and the Five Biggest Proponents of Tony Romo - If Tony Romo has nothing else in life, he has his share of enemies.  If he passes for over 4,000 yards, the Cowboys are too pass-happy, and if he throws over 30 touchdown passes and has double0digit interceptions then he’s making too many mistakes.  Danged if he does and danged if he doesn’t, right?  Well, maybe my man’s luck is starting to change. Last week, former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach came to his defense, saying that Romo is a Super Bowl quarterback.   READ MORE

Miles Austin Ranked 70th Best Player of 2011 - NFL.com has been running a feature about the top 100 players for 2011, assuming there is a 2011 season. Three Cowboys have made the list so far, including Jay Ratliff (75th), Tony Romo (72nd), and Miles Austin (70th).   READ MORE

Lockout or no, Kubiak has no breaks in preparation - There was one time last season when Gary Kubiak thought his team might have quit on him. Even during a string of gut-wrenching, last-second losses, Kubiak never stopped believing his players were giving it everything they had.  Each week, we'd shuffle into the locker room after games and ask some version of the same questions about effort and preparation and coaching.  Kubiak steadfastly defended his players until that day in Nashville in the 14th game of a 6-10 season. That was the day he saw something that both infuriated and frightened him during a lifeless 31-17 loss.  "That was as disappointed as I ever was," Kubiak said. "We did not play well. We did not play hard."   READ MORE

Johnson recruiting free agent Asomugha - At some point the NFL lockout will end and the Texans, like other teams, will get back to the business of football, which includes signing free agents.  Fans are already calling on owner Bob McNair to pursue perhaps the most desirable free agent on the market, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, to help resurrect what was the worst defensive backfield in the NFL last season.  Obviously the Texans currently can't contact Asomugha, but there's nothing to stop Texans players from recruiting arguably the best cornerback in the league and receiver Andre Johnson is doing just that.   READ MORE

 

 


New York Post: Dallas Stars Have "No Shot" at Brad Richards - There's an inflammatory headline for you, but that's what Larry Brooks of the New York Post opined in a recent column arguing that the New York Rangers should be working to attain the rights to Brad Richards in exchange for a marginal pick in this year's NHL entry draft.  From a New York Ranger perspective (or Maple Leaf, or whoever else thinks they might have a shot) we can see how that might make some sense given Richards' concussion this spring and the flinging of what we like to call "stupid money" that will ensue on July 1st, but unsurprisingly the notion that the Stars don't even have a shot doesn't strike the same chord.   READ MORE

Fraser, Kootenay fall to 0-2 at Memorial Cup - Dallas Stars prospect Matt Fraser and the Kootenay Ice’s hopes of winning the Memorial took a big blow Sunday evening. Kootenay lost 2-1 to Mississauga to fall to 0-2 in the tournament.  Only one team has ever lost the first two games of the Memorial Cup tournament and gone on to win the championship. That was Windsor in 2009.   READ MORE

Offseason Preview, Dallas Stars: Chapter 1; Goaltending - This is the first of a four-part series in which I will examine one of my favorite hockey teams, the Dallas Stars. I will examine the organization top to bottom by position and ultimately finish off with a draft preview. If everyone enjoys my analysis enough, I will continue the series with my other favorite team, the Philadelphia Flyers. Enjoy!  The 2010-2011 season for the Dallas Stars was somewhat of an enigma. A seven-point improvement on the 09-10 campaign was not enough for a return to the postseason. With a loss to the Minnesota Wild in game 82, the Stars were beat out for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West by the Chicago Blackhawk's by the narrowest of margins.  Even without a win in their final game, the Stars would have secured the eighth playoff spot had they been in the Eastern conference. With a win against the Wild, the Stars would have been No. 6.   READ MORE

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