Sports Morning Headlines-Wednesday, 5/25/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

Mavs know this series could easily be tied at 2-2 - No way are the Dallas Mavericks overlooking the Oklahoma City Thunder and looking ahead to a showdown in the NBA Finals against Miami or Chicago.  Although Dallas rallied from a 15-point deficit with 5:06 remaining in the fourth quarter to stun the Thunder, 112-105 in overtime on Monday, the Mavs know they were precariously close to this best-of-seven Western Conference Finals being tied at 2-2.  That’s why the Mavs want to go ahead and close out this series when they entertain OKC at 8 p.m. Wednesday at American Airlines Center. The Mavs want to keep the Thunder down while their licking their wounds after a very frustrating loss in Game 4.   READ MORE

World can see greatness of Dirk, Kidd - We were on the train to watch the track and field competition, if my memory serves me correctly, and the kid from Germany knew everything.  He knew the Olympic swimmers. He knew the Olympic shot putters. He could recite the entire starting lineup of the German soccer team.  But when I asked, at those 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, if he knew anything about German basketball, both the kid and his dad gave me blank stares.  You mean you didn't know, I said, that the best player on the Dallas team in the NBA is a 22-year-old from Germany?  I'll never forget their answer: They both started laughing.   READ MORE

Parting ways with Adelman was the right call - This isn’t exactly a profound statement.  Others before me have said it, and far earlier than this.  But for the record, after my initial bewilderment, after some of the tidbits that have come out in the media, I want to state that I’m on board with management’s decision to part ways with Rick Adelman.  On the surface, it was confusing.  Why let go a man who made the most–year in and year out–with the hand he was dealt?  Were the Rockets hoping for better results?  That seemed delusional.  But reports over the past few weeks have hinted at some greater philosophical discord.  Apparently Morey and the team wanted an eye to the future while Adelman wanted to win.   READ MORE

Kanter passes first few tests but team workouts will be key - There was plenty to talk about in the lobby at this year's NBA predraft combine.  That's always the case, of course, with team executives, agents and even players themselves filling the foyer of the downtown Westin every year to discuss which prospects are rising and which ones are falling as D-day (June 23) nears. But the buzz was even louder than normal this time around, in part because of the weak nature of the draft class and the first-round fluidity that it creates, and also because of the heavy dose of international players has added to the mystery.   READ MORE

Local Ratings Rise During 10-11' Spurs Season - The San Antonio Spurs tied for the best record in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls at 61-22. Through the 82 game season, the Spurs finished at number one in local television ratings according to the Salt Lake Tribune.  In a comparison of local TV packages, the Jazz (who averaged a 5.6 rating on ROOT Sports) were second only to the team with the best record in the league. The San Antonio Spurs averaged a 10.1 local rating on Fox Sports Southwest, up a whopping 52 percent over the 2009-10 season.   READ MORE

Forbes Magazine reports record 85 percent of NBA players are gamers - Maybe it’s because they have a lot of time on their hands and are handsomely rewarded from their work.  Or it might be because NBA players typically are younger with less completed college education than their counterparts in the NFL.  But an interesting article by Forbes indicates that a record 85 percent of NBA players are gamers.  Some players are more serious than others. Among the Spurs, the most avid gamers include Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair and George Hill.   READ MORE

 

 

 

 

Bullpen coming up big; defense giving up big - The Astros lost tonight for the second time in four games because of a crucial error. It’s particularly unfortunate because the defensive shortcomings are overshadowing a brilliant improvement by the bullpen, which had been arguable the Astros’ biggest weakness.  Tonight, it was Bill Hall coming up with the bad error. We saw good Bill Hall on Monday night when he went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs. But good Bill Hall disappears in a hurry as we saw the other side of the coin tonight when he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.   READ MORE

Series on line as Dodgers, Astros meet in Houston - While it has been an up and down year for Dodgers starter Ted Lilly, the right-hander may get added support if Andre Ethier makes his likely return to the Dodgers lineup Wednesday against the Astros.  Ethier has been bothered by an injured left big toe, lower back and right elbow since crashing into an outfield wall Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.  "I need him to be 100 percent," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "Last year he got banged up. He was hobbling around the whole second half of the year. You just don't want to see that."   READ MORE

White Sox, Rangers face quick turnaround - High winds and chunks of hail weren't enough to keep the Rangers and White Sox from completing their game on Tuesday night, and the two teams will reconvene just a few hours later for a less meterologically imposing game on Wednesday. Both Texas and Chicago have won a game apiece in this series, and they'll be looking for crucial momentum in Wednesday's finale.  The Rangers have held exclusive control of first place in the American League West for seven straight days -- and they've held at least a share of first in 41 of the 55 days this year -- but they're currently playing through a pronounced slump. Texas, which won its first three series of the season, has won one of its last nine series and lost eight of its last 12 series.   READ MORE

Josh Hamilton not altering his style of play - A nearly six-week stay on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his upper arm didn't alter Josh Hamilton's style of play his second game back in the lineup.  In a memorable eighth inning on the bases around 1 a.m., Hamilton slid headfirst into first base in beating out an infield hit, slid headfirst in stealing second and made a nice hesitation headfirst slide to avoid a tag on a wild pitch to get to third. He was stranded there, but he certainly made a statement that his body felt good and that he was going to stay aggressive on the bases.   READ MORE

 

 

 

NFL to fine teams for multiple flagrant hits - he NFL will punish teams next season if their players commit multiple flagrant hits that result in fines.  The punishment will be financial, although league vice president Adolpho Birch said Tuesday he didn’t rule out Commissioner Roger Goodell applying further sanctions such as stripping clubs of draft choices.  Citing the “notion of club accountability,” Birch says details such as the amount of the fines against clubs, or how many player fines would trigger punishment, have not been determined.   READ MORE

Houston Texans, Andre Johnson 2011 League MVP? - 24 seasons ago, despite playing in only 12 games that season due to the 1987 NFL Players Strike, Jerry Rice still managed to gain 1,078 receiving yards and an NFL record 22 touchdown receptions. That record stood unitl 2007. Randy Moss broke the record in which he needed 16 games in order to do it.  That year, in 1987, the Associated Press voted Denver Broncos John Elway NFL most valuable player. Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers was voted NFL MVP by Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia &  The Sporting News.   READ MORE

Oh Sure, Now Wade Phillips Doesn't Want Vending Machines - Chris Watkins covered this story very well over the weekend at SB Nation Houston, but I wanted to put my own two cents in.  Wade Phillips, at a dinner for high-paying customers, proclaimed again that he does not need an earth-moving nose tackle to make his scheme work.   READ MORE

Cowboys Player-Led Workouts Roll On - There are varied opinions on the player-led workouts that are taking place around the NFL. On the positive side, players are working out to some extent, and hopefully are building the ties that bond, and that will help when the season finally comes around. On the negative side, some wonder how much is actually able to get done at these workouts and the specter of injury to a player hangs over every session.  Personally, I'm very much in favor of them. This team needs to take every opportunity to improve on the abysmal 2010 season. So doing what they can to workout together, to try and learn as much of the Rob Ryan defense as they can, it's all a good thing. But, check back with me if something goes wrong.   READ MORE

DeMarcus Ware Named NFC’s Best Defensive Player - As ESPN is starting to wrap up their power rankings, they focus on the top defensive players in the NFL. Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware came in at the second spot just behind Pittsburgh Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu. Ware received the most votes among NFC players.   READ MORE

 

 


Ice stays alive at Memorial Cup - Kootenay Ice forwards Matt Fraser and Max Reinhart always talk about how they’ll play off each other before each game. They did so again on Tuesday night before their team’s must-win encounter with the Saint John Sea Dogs, but this time they talked about adjustments.  After the Ice had scored once on 61 shots in losses to the Owen Sound Attack and the Mississauga Saint Michael’s Majors, changes were certainly needed. Instead of worrying about every shot, Fraser said, he and Reinhart would worry about creating open space.   READ MORE

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Dallas Stars Draft Primer - It's finally time to start moving on from the disappointment of the 2010-11 season for the Dallas Stars, and look once more to the future. This is a time when we can once again have some hope about the future, to think about the improvements that can be made over the summer for the team and the organization and finally get back to wondering if this team has the ability to make it to the postseason.   READ MORE

It’s heaven in Game 7 - DiSalvatore's goal with 73 seconds left finally delivers berth in Calder Cup.  Jon DiSalvatore scored what may go down as the ugliest goal in Aeros playoff history, but his score with 73 seconds left in the third period may be one of the team’s biggest ever.  With time winding down in another nail-biter between the Aeros and Hamilton Bulldogs, DiSalvatore saw a loose puck between Drew MacIntyre’s pads and shoved it over the goal line.  There was no crisp pass to set it up, no fancy move to fake the netminder, just a scrum in the crease and the sweet sound of the goal horn accompanied by 6,117 fans roaring in adoration Tuesday night at Toyota Center.  The Aeros survived a tense final minute, won the game 4-3 and advanced to the Calder Cup to play the Binghamton Senators. With the Western Conference title finally wrapped up, the Aeros will begin their quest for a third AHL championship Friday night at Toyota Center.   READ MORE

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