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Sports Morning Headlines-Friday, 05/27/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Friday, May 27, 2011.

Better box out: Heat duo hot on boards - Shawn Marion's job just got tougher. The Miami Heat don't don't have great size inside yet they forcefully rebound the basketball because their two big wing guys crash the boards.  LeBron James (8.7) and Dwyane Wade (7.3) are combining for 16 rebounds a game in the playoffs with nearly four coming on the offensive end (Chris Bosh leads the team at 8.9). Shawn Marion starts on LeBron, and that doesn't mean he won't see Wade, too. Either way, he'll have to keep his man in check. Marion is an excellent career rebounder and not everyone realizes he boasts four seasons averaging double-digit boards. Tyson Chandler has two (he averaged 9.4 this season).   READ MORE

Barkley picks the Mavericks again - Charles Barkley is backing the Mavericks again.  Maybe not as strongly as he did when he picked them against the Los Angeles Lakers. But he likes them in the NBA Finals against Miami.  “I think the Mavs have a really good chance and I think they’re going to win the series,’’ Barkley said on TNT’s
postgame show late Thursday night. “Dirk Nowitzki is in the moment and they are in the Finals. I like this Mavs team.   READ MORE

Mavericks' Terry determined to win NBA title - Before Jason Kidd, the only point guard to lead the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals was Jason Terry.  Not Steve Nash. Not Derek Harper. Not Sam Cassell. Not Nick Van Exel.  Jason Terry.  That was in 2006, when Terry was the starting point guard who guided the Mavericks to the franchise's first trip to the NBA Finals. Terry averaged 22 points and shot 47.8 percent from the field (54 of 113) in the '06 Finals, which the Miami Heat won in six games.  Since then, Terry has reinvented himself while becoming a standout sixth man. And now he and the Mavericks are back in the NBA Finals.   READ MORE

Kobe Bryant Should Be Cheering for Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks Championship - So when one of the most dangerous teams in recent memory looks primed for a championship; when one of the best players in recent history has been beaten down for his championship failures; when a team comes together, full of young-in-their-prime stars and might possibly win a championship in its first year of creation...  What do you do?  You hope they never get a taste.  There's blood in the water and the Miami Heat can smell it, but you hope they never get a taste.  At least if you're Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.   READ MORE

The Houston Rockets Coaching Carousel Nears Its Long-Awaited End - Just as I'm starting to come to terms with Kevin McHale as the Houston Rockets' next head coach, Dwane Casey appears to be back in the picture. Or, perhaps given our collective tendency to jump the gun in situations such as these, Casey never left the picture to begin with.  Adrian Wojnarowski does great work for Yahoo! and has covered this story from the beginning, but CBS Sports' Ken Berger is as close to equal ground as you'll find. This particular tidbit comes from Mr. Berger.   READ MORE

McHale may be good fit for Rockets - Several months ago when he announced Rick Adelman would not be returning, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey cautioned the media and fans not to get too caught up in the name of the soon-to-be named Rockets coach.  (OK, it was only one month ago, but it seems longer, doesn't it?)  Turns out it was an unnecessary warning because no one would say that Dwane Casey, Lawrence Frank and Kevin McHale, the three finalists, have name recognition issues in NBA circles.  But which is the best candidate? Tough call.   READ MORE

Spurs’ Splitter expects crazy summer - The player Spurs coach Gregg Popovich calls a linchpin of the team’s future doesn’t pretend to know what the immediate future holds.  Center Tiago Splitter has been hard at work at the Spurs’ practice court the past three weeks, beginning the overhaul of a shot that needs serious tweaking. But he wonders whether the coming months will mean finding a new shooting coach and a gym in which to work.  He had plans to play in the FIBA Americas tournament in Argentina in September, but they’re on hold. Splitter hoped to help his national team, Brazil, qualify for the 2012 Olympic basketball tournament in London.   READ MORE

Former Silver Star Dydek Passes Away - We here at Project Spurs are sad to report that a member of the San Antonio sports family has passed away. Former Silver Stars center Margo Dydek has passed away according to nbcsports.com.dydek.  Former WNBA player Margo Dydek has died after suffering a heart attack a week ago and being placed in a medically induced coma.  Cathy Roberts, the operations manager for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League, where Dydek was head coach, told The Associated Press that Dydek, 37, died early Friday.  The Poland-born Dydek suffered the heart attack on May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane.  Dydek, who was pregnant with her third child, was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and Los Angeles.   READ MORE

(We here at MVPTexas.com also are saddened by the sudden loss of Ms. Dydek and send our condolences out to her family and friends.)

 

 

 

 

Dave Barnett replaces John Rhadigan on Rangers TV play-by-play - John Rhadigan was removed as the Texas Rangers television play-by-play voice Thursday, effective immediately, after only seven weeks on the job.  Dave Barnett, who has shared the radio booth with Eric Nadel and filled in for Rhadigan on days off, will broadcast tonight's game against Kansas City along with analyst Tom Grieve.   READ MORE

Alexi Ogando solidifies his role as starting pitcher for Rangers - Every doubt about Alexi Ogando's ability to be a serviceable starting pitcher has been strongly disproved by the first nine starts of his career.  Innings? He can log them.  Within all those innings, an average of just under seven a game, he has shown an ability to keep hitters off-balance as he makes his way through a lineup two, three and four times.  He's even learned the finer points of blister management.  Ogando's complete-game shutout Monday was his finest moment and solidified his status as one of the newest mound sensations in baseball at 5-0 with a tidy 1.81 ERA.   READ MORE

Dodgers vs. Astros series has changed - There was a time in Astros history when a series against the dreaded Dodgers in Houston brought energy and electricity. Things have changed greatly over the years. The Dodgers, once Western Division rivals of the Astros, now play in a different division; the two teams will meet nine teams this year as opposed to the 18 games they played prior to realignment; Tommy Lasorda, loathed by Astros fans during the 80's, is hardly a recognizable name to the current generation; the Dodgers simply don't have the same mystique or talent; and the current Dodgers are a financial mess.   READ MORE

Astros claim RHP Blake King off waivers from St. Louis - The Houston Astros claimed right-handed pitcher Blake King off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday afternoon and placed him on the 40-man roster prior to optioning him to Double-A Corpus Christi.  General manager Ed Wade made the announcement via a press release.  King, 24, posted a 2-0 record with an 11.30 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings in 17 relief appearances between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis this season.   READ MORE

 

 

 

Cowboys owner seeks dismissal of Super Bowl suit - The NFL and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit over Super Bowl XLV tickets, saying reimbursement offers to displaced ticketholders were legally adequate.  "These offers were made to be accommodating to the NFL's valued fans, but in fact, they exceed the amount to which any of the ticket-holders is entitled," the NFL and Jones said in a court filing Thursday.   READ MORE

REPORT: Jerry Jones Will Target Safeties In Free Agency - Reports surfaced today on a Pro Football Weekly report that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will target veteran safeties in free agency. It is an obvious move for the team to make after they passed on drafting a safety in the NFL Draft this past April.  The safeties who currently hold a spot on the Cowboys roster are Alan Ball, who is expected to actually move back to cornerback this season, Gerald Sensabaugh, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Barry Church and Danny McCray. The names on the roster leave a lot to be desired. Outside of Ball and Sensabaugh, the safety group lacks any significant experience.   READ MORE

Dallas Cowboys Trade Speculation: Which Marquee Players Should Dallas Consider - Last season the Cowboys were a couple of players and a few plays short of making another run at a Super Bowl. Wide receiver Dez Bryant brought a spark and explosion to an already potent offense and DeMarcus Ware again led the league in sacks.  So with all of the talent the ‘Boys have, why are we still discussing the possibility of Dallas making it back to the NFL’s version of the promised land?  Well, maybe because talent doesn’t win championships, just ask Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.   READ MORE

Houston Texans: Letting Vonta Leach Walk Is Both Unpopular and Smart - Of late, one member of the 2010 Houston Texans has had his name discussed more than any other: Vonta Leach.  This discussion is both on the national and local level.  The All Pro fullback was honored in NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2011” as 65th.  This sparked a debate as to whether a fullback, even the best, should be considered one of the best players in the league.  The premise against this thought is that the role of fullbacks has been diminished because of the emergence of pass first offenses throughout the league.  Fullbacks, the previous mainstay of run oriented offenses, find themselves on the sideline more and more in favor of three and four receiver sets.   READ MORE

NFL Lockout News: Gary Kubiak Feels “My biggest concern is getting our defense going and taught as quickly as we can.” - Every NFL fan out there is suffering due to the lockout. I’m pretty sure every fan is absolutely, positively, sick to their stomach hearing about the banter back-and-fourth by the two sides regarding who’s at fault here.  Over the past few months as sports radio interviews have become increasingly more creative and challenging I’ve come to the conclusion that there really is one party in the whole lockout dispute that is the innocent by standard: the NFL coaches. The coaches work for the owners and the league, but also are responsible for the players who make this game the unique sport that has become a staple of the American culture. After listening to multiple coachs’ interviews here for the SRI platform I have got to feel for the coaches out there who just want to go to work.   READ MORE

 

 


Fraser scores two as Kootenay advances at Memorial Cup - Dallas Stars prospect Matt Fraser scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist as the Kootenay Ice advanced to the semifinal game at the Memorial Cup with a 7-3 win over Owen Sound Thursday night.  The Ice will play Mississauga Friday night. The winner of that game will take on the St. John Sea Dogs for the Memorial Cup championship on Sunday.   READ MORE

You vote: Dallas Stars' Play of the Year - We're rolling out a special feature this summer here at Defending Big D: Dallas Stars Play Of The Year. We want to put it to the Stars fans and the readers of DBD to determine just which play was truly the most exciting, the most game-changing of the season. We're going to break it down by month, picking a winner for October, November, December, etc before having a vote among all the winners for each month. We'll present a video highlight of each play and you -- the readers --- will vote on the winner.  We've narrowed down the field month by month, and now it's time to vote on the play of the year. Really, we should call it the "Jamie Benn Play of the Year*" (*with a few other plays by some other guys to make it seem fair...).  On with voting!! Tell us which is your play of year.   READ MORE

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