Sports Morning Headlines-Wednesday, 8/10/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Wednesday, August 10, 2011.

Is the Hall of Fame in Yao's future? - Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming may be headed to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. a lot sooner that anyone thought possible.  Players can only make the Hall of Fame after a minimum waiting period of five years, but to be selected in the category of contributor, candidates become eligible immediately.  And according to John Doleva, President/CEO Basketball Hall of Fame, it's through that avenue that Yao is eligible for the 2012 class.   READ MORE

Houston Rockets: Ranking the 5 Worst Defenders - The Houston Rockets nearly snuck into the playoffs last year with credit to one of the league's best offenses under Rick Adelman.  Kyle Lowry and company led the league in team assists per game and showed great teamwork, but now it's time to see that chemistry on the defensive side of the floor.  They will now play for legendary tough guy Kevin McHale, and these five players will need to amp up their defensive productivity in order to keep the new coach happy.   READ MORE

Rodman promises to be on very best behavior at his HOF induction - Despite earlier reports that he planned an induction entry unlike any other, Dennis Rodman has told Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame officials he will have no antics during his Friday enshrinement.  NBA.com’s Scott Howard-tweeted that Rodman has “given his word” that he will be on his best behavior when he joins the other basketball greats in the hall.  Rodman has given Naismith officials a sneak peak at his wardrobe for Friday. In turn, they have told him they will display his Friday wardrobe – “It’s worth seeing,” Rodman said — along with some of his other basketball memorabalia.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs: Spurs part of the 'Grind Pack' - Whether there is going to be a next season or not doesn't really matter to the Memphis Grizzlies as the team has announced their ticket packages for fans and the San Antonio Spurs are featured in the "Grind Pack."  Another 10-game deal is known as the "Grind Pack" and features several contests against the NBA's elite, including the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 16 along with the Boston Celtics (Dec. 27), New York Knicks (Jan. 12), San Antonio Spurs (Feb. 14), Lakers (March 13) and Orlando Magic (March 17).   READ MORE

Jason Terry and the HOF - Public perception can be a damning thing, especially when it’s wrong. Jason Terry is in the midst of a stand out career yet I would be willing to bet if you asked anybody outside the Metroplex who is a better guard, Terry or Derek Fisher, people would select Fisher without a second thought. Never mind that Fisher has played three more seasons than Terry and scored nearly 6,000 less points, dished out over a 1,000 fewer assists, and racked up 38 fewer steals. Doesn’t matter, he has public perception on his side.   READ MORE

Report: China offers Dirk $1.5M per month - NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks has been offered $1.5 million per month to play for the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to the German newspaper Bild.  The Monday report called the offer the largest monthly sum offered to an NBA player since the lockout went into effect.  But don't be surprised if the German star turns down the mega-offer — he's nixed big money before, and his current focus is on helping his native country at the upcoming European Championships. Germany is seeking a berth in the 2012 Olympics.   READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton drives in winning run as Rangers rally - The Texas Rangers are getting good at winning in dramatic fashion.  For the second time on this homestand, the Rangers rallied for a walkoff win, beating the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Tuesday night on Josh Hamilton's ninth-inning single. The victory allowed the Rangers to maintain their 1 ½-game lead over Los Angeles in the American League West.  It was another improbable victory for Texas, which got just 2 2/3 innings out of starter Alexi Ogando. It shouldn't have come as such a surprise though as the first walkoff victory on the homestand came after Derek Holland pitched just 1 2/3 innings.   READ MORE

Rangers 7, Mariners 6 (F) - The rallies keep coming for the Texas Rangers.  They charged from three runs down Tuesday night, turning away Seattle on a Josh Hamilton single in the ninth inning for a 7-6 victory that preserved a 1 1/2-game lead in the American League West.  Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer in the seventh to start the comeback, and Yorvit Torrealba tied the game with a two-out RBI double in the eighth that sailed over the head of Ichiro Suzuki.  After Neftali Feliz pitched a scorless inning, Kinsler took a four-pitch walk to start the ninth and Endy Chavez put down a terrific bunt that turned into a hit. Two pitches later, Hamilton lined a single into left-center field, and Kinsler scored easily.   READ MORE

Houston Astros: Ranking Their 8 Biggest Rivals - One of the best aspects of sports is rivalries like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers and the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. Every time these teams meet there is an added excitement because of the animosity between players and the fan base.  The one thing those rivalries all have in common is that they have a long history as well as regularly competing for championships. The Astros' have some rivalries but unfortunately have lost a bit of excitement these past few years with their struggles on the field.  With that said the Astros have rivals both on the team level as well as individually. These are the top eight rivals of the Houston Astros.   READ MORE

One night after big game, Downs sits - Despite tying his career high with three hits on Monday night, Matt Downs wasn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game.  Manager Brad Mills admitted there was a temptation to start Downs, who had four hits in his last five at-bats after breaking an 0-for-24 drought Sunday.  The versatile infielder started at first base on Monday in place of Carlos Lee, who was back in the lineup Tuesday. Downs, who is hitting .203 as a starter, is tied for the Major League lead with eight pinch-hit RBIs, including two home runs.   READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 


Fantasy Football Draft Preparation: Top 10, ADP And Cowboys Rankings - With preseason games less than 48 hours away, the true fantasy football aficionado has already started developing his strategy. By now, you probably have put a couple names in the back of your mind, hoping that you'll be able to get them for good value. Preseason should be used to confirm or reject those hypothesis, as the first three games often will indicate how a team plans on using that breakout star you've been keeping an eye on since last year. Preseason should be used as an opportunity to uncover those mid-round gems. Players without much fanfare could be the sleeper you need. While most people try to get star power for their lineups, it's the unheralded complimentary players that normally takes you to a championship. Just look at the production out of Arian Foster and Hakeem Nicks last season.   READ MORE

How Terence Newman and Other Injured Players Could Affect the Dallas Cowboys - Just what the Cowboys need—injuries.  Yes it is early in the “season,” but this Dallas Cowboys team can ill afford any major injuries, and the boys are getting injuries to vital personnel.  This young training camp has already seen Terence Newman down to a groin injury as well as a back problem for Montrae Holland, who is taking the place of Leonard Davis who was let go two weeks ago.  Tashard Choice and DeMarco Murray are two running backs having problems seeing the green of the artificial turf.  Furthermore, LB Bruce Carter is still recovering from ACL surgery from last November, and now Keith Brooking has a hammy problem.   READ MORE

Houston Texans: What to Make of the Intital Texans Depth Chart - The Houston Texans are now a little over a week into training camp and another week away from their first preseason game. In preparation for this, the team has posted the first official depth chart since the end of the 2010 season.  There is a certain amount of turnover for NFL teams from year to year, but the Texans have experienced more than the average amount.  Even though Gary Kubiak kept his job despite a 6-10 record, the entire defensive coaching staff was overhauled to include defensive coordinator Wade Phillips who instituted his 3-4 defense.  With this transition, there is destined to be a certain amount of change to the personnel. Some personnel decisions on the depth chart are certainly intriguing though, for many different reasons.   READ MORE

Texans donating auction proceeds to orphaned siblings - The Houston Texans will donate the proceeds from their first game-day auction to support three children who were orphaned and seriously injured in a car accident in July.  The Texans play the New York Jets on Monday, Aug. 15. The team's foundation operates an auction during each home game, and the money raised will be earmarked to help 9-year-old Peter, 8-year-old Aaron and 6-year-old Willa Berry.  The children's parents, Joshua and Robin, were killed in a collision as the family was returning home from a vacation in Colorado. Aaron and Peter are permanently paralyzed; Willa was left with several broken bones.  The tragedy has drawn national attention. Pop music star Justin Bieber helped launch a Web site telling people how to donate to the Berrys.   READ MORE










 


USA junior evaluation camp notes - Dallas Stars prospects John Klingberg and Patrick Nemeth did not factor in the scoring as Sweden routed Finland 7-1 Tuesday at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY.  Klingberg did not play in the third period after suffering an undisclosed injury late in the second period of the game. Klingberg tested the injury during a break late in the second, looked uncomfortable and did not play after that. We’ll have to wait and see if Team Sweden provides any kind of update.   READ MORE

Campbell having strong camp for Team USA - Stars goalie prospect Jack Campbell is considered a ``gamer,'' meaning he raises his game in competition situations. And he seems to be adding to that reputation at Team USA's orientation camp for the World Juniors.  Campbell, who already has won a gold medal for Team USA at the 2009 World Juniors, took a 4-3 win over Sweden in a scrimmage Monday.  In addition, coach Dean Blais said this to www.nhl.com: "Jack Campbell has proven himself to be the go-to guy. Whether the other goaltenders can improve to the point they can challenge him ... certainly I think Jack is in a category of his own right now."   READ MORE






---Staff and Wire Reports contributed to this story

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