Sports Morning Headlines - Friday, 3/30/12

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Friday, 03/30/12.

Camby, Boykins finally able to practice with team - get them on the practice court for the first time with the Rockets on Thursday, calling the workout “invaluable.”  “I’m really proud of the guys,” McHale said. “They’ve gone out and they’ve battled hard and they’re fighting. The time together allows us to get everybody on the same page. There’s times in the game they’ve got the fighting spirit going, they’re battling like crazy, but one guy running one play, another running another play.”   READ MORE

Courtney Lee is more than the corner three - Only three players in the league have made more corner threes with a higher percentage than Courtney Lee: Nick Young, Ryan Anderson, and Ray Allen. He’s connected on more, with greater efficiency, than Kyle Korver, Shane Battier, and Daequan Cook (who Lee shoots 11% better than, on just a few more attempts). Of the six players mentioned here, all are well-reputed marksman, but just one (Young) is known for having more complexity to his offensive game. By taking all these corner threes, Lee is tempering his own athletic ability in a semi-sacrificial way, complimenting wonderful playmakers like Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic by standing idle in the corner and doing right by his team.   READ MORE

Boris Diaw, Patrick Mills deal specifics - Specifics have emerged about the contracts signed by the two newest Spurs, Boris Diaw and Patrick Mills per Spurs beat reporter Jeff McDonald.  “Diaw, a 6-foot-8 forward, is signed through the end of the season and will earn the pro-rated league minimum. Mills’ contract is also a minimum deal and has a player option for the 2012-13 season as well. If Mills opts in, the 6-foot guard would be fully guaranteed $885,120 next season.”   READ MORE

Project Spurs:  Next stop Manu Ginobili: London subway stations renamed for current, former Spurs - If you're a San Antonio Spurs fan heading out to London this summer for the 2012 Olympics, don't be surprised to hear the conductor announce that the next stop on your subway (or tube as they say in London) ride is the Manu Ginobili station, or the David Robinson station.   READ MORE

Rapid Reaction: Heat 106, Mavericks 85 - How it happened: Jason Terry wore his gold shoes from last summer’s championship series, a reminder to everyone in South Beach just how well he played during the Dallas Mavericks' championship run.  Well, you know what they say about karma.  Terry made just one of 10 shots and was a non-factor offensively. He had as many fouls (3) as points (3). And then there’s Dirk Nowitzki, who missed his last eight shots.  Dallas can’t win on nights when its two best offensive players struggle to shoot.  Miami, leading by seven at halftime, never relinquished the lead as it methodically pulled away from the Mavs at American Airlines Arena on Thursday night.  The Mavs are 4-4 when Terry scores fewer than 10 points, but have lost three of the last four times it has happened. The Mavs don’t have an offensively-gifted team.   READ MORE

Terry said Mavs could get back to the Finals - The Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the 2006 NBA Finals, and the Mavs returned the favor and defeated the Heat in six games in last year's NBA Finals.  So, could this be the year the Mavs and Heat play the rubber game in the Finals?   READ MORE









VIDEO: Rangers video: Ron Washington on starting rotation - Rangers manager Ron Washington reveals the Rangers' starting rotation Thursday during his daily chat with the media.   WATCH HERE

Rangers set rotation; Darvish will debut April 9 - Lewis handed Opening Day assignment, followed by two lefties.  Two Japanese baseball icons will go head to head when the Rangers play the Mariners on April 9 at the Ballpark in Arlington.  That's when Yu Darvish will make his first Major League start, according to the rotation announced by Rangers manager Ron Washington on Thursday. Darvish will follow Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison in the rotation with Neftali Feliz as the fifth starter.  "Wherever and whenever I'm told to pitch, I'll just do my best," Darvish said. "That's all I'm thinking about right now."   READ MORE

Livan not concerned following subpar outing - After 15 seasons in the Majors, Livan Hernandez already knows what to expect.  And when it comes to Spring Training, he knows a bad outing isn't a reason for concern. The 37-year-old allowed eight runs, four earned, in 3 2/3 innings of work in Houston's 9-1 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday, but he wasn't worried.  Hernandez blamed some of his struggles on the fact that he was experimenting with his cutter, a pitch he is still trying to find with just days remaining before the start of the regular season.   READ MORE

Astros Drop Stinker To Mets 9-1 - This one was a little frustrating to watch. Not only did the Astros shoot themselves in the foot, but the umpires didn't help either. Maybe I shouldn't admonish the umpires, because it was really just the homeplate umpire who looked a lot like C.B. Bucknor.   READ MORE









Jerry Jones: Romo was worried about O-Line - Tony Romo spent most of the 2011 season running for his life.  NFL general managers don't usually admit mistakes but Jerry Jones recently did that while discussing the Cowboys' offensive line.  Jones, the team's owner and general manager, said that releasing three starters on the offensive line before the start of the 2011 season was a mistake.  Tackle Marc Colombo and guard Leonard Davis were released last July and center Andre Gurode followed a month later. Less experienced replacement options like Phil Costa and rookie Bill Nagy played "amazingly well for training camp and some of the early games," according to Jones. But that consistent production didn't last.   READ MORE

Could Dallas Cowboys Offer CB Mike Jenkins In Deal To Get CB Morris Claiborne? - At the NFL Owners Meeting earlier this week, Jerry Jones spotted a microphone and a camera and promptly proceeded to share his thoughts about the draft with whoever wanted to listen in. In the course of the interview, Jones indicated that the Cowboys would probably target a defensive player at some of the 'premium' positions like CB, LB, DE or DT. He also talked about possibly trading out of the 14th pick. At the time, most Cowboys fans took that to mean the Cowboys were looking to trade down.   READ MORE

Texans add veteran punter Donnie Jones - With Brett Hartmann coming off a serious knee injury and facing a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the Texans have signed veteran punter Donnie Jones.  Jones, who turns 32 in July, was with the St. Louis Rams the last five seasons and led the league with a 50-yard average in 2008, when he was a second-team All-NFL selection.  The salary-cap constrained Texans’ first veteran free-agent acquisition in 2012, he received a one-year contract worth $890,000, including a $65,000 signing bonus. Of the total, $540,000 counts against the cap.   READ MORE

Texans promote Bobby King to assistant LBs coach - The Houston Texans have promoted Bobby King from defensive assistant to assistant linebackers coach, it was announced today.  King came to the Texans in 2011 after serving as the defensive quality control/assistant linebackers coach for the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, where he worked directly under Texans linebackers coach Reggie Herring and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. In 2011, Houston’s defense ranked second in the NFL with a franchise-record 285.7 yards allowed per game. The Texans also set franchise records for fewest rushing yards, fewest passing yards and fewest points allowed, and for most sacks in a season.  King has spent his entire coaching career in the state of Texas. Prior to his tenure in Dallas, King was the defensive line coach at West Texas A&M University in 2008-09, and helped the 2009 team reach its first bowl game since 1967.   READ MORE













Plan is to play Kari Lehtonen both Friday and Saturday - The Stars practiced in Leduc, Alberta today before flying to Vancouver, and coach Glen Gulutzan announced that his plan is to play Kari Lehtonen both Friday at Vancouver and Saturday at San Jose.  Richard Bachman grabbed a 5-2 win at Vancouver on March 6 and has not played since losing in Winnipeg, so he was definitely an option that was discussed for the Vancouver game. However, Gulutzan said Lehtonen wants the starts and is playing very well right now.  "We're going to run with Kari here," Gulutzan said. "There was a bit (of talk about Bachman maybe playing), but Kari is feeling pretty good right now. He wants to play and we need at least three more wins, so we've got to find them anywhere we can."   READ MORE

Stars Beat Oilers, Keep Pace In NHL Western Conference - Big win Wednesday night in Edmonton! We needed it to keep pace with the rest of the West and give ourselves the best chance to get back in the playoffs. The two games remaining vs. San Jose will undoubtedly be huge.  This race just keeps getting tighter and tighter. The way things are going, this will probably go to the last day of the season.  It was a great weekend before we left on the trip. I saw that the Girl Scouts had a cool flash mob before the Calgary game on Saturday and Steve Ott’s inaugural bike rally went really well. Several teammates joined him at Strokers afterwards. I give a lot of credit to Steve as the effort earned some good money for the Dallas Stars Foundation. Great job!   READ MORE






---Staff and Wire Reports contributed to this story

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