Sports Morning Headlines-Monday, 11/29/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Monday, November 29, 2010.

Ginobili guides Spurs past Hornets - Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs never doubted their ability to overcome a 17-point deficit on the road, in the second half, against Chris Paul and a New Orleans Hornets squad that had yet to lose at home. What Ginobili and Co., never imagined was a comeback so dominant that San Antonio would build a 17-point lead of its own before it was over. Ginobili scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half, and San Antonio stormed back convincingly to hand the Hornets their first home loss of the season, 109-95 on Sunday.   READ MORE

Small-ball switch aids Spurs’ comeback in Big Easy - The Spurs trudged into the locker room at New Orleans Arena down 17 points at halftime Sunday afternoon, and Monty Williams could only guess at the craziness going on down the hall. Williiams, the rookie New Orleans coach, had been in similar locker rooms with Gregg Popovich over the years. He knew Popovich was up to something. He just didn’t know what. “I don’t know anybody else who does the chess game better than Pop,” said Williams, a former Spurs player and coaching intern.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs - Quinn: "It's good to be part of a winner." - San Antonio Spurs guard Chris Quinn is enjoying being a part of the Spurs especially after coming off a losing season with the New Jersey Nets, the worst team in the NBA last season. Now with the Spurs, he recently had some glowing comments about his new team: “It’s quite the contrast,” Quinn said recently of a Nets team that won 12 games last season and a Spurs club that has won 14 of its first 16 in 2010-11.   READ MORE

Rockets vs Thunder Recap 11/28/10 (now WITHOUT recipe) - Stop the presses!  Stop the recipes!  The Rockets won a close game! This was a fun night at the Toyota Center.  Not simply because the Rockets won, although that is huge, but because the Rockets appeared to have an identity tonight.  Despite lacking the scoring punch of Aaron Brooks, or the height of Yao Ming, the Rockets found another player to step up tonight.  Guess who, haters?   READ MORE

Rockets stand up to demons of past - Battier keeps Durant in check, forces Thunder star to miss at buzzer. Shane Battier extending his right hand in the direction he would soon send his prayers, but knew his every inch of his reach could not possibly be enough. The Rockets had done enough to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder in the final game’s final breaths, with just enough time left for the NBA’s top scorer, Kevin Durant, to take aim at a defeat that would have been the most season’s crushing. Battier was there, but as Durant fired his final attempt, Battier could only reach in its direction and wait as it looked good, as Kevin Martin would say later, from every angle. When Durant’s final shot bounced away with the final buzzer blaring, the Rockets had held on for a 99-98 win, and Battier had one last task at hand.   READ MORE

Houston Rockets Breakdown: Rockets Lack An Identity - It’s hard to believe that as recently as two seasons ago, the Houston Rockets were an exceptional defensive team. However, as evidenced by Houston’s 99-89 defeat to the Charlotte Bobcats, that reputation has eroded away. What the Rockets’ defense now consists of is an incomplete mishmash of the too-old, the too-young, the too-slow, the too-frail, and the too-limited.   READ MORE

Rashad McCants reports, may play Tuesday - Former NBA lottery pick Rashad McCants arrived in Dallas right around midnight Sunday and will officially join the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate for his first practice Monday, according to team sources. Barring any snags, McCants is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday when the Nancy Lieberman-coached Texas Legends play their home opener against the Austin Toros.   READ MORE

Mavericks' Tyson Chandler becoming a star-quality center - Of all the what-ifs the Dallas Mavericks had starting this season, the center position wasn't high on the list of concerns. They had two of them they considered starter-quality. What they didn't know is that one of them would be star-quality, at least on a fair share of nights. That's what Tyson Chandler has done in the first month of the season, which comes to a close tonight against Houston. The Mavericks are riding a five-game winning streak and are 12-4, the same record they had last season after 16 games.   READ MORE

NBA's Leslie Nielsen reacts to actor's passing - Color analyst on the Mavericks’ Spanish-language TV broadcasts. Special consultant to the D-League’s Texas Legends. Those are just the two latest entries on an endless resume that finds Del Harris, at 73, working for a fifth decade in the pro game. And throughout those five decades, Harris has relished the countless comparisons over the years to lookalike actor Leslie Nielsen, who died Sunday at the age of 84 of complications from pneumonia. When he was hired to coach the Lakers in 1994, Harris joked that he might be able to earn some side money in Hollywood as a body double for Nielsen.   READ MORE

 

 

Shop and take 20 percent off on Cyber Monday - The holiday shopping season has arrived, and the Cyber Monday sale is back to help you save. Until 10:59 p.m. CT, get 20 percent off your entire Shop order, excluding gift cards.   READ MORE

Vote early, often for Rangers in TYIB Awards - Neftali Feliz is up for three different This Year in Baseball Awards, and the Rangers are nominated in 13 different categories. Show your support by casting your vote.   READ MORE

Purchase a 2011 Rangers season ticket package - Purchase your 2011 Rangers season tickets and secure seats for another exciting season. Don't miss any action as the Rangers look to repeat as American League Champions!   READ MORE

Reserve your 2011 Astros season tickets now - Astros season tickets are the best way to catch all the excitement at Minute Maid Park in 2011. Place your deposit now and enjoy another season of action-packed baseball.   READ MORE

Vote early, often for Astros up for TYIB Awards - Astros outfielder Michael Bourn and pitcher Brett Myers are among the nominees for the 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards. Vote for the awards as often as you like.   READ MORE


 

Quin picks right time to shine - Interceptions give cornerback confidence after his role in losses. Finally, Glover Quin got to hold his head high and crack a disarming smile in a post-game locker room. Finally, the Texans' shell-shocked cornerback would be the mighty Quin, a Texans titan in a 20-0 bludgeoning of Tennessee's Titans. "When it rains," Quin said, "it pours." Does it ever, both for bad and for good. Quin found himself front and center in Texans' last two improbable, excruciating losses, giving up winning touchdowns to Jacksonville and the New York Jets, leaving him to disconsolately face some very harsh music. None of which was worse than when he stared at himself in the mirror.   READ MORE


Time running out for Texans - "This Thanksgiving weekend showdown was supposed to be big for all the right reasons. A month ago, the Texans and the Tennessee Titans seemed headed for a collision that would add a significant new dimension to an already fierce — if a bit competitively lopsided — rivalry. Today's game was supposed to have division-championship implications for both the once-beloved franchise that jilted Houston and the city's do-over team. With battered Indianapolis suddenly looking vulnerable in the AFC South, the Texans and Titans were seemingly poised to duke it out for supremacy as the Colts' misfortunes kept multiplying. Instead, Indianapolis finds itself tied with Jacksonville for first place.    READ MORE

Texans will have to roll with punches - Just before the ball was snapped, Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan looked toward the Texans' sideline and yelled, "Watch this." And then he attempted to take Andre Johnson's head off. This part of the story was relayed by people who were there, and it's the part that could get lost after Johnson reacted by ripping off Finnegan's helmet and unleashing a frightening flurry of punches. Those punches will play well on television, so welcome to 24 hours of ESPN programming. They'll be condemned for their brutality, dissected for their artistry, used as evidence that violence is out of control in the NFL. Johnson will get little sympathy, and perhaps he doesn't deserve any. He's supposed to be superman, isn't he?   READ MORE

Some fight left in ’em - Stout defensive effort, Johnson-Finnegan bout highlight welcome end to 4-game losing streak. Christmas came early for the Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday. They got just what they needed against the Tennessee Titans — a rookie quarterback drafted in the sixth round, making his first start and his second NFL appearance.   READ MORE

If Cowboys want progress, it's time to bench Marion Barber - Running back Marion Barber emerged from the Thanksgiving Day loss to New Orleans with a strained calf muscle. For the Cowboys, that injury could be a godsend. It gives interim head coach Jason Garrett more reason to remove Barber as a starter, creating more chances for Felix Jones. Garrett has stubbornly stayed with Barber as the starter. It is the most baffling NFL lineup decision in more than half a century.   READ MORE

Ex-Cowboys coach Wade Phillips breaks silence: 'I'm disappointed about Thanksgiving; I still want to coach' - Since then, Phillips has kept his silence with local media until Saturday, when he broke that silence, talking to Channel 8. Phillips can't stay away from the football field. We found him in the stands watching the Class 3-A Division Two playoff game between Argyle and Gilmer. "I've had a lot more time now... I love football, I like all kinds of football, but Texas high school football is where I started, so it's nice to come out to a game," he said.   READ MORE

Drew Pearson to Dez Bryant: Cowboys can't concentrate on babysitting you - Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson talked on KESN-FM on Friday to discuss Dez Bryant during the Cowboys recent game against the New Orleans Saints.   READ MORE

 

 


TCU grabs one first place vote, moves up to third in AP poll - Boise State said goodbye to its top-five ranking for the first time this season. The Broncos dropped six spots to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday after having its 24-game winning streak snapped.   READ MORE

TCU rolls over New Mexico, 66-17; Rose Bowl bid next? - As usual, Andy Dalton was the last one off the field Saturday. The senior quarterback was the last one to squeeze into TCU's ecstatic locker room at University Stadium. Dalton, excusing himself past TCU personnel, bowl representatives and reporters crowding the narrow hall leading into the locker room, made it in just as Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson awarded TCU the league's championship trophy after the Horned Frogs' 66-17 thrashing of New Mexico.   READ MORE

Football: Mean Green set to hire McCarney - North Texas is turning to a former Hayden Fry assistant to bolster its struggling football program. Dan McCarney, who spent the early part of his career working under the UNT Hall of Fame coach at Iowa in the late 1970s and 1980s, will be named UNT’s head coach during a press conference on Tuesday, multiple sources close to the situation said Sunday.   READ MORE

Football: UNT loses Fouts finale as coaching change looms - Mike Canales told his players to think a little bit about history before North Texas faced Kansas State in the final game in Fouts Field history on Saturday. UNT played 59 seasons at the venue while legends like “Mean” Joe Greene and Abner Haynes rose to fame. “I told them to stop, be silent and listen to the echoes of the voices of the men who have played in this stadium,” Canales said. “There are 59 years of great athletes who came though this program. They played on that field. I wanted them to understand that they are going to allow you to play at a level that will shock Kansas State.”   READ MORE

Football: Dodge's injury struggles continue - North Texas endured a scare in the second half of its game against Kansas State on Saturday when quarterback Riley Dodge’s season came to an end with yet another serious injury. The sophomore quarterback was hit in the fourth quarter of UNT’s 49-41 loss at Fouts Field and did not get up for several minutes after suffering a neck injury. Dodge was carted off the field on a stretcher, but waived to fans and teammates while being taken to an ambulance.   READ MORE

Football: UNT bids farewell to senior players - North Texas bid more than just its home stadium farewell on Saturday. The Mean Green also saw a host of key seniors finish their careers in a 49-41 loss to Kansas State at Fouts Field.   READ MORE

Josue Soto's goal leads SMU past Creighton and into NCAA soccer Elite 8 - This week, the SMU men didn't need penalty kicks to advance, but the Mustangs' 1-0 win over William & Mary (15-4-3) in an NCAA tournament Round of 16 match at Westcott Field was still no easier than last Sunday's victory over Creighton.   READ MORE

SMU gets 24 points apiece from Dia and Nyakundi in 76-72 win - Robert Nyakundi scored a career-high 24 points and Papa Dia added 24 points and 10 rebounds as Southern Methodist held off Central Arkansas 76-72 Sunday.   READ MORE

Longhorns unable to overcome slow start, fall to No. 3 Stanford - Kayla Pedersen had 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and No. 3 Stanford held off 16th-ranked Texas, 93-78, on Sunday in a matchup of unbeaten teams.   READ MORE

Texas A&M gets short end of tiebreaker, feels UT's '08 agony - For the second time in three years, Oklahoma survived a three-way tiebreaker to reach the championship game as the South representative. Oklahoma was ninth in the decisive BCS standings, followed by Oklahoma State (14th) and Texas A&M (18th), each of whom were 6-2.   READ MORE

Texas players feel a coaching shake up is unnecessary - After Texas' 24-17 loss to Texas A&M Thursday night, coach Mack Brown said that he is going to do some major reevaluating of coaches and players starting Monday. After the game, some players were asked about their thoughts on possible personnel changes. "I don't want that to happen," said center David Snow. "I mean you're talking about the same staff that took us to the national championship game last year. They are all great coaches. They are all very intelligent in football aspects. So I don't want to see any of them let go." Linebacker Emmanuel Acho agreed.   READ MORE

Defense helps Texas Tech win regular season finale - The Red Raiders finished their regular season with a 35-20 win against Houston Saturday evening at Texas Tech's Jones AT&T Stadium.   READ MORE

Texas Tech awaits bowl destination after 35-20 win over Houston - Taylor Potts threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns to lead Texas Tech over Houston 35-20 on Saturday night.   READ MORE

Brittney Griner posts fourth career triple-double in 106-41 rout of SE Louisiana - Brittney Griner stayed in the game long enough for second-ranked Baylor to get one more rebound. That's all she needed for her fourth career triple-double, though she didn't realize she was that close.   READ MORE

 


Stars may turn to former Expos boss as interim team president - Former Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Expos president Tony Tavares is the leading candidate to become interim president of the Stars, say two sources familiar with the situation.  The group of lenders who run the Stars – led by Monarch Investments and J.P. Morgan – have been pondering the hiring of a financial leader who will take care of the team while a new owner is being sought.   READ MORE

Stars rally to beat the Blues in St. Louis, 2-1 - Statistically speaking, the Stars' weekend sweep of the St. Louis Blues was quite an anomaly. First of all, the Blues entered the weekend 9-1-3 when scoring first. They lost both games despite scoring first. Second, the Blues were 7-0-1 when leading after two periods. They lost both games despite leading after two periods in each. And finally, the Blues were 8-0-1 at home, and lost in regulation Saturday for the first time.   READ MORE

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