Sports Morning Headlines-Friday, 12/03/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Friday, December 3, 2010.

Mavericks showing much promise this season - We should know better, yet we never do. We always go back, because maybe this time it will be different.
The NBA season doesn't really begin until Christmas, and every instinct tells me not to do this, but I'm buying the Dallas Mavericks.   READ MORE

Marion's new job pays off for Mavs - Rick Carlisle knows Shawn Marion would stop short of saying the move to a sixth-man role has been a career jump-starter, if not a career saver. That's exactly the case, however, based on Marion's sharp play and the Mavericks' early season success. There is no arguing Marion's production through the first 18 games is a primary reason the Mavericks are cruising with the second-best record in the conference. Aside from Tyson Chandler, Marion has been perhaps the most crucial cog in making this thing go.   READ MORE

Adelman wants Yao to prove his fitness - Full workout must proceed return to action. While Yao Ming has set early next week as his target date to return, Rockets coach Rick Adelman said Thursday he wants to see how Yao responds to a full workout before any decision is made. Yao, who has been sidelined more than three weeks with a sprained and bruised left ankle, went through a light workout Thursday at Toyota Center. The latest step in returning to the lineup came a day after the 7-6 center participated in the team’s shootaround Wednesday, the first time he had been on the court since he suffered the injury Nov. 10 in Washington.   READ MORE

The best thing to do when you’re wrong - …is to use argument-inciting hyperbole as a distraction. Please, keep reading. This Rockets team reminds me of the protagonist in John Knowles’ “A Separate Peace.” Knowles’ hero suffers a crisis of identity after a traumatic injury.* Referring to the asterisked book report below, Houston’s team lost its identity in the spate of injuries early in the season. If Yao’s injury was tragic, the loss of Aaron Brooks to a sprained ankle suffered during a half-court heave to beat a half-time buzzer is Shakespearean (obviously not at the level of Macbeth, but more at the level of crayon doodles from Stratford-Upon-Avon pre-K).   READ MORE

Spurs happy to hunker down at home - The Spurs extended their longest road trip to date one extra night Wednesday, staying over in nearby Santa Monica after their 90-85 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. At least one player was not particularly grateful for another night at a luxury beach hotel. Five nights on the road were the longest guard Manu Ginobili had spent away from his 6-month-old twin boys since they were born. “I really miss them,” Ginobili said. “They’re getting huge already.”   READ MORE

Duncan the chameleon - Before Tim Duncan entered the league in 1997, the San Antonio Spurs never won an NBA title. He was the consensus number one pick at the time and many believed he was the missing piece of the puzzle to the Spurs' championship hopes. Boy, they were right! Since Duncan came to San Antonio, the Spurs have won four NBA championships and needless to say, he was the driving force behind those four titles. But what was more impressive about those title runs is how San Antonio were never assembled in such a way which translated into instant success.    READ MORE




 

For Rangers, Meetings action starts with Lee - The Rangers have other things to address this offseason, but during next week's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., their pursuit of Cliff Lee will be the club's top priority.    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

Astros could plug few holes at Winter Meetings - Club happy with rotation, but might add depth, reliever, bat.  Considering how well they played in the second half of the season, the Astros' list of needs isn't as long as you would think for a team that lost 86 games. The club is pretty happy with its pitching staff, which was one of the reasons the Astros played so well in the second half, but they will be heading to the Winter Meetings looking to plug a hole in the rotation and find a left-handed reliever who comes at a lower cost than Tim Byrdak would have.   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


 

Why Cowboys' offense is soaring since Garrett's promotion - Changes are evident everywhere you turn at Valley Ranch these days. This insight took hold at 1:54 Thursday afternoon. It's easier to keep track of revelations and time now that interim coach Jason Garrett has had the classic clocks that ringed the Cowboys locker room replaced by their digital cousins that flash bright red.   READ MORE

The Ticket's Donovan Lewis answers your questions at 10 a.m. Friday - The Ticket's Donovan Lewis, co-host of BaD Radio weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. and co-host of the Cowboys postgame show on KTCK-AM 1310, is answering your questions in a live chat at 10 a.m. Friday. Ask your questions in the Coveritlive module below, and Mr. Lewis will discuss them for an hour or so. Mobile users can enjoy the experience at SportsDayDFW.com.   READ MORE

Deion Sanders: Michael Irvin was 10-times worse than T.O. so don't worry about Dez Bryant - Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders was interviewed on KESN-FM on Tuesday to discuss the Cowboys. Here are some highlights:   What are your thoughts on Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson and their fight?   I think it was a darn good one and it was for free; it wasn't even on Pay-Per-View. That's what I'm happy about. What you got to understand is Cortland Finnegan is a guy I love as a cornerback: he's tough, he's tenacious, he's in your face, he plays from whistle to whistle and these guys play against one another two times a year. So it's brewing. I mean, he gets into it with everyone because he's that type of player. He's not dirty, he's not nasty but he goes whistle to whistle and I love it.   READ MORE

Texans face Eagles with upset in mind - "Fans and media in Philadelphia have berated the Eagles for losing at Chicago and dropping into a first-place tie with the New York Giants in the NFC East. If all goes according to plan, the Eagles will take out their vengeance on the Texans tonight in a nationally televised game at Lincoln Financial Field, where the temperature is expected to be in the low 30s at kickoff. The 31-26 loss to the Bears has forced the Eagles to focus on the Texans and not look beyond them to their next two games at Dallas and at the Giants.    READ MORE

Vick and Schaub will be first-time foes on the field - "Matt Schaub always lost, and for one week every year, it cost him his school pride, his dignity, and his dollars. "I took a couple hundred from him," Michael Vick said on Tuesday. "Virginia Tech used to always put a whupping on Virginia." Friendly wagers are the norm in NFL locker rooms, and that was the case while Schaub and Vick were teammates for three years in Atlanta. Vick was the sensation out of Virginia Tech, the player who almost single-handedly catapulted the Hokies to the national title game in 1999.    READ MORE

Texans' Quin named AFC defensive player of week - "After intercepting three passes in a 20-0 victory over Tennessee, Texans cornerback Glover Quin was voted AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Quin, a two-year veteran, played with a broken bone in his right hand, requiring him to wear a cast. Not only did he notch the first three interceptions of his career, he also set a team record for the most interceptions in a game. The Texans, who play at Philadelphia tonight (NFL Network nationally and KIAH locally), made four roster moves Wednesday."   READ MORE


 

Dunn's 24 points help Baylor men win 11th straight home game - LaceDarius Dunn had 24 points with six 3-pointers and sparked the tie-breaking run after halftime as No. 11 Baylor stretched its home winning streak to 11 games with a 68-54 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.   READ MORE

Basketball: UNT continues torrid start to season - The last time North Texas was off to a start better than the one it continued on Thursday night, North Texas head coach Johnny Jones was just coming into his own – in high school. Bill Blakeley was the head coach at UNT and Jones was a sophomore back in the 1977-78 season, when the Mean Green got off to a 7-1 start. UNT is just one win short of that mark after thumping Grambling State 89-78 at the Super Pit to improve to 6-1 on the season. UNT has beaten Texas Tech and Rice already and is living up to its billing as the preseason favorite in the Sun Belt Conference West Division.   READ MORE

SMU season timeline: Mustangs fighting to the finish - SMU (7-5, 6-2) can earn a conference title for the first time since it shared the Southwest Conference title in 1984 with a win Saturday at Central Florida in the Conference USA Championship. The Mustangs will also go bowling in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1983 and '84. SMU overcame inconsistency and a topsy-turvy season to get to this point. SMU's pivotal moments – so far – of 2010.   READ MORE

Men's soccer coach credits SMU's toughness with carrying it this far - SMU is just one win away from clinching its first berth in the NCAA Men's College Cup since 2005. All the Ponies have to do is beat North Carolina tonight in Chapel Hill.   READ MORE

Mustangs' opponent yet to finish its mission - It's one thing to set a goal. Quite another to reach it.   READ MORE

Pitt basketball coach Dixon lobbied for TCU, his alma mater, to join Big East - Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon lobbied for TCU, his alma mater, to join the Big East in September with athletic director Chris Del Conte, a meeting that may have accelerated the school's interest in the conference.   READ MORE

Mack Brown still evaluating football program - No decision has been made yet about the fate of embattled Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis or any of the other assistants, a team spokesman said Thursday.   READ MORE

A&M men have to rally to beat SFA, 62-53 - B.J. Holmes scored 15 points, and Texas A&M overcame a second-half deficit to defeat Stephen F. Austin 62-53 on Thursday night.   READ MORE

Miami coaching job intriguing to Mike Leach - Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is certainly interested in becoming the next football coach at the University of Miami.   READ MORE


 


Shame? First-place Stars shining, but few fans showing - The best team in hockey and the best player in hockey were in Dallas Thursday night to play the hottest team and the first-place team of the Pacific Division.  As it turned out, there was nothing that Alex Ovechkin or the high-flying Caps or thousands of empty gray seats could do to derail the Dallas Stars and their winning streak.   READ MORE

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