Sports Morning Headlines-Thursday, 12/9/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Thursday, December 9, 2010.

Parker helps Spurs beat Warriors 111-94 - The San Antonio Spurs were determined to make franchise history at home. Tony Parker had 19 points and nine assists, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-94 on Wednesday night to set a franchise record for best start in a season through 21 games. “We just try to play well at home, win as much games as we can because we know the second part of our schedule is going to be a lot of games on the road,” said Parker, who was 9 of 14 on field goals. DeJuan Blair added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs (18-3), who have won their past 25 games against the Warriors in San Antonio.   READ MORE

San Antonio Spurs 111, Golden State Warriors 94: The passing, oh my - The ball zipped around from point-to-point like a game of Pong on a sugar rush. For the sluggish Golden State Warriors, fresh off a 105-100 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas Tuesday night, it was almost unfair. The San Antonio Spurs toyed with the Warriors for three quarters before ultimately putting Golden State out of its misery in the fourth of a 111-94 win on Wednesday night.   READ MORE

Rockets Rebounding After a Poor Start - If the season was not 82 games long there may have been reason for fans to be worried about Houston’s poor start to the 2010-11 season.   READ MORE

A well-deserved rest for Battier - At home on the line. Pistons coach John Kuester complained about the officiating in the Rockets win Tuesday, and especially about the free throws taken by Kevin Martin. "They got a number of calls that put them on the free-throw line a lot," Kuester said. "I'm amazed Kevin Martin got 15 free throws." He should not be. Of Martin's 15 free throws, five were on technical fouls on the Pistons, including one on Kuester and another for illegal defense. Martin has shot at least 10 free throws in seven games this season.   READ MORE

Avery Johnson has fond memories of Mavericks - There can be no debate that Avery Johnson was outcoached by Pat Riley in the 2006 NBA Finals. Even Johnson knows that now. Like everybody else with the Dallas Mavericks in that franchise-changing playoff run, Johnson was shy on experience when it came to that gigantic stage. Much has changed around the Mavericks since those heady days, including Johnson, who will be at American Airlines Center tonight for the first time as a visiting coach when his New Jersey Nets try to end the Mavericks' 10-game winning streak.   READ MORE

Jason Kidd hasn't forgotten taking a seat - Elephants aren't the only ones with long memories. OK, so February 2008 isn't all that long ago, but Jason Kidd sure hasn't forgotten what went down on the night of the 28th in San Antonio. Kidd initiated discussion of the topic Wednesday afternoon when asked about New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson's return to the American Airlines Center for the first time as an opposing coach. On Feb. 28, 2008, Kidd was in his fifth game with the Dallas Mavericks since the blockbuster trade went down during the All-Star break. The Mavs and San Antonio Spurs were locked in yet another classic battle. Tim Duncan made a pair of free throws to give the Spurs a 96-94 lead with 34 seconds to play. Mavs coach Avery Johnson called a 20-second timeout. What happened next Kidd described as "maybe the biggest thing that stands out," during his brief time playing under Johnson.    READ MORE





Ryan wants to know what it'll take to re-sign Lee - Before Cliff Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, left the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, Rangers president Nolan Ryan asked Braunecker what it would take to bring Lee back to Texas.   READ MORE

Rangers insist they're not shopping Young - The Rangers are focused on trying to re-sign pitcher Cliff Lee, but a wildfire of rumors concerning third baseman Michael Young continued to roar through the Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort on Wednesday. The Rangers insist they are not shopping Young to other teams. They insist that it is other teams that are asking about him. They keep saying they have serious doubts about Young being traded at all this offseason despite the rumors.    READ MORE

Astros working hard, but yet to make any moves - Despite their best efforts, the Astros have been unable to pull off any deals or sign free agents at the Winter Meetings, though they're continuing to talk with agents and other teams.    READ MORE

McLane: Kasten not looking to buy Astros - Astros owner Drayton McLane on Wednesday denied a report by Houston television station KRIV-TV that former Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten had expressed interest in putting a group together to buy the team. The television station, citing Major League Baseball sources, said Kasten has been in touch with McLane and Allen & Company, the New York investment banking firm McLane hired to help him sell the team he's owned since 1992.    READ MORE




 

Sean Lee Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week - Cowboys rookie linebacker Sean Lee made two huge plays for Dallas in this past week’s game against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Lee intercepted Manning twice. The first pick Lee returned 31-yards for a touchdown, while his second interception set up the game-winning field goal in overtime. Lee also recorded nine tackles on the afternoon.   READ MORE

Dez Bryant Earns Big Bonus - Despite being on injured reserved for the rest of the season, rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant made a big enough impact in his first season to earn a couple of contract bonuses, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.  Bryant earned the $1 million bonus by playing in 35% of the teams snaps when he was active and reeling in 41 catches. Bryant finished his rookie campaign with 45 catches for 561 yards. With his performance, Bryant also increased his pay by $1.4 million for next season.   READ MORE

Jason Garrett's sudden attraction to running game huge reason for Cowboys' recent success - It's interesting that Jason Garrett has found comfort with the running game as a head coach that he never did as the Cowboys' offensive coordinator. In the four games he's been the head coach, the Cowboys have run the ball an average of 34 times per game for 148.7 yards. In the eight games before he ascended to the throne, the Cowboys ran the ball an average of 21 times for 75.6 yards per game. Hmmmm.   READ MORE

Owen Daniels to make return to Texans against Ravens - "Texans tight end Owen Daniels had a plan heading into this season, and it didn't involve statistical goals. After missing the last eight games of the 2009 campaign with a torn ACL, Daniels' plan was centered on making the plays he's used to making — and with the same explosiveness he had prior to the injury. Then, just when he felt he was getting close, Daniels suffered a setback that interrupted his progress and had him starting over again. "It's been different," he said.   READ MORE

Kubiak maintains composure - "Texans coach Gary Kubiak seems almost oblivious to the controversy surrounding him. With each defeat, there are more fans and members of the media who want him fired. When he's asked about it, he responds the same way, saying he's not worried about himself, only his players and coaches. After practice Tuesday, Kubiak was asked if he'd heard the reports in Denver that he might be a candidate to replace the fired Josh McDaniels. "No, I've got enough problems right here," Kubiak said, almost grimacing. End of story, as far as Kubiak is concerned.    READ MORE

Texans defensive end Nading placed on IR - "The Texans placed defensive end Jesse Nading on injured reserve Tuesday and replaced him on the roster with veteran safety Quintin Demps. Nading has been inactive because of a knee injury. Demps is a three-year veteran from UTEP."    READ MORE





Please don't shoot the messenger, but the BCS works - Not only would it be out of character for me to pat myself on the back, but it's also really hard to do while typing. I just tried, and that first paragraph took about three minutes. So I will not gloat about the silence coming from the Bowl Cowlishaw Series detractors at the end of this college football season. The system works. Plain and simple.    READ MORE

LaMichael James, Cam Newton predicted to win college football's top position awards - Oregon's LaMichael James, Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter or Wisconsin's John Clay will be announced as the 2010 Doak Walker Award winner tonight. The award, which honors the nation's top running back and is presented by the SMU Athletic Forum, is one of nine major player awards to be announced tonight on ESPN . Eddie George, the 1995 Doak winner, will make the announcement. Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter leads the Big 12 with 1,516 yards and averages 5.8 yards per carry. The winner will be presented the trophy Feb. 18 at the Hilton Anatole.    READ MORE

Meet possible candidates for Texas offensive coordinator position - Texas coach Mack Brown has indicated he would be named a replacement for offensive coordinator Greg Davis until after the bowl season, which means no announcement until January. That doesn't prevent some quick speculation and analysis regarding who Brown and the Longhorns might pursue after the announcement of Davis' resignation Monday. The following nine slides look at potential candidates for the position:    READ MORE

Looming NFL lockout impacts prospects' decision to enter draft - For three underclassmen in the mix for national college football honors tonight, the potential for an NFL lockout next season could impact their decisions about whether to apply for early entry in the 2011 NFL Draft.  All three players -- Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck -- said Wednesday they will strongly consider making the move to the NFL after their teams' respective bowl games.   READ MORE

Baylor Bears are enjoying basketball rebirth - Things are going pretty well for Baylor coach Scott Drew. For the fourth consecutive season the Baylor Bears are in the Top 25 and are becoming a fixture on the national college basketball scene. Two years ago, the Bears reached the finals of the National Invitation Tournament and last spring they reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to eventual champion Duke.   READ MORE

TCU squeaks by Texas Tech, 81-77 - Sammy Yeager scored a career-high 22 points to help TCU to an 81-77 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night. Ronnie Moss added 16 points for the Horned Frogs (7-3), who notched their first true road win. The Red Raiders (5-5) got 19 points from Mike Singletary and 16 from Brad Reese but dropped their first home game this season.    READ MORE

Women's basketball: SMU rallies as UNT skid reaches 8 games -  What started out looking like it could be a breakthrough moment for North Texas quickly turned into something all too familiar for the Mean Green on Tuesday. UNT blitzed rival SMU in the opening moments of its eighth straight game away from the Super Pit and led by as many as 12 points in the first half. That lead, and an opportunity to cap a brutal road trip on a high note, quickly slipped away in an 85-72 pounding at the hands of the Mustangs at Moody Coliseum.   READ MORE

What coaches get paid: Nick Saban is highest; Texas' Mack Brown second - USA Today released a compilation of compensation data for the head football coaches at all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Alabama's Nick Saban is the highest paid coach ($5.9 million a year) and Texas' Mack Brown is the second-highest paid ($5.1 million).   READ MORE

Thoughts from Aggies' 87-63 victory over Prairie View A&M - Here are thoughts from the Aggies' 87-63 victory over Prairie View A&M Wednesday in College Station.   READ MORE




 


Stars' Crawford blasts refs after 5-3 loss: 'You can't miss a call like that' - Coach Marc Crawford vented loudly about a missed call in the Stars' 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at United Center, but he was probably talking about an entire night of officiating. Chicago received six power plays to one for the Stars, so when Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook appeared to throw his stick at puck carrier Trevor Daley with 40 seconds left in a one-goal game, Crawford just couldn't take any more. "You can't miss a call like that at the end of the game," Crawford said, obviously upset at the work of referees Dean Morton and Dave Jackson. "That is a penalty shot in every sense of the word, every sense of the word. One referee is looking right at it and misses it with 40 seconds to go.    READ MORE

Lehtinen Officially Retires From NHL - Dallas Stars - Former Dallas Stars player Jere Lehtinen officially announced his retirement today as a player in the National Hockey League.  Statement from Jere Lehtinen:  “First of all, I wanted to thank Joe Nieuwendyk and the Stars organization for giving me some time to come to this decision. They respected the fact that I wanted to be 100 percent sure prior to making this announcement, and I appreciated that. It’s a tough decision due to the fact that you play hockey your entire life and then must decide to stop playing. However, I choose to focus on all the great times I had playing over the past 15 seasons, understanding that I am very fortunate to have played all those years with one organization.    READ MORE
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