Sports Morning Headlines-Wednesday, 11/17/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

Manu in the morning: Ginobili says Spurs thrive on early workouts - One of the underrated reasons for the Spurs’ fast 8-1 start might be their early workouts. Unlike last season when most workouts took place in the afternoon, the Spurs are working earlier in the day with starts of most non-gameday practices at 11 a.m. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili couldn’t be happier — and it’s not just because he’s getting up earlier taking care of his infant twin sons, Dante and Nicola.  READ MORE

Former Spur Ratliff set for surgery on Tuesday - Former Spurs center Theo Ratliff will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles as doctors determine the cause of soreness in his left knee. Ratliff, 37, came to the Los Angeles Lakers this season with hopes of winning the first championship in his 16-season career. During that career, he has played on nine different teams including two stints with the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers.  READ MORE

Red-hot Jason Terry has simple message for teammates: 'Feed me' - In that classic comedy Little Shop of Horrors, the meat-eating plant that continually grows learns how to speak and constantly says, "Feed me." Just think of Jason Terry as the plant. With the roll he's on, devouring opponents, all the Mavericks should be doing is feeding him the ball.   READ MORE

The Inside Skinny: The backup plan - Going into this season, one of Dallas' perceived strengths was its depth. The natural assumption is that it means a nice punch off the bench. And certainly players like Jason Terry, Brendan Haywood and Shawn Marion provide the Mavericks with plenty of talented vets who can fill up the box when coming off the pine.   READ MORE

Derrick Rose's 33 Points Spoil Houston Rockets' Homecoming - The Rockets ended up going down by three to the Bulls after a stellar performance from Derrick Rose. The match see-sawed the whole way, with each team alternating between good and bad as the game progressed from quarter to quarter. In the end, the Bulls were on the upswing when it mattered and managed to pull out the victory.  READ MORE

Bulls star the apple of Morey's eye - This was one of those nights when the Rockets were reminded of their plight. Isn’t Derrick Rose something? He’s the kind of player Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has spent the last 18 months trying to acquire, and until he gets someone a lot like him, this franchise is going to be stuck in a bad place. The Rockets aren’t terrible despite a 3-7 record. Terrible they could live with. They could at least see better days ahead.   READ MORE

 

Meeting begins Rangers' push to bring back Lee - CEO Chuck Greenberg, club president Nolan Ryan and GM Jon Daniels met with Cliff Lee on Monday in Arkansas as the Rangers made their initial push with the prized free agent.  READ MORE

Rangers travel to Arkansas to meet with Lee - Trip by Greenberg, Ryan, Daniels does not involve offer. The Rangers made their initial push with free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee in a meeting in Little Rock, Ark., on Monday. Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg, club president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels attended the meeting with Lee, his wife Kristen and his agent Darek Braunecker. The Rangers have not yet made an offer. "We just went over there and visited with them, see if they have an interest in coming back," Ryan said Tuesday. "I think they do. We didn't make an offer. We left it open-ended. We said we'd get back to them. They don't have a time frame."   READ MORE

Golf tourney lets Astros of yesteryear catch up - In addition to featuring a cross-section of contributors to the Astros franchise through the years, Tuesday's annual Alumni Golf Tournament benefited the Houston Urban Youth Academy.   READ MORE

'Tis the season for the MLB.com Holiday Catalog - The clickable MLB.com Holiday 2010 Catalog is here. That is the annual sign that it's time to get serious about finding just the right MLB item for those fellow fans on your shopping list.   READ MORE


 

Cut the conspiracy talk: Jason Garrett didn't get Wade fired - Just when I thought I'd heard everything in 16 years of covering the Cowboys, here come the conspiracy theorists who have convinced themselves that Jason Garrett sabotaged Wade Phillips, so he could get the head coaching job himself.   READ MORE

Jason Garrett's offensive background brings interesting perspective to defensive side - Add this to the list of subtle but significant differences between Wade Phillips, the deposed Cowboys coach, and Jason Garrett, the interim head coach: Phillips, a defensive-minded coach, often showed only a cursory interest in what was happening with the offense. Garrett, an offensive-minded coach, wants to put his imprint on the defense.  READ MORE

What's a fan to do in the land of disenchantment - "Let's face it: These are tough times to be a sports fan in Houston. You know, what with the losing and all. This morning, we awaken to find the Texans and Rockets in last place. The Astros? They were pretty much eliminated from realistic contention in the baseball season's third week. Even the Dynamo, who roared into town and won a pair of championships, have fallen on hard times. Now, if only fans can force themselves to see the glass as half full, there is a positive side to having bad teams. At least we don't have to save up our money for those overpriced playoff tickets. Eat your heart out, Philadelphia.  READ MORE

No defense of Texans' defense - "The NFL's worst defense is reaching new lows. The Texans are on a pace to join the 1981 Baltimore Colts as the two worst defenses in NFL history. After giving up 491 yards in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Jacksonville, the Texans are allowing 409.7 a game. The 1981 Colts, who finished 2-14, had the worst defense, allowing 424.5 yards on average. "Right now, everybody's at a loss for words and probably a loss of ideas in trying to figure out what needs to be done and get it on the right track," defensive end Antonio Smith said Monday. To make matters worse, the Texans are on pace to have the worst pass defense in league history. The Texans surrender 301.3 passing yards a game.   READ MORE

 

Men's basketball: White lifts UNT over Texas Tech in OT - There is just something about playing Big 12 teams that brings out the best in North Texas and Josh White. White was just a freshman when he and a young batch of players that also included Tristan Thompson and Kedrick Hogans pulled off an upset Oklahoma State at the Super Pit. Tuesday night they did it again, this time against Texas Tech.  READ MORE

Baylor comes 1 point short in attempt to snap No. 1 UConn's 79-game winning streak - Maya Moore missed, and suddenly Connecticut's grip on women's college basketball was in jeopardy. Baylor had one more shot to topple the No. 1 Huskies and end their record winning streak. But the No. 2 Lady Bears simply ran out of time, their last try a little too short and a little too late.   READ MORE

Matt Doherty blasts 'soft' Mustangs after TCU crushes SMU, 84-64 - TCU forward Amric Fields emphatically dunked Tuesday night, the conclusion to one of many fast breaks for the Horned Frogs against overmatched SMU. The freshman hung on the rim too long for the officials' liking and was whistled for a technical.  READ MORE

Looking for first win, SMU women face TCU - The women's basketball team faces No. 23 TCU at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Fort Worth. SMU lost a heartbreaker, 44-43, Friday in its season opener against Utah. The Frogs defeated SMU, 84-66, last season in University Park.   READ MORE

Men's soccer team is No. 5 seed in NCAA tournament - The SMU men's soccer team (15-2) received the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship and will have a bye in the first round.  READ MORE

TCU coach Gary Patterson takes TCU's case to national venue - TCU coach Gary Patterson said he felt like a political lobbyist Tuesday during an off-week media luncheon in which he spent the bulk of his 35-minute discussion on the topic he prefers to ignore -- the Bowl Championship Series standings.  READ MORE

TCU coach details his heart attack: 'I don't want to go down right here in front of the kids' - Two days after the assistant head coach for the Texas Christian University football team suffered a heart attack, he was released from the hospital. During the first quarter of a game Saturday against San Diego State in Fort Worth, offensive line coach Eddie Williamson suffered a heart attack as he stood on the sidelines. His wife, who rode with him in the ambulance, said she is now ready to get him back in good form. Mr. Williamson said there were no warning signs before the Saturday game. But, as 46,000 fans cheered at the Amon Carter Stadium, Mr. Williamson said he began to feel something that spurred concern.   READ MORE

Offensive line coach Eddie Williamson released from hospital - Offensive line coach Eddie Williamson is out of the hospital after treatment for chest pains that he experienced on the sideline during a game.   READ MORE

2010-11 men's basketball preview: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech - Special contributors Laken Litman (Texas), David Harris (Texas A&M) and Mike Graham (Texas Tech) preview their school's mens basketball seasons. Included in the preview: - Five games to watch for each school  - Five bold predictions for each school  - Three players to watch for each school  - Three reasons for optimism for each school  - Three reasons for pessimism for each school  - The best case and worst case scenarios for each school.    READ MORE


 

Video game: Reviewed goal gives Stars 2-1 win over Ducks - Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal after a video review midway through the third period and the Stars edged the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.   READ MORE

Stars hope to avoid repeat of messy Texas Rangers sale saga - While the completion of the sale of the Rangers shouldn't directly impact the Stars, the process the Rangers went through has been educational, those who are running the Stars sale say. "I think the biggest thing is we learned a lot with the Rangers, and we're trying very hard not to make some of the same mistakes," Stars owner Tom Hicks said. "In that regard, we do expect it to go more smoothly with the Stars."    READ MORE







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