Sports Morning Headlines-Tuesday, 12/7/10

 

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Tuesday, December 7, 2010.

NBA confirms takeover of Hornets - NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed on Monday that the league is proceeding with its plan to buy the New Orleans Hornets from majority owner George Shinn and minority owner Gary Chouest. Shinn has been trying since last spring to sell the team to Chouest, but those negotiations stalled.   READ MORE

No ill will toward T-Mac - Rockets regard former teammate fondly in return. As Shane Battier left Monday's practice with a stomach flu, teammates could not let him leave the floor without their own diagnosis. They did not quite accuse him of the first case of McGrady-itis suffered in years, but they did suggest that Battier needed to get ready for Tracy McGrady's first game in Toyota Center since the Rockets traded him to New York last February. "We teased him on that," Chuck Hayes said. "We were saying 'Go get your rest. Mac's having his homecoming tomorrow.' "   READ MORE

Yao still not ready to go - Rockets center Yao Ming, after hoping to return from his sprained and bruised left ankle in time to play tonight, was held out of Monday's practice and remains out. "Every day is closer," Yao said. " It's just not strong enough to support me running, jumping. I think they made the decision based on that." Yao said he was not given a timetable for his return, but said he will try to practice on Wednesday. "It's all up to the medical people, what they said," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "They just feel it wasn't the right time."   READ MORE

In quest for size, Adelman turning to Courtney Lee as backup point - Rick Adelman is making a rotation change… at least for now. The Rockets coach said on Monday after practice that he’s going to get Jermaine Taylor some minutes and turn to Courtney Lee as the backup point, meaning Ish Smith will head to the bench.  “I just want to see how it works,” said Adelman. “It’s nothing against Ish, I just want to try for a little bit more size. Stuckey has good size at the point and this makes us bigger at the point.”   READ MORE

Mavs focused on improvement during six-game home stretch - If there is a leaky faucet in the house that needs fixing or some touch-up painting that has gone undone during the first six weeks of the NBA season, Jason Kidd probably won't get to it anytime soon, even though the Mavericks won't leave town again until Dec. 19.    READ MORE

Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks preview - Scouting the Warriors - Keith Smart took over as coach when Don Nelson exited in late September. ... Golden State has lost eight of nine, including four when newcomer David Lee was out with a bizarre elbow injury. Lee, who averaged 20.2 points per game last season with the Knicks , is at 14.6 with Golden State.   READ MORE

Roddy B. likely to take DeShawn Stevenson's starting spot eventually - Eddie Sefko answered your questions in his weekly e-mail newsletter - Inside the Dallas Mavericks. Here are some highlights.  Suzanne asks ... When Roddy B. returns, how do you think Carlisle will work him into the rotation, especially in regard to Jason Terry and J.J. Barea?  SEFKO: It'll be slow at first. But after a week or two of knocking off the rust, I think you'll see Beaubois as the starter for DeShawn Stevenson, who deserves more than just a handshake for how he's done so far this season.  Somebody will have to pay the price in terms of giving up playing time because, as mentioned here before, the Mavericks must find out if Beaubois is good enough and tough enough to depend on for years to come.    READ MORE

Parker: My aggression is back - Acknowledging an on-court struggle that had resulted in sub-par play in four of the Spurs’ previous five games, point guard Tony Parker said the solution to his problems was simple: Rediscover the aggressiveness that made him one of the league’s best point guards through the Spurs’ first 14 games.  “I’ve had a stretch of games not being myself,” he said. “Obviously, for some reasons, I was not playing good basketball.    READ MORE

ProjectSpurs: Coach, can we talk? - Ya know, we really have come along way, Coach. It seems as if just yesterday I was cursing you and your decision to oust Bob Hill—in retrospect, not one of my finer moments, and none-too-fair to you. But, in all fairness, Hill didn’t just look good on the sidelines, it was as if he came from Miami Vice’s central casting. And let’s be honest, Coach, any adolescent at the time would have felt the same way. I’m not proud of the way I acted, but Don Johnson is Don Johnson—and Don Johnson you ain’t.   READ MORE

Hill Yeah: George Hill Helps San Antonio Spurs Pick Up Pace and Keep It There - Not long ago, the San Antonio Spurs brass wanted to add another athletic Frenchman to the veteran mix. The fallback, or the first option, as some would have you believe, was a 6'2" kid from a no-name university with a freakish wingspan. When Nicolas Batum was removed from the board one pick earlier, the Spurs threw support behind IUPUI product George Hill. There's nothing wrong with the fine school, but few not plugged in to college hoops in Indiana had ever heard of it.   READ MORE






Texas keeping tabs on pair of Cy Young winners - At the Winter Meetings, the Rangers are working on bringing back free-agent lefty Cliff Lee, but they've also shown interest in Royals ace Zack Greinke, who is available in a trade.    READ MORE

Rangers Holiday Four Packs are on sale now - Give the gift of Rangers baseball this holiday season and send your friends and family to see the 2010 AL champs in '11! Plans start at just $60, and there are six plans to choose from.    READ MORE

Along with Lee, Rangers targeting Greinke - The front of the Winter Meetings pitching rotation has been set. Cliff Lee is No. 1 and Zack Greinke is No. 2. Agent Darek Braunecker sees it that way, the Rangers understand that's the case and Royals general manager Dayton Moore prefers it that way. They are the two best pitchers available here at the Winter Meetings. Lee is a free agent, Greinke is available by trade and the Rangers have serious interest in both. Moore continues to make it clear the Royals will listen to any trade overtures concerning Greinke.    READ MORE

Who's on first? Mills talks options at Meetings - On the first day of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the hot topic involved the Astros' first-base situation, which manager Brad Mills addressed in a Q&A session Monday.    READ MORE

At Meetings, Wade optimistic regarding deals - Astros general manager Ed Wade didn't want to go as far as saying his team was getting closer to making a roster move at some point this week, but the first day of baseball's annual Winter Meetings certainly provided him with a sense of optimism. "I feel better about where we right now from the potential of being able to do something than maybe I did before the tender deadline, before we had a chance to come down here and talk about what our situation is," Wade said.    READ MORE



 

Legendary Cowboys, SMU QB Don Meredith dies - Don Meredith, the Dallas Cowboys and SMU quarterback and Monday Night Football icon, died Sunday evening in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 72. Meredith died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesman confirmed this morning. Meredith's wife, Susan, told The Associated Press on Monday her husband died in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She says a private graveside ceremony is being planned and that family members were traveling to Santa Fe. "He was the best there was," she said, describing him as kind, warm and funny. "We lost a good one."    READ MORE

Jerry Jones on Don Meredith: 'His spirit will be with Cowboys players and fans forever' - Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones issued a statement Monday morning following the death of Don Meredith, who passed away Sunday evening. Here is what Jones said:  "Don Meredith was a Dallas Cowboys original. His wit, charm, and strength of personality were matched only by his wonderful leadership, toughness and athletic skill. His persona defined the Cowboys of the 1960s and set the course for what the franchise became. Throughout 50 years of history, the Cowboys legacy has been built by dynamic and colorful personalities who could also compete at the highest level. No one fit that description better than Don Meredith.    READ MORE

Behind the microphone or on the set, Don Meredith was a showman - We will never know how Monday Night Football would have fared had ABC been able to secure Frank Gifford to work the bold television experiment's inaugural season back in 1970. But Gifford was still contractually obligated to CBS and instead suggested ABC take a flier on a buddy who had retired from football a year earlier at the relatively young age of 31. And so Don Meredith, without a lick of network broadcast experience, was thrust into the national television limelight alongside Keith Jackson and Howard Cosell. On Sept. 21, 1970, ABC introduced Meredith to the nation with clips of lowlights from his nine seasons playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.    READ MORE

Jerry Jones, players showering Jason Garrett with praise - Jason Garrett has yet to devise a game plan to tackle a stubbornly high unemployment rate.  He has not brokered a deal for peace in the Middle East. Maybe someone should ask. Talk to the Cowboys these days and you're left with the impression that Garrett can do almost anything. It's striking how good a 4-8 team can feel about itself and an interim head coach four games deep into his audition for the permanent position.    READ MORE

Jason Garrett: Injured WR Dez Bryant must 'remain engaged' - Dez Bryant's rookie season ended with ankle surgery on Monday, but the Cowboys will continue the education of a young and unpolished wide receiver. Bryant faces a rehabilitation period of about three- to four-months after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured right fibula and ligament damage in the right-ankle area. He was injured when hit low by Kavell Conner, who got around blocker Chris Gronkowski, while returning a kickoff during Sunday's overtime win at Indianapolis.    READ MORE

Kubiak's progress report: F - "How far have the Texans come in almost five seasons under Gary Kubiak? Only about 1,549 miles, the distance between Reliant Stadium and Lincoln Financial Field. In 2006, in Kubiak's head-coaching debut, the Texans suffered a 24-10 loss at home to the Philadelphia Eagles. On Thursday, the Texans lost to the Eagles in Philadelphia 34-24. In between, there have been more downs than ups, more misery than joy and more dejection than elation. Enough is enough. A few years ago at the NFL combine, a league executive took a sip of whiskey and told me that if you don't have a top-10 coach or a top-10 quarterback, you should be looking for one.    READ MORE

Texans using long break to get healthy - "After losing at Philadelphia on Thursday night and taking the weekend off, the Texans return to practice today to prepare for next Monday's game against the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium. The Texans (5-7) are two games out of first place in the AFC South with four to play. Even though they've lost five of six since they started 4-2, there is some good news: Tight end Owen Daniels returns after missing the last five games because of a hamstring injury. The long layoff between games also should give other injured players time to recover. Receiver Andre Johnson (ankle) and defensive end Mario Williams (sports hernia) have been playing with injuries.    READ MORE




 

 

Football: UNT to release ticket prices for new stadium - North Texas will announce a $25 increase per season ticket for most reserved seats in the opening season in its new stadium, school officials said Monday.   READ MORE

Baylor's Stargell Love out two months with stress fracture - Baylor freshman guard Stargell Love could be out for up to two months with a stress fracture in his left foot.   READ MORE

No. 2 Baylor crushes Minnesota, 103-56 - Second-ranked Baylor now has an extended break for exams before its next big test on the court.   READ MORE

TCU's Gary Patterson: 'You'd be lying if you said you didn't want to play for a national championship' - TCU coach Gary Patterson went biblical Sunday. Maybe it was the history-rich tradition of the Rose Bowl, or the gravity of the moment in his program's rise to the top echelon of college football that had Patterson reaching for Old Testament metaphors Sunday evening after the Horned Frogs were invited to meet Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.    READ MORE

Amon Carter stadium destruction 'a celebration of bigger and better things' - Luis Flores and his wife, Joann, both graduated from Texas Christian University and didn't get far away after that. The couple, retired public school educators, settled in a neighborhood about four blocks from campus. They are season ticket holders to football games and travel with the team to bowl games. The towering west grandstand of the football stadium had been a touchstone of their lives.    READ MORE

Mack Brown's hire could drastically change Longhorns' look - Mack Brown's hire could drastically change Longhorns' look. Before Mack Brown decides whom he wants as Greg Davis' replacement as offensive coordinator, expect the Texas football coach to explore what he wants in his offense. On Monday, the Longhorns, coming off a 5-7 finish, experienced their biggest staff overhaul in 13 seasons under Brown.    READ MORE

Flawed BCS system worked this time but still has meltdown potential - Judged by its narrow job description, the BCS again accomplished its mission. Auburn and Oregon will meet in Glendale, Ariz., to see who hoists a Waterford Crystal football at University of Phoenix Stadium. As BCS defenders everywhere will tell you, the system is all about matching the top two teams ­ and nothing more.  The problem is that the whole system remains deeply flawed. Just because the BCS avoided a Chernobyl-like meltdown for another year doesn't mean that everything is right in college football.  This isn't a "Death to the BCS" proclamation, merely wondering if this is the best the system can do – No. 1 vs. No. 2?    READ MORE



 


Blue Jackets snap Stars six-game winning streak in OT shootout - Those darn hockey gods can be little imps at times. Just two games after Dallas received good luck from the referees on a disallowed goal at the end of a 2-1 win against Washington, they received bad luck Monday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus. Protecting a 2-1 lead, Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins was called for a controversial holding penalty on R.J. Umberger with 1:50 remaining. Columbus captain Rick Nash then scored with 46.1 seconds left to tie the score and force overtime. Dallas eventually lost when Columbus scored twice in the shootout, and the Stars could get just one goal.   READ MORE

Dallas Stars lenders must get a sense of urgency for team's needs - I've always believed that a sports franchise is a business and needs to be treated as such. When fans complain about high ticket prices, I ask why they aren't at BMW complaining about the high cost of cars or at Starbucks complaining about the high cost of coffee. When people say an owner is trying to make money off the team, I typically answer, "What's wrong with that?" But something about the Stars seems to cross the line between the team as a business and as a public trust.    READ MORE

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