Sports Morning Headlines-Tuesday, 12/28/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Tuesday, December 28, 2010.

Rockets looking to trade Yao - After years of patience and a willingness to wait out injury upon injury with their franchise star, the Houston Rockets are engaged in trade discussions about center Yao Ming with several teams, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.  The lure of acquiring Yao for potential suitors is the $8 million in savings that insurance will provide for his $17.7 million expiring contract this season.  Some teams are considering re-signing Yao on a short-term deal with hopes of restoring him to playing health, while others see his contract as a cost-saving measure.  Once one of the dominant players in the NBA, Yao, 30, will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left ankle.  There are serious questions about his ability to return to the NBA on a full-time basis.   READ MORE

Rockets rally past Wizards 100-93 to reach .500 - Brooks scores 13 in fourth to help squad even season record.  A trap is not supposed to work when it comes with bright lights and screams of danger ahead.  The Rockets saw this one coming. Anyone could. The Washington Wizards were 0-14 on the road and playing the second game in a back-to-back. They were in town for a game slipped in between a Christmas break and the game against the Miami Heat, and with the Rockets riding a seven-game home winning streak.  The Rockets somehow did not see the danger signs until they trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter. When they did, however, they took off down the stretch, pulling away from the Wizards for a 100-93 win, taking their fifth straight victory to their first .500 record of the season.   READ MORE

Ex-Rocket Francis to leave Chinese team after 4 games - Three-time NBA All-Star Steve Francis is leaving his Chinese team after playing in just four games over two weeks.  Chinese media say the out-of-shape 33-year-old played just 14 minutes for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks. To the consternation of his coach, Francis left the stadium midway through the Ducks’ 104-89 victory over the Jiangsu Dragons on Sunday.  Francis had reportedly signed with the Ducks for $800,000 for the 32-game 2010-11 season, a portion of which he will receive as a settlement.    READ MORE

Mavs lose Nowitzki to injury, but beat Thunder - The Dallas Mavericks were already without their coach after knee surgery, then lost Dirk Nowitzki(notes) to his own knee injury.  Caron Butler scored 21 points and the Mavericks shook off the loss of Nowitzki in the second quarter to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-93 on Monday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.  Nowitzki scored 13 points before leaving with 9:10 left in the second with what the Mavericks said was a sore right knee. Shawn Marion(notes) scored 20 points off the bench to help replace him.  “You hate to see the big German go down,” guard Jason Terry said. “But we saw him at halftime and he was smiling. He told us, ‘No problem. You guys got this.”’   READ MORE

Mavericks' Dwane Casey on tonight's game: 'We're not going to do anything crazy' - Don't expect things to look much different tonight for the Mavericks when they play Oklahoma City.  Just because coach Rick Carlisle , recovering from knee surgery, is back in Dallas and the Mavericks will be coached by Dwane Casey tonight, it doesn't mean the acting coach is going to try to reinvent the wheel.  "We're going to try to keep everything the same,'' Casey said this morning after shootaround. "We're not going to do anything crazy.''   READ MORE

Mavericks and OKC fans have lots of byplay - The Mavericks had some touchy interaction with fans and the scorer's table late in the game. Jason Terry was constantly egging on the fans, who booed and taunted him.  "At that point, you're trying to do anything to get yourself going and I just use that to get fired up,'' Terry said.  Meanwhile, acting coach Dwane Casey had a heated moment with the game-operations crew at the scorer's table when Jason Kidd was trying to come into the game and the scorers said he wasn't at the table in time to go in during a dead ball.   READ MORE

The 4-Down Podcast, Episode 21: Spurs-Lakers Preview with Phillip Barnett of Forum Blue And Gold - Forget just “Spurs Day,” Spurs vs. Lakers is the real holiday in San Antonio. There is no bigger regular season game for Spurs fans than playing the Los Angeles Lakers.  To celebrate the occasion, and to figure out who had the greater chance of being disappointed, I invited Phillip Barnett of Forum Blue And Gold, the Los Angeles Lakers blog in the ESPN TrueHoop Network, to be a guest on the 4-Down Podcast and preview Tuesday night’s first regular season matchup between the Spurs and Lakers.   READ MORE

Spurs subtle changes, Pop gives props to the guards, and more - David Aldridge of NBA.com talks about the San Antonio Spurs and the subtle changes made which has made them one of the top teams in the NBA:  So much for the supposedly warmer and cuddlier Pop, who went to a zone defense out of desperation last week against Denver because, as he recalled it, no one was guarding anybody, anyway. Might as well mess up the Nuggets, too. And, of course, it worked, like most everything has worked out so far this year for the Spurs.  READ MORE

Jason Terry not buying Spurs as the NBA’s best team - The Spurs and Dallas will meet Thursday night in a game that already was a grudge battle between the top two teams in the Southwest Division.  Dallas guard Jason Terry has added more fuel to the fire with a comment to the Dallas Morning News that scoffs at the Spurs — despite their NBA-best 26-4 record.  “It’s still a fight. But we’ve positioned ourselves now to go out and have a great season,” Terry told the News. “I think personally we’re better than every team in the league. And that’s no disrespect to the Spurs or anybody.”   READ MORE







Nolan Ryan talks about Cliff Lee, interest in Adrian Beltre and concern about Josh Hamilton's contract - Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan was interviewed on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket and discussed the concern of growing contracts. Here are some highlights:  Cliff Lee was offered a massive amount of money by all three teams that wanted him. When you were offering up those numbers, did you ever wish that you had been pitching in this era instead?  Well, you know, every year you think you’ve seen this thing take on a life of its own and you think it’s got to top out here pretty quick, and it just keeps escalating.   READ MORE

Door closes on historic year in Rangers history - The Texas Rangers captured their first American League West title in 11 years before propelling to the franchise's first World Series appearance in a 2010 fans will long remember.   READ MORE

Hamilton, Andrus win GIBBY hardware - AL MVP named Majors' best; shortstop honored for defense.  Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has collected another award for his trophy case while shortstop Elvis Andrus has been honored for his defensive work.  Hamilton has been selected as the Player of the Year in the 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards. The announcement was made on MLB Network on Friday Night.    READ MORE

After slow start, Astros finished '10 on high note - Perhaps it was the influence of Jeff Bagwell, the infusion of youth or the steady pitching of a staff led by Brett Myers, but Houston went 59-52 after a woeful 17-34 start to 2010.   READ MORE

Vote Astros game among MLB's 20 greatest - Vote Houston's 18-inning walkoff to win the '05 NLDS among the best of the last 50 years. Watch Jan. 3, when MLB Network and MLB.com start counting down MLB's 20 Greatest Games.    READ MORE






 

With Jason Garrett as the interim coach, the Cowboys are 4-3 heading into a regular-season finale at Philadelphia on Sunday. - Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said it’s not about wins and losses when it comes to his evaluation of Garrett.  So what’s it about?   READ MORE

Jerry Jones expresses reservations about hiring coach who has won Super Bowl - Owner and general manager Jerry Jones expressed reservations Monday about considering a coaching candidate who had previously led a team to a championship, saying that one man has never led two different teams to a Super Bowl title.  "That's worth noting," he said. "There is a lot to be said, and I'm a big believer, having never done something and get the opportunity to do it. I'm a big believer that initial proving it is a big motivator."    READ MORE

Jon Kitna's status uncertain; so is timetable on Stephen McGee's first-team reps - Stephen McGee has had only three reps with the starters this season, but interim coach Jason Garrett said Monday that his next one will depend on Jon Kitna's health. Garrett said he is unsure of Kitna's status for Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia, although it's unlikely that he will be ready.  Given Dallas' 5-10 record and Kitna's injury (left oblique), you might think Garrett would just announce McGee as the starter. But, when asked about a timetable for the QB decision, Garrett said, ``We have to to see what Jon's availability is throughout the practice week and see what he is able to do. When he is not able to do anything, Stephen will get those reps.''    READ MORE

Texans allows 24 second-half points; Schaub picked on doorstep - "The Texans moved a step closer to a higher draft choice and perhaps a new coaching staff by blowing a 17-point halftime lead and a 13-point fourth-quarter advantage before losing 24-23 to the Denver Broncos and rookie quarterback Tim Tebow on Sunday. Of all the rotten performances by the Texans in what has disintegrated into a 5-10 season, this was the most wretched because it was against a bad team (3-11 coming in) with an interim coach (Eric Studesville) and a rookie quarterback in his second start. And it could cost coach Gary Kubiak his job. The Texans have one game left, at home against Jacksonville.    READ MORE

Kubiak remains popular in Denver, as popularity wanes in Houston - "Gary Kubiak might have worn out his welcome as the coach in his hometown of Houston, but fans in the city that once claimed him as its own seemingly have no qualms about his returning should he lose the Texans job. Which might have become inevitable Sunday when a 17-point halftime lead against the Denver Broncos didn't hold up. The Texans' 24-23 loss to the Broncos, for whom Kubiak played and coached for more than two decades, was his eighth loss in nine games. But that's no black mark against him for his many fans in Denver.    READ MORE








Longhorns' Thompson named Big 12's rookie of the week - Texas freshman forward Tristan Thompson was named the Big 12 Conference's rookie of the week on Monday after producing 17 points, 15 rebounds and three steals during a 67-55 victory at Michigan State last week.  READ MORE

Mission trip to Kenya inspires Baylor's Phil Taylor - The bowl schedule suggests that Phil Taylor has come full circle by finishing against a team from the Big Ten, the bruising league where he began his collegiate career.  While the Baylor defensive tackle will play his final college game in Wednesday's Texas Bowl against Illinois, the back-to-the-future storyline only reveals part of Taylor's journey. He's a far different person and player than the supersized physical specimen that arrived at Baylor in 2008 as a Penn State transfer.    READ MORE

Basketball: Comeback Ked - Kedrick Hogans couldn’t shoot. He couldn’t dribble. Playing the great post defense that has become his trademark? That was out of the question. North Texas team doctors didn’t even want Hogans to touch a basketball for about four months last season after he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.   READ MORE

Andy Dalton gets rosy finish as winningest QB in TCU history - Andy Dalton makes his final start for the Frogs on Saturday in the Rose Bowl, where there will be plenty of purple No. 14 jerseys for the winningest quarterback at the same school where Davey O'Brien and "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh played.   READ MORE

Snubbed? Wisconsin Rose Bowl Champion t-shirts available for sale; TCU title shirts nowhere to be found - Need some bulletin board material, TCU fans? ESPNshop.com may have provided you with exactly that.  The website (which can be visited here ) http://www.espnshop.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11127168 is selling Wisconsin Badgers "2011 Rose Bowl Game Champions" t-shirts to the public. They can be purchased for $20.  A TCU Rose Bowl Championship shirt was nowhere to be seen on the website, and is not among the 72 items for sale on TCU's team page. An ESPNShop customer service representative said he did not believe they had TCU championship shirts for sale.   READ MORE

Tommy Tuberville plans for heavier dose of running game next season at Texas Tech - Texas Tech fans need to savor the inaugural TicketCity Bowl. Maybe get those guns up a little higher. Perhaps shout "Hit 'em, Wreck 'em" a little louder.  Because the New Year's Day game at the Cotton Bowl likely will mark the end of an era.  The Red Raiders figure to sling whatever they want at Northwestern's 92nd-ranked defense. Taylor Potts might need to rest his arm and give backup QB Steven Sheffield a few cracks at the Wildcats. Lyle Leong and Detron Lewis might run every route in Tech's playbook – and ad lib a few of their own. When Baron Batch touches the ball, referees might have a hard time prying it loose from him.    READ MORE

Texas A&M was the clear choice for the Cotton Bowl and here's why - Bowl fever has struck Texas A&M fans, at least according to my e-mail this week.  The questions could roughly be divided into two categories:  1. Were the Aggies really headed to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic?  2. Why do you say A&M is headed to the Cotton Bowl? What about Missouri, which demolished the Aggies at Kyle Field? Or Oklahoma State? Or the loser of the Big 12 title game?  The official news arrived Tuesday after the Cotton Bowl selection committee offered a bid that was quickly accepted. A&M will be playing in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 7, probably against LSU, though Alabama remains a possibility.    READ MORE

Could Texas, Texas A&M be experiencing a shift in the Big 12 South? - Much will be on the line Thanksgiving night at Royal-Memorial Stadium.  Texas A&M will be seeking a potential share of the Big 12 South title and an inside track to the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Texas is playing for a chance to keep playing, with bowl-eligibility in doubt for the first time since 1997.  That should be big enough. It isn’t for some, who are seeing a grander meaning in the game, a potential changing of the guard in the state and maybe the Big 12.    READ MORE






Dallas Stars Recall Aaron Gagnon from Texas - The Stars have recalled forward Aaron Gagnon (for the third time this season) as a precaution. Tom Wandell missed last night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes as did Nick Grossman. Gagnon’s recall could mean that Wandell’s illness, at least, is not improved today.  READ MORE

Resilient Stars have avoided losing skids all season; can it continue? - Lost in the hubbub of the Stars' quest to finally put together a winning streak of more than three games this season has been the fact that this team has been pretty good at avoiding losing streaks.  The fact they are concerned about two games without a win is a testament to a team that does not tolerate losing.    READ MORE


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