Sports Morning Headlines-Monday, 01/03/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Monday, January 3, 2011.

Caron Butler's injury could end season - Caron Butler could miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, a tough blow for the already-ailing Dallas Mavericks.  A person with direct knowledge of the initial diagnosis told ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon that the symptoms indicated Butler suffered at least a partial tear of the patellar tendon in his right knee.  If it is a partial tear, Butler could be out two months. However, if it's a full tear, he would miss the rest of the season.  The Mavericks won't be certain about the extent of the injury until they get the results of an MRI that will be taken after Butler returns to Dallas on Sunday.   READ MORE

Shawn Marion delivers 22 points in crisis - With forward Caron Butler sidelined an undetermined amount of time after Saturday's right knee injury, Shawn Marion is again a starter in the NBA.  The veteran forward gave the Dallas Mavericks the jolt they needed in Sunday night's 104-95 victory against the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers. Marion scored a team-high 22 points as the Mavs snapped a three-game losing skid.    READ MORE

Dallas Mavericks Regain Their Offensive Footing in 104-95 Victory Over Cleveland - Again, the Dallas Mavericks were short-handed as they went  against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The difference tonight was the Mavericks were able to get a balanced scoring attack and that led to 104-95 victory for the Mavericks.  The Mavericks had five players score in double figures, they are now 14-1 when they have 5 players in double-figures.  The starting five were the players in double figures.  With the win, Dallas ended their three-game losing streak and avoid their first four-game slide since January 9-14, 2009.  The Mavs also were able to hand the Cavaliers their 17th loss in their last 18 games.  Dallas moved to 17-0 when they score 100 or more points.   READ MORE

January Returns, Will Attempt To Take Rockets' Swagger, Lunch Money - The "January Lull" gets a little overblown in these circles. The Rockets have actually played well during the present month in past years. However, last season saw a 5-9 record during the month, and unfortunately, this edition of January may yield similar results.  Take a look at the brutal schedule that lies ahead:   READ MORE

Trail Blazers pound Rockets in paint - Aldridge, Camby dominate undersized squad.  For the third time this season, the Rockets played with their first winning record just a win away.  Never has it looked more out of reach. Worse, the Rockets have never seemed less interested in grabbing it.  Unable to match the effort or intensity of the team they are most immediately trailing in the standings, the Rockets where dominate inside and outworked everywhere else, with the Portland Trail Blazers blowing the game open in the third quarter then cruising to a 100-85 rout Sunday at the Rose Garden.   READ MORE

Aldridge, Batum help Blazers beat Rockets 100-85 - LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Nicolas Batum added a season-high 21 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 100-85 Sunday night for their eighth straight win at home.    READ MORE

Jefferson not buying that Knicks resurgence is good for NBA - Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said that having the Knicks thriving is important to the health of the NBA.  “You have to be realistic,” Popovich said. “It’s a huge market. Having good basketball teams in huge markets like New York would be a no-brainder. It’s good for the sport. It’s good for everybody.”  But Richard Jefferson, who formerly had an apartment in the New York City area and frequently matched up with the Knicks during his career in the Eastern Conference, doesn’t think it’s more important for the league to have a good team in the country’s largest metropolitan population area.  “I don’t think so. I think it’s completely pointless,” Jefferson said.  “There are too many good players and teams. You look at how great it was for Cleveland having LeBron and what it did to that community and how important it was for them. You look at what is going on now in Miami. And what’s going to on now in Oklahoma City. So to take one city and make that more important to have it back there .. it’s great for whatever city gets the benefit … but I don’t think one city is more important than another.”   READ MORE

NBA Power Rankings: Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs Sit On Top - Here we are on New Year's Day, the NBA's season already a little bit more than a quarter of the way through.  It's been a while since I dipped my toes into the NBA pool, I've been focusing on the Dolphins.  But I'm tired of being depressed by the possibility of Tony Sparano coming back.  So why not do an NBA power ranking article, like everyone else has done?  How will mine be different? Well, I'll try adding a sense of humor. And away we go.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs:  Spurs news and notes: Pop on 70 wins, Anderson update, the Mavericks, and more - The Spurs are off to a fantastic season and some feel they might be able to get to 70 wins. However, don't say that to coach Gregg Popovich:  The question received a predictable eye roll and exasperated sigh from Gregg Popovich. Are the Spurs thinking about 70? Yes, as in 70 wins.  "No, Jesus," San Antonio's no-nonsense coach replied. "You still drunk?"  Spurs opponents are the ones often feeling flattened by a post-New Year hangover. Popovich's 15th team is off to the best start in franchise annals, owns the league's best record by a startling four games and, to be fair, is on a 72-win pace.   READ MORE





Will Rangers rise to similar heights in 2011? - There is no doubt that 2011 will be one of the most anticipated years in Rangers history, as fans eagerly wait to see how the team will build upon what it accomplished this past season.   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' Social Media Clubhouse - Tag's Lines - Astros.com beat reporter Brian McTaggart gives you the latest Astros news from inside the clubhouse.  READ MORE

Purchase your 2011 Astros season tickets now - Astros season tickets are the best way to catch all the excitement at Minute Maid Park in 2011. Buy your season tickets now and enjoy another season of action-packed baseball.    READ MORE





 

Coaching Situations in Houston and Dallas Starting to Clear Up - The coaching situations in Houston and Dallas have come under scrutiny during the 2010 season, but may be clearing up as their seasons end.   READ MORE

Should old acquaintance be forgot? - On the final day of a gut-wrenchingly difficult season, Texans coach Gary Kubiak finally stood up for himself.  In doing so, he appeared to reveal at least some of the case he’ll make for himself today when he sits down with Texans owner Bob McNair to discuss his future.  Kubiak contradicted numerous reports that McNair already had decided to bring him back for a sixth season.  “That’s not true,” he said after the Texans beat Jacksonville 34-17 to finish a bitterly disappointing 6-10 season amid thousands of empty seats at Reliant Stadium. “We’ll talk tomorrow.”   READ MORE

Sources: Gary Kubiak to keep job - "Despite the fact that the Houston Texans have lost four in a row and eight of their past nine, owner Bob McNair will not make a change at head coach and Gary Kubiak will return for another season, according to league sources. McNair believes that if Kubiak can make certain changes to his defensive coaching staff, then he will be able to create a winning atmosphere, and no change at head coach would be needed, the sources said. Houston ranks 29th in total defense (380.6 yards per game) and last against the pass this season (277.1)."   READ MORE

Salvation of Wade remains possible - "They are throwbacks, a dumb-and-dumber comedy team from Vaudeville. The Texans are expected to pair together Wade Phillips with Gary Kubiak, and all that's missing is Jerry Jones taking over the general manager duties for the Texans in his spare time. Phillips won only one of eight games this season before he was fired, and Kubiak has lost eight of his last nine heading into today's finale. Oh: And the only coach who Phillips beat this season was Kubiak. They go together like oil and leak, and it's a franchise image that Bob McNair would have eliminated with one hire. Bill Cowher could have jutted his jaw once and had the crowd ready to believe.    READ MORE

Texans set to pick 11th in NFL Draft - It’s the final weekend of the regular season, so here it is, your first entry of 2011 with the “Draft Talk” category tag. *HEAVY SIGH*  The final draft order isn’t yet official, pending tiebreakers and of course the playoffs – but we know the Texans are picking 11th in the first round (a loss today could have had them as high as #5 if I’m not mistaken). If you’re the type to be upset that they lost draft position by winning today, keep in mind that if the Texans stay true to form, they’re not going to take the guy you want them to regardless of whether or not “your guy” is available.   READ MORE

Jerry Jones said season final win worth more than the draft slots the Cowboys lost - It didn't make good business sense for the Cowboys to go all out to win the season final against the Eagles. Of course, they did it anyway.  The 6-10 finish means they will draft ninth in the 2011 NFL Draft. A loss possibly could have had them drafting in the top five. They certainly would have been lower than the 5-11 Cardinals who beat the Cowboys last week and are drafting fifth.  "Yes," said Jones when asked if the win meant more than the difference in draft picks, "Because of the taste and how good it feels to our team. It feels good to see a good plan, one our staff stayed patient working with a rookie quarterback. That was a positive.   READ MORE

All signs point to Jerry Jones naming Jason Garrett coach - Blink in the next few days, and you will miss the Cowboys' coaching "search."  The coronation of Jason Garrett approaches, at warp speed.  After Sunday's win in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia, owner-general manager Jerry Jones laid out his plan for selecting the seventh head coach since he purchased the franchise in 1989. Everything Jones said points to removing "interim" from Garrett's title.  Even when Jones may not have meant to say it.   READ MORE

Cowboys get season-ending win, but lose valuable spots in April's NFL draft - A season drained of significance long ago came to a merciful end on a dark, damp afternoon on the first Sunday of the New Year.  Is it surprising that even in victory, the Cowboys couldn't win?  There was precious little reflection on a season gone wrong in the wake of a 14-13 win over Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. The focus was on the future and how quickly owner Jerry Jones will remove the interim label from Jason Garrett's title.  It won't take long. Jones said he could make the decision before the clock struck midnight, although there were some procedural matters to address before an offer was extended and a deal signed.   READ MORE








Texas Tech Does Just Fine without Mike Leach - When you have a coach with a run as successful as Mike Leach has you have to be a little nervous about how the next guy will do.   READ MORE

Mean Green trying to keep momentum - Everywhere Johnny Jones has gone during his coaching career, it seems like Bob Marlin has been right there, sometimes as a rival, other times as a resource.  When Jones was an assistant coach at LSU, he recruited some of the players from Pensacola Junior College, which Marlin led to a 1993 national title. In the years since, Jones and Marlin have gone head to head as assistant coaches in the SEC and as head coaches at UNT and Sam Houston State, where Marlin spent 12 seasons.    READ MORE

Baylor holds on to beat Texas Southern 68-60 - LaceDarius Dunn scored all but two of his 17 points in the second half, and A.J. Walton and Quincy Acy made key plays down the stretch as Baylor held off Texas Southern 68-60 Sunday.    READ MORE

Dia records double-double in SMU men's 82-49 victory - Papa Dia scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the 17th double-double of his career as SMU defeated Dallas Christian 82-49 Saturday.   READ MORE

Horned Frogs fans revel in TCU's Rose Bowl win; 'The most incredible feeling I have ever had' - An ever-growing crowd of well over 1,000 TCU fans packed the streets of Frog Alley on Sunday afternoon eagerly awaiting the arrival of their freshly minted Rose Bowl champion Horned Frogs.   READ MORE

For wonderous TCU Horned Frogs, Rose Bowl 'was our national championship - Many thought tiny Texas Christian would be brought to its knees, and they were right.   READ MORE

Even with a Hand, TCU upsets Oklahoma - For the first time in 401 days, Oklahoma guard and Fort Worth-native Whitney Hand got to play. But this homecoming was all about the home team.   READ MORE

Kazemi scores 20 points to lead Rice to 70-61 win over TCU - Arsalan Kazemi scored 20 points and Rice defeated TCU 70-61 on Sunday.  Connor Frizzelle added 14 points for the Owls (8-6), Tamir Jackson had 12 and Trey Stanton 11.    READ MORE

Tears of joy for TCU Horned Frogs after Rose Bowl win - Tears were streaming down Tejay Johnson's face as he put on his 2011 Rose Bowl champion hat.   READ MORE

TCU's Rose Bowl victory highest-rated non-NFL cable TV event - The Rose Bowl's move to cable drew ESPN's highest preliminary rating for a non-NFL game.  TCU's 21-19 win over Wisconsin on Saturday earned an 11.7 overnight rating, down 15 percent from the 13.8 for Ohio State-Oregon on ABC last year. ESPN is available in about 13 percent fewer homes than ABC.  The rating was down just 3 percent from the 12.1 in 2008 for USC-Illinois.   READ MORE

TCU QB Dalton, named Rose Bowl MVP, adds biggest win to his legacy - Andy Dalton's face showed more exhaustion and confusion than euphoria as he walked down the steps following his final news conference.   READ MORE

Texas to hire Wyatt as receivers coach - Texas will be filling one of its football assistant coach vacancies as early as today, according to a source close to the program.  The Longhorns are expected to announce Kansas assistant Darrell Wyatt as their new wide receivers coach, replacing Bobby Kennedy. Wyatt was the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Kansas. Last week, Kennedy left for a similar position at Colorado.  Based on his track record and reputation, Wyatt represents an important hire for Mack Brown. He has been on the staff of four Big 12 teams, including four seasons at Oklahoma (2002-05) where he coached receivers and had one year as passing game coordinator. Just as importantly, he was an important recruiter in Texas, helping land Adrian Peterson.   READ MORE

Texas A&M key defender Tony Jerod-Eddie expects to play vs. LSU - Texas A&M defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie took part in his first contact drills Sunday since having his broken foot surgically repaired Dec. 2.  READ MORE

Aggies' Jeff Fuller (McKinney) ponders skipping senior season for NFL draft - Receiver Jeff Fuller, who leads the Aggies in receiving yards (983) and touchdown catches (12), has requested an evaluation from NFL officials and is pondering early entry in the 2011 NFL Draft. But the junior from McKinney said Sunday that he has no definite draft range in mind -- based on the evaluation he will receive -- that would cause him to bypass his senior season.   READ MORE

LSU's leading rusher remains ineligible, but Texas A&M preparing for him - LSU's leading rusher remains ineligible for Friday night's AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic while coach Les Miles is hopeful junior Stevan Ridley will be reinstated before kickoff.   READ MORE

Aggies have to deal with two LSU quarterbacks in Cotton Bowl - The boos cascading down from Tiger Stadium can shake the bayou, not to mention a struggling quarterback's confidence. As Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee shared the pain and playing time these past three seasons, they found themselves tapping into young reservoirs of life experience.   READ MORE

Maryland gets cold feet, hires Randy Edsall instead of ex-Texas Tech coach Mike Leach - Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was considered a front-runner until late last week but his chances diminished considerably within the past 48 hours, according to four individuals with knowledge of the situation. Three of the sources are close to the Maryland athletic department, one source is close to Leach.   READ MORE

Tairu, Singletary lead Texas Tech to 70-55 victory - David Tairu scored 18 points and Mike Singletary added 17 to lead Texas Tech to a 70-55 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.    READ MORE






Comeback win gives Stars season series sweep over hungry Blues - The St. Louis Blues were a team on a mission.  They had lost three games to the Stars this season, were on a five-game winning streak and could move to within one point of the Stars in the Western Conference standings with a victory Sunday.  But just when the Blues seemed to have everything under control, the Stars blasted back with three third-period goals and took a 4-2 win at Scottrade Center. That pushes Dallas to a Pacific Division-best 23-13-4 (50 points) and drops the Blues to 20-13-5 (45 points).    READ MORE
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