Sports Morning Headlines-Monday, 01/17/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Monday, January 17, 2011.

Spurs news and notes: Anderson to Toros, the new Spur speaks, and more - San Antonio Spurs' rookie James Anderson will likely head to the Austin Toros to rehab his foot injury by the end of the week reports Express News' Tim Griffin:  Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said that No. 1 draft pick James Anderson will likely play in the NBA’s Developmental League by the end of the week as he recovers from a stress fracture in his right foot.  Popovich said that Anderson’s rehabilitation will be stepped up this week.   READ MORE

Parker poised, ‘Melo in limbo - The Carmelo Anthony Farewell Tour made it to the AT&T Center on Sunday night, and perhaps that was an upset. Certainly, those who had Jan. 16 in the “How long until ’Melo is out of Denver?” pool were disappointed.  In a way, so was Anthony.  “I get tired of answering the questions,” Anthony said after the Spurs walloped his soon-to-be former team 110-97. “But I live with it.”  In a Spurs jersey Sunday, zipping through what passed for the Denver defense was someone who in an alternate universe might have known the feeling.  Had Tony Parker not agreed to a contract extension in October, wouldn’t the same uncertainty have followed the Spurs point guard from NBA city to city?    READ MORE

Good health hasn’t hurt Spurs’ surge - No matter where he goes these days, the question for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich remains the same: How to explain his team’s 34-6 record, the best in the NBA right now and one of the best after 40 games in league history?  At last, Popovich seems to have uncovered a satisfactory answer. It has less to do with X’s and O’s, he says, and more to do with an underworked athletic training staff.  “Our record is as much an indication about our health as anything else,” Popovich said. “It’s not because we invented a new play or we’re so much better than everybody else.”   READ MORE

Jordan Hill and the Rockets put forth an inspired effort against the Hawks on Saturday night. - Rockets pursue consistent answers for up-and-down play
After so many agonizing fourth-quarter folds, the Rockets went to Atlanta and completed the season's first half with an upset of the Hawks, providing hope and a lesson for how they must play to make the win more trend than fluke.   READ MORE

Brooks steps up in win over Hawks - Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks rushed from the locker room after Friday's loss, seeming unhappy about more than the defeat.  He played just 16 minutes and not at all down the stretch or in overtime.  "We lost," Brooks said. "That's always hard. I didn't help. I was mad. That's it."  But against the Hawks on Saturday, Brooks played throughout the fourth quarter. He scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth, playing the final 10 minutes at shooting guard with Kyle Lowry at the point.   READ MORE

Houston Rockets’ Patrick Patterson in hospital - Houston rookie Patrick Patterson has been taken to the hospital because of chest pain and congestion that forced him to leave their game in Philips Arena.  Team spokeman’s Bob Schranz said some preliminary observation, he said that there are no other symptoms found other than flulike symptoms.   READ MORE

Dirk Nowitzki not a cure-all for everything that ails struggling Mavs - The Mavericks may have thought it was all just a bad dream and that when Dirk Nowitzki got back, they'd wake up and everything would go back to normal.  No such luck. This nightmare they're living continued when he returned on Saturday. So far, this road trip has been a doctorate-level course in misery.  The offense has completely dried up. The defense has been spotty. And the Mavericks have lost confidence and basketball games.     READ MORE

Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons - Tyson Chandler missed Saturday's game with an illness and may still be less than 100 percent. ... They won the first meeting this season in Dallas, 88-84, but needed 42 points from Dirk Nowitzki. They have won three in a row over the Pistons. ... Last season's trip to Detroit was marred by Erick Dampier's fainting spell. ... Jason Kidd has gone 12 consecutive games without hitting 50 percent or more of his shots. He also hasn't had a double-figure assist game in 2011 (eight games). ... They will be trying to avoid a six-game losing streak, something they haven't endured since March 2000. ... The Mavericks were 11-3 in November and 11-3 in December. They are 2-6 in January.    READ MORE

Regaining confidence is a painstaking process - Clearly, this is going to be a process.  Dirk Nowitzki's return came Saturday night in Memphis and he looked rusty, which was understandable after nine games and nearly three weeks on the shelf.  This is how it works when your best player comes back from an injury, especially when another part of the adjustment period includes losing probably your second-best player, Caron Butler, for the season.  There are new growing pains that this team is going to have to go through. And unlike the way this season started, there is no training camp to iron out the problems.    READ MORE





Rangers' Hamilton released from hospital - Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was discharged from a local hospital on Sunday after spending a week there recuperating from a case of pneumonia, according to club officials.  Hamilton was placed at Medical Center of Arlington on Monday as a precautionary measure for what was described as an early case of pneumonia. He is expected to be able to resume baseball activities shortly.  Hamilton has a busy weekend ahead of him. On Friday, he is scheduled to be at the Rangers Mid-Winter Banquet at the Grapevine Texan Resort to be honored as the Rangers Player of the Year.    READ MORE

Rangers preparing for new video board - Former Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock was once asked if he ever thought about his game-winning home run in the 2003 All-Star Game.  "Yeah," Blalock said. "They show it on the scoreboard every night."  Blalock's famous home run was one of many highlights from Rangers history that was shown on the video board high above the Home Run Porch at the Ballpark in Arlington. That video board is no more.    READ MORE

Rangers place Rapada on waivers - The Rangers placed left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release, the club announced on Friday.  Rapada, 29, posted a 4.00 ERA in 13 appearances with the Rangers last season after going 1-2 with a 1.82 ERA in 50 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He also was on the big club's postseason roster and made three appearances against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.  He was designated for assignment, along with catcher Max Ramirez, on Jan. 3, when the club signed pitchers Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes.    READ MORE

Astros' Bogusevic prepares for life in The Show - Astros outfielder Brian Bogusevic was among the handful of elite prospects who attended the Rookie Career Development Program to learn about impending life in the big leagues.    READ MORE

Astros honored at annual baseball dinner - The second-half surge the Astros put together last season after trading away Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt served as a reason for plenty of optimism during Friday night's Houston Baseball Dinner at the Hilton Americas Convention Center Hotel.  The gala banquet, which gave Houston baseball fans one final chance to reflect collectively upon 2010 while casting an eye toward the upcoming season, saw Astros players Hunter Pence, Brett Myers and Chris Johnson get honored by the Baseball Writers' Association of American for their good seasons last year.  "There were a lot of things that thrilled us about last year and a lot of things we want to build upon," manager Brad Mills told the crowd.    READ MORE

Astros' DeShields charged with DUI - Delino DeShields Jr., the Astros' first-round Draft pick last year, was released early Sunday morning after being arrested in Georgia and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation.  DeShields Jr., 18, was arrested by the Athens-Clark County Police Department and booked at 1:06 a.m. ET, according to jail computer records obtained by MLB.com. He was released after posting a $2,500 bond for the three offenses -- $500 for underage possession and the traffic violation and $1,500 for the DUI, all of which are misdemeanors.  The Astros selected DeShields Jr. with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 Draft and signed him to a $2.15 million bonus.    READ MORE





 

NFL: League tells players: Cut out the trash talk - The league's chief disciplinarian has laid down the law: Cut out the trash talk, specifically when it threatens other players.  NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson "reminded players that comments of a physically threatening nature are always taken into account in evaluating discipline for any illegal physical contact on the field," the league warned Saturday.   READ MORE

Cowboys must cut the clutter to become playoff team - My weekend plans could not be any more shocking to me if somebody said I had committed to watching an all-day Real Housewives of Beverly Hills marathon, or an actual marathon at The South Pole, or watching Tony Siragusa pole-dance.  I travel to Chicago.  To cover a second-round Bears playoff game.  Against Seattle.  While the Cowboys remain in Texas still picking up the pieces from their hot mess of a season.   READ MORE

Cowboys hope Ryan's passion is contagious - Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett finally has his man.  After seeing three defensive coordinator candidates take jobs elsewhere, Garrett interviewed Rob Ryan and didn't let him get away.  According to multiple sources, Ryan, the former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator, has been tapped to run the Cowboys' defense.  The Cowboys interviewed Stanford coordinator Vic Fangio last Monday and then San Francisco 49ers coordinator Greg Manusky on Wednesday. But Fangio took a position with the 49ers and Manusky signed on with the San Diego Chargers.   READ MORE

Dallas Cowboys Legend Tony Dorsett: Bleacher Report Exclusive Interview - Tony Dorsett is a legend in the eyes of many. Mr. Dorsett won the Heisman Trophy in college and was a four-time All-American while at the University of Pittsburgh. His NFL stats are nothing short of illustrious. As a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he accumulated over 16,326 total yards from scrimmage, 91 career touchdowns, four Pro Bowls selections, and a 99 yard touchdown run on Monday Night Football that will forever live in football lore as one of the greatest runs of all time.   READ MORE

Rex Ryan still alive for Arlington Super Bowl - Rex Ryan, TCU exes LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Coleman and the rest of the New York Jets are still in the running for Cowboys Stadium and the Super Bowl.  Ryan could coach in a game in Arlington before his twin brother, Rob, who has been hired, sources confirmed Sunday, as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator.  The Rex Ryan-coached Jets stunned AFC top-seeded New England 28-21 to set the final four in the race to reach Arlington and the Super Bowl XLV, the first to be played in North Texas.   READ MORE

Texans announce ticket prices staying put - "After last season's disappointing 6-10 season, the Texans are not increasing ticket prices for the first time since 2006. "We have a great relationship with our ticketholders, and by holding the prices, we want to show them how much we appreciate their support," Texans president Jamey Rootes said Friday. The Texans have sold out 90 consecutive games – every game in franchise history. Last season, their average ticket price ranked 16th in the NFL. In accordance with a league-wide ticket-refund policy established in November by commissioner Roger Goodell, fans will be able to get refunds for preseason or regular-season games that are cancelled because of a lockout.    READ MORE

When They Were Players: Gary Kubiak - *This article originally appeared in the January 2, 2010 edition of the Texans Gameday Magazine.  In a business rife with emotion, it’s tough to learn much more about an NFL coach than what he says in a postgame press conference or how he reacts when the cameras find him during a game.  That’s why it’s fun to pull back the proverbial curtain and find out more about them, and to learn that a guy like Gary Kubiak is as down-home and agreeable as can be.   READ MORE







TCU fans celebrate Horned Frogs' special season with purple party - Streamers jetted above center court and balloons tumbled toward the chanting crowd, giving Sunday's celebration at Texas Christian University's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum the feel of a political convention – but only if the nation's colors were red, white and TCU purple.    READ MORE

Football: Two more players commit to UNT - North Texas picked up a commitment over the weekend from a small-school player who could have a chance to make a big impact for its defense this fall.  Micah Thompson, a 6-4, 290-pound defensive tackle from Jones (Okla.), was one of two high school players to confirm on Sunday that they had orally committed to play for UNT. The Mean Green also picked up a commitment from Iowa City (Iowa) quarterback Andrew McNulty.    READ MORE

Men's basketball: UNT suffers surprising loss at Troy - North Texas tossed the ball around for a full 35 seconds and then some, and saw a chance to take a lead to open the second half of its game against Troy slip away on Saturday. That poor possession turned out to be a sign of what was to come in a surprising loss to a team buried near the bottom of the Sun Belt Conference standings on Saturday night at Sartain Hall.   READ MORE

Women's basketball: UNT tops Troy with hot shots - North Texas gave Shanice Stephens a welcome back to the bench she won’t soon forget. UNT’s head coach returned from a one-game suspension for her conduct following a loss to Middle Tennessee last week and watched her team put on a shooting display from beyond the three-point arc in a 72-57 thrashing of Troy on Saturday at Sartain Hall.   READ MORE

Gymnastics: TWU stumbles at Denver - The TWU gymnastics team came up short in a dual meet at Denver, finishing with a score of 189.400 on Saturday night. Denver captured all four events in the meet and finished with a team score of 195.000.   READ MORE

Secondary coach Duane Akina to leave Texas for similar position at Arizona - Mack Brown could be on the verge of seeing a sixth assistant coach depart following a 5-7 season.  Multiple news organizations, including Rivals.com and the Tucson Citizen, reported that defensive backs coach Duane Akina will leave for a similar job at Arizona. An official announcement could come as soon as today from Arizona. Texas football spokesman John Bianco declined to confirm the reports late Sunday night.   READ MORE

Baylor returns to big stage with marquee matchup against No. 3 Kansas State - Baylor got a taste of the big stage last season when it faced Duke with a Final Four berth at stake.   READ MORE

Top-ranked Baylor women roll again, crush Oklahoma State, 70-39 - Brittney Griner had 18 points with nine rebounds and No. 1 Baylor extended its winning streak to 13 in a row with a 70-39 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.   READ MORE

Iowa State knocks off Baylor, 72-57 - Jamie Vanderbeken scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers and Scott Christopherson added 17 points as Iowa State knocked off Baylor 72-57 Saturday to snap the Bears' four-game winning streak.   READ MORE

Secondary coach Duane Akina to leave Texas for similar position at Arizona - Mack Brown could be on the verge of seeing a sixth assistant coach depart following a 5-7 season.   READ MORE

No. 12 Texas men down rival Oklahoma, 66-46 - It was obvious that even Texas fans know this isn't the same old Oklahoma.   READ MORE

No. 7 A&M women win ninth straight, blast Missouri, 85-40 - Danielle Adams wasn't deterred when she missed her first eight shots. The Texas A&M senior just kept firing, focused on exploiting Missouri's lack of depth in the paint.   READ MORE

Kris Middleton is proving the Aggies have a go-to scorer - Khris Middleton scored 28 points, including 11 in overtime, and No. 14 Texas A&M beat 15th-ranked Missouri, 91-89, on Saturday for its 13th straight win.   READ MORE

Last-second layup lifts Texas Tech women over KSU - Lincoln product Chynna Brown made a layup with one-tenth of a second remaining in double overtime to lift Texas Tech to a 68-66 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.   READ MORE

Kansas State routs Texas Tech, 94-60 - Kansas State studied video to prepare for its game against Texas Tech. It just wasn't film of the Red Raiders.   READ MORE

SMU gets no outside help in loss to Houston - As Houston shot a zone defense to pieces, drilling 3-pointers from seemingly every corner of Moody Coliseum on Saturday, SMU could do little more than wait for the Cougars to cool off.   READ MORE





Stars' Loui Eriksson emerges as one of NHL's top players - Sixteen-month-old Elle Eriksson was excited to see her daddy practice Sunday morning. Loui Eriksson said she says "Da Da" when Stars games are on television but doubts she can really pick him out on the screen.  More people around the NHL now recognize Eriksson as an emerging force in the league. Selected last week for his first All-Star Game appearance, the 25-year-old Swede is ninth in the NHL in scoring and on pace to collect a career-high 87 points. He heads into tonight's home game against Los Angeles with a nine-game point streak, currently longest in the league.    READ MORE

Preview: Dallas Stars host Los Angeles Kings on Monday Night - 7:30 p.m. Monday night; Versus, KTCK-AM (1310) Key matchup: Mike Ribeiro vs. Anze Kopitar.  Ribeiro has 11 career goals against the Kings, second to his 13 vs. San Jose, and has points in eight consecutive games. Kopitar led LA in goals last season with 34, is third this season with 16 and ended a nine-game goal-less streak Saturday night.    READ MORE

Dallas Stars blast Thrashers, 6-1 - The Stars' 6-1 winning margin over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night at American Airlines Center might not have come as a huge surprise with a struggling opponent in town after playing the previous night about 800 miles away.  Some details, though, proved compelling.    READ MORE
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