Sports Morning Headlines-Wednesday, 01/26/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

ProjectSpurs-Pop: I Can See Myself Coaching For A While - Former Spurs play-by-play announcer, Greg Papa, sat down with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.  READ MORE

Mavs pull away from Gordon-less Clippers, 112-105 - With leading scorer Eric Gordon back in Los Angeles and out for at least three weeks, Blake Griffin knew the Clippers needed him more than ever. And when their 15-point lead over the Dallas Mavericks turned into a deficit late in the third quarter, Griffin took off in search of a highlight-reel basket to energize a rally.  He wound up hitting the floor - hard. Hard enough to draw a technical foul against Brendan Haywood, hard enough to leave Griffin needing a big ice pack on his left elbow after the game and hard enough to provide the energy boost Dallas needed to finish off a 112-105 victory Tuesday night.    READ MORE

Rockets-To live and dunk in L.A. - As the high-flying Clippers, led by Blake Griffin, bring their show to a city with its own reputation for dunking (Phi Slama Jama, anyone?), rims are sure to rattle tonight.  Baron Davis walks onto the hardwood canvas and can easily be mistaken for a bearded Picasso in sneakers.  Or maybe, more fittingly, the conductor of a symphony, leading a fastbreak down the floor that crescendoes with the harmonic echoes of rim-rattling dunks that have turned the long-suffering Los Angeles Clippers - and rookie sensation Blake Griffin - into one of the hottest attractions in the NBA this season.   READ MORE



Rangers acquire Napoli in deal for Francisco - Four days after he was traded to the Blue Jays, catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli became a member of the Rangers on Tuesday in a deal that sends Frank Francisco to Toronto.   READ MORE

Astros lock in Wandy with three-year extension - Contract worth $34 million plus option for '14, avoids arbitration.  Wandy Rodriguez will be in Houston for quite a while.  Rodriguez, who turned 32 last week, avoided arbitration when he and the Astros agreed to a new three-year contract Tuesday. The deal guarantees Rodriguez $34 million over the 2011-13 seasons. It also contains a vesting option for 2014 that could bring the total value to $44.5 million. He and Hunter Pence had been the Astros' only two remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players. Pence will go to a hearing with the club.    READ MORE


Garrett involved in Cowboys' draft but not the final word - Jason Garrett's presence at the Senior Bowl does not mean that he has added the draft to his duties as Dallas Cowboys' head coach.  Garrett is among only a handful of NFL head coaches observing the workouts. A year ago, predecessor Wade Phillips did not attend what is a significant event in the pre-draft process.  Garrett said today that he will have a voice in the draft operation but will not make the final call on picks.  ``The way I like to say it is that I'm not the sole decision maker,'' Garrett said. ``A lot of people seem interested in that. We'll make the decisions collectively as an organization.''    READ MORE

Foster, Leach earn All-Pro recognition - "The awards continue to mount for Texans running back Arian Foster and fullback Vonta Leach. Foster and Leach were voted to NFL's All-Pro Team, announced Monday by the Associated Press. "It's a big honor, (and) it just shows that people respect the hard work that you put in," said Foster, who led the NFL in rushing, yards from scrimmage and touchdowns. "I'd like to say that it was a collective effort getting the individual accolade. All my coaches and teammates were there with me." The Texans and New England Patriots (with quarterback Tom Brady and guard Logan Mankins) were the only teams with more than one player on the offense. Brady was a unanimous pick.   READ MORE



Aggies' AD Bill Byrne says Texas' new cable network could conflict with NCAA recruiting rules - Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne raised concerns Tuesday that Texas' new cable network with ESPN could conflict with NCAA recruiting rules.  High school games and coverage were mentioned as part of the programming at the introductory press conference last week with Texas and ESPN officials.  "I can't speak for the NCAA, but I would imagine the governing body will look into the use of a collegiate television network airing games of prospective student-athletes," Byrne said in a statement. "I understand networks such as FSN and ESPN airing high school sports, but whether or not employees under contract with a university that may have additional contact would seem to be an issue."    READ MORE

Mountain West Board of Directors votes to move Boise State-TCU game to Boise - The Mountain West just sent out the following statement regarding changes to the TCU and Boise State schedules for the 2011 season: (release courtesy of the Idaho Statesman's Brian Murphy).  READ MORE

Texas A&M to SEC? Don't think this rumor will die - UT's decision to hop in bed with ESPN probably isn't sitting too well for the good folks in College Station. Or Norman, for that matter. Austin American Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls floated the idea that UT's monopoly of TV money could like be trigger for A&M to flirt with the SEC again.   READ MORE

Longhorns get first-ever win at Kansas, end Jayhawks' 69-home game winning streak 74-63 - Five thoughts from Texas' huge win over No. 2 Kansas:  1. Texas was trailing 18-3 in the first five minutes of the game, then 35-23 at halftime. They were 8 of 26 from the field (31 percent), 1 of 5 from three-point range (20 percent) and had nine turnovers in the first. The Longhorns were impatient, played bad defense and missed easy shots. But they didn't give up, as they came back in the second half to end the Jayhawks 69-home game winning streak with a huge 74-63 win.   READ MORE

Observations from Bears' loss at Kansas State - The Bears fell into a second-half hole and could not fight their way back at Kansas State, falling 69-61. Here are some observations from the game.   READ MORE

Five storylines from Texas Tech's big 72-71 win against Nebraska - Texas Tech snapped its 11-game conference losing streak dating back to last season with an exciting 72-71 win against Nebraska on Saturday in the United Spirit Arena.   READ MORE



As good as shooting percentage is, it could be better - I have to write an early story from the West Coast for first edition, and this hasn't shown up on the web, so I thought I would share it with you.  It's an interesting situation, and if you watch the Stars, you realize just how much scoring potential that they have.  It was a challenging question, to be sure, but one that makes an interesting point about the Stars' offense this season.   READ MORE
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