Sports Morning Headlines-Thursday, 01/27/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Thursday, January 27, 2011.

ProjectSpurs Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Jazz - The San Antonio Spurs withstood a late rally to beat the Utah Jazz 112-105 for their 10th win in the last 11 games.  The Spurs improved to a franchise-best, 39-7 record after 46 games. The Jazz are known for their comeback victories this season, overcoming deficits of more than 15 points seven times.    READ MORE

Spurs avoid finishing on a sour note - The Spurs walked into EnergySolutions Arena on Wednesday night smelling blood.  The Utah Jazz had lost a season-high five games in a row, including three against the dregs of the Eastern Conference, and were less than 24 hours removed from a 29-point de-pantsing at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers.   For Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, all it meant was the Jazz seemed to be due.   READ MORE

Spurs’ offense rebounds after shaky start on the road trip - After scoring a season-low in points and shooting only 36.2 percent in New Orleans to start the road trip Saturday night, the Spurs’ offensive performance was bleak. But it was nothing to worry about. Upcoming trips to Golden State and Utah would be a tonic to any sputtering offensive attack.    READ MORE

Adelman's Rockets lack tenacity - Rockets coach Rick Adelman is looking for some down-home toughness. A little old-fashioned want to. Some put-the-reigns-in-your-mouth-and-ride-against-all-odds will power.   READ MORE

Hayes puts a wrap on the Blake Show - Rockets limit Griffin, Clippers to 10 points in fourth.  As often as he had pleaded and tweaked, ranted and raved, Rick Adelman could stomach the Rockets’ defense no longer.  This time he was not alone.  After several days spent listening to Adelman drive home his point, the Rockets gave their coach everything he wanted and more, controlling Blake Griffin and holding the Los Angeles Clippers to 10 fourth-quarter points in a 96-83 rout Wednesday night at Toyota Center.    READ MORE

Rockets notes: Brooks plays role of closer in victory - Brooks plays late.  Midway through the fourth quarter, Rick Adelman sent Kyle Lowry to the scorer's table to check in for Aaron Brooks. Moments later, however, Lowry returned to the bench, with Adelman opting to try Brooks in his former closer's role in part to help get him going.  "Aaron had made a couple shots," Adelman said. "He's been struggling a bit. I thought let's let Aaron get an experience like he had last year, give him some confidence."   READ MORE

Rick Carlisle, West coaches face tough choices - The 2011 All-Star Game starters, as voted on by fans, will be announced Thursday. Then the real work comes for the league's head coaches, who will select the seven reserves for each squad. Those spots will be announced Feb. 3.  Perhaps the most intriguing position is forward for the Western Conference. Carmelo Anthony, assuming he isn't traded to an Eastern Conference team beforehand, and Kevin Durant, are leading the fans' vote to start the Feb. 20 All-Star Game held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Then the coaches must choose, maybe as many as four reserves from the following pool of worthy candidates: Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.    READ MORE

Dirk knows: Patience with Peja's shot - Jason Kidd said this about Peja Stojakovic: "He might be our best foreign shooter on the team. Dirk might not agree with that. He might also agree with it."  Dirk Nowitzki did agree. But he also cautioned, speaking from the experience of his ongoing struggle to regain his shot after a three-week injury layoff, not to expect Stojakovic to start lighting it immediately upon stepping foot on the court. Stojakovic has not played since Nov. 26 because of a left knee issue. He is not expected to play Thursday against the Houston Rockets, but Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks hasn't been ruled out.    READ MORE

At the Y or NBA, J.J. Barea getting it done - There's no more scrutinized a player on the Dallas Mavericks than sub-6-foot point guard J.J. Barea, and Jason Terry nailed why.  "You look at him and I’ve got guys challenging J.J., from family and friends to guys at the YMCA at the rec," Terry said after Barea lit up the Los Angeles Clippers and Baron Davis for 25 points, second only to Terry's 28 in Tuesday's 112-105 victory. "They want to take his spot. But ain’t nobody taking his spot. He’s one of the toughest players on the team."    READ MORE



Rangers visit the Texas State Capitol in Austin - Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington were hosted by Texas Senator Chris Harris and Representative Diane Patrick at the Senate and House Chambers on Wednesday.   READ MORE

Rangers acquire Napoli in deal for Francisco - First baseman/catcher adds versatility in return to AL West.  Depth and versatility fueled the Rangers' latest offseason move Tuesday, when the club acquired Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Frank Francisco and cash considerations.  The 29-year-old Napoli, who boasts experience at catcher and first base, joins his third team this month, as he was initially sent to Toronto along with outfielder Juan Rivera from the Angels for outfielder Vernon Wells on Friday. READ MORE

Astros avoid arbitration with Wandy, not Pence - The Astros and Wandy Rodriguez agreed to a three-year, $34 million contract Tuesday, but the club was not able to sign Hunter Pence at its deadline and will head to arbitration.    READ MORE

Astros Spring Training tickets are now on sale - Be a part of all the fun and excitement of Astros baseball this spring in Kissimmee, Fla. Spring Training single-game tickets are now on sale. Tickets start at $10.    READ MORE


Jerry Jones is in denial if he thinks Cowboys are set at CB - Were Jerry Jones' recent comments about the Cowboys' satisfaction with the cornerback position a smoke screen?  A couple of months ago, Jerry Jones stood before us and sadly spoke of being in denial about Wade Phillips’ inability to rescue the Cowboys from their tailspin at the start of the season.   READ MORE

Ray Sherman's exit an issue of chemistry - Jason Garrett on Tuesday talked about why he liked new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.  Ryan comes from a football family, much like Garrett, and he loves to talk football. Garrett is built in the same ways.    READ MORE

Troy Aikman, wife announce separation - Just 10 days before former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman will announce the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium for Fox, the three-time Super Bowl winner confirmed Monday that he and his wife, Rhonda, have split.    READ MORE

Cowboys future focus: RB Lonyae Miller - What he did in 2010: Miller, who backed up San Diego first-round pick Ryan Mathews in college, spent most of the season on the Cowboys’ practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster in December, when Marion Barber missed games because of a strained calf. Miller didn’t play a down on offense, but he proved that he could be a solid contributor on special teams.    READ MORE

Draft will address shoddy defense - "The best thing about college all-star practices and games, the scouting combine, pro days and private workouts is seeing how the prospects are rated and trying to figure out who your favorite team is going to draft. The Texans have the 11th pick in the first round and are expected to use it to improve a defense that ranked 30th overall this season, including 32nd against the pass. General manager Rick Smith and coach Gary Kubiak are expected to use a lot of picks to try to turn around a defense that blew four games during a disappointing 6-10 campaign.   READ MORE

Checking in from Honolulu - Just checked in to my hotel in Waikiki for the Pro Bowl (yes, I know I’m lucky). We’ll be here all week cranking out articles, videos, podcasts, photos and blog updates as we track Texans running back Arian Foster and fullback Vonta Leach in their first respective trips to the NFL all-star game.  It’s a beautiful 81 degrees in Honolulu, which is pretty much the forecast here for every day of the year. Check out some pictures of the local scenery at the bottom of this post.   READ MORE

Michael Vick Super Bowl Party Feb 3-5 2011- Mr. BIGGS Sportsbar - For details on Micheal Vicks SUPER BOWL PARTY in DALLAS.     READ MORE



Texas' Hamilton Earns Oscar Robertson National Player Of The Week Honors - The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Texas guard/forward Jordan Hamilton as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 20.  He is the second Big 12 men's basketball player this season to earn the honor (Khris Middleton, Texas A&M, Dec. 14).  The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 22 during the season.   READ MORE

Basketball: Mitchell biggest steal yet for UNT - The saga of Tony Mitchell, a highly touted player who finished his high school career at Dallas Pinkston, took another turn Wednesday when he arrived at North Texas.   READ MORE

Gerry Fraley's Senior Bowl observations: A&M's Von Miller a standout - Some observations from today's two workouts at the Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala.:  Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller has gone full speed since he hit the field on Monday. Miller has had the best series of practices of all players. He has been particularly good in pass-rush drills, but a word of caution there. The South offensive line is less than stout.   READ MORE

Mike Singletary leads Texas Tech past Iowa State, 92-83 - Mike Singletary scored a season-high 33 points, D'walyn Roberts added 16 with 11 rebounds and Texas Tech knocked off Iowa State 92-83 Wednesday night for its first road win of the season.  Brad Reese had 14 for the Red Raiders (10-11, 2-4 Big 12), who have won two straight after an 0-4 start in league play.  Diante Garrett had 27 points to lead the Cyclones (14-7, 1-5), who've lost five of six and have dropped three straight for the first time this season.   READ MORE

Late SMU 3-pointer sinks Tulsa, 59-58 - Robert Nyakundi hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1.1 seconds left as Southern Methodist stunned Tulsa 59-58 on Wednesday night.  The open 3-pointer was the only basket the Mustangs (12-8, 3-3 C-USA) scored in the final 8:20, yet the Golden Hurricane (10-10, 3-3) could not take advantage. Tulsa missed seven free throws in the final 8:33 and made just three baskets of its own.   READ MORE

New Mexico Lobos rout TCU Horned Frogs, 71-46 - Phillip McDonald hit a season-high six 3-pointers in scoring 20 points Wednesday night to help New Mexico to a 71-46 victory over TCU.   READ MORE


Morrow, Lehtonen lead Stars past Oilers - Brenden Morrow and Kari Lehtonen led the Dallas Stars to the bounce-back game they needed after a pair of embarrassing road losses.  Morrow scored twice, Lehtonen stopped 34 shots to rebound from a poor performance in his previous start and the Stars beat Edmonton 3-1 on Wednesday night in the final game before the All-Star break for both teams.   READ MORE

Stars’ Benn, Wandell out with upper-body injuries - Dallas Stars centers Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell missed Wednesday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers because of upper-body injuries.  Both were hurt in Monday night’s 7-1 loss at Vancouver.   READ MORE
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