Sports Morning Headlines-Tuesday, 02/22/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

Knicks Finally Land Anthony - According to Sources with ESPN Melo is headed to Broadway. ...The New York Knicks have acquired Carmelo Anthony, sources told ESPN The Magazine's senior writer Chris Broussard on Monday night.   READ MORE

Chances of Devin Harris back in Dallas? - As with every other team, the Dallas Mavericks were waiting on a Carmelo Anthony deal to finally set off action as the big clock ticks on Thursday's 2 p.m. trade deadline. So no Melo rental in Dallas, but what about the leftovers and the left out? ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported on Jan. 10 that the Mavs registered interest with the New Jersey Nets in bringing Devin Harris back. The Mavs were always planning to try to see if they could re-acquire the former fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft once they knew if Harris was or wasn’t in a Melo deal.  The Nets swung and missed and now the notion of a three-way deal with the Mavs, Nets and Nuggets that lands Harris in a Dallas backcourt with Jason Kidd and Rodrigue Beaubois, sources told ESPNDallas.com on Monday night, is a long shot.    READ MORE

Trade winds dead calm around the Mavericks -- for once - Having done all they could to add a pair of impact players - Roddy Beaubois and Peja Stojakovic - without giving up anything, the Mavericks have found themselves in unfamiliar territory with just three shopping days left before the trade deadline.  They are outside the vortex, safely away from the maelstrom.  If trade winds are gale force in Denver and New York, they wouldn't even blow Tiger Woods' golf ball an inch off line in Dallas.   READ MORE

Popovich enjoys ‘awesome’ All-Star weekend - Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is now 1-1 in All-Star Games, his Western Conference team’s victory in Sunday’s 60th NBA All-Star Game turning the weekend into an altogether positive experience.  The Eastern Conference handed Popovich’s Western Conference team a 125-115 loss in his first assignment as an All-Star head coach, the 2005 game at Denver’s Pepsi Center.  Popovich acknowledged that it would have been nice to have had a long weekend getaway from the 82-game grind of the regular season, but said the experience of being around the game’s best players outweighed the inconvenience of canceling his annual All-Star Weekend getaway that typically includes some fine dining and wine-tasting.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs: Spurs news and notes: Duncan sticks up for Parker, oddsmakers still favor Lakers, and more - While at the All-Star weekend, San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan said Tony Parker should have been playing at the All-Star game:  
“I wish Tony (Parker) could be here. He deserves to be here, he’s had an excellent year so far. I think if he can grow a couple of inches the next couple of days, I’d trade (spots) with him.” (torontosun.com)  • Seems NBA oddmakers are still picking the Los Angeles Lakers over the Spurs despite the fact San Antonio has the NBA's best record:  According to oddsmakers at online sports book Sportsbook.com, the Los Angeles Lakers are +130 on the money line to win the Western Conference, making Kobe Bryant and Co. the favorites out West. Despite owning a league-best 46-10 record, the Spurs are +160 on the money line to represent the West in the 2011 NBA Finals. (thespread.com).   READ MORE

Uncertain Rockets get back to work - Some players expect to be dealt by trade deadline.  With their season teetering on the brink of collapse and the trade deadline looming ominously just days away, the Rockets reconvened Monday knowing that the next three days could change everything.  They begin the post-All-Star break schedule tonight with a road back-to-back, coming off a 1-3 homestand that further reduced their slim margin for error. They head into games against Detroit and Cleveland knowing that the next time they play, they could look very different as a team since Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been trying feverishly to upgrade the roster before Thursday's trade deadline.   READ MORE

Rockets notes: Williams wants to play now - Williams vents.  Frustrated about his lack of playing time, guard/forward Terrence Williams said he hoped the upcoming trade deadline will get him off the Rockets' bench. He said he would prefer to play for the Rockets but hopes to be somewhere he can play by the end of the week.  "I want to play basketball, whether it is here or somewhere else," Williams, 6-6, said. "I like the thought of being here with Aaron (Brooks) from home. But I'm here to play basketball and I'm not doing it. It's nothing against them. At the end of the day, I just want to play basketball."   READ MORE

 

 

Hunter still working to prove he belongs in rotation - Tommy Hunter knows some people see him as the Texas Rangers' big, fun-loving pitcher.  But the right-hander is OK with that label as long as everyone knows that Hunter's focus is squarely on winning when he is on the mound.  "I can definitely see how people have a view of me," Hunter said. "I'd like people to go through a day with me and see what it's like. My dad had a really easy time transitioning coming home from work and not bringing work home when I was a kid. That's the way I look at it. When I'm on the mound, I'm working."  If anything, Hunter is working harder to once again prove he deserves a spot in the Rangers' starting rotation.   READ MORE

Rangers play catch-up behind the plate - At the catching position, time waits for no man.  Especially Bengie Molina.  Sorry. Couldn't help myself. As the Rangers marched to the 2010 American League pennant, "Bengie is so slow... " jokes became a part of the ongoing story.  But as catcher Molina pondered retirement in the off-season, the Texas Rangers realized that they had to move on.  A year ago, the catching competition in spring training was among Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden and Max Ramirez. All young, all untested, all unproven.  Twelve months later, only Teagarden is left. Yorvit Torrealba, a 10-year veteran, was signed as a free agent in the off-season, and he will be the Rangers' No. 1 catcher.   READ MORE

Barnett recalls days of working with NBA legend Jordan - The best athlete new Astros hitting coach Mike Barnett ever coached was a .202 hitter who lasted just one season in the minors. Of course, he also won six NBA championships, scored 32,292 points and (spoiler alert) defeated the Monstars in Space Jam.  Barnett talked Monday about coaching Michael Jordan when Jordan played for the White Sox's Class AA affiliate and Barnett was the hitting coach on that Birmingham Barons team. Jordan played 127 games with the Barons when on a hiatus from basketball.   READ MORE

A weight-and-see spring camp for Mier - Astros hope added heft boosts shortstop's stock.  Jiovanni Mier has won the swimsuit portion of the competition.  Not literally, of course, but Astros brass are raving about his body after the shortstop prospect put on 20 pounds and 20 good pounds this offseason.  Weight has been an issue for Mier since the Astros drafted him with their first-round pick in 2009 and - after a promising debut - watched him struggle in 2010.   READ MORE

 

Dallas Cowboys Will Not Use Franchise Tag on Left Tackle Doug Free - The Dallas Cowboys announced Thursday that the team will not use the franchise tag on any of its 13 free agents. The team was expected to tag left tackle Doug Free, who was the only sure thing on the Dallas offensive line in 2010. However, the team said it will not tag free or any of the other four free agents who are starters. Below is a list of the other 12 free agents.   READ MORE

Cowboys' DC Rob Ryan talks the talk - Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan did not have me at "hello," although close. He had me at "I am going to do a great [bleeping] job, and you're going to see that."  It is about [bleeping] time.  And as a parent to an almost 2-year-old who mimics every single word she hears, including raw utterances when, say, Mommy finds herself on I-35 with 245,000 of her closest friends, I somewhat understand language criticisms. But as my cursing mentor Chris Rock infamously said, "It's like you enter another country -- sometimes you're in a cursing country and then you're in a kid's country."  The Cowboys' defense is definitely a cursing country.   READ MORE

No offseason lull - Between rehab and monitoring labor relations, Texans LB DeMeco Ryans works a full schedule.  During a time when he should be enjoying rest and relaxation like most NFL players, linebacker DeMeco Ryans is the Texans' busiest player.  Not only does Ryans continue to rehabilitate the torn Achilles' tendon that cost him the last 10 games of the 2010 season, but he's learning the 3-4 scheme that will be installed by new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.   READ MORE

Titans hire Ragone to coach receivers - The Tennessee Titans have hired former Louisville quarterback Dave Ragone to coach the wide receivers, according to TitanInsider.  Ragone is a former Houston Texans quarterback who worked for Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer with the Hartford Colonials in the UFL.   READ MORE




Baylor MBB Begins Stretch Run at No. 20 Missouri - Wednesday's game will tip at 8:05 p.m. CST on ESPN2.  QUICK HITS  • Faced with a pivotal four-game stretch to close the regular reason, Baylor (17-9, 6-6) will look to end its two-game Big 12 losing streak on the road Wednesday at Missouri.  • Baylor has lost nine straight trips to Columbia, Mo., and hasn't won on Mizzou's home floor since 1948.  • Baylor is 90-43 over the last four seasons and has never posted four consecutive 20-win seasons or four consecutive postseason appearances in school history.   READ MORE

UT's Sam Acho, four other departing Horns set for NFL combine - Sam Acho is one of five Longhorns who will work out for coaches and personnel evaluators from all 32 NFL clubs at the combine, which opens Wednesday and runs through March 1 in advance of the April 28-30 draft.   READ MORE

Aggies await revived Lady Raiders - Texas A&M junior guard Sydney Carter said the team got a wake-up call in a 76-67 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.  We'll see.  The fifth-ranked Aggies will play the suddenly revived Texas Tech Lady Raiders at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Reed Arena. Tech (19-7, 6-6 Big 12), which had dropped off the national radar with a six-game losing streak, got the attention of everyone in women's college basketball with a 56-45 victory over Baylor on Saturday, ending the Lady Bears' 21-game winning streak and knocking them from No. 1 in the country.   READ MORE

TexasTech's Mallard Named Big 12 Player of the Week - Kierra Mallard earns her first Big 12 honor of the season.  Texas Tech junior center Kierra Mallard was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 14-20.  The Dallas, Texas, native Mallard helped Texas Tech to back-to-back victories over top 25 teams last week, including an upset of then No. 1/1 Baylor. In the win over then No. 20/23 Iowa State, Mallard scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds while adding two assists, two blocks and a steal. She had 10 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one steal against Baylor. For the week Mallard averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor.   READ MORE

Men's Basketball Hits the Road again to Face Memphis on Tuesday - Cougars tip off vs. Tigers at 8 p.m., Tuesday, in game broadcast on CBS College Sports.  The University of Houston men's basketball team wraps up a brief road swing when it meets Conference USA rival Memphis at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside the FedExForum.  The Cougars (12-13 • 4-8 C-USA) enter the game on the heels of a tough 76-64 loss at C-USA leader UTEP on Saturday in El Paso, Texas.  Against the Miners, freshman forward Alandise Harris scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds. Senior forward Maurice McNeil added 13 points with a team-high seven rebounds, while senior guard Zamal Nixon finished with 11 points.   READ MORE

Owls Host Lamar Tuesday At 4 PM To Begin Busy Five-Game Week - Rice Plays At Texas State on Wednesday Evening; Hosts Southern Cal In Weekend Series.  Owls Host Lamar Tuesday To Begin Busy Five-Game Week.  The Rice baseball team, 1-2 on the young season and ranked as high as 15th in the nation, hosts longtime rival Lamar on Tuesday (Feb. 21) at Reckling Park to begin a busy five-game week. The Owls meet the Cardinals in a 4 pm start (Central Time)... Rice then heads to San Marcos, Tex., on Wednesday (Feb. 23) for its first road game of the season. The Owls take on Texas State at 5 pm at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium. (Note that the 5 pm start time is a change from some earlier listings.)... Rice returns home for three more on Feb. 25-27 to close out the week.   READ MORE

SMU Suffers Second Loss in Three Games - The outcome of SMU's second meeting against Tulsa didn't end the way the first game had when SMU narrowly won by a score of 59-58. The Mustangs just didn't have enough firepower to keep up with Tulsa and suffered a 74-66 defeat.   READ MORE

Conference USA Game of the Week - Due to the lack of high profile games in conference this week, the Games of the Week post will take on a little different format. This week there will be an expanded breakdown of the best game in C-USA, the Memphis Tigersat the UTEP Miners. As it stands, after this morning's game, the UAB Blazers, and Southern Miss Golden Eagles are now tied atop the league standings at 9-4. Memphis, UTEP, and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane follow closely behind at 8-4. Don't expect that to hold for long though, as nothing has the entire season. We'll see where we stand in a few days.   READ MORE

TCU Hits Road For First Time; Heads To Baylor - Frogs enter Tuesday ranked No. 3.  The No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs will head south for their first road test of the 2011 season when they take on No. 16 Baylor Tuesday afternoon in Waco. The contest is slated for a 4 p.m. start at Baylor Ballpark. TCU will wrap up a stretch of four straight contests against the Big 12.  GAME INFORMATION - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 • 4 p.m.  RHP Andrew Mitchell (0-0, 4.50) vs. LHP Josh Turley (0-0, 5.40)  BAYLOR BALLPARK | WACO, TEXAS. TV: None | Radio: KTCU 88.7 FM.   READ MORE

UNT hoops tidbit (good news for a change), football note - Shanice Stephens gave me a call back this evening to talk about the week ahead. She wasn't available before the start of the men's game against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.  Jasmine Godbolt didn't play against ULM. I was told it was for personal reasons. Stephens said that personal reason was that she was sick. She will be ready to go in UNT's next game. UNT will also get backup guard Brittney Hudson back from a foot injury.   READ MORE

Roadrunners rally late on Sunday to salvage series split at Louisiana-Monroe - UTSA pushed across six runs in the eighth inning and it rallied for a 14-10 victory at Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday. The Roadrunners' second consecutive win salvaged a split of this weekend's season-opening four-game series.  Seven of UTSA's season-high 19 hits went for extra bases, including a pair of solo home runs by sophomores Ryan Dalton and Daniel Rockett.   READ MORE




Stars swap two for Pens defenseman - The Dallas Stars traded left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen to the banged-up Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski on Monday.  The 25-year-old Goligoski, a Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh in 2009, is an offensive-minded defenseman. He has 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) and a plus-20 rating in 60 games with Pittsburgh this season. He had 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists) in 69 games with the Penguins last season.   READ MORE

Brad Richards, Stars will be patient with injury - Stars center Brad Richards isn’t sure when he’ll return from the head injury he suffered on February 13, but he does know he’s going to have be patient with the process of getting healthy.  Richards was injured in the final minute of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets when he was hit in the neutral zone by Blue Jackets forward Samuel Pahlsson. He’s missed three games with what the Stars are calling concussion-like symptoms. He didn’t practice Monday in Frisco.   READ MORE
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