Sports Morning Headlines-Tuesday, 8/16/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Tuesday, August 16, 2011.

Reports: Rudy Fernandez gone after season - According to Spanish media reports, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Rudy Fernandez has indeed now agreed to a four-year deal to return to Spain and play for Real Madrid.  Fernandez will finish out his rookie contract with the Mavs, assuming the lockout does not wipe out the 2011-12 season. But, after the season, according to the report, Fernandez is prepared to leave the NBA after four seasons. The report says Fernandez will earn about $4.3 million a season in Spain.  In April, Fernandez terminated agent Andy Miller and hired Spanish agent David Carro.   READ MORE

95 Theses On The NBA Lockout: How To Fix Our Imploding League - If neither side will present a new proposal to end the NBA lockout, we will. Presenting 95 theses on the lockout, from the salary cap to revenue sharing and contraction to mascot dry-cleaning.  Aug 15, 2011 - The NBA has problems. Big enough problems that the owners of the 30 NBA teams have put the 2011-12 season on hold until those problems are solved. This is no small matter. What remains at question is exactly what those problems are, what caused them and, of course, what can fix them.  This document is attempt to comprehensively determine the problems, the root causes and the potential fixes for the NBA as the lockout drags on. It is modeled after Luther's 95 Theses because I am completely full of myself and also because Joey from Straight Bangin' told me to do it. I broke it down into general sections for ease of navigation; direct links to those sections can be found below.   READ MORE

Welcome, Michael Pina; New Red94 contributor - What ensues beneath the jump is Michael’s first contribution to Red94:  At basketball’s most elite level of competition it’s rare for a player to turn lingering weakness  into strategic advantage in strict response to his head coach’s instruction.  Physical repetition is needed, and even then the phrase practice makes perfect doesn’t quite give birth to the mental flickering of a light bulb—Malcolm Gladwell wrote 10,000 hours of practice should launch a person into excellence at whatever it is they’re busy toiling away on. In basketball a player will improve, sure, but by the time they’re in the NBA and have most likely amassed the necessary rehearsal time, how much further can they go?   READ MORE

An Argument for Argument-Ending - Remember this point last summer, when you and I and everyone we know (shoutout to Miranda July) couldn’t help themselves but to piss and moan about the Melodrama and the Decision, wondering when we’d get a chance to ever get to talk about real, American-made professional basketball again? When all actual hoop talk appeared obfuscated amid a flurry of transactions, when John Salmons’s free-agent-status ruled headlines over summer baseball? It’s almost embarrassing to think of how much I wished I were hearing about LeBron throwing cold fries back at cafeteria chefs as explanation for his move to Miami rather than the tired, miserable groans from the NBA lockout. With all respect due to Larry Coon, the drudgery of collective bargaining agreement logistics has finally crushed my will and limited the vast majority of my basketball intake to that of my own experiences at the playground. Of course, as I’m sure it has for most of us roundball fiends, this tragedy has pushed me to the hobbies I had so obliviously neglected through last season, and by indulging in them, I, as I’m sure the rest of you have, realized exactly how badly I need there to be an NBA season.   READ MORE

Spurs forward Danny Green signs deal in Slovenia - San Antonio Spurs forward Danny Green has signed with Slovenian basketball league champion Union Olimpija.  The 24-year-old Green will be reunited with former college teammate Deon Thompson. The two helped North Carolina win the 2009 NCAA title.   READ MORE

Could TP be headed to China during the lockout? - Tony Parker had been presumed to be the most likely of the Spurs’ “Big Three” to seek a playing opportunity overseas if the lockout stretched for several months and regular season games were missed.  Most thought Parker would return home to play in France or nearby in Europe if he had the opportunity during the lockout.  But it may turn out that Parker could be heading to the other side of the world to play very soon.  Yahoo! Sports.com reports that Parker has engaged in “serious talks” with Chinese officials about playing there.   READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep thoughts on Rangers 8-4 win over Los Angeles - Scattershooting about the Rangers' 8-4 win over Los Angeles while wondering if the Rally Monkey got an audition for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes:"  The Rangers got two homers to break their three-game drought, but the biggest weapon might have been the bunt. Yes, the Rangers' reliance on the bunt causes a lot of consternation among fans, but it is an integral part of their "full-court press" offense. The Rangers constantly put pressure on teams.  On Monday, they used the bunt to wield that pressure. And the Angels cracked. The Rangers bunted in the third with Ian Kinsler on second and nobody out. While Elvis Andrus got the bunt down, it didn't seem to make a big difference in the inning. Josh Hamilton followed Andrus with a run-scoring double, but that was as far as the Rangers got.   READ MORE

Nelson Cruz says hamstring injury is nothing serious - OF Nelson Cruz left Monday's game with the Los Angeles Angels due to tightness in his left quadriceps muscle, but after an exam, no soreness could be isolated.  The whole incident left the Rangers feeling relieved that Cruz was cautious and that there was nothing serious.  "I know when to come out," Cruz said. "It was tight, but we did a lot of tests and everything was OK."   READ MORE

Astros sign first-round Draft pick Springer - Club also inks third-round selection Armstrong before deadline.  As time slipped away and the deadline to sign picks from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft crept closer, the tension rose among the Astros' baseball operations staff. A couple of signatures on the dotted line quickly turned the tension into jubilation.  The Astros got their men late Monday night, signing first-round pick George Springer and third-round pick Jack Armstrong, announcing the deals just after the 11:01 p.m. CT deadline. Springer got a $2,525,000 bonus, and Armstrong signed for $750,000, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.   READ MORE

Cubs look to keep rolling against struggling Astros - While the Cubs and Astros may not have anything to play for in terms of postseason posturing, both are determined to press on and make something of this season. And that attitude has been rewarding for the Cubs of late.  With Monday's 4-3 win over the Astros, the Cubs have won 12 of their last 15 games. Second baseman Darwin Barney said he and shortstop Starlin Castro made a conscious effort to play better defense, and Barney was hoping that would carry the Cubs through the rest of the season.   READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 


Progress is evident all over field - It might not count in the standings, but at least they didn't get pushed around.  The last time the Texans welcomed the New York Jets to town, Gary Kubiak's squad was far more accommodating. In deference to the Jets' superiority, they even wore all white to signify the all-out surrender.  Monday night at the comfy confines of Reliant Stadium (wind chill 25 degrees cooler inside than out), the new-look Texans offered quite a bit more resistance in a 20-16 victory.   READ MORE

Ogbonnaya emerges as Texans' only healthy RB - HE SAID IT:  “It’s exciting to find a way to win at the end of the game. We played well defensively across the board. We played with great effort and made plays when we needed to make them.”  — Coach Gary Kubiak, on the 20-16 victory over the Jets.  DID YOU KNOW?  The Texans have scored more than 20 points just once in 10 preseason openers.  Two of the five Texans losses in preseason openers were to Denver when Gary Kubiak was a Broncos assistant.  The Texans’ opponents have also scored more than 20 points just once, 34 by the Giants in the franchise’s inaugural game in 2002.  Kubiak and Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison were on the Broncos staff with Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn from 2000 through 2002.   READ MORE

Cowboys' Hatcher gets stuck in an elevator - Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher spent more than 15 minutes of his Monday night stuck in an elevator.  A little after 11 p.m., the 29-year-old tweeted that he was stranded and would be forced to wait 15 minutes for members of the local fire department to arrive.  Hatcher wrote: "I got sleep to get!!!!"  Although he did not confirm his location, some speculated on Twitter that Hatcher was at the Cowboys' team hotel in Arlington, Texas.  The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder was a good sport about the incident, tweeting a picture of himself standing with a few of the firefighters.   READ MORE

Plenty of options in play for Cowboys' offensive line - They cut a starting guard, lost another to injury and had their starting center unavailable for the first two weeks of training camp. But the Dallas Cowboys don't act like a team short on options in the interior offensive line. They used Phil Costa at center while Andre Gurode recovered from knee surgery. They plugged rookie David Arkin in at a guard spot when Montrae Holland -- last season's backup to the released Leonard Davis -- hurt his back just days into camp.  Gurode has come back, but the Cowboys want to keep looking at Costa.  And Monday, they threw another rookie, Bill Nagy, into the mix at guard. Nagy, a seventh-round pick out of Wisconsin, practiced with the first team.  Costa, Arkin, Nagy, Holland. Options.   READ MORE






 


Six Time Changes Made To Dallas Stars Regular Season Schedule - The National Hockey League has announced several time changes to select 2011-12 regular season games, including six that feature the Dallas Stars.   READ MORE

Stars prospects, local kids, perform well at Team USA evaluation camp - In an attempt to look at their team for the 2011 World Juniors, as well as simply take some time to evaluate their Under 20 hockey prospects, USA Hockey had an eight-day camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. that ended this weekend.  They invited teams from Sweden and Finland to participate, which meant the Stars had three prospects performing. In addition, two local kids also were there in Stefan Noesen, who was drafted 21st overall by the Ottawa Senators in June, and Seth Jones, who is expected to be a Top 10 pick in the 2013 draft.   READ MORE





---Staff and Wire Reports contributed to this story

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