Sports Morning Headlines-Tuesday, 11/16/10

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

Scola says he'd play next year even with lockout - Luis Scola says he wants to play for Argentina in next summer's FIBA Americas championship even if there is a lockout. Scola says playing international tournaments is a great way to stay in shape, so he sees "no reason'' not to and would get insurance and play - a risk many players might not take if the NBA is closed for business by a work stoppage.  READ MORE

Rockets win again, Knicks lose to 5th straight - Even without two starters, the Houston Rockets are climbing out of the hole they dug to start the season. The New York Knicks seem headed toward continuing their recent holiday tradition of being hopelessly behind by Thanksgiving. Kevin Martin scored 28 points, Luis Scola added 24, and the Rockets sent the Knicks to their fifth straight loss with a 104-96 victory on Sunday night.  READ MORE

New York columnist: Cowboys should hire Landry-like Tony Dungy - Just in time for the New York Giants, America's Team came alive Sunday night. The Dallas Cowboys, dealing with the frustration of a 1-7 record, dissension and the dismissal of their coach, defeated the Giants, 33-20. It was a successful coaching debut for Jason Garrett, who had been the Cowboys' offensive coordinator before the owner Jerry Jones promoted him to replace Wade Phillips on an interim basis. Garrett is the Cowboys' man of the hour, but the larger question for this franchise is whether Garrett is the Cowboys' coach of the future.  READ MORE

Mavericks Sting the Hornets 98-95 - In what was was dubbed a mini-playoff, the Mavericks held serve in the opening game and gave the Hornets their first defeat of the season with a 98-95 victory on Monday Night.  Dallas has officially gone streaking, winning their fourth game in a row.  READ MORE

Even Mark Cuban is surprised with Mavericks' defense so far - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was interviewed on KESN-FM on Friday to discuss various aspects of his team. Here are some highlights: Has it surprised you how well Tyson Chandler has started out and fit in with the team? Yes and no. I mean, it hasn't surprised me he's been healthy, he's been athletic, he's been fun and he's a great impact in the locker room. But, I didn't know he'd have as dramatic an impact on our defense as he's had. I mean, our defense now is good. We're only seven games in but we're leading the league in defensive field goal percentage. The Mavericks? Are you kidding me? I mean, it's huge. And when he's on the court versus off the court, it's just phenomenal.  READ MORE

Mavericks overcome unexpected effort by an old nemesis - This was more proof that old nemeses never go away. They just come back to bite you again in another form.  Chris Paul, the Mavericks expected. He's still the same old thorn in their kidney that he's always been, not that it's any easier to stomach now. But Peja Stojakovic? He re-wound the clock eight or nine years and looked like he was back with Sacramento flinging in 3-pointers. This time, he was coming off the bench as supposedly a bit player for New Orleans. But his second 3-pointer of the game, coming late in the third quarter, put the Hornets ahead 76-65 and shoved the Mavericks into serious trouble.  READ MORE

Weekend Warriors: Spurs Beat Sixers, Thunder To Move To 8-1 - The silver and black are looking sharp. They are on top of their game through nine contests so far this year. The Spurs have now won seven straight and have the second best record in the NBA, second only to the 8-0 Hornets, who are the only team to beat them.  READ MORE

San Antonio Spurs Are Contenders Again: They Don't Rebuild, They Just Retool - The San Antonio Spurs have three NBA Championships this decade and four since the end of the Chicago Bulls dynasty and have been one of the most consistent teams in the league since then, but have never won back-to-back rings. This is because the Spurs approach things differently than most organizations. Many teams in the NBA try to put together a team that can make a run at the finals for a few years, then they blow it up, unload salary and start over in a rebuilding process. Not the Spurs.  READ MORE

ProjectSpurs: Spurs taking care of business early - The San Antonio Spurs started the season on the right foot. They emphasized on winning more ball games early and they have.·Nine games into the season, and the Spurs are off to a great start. The Spurs have won seven straight, and have surpassed their longest winning streak·from last season. However, with the exception of the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder, the quality of opponents they defeated along the way is in question.  READ MORE

 

Case closed: Feliz wins AL Rookie of Year Award - After notching a rookie-record 40 saves, Rangers closer Neftali Feliz beat out Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday.  READ MORE

Neftali Feliz Wins AL Rookie of the Year - When you make it to the World Series, no matter if you win or lose, you are bound to have a few players earn individual recognition.  READ MORE

Lee's agent unsure if he'll attend GM Meetings - Darek Braunecker, the agent for free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee, is still unsure whether or not he'll attend the General Managers' Meetings in Orlando, Fla., which kick off Monday night and end Thursday. Lee, by far the most coveted free-agent pitcher in the open market, has the Rangers and Yankees among a reported seven to eight teams fighting over his services for 2011 and beyond. "This year, it's GMs only, no support staff, no assistant GMs; nobody other than the GMs and owners are coming in," Braunecker, who will make a decision about attending later on Monday, told MLB.com about going to Orlando.  READ MORE

Rangers may look to deal at GM Meetings - Club trying to land starter, could use deep farm system as bait. A trip to the World Series put the Rangers behind in the offseason. "We've been trying to catch up for the most part," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Now I've got to get some players." The annual General Managers Meetings will be a good place to start. Daniels was to be in Orlando on Monday to begin three days of meetings with his counterparts, an arrangement that will allow face-to-face discussions between teams.  READ MORE

Wade ready for face-to-face GM Meetings - Astros general manager to gauge other teams' interests, fits. Ed Wade packed his trusty binder and headed to Orlando, Fla., on Monday afternoon for the start of baseball's annual General Managers Meetings, which is typically when the Hot Stove season begins to heat up in advance of next month's Winter Meetings. One of the things Wade didn't take with him this year was any of his front-office staff, with the GMs opting to meet by themselves without the presence of the assistant general managers. The new format could lead to more one-on-one interaction, but few deals figure to transpire. The GMs will meet together on Tuesday before a session with Commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday and a meeting with baseball's owners on Thursday morning. This is the third time this year the GMs have gathered for meetings.   READ MORE

Bourn, Pence among Astros' award winners - Myers, Johnson also receive hardware from organization. Another year, another award for Michael Bourn. Bourn, the Astros' center fielder, won his second consecutive National League Gold Glove following last season, headlining the team's offseason awards winners. Bourn last year was named as the team's Most Valuable Player by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, an honor that this year went to right fielder Hunter Pence. Bourn is only the fifth player in club history to win multiple Gold Gloves, joining third baseman Doug Rader, outfielder Cesar Cedeno, second baseman Craig Biggio and catcher Brad Ausmus. Bourn and Cedeno (1972-76) are the only Astros outfielders to win a Gold Glove.   READ MORE



 

Gather 'round, Kids...Let's Talk About The Good - One of the positives of being an old, jaded adult is that I'm an old, jaded adult.  For those of you who've been around the Texans since the beginning, it's not that we're not used to losing, it's that our expectations were higher this year.  Even *I* believed the Texans had a solid shot at making the playoffs, though I long believed our defense was going to be exposed as completely fraudulent.  While the bleach is flowing like whisky 'round these parts, let's look at a couple of factors that make this team worthwhile to follow from here on out.  READ MORE

If you're dumbfounded, imagine how they feel - "They fought their guts out, and that's probably the last thing you want to read this morning. Nor do you want to know about the stunned silence in the locker room, how player after player sat there, staring into space, unable to comprehend what had just happened. "Very hard to swallow," Brian Cushing said in a voice just above a whisper. You just don't care about their words, either, the words filled with pain and disappointment. You're past that. You're into the bottom line. Still, the pain was there, and it was real and hard and smothering. "You just kind of sit there and shake your head," Andre Johnson said. "I really don't know what to say." READ MORE

From bat to worse - "The Texans' plunge from first to worst in the AFC South became official Sunday with an astonishing ending that almost defied belief. The Texans overcame Jacksonville's 17-3 halftime advantage to tie the score at 24 and were driving for what they hoped would be a game-winning field goal when they slipped on a banana peel, setting up an improbable finish that made every highlight reel. With three seconds remaining, Jaguars quarterback David Garrard threw a 50-yard Hail Mary pass to the end zone.  READ MORE

Game doesn't have right end for tight end - "Texans tight end Joel Dreessen took longer than usual to dress after Sunday's 31-24 loss to Jacksonville. Dreessen stood in front of his locker in the visitors' dressing room and spoke softly about his role in an improbable defeat that the Texans will be discussing for years. "I had a penalty and a turnover in the two-minute drill, and that's the reason our team lost," Dreessen said. Dreessen might have been too hard on himself. With the score tied at 24, the Texans faced third-and-15 at the Jaguars' 45 with 16 seconds remaining. They had no timeouts left. Dreessen, who had been called for a false start two plays earlier, caught an 8-yard pass from quarterback Matt Schaub.   READ MORE

Jaguars beat Texans with Hail Mary pass - "Destiny smiled on the Jaguars Sunday. In an improbable finish that had to be seen to be believed, Houston cornerback Glover Quin batted a Hail Mary pass in the end zone into the arms of Mike Thomas on the final play of regulation. A surprised Thomas caught the 50-yard pass inside the 1-yard line and walked into the end zone to give the Jaguars a stunning 31-24 victory over the Texans just when it seemed the teams were headed for overtime. Though many of the fans had already left EverBank Field, there was pandemonium as Jaguars players stormed the field. Texans players stood by, stunned by the sudden turn of events. "Wow, it was crazy. I still can't believe it.   READ MORE

Hail damage will be hard to fix - "Bad football or terrible luck? All Glover Quin knows is he did exactly what he thought he was supposed to do, and things still went terribly wrong. David Garrard's 50-yard, up-for-grabs Hail Mary pass in the final seconds Sunday came straight to Quin. Turning into a volleyball player, he flailed at the ball as hard as he could with both hands, only to knock it directly into those belonging to Jacksonville's Mike Thomas. Touchdown, Jaguars. Game over. Season, too, in all likelihood. "It's a situation we go over on Fridays," the second-year cornerback Quin said quietly. "We call (what the Texans were doing) the 'Victory Formation.'   READ MORE

'Presidential' Jason Garrett doing all the right things - On the fairy tale scale, the Cowboys' upset of the Giants in the Blackout Bowl ranks right up there with frogs turning into princes or ugly ducklings into swans. Ol' Aesop would have had a best seller with the Cowboys. As it turns out, they were a championship-caliber team trapped in a 1-7 body. All that was needed for a transformation, apparently, was a coach who preached punctuality and reminded them to play hard every day and stand with their toes on the sideline for the national anthem. And wear ties. For some reason, this actually seemed to work for Jason Garrett like a potion.   READ MORE

Plenty more tests lie ahead for Cowboys interim coach Jason Garrett - Players and fans enter their second week of study into what makes Jason Garrett tick. The introduction to this class went the way you would expect. The themes explored were broad. Interest was piqued because of the head coaching change more so than Garrett himself. The transition and the Cowboys' dire circumstance were the focus. Now that Garrett's interim career is under way with an implausible victory, the examination shifts. What is his philosophy? How does he approach this opportunity? What must he do to convince owner Jerry Jones that he is the man for this job moving forward?   READ MORE

Cowboys optimistic Mike Jenkins, Terence Newman will be ready - Last week the Cowboys had to fill some holes on the defensive line because of a season-ending calf injury to Marcus Spears. It does not appear as if they will need to make some corresponding moves this week at cornerback with Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman banged up. Coach Jason Garrett said Jenkins' neck injury was better Monday and the medical staff is optimistic about Jenkins' status this week. While Jenkins was not able to return, Newman got back in the action after rolling his ankle on the second snap of the game for the Giants.  READ MORE


 

Kerley Receives Honor From Rivals.com - TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kerley has been named the Rivals.com Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for his performance against San Diego State.
Kerley had three first-half touchdown receptions, including a pair of scores just 1:46 apart, to give the third-ranked Horned Frogs a 34-14 halftime lead. En route to its 24th consecutive regular-season victory, TCU had a 40:51 to 19:09 edge in time of possession and held San Diego State to three first downs in the opening three quarters. The Aztecs had just 38 yards rushing for the game and were 2-of-11 on third-down conversions.  READ MORE

Baylor still has plenty of fight left for Oklahoma State - Even though they're out of contention for the Big 12 South title, the Baylor Bears want their fans to know they still have plenty to play for in their regular-season finale when they play host to 16th-ranked Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Saturday.  READ MORE

Men's basketball: Mean Green sees huge opportunity - The last time North Texas was in a position like the one it will encounter today, Josh White ended up being carried off the Super Pit floor. White was a freshman back in the fall of 2007, but not just any freshman. He was on his way to becoming one of the best to play for UNT.  READ MORE

Football: UNT offense adept at controlling the clock - North Texas didn’t get fancy on Saturday when its game against Middle Tennessee was in doubt. The Mean Green just lined up and hammered away with running back Lance Dunbar and a veteran offensive line that controlled the clock, not to mention the game. By the time UNT finished off a 23-17 win over the Blue Raiders, UNT had proven to once again to be one of the biggest ball hogs in the country.  READ MORE

Men's soccer team is No. 5 seed in NCAA tournament - The SMU men's soccer team (15-2) received the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship and will have a bye in the first round.  READ MORE

Offensive line coach Eddie Williamson released from hospital - Offensive line coach Eddie Williamson is out of the hospital after treatment for chest pains that he experienced on the sideline during a game.  READ MORE

Longhorns' Aaron Williams: I support Tre' [Newton] but for me personally, I'd die on that field' - Five hits from today's Longhorns press conference: 1. Receiver James Kirkendoll said that there's no pressure to win their last two games because, "things have gone as bad as they could possibly go." He feels that the team is still taking each game one by one and hopes everyone can relax, have fun and win both games to become bowl eligible. 2. Though Tre' Newton's teammates support his decision to quit football due to health reasons 100 percent, defensive backs Blake Gideon and Aaron Williams said that nothing would ever make them end their football careers. "I support Tre' but for me personally, I'd die on that field," Williams said. "I always go 100 miles per hour and will worry about all that health stuff 10 years from now when I'm done playing," Gideon said. "I'm making memories now. We all knew what we were signing up for when we started playing football."  READ MORE

Jerrod Johnson wishes senior year could have gone differently - Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, a senior who owns several school passing records but lost his starting job to Ryan Tannehill three weeks -- and three victories -- ago, said Monday it seems "surreal" that he will watch someone else play the position Saturday during his final home game at Kyle Field.  READ MORE

Baylor still has plenty of fight left for Oklahoma State - Even though they're out of contention for the Big 12 South title, the Baylor Bears want their fans to know they still have plenty to play for in their regular-season finale when they play host to 16th-ranked Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Saturday. Baylor is 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12, while the Sooners are 8-2 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. With Oklahoma State (9-1, 5-1) and Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2) already owning victories over Baylor, the Bears figure they will be battling Oklahoma for third place in the South division. However, if Baylor defeats OU, and A&M loses its final two games against Nebraska and Texas, the Bears could conceivably finish second in the South division. Either way, a second- or third-place finish by the Bears would vault them into a much higher-profile bowl.  READ MORE




 

GM Joe Nieuwendyk trying to 'change the culture' of Stars - The Stars are going "green" in a different way this year. Sure, they want to recycle and reduce waste, but the green the Stars are showing are the colors of the organization. As part of GM Joe Nieuwendyk's attempt to "change the culture" of the organization, the team has altered things as big as where they hold training camps and as small as how they decorate the locker rooms.   READ MORE

Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars preview - Key matchup: Corey Perry vs. Stephane Robidas. Perry has five goals and seven assists in the last 10 games, and it will probably be up to Robidas and partner Nicklas Grossman to shut him down. In two games against the Stars this season, Perry has one goal, three assists and nine shots on goal. Key stat: 9 Number of goals the Ducks have scored against Dallas this season in two games – 5-2 and 4-2 victories for Anaheim.   READ MORE






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