Texas Sports Recap - Thursday 10/21/10
Sports news from around the great state of Texas.
Spurs' Fastbreak Attack Will Key Richard Jefferson's Second San Antonio Rodeo - Established perceptions and reputations are often difficult to change. The task becomes more laborious and fruitless when it involves a consensus idea about a sports franchise formed during its decade of unprecedented success. A few words come to mind, aside from winning and Tim Duncan, when non-San Antonio supporters attempt to characterize the Spurs, and none of them fall in the "flattering" category: Old. Slow. Boring. Cryptkickers. Uh, thanks?
Opening Week Features Games, Giveaways & Pat Green - SUIT UP! Opening Night is Wednesday, Oct. 27 vs. Indiana. SUIT UP, the Spurs 2010-11 season, presented by H-E-B, tips-off with an opening week of games vs. Indiana and New Orleans, giveaways for every fan in attendance and an OVERTIME set to ‘country rock’ the AT&T Center!
Tyson Chandler cuts hand in exhibition loss for Mavs - Tyson Chandler heard the commentary from Dirk Nowitzki awhile back when the star power forward said that Chandler and Brendan Haywood formed the strongest center combo he'd ever played with. "Is that a big compliment?" Chandler asked. So true.
Mavs become Magic preseason fodder - Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic roll to their 21st straight preseason victory.
Traffic troubles in paint for Yao - Though Rockets center Yao Ming hasn't had any issues with his surgically repaired and altered left foot, he said he hasn't gotten over the concern about traffic in the lane, especially after teammate Chuck Hayes sprained his ankle Tuesday while stepping on Yao's foot.
Rockets' Hayes listed day-to-day with ankle sprain - Rockets forward Chuck Hayes is expected to miss the team's final two preseason games with a sprained right ankle. An MRI Tuesday revealed a mild to moderate sprain of his right ankle, the team said.
Rangers take quest for first Series berth home - The Rangers will try to clinch a World Series berth at home after control issues by C.J. Wilson and a slow offense led to a 7-2 loss against the Yankees in Wednesday's Game 5.
Cruz doesn't expect hamstring to keep him out - Nelson Cruz, one of the Rangers' biggest run producers, left Game 5 on Wednesday because of hamstring tightness, but the outfielder said he expects to play in Game 6 on Friday.
Lewis carries confidence for return to Texas - Having beaten the Yankees in Game 2, righty Colby Lewis returns to Arlington with confidence for Game 6 on Friday, when the Rangers can clinch their first World Series berth.
Pinpoint control escapes Wilson in Game 5 - After struggling with his control throughout the regular season, C.J. Wilson managed to spot his pitches well enough in his first two postseason starts. But the wildness returned in the Rangers' Game 5 loss of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday. Pitching with a chance to lift the Rangers to their first World Series, Wilson walked four batters -- one intentionally -- and threw only 48 of his 93 pitches for strikes in the Rangers' 7-2 loss to the Yankees. In five innings, Wilson allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits, two of which were home runs, and struck out two. With the win, the Yankees forced a Game 6 -- to be played on Friday in Arlington.
Wood capitalizes on Andrus' aggressiveness - Kerry Wood called it a feeling. The Yankees' veteran right-hander had a hunch that after he threw one pickoff throw to second base that he might be able to catch young Elvis Andrus leaning the wrong way if he came right back with another. With one out in the seventh inning, Josh Hamilton at the plate and the Rangers trailing, 7-2, in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday, Andrus started to break for third as Wood whirled and fired to shortstop Derek Jeter just in time for the out.
ALCS returns to Texas for Game 6 - The Yankees' continued presence in the 2010 American League Championship Series is now in the hands of Phil Hughes. This would have seemed like a wonderful situation considering Hughes' AL Division Series performance against the Minnesota Twins -- seven shutout innings in the game that clinched a series sweep. But the Rangers saw a much different Hughes in his ALCS Game 2 performance, where he was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings.
Cowboys won't hire Bill Cowher because Jerry Jones doesn't want to give up his power - Cowher will probably have better options such as the New York Giants. Plus, we don't know how inclined Jerry is to give another coach so much power and authority. Cowher would have all of the leverage, if he talked to Jerry about the job. Plus, Jerry stepped aside and let Parcells run the show for essentially four years - and it netted him the same amount of playoff victories as being heavily involved with the Chan Gailey and Dave Campo regimes - none. I don't know that he's inclined to give up that power again.
Jerry Jones gives Cowboys much-needed pep talk - Cowboys owner-general manager Jerry Jones tried his hand at motivational speaking this week. Jones spoke at a team meeting Monday and rejected a fire-and-brimstone, heads-will-roll sermon in favor of an optimistic approach. Jones stressed the season is not lost and big goals remain in sight despite the 1-4 start.
After three violent collisions on Sunday, NFL takes quick steps to protect players from such strikes in future - "The NFL is a factory whose product is violence for the masses. Even for a league whose unmatched popularity and billions in profits are based in large part on that violence, at some point it had to ask how much violence is too much. We haven't reached that point in sensibility. Otherwise, videos of ferocious hits from this past weekend's NFL games would not be more popular viewing than game-action highlights. Despite what seems like a rash of injuries, we probably haven't reached that point in danger to players. But this is one instance in which being early on the case is much better than arriving late.
Deadline passes quietly for Texans - "The Texans talked to teams about a possible trade to bolster their defense before Tuesday's 3 p.m. deadline, but the asking prices were too high. The Texans did make two moves. They waived offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam to make room for Duane Brown, who returned from his four-game suspension. They also waived outside linebacker David Nixon, who came off the bench and had six tackles in Sunday's 35-31 home victory over Kansas City. With middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans headed for injured reserve after suffering a ruptured Achilles' tendon and Nixon waived, the Texans will have two roster spots for linebackers before they play their next game at Indianapolis on Nov. 1.
Offerings for the off week - "Let's check out where the Texans stand going into their weekend off. Before training camp, I predicted they would start 5-1, finish 10-6 and earn a wild-card berth. What did you predict? I don't remember anyone e-mailing me or calling me on 610 AM predicting a Super Bowl for the Texans. I do remember a couple of e-mail predictions about the Texans dethroning Indianapolis as AFC South champions, but the majority who picked the Texans to make the playoffs had them as a wild card. And of course, many of you picked the Texans to miss the playoffs. Before the season, there was a lot of hand-wringing over the Texans being tied with Tennessee for the toughest schedule in the NFL.
Duane Brown is back - "Labeling his just-completed suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances "the longest four weeks of my life," left tackle Duane Brown returned to practice Tuesday. Coach Gary Kubiak liked what he saw. "Duane looked good," he said. "He told me his personal trainer worked him out really good. I don't know about that, but he looked good. "I told him there wasn't as much fanfare when he came back." Maybe not from the fans and the media. But inside the locker room, Brown's presence was well-received. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones serenaded Brown, surrounded while conducting interviews, with the theme from Welcome Back, Kotter.
Guyer injuries reveal depth - It was just the second day of fall workouts at Guyer. Players were not even in pads yet, and a sign of things to come was given to Guyer head coach John Walsh. Senior tight end Colin Hinchey, who was primed to have a breakout season in his first as a starter, suffered a severe ankle injury and was given a nine-week prognosis for a healthy return.
Bears' women's basketball team loaded for bear - As Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey made clear Wednesday, her team still has 6-8 sophomore Brittney Griner and her special gifts.
Baylor has bowl bid within grasp - The biggest game Baylor football game in nearly two decades will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when the Bears play host to the Kansas State Wildcats at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Talented receivers helping SMU offense catch up - In analyzing the status of SMU's Run and Shoot offense, leave it to receivers coach Jeff Reinebold to find a comparison to surfing, one of his passions.
TCU coach Patterson berated doctor over hurt player - TCU football coach Gary Patterson berated team physician Dr. Sam Haraldson on the sideline during the Horned Frogs' Sept. 24 game at SMU for concluding that running back Ed Wesley had a concussion and could not return to the game, a story in the American Medical News online reported Monday.
UNT fires football coach Todd Dodge - An era in North Texas football that began with great fanfare ended Wednesday with athletic director Rick Villarreal in a situation he said he never thought he would face – explaining why he fired Todd Dodge. When Dodge came from Southlake Carroll to take over as UNT's football coach before the 2007 season, he talked about proving that a high school coach could succeed as a college head coach, unlike Gerry Faust, who followed the same path to an unsuccessful tenure at Notre Dame. UNT pulled the plug when it became apparent the experiment was a complete failure.
Aggies coach has Rangers fever - Gary Blair will have to wait until at least Friday to celebrate.
Here's why Mike Leach to North Texas could work - This from our Texas Tech correspondent, Michael Graham. North Texas fired head coach Todd Dodge on Wednesday, ending the experiment of bringing a prominent high school coach to the college game. It's an exciting time for North Texas with the construction of a new stadium, why not make the situation in Denton more exciting by hiring the former "Mad Scientist of West Texas?" That's former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.
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