March 31, 2013
Steve Wheatcroft , who narrowly qualified for the Houston Open at the start of the week, ran off three straight birdies early in his round for a second straight 5-under 67 and a 1-shot lead over D.A. Points and Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. Rory McIlroy also will be around for two more days, but just barely. He made the cut on the number. TENNIS: David Ferrer reached the final at the Sony Open, rallying from a break down in the third set Friday to beat Tommy Haas , 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in Key Biscayne, Fla. The No. 3-seeded Ferrer's opponent Sunday will be 2009 champion Andy Murray , who defeated No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet , 6-7 (3-7)
February 22, 2013 |
THE ONLY TRADE involving Dwight Howard, it turns out, came last summer. The potent scorers who moved did so long ago. There was no eye-catching activity left for deadline day, resulting in minor deals Thursday to the disappointment of those hoping for a frenzy. Josh Smith stayed put and the Boston Celtics' core stayed together, leaving J.J. Redick, dealt to Milwaukee, as the biggest name to be traded. "I don't think I've seen fewer trade deadline deals, ever," Houston general manager Daryl Morey said.
February 18, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Michael Jordan turned 50 on Sunday, giving this year's All-Stars a chance to reflect on his illustrious career and how much he still means to the sport. In a weekend filled with the NBA's greatest players, Jordan was the topic no one could stop talking about. Though he hasn't played since the 2002-03 season, Jordan's influence still permeates the league and its players. "Every kid that wanted to play basketball, that could play, that couldn't play, you tried to emulate Michael Jordan," Heat star Dwyane Wade said.
February 17, 2013 |
The following is a post by Bob Cooney from the Daily News' Sixers blog, Sixerville: HOUSTON - To many, Jrue Holiday is still a kid. At 22, he sort of is, and he was acting it Friday. That's because he was being paraded around Houston with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. For once, he wasn't an opponent of those stars, he was a peer, a fellow All-Star. And you couldn't wipe the smile off Holiday's face. "It's crazy, the attention that you get is kind of overwhelming," he said.
February 15, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Dikembe Mutombo thinks he deserves induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The 7-2 Mutombo, the starting center on the Sixers team that played in the NBA Finals, will be eligible beginning in 2015 after his retirement following the 2008-09 season. He ranks second on the NBA's career blocked-shots list (3,256), behind only Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830) and he says surpassing every player but Olajuwon on that list should alone merit inclusion in the Hall. Mutombo was also a four-time defensive player of the year, an eight-time All-Star and twice the league's top rebounder (2000-01)
January 23, 2013
Fight at college led to shooting HOUSTON - A fight between two people led to a shooting Tuesday at a Texas community college, where a maintenance man was wounded in the crossfire, officials said. One of those involved in the fight had a student ID, and both were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition. The two involved in the fight are considered people of interest, Tello said.
January 14, 2013 |
TOM BRADY became the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns Sunday to beat Houston, 41-28, and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC Championship Game. Brady got his 17th victory, surpassing his childhood hero, Joe Montana, by throwing for 344 yards. Seldom-used running back Shane Vereen scored three times, twice on receptions. If Brady can lead the Patriots (13-4) past Baltimore (12-6) in next Sunday's conference title game, then win the Super Bowl, he'll equal the 49ers' Hall of Famer for NFL championships.
January 12, 2013 |
To have watched the 76ers go 5-16 over their last 21 games is to have seen NBA basketball played as poorly as it has been played over the last month. Going into Friday, only Charlotte, which ended a league-high 18-game losing streak on Dec. 31, had been worse over the same stretch, at 2-19. Both Cleveland and Washington had gone 5-16 over their last 21 games. The owners of two five-game losing streaks in their last 16 games, the Sixers (15-22) will try to avert a season-high six-game losing streak Saturday when they host a Houston team (21-15)
January 5, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Matt Schaub missed Houston's 2011 playoff run with an injured foot. Now the Texans' quarterback, who starred at West Chester East High School, is healthy and looking forward to his first playoff start Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The wild-card playoff game offers Schaub a chance to redeem himself after he threw two interceptions in last week's loss to Indianapolis, which kept Houston from getting a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
January 4, 2013 |
Seahawks (-3) over REDSKINS : Get out your scalpel and let's dissect Washington's 7-0 run after the bye. The Redskins beat the Eagles twice (so what?) the Cowboys twice (see "Tony Romo stinks" on Wikipedia), the fading Giants, the putrid Browns, and a Baltimore team that was coming off a war against the Steelers. Does that impress you? It doesn't Double V. Seattle is tied for the most covers in the NFL this season (11) and has put 18 of the last 25 in our not-so-little piggy bank.