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Posts Tagged ‘Houston.’

Bengals re-sign key member of defense, Manny Lawson

 

To many fans and members of the media, the Cincinnati Bengals made a mistake letting two defensive players leave through free agency in Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene. But they were part-time players on their dominating defense.

In their place, the team signed some other players through the free agency process who they feel are better.

Manny Lawson (Bengals photo)

Cincinnati did keep one of they key defensive members, linebacker Manny Lawson, who played well in the 4-3 alignment and 3-4 the team imposed.

The unrestricted free agent played in every game in 2011 with 16 starts and the Wild Card playoff game at Houston. Last season was his first with Cincinnati.

Lawson ranked fifth on last year’s defensive unit in tackles with 78 and had 1.5 sacks. He was fourth on the team in tackles-for-loss with seven.

Before playing for the Bengals, Lawson spent five years with the San Francisco 49ers.

For his 80 game career, with 71 starts, Lawson’s stats include 16 sacks, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 18 passes defensed.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

 

Linsanity is over for now as Lin tears meniscus

 

Jeremy Lin of Knicks (2011 photo by Gary King via wikipedia commons)

It was not long ago this current NBA season that the New York Knicks had tried out three point guards before settling on Jeremy Lin, who had been cut by Golden State and Houston.

He became an instant world-wide star in the NBA with back-to-back Sports Illustrated covers but now his season has ended.

The 23-year-old Lin will miss the rest of the regular season due to knee surgery that will keep him out of action six weeks. If the Knicks make it to the playoffs, he might be able to comeback in the Eastern Conference finals.

Lin had an MRI recently that showed a small, chronic meniscus tear.

Lin was having a great season for a player who had bounced around for the first few weeks at the start. He averaged 14.1 points, 6.1 assists.

Lin became the first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent to play in the NBA, and took the Knicks on a seven-game winning streak which was surprising with a team that has Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire as its star players.

 

Info compiled from NBA & New York Knicks news

 

Baylor’s Griner, Mulkey pick up AP Awards

 

Brittney Griner

Kim Mulkey

Baylor University Bears center Brittney Griner, who averaged 23.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots per game this season, was named the Associated Press women’s basketball Player of the Year.

Just a junior, the Houston native is 6’8, 208-pounds, wears a men’s size 17 or 18 shoe and has a arm span of 86″.

Griner is the first Baylor player to win the award. She received 36 votes Saturday from the 40-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

Griner’s win ended a run of three straight seasons that a Connecticut player has been player of the year, Maya Moore won the award last season.

Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey was selected the AP Coach of the Year.

Mulkey has guided her team to an undefeated season, and Baylor needs one more win to become the first team in NCAA history to win 40 games in a season. They’ll play Notre Dame in the women’s championship game on Tuesday night in Denver.

 

Info compiled from Baylor University, Radio & TV news

Spurs point guard Ford retires due to recurring injuries

 

T.J. Ford with Indiana Pacers in 2009 (photo by CT Snow from Hsinchi, Taiwan via wikipedia commons)

The San Antonio Spurs were shocked earlier in the week when their backup point guard, T.J. Ford, after playing just 14 games, abruptly retired at the age of 28.

The former Texas Longhorns star’s recently had his spine surgically repaired and did not want to risk anymore injuries. That injury at one time sidelined him for an entire NBA season.

Terrance Jerod Ford had a big year for Texas in 2003 winning several player of the year awards: Naismith, John Wooden, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News. He was a Longhorns basketball player from 2001-2003.

He had his #11 jersey retired by the university. Ford is one of only four in the school’s history to have be so honored; Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams in football and Roger Clemens in baseball.

The Houston native was a 2003 NBA Draft first round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, 8th overall.

The 6’0, 165-pound guard also played with Indiana in the NBA. He also found time to play in Croatia during the NBA lockout.

His career totals includes 4,797 points (11.2 ppg), 1,331 rebounds and 2,495 assists.

 

Info compiled from San Antonio Spurs, NBA, Radio & TV news

Indians continue to add pitching depth; adds Wheeler

 

Dan Wheeler in 2011 with Boston (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Cleveland Indians are making sure that they have plenty of options for their bullpen in 2012.

This time they’ve added free agent reliever Dan Wheeler to a minor league contract.

Wheeler has made 466 relief appearances since the 2005 season, that’s fourth-most in baseball in that time period. The 34-year-old in his career has a 3.88 ERA and 43 career saves in 577 major league games.

Wheeler pitched in 37 games for Boston in 2011 and will be going to Spring Training camp with a chance to win a spot in the Indians bullpen. Last season, he had a 4.83 ERA, missing two weeks in May with a strained calf muscle and the season ended for him on September 8 with soreness in his right forearm.

He was very tough on AL Central Division teams with a 0.84 ERA in 10 games covering 10.2 innings.

Wheeler has also pitched for Tampa Bay, the Mets and Houston.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

 

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