Daily Archives: January 12, 2013

Mark Cuban: I won’t trade Dirk and we won’t quit on this season

imagesCA7LTR69Mark Cuban made it clear Saturday night that, for the last time, he’s not trading Dirk Nowitzki.

He also issued a sort-of warning to players and everybody else connected with the team that this season isn’t over, even though their 14-23 record is 12th in the Western Conference and he promises that there is a 100-percent chance that the Mavericks will look to make a trade between now and the Feb. 21 deadline.

“We are making progress and getting better,” Cuban said. “No one in the locker room has given up, that I can tell. And if I find anybody that’s given up on this season, I’ll kick them to the curb faster than I can lift a boot. Because that’s just not the way we do it.”

As for Nowitzki, who said on the three-game road trip that he has no desire to request or seek a trade, Cuban agreed. “There’s a 100-percent chance that we’re going to look to do something,” he said of making moves before the trade deadline. “(But) I told Dirk we’re not trading him. He was happy. I made it clear to him that if I have to go through this, he has to go through it with me.”

Texas A&M rides Elston Turner’s 40 points to win at Kentucky

imagesLEXINGTON, Ky. —  Elston Turner scored 40 points for Texas A&M, and the Aggies topped Kentucky on the road Saturday, 83-71, for their first road conference win as members of the Southeastern Conference.

The loss was the first home conference loss in John Calipari’s tenure as Kentucky’s coach. Kentucky had won 24 straight home SEC games before Saturday. The only other loss at Rupp Arena under Calipari came Dec. 1 this season against Baylor.

Texas A&M (12-3, 2-0) held an advantage as large as nine points early in the second half, but the Wildcats took a lead with a 12-2 run, a lead they stretched to four points.

With the game tied at 63 with 4:04 to play, Aggies guard Fabyon Harris hit a jumper to help send them on a string of 11 unanswered points to close out the game. Harris scored nine points in that stretch for the Aggies and finished with 14.

Turner, a 6-foot-5 senior whose previous career high was 26, had 25 points at halftime for the Aggies. He was 10 of 13 from the field in the first half, including a perfect 7 of 7 from inside the 3-point line. Turner was considerably cooler for most of the second half, but he came alive in the game’s final 7 minutes.

He hit a pair of 3-pointers to stop Kentucky runs, the second of which closed a four-point Kentucky lead — the Wildcats’ largest lead of the game — and ended the Wildcats’ last run of the game.

Nerlens Noel finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and four steals for the Wildcats. It’s the third time this season Noel has had seven blocks in a game.

Archie Goodwin led the Wildcats with 17 points.

Sign the Petition. Let’s fire Jerry Jones!

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I’ve had enough of Jerry Jones.

I’m tired of being a fan of a .500 winning club. The Cowboys are better than this!

I have submitted a petition to President Obama to replace Jerry Jones!

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So Jerry, you may be a billionaire, but we the people don’t have to put up with your art, and your interference with the Cowboys any longer. We are asking President Obama to step in and make the choice for We the People. Fire Jerry!

Sign the petition.

Thanks.

Lew Patton

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we petition the obama administration to:

seek an acceptable replacement for Jerry Jones as the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

We Dallas Cowboys fans have been mired in mediocrity for entirely too long. The Dallas Cowboys have had only one playoff win in 16 years. The fans want, and deserve better. Jerry Jones needs to be replaced!

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Rangers talking contract extension with left-hander Matt Harrison

Texas Rangers v Oakland AthleticsFrom Hardball Talk:

The Rangers and Matt Harrison have already had some preliminary discussions about a contract extension, but the left-hander told Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest yesterday that he’s hoping to have more talks this weekend while he’s in town for the team’s Fan Fest.

“We’re definitely still talking,” said Harrison. “We’ll see where that goes. We haven’t got anything finished yet. I’m excited about what’s happening and the opportunity to spend some time here. I definitely will have some time to think about that tomorrow.”

After posting a 3.39 ERA in his first full season in the rotation in 2011, Harrison finished eighth in the AL Cy Young balloting last season by going 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA and 133/59 K/BB ratio over 213 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old southpaw is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and is line for a nice raise from the $2.95 million salary he made in 2012.

Harrison is under team control through 2014, so the Rangers could buy out his final two years of arbitration and maybe some free agent years. The club already has Yu Darvish locked up through 2017 and Derek Holland under contract through 2016 with club options for 2017 and 2018.