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Mavericks sign J.J. Barea, waive Gal Mekel

J.J. Barea, bought out by the Timberwolves,wanted to return to the Mavericks.

There was only one problem: Dallas already had 15 players with guaranteed contracts.

Fortunately for Barea, Mark Cuban is willing to eat a salary. The Mavericks already waived Bernard James (guaranteed) for Charlie Villanueva(unguaranteed), and now they’re waiving Gal Mekel(guaranteed) for Barea.

 

Barea proved valuable for the Mavericks during their run to the 2011 championship. He can turn the corner on the pick-and-roll, get into the paint and make plays as the defense scrambles. But, as his time in Minnesota showed, asking him to fill a larger role is probably misguided.

Rick Carlisle knows how to use Barea. I have no question about that. But does Barea, 30, have the same burst he did three years ago? Without it, its difficult to see the 6-foot guard being effective.

Mekel, who has two guaranteed years remaining on a minimum contract, can be claimed off waivers by any team with an open roster spot or a willingness to create one. The 26-year-old struggled as a rookie last season, but a team could believe he needed time to transition from Israel and claim him. If he goes unclaimed, there’s a chance he still find suitors seeking to sign him for only one year and/or on an unguaranteed deal. Failing that, he’s likely headed back overseas or possibly to Dallas’ D-League affiliate — with a nice payout from the Mavericks.

Dirk Nowitzki has fantastic quote about Chandler Parsons

Dirk Nowitzki took a huge pay cut over the offseason to help the Dallas Mavericks afford other good players, and Chandler Parsons was the beneficiary.

Dirk, who is certain to be a Hall of Famer, signed for $25 million over three years even though he easily could have earned around double that on the open market. The discount helped the Mavs sign Parsons away from the Houston Rockets for $46 million over three years.

Since Parsons will be making significantly more money than the far more accomplished Dirk, Nowitzki has an idea of how the newcomer can make it up to him.

“I told him every dinner on the road this year is on him,” Nowitzki said via ESPN Dallas, “because it’s my money anyway.”

Parsons, who just turned 26, grew up a big fan of Nowitzki. He’s extremely grateful that Dirk took the pay cut so they could play together.

“He’s the ultimate teammate,” Parsons told ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon. “I’m very humbled and glad that he did that, because I wanted to be here and I wanted to play here, and I wanted to play with him. That just shows you how much he wants to win. He’ll take that big of a pay cut to try to bring a guy like me to try to help him win a championship.”

I still don’t think the Mavs will be a championship contender even with Parsons, but this quote is just another example of what makes Dirk so enjoyable. I have a ton of respect for his game, and like him even more because he is a fun dude.

Sweetwater stays unbeaten with rout of Monahans

Sweetwater High’s Isaiah McGee (5) battles Monahans High’s Marcus Montez (8) for possession of a pass during the second quarter of their game Friday, October 24, 2014 at Sweetwater High School.

SWEETWATER — In a game in which 97 points were scored, including 50 in the third quarter, it’s hard to imagine the importance of defense.

But defense was there when Sweetwater needed it, and with special teams play led the unbeaten Mustangs to a convincing 63-34 win over Monahans at the Mustang Bowl. The victory boosts Sweetwater to 8-0 and, more importantly, 3-0 in District 2-4A Division II play.

The loss dropped Monahans (4-4) to 2-1 in the league.

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Dave Magadan decides to stay with Rangers

Dave Magadan surfaced as a candidate for hitting coach vacancies with the Yankees, Athletics, Red Sox, and Mets, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reportsthat he has decided to remain with the Rangers.

Magadan has been the Rangers hitting coach for the past two seasons. Despite having one year remaining on his contract, he was allowed to seek an employment elsewhere after the recent changes at manager. He was eliminated from consideration by the Yankees earlier this week and apparently decided to stay after reportedly meeting with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and new manager Jeff Banister on Wednesday night.

The Rangers finished 10th in the American League in runs scored this past season, but they should see a nice jump in offense if they simply see improved health next year.

Heart of Dallas Bowl has a tasty new sponsor

The Heart of Dallas Bowl has a brand new bowl sponsor. Zaxby’s, a popular casual restaurant chain found throughout the southeast, has signed on for a four-year sponsorship deal with the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The game, played in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, will be sponsored by Zaxby’s through the 2017 season, and the contract has an option for an extension.

“We are delighted to join with an organization that is fully dedicated to supporting college football, and look forward to expanding the Zaxby’s brand across the nation with the title sponsorship of our bowl game,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. “It’s only fitting that the ‘Official Chicken of Sports Fanz’ will be on hand to enhance the experience of our participating teams and football fans that travel to Dallas.”

Zaxby’s, based out of Athens, Georgia, claims there are over 640 stores found in 15 states. This is the first bowl game sponsorship deal the chain has negotiated.

The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played this season on December 26 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game, owned and operated by ESPN, will air — naturally — on ESPN. The game has tie-ins with the Big Ten and Conference USA. Conference USA is 2-0 in the bowl game, first played in 2011. The Big Ten is 0-3.

Weekly Football Press Conference | Kevin Sumlin 10.21

You know what? I am very proud of Aggie’s Coach Kevin Sumlin.

Things are not very pleasant at Texas A&M right now, but losing to 3 of the best teams in the country in consecutive weeks will do that.

Watch the video, you can tell the coach is burning up inside. He still remains calm, still answers questions for 30 minutes. The Aggies have a bye week this week, and I don’t know who the Aggies play next week, but let me say this. The Texas A&M Aggies WILL BE READY TO HIT THAT NEXT GAME!!!!!

Go Aggies!

 

 

Tim Bogar is leaving the Rangers after being passed over as manager

Tim Bogar was passed over for the Rangers’ full-time manager job after serving as the team’s interim manager down the stretch and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that he will not be a part of new manager Jeff Banister’s coaching staff.

Bogar served as former manager Ron Washington’s bench coach and then went 14-8 as interim manager for a team that had been horrible until that point.

However, after including Bogar among their three finalists for the job the Rangers opted instead for Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, giving him a three-year contract.