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DENVER - We dont want to suggest that the 11-game stretch the Mavericks started Tuesday night is going to be harder than advanced physics, but we will let the numbers speak for themselves. 20: Number of days in which they will play 11 games.9 Road games in that span. 4: Nights they will get the chance to sleep in their own beds. 8,314: Air miles they will fly, just slightly less than the distance from Dallas to the South Pole and farther than the 15-hour, 7,360-mile preseason trip to Shanghai..591: Winning percentage of the 11 opponents. Thats OK, J.J. Barea said of the busy travel schedule that started Tuesday with the 126-118 loss at Denver. Itll give us plenty of time to bond. The Mavericks are going into foxhole mode as they try to fix what ails them on the road, where they fell to 2-11. That may not be enough, but apart from playing smart and playing well, sticking together through adversity will be the No. 1 test during this spell. The first quiz did not go well, although the Mavericks played a crisp offensive game most of the night against the Nuggets. Defensively, they left much to be desired. The biggest problem was they couldnt slow down Nikola Jokic, who finished with 32 points and 16 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan fouled out trying to make things difficult on Jokic, which he did at times. The Mavericks were plus-18 when Jordan was on the court and minus-26 when he wasnt and Dwight Powell or a smaller player had to check the 6-11, 250-pound Jokic. Hes a talented player who takes advantage of space and angles, Jordan said. He also takes advantage of the new NBA and how soft it is. You got to give him credit. Asked about the frustration level of having to guard the hulking Jokic on a night when the referees clearly were not letting any physical play go without a whistle, Jordan said: Its hard to guard players when you cant touch them. Everybody is unguardable in this league if you touch them and its a foul, you know what Im saying Each game is different. Each official is different. And we got to adjust to that. But we also have to be smart knowing how soft the game is now. It should be noted that the Mavericks shot 30 free throws to just 18 for the Nuggets. Also, the Nuggets were playing without half of their preferred eight-man rotation with Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Will Barton and Isaiah Thomas injured. That hasnt kept them from amassing the best record in the Western Conference at 21-9. They also had the No. 1 3-point shooting defense in the NBA coming in, but that didnt mean much on this night when the defense was clearly optional. The Mavericks moved and shot the ball well and had just eight turnovers. But giving up a season-worst 64 points in the paint doomed them. When hes got the outside shot going, DeAndres really the only guy who has a chance of guarding him, said Dirk Nowitzki. And he got in foul trouble and they fouled him out on some suspect calls, so thats a tough one. We needed him in the game. The Mavericks were only down by four points when Jordan fouled out with 6:29 to go. But they quickly went down by nine and never got closer than seven. Going smaller was tough with Jokic in there, coach Rick Carlisle said. He was a real problem because he creates calls and hes very good at it. DJ was a huge factor in the game and not having him certainly hurt us.
FRISCO -- Five Cowboys have been selected to travel to Orlando for next months Pro Bowl.Four of them have done it before, but one will be making his first trip.Left tackle Tyron Smith, right guard Zack Martin, running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence have all been before and have combined for 15 selections. Smith, Martin and Lawrence have been named starters for this game, which will take place on Jan. 27.Byron Jones is the new addition. In his first full season as a starting cornerback -- Jones spent the majority of his first three seasons at safety -- he has developed into one of the leagues shutdown corners. While he doesnt have an interception, he leads the club with 14 passes defensed and hasnt allowed a touchdown this season.He can thank passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Kris Richard, who after arriving from Seattle pushed to have Jones move to corner.Jones is the first Cowboys defensive player other than Lawrence or linebacker Sean Lee to receive a Pro Bowl invitation since defensive lineman Jason Hatcher in 2013. Hes the first Dallas cornerback to make the roster since Terrence Newman and Mike Jenkins in 09.Smith has been selected for the sixth consecutive season, tying Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright for the most by an offensive tackle in franchise history. Martin will make his fifth consecutive appearance.Center Travis Frederick, who has been sidelined all season as he battles the effects of Guillain-Barre syndrome, had a streak of four consecutive Pro Bowl invitations come to an end.While Elliott leads the NFL in rushing with 1,349 yards and is poised to capture his second rushing title in three seasons, the starting nod goes to Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams. Gurley is second in the league in rushing with 1,251 yards, but he has scored an NFL-high 21 touchdowns.That more than doubles Elliotts total of nine.Receiver Amari Cooper, who has been outstanding in his seven games with Dallas after a late October trade with Oakland, failed to land one of the four receiver spots. Jaylon Smith and Rookie Leighton Vander Esch were also left off the roster at linebacker.Carolinas Luke Kuechly and Seattles Bobby Wagner nailed down those two spots.The Cowboys have had five or more players selected to the Pro Bowl for six consecutive seasons. The Los Angeles Chargers, with seven selections, and Kansas City and Pittsburgh, each with six, were the only teams to send more players to the Pro Bowl than the Cowboys on Tuesday evening.
Roughly 10 years ago, Texas A&Ms football signing class was littered with high school recruits from cities across Texas.Only three players in the Aggies 28-man signing class in 2009 had hometowns outside the Lone Star State, according to Rivals.com. But as the recruiting landscape changed across the country and the A&M entered the SEC, A&M was forced to adapt.Since 2013, its first signing class as a member of the SEC, only 72.5 percent of A&Ms signees come from Texas, according to numbers compiled from 247Sports.com.Under first-year coach Jimbo Fisher, that trend has continued. As of early Tuesday evening, 17 of the Aggies 24 commits 70.8 percent are from the Aggies main recruiting territory.But even in a state of tremendous players, Fisher said its necessary to look across the country for elite players that can help bring a program a national championship.Texas is as good as anywhere in the country, Fisher said during an SEC teleconference on Nov. 21. You dont have to go everywhere.But, I still think, if theres certain guys out there that can make a difference in your program, you have to be able to from coast-to-coast and be able to pull them in.In Fishers first full recruiting cycle, hes built one of the top recruiting classes in the country.At press time, the Aggies had the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation and the SEC, according to 247Sports.coms composite ranking. Its the highest A&M has been in either category since A&M left the Big 12 after the 2011 season.An expanded recruiting effort also means more spending. During the 2016-17 school year, A&M spent nearly $1.3 million on football recruiting, according to a filing obtained through an open records requests. In 2012-13, that number was a little more than $400,000.The Aggies have made the most of the national exposure that came with Fishers hiring. A&M has commits from seven different states, the most since the schools 2013 signing class. That was the year after Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy and the Aggies had their first top-five season since 1956.Harrisburg Pa. linebacker Andre White Jr. could be A&Ms first Pennsylvania signee since the Aggies joined the SEC. White spurned an offer from nearby Penn State committed to A&M in April and recently enjoyed a visit from Fisher, who made the rounds across the country.Harrisburg coach Calvin Everett, who said White has all the qualities a coach could ask for, wasnt surprised when the 4-star recruit picked the Aggies.All along, he wanted to get out of Pennsylvania, Everett said.While the Aggies have picked up commitments from several states, A&M has also enjoyed the new hire effect on in-state recruiting.Seven of the top 20 seniors in the state, according to 247Sports, are currently committed to Texas A&M. That includes Humble Atascocita offensive tackle Kenyon Green, the top-ranked player in the state. Green said his recruitment changed once A&M hired Fisher, one of three active coaches who has won a national championship this decade.I was glad that he got there, Green said during Nikes The Opening Finals in Frisco this summer.I had to go see what he was talking about.A&M isnt the only school recruiting nationally. Half of the University of Texas 22 recruits are from out of state -- the highest percentage in the Longhorns last seven signing classes. Some of that is because of A&M, according to 247Sports recruiting analyst Mike Roach.It is a little bit because A&M got out to such a good start and took a lot of their primary in-state targets, said Roach, who primarily covers UTs recruiting. They kind of had to pivot and find out-of-state guys.Texas also made the most of the situation. The Longhorns parlayed its ties in California and pulled three recruits from the West Coast, including 4-star prospect DeGabriel Floyd, one of the top inside linebackers in the country.But no matter what the in-state recruiting situation is like, chances are even the Longhorns and the Aggies will have to look outside of the states borders if they want to contend for titles.I think that coaches always like to say the line that, Oh, we can recruit 25 kids from Texas and go win the national championship, Roach said. But in some cycles, its just not the case.Fisher is well aware of that. He pointed out that schools such as No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson, the teams responsible for the last three College Football Playoff titles, are signing players outside of their respective states.Eventually, A&M wants to be in the CFP. That means adapting to the modern era of coast-to-coast recruiting to find the best players -- regardless of their hometown.Those things matter, Fisher said. You have to do it.Texas A&M breakdownOf 24 current commitments, seven are from out of state:Pos.NameHigh school cityOTKenyon GreenAtascocita HumbleDTDeMarvin LealJudson ConverseSBrian WilliamsBishop Dunne DallasTEBaylor CuppBrock BrockSDemani RichardsonWaxahachie WaxahachieCBErick YoungFort Bend Bush Richmond, TexasWRDylan WrightWest Mesquite MesquiteRBIsaiah SpillerKlein Collins SpringWRKam BrownColleyville Heritage ColleyvilleDEBraedon MowryTaylor KatyCBElijah BladesArizona Western College Yuma, Ariz.DTJosh EllisonA&M Consolidated College StationLBAndre White Jr.Harrisburg Harrisburg, Pa.TEJalen WydermyerDickinson DickinsonWRKenyon JacksonGrayson Loganville, Ga.LBKeShun BrownCarver Montgomery, Ala.CLayden RobinsonManvel ManvelQBZach CalzadaLanier Buford, Ga.DTAdarious JonesBishop Sullivan Catholic Virginia Beach, Va.WRChase LaneSt Piux X HoustonLBTarian Lee Jr.Amos P. Godby Tallahassee, Fla.OTBlake TrainorHallsville HallsvilleLBRJ OreboDayton Dayton, TexasKCaden DavisCoppell CoppellTexas breakdownOf 22 current commitments, 11 are from out of state:Pos.NameHigh school cityOTTyler JohnsonOak Ridge ConroeWRJordan WhittingtonCuero CueroLBDeGabriel FloydWestlake Westlake Village, Calif.WRJake SmithNotre Dame Preparatory Scottsdale, Ariz.CBKenyatta Watson IIGrayson Loganville, Ga.TEBrayden LiebrockChandler Chandler, Ariz.WRMarcus WashingtonTrinity Catholic St. LouisSTyler OwensPlano East PlanoSChris AdimoraMayfair Lakewood, Calif.QBRoschon JohnsonPort Neches-Groves Port NechesRBDerrian BrownBuford Buford, Ga.LBDavid GbendaCinco Ranch KatyOTJavonne ShepherdNorth Forest HoustonLBMarcus Tillman Jr.Jones Orlando, Fla.DEMyron WarrenMany Many, La.DEJacoby JonesButler C.C. El Dorado, Kan.LBCaleb JohnsonFullerton College Fullerton, Calif.WRKennedy LewisMelissa MelissaDETVondre SweatHuntsville HuntsvilleCBMarques CaldwellAlvin AlvinDEPeter MpagiGeorge Ranch RichmondTEJared WileyTemple TempleComparing UT, A&MHow Texas and Texas A&Ms last five classes break down from an in-state vs. out-of-state perspective 2019 figures as of now:TEXASClassIn-stateOut-of-state2019111120181972017135201623520151910TEXAS A&MClassIn-stateOut-of-state20191772018157201722620161562015198Twitter: BenBaby
The last time the college basketball world at-large focused on Texas Tech was March.Coach Chris Beard was telling Whataburger stories while preaching unselfish offense and lockdown defense all the way to the Elite Eight against Villanova.Now No. 12 Tech, 10-0 for the second time in school history and the first time since 1929-30, is back in the national spotlight, facing No. 2 Duke 10-1 Thursday at New Yorks Madison Square Garden.Actually, Tech never quite went anywhere despite inexplicably being picked seventh in the preseason Big 12 coaches poll. Some faces and roles may have changed, with Keenan Evans and Zhaire Smith among the players who left. The style remains the same.The defense is again stifling with the Red Raiders leading the nation in scoring defense 51.2 points a game and field-goal percentage defense 32.2 percent shooting by opponents. Of course, Duke may have the highest ceiling in the country. Freshmen Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cameron Reddish are projected to go 1-2-3 in some NBA mock drafts.If you ever want to win the fight, you have to become part of the fight, Beard said at his Monday press conference. Becoming part of the fight in college basketball is playing teams like Duke, who are part of the fight every year.Tech sophomore Jarrett Culver is playing like the future pro he is, averaging 19.1 points a game and shooting 58 percent from the field while dishing out 4.5 assists a game.Grad transfers Tariq Owens 2.7 blocks a game and Matt Mooney 44 percent on 3-pointers have blended in, doing what they do well.The only team with a better scoring margin - Duke.We got a big boys game on Thursday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said after a 101-50 win Tuesday over Princeton.Beard isnt pretending this is just another non-conference game.One thing you do is embrace the reality, Beard said.We dont shy away from this - great opportunity, national television, historic Duke, sellout at Madison Square Garden, NBA players. Ive never considered myself like the smartest guy in the room so I dont have time to think about playing mind games or an agenda. We just put it on the table. ... This is a great opportunity for our program.Twitter: ChuckCarltonDMN
Here is the latest installment of SportsDays Mavericks beat writers roundtable. This week we discuss the NBAs trade deadline and Dennis Smith Jr.s lingering wrist injury:The NBA trade deadline isnt until February, but teams are already making moves. Do you see the Mavs being active in the trade market It seems as if Wes Matthews has been a much-discussed trade chip since his arrival in Dallas.Eddie Sefko: Look, there are no untouchables on the Mavericks roster. If New Orleans wanted Luka Doncic and was willing to give up Anthony Davis, I assure you the Mavericks would not have to think long and hard about that. It would get done. In fact, most NBA teams these days are open to talking about almost any player. That said, the Mavericks understand that there are no shortcuts along the road from the lottery to mediocrity to legitimate title contention. You have to take the necessary steps along the way. Theyve done that with Doncic and Harrison Barnes, along with probably Dennis Smith Jr., as three core pieces going forward. And they have some nice ancillary pieces, too. Would they consider moving Matthews Of course. But they are going to want a first-round pick and probably something else in return, preferably a young, athletic player with big upside. And, by the way, youll hear interest in Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber, too, before the trade deadline passes in February. Matthews will be a free agent in the summer, so any team that wants him will run the risk of getting a two-month rental. I dont think any team other than a true contender would want to take that risk.Brad Townsend: Much like MLB, NBA trade winds dont usually start blowing until a week or two before the deadline, which in this case is Feb. 7. And like MLB, NBA teams generally dont become buyers or sellers until well into the season, and that decision largely is dictated by teams playoff chances. This weeks bizarre scrapped-then-resuscitated Trevor Ariza deal, however, has me wondering if this is going to be a more active, earlier-than-usual trade market. Regardless, we dont have to wait until January to declare that the Mavericks will try to be buyers, or as Mark Cuban annually calls it, opportunistic. Matthews, 31, is having his best season in four years here, and his expiring $18.6 million contract could be attractive to teams looking to speed a rebuild by trading a player with a guaranteed longer-term contract. But guess what Those Matthews intangibles are valuable to the Mavericks, too. According to basketball-reference.com, they have $105.688M in committed salaries this season, but only $51.786M next season. And thats assuming Harrison Barnes $25.1M and Dwight Powell $10.2M opt in for next season -- though at those salaries, why wouldnt they -- giving the Mavericks ample ability to build the roster around Barnes, Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. Yes, I purposely mentioned Smith as a building block because Ive seen references to the Mavericks potentially trading him if they come to believe Doncic and Smith arent an ideal fit. Well, thats extremely short-sighted thinking, something the Mavericks and any other smart organization should not be doing. Doncic and Smith havent been on the court together nearly enough to make that determination, and in my opinion that still will be the case by seasons end. Might other teams be interested in Smith Absolutely. What team wouldnt be intrigued by an electric athlete who just turned 21 and is just starting to tap his potential Theres another significant factor that many seem to overlook in any keep-or-trade Smith discussion: As the No. 9 overall pick, hes still a bargain due to his rookie-scale contract. Hes only on the books for $4.4M next season and the Mavs have a $5.7M option for 2020-21. The Mavericks and their fans went through hellish seasons to have this opportunity to build around talented, young, inexpensive players. Its an opportunity that shouldnt be squandered.How concerned should the Mavs be about Dennis Smith Jr.s wrist injury Is he the type of player who will battle injuries throughout his careerSefko: My gut tells me they need to hold him out for a while to get the wrist right. If he keeps getting it banged by opponents or falling on it, then its never going to heal the right way. If you cant shoot the ball, you probably dont need to be on the floor. Smith has shown flashes of forming a really intriguing fire-and-ice backcourt with Luka Doncic. But its not going to happen if hes not healthy. I dont know if shutting him down for a week or two is the answer. But I do think the Mavericks have to be sensible with the wrist. Even though theres nothing structurally wrong with it, it doesnt make sense to keep running Smith out there if he cant do his normal things on the court. When he dunked the other night, he said he did it with two hands as a safety precaution. That, to me, says everything you need to know. Hold him out for a couple games.Townsend: Smith didnt seem at all concerned about it Saturday, when he laughed while showing a few of us how the wrist crackles when he moves his hand. Yes, its the kind of injury that can linger because, as Rick Carlisle said, when Smith falls its usually from a much higher place than most of us. Yes, Smith also missed time due to some soreness last season in the knee he blew out before arriving at N.C. State, but Im not anywhere close to labeling him as a chronically hurt guy. Heres what I do believe, however: He needs to cool it with the show-off dunking he does in pregame and on those YouTube videos we see pop up during the offseason. We all know the kid can dunk, and spectacularly so. Save those dunks -- and knee and ankle ligaments -- for games. Smith isnt the first young player to go through this phase and he certainly wont be the last, but for the Mavericks franchises sake, he probably needs to grow out of it sooner than later.
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With Star Local Medias high school football coverage having concluded for the 2018 season, the sports staff looks ahead to the offseason and some noteworthy storylines for several schools in the Metroplex.
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