October 30, 2008
1 Texas tussle: When last we saw Yao Ming (left), he was towering over the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics. Now, he's back with the Rockets, who face Dallas (8 p.m., TNT). 2 Nick Lachey: will watch: There are probably lots of reasons to watch South Florida play Cincinnati in football (7:30 p.m., ESPN). We just don't know any. 3 One more day: Just a reminder: Tomorrow is Halloween, so you'd better get out there and buy your Joe Flacco mask today. 4 Fighting for cause: The Jonathan Ogden Foundation hosts a charity boxing card at Martin's Valley Mansion, (cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner)
March 6, 2008
No. 24 Clemson @Georgia Tech 7 p.m. [ESPN2] Clemson (21-7, 9-5) is trying to hang onto third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech (12-16, 5-9) is just trying to stop a free fall in which the Yellow Jackets have lost six of their past seven. NBA Doubleheader 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. [TNT] LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers play against the Chicago Bulls at 7. At 9:30, the Houston Rockets -- who have played well without the injured Yao Ming -- get tested by the Dallas Mavericks.
February 27, 2008
Over at the O, by the Way blog Monday, we wrote the name Yao Ming for the first time since ... I can't remember when. But we noted how the Houston Rockets had won 12 in a row and 16 of their past 17 and gotten back into the thick of the NBA Western Conference playoff hunt because, for the first time in three years, their 7-foot-6 center had stayed healthy. In fact, the only game Houston lost in the past 17 was one that Yao missed. We ran a photo of Yao, mentioned that he had played in 55 games and lauded his impressive steady statistics, an average of 22 points and nearly 11 rebounds a game.
December 12, 2007
College basketball Cincinnati@Xavier 7 p.m. [ESPN2] This is the 75th time these cross-town rivals are meeting. In the 1990s, it was Xavier that was a thorn in the side of Cincinnati, beating the Bearcats twice when the Bearcats were the top-ranked team. These days, it's the Atlantic 10's Xavier (7-1) that is ranked (No. 17) with the Big East's Cincinnati (4-4) going for the upset. The Musketeers, who have some decent size, have six players averaging in double digits. NBA Pistons@Rockets 8 p.m. [ESPN]
December 15, 2006
Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and Tony Parker added 19, leading the visiting San Antonio Spurs to a 103-77 victory over the undermanned New Orleans Hornets last night. Tim Duncan had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who never trailed. The Hornets dressed only 10 players and were no match for the Southwest Division-leading Spurs, who led 75-55 in the third quarter after Brent Barry's driving floater that went in off the glass as he was fouled. Ginobili continued his strong return from a lower back contusion in late November that caused him to miss four games.
October 28, 2005
"Rasheed really has a good heart, and I think that's what people a lot of the times don't really understand." Flip Saunders Detroit Pistons coach, on Rasheed Wallace, frequently portrayed as a troublesome player "I'm thinking of putting it on eBay." Yao Ming Of the Houston Rockets, on the nail he lost from his left big toe "Each team's playbook appears to be a single sheet of paper." Michael Rosenberg Detroit Free Press, on the offenses of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears