The year in DFW sports: Mavericks win title, Rangers just miss
Mavericks win their first NBA title, Rangers one strike away -- twice -- from winning World Series
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TCU plays in its second consecutive BCS bowl, and upsets Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl to finish 13-0 and second in the final polls. ... The Mavericks' Caron Butler suffers a season-ending knee injury. ... Jason Garrett is selected head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, dropping the interim label on Jan. 5. ... The Texas Rangers sign free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre and move Michael Young to full-time designated hitter. They also sign Brandon Webb, and acquire Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays in exchange for Frank Francisco. ... LSU defeats Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl 41-24. ... ESPN and the University of Texas announce the formation of Longhorn Network, an exclusive channel for UT sports. ... Arlington Bowie product Vernon Wells is traded from the Blue Jays to the Angels. ... The Green Bay Packers win the NFC title, and the Pittsburgh Steelers win the AFC, setting up a Packers-Steelers Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. ... The Cowboys hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.
Super Bowl mania takes over the Metroplex, but it's derailed by one of the worst winter storms in area history. Along with the weather, the Super Bowl draws negative headlines when at least 400 fans lose their seats after the city of Arlington deems some temporary seating in the stadium unsafe. ... As far as the game, the Packers pull away for a 31-25 victory over the Steelers. ... Michael Young requests a trade, saying he was unhappy with how the Rangers planned to use him as DH. ... Fort Worth Dunbar boys basketball team misses the playoffs for the first time in 35 years. ... The Dallas Mavericks acquire Peja Stojakovic. ... Auburn quarterback Cam Newton accepts the Davey O'Brien award in Fort Worth. ... The Cowtown marathon races draw a record 23,000 runners.
Chuck Greenberg, a pivotal player in getting the Rangers' ownership group together, steps down as CEO, as Nolan Ryan takes the title. GM Jon Daniels receives a contract extension that will keep him in Texas through 2015. ... Fort Worth Arlington Heights reaches its first state tournament in boys basketball. ... Texas is a four seed, and Texas A&M is a seven seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Neither advance to the second weekend, as Texas falls to Arizona and A&M loses to Florida State. ... Texas Tech fires basketball coach Pat Knight, and replaces him with Billy Gillispie. Oklahoma fires Jeff Capel. ... Texas A&M women's basketball clinches a Final Four berth with upset victory over Baylor in the Elite Eight in Dallas. ... Rangers select Neftali Feliz closer for the 2011 season, and move Alexi Ogando into the rotation because of injuries. ... Arlington Grace Prep boys basketball wins the TAPPS 4A state title. ... NFL lockout begins. ... Dallas Mavericks win 50 games for the 11th straight season.
Lon Kruger is selected Oklahoma men's basketball coach. ... Texas A&M celebrates a women's basketball championship, defeating Stanford and Notre Dame in the Final Four. ... The Rangers open the season with a six-game winning streak. ... Rangers sign assistant general manager Thad Levine to an extension through 2015. ... Colby Lewis becomes the first major leaguer to go on paternity leave. ... Texas Motor Speedway hosts a night Sprint Cup race that Carl Edwards wins. ... Fort Worth resident Jason Day finishes second at the Masters. ... Aledo running back Johnathan Gray commits to Texas. ... Dallas Mavericks defeat Portland Trail Blazers in first round of NBA playoffs, setting up a second-round showdown vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Dallas Stars fire coach Marc Crawford. ... Texas A&M defensive end Von Miller is taken second overall by the Denver Broncos in the NFL Draft. TCU quarterback Andy Dalton is selected with the third pick in the second round by Cincinnati. ... The Cowboys draft offensive lineman Tyron Smith, the first time Jerry Jones had drafted an offensive lineman in the first round.
The Dallas Mavericks sweep the Los Angeles Lakers in what was the last playoff series of Phil Jackson's career. ... Texas A&M men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon bolts for Maryland. The Aggies replace Turgeon with Murray State coach Billy Kennedy. ... Former Southlake Carroll and North Texas coach Todd Dodge accepts an assistant position at Pittsburgh. ... Dallas Mavericks defeat Oklahoma City Thunder in Western Conference Finals, clinching NBA Finals berth. Miami Heat wins the East by beating the Chicago Bulls, setting up 2006 Finals rematch. ... Texas Rangers sign Cuban defector Leonys Martin. ... Major League Baseball approves Nolan Ryan as controlling owner of Rangers. ... Rangers replace John Rhadigan with Dave Barnett as TV play-by-play announcer. ... David Toms wins the Colonial, and Keegan Bradley takes first in the Byron Nelson Championship.
The Dallas Mavericks win the franchise's first NBA championship by defeating the Miami Heat in six games. ... Kennedale wins the 3A state baseball title. ... Rangers draft left-hander Kevin Matthews of Richmond Hill (Ga.) High School with the first-round pick. ... Scott Coolbaugh replaces Thad Bosley as Rangers hitting coach. ... Kenny Rogers inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame. ... Texas Motor Speedway runs a twin IndyCar race, which frustrates drivers and fans. Dario Franchitti wins Race 1. Will Power wins Race 2. ... Dallas Stars hire Glen Gulutzan to become head coach. Gulutzan had been in charge of the team's top minor-league affiliate. ... Fort Worth resident Jason Day finishes second at the U.S. Open. ... Bowler Leanne Hulsenberg wins the U.S. Women's Open at Cowboys Stadium. ... Texas forward Tristan Thompson is selected fourth overall by Cleveland in NBA Draft. Longhorns Jordan Hamilton (26th overall) and Cory Joseph (29th overall) are also selected.
NBA lockout begins. ... Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone falls to his death at Rangers Ballpark. Stone, attending the game with his 6-year-old son, Cooper, fell about 20 feet after reaching over a railing for a ball tossed his way by Josh Hamilton. ... O.J. Kemp is selected Arlington ISD athletic director, becoming the first woman AD in school district history. ... Johnathan Gray and Cyrus Gray are the cover players for Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. ... Former TCU basketball coach Neil Dougherty dies while jogging. ... UT Arlington announces move to the WAC. ... The Fort Worth junior boys golf tournament celebrates its 75th year. The tournament has been free for juniors since 1936. ... The Rangers reach agreements with two 16-year-old Dominican outfielders -- Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman. ... The Rangers bolster their bullpen by trading for Koji Uehara and Mike Adams. They trade Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis to the Orioles for Uehara, and Double A pitching prospects Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland to the Padres for Adams. ... The NFL lockout ends.
Cowboys great Deion Sanders is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ... The Rangers designate left-hander Arthur Rhodes for assignment, and acquire left-hander Mike Gonzalez and catcher Matt Treanor. ... The Cowboys announce that Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen will join the Cowboys' Ring of Honor. ... Stephenville upsets two-time 4A state champion Aledo in the opening week of 2011 season, snapping the Bearcats' 29-game winning streak.
TCU loses at Baylor to open the college football season. ... Baylor threatens legal action over Texas A&M's planned move to the SEC. ... Aledo falls to Austin Lake Travis, beginning the season 1-2. ... TCU coach Gary Patterson wins his 100th game. ... Mike Modano retires from the NHL as a Dallas Star. ... The Pac-12 decides against expansion, keeping Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech in the Big 12. Dan Beebe resigns as Big 12 commissioner, and Chuck Neinas is appointed interim commissioner. A&M officials accept an invite to the SEC. ... The Texas Rangers set a franchise record for attendance as they clinch their second consecutive AL West title, watching the Angels lose on the video board. ... The Rangers secure the No. 2 seed in the AL, opening at home against Tampa Bay in the ALDS.
The Rangers defeat the Rays in the ALDS, advancing to the ALCS vs. the Detroit Tigers. ... TCU loses at SMU, ruining its chances of a third consecutive BCS bowl. ... The Sporting News selects DFW the best sports town in the country. ... Nelson Cruz has a memorable ALCS with six home runs and 13 RBIs, winning series MVP and helping the Rangers to a second straight World Series berth. ... Facing the St. Louis Cardinals, the Rangers come within one strike -- twice -- in Game 6 of winning the franchise's first World Series title. But they eventually lose the game, and then the series in Game 7. ... Mansfield Timberview assistant football coach Cody McCarty, 29, dies of an apparent heart attack. ... The Rangers pick up 2012 options on Colby Lewis and Yoshinori Tateyama. ... The Cowboys blow a 24-point lead and lose 34-30 at home against Detroit. It was the fifth-biggest collapse in NFL history and the biggest collapse in franchise history. ...Texas A&M men's basketball coach Billy Kennedy is diagnosed with early stage Parkinson's disease. ... TCU accepts an invitation to join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 school year. ... Oklahoma defeats Texas in the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. ... Missouri announces its move to the SEC, and the Big 12 adds West Virginia. ... Fort Worth Southwest wide receiver Robbie Rhodes ties a national record with eight TD catches in a 66-21 victory over FW Arlington Heights.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre wins Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. ... Oakridge defeats All Saints for the SPC Division II football championship. ... Ron Washington's Game 7 pregame speech is posted online after it was leaked by a team employee, who is disciplined. ... Texas Motor Speedway hosts a pivotal Sprint Cup race in what turns out to be a big weekend for motorsports news at the Speedway. Tony Stewart pulls away from Carl Edwards in the AAA Texas 500, a victory that would eventually help Stewart win the series title. ... Danica Patrick announces at TMS that she will make her Sprint Cup debut in 2012. ... Kyle Busch intentionally wrecks Ron Hornaday under caution of the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350k. NASCAR parks Busch for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at TMS and then fines him $50,000 and puts him on probation for the remainder of the year. ... TCU upsets Boise State on the road, ending the Broncos' national championship hopes. ... The Rangers reach an agreement with closer Joe Nathan, moving Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation. ... Scott Servais leaves the Rangers to become assistant GM with the Angels. ... MLB announces that the Houston Astros will move to the AL West. ... Mike Maddux doesn't get the Chicago Cubs' managerial position, remaining as the Rangers' pitching coach. ... Texas defeats Texas A&M in the last scheduled football game between the rival schools. ... Former Dallas Stars Ed Belfour and Joe Nieuwendyk are inducted into the Hall of Fame. ... Turner Gill, who starred at Fort Worth Arlington Heights, is fired as Kansas' head coach. ... Greg Maddux joins the Rangers organization as an assistant to GM Jon Daniels. ... Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi buys the Dallas Stars. Jim Lites returns to team as president. ... Former Rangers manager Bobby Valentine is selected manager of the Boston Red Sox. ... Arlington Martin upsets Euless Trinity in the regional semifinal. Martin had been eliminated by Trinity the past two seasons.
The Rangers trade Taylor Teagarden to the Orioles. ... C.J. Wilson, along with Albert Pujols, sign with the Angels. ... The Rangers win negotiating rights for Japanese star right-hander Yu Darvish by posting a reported record $51.7 million to win the rights. ... Texas A&M fires football coach Mike Sherman, and later hires Houston coach Kevin Sumlin as his replacement. ... The NHL announces realignment, moving the Dallas Stars into a more time-friendly conference with Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg. ... Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach becomes Washington State's head coach. ... Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III becomes school's first Heisman Trophy winner. He also wins the Davey O'Brien award. ... Aledo, Southlake Carroll and Nolan Catholic win state football titles. It's the third straight for Aledo, Carroll's first since 2006 and Nolan's third in four years. ... Big 12 receives only one BCS bowl invitation: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. ... TCU co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente accepts the Memphis head coaching position. ... Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), J.J. Barea (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Caron Butler (Los Angeles Clippers) leave the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs acquire Lamar Odom in a trade and sign Vince Carter and Delonte West, but the defending champs are blown out in their first two games. ... Former Dallas Cowboys assistants Todd Haley and Tony Sparano are fired from head coaching positions with Kansas City and Miami. ... UT Arlington hires Jim Baker athletic director. ... Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd is arrested on drug charges. ... Owner Carl Bell agrees to sell the Fort Worth Cats to a group led by the co-founders of United League Baseball. Former Texas Rangers President Mike Stone is part of the ownership group.
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