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August 18, 2020

By Al Ortiz

July 31, 2020


 t has been a while Uvalde County - this has been one stressful and sad year for all of us. Hopefully this shines a little light in your day, for whatever it's worth. Somes sports are back, and with it comes some semblance of normalcy: HERE is the return of your Mancave Minute Weekend Sports Lineup!


The NBA season kicked off on Thursday night, with the Jazz beating the Pelicans 106 to 104, and the Lakers beating the Clippers 103 to 101. Now come the Texas teams.  The title-contending Houston Rockets take on the rising Dallas Mavericks on Friday night - gametime slated for 8 p.m. central time. That game will be broadcast on ESPN, and is your Mancave Minute Game of the Weekend.  The youth-oriented San Antonio Spurs face their first challenge in the NBA restart, as they take on the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m. central time. That game can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest, depending on location.  Then on Sunday, the Spurs play the Memphis Grizzlies in a matinee game at 3 p.m., the Mavericks play the Phoenix Suns at 8 p.m., and the Houston Rockets take on the Eastern Conference powerhouse Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m.   All NBA restart games, as previously reported, will be held at the Walt Disney Resort Campus in Orlando. No fans will be in attendance. 


To the MLB!  The Houston Astros have themselves some games in consecutive days, as they face the LA Angels of Anaheim at 6:07 p.m. on Saturday, then do battle again with the Angels on Sunday, with the first pitch coming at 3:10 p.m.   The Texas Rangers also have games in consecutive days, but their matchups are against the San Francisco Giants at 8:10 p.m. on Saturday, then again with the Giants at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday. Both games can be caught on Fox Sports Southwest, depending on location.   


July 30, 2020

 

Some small football transactions to cover, as the Houston Texans have waived outside linebacker Jamir Jones. Jones is an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame.  At the same time, the Houston Texans acquired defensive tackle Albert Huggins off of waivers. Huggins was signed off of the Texans practice squad from the Philadelphia Eagles last October. This will be his second stint with the team. 


On the diamond, the Houston Astros suffered their second straight loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the early MLB regular season. The 'Stros were defeated by a score of 4-2 on Wednesday, just a day after losing to the Dodgers by a count of 5-2. Houston is now 3-3 on the season, and next plays on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The game will be televised on FOX.   The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, bounced back from their 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, outlasting the D-Backs in a 7-4 win on Wednesday night. The Rangers are 2-3 on the season, and next play the San Francisco Giants on Friday night 8:10 p.m. Game can be seen on ESPN.


And finally some good news out of the Associated Press, as it has been reported that the University of Texas has no active coronavirus infections on the football team or among the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball team players. The football team will soon increase testing from once to twice a week and women’s soccer will begin arriving on campus soon.   

 

July 29, 2020


NBA scrimmages in the Orlando bubble are winding down in anticipation of the official restart  of the season on Friday, July 31. Here are some scores to whet your appetite: 
The San Antonio Spurs rounded out their scrimmage play with a 118-111 win over the Indiana Pacers, who are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Pacers were without big man Domantas Sabonis, but fell short to the Silver and Black and their current youth movement. While veteran Rudy Gay led scoring with 23 points, rookie Keldon Johnson out of Kentucky chipped in 21 points. Johnson has been turning heads in Orlando, and Coach Greg Popovich, after the game, stated the team was "very high" on him. The Spurs play the Sacramento Kings in the first game of the NBA restart at 7 p.m. on Friday. 


The Dallas Mavericks had their own win on Tuesday, rallying to come back and beat the Philadelphia 76ers 118-115. The Mavs' superstar Luka Doncic struggled early but finished the game with a team-high 23 points. The story of the game, though, was Kristaps Porzingis' hot start, scoring 13 straight points during a five minute stretch of the game. The Mavs have their first regular season contest in the Orlando bubble against interstate rival Houston Rockets on Friday at 8 p.m. 


The Houston Rockets are ready to go for their game against the Mavs, but Houston guard Eric Gordon will not. Gordon will miss 1-2 weeks due to an ankle injury he suffered in the second quarter of the Rockets' scrimmage on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics. The Rockets ended up winning that contest, however, in easy fashion by a tally of 137-112. 


NFL teams are now reporting to training camps, and we will have the scoop on training camp headlines for both your Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.   In Dallas Cowboys news, despite reports of a possible opt out, DeMarcus Lawrence did indeed report to training camp this week. The Cowboys already have cornerback Maurice Canady and wide receiver Stephen Guidry as opting out.   The Houston Texans have opt-outs of their own, as defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes has officially opted out of the NFL season as well.