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Houston to get 2013 NBA All Star Game

Assuming the lockout has ended by then, of course. The game will be played Feb. 17 at Toyota Center, which also hosted the 2006 game. “It’s a done deal,” a person familiar with the bidding process told the Chronicle on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. “We’re just waiting for […]

Yao retires

Godspeed, big guy. Yao Ming, who became the face of China’s outreach to the West and the NBA’s growing popularity around the globe, has informed the Rockets and NBA he would retire, several individuals told of the decision confirmed on Friday. Yao has played in just five games the past two season and has had […]

Are you ready for 2016?

Unlike the Super Bowl, Houston will get to host another Final Four in the near future. Detroit set the previous record in 2009, but the Final Four at Reliant Stadium established a new standard for the event’s highest total attendance — 145,747. Those numbers were much more palatable than the ones posted by Connecticut and […]

Get your economic projection brackets ready

The Final Four will be played in Houston this year, and you know what that means. The NCAA’s estimate for economic activity in Houston puts the total to be spent during the Final Four at $60 million, while the Greater Houston Partnership estimates that total will exceed $105 million. And businesses from hotels and taxi […]

Way to go, Caltech!

Woot! The Caltech men’s basketball team ended a 26-year conference losing streak Tuesday night after posting a 46-45 victory over Occidental in the team’s regular-season finale on senior night. It was the first victory for the Division III Beavers since beating the University of La Verne 48-47 on Jan. 23, 1985, a span of 310 […]

Houston bidding for another NBA All Star Game

I wish them good luck with that. Rockets CEO Tad Brown has often said that the Rockets have pursued another All-Star weekend since the 2006 event in Houston ended, but he said Tuesday that he was more confident than ever that the Rockets and the City of Houston would land the game and the events […]

TCU to the Big East

Can’t say that this was unexpected, given that TCU changes conferences more often than some people change clothes. TCU, located “Where the West Begins,” is headed east. To the Big East Conference, to be exact. The school announced Monday that it has accepted an invitation to join the conference in 2012. All sports will participate […]

68 is a difficult number to work with

The poobahs of the NCAA are gathering this week to discuss the nuts and bolts of the new 68-team basketball tournament, and they’ve got a challenge on their hands. After meeting in May, the [10-member Men’s Basketball] committee asked NCAA schools to offer opinions on the recommended expansion to four opening-round games, one in each […]

The Suns take a stand

I’m very glad to see this. In an extremely bold move, the Phoenix Suns as an organization made a strong political statement in opposition to the recent Arizona immigration bill. Discussions on taking action began last week after the bill passed, with an idea that came from Robert Sarver, Managing Partner of the Phoenix Suns. […]

Not just MLB

Basketball writer Bethlehem Shoals argues provocatively that NBA Commissioner David Stern should take a stand on the Arizona “Show me your papers” law. Enter the NBA’s éne-bé-a campaign, launched at the beginning of this season in attempt to capitalize on and expand all manner of “Hispanic” interest in the league. There were web pages in […]

Don’t play ball with the state of Arizona

What Kevin Blackistone says. About 10 years ago, the NCAA made one of its most bold and upright decisions: it refused to allow any more of its postseason tournaments, like March Madness, to be held in South Carolina until the state stopped flying the banner of the long defeated racist Confederacy in the face of […]

NCAA tournament expands

To 68 teams, which is a lot less than 96. The three-team expansion is much more modest than 80- and 96-team proposals the NCAA outlined just a few weeks ago at the Final Four. The move coincides with the new, 14-year broadcasting arrangement that interim NCAA president Jim Isch said will provide an average of […]

NCAA 96 on the way

Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the reactionaries begin. The NCAA appears to be on the verge of expanding the men’s basketball tournament to 96 teams. Insisting that nothing has been decided, NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen nonetheless outlined a detailed plan Thursday that included the logistics and timing of a 96-team tournament, […]

If there’s a big sporting event in town…

Then it must be time for a story about the economic impact of that big sporting event. For a city that has hosted the Super Bowl, the World Series and NBA and MLB All-Star games in the past decade, the Final Four represents one more opportunity for a national showcase — and potential economic windfall. […]

Expanding the NCAA Tournament may still happen

Put me down as being in favor of this. The NCAA started talking about [expanding the men’s basketball tournament] in the fall, along with numerous topics in all 88 championships, and hasn’t gotten past the discussion stage yet. “It’s still a work in progress, so there’s no further developments or status from (the fall),” NCAA […]

Sportsmanship

I’ll say this much in defense of Yates basketball coach Greg Wise: I don’t think it’s any less humiliating for the opponent that you’ve thoroughly dominated if you tell your team to just stop playing like they care about the game. I don’t think it’s any better for your own kids, either. As long as […]

Will the Rockets suck this year?

Maybe not, say the statheads at the Wages of Wins Journal, who note that seven of the eight top players for this year’s team all measure above average by their Wins Produced metric. By that metric, the Rockets are already about a .500 team, and that’s without considering the possibility that some of these guys […]

Lawsuit over NCAA licensing practices

Came across this the other day and have been meaning to give it a mention. Lawyers for the former U.C.L.A. basketball star Ed O’Bannon filed a class-action lawsuit against the N.C.A.A. on Tuesday, claiming former athletes should be compensated for the use of their images and likenesses in television advertisements, video games and apparel. The […]

Mutombo says his career is over

Aw, rats. Perhaps the biggest highlight of Dikembe Mutombo’s career came during the 1994 playoffs when he was lying on the floor holding a ball in the air in joy after leading the Denver Nuggets to a titanic playoff upset of top-seeded Seattle. Mutombo found himself lying on the floor again Tuesday night, this time […]

Women’s Professional Soccer

Has it really been over five years since the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) closed up shop? Time does fly. In any event, if you’re a fan of women’s soccer and have been waiting for another professional league to come along, your wait is over. [T]he first Women’s Professional Soccer season [launched] Sunday against the […]

Planning the workaround

While one may feel reasonably optimistic about the chances of a legislative override to Governor Perry’s decision to reject stimulus funds for unemployment insurance, it never hurts to try to grease the skids a little. Democratic U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said she would ask Vice President Joe Biden, who chairs a task force on […]