v31_ScoreboardW-LezineIt took a long time, but the Houston Rockets finally did it! They finally got a big name during the summer free agent period.

Houston signed former New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet, taking Lin off of the restricted free-agent list.

However, now that the Rockets have him, is Jeremy really the right match? New York waited until the last minute to decide what they were going to do. They signed former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd and brought back Raymond Felton.

Initial reports had the Rockets offering Lin a four-year deal worth $28 million. That deal included salaries of more than $9 million in each of the last two years, which would have been a big hit on the Knicks cap. And for a while, the Knicks organization seemed intent on matching the Rockets offer sheet.

If New York would have signed Jeremy Lin, then they would have had $75 million tied up in four players- Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and an undisclosed player in 2014-15.

Houston had a verbal agreement with Lin before the team emerged as a serious suitor for Dwight Howard. The Rockets used the amnesty clause on forward Luis Scola, but the Lin offer sheet and an identical offer to Bulls center Omer Asik complicated the financial details of any trade with the Orlando Magic.

v30_espyThe Baylor Bears duo of Brittney Griner and Robert Griffin III joined Miami Heat superstar Lebron James in winning the top honors at the 20th Annual ESPY Awards held in Los Angeles, California.

Griner, earned both the Female Athlete of the Year and Female College Athlete of the Year honors. The 6-8 post, led the Lady Bears to the 2012 NCAA National Championship, with an unprecedented 40-0 record, was the consensus national player of the year and also won the coveted Honda Cup.

She was joined by members of the Lady Bears women’s basketball team and their head coach Kim Mulkey. The Lady Bears were a nominee for Best Team but the Miami Heat won the ESPY.

Griner, a Houston native, joins Candace Parker (2008), Taryne Mowatt (2007), Diana Taurasi (2004), Chamique Holdsclaw (1999), and Rebecca Lobo (1996) in claiming double honors. Parker , Taurasi, Holdsclaw and Lobo all played basketball, while Mowatt played softball at Arizona. Holdsclaw and Lobo were named Best Female College Basketball Player of the Year, as there wasn’t a Female College Athlete of the Year category at that time.

v30_stewartThe Touchdown Club of Houston will host the Inaugural Private High School Awards Dinner on Wednesday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott hotel , located at 5150 Westheimer in the Galleria.

A group of 42 Greater Houston area private school kids have been selected by a committee of private school coaches. All honorees are seniors.

The offensive honorees are: Offensive Linemen: David Abbott-Second Baptist, Walt Baker-St. John’s, Marshall Henry-Episcopal, Josh Keith-Faith West, Alex Snyder-St. Thomas, Robert Stasney-Pope John XXIII, and Jayson Worthy-Rosehill Christian; Quarterbacks: Austin Robinson-Episcopal, Alex Roys-Houston Christian, Gabe Simon-Westbury Christian, Kohl Stewart-St. Pius, Dylan Stockberger-Pope John XXIII; Running Backs: Nathan Avery-St. John’s, Carter Odenweller-Northland Christian, Justin Webster-Northland Christian; Wide Receivers: James Bento-Woodlands Christian, Stephen Consoli-Houston Christian, Patrick Fertitta-Episcopal, Damitri Morris-St. Pius, Brandon Slater-Lutheran North, Macan Wilson-Kinkaid; and Tight End: Jack Thomas-Fort Bend Christian.

v30_mooreIt has been an incredible 12 months or so for former UConn and current Minnesota Lynx point guard Maya Moore.

As a rookie in the WNBA she helped lead the Minnesota Lynx to their first WNBA title last fall and followed it up with Euroleague and Spanish League Championships this winter as part of Ros Casares.

Now, as the Olympic athletes and their families arrived in London, England this week, she hopes to cap her amazing run with an Olympic gold medal. Winning it all in London will make Moore part of an elite club. She would be just the seventh player to win titles in college, the WNBA, the FIBA world championship and the Olympics.

Moore has been a winner both on and off the basketball court her entire life. Not only was she a great basketball player at UConn, but she was also a great student-athlete. Since entering high school, she has a 326-16 mark. That doesn’t even include her perfect 22-0 record while playing for USA basketball.

v30_grahamCollege Baseball Hall of Famer and Rice Owls head baseball coach Wayne Graham has signed a five-year contract extension.

Graham, 76, who just completed his 21st season as the leader of one of the nation’s most consistent programs, had an additional five years added to his current contract which has one year remaining. The extension gives him the opportunity to continue to build on his remarkable legacy for the next six years. The Owls just completed competing in their 18th consecutive NCAA Baseball Championship, the fourth longest active streak among Division 1 programs.

“Wayne Graham is the model for what every program in the country hopes to find when searching for a head coach,” Rice Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan said. “He is passionate about the game, but equally passionate about the mission of collegiate athletics. He sets high expectations for every young man who comes to Rice, both on the field and in the classroom. The men who have accepted that challenge honor him every day, be it in baseball or in the business world. He is an essential part of the mission of Rice Athletics.”


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