Weekend Houston Sports Notebook

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: May 15, 2009

Sports HOUSTON — A brief look at some of the most recent news and notes involving area and national sports figures.

— Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young will host his 2nd Annual Football and Cheerleader Camp on Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Butler Stadium. All campers are invited to attend the Second Annual Vince Young Celebrity Basketball game directly following the camp. The celebrity basketball game will feature Vince Young’s NFL All-Stars vs. Nelly and the Lunatics at Butler Fieldhouse.

— The Vince Young Foundation will host a Gala on Saturday at the Hilton of the Americas Hotel at 7:00 p.m. This first annual gala that is being held in Houston will honor community leaders Jim and Linda McIngvale. Tickets are $150.00 per person or $2500 per table. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, May 17th with the Vince Young Community Unity Day. This will be a day for the entire family that will be held from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Butler Stadium. There will be free food, drinks, music, entertainment and games for the kids. For further information, please contact www.10vinceyoung.com.

— The Donald Driver Foundation will host his 7th Annual Celebrity Weekend, June 19-20, 2009 in Houston. Due to scheduling conflicts, there will be no football camp held in the city this summer, however, the Donald Driver Golf Classic will take place at Sienna Plantation Golf Club in Missouri City, Texas on Friday, June 19, 2009. The 9-Ball Pool Classic will follow on Saturday, June 20th at Slick Willie’s Family Pool Hall, located at 3985 Southwest Freeway. For further information contact the foundation at 713-225-9400 or you may email them at info@donalddriverfoundation.com.

— The Prairie View A & M University women’s basketball team has signed five decorated recruits for the 2009-10 campaign. The five players that have signed national letters of intent to play basketball for the 2008-09 SWAC Champion Lady Panthers include: Sharde Henry, a 5-foot-10 guard from LaGrange High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Rennica Merida a 6-foot-3 forward from Thurston High School in Inkster, Michigan; Whitney Williams a 6-foot-3 center from Beaumont, Texas (Cowley Junior College in Kansas); and Ciara Banks a 6-foot-1 forward from Washington, D.C., (Indian River State Junior College) in Florida.

— The Prairie View Men’s basketball team added three players to their signees. They include: Courtney Bell a 6’6 freshman guard from Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, Illinois; Duwan Kornegay-a 6-foot-5 a junior guard from Los Angeles, California who attended Ranger Junior College; and Le’Donte Body a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard from Dallas, Texas who attended Cincinnati State Junior College.

— Ex-SMU men’s basketball coach Jimmy Tubbs passed away over the weekend. He was 60 years old. The former SMU coach was fired after two seasons in 2006 when an internal investigation revealed NCAA violations. He is survived by his son Andrew. No cause of death has been given.

— Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2009 NBA Playoffs after further diagnostic procedures conducted that revealed a small hairline fracture in his left foot.

— Former Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

— The Big 12 Conference is loaded with great quarterbacks, but the NFL didn’t think they were great enough to draft during the 2009 NFL Draft in New York City. Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell put on a show at the Cleveland Browns rookie minicamp, but has yet to be offered a contract.

Former Missouri Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel, a former Heisman Trophy finalist, has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins. He is expected to join the Redskins for minicamp this weekend.

— The University of Houston softball team took five 2009 All-Conference awards. The awards are listed as follows: Senior Jessica Valis-1st team All-C-USA(Fourth-Straight time); seniors Katie Bush and Laurie Wagner both earned All-C-USA 2nd team honors as well as for outfield. Bush leads the conference and is 11th in the NCAA for SAC bunts with 21.

— The Houston Texans have announced the signing of 13 rookie free agents. They include: Wide Receiver Aubrey Bell, Mississippi State; punter Justin Brantly, Texas A & M; offensive tackle Doug Dedrick, Iowa State; running back Arian Foster, Tennessee; center Brett Helms, LSU; defensive end Tim Jamison, Michigan; running back Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon; wide receiver Mike Jones, Arizona State; defensive tackle Josh Leonard, Hawaii, guard Brandon Walker, Oklahoma; and offensive tackle Jason Watkins, Florida.