New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 30, 2000, Page 9

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Quick Hrrs 3 SWT players land on all-tourney team WACO (AP) - Southwest Texas State landed the three other players on all-tournament team of the Waco regional, while host Baylor was shut out. Bobcat players named to the team Monday include Chris Seamon, catcher:; Blake Williams, pitcher; and Jason Washington, outfield: Pacers assistant coach fined by NBA NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana Pacers assistant coach Rick Carlisle was fined $10,000 for deliberately tripping Latrell Sprewell of the New York Knicks in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Rod Thom, NBA executive vice president, announced the fme on Monday, one day after the Knicks learned Sprewell had fractured a bone in his left foot in a separate incident later in the game. The tripping occurred with 4:54 left in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 98-95 victory at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks were calling the injury to Sprewell, who scored 32 points in Game 3 as New York cut Indiana’s lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, a bruise until an MRI after practice Sunday revealed what the team called “an incomplete fracture.” > Sprewell said he injured his foot while diving for a loose ball with 30 seconds left to play. Stars fans chant for Belfour DALLAS (AP) — Stars goalie Ed Belfour has heard his name chanted before. But never did he hear the chant that was shouted at Reunion Arena on Saturday night. As the time ticked down in the Stars’ 3-2 victory over Colorado, the screams of “Eddie’s Better” rang out. “I think fans have always been behind me IOO percent in Dallas,” Belfour said. “It’s a real good feeling to hear them chanting my name.’ “That was a new chant they made up,” Belfour said Monday. “I kind of wished they would have waited until the last maybe 20 or 30 seconds — little too soon. I am glad they quit after the second goal,” he said with a smile. Game Time ►Today New Braunfels Little League Baseball Pee Wee Division Quarterfinal Playoffs Cardinals vs. White Sox, 5:30 p.m. Giants vs. Braves, 5:30 p.m. Minor League Division City Championship Rockies vs. Mets, 7:30 p.m. All games are played at the New Braunfels Little League Complex, located on Loop 337 across from McCoy’s. NHL Stanley Cup Finals Dallas at New Jersey, Game 1 from the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N. J., 7 p.m. on ESPN. Texas League Baseball Midland at San Antonio. At Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, 7:05 p.m. Round Reek at El Paso, 7:05 p.m. Major League Baseball Houston at Colorado, 8:05 p.m. Texas at Detroit, 6:05 p.m. Herald-ZeitungSports Tuesday, May 30, 2000 IBwarn ZZ Playing for a title Mets, Rockies play for championship today By Mike Moguin Sports Editor The Mets and the Rockies will come out in full force when both teams play for the New Braunfels Little League Minors City Championship at 7 p.m. today at the New Braunfels Little League Complex, at Loop 337 across from McCoy’s. “The kids are super excited! That’s all they talk about,” Mets coach Erie James said. The Mets, unbeaten at 12-0-1, had to rally from a pair of deficits this past week before taking an 8-7 victory from the White Sox. It was the first time the Mets had been tested all season, James said. Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Mets added a pair of runs to bring themselves within a run. The final two runs were scored off a double by Matthew Cardenas, which James described as “unbelievable.” “All the kids have contributed this year. They have been a key to our success,” James said. File photo The Rockies’ David Hernandez makes it to home plate while the Cardinals’ Nick Garrison waits for the ball in last week’s little league playoff game. The Rockies play the Mets for the City Championship today The Rockies, 10-2-1, meanwhile scored nine runs late in the game to beat the Cardinals 16-6. Attempts to reach their coach for comments Monday regarding the game were unsuccessful. The Pee Wee divisions also will get their playoff games underway. The Cardinals (No. I seed, Blue Division) meet the White Sox (No. 2 seed, Red Division), and the Giants (No. I seed, Red Division) play the Braves (No. 2 seed, Blue Division). Both games start at 5:30 p.m. at various fields at the complex The winners will square off in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at the same site. The Majors City Championship will take place at 7; 30 p.m.Wednesday, also at the Little League Complex. Astros fall to Rockies By P. Solomon Banda Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — Todd Helton homered twice for the second time in three days, helping the Colorado Rockies rally past the Houston Astros 8-7 Monday. Helton homered leading off the second and broke a 7-all tie with a leadoff shot in the eighth off Jose Cabrera. With his fourth multihomer game this season, the 12th of his career, Helton raised his season home-run total to 17 and lifted his major league-leading batting average to .415. Pro Baseball The Astros dropped to 2-14 in one-run games this season. Houston’s last four games have all been decided by one run, starting with last Friday’s win over Atlanta, the Astros’ first one-run victory this year. Gabe White (5-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Jose Jimenez survived a two-hit ninth for his eighth save. Richard Hildago went 3-for-3 with three RBIs for Houston, and Jeff Bagwell hit a 452-foot, two-run homer in the fourth. Braves I, Cubs 0 CHICAGO (AP) — Andres Galarraga ended Jon Lieber’s no-hit bid by homering with two outs in the seventh, and that was all Greg Maddux needed Monday as the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0. The Braves finished with just two hits in eight innings off Lieber (5-4), who retired 20 straight after walking Quilvio Veras to begin the game. Rafael Furcal also singled in the eighth. Maddux (7-1) allowed just six hits. The second came in the eighth, Dave Martinez doubled off first base with one out, but Maddux got Sammy Sosa to ground-out and struck out Henry Rodriguez to end the threat. After Lieber struck out Chipper Jones in the seventh — Jones was subsequently ejected for throwing his bat — Galarraga homered. The Cubs loaded the bases in the fourth on a double, single and hit batsmen, but Maddux grabbed Jose Nieves’ comebacker and starting a 1-2-3 double play. Maddux walked two and struck out eight. Knicks even series with Pacers By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Johnson was flashing his “Big L” gesture, spinning in circles in glee. Latrell Sprewell jumped so high for a thunderous dunk that he nearly hit his forehead on the rim. Weren’t these guys supposed to be hurt? It sure didn’t look that way Monday as the New York Knicks played so well they got a two-minute standing ovation before halftime and had their highest-scoring quarter of the postseason. Getting 25 points from Johnson and excellent games from everyone else, even if they were injured, the Knicks defeated the Indiana Pacers 91-89 to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. New York played again without center Patrick Ewing, who sat out his second straight game with acute tendinitis in his right foot, but the other injured Knicks suited up and played. Sprewell, who broke a bone in his left foot at the end of Game 3, had 12 points and helped hold Jalen Rose to 18. Marcus Camby, playing with a sprained knee, had eight rebounds, five points and three blocks. But nobody on New York had a bigger game than Johnson, whose chronically sore back stiffened up Sunday and forced him to miss the second half of practice. Repeatedly scoring on isolation plays in the low post against Dale Davis and passing to open teammates when he was doubleteamed, Johnson shot 10-for-16 from the field making five 3-pointers, with seven rebounds and four assists. His 3-pointer with 4:25 left led to the longest-lasting “Big L” gesture of his career, Johnson cocking his right arm into a right angle and pointing at his elbow with his left fist for almost IO seconds. The shot gave New York an 85-76 lead and the Knicks hung on from there to ensure that the series will return to Madison Square Garden for Game 6 Friday night. Game 5 is Wednesday night at Indianapolis, where the Pacers looked so confident just a few days ago after winning the first two games of the series. It was the Knicks who had that look over the weekend though, even as the injuries kept piling up. Allan Houston scored 17 points for the Knicks, Kurt Thomas added 16 and Charlie Ward had 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Reggie Miller had 24 points for the Pacers, who could never come all the way back after allowing the Knicks to score 32 points in the first quarter and open a 14-point lead. After trailing for nearly the entire game, the Pacers got back into it with a 22-10 run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Miller made a 3-pointer from in front of Spike Lee’s courtside seat with 6:50 left — a large portion of the crowd of 19,763 groaned as the ball was in mid-air — to make it 77-76. Johnson answered with a 3-pointer after a scramble for a loose ball under the basket, and Miller missed a 3 from the same spot as before. Miller then threw the ball away on an entry pass and Thomas converted a 15-foot jumper to make it 82-76 with 5:12 left. Rose missed a hook shot and Johnson buried his 3-pointer from the comer. Rookie wins Indy Juan Montoya became the first rookie to win the Indianapolis 500 since Graham Hill in 1966. Here is a look at the unofficial results. Eliseo Salazar Time of race: 2 hours, 58 minutes, 59 seconds Average speed: 167.607 mph Feeteet Lap: 218.494 mph (Lazier, lap 198) Cautions: 7 (39 laps) Montoya dominates field, wins at Brickyard Leader summary Ups led 167 Driver Montoya Source Indianapolis Motor Speedway AP By Mike Harris AP Motorsports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There is race-car politics, and then there is the artistry of Juan Montoya in a race car. While his victory in the Indianapolis 500 can be seen as a win for CART in its rivalry with the Indy Racing League, Montoya’s overwhelming performance validated his growing reputation as one of the world’s great drivers. Nobody is more supportive of the 4-year-old IRL than A. J. Foyt — or more critical of CART. But even Foyt couldn’t help but be impressed after Montoya led 167 of the 200 laps on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. “That kid’s one hell of a race driver,” said Foyt, who never led more than 146 laps in any of his four Indianapolis victories. In fact, no Indy winner has led more laps than Montoya since Al Unser was out front for 190 trips around the 2 I/2-mile track in 1970, the first of his four victories here. Nobody should be surprised by Montoya’s ability, though. The 24-year-old Colombian has come a long way in a hurry. He emerged in 1997 in the European Formula 3000 series, winning three races, placing second in the championship and taking rookie honors. The next season, Montoya won the title and earned a job as test driver for the Williams Formula One team. On the recommendation of Frank Williams, the team owner, Chip Ganassi hired Montoya to replace reigning CART champion Alex Zanardi, who left for Formula One after the 1998 season. Seven poles and seven wins later, Montoya was the top CART rookie and the champion of that series. Eddie Cheever, who raced in Formula One and CART before becoming an owner-diiver in the IRL, said, “He is a phenomenal talent.” The 1998 Indy winner added, “It will not be very long before we see Montoya winning Formula One races, and we’ll be able to say he raced at Indy.” Neither Ganassi nor Montoya would confirm or deny reports the driver will move to Formula One next season, possibly with Williams. But Montoya hinted as much Monday when, replying to a question about his future at Indy, said, “Sometime, if I get a chance, I’ll come back.” Still, he leaves no doubt he enjoyed the Indy experience. “To come out here and win this race is just big,” Montoya said. “The crowd is so awesome, the place is so big and everybody knows about the Indy 500. I’ve never seen my father so excited as he was yesterday.” But Montoya is trying to remain composed amid all the acclaim. “Last year I won the rookie of the year and CART championship,” he said. “Yesterday, I won the Indy 500. These things are so big that they don’t get in your head. They’re above you. Things that size, you never get to realize them. I think other people will.” ;

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