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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 ext 223 Saturday June IB San Antonio Spurs vs New Jwwy New Wednesday June 4 San Antonb 101 New Jersey 89 Friday June 6 New Jersey 87 San Antonio 8S Sunday June 8 San Antonio 84 New Jersey 79 Wednesday June 11 New Jersey 77 Sari Antonio 76 1 Fridays game San Antonio 93 New Jersey 83 San Antonio leads series 32 Sunday June 15 New Jersey at San Antonio Wednesday June 18 New Jersey at San Antonio 2233865 Kerr S A leads series 32 going home BY CHRIS SHERIDAN AP Basketball Writer EAST RUTHERFORD Steve Kerr faked a shot from the corner dribbled twice to his right and knocked down a 15footer on the run He celebrated by highstep ping backward The seldomused player with four championship rings came through in the clutch again for the Spurs knocking down a pair of timely jumpers and making a key steal late Spurs 9383 in the fourth quar ter as San Antonio defeated the New Jersey Nets 9383 Friday to take a 3 2 lead in the NBA Finals Kerr is the only player on either roster to have played in a cham pionship series that was tied 22 doing it in 1997 with the Chicago Bulls He didnt enter the game until early in the final quarter then displayed all the poise of someone who has done this many times before KERR First came a 3pointer with left to put the Spurs ahead 8376 next came a steal from Kenyon Mar tin and last came the running jumper and the backward highstep after his 15footer made it 8778 with left Steve was Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Hes the con summate pro He comes on the court he knows what were doing Hes in shape and he did a really fine job Obviously he was a huge factor down the It was the latest heroic postseason chapter for Kerr whose resume from this postseason includes a 4for4 performance from 3point range in a 230 run the Spurs used to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals the victory that got them here The next step will be closing out the Nets and the Spurs chance will come at home Sunday night in Game 6 Tim Duncan carried the Spurs for most of the game with 27 points 17 rebounds and four blocks Tony Parker and Malik Rose each added 14 points Jason Kidd scored 29 for the Nets although only three of those points came in the fourth quarter when the hurt by five of their 16 turnovers shuts out Carolina in opener BY ERIC OLSON Associated Press Writer OMAHA Neb Stan fords John Hudgins who had completegame victories in three of his last four starts was headed for another in the College World Series opener against South Carolina Despite giving up just two hits over eight innings and his team on its way to an 80 victory Friday Hudgins was not allowed to finish what he started Kodiak Quick pitched a hit less ninth to wrap up the third CWS shutout since 1995 and the first twohitter since 1993 Hudgins had no qualms with Stanford coach Mark Marquess decision This isnt a onegame tour Hudgins said It isnt about individual perfor mances Its about winning ball games And if we cant keep an 80 lead with our bullpen we should go Hudgins 123 threw only 84 pitches which allows Mar quess to bring him back on short rest While Hudgins was shut ting down the Gamecocks the Cardinal collected 12 hits off four pitchers Sam Fuld and Jonny Ash each had three hits for Stan ford and Ryan Garko drove in three runs The Cardinal recorded their fifth shutout of 2003 and the first in the CWS since Georgia Tech beat South Carolina 11 0 hi last years opener After last years debacle the Gamecocks won four straight to reach the national championship game where they lost to Texas Stanford 4715 stretched its seasonbest winning streak to 10 games and advanced to a Sunday meeting with Cal State Fullerton which beat LSU 82 on Friday South Carolina 4421 plays LSU 45211 in a Sun day elimination game CWS COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Double Elimination Stanford 8 South Louisiana State 2 Work it girl K JESSIE Soontobefreshman Megan Miller right and about 20 other young ladies work out with McKennas Patty Vogt center during Girls Summer Rtness Camp on Friday The next Girls Summer Fitness Camp which cost takes place Aug 414 MWTh at McKenha and is open to all incoming seventh through ninth grade students For infor mation call Vogt at 6295627 Rupe Red Sox stymie Astros Damons HR breaks 33 tie BOSTON AP Ryan Rupe pitched six strong innings in his rainy debut with the Red Sox and Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking homer as Boston beat the Houston Astros 43 Friday Rupe was promoted Friday from TripleA Pawtucket where he went after a poor spring training The Red Sox claimed him on waivers Nov 27 from Tampa Bay where he spent four sea sons Tied 33 Damon led off the sixth with his sixth homer Rupe 10 was replaced by Mike Timlin to start the sev enth after allowing one earned run and eight hits while strik ing out four Next Three HQUStON ASTROS SCHEDULE Saturday June 14 Astros at Boston Red Sox on AM 1420 KGNB Sunday June 15 Astros at Boston Red Sox on AM 1420 KGNB Tuesday June 16 Astros vs Arizona Diamondbacks on AM 1420 KGNB TICKETS Brandon Lyon pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many opportunities Rupe didnt issue a walk in sharp contrast to Houston starter Jonathan Johnson who walked eight before leav ing with no outs in the fourth The Red Sox had 10 walks giving them 24 in two games They left 11 runners on base after stranding 18 in Thurs days 87 loss to St Louis The start of the game was delayed one hour 25 minutes and it rained throughout Rocket finally gets career win No 300 NEW YORK AP Roger Clemens got his milestones two at a time The Rocket finally reached 300 wins Friday night and entered an even more exclu sive club becoming only the third pitcher with strikeouts as he led the New York Yankees over the St Louis Cardinals 52 Clemens 74 was the 21st pitcher to make it 300 and did it on his fourth try Clemens allowed two runs in 6 23 innings and struck out 10 raising his total to on an unusually cool damp night He threw 120 pitches before handing a 32 lead to New Yorks bullpen for his third straight start This time Chris Hammond Antonio Osuna and Mariano Rivera held on A sellout crowd of cheered while Clemens team mates hugged him in the dugout after the final out Clemens jogged onto the field as Elton Johns Rocket Man played over the public address system He raised both arms tipped his cap to the fans in right field then left then touched his heart Ready or not Little League allstar mania is here For those sports fans who do not have children between the ages of 8 and 16 playing Little League base the next couple of weeks might get a little confusing Even if you do have young boys or girls of summer in the family you might get a little turned around Today at 6 at the New Braunfels Little League Fields on Loop 337 more than 250 Little Leaguers can pick up their allstar uniforms and get their allstar team photos taken for the newspaper During the next couple of weeks the HeraMZeitung will run those photos in the sports section of the paper If several players or coaches on the team are not present to have their photo taken today it is up to the coach or team mom to shoot and submit a team photo sometime next week The HeraldZeitung will first run those photos taken today then the rest of the photos in the order they are turned in BRYAN ADAMS If it rains today all photos need to be taken and turned in by a coach or team mom I have to admit times have changed since played Little League during the days of parachute pants Stars Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi and two World Series championships by the Los Angeles Dodgers There were not as many Little League AllStar teams back then I played at McAllister Park Little League in San Antonio and when the regular season ended there were six allstar teams selectedThere was a Minor AltStar team players ages a Major All Star team players ages a Junior AllStar team players ages 1314 and a Senior AllStar team players ages And there was a Major Softball AllStar team and a Junior Softball AllStar team This year New Braunfels Little League will sponsor 23 AllStar teams Having this many allstar teams is good for the kids because more young players can call them selves Nowadays there are district all stars and state allstars State all stars are basically the best of the best like we had at McAllister Park The special district allstar tournaments which begin on Monday allow pretty good players the opportunity to play a few more games at a higher level of competi tion At the end of the Little League regular season NBLL coaches voted on all stars and drafted two Minor baseball teams two Major baseball teams one Major softball team two Junior baseball teams and one Junior softball team After the state teams were select ed NBLL coaches and officials voted and drafted district allstar teams District allstar teams are cut up into more slices Instead of combining the best 912yearold players on one allstar team the teams are divided up for each age group Last year NBLL sponsored two 13yearold district allstar baseball teams two 12yearold baseball teams three 11yearold baseball teams two 10yearold baseball teams four 9yearold base ball teams and two 8yearold base ball teams NBLL also sponsored one 10yearold district allstar soft ball team and one 9yearold team The number of district allstar teams was reduced slightly from last year See LITTLE
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