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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Justin Rivas pitches for the PeeWee Little League SPORTS April 2005 HERALDZEITUNG Page 5A COMING SUNDAY Regional qualifiers 4AIV track and tennis HERALDZEITUNG To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at sports@heraldzeitung.com THE DAILY 274A wraps season Canyon softballers end regular seasons at on road Time 7 Baseball teams In playoff hunt New Smithson Valley continue push for playoff Time 7 Region IV tennis meet Canyon and New Braunfels players vie for spots at state in twoclay event Time all day SIDELINES From wire reports STATE SINGH LEADS HOUSTON OPEN Fresh from inclu sion in the World Golf Hall of Vijay Singh tied the course record with an 8underpar 64 for a one shot lead Thursday after the flrst round of the Houston The 42 yearold 2 in the world extended his streak of par or better to 56 holes at the Redstone Golf Club in where he won this event a year After Singh came Australians Gavin Coles and Brendan Eight players were at Six oth including John were another shot DEVIL RAYS DEFEAT RANGERS Dewon Brazelton snapped his sevengame losing skid and Carl Crawford had a tiebreaking groundout for Tampa Bay in a 32 victory over the Texas Rangers in Brazelton 13 allowed two runs and four hits in 61 He struck out four and walked three in picking up his first win since beat ing Oakland August a span of 10 Danys Baez got three outs his first MarkTeixeira and Kevin Mench homered for the Kenny Rogers 02 gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks over six NATIONAL ARMSTRONG NINTH IN TIME TRIAL Lance Armstrong has plenty of work to do if he wants to win a seventh straight Tour de Armstrong fin ished a disappointing ninth in Thursdays time trial at the Tour de nearly two minutes behind the winner in a goallout style of cycling he usually domi Another Floyd won the third stage in 39 The other spots on the podium also were claimed by riders David Zabriskie in second and Christopher Baldwin Armstrong was not among Racing in a light he failed to make up ground on the climb up Mount Alto and had no chance of closing die gap by the time he pedaled onto the slick streets of downtown NBA PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND DENVER NUGGETS SAN ANTONIO SPURS Ridlo WOAIAM 1200 Sunday Denver at San 7 Wednesday Denver at San 7 April 30 San Antonio at ESPN May 2 San Antonio at TBA May 4 Denver at San if necessary May 6 San Antonio at if necessary May 8 Denver at San if necessary Pettite strong for seven frames in Astros win over Brewers HOUSTON AP Andy Pettitte pitched seven strong innings to win for the first time since last Willy Taveras had an RBI triple and the Houston Astros held on for an 87 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday Pettitte who had seasonend ing elbow surgery scattered five gave up three runs and struck out five in his fourth start of the He last won on July 21 against It was also the lefthanders first home win since beating the Mets on May Pettitte originally hurt his elbow bat ting in his Astros debut last his first in Houston after nine seasons with the New York On he had a sacrifice fly to give the Astros a 61 Trailing 83 in the ninth the Brewers rallied for four highlighted by Brady Clarks threerun homer off closer Brad Lidge with two who was called on to face then struck out Junior Spivey for his fifth Doug Davis 22 went innings and allowed six five hits and four walks for He struck out Davis loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no outs before getting Chris Burke to pop out for the first Brad Ausmus then hit an easy grounder to third baseman Wes whose throw to second went into center field for an error and gave Houston its first two Milwaukee got a run back in the fifth inning when Geoff Jenkins doubled off the centerfield went to third on an groundout and scored on Helms grounder to The Astros scored four in the sixth inning to go up Burke had an RBI Ausmus a runscoring Taveras an RBI triple that chased and Pettitte added a sacrifice fly off reliever Wes Jenkins hit a tworun homer into the Crawford boxes in left in the seventh inning to close to Jenkins finished 2 for3 with three Ensbergs RBI single to left stretched the lead to 73 in the seventh and Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch from Matt Wise with the bases loaded in the eighth to make it Rangers win gains outright title Team unity spurs SV softballers to greater heights By Will Wright Sports Editor SMITHSON VALLEY Softball coach Wayne Daigle didnt think Smithson Valleys 40 victory over SA Madison Thursday was really indica tive of how well his team has played this Yet hes happy with the end result that the Rangers have captured the outright District 265A title and can now concentrate on yet another deep run into the We always play so Im not surprised with how we Daigle I thought we would fin ish near the top of the Weve played some verygood At the beginning of the not matiy thought the Rangers would come after vanquishing District 285A the past two and be ready to rule the 265A There was MacArthur all were expected to put up a But when the smoke Smith son 223 overall and 121 with one game left against bottomdweller SA Roosevelt is alone at the top of the For the Rangers have been the top ranked team in the and are rated 8 in the state by the Texas Girls Coach es No one expected it from said threetime letterman and alldistrict third baseman Brooke Most of our people who carried the team last year and it was unexpected of We have more talent than we know what to do so its hard to keep positions going because everyone is fighting for Everybody can play and thats really good for Smithson cant supplant one player junior pitch er Taryn who struck out eight Thursday to up her season total to credited her team more MANDY Smithson Valley from Jessica Candace Kaylen Skinner and Brooke LaRue confer on the moundThursday during the Rangers 40 victory over SA than Its a team Everyone plays defense and everyone does their she Were all doing what were supposed to be Its been that way every year since Ive been We work with what we See Page 6A Spurs move slowly to get Duncan into rhythm for playoffs Tim Duncan SAN ANTONIO AP San Antonio Spurs dropped three of their final four games going into the but no The teams priority down the stretch had less to do with winning and more to do with getting Tim Duncan into rhythm after the star forward missed a dozen lateseason games with a badly sprained right who played limited min utes in the four said he is still recuperating as the Spurs prepare for their firstround series against the Denver the NBAs hottest The series opens Sunday night in San Im probably 75 to 80 he said after San Antonios 9573 loss to Minnesota in its regularseason finale There are still a couple of things Im tentative on but a lot of it is more con scious than trying to protect Coach Gregg Popovich also has been trying to protect the twotime league MVR and in doing the Spurs 5923 conceded the best record in the Western Conference to Phoenix without a real Popovich kept an eagerto play Duncan on the bench during crunch time in finalweek road games against Utah and which San Antonio lost by two points In his four games Duncan averaged about 12 points and rebounds in 23 well under his season marks of points and His scoring and rebound averages were the lowest of his eightyear NBA and his 66 games were the fewest he played in a nonstrike sea He missed seven of his eight shots and scored only three points Wednes but Popovich sounded happy and a little relieved that Duncan didnt do anything against theTimberwolves to set back his Its something hes going to have to work through work through the pain and get it loose Popovich said of Duncans stilltender right Its not going to be a quick but hes going to get through Hes a and hes going to do what he can Duncan was hurt March 20 in He crumpled to the floor a couple of minutes into the game after landing on the foot of Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace while coming down after scoring a The Spurs lost that game and went 84 before Duncan returned with 17 points and seven rebounds in a 9391 loss at Utah on April Given the condition of his star play as well as injuries to center Rasho Nesterovic sprained left ankle and guard Devon Brown herniated Popovich appreciated a firstround schedule that gives the Spurs two days off before Wednesdays Game 2 and another two days before Game 3 in Any other year I would just want to play the but we can use the time for a lot of he Hope fully we can use it to our Nuggets coach George whose team won 25 of 29 games after the All Star recognized that the sched ule could favor San Antonio because it gives Duncan more time to recuper See Page 6A   

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