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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas May SPORTS COMING THURSDAY A pwk it tfili wedfr littifcai itrtefc HERALDZETTUNG To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org THE DAILY SAhoasDenverinfifthgame offintwund NBA playoff series 1NTWAIi W1200 Rangers take on old district foe Dragons in 1st game of Class 5A bidistrict series Time MsofibatterstnweltoDlstrict264A HOIK SIDELINES From wire reports STATE COWBOYS PICK UP RB THOMASFree agent running back Anthony Thomas agreed to a one year deal Monday with die Dallas will provide depth at running back and some veteran espe cially after the release last week of Richie Julius Jones became the top back as a rookie last season for the who also drafted Marion Barber in the fourth round of the NFL draft last Financial terms of the deal werent A secondround pick out of Michigan in Thomas had two sea sons in his four years with the Chicago He had 404 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 12 games last NATIONAL UNION WMJTALK WTTH SELIG The base ball players union told commissioner Bud Selig on Monday that it was willing to talk to him about his call for harsher steroids In a letter sent to union head Donald Fehr We wffl look forward to discussing the points you Last Selig wrote to asking players to agree to even tougher penalties than the ones that effect at the start of the Selig now wants a 50game suspension for firsttime steroid offend a 100game ban for a second offense and a life time suspension for a third WALLACETOP DEFENDER The Detroit Pistons Ben Wallace won the MBAs Defensive Player of the Year award his third in four who was present ed with the trophy at an afternoon news confer joins Dikembe Mutombo as the only play ers to win the award three or more Wallace also won the award in 2002 and Mutombo won in and During the regu lar Wallace ranked fifth with blocks per second with an average of rebounds the only player among the top five in both cate gories and 23rd with steals per Biggie help Houston subdue 114 CJtJ A HOUSTON CAP Andy Pbttitte pitched effectively into the eighth and Craig Biggio homered and drove in four runs to lead the Houston Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 114 Monday night Biggio also got his 400th career stolen base in the first inning and scored three He finished with three helping Houston improve to 103 at The Astros are just 110 on the Morgan Ensberg went 3for 3 with a tworun and Brad Ausmus had a tworun Pettitte 22 allowed three runs two earned and four hits in 7 He struck out walked two and retired 12 of his first 13 Jason Bay and Tike Redman each hit a tworun homier in the eighth for the who have lost 20 of their las t 22 games at Minute Maid where they are 735 Josh Fogg 12 lasted just four allowing eight seven hits and two He had no strikeouts and lost to the Astros for the fourth straight Hes 35 overall against them but has nt won since July Houston took a 30 lead in the first inning on an RBI sin gle by Mike Lamb and a two run double by In the the Astros loaded the bases with none and Ausmus tworun sin gle made it Two outs Biggio hit a threerun his third of the Redmans tworun homer snapped an Ofor19 skid and gave the Pirates their first two After Biggio dropped Freddy Sanchezs popup to second for an Pettitte was relieved by Dan who gave up a tworun drive to making it Pinchhitter Orlando Palmeiro and Biggio each added an RBI double in the bottom and Jeff Bagwell drove in a run with a Notes Biggio is only the sec ond Astros player to reach 400 stolen following Cesar Cedeno Biggio is the fourth player in major league history to have 400 225 home hits and 500 The oth ers are Barry Rickey Henderson and Paul In the first Bagwell became the first Astro to reach With Craig Wil sons fifthinning Pitts burgh has had an extrabase hit in all 24 games this sea Dallas holds off Houston Mavericks win third straight to lead series DALLAS AP Min utes away from finally leading their firstround playoff die Dallas Mavericks proved they deserved Keeping attve diving for loose balls and making clutch shot after clutch Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks held off a late charge by Houston and pulled out a 103100 victory Monday putting them ahead 32 in a series they trailed 02 after their last game in After overcoming fourthquarter deficits of eight and six points to win the last two the Mavs led by 11 just sec onds into the final period this But Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming rallied the com bining for their last 13 points and getting them within two with sec onds Jason Terry scrambled to grab an inbounds was fouled and made one of two foul shots to restore a threepoint Dallas immedi ately fouled McGrady on the ensuing inbounds pass and he missed both foul but got his own rebound and put up a potentially tying 3 from the left It missed and time expired with McGrady on the practically under some REUTERS Dallas Dirk drives around Houstons Tracy McGrady during the first half of the Mavericks 103100 victory over the Rockets in Game 5 of the teams NBA Western Conference playoff Dallas leads courtside Home fans were happy for the first time this series and now Dallas has two chances to join the 1969 Lakers and 94 Rockets as the only teams to win a sevengame series after dropping the first two at Mavs fans will be glad to know those Lakers and Rockets squads were propelled by home wins in Game Game 6 is Thursday night in and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy may have more on the line than just trying to force a seventh He was fined earlier Monday for accusing offi cials of targeting Yao and refusing to tell the league which official was his Commissioner David who coincidentally attended this called the largest fine ever levied against an NBA coach only an intermediary step and said an investi gation will continue once the Rockets finish their playoff Stern even implied that Van Gundy could face a life time Van Gundy laughed off the entire case and Yao offered to pay half the Spurs on top of Denver in 2nd DENVER The San Antonio Spurs held a 3635 lead over the Denver Nuggets late Monday in the second quar ter of Game 4 of their NBA Western Con ference quarterfinal playoff At Tim Duncan had 10 points for NBA PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND the who lead the bestofsev en series 2 Tony Park er had seven points and Manu Gino bili had Earl Boykins had nine points and Marcus Camby eight for which will come to San Antonios SBC Center for Game 5 A full report on Mondays game will appear in Wednesdays Herald DENVER NUGGETS SAN ANTONIO SPURS fftMfid WOAIAM 1200 April 24 Denver San Antonio 87 0 San Antonio Denver 76 April 30 San Antonio Denver 78 Spurs lead series 21 Monday San Antonio at late naanasaay Denver at San FSN Friday San Antonio at if necessary May 8 Denver at San if necessary Anthony fined for shove NEW YORK Denver forward Carme lo Anthony was fined by the NBA on Monday for shoving San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili during Game 3 of the firstround playoff series between the Nuggets and Anthony received a flagrant foul and was ejected with 22 seconds left in the fourth period of the Nuggets 8678 loss to the Spurs Saturday Anthony fin ished with 19 points in Game 3 in Denver while Ginobili came off the bench to score 32 The fine was announced by league vice president Stu Central Texas bats played small but humorous role during World War II TOI I M Lth TRIPPHOLM8IIAIN Tripp Holmgrain is an out doors writer for the Herald Jp secret weapons often exploit lother more lan One World War II weapon that used her to the hilt exploited Americas own Kamikaze sent into sacri ficing all in the name of their The anointed airmen were all most were Texans and all The idea Lytle a vacationing had just visited Carlsbad Cav when Pearl Harbor was attacked Eager to exact the infuriated Adams was intrigued by the caves massive bat colony and wondered if bats could somehow help defeat Adams captured several of Carlsbads bats for further and once learned everything he could of the tiny their habits and the loads they could cany He soon wrote the White House with a proposal and urged the government to investigate it Upon review ing Adams President Franklin Roosevelt wrote This man is not a It sounds like a perfectly wild idea but is worth looking Adams proposal was forwarded to the National Defense Research Com and then to the Army Chemi cal Warfare Service whose records read President Roosevelt OKd it and the project was The plan Adams plan called for the capture of thousands of Refrigerated into hibernation and fitted with small incendiary they would be dropped over targeted Japanese cities from highflying planes during broad While the nocturnal fliers would awaken and seek shelter in the roofs and eaves of buildings throughout target The bat equipped with chemical would ignite soon setting the buildings Unable to extin guish so many simultaneous Japanese constructed primarily of would quickly bum to the ground and the countrys surrender would inevitably The Army got to work enlisting Adams and a crew of researchers to spearhead the After considering several bat researchers chose the Mexican free tail for the Each averaged nine could carry a payload nearly twice its body were plentiful and easy to Airmen were promptly conscripted from Central Texas Ney and Bracken home to more than 20 million Bats were collected via sus pended nets as they exited the cave at The outcome Although seemingly numer ous troubles plagued the Many bats refused to cooperate and flew to Falling bats awak ened too slowly and died upon Bats deployed in slow parachutetethered boxes were killed when the contraptions failed to Bats carrying heavier dummy loads often flew back to their launch points or into research build The Army ceased testing in May 1943 when a careless handler left a door open and escaping bats set fire to a hangar and a generals The project was promptly handed to the which quickly passed the buck to the Marine This unsuccessful quest to exploit Mother Nature was eventually shelved for a far more successful ting the The atomic two annihilated cities and Japans uncon ditional surrender followed soon And so our brave Texas airmen lived to fight another received honor able discharges and returned home to kids and
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