New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 6, 2005, Page 5

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Sidelines From wire reports STATE KNIGHT GETS REALITY SHOW — Bob Knight will give one Texas Tech student the chance to play on his team in a reality show hosted by the I Iall of I ame coach. Sixteen students will attend “Knight School,” the name of the show set to air on ESPN in February, and Knight will whittle the class to one during six one-hour episodes. Filming will begin in late September. That player will have endured what all Knight players do — long hours of drills, conditioning and instruction — and will have chance to be a walk-on for the 2006-07 season. Knight was out of town and unavailable to comment Friday. I Ie told the Lubbock Avalanche-lournal that in addition to the tryout format, filming will include shots of the campus and the students in class and in other activities. NATIONAL KELLY'S SON SUCCUMBS - I lunter Kelly, whose battle with a fatal nervous system disease inspired his I lall of Fame father Jim Kellys charitable works, died Friday of respiratory failure. Born in 1997, Hunter Kelly was given no more than three years to live after being diagnosed with Krabbe disease, an inherited degenerative disorder of the central and peripheral nervous systems. It has no known cure. Jim Kelly, a I lall of Fame quarterback with the Buffalo Bills, established I lunter’s I lope Foundation with his wife, Jill, in 1997 in honor of their son. Williams, Ray place at Junior tourney By Will Wright Sports Editor New Braunfels golfers Nick Williams and Josh Hay placed in the top IO this week at the Texas State Boys and Girls Golf Championships at Austin’s Barton Creek Country Club. Williams finished tied for fourth in the boys 15-18 division after rounds of 70-75-70 for 215 total. Hay had rounds of 76-70-72 to finish in a three-way tie for seventh at 218. The tournament is part of the Texas Legends Junior Tour, co-sponsored by the Texas PCA. New Braunfels golfer Courtney Hay and Canyon’s Scott Ferguson and Carole Norris also competed, but didn’t make the cut. Last month Hay put together rounds of 70 and 70 at The Rawls Course in Lubbock to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championships Aug. 22-28 at Merlon Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. I Ie will be joined there by New Braunfels’ Terrence Miskell, who won a U.S. Amateur qualifier in San Antonio Wednesday. COMING NEXT WEEK Two-a-days reports NB continues; SY, Canyon begin football. Saturday, August 6, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Canyon, Smithson Valley start Its the first day of fall football drills for Cougars, Rangers Time: 7:30 a.m. Volleyball season begins Neiv Braunfels trawls to Cedar Park to start the2005season Time: 7p.m. Cowboys’ Spears leaves field with apparent knee injury OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Cowboys rookie defensive end Marcus Spears, one of the two first-round draft picks considered potential defensive starters in Dallas, could miss a month after spraining his right knee and ankle and pulling his groin during a team drill Friday. Spears was hurt at the end of a running play during the team’s first practice Friday when a lineman was knocked down and rolled up on his leg. After remaining down briefly, Spears had to be helped up by teammates before limping to the sideline. “It was a terrible play. When we reviewed it after practice, we became even more concerned because it was really very much a possibility that he could have had the most severe injury,” Cowboys owner Jerry jones said. “The good news, theres a chance we get him back for the opening of the season.” jones said team doctors told him that Spears would need four weeks of rehabilitation for the sprained knee, during which time the other injuries also should heal. The Cowboys’ season opener is Sept. 11 at San Diego. “Right now, I’m encouraged,” jones said at the beginning of the team’s afternoon practice, which Spears did not attend. Once Spears got to the sideline, coach Bill Parcells and team trainer jim Maurer checked on the 6-4,294-pound end who was the 20th overall pick by the Cowboys in April. Spears then limped the length of the field, putting little pressure on his right leg. After he got on a training table and doctors examined his right knee, he was put on a cart and driven off the field. Jones said Spears was taken to a hospital for an MRF Spears and Demarcus Ware, the lith overall pick from Troy, were expected to be immediate contributors — and likely starters — in the Cowboys’ conversion to the primary three-man defensive fronts Parcells has always preferred. Even though Spears was running with the second-team defense when he got hurt, Parcells said players aren't necessarily where they would be in a game. Kenyon Coleman was practicing with the No. I team Friday. Rookie Jay Ratliff, a seventh-round pick from Auburn, will move up the depth chart for now to take Spears’ spot. Ware and Spears missed the first day of camp Saturday while their five-year contracts were being completed. Spears got a $9.3 million contract, with $6.7 million of that guaranteed. First day in pads brings out beasts Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels head coach Chuck Caniford, left, applauds Friday during the Unicorns’ first day in pads. Left, quarterback Zach Rhodes drops back to pass; bottom, Levi Blakeman hauls in a pass as Sammy Anderson defends. New coach thrilled with NB s attitude By Will Wright Sports Editor Unbridled enthusiasm reigned Friday on the New Braunfels football practice field, as the Unicorns — all padded, prepped and ready to pounce — did more than go through the motions. The clashing of helmets meshed with yells of encouragement, as the varsity and IV players performed plays they had waited since last fall to run. In the center of it all was first-year head coach Chuck Caniford, who was so satisfied with what he saw, he let his troops off a little easy. In the final 10-play series, the Unicorns hit with a ferocity they hadn’t had and executed at full speed. “We want them to have passion about playing football,” Caniford said. “We’re out here a long time and asking for a lot of hard work and effort out of them. But that time goes by faster when you’re having fun." Yes, it was the first day in the pads, as allowed by the University Interscholastic League. But it was itll the more special because the Unicorns, who were without a coach for their usual spring drills, began fall a week early. “I liked the way we run to the football," Caniford said, referring to what he liked about Friday’s full-dress rehearsal. “It looks like we’re pretty good tacklers. But you can tell that they’ve been coached real well on the fundamentals of the game. “We’re probably a little bit faster than I thought we’d be in pads. But I think die biggest thing was that our kids gave great effort on a day that can sometimes be pretty tough.” While mistakes were no doubt made, its the full-speed part that had the coach antsy for practices to resume Monday. Because that’s what he saw all week, he released the Unicorns from practice today. “I didn t see any drop off from the first day in T-shirts to the first day in pads,” Caniford added. “Actually, they turned it up a notch.” Donning a red mesh jersey, the guy not to hit was quarterback Zach Rhodes, whose passes found receiver Levi Blakeman on the tty and running back Jeremy Erben out of the backfield. Sure, the defenders got through at times, but at this stage, they should have. Its way too early for set-in-stone assessments and permanent assignments for the Aug. 27 opener against Stephenville. The first really good look coaches will get of the Unicorns will come a week from today in the first scrimmage against Kingsville. “We want to be able to go there and perform well — even though its a glorified practice,” the coach said. “The first day in pads shows us little things we need to work on, and we ll go back and work on those things next week in practice. But the first scrimmage is more or less about lining up against someone you don’t know. “Sometimes it s easier when you line up against someone you know. It can be a lot different when you don't know what the guy across from you is going to do.” Caniford said the scrimmage against King is only tentatively set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Victoria Memorial because the field was double booked, lf he can find another venue, the site and time of the workout may change. “Right now the only thing available to us is the practice field and I’d like to get away from that," Caniford said. “I really would like a stadium so we can shoot film of what we’re doing." NCAA bans Indian mascots, nicknames from postseason events INDIAN APODS (AP) — Fed up with what it considers "hostile” and “abusive" American Indian nicknames, the NCAA announced Friday it would shut those words and images out of postseason tournaments, a move that left some schcx)l officials angry and threatening legal action. Starting in February, any school with a nickname or logo considered racially or ethnically “hostile" or “abusive" by the NCAA would be prohibited from using them in postseason events. Mascots will not be allowed to perform at tournament games, and band members and cheerleaders will also be barred from using American Indians on their uniforms beginning in 2008. Major college football teams are not subject to the ban because there is no official NCAA tournament. Affected schools were quick to complain, and Florida State — home of the Seminoles — threatened legal action. The committee also recommended that schools follow the examples of Wisconsin and Iowa by refusing to schedule contests against schools that use American Indian nicknames. While NCAA officials admit they still can’t force schools to change nicknames or logos, they are making a statement they believe is long overdue. Eighteen mascots, including Florida State’s Seminole and Illinois’ Blini, were on the list of offenders. Those schools will not be permitted to host future NCAA tournament games, and if events have already beal awarded to those sites, the school must cover any logos or nicknames that appear. “Certainly some things remain to be answered from today, and one of those things is die definition ofwhat is ’hostile or abusive,’” said Tom Hardy, a spokesman at Illinois. The NCAA did not give a clear answer on that. President Myles Brand noted that some schools using the Warrior nickname will not face sanctions because they do not use Indian symbols. One See COLLEGE, Page 6A THE DAILY n Astros at Giants T-l-C-K-E-T (aJ struggling San Francisco Houston visits Bonds-less, sniggling San Francisco Time:3 p.m. (FOX, KGNB-AM1420) NB volleyball Samantha Linghamfelter stretches. SPORTS s ;

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