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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, August 16, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5 COMING WEDNESDAY Volleyball update Canyon at SY leads area report. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Meet the coaches Smithson Valley holds annual event inside the cafeteria Time: 7 p m. Football scrimmage time tyConnor visits Canyon; Smithson Valley travels to SA Southwest Times: 7p.m. Sidelines From wire reports STATE MAVS SEEK FINLEY TRADE — Dallas was working into tile night Monday trying to find a trade for Michael Finley, who is owed $51.8 million over the next three seasons. If a taker couldn’t be found, the Mavericks were expected to release the 10-year veteran. Monday was the final day for NBA teams to take advantage of a onetime chance to escape luxury tax obligations for any contract on their books. In all, teams saved $154.5 million in future tax payments by waiving 16 players. BRAGAN RECORD ATTEMPT STALLED - Maybe it was the ghost of Connie Mack trying to protect the I fall of Fame manager’s record. Bobby Bragan, a week older than Mack was for liis final game in 1950, returned for one game Monday night with the independent Fort Worth Cats to become the oldest person ever to manage a professional game. But tile game was suspended after just a half-inning because of rain. While it wasn’t an official game and not immediately clear if Bragan would be recognized as the oldest to manage. But the 87-year-old Bragan said he would return when the game resumes Tuesday as part of a doubleheader to assure he gets the record. Bragan is a former major league player whose first managerial job came for the Cats from 1948-52, as a player/manager for what was then tile Double-A team for the Brooklyn Dodgers. On Tv Today Major league baseball — Cubs at Astros, 7 p.m. FSN, WGN Little league softball — Regional finals, teams TBA; 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., ESPN2 Tennis — ATP Masters, 2 p.m., ESPN2 On Radio Today Major league baseball — Cubs at Astros, 6:40 p.m., KGNB-AM 1420; KTKR-AM 760 Astros finally break out the bats to batter Cubs, 12-4 HOUSTON (AP) — Morgan Ensberg hit a long home run and finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs, and Chris Burke, Adam Everett and Humberto Quintero also homered in the recently punchless Houston Astros’ 12-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs Monday night. Ensberg homered in the seventh inning, a solo shot that landed on the train track well above the left-field stands. He helped the Astros follow consecutive shutouts with their second-highest scoring game of the season. Burke hit a three-run homer in the third inning, and Everett had a solo homer and Quintero hit a two-run shot in a six-run fifth. Astros rookie Willy Taverns had his fourth four-hit game, finishing 4-for-6 with two runs. Wandy Rodriguez (8-5) again benefited from generous mn support. The Astros have scored 87 runs in his 15 starts—about six runs in each outing— for the rookie, who allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings for his second straight victory. In contrast, Astros ace Roger Clemens — who received no mn support in a two-hit, eight-inning gem Saturday — has gotten 88 runs from his offense in 24 starts. Matt Minion hit his first career homer and Todd Walker hit his eighth for the Cubs, who began a six-game road swing with their sixth consecutive road loss. Chicago has lost IO of its last 13 to fall 7 112 games behind the Astros in the NL wild-card race. Chicago’s Glendon Rusch (5-5) last ed only 3 2/3 innings in his first start since June 23. He allowed five runs on IO hits. Burke and Everett each broke out of long slumps with their home runs. They had a combined eight hits in their last 80 at-bats before going deep for the Astros, who hit four home runs for the third time this season. Quintero was homerless and batting .167 before connecting in the fifth. The Astros sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning. LEFTY DOES IT RIGHT Mickelson claims 2nd major title SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — His spirits soared when Phil Mickelson realized a birdie on the par-5 18th hole at Baltusrol would allow him to win the PGA Championship and validate him as a major force in golf. Then he reached out for an extra bit of luck he didn’t need. Ten yards beyond his ball in the middle of the fairway was a stone plaque to commemorate the I-iron Jack Nicklaus hit into the 18th green when he won the 1967 U.S. Open. Mickelson reached out with his 3-wood and tapped it twice. “A little touch for some good karma,” he said. Mickelson delivered another dramatic finish to his second major title Monday, flopping a chip from the deep grass some 50 feet from the cup for a tap-in birdie that gave him a one-shot victory over Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjorn. Ultimately, he might do Nicklaus a favor as a threat to Tiger Woods’ pursuit of the Golden Bear’s record 18 major titles. Mickelson’s victory, which stretched over five days because of Sunday evening storms, gave him a second consecutive year with a major championship. Woods is the only other player to do that in the last IO years. Elkington and Bjorn made par on the 554-hole closing hole, and all they could do was watch on television as Mickel- Phil Mickelson holds the WanamakerTrophy aloft Monday after winning the 87th PGA Championship. son played the chip shot first learned in his backyard as a kid. “lf theres anybody you’d back to get up and down from there, it s Phil Mickelson,” Bjorn said. “He’s not a one-major guy, he’s a IO-major guy. And it s going to be easier and easier for him to win them now.” This one wasn’t easy. Mickelson had the pressure of being in the lead four straight days. A putting touch that been so true the first three rounds began to abandon him. He returned Monday morning for what amounted to a four-hole shootout. “I had to gut it out and just find a way to make some pars, and find a way to make a couple of birdies," Mickelson said. “I’m just ecstatic that I was able to get it done.” Mickelson dosed with a 2-over 72 and finished at 4-under 276. It was his fourth victory of the year, matching Woods and Vijay Singh for most on the PG Al bur this year. He also moved past injured Ernie Els to No. 3 in the world. Woods couldn’t leave New jersey until he knew someone could beat the 2-under 278 he completed Sunday afternoon before storms halted play. I Ie wound up in a tie for fourth, two shots behind. The Masters and British Open champion came up four strokes shy of a shot at the calendar Grand Slam. Elkington (71) missed a 10-foot birdie on the 18th hole that grazed the left side of the PGA FINAL RESULTS Results after Monday's final round of the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club (7,392 yards, par 70): Phil Mickelson, $1,170,000 67-65-72-72—276 -4 Steve Elkington, $572,000 68-70-68-71—277 -3 Thomas Bjorn, $572,000 71-71-63-72—277 -3 Tiger Woods, $286,000 75-69-66-68—278 -2 Davis Love III, $286,000 68-68-68-74—278 -2 Geoff Ogilvy, $201,500 69-69-72-69—279 -1 Michael Campbell, $201,500 73-68-69-69—279 -1 Retief Goosen, $201,500 68-70-69-72—279 -1 Pat Perez, $201,500 68-71-67-73—279 -1 Ted Purdy, $131,800 69-75-70-66—280 E David Toms, $131,800 71-72-69-68—280 E Steve Flesch, $131,800 70-71-69-70—280 E Dudley Hart, $131,800 70-73-66-71—280 E Vijay Singh, $131,800 70-67-69-74—280 E cup. Bjorn (72) had a 20-foot birdie on the final hole that looked good all the way, until it dove in and out of the right edge of the cup. I Tis left hand was in the air to acknowledge the crowd, then he grabbed the bill of his cap in disbelief. “I had a putt that pretty much the whole world didn’t think would miss, but it did,” he said. “That’s what golf is sometimes. The best guy won this week.” It was the first Monday finish at die PGA Championship in 19 years. Not since 1986 at Inverness had a player from the last group won with a birdie on the 72nd hole in the final major. Bob Tway made his by holing a bunker shot to deny Greg Norman. Mickelson’s chip wasn’t nearly as dra-matic, but it was equally effective. “It was a shot that I struggled widi out of the rough this week,” Mickelson said. “I tried to remember some of the shots I hit as a kid in my backyard. I hit it aggressively, and the ball popped up nicely, and it rolled smoothly.” The winning putt wasn’t anvilling like die 18-foot birdie he made last year to win the Masters. There was no need to jump for joy this time. “Expectations are a little different,” Mickelson said with a coy smile, referring in part to the length of die putt, Enid the fact he had already shed die label as the best to have never won a major. But this one was important. Hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy enabled Mickelson to salvage what had been a sour season in the majors. He came within five shots of the winning all the majors last season, and this year wasn’t ever close. "Before I even won Augusta, I had never really doubted that I would eventually do it,” Mickelson said. "And having not won a major or come close diis year. I didn’t doubt the fact that it would happen again. I just didn’t know when. I’m very fortunate and very pleased and excited that it was this week.” Davis Love III started the final round tied with Mickelson for the lead. I Ie still had a chance to catch him when diey returned for the final four holes, but he let birdie chances get away by either leaving himself too far from the flag or missing putts he sit desperately needed. He shot 74 and tied for fourth with Woods. Singh had an outside chance to become only the second repeat PGA champion in the stroke-play era, but he missed a 10-foot par putt on the 16th when play resumed, bogeyed the 18th and wound up with a 74 to tie for 10th.Dogs do dream, and their good ones have little to do with cat fancyTRIPPHOLMGRAIN Tripp Holmgrain is an outdoors humorist for the Herald-Zeitung. Dogs dream. At least mine does. My Lab, Scout, starts with a grunt, woofs a while and then gets the old hind leg going — a sure sign he’s on his bike, pedaling to dreamland. But what kind of dreams? Good or bad? Nice or nightmares? Pedaling toward or away? Doubtfully nightmares — dogs are too carefree. Mans best friend doesn’t worry about heartwonns, hip dysphasia or the mortgage — that’s our job. More titan likely, a dog’s dozing dance card is chock-full of happy dreams. But of what, I wonder? Maybe of the perfect backyard: Big and shady with dripping spigots and littered with steak bones, or high-fenced and full of slow-moving, declawed cats. Perhaps dreams of the perfect house: No off-limits furniture, kingsize beds in every room and cupboards filled with treats and dog-safe chocolate. A simple house, full of playful children who despise television, abhor video games and discard table scraps as they see fit. Dogs must dream of kids — those who don’t pull ears, hate to ride animals, leave underwear strewn about and never leave for college. Kids who enjoy ball-oriented sports, play fetch and are allergic to cats, obviously. Possibly dreaming of the outdoors and a master addicted to hunting? One who loves new bird guns and never misses. Year-long seasons too, I’d imagine. And let s not forget the perfect hunting vehicle, complete with air conditioned truck bed, windows always down and runs only at speeds necessary to keep ones tongue horizontal — except on corners, of course. lf I were a dog I’d dream of an enlightened society where choke chains, shock collars and invisible fences are forbidden, where dog sweaters, toenail polish and poodles are shunned, and scientists reclassify Chihuahuas as rats on stilts. Maybe dreams of more dog-oriented entertainment: A canine cable channel with Benji, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie reruns, a Scooby Doo marathon on TVLand, or ESPN Texas Hold Em tournaments with those dogs from the painting. Perhaps they dream of simple pleasures like pet store sales, beef-scented air-fresheners or fleas going extinct. Or a chain that stretches just enough, people who don’t blame the smell on the dog, being cast in an Al PO commercial or the all-you-can-eat place that allows doggie bags. Do they dream of blessings such as thumbs to open fence gates and refrigerators, longer paws to reach under-the-bed chew toys, or the math skills necessary to convert human to dog years? How about the ability to climb trees? Hmm... I wonder. Let s not forget the most likely candidates: Feline leash-laws being enacted, Cat Fancy magazine going bankrupt, and mousers everywhere deported to remote islands, forced into slave labor, rolling rawhide chew sticks. Mavile they are nightmares after all? Scout may worry I could sell the truck, sw'ear off hunting and become vegetarian, or he may fret over more serious issues such as moving to a third-story apartment, enrollment in bomb-dog school, or the new Korean restaurant down the street. Again, you just don’t know. And it is possible dogs may not dream at all. Scout’s woofing could simply be a canine cough, and his persistent pedaling mere hero worship. Honestly, it wasn’t long ago that someone forced him to watch all 21 stages of the Tour de France. I wonder... THE DAILY T-l-C-K-E-T NB band director Ed Gonzales keeps time during practice. SPORTS Canyon, SV collide Canyon, Smithson Valley volleyhallers in first area matchup at Ranger Gym Time: 7:15p.m. ;

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