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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Smithson Valley cheerleader Alex SPORTS October HERALDZisrnjNO Page 5 COMING FRIDAY Playing for keeps Canyon open district To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at sports@heraldzeitung.com SIDELINES From wire reports STATE ROGERS WILL NOT RETURN TO RANGERS Kenny Rogers will not return to the Texas who are cutting ties with the pitcher whose third stint with the team will be most remembered for shoving two television In a statement the Rangers said the 41 yearold who will become a free will not be offered a con tract for The Texas Rangers organization would like to thank Kenny Rogers for his efforts over the last two seasons and during his entire Rangers general manager John Hart As we look at 2006 and we feel it is in the clubs best inter ests to move forward with out The team offered no fur ther Hart was scheduled to meet with the media Tuesday to dis cuss the 2005 season and the teams plans for the Rogers was 148 with a and was an All Star for the second straight But what most peo ple will remember about his 12th season with the Rangers is the videotaped tirade June 29 when he shoved two TV camera men while walking onto the NATIONAL GREEN BAY FALLS TO CAROLINA 3229 Brett Favre showed he still has some Monday night not enough to prevent the Green Bay Packers from their worst start in 17 Favre threw four touch down passes but couldnt overcome two early turnovers that the Carolina Panthers used to build a big lead and then held on for a 3229 The Packers fell to 04 for the first time since Rallying Green Bay from a 19point thirdquarter Favre threw two touchdown passes and for two 2point conversions in the fourth quarter and had the Packers in position to possibly win the game on their final But with running back Ahman Green on the side lines with an injured knee and no timeouts Favre had to do it all on his own when Green Bay got the ball back with to He completed two passes before Carolina 22 stopped Favre on a fourth Favre threw the ball to Donald Driver past the first down line but Chris Gamble knocked the ball out of his hands and it fell a 15year veteran and future Hall of Famer who is possibly playing his final stood alone at the 44yard Carolina tight end Kris a fellow Missis walked over and patted the dejected Favre on the Mike the left guard who spent seven seasons pro tecting Favre before sign ing with embraced The Panthers let out a sigh of relief after nearly giving one HE DAILY NB hosts Lake Ifravls Unicorns take on Lady Cavs to get back on track in Time Astros open playoffs Astros travel to Atlanta to meet Braves in ESPN 274A football begins Defending champ Lake Travis is at NB Canyon travels to Burnet to start league play Time Astros look forward to Atlanta HOUSTON AP Roy Oswalt was talking about how proud he was of the Houston Astros seasonlong come back when someone sudden ly pulled off his cap from behind and showered him with Theres your Roger Clemens told Oswalt after pouring the bottles contents over his I still owe you It was a deserved celebrato ry gesture for who had just gotten his 20th victo ry in the game that clinched the NL wild card for the a 64 win over the Chicago Cubs on the last day of regular season To get 20 is but to get to the playoffs is Oswalt Weve come a long especially the way the team pulled together and started Houston started the season then became the first team to make die postseason after falling 15 games under since the 1914 Boston Thats more satisfying for the Astros than last when they won their last 18 home Especially the way we We started out and everyone got down on us quick because we didnt quite have the bats we had last Oswalt It says a lot about the character of our Oswalt pitched six innings and drove in a run while becoming the first pitcher since 200102 with consecu tive 20win Just like last when manager Phil Garner replaced Jimy Williams at the AllStar the Astros 8973 wait ed until the last game to This they didnt have Carlos Beltran or Jeff Kent in the But the Astros have Andy Clemens and Oswalt in the starting And that trio is scheduled to start the first three postseason Their rematch of last years NL division series begins Wednesday in Were fortunate to have two of the best pitchers in the game that will come right behind said who missed last years playoffs after elbow I feel good about our but Atlanta is a good The Astros beat Atlanta in five games last October for their first postseason series victory in eight But the Braves were 51 against Houston this including a fourgame sweep in We know we have a daunt ing Garner Houston lost the first two games of the fourgame series with the but avoided having to go on the road for a onegame wildcard tiebreak Philadelphia 8874 fin ished a game back after a threegame sweep in Wash ASTROSBRAVES A look at the bestoffive Nation al League division series between the Houston Astros and AtlantaBraves Schedule Game at Atlanta Game at Atlanta Game Sat at Houston xGame at Houston x Game at Atlanta xif Season Series Atlanta won Matchups Braves dominated Houston in postseason until last when Astros pulled off five game win in first Atlanta won three previous Teams havent played since ear ly when Braves swept four game series atTurner Field and outscored Astros Astros hit in that which includ ed 160 rout by their highestscoring output and biggest win of Playoffs or bust for the Rangers Photos by MANDY It will be a big week for the Smithson Valley volleyball Rangers ended the first half of play in District 285A with a 43 district put ting them in a tie with MacArthur for the third and final playoff At the Rangers visit the secondplace team in the district and one of the topranked teams in the At the Rangers host which stands just one game out of the final playoff spot in the the At Smithson Valley has had a breakout season and is battling for a playoff spot for the first time in Brittany passes the ball while teammates Sarah and Jessica Martin look Megan Herring pounds a kill during a recent Texas receivers have gone missing against OU AUSTIN AP Roy Williams never caught Chris Simms never threw In the five years of Texas losing streak to no Texas wide receiver has caught a touchdown against the Its a dubious mark the 2 Longhorns 40 hope to erase when they meet the Sooners 22 Saturday in the 100th anniversary of their Red River Hopefully well get a chance to make some plays around the end zone and we can get in said Texas senior wideout Brian who has seven catches for 109 yards this The last time a Texas quar terback and wide receiver hooked up for a TD pass against OU came way back in the last in when Major Applewhite hit Ryan Nunez for the final score in a 3828 Texas Its but a lot of times weve had really talent ed running backs so once you get down to the goal line we were able to run it in most of the Carter Chances are it had more to do with the Sooners1 domi nating The Long horns have been outscored Texas Oklahoma Saturday 18954 during the losing streak and got shut out last year for the first time since a span of 281 There is one asterisk to the streak of futility tailback Hodges Mitchell squirted out of the backfiekl to catch aTD from Applewhite in die Soon ers6314 romp in From the trio of Johnson and Sloan Thomas rewrote the Texas record book yet couldnt find a way to beat the Sooners for a Williams came close a couple of dines and set up a pair of scores in 2002 and 2003 with long The lack of production in die passing game has been a major reason for the losing In a 143 defeat in Thomas had a defender beat when Simms uncorked a deep pass that floated in the wind and ended up being intercept ed in the end In last years 120 Nate Jones had his hands on a touch down catch when the ball was swatted away by a We had a chance in the last five coach Mack Brown We throw it in the end zone and drop the Texas quarterbacks have thrown plenty of balls that ended up in their own end Simms had a pass picked off for aTD in It happened again a year later when the other Roy Williams then a Sooners linebacker made one of the great plays in the rivalrys history when he leaped over a blocker to hit Simms and the ball floated straight to Teddy There cire signs that a receiv ing corps dial was considered a weakness last season is com ing Billy Pittman and Limas Sweed came up with the big catches that sent Texas to a 2522 win at Ohio State a month Ramonce who Brown likes to compare to USCs Reggie Bush because of his bigplay caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week against Spurs to begin defense of title on island paradise SAN ANTONIO AP Virgin Islands mean surf and laidback Caribbean but dont count on the San Antonio Spurs spend ing much time sipping umbrel la drinks at a beacliside The NBA champion Spurs left town Monday to begin their title defense with a nineday training camp at the Universi ty of not far from where their star Tim grew Duncan said hes ready for his dual role as oncourt cen terpiece and offcourt tour Its going to be but its going to be he Duncan is from the nearby island of Training camp opens lues day and will wrap up when the team flies to for a presea son game the following night against On newcomer free agents Michael Finley and Nick Van Exel will begin to get used to their roles on a stable and successful squad where they have little to no chance to crack the starting I know that my role will be off the bench and I have no problem with said Fin the former Dallas swing man who passed up much big ger money elsewhere to sign with San Theyve been successful without so Im just going to try to con tribute in any shape or form that I San Antonio also signed Fabricio a 6foot10 for ward who has played for years with Manu Ginobili on the Argentina national team that last year won the Olympic gold medal in Ginobili said a 30 yearold star in the Spanish is not only coming into a city where many people speak his but also onto a team where the ball sharing philosophy is reminis cent of the playing style in Its hard to find a better situ ation than Ginobili Hes a smart a smart play Hopefully hes going to feel good and start contributing from the   

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