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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Unicorns cheerleader Chaney SPORTS December 5A HERALDZEITUNG The HZs allcounty toHeybtll To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org THE DAILY Fort Worth Bowl Houston takes on Big 12 comer Kansas in battle Time ESPN Lights out for Cowboys Fading Dallas has one glimmer of hope upsetting Carolina on the Time Noon FOX KTSAAM550 Unicorns Rangers New Braunfels girls take a break from 274A for nondistrict tilt at Smithson lime SIDELINES From wire reports LOCAL CANYON GIRLS WIN The Canyon Cougarettes won their second basketball game in as many days defeating Alamo Heights in a nondis trict afternoon game on the The who defeated New Braunfels 4828 Tuesday outscored the Mules 176 in the sec ond quarter and 226 in the third to improve to 88 this Alamo Heights fell to Kendra Clayton scored 17 points for which got 12 points each from Bo Warm and Joan 11 from Brittani five each from Katie Korioth and Kim four from Kristin Mueller and two from Grecia Canyon will next play at the Bastrop tournament begin ning STATE DEBESSETO COACH AGGIE RECEIVERS Bob DeBesse has been named wide receivers coach at Texas Coach Dennis Franchione announced Kenny Pope moves to running backs after serving as receivers coach for the last three The running backs coaching spot was left open when Lee Fobbs took the head coaching job at North Carolina DeBesse joins the Aggies staff after three years in the same position at where he was also recruit ing He played football at Southwest Texas State and was later coach of the Bobcats from 1997 NATIONAL LEINART ELIGIBLE AGAIN A USC quarter back Matt Leinart had his eligibility temporarily revoked after appearing in a promotional segment on ESPN earlier this a violation of an NCAA The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was reinstated Tuesday alter Southern California petitioned the The school declared him ineligible after the seg ment aired on the cable It was recorded after the Trojans victory over UCLA in the final game of tine regular NCAA spokesman Kent Barrett said Leinarts actions were unintentional and Spurs rebound with 10996 victory over Knicks NEW YORK AP Michael Finley scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs shot 56 per cent Wednesday night in their 109 96 victory over the New York who have lost seven straight Tony Parker added 18 points and 10 assists as the Spurs starting guards combined to make 15 of 22 shots against the Knicks dismal perimeter Finley was 8of12 in another start in place of Manu Gino and Parker was San Antonio was shooting 63 per cent after three quarters and was eas Tim Duncan ily on its way to bettering its season high of percent against Boston on 11 before its reserves were only 8 of21 in the final 12 Tim Duncan played only 22 min utes and scored 13 points for the who rebounded from consecutive loss es and salvaged the final game of their threegame They return home Fri day to host Toronto before traveling to Detroit for their NBA Finals rematch with the Pistons on Larry Browns old team will certain ly provide more of a test than his cur rent The Knicks trailed by as many as 32 and the only reason they avoid ed their worst loss of the season was because the Spurs starters were on the bench in the fourth New York trailed by 31 points after the Jamal Crawford scored 16 points for New and Channing Frye and Stephen Marbury each added San Antonio got off to a quick a night after losing in overtime at Mil Finley scored nine points in the first 4 minutes as the Spurs opened a 134 and that was essentially The Spurs shot 63 percent in the first quarter in building a 2916 The Knicks used a brief flurry to close within five points in the second but the Spurs scored the next 11 points and had a doubledigit lead the rest of the They finished the half on a 237 run and went to halftime with a 5635 cushion after Finleys 3pointer with seconds to The Spurs shot 65 percent in the half and Finley scored 14 The only fight the Knicks put up came from Antonio who fouled Parker with left in the third quar The Spurs thought the foul was too and as players from both teams huddled to talk about Davis gave Duncan a little shove as he was walking By San Antonio already led by 23 The lead grew to 8654 when Brent Barry made a 3pointer with left in the Barry finished with 13 points Notes Ginobili missed his sixth con secutive game and eighth this season with a sprained Knicks center Eddy Curry missed his third straight game after spraining his ankle last Thursday in Rookie Nate Robinson was out with a stomach the second in a row he was inac Time hasnt yet run out on Pokes IRVING AP month of games has taken the Dallas Cow boys from the division lead to wild card From a 73 record to having to win their last two games for a chance to make the You know if you dont do some thing in a big its all going to slip center Al Johnson said We need to do some thing about it to make it We got ourselves in Weve got to get our selves out of By losing three of their last four the Cowboys 86 have left themselves no more room for Theyve got to start with a win Satur at NFC Southleading Carolina which itself hasnt clinched a playoff spot We hate that we squandered off a great chance that we defensive back Aaron Glenn The thing once youre youre in and it doesnt matter how we get The fact we still have a chance to get After the Dallas ends the regular season at home against the Louis Rams on New Years The last time Dallas played Caroli na was in the 2003 NFC wildcard a 2910 loss that ended coach Bill Parcells first That was the third firstround playoff elim ination for the Cowboys since the 1996 a year after their last Super That playoff loss to the Panthers came six weeks after a regularsea son victory over the Cow boys eighth win in which prompted an emotional proclama tion from Parcells that they couldnt be called losers But they went 610 last and have let all the momentum of their strong start this year slip Even in their lone win over the past Kansas City missed a field goal on the final play of the game that would have forced Dallas quarterback Drew Bledsoe 11 is pressured by Denvers Darrent Williams 27 during the second quarter of the Cowboys 2421 loss to the Broncos onThanksgiving Dallas players still believe they can make the Asked Wednesday after his 10 win Dallas debut he thought itd take this long to get back into position of possibly going back to the Parcells was somewhat eva How do I know I dont have a crystal I dont Parcells I know we have a better team now than when I came I know thats what I His assessment obviously isnt based on the last which included Sundays 357 loss at Wash ington That was the most lop sided loss ever against the who with a season sweep own a vital tiebreaker over the Cowboys should they end with the same It should have never defensive end Greg Ellis When youre you dont imagine that youre going to lose as many games as we We need to get it back on Its a nowornever At the Cowboys were tied with the Giants for the NFC East hav ing already won a game against New They remained even after both lost 2421 in overtime onThanksgiv ing the Cowboys to Den ver and the Giants in before playing each The Giants who also havent clinched a playoff took control of the NFC East and started its cur rent threegame winning streak with a 1710 win over Dallas on It is to let these games slip down the Thats when you have to play your best foot tight end Jason Witten But to be in a where weve still got a that gives us a little bit of If we can win weve still got a good Notes Offensive guard Larry Allen and safety Roy Williams are going back to They were the only Cowboys named Wednesday to the Pro Bowl Its the 10th time in Allens 12 seasons hes been named to the Pro and the third straight season for a fourthyear CB Anthony who has been plagued by a groin was put back on the injury report Hes still listed as proba ble for Saturdays OG Marco Rivera still has a sore neck from his nasty spill against the Redskins when he landed on his head and is listed as But Im not counting him coach Bill Parcells said Hes improved today over what he was So well Rivera has started 113 straight regular season U of Houston football coach Briles perseveres through family tragedy HOUSTON AP Houston coach Ait Briles slips into a glassyeyed trance as he recalls the day that changed his life He rattles off the date his parents and aunt died in a car crash his voice turns hollow as he talks about the aftermath and how he perse I pulled up and pushed but its still with me Art Briles every said who will lead Houston 65 against Kansas 65 in Fridays Fort Worth The gaineJies together what Briles has accomplished with what hes over come Cougars will play their sec ond bowl in his three seasons about an hours drive from where the acci dent near Newcastle in north central If it had never Briles thinks he still wouldve become a successful coach and raised the same three including son who will play his final game for his father But he also knows he would be a different I probably understand the impor tance of the people close to you better than maybe I would he You need people in your people who care about you and love I think thats made me a more insightful Back Briles was a 20yearold split end at the school he now coach He wasnt sure he would ever get over the The Cougars were play ing SMU at the Cotton Bowl that and Dennis and Wanda Briles and Arts were driving to see the game from the tiny West Texas town of where Briles grew His parents had been to many of his games and at some point during all of Art would spot them in the Not this I had an intuition something wasnt Briles you always know where the parents My moth er would always wave at but I did nt see her that The Cougars won Houston coach Bill Yeoman delivered the bad news to Briles That was pretty Briles Briles went home for a week to mourn with his older then returned to He made it to the end of the spring then quit and retreated to emotionally I did leave because of Briles 1 went through a sixmonth spell after it happened where I had to get myself together and decide whether I would fight or After a month of soulsearching at Briles enrolled He graduated in 1979 and went on to earn a masters degree in education at Abi lene He hopes he wouldve made his parents I just had the realization that not anything is going to happen unless you make it he Youve got to pick a road to go and I chose one where I tried to build a positive legacy for my familys I became determined to honor them in the best way I Briles was an allstate quarterback for his father in Rule and knew coach ing was in his He bounced around a few high school jobs in the 1980s before rinding his niche as the head coach at The Yel lowjackets won four championships in Briles 12 In the team amassed a national record yards running Briles wideopen passing attack Briles spent three seasons at Texas guiding one of the nations most prolific then returned to Hous ton for the head coaching job Kendal knew his father He never really talked to me about his career but I know he has always had a lot of love and pride for this said Kendal who transferred from Texas to play for his Hes really put his life into doing whats best and right for this A victory over Kansas will give the Cougars their second winning season in three the first time thats hap pened at Houston in more than a At some after the Briles said hell share a moment with his son and reflect on their three seasons Hell think of his Ever since October Ive had to get myself up in the Its a deal thats really made me thankful for players and for he said Im extra sensitive now to people who care about people and Ive become pretty determined to to be able to stand on my own two feet and do a worthy Thats all any of us
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