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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Unicorn quarterback Zach Rhodes looks for a SPORTS December 2005 HERALDZEFTUNG Page 5A HERALDZETTUNG Best in The HZs County grid To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at email@example.com Armstrong named top male athlete AUSTIN AP Lance Armstrong takes fewer bike rides these He even describes himself as out of shape since retiring after his seventh consecutive Tour de France victory in But he remains unbeat Armstrong was honored Wednesday as The Associat ed Press Male Athlete of the Year for the fourth straight He is the only athlete to be selected by sports writers four times since the honor first was awarded in Armstrong received 30 of the 83 votes Heisman Trophywinning running back Reggie Bush of South ern California was second with 23 and Indi anapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was third with followed by ten nis star Roger Federer and golfs Tiger Woods with sev en Its nice to Arm strong Ill never win he Not unless his new hobby of kiteboard ing think of a small surfboard or ski attached to a kite becomes a main stream I may have to take up he Take on Also Annika Sorenstam was selected as the AP Female Athlete of the The 34yearold Arm strong retired after decid ing there were no more mountains to conquer on his Id hoped to go out on he As a sports man its really hard to to time it The Texan calls his 2005 season a His final Tour was another dominant performance he won by the comfortable margin of 4 40 Step ping off the winners podi um for the final his goal was to kick back with a having a blast and play with his three young children from his first mar But it wasnt long before things turned In barely a month after he stepped into the Parisian the French sports daily LEquipe report ed that six urine samples Armstrong provided during his first Tour win in 1999 tested positive for the red blood cell booster It was the most serious challenge to the legacy of an athlete who survived tes ticular which spread to his lungs and to become one of the most inspirational athletes of his HE DAILY Rangers begin 285A Smithson Valley boys begin league play in second game ofDH Time Cowboys throw Hall Mary Dallas hopes to keep its playoff hopes when Louis visits in season lime ESPN Ttexans play In Bush Bowl Houston visits San Francisco knowing a loss would guarantee a date with Reggie Time Nebraska rallies past Michigan to capture Alamo Bowl SAN ANTONIO AP Zac Taylor threw a 13yard touch down pass to Terrence Nunn with left as Nebraska over came a fourth quarter deficit to beat 20 Michigan 3228 in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday The game ended on a bizarre with Michigans Chad Henne throwing a short pass and his teammates later aling no fewer than five times up and down the field before the play fizzled out with many extra players and coaches on the The Huskers 84 won the Alamo for the third time in six years and finished a season with three straight victories for the first time since The loss spoiled an out standing performance by who threw three touchdown passes and also ran for a His 7yard scramble with left gave the Wolverines a 2817 But Nebraska used a long punt return and a turnover to end Michigans season with another The ranked as high as 3 in finished with their losses coming by a combined 21 Cory Ross ran 28 times for 161 including a 31yard touchdown that pulled Nebraska to 2825 with That score was set up by Cortney Grixbys 28yard punt return to the Michigan The Huskers took the lead after Henne fumbled and Ola Dagundaro returned the ball to the Michigan Three plays Taylor connected with Nunn for his third touchdown pass and second to Michigan drove to the Nebraska but Zackary Bow man tipped away Hennes fourthdown pass to Mario Taylor was 14 of 31 for 167 with two 20of42 for 219 erased a 1714 deficit in the third quarter with a 21 yard pass to Hennes touchdown run made it back at a bowl after having its NCAArecord run of 35 straight postseason appearances end last ran its record to 50 in games at the The Huskers have won three bowls in San Antonio and two Big 12 cham Mike who was injured most of the led Michi gan with 74 yards on 19 car The game was tied 1414 at and Michigan bene fited from a thirdquarter video review that overturned a Nebraska touchdown and forced the Huskers to settle for Jordan Congdons 20yard field Taylors 3yard pass to Nunn was disallowed when it was ruled that Nunn reeled in the ball after it hit the The Wolverines then marched 58 yards in six plays to take a 2117 Henne completed passes of 12 and 18 and got 15 more yards on Titus Adams rough ingthepasser before Henne hit Manningham for a Nebraska opened the scor ing when Nunn caught a quick slant pass from slipped out of Brandon Harrisons grasp and finished a 52yard touchdown Steve Breaston returned the kickoff an Alamo Bowlrecord 69 yards to the and five plays later it was 7all after Henne threw a 13yard touch down pass to Tyler After his first TD pass to Taylor missed on eight straight attempts and was intercepted twice on consecu tive plays by Leon Taylors first interception in 85 attempts over three games set up Michigan at the Nebras ka but Garrett Rivas missed a 25yard field then down for Canyon After opening Cougarettes struggle against 2 DeSoto From staff reports The Canyon girls basketball team opened the Bastrop Tournament with a 5529 victory over but then the Cougarettes ran into the sec ondranked 5A team in the Canyon was unable to matchup with the DeSoto falling Canyon used a dominant defensive effort to pound Smithville in the open The Cougarettes jumped in front 115 after one quarter and held Smithville to just two baskets in the second to take a 269 lead at the Katie Koriath led the Cougarettes with 15 Joan Friesenhahn added Kendra Clayton had Bo Warm scored 8 and Kristen Mueller had DeSoto was simply too much in the opening a 298 lead after one quarter and a 4515 advantage at the Clayton led the Cougarettes with six points in the game while Friesenhahn had Canyon will face Flour Bluff at 3 Canyon St Johns 60 OT After seeing a 14point lead evapo rate in the fourth the Canyon boys basketball team regrouped to beat Johns in the opening round of the Houston Second Baptist Eagle Hol iday Canyon 141 found itself down by four at halftime but rallied to take the lead by four after three In the the Cougars went up 14 before shooting problems at the free throw line and a flurry of threepointers by Johns made the game As the final seconds ticked Johns missed a threepointer but got the offensive rebound and tied the game as the buzzer In the extra Canyon hit 7 of HeraldZeitung file photo Canyon guard Bo Warm moves the ball up the court during a game earlier this Cougarettes split two games in the Bastrop Tournament 12 free throws and limited Johns to a single basket to take the Isaiah Jackson led the Cougars with 22 In his first game back from Austin New pitched in with 18 and Matt Zachary and Cody Conving ton had eight The Cougars will face Houston New Braunfels Pleasanton 48 Four Unicorns scored in double fig ures Tuesday as the New Braunfels boys basketball team thrashed Pleasanton Shane Fisher scored 16 Tony Valadez scored Mitchell Lawrence had 11 and Spencer Jergins had 10 for New Braunfels Abel Cam pos scored 27 to lead Pleasanton 5 New Braunfels will return to District 274A play at 8 Tuesday at Lake This Texas hopes trip to Rose Bowl brings national title BEVERLY AP Texas Longhorns anived in California last year feeling dismissed by their West Coast hosts as the swag gering braggarts who bumped the Pac10 out of the Granddaddy of bowl Things certainly have changed with their Texas is being welcomed with open or least as warmly as could be expected in the hometown of Rose Bowl opponent Southern and the only thing everyones talking about this year is the matchup unbeaten college football Its the matchup everybody want ed since last Longhorns coach Mack Brown said before his team broke for Christmas break in The two teams have the responsibil ity to make sure the game lives up to its The Longhorns finished practice on 22 with instructions for the team to meet at its hotel by Wednes day night Practice resumes Thursday morning and the ceremonial pregame countdown begins with both teams being welcomed at Dis Tens of thousands of Texans will be pouring into the Los Angeles area over the next week to give Hollywood a distinctive burntorange Many of them came last year for the novelty of watching their team playing in the Rose They hope this trip will end with Texas first national championship in 36 We all said our ultimate goal was to get back there and defen sive tackle Frank Okam You could see each piece of the puzzle fitting into The biggest piece is still sitting out mere and thats the national Last the Trojans played in the BCS title game in the Orange Bowl in miles and three times zones With the Trojans practicing and playing within a few miles from home for this the Longhorns expect a circus of celebri ties and media hype around the Its going to be a Super Bowltype defensive end Brian Robison The Longhorns earned their Rose Bowl berth by going 120 for the first time in school They started the season ranked 2 and kept pace with 1 Southern Cal by win ning at Ohio beating Oklahoma for the first time in years and aver aging points per Like most their Cowboys season comes down to the end IRVING AP Dallas Cowboys go into their final game still uncertain about the seasons Will they make the playoffs or not Thats just like most of their games this when they didnt know if they would win or lose until the last few This last game will just epitomize the whole linebacker Bradie Its been going down to the You definitely couldnt have too many heart conditions to watch our Dallas which plays its regular season finale Sunday night against has played an NFLhigh 11 games decided by seven points or The gamedeciding points in nine of those games were scored with or less in regulation two of them in over1 The Cowboys have won six of their close games all by four points or twice scoring touchdowns in the final 24 That included Drew Bled soes 2yard TD pass to Terry Glenn in Saturdays 2420 victory at Carolina that kept them in playoff Two Dallas victories were sealed by interceptions in the final includ ing Aaron Glenn in the end zone in the seasonopening 2824 win at San The Cowboys lost twice on lastplay field Its not really a bad coach Bill Parcells Your team can eventually train itself to reduce the pressure feeling when youre in enough of these It can be very beneficial to be in hard fought games all the The Cowboys will know before they kick off the NFUs final game of the regu lar season if they have a chance to get in the playoffs of if they are just playing for their second 10win season in three years under There are 13 different possibilities for Dallas to get in as one of the NFC wild All the scenarios are contingent on a victory over the struggling Rams 5 who have lost four straight and six of The least complex is for Carolina at Atlanta or Washington at Philadel phia to lose earlier Were in Week and weve got a chance to do Parcells If the Cowboys make the they wont give a second thought to all their close But if they dont make it to the postsea the nearmisses will be all they If we dont get we have nobody to blame but tight end Dan Campbell We had our We had our chance to beat New York at New York for the division After falling behind 170 against the Giants on when they were tied atop the NFC the Cowboys got within But Drew Bledsoe threw a pass that was tipped and intercepted with leaving Dallas with its fifth loss of the season by a touchdown or
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