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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG February 2007 NB football and more coach Glenn SPORTS Hie season ahead Capsule looks at area softball To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org THE DAILY NClvET Canyon NB In soccer Girls teams play at New boys squads go at Time Spurs at Heat San Antonio in matinee against defending world Time Noon WOAIAM1200 Softball seasons begin Heights visits NB Canyon plays at Tivy and SV plays atMacArthm Time 7 4 5 SIDELINES From wire reports STATE PITCHERS PREVALENT IN RANGERS SIGNINGS TheTexas Rangers signed 10 players to one year contracts including several pitchers who will be candidates for I he stalling rotation when spring training starts later this Righthanders Josli Robinson Tejeda and lidinson all spent time with the Rangers last and Tejeda appears to have an inside track to the 4 spot in the rotation after going 21 with a ERA in Shortstop loaquin Arias will spend lime this spring learning how to play center field to boost his chances of mak ing the big league Mighthanders Scott Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando and left hander Murray also Feldman had a KA in 36 relief appearances for Texas last Outfielder Freddy and catcher Chris Stewart were the other players to MAVS LOSE MBENGA I allas Mavericks center DJ Mbenga will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right the team said Mbengas injury came in the fourth quarter Wednesday against Memphis and the early diagnosis was a strained An MRi on Thursday revealed the ligament 1 le is scheduled for sur gery in two and there is no timetable for his Mbenga played in 21 games this averaging nearly four min points and NATIONAL MICKELSON LEADS AT PEBBLE BEACH 1 our tournaments into his sea Phil Mickelson showed signs of turning the corner nowhere near lhe leaderboard since his collapse at the Open last eagled his final hole at Poppy Hills for a to share the lead with rookie John Mallingerand NickWatney in the Pebble Beach National Jim 1iiryk played his best golf in the worst making live birdies on the back nine at Spyglass Hill tor a Also at 67 was Arjun another early starter at Pebble Beach who went without a bogey until the NB s Johnson brings home Alabama softball team By Will Wright Sports Editor Katie Johnson arrived home Thurs day She didnt bring her dirty laundry with as most col lege students She brought her entire softball Were all here she all 45 of said whose Alabama team begins the season Katie Johnson against Oklahoma State today at Texas States CenturyTel Softball My grandmother got us all a bunch of and were grilling them over the former New Braunfels begins her third season with the Crimson Tide against the Cowgirls at at Bobcat A catcher and an shes eager to get Were really she We only lost three lettermen and have 15 coming We have so many good players who can con tribute to the team in different We have lots of different The coaches are saying that its going to be impossible to make a permanent lineup because all of us are doing so a has played in 99 games during her career with the Crimson starting 48 of Shes not yet sure where shes going to fit into this years Nobody has set positions right said who has a career average with the I played right field last But Ill play wher ever they put 5411 last is ranked seventh in the nation after making its second straight trip to the College World The team played four games last skunking its oppo sition Johnson batted in sev en plate We hope to get back to the College World but were going to work on it one game at a she Hopefully we can well Oklahoma State begins the round robin tournament today against UT San Antonio at 10 After taking on the Alabama will play Texas State at 3 The Bobcats will play On the Tide opens against See Page 7A WADING DEEP INTO DALLAS Jones taps Phillips to coach Cowboys says my weve done it right IRVING AP Twice during his introduction ofWade Phillips as Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones had to stop and gather The decision was that emotional for the team own We needed to get it Jones pausing as tears welled up in his In my we got it Phillips was hired provid ing Dallas with an experienced replacement for Bill Parcells and someone wellversed in the 34 Maybe more significantly for Jones was getting a coach who can win The Cowboys havent won a postsea son game in 10 the longest drought in the history of a team with five Super This team is best served next next month and next season by an NFL head coach with that knows the that candidly knows the personnel that are playing the game right Jones The seventh coach in team Phillips is only the second to arrive in Dallas with previous NFL head coach ing The other was who retired 22 after four seasons with the defensive coordinator at San Diego the past three has a 4842 head coaching record over three seasons with two with Denver and seasonending interim stints with New Orleans and The 59yearold son of longtime Hous ton Oilers coach Bum Phillips has been in the NFL for 30 of the last 31 Its great to have these cowboy boots back in said showing his boots from the where his father sal to his feels like and I feel like I was the best fit for this 1 think 1 can make an immediate WADE PHILLIPS COACHING RECORD Regular Season New Orleans Dallas owner Jerry Jones introduces Wade Phillips as the Cowboys seventh head football Phillips spells out a point with the media during the press conference Thursday Phillips joins Tom Landry and Jim my Johnson as the only Texas natives to be in charge of Americas Landry and Johnson both won two Super Bowls in Its a big but Im ready for said who got a threeyear con tract that includes an option for a fourth Jones interviewed 10 candidates before hiring Jiis sixth coach since buying the team in Phillips was interviewed two weeks and his chances of getting the job seemed to be fading when Norv Turner was among five more who followed It was really Phillips In the I have control in a lot of like making the In I didnt have any Im just hop But Jones chose the defensive minded Phillips over a two time head coach who was the Cow boys offensive coordinator for Super Bowl titles after the 1992 and 1993 sea But Turner was only 59831 in nine seasons as head coach for Wash ington and It was important to get the experi ence and expertise and some of the specific things that I felt we needed to help our team Jones How we were going to go forward with the how we were going to go forward with the After Jason Garrett interviewed for the vacancy Jones hired him to an unspecified role on the coaching It has been presumed he will be the offensive but Phillips said he didnt want to discuss Garretts role until he had a chance to talk to the former backup Phillips head coaching record includes 34 as a fillin for the Saints and Falcons and 03 in the most notably the Music City Mira when Tennessee used a trick kick See Page 7A Cowboys Ware excited for new coach Phillips Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hams it up Thursday while he and New Orleans QB Drew Brees prepare for Sundays Pro Hawaii AP DeMarcus Ware had an extra spring in his step dur ing the NFCs Pro Bowl practice on Thurs He had just found out Wade Phillips will be his next coach with the Dallas might mean Ware will be the NFLs next Shawne Frank Gore was just as excit ed to hear Norv Turner wont be leaving him for Dallas after The Dallas linebacker and the San Francisco running back both got what they wanted out of the Cowboys coach ing which ended with Phillips hiring back in Ware already is well on his way to star making his first Pro Bowl appear ance in just his second NFL season but Phillips has a knack for making good linebackers PRO BOWL NOTEBOOK He can utilize me any way he said who had sacks last sea Im ready to learn and to expand my do different Im ready for anything he Ive already talked to Merriman about and he got me all excited about playing for While Ware gets the chance to play for the defensive guru who helped turn Mer riman into perhaps the NFLs most feared linebacker in his sophisticated Gore will get a second chance to learn under the veteran coordinator who brought respectability to the 49ers onceawful offense last who has two Super Bowl rings from his time as the Cowboys offensive was thought to be the front runner for the Dallas job for most of the past 10 The former Washington and Oakland coach was beaten out by Phillips and Gore will welcome him back to Santa Clara for another Im real especially with the young team we Gore All that progress we made toward the end of the thats just going to can just keep playing off of We can keep working hard in the offsea and next year is going to be just Gore set a franchise record while lead ing the NFC with yards He also set the club record with total yards from scrimmage and broke the singlegame rushing record with 212 yards against See BOWL Page 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