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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Page 6 — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, March 11, 201  SPORTS  ■ COMING SUNDAY  Girls, boys basketbal all-district teams released  Herald-Zeitung  To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at  sports@herald-zeitung.com   If NFL stops, 'innocent bystanders' to take hit  By Jaime Aron  AP Pro Football Writer  Beyond the rich players and even wealthier team owners arguing over how to divvy up $9 billion in revenue a year, the people who would suffer most il there’s no NI L season this year are those whose jobs, businesses and even charity work depend on games.  It’s the ¿500 ti< ket-takers, janitors and other game day employees at the Superdome in New Orleans, and the suburban dry cleaner who wash  es all their uniforms.  It’s the receptionists and accountants for the New York Jets, and the high school band booster club that sells burgers and beer at Carolina Panthers games.  It ’s the Episcopal church that sells parking spots for Tennessee 11 tans games, the hotel across the street from the stadium in Houston and the ticket broker who opened a store facing Cowboys Stadium.  And on and on it goes, across the communities of all 32 teams.  "It’s like an earthquake — there’s a  NFL PLAYERS  ASSOCIATION  ripple effect out to other people, other parts of the region,” said lames j. Cochran, co-author of “An Event Study of the Economic Impact of Professional Sport Franchises on  Local U.S. Economies’’ and an associate professor in economics at Louisiana Tech. “You can’t really assume the impact is limited to the area around the stadium. You feel the shock everywhere along the way. It may not be the same shaking as at the epicenter, but you feel it.”  The NI L and the players union are talking with a federal mediator to work out a new collective bargaining agreement. If they don’t have a deal by Friday afternoon, the owners could lock out the players or the NFLPA might decertify and take its  fight to court. Either scenario would put the NFL on a path that might wipe out some or all the upcoming season.  To gauge the Fiscal fallout of NFL games not being played, The Associated Press interviewed dozens of economists, business owners and team officials from across the country. Several themes emerged:  — Teams would be hit hard because they collect a lot of the money spent on game days (concessions,  See NFL, Page 7  ► PRO HOOPS  Heat snap 5-game slide, top Lakers  By Tim Reynolds  AP Sports Writer  MIAMI — Less than 2 minutes to go, tie game, Kobe Bryant with the basketball and staring down Dwyane Wade.  Bryant's move was good.  Wade's reaction was better.  And in that moment, Miami's epic run of blown opportunities late in games started coming to an end.  Wade's steal set up LeBron James for the dunk that put Miami ahead to stay with 1:27 left, Chris Bosh scored 24 points in his first outing after saying he wanted more shots, and the Heat beat the  Los Angeles v \    \     1   Lakers 94-88 l_L' ' *  MMm ***¥<!#■ /■  on Thursday Heat94,  . ,    .    Lakers 88  night to end a  five-game losing streak and hand the two-time defending NBA champions their first loss in nine games.  “We had everything riding on this game, really, to be honest with you,” Bosh said.  See NBA, Page 7  Smithson  Valley’s  Blagg  named to  All-State  team  From staff reports  SPRING BRANCH — Smithson Valley senior Danielle Blagg was named a girls basketball all-state selection by the Texas Girls Coaches Association on Thurs day.  Blagg, who scored 15.8 points per game, led the I^ady Rangers to a 29-5 overall record and an undefeated 12-0 record and the District 27-4A title.  The Trilane signee is a finalist for the Herald-Zeitung All-Comal County Player of the Year.  BASEBALL  NEW BRAUNFELS 10, SMITHSON VALLEY 6: Charlie Miffle-toris pinch-hit grand slam helped rally New Braunfels to a 10-6 win over rival Smithson Valley in the South San 1SD Tournament on Thursday.  See PREP, Page 7  Hamilton  leads  Texas past Oklahoma  By Doug Tucker  AP Sports Writer  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Iordan I iamilton and Tristan I homp-son each had a double-double, helping No. 10 Texas cruise past Oklahoma 74-54 on Thursday night in a lopsided quarterfinal at the Big 12 tournament.  T he Longhorns, who beat ()klahoma for the third time this season and 11th in 13 meetings, led by as many as 25 and never let the S<toners (14-18) get closer than 13 after that.  I Iamilton had 22 points and 10 rehounds, and Thompson totaled 13 points and 11 hoards for second-seededTexas (26-5), which lost three of its last five in the regular sea-son to finish second in the Big 12 behind No. 2 Kansas.  Ok I ahoma got 17 points from Cade I )avis in a foul-plagued game. Texas 74.    ()fficials called  Oklahoma 54    21 fouls Oil  Oklahoma and 14 on the Longhorns, who had a 39-23 rebounding edge and held the Sooners to3-of-13 shooting from behind the 3-point line.  I Iamilton had a bucket and )ai Lucas connected on the game's first 3-pointer as the Longhorns got off to an 11-2 start, setting the tone for the entire evening.  The lexas defense, which held Oklahoma to a season-low 46 points in a 66-46 blowout on Jan. 15, forced the Sooners into 23 percent shooting. T he Longhorns gave up only one conventional basket over the first 8:38. Davis had a field goal early in the half and that was the Sooners’ only true bucket until Davis scored at the 11:22 mark to make it 11-6. In between, Andrew Fitzgerald was awarded two points on basket interference.  The Sooners made a mild run in the second half, chipping a 43-20 halftime lead down to 53-39 with an 8-0 spurt that included Davis’ 3-pointer and three free throws by Steven Pledger after J'Covan Brown fouled him behind the arc.  A few minutes later, Calvin Newell’s two foul shots got Oklahoma to 65-52.  But Thompson answered with a huge think off a nifty feed from Brown, and Gary Johnson converted a three-point play to quickly build the lead to 70-52.  Fitzgerald had 10 points for Oklahoma.  TEXAS A&M 86, MISSOURI 71: David Loubeau scored Texas A&M’s first eight points and got the Aggies off to a quick start en route to an 86-71 victory over Missouri Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.  Loubeau and B.J. Holmes  See HOOPS, Page 7  File photos by CHRIS HOFFMAISI/Herald-Zeitung  Smithson Valley's Kat Massey, right, and Canyon's Sara Mireles will face each other tonight in the first  meeting of the Rangers and Cougarettes in a decade.  ■DECADE IN THE MAKING  Canyon, Smithson Valley softball teams face each other for the first time in 10 years in District 27-4A showdown  By Chris Hoffman  The Herald-Zeitung  Smithson Valley coach Lisa Daigle said it best when she hinted that "whoever wins (today) will have the upper hand in the district.”  Smithson Valley and Canyon renew a rivalry on the softball field that has been absent since the Lady Rangers moved to Class 5A back in 2001.  The Cougarettes host the Lady Rangers at 7 p.m. today in a Dis  trict 27-4 showdown.  Many people believe this rivalry game should have taken place two years ago when Smithson Valley and Canyon won the 5A and 4A state titles, respectively, to see who really was the best team in Comal County.  “1 know everyone wanted to see that game (back in 2009),” Daigle said. “Both programs hit the pinnacle in softball, and who knows what would have happened, if they would have played. That will be speculated about for years to come.”  Canyon coach Kevin Randle doesn’t care to talk about the past, and wants only to focus on a very dangerous team in Smithson Valley.  "You can’t live in this town and not know the reputation of Smithson Valley softball,” he said. “They are a great team, and have great tradition with 13 straight district championships.  “Smithson Valley is definitely a benchmark for any team wanting  See RIVALRY, Page 7   

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