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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Page 8 — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, May 3, 2011  SPORTS  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   BMW«.!« 1 , U  Full slate of local teams’ playoff action begins Thursday  By Chris Hoffman  The Herald-Zeitung  Fresh off a first-round sweep of San Antonio Roosevelt, the New Braunfels softball team will face another San Antonio squad when they host East Central at 7 p.m. Thursday in the first game of a three-game series.  The Lady Unicorns will finish up the series with  ► FOOTBALL  NFL asks that lockout be upheld  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With its players again barred from work, the NFL told a federal appeals court Monday the fight over whether the lockout is legal won’t get in the way of the 2011 season.  I he rest of the labor fight? That's anyone's guess.  I he league filed an 18-page brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, arguing that the lockout should remain in effect permanently while appeals play out.  The appeals court put U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's order lifting the 45-day lockout on hold tem-jxjrarily last week. Ihe owners reinstated the lockout a few hours later, and they want a more permanent stay of Nelson’s order so they can argue that it should be overturned altogether.  A decision from the appeals court Is expected soon.  The players have argued there is no guarantee appeals can be wrapped up in time for the regular season, but the NFL said the process — thanks to a request for an expedited hearing — is more a matter of weeks than months.  Still, the St. Louis Rams announced via Twitter they're pushing back the deadline for renewing season tickets to June 1 to give fans "flexibility given the current labor uncertainty."  Other teams have previously adjusted prices and renewal plans to account for the lockout.  A Detroit lions season-ticket holder from suburban Detroit, Bill Lalleur, said lie's already renewed for a fourtli year despite the uncertainty.  "It was due in a couple weeks and the Lions told me if 1 didn't pay it by the deadline,  I could possibly lose my seat," LaFleur said.  The players have a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NFL pending before Nelson. But the legality of the lockout has essentially become the fight for now, with both sides arguing over whether Nelson has jurisdiction in the case and the notion of irreparable harm — a claim that has been prominent in nearly every court filing since the collective bargaining agreement fell apart March 11 and the NFL stumbled into its first work stoppage since the 1987 strike.  Nelson agreed with the players that they were suffering such harm when she lifted the 45-day lockout on April 25.  The league has argued, and did again Monday, that Nelson's order must be stayed or it "would irreparably harm the NFL by undercutting its labor law rights and irreversibly scrambling the eggs of player-cluh transactions."  Game 2 at noon on Saturday at Last Central, with Game 3 beginning 30 minutes later, if needed.  District champion Smithson Valley continues its quest for another state championship when they travel to play at Marble Falls in the Gass 4A area playoffs at 7 p.m. lhursday with the series finale being played at 0 p.m. on Friday.  The l^tdy Bangers survived a 2.-1 eight-inning game against Boeme Champion in the opening round last week.  The Canyon Cougarettes, who made short work of Uvalde with a sweep in the bi-districts, open a three-game series at Cedar Park at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday before hosting the final games beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.  Thursday also sees the beginning of the baseball playoffs, with New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley all in action.  District 25-5A champions New Braunfels will host San Antonio MacArthur for Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with Game 2 played at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at Blossom Athletic Center.  Game 3, if necessary, will be  played at noon on Saturday at New Braunfels.  Smithson Valley lost its coin flip and will travel to play at Kerrville Tivy in Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday before the District 27-4A champion Rangers host the Antlers for Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.  Game 3, if necessary, will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Kerrvile.  Canyon is scheduled to play at Medina Valley in Game 1 of the Class 4A bi-districts at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the Cougars will host Game 2 at 7 p.m. on Friday.  Game 3, if necessary, will he played at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Alamo Heights High School.  Tickets for all games are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and are available at the gate.  TURNER TAKES THE GOLD  Canyon's ChamayaTurner took the gold in shotput and discus Monday.  Herald-Zeitung file photo  NB’s Martinez, SV s Polasek finish on podium  By Justin Coons  Sports correspondent  SAN ANTONIO — On an unseasonably chilly day at Alamo Stadium, Canyon’s Chamaya Turner breezed through the competition.  TUrner repeated as champion in the shot put and discus at Day 1 of the Region IV Track Meet on Monday. The sophomore’s top mark on the discus — 156 feet — was nine inches away from tying a 32-year-okl meet record.  Turner’s throw was 22 feet further than the second-place finisher, and 35 feet further than third.  "On her last throw on the discus, she really got it out there,” Canyon coach Glenn Gamez said. “That was the best for her all year.”  Turner was just as dominant in the shot put. I ler top mark was 43 feet, 8 inches — six feet better than the  runner up.  "That was along what she’s been throwing all year,” Gamez said.  The gold medals mean that TUrner will return to the state meet. She'll be joined by teammate Britney Carter, who placed second in the high jump.  As events conclude today, several Canyon athletes will be looking to join them. All three Canyon girls relay teams, the 4x100,4x200 and 4x400-meter squads, qualified in Monday’s preliminaries and will compete in today’s finals.  Carter will also race in the girls 400-meter dash, along with teammate Rafae Stro-bos. They are seeded sixth and seventh, respectively. As well, (Canyon’s Cody Nichols will compete today in the finals for the 800-meter run.  In all, Gamez said the meet has gone as expected for  Canyon.  “The weather has been getting cold, and a lot of kids in our relays have been doing two or three events,” he said. "They’ve battled the elements and battled the day, and we lived to run tomorrow. We ll see what happens.”  For Smithson Valley, Shelby Polasek placed third in finals of the girls’ 3,200-meter run on Monday. She finished with a time of 11:22.63.  Several other Rangers will race in today’s finals. Andrew Lind is seeded eighth in today’s 110-meter hurdles, and Lecia Meyer will represent Smithson Valley in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles. Meyer will also compete in the 300-meter hurdles.  Smithson Valley’s Anna Cozart heads into today’s 800-meter final as the top seed. She qualified with a time of 2:21.02, more than  two seconds better than the second seeded runner.  Kailey Riedel will compete against Canyon’s Carter and Strobos in the 400-meter dash, and the Smithson Valley girls 4x400-meter relay team will also vie for a spot at state today.  For New Braunfels, John Martinez took bronze in the boys’ 3,200-meter run. He finished with a time of 9:36.73.  New Braunfels’ Chris Soechting narrowly missed the podium in the boys high jump finals. He placed fourth with a mark of 6 feet, 5 inches, falling behind McAllen’s Robert Valdez in the tiebreaker.  The Unicorns’ Ray Dyer will race today in the 400-meter dash, and New Braunfels will compete in the boys' 4x200-meter relay.  Events begin today at 9:30 a.m.  NBA playoff TV ratings up big from last year  NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA attracted plenty of attention all offseason, and that's carried over into the real games.  Those months of free-agent intrigue fed into robust television ratings in the regular season and now into the playoffs. Viewer-ship for the first round was up 30 percent from last year.  "We actually couldn't he more pleased," Commissioner David Stern said on a conference call Monday. "We’re actually a little surprised, but pleasantly."  First-round games on ABC, ESPN and TNT were  watched by an average of 4.15 million people, up from fewer than 3.2 million last year.  The big jump came on top of already-strong ratings.  In 2007, the first round averaged fewer than 2.7 million viewers.  To this point of the playoffs, TNT has drawn the highest average rating ever for games on cable.  The network's 23 games averaged a 2.7 rating — representing the percentage of American homes with televisions tuned in — easily eclipsing the previous high of 2.3 in 2009.  NBAs Kings staying put for at least 1 more season  The Kings and the NBA gave Sacramento one last chance to prove it deserves to be an NBA city.  Now it's up to Mayor Kevin Johnson and the business community to come up with a viable plan for a new arena after so many failed attempts in the past.  "This is one of the proudest moments of my life because the community believed when no one else did,” Johnson said Monday. "We kept believing. And if you believe, anything is possible."  The decision by the Mal-oof family to keep their team in Sacramento rather than apply for relocation to Ana  heim, Calif., is only temporary.  Co-owner Joe Maloof and NBA Commissioner David Stern made clear that the team will leave after next season if an arena plan is not in place.  "We spent 13 years and millions of dollars to try to get an arena built," Maloof said. "We don't have the answer. The mayor has the answers and we're willing and able to listen. He's got to have a plan. We never want to be untruthful to the fens of Sacramento. There is a sense of urgency, and that's up to Mayor Johnson and his political team."  ► MLB  Matsuis homer in 10th lifts As past Rangers  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hideki Matsui hit the first pitch of the 10th inning from Darren Oliver into the right-field seats for a game-winning home run, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday.  Grant Balfour (2-1) walked three batters in the top of the 10th to load the bases for pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba, who struck out swinging on the right-hander's 30th pitch.  josh Willingham hit a tying home run leading off the eighth against Texas reliever Arthur Rhodes, and the A's took three of four from the reigning AL champions.  Matsui's clout against Oliver (1-3) was just the third of the season for the designated hitter and Oakland's first walkoff homer of 2011. Matsui added an RBI groundout in the fifth.  Texas has lost six of eight and 12 of 19 following a 9-1 start.  Michael Young hit a two-run double and a sacrifice fly but the bullpen couldn't hold a one-run lead for Texas starter Derek Holland, who allowed eight hits and three runs in seven innings.  The Rangers were hoping to gain some momentum from the series finale heading into a three-game series at Seattle in which Texas will miss Mariners ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez.  Oakland's Kurt Suzuki home-red for the second time in three games and went 6 for 16 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored during the series. The first-time father was activated from the paternity leave list before Friday's opener with the Rangers following the birth of daughter, Malia, on Thursday.  Young and Adrian Beltre had back-to-back sacrifice flies in the fifth but Texas couldn't bounce back from a 7-2 loss Sunday. Texas manager Ron Washington sat second baseman Ian Kinsler and used third baseman Beltre as the designated hitter to give him a day off his legs.  ► TEXAS LOTTERY  PICK 3 (5/01)  Day    3-7-5  Night 7-0-5 DAILY 4 (5/01)  Day    5-0-9-9  Night    1-9-6-6  SATURDAY LOTTO Jackpot $7 million 1-9-35-36-49-51 (4/30) WEDNESDAY LOTTO Jackpot $5 million 7-10-16-26-41-54(4/27)  MEGA MILUONS (4/29)  9-10-11-33-51 MB: 29 Megaplier: 4  TEXAS TWO-STEP (5/01)  19-20-21-22 Bonus: 33 CASH FIVE (5/01)  10-20-29-30-33 POWERBALL (4/30)  9-13-15-32-41 PB: 3 Power Play. 2   

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