New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, May 4, 2011 — Herald-Zettung — Page 7 Smithson Valley's Whitney Repole 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 Gut Dirk roll on after upstaging Kobe in opener? LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki were bom just two months apart in 1978, and they’ve both been NBA superstars for over a decade. They’ve won one league MVP award apiece, and Bryant has only a slight edge in career scoring averages and All-Star appearances. Nobody would ever compare Nowitzki with Bryant in the metrics that matter most, however. In championships, in big-game performances, Dirk just isn’t in Kobe’s league. Yet after Nowitzki and his Dallas Mavericks thoroughly outplayed Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers down the stretch of their 96-94 comeback victory in their second-round series opener, Nowitzki’s teammates think this might be the season to damage Bryant’s invincible aura to do it. Although Bryant is perceived to be the NBA’s best late-game scorer after a 15-year career, some statistics show Dirk is a better closer than Kobe, including Nowitzki’s shooting percentage on last-minute shots. Bryant has missed crucial shots in several buzzer-beating situations over the past few postseasons, including his miss off the back rim to end Game 1. Bryant scored 21 of his 36 points in the second half, but he couldn’t close out the Mavs. His bad pass was stolen by Jason Terry with 20 seconds left, and he fumbled a handoff from Pau Gasol with 4 seconds to play before missing that catch-and-shoot 3-pointer. After Nowitzki’s 28-point, 14-rebound performance in Game 1, the Lakers claimed they aren’t planning a new defensive approach. Gasol, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest will share defensive duties, but Los Angeles realizes it must improve its rotation to prevent Nowitzki’s teammates from spreading the floor for open shots. Mavs at Lakers Today, 9:30 p.m. (TNT) their German 7-footer erases their mutual postseason reputation — although he’ll have ► PRO BASEBALL Twin’s Liriano hurls no-no CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Liriano pitched the major leagues' first no-hitter of the season, throwing his first career complete game in the Minnesota T\vins' 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tliesday night. Liriano (2-4) walked six and struck out two, throwing 123 pitches in the 95th major league start for the 27-year-old left-hander. He survived a rocky ninth inning that began when Brent Morel grounded to shortstop and Matt Tolbert made a one-hop throw that first baseman Justin Morneau scooped. Juan Pierre walked and Alexei Ramirez popped to shortstop. Liriano fell behind Adam Dunn 3-0 in the count, then got a pair of strikes. After a foul ball, Dunn lined out to Tolbert as Liriano and his TWins teammates celebrated at the mound. Liriano ►SCOREBOARD LANCE GLANCE Former Canyon High School standout lance Bsrfcmsn, now a rightfielder with Si Louis, went 0-for-1 with three walks in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Florida Marlins. He is now batting .402 — second in the NL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL National league East Division W L Pet GB Philadelphia 19 9 .679 — Florida 18 10 .643 1 Atlanta 15 15 500 5 Washington 14 15 483 5X New York 12 17 Central Division 414 7 X W L Pet GB St Louis 17 13 .567 — Cincinnati 14 15 .483 2X Pittsburgh 14 15 .483 2X Milwaukee 13 15 464 3 Chicago 12 16 .429 4 Houston 12 17 Wast Division .414 4)4 W L Pet GB Colorado 17 9 .654 — Los Angeles 15 15 .500 4 San Francisco 14 15 .483 4)4 Arizona 12 15 .444 5)4 San Diego 11 18 .379 7X Tuesday's Results Philadelphia 4, Washington 1 Houston 10, Cincinnati 4 San Francisco 7, N.Y. Mets 6,10 innings Milwaukee at Atlanta, ppd., rain St. Louis 7, Florida 5 Colorado at Arizona, late Pittsburgh at San Diego, late Chicago Cubs at L A. Dodgers, late Today's Gamas Houston (An.Rodriguez 0-0) at Cincinnati (T.Wood 1-3), 11:35 a.m. Chicago Cubs (Zambrano 3-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 2-2), 2:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Estrada 1-0) at Atlanta (Hanson 3-3), 3:10 p.m., 1st game Pittsburgh (Correia 4-2) at San Diego (Richard 1-2), 5:35 p.m. Washington (Marquis 3-0) at Philadelphia (Worley 1-0), 6:05 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 2-3) at N.Y. Mets (Capuano 2-2), 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Greinke 0-0) at Atlanta (T.Hudson 3-2), 6:40 p.m., 2nd game Florida (Vazquez 2-2) at St Louis (Carpenter 0-2), 7:15 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 3-2) at Arizona (Enright 1-2), 8:40 p.m. Amaricen League East Division W L Pet GB New York 17 10 .630 — Tampa Bay 16 13 .552 2 Boston 14 15 483 4 Baltimore 13 15 .464 4)4 Toronto 13 16 .448 5 Central Division W L Pet GB Cleveland 19 8 .704 — Kansas City 16 13 .552 4 Detroit 13 17 433 7)4 Minnesota 10 18 .357 9)4 Chicago 11 20 .355 10 West Division W L Pet GB Texas 16 13 .552 — Los Angeles 16 14 .533 X Oakland 15 14 .517 1 Seattle 13 16 .448 3 Tuesday's Results Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2 Detroit 4, N.Y. Yankees 2 Boston 7, L.A. Angels 3 Kansas City 6, Baltimore 5,10 innings Minnesota 1, Chicago White Sox 0 Cleveland at Oakland, late Texas at Seattle, late Today's Games Minnesota (Blackburn 1-4) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 0-4), 1:10 p.m. Toronto (Morrow 0-1) at Tampa Bay (Niemann 1-3), 5:40 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (F.Garcia 1-1) at Detroit (Scherzer 4-0), 6:05 p.m. LA. Angels (E.Santana 1-3) at Boston (Beckett 2-1), 6:10 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 3-1) at Kansas City (Davies 1-3), 7:10 p.m. Cleveland (Tomlin 4-0) at Oakland (Cahill 4-0), 9:05 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 3-1) at Seattle (Pineda 4-1), 9:10 p.m. TEXAS LEAGUE North Division W L Pet GB Tulsa (Rockies) 14 9 .609 — NW Arkansas (Royals) 11 10 .524 2 Arkansas (Angels) 9 11 .450 3)4 Springfield (Cardinals) 10 14 .417 4)4 South Division W L Pet GB San Antonio (Padres) 17 8 .000 — Midland (Athletics) 12 13 .480 5 Corpus Christi (Astros) 11 14 .440 6 Frisco (Rangers) 10 15 .400 7 Tuesday's Results Frisco 5, San Antonio 3 Springfield 9, Northwest Arkansas 5 Corpus Christi 7, Midland 1 Tulsa 4, Arkansas 2 Today's Games Springfield at Northwest Arkansas, 11 a.m. Arkansas at Tulsa, 11:05 a.m. San Antonio at Frisco, 7 p.m. Midland at Corpus Christi, 7:05 p.m. ► TEXAS LOTTERY PICK 3 (5/3) Day 9-1-5 Night 5-0-5 DAILY 4 (5/3) Day 7-9-8-1 Night 2-0-1-5 SATURDAY LOTTO Jackpot $4.5 million 1-9-35-36-49-51 (4/30) WEDNESDAY LOTTO Jackpot $5 million 7-10-16-26-41-54 (4/27) MEGA MILUONS (5/3) 1-16-29-36-50 MB: 16 Megaplier 2 TEXAS TWO-STEP (5/2) 19-20-21-22 BB: 33 CASH FIVE (5/3) 7-20-21-25-37 POWERBALL (4/30) 6-13-15-32-41 PB: 3 Power Play: 2 ,-TEXflS- LotierV UIL REGION IV TRACK & FIELD FINALS CHRIS HOFFMAN/Herald-Zeitung Canyon High School's Britany Carter led the Cougarettes to their first regional track title onTuesday. GOLDEN COUGARETTES Canyon girls win first regional track championship By Justin Coons Sports correspondent SAN ANTONIO—Thanks to a strong push down the stretch, Canyon won its first girls regional track championship on Tliesday. “We were losing by one point to Lake Travis before the mile relay started,’’ Canyon coach Glenn Gamez said. “We had to beat Lake Travis to win the meet.” Canyon’s 1,600-meter relay squad — Haley Zunker, Rafae Strobos, Ashley Mullen and Britney Carter — did even more than outrun the Cavs at Day 2 of the Region IV Hack Championships at Alamo Stadium. They finished second overall, good enough to punch their ticket to the state meet and clinch the title for Canyon. Canyon finished at the top of the podium with 65 points in the girls standings. Lake Travis and Cedar Park tied for second with 54. Carter, who already earned her spot at state in the high jump on Monday, also qualified in the 400-meter dash on Tliesday. She placed second overall with a time of 58.40 seconds. For Smithson Valley, top-seeded Anna (]ozart overcame a brutally tough field to take gold in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:18.56. “Region IV is certainly a tough region and to get out of this region is a special deal, especially in the distance races,” Rangers coach Craig Wersterfer said. “That makes it especially special for her to win the 800.” Cozart is the lone state qualifier from Smithson Valley. Hurdler Lecia Meyer placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in die 300. Alan Sanchez and Dylan Willett placed fourth and sixth in the boys 1,600-meter run, respectively. Kailey Riedel placed sixth in the 400-meter dash and Shelby Polasek was sixth in the 1,600-meter run. “Overall, I was pleased with the effort of the kids,” Wersterfer said. “It was just fast racing.” For New Braunfels, girls discus thrower Savannah McElroy took gold in the discus on Monday to move on to the state meet. She’ll be joined at the state meet by Unicorns freshman Sara Katherine Stevens, who took silver in the pole vault on Tliesday. The Unicorns’ Ray Dyer placed third in the 400-meter dash with a mark of50.07. Although he didn’t finish in the top two, Dyer still might qualify for state if he’s judged to be the fastest third-place finisher of all four regional meets. “In the last 200 meters, he gave it everything he had and got nipped at the wire,” Unicorns coach Shaun Tolliver said. “We’re waiting to hear if he’s the bonus kid that goes. We haven’t found out as of yet." Also for New Braunfels, the Unicorns’ 800-meter relay team of Grant Reber, Chris Tysdal, Karimu Osman and Matt Schmid placed fifth in its race. ► NBA PLAYOFFS Late 14-0 run keys Heat win lvuruvii vrvr) lcoiuii James scored 24 of his 35 points in the second half, Dwya ne Wade added 28 and. the Miami Heat used a late 14-0 run to pull 102 , Celtics 91 away and beat the Boston Celtics 102 91 in Game 2 of their East ern Conference semifina series on Tuesday night. Chris Bosh finished witi 17 points and 11 rebound for Miami, which leads tb best-of-seven 2-0. Game: is Saturday in Boston. Boston tied the game a 80 on a pair of free throws b Paul Pierce with 7:10 left The Celtics missed thei next six shots and Miam pulled away. Astros’ big inning puts Reds under .500 mark Lawmaker tied to Leach seeks opinion on contracts CINCINNATI (AP) — Lefthander J.A. Happ singled home a run during Houston’s six-run fourth inning — its biggest of the season — and the Astros beat the Reds 10-4 on Tuesday night, leaving Cincinnati with its first losing record in nearly a year. The defending NL Central champs fell to 14-15, the first time they've been below .500 since they had an identical mark last May 7. The Astros sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, knocking Mike Leake (3-1) out of the game. It was the right hander's first start since he settled his shoplifting case. Happ (2-4) ended a personal streak of three straight losses, which matched the longest of his career. Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace had solo homers for the Astros, who evened their season series at two games apiece. LUBBOCK (AP)—A state lawmaker wants the Texas attorney general to consider whether private money given to public institutions, includ-ing large sums tied up in lucrative athletic contracts, should be controlled by legislators. Rep. Craig Eiland said Tuesday he asked two colleagues to seek the opinion after Texas Tech claimed sovereign immunity in a lawsuit filed by fired football coach Mike Leach. In a news release, Eiland questioned how a school could claim immunity when private funds supplemented Leach’s contract. He didn’t immediately comment further. Leach Eiland has filed a bill that would allow Leach to sue for monetary damages after courts ruled against the former coach. Eiland says a ruling also could affect a $300 million contract between the University of Texas and ESPN to create the Longhorn Network.