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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, August 12, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Contact drills begin Canyon, Smithson Valley footballers puton the pads forfirst time this fall Time: 7:30a.m. NBCA trainer Christina Parker tosses the ball around. SPORTS vrVIl I w Tops in Texas volley Cougarettes at huge Duncanville tourney. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] New Braunfels, King tangle Unicorns gets firstfootball scrimmage test against Kingsiille in Victoria Time: 6:30 p.m. Cowboys at Cardinals Dallas takes on Arizona in first preseason football game Times: 9p.m. (KRRT; WOAI-AM1200) Sidelines From staff, wire reports LOCAL NB TO SCRIMMAGE KINGSVILLE - New Braunfels will scrimmage Kingsville King Saturday at Patti Welder (Junior I ligh) Stadium, located at 902 N. Laurent Street in Victoria. The freshmen and junior varsities will scrimmage beginning at 5 p.m. and the varsity teams will go at 6:30 p.m. Both are free to fans. Call die NB adiletic office at 627-6112. FEVER SENDS STARS TO ANOTHER LOSS - Tamika Catchings shrugged off a slow start and finished with a team-high 11 points, leading the Indiana Fever past the San Antonio Silver Stars 57-50 Thursday night. The second-place Fever(16-11) increased their lead to two games over New York and Washington for homecourt advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Indiana, which had lost two straight and diree of four, has seven games remaining, including four on the road. Marie Ferdinand scored a game-high 12 points for San Antonio (7-22), which lost its fourth straight. STATE MUTOMBO NEAR NEW ROCKETS DEAL - I louston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo said Thursday he expects to resign with the team. Mutombo, 39, has indicated he will sign a two-year contract with the Rockets, the Houston Chronicle and Houston television station KRIV reported Thursday. Mutombo’s agent, David Falk, told The Associated Press he could not confirm that. Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis told die AP he could not confirm whether the team is close to re-signing Mutombo. Mutombo said in a story in the Chronicles online edition that he would likely not sign his new contract until late next week. The 7-2 Mutombo is an eight-time All-Star and four-time defensive player of the year who started playing in the NBA in 1991. Ile was acquired by die Rockets last season in a trade with die Chicago Bulls. INTERNATIONAL US CLEANING UP IN WORLD TRACK - The Americans are taking Helsinki by storm, and Justin Gatlin is the whirlwind leading the way. Gatlin joined Maurice Greene as the only athletes to sweep the IOO and 200 at the world track and field championships. Hie 23-year-old sprinter, who outran kids racing him on bicycles as a child on the streets of Brooklyn, led an unprecedented I-2-3-4 U.S. finish in the 200 meters on a damp, chilly Thursday night. TWO other Americans took home gold — a surprise victory for Walter Davis in the triple jump and Michelle Perry in the 100-meter hurdles. Brad Walker added a silver behind winner Rens Blom of the Netherlands in the pole vault. The powerhouse performance gave the United States 15 medals, seven more than second-place Russia. The Americans have nine golds. No other country has more them two. THE DAILY T l-C-K-E-T Lefty in contention, Tiger hanging on Berkman, Ausmus key    Hea‘ledharm$ way Astros’ win over Nats Without playing, Romo progressing as Cowboys backup QB OXNARD, Calif. (AP) —Tony Romo hasn’t taken a snap under center in a regular season game for die Dallas Cowboys. Still, the backup quarterback has been learning and improving since signing as a rookie free agent two years ago. ‘‘Understanding the concepts of our offense — where to go widi die ball, protections, blitzes — (he is) way down the road from where he was,” coach Bill Parcells said. “He’s very smart.’’ Parcells won’t say if Romo or Drew I lenson will be first off the bench after starter Drew Bledsoe in Saturday nights preseason opener at Arizona. Romo and I lenson have split snaps with the No. 2 offense during two intrasquad scrimmages. Romo has seemed more effective than Henson moving the offense, though Parcells only highlighted two turnovers in a nine-play segment by Romo in Wednesday’s scrimmage. The coach insists there Is nothing wrong with Henson, who has been seen with his thumb wrapped and has thrown a lot of off-the-mark passes. In the preseason last year, Romo completed 24 of 39 passes for 250 yards. He was the backup the first six games, seeing action only as a holder on kicks. While he was also in the backup role two other games without playing, he said he has been learning all along. “I just understand what it takes before the snap of the football a lot more titan I used ta” Romo said. “And I nt under standing more what the defense is tryiitg to do than necessarily just what we’re trying to do.... I’m trying to make sure I stay consistent." hoy Aikmant, who won three Super Bowls as the Cowboys quarterback in the 199tis, was at practice Thursday. I Ie said lies impressed with Ronto, who played at NCAA Division LAA Eastern Illinois. “lf you didnt know Iris background. how he throws the ball, you wouldn’t know he was an undrafted quarterback.’’ Aik- man said. Whether Parcells cared or not, he heard plenty about Terrell Owens’ dismissal from the Philadelphia Eagles’ training camp. Parcells said he’s not too interested in the TO situation right now, even though the Eagles art' an NFC East rival. “I’m trying to keep my own house from bun ting down right now,” Parcells said. But he will be interested in Owens and the hoagies on Oct 9 and Nov. 14, when the division rivals play. Mickelson among five tied for lead at 87th PCA SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The final major of the year looks nothing like the others. There was Phil Mickelson, swallowed up by the gallery and exchanging high-fives as he rediscovered some of his magic Thursday at the PCA Championship. There was Ben Curtis, atop the leaderboard at a major for the first time since his British Open victory two years ago. Nowhere to be found was T iger Woods. T he guy who already won the Masters and British Open, and finished second in the U.S. Open, was buried behind 11 chih pros in a tie for 113th after a 75, his worst position ever in a Grand Slam event. “If you’re looking for me to shed a tear, it’s not going to happen,” Mickelson said. “We all know Sunday his name will be up there.” Maybe so, but Mickelson is intent on keeping his own name on top. An afterthought since the majors began in April, Mickelson came back to life Thurs- TIMOTHY A. CLARY'AFP Getty Images Tiger Woods wipes his head as his caddie Steve Williams, left, points to his putt Thursday during the first round of PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. Woods shot a five-over-par 75 that left him eight strokes back and all but ended his chances of winning a third major championship this year. day on steamy Baltusrol with    but Woods.    guys happy to see him down a 3-under 67 to join a crowd Not that anyone    felt sorry    the leaderboard for a change,” atop the leaderboard that    forhim.    Stuart Appleby said after a late included just about everyone “Theres probably plenty of bogey dropped him into the The Associated Press HOUSTON — Andy Pettitte won for the sixth time in eight starts and the I louston Astros beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 Thursday night. Former Canyon star Lance Berkman also doubled and drove in two runs for the Astros. Brad Ausmus had a three-run double in the sixth off crumbling starter Ryan Drese (3-6), who lost his fifth consecutive start for the Nationals. Washington has dropped five of its last she to fall three games behind I louston in the NL wild-card race. Pettitte (10-8) shuck out five in eight innings and allowed four hits, his last a two-run homer to Preston Wilson in the seventh. Since beating Colorado on June 20, Pettitte is 7-2 and has allowed IO earned runs. The left-hander has lasted at least seven innings in his last six starts. Drese, making his second return to Texas since the Rangers waived the opening day starter in June, allowed six runs on nine hits. Since June 21 — a day after Pettitte began his surge — Drese is 2-5 in nine starts. Drese left in the sixth after Pettitte singled, one batter after Ausmus doubled to right field with the bases loaded. Pettitte kept 13 straight batters hitless between the third and seventh innings before Vinny Castilla’s one-out double in the sixth. Wilson drove the ball well over the left-field wall in the next at-bat. Jose Guillen, making Ids first start in five games after sitting out with a sore left shoulder, hit his 20th homer in die ninth for Washington. Yankees 9, Rangers 8 NEW YORK — Derek Jeter hit a Rebreaking home run in the seventh inning after the See BASEBALL, Page 6A Lance Berkman LEADERS Leaders after the first round of the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club: Trevor Immelman -3 67 Ben Curtis -3 67 Stuart Appleby -3 67 Phil Mickelson -3 67 Rory Sabbatini -3 67 Stephen Ames -3 67 11 tied at -2 Today’s TV: Noon-6 p.m., TNT six-way tie at 67. “I don’t think you’re going to get some, ’Oh, I’m so sorry. What a pity.’ You guys can write about someone else for a change." Mickelson got through the opening seven holes — among the most punishing stretch in golf — at I over par. Then, he turned matters over to his putter. He knocked in a pair of 35-foot birdie putts around the turn, made another long birdie on the 14th and joined the leaders with a two-putt birdie on the 18th. “It wasn't quite as stressful a round,” Mickelson said. Trevor Immelman, Rory Sabbatini and Stephen Ames also shot 67, with Ames having a chance for the outright lead until his 20-foot eagle putt slid by the cup. See PGA. Paae 6A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Christian Academy back Micah Brown prepares to run into several would-be tacklersThursday during the Lions’ football practice. After a year in the 11-man ranks, NBCA is returning to the six-man game this season. I I ;