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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A —Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, December 24, 2005 Texas State mascot Boco the Bobcat. , CD A DTG vrvlllv COMING SUNDAY Comal’s volleybest The H-Z’s all-county volleyball teams. ‘ Ai ... ri*tAAU Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] TThe daily T-l-C-K-E-T Lights out for Cowboys? Fading Dallas has one glimmer of hope upsetting Carolina on the road, Time: Noon (FOX: KTSA-AM 550) Unicorns vs. Rangers New Braunfels girls take a break from 27-4Afor nondistrict tilt at Smithson Valley. Time: 2p.m. New Braunfels hits the road New Braunfels boys travel to Pleasanton for nondistrict clash. Time: 8p.m.Sidelines From wire reports STATE HOUSTON EDGES NORTH TEXAS - Oliver Lafayette scored 25 points and Ramon Dyer added 23 as Houston pulled away in the final two minutes of a 92-84 victory against North Texas on Friday. The Cougars (5-3) led 83-82 when Jahmar Thorpe made two free throws and Lanny Smith followed with a 3-pointer to spark a 9-2 game-ending run. Houston held the Mean Green (4-4) without a field goai over the final 3 112 minutes. Dyer, who led his team with eight rebounds, was 7-of-11 from die field — all on 3-pointers. Oliver was 10-of-21 shooting and had three steals. Kendrick Davis led five North Texas players in double figures with 20 points, 14 in the second half. Dyer had 15 first-half points, all on 3-pointers, to help the Cougars build a seven-point halftime lead, and the lead grew to IO early in the second half before North Texas came back. Smith, who had 11 points and a game-high four assists, ended any realistic comeback hopes with his late 3-pointer, putting Houston ahead 88-82 with 1:10 remaining.NATIONAL JETS' CHREBET CALLS IT A CAREER - Wayne Chrebet made a career out of overcoming one obstacle after another, proving little guys can make it big sometimes, too. In die end, there was one obstacle he could not hurdle. After taking another shot to the head in November, the veteran New York Jets receiver knew he had to call it quits, despite the burning desire to keep playing. He made his first trip to the team facility Thursday since the injury and confirmed his 11-year career was indeed over. “I said something to my wife and friend Kevin, I’ve been working out, shooting hoops kind of stuff. Man, I feel so good, I feel so fresh,” Chrebet said. “They’re like, We ll listen to you, but don’t come to us with that nonsense.’ I get it.” Spurs withstand stiff challenge from Raptors, 95-90 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan made all four of his fourth-quarter shots and nearly finished with a tripledouble to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 95-90 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Duncan scored nine of his 27 points in the final period, and added 10 rebounds and eight assists. A driving layup by Jalen Rose pulled the Raptors with in 73-72 with about IO minutes remaining in the game. The Spurs then went on a 10-1 run, keyed by a 3-pointer and a long jumper by Nick Van Exel, to build an 83-73 advantage. Duncan hit a short jump hook during the run, and he capped it by wheeling around Chris Bosh on the baseline and making a lunging lefthanded shot. The Raptors, who had won two straight road games, came back to trim the difference to 93-90 on a corner 3-pointer by Rose with 15 seconds left. But they would get no closer as the Spurs continued to dominate at home. Matt Bonner fouled the Tim Duncan Spurs’ Michael Finley on the inbound play and he made both free throws to complete the scoring. Tony Parker scored 13 for San Antonio, while Rasho Nesterovic matched his season high with 12. Rose led Toronto with 19 points, 11 in the fourth. Bosh had 18, Mike James 14 and Bonner 13. Up 22-16 after one, the Spurs expanded their lead to 31-21 on a short floater by Van Exel early in the second. Toronto then went on a 12-6 run, capped by a long jumper by Bonner, to cut the difference to four points with about 4 minutes left in the quarter. A 3-pointer by Brent Barry gave San Antonio a 47-39 lead with 1:06 remaining in the half, but Bonner converted a four-point play after being fouled by Duncan on a 3-pointer and James hit a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left to make it 49-46 at halftime. Duncan had 14 points in the half on 7-for-9 shooting, while Bonner, averaging six points a game, scored 11 points in the second quarter. Notes: Maim Ginobili missed his seventh straight game with a sprained right foot. ... Finley, averaging 15 points since replacing Ginobili in the starting lineup, shot 3-for-12 for nine points. ... San Antonio scored 50 points in the paint, five more than its league-leading average.... Toronto is I -11 against Western Conference teams this season. ... The Raptors’ 3-pointer streak grew to 558 consecutive games, best in the NBA, when Bonner hit the team’s first in the second quarter. They finished with five. Cowboys get one last shot at glory Parcells goes easy on his troops before big game with Carolina CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — On the heels of one of the worst losses of his coaching career, Bill Parcells has been bizarrely calm around the Dallas Cowboys. Theres been no yelling, no screaming, no finger pointing at his team. Despite Dallas’ playoff hopes being in serious danger, Parcells is not panicking. Surprised? The Cowboys aren’t. "From my experience with him over the years, sometimes when things are the worst is when he is at his best or most positive,” quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. “There are times if you win a few games he can be tough to be around because he’s trying to keep everybody focused. When things go bad is when he turns it around and kind of lifts the spirits of the team a little bit. “He’s very focused about this week, not dwelling on what happened.” T he Cowboys (8-6) are coming off a 35-7 humiliation in Washington that marked their third loss in four games. They’ll have to recover in time to play Saturday in Carolina (10-4) in a game both teams consider must-win. The Panthers need to win it to stay in control of the NFC South, where they hold a one-game lead over Tampa Bay. A win and a Buccaneers loss could wrap up the league title for (Carolina. The Cowboys have to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Dallas needs to win its final two regular-sea-son games to have any shot at earning one of the NFC’s wild-card spots. Carolina knows Parcells will have the Cowboys ready. “They are a salty bunch,” Panthers coach John Fox said. “ They are fighting for their playoffsves as well as we are. “When everybody else is killing them, it would be nice ii somebody tried to lift them up.” — Bill Parcells Dallas coach T hey had kind of a clunker last week. All of these players in this league are prideful and want to get rid of that bitter taste. “We’ve got what I’m sure is going to be a very physical and aggressive football team coming to town.” To make sure of it, Parcells didn t berate his team following the loss to the Redskins. I Ie figured that approach would only make things worse for a team already feeling bad enough. “When everybody else is killing them, it would be nice if somebody tried to lift them up,” Parcells said. “The week before last they were saying that it was one of the greatest wins wed had here against Kansas City. Now, and I don’t know if this type of thing happens in Charlotte, but West of the Mississippi it’s either outhouse or castle.” Dallas has indeed plummeted that quickly. In the span of one month, the Cowboys have gone from the division lead to leaving themselves zero room for error if they want to continue into the playoffs. Bledsoe, a free-agent addition in Dallas, is finding the slide hard to believe. “From the time I signed with the Cowboys, my mind set has been that this is a playoff-caliber team,” he said. “Even though we suffered a really disheartening loss last week, die challenge See COWBOYS, Page 11A File photo Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, left, and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson hope a victory over Carolina today will propel them into the playoffs. While their coach mourns, Colts try to turn focus back to football A new challenge on the links INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts got back to concentrating on football Friday. Players laughed, joked and seemed more vibrant as they finished their last practice before heading to Seattle — a major change from Thursday’s near silence after they received word of the apparent suicide of coach Tony Dungy's son. The reminders, though, were everywhere. Assistant head coach Jim Caldwell again ran practice while Tony Dungy stayed in Tampa. In the team’s pavilion, players, coaches and Colts officials attended a morning memorial service. No decision has yet been made on what, if anything, the Colts will wear or do Saturday to honor 18-year-old James Dungy, whose girlfriend found him unresponsive in a Florida apartment Thursday. But at least football was again part of the discussion. “The great thing about it is that this team is a great reflection of its head coach, they emulate him to a ‘T’ in certain respects,” Caldwell said. "Especially when there’s some adversity and tiffs is a very tough time.” A preliminary autopsy report Friday indicated the teen took his own life, but the exact cause of death won't be released until a toxicology examination is finished in four to sue weeks, the Hillsborough County medical examiner said. For the Colts, whose 13-1 record is the NFL’s best, this tumultuous week has easily been its most challenging. The daily tests included Sunday’s loss to San Diego, their first of the season. Lions, Saints hope to turn around dismal seasons SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The displaced New Orleans Saints can blame I lurricane Katrina for their woeful season. The Detroit Lions can only blame themselves for the shoddy play that made their fans turn on them. With any playoff hopes for either team long gone, the only thing at stake Saturday when the Saints (3-11) and Lions (4- IO) meet is this city’s floundering effort to prove itself worthy of an NFL franchise. The Saints, still unsure of their 2006 home, make their final 2005 appearance in the Alamodome wondering how many people will show up on Christmas Eve to watch a game Lions tight end Marcus Pollard tailed the “homeless bowl.” More like the “hopeless bowl” — for this season any way. The Saints have been thi vagabonds of the NFL atte Katrina trashed the Super dome and sent them on i four-month odyssey o “home” games in New Jersey San Antonio and Batoi Rouge, La. They couldn’t even get com fortable in their temporary headquarters of San Antonio’ Alamodome and were forcet to move their practices, lock cr room and weight room to; high school baseball facility. “There’s no team in the NFJ going through what we’vi been through,” said Saint running back Aaron Stecker. That's true off the field. Cli the field, the Saints’ and Lions play has been similarly bat no matter what the circum stance. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung DouglasThomaschaske putts around fallen leaves at the Landa Park Golf Course Friday. ;