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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 SPORTS Friday February 2001 IB Next Five SAN ANTONIO SPURS SCHEDULE Sundays Game NBA AllStar game in 5 on Tuesdays Game Dallas on 15 Washington on Feb 16 at Minnesota 7 on 18 at Toronto on KMOL Spurs win streak ends in New Jersey EAST AP Stephen Marbiuy scored 38 points and Johnny Newman added a sea sonhigh 25 points as the New Jersey Nets defeated San Antonio 9997 on snapping the Spurs eightgame winning The Nets will head into the All Star break with a seasonhigh three game winning hut the Spurs made them work for it by rallying DUNCAN from an 18point firsthalf San Antonio had three shots to tie the game in the final 12 David Robinson missed a drive across the lane with about two seconds to go and Tim who missed four crucial free throws in the final had the tip fall off the rim at the Duncan finished with 35 points and 21 while Robinson added 22 points and nine San which had trailed since midway through the first quar finally grabbed the lead when Duncan hit one of two free throws for an 8483 lead with to Robinson and Duncan combined for 18 points in a 215 spurt that got the Spurs back into the game mid way through the third Newman then scored seven straight points for a 9084 Nets forward Jaime Feick gave San Antonio its final chances by missing two free but Robin son and Duncan couldnt convert in the closing Geiberger leads i Buick Invitational after first round BY DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer SAN DIEGO Brent Geiberger had no reason to believe he would start the Buick Invitational with an 8 under Davis Love III was right behind and had no reason to think he would be anywhere And Tiger Woods wasnt sure what to think after another day of missed oppor searching for a confidence boost after being injured last year and starting slowly his first three tourna ments in chipped in for eagle and made a birdie putt from the fringe during his bogeyfree round on the North Course at Torrey This is a nice start for he It was only a continuation for who last week ended an Ofor62 drought on the PGA Tour by winning at Peb ble Beach with a finalround Loyefinishedoff his 65 on the South Course by hitting 7 iron from 172 yards into 18 feet and making the eagle Love wasnt even going to play this but changed his mind Sunday I usually dont like to play four week in a Love But when youre making you dont want to go I had some confidence I have a lot of That makes you excited to go Chris who lost his card and spent last season on the anoth er stroke back at Defending champion Phil still weak from a nasty bout of food poisoning on hit a 6iron into 2 feet on the parjp 18th at the South Course for a tapin Leaders BUICK INVITATIONAL The following are the results of the PGA Buick Invitational in San Diego after one round of play Player Rd1 Brent Geiberger 64 Davis Love III 65 Chris Smith 66 Phil Mickelson 68 Mark OMeara 68 Jose Maria Olazabal 68 Tiger Woods 70 He was in a large group at 68 that included Mark OMeara and Jose Maria It was the first time Mick elson set foot on the course all 1 feel he 1 was feeling a little weak the last nine or 10 Woods hit the ball well enough to be right in the but after backtoback lost chances at took dou ble bogey on the par3 sixth hole when a strong breeze from the Pacific laid down about the time he fired his 6 iron into the cool He wound up 10 yards over the chipped short of the green and wound up with a double A quick three putt bogey two holes later left him at I tried as hard as I it just didnt work Woods keep his answers short and I left a lot of shots out Seven of the last 10 win ners of the Buick such as Woods and Mickel have grown up in South ern Geiberger would love to join that His only PGA victory came two years ago in but See Giving back JESSIE Houston Astros outfielder and former Canyon High School baseball player Lance Berkman spoke to children and offered advise on Thursday at Comal Elementary Berkman returns to New speaks at CES BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor For some it might be hard to believe its been six years since Lance Berkman was tearing up the baseball diamond at Canyon High Berkman launches towering home runs at Enron Field in Houston as an outfielder for the Berkman took time out of his busy offseason workout schedule to offer words of encour agement to young children at Comal Elementary Its a chance for me to provide the kids with some positive words and encourage them however I Berkman Berkman said his implanted words of encouragement when he was his coach years Lance said he never forgot the five Cs concentration and I try to do things like this when the opportunity I probably do it about four or five times a year dur ing the Berkman I have a bunch of family in Central so its always good to come Lances mother Cynthia said they visit Lance in Houston about as much as he visits New We usually see a good deal of him over Cynthia Berkman Its instead of being known as Cynthia a lot of times Im just Lance Berkmans The whole family is so happy for Lance and we think hes handled the extra attention very We go to a lot of the games in The new field there is just beautiful and its so much Its a neat family experience and a fun place to play See CHS golf team competes at AISD Tourney FROM STAFF REPORTS The Canyon girls golf team took part in the Austin ISD Invita tional this past Monday at Roy Kizer Golf Course and finished 12th in a field of 20 teams after shooting a team total of The Woodlands took the top team honors with a score of followed by Round Rock West wood at Canyons Brenda Norris cap tured second place in the individ ual shooting a one overpar round of Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands captured the medalist a twounder par round of Mansfields Megan Hull finished third at Norris started her round with eight straight pars before rolling in a 10foot birdie putt on the ninth hole to make the turn at After a par on she stuck her approach on 11 within six inches of the hold to go to two She got it to three under with a 20foot birdie putt on the she was unable to maintain advantage shoot ing fouroverpar on the the final six Canyon sophomore Michelle Martin posted the teams second best score of the finishing with a round of Other scores for the included Brandi who shot 105 and freshman Kendra Davis who shot Claire Lindley ed out the scoring for Canyon with a round of The week Canyon placed third at the Lady Greyhound Invi tational which was played at Wil low Springs Golf Course in San The Lady Cougars shot a team score of 391 to place third Norris fired a round of 84 to capture third place in the indi vidual Gallagher shot 99 while freshman Leslie Blalock sliot Lindley posted a round of 107 and Liz Atkinson rounded out the scoring shooting Kizer Golf Course is the site of the Texas State Golf Champi which will be played in along with the New Braunfels will return to action 1617 when they travel to Victoria to play in the Lauren Johnson Memorial at Vic toria Country Club and Colony Creek Country Austin ISD The following are the individual results from the Austin ISD girls golf tournament played on Monday at Roy Kizer GC in Austin Player Ashley Knoll Brenda Norris Megan Hull Nicole Melton Brooke Shelton Haley Brown Jean Hunnefield Ashley Rollins Leslie Wall Amy Young Maynard Calais Gardner Kelly Louth Renee Cervantes Stacy Lewis Shelly Mcgraw Amy Behrman Stacy Brown School Woodlands NB Canyon Mansfield Churchill High Park Westlake Churchill Westwood Park Central Pflugerville Carroll Victoria Bastrop Woodlands Woodlands Memorial Woodlands Rd 69 72 73 74 76 77 77 77 78 78 79 79 80 80 80 80 81 82 Astros recovering quickly from first serious injury w 4 r J BY MICHAEL LUTZ AP Sports Writer HOUSTON It was dim cult for Craig Biggio to Through kid high 13 years and games the Houston hed er had a serious Then it On 1 last season Biggios guardian angel looked the other way just long enough for Florida Marlins outfielder Preston WUson to crash into of twq major ligaments in Ws left End of Biggios ironman End of Like SQ many other times when hed played with Biggio expected to get up and BjgjiQ ftrtdfl hjmsejf ready for spring train ing this year and the first injury comeback of his I didnt know what to the fouMxme NL All Star He hit me and it hurt but I got up and walked to the locker The doc tors did their evaluation and I felt hire It blew me out of the water but I came to grips with it really I got over it probably that night with the help of a cou ple of root beers and then you move Ive been in the game long enough that Ive seen a lot of guys get See Mavs coach aims to return 20 for Los Angeles FORT WORTH AP Don Nelson hopes to return from prostate cancer surgery and start coaching the Dallas Mavericks again on 20 against Shaquille ONeal and the Los Angeles The last time the Mavericks played the ONeal referred to Nelson as a clown because of the bizarre defens es he most of which involved smothering Referring to ONeals com Nelson said When I come its going to be with a big red fake If the thirdwin ningest coach in NBA returns then as he told the Fort Worth StarTelegram in Thursdays editions he will have missed 21 games over six weeks and five Thats within the timetable the doctors told Nelson ;