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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 — Herald-Zettung — Tliesday, January 4 2011SPORTS Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Luck leads Stanford past Virginia Tech 40 MIAMI (AP) — John HI way flashed his familiar grin and Jim Harbaugh gave a jubilant shout from the sideline as Andrew Luck sprinted up the field to join an end zone celebration. Nearly a quarter remained in the Orange Bowl, but the Stanford Cardinal were on the way to their first howl victory in 14 years. And it was a blowout. Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns Monday night to lead fifth-ranked Stanford past No. 12 Virginia Tech 40-12. It was a performance reminiscent of HI way, the former Stanford quarterback who Is expected to become the Denver Broncos' chief football executive this week. I le served as an honorary captain, and ex-Stanford QB Jim Plunkett was also on hand to lend support. The Cardinal (12-1) likely will end the season ranked in the top 5 for the first time since the unbeaten 1940 team finished No. 2. I heir success comes only four years after they went 1 -11 and hired Harbaugh as coach to lead a turnaround. Virginia Tech (11-3), playing in a bowl game for the 18th consecutive year, fell to 1-27 against top-5 teams. Stanford threw a completion for a bizarre safety and blew two extra points, but overcame those mistakes with six plays gaining more than 30 yards. I wo came in succession on a two-play, 97-yard "drive," and the Cardinal outscored Tech 27-0 in the second half. Coby Fleener caught scoring passes of 41, 58 and 38 yards from Luck, all in the final 21 minutes. Zach Ertz had a 25-yard TD reception, Jeremy Stewart scored on a 60-yard run and Stepfan Taylor added a 56-yard run. Full-back-linebacker Owen Mane-cic scored on a 1-yard run and had a sack. Luck went 18 for 23 and was chosen the Orange Bowl most valuable player. Fleener had six catches for 173 yards for the Cardinal, who outgained Tech 534-288. RACING INTO THE NEW YEAR Hundreds of runners participate in 5K By Shaun Springfield Sports Correspondent NEW BRAUNFELS — In the crisp morning air, more than 275 runners converged on Un-da Park for the first inaugural New Year’s Day Fun 5k Run/Walk. YMCA New Braunfels hosted the event that would feature a 5k race for adults and teens and a lk fun run for the younger runners. David Paulos, New Braunfels Family YMCA executive director, described the feeling of the event in one word, “Thrilled.” Were just thrilled with how it’s turned out,” he said. We have never done one before, so we were not sure what to expect.” The nearly 300 participants featured runners of all ages and their families as well as quite a few four-legged family members that came along. Paul Frost, a Schertz resident and cross country and track coach at San Antonio’s East Central High School, took home first place with a time of 17:24. "It was good,” Frost said after the race. “I’m training for the Austin Marathon so this was a good workout.” After finishing the race, Frost quickly turned around to run it again. It’s all part of his training program heading toward the I’eh. 20 marathon. Ashley Morgan crossed sr&ssr p”“p“a in "’•v“ca    i*«»*-» the finish first for the female racers with a time of 21:50. “I feel good," she said. I ve taken a few days off and this was a tough course. It was really nice.” I he sophomore runner made the journey down from Kyle where she is a member of the Lehman cross country and track teams. The race provided Morgan with valuable training experience racing against a mixed group of competitors. “Normally, I race with girls who are maybe a minute or so faster,” she said. “Here, there are people who are minutes faster. You get to race against girls and guys and get to a chance to beat the boys, too.” The race will be the last for Morgan before the high school track season begins, but she plans to return next year to race again. The 5k race was the brainchild of father and daughter team of Eric and Leslie Crouch. The father is a board chair of the New Braunfels YMCA and, along with his daughter, came up with the concept for a New Year’s Day run in New Braunfels. "Leslie needed the community hours for National Junior Honor Society and she wanted to do a run,” Crouch said. “She had been looking at New York’s New Year’s Eve run and said ‘We should do that.’” Both the YMCA and the community benefit from the race with the proceeds and registration fees going toward community programs that will benefit local youth. “Obesity is huge trend in America right now and we just want to start the year getting people active and healthier,” said Christina Stevens, YMCAs Health and Wellness director. “We wanted to get the community involved in something — parents doing things with their kids. We want to build a strong New Braunfels community.” Over the past two years, the New Braunfels YMCA has given more than $200,000 in scholarships to local youth and their families to participate in YMCA activities. “Every $100 that YMCA raises gives one kid a chance to participate in youth sports and activities,” Crouch said. The YMCA currently provides youth leagues for volleyball, swimming, basketball and just this year added a soccer program. “What a way to start the year,” Crouch said. “We will be looking at what worked well and what didn’t. We want this to become an annual event that families look forward to each year.” “TEXAS lotterv SATURDAY LOTTO Jackpot: $12 million 8-16-20-39-40-53 (1/1) WEDNESDAY LOTTO Jackpot: $11 million 4-19-38-43-44-46 (12/29) TEXAS POWERBALL (1/1) 18-22-37-47-54 PB: 36 POWER PLAY: 2 PICK 3 Day (1/3)    2-4-1 Night (1/3)    2-9-9 DAILY 4 Day (1/3)    9 1-2-9 Night(1/3) 1-1-4-6 TEXAS TWO-STEP (1/3) 4-6-9-34 BB: 32 CASH FIVE 5-8-11-22-32(1/3) MEGA MILLIONS (12/31) 10-12-13-35-56 MB: 9 MEGAPLIER: 4 No decision yet for Cowboys coach Pm I A HCT DO I A /a r»\    C PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants the search for the next coach to he short. Jones expects to decide within days if he'll remove the interim head coach tag from Jason Garrett and give him the job or go with another candidate. "Days, days. Not a week," Jones said. He may have tipped his hand after Sunday's 14-13 win against Philadelphia when he was asked if the new coach would have input into hiring the rest of the staff. "That is certainly something that Jason needs to have input in," Jones said. "By the way, Jason had input in many of the staff members we have right now." Jones said he hasn't interviewed any candidates, though Garrett is surely the front-runner. He went 5-3 since replacing Wade Phillips at midseason. Jones said he was very pleased with Garrett's performance over the second half of the season. I would absolutely love to be this team's coach," Garrett said. Garrett wanted to talk about the victory, not his future, but did say he would hold a final team meeting Monday morning. It could be his last one on an interim basis. Jones, though, says he plans to interview candidates after the season finale. He wants to interview wide receivers coach Ray Sherman, which would satisfy the league's rule about interviewing minority candidates. Jones also would consider speaking to candidates out side the organization. "I'm really interested in following the spirit of the NFL rules and that's what this is all about," Jones said. "I just want to move on so that we can have the coaching decisions out of the way and move on and do what we need to do." Jones says he won't require an interview with Garrett. "I know him real well," he said. He did predict "significant turnover" for a team that saw its Super Bowl hopes vanish after a 1 -7 start. Jones refused to say the Cowboys would have turned the season around faster had he fired Phillips earlier in the season. I he Cowboys' three losses under Garrett have been by a total of seven points. Among those were field-goal losses to Philadelphia and defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans. "We re not as good as I thought we were when we started," Jones said. Garrett is working under a special contract as interim coach. Once the season ended in Philadelphia, he was still under his previous contract as assistant head coach-offensive coordinator. That means he could interview with another team, too, one reason Jones would speed up his timetable. "He's proved a lot to everyone on the outside," linebacker Keith Brooking said. "Everyone on the inside saw immediately his approach. I said the first day he took over, he's been planning for this his whole life." The last time Jones went on a coaching search was early 2007, after Bill Parcells left. Anthony scores 33 in Nuggets’ win streak DENVER (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and the Denver Nuggets pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 113-106 Monday night for their fourth consecutive win. Anthony had 11 rebounds and made 13 of 14 free throws to help the Nuggets fend off the Rockets with his eighth game of 30 or more points this season. Nene added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Arron Affla-lo scored 15 points for Denver. Houston was led by Luis Scola with 24 points. Kyle Ix>wry had 21 points and Brad Miller had 11 rebounds and 10 points. The Rockets took 30 shots from 3-point range, one fewer than their season high, and made 13, topped by four for Lowry. The Nuggets put up only eight shots from beyond the arc, relying on medium range jumpers and lay-ups to outscore the Rockets 46-28 in the paint. Patterson made consecutive jumpers pulling Houston to 90-89 but Denver gained some separation with a 6-0 burst that Ty Lawson started with a driving layup. After Nene converted a three-point play with 3:09 left, the Nuggets went in front 103-95. Texans keep Kubiak, fire defensive coordinator HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are sticking with coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans said Monday that Kubiak will return next season, despite another lackluster year that ended without a plavoff berth. But the team made wholesale defensive staff changes, firing coordinator Frank Bush, secondary coach David Gibbs, linebackers coach Johnny Holland and assistant linebackers coach Robert Saleh. The Texans (6-10) lost eight of their last 10 games, mostly due to a defense that gave up a league-high 4,280 yards passing along with 33 touchdown passes, tied wi jh Dallas for the most. "We've got some serious problems that we've got to address," Kubiak said. "It definitely wasn't all coaching, in my opinion. We've got issues across the board. I had to make a decision on how we can get better, and so doing that, I made that decision to let those four guys go." Pro Bowl middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who sat out the final 10 games with a ruptured Achilles tendon, was surprised to hear that the team had released Holland, an assistant in all five of Kubiak's seasons. It's tough to lose a guy who's been with me for my first five years in the league," Ryans said in a phone interview. "I learned a lot from him. That was definitely shocking, that he had to go." The Texans are 37-43 in his five seasons, and the franchise is still seeking its first playoff appearance. The best Kubiak has done so far is guide the Texans to a 9-7 mark in 2009, the only winning record in the team's nine seasons of existence. ;