New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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hold on without Martin to beat Celts 108-102
BOSTON (AP) - Aaron Brooks scored 24 points, hitting a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left after Boston cut a 12-point deficit to four and the Houston Rockets held on fora 108-102 victory over the Celtics on Monday night.
The Rockets snapped a five-game losing streak despite playing without leading scorer Kevin
Kyle Lowry had 17 with eight assists, Inis Scola scored 12 with nine rebounds and Jordan Hill had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets.
Ray Allen scored 19 for Boston, Marquis Daniels had season highs of 19 points and seven rebounds and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists. T he Celtics have lost
two straight, but they hope that Kevin Garnett will be able to return against Sacramento on Wednesday.
With the loss, the Celtics (28-9) fell behind the Miami Heat (30-9) for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Rockets led by one point at the half and by six after three quarters before scoring six of the
first eight points of the fourth. They were up 106-94 with 3:13 left before Daniels made a jumper and then Allen and Paul Pierce followed with 3-pointers to make it a four-point game.
With 19 seconds left, Houston needed three tries to inbound the ball — one was tipped away, one was an emergency timeout — before they got it to Brooks.
He was immediately fouled, and he hit both free throws to clinch it.
Martin had scored 20 or more* points in eight straight games, but he fell in Sunday's game against Utah and injured his right wrist.
Brad Miller was also out, joining Yao Ming and leaving Houston short on big men.
AUBURN WINS TITLE
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Auburn's Corey Lemonier (55) and Auburn's Mike McNeil (26) try to stop Oregon’s DarronThomas during the second half of the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game Monday in Glendale, Ariz.
Dyer takes golden chance to give Auburn 22-19 win
By Eddie Pells
AP National Writer
Glendale, Ariz.— Auburn running back Michael Dyer never heard any whistle, so he just kept running — past the tackier who thought he had him down and deep into Oregon territory.
Dyer broke stride, then took off on a once-in-a-lifetime run in the final minutes, setting up a field goal on the last play that led No. 1 Auburn over the No. 2 Ducks 22-19 in the BCS championship game Monday night.
T he freshman running back upstaged Auburn's Heisman-winning quarterback Cam Newton with a 37-yard run, in which he appeared down but wasn't — his knee never hit the ground — as he rolled over
• 2011 Auburn 22, Oregon 19
• 2010 Alabama 37, Texas 21
• 2009 Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
• 2008 LSU 38, Ohio St. 24
• 2007 Florida 41, Ohio St. 14
Oregon defender Eddie Pleasant to put the Tigers in scoring position.
Three plays later, Dyer ran 16 yards to push the ball to the 1 and set up Wes Byrun's 19-yard field goal with no time left. It was his sixth career game-win-ning field goal — the one that capped off a perfect, 14-0 season, brought the title back to Auburn for the first time since 1957 and left the Southeastern Conference on top for the fifth straight year.
A classic sequence to close out a wild finish — five crazy minutes of football that made up for the first 55, which were more of a bruising battle than the offensive masterpiece everyone had predicted.
The craziness began when Casey Matthews, son of the former NFL linebacker Clay, knocked the ball from Newton's hands while the Heis-man-winning quarterback was trying to ice a 19-11 lead.
Oregon’s offense, shut down by Nick Fairley and Company for most of the night, moved 45 yards over the next 2:17 and Darron Thomas threw a shovel pass to LaMichael lames for a touchdown. Thomas hit leff Maehl for the tying 2-point conversion with 2:33 left and the game was down to one possession.
TOILET PAPER FLIES AFTER AUBURN WINS BCS TITLE
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — It was easy to tell who won the BCS title game: Toilet paper flew high and late into the night in Auburn.
Auburn fans celebrated the Tigers' 22-19 win Monday night over Oregon in the BCS championship in their traditional way by rolling trees at Toomers Comer, located at an intersection just off campus.
“It's great to be an Auburn Tiger!” fans cheered.
The win gives the state of Alabama a unique claim with back-to-back BCS championships and Heisman trophies. Auburn and Cam Newton won this year, while Alabama and Mark Ingram won last year.
Beasley misses practice with ankle injury
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Return to old bowl system more likely than playoff
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Major college football’s postseason is more likely to return to the old bowl system, which didn't guarantee a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, than to start using a playoff in the next eight years.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock told reporters at a Football Writers Association of America event on Monday that in 2012 he expects the conference commissioners to begin discussing possible changes to the BCS beyond the 2014 postseason.
The BCS is in the first year of a television contract with ESPN that runs through the 2013 season. Any major changes to the system would go into effect for the 2014 season and 2015 bowls.
Hancock said the commissioners will first survey the university presidents about alterations they would like to have considered.
"There is no groundswell among the presidents for any kind of... seismic change," Hancock said.
A return to the old postseason system, which relied on conference tie-ins and bowl organizers to make bowl matchups, isn't likely, Hancock said, but it will be in the "spectrum of options."
"It always has been, it always will be," he said."I don't think it will carry the day."
But an 8- or 16-team playoff is "not even in the spectrum," he added.
Last month at a college athletics forum in New York, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said supporters of the BCS were fatigued with defending the system from constant legal and political pressures.
Hancock said it has not been easy to fend off all the attacks from playoff supporters.
"I think we all get a little tired of the invective," he said.
MINNEAIXMJS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley did not practice on Monday with an ankle injury and is questionable for the game against San Antonio tonight.
Beasley was hurt on Sunday night against the Spurs in San Antonio. He rolled his ankle and was limited to 11 minutes while scoring just two points in the 94-91 loss.
Beasley first injured his ankle
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on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Beasley also fell hard on his hip in that game, but said after practice on Monday that the ankle was the only issue that could affect his availability for the next game.
The Timberwolves say
Beasley will be evaluated again on Tuesday before the game.
The Wolves have lost three games to the Spurs by a combined 11 points and have also taken the Celtics, Jazz and Lakers to the wire in close losses this season.
But they have also had bad home losses to the Nuggets without Camielo Anthony and Nene, the Warriors without Steph Curry and the Bobcats without Stephen Jackson and
Team President David Kahn takes some of the blame for assembling a roster so young, without the kind of veteran, vocal leader to stabilize the situation when things aren't going well or to provide a sense of caJm in die tense moments of a dose game.
"I know everyone would like for it to happen overnight, but it doesn t happen that way," Coach Kurt Rambis said.
Lynch’s TD run shook area near Qwest Field
SEATTLE (AP) — John Vidale didn't get to see Seattle’s upset of New Orleans in the first round of the NFL playoffs live, so he turned to the Internet to watch highlights later that night. When he saw a homemade video shot from the upper deck of Qwest Field following Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that clinched the Seahawks 41 -36 upset, Vidale, the director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, became a bit intrigued. Turns out, Lynch's TD shook Qwest Field and the ground around the stadium — literally.
Vidale said a seismic monitoring station located about 100 yards west of the stadium registered seismic activity during Lynch's run. The shaking was most intense during a 30-second stretch about the time Lynch broke free from the line of scrimmage and finished off his touchdown. After that, the shaking died down, but it took about a minute to completely fade away.
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