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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 — Herai d-Zeitung — Thursday, |anuary 20. 2011SPORTS Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at sports'Sherald-zeitungcomBlair helps Spurs beat Raptors for 7th straight SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs did just about everything wrong in the first half. Dejuan Blair helped correct things after that. Blair had 22 points and I I rebounds to help the Spurs rally from an 11 point halftime deficit to heat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory. "We had 12 turnovers for 15 points in the first half. We were 0 for 15 on jump shots," Spurs coach Ciregg Popovich said. "Our defensive cover age was poor, and our mental and physical focus were both poor in the first half. "In the second half, we got back in the game because we played very, very good defense. People started paying attention and taking some pride in individual and team ’IV" Manu Ginobili scored 23 points SPURS ON DECK THE NEXT FIVE Friday New York Knicks 7:30 p.m. (FSN) Saturday «*>New Orleans 7 p.m. (CW35) Jan. 24 «»Golden State 8:30 p.m. (FSN) Jan. 26 #Utah 8:30 p.m.(CW35) Jan. 29 Houston 7:30 p.m.(KMYS) radio — WOAI 1200 AM Spur* 104, Raptor* 95 and Tony Parker added 17 for the Spurs, who improved their NBA-best record to 36-6, their best ever after 42 games. DeMar DeRozan scored 2H points for the Raptors, who lost their fifth straight and ninth in the last 10 games. He was held to just eight points in the second half against an array of double-teams. It was like back in high school. They were sending doubles and everything," DeRozan said. "It's just tough. I had a few turnovers that really hurt us and that's what made it even worse." The Spurs surged into the lead midway through the third quarter. Tim Duncan’s turnaround jumper to open the third got the Spurs off to a solid start, starting a 15-4 run to tie it at 57 when Duncan found a cutting Blair for back-to-back running layups. Blair ran the floor well and used his quickness to get past the Raptors center Andrea Bargnani, who was a step slow against the second-year forward. "Dejuan, he was worrying too much about being perfect; about where to be on the court instead of just competing and playing," Popovich said. "I thought in the third quarter, he just went out and had fun and played basketball.”Federer survives scare against Simon in Australia lexas reaches 20-year deal withHamilton leads UT over No. 11A&M81-60 AUSTIN (AP) — Jordan Hamilton scored 27 points and No. 10 Texas beat No. 11 Texas A&M 81-60 on Wednesday night, snapping the Aggies' 13-game winning streak. Freshman T ristan Thompson added 18 points for the Longhorns (15-3,3-0 Big 12) before limping off with a leg cramp with 4 minutes left in the first meeting of the rivals this season. Khris Middleton scored 16 points for Texas A&M (16-2, 3-1), which hasn't won in Austin since 2002 and never led in this one. The Aggies had not lost since a 67-65 loss to Boston College on Nov. 25. Texas shot 58 percent from the field and die worst free throw shooting team in the Big 12 was 19 of 22 from the line. The matchup produced the rowdiest crowd of the season so far at Texas in what most expected would be a scrappy, hard-fought game instead of a rout. The Aggies were hit with eight fouls in a 2-minute span of the first half, leaving coach MarkTurgeon in a foot-stomping rage. Turgeon was hit with a technical and Texas made its first eight free throws for a 20-5 lead. Thompson scored eight of Texas' first 12 points, all of them coming on dunks and shots from just a couple of feet from the basket. When the whisties against the Aggies finally stopped — or at least slowed down — Texas A&M used a 14-4 run to get within 24-19. But Texas closed the half with a 15-4 run, highlighted by Thompson's alley-oop dunk from J'Covan Brown and Hamilton's 3-pointer, for a 39-27 lead. By John Pye AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer ambled to the net, slowly shaking his head. He let out a deep sigh. The defending champion had escaped, and he knew it after five demanding sets. It was that kind of day at the Australian Open for Venus Williams, too. Her escape, however, came with screaming, wincing pain. Williams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday as she twisted for a volley. She needed a medical timeout after losing the Then Simon, who beat Federer twice in 2008 on hard courts in their only two previous encounters, started to take more risks, moving the 16-time Grand Slam champion out of his comfort zone. But Federer persevered, finishing off a 6-2, 6-3,4-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory on his fifth match point. “I'm happy I survived a scare like today. It's not the first time... it does happen,” he said. “You just try to stay calm even though I'm not playing for much. He's playing for the huge upset, and I'm just trying to get through.But, look, I handled it well tonight, and I'm very happy that things turned out so nicely at the end.” In the third set, Federer's reliable forehand started to falter. In the fourth, the shots that usually touch the lines were missing. The shoulders started slouching. Simon is no pushover — he has beaten Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and been ranked as high as No. 6. “Well, I'm stressing out at this point, obviously,” Federer explained in an oncourt interview. In the fifth, Federer recovered. But even when he had triple match point on Simon's serve, he couldn't finish See OPEN, Page 7ESPN AUSTIN (AP)—The University of Texas on Wednesday announced a 20-year. $.300 million deal with ESPN for a 24-hour television network that will broadcast Longhorn sports and other content. The deal includes Texas' licensing and marketing partner IMG College, with more than 80 percent of revenue set to go to the university. I he network contract will not replace existing deals between Ithe Big 12 and ESPN-ABC and Fox. The network has not yet been named. “We want to define what it means to be the’ public university,” Texas President William Powers said. "The challenge is to create new sources of revenue to support our mission.” ESPN will handle distribution in Texas and other states, and will own the Austin-based network, which will broadcast at least 200 Texas sporting events, including at least one football game each season and multiple replays from other networks, and the annual spring football scrimmage. It will also include a minimum of eight basketball games and replays of games broadcast on other networks. Women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer and other sports also would be broadcast. Programming will also include some academic and cultural shows. Officials plan to launch the still-unnamed network in September. n    >    r\    Photo Canyon Lakes Danielle Carpenter, right, scored a team-high 26 goals for the Lady Hawks last season. Carpenter has alr eady logged a hat trick (three goals) against Austin Crockett in the first game of the season HOMELESS HAWKS Installation of new field turf sends Canyon Lake soccer teams packing By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung FI SCI 1ER— Normally, the installation of new turf would be cause for celebration for any high school sports team. Not if you are a member of the Canyon Lake soccer teams. I he turf project currently going on at I lawks Field has left the soccer teams without a home for 2011, and that has made an already tough season even more challenging. I think the most challenging aspect of playing all road games is getting the students prepared and on track with their studies,” Canyon Lake coach Jeffrey Vaughn said. "The players will be missing lots of seventh-period classes, so we scheduled some open dates to get them some rest. “Being on the road all sea- ■ son is going to be a very telling time for them, but that’s the sacrifice that they Canyon Lake boys soccer coach Miguel Albrecht said that the home field situation won’t come into play until midseason. “Once we start district play, I think that (homefield) is going to come into play,” he said. “There isn’t a big difference right now because we’re playing so many tournaments.” Vaughn Despite the lack of a home field, the 2011 Canyon Lake soccer teams are shaping up to be the best on record. On the girls side, Vaughn has a solid group coming back from last year’s Class 3A playoff squad, including leading scorer Danielle Carpenter. Carpenter, a 2010 All-Comal County selection, scored 26 goals in earning first-team all-district honors, while being one of the top offensive weapons in the region. "Danielle has a knack for finding the back of the net,” Vaughn said. “She’s just an amazing player, and I think she’s going to be even better this season. So far this season, Carpenter has See CLHS, Page 7 lanMopen lirst set. She was on the verge of tears, and apparently elimination. But she refused to stop playing, something she has never done in a Grand Slam match. T he seven-time Grand Slam winner rallied to take the next two sets and defeat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6), 6-0,6-4. Federer faced a more familiar problem — Gilles Simon. He's one of only three men on the tour with a winning record against the Swiss great. Federer raced to a two-set lead in a second-round night match, and seemed in the clear. He had never while lost so far ahead in a Grand Slam tournament. ;