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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas best    COPY Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Tuesday January 21, 2003 IB :————— hi hmm■■Hi Duncan leads Spurs over Rockets, 87-82 Next Five JU    /    sa    spurs sc Yao tallies 11 points and eight rebounds SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan scored 32 points and converted a tiebreaking 3-point play in the final minute, as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Houston Rockets 87-82 on Monday. The Rockets erased a 13-point Spurs’ lead in the fourth quarter despite star point guard Steve Francis and center Yao Ming spending the entire period on the bench. Francis, coming off a career-high 44 points in Houston’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, was just l-of-12 from the floor and finished with four points in 31 minutes. Yao played 24 minutes and had ll points and eight rebounds. Tference Morris’ backdoor layup gave the Rockets an 80-78 lead with 4:37 left in the game. After baskets by Duncan and Tbny Parker put the Spurs back up by two, DUNCAN Moochie Norris made a 16-footer to even it up at 82 with 3:03 remaining. Neither team scored again until Duncan went over Maurice Taylor for a layup and was fouled with 59 seconds left. David Robinson added 14 points and Parker ll for San Antonio, which won its fourth straight. Cuttino Mobley and Morris led the Rockets with 15 each, while Taylor and James Posey both contributed IO. Duncan scored 13 of the Spurs’ 19 first-quarter points, but a balanced Rockets offense kept them close. A floater in the lane by James Posey arid a layup by Kelvin Cato in the final 90 seconds of the period pulled Houston to within three at 19-16. After making an 11-foot jumper to open the second, Duncan’s scoring pace slowed while Robinson’s picked up and Emanuel Ginobili came off the bench for the Spurs’ only 3-pointer of the half. Robinson made four of his five shots in the quarter, all but one of them outside jumpers, scoring 9 points to help San Antonio build take a 48-41 lead at the break. Terence Morris scored eight points in as many minutes off the bench for Houston in the second, while Mobley scored seven in the period. District play begins today NB starts with Fredericksburg while Canyon plays Dripping Springs Area Soccer DISTRICT 27-4A BOYS SOCCER STANDINGS Dirt All Alamo Heights    0-0 Dripping Springs    0-0 Canyon    0-0 Boerne    0-0 Wimberley    0-0 New Braunfels    0-0 Fredericksburg    0-0 8-0-2 6-2-1 6-4-0 3-2-2 0-2 4-4-0 N/A Today’s games 'Fredericksburg at New Braunfels, 6:45 p.m. •Canyon at Dripping Springs, 6:45 p.m. DISTRICT 27-4A GIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS Dirt All Boerne    0-0    7-1-1 Alamo Heights    04)    7-3-1 Wimberley    0-0    5-0-2 Canyon    04)    3-1-1 New Braunfels    0-0    6-4-0 Dripping Springs    0-0    N/A Monday, Jan. 20 NB, Fredericksburg Today’s games •Dripping Springs at Canyon, 6:45 p.m. DISTRICT 27-5A BOYS SOCCER STANDINGS Dirt All SA Southwest    OO    7-20 SA HartandaJe    OO    6-2-1 Smithson Valley OO 6-4-1 SA East Central    OO    4-70 SA Highlands    OO    3-40 SA Brackenridge    OO    0-4-1 Today’s games Marshall at Smithson Valley, 7 p.m. DISTRICT 27-5A GIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS Dirt All Smithson Valley OO SA Southwest    OO SA East Central    OO SA Highlands    OO SA Harlandafe    OO SA Brackenridge    OO 6-20 7-1-1 6-40 6-40 4-20 2-2-1 Today’s games Smithson Valley at Marshall, 5 pm* ‘ Friday, Jan. 24 Copperas Cove at Smithson Valley, 7 p.m. DAVID INGRAM/HeraW-Zertung New Braunfels forward Kayla Thornton dribbles the ball up the field and past a defender during a game played earlier this season. The Unicorns opened district play against Fredericksburg late Monday night. Welcome to the Swashbucklers’ Super Bowl in San Diego By Barry Wilmer AP Football Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Welcome to the swashbucklers’ Super Bowl, with Jon Gruden subbing for Errol Flynn, Bill Callahan in the Tyrone Power role, and Al Davis as Captain Hook. The Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers sailed into San Diego with their pirates’ logos and their bloodthirsty images — the Raiders on offense, the Buccaneers on defense. For the next few days, their similarities and vast differences will be dissected. By the time they take the field Sunday, America will know everything about Oakland’s storied past and Tampa Bay’s sorry one. For 19 years, the Raiders have tried to get back to the title game. That’s nothing compared to Tampa Bay’s pursuit of respectability, let alone championships. * Funny thing about football, though: The past isn’t necessarily prologue. Matchups, injuries, luck all play a bigger role than mystique and misery. “It was our history here,” said All-Pro tackle SAPP Warren Sapp. “We can’t do this, we can’t do that. Its cold, it might snow, the Field was not good. Everything but man on man.” Ah, man on man, especially when other teams have the ball and the Bucs can impose their will. Think of a daring Flynn slashing his way through, well, a regiment of Raiders. Think of these brash Bucs and their top-ranked defense slowing down the NFL’s No. I-rated offense. It’s a far cry from what everyone came to expect from one of pro sports’ most downtroddden franchises. “But you look at it, and everything people were talking about didn’t have anything to do with football,” Sapp added. Not exactly. The talk was about football, bad football: an 0-14 debut season; 26 straight losses before a victory; two solid decades of unprecedented failure; and, when they finally turned things around, an inability to get this far. These, however, are the new Bucs, the Gruden Bura. Gruden was, uh, pirated away from Oakland for a very handsome booty of $8 million and four draft choicer sent to the‘Raiders. At the time, some said he was leaving Oakland Coliseum’s Black Hole for another — a black hole of an organization. But he was just what Tampa Bay needed, providing the impetus for this Super Bowl run with his hard-charging style, something the Bucs obviously lacked while falling flat in the playoffs under Tbny Dungy. “If he would tell me to jump off the Walt Whitman Bridge,” Sapp said following the NFC championship victory in Philadelphia, “I would jump off* When Gruden jumped ship, Callahan, whom he lured, moved from the supporting cast to a starring role. He’s overseen a significant increase in the Raiders’ offensive potency; they scored 450 points during the season and have 71 in two playoff games. Most important to the Silver and Black and to See SUPER BOWL/2B SA SPURS SCHEDULE Wednesday, Jan. 22 Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7:30 p.m. on FXSN. Friday, Jan. 24 Spurs at Utah Jazz, 8 p.m. on KENS. Saturday, Jan. 25 Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m. on FXSN. Monday, Jan. 27 Spurs at Minnesota TimberwoJves, 7 p.m. on KRRT. Wednesday, Jan. 29 Spurs at Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m. on KRRT. TICKETS (210) 223-3865 A&M player arrested at party Police found steroids inside player’s truck COLLEGE STATION (AP) — A Texas A&M basketball player was free on bond Monday after he was arrested for felony possession of steroids found in his truck. Andy Slocum, 23, was arrested early Sunday morning outside a fraternity party. Police found a large plastic bag that held syringes and vials, one of which had the words “Anabolic St” on it, according to court records. Slocum was charged with two counts of possessing a controlled substance and jailed under a $30,000 bond, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported on its online edition Monday. Texas A&M officials confirmed Slocum’s arrest. A&M coach Melvin Watkins said the 7-foot player was suspended indefinitely. “At this point, we think it is best for Andy to step away from basketball and focus on his situation,” Watkins said. “We don’t have enough information right now to make a permanent decision about his future with our basketball program. We will wait for the judicial process to be completed and base any further disciplinary action on that outcome.” Police were called to a party at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house after receiving a call that someone was trying to sell Ecstasy. Outside the party, a police officer saw four men, two later identified as A&M football players, standing near Slocum’s truck. The officer stated he saw one of the football players and Slocum engage in an activity “consistent with that of a narcotics transaction,” according to court documents. No charges were filed against the people talking with Slocum because no drugs were found on them. However, police recovered 23 syringes and several prescription drug bottles belonging to Slocum and his sister. Court documents did not say if any illegal drugs were found in the prescription medicine bottles. Police also recovered a pink pill, which tested positive for methamphetamine, and a green pill and papers containing notes outlining a schedule for steroid use. The steroid possession charge is a third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. ;