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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas "'Mj't rr**r* i . ori imI g** %« «r    t# rf tjrc'h^ififl I Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, July 7, 2005 Ashlynn Crum takes a swing at the pitch. SPORTS THE DAILY TI C-K ET Rangers host Toronto Bluejays begin three-game set against Texas at The Ballpark. Time: 7:05 p.m. COMING FRIDAY Little guys, girls LL District 31 tourneys continue. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] D Astros take on Dodgers Slumping Los Angeles hopes for rebound in series at Houston. Time: 7:05 p.m. TAAF Swim Meet Landa Park pool hosts the Texas Amateur Athletic Union's regional. Time: all day London to host the 2012 Olympics SINGAPORE (AP) — london vs. Paris, lea and crumpets vs. wine and cheese. British determination vs. French confidence. The hotly contested race to host the 2012 Olympics came down to an Old World battle of rival cities separated for centuries by culture and Channel, Surprise. London won. The British capital, which last had the games in 1948 while continental Europe was rebuilding in the after-math ofWorld War II, upset Paris 54-50 on the fourth ballot Wednesday. Moscow, New York and Madrid were knocked out in the first three' rounds of the International Olympic Committee vote. “This is our moment,” said London bid leader Sebastian Coe, a former Olympic middle-distance champion. “It’s massive. Its huge. This is the biggest prize in sport." It was also a victory laced with political significance, with Prime Minister Tony Blair getting the better of French President Jacques Chirac. Both leaders came to Singapore to lobby for the bids before flying to the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland. “Many people do reckon that london is the greatest city in the whole world at tile moment,” an exultant Blair said after hearing the result. “I couldn't bear to watch the final bit of it. It’s not often in this job that you punch the air and do a little jig and embrace the person next to you." London, which also held the games in 1908. becomes the first three-time Olympic host city. It was a devastating defeat for Paris, which expected to win but has now lost three Olympic bids in 20 years. Paris, which hasn’t staged the Olympics since 1924, also came up short for the 1992 and 2008 games. "I’m very disappointed,” f rench Sports Minister Jean-Francois liimour said. “I feel theres an empty hole in front of me. I’m almost at the bottom. Why didn’t they pick up our concept, our promotion, our strategy? This is a misunderstanding because I can tell you our work was the best.” Paris had been widely seen as the front-runner throughout the two-year race but struggled with the burden of being favorite and ran a cautious campaign. London, by contrast, pursued a high-profile, aggressive strategy and picked up steady momentum under the leadership of Coe and the strong political backing of Blair. Despite being a favorite, Paris never led in the voting, and London never trailed Paris. London led the first round with 22 votes, while Paris had 21, Madrid 20 and New York 19. Madrid surprisingly t(X)k the lead in the second round with 32 votes, followed by London with 27 and Paris 25. London then picked up a big chunk of New York’s votes to lead Paris 39-33 in the third round. France gained 17 of Madrid’s votes, but london got 15 — and that was enough to stay ahead and secure the win. Rogers apologizes for shoving cameramen, who file charges thing else.” The 40-year-old left-hander (9-4, 2.45 ERA) was selected to the All-Star game on the players’ ballot. His second straight selection and third of his 17-year career came Sunday, the same day he pitched 7 2/3 innings in a 2-1 loss at Seattle. Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Rogers and fined him $50,000, the same amount of the bonus in his contract for being on the All-Star team. The players’ association appealed the penalty, allowing Rogers to keep playing until after a hearing and a decision. rile suspension was among the most severe imposed by the commissioner’s office for on-field conduct in decades. Only the 30-day penalty given Cincinnati manager Pete Rose in 1988 for pushing umpire Dave Pal-lone was longer. Last week, Rogers lashed out at the cameramen as they filmed him walking to the field for pregame stretching. The episode was captured on videotape and led to KDFW cameraman Ixirry Rodriguez being treated at a hospital after the camera was ripped from his hands and thrown to the ground. A day earlier, the pitcher ordered cameras turned off around him in the clubhouse. “Ive been around this game for over 20 years. I prepare myself every day to control my emotions and act See ROGERS, Page 7A ARLINGTON (AP) — Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers apologized Wednesday for last week’s tirade against two TV cameramen that sent one to the hospital and prompted a police investigation, but said he has not decided if he will go to next week’s All-Star game. Rogers, who is appealing his 20-game suspension for the outburst, apologized to Kenny Rogers fans and the cameramen in his first public comments since the June 29 episode. I Ie declined to take ques-ions, and said he was speaking {gainst the advice of his lawyer. “I feel compelled to come before you and express my deep regret for my actions,” Rogers said. “An incident that should have never occurred.” Rogers read from a two-page, handwritten statement. Ile was soft-spoken and paused several times during his two-minute address in a room packed with reporters and about a dozen cameras. When he started to walk away from the podium, Rogers was asked if he planned to go to Detroit for the All-Star game. “I have made no decisions on anything else,” Rogers said. “This is the issue I wanted to address and nothing else, I don’t want to confuse any- Ruling overturns NB win Ineligible player costs team forfeit to Seguin Armstrong retains Tour s yellow jersey MONTARGIS, France (AP) No yellow jersey7 Wednesday. No race today. It didnt take Lance Armstrong long to make up his mind. The six-t i rn e defending Four de France Lance champion Armstrong tried to start the day without the leader’s yellow jersey on his back, a gesture of sportsmanship to honor die former bearer, who lost it when he crashed a day earlier. Race officials, though, wouldn’t hear of it. So the 33-year-old Texan relented and then cruised to another day in die overall lead. “Its nice to have the yellow jersey, but its not critical. The one that matters die most is July 24di,” he said, referring to the last day of the gmeling race. Armstrong captured the race lead Tuesday from compatriot David Zabriskie, a Team CSC rider and former Armstrong teammate, who crashed into a barricade in die final moments of the team time trial. Out of “respect ” for Zabriskie, Annstrong set off in the pre-race ride wearing his blue and white Discovery Channel uniform — but race officials stopped every* Ixxiy before die starting line and asked Armstrong to put on Ie maillot jaune. Tour director jean-Marie Leblanc then got strict about die rule book, which states that the overall race leader “must wear" the yellow jersey. “There was no negotiation,” Armstrong told France-2 television. “jean-Marie said: You don’t start in die jersey, Lind you don’t start tomorrow.’ So I said 'OK.' ” Zabriskie expressed appreciation for it, and said Annstrong had spoken to him after the race: “I Ie was nice.” Spared the crashes and strokes of bad luck that have befuddled others, Armstrong enjoys some breathing space between his main rivals in Ids quest for a seventh straight Four victory. I Ie leads [-Mobile rider Alexandre Vinokourov by 1:21, CSC’s Ivan Basso by 1:26 and Jan Ullrich—die 1997 R mr winner — by 1:36. Ullrich was banged up in a training session a day before die Tour start and has not been in top form. Armstrong's game plan is to ride safe and easy through die early stages of the three-week race, waiting for the mountain stages, where he excels, to try to chisel out bigger gaps. I Ie won t go all-out now to hold the lead: His main goal is to wear yellow on the last race day. By Will Wright Sports Editor LITTLE LEAGUE DISTRICT 31 PLAYOFF RESULTS, SCHEDULE The schedules tor teams involved in District 31 all-star tournaments. Coaches are urged to report game results nightly to (830) 625-9144. ext. 223 or e-mail to sports © BASEBALL 9-10 year-olds At Luling Tuesday’s results Game 1. Gonzales def. Luling Game 3: New Braunfels 13, Seguin 3 Wednesday s results Game 2: Hallettsville vs. Gonzales, late Game 4: Shiner 9, La Vernia 8 Today s games Game 5: Floresville vs. Seguin Gold, 6 p.m. Game 6: LaVernia vs. Luling, 8 p.m. 11-year-olds At Seguin Wednesday’s games Game 1 New Braunfels 19, Seguin 0 Game 2: LaVernia 11, Hallettsville 3 Today ’s games Game 3: Seguin vs. Hallettsville, 6 p.m. Game 4: New Braunfels vs. LaVernia, 8 p.m. Majors North Zone At NBLL Tuesday’s games Game 1: Seguin 5, NB Blue 0 Game 3: Lockhart 8, Canyon Lake 5 Wednesday's games Game 2: NB Red 8, Seguin 3 Game 4: Canyon Lake 6, NB Blue 1 Today’s games Game 5: Lockhart vs. NB Red, 7 p.m. Juniors North Zone At NBLL Tuesday’s games Game 1: NB Red 11, Lockhart 1 Game 2: Seguin Black def. NB Blue (forfeit) Wednesday's games Game 4: Canyon Lake 18, Seguin Black 8 Game 3: Seguin Gold vs. NB Red, late Today’s games Game 5: Lockhart vs. Seguin Black, 6 p.m. Game 6: NB Blue vs. Game 3 loser, 8 p.m. Seniors At Seguin Tuesday’s games Game 1: Yoakum def. LaVernia (forfeit) Game 3: Seguin 10, New Braunfels 8 Wednesday’s games Game 2: Lockhart vs Yoakum, late Game 4: New Braunfels def. LaVernia (forfeit) Today’s games Game 5: Seguin vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m. Game 6: New Braunfels vs. Game 2 loser, 6 p.m. SOFTBALL No result was available from the NB 9-10 year olds playing in Luling; No schedule was available for the NB Majors teams playing in Hal-letsville. It was bound to happen sometime during the Little League postseason play — and it did Wednesday afternoon. New Braunfels Junior League Blue baseball allstars lost a protest by Seguin Black, which lost 13-3 to Blue to begin the District 31 North Zone tournament Tuesday night at the NBLL complex. NBLL officials appealed to the state Little League office in Waco, which then ruled that an unidentified New Braunfels player was ineligible. “We got the news via e-mail around 4 p.m. today that the New Braunfels team had to forfeit,” said the NBLL’s Marshall Schaake. “Evidently, the state office decided there was not sufficient proof that the player lived in the New Braunfels territory.” Seguin Little League president john I lilsberg, director of the 11-year-old and Seniors tournaments there who also has a son playing on the Seguin Juniors team, said the player in question did not approach him for the necessary waiver. “I gladly would have granted one, but he didn’t ask,” Hilsberg said, adding the player competed in the Seguin league during the regular season but didn’t play in its special all-star tournament. "There was a discrepancy in the residency requirements that would not have allowed him to play.” MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung NB Blue's Jacob Armendariz keeps an eye cast towards the plate Wednesday during his team's 6-1 loss to Canyon Lake in the Major League North Zone tournament. However, Blue coach Jimmy Fucker and NBLL official Jon Ellis disagreed. “That kid has played on my team for more than three years," Fucker said. "I Ie goes to school here and as far as I know has always played baseball here.” Added Ellis: “There’s no such thing that says he has to get a waiver — either he lives in the zone or he’s out of it.” Hilsberg said he suspects there might be some hard feelings between the two rival leagues. “But I ’m not the one to get mad at,” he said. “It’s the par-ents (of the player) who should have followed the rules.” The ruling sent the Blue into the losers bracket to face the winner of Wednesday’s late NB Red-Seguin Gold contest. Seguin Black, meanwhile, was run-ruled 18-8 by See NBLL, Page 7A ;