New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, July 16, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
134th British Open
The third leg of golf's Grand Slam continues at St. Andrews Scotland Time: 6 a. rn. (TNT, ABC)
Astros at Cardinals
Houston visits St. Louis for second game of three-game series.
Time: 3 p.m. (KBE)-TV: KGNB-AM 1420)
Back to camp
Summer camps begin forNB volleyball and football: SVfootball Time: Morning
Woodward tosses around the frisbee.
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All-stars on parade
A look at NBLL state, international teams.
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From wire reports STATE
BIG 12 ALIGNS WITH GATOR — The Gator Bowl will invite a Big 12 team to its New Year’s Day game twice during a four-year agreement that starts with the 2006 regular season, the conference announced Friday. Under the arrangement, the Big 12 will have two bids each to the Gator Bowl and the Sun Bowl and will face a Big East opponent. The Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., will have the first choice but must select a Big 12 team in two of those seasons. The Sun Bowl is traditionally played on New Year’s Eve in El Paso. Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said he hopes to strike a deal with one or two more bowl games. The conference renewed four-year agreements with tile Cotton, I loliday and Alamo bowls while adding the Gator, Sun and Insight.NATIONAL
WIE Brr SHORT AT PUBUNX - Michelle Wie’s quest for tile Masters ended Friday when Clay Ogden birdied four of tile first five holes and eased to a 5-and-4 victory in their quarterfinal match at the U.S. Amateur Public links in Lebanon, Ohio. Tile 15-year-old high school junior needed to win the tournament to become the first woman to get an invitation^ to the Masters. Instead, she ll have to settle for having been the first woman to qualify for a mens USGA event. At least for now. Ogden, who lost to eventual champion Ryan Moore 2-and-1 in tile quarterfinals a year ago, beat University of Wisconsin junior Garrett Jones 2-and-1 to advance to the 36-hole final today at Shaker Run Golf Club. In the other semifinal, Martin Ureta of Chile needed 20 holes to eliminate medalist Anthony Kiln, a first-team All-America at Oklahoma.
BALOO FOUNDER PLEADS GUILTY -
BALCX) founder Victor Conte pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering in a deal with federal prosecutors, making it much less likely that top athletes such as Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Marion Jones will be forced to testily about alleged drug use. Greg Anderson, Bonds’ longtime friend and personal trainer, pleaded guilty to tile same charges in exchange for a sentence of up to six months. BALCO vice president James Valente pleaded guilty to one count of distributing illegal steroids and is expected to receive two years’ probation.
Tiger returns as Golden Bear makes his exit
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — They leaned out of store-top windows, crammed onto hotel balconies and filled every inch of space along the 18th hole at St. Andrews to witness a historic moment at the home of golf.
First came the farewell of Jack Nicklaus, the greatest champion the game has known, ending his competitive career Friday by missing the cut at the British Open. Before the tears could dry, Tiger Woods reemerged as the dominant force he was five years ago by ripping apart the Old Course to build a four-shot lead.
And so the torch was passed, just as it was when Nicklaus bowed out of the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and Masters, all of those won by Woods.
Nicklaus at least went out on his own terms. Determined to Finish with a birdie, he struck his signature pose — putter raised in his left hand — when
the 15-foot putt curled into the right side of the cup.
“I knew that hole would move wherever I hit it,” Nicklaus said.
Thirty minutes later, Woods saved par from the Valley of Sin to polish off a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 that gave him his largest 36-hole lead at a major since his magical run in 2000.
“I still have to take care of my own business, and that’s a lot out here on this golf course," Woods said. "You have enough issues out there to worry about.”
Nicklaus and Woods Finally met in the interview room — Fittingly, as the Golden Bear was leaving.
“Nice playing,” Nicklaus told him, extending his right hand.
“T hank you, sir," Woods replied as they shook.
“You know, that’s my best round of the year!” Nicklaus said proudly. “And
I still didn’t make the cut.”
But he sure got an emotional sendoff on a mostly sunny, crisp afternoon at St. Andrews.
It started on the first hole, when the packed grandstand along the right side of the fairway rose and applauded as Nicklaus walked by in an argyle sweater, similar to the one he wore in 1978 when he won at St. Andrews. It traveled around the Old Course until he got the loudest cheer of all — when he strode atop the Swilcan Bridge.
“You saw the greatest player who has ever played the game come up the 18th hole,” five-time Open champion Tom Watson said.
The birdie gave him an even-par 72, and he finished at 147 to miss the cut by two shots.
It was his 164th major championship, and it was in these Grand Slam events that Nicklaus defined the modern standard for greatness. I Ie won 18 professional majors, and even more staggering was his 19 times as
“He’s been the benchmark for every player that’s ever played the game, at least in my generation,” said Woods, who already is halfway to Nicklaus’ record and looks as though he might get his 10th major this week.
The departure of Nicklaus won t siphon all the drama from St. Andrews.
Woods, who was at 11-under 133 after wasting birdie chances on his last two holes, will play in the final pairing Saturday with Colin Montgomerie. The Scot got the second-loudest cheers as he birdied three of his final five holes for a 67 that put him at 137.
The last time they were in the final group together at a major was the third round of the 1997 Masters, Woods’ first full year as a pro, when Monty confidently predicted experience would be on his side. Woods put nine shots between them that day and won by 12.
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NB teams to play for titles today
By Will Wright
New Braunfels Little League teams had split success in their quests for District 31 baseball championships Friday night.
The Major League entry suffered its first loss in Five games, falling to La Vernia 9-4 at Hallettsville in the second game of its best-of-three championship series. T he teams will play the deciding game today at the NBLL complex at 7 p.m. •' •' *
New Braunfels’ 9-10-year-old state team defeated Hallettsville 15-11 Friday in Luling to force a deciding game for the district title there tonight. The locals avenged a 7-1 loss to I lallettsville July 8 that sent them into the loser’s bracket. Since then they have won three straight games and outscored opponents 30-15.
“We’ve gained confidence with every game since playing in the loser’s bracket,” said manager Cameron Bradfute following the win. “We really stepped up to the plate and the boys really took it to them tonight.
“I’m glad and happy the boys have earned the right to play another game.”
New Braunfels managed only two hits against Hallettsville the first time, but on Friday the team pounded out 13. Zach Marbach went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and four runs scored and Aaron Gettys went 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Clay Howard (I for 2, one RBI), Jacob Cantu (2 for 3, two runs scored) and C.J. Garza (2 for 2, two runs scored) also shined at the plate as New Braunfels scored two in the first, five in the second and eight in the fourth.
Leading 15-6, New Braunfels had a chance to run-rule Hallettsville late in the fourth but failed to do so. Gettys, hurling in relief of starter I lenry Silva, hung in during a wild sixth inning that saw Hallettsville score five runs. But he calmly struck out the final two batters to gain the game ball.
Great defense was played by Marbach at shortstop, Howard and Anthony Corona in the outfield and Garza at second base. Making stops at the plate were catchers Justin hackie and Bo Bradfute.
MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels Red's Ross Johnson, left, and Jacob McArthur will lead their team into today's District 31 championship game following Friday's 9-4 loss to LaVernia.
In the Majors division, New Braunfels Red had defeated Seguin, Lockhart (by forfeit and on the field), and won its first game against LaVernia, 9-5.
“We played a good game tonight," NB coach Erie James said. “We just came up a little short."
Travis Sims slammed a two-run homer for the locals, who pitched C.J.
Donahoe and Mac James. Tonight Red s ace, Jacob McArthur, will take the hill in the title game.
Wins by both NBLL teams today would place a total of four league teams in sectionals, which begin Sunday and Monday. The league has already qualified teams in the juniors and 11-year-old divisions.LITTLE LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
The schedules for teams involved in Little League Baseball all-star tournaments. Coaches are urged to report game results nightly to (830) 625-9144, ext. 223 or e-mail to sports @ herald-zeitung .com.
DISTRICT 31 BASEBALL 9-10 year olds At Luling Friday’s game
Game 16: New Braunfels 15 Hallettsville 11
Game 17: New Braunfels vs. Hallettsville, 7 p.m.
Majors District 31 title series Best-of-three series tied 1-1
New Braunfels 9, LaVernia 5
LaVernia 9, New Braunfels 4
LaVernia at New Braunfels, today, 7 p.m., NBLL
SECTION IV BASEBALL TOURNAMENTS
9-10 year olds At Ingleside Wednesday s games
Game I: New Braunfels or Hallettsville vs. District 18 champion, 6
Game 2: District 29 champion vs. Victoria NE, 8 p.m.
11-year-olds At Seguin Sunday s games
Game 1: Victoria NW vs. Gregory-Portland, 6 p.m.
Game 2: New Braunfels vs West Sugar Land. 8 p.m.
Majors At NBLL
Game 1: New Braunfels or LaVernia vs. District 29 champion, 6 p.m.
Game 2: District 27 champion vs. Angleton, 8 p.m.
Juniors At Sugar Land Monday’s games
Game 1: District 18-29 champions, 6 p.m.
Game 2: New Braunfels vs District 27 champion, 8 p.m.Palmeiro reaches 3,000 hit club; Astros, Rangers games in extra innings
The Associated Press
SEATTLE — Baltimore Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro became the 26th player to reach 3,(XX) career hits on Friday night, curling an RBI double into the left field comer in tile fifth inning oft Seattle starter Joel Pineiro.
Palmeiro also has 566 home runs over Ills 20-year career, joining I lank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players with 3,(XX) hits and 500 homers.
Palmeiro tied Roberto Clemente for 25th place on the all-time list, both with 3,000 hits.
I Ie was cheered each time he batted, and flashbulbs popped on every pitch. After the milestone liit, Palmeiro’s teammates rushed onto the field from the dugout and bullpen, and he received a lengthy standing ovation from the Safeco Field crowd.
Palmeiro’s sons were on hand to enjoy the night, too. Preston Pilmeiro documented the event with a video camera and another son, Patrick, was acting as the Baltimore batboy. Both boys ran on the field with the Orioles and hugged their father.
As the Orioles left the field,
Palmeiro raised liis helmet and thanked tile fans.
Palmeiro, who walked bi the first and grounded out bi the third, went into a four-game series at Seattle only two hits short of 3,(XX). I Ie was I -ford with a walk in tile series opener, lining a single to right field in theiburth hilting Thursday.
Rickey I lenderson was the most recent player to reach 3,(XX) hits, accomplishing the feat Oct. 7,2001 for San Diego.
Palmeiro’s double scored Melvbi Mora arid gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead. The next batter,
Jay Gibbons, doubled to right, scoring Palmeiro for a 5-1 lead.
Besides moving up on the career lifts list, Pilmeiro also tied Robin Yount for No. 13 all-time with 583 doubles. His 1,187 extra-base hits rank seventh, moving Palmeiro out of a tie with Frank Robinson. Next up is Lou Gehrig (1,190).
ST. LOUIS — The I louston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals game was tied 2-2 bi the 13th inning at presstime Friday. A report will appear in Sunday’s
Texas Oakland OAKLAND— Texas’Kevin Mench homered with one out bi tile eighth inning for the first hit against Oakland’s Barry Zito, who had not allowed a hit in the game. The Athletics led 7-1 at presstime.
Late Thursday, the A’s Rich I larden carried a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Rangers and finished with a two-hitter.
I larden (6-4) was five outs from the 18th perfect game in
major league history when Alfonso Soriano hit a clean sm-gle to center. I Ie allowed a two-out single to David Deilucci bi the ninth before retiring Michael Young on a ground-out to complete his first career shutout. Harden struck out eight and threw 61 of 81 pitches for strikes.
Erie Chavez homered and Scott I latteberg doubled, singled and scored twice in the As fourth straight victory, than Ho Park (8-4) fell to 0-5 in seven starts at the Coliseum and 1-7 overall agabist Oakland.