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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Saturday July 28,20G1 IB ~     ......Armstrong moves up a gear to win Tour stageTour de France Results- Friday 18th Stage 37.88-mlle time-trial from Montiucon to Saint-Amand-Montrond, France 1. Lance Armstrong, United States, U.S. Postal Service, 1 hour, 14 minutes, 16 seconds. 2. Igor Gonzalez Galdeano, Spain, Once, 1:24 behind. 3. Jan Ullrich, Germany, Team Telekom, 1:39. 4. Didier Rous, France, Bonjour, 2:25. 5. Marcos Serrano, Spain, Once, 2:25. 6. Joseba Beloki, Spain, Once, 2:32. 7. Bobby Julich, United States, Credit Agricole, 2:37. By Michael McDonough AP Writer SAINT-AMAND-MON-TROND, France — Just when Lance Armstrong’s rivals thought they had seen it all, he shifted up a gear Friday to win a Tbur de France stage and draw yet closer to a third straight title. “That was an effort that we’ve never seen before,” he said after winning the individual time trial between Montiucon and this town in central France. “I think that I’m at the highest level of my career.” Armstrong’s main rival, Jan Ullrich of Germany, remained second overall. But the Texan’s advantage grew to 6 minutes, 44 seconds, a huge margin with only ARMSTRONG two flat stages remaining before the finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday. He won last year’s race with a 6:02 lead over Ullrich and the year before ended 7:37 ahead of Switzerland’s Alex Zuelle. Barring sickness or accident, Armstrong is certain to become the first American to win three consecutive Tbur titles. He won his first title after an extraordinary comeback from testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain. Having won three stages entering Friday and holding a healthy lead in the standings, Armstrong didn’t need to win this leg. Nevertheless, he recorded a stunning time of I hour, 14 minutes, 16 seconds in the 38-mile stage, slashing 1:24 off the day’s previous best set by Spain’s Igor Gonzalez Galdeano. “I always feel it’s important that the yellow jersey race the final time trial with a IOO percent effort and try and prove that he’s the best rider in the race and that he deserves to win the Tour de France,” the U.S. Postal Service rider said. Ullrich trailed by 1:39 and finished the stage in third place, behind Armstrong and Gonzalez Galdeano. Healthy Galloway ready for a full season By JAIME ARON AP Writer WICHITA FALLS — Two years ago, Joey Galloway played only eight games because he was fighting for more money. Last year, he played only one game because he blew out his left knee in the opener. This year, the Dallas Cowboys receiver is wealthy, healthy and hoping to finally play entire season again. “I don’t know if you GALLOWAY can squeeze two seasons into one,” he said, “but I’m going to go out there and give it everything I have.” The Cowboys gave up two first-round picks and a $42 million, seven-year contract to get Galloway from Seattle in February 2000. Owner Jerry Jones was convinced a speedy target for Troy Ak-man was all the team needed to regain its place among the NFL’s elite. Like most of Dallas’ big experiments lately, it failed miserably. Aikman was knocked out of the first game without completing a pass to Galloway or anyone else. Three quarters later, Galloway suffered his season-ending injury. Now Aikman’s career is over and the Cowboys are left with an expensive receiver on a team that has much bigger needs. Dallas would be better off having had the first round picks, not to mention the salary-cap room. But Galloway can still play a key role this season. Too close for comfort NB Major All-Stars lose a heartbreaker to Northeast San Antonio, 2-1 BY K. JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer After going toe-to-toe with Northeast San Antonio for seven innings, New Braunfels Major could only watch as a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning ended the game with a loss, 2-1. Despite losing the first game of state tournament action in Waco, NB came within one strike of taking the extra-innings affair home with a 1-0 win. NB pitcher Trenton Irwin was credited with IO strikeouts, while San Antonio’s pitcher, James Stancek, struck out seven. In the top of the seventh inning, NB was the first team offensively to get a player past second base. Cade Gaddy popped up to second, but reached base on an error. Gaddy then slid into third just under the tag after a double by Cody Flu-grath. With only one out in the inning, Scot Bueche grounded out at first, allowing Gaddy to score. Gaddy bowled over the catcher and knocked the ball lose, allowing NB the first score of the day. San Antonio started to run out of chances as NB catcher Rusty Turpin retrieved a shallow bunt and threw out the runner at first. After giving up a walk, Irwin struck out the third batter in the line-up. Irwin stepped back from the mound with a wide grin after gaining two strikes on what could be the last batter of the game. As he went into his wind-up, the smile was still there. It soon faded away. Two balls later, the batter walked to first base, and a tired Irwin had to face yet another batter. Irwin then allowed one run, which tied the game, and only a body block by Turpin kept a second runner from scoring. Unable to get its offense going, the NB side was retired in its next outing. For the second extra inning, Irwin took the mound again. “I thought I had him,” said Irwin after the game. ‘I pitched the wrong pitch. He guessed it and I can’t do anything about that.” San Antonio’s catcher, Daniell Qualls, guessed right and put Irwin’s pitch over the left-center field fence to seal the 2-1 victory. For Northeast San Antonio, it was their first state tournament victory, and manager Scott Cales credited his win to strong leadership among his players. New Braunfels coach R.C. Irwin took responsibility for the loss when he addressed his team after the game, pointing out the team might have been better served with a fresh pitcher for the extra innings. “We played a hard game and played a quality team,” Irwin said. NB now faces West Sugarland. The game starts at 8 p.m. at Morcross Little League field in Waco. “We’ll keep playing hard and try to get through the next two games in the pool,” Irwin said. The team’s third pool game will be Sunday at 5 p.m. The two teams with the best records advance to the semi-finals on Monday. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung In the top of the seventh inning, Cade Gaddy takes out Northeast San Antonio catcher Daniell Qualls and scores off an RBI by Scot Bueche. New Braunfels Red All-Star left fielder Scot Bueche catches a long fly ball for an out Friday morning against Northeast San Antonio. Bueche got the team’s only RBI of the day, knocking in Cade Gaddy for the first score of the game. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald- Zeitung Bombs away in Illinois Photo submitted The New Braunfels Bombers 14-and-younger squad qualified for the championship round on Friday by sweeping a pair of games in the Pony National Tournament held in Marion, Illinois. The team also won two contests on Thursday, establishing a perfect record in tournament play so far. They have also shutout all four opponents while offensively scoring 17 total runs. Tournament action, including the championship game, resumes today. Texas has no quarterback controversy this year By Joel Anderson AP Writer DALLAS — Chris Simms didn’t have to do much to generate Texas-sized expectations. Even though he’s only had seven career starts for the Texas Longhorns, Simms is being touted as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. He’s already relegated the 1999 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year to the bench. Not to mention he’s also the son of Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms. “I believe in myself,” Simms said, “but at the same time I think there are lots of good players who have proven themselves for more than one year in coUege.” So Friday, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior held court with reporters at Big 12 Conference media day for a chance to queU some of the preseason hype. Simms’ play in the final three games of last season and during spring practices has ended — at least for now — the quarterback rotation with Major Applewhite. “Chris is the starting quarterback because he finished the season well and did a great job in spring practice,” said Texas coach Mack Brown. “But if he can’t handle the heat of worrying about another guy, then he probably came to the wrong place.” Early in the 2000 season, Brown continued to shuffle the quarterbacks as the Longhorns dropped out of the Tbp IO after suffering embarrassing losses to Stanford and Oklahoma. Texas eventually recovered, reeling off a six-game winning streak before losing to Oregon in the Holiday Bowl. Simms started the season opener, was benched, then moved back into the starting lineup after Applewhite suffered a knee injury in the ninth game. He led the Longhorns to consecutive wins over Kansas and Texas A&M, then threw for 245 yards in the bowl loss. In those three games, Simms completed 43-of-75 passes for 868 yards and five touchdowns. He finished up the season as the Big 12’s pass efficiency leader. What could help Simms is the firm support of Brown, who still grows testy when questioned about his star quarterbacks and has said there is no longer a controversy. lr ’ V • -I*. m ■2L SIMMS ;