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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams, at 625-9144 ext. 223 Sports Saturday June 7, 2003 IB rnNBA Playoffs NBA FINALS (Best-of-7) All Times CDT SA Spurs vs. NJ Nets Wednesday, June 4 San Antonio 101, New Jersey 89 Friday, June 6 New Jersey 87, San Antonio 85, series tied 1-1 Sunday, Jura 8 San Antonio at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 San Antonio at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13 San Antonio at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m., if necessary Sunday, June 15 New Jersey at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m., if necessary Wednesday, Jura 18 New Jersey at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m., if necessary TICKETS (210) 223-3865 Kidd shows up for Game 2, Nets winJackson misses three at buzzer By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jason Kidd wiped his right hand against his hip, brought it to his mouth and blew a kiss to his family — just as he does every time he shoots a free throw. Six times he went to the line in the final 20 seconds, and five of those times he calmly sank the shot. Thought this was going to be a noncompetitive NBA Finals? Kiss that notion goodbye. Kidd’s free-throw shooting, along with the defense of Dikem-be Mutombo and Jason Collins against Tim Duncan, led the New jersey Nets to an 87-85 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, evening the series at one game apiece. The Spurs had a chance to win it at the end, but Stephen Jackson missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, and no one gained control of the loose ball before the final buzzer KIDD sounded. The series now heads to New Jersey for a week, and it’s a whole lot different than it was a day earlier, when the Nets were questioning and almost ridiculing the strategies used by coach Byron Scott. Scott made plenty of adjustments, most notably giving 20 minutes of playing time to Mutombo — the four-time defensive player of the year who had barely played in the postseason. Mutombo made his first two shots, blocked three others and gave the Nets an inside presence that prevented the Spurs from scoring with ease from the inside, as they had in Game I. Collins, a second-year center, also was effective in neutralizing Duncan as the Nets held the MVP to 19 points and 12 rebounds. Duncan hurt his own team by missing seven of IO free throws, and he also committed four of the Spurs’ 22 turnovers. Kidd led the Nets with 30 points — including 13 in the fourth quarter — and seven rebounds. Kenyon Martin had 14 points and two blocks, and Lucious Harris came off the bench to score IO. Those were the only four players to score in double figures for the Nets. Tbny Parker scored 21 points for San Antonio, with Jackson adding 16. The Spurs shot just 14-for-25 (56 percent) from the foul line. See SPURS/3B Astros win 5th game in arow HOUSTON (AP) — Jeff Kent hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning as the Houston Astros held off the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 11-8 Friday night after wasting a seven-run lead. Houston, which moved past the Chicago Cubs into first place in the NL Central for the first time since April 15, led 7-0 after two innings, then fell behind 8-7 when Marlon Anderson hit an RBI double off Octavio Botel (5-1) in the eighth. It would have been the biggest comeback win in the history of the Devil Rays, who started play in 1998, but Travis Harper (0-4) couldn’t hold the lead. Houston loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth on singles by Orlando Merced and Morgan Ensberg, and a walk to Jeff Bagwell. Next Five- KENT Yankees win it all HOUSTON ASTROS SCHEDULE Today’s game Astros vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6:05 p.m. Sunday, Jura 8 Astros vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jura 10 Astros at New York Yankees, 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jura 11 Astros at New York Yankees, 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Jura 12 Astros at New York Yankees, 12:05 p.m. TICKETS K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zertung Yankee centerfielder Ben Nelson slides into third base Friday during the Yankees 11-1 Junior League champioship game victory over the Cubs. The Yankees defeated the Phillies, 11-6, to reach the title game. Junior League title game goes to the boys in stripes By Brett Baca Staff Writer New Braunfels little League held its annual Junior League city championship game Friday night and the Yankees defeated the Cubs, 11-1, in six innings to win the right to call themselves the best in New Braunfels. Yankee starter Trenton Irwin pitched all six innings for the win, giving up one unearned run and striking out six. Catcher Junior Riosas and third baseman Scot Bueche led the way for the Yankees as each player went three-for-four with three RBIs. The Cubs, who advanced to championship game Thursday by defeating the White Sox 10-3, drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Cade Gaddy led off the inning with a walk and Chase Wilke followed by reaching base on an error by the pitcher. Reece Zunker then moved Gaddy to third on a groundout to second, and after Stephen Schriewer was intentionally walked to load the bases, Zach Moya drove in the Cubs’ only run of the game on a groundout to the second baseman. The Yankees responded by putting two runs on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Judah Owens singled to left field to get things going and Riosas singled with one out to drive Owens, who stole second earlier in the count. Bueche then drove in Riosas with an RBI sin gle to right center field as the Yankees took a 2-1 advantage. In the second inning, the Yankees added four more runs on another four hits as Riosas and Bueche drove in two runs apiece on consecutive singles to right center field. Then in the sixth, with the game at 6-1, the Yankees put the Cubs away with a five-run inning. All five batters to leadoff the inning — Riosas, Bueche, Andrew Webb, Rusty and Ben Nelson — all scored. The Cubs, meanwhile, were having trouble getting the bat on the ball as the team itself was able to muster only three hits all game. Starter Cade Caddy was chased early on in the third inning, after having given up the four runs in the second. f & y p -J j*** * T i SCHNEIDER Expos keep Rangers in funk SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Brian Schneider drove in a career-high five runs with a homer and a three-run double as the Montreal Expos sent the Texas Rangers to their season-high seventh straight loss, 13-10 Friday night. Ron Cal-1 o w a y h o rn ered and Livan Hernandez (5-4) pitched seven innings and hit a two-run single for the Expos. In the first, Juan Gonzalez lined a ball off the wall to score two runs. The Expos answered when Endy Chavez, Orlando Cabrera and Jose Vidro singled off Colby Lewis (4-4) to cut Texas’ lead to 2-1. Lewis retired the next two hitters before walking Calloway and Fernando Tatis, loading the bases. Schneider then hit a bases-clearing double. I jew is allowed seven runs, seven hits and four walks in three innings. Next Five- TEXAS RANGERS SCHEDULE Today’s game Rangers at Montreal Expos (at San Juan, PR), 6:05 p.m. Sunday, June 8 Rangers at Montreal Expos (at San Juan, PR), 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 10 Rangers vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jura 11 Rangers vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, June 12 Rangers vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.Five Big East schools suing to try and prevent ACC expansion Five Big East schools sued Friday to try to prevent Miami and Boston College from jumping to the Atlantic Coast Conference, accusing them of secretly taking part in an expansion plan that could ruin the Big East. The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Hartford, Conn., says Miami and Boston College professed loyalty to their conference while concocting a “deliberate scheme to destroy the Big East and abscond with the collective value of all that has been invested and created in the Big East.” Big East schools went ahead with expensive renovations and upgrades under the assumption they would be part of a healthy conference for years to come, the lawsuit contends. The Big East could lose millions of dollars in revenue from bowl games, the lucrative Bowl Championship Series and from TV deals, the lawsuit says. The nine-team ACC has promised football power Miami increased revenue from a more lucrative TV deal it believes it could negotiate as a 12-team conference. Tile lawsuit was filed by the five football-playing schools in the Big East that are not considering leaving — Pittsburgh, Connecticut, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Rutgers. The ACC, Miami andACC Expansion ATHLETIC COAST CONFERENCE CURRENT TEAMS 1. Clemson 2. Duke 3. Florida State 4.Georgia Tech 5. Maryland 6. North Carolina 7. North Carolina State 8. Virginia 9. Wake Forest POSSIBLE NEW TEAMS (from the Big East Conference) 1. Miami 2. Boston College 3. Syracue Syracuse is part of the potential ACC expansion but was not included in the lawsuit because plaintiffs said they found no evidence the school made promises to stay in the Big East. “It’s unfortunate that institutions that have been friends are now at odds,” Syracuse spokesman Kevin Morrow said. ACC commissioner John Swof-ford said conference lawyers were reviewing the lawsuit. “We’re disappointed that these schools have chosen to take this action,” he said. Miami athletic director Paul Dee said he wouldn’t comment on specifics of the lawsuit but that the Boston College are defendants university would defend itself. “We believe that everything that we’ve done is appropriate,” Dee said. Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn did not immediately ret urb messages left at his office. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said only that he was aware of the lawsuit and that his conference was not involved in the complaint. The five Big East schools are suing for financial damages and want an injunction to prevent Miami and Boston College from leaving. The ACC last month announced plans to try to expand. ~ '......•    ".    -IX    t ;