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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, June 8, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Alex Weber, 13, runs with „ the ball during the Canyon football camp. SPORTS UIL STATE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT Friday-Saturday, Dell Diamond, Round Rock CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS FRIDAY Humble Kingwood (33-6-1) vs. Lubbock Monterey (32-10), 4 p.m. Smithson Valley (28-7) vs. Rockwall (31-8), 7 p.m. Tickets: Each game $5 students; $10 adults. All-tournament pass $25. Getting there: Take Interstate 35 north to exit 253 in Round Rock (US 79/Tayk>r). Turn right and go 3.5 miles. Dell Diamond is located on the left. Radio: KGNB-AM 1420 will broadcast Rangers games at 6:45 p.m. Friday and 3:45 p.m. Saturday, if necessary. E DAILY C- KET Astros at Mets Houston continues three-game set against New York at Shea Stadium Time: 6:05 p.m. (KGNB-AM 1420: FSNSW)I Spurs begin NBA Finals San Antonio welcomes defending champion] Detroit for Game I at the SBG Center Time: 8 p.m. (ABC WOAI-AM1200) SV baseballer* at state Rangers play Rockwall in Class 5A state semifinal at UIL tourney in Round Rock Time: 7 p m. (KGNB-AM 1420) Astros are nearly no-hit in 3-1 loss to Mets NEWYORK (AP) — Pedro Martinez flirted with the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, taking his bid into the seventh inning and striking out 12 Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Martinez dominated one of the worst-hitting teams in the major leagues, throwing a two-hitter with only one walk for his 44th career complete game and second this season. New York moved four games over .500 for the first time this season. Just when the Shea Stadium crowd of 39,953 was beginning to buzi. with excitement, Chris Burke drove a I -1 pitch into the left-field bullpen for his first major league home run. It came on Martinez’s 69th pitch, with one out in the seventh. But the right-hander recovered and allowed only trance Berkman’s single the rest of the way. I Ie capped his stellar performance in style, fanning his final four batters and saluting the crowd with arms raised high as he walked off the mound. “I didn't realize it was a no-hitter,” Martinez said as fans chanted “Pedro! Pedro!” behind him. “It s a great feeling to be embraced by the fans so quickly. I could feel it from the very first time I stepped between the white lines in New York.” Martinez outpitched Roy Oswalt, who hit Cliff Floyd with a pitch in the seventh. An angry Floyd pointed at Oswalt and started toward him, but was held off before he could get close. Both benches and bullpens emptied, hut no punches were thrown. Plate umpire Bruce Dreckman warned both benches. Oswalt also plunked Floyd in the back of the ribs last August. Floyd hit a grand slam off the right-hander in May 2004. Martinez (7-1) pushed his NL-lead-ing total to 104 strikeouts. He retired his first nine hatters before walking Orlando Palmeiro on four pitches leading oil the fourth inning. The runner was erased when Burke banged into a double play. (Constantly getting ahead of the Houston hitters, Martinez mixed speeds and pitches brilliantly. Typical were back-to-back strikeouts of Berk-man and Morgan Hnsberg to open the fifth inning. He got two-strike counts on fastballs and struck out both hitters with changeups. After Burke’s homer, the crowd cheered Martinez’s effort. ‘‘I hung it and he hit it,” Martinez said. I Ie responded by striking out (Craig Biggio. After Berkman singled, Martinez fanned Ensberg to end the inning. See ASTROS, Page 6A Sidelines From wire reports NATIONAL ESPN OUT OF FOOTBALL POLL - ESPN withdrew from the college football coaches’ poll Tuesday, the second major news organization to say it didn’t want to be a part of the Bowl Championship Series’ weekly rankings. The cable sports network said it no longer wanted its name attached to the rankings unless all ballots were made public, not just the final ones. USA Today will continue running the poll, which helps determine who plays for the national championship. In December, The Associated Press told the BCS to stop using its media poll in its weekly formula. Unlike the AP voters, the coaches’ ballots have always been secret. ESPN asked this year that they be public, but the coaches agreed only for the final regular-season poll. ESPN wanted it for the entire year. ESPN had sponsored the coaches’ poll with USA Today since 1997. UPTON TOP PICK - Justin Upton was simply too good for the Arizona Diamondbacks to pass up. Despite having a few talented shortstops already in their minor league system, the Diamondbacks added another when they made the Virginia high school star the top pick in the baseball draft Tuesday. Upton and his brother B.J., the second pick in 2002 by Tampa Bay, are the highest-drafted siblings. Kansas City selected Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon with the second pick, the team’s highest ever. Undrafted out of high school, the two-time Big 12 player of year hit .382 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs for the Huskers. Southern California catcher Jeff Clement went No. 3 to Seattle. Washington took University of Virginia third baseman Ryan Zimmerman with the fourth pick, and already agreed to contract terms with him. RANGERS SELECT MAYBERRY - Stanford junior outfielder John Mayberry Jr. was the first-round pick of the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, taken 19th overall in the amateur draft. Mayberry hit .312 with 28 home runs and 148 RBIs the past three seasons at Stanford. Mayberry was the 28th overall pick by Seattle in the 2002 draft, but he decided to attend Stanford instead. Spurs expect defense to dominate in NBA Finals Gregg Popovich SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gregg Popovich has long credited limy Brown for bringing him into the NBA and teaching him much of what he knows about basketball. That’s why the NBA Finals between Popovich’s San Anto-nio Spurs and Brown’s Detroit Pistons is creating mixed feelings. “It will be a strange situation,” Popovich said Tuesday, “trying to beat somebody up and hoping they do well at the same time.” Not too well. Given the long basketball kinship between them — Brown hired Popovich as a Spurs assistant in 1988 and later tapped him as an assistant for the 2004 Olympic team — it s not a surprise the Spurs and die defending champion Pistons would have    similar, defense- driven styles. San    Antonio, which won titles in 1999 and 2003, allowed the fewest points per game (88.4) in the league during the regular season, and Detroit was a close second at 89.5 ppg. Both squads were in the top five in blocked shots, opposing field goal percentage and fewest assists allowed. Detroit’s Ben Wallace was the league’s defensive player of the year, and San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen was runner-up. Together the Pistons and Spuis accounted for five of the 11 players selected to the All-Defensive first and second teams. So it’s not a surprise the Spurs expect defensive execution to decide the best-of-seven series, which begins Thursday night in San Antonio. “It’s going to be very tough to score, we all know that,” said Maim Ginobili, who has averaged 21.8 points in the postseason. “Its not going to be I IO-, 115-point games.” T he Spurs proved in their last series that they can score big when necessary — they averaged 108 points in their five-game series win over high-scoring Phoenix in the Western Conference finals. Against Detroit they could be looking at final scores that more resemble halftime ones against the Suns. "I don’t really care if it’s 1-0 as long as we have one more point at the end of the night,” said center Nazi Mohammed, a late-season pickup who became a starter when Rasho Nesterovic sprained an ankle in April. “We’re going to be focused on stopping each other because defense wins championships.” Ginobili said Detroit’s defensive size and speed will make it hard for him and other Spurs to take the ball inside. I Ie contrasted the Pistons’ big men to Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal, another dominating inside presence. “It’s not the same going against Ben Wallace or Rasheed (Wallace) than to Shaq, where you know he’s a big body that’s going to wait there,” Ginobili said. “They’re very athletic and they understand their defense very well." Detroit uses that same size See SPURS, Page 6A THE 2005 NBA FINALS DETROIT PISTONS VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (Radio: WOAI-AM 1200; TV: ABC) Thursday Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 12 Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16 San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19 San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m., if necessary Tuesday, June 21 Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m., if necessary Thursday, June 23 Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m., if necessary NBIX playoff teams Baseball, softball squads congratulated. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Ole Miss to host UT in Super Regional (JXI ()RD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will play host to Texas on Saturday evening in die first super regional game in school history. The best-of-three Oxford Super Regional series at Swayze Field will continue on Sunday. If necessary, a third game will be played Monday. The NCAA Tuesday announced (liq dates and* times for its eight super regionr als. Four of them begin Friday and the other half start Saturday. The winners of the eight super regionals advance to die College World Series, which begins June 17 in Omaha, Neb. Ole Miss (47-18) is hosting the super regional because it received the No. 5 overall seed in the tournament, the first time the Rebels have received a national seed. The Rebels swept through the Oxford Regional this past weekend, beating Maine once and ()klahoma twice by a combined 32-8. They also have set die school single-season record for wins. Texas (49-15) went 4-1 in this past weekend’s Austin Regional, emerging from the losers’ bracket to beat Arkansas on Sunday and Monday to win a spot in the super regionals. The Longhorns, the second-winningest program in NCAA history, have won four consecutive regionals and a total of 30. They’ve played in a record 31 College World Series and have won five national championships. Setting, spiking, pas... learning Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Canyon coach Heather Sanders is staging her annual summer volleyball camp, which runs throughThursday. Top, Brooke McDonald, 11, watches the ball; top right, Sanders helps Samantha Rodriguez understand passing; right, Mariah Seelhammer, 11, practices serving; left, Maranda Martinez, 11, sets the ball. ;