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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams, at 625-9144 ext. 223 Sports Saturday June 14, 2003 IBNBA Playoffs NBA FINALS (Best-of-seven) San Antonio Spurs vs. New Jersey Nets Wednesday, June 4 San Antonio 101, New Jersey 89 Friday, June 6 New Jersey 87, San Antonio 85 Sunday, June 8 San Antonio 84, New Jersey 79 Wednesday, June 11 New Jersey 77, San Antonio 76 Friday’s game San Antonio 93, New Jersey 83, San Antonio leads series 3-2 Sunday, June 15 New Jersey at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 New Jersey at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m., if necessary TICKETS (210) 223-3865 Kerr sparks Spurs’ 93-83 victorySA leads series 3-2 going home By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Steve Kerr faked a shot from the corner, dribbled twice to his right and knocked down a 15-footer on the run. He celebrated by high-stepping backward downcourt. -The seldom-used player with four championship rings came through in the clutch again for the Spurs, knocking down a pair of timely jumpers and making a key steal late in the fourth quarter as San Antonio defeated the New Jersey Nets 93-83 Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. Kerr is the only player on either roster to have played in a championship series that was tied 2-2, doing it in 1997 with the Chicago Bulls. He didn’t enter the game until early in the final quarter, then displayed all the poise of someone who has done this many times before. KERR First came a 3-pointer with 3:03 left to put the Spurs ahead 83-76, next came a steal from Kenyon Mar-tin, and last came the running jumper and the backward high-step after his 15-footer made it 87-78 with 1:42 left. “Steve was fantastic,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s the consummate pro. He comes on the court, he knows what we’re doing. He’s in shape, and he did a really fine job. Obviously, he was a huge factor down the stretch.” It was the latest heroic postseason chapter for Kerr, whose resume from this postseason includes a 4-for-4 performance from 3-point range in a 23-0 run the Spurs used to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals —-the victory that got them here. The next step will be closing out the Nets, and the Spurs’ chance will come at home Sunday night in Game 6. Tim Duncan carried the Spurs for most of the game with 27 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Tony Parker and Malik Rose each added 14 points. Jason Kidd scored 29 for the Nets, although only three of those points came in the fourth quarter when the Nets were hurt by five of their 16 turnovers. Stanford shuts out Carolina in opener By Eric Olson Associated Press Writer OMAHA, Neb. — Stanford’s John Hudgins, who had complete-ga me victories in three of hts last four starts, was headed for another in the College World Series opener against South Carolina. Despite giving up just two hits over eight innings and his team on its way to an 8-0 victory Friday, Hudgins was not allowed to finish what he started. Kodiak Quick pitched a hitless ninth to wrap up the third CWS shutout since 1995 and the first two-hitter since 1993. Hudgins had no qualms with Stanford coach Mark Marquess5 decision. “This isn’t a one-game tournament,” Hudgins said. “It isn’t about individual performances. It’s about winning ball games. And if we can’t keep an 8-0 lead with our bullpen, we should go home.” Hudgins (12-3) threw only 84 pitches, which allows Marquess to bring him back on short rest. While Hudgins was shutting down the Gamecocks, the Cardinal collected 12 hits off four pitchers. Sam Fuld and Jonny Ash each had three hits for Stanford and Ryan Garko drove in three runs. The Cardinal recorded their fifth shutout of 2003 and the first in the CWS since Georgia Tech beat South Carolina 11-0 in last year’s opener. After last year’s debacle, the Gamecocks won four straight to reach the national championship game, where they lost to Texas. Stanford (47-15) stretched its season-best winning streak to IO games and advanced to a Sunday meeting with Cal State Fullerton (49-14), which beat LSU 8-2 on Friday. South Carolina (44-21) plays LSU (45-21-1) in a Sunday elimination game. CWS COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Double Elimination Friday’s games Bracket 1 Game 1 — Stanford 8, South Carolina 8 Game 2 — CS-FuHerton 8, Louisiana State 2 Today’s games Bracket 2 Game 3 — Southwest Missouri State (40-24) vs. Rice (53-11), 12:30 p.m. Game 4 —• Texas (48-18) vs. Miami (44-15-1), 6 p.m. Sunday, June 15 Game 5 — South Carolina vs. LSU, 2 pm Game 6 — Stanford vs. CS-Fuiierton, 6 p.m. Work it girl Rupe, Red Sox stymie Astros K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Soon-to-be-freshman Megan Miller (right) and about 20 other young ladies work out with McKenna’s Patty Vogt (center) during Girts Summer Fitness Camp on Friday. The next Girls Summer Fitness Camp, which cost $30, takes place 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 4-14 (MWTh) at McKenna and is open to all incoming seventh through ninth grade students. For information, call Vogt at 629-5627. Damon’s HR breaks 3-3 tie BOSTON (AP) — Ryan Rupe pitched six strong innings in his rainy debut with the Red Sox and Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking homer as Boston beat the Houston Astros 4-3 Friday. Rupe was promoted Friday from T r I p I e - A Pawtucket where he went after a poor spring training. The Red Sox claimed pypg him on waivers Nov. 27 from Tampa Bay, where he spent four seasons. Tied 3-3, Damon led off the sixth with his sixth homer. Rupe (1-0) was replaced by Mike Timlin to stall the seventh after allowing one earned run and eight hits while striking out four. Next Three HOUSTON ASTROS SCHEDULE Saturday, June 14 Astros at Boston Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. on AM 1420 KGNB. Sunday, June 15 Astros at Boston Red Sox, 12:05 p.m. on AM 1420 KGNB. Tuesday, June 16 Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:05 p.m. on AM 1420 KGNB. TICKETS Brandon Lyon pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many opportunities. Rupe didn’t issue a walk, in sharp contrast to Houston starter Jonathan Johnson, who walked eight before leaving with no outs in the fourth. The Red Sox had IO walks, giving them 24 in two games. They left ll runners on base after stranding 18 in Thursday’s 8-7 loss to St. Louis. The start of the game was delayed one hour, 25 minutes and it rained throughout. Rocket finally gets career win No. 300 NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Clemens got his milestones two at a time. The Rocket finally reached 300 wins Friday night and entered an even more exclusive club, becoming only the third pitcher with 4,000 strikeouts as he led the New York Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2. Clemens (7-4) was the 21st pitcher to make it 300, and did it on his fourth try. Clemens allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings and struck out IO, raising his total to 4,006 on an unusually cool, damp night. He threw 120 pitches before handing a 3-2 lead to New York’s bullpen for his third straight start. This tune, ('hris Hammond, Antonio Osuna and Mariano Rivera held on. A sellout crowd of 55,214 cheered while Clemens’ team-rnates hugged him in the dugout after the final out. Clemens jogged onto the field as Elton John’s “Rocket Man” played over the publReaddress system. He raised both arms, tipped his cap to the fans in right field, then left, then touched his heart. Ready or not, Little League all-star mania is here For those sports fans who do not have children between the ages of 8 and 16 playing Little League baseball/softball, the next couple of weeks might get a little confusing. Even if you do have young boys or girls of summer in the family, you might get a Little turned around. Tbday at 6 p.m. at the New Braunfels Little League Fields on Loop 337, more than 250 Little Leaguers can pick up their all-star uniforms and get their all-star team photos taken for the newspaper. During the next couple of weeks, the Herald-Zeitung will run those photos in the sports section of the paper. If several players or coaches on the team are not present to have their photo taken today, it is up to the coach or team mom to shoot and submit a team photo sometime next week. The Herald-Zeitung will first run those photos taken today, then the rest of the photos in the order they are turned in. r ' I I §'■ I Bryan Adams lf it rains today, all photos need to be taken and turned in by a coach or team mom. I have to admit, times have changed since played Little League — during the days of parachute pants, Stars Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and two World Series championships by the Los Angeles Dodgers. There were not as many Little League “AU-Star” teams back then. I played at McAllister Park Little League in San Antonio, and when the regular season ended there were six all-star teams selected. There was a Minor All-Star team (players ages 10-and-younger), a Major All-Star team (players ages 9-12), a Junior All-Star team (players ages 13-14) and a Senior All-Star team (players ages 15-16). And there was a Major Softball All-Star team and a Junior Softball All-Star team. This year, New Braunfels Little League will sponsor 23 All-Star teams. Having this many all-star teams is good for the kids because more young players can call themselves “all-stars.” Nowadays there are district all-stars and state all-stars. State allstars are basically the best of the best — like we had at McAllister Park. The special district all-star tournaments, which begin on Monday, allow pretty good players the opportunity to play a few more games at a higher level of competition. At the end of the Little League regular season, NBLL coaches voted on all-stars and drafted two Minor baseball teams, two Major baseball teams, one Major softball team, two Junior baseball teams and one Junior softball team. After the state teams were selected, NBLL coaches and officials voted and drafted district all-star teams. District all-star teams are cut up into more slices. Instead of combining the hest 9-12-year-old players on one all-star team, the teams are divided up for each age group. Last year NBIJL sponsored two 13-year-old district all-star baseball teams, two 12-year-old baseball teams, three 11-year-old baseball teams, two 10-year-old baseball teams, four 9-year-old baseball teams and two 8-year-old baseball teams. NBLL also sponsored one 10-year-old district all-star softball team and one 9-year-old team. The number of district all-star teams was reduced slightly from last year. See LITTLE LEAGUE74B a ;