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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas | Thursday, June 23, 2011 | 7 SPOl :TS Downs leads Astros past Rangers ARLINGTON (AP) Matt Downs had a tiebreaking pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning when the Houston Astros scored four runs off Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz for a 5-3 victory Wednesday night. Houston had four hits off Feliz (0-1) to avoid being swept in the first half of the Lone Star Series. Carlos Lee greeted Feliz with a bouncer just over third base that rolled into the left-field corner for a ORLANDO, Fla. Woods to miss next week’s AT&T National Tiger Woods will miss anotner golf tournament as his left leg recovers from injuries. Woods said on hisTwit-_____ ter feed that he will not be playing in next week's AT&T National outside Philadelphia. The tournament supports Woods' foundation. Woods tweeted: Associated Press "doctor's orders." He says he will be at the tournament to support the event, and that he's feeling stronger but not ready to get back to golf. Woods now has missed three straight tournaments he usually plays since withdrawing after nine holes at last month's Players Championship. The British Open starts July 14, and there was no mention by Woods on his status for tne next major. NEW YORK Cardinals’ Berkman 4th in N.L. voting St. Louis Cardinals teammates Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday are aiming to become just the third pair of National League outfield teammates to gain fan-elected Midsummer Classic starts since 1984 (Bonds/Andy Van Slyke -PIT, 1992; Alfonos Sori-ano/Kosuke Fukudome -CHI, 2008). Berkman, a former Canyon star, is fourth in the N.L. voting with 2,562,428, while Holiday has 2,390,118 votes. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun leads the N.L. with 3,034,057 votes. LOUISVILLE, Ky. Storms damage barns at Churchill Downs The famed Churchill Downs horse race track, longtime home to the Kentucky Derby, was hit by a possible tornado Wednesday, knocking down parts of barns and chasing out horses that ran loose before being corralled, officials said. Hours after the storm hit, officials had no reports of injuries to humans or horses at the track on the southwestern side of Louisville. ARLINGTON Astros’ Lyon headed for shoulder surgery Houston Astros reliever Brandon Lyon is planning to have surgery on his pitching shoulder next week and likely is out for the season. Lyon will be examined on Wednesday by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Florida. The procedure is scheduled for Thursday. The right-handed closer has tears in his rotator cuff and his labrum. double. Lee came home on a double by Chris Johnson before an infield single by Jason Michaels. Johnson scored on a passed ball before Downs’ fourth homer of the season, the first by any Astros player in nine games. Downs has reached safely in nine of his last 12 pinch-hit appearances (four hits, four walks and a hit by pitch). This one gave the Astros (28-48), who have the worst record in the majors, their 10th victory in their final at-bat. That made a winner of reliever Mark Melancon (5-1), who pitched a perfect ninth after being given a lead. The right-hander had walked the first two batters he faced when he took over to start the eighth before Michael Young's RBI double gave Texas a 3-1 lead. The meltdown by Feliz after a save Tuesday night wasted an impressive outing by Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who threw seven scoreless innings before leaving because of neck stiffness. The teams open another three-game series Tuesday night in Houston. The AL West-leading Rangers will try to claim the Silver Boot Trophy for the fifth season in a row. When Downs connected, he pumped his fist rounding first base. Feliz bent at the waist and looked down to the ground. Before that, the Astros hadn't homered in eight games. 2011 LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT LAURA McKENZIE | Herald-Zeitung NB Blue’s Brock Butler beats the tag from Lockhart’s Taton Bukowski at home plate during Wednesday’s game. MOVING ON NB Blue advances to title game By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung The New Braunfels Blue team proved on Wednesday that no lead is safe. With a commanding 14-1 lead, the Blue team was hit by the error bug and Lockhart cut the deficit down to three runs twice before the home team pulled away in a 22-16 victory in the 10-year-old All-Star elimination game. With the win, NB Blue advances to play undefeated La Vernia at 7 p.m. today. "I never think the lead is safe no matter how big it is," NB Blue coach Kris Johnson said. "We sputtered a bit in the middle of the game, but I thought Adam (Wueusch) came in and pitched a great game to get this win for us." Wueusch pitched the final three innings and gave up just three earned runs, while being aggressive against Lockhart's big hitters. Braxton Rush went 3-for-4 with six RBIs in the No. 3 slot for NB Blue. "I was just seeing the ball really well tonight," Rush said. "It was win or go home for us. We wanted to get a chance to play La Vernia again." NB Blue came out swinging, as the home team exploded for 12 runs in the first inning. Rush hit a pair of two-run singles, while Adam Boyce, Brock Butler each had RBIs in the inning. NB Blue scored six runs off wild pitches in the opening frame. After going up 14-1 after two innings, Lockhart made a run, scoring nine runs on three hits to cut the lead down to five. Lockhart trimmed the lead down to three with two runs in the fourth before NB Blue responded with two runs of its own to keep the lead at five. In the fifth, NB Blue put the game out of reach with a six-run inning that extended the lead to 22-13. With two on, Wueusch struck out Lockhart's best hitter to end the game. NB Blue will have to beat La Vernia twice to win the doubleelimination tournament. 12-year-old NB Blue 9, Lockhart 4: Coleman Starch had 11 strikeouts to lead New Braunfels Blue to a 9-4 win over Lockhart on Wednesday. The win advances NB Blue to the championship final at 7 p.m. today. U.S. advances to Cup title game HOUSTON (AP) Clint Dempsey struck again, and the United States is back in the Gold Cup final for the fourth straight time. Dempsey scored in the 77th minute off an assist from Landon Donovan, and the Americans earned a 1-0 victory over Panama in. the semifinals Wednesday night, avenging a stunning loss in group play. The U.S. awaits the winner of the later Honduras-Mexico semifinal for the championship match on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. The United States has shut out its last three opponents since the 2-1 loss to Panama on June 11. The U.S. had never lost in the group stage of the tournament, or to Panama in international play until the shocking defeat. Dempsey, who also scored in the Americans' 2-0 win over Jamaica in the quarterfinals, $Md the team proved its resolve in the hard-fought rematch with ftmama. Venus survives, Nadal advances WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Five-time champion Venus Williams needed three sets and nearly three hours to overcome the oldest player in the field Wednesday and reach the third round at Wimbledon. With rain delaying play on the other courts at the All England Club, Williams outlasted Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-7 (6), 6-3, 8-6 in a compelling battle under the sliding roof of Centre Court. Defending men's champion Rafael Nadal cruised past Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to move into the third round. Also advancing was fourth-seeded Andy Murray, who beat Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-3, 6-3, 7-5. The 24-year-old British player never lost serve, saving the only break point he faced, as he again pursues his bid to become the first homegrown male champion here since Fred Perry in 1936. In women's play, No. 2-seeded Vera Zvonareva beat Elena Vesnina 6-1, 7-6(5). THE EXTRA POINT Smithson Valley’s Sarah Castro ► PRO FOOTBALL NFL owners, player reps meet again By Barry Wllner AP Pro Football Writer NFL owners and players met in the Boston area Wednesday in the latest attempt to work out a new collective bargaining agreement, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Assoc iated Press. Commissioner Roger Goodell and members of his labor committee resumed negotiations with players' association chief DeMauric e Smith and several players on Wednesday. A day earlier, NFL owners were briefed on recent progress about a new CBA. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are confidential. One NFL player told the AP that the NFLPA told him progress is being made "but there's still maybe two weeks to go" before a settlement is likely. The player also spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak for the players assoc iation. The main topic of discussion is the breakdown of total revenues. One person told the AP on Tuesday that the players' share would approach the 50 percent the NFLPA has said it has received throughout the last decade. But the expense credits — about $1 billion last year — that the league takes off the top would disappear. Both sides remained optimistic about reaching an agreement after owners were briefed on many details of a new CBA, and they did not carry their Chicago meeting into a second day. "There's a lot of work to be done," Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said at those meetings. "It can be done, it's something we have to keep working at. Every day closer hopefully, that's the goal." The owners' lockout of the players began March 12. ► PRO POKER Phil Hellmuth is leading WS0P player LAS VEGAS (AP) The World Series of Poker's most frequent winner is leading its race for player of the year midway through the summer series. Eleven-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth had a slight edge over Samuel Stein and John Juanda through 31 series tournaments, though Stein and Juanda have wins this year while Hellmuth doesn't. The 1989 no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event champion, nicknamed the "Poker Brat," has two runner-up finishes this year for just over $500,000. "Absolutely played my heart out, but fell short of the 12th bracelet one more time," Hellmuth said on Twitter early Tuesday after falling short to Eric Rodawig in the series' $10,000 buy-in seven card stud high low split championship tournament. "Not as depressed this time, though," Hellmuth has cashed 81 times at the series — more than anyone else — for $6.7 million since 1988. 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