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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, March 11, 201SPORTS ■ COMING SUNDAY Girls, boys basketbal all-district teams released Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] NFL stops, 'innocent bystanders' to take hit By Jaime Aron AP Pro Football Writer Beyond the rich players and even wealthier team owners arguing over how to divvy up $9 billion in revenue a year, the people who would suffer most il there’s no NI L season this year are those whose jobs, businesses and even charity work depend on games. It’s the ¿500 ti< ket-takers, janitors and other game day employees at the Superdome in New Orleans, and the suburban dry cleaner who wash es all their uniforms. It’s the receptionists and accountants for the New York Jets, and the high school band booster club that sells burgers and beer at Carolina Panthers games. It ’s the Episcopal church that sells parking spots for Tennessee 11 tans games, the hotel across the street from the stadium in Houston and the ticket broker who opened a store facing Cowboys Stadium. And on and on it goes, across the communities of all 32 teams. "It’s like an earthquake — there’s aNFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION ripple effect out to other people, other parts of the region,” said lames j. Cochran, co-author of “An Event Study of the Economic Impact of Professional Sport Franchises on Local U.S. Economies’’ and an associate professor in economics at Louisiana Tech. “You can’t really assume the impact is limited to the area around the stadium. You feel the shock everywhere along the way. It may not be the same shaking as at the epicenter, but you feel it.” The NI L and the players union are talking with a federal mediator to work out a new collective bargaining agreement. If they don’t have a deal by Friday afternoon, the owners could lock out the players or the NFLPA might decertify and take its fight to court. Either scenario would put the NFL on a path that might wipe out some or all the upcoming season. To gauge the Fiscal fallout of NFL games not being played, The Associated Press interviewed dozens of economists, business owners and team officials from across the country. Several themes emerged: — Teams would be hit hard because they collect a lot of the money spent on game days (concessions, See NFL, Page 7 ► PRO HOOPS Heat snap 5-game slide, top Lakers By Tim Reynolds AP Sports Writer MIAMI — Less than 2 minutes to go, tie game, Kobe Bryant with the basketball and staring down Dwyane Wade. Bryant's move was good. Wade's reaction was better. And in that moment, Miami's epic run of blown opportunities late in games started coming to an end. Wade's steal set up LeBron James for the dunk that put Miami ahead to stay with 1:27 left, Chris Bosh scored 24 points in his first outing after saying he wanted more shots, and the Heat beat the Los Angeles v \    \    1 Lakers 94-88 l_L' ' * MMm ***¥<!#■ /■ on Thursday Heat94, . ,    .    Lakers 88 night to end a five-game losing streak and hand the two-time defending NBA champions their first loss in nine games. “We had everything riding on this game, really, to be honest with you,” Bosh said. See NBA, Page 7 Smithson Valley’sBlagg named to All-State team From staff reports SPRING BRANCH — Smithson Valley senior Danielle Blagg was named a girls basketball all-state selection by the Texas Girls Coaches Association on Thurs day. Blagg, who scored 15.8 points per game, led the I^ady Rangers to a 29-5 overall record and an undefeated 12-0 record and the District 27-4A title. The Trilane signee is a finalist for the Herald-Zeitung All-Comal County Player of the Year. BASEBALL NEW BRAUNFELS 10, SMITHSON VALLEY 6: Charlie Miffle-toris pinch-hit grand slam helped rally New Braunfels to a 10-6 win over rival Smithson Valley in the South San 1SD Tournament on Thursday. See PREP, Page 7 Hamilton leads Texas past Oklahoma By Doug Tucker AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Iordan I iamilton and Tristan I homp-son each had a double-double, helping No. 10 Texas cruise past Oklahoma 74-54 on Thursday night in a lopsided quarterfinal at the Big 12 tournament. T he Longhorns, who beat ()klahoma for the third time this season and 11th in 13 meetings, led by as many as 25 and never let the S<toners (14-18) get closer than 13 after that. I Iamilton had 22 points and 10 rehounds, and Thompson totaled 13 points and 11 hoards for second-seededTexas (26-5), which lost three of its last five in the regular sea-son to finish second in the Big 12 behind No. 2 Kansas. Ok I ahoma got 17 points from Cade I )avis in a foul-plagued game. Texas 74.    ()fficials called Oklahoma 54    21 fouls Oil Oklahoma and 14 on the Longhorns, who had a 39-23 rebounding edge and held the Sooners to3-of-13 shooting from behind the 3-point line. I Iamilton had a bucket and )ai Lucas connected on the game's first 3-pointer as the Longhorns got off to an 11-2 start, setting the tone for the entire evening. The lexas defense, which held Oklahoma to a season-low 46 points in a 66-46 blowout on Jan. 15, forced the Sooners into 23 percent shooting. T he Longhorns gave up only one conventional basket over the first 8:38. Davis had a field goal early in the half and that was the Sooners’ only true bucket until Davis scored at the 11:22 mark to make it 11-6. In between, Andrew Fitzgerald was awarded two points on basket interference. The Sooners made a mild run in the second half, chipping a 43-20 halftime lead down to 53-39 with an 8-0 spurt that included Davis’ 3-pointer and three free throws by Steven Pledger after J'Covan Brown fouled him behind the arc. A few minutes later, Calvin Newell’s two foul shots got Oklahoma to 65-52. But Thompson answered with a huge think off a nifty feed from Brown, and Gary Johnson converted a three-point play to quickly build the lead to 70-52. Fitzgerald had 10 points for Oklahoma. TEXAS A&M 86, MISSOURI 71: David Loubeau scored Texas A&M’s first eight points and got the Aggies off to a quick start en route to an 86-71 victory over Missouri Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Loubeau and B.J. Holmes See HOOPS, Page 7 File photos by CHRIS HOFFMAISI/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's Kat Massey, right, and Canyon's Sara Mireles will face each other tonight in the first meeting of the Rangers and Cougarettes in a decade.■DECADE IN THE MAKINGCanyon, Smithson Valley softball teams face each other for the first time in 10 years in District 27-4A showdown By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley coach Lisa Daigle said it best when she hinted that "whoever wins (today) will have the upper hand in the district.” Smithson Valley and Canyon renew a rivalry on the softball field that has been absent since the Lady Rangers moved to Class 5A back in 2001. The Cougarettes host the Lady Rangers at 7 p.m. today in a Dis trict 27-4 showdown. Many people believe this rivalry game should have taken place two years ago when Smithson Valley and Canyon won the 5A and 4A state titles, respectively, to see who really was the best team in Comal County. “1 know everyone wanted to see that game (back in 2009),” Daigle said. “Both programs hit the pinnacle in softball, and who knows what would have happened, if they would have played. That will be speculated about for years to come.” Canyon coach Kevin Randle doesn’t care to talk about the past, and wants only to focus on a very dangerous team in Smithson Valley. "You can’t live in this town and not know the reputation of Smithson Valley softball,” he said. “They are a great team, and have great tradition with 13 straight district championships. “Smithson Valley is definitely a benchmark for any team wanting See RIVALRY, Page 7 ;