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rally in 7th
Torii Hunter (above) scored
the go-ahead run on a
two-out single by Kendry
Morales in the seventh
inning, and the Angels
rallied to beat the Yankees,
7-6, and trim the deficit in
the ALCS to 3-2. 2C
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MATT STRASEN/Special Contributor
return to practice
Once a builder of high school football programs, the memories sometimes are faint for Mike Zoffuto, who resides at an assisted living
Shawn Marion and Josh
Howard were on the court center in Amarillo. While holding his sock, Zoffuto points out the photos lining the walls that show the teams he coached.
together at Thursday’s
practice for the first time in
training camp. 3C
Carter takes control
in District 11-4A
Carter had little trouble
against Pinkston, running
away, 42-7, in a matchup of
4-0 teams in 11-4A. 11C
l McKinney defense makes
a stand, 10C
FILE 2003/Staff Photo
STARS Mike Zoffuto, Eddy Clinton and Denny Garver were at the
Transition game is microphone to broadcast the 1994 Plano East-Tyler John
a work in progress Tyler playoff game that made them a national sensation.
The Stars’ young
defensemen have been
erratic moving the puck Zoffuto, 62, suffers from dementia, but his deeds haven’t been forgotten
from defense to offense. 9C
FIND COVERAGE of the late MARILLO — Mike ago, he was still the head coach From the tight quarters of “God bless
game in Los Angeles. Zoffuto answers the at W.T. White. Before that, he his one-bedroom apartment,
dallasnews.com/sports knock on the door of coached Lake Highlands to where reminders of his career those kids. I’m
Room 240 holding a sock, the state quarterfinals, and decorate walls and swamp
COLLEGES apparently meant for his bare before that, there were good bookcases and flow unchecked
sick. I want to
Quarterbacks know right foot. KEVIN SHERRINGTON teams at Red Oak and Mount from closets, he can outline his throw up.”
substance over style He looks tired and a little email@example.com Pleasant as well as jobs as an ´ ´
resume. He can tell you that he
lost and older than I kevinsherringtonblog.dallasnews.com assistant at Kansas and West won Bronze Stars and Purple Mike Zoffuto, from the
They’re not flashy, but broadcast booth at the end of
TCU’s Andy Dalton and
remember, but not old enough Texas A&M, his alma mater, Hearts as a Marine in
to be living here, in an assisted last 16 months. where he played with Mercury the legendary Plano East-Tyler
BYU’s Max Hall are both
living center, his home for the He is 62. Only four years Morris and Duane Thomas. See IMPACT Page 12C John Tyler playoff game in 1994
closing in on school
records for career wins. 5C
l Rick Gosselin’s Inside the
NFL, 8C Off-season turmoil FALCONS (4-1) AT COWBOYS (3-2) | 3:15 p.m. Sunday (Ch. 4)
l Debbie Fetterman’s
running column, 12C
hurts Kansas’ image Penalties are blocking
at Los Angeles ........
at Philadelphia ......4
Boston ..........3 (SO)
at Edmonton .........6
DUI arrest, brawls
with football team take
success of offensive line
at Atlanta .............4 Columbus ..............4 focus from title hopes
at Tampa Bay ........5 at Phoenix.............3
San Jose ...............2 Detroit ..........2 (OT) Unit has paved way COWBOYS INSIDER
WR Williams, DE Ware
ANSAS CITY, Mo. —
NY Islanders..........1 Kansas coach Bill Self CHUCK CARLTON
for strong numbers and RB Jones all appear
ready to go, 6C
at Ottawa......5 (OT)
at Los Angeles.......7
has a very good reason firstname.lastname@example.org but seeks fewer ﬂags
New Jersey ...........4 New York ..............6 to eagerly anticipate the regu-
Big 12 media day briefs:
at NY Rangers .......2 NY leads, 3-2 lar season — and it has nothing RVING — It takes per- rank ninth in passing aver-
Texas A&M seniors brace
to do with his team’s No. 1 for ‘last go-around,’ 14C
spective to rate the Cow- BILL NICHOLS age (259.4 yards per game).
For late scores, log on to dallasnews.com ranking in almost every pre- boys’ offensive line. email@example.com “We’ve had very few sacks,
view magazine. Is it the group that paved we’ve had big games passing
INSIDE A way-too-eventful presea- guard Tyshawn Taylor throw the way for consecutive 200- times, leaving a trail of and big games running,”
Baseball ..........2 NBA...........3, 13 son left a mark on the Jay- down Facebook smack after yard rushing games? Or the would-be tacklers. But it has coach Wade Phillips said. “In
Colleges ..4-5, 14 NFL.........6-9, 13 hawks, at least when it comes injuring his hand in the fight, one that surrendered five also left a trail of yellow flags. both of those things your of-
Golf...............13 NHL ................9
High schools Olympics .........2
to public opinion. which was reportedly over turf, sacks against Denver? Bottom line: The Cow- fensive line has to play well.
...........10-11, 13 Scoreboard.....13 Self saw his players brawl The Cowboys’ paradoxical boys average 5.9 yards per
Horse racing...13 Tennis ...........13 with the football team and See COACH Page 14C O-line has been dominant at carry, tops in the NFL, and See NUMBERS Page 6C
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Melding passions in Marine Corps race
Area ofﬁcial combines RUNNING/TRIATHLON felt Methodist Richardson mon Avenue off U.S. 75, follow- CALENDAR
would be a good fit and made ing Lemmon into downtown. SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Borden’s Uptown Run 5-mile, SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — TCOM D.O. Dash 5K and Kids’
charity, love of running the center one of its 80 charity From the south, consider tak-
5K Trolley Run-Walk, Elsie’s Kids K and Special
Olympics Run, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Flora
1K, UNT Health Science Center-TCOM Campus, 3500
Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, 8 a.m., $25, 940-391-4905
in D.C. marathon partners, Omar said. ing Ross Avenue to North Pearl Street at Leonard Street, Dallas, Elsie’s Kids K 8:15
a.m., 5-mile and 5K 8:30 a.m., Special Olympics run
SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — The Sudan Footrace 5K and
“Running the marathon or Olive streets. 9:30 a.m., $30 today, $35 race day, 214-770-2722 or Kids’ 1K, Vista Ridge Amphitheatre, Lewisville, 8:30
www.uptownrun.org. a.m., $25 race day, $5 Kids K, 214-440-1177 or
ichardson City Council and helping the cancer center Area runners join 50-state SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Celebration of Freedom 5K and www.sudanfootrace.com.
— there’s a nice symbiotic rela- 1-mile fun run, Arlington ISD Administration Build- SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — The Wildcat Fun Run 5K and 1-
member Amir Omar DEBBIE FETTERMAN club: Larry Lichnovsky, 62, of ing, 1203 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, 1-mile 8 mile, North Ridge Middle School, North Richland
will be among approxi- firstname.lastname@example.org tionship between them all,” he Arlington and George Mones, a.m., 5K 8:30 a.m., $14 adults, $11 students, $18, Hills, 8 a.m., 817-547-5200 or www.birdville
817-561-5462 or www.arlingtonisd.txpta.org. .k12.tx.us.
mately 30,000 runners partic- said. “It was exciting to take 61, of Mesquite completed a SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Cowboys and Kids 5K and 1- SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Walk, Wag & Run 10K, 5K, 3K
ipating in Sunday’s Marine the 50 entries. Anyone can join something that was a passion, marathon in their 50th state to mile, Resistol Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, 8 Dog with 1K, Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake, Dal-
a.m., 5K $25 adults, $15 kids, 1K $15 adults, $10 las, 8 a.m., 214-597-6463.
Corps Marathon in Washing- Methodist Richardson’s team running, and meld it nicely gain entry into the 50 States kids, 972-882-7513 or www.cowboysandkidsrun SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — Carrollton Runners 5K and 1-mile,
.com. McInnish Park, Carrollton, 7:30 a.m., $6, director
ton, D.C. by raising at least $250: $88 with another passion, the med- Marathon Club. SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Cow Tx Running Scared 5K and @carrolltonrunners.com.
Two years for the race entry and a $162 ical center. The goal is to try to Lichnovsky, the longtime 1-mile fun run, Community Center, 7901 Indian SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — Halloween Hustle 1K, 5K and 10K,
Springs Road, Watauga, 9 a.m., $12 today, $20 race Stonebridge Beach Club, 6203 Virginia Parkway, Mc-
ago, he ran donation to the foundation. eliminate cancer or find a Labor Day Westfest 5K race di- day, 817-514-5893 or www.cowtx.org/recreation/ Kinney, 8 a.m., $25 for 5K and 10K, $20 for 1K, 214-
special.htm. 726-9886 or email@example.com or www
“The People’s “It will allow us the oppor- cure.” rector, clocked a 3:19:11 at Sat- SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Hexter Howl 5K and 1K fun run, .stonebridgeracers.com.
Marathon” for tunity to raise thousands of For information, visit urday’s Green Mountain Mar- Hexter Elementary, 9720 Waterview Road, Dallas, SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — Honored Hero Run 20-mile, Half
8:30 a.m., $25 today, $30 race day, 972-502-5815 or Marathon, 5K and 1-mile, Trinity Park Shelter
time, he said. dollars,” Omar said. www.marinemarathon.com. athon in Vermont, completing www.hexter5K.com. House, 2300 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, 7 a.m., prices
SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Living for Zachary 5K and 1- vary by distance and date, 817-917-5919 or
“This go- Omar, 38, is a veteran run- Arrive early for Borden’s all 50 marathons in times that mile, Southfork Ranch, Parker, 8:30 a.m., $30 www.honoredherorun.com.
round, it’s ner. He recently became in- Uptown Run: Borden’s Up- would qualify him for the Bos- adults, $20 students, $10 young kids, 214-673-3404 SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — Pumpkin Run 5K, First Baptist
or www.living4zachary.org. Church, 301 South St., Arlington, 4 p.m., $10
more about volved with Medical Center town Run race director Tom ton Marathon. Mones finished SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Nike+ Human Race (Untimed through Oct. 19, $15 after, plus new, unwrapped
AMIR OMAR fun run), Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 toy, 817-277-6353.
the charity,” Foundation because he wanted Short has been planning for the Indianapolis Marathon on Garden Park Drive, Allen, 7 a.m., free, www.lukes- SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — Urban Challenge Dallas (two-per-
said Omar, a to help in the battle against Saturday’s annual 5-mile and Saturday in 4:07:53. locker.com. (Registration is closed: you can still run son challenge), P.D. Johnson’s Dog Day Deli, 3839
but won’t receive a goody bag.) McKinney Ave., Dallas, 8 a.m., $60 per person, 469-
Marathon two Methodist cancer. Then he merged his 5K for months. He and his race Briefly: Luke’s Locker will SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Rockwall Mustangs Track Club 235-4443 or www.urbanchallengedallas.com.
Richardson passions into one major effort. committee rescheduled the host to a regional Nike+ Hu- Cross Country Invitational, Harry Myers Park, 815 E. SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — U.S. Marine Corps Marathon,
years ago. Washington Street, Rockwall, 8 a.m., 2K to 5K dis- Washington, D.C., www.marinemarathon.com.
Medical Cen- He made a list of the most long-standing spring event to man Race fun run at its soon- tance depending on age, $5 per person, 972-249- SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — Longhorn Ironman 70.3 Ironman,
8882, www.mustangstc.com or coachbarrett@ Town Lake Trail, Austin.
ter Foundation board member. popular marathons and wrote the fall to coincide with the to-open Watters Creek store in mustangstc.com. SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — Trick or Treat Kids Triathlon (5-6
Omar helped the hospital’s the race directors about how opening of Dallas’ new AT&T Allen. … Sunday’s Monster SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Roof Dog Run 5K and 1-mile years old: 50-yard swim/1.5-mile bike/.25 run; 7-
Walk-Run, Christ Church, 4550 Legacy Drive, Plano, 10: 100-yard swim/3-mile bike/.5 mile run; 11-14:
Cancer Center become one of cancer affected his life. He lost Performing Arts Center. Two Triathlon in Denton was 1-mile 8 a.m., 5K 8:30 a.m., $25 adults, $12 kids, 200-yard swim/4.5-mile bike/1-mile run), Green-
972-618-0222 or www.christchurchplano.org hill School, 4141 Spring Valley Road, Addison, $50, 8
the race’s charity partners. his mother to the disease the Short didn’t plan for Wood- Dave Young’s 49th multisport SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Run to Cure Diabetes 5K, Trinity a.m., 214-709-5159 or www.playtri.com. (USA Tri-
This year, four entered the summer before his senior year all Rodgers Freeway being event this year. Young, the Park Pavilion #3, Fort Worth, 8:30 a.m., $20, 817- athlon membership required. $5 annual youth li-
332-2601 or www.jdrf.org. cense.)
race on behalf of Methodist of high school. He remembers closed this weekend. Construc- SMW Regional Council chair SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Savanna’s Rush for a Cure 5K SUNDAY, OCT. 25 — Don’t Be Scared Monster One Tri-
and 1-mile run-walk, Willow Creek Park, McLeroy athlon (Keller Natatorium, 1000 Bearcreek Park-
Richardson’s charity slots, in- the long, tedious trips from tion will eliminate the most di- from Plano, hopes to complete and South Knowles, Saginaw, 8 a.m. $25, 817-205- way, Keller, 7:30 a.m., sold out, www.dallasathle-
cluding Omar. Next year, Harlingen in South Texas to rect path to the venue. his 50th at Sunday’s Katy Tri- 2430 or www.fsma.org/savannasrush. tesracing.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 24 — Spirit of Christmas 10K, 5K and TUESDAY, OCT. 27 — The Colony Roadrunners Club Pre-
Methodist Richardson officials Houston for her treatments. For those coming from the athlon. He finished the Mon- Elf 2K, Public Works Building, 970 Main St., Hickory diction Run 5K, Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks,
said, they hope to fill most of The Marine Corps officials north, he suggests exiting Lem- ster Two Tri in 1:24:44. Creek, 8 a.m., $25, 940-321-4807 or www.lcspiritof- The Colony, 7 p.m., free, www.tcroadrunners.org.
Impact that Zoffuto had stirs up warm memories
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Vietnam. He can even tell you
that Wade Phillips got him
hooked on golf.
But he can’t answer the
day’s most pressing question,
which is this:
“Why are you here?”
“They’re worried about my
mental attitude,” he says at
last, slightly irritated.
“I don’t know.”
“Because of your memory?”
“No,” he says, softly, turning
away. “I remember
No, not everything. Not
even the game that made him
and his broadcast partners
‘God bless those kids’
Zoffuto, or Z, as his friends
call him, used to tease Eddy
Clinton and Denny Garver that
it was the coach in the pressbox
who caused a national
sensation in 1994. The way
Zoffuto told it, if it hadn’t been
for his comment at the end of
the improbable Plano FILE 1994/Staff Photo
East-Tyler John Tyler playoff Mike Zoffuto was a major influence to his players and coaches at Lake Highlands. Richardson Berkner coach Jim Ledford, who worked under Zoffuto,
game, when Plano East’s wild believes as many as 15 of Zoffuto’s former Lake Highlands assistants became head coaches.
comeback was wiped out by a
kickoff return for a touchdown, Anyone interested in writing victory. Ledford says it’s hard to see
no one outside their tiny cable Mike Zoffuto can reach him at He remembers blocking for his old boss and friend these
world would have known who 7404 Wallace Blvd., Room 240, Mercury Morris and Duane days. “I struggle with it,” he
they were. There would have Thomas back at West Texas. says.
been no YouTube hit, no “We went to the Junior Rose Fortunately, Zoffuto doesn’t
market for the DVD, which has moved him into the center. Bowl,” he says. “We tore those seem to mind his lot.
sold 27,000 copies worldwide, Two months later, Marcie died guys apart. Wasn’t even close.” “I like it here,” he says.
no appearance on Jay Leno. of cancer. “Who’d you beat?” “Everybody here’s really nice.
Hoping to spark a flickering Since the original diagnosis, “What the heck was their They couldn’t have found a
memory of those days, Clinton doctors have suggested that names?” he asks, studying the better place.
conceded the point on his last Zoffuto is a rare victim of carpet for five seconds. “Everybody here calls me
visit. early-onset Alzheimer’s, which “San Fernando Valley, Coach.”
“Z,” he said, “I’m gonna give afflicts patients under 65 and maybe?” Before leaving after more
you credit for what you said at as young as their 30s. Nearly He remembers Beckie than an hour’s visit, I ask if he
the end of that game.” all early-onset cases are Sweatman, the swim coach at got the video that Clinton sent,
“What’d I say?” Zoffuto hereditary, but Kristen says she W.T. White when he was and if he remembers the Plano
asked. knows of no family history. athletic director. East-Tyler John Tyler game.
Clinton fed him the lines Doctors gave the family no “She was awesome,” he says. “Guy was running down the
slowly, pausing between each, indication that dementia “Best swim coach I ever saw. sideline,” he says. “I remember
searching for a sign of might have been brought on by She died of cancer.” that. I remember that for sure.”
a head injury suffered in MATT STRASEN/Special Contributor “Do you remember what
recognition. “Do you remember what
God bless those kids. … football or Vietnam. The Zoffuto holds a trophy from the 1992 Lake Highlands team you did for her before she you said?”
I’m sick. … family gets no answers, only that went 12-2 and reached the state quarterfinals. died?” Long pause.
I want to throw up. Zoffuto consequences. He looks at me out of the “Not really. Do you know?”
laughed at the last as if it were Midlothian was about to start, peers. Now head coach at corner of his eye, hoping for a I tell him the famous line,
the punchline of a joke he’d Jim Ledford got a message on Richardson Berkner, Ledford hint. I tell him that he went to a and he smiles.
Zoffuto, the coach his pressbox headset: Kicker figures as many as 15 of meeting of DISD coaches “Yeah, that’s it,” he says, still
The signs started at least In his heyday, Zoffuto had can’t find his tee. Before Zoffuto’s former Lake asking if they’d help Beckie, holding the sock as I turn to go.
three years ago, says Kristen been “a hoot in every way,” Ledford could scramble to join Highlands assistants went on who had no sick leave. Based On the way back down the
Sharp, the oldest of Zoffuto’s Kristen said. Charismatic, the frantic search, Zoffuto had to become head coaches. on Zoffuto’s request, Beckie lime-green hallway, through
four children. Kristen’s imposing, larger-than-life, he already fired him. “One of the neat things received more than 400 sick the lobby and past the
mother, Marcie, noticed that charmed boosters with his “Hired me back at about him was he let us coach,” days from her peers. white-haired women pushing
he’d forget significant events. direct style and inspired halftime,” Ledford says, Ledford says. “He pushed us “Everybody loved that lady,” walkers and old men staring
Friends noticed odd behavior. players before games with tales chuckling. and let us come into our own. I he says, nodding. “She was a nowhere, past the sign-in desk
On the way to a wake, he of foxholes and the theme song Ledford coached under wouldn’t say he was a great X’s great person.” and the double doors and flush
pulled over on 635, got out and from Patton. Zoffuto at Red Oak and Lake and O’s guy, but he knew how into a shock of bracing
saluted a flag billowing above a Kristen called life around Highlands, until his boss’s to work the system. Panhandle wind, I can’t get the
car dealership. him “exciting. It took a lot to tenure ended badly, with “And he was great with the
‘I like it here’ question out of my head. So I
Last year, the family’s get him down. He was Zoffuto resigning amid players. He really loved them. Beckie’s story would be one go home and look it up.
greatest fears came to pass. light-hearted and hopeful. The accusations of misuse of funds. Talked about ’em all the time.” of the last that Zoffuto could Sure enough. On Dec. 2,
Living in Amarillo to be close greatest thing about him was He sued the Richardson school Some players he recalls affect. He gets out now only for 1967, West Texas State beat
to his daughters, Zoffuto was that he loved unconditionally.” district and settled out of easily and quickly. When he trips to the doctor or meals or San Fernando Valley State in
diagnosed with dementia in Except when provoked, it court. Still, Ledford learned does so, the veil of confusion to lift weights. Maybe to go the Junior Rose Bowl, 35-13.
the spring. In June, they seems. Once, just as a game at much from Zoffuto, as did his lifts, and he smiles at the bowling. Wasn’t even close.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
VALERO ALAMO BOWL | Texas Tech (8-4) vs. Michigan State (6-6), 8 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
Tech’s Leach deserved suspension
Coach sends bad diagnosed with a concussion. Even if Adam James’ INSIDE
His coach mocked the father were not an ESPN Going to court:
message with prescribed treatment. commentator and former Mike Leach seeks
treatment of James Other than that, you can college football star, Leach injunction to
believe all the scenarios and would deserve it. coach Tech in
o matter what you KEVIN SHERRINGTON conspiracy theories you like, Even if Leach were not bowl. 3C
may think of Mike firstname.lastname@example.org and it won’t make any such an entertaining READ
MIKE FUENTES/ Leach or famous kevinsherringtonblog.
difference. character whom I enjoy the text
Associated Press was suspend-
fathers or a university that Even if Tech officials interviewing, he’d deserve it. ed while Tech of Mike
Stars ﬁght has not once but twice
generate controversy, the
facts of the latest circus at
didn’t hold a grudge against
Leach over past sins and his
Let’s not get caught up in
all the hysteria between the
coaches who win games, Texas Tech are this: ugly contract negotiations, from Adam
back to beat graduate players and still Adam James was he’d deserve this suspension. See HEAD Page 3C James. sports
Mike Ribeiro (above)
celebrates his first-period
EAGLES (11-4) AT COWBOYS (10-5) | 3:15 p.m. Sunday (Ch. 4) AT&T COTTON BOWL
goal as the Stars claimed a
victory over Chicago. 2C
DECADE IN REVIEW
The next 10 years
will be wild, wacky
Who will the Cowboys be
sharing their new stadium
with come 2017? Staff
writer Barry Horn has the
answer, plus nine other
bold predictons for the
coming decade. 9C
MAVERICKS ﬂourishes with
Sharpshooter Carroll increased workload
waits for opportunity
Despite his shooting By MARK DENT
prowess, reserve guard email@example.com
Matt Carroll has been
unable to crack the Mavs’ IRVING — Dexter
rotation this season. 8C COWBOYS INSIDER McCluster tells his stories
readily these days.
HIGH SCHOOLS He says he only weighed
Woodrow ousts 153 pounds as a college fresh-
DeSoto in semiﬁnal man. He hasn’t cut his dread-
Woodrow Wilson reached
locked hair in five years. He
the final in the DISD TODD ARCHER walked away
Coca-Cola Boys firstname.lastname@example.org from a fiery
tournament with a 68-58 car accident.
victory over DeSoto. 11C
Other tournaments, 11-14C Late bloomer He’s out-
COLLEGES Austin among Mark Ingram
over the last
New Mexico downs
Texas Tech, 90-75
six Cowboys six games, DEXTER
believing he has 821 yards
Darington Hobson led
19th-ranked New Mexico
on NFC team could have rushing in last
past the No. 20 Red won the five games
Raiders in Albuquerque. RVING — Miles Austin award if he
10C was in a movie theater Tues- played more this season.
day afternoon watching Sherlock Yes, McCluster, the 5-8,
ON PAGE 1A Holmes when his cellphone rang. Not wanting Cowboys 170-pound senior running
Time Warner vows to
to be rude, Austin chose to wait to see who called.
It was Jerry Jones. The Cowboys owner and
in the back for Mississippi who
rushed for 821 yards in the
carry football games
general manager was calling to tell Austin that Pro Bowl last five games, enjoys telling
But Fox claims that the the wide receiver had earned a trip to the Pro these yarns.
cable company’s promise is WR Miles
Bowl. Yet unlike tall tales, these
a ploy in the ongoing TV
“I kind of figured that’s what it was for,” said Austin are true, even the one detail-
Austin, adding that (first selection) ing how for three and a half
the movie was worth l Second Cowboys seasons his plea for more ac-
SCORES Brooking providing seeing. WR selected in the tion rarely caught his own
NHL, 3C inspiration, 6C last 14 years, joining
Five other Cow- team’s attention.
at Dallas ...............5 Nashville...............4
Scouting the Eagles, Terrell Owens in 2007.
Chicago .................4 at St. Louis ...........3 key matchup, 7C boys were also “A lot of people say I
at Buffalo .............4 at Phoenix.............3 Pro Bowl rosters, 10C named to the NFC would’ve been hurt if I
Pittsburgh.............3 Vancouver .....2 (SO) roster Tuesday: G Leonard would’ve been playing run-
at NY Islanders......2 Minnesota...............
Columbus ......1 (SO) at Anaheim ............. tight end Jason Davis ning back all year,” McCluster
Witten, linebacker DeMarcus Ware, center (third selection) said. “But I believe with all my
NBA, 8C Andre Gurode, guard Leonard Davis and heart I wouldn’t have been
Cleveland ............95 at Houston ........108 nose tackle Jay Ratliff. Ware was named a C Andre hurt.”
at Atlanta ...........84 New Orleans ......100
starter for the fourth straight year and Gu- Gurode*
Oklahoma City ...110 at San Antonio...117
at Washington.....98 Minnesota...........99 rode will start for the third straight year. (fourth selection) See MCCLUSTER Page 4C
New York ..........104 Golden State ........... Of course, the Cowboys hope none of
at Detroit ............87 at LA Lakers............ NT Jay Ratliff
at Chicago..........104 them will be able to play in the Jan. 31 Pro (second selection) BCS No. 19 Okla. State (9-3)
Indiana................95 Bowl at Dolphins Stadium. Instead, they vs. Mississippi (8-4)
For late scores, log on to dallasnews.com hope to be preparing for Super Bowl XLIV a LB DeMarcus 1 p.m. Saturday,
week later at the same site. Ware* Cowboys Stadium (Ch. 4)
INSIDE Austin’s selection was the most surprising giv- (fourth selection) l OSU offensive coordinator
Baseball ..........2 NBA ................8 en that he did not start the first four games of the Gunter Brewer has many ties
Classified ..15-19 NFL.........6-8, 10 year and had just five catches for 81 yards and a TE Jason to Mississippi. 4C
Colleges.3-4,6,10 NHL .............2-3 Witten
Golf ................2 Olympics .........2
touchdown as a reserve. AL BELLO/ l Ole Miss receiver Shay
High schools Scoreboard.....10 Getty Images (sixth selection) Hodge is making the most of
................10-14 Soccer............10 See AUSTIN Page 6C * denotes starter his opportunity. 4C
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TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL
Leach turns to
court for help
Coach’s attorney seeks suffered a concussion in prac- done no wrong and portrayed
tice. Craig James, Adam’s fa- Craig James as an interfering
restraining order; ther, is an ESPN college foot- parent and Adam James as a
hearing set for today ball analyst and former star of player miffed about his playing
SMU’s fabled Pony Express. time.
By KATE HAIROPOULOS Tech suspended Leach on The motion blamed Tech for
Monday as the Red Raiders failing to identify the com-
opened practices in San An- plaining family to Leach, cited
SAN ANTONIO — Texas tonio, elevating defensive coor- no contractual violations and
Tech coach Mike Leach’s hopes dinator Ruffin McNeill to in- claimed there is “no adequate
of returning immediately to the terim head coach. remedy at law because dam-
Red Raiders’ sideline — in time “I have never and would ages are incalculable.”
Craig James, in an interview GEOFFREY McALLISTER/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
to face Michigan State in Sat- never intentionally harm or en-
urday’s Valero Alamo Bowl — danger a player,” Leach said in on ESPN2, his employer, said Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said in a sworn affidavit that he “would never intentionally
now rest squarely in the hands his sworn affidavit. “I have he raised red flags in the inter- harm or endanger a player.” Leach was suspended by the university Monday.
of a judge in the district court of been forced into this situation est of safety and called Leach’s
Lubbock County. without being afforded any alleged actions — of confining mained with his teammates in ate students. vestigation, saying that it was
Ted Liggett, Leach’s Lub- process. … Not being afforded Adam James on two occasions San Antonio and has been bol- Liggett went on to say he largely in the hands of school
bock-based attorney, filed a to coach immediately will after the concussion, in a ga- stered by their support. had no idea why Adam James president Guy Bailey and ath-
motion Tuesday for a tempo- cause irreparable harm be- rage and media room/electri- Liggett said in televised in- was making these claims “un- letic director Gerald Myers and
rary restraining order and tem- cause preparation for the game cal closet near the practice fa- terviews Tuesday that anyone less, he is not happy or wasn’t that the whole episode was
porary injunction against Tech is ongoing.” cilities — “unheard of.” who knows Leach understands happy with possibly the playing “unfortunate.”
that would supersede the The fervor over the allega- “I think that’s why the ac- that he tries to keep injured timing he was getting. I don’t “The allegations are seri-
school’s suspension of Leach. tions and the university’s ac- tions have been taken,” James players close by the regular know.” Liggett also said it was ous,” Anders said. “If they
The motion is scheduled to be tions only intensified Tuesday said. “I have total confidence team activities. “common knowledge” that weren’t, we wouldn’t have tak-
addressed this morning. as the James family defended Texas Tech will be fair, will be He said James benefited Craig James is “a helicopter en the action.”
Leach is the subject of an its actions in the interest of thorough … and I’m hopeful from being put in a cool, dark dad,” meaning he hovers Leach’s contract, extended
ongoing university investiga- protecting the safety of their Texas Tech players will be safe place, and a doctor had testi- around the program. after stressed negotiations in
tion after the parents of sopho- son and other Red Raiders. in the future.” fied that no additional harm Larry Anders, the chair of early 2009, stipulates that he
more receiver Adam James, of Leach’s side argued the coach’s James, who said he had not was done because of Leach’s Texas Tech’s Board of Regents, will receive an $800,000 bo-
Celina, raised concerns of mis- actions had actually benefited spoken with Leach during the actions. He said James was at- declined to comment Tuesday nus if he remains the school’s
treatment by Leach after Adam James, claimed Leach had controversy, said Adam re- tended by trainers and gradu- night on the specifics of the in- coach through Thursday.
Head injuries should not be taken lightly
Continued from Page 1C may be the most concussions and both have had The latest research is that The message from former such a hot topic. But his
underreported injuries in productive careers since. once you have a concussion, Tech players who have been in arrogance at times tips the
Pirate and anti-Pirate forces at athletics, which makes them Some athletes never get the you’re more likely to have contact with current players scales.
work here. The argument over all the more dangerous. When chance. I once interviewed the another. And multiple and coaches is that James is Because of it, he deserves
some of the details isn’t all that a coach in effect tells his family of a young Round Rock concussions are a bad thing, “soft,” a nearly slanderous this suspension from the
pertinent, either. Never mind players this is how he deals athlete who sustained two even “mild” ones, which are the accusation that is utterly Alamo Bowl, which is
where James sat out practice, with head injuries, it hardly concussions, the first relatively kind that happen to someone beside the point. appropriate for his conduct
which was somewhere encourages them to say they mild, in the space of 24 hours else. Are some players not tough regarding an injured player.
between Cool Hand Luke’s hot might have a problem. and died as a result. The fact From all accounts, Leach enough for D-I athletics? As for his dismissal? I’m not
box and the place where Tech A brilliant, well-read guy, that second-impact syndrome didn’t further risk James’ Absolutely. for that. But I’m not scheduled
keeps its sportswriters. Leach surely couldn’t have is extremely rare was little health. He didn’t order him Do some fake injuries? to pay him an $800,000
The fact is that Leach told missed all the research now consolation. back on the practice field, Without a doubt. bonus if he’s still employed
trainers to find a dark, isolated available about the short- and The evolution of sports anyway. But the disdain he Did Adam James have a Thursday, either.
place and stick Adam in it. long-term effects of medicine continues to make showed for the process concussion? The Pirate keeps giving his
The message was clear: concussions. demands of coaches. Once contributes to an unhealthy Yes. A doctor said so. No enemies reasons to get rid of
Leach didn’t like the diagnosis Victims react in different upon a time, they didn’t allow environment on such a key one disputes it. him. But then Tech officials
and/or James. ways. Some athletes have athletes access to water. No medical issue and mirrors his Except maybe Mike Leach, once had a basketball coach
He also sent a message, shown signs of premature one thinks that’s a good idea attitude about injuries in who made his point crudely. As who did the same. They should
perhaps inadvertently, to the dementia. Troy Aikman and anymore. Why? Because general and perhaps James in smart as he is, you’d think he be used to it by now.
rest of his players. Concussions Roger Staubach had several research showed it wasn’t. particular. know better than to take on
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7. Los Angeles ..... 39 22 14 3 47 116 115 9. NY Rangers...... 38 18 16 4 40 105 106
9. Dallas .............. 39
14. Anaheim ........ 38
11 11 45 116 121
16 7 37 105 122
12. NY Islanders... 41
13. Philadelphia ... 38
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CENTRAL G W L OTL Pts GF GA NORTHEAST G W L OTL Pts GF GA
1. Chicago............ 39 26 10 3 55 121 84 3. Buffalo............ 39 24 11 4 52 107 90
5. Nashville ......... 40 23 14 3 49 116 117 5. Boston ............ 38 19 12 7 45 99 94
10. Detroit .......... 39 19 14 6 44 100 101 6. Ottawa............ 39 20 15 4 44 109 115 BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jason Islanders 2, Blue Jackets 1,
12. St. Louis ........ 39 17 17 5 39 102 111 7. Montreal ......... 41 19 19 3 41 107 114 Pominville scored with 9:05 (SO): In Uniondale, N.Y., Rob
13. Columbus....... 41 15 18 8 38 109 138 14. Toronto ......... 40 14 17 9 37 113 139 Schremp scored the only goal
left to complete the Buffalo Sa-
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NORTHWEST G W L OTL Pts GF GA SOUTHEAST G W L OTL Pts GF GA in the shootout and Dwayne
bres’ rally from a three-goal
3. Colorado .......... 40 22 12 6 50 119 115 2. Washington ..... 39 24 9 6 54 142 109 Roloson made 41 saves to give
6. Calgary............ 38 21 12 5 47 107 95 8. Atlanta............ 38 18 16 4 40 124 121 deficit and beat the Pittsburgh
the New York Islanders a win
45 Min to
8. Vancouver........ 40 23 16 1 47 125 99 10. Tampa Bay ..... 39 15 15 9 39 99 118 Penguins, 4-3, Tuesday night. over the Columbus Blue
11. Minnesota ..... 39 20 16 3 43 104 110 11. Florida........... 40 16 17 7 39 113 128 Drew Stafford scored twice,
15. Edmonton ...... 39 15 20 4 34 110 131 15. Carolina ......... 39 10 22 7 27 99 143 Jackets.
first on a penalty shot, and add-
NOTE: Overtime losses (OTL), including shootout losses, are worth one point in the standings. In each confer- Predators 4, Blues 3: In St.
ence, the three division champions are seeded 1-2-3 in the playoffs. The next five teams in each conference with ed an assist on Paul Gaustad’s Louis, Shea Weber assisted on
the best records qualify for the playoffs.
goal. Patrick Lalime stopped all three of Nashville’s four straight
TUESDAY’S RESULTS TODAY’S GAMES 27 shots he faced in relief of goals and the Predators held off
at Dallas .............. .. 5 Chicago ...................... 4 Atlanta at Boston 6:00 starter Ryan Miller, who was the St. Louis Blues 4-3 Tuesday
at Buffalo ............ .. 4 Pittsburgh ................. 3 Pittsburgh at New Jersey 6:00
Philadelphia at NY Rangers 6:00 pulled after allowing three night.
at NY Islanders ..... .. 2 Columbus............ 1 (SO)
Nashville ............... 4 at St. Louis................. 3
Colorado at Ottawa 6:00
goals on 11 shots through 22 Marcel Goc, Patric Hornqvist,
Montreal at Tampa Bay 6:00
at Phoenix ........... .. 3 Vancouver........... 2 (SO) Joel Ward and J.P. Dumont all
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Los Angeles at Calgary 8:30
Minnesota .......... at Anaheim ....... Toronto at Edmonton 8:30 scored for the Predators, who
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fresh in many players’ minds, but Coppell opens
the new season ranked No. 1 in the state poll. 10C
Heritage wrestler takes aim at fourth state title. 9C
The Dallas Morning News Section C Thursday, February 26, 2009
SPORTS AND THE STRUGGLING ECONOMY MAVS 116, BUCKS 96
Tiger Woods, coming off an
eight-month layoff after
knee surgery, dispatched
Aussie Brendan Jones in 16
holes to advance in the
Accenture World Match
checks Dallas regroups after
fall to Spurs, avenges
blowout loss to Bucks
By EDDIE SEFKO
At least we know the Maver-
icks will respond positively to
embarrassing moments —
when the bar is lowered, any-
Play Championships. 3C
Kim, others load up Quick take: Nasty boys
on European events come to rescue, 4C
Dallas’ Anthony Kim and
several other top pros have A night after getting over-
played more events than whelmed in San Antonio by a
usual overseas this winter Spurs team missing two All-
in order to qualify for the Stars, the Mavericks returned
lucrative Race for Dubai, to American Airlines Center to
Bill Nichols writes. 2C
blister the Milwaukee Bucks,
STARS The Mavericks got diverse
Deadline trades can production from numerous
be risky business players along with a little pay-
Co-GMs Les Jackson and back for the 34-point blowout
Brett Hull face some tough they absorbed last month in
decisions as the NHL trade Milwaukee.
deadline nears and the But it hardly seemed satisfy-
Stars’ injuries mount, Mike ing, not after what happened
Heika writes. 6C the previous night, when the
St. Louis at Stars,
short-handed Spurs held the
7:30 p.m. today, FSSW
See MAVERICKS Page 4C
Longhorns rally past
As former Longhorn Kevin RANGERS
Durant watched, UT erased
a nine-point deficit to turn
back Texas Tech, 87-81. 7C
Double duty is OK
with Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart is getting
used to his dual role as
driver and team co-owner,
he said at TMS. 5C
ALSO INSIDE Rangers owner believes
I Cowboys will likely retain organization heading
four free agents. 5C
I Goodell takes pay cut as
in proper direction
NFL announces layoffs. 5C
By JEFF WILSON
SCORES SURPRISE, Ariz. — Tom
From left, Hicks monitored his sports
Connecticut’s empire pitch to pitch Wednes-
at Dallas............116 at New Orleans....90
Milwaukee...........96 Detroit ................87 Jim Calhoun, baseball day during his first appearance
at Indiana..........104 at San Antonio ....99 commissioner Bud Selig this year at spring training.
Memphis .............99 Portland ..............84
and Texas Tech’s Mike
Philadelphia.......106 at Denver ..........110
at Washington.....98 Atlanta..............109 Leach wouldn’t give up Rangers pound out 20 hits
at New Jersey....111 Charlotte ................ ground on their contracts TROY OXFORD/Staff Artist in exhibition debut, 3C
Chicago ...............99 at Sacramento.........
Orlando .............114 Boston....................
despite the tough
at New York ......109 at LA Clippers.......... economy. But the Dodgers’ His Rangers opened the ex-
Utah..................120 Randy Wolf (below) had a
at Minnesota .....103
different view: Some top earners don’t have heads in game hibition schedule with a few
decent pitching performances
NHL, 6C during a 12-7 victory over the
at Philadelphia ......2 at Toronto.............2
“With n the house where I grew Kansas City Royals.
Los Angeles...........0 NY Rangers ...1 (SO) Bonus Sherrington:
up, where my mother At the same time, the soccer
San Jose ...............1
NY Islanders..........0 people still lives, seven of us
Time with the kids and
team he owns, Liverpool FC,
the Bushes, Metro
losing vied for one measly squeaked out a 1-0 victory over
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bathroom. Four boys slept in Real Madrid in the UEFA
their opposing bunk beds, KEVIN SHERRINGTON same clothes, but on Champions League on a pitch
INSIDE quarters so tight that my alternate days. My first car in Spain.
Baseball.......3, 8 NFL.................5
jobs … email@example.com
oldest brother would leap kevinsherringtonblog.
cost me $400. I drove it four A perennial optimist about
Colleges........7-8 NHL ................6 it’s not right for
Golf ..........2-3, 8 Scoreboard ......8
from his top bunk to the bed years. the Rangers, Hicks believes
above mine, arms spread We didn’t have much, at We never thought of they have struck on a key to
Motor sports ...5
Weekend TV ....8
me to complain condor-like as he swooped in least not in a material sense.
NBA ................4 Tennis .........2, 8 about a contract.” on our giggling baby brother. Three brothers wore the See PITCHER’S Page 7C See HICKS Page 3C
_ . . . . . . . .
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The Dallas Morning News dallasnews.com COLLEGES/COMMENTARY _ Thursday, February 26, 2009 7C
NO. 24 TEXAS 87, TEXAS TECH 81
Durant honored; UT wins
Texas avoids letdown COLLEGES vidson-Oklahoma game in Knight wasn’t with his
Norman earlier this season, he team. Associate head coach
against Tech with flashed the Hook ‘em Horns Chris Beard pinch-hit for
second-half comeback sign, drawing a chorus of boos. Knight. His last stint as a head
“Every chance I get, I watch coach was at Seminole (Okla.)
USTIN — On a night the guys on TV. I call the coach- Junior College in 2000-01.
when Kevin Durant’s CHUCK CARLTON es and I call the players,” Du- Knight’s one-game suspen-
No. 35 was raised to the firstname.lastname@example.org rant said. “I was only here for a sion came after he received a
top of the Erwin Center, Texas year, but I think I’ll bleed or- technical foul and later deliv-
threatened to hit a new low for had lost eight of its last nine ange for the rest of my life.” ered a postgame critique of the
this season. games and was minus coach Durant has seen enough to officials.
The Longhorns had to rally Pat Knight, serving a one-game know nothing had come easy to The move was calculated,
from a nine-point deficit late in Big 12 suspension for criticiz- this season’s team. Knight acknowledged later, a
the first half to get a too-close- ing game offi- “It’s been tough,” Durant way of trying to make a state-
for-comfort, 87-81 win, over cials. Some- said. “We went through a little ment for his team.
Texas Tech. how Texas period where we were strug- One of the first people he
A.J. Abrams and Damion survived. gling. Every team goes through called after the suspension was
James combined for 29 sec- Among that.” Barnes.
ond-half points to lead the those anxious- Durant was visibly moved, He often talked about his
comeback. Abrams finished ly watching wiping away tears as his jersey admiration for Barnes and how
with 24 points. James added was Durant. was retired at halftime, joining he wanted to use Texas a model
KEVIN the No. 11 of T.J. Ford and the for his program.
20 points and 11 rebounds. As a Texas
“You have these types of his No. 35
player, Durant No. 15 of Slater Martin. “I love his work ethic and his
nights,” said James, who drew retired was one-and- For Texas, the first 20 min- personality,” Knight said earli-
enough fouls to hit 12-of-15 Wednesday. done. Austin utes was forgettable. er this week about Barnes.
free throws. “I had to find a way served as a 35- Texas Tech shot 55.6 per- “He’s someone I always ad-
to get points on the board.” game, award-filled layover in cent and rallied from a seven- mired as I grew up and now it’s
The Longhorns (19-8, 8-5 2006-07 en route to the NBA. point deficit midway through an honor to be in the same con-
Big 12) were coming off one of When he departed, the the half to lead, 43-38, at half- ference with him.
their defining moments of the Longhorns lost one of the most time. “But I always consider him a
season, a Saturday win over gifted players in the program’s Nick Okorie hit all five of his friend and mentor. Even
history and gained a diehard field-goal attempts for 15 first- though we’re rivals, he’s a guy ERICH SCHLEGEL/The Associated Press
then No. 2 Oklahoma.
Maybe a letdown was inevi- fan. When the Oklahoma City half points. He finished with I’ve talked to frequently about Texas’ Damion James shoots while guarded by Texas Tech’s
table. Texas Tech (12-16, 2-11) Thunder star attended the Da- 24 points, tying a career-high. basketball situations.” Robert Lewandowski (right) and Michael Prince.
MEN’S BASKETBALL MEN’S BIG 12 STANDINGS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | NO. 6 BAYLOR 83, TEXAS TECH 53
W L W L
SMU Big-time Player ignites Bears
Kansas ............................12 1 23 5
Oklahoma ........................11 2 25 3
Missouri ..........................11 2 24 4
Texas................................ 8 5 19 8
Kansas St.......................... 7 6 19 9
Oklahoma St...................... 7 6 18 9
falls in Texas A&M........................ 6
Nebraska .......................... 6
Iowa St. ............................ 3
Texas Tech ........................ 2
WACO — Jhasmin Player
took over in the second half for
No. 6 Baylor.
WOMEN’S BIG 12 STANDINGS
Nebraska 52, No. 20 Kansas
St. 47: In Lincoln, Neb., Cory
Montgomery had 21 points and
(19-8, 11-3 Mountain West) won
their sixth straight despite
shooting 24 percent and
eight rebounds to lead the recording their lowest point
Colorado ........................... 1 12 9 18 Baylor................................ 10 3 22 4
Player scored 14 of the Texas A&M ........................... 9 4 21 5
WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS Cornhuskers (13-13, 4-9 Big 12) total ever in a victory. TCU held
at Missouri .............. 94 Kansas St. .................. 74 Bears’ points in a 16-4 run as Kansas St. ..................... ....... 8 5 21 5
Iowa St. ........................ ....... 8 5 20 7 to their first upset of a top-20 the Lobos (18-8, 7-6) to 28
at Texas .................. 87 Texas Tech .................. 81
Oklahoma St. ........... 76 at Colorado ................. 55
Baylor easily defeated Texas Texas................................... 8 5 20 7
team this season. The Wildcats percent shooting.
Texas Tech ........................... 5 8 15 12
TODAY’S GAMES Tech, 83-53, on Wednesday Kansas................................. 4 9 15 11 (21-8, 8-5) shot 33 percent. UT-Arlington 66, Lamar 59: In
No games scheduled.
Win over Marquette night. She even blocked a shot Oklahoma St......................... 4
Kansas 67, Oklahoma St. 52: In Arlington, Southland
to begin the stretch. Missouri .............................. 3 10 12 14 Stillwater, Okla., Danielle Conference leading scorer
gives UConn’s Calhoun college season. “Jhas blocked a shot and ig- Colorado............................... 3 10 11 14
McCray had 30 points and 13 Candice Champion and Tamara
800th career victory No. 7 Duke 78, Maryland 67: In nited us a little bit,” Baylor at Iowa St................ 76 Colorado ..................... 63
Kansas .................... 67 at Oklahoma St............ 52
rebounds for the Jayhawks Simmons scored 20 points each
College Park, Md., Gerald coach Kim Mulkey said. “We (15-11, 4-9 Big 12). Andrea Riley to carry the Mavericks (17-9,
at Baylor ................. 83 Texas Tech ............. ..... 53
Henderson scored 19 points, of Lincoln led the Cowgirls 11-2) past Lamar (18-8, 9-4).
EL PASO — Stefon Jackson got a little stagnant there for a at Nebraska ............. 52 Kansas St. ............. ..... 47
and Duke (23-5, 9-4 Atlantic TODAY’S GAMES (15-11, 4-9) with 18 points. Arkansas State 76, North
scored 28 points and UTEP while.” No games scheduled.
Coast Conference) pulled away No. 25 Iowa St. 76, Colorado Texas 67: In Jonesboro, Ark., the
rallied from a 15-point second- after Maryland (17-10, 6-7) tied
Player finished with 18
63: In Ames, Iowa, Kelsey Bolte Red Wolves (15-13, 9-8 Sun
half deficit to beat SMU, 61-58, it with 5:44 left. points. Danielle Wilson had 13 scored 23 and Alison Lacey Belt) pulled away for their fifth
in overtime Wednesday. No. 9 Michigan State 62, Iowa points and 13 rebounds for the scored eight straight. But Play- added 20 for the Cyclones consecutive win. Amber
SMU (8-18, 2-11 Confer- 54: In East Lansing, Mich., Bears (22-4, 10-3 Big 12). Kier- er then blocked Mallard’s (20-7, 8-5 Big 12), who Jackson scored 17 points and
ence USA) led, 46-31, with 13 freshman Delvon Roe scored 16 ra Mallard scored 18 for the jumper and got free for a layup outscored the Buffaloes (11-14, Tricia Lee added 16 for the Mean
minutes left in the second half, points for the Spartans (22-5, Red Raiders (15-12, 5-8). to spark the run that put the 3-10) 24-5 from the foul line. Green (10-18, 6-11).
but the Mustangs needed 12-3), who now have a 11⁄2-game Tech cut Baylor’s lead to 15 game away. TCU 41, New Mexico 38: In The Associated Press
Mouhammad Faye’s jumper lead in the Big Ten over Purdue. in the second half, as Mallard Fort Worth, the Lady Frogs Staff reports
with 27 seconds left to tie it at No. 10 Villanova 74, DePaul 72:
In Rosemont, Ill., Scottie
55 and force overtime.
Reynolds and Dante
Derek Williams led SMU Cunningham both scored 18 COLLEGE BRIEFS
with 13 points, and Faye had a points as Villanova (23-5, 11-4
career-high 15 rebounds. Big East) won for the ninth time
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
UTEP (17-10, 8-5) never in 10 games. NORTH TEXAS hired as defensive tackle coach Abilene Christian to AROUND THE NATION
trailed in overtime. Virginia Tech 80, No. 12 in February, now will coach the Stanford: The university
Clemson 77: In Clemson, S.C., Dodge shakes up entire defensive front. appeal football penalty
No. 2 Connecticut 93, No. 8 said it will cut 21 positions in its
Malcolm Delaney scored 26 Brett Vito ABILENE — Abilene Chris-
Marquette 82: In Milwaukee, A.J.
points and Virginia Tech (17-10, coaching staff athletic department because of
Price scored a career-high 36
Brieﬂy … tian has sent the NCAA notifi- the economy. The university
points to help Connecticut 7-6 ACC) ended a three-game DENTON — Coach Todd cation that it plans to appeal a has one of the biggest athletic
coach Jim Calhoun earn his Dodge has added a veteran to Sophomore DaWaylon ruling that stripped the foot- departments in the nation.
800th career victory. Calhoun No. 11 Missouri 94, Kansas
his staff and switched the as- Cook will move from corner- ball team of all 10 victories in Texas-San Antonio: Former
joined Bob Knight, Dean Smith, State 74: In Columbia, Mo.,
DeMarre Carroll had 21 points
signments for three assistants. back to safety. … Redshirt 2007. Miami coach Larry Coker, Tul-
Adolph Rupp, Jim Phelan, Mike
and a career-best 14 rebounds Former Texas A&M-Com- freshman Jeremy Phillips will The order to vacate the wins sa associate coach and co-de-
Krzyzewski and Eddie Sutton as
as Missouri (24-4, 11-2 Big 12) merce coach Scotty Conley was move from safety to linebacker. in a 10-3 season that ended in fensive coordinator Paul Ran-
the only coaches to win 800
games in Division I history. won its seventh in a row. named director of football op- … UNT is still waiting on the the second round of the play- dolph and Northwest Missouri
The Huskies (26-2, 14-2 Big Lamar 75, UT-Arlington 64: In erations, replacing Mark Bar- NCAA to rule on an appeal that offs was part of a larger report State coach Mel Tjeerdsma are
East) broke Marquette’s Beaumont, Anthony Miles row. would grant wide receiver Tyler that also punished the track the finalists to become the first
17-game home winning streak. scored 24 points as Lamar David Rausch, who coached Stratford, a transfer from Okla- program with a two-year pro- head coach of the new Texas-
(15-12, 6-7 Southland UNT’s defensive ends the last homa, immediate eligibility. …
The Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-3) bation and scholarship reduc- San Antonio football program.
paid a heavy price in the loss, as Conference) ended UTA’s two seasons, becomes outside Former Mesquite Horn defen- tions. The program looks to debut in
senior guard Dominic James five-game winning streak.
linebackers coach. Defensive sive back Justin Chatman, who The school announced its 2011 in the Div. I subdivision.
broke a bone in his left foot Marquez Haynes led UTA (15-11,
8-5) with 16 points.
coordinator Gary DeLoach will transferred to UNT from Min- intention Wednesday. The Associated Press
early in the first half. He will miss continue to coach the middle nesota, is eligible to play.
the remainder of his final The Associated Press
linebackers. Mike Nelson, Brett Vito
Pitcher’s attitude after getting less money is worth millions
Continued from Page 1C Leach probably shouldn’t that. But he didn’t help himself what was supposed to be an pocketbook if his cousin shot Times. “It may not be what the
make at a time when any when he stressed that he $11 million haul. him full of buffalo hormones. contract was that the Astros
ourselves as poor, and we thousands are losing their jobs wasn’t giving a dime back. Bud Selig apparently is a But lately the callous offered, but I make a very good
weren’t. We had food and a and the economy is in freefall. Frankly, I don’t blame little embarrassed about all the indifference of some sports living and I get to do what I
roof and hope. We knew there Usually, it’s when Calhoun for holding on to hubbub over his world-class, celebrities has been getting to love to do. With people losing
were many families who had confronted with catastrophe — what he has. People have been commissioner-leading $18.35 me, which makes Randy Wolf’s their jobs, and they’re making
none of the above. 9/11, illness, death, a crippling laid off at this newspaper, and million package, as reported by story so endearing. $40,000 and they’re working
But what makes this recession — that most of us more layoffs are coming. If I’m SportsBusiness Journal, and In November, after making their tails off 12 months a year
country so great is that, if you remember where we came still here then, I’m not offering here’s what he’s doing about it: the veteran pitcher an offer of to make ends meet, and they’re
work hard enough, and you’re from. refunds, either. The filing status for his three years, $28.5 million, the getting laid off, it’s not right for
fortunate, dreams can become Of course, the bigger the But maybe there should be office has been changed from Astros reneged, citing the bad me to complain about a
givens. Expectations, even. take, the worse the memory. a code of conduct to help the non-profit to a limited liability economy. contract.”
One day you’re a bright Just the other day, someone privileged few as they corporation, meaning no more Wolf eventually settled on a Randy Wolf may never win
young guy who’d never played asked UConn coach Jim negotiate these trying times. of these nasty public one-year deal, same as a host of 20 games, but he has at least
a down of college football, Calhoun at a news conference You know, something to disclosures. other free agents in a bad one new fan. If there’s any
beginning life anew as a head if, in dire circumstances, with keep them from squeezing Don’t get me wrong. A wise market. The Dodgers gave justice, maybe a bunch.
coach in West Texas. state employees getting laid dimes in front of the masses. man once said you’re worth Wolf a $5 million base and $3 As for me, in times like
Nine years later, you’re off, he’d like to return some of The NFL got in the spirit of whatever someone will pay million in incentives, and he these, I’m grateful for
complaining that Texas Tech is his $1.6 million salary, the it. League officials announced you, so exorbitant sports took it without complaint. everything I have. Four great
trying to “extort” your $12.7 biggest in all of Connecticut. Wednesday that they’ve cut salaries have never offended What’s more, he seemed kids, a wonderful wife and two
million deal down to dang near Calhoun snapped that his 169 jobs. Not only that, Roger me. They’re entertainers. content. beautiful bathrooms.
nothing. basketball team brings in $12 Goodell took a 20 percent to 25 Oprah makes $275 million a “I play major league Sometimes they even let me
Now that’s an analogy Mike million, a pretty good point at percent pay cut last year from year. A-Rod couldn’t carry her baseball,” he told The New York use one.
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