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Nearing March Madness

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Five players who could be difference makers down the stretch.

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Nearing March Madness

  1. 1. M High Schools Timberview rips The Colony in girls’ area round 9D Sports D Saturday, February 21, 2009 IN MY OPINION WASHINGTON DESERVES BETTER THAN A LAME-DUCK SEASON s Rangers have plenty of Hicks and general manager Showalter micro-managing. will enter the 2009 season Ron Washington has done Jon Daniels felt he would be a If that was the first mission managing without a net. The options for closer’s role. 8D what the Rangers asked. “players’ manager.” in a two-part plan toward Rangers have an option on his So where’s his job security? That doesn’t mean they building a winning culture, on the field, one that, with the contract for 2010. There is no SURPRISE, Ariz. — When the wanted him to allow the in- consider the Rangers halfway right talent, can compete for buyout clause. Texas Rangers hired long-shot mates to run the asylum. What there. championships for years to Whether it’s the economy or candidate Ron Washington to they hoped he could do was The idea is that a relaxed, come. something else holding them be their manager in Novem- change the culture in an up- family atmosphere in the The irony is that Washing- back, there’s just something JIM REEVES ber 2006, one of the primary tight and tense Texas club- clubhouse should translate ton, who has done exactly wrong about that picture. revo@star-telegram.com reasons was that owner Tom house after four years of Buck into a relaxed, cohesive team what the Rangers have asked, More on REEVES on 8D IN MY OPINION HEY, JERRY, DON’T GAG MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL | NEARING THE MADNESS Magical performances are HIM, SHOW HIM DOOR By taking away Wade Phillips’ voice, the Cowboys’ owner is exposing the coach as the puppet he is. great part of crazy March A nickname change ap- parently is needed. See ya, Coach Cupcake. Please say hello to As- It won’t be long before the Madness is back. College basket- plenty of other teams that could make serious runs, while sistant Coach Cupcake. ball’s regular season is winding down, but there’s still plenty to some squads will likely fall short of preseason expectations. As Thursday’s news from be decided before hoops crazies fully submerge into March for the Cinderellas? Well, that’s part of what makes March so Indianapolis that Cow- Madness. It’s clear that Oklahoma, North Carolina, Pittsburgh magical. Who knows? Staff writer Trae Thompson breaks down boys owner Jerry Jones and Connecticut are contending for No.1 seeds. But there are officially had gagged all of JENNIFER FLOYD ENGEL the high fliers and season stumblers, 6D his coaches via memo jenfloyd@star-telegram.com took away any and all pre- Heroes of March? Five players who could be difference makers down the stretch: tense about what Wade Phillips is or how he stayed em- ployed after that debacle in Philly. NCAA He is a powerless puppet, with a sock in his mouth. Tournament “Can’t,” he said Thursday when asked to provide answers on football topics. “Against the rules.” Selection Self-gagged, or Jerry-gagged? Doesn’t matter. Sunday: The fact is the lone voice of the Cowboys is the owner, March 15 and it is unprecedented in any league to have your coach Opening-round silent on his team. Can you imagine Bill Parcells or Jimmy game: March 17 Johnson deferring to Jerry to speak on all things football? First round Even Chan Gailey and Dave Campo were given a mike begins: from time to time. March 19 More on ENGEL on 7D Title game: s Safety Roy Williams’ status with Cowboys still in question. 7D April 6 at Ford s QB Rhett Bomar draws attention at Scouting Combine. 7D Field in Detroit v G James HIGH SCHOOLS Harden, Texas steroid testing Arizona State One of seven players in the turns up clean athletes nation averaging more than 20 For a second year, the UIL steroid testing program is points and shoot- ing better than 50 finding a remarkable few positives. percent from field. By CARLOS MENDEZ cmendez@star-telegram.com The UIL steroid testing program is likely to be scaled back after a second round of test results announced Friday showed seven positives out of nearly 19,000 students tested, about three-hundreths of one percent. On top of last year’s results, which found four positives out of more than 10,000 students tested, the $6 million pro- gram has found 11 positives in 28,934 tests. The author of the law that authorized the testing pro- gram said he is encouraged by those numbers, and he believes the program can be cut back. “It continues to work as a deterrent, and we’ve said all along that is what we needed it to do,” said state Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van). “Do we need to continue the program as it is now? Probably not. I think we can More on UIL on 10D ROCKETS 93, MAVERICKS 86 DIRK QUIET AS MAVERICKS FALL G Tyrese Rice, Boston College G Jerel McNeal, Marquette Averages 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game; seventh player Saw his string of nine consecutive 20-point games snapped with in school history to score 2,000 career points. 13 points in a win against Seton Hall. Josh Howard, left, scored 21 points, but the normally depend- able Dirk Nowitzki was 4-of-18, finished with nine points and the Dallas Mavericks fell to Southwest Division rival Houston 93-86 on Friday night. Report, 4D Horse racing Debt woes could affect Lone Star Park 2D Boxing Olympian Yanez has brief, successful debut 3D NHL Stars finding out that their kids are all right 5D NBA, 4D NHL, 5D ORL 92 IND 112 CLE 111 NO COL 4 CHA 80 MIN 105 MIL 103 LAL WAS 1 NYK 127 WAS 107 PHX 140 CAR 4 TOR 97 NJ 96 OKC 118 TB 1 SAC 115 CHI 116 ATL DET 5 MEM 106 DEN 99 POR ANA 2 G Devan Downey, South Carolina F Dante Cunningham, Villanova Baseball 8D Golf 11D NBA 4D Averaging 19.8 points per game and has 71 steals for the Team’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 16.5 points and Boxing 3D High schools 9-10D NFL 7D Gamecocks. 7.1 rebounds per game. Briefs 11D Hockey 5, 10D Recreation 2D Colleges 5-6D Horse racing 2D Scoreboard 11D PHOTOS: AP, GETTY IMAGES, MCT Daily Ticket 2D Motorsports 2, 10D TV/Radio 2, 11D

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