Weatherford Democrat

April 3, 2014

Sports in brief - Apr. 3, 2014


Weatherford Democrat

— Oeste Ranch Golf Course yields another singleton

Staff Report

Golfer Burnie Killman is the latest linkster to ace a hole at Oeste Ranch, performing the feat on March 30.

With a pitching wedge, Killman single-stroked the Par 3, 140-yard 14th hole from the white tee-markers. The shot was witnessed by Jay Cominsky.

Janice Overstreet of Oeste Ranch Golf Course reports the latest ace as the fifth in the past nine months.

 

Nowitzki, Mavericks start final push for playoffs 

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have seven games to avoid landing in the lottery for a second year in a row after 12 straight seasons in the playoffs.

It’s almost like a postseason series for the franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game since taking the title in 2011. Except the first four games are on the road. And the Mavericks likely will have to win more than four to make sure they advance.

“It’s pretty clear,” Nowitzki said Wednesday, a day after an overtime loss to Golden State that at least temporarily left the Mavericks a half-game out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. “Win the next game, leave it all out there.”

Dallas certainly left it all out there against the Warriors, but didn’t get the win.

“I think we can beat anybody on any given night on the road or at home and we can also to lose everybody,” Nowitzki said. “That’s the makeup of our team. If we’re not 100 percent in it and scrambling for each other, we’re going to be in trouble.”

 

Jeter honored in Houston 

HOUSTON (AP) — Derek Jeter got a pair of cowboy boots with Yankees’ pinstripes, a 10 gallon cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs as the Houston Astros paid the first of what is sure to be many tributes to the New York star.

The 13-time All-Star who helped New York to five World Series titles announced in February we would retire after his 20th season.

Jeter was feted in a ceremony before Wednesday night’s game which included former teammates Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. Clemens gave him the custom made Lucchese boots with pinstripes, the Yankees’ logo and his No. 2. Astros’ owner Jim Crane gave Jeter a trip to the Floridian golf club which he owns in Palm City, Fla., along with golf clubs and private lessons at the course.