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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Misbah ul Haq got blackberry phone for his match winning 50 in 3rd ODI

Misbah got blackberry phone in DIGICEL SERIES
Barbados-Routers, Pakistan vice captain got Blackberry phone as man of the match gift in Digicel series of 3rd ODI against West Indies.Misbah scored 50 for his team which helps Pakistan to beat West Indies by 3 wickets and got unbeaten lead 3-0 over home side West Indies.Misbah is very happy after getting blackberry phone.

Digicel Series: Pakistan beat West Indies by 3 wickets in 3rd ODI

Pakistan Vs West Indies: Pakistan beat West Indies by 3 (three) wickets in 3rd ODI of Digicel Series 2011 and won the series.Pakistan has now unbeaten lead over West Indies 3-0.Misbah ul Haq called man of the match for his 50, he scored 62.West Indian Bowler Bishoo and Rampaul did some efforts for their team.Bishoo took 3 and Rampaul took 4 wickets.But can't help West Indies to win the match.Wahab Riaz hit 2 6s.One six on final ball of innings.Saeed Ajmal took 3 wickets while young Junaid Khan took his career's maiden wicket.Afridi is very happy with the performance of his team.He is aiming to make Pakistan team no.1 in ICC ranking.West Indian Captain is looking for next series against Indian team.He said that West Indian team is young and is learning.It can soon be in top 5 teams.He said we have to play against world champion India so Seniors should took part in the team.

Pakistan Cricket team's Official facebook page deleted by facebook

Protest by Fans of Pakistan team against facebook
Karachi - Routers , Pakistan cricket Team official facebook , one of the leading sports page of Pakistan has been deleted by facebook. Facebook didn't gave any reason for this move.When we tried to contact Facebook representatives they said that they don't know about this action.Fans of Team Pakistan are very upset and angry about facebook's this biased action.They miss the plateform where they meet each other.PCB has filed application to Facebook administration, they asked for reason why they deleted their official page.

Charlie Sheen to Donate Profits to Baseball Fan Beaten into Coma




Charlie Sheen will donate profits from merchandise sales at his April 30 show in San Francisco to Bryan Stow, the Giants fan badly beaten on baseball’s Opening Day in Los Angeles.
Stow, a paramedic and father of two, had to be put into a medically induced coma after suffering severe injuries, including a skull fracture, on March 31 outside Dodger Stadium.
He was attacked by two men. No arrests have been made.
In addition to stage performances, Sheen’s been selling apparel with his signature catch phrases during his Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour.
The erstwhile “Two and a Half Men” actor starred in Major League and is a lifelong baseball fan.
Gossip Cop hopes Sheen’s gesture inspires many attendees to donate to Stow’s recovery.

Can BCCI administrator own stake in IPL, SC gives split order - ESPN

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ROUTERS) A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court today differed on whether an Indian cricket board administrator can hold stake in an IPL team and the issue would now be decided by a larger bench. The split verdict came on a petition of former BCCI president A C Muthiah challenging the amendment in BCCI regulation to exclude IPL and T-20 tournaments from its purview which he alleged was done to favour the cricket board's secretary N Srinivasan who owns the T-20 franchise Chennai Super Kings. With the division bench comprising justices J M Panchal and Gyan Sudha Mishra giving the split verdict, the petition has been referred to the chief justice for allocating it to a larger bench. While Justice Panchal dismissed the petition filed by Muthiah challenging the validity of the amendment in clause 6.2.4, Justice Mishra allowed the petition holding that a BCCI officer bearer cannot have stake in the IPL team. Justice Panchal said the petitioner failed to prove there was a "conflict of interest" in case an administrator holds a stake in the IPL team and dismissed his petition. "The appellant(Muthiah) has claimed that there is factual and palpable conflict of interest but he could not explain to the court as to what was the factual conflict of interest and how BCCI was put to financial loss because of participation by Srinivasan in bidding process for the IPL team," he said. Justice Mishra, on the other hand, held there is a "strong" prima facie case that the amendment was introduced with an oblique motive to benefit Srinivasan and said he cannot hold the post in BCCI while owing the IPL team.

GlobeCast bats massive cricket in Asia -ROUTERS

MUMBAI: During the busy cricket season of March and April GlobeCast successfully deployed to two major cricket events – the IPL Twenty20 Cricket currently in play right after the huge success of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
For the IPL Twenty20 Cricket which began on 8th April and continues until 28 May, GlobeCast is onsite delivering 450 hours and 74 matches from over 12 venues in 51 days. GlobeCast is bringing the world feed in HD to Nimbus/Times Internet and a unilateral feed for Sony (Multi-Screen Media) in SD.
In March, GlobeCast delivered the ICC Cricket World Cup for ESPN STAR Sports, the host broadcaster and rights holder of the series. GlobeCast deployed a crew to over 13 venues in three countries, moving between India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. GlobeCast covered 49 matches in the series and a cumulative 600 hours over 43 days. ESPN STAR Sports received the live feed from the stadiums via GlobeCast at its studios in India for production and further customization for its networks.

For both events, several sets of HD and SD SNG vehicles were deployed at all venues. GlobeCast uplink the feeds straight from the event sites via the HD/SD SNGs on-site, sending the signals to the Americas, Asia and the rest of the world via its network agnostic hybrid satellite and fiber (GlobeCast Backbone Network) network.

Zulqarnain Haider caught dancing in a disco club at London

Pakistan News:Zulqarnain found dancing in a disco club at London
Reported by: M.USAMA ABBASI  Zulqarnain Haider is up to cleaning the game of cricket. He has threatened to disclose the names of the players in the Pakistan team who are involved in match-fixing. Haider left the team on the morning of the final ODI last year against South Africa, without informing the team or board officials, and landed in London, where he immediately claimed asylum.
But he revoked his asylum application and returned to Islamabad on Monday after being given security assurances by the Pakistan government. Days before his return, Haider said he had received more calls from people who threatened him should he return. At least one call was recorded and broadcast on local TV channels.
He also had said that he is suffering from financial crisis and is very upset with everything. But before returning to Pakistan, surprisingly, Zulqarnain Haider has been caught dancing in a famous disco club in North London and to enter the club one must pay 22 pounds! The video tape was shown in Geo News.
If Haider is suffering from financial crisis then where did he have the money for entertainment?
A man under so much threats and pressures can’t enjoy in a disco club openly as there will always be a threat of being murdered by the people whom he had accused. But it had been seen in a video tape shown in Geo News that Zulqarnain is dancing quite freely in that disco club.
What is Zulqarnain Haider up to? What are his motives? There are no balance between his words and actions. It’s the high time that the high commands in the Pakistan cricket board and above all the Pakistan govt. ponder over his words and actions before taking any further steps.
Video evidence of the news is being given below via Omikz.com

Sania bats for resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties - ESPN PAKISTAN

New Delhi: Sania Mirza on Thursday advocated resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan, saying such a move can help in improving relations between the two countries.

"The very fact is obviously people love it. You say that in the (World Cup) semifinal (in Mohali between the two teams). I think it can make the relations between the two countries better. It's obvious, you have the two Prime Ministers watching (together), so it's good stuff," Sania said.

"I don't know why not. I am telling there is hardly any difference whether I am married to a Indian or a Pakistani person."

Sania, who got married to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik in April last year, also emphasised on the positives of getting married to a sportsman. "Being married to a sportsman, it's really is a blessing in a lot of ways. Because a lot of times, you don't need to explain a lot of things and they just go with it. You don't need to explain the pressure, you don't need to explain why you need to sleep at 10."

"These are things that are small, but they do cause issues," the tennis ace said.

Sania also thanked Shoaib for his support in times of need. "The fact is that Shoaib has been a great support to me, he has helped me a lot coming out of a difficult phase, when I didn't know what to do."

As far as personalities are concerned, both are different. "We have our share of... We are extremely different personalities. He is extremely calm and I almost get irritated because of that," she said.

Mumbai Police hand WC security bill of Rs 2.65 cr to MCA

Mumbai, Apr 28 (PTI) Mumbai police have presented a bill of Rs 2.65 crore to the Mumbai Cricket Association for providing security during the three matches of 2011 ICC world cup, which were played at Wankhede stadium here. A mammoth security arrangement had been made by the city police at Wankhede for March 13 and 18 ties -- when New Zealand played against Canada and Sri Lanka respectively -- and for the final between India and Sri Lanka on April 2. "We have charged the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Rs 2.65 crore for providing security during the three World Cup matches. It also includes the charges for security provided to the players during their stay in hotels," said Deputy Police Commissioner, (Operations) Rajkumar Vhatkar. "It does not include the cost incurred by the traffic police and the central forces such as Central Industrial Security Force. Cost of VIP security arrangements is also excluded," Vhatkar said. The police had deployed special forces such as the Quick Response Team, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and the Force One during the matches, in view of intelligence inputs about possible terrorist strike.

Winthrop Basketball Players Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct

The Rock Hill Herald reports two Winthrop University men’s basketball players have been charged with criminal sexual conduct.
The paper reports police charged Robert Keith Dreher II, of Greenville, and Julius Francis, of Warri, Nigeria, with two counts each of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.
The paper says a 19-year-old former student reported that she was molested on April 17 at a residence hall on the Rock Hill campus.
Reports from the Herald state the woman told Winthrop officers she was at Dreher’s and Francis’s apartment on campus. Wile there, she was restrained while the two men engaged in sexual activity despite her saying “no,” the paper says.
The Rock Hill Herald reports both players have been suspended indefinitely from the Winthrop basketball team.

Su Hoops Sponors Youth Basketball Tourney

PINE RIDGE – Su Hoops and the SuAnne Big Crow Boy’s and Girl’s Club is sponsoring a youth basketball tournament May 6-8 at the SuAnne center just east of Pine Ridge.

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Basketball: Championship win will be result of hard work, not fate


Paul Henare plays his 250th game for the Breakers tonight. Photo / Natalie Slade
 

Paul Henare plays his 250th game for the Breakers tonight. Photo / Natalie Slade

Paul Henare doesn't believe in fairytales or storybook endings. He doesn't buy into the school of thought that him going out a winner after eight years as a Breaker is meant to happen; that there is some kind of mystical symmetry or pre-destined numerology in him bringing up his 250th and final game at home in a title decider.
He thinks the Breakers will claim their first title tonight, certainly. But he thinks they'll win because they deserve it - because they've earned it.
"I don't believe in destiny, I don't believe in fairytales," Henare said. "I've had comments from certain people saying 'it just seems that it is meant to be'. I don't believe in that. You have to go out and work and earn everything.
"That's who I am as a person, who I am as a player. You have to put the hard work in. And for us a team, that is when we have been at our best. It's not when the offence is pretty and all the shots are going down, it's when we are knuckling down, playing defence and rebounding, doing all the hard yards sort of stuff. "That is when we are playing our best and that is what we'll need [tonight] to beat Cairns."
While the Breakers' title hopes were thwarted, at least briefly, by the Taipans' game two escape act, for Henare it meant a stay of execution of the termination of his playing career. The realisation that it would definitely be over at the end of tonight hadn't yet fully sunk in.
"I've still got a grand final to focus on so there are no nerves or anxiety about it being my last game," he said.
"I couldn't ask for a better way to go out. Dare I say it, win or lose it has been just a great ride. Yes, it would be the storybook ending to finish off with a championship and myself and the team will be doing everything they can to make sure that happens."
The Taipans have done their best to heap the psychological pressure on the Breakers, continually espousing the theory that only one team has something to lose. Henare doesn't buy that any more than he does the destiny theory.
"There is no other place we would rather be, playing at home and playing for the championship is a good place to be," he said. "They have as much pressure on them as we do on us. They have been in the league longer than us without a title and they have got some pressures at home with people wanting them to bring back the trophy.
"For us, we want to be here and we expect to win. This is what we have been aiming for the whole season. For eight years we have been aiming for this."
Henare may not believe in fate but Kevin Braswell, the player who will interchange with him at point guard tonight, certainly does.
"For Paul Henare, for his family, for this organisation, to win the championship here, that would be the Cinderella story," Braswell said. "He deserves it. His whole family deserve it. They get to see his last game here. He's been here since day one, that's going to be the biggest thing to winning this game on Friday. We are all going to be feeling it.
"We wanted to win it in Cairns, trust me. But it didn't seem like that when we watched the video. It didn't seem like it was that important to us. This game three will be desperation time for us."

Kevin Durant: Pretty good at basketball

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is introduced prior to playing against the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Wednesday night was a pretty special evening for basketball.
The Miami-Philadelphia game will go down as the runt of the three-game litter, and that featured the underdog 76ers going shot for shot with the Heat, up until Andre Iguodala transformed from a clutch performer back into a poor decision-maker on Philadelphia’s last possession.
The San Antonio-Memphis game had one of the more dramatic finishes to regulation you will ever see, as a would-be game-tying desperation three-pointer from Manu Ginobili was correctly changed to a two. Of course, that did not stop rookie Gary Neal from hitting an actual game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer to help keep the Spurs, who won in overtime, alive.
If basketball fans went to sleep after that finish, it would be tough to blame them. Very little could top the insanity of that game. Except, Kevin Durant did.
With his Thunder trailing the Denver Nuggets by nine points with fewer than four minutes, Durant made the following plays.
  • With 3:23 remaining, Durant collected the ball after one of nine — nine! — blocks from Serge Ibaka, pulled up in transition and hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 91-85.
  • With 2:30 remaining, Durant spun into traffic, spun back the other way and hit a jumper that was really more of a one-handed floater over a defender from just behind the free-throw line to cut the lead to 91-88
  • With 1:50 remaining and everyone expecting him to shoot, Durant cut into the middle of the defence, drew multiple defenders, kicked the ball to James Harden, who hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 91-91.
  • With 1:21 remaining, Durant caught the ball from 18 feet away, stepped back and hit a jumper over a defender to tie the game at 93-93.
  • With 1:05 remaining, Durant drove to the basket, spun away from two defenders and hit a floater while being fouled. He hit the ensuing free throw to give the Thunder a 96-95 lead.
  • With 46.1 seconds remaining, Durant saw that the Nuggets had switched their coverage, putting power forward Kenyon Martin on him. He drove immediately, earned a foul, and hit two free throws to give the Thunder a 98-97 lead.
  • With 12 seconds remaining, Durant evaded a defender on an inbound play, and hit a pull-up jumper over Denver centre Nene to give the Thunder a 100-97 lead.
  • With nine seconds remaining, Durant blocked a three-pointer from Denver’s J.R. Smith that could have tied the game. Aaron Afflalo missed another three-pointer, and the Thunder advanced.
Durant finished with 41 points. The degree of difficulty on some of those shots was, well, stunningly high. He had 14 points, hitting five of his six shots in the final 3:23 of the game.
“I don’t care how many guys we put on him,” Denver coach George Karl told nba.com, “he’s probably going to make those shots.”
“I was just thinking I didn’t want to go back to Denver,” Durant said. “It was cold and rainy and their crowd said some not-nice things to us, so I didn’t want to go back there. Our guys told me, ‘Take the game over, it’s your time.’”
And it was. What is special about Durant is that what Karl said is true: Those shots were unguardable. When Durant gets going, there is no stopping him once he catches the ball. Due to his long arms, his shooting touch and his ability to put the ball on the floor, difficult shots are just shy of routine for Durant when he is feeling it.
Of course, that does not mean the Thunder are on a rocketship to the moon. Oklahoma City went 1-7 against San Antonio and Memphis, their two possible second-round opponents, during the regular season. Two of their wins over Denver, both at home, required super-human 41-point performances from Durant. Point guard Russell Westbrook has caught heat for poor decision-making.
However, with Durant and Westbrook at their bests…well, take it away, KG.

Justin Bieber & Mark Wahlberg To Co-Star In Basketball Film

Paramount Pictures is trying to cash in as much as possible after the success of their bio-pic Never Say Never, the story of the meteoric rise to fame of Canadian singer Justin Bieber.
The film was a mixture of home video footage, live performance footage, interviews, etc, which cost Paramount a mere $13 million to produce. It grossed over $97 million.
So now that they know for a fact that the Biebs has big screen draw, they wanna pair him up with another musician-turned-A List actor, in the form of Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg’s acting career took off so well that people BARELY remember that he started off as a rapper. Who would have thought, the little thug from Boston would be an Academy Award nominee?


The tone of the project is described as The Color of Money meets The Karate Kid, and it came out of Wahlberg and Levinson seeing Bieber play ball in February during a celebrity game held during NBA All-Star Game weekend. Bieber more than held his own against celebs and former players; he was named MVP. It’s understandable that Paramount would want to be in business with Bieber again. Made on a $13 million budget, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never grossed $97 million worldwide. Paramount immediately hired its director, Jon Chu, to helm its G.I. Joe sequel.
So what do you guys think, will this be a film worth watching? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

Dallas Farmers Market: Bringing in the 8-ball squash

Farmer J.T. Lemley in Shed No. 1 at the Dallas Farmers Market called to tell me that he's now harvesting several kinds of squash, including 8-ball, 1-ball, zucchini and several kinds of yellow squash at his farm near Canton. (He loved the recent rain.)
I bought some of his tomatoes from Marfa (his field tomatoes aren't ripe yet), and they were darned good. Oh joy, to have tomato season upon us again.
I also made short order of his big, green-topped spring onions. I sauteed them with some local mushrooms and added these and sun-dried tomatoes to red quinoa with just a little seasoning. Finished it all with some shredded asiago cheese. A delicious and healthy one-bowl meal in 20 minutes, with good leftovers.

A Doyle Cup three-peat for Vernon’s hockey snakes

When all was said and done there really wasn't a whole lot of difference between the two clubs battling for the Doyle Cup championship this year, other than one team scored one more goal and won one more game than the other.
As happened last year, the Vernon Vipers downed the Spruce Grove Saints four games to three in the Pacific Region final, enabling the six-time RBC Cup champs to again vie for the Jr. A national championship and again deny the Saints their first crack at that title.
Following the first game of the series, Vipers head coach Mark Ferner predicted it would go seven games. He also noted his team knew it would have to win at least two games in the Grove.
Following two losses at home in the first three games, the Vipers actually had to win three of four in Alberta and that's exactly what they did.
They began their title defence by winning Game 4 by a 3-1 score and then put the Saints on the ropes with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 5.
The Saints rebounded in a must-win situation with a 2-0 victory setting up an exciting end to this series.
In the final, Vernon jumped to a 2-0 first period lead but saw the Saints rebound to tie it at 2-2 on goals by Scott Allen and Josh Keizer, on a short-handed breakaway effort.
The Vipers refused to wilt under a ferocious Saints assault and got the series' winner from captain David Robinson late in the third period, after the Saints Jesse Slobodian had clanged a shot off the goal post moments earlier.
An empty-net marker salted away the 4-2 game win, the 4-3 series win and another trip the RBC Cup for the Snakes in Camrose.
"I'm extremely proud of this group," Ferner said of a group of young men, who like the Saints, weren't expected to reach this point of the year.
"Not a lot of people gave us a chance against the No. 2 team in the country in Powell River," whom the Vipers disposed of in straight games in the B.C. final, "or coming into this building against the No. 1 team and having to win three games. I'm extremely pleased.
"Hats off to Spruce Grove," he continued. "They didn't give an inch."
Across the rink, Grove coach Jason Mckee said he couldn't have asked for any more from his players.
"They surprised a lot of people at how far they came this year. It's never easy to come this far and miss out by one goal. It's tough for them but there's a lot of character in that room. There are kids in that room that have been to three (AJHL) finals and two Doyle Cups and done the organization, and themselves, proud."
Mckee admitted there wasn't much difference between the two teams – the Vipers scored 17 goals the Saints 16.
"It was two very good teams. It came down to one goal. All the games were close. There wasn't a lot to choose between the two teams. They were two very good teams."
In closing, Ferner wouldn't admit to his junior club becoming a dynasty a this level but the look on his face indicated he was pleased with the question.
"That's for you guys to talk about," he ended, noting his team can return an astounding 16 players next year in what could well be another year for another run at Canada's national Jr. A crown.
Of course, the Saints, among many others, would like to change that outcome in the 2011-12 hockey season.

Pakistan hockey squad named for Azlan Shah tournament- Geo Super

 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday named Mohammad Imran the new captain to lead a 18-man squad for next month's Azlan Shah hockey tournament.

The seven-nation event will be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from May 5-15, with world champions Australia, Britain, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Korea in attendance.

Pakistan, three times Olympic and four times world champions, have shown a return to form internationally since winning the Asian Games title last year after they hired Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel in June 2010.

akistan won the Azlan Shah event in 1987 and 1991.

They face New Zealand in their opening match and arch-rivals India on May 11.

Squad: Mohammad Imran (captain), Shakil Abassi (vice captain), Imran Shah, Imran Khan, Sohail Abbas, Waseem Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Tauseeq, Fareed Ahmed, Mohammad Rashid, Waqas Sharif, Haseem Khan, Mohammad Rizwan Ali,Mohammad Zubair, Mohammad Umar Bhutta, Kashif Shah, Rehan Butt, Waqas Akbar.

Klein trio goes for gold

Klein senior Precious Gbadamosi and Lady Bearkats sophomores Princess Gbadamosi and Emily Olivier are headed to the University Interscholastic League State Tennis Tournament on May 9-10 in Austin.
The Gbadamosi sisters qualified as the Class 5A Region II girls doubles champions, and Olivier is going after finishing second in regional girls singles in Waco last week.
"We're very please to have three going to state, and it will be the first time for all three in spring tennis," Klein coach Holly Cannon said. "They do have state experience in team tennis (played in the fall), so they won't be intimidated by the surroundings.
"The girls have a decent chance. We've looked at the competition, and even though it will be tough, they'll be prepared and have a shot to do well."
Precious and Princess downed doubles teams from DeSoto 6-0, 6-0 and Richardson Lake Highlands 6-1, 6-0 in the opening rounds at regionals, and then came from behind to beat The Woodlands' Sandra Ibarra and Mary Rivas 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.
The Gbadamosis swept Round Rock Westwood's Maya and Isabella Monica 6-4, 6-3 in an all-sisters region final.
In addition to advancing to the state tennis tournament, Precious will anchor Klein's 800-meter relay at the Class 5A Region II Meet on Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, at Baylor's Hart-Patterson Track Complex in Waco. The 800 relay preliminaries are at 7:40 p.m. Monday, and the finals (if the Lady Bearkats qualify) go off at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday.
"That's a little bit of a concern with her being back up in Waco for regional track," Cannon said, "but we're on a good workout schedule that will lead us right into state."
Olivier fell to The Woodlands' Cathrine Wythe 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the girls singles region finals after beating McKiney Boyd's Mackenna Maddox 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals, and players from Copperas Cove 6-2, 6-2 and Richardson 6-0, 6-0 in the early rounds.
She avoided a playback match when Klein Oak's Melissa Burckhartt lost to Maddox 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 for third place.
Klein junior Gandhi Bhakthavachalam tried to play through an injury but was defeated 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 by McKinney Boyd's Parker McGuiness in the boys singles region semifinals.
Bhakthavachalam was forced to withdraw and did not play for third place.
"The injury and having to default was a big disappointment for Gandhi and our team," Cannon said.
Tomball's George Rivers was knocked out in the region quarterfinals by Austin Bowie's Jacob Belanger 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The Klein mixed doubles team of Charles Lin and Kaysie Hermsdorf advanced to the region semifinals before being stopped by Austin High School (from Austin) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Lin and Hermsdorf had another match go the distance in a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 loss to Garland Naaman Forest for third place, and they advanced to the semis by beating Georgetown 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, and Richardson Lake Highlands 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Also playing at the region event were Klein Collins' Steven Mundt and Clay Jones, and Klein Oak's Tyler Warren and Hunter Lehasky in boys doubles; and Klein's Travis Lenz and Margaret Santucci in mixed doubles.

Milestone for SA team at Wheelchair Cup

Sydwell Mathonsi © Paki Images
The South African men's team reached the semifinals for the first time at the Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup with a 2-1 victory over Canada in Pretoria on Thursday.
The hosts, seeded sixth in the Men's World Group II division, achieved the milestone in style with the doubles pairing of Evans Maripa and Sydwell Mathonsi posting a thrilling 5-7, 6-3 (10-2) win over Philippe Bedard and Corey Blatchford.
Earlier, South Africa and Canada, seeded third, had each won a singles match.
Mathonsi was delighted to have played an influential role in helping his team reach the last four for the first time in South Africa's nine-year participation at the event.
"The wasn't the best of matches in terms of entertainment but we ultimately won the match and that was great for team South Africa," said Mathonsi.
"It will boost the confidence in the team ahead of our semifinal match against Japan.
"Beating Canada is in itself an achievement and we were really playing against history so this will be one milestone team South Africa will be very proud of."
They were nonetheless overpowered by Japan in the semifinals.
In the opening singles clash, Takashi Sanada blew away Maripa 6-1, 6-2, while Mathonsi went down 7-5, 6-1 to Satoshi Saida to give the Japanese an unassailable 2-0 lead before they clinched the doubles encounter to round off the whitewash.
South Africa's Kgothatso Montjane defeated Chile's Mantonieta Ortiz 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-0 in a Women's World Group clash, but Montjane's teammate, Rose van der Meer ,wasn't quite to the task and was peppered with a show of power tennis by Chile's Francisca Mardones, who bagged a 6-3, 6-1 win.
In a Junior Group A encounter, South Africa whitewashed neighbours Zimbabwe 3-0.

Near miss motivates Lobo junior

Langham Creek junior Steven McMullen plans to use what was an excruciating attempt at a state berth as a learning experience, and momentum, for his senior season in 2011-12.
"It was hard work to get to regionals, and I knew it was gong to be tough," he said. "It would have been nice to get to state, but this is just going to make me even more hungry next year."
And despite being reported by more than one media outlet that McMullen had advanced to state, he took it all in stride.
"That's kind of funny," he said of the misprints.
McMullen swept Clear Lake junior Kevin Wang 6-4, 6-0 in the Class 5A Region III boys singles semifinals on April 20 to set up a championship meeting with Pearland senior Daniel Hernandez, one of the state's top players who had already defeated McMullen twice this season.
It was an all-out battle in the opening set with Hernandez grinding out a 7-5 win, and then taking the title at 6-3 in the second set.
"He's a great player," McMullen said of Hernandez. "He's just really talented, and he knows how to figure it out as far as taking advantage of the moment."
Reaching the region finals doesn't guarantee a state tournament berth, and with Bellaire sophomore Alex Stoupine beating Wang 6-3, 6-1 for third place, Stoupine earned the right to face McMullen in a playback match with state on the line.
"The championship match was really emotionally draining, so it's a huge challenge to come back and have to play after that," Langham Creek coach Terry Moran said. "Combine that with your opponent coming off a big win for third place, and having new life, and it's a tough situation."
Stoupine went on to top McMullen 6-3, 6-0 with both playing a fifth match in two days.
"I started playing tennis when I was three, and I've only played that many times in such a short period maybe once, and especially three in one day," McMullen said. "It's something I'll learn from, and build on, and hopefully stay out of in the future."
McMullen plans to continue his competitive career in college, and for now, the options remain open.
"He definitely has a shot to play at the next level, and even tough it was hard to get close to state and not make it, the season was definitely not a disappointment," Moran said. "Steven is a very good player, and a good person, and we're all looking forward to his senior year in team tennis in the fall and the spring season.
"He was the last player from our district (17-5A) at regionals, and we're very proud of that."
Cy-Fair's girls doubles duos of Allyson Barnett and Gabriella Jansson, and Emily Garrett and Erika Holum fell in the region quarterfinals, as did Cy Ridge's Anuj Singh in girls singles.
Also competing at regionals were Cy Woods' Ben Groff and Rick Newton, and Cy Falls' Shaan Patel and Zach Salinas in boys doubles; Cy Ranch's Teja Birudala and Logan Harper, and Cy Falls' Amanda Barrington and Connor White in mixed doubles; and Cy Ranch's Courtney McWilliams and Amy Lundquist in girls singles.
The University Interscholastic League Class 5A State Tournament is May 9-10 at the University of Texas Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
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