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Wednesday, August 30, 2000


Pecos again sweeps Alpine, OHS

PECOS, Aug. 30, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles did what they've become used to doing this  season against the Odessa High Bronchos, and then tried things the other  way around against the Alpine Bucks.

Either way, the results were still good for Pecos in Alpine on Tuesday night, as they posted their second dual meet sweep of the season over the Bucks and Bronchos.

The Eagles, who got off to fast starts before running into some problems during their matches last weekend on the way to winning the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic, jumped on OHS in their first game Tuesday by a 15-6 score, then had to rally in Game 2 to defeat the Bronchos, 17-15.

Against Alpine, it was the Eagles who started slowly, falling behind Alpine 12-7 in Game 1 before coming back for a 15-12 victory. Then in the second game, the Eagles trailed by a 9-7 score before rolling off seven straight points for a 14-7 lead, and then finishing things off a few minutes later for their 13th victory in 15 matches this season.

"Once we finally got the momentum on our side we got it going," said coach Veronica Valenzuela. "We ran out of substitutions when we played Alpine, but we handled the situation pretty well."

In the win over Odessa High, the Bronchos were within 7-5 in the second game when the Eagles scored eight of the final nine points to get the victory. But in Game 2 the Eagles held 6-1 and 11-6 leads only to see the Bronchos come back, getting to within game point twice at 14-13 and 15-14.

"Against OHS we did the same thing (as at the tournament), we let up in the second game. For some reason our girls have trouble staying up at times," Valenzuela said.

Alpine and Odessa High did sweep Pecos both in the junior varsity and freshman matches on Tuesday. The JV fell to OHS 15-12, 9-15, 15-10, and lost to Alpine, 15-10, 15-3.

Jones sues accountants over $4 million loss

DALLAS, Aug. 30, 2000  (AP) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is suing  Arthur Andersen, alleging that bad advice by the accounting giant cost him  more than $4 million in back taxes, penalties and interest.

"I paid a lot of money for their opinions," Jones told the Texas Journal of The Wall Street Journal. "And I want them to stand good for it."

Andersen denies the malpractice alleged by Jones in the lawsuit filed in state district court. About two weeks ago, the Chicago-based firm filed a counterclaim seeking about $100,000 in back fees that it says Jones still owes the firm.

Jones said he doesn't owe any fees.

Jones hired Andersen to provide accounting and tax-advice services in 1992, three years after he bought the team. Jones was trying to structure a payment to himself from his own Texas Stadium Corp., which leases the Cowboys' stadium from the city of Irving, so that he wouldn't have to pay any federal income taxes on it.

Jones says Andersen advised him to have Texas Stadium make a cash payment to the Dallas Cowboys Football Club to cover the stadium's future obligations to provide game tickets to occupants of the stadium's luxury suites.

Jones said he was relying on Andersen's opinion that, for tax purposes, Texas Stadium could report the long-term leases of luxury suites as sales to be paid in installments, rather than leases.

Texas Stadium's payment to the team for the luxury-suite tickets effectively lowered Texas Stadium's profits for the year, allowing Jones to take his cash distribution from Texas Stadium, believing it was not subject to taxation.

But four years later, following an audit, the IRS told Jones that Texas Stadium's deductions for the tickets were improper. Also, Texas Stadium's payment to Jones was a taxable dividend. Jones eventually settled with the IRS.

In court filings, Andersen says it only intended Texas Stadium to rely on its advice, noting it didn't prepare the 1992 tax returns filed by Jones and the team.

Andersen blames the team's former treasurer, Plano accountant Jack Dixon, for not telling the firm that the other parties would be preparing their own tax returns based on the advice.

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