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Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Eagles look to improve home effort

PECOS, Sept. 26, 2000 -- Trips through the mountains have brought out the best in the Pecos Eagles' volleyball team during their time as a member of District 2-4A, and that streak was extended on Saturday with a win against the Fabens Wildcats.

But the Eagles have not been at their best at home, and that includes last Tuesday's district-opening loss to the Clint Lions.

This week, the Eagles will hope to reverse that habit, as they play a pair of home matches at the Pecos High School gym, starting this evening, with a match against the Canutillo Golden Eagles.

Pecos hosts Canutillo in varsity, junior varsity and freshmen matches. The JV and freshmen will start about 4:30 p.m. in the new and old PHS gyms, with the varsity to follow the JV in the new gym, sometime around 6 or 6:30 p.m.

The Eagles overcame a district-opening loss to Fabens two years ago to win nine straight 2-4A matches to claim the championship, and last season went 8-2, losing only to the Lions in Clint and Pecos. But in both years the Eagles have been more alive on the court in their matches after three-hour bus rides through the mountains to the El Paso area than they have been playing at home.

On Saturday the Eagles played their best match in three weeks, going to Fabens and routing the Wildcats by 15-4, 15-5 scores. "The first game, when we had them down 12-2 I thought we might start losing our focus, but no, they pretty much stayed focused," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado.

The Eagles played the game minus senior hitter Ashley Salcido and with hitter/setter Dee Dee Molinar bothered by an elbow injury.

Canutillo started off the season with a respectable showing at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, beating Presidio while losing a close match to Alpine, but have struggled since then. The Golden Eagles are 0-2 in district following losses to Fabens and El Paso Mountain View last week. Gracie Borjas, an all-district pick from last season, is the Golden Eagles' leading hitter.

U.S. gets softball gold,

Romanian loses medals


Associated Press Writer

SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 26, 2000 - Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains.

The U.S. softball team completed a comeback almost as amazing as the fact that it lost three Olympic tournament games in the first place, beating Japan 2-1 in eight innings Tuesday to win its second straight gold medal.

On a day featuring team sports at the Olympics, the U.S. men's soccer team finally lost, falling to Spain 3-1 in a semifinal match. The Americans will play Chile on Friday for the bronze.

The U.S. baseball team was the one washed out. After playing its semifinal against South Korea in eight innings of misting rain, the game was finally delayed when a window-rattling thunderstorm hit Olympic Park.

The score was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, with one out and a U.S. runner on third base.

In softball, the Americans went into extra innings again, but came out on top this time.

Laura Berg knocked a ball over the left-fielder's head with runners on first and second and the score tied at 1. Shiori Koseki had the ball in her glove, but dropped it as she fell backward, allowing pinch-runner Jennifer McFalls to score and setting off a World Series-esque celebration among the Americans.

"We've been very unlucky in this whole tournament, but luck finally went our way," Berg said.

The gold medal favorites entered the Olympics with a 110-game winning streak. They lost in the prelims to China, Australia and Japan and barely made the medal round. The Americans then defeated all three teams that beat them the first time around to collect the gold.

The softball victory gave the United States a total of 62 medals (25 gold, 15 silver, 22 bronze). Russia was next with 51 (17-14-20), followed by China 50 (22-14-14).


- DRUG TESTING: A tiny Romanian gymnast lost a gold medal for taking cold medicine Tuesday, while a renowned defense lawyer rushed to the side of a giant shot putter facing drug accusations to match his size.

Welcome to the 21st century Olympics, where a pharmaceutical dictionary can be as helpful as a souvenir program.

IOC officials stripped gymnast Andreea Raducan of her gold medal in the women's all-around because she tested positive for the stimulant pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in cold medicine her team doctor prescribed.

"We consider it was an accident," IOC drug chief Prince Alexandre de Merode said. "The fault falls with the medical doctor."

Small comfort for Raducan, who appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport late Tuesday to get her gold medal back. The 82-pound teen-ager's performance in Sydney brought back memories of fellow Romanian Nadia Comaneci's victory at the Montreal Games in 1976.

"We're all devastated," said Comaneci, now a coach in Norman, Okla.

The International Olympic Committee allowed Raducan to keep her medals from Romania's triumph in the team competition and her individual silver in the vault. She wasn't checked for drugs after the team event and passed a test following the vault.

De Merode also released details of the steroid use charges against shot putter C.J. Hunter, the husband and coach of gold-medal sprinter Marion Jones. He said Hunter failed four separate tests for the anabolic steroid nandrolone this summer.

With a day off from her quest for five track and field golds, Jones kissed her husband at a news conference, where he tearfully denied wrongdoing.

Defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. stood nearby and nutritionist Victor Conte said Hunter's positive tests were not the result of steroid use, but rather were caused by iron supplements contaminated with nandrolone.

The 330-pound Hunter said he loves his wife and children and would never "do anything to jeopardize their opinion of me."

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