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Jan. 2, 1997

Eagles face Greenwood, Ft. Stockton

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PECOS, Jan. 2 -- District 4-4A play opens at home tonight for the Pecos
Eagle girls, who'll be hoping to do as well here against the Fort
Stockton Prowlers as they've done in Crane and Monahans during the past
month of play.

Meanwhile, Pecos' boys will try to do as well as they did in November
against the Greenwood Rangers, when they close out their pre-district
schedule in Midland tonight.

The 5-8 Eagles host 9-8 Fort Stockton in freshman, junior varsity and
varsity games at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m., while the boys play at Midland,
also at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

The girls come off a 1-2 holiday weekend, falling in their most recent
game on Saturday to Lamesa in the consolation finals of the Odessa
Hi-Noon Optimists Tournament, 68-59. The Eagles did get a trio of
players into double figures, led by Penny Armstrong with 15 points. Lori
Marquez had 14 in both the loss to the Tornadoes and Friday's win over
Odessa High's junior varsity, and was named to the all-tournament squad.

It was the last of three tournaments this season for Pecos, and the
first in which they didn't face the Prowlers. The Eagles opened the
Crane Tournament with a 55-27 victory over Fort Stockton on Dec. 5, then
defeated the Prowlers on Dec. 14, 64-53, to claim consolation at the
Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

Marisol Arenivas led the Eagles that day with 21 points, including four
3-pointers. But she's sidelined for the next three-plus weeks due to
grades, so Pecos will have to find their offense elsewhere.

Fort Stockton has had trouble bringing the ball upcourt in both their
games against Pecos, but 6-foot senior Angela Granado did score a
game-high 26 points when the Prowlers were able to break the Eagles'

Greenwood was without their leading offensive player, David Upton, when
they lost to Pecos, 56-49, back on Nov. 22, but they still got a
29-point performance from Neil Boecking, who also had a big game last
year in the teams' lone meeting.

Fabien Adame had a big game a year ago against the Rangers and again led
the Eagles in scoring in the Nov. 22 game, leading Pecos with 18 points.
He had 20 in their last week, over Eldorado a week ago at the Reagan
County Tournament. However, after a 39-point win in their opener, the
Eagles ended the tournament on a down note, losing to the host Owls and
the McCamey Badgers.

Omar Hinojos had 15 points in Saturday's 79-65 loss, which left the
Eagles with a 6-7 season mark. Greenwood, meanwhile, comes into
tonight's game off a third place finish at the Lone Wolf Classic in
Colorado City, beating Merkel and Rotan around a semifinal loss to

Irvin says he was in bar at time of alleged rape

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Associated Press Writer
DALLAS, Jan. 2 - Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin says he was at a
sports bar the night a woman said he held a gun to her head while a
teammate and another man raped her, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported today.

The 23-year-old woman told police she was raped at the home of offensive
lineman Erik Williams on Sunday night. Irvin has denied being at
Williams' home that night, and said he looks forward to talking to

Sources told The Associated Press that the woman informed police Irvin
videotaped at least part of the alleged attack.

One of Irvin's lawyers, Anthony Lyons, told the Star-Telegram that Irvin
says he was at Cowboys Sports Cafe in Irving most of the evening.

Another of Irvin's lawyers, Royce West, said today on ABC's ``Good
Morning America'' he can prove his client wasn't at Williams' house
Sunday night because the security guard at the gated complex says he
didn't see Irvin.

``I want America to know that that security guard will state Mr. Michael
Irvin never went in that security gate, never went to Erik Williams'
house Sunday night,'' West said.

A manager for Triad Protective Services, which handles security for
Williams' community, said the guards are not required to keep a list of
visitors. Therefore, it would be the guards' word as to whether Irvin -
or anyone else - visited the area.

By policy, guests who are on a resident's visitor list are waved through
the gate. Residents are called when people who aren't on the list

Meanwhile, the woman's estranged 22-year-old husband told The Dallas
Morning News that he doubts her story. The man, who was not identified,
said she has twice falsely accused men of sexual assault without telling

``It seems very reasonable that she is making this up,'' he said.
``She's very melodramatic. She accused me of doing this, and she accused
her fiance before me of doing this, so I don't know why she wouldn't do
it again.'' The story gave no detail on what precisely the husband says
she accused him of doing.

The man, who was separated from his wife in 1994 after two years of
marriage, said she told him she met the players while working as a
waitress and dancer at a Dallas topless club.

The husband said she briefly lived with two players and ``would brag to
me about living with the Cowboys.''

Friends of the woman said she met the players while doing makeup for the
Cowboys cheerleaders and she now works at a cosmetics counter in a mall.

The two friends, who asked not to be identified, have said they doubt
she faked the report. They said they consoled the woman the morning
after the reported rape, describing her as bruised, distraught and

The friends said she told them Monday morning that the men threatened to
beat her if she didn't ``act like she was having fun'' during the
alleged assault.

Irvin, Williams and the third man, who haven't been charged, were
expected to be questioned by police as early as today. During a search
of Williams' house Tuesday, police seized several tapes and a video

Despite reports that Irvin's voice was heard on a tape, police
investigator Ross Salverino said no voices have been identified. The
third man has been tentatively identified, but police declined to
release his name.

Irvin, 30, is on probation for a drug offense after pleading no contest
in July to cocaine possession charges. At his sentencing, the judge
threatened to put him in prison for 20 years if he violated probation.

``I'm also looking forward to seeing how you guys go rewrite, reprint,
rerun all these things about what happened Sunday night when you find
out that I wasn't even at Erik's house,'' Irvin said Wednesday.

``I'm real anxious to see how that's going to happen. Can you run it
with the same intensity that you ran this other stuff?''

Williams, 28, has declined to comment.

The Cowboys are trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They have won
five Super Bowls, three in the last four years. Coach Barry Switzer said
Williams, an All-Pro, and Irvin, one of the NFL's best receivers, are
expected to play in Sunday's NFC divisional playoff against the Carolina

Switzer said he did not expect any charges to be filed.

``I don't think that anything's going to happen. Why in the hell haven't
they been arrested right now?'' Switzer said. ``You know, that's my
attitude. Why did the police department have a press conference and not
even arrest anybody? It kind of stinks.''

(Copyright 1997 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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