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February 11, 1997

Golfers finish 6th, 23rd at Big Spring tourney

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PECOS, Feb. 11 -- The second tournament of the season for the Pecos
Eagle girls worked out a little better than the opening tournament of
the year for Pecos' boys, though both teams played on the same two
courses Friday and Saturday.

The Eagles were at the Big Spring Invitational, where Pecos' girls
finished sixth out of 18 teams, while the boys wound up in 23rd place in
their division.

"Overall, this early in the season I feel good about our scores," said
girls coach Tina Hendrick, after her team shot a 387-374-761 over the
36-hole tournament, won by Fort Stockton with a 695 team score.

She said the girls played the tougher Big Spring Country Club course on
Friday, then to Comanche Trails on Saturday. "When we played the first
day, it was raining and misting, then on the second day there was a
one-hour delay because the greens were frozen."

Four of the five golfers cut their scores on the second day of the
tournament. Sarah Armstrong had the best overall score for 36 holes, a
98-89-187, while Lindley Workman had a 99-93-192, Belinda Heard shot a
100-97-197 and Anica Garcia had a 105-95-200. Alva Alvarez, who had
Friday's low score with a 90, struggled at Comanche Trails, shooting a
100 for a 190 total.

"We were up and down. I've just got to get them to play more
consistently," Hendrick said. "I'll take teams to Fort Stockton next
week and see how they compete."

Big Spring, whom the Eagles edged at San Angelo the previous week, added
a couple of players and beat out Pecos on their home course. The Steers
shot a 736 and were third, while Pampa was second at 728. Lubbock
Coronado and Hereford were next at 750 and 752, while the Eagles placed
two strokes of Monahans, which shot a 763.

Lubbock Coronado won the boys title with a 610 score, followed by
Plainview at 637, San Angelo Lake View at 641 and Big Spring at 642.
Pecos shot a 354 at Comanche Trails on Friday and a 374 at the Country
Club on Saturday.

"Those greens were fast, faster than what we're used to here," said
coach Joe Wheeler, who added the length of the course also caused

Casey Love shot a 79 on Friday, then climbed to an 84 for a 163 total.
Lee Lyles had an 86-93-179, Dallas Jarrett shot a 92-98-190, Jason
Salcido had a 97-98-195 and Eric Machuca shot a 109-103-209.

"Casey and Lee played well the first day," said Wheeler, whose team will
be in Fort Stockton this weekend for the Blue Ribbon Invitational.

Worm's not going to turn

after return, Pippen says

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CHICAGO, Feb. 11 (AP) -- Scottie Pippen says Dennis Rodman cares only
about Dennis Rodman. Michael Jordan says he and Rodman ``have no

Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson, however, is warmly welcoming the Worm
back from his latest suspension. Rodman returns to action tonight
against the Charlotte Hornets after sitting out 11 games for kicking a

``He's a very easy person to have on the team. We've got a lot harder
guys to have on the team than Dennis,'' Jackson said Monday without
revealing who they might be.

``That's the thing people don't understand. He does his job, comes to
practice and keeps his mouth shut. He works hard. He is never

Of course, Jackson doesn't enjoy having to coach around the NBA
rebounding leader's suspensions -- which now number three, for a total
of 19 games, in 1½ years with Chicago.

``When you get to rely on a person as dominant as he is and he's not
available, then it is a problem,'' Jackson said. ``We had a brief chat,
Dennis and I, just to reiterate that there have to be some stipulations
about his behavior. We just can't risk the possibility that he's not
going to be here for the playoffs.''

Pippen doubts that Rodman will change at all.

``All I know is that Dennis doesn't give a damn about most things,''
Pippen said. ``I'm not sure he's capable of learning any lessons from
his suspensions. I don't expect him ever to change, because if he did,
he wouldn't be the Worm, the personality he has invented for himself.''

The cross-dressing, hair-dyeing, referee-baiting forward helped the
Bulls win the NBA title last season. And Rodman has promised to
demonstrate his love for Chicago fans by donating his salary from the
next 11 games to charity.

So he'll probably receive a loud ovation tonight at the United Center.

But Jordan and Pippen, the team's stars and leaders, are wary.

What will the Worm do next? Will it be bad enough for NBA commissioner
David Stern to banish Rodman forever?

Jordan is prepared for the worst.

While leading Chicago to a 9-2 record during Rodman's latest suspension,
Jordan often said the Bulls can repeat as champions without his tattooed
teammate. They had a record 72 wins last season even though Rodman
missed 18 games due to suspension and injury, and they're a league-best
42-6 this season despite playing 13 games without Rodman.

``We can be better with Dennis. We know that. But we can survive without
Dennis. We know that, too,'' Jordan said. ``Our will to win is just as
great without Dennis.''

Asked what advice he'd give Rodman, Jordan said: ``I'd tell him to wear
pants all the time.''

It was the first time Jordan took a public shot at Rodman's assortment
of evening gowns, feathered boas and lingerie.

Pippen, meanwhile, is disappointed that Rodman ``knocks the game so

``Someday, maybe, he'll realize that he wouldn't have all the movies and
books and fans if he didn't have basketball,'' Pippen said. ``He says he
doesn't need the game, but it's the game that's made him who he is.''

Rodman -- who might not start tonight, just as he came off the bench for
five games after serving a six-game suspension for head-butting a
referee last March -- didn't talk to the media after Monday's practice.

Thursday on the ``Tonight Show,'' he told host Jay Leno that he was
treated unjustly by Stern.

``It wasn't fair,'' Rodman said. ``I haven't raped anybody. I haven't
been thrown in jail. I haven't done this, I haven't done that. Tell me
something I've done that's been harmful.''

Teammate Steve Kerr said that apologizing -- to the public, to the
league or to the team -- isn't Rodman's style.

``We don't expect an apology, at least a verbal one. His apology comes
on the floor when he goes out and plays hard and gets 20 boards,'' Kerr

``He knows that if he screws up again, he could be in serious trouble.
The team definitely has to keep an eye on him and try to keep him out of

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

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