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Thursday, June 19, 1997

Yanks rule in New York, White Sox
tops in Chicago at least until next year

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AP Baseball Writer

This first round of interleague play belonged to the American League -
and the fans.

Helped by wins by the Yankees over the Mets in New York and the White
Sox over the Cubs in Chicago, AL teams emerged with a 48-36 edge over
their NL counterparts.

A sellout crowd of 56,278 at Yankee Stadium saw the home team win 3-2 in
10 innings Wednesday. The Yankees won the Subway Series against the
Mets, two games to one.

``We can at least brag for 11 months or 12 months,'' Yankees catcher Joe
Girardi said.

A sellout crowd of 44,204 at Comiskey Park saw the White Sox win the
deciding game of their Windy City rivalry with the Cubs, 3-0.

``Bragging rights are not high on my list. But I know to Sox fans it's
extremely important, and that made it important to us,'' White Sox
manager Terry Bevington said.

Interleague play resumes on June 30, highlighted by a World Series
rematch between the Yankees and Atlanta and a meeting of Canadian clubs Toronto and Montreal.

Lawmakers want schools to report
on athletic programs

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Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government would have to make specific data
available to high school students on how much colleges spend
respectively on men's and women's athletic programs, including coaches'
pay and scholarships, under a bill before Congress.

A day after President Clinton asked for stepped-up enforcement of a ban
on sexual discrimination in schools, two women Democrats said they have
a measure of their own for putting more teeth into the 1972 Title IX

Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, D-Ill., and Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y.,
complained the law has been enforced too loosely.

Their ``Fair Play Act'' would require colleges to report to the
Department of Education how much they spend respectively on men's and
women's sports. The department would be required to publish the data
annually on the Internet, establish a toll-free number and notify all
the nation's high schools that the information was available.

Colleges and universities now are required only to make such information
and statistics on their Title IX compliance available to students and
others who request them specifically.

Moseley-Braun cited a recent study by the NCAA that female college
sports teams receive only 23 percent of athletic operating budgets and
women athletes get just 38 percent of athletic scholarship dollars.

``The promise of Title IX has still not entirely been filled. There
still is a significant gap,'' Moseley-Braun said.

Lowey acknowledged their measure faces difficult hurdles at a time when
many members of Congress are calling for a repeal of Title IX.

``We will not allow anyone to take millions of female athletes back to
the days when the only collegiate sport for young women was
cheerleading,'' she said.

Dave Merkowitz of the American Council on Education, an umbrella group
for colleges and universities, said complying with the measure would not
be a problem for higher education institutions.

``Its purpose is to make this information more accessible to students,
particularly to high school students, and that's a commendable purpose,'' he said.

Ernie Els knows a thing or two
about Tiger-like adulation

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Associated Press Writer

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) - Ernie Els can relate to the Tiger Woods phenomenon
in the United States because he generates the same sort of adulation in
his homeland.

``Back in South Africa, I'm like him. I'm `The Man,''' Els said
Wednesday on the eve of this weekend's Buick Classic at the Westchester
Country Club. ``I have no privacy. I have a beach house, and every day I
have people taking 50 pictures of the house.''

More Kodak moments undoubtedly followed Els' dramatic 1-stroke victory
in last weekend's U.S. Open. It was the 27-year-old South African's
second Open title.

The victory squarely positioned Els as one of the players seemingly
destined to vie with Woods for Grand Slam golf titles into the next

``In a way, I can relate to Tiger,'' Els said. ``He has so much
pressure. For him at 21, I feel sorry in a way. But he's a positive
young man and he has his priorities right.''

Els and Woods are both at this week's Buick Classic, but the course
advantage is decidedly Els'.

He has played here three times, finishing second in 1994, tied for
fourth in 1995 and, last year, he blitzed the field for an 8-stroke
victory. In 12 tournament rounds at Westchester - considered one of the
toughest courses on the PGA Tour - Els is a collective 30-under-par and
$392,850 richer.

``I feel I have a game plan here,'' he said. ``I like the feel of the
course, and when you have that, you play well.''

The 6,779-yard layout at Westchester is not unlike typical U.S. Open
courses - tight and hilly with undulating greens and thick, punishing
rough. Els' game of long, accurate tee shots and his deft touch around
the greens has been a perfect fit.

Woods, meanwhile, missed the cut in the only Buick Classic he played, in
1994 as an amateur. Nevertheless, he said he likes the course, as well
as being so near (15 miles) New York City.

``I have good memories of playing in New York,'' he said. ``I love this
course. You have to really hit good golf shots - you have to trust your
line and swing. A good ball-striker does well here.''

Woods will be trying to rebound from what, for him, are two straight
mediocre tour performances - ties for 67th at the Memorial and 19th at
the U.S. Open.

Other top 10 money winners playing this week are Steve Elkington, Brad
Faxon and Jim Furyk. Vijay Singh, the 1993 and 1995 Buick Classic
champion, and 1994 winner Lee Janzen are also in the field.

Els said he is wary about his ability to stay focused on the game this
week after his tense and emotionally draining battle down the stretch
last weekend with three other players at the U.S. Open.

``I'd like to play well this week,'' he said. ``It may be hard to
concentrate as much as I did last week.''

Actually, it had not been a great year for Els in the United States
before the U.S. Open. He had only one top 10 finish and missed four cuts
in 11 starts.

``I couldn't find my game,'' he said. ``I wasn't really finishing
tournaments. Maybe mentally I didn't have it. It may have been a
confidence thing.''

But the Open changed all that - as if he needed to feel any more
comfortable at the Westchester Country Club.

``Winning a major, you get on such a high,'' he said. ``It makes you
think you can do anything.''

The winner of the $1.5 million event will make $270,000, which is $54,000 more than Els won last year.

Teen-age cowboy turns life around
to win state all-around title

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram

JOSHUA, Texas -- Chad Eubank tried to hide his failings. Before
submitting his report card to the North Texas High School Rodeo
Association in the spring of 1996, the Joshua High School cowboy changed
the F's on his report card to passing grades. If the NTHSRA discovered
the failing marks, Eubank would become ineligible and his season-leading
score would become inconsequential.

The NTHSRA, however, saw the handwriting on the report card and
suspended Eubank from the circuit for six weeks. The meets he missed
cost him a shot at the 1996 high school bareback riding title.

But Saturday night Eubank, 18, finally overcame his failings. At the
Texas High School Rodeo Finals in Abilene, the Joshua junior won the
bareback riding, bull riding and the boys all-around titles, and
qualified for next month's National High School Rodeo Association Finals
in Pueblo, Colo.

``It was the right thing for them to do,'' Eubank said of last spring's
disciplinary action. ``When I failed classes, it made me stop and think.
I decided that I wanted to be honest and be myself. I wanted to be a

As the University Interscholastic League does in all other high school
sports, the NTHSRA checks on competitors' grades every six weeks. If
competitors aren't passing two-thirds of their classes, they are
suspended until the next grade check period.

Eubank, who was not penalized further for changing his grade card, might
have been a champion in 1996 if not for the suspension. He was leading
the NTHSRA bareback riding competition in points before missing six
weeks of the 28-rodeo season. He was eligible to compete in the season
finals at Cowtown Coliseum, and wound up losing the bareback title on
the last ride.

Eubank said he rebounded after becoming a Christian last year under the
influence of Eddie McGowen, an amateur bronc rider who regularly attends
high school rodeos and has a youth ministry. Eubank said McGowen
counseled him about setting new goals.

``It makes me feel better about life and rodeo,'' he said. ``Everything
has turned around at school and at the rodeos. My grades have gotten
better, and I go to school more often, and the teachers have gotten more
involved with me.''

Jack Eubank, who watched his son accept his state title awards on
Father's Day, said he could see the difference between failing and
success in Chad this past weekend.

``The reason that Chad won at the state finals is that he didn't go out
there and act like a teen-ager all week,'' he said. ``He went there and
made sure that he rode his stock.''

In the past two weeks, Eubank has won four trophy saddles. His first was
from the June 5-7 North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals in
Fort Worth when Eubank won the first and second go- rounds and average
in bull riding on his way to winning the title.

When the dust settled, Eubank edged teammate Jeff Stepp by 1.67 points
in the title race, which was the closest finish in the North Texas
Association after 28 season rodeos and the finals. Eubank and Stepp also
helped Joshua win the NTHSRA team title.

Eubank's bareback and bull riding titles in Abilene helped him win the
boys all-around, which is given to the top finisher of multiple events.
Eubank also helped Region III, which is the Fort Worth area, win the
state team title.

Eubank's traveling partner, Pecos Pogue, of Eastland, who also gained a
National High School Finals berth after finishing third in saddle bronc
riding at the state finals, said Eubank wins by sheer determination.

``Chad is confident about his riding,'' Pogue said. ``He's one of those
guys that if you watch him, you know he's going to do well. You know
that he's going to win because he tells you that he is.''

Though he has a year of high school remaining, Eubank said he wants to
attend college on a rodeo scholarship next year. He said he might
attempt to get a general equivalency diploma this summer so he can enter
college in the fall.

Eubank is being sought by several colleges with rodeo scholarship
programs. Among them is Hill College, which has finished in the top 10
in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for three of the past
four years.

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