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Tuesday, July 15, 1997

Back woes force Haley, Novacek to retire

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IRVING, Texas, July 15 (AP) -- Back problems have claimed the careers of
two Dallas Cowboys stars.

Charles Haley and Jay Novacek were expected to announce their
retirements today in an unusual joint news conference at Texas Stadium.

Haley, an 11-year veteran defensive end who has an NFL-record five Super
Bowl rings, said several weeks ago he wasn't going to play any more
because of the back problems.

``Nah, I'm not playing,'' he said, although he didn't officially
announce his retirement, instead waiting for the team to do so.
``Something has to be done. I think they have a game plan for me, they
just probably haven't told me.''

He underwent a third back surgery on Nov. 14, 1996.

Haley, 33, finished with 97½ career sacks, including 11 in the
postseason. He led his team in sacks in eight of the seasons he played
for San Francisco and Dallas. In 1988 and '89, he won NFL titles with
the 49ers. After being traded to Dallas in 1992, he won championships in
that year, and also in 1993 and '95.

Haley had six seasons in which he got at least 10½ sacks.

``Charles is a player. He works hard,'' Cowboys running back Herschel
Walker said. ``He's one of the best pass rushers that plays this game,
so you're going to miss somebody like that.''

Tight end Novacek, Troy Aikman's favorite receiver, didn't play last
year. His back gave him problems again in a recent mini-camp and the
Cowboys drafted David LaFleur of LSU in the first round because of it.

Novacek, a 12-year veteran, caught 422 passes for 4,630 yards and 30
touchdowns in his career. He was Aikman's main target on third-down plays and his absence weakened the team's passing attack last year.

Windham, Doan, Sikes win
top flight in Elks' tourney

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PECOS, July 15 -- The team of Tim Windham, Lee Doan and Betsy Sikes won
the Championship Flight title in this past weekend's three-way low ball
tournament sponsored by the Pecos Elks Lodge.

The three had a 36-hole total of 116, with 58s on both days of the
tournament. They beat Don Hopper, bob Hopper and Chad Andes, who shot a
56-61-117. That team won a tie-breaker for second over Beau Jack, Tina
and Beau Tate Hendrick, who shot a 58-59-117.

The team of Joe Carrillo, Giles and Austin Williams won first place in
the tournament's first flight, shooting a 63-59-122 to win by two
strokes over Ruben Baca, Ruben Baca, Jr., and Michael Baca, who had a
63-61-124. Gerald Spray, Bob Trammell and Bob Faulkner were third, with
a 64-62-126 score.

First names were unavailable for some players in the final results.

In the second flight, winners were Raul Molinar, Rene Molinar and Pablo
Rivera, as they shot a 65-62-127 to beat out Jerry Barker, Cheryl
Bobbitt and Mike Jones by two strokes. Their 65-64-129 total was two up
on third place finishers Gary Hennessey, Jay Nabors and Coffman, who
shot a 66-65-131.

In the third flight, winners were Mark Dean, Steve Dean and Ricky
Ziegler, with a 68-61-129 score. Richard Duncan, Doyle Duncan and Jim
DeLuca were second, with a 69-63-132, and Powell, Phil Brown and Corman shot a 69-66-135 to place third.

Wetteland blows save as Angels edge Rangers

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ANAHEIM, Calif., July 15 (AP) -- John Wetteland has four blown saves
in his last eight opportunities -- as many as he did in 47 chances last
season. His manager argues that statistics can be deceiving.

Wetteland surrendered a two-run double to Dave Hollins with one out in
the ninth inning, which gave the Anaheim Angels a 6-5 victory over the
Texas Rangers Monday night

The beleaguered right-hander has six blown saves in 25 chances.

``One of them was when an outfielder lost a ball in the lights,'' Texas
manager Johnny Oates said in Wetteland's defense. ``Another was when I
brought John in with runners on first and third in the eighth inning, he
gives up a sacrifice fly and he gets a blown save for that.

``So overall, John Wetteland has pitched very well for us and he will
pitch well for us again.''

Wetteland (4-2) earned MVP honors in last year's World Series with
saves in all four victories by the Yankees. He entered this season with
the second-most saves in the majors over the previous five seasons, just
two fewer than Randy Myers' 181.

But his 19 saves this year are 10 fewer than the man who replaced him
in the Bronx, major league co-leader Mariano Rivera.

Wetteland's woes continued Monday night after he quelled an Angels'
rally in the eighth. He gave up a one-out single in the ninth to Gary
DiSarcina and a double to Tony Phillips. The right-hander intentionally
walked Darin Erstad to load the bases, but the strategy backfired when
Hollins lined an 0-2 pitch to right field.

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