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Friday, August 8, 1997

Optimists' LL tourney gets underway tonight

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PECOS, Aug. 8 -- Four local teams and four from out of town will make up the field beginning tonight, when the Pecos Evening Optimists host their 12th annual Little League Tournament at Chano Prieto Field.

Two of the four Pecos teams will play tonight, beginning with Pecos `C' taking on Balmorhea at 6 p.m. That will be followed by Odessa against Pecos `A' at 8 p.m.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, Pecos `B' and Pecos `D' will face each other, followed by the final first round game of the double-elimination tournament, matching Van Horn against El Paso at 10 a.m.

"It should be pretty good," said Pecos Little League president Steve Reyes. "It's something for the kids to do before going back to school."

Reyes said about half the players off this year's Little League All-Star team would be members of the Pecos `A' squad that faces Odessa tonight. "There are about seven on that team, and the others will be playing on the other teams."

Tonight's winners will face each other at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the winners Saturday morning meet in their quarterfinal game at 4 p.m. The winners of those two games face each other at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the winner there moving on to the finals, set for 2 p.m. Sunday.

Reyes said loser's bracket games will begin at 12 noon Saturday in Barstow. All four loser's bracket games Saturday will be in Barstow, while the final two elimination games will be at 10 a.m. and 12 noon on Sunday at Chano Prieto Field.

A deciding game in the double-elimination torney, if needed, would be played at 5 p.m.

Eagles' grid tickets on sale

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PECOS, Aug. 8 -- Pecos Eagle season ticket holders from last year have from now until next Friday, Aug. 15 to reclaim their current seats for the 1997 season.

Ticket holders should go to the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school business office, 1302 S. Park St., weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 12 noon and from 1 to 4:15 p.m. to renew their tickets. Season tickets are $25 apiece for the five home games.

Persons who did not have season tickets in 1996 and want to purchase them for this season can do so from Aug. 18-29 at the school business office. Individual tickets can be bought for $5 each until 12 noon the week of each home game.

Home games this season are Sept. 5, Lamesa; Oct. 3, Kermit (homecoming); Oct. 10, Big Spring; Oct. 24, Sweetwater; and Nov. 31, San Angelo. Pecos' road games this season are on Sept. 12 at Alpine; Sept. 19 at Monahans; Sept. 26 at Fabens; Oct. 17 at Andrews and Nov. 7 at Fort Stockton. Starting times for all games this season is 7:30 p.m. local time.

HS, junior high athletes need to complete physical forms

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PECOS, Aug. 8 -- Pecos High School volleyball players need to have their physical forms in by Monday in order to participate in preseason workouts, while Eagle high school golfers need to get their physicals by Monday, Aug. 18, in order to participate in preseason workouts.

Practice for the varsity girls volleyball team will get underway at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Pecos High School gym, according to coach Becky Granado. Juniors and seniors should be in the gym at that time, while sophomores begin workouts at 8 a.m. on Monday and freshmen at 9 a.m.

Coach Tina Hendrick said golfers will begin workouts in August for the first time this year, and physical forms are needed before Aug. 18.

Players on Crockett and Zavala junior high volleyball and football teams also need to have their physical forms filled out and returned by next week, in order to participate in preseason workouts. Junior high practices will get underway following the start of classes next Thursday.

New trouble for Switzer in gun goof

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Associated Press Writer
FORT WORTH, Aug. 8 -- First Barry Switzer faced the wrath of Jerry Jones. Now he's facing the law.

The Dallas Cowboys coach was charged Thursday with unlawfully carrying a weapon, but not the more serious felony of having a loaded revolver in his carry-on baggage at an airport.

Tarrant County prosecutors charged Switzer with the Class A misdemeanor for carrying the handgun without a permit. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Carrying a weapon into an airport is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

``He had no prior criminal record,'' said Assistant Tarrant County District Attorney Robert Mayfield. ``There were no other offenses, and we could find no ulterior motive in the incident.

``This case is not being handled any differently than another case involving the same facts,'' he said.

U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins has said the case likely wouldn't warrant federal charges because there were no threats of hijacking or physical injury.

Switzer has said he put the .38-caliber pistol in his luggage to hide it from children visiting his home, but forgot to remove it before going to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Switzer was arrested and detained for nearly two hours Monday for taking the gun into the airport in his carry-on bag. He was released on his own recognizance.

On Wednesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fined Switzer $75,000, the largest ever imposed on an NFL coach. He said Switzer's arrest brought ``pain and embarrassment'' to a team trying to repair its image.

The fine will be donated to a foundation that provides grants to injured police officers and firefighters or to the families of those who are killed in the line of duty.

The NFL said it would not impose its own punishment.

Under NFL policy, all league employees are barred from carrying firearms while on NFL premises or while conducting NFL business.

Steinbrenner, union wary of realignment

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NEW YORK, Aug. 8 -- Baseball has plenty of ideas on how the leagues should be realigned for next season. The goal now is to pick which plan it wants to pursue.

The topic of realignment took up most of a five-hour meeting Thursday of the executive council, held at the home of Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad.

``The whole future of baseball is based upon realignment,'' Pohlad said.

The plan that seems to be gaining the most support, known as ``16-14,'' calls for two leagues -- the AL would have two seven-team East divisions while the NL would be split into a Central and Western, each with eight teams.

One form of the so-called radical realignment would have all 30 teams using the designated hitter in the ``16-14'' concept.

Acting commissioner Bud Selig said several proposals were discussed.

``There's a number of plans -- four or five -- but there are a lot of variations of those four or five plans, too,'' he said. ``So it gets kind of complicated.''

Selig said there was going to be a conference call today for participants to review the plans. He said realignment for 1998 remains ``a strong possibility.'

The realignment committee still must present a plan to the council. Then the plan would have to be approved by a vote of the full ownership before a schedule could be completed and presented to the players' union.

The next owners' meeting is scheduled for Sept. 9-11 in Atlanta.

While Pohlad insisted that ``I don't know anybody who is strongly opposed to it,'' others do not seem to support such complete revamping.

``Everybody is so sure this idea is going through, but not me,'' New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner told The Tampa Tribune. ``Baseball has a long way to go before it gets all the way back and we have to take it a little slower, in my opinion. We have to let the fans warm up to things like interleague play before we change the whole institution around.

``We've made a lot of progress, but we're not all the way back yet. This is just my personal opinion, but I don't think I like this.''

The players' union, which must approve any change, also is somewhat hesitant.

``We have questions about the wisdom of doing this, including the speed with which it is being done,'' union head Donald Fehr said.

``I know there have been some people who suggested this is on a very fast track,'' Selig countered. ``I don't think so. The realignment committee has been meeting since January.''

Selig said the players and union have been involved in realignment talks since May.

Those who favor realignment say it would create more geographical rivalries and increase attendance and revenues. Opponents say it would further erode baseball tradition by breaking up the AL and NL.

Under the ``16-14,'' the AL would have one division comprised of the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets and Yankees, and a second division with the Florida Marlins, expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers.

The Central Division would include the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Twins.

The Western Division would include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

Four teams -- two division winners and two wild cards -- from each league would advance to the playoffs.

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