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Friday, July 31, 1998
Schools avoid heat with morning workouts
From Staff and Wire Reports
August means football practice for thousands of Texas high
This summer, with temperatures routinely topping 100
degrees in much of the state, schools and football coaches
are planning concessions to the heat.
``Our football players are going to be out early in the
morning, they'll be in an air-conditioned building in the
middle of the day, and then maybe they'll go out again
later,'' said Jim Kirkpatrick, an official at St. Mark's
School of Texas in Dallas.
For Pecos, where August heat is a given, two-a-day practice
schedules were changed in the early 1990s to avoid late
afternoon temperatures that are often between 100 and 110
Pecos Eagles' head coach Dan Swaim said preseason workouts
will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday for the varsity, junior
varsity and freshman gridders. "We'll go about two hours,
from 8 to 10, take a 45-minute break and then come back and
go from 11 to 1," Swaim said.
The start of full contact workouts will await word on the
start of inservice for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah teachers, he
added. Once inservice begins, football workouts will be
shifted to evenings.
At Dallas Academy, a private, 140-student secondary school,
players have been told to show up for practice at 6:45 a.m.
instead of the traditional 3 p.m. start.
``They're wearing pads and helmets -- we don't want anyone
to have heat stroke out there,'' said school director Jim
Richardson. But the early start won't help the parched
condition of the field, he worried.
Gailey's new offense gets first test
By DENNE H. FREEMAN
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, July 31 -- Forgive Chan Gailey is he doesn't
get cold chills walking into Texas Stadium tonight for the
first time in his first game as head coach of the Dallas
It's a preseason game against Seattle and Gailey said he
doesn't plan to get all ``goose bumpy.''
Gailey, who replaced Barry Switzer following a disastrous
6-10 season, was offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh
Steelers. He's a former head coach of the Birmingham Fire of
the old World League and once took Troy State to the NCAA
Division II national title.
Gailey has never been on the coaching staff of a team
playing a game in Texas Stadium.
He said he was try to treat his first game as a Cowboys
coach just like any other game.
``Maybe fireworks are supposed to go off,'' he said, ``but
if I go out there all goose bumpy I'll have a hard time
leading the team in the clutch. I've got a job to do and how
can the team play if I'm pinching myself because I'm in
Texas Stadium? I want us to win but I'm not going to be
Gailey is in a hurry to install his new offense and he said
the first of five exhibition games and two scrimmages gives
him a chance to see what the team has learned in minicamps
and a hard-working training camp in Wichita Falls.
He will be missing one of his regulars, guard Everett
McIvor, who suffered a neck cut in an unexplained dorm
incident Wednesday night at Midwestern State University.
Backup wide receiver Macey Brooks also will be out after
undergoing testicular surgery.
The starters will go about a quarter or so for Dallas.
``We'll play the regulars a lot more than we would in an
ordinary preseason game because we're trying to get our
offense in,'' Gailey said.``We need to look at ourselves on
film playing against somebody other than ourselves.''
Running back Emmitt Smith said the team needs work, work,
``This will give us a chance to evaluate where we are,''
Smith said. ``It will be good for us to be hitting somebody
else for a change.''
Wide receiver Billy Davis said ``We need to play against
somebody else. It's getting where our defense knows all our
The game will feature Ricky Watters' debut with Seattle
after a sterling career at Philadelphia and Chris Warren
trying to get back at his old teammates after signing as a
free agent with Dallas in the off-season.
Warren had an eight-year career with Seattle. The Cowboys
cut Sherman Williams, a former second-round draft pick. to
make room for Warren.
Clarence Shelmon, the running backs coach, also comes to
Dallas from Seattle.
Dallas plays Seattle in a regular season game on Sunday,
Nov. 22 in Texas Stadium.
``I'm looking forward to going against my old teammates,''
Warren said. ``Any player who has left a team always wants
to play well against them when they meet again.
Warren will backup Smith and could be one of quarterback
Troy Aikman's go-to men on third down.
Shelmon said he, too, is looking forward to meeting the
``It will feel odd for me and Chris to be on the other
sidelines but we're looking forward to it,'' Shelmon said.
``We're Cowboys now.''
Warren scored 44 touchdowns and rushed for 6,706 yards in
his eight year career with Seattle. He also caught 194
passes for 1,324 yards.
``Chris has great hands,'' Gailey said. ``He's an excellent
receiver. We'll use him a lot on third downs.''
Dallas has never beaten Seattle in the preseason.
It's the first meeting between the two teams since 1979 and
the first preseason meeting in Texas Stadium. Dallas lost on
the road to the Seahawks 27-17 in 1979 and 23-17 in overtime
in 1977. Dallas is 4-1 against Seattle in regulation games.
No big deal in Seattle as trade deadline nears
NEW YORK, July 31 (AP) -- The day before the deadline
brought some movement, although nothing major.
There were three deals completed Thursday as baseball neared
the non-waiver trading deadline tonight at 11 p.m. CDT.
The wild-card hopeful Boston Red Sox re-acquired DH-catcher
Mike Stanley from Toronto for two minor league pitchers. The
AL West-leading Anaheim Angels acquired catcher Charlie
O'Brien from the Chicago White Sox for two minor-league
pitchers. And the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves obtained
first baseman Greg Colbrunn from Colorado for two
But the big deals stayed on deck.
Randy Johnson put on his uniform and played catch with his
teammates before the Mariners played Cleveland on Thursday
night, then sat on the bench for nearly 5½ hours with a glum
expression on his face as the game dragged on into the early
hours of the morning before the Indians came away with a 9-8
victory in 17 innings.
Cleveland, the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers were
among the teams jockeying for Johnson, while the Atlanta
Braves were looking for a reliever such as Kansas City
closer Jeff Montgomery or Toronto's Randy Myers. Pitcher
Carlos Perez and shortstop Mark Grudzielanek of Montreal and
Toronto pitcher Juan Guzman also were possibilities to move.
``I've been thinking that this was my last game,'' Guzman
said after pitching Toronto past Texas 1-0 Thursday night.
``I'm going to miss this place because can you imagine I've
been here eight years.''
A lot of potential trades seemed to hinge on what happened
The Dodgers and Indians both were interested in
Grudzielanek, possibly as part of a package with Perez. The
Indians also were looking at Los Angeles second baseman Eric
But the Dodgers and Indians wanted to first see where
Johnson would end up, if anywhere.
Indians manager Mike Hargrove said he talked on the phone
with general manager John Hart in Cleveland on Thursday.
Hargrove remained hopeful the Indians could get Johnson --
either before they leave Seattle or within 24 hours after
``I've said it before and I'll say it again,'' Hargrove
said. ``If Randy winds up anywhere and it's not in
Cleveland, then I hope it's in the National League.''
Hargrove said he expects a Johnson trade -- if it is made --
to go down to ``the last minute.''
Johnson has a 9-10 record with a 4.33 ERA and leads the
majors with 213 strikeouts. He lost to the Indians 4-3
Tuesday night when he pitched a four-hitter and struck out
As for now, Johnson is listed as the Mariners' probable
pitcher against the Yankees at the Kingdome on Sunday.
For the second straight year, Stanley was traded into the
Less than a year after Boston sent Stanley to the Yankees,
he returned to the Red Sox.
``I gained a few games I guess, which is nice now that I'm
on the other side,'' Stanley said.
Stanley batted .240 with 22 homers and 47 RBIs this year for
Toronto, which signed him as a free agent in the offseason.
The Blue Jays acquired pitchers Peter Munro and Jay Yennaco
for Stanley, 35.
O'Brien, currently on the disabled list because of a
fractured right thumb, also moved to a contender. The White
Sox got Class A pitchers Jason Stockstill and Brian Tokarse
from Anaheim for O'Brien, 37.
O'Brien is eligible to be activated Tuesday. He was hitting
.262 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 57 games for
``The Angels were very aggressive in pursuing a catcher with
the hopes of improving their playoff chances,'' White Sox
general manager Ron Schueler said. ``Charlie has been great
working with our young staff, but this was a chance for us
to continue our youth movement, acquire two quality young
arms and give Charlie a chance to reach the playoffs this
The Braves improved their bench by getting Colbrunn. Traded
from Minnesota to Atlanta last August, he played in 28 games
for the Braves last year and was 3-for-4 as a pinch-hitter
in the postseason.
Colbrunn signed with the Rockies as a free agent last
December and was hitting .311 with two homers and 13 RBIs in
122 at-bats for the Rockies.
The Braves gave up pitchers David Cortes and Mike Porzio.
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