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Tuesday, August 11, 1998

Booster club's new officials are selected

PECOS, Aug. 11 -- The Pecos Eagles Athletic Booster Club
elected new officers for the 1998-98 school year on Monday
during a meeting at the Pecos High School cafeteria. The
group also set membership rates for this year, and made
plans for Friday's `Meet the Eagles' watermelon feed at the

Starkey Warren was elected as the club's new president,
replacing Dennis Thorp, while Jim Riley was elected
vice-president, Lucy Lara secretary and Michael Benavides

Before the vote, Thorp discusses the need to increase the
club membership fees for the new year. "We spent quite a bit
of money at the end of last year on golf and tennis and some
other things, and we need money to support and sustain
ourselves for the year," he said.

"We raised about $40- to $50,000 last year, but a lot of
that was in and out to pay for things like T-shirts and
pictures," he said. The club is also hoping for fund new
scoreboards for the Eagles' baseball and softball teams this
year, Thorp added.

After the election, club members votes to increase dues to
$10 per person and $15 for both families and business
memberships. A $15/$20 fee was discusses, but
Pecos-Basrtow-Toyah athletic director Bubba Williams said,
"There are going to be a lot who can't afford that, because
there are a lot of people out there without jobs."

Friday's event at the cafeteria will begin at 7 p.m. and
will include the introduction of all fall sports teams --
football, volleyball, tennis, cross country, swimming and
rodeo. Varsity players on those teams will be introduced
individually, along with varsity cheerleaders, club members

The club will also be selling hamburger plates at $3 apiece
on Aug. 21, during the Eagles' opening football scrimmage
against Monahans at Eagle Stadium. It will be the second
night performance for Pecos at the stadium, with the first
coming at 7 p.m. tonight, with a evening intersquad practice.

Club members also agreed to sell Pecos caps for $10 apiece
and Pecos Eagle T-shirts, at a price to be determined.
`Bleacher Creature' T-shirts for elementary school students
grades 1-5 will also be sold again this year, with those
students being allowed to participate in the spirit line
before home football games.

Volleyball equipment pick-upWednesday

PECOS, Aug. 11 -- Crockett eighth grade volleyball girls
can pick up their equipment from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at
the Crockett Middle School gym, coach Elisa Acosta said

All girls also need to have their physical forms filled out
and returned before workouts begin on the first days of
school, Tuesday, Aug. 18, Acosta said.

'Nice guy' Ditka doesn't last

AP Sports Writer
LA CROSSE, Wis., Aug. 11 -- The new Mike Ditka didn't last
very long.

Less than a week after Ditka repeated his vow to remain
calm no matter what, the New Orleans Saints lost a game and
the red-faced screamer was at it again.

``It's going to be the old guy,'' Ditka said. ``There will
be a lot more control in what I do and say, but we're going
to work. I know what it takes. I've been there. I know what
it takes. These guys don't.''

And the old Ditka didn't just spend practice venting his
spleen. When it was over, he got into a shouting match with
ex-Carolina linebacker Andre Royal, who was practicing for
the first time since camp started.

Royal, signed this spring as an unrestricted free agent,
arrived at training camp a day late and then was sidelined
with a strained calf muscle that he said he injured while
preparing for camp.

``Earn the money we're paying you,'' Ditka yelled at Royal
after a brief, post-practice conversation. ``You don't fool
anybody, least of all me.''

Royal, shouting obscenities and waving his arms, shouted
back that he had never faked an injury in his life.

``Then get out there and practice,'' Ditka told him. Then,
as Royal continued to curse, Ditka, who has said he would
fine players for using certain obscene words, told Royal not
to swear at him,

``You'll be gone anyway,'' Ditka shouted. ``I didn't need
you, never did need you. You were never on my list to be
here anyway.''

``I'm a winner,'' Royal said. ``If you want to win, you
need me.''

``Yeah, you're a winner,'' Ditka replied. ``You're mouth is
a winner.''

Royal counts $1.65 million against the Saints' salary cap
this season. He received an $800,000 reporting bonus and a
$50,000 workout bonus and will collect another $800,000 in
base salary whether he's on the team or not.

With Royal not practicing, the guaranteed contract has
rankled Ditka, but that was not his only source of
dissatisfaction Monday.

Ditka agreed to a new five-year contract last Wednesday,
saying he felt the team was headed in the right direction
and would be better than last year's 6-10.

At the time, Ditka also reiterated his promise to remain
calm this season and not repeat the angry shouting and
threats that last year were frequent on the sidelines, in
the locker room and the practice field.

Then, on Saturday night, the Green Bay Packers beat New
Orleans 31-7 in the Saints' first exhibition game.

The Saints' offense, worst in the NFL last season, managed
only two rushing first downs and never reached the end zone.
New Orleans' only touchdown came on an interception by
safety Chris Hewitt. The Saints' No. 1 offense produced a
net total of minus-5 yards.

McIver remaining quiet after return

WICHITA FALLS, Aug. 11 (AP) -- Although Dallas Cowboys
offensive lineman Everett McIver returned to practice, he
still isn't talking.

McIver suffered a neck wound in a dormitory altercation on
July 29, and reportedly received a six-figure payoff from
teammate Michael Irvin to remain quiet about how he was
injured. McIver had not participated in team drills since
the incident.

McIver refused to comment Monday, telling reporters: ``The
questions are over. I try to cooperate with you guys and you
won't cooperate with me.''

Dallas first-year coach Chan Gailey, who has said only that
McIver was hurt during ``horseplay'' in the dorm, said the
team is trying to keep the story from becoming a

``I think if you think things are going to go completely
smooth all the time, you're living a little bit in a dream
world,'' Gailey said. ``There are going to be problems.
There are going to be ups and downs. How you deal with it is
the key. You deal with it. You go on to the next one. You
work together as a team.

``We've handled it. I've talked about it. It's done,'' he
said. ``You can't get caught up in that or you don't go
forward where you are supposed to go forward.''

Gailey said McIver remains the starting right guard,
despite the success of his replacement, second-round pick
Flozell Adams.

Sosa's HRs tie McGwire as Cubs win

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 11 -- The numbers don't lie. Sammy Sosa
has officially caught Mark McGwire. To Sosa, though, McGwire
can't be equaled.

Sosa hit his 45th and 46th home runs to match McGwire for
the major league lead Monday night as the Chicago Cubs
defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-5 in a game that had
seven homers.

With the winds blowing all over 3Com Park, Sosa hit a
towering blast into the first row of the left-field
bleachers in the fifth inning. It was the first of three
consecutive solo shots by the Cubs.

Sosa's second homer cleared the center-field bleachers and
was estimated at 480 feet. Although he's hit 37 homers in 66
games since May 25, Sosa thinks McGwire's still the one to

``He's still my idol,'' Sosa said. ``I still believe
McGwire's the man, no matter what happens. He's the man. I
still believe he's going to come back and keep rolling. I
know he can do it.''

McGwire struck out three times in St. Louis' loss to New
York on Monday night. Since hitting his 46th homer on
Saturday, he has walked seven times and struck out six in 13
plate appearances.

Sosa and McGwire each need 16 homers to surpass Maris'
record of 61. The Cubs have 43 games remaining, the
Cardinals 45.

With the win, the Cubs held on to their half-game lead over
the Mets in the race for the NL wild-card spot. The Giants,
who have lost five straight to match their worst skid of the
season, fell three games behind the Cubs.

Barry Bonds hit his third homer in two games, a three-run
blast, and Jeff Kent added a solo shot two pitches later for
the Giants in the third inning.

Bonds' 398th homer tied him with Dale Murphy for 28th on the
career list and moved him within two homers of becoming the
first major leaguer with 400 homers and 400 stolen bases.

Kevin Tapani (14-7) allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5 2-3
innings to win for the sixth time in seven decisions.

Rod Beck, returning for the first time to the ballpark he
called home from 1991-1997, pitched the ninth, retiring
Bonds on a fly ball to the wall in right for the final out,
giving him 34 saves.

Giants starter Russ Ortiz (1-2) was the loser.

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