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Wednesday, August 12, 1998

Grid season ticket renewals available

PECOS, Aug. 12 -- Pecos Eagle season tickets for the 1998
season are available to 1997 ticket holders from now through
Friday, Aug. 21 at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school business

Season ticket holders wanting to renew their subscriptions
for the Eagles' five home games should go to the 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.

New season ticket subscriptions will be sold at the
business office beginning on Monday, Aug. 24. Individual
tickets can be bought for $5 each until 12 noon the week of
each home game.

Home games this season are Sept. 11, Alpine; Sept. 18, Fort
Stockton; Oct. 9, Fabens (homecoming); Oct. 23, Clint; and
Nov. 6, San Elizario.

Pecos' road games this season include the Thursday, Sept. 3
season opener at Odessa against Denver City; Sept. 25 at
Crane; Oct. 2 at Kermit; Oct. 16 at El Paso Mountain View
and Oct. 30 at Canutillo.

Starting times for all home games this season is 7:30 p.m.,
while the game at Crane will be an 8 p.m. start and the
games at Mountain View and Canutillo will start at 8:30 p.m.

Scrimmage helps Smith, hurts Lett

Associated Press Writer
SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 12 -- Dallas Cowboys team doctors were
to examine Leon Lett's left knee today after the star
defensive tackle suffered a sprain during a scrimmage
against the New Orleans Saints.

Lett was helped off the field during the Saints' first
possession. Team officials called it a sprain but said
further tests today back in Wichita Falls should reveal the
severity of the injury.

Losing Lett would further cripple a defensive line that
already is struggling to put pressure on opposing

There was some good news during Tuesday night's scrimmage
before 28,317 fans at Independence Stadium -- Emmitt Smith
looked something like his former formidable self.

Smith carried six times for 83 yards, including a 54-yard
burst, as the Cowboys' first-team offense showed

Smith's big run came on the Cowboys' first sequence, giving
Dallas a first down at the Saints' 15. He broke free through
the middle and appeared on his way to a touchdown until he
was caught from behind by cornerback Tyronne Drakeford.

Despite the run, the Cowboys didn't get into the end zone
after Aikman failed to connect with Billy Davis on third
down. Davis appeared to cut the wrong way on his route.
Cunningham ended up hitting a 29-yard field goal.

Smith continued to shine on the Cowboys' next possession
with consecutive runs of 6, 10 and 11 yards. An Aikman
13-yard screen pass to Irvin set Dallas up for a 1-yard
touchdown dive by rookie Tarik Smith.

The performance by Smith follows a dismal exhibition against
Oakland on Saturday. He rushed for 3 yards on four carries
against a defense that was the NFL's worst in rushing and
total defense last year.

Coach Chan Gailey said Smith's performance should dispel
what everybody had been thinking about him.

``For his sake, I'm glad it happened,'' Gailey said. ``But I
knew it was going to happen. I didn't know when, but I knew
it was going to happen. For his sake, I'm glad it happened

The Saints, whose offense was the NFL's worst last year,
also moved the ball well on their first drive with a big
assist from Dallas cornerback Kevin Smith, whose pass
interference on the first play set New Orleans up at the
Cowboys' 24.

Hobert hit tight end Josh Wilcox with a 12-yard touchdown
pass three plays later.

Troy Davis added a 5-yard touchdown late in the scrimmage
for New Orleans.

Saints coach Mike Ditka said he was happy with the

``It was ragged in a lot of areas, but there were some good
things on both sides,'' Ditka said. ``I think that's all
that Chan and I were trying to see. ... To me, nobody won
the thing. It was about an even game, and I think for right
now that's good for us if we can play with the Cowboys.''

For Dallas, the scrimmage also marked a return to action for
Everett McIver, the Cowboys' starting right guard who missed
two weeks of work after suffering a deep neck cut in a
mysterious July 29 incident at a training camp dormitory.

McIver went through drills with the team and started with
the first team in a pair of 10-play offensive sequences.

``I kept a big eye on our offensive line tonight,'' said
owner Jerry Jones. ``I really liked what Everett McIver,
Flozell Adams, Clay Shiver -- I liked what they did. I know
they'll have some concerns when they look at the film. But
we moved the ball, like what Emmitt Smith did.''

The team has termed the dorm incident only as ``horseplay,''
but numerous reports have Michael Irvin was involved with
McIver in a scuffle that started over a haircut. McIver
missed 11 days of work, including two exhibitions, and
returned to practice only Monday.

Both he and Irvin have refused to discuss the incident.
Irvin and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have denied Sunday's
report in The Dallas Morning News that Jones brokered a deal
in which Irvin paid McIver ``in the high six figures'' to
keep McIver from pursuing criminal charges or publicly
discussing details. Such public disclosure could be bad news
for Irvin, who faces 20 years in prison if he violates the
terms of his probation on drug charges.

The Saints were not without their own locker room
controversy. Coach Mike Ditka and linebacker Andre Royal got
into a shouting match while leaving the practice field
Monday. But the two made up Monday night.

Royal was fined an undisclosed amount and played in
Tuesday's scrimmage.

Rangers, Indians worry about fighting Yanks

CLEVELAND, Aug. 12 (AP) -- There are plenty of intriguing
matchups when the Cleveland Indians play the Texas Rangers.
Kenny Lofton trying to run on Ivan Rodriguez and Jaret
Wright challenging Juan Gonzalez come to mind.

Then there is the Yankee Factor.

The Rangers beat the Indians 2-1 Tuesday night and crept a
game closer to Cleveland in the AL. The way the standings
are now, that would be the key to playing the New York
Yankees in the best-of-5 division series instead of the
best-of-7 ALCS.

If the wild-card team comes from the AL East, it would play
either the AL Central or AL West winner -- whichever has the
better record. A five-game series certainly would give
Cleveland, Texas or Anaheim a better shot at upsetting the
Yankees than a seven-game series.

Hold on, says Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove, before we get
ahead of ourselves.

``The last time I heard somebody say they wanted somebody to
lose because they wanted to play somebody else, it was the
Yankees, and they wanted to play us,'' Hargrove said,
referring to last year's playoffs when Cleveland upset New
York in the division series. ``We just want to get there,
and we'll play whoever's there waiting for us.''

Esteban Loaiza, plagued by lack of run support since the
Rangers acquired him from Pittsburgh, got his first victory
for Texas. The Rangers, without Gonzalez for the second
straight game due to a stiff neck, had scored three runs in
Loaiza's two losses.

``I don't want to hear him say we don't get him any runs,''
Texas manager Johnny Oates joked. ``We got him two tonight
and got him a win.''

Gonzalez, who leads the majors with 119 RBIs, did not start
for the eighth time in 13 games. Mike Simms, his replacement
in the lineup, hit his 12th homer.

``With the pitching and defense we have now, we can win
these low scoring games,'' Oates said. ``We couldn't do that
earlier in the year.''

Loaiza (1-2) must have been wondering. Acquired from
Pittsburgh on July 17 for Todd Van Poppel and Warren Morris,
Loaiza pitched well, but was 0-2 with a no decision for the

The right-hander allowed one run and seven hits in 7_
innings, walking one and striking out three. He was working
on his second career shutout when Jeff Manto hit a one-out,
solo homer in the eighth to cut it to 2-1.

``It feels good to get the first win here,'' Loaiza said.
``Everything is great with this club.''

Pinch-hitter Mark Whiten followed Manto's homer with an
infield single, and Xavier Hernandez relieved. Kenny Lofton,
in a 2-for-15 slump, flied out to right, and Omar Vizquel
fouled out to end the threat.

John Wetteland pitched the ninth for his 32nd save.

Cleveland's sleepwalk through the AL Central continued as
the Indians dropped to 27-28 since June 9. Even so, they
have picked up 2½ games during that span as every other team
is below .500. With Minnesota and the White Sox both losing
Tuesday night, Cleveland maintained a 13-game lead.

The Indians' offense continued to struggle without All-Star
first baseman Jim Thome, out with a broken hand.

``I think there was something like 275 RBIs missing from
both lineups,'' Oates said.

David Justice and Lofton, both in danger of dipping below
.270, are still badly out of sync. Justice stranded Vizquel
at second in the first with a weak grounder to the mound and
was 0-for-4. Lofton, 1-for-4 and batting .256 in the second
half, grounded into an inning-ending double play in the

Lofton did make perhaps his best defensive play since
returning to the Indians after spending 1997 with the
Atlanta Braves. With Simms on first in the sixth, Lofton
sprinted to the right-center gap to catch Rodriguez's
tailing liner, set himself on the run and doubled up Simms
with a perfect throw on a line to Richie Sexson.

In a sour mood about his hitting, Lofton was evasive when a
reporter asked him about the catch. He said, ``What catch
are you talking about?''

Simms hit a two-out solo homer off starter Steve Karsay in
the fourth to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Todd Zeile led
off the fifth with a double and scored on a double by Tom
Goodwin to make it 2-0.

Karsay allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings in
his first major league start since August 5, 1997 for
Oakland against the White Sox.

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