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Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998

Eagles open Sandhills versus El Paso teams

The Pecos Eagle boys and girls basketball teams began play
at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament against a couple of El
Paso schools today, and could face one or two of their El
Paso-area district rivals before the weekend is over.

Pecos' boys tipped off at 10:30 a.m. against El Paso
Americas and were to be followed by the Eagle girls against
El Paso Irvin at 12 noon. A win would put the boys into a
4:30 p.m. semifinal game on Friday, while a loss would leave
them with another 10:30 a.m. game that day, in the
consolation semis. The girls will play at 3 p.m. Friday if
they win today, and at 9 a.m. if they lose to the Rockets.

Both teams could be facing their District 2-4A rivals on
Friday. El Paso Burges takes on San Elizario in the other
game on the boys' half of their bracket, while another
district rival, Mountain View, faces Monahans today in the
other half of the bracket. For the girls, they could face
Fabens on Friday, depending on the outcome of the Wildcats'
game today against Fort Stockton.

The girls beat Fabens in the Sandhills Tournament a year
ago, but their 36-33 win at home over Fort Stockton on
Tuesday was only Pecos' second in nine games this season.
Shaye Lara had 11 points and Maricela Arenivas scored the
winning basket with 17 seconds left, but the Eagles had to
overcome a first half of more than 30 turnovers, then
survive blowing a nine-point second half lead to get the win.

Irvin already owns a win over the Eagles' new 2-4A rival
Mountain View, 43-31 this past Friday. Lisa Pieperbrink led
the Rockets with 18 points.

The boys will be facing Americas for the first time ever,
since this is the first year the newest El Paso high school
has fielded a varsity squad. "All I know is they're all
juniors and sophomores and they're supposed to play good
basketball," Eagles' coach Mike Sadler said.

Americas hosted it's first-ever tournament last weekend and
finished second to Del Valle, losing in the finals 32-31.
The Trailblazers didn't face any of the Eagles' district
rivals, but Canutillo, San Elizario and Mountain View all
were in the tournament, losing first round games, including
a 59-49 loss by Canutillo to Del Valle.

The Eagles improved to 5-4 on Tuesday, as they shut out
Monahans for over 10 minutes of the second half during a
20-0 run that carried them to a 57-37 victory. Fernando
Navarette had 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second
half for Pecos, which has won four of five after a 1-3 start.

Unknown team makes top offer for Clemens

AP Sports Writer
The Roger Clemens chase will go into the weekend. Jose
Canseco and Benito Santiago didn't wait that long to leave
the Toronto Blue Jays.

Santiago agreed Wednesday to a $2 million, one-year contract
with the Chicago Cubs, while Canseco agreed to sign with the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

While they were free agents, Toronto general manager Gord
Ash kept up Clemens trade talks and said one team has made
an acceptable offer - although the Blue Jays haven't
accepted it.

By mentioning the offer, Ash increased pressure on other
teams to raise their offers for the five-time Cy Young Award

``I have an offer from a club that from a player point of
view satisfies our needs,'' Ash said. ``What I've suggested
to that club is that they get guidance from Roger's
representatives on how they should proceed from there.''

It was believed that the offer didn't come from one of the
top three contenders - the New York Yankees, Texas and
Houston - and that Ash was dealing with a team he wasn't
sure Clemens would accept.

``I guess what I'm directing that club to do is make sure
they qualify,'' Ash said. ``They had a lot of questions for
me that I couldn't answer.''

The most likely candidate to fit that description is
Cleveland, although it's possible that it could be Baltimore
or a National League team, possibly the New York Mets or
maybe even Colorado or Atlanta.

``The calls today have been a little less frequent. I don't
have a reason for that,'' Ash said. ``I would say from the
lack of conversation, this is going to drag into the
weekend, for sure.''

The (Baltimore) Sun reported today that the Orioles are
offering a package of at least three players - a left-handed
reliever, believed to be Arthur Rhodes, along with second
baseman Jerry Hairston and third baseman Ryan Minor.

Ash said the team that made an acceptable proposal didn't
contact him Wednesday and that he talked with only two

One of those was Texas. Rangers general manager Doug Melvin,
who traveled to Toronto and talked with Ash for 90 minutes
on Tuesday, met with him again in the morning.

``I even paid for breakfast,'' Ash said.

Money is an aspect of the Clemens negotiations, too. He has
salaries of $5 million next year and $6.35 million in 2000,
and Toronto owes $5 million in deferred money from the first
two seasons of the deal, which currently guarantees a
minimum of $31.5 million over four years.

Clemens, who lives in Houston, is convinced Toronto won't
contend and asked to be traded closer to home or to a
contender. When he signed with the Blue Jays after the 1996
season, Toronto agreed to comply if he ever asked for a

Santiago, 33, is a 12-year veteran who played in only 15
games last season for the Toronto Blue Jays following an
auto accident last January in which he strained ligaments in
his right knee. He rejoined the team in September, batting
.310 with five doubles and four RBIs in 29 at-bats.

``He's 100 percent. The Cubs did their homework to make sure
of that,'' said Santiago's agent, Lonnie Cooper. ``This is
where he wanted to play. He's very comfortable with the
manager and the general manager.''

Santiago gets a $1.5 million salary and the chance to earn
$500,000 in performance bonuses. Chicago's option is for
$3.5 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Canseco hit .237 with 107 RBIs and 29 stolen bases for
Toronto, his best totals since 1991. Six of Canseco's homers
came against Tampa Bay, which got a total of 33 homers from
its most productive right-handed batters - Bubba Trammell
(12), Bobby Smith (11) and Mike Kelly (10).

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