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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, August 6, 1999
Tennis team awaiting full squad
PECOS, Aug. 6, 1999 -- Practice got off to a slow start for the
Pecos Eagles' tennis team this week, as coach Bernadette Ornelas said a
number of her players haven not yet gotten to start workouts for the 1999
"I've got some in tennis camp, some in band and some are still out of
town," said Ornelas, who plans to hold practice next week from 5 to 7 p.m.
on Tuesday through Friday. "Some are working, and some are going to be
in other school activates we'll have to work around."
Pecos won the District 2-4A team title last season, but graduated almost
all of their boys team. "We're planning on coming back and repeating as
district champions, but for that to happen we're going to have to work
harder. Last year we had a solid upper-class team. This year we're evenly
spread out through the grades."
Ornelas said right now she's expects seven boys and 10 girls to participate
in the fall tennis season.
With only Clint, Mountain View and Fabens participating in tennis, the
Eagles' fall schedule will have non-district matches through the end of
September. They open play at Odessa High on Aug. 21 and have tournaments
at Fort Stockton and El Paso on the weekends of Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 10-11
before playing their home opener against Fort Stockton on Sept. 14.
District play opens against last year's 2-4A runner-up, Clint, on Oct.
2 at San Elizario. Pecos hosts Mountain View and goes to Fabens the following
two weekends, and heads back to the El Paso area on Oct. 22-23 for the
District 2-4A tournament.
McGwire gets 500th HR, Gwynn 2999th hit
By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 6, 1999 — Mark McGwire needed one homer and got two
to finish the night with 501 homers. Tony Gwynn needed two hits and got
one, leaving him with 2,999 hits.
McGwire reached the 500 plateau with fewer at-bats than anyone in baseball
history, then hit No. 501 off the left-field scoreboard Thursday night
in a 10-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
"He's incredible," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's like he's
allergic to a base hit, too. I mean, the ball's leaving the park every
time he hits it."
McGwire made it to 500 in 5,487 at-bats, obliterating Babe Ruth's record
of 5,801. The others in the top five are Harmon Killebrew (6,671), Jimmie
Foxx (7,074) and Mickey Mantle (7,300).
"I'm well aware of the names," McGwire said. "It's sort of odd to have
your name with that group because I feel like I have a few years to play.
I'm not done playing."
While McGwire became the 16th member of the 500-homer club, Gwynn fell
just short of becoming the 22nd player to reach 3,000 hits. Gwynn got No.
2,999 — a two-run double in the ninth inning — and went 1-for-4 with a
walk as a sellout crowd just missed a double dose of history.
"I gave it a good run," Gwynn said. "I'll move on to the next stop,
and hopefully I can get it there tomorrow."
The Padres begin a four-game series at Montreal tonight.
Never before have two players had a chance to reach such lofty milestones
in the same game.
"The people of all America got to see what they wanted to see and plus
one," said Padres right-hander Andy Ashby, who gave up both homers. "It
would have been nice if Tony would have gotten his 3,000th, but we'll have
to wait another day for that, or whenever it comes."
A crowd of 45,106, some of whom paid $150 to scalpers for a $7 standing
room ticket, came away happy. After just missing in his first at-bat with
a drive to the center-field wall, McGwire hit a hanging breaking ball an
estimated 451 feet to straightaway center in the third, then blasted a
479-foot shot off the scoreboard in left-center in the eighth.
"I've exceeded everything I expected of myself," McGwire said after
the game. "Growing up as a kid, you don't think about things like that.
At least I didn't. You just think about playing ball in your yard."
McGwire's fifth multihomer game of the season and the 58th of his career
came in the same ballpark where he broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old homer
record last Sept. 8 when he hit No. 62. McGwire went on to finish with
70, ahead of Sosa's 66 in a duel that captivated the nation.
McGwire remains a bit off last year's pace, even after hitting 17 homers
in 21 games, but he's catching up in a hurry.
Cowboys lose receiver during scrimmage
WICHITA FALLS, Aug. 6, 1999 (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys' Blue-White scrimmage
should've been called the black-and-blue game.
Dallas' lengthy injury list got even longer during Thursday night's
intrasquad workout, with receiver James McKnight going down the hardest.
An MRI was scheduled to determine how badly McKnight hurt his left knee,
but it appeared to be serious.
"It probably doesn't look real good," coach Chan Gailey said.
McKnight, acquired from Seattle in June, was hurt during one of the
first plays of a goal-line drill early in the first full-contract action
of training camp. He slumped onto the artificial turf of Memorial Stadium
without being hit and immediately clutched the knee.
The injuries kept coming for the receiving corps.
Michael Irvin missed a few plays after getting smacked in the face,
Jeff Ogden landed hard on his tailbone, Jason Tucker got poked in the eye
and Wane McGarity needed stitches to close a gash on his chin.
The unit already was down a man because Raghib Ismail has a slightly
separated left shoulder.
Ogden, who appeared to be shaken up pretty badly, was listed as day-to-day.
McGarity was to be X-rayed to see whether he may have cracked his jaw.
"It was a tough night for receivers, a tough night for a couple of places
really," Gailey said.
The secondary, already reeling because of Deion Sanders' toe injury,
had cornerback Kevin Mathis leave with a bruised back, and safety George
Teague was knocked woozy. Cornerback Kevin Smith was held out with a nagging
Gailey said Mathis was benched as a precaution.
"It doesn't sound really bad," he said.
The offensive line, the most injury-rattled group thus far in camp,
had some more tense moments as starting left tackle Flozell Adams went
out with a strained muscle and Jeremy Akers hurt his back.
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