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Friday, December 17, 1999

Smith hurt, Deion sick before Jets game

FORT WORTH, Dec. 17, 1999 (AP) - Emmitt Smith's sore groin, which weakened his leg strength, has left his status uncertain for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Meanwhile, flu-ridden Deion Sanders will be listed as probable, says Dallas Cowboys coach Chan Gailey.

What Cowboys officials called a "left groin strain" by Smith on the opening play of Sunday's game against Philadelphia resulted in diminished leg strength for the running back.

"Honestly, I don't know what you would label it," Smith said Thursday of his injury. "`Groin' is the particular area it's in ... but it's muscle, it's tissue. I still have some soreness in the leg, though some of the strength has come back."

Jim Maurer, Cowboys trainer, administered electric muscle stimulation and heat treatment before Smith practiced Thursday.

Smith, in his first practice this week, was limited strictly to individual instead of team drills.

"He was limited in what he did in practice today because he already had gotten some therapy before he went outside," said Maurer. "Sometimes it doesn't work out just right where a player isn't able to get treatment and fullæ practice both in.

Maurer was optimistic that Smith could be ready to play against the Jets.

"Emmitt has shown improvement every day," Maurer said. "It is a groin strain. That's where it is - `groinæ and `strain' does mean that it's muscular in nature."

The player said he views his "questionable" playing status for only the Jets game, not for the New Orleans and New York Giants games to follow.

Against the Eagles, Warren had almost 30 percent of his season's carries - 25 for 92 yards - and caught four passes for more than 25 percent of his season's receiving

Gailey said Sanders would be listed as probable.

"He's still sick," the coach said. "He practiced, but you could tell he was not all there. He was struggling through everything because he was a little weak."

Gailey hasn't decided whether he'll be able to play receiver Ernie Mills or offensive linemen Larry Allen and Mark Stepnoski. None worked out in team drills.

Youth, men's hoop sign-ups underway

PECOS, Dec. 17, 1999 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is forming both men's and youth basketball leagues, which will begin play early next year.

Registration forms for the men's league can be picked up at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym weekdays between 5 and 9 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Registration will continue through Jan. 7, according to Recreation Department director Nora Geron.

Registration for the PeeWee Basketball Leagues also can be done between 5 and 9 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays at the RCCRD office. The games will begin after the high school basketball seasons end in February.

The PeeWee leagues are open to boys and girls ages 5 through 10 with a deadline to sign up of Jan. 28. Geron said anyone who signs up before Jan. 7 will receive five weeks of ball handling and basic fundamentals before they start playing in regular games.

For further information on either league, call the recreation department at 447-9776.

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