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August 2, 1996

Little League matchups set for tourney

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Pecos Little League president Steve Reyes said pairing have been set for
the first round matchups in the annual Pecos Evening Optimist Club
Little League Tournament, which starts this evening at Chano Prieto
Reyes said two of the four Pecos teams in the tournament, the Rangers
and Yankees, will play the first game, at 6 p.m., followed by the Pecos
Little League All-Stars against Fort Stockton at 8 p.m. Play Saturday
morning begins with Balmorhea against Wink at 8 a.m., with Pecos `B'
facing Odessa Wild Bunch at 10 a.m.
Friday's winners will play at noon Saturday, and Saturday morning's
winners meet following that, at 2 p.m. Winners of those two games
advance to Sunday's 10 a.m. semifinals, while the losers in the
double-elimination tournament will ply late Saturday afternoon and
Sunday morning.
Reyes said the tournament championship will be at 4 p.m. Sunday instead
of 2 p.m. as first announced. A deciding game, if needed, would be
played about 6 p.m.

Double speed: Johnson, Perec post sprint sweep

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AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA - In 100 years, only one person had ever won the 200 and 400
meters at the same Olympics. Then Michael Johnson and Marie-Jose Perec
did it within 15 minutes of each other.

It also was a golden night for Dan O'Brien, who became the first U.S.
Olympic decathlon champion since Bruce Jenner in 1976, and for the U.S.
women's soccer team, which beat China 2-1 for the sport's first Olympic

But it was a disappointing day for three American boxers who lost in the
semifinals, for vanquished U.S. super heavyweight wrestler Bruce
Baumgartner and for the U.S. baseball team, drubbed by Japan 11-2 in the

Johnson shattered his own world record in the 200 Thursday night to
become the first man to accomplish the golden Olympic double.

``The pressure has been unbelievable,'' said Johnson, whose bid for
Olympic history had been a prime topic for months. ``I can't even
describe it, but I performed well under it.''

Johnson blazed across the finish line in 19.32, cutting more than
three-tenths of a second off the world record he set at the U.S. trials
in June. In six weeks, he has cut almost a half-second off a world
record that stood for 17 years.

Fifteen minutes earlier, France's Perec completed the same 200-400
double. She used a strong kick to beat Jamaica's Merlene Ottey in 22.12.

``To me it was quite clear to do it now or never,'' Perec said. ``I was
ready to die on the track today.''

The only other woman to accomplish this Olympic double was American
Valerie Brisco-Hooks, who had weaker opposition because of the
Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

O'Brien wiped out memories of his failure to make the 1992 U.S. Olympic
team with an emotional win in the decathlon. After crossing the finish
line in the 1,500 meters - his last and least favorite event - he
dropped to his knees and began to sob.

He finished with an Olympic-record 8,824 points.

``I felt strong enough to do whatever it took to win the gold,'' O'Brien
said after earning the traditional title of world's greatest athlete.

The U.S. soccer team got goals from Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny
Milbrett to beat China for the soccer gold before a record 78,481 fans
at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

``It's electrifying to play in front of everyone out here,'' said star
striker Mia Hamm.

But the U.S. baseball team, entering its game with Japan on a slugging
binge, fell victim to Japan's power hitting. The Japanese hit five
homers, three off starter and top major league draft pick Kris Benson.

``We just ran into a brick wall,'' said U.S. second baseman Warren

United States faced Nicaragua for the bronze today. Japan will play
Cuba, the defending Olympic champions, for the gold tonight.

U.S. boxers Rhoshii Wells, Terrance Cauthen and Nate Jones all lost in
their semifinals.

Wells lost 17-8 to Ariel Hernandez of Cuba at 165 pounds, Cauthen was
beaten 15-12 by Tontcho Tontchev of Bulgaria at 132 pounds, and Jones
was outscored 16-10 by Canadian David Defiagbon at 201 pounds.

Americans Floyd Mayweather Jr., David Reid and Antonio Tarver fight in
semifinals tonight.

In the semis of women's basketball, it was the United States vs.
Australia and Ukraine vs. Brazil.

Golds are to be handed out in the men's pole vault, women's long jump,
men's platform diving and women's tennis, where American Lindsay
Davenport was playing Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain for the singles

The Dream Team moved to within one victory of its expected gold medal
with a 101-73 win over Australia. Charles Barkley scored 24 points,
including 7-for-7 from the field, to set up a championship game against
Yugoslavia on Saturday night.

Andre Agassi advanced to Saturday's gold medal match in men's tennis by
beating Leander Paes 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in a surprisingly tough test. Agassi
will meet Spain's Sergi Bruguera for the title.

On the track, Carl Lewis may get a chance to win a record 10th Olympic
medal. Leroy Burrell pulled out of the U.S. 400-meter relay team
Thursday, giving Lewis a shot at joining the heavily favored squad.

U.S. Olympic officials said Burrell - Lewis' close friend and training
partner - has an ailing heel. Although Lewis isn't one of the relay
alternates, he could be selected as Burrell's replacement by U.S. men's
track coach Erv Hunt.

The semifinals are tonight, with the final Saturday.

``We will do what's best for the team and the country,'' Hunt said.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the 1988 gold medalist in the women's long jump,
qualified for tonight's final despite a sore right hamstring that forced
her out of the heptathlon last weekend. She tried only one jump, but the
leap of 21 feet, 11_ inches was good enough to advance.

Baumgartner, a two-time gold medalist who carried the U.S. flag in the
opening ceremony, lost his second-round wrestling match to Russia's
Andrei Shumilin. He could still win a bronze, but even that would be his
worst result in four Olympics.

A fourth Russian athlete was disqualified for using bromantan, a
stimulant that was recently added to the banned substance list. Sprinter
Marina Trandenkova, fifth-place finisher in the women's 100 meters, was
the latest.
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