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Monday, June 26, 2000

Tennis players cope with rain, heat

PECOS, June 26, 2000 -- Tennis players dealt with rain delays on Friday and 105-degree temperatures on Saturday, during the annual Pecos Cantaloupe Tennis Tournament at the Pecos High School courts.

Pecos Eagles' tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas said the singles competition on Friday was pushed back by morning showers, while Saturday's doubles matches were slowed down by the hot weather, running from 9 a.m. until almost 10 p.m. at night.

"We had to combine a couple of divisions because of the number of entries, but overall we had a good turnout, and the out-of-town people who were here were pleased with the community even though we had a late start on Friday because of the rain," Ornelas said.

Ornelas and Pecos Eagle tennis player Bobby Sotelo teamed up for the tournament's final win, by an 8-3 score over Eagles Brenda Fuentes and Orlando Mendoza in the finals of the Mixed Open Doubles competition. She also won in the Women's Open Doubles finals with another Eagle player, Rebecca Wein, 6-4, 6-1 over Teresa Minjarez and Holly Mare.

In the Men's Open Doubles, Kevin Benham and John Benham of Wink defeated Mendoza and Arturo Gomez in the finals by 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 scores. In girls' doubles competition, Imari Ornelas and Dina Ortiz won the 12 and under division, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 over Kendra Kerley and Jennifer Garcia, while in the 14-16 division, Christy Gatsky and Natalia Ornelas took the finals by a 6-2, 6-2 score over Kellie Benham of Wink and Tricia Doloff of Andrews.

In the Women's Open Singles on Friday, Bernadette Ornelas defeated Minjarez in the finals, by 6-4, 6-2 scores. In the 14-16 year old division for girls, Dolooff defeated Natalia Ornelas in the finals by scores of 6-4, 6-1 and in the 12 and under girls singles division Andra Wagner of Odessa won the championship, defeating Imari Ornelas by scores of 6-2, 6-1.

On the boys' side in 12 and under singles, Andrews' Tom Kelleher defeated Francisco Ornelas to win first place, 6-0, 6-0, while in the 14-16 division, Trent Graham captured the division title, 6-3, 6-4 over Jack Roberts of Odessa. Graham also played in the 16-18 year old singles division, where he advanced to the finals before falling to Wink's Kevin Benham, 6-1, 6-2.

The weekend tournament was part of the Black Gold Summer Tennis Tournament series (formerly the Highway 80 Tennis Tournament) going on across West Texas this summer. Bernadette Ornelas said the tournaments continued today, with two days of play at Crane, and while the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah summer tennis program is over for the year, she said "participants are invited to play in the tour, which runs through August."

Yanks still eye deal for Gonzalez, Sosa

AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND, June 26, 2000 - The weekend talks didn't produce any trades, just more rumors and confusion.

The Juan Gonzalez-Sammy Sosa-New York Yankees soap opera is still going strong.

Gonzalez's agent, Jim Bronner, spent Sunday talking to the Detroit Tigers and Yankees as the teams attempted to complete the deal that would send Gonzalez to New York for three players.

A baseball official familiar with the talks, speaking on condition he not be identified, said the sides would meet again Monday in hopes of completing the deal.

And while there was no confirmation, it appeared the parties and the commissioner's office agreed to an extension of the deadline to complete the trade, which originally was Sunday.

Meanwhile, to the surprise of many, Gonzalez is still in town as the Tigers complete their five-game, wraparound series Monday with the Cleveland Indians.

Gonzalez wasn't in the lineup and didn't play in Sunday's game, but it had nothing to do with a trade.

Gonzalez fouled a ball off his left ankle during Saturday night's game and was still hobbling around the Tigers' clubhouse following Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Indians.

"See you guys tomorrow," Gonzalez told reporters after dressing.

In Chicago, the Yankees, who dropped two games behind AL East-leading Toronto with an 8-7 loss to the White Sox, also were still talking with the Chicago Cubs about a possible trade for Sosa, and with other teams, too, an official said.

The Cubs, according to a Yankees official speaking on the condition of anonymity, gave the Yankees several combinations of players they would accept for Sosa, and there have been back-and-forth talks.

The Cubs appear to have become impressed with Alex Graman, a left-hander from Indiana State drafted by the Yankees in the third round in 1999.

Gonzalez said he expected to hear from his agent later Sunday, but had no idea if the talks had progressed.

"I don't know, I've been here," he said. "I don't know what's happening outside the ballpark."

New York and Detroit agreed Thursday to the tentative trade that would send outfielder Ricky Ledee, third-base prospect Drew Henson and minor league pitcher Randy Keisler to Detroit for Gonzalez. However, they need Gonzalez's permission.

Henson, the starting quarterback for the University of Michigan now playing Double A baseball, said he was taking the trade talk in stride.

"Everyone is expendable, I understand that," he told the Detroit Free Press.

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