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Thursday, August 3, 2000

Cunningham is Cowboys' Japan expert

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 3, 2000 (AP) - Randall Cunningham has played three preseason games on foreign turf, including one in Japan, so it's from experience that he offers the following advice to his Tokyo-bound teammates on the Dallas Cowboys.

Tip No. 1: You can find some great deals on electronics. Cunningham, for example, is looking for sound-mixing equipment for his music production business.

Tip No. 2: The hotel will have room service, an amenity that wouldn't be available if they were spending the week at training camp in Wichita Falls, bunking in the dormitories at Midwestern State University.

Those reminders will be needed most during the 13-hour plane flight that began before 3 p.m. Wednesday Dallas time and end after 6 p.m. today Japan time. The Cowboys play the Atlanta Falcons in the American Bowl at 11 a.m. local time Sunday, which translates to late Saturday our time.

"The flight is the only thing players dread," said Cunningham, who went to Tokyo once and London twice during his days in Philadelphia. "If it was a two-hour flight to Japan, it'd be cool.

"It's tough to fly that many hours, play a football game a few days later and then fly back. But the enjoyment is when you're there."

The Cowboys will practice Friday, then have a walk-through Saturday. There will be some time spent hyping the game, but players also will have time to tour the city - and the electronics stores.

"I don't really mind it too much," said Troy Aikman, who will be making his fifth visit to Tokyo and second for a game. "I've been there a few times on the behalf of the team and the response has always been very positive."

Players brought their packed bags to team headquarters Tuesday. A luggage tag with the game's logo - both teams' helmets and the flags of the United States and Japan - was attached to each suitcase.

International trips have been common for the Cowboys. They went to Tokyo in 1992, London in '93 and Mexico City in '94 and '98. They also played in Toronto in 1995 and Monterrey, Mexico, in '96.

"I think some of the young guys are excited and some of the older guys would probably rather stay home," said coach Dave Campo, whose passport has been stamped often since joining the team's staff in 1989.

"But I told them the other day, `Hey, this is America's Team. That's why we are who we are. This is a trip we're going to make almost every year, so you better get used to it.' "

Physical forms needed back by Monday

PECOS, Aug. 3, 2000 -- Pecos High School football, volleyball and tennis players have until Monday to get their physical forms filled out and returned to their coaches in order to participate in the opening day of pre-season workouts.

Practice for the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity football and volleyball teams and for varsity and JV football players will get underway Monday, with the first games for the Eagles' volleyball team set for Aug. 15, while tennis will begin play later in the month and the Eagles' football team will start its 2000 season on Sept. 1.

Junior high players at Crockett Middle School have an extra week to get their forms filled out by a doctor and returned to their coaches. Practice for both seventh and eighth grade volleyball and football players will begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

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