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Jan. 7, 1997

Eagles-Mustangs games put on ice until Saturday

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PECOS, Jan. 7 -- The cold and ice that forced Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
schools to close today has also canceled tonight's scheduled basketball
games between the Pecos Eagles and Andrews Mustangs.

Pecos' boys and girls were set to face Andrews at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the
Pecos High School gym. But Jo Allgood, secretary to P-B-T Superintendent
Mario Sotelo, said the games have been rescheduled for Saturday, at a
time to be determined.

It will be the second home game in as many days for Pecos. The Eagles
are scheduled to host San Angelo Lake View's boys and girls on Friday
night at the PHS gym. It will be the District 4-4A opener for the boys,
while the girls will be playing their third district game, having beaten
Fort Stockton and lost to Sweetwater last week.

Pecos' boys closed pre-district play with a 74-71 win at Greenwood on
Friday, evening their season record at 7-7. Andrews struggled to a 4-17
mark, but have won 21 straight district games dating back to the 1993-94

Jones discovers discipline after defeat

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IRVING, Tex., Jan. 7 (AP) -- Not so long ago, the Dallas Cowboys had
the look of a dynasty. Now they look a lot like a construction project.

Owner Jerry Jones has lots of work to do in the coming months to keep
the Cowboys' talent level competitive with the rest of the wild,
unpredictable NFL.

There's also plenty of rebuilding ahead for the team's crippled image.
Drug suspensions, allegations of sexual misconduct and other problems
have turned off fans and caused several Cowboys to hint that they'll
retire if team management doesn't do something.

Players, although they were reluctant to provide details, said Jones
discussed the situation at a closed-door meeting on Monday.

``He talked about just personal matters, really,'' said tight end Eric
Bjornson. ``I don't know if he wanted us to come out and really tell
what he talked about.''

Chad Hennings said Jones talked about ``just having guys watch
themselves this off-season and enjoy themselves, but be careful.''

Indeed, Jones appears inclined to begin moving away from the
win-at-all-cost focus that might have led to the image problem.

On Sunday, Jones vowed to end the ``incidents'' involving the team,
including the 1-year drug suspension of Leon Lett. There's also the
ongoing police investigation of rape allegations against Irvin and Erik
Williams that caused daily distractions at Valley Ranch the week prior
to the loss to Carolina.

``It's something we're very concerned about, and I will not spare the
resources or my energy to do better,'' Jones said.

In the talent department, Sunday's 26-17 NFC divisional playoff win by
the Panthers shows how far parity has gone.

``There's not much difference between teams anymore,'' said Dallas
quarterback Troy Aikman.

Aikman will meet with Jones during the off-season to see just what will
be done to keep some Cowboys' free-agent standouts. That group includes
fullback Daryl Johnston, linebacker Darrin Smith, safety George Teague,
linebackers Jim Schwantz and Broderick Thomas, running back Herschel
Walker, punter John Jett and placekicker Chris Boniol, currently on a
streak of 34 consecutive field goals.

Aikman would be sorely unhappy if his pal Johnston were cast adrift on
the free-agent market. Several years ago Jones failed to sign another
one of Aikman's friends, offensive lineman Kevin Gogan, who ended up
with the Oakland Raiders.

Smith, a speedy outside linebacker and a good pass defender, likely
will be off to greener pastures. The Cowboys don't pay their
linebackers, one reason Ken Norton Jr. wound up in San Francisco.

Teague, picked up off the free agent market for the NFL third-year
minimum of $196,000, made big play after big play once he replaced the
injured Brock Marion, who also is a free agent. The Cowboys probably
will let Marion go and try to sign Teague.
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