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Monday, June 30, 1997

Homers help LLers win opener

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Staff Writer
PECOS, June 30 -- The long ball helped carry the Pecos Little League
All-Stars to an opening round victory in District 4 Tournament play
Sunday evening, as they used three home runs to help defeat the Big Bend
All-Stars by a 16-4 final score at Chano Prieto Field.

Robbie Ontiveros' two-run homer in the first inning put Pecos ahead to
stay, Patrick Fuentes added a solo shot in the third and Matthew Levario
hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Joseph Monclovia, after
inning before.

The third inning was really the only one in which Levario had any
trouble. He gave up three of his four hits in the third, with the only
other one a bloop into short right by Monclovia that second baseman Tony
Aguilar couldn't hang onto in the first inning.

Barney Rodriguez pitched the fifth inning for Pecos, allowing just an
unearned run, as the game ended an inning early under the 10-run rule.

"I expected him (Levario) to get a little tired," said coach Lee
Serrano. "He hasn't gone past the third inning all year long, because we
had the two aces on our team, so they would go three (innings) and

The unearned run came after Pecos appeared to have turned a game-ending
double play. Joseph Valenzuela avoided the tag of Lorenzo Serrano, then
scored when David Elkins throw from first got past third base and went
into the left field foul area.

But that was the only error of the day for Pecos, compared to seven for
Big Bend. "I told them that how we win games, by cutting down on the
mistakes, and we did," Serrano said.

Big Bend's errors began right away, as Felipe Valenzuela let Aguilar's
game-opening grounder go through his leg at third. One out later,
Aguilar scored on Ontiveros' homer to right-center field.

In the third, Elkins walked a scored when left fielder Ruben Madrid
held the ball too long on Levario's single. He was out at second, but
Rodriguez then reached on an error, stole second, then scored on a wild
pitch and throwing error by catcher Alfonso Vega before Fuentes' solo
shot over the fence in center.

All that was off Joseph Valenzuela, who was replaced in the fourth by
Monclovia. He would end up allowing 11 runs with two outs in his two
innings of work.

Mario Rangel walked and scored on a passed ball, while Elkins walked
and Ontiveros singled before Levario's homer to right-center. Two more
walks, another error and a Rangel single made it 11-3.

In the fifth, two out singles by Ontiveros and Levario, walks to Elkins
and Rodriguez and a Fuentes double got four runs home, with Fuentes
scoring on pinch-hitter Joe Ortega's infield hit, as manager Sebero
Jaquez was able to get all his players in during the final inning of the

The win moves Pecos into a Wednesday night road game against the winner
of today's Big Lake-Crane matchup. Meanwhile, Pecos' Senior League
All-Stars open their District 4 Tournament tonight at home against Ozona
at 7 p.m. Pecos' Junior League All-Stars will begin play on Thursday, at
home against San Angelo North.

at Pecos
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Aguilar2b....||||A.Vega c||...<CR>
Serrno 2b|...|J.Vlzla p-ss...<CR>
Elkins1b.....||Mclv ss-p...<CR>
Ontvs ss-rf...|||Lara1b.....<CR>
Lvro p-ss...||F.Vlzla 3b...<CR>
Rdgz lf-p...||R.Vega 2b....<CR>
Fntes cf....||O'Bynt cf...<CR>
Vasqz 1f....||Rojo cf..|...<CR>
Trres 3b......||Mngrm lf.....<CR>
Ortga 3b....||Sierra rf...<CR>
Rangel rf...||Mdrid rf.....<CR>
Salgdo cf...||Frnks lf..|...<CR>
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Big Bend..........003|||01--.4<CR>

E--F.Valenzuela 2, Mangram, Monclovia, A.Vega, Rojo 2, Elkins. DP--Big
Bend 1. LOB--Pecos 4, Big Bend 3. 2B--Fuentes. HR--Ontiveros (1),
Fuentes (1), Monclovia (1), Levario (1). SB--Rodriguez. CS--Torres.
Levario W,1-0....4......4..3..3..2..6<CR>
.Big Bend................|..|<CR>
J.Valenzula L,0-1....3......5..5..1..1..1<CR>
WP--Monclovia 3.
PB--Carrasco, A.Vega 2.T--1:42.

Nevada chews over taking bite out of Tyson's pay

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AP Sports Writer

LAS VEGAS, June 30 -- For once, even Don King was silent.

Mike Tyson's postfight excuses had long since rung hollow, and not even
the usually long-winded promoter in charge of Tyson's career was up to
the task of resurrecting them.

The outrage that followed Tyson's disqualification for biting Evander
Holyfield's ears showed no signs of abating, though, even in the
conspicuous absence Sunday of the former heavyweight champion and his

``It's certainly a sad day for boxing,'' said Marc Ratner, director of
the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Holyfield nursed a pair of tender ears Sunday, a day after Tyson was
disqualified after the third round of his rematch with Holyfield in
boxing's richest fight ever.

Holyfield is $35 million richer and still holds the WBA heavyweight
title, but it was a hollow win in a fight that fell well short of its
potential of being one of the best heavyweight rematches in recent

Tyson, meanwhile, celebrated his 31st birthday today in the face of
public scorn.

A Nevada boxing commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider
fining him up to $3 million and suspending him from boxing for biting
part of one of Holyfield's ears off and trying to do the same with

``It's over. I know it's over,'' an angry Tyson kept repeating in his
dressing room after the fight. ``My career is over.''

Tyson had just fought his way through an enraged crowd that was
screaming and making obscene gestures at him. A bottle of water thrown
from the stands just missed his head, and he had to be stopped from
going into the seats to beat up his tormentors.

The fight, which started with Holyfield smiling and singing to himself
in his corner and Tyson grim-faced across the ring, ended in bedlam,
with Tyson seemingly out of control and trying to hit anyone around him.

His actions might cost him far more than a fine and suspension. Now the
target of the scorn of the boxing world, Tyson will have a tough time
reaping the huge paydays that have been his since leaving prison two
years ago after serving a term for rape.

``We don't know what's in store for Mike Tyson,'' said Jay Larkin, the
man behind boxing for Showtime-SET, which still has a 1½-year contract
with Tyson. ``We're waiting for a lot of answers.''

Even in the topsy-turvy world of boxing, where things can change
quickly, there seems little chance Tyson will get another shot at

``We don't believe Mike Tyson deserves the privilege of being in the
ring with someone like Evander Holyfield,'' said Jim Thomas, Holyfield's

The bizarre end to the fight came just as Tyson was starting to rally
after losing the first two rounds. With a minute left in the third
round, he suddenly snapped and bit off a piece of Holyfield's right ear
as the two fighters went into yet another clinch.

A stunned Holyfield jumped in the air, blood streaming from his ear,
then turned to go back to his corner, and Tyson ran up from behind and
pushed him.

``He just bit a chunk out of his right ear and spit it on the canvas,''
said judge Duane Ford, who was within a few feet of the fighters when
Tyson first bit.

It was one of the most bizarre scenes in a sport where bizarre is
sometimes commonplace. But it wasn't over yet, and neither was the

For four minutes, referee Mills Lane tried to restore order, deducting a
point from Tyson for the bite and another for the push. As Holyfield
stood bleeding in his corner, ring doctor Flip Homansky looked at the
gash taken out of his ear and said the fight could continue.

Meantime, assistant trainer Tommy Brooks was arguing for Holyfield to
demand a disqualification. But the champion was angry, and wanted to

``Put the mouthpiece in,'' he told Brooks. ``I'm going to knock this guy

Thirty three seconds were left in the third round, and Holyfield resumed
the action with a vicious left hook. The two clinched again, and then
the unthinkable happened.

Tyson spit his mouthpiece out and took a bite of Holyfield's other ear.

Once again, Holyfield jumped in the air in anger. This time, though,
Lane didn't appear to see it and let the two fight the final seconds of
the round before going to Tyson's corner and disqualifying him.

``Bull...,'' Tyson yelled, jumping off his stool. Enraged, he tried to
storm across the ring toward Holyfield. Tyson took a swing at a police
officer trying to intervene, and had to be restrained as chaos erupted
in the ring.

Ratner said Sunday that Lane did the proper thing in disqualifying
Tyson, and no one seemed to want to argue the issue.

What is next for Tyson might well depend on the athletic commission,
which will meet Tuesday to launch a formal complaint against Tyson. His
$30 million purse has been held up, but the most he can be fined is $3

Tyson claimed just after the fight that he bit Holyfield because he was
being butted, and King and his co-managers tried with little success to
press that point.

``I think it is sad, if not pathetic, that the people around this man
continue to make excuses for inexcusable behavior,'' Thomas said.

Las Vegas police, meanwhile, said they doubted any charges would be
filed against Tyson, who is still on probation from his rape conviction,
for the melee in the ring after the fight.

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