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Wednesday, July 2, 1997

Hedeman takes lead in bull riding at rodeo

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Staff Writer
PECOS, July 2 -- The West of the Pecos Rodeo will officially get
underway tonight at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena, with the top three
current leaders in the world bull riding standings scheduled to

The trio -- Johnny Chavez, Travis Sullivan and Mike White -- will
already have a goal to shoot for following Tuesday night's special
pre-rodeo section of bull riding, after former world's champion Tuff
Hedeman scored 87 points aboard "The Warrior" to take the early lead in
the event.

It was two points less than Hedeman and scored on board the same bull
last week in Weatherford, but still good enough to give him a six point
lead in the competition and earn the $1,000 bonus Wednesday's riders
were competing for at the arena. Erik Bortnem and Jeremy Taylor each
scored 81 points and are in second place in the standings.

Three sections of bull riding were held on Tuesday, and two sections
each will take place during each of the four rodeo performances,
beginning tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Along with the current world leaders, last year's West of the Pecos
Rodeo champ Michael Gaffney is also scheduled to ride tonight. Aaron
Semas, on board National Finals Rodeo bull `Superstitious' also will
have a shot at a high score during tonight's bull riding competition.

Along with the bull riding section, competition in ladies' barrel racing
also got underway Tuesday night, while slack competition wrapped up in
steer roping, and earlier in the day calf roping, steer wrestling and
team roping finished up their slack competition.

Jerry Cox of Cotulla holds the lead after two go-rounds in steer roping,
with a 22.7 combined time. He also led in the second go round, with a
10.9 second effort. Trevor Brazile, 1996's Rookie of the Year and 1995's
All-Around Cowboy winner at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, was second with
an 11.0 time and third overall at 24.3 seconds, while Buster Record is
second overall at 24 flat after placing third in the second go round
with a 12.4 time. J.D. Yates was fourth in both the second go and
overall, with 12.6 and 26.1 times.

In barrel racing, Kim Squires of Carnegie, Okla., holds the early lead
with a 17.75 time, while Stacy Bent of LaPorte is second with a 17.89
effort. Two area cowgirls, Deb Sibley of Carlsbad and Courtney Bowman of
Fort Stockton, are next with 17.92 and 18.02 times.

In calf roping, the leader through two rounds is Stran Smith of Tell
with a 19.1 time after a 10.1 effort in the second go-round, good for a
second place tie there. Johnny Grimes of Kerrville is second overall
with a 20.3 time and Doug Clark of Wayne, Okla is next, at 20.9, while
Terry Kitchens of Mullin leads in the second go, with a 10 flat effort.

Byron Walker of Ennis leads both in the second go round and the overall
standings in steer wrestling. His 4.3 time gave him a 9.1 total on two
attempts. Jason Harper of Palmer and Brian Bauerle of Austin tied for
second at 4.5 seconds and Harper was second overall, with a 9.2 time.

Oklahoma ropers Charles Poague and Bill Bockus hold a .3 second lead on
Colorado ropers J.D. Yates and Jay Wadhams in the team roping, with a
17.6 time. Stormy Pruitt of Fort Davis and Zane Bowers of Llano teamed
up to take the lead in the second go round, with a 7.2 second time, and
stand fourth overall, at 20.2 seconds.

Last year's All-Around Cowboy, Arnold Felts, had problems in the regular
steer roping event this year, but still won the senior steer roping
competition. Felts won both the first go round at 12.9 seconds and the
final go, with a 13.6 time, for a 41.9 total on three attempts. Eldon
Dudley and Myrl Goodwin tied for first in the second go, with 13.8
efforts, while Goodwin was second overall, with a 50 flat total.

Along with the bull riding leaders, current world leader in bareback
riding, Danny McLanahan is scheduled to compete during tonight's rodeo
performance. Four time world's champ Marvin Garrett and his brother
Mark, last year's winner at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, are also on
tonight's program.

In saddle bronc riding, Dan Mortensen, the current world leader and 1995
National Finals Rodeo champ and `96 runner-up, heads the field of
contestants tonight. Canadian champ Rod Hay is also on the schedule.

Steer roping tonight will feature Todd Casebolt, sixth in the world last
year, while national finalists in barrel racing Sue Miller and Donna Kennedy also are scheduled to compete.

Pecos LLers turn Crane errors into 5-0 win

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PECOS, July 2 -- The Pecos Little League All-Stars were able to overcome
their defensive errors Tuesday night, while making Crane pay for their
mistakes, as Pecos remained unbeaten through two games of their District
4 Tournament.

Crane, which made it's District 4 debut on Monday with a one-hit, 5-1
win over Big Lake, held Pecos to just five hits in five innings on
Tuesday. But two errors in the first inning allowed in a pair of runs,
and Pecos was able to get three more runs, two unearned, in the fifth
for a 5-0 victory on Crane's home field.

Robbie Ontiveros tossed a three-hit shutout, and was able to overcome a
trio of errors that gave Crane scoring chances in the first and fourth

Ontiveros loaded the bases in the first on\ a walk and hit batter after
Cody Corley reached on Joseph Torres' error at third base. But he was
able to get a pair on strikeouts before Tony Tucker flew out to center
field to retire the side.

In the fourth, shortstop Matthew Levario and second baseman Tony Aguilar
turned a double play after an error by Torres, and then Torres turned a
Ryan Richardson grounder into an out at second after a Tucker single and
an error by Levario put the tying runs on base.

Crane pitcher Arthur Ortega wasn't as lucky. David Elkins drew his
fourth straight tournament walk with one out in the first, and then
Ontiveros singled off Corley's glove at shortstop, with both runners
advancing when his throw to second got by Dusty Corley.

Levario then grounded one to Cody Corley, who threw home trying to get
Elkins. But the ball bounced past catcher Danny Richardson, and
Ontiveros also scored on the play.

That was all Ortega would allow until the fifth, when Pecos' Jose Ortega
greeted him with a pinch hit single, and Aguilar singled to open the
inning. Corley then got another fielder's choice grounder, this one by
Elkins, but his throw went past third base, and Ortega scored. Aguilar
then came in on Ontiveros' ground out to short, and Levario followed
with a single to score Elkins with the final run.

The victory, coming after a 16-4 opening win at home over Alpine, sends
Pecos into a Sunday evening road game at Ballinger, which defeated
Winters by a 24-2 final score in what was their tournament opener. The
winner will host the District 4 semifinals next Tuesday.

Pecos' Senior League All-Stars will also play their second District 4
Tournament game tonight, while Pecos' Junior Leaguers won't open
tournament play until Thursday.

The Senior League, which beat Ozona 11-1 at home on Monday, stay in town
tonight for a 7 p.m. contest against Big Lake, which outscored Alpine on
Monday, 13-10, in their tournament opener. The winner will host a
quarterfinal round game next Tuesday, while the loser will play Sunday night on the road to avoid elimination.

Suspension could eat up Tyson's future paydays

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AP Sports Writer

LAS VEGAS, July 2 -- Suspending Mike Tyson from boxing could prove far
more costly for the former heavyweight champion than the $3 million
Nevada boxing regulators could fine him next week.

Tyson has been an amazing money-making machine in the 27 months since
he was released from prison, earning a reported total of $140 million
for six fights.

That would dry up if Nevada boxing commissioners impose a suspension of
any more than a year, which appeared increasingly likely after they met
Tuesday to vote to go forward with his penalty hearing.

``We can do anything all the way from doing nothing to banning him for
life,'' said Dr. James Nave, a commission member.

Though commissioners refuse to say what the penalty might be, it
figures to be harsher than the one-year suspension that Oliver McCall
faces for quitting against Lennox Lewis in February.

``Quitting is quitting,'' commission member Dr. Elias Ghanem said.
``Biting is different than quitting.''

Tyson's earning power has surely diminished not only because he bit
Evander Holyfield, but because he lost to him a second time. But he
still would stand to make several million dollars a fight if he was
allowed to continue fighting.
Tyson turned 31 on Monday, and his boxing skills also would likely
deteriorate under a suspension of any length.

The commission voted Tuesday to suspend Tyson pending the hearing and
to go ahead with a formal complaint, which Tyson said he would not
contest. His nearly $30 million paycheck remains in the hands of the

All five commissioners declined to say what they thought the
appropriate penalty for Tyson would be, but they can fine him a maximum
of 10 percent of his purse, or $3 million, or suspend him from boxing
for however long they want.

The New York Times, citing a person close to the
commission, said today that Tyson will probably be barred for at least
18 months and ``maybe longer.''

Commissioners appeared unswayed by Tyson's apology, although they
applauded his decision to seek psychological help.

Tyson didn't appear at the commission's emergency hearing, which drew a
crowd of several hundred people to Las Vegas City Hall. His trainer,
Richie Giachetti, was the only member of Tyson's camp in attendance.

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