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Monday, August 11, 1997

Eagles struggle during opening matches

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PECOS, Aug. 11 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team got a tough early season
test on Thursday in Midland, against the Lee Rebels and Snyder Tigers.

The Eagles dropped a 13-1 decision to Lee and were blanked by Snyder,
14-0, in their first matches of the 1997 fall team tennis season.

"We only had five boys and our top girls didn't go," said coach
Bernadette Ornelas, who is in her first full season as Eagles' tennis
coach. "Right now our team is so young. We have only five boys and nine

"Some of our freshmen haven't come out, so we're still waiting on them,"
said Ornelas, whose team only began workouts a week ago and won't play
again until Aug. 23, when they face Monahans.

Tye Graham and Jeff Lam got the Eagles' lone victory on the day, a 6-2,
6-4 win over Fly and Moody in boys doubles competition. Graham came
closest to a win in singles play for the Eagles against Lee, dropping a
7-5, 5-7, 4-6 decision to David Harris, while on the girls' side, the
closest match was a 6-3, 6-4 loss by Nichi Dannelly and Teresa Minjarez
to the Rebels' Greyvar and Vanick.

In the loss to the Tigers, Pecos had one three-set match on the boys'
side, a 7-5, 3-6, 1-6 loss by Lam and Mark Marquez to Hall and Gibson.

Pecos (0) vs. Snyder (14)
Boys Singles
Jonathan Fuentes lost to Adrian Gonzales, 6-3, 6-3; Mark
Marquez lost to Jaime Juarez, 6-2, 6-1; Tye Graham lost to Allen Smith,
6-1, 6-2; Jeff Lam lost to Bryan Gibson, 6-2, 6-1; David Lam lost to
Josh Levance, 6-0, 6-0.
Girls Singles
Nichi Dannelly lost to Laura Gonzales, 8-0; Teresa Minjarez
lost to Vicki Vargas, 8-1; Lorrie Minjarez lost to Cynthia Fennell 8-1;
Rachel Pharoah lost to Angela Sanchez, 8-1; Meagan Jolpin lost to Angela
Quiroz, 8-0.
Boys Doubles
Fuentes and Graham lost to Gonzales and Juarez, 6-0, 6-3;
Marquez and J. Lam lost to Hall and Gibson, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6.
Girls Doubles

Dannelly and L. Minjarez lost to Gonzales and Graham, 8-0; T. Minjarez
and Pharoah lost to Vargas and Alexander, 8-0.
Pecos (1) at Midland Lee (13)
Boys Singles
Fuentes lost to Marshall Voney, 6-1, 6-2; Marquez lost to
Trent Broach, 6-1, 6-1; Graham lost to David Harris, 7-5, 5-7, 4-6; J.
Lam lost to Matt Lewis, 6-2, 6-4; D. Lam lost to Cody Burger, 6-0, 6-0.
Girls Singles
Dannelly lost to Lily Vo, 6-2, 6-1; T. Minjarez lost to Emily
Ockerman, 6-1, 6-2; L. Minjarez lost to Meagan Hand, 6-0, 6-0; Pharoah
lost to Brandy McKeever, 6-1, 6-3; Jolpin lost to Lisa Veasy, 6-1, 6-0.
Boys Doubles
Fuentes and Marquez lost to Hunt and Briertheupt, 6-1, 6-3;
Graham and J. Lam defeated Fly and Moody, 6-2, 6-4.
Girls Doubles

Dannelly and T. Minjarez lost to Gervair and Vanick, 6-3, 6-4; L. Minjarez and Pharoah lost to Morgan and Carroll, 6-0, 6-1.

Jones keeping quiet on Deion's bad back

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AP Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Aug. 11 -- If Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones is upset that
his $35 million man Deion Sanders is risking further injury to his back
by continuing to play baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, he isn't saying

Sanders sat out of Sunday's game between the Reds and the Dodgers due
to a bulging disc in his lower back that required a cortisone injection.

He flew with the team to San Francisco on Sunday night and was expected
to be in the lineup today against the Giants.

``Having talked with our medical staff, and we've reviewed the MRI on
his back, we certainly believe that he shouldn't be affected in his play
in football,'' Jones said Sunday.

``It's the kind of thing a little rest really helps out a lot. We know
with baseball he's got a lot of twisting and a lot of running.

``Certainly with football he's got that, plus the contact aspect of it.
But we don't right now think this will limit him in his football,''
Jones said.

Jones may be dismissing the injury publicly, but when Sanders sprained
his ankle with the Reds earlier in the season, Jones called the team's
front office himself to make sure everything was OK.

When asked if the injury would begin a tug-of-war between the Reds and
Cowboys over Sanders' services, Jones said, ``No. Not at all.''

Jones, who added that he has known about Sanders' back injury for
nearly two weeks, said whether Sanders continues to play baseball ``is
Deion's decision.''

The Cowboys owner said he has received assurances that Sanders, who
signed a five-year, $35 million contract with Dallas last year, won't
miss a football game this season because of baseball.

The Cowboys open at Pittsburgh on Aug. 31.

Dallas coach Barry Switzer said he's not concerned about Sanders'

``That's the least of my worries right now,'' Switzer said. ``I've just
got to believe that Deion will some way make it all disappear and come
in here and be a great player again.''

Sanders also played down the injury following an 8-1 victory over Los
Angeles on Sunday.

``It's fine,'' he said, dressed in street clothes outside the Reds'
clubhouse as he waited to board the team bus for the airport. ``It's
just a little sore today from the shot. I should be all right to play

Sanders said the back started bothering him a couple of weeks ago and
affected his right leg.

``It was going numb when I stole bases. It would just be numb,'' Sanders said.

Angels' star arrested on coke charge

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AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 11 -- Tony Phillips, a key in the California
Angels' drive to the top of the AL West this season, much as he was in
1995, has been arrested for investigation of cocaine possession.

Phillips was arrested early Sunday morning by Anaheim police, who said
he bought a small quantity of free base cocaine.

A statement released by the police said the arrest came as part of an
ongoing investigation, using undercover officers and informants, into
``the street-level sales of cocaine.''

Ouring the investigation, ``It was learned that Mr. Phillips was
possibly involved in the purchase of and the personal use of cocaine,''
the statement said.

``Shortly after midnight on Aug. 10, 1997, Mr. Phillips arrived at a
local area motel room. Mr. Phillips negotiated a purchase of a small
quantity of free base cocaine. Shortly thereafter, Anaheim police
investigators entered the motel room and found Mr. Phillips in
possession of the cocaine, along with paraphernalia to ingest it.

``Mr. Phillips was arrested without incident for felony possession of
cocaine. He was transported to the Anaheim police temporary detention
facility and booked for that charge. Mr. Phillips posted bail and was
released several hours later.''

The Orange County District Attorney's Office will review the case and
decide what charges, if any, should be filed.

Phillips initially was penciled in at his usual leadoff spot for Sunday
evening's game against Baltimore, but after talking with Angels team
officials, he left for Arizona to spend time with his family. He is
scheduled to rejoin the Angels on Tuesday at Chicago, and manager Terry
Collins said Phillips will be back in the lineup.

``We've dealt with lots of things all year long and we'll move ahead,''
Collins said following the Angels' 4-3 loss to Baltimore. ``I know he
will be back in the lineup on Tuesday, and we need his energy.''

Collins was asked if he was surprised when he learned Phillips had been

Collins nodded and said, ``It was a big shock. A very big shock.'' Asked
how Phillips felt about it, Collins said, ``Shocked.''

The Angels manager said he was convinced that Phillips had not had an
ongoing problem with cocaine. He added, ``I think Tony will feed off
this (the incident). He's got great feeling for everybody in that
clubhouse and he will come back ready to play.''

Phillips' Angel teammates refused to answer questions about his arrest,
with most saying, ``No comment.''

The Angels reacquired Phillips from the Chicago White Sox on May 18. He
is hitting .279, and Anaheim is 46-31 since he returned.

``While the Anaheim Angels Baseball Club and Anaheim Sports Inc. do not
condone the use of illegal substances for any member of its baseball
club or organization, we will reserve judgment until all the facts are
compiled and reviewed,'' the team said in a statement.

Angels general manager Bill Bavasi, asked if there had been any
indications that Phillips had a drug problem, shook his head no.

Phillips has been known for his quick temper. On April 21, when he was
still with the White Sox, Phillips drew a two-game suspension for his
tirade against umpire John Shulock. The dispute apparently was a
carryover from the previous day, when Shulock told Phillips to get back
in the batter's box.

After he was suspended by AL president Gene Budig, Phillips suggested
that the action might have been racially motivated or the result of a
vendetta against him.

``I don't know if it's a black-and-white thing or a Tony thing,'' said
Phillips, who is black. ``There's a double-standard coming out of that
office. It's not fair.''

In May 1996, also with the White Sox, Phillips got into a fight with a
heckler behind the stands during a game against Milwaukee.

On July 30 of this year at Cleveland, he apparently was hit in the
helmet by a small object thrown by a fan as he walked back to the dugout
after striking out in the fifth inning. Plate umpire Larry Young and
members of the Angels had to restrain Phillips.

Phillips was the leadoff hitter for the Angels in 1995 when they
finished the regular season tied with Seattle for the division title.
The Mariners won a one-game playoff. The White Sox signed Phillips to a
two-year free agent contract after that season.

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