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Thursday, January 15, 1998

Eagles face tough field at Lubbock

PECOS, Jan. 15 -- The Pecos Eagles will be a little
shorthanded this weekend, when they compete in the Lubbock
Invitational, the final swim meet before District 4
competition later this month.

Eagles' coach Terri Morse said she'll take 17 swimmers to
the two-day meet, which opens with preliminaries at 3 p.m.
Friday, and concludes with finals starting Saturday at 9 a.m.

"It's going to be a tough meet. Over 25 teams will be there,
and most of those are (Class) 5A schools. There will be some
very strong teams there from El Paso and also a couple from
New Mexico."

The Eagles will be without one swimmer apiece on the boys
and girls sides, in Kevin Bates and Kellee Bagley, who'll be
at the Reeves-Loving Livestock show this weekend. Bates was
a member of the Eagles' 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays,
which are seeded third and sixth at Lubbock, and Morse said,
"There's no doubt it's going to hurt our relays."

The girls' highest seed in the relays is fifth in the 400
freestyle, while individually, Liz Parent is seeded fourth
in the 200 free and fifth in the 500 free, while Dionnie
Munoz is fifth going into the 100 freestyle.

Highest seeds on the boys' side are Al Tillman, eighth in
the 100 breaststroke, and Matt Ivy and Kenneth Friar, who
are seeded 10th in the 200 free and the 100 butterfly

The meet will be at the Texas Tech Aquatic Center, where
regionals will be held on Feb. 13-14. "I feel like it will
be a good experience for them to swim at the regional pool.
It gives them a chance to experience that first, because
sometimes it can be intimidating going there for the first
time at regionals," Morse said.

District 4 competition will be Jan. 31 in Monahans. With the
exception of Big Spring, the Eagles' district rivals will
also be competing at the Lubbock meet.

Baseball alters playoffs, Twins' fate unknown

AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX, Jan. 15 -- If baseball owners approve an altered
playoff format suggested by their executive council, teams
with the best records will be assured of home-field
advantage in the first two rounds this year.

In a move to reward division champions who produce the best
regular-season records, the council resolved Wednesday to
give such teams the home-field advantage.

Until now, teams have been designated before the season to
have the home-field advantage in the early rounds.

In addition, the home-field format for the first round will
be altered. Previously, Games 1 and 2 were played at one
site and Games 3, 4 and 5 in another. Now, teams with the
best records will play at home in the first, second and
fifth games.

The second round will stay the same, with the team earning
home-field advantage playing at home in Games 1, 2, 6 and 7.

No opposition appears to exist to the resolution, which must
be approved by all owners. The next meeting is March 17-19
at St. Petersburg, Fla.

The players association, Fox, NBC and ESPN also must give a

The council discussed two ownership issues - the proposed
sale and relocation of the Minnesota Twins, and the pending
sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers - but made no

After the 4¼-hour meeting, acting commissioner Bud Selig
repeated that the Twins cannot survive without a new
stadium, then sidestepped questions about whether the
reluctance of lawmakers and voters to spend money on such a
project guarantees a move to North Carolina for the 1999

``There's no question that North Carolina is a great area.
It will be an extraordinarily attractive area someday for a
big league baseball team,'' Selig said.

The Minnesota Legislature missed a Nov. 30 deadline to
approve a stadium financing plan to keep the Twins, and
voters in North Carolina's Triad area will vote May 5 on two
new taxes that would bankroll part of a $210 million stadium
to land them.

North Carolina businessman Don Beaver hopes to acquire the
Twins and move them to the Winston-Salem-High
Point-Greensboro area - about 90 minutes either direction
from Raleigh and Charlotte.

Twins owner Carl Pohlad signed a letter of intent last year
to sell to Beaver, but left the door open to stay if
Minnesota legislators agreed to subsidize construction of a
new stadium.

``We have explored all the possibilities - public ownership,
private ownership,'' Pohlad said. ``And it still gets back
to having to have a referendum to authorize the sale of
bonds to finance the stadium.''

He said he and Beaver were working on a binding agreement,
but declined to say when it might be reached.

Atlanta Braves chairman Bill Bartholomay expects the
ownership committee to make a recommendation on the Dodgers
sale before the next owners meeting.

``(Dodgers owner) Peter O'Malley addressed the committee and
discussed some open items that need to be resolved,''
Bartholomay said.

He acknowledged that many owners wish the Twins would stay
in Minneapolis.

``I can't imagine the Twin Cities without major league
baseball, but on the other hand, the realities suggest that
they have to address the stadium issue and the level of
support,'' Bartholomay said.

Tom Schieffer, president of the Texas Rangers, had the same

``I think everybody would like to see baseball prosper where
it is, but you certainly can't ask anybody just to continue
to lose money in one place,'' Schieffer said. ``My
individual preference would be hopefully to see something
work out. But if it can't, I know the folks in Charlotte are
good people.''

Maryland pins first loss on Tar Heels

By The Associated Press
North Carolina won't go unbeaten this season, and Bill
Guthridge won't have a perfect career as a head coach.

Maryland took care of that Wednesday night with an 89-83
overtime victory over the top-ranked Tar Heels.

``This is the ACC. You're not going to go undefeated,'' said
North Carolina's Antawn Jamison, who finished with 27
points, but had only one over the final 18 minutes. He
missed four free throws in overtime.

``The second half, it was just one of those nights I just
couldn't even see the ball,'' Jamison said. ``Maryland
didn't do anything special. They didn't really pay too much
attention to me.''

The Terrapins (10-5, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) did pay
a lot of attention to rebounding, and they outrebounded the
Tar Heels 39-32. They also became the first team this season
to shoot over 50 percent (34-for-66) against North Carolina
(17-1, 4-1).

``The key was that we were able to rebound with a great
rebounding team,'' Maryland coach Gary Williams said. ``It
was a team thing, not just one guy. We just wanted to have
our guys get in the way of their guys.''

In other games involving ranked teams Wednesday, it was No.
2 Duke 88, Wake Forest 52; No. 3 Kansas 83, Texas A&M 65;
No. 13 Iowa 61, Ohio State 46; George Washington 78, No. 18
Xavier 73 in overtime; No. 22 Arkansas 89, Florida 84; and
Missouri 70, No. 25 Oklahoma State 64.

Rodney Elliott and Obinna Ekezie both scored 16 points for
Maryland, which lost by 32 points at home to Duke 11 days
earlier. Laron Profit, who scored six of his 19 points in
overtime, made two foul shots for an 87-82 lead with 18
seconds left as the Terrapins beat No. 1 North Carolina in
Cole Field House for the second time in three years.

Guthridge took the blame for the Tar Heels having their
15-game conference winning streak ending.

``I don't think I coached as well as I should have. I hope I
can learn from my mistakes,'' said Guthridge, who took over
the program this season after serving as an assistant to
Dean Smith for 30 years.

The Tar Heels' loss leaves No. 4 Utah (13-0) and No. 7
Stanford (14-0) as the only unbeaten Division I teams.

Duke 88, Wake Forest 52

The Blue Devils (15-1, 5-0 ACC) had five players score in
double figures as they handed Wake Forest its worst home
loss in 31 years.

Chris Carrawell had 15 points to lead Duke to its sixth
straight win with an impressive display of defense that
boosted its average margin of victory in conference games to

Tony Rutland had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (8-6, 1-3),
who lost for the sixth time in eight games and are off to
their worst start in the ACC in six years.

Kansas 83, Texas A&M 65

The Jayhawks (20-2, 4-0 Big 12) used an 18-2 run late in the
first half and early in the second to pull away to their
fourth straight win and 12th in 13 games. Eric Chenowith had
16 points and 20 rebounds for visiting Kansas, while Paul
Pierce added 15.

Michael Schmidt had 16 points for the Aggies (6-8, 0-4), who
missed their last seven shots of the first half and their
first eight of the second.

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