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Wednesday, July 29, 1998

Texas Football picks Eagles to win new district

PECOS, July 29 -- Preseason workouts begin a week from today
for the Pecos Eagles' football team, and if the preseason
predictions are correct, the 1998 Eagles' football team will
be the first to reach the playoffs for Pecos in nearly a
quarter century.

Texas Football Magazine is going along with the first
predictions last February, that the bi-annual realignment by
the University Interscholastic League was a blessing for
Pecos. After suffering through their first winless mark in
district since 1959 last season, the Eagles are favored to
claim their first district title since 1975 this fall, as a
member of the newly-created District 2-4A.

The Eagles finished 0-5 last season in District 4-4A, after
a 4-1 start. But this time around, Pecos has swapped
Andrews, Big Spring, Fort Stockton, San Angelo Lake View and
Sweetwater for Canutillo, Clint, Fabens, El Paso Mountain
View and San Elizario.

Clint, Fabens and Mountain View were members of Class 3A
last season, finishing behind Monahans and Alpine in
District 3-3A. Canutillo missed the playoffs a year ago
while going 5-4 in District 3-4A, and San Elizario was
winless in that district, with a 1-9 overall mark.

Pecos' only experience against their new district rivals
has been playing Fabens the past four seasons. They won at
Fabens a year ago, 29-7, and will host the Wildcats this
season, along with Clint and San Elizario.

Texas Football has Mountain View and Clint picked as the
other two playoff teams this fall. If that comes out right,
the Eagles would compete in the `Small 4A' division of the
playoffs, since Mountain View's enrollment was 12 higher
than Pecos' total, based on the numbers submitted to the UIL
last fall.

The only former district rival Pecos will face this year is
Fort Stockton, which Texas Football says will end its
20-year absence from the playoffs this fall by placing third
in the new District 5-4A, behind Andrews and Sweetwater.
Both those teams are ranked in the magazine's Top 25, with
Andrews rated eighth and their senior running back Shaud
Williams ranked No. 1 among runners in the state of Texas.

While Pecos moved up while moving over to a new district,
Balmorhea's Bears are predicted to drop down, while
remaining in their current District 8-A six-man alignment.
The Bears, who placed third in district last season after
three straight playoff trips, are picked to finish fourth in
the seven school district this time around.

Grandfalls is favored to claim their third straight
district title, while Sanderson gets Texas Football's nod
for second place, and Dell City for third.

Balmorhea can go a long way to disproving those predictions
during a two-week span in September and October. The Bears
will close out pre-district play on Sept. 25 at defending
state champion Borden County, which is picked to reclaim the
six-man title this fall, then open District 8-A play on Oct.
2, with a visit to Grandfalls.

Tyson faces hearing to regain boxing license

Associated Press Writer
TRENTON, N.J., July 29 -- Banned for biting, the
self-described baddest man on the planet wants to show New
Jersey regulators a kinder, gentler side in hopes of
returning to the ring.

Mike Tyson has applied for a boxing license, hoping to
jump-start his bizarre career, which ground to a halt last
year when he bit Evander Holyfield's ears.

In an administrative hearing scheduled for today,
regulators were being asked to decide whether Tyson has paid
his debt.

Tyson, his wife, a psychiatrist and fellow boxers Bobby
Czyz and Chuck Wepner were to testify on his behalf before
the state Athletic Control Board.

The three-member panel will have 45 days to decide whether
Tyson has ``good character, honesty, integrity and
responsibility,'' as required by state boxing law. No
immediate decision was expected, according to spokesman
Roger Shatzkin.

``Basically, we want to show what Mike has done and has not
done in the last year,'' said Tyson lawyer Anthony Fusco Jr.
``We want to show he's competent to accept a license and
that that kind of behavior that went on in the Holyfield
fight won't reoccur.

``You can't bury somebody for the rest of his life for one
foul, although it was a significant foul.''

Questions have been raised whether New Jersey should be the
state to grant Tyson a license. Some say Tyson should return
to Nevada for his regulatory repentance.

Fighting for Holyfield's WBA title June 28, 1997 in Las
Vegas, Tyson inexplicably bit his opponent's right ear.
After a four-minute delay, the fight resumed and Tyson bit
Holyfield on the left ear, prompting referee Mills Lane to
disqualify him.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission swiftly revoked
Tyson's license to box and fined him $3 million, leaving him
eligible to apply for reinstatement after one year. He has
not done so.

According to Fusco, Tyson chose to apply for a license in
New Jersey because he likes fighting in Atlantic City. He
might later seek a license in Nevada, Fusco said.

``What was on his mind was that he didn't want to have any
more fanfare,'' Fusco said. ``Look at the publicity it's
getting here. In Vegas, it would have been really off the

But there also was the fear by Tyson's handlers that Nevada
regulators would make him wait longer to get his license,
and a further layoff would diminish his skills.

Tyson adviser Shelly Finkel told the Las Vegas Sun last
week that he did not think Nevada would have re-licensed the

Asked about the reports that Nevada would have delayed
granting Tyson a license, Marc Ratner, the commission's
executive director, said: ``It is unfair to prejudge what
the Nevada commission would have done, just as it would be
unfair for the Nevada commission to prejudge what would be
done at this hearing.''

The move to New Jersey has drawn criticism from boxing
insiders and regulators.

``They should direct him to Nevada, which revoked the
license in the first place,'' promoter Bob Arum said. ``Let
Nevada make the first ruling. To do anything otherwise is to
destroy the sport of boxing.''

Under federal law, one state does not have to abide by
suspensions levied by others.

Yet Nevada wants other states to respect its ban. New York
Attorney General Dennis Vacco said a ``yes'' vote would
violate the spirit of cooperation between states.

``If any state breaks ranks with Nevada and awards Mr.
Tyson a license at this point, it would severely undermine
the objective of discipline and weaken the solidarity we are
trying to achieve through interstate cooperation in the
policing of boxing,'' Vacco wrote last week in a letter to
New Jersey Attorney General Peter Verniero.

Tech QB recruit leads South to 48-10 win

HOUSTON, July 29 (AP) -- Somewhere, Spike Dykes was

The next time New Braunfels quarterback Kliff Kingsbury
takes a snap will be for Dykes' Texas Tech Red Raiders when
he reports in August. It'll be tough for the New Braunfels
star to remember his last time out, though.

Kingsbury threw three touchdowns Tuesday night to help his
South team manhandle the North 48-10 in the Texas High
School Coaches Association all-star game.

Kingsbury finished with 116 yards passing and 48 yards
rushing to win offensive most valuable player honors. He
kicked six extra points for good measure.

``Everything just clicked tonight,'' he said, crediting his
all-star teammates from the state's southern towns. ``They
made my job easier. I'd just throw it up and they'd catch

With the South ahead 13-10 after one quarter, Kingsbury
found Houston Spring Woods' Robert Ferguson for back-to-back
touchdown passes of 15 and 3 yards in the second. Ferguson
was a late roster addition last week after another player
backed out.

McGwire hits 45th HR; Sosa slams again

ST. LOUIS, July 29 (AP) -- Mark McGwire hit just his second
opposite-field home run of the season Tuesday night,
increasing his major league-leading total to 45 in St.
Louis' 13-10 loss to Milwaukee at Busch Stadium.

``He can hit it anywhere in this ballpark against any type
of pitching,'' Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.

McGwire's 408-foot solo homer in the eighth, which followed
a grand slam by Ray Lankford, and sacrifice fly in the third
gave him 100 RBIs this season. But it wasn't enough to beat
the Brewers, who won the game on Darrin Jackson's grand slam
in the ninth.

Also on Tuesday, Sammy Sosa, who hit his first career grand
slam the previous night, hit another one for his 41st homer
of the season in the Chicago Cubs' 7-5 loss to Arizona at
Bank One Ballpark.

``It's always hard when you're trying to do the first one,''
said Sosa, who hit 246 homers before getting his first slam.
``After the first one, you get that out of the way, the
pressure is off. The other one you're not even waiting for.
It was just there.''

Sosa, who has four homers in his last three games and leads
the NL with 106 RBIs, became the 16th major leaguer -- and
second this year -- to hit a grand slam in consecutive
games. Mike Piazza did it for the Los Angeles Dodgers on
April 9 and 10.

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