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Thursday, January 21, 1999

Eagles host Loboes in tennis opener

PECOS, Jan. 21 -- The Pecos Eagles will have windy, but at
least warm, conditions today for their 1999 Winter/Spring
tennis season opener, at home against Monahans.

The Eagles and Loboes will meet at 4 p.m. in the first of
11 dual meets and tournaments on the schedule for Pecos,
before District 2-4A competition at Clint in April.

"Most of our schedule is going to be tournaments," said
Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas, whose team won the
district title back in October before falling to Wichita
Falls Rider at regionals.

The Eagles' tournament schedule won't get underway for
another three weeks, when they go to El Paso Burges. Before
then, Pecos will host Fort Stockton and play dual meets on
the road against the Panthers and Midland Lee.

Pecos will play two tournaments in Fort Stockton and also
go to Monahans and Odessa for tournament play while hosting
their own the weekend of March 19-20. "We'll have mixed
doubles for the first time in our tournament," Ornelas said,
as well as in the El Paso and Fort Stockton tournaments.
Previously, doubles play had been limited to either all boys
or all girls matches.

"We won't be at full strength (today), since we still have
people in other sports," Ornelas said of the Eagles' opener
against the Loboes. Several players are either in basketball
or swimming right now, and probably won't be available until
Pecos goes to the Odessa Invitational on Feb. 26-27.

The District tournament is set for April 16-17 in Clint,
with the top two finishers in each division advancing to
Region I-4A competition at San Angelo the following weekend.

Pecos Eagles 1999 Varsity Tennis Schedule
21 (Thur.) - Monahans 4 p.m.
26 (Tue.) - at Fort Stockton 4 p.m.

2 (Tue.) - at Midland Lee 4 p.m.
9 (Tue.) - Fort Stockton 4 p.m.
12/13 (Fri.-Sat.) - at El Paso Burges Tournament Times TBA
26/27 (Fri.-Sat.) - at Odessa Invitational Times TBA

5/6 (Fri.-Sat.) - at Ft. Stockton Tournament Times TBA
19/20 (Fri.-Sat.) - Pecos Tournament Times TBA
26/27 (Fri.-Sat.) - at Monahans Tournament Times TBA

6 (Tue.) - at Odessa High 4
9/10 (Fri.-Sat.) - at Fort Stockton Tournament Times
16/17 (Fri.-Sat.) District 2-4A Tournament at Clint 9
23/24 (Fri.-Sat.) Region I-4A Tournament at San Angelo 8

Golden Gloves set for Feb. 12-14

PECOS, Jan. 21 -- Pecos will again be hosting the regional
Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament, scheduled this year for
Feb. 12-14 at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Boxers from across West Texas will compete in the three-day
event, with Open Division winners advancing to the state
finals in Fort Worth. The tournament will begin nightly at 7
p.m. and tickets will be $5 for adults, and $2 for students.

For further information, contact the Pecos Chamber of
Commerce, 111 S. Cedar St., Pecos, Tx., 79772, call
915-445-2406, or e-mail the chamber at

Trades, signings set as NBA lockout ends

AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK, Jan. 21 -- Get ready for the busiest day in NBA

Tons of trades are waiting be made, nearly 200 free agents
are ready to start signing and training camps are opening.

It ``will be the craziest day in the history of the
league,'' agent Keith Glass said, ``and I'm looking forward
to it.''

He's not the only one.

After 204 days, hundreds of millions of dollars in losses
and countless fits, starts, fights and snags, the NBA
lockout finally came to an official end Wednesday.

Six and a half months of pent-up business was to be
conducted at 2 p.m. EST today, with the floodgates opening
on what should be well over 100 transactions. The schedule
comes out at 5 p.m.

``It's a great feeling,'' commissioner David Stern said
after he and union president Patrick Ewing signed the nearly
300-page collective bargaining agreement. ``It was an
incredible relief.''

The day began with the biggest unanswered free agent
question being the future of Tom Gugliotta.

The Phoenix Suns made a last-ditch effort to woo him to the
desert after their own prized free agent, Antonio McDyess,
decided to take less money to play for the Denver Nuggets.

Phoenix can make moves to get about $8 million under the
salary cap. That would mean the Suns could not offer
Gugliotta the maximum $9 million. The Timberwolves, by
comparison, can offer him the maximum with 12½ percent
raises -- a total of $86.2 million over seven years -- and
then possibly trade him to another team.

Or, Gugliotta could choose simply to stay in Minnesota.

That answer, and so many others about who will play where,
what the schedule will look like and whether the fans will
return, will be answered soon.

McDyess decided early Wednesday evening to return to the
Nuggets, the team he played for in his first two NBA

``It was a real close call,'' said McDyess' agent, James
Bryant. ``It came down to a question of do you want to
inherit a contender or do you want to build one? Phoenix is
a great franchise, but Denver is doing a lot of exciting
things that haven't come out yet.''

Rod Strickland was wondering whether the Washington Wizards
would improve their offer of $30 million guaranteed for
three years, with two additional non-guaranteed years. The
Wizards issued a take-it or leave-it deadline of midnight

Strickland's agent, David Falk, was trying to engineer a
sign-and-trade deal, while also contemplating whether to
advise Strickland to sign a one-year deal with another team
and then re-enter the free-agent market next summer.

Dennis Rodman, meanwhile, said he will not retire.

``OK, so here's the deal,'' Rodman wrote in a message posted
on his Web site. ``I've had some long discussions with the
people I love, the ones whose opinions matter most to me,
and I've decided not to retire after all.''

Saying he has would like to play in Chicago, Los Angeles,
New York or overseas, Rodman also wrote: ``There's one thing
I have always told my fans I would do in my last game that I
still haven't done. I'm sure you know what it is, but I
still have to come back for at least one more game so that I
can get buck naked on the court.''

Other players and their agents worked feverishly to finalize
deals. Among the tentative agreements:

-- Christian Laettner heading to the Detroit Pistons in a
sign-and-trade deal sending Charles O'Bannon and Scot
Pollard to Atlanta.

-- Damon Stoudamire agreed to re-sign with Portland for $81

-- Dell Curry, the last of the original Hornets, was
considering Portland or Milwaukee.

-- Atlanta and its free-agent forward, Alan Henderson, were
far apart on money.

-- Rick Fox agreed to take the $1.75 million exception from
the Lakers.

-- The Knicks reportedly reached agreements with their two
free agents, Charlie Ward and Chris Dudley.

-- Olden Polynice was deciding between the SuperSonics and

-- Derek Harper was joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

-- Billy Owens was signing with Seattle.

-- Jud Buechler was set to sign with Detroit.

-- Michael Stewart was close to signing with Boston.

-- Jerome Kersey was headed to San Antonio.

-- Sam Perkins was ready to sign with Indiana.

-- Eric Murdock was joining New Jersey.

-- Rap impresario Master P, recently of the CBA's Fort Wayne
Fury, was reportedly reporting to Hornets training camp.

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