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Friday, August 6, 1999

Tennis team awaiting full squad

PECOS, Aug. 6, 1999 -- Practice got off to a slow start for the Pecos Eagles' tennis team this week, as coach Bernadette Ornelas said a number of her players haven not yet gotten to start workouts for the 1999 fall season.

"I've got some in tennis camp, some in band and some are still out of town," said Ornelas, who plans to hold practice next week from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. "Some are working, and some are going to be in other school activates we'll have to work around."

Pecos won the District 2-4A team title last season, but graduated almost all of their boys team. "We're planning on coming back and repeating as district champions, but for that to happen we're going to have to work harder. Last year we had a solid upper-class team. This year we're evenly spread out through the grades."

Ornelas said right now she's expects seven boys and 10 girls to participate in the fall tennis season.

With only Clint, Mountain View and Fabens participating in tennis, the Eagles' fall schedule will have non-district matches through the end of September. They open play at Odessa High on Aug. 21 and have tournaments at Fort Stockton and El Paso on the weekends of Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 10-11 before playing their home opener against Fort Stockton on Sept. 14.

District play opens against last year's 2-4A runner-up, Clint, on Oct. 2 at San Elizario. Pecos hosts Mountain View and goes to Fabens the following two weekends, and heads back to the El Paso area on Oct. 22-23 for the District 2-4A tournament.

McGwire gets 500th HR, Gwynn  2999th hit


AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 6, 1999 Mark McGwire needed one homer and got two to finish the night with 501 homers. Tony Gwynn needed two hits and got one, leaving him with 2,999 hits.

McGwire reached the 500 plateau with fewer at-bats than anyone in baseball history, then hit No. 501 off the left-field scoreboard Thursday night in a 10-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

"He's incredible," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's like he's allergic to a base hit, too. I mean, the ball's leaving the park every time he hits it."

McGwire made it to 500 in 5,487 at-bats, obliterating Babe Ruth's record of 5,801. The others in the top five are Harmon Killebrew (6,671), Jimmie Foxx (7,074) and Mickey Mantle (7,300).

"I'm well aware of the names," McGwire said. "It's sort of odd to have your name with that group because I feel like I have a few years to play. I'm not done playing."

While McGwire became the 16th member of the 500-homer club, Gwynn fell just short of becoming the 22nd player to reach 3,000 hits. Gwynn got No. 2,999 a two-run double in the ninth inning and went 1-for-4 with a walk as a sellout crowd just missed a double dose of history.

"I gave it a good run," Gwynn said. "I'll move on to the next stop, and hopefully I can get it there tomorrow."

The Padres begin a four-game series at Montreal tonight.

Never before have two players had a chance to reach such lofty milestones in the same game.

"The people of all America got to see what they wanted to see and plus one," said Padres right-hander Andy Ashby, who gave up both homers. "It would have been nice if Tony would have gotten his 3,000th, but we'll have to wait another day for that, or whenever it comes."

A crowd of 45,106, some of whom paid $150 to scalpers for a $7 standing room ticket, came away happy. After just missing in his first at-bat with a drive to the center-field wall, McGwire hit a hanging breaking ball an estimated 451 feet to straightaway center in the third, then blasted a 479-foot shot off the scoreboard in left-center in the eighth.

"I've exceeded everything I expected of myself," McGwire said after the game. "Growing up as a kid, you don't think about things like that. At least I didn't. You just think about playing ball in your yard."

McGwire's fifth multihomer game of the season and the 58th of his career came in the same ballpark where he broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old homer record last Sept. 8 when he hit No. 62. McGwire went on to finish with 70, ahead of Sosa's 66 in a duel that captivated the nation.

McGwire remains a bit off last year's pace, even after hitting 17 homers in 21 games, but he's catching up in a hurry.

Cowboys lose receiver during scrimmage

WICHITA FALLS, Aug. 6, 1999 (AP) The Dallas Cowboys' Blue-White scrimmage should've been called the black-and-blue game.

Dallas' lengthy injury list got even longer during Thursday night's intrasquad workout, with receiver James McKnight going down the hardest.

An MRI was scheduled to determine how badly McKnight hurt his left knee, but it appeared to be serious.

"It probably doesn't look real good," coach Chan Gailey said.

McKnight, acquired from Seattle in June, was hurt during one of the first plays of a goal-line drill early in the first full-contract action of training camp. He slumped onto the artificial turf of Memorial Stadium without being hit and immediately clutched the knee.

The injuries kept coming for the receiving corps.

Michael Irvin missed a few plays after getting smacked in the face, Jeff Ogden landed hard on his tailbone, Jason Tucker got poked in the eye and Wane McGarity needed stitches to close a gash on his chin.

The unit already was down a man because Raghib Ismail has a slightly separated left shoulder.

Ogden, who appeared to be shaken up pretty badly, was listed as day-to-day. McGarity was to be X-rayed to see whether he may have cracked his jaw.

"It was a tough night for receivers, a tough night for a couple of places really," Gailey said.

The secondary, already reeling because of Deion Sanders' toe injury, had cornerback Kevin Mathis leave with a bruised back, and safety George Teague was knocked woozy. Cornerback Kevin Smith was held out with a nagging back problem.

Gailey said Mathis was benched as a precaution.

"It doesn't sound really bad," he said.

The offensive line, the most injury-rattled group thus far in camp, had some more tense moments as starting left tackle Flozell Adams went out with a strained muscle and Jeremy Akers hurt his back.

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