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Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Eagles' cagers in Crane for doubleheader

PECOS, Nov. 30, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles basketball teams will both be hitting the road today, instead of staying at home, and both will be hoping to pick up their first victories of the season tonight in Crane against the Golden Cranes.

The boys, who at first weren't scheduled to play at all tonight, then were set to host Crane, will try for their first win in four starts when they face the Golden Cranes starting at 7:30 p.m. The girls, who were supposed to play in Crane at 7:30 p.m., will start their varsity match-up at 6 p.m. instead, with the junior varsity playing at 7:30 p.m. in Crane's old gym, following the boys' JV match-up.

Both freshmen teams will also play in Crane today, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Along with seeking their first victories, both Eagle teams will be trying to improve on their shooting from Saturday's game. The boys shot just 28 percent in their 100-33 loss to Odessa High, while Pecos' girls hit only 11 percent of their shots in falling to Andrews, 77-28.

Coach Tino Acosta said that because the Cranes are still involved in the Class 3A football playoffs, "Their best players are still in football." However, he added that even with a shorthanded lineup, Crane beat McCamey in their only game so far this season.

Pecos has lost to Odessa High twice and to Monahans, while the girls have suffered all four of their losses at home, to Alpine, Stanton, Fort Stockton and Andrews.

"Our field goal percentage is way down. We need to start shooting better from the outside," said coach Brian Williams. None of the Eagle players is shooting better than 35 percent from the field through the first two weeks of the season.

Unlike the boys, Crane's girls have played a regular schedule, winning three of their first four games, including a 70-51 win over Iraan last week.

Rose threatens lawsuit to gain reinstatement

AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 1999 - Pushing baseball to end his lifetime ban, Pete Rose is launching an Internet petition and might sue the sport to get the ban lifted.

"You can't keep a guy from making a living," he said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. "It's not the American way."

Following an investigation of his gambling, baseball's career hits leader agreed in August 1989 to a lifetime ban from the sport. He applied for reinstatement in September 1997, and while commissioner Bud Selig has said several times that he has seen no evidence that would make him change the ban, he hasn't formally responded to Rose.

"If you find in your heart you didn't want to give me reinstatement, just write back and say, `No,"' Rose said. "I know he has stationery. I know the mail is delivered in Milwaukee."

In an interview with Bryant Gumbel on CBS' The Early Show today, Rose said he believes Selig would change his mind once he hears Rose's case.

"This is the beginning," Rose said. "It's dialogue. I think when we show him what what we show him, he may have a change of heart."

Rose will get a chance to make his case early next year when his lawyer Roger Makley meets with Bob Dupuy, baseball's executive vice president for administration. According to a report today in USA Today, Dupuy will then review Rose's case and decide the next step, possibly leading to a meeting with Selig.

Rose claimed baseball's lawyers "blackmailed" witnesses against him during its investigation 10 years ago. When pressed for details Monday, he referred comment to Makley. Those who led the investigation at the time, Fay Vincent and John Dowd, denied Rose's accusation.

Rose was in New York for today's launch of, which through Jan. 15 will contain a fan petition calling for Rose's admission to the Hall of Fame. As long as he's banned from baseball for life, Rose is ineligible for the Hall.

"One thing you have to understand is we're not looking for a fight," Rose said. "If that has to be an option, that will be an option. That's a last resort. I don't need it. The game doesn't need it."

While baseball's rules allowed Rose to apply to reinstatement after one year, he's waited eight. He didn't want to apply while Vincent was commissioner - Vincent headed the Rose investigation as deputy to commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti and hired Dowd, who compiled the report on Rose's gambling.

"Fay Vincent wasn't going to give me a chance," Rose said. "I have no respect for John Dowd. He didn't do an impartial investigation. We're sick and tired of him going on the air and talking about all this evidence he has."

Rose also is angry Dowd put his report on the Internet.

"How much is he making on the Dowd report?" Rose said. "If I died tomorrow, we wouldn't hear about John Dowd again until the day he died."

"We did it to educate the public, and we did it solely at the firm's expense," Dowd said. "We never charged anyone a dime."

The document Rose signed says, "Nothing in this agreement shall be deemed either an admission or a denial by Peter Edward Rose of the allegation that he bet on any major league baseball game" but it also says, "Peter Edward Rose acknowledges that the commissioner has a factual basis to impose the penalty provided herein, and hereby accepts the penalty imposed on him by the commissioner and agrees not to challenge that penalty in court or otherwise."

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