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Monday, December 27, 1999

Pecos boys resume play at Stockton

PECOS, Dec. 27, 1999 -- The Christmas break ends relatively quickly for the Pecos Eagle boys' basketball team this season, when they resume play Tuesday afternoon with games in Fort Stockton against the Panthers.

The Eagles face the Panthers in freshman, junior varsity and varsity games on Tuesday at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. It's the first meeting of the season for the two teams and the first of three trips this week for the varsity to Fort Stockton. They'll play in the Panthers' holiday tournament on Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

The Eagles remained winless on the season after last Tuesday's 81-56 loss at Monahans. Most of the Loboes' margin came from a 10-0 run to close out the first half and a 15-7 run to start the third period, turning a 29-25 advantage into a 54-32 margin.

Hector Rodriguez led Pecos with 18 points, almost all of that from inside or the foul line, but the Eagles gave the Loboes too many second-chance baskets in the game, and will face the same problem Tuesday with the Panthers' Luke Groth.

The 6-foot-6 senior led Fort Stockton to three narrow wins over the Eagles last season, and was named to the all-tournament team in Monahans two weeks ago, when the Panthers won the consolation title. He scored 21 points in a 48-45 opening round loss to Pecos' District 2-4A rival, El Paso Mountain View, then put in 23 in a 63-34 win over Alpine.

The Panthers' other post, Nathan Sawyer, had 17 in their 48-46 consolation win over El Paso Austin. Pecos lost to Alpine and Austin in consolation play at Monahans.

The Eagles and Panthers could meet again later this week, in the second round of the Fort Stockton New Year's Tournament. Pecos opens with a 4:30 p.m. game against Kermit New Year's Eve, and will face either the Panthers or McCamey late New Year's Day morning.

Pecos' girls are off until Thursday, when they travel to Sweetwater. The girls also are looking for their first win of the 1999-2000 season.

Cowboys get late Christmas present

IRVING, Texas, Dec. 27, 1999 (AP) - Despite a 7-8 record after Friday's loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Dallas Cowboys can clinch a playoff berth with a win in their final regular-season game Sunday against the New York Giants.

The Washington Redskins, who had already secured a playoff position, clinched the NFC East title with a 26-20 overtime victory Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

A win over the Giants would give the Cowboys a wild card berth in the playoffs because they would have a better conference record than Green Bay and Carolina, regardless of the outcomes of their games.

Dallas coach Chan Gailey said after Friday's 31-24 loss to the Saints that he had little hope his team would make the playoffs.

"There may be a miraculous way but I don't think so. If that's the case, that'd be great, but at this point I'm thinking we won't," Gailey said. "You deserve to go if you have the record to go. You don't deserve to go if you don't have the record to go. We go by the rules, we don't make them. I'd love to have a shot."

Three other teams - Carolina, Green Bay and the New York Giants - also have 7-8 records and shots at the remaining wild card slot.

If the Cowboys beat the Giants, Carolina beats New Orleans and Green Bay beats Arizona, the three teams will end up tied with overall records of 8-8.

The Cowboys would then go to the playoffs because they would have the best conference record at 7-5. The other two teams would end up with NFC records of 6-6.

If the Cowboys and Packers both win Sunday and Carolina loses, the Cowboys still would go to the playoffs because the Cowboys beat the Packers this season.

If the Cowboys and Panthers win and Green Bay loses, the Cowboys still go. The Cowboys and Panthers did not face each other this season.

Minnesota clinched a playoff berth with their 34-17 win over the New York Giants, while Washington won the NFC East title by beating San Francisco in overtime. Detroit also made the playoffs thanks to Minnesota's win, despite their 17-7 loss to Denver on Christmas Day.

Tampa Bay is headed for the playoffs, too, joining previous qualifiers Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee and St. Louis.

As for the rest of the 12 postseason berths, well, don't ask.

But since you did:

-Buffalo, Miami, Seattle and Kansas City are battling for three spots in the AFC.

At the top of the AFC, the Colts improved to 13-2 Sunday and assured the biggest turnaround in NFL history - they were 3-13 last season - by edging Cleveland 29-28. That also tied AFC East champion Indianapolis with Jacksonville for the conference's best record with one week to go.

The Jaguars had their 11-game winning streak snapped with their second loss this season to Tennessee. The Titans (12-3) got five touchdown passes from Steve McNair in a 41-14 victory. They would win the Central if they beat Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati takes Jacksonville next Sunday.

In the West, Seattle ended a four-game skid with a 23-14 home victory against Kansas City, which had won four in a row. They are tied atop the division at 9-6, but the Seahawks win the crown if they beat the Jets in a road finale. Kansas City is home for Oakland.

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