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Laredo Morning Times                                                                                                                                                         Thursday, August 5, 2004

Elizalde wins gold; ups medal count to seven
BY PATRICK HEARN                                                                                            senior Danilea Fuentes (17-18) won the fifth         Michelle Griedl for the 3200 meter relay.
Special to the Times                                  AAU Junior Olympics                                   place medal in the women’s 2000 meter                 In other action on Wednesday, Alexander’s
                                                                                                            steeplechase with a time of 8:21. Fuentes            Robert Canizales (15-16) placed tenth in the
  DES MOINES, Iowa – Roel Elizalde won                  After taking the lead in the race at the 200        and Elizalde will both have another medal            2000 meter steeplechase.
Club Olympia’s first gold medal of the 38th           meter mark, and stretching it to as much as           opportunity on Saturday when they compete             Club Olympia Coach Alex De Luna, speaking
AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines,               50 meters, Elizalde held off a late challenge         in the 3000 meter run.                               about Wednesday’s results commented, “I’m
Iowa on Wednesday. Elizalde, running in the           from Jarvis Jalen of Sioux Falls, Idaho who             In the finals of the 800 meter run, Kathryn        very pleased with Roel’s gold medal perform-
17-18 age group, finished first in the steeple-       closed the gap and won silver with a time of          Hearn (17-18) captured the 4th place medal           ance, and predict it will not be the only gold for
chase competition with a time of 6:20.48.             6:22.15. The Alexander High School senior             and Jennifer Griedl (17-18) picked up hard-          Club Olympia at this year’s competition.
  The steeplechase is a race of 2000 meters           adds the gold medal to the bronze medal he            ware for 7th place to add Club Olympia’s third       Danilea, Kathryn and Jennifer also ran well in
with 5 barriers that must be jumped on each           won in the steeplechase at the 2003 Junior            and fourth medals of the day. Hearn completed        their respective events, and Robert just missed
lap, including one barrier with a water pit on        Olympics in Detroit, Michigan.                        the event in 2:19.54 and Griedl in 2:20.67.          a medal by 5 ½ seconds. I’m proud of them all.”
the landing side. The competitors may either            In addition to Elizalde’s gold on                   Kathryn gets another medal opportunity on             Competition at this year’s competition
hurdle the barrier, or place a foot on it to assist   Wednesday, Club Olympia added three addi-             Thursday when she and twin sister Frances            wraps up on Saturday. Complete results for
in getting over. The length of the water pit is       tional medals, bringing the club’s medal              run the 1500 meter, and then a third chance on       the Junior Olympic competition may be
such that not landing in the water is unlikely.       count for the 2004 games to seven. Nixon              Friday when she and Frances join Jennifer and        found online at

Bucks sign forward Agarunov                                                                                                                    Ex-Spur Gervin to speak
Special to the Times
                                    in a higher league.”
                                     Agarunov, 6’1 190-pounds,
                                                                         “It is a great opportunity,
                                                                        especially     in    Laredo,
                                                                                                                                               at TAMIU sports auction
                                    began his Major Junior              Agarunov said. “I am excited                                           Special to the Times
 The 2004 CHL President’s           career with the Seattle             to start my pro career.”
Cup Champion Laredo                 Thunderbirds of the Western          While      in     Kootenay,                                             A basketball icon will visit Laredo next week. San Antonio Spur
Bucks announced today that          Hockey League during the            Agarunov teamed with cur-                                              legend and Basketball Hall of Famer George “Iceman” Gervin will
they have signed forward            1999-2000 season. Prior to          rent     Bucks     teammate                                            serve as guest speaker at the third annual Texas A&M
Igor Agarunov to a contract         the 2001-02 campaign he             Steven Makway on the Ice                                               International University Sports Memorabilia Auction, which will be
for the upcoming 2004-05            was traded to the Kootenay          Memorial Cup title team.                                               held on Tuesday, August 10 at the TAMIU Student Center
CHL season.                         Ice, where he helped the             “I played with him for two                                            Ballroom on campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
 The Bucks are currently            team capture the Memorial           years      in     Kootenay,”                                             The evening will include live and silent auctions of unique
taking deposits for new sea-        Cup that season.                    Agarunov said. “He is a real                                           sports collectibles, a presentation by the Iceman, food from
son tickets. For more infor-         The Memorial Cup is the            big defenseman who is                                                  local restaurants and bar service (two comp drinks per paid
                                                                                                            IGOR AGARUNOV
mation     call   (956)-718-        championship of Canadian            smart. A stay at home play-                                            admission). Laredo Bucks head coach and general manager
                                                                                                            Buck forward
BUCKS (2825) or log onto            Major Junior hockey and is          er. I am excited to go to a                                            Terry Ruskowski will serve as guest auctioneer.                determined by a post-sea-           team with a buddy already             n    Defenseman-Steven             Local restaurants committed to provide food for the evening
 He has good size and is a          son tournament that match-          on it.”                             Makway                             are Frulati Cafe & Bakery, Coyote Creek Grill & Cantina,
strong    player,”    Laredo        es the champions of the              In his last two years with           n       Defenseman-Oriel         Johnny Carino’s Country Italian, Marble Slab Creamery,
Bucks head coach Terry              Ontario Hockey League,              the Ice, the native of Delta,       McHugh                             Mariachi Express, New York New York Sushi Bar & Grill, Red
Ruskowski said. “In every           Quebec       Major    Junior        British Columbia, posted a            Hiebert is the only signee       Lobster and Olive Garden.
aspect of the game he does          Hockey       League     and         career high 12 goals and 20         Ruskowski has inked so far           Individual admission is $50 and a group of 10 will be admit-
a good job. He is very eager        Western Hockey League in            assists each year.                  from the Bucks 2003-2004           ted for $450. Children under 13 will be admitted free with an
and is clearly talented.            a round robin format.                The Bucks currently have           championship team.                 adult paid admission and reservation.
When you play six years in           During the Ice champi-             signed:                               A few of last year’s players       For reservations call the TAMIU Athletics Department at
Major Junior hockey you             onship run he had four               n Forward-James Hiebert            who have signed with other         326-2891 during normal business hours.
have talent. Igor has a great       goals in 22 games, includ-           n Forward-Igor Agarunov            teams       include     Steve        Live auction items include: Amado Pena framed print, Roger
attitude. He is a kid that          ing a goal in the champi-            n       Defenseman-David           Weidlich, Serge Dube, Chris        Staubach autographed jersey, George Gervin autographed
wants to get better and play        onship game.                        Keough                              Grenville and Patrik Nilson.       (See *TAMIU Page 2B)

                                    Cowboys cut starting QB
                                    Carter but don’t say why
                                    BY STEPHEN HAWKINS                  was based on non-football           life know is that cocaine has
                                    AP Sports Writer                    issues.                             never been an issue for me. It
                                                                          “I think that we should leave     never will be. And it’s disturb-
                                     OXNARD, Calif. — In a              it at it just was not a difficult   ing that a rumor like that
                                    stunning move the team              decision, and not get into a        would come out. ... That
                                    wouldn’t explain, the Dallas        definition of what it was           cocaine rumor is ridiculous.”
                                    Cowboys cut Quincy Carter           about,” Jones said.                   Parcells said just this week
                                    on Wednesday and handed     ,           that Carter had “a leg up” at
                                    the starting quarterback’s job      and, all          quarterback. After the first
JOHN ELWAY                          to     40-year-old         Vinny    citing      unidentified   NFL      camp workout Saturday,
First-ballot entry                  Testaverde.                         sources, reported that Carter       Carter said he was confident
                                     Just four days after he start-     had failed a drug test. The         of remaining the starter and
                                    ed camp as the No. 1 quar-          NFL had no comment.                 didn’t consider himself in an
Elway                               terback, Carter was suddenly
                                    gone from a team he led to
                                    10 wins and back to the play-
                                                                          Carter’s agent, Eugene
                                                                        Parker, did not return calls
                                                                        seeking comment. The quar-
                                                                                                            open competition for the job.
                                                                                                              The coach wouldn’t say why
                                                                                                            there was such a drastic

headed                              offs in Bill Parcells’ first sea-
                                     Owner Jerry Jones and
                                                                        terback left camp wearing a
                                                                        grey       hooded      Cowboys
                                                                        sweatshirt soon after being
                                                                                                            change in direction.
                                                                                                              “I just couldn’t keep him in
                                                                                                            the plans,” Parcells said. “I’m                                                                 AP Photo
                                    Parcells were vague about           informed of the decision by         saddened by this because

to Hall
                                                                                                                                               GONE: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter drops back to
                                    why they released Carter,           Parcells and Jones, and             I’ve got 18 months invested        pass during afternoon workouts at training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 3
                                    who started every game in           wasn’t available.                   in it ... two offseason pro-       in Oxnard, Calif. Carter, last year’s starter was cut by the Cowboys.
                                    2003 and was the opening-             In a story posted on the          grams and a regular season
BY JOHN MARSHALL                    game starter each of his            Dallas Morning News Web             and a playoff game.”               highest totals in the league.        Parcells said Testaverde,
AP Sports Writer                    three years.                        site Wednesday night, Carter          Asked why the decision            Testaverde reunited with           who has 40,943 career yards
                                     “We’ve made a decision to          said he was stunned by the          wasn’t made earlier, Parcells      Parcells this summer hoping         passing, would start when the
  DENVER — Whether he               move in a different direction,”     team’s decision and denied a        said, “We only make deci-          for a chance to start again.        Cowboys play their season
was tossing the ball under-         Jones said. “We’re not going        report on that        sions based on the informa-        The Cowboys also traded for         opener Sept. 12 at Minnesota.
hand, diving for a first down       to get in a lot of detail on the    cocaine was involved.               tion we have.”                     Drew Henson, a top prospect         The coach plans to spend as
or driving the length of the        process.”                             “I’m shocked. I’m at a loss         The Cowboys went 10-6            out of Michigan who spent           much time in camp as possi-
field in the closing seconds,
                                     Jones wouldn’t specifically        for words,” Carter told the         last season when Carter            the past three years playing        ble getting Henson and sec-
John Elway was going to
                                    answer questions about              newspaper. “The one thing I         threw for 3,302 yards and 17       baseball in the New York            ond-year quarterback Tony
find a way to win.
                                    reports that Carter failed a        know and the people who             touchdowns. But he had 21          Yankees’ minor league sys-          Romo ready to play.
  No matter the score, if there
was time on the clock and           drug test or say if the move        have been around me all my          interceptions, one of the          tem.                                (See *COWBOYS Page 2B)
Elway had the ball, the out-
come was still in question.
  So when it came to getting
into the Pro Football Hall of
Fame, there was no doubt:
                                    United States escapes being upset by Germany 80-77
Elway was a first-ballot entry
all the way. The King of            BY ROY KAMMERER                                                         Carmelo Anthony with 16            the largest margin of defeat        lead early, never leading by
Comebacks will be inducted          Associated Press Writer             Olympic hoops                       and Iverson with 15. But the       for an NBA-stocked U.S.             more than five points, until
Sunday in Canton, Ohio,                                                                                     United States again strug-         team.                               Nowitzki’s six straight points
along with Barry Sanders,             COLOGNE, Germany —                won an NBA championship.            gled against a team thought         “We made a lot of improve-         on jumpers lifted the
Carl Eller and Bob Brown.           Things are not looking good         When Iverson’s second 3-            to be no competition.              ments over the game last            Germans to a 59-56 lead with
  “I think the bottom line is I’d   for the NBA stars on the U.S.       pointer in the final 1½ minutes       The Germans’ top player,         night, but we have a long           2:40 left in the third quarter.
just like to be remembered          Olympic basketball team.            went through the net, two-          Dallas Mavericks All-Star          ways to go,” U.S. coach               The Americans showed
as someone who was com-               The Americans needed a            time league MVP Tim Duncan          Dirk Nowitzki, appeared to         Larry Brown said.                   more intensity and better
petitive, never gave up, that       final-shot 3-pointer by Allen       raised a finger to the sky as if    have sent the game to over-         One of Iverson’s other four 3-     defense from the start than
as long as there was time           Iverson from just across mid-       to say, “We’re No. 1!” Other        time by making a 3-pointer         pointers came with 1:18 left,       against Italy.
on the clock you’re going to        court Wednesday to pull out         team members piled atop             over two defenders to tie the      staking the Americans to a 75-        Iverson set the tone in the
get 100 percent of what he          an 80-77 exhibition victory         Iverson on the court.               score at 77 with 3.2 seconds       72 lead. Nowitzki cut that          opening minutes, hounding
had,” Elway said.                   over Germany — a team that            “That was great. It felt good     left. Nowitzki scored a game-      deficit to 75-74 with two free      German point guard Steffen
  “It wasn’t always pretty, but     failed to even qualify for the      because it was the first time       high 32 points.                    throws with 35 seconds to go.       Hamann until jarring the ball
we were able to get the job         Athens Games.                       in my life I hit a buzzer beat-       But Iverson, a U.S. co-cap-       Anthony,      the     Denver       loose and finishing a fast-
done.”                                A day after losing 95-78 to       er like that,” Iverson said.        tain, came through with his        Nuggets’ star rookie, made          break with a layup.
  The first pick of the great       unheralded Italy, the U.S.          “That’s what basketball is all      own clutch shot, one day           two foul shots to make it 77-         “It’s my job to set an exam-
quarterback draft of 1983 —         players celebrated their last-      about.”                             after calling the upset rout       74, setting up the final long-      ple on defense and then the
Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Todd         gasp      triumph     against         Duncan led the Americans          against Italy “a wakeup call.”     distance drama.                     others will follow,” the 76ers
(See *ELWAY Page 3B)                Germany as though they had          with 19 points, followed by         That 17-point difference was        The Americans held a slim          guard said.