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Scoreboard, B-2 Business, B-7 Friday July 15, 1994 Mawae hits contract snag "Meetings started this morning, practice started at 1 o'clock, and I'm not there. I'm disappointed by it. I'm the kind of guy who wants to get to camp on time and Please see SNAG, B-2 i i Aces victim of rain Thursday night's Texas-Louisiana League baseball game between Alexandria and Amarillo was rained out, and the Aces are scheduled to open a three-game series against San Antonio at Bringhurst Field tonight. No makeup date has formally been scheduled though it may be made up Monday night, a league spokesman said. Persons holding Cenla Civitan tickets and Central Louisiana Rehab tickets will be able to use their tickets for tonight's 7:05 p.m.

game. People holding any other tickets for Thursday night's game need to bring their tickets to the Aces' main ticket office between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to redeem them for any other regular season home game. Alan Newman, 4-1 with a 3.99 ERA, will start on the mound for Alexandria. The series with the Tejanos will be the last in the first half of the season.

Aces coach Art Visconte said the team should be "back to maybe 90 percent" by Saturday, when starting left fielder Jay Andrews returns from a 5-game suspension. Andrews, said Visconte, was suspended for "over-reacting and blowing his top" after an umpire's strike call during a road game earlier in the season. "He was in the wrong and he knows it," Visconte said. "He won't be doing that again." Second baseman Marvin Cole, however, continues to be bothered by a pulled hamstring. His status remains uncertain.

In Cole's absence, Joe Ronca, the regular third baseman, was moved to second, and Kyle Shade, the regular first baseman, went to third. Jim Poyner, normally the backup catcher, was playing first Wednesday. By Michael A. Lough Staff reporter Kevin Mawae's entrance into the NFL has been stymied by contract problems. "I was supposed to report yesterday and I'm not there," Mawae said Thursday from the great Northwest, where the third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks from LSU now resides.

"I'm unsigned." And not too happy about it. "I guess you could say I'm holding out, but I don't like that term," he said. "The one reason because I'm not in camp now is, I guess, the inability of the Seahawks on their part to cooperate." Mawae, a former LSU and Leesville High standout, and agent Mark Bartlestein of Chicago have had problems even getting to the negotiating table. Talks were initially postponed, Mawae said, because Chuck Allen, the team's player personnel director, was out of town. Then, Mawae said, Seahawks owner Ken Behring wanted to enter into the negotiations, but he was out of town for a few more days.

Once Allen and Behring had returned to town and received Mawae's proposal, they didn't call back for two days, said Mawae, LSU's center last fall. "And we'll call and they'll say they have only five minutes to talk because of another appointment," Mawae said. "It's like they're trying to do it quickly over the phone." Mawae is interested in a four-year pact; the Seahawks want three years. Mawae said the Seahawks' latest financial offer was about 60 percent lower than what he sought. Yet, he remains optimistic.

"It's not like it's an unfriendly negotiation, or a war or anything," he said. "I'm just sitting here waiting. I hope we get it done by the end of tomorrow, or Monday. the clouds and a cold rain was carried on biting gusts off the Firth of Clyde. It was truly a round of almost two completely different courses with the wind and against it and almost two completely different days before the wind and rain rolled in and after.

That combination conspired to produce a bizarre leaderboard. One stroke behind Turner was Jonathan Lomas of England with a 66 and two back was Andrew Magee at 67. For the 44-year-old Watson, who teed off at 7:30 a.m., it was a flashback to 1977 when he won at Turnberry in a classic duel with Jack Nicklaus. "That's the same score I shot in Associated Press John Daly watches his ball after teeing off on the first hole in the British Open Thursday morning. Turner leads British Open Torotno Blue Jays? Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Joe Carter wore an eye-catching uniform top for Thursday night's game against the Texas Rangers.

Carter's uniform spelled "Torotno" due to a mistake by the manufacturer, Wilson Sporting Goods. Carter was unable to use his primary road uniform because it contained a patch from Tuesday's All-Star game. Associated Press Inside BOXING: Promoter Don King (above) was indicted for insurance fraud. B-3 '77 in the first round," said Watson, whose only bogey was a three-putt on No. 6.

"I'm having fun playing golf right now. Sixty-eight is right on track to win the tournament." If he does, it would be his sixth British Open championship but his first major title since winning the British Open in 1983 and his first victory of any kind since 1987. "I'm not giving up hope, that's for sure," Watson said. Daly, who had a 1 p.m. tee time, saw the weather at its worst, but just overpowered it.

"The wind favors the long hitters," he said. "I don't even have to think twice. I just hit my Please see OPEN, B-2 TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Tom Watson and John Daly, two very different golfers, played two very different golf courses in Thursday's first round of the British Open. And it came out the same for them. Both played the Ailsa Course at Turnberry and both shot 2-under-par 68s, three strokes behind leader Gregory Turner of New Zealand.

But Watson, precise and methodical, was among those lucky enough to play early in the day, getting some sun, little wind by Scottish standards and no rain. By afternoon, when the free-swinging Daly teed of, all 1,100 feet of the Ailsa Craig was lost in TTOfflE SQfflflT SMJI Even if you Over don't need a Suit you won't want to miss this Super Sale! 500 Famous Brand, Current Fashion Year-Round Suits Values 1 72 I as. -mm- I PRICE When CaplanIB Has a DED a SALE! First In Fashion Since 1891 Alexandria Mall 10am-9pm, Sundays.

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