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July 17, 1990

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Crews are still trying to ready the Albuquerque Dukes home field for play following a Saturday flood that broke through the right-center field wall and inundated the outfield.

The game with the Calgary Cannons was canceled Monday, and tonight’s game may also be down the drain, field crews reported.

″We can’t take a chance of playing until the field is ready,″ said state Rep. Henry ″Kiki″ Saavedra, who works as a recreation assistant when the Legislature is not in session.

″Nothing like this has ever happened to the stadium in 20 years,″ said city parks director Mike Walker, Saavedra’s boss.

Max Flatow, who designed the stadium, said the flood should never have happened. He said it was built in 1969 to withstand a major flood, but that subsequent construction of apartments and a parking lot behind the stadium created a slope toward the facility.

″All it would have taken was a simple curb and gutter drainage system, but it was overlooked,″ Flatow said.

Walker said sod needs to be replaced, but there probably won’t be an opportunity to do it until after the season ends.


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) - After succumbing to the elements, Puerto Rico defeated Canada 97-91 in an American Zone Junior Men’s Basketball Tournament game postponed by rain on Sunday and played in 40-degree temperatures on Monday.

Puerto Rico led 17-9 on Sunday when the roof of the Cylindro Municipal Stadium began to leak about six minutes into the contest. The building’s drainage system could not handle the runoff from a torrential rainstorm.

The building underwent a $3 million rebnovation in 1988 but a new drainage system was not installed and water collects on the concave stadium roof.

After a 22-hour delay, the teams resumed Monday with the temperature inside the arena at 41.

Despite the chill, Puerto Rico came out hot, extending its lead to 43-24.

Canada finally warmed up, closing to 53-40 at halftime. The Canadians got within four points three times in the second half, but could get no closer.

John Cotte had 25 points and 10 assists for Puerto Rico. Keith Vassell had 25 points and eight rebounds for Canada.


MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - Designated hitter Prospero Gonzales drove in four runs with a double, triple and home run Monday night to lead Nicaragua to a 9-5 come-from-behind victory over the U.S. national team.

The U.S. team scored four runs in the second on a home run by Darren Bragg of Georgia Tech, a two-run double by Chris Gomez of Loyola Marymount and a run-scoring double by Damon Mashore of Arizona.

Nicaragua scored one run in the third and Gonzales hit a two-run homer off U.S. starter Doug Bennet of Arkansas to make it 4-3. A run-scoring groundout tied the score in the fourth.

The United States took the lead again in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Brent Gates of Minnesota.

Nicaragua tied it in the sixth off loser Paul Byrd of Louisiana State on a double by Gonzales, a single by Antonio Zarate and an errant pickoff throw by Byrd.

Nicaragua broke it open in the seventh with four runs off Byrd and Darrin Paxton of Wichita State. The big blow was a two-run triple by Gonzales.

The U.S. team is 13-6 on its summer tour in preparation for the Goodwill Games and World Baseball Championships.

The United States and Nicaragua meet in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday night.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Perry Young scored 31 points as the Calgary 88s held the Saskatchewan Storm to three points in overtime for a 140-136 victory Monday in the World Basketball League.

Jim Les, who played for the NBA Utah Jazz in 1988-89, had 38 points and 17 assists for the Storm, which trailed 69-53 at the half. Les was 6-for-7 from 3-point range.

Saskatchewan scored 48 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Corey Gaines, who played with the New Jersey Nets two seasons ago, had 17 assists for the 88s.

Calgary improved to 17-13, while Saskatchewan dropped to 13-13.

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