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Saignes Returns to UNLV Lineup

Former Polytechnic and Pierce College defensive back Eddie Saignes has had an unmemorable season at Nevada Las Vegas.

There just haven’t been many memories to go around.

But Saignes hopes his luck will change on Saturday night when the Rebels play host to Long Beach State in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. football game.

A starter at free safety in 1984, when he recorded 113 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions, Saignes separated his left shoulder in practice the Monday before the Rebels’ season-opening 35-7 victory over Tennessee Tech.

Saignes and cornerback Anthony Blue collided during a drill and Saignes, who had just been elected as one of six team captains, found himself on the sidelines.

“It was pretty discouraging. I was really ready for the season,” Saignes said. “It was just a typical drill.”


Not needing surgery, Saignes missed the opener but tried to play in the following week’s game with Fresno State.

He recorded four tackles but hurt the shoulder again. He then missed last week’s 26-23 loss to Wisconsin.

But with four PCAA games ahead for the Rebels, Saignes is expected to see considerable action.

Large Field Expected for Bellarmine Invitational

Simi Valley High, the top-ranked cross-country team in the Southern Section 4-A division, is among the teams that will compete in the 12th annual Bellarmine Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Griffith Park.

Hart, ranked second in the 3-A division, and Thousand Oaks, also will run. Sponsors expect 75 schools and more than 2,500 participants.

The races will begin and end on Vermont Avenue just above the Greek Theater.

Strikeout King Takes on Media All-Stars

Strikeout king Eddie Feigner and his four-man team, The King and His Court, wrap up their coast-to-coast tour with a softball game against a full team of KNBC-TV all-stars and other members of the media at Valley Park in Burbank on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Feigner, in his 40th season, throws pitches from behind his back, through his legs, blindfolded and from second base with the same result: strikeouts. He has recorded 117,000 strikeouts in his career.

Joining Feigner is the Clown Prince, Gary West, noted for his zany antics, J.R. Feigner, whose defensive assignment is the infield and outfield, and catcher Tony Mackin, who has hit more than 600 home runs in his two years with the team.

The KNBC team will feature newsmen Stu Nahan, John Beard, Joe Rico and Phil Shuman. Rich Tosches will represent The Times on the media team.

Tickets are available at the gate. Prices are $3.50 for general admission and $2 for students.

Information: 818-766-9060.