Government Inspectors Begin Investigation at Cowboys' Facility

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Investigation Underway

Government inspectors were on the site yesterday of the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility that collapsed in high winds on Saturday, injuring 12 people. They have begun investigating the collapse, said Elizabeth Todd, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Officials with the city of Irving, Tex., were examining construction and inspection paperwork regarding the $4 million structure built in 2003.

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who suffered fractured cervical vertebrae, had surgery to stabilize fractured vertebrae in his neck and is in stable condition at Parkland Hospital. The most seriously injured was Rich Behm, the team's 33-year-old scouting assistant who was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed.

The company that built the facility -- Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, Pa. -- said the roof had been replaced in 2008. The statement said proper engineering was used during the original construction and the installation of the new roof.


Centrowitz Wins 1,500

Matthew Centrowitz, a five-time All-Met and 2007 Broadneck graduate, won the 1,500 meters Saturday at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Stanford, Calif., with the NCAA's fastest time this season.

Centrowitz, a sophomore at Oregon who broke the four-minute barrier in the mile in March, won in 3 minutes 36.92 seconds. His time ranks third in school history behind Ducks record holder Joaquim Cruz (3:36.48 in 1984) and Centrowitz's father, Matt Centrowitz Sr. (3:36.7 in 1976).

"My dad was giving me a hard time, saying I couldn't lean at the line and beat his time," Centrowitz said.


'Bird' Off to Preakness

Mine That Bird is headed to the Preakness.

The trainer of the gelding who won the Kentucky Derby at 50-1 odds said his horse will run in the May 16 Preakness at Pimlico, the second leg of the Triple Crown.

"I've never been to Baltimore, but it looks like I won't be able to say that in a few days," trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. said yesterday.

Mine That Bird, ridden by Calvin Borel, won the Derby by 6 3/4 lengths over Pioneerof the Nile -- the largest margin of victory since 1946. . . .

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