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BALTIMORE OFFICIALS SET A COURSE FOR L.A. -- RAMMING SPEED?

     MD Gov. William Schaefer heads to L.A. for an "economic
development trip" this weekend during which he is expected to
meet with Rams officials.  Schaefer has made a Baltimore NFL
franchise "a top priority" for the remainder of his term.  Rams
spokesperson Heidi Sinclair said a "courtesy meeting" between
Schaefer and Rams president John Shaw "appears" likely to take
place.  Orioles owner Peter Angelos is also expected to be in
L.A. this week.  (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 9/13).  In a related
piece, Ken Rosenthal calls Angelos "the Napoleon of baseball
owners, exiled to Elba" and reports he has made the NFL franchise
his "new diversion" (Ken Rosenthal, Baltimore SUN, 9/13).
     SOUR GRAPES?  Rosenthal responds to the announcement that
the Buccaneers are not for sale:  "Who are these people kidding?
Of course, the Bucs are for sale.  They're just trying to dupe
their fans into believing otherwise, so that maybe more of them
will come to games" (Baltimore SUN, 9/13).  But in Tampa this
morning, Joe Henderson counters that the Bucs "were never for
sale" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/13).
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