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GERARD MCKEON has resigned as president of the New York Racing Association. McKeon headed the association since 1982 and said, in his view, "New York racing is lost and is trying to find its way in the presence of the many gambling alternatives that have developed in recent years" (Mult., 10/20)....Cobra Golf Inc. has named PASCAL STOLZ as VP of Sales and Marketing for Cobra Golf Europe (Cobra Golf). ....Orioles catcher Jeff Tackett has been hired as a on-air personality at Baltimore radio station 98 Rock. Tackett teams every morning with 98 Rock DJ Steve Ash. Ash on Tackett: "He's totally chillin'" (Baltimore SUN, 10/20). ....DelWilber & Associates (DWA), the sports marketing firm headquartered in McLean, VA, has promoted SUZY ABRAMS to VP Public Relations. Abrams will oversee all event publicity services for the firm's seven regional offices (DWA).
STEVE ENDICOTT was charged yesterday with failing to register as a sports agent and attempting to sign several Florida State football players as clients. Endicott was sentenced to one year's probation and fined $3,000 for court and investigative costs (MIAMI HERALD, 10/20)....TIM ROBBINS appeared on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" wearing an NHLPA cap and showed a photo of him drinking out of the Stanley Cup ("Tonight Show," NBC, 10/19).