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At home in Southern CA due to the lockout, Bruins goalie JOHN BLUE has spent much of his time-off playing roller hockey -- but he is also negotiating to buy land on which to build two roller hockey rinks in Anaheim. Blue: "It's exploding out here. Ice hockey is popular, too, but it's hard to for people to get ice time, and when they can, it's so expensive" (Nancy Marrapese, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/1).
Eagles owner JEFFREY LURIE on Sunday visited the White House to meet with Clinton aides in an attempt to develop a "meaningful program" to deal with urban community development. Lurie said several plans were discussed but he is unsure if the Eagles want to develop a kind of umbrella strategy to work with the community or if they want to aid individual organizations on a case-by-case basis. Lurie: "We want it to be long-term support with a sustained impact, not a one-shot deal. We'll probably look a little more before we act" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 10/31).
JOHN KOSNER has been named VP/Program Planning and Development of Sports Illustrated TV. Kosner, 34, had been VP/Broadcasting of the NBA since '91 (SITV)....MARGO HALLE has been named Director/Production, CBS Sports. Halle will oversee budgets for CBS Sports broadcasts and act as liaison to CBS Sports production and operations departments. She will continue as planner/coordinator for CBS' coverage of the '98 Winter Olympics in Nagano. BOB MATINA is the new Coordinating Dir of CBS Sports. Matina will also continue as Coordinating Dir for the '98 Winter Olympics in Nagano (CBS Sports)....GARY STEVENSON has been named COO of The Golf Channel. Stevenson was formerly Executive VP of Business Affairs for the PGA Tour (PGA Tour).
U.S. Justice Department prosecutors will begin extradition proceedings against Toronto attorney and former NHLPA head ALAN EAGELSON "within the next two weeks," according to NHL sources. Eagelson was indicted on more than 30 counts of fraud and embezzlement by a federal grand jury last spring (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/1). ....Look for a cameo by Pacers star REGGIE MILLER on an episode of "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" this week on ABC (USA TODAY, 11/1)...FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER says she is training to run the marathon in the '96 Atlanta Olympics (USA Track & Field)....SHAQUILLE O'NEAL has joined other prominent African- Americans -- such as Whitney Houston, Danny Glover and Johnny Cochran -- to invest approximately $15M into a new Pepsi-Cola distribution company in Johannesburg, South Africa (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 10/28 issue).