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  • BASEBALL TALKS SET TO RESUME NEXT WEEK IN WASHINGTON

         Baseball's stalled labor negotiations are scheduled to
    resume next Thursday.  The talks probably will take place in
    Washington, and Acting Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday left open
    the possibility that he could be at the bargaining table (Mark
    Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 11/4).
    

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  • HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 35: PLAYERS-ONLY SEASON PROPOSED

         The Canadian TV network, CTV, -- which is backing next
    weekend's charity tournament in Hamilton, Ontario -- has offered
    to expand the tournament into a 30-game schedule of players'
    games.  If accepted by the NHLPA, the 30-game schedule "likely
    would knock the NHL out of the picture" for the '94-95 season
    (Mark Everson, N.Y. POST, 11/4).
         GIVE 'EM BACK THE TAKEBACKS:  In N.Y., Mark Everson writes,
    "The NHL owners are beginning to crumble just the way they
    thought the players would."  A member of the NHL Board of
    Governors told the POST yesterday that he will press NHL
    Commissioner Gary Bettman to rescind the "infamous" 19 takebacks
    that ignited the lockout.  The governor said that the league
    needed to rescind the takebacks as a show of good faith.  Everson
    adds, "This governor's plan to press Bettman to rescind the
    takebacks as a show of good faith only adds to the pressure on
    the former basketball underling" (N.Y. POST, 11/4).
         TALKS NEXT WEEK:  ESPN's Craig Kilborn: "The time and place
    is classified information, but there will be more NHL labor talks
    next week" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 11/3).
         GOODENOW NOT OPTIMISTIC:  NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow told
    ESPN Radio yesterday that he foresaw a "drop dead date" for the
    entire season in the "not too distant future":  "My gut feeling
    is that I hope we see hockey this season, but I would not be
    surprised if the season were wiped out" ("SportsCenter," ESPN,
    11/3).
         BURKE DENIES ROOKIE CAP OFFER:  NHL Dir of Hockey Ops Brian
    Burke "emphatically denied" allegations that the NHLPA had
    proposed a rookie cap earlier this week: "I can state
    categorically that the union has never offered a rookie salary
    cap.  They have expressed repeatedly their opposition to a cap."
    Players Brett Hull and Chris Terreri earlier this week said that
    the NHLPA had proposed a "rookie cap" (Larry Brooks, N.Y. POST,
    11/4).
         GILMOUR GOING TO EUROPE:  Maple Leafs' Captain Doug Gilmour
    responded to criticism from the Blues Brett Hull that Gilmour is
    "betraying the cause" by going to play in Europe: "Brett's
    trouble is that he speaks before he thinks.  I told him the other
    night to wake up."  Gilmour is "almost certainly headed" to play
    for the Swiss club Rapperswil on November 15 (Jim Proudfoot,
    TORONTO STAR, 11/4).
         LAYOFFS:  Devils' President and GM Lou Lamoriello revealed
    yesterday that the team has laid off "more than a dozen"
    employees (N.Y. TIMES, 11/4).
    

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