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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

         The Women's Professional Volleyball Association has
    reorganized its Players' Board and announced that 8-year Coor's
    Light Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour vet ELAINE ROQUE will
    serve as WPVA President.  In addition to Roque, WPVA VP DENNIE
    SHUPRYT-KNOOP, Treasurer HELEN REALE, and Secretary GAIL CASTRO,
    the WPVA's Executive Board will include JAY BROOKS, BOBBY CLARKE
    and 1994 World Cup USA Venue Exec Dir DAVE SIMMONS.  LEONARD
    ARMATO of Management Plus Enterprises will provide marketing,
    licensing and product development services, and NANCY LENGEL's
    contract as WPVA General Manager was renewed for 1995 (WPVA).
    

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  • KATHY SOLOMON DEBUNKS ENQUIRER STORY; THAT DOESN'T STOP "ET"

         ProServ President JERRY SOLOMON released a statement from
    his ex-wife, Kathy, in which she denies a report in the National
    Enquirer that skater NANCY KERRIGAN, a client of Solomon's, was
    responsible for the break-up of their marriage.  Solomon and
    Kerrigan have publicly acknowledged their relationship.  Kathy
    Solomon:  "To read quotes in the tabloids concerning things that
    I have not said is appaling and hurtful to me and my son" (
    WASHINGTON POST, 11/8).
         THE TABLOID MACHINE CHURNS ON:  "Entertainment Tonight"
    picked up on the Enquirer story.  "ET's" Mary Hart reported
    Kerrigan "is wrapped up in a steamy scandal that threatens to
    tarnish her carefully polished image."  ADVERTISING AGE's Jeff
    Jensen said the story could affect Kerrigan's image and
    marketability:  "If this news generates a firestorm of
    controversy around Nancy Kerrigan, she's going to really have to
    do a lot to extinguish it.   But in the process, she's going to
    sustain some serious burns that are going to impact the rest of
    her career" ("ET," 11/7).  Michael Levine, a spokesperson for
    Kerrigan:  "They never spoke to Kathy, yet they lead their piece
    with a quote from her.  Now the mainstream press has picked it
    up.  'Entertainment Tonight' did it without even checking.  My
    reaction to them is, 'Shame on you'" (N.Y. POST, 11/8).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         On "SportsCenter," Bob Ley's Cover Story was entitled "Have
    Things Changed?" regarding the three years since MAGIC JOHNSON
    announced he had contracted the HIV virus.  At the end of the
    piece, Ley noted that Johnson has not been as visible in AIDS-
    awareness efforts recently (ESPN, 11/7). ....JENNIFER CAPRIATI is
    scheduled to play her first WTA Tour match tomorrow night at the
    Virginia Slims in Philadelphia.  "Win or lose, Capriati seems to
    have many of her peers squarely in her corner -- not to mention
    tour officials glad to got one of their biggest drawing cards
    back" (Darrell Fry, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/8)....MARTINA
    NAVRATILOVA is profiled by Curry Kirkpatrick in the latest issue
    of NEWSWEEK (11/14 issue)....In a taped interview at halftime on
    "Monday Night Football" last night, Cowboys owner JERRY JONES was
    interviewed by ABC's Al Michaels.  When asked if it was
    "conceivable" that he would ever coach the Cowboys, Jones replied
    "No, not at all."  Jones continued, "For me to make the
    investment, I had to run [the team].  I had to be involved off of
    the field ... or I wouldn't have invested the money" (ABC, 11/7).
    

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