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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).
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).
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).