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CHRIS EVERT, who will be inducted into the Int'l Tennis Hall of Fame in July, "doubts any of today's top pros will stay with the game" as long as she and her contemporaries did: "Nowadays, you're grinding it out every match....I'll give Steffi (Graf) another two years and she'll be out of the game. If she takes a break, maybe she would come back, but she's been carrying the load for women's tennis." Evert says the women's game "is in a lull....They need to have rivalries and they need to have Monica (Seles) and Jennifer (Capriati) back" (Doug Smith, USA TODAY, 1/25).
DAN PATIN has been promoted to Dir of Production for SportsCom West, a new division of Prime Sports created to handle West Coast production for the network's parent company, Liberty Sports....Home Team Sports has named TED EWANCIW as its Communications Manager (GOULD MEDIA, 1/24). ....ROGER NEWTON has been named Exec Dir of the Palladium Arena in Ottawa. The facility is expected to open in January, 1996 (TORONTO STAR, 1/25)....The Portland Pride of the CISL have named RANDY NORDLOFF as their GM. Nordloff had been director of athletics at Portland State University (Pride)....JOHN WALKER, who had been in charge of player agent certification for the NFLPA, was dismissed this week for "gross misuse of funds totaling between $80,000 and $100,000" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/25).
KEN VENTURI signed a three year deal with CBS as golf analyst. He will retire after '97 (NEWSDAY, 1/24)....TROY AIKMAN was on the "Tonight Show" last night and touted his children's book, "Things Change:" "I've got a foundation of my own and the proceeds will go towards that. It's a book for children to read and maybe get something out of it, dealing with adversity, changes that all people go through, sad facts that we encounter and how to overcome those things. I'm proud of it. I think the kids will enjoy it and maybe get something good out of it (NBC, 1/24).