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         Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis revealed that he has
    AIDS and was HIV-positive when he won two gold medals in the 1988
    Olympics.  In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters to be
    broadcast Friday, Louganis tells of the '88 incident in which he
    struck his head on the board and bled in the pool.  Louganis did
    not inform the doctor that stitched his wounds that he was HIV-
    positive.  Louganis, asked why he is revealing his condition at
    this time:  "I do want to show that being HIV doesn't mean the
    end of life.  You can carry on, have a career, have a life.  You
    don't have to fade away" (Mult., 2/23).

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         Liberty Sports has named DAN CASEY Dir of Research.  He
    joins Liberty from KCAL-TV (Liberty)....The Raptors have
    reportedly interviewed former Blazers Public Relations Dir JOHN
    LASHWAY for the same position (TORONTO STAR, 2/23). ....Suns
    owner JERRY COLANGELO reportedly has DANNY AINGE in mind for a
    front office position with the MLB expansion team the city hopes
    to get (Toronto GLOBE AND MAIL, 2/23).... Blackhawks owner BILL
    WIRTZ was released from the hospital after treatment for a blood
    clot (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/23).

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, Chicago Blackhawks, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, MLB, New York Liberty, Phoenix Suns, People and Pop Culture, Toronto Raptors

         The Red Sox's JOSE CANSECO opens his "controversial" new
    sports management business, "40-40 Sports Council" next week in
    Miami.  Canseco is "very excited about his new business and
    already is recruiting younger players" while buying office space
    in Miami -- all without knowing whether the MLBPA or MLB will
    approve the venture.  Nick Cafardo writes that Canseco's move is
    "unprecedented in sports history -- an active player owning a
    firm that represents athletes."  But there are questions of
    potential conflict, for example, "what if one of Canseco's
    clients is pitching to him?"  MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza
    said an active player cannot negotiate a contract for another
    player.  While Canseco is studying the legal issues, he says the
    office will be run by associate Bo McKinnis, with him acting as
    president and founder.  One agent: "I don't know how they can
    pull it off. ... I'd be shocked if the [MLBPA]  recognized them
    as a certified firm" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/22).

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