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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).
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).
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).