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In Friday's highly-publicized "20/20" interview, ABC's Barbara Walters asked Greg Louganis if sponsors stayed away from him because he was gay. Louganis: "I am sure there was a definite assumption that I was and that was, I believe, the reason people stayed away from me" (ABC, 2/24).
Sixteen years after his retirement and "self-imposed" exile from the NHL, BOBBY ORR hinted that he may return to the league in some capacity (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/26)....The CONTRA COSTA TIMES and the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS both reported this weekend that JOE MONTANA will retire before next season. Montana's agent, TOM CONDON, says his client has not made a decision (Mult., 2/26)....LAWRENCE TAYLOR is expected to announce he will participate in Wrestlemania XI, in Hartford on April 12 (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/26)....CHARLES BARKLEY appeared on "Good Morning America": "I know that I'm not a Democrat because I don't think the Democrats have done a good job at helping black people or poor people. So I guess the only thing left for me to be is Republican" (ABC, 2/27)....NASCAR has announced the following: JOHN GRIFFEN as Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, TODD UNGER as Special Activities Manager, and JIM EUBANK as Marketing Coordinator for the new NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsmen (NASCAR)....Liberty Sports has announced the following appointments: TERRY PLANELL as VP of Programming and Operations for Prime Deportiva; RON ACOSTA as Media Relations Manager for Prime Deportiva's national and int'l sports services (Liberty).