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Mighty Duck PAUL KARIYA is profiled in today's L.A. TIMES. Kariya on being compared to WAYNE GRETZKY: "To be mentioned in the same breath as Wayne Gretzky is a tremendous honor, but to me Wayne Gretzky is untouchable. Incomparable. He should be left alone on a pedestal" (L.A. TIMES, 2/8)....IHL Commissioner BOB UFER's passion for hockey is featured in today's USA TODAY. Ufer, who shows off his skating abilities by skating out and stickhandling the puck to center ice during ceremonial faceoffs: "It's a little more interesting than seeing a guy in a suit stand on a red carpet" (USA TODAY, 2/8)....Blackhawks owner WILLIAM WIRTZ was admitted to a suburban Chicago hospital yesterday for surgery to remove a blood clot (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/8). SHAQUILLE O'NEAL rapped with teammate DENNIS SCOTT Monday night at Orlando's Planet Hollywood in a warmup for this weekend's performance at the NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix (USA TODAY, 2/8)....MICHAEL JORDAN celebrated his 32nd birthday Tuesday at his restaurant in Chicago. On hand: Quaker Oats CEO WILLIAM SMITHBURG, entertainer BEN VEREEN, and Chicago Mayor RICHARD DALEY (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/8).