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  • AS SELES TRIAL BEGINS, SO DOES SPECULATION ON HER RETURN

         As a German court preps to hear an appeal on the case of
    Guenther Parche, MONICA SELES' attacker, several reports examine
    the effect the incident has had on her life and the game.  In
    L.A., Julie Cart spoke with Monica's father, Karolj:  "She has
    lost everything. Her life has gone to pieces" (L.A. TIMES, 3/22).
    In Washington, Andrea Leand writes that it "is hard to
    definitively say when -- or if --Seles will return" to the WTA
    Tour.  Leand writes that Seles was disappointed in the WTA for
    not "freezing her at No.1 during her recovery" (WASHINGTON POST,
    3/21).  WTA CEO Anne Person Worcester said they would consider
    giving Seles "special seedings and special rankings."  It has
    been "a costly isolation" for Seles who faces a lawsuit from Fila
    for breach of contract and a loss of around $10M in endorsements
    and prize money (Doug Smith, USA TODAY, 3/21).  Bud Collins
    writes that Seles will only return when Parche is in jail -- "not
    until then" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/21).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         BOB WHEELER was named VP/Media Relations for Liberty Sports.
    He has spent the past five years as Dir of Media Relations
    (Liberty)...."Extra" reported that TONYA HARDING's movie
    "Breakaway," "is losing steam" and "falling flat in Europe"
    ("extra," 3/21)....GRANT HILL, on the products he is endorsing:
    "I have been fortunate to be part of some first class companies,
    Coca-Cola, Fila, and GMC Trucks -- so I am very excited to be a
    part of that.  I look forward to a hopefully a long marriage
    between Grant Hill and those companies" ("CBS This Morning,"
    3/22).
    

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, CBS, Coca-Cola, Fila USA, General Motors, New York Liberty, People and Pop Culture, Viacom
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