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         THOMAS DUFFY has been named VP/Finance and Royalty
    Administration for MLB Properties.  Duffy had served as
    Controller for MLBP.  Duffy will be responsible for all financial
    operations of MLBP (MLBP)....Former Eskimos kicker DAVE CUTLER
    has been hired by the B.C. Lions as a marketing consultant
    (Vancouver PROVINCE, 4/4)....Former Bulls coach DOUG COLLINS said
    he is not interested in becoming Warriors VP of Basketball Ops
    (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/5)....DR. JOHN SMYTH has been named Dir
    of the USOC's Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  Smyth
    has served as interim Director since July 1 (USOC)....LARRY
    ELDRIDGE, former editor of the Christian Science Monitor, has
    taken over as sports editor of the Interchange Online, AT&T's
    soon-to-be launched computer service (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/4).

    Print | Tags: ATT, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Lions, Golden State Warriors, MLB, People and Pop Culture, USOC

         The UCLA MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM were guests on the "Tonight
    Show" with Jay Leno.  Jay Leno: "Did you see ED O'BANNON last
    night?  At one time he had five guys on him.  Five guys hanging
    all over him!  I don't know why they let those agents in the
    locker room after the game."  UCLA Coach JIM HARRICK came out
    with the NCAA Trophy, which he reluctantly handed over to Leno.
    Harrick: "I remember what you said last year.  ... You dogged us
    just a little bit.  But I am going to forgive you" ("Tonight
    Show," NBC, 4/4).
    UConn's basketball standout REBECCA LOBO was a guest on "Late
    Show" with David Letterman.  Lobo said she wants to be a sports
    broadcaster (CBS, 4/4)....Astros Manager TERRY COLLINS and Tigers
    Manager SPARKY ANDERSON appeared on "Good Morning America" (ABC,
    4/5).  Dodgers Manager TOMMY LASORDA appeared on "CBS This
    Morning" (CBS, 4/5)....Heat Owner MICKY ARISON remained
    hospitalized after heart surgery in London for a partially
    blocked artery (Mult., 4/5).... NewSport's Question of the Day
    found 63% believing NOLAN RICHARDSON will head to the Grizzlies
    10) Don't just suck -- suck 110%;  9) Require players to bet on
    games so they care about outcome; 8) Instead of baseball hats --
    Donahue wigs; 7) No beers till the seventh inning; 6) A little
    less "polishing the bat," if you know what I mean; 5) Wait at
    least until All-Star break to get indicted; 4) Stop letting KATO
    KAELIN sleep in the dugout; 3) Two words: Coach Gump; 2) Forget
    about Letterman hosting annual awards banquet; 1) Keep the
    replacements (CBS, 4/4).

    Print | Tags: ABC, CBS, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Heat, NBC, NCAA, New York Mets, People and Pop Culture, Viacom, Walt Disney

         The prospects of a '98 gubernatorial run in Alabama by
    "conservative" Suns superstar CHARLES BARKLEY is examined by Gene
    Owens of NEWHOUSE NEWS.  Owens lists several of Barkley's
    "political assets," which on the surface, "seem formidable":   He
    is an "articulate conservative, a self-described Republican with
    exceptional mass-media connections"; his name is a household word
    and "he is worth millions."  On the other hand, Alabama GOP
    leaders, while "intrigued" by Barkley, "can quickly sketch the
    downside of his potential candidacy" as he has a "habit of saying
    what he thinks -- often in jest and just as often at the wrong
    time and in the wrong place" (Portland OREGONIAN, 3/31).

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