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The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have narrowed their list for GM to three finalists, according to this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE. The remaining candidates: Expos GM KEVIN MALONE; Braves Asst GM CHUCK LAMAR, and Marlins Asst GM FRANK WREN (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/17)....The Devil Rays also announced that MICHAEL SEAMON has been named as the team's Merchandising Manager. Seamon comes managing from the Univ. of Notre Dame's campus athletic retail operations (Devil Rays).
Blackhawks owner BILL WIRTZ is planning to build a 5,000 space parking lot on the grounds of the old Chicago Stadium. At $10 per space, the parking lot will be a welcome change from the old stadium which cost $2M a year to operate (SPORTSTICKER)....JOE MONTANA will officially anounce today he is joining NBC as a studio analyst ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 5/16)....A federal jury yesterday began hearing the case of former NBA player JEFF RULAND who is suing the Celtics over claims he suffered a career-ending injury when a Celtics ballboy hit his leg with a ball cart ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/16)....PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS Columnist BILL CONLIN underwent heart bypass surgery Monday outside of Philadelphia. He was listed in stable condition yesterday (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/17)....Broncos QB JOHN ELWAY will join coaches WAYNE FONTES and DENNIS ERICKSON in the fourth annual MIKE UTLEY Celebrity Golf Tournament this week in Scotsdale, AZ (USA TODAY, 5/17).
The Bullets' mascot, HOOPS, continues his "Sleepless 'Til Seacaucus" tour today, following a stopover in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Hoops, who is making the walk from USAir Arena in Landover, MD, to the site of the NBA Draft Lottery in Seacaucus, NJ, puts his size 25's to the pavement again today with several stops in Eastern PA, before landing for the night in Somerset, NJ (Bullets).