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Gart Sports in Denver has named DOUGLAS MORTON as President and CEO of the company, succeeding JOHN CHASE who resigned (DENVER POST, 5/17).... Converse has named THOMAS NELSON as Senior VP and MARK SHUSTER as Marketing Dir of Performance Categories (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/17)....The Broncos announced yesterday the appointments of BOB FERGUSON as Dir of Player Personnel, JERRY FREI as Dir of College Scouting, and JACK ELWAY as Dir of Pro Personnel (Broncos)
IOC President JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH plans to visit Cambodia today to discuss the country's pending participation in next year's Atlanta Olympics (KYODO NEWS SERVICE, 5/17)....Pacers Head Coach LARRY BROWN and General Manager DONNIE WALSH were on "Charlie Rose" to talk about the NBA playoffs. GEORGE FOREMAN also appeared to talk about his book, "By George" (PBS, 5/17)....MICHAEL JORDAN has tied MUHAMMAD ALI for the most SPORTS ILLUSTRATED cover appearances, gracing the cover for the 33rd time. Jordan is also featured in a "special collector's issue" of SI FOR KIDS, sponsored solely by McDonald's (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED). ....STEVE YOUNG's Forever Young Foundation will hold its first charity auction Saturday at 6:30 at the San Francisco Hilton (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 5/18)....Maryland sophomore center JOE SMITH, who declared himself eligible for the NBA draft, has signed with agent LEN ELMORE. When he declared himself eligible last month, Smith had said he would not sign with an agent until after the draft to keep open the possibility of a return to Maryland (WASHINGTON POST, 5/18). ...Detroit native and Bullets Forward CHRIS WEBBER, in Baltimore to film a commercial with his father, took batting practice with the Orioles yesterday before their game with the Tigers. Webber, joking: "I'm going to try out for the Tigers. ... I'm going to take (baseball) more seriously than (Jordan did) and hopefully become an all star" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/18).... BOOMER ESIASON and his son, GUNNAR, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, were on ABC's "Good Morning America" discussing the "Heroes Foundation," which raises money for people with CF. Esiason on being a CF parent: "I don't have all the answers, but I can give a little bit of inspiration" ("GMA," ABC, 5/18).