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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)

    Print | Tags: Converse, Denver Broncos, People and Pop Culture

         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).

    Print | Tags: ABC, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Indiana Pacers, IOC, McDonalds, NBA, Sports Illustrated, People and Pop Culture, Walt Disney
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