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USA Track & Field President LARRY ELLIS underwent a heart transplant and was listed in critical condition in New York (WASHINGTON POST, 6/10)....Neck-ties of former Kings Owner BRUCE MCNALL were sold at a garage sale held by his soon to be ex-wife JANE CODY. They sold for $10 a piece (AP/TORONTO STAR, 6/12)....At a party thrown by the Magic at Universal Studios Thursday, NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN appeared in a fire- breathing monster truck, called the Shaquille Mobile. When asked if he enjoyed the ride, Stern replied: "All I did was sweat in the damn thing" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/10)....MARGIE BOWES has entered to play in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship to be held in July. It is the first time a woman has attempted to play in a men's tournament in the 100-year history of the USGA (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/10)....An interview with JOE MONTANA aired Friday on "Dateline" (NBC, 6/9).... Reports in Buffalo say that Rangers President & GM NEIL SMITH will soon be running the Sabres' hockey operations (TORONTO SUN, 6/11)....The Hornets have hired BOB BASS to head their basketball ops (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/11)....TREVOR EYTON, on the board of Labatt's and SkyDome, is reportedly interested in being part of a group to purchase the Blue Jays should Labatt's buyer, Interbrew SA, look to sell. Eyton: "I'd want to be surrounded by lots of partners. I wouldn't want to pay out $50-million" (TORONTO SUN, 6/10).