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Published July 19, 1995
MAGIC JOHNSON announced yesterday he will not return to the NBA. Johnson: "I realize my future is in business and not playing NBA basketball" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/19).... ESPN's Steve Levy reported last night that in Japan, organized HIDEO NOMO "tours are underway." Fans from Japan are signing up to travel here to see Nomo pitch -- "hoping Tommy Lasorda'a rotation remains intact so they can figure out in advance when Nomo makes his start" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 7/18)....ESPN's "Cover Story" last night was on PAUL AZINGER and his return to the PGA Tour after a bout with cancer. Azinger's book, "Zinger" which was released last month, chronicles the golfer's journey through life, "about winning and losing, and especially about cancer" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 7/19)....A monument of ARTHUR ASHE will be erected in Richmond, VA on the same avenue now featuring statues of confederate leaders ("CBS Evening News," 7/18)....SPIKE LEE is interviewed in today's ATLANTA CONSTIUTION. Lee is about to make a movie on the life of JACKIE ROBINSON for Turner Pictures, set to open in April '97. Lee: "Kids today don't grow up wanting to be baseball players. They want to be Michael Jordan or Shaq." Lee said baseball should "try to reach out to young kids. ... It's not just the black kids. It's the white kid, too. Kids think the game is too slow and old" (ATLANTA CONSTITUION, 7/19).... U.S. Women's Open Champ ANNIKA SORENSTAM is engaged to DAVID ESCH, a rep for Ping Clubs. Sorenstam, who plays Calloways: "It's a touchy subject" (Vancouver SUN, 7/19)....STEFFI GRAF yesterday introduced her own clothing line (USA TODAY, 7/19).