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         RILEY TO THE HEAT, FOR A DRAFT PICK:  The Knicks are willing
    to release Pat Riley from the final year of his contract in
    return for a Heat '96 first-round draft choice, according to
    Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD.  Sources have privately
    indicated the two sides are willing to settle the matter before
    Commissioner David Stern becomes involved, sometime later this
    week or early next week (MIAMI HERALD, 8/22).  In New York,
    Barbara Barker reports the Knicks "may get cash and at least one
    draft pick" if Riley is hired by the Heat.  They will not,
    however, get Glen Rice in the deal.  Sources close to
    negotiations "shot down" a report that the Knicks are demanding
    Rice or any other players as part of the deal (NEWSDAY, 8/22).
    Litvin says the August 17 letter of clearance from USA Basketball
    received by Dominique Wilkins "is not binding," according to
    Jackie MacMullan in today's BOSTON GLOBE.  Litvin: "Under the
    NBA's agreement with FIBA, in order for a player who last played
    for the NBA to join a FIBA team, the NBA must grant clearance --
    not USA Basketball.  In light of that, we do not consider the
    matter closed."  Steve Kaufmann, Wilkins' agent:  "As far as
    we're concerned, Dominique has been issued a letter of clearance
    to play for Panathinakos.  He's free."  MacMullan reports
    "sources said USA Basketball mistakenly sent Wilkins the letter
    without notifying the NBA" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/22).

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         In their NFL Preview, PLAYBOY ranks the NFL's "best" and
    "worst" owners.  BEST: Raiders' AL DAVIS: "Brokered peace between
    owners and players two years ago."  49ers' EDDIE DEBARTOLO:
    "Beloved by his players."  Patriots' ROBERT KRAFT: "In two years
    .... have recovered from the disastrous reign of VICTOR KIAM."
    The Cowboys' JERRY JONES: "Give the guy credit -- he fired two
    legends .. and the Cowboys are still great."  WORST: Oilers' BUD
    ADAMS: "Another oil shock rocks Texas."  Cardinals' BILL BIDWILL:
    "Set a record by alienating fans in two cities -- St. Louis and
    Phoenix." Rams' GEORGIA FRONTIERE: "As clueless in St. Louis as
    she was in California" (Danny Sheridan, PLAYBOY, 9/95 issue).

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