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         BOB RIEF has been named GM of Nike Golf.  His background
    includes stints with Karhu, Raichle and Nordica, and was most
    recently GM of Karhu's outdoor division....CHRIS MCGINLEY has
    been named golf club product marketing manager and DENNIS ALLEN
    was named product manager for golf balls at Titleist and Foot-Joy
    Worldwide (GOLF WORLD, 9/15 issue).

    Print | Tags: Acushnet, Nike, People and Pop Culture

         MARV ALBERT paid a visit to David Letterman last night.
    With the help of the Jets' NICK LOWERY and DON SILVESTRI, Albert
    and Letterman kicked footballs into the audience.  Letterman to
    Albert:  "You kick like a girl" ("Late Show," CBS,
    9/20)....DENNIS RODMAN made his acting debut as a guest star on
    the CBS series "Courthouse" last night ("Extra," 9/20)....LORI
    HAMAMOTO has been named Dir of Media Services for the Knicks
    (SportsTicker)....DIEGO MARADONA has announced the launch of an
    int'l soccer players' union to promote and safeguard players'
    rights (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/19)....Redskin DARRELL GREEN's
    Youth Life Foundation will help pilot the National Children's
    Environmental Education Program which kicks off September 26 in
    Washington, DC (Youth Life Foundation).

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, CBS, New York Jets, New York Knicks, People and Pop Culture, Viacom

         Walter Haas, Jr., the patriarch of the family that owned
    Levi Strauss & Co. and the Managing Partner of the A's since
    buying the team from Charlie Finley in '80, died yesterday of
    cancer at the age of 79.  Haas, whose family has the sold the
    team as of November 1, was honored at the Oakland Coliseum Sunday
    even though he couldn't attend.  His family was given a standing
    ovation and his name was installed on the outfield fence.  A's
    star Mark McGwire called Haas the "nicest man who has ever been
    put on this earth."  In San Francisco, columnist C.W. Nevius
    writes, "The death of Walter A. Haas yesterday leaves the world
    of sports one gentleman short, and there are no good prospects in
    the farm system. ... My guess is that [Hass] was the last of a
    breed, the beloved owner" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/21).

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