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LEAGUE NOTES

     The IHL is profiled by Neil Hohlfeld of the HOUSTON
CHRONICLE, who writes the league "continues to blur the picture
by playing minor-league hockey but doing everything else on a
major-league level" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/23).... Although an
announcement on NHL player participation in the '98 Nagano Games
in expected next weekend, some players think the "dream-team
concept, that has worked so well in basketball, won't fly in
hockey."  Flyers star Eric Lindros: said that hockey players
"don't mesh as quickly" as basketball players" (Gary Miles,
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/24)....The NPSL kicks off their 12th
season on Friday October 20th (NPSL)....The new hockey leagues
forming in Eastern Europe are examined by George Gross of the
TORONTO SUN.  The Eastern European Hockey League was formed in
the off-season by the hockey federation of Belarus, Latvia,
Lithuania, Ukraine, and Estonia (TORONTO SUN, 9/26)....Three new
additions to the Champions Tennis Tour.  The Tour will make its
Asian debut November 2-5, in South Africa in March '96, and an
exhibition in Bombay, India late in '96 (Champions
Tour)....Michael Wilbon on "NFL Prime Monday": "It would be nice
if the NFL could take care of this rash of bad officiating simply
by reinstalling instant replay, because anybody who is more
interested in the length of games, rather than getting it right,
ought to be tuned out.  But replay alone cannot fix poor
officiating" (ESPN, 9/25).
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