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     TSN sports anchor BRENDAN CONNOR and NANCY RUSSELL of CBC
Sports have collaborated on a book about the Raptors.  The book
will reportedly detail the process of bidding for the club and be
a "critical examination" of JOHN BITOVE JR, the club's owner.
The title is "Slam Dunk: The Raptors and the Arrival of
Basketball in Canada."  The book is scheduled to be released next
month (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/6)....Bucs QB TRENT DILFER will become a
spokesperson for the Tampa Bay-area Police Athletic League (City
of Tampa)....Maple Leafs President & GM CLIFF FLETCHER reportedly
earned over C$1M last year, according to a company report.  A
$339,142 bonus keeps Fletcher at a level "near the top" among NHL
execs (TORONTO STAR, 9/6)....JAY LENO noted big losses by the
Giants and Jets last weekend in his monologue: "New York is a lot
like L.A., they don't have a football team either" ("Tonight
Show," NBC, 9/5)....Raptors VP/Basketball Operations ISIAH THOMAS
will not move his family to Toronto and instead commute by
private jet to his home in Detroit.  Thomas also plans to
purchase another 4.5% of the team this fall.  He already owns
4.5% (TORONTO SUN, 9/6)....Warriors guard LATRELL SPREWELL was
charged yesterday with driving on a suspended license and
exhibition of speed.  Sprewell, angry that the arresting officers
did not recognize him, bragged to them that he made "more money
than they would ever see" and reportedly made a racial slur to
one of the officers, who is Asian (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/6).
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