NAMES IN THE NEWS
Published September 6, 1995
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).