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Published October 13, 1995
"BURNIE," the Heat mascot, got hit with a $1M civil lawsuit Thursday by YVONNE GIL-REBOLLO of Puerto Rico. Burnie "allegedly hurt and embarrassed" her by dragging her onto the court during an exhibition game a year ago. The lawsuit is not only directed at Wes Lockard (aka "Burnie"), but the Heat and the FL Basketball Associates (MIAMI HERALD, 10/13)....This morning's W.S. JOURNAL sports page profiles Illinois football coach LOU TEPPER's efforts to make racial integration a part of his program by requiring his players to promise to get to know teammates of the other race and putting them in situations that promote such contact (W.S. JOURNAL, 10/13).....Hurricane PETER MCNEELEY told the BOSTON HERALD's "Inside Track" he hasn't had a drink since Sept. 16 and said he won't have one again "until after I box for DON KING again." The piece notes his two TV commercials for America OnLine and Pizza Hut. McNeeley on the ads: "Hey, anyone who doesn't think those ads are funny shouldn't call themselves an American" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/12)....A story in today's N.Y. TIMES examines the tax plight of tennis star STEFFI GRAF (N.Y. TIMES, 10/13)....Bulls Coach PHIL JACKSON was interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America" to discuss his new book, "Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lesson of a Hardwood Warrior." Jackson calls the book "a link between spirituality and sports" ("GMA," ABC, 10/13). >>>>>>>>>>>> REMINDER <<<<<<<<<<<< Keep those nominations for "Sports Industrialist of the Year" coming! Remember, nominees should have a clear and definable impact on the industry, work daily to further its strength and growth, and demonstrate creative and innovative thought. Nominations can be made in writing, on video or in person. Please submit all entries by November 3 at 5pm.