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Published October 2, 1995
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR has sold his longtime home in Kauai for nearly $2M. Jabbar is publishing "Profiles in Black Courage," through his company, Kareem Productions. The book is due out in the fall (L.A. TIMES, 10/1).....MICHAEL OVITZ yesterday assumed his new position as Walt Disney Co. President. Ovitz says "the first order of business is to integrate the companies and to organize them" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/1)....The "americanization" of figure skater OKSANA BAIUL is profiled in the BOSTON GLOBE. Baiul has been living in CT for the past year (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/29). ....In Miami, Cindy Krischer Goodman writes on WAYNE HUIZENGA leaving Blockbuster last year under the header: "When Huizenga left Blockbuster, so did many of his disciples" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/2)....The young boy peering out of the Green Monster in Fenway Park next to the Red Sox' MO VAUGHN on the cover of the current SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is FLETCHER SMALZEL of Ford Model Management in Boston. Smalzel: "It was pretty neat hanging my head out of the scoreboard the Patriots actually play by" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/2)....DON JOHNSON has signed to co-star with KEVIN COSTNER in "Tin Cup," a golf comedy directed by RON SHELTON of "Bull Durham" and "White Man Can't Jump." Johnson will play Costner's golf rival. CHEECH MARIN plays Costner's caddie (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/1)....In USA WEEKEND, JOHN FEINSTEIN picks Chicago as the best U.S. sports city, "in a photo finish over Detroit, with Boston, New York and Philadelphia next" (USA WEEKEND, 10/1)....TOM KITE is a favorite to captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team in '97 (NEWSDAY, 10/1)....Among the changes seen for the Tigers, JOE KLEIN could be out as GM, and Asst GM GARY VITTO may be return to the MIKE ILITCH's Little Caesar's corporate HQs. MIKE DIETZ, currently Dir of Marketing, may be "given broader duties in the shakeup" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/2)....In the current BUSINESS WEEK, the three coaches/ managers with the longest tenure, DON SHULA, TOMMY LASORDA and SPARKY ANDERSON (before today), were asked for advice for business executives. Lasorda: "Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you squeeze it too tight, you kill it. Open you hand too much, you let it go." Shula: "You have to have credibility and communication. If players question what you say or how you act, you're going to have tough times." Anderson: "Don't go brown nosing, 'cause it'll catch up with you. ... Be straight up" (BUSINESS WEEK, 10/9 issue).... Featured on BET's "Sports Spotlight," golfer JIM THORPE stressed the need to develop programs and facilities to increase the number of black golfers and tennis players, as well as educating youth on society's ills (BET, 9/29)....Rockies Owner JERRY MCMORRIS was featured in a CBS Evening News piece in MLB's troubles and the success in Colorado (CBS, 9/29)....CNN's Ron Meyer says look for Pats Owner BOB KRAFT "to push for a move" to make Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES Chair of NFL Properties ("NFL Preview," 10/1). ....David Letterman, on POPE JOHN PAUL II's upcoming visit to Giants Stadium: "He's not even here yet and already he's a 10 1/2 point favorite over the Giants" ("Late Show," CBS, 9/29)....College Football Bowl Alliance Committee Chair ROY KRAMER and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Exec Dir JOHN JUNKER discussed the bowl coalition on the "CBS Sports Show." Kramer, asked if this the coalition is the best way to determine the national champion: "It's certainly a step in the right direction ... It hasn't been perfect, but amazingly we were able to put together a one-two game in each of the three years" ("CBS Sports Show," 9/30).