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     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).
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