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         NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he was "surprised" by
    comments by Wayne Gretzky suggesting the league is already going
    back on its commitment to enforce non-obstruction rules.  Gretzky
    had claimed the league was "in disarray over different
    interpretations of the new rules."  Bettman said last night "we
    were surprised (by Gretzky's comments).  Obviously we're going to
    have to go back and look ... I saw the (TV) interview, it was
    between periods, they were losing and maybe he was a little
    frustrated.  But I want to assure him, our fans, and all the
    players that we intend to stay the course" (TORONTO STAR, 10/25).
         DON'T GO CHANGING:  Reaction to a possible league change
    from three periods to two halves is not a big hit with Red Wings'
    players.  Darren McCarty: "Its awful.  Hockey is three periods,
    with two intermissions to refuel the popcorn and soda."  Steve
    Yzerman: "Hockey is a great game that has been played for 100
    years.  I don't see any reason at all to change it" (DETROIT
    NEWS, 10/25).

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         Deion Sanders' contested $35M contract with the Cowboys will
    now be ruled on by U.S. District Court Judge David Doty,
    according to Ed Werder of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  The NFL
    reportedly told Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones they "would not attempt
    to take the position" that Sanders can't  play against Atlanta
    this weekend.  However, "they did not say for the rest of the
    year."  Werder reports the league has prepared a 12-page brief
    for Doty in which they contend Jones has spent $64M this season
    in signing bonuses and base salaries for players while
    "theoretically restricted" to a $37.1M salary cap.  Werder
    reports the NFL "wants an expedited judgement" and the matter
    "could be heard this week" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/24).  In Ft.
    Worth, Josie Karp writes the league's arguments "stretched beyond
    one $35 million player to focus on the way the Cowboys -- and
    presumably other teams -- have used signing bonuses to obtain
    more flexibility under the salary cap" (FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM,
    10/24).  In Washington, Dave Sell reports if the league's
    position is upheld and the Cowboys do not ask Sanders to
    renegotiate, the Cowboys "would have to rework several contracts
    or cut players" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/24).  Jerry Jones, on the
    Sanders situation:  "Just because we get word from the NFL, we're
    not going to not line up Deion Sanders on the football field.
    He's going to walk out there and play.  And just because we get
    word from the NFL that we're over the cap based on those
    interpretations, we're not going to walk out of here and do any
    meaningful thing to this roster.  So, they obviously aren't too
    sure where they stand with their interpretations since they're
    going all over the map here" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 10/24).

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         The inaugural Canadian Senior Open has been added to the '96
    Senior PGA Tour schedule.  It will be held from June 13-16 at
    Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ontario with a $1.1M purse (USA
    TODAY, 10/25)....Dorna USA has signed State Farm as an official
    sponsor of the WTA Tour Championships by Corel in Madison Square
    Garden from November 13-19.  The deal includes courtside signage,
    and spots on ABC, Prime Network and MSG Network telecasts (Dorna
    USA)...The 13,101 fans at Monday's CISL playoff game between
    Monterrey and Sacramento at Arco Arena was the second largest in
    CISL playoff history (CISL)....Mike Tyson, on the state of boxing
    and his upcoming fight: "I don't necessarily see it in such a bad
    state, it's just the fact that you people have been spoiled
    seeing me fight and be champion for so long. ... I've been gone
    for four years.  If I was competing and fighting constantly for
    four years, you guys wouldn't even consider these fights
    competitive, you wouldn't even come to see the fights probably"
    ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 10/24).... Spurs Center David Robinson on
    the replacement NBA refs: "I definitely want the NBA to get the
    regular officials out there.  It's too close to the season to
    have this kind of silliness going on" ("SportsCenter," ESPN,

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         MLB's new labor negotiator, Randy Levine, will oversee his
    first negotiating committee meeting today, according to Hal
    Bodley of USA TODAY.  Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said
    today's session is "expected to set to tone for stepped-up
    negotiations to begin soon."  Levine was appointed on September
    19, but his role as MLB owners' chief negotiator began officially
    Monday (USA TODAY, 10/25).
         THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE:  Yankees Owner George
    Steinbrenner's "media manipulation" during the World Series is
    criticized by Harvey Araton of the N.Y. TIMES.  Although MLB
    requests that teams do no public business during the Series,
    Steinbrenner has remained in the news.  Araton: "He is excellent
    at the art of news media manipulation and by seizing the World
    Series week ... he brazenly assumes lead-story status, pushes the
    Series into a corner in the newspapers and on the airwaves.  He
    steals prominence from his sport."  Araton, on the differences
    between Steinbrenner's actions and other leagues:  "David Stern
    stands guard over the NBA product, and if Jerry Jones turned
    Super Bowl week into a Dallas Cowboys Nikethon, the NFL would at
    least have Paul Tagliabue do something about it. ... Bud Selig is
    probably too busy demanding a new stadium in Milwaukee to worry
    about conflicts of baseball's long-term interests" (N.Y. TIMES,
    10/25).  Mario Cuomo, asked if he would want to be MLB
    Commissioner:  "I can't imagine 28 Steinbrenner's wanting me"
    ("Larry King Live," CNN, 10/24).

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