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LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

     The Arena Football League will return to Southern CA, as its
Board of Governors yesterday approved the sale of the Las Vegas
Sting to a group of Orange County investors.  The team, which
will play at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, will be headed by
President/GM Roy Englebrecht.  Englebrecht is Exec VP and
minority Owner of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League
team.  The Sting reportedly lost $1M in each of the last two
seasons in Las Vegas.  The Los Angeles Cobras called the L.A.
Sports Arena home during the '88 AFL season, but folded after one
year (L.A. TIMES, 10/4)....The Major Indoor Lacrosse League has
granted Charlotte a team for the '96 season.  The Cobras will
play at Independence Arena and are the MILL's seventh franchise
(MILL)....In the latest issue of SPORT, Dan Dieffenbach
criticizes Michael Jordan's role in the NBA labor dispute.
Dieffenbach writes that Jordan would have been "better off siding
with players like Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson, or even
[NBPA President Buck] Williams, instead of surrounding himself
with controversy and troublemakers like Alonzo Mourning and
Reggie Miller, both taking calls on the 1-800-DECERTIFY party
line" (SPORT, 11/95 issue)....In the current AUTOWEEK, Wes Raynal
doubts the IndyCar-IRL confrontation will go "over the brink" and
lead to an alternate race on May 26, the date of the Indy 500.
While CART President Andrew Craig says there will be no boycott
of the 500, Raynal reports that dissident teams may have a
contingency plan in place if the IRL fails to modify qualifying
rules.  Craig: "I've made it clear that a boycott is not on our
list of things to do.  But we've been locked out.  It's
reasonable for teams to consider other options" (AUTOWEEK, 10/2
issue).
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