Sunoco Debuts "Essence Of Racing" Campaign Executive Transactions Isiah Thomas Expected Backlash Over Hiring FanDuel Brings On Most Of Zynga Sports Team Georgia Approves Increased Athletic Budget Kentucky Adding Ribbon Boards At Rupp IndyCar Ponders How To Attract Fans Long Term Jeff Gordon Hired As Full-Time Analyst For Fox Danica's Sponsorship Status To Be Telling For NASCAR Classified Advertisements
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PGA Tour pros STEVE ELKINGTON, COREY PAVIN, FRED COUPLES, and JEFF MAGGERT will all have parts in KEVIN COSTNER's upcoming film "Tin Cup," but PETER JACOBSEN, who has a speaking part in the film, will be the fictional winner of the U.S. Open -- his first major (GOLFWEEK, 11/18 issue)....Magic Owner RICH DEVOS, on re-sign SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: "Shaq is a reasonable man, so we'll ask: 'Do you want to be a one-man show, or do you want to have guys you can throw the ball to?'" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/19)....T- Wolves VP KEVIN MCHALE was hunting last weekend, along with an ESPN camera crew. His exploits will be featured in a future outdoors show on the network (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 11/19)....At the going-away party for former Orioles GM ROLAND HEMOND, Asst GM FRANK ROBINSON roasted his old boss, and at the end, added, "Seriously, I love you." Hemond responded with, "Well, that's nice, Frank, but you still can't have my Bud Light" -- thus breaking up the room (Baltimore SUN, 11/19)....Bullets/ Capitals Owner ABE POLLIN was named Business Leader of the Year by the DC Chamber of Commerce for his efforts to get the new MCI Center built (WASHINGTON POST, 11/20)....David Letterman on the mistrial in the DON KING case: "If it's any consolation to prosecutors, you know, Don already looks like he's been to the electric chair" ("Late Show," CBS, 11/20).