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RICHIE WOODWORTH, who launched Reebok's golf division and the Greg Norman Collection, is leaving Reebok to focus his attention on the Norman collection (GOLFWORLD, 2/9).... GERRY RYAN, who has spent 15 years as the 76ers Business Manager, will be GM of the new Philadelphia NPSL franchise, the Kixx (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 2/15)....CBA VP of Sales & Marketing TIM WEIL has resigned to accept the position of Dir of Corporate Sales with Phoenix's new NHL franchise. Weil begins in Phoenix at the end of this month. Also from the CBA, Dir of Team Services LARA PRICE has been named 76ers Dir of Marketing (CBA)....ANDREW SHEPARD, Chair of the Exchange Bank of Santa Rosa, CA, has been elected Chair of the LPGA Board of Directors. Shepard, a board member since '91, succeeds MARY JO JACOBI (LPGA)....JOY RODENBERG has been named a VP of the USTA by the group's board of directors. She succeeds RICK FERMAN, who was named USTA Exec Dir on January 11 (USTA)....The TAMPA TRIBUNE notes the "surprising announcement" by LEO MEHL, Goodyear's GM of racing programs worldwide, that he will resign effective March 1. STU GRANT, Goodyear's current Dir of Racing, will succeed Mehl (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/15)....Heisman Trophy winner EDDIE GEORGE has signed agent C. LAMONT SMITH to represent him in marketing and contact talks (THE DAILY).
Former Chiefs QB BILL KENNEY has dropped out of the race for Missouri Governor. Kenney will run for Lieutenant Governor instead (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 2/15)....STEFAN EDBERG will spend part of his final year on the men's tour promoting the Stefan Edberg Junior Tennis Foundation to support tennis in Sweden (TENNIS, 3/96 issue)....BRYANT GUMBEL will serve as master of ceremonies for the AAU James Sullivan Award at Walt Disney Resort on March 4 (AAU).... Bronco SHANNON SHARPE issued a release saying, contrary to previous reports, his representation is still being handled by TANK BLACK (Broncos)....HarperCollins will publish MONICA SELES' autobiography in June (N.Y. POST, 2/15).