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"OUTSIDE THE LINES" EXAMINES THE ROLE OF AIDS IN SPORTS

     ESPN's "Outside the Lines" examined sports and the HIV
virus.  The program featured segments on Tommy Morrison, Magic
Johnson, triathlete Jim Howley, Greg Louganis, and Grant Lewis, a
7th grader banished from participating in sports because he is
HIV-positive.  Morrison:  "It really doesn't matter where I got
it.  I think what I do from this point on is what people are
going to judge me by and I just need to do everything I can to
make sure people don't make the same mistake."  Mary Ann Grabavoy
reported on how AIDS affects athletes in all sports, noting that
experts agree the chances of contracting AIDS in competition are
"extremely remote."  Still, Centers for Disease Control experts
estimate that one in every 200 college-aged men are HIV-
positive.  That translates into approximately 30 athletes
competing now in boxing, the NFL, the NBA, and the NHL.  Nets
forward Jayson Williams, who had two sisters die from AIDS, was
also featured (ESPN, 3/11).
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