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Published March 26, 1996
Magic VP/Operations John Gabriel could be leaving to rejoin the 76ers. TAMPA TRIBUNE's Bill Fay writes Gabriel has spoken with new 76ers President Pat Croce, but nothing was "officially discussed." Gabriel is in the final year of his Magic deal. He his career with Philadelphia, is a friend of Croce, and has family in the city (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/26).....The Eagles agreed to move their training camp from West Chester Univ. to Lehigh Univ. An NFL source said it is likely the team will save $10,000 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/26)....The GLOBE & MAIL examines the payrolls of the Expos and Blue Jays. The Jays currently come in just over $31.5M, compared to $43M last year. The Expos stand at $15.5M, compared to $10.5M in '95 (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/26)....The new Western Professional Hockey League franchise in El Paso will be called the Buzzards (WPHL)....The N.Y. POST's Neal Travis reports Mets Co-Owners Nelson Doubleday Jr. and Fred Wilpon "have reached the stage where they don't speak to each other." Speculation is that Doubleday may seek a buyer for his stake (N.Y. POST, 3/26)....MLS hopes for a sellout crowd of 26,000 for their league opener April 6 in San Jose. Sales through Monday were at 24,000 (USA TODAY, 3/26)....A crowd of 17,603, the largest in NPSL history, attended the Spirit-Ambush game Saturday night at Kiel Center (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 3/25)....The Diamondbacks announced a two-year working agreement with the Triple-A Mexican League Owls (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/26)....Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar wants to be part of a new Cleveland team, either as a part owner or in a player-personnel role. Kosar reportedly has aligned himself with Cleveland financiers Bob Gries and Alfred Lerner (Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 3/26)....Asked about reports the Sabres are planning to change team colors and logo, team spokesperson Gil Chorbajian noted there will be some changes, with an announcement in the "next month or so." Details are still being finalized (THE DAILY)....The Colonial Hockey League's Brantford Smoke has been fined $25,000 and Owner Roger Davis "could lose the franchise" after a recent forfeit (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/26).