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         The NFL Draft could be moved to early March as soon as '98,
    according to Gordon Forbes of USA TODAY.  The move would "be part
    of a plan to overhaul the draft process and end a growing problem
    of bickering between personnel people and head coaches."  NFL
    Commissioner Paul Tagliabue had planned to move the draft next
    year, but was persuaded by personnel people to wait until '98
    (USA TODAY, 4/23)....NHL Senior VP/Hockey Op Brian Burke said he
    would prefer the NHL keep three periods over four quarters, but
    he did note his own children "lose interest" during breaks.
    Burke, on shorter periods and time-outs:  "It's something to look
    at, but it's not Fox driven" (NewSport, 4/23).  In Philadelphia,
    Timothy Dwyer criticizes Commissioner Gary Bettman's aim to end
    fighting, saying the NHL should focus instead on cheap shots
    levied during play (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/20).

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         The harmony that existed when the NBA players were pleading
    for the return of the NBA officials has dissolved throughout the
    season, to the point where the players and refs are now "warring
    factions" as the playoffs approach, according to the CHICAGO SUN-
    TIMES.  Referees' Union attorney Fred Slaughter has proposed
    players be suspended for three games and fined $50,000 for
    approaching refs in an angry or argumentative way.  NBPA official
    Alex English says refs should be punished for bad calls just as
    players and coaches are punished for criticizing officiating
    (Lacy Banks, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/23).  In Cleveland, Bud Shaw
    writes the NBA should issue a pre-playoffs statement that anyone
    making physical contact with a ref will "be finished for the
    remainder of the postseason.  End of discussion" (Cleveland PLAIN
    DEALER, 4/21).  Atlanta's Craig Ehlo:  "It's ego.  All the stuff
    that's going on now is all about egos" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER,
         OTHER NBA NEWS:  The Nets and Magic will play at the Tokyo
    Dome on November 7 and 9 in the NBA Japan Games (NBA)

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         Today, THE DAILY presents an exclusive look at the agents
    representing the NFL's first round draft picks.  Tomorrow:  The
    second round (THE DAILY).
     1.  Keyshawn Johnson/WR   Lee Kolligian/Mouthpiece Sports
                               Jerome Stanley/Stanley & Associates
     2.  Kevin Hardy/LB        Ethan Lock/ProServ
     3.  Simeon Rice/DE        Eugene Parker/Burt Blee Dixon & Sutton
     4.  Jonathan Ogden/OT     Marvin Demoff, Don Yee/
                               Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp
     5.  Cedric Jones/DE       Gary Wichard/Pro Tect
     6.  Lawr. Phillips/RB     Mitch Frankel/Impact Sports
     7.  Terry Glenn/WR        James Gould, Brig Owens/Management One
     8.  Tim Biakabatuka/RB    Kevin Poston
     9.  Rickey Dudley/TE      Joel Segal
    10.  Willie Anderson/OT    Pat Dye/ProFiles
    11.  Alex Molden/DB        Angelo Wright/Sports West
    12.  Regan Upshaw/DE       Steve Baker
    13.  Walt Harris/DB        Kennard McGuire
    14.  Eddie George/RB       Lamont Smith/All Pro Sports
    15.  John Mobley/LB        Brian Mackler/SportsStars
    16.  Duane Clemons/DE      Leigh Steinberg/Steinberg & Moorad
    17.  Reggie Brown/LB       Mark Mottaz
    18.  Eddie Kennison/WR     John Hamilton
    19.  Marvin Harrison/WR    Gary Wichard/Pro Tect
    20.  Daryl Gardener/DT     Neil Schwartz/Schwartz Associates
    21.  Pete Kendall/OT       Neil Schwartz/Schwartz Associates
    22.  Marcus Jones/DT       Greg Williams/Vanguard
    23.  Jeff Hartings/OG      Ben Dogra, Jim Steiner
                               Sports Management Group
    24.  Eric Moulds/WR        Pat Dye/ProFiles
    25.  Jermane Mayberry/OT   Jack Bechta/JB & A
    26.  Ray Lewis/LB          Drew Rosenhaus/Rosenhaus Sports
    27.  John Michels/OT       Marvin Demoff
    28.  Jerome Woods/DB       James Sexton, Kyle Rote/
                               Athletic Resource Management
    29.  Jamain Stephens/OT    Tank Black/Professional Management
    30.  Andre Johnson/OT      Tony Agnone/Eastern Athletic

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