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         MLB owners and players could be heading for an impasse in
    labor negotiations that "could put both sides back in the
    courtroom," according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY.  The owners
    negotiating committee met Thursday to discuss "what little
    progress had been made in bargaining talks and where to go next."
    Bodley writes that if management decides an impasse has been
    reached and attempts to implement terms of its last proposal, it
    would have to appear before U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor,
    who issued the injunction in March '95 that ended the players
    strike (USA TODAY, 5/10).
         NEWS AND NOTES: Acting Commissioner Bud Selig on Bret
    Butler's throat cancer possibly caused by chewing tobacco: "I
    hope we can pick up the intensity. This is such a horrible
    habit."  Selig said he was unaware that Milwaukee County Stadium
    provided chewing tobacco free in the visitors clubhouse.  Selig:
    "It shouldn't be.  Let (the players) bring it themselves"
    (Michael Silverman, BOSTON HERALD, 5/9)....L.A. TIMES columnist
    Mike Downey writes on the "good years" of Adolf Hitler.  Downey:
    "Everybody called him Adolf "Designated" Hitler backed then,
    which made him laugh and laugh, even though the DH hadn't been
    introduced to baseball yet.  The guy was always way ahead of his
    time that way. It's all there in the new book, 'Hitler: The Good
    Years' (on sale at Riverfront Stadium)" (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).

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         NFL sources tell the DALLAS MORNING NEWS that former Cowboys
    WR Cory Fleming has been told he will be suspended for violating
    the NFL's substance-abuse policy while playing last season with
    the Cowboys.  He is the third player from last season's team to
    be suspended for drug use (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/10)...The
    LPGA's McDonald's Championships has been reduced from 72 hole to
    54 due to rain.  It marks the first time one of the four major
    championships has been reduced to 54 holes (N.Y. TIMES,
    5/10)....Peter Vecsey writes on NBA official Lee Jones being
    "stiffed" in the playoffs by the NBA's Darell Garretson in this,
    his final year after 25 seasons of service. Vecsey: "If your
    chief of staff disrespects his officials, why should we be
    surprised when the players do likewise" (N.Y. POST, 5/9).

    Print | Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Leagues and Governing Bodies, LPGA, McDonalds, NBA, NFL

         The Equal Opportunity Committee of MLB issued an update on
    baseball's opportunity efforts over the past year.  The last EOC
    report was in June '94.  Among the findings: MLB has seen a
    decrease in the percentage of women in central offices and front
    office positions.  Central offices include the Commissioner,
    A.L., N.L. offices, the Players Relations Committee and MLB
    Properties.  In '93-94, 111 women were employed in the central
    offices making up 56% of the workforce.  In '95-96, women made up
    54% with 76 employees.  But the percentage of women as executives
    and department heads increased from 10% to 21% on the central
    office level, but remained at 13% in the club's front offices.
    The percentage of African-American employees in the central
    offices increased slightly, but remained at 9% in club front
    offices, the same level since '89.  The greatest increase was in
    the number of female owners/investors in teams, which grew from
    31 in '94 to 43 in '95-96.  On the whole, hiring numbers showed
    no dramatic gain in any one category (MLB).
         REACTION:  Minority hiring changed little "despite promises
    from owners to improve ethnic diversity" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/10).
    ESPN's Bob Ley:  "If progress is measured by numbers, then Major
    League Baseball is not making progress" ("SportsCenter," ESPN,

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         The NHL announced it will help stage the inaugural
    International Ice Hockey Federation In-Line Hockey World
    Championship.  The event, played in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN in
    August will be produced by the NHL and IIHF along with USA Hockey
    In-Line.  The round-robin format will host teams from up to 16
    countries.  Information on final site, TV and sponsorship plans
    will be released shortly (NHL).

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         As qualifying for the U.S. 500 and Indy 500 begin Saturday,
    IMS President Tony George said Indy may expand its race card
    beyond the traditional 33 starters.  George: "I don't believe the
    traditional 33 starting spots will be a problem filling.  The
    question is will we consider ... maybe expanding. ... I'm not
    suggesting anything other than this is an unusual year .. (and
    that) anything is possible" (Skip Myslenski, CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
         TAKING SIDES?  Profiles of the IRL/CART split continue.  In
    Detroit, Angelique Chengelis writes the feud has not "officially
    escalated to the point where the D-word is used, but it seems
    their differences are irreconcilable."  The "trial separation
    appears headed toward something more permanent" (DETROIT NEWS,
    5/10).  In Orlando, Mike Dame writes Indy "has been reduced to a
    farcical sideshow."  Driver Paul Tracy, who will be at the U.S.
    500, won't miss Indy, calling it just another race track while
    adding all the best racers are in Michigan.  Tracy: "I don't
    watch the Super Bowl to look at the stadium" (ORLANDO SENTINEL,
    5/10).  In L.A., Jim Murray writes George is betting the event
    "overshadows the individuals. ... Individuals retire, get old,
    get out.  The event stays" (L.A. TIMES, 5/9).

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