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RAPTORS AREN'T CROSS OVER STADIUM DIRECTOR'S DEPARTURE

     Jay Cross, who has currently been the stadium project
director for the Raptors' Air Canada Centre, has been hired by
the Heat to work on their proposed $165M arena, writes Robert
MacLeod of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Raptors President John
Bitove Jr. insisted Cross's departure has nothing to do with the
fact that construction of the Air Canada Centre continues to be
delayed by legal details, and that he encouraged Cross to take
the Heat job.  Bitove:  "They are where we were two years ago.
They need someone to put it together to make it happen."  The
Raptors also announced that they will hold part of their training
camp next season at the 4,200-seat Molson Centre in Barrie, 45-
minutes north of Toronto (Toronto GLOBE AND MAIL, 5/28).
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