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The WNBA named RENEE BROWN as Dir of Player Personnel and KELLY KRAUSKOPF and Dir of Basketball Operations (NBA). ...The Nets have hired DAVID PENDERGRAFT as their Dir of Player Personnel. He spent last season as a scout for the Grizzlies (Nets)....Olympic boxer ZAHIR RAHEEM has signed a five-year promotional contract with Las Vegas-based Top Rank, Inc. The decision was "unexpected," because Raheem had been receiving financial support from Totowa, NJ-based Main Events Inc. (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 9/6).
NFL Commissioner PAUL TAGLIABUE has proclaimed September 12 as "DON SHULA DAY." The highlight will be a black-tie, invitation-only dinner at the Broward County Convention Center hosted by Dolphins Owner WAYNE HUIZENGA. ESPN's CHRIS BERMAN will be Master of Ceremonies (NFL). ...MONICA SELES, LINDSAY DAVENPORT and MARY JOE FERNANDEZ attended the MTV Video Music Awards Wednesday night at Radio City Music Hall (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/6)....Rumors have O.J. SIMPSON defense attorney JOHNNIE COCHRAN taking on MIKE TYSON as a client and investigating the WBC Heavyweight Champion's financial dealings with promoter DON KING, SHOWTIME, and the MGM GRAND (NEWSDAY, 9/6)....Nike CEO PHIL KNIGHT sat next to the former Dutchess of York SARAH FERGUSON during the Muster-Agassi U.S. Open match Wednesday night (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/6)....The Southern League's Huntsville Stars President & GM DON MINCHER was named League Executive of the Year (Southern League)....JOHN MCENROE is profiled in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Fran Lidz notes the "buzz" at NBC is that McEnroe "prodded" the network into demoting BUD COLLINS from the booth to the sidelines during French Open and Wimbledon telecasts. McEnroe: "Bud knows more about tennis than 99.5 percent of the population. But what did he ever do in tennis that would make him know what's happening in the U.S. Open final? The same with MARY CARILLO" (SI, 9/9 issue).