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  • 'ZO TAKES HIS SHOTS AT COMMISSIONER STERN

         The Heat's Alonzo Mourning blames NBA Commissioner David
    Stern for the team's loss of Juwan Howard during the off-season,
    according to Amy Shipley of the MIAMI HERALD.  Speaking Saturday,
    Mourning said, "David Stern runs this league. ... This whole
    thing was a matter of him flexing his muscle the whole time,
    letting [Heat President Pat Riley] and [Heat Owner Micky Arison]
    know who was the boss."  Mourning went on to say the league
    "animosity has built up over the past couple of years against Pat
    Riley and Micky Arison."  Mourning: "Arison is the new guy on the
    block, a young owner with lots of money, and Riley has won
    everywhere he goes.  When he left the Knicks organization, the
    people in New York were kind of [ticked] off" (MIAMI HERALD,
    10/6).
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

         Hartford will host the All-Star Game for the ABL, the new
    women's pro basketball league, on December 15 at the Civic
    Center.  The game will be televised on SportsChannel Regional
    Network (ABL)....The AFL has relocated to Chicago.  The office
    and league officials are at 75 East Wacker Drive, Suite 400,
    Chicago, IL 60601 (AFL).
    

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  • MLS PLAYOFF STRUCTURE EXAMINED AS SEMIFINALS START THURSDAY

         MLS is set to begin its playoff semifinals on Thursday,
    eight days after the conclusion of the first round, which is "too
    much down time," according to Frank Dell'Apa of the BOSTON GLOBE.
    MLS is "in the midst of what should be the most suspenseful time
    of the season. ... But instead of drama, the MLS is producing
    apathy."  The league had to arrange stadium availability and
    conflicts with World Cup matches, but MLS "added to the problem
    by insisting on the best-of-three format."  Dell'Apa notes that
    formula "has been rejected as impractical and superfluous by most
    league.  Hopefully, MLS is learning why."  Under the current
    system, some players will be playing in their fifth game in 11
    days during the MLS Cup on October 20 in Foxboro, "not a formula
    for optimal performance."  Instead, Dell'Apa recommends changing
    to a two-game, home-and-home series, with total goals as the
    first tiebreaker (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/8).
         REVIEWS: MLS "surprised a lot of skeptics in its freshman
    season with solid attendance and cash flows that exceeded
    projections at most of the ten teams," according to the latest
    FORBES.  L.A. Galaxy Chair Marc Rapaport is featured for his "big
    score" in the L.A. market (FORBES, 10/21)....In Boston,
    Revolution investor Bob Kraft, on the future of pro soccer: "We
    averaged better than 19,000 paid per game.  That's more than the
    Bruins and Celtics average.  ... From what I saw at Foxboro this
    year, the crowds were half-male, half-kids 8-15 years old, half
    suburban and about one-third new Americans" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/5).
    

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  • ON THE CART PATH: INDYCAR WON'T GO HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH INDY

         CART, the IndyCar sanctioning body, released their schedule
    Monday and will not run a race "head-to-head" against the IRL's
    Indy 500, according to Shav Glick of the L.A. TIMES.  The CART
    schedule shows a race at the yet-to-be-built Gateway
    International Raceway in Madison, IL on Saturday, May 24, the day
    before the Indy 500.  Last year, CART ran the U.S. 500 at
    Michigan International Speedway on the same day as the Indy race.
    This year, the U.S. 500 will remain in Michigan but will be run
    on July 27.  Roger Penske's new California Speedway will be the
    site of CART's season finale on September 28.  CART President
    Andrew Craig: "Our last race gives us the strongest schedule
    possible on the West Coast. We have now have five races --
    Vancouver, Portland, Laugna Seca, Long Beach and Fontana -- in
    the West" (L.A. TIMES, 10/8).  In Indianapolis, Bill Koenig notes
    that May '97 will be much "less controversial" than this year,
    but "big corporate dollars ... may still bypass the city" as
    major sponsors of CART say "they'll spend their money where CART
    competes."  Major sponsors reportedly told CART they preferred
    the group not race on the same day as the Indy 500, and "at the
    same time, representatives of companies that sponsor CART race
    teams and events said they likely won't come to Indianapolis in
    May -- like they did prior to the split" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR,
    10/4).
    

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