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FRANCHISE NOTES

          The Ravens "are close" to completing a deal with
     Western Maryland College to make it their training camp home
     for the next three years (Baltimore SUN, 1/14)....Reported
     Blue Jays suitor Murray Frum and his advisor, Capital Canada
     Ltd. CEO Robert Foster, said all the investors in their
     prospective group are Canadian.  Foster: "There is no U.S.
     money in the group" (TORONTO SUN, 1/14)....The Knicks
     received a new chartered plane, a "gift" from ITT.  They
     will share the plane with the NHL Rangers (NEWSDAY, 1/14).
     ...The Rangers introduced their new "alternative jersey"
     last night against the Islanders.  Jay Greenberg of the N.Y.
     POST: "Has hockey become so devoid of color that the only
     way to brighten it is by changing jerseys?  In the absence
     of new stars, do we have to settle for new teams with new
     schemes? ... Granted, the Rangers are only going to wear
     these things about six times a season.  For a team with
     their history, it is six times too many" (N.Y. POST, 1/14). 
     N.Y. DAILY NEWS columnist Frank Brown: "Under Lady Liberty's
     chin sat a brief, to-the-point 'NYR,' which made the whole
     thing look like a license plate" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/14). 
     ESPN's Linda Cohn, on the jersey: "Why do I think of the
     final scene of the Planet of the Apes" ("SportsCenter,"
     1/13)....The Dolphins will unveil their uniform and logo
     alterations today.  Fans linked to the Internet can ask team
     President Eddie Jones questions about the changes at 2pm ET
     at http//pwr.com/ dolphins (MIAMI HERALD, 1/14)...."CBS
     Evening News" ran an "Editor's Note" during last night's
     newscast on sexual assault charges being dropped against the
     Cowboys' Michael Irvin and Erik Williams.  CBS's Dan Rather:
     "In fairness, and for thoroughness and accuracy, we wanted
     to make sure you knew" ("CBS Evening News," 1/13).

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