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The Devil Rays promoted TOM FOLEY to Dir of Minor League Operations, SCOTT PROEFROCK to Assistant GM of Administration and BART BRAUN to Assistant GM of Operations (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/9)....SITV promoted PAULETTE DOUGLAS from Senior Producer to VP/Program Development and Exec Producer, and KEN PISANI from Producer to Senior Producer (SlTV)....The Susan Komen International LPGA tournament appointed RICHARD FARLEY Tournament Dir and CAROLINE TICE Senior Project Dir (DWA)....Strike Ten Entertainment named MICHAEL ROARTY to its Board of Directors (Strike Ten)....N.Y. Racing Association VP/Communications and Development STEVEN CRIST has resigned (NEWSDAY, 1/9).
Former NHL Kings Owner BRUCE MCNALL will be sentenced today in L.A. for two counts of bank fraud and single counts of conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with a plan to defraud six banks, one securities firm and the Kings of more than $236M (L.A. TIMES, 1/9)....NBC's HANNAH STORM gave birth to 8lb., 10oz. HANNAH ELIZABETH HICKS on Tuesday. The child is the first for Storm and husband DAN HICKS (NBC). ...Magic VP PAT WILLIAMS and his wife have agreed to a divorce that allows their 18 adopted and natural children to live primarily with Pat Williams (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/9). ...DENNIS RODMAN will appear with SI model REBECCA ROMIJN on the cover of next month's GQ (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/9)....DON BEAVER, owner of four minor-league baseball teams and a minority interest in the Pirates, is purchasing Rock Barn Golf Course in Conover, N.C. (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/9).
MSG President & CEO DAVE CHECKETTS, NHL Rangers President NEIL SMITH, Knicks President ERNIE GRUNFELD, Yankees GM BOB WATSON and Mets Exec VP JOE MCILVAINE will speak at the inaugural breakfast for "The Madison Square Garden Sports Breakfast Speaker Series," to be held February 5. The first of six scheduled breakfasts will feature the topic, "Operating a Professional Sports Team in the New York Market." MARV ALBERT will serve as moderator (MSG).