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JOHN DALY checked himself into the Betty Ford Center over the weekend for alcohol rehabilitation. Daly, in the Memphis Commercial Appeal: "If I don't feel like I can keep from drinking, I'm through. ... I might not play golf again. I'm going to stay here as long as it takes." More Daly, who went on a reported "drinking binge" last Thursday and ended up being hospitalized: "I just thank God the bars close early in Florida. I could have been dead. When I woke up in the hospital, I knew I needed help" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/31). In Chicago, the TRIBUNE's Ed Sherman notes that a Wilson Sporting Goods spokesperson, of which Daly is the "main endorser for golf equipment," had no comment on Daly's "latest turmoil," or whether it will pull his ads. The company "has stood behind Daly in the wake of his previous problems" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/1).
SANDY HOLLOWAY, a former prime ministerial adviser, was named CEO of the organizing committee for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Syndey (N.Y. TIMES, 3/28)....RICH SHEUBROOKS has resigned as Exec Dir of the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission to become Nike's Director of Basketball for Europe (Charlotte Regional Sports Commission)....LAUREN DONOVAN has been named NBC Sports' VP/Negotiations. She was NBC Senior Corporate & Transactions Counsel (NBC Sports).
DENNIS RODMAN appeared on "Larry King Live" on Friday night. On his decision to get into movies: "I like to perform, I like to be an entertainer, and I just don't want to be known as a basketball player, an athlete so called, so I just tested the waters in the movie industry." On whether he will stay in Chicago after this season, when he will be an unrestricted free agent: "I'll be very diplomatic about this. If we win, I'll come back. If we don't win, I see no way in hell that I'll be back." Rodman presented a pair of the new Converse Rodman sneakers to King at the end of the program ("Larry King Live," CNN, 3/28)....Orioles Owner PETER ANGELOS wrote a letter to the editor in response to a March 4 column by the Washington Post's Tony Kornheiser entitled, "View From Owner's Box Is Out in Left Field." Angelos: "Since Kornheiser has never interviewed me or even called for an interview, I think it is highly presumptuous of him to criticize my thoughts or motivation" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/29)....MARTINA HINGIS, following her win over MONICA SELES at the Lipton Championships: "I'd like to thank (tournament sponsor) Rado, but I can't because I'm sponsored by Omega" (THE DAILY).