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FRANCHISE NOTES

          Toronto businessman Lawrence Heisey confirmed that he
     is part of the consortium headed by Murray Frum that is
     bidding to acquire the Blue Jays (TORONTO STAR, 4/29)....NBA
     Commissioner David Stern said he "doesn't plan to pressure"
     the Clippers, who finished last in the league in attendance,
     to move to the Pond at Anaheim (L.A. TIMES, 4/29)....ESPN's
     "SportsCenter" examined the success of the Mariners.  Post-
     Intelligencer columnist Art Thiel: "Their campaign, 'You've
     got to love these guys,' has worked very, very well because
     you do."  Pitcher Norm Charlton: "We've got a bunch of
     players that are very likeable by the fans, kids can look up
     to them.  They're not getting into a fight twice a week, or
     they're not getting pulled over with a gun in their car or
     drugs in their car" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/28).

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