Hendrick Motorsports Renewing AARP, MAC Tools Rockets-Thunder Leads Weekend Ratings Sources: Marlins Using Jeter To Elicit Interest In Team Braves' First SunTrust Park Homestand Goes Smoothly USA Swimming's Chuck Wielgus Dies NFL Draft In Philly Requires Extensive Set Up MLB Stars Appear In New Sheraton Campaign NBC's Lead NHL Team Earning Kudos Tobacco Still Being Used In Some MLB Clubhouses Sabres Have No Timetable To Hire New Leadership
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JOHN LEFEVRE was named USFSA Exec Dir. He is currently the USFSA First VP and an attorney for the FTC. He will succeed JERRY LACE and assume his new responsibilities in May '98 (USFSA)....Speedway Motorsports named MARYLARUEL WILKS as VP/Communications and General Counsel (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/20)....CATHY PRIESTNER ALLINGER was named the SLOC's Dir of Ice Sports (SLOC).
FROM THE CURRENT NEWSWEEK: Dodgers' pitchers CHAN HO PARK and HIDEO NOMO are profiled in NEWSWEEK. Both are "cheered on by legions of raucous hometown fans who live thousands of miles away." Park has a four-year Nike deal worth $1.7M and endorsements with three Korean sponsors worth another $2M....KEN GRIFFEY, JR. is profiled by Smith & Starr, who write that Griffey is "not only the Zen master of the game; he is also the best player" (NEWSWEEK, 9/29). OTHER NAMES: NFL Giants co-Owner BOB TISCH is donating $7.5M to his alma mater, the Univ. of MI, for a humanities building and a tennis center (N.Y. TIMES, 9/21)....Vail CEO ADAM ARON was profiled in Sunday's DENVER POST by Penny Parker under the header, "Big Year For Vail Boss." Parker: "[S]ki-industry insiders say Aron is an infusion of energy that the ski industry desperately needs" (DENVER POST, 9/21)....Jets WR KEYSHAWN JOHNSON will tape an episode of Fox's "Living Single" where he will play himself (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/22)....WAYNE HUIZENGA was featured in an extensive profile by Jill Dutt in Sunday's WASHINGTON POST. Dutt: "For all his money ... Huizenga's friends insist he remains a regular guy" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/21)....DAVID FALK was interviewed on "Bloomberg Forum" this morning. Falk: "I consider myself a creative person, I really enjoy the marketing side of the business a great deal because it allows you much greater latitude to do things in business than simply negotiating contracts" ("BBN," 9/22).