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LEAGUE NOTES

          ABL: The ABL signed Jennifer Azzi to a four-year
     contract extension (ABL).  League CEO Gary Cavalli said
     Azzi's signing means 29 of the ABL's top 35 players have
     signed contract extensions.  Cavalli: "We expect three more
     to be announced soon, leaving three others who want to
     wait."  The Rage's Dawn Staley has yet to resign and Cavalli 
     said Staley is "very, very important to the league. 
     Obviously she's No. 1 on our list" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 10/24).
          GENERAL: MLS Deputy Commissioner Sunil Gulati said that
     the league will likely retain all its foreign players in
     '98, and he predicts that about 20 new international players
     will come into the league next season (USA TODAY, 10/24).
     ...CART's season-opening Marlboro Grand Prix has been moved
     from March 1 to March 15 "in order to secure a better" TV
     package.  Details of the TV deal were not disclosed (STAR-
     NEWS, 10/24)....The Pacers-Hornets exhibition game on
     Tuesday in Nashville drew 9,338 at the 16,000-plus seat
     Nashville arena (NASHVILLE BANNER, 10/23)....The Panthers
     have filed a grievance with the NFL Management Council.  The
     team is looking to collect the unpaid fines that former
     Panther Kevin Greene incurred during his holdout. It is also
     looking to recoup a $350,000 roster bonus that it paid
     Greene last February.  The matter goes before an independent
     arbitrator next week (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/24). 

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