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Published October 24, 1997
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).