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ESPN promoted PHIL SHIFFMAN to Dir of Int'l Research & Special Projects. Shiffman had been Dir of Research & Measurements (ESPN)....Coca-Cola named M. DOUGLAS IVESTER as the company's new Chair & CEO (Mult., 10/24)....ANDREW GURTIS, former Dir of Licensing for Int'l Speedway Corp., has been named VP/Daytona Int'l Speedway (Daytona Speedway).
MARV ALBERT "was spared jail time" today by a judge who told him that his conviction for misdemeanor assault and battery "would be dropped if he stays out of trouble for a year," according to the AP. VA State Judge Benjamin Kendrick "rejected prosecutors' request that Albert serve a short jail term." Albert "apologized in court" to Vanessa Perhach, the woman who accused him of sexual assault. Albert attorney Roy Black: "I have to say that finally common sense has prevailed" (AP, 10/24).
Pacers Coach LARRY BIRD is profiled by Charles Pierce in ESQUIRE. Pierce: "He's heard ever since taking the job that he is going to hate what's become of the NBA - that he will find himself surrounded by hysterically wealthy players, most of whom don't know how to play the game correctly and have no desire to learn." Bird: "Look, it's a players' league, and everybody knows that. ... I'm not going to call every play from the bench. It slows the game down, and I think the game is just fine" (ESQUIRE, 11/97 issue). ...NBC's "Saturday Night Live" will include a "SuperFans" skit with MIKE DITKA, CHRIS FARLEY and GEORGE WENDT (USA TODAY, 10/23)....DON SHULA, ALEX ENGLISH, and PHIL NIEKRO will be among those honored at the 22ND ANNUAL ALL SPORTS HALL OF FAME DINNER, to be held November 5 at the Waldorf- Astoria in New York. The event, which honors '97 inductees into the Baseball, Basketball, Pro Football, Golf, Hockey and Tennis Halls of Fame, benefits The Boys Club of New York (All Sports Hall Of Fame Dinner)...."GMA" contributor REX HUDLER reported live from Jacobs Field this morning. Marlins' DARREN DAULTON, on playing in the cold weather: "It's kinda like molasses, you know, when you pour it out in the cold, it doesn't move very fast" (ABC, 10/24).