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Published October 9, 1997
UNC Men's Basketball Coach DEAN SMITH, 66, will announce in a news conference today that he is retiring (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 10/9)....Former MLB P DENNIS MARTINEZ, on his "aborted plans to seek political office" in his native Nicaragua. Martinez: "My wife told me, 'If you go into politics you'll get shot the next day because you can't keep your mouth shut'" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/9). ...Former ACOG CEO BILLY PAYNE spoke to 500 Charlotte leaders at Leadership Charlotte's Lifetime Achievement Awards. Payne said that MLB "is the next logical step for Charlotte." Payne: "(But) you must look to sport in the context of its ability to enrich the lives of people -- not your bank accounts. Business can never be the reason that your community embraces sport" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/9). ....adidas' SONNY VACCARO is profiled in SPORT magazine under the header "Three Stripes, You're In" (SPORT, 11/97).