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DANIELLE MAGED has been named Dir of Strategic Planning for ESPN Int'l. Maged comes from Fox Sports Int'l, where she served as a consultant (ESPN Int'l)....The Devil Rays hired JULIE WILLIAMSON as Dir of Community Relations. She served as Dir of Community Affairs for WTSP-TV for 3 1/2 years (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/9)....GREG WALKER has been promoted to CEO of Allsport Photography (USA), Inc., and MIKE POWELL has been promoted to COO (THE DAILY).
VENUS WILLIAMS is featured on the front page of today's PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER under the header "Tennis' Newest Star Has All Eyes On Her" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 11/10)....Vikings QB BRAD JOHNSON, along with 10 to 12 other NFL players, will tape a special episode of "Wheel of Fortune." The episode will air during Super Bowl week in January (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/8).....The DETROIT FREE PRESS profiles COLLEEN HOWE, wife of GORDIE HOWE, and her companies, Power Play International and Power Play Publications in today's paper (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 11/10)....Univ. of PA Wharton School Professor KENNETH SHROPSHIRE wrote in Sunday's N.Y. DAILY NEWS under the header "Blacks Must Speak Up If Stars Act Up." Shropshire: "[W]hy isn't black America more critical? Just as we condemn a Marge Schott for her racist comments, shouldn't we condemn the poor public behavior of athletes in the public eye?" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/9).