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              BILL FREEMAN has been appointed VP & GM of ESPN Grill. 
         He was most recently CFO at DAKA Int'l Inc (ESPN Grill).
         ...Panthers/Ericsson Stadium Ops Coordinator MITCH SILVERMAN
         will become Facility Dir of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County
         Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Arena Complex beginning
         December 2 (THE DAILY)....Chicago Sun-Times NFL writer DAN
         POMPEI is leaving to become the full-time NFL writer for The
         Sporting News (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/25). 

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              EDITORIAL CRITICAL OF SHINN: An editorial in the
         CHARLOTTE OBSERVER says that despite a decision not to
         prosecute Hornets Owner GEORGE SHINN on sexual misconduct
         charger, his "reputation is in ruins."  The OBSERVER: "Since
         the woman filed the charge in September, Mr. Shinn has made
         no public statement.  His attorney has said, 'There are two
         sides to every story.  There is a side of this story that
         Mr. Shinn will tell at that proper time....'  If people
         believe the worst about Mr. Shinn, one reason may be that he
         has offered nothing better to believe.  We're not sure what
         Mr. Shinn and his attorneys consider, 'the proper time,' but
         [time] seems to us to be running out" (OBSERVER, 11/25).
              OTHER NAMES: MARV ALBERT and O.J. SIMPSON "have been
         ousted" from the American Sportscasters Association's new
         Hall of Fame.  Neither of the former sportscasters are
         mentioned in the ASA's exhibits opening at the MCI Center
         next week (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/25)....PATRICK EWING held a
         Thanksgiving dinner at MSG's Club restaurant for 60 kids
         from Covenant House (N.Y. POST, 11/25)....Lakers C SHAQUILLE
         O'NEAL is contributing a rap music track for a charity album
         to benefit underprivileged children.  The song is titled
         "Are You Ready to Fly," and the album is called "Jive's
         Unreleased Masters for the Children's Health Fund, Vol. 1." 
         The album will be released today (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/25).
         ...ALBERTO TOMBA is promoting a race called "Slalom For
         Peace" on December 23 to benefit the injured and the
         children in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (DESERET NEWS, 11/23).
         ....With boxer GEORGE FOREMAN announcing his retirement,
         DAVID LETTERMAN offered his "Top 10 Signs It's Time To
         Retire From Boxing."  Among our favorites: No. 10: Blows to
         the jaw often cause your entire head to fly off; No. 9: Your
         last match was promoted as 'The Snooza in Tuscaloosa; No. 6:
         Instead of 'Let's get ready to rumble!' announcer says,
         'Let's watch the geezer get his ass kicked!'; No. 2: Your
         idea of a one-two combo is metamucil and a nap; No. 1: MIKE
         TYSON chipped a tooth on your hearing aid" (CBS, 11/24). 

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