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FRANCHISE NOTES

          NHL: The Hurricanes "are standing by" G Sean Burke, who
     was arrested Sunday and charged with assaulting his wife,
     saying that the incident "has given them no reason to
     suspend Burke."  The team said the Burkes are being provided
     professional assessment and therapy through the NHL's
     counsel.  Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: "Until I see a
     reason that Sean should not be with the team I would not do
     that" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 11/5).
          GENERAL: NJ-based Worldwide Entertainment & Sports said
     it will buy the AFL Florida Bobcats from Bruce Frey (SOUTH
     FL BUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/3 issue)....In Vancouver, B.C. Lions
     Owner David Braley has assumed ownership of the A-League
     soccer Vancouver 86ers (Vancouver PROVINCE, 11/4).

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