SBD/4/Leagues Governing Bodies


          NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue says the NFL "will
     fight bids by any second-year college players to enter the
     '98 draft."  Tagliabue: "We think our rules (limiting
     signings to players with at least three years of college)
     will stand up in court" (Peter King, SI, 12/8 issue)....The
     ATP Tour took out a full-page ad in USA TODAY congratulating
     Pete Sampras on being chosen by players, journalists and
     tournament directors as the game's No. 1 player of the last
     25 years.  Balloting was conducted to commemorate the Tour's
     25th Anniversary.  Rounding out the top five were Bjorn
     Borg, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl (THE
     DAILY)....The ABL Storm-StingRays game in Long Beach last
     night started over 45 minutes late when the three ABL
     officials scheduled to referee did not show up.  ABL ref
     Chuck Gonzales was sitting in the stands as a spectator, and
     agreed to ref the game.  Another ABL ref, Mariane Karp, who
     lives near the arena, was called and agreed to drive over to
     do the game.  ABL Dir of Officials Ernie Yarbrough was
     unavailable to comment who was supposed to officiate the
     game and why they didn't show up (Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM,
     12/4)....The ABL will sponsor its first dunk contest January
     17 at the All-Star Game in Orlando, FL (DENVER POST, 12/4).

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