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Published December 4, 1997
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).