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MATTHEW MURPHY was named Dir of Affiliate Sales & Marketing, Northeast Region for ESPN. He had been Senior Account Exec for the Eastern Division (ESPN).... NC Gov. JIM HUNT named FRED STARR, CEO of Thomasville Furniture Industries, as the head of the State Authority responsible for building the Triad's $210M MLB ballpark (AP, 12/4).
JEWEL will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXII on January 25 in San Diego (USA TODAY, 12/4)....Lloyd's of London insured Univ. of New Mexico C KENNY THOMAS for $2M, according to an Albuquerque Journal report (USA TODAY, 12/4) ....Disney Chair MICHAEL EISNER exercised options for 7.3 million shares of stock at a profit of about $565M that he had accumulated since January '89 (WASHINGTON POST, 12/4). ...RUSSELL CROWE and MARY MCCORMACK have been cast as the leads in a Disney hockey movie to be filmed in Canmore & Calgary this summer. Appearing in the film, based on a small town Alaskan hockey team that takes on the Rangers, will be five members of the Rangers, including ADAM GRAVES and KEVIN STEVENS (CALGARY SUN, 12/4).