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Published December 9, 1997
NHL: In Edmonton, prospective local owners of the NHL Oilers met with Premier Ralph Klein "to discuss a possible role for the province in saving the financially troubled" team (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 12/9)....In FL, NHL Panthers President Bill Torrey said that he "expects" the team to purchase the AHL expansion franchise previously awarded to FL broadcast exec Bill Paxson. He added the team could play at the Miami Arena (MIAMI HERALD, 12/7)....The Senators unveiled their third jersey with a red background. It will be worn eight times after the All-Star break (Senators). OTHER NOTES: ABC's Al Michaels interviewed Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones at halftime of last night's Panthers- Cowboys "MNF" game. Jones, on his involvement in next year's coaching process: "I got involved in the NFL because I was passionate about the game, about football. I enjoyed playing it. But I think it'll stop short of me being the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys ("MNF," ABC, 12/8)....The N.Y. POST reports that the Yankees dismissed Hideki Irabu's interpreter, Kota Ishijima, and four other non-uniformed employees "three weeks before Christmas." Also dismissed were equipment manager Nick Priore, massage therapist Michael Silverwise, video coordinator Carl Taylor and consulting psychiatrist Fran Pirozzolo. The Yankees had no comment in the report (N.Y. POST, 12/9)....The Indians sold 600,000 tickets over the weekend in the first two days that '98 general admission seats were put on sale (Indians).