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Nike named ROBERT MITCHELL as East Coast PR Senior Manager (Nike)....The Basketball Hall Of Fame promoted DON GIBSON to Exec VP & COO. Gibson was formerly Exec VP/Marketing & Development (Hall Of Fame)....The Bonham Group promoted MATT YONAN to Dir of Client Services from Manager of Client Services (The Bonham Group)....The Astros named CHUCK POOL Dir of Advertising. He was Marketing Manager of NE-based Data Management Products (Astros).
POPE JOHN PAUL II has awarded papal knighthood to News Corp. Chair RUPERT MURDOCH for "unblemished character" and for promoting "the interest" of society, the Church and the Vatican (L.A. TIMES, 1/3)....In N.Y., Su Avasthi gave the "buzz" on January movies, which included a down arrow for HOWIE LONG's "Firestorm," which "looks like it'll crash and burn" (N.Y. POST, 1/2).....NASCAR Owner RICK HENDRICK was barred from any involvement with his race teams as part of the sentencing "for his part in the American Honda Motor Co. kickback scheme" (USA TODAY, 1/2)....BUSINESS WEEK named adidas Chair ROBERT LOUIS-DREYFUS as one of its top 25 Managers of the Year (BUSINESS WEEK, 1/12 issue)....The WNBA's SHERYL SWOOPES was named one of PEOPLE magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People (PEOPLE, 12/22 issue)....Former NHLPA Exec Dir ALAN EAGLESON is "expected" to receive an 18-month jail sentence as part of a plea-bargain on chargers of racketeering, mail fraud and embezzlement. Also, author RUSS CONWAY has reissued his book on the subject, "Game Misconduct," which includes "new information," including the fact that the '96 World Cup of Hockey made more money, C$14.7M, than "the combined profit of the five Canada Cups that were organized" by Eagleson (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/5).