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The ATP Tour announced the following moves: BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO was promoted to Dir of PR; ANN CHRISTIN WALDMANN was named Editor of www.atptour.com; DAVID LAW was named Communications Manager in Europe; ROBIN HUTCHINSON was promoted to Manager of Player and Tournament Promotions in the US; and IGOR JOVANOVICH was appointed as Manager of Player and Tournament Promotions in Australia (ATP Tour). ...The WNBA Detroit Shock named STEVE MORELAND as Dir of Program Development, MARY ROGERS as Dir of Community Relations, DENNIS SAMPIER as Media Relations Assistant and EVE CLAAR as Youth Programing Coordinator (DET. NEWS, 2/19).
ON THE SHELVES: SI's "Scorecard" reviews DAVE ROSENBAUM's "If They Don't Win It's a Shame: The Year the Marlins Bought the World Series." The book "is overrun with contemptible characters, from conniving owner WAYNE HUIZENGA to crass pitcher KEVIN BROWN. No one, though, comes across as distastefully as manager JIM LEYLAND" (SI, 2/23 issue). ...JOHN FEINSTEIN's "A March to Madness" is reviewed by SI's Charles Hirshberg. Feinstein had access to seven of nine ACC coaches during the '96-97 season Hirshberg writes, "[T]here's a tension in A March to Madness that keeps the pages turning -- the tension in each coach's mind" (SI, 2/23 issue)....In L.A., Earl Gustkey reviews "Shooting from the Outside" by women's basketball coach TARA VANDERVEER. The book "offers a unique look at how far the women's game has traveled in less than two years since the Atlanta Games" (L.A. TIMES, 2/19)....TRIUMPH BOOKS distributes, "ELWAY," nationwide beginning April 28. The book is a 128-page authorized pictorial (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/17). OTHER NAMES: Actor LUKE PERRY is "close to a deal" to star in a new ABC pilot called "The Game." The one-hour drama is from Exec Producers MAGIC JOHNSON, JOHN TINKER ("L.A. Law") and BILL D'ELIA ("Chicago Hope"), and is described as "'L.A. Law' in a Philadelphia sports agency, with Perry playing an agent" (DAILY VARIETY, 2/19).
HARRY CARAY, who spent 53 years as a MLB broadcaster, the last 16 with the Cubs, died Wednesday in a CA hospital after being removed from life support. Caray suffered a heart attack on Saturday. Caray was 78. In Chicago, Ed Sherman writes Caray's "death brings an end to a remarkable 53-year career ads a baseball play-by-play man, raconteur and bon vivant" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/19). Also in Chicago, Neil Steinberg writes Caray "was a beloved figure whose reputation was only enhanced by the many dust-ups he had with management and athletes -- but significantly, never fans -- over his long career" (SUN-TIMES, 2/19). USA TODAY's Rod Beaton called Caray "a near-mythical figure in Chicago" (USA TODAY, 2/19). In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark: "[T]here wa something about this man that was -- or is -- America" (INQUIRER, 2/19). NBC's Anne Thompson: "Caray became one of the reasons why Americans love baseball. He was the fan's broadcaster" ("Today," 2/19). NBC's Bob Costas: "He was equal parts baseball play-by-play man in terms of craft and P.T. Barnum trying to get the people into the tent" ("GMA," 2/19). In L.A., Mike Downey: "Holy cow, he's gone. Cubs lose. We all do today" (L.A. TIMES, 2/19).