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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; 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).

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              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). 

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              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). 

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