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Published February 19, 1998
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).