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ANDY DOLICH was named Exec VP/Strategic Marketing & Sales of CA-based Advantix, Inc., a provider of automated ticket systems and services to entertainment and sports venues (Advantix)....Sports Specialties named MARK HAMPTON as General Manager. Hampton comes from Sara Lee, where he held COO, VP and GM positions (Sports Specialties)....CBS Sports named KEVIN HARLAN to its NFL broadcast team. Harlan did NFL play-by-play for Fox since '93 and is the radio voice of the Timberwolves since '89 (CBS Sports).
MICHELLE KWAN was a guest on the "Tonight Show." Kwan: "People say, 'You lost the gold, how do you feel?' And I'm like, 'I didn't lose the gold. I won the silver'" (NBC, 2/26). U.S. Olympic speedskater CHRIS WITTY was a guest on the "Late Show." DAVID LETTERMAN gave her an "Olympic Medal Rolodex" to store her two gold medals (CBS, 2/26).
Cavs GM WAYNE EMBRY will be honored tomorrow when he will be named the '98 Black Professional of the Year by the BLACK PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 2/27)....Mariners SS ALEX RODRIGUEZ will help lead the first-ever "Read Across America" celebration, sponsored by the Nat'l Education Association (NEA), on March 2 by reading DR. SEUSS' "Green Eggs and Ham" with students in Phoenix, AZ (NEA)....JOE DIMAGGIO, and his role in a new film, "The First of May," were featured on "ET" (2/26)....Two members of the HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS were featured on ABC's "GMA" at the Reebok Sports Club in N.Y. this morning attempting to set a new slam dunk record by dunking on a 12-foot rim. Globetrotters Chair MANNIE JACKSON noted that the players were wearing Reebok DMX-6s ("GMA," ABC, 2/27).