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USOC STILL LOOKING INTO ROOM-TRASHING INCIDENT -- WHAT NEXT?

          The USOC "is not ready to announce specific punishment
     for the room-trashing episode" involving U.S. hockey players
     in Nagano, but Joe Lapointe of the N.Y. TIMES writes that
     the USOC "appears to be moving away from threats, hoping for
     a settlement in the form of a group apology and a
     significant payment by team members."  The USOC had
     "threatened possible sanctions" against the entire team for
     the incident, possibly banning all players from future
     international competitions.  Lapointe: "The new strategy
     seems to be based, at least in part, on a feeling that the
     USOC may be on uncertain legal ground trying to punish the
     hockey team as a whole" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/11).  In N.Y., Ira
     Berkow writes under the header "Hockey Team's Stonewalling
     Is Childlike Behavior."  Berkow, in response to Brian Leetch
     who recently said the threat of a team penalty sounded like
     "elementary school": "If they act like children, it is only
     proper that they be treated like children" (N.Y. TIMES,
     3/11).  USOC President Bill Hybl and USOC Exec Dir Dick
     Schultz will hold a news conference today (USA TODAY, 3/11).

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