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  • A HARBOR FOR HOCKEY? LEFFLER SEEKS IHL TEAM FOR BALTIMORE

              Robert Leffler, owner of the Leffler Ad Agency,
         confirmed that he has filed a letter of intent with the IHL
         to bring a team to Baltimore, according to Jon Morgan of the
         Baltimore SUN.  Leffler believes "the right combination of
         money and marketing could make [pro hockey] finally succeed"
         in Baltimore.  Leffler, who may try to "lure a relocated or
         expansion team," remains convinced that hockey could
         "thrive" in the city.  He did not say where the team would
         play if he did land a franchise (Baltimore SUN, 3/5).
    
    

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  • LOCAL OILERS GROUP ADDS INVESTORS, CLAIMS TO BE ON COURSE

              Edmonton's local business group trying to buy the
         Oilers are "perhaps 24 hours away from reaching the minimum
         cash stockpile needed to keep the team," according to
         Bernard Pilon of the EDMONTON SUN.  Group spokesperson Cal
         Nichols "has now set his sights on rasing another" $10M by
         March 13 -- the deadline to prevent the team's sale to Les
         Alexander.  Nichols: "I can tell you we're just under
         [C$50M] and will have that by Friday."  Nichols noted
         financial investments by two Edmonton real-estate
         developers: Melcor Developments CEO Tim Melton and
         Springwood Development Owner Bill Butler (EDMONTON SUN,
         3/5). In Edmonton, Jac MacDonald reports that the new
         financing still leaves the group C$5M short of its C$50M
         goal.  Meanwhile, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the
         Oilers "are viable" in Edmonton: "The issue isn't the
         support of the fans in Edmonton because that support has
         been terrific.  It's been unquestioned" (EDM. JOURNAL, 3/5).
    
    

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  • OILERS, PART II: LARGUE ON PROBATION FOR FRAUD CONVICTION

              NHL Oilers suitor Michael Largue was charged last March
         and pleaded guilty in November to the felony charge of
         "larceny scheme to defraud," according to Loome & Johnson of
         the EDMONTON SUN.  Largue received five years probation,
         which he is still serving.  Largue's probation requirements
         "mean he isn't allowed to leave" the state of NY and "will
         likely be re-arrested if his probation officer finds out"
         about his trip to Edmonton.  Canadian officials "are
         investigating how he entered Canada."  Loome & Johnson add
         that Largue has dealt "with at least five different NHL
         teams in the past four years," the Oilers, Sabres, Whalers,
         Lightning and Canadiens, "using each as a springboard to
         approach the next" (EDMONTON SUN, 3/5).
              REAX: Edmonton Mayor Bill Smith, on the background
         checks that led to inconsistencies in Largue's stories: "Did
         he think that nobody here was going to bother?  I mean, did
         he think we were just some hillbillies up here?" (EDMONTON
         JOURNAL, 3/5).  Largue's "estranged wife" Jeanette said that
         Largue is a "pathological liar" (EDM. JOURNAL, 3/5).
                   
    

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  • SOMEONE START A CALIPARI DEFENSE FUND! NBA FINES HIM $1,000

              The NBA fined Nets coach John Calipari $1,000 for
         directing a profanity towards a fan during a game last
         Sunday at the Meadowlands (NBA).
    
    

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  • WATCH OUT, WATCH FOR THE VANDY MAN: OILERS GO TO VANDERBILT

              The NFL Oilers have "hammered out a tentative agreement
         with" Vanderbilt Univ. to play its '98 home schedule at the
         school, according to John Glennon of the Memphis COMMERCIAL
         APPEAL.  Glennon wrote that "three issues still must be
         cleared before the deal becomes official."  First, the
         involved parties must "seek the blessing" of the surrounding
         neighborhood, which "has expressed concern about traffic,
         parking and security" on game days; second, the Oilers and
         Vanderbilt must figure out a way to "appease conflicting
         stadium advertisers"; and third, some details of the lease
         must be finalized and signed by both parties.  Glennon
         reported that "all involved were confident the potential
         drawbacks could be overcome" (COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 3/4).
    
    

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