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              ABC Exec VP/Production BRIAN MCANDREWS "is moving to
         the East Coast to become the executive in charge of ABC
         Sports," according to Stephen Battaglio of the HOLLYWOOD
         REPORTER.  McAndrews will become Exec VP/GM of ABC Sports
         and report to ESPN CEO/ABC Sports President STEVE BORNSTEIN
         starting on March 17.  Battaglio: "The appointment comes at
         a time when the future of ABC Sports as a separate entity
         has been in question.  ABC recently moved its top ABC Sports
         programming executive DAVID DOWNS to another position within
         the television network, and the position is not going to be
         filled."  ABC President ROBERT IGER is also reportedly
         "looking at ways to merge the operations" of the ABC Sports
         division with ESPN.  Sports Dir of Media Relations MARK
         MANDEL said McAndrews will "oversee the day-to-day
         operation" of the sports division and that his move has
         "nothing to do with accelerating any kind of action" between
         ABC Sports and ESPN (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/9). 

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              ACC Properties named LISA CONNELLY Dir of Marketing
         (GOULD MEDIA, 3/6)....FL-based golf management and marketing
         company Executive Sports Int'l has formed ESI Canada with a
         new office in Toronto.  The operation will be led by Managing
         Dir PERI LUEL, while STEVE MARSHMAN and MARC JULIEN will be
         Account Managers.  CHRIS BELL was named Account Exec and SUE
         LAVIOLETTE will be the Office Manager.  A Dir of Corporate
         Sales & Marketing will be named later (Executive Sports). 

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              DON KING, interviewed by Showtime's JIM GRAY, on the
         lawsuit filed against him by MIKE TYSON.  King, asked whether
         he betrayed Tyson's trust: "Absolutely not.  I might say this
         is a totally meritless lawsuit. ... I'm terribly hurt and
         disappointed that he would allow himself to be used in such a
         manner to make an assault on me" (Showtime)....Yankees SS
         DEREK JETER continues to be linked romantically to MARIAH
         CAREY.  When asked about it, Jeter: "Baseball is baseball,
         man, and I'm here to answer baseball questions" (N.Y. DAILY
         NEWS, 3/7)....In Portland, Paul Buker reported that Raptors F
         DOUG CHRISTIE, who "demanded a trade, then backed off," has
         "fired" his agent, BRAD MARSHALL (Portland OREGONIAN, 3/8).

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