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              ESPN STAR Sports, a joint venture between ESPN and News
         Corp.'s STAR TV network, announced a series of management
         changes: CHRIS MCDONALD moves to Senior VP/Strategic
         Planning from VP/Marketing; Senior VP & GM/Affiliate Sales
         SIMON YU will add VP/marketing to his title; SALLY VAUGHAN
         was promoted to Marketing Dir from Marketing Manager (AD
         AGE, 4/10)....The Buccaneers "fired" Ticket Dir KEVIN BROOKS
         and two members of his staff.  A replacement has not yet
         been announced (Pat Yasinskas, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/14).

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              KARL MALONE will start acting classes at the Strasberg
         Institute in New York after the season (N.Y. POST, 4/14).
         ...In Tampa, H.A. Branham reports that a "friend" of MARY
         PIERCE's family said that she and ROBERTO ALOMAR are engaged
         (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/14)....The Bucks have invited full season-
         ticket holders to a Milwaukee premiere of SPIKE LEE's "He
         Got Game," starring Bucks G RAY ALLEN.  A charitable
         donation of $75 is requested for each ticket (MILWAUKEE
         JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/14)....DEION SANDERS donated $1M for a
         youth center, Project 2000, to be built by his Dallas-based
         church, The Potter's House. Sanders said the church pulled
         him from the "brink of suicide last year," which will be the
         subject of his autobiography to be released in October
         (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/11)....Skater SCOTT HAMILTON wrote a
         Letter to the Editor of USA TODAY criticizing CHRISTINE
         BRENNAN's column last week on TARA LIPINSKI going pro. 
         Hamilton wrote Brennan "has stepped over the line" and said
         she was "very biased in her coverage of the Nagano Games. 
         Clearly, she was promoting MICHELLE KWAN at Tara Lipinski's
         expense" (USA TODAY, 4/13)....The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
         SPORTS COMMISSIONS (NASC) annual meeting takes place
         tomorrow through Saturday at the Huntington Hilton on Long
         Island.  The meeting will be the NASC's largest (NASC).
         ...Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Chair TOM HICKS and his
         holdings (including the MLB Rangers and Stars) were examined
         by CNBC's Renay San Miguel on "Business Center."  San
         Miguel: "For the last two years or so, Tom Hicks has been on
         a shopping spree. ... His strategy: unlike the '80s, instead
         of tearing down he's building up, and the foundation is in
         media and sports" ("Business Center," CNBC, 4/13).

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