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Wayne Gretzky has attached his name to the "business of building roller hockey centers -- the first of which is a three-rink complex already up and running" in Irvine, CA, according to Kevin Paul Dupont of the BOSTON GLOBE. San Diego-based Worldwide Roller Hockey Facilities President Shael Wilder said that "there are plans for 11 such arenas to be up and running within two years" in CA, CO, NV and AZ. The centers "build their business around leagues," as the Irvine facility is a three-rink facility with a pro shop, food concessions, arcade and "no fewer than 1,950 players stocking 195 teams that play in 10-week cycles." Wilder said that while there "has been lots of interest" from potential investors in the Northeast, the company is now "concentrating on projects out West" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/26).
Negotiations are "under way to stage" a race between Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson as "a finale to this summer's Goodwill Games," according to Neal Travis of the N.Y. POST. The race, for a purse that "could total more than" $5M, "would be staged on a track laid down in Times Square, and would be televised live around the world." Agents for Johnson, Bailey and Goodwill-backer Ted Turner "are reportedly trying to line up major sponsors for the classic matchup," which would be a replay of their head-to- head race last June in Toronto (N.Y. POST, 4/27).