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  • BETTMAN AND CO. SET TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF NHL IN CANADA

              The "opening faceoff in the battle over the future of
         the NHL in Canada takes place today" in Ottawa, according to
         Mark Miller of the CALGARY SUN.  An "all-star team of
         ownership and league officials" are expected to make
         presentations to the House of Commons' subcommittee on the 
         study of sport in Canada.  NHL Board Chair and Flames co-
         Owner Harley Hotchkiss will "anchor the presentation group,"
         which includes NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and other team
         execs.  The subcommittee is to report to the House of
         Commons this fall with a "definitive" study on the financial
         impact of sports.  Miller writes the "main concern that
         prompted the committee is the tenuous existence of three of
         six Canadian NHL teams  -- Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa." 
         Bettman "created a storm of controversy earlier this month
         by suggesting that government may have a role to play in
         subsidizing those franchises through tax breaks" (CALGARY
         SUN, 4/28).  But Bettman told Red Fisher in Montreal, "I
         wasn't asking for tax breaks ... and I won't be asking for
         anything in Ottawa.  All I had in mind was to lay out the
         problems Canadian teams are facing.  That's what we'll be
         doing in Ottawa.  We're not asking for anything, but we do
         want them to understand what's going on" (GAZETTE, 4/28).  
    
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              The U.S. women's national soccer team defeated
         Argentina 7-0 in front of 14,608 fans Sunday at Spartan
         Stadium in San Jose, CA.  This came two days after the U.S.
         team first beat Argentina Friday night in front of a sell-
         out crowd of over 10,000 at Fullerton, CA.  The 14,608 in
         San Jose is the second-largest non-Olympic crowd in U.S.
         women's national team history, and the weekend total of
         24,707 was a record high for the team (U.S. Soccer).
              NOTES: In Toronto, Jim Proudfoot writes that the AHL is
         studying the "possible creation" of a new Canadian division
         with teams in Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton and Quebec City
         (TORONTO STAR, 4/28)....Also in Toronto, Frank Zicarelli
         writes that sources "indicate" that NBA players "are willing
         to undergo marijuana testing only if every NBA official,
         coach and front-office worker are subject to the same
         testing" (TORONTO SUN, 4/28).....UNC junior Antawn Jamison
         declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft and said that
         even the possibility of an NBA lockout won't deter him.
         Although he has until a week before the Draft to change his
         mind, Jamison said, "I decided to leave and I'm going to
         stick with leaving.  No matter what happens, there's no
         turning back now" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/28).
    
    

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  • U.S. WOMEN'S TENNIS EVENT SET TO MOVE TO NEW HAVEN

              The USTA has "come to an agreement in principle" with
         the Pilot Pen Int'l tennis tournament to bring the U.S.
         Women's Hardcourt Championship to New Haven, CT, this
         summer, according to Dave Solomon of the NEW HAVEN REGISTER. 
         A news conference has been set for today to announce the
         event, which will take place August 24-31, the week
         following the Pilot Pen Int'l men's tournament at the CT
         Tennis Center at Yale.  Solomon writes that talks have been
         "ongoing to move the struggling Stone Mountain, Ga-based
         event to New Haven."  Though it is owned by the USTA, the
         Pilot Pen group, headed by CEO Mike Davies and Tournament
         Dir Butch Buchholz "would effectively lease the event on a
         multi-year basis."  Buchholz, who will become the women's
         Tournament Dir (NEW HAVEN REGISTER, 4/28).  Tournament execs
         "were scrambling" to come up with an official name, but
         "sources suggest Pilot Pen will attach its name to the
         women's event" (Greg Garber, HARTFORD COURANT, 4/28).
              CHANGE IN WOMEN'S SCHEDULE: The WTA Tour announced that
         the Sparkassen Cup in Germany has been moved from its
         original week of September 28 to the week of November 2. 
         The event scheduled for that week in Chicago will be removed
         from the calendar in '98, but is scheduled to return in '99. 
         The Sparkassen Cup was moved due to the women's Grand Slam
         Cup held in Munich the week of September 28 (WTA Tour).
    
    

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