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              MLB: ESPN's Peter Gammons, on the abolishment of the
         DH: "[The MLBPA's] Don Fehr and Gene Orza have said that
         this is not a negotiable item, they will never go for it. 
         They've said that if the owners try and implement it, that
         they will then not allow interleague play next year, which
         the players have to vote on. ... I think one of the problems
         with baseball as entertainment going into the 21st century,
         is ... not the length of games, it's the pace of games.  And
         the DH creates a much longer game, a lot more pitches in a
         game.  I think it makes pitchers much more defensive.  And I
         think really the time has come to move on and go back to the
         original game that we had until 1973" (ESPN, 4/6). 
              NHL: In Toronto, William Houston continues Part 3 of
         his "A Game In Crisis" report.  Houston: "If hockey, as
         entertainment, has regressed because of defensive tactics
         and obstruction, Canadian hockey development has been
         devastated. ... Canadian youth hockey ... tends to produce
         poorly trained players who function best in an
         obstructionist system.  Today, Europe, which stressed
         practice time and skills in its development system, supplies
         the NHL with most of its top talent" (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/7). 
              ATP: On-court coaching debuted on the ATP Tour
         yesterday at the Salem Open in Hong Kong.  Coaches will be
         able to enter the court and talk to players for two minutes
         during the first changeover after each set (ATP).

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