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LEAGUE NOTES: ESPN'S GAMMONS IN FAVOR OF ENDING DH

          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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