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              In Chicago, George Lazarus reports that the city could
         host back-to-back '99 WTA and Nuveen Tour tennis events. 
         The WTA Tour has dropped its '98 Chicago stop, but IMG
         Senior VP Gary Swain has asked the Tour to "secure a summer
         date, preferably in July or August, beginning in 1999," and
         hold a senior Nuveen Tour event the week after. The event
         would be held downtown, with the city putting up grandstand
         seating holding 4,000 to 5,000 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/1).
              NFL: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick reports the NFL won a cease
         and desist agreement from NY-based handicapper Stu Feiner
         over an ad campaign in which Feiner claimed that former NFL
         coach Bum Phillips would offer inside gambling information
         that he received from his son Wade, then an NFL assistant
         coach with the Bills.  Feiner must pay a $50,000 settlement
         fee to the NFL and take out ads in 30 publications saying he
         never had any inside information from former or current NFL
         personnel (N.Y. POST, 5/1)....Despite being the defending
         champion, Ravens QB Vinny Testaverde will not participate in
         the Foot Locker NFL QB Challenge this weekend in FL.  He
         will be replaced by new Ravens QB Jim Harbaugh. 
         Testaverde's agent, Michael Azzarelli, said that CBS, which
         will air the event in August, made the decision on
         Testaverde because "his future is in doubt."  But NFLP Dir
         of Corporate Communications Chris Widmaier said that
         Harbaugh "is projected as the starter and we only take the
         starting quarterback" (Baltimore SUN, 5/1). 
              OTHER NOTES: In Canada, Reform Party Leader Preston
         Manning has called for "tax cuts" for NHL teams (CALGARY
         SUN, 5/1)....The Women's Pro Fastpitch softball league
         unveiled a new logo, opting for a "bolder, cleaner" look
         though keeping its red and blue color schemes.  The CO-based
         league will begin its second season on May 29 with games in
         Hampton, VA, Tampa Bay, FL, and Charlotte, NC.  The league
         will play a 66-game season in six cities (WPF).

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              In an "unsightly scene" near the conclusion of last
         night's Heat-Knicks game, Heat C Alonzo Mourning and Knicks
         F Larry Johnson were "taking swings at each other like
         prizefighters," with Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy "hanging
         onto Mourning's leg beneath the fray," according to Selena
         Roberts of the N.Y. TIMES.  The league will review films of
         the melee today before making a determination on whether any
         players will be suspended for the fifth and final game on
         Sunday in Miami.  But Johnson said that he was "already
         anticipating a suspension by the league."  Van Gundy: "I am
         embarrassed for both organizations and for the league" (N.Y.
         TIMES, 5/1).  One NBA official told Kevin Kernan of the N.Y.
         POST that "both players will be suspended for Sunday's game"
         (N.Y. POST, 5/1).  In N.Y., George Willis writes that while
         the players are at fault, the game officials allowed "play
         to get so rough that emotions finally exploded."  Willis:
         "The NBA should be embarrassed" (N.Y. POST, 5/1).  After the
         game, MSG President Dave Checketts said, "I'm so sick of
         this.  We're supposed to be celebrating an incredible win.
         ... And now all we have is a circus" (DAILY NEWS, 5/1). 
         More Checketts: "We talk about sportsmanship and role models
         and all that stuff, I think sometimes I've given up hope
         about that" (N.Y. POST, 5/1).

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