Chargers Hold L.A. Kickoff Ceremony At The Forum FIA Approves Sale Of F1 To Liberty Media NFL Gets Credit For Minority Hirings LPGA Committed To Joint Event With PGA Tour Goodell Bypassing AFC Title Game Draws Criticism Falcons' Seat License Sales Trending Up WME-IMG's Liddell Leaves Agency To Join Trump Blackhawks Ratings Down Despite Team's Success Chargers Introduce New Coach Anthony Lynn Strength Of U.S. Tennis Shown At Aussie Open
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Published May 1, 1998
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).