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LEAGUE NOTES

          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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