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              The '99 FIFA Women's World Cup has sold over 50,000
         tickets and attracted "several major sponsors," according to
         Abby Haight of the Portland OREGONIAN.  Ticket sales began
         last week for the tournament, which will be held June 19-
         July 10, 1999, at eight U.S. sites.  Women's World Cup
         President Marla Messing: "Coming out of the blocks, I think
         we've done very well."  Almost all of the allotted special
         tickets have been sold for Giants Stadium, site of the
         opening ceremony and first match; the Rose Bowl, site of the
         championship final and closing ceremony; and Solider Field,
         where the U.S. team will play on June 24.  Haight added that
         the Women's World Cup has signed Coca-Cola, adidas, Bud
         Light and MasterCard as sponsors and is "negotiating with
         several other international companies" (OREGONIAN, 5/9).

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