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DAVIS AND DEBARTOLO SIT BY A DOCK AT THE BAY AND CATCH UP

          49ers co-Owner Eddie DeBartolo had a "nice sit-down
     meeting with his team's longtime nemesis," Raiders Owner Al
     Davis, according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. 
     The meeting "was set up by DeBartolo's right-hand man,"
     former Raider Ed Muransky, "who sources say has been
     pushing" DeBartolo not to give up his "fight to keep control
     of the football team."  Sources say that Davis and DeBartolo
     discussed issues ranging from possible preseason games
     between the two teams to "how DeBartolo might handle his
     fight to regain control of the 49ers."  Muransky denied the
     meeting had "anything to do with DeBartolo's current
     problems with the NFL," saying only, "They were there to
     talk about old times and friendships."  Matier & Ross add
     that DeBartolo opened a new pizza restaurant this week in
     Santa Clara called Tomatina (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/15).
          COLD WAR OVER? The Raiders have "accepted a city and
     county offer to break a seven-month-old silence and discuss
     a 'comprehensive proposal' aimed at restructuring" the
     team's current deal with both agencies.  The sides will meet
     in the next couple of weeks" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/14).

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