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Hewlett-Packard announced that the '98 HP Int'l Women's Challenge, a $100,000 women's road cycling event, will be broadcast on CBS Sports in each of the net's top 25 markets. The event, which is scheduled to include 20 of the world's top 25-ranked women cyclists, will be televised as a one-hour weekend show in late July. The '98 event, which takes place in Boise, ID, from June 16 to 21, will be the first broadcast on network TV (Hewlett-Packard).
Vans Inc. has broken ground on an "ambitious new retail and entertainment center" in Orange, CA, that touts the "nation's largest and most technically advanced skate park," according to Patrice Apodaca of the L.A. TIMES. The $165M center, called the Block, is being built on the site of the former city shopping center owned by Mills Corp. The 46,000- square-foot skating facility, due to open in late November, will have 34-foot ceilings and 6,000 square feet of outdoor space. It will also "feature an 80-foot vertical ramp, a 20,000-square-foot street course and two cement skate 'pools' built into the ground." Vans hopes the park will be the "first in a chain of such facilities" (L.A. TIMES, 5/8).