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FRANCHISE NOTES

          SAYONARA NOMO: The Dodgers' decision to designate P
     Hideo Nomo for assignment means he will be traded, sent down
     to AAA Albuquerque or become a free agent within 10 days,
     and Bill Plaschke of the L.A. TIMES writes, "Since Fox
     purchased the franchise from the O'Malley family this
     spring, the epitome of patience has already cut loose their
     two most popular players [Piazza and Nomo] for the same
     essential reasons: Neither man was committed to playing [in
     L.A.], and both were causing a visible distraction with
     their presence" (L.A. TIMES, 6/2).  Nomo's agent, Don
     Nomura: "We had noticed things after the change (in
     ownership).  There was a different environment here.  That
     was obvious, and Hideo wanted to be in a different
     environment" (L.A. TIMES, 6/2).  A Nippon TV commentator,
     during a Japanese report on Nomo: "Now that Peter O'Malley
     is gone, the organization has changed --it has become a
     'money first' team" (L.A. TIMES, 6/2).
          OTHER NOTES: Vikings co-Owner Wheelock Whitney on Tom
     Clancy's failed bid: "[T]he fact of the matter is that we
     trusted Clancy when he made that bid, and if he didn't have
     the money, he shouldn't have made the bid in the first
     place" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/2)....The investment
     banker for Marlins President Don Smiley said yesterday that
     Smiley "will be able to close on his purchase of the team
     this month," following an 11-month search for investors. 
     Chip Gesner said the deal is "not going to fall through"
     (Barry Jackson, MIAMI HERALD, 6/2)....Raiders draft pick
     Leon Bender, who died of unknown causes on Saturday, will
     count $240,000 against the team's salary cap this season and
     $960,000 next season.  Bender had recently signed a five-
     year, $3.45M deal, including a $1.2M signing bonus with the
     team.  Under NFL rules, 20% of his prepaid bonus will count
     against the cap this year, with the remainder counting
     against the cap next season (Mult., 6/2)....Fox NHL analyst
     John Davidson, and NHL brothers Scott and Rob Niedermayer,
     are "said to be prepared" to become co-owners of the WHL
     Edmonton Ice.  Ice Owner Ed Chynoweth will remain a majority
     partner in the team which could move to British Columbia
     next season (EDMONTON SUN, 6/2).   

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