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          Turner Sports and the PGA of America announced a seven-
     year extension, through 2005, for exclusive cable rights to
     The PGA Championship and The PGA Grand Slam of Golf
     annually.  The deal calls for 18 hours of PGA Championship
     coverage and eight hours of PGA Grand Slam coverage
     annually.  Beginning in '99, TBS's PGA Championship coverage
     will also feature a Wednesday preview show (Turner)....Red
     Wings coach Scotty Bowman, who complained Sunday about Fox's
     electronically enhanced pucks, "backed off" yesterday and
     said he "wasn't coming down on the puck," but that, on
     Sunday, the ice "was the problem" (USA TODAY, 6/2)....NBC
     MLB analyst Bob Uecker is leaving the net due to a back
     problem.  Uecker will continue his radio play-by-play duties
     with the Brewers (USA TODAY, 6/2)....Boston Globe Assistant
     Managing Sports Editor Don Skwar said reader reaction to the
     paper's Spanish game stories of Red Sox P Pedro Martinez's
     home starts are running "about" 60-40 in favor, but said
     that "no spike in circulation has been detected" (MEDIAWEEK,
     6/1)....In S.F., C.W. Nevius writes under the header, "Some
     Tinkering Could Let NHL Translate To TV."  Nevius suggest
     that carriers covering hockey should install "cameras above
     the ice" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/2)....In Boston, Jim Baker wrote
     that Fox's Catcher-Cam should be used only on replays and
     said that when it's used live, "you can't tell whether a
     pitch is a ball or strike" and when it's hit, it is
     difficult to "follow it" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/1).

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