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          In S.F., Matier & Ross cited sources who said that the
     A's are offering to drop their $48M claim against Oakland. 
     Matier & Ross wrote the A's, in return, are looking for a
     "couple of million in cash, and for their Coliseum landlords
     to release them from having to offer up the team for sale,"
     which they are required to do for a four-month window if
     they want to opt out of their current lease.  Matier & Ross:
     "So far, it's not exactly going over like gangbusters" (S.F.
     CHRONICLE, 6/29)....Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf said Monday
     "that he intends to involve Michael Jordan in the team's
     search for a new coach, and has already discussed the matter
     with Jordan" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/30)....In Orange County,
     Kingsley & Garcia profiled the Padres' Hispanic marketing
     effort and wrote the team is "reaping dramatic results"
     (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/28).  In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck
     examines the efforts of Padres President Larry Lucchino to
     obtain a new ballpark for the team.  If such a move fails,
     the team could relocate to Northern VA, but Schmuck writes,
     "Sounds logical, until you talk to friends of the new, laid-
     back Larry, who have watched him embrace the Southern
     California lifestyle and doubt that he is all that eager to
     get back into the Washington rat race" (Balt. SUN, 6/30).

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