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NAMES IN THE NEWS

          Chargers Owner ALEX SPANOS and Padres Chair JOHN MOORES
     "are facing off this year" in the CA Gov.'s race, as Spanos
     "has emerged as one of the top contributors" to GOP nominee
     DAN LUNGREN, while Moores is a "big backer" of Democrat GARY
     DAVIS.  State records show that each has contributed about
     $100,000 to their respective candidates since '96 (SAN DIEGO
     UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/29)....FRANK SCOTT, who repped players such
     as MICKEY MANTLE, YOGI BERRA, WHITEY FORD and JOE DIMAGGIO,
     died at the age of 80 on Saturday (N.Y. TIMES, 6/30).  In
     N.Y., Bill Madden writes that Scott "could be called the
     father of the modern-day sports agent" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
     6/30)....Later this week, MAGIC JOHNSON "is expected to go
     one-on-one in his new talk show arena with one of his
     staunchest critics" -- shock jock HOWARD STERN (N.Y. DAILY
     NEWS, 6/30)....More than 1,000 actors auditioned for the
     role of MICHAEL JORDAN in the Fox Family Channel movie,
     "Michael Jordan: The Untold Story of an American Hero."  Fox
     Family Worldwide Exec VP ELIE DEKEL: "We're looking for that
     needle in a haystack" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/30)....DAVID
     LETTERMAN, questioning Mets C MIKE PIAZZA on his future with
     the team: "I'll tell you something, all kidding aside here. 
     I like you.  I've never met you before -- I get a look at
     you, I got a good feeling about you.  I don't want you here
     on the show tonight if you're gonna go play for the
     Diamondbacks.  It's gonna hurt" ("Late Show," CBS, 6/29).

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