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Published June 4, 1998
MLB: Fox Group VP/Communications Vince Wladika said "[t]here is no truth to" yesterday's reports that the Dodgers plan to dismiss manager Bill Russell and GM Fred Claire and replace them with Marlins manager Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski (L.A. TIMES, 6/4). Leyland is quoted in the MIAMI HERALD as saying, "I've never talked to anybody. I don't want to talk to anybody." But Dombrowski "refused to comment" on the report (MIAMI HERALD, 6/4)...Yankees P Orlando Hernandez's major league debut drew 27,291 fans to Yankee Stadium last night, including 4,000 in walkup sales (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 6/4). The Cuban's debut was featured in a number of media profiles, including the front page of the N.Y. TIMES and "CBS Evening News," where Dan Rather said Hernandez's story is that "of an immigrant who risked his life to get to the United States" (CBS, 6/3). ...Advance ticket sales show that this weekend's Indians- Reds series at Cinergy Field will challenge the Reds' all- time three game series attendance record of 152,565, set in '74 against the Dodgers (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 6/4). NHL: Stars Owner Tom Hicks "found himself in a shoving match with an unruly fan" at last night's Red Wings-Stars playoff game in Dallas. Hicks was escorting the fan out of the lower seating area "when the fan shoved him back, and a number of security guards came to [Hicks'] rescue." Hicks received a standing ovation from surrounding fans upon returning to his seat (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/4). NOTES: Former Vikings CEO Mike Lynn said he is "thinking about" making a bid on the team, and that he will speak with Twins Owner Carl Pohlad about "subjects of mutual interest" (STAR TRIBUNE, 6/4)....Suns CEO & D'Backs Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo, asked if he would get involved with the NFL someday: "I doubt that very much" ("Up Close," 6/3)....The WNBA's Starzz-Mercury preseason WNBA game drew 11,348 to America West Arena (DESERET NEWS, 6/3).