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FRANCHISE NOTES

          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). 


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