Final "Friday Night Fights" Tonight Louisiana Passes Sports Event Bidding Bill Miami May Get Football/MLS Stadium MLSE Close To Naming New CEO Sources Deny Report On Rams To L.A. St. Paul Saints Open Ballpark Michigan Approves Athletics Project NHL Salary Cap Expected To Grow 5% Figo, Van Praag Pull Out Of FIFA Race
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USA Hockey President WALTER BUSH was re-elected to a second term as VP of the Int'l Ice Hockey Federation (USA Hockey)....BOB HURLEY will end his 15-year reign at beach- wear manufacture Billabong USA to establish his own surf- wear business (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/3)....USA Swimming named MARY WAGNER Media Relations Coordinator (USA Swimming) ....CARRIE HOFFMAN has joined P.S./StarGames. She will manage the "Nancy Kerrigan World of Figure Skating" site on AOL (P.S./StarGames)....MOLLY MURPHY was named Communications Manager for Team Sports at Wilson Sporting Goods (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/5)....The Hurricanes named JASON KARMANOS as Assistant GM (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/4).
Longtime Washington Post sports columnist SHIRLEY POVICH died last night of a heart attack at the age of 92. Povich's final column, titled "Recent Baseball Feats Require Footnotes," appears on the front-page of today's sports section (WASHINGTON POST, 6/5)....Nike's chief designer TINKER HATFIELD was named among TIME's "Most Influential Designers" in its "Artists and Entertainers of the Century" issue (TIME, 6/8)....Lakers F RICK FOX, Mavericks G ROBERT PACK and AVP player DAIN BLANTON are among EBONY's "25 Handsome and Available Hunks" (EBONY, 6/98)....In Milwaukee, food critic Dennis Getto gives BRETT FAVRE'S STEAKHOUSE two stars and writes, "While it's a fine shrine, Brett Favre's isn't all that great a restaurant" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/5).