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              The Rage's Dawn Staley has switched agents "not long
         before" the August 1 expiration of her ABL contract,
         according to a report in the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.  Staley
         has left VA-based attorney Kenton Edelin, whose clients
         include the ABL's Jennifer Rizzotti and the WNBA's Rebecca
         Lobo, for CA-based Management Plus Enterprises.  Management
         Plus VP Bruce Binkow said the timing of Staley's move
         "happens to be a coincidence" and denied it had anything to
         do with the fact that the WNBA's Lisa Leslie is one of his
         clients "or that, as a result, Staley might jump to the
         rival league."  Binkow: "Dawn just wants to do what's best
         for Dawn" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/23). 
              DYNAMIC DUO: Lobo and Leslie appeared on ESPN's "Up
         Close" last night, where Lobo called a WNBA players' union
         "something we need."  Lobo: "We don't need it so we can go
         out like the men and demand these million dollar contracts,
         we need it for a pension plan, to certify agents, to get
         health insurance year-round.  We have small goals we're
         trying to get, but I think it would be positive for all of
         us to pool our resources and get something like that going." 
         Leslie, on the WNBA's salaries: "I wouldn't want to make a
         million dollars to play basketball.  I enjoy playing the
         game, and obviously I don't want to play for free anymore,
         but a good six-figure salary is good enough.  To play for a
         million dollars -- I'd be afraid to walk down the street.  I
         don't want to get hurt.  And you have so many expectations
         of us already.  For a million dollars, you'd need to make
         every shot" ("Up Close," ESPN, 7/22).  

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              MLS: In Portland, Abby Haight reported that MLS COO
         Mark Abbott, "the point man for league expansion," toured
         Civic Stadium, had lunch with business leaders and met with
         Mayor Vera Katz "in what probably was the first of several
         visits."  Portland business leaders and "soccer enthusiasts"
         are promoting the city for one of two expected MLS expansion
         franchises in 2000 or 2001.  Charlotte, Seattle and
         Cincinnati are also "in the running" (OREGONIAN, 7/22). 
              OTHER NOTES: TX Motor Speedway GM Eddie Gossage, on the
         track getting a second Winston Cup race for '99: "We'd love
         to ... but I don't anticipate it.  I'm just being honest"
         (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 7/23)....J.I. Albrecht, a former CFL
         GM, says that "blacks are discriminated against" in the CFL,
         and has "made a plea" for the league to provide blacks with
         new, non-playing opportunities in his new book, "A
         Prescription for CFL Survival."  Among other things,
         Albrecht suggests that blacks "be groomed for head-coaching
         and on-field officiating positions" (Marty York, Toronto
         GLOBE & MAIL, 7/23)....Former AFL Commissioner Jim Drucker,
         who is looking to acquire an AFL expansion team for '99,
         said that if more than 7,000 fans attend this Saturday's AFL
         game at Kemper Arena, the city "will be his top choice" as
         the site for a franchise.  Already more than 5,000 tickets
         have been sold.  AFL Commissioner David Baker said that an
         expansion team would cost $7M (K.C. STAR, 7/23).

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