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Published August 7, 1998
MLB: A record regular-season crowd is expected at the Astrodome tonight for P Randy Johnson's Astros debut. The Dome's record for a regular-season game is 51,526, set earlier this season. The team had already sold 43,000 tickets as of Wednesday (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/7)....In K.C., Jason Whitlock backs the Hunt-Western Resources group as the Royals' future owners: "I'm on Hunt's side because I don't think the board has another viable option" (K.C. STAR, 8/7). NFL: Former 49ers coach Bill Walsh denied reports that he is a possible successor to Carmen Policy. Walsh: "I just wanted to end any speculation about me and the 49ers. ... I'm not going to be with them. I hope to be around whenever I'm welcome. But no more speculation" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/7).....In St. Paul, Charley Walters writes that it still appears former Rockets and T-Wolves exec John Thomas "will end up in marketing with the Vikings" (PIONEER PRESS, 8/7). NBA: In N.Y., Sam Walker writes that while NBA teams went on a $250M "spending spree" over the past two years to hire big-name coaches, "on average, the teams don't have much to show for it." Suns CEO Jerry Colangelo: "The commitment to coaches was getting outrageous. I think we're going to see some high-priced coaches out of work" (WSJ, 8/7)....In Dallas, Tim Cowlishaw writes that Mavericks Owner Ross Perot Jr. "should make himself available or at the very least issue his own statement," regarding the alleged sexual misconduct charges brought against team President Terdema Ussery. Cowlishaw: "The Mavericks would like the story to die, but these things never do" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/7).