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The Sonics signed President & GM WALLY WALKER to a two- year contract extension, with an option for a third year (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 10/31)....The Indians "replaced" Assistant GM DAN O'DOWD with Dir of Minor League Operations MARK SHAPIRO. O'Dowd "asked for permission to talk with other ballclubs about job openings." Indians Owner RICHARD JACOBS then "voided" terms of O'Dowd's new five-year deal and "cut his pay" to $220,000, down from $300,000, as part of a new deal that runs through next year (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 10/31)....ROBIN BRAIG was named Exec VP/GM at the Phoenix Int'l Raceway. Braig will be in charge of day-to- day operations, "freeing" President BUDDY JOBE to "spend more time in other areas." Braig was hired by Int'l Speedway Corp. in August after being A-B's Dir of Sports Marketing (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 10/31)....The Brewers named TOM GAUSDEN VP/General Counsel (Mult., 11/1)....TODD MUSBURGER will represent CHET COPPOCK. Coppock has "retained" MIKE SIEGEL as his personal attorney (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/30).
The FINANCIAL TIMES' Michael Thompson-Noel reported that Romania's ALEXANDRU SIPERCO, the "longest-serving IOC member," died last week. Siperco was an IOC member for 43 years. Thompson-Noel: "Father Time's scythe is cutting into [the IOC's] ranks, so reform could be on the way. Or not" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 11/1)....NFL Dir of Football Development GENE WASHINGTON bought the Sag Harbor, NY, home of composer MARVIN HAMLISCH for a reported $515,000 (N.Y. POST, 11/1). ...After being arrested on charges of purchasing cocaine, checking himself into a drug rehab center and filing for personal bankruptcy, LAWRENCE TAYLOR met with OLIVER STONE and auditioned for a role in Stone's film, "On Any Given Sunday." Taylor's marketing rep MARK LEPSELTER: "They had some concerns, which they asked about, but I really think he'll be Mr. Reliable for them" (N.Y. POST, 10/31).