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          FRIGHT NIGHT? HBO Sports President Seth Abraham, asked
     whether Prince Naseem Hamed, who won a decision over Wayne
     McCullough on Saturday, is a fighter or showman: "He's both. 
     He is what he is.  We knew what we were getting when we
     bought his fights.  He hasn't shown us anything that's been
     a surprise."  Abraham, on whether Hamed's performance
     against McCullough was "disappointing": "Disappointment is
     relative.  A fighter has three audiences -- the media, the
     boxing community and the fans. They're not always interested
     in the same things" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 11/2).  In N.Y.,
     Timothy Smith writes that Hamed's performance was
     "unsatisfactory" in the eyes of the crowd of 8,138 at the
     Atlantic City Convention Center (N.Y. TIMES, 11/2). 
          OTHER NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Torre is writing a
     motivational book tentatively titled "Ground Rules for
     Winners."  Writer Henry Dreher is writing the book with
     Torre, who may "fetch a six-figure contract."  Other Yankees
     players pitching books include Orlando Hernandez, Derek
     Jeter and Darryl Strawberry (Keith Kelly, N.Y. POST, 11/1).
     ...The basketball novel "Homecourt Advantage" is in its
     third printing.  Author Rita Ewing: "We've been very
     surprised at its success."  In Chicago, Carol Slezak
     reported that actor Wesley Snipes "has gobbled up the
     television and movie rights" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/1).
          NOTE: In Toronto, Chris Zelkovich questions how
     Canada's CBC can "continue to live with [Hockey Night In
     Canada co-host] Don Cherry's incessant attacks on selected
     ethnic groups? ... How can the CBC give Cherry valuable time
     to denigrate Europeans and French-Canadians?"  The "latest
     in a string of bigoted remarks" saw Cherry refer to a fan
     dressed in a fairy godmother costume for Halloween as "the
     latest Swedish import."  Zelkovich calls it "sad ... that
     the CBC continues to defend his actions by pointing to his
     high ratings, as if that somehow justified it all.  The CBC
     should be ashamed of itself" (TORONTO STAR, 11/2). 

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