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              Former NASCAR VP/Strategic Marketing STEVE SCHIFFMAN
         was named Exec VP/Marketing for The Weather Channel.  ALEX
         GOMEZ was named Dir of Promotions for Foot Locker World Wide
         N.Y.  Gomez held a similar position with Fox Sports (Terry
         Lefton, BRANDWEEK, 1/18 issue)....Alpha One Marketing Group
         Founder and President DICK GARN was named President of Event
         Central, a new computer information technology division of
         MI-based GM EventWorks.  Garn was also named Exec VP of
         Kaleidoscope Sports & Entertainment.  Replacing Garn in MI
         is STEVE NORBUT, who was named VP of Kaleidoscope Sports and
         Exec VP of GM EventWorks, a division of Kaleidoscope (GM
         EventWorks)....Former Women's Sports & Fitness EIC DAGNY
         SCOTT was named editor of Women Outside, a brand extension
         of Outside magazine (MEDIAWEEK, 1/18 issue).

    Print | Tags: Interpublic Group of Cos., NASCAR, People and Pop Culture

              LEONARDO DICAPRIO was sporting a Lakers home jersey in
         a REUTERS photo that showed him on the site of his new film
         in Southern Thailand (USA TODAY, 1/18)...."VARSITY BLUES,"
         the first motion picture produced by MARQUEE TOLLIN/ROBBINS
         -- a division of The Marquee Group -- was the number one
         box-office draw over the three-day weekend, with an
         estimated gross of $14.8M (THE DAILY)....Red Wings C SERGEI
         FEDOROV reiterated that he and ANNA KOURNIKOVA are just
         "friends," and said his leaving IMG for Advantage Int'l had
         nothing to do with her similar move.  Fedorov, on IMG: "I
         didn't like the feeling of limbo -- I want my feet on the
         ground, you know?  I just want to know where I'm coming from
         with (my) company" (DETROIT NEWS, 1/19)....Twins Owner CARL
         POHLAD's wife, ELOISE, "is recovering after having knee-
         replacement surgery" on both legs at MN's Mayo Clinic
         (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/17)....Winston Cup team Owner
         RICK HENDRICK talked to the media Friday for the first time
         since his sentencing for mail fraud more than a year ago. 
         In Greensboro, Dustin Long wrote that Hendrick, who is also
         battling leukemia, looked "strong" (NEWS & RECORD, 1/16). 

    Print | Tags: Detroit Red Wings, IMG, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Twins, People and Pop Culture, St. Louis Blues

              SAMMY SOSA will be the guest of PRESIDENT CLINTON
         during tonight's State of the Union address, according to
         King & Orin of the N.Y. POST.  Sosa was flying in from the
         Dominican Republic and will "probably" sit with First Lady
         HILLARY CLINTON (N.Y. TIMES, 1/19).  Meanwhile, Ira Berkow
         reports that Sosa was a "no-show" at the Congress of Racial
         Equality (CORE) dinner last night in N.Y. at which he was to
         be honored.  CORE's Gen. Counsel MEL SACHS said that Sosa's
         appearance had been "confirmed three times but then 'they
         kept making more and more demands.'"  Sosa's agent ADAM KATZ
         called the statements a "distortion" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/19).

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