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The XFL N.Y./NJ Hitmen named the following to their front office: former Nike exec PAUL MILES as VP/Administration; former Interbrand exec JASON DANAHY as Dir of Marketing; former AFL Red Dogs VP/Communications JON SCHWARTZ as Dir of PR; former MSG Manager of Sales & Services KEITH LEVIN as Dir of Sales; former Devils Staff Accountant GINA DURANTE as Finance Manager; former NJ Sports & Exposition Authority exec JAY JOHNSON as Operations Manager; and former Ticketmaster Senior Client Rep SCOTT STENBACK as Box Office Manager (Hitmen). OTHER MOVES: N.Y.-based NMG named ARMAND MILANESI as Dir of Sales and MICHAEL GALANTE as a Sales Account Exec. Milanesi most recently served as Corporate Marketing Manager for the Nets (THE DAILY)....The WPHL named JEFF GODA as Dir of Ticket Sales. Goda spent the last three years as Account Sales Manager for the Sharks (WPHL)....The Carolina League Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans named ROBERT STOCKHAUSEN as Corporate Sales Exec, replacing LEANN ROTHROCK. Former Corporate Sales Exec KELLY SUFKA was named Dir of Client Relations. Dir of Stadium Operations DREW STUART is leaving the team to hold the same position with the Int'l League Class AAA Tides (Pelicans)....Richmond Int'l Raceway named ROGER CURTIS as Senior Dir of Marketing & Sales. For the past four years, Curtis was GM of Marketing & Sales at Watkins Glen Int'l Raceway (Richmond Int'l Raceway).
TNN Motorsports announcer STEVE EVANS died of natural causes Wednesday in his hotel room in Las Vegas, where he was covering the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series. Evans had been with TNN Motorsports since '83 (TNN). TNN Dir of Motorsports Mark Kuchan said Evans' "legacy at TNN will never be forgotten" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/3). OTHER NAMES: The seventh ESPNZONE will open in the NEW YORK-NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO in Las Vegas next summer (ESPNZone)....In Atlanta, Jenn Hildreth writes that EVANDER HOLYFIELD appeared at Buckhead's ESPNZONE last night "to help introduce" the premiere of his documentary: "CHAMPION: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE SPORT AND BUSINESS OF BOXING AND THE CAREER OF EVANDER HOLYFIELD." The film was produced and directed by three-time Academy Award winner JANA SUE MEMEL. Holyfield's attorney and boxing management adviser, JIM THOMAS, said that the documentary will be shown next at film festivals (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/3)....Phoenix-based Stratford American Corp., which includes D'Backs Managing General Partner JERRY COLANGELO and team President RICH DOZER, "is joining with" Tucson-based developer Diamond Ventures and Colonial Development to build a 100,000-square- foot office project in north Scottsdale. The new group, called Triway Land Investors, "intends to put up" ten single-story office condo buildings to be sold to individual users (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/3)....Democratic real estate broker ROLLIE REYNOLDS, who is running against former Univ. of NE football coach/GOP nominee TOM OSBORNE for the U.S. House of Rep. seat from NE's Third District: "I ran because I thought the race was going to be mostly about agriculture. But instead it's been mostly about football" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 11/3)....Lions Vice Chair WILLIAM CLAY FORD JR., on why he chose ROGER PENSKE to lead Detroit's bid for Super Bowl XL: "I think he's the most impressive businessman in the city. Everything he touches works because of his personal drive and because his attention to detail is so exquisite. I just love being around that guy" (DETROIT NEWS, 11/3).....In L.A., J.A. Adande cited singer JEFFREY OSBORNE as saying that his "most remarkable" NBA accomplishment "might have come" at a past NBA All-Star Weekend, when he "claims he got [DAVID STERN] to sing the chorus of" Osborne's "You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)." Stern: "Absolutely. I was very good" (L.A. TIMES, 11/2)....76ers President Pat Croce's new book, "I FEEL GREAT AND YOU WILL TOO," is No. 15 on the N.Y. Times Bestseller List (Mult., 11/3).