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WELCOME BACK: The Redskins hired JOE MENDES as VP/Football Operations. Mendes was the Redskins' contract negotiator before leaving the club in '00 after eight seasons. Mendes worked briefly for DC attorney LON BABBY before joining Phoenix-based sports agents ERIC METZ and ETHAN LOCK (WASHINGTON POST, 1/23). ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reported Mendes will also handle front office duties in non-football related areas (ESPN.com, 1/22).
EXECS: Vans, Inc. has hired ROBERT NAGEL as Senior VP/Sales & Apparel. Nagel was Dir of Sales & Marketing for adidas America (Vans)....Golf For Women named SUSAN REED as Editor-in-Chief and KIMBERLY ANDERSON as Publisher. From '96-00, Reed was Conde Nast's Women's Sports & Fitness Features Editor. Anderson was named Golf For Women Advertising Dir in October '01 (Golf For Women)....Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) named MICHELLE FOLEY as VP/HR. Foley was MI-based Guardian Industries Dir of HR (PS&E)....Srixon Golf named former Callaway Golf Marketing Manager MICHAEL PAI as VP/Marketing & Advertising (GOLF WORLD, 1/21)....The Royals hired CHUCK MORGAN as their PA announcer to replace MIKE MCCARTNEY. Morgan spent the last 19 seasons as the Rangers PA announcer (K.C. STAR, 1/23).
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LONG DRIVE: Fox Sports NFL analyst HOWIE LONG said that he is "seriously considering" investing in a NASCAR team. Long: "I need to feed my competitive drive and I love all the people I've met in NASCAR. Plus, if I get my own team, it would give me another opportunity to whip (TERRY) BRADSHAW." In Dallas, Terry Blount notes that Bradshaw co-owns the BGN team of driver KERRY EARNHARDT (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/23). Meanwhile, Long hosted last night a special program called STORIES FROM THE HALL OF FAME: PRO FOOTBALL on the History Channel (1/22).
NAMES: Pirates Managing General Partner KEVIN MCCLATCHY recently closed on a $520,000 home on 31.75 acres in Ligonier Township, PA (TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/23)Andy Roddick