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In Miami, Armando Salguero reported Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross has told GM Jeff Ireland that former Chiefs President, GM & CEO Carl Peterson "isn't a fit" with the Dolphins. Sources indicated that Ross "has given Ireland assurances Peterson will not be hired to replace" Bill Parcells, who stepped down as Exec VP/Football Operations last month. Ireland already has "amended his contract with the Dolphins so that he is answering directly to Ross and no one else" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 10/23). Meanwhile, Basketball HOFer Magic Johnson attended yesterday's Steelers-Dolphins game as a guest of Ross. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported Johnson "has not had discussions with Ross about becoming a minority owner of the Dolphins, but praised the organization at length and said he would 'definitely' be excited about discussing that possibility" ("NFL Gameday Morning," NFL Network, 10/24).

Twins Will Again Cap Season-Ticket Sales
At 25,000 After Selling Out Entire '10 Season

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP: In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reported the Twins "already have renewed more" than 90% of the club's season-ticket base for the '11 season. Twins President Dave St. Peter said that the club "will again cap season ticket sales" at 25,000 for its second season at Target Field. Hartman added, "Look for the Twins to soon formally announce plans for a variety of Target Field enhancements, including a second video board that will be installed in right-center field" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/24).

AND THEN THERE WERE TWO: Mets COO Jeff Wilpon on Friday said that the search to fill the team's GM position "has been narrowed to two candidates:" MLB consultant Sandy Alderson and former D'Backs GM Josh Byrnes. Both will meet this week with Jeff Wilpon, Mets Owner Fred Wilpon and President Saul Katz (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/23). Byrnes today is scheduled for his second interview (NEWSDAY, 10/24). N.Y. Daily News columnist Bob Raissman said of the GM search, "The Mets are really keeping their fans in the loop on this search, which is a good thing" ("Daily News Live," SNY, 10/22).

SUNNY SIDE UP: In London, Jeremy Wilson reported the English Football League has agreed to Portsmouth's "exit from administration on the condition that new owner Balram Chainrai cannot take any capital out of the club until all of the creditors are repaid." Portsmouth and former Owner Alexandre Gaydamak reached a deal on Saturday that will "herald a new era following eight months in which the threat of liquidation has been constantly hovering." Chainrai has indicated that it is "not his ambition to remain Portsmouth owner in the long-term, but he has pledged to bring stability and is even eyeing a possible return" to the EPL (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 10/24).

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