The NHL Panthers will purchase a minority interest in
the AHL Carolina Monarchs. Carolina Ownership rep Bill
Black said that the Panthers, who have a parent-club
affiliation with the Monarchs, "probably" would purchase
between 25-40% of the team (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 4/16).
...The Stars, who sold out nine of their 41 regular season
home games, drew 16,418 last night for their playoff opener
against the Oilers at 16,924-seat Reunion Arena (DALLAS
MORNING NEWS, 4/17).....The Knicks' Patrick Ewing denied
allegations that he sexually harassed a flight attendant on
the team's jet (N.Y. POST, 4/17)....Warriors Owner Chris
Cohan is interviewed by the S.F. CHRONICLE's David Steele.
Cohan says he has "done everything right as far as getting
us into a fan-friendly building that they will enjoy going
to, and paying for it in a non-taxing way to the public,
with no PSLs." Cohan, on the team's front office and on-
court performance: "The production has not worked out" (S.F.
CHRONICLE, 4/17)....In Toronto, Steve Simmons writes that
"highly placed sources" from within MLB said that the Murray
Frum-led bid to buy the Blue Jays is "considered suspect"
and "may never be approved" by MLB's ownership committee.
Simmons notes the "baseball bosses wonder where the money,
the $180 million, is coming from" (TORONTO SUN, 4/17).
...Cablevision and ITT signed a "definitive agreement" for
ITT to sell its 50% interest in the MSG sports and
entertainment properties to Cablevision (MSG/Cablevision).