MLB: While MLB owners are scheduled to hold a
conference call on realignment today, the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
SENTINEL is reporting that it is "likely another extension"
on a final decision will be announced today. A source told
Tom Haudricourt that Acting Commissioner Bud Selig is
"expected to announce a two-week extension to allow" the
Royals "more time" to decide if they want to switch to the
NL. If the Royals don't switch, the Brewers "will move to
the NL in their place" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/15).
NBA: In N.Y., gossip columnists Rush & Molloy report
that NBA Commissioner David Stern and Michael Jordan's
agent, David Falk, "have begun talks about Jordan's farewell
tour." NBA Dir of Sports Media Relations Chris Brienza:
"Any conjecture about a farewell tour may be getting ahead
of ourselves." Falk, through a spokesperson, also called
plans for a farewell tour "off base" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
10/15). With the Bulls in Paris for the McDonald's
Championships, L'Equipe, the French sports journal, had 22
pages devoted to coverage of the Bulls under the header,
"The Jordan Frenzy" (Lacy Banks, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/15).
In Chicago, Sam Smith writes the Bulls came to Paris "and
Paris yawned" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/15) In N.Y., Lisa Olson
reports that McDonald's in France has placed a "Chicago
Bulls Meal" on their menu (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/15).