In N.Y., Op-Ed columnist Sidney Zion writes in response
to a column by Harvey Araton of the N.Y. Times on Yankees
Owner George Steinbrenner's relationship with the Hispanic
community. Zion writes the facts show that the Yankees have
the third most Hispanic players in MLB. Zion: "How could
Araton miss this? ... Say what you will about George
Steinbrenner, you simply can't label him a racist" (N.Y.
DAILY NEWS, 10/23)....Hoping to "refocus fans on the ...
Hornets -- and away from owner George Shinn's troubles," a
group of Charlotte businesses are putting on an open-to-the-
public "pep rally" where fans can lunch with the team and
hear coach Dave Cowens speak at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Charlotte Chamber President Caroll Gray: "[W]e want to make
sure the team doesn't get confused with the other P.R.
problem they have" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/23)....Only 1,009
attended the ABL Xplosion-StingRays game in Long Beach, CA
last night (Earl Gustkey, L.A. TIMES, 10/23).