NFL: Tom Clancy plans "to dump" his shares of the
Orioles "so that cross-ownership won't be an issue" when the
NFL votes on his bid for the Vikings. Partner Marc Ganis
said that Clancy will "divest completely," but that "it will
take some time" (PIONEER PRESS, 3/24)....The Patriots have
mandated that players undergo mandatory classroom tutoring
in conjunction with Northeastern Univ. during minicamp and
training camp on subjects that include domestic violence,
drug/alcohol education, postcareer preparation, financial
planning, and racial issues (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/22).
NOTES: In Chicago, Jay Mariotti on the White Sox's
signing of Wil Cordero: "Only one owner was foolish enough
to bring him in. That guy is [Jerry] Reinsdorf. Uncle
Jerry embraces the belief that if the Sox win, you will
come, even if certain players are worthy only of your scorn"
(CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/24)....The Hawks have stopped selling
tickets for their game Friday against the Bulls until they
get permission from the Georgia Dome to sell an additional
10,000 obstructed-view seats, for $5-$10 (SUN-TIMES, 3/24).
...Mavs coach Don Nelson cancelled practice last Friday to
devote the team's attention to TeamUp Day, which called for
players and staff to continue work on a basketball court
funded by F Samaki Walker (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/21).