VIKINGS: San Antonio business exec Red McCombs, on his
interest in the Vikings: "Why I am I interested in
Minnesota? Because that's where the team is. There aren't
many teams, and this is one that's for sale, and this is one
that I believe has great potential. But I have absolutely
no thought that the Vikings should be anywhere but
Minnesota. Do I see that they have some problems, some
obstacles? Yes. Somehow, they are going to have to enter
the era of new facilities" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/18).
...Former Vikings QB Tommy Kramer "would like to play a role
in the Vikings organization" if his friend McCombs
successfully bids for the team 1 (STAR TRIBUNE, 6/18)....In
Minneapolis, Jerry Zgoda reports that members of the
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission "endorsed" T-
Wolves Owner Glen Taylor as their pick to become the
Vikings' next owner (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/18).
NOTES: In Baltimore, last night's crowd of 48,269 was
the largest for a regular-season game in Camden Yards
history, and the 144,318 total for the Yankees-O's series
was the best ever for a three-game series (SUN, 6/18).
...Pat Croce yesterday said he had reached a handshake deal
with 76ers Chair Ed Snider to return as team president
(PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/18)....The NHL Kings will unveil
new uniforms Saturday. One of the models is Patrick
Warburton -- Puddy on NBC's "Seinfeld" (L.A. TIMES, 6/18).