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          Bucks F TYRONE HILL recently signed a deal with the
     polygram Entertainment Group affil Platinum to distribute
     his All Net Records label.  Billboard Senior Editor MELINDA
     NEWMAN: "It always seems that athletes want to be rock stars
     and rock stars want to be athletes" (VIBE, 8/10 issue).
          THE 29TH WORKS FOR US: MATS WILANDER will perform with
     recording artists dada -- whose "California Gold" was the
     second-most played song on alternative radio earlier this
     month -- and THE TORIES, at the '98 U.S. Open Player Party,
     August 29 at N.Y.'s China Club.  The party is sponsored by
     Heineken USA (THE DAILY)....The MLS Mutiny announced THE GOO
     GOO DOLLS will perform at the closing of Houlihan Stadium
     after the team's last match on September 13 (Mutiny).
          OTHER NAMES: IOC Medical Commission Chair ALEXANDRE DE
     MERODE "responded" to recent remarks made by IOC President
     JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH about reducing the list of banned
     substances.  De Merode: "The president can have his
     opinions.  I do not understand, and they make me aghast ...
     people who want to reduce the list are the people who want
     to let doping function" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/18)...JIM
     CONNELLY, who recently resigned as NFLP Senior VP/Consumer
     Products, "is said to be a candidate for a top marketing
     post" at the NHL and "is a possible contender" to replace
     BOB GAMGORT as President of MLBP (AD AGE, 8/18)...."JUDGE
     MILLS LANE," the new courtroom show, "came out fighting in
     its syndication debut Monday" with a 21% ratings boost for
     the time periods it occupies on metered-market stations
     (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 8/19)....FRANK DUROSS, co-Owner of the
     A League Rochester Rhinos and the AHL Providence Bruins,
     sole Owner of the NLL's Boston Blazers and a limited partner
     in the MLS Fusion, is profiled in the Rochester DEMOCRAT &
     CHRONICLE.  A successful "sports entrepreneur" and
     millionaire, DuRoss is currently "spearheading" Rochester's
     push for an MLS team (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/15).